Chicago's Skip Towne & The Greyhounds personify hard driving, heartfelt classic blues, jazz, swing, ballads, and downright good time Rockin' Blues that you can't refuse!. The band has been regularly performing acoustically as a 3 PIECE up to an electric 10 PIECE BAND around the Midwest and frequently in Chicago area clubs such as The Park West, Buddy Guy Legends, Famous Dave's, Beale Street Blues Cafe, Frankie's Blue Room, Penny Road Pub, The Brat Stop, Porter's Oyster Bar, Cubby Bear North, Flatlanders, Port of Blarney, Blarney's Island, Pete Miller's, and The Firkin. The Band also plays for any type of Concert, Festival, Wedding, Private and Corporate Event. Skip Towne & The Greyhounds' members can be found appearing anywhere from People Magazine to VH1 (with William Shatner), Live Radio (WJKL 94.3 FM "Hambone's Blues Hour"), TV, and even Movie Soundtracks (Bulletproof Heart in science fiction thriller, "Changingman"). Don't forget their stints with Jump'n the Saddle Band (#1 INTERNATIONAL GOLD HIT with "THE CURLY SHUFFLE" (BILLBOARD #15), Mickey & the Memories, Midnight, Traffic Jam, Night Flight, RPM, Soul Shakedown,Small Shiny Things and the Grasslands Quintette. "Brother John" has toured and played world-wide with such greats as Eric Clapton, Maceo Parker, Black Crowes, George Benson, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor and Otis Rush from the "TONIGHT SHOW" to the CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL! Skip Towne & The Greyhounds capture audiences with their own top notch brand of "The Blues with a Feeling"! The XXX dynamic, large-size vocals of Peter Quinn are a must to be heard. He sings the classics, the ballads, and ALL the blues with such hard pushing drive and emotion that crowds always fall for Peter's special delivery! The power-packed "Big House Horns" consists of veteran saxman, Tom "Shoes" Trinka, joined by Peter Quinn on harmonica. Johnny "Showtime" Janowiak (Grammy Nominated, Liquid Soul), and Kenny Anderson (Ohio Players) and Chris Halla (Mason Rivers), are often added for larger shows. The Big House Boys excel at solo and section work. Everyone will hear a lifetime of devotion to the Blues in the Guitar style of Harry Reinhart (Midnight, Traffic Jam). Radiant chords and smokin', tasty solos are his specialty. John "Phloss" Rice (Blind Boys of Alabama, Mavis Staples, Wilco) is an exceptional, first call Nashville session man with credits a mile long who often plays with the band providing contrast and added depth on guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin, and lap steel. "Brother John" Kattke has played with Eric Clapton, Steve Miller, the Black Crowes and acquired ringing endorsements from many other world renown musicians including Led Zeppelin vocalist, Robert Plant, You play a mean guitar! And George Benson, "You're fearless! I thought I was fearless!" A vital component of Buddy Guys and Koko Taylor bands, and prior leader of Otis Rush's band for three years, John is a brilliant vocalist, guitarist and pianist. From Steam-Train Rhythms to Chicago Shuffle Beats to soulful slow Blues numbers, the pairing of Jay Olaszek's (Small Shiny Things, Grasslands Acoustic Rock 'n Roll Trio, Ex-Five Year Jacket) bass and Jim Murray's (Nightflight, RPM, Soul Shakedown, Michael McDermott) drums make the music a total groove. Skip's rhythm section is a unified pounding heartbeat resulting from a rich blend of their music theory backgrounds with years of studio work and live performances.
Apres Ski Parties
Children's Birthday Parties
Ain’t Nobody Here But Us ChickensLouis Jordan
All Your LoveBlues Breakers/Otis Rush
Back Door ManWillie Dixon
Big ChiefEarl King/Professor Long Hair
Blues Don't Bother MeJohnny Guitar Watson
Boom, Boom Out Go The LightsLil' Walter/Lewis
Boom, Boom, Boom, BoomJohn Lee Hooker
Born Under A Bad SignAlbert King
Born In ChicagoGravenites
Broke And HungryJunior Wells
Buzz MeBaxter-Moore/B.B. King
Cold ShotStevie Ray Vaughn
Come On Part 1King/Hendrix/Vaughn
Don't Worry BabyLos Lobos
Got My Mojo Workin'Muddy Waters
Got Love If You Want ItSlim Harpo
Hard Luck CaseTommy Castro
Help The PoorSingleton/Robben Ford
I Ain't Got YouCarter/Yardbirds
I Get EvilAlbert King
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The BluesEllington
I'm So ExcitedB.B. King
I'm Tore DownFreddie King/Thompson
Key To The HighwayBroonzy
Labor Of LoveRobert Cray
Let The Good Times RollLouis Jordan
Life Is HardF. James/Johnny Winter
Long Grey MarePeter Green
Mailbox BluesTaj Mahal
Messin' With The KidJunior Wells
Misdirected BluesRobben Ford
Mustang SallyWilson Pickett
My Baby's GoneLos Lobos
My BabyLil' Walter
Natural BallAlbert King
Night LifeWillie Nelson/B.B. King
Please Stop Messin' RoundFleetwood Mac
Scratch My BackSlim Harpo
Shake Your Money MakerElmore James
She Caught The KatyTaj Mahal
Sick And TiredT-Bone Walker
Start It UpRobben Ford
Stormy MondayT-Bone Walker
T-Bone ShuffleT-Bone Walker
The Mess AroundRay Charles
The Curly ShuffleJump'n the Saddle Band
The Thrill Is GoneB.B. King
Walkin' By MyselfJimmy Rogers/Lane
Walkin' The DogRufus Thomas
Whinin' Boy MoanVan Morrison
You Don't Miss Your WaterTaj Mahal
All BluesMiles Davis
Cantaloupe IslandHerbie Hancock
Killer JoeArt Farmer
Mr. MagicGrover Washington
Soul Intro / The ChickenJaco Pastorius/Pee Wee Ellis
Taj Mahal, Muddy Waters, Louis Jordan, David Sanborn, Grover Washington, Jaco Pastorius, Robben Ford, Jimi Hendrix, Los Lobos, and Jump'n the Saddle Band.
Wedding in Brookfield, IL on 09/08/2007
"Great band for a wedding or any event! Skip Towne and The Greyhounds play great music and are very versatile and professional. They were very accommodating when given specific song requests and less than ideal space. Our guests were really amazed that we were able to get such great music for such a reasonable price."
- Bridget H.
Wedding in Lafayette, IN on 09/01/2007
"I can't give enough praise to this band. Skip Towne and the Greyhounds were extremely accommodating, on-time, professional and above all, GOOD, for our wedding reception.
They played a variety of songs and had everyone dancing all night. Everyone loved them so much, in fact, that when they finished their last song, our guests screamed for them to come back and play more...they obliged.
They are a great group of musicians and I would recommend them to anyone. "
- Angela L.
Club Event in Palos Hills, IL on 04/13/2007
"They were a riot... Very nice, professional & most of all a talented group. The lead singer was awesome..."
In addition to Chicago, Skip Towne And The Greyhounds will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge
and many other locations in and around the Chicago area.
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