Crook County Blues Band

Blues Band from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 100 miles
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The Crook County Blues Band delivers an authentic Chicago Blues and Classic Rock sound. We are an American music band. Russ Hartig (lead guitar), Ray Somera (bass guitar), David Clarke (Drums) and Pat Fiege (vocals, harmonica, guitar ukulele, keyboard, sax) put the "B" in Blues and the "C" in Classic rock. It all started after an impromptu jam session one night. The four of us knew we were a "perfect fit." The band shines during their energy filled live performances during which Pat will often switch instruments, leading the audience on a journey of varying sounds and feelings from song to song. The Crook County Blues Band has worked hard at developing a solid, high-energy, authentic blues and classic rock sound. Sure we are a blues band, but we love to play rock n roll and get our crowd into the show. Visit our website at crookcountybluesband.com

The Crook County Blues Band influences are many. Please visit our website for more info.: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Melvin Taylor, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Slim Harpo, The Doors, Wilson Pickett, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, Cream, B.B. King, Junior Wells, Freddie King, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Eddie Shaw, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Jonny Lang, Kim Wilson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Howlin' Wolf, T-Bone Walker, Robert Johnson, and many more.

--former Illinois Entertainer Editor in Chief Michael C. Harris.

These Crooks are less about stealing than honoring their R&B, blues and rock 'n roll influences--loose and fun and thoroughly earnest is their approach. Guitarist Russ Hartig has exceptional chops: whether playing Hendrix, Presley, Cream, or Freddie King classics, he nimbly and seemingly effortlessly switches genres and goes beyond imitation to make established tunes sound both immediately familiar and notably his own. The reliable rhythm section seques easily across the genres Crook County explores, and multi-instrumentalist Pat Fiege (harp, keys, sax) is an affable and inviting front man with enough vocal growl and melody to span the band's catalogue. Plus, you can tell he's enjoying the hell out of playing this music the band so obviously loves. Before you lock them up, give the Crook county Blues Band a listen."

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My husband and I were blown away by the members of Crook Country! They are all so incredibly talented. As music lovers, we hired them to play our wedding reception in October & couldn't be happier with our choice. Our guests have been talking about them non-stop. Besides their musical talent, their energy & stage presence was more than we could have asked for. Because my husband and I are huge music lovers, we weren't sure how others would respond to them. Even my sister (who listens to Taylor Swift, yuck) was dancing her butt off! They kept everyone dancing & entertained throughout the night. Do yourself a favor and book these guys! Thank you SO much, Crook County!

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Oktoberfest Party

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A great group of musicians, everyone had a wonderful time. Very professional and personable, and working with Patrick was a pleasure. Highly recommend!

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This band is outstanding. We hired them to play our backyard wedding reception and couldn’t have been happier. We heard nothing but things like “this band is amazing!” and “they really learned quickly what songs we like to dance to” all night long. Patrick was quick to respond throughout the process, attentive, flexible, and on top of everything, they were genuinely happy for us as newlyweds—we felt like they were celebrating with us. :) They definitely made our night special and we wish they could come play in our backyard every week! Thank you so much CCBB!!

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Please note Crook County Blues Band 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.
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