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Skip Towne And The Greyhounds Blues Band from Chicago, IL

Will travel up to 3000 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 5 Reviews
  • 9 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2006
  • 2 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Starting at $800 per event

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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.


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Review by Valerie P.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on March 1, 2011From Chicago, IL

This band was unbelievable. They pulled together so quickly for our short planned event and the musical talent they have is outstanding!!!We would definitely book them again. Our guests loved them.

Review by Mary S.

WeddingReviewed on June 28, 2008From Addison, IL

They were great. Jim Murray put together a grooving 5 Piece band with not a lot of notice from us. They rocked, the volume was perfect, and their manners superb. I would highly recommend them--I would trust Jim Murray to provide as a big or small a band as your budget allows and make you happy and want to dance all night.

Review by Bridget H.

WeddingReviewed on September 8, 2007From Brookfield, IL

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.

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  • Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens | Louis Jordan
  • All Your Love | Blues Breakers/Otis Rush
  • Back Door Man | Willie Dixon
  • Big Chief | Earl King/Professor Long Hair
  • Blues Don't Bother Me | Johnny Guitar Watson
  • Boom, Boom Out Go The Lights | Lil' Walter/Lewis
  • Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom | John Lee Hooker
  • Born Under A Bad Sign | Albert King
  • Born In Chicago | Gravenites
  • Broke And Hungry | Junior Wells
  • Buzz Me | Baxter-Moore/B.B. King
  • Cold Shot | Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Come On Part 1 | King/Hendrix/Vaughn
  • Crossfire | SRV
  • Don't Worry Baby | Los Lobos
  • Georgia | Carmichael/Ray Charles
  • Got My Mojo Workin' | Muddy Waters
  • Got Love If You Want It | Slim Harpo
  • Hard Luck Case | Tommy Castro
  • Help The Poor | Singleton/Robben Ford
  • I Ain't Got You | Carter/Yardbirds
  • I Get Evil | Albert King
  • I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues | Ellington
  • I'm So Excited | B.B. King
  • I'm Tore Down | Freddie King/Thompson
  • Key To The Highway | Broonzy
  • Labor Of Love | Robert Cray
  • Let The Good Times Roll | Louis Jordan
  • Life Is Hard | F. James/Johnny Winter
  • Long Grey Mare | Peter Green
  • Mailbox Blues | Taj Mahal
  • Messin' With The Kid | Junior Wells
  • Misdirected Blues | Robben Ford
  • Mustang Sally | Wilson Pickett
  • My Baby's Gone | Los Lobos
  • My Baby | Lil' Walter
  • Mystery Train | Butterfield/Elvis
  • Natural Ball | Albert King
  • Night Life | Willie Nelson/B.B. King
  • Please Stop Messin' Round | Fleetwood Mac
  • Route 66 | Stones/Various
  • Scratch My Back | Slim Harpo
  • Shake Your Money Maker | Elmore James
  • She Caught The Katy | Taj Mahal
  • Sick And Tired | T-Bone Walker
  • Start It Up | Robben Ford
  • Stormy Monday | T-Bone Walker
  • T-Bone Shuffle | T-Bone Walker
  • The Mess Around | Ray Charles
  • The Curly Shuffle | Jump'n the Saddle Band
  • The Thrill Is Gone | B.B. King
  • Walkin' By Myself | Jimmy Rogers/Lane
  • Walkin' The Dog | Rufus Thomas
  • Whinin' Boy Moan | Van Morrison
  • You Don't Miss Your Water | Taj Mahal
  • All Blues | Miles Davis
  • Cantaloupe Island | Herbie Hancock
  • Killer Joe | Art Farmer
  • Mr. Magic | Grover Washington
  • Soul Intro / The Chicken | Jaco Pastorius/Pee Wee Ellis

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Past Events

September 21, 2013 • Palos Park Village Green
Sat3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Palos Park, IL
August 18, 2013 • Kracklauer Park
Sun5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Mundelein, IL
August 8, 2013 • Harmony Park
Thu7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Arlington Heights, IL
June 14, 2013 • Cook Park
Fri5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Libertyville, IL
January 18, 2013 • Las Palmas
Fri6:30 PM - 10:30 PM Mundelein, IL
December 31, 2012 • PS Pub
Mon9:00 PM - 1:00 AM Wheeling, IL
September 29, 2012 • Equestrian Connection
Sat5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Lake Forest, IL
September 27, 2012 • House of Blues, Chicago
Thu9:00 PM - 1:00 AM Chicago, IL
August 9, 2012 • HARMONY PARK
Thu7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Arlington Heights, IL
August 3, 2012 • Northbrook Days
Fri6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Northbrook, IL
July 14, 2012 • Indianhead Park
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mukwonago, WI
June 30, 2012 • 4th of July Festival
Sat5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Barrington, IL

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