Support Local Blues in Wichita

Blues is alive and thriving in Wichita!  From Chicago style to Texas rockin’ blues, jump and swing to electrified delta and traditional acoustic; you’ll hear it around town and in South Central Kansas. Check out these purveyors of the finest Blues the Midwest has to offer.

Bands

Made From Scratch Trio:  Made From Scratch Trio stirs up an exciting mix of Blues, Rock, Swing, and Jazz, all coming with a distinctive and tasty “Made From Scratch” flavor! Made From Scratch is: Ken Kretzschmar- Guitar, Steve Jordan-Harp, Willi Sebastian-Bass.  Visit their website.

Ms. Lady Dee “Me & the Boyz”:  Led by the powerful, yet sensual, vocals of Deanna Custard (Lady D), this Midwest-based high energy act features a supporting cast of Kevin Easterwood (drums) and Val Williams (bass & vocals). Collectively, their sound reflects the influence of varied genres of music, from rock to gospel, and all styles of blues. Visit their website.

Terry Quiett Band: Terry Quiett Band has become a mainstay across America’s Heartland. From 6th Street in Austin…to the windy city of Chicago…through the mountains of Colorado…across the deserts of Arizona…jamming down on Beale Street in Memphis…wherever they go the TQB has won over young and old with their energetic and soulful sound.  Visit their website.

Bad Mother Hubbard: Bad Mother Hubbard is a Wichita, Kansas-based five-piece soul, blues, funk, and jazz band. Lalanea Walsh – vocals/guitar; Alex Nordine – guitar/vocals; Rudy Love Jr. – vocals/keyboards; Reggie Littleton – bass; Brian Powell – drums.

Code Blue Band: Hector Chavez and Tom Colella have been playing their rocking style of blues as Code Blue since 1997. With Fletcher Miller on drums, they are still burning up the earwaves playing hard rockin’ heart stoppin’ blues rock. If you dig Jimi, Eric, Joe B, ZZ, Stevie and Muddy then you need to come see Code Blue. codebluebandwichita on facebook.

The Lynn Avantz Band: An unique blend of blues, rock, jazz, country, & roots music developed by years of playing around Kansas, north Texas, and surrounding states. Visit them on FB.

Jenny Wood and The Watchers: Groove to everything from Erykah Badu to the Allman Brothers, with Janis Joplin, Adele, Etta James and the Black Keys in between. Band members include: Jenny Wood(Vocals), Caleb Drummond (Bass), Michael Peltzer(Guitar). and Jeff Stidhan (Drums). Visit them on FB.

Big Red Horse: Big Red Horse is a rock n’ roll band from Wichita, Kansas. They are in your face, energetic, and entertaining. With the massive sounds of the hammond organ, high gain guitars, a super tight rhythm section and bigger than life, soulful, female vocals, Big Red Horse is a band that is here to rock! Visit them on FB.

Kalo: The band won the prestigious Wichita Blues Challenge in 2014, securing a space to compete in the world renowned International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., in January 2015. The band made it to the semifinals at the IBC, beating out 70 other national and international bands. Visit Kalo’s website.

Piper Leigh & the Smokin’ Section: Blues-based Folk Rock. Band members include Ben Russell – Bass, Vocals, Guitar, Flute; Billy Soto – Guitar, Vocals;  David Gregg – Drums; Piper Leigh – Vocals, Guitar

Suns Over Blazmo: Dustin Lentz – Keyboards; Ryan Baker – Guitar; Bass – Donn Lentz; John Baker – Drums

Westerman Brothers: Marc Westerman – Guitar, Monty Westerman – Congas/precussion, John Salem – Keyboards, Paul Chavez – Bass, Jeff Stidham – Drums

Blue Dirt Daredevils: Currently, The Wichita Blues Society’s Blues Challenge winner -Lynn Avants (Guitar/Vocals) , Sloan Tash (Guitar/Vocals), Aaron Underwood (Bass/Vocals), & Larry Sanders (Drums).

JukeRoots Power Trio: Blues, Roadhouse, Classic Rock and Jazz – Fred Bonner – drums & vocals, Ron Schauf – bass & vocals, Craig Twister Steward – guitar, harps & vocals

JukeRoots Jazz Trio : Jazz, Blues, Roadhouse and Classic Rock – Fred Bonner – drums & vocals, Phil Murray – bass pedals & keyboards, Craig Twister Steward – guitar, harps & vocals

JukeRoots Quartet: Blues, Roadhouse, Classic Rock, Jazz, Country and other Variety – Fred Bonner – drums & vocals, Ron Schauf – bass & vocals, Jesse Medina – keyboards & vocals, Craig Twister Steward – guitar, harps & vocals
Special Guest – Ruby White – piano, harps & vocals

JukeRoots Contact: Craig Twister Steward, 316 390-2710  craig_steward@yahoo.com

Kingtones: Blues – Jimmy Lewin-guitar, vocals; Tom Cannon-bass, vocals; Tom Jones-drums; Micha Gordon-Hammond organ, piano, vocals

RKO: For nearly two decades RKO Blues Band has been filling rooms with their tasteful, soulful and driving mix of blues, R&B, jazz, rock and standards, applying fervent improvisations, rhythmic textures and endearing charm. Kent Overaker and Victor Kinchion and their expert support team including  Monty Harrison on guitar, Joseph Moore on keyboards and bassist Brent Garrett

Keefer Madness: A diverse style of Blues influenced by rock and jazz, with over 200 years of combined experience. Richard Collins – Guitar/Vocals, Jim Keefer – Bass, Wally Moore – Guitar/Vocals, David Casmaer – Drums, Ralph Brown – Saxophone, Kevin May – Saxophone

Jim Vegas Band:  Deeply impressed and affected by blues and jazz artists throughout the 20th century, including Muddy Waters, Morphine, Howlin’ Wolf, Miles Davis, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and many others, JIM VEGAS brings a unique voice to Contemporary Blues music.

B3 (The Baker Trio): A family band with roots in Blues and Rock.  John Baker – lead vocals and drums and sons Ryan Baker – lead guitar and Samuel Baker – bass guitar and back-up vocals -You can find them on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheBakerTrio/?fref=ts

SOLO/DUOS

Cady & Webb: This acoustic duo offers a unique blend of roots American music with an emphasis on traditional blues, country and rock. Cady & Webb is Dell Cady on guitar & vocal; and Doug Webb on guitar & vocals. Contact: jwebb2@cox.net

Cleveland Blue: Cleveland came up playing the Blues in the great state of Ohio, where many varieties of the Blues connect. He honed his talents in hard, rough and tough venues where he learned to entertain a crowd. Visit his website.

Front Porch Blues: Front Porch Blues is Terry Harrison on harmonica and vocals, and Monty Harrison on guitar and vocals.

Rachelle Coba: Rachelle Coba mastered the finger-picking techniques of classical guitar while earning a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Miami. She then chose to apply that facility to electric guitar and began playing the blues. Consequently, Rachelle has developed her own, unique approach to blues guitar lead and rhythm playing. Rachelle currently lives in Florida but still preforms in Wichita often. Visit Rachelle’s website.

Tara Carr and Kirk Sorensen: Tara Carr and Kirk Sorensen, together play a combination of blues, traditional and contemporary acoustic music, with a dash of originals. Carr sings with a sensitivity that is hard to find now days and Sorensen’s harmonica and guitar playing is some of the most versatile you’ll ever hear!

Youth Bands

The Pina Brothers: Wichita’s well known blues driven brother band is made up of vocalist and Guitar player Brandon Pina, older brother Andre on bass, and younger brother Chris on drums. The Pina Brothers play an authentic roadhouse blues sound that crowds love. In 2015, they represented KC in the youth division at IBC. Visit their website.

2 Picks and a Kick/2PK: The multi-instrumental Volkmann Brothers, Landon and Brady, have been inspiring younger crowds with their blues and jazz influenced music. They are regular WBS hosts for Blues in The Schools eductaional presentations. You’ll also catch them grooving at several venues with Blaine Martin (bass) and Vaughn Craddock (drums). They play tunes from Dr. John to Jimi Hendrix. Visit their website.

Skylines The Band: The highly skilled younger musicians are known for their grooving jazzy-blues sound. Landon Volkmann (vox), Blaine Martin (bass), Scott Hershberger (keyboard), John Kohl (sax), Ethan Martin (trombone), Brady Volkmann (Guitar), and Vaughn Craddock (drums) are mentored by Tj White (director) every Sunday. Their gigs range from swinging blues music to jazzy, lighter entertainment. Visit their website. 

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