(February 28, 2017)
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Hurricane Gumbo is
an eight-piece, Chicago-based band that combines zydeco, rhythm
& blues, jazz and funk to produce a sound that can only
be called one thing – Louisiana party music. Featuring
the music of Dr. John, Neville Brothers, Funky Meters,
Chubby Carrier, Edgar Winter, Terrence Simien, Bobby Rush,
Little Feet, Radiators, and so on..not to mention
some tasty originals.
"Hurricane" Bill, an energetic
"Mexi-Cajun" born in the steamy swamps of Louisiana's
Bayou country, leads the band with his fiery vocals and rockin'
accordion. Hurricane Gumbo's smokin' rhythm section consists
of "Sleepin' Jesus" on bass, the
"Lunchbox" on drums, "Kenny-E"
on guitar, and "Zydeco" Joe on
rubboard, conga drums and percussion. Finally, the Hurricane
Horns – a.k.a. "Wif" on alto
sax, "Brez" on tenor sax and "Dr Maybe" on trumpet. Tight riffs and tasty harmonies
thrown in the pot and Hurricane Gumbo becomes one of the tastiest
Louisiana-style bands north of the Crescent City.
Since 1994, Hurricane Gumbo has entertained at major music
fests from New Orleans to Milwaukee, plus all points in between.
Presently based in the Chicago area, the band has played to
packed venues throughout the Midwest----and there’s
nothing more authentic North of Lafayette, LA. The band has
released three CD albums (with a fourth in the works) and
has performed numerous live television and radio appearances...including
the House of Blues, Taste of Chicago, Rock Island's
Gumbo Ya Ya festival and Summerfest sharing
the stage with New Orleans artists Dr. John,
the Iguanas and Chubby Carrier &
the Bayou Swamp Band.
With Hurricane Gumbo, the party never stops. That is why,
one reviewer calls it “without a doubt, one of the best
and liveliest party-bands anywhere”… because with
Hurricane Gumbo, it’s All Mardi Gras, All of the time.
Leave your underwear at home.