Fete Music Hall Presents
with Support TBA
Wednesday, August 29th
Doors: 7:00 PM
Tickets: GA $10
Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings
Frank “Bang” Blinkal is formerly Buddy Guy's Guitarist and Leader
of Frank Bang & the Secret Stash.
Frank Bang, who is born and raised in Chicago, worked his way up through
the ranks to play with Blues Master and Legend Buddy Guy. As Buddy’s
guitar player for 5 years “I always was the blues guitarist in every band
I played in, no matter Funk, or Rock …
“I was always the Blues guy in the band.” …The Love of his Chicago Blues
led him to Buddy Guy’s Legends.
“I started there in 1991, I did everything from change the merchandise, to paint the place. I even cooked brunch two Blues Festival weekends with Sam Guy, Buddy’s brother. “ “Between Buddy Guy, Magic Slim and The Teardrops and just the club “Legends” changed my life forever.” “It all came full circle when I joined Buddy Guy’s band at the end of 1999.” “ It was an incredible experience, playing with Buddy every night for 5 years,” “Touring every summer with B.B. King, seeing the world , playing with your idols and inspiring the greats that inspired me.It was an amazing experience.”
Frank Bang & the Secret Stash was a blues rock band. Now Bang is back with his first ever Blues Band and record. Frank Bang & the Cook County Kings “The Blues Don’t Care.” “We recorded all 10 tracks in one day!” “That wasn’t the plan it’s just how it happened!” explains Bang. “All my favorite Blues records were live. We just rolled and recorded, almost everything was a first take. “
The Cook County Kings are a who’s who of great Chicago Blues Sidemen. Besides Bang, The Rhythm section of Brian “BJ” Jones has recorded with Blues Greats Junior Wells, James Cotton, Otis Rush. “BJ” was the drummer in Magic Slim and The Teardrops with partner in crime Andre Howard on Bass. Besides Magic Slim and The Teardrops, Andre played with Lonnie Brooks, Lucky Peterson, Sly Johnson and Chico Banks. They lay a great foundation to the music that is highlighted by the great Blues background vocals they sing. Omar Coleman on harmonica is a knowledgeable and committed carrier of the Chicago blues tradition. One of his seminal exposures to blues harmonica was through the iconoclastic, genre-jumping experimentalism of Sugar Blue, but he has also immersed himself in the postwar Chicago heritage. “Junior Wells is my main influence," he affirms. “I love Little Walter, both Sonny Boy Williamsons, Snooky Pryor, Slim Harpo, all that stuff." Omar Coleman both moves the heart and galvanizes the feet.
The Bands motto on stage, “Let’s have a great time playing together, and the crowds are picking up on that.”