Studebaker John and the Hawks
Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car Grimaldi still owns today, and was also intended as a tribute to his friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”
Controlled Chaos Trio
Controlled Chaos is a Blues/Rock Trio that was formed in 2017. Consisting of Lead Guitarist Noah Gitzel, Bassist Silas Geworsky, and Drummer Bowen Cornelson.
The band's stylings can be closely linked to that of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and John Mayer.
All 3 of these young teens have been driven by music from a young age. Controlled Chaos officially started playing out in early 2018, opening up for bands like Quadrivium, and The Committee, where their performances came with Rave reviews, and through this, ended up booking gigs at venues such as Gretna Hotspot Festival, Altona’s Canada Celebration as their Main attraction, and now Blues In the Park.
In June of 2018 Controlled Chaos made their way into Winnipeg to Compete in the Starbound Talent Competition at the Red River Ex, and ended up placing 1st in their Category, and brought home a $1000 prize for their Band!
Controlled Chaos looks forward to hitting the stage at Blues In the Park, and bringing the crowd some of their cutting edge, Texas Style Blues!
This band will leave you wanting more. Justin Aron fronts Dirtypool which is comprised of seasoned veterans and academically trained musicians. They have released 2 albums, Juke Joint (2014) and The Chicago sessions (2016), which was recorded and produced in Chicago IL. Aron has played around Canada and the US stunning audiences with his raw emotion and evident passion. He also claims writing credits with none other than Tomiko Dixion (Willie Dixion’s granddaughter of the blues as she is known in Chicago). The band is a groove machine just waiting to be danced to and has strong roots in Texas blues legends Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddie King.
The CRIS O'LEARY BAND
The Chris O'Leary Band plays American Roots music, steeped in the tradition of Memphis, Chicago and New Orleans.
Chris’s musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm’s band, The Barnburners. During the 6 years that Chris and Levon played together they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. Chris has appeared on stage with: Legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin, among others.
The Chris O’Leary Band’s debut CD “Mr. Used to Be” won the 2011 Best New Artist Debut CD Blues Blast Award and was nominated for best new artist debut at the 2011 American Blues Music Awards.
The Soul Revue Band
"Aretha Franklin...Etta James...Ike & Tina Turner...Ray Charles...voices that shaped a generation of music. The era comes to life with the Soul Revue Band. A group of musicians from the Morden/Winkler area, who have a common goal – to learn and perform soul music the way it should be done. Taking the audience back to a time when soul music came in its purest form. With the blues influence of Manitoba's premier bluesman JP Lepage on guitar...to the solid rhythm section, horns and back-up vocals..to Jayme Giesbrecht's power-house singing leading the way -- the Soul Revue Band has the music within them, and aims to bring out the soul in YOU! "