Friday 21.06.2019 / Saturday 22.06.2019
The Best Live Roadhouse Blues Band On The Planet
Chris O’Leary Band Featuring Chris Vitarello (USA)
The Chris O’Leary Band offers a virtual encyclopedia of roadhouse blues styles, from Boogie Woogie to Southside Chicago electric rockin’ and Louisiana Mardi Gras stompers. This band is a live sensation that never disappoints.read more
Ex-marine Chris O’Leary performs as if each time could be the last. The band is as tight as it gets; an obvious sign that they have been playing together for ages. With their two horn players and an outstanding guitarist – Chris Vitarello – they are possibly the best rockin’ roadhouse blues band in the world.
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. In 2012, the explosive band gave their first concert in Basel; they came back two years later to record their first live album “The Chris O’Leary Band Live at Blues Now!”, nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award. “Gonna Die Tryin’” was released in 2015, the year that saw a number of impressive harmonica-led recordings, with Chris O’Leary standing at the front of the class. With a fat tone that is sometimes reminiscent of William Clarke, O’Leary proved once again what an exceptionally impressive songwriter, harmonica player and vocalist he his.
Chris O’Leary’s musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for Rock & 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 the 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 O’Leary: Vocals and Harmonica
Chris Vitarello: Guitar and Vocals
Tom Terry: Bass and Vocals
Chris DiFrancesco: baritone sax
Andy Stahl: tenor sax
Andrei Koribanics: drums
Friday, June 21 & 22, 2019
Atlantis, Klosterberg 13, Basel
Showtime: 20.30 h
Doors: Friday: 20 h / Saturday: 19.30 h
Tickets: Friday: CHF 49 (Special price thanks to Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank) / Saturday: CHF 59
No seating guarantee!