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.

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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 


Concert Details:
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

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