Mr. Blotto was born in Chicago as an off-night vehicle for musicians who loved each others playing but were in different bands at the time. The only rule was that they would only play what they loved. That philosophy continues today and has led Mr. Blotto into unique musical situations.
Mr. Blotto takes the Jam band asthetic into areas unfamiliar to the standard Jam Scene. They have been known to cover entire albums by Led Zeppelin and the Who as well as perform entire shows of Country and Reggae. Artists as diverse as the Grateful Dead, the Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson and The Velvet Underground have seen their material interpreted by Mr. Blotto in the 2000+ shows the band has performed in the last 15 years, yet covers only pepper the bands hefty catalog of original material stemming from five studio albums and other unreleased crowd favorites.
BIG ANT’S JAM SESSION
Bring your BASS or HORN or GUITAR or STICKS or WHATEVER you play, and come sit in with some of Chicago’s best. Big Ants Jam session is an open improv session playing jazz, soul , punk , rock or whatever style of music is appropriate for the time at the time they play it. The ever changing band is curated by drummer, Anthony Capers.
She’s a truth-teller and guitar shredder. Born and raised on the South Side of
Chicago this self taught guitarist has an electrifying live show, recently
showcased on the main stage at the 2022 Chicago Blues Festival. At age 15,
Angel’s mom brought home a guitar from a pawnshop, and Angel never put it
down. It’s still her main guitar to this day. Angel’s unique mix of blues, and rock
n’ roll may remind you of one of her biggest influences Jimi Hendrix, while still
having a look and sound all her own. Angel is currently on tour promoting her
4th full-length album FOXY. FOXY is currently receiving national and
international radio airplay. Her songwriting prowess is on full display with this
new record featuring singles like, “Bad Bad Seed” and “Leave the Light On”.
Needless to say you don’t want to miss Angel’s high energy performances that
leaves crowds begging for more. Quite simply, Melody Angel is the real thing and Melody Angel is her real name. I guess you say, she was born for this!