Music

The Mighty Blue Kings Band

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Since their debut performance at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago on January21, 1995, The Mighty Blue Kings have drawn thousands of fans young and old who are ready to dance, sing,and celebrate the moment. When not on tour, the band headlines in Chicago, performing to sold-out standing-room-only crowds in up to 3,000 seat venues. They can also occasionally be found in a more intimate setting on every Tuesday night at the legendary jazz club The GreenMill, where the fans are inspired to wait in line around the block. According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lloyd Sax, “It’s been a while since a band has generated the kind of buzz that The Mighty Blue Kings have.”

The Mighty Blue Kings capture the essence of a kind of music and showmanship that has longlain dormant. Says Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, “In this grunge era, the Kings have created a stir wearing the slicked-back hair and sleekly-fitted suits of an earlier, more elegant age.”

Comprised of leading Chicago area jazz and blues musicians, the band generates a solid sound of traditional jump, rhythm, and blues, drawing on influences of legendary artists such as the Treniers, Wynone Harris, Joe Williams, Count Basie, Jimmy Liggins, and Louis Jordan, to name a few. The Mighty Blue Kings’ debut CD “Meet Me in Uptown” on R-Jay records has independently sold over 25,000 copies since April 1996. While they play R&B and jump music, it is infused with a fresh 90s sensibility as the Kings were all born in a later era. The band members’ ages range from 21 to 30.

The Mighty Blue Kings’ strong musicianship, stage presence, spontaneity, and their unique sound that appeals to young and old have played an essential part in the band’s popularity. However, any fan will tell you that the energy level at the Kings’ live shows, the enthusiasm they inspire in the crowd, and the bond that the band makes with their audience are the key ingredients that bode well for national success.