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Friends of the Blues presents Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings

September 9, 2018

One of the highlights of any Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings show is Bang playing slide guitar on the unique, one-of-a-kind creation. The hollow toolbox gives the guitar incredible sustain on notes and chords when channeled through an electric amplifier.

Bang and his band will be playing a Friends of the Blues show at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bradley Bourbonnais Sportsmen’s Club.

Born Frank Blinkal, “Bang” is a Chicago native and plays his music from Chicago to the East Coast to Florida and back, hitting clubs and festivals along the way. Bang lives music, is personable and tells great stories from his career, including five years as Buddy Guy’s live-show, second guitar player. Bang can play anything from blues-rock to Hank Williams-style country.

Another highlight of a Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings’ show is harmonica player Russ Green. Featured in a 2014 issue of “Living Blues” magazine, Green plays from traditional harmonica to “Sugar-Blue-schooled” harp, and he’ll sing an occasional song during the sets.

Along with Magic Slim alum Andre Howard on bass and Chicago veteran Brian “BJ” Jones on drums, this back-up trio demonstrates “Cook County Kings” is no misnomer.

Bang pulled together this all-star cast of Chicago Blues musicians for recording and touring. Their 2016 release, “The Blues Don’t Care” marked his first true blues recording (not rock-blues) in the journeyman’s 27-year career. The CD charted well, and they will be featuring its songs in the band’s fourth area appearance since 2015 for the Friends.

While with Buddy Guy, Bang played on stage with a who’s who of the world’s best. TV appearances include The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and numerous European and American television specials.

Tuesday’s event is an indoor show, but, weather permitting, the show will be outdoors on the expanded patio. If the show is outdoors, chairs and picnic tables with bench seats will be available. Fans can bring lawn chairs for the patio and grassy areas.

Food and beverages will be available. The general public is invited and is welcome at all Friends of the Blues events.

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