We have finally begun work on our 20th anniversary CD. The cd is a compilation of our original songs, remastered, mixed and sometimes reimagined. With some special guests and former Chain Smoking Altar Boys. I was in the studio yesterday and finished up 3 songs with Bill Stace from Walls Have Ears Studio. You can help us fund it by going to http://www.gofundme.com/ReverendRaven20th.
Different perks for every funding level and an opportunity to be part of the band's history.
Big Al is joining us for our Canadian Tour via Minnesota starting Wednesday April 16th at Legend's in St Cloud, MN. Thursday we're at The Forada Bar & Grill in Forada, MN and Friday play our new home in the Twin Cities The Minnesota Music Cafe. Friday the 19th we head to Minot ND to play for our friends at the Moose Lodge.
We jump into Canada on the 20th and start out one week run at the Blues on Whyte in Edmonton, Alberta. Pass the word and hope to see you at a gig.
On the the road with The Blues Disciples, Barefoot Jimmy, Pauli Walnuts, Hot Karl and 3x Gannon are shuffling our way thru the Virgin Islands. Highlights includes massive amounts of blues, jamming, herbage, rum and great meals. On St Thomas we played at Latitude 18 and Danny Silber and Morgan sat in and I heard "I've Got My Mojo Working" played on a steel drum by Morgan, and it was excellent LOL.
Found out at Iggies that you can't drive a Ford Flex on the sand. Hull Bay was great (thanks Joel) were our buddy Paul Dirks sat in on bass. On St John we tore up the beach bar and jammed with Kenny B, Andy and Pat. The staff, Joe, 2x Jen, Mike and Chris were great. At the Tamarind we had a great meal and shook the shack. Thanks Stephanie, Sarah and The Chef of the Future.
I'm sitting on the deck of "The Doctor's" mountain retreat right now looking out at the Caribbean. This is 100% Hollywood/Malibu luxury that we wouldn't be enjoying if it wasn't for Pauli's sister Kay and her husband David. They also are the owners of Porky's Backyard Blues & BBQ where we play tomorrow afternoon.
We return April 10th and on April 11th I fire up the van and pick up the Chain Smoker's and meet Westside Andy at The Knuckle Down for some Madison, WI blues partying. On Saturday the 12th we play a new venue in Love Park Il, The Hope & Anchor Inn with Westside on the harp. See ya
Thanks to everyone who have braved the snow and cold to come to our shows. Thanks to the band. Bobby, PT and Danny have been real troopers.
We have a few cool shows coming up before I head to the Virgin Islands with the Blues Disciples on March 24th.
Sunday, March 9th I'll be performing at the WORT benefit held at The Badger Bowl in Madison, WI with Westside Andy and Jimmy Voegeli. Party starts around 3pm and we go on at 6pm.
Monday, March 10th, it's the return of the Velveetatones at .....The Badger Bowl with Westside Andy, Jimmy Voegeli, Tony Menzer and more. Show starts at 7pm
Saturday, March 15th I'm playing a benefit at The Terrace Inn in Gladstone, MI with Westside Andy and the Chain Smokers. Show starts at 7pm.
Friday, March 21 we return to our favorite Oshkosh venue, Becket's Restaurant with Westside Andy in tow. Show starts at 8:30pm
Saturday, March 22, we're at The Fox & Hound in Hubertus, WI at 7:30pm. Get there early as it packs up quick.
Sunday, March 23 we are throwing the second annual Up & Under Blues Reunion at Kochanski's, 1920 s. 37th, Milwaukee, WI with a great lineup for only $20 cover.
The Blues Disciples at 2pm
Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Altar Boys at 3:15pm
Leroy Airmaster at 4:30pm
The Jim Liban Combo featuring Joel Patterson at 5:45pm
Please pass the word.
-25 degrees below zero? So what, it's Wisconsin. We'll be out and about this month (wish it was the Virgin Islands).
Westside Andy has been playing with us and has been ripping it up on the bandstand. We opened for the Hoopsnakes last week in Medina, MN to a crowd of 1600 plus and the band nailed it. The Hoopsnakes were great. Charlie Bingham is a rock god LOL.
The House Party at Kochanski's continues tonight 2/6/14 at 8pm. Our guest tonight is Smokey Holman from Tweed Funk backed by the Chain Smoking Altar Boys. Open stage for jamming on the second set. Bring your axe, sticks or pipes and sit in.
Saturday, 2/8/14, we're at the 8th Street Ale House in Sheboygan at 1pm. Yes, I said 1pm to 5pm.
Sunday, 2/9/14, The Sunday Blues Matinee continues at Kochanski's, 1920 s. 37th, Milwaukee at 2pm. Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Altar Boys and Tweed Funk.
Wednesday 2/12/14, I'll join Benny Rickun, Rick Holmes and Dave Braun at The American Legion in Brookfield, WI at 7:30pm
Valentines Day 2/14/14 we'll be playing for you and your heart throb at Mamie's, 3300 w. National Ave at 9:30pm
Saturday 2/15/14 we return to Sir James Pub in Port Washington, WI at 8pm
Had a blast playing with Big Al Groth this weekend past. Had Big Al and Westside Andy on the bandstand Saturday night. What a cool horn section.
Gearing up for another great weekend at the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis, IN on Friday/Saturday December 27/28. Show starts and 8:30pm.
The 4th annual NYE Blues Bash with Lamont Cranston kicks off at 8pm at The Double Tree Inn, Bloomington, MN. Get your tickets. Last year we had 1000 + blues dancers in the house.
Benny Rickun is joining me Wednesday 12/18/13 at The American Legion Post 449 in Brookfield, WI at 7:30pm
Westside Andy with be with us at Becket's Restaurant in Oshkosh on Friday, 12/20/13 at 8:30pm
Pass the word.
Hey now. Relaxing at home in my recliner after our first 4 day run in two months. Getting my sea legs back. Band sounded great, people dancing like mad, especially at The Domes show. Sorry to hear about Aspen Landing discontinuing music and The Adriatic Cafe's closing for a year for reconstruction. Westside Andy was great as was Benny Rickun. Nice to have such talented friends. Looking forward to Thanksgiving with the family. Full house on Thursday LOL...
Listening to Chef Chris and the Nairobi Trio. What a great, creative disc. Their arrangements, musicianship and thinking out of the box made this one of my favorite cds of the last 10 years. The were the 2003 (or around) winners of the IBC awards. Sure you can find it on the web.
Danny Moore and I will be playing with Dave Potter & The Alley Kings on Monday, November 25th at Sara's Pub in Beloit, WI at 6pm.
Westside Andy joins us for three shows Friday thru Sunday. Westside Andy is a Grammy nominated harp player from Madison Wisconsin. Leader of his own band, The Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, he's an alumni of The Paul Black & The Flip Kings, Tino Gonzalez and The Bryan Lee Band. Just a world class, ass kicking harmonica player. Make sure you get a chance to see him. He'll also be with us on New Year's Eve at the Double Tree Inn, Bloomington, MN at 8pm opening for the Lamont Cranston Band.
Friday - The Minnesota Music Cafe - Saint Paul, MN 7:30pm (Swamp Kings open at 7:30pm)
Saturday - Cranky Pat's, Neenah, WI 7pm
Sunday - The Smiling Moose, Osman, WI 3pm
Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes, phone calls and cards.
We're back in the van next week and I have to say I'm tired of being cooped up in the house driving my poor wife crazy.
Thanks to Rick Holmes, Dave Braun, Dave Miller and the Blues Disciples for letting me sit in the last two weeks.
Our first gig back will be at The Knuckle Down Saloon, Madison, WI with Westside Andy on harp. Show starts at 9pm.
On Wednesday November 13th, I'll be the guest host of the Rick Holmes Jam at The American Legion Post 449 in Brookfield, WI at 7:30pm
Friday, November 15th, we're back at Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, Il at 9:30pm. Get there early and see Dave Herrero at 9pm. He's an excellent guitarist and singer.
Saturday, November 16th, we're at Deja Vu Martini Lounge, Appleton, WI at 9pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
RIP to my friend Benny Reno.
I'm on recliner duty per doctor's orders. This includes watching all episodes of The Soprano's, Deadwood, Hell on Wheels, Battlestar Galactica, Little Britain, Modern Family and Breaking Bad. Reading detective novels, science fiction, Napoleon and Thomas Cromwell's biographies. I am forced to play cribbage, cards and other tortures with my wife and PT LOL.
I am on the mend and thank everyone for the calls, texts, FB and visits. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon. ~ Rev
Been a busy summer. August is half over for Christ's sake. Had a ball at all the festivals and great to see everyone. Played with my old bandmates the Blues Disciples today, along with Benny Rickun, PT, Joe on piano and Steve on the tubs. Great to play with such fine musicians. Thanks to Kats Sass for lending us their drummer Steve who did a great job. Here's our schedule for this week:
We've got a lot of our favorite harp and sax players sitting in this spring and summer. Check the schedule to see if it's Big Al Groth, Westside Andy, Benny Rickun or Steve Vonderharr. I love em all
The Up & Under Blues Reunion will be held at Kochanski's Beer Hall on Sunday from 2pm - 6:30pm. Four great bands forced my hand to increase the cover charge to $15 from $10. It's a great deal and will be a ball. Danno will be working the door too. Here's the poster. Please pass it around:
Got back from the IBC challenge in Memphis on Monday after a long train ride thru the night in a sleeper car the size of a broom closet. What a ball. Saw so many friends from our road tours and a lot of great music from talented unsigned blues bands. Ready to go back to work and in the van Jim Liban took the city by storm winning the "Best Harp" award ...
And the results are in!
- 2012 Touring Blues Band of the Year: Reverend Richard Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
- 2012 Touring Blues Band Show of the Year: Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues at the Southwest Florida Blues Festival.
Our last CD "Shake Your Boogie" is still listed on CDBaby.com as a top ten seller for Chicago Style Blues. You can also find us at Amazon.com and a locally in Miwaukee Metro at The Exclusive Company, in Greenfield,WI.
We're starting our way back home tomorrow after playing the Time Out Pub in Rockland Maine tonight at 7pm. Good tour so far. Great driving thru some cool old three and four hundred year old towns. They think we talk funny!! Imagine that LOL.
Check the schedule for remaining shows. Otherwise we'll be home to play 5the Italian Community Center, in Milwaukee on Tuesday 9/2/12 with Benny Rickun on harp.
Time for another great Sunday afternoon of blues at Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall, 1920 s. 37th ave, Milwaukee, WI tomorrow 8/19/12 with The Blind Giant of Bourbon St, Brian Lee and his great band. We'll be opening on the front stage and Brian will be holding court on the back stage. $15 cover helps Brian cover some of the massive medical bills he's incurred with his recent surgeries.
Brian is a New Orleans institution. Playing for many years at the Old Absinthe Bar, 5 nights a week, 6 sets a night. He's a Grammy Award winning guitarist...
Big Al is back on the band stand on Friday and Saturday night this weekend. We're looking forward to having him back in the van.
Here's our schedule this week...
We're home from our tour of Canada. Played three big blues festivals and played and met a slew of great people. Check out our Facebook page for updates.This week we're on home turf again. Here's the schedule...
Back to the salt mines for us. Here's our schedule for the week and then it's off to the Great White North of Canada for 3 blues festivals in a row. Bring lot's of water, beer and wine to stay hydrated...
Big Al Groth returns to the bandstand! RUSTIC WOODS CAMPGROUNDE2585 Southwood Dr.Waupaca, WI, 54981715-258-2442 Saturday - June 23rd - 9pmE2585 Southwood Dr.Waupaca, WI, 54981 715-258-2442
We're playing at the Rock N' Blues Haus - 939 south 8th street, Manitowoc, WI on Friday, June 22nd. Show starts at 9pm.
We're scheduled to return to Summer Fest 2012. We'll be on the Harley Stage at 2:30pm on Thursday, July 5th. Featuring the return of Big Al Groth on Saxophone. Please pass the word...
Danny Moore is setting up shop to teach piano to all comers. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll be at the Milwaukee Ale House on Friday, May 4th at 9:30pm. Then Saturday join us at Rockerz in Two Rivers, WI at 9:30pm
Rev Raven's Sunday Blues Matinee at Kochanski's Beer Hall featuring Jimmy Voegeli and Benny Rickun. Show starts at 2pm. Please pass the word.
It's WAMI weekend on College Ave in Appleton WI this weekend. Nominated bands and artists will be performing at clubs up and down the avenue. You can catch us at Deja Vu at 9pm. Sunday it's the WAMI award show. Doors open at the Performing Arts Center at 6:30pm with a pre-party at Mill Creek.
Mamie's, Milwaukee last full time blues bar tonight at 9:30pm. 3300 W. National Avenue, Milwaukee WI
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the PAWS benefit in Escanaba. Over 300 dancing sinners made it a night to remember. Great to see old friends from Gladstone's Sandbar days too.
Summer is shaping up nicely. We have lot's of cool outdoor shows and festivals coming up. Some featuring the return of Big Al Groth on saxophone. Check the gig page for a list of featured guests...
We return to Buddy Guy's Legends on Tuesday, March 20th at 9:30pm. 700 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, Il. We'll have the big band including Danny Moore on piano and Tom Sobel on sax.
Our Virgin Islands tour was a blast. We played, sailed and drank our way thru the islands. We brought Tom Sobel along on sax and he tore it up. Met old friends and made lots of new ones. Good to be home and ready to hit the road this weekend. Milwaukee Ale House tonight (3/15/12) at 7pm. Beckett's in Oshkosh on Friday at 8pm and The Smiling Moose in Osman on Sunday at 4pm with special guest Tom Sobel for the second set.
Our CD "Shake Your Boogie" hit number #12 on Roots Music Report's Top 100 blues albums for 2011. Thanks to everyone concerned.
We've been selected to open the Bayfront Blues Festival on the main stage next year. We hit the stage at 12 noon.
SOLD OUT - SRO only!
We played to a full house at 10:10pm Thursday night at Buddy Guy's Legends. Made it thru the show in one piece. So many great musicians in the house too. A video on "Walking to Chicago" from that show is below...
Our cds are sold at the following Milwaukee area stores:
Exclusive Company, Greenfield, WI
Barnes & Noble, Greenfield, WI
Our new DVD, "Live at Wilebski's Blues Saloon" is for sale for only $10.00 at all shows. You can order it on-line in a few days or just send $12.50 which includes shipping to: Nevermore Records, 3851 E. Holmes Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110.
We also have overstock of white Reverend Raven t-shirts in large and xxxl. Shirts are $10.00 and you can get them on this site or by sending $12.50 to Nevermore Records.
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys' Shake Your Boogie is in the top 15 blues cds on roots radio around the world! AND in the top 3 on the Internet Radio for blues! Roots Music Report >>
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys' Shake Your Boogie is among the top selling Chicago Blues CDs at CDBaby (for 5 months) - AND - The Top Chicago Style Blues song #1 Stomping and Shouting! CDBaby >>
What we're hearing about our latest release, Shake Your Boogie...
"Any fan of straight ahead, tough electric blues will really like this cd" - Bruce Iglauer/Alligator Records
"Your release is also looking VERY good for my Best of 2010 list!” - Bob "Blues Doctor" Decker, host of "Clinic of Boogie & Blues", WNRB, 93.3 FM, Wausau.
"I f$%^ing love it" - Stefan Levy, Blues Foundation Board of Directors
"Highly recommended" - Steve Jones, Crossroads Blues Society
"It is a really great CD" - Bob Kieser, Blues Blast...