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SONICSOUL blues rock jam band a soulful sensation

Happened by the Irish-American eatery/pub/restaurant Muldoon's (a rock venue I just reviewed) in Wheaton, Illinois back in October of 2010 (okay, I have been back-logged on band reviews...geeez) to see the first Yankees Rangers major league baseball playoff game (yes, I'm a Yankees fan...what of it?) and suddenly heard this incredible wave of soulful musical sounds that just rocked me right was SonicSoul, the band for that Friday night, doing their last set of funkable blues-rock the way, I have to give it up to the owners of Muldoon's, these guys offer a bevy of really solid rock bands on weekend nights (with no cover charge!)...none of the bands I've heard there so far have disappointed me as of yet. You should check this place out when you are looking for a hang on weekends that features live rock music in the burbs and a neighborhood-friendly atmosphere, along with the always smiling and delightful barmaid that goes by the name of Charlie Anne.

The band SonicSoul advertises themselves as "one of Chicago’s premier blues rock jam bands, focusing on the music of the masters" aggresively playing rocking covers of such guitar icons as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix as well as more traditional blues artists and original songs. The band is comprised of three members, John Bruhnke on lead vocals/guitar, Kevin Johnston drums and vocals and the newest member bass player Chuck Comanse who just joined the band about 5 months ago and is currently working on some other projects as well, but he seems to be quite a welcome addition here. Chuck's bass playing is superb and it incorporates a funky rocked-out style similar to that of a
Stanley Clarke. The affable and more-than-capable drummer Kevin Johnston is one of the Chicago area's most versatile and has been playing with local blues and rock bands since 1983. In 1992, he accompanied blues legend Buddy Guy on a world tour supporting the five-time Grammy award winning blues icon. Add to this mix of burgeoning talent guitarist John Bruhnke, who acquired his blues chops in the early 1990's playing south side Chicago clubs as lead guitarist with notable local blues men L.V. Banks and later on the north side with the late "Professor" Eddie Lusk. SonicSoul started recording in October of 2010 and plans to release a CD in the summer of 2011. Their next show promises to offer alot of new covers and the stuff I cherish, original come on out and check it! As their name implies, these artists emanate music having a frequency within the audibility range of the human ear (hence the word sonic) in waves of sound from the soul... SonicSoul. 'NufSed.

Next Show:
Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 9:00pm
John's Buffet
27W482 Jewell Road
Winfield, IL 60190-1225
(630) 752-2000

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