The Crown Vics

The Crown Vics

Since 2003, the Chicago-based Crown Vics have been bringing audiences their intrepid blend of 1950’s birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll and R&B showstoppers.
Steeped in the big beat rhythms of Bill Haley & the Comets, the screaming saxes of early honkers like Joe Houston and the frenetic energy of Freddie Bell and Jimmy Cavallo, the six piece Crown Vics recreate the vintage sounds, sights and vibe of an early 50’s Alan Freed stage spectacular—one that has to be seen to be believed.

The Lucky Strikes

In the pantheon of Chicago rockabilly notables, Al Simon has blazed a trail and left a legacy matched by few. Beginning with the seminal roots rock outfit, The Rebel Rousers, followed by the art-rockabilly of The Git Gone Boys, Devil Dogs and continuing today with the iconoclastic The Lucky Strikes, Al continues to thrill patrons of dive bars across the Midwest.

Al Simon, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. Son of local T.V. legend, "Smilin" Sam Simon, who hosted the popular local dance show, "Cotton Pickin' Hootenanny", Al had the opportunity to meet many of the famous rockers of the mid-fifties. Recalling those years back, Al says "those guys were real nice and always eager to show me a lick or two....except for Gene Vincent. he was kinda creepy and was always hittin' on my ma"!

Paul DiMatteo, lead guitarist and founding member of the Rebel Rousers, is truly a Chicago icon. Born of the mean streets of Northwest Chicago, his teenage years were spent as an apprentice musical assistant to the seminal 50's-60's Chicago greasa rock band, the Gargoyles. Paul's parents, concerned about his health and safety, sent him to live with his aunt in Memphis. It was there under the tutelage of several aged and retired former Sun Studio session guitarists that he honed his legendary rockin' style.

Wayne Harrison, aka "Clubfoot" Alfie, having been left on a door stoop as an infant and taken in by the most notorious Teddy Boy in East London, soon grew to be one of the most feared, pompadoured gangsters afoot. It was while recovering from a series of razor wounds collected at his latest rumble, that he discovered the healing elixir of rockabilly music. After wearing out his dad's Johnny Cash vinyl, he soon nicked his neighbor's tea chest and broom handle, strung it up and hasn't stopped slappin' since. A mad dash across the pond left him drying off in Chicago and in search of adventure in Yankeedom. After running into Al and Paul, they were finally able to discover ,through his booze riddled accent ,that he expressed a desire to play rockabilly. His wish was granted.

"Jumpin" Jeff McDermott, drums and backup vocals is the second half of the Rebel Rousers rhythm section. A classically trained percussionist with the Peoria symphony, Jeff came to rockabilly in an unusual manner. It was after a night of bad liquor and a woman of questionable repute, he wandered into the Death Delay Club, in the red light district of Peoria. There, he witnessed Danny Devil and the Delinquents, the primal rockabilly act of Southern Illinois. The spirit came within and he was never quite the same. Soon after, he hooked up as drummer for Hi Fi and the Roadburners, then ultimately with the Rebel Rousers. God bless his soul!

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The Crown Vics with The Lucky Strikes

Friday, September 6 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Brauer House