Hill Country Live Presents
Frank Bang, Jake LaBotz
30 W. 26th St.
New York, NY, 10010
Whether it be alone and acoustic, amped up and
rocking with "The Secret Stash", or playing guitar
and singing in the All Chicago Blues Band "Cook
County Kings", Frank Bang is devoted to the music
of his youth. His heart is pure rock and roll, but his
soul screams the blues. Like Mike Bloomfield and
many more before him, it was the combination of
raw talent, hard work and devotion that earned him
respect, and a following, among blues loyalists.
Blues guitar master Buddy Guy chose Frank to play
blues guitar alongside him on his national and world
tours. When you hear him play you will understand
Now after 3 disc's on his own label, Frank has
teamed up with Producer Manny Sanchez
(Umphrey's McGee , Patrick Stump formerly of Fall
Out Boy ) at IV Labs Studio in Chicago. This long
time friendship brought true songs to life,creating a
full plate of Original Music. The new disc titled
"Double Dare" awaits an April 2013 release.
Jake La Botz is an actor and musician from Chicago. He has released six albums under his own name and toured internationally and famously around American tattoo shops. The first time you see him play knocks you out. Nobody really picks a guitar like Jake anymore; he learned from some of the best Chicago bluesmen that ever lived.
He's also an actor, with past roles in Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory, the remake of Rambo, which also featured two of his songs, Lonesome Jim, Sinners and Saints, and Fully Loaded, among others. He also has parts in the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Walter Salles' version of Jack Kerouac's On the Road — he went to the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of that one. The Los Angeles Times recently called his performance as "The Shape," the Satan-esque narrator of Stephen King and John Mellencamp's musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, "slithering, salacious, manipulative, delightful" and The New York Times said the show "comes alive" in his "every bravura entrance." As one of the actors in that show, I can attest: people went nuts for the guy.
His history is as authentic and roller-coaster wild as he is now generous and calm.