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2008 Entries

We hope that everyone is doing well and getting geared up for a wonderful holiday weekend. Gumbo is not playing this weekend and will be celebrating July 4 with family. You may even see Mr. Errant and Mr. Green down near Lake Michigan for Chicago’s annual fireworks display. Word has it Kenny grills up a mean skirt steak.

For those of you asking about the CD, here is the deal. We hit a small delay with one of the song’s licenses and we are waiting to hear from Nicky Rhodes from Louisiana. Nicky, if you read this, please send the material we need so we can get this wrapped up quickly. We will also shoot you a copy when done. (Special note to Mike and Mary Love-you will also be notified personally when things are wrapped up.)

When the CD is complete we will also announce a date for a CD release party. We have had many folks ask about a gig and details will be forthcoming.

Regarding upcoming gigs…next week we are playing a benefit in Canton, Illinois and then Aug 8 at Chuck’s BBQ bash. Check the dates’ page for more details and pertinent links.

Have a great Fourth of July.

June 8, 2008

As of this writing I assume that the Hurricane Gumbo crew is back in Chicago and in one piece after the little mini tour this past weekend. I can only account for Lunchbox and myself as we were the first to get out of town Sunday morning in search of a McDonald’s.

The tour began Friday night at Po’Boys in Peoria as part of their crawfish boil. With the temps as humid as they were, those crawfish and cold Abita went down great. We look forward to coming down and playing again. Hopefully, the next time we play, we will see our new friend Ed, a south-side Chicagoan now living in Peoria. It was great to meet you Ed and stay in touch.

After grabbing some breakfast and a few coffees the next morning, we headed to the Gumbo Ya Ya festival in Rock Island, Illinois for our Saturday night performance. This New Orleans-themed event features the music, food and beads that comprise a trip to New Orleans and is set over a few blocks of downtown Rock Island.

As we rolled into town so did a huge thunderstorm, but after a few hours, the sun came out and things were back to normal. The show went well and the crowd seemed like they were having a good time with all the beads being thrown. Even Dikki Du Carrier (a fabulous accordion player who was playing right after us) got into the act and came out to throw some beads with us. We had a blast, as always, so thank you to Catherine for allowing us to be a part of the great festival that she and her team put together this year and we would love to be back next year.

It was also great to meet Gumbohead, a wonderful band from St. Louis. We hung out with them while in Rock Island and caught some of their set. If you are in St. Louis, check them out. It was nice to meet all you guys and hope to see you in the future.

Thanks to Dr. Don and Bob Reed for coming out and playing with us. And also a special shout out to all the southsiders who made the trip including the folks from the Oak Lawn Raiders and Chuck from Chuck’s BBQ. (Speaking of Chuck’s, we are playing at his summer bash the weekend of August 8, so clear your calendars.)

This week we are playing Friday, June 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in downtown Freeport, Illinois for the Concert in the Park series with Dennis Stoughmatt and Creole Stomp. The following week, on June 20, we are at the Taste of Champaign. Check out the dates' page for more details.

We also anticipate having the new CD in our hands in the next week and have been discussing a possible CD release party so keep checking back for details.


May 18, 2008

What do you get when you add 500 people, 1,000 lbs of New Orleans crawfish, a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon and Hurricane Gumbo? One hell of a party at McGee’s Headsuckers Ball.

Over the weekend we opened this 19th annual event at this Lincoln Park bar in Chicago and it was a blast. Cold beer, super strong hurricanes and lots and lots of crawfish and people made this a great way to spend an afternoon.

Special thanks to RJ, Phil and all the folks at McGees who kept us filled with drinks and food. We look forward to coming back next year.

Looking ahead … this Saturday, May 24, we will be playing at Blue Bayou at 3734 N. Southport in Chicago from 4-7. Come out and enjoy some great New Orleans food and cold Abita on tap.

Then the summer begins with our Trail of Guilt Tour 2008. First stop, June 6 at Po’Boys in Peoria and June 7 at the Gumbo Ya Ya Festival in Rock Island.

See you there

May 2008

Spring is here and the Crawfish are running straight to Chicago for the biggest, hottest Cajun Party north of I-10.

Join us this Saturday, May 17 for the19th annual Headsucker’s Ball at McGee's Tavern located at 950 W. Webster in Chicago. These folks fly in more than 1,000 pounds of crawfish, direct from the bayou, served up with jambalaya, red beans & rice, and a mighty fine gumbo to make this the best spring time Cajun Party in town.

Cost is $20.00 for all you can eat and doors open at 10:00 a.m. We hit the stage at 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more details, call McGee's at 773-868-8073

Come join in the New Orleans style celebration and shake your party pole or anything else that wiggles.

April 2008

We begin the month of April on a high note after snagging an opening slot performance with the King of New Orleans, Dr. John. The Arcada Theater in St. Charles, Illinois (just west of Chicago) was the spot for the March 30, Mardi Gras party as we shared the stage with Dr. John and his backing band, the Lower 911.

While we know that the onsite crews were a little scared about having such a large band opening for Dr. John, the response we got from them, the audience and members of Dr. John’s group was all positive. Special thanks to Rocky and Jerry from Dr. John’s team for allowing us the honor and spending some time with us at the meet and greet afterwards. Special thanks to Ron Onesti and everyone at Onesti Entertainment for inviting us and we hope to work with this fine group of folks in the future.

New CD …
Yes I know we have been talking about it off and on for months, but the live Hurricane Gumbo CD is being prepared for final mastering and all the legal licensing items that need to be signed off on. Bassist Jon Richter deserves special thanks for all his efforts over the past few months in getting this to its final state. The CD will feature 8 to 10 live tracks from performances around the Midwest the past year and a few tracks recorded in the studio. We anticipate having CDs available at our upcoming summer gigs.

Speaking of summer gigs, click here to see the growing list of upcoming gigs. Our next job is at McGees Tavern’s May 17 Crawfish Boil and then on the road every weekend in June, including the Gumbo Ya Ya festival in Rock Island, Illinois on June 7.

Please check out the latest Hurricane Gumbo branded merchandise by clicking on the merchandise link on the left-hand side of the page. Nothing says you love Hurricane Gumbo more than a pair of purple crawfish underwear.

Happy March 2008,

Things are moving along with the upcoming live CD. The project will include 8 to 10 live tracks from various Mardi Gras shows from around the Midwest and a couple of studio tracks completed last month. So far, we are very happy with the project and look forward to sharing it fans during our upcoming summer festival season.

Speaking of festival season …

Dates are being booked for concerts and festivals around the Midwest and many, many more are being finalized. Please check back to the Web site for latest tour updates and also for the unveiling of Gumbo-branded merchandise for you or your home or office.

Happy Valentine's Day from Hurricane Gumbo!

After a busy Mardi Gras, we are looking forward to a little rest before the summer festival season. And right now is perfect as we put the finishing touches on the new recordings. Also we need to track down Lunchbox Daly who was last seen with Britney in rehab. Just kidding, he is fine and resting comfortable.
Mardi Gras began at Po?Boys in Peoria. Man talk about throwing a party. Besides the girls, beads and beers, we had a visit from the Loves, our friends from out west who continue to show up and support us. This place screams New Orleans and we can?t wait to get back down there later this year. On Fat Tuesday our day began at 6:30 am as we headed to the NBC Tower downtown to serve as the house band for the ?In the Loop with i-Village? television show. After getting some great airtime, we packed up and drove to Duffy?s in Lincoln Park. Fun was had by all as we added our annual Fat Tuesday horn volunteers Dr. Maybe and Bari Bob Reed.

Finally, it was on to B.J. McMahon?s for the final gig of Mardi Gras 2008. We have played this place for years (thanks Roger and Jan) and it was a great way to end the evening. How can you go wrong with cold Abita and shots of Jack Daniels; unless you had to work the next day.

So after many miles, little sleep and lots of stories, we will be taking a little rest. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us and keep coming back to the new look Website to learn when we will be visiting your neighborhood. We continue adding new summer gigs (and probably some in the next few months) so check back regularly to see the latest listings or, better yet, join the hundreds of Hurricane Gumbo fans who receive regular updates via e-mail. Joining is easy. Just click on the link above this message.


Happy 2008 from Hurricane Gumbo!

Well, the holidays are behind us and we ate and drank too much, but we are looking forward to an exciting Mardi Gras.

We begin this year at St. Anne Church, on January 19 in Hazel Crest, Illinois. A limited number of tickets are going to be sold and are going fast. Tickets are $25.00 each and include the renowned all you can eat St. Anne Mardi Gras Buffet and music by us. There will also be a cash bar.

Tickets are available by calling 708.335.3221, or e-mail Hurricane Bill at hurricanebill@hurricanegumbo.net, and we can make some arrangements to get you tickets."Will call" tickets will only be held with advanced payment.

After that we head to Chuck's Bar B Que Mardi Gras Extravaganza in Burbank, Illinois on Tuesday, Jan 29. Chuck throws one of the biggest Mardi Gras parties in the south suburbs and last year's party sold out. Go to www.chuckscafe.com or call 708.229.8700 for more information on how to get tickets for this great event.

On Saturday Feb. 2 we head back to Peoria and headline their annual Mardi Gras Party at Po' Boy's. We played there at the end of last year and the place is a blast. Check out http://www.poboysbourbonstreet.com for all the details.

For Fat Tuesday, Feb. 5th, we are performing at Duffy's, 420 1/2 W. Diversey in Chicago. This is our first time playing here but we anticipate a great evening; especially since it is also Super Tuesday. Go to http://www.mcgeestavern.com/duffys/index.shtml for information about Duffy's. Finally, we close the week with the Annual Chubby Thursday Party on Feb. 7 at BJ McMahon's in Oak Lawn.

Keep in mind, this is only the beginning. We continue fielding calls for the upcoming summer season and will keep all of you abreast of new dates through the new and improved Hurricane Gumbo Web site, which should be up in the next few days.

Remember if you are interested in booking the band; please contact Bill Green at Rough House Productions. He can be contacted via e-mail (chicagowilly@sbcglobal.net) or via phone at 773.247.4886.

More good times to come so stay tuned.



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