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Harrah's Joliet Casino
Great job and Thank you and the band so very much!!!!! Great job
Artist, Events and Entertainment
You guys were fantastic! Our Guests loved you. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you again in the future. Mary has a great eye for talent and never lets me down.
Kimberly Rudnicki | Coordinator of Marketing Promotions
Champaign Street Fest
Dear Kenny and Hurricane Gumbo,
I just wanted to say thank you one last time. You guys did
a great job and the crowd loved it. Please thank all the guys
again for a great show and please keep in touch!
Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator
Champaign Park District
Note from William Bogie regarding our benefit at Blue Bayou
I wanted to thank you and Hurricane Gumbo for playing at
the benefit on Sunday. We raised over $2,200! That's good
for a benefit that was pulled together as quickly as this
one was pulled together.
The band was outstanding. Everyone I spoke to had a great
time. The Blue Bayou was a fantastic place to have the event
and I am so glad you recommended it. I hope that we can
do this again next year.
"Note" from Dr. Gloria regarding our Benefit show at
I am writing this from New Orleans on the second of my four
trips here this fall. On my last trip (two weeks ago) we dedicated
the Rebuild Center and today our students helped to serve
125 homeless clients at the center. You and the band helped
with all of this....and you should all be very proud. We also
brought the remainder of t-shirts we had left from the fundraiser
and you should have seen the looks on their faces - they appreciated
them so much !!! Anyway I hope we can collaborate on another
event so we can help them even more - and maybe you will even
come with us sometime.
Hope to talk to you soon,
Clip from the "Quad City Reader"
Combining the elements of rhythm & blues, zydeco, jazz, and
funk, the eight musicians who compose Hurricane Gumbo may
be based in Chicago, but their sound is pure Louisiana. Eric
"le Lip" AuCoin, Chris "Brez" Brennan, Matt Daly, Kenny "E"
Errant, "Zydeco" Joe Sonnefeldt, Matt Wilfer, Hurricane Bill
Thibodeaux, and - a terrific moniker - Jon "Sleepin' Jesus"
Richter play both New Orleans favorites and originals with
such titles as "Congo Square," "What Is Hip?", and one that
seems to fit the group to a tee - "Too Much Fun."
Clip from sonicjive.com
Hurricane Gumbo at Grant Park, Taste Of Chicago July 7th,
2007 - Taste Stage
Combine sweltering humidity and temperature, a near-record
heat index, over one million people jammed into a one square
mile area, and Hurricane Gumbo and what do you get?
A damned good time is what you get.
Sunday July 7th, Taste Of Chicago resembled New Orleans in
more ways than one. Record temperatures aside, nothing was
hotter than Hurricane Gumbo and their zydeco-based, funkafied
fusion of rhythm, blues and soul. With a heat index approaching
120+ degrees, the Taste Stage that afternoon was twice as
hot thanks to Gumbo, Inc.In a charged set that included a
mixture of originals and cover tunes, Hurricane Gumbo was
the highlight of the week. Yes it was muggy, but that’s what
water is for. On a day where the band could have literally
phoned it in, so to speak, Billy and the boys provided a boisterous
afternoon of their usual merriment and good times.
Highlights of the afternoon set included “Turn On Your Lovelight”,
“Qualified”, “Zydeco Soul” and “What Is Hip?”. Oh yeah, and
then there’s the beads….because every day is Mardi Gras when
Hurricane Gumbo is in town.
Their show, to say the least, was downright sizzling, a piquant
addition to the fare served up at this year’s Taste Of Chicago.
An added plus……..After the show I got to hang out and have
a few beers with trumpet player Eric “Le Lip” Aucoin and then
a group of us made our way down to Blues Heaven, the old Chess
Records recording studio at 2120 S. Michigan Avenue for the
Willie Dixon Birthday Blast. This topped off a great afternoon
and a great two weeks of SonicJive entertainment.
To sample some of Hurricane Gumbo’s refreshing Cajun/Zydeco/Blues/Funk
pabulum, visit their website hurricanegumbo.net.
Hey Billy Rosas and crew!!
I've been waiting to get something from you so I could e-mail
you back. I tried to post something for everybody to see a
few weeks ago but I was having trouble and could not do it.
Thank you SO SO much for coming and playing at my 50th birthday
party!! We are still hearing rave reviews from the guests.
Steve and Collyn did a fantastic job and
you guys rocked!! Everybody had a great time and you
surely picked up some new fans that night.
We make sure we tell them how much we love you guys and to
get out and see a full set.
Billy, you know it's been like 30 years now that we've known
each other. Thank you for years of friendship and entertainment.
Love you, my friend!!!
We will see you all soon.
Keep making that music that makes us all so happy!!
Julie Wallin (and Steve