Date:   5/28/2015

Siegel-Schwall celebrates Sam Lay with special Blues concert

"Siegel-Schwall puts everything they’ve got into live concerts ….They knock everybody flat.” Rolling Stone Magazine.   Experience for yourself what everyone in the industry, along with a wide-reaching dedicated fan base already knows, when the popular blues band of the 60s & 70s hits the stage of the historic Thrasher Opera House for their Siegel-Schwall Blues Band celebrates Sam Lay concert on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.  


Harmonica master, Corky Siegel, and longtime friend and guitarist, Jim Schwall, met in an elevator while attending Roosevelt University’s Chicago Musical College sometime around1965. Out of a mutual love of the blues, the two created the Siegel-Schwall Blues Band shortly after. 


After enjoying tremendous success in the 60’s & 70’s, the band took a sabbatical that allowed them to pursue other interests, including careers in education. However, after they re-formed the band for a reunion concert for a Chicago radio station a few years ago – it was quite clear . . . the fans wanted more. Since then, Siegel-Schwall has been back in a big way. "Few groups in the world can match them in making an audience feel good through the sheer joy of their music.” Chicago Sun Times. 


Joining Siegel & Schwall for what will surely be two unforgettable evenings of high-energy rock and blues will be drummer and Blues legend Sam Lay and bassist Rollo Radford. 


Sam was recently inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in April as a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and has a new film touring all the film festivals titled, Sam Lay in Bluesland. In addition to being the last legend standing of the historic Chicago Blues Fathers, which included Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, and Otis Spann, Sam is celebrating his 80th birthday! 


Rollo's professional career began at age 19 when the legendary jazz vocalist Dinah Washington gave him his start. After serving in the Army, he returned to join the very popular Top 40s sensation, Martha and the Vandellas. His past television performances include the rock show hit "Midnight Special,” the show "Soundstage” along with Muddy Waters, and on Public Television’s "Great Performances” with Siegel-Schwall, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Symphony. Radford has also toured with rock and roll legend, Chuck Berry


Tickets to see this legendary blues band, generously sponsored by the Horicon Bank and Stahl Plumbing, are $25 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Horicon Bank (Green Lake); Pick ‘n Save & Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton); or by calling 920-294-4279. On-line ticket sales are also available at 



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