Date(s) - 04/14/2024
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Heartwood Soundstage


Welcome back to Gainesville after one of the best shows we ever had back in 2016: Alligator Records recording artists the Cash Box Kings are keeping REAL DEAL, old-school Chicago Blues alive and thriving.

The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940s and 1950s post-war Chicago Blues sound as well as the Delta Blues music of the ‘20s and ‘30s. But these illustrious torch bearers also add a bravado, energy and freshness to the mix that results in a distinctive musical experience and a high-energy stage show. Fronted by vocalist Oscar Wilson and vocalist/harmonica player Joe Nosek, they focus on the raw, stripped-down, ensemble playing that was the hallmark of the post-war sound.

As an additional treat, they will have with them Tokyo pianist Lee Kanehira, who won the inaugural 2018 International Chicago Blues piano competition, one of the best traditional Blues and jump piano players in the world right now. She’ll blow you away.

“Singer Oscar Wilson and singer-harpist Joe Nosek are experts in classic Chicago grooves—perfectly evoking Muddy and Little Walter—but they also enchant with original songs both funny and pointed.” –MOJO (UK)

Opening the show is Dr. Jules’ Cool Blues. Dr. Jules’ Cool Blues is the brainchild of Dr. Jules Gliesche, whose long quest to preserve and honor the Blues has led to a recent evolution that preserves his own need to write original decompositions and cover Blues standards in public, while adding the talents of Little David Thornton (harp) and Marie Williams (piano, guitar and primarily vocals) to round out the sound and diversify the setlist.

As a trio they strive to both promote Dr Jules’ original decompositions, and play the Blues honestly and true to its original roots and rhythms. By incorporating elements of Jazz & Big Band Swing, their sound remains soulful, and firmly rooted in the rhythms and traditions of the Blues. Plus, if you listen to the lyrics, you’ll discover that they’re often downright amusing. Their motto remains “We’ll play the Blues for you.”