Toronzo Cannon, Alanna Royale, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin' Stones, Matthew Ryan

Dunn Dunn Fest 2018 Welcomes...

Toronzo Cannon

Alanna Royale

Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin' Stones

Matthew Ryan

The High Divers, Ryan Joseph Anderson, Carson McHone, Josefina, Chicago Funk Mafia, The Family Gold, Ian Leith

Sat, February 17, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Fitzgerald's Nightclub

Berwyn, IL

$20.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Toronzo Cannon
Toronzo Cannon
Since the 2016 release of his Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way, contemporary blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter (and Chicago Transit Authority bus driver) Toronzo Cannon has burst onto the international stage as one of Chicago's – and the world’s – most acclaimed next-generation bluesmen. He’s earned his fame through the overwhelming response to his album, the sheer force of his music, his original songs, and his live charisma. Since the CD’s release, he’s played major cities all over the U.S., Canada and Europe, delivering one hard-rocking performance after another.

Cannon’s unofficial launch from local hero to national star took place on June 13, 2015 at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival, where he performed as a festival headliner for the massive crowd. After announcing that he had just signed with Alligator Records, he delivered a riveting set, instantly earning tens of thousands of new fans.

In addition to his devoted fans, Chicago media helped launch Cannon toward blues stardom. Powerhouse television station WGN won a local Emmy Award for their six-minute feature story on the hometown bluesman. Public Television’s WTTW interviewed Cannon on multiple occasions, and local CBS, FOX and ABC affiliates all featured him and his band. The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine ran in-depth stories on Toronzo. With all of the positive local coverage, national and international media soon came calling. CNN filmed Cannon leading a tour of Chicago blues clubs and then broadcast the piece around the world. England’s MOJO magazine declared The Chicago Way the #1 Best Blues Album Of 2016, as did the readers of Living Blues magazine in their annual poll. The album and Cannon were also nominated for four Blues Music Awards (the Grammy of the blues) in 2017. And the world champion Chicago Cubs invited Cannon to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the September 13, 2017 game.

The Chicago Way contains nothing but Cannon originals and is powered by his blazing guitar and soul-baring vocals. His songwriting is inspired by his deep, homegrown Chicago roots, his years observing the public while working as a city bus driver on the West Side, and his own battles and triumphs. From searing blues anthems to swinging shuffles to soulful ballads to roof-raising rockers, the songs tell timeless stories of common experiences in uncommon ways. He writes about shared experiences with a keen eye for detail. “Blues is truth-telling music,” he says, “and I want my audience to relate to my stories."

Cannon began his rise in the intensely competitive proving ground of the local club scene, where only the best musicians rise to the top. Iconic blues artists from Muddy Waters to Howlin’ Wolf to Koko Taylor to Hound Dog Taylor to Luther Allison all paid their dues in the Chicago blues bars before making their mark on the world. The same holds true today, as newcomers look to living legends like Buddy Guy, Eddy Clearwater and Lil’ Ed Williams for inspiration in taking their music from Chicago to fans across the globe.

Toronzo Cannon was born in Chicago on February 14, 1968, and grew up in the shadows of the notoriously tough Robert Taylor Homes. Theresa's Lounge, one of the city's most famous South Side blues clubs, was nearby. As a child, Cannon would stand on the sidewalk outside the door, soaking up the live blues pouring out while trying to sneak a glance inside at larger-than-life bluesmen like Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. He also heard plenty of blues growing up in his grandfather's home, and listened to soul, R&B and contemporary rock on the radio.

Cannon bought his first guitar at age 22, and his natural talent enabled him to quickly master the instrument. Although his initial focus was reggae, he found himself increasingly drawn to the blues. "It was dormant in me. But when I started playing the blues, I found my voice and the blues came pouring out." He absorbed sounds, styles and licks from Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Hound Dog Taylor, B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Al Green, Jimi Hendrix, J.B. Hutto, Lil' Ed and others. Although influenced by many, Cannon’s biting, singing guitar sound is all his own.

From 1996 through 2002, Cannon played as a sideman for Tommy McCracken, Wayne Baker Brooks, L.V. Banks and Joanna Connor. But he was determined to prove himself. In 2001, while continuing to work as a hired-gun guitarist, he formed his own band, The Cannonball Express. By 2003, he was working exclusively as a band leader. Cannon's first three albums — 2007’s My Woman (self-released), 2011’s Leaving Mood (Delmark) and 2013’s Blues Music Award-nominated John The Conqueror Root (Delmark) — document his rise from promising up-and-comer to star-in-the-making.

Cannon has played the Chicago Blues Festival on nine separate occasions, either as a sideman, a special guest, a band leader or, more recently, as a main stage headliner. When he’s home, Cannon drives a Chicago Transit Authority bus by day and performs by night. Using every vacation day and day off and working four ten-hour shifts a week, Cannon arranges his schedule to gig out of town as much as possible. He's performed in a number of U.S. and European cities and continues to build his audience one roof-raising show at a time. It isn't easy, but, like all of the Chicago greats who have come before him, blues is his calling. "I am proud to be part of a movement,” he says, anxious to hit the road and bring his music to new fans in new places. “I’m proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me."

Toronzo Cannon is the real deal. He’s battled his way to the top of the ultra-competitive Windy City blues scene, has already played multiple tours of Europe and delivered roof-raising festival performances around the U.S.A. He’s earned his place through charismatic talent, long hours, hard work, and his burning desire to succeed. That’s his way, that’s the only way he knows. That’s the Chicago way.
Alanna Royale
Alanna Royale
Alanna Royale combines the best elements of rock, pop, funk and soul, all executed by their fearless leader and sensual vocalist, Alanna Quinn-Broadus, an unparalleled rhythm section – Jared Colby on guitar, Gabriel Golden on bass and Matt Snow on drums - and a tremendously talented two-piece horn section – Kirk Donovan on trumpet and Diego Vasquez on trombone.

Without a single recorded song, Alanna Royale was able to obtain an impressive fan base and a reputation solely because of their unforgettable live performances. In January of 2013, the band released its debut EP, Bless Her Heart, which led to sold-out shows across Nashville and prompted Mike Grimes, owner of the world famous Grimey’s to declare them, “the next big thing.”

The band’s vivacious and soulful live shows have catapulted Alanna Royale onto the music scene. And now, thanks to their impressive fanbase and reputation, Alanna Royale’s, ACHILLES, is posed to skyrocket them to superstardom.

Recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, the album was engineered and produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff), and features a revolving door of local talent including members of Los Colognes, Fly Golden Eagle and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Alanna Royale shines bright by marrying smooth, retro roots with dirty Rock n’ Roll attitude. Since the release of Bless Her Heart, the band has shared the stage with some of Nashville’s finest, and made appearances at Bonaroo, Austin City Limits, East Nashville Underground and Music City Roots. They’ve been featured in Garden & Gun and Nashville Lifestyles and on NPR.

6 members, 5 beards, 2 horns, 1 lady. get into it.

http://alannaroyale.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/alannaroyale
http://alannaroyale.bigcartel.com/
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AlannaRoyale
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin' Stones
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin' Stones
Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones is an American rock ‘n’ roll band from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Wicklund formed The Steppin Stones at the age of nine. While most were accomplishing third grade reading lists, Wicklund was forming a rock ‘n’ roll band. Playing over 1,500 shows, sharing stages with acts including Kansas, Jefferson Starship, Outlaws, St Paul and The Broken Bones, Jimmy Herring, Rusted Root, Jason Isbell before legal drinking age, Wicklund and The Steppin Stones have evolved over a decade.



“That desire and commitment to the instrument really shows in her playing, but Wicklund is not simply a shredder or a tonal colorist —though she certainly has chops and can go for some buzzy and less-than-organic sounds. What's impressive to me is how she uses her custom Tom Anderson guitar and Orange half-stack to drive the emotional context of her songs with a combination of spiky rhythms, slow lines, fast runs, and cagey riffs. It all adds up to a thrilling ride”, Michael Molenda of Guitar Player Magazine.



Now in Nashville, Tennessee, Wicklund, guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter is accompanied on stage by bass and drums. Wicklund’s signature curls flying through the air transport back to the time of the first female rock star, Janis Joplin. Capturing the old soul of a new generation, Wicklund’s singing voice and guitar playing have earned her comparisons to blues/soul musician Susan Tedeschi.



With the band’s musical influences from Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Jeff Beck, Wicklund’s classic rock look get fans listening, but her guitar skills keep them wanting more.



“I remember the first time I saw Nirvana in 1990 in a small club in Jax Beach with a handful of long hairs and shoe gazers. I will never forget that night, but I was more blown away tonight by Hannah than by Kurt. She is a monster talent and her trio is cool as shit. Tonight was one of those once in a life time moments when you catch a superstar on the way up. Please support her so everyone else who plays guitar can retire,” said Josh Talbot, Nashville native.



Following the drop of their single, “Bomb Through The Breeze” on October 13, Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones kicked off their inaugural European tour on October 26, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The band will finish the year out with a string of shows opening for The Marshall Tucker Band. In January 2018, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones will release their self-titled album, produced by Sadler Vaden of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and kick off of “The Sibling Rivalry” tour with The High Divers (fronted by Hannah’s brother, Luke Mitchell).
The High Divers
The High Divers
We all moved to Charleston (SC) on the same day, and there was nothing else in our minds but forming a kick ass touring rock band”, says frontman, Luke Mitchell. With some extensive tours under their belts, as well as some opening slots for notable acts such as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, Delta Spirit, Shovels & Rope and Drivin N Cryin; The High Divers are steadily becoming exactly what they’d envisioned since day one.

Riverlust, the group’s debut record, released fall of 2015, found its way onto many “best of” lists and was warmly received up and down the East Coast. The band has quickly gained a foothold in the Carolina music scene as well, starting to sell out various venues in Charleston, Beaufort and Hilton Head Island. “We’ve been touring non-stop” says Mitchell, “We feel so static whenever we’re home for more than a couple of days”.

The Band is quickly approaching putting the final touches on their Sophomore release which is due out mid-September. “There’s been a little bit of a departure from any sort of “twang” on this record, says Mitchell “We don’t really want that “Southern Rock” moniker to follow us around forever, as we feel we’re so much more versatile than that label” . A band that would have felt equally as comfortable in the 60’s Detroit Motown scene as they would hanging out in Topanga Canyon in the early 70’s, The High Divers are creating songs that nod towards music of the past, while pushing ahead all the time.
Ryan Joseph Anderson
Ryan Joseph Anderson
Ryan Joseph Anderson is an established Chicago songwriter working on a new solo project inspired by country blues and psychedelic folk. For five years, Anderson has fronted the Chicago rock band Go Long Mule. He has produced both records by Go Long Mule, 2011's Kissing The Gunner's Daughter and the forthcoming Albion (2013), and has worked on projects with Rambos, Michele McGuire, Matthew Francis Andersen, Julie Meckler and Tom Schraeder. Anderson is currently at work on his debut solo studio album.
Carson McHone
Carson McHone
Carson McHone is an alt-country/americana songwriter from Austin, Texas. She released her debut self titled EP in 2013 and toured nationally and internationally in its support. Her vocals are featured on Shinyribs' newest album (Okra Candy, 2015), on Ray Wylie Hubberd's newest song "Chick Singer Badass Rockin", as well as a duet on Mike and The Moonpies 2015 release, Mockingbird. In 2014 McHone was selected as one of six songwriters to represent the city of Austin in "Project #ATX6". The group played showcases in Toronto, Canada at NXNE (North By Northeast Festival) and tourned Northern Germany, culminating in a sold out out showcase at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. She has shared the stage with Ryan Bingham, Lydia Loveless, Charlie Mars, David Ramirez, Jerry Jeff Walker, among others, and in May appeared with Shakey Graves during his ACL television taping, following up as direct support for his June 2015 tour. Carson will be touring in 2016, promoting her newly released full length album "Goodluck Man".

- For more information on Project #ATX6 and to watch the documentary episodes, visit http://www.projectatx6.com
Josefina
Josefina
Josefina is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago care of Buenos Aires. Her simple, airy vocal stylings pair with alt-country production chock full of piano, B-Bender, Pedal Steel, and 12-string that would have found an easy home on Asylum Records in the 1970s. But this isn’t a throwback to Joni or Emmylou. This is a modern girl making music with a scant twang and an infectious lightness of being.
Chicago Funk Mafia
Chicago Funk Mafia
Chicago FUNK Mafia is a progressive FUNK band with members hailing from all over the galaxy. An intergalactic FUNK band is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

On our honor we will do our best to do our duty to God and our planet and to obey the FUNK law; to help others at all times, to keep ourselves physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
The Family Gold
The Family Gold
Introducing The Family Gold and their debut EP Alright Now, featuring the original hit single, Absolutely Nothing. Whether you're cruising around town in your Sunday Car, or you're just feeling kinda low and looking to escape some Unwanted Company, The Family Gold is here for you. Go on now. Burn down the town, pour another around, and put on your new favorite American band, The Family Gold.
Ian Leith
Ian Leith
Born in West Texas, raised in Southern Illinois, seasoned in California and currently calling Chicago home, Ian Leith is on a "quest of endless possibilities with these here fingers."
Venue Information:
Fitzgerald's Nightclub
6615 Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, IL, 60402
http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/