“The fingers of Johnny Iguana point the blues towards its future”
“Rollicking…deeply expressive…astounding…defies easy classification….a cohesive and splendidly satisfying whole.”
“A blues album like no other, being traditional yet utterly contemporary.”
“Nothing short of spectacular…barrels down the highway, careening between lanes as Iguana fires on all cylinders….cooks throughout….A treat awaits!”
“Skillfully blends classic Chicago blues from the 1950s with a freer, jazzier approach a la Ramsey Lewis…catch phrases can’t be used to describe this…This album rises to the occasion and needs to be recognized, especially one as invigorating as this….(4 out of 5 stars)”
“A modern approach to the blues, although it has touches that are reminiscent of the old glories of the boogie-woogie….it’s spectacular, it’s risky…a piano album like no other.”
“Sultry and steamy…extremely swinging…effortlessly bounces from blues to funk and even to classical…unstoppable boogie-woogie with a booming, almost bombastic sound.…The variation of this album is also its great strength…a wonderful blues album!”
Pianist/songwriter/founder of the Claudettes. Ex-piano player for Junior Wells and Otis Rush. Piano player on Grammy-nominated albums by Junior Wells, Chicago Blues: A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. Piano player on albums by Chicago Plays the Stones, Lil’ Ed, Carey Bell, Matthew Skoller and dozens of others.
In addition to his work as an esteemed and prolific producer/songwriter, this world-renowned bass-guitar virtuoso has played with Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, Questlove, Ramsey Lewis, Pat Metheny, Grover Washington Jr., Chicago Blues: A Living History and countless others. (Bill is a Ropeadope recording artist.)
An indie-soul singer-songwriter and guitarist with a fiercely independent streak, Phillip-Michael Scales has blues in the blood, being the nephew of the late, legendary B.B. King. Phillip-Michael graduated from the illustrious Berklee College of Music and has won acclaim for his solo recordings from American Songwriter, the Chicago Tribune and more. Blues has increasingly been a key part of Scales’ sound, never more than now as he steps to the front of the CHICAGO SPECTACULAR! stage.
Downbeat Magazine award winner and five-time Detroit Music Award recipient, Michael Caskey is a drummer (not to mention pianist, composer and music educator) who has played with a wide variety of artists: Heritage Blues Orchestra, oh my god, Eastern Blok, Chuck Mangione, Koko Taylor, John Sinclair and more. Michael is also the drummer of the Claudettes, a band he co-founded with Johnny Iguana.