Locally @The Front Porch Music November 12; @Franklin House November 24
Valparaiso– – In a time when American music is too often characterized by emasculated melodies, narcissistic lyrics, and hyped mediocrity— Head Honchos’ offer up intense body moving rhythms and emotionally-charged guitar expressions on their just-released, seven-song, self-titled CD.
Valparaiso-based band Head Honchos’ perform at two CD Release Parties – @The Front Porch Music, 505 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Friday, November 12, 8 p.m., $12., (219) 464-4700 or http://www.frontporchmusic.com; and at Franklin House, 58 S. Campbell St., Valparaiso, Wednesday, November 24, 9 p.m., Free, (219) 462-2533 or http://www.franklinhousevalpo.com.
Head Honchos’ are featured on nationally-syndicated radio show BLUES DELUXE the week of November 7-14 (listen locally: WXRD-FM 103.9, Sunday, 10 p.m.; WWHP-FM 98.3, Monday at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.). They are also the Spotlight Artist on AMERICAN VETERANS RADIO the week of Sunday, November 28 (www.avradio.com to listen)
Grounded on the foundations of American blues, rock, soul, and funk, Head Honchos’ launch their improvisational excursions with an irresistible invitation to kick back, let go, and enthusiastically ENJOY!!!
Head Honchos’ CD contains some quickly-memorable originals (“Lucky’s Train,” “Whiskey Devil,” “Good Love,” “That Driving Beat”) as well as sizzling interpretations of classics such as Albert King’s “Going Down,” “Fire On The Bayou” by Aaron Neville, and Wilson Pickett’s “99 1/2 Won’t Do.”
Front person Rocco Calipari’s Detroit-schooled vocals will leave no doubt of the unapologetic American identity we all experience. In an artistic celebration of our shared pride and joy, Head Honchos’ cover some of our most loved standards, while introducing to an appreciative audience “roots-inspired” new tunes. Calipari is a skilled teacher of guitar and since 1995 has been playing lead guitar for well-known Chicago band, Howard and The White Boys” Rocco recorded with Buddy Guy on H&TWB’s CD, The Big Score. Additionally, he has performed with Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Carl Weathersby, Son Seals, and many more. As one of Chicago’s great contemporary blues guitarists, Rocco has played in 40 states and 12 countries around the world. Other bands members include :
“CC” Copeland: This Chicago blues mainstay has worked his bass magic with John Primer, Vance Kelly, Sharon Lewis, Melvin Taylor, Howard Scott, and many more of Chicago’s outstanding musicians. Copeland has played to cultured audiences in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and Belgium. As a music educator he has taught and developed programs for public school students, as well as, college age learners.
Rocco Jr. first sat in with Howard and the White Boys when he was 15 years old. He attended the Guitar Institute in Hollywood, Calif. where he studied under Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), jazz/blues great Scott Henderson, and famed blues instructor/writer Keith Wyatt. His approach to the guitar, while grounded in rock and blues, is keenly aimed at a post-modern interpretation of American roots music.
Scott Schultz: Brings to the drums a rich foundation in the artistry of percussion based on the creativity of John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell, Ian Pace, and Dave Grohl. With his first band “Suburbanite”, he toured the entire Midwest. With his rhythmically-intense approach to the drums, he has now established in Chicago an enthusiastic new audience for his engaging percussive skills.
HEAD HONCHOS’ REVIEW COPIES/INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST