MEET THE BAND
Every musician you see performing brings their own talents and backgrounds to the band. Each has their own way of making us sound the way we do. Our unique sound and the way we bring back the feeling of those songs we love comes from the diversity of the players.
CHUCK LITTLE as ELWOOD BLOOZE
Elwood Blooze drives and maintains the Bloozemobile (a 1974 Dodge Monaco), books the band, herds the band members, and has been singing and dancing his butt off for over 25 years. In real life, he’s Chuck Little: business owner, black belt, and the hardest working bandleader in the business.
KEVIN POLLACK as JOLIET JAKE BLOOZE
Kevin does it all: singing, dancing, songwriting, acting, talent management, laundry, macramé. He’s also a major force in the Chicago theater scene, praised for his portrayals of real-life icons like Joe Cocker and Roger Ebert. And speaking of legendary Chicago duos, we’re thrilled to have him take the stage with us as Jake.
SHEILA PEPPLE – LEAD VOCALS
If we had to pick one moment where the band went from “hey, these guys are pretty good” to “wow, this is the best show band I’ve ever heard”, it was the first time Sheila took the stage with us. She dazzles audiences with her stellar takes on tunes from "Respect" and “Natural Woman” to “25 or 6 to 4”.
“BROTHER” JOHN KATTKE – KEYBOARDS, GUITAR, and VOCALS
A staple in the Chicago blues scene, Brother John’s authentic riffs and smooth vocals “make it easy to move your feet”. When you hear his take on “Late in the Evening” and “Rainy Night in Georgia”, you’ll understand why he’s on Buddy Guy’s speed dial. Visit John online at JohnKattke.com.
JAY OLASZEK – BASS GUITAR
They call him “Mister Zero” because of his ice-cold grooves and his cool wit. The life of the green room, Jay is a mild-mannered educator by day and Triumph-riding wild man by night. When he’s not invoking the riffs of the late great Duck Dunn with us, he can be seen at some of the city’s top music venues.
ROB McDOUGLE – GUITAR
From old school country (and western), jazz standards, and rock classics to a briefcase full of blues, Rob’s diverse talent as a guitarist is in high demand all across Chicagoland. He has a list of credits a mile long and we’re honored to have him share the stage with us.
GINA KNIGHT – DRUMS
The most in-demand drummer in all of Chicagoland, Gina delights crowds with her solid beats and winning smile. Talented beyond her years, Gina has been playing with nationally touring bands since the age of 14 and has guest-starred on a few episodes of the hit TV show Empire. Visit Gina at DrumLessonsGirl.com for lessons and shenanigans.
DANYA THOMPSON – DRUMS
During his first gig with the band, Danya got a call to do a session for Kelly Clarkson.
Sheila said, "That's very cool." Jake said, "Can I come with and get a selfie?" Elwood said, "Kelly who?" Needless to say, we're honored to share the stage with this world-class drummer and producer.
STEVE KOSTAKES – KEYBOARDS
Steve, who grew up on Chicago’s south side, was heavily influenced by the city’s music scene and started playing piano and drums at an early age. Since then, he's lived in Los Angeles and Phoenix and has played at top venues around the world. He's a moving target and we're lucky to have nailed him down to play several shows with us.
BRIAN FINN – TRUMPET
The captain of the horn section, Brian Finn’s crystal clear trumpet tone defines the horn section’s signature sound. His solos on “Beginnings” and “Long Train Runnin'” get crowds on their feet and screaming for more. Brian is also one of the Chicago area’s most respected music educators.
DADDY-O DAVE PICCO – ALTO and BARITONE SAXOPHONE
We almost lost Daddy-o a few years ago when he took a bad hit to the knee during an MMA fight. Fortunately, our friends at Budweiser melted down a beer keg and the horseshoes off a Clydesdale and built a new knee for him. Part bartender, part choreographer, part cheerleader; Daddy-o is truly the heart and soul of the band.
KEVIN CLINE – TROMBONE
One of the most versatile musicians in all of Chicagoland, Kevin is an accomplished pianist, composer, singer, and one of the best damn trombone players on the planet. His critically-acclaimed solo album, Make Up Your Mind, is available on CDBaby, iTunes, and at select Blooze Brothers shows (if he isn’t sold out).
ANDY BLANCO – TENOR SAXOPHONE
Andy once crafted a working internal combustion engine out of stuff he found in his saxophone case. His saxophone playing is known to cure spattergroit, brain clouds, and the Hawaiian cat flu. He is also responsible for updating this website.
TOM TUMINO – TRUMPET
Tom has been filling in on trumpet with the Blooze Brothers for years and while we’re bummed when Brian can’t make it, we love having Tom around. He’s a pervasive presence in the music theater scene on the South Side, where we originally found him. He was amazing as Mary Poppins.