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Cliff & The Guardrails with The O2R Blues Band
February 4, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$5
Cliff and the Guardrails
In 2009 the late singer/guitarist Jim Sprague organized a little outfit dedicated to the blues, called Cliff and the Guardrails. The band has had several incarnations, the constant being masterful musicianship and irresistible groove. Today the torch Jim lit is carried forward by current Guardrails, guitarist/vocalist Phil Hipskind, bassist Jack ‘JackDaddy’ Joseph, vocalist/harpist Billy Smith, saxophonist Nelson ‘Hajee’ Batalon, keyboardist Michele Brentano, and drummer/percussionist/vocalist John Missik. The band is known to take some risks onstage, secure in the knowledge that whatever hairpin turn a musical arrangement might encounter, a Guardrail will be there to meet it.
The O2R Blues Band has been a fixture on the Bloomington scene for many years. The band plays a diverse mix of blues, R&B, and rock, led by the soulful singing of lead vocalist Zain Mackey. Guitarist/vocalist Lee van Buskirk, keyboardist/vocalist Michele Brentano, bassist Ken Grooms, and drummer/percussionist/vocalist John Missik round out the sound, ensuring that the seats are empty and the dance floor is full.