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  Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers in Chi-Town
  Review and photos by Shannon
 Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers in Chi-Town
As I made my journey toward Chicago all I could think of is how much I really enjoy seeing a live band play some great blues. It took about 4 ½ hours to get there, but it was worth every second! Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers were slated to play Buddy Guys Legends on Saturday, April 3rd. I had been planning this trip to see my favorite blues band for a few months. For whatever reason these guys weren't coming anywhere close to St. Louis. It was a nice and relaxing drive-straight up highway 55 north. Traffic wasn't too bad (but don't ask me about the craziness coming home on Sunday!!)

Anyway, I arrived at Legends around 7:20 pm and there wasn't an empty chair in the joint! I couldn't believe how packed it was already. The band didn't even take the stage until 11 pm, but I did manage to see some nice "local" blues bands that opened. By the time Rod Piazza came on stage the place was packed with wall-to-wall, standing room only crazy blues fans.

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers in Chi-Town It was obvious that the Chicago blues enthusiasts knew a good thing was in town. Rod Piazza has been around doing his brand of jumpin' harmonica sounds for over twenty years. The band has been nominated and has also won Handy Awards recently and in the past. They played two exhilarating, soul-moving sets with such passion and gusto.

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers in Chi-TownI would have to say that my favorite moments of the show included Honey Piazza on piano and Rod working the crowd over with an amazing solo ending with him jammin' on top of a group's table.

There is nothing quite like live entertainment! The Mighty Flyers have just released their latest album on the Blind Pig record label entitled "Keepin' It Real". There are originals on the disc as well as some covers of Muddy Waters and two previously released tracks from the Kid Ramos album "Greasy Kid Stuff". I suggest getting your hands on anything Rod and the Flyers have done. Very fine and interesting stuff. We may even get lucky enough to get them back in St. Louis this summer…one can only hope! For more info you can check out www.themightyflyers.com

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