Skip Towne and The Greyhounds

Why book Skip Towne and The Greyhounds?

The band personifies hard driving, heartfelt classic blues, jazz, swing, and ballads and has been regularly performing acoustically as a 3 PIECE up to an electric 10 PIECE BAND around the Midwest and frequently in Chicago area clubs. They play for any type of Concert, Festival, Wedding, Private and Corporate Event. The players appear anywhere from People Magazine to VH1, Live Radio (WDCB 90.9 FM "Hambone's Blues Hour"), TV, and even Movie Soundtracks (science fiction thriller, "Changingman"). Don't forget their stints with Jump'n the Saddle Band (No. 1 INTERNATIONAL Million selling HIT, "THE CURLY SHUFFLE" (BILLBOARD No. 15).

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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 180 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: $800-7,500

Additional Booking Notes

We can provide our own lighting and sound production as needed. Three separate 20 amp circuits and 16' x 20' stage depending on the size of the band desired.

Skip Towne and The Greyhounds

Chicago's Skip Towne & The Greyhounds personify hard driving, heartfelt classic blues, jazz, swing, ballads, and downright good time Rockin' Blues that you can't refuse!. The band has been regularly performing acoustically as a 3 PIECE up to an electric 10 PIECE BAND around the Midwest and frequently in Chicago area clubs such as The Park West, Buddy Guy Legends, Famous Dave's, Beale Street Blues Café, Frankie's Blue Room, Penny Road Pub, The Brat Stop, Porter's Oyster Bar, Cubby Bear North, Flatlanders, Port of Blarney, Blarney's Island, Pete Miller's, and The Firkin. The Band also plays for any type of Concert, Festival, Wedding, Private and Corporate Event. Skip Towne & The Greyhounds' members can be found appearing anywhere from People Magazine to VH1 (with William Shatner), Live Radio (WJKL 94.3 FM "Hambone's Blues Hour"), TV, and even Movie Soundtracks (Bulletproof Heart in science fiction thriller, "Changingman"). Don't forget their stints with Jump'n the Saddle Band (..1 INTERNATIONAL HIT with "THE CURLY SHUFFLE" (BILLBOARD .. 15), Mickey & the Memories, Midnight, Traffic Jam, Night Flight, RPM, Orange Hunters and Street Talk. "Brother John" has toured and played world-wide with such greats as Eric Clapton, Maceo Parker, Black Crowes, George Benson, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor and Otis Rush from the "TONIGHT SHOW" to the CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL!
Skip Towne & The Greyhounds capture audiences with their own top notch brand of "The Blues with a Feeling"! The XXX dynamic, large-size vocals of Peter Quinn are a must to be heard. He sings the classics, the ballads, and ALL the blues with such hard pushing drive and emotion that crowds always fall for Peter's special delivery! The power-packed "Big House Horns" consists of veteran saxman, Tom "Shoes" Trinka, joined by Peter Quinn on harmonica. Johnny "Showtime" Janowiak (Grammy Nominated, Liquid Soul), and Kenny Anderson (Ohio Players), are often added for larger shows. The Big House Boys excel at solo and section work. Everyone will hear a lifetime of devotion to the Blues in the Guitar style of Harry Reinhart (Midnight, Traffic Jam). Radiant chords and smokin', tasty solos are his specialty. Brother John Kattke has played with Eric Clapton, Steve Miller, the Black Crowes and acquired ringing endorsements from many other world renown musicians including Led Zeppelin vocalist, Robert Plant, You play a mean guitar! And George Benson, Youre fearless! I thought I was fearless! A vital component of Buddy Guys and Koko Taylor bands, and prior leader of Otis Rushs band for three years, John is a brilliant vocalist, guitarist and pianist. From Steam-Train Rhythms to Chicago Shuffle Beats to soulful slow Blues numbers, the pairing of Jay Olaszek's (Small Shiny Things, Grasslands Acoustic Rock-N-Roll Trio, Ex-Five Year Jacket) bass and Jim Murray's (Nightflight, RPM, Michael McDermott) drums make the music a total groove. Skip's rhythm section is a unified pounding heartbeat resulting from a rich blend of their music theory backgrounds with years of studio work and live performances.
Skip Towne Productions can also provide alternative additional musicians to meet your wants, needs and budget including: Brother John (Motown, Funk, Soul, Jazz with various female and male singers and horn sections in a 4-10 piece band), Midnight (Classic Rock, Pop and Variety with female vocals and 3 part harmony in quartet or quintet), Traffic Jam (Blues, Rock, power trio) RPM (Classic Rock and variety in a trio) and other individual singers and groups to fit any musical requirements for your event.

The team providing the talent:

Peter Quinn

Lead Vocals, Harmonica

Jim Murray

Drums, Vocals, Percussion

Tom "Shoes" Trinka

Sax, Keys

Harry Reinhart

Guitar, Vocals

"Brother John" Kattke

Keys, Guitar, Vocals

Jay Olaszek

Bass, Vocals

Johnny "Showtime" Janowiak

Trombone

Kenny Anderson

Trumpet

Chris Halla

Keys, Guitar, Sax, Vocals

John "Phloss" Rice

Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin

Testimonials

We've got the fabulous sounds of Skip Towne & The Greyhounds and I'm excited to have Skip Towne and pals with us, as they happen to be one of my personal favorites as well as a favorite of Crawdaddy Bayou staff, and guests.

– Crawdaddy Bayou

Blues that the Blues Brothers would like. One hears that this band is very professional and that the musicians have played hundreds of gigs. Their own compositions like "Bulletproof Heart" are good but too few. The conversions are perfectly played as well, like Taj Mahal's "Mailbox Blues". Everyone who likes this kind of music should buy this excellent CD (without any hesitation!)

– Dietmar Hoscher, Head of Blues Department, CONCERTO

Thanks to you for everything. You guys were awesome, and everyone had great things to say about your performance. I will definitely keep your contact info for any future events we do in Chicago. If you guys ever play in Connecticut, let me know!

– Lincoln Financial Group

Just wanted to thank you again for playing at our party. It was a huge comfort to not have to worry about "the band" because we knew all the specifics were in such good hands. I cannot even tell you the number of people who said wonderful things about the guys. I have already had several people ask me the name of the band and request your telephone number

– Sheryl Lapka

Thank you for a very tasty treat for dem' ol' earholes. Cookin' disk. Guaranteed to please the most demanding blueshead. Instant party. This CD will be in heavy rotation for a long time comin

– Mark Smith a//k/a "The Blues Pilot" KJLU 88.9 FM

Thank you for the Skip Towne CD. I like my blues with a dash of swing, so your CD went down a treat. I'm playing "Boom, Boom...Lights", "Don't Worry Baby" & " I Get Evil

– Dave Glenn, Plains FM 96.9

Just a note to thank you for the album. It's a good 'un. My favorite track is "TORE DOWN". I've been playing Freddy King's version and also Clapton's version, but I'll play yours also in a future show. I also liked Larry Davis' song "HELP THE POOR" and Willie Nelson's "NIGHTLIFE". Thanks again and good luck with the album...I'll give it a good bit of airplay

– Martin Davies Radio Maldwyn Limited, Newton

This is an impressive album (Road Works Live)...a fine job...this compares well with better known bands...it makes me want to see the band...these tunes swing...it's what blues needs and often lacks, especially in blues-rock...good solos all around...very tasteful and well done...thanks for some really good music.

– Bruce Iglauer, President, Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc

The band covers broad ground on "Hit The Bricks" by interpreting diverse songs from Albert King's "I Get Evil" with its King-esque lead fills and funky piano accompaniment, down and dirty baritone sax solo, and cool horn lines...to the hip cool version of Willie Nelson's "Nightlife" with its sultry sax and harp solos. The band includes two more original tunes after "Bullet Proof Heart".... "I Ain't Got Nobody" and "I Don't Feel Like Rockin' The Blues". The latter is a big city, mellow tune....with soprano sax and brushes on the drum kit. The constants that carry through "Hit The Bricks" are great sax solos by Tom Trinka cool harp by Peter Quinn, and solid back up from a tight rhythm section. I consider this Chicago band's "Hit The Bricks" to be a good driving-down-the-highway CD.... the kind you can stick in the CD player and cruise up the interstate and never skip a tune

– Mike Edwards Suncoast Blues Society Twelve Bar Rag May/June 2004

Skip Towne & The Greyhounds sound like they've spent a lotta time on the tour bus - Music guaranteed to rock any roadhouse on the highway.

– Blues Access-Spring 2001

All in all, a very respectable and tasteful album...the playing was very good and feeling full, the band was exceptionally solid, and there was a level of professionalism that I rarely hear from a local band I don't know...this was still way better than 90% of the material I receive and there was a lot here for you to be proud of...I think you've got a good band and have done a good job presenting yourselves. Thanks for sharing the good music.

– Bruce Iglauer, President, Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

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