Siegel-Schwall Band returns to Opera House

SANDWICH — Corky Siegel and the legendary Siegel-Schwall Band return to the Opera House stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

Along with the first-wave British Invasion bands like The Rolling Stones, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and stateside groups like The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Siegel-Schwall Band was instrumental in The Great Blues Revival of the 1960s. Like Paul Butterfield, Siegel-Schwall were Chicago-based, serving as the house band at the famed Pepper’s Lounge. They earned their spurs backing greats like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Willie Dixon.

From 1966 until they disbanded in 1974, they ranked among the most important forces in reaching the baby boomer audience that sustains the blues to this day.

Performance tickets are $25, $20 for seniors 65 and older, and $15 for students. The box office is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before the show. Tickets may also be reserved with a credit card by calling 815-786-2555 during office hours or stop by at 140 E. Railroad Street in Sandwich.

This presentation is supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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