Aurora, Illinois. The Empty Can Band, Aurora’s hometown rock and blues band will have their last official performance on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 8 PM at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, Illinois. After twenty-two years of performing to audiences in and around the Fox Valley, the band will be splitting up due to family, relocation and other personal reasons.
“It’s been a great run with these guys over the past twenty-two years. We’ve had a lot of fun and entertained a lot of folks. We originally formed in late 1999 to play a cancer benefit for a dear friend and went on to become one of the most successful bands in the Fox Valley. We continued to perform frequently at benefits for good causes over the years,” explains band leader Dave Glynn.
The original band was formed by members of the Fox Valley Blues Society who were responsible for producing and presenting the Blues on the Fox Festival in the early years of the festival. “We had a lot of fun working together on the festival, especially on the staging and production. The Blues Society held a few jams and we learned that all of us were pretty good musicians in our own right, so we decided to form a band and our first gig was to play a benefit. The rest was history,” says Glynn.
The band personnel has changed slightly over the years. Core members include band leader/singer/guitarist Dave Glynn, lead guitarist Johnny Mack and harmonica-player/front-man Rich Van Ham have been with the band since it’s inception. The band’s original drummer and founding-member Paul Wegman sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2010. Todd Moffett took over for Paul Wegman on drums in 2010 and has provided strong vocals in addition to the backbeat since Paul’s passing. JD Klatt, the original bass player who sparked the band into existence, moved onto other projects in 2009, but has sat in over the years. Jim ‘Chevy’ Chevalier, a long-timer player with Dave Glynn in his Chicago singer/songwriter days took over on bass in 2009 and has been with the band since. Ray Rehberg played rhythm guitar and mandolin from 2010 to 2018. Jorge Orendain Madrigal on keyboards and the Empty Can Horns featuring Lori Klatt on saxophone, Theresa Muir on flute and Dale Muir on trumpet have also supported the band over the years.
The Empty Can Band has had some notable past performances. The band opened for Koko Taylor, Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees, The Outlaws and The Marshall Tucker Band. They have performed at the House of Blues, the Chicago Hilton Grand Ballroom and the Hyatt Atrium in Chicago. They have headlined at all of the area festivals over the years including Aurora’s Downtown Alive, the Batavia Windmill Festival, North Aurora Days, Sugar Grove Corn Boil and Geneva’s Swedish Days. The band has been a regular performer at Two Brothers Roundhouse since their early years and have performed at establishments up and down the Fox Valley from St. Charles to Oswego including The Venue in Aurora.
They have released two albums over the years, “Still Alive”, a combination of both live performances and studio recordings and “Beautiful Man”, a tribute to the late drummer, Paul Wegman. Both albums are available on all the digital services including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and YouTube.
“We are sad to be winding down our group after all of these years. We are a family who will remain close and hope to continue to perform and support each other in smaller ensembles in the coming years,” emphasizes Glynn. “Family commitments, geographical changes and interests in other musical projects have made it a natural progression to disband. We hope our legacy as the ‘best bar band in the land’ per Hambone of Hambone’s Blues Party/WDCB 90.9 FM will remain intact.”
It’s your last chance to dance to the Empty Can Band at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Join Richie, JMack, Todd, Chevy and Dave for one last jam. This will mark 23 years for the Empty Cans, pleasing Aurora audiences with tasty originals and danceable cover tunes. July 23, 2022 at 8 PM at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 S. Broadway, Aurora, Illinois. No cover charge – this gig will take place outside in the Courtyard, weather-permitting. See you then! Rich and Dave will be performing a benefit earlier in the day from from 2:30 to 3:30 for Rita’s Ministry, 55 N Clearwater Drive, North Aurora, IL. Noah Gabriel goes on at 1:30 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Irish Mystics tonight, March 17th at 8 PM at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, Aurora, IL. Please wear your green and join us for a rollicking evening of Irish music both traditional and contemporary with Dave, Andy, Rich, Chevy and Mark, three of us are members of the Empty Can Band. We’ll be playing all the classics and some Irish Rock ‘n Roll too. This will be a performance to benefit the Fox Valley Music Foundation, owner and operator of The Venue. The last two years have been trying times for the performers and The Venue management, staff, volunteers and audiences. Get your tickets now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irish-mystics-tickets-244543324667?aff=odwdwdspacecraft and the Irish Mystic website is here: http://theirishmystics.com
Hey everyone! I hope you’re standing by the fire warming yourselves. I’m happy to report that the Empty Can Band is back in business on Saturday, January 29th at 8:30 p.m. at Two Brother’s Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL. Todd is still in Florida so joining us on drums will Grant Niebergall, a terrific drummer, but Todd will be greatly missed. Otherwise Johnny, Richie, Chevy and Davy will be providing their usual blend of originals and familiar tunes for you in three sets starting at 8:30 p.m. http://twobrothersbrewing.com/events/ The Empty Can Band website is here: http://emptycanband.com/
On St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17th , the Irish Mystics will be performing at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, Aurora, IL. This will be a performance to benefit the Fox Valley Music Foundation, owner and operator of The Venue. The last two years have been trying times for the performers and The Venue management, staff, volunteers and audiences. Please wear your green and join us for a fun evening of Irish music both traditional and contemporary with Dave, Andy, Rich and Chevy. Visit this link for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irish-mystics-tickets-244543324667?aff=odwdwdspacecraft and the Irish Mystic website is here: http://theirishmystics.com
The Empty Cans will kick off the Fall season at Two Brothers Roundhouse this Friday night, September 24th at 8:30 p.m. Filling in for Richie, will be fiddle player Andy Masters. Although we’re hoping that Rich will also make an appearance later in the evening.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
The Empty Cans will join Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Mama, Howard & The White Boys and the Tin Fiddle Band at Moose-A-Palooza at 4 PM this Saturday, August 28th at Batavia Moose (in the parking lot), 1535 S Batavia Ave (Route 31), Batavia, IL 60510. The benefit begins at 2 PM with the Tin Fiddle Band and will end at 8 PM with Jimmy Nick. All net proceeds this year will benefit the new Mooseheart Activity Center (MAC Center), the Mooseheart Senior Class ring fund, and the Batavia Lodge #682 Building Fund All proceeds go to Mooseheart, one of the top charities in the Fox Valley.
Join Dave, Chevy, Johnny, Todd and Rich for a fun 90-minute set of your Empty Can faves.
Tickets can be found here: https://www.bataviamoose682.org/moose-a-poolooza-2021/
The Empty Can Band will also be performing at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora on Friday, September 24, at 8:30 p.m. Save the date!
Four members of The Empty Can Band will perform at the premier burger & sushi house B.A.S.H., 1012 La Salle St, Ottawa, IL 61350 on Saturday, July 25th from 8 to 11 PM. Johnny Mack will be missing, but Dave, Chevy, Richie and Todd will be playing your favorite songs. Stop in for a great meal and music. We love this place and you will enjoy the wonderful tastes and cocktails.
Burger and Sushi House was established in 2013 based on the idea of bringing everyone to the table. B.A.S.H. is a unique pairing of quality food, service, & ambience. The staff ranges from local familiar faces to a team of sushi chefs with experience from across the world. The Empty Can Band was established in the year 2000 and is environmentally safe and all about fun! Join us for a very fun evening.
The Empty Can Band will also be performing on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 4 PM at Moose-a-palooza, a benefit for Mooseheart at the Batavia club – 1535 S. Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510. The donation is $20.00 and will go to the Mooseheart charities.
Hope to see you soon! Stay safe and have fun!
The Empty Can Band is back in full force and will be performing all of your favorite songs at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. Dave, Johnny, Richie, Chevy and Todd will be rockin’ and rollin’ in the Gazebo in the Courtyard. Don’t miss it.
Empty Can Band Celebrates 20 Years with Benefit for Pancreatic Cancer on Livestream from The Venue in Aurora, Illinois on Saturday, November 14th at 8 PM
Aurora, Illinois. The Empty Can Band, Aurora’s hometown rock and blues band will celebrate 20 Years on Saturday, November 14, 2020 with a Livestream from The Venue via Facebook and YouTube. Proceeds from the show will go to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – https://www.pancan.org. This illness is very near and dear to the members of The Empty Can Band. In November 2010, we lost the band’s original drummer, Paul Wegman, to the disease. Paul was an amazing husband, father and bandmate. He was taken at the early age of 52 and his loss shocked all of us and left a void that could never be filled. Join us for two power-packed live sets at The Venue, the best sound music room in the Fox Valley!
Hambone from Hambone’s Blues Party calls The Empty Can Band, “The best bar band in the land.” The Empty Can Band, with two original albums to their credit, has been performing for Fox Valley and Chicago audiences for 20 years. Performances have included headlining Aurora’s Downtown Alive, where they have also opened for international touring acts Koko Taylor, The Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band and Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees. They have played all of the local clubs including Two Brothers Roundhouse, Ballydoyle, The Shore Club, The Phoenix Club and The Venue in Aurora. Their music is a crowd-pleasing mix of rock, blues and Americana, and covers several decades of music.
The Empty Can Band has enjoyed several members over the years. Founding members Rich Van Ham, Dave Glynn and John Mackniskas are still driving the band forward. JD Klatt, another founding member and bass player, left the band prior to Paul’s passing but has played with band several times since then on bass, keys, tuba and trombone. Jim ‘Chevy’ Chevalier replaced JD and had performed with Dave for several years in the Dave Glynn Band before the ECB was formed. Todd joined the band in 2010 and has been the heartbeat of the band providing drums and vocals since the loss of Paul. Ray Rehberg joined the band in 2010 and played with the band for about seven years providing tasty guitar and mandolin. Ray also gets called back on occasion as do the Empty Can Horns featuring Lori Klatt on saxophone, Theresa Muir on flute and Dale Muir on trumpet.
The performance can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBIlhDGNGVkQdMr3WrWTXNw. The performance can also be viewed on The Venue’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheVenueAurora. Read more about the show on their website: http://themusicvenue.org.
The evening’s performance will feature both current and past members of the band.
The band’s website can be found at http://emptycanband.com
For a live video from Two Brothers Roundhouse – visit YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy4LSbuUHZA
For the two albums by the Empty Cans, also visit YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf9RntP-uERl_st2dpBIv7A/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=17666223384013636040
The two ECB albums, ‘Still Alive’ and ‘Beautiful Man’, dedicated to Paul Wegman, can also be found on Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music.
Richie and I will be performing live and in person at Ballydoyle in Aurora this Saturday, June 27, 2020. Seating is outside for social distancing and fresh air. If you’re missing live music, Rich and Dave plan to be alive on Saturday. Ballydoyle is located at 28 W. New York Street, Aurora, IL 60506. We’ll play from 7 to 10 pm. If you need to call ahead, here’s the number: 630-844-0400. See you then! We miss you!