Last Chance to Dance with the Empty Can Band at Two Brothers Roundhouse Saturday July 23rd at 8 PM

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.

Empty Can Band at Two Brothers Roundhouse

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.

Chevy, Johnny, Rich, Todd and Dave

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.”

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