Last Chance to Dance with the Empty Can Band

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.

Irish Mystics perform at The Venue tonight at 8:00 p.m. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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: and the Irish Mystic website is here:

Empty Can Band to warm up Two Bros Aurora Jan 29th at 8:30 p.m.

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.  The Empty Can Band website is here:

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: and the Irish Mystic website is here:

Empty Can Band This Friday at 8:30 P.M. at Two Brothers Roundhouse – Special Guest!

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!

Empty Can Band to Perform this Saturday at Moose-A-Palooza at 4 PM at Batavia Moose – Outside

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:

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 Cans are better than None – Empty Cans play B.A.S.H in Ottawa on Saturday, July 25th

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!

Empty Can Band Returns July 10 2021!

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.

Chevy, Johnny, Rich, Todd and Dave

Empty Can Band Celebrates 20 Years with Benefit for Pancreatic Cancer at The Venue in Aurora Saturday Nov 14 2020 8 PM Livestream

The Empty Can Band at The Venue – photo by Lynne Glynn

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 –  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  The performance can also be viewed on The Venue’s Facebook page at Read more about the show on their website:

The evening’s performance will feature both current and past members of the band.

The band’s website can be found at

For a live video from Two Brothers Roundhouse – visit YouTube:

For the two albums by the Empty Cans, also visit YouTube:

The two ECB albums, ‘Still Alive’ and ‘Beautiful Man’, dedicated to Paul Wegman, can also be found on Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music.

A Couple of Empty Cans Live and in Person this Saturday at Ballydoyle Aurora

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!

Songwriter Showcase Thursday, St. Pat’s Party Next Saturday, March 14th – Both events at The Venue in Aurora, IL – Support Local Music!

ECB member, Dave Glynn, is hosting and performing at a Songwriter Showcase this Thursday, March 12th at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, Aurora, IL on Thursday, March 12th at 7 PM with Megon McDonough, Lee Murdock and Ralph Covert. I’ll be sharing the stage with three seasoned songwriters – Megon and Lee grew up in the Chicago folk scene in the 70’s and are nationally-recognized, Ralph is a Grammy nominee. Forget your troubles and join us. This is a round-robin style, intimate evening of songs and stories. Tickets here.

For a very comfortable way to celebrate St. Pat’s, join us this Saturday, March 14th at 8 PM for a St. Pat’s Party with The Empty O’Can Band – first set will be Irish traditional (Clancy Bros, Wolf Tones, etc.), second set will be Irish Rock (Van the Man, Thin Lizzy, U2)! Plenty of room for everyone unlike other celebrations that may be going on over the St. Pat’s weekend. Rollicking Irish fun! Tickets for The Venue – here.