Empty Can Band Celebrates 20 Years with Benefit for Pancreatic Cancer at The Venue in Aurora Saturday Nov 14 2020 – Two Shows Planned

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

Empty Can Band Celebrates 20 Years with Benefit for Pancreatic Cancer at The Venue in Aurora, Illinois

Tickets on sale soon at http://themusicvenue.org

Aurora, Illinois. The Empty Can Band, Aurora’s hometown rock and blues band will celebrate 20 Years on Saturday, November 14, 2020 with two shows at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. at The Venue.  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.

Each performance is limited to 50 people due to the State of Illinois COVID-19 regulations.  The Venue takes COVID-19 very seriously, read more about it 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.

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