Dave, Richie and Ray Ride Again! Derby Day!

And their off! Celebrate Derby Day with Dave, Richie & Ray who play all of your old favorites in the wonderful stables of AC’s Pub. Place your bets that they’ll get your dancing with your winnings! No cover charge – great food and fun!  The fun happens on Saturday, May 4th at 7 PM at AC’s Pub, 2124 W.Galena Blvd, Aurora, Illinois 60506.

Save the Date for these summer treats:
Blues on the Fox Preservation Band at Millennium Park in Aurora at 6 PM on Wednesday, June 13th.  Band features several Empty Cans and other wonderful folks.  We will celebrate the RCA Bluebird recordings made in the Leland Tower in downtown Aurora in the late 1930’s.  Join Dave, Todd, Rich, Chevy, Lisa Green, Warren Poi and JD Klatt.
Blues on the Fox Preservation Band will guest perform on Hambone’s Blues Party – WDCB 90.9 FM on Thursday, June 14th at 10:00 PM.  This will also feature a preview of the 2019 Blues on the Fox Festival – set for June 15 & 16 at RiverEdge Park.
Empty Can Band at Millennium Park in Aurora at 6 PM on Wednesday, July 10th.
Empty Can Band at Two Brothers Roundhouse on Saturday, July 27th at 8:30 PM

Empty Can Band – Make Winter Go Away Tour 2019

Just in time for this weekend’s Snowmaggedon, we are planning to make Winter Go Away in a couple of weeks on Saturday, February 2nd at 8:30 p.m. at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL.  Please join Richie, Johnny, Chevy, Todd and me to make it go away.  We promise to play a couple of new songs – we’re actually rehearsing!  So please come to a great place for live music and food in Aurora at Two Brothers.

“Everytime I try to get out, they pull me back in!” complains Ray Rehberg.  Yes, it’s true, Ray will be joining Richie and me at the new AC’s Pub, 2124 W.Galena Blvd, Aurora, Illinois 60506 on Saturday, February 9th at 8 p.m.  We’ll do some three-piece acoustic stuff at the new hangout on Aurora’s West side.  All your old friends will be there – and everybody will know your name (or at least have access to your rap sheet), so join us in the F-U-N!

Fall Back with the Empty Can Band this Sat at Two Bros Roundhouse

The Empty Can Band will be returning to Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway in Aurora on Saturday, November 3rd at 8:30 p.m. Fall back with us – the clocks change that night so you can get some extra sleep after dancing your feet off!

The band will consist of the core five guys – Johnny, Todd, Richie, Chevy and me (Dave). We are inching our way through 20 years as a band – Wow!!! We welcome veteran singer/songwriter Dana French as our special opening guest.

For a preview of our performance, check out our latest YouTube video by the amazing Jake Chevalier!

We hope to see you there!

ECB Cure for the Summertime Blues!

Don’t miss a fun night of dancing and romancing under the stars with the best thing since Lawrence Welk – the Empty Can Band. Bobby and Nancy will be dancing their way to stardom! Join the Empty Can Band this Friday, July 20th from 8:30 pm to midnight at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL. We’ll be in the Courtyard – weather-permitting.

Can’t wait to see you there! 

Empty Can Band Live and Outside!

The Empty Can Band returns to Ottawa with a six-piece group to play all of your favorites on the Illinois River on a Sunday afternoon. Dockside, 1001 E. Main St. in Ottawa is the scene of the crime from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday, June 17th. Jorge is coming all the way from Mexico to tickle the ivories. There’s no better way to celebrate Father’s Day! Don’t miss it!!!

Two Buskers Go Legit at Sat Afternoon Cafe with A Couple of Empty Cans and Upcoming Benefits

Hey everyone, Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring, and Happy Happy Joy Joy! Just want to fill you in on the latest developments for the Empty Cans. Richie and I will be performing at Kiss the Sky Saturday Afternoon Cafe on April 7th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at 180 First St, Batavia, Illinois 60510. Don Robinson will sit in on bass for a few songs as well. We’ll be digging into the catalog for some oldies and we’ll also perform some fresh material. I always surprise Rich with some new songs just to keep him on his toes.  Damned if he doesn’t do a great job when he’s surprised!

We’re planning a benefit for Ezzie Stalker and Lutheran General for Sunday, May 27th from 4:30 to 8:00 pm at the Batavia Moose, 1535 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510. We’ll send out more details soon, but there will be a performance by the Empty Can Band and special guests. Please mark your calendars.

I would also like to mention that the Empty Can Band will be the featured entertainment at the Red Tie Spring for a Cure Event on Friday, April 13th from 7 to 11 pm at Mesón Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave, Naperville, Illinois 60540. Richie and I will be warming up the crowd for the cocktail hour and full, upright dancing will be required after all of the fundraising. For more info, visit https://www.funforacure.org/.

We sure miss everyone, so please drop by to see us soon! Peace on earth and love to all!

Dave and the rest of the Empty Cans

Empty Cans Come Back to Life to Relieve Your Cabin Fever

Hey everyone!  The holidays are over and after the Super Bowl this Sunday, what’s a person to do?  Well, go see the Empty Can Band, of course.  We’ll be playing at Two Brothers Roundhouse on Saturday, February 17th at 8:30 p.m. For a warm-up, Dave and Richie will be performing at Saturday Afternoon Cafe at Kiss the Sky Records in Batavia this coming Saturday, February 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The band is even practicing some new material for the Two Brothers gig – wow!  We’ll be playing two 75 minute sets beginning at 8:30 p.m. Two Brothers Roundhouse Brewery is located at 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505.  The Empty Can Band includes Richie Van Ham on harmonica and wild dance moves, Johnny Mack on wicked lead guitar and vocals, Todd Moffett on in the pocket drums and vocals, Jim “Chevy” Chevalier on bass and good looks and Davy Glynn on rhythm guitar and vocals.

Richie and Dave, hot off their Mexican debut, will be playing some old favorites and the originals you seldom hear at Kiss the Sky Records 180 1st St, Batavia, IL 60510, this Saturday, February 3rd from 1 to 3 pm.  Joining the guys for a few numbers will be Don Robinson on bass.  This will be Don’s professional debut so please give him a warm reception.

Rumor has it the boys might be playing on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th.  We’ll keep you posted. You can always visit our website: http://emptycanband.com or follow us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EmptyCanBand-288244141336/?ref=br_rs We hope to see you soon!

Celebrate the Endless Summer with the Empty Can Band!

Make the summer endless with the Empty Cans on Saturday, September 23rd at 8:30 pm at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway in Aurora, IL! With the ECB promising to play all the fun favorites for all of our friends and family. Dancin’ in the moonlight on a sweet September night!

Hope you can make it out for a fun-filled night.  Here’s hoping our friend Suzy stops by for some healing songs!

Summer fun with the Empty Can Band, blues festivals and more…

Paulie Wegman, always with us in spirit.

Hey everybody – Summer is finally here and so are some great times.

The Empty Can Band will be performing outside at Millennium Park in downtown Aurora on Wednesday, June 21st and 7 PM.  This will preview our performance on Saturday, June 24th at 8:30 p.m. at Two Brothers Roundhouse – also planned for outside – weather permitting.  Founding Empty Can, JD Klatt will be returning on bass for the Sat. June 24th performance to fill in for Chevy.  So celebrate with us!  But there’s plenty of fun leading up to these gigs…

I (Dave) plan on hanging at the Chicago Blues Fest this Friday afternoon (June 9th) with the usual suspects.  The Fest is moved to the Pritzker Pavilion this year, so it should be interesting. Great line-up this year at the COBF, kudos to the City of Chicago for providing a boost. https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_blues_festival.html

Blues & Roots on Water Street starts at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 10th at Kiss the Sky and Water Street Studios.  A great line-up is planned featuring locals and not-so locals including Noah Gabriel (the Arcade is rumored to be fueling him), Leadfoot Band, Ladies of Leland, Jonas Friddle and Wayne Baker Brooks.  I’ll be emceeing the show.  For more details, visit the Fox Valley Music Foundation website: http://foxvalleymusicfoundation.com/blues-and-roots-on-water-street-2017/

Blues on the Fox has another killer lineup on Friday June 16th and Saturday June 17th.  I’ll be emceeing that show as well.  Mavis Staples, Johnny Lang, Elvin Bishop, Shemekia Copeland, Devon Allman, Guy King will be featured at RiverEdge Park in Aurora – https://riveredgeaurora.com/events/botf-2017/

The Blues on the Fox Preservation Band (includes some Empty Canners) will be performing on Hambone’s Blues Party on WDCB on Thursday, June 15th at 10 PM. to preview the Blues on the Fox Festival. http://wdcb.org/

So let’s have a great June everybody!  Lot’s to celebrate!  Hope to see you soon!


Dave and the Empty Can Band

April Showers Bring Richie and Dave to your Flood Plain – Gigs Sat April 8th and Sat April 22nd

Photo by Lynne Gillis

Richie and Dave of the Empty Can Band can’t guarantee we’ll drain the swamp, but you can cling to higher ground this coming Sat., April 8th from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Kiss the Sky, 180 First St, Batavia, Illinois 60510 and on Sat, April 22nd from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. as we open the Glen Ellyn Earth Day Extravaganza, at Duane & Lorraine Streets, just West of the Glen Ellen Public Library.

Our plan is to play some tasty originals and appropriate folks songs – old and new for your listening pleasure. We greatly appreciate your support – especially your attendance at our more recent performances. We look forward to you joining us for what should be a lot of fun!

Hope things dry up a little!