FREE // Doors 1 PM // 21+ Feb. 18th
Join us for the fifth installment of our free Sunday Matinee series at the Empty Bottle. This time we’re excited to host Italy’s own Don Diego Trio, who blend virtuoso guitar licks and rockabilly honky-tonk to create their unique sound. You won’t want to miss catching this exciting band while they’re on their U.S. tour! Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders open the show with their take on honky-tonk classics along with original tunes. Doors open at 1:00; free dance lessons start at 1:30, and music starts at 2:00. And don’t forget it’s FREE!
Hailing from Sicily, the Don Diego Trio are nominated for the Ameripolitan Awards as Best Rockabilly Band for the third year in a row, and are in the U.S. to attend and play at the awards. Telecaster master “Don” Diego Geraci, after 20 years of continuous activity with the Adels, decided in 2014 to put together his own trio, which blends classic rockabilly, sixties country, and honky-tonk, as well as his own “Italian taste”. Joining Diego on guitar and vocals is Sandro Pittari on drums and Luca Chiappara on double bass.
In October 2017 the Don Diego Trio released their fourth album, titled “Greetings From Austin” (El Toro Records – Spain). It was recorded totally live in Austin, at the Ameripolitan Recording Studio, owned by Dale Watson, and it is the most exciting album the band has ever recorded. The album is produced by Mario Monterosso, a longtime friend of Diego, (and an excellent guitarist), who now lives in the USA and plays in Dale Watson’s band. The album features lots of “Ameripolitan friendly” artists like Teri Joyce, Mike Maddux, Chris Casello and Ted Branson.
Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders play a mix of roots music best described as urban honky tonk. Songwriter, guitarist, and singer Dan Whitaker created the Shinebenders to convey his songs in the beloved format formerly known as country music. Since 2004 they’ve entertained audiences in their hometown of Chicago and throughout the Midwest while supporting their independent releases. Recently they played Honky Tonk Tuesday at Nashville’s American Legion Post 82, a weekly event that’s helping keep Nashville’s legendary honky-tonk culture alive.
The Shinebenders include fellow Chicago music veterans Tom Mioducki on acoustic guitar and vocals, Earl “T-Bone” Powers on upright bass and Eric “Chase” Niffenegger on drums. Their latest album, Anything You Wanted To, was recorded by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Soundlabs in Chicago and released in October 2017. The album brings together western swing, rock and roll, country-jazz and hillbilly songs to create DWSB’s one-of-a-kind sound.