Duke Tumatoe at Big Cities

Duke Tumatoe at Big Cities


Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio will be performing at 9 p.m., Thursday, April 18 at Big Cities, 905 E. State St., Rockford.

Tumatoe has been leading his own band and performing steadily for 30 years. His hybrid of blues, elementary to funk, may tug your heartstrings, inflame your libido, make you laugh or move your feet, but it never hits a false note. After 30 years, nine albums and more than 5,000 shows, the singer/songwriter/guitarist’s legendary crowd-slaying performances have more gut-level honesty and genuine enthusiasm than ever before.

Over the years, the native Chicagoan has shared the stage with such notable artists as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, George Thorogood, Buddy Guy, Lonnie Mack, Sam Kinison, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Jeff Healey, Big Daddy Kinsey, John Fogerty, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and many more.

After leaving R.E.O. Speedwagon in 1969, he formed Duke Tumatoe and the All-Star Frogs. The band enjoyed great success and toured for 13 years and released three albums. In 1983, looking for a new sound, Tumatoe formed the Power Trio.

His latest release, Pompous and Overrated, is being nationally released by J-Bird Records and distributed throughout North America via the Navarre Corporation. A national radio campaign and tour will support the release with Duke Tumatoe expected to perform more than 200 shows in 2001.

Tumatoe’s discography includes two independent releases (Red Pepper Hot and Back to Chicago) and two releases with the blues label Blind Pig (Naughty Child and Dukes Up). In 1988, John Fogerty produced I Like My Job, which was released on Warner Brothers Records. He subsequently has released four albums on his own Sweetfinger Music label, Dr. Duke (1992), Wild Animals (1994), The Greatest Hits Plus (1996), the all-instrumental Picks & Sticks (1997) and A Ejukatid Man (1998).

Come and hear Duke and The Power Trio! There is a $7 cover charge. For more information, call Big Cities at (815) 965-6026.

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