Siegel-Schwall Band returns to Opera House

Published: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 5:30 a.m.CDT

Corky Siegel and the legendary Siegel-Schwall Band return to the Sandwich Opera House stage at 8 p.m. Jan. 19.

Along with the first-wave British Invasion bands such as The Rolling Stones, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and stateside groups such as The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Siegel-Schwall Band was instrumental in the Great Blues Revival of the 1960s. Like Paul Butterfield, Siegel-Schwall were Chicago-based, serving as the house band at the famed Pepper’s Lounge. They earned their spurs backing greats like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Willie Dixon.

From 1966 until they disbanded in 1974, they ranked among the most important forces in reaching the baby boomer audience that sustains the blues to this day.

Performance tickets cost $25, $20 for seniors 65 and older, and $15 for students. The box office is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before the show. Tickets also can be reserved with a credit card by calling 815-786-2555 during office hours or stop by at 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich.

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