Since deciding to fully pursue a career in music in 2010, Omar Coleman has impressively recorded 3 full albums, performed 30 overseas dates in 12 countries, and performed as feature vocalist for more than 10 professionally touring bands. Omar has the personality, sound, and passion of the late greats Junior Wells and James Brown and hopes to reach similar acclaim with his own career. Perhaps visit one of the four real deal blues joints in Chicago and ask about Omar Coleman. No tricks, no games…. just blues.
Omar Coleman, 35, has established himself as one of the nation’s premier harmonica players and blues vocalist alive today, billed on festivals with legends like Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown, and Robert Randolph. With a voice soulful beyond his years, Omar has been impressing audiences across the nation with his genuine, seasoned harmonica skills and vocals. Omar is known to interact directly with his audience, befriending an entire audience.
For his third appearance on Random Chance, Martin Lang and crew have concocted a tasty and deep reiteration of the classic 1950s electric Chicago blues harmonica sound perfected by Little Walter and the Aces. We now know that this heritage is in good hands. The album title comes from the assertion that blues harp “ain’t no notion;” it’s serious, committed music. Lang is joined by guitarists Rusty Zinn and Billy Flynn; Bassists Illinois Slim and Jimmy Upstairs; drummer Dean Haas; pianist Dave Waldman; and vocalist Oscar Wilson.
OSCAR WILSON (of Cash Box Kings)
The Cash Box Kings are bona fide blues royalty. Co-led by real-deal Chicago blues vocalist and songwriter Oscar Wilson and Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter, harmonica giant and singer Joe Nosek, the band plays masterfully raw and unvarnished houserocking blues. Wilson’s huge, gritty vocals and Nosek’s powerhouse harmonica fuel their razor-sharp original songs. With their top shelf musicianship and trademark good humor, The Cash Box Kings are a one-of-a-kind blues band. In the words of MOJO magazine, the band is “flawless.”
Andrew Diehl grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, picked up the harmonica when he was nine and spent his teens wearing the grooves out of Little Walter records. After moving north to Chicago at seventeen, Diehl fell in love with the guitar and it hasn’t left his hands since. You can catch The Nightmen performing all over the midwest, delivering a heavy hit of electric blues and vintage rock n’ roll.
WILLIE “THE TOUCH” HAYES
*Grammy Award winner. *Inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. *Actor in movies such as Thief, Hardball, Ali, Road to Perdition, The Express. *Worked with Tom Hanks, Will Smith, James Caan, Dennis Quaid.*Chosen drummer for: Son Seals, Junior Wells, Magic Sam, Chainsaw Dupont, Luther Allison, Carey Bell, Johnny Dollar, Mighty Joe Young, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert Bashor, Otis Clay, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Luther Allison, The Temptations, Lurrie Bell, Big Twist, the Mellow Fellows, and more.