The Jukes were formed in 2006 with the vision of bringing something different to the increasingly popular New Zealand blues scene. The premise of the band is uncompromising authenticity, as faithful to the original Chicago blues style as possible.
The classic “Chicago style" was developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s, taking the Delta blues, amplifying it and putting it into a small-band context. By adding drums, bass, and (sometimes) piano, the genre created the now standard blues band lineup. Grasping the value of playing as a solid unit,
The Jukes don’t try and reinvent the wheel or take the blues to the next level or in another direction, The Jukes just play the blues with the classic Chicago ensemble feel.
The Jukes sound is the balanced sound of classic “South Side” and “West Side” blues tunes. Propulsive shuffles, some fierce slow blues and a few funkier grooves are the hallmarks of a Jukes performance. The band consists of vocals, harmonica, guitar, bass and drums in the classic Chicago tradition. The set list includes classics from such legends as Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and Slim Harpo and a couple of original tunes have also found their way onto The Jukes set list.
If you can’t be in a Juke Joint, being at a Jukes performance is the next best thing.
The Jukes are available for Festivals, Pub Gigs, Corporate Events and Private Parties.
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