About the Episode:
TheSideShowMen are a new band playing original music. The quartet is comprised of veteran Chicagoland musicians who have been friends for years.
Kevin Lahvic has played in more than a dozen popular local and touring bands over the years including; J.B. Ritchie and the Rafters, Silverback, Matthew Morgan & The Lost Brigade, and BabySHARK. Primarily a bassist, Kevin takes a turn as front man as he picks up an acoustic six string and sings along with his catchy cowboy chord compositions.
Steve “Boom Boom” Brownstein holds down the low end with the unique sound of his one string washtub bass. While it is a visual treat watching him thump away in live performances, he’s not just eye candy, his bass lines are a big part of the SSM sound. Boom Boom has played live with numerous musicians around the country as a drop in guest player. He also spent years applying his craft with the well followed local band “Pitchy and the 44s” who were favorites at many Chicago area festivals.
A former “Pitchy” band mate of Boom Boom’s, the versatile guitarist Rick Fazio is the perfect player to make the guitar based songs of the SSM come alive. He can dance lightly through verses adding haunting counterpoint melodies, stab & jab cutting accents and memorable hooks in all the perfect spots and then switch gears seamlessly and unleash barn burner solos.
The glue that holds it all together is provided by percussionist & vocalist Jeff Madden. A marvel on a drum kit, Jeff puts that aside for a Slap Top Cojon and foot tambourine. His creative rhythms truly give the band its distinctive heartbeat. The blend of the slap top and washtub create a rich foundation for the band's sound. Mr. Madden’s powerful vocal harmonies adds a complex richness to the bands unmistakable sound.
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