The Blue Olives
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A blues, classic rock, funk and R&B tradition since 1994.
Regularly booked at House of Blues- Chicago, The Blue Olives are one of Wisconsin's most talented and entertaining bands. They have performed over 2800 shows in 8 states. In 2010 they opened for Eddie Money at House of Blues- Chicago and in the past have opened at Summerfest (Milwaukee) for Lynyrd Skynyrd and have shared stages and venues with Santana, Sting, Los Lobos, James Taylor, Steve Winwood, and more. They have won 3 MAMAs (Madison Area Music Awards) for Best Vocal Ensemble, Best Jazz Ensemble and Best Cover Band. The band plays a mixture of blues, funk, classic rock, jazz, and R&B oriented material. They have over 400 songs in repertoire and change set lists based on the venue they are booked at.
In 1994 Dave Turner started The Blue Olives as a three piece band. Dave has been the leader and guiding force for The Blue Olives for over 15 years. In the early years the band had only moderate success until Dave brought on Johnny Payne and his "1000 watt voice." After being joined by several horn players, including Anton Seda, around 1996, they now perform with a varying line-up of up to 9 players.
While the focus these days is on performing original material, the band still brings their tremendous wall of sound to cover songs from musicians like Steely Dan, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Chicago, and many more.
Influences: Robben Ford, BB King, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Carlos Santana, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steely Dan, Jimmy Herring, Jazz is Dead, Miles Davis, Victor Wooten, Neville Brothers, Maceo Parker, Tower of Power
Dave Turner- Guitar & Vocals
Johnny Payne- Bass & Vocals
Ron Tuttle- Drums
Joan Herzing- Sax & Vocals
Ryan Shea- Sax
Todd Phipps- Keyboard, B3 Hammond Organ & Vocals
Anton Seda, Jr- Trombone
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