Daily Journal feature article text
June 20, 2013
Making its third Kankakee area performance since 2009, the Laurie Morvan Band certainly won't disappoint in Tuesday's 7 p.m. show set for the covered patio at the Bradley Bourbonnais Sportsmen's Club.
It's another hot show hosted by the Friends of the Blues, and concert-goers are welcomed to bring their lawn chairs. The show will be moved indoors in case of inclement weather.
Laurie Morvan Band’s July performance in 2012 brought a lot of positive feedback from the Friends of the Blues faithful.
“This band gave me a physical reaction like I don’t usually get,” said an impressed Darrell Devors, live show coordinator from the Bradley Bourbonnais Sportsmen’s Club, in a Friends of the Blues press release. Many fans simply asked, “How you gonna top that one?”
“They smoked,” said D’Arcy “Shuffle Shoes” Ballinger, co-host of the Friends' radio show with James “Skyy Dobro” Walker. “I missed them the first time, the second time I didn’t, and the third time — I won't.”
Morvan is originally from Plainfield and is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She was the MVP on the Illini volleyball team in 1984. Morvan puts on a show that consistently is robust across two sets, according to the release. The energized, leg-kicking, stage-pacing Morvan is so much more than just a wailing guitarist. She is a charismatic performer whose stage presence is both powerful and inviting.
Now living in Long Beach, Calif., Morvan's songwriting has a fresh perspective, and her in-between-song banter alternates between inspirational and flat out hilarious. Audiences feel a genuine connection, and she enjoys spending time with them after shows signing autographs, talking and posing for photos.
The band's successful coast-to-coast tour includes performances at festivals, city events and clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Laurie Morvan Band also features backup singer Lisa Grubbs, as well as dueling solos between Morvan, keyboardist Tom Salyers and bassist Pat Morvan. Drummer Lonnie Jones drives this high-octane train, according the the press release. They are a tight-knit unit who love performing and recording CDs together.
The Bradley Bourbonnais Sportsmen’s Club is at 2672 Chippewa Drive in Bourbonnais. Cover is just $5, and the general public is welcome. For more information, call 815-937-0870 or visit lauriemorvan.com.