Although they come from a variety of places and backgrounds, these five guys share a love for power pop that's brought them together across time and space, and craigslist.
Paul has played with multiple ensembles in the Greater Chicago area, most recently for the classic rock band Second Time Around (Grand Victoria Casino, Cache Creek Casino in California, Dock's in Wauconda, HB Jones and various fests in Schaumburg, Barrington, Forest Park, Norwood Park) the horn band Chi-Town Showstoppers (festivals include Bolingbrook, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Libertyville, LaGrange, Roselle, Palos Heights, Hoffman Estates) and various duos and trios (Adelle's in Wheaton, Schaumburg Hop and Vine, Glen Ellyn Village Links, Cab's, etc.).
Doug has lived in the Chicagoland area throughout most of his life. He's been playing drums since 5th grade and played in almost every band organization known to man throughout high school. At the University of Iowa Doug was part of the drum line for football games and pep band for basketball games. After college Doug has sat in for various bands, taught private lessons and was a drum line instructor for two years at a local high school.
Doug's musical influences span the decades but has always gravitated towards rock and alternative. "Rock is an art that continues to evolve ever since its beginnings. There is no better feeling in the world than expressing yourself behind a drum set while feeding off the energy of the crowd." Doug has definitely found that calling with Block 37.
After hearing him pick out "Benny and the Jets" on the family piano for the umpteenth time, Johnny's parents had enough and sent him off to piano lessons. Years and years of classical training ensued, however, the urge to rock remained.
Picking up a bass for $140 ( and a 6 pack of imported beer ), Johnny taught himself to play, and soon started holding down the bottom end on stages in Chicago and beyond with bands such as The Lupins, Mercy Beat/The Webb Brothers, The Darlings, and The Cells.
Dave started out playing trombone as a youngster — following in his dad's footsteps. Marching band, classical, jazz. A formal musical education.
But he found a greater calling in pop and rock music, which started with a cheap acoustic guitar and lessons in an accordion studio, progressing through high school to a deep emersion in blues. Later in life, Dave played with Elmore James Jr. (son of the legendary slide guitarist) and more recently with blues-rock power trio, The Hybrids.
Dave majored in jazz guitar at Oakland University (Detroit). This led to writing, recording and touring with Chicago jazz-fusion group, Juggular, in the 80s.
On the pop side, he played weddings and corporate events with The TVK Orchestra in the 90s, and performs pop-rock covers and originals to this day with The Turnstyles (Lake Forest). Dave is thrilled to have landed with Block 37, a group of committed, accomplished musicians, where he'll continue to pursue musical excellence and bring good times wherever we perform.
Follow Dave's musical adventures at BlueDave.com.