This past Saturday, we returned to The Chubby Bullfrog in West Dundee with one mission: a smooth set of rock and roll for our beloved hometown friends and family. Self described as Dundee’s “West Side Oasis”, The Bullfrog has hosted us with arms wide open regularly (most recently, New Years Eve).
One thing that remains constant: we like to mix up our song list and make sure there’s something for everyone.
The top half of the set was dedicated to earlier tunes from The Emotions, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, and Elvis Presley. Many of these are reserved for closing out wedding sets, so it was fun to lead with heavy hitting rock, blues, and soul right out of the gate.
Especially noteworthy was the extended jam on “Get Down Tonight” by KC and the Sunshine band leading into the REO Speedwagon opus “Roll with the Changes”. While I’d guestimate I was around 13 Miller Lites deep, this seemed to be the point of no return for the energy in the Bullfrog.
Speaking of changes, “Stand” by R.E.M. was a notable performance. With two key changes in the original recording, we elected to add two more key changes. Because why not? Michael Stipe and company would be alarmed to hear it, but the crowd seemed to be fully onboard.
Another big highlight – “Walking on Broken Glass” by Annie Lennox. That tune kills and is seriously overlooked.
We also brought back “Undone (The Sweater Song)” after performing a massive Weezer Blue Album tribute set back in May. Felt good to have the whole place yelling the chorus “Whoas” with aggressive passion.
It wouldn’t be a Big League Boys show without some truly ridiculous covers that we have no business playing. “Higher” by Creed resonated deeply with the crowd. There’s just something special about a spiritual song called “Higher” thrashing along in low drop d power chords. On the less spiritual side of the coin, “Nookie” by Limp Bizkit made for a great opportunity to let out some anger and destroy my voice in the screaming bridge. What a great tune.
Most importantly, “Smooth” by Santana (ft. Rob Thomas) was lying in wait. On an especially hot Saturday night in August (with the windows facing the Spring Hill Mall parking lot cranked wide open), it was a strong last third of the set. There’s no denying the universal appeal of this song. Literally everyone has heard it at least once. We’ve played it four times now (including rehearsals). We definitely plan on playing it at least five more times.
2019 remains open for show opportunities. If you’d like to see us play closer to your town or city, drop us a line on our contact page. We do bars, weddings, festivals, you name it. Let’s connect!