“EZ” Dave Haines and Michael Hoge performed with the likes of Robert Plant and Joan Baez as members of the Fox Valley band Deluxury, which had been together from 1979 to 2008.
Haines, 60, of Geneva, and Hoge, 53, of St. Charles, now are building up a following through their group Chicago Blue Dadds, which recently celebrated its second anniversary with a show at The House Pub in St. Charles.
The band will return to The House Pub, located at 16 S. Riverside Drive in downtown St. Charles, for what promises to be an energetic show at 9:30 p.m. Friday. The band is comprised of Haines on lead vocals, harmonica and saxophone, Hoge on drums, Al “Hurricane” Spears on lead guitar and vocals, Alfred Shorter Jr. on bass guitar and Tom Yurik on guitar.
Hoge formed the band in March 2011 after finding what he thought were the best blues players at a blues jam he hosted.
Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Haines and Hoge about Chicago Blue Dadds and its current activities.
Eric Schelkopf: What do you try to do at your shows?
Michael Hoge: If people are not dancing and enjoying themselves, we’re not doing our jobs. We move it and shake it. I’m dancing behind the drums. I have the best seat in the house.
One thing I like about this band is that there is no onstage tension. There’s a lot of interaction on stage. You can see the guys working with each other and encouraging each other. I knew I wanted to play with Dave again.
We share the same birthday, Aug. 13. We went through a lot together. We lived the blues together.
ES: Do you play both originals and covers?
MH: We haven’t put originals in the show yet. At our shows, you will hear songs by musicians like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters.
ES: What should people expect from one of your shows?
EZ: The band is more about improvisation. The songs don’t turn out the same ever.
ES: What do you like about playing the harmonica?
EZ: The harmonica really lends itself to doing blues songs. I pretty much wanted to be in a straight blues band since I started to do this professionally. It’s a lot of self-expression.
ES: You have special guest musicians that show up at your shows, like Donald Kinsey, Michael Tafoya and Holle Thee Maxwell.
MH: You never know when one of our friends will show up.
ES: I understand that Deluxury had its own special guests.
EZ: When we were performing at the Snuggery in Chicago, Robert Plant grabbed my harmonica and took off to the stage with me attached to it. I didn’t think it was a big deal that he got up there. He was just jamming with me.
Another time at the Snuggery, Joan Baez came out and sang the most low down blues song I had ever heard.
• More information about Chicago Blue Dadds is available by going to the band’s website, www.chicagobluedadds.com, or on its Facebook page.