The Chad-illacs

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Last Show: Wednesday 29 th August 2018

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

After 30 years in the business, Chad Strentz finally has his own band – the Chad-illacs. Featuring a dynamic and exuberant band made up of some of the UK’s most experienced and acclaimed musicians. The Chad-illacs are blues orientated, however they also cover a wide variety of styles ranging from R n B, Soul, Country and Rock n Roll. They take the audience on a musical journey featuring some originals from Chads debut album 'Shake Down' plus  classic songs from the likes of, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke and Freddie King to name but a few.

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Chad Strentz

Chad has been at the top of the Blues scene for over two decades, billed as one of the best Blues singers in Europe. He’s known to most as the singer with Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, but he’s also put in the miles with The Big Town Playboys, Shout Sister Shout, Cat Talk & Breakout Blues. In addition to singing and playing guitar, Chad is also a highly regarded songwriter whose passion for music extends to Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly, Soul, Country, Jazz and Funk. As well as touring with the King Snakes, Chad is also taking his own band on the road in support of his debut solo album Shake Down.

Chad’s UK band – The Chad-illacs

The Chad-illacs members have performed throughout Europe, the USA, Russia and Africa and have toured and recorded with (among others):

Pinetop Perkins, Lazy Lester, The Big Town Playboys, Jimmy Thomas, Mike Vernon, Louisianna Red, Jeff Beck, Ray Gelato, Andy Fairweather-Low, Otis Grande, Cadillac Kings, Lisa Mills, Ian Siegal, Big Boy Bloater, Dana Gillespie.

Pete Farrugia, guitar

Pete is well known on the British Blues Scene from his guitar playing with Shout Sister Shout, The Alleycats, Mo’Indigo & Breakout Blues. Pete is also a highly regarded music tutor.

Orlando Shearer, double bass

Orlando is one of the most in-demand Blues bass players in the UK. He has toured and recorded with Otis Grande, The Cadillac Kings, West Weston Bluesonics, Slim Lightfoot, Lazy Lester, Jimmie Thomas, King David’s Trio Royale and Chad Strentz & the Chad-illacs.

Mike Thorne, drums

Mike owns and runs Rimshot Studios, one of the best boutique recording studios in Europe. As a drummer Mike has toured or recorded with most of the guys on the British Blues scene, including The Big Town Playboys, Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, Jerimiah Marques, The Bluesonoics, Big Joe Louis plus Lazy Lester, David Maxwell, Rodriguez, Geoff Achison, Delta Moon & Lisa Mills. Mike has toured all over Europe, South Africa and the west coast of the USA.