shaw-push-component-1 In the spotlight: Bluesniks, a six-member band playing the blues, funk, swing and more
The Bluesniks (Photo provided)


Six-member band playing the blues, funk, swing and more

Jim C: Fox River Grove.
Tony B: Crystal Lake.
Mitch G: Grayslake.
Robb C: Barrington.
John G: Grayslake.
Bill Z: Palatine.


Nov. 24: TAPAS, Oak Park
Dec. 21: London Club, Crystal Lake.

With a unique combination of horns, piano and guitar, the six-member Bluesniks are happy to play the blues.

Musicians from a wide range of backgrounds, all of whom have played in various other professional bands over the past 15 years, came together to create a sound combination not found elsewhere.

The Bluesniks, at, have been performing in McHenry County, throughout the Chicago area and elsewhere for the past five years.

They’ve gained a following, booking regular gigs and performing at least once a month. Having played previously at Duke’s Alehouse in Crystal Lake, upcoming performances are scheduled Nov. 24 at Tapas in Oak Park and Dec. 21 at London Club in Crystal Lake.

“The biggest thing to get from us is we’re just really trying to have fun and practice our craft and get really tight as a group so we can bring that to the stage so people enjoy it as much as we do,” said Mitch Goldman of Grayslake, the band’s lead singer, who also plays trumpet and rhythm guitar.

Band members, from McHenry County and nearby, also play piano, Hammond organ, keyboards, bass, drums, saxophones and other woodwinds.

They describe their music as a mix of high energy blues, jazz, swing, funk and rock with big horn section sounds. A little bit of reggae is even thrown in there once in awhile, Goldman said.

Though all the music stems from the blues, band members say.

Featuring cover songs, the band plays Ray Charles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Castro, James Brown and other classic and contemporary styles.

“It’s really an eclectic mix of songs that people have heard,” Goldman said. “They may not have heard that particular song or version, but they’ve probably heard something like it.”

Goldman’s personal goal is to begin performing original material and to see the band complete an album within a year. He joined the band about three years ago, having performed previously with one of the members.

The band looks to entertain all ages.

“That’s the ultimate goal,” Goldman said. “If people are enjoying it as much as you are, you’re sharing your passion.”