The Planetary Blues Band are one of the headliners at the Prairie Magic Music Festival, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd., Saturday, August 12. Festival begins at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $15. (Adults), $10. with Student I.D. Children 12 and under free with a ticketed adult. Info/tickets: (219) 548-0219 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2977487.
The Prairie Magic Music Fest is a celebration of rock, bluegrass, folk, and Americana music nestled in the heart of a beautiful County Park just minutes from the expressway. Also performing: The Crawpuppies, Foster Ross & Young, and the Blues Project, and the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra.
The festival will also highlight Craft Food and Beer vendors. Valpo Velvet Ice Cream and Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill will be satisfying hunger while a beer garden will make local microbrews available to those 21 and over.
About The Planetary Blues Band
- Michael Schaefer-Murray: guitar and vocals
- Martin Schaefer-Murray: guitar and vocals
- Bobby Schaefer-Murray: bass guitar
- Nick Evans: drums
The Planetary Blues Band consists of the trio of brothers Martin Schaefer-Murray (guitar and lead vocals) Bobby Schaefer-Murray (bass) and Michael Schaefer-Murray (guitar), with their longtime friend Nick Evans on drums. The band is based in Valparaiso, IN and has been paying dues in Midwest bars and at local festivals for over fifteen years. They’ve shared the stage with some of their biggest influences, such as Son Seals and Buddy Guy, including opening up for Buddy Guy at his own club, Legends.
The PBB is influenced by a wide range of musical styles. Like most rock bands worth their salt, Planetary got their start playing, and being influenced by, the Blues. The band was born in 1999 in “Mom’s basement”, where countless hours were spent learning entire albums by Chicago Blues greats like Buddy Guy and Son Seals. Over the course of the past fifteen-plus years, Planetary has held onto those roots, while expanding outward into various other corners of the musical universe.
The Planetary Blues Band recorded and produced their most recent album, Once Upon A Time In The South Loop, all “in-house” (engineered by Michael S-M), and it received stellar reviews both nationally and internationally.