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Mr. Big Stuff
Contact Information:
Doug Marocco - 815-639-0140
Paul Rehfeldt - 815-624-0182
E-Mail:
dugz442@excite.com
paulie@megsinet.com
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In 1971 soul singer Jean Knight posed the musical question, “Mr. Big Stuff, who do you think you are?” Some 30 years later, if that question were asked of this stateline octet, winners of RAMI and On the Waterfront Best of Rockford awards, the answer might well be difficult to pin down. Mr. Big Stuff, the band (www.mrbigstuffband.com) does not spend a lot of time trying to put a label on itself to define “who do they think they are?” They let the music, and a growing group of loyal fans, do the talking.

From the band’s inception in 1999, the word “explosive” has been used repeatedly to describe the sonic impact of their music, which exploits both the dynamic drive of a three-piece brass section (the Big Stuff horns) and a tight, funky rhythm section. With a repertoire of nearly 100 covers of both popular and obscure tunes dating from the heyday of swing to the modern era, the band delves into genres of pop, rock, funk, swing, R&B and disco with equal facility and a consistent objective – keep ‘em dancing. A typical Mr. Big Stuff set includes an opening number intended to “wake up” the audience, such as the Chicago rocker “Free”, about forty minutes of non-stop dance music (including a couple of ballads), and a showcase closer culled from the catalogue of the likes of Chicago, INXS, the Beatles or Stevie Wonder.

Mr. Big Stuff is:
Jeff Albright - Bass
Rick DeRango - Trumpet, Vocals
Scott Herrmann - Lead Vocals
Don Larson - Saxophones, Vocals
Pat Liddell - Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, and Harmonica
Doug Marocco - Percussion
Paul Rehfeldt - Trombone, Vocals
Michael Youngblood - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Listen to a sample of our music:
Give it to Me Baby
Zoot Suit Riot
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