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Vintage Trouble spreads out to Park West

Vintage Trouble press image 2013 • photographer Lee Cherry

Vintage Trouble press image 2013 • photographer Lee Cherry

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Searching for the right description, Pete Townshend once called The Who’s music “maximum R&B.” For their Chicago date last November, the British rockers brought along an upstart band that dressed to the nines and epitomized maximum rhythm and blues. Vintage Trouble ignited the stage as a dynamite opening act.

Frontman Ty Taylor has labored with previous groups including Dakota Moon, and occasionally gets recognized as a fan-favorite contestant from 2005’s reality TV series “Rock Star: INXS.” Taylor has definitively recast his identity as a sweat-soaked rock and soul singer for Vintage Trouble, owing equal debts to Otis Redding and Tina Turner.

Taylor founded Vintage Trouble alongside Swedish guitarist Nalle Colt, whose playing suggests devotion to both Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy. Colt’s stinging riffs spar with the deep groove of drummer Richard Danielson and bassist Rick Barrio Dill.

Vintage Trouble’s most recent date in Chicago packed the intimate Beat Kitchen. Taylor crooned, strutted, spun, danced, howled, and sprang into the crowd, demanding every patron commit to feeding the positive energy. Park West would seem like a daunting venue for achieving such closeness, if the group hadn’t already managed it at the United Center.

♦ Vintage Trouble, with DJ Kasper, 8 p.m. Aug 23, Park West, 322 W. Armitag. $18 (18+over). (773) 929-1322; SPOTIFY:

Jeff Elbel is a Sun-Times free-lance writer. Email:

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