Acclaimed blues musicians join the Triton Global Music Series in River Grove

By | November 15, 2022

Donna Herula noticed Tony Nardiello “by means of a crowded room”, at the very least that is her story. It was 1990 they usually had been each tutors at Triton Faculty on the time. Herula determined to ask Nardiello to play guitar along with her throughout an ESL diploma. “It was a great way to persuade him to ask me out,” Herula defined.

The longtime married couple stay up for performing once more on November 30 at The Triton for International Music Collection: Artists from Previous City Faculty of Music.

Though Herula has a band and a trio, the 2 will carry out alone this time.

“We will do a mixture of conventional blues and Americana and a few authentic tunes,” Herula stated. A few of them will come from his most up-to-date album, “Bang on the Door,” which received Finest Acoustic Blues Album on the 2022 Impartial Blues Awards.

Herula wrote 11 of the album’s 14 songs. “Tony sang a couple of songs on the album and did backing vocals and performed guitar on a number of the songs,” she stated.

Through the present, “We are going to ask folks to sing sure call-and-response songs,” Herula stated.

There may also be jokes on the present due to Nardiello. “He is fairly humorous,” Herula stated.

Quite a bit has occurred since that fateful day the couple first carried out so a few years in the past. The normal Chicago-based acoustic blues duo have carried out blues, folks, roots and American music, in addition to authentic songs, at blues and folks festivals throughout the nation. They carry out repeatedly at Buddy Man’s Legends in Chicago.

In 2016, Herula was inducted into the Chicago Blues Corridor of Fame and featured in an article in Acoustic Guitar journal. She headlined the 2014 Durban Worldwide Blues Pageant in South Africa.

Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello will perform acoustic blues for the Global Music Series: Artists of Old Town School of Folk Music on November 30 at Triton College in River Grove.

Each performers have a protracted reference to the blues.

“I’ve liked it since I used to be a child,” Nardiello stated. “I used to look at BB King on Johnny Carson.”

“It was all the time one thing that referred to as out to me,” Herula stated. “There was a whole lot of emotion. I used to be born and raised in Portage Park in Chicago, so I felt just like the blues was throughout me.

The singers and guitarists assume they make a profitable duo as a result of “folks say our voices match very well collectively,” Nardiello defined.

Herula added, “I come from extra of a blues affect and my husband comes from extra of a folksinger fashion. I believe we complement one another. »

After we spoke, the couple had been at O’Hare Airport ready to catch a flight to Switzerland as they had been scheduled to carry out on the Lucerne Blues Pageant. “I play with my band however Tony comes out. He will be a star performer,” Herula stated.

“I like enjoying with him,” Herula stated. “I want we may do it on a regular basis. He has such a wonderful voice. I began out as a guitarist and he was extra of a singer. I developed my voice and he developed his guitar enjoying, so it is good to enrich one another.

“As a result of Donna is such a superb lead guitarist, if I ever neglect the phrases, I can have a look at her and nod and she or he’ll play a solo and it appears to be like prefer it’s a part of the present,” Nardiello stated.

With all their performing and recording actions, you’d assume they would not have time to work, however Nardiello is an analyst at a financial institution and Herula is a psychological well being counselor at three firms.

“I present stress administration and recommendation for the blues,” she stated.

Herula stated her husband wished her to get a enterprise card that stated on one facet, “Do you’ve gotten the blues? I heal them”, and on the opposite facet, “Do you’ve gotten the blues? I play them.

‘International Music Collection: Previous City People Music Faculty Artists’

When: 7:30 p.m. November

The place: Triton Faculty Performing Arts Heart, Constructing R, Room 218, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove

Tickets: Free


Myrna Petlicki is a contract journalist for Pioneer Press.