A truly professional bluiegrass band featuring some of Chicago's most experienced and road-savy musicians

is a highly charged acoustic ensemble that presents the best in Bluegrass Music. From the traditional “high lonesome sound” of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys to the exciting sounds of today’s popular bluegrass and country groups, this band produces an absolutely irresistible performance that is guaranteed to leaves listeners humming and tapping hours after the performance is over.

Featuring guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro and upright bass, the Hard Times Bluegrass Band delivers a show packed with stellar picking and powerful vocal arrangements. Each of the group’s members are highly experienced acoustic musicians who have headlined at countless concerts and major festivals throughout the country and have also toured overseas. With such a high-calibre line-up, you can rest assured that each and every performance will be a special one.

With over 125 years of combined experience in bluegrass music, the members of The Hard Times Band have played and recorded with many notable performers. Here is a sampling of the many fine folks we have had the pleasure of working with.
Members Of The Band Have Performed Or Recorded With
Red Allen
David Bromberg
Dry Branch Fire Squad

Jethro Burns
Sam Bush
Allison Brown
Hylo Brown
Kathy Chiavola

Vassar Clements
Joe Craven
Ramblin' Jack Eliott
Bill Evans
Johnny Frigo
Robbie Fulks
Tony Furtado

Melvin Goins
Slavek Hanzlik
Rob Ickes
Kenny Kosek
Laurie Lewis
Rose Maddox
Benny Martin
Peter Rowan
Larry Sparks
The Special Consensus
Andy Statman

Don Stiernberg
Frank Wakefield
Mac Wisemen
Jerry Wicentowski
Select Festival And Concert Appearances
Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Festival
California Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival
Chicago Country Music Festival
Decataur Bluegrass Festival
Dupage County Fair
East Troy Bluegrass Festival
Evanston First Night
Milwaukee Summerfest

Minnesotta Bluegrass & Old Time Festival
Naperville Indoor Bluegrass Festival
Navy Pier
The Old Town School of Folk Music
Santa Fe Trails Bluegrass Festival
Silver Dollar City in Branson
Strawberry Music Festival
Walnut Valley Festival