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The Rillito River Band, a vintage rock n’ roll band, is a group of musicians who originally met and formed
in a building on the banks of the Rillito River in Tucson, Arizona . . . from whence floweth their name.
The band mates are all long time Tucsonans whose musical roots are steeped in the heritage of The Old
Pueblo, in mariachi music, in folk and folk rock music and primarily in vintage rock. Influences range
from The Beatles to the Rolling Stones, from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Thin Lizzy, from Van
Morrison to The Eagles , from The Beach Boys to The Kinks, from The Knack to Tommy James, all of
whose songs you hear at their performances along with a smattering of originals.

Band mates include Oscar Chavez (lead singer, guitar and bass) who grew up in Tex-Mex bands and who
has performed for President George W. Bush. Russell Long (songwriter, harmony vocals, finger-style
guitar and bass) has been in rock, folk, bluegrass and rock bands including Rocky & His Friends since he
was 14. John McCaleb (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals and guitar collector), is one of Tucson’s finest
improvisational lead and finger-style musicians and brings a bit of a country sound to the set list. Drums
and percussion are provided by master drummer “Cowboy” Mike Joyal, formerly of the band “The Last
Call Girls”. Oscar and Russell have been inducted into the Tucson Musicians’ Museum “Hall of Fame”.

Together they make a mellifluous blend of delicate three and four part harmonies, haunting love songs,
raucous rock n’ roll and enjoy engaging the audience in their music and humorous antics. Nothing (with
the exception of tightly crafted, fine music) is sacred when the boys are at the microphones. Watch out,
a good time is to be had by all. The Rillito River Band plays at local historic venues, for weddings,
dances, private parties, has been featured at The Tucson Folk Festival, has played with the Tucson Pops
Orchestra, opened for Jim Messina and has played a variety of benefit concerts, where their
performances are typically sold out. One recent concert goer said “You jam a lot of entertainment into
three hours”. Well, that’s their goal . . . to have people enjoy the show and leave in a much better mood
than when they arrived. They are available for your function by calling Russell Long at 520-529-1116.