CRYSTAL LAKE – A classic band known for barnburners such as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up,” The Fabulous Thunderbirds will take the Raue Center stage at 8 p.m. April 21.
For more than 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group released a self-titled album in 1979, and the primarily blues-influenced album went on to become a cult classic. In subsequent releases, the band started to incorporate more Cajun, rock-n-roll and soul influences, manifesting into a unique musical hybrid.
In 1986, The Fabulous Thunderbirds reached a commercial peak with the album “Tuff Enuff.” The titular single, as well as “Wrap It Up” and “Look At That,” all reached the Top 40. “Tuff Enuff” also was featured in the film “Gung Ho,” starring Michael Keaton.
“The Fabulous Thunderbirds are one of the best rock and blues bands out there. From their humble start in Austin, they have always hit the stage with their own identity,” Raue Center Executive Director Richard Kuranda said. “They refuse to rest, they are always evolving and we can’t wait to have them at Raue Center.”
Kim Wilson, co-founder of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and the sole original member, continues to spearhead the band as it evolves into its newest incarnation. In addition to Wilson on lead vocals and harmonica, the group’s current lineup includes Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar and Randy Bermudes on bass. The Fabulous Thunderbirds continue to create new music and tour extensively throughout the United States and Europe, releasing their most recent album, “Strong Like That” in 2016.
“We started as a straight blues band. We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles,” Wilson said of the current incarnation of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. “We’re an American music band, and we’re much higher energy than we were before.”
Tickets start at $27 and can be bought online at www.rauecenter.org or via the Box Office at 815-356-9212 or 26 N. Williams St. in downtown Crystal Lake.