Vince Agwada, ace guitarist, composer and producer, has remained a fixture on the Chicago music scene for well over a quarter century. He got his start in music at the world renown Blues havens Theresa’s and Buddy Guy’s Checkerboard Lounge, where he cut his teeth backing journeymen players such as Buddy Guy, Magic Slim, Otis Rush, John Primer, and the late Lefty Dizz, who was the first to let the precocious teen sit in on his now legendary “Blue Monday” jam sessions where the best of Chicago’s bluesmen as well as international rock stars, including the Rolling Stones, George Thorogood, Joe Perry of Aerosmith and others would frequently come to jam with these bluesmen whose music was the root of rock ‘n’ roll.
Vince reminiscing on those times: “That was a magical period in my life; on any given night you might find the likes of Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Magic Slim, Son Seals, Otis Rush, Little Milton, Hubert Sumlin, Sammy Lawhorn, Lefty Dizz and just a slew of other greats all in the same room, drinking, playing cards, taking turns on stage; it was an incredible time for me and I learned more about music from these giants than any college ever could have taught me.”
Over the ensuing years Vince has toured internationally playing major venues and festivals both as a leader and with a veritable who’s who of Chicago’s premiere acts including Bernie Mac the first mainstream comedian to tour with his own band, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, The Mighty Dells, former Rolling Stone Sugar Blue, Zora Young, Jimmy Johnson, Son Seals, Magic Slim and Larry McCray. In 1996 industry-leading publication Living Blues Magazine voted him one of the top 40 young Blues artists in the country (issue 120).
Now a well seasoned pro with two powerful CD offerings under his belt, Vince has earned his place in the spotlight. With his trademark stinging, razor-edged guitar lines, husky voice, clever arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions that combine elements of Blues, Jazz, Rock, Funk and R&B, Vince stands poised to become a major force in the continued evolution of the Blues. And he's not going to be alone at Reduta Jazz Club, during his European stage. When Vince plays together with Tomáš Hobzek, excellent Czech drummer, and Matěj Černý, young and talented bass player, the Earth shakes. So get ready to see one hell of a concert, only in Reduta - the real, authentic venue of raw blues.