Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials w/ special guest Candy Cigarette

  • September 20, 2024 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • The Bend Theater

    125 N Main Street
    West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
Ticket Price $23.00-$27.00 Buy Tickets

Lil Ed' & The Blues Imperials w/ special guest opener Candy Cigarettes


Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials:

In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for over 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor."


Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials —bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton— have remained together for over 30 years —an extraordinary feat for any group—, the band fueling Ed’s songs with their rock-solid, road-tested, telepathic musicianship.


With The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, the band continues to bring their blistering Chicago blues to “Ed Heads” new and old. Their infectious energy, joyful showmanship and masterful playing have been honed to a razor’s edge by their many years together. Lil’ Ed, Pookie, Mike and Kelly have seen sports stars and presidents, musical fads and fashion trends come and go.


Meanwhile, their fiery music has more than stood the test of time. “We’re not band members,” says Williams, “we’re family, and families stay together.” Night after night, gig after riotous gig, the musical family called Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials bring their big, dynamic Chicago blues sound to fans across the country and around the world.




Candy Cigarette:

Since its inception in 2019 by then 10 year old identical twins Isaac and Lucas Deitz, Candy Cigarette has been bringing a unique blend of blues and straight-up rock n' roll to audiences across their home state of Wisconsin and beyond. Playing shows at the Turner Hall Ballroom, Blues from the Top Music Festival, Summerfest, The Miramar Theatre and the Homegrown Blues Festival supporting artists like Jared James Nichols, Bourbon House and The Jimmy's. In addition the group has recently been selected to represent the Paramount Music Association in the 2024 International Blues Challenge - Youth Showcase.

Featuring Lucas - vocals/guitar, Isaac - vocals/bass/guitar and Evan - drums, this trio is set to help usher in the next generation of powerful blues rock.




Doors open at 6:30 PM to give you time to find your seats, visit our historic lobby, concession stand and fully stocked bar!

Show begins at approximately 7:30 PM


Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials:


Date & Time

Fri, Sep 20, 2024 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Venue Details

The Bend Theater

125 N Main Street
West Bend, Wisconsin 53095 The Bend Theater
The Bend
The Bend is an experience venue in downtown West Bend, WI. Built in 1929 as a Vaudeville theatre building, The Bend was restored by the nonprofit organization Historic West Bend Theatre Inc in 2020. 

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