Rosa's All-Stars Band Feat. Lil Ed Williams

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Rosa's All-Stars Band Feat. Lil Ed Williams

with Tony Mangiullo , Thaddeus Krolicki , Ariyo and Harlan Terson

You've seen his explosive, dynamic electric band 'The Blues Imperials' light up the night like fireworks on the fourth... ---now see and hear Lil Ed Williams, rarely seen live with an all-stars band in an intimate setting.

More about Lil' Ed

”Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues….Lil’ Ed is a guitarist extraordinaire….slashing slide and flamboyant stage persona." –Chicago Tribune
"Rough and ready blues played with unmitigated intensity…Swirling, snarling, riveting slide….pound out riffs and rhythms like they’re overdosing on boogie juice. Scorching and soulful, joyous and stomping." –Living Blues

Tony Mangiullo

Tony Mangiullo was born in Milan, Italy, in 1958. He began his musical journey using detergent boxes, chairs, and kitchen utensils as makeshift instruments between the ages of 3 and 5. By his fifth birthday, he had already worn out his first toy drum set, a loss that was compensated when he received a proper drum set at the age of 14. His fascination with Chicago Blues took root during his formative years, leading him to contribute to the inception of the Mean Mistreaters Blues Band alongside Giancarlo Crea and Maurizio Simpsi in Milan, Italy. In 1978, after encountering Jr. Wells and Buddy Guy in Milan, Tony's destiny drew him to Chicago. The vibrant pulse of the blues coursed through the iconic South side lounges, particularly at the legendary Theresa's Lounge, where Tony discovered the authentic essence of the blues. It was here that he found himself playing alongside luminaries like John Primer, Sammy Lawhorn, and Ernest Johnson. As his journey continued, he joined forces with James Scott and Big Mojo Elem on the west side, and later had the privilege to collaborate with Homesick James and Big Walter Horton. His path ultimately intertwined with the Jimmy Rogers Blues Band, where he played alongside fellow musicians like Wild Child Butler, Hip Linkchain, and Sumito 'Ariyo' Ariyoshi. In a testament to his deep respect for the roots of the blues, Tony opened Rosa's Lounge in 1984. This homage to the cradles of blues tradition derived its name from Tony's mother, Rosa, who had joined him in Chicago, embodying the unwavering support that family brings. Tony Mangiullo's journey is a narrative woven with threads of passion, dedication, and an unyielding reverence for the blues heritage.

Thaddeus Krolicki

Thaddeus burst upon the Chicago Blues scene in 2011. His guitar playing draws upon the Classic Chicago Blues sound. He has played with Harmonica Hinds, Eddie Taylor Jr, Willie Buck, Billy Flynn, Barrelhouse Chuck, Bob Stroger, Lil' Ed Williams, Jimmy Burns, Eddie C. Campbell, Tail Dragger.


Sumito Ariyoshi, aka Ariyo is internationally recognized for his vigorous innovative piano style. He’s an accomplished arranger and sought after studio musician. He's shared the stage and toured the world with such legends as Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Eddie Shaw, Valerie Wellington, B.B.King, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Ariyo currently is a permanent member of Billy Branch & The S.O.B.'s.

Harlan Terson

Harlan Lee Terson has been a familiar figure on Chicago's musical landscape for 40 years, recording and touring internationally with some of Chicago's greatest blues artists. He has played bass on more than forty five recordings and jingles, two of which have been nominated for the Grammy award. He maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule, contributing his deep, steady groove to various bands and projects.