Cy Taggart

"Swingin' Bluesy Funky Reggae Rock"

What the Press says about Cy Taggart

Chicago Cy Headlines ChesterFest
By Nick DeRatto
Sep 10, 2008 - 9:14:24 AM

Chicago Cy

This year’s Chester Fest promises to bring an eclectic mix of music, sure to please any of the thousands of attendees expected to show up throughout the day.

And that’s only from one band.

Marking their first return to the festival since its first year in 2001, Chicago Cy will once again take the stage, covering songs ranging from those released in the 20s and 30s up until more present day chart- toppers, as well as a few original creations thrown into the mix.

Chicago Cy has gone through a few member changes, while still keeping their same sound. Forming their current lineup in 2006, Chicago Cy now includes Taggart on guitar and vocals, Chester native Tim Stanton on bass and vocals, and Tom Lenahan on drums and vocals.

“We are a very vocal group,” says Taggart. “There are a lot of songs where all three of us are harmonizing; we even sing some of the missing horn parts in some of our swing songs.”

Serving primarily as a cover band, Chicago Cy performs it all, from Louie Armstrong, the Beatles, and the Doors to Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and Green Day, and everything in between. However, don’t come expecting just the standard cover song.

“We do a lot of covers, but we call them uncovers,” says Taggart. “A lot of times, we change the groove and the beat, but keep the integrity of the song. For example, we might do ‘Let it Be’ with a reggae beat. We just like to twist the songs in our own way.”

One of the hardest working musicians on the local scene, Cy Taggart has played more than 300 shows during the last three years, either solo or with his band. And though this human jukebox covers everything from The Beatles to Count Basie, he's also written some nice little ditties himself, like "Essentially a Century of Blues," which traces the history of that low-down achin' chill back to Robert Johnson.

Chicago Cy Taggart

Chicago Cy is one of Richmond's finer musicians and he is a pleasure to hear play live. Cy holds a masters degree in music and operates a successful business called Cy's passion for music has been driving him since he was a kid and when you hear him sing, he takes Jazz, Blues, and Rock 'n Roll to a whole new level.

Des Plaines Journal

Musician has strong connection to Des Plaines and Northwest Suburbs

Cy Taggart grew up in the Des Plaines, a 1975 graduate of Forest View Hs, and counts the Des Plaines Theater as one of his happiest childhood memories. He is “really" looking forward to being back in town for this concert. It’s going to be fun. Everyone should come out and support that beautiful old theater.” With a degree from Southern Illinois University (BA) and Vandercook College (MA), Taggart taught music and conducted the choirs at Lake Bluff Middle School from 1984-1991 and at Waukegan H.S. from 1992-1995 while living in Des Plaines before relocating to Richmond.

He is also the founding conductor of the Mt. Prospect Community Choir, a former conductor of the Old Town School of Folk Music Choir and also Started and conducted the yearly "Do It Yourself" Handel’s Messiah at the Des Plaines’ Masonic Temple Theater.

He has a vast range of musical interests and features in his high-energy sets everything from Ellington to Elvis, Basie to the Beatles, and Sinatra to Santana. His song list features jazz standards, traditional blues, early rock 'n' roll and original material. The Richmond Music Journal said of Cy, “His enthusiasm and hard working ethic create a bluesman the caliper of blues legends of the past.” 1/05

Chicago Cy, best known for his blues , unplugs for an acoustic show on Sunday morning at the Positive Vibe Café. This human jukebox plays just about everything under the sun, from The Beatles to Count Basie, so don't be shy about making requests.

"Rolling on the River" Review
Richmond Music Journal

The Chicago Cy Trio was the first to get their "Mojo Working" across from the Omni Hotel, followed by some "Keb Moe" featuring Cy's finger action on the six string. There were lots of toe tapping to his scating, and the bass and drums had people Dancing down Cary St to "It Aint The Meat" (It's The Motion)

Review Ernie Hawkins Show

"Chicago" Cy aptly opened the show with his warmth and playing of tunes from his live CD, recorded at Poes Pub. His enthusiasm and hard working ethic create a bluesman the caliper of blues legends of the past".

Blast from the past found on the net

CBJ&R makes one of its rare appearances at Poe's Pub.

The C stands for Cy Taggart, who has played with dozens of local bands in the area, including Solid Gold Fishbowl and the Boucan Brothers. You can also catch him in a duo performance with Scott Haskins at Breakers, Saturday, March 11.

The B is Bobby Jorgenson, a long-time local band veteran who fronted Stepchilde, then went on to Stiff Richard, Solid Ground, October, and Grumbledog. He currently also is the lead singer in the Colossal Eds and the bass player in Mozo.

The J is John Leedes, whose band history is even longer, and that's only this week. He currently plays in King Solomon's Marbles, the Gary Gerloff Band, and the Bart Chucker Band.

And R is for Rod Hyner, also in the Boucan Brothers, Michael James and the Actual Facts, and Princess Tone, among others.

Rod plays congas, while the others are on guitars and harmonies. Cy brightens the set with mandolin and lap steel from time to time. Their covers range from bluegrass to Zappa, and include music made famous by the Darling family of the Andy Griffith Show. It's fun for all ages.