About Vini & the Demons
In Muddy Waters' song, Deep Down in Florida, he sings about going to Gainesville '...to see some friends of mine.' Gainesville is the town where Vini and the Demons came together for their debut performance on October 29, 1999. For the next two years they played the blues; from Miami's Tobacco Road to Fat Matt's Rib Shack in Atlanta. In the winter in 2001, the Demons relocated as a band to Chicago, like many of their blues heroes did before them. The Demons vowed a sacred oath to help keep the blues thriving into the 21st century and beyond. Vini and the Demons made this commitment, in part, with the encouragement and blessing of Muddy Waters' daughter Ros, and the legendary Bo Diddley, both supporters and fans of the band.
Since their arrival, The Demons have become a well known and well respected band in Chicago's blues community. The Demons have been a featured act and house band at Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater's Reservation Blues. A favorite of the late Shirli Dixon, the Demons continue to be one of the few selected bands chosen to perform at the Willie Dixon Blues Garden Concert Series. Their debut CD, Vini and the Demons, was released to the public on January 9th of 2004, with a blowout bash at Rosa's Lounge.
Vini and the Demons have shared the stage with Eddie Taylor, Jr., Little Arthur Duncan, Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Bo Diddley, Sharon Lewis, Carlos Johnson, Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater, Jimmy Burns, and many other legendary blues musicians. With a repertoire of over 70 blues standards and original Demon songs, Vini and the Demons keep their audiences drinking, dancing, and feeling the blues the way it was meant to be experienced.
Vini and the Demons never rehearse or perform until they have had a ritual shot of Jack Daniel's in honor of Robert Johnson, and all the blues musicians who have come before them. The Demons do not play non-smoking venues. Vini and the Demons are managed by Hamilton “Bo” Gibbons, who has worked closely for many years with the Dixon family and Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation.