Tag Archives: great performers of illinois

The eggplant that ate Chicago…

…looked a lot like The Viper and His Famous Orchestra. See for yourself. Here are a number of photographs from our recent rehearsals in Palatine, July 10 show at the Hotel SnS, and July 12 show at the Great Performers of Illinois 2009 festival in Millennium Park.


Nice high quality and well-shot photos of Edward Burch and The Viper and His Famous Orchestra by Robert Loerzel from his Underground Bee blog at http://www.undergroundbee.com/2009/07/12viper/index.htm


The Viper & His Famous Orchestra – Great Performers of Illinois
Posted by The Viper – includes shots from onstage I took while I probably should have been tuning my jug.

Viper Shows
Posted by Victor Cortez

Music Making
Posted by Riley Broach

Videos from The Viper and His Famous Orchestra: Drunk Bus
Posted by Victor Cortez

The Viper and His Famous Orchestra / Edward Burch
Posted by Rachel Leibowitz

Unfortunately, you can’t view these unless you’re on Facebook. And some require that you are a friend or a friend of a friend of the photographer. But I’m looking to put the best of them in a more permanent place on this site soon.

Victor Cortez rocks the 88's... er... 9's
Victor Cortez rocks the 88's... er... 9's

The Viper and His Famous Orchestra, Summer 2009

cropped-seasons-600.jpgYou heard right. After many orchestra-free years, the universe will once again be subject to the dulcet tones of the full Viper and His Famous Orchestra band: Riley Broach, Ryan Jerving, Edward Burch, and Rob Henn, representing four cities and three states. But most of all representing downstate Illinois.

We have at least 5 shows set up at the moment, the most public of which are the following:

  • Sunday, July 12, at the Great Performers of Illinois Festival 2009, at Millennium Park (stage T.B.A.), 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois, 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. The show is free and will feature a special set from Edward Burch, flown in like a secessionist lobster from Texas. For more, see the event announcement the event announcement on the Millennium Park site
  • Friday, August 7, 2009, Mike ‘N Molly’s , 105 N Market St., Champaign, Illinois, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    See Mike ‘N Molly’s
  • Friday, August 9, 2009, Mike ‘N Molly’s, special matinee show, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. You know, for kids.

It looks like the July show, and likely the August shows, will feature an expanded version of the orchestra, with Tangleweed’s Kip Rainey and Rectangle’s Victor Cortez filling out the sound. Other special guests have been promised and will be delivered. Let’s hear it for all the great performers of Illinois.

And there will be new material! So if you’ve worn out your copies of Everything for Everyone and A Song for All Seasons, take heart.