The Luna Blues Machine
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The Luna Blues Machine

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2001 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2001
Band Hip Hop Acoustic

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Aug
12
The Luna Blues Machine @ Peacetree Music Festival

Illinois, United States

Illinois, United States

Aug
06
The Luna Blues Machine @ Edge Fest

Illinois, United States

Illinois, United States

Jul
06
The Luna Blues Machine @ Taste of Chicago

Illinois, United States

Illinois, United States

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Press


"...LBM has fuzed together all their influences into a uniquely, authentic and empowering new trajectory for musical performance." - Gozamos


"...a band that's dynamically talented and charismatic..." - The Gate


"...one of our community's favorite bands..." - GirlSpeak


"The Luna Blues Machine combines hip-hop, folk, blues and rock infused with their Latina sensibility and harmonized exquisitely simple but perfectly sculpted arrangements...these sisters let their voices ride atop their beautiful musicianship on guitar and mandolin, respectively." - CenterStage Chicago


"...the ever-present positive energy of two leading ladies..." - Extra News - May '09


"...a hybrid of acoustic hip-hop soul." - Windy City Times


"...some really nice stuff...beautiful sounding to my ears." - Chicago Public Radio


"...delivered with a sincere mystique...a great blend of funk, feminine energy and passionate music...will always leave a listener wanting more." - The Ranger News


Discography

Ruff 'n' Uncut: Live at the Crib (2004)

Ladies Only: Live @ 3030 (2004)

The Full Effect: Live @ 3030 (2005)

The Luna Blues Machine (2009)

Compilation CD - Ten x Ten (2012)

Live at Gathering of Nations (2014)


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Bio

Maritza and Belinda. The Cervantes sisters. We have lived a life surrounded in music with Chicago as our back drop. Our papi always kept a guitar in the house and wrote songs in Spanish while our mami made sure we knew all the words to the oldies playing on the radio. We grew up on Mariachi music as well as the Beatles. Rancheras as well as the Mama's and the Papa's

Performing lays deep in our bones.
Early on it was church choirs and hymns. In high school it was musical theater and forming singing groups with friends, studying the vocal harmonies of En Vogue.

Songwriting came with our separation in college and when we reunited The Luna Blues Machine was born. Founded in 2001 LBM found a home at Subterranean's Open Mic Night. We became regular's on Monday nights making friends with all the wonderful artists involved in Chicago's music scene. This launched us into the world of live performance and brought us many gigs throughout the city.

Today The Luna Blues Machine consists of Maritza and Belinda Cervantes (guitar and mandolin), accompanied by bass (John "Hippie" Germinaro), with  Brett Cabanas currently drumming for band.  Hip-Hop, latin, soul, and folk all find their way into LBM's music. Poetic lyrics mixed with harmonies drive our storytelling. Most songs are originals and a few songs are sung in Spanish.

We have had the pleasure of playing such Chicago venues like Elbo Room, The Underground Wonder Bar, Funky Buddha Lounge, Goose Island, Chicago Cultural Center, The Hot House, Subterranean, Betty's Blue Star Lounge, The Morseland, and Red Line Tap. We were part of the Great Performer's of Illinois for two consecutive years and won Underground Wonder Bar's Battle of the Bands in 2006.  Our self-titled debut album was released in 2009 and our song Roots Run Deep was released as part of the Ten x Ten project in 2012, (a collection of prints and music between Chicago artists).  We were featured on WGN's Adelante Chicago in 2011 and were thrilled to be a part of Howard Zinn's The People Speak, Live! in 2012 at the Metro.  Most recently we had the honor of playing for Gathering of Nation's Powwow and Miss Indian World Pageant in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2013, which sprouted our latest live album.  We were happy to return to Gathering of Nations in 2015 as well.  

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