Back in 2009 when Caleb Smith showed up at an open mic run by Bruce Williams and sang Queen songs, the two self-described “huge fans” of the supergroup decided to start a tribute band. They knew right away the band’s name would come from the song “March of the Black Queen” from Queen II released in 1974. After two years of work the notion became a reality, and the band played around some. A couple of guitarists and a few more years later, the full band is solidly now in place and rocking all over town, including a show at the 2016 Illinois State Fair. With Smith (vocals, keyboards) and Williams (bass, vocals) joined by Harrison Ketchum (lead guitar), Thunder Tandom (drums) and Aasne Daniels (vocals), the group does all the well-known hits plus goes deep into the extensive catalog with surprises galore. If you like Queen (and who doesn’t start singing along during “Bohemian Rhapsody”?), you won’t be disappointed in this talented band doing it up right as they celebrate five years of being Black Queen.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:30pm
Third Base Sports Bar