The Empty Can Band, Aurora’s hometown rock and blues band, has canceled the virtual anniversary concert from The Venue.

"Due to family concerns relating to COVID-19 and the latest direction from the Illinois Department of Health, we are canceling the livestream of the Empty Can Band performance set for this Saturday, Nov. 14," said founding member Dave Glynn. "The band apologizes for postponing the show, but we want to keep both the band and The Venue sound and video crew safe."

Proceeds from the show, celebrating the band's two decades, were to go to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – In 2010, the band lost its original drummer, Paul Wegman, to the disease.

Hambone from Hambone’s Blues Party calls The Empty Can Band, “The best bar band in the land.”

The Empty Can Band, with two original albums to its credit, has been performing for Fox Valley and Chicago audiences for two decades. Performances have included headlining Aurora’s Downtown Alive, where they also opened for international touring acts Koko Taylor, The Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band and Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees. They have played all the local clubs including Two Brothers Roundhouse, Ballydoyle, The Shore Club, The Phoenix Club and The Venue in Aurora.

Their music is a crowd-pleasing mix of rock, blues and Americana, and covers several decades of music.

The Empty Can Band has enjoyed several members over the years. Founding musicians Rich Van Ham, Dave Glynn and John Mackniskas are still driving the band forward. JD Klatt, another founding member and bass player, left the band prior to Paul Wegman’s passing but has played with the band several times since then on bass, keys, tuba and trombone. Jim "Chevy" Chevalier replaced JD and had performed for several years in the Dave Glynn Band before the ECB was formed.

Todd joined the band in 2010 and has been the heartbeat of the group, providing drums and vocals. Ray Rehberg joined the band in 2010, and played with the band for about seven years providing tasty guitar and mandolin. He also gets called back on occasion as do the Empty Can horns featuring Lori Klatt on saxophone, Theresa Muir on flute and Dale Muir on trumpet.

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The two ECB albums, "Still Alive" and "Beautiful Man," dedicated to Paul Wegman, also can be found on Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music.

The Empty Can Band will livestream a benefit concert at The Venue.
The Empty Can Band will livestream a benefit concert at The Venue.