Something I talk about often on my radio show and here on the blog is the never ending pool of talent that is harvested right here in Vermilion County. It is ALMOST to the point that you can go somewhere every single night of the week and hear live music…and I expect it will be that way in the not-so-distant future. One of the musicians making it happen is Dalton Halls.
Dalton is a 3rd generation musician growing up with Freddy Halls as his grandfather and George Halls as his father. Between these two big Danville veteran rock-stars, Dalton found his musical influences at an early age. From David Bowie to Prince to hip-hop to the local Tons ‘O Fun band, Dalton knew early on that music would be a huge part of his life and he began to take steps toward that goal very early.
With other influences like Muhammad Ali and his determination to fight for what he believed in, Dalton’s story to his current climb of local success really started when he took a step back to examine himself, check his ego, and wait for the “pay-off.” During his 8 year “break” he prayed a lot, started taking small steps, such as becoming the praise team leader at Central Christian Church, and then started writing some acoustic music to whom he accredits his fiance, Katie.
After Katie “forced” him into doing some song writing, Dalton played a small set at the 2016 Arts in the Park, and suddenly out of nowhere his musical career took off. Since last June, Dalton has formed The Dalton Halls Band which has become a hot commodity to the local music scene. The band started out playing open mic night on Thursdays at Fuzzy’s Bar in Danville to test out some music, and from there the band played its first official gig in December for the Joyful Benefit at Turtle Run for Margaret Black. “Now we’ve played more shows than held practices,” Dalton laughed. This came as a shock to me because the band’s unique, funky, smooth sound is flawless. The band consists of Aaron Bouslog on drums, Carl Brown on bass, Jerome Dye on the keys, and Seth Anders on the sax.
You can check out The Dalton Halls Band this coming Saturday, January 28th at Fatman’s.
If you have not heard Dalton do his thing, then you probably have seen him making coffee at Mad Goat, performing as Brad in the Rocky Horror Show in 2015, or last summer playing Carl Perkins in the Million Dollar Quartet at the Beef House Dinner Theatre. After the Beef House Show, Dalton and his cast-mates formed “Sun’s Legacy” where the quartet kept their characters and created a band centered around them.
Dalton was also featured last week at the CU Original Artist Night at Boomerangs Bar and Grill, runs an open mic night on the 1st Sunday at each month at Mad Goat (not in February), and every Tuesday night at the Shovelhead Saloon in Danville. The Tuesday night open mic night has become quite the hot-spot for new and seasoned local musicians.
As far as his outlook on Danville – he admits he was one of those kids who couldn’t wait to get out. Now his attitude is completely different – “How can I change it?” He believes our city has come a long way in the last 5 years with activities like Summer Sounds and Culture Shock and is “glad to have my hand in it.” He believes the music scene is highly underappreciated and underestimated and believes that the lost glitz and glam Danville once saw is slowing coming back.
“I think Danville is a great place to come home to. Katie and I want to travel, so this will always be home base.” But it’s the power of positivity that he believes is alive and well here in Vermilion County, and he is doing a great job spreading that love throughout the local music scene.
For booking information, you can contact Dalton here.
Peace & Love,
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