History on Eddie -
* Has been singing and playing drums since age 6.
* Started formal professional music career at 13.
* Played with several bands throughout Florida
* Formed his first band, The New Breed in 1966
* Played with Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers.
* Played with Robert Popwell of the Jazz Crusaders.
The Eddie Butts Band moved to the Midwest in 1974. Has toured
extensively throughout the Midwest, and in cities from Nevada to New
York, North Dakota to Florida.
Has opened for Chaka Kahn, Peabo Bryson, Phyllis Hyman, Buddy Hackett,
Jackie Mason, Neville Brothers, Spyro Gyra, SOS Band, Santana, Tom
Jones, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Tower of Power, Jeff Lorber, and Ray,
Goodman and Brown, and many others.
Has played Summerfest each year for over 15 years.
Was the chosen band to back Bo Didley in a summer outdoor concert.
Featured performer at a benefit concert for the performing arts center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Featured performer on the LP – Dick Clark in Concert at the Embassy.
Featured performer on a recording to raise money for the homeless in Milwaukee.
Featured performer and participant in Milwaukee Guarantee, a city-wide campaign to motivate students to attend college.
Featured artists in an award-winning video narrated by Doc Severinson promoting the performing arts in Milwaukee.
Has been a consistently top draw at Rainbow Summer for over 15 years.
Participant in Generations in Jazz, a yearly concert that features
grade-, middle-, and high-school students performing with professional
Has played the Wisconsin State Fair each year for over 15 years.
Has won numerous Wisconsin Area Music Awards (WAMI) including: Best
Adult Contemporary Artist, Beat R&B Artist, Best Pop Artist, Best
Blues Artist, Best Percussionist.
Has played fund raisers for MACC Fund, The Urban League, Vince Lombardi
Golf Outing, The Milwaukee Cancer Ball, Wisconsin Olympic Ice Rink
Foundation, Uecker’s Ride for the Arts, Variety Club Children’s
Charities, Diabetes Association, The Milwaukee Museum, The Milwaukee
Ballet, The Milwaukee Symphony, Ko Thi Dance Company, and many more.
Was the featured singer in a television campaign to promote Wisconsin tourism.
Featured singer in television campaign to promote the Wisconsin lottery.
Drummer in television commercial to promote Mayfair Mall.
Featured singer in a television campaign to promote the city of Rockford, Illinois.
Singer in the American Family Insurance television and radio commercial.
Singer in television commercial for Pinas Country Bread Chips.
Singer in television commercial for Green Bay jewelry store.
Singer in television and radio commercial for Fred Jones Pontiac.
Recently released CD Let’s Go Back.
Recently released Christmas CD.
Recorded a remake of Wake Up Everybody by Harold Melvin and the Blue
Notes, which was played by WLUM. The song reached #4 on the local charts
during the time it was played.