With a career that dates back to the early ’80s with his raucously melodic cohorts, The Slugs, Dag Juhlin should by all rights be slowing down now. But he’s arguably busier than ever before, and undeniably making the best music of his life. Along with drummer Freda Love Smith and bassist Jackie Schimmel, the three, as Sunshine Boys have released two universally lauded LPs since the band’s 2016 inception. Their debut LP Blue Music was named 2018’s Record of the Year by both Secret Weapon Radio and Twirl Radio, and legendary rock writer Ira Robbins (Trouser Press) praised the album for its “stirring songwriting, imaginative playing, space-filling arrangements, summery backing vocals and that peculiar Midwest gift for making plain speaking so powerful.” Of 2020’s Work and Love, Robbins said it’s “…even better: more electric in energy.”
Dag also fronts the freewheeling cover band Expo’76, plays guitar alongside Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper in Sonic45 (both bands have graced the Hey Nonny stage) and has been with legendary Chicago band Poi Dog Pondering for over a quarter of a century. With no plans to slow down, Dag has a wide-ranging night of music and stories in store for Hey Nonny.