the luna blues machine
feel-good rhythms, tight harmonies and charismatic hooks
7/16 - Taco & Art Festival • The Shell @ Reed Keppler Park • 129 W. National St., West Chicago, Illiniois • 5:30 - 6:15pm
8/6 - Peacetree Music Festival • The Band Shell in Pennoyer Park • 3601 7th Ave., Kenosha, Wisconsin • FREE!!!
8/21 - Sounds of the Riverwalk • The Confluence between Lake St. & Franklin St. on the Chicago Riverwalk • 1pm - 2:30pm • FREE!!!
The Luna Blues Machine:
Belinda Cervantes - mandolin, vocals
Maritza Cervantes - classical guitar, vocals
John "Hippie" Germinaro - bass
jamming currently with
Barry Bennett - drums
The Luna Blues Machine Tiny Desk Submission
The Luna Blues Machine To Release New Studio Single “I CAN DO IT”-- An Uplifting Anthem Amid Challenging Times.
CHICAGO (November, 2020) In response to today’s turbulent climate, local band The Luna Blues Machine announces the digital release of their latest single, I Can Do It. Taken from their most recent studio project, I Can Do It carries a positive message that fuses Latin, Folk and Hip-Hop, giving us the first glimpse into their upcoming and anticipated sophomore album. The new studio recording will be available on Apple Music, Spotify and Soundcloud starting Nov 1st 2020.
I Can Do It was recorded at I.V. Lab Studio--the session being LBM’s first place prize for winning Moe’s Tavern 2017 Battle of the Bands. “We originally wrote I Can Do It during a challenging period when we really needed each other’s love and support,” the sisters say. “We’re releasing it now to offer that same support to those trying to navigate these uncertain times. We hope it can be an encouraging light to our friends, family, and community.”
The Luna Blues Machine is a Chicago based acoustic hip-hop, Latin, folk-soul band fronted by sisters Belinda and Maritza Cervantes. Founded in 2001, the LBM first started performing at Subterranean's Open Mic Night, cultivating their own unique sound.
The LBM won Underground Wonder Bar's Battle of the Bands in 2006 and was featured as part of the Great Performer's of Illinois for two consecutive years in 2006 - 2007.
Their self-titled debut studio album was released in 2009.
LBM was featured as "The Hardest Working Band in Chicago" in Gozamos online magazine in 2010 and in WGN's Adelante Chicago as part of Hispanic Heritage Month in 2011.
In 2012, their single Roots Run Deep was included as part of the Ten x Ten Project; a collaboration between visual artists and musicians throughout Chicago and also performed at Howard Zinn's The People Speak, Live! held at The Metro.
The Luna Blues Machine has had the honor of playing for Gathering of Nation's Powwow and Miss Indian World Pageant in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2013 and 2015 which sprouted their latest live album.
They were named the winners of Moe's Tavern's Battle of the Bands in March 2017 and most recently were accepted into the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Chicago Band Roster.
The Luna Blues Machine has had the pleasure of playing the following Chicago venues: The Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Hideout, Cubby Bear, Reggie's, Maxwell Street Market, The Elbo Room, Goose Island, The Hot House, Subterranean, Moe's, Red Line Tap and the legendary Underground Wonder Bar.
Today The Luna Blues Machine continues to be a staple in Chicago's music scene. Their timeless music is still attracting new fans and keeps old fans coming back for more.
Ruff 'n' Uncut: Live at the Crib
Ladies Only: Live @ 3030
The Full Effect: Live @ 3030
The Luna Blues Machine
Ten x Ten - Compilation CD
Live at the Gathering of Nations
I Can Do It - Single
Interview: The Luna Blues Machine
"...LBM has fuzed together all their influences into a uniquely, authentic and empowering new trajectory for musical performance."
WBEZ -Chicago Public Radio
Radio M w/ Tony Sarabia
"...some really nice stuff...beautiful sounding to my ears."
The Gate News
Back of the Yards: Forefront for Local Music Group Luna Blues Machine
"...a band that's dynamically talented and charismatic..."
The Ranger News
Why You Need The Blues
"...delivered with a sincere mystique...a great blend of funk, feminine energy and passionate music...will always leave a listener wanting more."
Sounds of the Riverwalk, Chicago, IL '21
Latinos Homeschooling Conference, Virtual '21
South Haven Riverfront Concert Series, MI '19
Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL '18
Gathering of Nations Powwow, Albuquerque, NM '15
Global Activism Expo, Chicago, IL '13
Howard Zinn's The People Speak, Live! Chicago, IL '13
Great Performers of Illinois, Chicago, IL '06 &'07
Peacetree Music Festival, Kenosha '18 & '22
Taste of Chicago '17
Edgefest, Chicago '17
Mole de Mayo, Chicago '17
Villapalooza, Chicago '12
World Music Festival, Chicago '10
Awards and Recognition
Battle of the Bands Winner - Moe's Tavern '17
Chicago's Very Own - WGN Adelante Chicago '11
Battle of the Bands Winner - Underground Wonder Bar '06
Domingos en Vocalo - Vocalo 91.1 FM
One More Good Idea - WCPT 820 AM
MusicVox - WBEW 91.1 FM
Radio M - WBEZ 91.5 FM
Chicago Sound Alliance - WLUW 88.7 FM
Eutopia.FM - Que4Radio.org
Chicago Is The World - WHPK 88.5 FM