the luna blues machine
feel-good rhythms, tight harmonies and charismatic hooks
The Luna Blues Machine:
Belinda Cervantes - mandolin, vocals
Maritza Cervantes - classical guitar, vocals
John "Hippie" Germinaro - bass
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 Taverns' Battle of the Bands in March 2017.
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.
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."