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the luna blues machine

feel-good rhythms, tight harmonies and charismatic hooks 

Upcoming Shows


  4/14  -  LBM Duo @ Beat Kitchen's Acoustic Brunch •  11:30am - 2pm •                           2100 W Belmont, Chicago, IL
5/18  -  LBM Duo @ Latinos Homeschooling 3rd Annual Conference •
             National Museum of Mexican Art

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The Luna Blues Machine:

Belinda Cervantes - mandolin, vocals

Maritza Cervantes - classical guitar, vocals

John "Hippie" Germinaro - bass

jamming currently with

Barry Bennett  - drums

Luna Blues News

LBM presents: Little Lunas

February 2024

As educators and teaching artists of over 20 years, the Cervantes sisters merge their love of music and education to bring you Little Lunas, an interactive and bilingual concert for young audiences.  Children learn and have fun with music and movement in this engaging program. Future performances will be shared soon!  Please contact us if you are interested in the Little Lunas program.

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Band Biography

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 participated in the Great Performers of Illinois for two consecutive years in 2006 and 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.  That year LBM also performed at Howard Zinn's The People Speak, Live! held at The Metro. 


The Luna Blues Machine had the honor of playing at the Gathering of Nations 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. 


In 2020 they released their single I Can Do It and were accepted into the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Chicago Band Roster.  

Most recently The Luna Blues Machine was featured on WTTW's Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices.


The Luna Blues Machine has had the pleasure of playing the following Chicago venues: The Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier, The Chicago Riverwalk, 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.

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