The Shuffle-Aires began in the early '80s, playing their distinctive blend of Chicago-style blues, surf, and rockabilly throughout the Midwest. Their hard work and dedication paid off with devoted fans throughout the Milwaukee and Chicago area.
As lead guitarist/harmonica/bass player, Al Ek's reputation grew, including a stint recording and performing with Milwaukee roots band, The Spanic Boys (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live). Al was soon called to the city of entertainment, Las Vegas, for a two year run as "Elwood Blues" in the long running production show, "American Superstars." He was joined in the show by veteran Milwaukee blues pianist, Junior Brantley, who portrayed "Little Richard."
Juniors credits include: Sonny Boy Williamson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vaughan and The Tilt-a-whirl Band, and Roomfull of Blues.
At "American Superstars," Al and Junior met veteran drummer, Jim Lovgren from Sanger, California. Rounding out the band is St. Louis blues guitar great, Johnny Z (Zoroya).
The Shuffle-Aires have enjoyed playing a multitude of major entertainment venues throughout the Las Vegas area, including special events, casino showrooms, conventions, and a variety of city/county government functions. The band was also featured on the E! Entertainment Channel, and the Travel Channel's show, "Vegas Highrollers," with the great Jim Belushi on harmonica. You can also hear the Shuffle-Aires backing up a string of rockabilly artists on recordings on the infamous Rolling Rock label, including Sun Records pioneer, Narvel Felts.
Presently, the Shuffle Aires can be found playing every Tuesday night at SuperMex in Las Vegas, from 7pm to 10pm.