Local singer/songwriter and bluesman, Arvey got his start when he was 17 busking on Maxwell St. In the 70's, he moved to Florida and played bass for Bo Diddley. Eventually moving back to Chicago (what bluesman doesn't?), Arvey played bass, guitar and drums with most of the local legends including: Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, Carey Bell, Eddie Clearwater, Sugar Blue, Junior Wells and many others.
During the 80's, he led his own band, West Side Heat, and toured most of planet Earth with them.