The Katie & Les Bates Band is a sister-brother duo band out of Chicago. KBLB is currently writing & recording their first EP, and traveling the greater Chicagoland area, playing anything from blues to rock to soul to funk to country to R&B.
The band found their roots in 2012 when Les, a recent college grad at the time, became immersed in the Chicago blues scene after playing the guitar for years. His discovery of the blues gave flight to his guitar vocation.
Katie had sung in school and church choirs for most of her life, but strengthened her vocals while at college in the University of Illinois Black Chorus. In November 2015, Katie and Les joined to form their own, self-titled band, and the two have been developing their sound ever since.
KBLB has performed sets across Chicago proper & suburbs (Schuba's Tavern, Buddy Guy's Legends, The House of Blues, The Dawson, Skeleton Key Brewery) and Indiana (Running Vines Winery, Aftermath Cidery), in addition to private events. The two operate as an acoustic duet, as well as a band with various bass guitar players, drummers and other instrumentalists.