In the spotlight: Potts & Pans
How did the band get its name?
We are a steelband, so our instruments are steelpans or pans. My name is Matt Potts, together we are Potts & Pans.
Who are the members (full names) and what towns are they from?
Matt Potts – Crystal Lake
Anthony Houston – Crystal Lake
David Brachmann – Lake in the Hills
Christina Guerrero – Carol Stream
Mike Schwebke – Yorkville
Paige Moore – Earlville
What instruments does each of your band members play?
We all play various steelpans (steel drums). There are four main voices of steelpans, and we all rotate around them.
How did the band get started?
The band got started because Matt Potts realized that upon leaving school, there weren’t many opportunities to play steelpan. He also realized most people in McHenry County were not aware of the instrument, so he decided to create a band in order to continue playing and to educate people while spreading awareness of the instrument.
Describe the music you play.
Potts & Pans plays a wide variety of music. Everything from classical to calypso, from pop to jazz and more. The steelpan is very versatile. One of our goals is to demonstrate that this instrument can play many different styles of music.
What makes your act different?
We are one of the only steelbands in the Chicago area. We also are all college-trained musicians and enjoy educating as much as performing.
Who are the band’s three biggest influences?
Exodus Steel Orchestra
Why should people come see you (in 50 words or less)?
Potts & Pans provides a completely unique show that no other band in the Chicago area can match. Our knowledge of the instrument coupled with our proficiency of playing makes for the perfect combination for either a great educational event or a fun musical experience.
What is the best thing about being a musician?
The best thing about being a musician is having the ability to make people smile.
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What’s the strangest thing that has happened to you while performing?
Having a unique instrument, like the steelpan, creates curiosity. A few times people have walked up on stage in the middle of a tune to look at the instruments.
Where can fans find out more information about your band (official website, Facebook, etc.)
How can people book your band?
• Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 815-245-3624
• You also can book us through popular booking websites GigMasters, Gigsalad, WeddingWire or The Knot.
List your upcoming performances.
• Dec. 12 - Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford
• Dec. 14 - Heartland Café in Chicago
• Dec. 15 - Salvation Army Christmas concerts in Peoria
• Dec. 22 - Holiday concert at Arlington Heights Library