A-Z directory of area bands
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ABOMINABLE NO MEN, featuring Thomas Dapper, guitar/vocals; Daniel Eichman, bass/backing vocals; Andy Larson, guitar/backing vocals; Blaine Sinderson, drums. Bookings: 608-322-0624 orwww.abominablenomen.com; www.reverbnation.com/abominablenomen orwww.facebook.com/abominablenomen.
AL WETZEL & FRIENDS, covering music of Zac Brown, Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Van Morrison and many others. Featuring Al Wetzel, guitar/vocals; Keith Edwards, guitar/vocals; James Ryan, guitar/vocals; Chris Buttleman, guitar/vocals. Bookings: 773-909-9298 or email@example.com.
ALEX & THE ALLSTARS, music from the ’70s to today. Featuring: Alex, lead vocals/drums; Buddy, (Dr. Woods) vocals/lead guitar; Lisa, vocals/keyboards/guitar; Bob, bass guitar. Bookings: 847-639-9683 or www.alexandtheallstars.com.
AMBROSE KING AND THE RIVER RATS, blues, rock party band. Featuring Scott C. Topp, vocals/horn/harp; John Treptow, drums/vocals; Jack Treptow, guitar/vocals; Matt Van Ham, bass/vocals; Vince Salerno, sax. Bookings: Scott, 847-639-0922 orwww.ambrosekingandtheriverrats.com.
THE ATLAS STONE, progressive/rock/metal band from Algonquin. Featuring Jason Jayandro Andropolis, guitar; Steve Somogyi, guitar; and Leo Nelson, drums. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUNT JANET BAND, rock & roll band. Featuring Janet, vocals; Pete Gil, guitar/vocals; Dave Kay, guitar; Bob Brady, bass/vocals; and Dave Kerr, drums. Bookings: Janet, 815-355-1821 orwww.theauntjanetband.com.
AXE GRINDER (aka ROCK-DOCS), an updated mix of rock classics from the ’70s through today. Featuring Mike, guitars/vocals; Willie, guitars/vocals; Kenny, bass/vocals; Jeff, drums/vocals. Bookings: Rockdocs@rocketmail.com. Information: www.axegrinder.us
BLACK CAT BONE, blues, rhythm and blues, funk band. Featuring Sam Zuidema, vocals/guitar; Matt Palsgrove, bass; and Jimmy Pinkl, drums. Bookings: Sam, email@example.com.
BLOODLINE, original rock and blues with a handful of covers from today’s artists. Featuring Fred Hyzny, vocals/guitar; Laura Lambert, vocals; Freddie Hyzny Jr., drums; Loribeth Hyzny, bass/keyboard; David Hyzny, lead guitar/rhythm guitar/bass; Andrew Hinga, lead guitar/bass; Cassandra Feltner, keyboard/vocals. Bookings: 815-823-3708; search Facebook for Bloodline The Hyzny Family Band or visit ourstage.com.
BLUE SKIES, performing boogie, jazz, rock, top 40, swing, Latin and pop. Featuring Reid Spears, keyboards/vocals; Phil Ciancio, sax/flute/vocals; and Sam Geati, percussion. Bookings: 847-370-4114 or http://blueskies.vpweb.com.
THE BLUESNIKS, playing a high-energy mix of jazz, blues, swing, rock and funk. It all comes from the blues. Featuring Jim C., drums; Tony B., piano/organ/keys/vocals; Mitch G., vocals/guitar/trumpet; Robb C., saxophone/woodwinds; John G., lead guitars; Bill Z., bass (electric and acoustic). Contact: Jim, 847-305-7180 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Website:www.thebluesniks.com or Facebook. Schedule: Nov. 24, Tapas, Oak Park; Dec. 21, London Club, Crystal Lake.
BLUSH, a female-fronted cover band featuring Dina DeMonte, vocals; David Brian, guitar; Walter Delaney, guitar; Dave Wurzbach, bass; and John Falcus, drums. Bookings: David, 847-445-8004;www.facebook.com/blushrocks or www.blush4music.com.
BONY KNEES, classic rock and alternative music from the ’60s to today. Featuring Jeff Fowler, vocals; Larry Groves, guitar; Tom Harrison, drums/vocals; Jeff Jayko, bass/vocals; Tom Oeffling, guitar/vocals. Bookings: email@example.com. Schedule: 9 p.m. March 2, 7 Days Market Bar & Grill, Johnsburg.
BOTTOMZ UP, music from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today. Featuring Laure Walydyn, vocals; Glenn Biron, guitar/backup vocals; Jim Davidge, bass/vocals; Pete "Skills" Bartolomei, drums; Larry Chase, guitar. Information: www.bottomzupband.com or on Facebook.
BOUNTY HUNTER FIVE, classic rock and Southern rock band featuring Carol Pilger, lead vocals/vocals; John Noel, lead vocals/vocals; Mike Weatherford, guitar/vocals; Roger Jarva, drums; Don Paulson, bass/vocals; Lou Paulson, keyboards, harp, lead vocals/vocals; Marty Howe, sound/steadycam interviews. Bookings: 847-854-0438; www.bountyhunterfive.com or onFacebook.
BRACE FOR IMPACT, ’70s/’80s hard rock and heavy metal cover band featuring Mike Basil, lead vocalist; Frank Lucas, keyboards/backing vocals; Jeff Senger, guitar/backing vocals; Mike Pasquale, bass guitar/backing vocals; and Ken Wentling, drums. Bookings:www.myspace.com/braceforimpactillinois or on Facebook.
BRENT HOODENPYLE & THE LONERS, traditional and alternative country music originals and covers, featuring Brent Hoodenpyle, vocals/rhythm guitar; John Ballantyne, lead guitar; Buddy Carter, bass/harmony/vocals; and Leslie Santos, drums. Bookings: 254-436-0099; firstname.lastname@example.org or www.brenthoodenpyle.com.
BROKEN ARROW/POSITIVELY 4TH STREET, a Neil Young/Bob Dylan tribute band featuring Doug Wolff, Ben Abney, Jared Olson, Kevin Weigh and Steve Anton. Bookings: 815-451-1702. Website: www.brokenarrowandpositively4thstreet.com. Schedule: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Cuckoo's Nest, Cary; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Stage Left Café, Woodstock.
BUCKLEY ROAD BAND, country music band featuring Katie Klein, lead vocals; Chris Bradley, lead guitar/vocals; Steve Clough, rhythm guitar/vocals; Bob Haraden, fiddle/mandolin/vocals; Joe Eucolono, pedal steel guitar/banjo/dobro/guitar; Paul Durand, bass guitar/vocals; Ralph Colao, drums; and Kurt Disch, sound tech. Information: www.buckleyroad.com; Facebook; orwww.reverbnation.com/artist/control_room/1058620#!/buckleyroadband.
BULLFROG, a mix of classic rock, blues and more, featuring Billy Galaxy, lead guitar/vocals; Gary Mlekush, bass guitar/vocals; Steve Randahl, rhythm guitar/vocals; and Charlie Crowell, drums/vocals. Bookings: Gary at 815-455-4669 or www.bullfrogband.com.
CASSANDRA & THE GRAVEL ROAD BAND, featuring Cassandra Vohs-Demann, piano/guitar; Graham Butler, drums; Rick Van Dyne, lead guitar; and Jim Seidel, bass. Information: Cassandra, 847-507-1352 or www.cassandragravelroad.com.
CENTERFOLD, a mainstay of Chicagoland rock and roll, cranking out the greatest hits of the '70s, '80s, '90s and today. Featuring Cindy Safran, vocals; Mark Wedow, guitar/vocals; Eric Wedow, drums/vocals; Chuck Federowicz, bass/vocals; Tom Kranz (formerly of Trilogy), guitar/keyboard/vocals. Bookings and information: 708-284-2902; email@example.com;Facebook or www.centerfoldband.com Schedule: 9 p.m. Feb. 16, EvenFlow Music and Spirits, Geneva; 9:30 p.m. March 23, All Sports Bar & Grill, McCullom Lake; 9 p.m. April 27, JJ's Prime Time Sports Pub, Aurora; 7 p.m. July 2, Park Fest, Northbrook; 7 p.m. July 3, Summer Concert Series, Lemont; 7 p.m. July 4, Fourth of July celebration, Warrenville; 6 p.m. July 14, Bluffinia Summer Concert Series, Lake Bluff; 7 p.m. July 15, Concert in the Park, Wheaton; 7 p.m. July 18, Summer Concert Series, Hoffman Estates; 7 p.m. July 19, Summer Concert Series, West Dundee; July 21, Rock and Roll Half Marathon, Chicago; 7 p.m. Aug. 9, Lakemoor Fest, Lakemoor.
CHANGE IS GOOD, current, classic & original rock featuring John Grewe, guitars/vocals/harmonica; Jed Piquette, vocals/percussion; Jerry Bruns, vocals/bass. Bookings: 815-653-3402 orwww.changeisgood.hearusplay.com.
CHARISSA MROWKA, of Johnsburg, and her country band, Charissa & Auburn Sky Band. Information: 815-388-3091 or www.charissaonline.com.
CHASE THIS CITY, blend of alternative, pop-punk and heavy rock. Featuring Zach Keenum, vocals/guitar; Joey Miranda, guitar/vocals; Wil Lentz, guitar/vocals; Chris Vargas, bass; and Jeff DiPuma, drums. Bookings: 815-540-5416 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information:www.facebook.com/thisisctc.
COMMON GROUND, playing funky groove/dance music. Featuring Paul Ciszek, drums/vocals; Steve Mirabile, guitar/vocals; Rob Farina, bass guitar/vocals; Mike Vettore, percussion; Dave Juhre, keyboards/vocals; Danielle Juhre, vocals; Jody Fields, vocals; and Christine Gilmer, saxophone. Information: Paul Ciszek, 815-262-9989 or www.commongroundjam.com. Schedule: 9 p.m. March 16, Big Al's (Giovanni's), Rockford; 8 p.m. March 23, Best Dam Bar, Davis; 8 p.m. March 30, Franchesco's Ristorante, Rockford.
DENNY DIAMOND & THE FAMILY JEWELS, father and sons group from Harvard that sounds like Neil Diamond and performs a tribute to his music. Featuring Denny, vocals/guitar/synth; Lucas, vocals/guitar/synth; and Spenser, vocals/bass/drums. Information: 815-893-9202; email@example.com or www.dennydiamond.com.
DON “DOC” BROWN, playing his “Music We Know” program of favorites from the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and beyond in a variety of styles in jazz, rock, blues, country and pop. Bookings: 815-356-5865 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DR. RHYTHM & THE ROCKERS, music that will have you on your feet in no time. Featuring Jack Slaughter, guitar/vocals; Al Etten, bass/vocals; Duwayne Fair, drums/vocals; and Don Etten, guitar/harmonica/vocals. Bookings: 815-385-8580 or 815-385-6057.
DUNCAN FISH SPEAKERS, experimental hard rock band from the Woodstock area playing high-energy original compositions and covers from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and more. Featuring Judson Brown on guitar, vox; David Reilly on bass; Daniel Villarreal Carrillo on drums. Information:www.myspace.com/theduncanfishspeakers.
DUO DEL SOL, playing powerful instrumental music on classical instruments that is inspired by the relevant music of today. Featuring Tom Farrell, guitar; and Javier Orman, violin. Information:www.duodelsolmusic.com or email@example.com.
ECHO'S OF TIME, jukebox oldies show band playing music from the 1950s through the 1970s dance music. Featuring Dave Lapaglia, rhythm guitar/vocals; Glenn Kolota, drums/vocals; Scott Jensen, lead guitar/vocals; Brian Farrar, keyboards/vocals; and Bob Aldape, bass guitar/vocals. Bookings: 815-354-5421 or 773-490-3960.
ELDER KAOS, music from the '60s through today. Featuring Tim Michaels, lead vocals; Ron McCannon, guitar/vocals; Dave Barnes, guitar; Gary Mlekush, bass guitar/vocals; Gary Brandt, drums/vocals. Bookings: Tim, 847-826-8677; firstname.lastname@example.org or www.elderkaos.com.
THE ELEVATE PROJECT, playing eclectic music, Latin-influenced, funk, soul, Christian. Members include Tyler Ommen, drums; Nathan Staley, percussion; Kelvin Levels, bass; Aaron Netsell, guitar/vocals; John Tuck, trumpet; Christine Tuck, saxophone; Brian Warszona, trumpet; J, vocals/keyboards. Information: www.elevateproject.net or Faceook. E-mail: email@example.com. Schedule: 8 p.m. Jan. 19, The Starline Factory winter concert, Harvard.
EVEN FIVE, the band that plays the songs you like, classic, current and rock and roll. Featuring Mike Christenson, vocals/guitar; Tony Clavesilla, lead guitar/keys; Sam Acosta, bass; Colin Halliday, keyboards/guitar; and Jerry Wetter, drums. Bookings: Tony, 224-622-0472 orwww.wix.com/evenfive/band.
FAST TIMES, a high-energy band that rocks the ’80s music and lifestyle in the Chicagoland area. Featuring Paul Jones, guitar; Cory Case, guitar; Michael Burgess, lead vocals; Steve Alvarez, drums; J. Michael Ritta, bass. Bookings: Joey Demarco, 630-279-7625; firstname.lastname@example.org or www.fasttimestheband.com.
FAULT BY DESIGN, alternative blues-rock style, mostly original compositions including some classic rock, blues and Dave Matthews. Featuring Christian Moore, lead vocals/guitar; Robert Kelley, lead guitar/vocals; Jimmy Pinkl, drums; and Vince Galasso, bass. Playing 24/7 on Facebook. Bookings: Robert, 847-828-6854; email@example.com or Facebook.
FELIX AND FINGERS, a dueling piano and instrumentation act from Crystal Lake featuring Dave Radford, vocals/piano/guitar/drums/trumpet; and Mike Potts, vocals/piano/bass/sax/accordion/drums. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org;www.felixandfingers.com; Facebook.
FIST TO THE SKY, for fans of Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, and Five Finger Death Punch. Featuring Mickey, vocals/bass; Flipp, guitar/vocals; Hollywood, guitar/vocals; JD, drums. Bookings: email@example.com. Information: www.fisttothesky.com, Facebook, Twitter orYoutube.
FREEWILL, inspired by the desire to have the name reflect an uplifting and playful Christian spirit. Featuring Steve Ramirez, vocals/electric and acoustic guitar; Bob Linning, vocals/electric and acoustic guitar; Nancy Graham, vocals; Joy Irwin, vocals/keyboards; Pam Becker, vocals/electric bass; and Jerry Knobloch, vocals/drums. Contact: Bob Linning at blinning @gmail.com. Information: Facebook. Schedule: 7 p.m. Nov. 10, First Congregational Church, Crystal Lake.
GEARY SMITH BLUES BAND, playing blues and funk. Bookings:www.myspace.com/gearysmithband.
GREGORY B, Jimmy Buffett, beach party music, classic rock. One-man band, with a voice and a guitar playing along to music digitally recorded and performed by Gregory B. Clubs, pool parties and fests. Bookings: 815-459-5910; firstname.lastname@example.org or www.gregoryb-music.com.
GRINGO SOUL, a one-man project featuring Brandon Giannasi. All original music known as hip hop folk-rock. Information: 847-385-8447; email@example.com or www.gringosoul.com.
HAIRDAZE, playing all your favories from the ’80s. Curt Anderson, guitar/vocals; Tom McTague, vocals; Mike Bianco, drums; and Dan Parilli, bass guitar/vocals. Bookings: 847-515-7908; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook or www.reverbnation.com/hairdaze. Schedule: 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 19, Dock's Bar & Grill, Wauconda; 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 3, Thirsty Whale, Algonquin.
HANS AND THE HORMONES, pop, dance, rock from the ’60s to present. Hans Mast, vocals/guitar; Vic Champney, guitar; Glenn Crandall, bass; and Darren Marino, drums; Tony Wruke, keyboards. Bookings: Glen, 815-338-7253; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook.
HEART OF THE FOX (H.O.T. Fox), acoustic funk folk group from McHenry. Featuring Michael Heidemann, guitar/Vox and Rachel Woodall, Vox/ukulele. Information: www.heartofthefox.com. Bookings: email@example.com. Chicago dates on the website.
HOT ROCKS, Rolling Stones tribute band named after their Hot Rocks album. Featuring Ed Bloom as "Mick," lead vocals/harmonica; Chris Minardi as "Keith," guitar/vocals; Bobby Koll as "Brian/Ronnie," guitar; Carmie Zac as "Bill," bass guitar/vocals; Paul Mally as "Stu," keyboard/vocals; Joe Wejman as "Charlie," drums. Information: 773-384-2460; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook; MySpace; Twitter; or www.hotrocksband.com.
HUDSON-McCOY THE BAND, classic rock, R & B, and original tunes. Featuring Michael McCoy, rhythm guitar/vocals; Jim Hudson, lead guitar/vocals; Joe LaSalla, bass/vocals; Chris "Kiffer" Allen, keyboards/vocals; and Chris Starke, percussion. Bookings and information: 815-222-1080 orwww.hudson-mccoy.com.
HUEY LONG, pop punk band from McHenry. Featuring RJ Hucker, guitar/lead vocals; Billy Penuel, bass/vocals; and Rocco Zaccagnini, drummer/vocals. Information: 815-861-8062 or email@example.com.
INCOMING GROOVE, blues band trio featuring John Oliver, vocals/guitar; Mark Alteri, drums; Ed Kazmierzak, bass. Bookings: Debbie, 815-404-0470. www.incominggroove.com.
INSTANT REWIND, classic rock of the '60s and '70s. Featuring Eric Gulbransen, lead guitar/vocals; Jeff Gulbransen, rhythm guitar/vocals; Vince Guerrero, drums/vocals; Mark Vogel, keyboards/vocals; and Ben Vogel, bass/vocals. Bookings: Eric, 224-545-7362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JACKED UP, a rock show and not just another gig. Voted best new cover band in 2010. Group delivers a first-class concert experience playing the greatest rock anthems from the ’60s through today’s megahits. Members are Goddog, lead vocals; JB, bass/vocals; Master Splinter, drums/vocals; and Special K, guitars/vocals. Bookings: email@example.com.
JAZZ ENTERPRISE, that perfect touch of blues and jazz. Available in all sizes, though regularly a five-piece combo, we are dedicated to satisfy your music needs. Featuring Al Skaronea, keyboard; Christine Gilmer, saxophone; Daniel Villarreal, drums; Dave Reilly, bass; and Robert Kelley, guitar. Information: Robert, 847-828-6854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JELLY BONES, local band from Algonquin that categorize themselves along the lines of psychedelic/alternative. Members are Frank Lintzeris, vocals/guitar; Henry Brennan, guitar/vocals; Ryan Ayers, bass; Geon Tillinghast, drums/vocals; and Eric Donati, guitar. Information: email@example.com; www.facebook.com/jellybonesmusic or www.tinyurl.com/helpjellybones.
JIGGLE THE HANDLE, classic rock with a mix of blues on the funky side. Featuring Wayne Ewing, Hammond Organ and a real 122 Leslie/vocals; Joel Tarpinian, lead guitar/vocals; Kip Christensen, lead guitar/vocals; Mac Rietz, bass/vocals; and Ted Rowling, drums/vocals. Bookings: Variety Entertainment, 847-526-9111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOHNNY BEE & THE STINGERS, R & B, the way it’s meant to be! Featuring Johnny Bee, lead guitar/vocals; Shawn Reske, drums/vocals; and Greg Van Nostrand, bass/vocals. Bookings: 847-561-5266 or www.johnnybeeandthestingers.com.
JUST DUET, Sandie Kindschy and Suzy Schwartz, guitar and vocal duet play music from the ’50s through today. Information: 815-790-9081, www.justduetmusic.com or email@example.com. Schedule: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26, 4th Fridays at Starline Gallery, Harvard ($5 admission); 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Trio Grille/Glo-Bowl, Marengo; Nov. 3, Collier House benefit; 1 p.m. Nov. 12, Veterans Day celebration at Centegra Hospital - McHenry; 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Nov. 15, Intren Mixer, Union.
J.W. RICE BAND, an eclectic blend of musicians and musical styles. Featuring J.W. Rice, guitar/vocals; Carrie Biel, vocals/percussion; Danik Kooistra, keyboards; Geary Smith, harmonica/vocals; Van Vogel, bass/vocals; and John Weber, drums/commentary. Bookings and information: 815-653-5631. Schedule: 8 p.m. Nov. 21, annual Thanksgiving eve extravaganza at Woodstock Town Tap, Woodstock.
KEVIN PURCELL & THE NIGHTBURNERS, featuring Kevin Purcell, vocals/harmonica; Tony Root, bass; Dave Stefen, guitar; Andy Ohlrich, fiddle; and Peter Bauschke, drums. Bookings: 847-526-0573 or www.nightburners.com.
LAKES AREA SWING BAND, an 18-piece band performing throughout Lake, Cook and McHenry counties and southern Wisconson. Music from the past 60+ years. Swing to the '30s and '40s and jive to the '50s. Information and bookings: 847-845-0040; www.lakesareaswingband.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAST TRAIN OUT, playing a blend of blues, rock and soul. Featuring Greg Conrad, lead vocals and lead guitar; Jordan Smith, bass guitar; and Kevin Koreman, drums. For information, contact: email@example.com or visit www.lasttrainoutband.com or Facebook.
LIBERTY’S TEETH, party band playing the best rock, pop, country and more. Featuring brother/sister vocals of Jeremy and Melissa Roe; guitars/vocals, Paul Bracke and Matt Nicholas; bass guitar/bagpipes, Marc “Flippy” Weihofen; drums, Joe Stob. Bookings: 847-971-7159; www.libertysteeth.com or on Facebook.
LOOKING FOR TREBLE, high-energy pop and rock 'n' roll. Members: Mark Sturm, guitar/vocals; Dave Ricotta, piano/harmonica/vocals; Chris Manos, bass guitar/vocals; and Kirk Leonard, drums/vocals. Information: 815-509-5947; 815-505-5433 or www.lookingfortreble.com.
LUNATIC 8, a local hip-hop artist from Crystal Lake. Information: www.lunatic8.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAGANAFIGHT, group plays metal. Band members are Dan Kvidera, guitars; Ron Riggs, guitars; JoHan, vocals; Mike Motto, bass; and Drew Kristoff, drums. For information, contact: email@example.com. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAIDEN CHICAGO, tribute to Iron Maiden style. Featuring Bill Swanson, lead vocals; Eric Babcock, guitar; Ralph Circelli, guitar; Gary Ingram, bass guitar; Dan Driskill, drums. Bookings and information: 708-774-4177 or email@example.com; www.maidenchicago.com; orwww.facebook.com/maidenchicago.
MCC JAZZ COMBO, directed by Dr. Takayama. We create our own arrangements of the great jazz standards. Featuring Phil Ciancio, saxophone; Chris Angelos, guitar; Daniel Villarreal, drums; Dave Reilly, bass; Tom Panuce, saxophone; with optional guest vocalists. Information: Robert, 847-828-6854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MODERN DAY ROMEOS, party band with fun jams. We’ll give you the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge. Featuring Jim Wojdyla, vocals; Justin Wojdyla, acoustic guitar/vocals/cowbell; Steve Gill, electric guitar; Chris Perfect, bass guitar/vocals; and Mike Zaitz, drums. Bookings: 630-620-1154 or www.moderndayromeos.com.
MISS BEHAVIN, high-energy, four-piece band that covers hits from the ’60s to the present. Fronted by Denise Ebler with Rob Wawryzniak, lead guitar; Craig Hunter, bass; and Jim Nonneman, drums. Bookings: 847-418-1879; email@example.com or www.missbehavinrocks.com.
MR. P, well-worn ’60s folk-rock picker/grinner Mike Penkava on acoustic guitar, rambling with the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Lightfoot & Taylor, Neil & the Cat, Prine & Goodman, and meandering into the present with some new stuff too. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check with The Village Squire, Crystal Lake, at 815-455-4130 for regular gigs.
MR. PC JAZZ TRIO, featuring Phil Ciancio, Russ Panzarella and Tony Barbaro. Bookings: 815-263-1901 or email@example.com.
MYSTRISS, classic and current rock ’n’ roll. Featuring Angela Powell and Cristine Salazar, vocals; Kevin Powell, bass/vocals; Dan Robinson, guitar; and John Faruzzi, drums. Bookings: 815-307-5225 or www.facebook.com/mystrisstheband.
NEMESIS THEORY, hard rock & metal, classics and today. A diverse range of favorites & high-energy music featuring Tom Wilson, lead vocals; Larry DeMumbrum, drums; Mike Streicher, bass guitar/vocals; Joe Guevara, lead/rhythm guitars/vocals; and Todd Scow, lead/rhythm guitars/vocals. Bookings and information: 815-739-1106; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.nemesistheory.comor www.myspace.com/nemesis_theory.
NEW ODYSSEY, unique trio of full-time musicians playing 20th century music on 30 instruments. Featuring Michael Jay, Gary Todd and Gary Polkow. Information: 815-344-4200; email@example.com or www.3guys30instruments.com.
NITROUS ROCKSIDE, current heavy and hard rock music. Featuring Steve Crandall, vocals; Bob Cashin, guitar; Kai-allen Reinhard, bass/vocals; George Houston, guitar/vocals; Mark Cox, drums. Bookings: George, 847-854-3765; www.reverbnation.com/nitrousrocksideband; www.facebook.com/nitrousrockside; or www.myspace.com/nitrousrocksideband.
NO CLEAR WAY, plays a mixture of music from modern to alternative rock. Featuring Brent Baseggio, lead vocals/acoustic guitar; Ryan Gilger, backup vocals/lead guitar; Michael Koch, bass; Doug Conroy, drums. Bookings: 312-772-5652; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.myspace.com/noclearway or www.noclearway.com.
NORTH STREET, old is new again ... fun music from the '40s to present. Featuring vocalists, Kathy Bruhnke, Janet Burns, Kat Freese and Dora Tippens; Barbara Klein, piano; Kevin Doss, guitar; Louis Dolmon, bass; Dave Byers, drums; and Nancy Miller, bass. Bookings: 815-342-2425; email@example.com or North Street band on Facebook.
OCEAN BLU BIG BAND, Chicagoland’s newest 18-piece big band, playing your favorite classic, themed and contemporary jazz/big band/Latin tunes. Members are professional musicians that are music educators/teachers, band directors. Bookings: Richard Brabeck, 847-340-5100; firstname.lastname@example.org or www.oceanblubigband.com.
OLD’S COOL, an old-school, house-rocking party band playing classic rock, blues and R&B. Featuring TR Kerth, guitar, harmonica/vocals; Rich Wolter, guitar/vocals; Hans Stucki, keyboards/guitar/vocals; Gary Ross, drums/vocals; and Bob Noble, bass/guitar. Bookings: TR Kerth: 847-331-1758 or email@example.com or www.reverbnation.com/oldscoolhuntley#.
ON A DIME, supergroup rock from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Family friendly, really fun and fully professional. Featuring Aaron Netsell Vocals, Keys and Guitar, Sandee Christiansen: Vocals and Keyboards, Steve Sawyer: Vocals and Bass, Rob Godek: Vocals and guitar, and Ken Grutza: Drums. Full pro PA system and lights available. Information: www.facebook.com/OnADimeBand, call Aaron at 815-529-0660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PARTY DOCTORS BAND, playing all your favorite party music from the '80s pop/rock to modern hits. Members are David Burdick, vocals/keys; Dan Zemanek, guitar; Steffan Zarakas, bass; Jim Baer, drums. Bookings: Dan, 815-762-9424. Contact: Facebook.com/thepartydoctors. Schedule: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Settlers' Days, Marengo; 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 27, Sammy's Fall Fest at Sammy's, Huntley.
PARTY FREAK, playing party rock, classics and all-time favorites. Featuring Scott Lewis, vocals; Rodney Yee, bass; Kurt Larson, guitars; Mike Vermeland, keys/guitars; and Tony Stephan, drums. Bookings and information: Scott, 847-608-0631; email@example.com;www.facebook.com/partyfreakrocks or www.partyfreakrocks.com.
PATIO DADDY-O, ’60s to today. Classic rock, blues. Featuring Tony Giglio, lead vocals/drums; Tony Clavesilla, lead guitar/vocals; Danny Dally, bass guitar/vocals. We do private parties. Bookings: 224-622-0472. Facebook Schedule: 9 p.m. Feb. 23, TJ Snickers, Wauconda; 9 p.m. March 1, Peggy Kinnane's, Arlington Heights; 9 p.m. March 16, The Gambler, McHenry; 9 p.m. March 30, Twisted Moose, McHenry; 9 p.m. April 6, J's Sports Bar, Ingleside; 9 p.m. April 13, Raymond's Bowl, Johnsburg; 8:30 p.m. April 20, Trio Grille at Glo Bowl, Marengo.
PETE BERWICK, singer/songwriter. Information: Shotgun Records, 815-759-0042 orwww.peteberwick.net.
PETER & THE VERSATILES, MoTown, blues, classic rock. Featuring Peter, lead vocals; Missy, background/lead vocals; Kim, background vocals; Tom, lead guitar; Bob, rhythm guitar; Tom, bass guitar; Dwayne, drums; and Mike, saxophone. Information: MySpace.
PHAT DADDY-O, classic rock and blues from bars to backyards. We do private parties. Featuring Tony G., lead vocals/drums; Ed Narakas, lead guitar/vocals; and Brian Loren, bass guitar/vocals. Bookings: Tony G., 815-582-9344 or 815-653-2353.
PHIDGET, classic ’80s rock band featuring Chris Erbach, bass/vocals; Patty Malten, vocals/keys; Hoazy Sweeney, guitar; Garry Hane, drums; Rick Ippolito, keys/vocals. Information: www.phidgetband.com. Schedule: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 28, Dock's, Wauconda; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 6, El Sombrero, Mt. Prospect.
PIRATE RADIO, a four-piece cover band featuring Moe Rivera, guitar/vocals; Tony Falco, vocals/percussion/guitar; Matt Schreier, drums; John Rock, bass. Bookings: 630-279-7625 orwww.facebook.com/pirateradiorocks.
PIRATES OVER 40, Buffet tunes and more, featuring Ron Combs, vocals/guitar; Don Devereaux, drums; Bruce Waters, guitar/vocals; Jim Nelson, bass; Bobby Swigart, guitar; Mitch Martin and Joe Ornelas, percussion. Bookings: 815-344-6410 or www.piratesover40.com.
PLAN B, featuring Tom, guitar/vocals; Steve, bass/vocals; Todd, drums/vocals; and Mike, guitar/vocals. Bookings: 815-236-6087 or www.rockonplanb.tripod.com.
POTTS & PANS, a steelband playing a wide variety of music from classical to Calypso, pop to jazz and more. Featuring Matt Potts, Anthony Houston, David Brachmann, Christina Guerrero, Mike Schwebke and Paige Moore. Bookings: 815-245-3624 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information:www.pottsandpans.org, Facebook or Twitter.
PRACTICE IN PUBLIC, playing blues and rock from Stevie Ray Vahan to the Stones and much more. Featuring John Paradise, lead vocals/rhythm guitar; Karl, bass; Lew Postnell, harmonica; Rich Feldhaus, lead guitar; Tracy Doetsch, drums; Billy Schwank, guitar. Contact: 619-861-7353; email@example.com; www.facebook.com/practiceinpublicland orwww.reverbnation.com/practiceinpublic.
PSYCHAS, original hard rock, blended with modernized cover tunes. Featuring Eric Babcock, guitar/vocals; Marty Blake, drums; Joaquin Luebanos, bass guitar; David Houck, guitar. Bookings and information: 815-529-3271 or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.psychas.com; orwww.facebook.com/psychasband.
THE RESERVE, rock 'n' roll with a splash of '90s grunge. Featuring Jon Babin, vocals/guitar; Kyle Biba, drums; Jon Birchfield, guitar; and Steve Somogyi, bass. Contact: email@example.com. Schedule: Nov. 11, Penny Road Pub, Barrington.
ROADHOUSE PROPHETS, playing rockin’ country covers. Bookings: Chris Blevins, 847-902-0780 or www.myspace.com/redneckrevival.
ROBERT KELLEY, acoustic, blues, jazz, rock or even a one-man band. Performing with various groups, expanding through several genres. Regular performer at Liquid Blues and Jazz on the Square. Information: 847-828-6854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROCKCOVERY, classic rock and grunge. Featuring Rock LaCoco, lead vocals; Chris Farina, guitar/vocals; Mike O’Connor, guitar; Rob Farina, bass; and Andy Garay, drums. Bookings: 847-815-2392. Information: www.myspace.com/rockcovery.
ROCK-DOCS (aka AXE GRINDER ), an updated mix of rock classics from the ’70s through today. Featuring Mike, guitars/vocals; Willie, guitars/vocals; Kenny, bass/vocals; Jeff, drums/vocals. Bookings: Rockdocs@rocketmail.com.
RURAL ROUTE ONE, award-winning rockin' country band. Featuring Manzy Z, vocals/guitar/percussion; Bob Lindsley, vocals/drums; Patrick "Hutch" Hutchins, vocals/guitar; Bart Alonzo, vocals/guitar; and Jim Roxworthy, bass. Bookings: 708-516-6053, MandyZ517@aol.com orreverbnation.com/mandyzofficial.
SAVANNA ROAD, today’s rock and new country. Featuring Cindy Aikins, vocals; Hal Hartwig, guitars/vocals; Mike Gibson, bass/vocals; Bruce Honniball, drums/vocals. Bookings: Bruce, 815-245-9345; www.facebook.com/SavannaRoad or www.savannaroad.com.
SELECTIVE RECALL, playing the best of the New Wave '80s. Featuring Kris Valentine, lead vocals; Eli Bennett, bass/vocals; Rudy Lobo, guitar/vocals; and Scott Toth, drums/vocals. Bookings: 847-533-9991; email@example.com or www.entertainment1.com. Information:www.selectiverecall.com; Facebook or Twitter
SEAN & KAREN, playing a mix of originals and covers. Members include Sean Slavin, vocals/guitar; Karen Slavin, vocals/guitar; Dan Phelps, lap steel/banjo; Jim Seidel, upright bass; Daniel Schuch and David Rush, drums. Information: 815-355-4488; firstname.lastname@example.org or www.reverbnation.com/seanandkarenslavin.
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE, a country/southern rock band featuring Dave Freeman, lead vocals/guitar; Pete Walker, rhythm guitar; Judsen Brown, lead guitar/keyboards/vocals; Rich Dibona, percussion; and Jeremy Montoto, bass/vocals. Bookings: Dave, 815-970-4345; Pete, 815-693-0299 or www.southernexposuretheband.com.
STATELINE, contemporary and classic country, along with classic and southern rock. Featuring Robert Jess, keyboards/vocals; D.J. Myers, bass guitar/vocals; Tom Powers, drums/vocals; and Randy Burs, guitar/vocals. Information: 541-782-8354; www.statelinecountry.com; Facebook or email@example.com.
STAY TUNED, playing classic and modern rock. Members: Curt Klausen, drums; Paul Shively, guitar/vocals; Curtis Voel-Pel, bass and vocals. Bookings: Joey DeMarco at United Talent, 630-279-7625 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Curtis Voel-Pel, 630-453-1443 or email@example.com. Information: www.staytunedband.net.
STOCKWOOD, a genuine tribute to the Beatles band featuring Colin Berg, age 19, as John Lennon; John Morefield, age 17, as Paul McCartney; Nick Solideo, age 18, as George Harrison; and Evan Berg, age 15, as Ringo Starr. Information: www.stockwoodrocks.com.
STREET CORNER BLUE, six-piece ensemble has been performing traditional R&B for 25 years. Members include Tom Kleeman, saxophone; Dave Mitchell, trumpet; Bill Howard, trombone; Mike Lerner, drums; Dave Czech, guitar; and Dave Ladner, bass guitar. Bookings: 708-476-5757;www.streetcornerblue.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Schedule: 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 30, Bandito Barney's, East Dundee.
SUNFACTORY, high-energy dance and party rock. Featuring Steve Parisek, lead vocals/guitar; Jamie Ryan, lead guitar; Eric Jaspen, bass/vocals; and Frank Bagot, drums/vocals. Bookings and information: 815-861-4833 or MySpace.
SWITCHPLAY, a four-piece band featuring multi-instrument players rotating front-line offering diverse solo performances featuring Paul Zanello, Marty Howe, Brian Bankord and Aaron Netsell. Three different tribute sets are British invasion, funky R&B and classic rock. Bookings: 815-236-9893/9894.
TALISMAN, Freddy and Lorrie Lamberti perform country, blues, rock ’n’ roll, pop, jazzy swing and oldies. Bookings: 815-337-1760 or http://www.talisman.freeservers.com.
T-BOS, the ultimate ’70s rock show. Members: Silky Kessler, guitar/lead vocals; Thunderboogie, bass guitar/vocals; Buck Lee, guitar/vocals; Izzy Wylde, drums; Ripper Mansion, security/sound/lights. Bookings: Mike, 847-921-0033. Information: Facebook or MySpace.
THUNDER BOX, THE KNOCKERS, featuring rock music from the '80s til now in a high-energy rock band that captures the style with stage presence and sound. Featuring Tommy Hanus, bass/Vox; John Gracek, lead/Vox; Bill Rios, drums; Joey Domanico, guitar/Vox. Bookings: 847-344-0222.
TIME MACHINE, group from McHenry offering danceable rock from the '50s to now. Featuring John Gaceck, lead vocals; Dan Stromstedt, guitars/vocals; John Furuzzi, drums/vocals; Buddy Rezendes, bass guitar; and Wayne Maxson, guitar. Bookings: Dan, 815-378-0498 or email@example.com. Information: Facebook.
TOGETHER AGAIN, jazz-rock/smooth jazz/pop/rock/Latin and more. Members: Marti Bonne, keyboards/vocals; Jim Seidel, bass; Geoff DeMuth, guitar/vocals; Robin Knapik, drums. Bookings: 815-356-1141; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.togetheragainband.com.
TRASHCAN SYMPHONY, hard rock, rock and pop cover songs from the ’70s through today. Featuring Jess, vocals; Joel, vocals; Brian, guitars/keys; Axe, guitars; Bex, bass; and Mike, drums. Contact: email@example.com; trashcansymphony.com; Facebook or Reverbnation.
TRAVELING COWBOYS, playing country, rock’n’roll, Elvis and more. Featuring Jeff Beebe, guitars/vocals; Bill Fennell, guitar, harp/vocals; Chris, drums; and Sam, bass guitar. Bookings: 815-236-0155.
TRIADD, danceable classic rock to current with emphasis on pro-vocal harmonies. Duo/trio acoustic and full band. Featuring Rick Jacobs, guitar/bass/lead vocals; Tim McGovern, guitar/lead vocals; Mac Rietz, bass guitar; Steve Moss, drums/vocals; Boomer, drummer. Bookings: 847-516-4631; 847-639-0418; Faceboo or www.triaddband.com. Playing first Fridays of each month at McGonigal's in Barrington. Schedule: 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. March 2, Wool Street Grill and Sports Bar (full band), Barrington; 8 to 11 p.m. March 8, Porter's Pub (acoustic duo), Elgin; 8 to 11 p.m. March 15, Pablo's Mexican Restaurant (acoustic duo), Crystal Lake; 1 to 4 p.m. March 16, McGonigal's Pub (acoustic trio with Mac), Barrington; 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. March 22, Winberie's Restaurant (acoustic duo), Buffalo Grove; 8 to 11:30 p.m. March 23, Lovell's of Lake Forest (acoustic duo), Lake Forest.
TRU BLU, country/bluegrass. Originals and covers including Sam Bush, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Old Crow Medicine Show, Zac Brown and many more. Featuring Adam Kaczmarec, mandolin/guitar/lead vocals; Ron Yankowitz, bass guitar/vocals; Chris Yankowitz, banjo/guitar/vocals; Aaron Lembke, guitar/vocals. Bookings: 815-245-2539. Playing every Sunday evening at Labemi's in downtown Crystal Lake. Other musicians invited to come and join in.
TRUMAN’S RIDGE, playing traditional bluegrass. Featuring Steve Sarver, guitar/lead vocals; Mark Fowler, mandolin/fiddle/harmony vocals; Evan Fowler, standup bass/banjo/harmony vocals; Bruce Wallace, banjo/bass/guitar/harmonica/fiddle/harmony vocals. Bookings: 815-603-1441; 815-501-6608 or www.trumansridge.com.
TWISTING ROSES, teen rock band featuring Kristy Rose, vocals/guitar; Mike Stone, drums; and Ian Painter, bass. Information: John Rose, 815-444-7663 or www.twistingroses.com.
THE UNIVERSITY, alternative, Indie and rock playing originals and large selection of covers from the 1970s through today. Featuring Cale Singleton, vocals/bass; Ryan Lammers, vocals/guitars; John Benedeck, vocals/keyboards; Dean Sinclair, drums/percussion. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: Facebook or www.youtube.com/theuniversityband. Schedule: 7 p.m. Feb. 22, Acoustic set at Red Mango, McHenry.
THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS, a local group playing party rock, both classic and current. Featuring Elmo Arcari, lead vocals/guitar; Kevin Hewitt, lead guitar/vocals; Ernie Jummati, bass/lead vocals; Mike Trippi, drums/More cowbell. Bookings and information: 847-669-8848; 847-409-7073; email@example.com; www.thesuspectsrock.com; www.facebook.com/thesuspectsrock;twitter.com/thesuspectsrock.
VOYAGE, classic rock band featuring Joel Strombres, lead vocals/guitars; Mike Rehak, guitar; Larry Mann, bass; Mike Larsen, keyboard/vocals; and Gordon Siewart, drums. Bookings: 630-284-9112. Information: MySpace or www.voyagerocks.com.
VVX, hard rock and metal from the '80s and '90s and plenty of extras to keep it mixed up. Members are Tom Wilson, vocals; Dan Volpe, guitar; Todd Scow, guitar; Guy Bazilewich, bass; and Dennis Frankowski, drums. For bookings, contact: United Talent Co. at www.vvxlive.com. Schedule: Oct. 13, Shark City, Glendale Heights; Oct. 19, Firebar, Crystal Lake; Oct. 27, Chicago City Limits, Schaumburg; Nov. 10, Rock of Angels benefit at Evenflow, Geneva; Dec. 1, Des Plaines Theatre.
WATERFRONT DOGS, classic and blues plus Southern equals rock. Featuring Art Warshawsky, lead vocals/keyboard/guitar; Michal "Muppet" Laurance, lead guitar/vocals; Jean Laurance, guitar/vocals; Larry Surleta, drums/vocals; Kirk Hitschel, bass/vocals. Bookings: Art, 815-388-3287. For information and schedule, visit: www.waterfrontdogs.com or on Facebook atwaterfrontdogs.com.
WAY OFF TOPIC, classic rock, rock and hard rock. Members are Eliot Levy, guitar/vocals; Ron Lincicum, guitar/vocals; Brian Johnson, bass; and Shawn Wojcik, drums/vocals. Bookings: wayofftopic#att.net. Information: www.facebook.com/WayOffTopic orwww.youtube.com/user/wayofftop. Schedule: Dec. 8, The Point, Gilberts.
THE WHITE SADDLE BAND, country rock, old and new country, classic rock and pop. Featuring Rich Nelson, bass/lead vocals; Mike O’Cull, lead guitar; Derek Crawford, drums/percussion/vocals; and Les Urban, guitars/vocals. Bookings: 847-826-2834 or www.thewhitesaddleband.com.
WISEGUYS, smokin’ rhythm and blues. Featuring John Deardorff, lead guitar/vocals; Scott Deardorff, keyboards/vocals; Bill Hughes, drums; and Greg Van Nostrand, bass/vocals. Bookings: Greg Van Nostrand, 847-561-5266 or www.wiseguysinfo.com.