Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Photo by John Picariello

Our sold out concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House was one for the record books! The transfer of energy from the audience to the band and back again started before we even played a note, and continued with everyone rushing the stage to dance in the pit during the encore.

Thank you to the staff and volunteers, who really made us feel like part of their family. Several of us talked about coming back as tourists so we have to time to see the sights and sample the wares of this incredible little town!

We do have a caveat from Larry, a staffer who told us, “If you want people to accept you ’round these parts, make sure you pronounce Mauch Chunk correctly. It’s pronounced like ‘Rock’.” Thanks, Larry!

The Legendary Sportsmens!

There is no feeling like walking on a stage when you know the legends who have performed on that stage before you. We could see why those legends keep coming back to this intimate tavern disguised as a music venue. Or maybe it’s a legendary music venue disguised as a tavern. Either way, the crowd of people who PACKED the place to see the band was one of the most responsive and energetic we’ve ever seen.

We also raised some money for the Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation, a charitable organization that brings music instruments and instruction to kids who otherwise would never know the joy of playing music.

In short: WHAT A NIGHT!!! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO SEE US!!!

Niagara Catholic High School

Niagara Catholic Jr/Sr High School

On Saturday, January 13th, the band performed a fundraiser for the Drama and Music departments of Niagara Catholic High School in Niagara Falls. A crowd of Chicago-loving fans and friends of the school braved ridiculously cold winter temperatures — with wind chills well into the double-digit negative Fahrenheits — to hear what the band thought was one of our best-sounding shows. More importantly, 100% of the proceeds from ticket and concession sales (including band merch) went to the school.

The room itself is a “gymatorium”. Anyone who knows anything about acoustics in a high school gym knows that it is not the best place to hold a concert. But this room is much better than a typical gym. It has some of the best acoustics we’ve heard!

Many thanks to everyone who attended!

3rd Annual Christmas Benefit

Photo Courtesy: LockportSanta.com

Jack’s description of the band as the “adopted sons” of Lockport garnered applause as the band returned for the Holidays to perform a benefit for the Historic Palace Theatre and Lockport Santa’s Cottage. Santa’s Cottage is self-funded with help from donations. Each year Santa sees thousands of kids at Santa’s Cottage at Day Road Park, and this concert helps provide funding.

Several hundred people enjoyed a three-hour show that featured all the hits and some select album cuts. Special thanks to our friend John Lombardi of LCTV for the wonderful introduction.

Gowanda’s Hollywood Theater

Photo by Justin Sledz

This magnificent space is being meticulously brought back to its former glory by its new owner, and last evening’s fundraiser saw a packed house of people who cannot wait for more events. We were ecstatic for being invited to be a part of it! As we greeted all the new friends who came to see us, we kept hearing over & over, “Thank you for coming to our town.”

We were humbled by that response, because we were honored to be in your town, and to have been part of something that was truly special! We cannot wait until we return next year!

Stampede!

Photo: Mike Mietlicki

The University at Buffalo’s UB Bulls Stampede Tailgate Party was a BLAST! We were treated like kings by the staff, crew, and especially the fans of UB Football from the moment we arrived.

Our 90-minute set included “just the hits” and the crowd responded by singing, dancing, and smiling the entire time.

The Tailgate Series is done for this season, but it is a “must” for next year: Food, fun, music, perfect weather, and the excitement of big-time college football!

DHU Strand: Chrono

Photo by Justin Sledz

We love performing at the DHU Strand Theater. We get to experiment, try new material, perform deep album cuts, and kid around with our friends. These shows also help support the musician-owned venue.

This show saw us performing the songs from the albums in chronological order, from the Chicago Transit Authority released in 1969, to Chicago 36-Now, released in 2014. That’s when it hit us just how massive the entire catalog is: Three hours of concert material and we had only scratched the surface!

The Chicago Authority for Lunch?

Photo: Debbie Buc

Several hundred people had The Chicago Authority for lunch as the band took the stage at M&T Plaza in Buffalo. The weather was perfect, the response was great, and the food trucks and other vendors were busy! The band played “just the hits” during the fast-paced 50-minute show.

M&T Bank has been doing these weekday shows every summer for nearly fifty years on the steps of their flagship location at One M&T Plaza.

Singing Italian Songs …

Photo by Dave Perry

The Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo, NY typically draws tens of thousands of people, and The Chicago Authority was honored to be chosen to be the closing-day headliner. Although the threat of rain caused crowds to be somewhat smaller than previous years, the audience responded with incredible energy — especially when they demanded a double encore in the pouring rain!

We were also honored to be joined on stage by our close friend Ken Thomasula, who lent his terrific voice to Brand New Love Affair, Make Me Smile, and Colour My World. Great to have you on stage, Kenny!

On Lake Erie

Photo by Ryan Gentner

Our view of the Dunkirk Harbor from the stage at the end of the pier. Hundreds of people turned out in questionable weather to hear the band, and the storm held off just long enough for us to finish the show. Fifteen minutes after we finished, the sky opened up and a torrential rain soaked the sound crew as they raced to protect their gear from the water.

Thanks to everyone who ignored the weather report to see our show. And this post wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out to our new friends Big Tone, a band from Dunkirk who opened the show. Great originals and tasty covers, guys!