The Egyptian Theatre

The legendary Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb, Illinois is a 10-hour drive from our home base in western New York state. We were supposed to split the drive and perform in Detroit or Toledo the night before but we couldn’t make that work. So we rented a big ol’ SUV and a U-Haul, sucked it up, and drove non-stop. What a BLAST!

We arrived the night before and immediately found a sports bar that could accommodate all ten of us. We didn’t go there for the sports, however. (They also had really good food!) Fortunately it was 200 feet from our hotel.

The venue holds a legacy that dates back nearly 100 years. Performers on that stage include Journey, Heart, and (rumor has it) the band to which we pay tribute!

All in all, it was an amazing experience — one that we look forward to repeating in the future.

Mauch Chunk – The Return. SOLD OUT!

Photo by Joe Stampf

Well, we did it again! The return to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania was even better the second time around. There was a beer festival going on in town that day and both the music and the libations were a-flowing! (Unfortunately we couldn’t imbibe because we had to drive all night to make another engagement the next day.)

Great owner, great venue, great town, and a GREAT audience! Vincent, the owner, is already talking to us about another return date. We’ll be there!

The Riviera Theatre – SOLD OUT!

Photo by Scott Johnston

We performed Friday to a SOLD OUT show at THE RIVIERA THEATRE in North Tonawanda! Nearly 1200 people cheered us on with several show-stopping standing ovations.

The “Friday Tribute Series” is becoming very popular at this theatre, and special thanks for major sponsorship of the event goes to the Catholic Health System and Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Our own keyboardist, Tom Scime, is a retired First Responder, and Kenmore Mercy Hospital honored him and all of the area’s First Responders by purchasing a huge block of tickets for them and their spouses.

Thanks to the amazing Tech Crew led by Chuck Antolina with Neil in Monitor World, and to Laura and David for their wonderful hospitality!

Uncooperative Weather


Our show in Dunkirk on the 16th got canceled, and our show in Lock Haven, PA last night got moved indoors because Mother Nature couldn’t seem to make up her mind whether to weather or not. As it turned out, it never rained in Dunkirk despite predictions of major storms. And in Lock Haven, the sun kept poking its way through thick, ominous clouds only to be beaten back time and again time by the next storm cell.

After a major rain delay and a complete sound system move, we performed for about 300 people in the Main Room of the Elks Lodge in Lock Haven. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible — especially to Shawn with GP Audio and to Christina for the incredible hospitality!

A Sell-Out in Bradford Pennsylvania!

Photo by Justin Sledz

Kicking off a full week of shows, we hit The Bromeley Family Theater last night without knowing what to expect. Imagine our surprise and delight to see a full house for our first time in this beautiful venue!

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this show a success — the venue staff, the guys from APG Productions, the staff at Beefeaters (for the OUTSTANDING food!), and especially our new friends and fans! We hope to see you again soon!

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.