“A Humbling Experience”

Photo by Jim Bohm

Kacy Dolan’s words after the two shows at Sportsmens Tavern on August 16th and 17th. Two sold-out nights (after adding a second date just four days before the event!), and the band donated all of its proceeds from ticket sales to support this gem of a venue. Seeing the hard work and attention to detail to which the owners went to assure the safety of their patrons and the compliance with State and County rules was truly a humbling experience. But the best part of it was the generosity of the people who attended both shows. Thank you to the best fans and friends any band could hope for!

The “Social Distancing” Tour

Our first concert in Rochester happened yesterday (July 10th) at the 585 Rockin’ Burger Bar. It was a surreal experience as a few hundred people were wearing masks. Dancing (off to the side, away from others) with masks. Walking around with masks. In short, everyone seemed to take in in stride and have a great time. Thanks to the owners for having us!

Sold Out AGAIN for a Great Cause!

Photo by John R. Witt

Thank you to everyone who PACKED the Sportsmens’ Tavern for our show! It was a bittersweet performance for us, because although the show was a complete sellout and we raised quite a bit of money for the Sportsmens’ Americana Music Foundation, it was our last show until May of 2020. The band is currently on hiatus and is booking shows for next summer. We’ll keep this site and our Facebook page up to date, so please check back next Spring! Thank you again for your continued support!

The Riviera Theatre – SOLD OUT!

Photo by Shannon Doyle Vaccaro

AMAZING!!! That’s the only word we can use to describe the experience we all shared last night at the magnificent Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, NY!

As Tom “Mister Chops” Scime performed his feature solo on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, then stayed at that console to play Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is, special guest Sal Marino (pictured second from left) manned the keys on stage.

The entire crowd stayed to the end of the 3-plus hour show, and were on their feet and chair dancing until the last notes of the encore. Words cannot convey how grateful we are to have such fans, friends, and family!

Not Thursday, and Not at the Pier

Photo by David Chapman

For the past few years The Chicago Authority has been honored to perform in Dunkirk at the “Thursdays on the Pier” music series. This year was a bit different because (1) the pier is under construction, and (2) the Independence Day celebration fell on a Thursday. So they set up the stage a few hundred yards to the south in the Veterans Memorial Park and changed the day to Wednesday.

We had a BLAST! What a beautiful setting! Thanks to Hector and the rest of the staff, and to all of our friends and fans in Dunkirk who continue to support us!

Glorified Rehearsal

A huge THANK YOU to Jimmy for allowing us to take over his incredible venue, the River Grill in Tonawanda, NY. The place was packed with fans, friends, and family to hear us run the tunes we’ll be performing this summer season.

The only bad thing anyone has ever said about this venue? It’s only open for a few months in the too-short summer.

Sportsmens Tavern – SOLD OUT!

Another SOLD OUT show at the legendary Sportsmens Tavern!

More important, though, is the fact that we were able to donate another $1,000 to the Sportsmens’ Americana Music Foundation. This caring organization’s mission is “getting music into the ears and instruments into the hands of kids in Western New York.”

We are now at about $3,000 in total donations since we started playing at the Tavern two years ago. Look for our next date coming this fall!


Lancaster Opera House – SOLD OUT!

What a way to welcome an old friend and a new friend to the band!

A full house enthusiastically welcomed back founding member Eladio Rodriguez on vocals and percussion, and new member Barry Arbogast on woodwinds!

Last night’s show ran nearly three hours and included several choice “deep cuts” like Introduction, In The Country, Poem For The People and Brand New Love Affair in addition to the catalog of fan-favorite hits. The band also performed the masterpiece Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon (which includes the hits, Make Me Smile and Colour My World) in its entirety.

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!