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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
It was one of those hot and humid western New York summer evenings. It was the Wednesday after Independence Day. People had been partying for a long 4-day weekend. We thought the crowd would be sparse.
Boy, were we wrong! The crowd packed the entire area all the way to the next street. Standing room only on the sidewalk across the bridge. And all along the banks of the Tonawanda side of the Erie Canal. We estimated about 4,000 friends and fans came out to end a 5-day weekend. The crowd response was overwhelming!
We originally called our appearance at the River Grill a “Glorified Rehearsal” but it turned into a Glorious Rehearsal when a couple hundred of our friends came to see us! Owners Jim and Patty Clinton have supported live music since they bought the place, and each week there are a minimum of nine bands performing (two on Tuesdays and two on Saturdays).
We thought the stage was going to be too small for our nine-piece band until we heard that a 16-piece big band played a couple nights earlier.
We tried a couple of new (to us) songs, and polished up some others as we played for about 2 and 3/4 hours. We will do this again!