Blowing Our Horn?

Photo by John R. Witt

Hi Friends,

May we blow our own horns for a minute? (No pun intended!)

Over the years The Chicago Authority has tried, whenever possible, to incorporate a charitable element into our shows. Brighton Place Library, AmVets, Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Music Is Art, the Arts Services Initiative of WNY, Lockport Santa’s Cottage, Gowanda’s Hollywood Theatre, North Tonawanda’s Riviera Theatre, and Lockport’s Palace Theatre have all been the recipients of the band’s charitable contributions.

We’ve calculated that these local, Western New York entities have received a total of more than $35,000 over the past 8 years in either cash donations, benefit (reduced-fee) performances, or in-kind giveaways. Why? Why not just take the money and pay the guys in the band?

Truth is, the guys in the band do indeed get paid for the performances. But we also have our own careers, families, and lives that are bound spiritually and physically to Western New York, so if 25% of our pay comes “off the top” for a charitable cause it’s because the members of our band want to give something back to the people who support us.

We know several other bands from WNY who regularly donate money and in-kind services for deserving local recipients.

That’s why it is important to support local music and venues that hire local musicians and bands.

That said, and with details coming soon, here is The Chicago Authority’s schedule for the Summer of 2022.