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.


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!


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!