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Richmond’s theater unDreground sure to entertain with new show ‘Doubting Thomason’ • Thursday, January 10, 2013

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McHENRY COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT ART DISPLAY, through Feb. 23, Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. District invites the public to view “New Visions - Landscapes from a Different Perspective special art exhibit created by McHenry County Plein Air Painters, with a noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 27 artist reception. Viewing hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 815-479-5779 or www.

Jan. 11 “DOUBTING THOMASON,” Jan. 11-26, Memorial Hall Civic Theatre, 10308 Main St., Richmond. Theater Undreground presents a new play by Christopher Brewster with live original music by Ian Hall. A theater company gets the opportunity to perform an award-winning show, only to find out their rival company across town has already secured the rights. Show is adult themed and a rated “R” production. Schedule: 8 p.m. Jan. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. Tickets: $10 with $2 of every ticket sold donated to TownSquare Players. Tickets and information: 815-5759884 or www.theaterundreground. com.

Jan. 12 HAITIAN IDOL, 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 12, Woodstock Moose Lodge, 406 Clay St., Woodstock. Annual battle of the bands/music groups to benefit the residents of Haiti devastated by an earthquake last year. Admission: $10. Information: 866-666-1117 or

Jan. 13 THE FROZEN GNOME 10K/50K TRAIL RACE, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 13, Veteran Acres and Sterne’s Woods, Crystal Lake. Fun and frosty run sponsored by the McHenry (County) Ultra Running Dudes and Dudettes. There will be age group awards and surprises along the trail. Gnome Depot Aid Station will be heated and well-stocked with warm drinks and hot soup. Proceeds

michael smith in concert WHEN: 8 p.m. Jan. 19 WHERE: Unity Spiritual Center, 225 Calhoun St., Woodstock COST & INFO: Singer/songwriter concert presented by Off Square Music. Admission: $12 donation. Information: Reservations and information: 815-338-5164 or

benefit the Crystal Lake Park District. Cost: $35 for the 10K race; $45 for the 50K race. Information: or www. GOSPEL MUSIC CONCERT, 4 p.m. Jan. 13, Community Church of Richmond, 5714 Broadway, Richmond. An afternoon of lively Gospel music by the adult choir of Shalem SeventhDay Adventist Church. A comfortfood dinner will follow the concert. No charge for admission or dinner, but a free-will offering will be taken. Information: 815-678-6521. McHENRY COUNTY CRUISE, TOUR & HONEYMOON TRAVEL SHOW 2013, 15th annual, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13, Holiday Inn, 800 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake. Presented by Cary Travel Express. Featuring more than 25 travel vendors, free travel seminars and chance to win a grand prize of a three-night getaway for two people to Cancun with round-trip air from Funjet (winner needs to be present to win the 3 p.m. drawing). Free admission. Information: 847-639-3300 or www. SUNDAY SPECIAL STUDENT SQUARE DANCE, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13, Nunda Township Hall, 3510 Bay Road, Crystal Lake. Sponsored by the McHenry B&B Square Dance Club. Bob Asp will be the caller. Casual dress. Information: 815-353-5346.

Jan. 18 McHENRY B&B SQUARE DANCE CLUB DANCE, Jan. 18, Johnsburg Community Club, 2315 W. Church St., Johnsburg. Tom and Kathy Nickel will call the rounds start at 8

p.m. and the squares at 8:30 p.m. Casual dress. Cost: $5 members, $6 visitors. All dancers welcome. Information: 815-353-5346.

Jan. 19 ART ENERGY WORKSHOPS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19, 26, Creative Artistry Fine Arts School, 400 Highland Ave., Crystal Lake. Featuring a charcoal raccoon drawing two-day workshop for age groups 8-11 and 12-15. Cost: $35. Registration and information: 815-404-6520 or MICHAEL SMITH IN CONCERT, 8 p.m. Jan. 19, Unity Spiritual Center, 225 Calhoun St., Woodstock. Singer/songwriter concert presented by Off Square Music. Admission: $12 donation. Information: www. Reservations and information: 815-338-5164 or “RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED,” 8 p.m. Jan. 19, Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Featuring his twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. Tickets start at $31. Tickets and information: 815-356-9212 or www. SHAKING THE WINTER BLUES BENEFIT DINNER DANCE, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19, McHenry VFW, 3002 W. Route 120, McHenry. Sponsored by the VFW Post 4600 Men’s Auxiliary. Featuring a cash bar at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., dancing at 8 p.m., two separate 50/50 raffles, door prizes, auction items. Tickets: $25 a person or $45 a couple. Tickets and information: 815-385-4600 or

BRIDAL FAIR, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 20, Park Place, 400 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake. Sponsored by the Crystal Lake Park District. Vendor categories include bridal gowns, tuxedos, photography, cakes, tablescapes, caterers, transportation, florists, honeymoon packages and more. Free. Registration recommended. Information: 815-4590680 or www.crystallakeparks. org. ORGAN CONCERT, 4 p.m. Jan. 20, Bethany Lutheran Church, 76 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake. An organ recital of varied styles and periods of organ literature will be presented by concert organist Craig Cramer on the Clarence and Agnes Carlson Memorial Pipe Organ. A free-will offering will be taken. Information: 815-459-2690.

Jan. 21 AUDITIONS FOR “OUR TOWN,” 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21-22, McHenry County College Black Box Theatre, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake. Auditions for the spring production of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Roles available for 10 men and five women ages 16 and older. Open to students and community members. Actors must prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue, or readings will be provided. No experience necessary. Scripts available in the MCC library. Callbacks 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 24. Rehearsals begin Jan. 26. Performance dates are March 7-23. Information: Jay Geller, 815-455-8746, jgeller@ or theater. VOICES IN HARMONY, Bethany Lutheran Church, 76 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake. New members welcome. An ability to read music and a love of choral music is the requirement for membership. A voice check required to place newcomers in the correct section. Rehearsals are 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 21. Membership information: Monica, 815-455-4879, or visit www.

Jan. 26 “A JERSEY VOICE,” 6 p.m. Jan. 26, Huntley High School Performing Arts Center, 13719 Harmony Road, Huntley. Huntley High School Fine Arts Boosters annual fundraiser concert featuring John Michael Coppola from the Chicago cast of “Jersey Boys.” Tickets: $25 before Dec. 24 or $30 after. Tickets and information: 847-659-6659 or www. Continued on page 4


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4 REGIONAL Ongoing “THE ADVENTURES OF ROSE RED,” through Jan. 26, Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. A modernday twist on your favorite fairy tale characters presented by Steel Beam Children’s Theatre. Rose Red has just turned 13 and the pressure is on – what will she do to get famous like her sister, Snow White? Schedule: 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; and 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children. Tickets and information: 630-587-8521 or ART DISPLAY & SALE, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 27, Fitness and Recreation Center at Langendorf Park, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington. Art display and sale of paintings by Linda Berk, Kathy Clouse, Diane Morino and others presented by the Barrington Cultural Arts Council with the Barrington Park District. Free admission. Information: 847-669- 0603. “VICE & VIRTUE,” through Feb. 23, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Altgeld Galleries, College & Castle Drives, DeKalb. Exhibition curated by NIU Art Museum Assistant Director Peter Olson, with a 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 24 public reception. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 815-753-1936 or artmuseum.

Main St., St. Charles. Beatles tribute band. Tickets: $42 at 630-584-6342, all Ticketmaster locations or www. EMMYLOU HARRIS & HER RED DIRT BOYS, 8 p.m. Jan. 11, Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Tickets: $37.50-$72.50 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or www.

“CINDERELLA,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Presented by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia. Tickets: $32.50, $42.50, $52.50. Tickets and information: 800-982-2787, all Ticketmaster outlets or www.ticketmaster. com.

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JERRY SEINFELD, tickets on sale for the 7 p.m. Feb. 8 performance, Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. Tickets: $47-$77 at 815968-0595 or

OF BOGS & BOOKS, 10 a.m. Jan. 12, Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, west off Route 12 between Routes 120 & 134, Ingleside, An Illinois Department of Natural Resources site. Of Bogs & Books book discussion group will meet to discuss “Last of the Curlews” by Fred Bosworth. Free. Registration and information: 815-344-1294 or dnr.

Jan. 13 WINTERFEST, noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 13, Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, west off Route 12 between Routes 120 and 134, Ingleside. Indoor and outdoor fun for all ages with live music, nature poetry and story slam, nature and winter crafts, refreshments and more. Suggested donation: $5 adults, $2 children. Information: 815-344-1294; parks or email: dnr.volobog@illinois. gov.

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“THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS,” through Feb. 9, Berwyn Cultural Center, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. A play by Mike Daisey presented by North Berwyn Park District’s 16th Street Theater. Mike Daisey illuminates how the former CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while following the trail to China to investigate the factories where iPhones are made. Schedule: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. No 5 p.m. show Feb. 9. Tickets: $18 at 708-795-6704 or ALL-CANADA SHOW, 30th annual, Jan. 10-13, Pheasant Run Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. A traveling exhibition of all things for fishing and hunting in Canada. Includes free seminars, free maps and travel guides, prizes and more. Schedule: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors and ages 13-16, and free for ages 12 and younger. Information:

25 OR 6 TO 4, 8 p.m. Jan. 19, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Chicago tribute band. Tickets: $32 at 630-584-6342, all Ticketmaster outlets or

Jan. 11 AMERICAN ENGLISH, 8 p.m. Jan. 11-12, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E.

Jan. 24 “THE ART OF MURDER,” Jan. 24 through March 17, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Fox Valley Repertory production of Joe DiPietro’s award-winning comedy. When successful artist, Jack, learns he has been wronged by his flamboyant art dealer Vincent, he plots a devious plan to kill him. Schedule: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and select Thursdays at 8 p.m. Tickets: $32-$42 at 630-5846342, all Ticketmaster outlets or

Jan. 26 AMERICAN GRANDS XVIII, 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Jan. 26, Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Featuring more than 500 local performers playing on 12 grand pianos. Tickets: $24 adults, $15 children age 12 and younger at 847-622-0300 or

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CHICAGO Ongoing BACKYARD MONSTERS, through Jan. 22, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. The museum’s newest exhibition about butterflies, spiders and beetles. Featuring a variety of highly-interactive stations, live insects and specimens. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students with ID, $6 ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and younger and Illinois residents on Thursdays. Information: 773-755-5100 or FREE MUSEUM GENERAL ADMISSION, through Jan. 31, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Offering free general admission Monday through Friday this month. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Open until 5:30 p.m. on select dates. General admission: $15 adults, $14 seniors, $10 ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and younger. Other packages available. Permanent exhibits: “Petroleum Planet;” “The Great Train Story;” “Toymaker 3000;” “U-505 Submarine;” “Earth Revealed;” “Fast Forward;” “Science Storms” and more. Schedule: through Feb. 18, “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit,” celebrating the 50-year legacy of Charles Schulz and his Peanuts gang. Information: 773-684-1414; 800-GOTO-MSI or 2013 PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE CHICAGO BOAT, SPORTS & RV SHOW, Through Jan. 13, McCormick Place – North Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. See and board hundreds of boats and explore the latest model RVs. Find gear and accessories for boating, fishing, RVing, and more. Schedule: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $12 for ages 16 and older, free for ages 15 and younger when accompanied by an adult. Tickets available online at Information: 312-946-6200.

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Ryan Tipton of Woodstock plays Thomason/Robert and Jessica Smith of Lake Villa plays Kate/Blake in Theater Undreground’s production of “Doubting Thomason.”

Theater Undreground to stage ‘Doubting Thomason’ By JAMI KUNZER The theater company dedicated to “flipping the perception of live theater” in McHenry County is at it again. On hiatus since November 2011, Theater Undreground will return this weekend with its latest show, “Doubting Thomason.” Based on “Killer Joe” by Tracy Letts, which was made into a film now available on U-Verse with Emile Hirsch and Matthew McConaughey, the play was performed by a theater company in Los Angeles. Corey Keane, a member of Theater Undreground, saw it live and suggested the Richmond-based group put it on. The writer agreed. And with Keane and Christian Baker as co-directors, the show opens Jan. 11. “It’s like a play within a play,” said Tim Mosbach, Theater Undreground cofounder. Loosely based on a true story, “Doubting Thomason” tells the story of a theater

“DOUBTING THOMASON” WHEN: 8 p.m. Jan. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 WHERE: Memorial Hall Civic Theatre, 10308 Main St., Richmond TICKETS: $10 with $2 of every ticket sold donated to TownSquare Players. INFORMATION: 815-575-9884 or www.theaterundreground. com company, similar to Theater Undreground, that must come up with a new play five days before the show is set to go on. Unbeknownst to the company, another local competing theater company already had obtained the rights to the play and is putting it on themselves. The main character, “Thomason,” the company’s artistic director, vows to write a new play that the company can put on in five days. He sits down and begins writing on stage. He then

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The cast of “Doubting Thomason” includes Lynn Homeier (from left) of McHenry as Bunny, Jessica Smith of Lake Villa as Kate/Blake, Ryan Tipton of Woodstock as Thomason/Robert, Ian Hall of Woodstock who provides original music, Jonathan Mindham of Hebron as Teddy/Lee, Tim Vance of Carpentersville as Jake/Murderin’ Ted and Katelin Stack of Woodstock as Lynette/Bonnie. leaves the stage, and his words basically are acted out before him by the members of the company, who’ve become characters in his play. Originally written with

“a lot of nudity,” Mosbach said the writer agreed to let Theater Undreground to change up the script a bit and lessen the nudity from full-on to partial. The show does

include violence, and should be viewed as rated “R,” its creators say. “It’s almost like a Quentin Tarantino type of script, but very comedic as well,” Mosbach said. “There’s high drama, gun toting, ‘I’m going to shoot you because you’re cheating with my wife.’ One scene, you might be afraid and scared. ... The next, you’re probably laughing.” As is the case with all of its shows, Theater Undreground donates a portion of ticket sales to area nonprofit groups. For this show, $2 of every $10 ticket will go to TownSquare Players, which operates out of the Woodstock Opera House as the oldest area community theater company. Also a nonprofit, Theater Undreground began in a basement based on a love of theater before expanding to the Memorial Hall Civic Theatre in Richmond. Its members encourage local actors, writers, directors, singers and musicians to take part in an effort to “make it so the community is entertained and involved.”

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“Gangster Squad,” a pulpy, violent tale of cops and mobsters in 1949 Los Angeles, rides an uncomfortable line between outlandishness and outright parody, and it’s difficult to tell which is director Ruben Fleischer’s intention. Which is a problem. While the film wallows in period detail and has some sporadic moments of amusing banter, it’s mostly flashy, empty and cacophonous, and it woefully wastes a strong cast led by Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in barely developed, one-note roles. At its center is a performance from Sean Penn as mob king Mickey Cohen in which he doesn’t just chew up the scenery, he rolls it around in his mouth like a handful of marbles, then spits it back out again and blows it to bits with a Tommy gun for good measure. With his mashed-up boxer’s mug, thick Brooklyn accent and volatile bursts of anger, he’s as cartoony as a Dick Tracy villain. While “Gangster Squad” certainly has its intended moments of humor, the laughs Penn’s performance prompts might not have been part of the plan. Or maybe they were – who knows? The script from former Los Angeles police homicide detective Will Beall, based on the book “Gangster Squad” by ex-Los Angeles Times writer and editor Paul Lieberman, focuses on a time of flux in the city after World War II. Gang control of crime, cops and politicians had spread to the West Coast from places

“Gangster Squad”

H 1/2 STARRING: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone Giovanni Ribisi PLOT: A chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and ’50s. RATED: R for strong violence and language RUNNING TIME: 1 hour, 53 minutes like New York and Chicago. Cohen had everyone of importance in his pocket and was on the verge of expanding his reach even further with a power play that would give him a piece of every wire bet placed in the Western half of the United States. The gruff and grizzled police chief (a gruff and grizzled Nick Nolte) realizes the only way to conquer Cohen is to fight by his rules – that is, by no rules at all. So he asks Sgt. John O’Mara (Brolin), a principled, heroic war veteran, to put together a band of outsiders to destroy his empire without serving warrants or making arrests. His sidekick is the initially reluctant Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Gosling, chain smoking and speaking in a weird, whispery voice), who prefers booze and women to trouble. Nevertheless, he makes the mistake of getting involved with Mickey’s moll, the classy, wannabe-star Grace. Stone is gorgeous with her wavy red locks, glam makeup and sexy gowns, but there’s not much to her besides looking good, which is a huge waste of Stone’s

vibrant presence (not to mention the “Crazy Stupid Love” reunion she shares with Gosling). The rest of the team consists of tried-and-true types, each of whom gets a one-liner here or there: the folksy, oldschool gunslinger (Robert Patrick), the nerdy tech guru (Giovanni Ribisi) and – most dismayingly – the token black and Hispanic members, played by Anthony Mackie and Michael Pena, respectively. Seriously, that’s all they’re given to work with, and these are charismatic actors ordinarily capable of great command. (If you want to see Pena in a far superior movie about LA police officers, check out last year’s “End of Watch.”) “Gangster Squad” was supposed to have come out last year, as well, featuring a climactic shootout in which gangsters fire automatic weapons from behind a movie screen at Hollywood’s historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. After the July shooting at a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” that left 12 people dead in Aurora. Colo., that scene clearly had to be removed, which required extensive reshoots and a releasedate change from September until now. Still, you shouldn’t expect a kinder, gentler film. “Gangster Squad” is brutal, with a barrage of gunfire that becomes deafening and, ultimately, boring. The sheer volume of these gun battles, often depicted in stylized slo-mo or with quick blasts of light, undermines the significance of who’s going down and what’s at stake. In the end, who lives and who dies doesn’t really matter. It’s all just noise disguised as entertainment.

‘Gangster Squad’ to debut after reality intervened The Associated Press LOS ANGELES – “Gangster Squad” director Ruben Fleischer was stepping out of the shower on the night of July 20 last year when he received a chilling phone call from a studio executive at Warner Bros. There had been a deadly shooting at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo. The studio was pulling the trailer for its “Gangster Squad” movie. The problem was the preview, which had been scheduled to debut before some showings of the latest Batman film that weekend, featured a peek at a pivotal moment in the 1940s true-crime romp when Los Angeles mobsters ruthlessly shoot into a movie theater audience. Thus began an arduous odyssey to the screen of a film loosely based on violence 60 years ago affected by the reallife violence of today – from the Colorado massacre that forced the reshooting of a key scene, through the country’s mourning after the Connecticut elementary school shooting last month, to this week’s replaying of the July theater horror in a Colorado courtroom just as the film prepares

to finally open Friday. Fleischer couldn’t initially process what was happening in that moment when he was on the phone last summer but eventually, everyone involved with “Gangster Squad” agreed: The scene was just too similar and had to be cut – not just from the trailer, but also from the movie, which was set for release two months later. “It was really eerie,” star Josh Brolin said of the original scene’s parallel to the real-life shooting in Aurora. “I respected and supported the decision immediately. It’s still a violent replacement. It just happens in Chinatown. It’s just as violent. It just doesn’t remind you of this thing that happened. It’s probably going to anyway because everyone knows it’s been replaced.” Several members of the cast and crew reassembled nearly a year after filming completed on “Gangster Squad” to shoot the new sequence in LA’s Chinatown section just north of downtown. The scene, which cost several million dollars to reshoot, fits seamlessly into the film and functions narratively in the same way as the original: Brolin’s O’Mara is ambushed, only this time by an exploding laundry truck instead of guntoting gangsters.

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A ABOMINABLE NO MEN, featuring Thomas Dapper, guitar/vocals; Daniel Eichman, bass/backing vocals; Andy Larson, guitar/backing vocals; Blaine Sinderson, drums. Bookings: 608-3220624 or www.abominablenomen. com; or abominablenomen. AL WETZEL & FRIENDS, covering music of Zac Brown, Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Van Morrison and many others. Featuring Al Wetzel, guitar/vocals; Keith Edwards, guitar/vocals; James Ryan, guitar/vocals; Chris Buttleman, guitar/vocals. Bookings: 773-909-9298 or keithedwards12@ ALEX & THE ALLSTARS, music from the ’70s to today. Featuring: Alex, lead vocals/drums; Buddy, (Dr. Woods) vocals/lead guitar; Lisa, vocals/ keyboards/guitar; Bob, bass guitar. Bookings: 847-639-9683 or www. AMBROSE KING AND THE RIVER RATS, blues, rock. Featuring Scott C. Topp, vocals/horn/harp; John Treptow, drums/vocals; Jack Treptow, guitar/ vocals; Matt Van Ham, bass/vocals; Vince Salerno, sax. Bookings: Scott, 847-639-0922 or THE ATLAS STONE, progressive/rock/ metal band from Algonquin. Featuring Jason Jayandro Andropolis, guitar; Steve Somogyi, guitar; and Leo Nelson, drums. Bookings: theatlasstone@ AUNT JANET BAND, rock ’n’ roll. Featuring Janet, vocals; Pete Gil, guitar/ vocals; Dave Kay, guitar; Bob Brady, bass/vocals; and Dave Kerr, drums. Bookings: Janet, 815-355-1821 or

B BEATOLUTION, a genuine tribute to the Beatles featuring Collin Berg as John Lennon; John Morefield as Paul McCartney; Nick Solideo as George Harrison; and Evan Berg as Ringo Starr. Bookings: Collin Berg, 815-575-1107,; Nick Solideo, 847-504-6701, Information:, www., twitter.

com/beatolution. BLACK CAT BONE, blues, rhythm and blues, funk. Featuring Sam Zuidema, vocals/guitar; Matt Palsgrove, bass; and Jimmy Pinkl, drums. Bookings: Sam, BLOODLINE, original rock and blues with a handful of covers from today’s artists. Featuring Fred Hyzny, vocals/ guitar; Laura Lambert, vocals; Freddie Hyzny Jr., drums; Loribeth Hyzny, bass/keyboard; David Hyzny, lead guitar/rhythm guitar/bass; Andrew Hinga, lead guitar/bass; Cassandra Feltner, keyboard/vocals. Bookings: 815-823-3708; search Facebook for Bloodline The Hyzny Family Band or visit BLUE SKIES, boogie, jazz, rock, top 40, swing, Latin and pop. Featuring Reid Spears, keyboards/vocals; Phil Ciancio, sax/flute/vocals; and Sam Geati, percussion. Bookings: 847-370-4114 or THE BLUESNIKS, high-energy mix of jazz, blues, swing, rock and funk. Featuring Jim C., drums; Tony B., piano/ organ/keys/vocals; Mitch G., vocals/ guitar/trumpet; Robb C., saxophone/ woodwinds; John G., lead guitars; Bill Z., bass (electric and acoustic). Bookings: Jim, 847-305-7180 or info@ Website: www. or Facebook. BLUSH, a female-fronted cover band featuring Dina DeMonte, vocals; David Brian, guitar; Walter Delaney, guitar; Dave Wurzbach, bass; and John Falcus, drums. Bookings: David, 847-4458004; or BONY KNEES, classic rock and alternative music from the ’60s to today. Featuring Jeff Fowler, vocals; Larry Groves, guitar; Tom Harrison, drums/ vocals; Jeff Jayko, bass/vocals; Tom Oeffling, guitar/vocals. Bookings: BOTTOMZ UP, music from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today. Featuring Laure Walydyn, vocals; Glenn Biron, guitar/ backup vocals; Jim Davidge, bass/vocals; Pete “Skills” Bartolomei, drums; Larry Chase, guitar. Information: www. or on Facebook. BOUNTY HUNTER FIVE, classic rock and Southern rock. Featuring Carol Pilger, lead vocals/vocals; John Noel, lead vocals/vocals; Mike Weatherford, guitar/vocals; Roger Jarva, drums; Don Paulson, bass/vocals; Lou Paulson, keyboards, harp, lead vocals/vocals;

Marty Howe, sound/steadycam interviews. Bookings: 847-854-0438; or search on Facebook. BRACE FOR IMPACT, ’70s/’80s hard rock and heavy metal covers. Featuring Mike Basil, lead vocalist; Frank Lucas, keyboards/backing vocals; Jeff Senger, guitar/backing vocals; Mike Pasquale, bass guitar/backing vocals; and Ken Wentling, drums. Bookings: or on Facebook. BRENT HOODENPYLE & THE LONERS, traditional and alternative country music originals and covers. Featuring Brent Hoodenpyle, vocals/rhythm guitar; John Ballantyne, lead guitar; Buddy Carter, bass/harmony/vocals; and Leslie Santos, drums. Bookings: 254436-0099; brent@brenthoodenpyle. com or BROKEN ARROW/POSITIVELY 4TH STREET, Neil Young/Bob Dylan tribute. Featuring Doug Wolff, Ben Abney, Jared Olson, Kevin Weigh and Steve Anton. Bookings: 815-451-1702. Website: Schedule: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Stage Left Café, Woodstock. BUCKLEY ROAD BAND, country music. Featuring Katie Klein, lead vocals; Chris Bradley, lead guitar/vocals; Steve Clough, rhythm guitar/vocals; Bob Haraden, fiddle/mandolin/vocals; Joe Eucolono, pedal steel guitar/banjo/dobro/guitar; Paul Durand, bass guitar/ vocals; Ralph Colao, drums; and Kurt Disch, sound tech. Information: www.; or control_room/1058620#!/buckleyroadband. BULLFROG, a mix of classic rock, blues and more. Featuring Billy Galaxy, lead guitar/vocals; Gary Mlekush, bass guitar/vocals; Steve Randahl, rhythm guitar/vocals; and Charlie Crowell, drums/vocals. Bookings: Gary at 815455-4669 or

C CASSANDRA & THE GRAVEL ROAD BAND, featuring Cassandra VohsDemann, piano/guitar; Graham Butler, drums; Rick Van Dyne, lead guitar; and Jim Seidel, bass. Information: Cassandra, 847-507-1352 or www. CATALANO, rock/metal, Rogue Records recording artists with influences from bands such as Queensryche, Nightwish, Edguy and Metallica to Journey, The Who, The Beatles and others. Members: Dean Pressley, vocals; Pat Catalano, lead guitar/keys; Mike Myzyri, bass; John Catalano, lead guitar/guitar. Bookings: 708-402-8540; or CENTERFOLD, rock ’n’ roll featuring the greatest hits of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Featuring Cindy Safran, vocals; Mark Wedow, guitar/vocals; Eric Wedow, drums/vocals; Chuck Federowicz, bass/vocals; Tom Kranz (formerly of Trilogy), guitar/keyboard/vocals. Bookings and information: 708-284-

2902;; or Schedule: 9 p.m. Jan. 12, Twisted Moose Sports Grill, McHenry. CHANGE IS GOOD, current, classic & original rock featuring John Grewe, guitars/vocals/harmonica; Jed Piquette, vocals/percussion; Jerry Bruns, vocals/bass. Bookings: 815-653-3402. CHARISSA MROWKA, of Johnsburg, and her country band, Charissa & Auburn Sky Band. Information: 815388-3091 or CHASE THIS CITY, blend of alternative, pop-punk and heavy rock. Featuring Zach Keenum, vocals/guitar; Joey Miranda, guitar/vocals; Wil Lentz, guitar/vocals; Chris Vargas, bass; and Jeff DiPuma, drums. Bookings: 815-540-5416 or chasethiscity@gmail. com. Information: www.facebook. com/thisisctc. CHERYL & ANDY, country, folk, Americana, pop. Featuring Cheryl Niemo, vocals/percussion/acoustic guitar; and Andy Andrick, vocals/acoustic guitar. Bookings: 847-915-1294 or COUNTERFEIT i, experimental music with focus on composition. Featuring Derek, vocals/guitars/keys; Ryan, bass/keys/vocals; and Tyler, drums/ stick twirls. Bookings: counterfeiti@ For information, visit:, Facebook or Twitter.

D DENNY DIAMOND & THE FAMILY JEWELS, father and sons group from Harvard that sounds like Neil Diamond and performs a tribute to his music. Featuring Denny, vocals/guitar/ synth; Lucas, vocals/guitar/synth; and Spenser, vocals/bass/drums. Information: 815-893-9202; denny@ or DNA, songs from the ‘50s and later. Featuring Don Etten, guitar/harmonica/ vocals; and Al Etten, bass guitar/ vocals accompanied by a digital drum machine. Information: 815-385-6057; 815-385-8580 or www.musicbydna. com. DON “DOC” BROWN, playing his “Music We Know” program of favorites from the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and beyond in a variety of styles in jazz, rock, blues, country and pop. Bookings: 815-3565865 or DR. RHYTHM & THE ROCKERS. Featuring Jack Slaughter, guitar/vocals; Al Etten, bass/vocals; Duwayne Fair, drums/vocals; and Don Etten, guitar/ harmonica/vocals. Bookings: 815-3858580 or 815-385-6057. DUNCAN FISH SPEAKERS, experimental hard rock band from the Woodstock area playing high-energy original compositions and covers from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and more. Featuring Judson Brown on guitar, vocals; David Reilly on bass; Daniel Villarreal Carrillo on drums. Information: www. DUO DEL SOL, instrumental music on

classical instruments inspired by the relevant music of today. Featuring Tom Farrell, guitar; and Javier Orman, violin. Information: www.duodelsolmusic. com or

E ECHO’S OF TIME, jukebox oldies from the 1950s through the 1970s dance music. Featuring Dave Lapaglia, rhythm guitar/vocals; Glenn Kolota, drums/vocals; Scott Jensen, lead guitar/vocals; Brian Farrar, keyboards/ vocals; and Bob Aldape, bass guitar/ vocals. Bookings: 815-354-5421 or 773490-3960 or on ELDER KAOS, music from the ‘60s through today. Featuring Tim Michaels, lead vocals; Ron McCannon, guitar/vocals; Dave Barnes, guitar; Gary Mlekush, bass guitar/vocals; Gary Brandt, drums/vocals. Bookings: Tim, 847-826-8677; elderkaos@yahoo. com or THE ELEVATE PROJECT, eclectic music, Latin-influenced, funk, soul, Christian. Members include Tyler Ommen, drums; Nathan Staley, percussion; Kelvin Levels, bass; Aaron Netsell, guitar/ vocals; John Tuck, trumpet; Christine Tuck, saxophone; Brian Warszona, trumpet; J, vocals/keyboards. Information: or Faceook. E-mail: theelevateproject@ Schedule: 8 p.m. Jan. 19, Starline Factory Gallery and Studios, Harvard. ERICH KRAEMER GROUP (EKG), all-original Indie jam band. Featuring Erich, rhythm guitar/lead vocals; Nathan, bass guitar/vocals; Greg, lead guitar/vocals; and Jamie, drums. Bookings and information: 815-2771105;; or EVEN FIVE, classic, current and rock ’n’ roll. Featuring Mike Christenson, vocals/guitar; Tony Clavesilla, lead guitar/keys; Sam Acosta, bass; Colin Halliday, keyboards/guitar; and Jerry Wetter, drums. Bookings: Tony, 224622-0472 or band.

F FAST TIMES, ’80s music and lifestyle. Featuring Paul Jones, guitar; Cory Case, guitar; Michael Burgess, lead vocals; Steve Alvarez, drums; J. Michael Ritta, bass. Bookings: Joey Demarco, 630-279-7625; or www.fasttimestheband. com. FAULT BY DESIGN, alternative bluesrock style, mostly original compositions including some classic rock, blues and Dave Matthews. Featuring Christian Moore, lead vocals/ guitar; Robert Kelley, lead guitar/ vocals; Jimmy Pinkl, drums; and Vince Galasso, bass. Playing 24/7 on Facebook. Bookings: Robert, 847-8286854; or Facebook. Continued on page 9

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G GEARY SMITH BLUES BAND, blues and funk. Bookings: gearysmithband. GREGORY B, Jimmy Buffett, beach party music, classic rock. One-man band, with a voice and a guitar playing along to music digitally recorded and performed by Gregory B. Clubs, pool parties and fests. Bookings: 815-4595910; or www. GRINGO SOUL, a one-man project featuring Brandon Giannasi. All original music known as hip hop folk-rock. Information: 847-385-8447; or www.gringosoul. com.

H HAIRDAZE, ’80s music. Curt Anderson, guitar/vocals; Tom McTague, vocals; Mike Bianco, drums; Dan Parilli, bass guitar/vocals; Jim Workman, guitar/ vocals. Bookings: 847-515-7908; or Schedule: 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 12, Bowl-Hi Lanes, Huntley; 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 19, The Cooler, Rock Falls; 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 9, Sponsor’s Sports Bar & Grill, Huntley; 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 22, Docks Bar & Grill, Wauconda. HANS AND THE HORMONES, pop, dance, rock from the ’60s to present. Hans Mast, vocals/guitar; Vic Champney, guitar; Glenn Crandall, bass; and Darren Marino, drums; Tony Wruke, keyboards. Bookings: Glen, 815-338-7253;; or facebook. com/hansandthehormones. Schedule:

I INCOMING GROOVE, blues band trio. Featuring John Oliver, vocals/guitar; Mark Alteri, drums; Ed Kazmierzak, bass. Bookings: Debbie, 815-404-0470. Website: INSTANT REWIND, classic rock of the ’60s and ’70s. Featuring Eric Gulbransen, lead guitar/vocals; Jeff Gulbransen, rhythm guitar/vocals; Vince Guerrero, drums/vocals; Mark Vogel, keyboards/ vocals; and Ben Vogel, bass/vocals. Bookings: Eric, 224-545-7362 or

J JACKED UP, rock anthems from the ’60s through today. Featuring Goddog, lead vocals; JB, bass/vocals; Master Splinter, drums/vocals; and Special K, guitars/vocals. Bookings: Website: JAZZ ENTERPRISE, blues and jazz. Fea-

turing Al Skaronea, keyboard; Christine Gilmer, saxophone; Daniel Villarreal, drums; Dave Reilly, bass; and Robert Kelley, guitar. Information: Robert, 847828-6854 or jazzenterprise.combo@ JELLY BONES, local band from Algonquin that categorize themselves as psychedelic/alternative. Members are Frank Lintzeris, vocals/guitar; Henry Brennan, guitar/vocals; Ryan Ayers, bass; Geon Tillinghast, drums/vocals; and Eric Donati, guitar. Information:; www.facebook. com/jellybonesmusic or www.tinyurl. com/helpjellybones. JIGGLE THE HANDLE, classic rock with a mix of blues. Featuring Wayne Ewing, Hammond Organ and a real 122 Leslie/ vocals; Joel Tarpinian, lead guitar/ vocals; Kip Christensen, lead guitar/ vocals; Mac Rietz, bass/vocals; and Ted Rowling, drums/vocals. Bookings: Variety Entertainment, 847-526-9111 or JOHNNY BEE & THE STINGERS, R&B. Featuring Johnny Bee, lead guitar/ vocals; Shawn Reske, drums/vocals; and Greg Van Nostrand, bass/vocals. Bookings: 847-561-5266 or JOSH SCHOLL, alternative/rock mixed with R&B. Featuring Josh Scholl, lead vocals; Kyle Weinder, rhythm guitarist; Lauren Luks, drummer; Mike Show, lead guitarist/pianist; and Levi Naab, bass guitar. Bookings: 630-849-1033 or JUST DUET, Sandie Kindschy and Suzy Schwartz, guitar and vocal duet playing music from the ’50s through today. Information: 815-790-9081, www. or chickpick63@ J.W. RICE BAND, a blend of musicians and musical styles. Featuring J.W. Rice, guitar/vocals; Carrie Biel, vocals/ percussion; Danik Kooistra, keyboards; Geary Smith, harmonica/vocals; Van Vogel, bass/vocals; and John Weber, drums/commentary. Bookings and information: 815-653-5631.

K KEVIN PURCELL & THE NIGHTBURNERS, featuring Kevin Purcell, vocals/ harmonica; Tony Root, bass; Dave Stefen, guitar; Andy Ohlrich, fiddle; and Peter Bauschke, drums. Bookings: 847526-0573 or

L LAKES AREA SWING BAND, an 18-piece band performing throughout Lake, Cook and McHenry counties and southern Wisconsin. Music from the past 60-plus years. Swing to the ’30s and ’40s and jive to the ’50s. Information and bookings: 847-845-0040; or LAST TRAIN OUT, blues, rock and soul. Featuring Greg Conrad, lead vocals and lead guitar; Jordan Smith, bass guitar; and Kevin Koreman, drums. Information: or visit html or Facebook. LIBERTY’S TEETH, rock, pop, country and more. Featuring brother/sister vocals of Jeremy and Melissa Roe; guitars/vocals, Paul Bracke and Matt

Nicholas; bass guitar/bagpipes, Marc “Flippy” Weihofen; drums, Joe Stob. Bookings: 847-971-7159; or on Facebook. LOOKING FOR TREBLE, pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Members: Mark Sturm, guitar/vocals; Dave Ricotta, piano/harmonica/ vocals; Chris Manos, bass guitar/vocals; and Kirk Leonard, drums/vocals. Information: 815-509-5947; 815-5055433 or LUNATIC 8, hip-hop artist from Crystal Lake. Information: or

M MAGANAFIGHT, metal. Featuring Dan Kvidera, guitars; Ron Riggs, guitars; JoHan, vocals; Mike Motto, bass; and Drew Kristoff, drums. For information, contact: stepmonsterhubby@yahoo. com. Bookings: dethmetl1@sbcglobal. net. MAIDEN CHICAGO, tribute to Iron Maiden’s style. Featuring Bill Swanson, lead vocals; Eric Babcock, guitar; Ralph Circelli, guitar; Gary Ingram, bass guitar; Dan Driskill, drums. Bookings and information: 708-774-4177 or;; or www. THE MARY J. HARRIS TRIO. Jazz and Bossa standards. Featuring jazz vocalist Mary J. Harris and guitarist Bob Balance, along with a variety of hired bass players. Bookings and information: 224-577-8130 or www. Continued on page 10


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FELIX AND FINGERS, a dueling piano and instrumentation act from Crystal Lake featuring Dave Radford, vocals/piano/ guitar/drums/trumpet; and Mike Potts, vocals/piano/bass/sax/accordion/ drums. Information:;; FIST TO THE SKY, for fans of Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, and Five Finger Death Punch. Featuring Mickey, vocals/bass; Flipp, guitar/ vocals; Hollywood, guitar/vocals; JD, drums. Bookings: fisttotheskyband@ Information:, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. FREEWILL, inspired by the desire to have the name reflect an uplifting and playful Christian spirit. Featuring Steve Ramirez, vocals/electric and acoustic guitar; Bob Linning, vocals/electric and acoustic guitar; Nancy Graham, vocals; Joy Irwin, vocals/keyboards; Pam Becker, vocals/electric bass; and Jerry Knobloch, vocals/drums. Contact: Bob Linning at blinning For information, visit Facebook using the words “FreeWill contemporary Worship Music.”

9:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Trio Grille and Bar, Marengo; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Docks Bar, Wauconda; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 15, The London Club, Crystal Lake; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Halftime, Johnsburg; 9:30 p.m. March 2, Sideouts, Island Lake; 9:30 p.m. March 23, Halftime, Johnsburg; 9:30 p.m. March 30, Thirsty Whale, Algonquin; 8 p.m. April 6, Woodstock Moose Lodge benefit; 9:30 p.m. April 27, The Gambler, McHenry; 9:30 p.m. May 25, Raymond’s Bowl, Johnsburg; 9 p.m. July 13, Gavers Cancer Benefit, Woodstock. HEART OF THE FOX (H.O.T. Fox), acoustic funk folk group from McHenry. Featuring Michael Heidemann, guitar/Vox and Rachel Woodall, Vox/ukulele. Information: Bookings: Chicago dates on the website. HOT ROCKS, Rolling Stones tribute band named after their Hot Rocks album. Featuring Ed Bloom as “Mick,” lead vocals/harmonica; Chris Minardi as “Keith,” guitar/vocals; Bobby Koll as “Brian/Ronnie,” guitar; Carmie Zac as “Bill,” bass guitar/vocals; Paul Mally as “Stu,” keyboard/vocals; Joe Wejman as “Charlie,” drums. Information: 773384-2460; hotrocksband@hotmail. com;;;; or www. HUDSON-McCOY THE BAND, classic rock, R&B, and originals. Featuring Michael McCoy, rhythm guitar/vocals; Jim Hudson, lead guitar/vocals; Joe LaSalla, bass/vocals; Chris “Kiffer” Allen, keyboards/vocals; and Chris Starke, percussion. Bookings and information: 815-222-1080 or www.hudson-mccoy. com. HUEY LONG, pop punk band from McHenry. Featuring RJ Hucker, guitar/ lead vocals; Billy Penuel, bass/vocals; and Rocco Zaccagnini, drummer/ vocals. Information: 815-861-8062 or • Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Continued from page 9 MCC JAZZ COMBO, directed by Dr. Takayama, arrangements of the great jazz standards. Featuring Phil Ciancio, saxophone; Chris Angelos, guitar; Daniel Villarreal, drums; Dave Reilly, bass; Tom Panuce, saxophone; with optional guest vocalists. Information: Robert, 847-828-6854 or geneticstrings@ MODERN DAY ROMEOS. Featuring Jim Wojdyla, vocals; Justin Wojdyla, acoustic guitar/vocals/cowbell; Steve Gill, electric guitar; Chris Perfect, bass guitar/vocals; and Mike Zaitz, drums. Bookings: 630-620-1154 or www. MISS BEHAVIN, four-piece band that covers hits from the ’60s to the present. Fronted by Denise Ebler with Rob Wawryzniak, lead guitar; Craig Hunter, bass; and Jim Nonneman, drums. Bookings: 847-418-1879; or www.missbehavinrocks. com. MR. P, ’60s folk-rock picker/grinner Mike Penkava on acoustic guitar, rambling with the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Lightfoot & Taylor, Neil & the Cat, Prine & Goodman, and meandering into the present with some new stuff too. Information: Check with The Village Squire, Crystal Lake, at 815-455-4130 for regular gigs. MR. PC JAZZ TRIO, featuring Phil Ciancio, Russ Panzarella and Tony Barbaro. Bookings: 815-263-1901 or philciancio@ MYSTRISS, classic and current rock ’n’ roll. Featuring Angela Powell and Cristine Salazar, vocals; Kevin Powell, bass/vocals; Dan Robinson, guitar; and John Faruzzi, drums. Bookings: 815-307-5225 or mystrisstheband.

N NEMESIS THEORY, hard rock and metal, classics and today. A diverse range of favorites & high-energy music featuring Tom Wilson, lead vocals; Larry DeMumbrum, drums; Mike Streicher, bass guitar/vocals; Joe Guevara, lead/ rhythm guitars/vocals; and Todd Scow, lead/rhythm guitars/vocals. Bookings and information: 815-739-1106;; www. or www.myspace. “C” You At The Movies - McHenry Downtown Theatre

com/nemesis_theory. NEW ODYSSEY, trio of full-time musicians playing 20th century music on 30 instruments. Featuring Michael Jay, Gary Todd and Gary Polkow. Information: 815-344-4200; odysseyguys@ or www.3guys30instruments. com. NITROUS ROCKSIDE, current heavy and hard rock music. Featuring Steve Crandall, vocals; Bob Cashin, guitar; Kai-allen Reinhard, bass/vocals; George Houston, guitar/vocals; Mark Cox, drums. Bookings: George, 847-854-3765; www.;; or NO CLEAR WAY, modern to alternative rock. Featuring Brent Baseggio, lead vocals/acoustic guitar; Ryan Gilger, backup vocals/lead guitar; Michael Koch, bass; Doug Conroy, drums. Bookings: 312-772-5652; manager@; noclearway or NORTH STREET, swing, jazz, blues and pop retro group featuring tunes from the 1920s to present day. Featuring Kathy Bruhnke, Janet Burns, Katie Freese, Judy Stettner, Dora Tippens, Barbara Klein (keyboard), Louis Dolmon (bass) and Frank Novak (drums). Bookings: 815-342-2425 or northstreet123@ Schedule: 7 p.m. Jan. 12, Haitian Idol at Woodstock Moose Lodge, Woodstock.

O OCEAN BLU BIG BAND, 18-piece big band, playing classic, themed and contemporary jazz/big band/ Latin tunes. Members are professional musicians who are music educators/ teachers, band directors. Bookings: Richard Brabeck, 847-340-5100; rick@ or www. OLD’S COOL, classic rock, blues and R&B. Featuring TR Kerth, guitar, harmonica/ vocals; Rich Wolter, guitar/vocals; Hans Stucki, keyboards/guitar/vocals; Gary Ross, drums/vocals; and Bob Noble, bass/guitar. Bookings: TR Kerth: 847-331-1758 or or ON A DIME, founded in 2003 around a blues-rock-opera written by the band founder Aaron Netsell. Members include Aaron Netsell, guitars/keyboards/ vocals; Rob Godek, lead guitar/backup vocals; Sandee Christiansen, keyboards/ vocals; Steve Sawyer, bass guitar/ vocals; and Ken Grutza, drums. Information: 815-814-1806; or

P PARTY DOCTORS BAND, ‘80s pop/rock to modern hits. Members are David Burdick, vocals/keys; Dan Zemanek, guitar; Steffan Zarakas, bass; Jim Baer, drums. Bookings: Dan, 815-762-9424. Contact: PARTY FREAK, party rock, classics and all-time favorites. Featuring Scott Lewis, vocals; Rodney Yee, bass; Kurt Larson, guitars; Mike Vermeland, keys/ guitars; and Tony Stephan, drums. Bookings and information: Scott, 847608-0631; partyfreakmusic@yahoo. com; or PATIO DADDY-O, ’60s to today. Classic rock, blues. Featuring Tony Giglio, lead vocals/drums; Tony Clavesilla, lead guitar/vocals; Danny Dally, bass guitar/ vocals. We do private parties. Bookings: 224-622-0472. Schedule: 9 p.m. Jan. 11, J’s Sports Bar, Ingleside; 9 p.m. Jan. 19, Diamond Jim’s, East Dundee; 9 p.m. Jan. 26, Route 12 Bar, Spring Grove; 9 p.m. Feb. 2, All Sports Bar & Grill, McCullom

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R THE RESERVE, rock ‘n’ roll with a splash of ‘90s grunge. Featuring Jon Babin, vocals/guitar; Kyle Biba, drums; Jon Birchfield, guitar; and Steve Somogyi, bass. Contact: thereserve11@yahoo. com; Facebook or Reverbnation. ROADHOUSE PROPHETS, rockin’ country covers. Bookings: Chris Blevins, 847-902-0780 or redneckrevival. ROBERT KELLEY, acoustic, blues, jazz, rock or even a one-man band. Performing with various groups, expanding through several genres. Regular performer at Liquid Blues and Jazz on the Square. Information: 847-828-6854 or ROCKCOVERY, classic rock and grunge. Featuring Rock LaCoco, lead vocals; Chris Farina, guitar/vocals; Mike O’Connor, guitar; Rob Farina, bass; and Andy Garay, drums. Bookings: 847815-2392. Information: www.myspace. com/rockcovery. Continued on page 11

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PRACTICE IN PUBLIC, blues and rock from Stevie Ray Vaughan to the Stones. Featuring John Paradise, lead vocals/ rhythm guitar; Karl, bass; Lew Postnell, harmonica; Rich Feldhaus, lead guitar; Tracy Doetsch, drums; Billy Schwank, guitar. Contact: 619-861-7353;; www.facebook. com/practiceinpublicland or www. PSYCHAS, original hard rock, blended with modernized cover tunes. Featuring Eric Babcock, guitar/vocals; Marty Blake, drums; Joaquin Luebanos, bass guitar; David Houck, guitar. Bookings and information: 815-529-3271 or; www.; or psychasband.

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S SAVANNA ROAD, today’s rock and new country. Featuring Cindy Aikins, vocals; Hal Hartwig, guitars/vocals; Mike Gibson, bass/vocals; Bruce Honniball, drums/vocals. Bookings: Bruce, 815245-9345; or SELECTIVE RECALL, new wave ’80s. Featuring Kris Valentine, lead vocals; Eli Bennett, bass/vocals; Rudy Lobo, guitar/vocals; and Scott Toth, drums/ vocals. Bookings: 847-533-9991; kris@ or Information: www.; www.facebook. com/selectiverecallrocks; or www. SEVEN POUND FURY, original rock. Featuring Lynette Louise Varvil, vocals/ string guitars/harmonica/melodica; Erick Olsen, lead guitar; Scott Nickels, drums/percussion; Ginni Hauck, bass. Bookings: sevenpoundfury. Information: www. or SHADOW LEFT, Joseph David Broman, a one-man band act and songwriter, performing synthesized industrialmetal music along with contemporary covers and eclectic songs on keyboards and guitar. Bookings: rhymeclimate@ or theshadowleft. SINFUL SAINTS DIXIELAND BAND, traditional New Orleans jazz. Directed and managed by Tom McDermott. Multiple bands featuring Tom McDermott, Mike Epifano, Ryan Miller, Bob Skallerup, Brian Tipps, trombones; Kurt Schulenburg, Dick Robertson, Mike Knauf, Teddy Holtz, Gary Parker, clarinet/sax; Dave Mitchell, Frank Katzback, Kevin Huff, Judy Bridges, Don Rhodes, “Spats” Studebaker, trumpets; Rob Curtis, Al Johnson, James Dossa, Tom Landeros, Mike Woitowicz, Jack Kuncl, Ernie Michaels, Jack Meilahn, banjo; Steve Marcus, Brian Borcherding, Tom Stasiak, Kurt Smith, John Harshey, tuba; and Mike Lerner, Ken Voelker, Kenny Holtz, Brian Sugrue, Bob Blazier, Sammy Geati, Chuck Schwartz, Bill Voda, drums; Vance Nelson, Ed Lescher, keyboard. Bookings: 815-404-6769; or www. SING WITH THE BAND, live band interactive karaoke with more than 500 songs. Everything from ABBA to Zappa. Lyrics

Basket, Willowbrook. SUNFACTORY, dance and party rock. Featuring Steve Parisek, lead vocals/ guitar; Jamie Ryan, lead guitar; Eric Jaspen, bass/vocals; and Frank Bagot, drums/vocals. Bookings and information: 815-861-4833 or www.myspace. com/sunfactory. SWITCHPLAY, a four-piece band featuring multi-instrument players rotating front-line offering diverse solo performances featuring Paul Zanello, Marty Howe, Brian Bankord and Aaron Netsell. Three different tribute sets are British invasion, funky R&B and classic rock. Bookings: 815-236-9893/9894.

T TALISMAN, country, blues, rock ’n’ roll, pop, jazzy swing and oldies. Featuring Freddy and Lorrie Lamberti. Bookings: 815-337-1760 or www.talisman. T-BOS, 70s rock. Featuring: Silky Kessler, guitar/lead vocals; Thunderboogie, bass guitar/vocals; Buck Lee, guitar/ vocals; Izzy Wylde, drums; Ripper Mansion, security/sound/lights. Bookings: Mike, 847-921-0033. Information: or THUNDER BOX, THE KNOCKERS, rock music from the ‘80s until today. Featuring Tommy Hanus, bass/Vox; John Gracek, lead/Vox; Bill Rios, drums; Joey Domanico, guitar/Vox. Bookings: 847-344-0222. TIME MACHINE, group from McHenry offering danceable rock from the ’50s to today. Featuring John Gaceck, lead vocals; Dan Stromstedt, guitars/vocals; John Furuzzi, drums/vocals; Buddy Rezendes, bass guitar; and Wayne Maxson, guitar. Bookings: Dan, 815378-0498 or timemachinemchenry@ Information: www. TOGETHER AGAIN, jazz-rock/smooth jazz/pop/rock/Latin and more. Members: Marti Bonne, keyboards/vocals; Jim Seidel, bass; Geoff DeMuth, guitar/ vocals; Robin Knapik, drums. Bookings: 815-356-1141; together_again@; www.togetheragainband. com. TRASHCAN SYMPHONY, hard rock, rock and pop cover songs from the ’70s through today. Featuring Jess, vocals; Joel, vocals; Brian, guitars/keys; Axe, guitars; Bex, bass; and Mike, drums. Contact:;; facebook or reverbnation. TRAVELING COWBOYS, country, rock ’n’ roll, Elvis and more. Featuring Jeff Beebe, guitars/vocals; Bill Fennell, guitar, harp/vocals; Chris, drums; and Sam, bass guitar. Bookings: 815-236-0155. TRIADD, danceable classic rock to current with emphasis on pro-vocal harmonies. Duo/trio acoustic and full band. Featuring Rick Jacobs, guitar/ bass/lead vocals; Tim McGovern, guitar/lead vocals; Mac Rietz, bass guitar; Steve Moss, drums/vocals; Boomer, drummer. Bookings: 847-516-4631; 847-639-0418; Facebook or Playing first Fridays of each

month at McGonigal’s in Barrington. Schedule: 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 18, Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant (acoustic duo), Crystal Lake; 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 19, Wool Street Grill & Sports Bar (full band), Barrington. TRU BLU, country/bluegrass. Originals and covers including Sam Bush, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Old Crow Medicine Show, Zac Brown and many more. Featuring Adam Kaczmarec, mandolin/ guitar/lead vocals; Ron Yankowitz, bass guitar/vocals; Chris Yankowitz, banjo/ guitar/vocals; Aaron Lembke, guitar/ vocals. Bookings: 815-245-2539. Playing every Sunday evening at Labemi’s in downtown Crystal Lake. Other musicians invited to come and join in. TRUMAN’S RIDGE, traditional bluegrass. Featuring Steve Sarver, guitar/lead vocals; Mark Fowler, mandolin/fiddle/ harmony vocals; Evan Fowler, standup bass/banjo/harmony vocals; Bruce Wallace, banjo/bass/guitar/harmonica/ fiddle/harmony vocals. Bookings: 815-603-1441; 815-501-6608 or www. TWISTING ROSES, teen rock band featuring Kristy Rose, vocals/guitar; Mike Stone, drums; and Ian Painter, bass. Information: John Rose, 815-444-7663 or

U THE UNIVERSITY, alternative, Indie and rock playing originals and large selection of covers from the 1970s through 2012. Featuring Cale Singleton, vocals/ bass; Ryan Lammers, vocals/guitars; John Benedeck, vocals/keyboards; Dean Sinclair, drums/percussion. Bookings: Information: forgoodforawesome. THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS, party rock, both classic and current. Featuring Elmo Arcari, lead vocals/guitar; Kevin

Hewitt, lead guitar/vocals; Ernie Jummati, bass/lead vocals; Mike Trippi, drums/More cowbell. Bookings and information: 847-669-8848; 847-4097073;;; www.;

V VOYAGE, classic rock band featuring Joel Strombres, lead vocals/guitars; Mike Rehak, guitar; Larry Mann, bass; Mike Larsen, keyboard/vocals; and Gordon Siewart, drums. Bookings: 630-2849112. Information: voyagerocks or www.voyagerocks. com. VVX, hard rock and metal from the ’80s and ’90s and plenty of extras to keep it mixed up. Members are Tom Wilson, vocals; Dan Volpe, guitar; Todd Scow, guitar; Guy Bazilewich, bass; and Dennis Frankowski, drums. Bookings: United Talent Co. at

W WATERFRONT DOGS, classic and blues plus Southern rock. Featuring Art Warshawsky, lead vocals/keyboard/ guitar; Michal “Muppet” Laurance, lead guitar/vocals; Jean Laurance, guitar/ vocals; Larry Surleta, drums/vocals; Kirk Hitschel, bass/vocals. Bookings: Art, 815-388-3287. Information: www. or on Facebook at WAY OFF TOPIC, classic rock, rock and hard rock. Members are Eliot Levy, guitar/vocals; Ron Lincicum, guitar/vocals; Brian Johnson, bass; and Shawn Wojcik, drums/vocals. Bookings: wayofftopic@ Information: www.facebook. com/wayofftopic or com/userwayofftop.

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ROCK-DOCS (aka AXE GRINDER ), an mix of rock classics from the ’70s through today. Featuring Mike, guitars/vocals; Willie, guitars/vocals; Kenny, bass/ vocals; Jeff, drums/vocals. Bookings: RURAL ROUTE ONE, country. Featuring Manzy Z, vocals/guitar/percussion; Bob Lindsley, vocals/drums; Patrick “Hutch” Hutchins, vocals/guitar; Bart Alonzo, vocals/guitar; and Jim Roxworthy, bass. Bookings: 708-516-6053, MandyZ517@ or

provided. You are part of the band and star of the show! Featuring Joe Rocha, vocals/bass; Jay Rocha, bass/vocals; Scott Azzarello, guitar/vocals; and Dave Nishi, drums. Bookings: Joe Rocha, 630-939-5013 or SIX STRINGS DOWN, classic rock, ’80s retro tunes, blues featuring female guitarist Dani Lampi, lead guitar/vocals; David Witt, vocals; George Lemperis, lead guitar/vocals; Frank Laumbinger, drums; and Charles Beadle, bass/vocals. Bookings: 815-385-4680; danil@ or www.sixstringsdown. SKY BURIAL, featuring Kevin Tuegel, guitar; Sean Kenney, vocals; Mark Servantes, bass; and Jason Pare, drums. Bookings: Warp Skatepark, 847-4584066 or Kevin Pare, 847-915-2655. SNAFU BAND, blues, classic rock, Southern rock and country covers. Featuring Ross Benson, guitar/harmonica/vocals; Melissa Rolley, vocals; Jeff Haberer, guitar/backing vocals; Todd Thorez, bass; Jesse Caruthers, drums. Bookings: 847-975-6030; or SOUTHERN EXPOSURE, a country/ southern rock band featuring Dave Freeman, lead vocals/guitar; Pete Walker, rhythm guitar; Judsen Brown, lead guitar/keyboards/vocals; Rich Dibona, percussion; and Jeremy Montoto, bass/ vocals. Bookings: Dave, 815-970-4345; Pete, 815-693-0299 or SOUTHERN PIKE, innovative harmonies and acoustic arrangements of classic covers. A smattering of light rock, blues, country, doo-wop, folk, Motown oldies. Featuring Thomas Takayama, guitar/vocals; Mark Kuhlman, guitar/ fiddle/vocals; and Bob Herrmann, guitar/harmonica/vocals. Listen at Bookings: 847-987-0914 or STATELINE, contemporary and classic country, along with classic and southern rock. Featuring Robert Jess, keyboards/vocals; D.J. Myers, bass guitar/vocals; Tom Powers, drums/ vocals; and Randy Burs, guitar/vocals. Information: 541-782-8354; www.; www.facebook. com/statelinecountry or STAY TUNED, playing classic and modern rock. Members: Curt Klausen, drums; Paul Shively, guitar/vocals; Curtis Voel-Pel, bass and vocals. Bookings: Joey DeMarco at United Talent, 630279-7625 or; or Curtis Voel-Pel, 630-453-1443 or Information: www. STREET CORNER BLUE, six-piece ensemble has been performing traditional R&B for 25 years. Members include Tom Kleeman, saxophone; Dave Mitchell, trumpet; Bill Howard, trombone; Mike Lerner, drums; Dave Czech, guitar; and Dave Ladner, bass guitar. Bookings: 708-476-5757; www. or Schedule: 9 p.m. to midnight Jan. 12, Middleton’s on Main, Wauconda; Feb. 16, Del Rhea’s Chicken

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