Deacon Blues & Heartache Tonight
Deacon Blues & Heartache Tonight
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A great classic rock concert event with two of Chicago’s best tribute bands.
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8 to 9 pm → Heartache Tonight
9 – 9:15 pm → Intermission
9:15 to 11 pm → Deacon Blues (last special set includes both bands)
Deacon Blues – The Premier Steely Dan Tribute
The genesis of Deacon Blues began when Steve Kikoen, Jon Hey, and Cash Michaels formed an original jazz/rock collective known as Bebop Daddys. The Daddys also featured the renowned rhythm section of Tom Mendel (bass–Hamilton) and Tom Hipskind (drums–Hamilton). Considered a Daddys fan, Donald Fagen can be seen in many a YouTube video sporting his Bebop Daddys “Tee.”
Steve, Jon and Cash formed a bond within the Daddys which has followed them into Deacon Blues. Under Steve’s leadership, and with the addition of newest “Deacon” Thomas Linsk, the group reads as a “who’s who” of world-class musicians. Chicago luminaries and Grammy® winners such as Howard Levy (Kenny Loggins, Paul Simon, Béla Fleck), Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny, Wertico, Cain, & Gray); Wally Hustin (Phoebe Snow, Dave Mason, Mark Stern, David Benoit), Chuck Webb (Aretha Franklin, Ramsey Lewis, & Al Di Meola); Sugar Blue (The Rolling Stones); Billy Branch (The Sons of Blues); Khari Parker (George Benson, Destiny’s Child); Richard Patterson (Miles Davis, Boz Skaggs), and Bob Lizik (The Beach Boys; Brian Wilson) have been featured as special guests with the band. Recently, original Dan session musician and legendary drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie appeared with Deacon Blues at two of their sold-out Arcada Theatre shows. The band also plans on featuring famed bassist and producer Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny, The Impossible Gentlemen) and prolific drum legend Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius) at future shows as well.
This stunning collective is essentially the personification of what The Dan did on record. Steely Dan is well known for attracting only the top studio musicians in the world for their albums. The Deacons are doing what The Dan did on record – but they’re doing it live on stage. Speaking of “The Deacons” – that is actually the moniker of Deacon Blues’ alter ego – their original band. With support from legendary Chicago FM radio station personalities such as Bob Stroud (WDRV–The Drive), Richard Milne & Terri Hemmert (WXRT–Chicago’s Finest Rock) and Scott Mackay (WERV–The River) as well as WGN Television, ME-TV-FM Radio and WCIU The U’s Television, The Deacons will be debuting their first album of original music – in a similar musical landscape as ‘The Dan’ – in 2017.
Deacon Blues has structured their live repertoire to encompass a wider range of the Dan’s prolific material – including rarities as well as repertoire from the Dan’s 1991 reunion prototype — The New York Rock & Soul Revue. Deacon Blues has consistently played to sold-out audiences, and has appeared on regional and national television. As the song goes . . .“Close your eyes, and you’ll be there.”
In the words of legendary Chicago FM Radio personality Bob Stroud,
“If you are a Dan fan, you owe it to yourself to see Deacon Blues — they’ve got all the right musicians with all the right chops — they are an incredible tribute to the music of Steely Dan!”
In the words of ‘another’ defining band . . . “A splendid time is guaranteed for all!”
Heartache Tonight → An EAGLES Concert Experience
Each performance features unforgettable hit songs from all eras and incarnations of the Eagles, plus great solo hits like Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” and Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry.”
The six members of Heartache Tonight have shared stages with some of the biggest names in rock, including Jimmy Buffett, Eddie Money and the Doobie Brothers, and have played festivals and performing arts centers across the country.
Every show is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans. The soaring a cappella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” the snarling guitars of “Life In The Fast Lane,” the anthemic country rock of “Take It Easy,” and the beautifully evocative “Heart Of The Matter.”
Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re hearing the real thing. Band members include: Jim Altenbach, Scott Bahry, Tom Carey, John Forrest, Tom O’Brien, Bean Weng
“I thought I was listening to the Eagles” — Eddie Money
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