Headliner Act at the Toyota Rock 'n' Roll Concert Series
Prepare to get funky in Chicago! We’re celebrating Chicago’s roots in Jazz with Dirty Dozen Brass Band as the headliner for the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series at the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday, July 16!
After you run the streets of Chicago, celebrate your run with Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Finish Line Festival in Grant Park!
Race Begins: 6:30am
Opening Act – Chicago Funk Mafia: 7:30am – 8:15am
Awards Ceremony: 8:15am – 8:30am:
Second Act – Chicago Funk Mafia: 8:30am – 9:15am:
Headliner – Dirty Dozen Brass Band: 9:45am – 11:00am
Closing Act (PA): 11:00am – 12:00pm
2017 BAND BIOS:
Chicago Funk Mafia: is a progressive funk band sent to Earth with a single mission; protect the world from tyranny through extensive ass shaking. This collective of Chicago musicians take great pride in their style of music and the joy it brings all who dare step on their dance floor. We are Funky, We are Everywhere, Shake the Booty.
J-Livi & The Party is a Chicago-based brass band that focuses on playing nothing but funk and hip-hop. We are heavily influenced by artists who are native to Chicago – any artist of renown from our fair city has influenced The Party (in some ways personally), from Earth, Wind & Fire right on up through Kanye West. Our song list includes tunes by Chicago, EWF, Jean Knight, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, CeeLo Green, Kanye, and Macklemore. J-Livi and the Party is a Pep Band on steroids: our goal is to make every performance a party atmosphere while maintaining the highest level of musicianship. Our band can PARTY, and we’re the loudest and baddest band in town! We can’t wait to play for (and party with) you!
The Windy City Rev Ups perform revved up rock n’ blues music, a mix of original songs, classic blues standards and rock n’ roll anthems. Their music captures the characteristic sound of Chicago style blues fused with traditional hard hitting guitar driven rock n’ roll. The bands live performances are guaranteed to get rock clubs rocking, blues rooms smoking and dance floors hopping.
The Windy City Rev Ups have been performing in the Chicagoland for over 15 years and their experience includes 1,000’s of live shows, plus 9 CD releases which have earned the band numerous Chicago area music and media awards including Best Local CD Release, Best R&B Band and Best Blues Band. For more than 10 years the band has performed regularly at House of Blues Chicago, they have appeared multiple times at the world-famous Chicago Blues Festival and in 100’s of well-known venues. The band is fronted by the sole official member Windy City Rev, a triple threat on vocals, harmonica, guitar and includes long time band members and professional Chicago area musicians. Their tight rhythm section is deep in the blues and fueled by rock n’ roll energy that is complemented by the lead singer’s bluesy voice and soulful harmonica playing combined with full throttle guitars, saxophone, piano and classic Hammond organ tone.
The band’s music is well suited for music lovers of all generations! Depending on the type of venue or event they will take requests and perform 100’s of popular blues, rock and hit songs. The band knows how to crowd build and get all types of audiences dancing and having fun. The Windy City Rev Ups music has been featured on the radio in the USA and overseas, during live broadcast on college radio and Hambone’s Blues Party WDCB 90.9FM, in interviews and on Cable TV. Worldwide music sales and CD packaging is distributed by CD Baby, the world’s largest distributor of independent music and is available on-line from CD Baby, iTunes USA, Napster, Zune, Spotify, Rhapsody, Amazon and other on-line music retailers. For more information, go the Windy City Rev Ups 20-page website or link with them on Facebook.
Wild Skies has carved out their own, unique sound at the intersection of folk, rock & Americana, the band members have come from all different musical backgrounds, each of them bringing a different perspective to the collaboration. That diversity, at its core, is what helped Wild Skies forge their own path and distinctive sound.
The Chicago based foursome came together through a series of Craigslist ads posted by Ohio transplant and singer/songwriter Aaron Lechlak while searching for band members to help with studio work in early 2014. Teaming up with opera trained singer Kristine Sorum-Williams, jazz bassist Tommy Good, and folk drummer Andy Kearns, what began as a solo project evolved into a three-part harmonic melting pot of folk-rock.
The group pulls largely from modern indie/folk influences, with big harmony hooks and anthemic finishes, though at the heart of it is music rooted in a blend of the American music they grew up on. The newest release conveys heartache, loss and the everyday challenges of growing up and finding a place in the world. Lechlak and Sorum-Williams trade off taking the lead, and the group leans often on almost familial three-part harmonies throughout.
In early 2016, after a major shakeup in their lineup, the band hit reset and began writing and rehearsing as a four-piece. The stripped down sound gave the group a better appreciation for the simple; requiring them to lean heavily on their vocal harmonies to achieve the big sound they were looking for.
Enlisting the help of engineer Chris Harden (Hard Working Americans, Rachael Yamagata, Plain White T’s) the four began work on an 8 song LP in the summer of 2016. The result will be the group’s first studio effort as a full band. A natural evolution from their more casual 2014 debut, the record maintains an organic, acoustic driven backbone, but introduces electric textures, better developed vocal harmonies, and more seasoned songwriting and storytelling.
School of Rock is a performance-based music school in Lakeview for kids aged 8-18. Every summer, our Show Team, representing the best of our students, plays throughout the city at numerous rock clubs, festivals, charity events, and block parties. Over the past year, our students have performed at Lollapalooza, Riot Fest, Milwaukee Summerfest, Navy Pier NYE, and numerous street festivals and city events.
A School of Rock set is an amazing and inspiring thing to watch – our students bring the rock harder than most pro bands they share the stage with. The kids play a cover set catered to the event – but they’re comfortable performing everything from Daft Punk to Steely Dan, Alabama Shakes to Frank Zappa, Umphrey’s McGee to Ronnie James Dio, Portishead to the Beastie Boys.
Four Star Brass Band There ain’t no party like a Four Star Party. We are a professional Chicago based New Orleans Style brass band ready to play any party. From festivals and stages to weddings and crawfish boils, we are bringin’ the Louisiana sizzle to you all night. Come fuel the excitement as the FOUR STAR BRASS BAND becomes the hottest and hardest hittin’ Brass Band of their generation.
Nate Lepine Group Tenor saxophonist Nate Lepine has been a regular fixture of the Chicago jazz, improvised music and rock scenes since the early 1990s. Known to date primarily for his work as a go-to sideman, he has appeared on over three dozen recordings by a wide range of artists including indie mainstays Cursive and Iron and Wine, and alt rock outfit Poi Dog Pondering. While ably lending his instrumental voice to these and many other popular projects, Lepine, whose true calling is jazz, has spent years cultivating his own music, building a repertoire of original compositions and performing frequently on the circuit of Chicago jazz clubs as an improviser.
Entertainment on the Course
Music makes up the heart and “sole” of #RNRCHI. No matter what distance you run, enjoy a variety of music from alternative, classic and punk rock to blues, jazz, acapella and soul along the race course. Runners and spectators alike will be “dancin’ in the streets”.
Half marathoners, be aware that City Officials have told us we can’t wake up The Loop neighborhood with amplified music on race morning, but fear not, we’ve got your sensory experience covered! Your first five miles will feature unique entertainment that reflects Chicago’s energy – acapella groups, cheer stations and more. And just after mile five, ditch your headphones ‘cos that’s where the amps get cranked!!
Is your band ready to rock for thousands of athletes and spectators? We will be recruiting the best local bands from all genres to take the stage along the course.