ABOUT THE CHICAGO EXPERIENCE


The Chicago Experience is just as it sounds - a group of musicians who call Chicago home, and who share a love for the music of one of the greatest rock n' roll bands of all time…

 Chicago. 

Together, the band recreates the sound and feel of Chicago's music, who's hit songs have touched generations of fans spanning several decades. The Chicago Experience invites you to relive memories of the music that captured everyone’s hearts - from the early hits off Chicago Transit Authority’s 1968 self-titled album, such as “Beginnings” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", through the 1980’s, with Chicago’s hits “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” and “You’re The Inspiration", you will share in the joy these songs bring.

The Chicago Experience highlights include performances with:  Danny Seraphine - Chicago’s co-founder and original drummer,  Bill Champlin -  former Chicago member, Will Champlin -  "The Voice" finalist, Dennis Tufano - original leadsinger of The Buckinghams, Marty Grebb, Carl Giammarese, Nick Fortuna - The Buckinghams, James Guercio - Chicago’s original manager and producer.


Meet the Band

BRIAN HEMSTOCK - LEAD VOCALS

 Brian Hemstock loves singing all the Cetera vocals for The Chicago Experience, but before that he toured the world as the male vocalist for The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.  Touring the United States, Canada, and even Japan, Brian worked with the famous big band for almost three years.  Born and raised in Wisconsin, his mother, a music teacher, got Brian interested in music at an early age.  After high school, Brian attended Western Michigan University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies with an emphasis in Voice.  You can find Brian around Chicagoland performing with TCE, local big bands, and many other jobbing groups. 

ADAM BRIEL - LEAD VOCALS

 As a child, Adam was enamored by artists such as Prince, Queen and Michael Jackson, which quickly lured him into the exciting world of music.  At age fourteen Adam bought a broke down drum set and a used guitar from a yard sale and set out to make a splash in the local rock scene.  Throughout high school Adam performed in many garage bands and performed at local festivals while trying to find himself musically.  Finally, while attending Colombia College, Adam entered the Chicago club/bar scene as a vocalist/guitarist and never looked back.  Over the past 15 years Adam has become a staple of the Chicago rock scene by fronting numerous successful rock and cover bands while opening for such acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sister Sledge and The Sin City Sinners. 

RON BRANDT - GUITAR/LEAD VOCALS

 With early influences from Terry Kath and school jazz band, Ron couldn't be happier filling the Guitar/ Lamm Vocal/ Musical Director roles.  With a career spanning over thirty years playing nationally as well as locally, it is with The Chicago Experience that Ron is extremely grateful for an opportunity to perform the music he is passionate about to this day. 

TIM RUTTER - BASS GUITAR/VOCALS

 Born and raised in the western suburbs, Chicago has always been Tim’s home town.  Tim began his musical endeavors on the trumpet as a child and has remained a fan of horn music from his early days and first exposure to bands like Chicago, Tower of Power and Earth Wind and Fire. After playing both lead and bass guitar for many years, Tim began to study the bass guitar as a main instrument after exposure to players like Alphonso Johnson, Marcus Miller and Jaco Pastorius in the early 1980’s.  Tim has played bass and sang professionally for well over two decades including a run with the Chicago-area band The Cryan’ Shames from 1986-2002 and has shared the stage with artists such as  Graham Nash, The Turtles, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Temptations, Edgar Winter to name a few. 

PAUL WOOD - KEYBOARDS/GUITAR

 Hailing from Bolingbrook, Illinois, the keyboards and second guitar are powered by Paul Wood. Paul has played for many successful Rock acts including The Drifters, The Coasters, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Chicago Bear Band, Scramble, The Shadows of Knight, and Chicago’s own Cryan’ Shames. He also has written music for, directed scores for and engineered recording sessions for orchestras and industrial shows across the country, including rock shows, society orchestras, and symphonies. Currently, Paul is Assistant Director of Music and Worship at Good Shepherd Church in Naperville, Il.  

ADAM COWGER - DRUMS/PERCUSSION

 Adam Cowger (www.adamcowger.com) is currently an Instructor of Music at Joliet Junior College where he directs the JJC Percussion Ensemble and teaches applied percussion. Additionally, Adam teaches applied percussion and music history at Moraine Valley Community College. As a freelance artist in the Chicago area, Adam has performed with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony, and New Philharmonic. He performs regularly with The Chicago Experience and the Screaming Norwegians percussion duo with fellow percussionist/ educator Ben Wahlund. In addition, Adam has performed at such prestigious events as the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (2007), the Montreux Jazz Festival (2005, 2003), and the South by Southwest Music Festival (2004). Adam endorses Tycoon Percussion instruments and Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets 

STEVE FROST - TRUMPET/FLUGELHORN

 Steve Frost is a graduate of DePaul University’s School of Music, with a Bachelor of Music Performance. For over 30 years in the Chicago area, he has performed and recorded with numerous local and national artists, like Chicago’s own #1 hit legends “The Buckinghams.” Steve has had the honor of performing with “Chicago” founding member Danny Seraphine, and his group “CTA” (California Transit Authority). The Chicago Experience gives Steve the opportunity to come full circle, and perform the music that has had a significant impact on him. Among many trumpet players, Lee Loughnane was one of his earliest influences. Steve is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS). 

TERRY VIANO - TROMBONE

                                                                                                   Trombonist Terry Viano spent 20 years performing in the United States Air Force Band, including the world famous “Falconaires” Jazz Ensemble. Terry has had the privilege of performing with The Buckinghams, Temptations, Diane Schuur, Bighorn and Conjunto Colores, and he is honored to be performing with The Chicago Experience. 

JIM MASSOTH -SAXOPHONES/FLUTE

 Jim Massoth, is one of Chicago’s finest saxophone players. He has performed with such notable artists as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Johnny Mathis, Faith Hill, Lou Rawls, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mel Torme, The 5th Dimension, Frankie Valli, Steve & Edie, Frank Sinatra Jr, many others. He also has been a productive recording engineer, with over 100 Cd’s and jingles to his credit. 

Here's what others are saying:

The Chicago Experience will be returning to Burr Ridge’s Concerts on the Green for 2016 for their third appearance! Never in the 7 year history of these concerts, have so many people applauded, standing ovation, and on and on for a concert performance like they did for The Chicago Experience. Sitting with me at the concert was a frequent concert goer gentlemen and fan of the original Chicago band who stated “if I wasn’t witnessing this, I would swear it was Chicago!” Kudos to Steve and Ron for a concert to remember.


Jamie Janusz
Supt. of Finance
Burr Ridge Park District 

 "The Chicago Experience is for real! I mean like the real deal! With this band you get perfect vocals, phenomenal rhythm section and stellar horn section! So many people commented on how great this band is...they are a very true representation of the band "Chicago"! I will also add that they are one of the best group of guys I have ever worked with!!! Here's to you guys!!!"


Dr. Tom Reitz
Entertainment Coordinator
ChiliMania Inc.
Edgerton, WI
www.chilimania.com 

 Incredible ... a MUST SEE act if you get the chance this summer. (We posted a link to their itinerary on yesterday's page ... scroll back to see where these guys are playing this summer ... we'll probably see you at one of their shows!) They have TOTALLY nailed the Chicago sound ... killer lead vocals by Brian Hemstock and Adam Briel ... scorching guitar by Ron Brandt ... and a horn section that rivals Chicago's very own. How great were they? The night of this performance I turned to my wife and said "I have NEVER seen Chicago perform "Dialogue" as well as these guys just did here tonight." And I mean that ... and I've seen Chicago live at least a dozen times. Absolutely amazing.


Kent Kotal
ForgottenHits@aol.com 

 I would like to thank you for an outstanding performance of The Chicago Experience for one of our recent corporate events. I was very proud to present your wonderful Chicago tribute band to a very knowledgeable client, who has been in our industry over the years. Everyone was thoroughly entertained, and they so appreciated the authentic presentation of everyone's classic hits from this legendary band. The arrangements are perfect, and all the vocalists sound so much like the original members, that it really feels like you are watching the actual band "Chicago"

Best regards,

Dan HaysPrism Entertainment LTD 

 "The Chicago Experience band members throw themselves heart and soul into performing Chicago's music true to the original. Every voice, every instrument, every nuance is just right. I have heard them perform in a variety of places, and each time the audience is pulled back to the first time they heard, and fell in love with, Chicago's music. Most recently, the Chicago Experience headlined The Spot Studio's summer music festival. We heard comments from everyone who attended that the show was amazing and they could not believe how fantastic the band sounded. If you have a chance to be part of the Chicago Experience you will not want to miss it!"--John Huber, Owner, The Spot Studio (www.thespotstudio.com)
 

 

Just caught your show at the Metropolis Theater. WONDERFUL!!!!! OUTSTANDING!!!! What a high caliber band and what fun to see how passionate all members of the band are in their performances. Nice to see that all members were "showcased" during the show. What a truly FABULOUS Show!! I hope you return to the Metropolis Soon.

Chris Klimczak  

  The Chicago Experience performance at our annual outdoor concert could not have been any better. The entire band, brass section and lead vocals were spot on!   I received numerous compliments from my Club members and guests. “Awesome band” , “Best time we ever had”, “Great performance”, “Fabulous evening”   Thank you once again for a wonderful evening!!!          

Jim Dziekan Club Manager Boulder Ridge CC  

  "Thank you from all of us in Westchester for the great performance. Still hearing compliments on how great you guys were!"
Gary Kasanders, Executive Director
Westchester Park District  

  “The Chicago Experience was one of the best concerts I have gone too. Saw them in Burr Ridge, IL . Even a thunderstorm didn’t make me want to leave and was thankful we didn’t. Had a great time! Thanks for a fun evening! 


Penny Defenbaugh     


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