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Rock n Roll Chicago Podcast

180 EpisodesProduced by Ray Bernadisius, Mike MetoyerWebsite

Interviews from the bands that made Rock n Roll in Chicago the greatest. Hear from your favorite rock, country, blues bands and more from the 60's until today!Join Ray Bernadisius (Ray the Roadie) & Mike Metoyer (Cadillac Groove, Mike & The Stillmasters) each week as they interview your favorite ar… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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Ep 174 Night Songs

February 20th, 2024


Chicagolands one and only Cinderella tribute band. Ray and Mike got a chance to meet with the band and find out how and why this happened. They had …

Ep 173 Kicked Outta Choir

February 13th, 2024


Kicked Outta Choir is a Chicago-area, a Female Fronted “All 80’s” cover band representing the diverse mix of the many musical genres and artists that made the 1980’s one of the greatest music decades of all time. They …

Ep 172 JAD & The Shaggy Trio

February 6th, 2024


The JAD & Shaggy Trio is a Rock/Pop band based out of Wood Dale IL since 2022. Formerly known as Class Reunion since 2009. Ray and Mike had sort of a reunion with the trio and found out who Shaggy's stylist is, …

Ep 171 Superfly Redneck

January 30th, 2024


Superfly Redneck was founded in Chicago,IL. Bringing the best in classic to current rock, alternative, Motown/R&B, Funk and some country. All the songs they play are hits that everybody knows and keep the party …

Ep 170 The Dixon Bandits

January 23rd, 2024


Chicago area Southern Rock band featuring music of The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Ray and Mike were able to wrangle up the Bandits long enough to get their backstory.

Ep 169 Cathy Rich & Gregg Potter

January 16th, 2024


The mega-legend lives on in a jaw-dropping, high energy show, with a fifteen-piece orchestra made up of Buddy’s BIG BAND MACHINE alumni, all the while featuring his daughter, Cathy Rich, as your guide through all that’s …

Ep 168 Whiskey Road

January 9th, 2024


Whiskey Road has been bringing their unique blend of rock and country to stages thruout the Midwest since 1999. Dubbed "Crossroads" rock, Whiskey Road combines the best Classic, Southern, and Country rock hits and adds …

Ep 167 Storm Empress

January 2nd, 2024


Storm Empress stopped by the studio and we talked about where this weather pattern was heading.

Ep 166 SullVation

December 26th, 2023


Chicago’s very own SULLVATION is a solo effort from bassist, Brent Sullivan who has co-founded legendary, underground bands such as; Slauter …

Ep 165 Derek Caruso & The Blues Fuse

December 19th, 2023


This group is just try to bring joy and happiness to all our fans in every state. Formed in 2019 they have become staples at a number of venues …

Ep 164 Pierce Crask

December 12th, 2023


Chicago-based singer-songwriter Pierce Crask, drawing from influences such as Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine, Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, and …

Ep 163 Flatbed Fords

December 5th, 2023


The Flatbed Fords - Best of Eagles live concert experience is an outstanding recreation of one of America's greatest bands. With a phenomenal blend of harmonies and intricate guitars leads , every performance is a …

Ep 162 TD Clark

November 28th, 2023


T D Clark lights up the stage with his fiery playing, incredible songs and party style stage show like no other. He has performed tour supports and …

Ep 161 Abby Kay Band

November 21st, 2023


The Abby Kay Band hails from Northern Illinois. This up-and-coming band plays a wide variety of music spanning multiple decades and musical genres …

Ep 160 Local Notables - Tom Lepper

November 14th, 2023


Ray and Mike met with Local Notable - Tom Lepper. Tom's history in the music scene runs wide and far. Tom joined them to tell his stories.

Ep 159 Poison'd Crue

November 7th, 2023


Poison'd Crue is made up of 4 Pro musicians who don't just play the music, they Live the music. They are all about giving you "Nothing but a Good Time" at the show. Taking you back to that decade of 80's Glam Rock​! Ray …

Ep 158 The Throwbacks

October 31st, 2023


The Throwbacks might seem like an odd cover band. Three young guys decided to take classic oldies songs from the 1950's and 1960's, and infuse energy …

Ep 157 wht.rbbt.obj

October 24th, 2023


Bluesy, Smoky, Sexy, and Raw. wht.rbbt.obj ("White Rabbit Object") is a "femme fatale" fronted, guitar driven alternative rock outfit from Chicago, Illinois. What started as a secret side project for a married couple, …

Ep 156 Amy Stephan and Company

October 10th, 2023


Amy Stephan’s powerful voice and amazing guitar skills bring an exciting dimension to the music she performs. Amy’s musical interests vary widely, …

Ep 155 Blind Reality

October 3rd, 2023


The musicians in Blind Reality have been friends for over 30 years. Many years later, B.R logged hundreds of gigs — with the occasional festival appearance — in clubs across Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Ray and Mike …

Ep 154 Brookwood Drive

September 19th, 2023


Brookwood Drive is a Chicago-area band that fate brought together. Four guys with the same love for playing music. A melding of blues, rock, and funk with a pinch of salt are the ingredients in the recipe of their …

Ep 153 Primal Moon

September 12th, 2023


Primal Moon consists of Joe Brunker on vocals, Brian Alberts on guitar, Luke Pope on bass, and Tony Tessari on drums. They are a rock band whose goal is to help bring rock music back into the mainstream. Ray and Mike …

Ep 152 Strawdawg

August 29th, 2023


Strawdawg is Chicagoland's answer to great Country, New Country, Old Country, Classic Rock and Original Music. They draw from a wide variety of …

Ep 151 Mike Hansen of Hurricane

August 22nd, 2023


Mike Hansen is considered to be one of the top, first call drummers in the music business and has supported some of the biggest names in the industry. We met with Mike to hear where his career has been and where it's …

Ep 150 Side Effects

August 15th, 2023


Some of the areas best classic rock, dance and blues. We met with Mike, Danny and Doug to find out what sort of effect they were leaving on the crowds.

Ep 149 Shukin And The Ramblers

August 8th, 2023


Shukin and the Ramblers is the Rusty Roots Rock Revue you’ll have to see to believe. Influenced by the American sounds of the Chicago Blues, Classic RnB, Roots Country, a Funky dose of Gypsy Jazz and a Punk Rock edge. …

Ep 148 How Rude 90's Band

August 1st, 2023


Bringing all the best hits from the 90's, from Pop to Grunge. These guys will make you think you time travelled back over 20 years ago. Ray and Mike spoke with Gary and Tyler and found out how rude they really are.

Ep 147 The Rosedale Ramblin' Band

July 25th, 2023


The Rosedale Ramblin' Band performs classic country, rock, and Americana in the Chicago area. Ray and Mike met with two of there members, Tom and Jim, to find out where they ramble and where they're rambling to.

Ep 146 Smells Like Dave Grohl

July 18th, 2023


Smells Like Dave Grohl formed in 2014 after a group of dedicated Foo Fighters fans decided they wanted more than to be in the audience. Ray and Mike got down to the source of this odor.

Ep 145 Jessica Endres of The Roxy

July 11th, 2023


Nestled in downtown Lockport, The Roxy is Chicagoland's premier hidden gem for swing dancing, live music, comedy shows, and more. Owned by Trinity …

Ep 144 Private Instigators

July 4th, 2023


"We are the Private Instigators, and we're here to start something." Ray and Mike met with Dominic and Tommy to find out what they're starting and where they're going.

Ep 143 Brad Redlich

June 27th, 2023


Born and raised in Bolingbrook, IL. Brad has been known for playing solo-acoustic shows at bars and venues in Chicagoland. Naturally, that has given …

Ep 142 Kathryn Claahsen

June 20th, 2023


A classically trained artist who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kathryn Claahsen's current focus is primarily on painting …

Ep 141 Coverlicious

June 13th, 2023


Coverlicious is one of Chicago's premier cover bands. Playing music from multiple decades and genres, you can expect to hear rock, classic rock, pop, …

Ep 140 Southbound

June 6th, 2023


Southbound is a Country Rock cover band, with some southern rock, Texas Blues, classic country, and some oldies sprinkled in. Hailing from Northern …

Ep 139 Block Chain Coalition

May 23rd, 2023


Block Chain Coalition consists of Ron Thomas and Tony Engel who powered the engines behind Chicago's legendary original band Veilside for 15+ years, Louis Paskalides on Keys who along with Bob Berg on bass were part of …

Ep 138 The Vultures!

May 16th, 2023


The Vultures! are an Indie Rock Band from Chicago, IL that formed in 2021. We spoke with Tony Cruz, Dan McDowell and special guest Arreis Rising!

Ep 137 JakTripper

May 9th, 2023


The band merges diverse styles and influences together in an eclectic mix of Rock, Alternative, Pop, Metal, and Blues. The results are far from …

Ep 136 Forever Flannel

May 2nd, 2023


The best hits of the 90's and BEYOND!! Guaranteed to keep the party going all night long! Ray and Mike got together with Bryan, Steve and Ricker to get their backstory.

Ep 135 Superfly Symphony

April 25th, 2023


Few names are establishing themselves so firmly in the world of Disco music like Superfly Symphony. A group of multi-talented performers and …

Ep 134 O.N.S.E.T

April 18th, 2023


O.N.S.E.T is a Classic Rock cover band from the Cary, IL. Featuring the music of: Queen, Pat Benatar, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, Heart and more! Ray and Mike met with the group to get their backstory.

Ep 133 Grace & John

April 11th, 2023


Ray and Mike met with Grace & John to find out how it all began and where is it going!

Ep 132 Lia Caton

April 4th, 2023


Award-winning artist Lia Caton is a little bit country and a little rock and roll with soul. She was named 2022 "Vocalist of the Year" (multi-genre) …

Ep 131 Libido Funk Circus

March 28th, 2023


Libido Funk Circus is a 5 Star act all around. They perform the songs that will even get the non-dancer out to the floor to shake it up. Ray and Mike met up with Desiree and Jeff to get the backstory of the band.

Ep 130 Crawford's Daughter

March 21st, 2023


Crawford's Daughter is a group of 4 dynamic Chicago musicians tackling songs from Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, The Pretenders, Bonnie Raitt, Little Big Town, Heart, Al Green, as well as originals. Delivering fiery …

Ep 129 Sucker Punch

March 14th, 2023


Chicagoland’s rock and pop cover band that you never saw coming; delivering hits that will knock you out! Fun, four piece, female fronted …

Ep 128 Andrew Scott Denlinger

March 7th, 2023


Andrew Scott Denlinger has been a part of the Chicago music scene for quite a while. His brand of American rock n’ roll is as diverse as the city he …

Ep 127 Arklight

February 28th, 2023


Orlando Big Al Alvarez has been in the Rock Scene for many years playing drums for many bands. He and his friend Apache, who was in the Salsa Scene in Chicago for many years, decided to form a Classic Rock and 90’s …

Ep 126 Two Beer Tommy

February 21st, 2023


Two Beer Tommy a local Country and Rock band making a name for themselves. Ray and Mike catch up with them.

Ep 125 Stereo-Fi

February 14th, 2023


This week Ray and Mike met with some of the guys from the Stereo-Fi band. Check and see how many times Ray screws up and calls them Semper Fi.

EP 124 The Hurricane Project

February 7th, 2023


The Hurricane Project is a group of seasoned blues musicians who are striving to keep the blues alive for much longer. Ray and Mike sat down with the band to find out how that is going.

Ep 123 Billy Osman Band

January 31st, 2023


This week Ray and Mike catch up with Billy Osman and his boys.

Jesse Perez

January 24th, 2023


Ray and Mike caught up with Jesse Perez on where it all started for him and where he is going today. Check our this Jesses Perez Experience!

M&R Rush - Revisited

January 17th, 2023


We go back to talk with the guys from M&R Rush. Since we first spoke with them they have signed a record deal and have come out with a new EP on vinyl!

Ep 121 Renegade Wildflower

January 10th, 2023


Bringing you some of the best Southern Rock in the area Renegade Wildflower does not disappoint. Ray and Mike met with them to hear about their journey.

Ep 120 Cheap Foreign Cars

January 3rd, 2023


A Triple-Tribute band that outplays the ones that only do one! Ray and Mike got a chance to meet with some of the guys and find out where it all came from.

Ep 119 The Lounge Puppets

December 27th, 2022


The Lounge Puppets have been rockin' the Chicagoland area for many, many years. Ray and Mike sat down with Pete and John to talk about where it all …

Ep 118 Meltdowne

December 20th, 2022


Meltdowne is a trio of hard rocking, heavy metal guys who have been putting oput great music for many years. Ray and Mike got a chance to talk with them and hear their story.

Ep 117 Downtown Charlie Brown

December 13th, 2022


The Downtown Charlie Brown Blues Band, a local band out of Chicagoland is one of the hottest blues bands in the Chicago area. Playing a mixture of …

Ep 116 The Fabulous Kings

December 6th, 2022


The Fabulous Kings (formerly the Billy King Band) playing some of the hottest Blues in the Chicagoland. Ray and Mike met with John Clark, George May, …

Ep 115 Don't Matter To Me

November 29th, 2022


From Van Halen to Pearl Jam and everything in between. These artists have reached high levels of performance at a very young age. Check out what they have to say.

Welcome Mike Metoyer

November 28th, 2022


Welcome to Mike Metoyer as the new cohost of The Rock n Roll Chicago Podcast!

Ep 114 The Heat feat. Marty Kelly

June 28th, 2022


Marty Kelly has been working in Chicago’s music scene for over 40 years and prides himself on collaborating with friends, family, and other talented …

Ep 113 Mr. Lucky and his Orchestra od Tomorrow

June 14th, 2022


Feeling lucky? You’re aces up when you experience Mr. Lucky and his Orchestra of Tomorrow! The hippest and swingingest tunes for your night of …

Ep 112 Kevin Lee & The Kings

June 7th, 2022


Kevin Lee & the Kings are one of the best rock bands in the Midwest and the band is ready to hit the bricks behind a new EP, "Lightning Strikes" on Sigus Records. The sound is straight-up modern pop/rock packed with …

Ep 111 Phil Angotti

May 24th, 2022


Phil Angotti is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and sensitive tough-guy songwriter from Chicago's southside. He rocks your socks off with crazy …

Ep 110 Bad Motor Scooter

May 17th, 2022


Bad Motor Scooter is Chicago's Ultimate tribute to the Red Rocker himself Sammy Hagar. Bad Motor Scooter plays all the great Sammy Hagar Classics …

Ep 109 Whiskey & Harmony

May 10th, 2022


Whiskey & Harmony was established in 2013. The band was started by husband and wife Sarah Hauge and Craig Hauge they added two new members this year, Matt Phelan and Aaron Allan! Music ranging from Miranda Lambert, …

Ep 108 The Simple Remedy

May 3rd, 2022


The Classic Nashville Sound mixed with Motown Soul and the feel of an American Adventure. The Simple Remedy is truly a melting pot of American Music!

Ep 107 Fast Suzi

April 26th, 2022


FAST Suzi began in a CD store in 1989. F.A.S.T. Suzi rocked audiences at every show. The band played in many of Chicago's iconic venues including SOP's, Stay Out West, The infamous Gateway Theatre, and the legendary …

Ep 106 The Beatelles

April 19th, 2022


Meet The Beatelles! Experience the timeless music of The Beatles performed with harmonious perfection by four powerhouse female vocalists. Backed by musicians with years of Beatle tribute experience, this …

Ep 105 - The Wiseguys

April 12th, 2022


"The WiseGuys," strive to be known as a versatile rock band (and not just a classic rock band). They pride themselves in playing rock music by covering bands from 70's 80's 90's and even newer 2000's.

Ep 104 Bud Monaco

April 5th, 2022


Coming up this Tuesday, Bud Monaco. Hockey referee, author, music promoter and much more. Join Paul and Ray this week when they get his backstory. …

Ep 103 Great Moments In Vinyl

March 29th, 2022


Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. For most concerts, they choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in …

Ep 102 Gambler

March 22nd, 2022


Formed in the Chicago area, Gambler began playing the Clubs, and Bars which lead to support slots with Fleetwood Mac, and Styx. The band recorded two …

Ep 101 Valid Proof

March 15th, 2022


Valid Proof is a rock, rhythm and blues band based in the Chicago area. Paul and Ray talked to them about their backstory and what's happening today. …

Ep 100 - April's Reign

March 8th, 2022


"April's Reign" is a dynamic live performance act! Featuring the voice and energy of Ms. Suzie Castillo with other lead vocals done by the boys in the band. April's Reign covers a wide range of musical styles that …

Ep 99 Landon James

March 1st, 2022


Landon James is a 17 year old, Award-Winning Elvis Tribute Artist from Lemont, IL. He has been an ETA for almost Eight Years. Landon Strives to …

Ep 98 Billy McCarthy of D'Molls

February 8th, 2022


We're back with Episode 98 with the drummer of D'Molls, Billy McCarthy.

Ep 97 Wavelength

October 19th, 2021


Wavelength is a Classic Rock band from the South Chicago Suburbs. Playing Classic Rock and, Progressive Rock, they have been playing to Chicagoland …

EP 96 Scott DuBose

October 5th, 2021


Scott DuBose and 101 Ranch have been country rockin' the Chicagoland area for many many years. This is not your daddy's country! We had a chance to …

Ep 95 Mockstar

September 14th, 2021


Mock Star is a collaboration of some of the greatest musicians in the Midwest…all talented, seasoned players who will be playing some incredible …

Ep 94 The PriSSillas

August 10th, 2021


The PriSSillas, a Chicago based cover band, plays with an intensity and passion that will keep you engaged from the first the last.
The …

Ep 93 Jessie's Girl

August 3rd, 2021


The crowds just get bigger and bigger. 2021's most talked about 80's band, JESSIE'S GIRL, takes 80's fun to a higher level - A DANCE YOUR FACE OFF attitude! Every member has amazing musical roots and every song is …

Ep 92 South of 30

July 13th, 2021


South of 30 is an Americana Roots Rock sound with some added edge and more taste of originals, a little country and some good time rock n roll. Paul …

Ep 91 Ashley Victoria

June 22nd, 2021


Ashley Victoria has been singing since the age of 5. Singing with her father's band growing up gave her the confidence to start performing more …

Ep 90 Simply Elton

June 8th, 2021


Simply Elton is a celebration of Sir Elton John's incredible musical career. Brian Harris and the Mad Hatters Band will transport you to the magic of an Elton concert, playing music spanning the icon's entire career. In …

Ep 89 Greg Rapp

June 1st, 2021


Greg Rapp ia a full time musician living in the suburbs of Chicago. He works fulltime with the Chris Cornell inspired tribute Super Unknown, 90s …

Past Performances - Carl Giammarese

May 25th, 2021


Carl Giammarese began his music career as a founding member of The Buckinghams, as lead guitarist and vocalist, in 1965. The Buckinghams were an important part of creating the sounds of American rock music after the …

Ep 88 Chasing Amy feat. Joliet Dave

May 18th, 2021


CHASING AMY is a female fronted high-energy rock cover band comprised of seasoned pros that are dedicated to throwing a party with great music and good times.
The band performs a cross section of hard driving Rock and …

Ep 87 Pino Farina Band feat. Pino Farina

May 11th, 2021


Pino Farina is a singer-songwriter whose emotive performances are filled with songs of love, heartache, redemption and renewal. After touring the country extensively with his award-winning band Pun̈sapaya he stepped …

Ep 86 Ronnie Baker Brooks

May 4th, 2021


He was born in Chicago, and started playing guitar around age six. At 19, he joined his father, who by then had influenced some of the most …

Ep 85 Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones

April 27th, 2021


Rick Lindy has a voice as big as Texas. Performing Rock and Roll hits of the 1950's, 60's and 70's as well as Surf, Rock-a-billy, and original songs. …

Ep 84 Beyond the Blonde

April 20th, 2021


BTB is Chicago-land's premier tribute to P!NK, Gwen Stefani, and Lady Gaga.

The band showcases the energy and songs of the multi-platinum-selling, …

Ep 83 Jonny Ballgame - Cover 21 Ignite Chicago

April 13th, 2021


Cover 21: Ignite Chicago is a feel good documentary/movie that delivers a message of positivity through the concertless summer of COVID-19, …

Ep 82 Way Cool Rhythm Fools

April 6th, 2021


From back in the archives we meet up with the guys from Way Cool Rhythm Fools. No longer playing (but are they?) they have some great stories to tell.

Ep 81 Hairbangers Ball

March 30th, 2021


Whether you’re looking to bring back the memory of a favorite concert seen in 1985 or seeking a true-to-life representation of what a rock concert was like in the 80’s, Hairbanger’s Ball provides both the music and the …

Ep 80 My Metal Heart

March 23rd, 2021


This week Paul and Ray get together with the boys from My Metal Heart. They're keeping the greatest hard-rockin' songs of the '80s alive!! Dressed to …

Ep 79 Semple Band

March 16th, 2021


SEMPLE is a Chicago based band that prides itself on it's entertaining combination of musicianship and high energy stage performance. Fronted by one of the city’s most prominent lead singers and the band’s namesake, …

Ep 78 Kenny Cetera

March 9th, 2021


This episode we bring you Kenny Cetera. Joining us, as cohost this week, is Ed Kammerer who was a bandmate of Kenny's in Freewheelin' (Ep 30). Kenny Cetera's CHICAGO EXPERIENCE will take you back to a time that made you …

Ep 77 Worth The Risk

March 2nd, 2021


Worth The Risk! Five seasoned musicians playing music older than your kids, and younger than your parents. We got the band together to talk about how …

Ep 76 Nate Venturelli

February 23rd, 2021


Northwest Indiana country singer/songwriter Nate Venturelli, a union welder by day, has been gaining popularity and support as a singer/songwriter …

Ep 75 Ray Vanda of Christian Friday and Falcon Eddy

February 16th, 2021


Going back a little this week, back to the late 70's and early 80's. This week we bring you Ray Vanda, guitarist with Christian Friday and Falcon …

Ep 74 The Gingers

February 9th, 2021


These chicks rock!” is the reaction you hear when The Gingers hit the stage! Their high-energy arsenal is filled with the greatest rock covers …

Ep 73 Frank Rossi

February 2nd, 2021



Ep 72 The Acoustiholics

January 26th, 2021


For over twenty years Len and John have been entertaining in and around Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. From your local bar or festival, to your …

Ep 71 The Chicago Experience

January 19th, 2021


The Chicago Experience is the nation's premiere tribute to the legendary band "Chicago." A tribute to Rock With Horns featuring: Steve Frost, Jim Massoth, Terry Viano, Brian Hemstock, Eric Caliendo, Ron Brandt, Tim …

Ep 70 Eddie Korosa Jr.

January 12th, 2021


Changing things up a bit today, we talked with Eddie Korosa Jr. - Chicago's Polka King! Eddie's roots in music go way way back. All the way back to …

Ep 69 2020 Year in Review

January 2nd, 2021


Paul and Ray reminisce about all the great folks they talked with throughout the year. From beginning to end. Also they feature some of their …

Ep 68 Heartache Tonight

December 22nd, 2020


From the powerful guitar duel in “Hotel California” to the shimmering harmonies of “Peaceful Easy Feeling” a Heartache Tonight show is a true Eagles …

Ep 67 Maggie Speaks feat. Dave Calzaretta

December 8th, 2020


Since 1998, Maggie Speaks has provided high quality, experienced, and customizable musical entertainment to private and public events from Sydney to Venice to our hometown of Chicago. You can find them playing somewhere …

Ep 66 - Hillbilly Rockstarz

December 1st, 2020


Hillbilly Rockstarz are Chicago's very own country super group, specializing in covering the latest hits in country music, along with many of your classic favorites. This band is always true to the original recording, …

Ep 65 - The Outfit

November 24th, 2020


The Outfit, from Chicago have been creating a buzz since coming on to the rock scene. Their first single “Soldier Boy” released in 2018, secured the …

Ep 64 Animation

November 17th, 2020


Animation has been headlining as “A Tribute to RUSH” since their first show in March, 1987 at “Chances R” in Palatine, IL. Animation is a Chicago based 3 Piece RUSH Tribute Band. They are 3 RUSH fanatics who’s attention …

Past Performances - Mark Dawson

November 10th, 2020


Back by popular demand Mark Dawson. Former member of Street Kids, Dreamer, All Night Newsboys and currently the vocals & bass for The Grassroots.

Ep 63 Brooklyn Charmers

November 3rd, 2020


Brooklyn Charmers is a Steely Dan tribute band comprised of some of Chicago's top players. With masterful precision and obsessive dedication to the …

Ep 62 Todd Sucherman

October 20th, 2020


Todd Sucherman continues to be one of the world’s most in demand drummers and educators. While recording touring the world with the multi platinum …

Past Performances - Tommy Scheckel

October 13th, 2020


Past Performances: Tommy Scheckel. A favorite of our listeners so we though we would run it once again! Drummer for The Buckinghams for 27 years and …

Ep 61 Mike Arturi

October 6th, 2020


Mike Arturi is a lifelong professional musician and music lover. Mike has toured, performed, and/or recorded with numerous internationally acclaimed artists including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Del Shannon. Since 1996 …

Ep 60 - Revival

September 29th, 2020


Chicago based band Revival, covers American swamp rock, classic rock and blues music. You are sure to tap your toes and shake what your momma gave you.

Ep 59 Frank Orrall

September 22nd, 2020


Frank Orrall is the founder, frontman / multi-instrumentalist for the 'Acous-tronic' Rock & Soul group; Poi Dog Pondering. He is also: …

Ep 58 Jade 50's feat. Joe Cantafio

September 15th, 2020


Chicago's premiere 50's band form the 70's and into the 80's. We were joined by Joe Cantafio, founder of the band.

Ep 57 Lights Out Chicago

September 8th, 2020


Formed in late 2007, Lights Out Chicago replicates the music of UFO in meticulous detail. Fans that see the band will hear the entire "Strangers in …

Ep 56 Sean and Charlie

August 25th, 2020


You can find them all over the south side performing their blend of current rock, classic rock, country, Irish, and party favorites. You can expect them to perform while walking around the bar, on top of the bar, or …

Ep 55 Everett Dean

July 14th, 2020


Everett Dean started his music career by winning his first music contest at the age of 12. Since then he has perfected his electrifying style of music. He and his backing group, The Lonesome Hearts, are one of the …

Ep 54 The Crawpuppies

June 30th, 2020


The Crawpuppies are not a cajun band or anything like it. They are one of the most solid original / cover pop rock bands you'll ever come across. …

EP 53 Scott May

June 24th, 2020


Scott May (b.1954) is a Musician/Producer best known as the Organist of Chicago’s Ides Of March since 1990. Also known as the leader of his …

Ep 52 Tiny Bit of Giants Blood

June 16th, 2020


And so is this glam punk heavy rock product from the dark side of Chicago. Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood may also be used to describe: a lion on …

Ep 51 Dave Zane

June 9th, 2020


This week we talk with Dave Zane, guitarist for The Buckinghams and Jay and the Americans.

Ep 50 Carl Giammarese

June 2nd, 2020


Episode 50 brings us an original member of the legendary Buckinghams, Carl Giammarese. Over fifty years of rock n roll history!

EP 49 Mike Aquino

May 26th, 2020


Mike Aquino’s guitar playing has been quoted as “going from country to jazz to rock to blues often within the same phrase”. He started playing guitar at the age of 8 and hasn’t looked back since.

Ep 48 Smokin Gunz

May 19th, 2020


Established in the summer of 1997, in Schaumburg, Illinois a western suburb of Chicago, Smokin Gunz has been playing a mix of Top 40 Country Hits and original songs. The band members, inspired by real life experiences, …

Ep 47 Kimi Hayes

May 12th, 2020


Chicago's own Kimi Hayes. Currently in the band of the Broadway production of Six the Musical as Maggie, the guitarist. Paul and Ray joined with her …

Ep 46 Sunshine Boys

April 28th, 2020


Sunshine Boys are a Chicago-based trio of veteran recording and touring artists from some of the most revered bands in indie rock. Featuring Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Antenna, Mysteries of Life), Jacqueline …

Ep 45 Managing A Band

April 21st, 2020


This week we take a little turn in the podcast. We met with Thom Dixon, Marty Mardirosian and Jose' Rivera to talk about the challenges of running a band and how today's events have affected them.

Ep 44 Ron Onesti

April 14th, 2020


Ron Onesti is an entertainment industry powerhouse recognized as an innovative leader across the country. In 2005, he took over the Arcada Theatre, a 900-seat vaudeville theater in St. Charles that was founded in 1926, …

EP 43 Rosie and The Rivets

April 7th, 2020


Rosie & The Rivets: The Premier Retro Rock & Roll Show perform an electrifying female fronted retrospective tribute to the first ten years …

EP 42 Midlife Crisis

March 31st, 2020


Midlife Crisis brings a solid party to the stage. Performing a wide spectrum of musical genres, Midlife Crisis covers over 5 decades of music. …

Ep 41 Midnight Special

March 24th, 2020


A revival of a decade long group, the Midnight Special boasts fresh originals and rockin' blues just the way your mama remembered them.


Ep 40 Freddy Jones Band

March 17th, 2020


Freddy Jones Band is one of America’s premiere rock bands. Freddy Jones Band is fronted by founding member and sole writer/singer of the bands …

EP 39 C130

March 10th, 2020


Vacuum tubes, guitar strings, mixers, microphones, amplifiers, transistors, drum sticks, speakers, pedals, miles of cable, and sound waves.

We are revised, renewed, rewired, reborn, righteous guitar slinging rock 'n' …

Ep 38 Dick Biondi Film

March 3rd, 2020


Dick Biondi’s amazing radio career spans over 6 decades, including the birth of American Rock & Roll and the evolution of Pop music.

Known as The …

Ep 37 Tafoya

February 25th, 2020


Check out Mike Tafoya and Craig Cederholm of Tafoya. We talk about the band, as well as MIke's past with The Boyzz, The B'zz and The Lost Boyzz.

Ep 36 The Millennials

February 18th, 2020


The Millennials have checked many boxes on their to-do list in just a few short years. Hearts full of music provide the counterweight to a story …

Ep 35 Electric Avenue

February 11th, 2020


Electric Avenue features music from the 60's until today! Joining Paul & Ray are Ron Romero (bass, vocals), Jimmy Herter (guitar, sax, flute, …

Ep 34 Burning Bridges

February 4th, 2020


A classic to current rock cover band out of the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Join Paul and Ray as they talk with Bob Bostanche (drums and …

Ep 33 - Joel Hoekstra

January 28th, 2020


Orland Park. IL native, guitarist Joel Hoekstra currently plays for Whitesnake, Trans Siberian Orchestra and Cher. Joel is also well-known for his time with Night Ranger, the Broadway show Rock of Ages, his fill in work …

Ep 32 EZFM

January 21st, 2020


Do you enjoy the contemporary "soft rock" hits from the 70's and 80's?  With EZFM you will experience the nostalgia, and be transported back in time, where memories of your youth will begin to flow with the music that …

Ep 31 Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band

January 14th, 2020


We have a severe case of cabin fever and needed a tropical getaway. Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band combine the sounds of Trop Rock, Reggae, Surf, and Calypso by pouring great original music along with songs by …

Ep 30 Freewheelin'

January 7th, 2020


Season 2 starts off with a conversation with the members of Freewheelin'. A local band, started in 1973, with "Rock Star Dreams" that went National. Worked hard, played hard and fizzled out much too early.

Ep 29 2019 Year in Review

December 31st, 2019


Paul and Ray talk about Season 1 of The Rock n Roll Chicago Podcast along with a couple of phone in guests.

Ep 28 The Band Sundance

December 24th, 2019


The band Sundance has proven to be an excellent source of entertainment for a variety of different venues.  
Whether it be a corporate party, festival, wedding or in a nightclub atmosphere, the band Sundance will …

Ep 27 Ronnie Rice

December 17th, 2019


Ronnie Rice picked up a guitar when he was 16 years old and hasn't put it down yet! He began his musical career as a solo performer in Evanston, …

Ep 26 Mark Dawson

December 10th, 2019


Currently the lead vocalist and bass player for the legendary Grass Roots, Marks career started out in Chicago with bands like Street Kids, Dreamer and All-Night Newsboys. Mark currently resides in Orlando Florida where …

Ep 25 Gregg Potter - Part 2

December 3rd, 2019


One week was just not enough! We finish up what we started last episode with this episode! The Buddy Rich stories!

Ep 24 Gregg Potter - Part 1

November 26th, 2019


Emmy Award winning drummer Gregg Potter is the drummer with The Buddy Rich Band. Formerly with Teenage Radiation and a number of other groups, he joined us to talk about his legendary career.

Ep 23 Jay Goeppner

November 19th, 2019


You may know Chicago Musician Jay Goeppner for his love of The Beatles! You may have heard him on the Johnny B or Kevin Matthews radio shows as a Beatle Brother! He's performed in over 15 countries! Sang with Roger …

Ep 22 Classical Blast

November 12th, 2019


Classical Blast blurs musical lines, melding classical music into classic rock hits or rocking music by Beethoven, Bach and composers from other centuries, sometimes adding original lyrics. From Bach to classic rock to …

Ep 21 Joker

November 5th, 2019


After a 23 year hiatus Joker is back! Playing your favorites from back in the day, as well as new material. Tony Ingala joined us for a talk about the band.

Ep 20 Dag Juhlin

October 29th, 2019


One of the hardest working entertainers in Chicago. A member of Expo '76, The Sunshine Boys, Poi Dog Pondering, as well as a daily podcat with Steve Dahl, Dag was able to find some time to meet with us and talk about …

Ep 19 - The Cryan' Shames

September 10th, 2019


The Cryan' Shames are an American garage rock band from Hinsdale, Illinois. They originally formed as The Travelers with founding members Tom Doody ("Toad"), Gerry Stone ("Stonehenge"), Dave Purple ("Grape") of The …

Ep 18 Bobby Dunne

September 3rd, 2019


This week Paul and Ray meet with the legendary Bobby Dunne. Bobby talks about his early days around Chicago and his time on the West Coast and …

Ep 17 Replay

August 27th, 2019


Some of you may remember them as MAGIC or TABOO. Some of you old timers may even remember them as PEPPERMILL and NO QUARTER. Well now they're known …

Ep 16 Saints N Sinners

August 20th, 2019


We talk with Mick Taylor, founder of the band, and bass player Tynker. Founded in 1963 there are plenty of stories!

Saints N Sinners is a Classic Rock Cover Band that brings a high energy show with the very best of the …

EP 15 Ron Romero

August 13th, 2019


This week brings us to the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 in Joliet Illinois. We meet with its Chairman and Founder Ron Romero and …

Ep 14 John Falstrom of Midnight

August 6th, 2019


Midnight were only teenagers when they recorded their 1977 privately pressed debut Into the Night. It all started around Olympia Fields, Country Club Hills, and Chicago Heights, Illinois where Dave Hill (vox, keys), …

Ep 13 Heartsfield

July 30th, 2019


Heartsfield has toured the United States in each decade since the 1970s, having performed before nearly 10,000,000 fans at 4,500 shows at colleges …

Ep 12 The Kind

July 23rd, 2019


The Kind, a Chicago home-grown band that worked to generate a more than regional hit. We meet and talk with Frank Capek, lead guitarist for the band.

Ep 11 Pezband

July 2nd, 2019


Pezband was an American power pop band formed in 1971 in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois.

The ensemble began in the fall of 1971 when four Oak Park musicians teamed up to jam on covers of songs by The Yardbirds

Ep 10 - Mitch Michaels

June 25th, 2019


Mitch Michaels is an American rock and roll radio radio personality who has helped define the Chicago radio landscape for more than 45 years. Known …

Ep 9 - Strung Out

June 4th, 2019


This week bring us Strung Out Chicago’s Ultimate 70's Musical Experience.

They've dug through the incredible treasure trove of classic 70's music that other bands overlook and found the greatest songs that are as …

Ep 8 - The Neverly Brothers

May 28th, 2019


We sat down with Kevin and Keg Giragosian, The Neverly Brothers. Quite the educational interview.  We learned a bit of the history of Rock n Roll, …

Ep 7 - Tommy Scheckel

May 21st, 2019


This week we bring you Chicago's very own Tommy Scheckel.  The original drummer for Jonathon Brandmeiers Leisure Suits, and for 27 years he kept the …

Ep 6 - Cadillac Groove

May 14th, 2019


There are sweet grooves, good grooves, and great grooves – and then there’s the Cadillac Groove. Jump into the purple caddy for a fun ride through …

Ep 5 - Jim Peterik

May 7th, 2019


This week we join Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survivor, Pride of Lions, World Stage).  Jim fills us in on a bunch of great stories from the Ides days until now.  Something you don't want to miss!

Ep 4 - M&R Rush

April 30th, 2019


This week we get together with long time Chicago favorites M&R Rush.

M&R Rush had its beginnings in the early 70's, when a group of five high …

Ep 3 - Tynan

April 12th, 2019


Joining us today is Tom Tynan, Ted Phillips and Jeff Redmann of Tynan. Tynan is an 10 piece horn driven rock band playing classic to current hits along with originals off their new CD Shirley Jeanne. Find them on …

Ep 2 - Five Guys Named Moe

April 1st, 2019


Join us as we talk with Jose (BigMoe) Rivera & Bob (SloMoe) Muraida about their band Five Guys Named Moe. 

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Ep 1 - The Dancing Noodles

March 25th, 2019


Pilot Episode featuring The Dancing Noodles on their 35th Anniversary of Rocking around Chicago.

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