It is not often that a tribute band gets to share the stage with a founding member of the band they are emulating, let alone a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. But on November 17th, Chicago’s legendary drummer Danny Seraphine will join the renowned Introduction – The Chicago Experience for one show at The Courthouse Center for the Arts. It is hard to believe that fifty years have passed since The Chicago Transit Authority first hit the stage and took the world by storm as America’s “rock band with horns”. The guitar-driven, jazz-infused ensemble would confound the critics and thrill audiences with extended solos, unforgettable melodies, and lyrics that were influenced by the social and political times that challenged the nation. On the heels of a long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a resurgence of interest for what was known as the raw, unleashed sound of Chicago’s early releases and the events that shaped them. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform this music with a founding member of the band who created it and lived it ”, Says Mike Pacheco, the band’s lead vocalist. “We’re humbled to perform this defining music with Danny”, Pacheco said. Introduction – The Chicago Experience consists of some of New England’s top musicians who have shared the stage with the likes of Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, Donna Summer, and Steve Winwood, and includes a two-time Grammy award-winning percussionist. With careful attention to every vocal and musical arrangement and a memorable multimedia production, Introduction – The Chicago Experience takes the audience on an emotional ride through the sometimes turbulent times that were America from the late sixties through the seventies. Introduction will perform with Danny Seraphine at The Courthouse Center for the Arts on Friday, November 17th at 8:00 PM.
Fans have compared Introduction’s musical replication and energy level to the early days of Terry Kath and the now infamous albums Chicago I through X. Introduction – The Chicago Experience, pays very careful attention to every musical and vocal nuance, to deliver what is the most memorable Chicago show of ANY Chicago tribute band in the United States and Canada!
Come see Introduction and join the Chicago Experience.
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE PROJECT
Chicago began in the city of its namesake, the dream of original members. Walt Parazaider, Terry Kath, Lee Laughnane, and Danny Seraphine, sought to create a rock band with a dynamic horn section integral to the melody, a fusion of their jazz and rock roots. Sewn-in Parazaider’s apartment were the seeds of what would become one of rock and roll’s most enduring collaborations.
While critics have struggled to define them, and have debated the value of their contribution, what cannot be argued is their unparalleled success. Since their inception in 1968, Chicago is the first American band to chart in the top forty in five decades. In Billboard Magazine’s recent list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band. Record sales top the 120 million mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles, and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 32 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.
The amazing Introduction The Chicago Experience.
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