Empire Productions presents:
Kevin M Buck Band, Chris Bolint
2109 South State St
Chicago, IL, 60616
This event is 17 and over
From platinum album sales and number one chart success as a founding member of MR. BIG, to frightening the guitar community with new levels of ferocious picking technique with shred-pioneers RACER X, to exploring punk, pop, classical, blues, jazz, and progressive instrumental styles in his solo career, Paul Gilbert has recorded a massive amount of stunning guitar music, all while circling the globe to play sold-out arenas from Japan to Jakarta.
Paul’s style stands out for it’s rare combination of accuracy, creativity, and power – all which are balanced with Paul’s sense of humor and pure love of music.
Although Paul is best known for his work with MR. BIG and RACER X, he has also toured with Joe Satriani’s G3, played in a host of tribute concerts with legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, and been integral in the design of his signature Ibanez PGM and Fireman guitars.
Paul’s legacy as a guitar instructor began when he was eighteen, when he was hired to teach at Hollywood’s Guitar Institute of Technology. Paul’s groundbreaking “Intense Rock” videos and DVDs have inspired legions of guitarists to improve their accuracy, speed, and phrasing. Years as a columnist for Guitar Player magazine, and most recently, Premier Guitar magazine, along with giving countless clinics, private lessons, and serving for five years as the dean of MI Japan, have given Paul deep experience in the art of communicating music to all levels of guitarists.
Over twenty-five years in the music business have only increased Paul’s passion to explore the possibilities of music and the art of playing the guitar. Whether he’s playing to 10,000 fans or jamming one-on-one with a student, Paul is living his childhood dream of taking the sounds in his head and bringing them into reality – on the electric guitar.
Kevin M Buck Band
Guitarist Kevin M. Buck has released three albums and a book about guitar playing.
Raised in Lyons, Illinois, Buck began playing music throughout the Chicagoland area at a young age and has played at such legendary clubs as The Thirsty Whale, The Riviera, The House of Blues, and The Vic Theater.
Buck has shared the stage with acclaimed artists such as Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen), Disturbed, Gary Hoey, Joe Stump and many others including Roger Daltry (The Who), who remarked that Kevin M. Buck is “one of the greatest guitarists ever.”
Leslie West of Mountain said, “This kid has a f^cking encyclopedia worth of sh!t in his mind.”
Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Alcatrazz) stated, “I listened to a handful of your sound clips and was impressed with your technique on the instrument. Sounds like you have great control. Jam on.”
Buck won the 2003 Guitar Idol Competition sponsored by 97.9 WLUP-FM in Chicago.
Buck formed, and still tours with, the highly successful Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath tribute band The Blizzard of Ozz.
Buck has also played many sold out shows with Battery, the national Metallica tribute act that opened shows for Metallica themselves on the Garage, Inc. tour.
In 2006, Uli Jon Roth awarded Buck a scholarship to attend Sky Academy in Los Angeles. Buck played with and learned from Roth, who called Buck “a virtuoso,” and thinks Buck’s playing is “very good, very very good. . . some very inventive and creative stuff.” In 2012, Buck opened a sold out show for Uli at Reggie’s in Chicago.
Buck enjoys doing guitar clinics and has done many clinics at music stores and trade shows teaching people guitar tricks and his methods of guitar playing. Buck gives private guitar lessons as well. Buck teaches all styles of music and truly enjoys making people better musicians.
Buck recently released the book Guitar in Theory and Practice. Guitar in Theory and Practice is designed to give guitar players a method to become better musicians by taking the most important ideas of music and presenting them in a simplistic way for guitar players. Guitar in Theory and Practice is the first book containing a poster that relates astrological signs, pitches, colors, planets, gods, elements of life, masculine and feminine dualities, time, intervals, numbers, modes and chakras.
Kevin M. Buck’s first album, Initiation was released on October 11, 2003. Initiation is an instrumental rock album and displays Buck’s creative and virtuosic guitar playing. Jason Becker (Cacophony, David Lee Roth) commented on Initiation saying, “I like the CD a lot. You’re the man.” Buck organized two benefit concerts for Jason Becker, raising over $$$ to help find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Euphoric Darkness was released October 11, 2007. Euphoric Darkness is a collection of heavy metal songs with unique and memorable vocals, riffs, and solos. This second album features Buck’s songwriting and vocal abilities, along with his insane guitar talent.
Buck’s latest album, Musick for the New Aeon, was released April 20, 2012 by Osiris Records and Steve Vai’s Digital Nations record label. It features Atma Anur on drums and Ferdy Doernburg on keyboards. Kevin M Buck was featured in the June 2012 edition of the Illinois Entertainer magazine. In 2015 Buck joined Blackened, he played in Blackened for 3 years until leaving them to start his own Metallica tribute band Dyers Eve. Dyers Eve formed in 2018 and is an incredible tribute band playing over 80 Metallica songs.
Buck’s future plans include an instructional DVD, more recording, clinics, and touring. More info about Kevin can be found at www.kevinmbuck.com.
Chris Bolint is an instrumental hard rock guitarist from the Chicago Area. Since releasing his debut album, Embers Alive (2015), the 29 year old former Berklee College of Music student has garnered both regional and national praise for it. His music is both melodic and moving and is considered a guitar player’s guitar player. He is currently being played on 70 + radio stations across the country and is featured in the current issue of Relix Magazine on their coveted CD Sampler. Chris has also appeared and performed live on Chicago’s WGN Radio as well as been featured by Guitar World Magazine. Having been consistently performing as a solo act around Chicago over the last year, he recently has assembled a full band to play with, which includes a star studded cast of Chicago area musicians including, Barry Kleiber, Bass (T.D.Clark), Brian McKenna, Rhythm Guitar (T.D. Clark), Billy Cox, Rhythm Guitar (The Fall Four), and Trevor Warren on Drums. Take it from WGN Radio’s Nick Digilio who exclaimed “You gotta see this guy!”