Sex Therapy as Janis Joplin

Hailing from Chicago, Sex Therapy is a unique, all original American Rock band that delivers. The Juggernaut behind Sex Therapy is main songwriter, rhythm guitarist and vocalist Cassy Baxter whose prose about love conquered, lost or otherwise, blends effortlessly with the bands tight rhythms. The Sex Therapy pulse is Jack McClain whose precision percussion rotations and bombastic movements drive Sex Therapy! To help guide the pulse is Stevens Stokes whose bass playing on “Letters to Frank” (album) and guitar leads demonstrate his years of honing 80’s rock guitar and give Sex Therapy a sound that is unique, but yet time-proven. Co-producer and musician Jamie Wagner adds keyboards and covers the bass duties on tour for Sex Therapy.

The Dead On

Many bands are born from the ashes of previous bands but try to shake their pasts. Well, The Dead On embrace their previous musical lives and set out to shake the rafters instead. The Dead On, formed from Chicago stalwart greats Woolworthy and The Reputation, is on a mission to make great Rock n’ Roll and to make Rock n’ Roll great.

Their sound is reminiscent of their
previous bands but it is far from retread. The Dead On embody the modern rock n roll sound with big guitar hooks, snotty slash and burn riffs and ultra catchy melodies. Their sound is, well, dead on, spot on, hit the right spot Rock n’ Roll.

Rudy Gonzalez (ex-Woolworthy), singer, guitar player and songwriter for the band unleashes his wild, weary spirit and introspective songwriting. He writes songs that sound good in bad places. Greg Mytych (ex-The Reputation) on bass, brings the right amount of powerhouse attack, catchy bass fills and harmony vocals to the gang. With Charley Ryan (ex-Empty Spaces), on lead guitar, the ante is raised. He blazes through each song like it’s his exorcism. He is the Keith to Rudy’s ragged Mick. The addition of drummer Jim Nagrant (ex-Phistine Verona) completes the action pact. The drumming slams and bashes yet is precise, all at the same time.

With just the right blend of The Replacements angst and ache, the grit of the Rolling Stones and the Beatle-esque melodies, they have a bash & pop masterpiece. Their debut album, The Way It Feels When It Feels This Way will knock you out and then hold your hand and make it all better. Guitar riffs catchy enough to work their way into your pleasure spot; all done with heart-pounding energy. They sound like an 80’s post-punk band dipped in 70’s Rolling Stones raunch and transported to the future. Fans of their earlier work will not be disappointed and will welcome the new sound. With simple songs like She Is All The Rage and You Make My Love Grow, the band revitalizes the power pop genre with power chords and infectious drum beats. On stand out tracks It’s Lonely Where You Are and the punchy You Can’t Do Anything About Anything (You Can’t Do Anything About), the ringing guitars and haunting spaces show the band’s depth. Hold Me In Suspension and We Are All Alive allow the band to stick a flag in the Rock N’ Roll Handbook for future generations to come.

The Dead On, simply put, is a breath of fresh air for Rock N Roll. The band is on to something and it is dead on. Or should I say, it is The Dead On.

Blackbox as U2

This Powerhouse Emmy Award Winning two piece is fronted by charismatic singer/guitarist/songwriter Damon Ranger and backed by the mighty Gregg Potter on drums. Hailing from Chicago, Blackbox intertwines enormous guitars, pummeling drums, catchy hooks, and big choruses into beautifully crafted rock/pop songs.

In 2009 Blackbox won an EMMY Award for their performance of the Cheap Trick classic “He’s
A Whore” for the Grammy Award Program “Grammy In The Schools.” The song was broadcast on CBS and guitar legend Rick Nielsen joined them on the performance.

Blackbox has played with Social Distortion, Billy Corgan, Eagles Of Death Metal, Marty Casey and The Lovehammers, Chevelle, Taproot, Bad Religion, Malik Yusef, NOFX, Local H, Mest, Alkaline Trio, Butthole Surfers, Jet, Theory Of A Deadman, Skid Row, Lupe Fiasco, Cheap Trick, Billy Squier, Future Leaders of the World, Lit, Saliva, The Parlor Mob, White Tie Affair, Egypt Central, The Riddlin Kids, Denver Harbor, Bang Camero, The Bomb, Solace For Now, The Black Mariah, Exit The Kings, The Dreaming, The Last Vegas, The Frogs, Hot Action Cop, Monster Magnet, Bullets and Octaine, Neko Case, Huck Johns, Fig Dish, The Virgins, Shat, John Ralston, and more.

In 2009 Blackbox toured on the Vans Warped Tour on the Kia Kevin Says Stage, played Lollapalooza’s Artist Lounge stage, performed 2 nights at Summerfest, and kicked off Riot Fest.

Blackbox is also packing fans in on hometown headliner shows at House of Blues, Metro, Double Door, Kinetic Playground, The Note, even getting a residency at The Lakeshore Theater in 2006 and 2007, plus touring the east and west coast. In 2008 Blackbox headlined Millennium Park and Six Flags Them Park to thousands. Blackbox has been invited to perform at Summerfest (3 years straight), Warped Tour, Riot Fest, Lollapalooza, MOBFest, International Pop Overthrow, Dewey Beach Music Festival, NAMM, and the Chicago Grammy Chapter.

Blackbox has their own TV/Internet segment with CBS 2 Chicago. Which has won Damon Ranger 6 Emmys. Since July 2007 Blackbox has had Sonic Youth, Silverchair, Patti Smith, Rhymefest, Lupe Fiasco, GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Perez Hilton, Butch Walker, Juliette Lewis, Motion City Soundtrack, Kate Voegele, Peter Bjorn and John, Cold War Kids, Satellite Party, Snow Patrol, G Love, Electric Six, Buddy Guy, and more....on their segment. In 2009 WCIU tv picked up Blackbox to host a tv segment on their new morning show “You and Me This Morning.”


A quick tongue and constant self-promotion scored Blackbox their own Internet radio/video show on www.fearlessradio.com “Blackbox Fever” which ran for 2 and a half years, helped develop Blackbox as a main staple in the Chicago music scene. Guests on the show included: Guns N’ Roses, Counting Crows, Blacktop Mourning, Local H, Ron Jeremy, Seka, Pat Travers, and Under The Influence of Giants, and many more.

From February 1-Feburary 13, 2007 Blackbox, as an unsigned band, was the Q101.1 “Cage Match” champions on Q101 Chicago radio with the song “Girls Like You”. Blackbox enjoyed constant radio airplay on a major market radio station and getting voted the top song for 13 days straight.

Q101.1 Radio Chicago named Blackbox their "Band to Bust Out" in September 2008!!!

Blackbox fought Former WWF Heavyweight Champion The Iron Sheik in a Rock and Wrestling event for Q101's "Band to Bust Out" campaign. The video on Youtube currently has 26,000+ views

NBC News Channel 5 Chicago did a six minute feature piece on Blackbox and their radio show in March of 2006. ABC News Chicago the number 1 rated newscast in the country) has featured Blackbox three times!!! in October and November 2006 and November 11th 2007 which had Blackbox performing "Never Enough" on the Morning Show. CBS Chicago features Blackbox songs up to 10 times a month during segments on all their news shows. CBS Chicago had Blackbox perform "Sick" on the afternoon show in May 2007. CBS 2 Morning Show had Blackbox live performing 3 songs "Up All Night" Sick" and "Like This" on Oct 27th 2007. Blackbox returned to CBS on June 21st 2008 to perform "Bound to Change." March 27th 2009 Blackbox performed "Surrender", and "He's A Whore" with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick on CBS.

Modern Drummer Magazine featured Gregg in the January 2004 issue (pg.118) and in the Oct 2005 issue as well. In 2006 Modern Drummer gave Gregg his own blog on their website www.moderndrummer.com

Blackbox has achieved radio airplay in Chicago on Q101, 94.7, 88.9, and 95.1 Wiil Rock, plus many college markets, including Madison, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Dayton, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia.

Gregg Potter proudly uses (and endorses) Gibralter Hardware, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Aquarian Drumheads, Slug, and Trick Drums. Damon Ranger proudly uses (and endorses) Sennheiser Wireless, Gibson, Bogner. Blackbox has clothing endorsement deals with Dickies, Converse, Salvage, Cut-Throat Fightgear and Marty Flint accessories.

WaxWorks is a Chicago based grunge/blues/rock group. Start with a quarter ton of soul, wrap it in a bumpin' groove, grind up some dirty riffs and mix until slightly chowdered. Cook at 451°F, then top it off with some mad Italian wailing. There's your WaxWorks.

Tony Manno as Neil Young

They have been together since 2002, where they performed their first concert at Brixie's Tap in Brookfield, Illinois. Since then they have played at venues throughout the Midwest and West Coast, performing their own music as well as occasional cover songs.

In the Summer of 2005, The Sleepers recorded their debut album, Push It Nationwide, with Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit, Michigan. Jim Diamond is a veteran music producer, studio engineer, and bass player based in Detroit, Michigan. As proprietor and chief engineer at Ghetto Recorders, Diamond has worked with several well-known indie rock performers, including The Dirtbombs, The Fleshtones, Electric Six, The Witches, Bantam Rooster, The Come Ons, The Volebeats, The Gore Gore Girls, The Mooney Suzuki, The Compulsive Gamblers, The Dirtys, The Ponys, The Volebeats, The Go, Outrageous Cherry, Paik, The Clone Defects, They Come In Threes, The Sights, The White Stripes, and The Hentchmen.

The Sleepers signed a record deal with Pravda Records in Chicago and released their sophomore record Comeback Special on February 26, 2008.

In May 2009, the band announced that their lead singer, Tommy Richied, will be leaving the band. The remaining four members of The Sleepers continued on as a 4-piece under the name The South Sixteens. It was recently announced that Tommy Richied will be rejoining the band in 2011 and they will perform select shows throughout the year.

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Sex Therapy as Janis Joplin with The Dead On, Blackbox as U2, WaxWorks, Tony Manno as Neil Young

Friday, November 1 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Double Door