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Introduction - The Chicago Experience

Infinity Hartford

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Fri, August 18, 2017
Hartford, CT
Show at 8:30 PM

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Price: $30 - $45

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Classic Pop
Introduction - The Chicago Experience

Not only is this band sanctioned by the band Chicago, their lead singer has actually performed with Chicago in the past!! And yes, they play all of the hits and deep album tracks as well. Great musicians and great music is the best way to enjoy an evening during summer, we’ll see you there!!

Introduction - The Chicago Experience.

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Artist Bio

Mike Greene (Founding Member)

Mike Greene (Lead Vocals, Percussions) has been entertaining New England audiences for over 20 years. He got his start sitting in with regionally popular acts like The Wicked Big Band and Mama Kicks then went on to form Rhythm Coalition and the highly successful Groove Alliance. While serving in Iraq, and with the help of a prominent Iraqi citizen, Mike arranged for Groove Alliance to play what was dubbed the “Deadly Force Tour" traveling to Iraq in January of 2007 to play shows in the International Zone  and at the US Embassy.  Mike is a thirty year veteran of the Unites States Army, served two tours of duty in Iraq and is a Bronze Star recipient.

On July 7, 2010, he realized a lifelong dream. On behalf of the American Cancer Society, Mike shared the stage with Chicago at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.  Singing Chicago’s number one hit “If You Leave Me Now”, Mike’s performance received tremendous reviews from the members of Chicago and the 10,000 fans in attendance.  Click here to view it.

On Chicago:  "The fifth album did it for me. I remember hearing the first track (Hit by Varese) and being blown away…I never looked back and have been a dedicated fan ever since.  It’s a thrill to revisit this great volume of work and bring the experiences back to life for audiences."

Ray Martini (Founding Member)

Ray Martini (Keyboards, Guitars, Backing Vocals) is a 40 year veteran of the New England music scene who started gigging in 1971. Martini has played thousands of shows over the years and has become one of the most versatile and sought after keyboardist/utility players in the Boston area.

Martini along with best friend and fellow Chicago enthusiast Mike Greene co-founded Introduction The Chicago Experience to bring their audience the opportunity to relive the finest horn driven rock music of the past five decades and bring them back to a simpler time in life. A time of great music and great lifestyles. Music we grew up with and still love to this day.

Martini has had a love of the band's music ever since and is just as strong today as it was 40 years ago. Martini has carefully studied and adopted the keyboard styling of Robert Lamm and it only made sense that he would be the perfect fit for this incredible tribute experience!

On Chicago:  "I remember being a young teenager in my basement blacklight room listening to "Chicago Transit Authority" and "Chicago Live At Carnegie Hall" over and over again until the vinyl records were worn beyond recognition."

 
Christos Zevos (Bass) – Christos is a multi-instrumentalist, music theorist, and educator with over ten years of experience performing throughout the Greater New England area. In addition to being an accomplished performer on both electric and upright bass, Christos is also an experienced vocalist, guitarist, and violinist who is equally at home in classical, rock, jazz, and folk settings. Some of the groups that Christos performs with regularly include: Ben Rudnick and Friends, the Boston Guitar Orchestra, Veronica Robles and her Mariachi, Luminarium Dance Company, Celtic Knot, Groove Alliance, and Introduction—the Chicago Experience.

Christos received a Bachelors of Music Degree from the Boston Conservatory in 2012, and a Masters of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory in 2014. Currently, he is completing a Doctoral of Music Arts Degree at the New England Conservatory, focusing on theoretical study of electronic dance music. In addition to performing, he also enjoys producing electronic tracks, and experimenting with sound composition and synthesis.

On Chicago: I am a bit late to the game when it comes to the music of Chicago, most of my exposure to the group has been over the last couple years. By approaching Chicago from the perspective of a theorist, I find that their music is a balanced combination of technical prowess, classic formal/harmonic style, and surprise.

Spencer Elliott
When Spencer Elliott (Guitar, Lead and Backing Vocals) was 12, he started sneaking the guitar out of his older brother's room to play it in secret. When he was finally caught, his parents noticed his talent and drove him to a Music Go Round, where Spencer spent his lifesavings on a rip off Les Paul. Twelve years, a Gibson, and a college education later, Spencer has played in acts ranging in genre from jazz to R&B, gospel to country, blues to bluegrass, rock & roll to rock-a-billy. He was a sought-after musician in Central Ohio for the last ten years before relocating to Boston. He currently plays with several bands in the Boston area, most notably the Doctors Fox (www.myspace.com/thedoctorsfox), Groove Alliance (www.groove-alliance.com), and of course Introduction.

On Chicago: "Chicago always lingered in my peripheral, with those hits that stood out as tunes I would love to play but would never have the group to accomplish fully. They're simply one of rock's finest examples of impeccable musicianship, complex phrasing, and deep lyrics, all balanced perfectly in catchy, easy-to-listen-to songs. Oh yeah, and Terry Kath is a beast. I mean, holy $#*!, that guy's awesome."

John Medeiros (Drums) - Born in New Bedford, MA, John's interest in music began at a young age.  John remembers his  first endeavor in playing a musical instrument was being taught to play "Baby What'd I Say" from Ray Charles on guitar by his father. It was in the sixth grade that John had his defining moment which made him decide that he would be a professional drummer.  It was the drum solo from "YYZ" on "Exit Stage Left" by Rush that had floored him.  Toward the end of his high school  career, John was impressing his peers by playing the solo that had decided his fate.  After high school John attended the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he received several scholarships and grants. 
Upon graduating, John subsequently started his professional and teaching career. Playing with musicians such as Melvin Butler (Brian Blade), Eric Normand (Rhett Akins, Toby Keith), Doug James (Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard), Robbie Merrill (Godsmack), Abe Laboriel Jr. (Seal, Paul McCartney), Rick Derringer, Clyde Beatty and Cole Brothers Circus, Jon Finn (Berklee Professor, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra), Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally), Jon Ross  (James Cotton, Duke Ronillard), Matt Stubbs (Charlie Musslewhite), Troy Gonyea (Kim Wilson, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tony Lynn Washington), Bruce Bears (Duke Robillard, Tony Lynn Washington), Mark Early (Roomful of Blues, Queen City Kings), and many others.
Today, John steadily plays with Introduction - The Chicago Experience, Groove Alliance,, Tom Keller & Co, Michael Fioretti Band, and Erick Preston's Purple Haze.  Currently John has a residency on Sunday Nights at Strange Brew Tavern with Acoustic Duo and a jam on Tuesday Nights with Coupe DeVille.

Tim Shneier (Trombone)
Since arriving in Beantown in 2010, Tim Shneier has quickly established himself as one of the most in-demand trombonists in the greater Boston area.  Born in Utica, New York and and raised in Ellicott City, Maryland, Tim studied trombone at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York before moving to Boston to further his education at the New England Conservatory, where he recently finished a Master's degree.  In Boston and elsewhere, he has performed with Fred Hersch, Dave Holland, Dave Douglas, Slide Hampton, the Canadian Brass and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.  Currently Tim plays all over New England with the Beantown Swing Orchestra, Groove Alliance and Introduction - the Chicago Experience and is active on the Boston jazz scene.

On Chicago: "I was a relative late-comer to Chicago - I didn't really discover them until I'd been playing and studying music for quite a while.  When I finally did get into them though, I was really blown away by the level of sophistication of their music.  And as a trombone player,  I've got to hand it to Jimmy Pankow - he doesn't make it easy on those of us trying to follow in his footsteps!"

JARED HOLADAY
Jared Holaday (Soprano/Alto Saxophone, Flute)A native of Newburyport Massachusetts, Jared Holaday is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with a degree in saxophone performance.

An avid performer and multi-instrumentalist, he has seen on stage with various musical groups throughout New England including 10,000 Maniacs, Beatle Juice, the Lux jazz trio, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Civic Symphony. He also makes frequent appearances playing in local theater pit orchestras where his ability to play multiple instruments in various styles keeps him in demand. Jared currently teaches music at the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA .

On Chicago: I've been a fan of Chicago since I was in high school. The level of musicianship in the group still blows me away. The bands sound is killer and the horn arrangements are complex and powerful. What's not to like?!

Christopher Rymes

Christopher Rymes (Trumpet, Flugelhorn) Originally from Keene, NH, Chris moved to the Boston area to study at Berklee College of Music. Since moving to Boston he has established himself as a freelance trumpet player in all genres from big band to theater pit orchestra to solo classical. Chris has worked as a theater trumpet player for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and has also appeared as a guest performer with Blood Sweat and Tears in Boston.  Chris currently works with The Beantown Swing Orchestra, Veronica Robles and her Mariachi as well as Groove Alliance and Introduction - the Chicago Experience.  In addition to his freelance work on trumpet, Chris teaches privately throughout New England.

On Chicago: “My earliest memories of listening to Chicago are from a very young age. My parents would always have a Chicago Greatest Hits tape in the car that we would listen too.  Once I picked up the trumpet at age nine the music of Chicago became even more enjoyable for me.  The sound of the Chicago horn section is incredible; it’s completely unique.”

Dave Loehr

Dave Loehr (Keyboards, Lead and Backing Vocals) starting playing guitar and piano at the age of 13 and wrote his first pop song at age 15. Loehr has been influenced across the board on his writing style from Bacharach to Springsteen and everything in between. After studying performance and composition at Berklee for about a year, he formed The Cameron Loehr Band with friend and fellow guitarist Doug Cameron McCormack and hit the clubs. The band evolved into "The View" an all original high energy progressive pop rock band and opened for many notable Boston Bands at the time such as Til` Tuesday, Farrenheit, Private Lightning and Berlin Airlift to name a few.

On Chicago:  "I listened to Chicago Transit Authority when I was 14 and was immediately hooked. The follow up Chicago ll showed off songs and melodies that were masterfully crafted and intricate while still maintaining a hook for commercial appeal. The musicianship is top level and the songs take me back to a time in life that hold great memories. Working the material through has given me a deeper appreciation of just how exceptional the makeup of this band is. It is tremendous fun to recreate this catalog of timeless music and be among musicians that possess the same regard and respect for the greatest rock and roll horn band ever!"

Eguie Castrillo

Eguie Castrillo (Latin Percussions) - Ever since he moved to the United States from his native Puerto Rico, percussionist Eguie Castrillo has been fulfilling his childhood dream: becoming a successful and world renowned percussionist. Castrillo has performed and recorded with prominent world music figures such as Tito Puente, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Winwood, Blood Sweat & Tears, Arturo Sandoval, the Boston Pop, Donna Summer, California Transit Authority (CTA), Paquito D’Rivera, KC and the Sunshine Band, Celia Cruz, and Michael Brecker, just to name a few. Eguie brings this incredible talent to every Introduction TCE show.

Castrillo is a Grammy Award winner (Arturo Sandoval’s Latin Jazz 1998 record of the year) and an engaging showman who performs year-round along with his Big Band in concerts, festivals, corporate parties, and clubs all around the United States. He sometimes adds to his band electrifying Mambo dancers to evoke the New York’s Palladium Ballroom era. His latest CD, Palladium Tradition, has been described by music critics as a “must-have” in anyone’s Big Band music collection.  In Italy, Palladium Tradition was named record of the month. Castrillo currently teaches at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He also conducts music clinics and workshop tours around the world. Eguie Castrillo is endorsed by some of the most important musical instruments companies: Zildjian, Remo, Vic Firth and Toca Percussion.  


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