Category Archives: Performance

Fred Cantu Big Band, June 19, 2014

Fred Cantu Poster, June 19, 2014

One of the best shows you can see – the big band is made up of the best musicians in Chicago. With a repertoire of classic and modern big band standards and modern art pieces, Fred Cantu Big Band is one of the hidden gems in the city.  Hope to see you there!

I’ll be playing piano.

Fred Cantu Big Band, YouTube playlist:

June 19, 2014
Redmond’s Pub
5730 South Archer Ave Chicago
9pm to midnight

Fred Cantu Big Band on Facebook

Shaw Chicago 20th Anniversary Dinner

I’ll be playing a fundraising dinner at the Casino Club in Chicago on Friday, May 30th for Shaw Chicago – an acting company who performs readings of works by Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. 

I get to work with two of my favorite people, Diana Lopez (viola) and Alex Feldman (bass).  We’ll be performing a mix of jazz standards and instrumentals of contemporary pop songs.

Shaw Chicago


ShawChicago jazz trio performance

I’ve become a huge fan of Shaw Chicago!  The actors, director, supporting staff, and patrons were incredible.  The Casino Club was a perfect venue for an incredible dinner, discussion, and sneak-peak of next season.  The actors & director did a remarkable job with three excerpts (Shaw, Oscar Wilde) and really made the night for me.

Rearden Roark 5/23/14

Tomorrow night, I’m teaming up with Rearden Roark at Goose Island.

Besides having a really cool name, Rearden Roark, is made up of Dan Berdelle and the dream team that I’ve worked with to recreate Rush’s Permanent Waves: Matt Hines, Andy Neel, and Matt Christensen.

Goose Island Wrigleyville
Friday, May 23, 2014
8:30pm – 11:45pm
Goose Island – Wrigleyville (map)
3535 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

Presale Tickets Available
$8 in advance and $10 at the door
More info:

Fred Cantu Big Band, May 15, 2014

Special Guest, Mark Colby with the Fred Cantu Big Band
Tribute to Maynard!
In celebration of Fred’s Birthday — there will be food and cake!

Come see the big band!
I’ll be playing piano.
Thursday May 15, 2014
Redmond’s Pub
5730 South Archer Ave Chicago
9pm to midnight


February 2014 Performances

Come check out some live music in February that I’ll be playing:

Erin Gipson, Reggie’s Music Joint, 2/19/2014
Fred Cantu Big Band, 2/20/2014, Redmond’s Pub 5730 South Archer Ave Chicago IL 9pm till 12

Spirit of Motown:
Palos Heights Library, Feb 23, 2014, 2pm-3pm
Blue Island Library, Feb 26, 2014, 7pm-8pm

Hope to see you there!

Spirit of Motown at the JCC

I’m excited about bringing Spirit of Motown to the Jewish Community Center of Chicago on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10am.

Everyone has been great with helping me with the planning, powerpoint tech end, and general welcome   Thanks!  Looking forward to playing and singing.

Bernard Weinger JCC 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook

The Spirit of Motown in Chicago Trib

Here’s the Spirit of Motown (my music program) at Vernon Area Public Library featured in the Chicago Tribune section, “Get Out: A few ways to make Sunday the best day of your week.”,0,2870849.story

Huge thank-you to Vernon Area Public Library District Public Programming and Events Coordinator, Roz Topolski, for making this possible. Also thank you to the Illinois Humanities Council for making this possible.