Brass Transit, the world’s foremost Chicago tribute show made a stop at the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, February 26th during their current North American tour. The eight-piece band entertained the sold-out theater for nearly two hours with a flawless performance of Chicago hits as well as some surprises.
The band is led by veteran studio musician Tony Carlucci on Trumpet along with Ian Justun on lead vocals, Jay Speziale on bass and backing vocals, Don Breithaupt on keyboards and backing vocals, Silvio Simone on guitar and backing vocals, Phil Poppa on saxophones and backing vocals, Doug Gibson on trombone and Paul Delong on drums.
Ian Justun entertained the audience not only with his amazing voice, but between songs with back stories about the tunes, the band and fun conversation. Being Canadian, he had fun with some hockey humor while praising the Boston Bruins on their stellar current season.
Each member of Brass Transit is a true entertainer, fun to watch as they play their instrument with passion and excellence. The band moves on the stage with precision as they share the spotlight within each number. The brass section is an absolute stand out and delivers the goods needed to bring home the signature sound of Chicago. At one point, Tony Carlucci on trumpet and Doug Gibson on trombone leave the stage and play their magic within the audience. Make no mistake, Brass Transit is a show!
Albeit a casual Chicago listener or a diehard fan, Brass Transit will not disappoint, they play every song you would expect, from Saturday In The Park to You’re The Inspiration and everything in between. There was a meet and greet with band members after the show in the theater’s lobby with autograph signings and merchandise available for those who wanted to take home a piece of the experience. The band was humble and made it a point to personally show their appreciation to those who attended. On and off the stage, Brass Transit is a class act.
If you missed the show at the Stadium Theatre in February, no worries. The band is already scheduled to return next year!
To learn more about Brass Transit and stay up to date with their tour information, recording releases and updates visit the band’s website @ www.brasstransit.com and follow their Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/BrassTransit. To learn of all the great shows and events coming to the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre this spring and summer visit www.stadiumtheatre.com
Here’s a few images caught by RI Blogger’s resident photographer Kerry Quinn at The Stadium Theatre Show