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June 24, 2013

Chicago kicking things off early at Artpark this week

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Niagara Gazette — Cetera left Chicago in 1985 to pursue a solo career and was replaced by current bassist/vocalist Jason Scheff, whose father was Elvis Presley’s bassist. Scheff’s tenure in Chicago is now longer than Cetera’s.

In the 1990s Chicago recorded “Stone of Sisyphus,” an album that marked a return to the classic Chicago sound of the 1970s. Unfortunately for the band, their record company refused to release it and the album took on a mystique similar to Guns n’ Roses “Chinese Democracy” album. It wasn’t until 2008 that the album was officially released.

The current lineup of Chicago features the original horn section of Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walter Parazaider. Robert Lamm. Singer and composer of hits like “Saturday in the Park” is also still with the band. (Too bad the band couldn’t change the lyrics to “Tuesday in the Park!”)

I saw them in May of last year and they really put on a great, high-energy show that allows each of the band members to shine. Jason Scheff was the original “sound-alike” before Journey’s Arnel Pineda or Foreigner’s Kelly Hansen. He handles the Cetera material with ease.

On Wednesday, the indie/roots band Dispatch performs as part of the Coors Light Wednesday series. Dispatch split for nearly 10 years before reforming in 2011. Since then they have released a new studio album and a double live album. This is their only show in the area and it should do well. Check with Artpark for ticket availability, last week’s MGMT performance sold out the day of the show.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene and Artpark for the Gazette.

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