Formed in 1967, Chicago Transit Authority recorded their first album in 1968 before shortening their name to Chicago. Their famous self-description as simply “a rock and roll band with horns” simplified what was actually a remarkable fusion of classical, jazz, R & B, and pop music.
The only musical act to name each album with a successive number starting with Chicago 3, (Chicago Transit Authority was #1, Chicago was #2). Chicago has sold over 100 million of them and remains to this day within the Top Ten of all artists of all time in terms of album sales.
In 1971 Chicago became the first contemporary musical act to sell out Carnegie Hall for an entire week. In the US alone, Chicago has been honored with 23 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
Among their 21 Top-Ten singles are Questions 67 & 68, Beginnings, Make Me Smile, 25 or 6 to 4, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, I’m a Man, Saturday in the Park, Dialogue, Feelin’ Stronger Everyday, If You Leave Me Now, Hard to Say I'm Sorry just to name a few.
West Coast Chicago is an 8 piece band that captures the very same authentic sound of pretty well every hit of Chicago's over two-decade span of hits from 1970 to 1991. Each player is dedicated to recreating the sound, energy, and intensity of every song musically and vocally.
The multimedia show is a combination of video, graphics, and texts, heightening the audience experience and complementing the stories behind the lyrics.
There are extremely few Chicago tribute bands in the world, as any online search will verify, and West Coast Chicago is arguably the cream of the crop, musically, vocally, and visually.
West Coast Chicago will appeal to all ages, especially to those who were listening to the radio and buying Chicago albums during their peak years in the ’70s and '80s. West Coast Chicago truly is “A Celebration Of The Music Of Chicago”
Don’t miss this phenomenal tribute to CHICAGO!
A legacy of Rock, Horns, & Hits!
Thank you to our amazing audience at the Port Theatre. You rocked it!
First stop on our Vancouver Island Tour - Sid Wiliams Theatre in Courtenay playing to an engaging enthusiastic audience! Such a FUN time we all had!!!
More than just ribs!
A big shout out to the Rotary Clubs of Langley for inviting West Coast Chicago to be part of this family fun-filled community event.
What a great weekend of music and memories!
Our sincere thanks to the Port Moody Rotary Club for inviting West Coast Chicago to a great community event.
In spite of the haze and air quality due to the surrounding forest fires, the rain, thunder, and lightning, West Coast Chicago performed to a very welcoming and resilient crowd at the Billy Barkɘr Days Festival in the City of Quesnel!
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? It's time to celebrate Canada Day!
Rockin' to an enthusiastic and lively audience at the Genesis Theatre.
Performing to a full house at the Rotary District Conference with our drummer, Mike Crean, New Westminster Rotary President for 2021-2022 and current Service Projects- International Chair.
Another series of SOLD OUT shows for West Coast Chicago's third invitation to perform at Canada's Hottest Live Recording Theatre.
Sizzlin' Summer Sunday. An estimated 2k celebrating the music of CHICAGO - the legendary rock band with horns! People talking, really smiling ~ a man playing guitar ~ and singing for us all
Live Music Lives! Rock - Horns - & Hits! 8k in attendance. What a fun show!
West Coast Chicago returns to the Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Country Fest as the headliner at the Canadian Heritage Stage.
Another SOLD OUT event for West Coast Chicago!
West Coast Chicago SOLD OUT 4 shows at their return engagement at Blue Frog Studios.
The first show in Victoria BC at the Mary Winspear Centre after the Covid-19 lockdown of music venues - restricted to 50% capacity and only to fully vaccinated patrons. Another SOLD OUT show!
Four SOLD OUT shows at West Coast Chicago's first appearance at Blue Frog Studios.
This classic Chicago song takes the form of a dialogue between two characters discussing the state of the world and all the troubles. Listen with intent to the timeless lyrics.
May music always be a medium to help break down barriers and provoke moments of reflection in our thoughts and in our actions to enable us to show more compassion, full of curiosity, enthusiasm, and empathy to unite us all!
It's the friends we meet along life's road who help us appreciate the journey. The past year (2020) led us to adapt to a world filled with unknowns. As we shift our musical journey, we also nourish our passion and love for music. We're in this together during these challenging times.
To show our appreciation, we have added a classic hit song to our repertoire -- You're the Inspiration!
We wanted to recreate a universal memory experience with “Old Days”. Our hope is that this video evokes happy memories of “fun days filled with simple pleasures” that may just get you up and dancing!
May you have as much fun watching as we had in the making of this "Old Days" video.
As our west coast summer winds down with mornings getting cooler, may Saturday in the Park warm your heart and remind you of the sweet memories of summer.
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singing the Chicago songs made famous by Robert Lamm, Terry Kath, and Peter Cetera
When Chicago came onto the world stage, Paul fell in love with the jazz-rock phenomena. In West Coast Chicago he gets to bring Robert Lamm’s keyboard parts to life. Throughout his career, Paul has been a keyboardist and vocalist in rock, progressive and country-rock bands performing both covers and originals.
Mon is a multi-instrumentalist with the guitar being his primary instrument. As a global touring and studio musician Mon has played in multiple original and cover bands. Following a successful stint as a session musician, Mon released two original music albums with the band Headland as the composer, producer, and musical director prior to joining West Coast Chicago.
Mon performs the vocal and guitar parts of Terry Kath in West Coast Chicago.
When Chicago formed in ‘67 Scott was beginning school. By the release of their Greatest Hits album, he got his first acoustic guitar. He learned “Wishing You Were Here” on the end of his bed. He never dreamt he would someday perform Chicago music on stage. In 2017 that dream came true.
replicating the sounds of James Pankow, Lee Loughnane, Walter Parazaider
Greg was trained as a classical trombone player but is at home playing in most music idioms. He has performed with orchestras, show bands, jazz ensembles and modern music groups in Ontario and British Columbia, has toured Europe as a soloist, and has shared the stage with international stars including Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, and the Temptations.
A lifetime aficionado of great horn bands, Garth brings a wealth of experience to West Coast Chicago. He's played trumpet and flugelhorn in military bands, chamber music groups, symphony orchestra, jazz bands, musical theatre and several R&B bands. Garth is particularly fond of the complex music of Chicago.
Graham's passion for all-things-saxophone inspired him to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree at UBC.
Soon after music school a variety of professional adventures ensued. Touring extensively across Canada and the western United States, Graham performed with Skaboom, the Powder Blues, jazz beat poet Ralph, and Canadian pop legend Lee Aaron.
Graham has wonderful memories of his first-ever rock concert, Chicago at the Pacific Coliseum.
the rhythmic energy that drives the feel and groove
Mike has been playing on the Vancouver scene for many years with such bands as Shadowfax, Portrait, and Redline. He also has played on numerous original recording projects.
Mike first played with Paul in high school and played some Chicago songs sharing Paul's dream of someday playing in a tribute to one of the most iconic rock bands of all time.
A professional bass player while in his 20s Arne put that aside to pursue a career in music composition and creative coding. He recently returned to making music with musicians in front of live audiences and is now having the time of his life. Arne finds playing with West Coast Chicago to be wonderfully rewarding, especially when seeing the joy on the audience's faces as they hear the great tunes from Chicago.
The innovative video production enhancing the musical journey and audience experience is the brainchild of Victoria, West Coast Chicago's Multimedia Director & Publicist. She is the driving force that leads the band's branding & media strategies, web development, video production, print & digital marketing.