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The Art of the Tribute Band
Art of the tribute band


“Only the beginning of what I want to feel forever.” — from “Beginnings” by Chicago.

At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, one of the country’s top touring tribute bands, “Beginnings - The Ultimate Chicago Tribute,” takes to the stage at the McPherson Opera House. With a play list that includes all of the band Chicago’s top tunes, lead singer Mason Swearingen heads the seven-man group whose members have worked with such famous artists as Peter Frampton, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), Blood Sweat & Tears, and have even appeared in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. 

In February of 2016 the band added the crowning touch when it was joined by former Chicago guitarist Donnie Dacus (Hot Streets & Chicago 13). Dacus was quoted as saying, “These guys are so good, it’s scary!”

Chicago was the leading U.S. singles charting group during the 1970s. They have sold over 40 million units in the U.S., with 23 gold, 18 platinum, and eight multi-platinum albums. Over the course of their career they have had five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8, 2016. 

Swearingen was recently featured in an article by Dr. Mike Friedman PH.D., writing for Psychology Today. Used with permission: 

“Mere mention of the term ‘tribute band’ may induce eye rolls, sighs and other nonspecific condescension from musicians and fans who are simply too ‘real’ to have time for a band who doesn’t play its own music. But, in contrast to many bands that play original music, tribute bands boast an impressive touring schedule, playing throughout the year and all over the world at an array of clubs, festivals and casinos. 

“Why? The simple fact of the matter is that tribute bands aren’t just musicians. They are fans just like us, and because they are fans like us, they bring the same level of enthusiasm and excitement that any of us would bring if we had the chance to rock out playing the songs of our favorite band. ... And tribute bands give the people what they want.”

 The show is sponsored by Dan and Colleen Bruce and Lonny and Laura Bruce. Ticket prices range from $20-$30 and can be purchased at Student tickets at $10 and a Group Rate for 10 or more guests are available by calling or visiting the box office, 620-241-1952, 219 S. Main Street.