Posted Wednesday, January 9th

Chicago: The Tribute

2 shows at Firehouse – January 11 & 12


Pleasanton, Calif. — Chicago: The Tribute is 8 stellar professional musicians on one stage, recreating that great sound with powerful horns, rich vocals and a rockin’ rhythm section. The show comes to the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton for two concerts: Friday and Saturday, January 11 and 12, both shows at 8:00 p.m. (note; no openers).

The set lists for the Firehouse concerts include many great anthems and favorite cuts that Chicago produced, including Saturday in the Park, Beginnings, If You Leave Me Now, Hard Habit to Break, You’re the Inspiration, Hard to Say I’m Sorry, and more.

To be a great tribute band, the group has to first be a great band, period. And Chicago: The Tribute has it nailed, with a line-up of players, each excellent in their own right, and all of whom have performed together for a number of years. Chicago: The Tribute is Frank Rios (vocals, percussion); Matt Hevesh (guitar, background vocals); Gordon Groft (keyboard, background vocals); Mark Marsh (bass, background vocals); Joe Gotch (woodwinds); Andy Delao (trombone); Dave Metzker (trumpet); Greg Burch (drums).

When asked about playing Chicago’s songs, woodwind player Joe Gotch says: “They are a horn-player’s dream – the perfect combination of jazz, soul and rock, with great lines.”

The inspiration: Chicago’s incredible output and back catalog encompasses 23 gold, 18 platinum and 8 multi-platinum albums, just to hit the high notes. Known for their incredible energy and musicality, Chicago did so much more than just ‘add a touch of brass to rock ‘n’ roll.’ They fused rock, jazz, funk and soul into a sound all their own.

Billboard ranked Chicago ninth on the list of the hundred greatest artists of all time (in 2015). They are of course still one of the world’s best-selling groups, having sold more than 100 million records to date. In 1971, Chicago was the first rock act to sell out Carnegie Hall for a week. The band was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, and in 2017 original band members Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm, and James Pankow were elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Reserved seating tickets are $20.00, $25, $30.00. Advance purchase at, by calling 925-931-4848, and in person at the Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton. Box Office hours are Wednesday – Friday 12:00 noon-6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and two hours prior to the performance if not sold out.

The Firehouse Arts Center is owned and operated by the City of Pleasanton, and dedicated to inspiring passion through the arts. The center is comprised of the 227-seat Firehouse Theater, the 2000 square foot Harrington Gallery, classrooms and rehearsal space, the grand atrium lobby, and the famous interior glass bridge. With world-class performing and visual arts, exciting interactive programs for all ages, and a state-of-the-art venue which opened in 2010, we combine the sophistication of the culturally rich Bay Area arts landscape with the hospitality and intimacy of our own home town. The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton. Media: Jane Onojafe