• Authentic Tribute

    “Close to You” give authentic tribute to Carpenters By Hollis Gorski Arlington Heights Community Member Oct. 15 at 10:07 a.m. The music of the ‘70s is often defined by the disco beats of the Bee Gees and Donna Summer, or the guitar riffs of Led Zeppelin and The Eagles. But one band carved a new […]

    Daily Times

    Lisa Rock to rock the music of Karen Carpenter Daily Times June 8, 2014 Singer-songwriter Lisa Rock and Justin Boller perform during a recent concert of “Close to You: the Music of The Carpenters.” The music of Karen and Richard Carpenter will be celebrated Friday when Rock and her six-piece band perform a tribute to the […]

    ‘Close to You’

    ‘Close to You’ recalls Carpenters Fairmont sentinel October 8, 2013 FAIRMONT – “Long ago and oh so far away, I fell in love with you …” Karen Carpenter sang in the song “Superstar.” How true that is for many of her fans. Carpenter died 30 years ago, but a group of Chicago musicians are aiming […]

    Lacrosse Tribune

    It’s ‘Yesterday Once More’ at Carpenters tribute show Lacrosse Tribune March 17, 2013 “On the day that you were born, the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true …” That’s exactly how Lisa Rock feels about Karen Carpenter. In her tribute show “Close to You,” Rock is connecting with the person […]

  • A Carpenters Christmas

    A Carpenters Christmas (4 out 5 Stars) Around the Town Chicago December 18, 2012 Many of my age group fell in love with Karen Carpenter during her years on TV and recording some great music. We all know the struggles she had with what we were told was an “eating disorder” that took her life […]

    Around the Town Chicago

    “Close To You” Follow-up/Review Around the Town Chicago October 23, 2010 ( highly recommended) As a follow-up to my recent story/interview with Lisa Rock about her cabaret show, “Close To You: The Music of The Carpenters”, I would like to report that I attended this special night at The Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington […]


Meet the band behind the music

  • Lisa

    Lisa Rock

    Lisa Rock has been performing to sold-out crowds for years. She’s written more than 15 original concerts and cabarets that have been seen...

  • Justin

    Justin Boller

    Justin has performed extensively throughout the Chicago area in numerous rock bands, brass quintets, orchestras, musical...

  • Eric

    Eric Engelson

    A self taught musician since the age of 3, Eric turned his passion into his profession five years ago. Though his home is...

  • Dave

    Dave Orlicz

    Performs regularly throughout the Chicago area. He plays primarily with jazz and theatre groups at venues that include...

  • Ken

    Ken McMullen

    A professional musician in the Chicago area performing theatre and cabaret shows for numerous venues...

  • Melissa

    Melissa Minyard

    On Broadway, Melissa had the privilege of performing the role of Cosette in the closing company of Les Miserables alongside legendary Broadway performer Terrance Mann.

  • Drew

    Drew Jansen

    A once and future resident of Little Rock AR who recently returned home after 35 years in Minnesota, Drew has a enjoyed an active and varied career as a musical composer/lyricist ...

  • Ian

    Ian Letts

    Ian is an up and coming saxophonist in the Chicago land area. Having recently graduated from Northern Illinois University with degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Education...

  • Sari

    Sari Greenberg

    Sari Greenberg is a singer, songwriter and actor whose past roles include Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Ring Of Fire (June Carter) and the national tour of Bad Romance where she played Lady Gaga..

  • Maggie

    Maggie Clennon Reberg

    Maggie starred in the 2014-15 National and South East Asia Tours of Sister Act as Mother Superior. She has appeared with the opera companies of Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, New York, Toledo and Indianapolis. Signature roles include ...

  • Brad

    Brad Kemp

    Brad currently works in Chicago as a composer and producer by day and music director and teacher by night. He has composed original music for numerous shows including ...

  • Stephanie

    Stephanie Souza

    Stephanie Souza (backing vocals/percussion) is a singer and actor who's past roles include The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Sweet Smell of Success (Madge/Club Zanzibar Singer), 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Rona), and her solo cabaret Three Stephens and a Stephanie.

  • Theodore

    Theodore Berry IV

    Berry discovered the electric bass in his freshman year of college at Columbia College Chicago, while pursuing and attaining his BA in Audio Arts & Acoustics with the concentration in Live Sound Reinforcement.

  • Christian

    Christian Moreno

    Christian Moreno is a Chicago-based drummer and percussionist. An active theatre musician, he has worked with numerous ensembles in the area, including The Second City, FWD Theatre Project, BoHo Theatre, The Performers School, Quest Theatre Ensemble, and NightBlue Theatre, to name a few...

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A huge thank you to Tybee Post Theater, Melissa, Steve, Holly and the wonderful volunteer staff and to our audience for the 2 standing ovations and a SOLD OUT show on Saturday night! The 70 degree weather was a welcome change to our snow in Michigan on Wednesday. (Though the 2 fans that drove 65 miles one way on their snowmobiles to see that show were inspiring!) And we had a surprise guest audience member from the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, our dear friend, Clay Johnson! Sari Greenberg Kenneth James McMullen ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to Carol and Joannah at Creative 360 and the lovely audience for the 2 standing ovations on Tuesday in Midland, MI! And thank you to Laura and the crew at the Calumet Theatre on Valentine's Day and the audience for the standing ovation! Looking forward to seeing Michigan again soon! Sari Greenberg Kenneth James McMullen Christian Moreno Joey Zymonas Ian Letts Tina Naponelli ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to Steve, Mickey, and the entire staff at Kean University's Enlow Hall in New Jersey for a SOLD OUT show today! We had such an amazing day from the beginning to the end with the wonderful crew and staff that made us feel like rockstars! To the audience for knowing the answers to every trivia question, the 2 standing ovations, clapping and singing along and for making us feel so welcome! And to the band that is
sincerely my family, it's an honor I never take for granted that we get to make music together and I get to share the stage with each of you who are so ridiculously talented and genuine and passionate about this connection we have as musicians. Thank you! Sari Greenberg Drew Jansen Jeremy Sauce Montoto Joey Zymonas David Orlicz Christian Moreno
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What a night last night for our CT debut at the Palace Theatre in Stamford! Thank you to Michael, Tim, Dylan, Lenore,Randy, Peter, Pete, Walter, Pearline, Sonja and all of the wonderful volunteers for making this another unforgettable night! Thank you to the audience for being right there with us and the 2 standing ovations, the personal stories about the Carpenters and all of the kind words at the table after! See you all again soon! Sari Greenberg Drew Jansen Joey Zymonas Jeremy Sauce Montoto Christina Bianco David Orlicz ... See MoreSee Less

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