• 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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Louisiana debut tonight in Rayville/Richland Parish with such a generous and sincere audience that gave us 2 instant standing ovations! Thank you to Wayne, Blake and the Richland Parish Arts Council! I have heard some amazing stories over the last few days from audience members who had the privilege of seeing the Carpenters very close to where we are playing now! We have 6 more shows next week! Hope to see you all out here! Drew Jansen Joey Zymonas ... See MoreSee Less

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Sweet Home Alabama debut tonight! 2 standing ovations from a lovely audience and an amazing homemade meal complete with sweet tea, caramel apple pie and whipped cream! Thank you to Paula, Jerry and the Covington Arts Council! See you all soon! Drew Jansen Joey Zymonas ... See MoreSee Less

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Wonderful stop in Nashville last night on our way to Alabama and Louisiana for 8 shows in 8 days! Thank you to Kim at 312 for a great dinner and future hangout in Music City! Our first stop is in Andalusia, Alabama at the Dixon Performing Arts Center at 7 PM tonight! See you all on the road! Drew Jansen Joey Zymonas ... See MoreSee Less

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What a weekend in NYC at APAP meeting up with old friends and making new ones! We are going to be teaming up for a double billed show with O Sole Trio in the Fall (details to come), and coming to many new venues in the 18/19 season! As always, it is so inspiring to see our friends and hear about how they are affecting communities with their shows and their outreach projects! It is an honor to be a part of this family of artists, agents, and presenters! Sari Greenberg Kevin Spencer Tracey Lawie Melissa Giattino Ron DeStefano Erin Shields David Shenton Giuseppe Spoletini Jessica Fallon Gordon Josh Benson Laurel Eppich Canan Sue Noseworthy Two on Tap Jim Jarvis Tim Rater Tommy Hensel David Wannen Kristen Michelle Carly Kincannon ... See MoreSee Less

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