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    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 […]

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    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...

  • Amy

    Amy Malouf

    Amy is extremely honored to be a part of Close to You: Music of the Carpenters. She has been seen as...

  • 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...

  • Micky

    Micky York

    An award-winning musical director, composer and designer whose work has been seen in theatres throughout the Chicagoland area...

  • Ken

    Ken McMullen

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

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We are so excited to announce 2 shows that have recently had tickets go on sale through Jam Theatricals, recent winner of their 8th Tony Award for producing Fun Home on Broadway. We will be at the Lima Civic Center on Saturday, February 6 in Lima, Ohio Broadway in Lima and Sunday, March 6 at the Santander in Reading, PA Broadway on 6th Street. Until then, we are starting our Carpenters' Christmas tour on Sunday, March 6 at the Engler Theatre. I know it's not quite Thanksgiving yet, but here's a little taste till then. See you all out on the road! Happy Thanksgiving! ... See MoreSee Less

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