Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 7:30pm to Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 12:00am
General Admission $8 in advance /$10 day-of-show. Reserved Seating Tickets: $10-12. Purchase tickets at the venue with no service charge. The kitchen/bar/venue opens Wednesday-Sunday at 5pm.
Power Pop Icon Cliff Johnson, the driving force behind legendary Chicago bands Off Broadway usa, Pezband and d’Thumbs returns home, backed by his new band, The Raine to showcase timeless signature songs “Stay in Time”, “Hang on For Love”, “Full Moon Turned My Head Around” and more in a career-spanning set of classics.
Johnson, who cut his teeth in the clubs of Chicago, went on to release two discs for Atlantic Records. Off Broadway’s “On” featuring the hit, “Stay in Time” sold over 300 thousand copies in Chicago alone and propelled Cliff and the band into the world of stadiums and arenas, sharing the bill with the likes of The Beach Boys, The Babys, Cheap Trick, Lover Boy, Ian Hunter, Alan Parsons and Jefferson Starship.
The Raine members are veterans of the Chicago rock scene playing along side local heroes such as The Kind and The Insiders as well as national acts like A Flock of Seagulls. A rock music critic recently suggested that The Raine is "the best kept secret in the Chicago Music scene, today".
Cliff and members of The Raine met individually over the years under casual circumstances. Having great respect for his music and what Cliff has accomplished throughout his career, the band was on an unconscious course to hook-up with Johnson musically. In 2015, Cliff agreed to join The Raine on stage to perform a handful of Cliff's tunes in a one-off performance. There was magic in the air that night. Terry Flamm of the Power Pop blog "Broken Hearted Toy" was in attendance, and said of The Raine, "they'd be a perfect match for Johnson". A month later, Cliff Johnson and The Raine launched. A night of fun turned into a more serious project for The Raine, who enjoy their status as the "who are these guys?" four piece engine supporting the most dynamic singer/songwriter/performer in the history of Chicago Power Pop.
Cliff Johnson - Lead Vocals
Dave Sebastian - Guitar & Vocals
John "The Kolonel" - Guitar & Backup Vocals
Bill Bickel - Bass Guitar & Backup Vocal
Bill Kowalski - Drums & Cymbals