Pat McGee Band To Play Free Chicago HOB Show
By Randy J. Klodz
Virginia-based light-rock act Pat McGee Band will be making yet another Chicago
appearance when the band rolls through town to play the lounge stage at House
of Blues on Aug. 24 with a free acoustic performance. Tickets are distributed
on a first-come first-served basis as part of the 101.9 FM The Mix’s
“After 5 Live” concert series.
Pat McGee Band--which includes namesake Pat McGee (vocals, guitars), Brian
Fechino (guitar), John Small (bass), Chris Williams (drums) and Chardy McEwen
(percussion) released “Save Me” in April, a collection of low-key
alternative rock tracks. Though most light-rock bands aren’t known for
raucous stage antics, it turns out a Pat McGee rock show can get a bit wild.
Especially one in Chicago.
“We really gear up for these acoustic shows,” Pat McGee aid. “But
when we’re playing the big room upstairs at House of Blues--we have
some really great shots on our Web site of shows there where we’re diving
off of speaker stacks to a packed floor. You wouldn’t think stage diving
happens with the Pat McGee Band, but for some reason when we go [to Chicago]
it really works.”
Pat McGee has often called Chicago his personal “second home,”
as his band has toured through Chicago for years, and the 31-year-old has
twice sang the national anthem at Wrigley Field and once at U.S. Cellular
The Pat McGee hit single “Beautiful Ways,” has the band drawing
comparison to fellow light-rock, and highly-successful, act Train, a comparison
McGee has no problem with. “Those are good friends of ours, so we’re
cool with that,” he said.
House of Blues is at 329 N. Dearborn St. Tickets for this all-ages show are
free of charge, with a planned entrance limit of approximately 300 fans. Show
time is planned for 5:30 p.m. For more information on Pat McGee Band log on
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