Northside is a 5 member Rock n Roll tribute band based out of Chicago, covering music from the 1970's through present day. Northside honors bands ranging from classic rock's Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, as well as modern and alternative rock greats such as Nirvana, No Doubt, The Killers, U2 & Bruno Mars. We even have some fun with Dance music ranging from the 70's through present day.
In 2003, drummer Chris Stamos, bassist Bob Spilios and guitarist Louie Kritikos reunited their band. They now have been playing together for over three decades. They recruited singer and keyboardist Rebecca Bolluyt-Presas and Northside Band was born. George Skoubis reunited with the band contributing with some guitar, keyboards and back-up vocals completing Northside’s current line-up and sound.
Four of the 5 members were born and grew up together on the Northside of Chicago. It is evident by watching them perform live, that Northside is just 5 great friends having a blast performing music together. This attitude and kinship is always sensed by the audiences and has a way of creating a “good times for all” mood for anyone at the show.
Northside has gig’d at such venues as The Cubby Bear / Chicago, Captain Morgans Club at Wrigley Field, The Abbey Pub / Chicago, The Beat Kitchen / Chicago, 27 Live / Evanston & Blarney Island / Antioch. We have also performed at great outdoor fests including The Summer on Southport / Chicago, The Taste of Lakeview / Chicago, The Taste of Lincoln Ave / Chicago, Andersonville Midsommarfest / Chicago and was the headliner at Edison Park Fest / Chicago as well as headlined twice at Ignite Fest / Chicago. Northside also participated in the Battle of the Badges which is a battle of the bands between bands that have members in either the CPD or CFD. We are proud to announce that we were crowned best CFD band as well as best overall band at the 2014 battle.
Northside is far from the typical band which is usually all about “getting paid” and “the glory” rock star attitude. Considering Northside is all about having a good time while creating some awesome music with friends when booking a show the main concerns in order usually are, the venue, the time slot and date, the event or celebration, and lastly…….the pay.
Northside is much into charity events. Again, if the venue, time slot, date, and in this case the charity are favorable, Northside would be more than willing to entertain donating time to a good cause. Northside participated and has been a big part of 3 very successful annual benefits which raised 10’s of thousands of dollars for The Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Northside has also rocked out to raise money for Wright-Way Rescue (raising money towards buying a forever home after the no kill animal shelter had lost its lease), Fire Department Local 2's Christmas Charities (that include Church Charities, Homeless Women’s Shelter, Kids of Soldiers and more), Ignite the Spirit Fund (raising money for Chicago Fire Department families fallen victim to life’s unjust hardships), and Rock the Badges (raising money for both the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation “Never Forget” and the Chicago Fire Department Ignite the Spirit Fund).
Depending on the gig, Northside also offers perks that most bands cannot. This includes but is not limited to (the following depend on venue and crowd size, electrical and mounting requirements, as well as costs):
• A full multi media show including:
o Multiple video cameras (some with camera operators, some fixed) capturing live footage and awesome angles of the band and crowd which are projected onto a..
o Retractable drop down big screen which is placed over the drummers set up (held up by a aluminum triangular truss with telescopic truss brackets which are floor mounted)
o The big screen is also used to project various short video clips and footage which is custom prepared for each show. If used at a charity event, the screen has been used to play videos which explain the cause, the show and/or benefit.
• Smoke Machines
• Full PA system (cost for mobilization, use and the sound man are extra)
• Automated laser and color lights show