Rock ‘N Rollers Live Among Us
Maybe you’ve seen them around SW Lake County. Up on the stage, playing star again at places like Main Street Outfitters, Middleton’s on Main or Strawberry Moon (Wauconda), Broken Oar (Port Barrington), Chessie’s (Barrington), Onion Pub (Lake Barrington) and Copper Fiddle (Lake Zurich).
At daybreak on Mondays they put away the leather, band-themed tee shirts, funky hats, boots and blue jeans to resume life as parents, students, business owners, corporate execs, teachers and software coders. They practiced their art & craft for years. They were band kids. They had garage bands. They pushed through long ago the 10,000 hour threshold to be expert, accomplished professional musicians.
If you haven’t been to a local hangout in a while, it’s time to go. What you’ll hear and see will make you feel good. Who knew that your neighbor down the block was actually leading a double life as a creature of the night?
#1 Steve Gritman, Gritman & Moran and the Good Mondays
Quit day job to pursue music career
Mike Ryan, Better With Bacon
Project Manager, Designcraft, Inc.
#2 Ari Castronovo
Student, Belmont University
#3 Pat Ryan, Better With Bacon and Gritman & Moran
VP, Software Solutions, Applied Pathways
Dan Patten, Better With Bacon
Director of Sales & Marketing, Best Inc.
Duane Hansen, Better With Bacon
Vice President, Walgreens
#4 Don and Glenn Starkey, Wauconda Wildside
Owners, Progressive Components
Founders, STAR Charities
#6 Gina Gonzalez, Gina Gonzalez & the Wingmen
Performed & toured with Gary Sinise and the Captain Dan Band
#7 Heather Moran, Gritman & Moran
#8 Kevin Purcell, Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners
Owner, Neighbors Carpet Care
#9 Patrick Potts, The Drysdales
Adopts rejected, aging farm animals to live out lives on family farm
Photography by: Stephen Nielson