Band to play tribute to Chicago in Oconomowoc

October 1, 2016


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Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago will play its first show in Wisconsin on Sept. 17.

OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Arts Center’s Main Stage Series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, with Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago.

Chicago was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the spring.

Tunes span the 40 years of No. 1 albums, top 10 hits and classics: “Saturday in the Park,” “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?” and “25 or 6 to 4.”

The band members are comprised of professional New York musicians. The OAC concert on Sept. 17 will be the first time that Beginnings performs in Wisconsin. “We’re excited to be able to perform in Oconomowoc,” said Beginnings’ bassist and vocalist, Mason Swearingen.

Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago brings back a special memory for OAC Director Michael Duncan from the summer of 1969 before his senior year of high school.

“I received a call from my cousin Rich who lived in South Dakota, that the Macamba Club dance hall in Sioux Falls was in need of some extra stagehand help for a new band that would be playing that night,” Duncan said.

“Rich and I helped unload and set up the concert and were eventually assigned one of the follow spots during the show,” he said of the band on its first national tour. “The band was called the Chicago Transit Authority, later known as Chicago. I have been a fan ever since.”

Tickets are $36 for adults, $32 for 60 and older and college students, and $18 for high school students and younger and military personnel (with ID).

The OAC box office, 641 E. Forest St., is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday;  noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call 262-560-3172.