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Playing everything from Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash to Civil Wars and the Lumineers, The Redmonds perform as an acoustic duo featuring the impeccable harmonies of Mike and Katie Redmond; as well as a full band with some of the best musicians in the region.

Mike Redmond has performed professionally for 30 years. He first entered the music scene as a teen aged soundman for Soundz Music in 1979, working with such bands as Cheap Trick, Molly Hatchet, the Dixie Dregs and America. Along the way he pursued his own opportunities to take the stage, driving hundreds of miles to gigs while managed by R.J. Kaltenbach and T.J. Sheppard. By the time he was 24 he had a development deal with Phil Walden’s Capricorn Records.

Over the years Mike’s played with Fugitive, Magazine, The Redstones and, since 1997, with Off Broadway. That experience has left him equally at home sitting behind an acoustic 12-string as he is hooked up to his electric Hamer, laying down rhythm riffs.

Katie Hull Redmond joined Mike in music (and marriage) in 2005. A trained singer, she has performed professionally at weddings, corporate events, festivals, and other social functions around the Chicago area for 20 years. Her musical influences range the classic to the contemporary rock – from Schubert’s Ave Maria to Patti LaBelle to Janis Joplin. Together, she and Mike are magic.

Rounding out the Redmonds line-up for full band show are bassist Mike Gorman of Off Broadway and Pezband fame; top Chicago pedal steel player Rich Koc; studio drummer Rick Nelson; and multi-instrumentalist L.J. Slavin who has played everywhere from television’s “Tool Time” to the Steppenwolf Theater.

Showcased at Fitzgerald’s and as an opening act for REO Speedwagon, The Redmonds appeal to fans age 6-60 and put on a show with something for everyone.

Audio

“C’mon and Love Me” – Mike Redmond

“One More Time” – Mike and Katie Redmond

“There He Goes” – Katie Redmond

 

 

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Calendar

 

Upcoming Events

March

30th  Big Corner Tavern (BCT) – Time: 8:00 pm  – 8405 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside

May

25th Waterworks – Time: 8:30 pm – 7815 Ogden Ave in Lyons

June

16th Off Broadway Pub – Trolley Night! – Time: 8:00 pm – 9048 Monroe Avenue in Brookfield

July

4th Fourth of July at the Park District of Forest Park – Time: 6:30 pm – 7501 Harrison Street in Forest Park

12th Elmwood Park Fest – Details TBA

14th Countryside Fest – Details TBA

September

8th Lyonspallooza – Time: TBA – Waterworks 7815 Ogden Avenue in Lyons

Recent Events

February

10th  Off Broadway Pub – Trolley Night! – Time: 8:30 pm – 9048 Monroe Avenue in Brookfield

28th  Forest Park 4 Puerto Rico – Time: 5:30 pm – McGaffer’s Saloon – 7737 Roosevelt Road in Forest Park

March

10th  Palmer Place Shamrock Fest – Time: 7:00 pm  – Palmer Place – 56 S. LaGrange Road in LaGrange

30th  Big Corner Tavern (BCT) – Time: 8:00 pm  – Big Corner Tavern (BCT) – 8405 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside

December

25th  The Redmonds Annual Christmas Show!– Time: 8:00 pm  – FitzGeralds – 6615 Roosevelt Road in Berwyn

November

25th  Waterworks– Time: 8:30 pm  – 7815 Ogden Avenue in Lyons

 

Press

 

The Redmonds featured in the Forest Park Review Answer Book

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Profile of The Redmonds in Suburban Life Magazine.

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Forest Park musicians bring rock power to country show at FitzGerald’s

The Redmonds aim for country rock revival

By Jean Lotus

Editor

Forest Park musicians Mike and Katie Redmond are ready to give their six-piece band another shot.

The Redmonds originally got together six years ago, but the time and personnel weren’t right for the music the former guitarist of the band Off Broadway wants to create, which he calls “country rock revival.”  “We’ve finally got the sound we want and we have our great band members [Chicago pedal steel player] Rich Koc and [multi-instrumentalist] L.J. Slavin,” Mike Redmond said.  After opening for REO Speedwagon on a nostalgia tour recently, the band performs in its newest incarnation on April 18 at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn.  Redmond had a brief flirtation with Nashville when he was signed to a “development deal” with Phil Walden’s Capricorn Records at age 24.  “I worked with [producer and Stax guitarist] Steve Cropper,” he said.   “He is the nicest person you’ll ever meet.   All the people in the South are so polite.  “Politeness in the music industry is not something Redmond was intimately familiar with while playing guitar for 12 years around Chicago and the Midwest with quirky, moody performers in Off Broadway.  Redmond married Katie, from Brookfield, in 2005.   She’s a classically trained singer who performs at corporate events and belts out a mean National Anthem.  The duo bought a house in Forest Park, and two daughters came along.  Then they started singing as a duo for pocket money, earning extra cash at Off Broadway Pub in Brookfield, as well as the New Grand Tavern, Harold’s Hideaway, Joe’s Saloon and “up and down Madison Street in Forest Park,” Katie Redmond said.  But with the addition of bassist Mike Gorman of Off Broadway/Pezband and drummer Rick Nelson, the Redmonds felt they could really produce the country rock sound they were looking for.  “All of a sudden it doesn’t suck any more. It sounds great,” Mike said.  And now they’re ready to take it to the crowds at FitzGerald’s.  “Usually you have to play 70 percent covers and then throw in an original and see how it flies,” he said.   “When we opened for REO Speedwagon it was in the contract: All originals.””We had to dig deep for songs. We were pulling stuff out of the hamper and smelling it and thinking, ‘Nope, you can’t wear that.'”But slipping originals into the set is gratifying. “We’re getting huge reactions from our originals from the crowd,” he said. He hopes the FitzGerald’s crowd will also be more interested in their newer material.He thinks Nashville is hearing what he’s trying to create, too, as the new more rock-pop-influenced country music emerges from Music City. Much of it is produced by Redmond’s hero and dream producer T. Bone Burnett.”The stuff that’s coming out now — the Lone Bellow, the Civil Wars, the Lumineers — it’s more powerful and has more rock influences and it calls up emotions out of people who respond to it,” he said.