Chi-Town Soul

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Lisa Estridge (Lead Vocals & Band Manager) is one hell of a powerhouse vocalist and performer. She holds a BFA and MFA in Drama, with over 25 years of professional performance experience. Lisa also spends her time as a Beginning Acting Teacher at the School of Performing Arts (SPA) in Naperville. Lisa sings from her heart and gives each performance everything she’s got. She also has an incredible love and respect for the old school classics. Chi-Town Soul gives her the platform to vocally share that love, respect and energy with all of you.


Bob Okoniewski (Guitar & Music Director) is a Chicago native who started playing guitar at 11 and was in his first band at age 12. He received his B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from De Paul University, and studied guitar independently with Joe and Frank Rumoro at the Rumoro Guitar Academy. Bob has played shows all across the US and Canada, and has been Musical Director, Arranger, and Guitarist for such groups as: The Kenny Charles Show, Uptown Fever, Le Starr, Orpheus, and Special Occasion.



Eddie Bizek (Bass) is a veteran of the Chicago music scene. He began his musical career at the age of eight. During his early career he performed with several bands as vocalist and keyboard player. Eventually he developed a passion for bass and shared the stage with some of Chicago’s premiere groups including Treazures, Spring Road and 8TRAK band. As the bassist in Chi-Town Soul, he provides the driving force behind the group’s unique sound.



Aaron R Almon (Drums / Percussion) a veteran of the Chicago entertainment community for many years. He has recorded & performed with the likes of the Dells, Otis Clay, Mavis Staples, KoKo Taylor, The Impressions, The Soul Stirrers, Heaven & Earth, Norma Miller, Sugar Blue, Jellybean Johnson(of the Time), Panama, Louis Satterfield (Earth, Wind, & Fire), Orbert Davis, Smoke City, Brass Bullit, Calvin Bridges, The Late-Great Emmanuel Arrington, Chester McSwain, Big Time Sarah, Sean Christopher, Nanette Franks, Roy (Root-Doctor) Hytower, Phil Koran, Tim Gant, Ray Silkman, ETA-Theater, Black Ensemble, WYCA, Cris Radio ,to name a few.


Charles (Chuck Key's) Bailey (Keyboardist) Charles, also better known as Chuck in the industry is an extraordinary musician. He is a very accomplished keyboard player and very adept guitarist. He has been musical director and Keyboardist for several well-known bands and groups such as The Delphonics, Enchantment, Nextmovement, THE Voices, BUDDY GUY, LITTLE MILTON, to name a few. Although Chuck loves creating his own music, he absolutely loves being on stage and performing before an audience .


CHI-TOWN SOUL SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS:

Angela Alise (Lead Vocals) is a professional Singer and Actress hailing originally from Kansas City, Missouri. She has been performing since she was 5 years old, and she just knew that one day she would make this her career. She has a B.A. in Theatre and Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. She has traveled all over the U.S. doing theatre and can’t wait to do the same with the band.




Kevin (Drums) began his musical career at the age of 5. He grew up playing Gospel music and has performed and recorded with several Community Choirs across the country. Additionally, Kevin played on the Chicago Blues circuit where he had the opportunity to work with many top Blues entertainers including “Source One Band”. He played with “The Hittsville Motown Revue”, “Blended Soul Band”, and now brings his exceptional percussion skills to “Chi-Town Soul”.




Eric Ahlgren (Keyboards) From pop to prog, from psych to funk to blues, from Gypsy jazz to jam bands, Eric’s been playing keyboard in the Chicago area off and on since the ‘80s. In addition to his work with Chi-Town Soul, in the past he’s played for Red Plastic Buddha, Ghost Pilot, Lake Effect, Urban Grass and a host of other groups, spraying burning keyboard riffs in the faces of astonished onlookers for decades. Sometimes he sings. Sometimes he talks to the audience.
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