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Grand Parade reunites for EthelFest 2010 - October 2nd
We are very pleased to announce that Grand Parade will be reuniting to headline EthelFest 2010 on Saturday, October 2nd!

The other bands are our great friends in Silver Pipe, performing the music of Jethro Tull, and Champions of Nothing, performing Kevin Gilbert's "The Shaming of the True."

Mark your calendar and join us for what will certainly be a great evening of music and friendship!

Papa T's Bar & Grill
4660 W 147th St
Midlothian, IL 60445
Phone: (708) 385-9200
Directions: Map

Start time: 7 PM - $12 Cover

See www.ethelfest.com for details!
See our Shows page for song list and free poster download
Please join us for our farewell concert with keyboardist, Brian Harris
Saturday, October 10th, 2009 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee!
Brian is an exceptional musician and a great friend. We wish him well in his future musical and personal endeavors. Finding another keyboard player for a band like Grand Parade may take quite a while, so don't miss this show! Steve Tomczyk of Myriad-Music will provide lighting which should prove to be quite the spectacle!
Click Shows for details, including the song list and a free 8.5 x 11 downloadable poster!
Hope to see you there!
Tribute band mega-show!
Our friends and two great bands, Gentle Giant tribute Gende's Giant and Jethro Tull tribute Silver Pipe, will be performing a double-bill together on July 25th at:

House of Brews
15426 Cicero Ave
Oak Forest, IL 60452
8:00 PM

If that wasn't enough, Gentle Giant guitarist Gary Green will be in attendance! So please join us in support of Progressive Rock in the Chicagoland area! See you there!
Theater Show Survey
We need your input on the possibility of a
Grand Parade playing a special Theater Show in the Spring of 2010!
Over the years, a number of you have enthusiastically suggested that Grand Parade put on a full theater show open to all ages, along with various things such as enhanced lighting, two drum kits, premium package option, etc.
We'd love to be able to put put a show like this together, but we need to know your opinion on the idea to ensure we can make it happen. So, we've created a survey to let you tell us what you want!
The survey will only take a couple of minutes to complete and includes questions about when you would like the show to take place, price, which Genesis song you'd most like to hear, and an area for any other comments you'd like to make.

Click HERE to give us your input!

Brian Harris and Friends - June 12th at Joplin's Java Cafe

A performance of a truly eclectic mix of music, featuring an opening set of piano music with Brian Harris (including, Chopin, Gershwin, Billy Joel and more), followed by a powerful set of music featuring featuring Jeff Denton on guitar, Lisa Creason on violin, Doc Dockery on harmonica (including Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Rimsky-Korsakov, blues and much more)!

Date: Friday, June 12, 2009
Time: 7 PM - 10 PM

Joplin's Java Cafe
114 S. Genesee St.
Waukegan, IL
(Free parking off of County St., one block west of Genesee)

Joplin's Java is run by people that are truly wonderful friends to musicians (and musicians in their own right). We welcome you to support their establishment (along with their piano store "Family Piano Company").

Tickets: $10, contact brian@BrianHarrismusic.net, or call 847.533.3363
Brian's Website: http://www.brianharrismusic.net/

Seating is limited! Please order your tickets soon to be sure of a spot. This is a family-friendly environment - no smoking, no alcohol. Coffee, tea and snacks are served at Joplin's Java.

April 14, 2009
What a great night! Thank you everyone for coming out to The Chicago Loop. Your enthusiasm made the evening a wonderful experience for everyone! Thanks also for your email and guestbook comments about the show, they are always informative and enlightening.

We’d also like to thank:

Steve Tomczyk from Myriad Music for lighting

Eric Kuhn
from the Midwest Audio Group for pinning the stage and dialing everything in. Our sound tech, Mike Nyquist, said he had a great ride, despite the cable gremlins

and Amanda Hanson from Amanda Blythe Photography for the wonderful photos of the show!

March 24, 2009
UPDATE - due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, our April 11, 2009 show has been moved to The Chicago Loop in Streamwood, Illinois (about 2 miles away from the original location - Chicago City Limits).
This show will feature the entire Foxtrot album as well as several other songs rarely performed by Grand Parade. See Shows page for the full set list!
See you there!
November 20, 2008
Gig Announcement
We are very pleased to announce that we have booked our next show for Saturday, April 11, 2009! This show will include the entire ground-breaking 1972 album - Foxtrot - as well as many other classic Genesis tracks from the '70s!
Until then... Happy Holidays! See you next year!
November 11, 2008
Genesis Box Set 1970-1975
Genesis has finally released the long-awaited, Gabriel-era Box Set 1970-1975. This collection is the third and final 7 CD/6 DVD box spotlighting the beginning of their career with CD/DVD editions of five albums expanded with bonus audio & video, 5.1 mixes and more, plus an exclusive rarities disc. Included are CD/DVD versions of Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, plus a disc of extras.
A very positive and detailed review of the box set is available at allaboutjazz.com
November 10, 2008
A message from Jay...

Thank you for the get well wishes, emails, and guest book entries. In the middle of October I made an awkward lift at work which severely strained a few lower back muscles. The injury laid me flat on my back for two weeks. With the help of medication, physical therapy, and some time to heal, I’m hoping see the band at rehearsal after the holidays.

In 2009 we look forward to presenting the entire Foxtrot album and mixing in a few choice classic long cuts. Thank you all for your concern and continued support. Enjoy the holidays! We’ll see you in the New Year.
Jay Fuentes
October 30, 2008
Friday, November 7th, 2008 - 9PM
Chicago City Limits
We're very disappointed to announce that we have to cancel our November 7th show at Chicago City Limits. Jay has a severe back injury and he decided today that he's simply unable to do the show. So here's wishing Jay a speedy recovery!
Please check back soon for more updates and future show announcements.
As always, we in Grand Parade appreciate your continued support. Everyone have a great Holiday Season!
July 6, 2008
Our friends, Silver Pipe, the Chicago area Jethro Tull tribute band, will be playing a special show on July 26th! Silver Pipe will be supported by Syndrome, featuring the music of Porcupine Tree, Steve Hackett and King Crimson, and 4 Letter Words, playing original music.
Silver Pipe
4 Letter Words

10139 S. Harlem
Chicago Ridge, IL

$8 Cover
Show Starts at 7pm

Show Poster  

So please join us in supporting Progressive Rock in the Chicagoland area! Sounds like it's going to be a great show! Hope to see some of you there!
June 23, 2008
Thanks to everyone who came to our Shank Hall show on June 21st and thanks also to Mel Levy from Breeze Productions for filming the show.

Now that our spring shows are complete, the band will take a couple months off to learn some new songs. We also wish heart-felt congratulations to Roey and his lovely wife Roni, who are expecting in late July! But Grand Parade will return this fall with a new show that will include the entire Foxtrot album as well as a few other songs for which we've been receiving requests.

As Grand Parade approaches its 10 year anniversary, we'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank each of you for your continued support and friendship over the years.
Guitarists - Looking for a Shaftesbury Duo-Fuzz?
A quick note for guitarists who are looking for the classic Hackett "buzz saw" tone used on songs like The Return of the Giant Hogweed, Supper's Ready and Fly on a Windshield (just to name a few). Jeff has found what he believes to be the ultimate Shaftesbury Duo Fuzz / Univox Superfuzz reproduction - the Wattson Classic Superfuzz! Check out this great pedal and tell Jim at Wattson that Jeff sent you!
June 8, 2008
Genesis documentary from the Turn It On Again Tour, When In Rome will be playing at Kerasotes Theaters around the Chicagoland area on June 9, 2008!
May 5,2008

Hi everyone! First and foremost, Grand Parade would like to thank everyone who came out to Mickey Finn's on Saturday night. We saw several new faces in the crowd along with many old friends we haven't seen for quite a while, so welcome to all the new comers and thanks to everyone who came out to support the band! It was great to see everyone have such a great night together sharing the Genesis music we all love.

As I'm sure some of you noticed, there was a guy running around with a video camera on Saturday night. That was Mel Levy, from Breeze Productions. Along with the Mickey Finn's show, Mel will be filming our upcoming show at Shank Hall in Milwaukee on June 21st. For Shank Hall - our final show until the fall - we're excited to announce that we will be using our new enhanced visual production! So come join us in Milwaukee for what we hope will be a very special show!
After Shank Hall, the band will be heading back into rehearsals for the fall shows, which will include many of the song requests we've been getting from you. We'll wait for a while to let you know about the new songs (that's half the fun, isn't it?), but fans of the "really old songs" and some of the rarely or never played later 70's songs won't want to miss it!
Thanks again everyone! Your support keeps us going! See everyone on June 21st at Shank Hall in Milwaukee!
April 13,2008

Grand Parade would like to thank everyone who attended our first show at Otto's in DeKalb, Illinois. This show was a milestone in Grand Parade history. It was our first show ever to include music from Duke, the album many consider to be the last album Genesis made that had strong progressive elements. Next, the Otto’s show was our first to include some of the special effects lighting our lighting technician, Steve, and his brother John Tomczyk have been working on. We'd also like to welcome Dale Dooley to our lighting crew. Great job guys!

Our next show is right around the corner at Mickey Finn’s on May 3rd. We hope the Mickey Finn’s show will prove to be a more intimate and personal environment to see a Grand Parade show. The show starts at 8pm!

So thanks, once again, for coming out to support the band. See everyone May 3rd!
March / April 2008
Hello everyone! Our next set of shows are right around the corner, so it's time for a news update.
As you can see, we have booked several shows fairly close together. Since in the past that would be unusual for us, we thought now would be a good time to fill everyone in on our future plans. Moving forward, we have decided to start booking two sets of shows a year – one in the spring and one in the fall. Each set of shows will be booked in locations around Chicago, Milwaukee, and the Rockford area. So, we will take the Grand Parade show to you, instead of you having to travel long distances to see us. Each "mini-tour" will contain new songs as well as the Genesis standards we all love. Please feel free to email us with the songs you'd like to hear.
In other news, we are excited to announce that Gary Hill has written feature on Grand Parade on the Rockford area entertainment web site beetcafe.com.
Gary publishes a great online magazine called Music Street Journal that focuses heavily on progressive music. Please take the time to check out Gary’s site when you get a chance. Also, here’s a great video overview of Gary’s site.
January 2008 - Thank you from Grand Parade
Grand Parade would like to thank everyone for braving the arctic air and subzero wind chill to join us at Shank Hall on January 19th. It was so great seeing our old friends who came up from the Chicago area and making so many new friends from all over Wisconsin and the greater Midwest! Your dedication to this music we all love made our first show outside the Chicago area a resounding success. We hope that everyone had a good time – we certainly know we did! 
As some of you may have noticed, this was our first show with our new live team. Scot Goodrich (sound) and Steve Tomczyk (lights) did a great job! So, thank you and welcome to the band, guys! In the future, we anticipate leveraging the knowledge and skills of our new team members to create more exciting and entertaining show for everyone.
We’d also like to thank Shank Hall, along with the Milwaukee press, for doing such a great job getting the word out, and special thanks to the Shank Hall staff for helping to make the show such an enjoyable evening for the band as well as the audience. We will definitely be back!
As always, we thank everyone for coming out to support the band. See everyone at the next show!
October 2007
Wow - what a night! The band would like to thank everyone for coming out to Mickey Finn's Saturday night for our first show in two years. We'd also like to thank Glen Murschel for doing a great job opening the show!
It was a very very special evening for us! The sound was great, the band was feeling good, and it was one of the larger audiences we've ever had. But it was your enthusiasm and support that really made the show! It was great to see several old friends and we were so pleased to meet so many first timers. You really packed that place! Thank you for hanging with us the entire night.  You have our gratitude, for without you we wouldn't have the opportunity to play this wonderful music we all love!  Many thanks!  
See everyone in January at Shank Hall in Milwaukee. More shows to be booked soon, so keep an eye on the web site for details.
July/August 2007
Gig Announcement: Grand Parade is pleased to announce two shows booked for this fall and winter
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
Mickey Finn's Brewery
412 N Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville, IL 60048
(847) 362-6688
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Special Guest:

Glen Murschel - solo acoustic guitar
Saturday, January 19th, 2008
Shank Hall
1434 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 276-7288
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May 2007
Grand Parade is back!! We are very pleased to announce that Grand Parade has reunited to perform all-Genesis shows!! Please join us in welcoming our newest member, Brian Harris on keyboards.

We are looking forward to a late summer/early fall show. Musical selections for the next show will include music from Wind & Wuthering for the first time in Grand Parade history.

As soon as dates are finalized we'll email everyone. If you're not on our emailing list, please email Jay on the Contact page. We're all very happy and excited about the music and the lineup. Thank you for your patience and continued support. See You Soon!