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Band spotlight: The Saloonitics

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 3:17 p.m. CDT
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The Saloonatics featuring (left to right) Roger Bennett, Rick Bero, Rob Gregory and Bill Daszkowski.

What is the band’s name and how did it get that name?

The Saloonatics. We selected the name because we assumed we would be playing mostly in drinking establishments, and we wanted to poke fun at ourselves and add a little humor by adding the ‘atics.’

Saloon kind of lends that country/western feel.

Who are the members (full names) and what towns are they from?

Rick Bero – Huntley

Bill Daszkowski – Carpentersville

Rob Gregory – Woodstock

Roger Bennett – Sleepy Hollow

What instruments do each of your band members play?

Rick Bero – drums

Bill Daszkowski – bass

Rob Gregory – guitars

Roger Bennett – guitars

How did the band get started?

Rick [Bero] was looking for a band to play rockabilly-style music. He had known Bill [Daszkowski] for several years (while playing together in another band) and met Rob and Roger while looking for musicians on Bandmix.

Describe the music you play.

The band formed a couple of years ago originally with a rockabilly/country interest. We’ve expanded our perspective over time, and that has influenced the evolution in our music selections.

We’ve added styles, such as surf music, classic country, vintage rock and traditional folk. We currently play our own arrangements of songs from Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Buddy Holly, Eagles, Ventures, CCR, Tom Petty, Beatles, Stones, Traveling Wilburys and more.

What makes your act different?

We define our band as “vintage rock ’n’ roll with a country twist.” Basically we pick songs that we like and enjoy playing.

We’re in it for the fun, and we really enjoy the feedback from our audiences when they’re having fun and dancing.

Why should people come see you (in 50 words or less)?

For the fun and enjoyment, having a good time with friends and family and sharing the music that we enjoy playing.

What is the best thing about being a musician?

Being able to do what we enjoy and sharing the good times with others.

Pick one: Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley?


Pick one: Michael Jackson or Madonna?


What’s the strangest thing that has happened to you while performing?

Last year while playing outside at a summerfest, the wind was rattling the tarps so hard that the sound engineer couldn’t figure out where the buzzing was coming from.

Where can fans find out more information about your band (official website, Facebook, etc.)


How can people book your band?

www.thesaloonatics.com and select the ‘CONTACT’ link

List your upcoming performances.

• 2 p.m. May 17 at Parkside Pub, 11721 Main St., Huntley

• 8:30 to 10 p.m. May 29 at the Village of Gilberts Community Days Festival

• 6:30 p.m. June 28 at Rock the Fox Music Festival, Carpenter Park, 351 Carpenter Blvd, Carpentersville

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