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Transit Authority brings the most recognized horns in rock to Rapids

America’s premier Chicago tribute exemplifies the band’s unique sound
Web posted January 14, 2020
Since performing their very first shows together in the early spring of 2004, Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. as the premier tribute band to the iconic group Chicago.

The group plays in the Wilcox Theater at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in the Wilcox Theater on Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m.

“Chicago has that timeless horn arrangements with classical, jazz, R&B, and pop music blends,” said Reif Arts Council Marketing Director Paul M. Gregersen. “One of the most distinctive sounds in all of rock ‘n’ roll. Transit Authority really brings the music to life.”

Based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, this eight-member ensemble creates an accurate musical salute to one of the greatest rock bands to ever hit the stage. Transit Authority's mission is to recreate the excitement of the original Chicago's sound with each and every performance.

Transit Authority has assembled some amazingly talented musicians who meticulously capture all the nuances of the original recordings and will honestly make you believe you are witnessing the real thing.

Members include Tim Ellis (Drums/Percussion), Barry Patrick (Vocals/Percussion), Tom “Double Threat” Tange (Trumpet/Flugelhorn), Scott (Crash) Johnson (Saxes/Flute), Butch Zierath (Bassist/Vocalist), Alan "CoolPapa” Lecher (Trombone/Vocals/Percussion), Dave Adler (Keyboards/Vocals), and Brandon Lenz (Guitar/Vocals).

“This show comes highly acclaimed from Chicago fans across the country,” Gregersen said. “Another example of high-quality musical programing offered at the Reif.”

The band performs mega-hits such as, "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "Hard Habit to Break", "Make Me Smile", "Old Days", "Just You 'n Me", "Beginnings", "Wake Up Sunshine", and many more.

Tickets for Transit Authority are available at reifcenter.org, by phone (218) 327-5780, or at the Reif Box Office at 720 SW Conifer Drive in Grand Rapids. The performance is sponsored by Paul Bunyan Communications.

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