LISA MCCLOWRY “ROCK THE 8OS” - THE PREMIER 80s EXPERIENCE
LISA McCLOWRY ROCK THE 80s - a dynamic, high energy cinematic concert stage production, taking you back to the 80s, a decade that made us! A feast for the ears and eyes, the fusion and synergy of hit songs performed by a seasoned live band, and the magic of epic cinematic visuals are center stage. An homage to the events, history, people, culture and style of a decade that changed the future! Critically acclaimed singer, producer, Lisa McClowry leads us on this spectacular thrill ride, singing the music of Journey, Heart, Pat Benatar, Guns-N-Roses, Survivor, Miami Sound Machine, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston to name a few. In addition, internationally known for her tribute to CHER, Lisa makes a grand transformation into the pop diva herself - one of many unique crowning points of the show! Using the best dramatic devices that each art form has to convey, LISA McCLOWRY ROCK THE 80s - The Premier 80s Experience will entertain and excite audiences of all ages.
Lisa McClowry Rock the 80s mission is to deliver an experience connecting us to the past while elevating the human spirit in the present. Music and visuals with a focus on empowerment, joy, hope and the power of belief is the underlying theme. We recognize every day is worth celebrating and we invite people to join us.
Lisa McClowry Rock the 80s strives to position itself in the community as a responsible and active proponent of creating joy, prompting hope and elevating the human spirit through music, video and dance.
• To uphold the integrity and quality of our creative process.
• To recognize and respect each individual’s contribution to our body of work.
• To push the limits of the possible.
• To draw our inspiration from everyday moments.
• To encourage and promote the potential of youth.
Alone - Heart
Conga - Miami Sound Machine
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
Warrior - Scandal
The Best of Times - Styx
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Get On Your Feet - Gloria Estefan
123 - Miami Sound Machine
Sweet Child of Mine - Guns N' Roses
MEET THE BAND
Lisa McClowry is a life-long SINGER/ENTERTAINER with over 30 years in the entertainment industry as a trusted, reliable source and talent. Lisa is continually described by her peers as a visionary, a trailblazer, creative and business minded all-in-one, and an exemplary leader and team player.
In January, 2016, Lisa made an official shift in her music career from “recording artist”, supporting her original music CD releases, touring and live performances to currently developing live theme-based shows/concerts which she produces and performs.
Her series of show releases began in July, 2015, with her “Lisa McClowry Rock the 80s” Show. The brand new venture has allowed Lisa to use her background in songwriting, theater and dance, weaving her music related skills into the live shows/concerts which she now offers and performs. In addition, these performances showcase her knack for creating unique moments on stage, her warmth, essence, dynamic voice and strong stage presence. These are just a few of the words her audience has used to describe what makes Lisa’s performances so captivating and engaging.
Passion, drive and commitment have been the backbone to Lisa’s success paving her years of experience as an “on stage” talent. What might come as a surprise to some, Lisa enjoys having her hand in every aspect of her shows. As the Live Music Producer for her current shows, she does everything from auditioning dancers, running band and dance rehearsals, scheduling for all involved with the show on and off stage, working creatively with musicians, singers, chart writers and arrangers, finding and recruiting new talent, choosing the shows songs and format, costuming, designing most of the shows music medleys, working with the lighting, video and sound design team, overseeing the budget, and working directly with the client.
- What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod or listening device? The Best of Times by Styx
- Favorite quote: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
- Favorite indoor/outdoor activity: What makes any indoor or outdoor activity great to me is more about who I am with and less about what we are actually doing.
- Favorite Food: My homemade chocolate chip cookies
- Favorite Musical Group: Heart and Journey
- At what age did you start playing your instrument? Singing at age 2 / Playing piano at age 7
Singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire, Mike Aquino is one of Chicago’s top “go-to” guys. One of the hottest players in Chicago, he’s almost always in a studio laying down the guitar on someone’s CD as well as performing nationally and internationally. As a lead guitarist, his experience has been called upon time and time again by such artists as Grammy Award Winning Jim Peterik (Ides Of March and formerly of Survivor), Alex Ligertwood (formerly of Santana), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Rik Emmet (Triumph) and Grammy Nominated songwriter, Dan Navarro, just to scratch the surface. His versatility brings the power and finesse to every show he is a part of and keeps people coming back for more.
- What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod or listening device? Whatever song I have to learn.
- Favorite quote: “I need more coffee.”
- Favorite indoor/outdoor activity: Biking/drinking coffee
- Favorite Food: Italian/coffee
- Favorite Musical Group: Queen
- At what age did you start playing guitar? 8 years old
An actual 80’s rocker! Ed’s band, The INSIDERS scored a top 10 AOR hit (and MTV Hip Clip of The Week) with “Ghost On The Beach” in 1987. The group toured extensively and released several critically acclaimed albums from 1985-95. Ed joined the Cathy Richardson Band in 1997, remaining with her until 2005. In 1999, Ed began a working relationship with Jim Peterik (Survivor, The Ides of March), drumming in every major World Stage performance since that time, as well as drummer for two of Jim’s band, Pride Of Lions and Lifeforce since their inception. Ed has enjoyed working with Lisa continuously since recording her album “Diary of a Chameleon” in 2005. Along with recording and performance work, Ed is a long-time drum instructor. One of his former students is Kevin Clark, the young drummer in the hit movie “School Of Rock.”
- What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod or listening device? No ipod – I’m an albums guy. But if I had one, the first song on it might be “My Finest Hour” by The Sundays
- Favorite quote: “Master your instrument, master the music, and then forget all that and just play.” Charlie Parker
- Favorite indoor/outdoor activity: Indoor – Hmmmmm! Outdoor – Biking
- Favorite Food: Middle-Eastern (Falafel, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, etc.)
- Favorite Musical Group: The Beatles, of course!
- At what age did you start playing your instrument? 8th Grade
This veteran bass player divides his time between the stage and the studio. Klem is a former member of the band Survivor; toured with country star, Chris Young; was the touring bass player for NBC talent show Nashville Star, and supported a pile of releases recorded with songwriter Michael McDermott. His bass playing has been heard on radio and television, and in theatre, music videos and motion pictures. Klem has seen the world as a sideman for dozens of celebrated artists and has appeared in front of the camera on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Soundstage and on the network television series CUPID.
Jo Ann Daugherty
Pianist, conductor, musical director, recording artist, composer and arranger, Jo Ann Daugherty loves all kinds of music—whether conducting or playing keyboards in hit Broadway shows (Jersey Boys, Motown, Suessical, Dreamgirls, Billy Elliot), music directing and arranging PBS concert specials, or sharing the stage with jazz luminaries such as Conrad Herwig, John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, and Howard Levy, she brings an infectious energy to each project. Other adventures include performing with the USO of Illinois, teaching jazz piano at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, leading her own group at the Chicago Jazz Festival, and jamming with amazing musicians in Madagascar.
Jo Ann has released two albums of her own to enthusiastic reception by critics and listeners alike, with a third album to come soon. Based in Chicago, she is currently traveling all over the US to bring joy to people through music.
- I’ve been in a tornado, earthquake, and have been struck by lightning.
A third generation pianist, John learned to love his instrument by listening to his father and grandfather play on the family piano. Currently working with Dennis DeYoung (Styx), and Mannheim Steamroller to name only a few, John has made a living helping others share their music with the world. As a composer, producer, programmer and pianist, John has racked up a healthy discography that includes work with Celine Dion, Josh Groban, ’N Sync, Richard Marx to Michael Bolton, Larry King, and Soleil Moon.
Together with Larry King, John had the chance to write and record with the London Symphony Orchestra and produce some of the best studio musicians in the world such as Michael Thompson, Ricky Peterson, Lenny Castro, Kenny Aronoff and jazz saxophonist Warren Hill. John was also the keyboard player in the house band on NBC’s “Playboy Club.” A regular on the contemporary jazz circuit, John co-authored four of red hot guitarist Nick Colionne’s Top Ten hits.
Also a devoted family man, Chris has been married for nine years to his wife, Kristin, with two beautiful children he considers his life’s greatest accomplishments.
MEET THE DANCERS
Chris Zarate has been growing in his passion for dancing since the young age of three, thanks to a video tape of Michael Jackson that he would watch and imitate every day. A self-taught dancer, he would have his first break being the opening act for the B96 “B-Bash” when he was 12 with two other fellow performers. He would further expand his knowledge of performance and dancing by joining the elite hip hop group known as Hip Hop Connxion. It was with this group that he would later compete at the 2006 World Hip Hop Championships and placed 4th in the world for Hip Hop dancing. Throughout his later years, he would begin touring the country while joining other groups such as Design, CODA, and Puzzle League who made their own significant marks in the Chicago dance community as well as across the nation. He would later come back to the World Hip Hop Championships, this time making history as Co-Director for Chicago’s very first MegaCrew to be presented at the championships. Today, Chris continues to teach at various studios throughout Illinois with hope of bringing his knowledge to the next generation of dancers and performers. “Remember the reason why you dance – it’s our freedom of full expression and let that bring you joy every day.” – Chris Zarate
Dance has been a lifelong passion since the early age of nine. Now a wife, mother of three and a professional dance instructor of popular styles, Griselda takes great pride in teaching, inspiring and motivating others to be their best and to stay in shape. Griselda joined the “Rock the 80s” team in 2015 by chance when Lisa McClowry stepped into Griselda’s dance class preparing for her upcoming “Rock the 80s” show series. Lisa was so impressed with Griselda’s energy and flair for leading, that she approached her after class and invited Griselda to audition for Lisa’s “Rock the 80s” dance team. After the first audition, it was clear Griselda was meant for the team and she was hired on the spot. Today, Griselda considers her fellow “Rock the 80s” dancers “family” and believes the key to being a great dancer is not simply technique, but the passion delivered in the dance.
Max started his dancing career at the age of three at the Blackbird Academy after seeing Irish Tap dancers perform at a benefit. After a year of Irish Tap, he continued his career by exploring other forms of dance. He excelled in all the styles of dance he tried, however, his real love was Hip Hop and still is to this day. He has achieved multiple awards including “Dancer of the Year” twice with ADA, “Performer of Excellence Preteen” with Midwest Starz, and he was chosen to be on the USA Hip Hop team in 2010. Since then, he has trained with various teams and choreographers and enjoys performing duos with his little sister,Gia, who is also a dancer and member of the “Rock the 80s” family. With his unique style, passion, and stage presence, Max continues to push the boundaries of dance and has a lot of fun doing it. Max became part of the “Lisa McClowry’s Rock the 80s” cast in 2015. He and Gia are the two main dancers featured in the “Michael Jackson” segment, one of the shows highlights.
Gia started dancing at the age of three, beginning with ballet and lyrical – she was always smiling and having fun. When she turned eight, she started her Hip Hop career performing solos and her first duo with her brother, Max. After dancing at various studios and studying with different choreographers, she was chosen to be on the USA Hip Hop team in 2010. She still performs competitively in solo, small groups, large groups and Hip Hop, in addition to the duos with her big brother, Max. In the summer of 2015, Gia met Lisa McClowry and brought her love of dance and music to the stage as a backup dancer for Lisa.
Danyé found a love for dancing at the age of five. Studying ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, and modern, she transformed a recreational activity into a true passion. She’s received multiple scholarships, awards, and honors from dance conventions and competitions, including The Pulse and Artist Simply Human and has performed with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and International Vocalist of the Year Nominee Lisa McClowry. Danyé is currently finding an additional love in choreography and is enjoying the many opportunities to share her gifts and passion with others.
Chris Selefski was born to perform. His natural ability to dance, sing, act and connect with others led him first to the musical theater stage. Soon after, his love and commitment to dance would be the driving force that drove him into formal training in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Swing. Always striving to better himself, Chris continues his dance training in weekly classes to stay competitive and fit for the stage. Chinese philosopher, Confucius, once said, “Find a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” Chris has adopted this philosophy and believes this is the vehicle to true happiness. He is overjoyed to share his energy and experience with Lisa McClowry whom he calls “incredibly talented.”