Formed in 2003, Sixteen Candles is roundly considered to be the preeminent 1980s cover band in the Chicago market. The five bandmates of Sixteen Candles — Adam, Chris, Danny, Dave and Scott — make it their personal duty and pleasure to bring to life in full force all the great ’80s songs you love. Their attention to detail and commitment to entertainment captivate audiences and inspire new ways of dancing and thinking (not to mention drinking).
The members are fun-loving guys with a simple love for the music of bygone years and a mission to fuse nostalgia and style, to create a sight/sound spectacular unlike any other.
Admit it: You’ve been itching to hear “Bette Davis Eyes” again, right?
Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze, 27, gained national fame in 2010 when he became the winner of "American Idol" Season 9.
DeWyze started singing at an early age and was discovered at 17 playing guitar and singing at a house party in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. As a result of touring in the area and performing at many venues, DeWyze and his band's music were known locally, even getting radio play on Chicago's WXRT-FM long before he auditioned for "American Idol."
DeWyze cites Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, and Simon & Garfunkel as his musical influences. See him perform in the Ford display.
The Chicago 6
When the band played its first show, on Dec. 10, 1987, the Chicago 6 consisted of three Bears — Dan Hampton, Walter Payton and Dave Duerson — and three Chicago Blackhawks - Troy Murray, Gary Nylund and Curt Fraser.
Hampton played bass, Payton was on drums, Fraser and Nylund played guitar, Duerson played horns and Murray was on saxophone. They shared singing duties and covered a number of different rock artists. The band played on and off during the offseason for the next couple of years, during which time Wilson replaced Murray on sax.
These days, Hampton recruits former Bears Otis Wilson and Steve McMichael, along with four other musicians to make a seven-piece band. Hampton said audience members can expect Wilson to sing some Motown hits from the Temptations and Smokey Robinson, and McMichael to sing some Hank Williams Jr. and ZZ Top songs. Hampton said he'll be singing some Eddie Money and John Mellencamp tunes.
"I’ve never met an athlete that didn't want to be a rock star or a movie star," Hampton said. "And I’ve never met a movie star that didn’t want to be an athlete. We’re going to have fun and we’ll be prepared and have a lot of good music."