ATTENDEES OF FIRST LOOK FOR CHARITY NOT ONLY GET A PREVIEW OF THE NATION'S LARGEST AUTO SHOW AND ARE TREATED TO CHAMPAGNE, WINE, SOFT DRINKS, ELEGANT HORS D’OEUVRES AND DESSERTS, BUT THEY ARE WOOED BY AN ECLECTIC COLLECTION OF PERFORMERS AS THEY STROLL THE SHOW FLOOR. BELOW IS A LISTING OF THE TALENT SCHEDULED TO PERFORM THIS YEAR.
7th HEAVEN - BUICK/GMC DISPLAY
7th heaven is an experience you just have to see and hear! 7th heaven has charted #1 on the Midwest Billboard Charts three times in the past three years. The band has been heard on over 7 radio stations in Chicagoland with their hits “Stoplight”, "Better This Way" and "Sing". Also known for the famous "30 Songs in 30 Minutes" medley of songs from the 70's and 80's, 7th heaven has been an entertainment staple for 30 years. Playing over 250 shows a year, with an average of 100 outdoor events, 7th heaven has earned the right to say ..."We've seen a million faces and rocked them all!"
The Instinct - State Farm
The Instinct is a high energy, blues-influenced band that has played internationally since 2016. The young band has played dozens of high profile shows and festivals, and has enjoyed extensive media coverage. 2019 had an exciting start, with the band returning to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 2018, The Instinct was presented with the Chicago Music Award for Most Talented Teens, represented the Canada South Blues Society in the Youth Division at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and played several festivals and shows in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Ontario. In July, the band shared a bill with Eddie Money, Jonny Lang, Beth Hart, and many other top acts at Bluesfest Windsor.
The Instinct formed in the summer of 2016 when the band met at the Fernando Jones blues camp and immediately realized they had a musical connection. The Instinct was signed to blues festivals before the end of that summer. Those early performances paved the way for a busy 2017 schedule, which was highlighted by two performances at The Chicago Blues Festival.
zfrank & Ellen Miller - Toyota
Known as "little z" growing up, the namesake of his grandfather, Zollie, and the Chevy dealership he started in 1936 ("Z" Frank Chevrolet), Zack Frank was not so interested in following the path laid out in front of him to join the family business but was driven towards exploring the magnetic pull he felt from music and pursuing his prowess in writing clever lyrics and catchy tunes. In his post-collegiate years, he relocated and shape-shifted across the music scene in Los Angeles, playing in an instrumental funk band called Hot Neighbor, backing up a dreamy folk-pop artist named Steffaloo, and supporting half a dozen others, all while quietly writing his own songs in his bedroom. Since heeding the siren's call of Chicago and returning to his hometown, Zack has adopted his grandfather's pioneering spirit and committed to embracing his own voice and sharing it with the world. That voice is zfrank.
Ellen Miller is a blues harmonica ace and leader of the Nelson Street Revival band (which features international blues sensation Peaches Staten and American roots and blues fiddle player Anne Harris). Ellen teams up with Chicago's up-and-coming singer-songwriter zfrank to entertain Chicago with classic and modern rock favorites, along with a few originals. The two became fast friends when zfrank moved in next door to Ellen in 2015 and they bonded over worldviews and music, later cementing their musical relationship on days that were warm enough to jam out in Ellen's inviting and whimsical patio during quarantine. After kicking off their public performances at Lakeview's Porch Fest, they're bound for a summer in Chicago packed with many more outdoor jams to come. The duo is leaving the patio behind, and fortunately, you're invited.
Michael Lynch Band - Ford
Michael Lynch has been winning over diverse fans with his powerful voice and dynamic performances for years.
Born and raised outside of Chicago, Michael was captivated by music from an early age. With a variety of musical influences from old-school soul crooners to 80s Pop stars, Michael’s inspired style has led him to create a distinct sound all his own.
As a fluent Spanish speaker, he is equally comfortable singing in both English and Spanish. He displayed his bilingual talent as he sang with Christina Aguilera on NBC’s hit show “The Voice” during his Season 5 blind audition.
Michael currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee where he performs regularly at various venues downtown on historic Lower Broadway while building the foundation to release his first album.