Acoustic Alternatives

Acoustic Alternatives

 Aurora, Illinois, USA
BandRockCover Band

We are an interactive high energy acoustic band with a repertoire of over 150 songs. We use a 12-string, Latin percussion, and three part harmonies to perform music from the 50's to today. Our request driven format gives your guests an experience like no other acoustic band.


Jack Schultz and Sherry Winchester Schultz have performed at the Riverfront playhouse in Aurora together since the 80’s. They have been married 21 years and have two incredibly talented children, Jackson and Heidi. They met Kathleen Dooley at the Riverfront in 1989. The three did various stage and variety shows together. While performing in a sketch comedy group, Slapstick!, all three played a back up band to the Triangle Blues Man while doing song parodies. Shortly after the success of the sketch, they decided to form Acoustic Alternatives and perform for local taverns. They have been performing in the Chicago Suburbs ever since and have been voted Best Acoustic Band in the Suburban Nitelife Magazine Best of the ‘Burbs contest for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008.

Jack is a great great great great great grandson to the guy who wrote Silent Night (Franz Gruber [with an umlaut over the "u"]) and is trying to figure out a way to collect the royalties. He's also written and performed in some of the Riverfront Playhouse’s most successful original musicals, Fat Bill’s Roadside Café, Night of the Living Dead: The Musical, and A Christmas Carol among his many theater credits.

Kathleen plays keyboards and guitar (sometimes), and writes music, theater scores, records, and does all sorts of really useful stuff. In Acoustic Alternatives, she primarily sings, makes sure the next song is up and ready to go, and makes some extraneous rhythmic sounds with clacky things, jingly things, and poundy things.

Sherry is an alto, and is actually related through a variety of hitch-ups to Merle Travis. She's our own personal booking agent and works the PR for the group. Aside from singing most of the songs that are written in lower keys, she's also responsible for making sound with the clacky things, jingly things, and poundy things. Her personal turn on’s include men without hair. Don't ask. Just take off your hat and stand in front of her.

Set List

After Midnight
Afternoon Delight
American Pie
And She Was
Basket Case
Before He Cheats
Big Yellow Taxi
Birds Outside Sing Lullabies*
Black Horse and Cherry Tree
Black Velvet
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
Brown Eyed Girl
Bye Bye Bye
Candle In The Wind
Can't Buy Me Love
Change The World
Change Would DoYou Good
Check's In The Mail
Cheeseburger In Paradise
City Of New Orleans
Come Monday
Come To My Window
Dance Tonight
Dancing Queen
Danny’s Song
Daydream Believer
Don't Mess Around With Jim
Down At The Twist & Shout
Down to the Old Pub Instead
Drops of Jupiter
Everybody's Talkin'
Feelin' Groovy
Follow Me
Folsom Prison Blues
For What It's Worth
Gimme One Reason
Girls Night Out
Goin' Mobile
Gonna Boogie Tonight
Happy Together
Hard To Handle
Head Over Feet
Heard It Through the Grapevine
Here Comes The R