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The best kept secret in music


"Buffalo Grove Days features talent from area"

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006

A venue for local bands
Buffalo Grove Days features talent from area

By Nadia Malik
Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Saturday, August 26, 2006

After a summer of traveling to various battles of the bands, BlackTop Vinyl, made up of four Stevenson High School students, will return to their home turf at Buffalo Grove Days.

Although the group — with lead singer Dan Dicker, guitarist Brian Litwin, drummer Matt Litwin and bassist Will Kaplan — has been together for more than two years, this will be their first performance at the five-day Labor Day weekend festival.

It’s a venue the members of BlackTop Vinyl have gone to on a regular basis to listen to their friends play. “Everyone’s bummed about school, so everyone flocks to (Buffalo Grove Days),” Brian Litwin, a senior, said.

The group will be performing “Army Hat,” a fan favorite written by vocalist Dicker from the perspective of a soldier. The song, and the group’s CD, are both available at “It’s impossible to turn on the TV and flip by a news channel without hearing about the war,” Dicker said. “It’s just a perspective from somebody my age.”

BlackTop Vinyl and Operetta will be headlining the Teen Stage on Friday. They will be two of dozens of bands especially lined up for the festival.
Entertainment coordinator Karen Danenberg said she tries to bring in local talent — including Phil Jacobson, the first Buffalo Grove Idol — because the weekend is a celebration of Buffalo Grove.
“I felt people in the village should have a fair shake if they perform,” Danenberg said. “And I love when the kids and the band people contact me, wanting to perform.”

Bands and other forms of entertainment — including a clown, stilt walkers and jugglers — will be performing nearly nonstop at the main stage, beer tent, teen stage and craft area. - Daily Herald

"Rocking the blacktop"

Buffalo Grove Countryside
Thursday, August 31, 2006
A Pioneer Press Publication

Aileen Simons

Rocking The Blacktop

I wanted to tell you about a group of motivated guys who play in a band called BlackTop Vinyl.

While they are still all students at Stevenson High School, their drive and talent has already taken them farther than many bands ever have gone. The group is comprised of Dan Dicker, 17 (lead vocals and guitar); Will Kaplan, 17 (bass guitar); Brian Litwin, 17 (lead guitar), and brother Matt Litwin, 16 (drums).

Friends since high school, they have been playing together for about two years. They released their first professionally made CD, “The Jester”, in June, with seven original songs. They have a strong local following, and thousands of visitors visit their MySpace Web site at Their CD is available for sale for sale online next month and their songs will be available for purchase on iTunes at around the same time. You could also buy the CD at their live shows for $7,

The bandmates are lucky to have very supportive parents behind the scenes, some with their own musical background. Jim Litwin played the violin and was the lead singer in his high school’s musicals, as well as summer stock theatres. Mary Lynn Dicker was a theatre major in college and worked her way through by singing in restaurants and hotels. For many years, she was a cabaret singer in Chicago and she also performed in New York City. Phil Kaplan helped to inspire his son through his own musical experience playing bass guitar in his high school rock band.

BlackTop Vinyl recently competed in Gand Music & Sound’s “Battle of the Bands” where they placed second out of 32 competing bands. Their lead singer, Dan, won the “Most Outstanding Male Vocalist” award.

Bob Tjarks, Gand’s vice president, was quoted as saying, “If you amass the best young rock talent with national exposure, BlackTop Vinyl would be the headline act. They checked their egos at the door. Their attitude and maturity is well beyond their years.”

Indeed the band’s influences include an eclectic mix of the old and new including: The Who, The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Velvet Revolver. Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Cream and Jimi Hendrix.

I asked the bandmates what their realistic goals are for their future. Dan and Brian said, “Our first goal is to make music that we’re proud of and play it as much as we can and have as much fun as we can while doing it. Everything else is secondary, although a major-label record deal would not be dismissed if it were to come into the realm of possibility.”

Will hopes that BTV will be able to do some touring next summer and ultimately would like be known as an influential band.

BlackTop Vinyl will be performing at BG Days at 8pm Friday on the Teen Stage.

- Pioneer Press


"The Jester" EP- released June 26, 2006
Windy City Records compilation CD - coming February 2007
"THE WIT" CD - releasing Spring 2007


Feeling a bit camera shy


BlackTop Vinyl has gone amazingly far for a band still in high school. Last summer, they competed in Gand Music's annual Battle of the Bands, which was open to all ages. 9 weeks and 60 bands later, they finished in 2nd place (the only high school band to finish in the top 10) and Dan Dicker won the "Most Outstanding Male Vocalist" award.

Bob Tjarks, Gand's VP of Marketing was quoted in the Pioneer Press as saying, “If you amass the best young rock talent with national exposure, BlackTop Vinyl would be the headline act. They checked their egos at the door. Their attitude and maturity is well beyond their years.”

Their influences include The Who, The Beatles, Sublime, System Of A Down, The Doors, Rage Against The Machine, Incubus, Smashing Pumpkins, Velvet Revolver, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, The Yardbirds, Cream, Motown and 60's pop, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and too many others to list…