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Foolish

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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There’s a car commercial in which Mr. Sandman accidentally douses a sleeping young man with an extra big dose of his magic dream dust.

Suddenly, the young man’s wildest dreams converge all at once: he’s speeding around a track in a cool car while his favorite rock band serenades him and hundreds of women in bikinis cheer him on.

Then there’s Brad Meyer, a senior at Stevenson.

He hasn’t needed any magic dream dust.

And yet, he’s leading a life every single day that many teenage boys would consider a Mr. Sandman-like dream.

Meyer made two varsity athletic teams at Stevenson: football and wrestling. He’s been on each team for the last two years, as a lineman and a heavyweight, respectively. Meanwhile, in his spare time, he’s the lead singer and drummer for a popular band on campus that not only has its own groupies, but has played numerous gigs around the suburbs and is about to have all of its songs cataloged on iTunes.

Sports and music. Is there much more to life for teenage boys?

“I have had an absolute blast in high school,” Meyer said. “To be able to do so many different things and to have so many different kinds of opportunities has been so cool.”

The 6-foot-2, 275-pound Meyer got involved in sports “because I’ve always been big,” and he grew to love the experience, especially when he got to be part of special moments like Stevenson’s historic football playoff victory over perennial heavyweight and nemesis Maine South last fall.

But even that high couldn’t compare to the way Meyer feels when he’s jamming with fellow Stevenson seniors Jordan Gates, Donald Bender and Kai Funahashi. They are his buddies from “Foolish,” the band that Meyer helped to create when he was in sixth grade.

“For me, music always trumps sports. I love it so much,” Meyer said. “When I was younger, I kind of had ADD. I could never sit still, so my parents wanted to see if they could get me involved in something that could keep me focused. We decided on drum lessons. They thought that would be good for me, and it really was.

“It really worked. It was a way to focus me, and it also gave me a way to vent. It really kind of tempered the ADD. But as I kept going with it, it developed into so much more.”

Music led Meyer down roads he could have never dreamed of, even with Mr. Sandman’s magic dust.

As a freshman, Meyer led “Foolish” to an unexpected win in the Buffalo Grove Park District’s “Battle of the Bands,” a contest that involved at least eight other bands from the area. “Foolish” was the youngest band in the mix.

“The ages for all the people in the bands were like 14 to 20, but most of the bands were in their 20s,” Meyer said. “We wrote a handful of original songs and when the judges announced that we won, they said that we were more original than the other bands. They liked that we had a drummer as the lead singer. They liked that one of our guys plays saxophone. They thought our sounds were original.”

“Foolish” is a rock band with jazzy undertones. All of the band members have been a part of Stevenson’s jazz band.

“I had to give up jazz band once I started making varsity teams at Stevenson because sports started taking up a lot of time for me,” Meyer said. “But before that, when I was younger, I was always in jazz band and that’s where I met the guys (from “Foolish”). We all started jamming and everything just clicked.”

While Meyer sings and plays drums, Gates plays bass, Bender plays guitar and sax and Funahashi plays the piano. Gates and Bender have played alongside Meyer since freshman year while Funahashi joined the group this year.

“It’s been a really good experience,” Gates said. “We’ve had a lot of fun together, writing songs, playing shows. About a year ago, we sat down and talked about where we wanted to be (at the end of senior year) and this was it.”

“Foolish” wanted to be getting regular gigs, which it has. And it wanted to have enough original songs to release an EP (a mini-album) th - Daily Herald


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Foolish hails from Chicago and has been entertaining people for years. They take their inspiration from many different genres -- Rock, Funk, Blues, and Jazz and turn it into their own unique style of progressive music. With diverse musical backgrounds, Foolish has taken their knowledge, love, and passion for music, and shaped it into unmatched musical creativity. Since the band's formation back in 2008, Foolish has taken these elements and built an identity based on high-energy shows, the use of unique instrumentation, and an unmistakable style.

Most recently, Foolish has focused their attention on writing original material and has recently completed their newest major project: a new EP titled "The Last Laugh". The EP features five original singles which are all now available for download on iTunes, along with other major music retailers.

In addition to their work in the studio, Foolish's emphasis on live performance is evident. Tapping into their ability to translate their written and recorded material into a live set, Foolish has created one of the most high-energy, aurally vibrant musical performances in the city of Chicago. The band has been fortunate enough to share their music with countless audiences, and has performed at such notbale venues as: The Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, Double Door, Subterranean, The Abbey Pub, The Beat Kitchen, Elbo Room, Fred P. Hall Amphitheatre, Tonic Room, and many more.

Foolish includes Brad Meyer on lead vocals, drums and percussion, Jordan Gates on bass, Donald Bender on lead guitar and saxophone, and Kai Funahashi on piano, keyboard, and saxophone.