Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, USA
BandRockClassic Rock

We are a cover band playing relevant party rock from the 60's to today. We love the "deep cuts", songs that might not have been a huge hit, but everyone still knows. We always put a nice musical twist into our covers, while staying mostly true to the lead melody so people can always sing along.


Since 2003 Friction has been filling bars and festivals gig after gig, quickly becoming one of Chicago’s hottest acts. A cover band with a sound all their own, Friction offers a crowd-friendly playlist, professional performance and unparalleled energy at venues throughout the city.

From classic Motown to Billboard’s latest hits, Friction hits all the right notes with Jeff Schwartz defying the drummer stereotype, often stepping up for lead vocals. Len Gorka assures faithful cover arrangements on keyboard and vocals while Tom Wolski works his magic on the bass guitar. With a wide range of ability, extensive experience and creative ideas, lead vocalist Mike Dermont delivers a powerful voice that’s truly one of a kind. Lead guitarist Barry Goldufsky rounds out the band adding style, technique and energy, making Friction a true force on the music scene.

Playing everywhere from The Park West and House of Blues, to smaller bars and venues, festivals of all sizes and some of Chicago’s top recording studios, Friction has made a name for themselves as unparalleled talent, always bringing professionalism and a huge following wherever they play.

With a killer lineup and knock-out performance presence, Friction keeps crowds moving all night and leaves them screaming for more. For further information, or to schedule a booking, visit or for a current show calendar.

“Largest crowd of the summer.”
-Idols Sports Bar and Grill - Palatine, IL

“One of the best bands that has ever played here.”
-Chicago City Limits - Schaumburg, IL

“I couldn’t believe how awesome this band was and what a draw! I am now a Friction fan!”
-Cubby Bear North - Lincolnshire, IL

“What a set list! They really drew ‘em in.”
-Best Buy Stage – Taste of Chicago

Set List

Typically, Friction plays two sets of about an hour and a half each. But lately, we've been playing straight through, without a break. This keeps the party going and people stay at the venue longer. Since crowd participation is a big part of the show, they are known to play as long as venues will allow. Even with all the fun in between songs, Friction plays about 40 songs at a typical club gig. Since the band is constantly learning newly released songs, the song list is in constant flux. Here is a partial song list:
Van Halen - Ain't Talkin Bout Love
Three Dog Night - Mama Told Me Not to Come
Elvis Presley - Little Less Conversation
Bon Jovi - Keep the Faith
The Killers - All These Things I Have Aerosmith – Walk This Way
Poison - Talk Dirty To Me
CCR - Fortunate Son
Guns ‘n Roses - Live & Let Die
Black Crowes - Remedy
Bush - Machinehead
Elton John - Rocket Man
Silvertide - Devil's Daughter
The Doors - LA Woman
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man
Red Hot Chili Pepp