Gunslinger's Dream

Gunslinger's Dream


Gunslinger's Dream prides itself on an interactive and upbeat live performance. Between funky grooves, rock melodies, house beats, reggae vibes and all-out improv, they keep a high energy show moving through any time slot in any venue in any city...


Gunslinger's Dream was born in 2003 when Chai Abdennabi, Mike Krasowski, Gordon Higgason and, former keyboard player, Nick Wygonik began holding regular rehearsals and gigs under the name Orpheus. Simultaneously, Chai and Tim Cartland were writing songs and rehearsing as an acoustic project. Orpheus needed a singer and Tim needed a band. It was the fall of 2004 when the two came together. With the meshing of the two projects, it was clear that Orpheus no longer described the mission. Gunslinger's Dream was officially in full swing.

All of the band members met at Illinois State University in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. Trying to knock out some degrees and keeping a band running at capacity was tough. After some grueling school work mixed with long all-night rehearsals, all the members graduated with degrees ranging from theater to media to business and back again.

After school, Gunslinger's Dream looked around to find they had built a steady fan base in the Bloomington area. Their jam/rock/funk style was well-received by the college population. Feeling the momentum, they set their target on Chicago. All of the members were from the Chicagoland area which made the transition easy. But it wasn't as easy as it could have been.

In the winter of 2005/2006, as the members were gearing up to move back home, Nick decided he had other ventures that he wished to pursue. Losing one of the main songwriters was a gut check for the band. Questions surfaced about the longevity of the band and the direction Gunslinger's Dream was going to follow. They had just laid down tracks for an EP entitled "Love Free Work" with the keyboard player. Without him, what was next?

Early in 2006, Gunslinger's Dream, with Hedroom Productions, played a show in Des Plaines at a bar called Excueses. It was quite a party. They had originally cancelled the show because of the loss of the member, but were reinstated at the last minute due to the cancellation of another band. The show could not have gone better. The sound worked; the originals, the covers, the crowd and the band. It all came together like it should. It was then and there that Chai, Mike, Tim and Gordon reopened their big dreams.

A consistent gig schedule would follow but some things needed to be addressed. The set list was looking pretty slim after the keyboard player left with his songs. 2006 held room for growth. Gunslinger's Dream had a new sound without the organ/piano. It was a sound that was based on their original concepts but was evolving into something better.

This concept is a mixture of upbeat and danceable rock with reggae and house. The music surrounds a positive vibe with lyrics that not only pose questions and problems, but attempt to come to conclusions and solutions. Socially conscious, but down to earth, Gunslinger's Dream is a democratic process that yields "real" songs. After writing numerous songs throughout the winter and spring, they decided to take that new sound back to the studio.

Gunslinger's Dream flew in producer Brandon Hickey from his job as an instructor at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona. They met at Studio Chicago for a weekend and squeezed out four more songs. Sitting in on percussion was a friend of Gordon’s. He goes by the name Peter Yi. Things were clicking together. The intense, non-stop work paid off with an EP entitled "Wrecking Ball."

2006/2007 proved to be a foothold in their careers. Armed with a beefed up set list, new covers and an ambitious sound, Gunslinger’s Dream pulled off everything from dive-bar shows around Illinois and Wisconsin to bigger music venues in Chicago. They have always been asked to come back making three appearances at Duffy's original band night and returning to Wise Fools Pub for their CD release pary in November. They came back to ISU's Springfest for the third year in a row, opening for Lucky Boys Confusion, and held down two shows a month in Algonquin for more than six months running. Gunslinger's Dream was also recieved as the "best experience" at Camped Out, a rave in Wisconsin, where their blend of originals and live house music jams drew a crowd.

And things keep getting bigger. Consistently producing a high-energy show that is sure to draw the attention of everybody in ear-shot, Gunslinger's Dream keeps the crowd alive wherever they play!

Previous Experience:

Clearwater Theater - West Dundee, IL
The Canopy Club – Champaign/Urbana, IL
Goose Island - Chicago, IL
Wise Fools Pub – Chicago, IL
Lock Stock & Barrel – Decatur, IL
Duffy's - Chicago, IL
Springfest – ISU Quad
Camped Out 2007 - Milwaukee, WI
The Elbo Room - Chicago, IL
Illinois Brewing Company – Bloomington, IL
Earth Day Festival 2004 – Normal, IL
The Uptowner - Charleston, IL
Jimmy D's Neighborhood Inn - Algonquin, IL
That's What She Said - De Pere, WI
Sylvie's Lounge - Chicago, IL
The Bird's Nest - Chicago, IL
Papa T's - Chicago, IL
Gulliver's Bar & Grill -


Love Free Work (Studio, 2007)
Hostage Radio Summer '07 (Compilation, 2007)
Wrecking Ball EP (Studio, 2006)
Where The Hell Is Des Plaines? (Compilation, 2006)
Love Free Work EP (Studio, 2005)
Live At Wise Fools (Live, 2005)

Set List

We usually do one long set, depending on the night. We prefer that but if we have the time we will take a set break. If we do just one set, we like to make it between 2 and 2 1/2 hrs. We have been known for playing past 3 hrs though. If we do 2 sets, we try to make each one about 1 hr and half.

Some of our song titles include:

Heir to Ivory
Spanish Rose
Crooked Stream
Cold Feet
Let Down
What little (We Can Be)
What Little (We Want)
All Red
So Far Gone
Albert's Trot
Mike's Crusade
Dum Dum
Keep It Loose
Westbound Train
Slow Blues
Glow Boy
The Fox On 55th Street
Slow Blues
Points For Style
The People Wild
Funky Basement Jam

on top of many more...

Some of our covers include:

Brain Damage/Eclipse by Pink Floyd
In The Flesh by Pink Floyd
Breakdown by Tom Petty
Steal My Kisses by Ben Harper
Because I Got High by Afroman
40 oz. to Freedom by Sublime
Santeria by Sub