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Joliet, Illinois, United States

Joliet, Illinois, United States
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"In tune with the '60s"

Ron Romero felt like he had just figured out a David Copperfield magic trick when he mastered his first set of "George chords" in a difficult Beatles song.

"It felt great," he said of being able to get it down.

The band Checkered Past will perform at Morris Country Club on New Year's Eve.

Romero is one of the members of Checkered Past, a local band that plays music from the 1960s.

Romero, who lives in Minooka and is a guitarist and vocalist, joined up with friend Mark Lega, from Joliet, a drummer whom he met at a music store jam session one night, and asked him if he would be interested in playing in a '60s band. He was.

The two then brought together other musicians -- bass player and vocalist Keith Weatherhead, from Braceville, and keyboardist and vocalist Sharman Strode, from Shorewood. Vocalist Marvin Minarich, of Channahon, also sings a few events with the band.

Although Romero, an event producer by profession, played in various Top 40, new wave, heavy rock, and original music bands over the last 30 years, he was always pulled toward music from the '60s. A little young to be a part of that generation, his three older siblings had influenced him toward the songs and style of that era.

But it was seeing The Buckinghams in concert at Lewis University a couple of years ago, which he produced, when he knew he had to get back to his roots. He saw how many college kids loved the group. They even knew the words to the songs and were singing along. Romero made the decision that night that he should get a '60s band together.

Band is born
Checkered Past began about a year and a half ago, practicing in Lega's Joliet basement and playing festivals, nightclubs, and corporate events. They will play at the Morris Country Club on New Year's Eve.
Combining music made 40 years ago with the technology of the Internet has helped the group with their sound.

"YouTube is my best guitar resource," Romero said.

He'll pull up a video of a band's performance and watch every detail, backing it up over and over again or slowing it down to catch nuances. Romero will even go so far as to contact an original band member if he has questions. Jerry Burgn, of the band We Five, is now a friend of Romero's after Romero contacted him through the Internet.

There were a lot of difficult chords in one of We Five's song, "You Were on my Mind," that Romero was having trouble with.

"He told me how to play the inversions of that song," Romero said, "and he wrote the chords down for me."

Romero said he enjoys the challenge of playing '60s music and loves the recognition of the audience when he strikes up chords in the opening measures of such hits as "Gloria," "All Day and All Night," and "Pretty Woman."

"This is music that appeals to such a wide range of music-lovers," he said. "There's not another genre that does that to that extent."

The band's Web site is www.checkeredband.com.

- The Herald News


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SHiNDiG!'s 'mission' is taking the audience back in time to the period between the British Invasion and Woodstock; musically and visually. The band is composed of experienced, professionals and is flexible and well managed. We work with our employers to customize our show to fit specific needs of any venue and we always deliver a top quality show!

We deliver top hits from the best bands of the most exciting decade of Rock and Roll....The Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Sonny and Cher, Herman's Hermits, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Kinks, The Animals, and many, many more!

Our attention to detail and fanatic drive for perfection is what sets us apart from other 'oldies' bands and cover bands. We set off with the mission of re-creating a concert right from the '60s and bringing it to audiences with huge energy!!