The Highway Band

The Highway Band

 Crown Point, Indiana, USA

Damn Good Rock And Roll Band, With A Refreshing Spin On A Classic Sound.


The Highway Band is a rock and roll sextet, formed in March of 2001.

All six members write, play guitar, sing & contributing harmonies.

The Highway Band has 42 original songs.

A few clubs and music venues The Highway Band has performed at:

Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
Hard Rock Café, Chicago, IL
Penny Road, Barrington, IL
Tweeter Center, Tinley Park, IL
Wise Fools Pub, Chicago, IL
Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL
Gunther Murphys, Chicago, IL
Silver Cross Field, Joliet, IL
Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
The Rock Lobster, Indianapolis, IN
Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN
Birdys, Indianapolis, IN
Star Plaza Theater, Merrillville, IN
Headliners Music Hall, Louisville, KY
Douglas Theater, Macon, GA
Jakes Toadhouse, Decatur, GA
Up and Under Pub, Milwaukee, WI
The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
Village East Theater, NYC, NY
Woodstock Reunion, Bethel, NY

The Highway Band has opened for:

Lynyrd Skynyrd (3500 seat, sold out show)
White Snake (Clear Channel Entertainment - Rock Never Stops Tour)
Kip Winger
Tim Brooks (GABBA Fest) Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association
Marc Ford
Umphrey’s Mcgee (Pre-Show Party @ The Rave)
Steppenwolf (Bill Jacobs Summer Concert Series '06)
The Guess Who
Jefferson Starship
Styx & Foreigner (Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island Chicago - A Live Nation Production)
Bad Company & Molly Hatchet (D.C's Country Junction)

The Highway Band has an extensive e-mail list of 1000+ people

The Highway Band has a 4 song EP titled “Highway”
“Take The Ride” is their 2nd release (a 12 song CD)
“The Black Dog Sessions” (a 14 song, live CD)
“Nine Fine Wines” is their finest yet, selling in the U.S. and Europe
“The Southern Rock Tribute to Kenny Chesney” a national release from CMH Records
The Highway Band is the feature band on "Ground Control - Chicago Rockers For Life" (a compilation CD)

The Highway Band originated in The Region, a tough blue-collar area southeast of Chicago where hundreds of bands battle for exposure and gigs. They have risen to the challenge, delivering powerful onstage shows week after week, year after year. The Highway Band has tapped into the primal source of rock music, the blues, and followed its evolution through seminal bands such as The Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones and Cream. Their original music acknowledges their musical debt to these bands without sacrificing passion and freshness.

The Highway Band has further distinguished itself by playing the GABBA Fest in Macon Georgia. They have shared the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jackyl, Foreigner and Styx and have played the Tommy Jeans stage at Chicago’s Tweeter Center and Charter One Pavilion at northerly island Chicago. Their original songs have aired on 93.1 WXRT and 97.9 The LOOP Radio in Chicago, 103.9 X- Rock & Night Rock in Valparaiso and KOOL 101.9 Radio in Indianapolis.

Seeing The Highway Band live, the first impression is that there is no star in The Highway Band. In truth, every member of the band is a born rock star. Vocalist David Varella sings with the passion of BB King, Ray Charles and Greg Allman. David’s voice is powerful and mesmerizing.  Brothers John and Jim Bonick blaze on guitars. Blending their two instruments into one, they invoke Keith Richards and Brian Jones on those great early Stones records or even Duane and Dickie from the early Allman Brothers performances. Tim Dailey’s bass playing is equal parts Bootsy Collins and Paul McCartney, funky, soulful and melodic. Drummer Glenn Miller slaps the skins with influences ranging from Buddy Rich to Bill Bruford while Rich Ficek on piano, organ, sax and flute adds an air of sophistication to the raw rock and roll sound of The Highway Band. All of the members write great songs, and all contribute harmonies.

Talented and hardworking, The Highway Band is a good-time rock and roll band.

And their shows are always a party!


Highway has a 4 song ep self titled “Highway”
A 12 song lp “Take The Ride”
A live studio DVD, a 14 song live CD “The Blackdog Sessions”
And the newest release “Nine Fine Wines” selling in U.S. and Europe
“Southern Rock Tribute to Kenny Chesney” A national release from CMH Records.
Feature Band on (Ground Control) "Chicago Rockers For Life" Compilation CD

Set List

Typically 45 min. to 3 one hour sets with breaks
Highway also performs an acoustic show for the smaller venues.

Song List


Good For Me
You Can Shine
How Does It Feel?
Movin' And Shakin'
Max The Sax
Right Where You Are
The Masquerade
Chorius #12
Ready For Change
Song For Michael
Over Again
The End Of The Road
Can't Go Home
Fly On My Soul
Rusted Nail
B'ger Zinray
Funk 40
Take The Ride
This Time
The Fine Thin Line
A) Walking The Line
B) The Somnambulist's Dream
C) The Gift Of Sight
The Needle Or The Noose
One More Time
No Real Reason
By My Side
Want Some?
The Great And Secret Show
All's Forgiven
Mississippi Black Snake
That's Okay
Someday, Sometimes, Always Something
Late Night Rain
Washed Away


Anyday - Eric Claption
99 Lbs - Humble Pie
Black Hearted Woman - Allman Brothers
Can't Find My Way Home - Blind Faith
Tumbling Dice - Rolling Stones
Take The Highway - Marsh