It’s the day after Christmas and you want to keep the party going. Why not come out and support a local band?
WHO: 3IC offers a sound that connects with fans of all age groups. Influenced by jazz, heavy metal and lyric-rich acoustic rock, the band gives listeners a distinct sound that keeps them coming back again and again. Pushing the envelope of acoustic pop music with doses of jazz-influenced piano, bright funky bass lines, heavy drum beats, upbeat guitar and undeniable vocals.
Mike Hayes – Vocal/Guitar
Evan Behmer – Drums
Rob Kletsky – Bass
Chris Hagerman – Saxophone
WHAT: 3IC Performance with Stellar Road and Finley Knight
WHERE: House of Blues, 329 North Dearborn, http://www.houseofblues.com/
WHEN: Sunday, December 26th, at 10 PM
$13.00 – GA – Advance
$16.00 – GA – Day Of
For more information & to purchase tickets: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=66642
Not just another band. Lead singer Mike Hayes tells me about the group.
What is it about your group that led to success?
I would say that the biggest reason for any of the success we have had is persistence. 3 In Counting has been making music for going on 6 years now and has since added a great saxophone player to the lineup. My songwriting has vastly matured and each member of the band has greatly improved at their instrument.
With our sound, songs, and talents being fine tuned, our live show speaks for itself. With great improvisations and tight jams, a 3 In Counting show is nothing short of a great concert experience. We are lucky and extremely thankful to have such loyal fans that continuously come out to each and every show.
Without the fans, we couldn’t do what we do. Also, the bands openness to playing all different styles of music. There seems to be something for everybody at a 3 In Counting show.
As for uniqueness, each band member comes from a different musical back round. Eric Csukor (keys) studied jazz and classical piano and has been playing since he was 8 years old. Chris Hagerman, saxophone and newest 3IC member, was involved in many different musical ensembles throughout high school. For 2 years he played in a Latin jazz group called “Dos Claves,” and while attending NIU he played in a jazz combo.
Rob Kletsky, bass guitar, has been studying music theory throughout his high school and college career and has been involved with various punk and metal bands.
Evan Behmer, drums and mainly self-taught, comes from a metal drumming background, has since incorporated many different styles of drumming technique into 3 In Counting songs. A very notable and distinct flavor to our sound.
As for myself, singer/songwriter/guitars, I studied guitar with Frank Rumoro in the Chicago Arts building downtown and have been playing guitar for 11 years. I played in various rock bands throughout high school, but really started writing acoustic music in college. It was at college I realized that writing songs and playing music was what I wanted to do.
But what really makes us different from other groups? Remarkable stage presence and energy!
What would be your advice to bands who are working to make it?
In today’s music world, my advice would be to learn how to use social media outlets and constantly update those outlets with new material. A new blog, new pictures, promotional videos, contests, and of course new songs, etc. The Internet is the most powerful tool bands have to use, in my opinion.
Practice, practice, practice! Nobody wants to see a sloppy show. This will separate you from other groups.
Save your money or find investors. Independent bands need funds in order to do things like record, make fliers, print CDs, travel, etc. Be careful of scams; there are lots of people out there looking to take advantage of inexperienced bands. Ask lots of questions and do lots of research.
What is it like now that you’re ‘famous’?
This is the first time anybody has asked me this question. I would not say 3IC is “famous.” I think we are doing well as a band and hopefully we can continue to head in the right direction. Although, one journalist did write an article that described us as “local celebrities.”
Can you speak to your experience of being a Chicago band? About becoming well known, about Chicago audiences, about Chicago music?
In my personal experience, it is very possible to make things happen for yourself in Chicago. When we started out, we would play for an empty room for little or no pay. As I said before, persistence pays off. If you work hard and use your media outlets correctly, it is possible to create a “buzz” on the streets anywhere. We have been fortunate to have played some great venues in Chicago and are now about to embark on the biggest show of our careers at The House of Blues.
Anything else you want to add?
Earlier this summer 3 In Counting began recording their debut record. 3IC will be having its greatly anticipated debut record release party on Jan. 22nd @ The Double Door. As an independent band, this is a big deal for us and we are very proud of the record. This night is packed with 4 great bands and is not one to miss. Tickets are available online now! Find us on Facebook and visit us at www.3icmusic.com.