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Cassandra Kaczor is a Chicago-based composer, pianist and multimedia artist focused on issues of social justice and women’s empowerment. Kaczor currently works as a professional pianist and singer, entertaining on an international scale, and as a freelance teacher, performer and composer.
When she is not working, Kaczor enjoys practicing yoga, feministing, songwriting, long runs on Lake Michigan, ogling strangers' dogs while out walking, good drinks, tolerable company, and chronically overthinking as much as possible.
While Adam Nelson was earning his master’s degree in Horn performance (yes, the so-called “French” horn…), he stumbled upon a dueling piano bar in Tempe, AZ. He had taken obligatory piano lessons as a child and even had a scholarship, so he thought a part-time job at a piano bar would be a great way to pay the bills, especially since it was a job in music! With all the free time he’d have, he could be preparing for professional orchestra auditions on horn.
Horn and piano soon switched positions on the priorities list when the part-time dueling gig became a full-time career. Since 2008, Adam has been selling nostalgia and sing-along-cues in pianos bars in Arizona, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. And for a while, he was happy.
500 performances of “Sweet Caroline” later, it was time for Adam to make his own contributions to the musical world, and not let Top 40 requests control his musical life. In the summer of 2011 he flew to Portland, OR to record a demo of three original songs with his High School best friend who played bass and “knew some guys”. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be an introvert, listening to Adam’s songs are a great introduction. On stage, Adam is armed with only his piano and voice, putting him in the best position to share his feelings of love, loss, realization and resignation. The music is always honest, often therapeutic and always evolving.
John Charles Weston is a guitarist, pianist, singer, songwriter and recording artist based in Chicago, IL. He has worked, written, recorded and performed with bands and artists all over the United States, and has performed as a solo artist and in dueling piano shows all over the Americas
and in Europe. John’s original music includes solo work, work with his duo Sklut and Weston, the bands The Buzzkills and Letters to Lillian, and various other songwriting partnerships with songwriters and composers across the United States. When he is home in Chicago John spends his time writing, recording and gigging all over the city. On his nights off he can often be found at one of the many great music venues in Chicago, hanging out and supporting other
musicians and performers.