The Cryan’ Shames To Play Elk Grove Village Tree Lighting Concert


Tom Robb

Enter the Cryan’ Shames. (picture submitted)

Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson announced that The Cryan’ Shames will be the band to perform at the annual Christmas tree lighting concert the day after Thanksgiving this year at Tuesday’s Village Board Meeting.

Hinsdale-based Cryan’ Shames saw the release of their first album Sugar and Spice in 1966, which covered hits like We Gotta Get Out of This Place and Hey Joe. Other hits by the band included “I Wanna Meet You”, b/w “We Could Be Happy” and “It Could Be We’re in Love”.

The band’s current line-up includes original members Jim “JC Hooke” Pilster and lead singer Tom “Toad” Doody.

Johnson said the total cost to be paid to EMG Entertainment, including band fees, staging, backline, lodging and other expenses, is $19,000.

This summer’s Midsummer Classics concert series includes KC and The Sunshine Band at Rotary Green on Tuesday, July 4; The Spinners, who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in November, on Tuesday, July 11, at the Village Green; All American Rejects will play Rotary Fest on Rotary Green on Thursday, July 20. The Oak Ridge Boys perform at Village Green on Tuesday, July 25; and the concert series concludes with a performance by Heart’s Ann Wilson at the Village Green on Tuesday, August 1st.

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