The sound of Chicago rhythm ‘n’ soul enhanced by unit orchestra

Recently, August the band featured a sound no other rock band has ever featured. During their evening show at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, a suburb west of Chicago, the band’s keyboardist, Steven Eaklor, played a theatre pipe organ. It’s the instrument once used to accompany the showing of silent movies nearly a 100 years ago.

“We were hoping we’d get a great response from the fans,” Eaklor said. “Well, they really loved it.”

Gary Mackey, August’s leader, said he plans to feature the band’s new ‘addition’ in future concerts. “Integrating the theatre pipe organ into August’s rhythm ‘n’ soul sound worked like magic,” Mackey explained.

Technically called a unit orchestra, the theatre pipe organ has thousands of pipes and the capability of simulating many different musical instruments.


Ballydoyle to serve up hot rhythm and soul.

At the Ballydoyle in Aurora, you’ll hear Chicago’s hottest horn band. It’s August, with their unique blend of rock, rhythm and soul, featuring lead singer Ron Porter. If you haven’t heard August play, be sure to visit Ballydoyle’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 28 W. New York St., in Aurora, Thursday, June 8th, 8 p.m. They’re better than a crock o’ gold.

A hot August night in winter

The horn band August poured on the heat on Saturday night to an electrified crowd at the Chicago Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont. Their distinctive Chicago sound could be heard throughout the evening as they performed nearly 20 hit songs, including the band’s pounding rendition of Long Train Running, featuring lead singer, Ron Porter.

A Summer Concert for a Chicago Winter

Temperatures will be rising fast this Saturday night.

That is, in the Montrose Room of the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel.

The reason? Something hotter than jalapenos will be there to thaw you raw. It’s August, Chicago’s hottest horn band, featuring lead vocalist Ron Porter.

With a rhythm ‘n’ soul sound that’s unique to Chicago, August will get your blood pumpin’, your feet thumpin’ and your temperature jumpin’.

Click here for a little listen.

See what we mean? And that’s just a warm up.

Things really start to heat up at 8 p.m. this Saturday night, January 21st  at the Montrose Room. Where you can enjoy August in January.

Two for one sale! Hotel room special on Friday/Saturday with purchase of AUGUST tickets. $59 per room!