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.
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.
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.
On Friday, January 20th, WGN TV featured the hot horn band August. Lead singer Ron Porter belted out the song Loveland, typifying the band’s rhythm ‘n’ soul style that’s distinct to the Windy City. Click here to view.