Originally formed in late 2013 as a one-time get-together of friends to play a benefit show, The Shunpikers hit it off so well they just kept going. Current bandmates include area stalwarts of the scene Jim Cloney (bass guitar, vocals), Gary Davis (guitars, vocals), Ed Fliege (keyboards, synthesizers, vocals), Tim Lacy (lead vocals, percussion), Scott Mundstock (drums, vocals) and Mark Sturmanis (guitar). The amazing list of bands that former and current group members are connected to includes Screamin’ Vatos, New City Road, Hurricane Ruth, Groove Daddies, Debbie Ross Band, Escape Goatz, Secret Society, Dreaming In Colour, The Oohs, Face the Faxx, Royal Pain, Brooke Thomas & the Blue Suns, Suns of Circumstance, Ragged Jack, Postwar Fords, Senses and DNA. Just as a shunpiker travels other roads to avoid the beaten trail, these experienced men of music play popular songs of the last four decades not covered by other local bands. Along with the tremendous musicianship involved, four Shunpikers are lead singers, adding diversity in song selection as well as some fantastic harmony vocals to the power of this most excellent group.
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 5-8pm
Bud Tent, Illinois State Fair