Chicago Grammy Award Winning Band

For Hooters 40th Anniversary Benefit Concert

Hooters 40th Anniversary Benefit Concert featuring GRAMMY® Award-winning band Chicago in concert, at The Sound at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater on Saturday, October 7 at 8 pm. In celebration of the Original Hooters opening in Clearwater, Florida in 1983, Hooters wishes to thank its customers and the City of Clearwater for 40 years of support by sponsoring this exciting concert event with net proceeds benefiting the Moffitt Cancer Center and Morton Plant Mease Hospital.

Hailed as one of the most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in as the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s Top 125 Artists Of All Time and is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.

Chicago’s lifetime achievements include two GRAMMY® Awards, two American Music Awards, Founding Artists of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of U.S. cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include twenty-one Top 10 singles, five consecutive #1 albums, eleven #1 singles and five Gold singles. An incredible twenty-five of their thirty-eight albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of forty-eight gold and platinum awards.

Chicago received The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the GRAMMYS®. The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording. A special award ceremony and tribute concert celebrating the honorees was held in 2020.

Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This was their first nomination. They’ve been eligible since 1994.  Chicago’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame in 2014.  Chicago managed to fuse pop, rock and jazz together perfectly in this double album.

Robert Lamm and James Pankow have become inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. These legendary songwriters wrote mega-hits such as, 25 or 6 to 4, Saturday In The Park, Feelin’ Stronger Every Day, Make Me Smile and many others.  The International Trombone Association presented its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award to James Pankow. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes people who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the trombone profession over a long career.

Chicago have toured every year since the beginning – they’ve never missed a year. The original three band members are Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals and James Pankow on trombone. The band line-up also includes Wally Reyes, Jr. on drums, Tony Obrohta  on guitar, Loren Gold on keyboards and vocals, Ray Herrmann on sax and flute, Neil Donell on vocals, Eric Baines on bass and Ramon “Ray” Yslas on percussion.

From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic Vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-Classic Songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations.  2023 marks the band’s 56th consecutive year of touring. Chicago continue to be true ambassadors for their beloved hometown, carrying the city’s name with pride and dignity around the world.     

Tickets priced at $40, $25 and $9 are available at The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall, by calling 727-791-7400 or visiting The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall is open Tuesday through Thursday, from noon to 6 pm, Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, from noon to 6 pm.

Content and photo courtesy of Ruth Ecked Hall for editorial purposes only–allrights reserved.  Feature image:  Chicago-live-2022, credit: Allison Morgan.  For another fun event that will be held at the Sound in October check out the Clearwater Jazz Holiday from last year click here.



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