June 24, 2016
SOUTHSIDE LEGENDS CONCERT EVENT / Friday, June 17, 2016
Featuring: M&R Rush / THE DANCING NOODLES / FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
Concert Review by: Bud Monaco
On a beautiful, summer, June evening, three of the most heralded and incredible rock and roll bands of Chicago and the Mid-west, whose iconic music careers have spanned over four decades, took to the stage and rocked and rolled the full house crowd, one thousand strong, teeming with their dedicated fans and friends, at the expansive, ‘CD & ME Music Venue,’ located in Frankfort, IL.
‘The Dancing Noodles,’ featuring their original lineup of musicians, kicked off the concert with another of their sterling performances, as they’ve consistently done over the past four decades, and had the crowd rocking and rolling from the first opening music notes they performed. Rolling effortlessly through their exquisite catalog of songs, chock full of classic and modern hits, ‘The Dancing Noodles,’ put on one of their greatest shows that was one for the ages.
The powerful rhythm section, featuring drummer, Terry Canning, and bassist, Brian Sarna, pounded and thumped on their drums and bass guitar, as their dedicated fans roared in appreciation. Keyboardist and vocalist, Eddie Kammerer, his hands flying across his keyboard with grace and originality, kept the band on an even keel throughout the performance. Guitarists, Roman Sawchuck and Paul Martin, both in full shred mode, provided the guitar power that has been the staple of ‘The Dancing Noodles’ music that has become their trademark and long standing tradition. Saxophonist, Julie Wood, provided an outstanding brass attack that added another diverse dimension to the uniquely personalized sounds and music of ‘The Dancing Noodles.’
Minutes later, following a quickly accomplished stage change of equipment by the sharp operations of the band’s road crews, the nationally renowned, ‘M & R Rush,’ took to the stage like a house on fire, and continued to light up the already lit up full house crowd with wild abandon over the course of their powerhouse performance.
During ‘M & R Rush’s’ dazzling performance, they rocked the joint with their greatest, original hit songs, including a spattering of superbly arranged cover songs, that absolutely delighted their dedicated fans and friends. Drummer, Marty Mardirosian, and bassist, Roger Hirtz, laid down the big and powerful backbeat that damn near drove the audience into mad hysteria. Keyboardist, Carl Moszur, hammering out the perfect melodies across his keyboard’s eighty-eights, kept his bandmates together in perfect synchronized tandem for the duration of their performance. The three-guitar attack, with guitarist’s, John McFarland, Jeff Luif, and Paul Martin, ripped and shredded on their guitars with precise tones, riffs, and power chords that thrilled their, forever supportive over four decades, fans and friends. The ‘Boys From Roseland,’ held the audience in the palms of their hands, as they belted out the vocals in five-part harmonies that carried high into the full moon adorned summer night.
Following, as previously done in precise military fashion, a quickly accomplished stage change of equipment by the sharp operations of the band’s road crews was completed, ‘Five Guy’s Named Moe,’ took to the stage and, with a now totally, beyond musically enthralled audience, they proceeded to tear the house down with their personally stylized music performance.
Being in the situation of ‘having a tough act to follow,’ ‘Five Guys Named Moe,’ had no problem whatsoever proving to the crowd that they are their own tough act, and blasted out their comprehensive catalog of hit songs that drove the crowd further into a state of nirvana and rock and roll music bliss.
Band leader, Jose Rivera, singing lyric after lyric with his golden toned lead vocals, intertwined with his percussion and brass horns performance, directed the band through a dynamic performance that carried on late into the star studded, summer evening. Guitarist extraordinaire, and Chicago guitar icon, Frank Capek, hammered perfect tones and chords on his black Stratocaster, as he is national known for, with precision and perfection that is his music career trademark. Keyboardist, Gerry Burns, following the precedent set by keyboard performers preceding him on stage, performed his magic on his keyboards with flawless energy that drove the band to new musical heights of perfection. Drummer and bassist, Rob Muraida and Paul Townsend, lighting rods of a rhythm section duo second to none, pounded out a thunderous backbeat without missing a beat during the band’s raucous performance of rock and roll music to the world.
The ‘Southside Legends Concert Event’ will surely be long remembered and held dear to the hearts of everyone who was in attendance during this magnificent night of rock and roll music, performed by three of the greatest bands of Chicago and the Mid-west.
June 19, 2016
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Just Added Another Show To Our "Life Is Good" 2016 Tour
March 9, 2016
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February 27, 2016
M&R Rush Will Be Returning To The Stage For The 2016 “Life Is Good" Tour!
Well spring is almost here and we hope all is well in the first two months of the New Year!
We are pleased to announce that this summer M&R Rush will be performing on our “Life Is Good" 2016 Tour. Beginning in the second week of May, the tour is scheduled to run through October.
This will be our 14th summer tour… if you remember this was only gong to be a one time event, but because of all our friends and fans coming to the shows…we are having way too much fun to stop!!!!! IT IS KEEPING US YOUNG!!!
This year’s tour will comprise of approximately a dozen dates and will kick off on Saturday May 14th in Merinnotte Park Illinois at a great club called Bourbon Street. We will doing an early show starting at 8:00PM.….this club has a great stage, lights and PA…. also good food.... so get their early to get a good seat and have dinner before we start.
See You Soon & Keep On Rockin'!
Marty Roger Carl John Paul Jeff
Check It Out - All of our music is on sale - "Life Is Good" 2016 Tour - Music Sale!!!!!!! 5 Cd's and our Live DVD For Only $45!!!
Available Now in Our Store Section...
January 27, 2016
Just added this nice venue to our "Life Is Good" 2016 Tour:
January 23, 2016
Hello M&R Rush Friends - My name is Mila and I am 30 days old..I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know that I want to claim to be the Youngest M&R Rush fan in the world!! I already have my headphones ( My Mommie said I have to wear them cause they play LOUD!) so I can go see my Grandpa's band M&R Rush in the Summer time when they are playing on their "Life Is Good!" summer tour - I like that name cause LIFE IS GOOD..... Looking forward to meeting all of you!!!
Keep on Rockin'
January 21, 2016
Our first show is booked for our "LIFE IS GOOD" 2016 Tour:
January 18, 2016
It was 1973 and we (M&R Rush) were going into the recording studio for the first time to record a demo. We had booked time in a place called Pumpkin Recording Studio. The studio was actually in the garage of a home in Palos Hills. When we arrived we were met by the owner Gary. He invites us in and we walk down this small hallway to the control room. Before we get to the door I see a gold record hanging on the wall and the plaque reads something like “Presented to Gary Loizzo ...of the American Bread for the single “Bend Me, Shape Me”. Now as a 16 year old high school senior, I remember hearing that song all over the radio only a few years earlier. I then find out that he sang lead vocals on the song and he is the guy who’s voice I heard coming out of my little hand held transistor radio and the single speaker of the dashboard of my parent’s car. Talk about pressure!!
As the session began I remember looking through the control room window and seeing the glow of the red record light on the Teac 4 track reel to reel. Take two. Now Gary knew we were recording virgins and before he hit record again he came out of the control room and gave us a lesson on recording techniques calming us down. The session was a success and the demo (pictured) helped get M&R Rush off the ground. I learned mic placement and track bouncing from Gary during those sessions.
As the years went by I would see Gary behind the board at Styx shows and he would always take a few minutes to talk about those days. He always had a smile on his face. It was obvious he loved what he did.
Thanks Gary for igniting the passion in me to sit behind the board in the studio for all these years.
There must be one hell of a band up there. I’m sure you’ll enjoy dialing them in!
John - M&R Rush
January 15, 2016
We hope everyone is doing well. All of us in the M&R Rush Camp are doing great.. Lot's happening. We have had numerous writing sessions working on new tunes for our next Album. Also putting together a new set list for our "Life Is Good' 2016 tour.
January 4, 2016
Thanks goes out to everyone that voted for us and put us in the top 3 in three categories in the Raven Rock Awards: http://www.therockaward.com/Top3Nominees2016.html
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January 1, 2016
We Would Like to wish all our Families & Friends A Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for coming out to all our shows and supporting us through out 2015. We are looking forward to 2016 and Rockin' on our "LIFE IS GOOD" 2016 Tour.
Our first show is Saturday May 14th at a great venue called 115 Bourbon Street located at 3359 West 115th Street in Merrionette Park Illinois. Showtime is 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
Keep On Rockin'
Marty, Roger, Carl, John, Paul, Jeff
August 19, 2015
Check out this nice article in the Chicago Tribune:
· Testimonial for Website – M&R Rush’s July 16th Sold Out performance at the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s Rooftop Summer Music Series literally “blew the roof off” the place! It is fair to say that M&R Rush exceeded not only our expectations, but the audience’s as well, which was evident by number of people dancing, shouting for encores, and conveying positive comments throughout the evening’s performance. We’ve been doing shows for 7 years now featuring local, regional and even national bands, and I can say without hesitation that M&R Rush is at the very top of the list in terms of just flat out excellent musicianship, whether playing their own hits or covers of Loreli by Styx, or Ridin The Storm Out by REO Speedwagon – and the vocals were outstanding as well.
In addition being excellent musicians, these guys bring an unbelievable energy level, interacting with the crowd and never missing a beat. They played a solid 2 ½ hour show without even taking a break, other than to switch instruments or step off the stage before the last encore. We can’t wait to have M&R Rush back for another sold out show.
Mike Brick – Development Director, Joliet Area Historical Museum
"An Evening With M&R Rush Live at the BAC"
January 24, 2015
Listen to us being interviewed on the "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" from last Tuesday night click below: