Round Barn

CK and The Gray Rocks Round Barn Estate in Boroda, Michigan

CK and The Gray Rocks Round Barn Estate in Boroda, Michigan

Saturday, August 24th, 2019 - C.K. and The Gray’s first trip up to Round Barn’s Jammin’ in The Vineyard was a massive success! Round Barn, based in Baroda Michigan, brews craft beer, distills vodka, whiskey and rum, but their original passion was growing grapes for wine. They now own and operate several local wineries in the southern Michigan area. On the weekends, they feature bands at their main estate right next the vineyard. Friends and families can enjoy food and drink while enjoying the Michigan countryside.

With well over 1,000 in attendance, and another 70 on the dance floor, this was probably the largest crowd the band has entertained. Pour Me, Santeria and Shallow make their debut in the set. Check out some sweet dance moves in the Shut Up and Dance vid below. Folks were clearly enjoying the CK sound!

C.K. and The Gray performs "Shut Up and Dance" at Round Barn Estate in Baroda Michigan on Saturday August 24th, 2019. C.K. and The Gray is Chrissy Karl, Carter Szok, Kris Hachmeister, Ken Vercellotti and Neal Rudnik

Puck Run Block Party

Saturday, August 17th, 2019 - Chrissy and Neal team up for an acoustic duo for the second time in as many days. Saturday’s performance was in support of friends of the band, Illinois chapter of Tribute To The Troops and the Chicago Blackhawks Warriors. The block party portion was held at the Illinois Harley Davidson in Countryside, and all proceeds went to disabled military veterans and gold star families.

This has been CK’s third opportunity to perform for two fantastic organizations dedicated to supporting veterans and their families. Special thanks to Illinois Harley Davidson, Texas Roadhouse of Countryside, and Pull-Ups for Patriots for the fantastic hospitality.

New Lenox Ladies Night

Friday, August 16th, 2019 - Chrissy and Neal return for a second year for the New Lenox Ladies Night. With over eighty vendors and nice weather, the duo had a nice turn out. GIRL made a fitting debut in the setlist.

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Freddie’s West End

Saturday, July 27th, 2019 - This was Neal and Carter’s eighth and CK’s fourth appearance at the Cardboard Boat Regatta in Lake Como, Wisconsin. With a sunny and warm day, a nice breeze kept everyone from getting too hot. The band was able to rock all afternoon and well into the evening. Special guest musicians Uncle Dave jammed the harmonica while Tommy Slab filled in on bass. Per tradition, the band eventually transitioned to acoustic as the afternoon faded into the evening.

Psycho Silo Saloon

Sunday, July 14th, 2019 – It was a blazing hot a humid day for CK’s return to Psycho Silo Saloon.  With temps in the lower 90’s the silo was well equipped with misters and industrial strength air movers.  The venue, tucked away in little known Langley Illinois, its actually closer to the Iowa border and draws folks from as far away as Davenport, Peoria, Rockford and Chicago.   …and naturally, getting there and back is half the fun.

CK and The Gray covers "Mother" at Psycho Silo Saloon in Langley Illinois on Sunday July 14, 2019

Southbank Original Barbecue

Saturday, June 29th, 2019 - It was an insanely hot and humid evening for CK’s first trip out to SOB. The band welcomed Tommy Slab as a fill in on the bass guitar and Uncle Greg guested on harmonica.

Recorded at Southbank Original Barbecue on Saturday, June 29th, 2019
Recorded at Southbank Original Barbecue on Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Cruisin' Into Lockport

Monday, June 24th - 2019 - CK returns to Chrissy’s hometown of Lockport for the second year!

Villa Park Summerfest

Saturday, June 15th - 2019 - The band layered up and the rain sort of held off as we rocked a two hour set at Villa Park for the first time! Be sure to check out the video from the show below:

Selection of some of our country cover songs. Gretchen Wilson - Here for the Party Little Big Town - Little White Church Chris Stapleton - Broken Halos Big & Rich - Save a Horse
Selection of some of our rock cover songs. Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train Danzig - Mother The Cranberries - Zombie Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man

Zelmo's Full Moon Saloon

Saturday, April 27th, 2019 - C.K. at the Gray rocked Zelmo’s Full Moon Saloon for the first time

Recorded at Zelmo's Full Moon Saloon in Joliet, Illinois on April 27th, 2019. C.K. and The Gray is Kris Hachmeister, Neal Rudnik, Chrissy Karl, Carter Szok and Ken Vercellotti.

Franklins Public House

Wednesday, April 10th - 2019 The C.K. Acoustic Trio was honored to perform for the Champagnat Day charity fundraiser, hosted by the Marist High School Alumni. We crossed paths with the good people of Marist Alumni at the MoeMac fest at Reilly Daughter in Oak Lawn some months back.

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Left to Right: Neal Rudnik, Chrissy Karl and C.K. honorary member, Tommy Slab at Franklins Public House

Jt's Porch

Friday, February 8th, 2019 - The hit up one of our favorite spots in JT’s Porch with a four piece acoustic lineup. Carter rocked the cajons while Neal switched between six, 12 and four string guitars.

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Girl In The Park

Saturday, January 26, 2019 – Another fantastic packed house at Girl In The Park.  With four gigs in seven days, the band is looking forward to a few days of rest.

Neal & Chrissy at Girl In The Park

Neal & Chrissy at Girl In The Park

Board & Barrel

Friday, January 25th, 2018 - First time at Board & Barrel with Kris, Chrissy and Carter forming the CK Trio. Great place, awesome owners and staff!  Can’t wait to be back!

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Joint Forces Charity Concert

Joint Forces Charity Concert

Sunday, January 20th, 2019 - We had an absolute blast at the the Second Annual Joint Forces Charity Concert at Joe's Live in Rosemont this past weekend! All proceeds went to the Illinois chapter of Tribute To The Troops and the Chicago Blackhawks Warriors which benefits disabled military veterans and gold star families. We're going to have a bunch of material to post on the event in the coming days, so stay tuned to your social media of choice.

Longshots!

Saturday, January 12th, 2019 - The band kicked off 2019 with a first time appearance at Longshots in Joliet. Happy Birthday to good friend of the band, Jessica. Closer to Free, Goodbye Earl and Chicken Fried made their way into the set for the first time.

A sing-along to Garth Brooks to cap the night was one of the evening’s highlights.

A sing-along to Garth Brooks to cap the night was one of the evening’s highlights.

Quigley's Irish Pub

Saturday, December 29th, 2018 - The band capped off a fantastic 2018 at Quigley’s in historic downtown Naperville.

C.K. and The Gray covers "Pride and Joy" at Quigley's in Naperville on Saturday December 29th, 2018. C.K. and The Gray is Chrissy Karl, Carter Szok, Kris Hachmeister, Ken Vercellotti and Neal Rudnik

JW Hollsteins

JW Hollsteins

November 9th, 2018 - The band rocked out three sets in their return to JW Hollsteins! Check out the photos from good friend, Andrew Purcell:

Franklins Public House

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 – Chrissy and Neal where back at it, this time with Carter on bass for the band’s first trip to Franklins Public House in Palos Heights.  Wonderwall and Drink a Beer made first appearances in the set.  

Chrissy, Neal and Carter at Franklins Public House

Chrissy, Neal and Carter at Franklins Public House

Chrissy, Neal and Carter at Franklins Public House

Chrissy, Neal and Carter at Franklins Public House

Girl In The Park

Friday, November 2nd, 2018 - Chrissy and Neal stripped down to some acoustic roots for an intimate performance at Girl In The Park, in Orland Park. This gave the duo an opportunity to perform some material that wouldn’t normally be found on an average CK setlist Including Bittersweet Symphony, Angela, and a soon to be favorite loungy version of Crazy Train.

Neal Rudnik and Chrissy Karl at Girl In The Park in Orland Park

Neal Rudnik and Chrissy Karl at Girl In The Park in Orland Park. Neal is working the kinks out on his newly acquired 12 string guitar…

Backroads Pub and Grill

Saturday, October 27th 2018 -  CK made their first appearance at Backroads Pub in Plainfield since it had changed ownership.  The band was quite familiar as guitarist Neal Rudnik performed acoustically back in the mid 2000’s when the venue was JTodd’s Steakhouse.  The band had performed under various acoustic and full band acts the past eight years when the venue operated as Katie O’Connor’s.  With music fans and patrons in full Halloween getups, the band was eager to make new memories.  New ownership couldn’t have been more accommodating, and the band looks forward to many return trips.