Horns & Halos

Saturday, January 27th, 2018 - Our third trip to Horn's & Halos and our first time playing indoors.  We had a fantastic time with a bunch of eager music fans dancing up  a storm. 

Gunpowder And Lead by C.K. and The Gray. Recorded at Horns & Halos in Channahon, Illinois on Saturday, January 27th, 2018. 

Joe’s Live in Rosemont

Sunday, January, 2018 - We were honored to kick off the Joint Forces Charity Concert at Joe’s Live in Rosemont.  The proceeds went to the Illinois chapter of Tribute To The Troops and the Chicago Blackhawks Warriors.  Our mission was to raise funds for disabled veterans and gold star families.  

The Chicago Blackhawks Warriors where founded in 2015 in conjunction with USA Disabled Hockey to give our injured military members and veterans the opportunity to play hockey in an environment suited to their needs. The program trains them in the skills needed to use hockey as a rehabilitation tool to overcome physical and mental disabilities sustained in their service to our nation.

We’ll kicked off the festivities followed by Gina Gonzalez and The Wingmen.  Gina is also a member of Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band.  We are happy to report that we raised an additional $100 for the charity with our #ckkoozie Can Cooler Challenge.  For once, our challenge wasn’t a cheap gimmick, but it actually raised funds for the families that protect and serve this great country.

CK & The Gray cover's "Mother" by Danzig at Joe's Live in Rosemont, Illinois on Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Welcome 2018!

With 30 gigs in 23 different venues, we had a fantastic 2017! We also launched our Can Cooler Challenge, #ckkoozie Grab a cooler at our next gig!  Thanks to all the venues, friends and family for supporting us.  We look forward to an even bigger 2018!

Gruben's Uptown Tap

Saturday December 30th, 2017 - We wrapped a fantastic year at one of our hometown pubs!  Gruben's is always a great supporter of live music.  

CK and The Gray at Gruben's in downtown Plainfield, IL.

CK and The Gray at Gruben's in downtown Plainfield, IL.

Jenny's Southside Tap

Friday December 15, 2017 - CK makes a return to Jenny's one of our favorite places!

12 Handles Ale House

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 -  Our first trip to 12 Handles Ale House was a blast!  Thanks to the Fisch family for showing up nearly 20 strong!

JT's Porch

Friday, November 17th, 2017 - JT's Porch is a great neighborhood pub with a western vibe and a supporter of live music that has supported us over the years dating back to 2009 when guitarist Neal Rudnik performed acoustically.  With three encore’s, it is fantastic to perform to patrons with an appreciation of local live music. 

Tom Petty's "Listen To Her Heart" by C.K. and The Gray.  Recorded at JT's Porch in Lombard, Illinois on Saturday, November 17th, 2017.  

JW Hollsteins

Friday, November 10th, 2017 - Our first trip to JW Hollsteins was a blast!  The dance floor saw plenty of action, especially with the younger crowd.

4 Non Blondes' "What's Up" by C.K. and The Gray. Recorded at JW Hollsteins Tinley Park, Illinois on Saturday, November 10th, 2017. 

Arrowhead Golf Club

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 - With a singles party in full swing, the dance floor saw lots of action!  With Ken having obligations in serving our country in The Air Guard, Neal and Kris swapped guitar and bass responsibilities. Mr. Tom Petty's "Listen To Her Heart" made it's first appearance on the setlist.

Horns & Halos

Sunday, October 8th, 2017 - It was a beautiful sunny day in Channahon!  Boaters, bike riders and music fans keep the deck full at Horns & Halos.

Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" by C.K. and The Gray. Recorded at Horns & Halos in Channahon, Illinois on Sunday, October 8th, 2017. C.K. and The Gray features Chrissy Karl, Carter Szok, Kris Hachmeister, Ken Vercellotti, and Neal Rudnik

Quigley's Irish Pub

Saturday, September 23rd - An unusual week long heat wave couldn't stop CK and The Gray from rocking out in downtown Naperville.  "Feel It Still" makes the set list for the first time.

CK and The Gray covers Little Talks. Recorded at Quigley's Irish Pub in downtown Naperville, IL on Saturday September 23rd, 2017
CK and The Gray cover's Tom Petty's "Fee Fallin'" Recorded at Quigley's Irish Pub in Downtown Naperville on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 - Chrissy Karl, Neal Rudnik, Carter Szok and Ken Vercellotti

Kerry Piper

Friday, August 25th, 2017 - Chrissy and Neal having opportunity to perform an as acoustic duo were able to stray a bit off normal CK material.  Check out videos of Hallelujah and Tennessee Whiskey below:  

C.K. and The Gray's - Chrissy Karl & Neal Rudnik cover Hallelujah. Recorded at Kerry Piper, Illinois on August 25, 2017
C.K. and The Gray's - Krissy Karl & Neal Rudnik cover Tennessee Whiskey. Recorded at Kerry Piper, Illinois on August 25, 2017

Jenny's Southside Tap

Friday, August 18th, 2017 - A return to Jenny's was a massive hit.  Man, Feel Like a Woman, Save A Horse Ride a Cowboy found their way onto the setlist for the first time.  Chrissy and Neal were able to expand their acoustic repertoire by adding House That Built Me. 

Freddie’s West End’s

Saturday, July 29th, 2017 - This was CK’s second appearance at Freddie’s West End’s Cardboard Boat Regatta in Lake Como, Wisconsin. With a sunny day and not getting much higher than the high 70’s, the band was able to rock all afternoon and well into the evening.  Special guest musicians, Uncle Dave from Door Number 3, Dave Kaz from Shade of Blues and Pat Fritz made it possible to swap lineups and keep the live entertainment going.  As the night wore on, the band swapped electric’s for acoustic guitars for a more intimate set.


Friday, July 21st - A torrential downpour and heavy winds scrapped our outdoor tent plans and forced us inside.  With ample room , we were still able to make for a rockin’ debut at Anthony’s!  Going inside proved to be the best decision of the evening, we discovered our original outdoor stage had in fact collapsed...

Quigley's Irish Pub

Friday, June 16th - Our first official trip to Naperville was a blast!  Thanks to our friends and family for the fantastic support!

CK and The Gray performs at Quigley’s in Downtown Naperville, IL

Horns & Halos

Sunday, May 28th – A memorial Day with an iffy forecast turned out to be a fantastic sunny day.  We had a warm reception right along the Des Plaines River with lots of music fans come by way of boat, bikes, cars and pretty much any other motorized vehicle.  Horns & Halos is a fantastic and unique venue that supports live music.

Beer House

Saturday, May 20th – Our return trip to Beer House was bittersweet.  Playing to a full house of enthusiastic beer and live music fans, it would be the final performance before the venue closed its doors for good.  Due to rising rent, management decided to close down making C.K the final live act.  It was a honor to do so.

CK and The Gray performs at Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL

Blarney Stone Pub

Saturday, March 29th - C.K’s first trip to Blarney Stone Pub was fantastic!  A torrential downpour made load in a little difficult, and the band found themselves wiping moisture off nearly every piece of gear.  With several birthday parties in the house, the dance floor was rarely empty.