Chris Milillo: To the beat of his own drum.

In 2002, a group of celebrated professional musicians – veterans of the New York music scene – came together to form Beginnings.

While Beginnings was designed as a tribute to the 70s/80s classic band Chiacago, the musicians are certainly not mimics. These formidable players infuse the classic – and highly memorable tunes of Chacgo with their own spoecial style, adding musical commentary and 21st Century touches allowing them to stabnd nbext to the biogrtaphical showings along Broadway like Jerrsey Boys, Mama Mia, American idiot, and so many more. Now, Town Hall will contribute to the Broadway skyline by hosting a special one-night-only concert featuring the phenomenal band, Beginnings, and their tribute to the legendary 70/80s band, Chicago; and That Motown Band – celebrating the 60s record label that fostered powerful, definite and historic music.

Preemo Productions in association with Town Hall hosts a concert honoring the American rock band, Chicago, and the timeless music of Motown

Across our arts sites, we will cover this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Look for articles on Beginnings members:

Mason Swearingen

Adam Seely

Dan Hendrix 

Chris Milillo

… and producer, Ed Levine

 

Next to hit our spotlight is Chris Milillo

 

Chris 2.jpgTell us about yourself as an artist (include other things you have done/are doing/will be doing).

I’ve been a full time musician and educator for over 20 years, and I’ve done (and continue to do) just about every kind of live (and studio) gig you can imagine; bars and clubs, weddings, bar-mitzvahs, musicals, international arena concerts, and everything in-between. Drums are my primary instrument (by a longshot), but I’m pretty decent on bass and guitar, and I’ve been playing a bit of keys in recent years. For the past few years, I’ve been writing and recording original instrumental jazz-funk music in my studio and am planning on getting into music publishing and licensing.

Share with us a little something about the bands or the show that we WON’T see in the press release. 

We have almost as much fun offstage as we do onstage.

You are keeping great musical works alive and sharing them with new generations. How does that feel? Do you have a greater sense of responsibility because of it?

The music of Chicago was a big part of the soundtrack of our lives. It feels great to share this music because it brings back fond memories, both for the audience and the band.

We feel a great sense of responsibility to maintain the high standard of musicianship Chicago established, and we work very hard so audiences can expect the same from us. Playing for true Chicago fans keeps us on our toes because they really know the music!

How does the music of Chicago and Motown resonate today? Feel free to be blunt. 

The music will always resonate with people who grew up listening to it, or had a particular connection to it. For many, it brings back fond memories of days gone by, but for those who don’t already have a connection to the music, I’d say we have our work cut out for us. Younger generations have gravitated toward hip hop, electronic music, and DJs, so getting their attention and winning them over is a bit of an uphill battle, but one we happily and willingly fight!

OK, you’re gonna be on BROADWAY! How does THAT feel?

Pretty cool! Definitely a career highlight.

What’s next?  

We’re gearing up for a huge summer and fall, and look forward to building the momentum we’ve established right into 2019 and beyond!

Final thoughts?

We can’t wait for the show at The Town Hall. Performing at such a legendary venue in front of our hometown audience is quite an honor and we will be bringing our “A” game!

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