Our Story

The Shades are a Chicago area Rock band composed of 4 veteran musicians with decades of experience and a melting pot of musical backgrounds. Business professionals by day, these 4 members formed this group with only one thing in mind: 
To Make Great Music to be shared with a Great Audience. 

The Shades are John Abbate, Mike Maloney, Mitch Marcus & George Lemperis

Apart from having a song list that covers decades of music and musical styles, The Shades take great pride in taking on popular songs that are not necessarily covered by other bands. 

Artists covered include, Aerosmith, Allman bros, Beatles, Black Crows, Bob Segar, Deep Purple, Eric Clapton, The Doors, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Golden Earring, Hollies, Pink Floyd, KC& The Sunshine Band, Motley Crue, Tom Petty, The Police, Rare Earth, Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Neil Young, Billy Idol and a cast of others.

Great music for great times!
“The Life I Love Is Making Music With My Friends”……….Willie Nelson.