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GNP @ The Venue Aurora

GNP @ The Venue Aurora

Sep 20, 2019 | 07:00 PM - 10:30 PM
The Venue | 21 S Broadway Ave | Aurora, IL 60505 | 331.212.8490

Sep 20, 2019
07:00 PM - 10:30 PM

The Venue
21 S Broadway Ave
Aurora, IL 60505


Just like every kid who loved music, the British Invasion with the Beatles immediately caught the interest of Jim Freedlund and Mark Voigt. Jim and Mark were close friends since they first shared seats in the first grade all the way through High School Graduation. Jim was the more musical while Mark was interested in building a true rock band that would play in various venues in the Fox Valley area. The first trappings of the GNP starting with a core of five band members including Voigt on organ and sax, Jim and Skip Kibling on guitar, Artie Hamer on drums and Tim Paskadi, who has been our bass player from the beginning to the end and now. He also provided a chance for GNP to have more depth in vocals. The key source of inspiration for cover music was the Rolling Stones in the beginning. Voigt usually did the Stone’s vocals. Local venues were the usual playing sites in various schools, teen clubs and park events throughout the Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles and Aurora area. We looked up to the Revengemen who were a bit older and had a more accomplished band. They encouraged and helped us to follow our musical dreams. They also had roots in the Stones’ music. The Rolling Stones provided a more edgy sound and a more rebellious “bad boy” image than the Beatles and other British Groups. Eric Clapton became a “rock god” for Voigt and Freedlund. All of us would see the great bands like Cream, Blind Faith, The Who and others in nearby Chicago.

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