ALTSO Rocktoberfest-Chicago will celebrate its 8th anniversary this year alongside NYC’s 16th and London’s 2nd anniversaries. More than 2,750 professionals from the alternative investment and related financial service industries will unite in these three cities for a night of rock & roll and acoustic music to benefit ALTSO's mission and the nearly 18,000 CoolKids treated to date.

August Son


August Son’s iterations have been part of the Chicago music scene since the 90’s. Five musicians with a connection forged over decades, they have been described as playing true “heartland” rock and roll heavily influenced by classic rock and roll artists while also telling their own story through original creations including Superman, The Kid is on his Way, This Road, Days Like These and Loving Heart. In addition to their own storied music, they attack the lyrics and riffs of the Beatles, McCartney and Wings, Todd Rundgren, Style Council, Tom Petty and REM to name a few, as the band takes their fans along for the ride with a combination of strong melodies and beautiful vocal harmonies. 

In the past, the band now known as August Son, have played at some of Chicago’s classic venues including regular gigs at Biddy Mulligan’s, Orphan’s, the Metro, Clearwater Saloon and the Hunt Club, opening for WAR, Three Dog Night and the Marshall Tucker Band. The band “took a break” (like Queen, No Doubt, Fall Out Boy, the Foo Fighters and Ross Geller) only to return stronger four years ago as August Son. Inspired with more stories to tell, August Son has kept their legions of loyal followers as they regularly bring in the crowds to current venues like Mom’s Place, The Store, Fitz’s Spare Keys, The Glenview Rock House, Peggy Kinnane’s and at private events, fundraisers and festivals across Chicago. Their popularity hasn’t diminished as their fans can now support the band better than ever before.

Members: Sean O’Malley rhythm guitar, lead vocals, lead songwriter Dave Zurkowski lead guitar, vocals, songwriter Jon Alexander bass guitar, vocals Michael Smith keyboards Mike Kadlec drums Sandy Moore manager