2016 Rocktoberfest-Chicago Band Lineup

ALTSO's signature Rocktoberfest-Chicago event is not just an awesome night of rock ‘n’ roll but an opportunity to give back and help level the playing field for children with limb disabilities around the world.


Age Against the Machine

Formed in band leader John Trkla's basement in 2015, Age Against the Machine have mostly entertained friends from time to time and have played a benefit at Downing's bar in Libertyville.  This is their second live performance, and they're excited to support such a great charity as ALTSO! Age Against the Machine is: John Trkla - Lead Guitar / Vocals, Rich Hanson - Rhythm Guitar / Vocals, Bert Rodriquez - Bass / Vocals, Bob Vogrich - Drums.


Chicago Rock Exchange


Chicago Rock Exchange has been performing in the Chicago area for over 10 years. Originally known as the Jen Justice Band, the core of CRE consists of original founding members Jen Justice, vocals (CME), Dean Cassara, Drums (self employed) and Ray McKenzie, Guitar and Vocals (Apple). A recent addition to the CRE is Cat Lai (WMS Gaming). Cat plays keyboards and bass and sings.

CRE’s biggest gig every year is for A Leg to Stand On. The band has committed to the ALTSO mission and loves playing every year at the Hedge Fund Rocktoberfests in New York and Chicago. In addition CRE has played at Chicago City Winery, House of Blues, Subterranean and many other great clubs in the Chicago area. CRE loves playing cover tunes with a message and a groove as well as writing original roots based music.


Matt Scharpf


Growing up outside Detroit, at 13 taught himself to play drums in the attic of his parents' house; picked up guitar at 17.  Post-university, Chicago became home and his first all-originals band, Jamestown, had three records that garnered many positive reviews, and headlined Chicago's House Of Blues, Park West, Schuba's, and the VIC, as well as venues throughout the Midwest and southeast, opening for bands such as Tragically Hip, Cracker, Whiskeytown (Ryan Adams), and 10,000 Maniacs.

Matthew now enjoys his gig at Eurex's Chicago offices and his New Folk sound these days is about melody and telling stories, plying the songwriting trade, knowing the rules well enough to occasionally break them in a way reminiscent to the Beatles, Squeeze, or Elvis Costello.  New album due out June 2017.  Check it out at www.matthewscharpf.com.


The Operators

The Operators original members were all born and raised in the Beverly neighborhood on Chicago’s Southside and have been entertaining audiences with their contagious brand of classic rock and blues since 1979. Three of the original members are affiliated with the financial industry here in Chicago.  Kurt Johnson has been fronting the band since inception and is joining some ALTSO musician veterans for this year’s show. Kurt is a 30-year industry veteran and is currently the Vice President of Business Development at ADM Investor Services, Inc. “It’s Always A Party…….when the Operators Play!”  


Rock Island Line


Rock Island Line is a band of brothers, literally and a band of friends. Formed in 2011, John Maher and Ray McKenzie have been friends for years and John surprised Ray a few years back when he sent him some music he wrote. Since then Ray and John have been performing as Rock Island Line in the Chicago music scene. The brothers of the band are Cameron, Ben and Max Bair. RIL plays Americana style roots rock. They have performed at City Winery Chicago, House of Blues, Subterranean and many other great Chicago venues. They are working on new material for an upcoming release.


The Simpletones

The Watersmeet Picayune heralds The Simpletones as the greatest party band in the Upper Peninsula, saying “The Simpletones create an aural collision that pits rock and blues bonafides against punk and pop escapes, don’t ya know. The Simpletones members are Keith Daproza, Katie Kadan, Sarah Ma, Kevin Rogers, Anthony Rubino and Bob Zagotta.


The Wrong Boys


The Wrong Boys (www.wrongboys.net) are a veteran Chicago area rock-n-roll band with roots in the Chicago rock-n-roll scene going back to the 1970s. They are a CME Group based band whose members include one current and two former employees. Their song list consists of over 100 standard rock-n-roll covers from the 60s to present day. All are songs that you have heard on the radio. Band members are: Tommy Biondo - Bass Guitar & Vocals, Joe Izzo – Vocals & Guitar, Rob Martin – Drums & Vocals, and Steve Staszak – Guitars & Production.



Rocktoberfest musicians, sponsors and attendees have been instrumental in enabling ALTSO to treat more than 15,000 children around the world, giving them not only the ability to walk - many for the first time - but all of the opportunities mobility offers, including access to education and the tools to live a self-sufficient life.