Welcome to the Arra Biography page. Here you can learn all there is to know about your favorite Arra band member and the most common question we all receive at a show is, what do you do during the week or, is this your full time job? That question is answered in the bios as well as many other facts and figures. Arra has been together for over two decades and counting as one of the most popular and best drawing cover bands in Chicagoland and after reading the history of each member, you will understand why!!
Kevin is one of the founding members of ARRA, starting the band in 1990 with Kevin, Jim and Steve. Prior to ARRA, Kevin was lead guitarist and vocalist for one of the Chicago areas top drawing classic rock cover bands for7 years along with Jim and Rob.
Kevin molded and shaped that recipe for success,
along with other ingredients (the best band mates
a man can ask for!!) to help build ARRA in to one of
the top drawing Chicago area classic rock cover bands
of the past two decades.
Kevin has also recorded and produced
some of the Chicago areas top drawing bands in his
recording studio, KC audio productions.
Cathy Richardson, Maggie Speaks, Dawn Patrol, Mirage, and the Dave
Carl band along with a special guest production appearance
by Jim Peterik are just some of the acts that have
visited and recorded with Kevin in his studio.
Kevin's production and recording experience has helped
him become not only one of the more popular guitarists
in the Chicago and suburban club circuit, but and excellent
lead and backing vocalist as well. His renditions of
Angel and Don't want to miss a Thing by Aerosmith,
as well as a few other timeless classics are sure to
bring a smile to many faces by the nights end.
Outside of the band world, Kevin is a successful Director of Sales for a material handling integrator
in Batavia, IL, Worldsource (www.world-source.com).
So if you are looking to build or modify a distribution
center anywhere in the country (or the world for that
matter) grab him after the show to talk about the opportunity!!
one of the founding members of ARRA. Prior to ARRA,
Jim was rhythm guitarist and vocalist for one of the
Chicago areas top drawing classic rock cover bands
for 7 years along with Rob and Kevin. Jim also helped
tailor ARRA into thier current success by his experience
and on stage persona that helped create the name that
still stands today, Jimmy Blaze.
Jim also plays all of the acoustic 12 string guitar parts and fills
in difficult harmonies while making it all look easy! His extremely
dynamic falsetto and versatile vocal range helps ARRA attain 3 and
4 part harmonies that can't be touched by other vocal bands. His
artistic background also was instrumental in creating the original
band logo and artwork.
In addition to Jim's vocal harmony talent, he sings an excellent rendition of "My Sacrifice" by Creed, Man in the Box by Alice In Chains and the always favorite "Silent Lucidity" by Queensryche. Jim is also in the process of learning new vocal materials, so if you have a suggestion on a new tune for Jim, send him the idea. Jim worked in the tool and die industry for 25 years and currently enjoys relaxing and focusing on his music and other hobbies during the week.
Steve has been with the band since the
beginning, starting the band with Kevin, Rob and Jim. He
has performed with many local bands throughout his career,
playing a range of music from heavy metal to blues, all
the way to polkas. (Yes, early on, he spent some time
Steve's last , prior to Arra,
was RT Jams. Steve also played with Ron Platt in
the early years in the cover band Lazy. Ironically
enough (unbeknownst to Kevin Conner at the inception)
Steve's band Lazy defeated one of Kevin's earliest projects,
Dilligaf, at the Coral in Western Springs in a High school
area battle of the bands final round in the early 1980's.
Steve had one of the most rock solid
bass grooves to round off the rhythm section and
that put the icing on the cake for what Arra was looking to
attain. Steve changes between his Modulus 5 string and a 4
string fretless to give the songs a true right off the record
tone for whatever material Arra needs to cover. Steve
also has a great voice and rounds off the bands incredible
4 part harmonies.
By day, Steve maintains and "occasionally throws wrenches
at" a bus fleet. In his spare time, he enjoys attending jam
sessions with friends.
Kevin is one of the founding members
of ARRA, before which he was STILL just as cool of
a character as he is now!
'Cause before ARRA, Kevin was keyboardist for one
of the Chicago areas top drawing "Yes" cover
bands of the 1980's, "Drama".
Kevin's extremely gifted keyboard ability made him the easy choice
to fill out that section of the ARRA project.
It's easy to see that he was an attendee of the Chicago Conservatory
of Music when he breaks in to one of his keyboard solos that have
to be seen to be believed. Kevin was also part of the recording
and touring band "Ground Cloud" that received national attention
and radio play in the early 1980s.
Kevin has been a main staple to ARRA's success by performing
our songs with the "sounds just like the record" keyboard
patches and does it with only one keyboard!! When Kevin isn't
playing his keyboard, he works as a court reporter for the Cook
County court system which keeps his fingers nice and nimble for
his weekend job!!
Rob was supposed to be one of the founding members
of ARRA, but moved to Phoenix Arizona just before the band formed
where he played with a local cover band for a year before returning
to Chicago. Prior to ARRA, Rob was the drummer for one of the Chicago
areas top drawing classic rock cover bands for 7 years along with
Jim and Kevin.
When Rob moved back to Chicago, he formed and performed with the
Fleetwood Mac tribute cover band "Mirage" and played the
club circuit for approximately 2-3 years. During that time ARRA's
second drummer decided to leave the band, and Rob was the first
and obvious choice. So after a little negotiation (one phone call)
fate stepped in and delivered Rob right where he was supposed to
be in the first place, at the back and center of stage at an ARRA
Robs rock solid timing helps build the foundation that is the trademark
ARRA rhythm section. Rob at times hits the drums with the force
of a category five hurricane and you never know when he is going
to decide to throw you a pair of drumsticks or hand out one of his
many broken cymbals at the end of a show. During the week, Rob is
in the liquor distribution industry for one of the largest distributors
in the country.