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ARRA - 35 Years & Counting!


In the heart of Chicago, the seeds of musical greatness were sown in the basement of Kevin Conner's home. In this unlikely setting, the story of ARRA, the legendary classic rock cover band, began to unfold. In the late '80s, a passionate guitarist, Kevin Conner, gathered a group of talented musicians who shared his love for classic rock – Jim Zahrobsky, Steve Latka, Kevin Kreis, and Ronnie Platt. Together, they embarked on a musical journey that would transcend time.


In those early days, the basement echoed with the raw energy of their rehearsals as they meticulously honed their craft and fine-tuned their sound. The chemistry among the band members was palpable, and it didn't take long for the local music scene to take notice of their electrifying performances. ARRA quickly gained a devoted fan base in Chicago, thanks to their dynamic stage presence and a setlist that paid homage to the greatest classic rock hits.


As the band gained momentum, it became clear that they were destined for something extraordinary. Kevin Kreis's melodic keyboards, Steve's skillful bass lines, Jim's soulful guitar riffs, and Kevin Conner's masterful guitar work created a sonic tapestry that resonated with audiences. At the helm of it all was Ronnie Platt, the charismatic frontman whose vocals soared to new heights, captivating everyone who heard him.


The turning point came when Ronnie Platt's exceptional vocal talents caught the attention of the iconic rock band Kansas. Recognizing his incredible gift, Kansas invited Ronnie to join their ranks as the lead singer. It was a bittersweet moment for ARRA as they bid farewell to one of their own who had become an integral part of their success.


Despite this significant change, ARRA has continued to thrive, embracing new opportunities and carving its own path in the classic rock scene. 2015 saw the arrival of Chicago drum maven Mike Gallus, whose skills brought a progressive rock flair to the band, allowing for an expanded repertoire of songs most bands won't touch. In late 2021, ARRA welcomed back veteran countertenor vocalist Tyler Holcomb as frontman, allowing the band to tackle songs with incredibly high range. As a result, in just two short years, that band finds itself back on top, culminating with a record-setting 2023.


The legacy of their basement sessions lives on in the hearts of their fans, and the spirit of ARRA endures, fueled by the passion and camaraderie that first brought them together. The story of ARRA is a testament to the enduring power of music and the indomitable spirit of a group of musicians who started as friends in a basement and became legends in the Chicago music scene.


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