Broadway World (with the Nashville Symphony)
“No matter how you describe them – although granted, “handsome, charming, engaging and amazingly talented” comes readily to mind – nor how many times you’ve seen them (whether it’s your first or twenty-first concert), there’s one thing you cannot help but think about Under the Streetlamp: These four guys really know how to put on a show!…It’s the power of the music from a not-so-distant period in America, to be certain, that fills your heart with joy, but it’s the authentic and effortless manner in which it is performed that leaves you begging for more.”
What happens when life imitates art? You get PBS favorite, Under The Streetlamp and the electrifying, inspiring music that has been thrilling audiences across the globe. Originally established in 2009 by members of the Chicago company of the TONY-Award-Winning Musical Jersey Boys, this fraternity of gifted performers breathes new life into your favorite Doo Wop, Motown, and old time Rock n’ Roll hits. Streetlamp’s unique blend of harmonies and slick dance moves make it impossible to resist the urge to sing and dance along to songs from the heydays of AM radio.
After their run with Jersey Boys in 2010, the founding members spent the next year cultivating their brand, aiming to stand on the shoulders of the artists that created the classic hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Playing sold-out shows in Chicagoland venues including Park West and The Paramount Theatre in Aurora, the boys caught the eye of a local producer. He believed their nostalgic reboot of retro Rock n’ Roll could have a home on PBS, where their music would reach millions around the country. The guys filmed a short promo and presented it to WTTW PBS in Chicago. The response was enthusiastic, “You film your concert and we will be your presenting station.”
In the fall of 2011, Under the Streetlamp, LIVE! was filmed at the Star Plaza Theatre, in Merrillville, IN. The following spring the program started airing on PBS stations across the country. LIVE! became a hit and stations everywhere were adding it to their pledge schedule.
Streetlamp launched its first tour in the spring of 2012 at Club Nokia, in Los Angeles. The band spent the next few months playing to ecstatic crowds in historic venues across the country including the Buckhead Theater, the Theatre at Westbury and Chautauqua Institute Amphitheater. The guys were thrilled to open for the legendary Temptations that fall and embarked on their first holiday tour, which launched at The Smith Center in Las Vegas.
Streetlamp’s second PBS Special, Under The Streetlamp, Let The Good Times Roll, was filmed in 2013 and much like LIVE!, was wildly popular. In 2014, following successful airings on stations across the country, Streetlamp found themselves on the road again. They brought their brand of retro rock n’ roll across the pond for a three week tour in Belgium and the Netherlands and performed for the first time in Mexico. Streetlamp also appeared on the Military Channel’s Wounded Warrior Telethon hosted by Alan Alda and Joe Mantello. In the United States they were honored to open the 2014 season at the world famous Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and debut at Wolf Trap outside of Washington, DC. In addition to worldwide touring throughout 2014, the band enjoyed time in the recording studio mentored by Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams and Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites.
2015 was devoted to touring and generating new material. In November 2015 Streetlamp’s music from the holiday album, Every Day’s a Holiday, premiered on Sirius XM Radio. The success of the first two PBS pledge specials led to Streetlamp’s third concert celebration of the music that made them a hit nationwide. In the spring of 2016, Under the Streetlamp; Rockin’ Round The Clock was filmed, once again at the famed Star Plaza Theatre. PBS stations around the country and Canada are still airing Rockin’ Around the Clock today!
Also in 2016, Under the Streetlamp made its pops symphony debut with the Desert Symphony, in Palm Desert, California. Since that first appearance, Streetlamp has had the pleasure of performing with some of the most well-known symphony orchestras in the country including the Detroit Symphony, Utah Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and the Oklahoma City Symphony, among several others.
In the spring of 2016, the band began talks with MediaVision about collaborating on a new program for public television. This exciting two-part docu-series, Harmonies for Healing, centers on a singing competition in Northwest Indiana. Mentored by Under the Streetlamp, singers of all ages, genders, backgrounds and ethnicities battled for a chance to perform in concert with the retro quartet. Featuring all the amazing talent and drama of other music competition series, the guys made sure to approach the contestants with kindness and inspiration, instead of criticism. This moving, musical event was built on the premise that music has a healing power that can be tapped into when faced with life’s ups and downs. The docu-series debuted on PBS stations around the country in 2017. Harmonies for Healing is still airing nationwide today.
In 2018, the band continued to play to sold-out venues across the US, including at the famed Summerfest Musicfest in Milwaukee, and embarked on a new holiday tour, Hip to the Holidays. Streetlamp also released two studio albums, Under the Streetlamp: Hip to the Holidays and Under the Streetlamp: Listen to the Music.
2019 has been another fantastic year for the guys! In April, Streetlamp was thrilled to make its New York City debut at Sony Hall and perform three shows with the world-renowned Nashville Symphony. The remainder of the year has brought the band to many of the same memorable cities and venues they have sold out previously and many new venues as well.
Under The Streetlamp maintains a fresh vibe with its new twists on the classics of rock n’ roll. Its mission has always been to breathe new life into timeless songs in order to excite audiences and ensure everyone leaves a live concert with a smile, singing along to beloved tunes. With the irresistible charm and rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, Under the Streetlamp proves why retro has never sounded so now.