“Classical Blast gives Christmas music a twisted glow”
— Bob Kostanczuk, Chicago Tribune
Classical Blast is known for melding classical and classic rock music into an exciting series of themed concepts. With 3 distinctly different concert shows throughout the year, they have garnered a solid fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond. Band members have performed, recorded or toured internationally with rock band Survivor, national icons like John Legend and Lizzo, Broadway productions, Chicago Theater and more. Their staple summer show, From Bach to Rock, melds popular classical music with classic rock.
Their hugely popular holiday show, Dark Side of the Yule, melds holiday music, from 17th century carols to Christmas standards, with classic rock music by bands like Joni Mitchell, Moody Blues, Metallica, Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd and more! Originals too, all exploring many of the holiday season’s darker themes. No worries, everyone sees the light by the end!
The band performs their Classical Blast in Kilts Celtic rock show in late winter to early spring, melding their rock versions of Irish & Scottish folk songs with music by popular Irish rock bands. It's the perfect show for Irish fests, concert clubs or wherever St Patrick and Celtic culture is being celebrated.
Greg Hirte: violin & vocals
David Kelly: drums & vocals
Stephanie Koklys: lead vocal, guitar, piano
Bill Syniar: bass
Hannah K Watson: violins & vocals
Tom Culver: guest cellist (holiday shows)
Origin: Chicago, IL
Genres: Rock, Classical, World, Christmas
Years Active: 2012- Present
Label: Toucan Cove/Universal
Management & Booking:
Barbara Weigand, Artswarrior Management
Dark Side of the Yule Live at Hobart Theatre
Mashup of Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky" with the 16th century "Coventry Carol," which tells the story of the slaying of the Innocents by King Herod.
Classical Blast in Kilts Live at Ohnward Performing Arts Center, Maquoketa, IA
"The Gael," written by Scottish composer, Dougie MacClean
“It was an amazing show! Perfect way to celebrate right before Christmas!”
— The Bend Theater, West Bend, WI