lawyers rock WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR 2022

The proceeds from this event will help the Illinois Bar Foundation ensure access to justice and support juvenile justice causes through the Foundation's M. Denny Hassakis Fund. 

this year's bands:


Sponsored by ISBA Mutual

Flood Waters

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The Thornes

Sponsored by Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.


Sponsored by Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.

this year's judges:

Melody Angel

Melody Angel is from the south side of Chicago. Rock 'n Roll and the Blues took over her life at age 7. Melody blames the following artist's for her obsession: Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Slash, Chuck Berry, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Melody's mom got her a Fender Stratocaster guitar from a pawnshop at age 15, Melody then taught herself to play and never looked back, in fact she plays the same guitar to this day. Melody Angel has played all over the world, and continues to defy the odds as an independent artist. Currently touring to promote her 2nd full length album, Angels & Melodies, featuring songs like,The Boogie, American Dream, and Dance With Me Baby. 

Paul Farahvar

President and Founder of Shoeshine Boy Productions, Paul Farahvar is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois. He began his musical endeavors by "discovering" bands before they were commercially recognized. With an ear for commercial sound and marketability, he tried to form bands throughout college and law school at the University of Illinois. After years of flailing bands, he co-founded Shoeshine Boy, a pop rock band with a focus on vocal flair and substance. He gave up playing music in 2012 to focus on the law and also artist development, management, and production.  He was a partner at the law firm of Cuisinier, Farahvar & Benson, Ltd for 8 years and sat on the board of advisors for the Chicago Music Commission. In October, 2012 he was named as one of the "40 under 40" Lawyers in Illinois. He gave up law to become a full time comedian in 2016. 


After becoming a regular at Chicago stand up clubs like Zanies, Comedy Bar and Laugh Factory, Farahvar was given the rare opportunity to host and produce his own monthly (now weekly) show called "Drink Date Laugh" about dating and a comedic game show called "Everyone's a Lawyer" both at the World Famous Laugh Factory. He also regularly tours the country as a headliner and opening act for national headliners Demetri Martin, Jen Kirkman, Gary Gulman, Keith Alberstadt and Chris Franjola.  He is also the host of the Podcast "Singles Only"  and Make Us a Mix Tape with Marty Derosa and a regular guest host on WGN Radio.  

Mike Schuba

Mike Schuba's career in the music and hospitality industries began with managing the Everleigh Club, a small Lincoln Park neighborhood bar from 1984-89, before opening Schubas Tavern with his brother in April of 1989. Schubas took off over the years, with Mike overseeing the opening of Harmony Grill next to Schubas in late '96, managing daily F&B operations and up to 80 employees, and developing the live music operation commencing in 1990 until the sale in 2015. Mike opened Lincoln Hall in October of 2009 and continued the live music platform featuring local and national touring acts including original rock, folk, indie, alt country, rap, and more. The Schubas made the decision to sell the businesses and properties to Bucktown-based Audiotree in April of 2015 but Mike has stayed on in a management role, overseeing the daily F&B program at Schubas and Lincoln Hall.

Ryan Sweeney

Ryan Sweeney has a 15 year history in the world of music, marketing, and events in both Chicago and New York.  His career started in band management where he built a small company and put bands on tour for four years.  Following his time in management, Ryan took positions at Lagunitas Brewery followed by City Winery were he focused in live music production and event marketing.  Currently Ryan holds the title of Director of Private Events for Lincoln Hall, Schubas, and Tied House.  He has worked with hundreds of brands and bands such as Nike, Google, Lollapalooza, Chicago Bulls, David Byrne, MAC Cosmetics, Lauryn Hill, Virgin Hotels, and Patti Smith.

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