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Live at Lincoln Hall!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Doors at 5:30 p.m.

Event 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago)

Complimentary valet parking will be available, sponsored by


Meet the Bands


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Three lawyers and three businessmen, none of us professional musicians, 5-thirty was conceived on 5/30/2004 during happy hour on Chicago’s Rush Street.  Though many believe our name refers to happy hour, it refers to the date. Soon thereafter, through a series of coincidences, the rest of the band was formed. Like the Beatles and U2, we still have our original members -- Tom Battista (Law Offices of Thomas M. Battista), Carlos Vera (Johnson & Bell), John Locallo (Amari & Locallo), Scott Parker, Matt Hanssel and Allen O’Keefe.

For years the band practiced in a northwest side garage performing for the occasional driver that stopped his car in the alley to light a cigarette. The word must have gotten out because neighbors, friends and even dogs began listening too. Our goal was to play at a Chicago bar. Our big break was to play at the very first Illinois Bar Foundation Lawyers Rock at Buddy Guy’s Legends in 2011. We thought it would be our first and only rock show. But after the crowd went nuts, we decided to keep on rocking. Though we now play regularly in bars, we are 5-thirty and we are a garage band!

Flood Waters

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Flood Waters got together in 2014, and all members live in Elmhurst, Illinois. The band feels strongly about giving back, so it does the vast majority of its gigs for charity - doing good for the world while having fun and making music! Flood Waters' two "lawyer members", Amy Manning & Morgan Moran, practiced together in the same firm when they were baby lawyers. Flood Waters performed at their first Lawyers Rock in 2016, winning the Fan Favorite Award, and they are excited to be back for more!


Flood Waters is: Amy Manning, Chair of Antitrust, Trade and Commercial Litigation at McGuireWoods LLP - Vocals, Drums; Morgan Moran, Assistant General Counsel at Astellas Pharma - Bass; Amy McConnell - Vocals; Brian Mehta - Drums, Vocals; Michael Stavridis - Guitar; Joe Spedale - Guitar; and Andy Demotte - Keys, Guitar

The Thornes

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The Thornes are a group primarily composed of fathers of children who attend (or have attended) Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, a Chicago Public Magnet school located in the shadow of Wrigley Field, the home of the World Champion Chicago Cubs. At one time, the band had 14 children attending the school at the same time!


The band is comprised of a group of talented musicians all of whom played (or still play) with Chicago area bands, including three lawyers: bassist Joe Gagliardo, a Judge on the Illinois Court of Claims; horns Steve Schneck, Of Counsel with Miner, Barnhill and Galland (and noted jazz musician); and drummer Peter Birnbaum, the President of Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund and Chief Justice of the Illinois Court of Claims. Bob Barnett, Louie Kritikos, and Jeff Moster complete The Thornes.


The primary mission of the band is to combine our love of music with fundraising for causes of special interest to us such as Hawthorne School and the Illinois Bar Foundation. The band has played in several great venues such as Adler Planetarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Buddy Guys, The Double Door and Schuba's. The Thornes have been privileged to play with and as the opening act for a number of great bands and musicians, most notably Big Head Todd and the Monsters. The band has previously competed in Lawyers Rock, winning both the "Best Band" and "Fan Favorite" Awards and they’re looking to bring another win home this year!

Check out a sampling of The Thornes' performance from the 2018 Lawyers Rock show below.


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Originally formed in 2005 for the Workers’ Compensation Commission holiday party, ICY BEE (formerly known as the Industrial Commission Band) has since performed at various private events and fantastic local venues such as Excalibur, Chicago Cultural Center, Harold Washington Library, the Westin and the W Hotel. ICY BEE made their debut performance at the 2019 Lawyers Rock fundraiser and will rock the crowd this year with classic covers from the 60’s and 70’s.

ICY BEE is a lawyer-led band featuring lead vocalist James Bailey III, a solo practitioner in Western Springs doing traffic and criminal defense; acoustic & rhythm guitarist John Castaneda, a solo practitioner in Geneva & Chicago specializing in workers’ compensation and personal injury; and lead guitarist/backup vocalist Vitas Mockaitis, a workers’ compensation attorney at Costa Ivone in Chicago. The band is rounded out by Craig Griffin on bass and Joseph Castaneda on drums.


Join us on March 12 to watch as ICY BEE’s competes for the night’s top honors: the Best Band Award, voted on by our esteemed panel of judges, and the Fan Favorite Award, voted on by YOU!

Broken G-String

Opening Act 

Broken G-String is a Chicago based acoustic trio, formed in 2005.  We don’t play out as much as we used to, but we still enjoy playing private events and an occasional pub.  We like lawyers but are not lawyers (an Investment Advisor, Real Estate Broker and a CFO), and we are thrilled to play at Lawyers Rock to get the music flowing as the doors open and coats are being hung.  Bandmates include Dave Cunningham, lead vocals and guitar, Bob Picciariello, percussion and vocals, and Don P., guitar and vocals. 

Join us on March 12, 2020 to watch all of our bands rock out for justice!

Don't forget to vote for your Fan Favorite at the end of the night...

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