The Crew

Dina DiCostanzo (co-creator/lead vocals)

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Dina has been a Chicago entertainer for many years. She holds a BA in Theatre from Columbia College Chicago. Her stage accomplishments include work at Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire, Drury Lanes Oakbrook and Water Tower, Paramount Theatre, Victory Gardens, The Mercury, The Lakeshore, Theatre at the Center, Northlight Theatre, Center Stage Baltimore and Capital Rep in Albany NY, and more.  Dina "gigs" all over Chicago with various production companies and is also a director/choreographer, dog lover, and the "Tenille" to co-creator/drummer Jim Barclays "Captain."

Christine Mild (lead vocals)

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Christine Mild has been singing since the age of eight where she performed on the stages of Las Vegas. Known for vocal versatility and power, she studied musical theatre at Northwestern, sings with badass wedding band, Blue Water Kings, and has spent much of her performing career singing the music of Patsy Cline nationwide. Her debut solo album,  “Love is Everything,” is available on iTunes and CDBaby. She also sings with her alt-country band, Martin & Mild, regularly throughout Chicago.

Jim Barclay (co-creator/drums)

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Jim Barclay has been drumming steadily since the age of 15 when his only care in the world was learning the drum parts on Def Leppard’s Pyromania.  Since then, Jim has drummed behind such rock & roll royalty as the Temptations, the Drifters, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and Wanda Jackson.   A native of Dayton, OH, Jim has played, recorded and toured with many local artists and his own bands, The Barclay 3 and The Federales.  As a member of Jimmy Sutton’s Four Charms, Jim performed regularly at Chicago’s famous Green Mill jazz club, recorded two albums for Hi-Style Records and toured the US and Europe.  

 Jim has performed with a wide variety of groups around Chicago ranging from the classic swing of Alan Gresik’s Swingshift Orchestra, to the power-pop of songwriter Phil Angotti, to the Balkan-Fusion/Klezmer stylings of Balkano to the sublime pop/country interpretations of the duo (and fellow Rockettes!) Martin & Mild.  

Jim’s stage credits include the award-winning Million Dollar Quartet (Apollo Theater, Chicago production,)  Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story  at Drury Lane Oakbrook & Water Tower, Hedwig and the Angry Inch at American Theater Company and Route 66’s production of High Fidelity. Jim’s drumming can also be heard in the 2007 motion picture hit Waitress and seen in the 2008 Universal Pictures releaseThe Express. 

He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of North Texas.

Kevin Gawthorp (saxaphone/and more)

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 Kevin has been playing professionally in the Chicago music scene since 2001 and has performed regularly with the Rhythm Rockets, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra, the Fred Cantu Big Band, the Royal Son of a Guns, the Flat Cats, Twang Shui, and Die Kellerknaben.  Working with Canterbury Productions Kevin has performed with many original rock and roll greats, including the Drifters, Gene Chandler, the Fleetwoods, the Eldorados, Kathy Young, the Tokens, Lou Christie, Dale Hawkins, the Reflections, Jimmy Clanton, the Capris, the Diamonds, Maurice Williams, Frankie Lymon's Teenagers, the Skyliners, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, the Contours, the Magnificents, "Daddy G" Gene Barge, the Capris, the Crystals, Jay and the Americans, Dick and Dee Dee, the Spaniels, the Vogues, Cathy Jean and the Roommates, the Shirelles, and the Marcels. Fun facts: His hometown is Mansfield, IL and he holds an English/History degree from EIU. Kevin has been a teacher, welfare case worker, librarian, professional juggler (for one day) and spent two years in Papua New Guinea in the Peace Corps. He's raced sailboats for a season, and worked on a strawberry farm in Norway. He comes from a family of bluegrass/country musicians. He was an extra in the movie "Gettysburg" and danced with Resurrection Mary in an episode of "America's Most Haunted Places 3"

Gordon Patriarca (bass)

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Gordon Patriarca is a lifetime resident of Chicago. As a child in the 1960s, a transistor radio was a constant companion (under the pillow at bedtime). His relationship with the electric bass began at age 16, fueled by the inevitable sibling rivalry with a younger brother who had become an above-average guitarist in only four years of playing. Not to be outdone (and using Cream bassist Jack Bruce as a role model) Patriarca picked the four-stringed instrument and circumnavigated any comparisons with his junior kin. High school bands followed. There was a bit of formal study with (now L.A. studio bassist) Paul Zibits. After high school there were a couple of years of college (Northern Illinois University), where he was in an African percussion ensemble, and took various oddball music classes. The highlight of his college experience was probably his twice weekly shows as a DJ at the campus radio station. Leaving school to pursue the life of a working musician, Patriarca began his 35-year career. Patriarca has played in at least 50 local bands and has done tours with Survivor and Spirit. In the recording sphere Patriarca's

 discography includes 40 CD's    A recording highlight was working on the Icos album "At the Speed of Life," recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. He has toured Europe twice with blues-rock chanteuse Jan James. At this point he calculates he has done close to 5,000 gigs and remains active in the Chicago music scene.

Patrick Martin (guitar/vocals)

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Patrick Martin is a Chicago-based musician and actor.  He collaborates with many Chicago musicians including  Bethany Thomas and Rockette Christine in their duo, Martin and Mild. Select Chicago Credits: Company at Writers Theatre, South Pacific at the Marriott Theatre, How to Succeed. . . . Trying at Porchlight Music Theatre, The Beverly Hillbillies: the Musical at Theatre at the Center, It’s a Wonderful Life: a Radio Play at American Theater Company, Merrily We Roll Along at The Music Theatre Company. Regional: HMS Pinafore with The Hypocrites at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Promises, Promises and The Drowsy Chaperone at STAGES St. Louis. Patrick is an active performer and teaching artist with Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite Program, creating arts entertainment and education for children with autism. As a guitarist and singer Patrick has performed on dozens of stages across Chicagoland including City Winery, The Green Mill, Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall, and many others.

Sean Hughes (piano)

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Sean Hughes hails from West Virginia and is a musician, sound designer & composer living in Chicago. He plays with the country band Wild Earp and the Free For Alls monthly at the California Clipper.