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Dow Jones and the Industrials to perform Nov. 9 in Crystal Lake

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Cori Coopert

On Saturday, Nov. 9, Dow Jones and the Industrials will be performing at 7 p.m. in the Listening Room at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake. Tickets are $15 and are on sale now at

The Dow Jones and the Industrials band consist of Chuck Stevens, Wenzel Rossler, Penny Johns-Thompson, Bob Blazier, and Jim Teator, who has been a Nashville studio guitarist for 30 years. They are a veritable "who's who" band in the Crystal Lake area while playing songs from the 1960s and '70s, as well as blues, country, and popular ballads. Dow Jones and the Industrials formed two years ago and love to have fun playing a variety of songs. Siobhan Cottone, Lakeside's executive director, excitedly spoke of the band, "We are so glad to have this group back for a second performance. Their first concert sold out! It will be a great night of music!"

Roger Reupert, House Manager of the Listening Room, talks very highly of Dow Jones and the Industrials. "I can describe the Dow Jones Band in one word and that would be 'fun'. Chuck Stevens leads the band and interacts well with the audience. This is a cant miss event and I know it will be a great time for all that attend."

Chuck Stevens founded the Dow Jones & the Industrials as a basement band with people that loved to play music. Stevens credits Bob Blazier "Mr Crystal Lake" with coming up with the name -- since they were like the 'Market' -- up and down. Stevens has been playing since his teenage years and enjoys a wide spectrum of music. He retired a few years ago from GATX Corp where he served as Chief Technology Officer, and has been active in the community currently serving as Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Raue Center, and most recently as President of the Crystal Lake Country Club. Chuck is a Pittsburgh native and has resided in the area with his wife Eileen for the past 25 years.

Penny Johns-Thompson has been a local McHenry County resident since 1969. She started her singing career in church choirs and at local events and the Annual Rotary Auction. She was discovered while she was singing her signature song 'Crazy' at the Rotary Auction, and Stevens signed her up for the Dow Jones band. Johns-Thompson is a Bank Manager for BMO Harris Bank in Crystal Lake, and is a Charter member with the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers.

Bob Blazier fondly know as 'Mr. Crystal Lake' has been playing drums since his teenage years. He is a former Superintendent of Crystal Lake schools, past President of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, has worked at Centegra in an Executive position, and is currently employed by Home State Bank as an Ambassador. He and his wife Rosemary are long term residents of Crystal Lake.

J.T. Wheeler has been playing guitar in Nashville studios for 30 years, and has written and recorded many songs to his credit. Wheeler has also played with some of the best known country stars in Nashville. Wheeler's band is called Robbins and Wheeler.

Wenzel Rossler played with the band Echo. Currently when he is not slapping the bass for Dow Jones you can see him every weekend playing in Woodstock for First United Methodists and Grace Lutheran Church. In the summer he plays in the Woodstock City Band, which he has done for the last 16 years.

The band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Listening Room, which is the state-of-the art performance venue within Lakeside Legacy Arts Park. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at or by contacting the Box Office and asking for Roger (815-455-8000).

If online sales have not sold out, tickets can also be purchased at the door. Lakeside encourages people to purchase tickets in advance. If you purchase tickets at the door on Nov. 9, however, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. A cash bar is also available during the concert. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Lakeside Legacy on the web. 'the Listening Room' is located within the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake.

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