RC McWilliams’ Rock & Blues Jam

Longtime Ides Pal and Drum/Percussion Tech R.C. McWilliams has been waging a battle with Cancer. The good news is that Cancer is on the ropes and RC has kicked its evil ass. The bad news is Cancer has hit RC’s wallet…hard. RC’s Chicago friends have organized a musical benefit for RC at Martyrs’ in Chicago on Sunday May 19th. The Ides won’t be able to play at that show, but we’ll go one better: All the proceeds from Ides Merchandise sales at the Aurora Paramount show will be donated to RC’s relief fund. If you’re free on Sunday, rock on up to Martyrs, say Hello to RC and check out the great talent that will play in support of this courageous man, fine drummer and all-around good guy!

The IDES OF MARCH with 2013 Scholarship Recipient IRIDIAN HERNANDEZ.

The Ides Of March presented the first award of their Morton High School Scholarship to IRIDIAN HERNANDEZ on Wednesday, May15th at a ceremony in Berwyn. Ms. Hernandez displayed a number of her Artistic Works, including a custom “Ides Of March Way” CD Case she designed especially for the band. Iridian related that she plans to attend Dominican University in River Forest following her graduation this year. The Ides shared stories of their Morton Years, and how much influence their studies played on the success of the band. It was ‘old home week” for the 4 Original IDES who attended Morton West. Ides stage Manager Toby Bermann also is a MW alum, while Scott May and the Late John Larsen attended Morton East in Cicero. The Ides enjoyed meeting the Senior Morton Administrators and a few of Ms. Hernandez’ Teachers who related that  she is an Honor Roll Student. Special thanks is due to Ides Attorney (and fellow Morton West Alum) Rich Brom for coordinating the establishment of the Scholarship.  Following the ceremony, the Ides dined in true Berwyn fashion at the Bohemian Food Temple, Czech Plaza Restaurant.


On Friday May 31st, and Saturday June 1st,  Jim Peterik and the Ides of March will be filming their performances at the Wonderful ACORN THEATER in 3 Oaks Michigan for new DVD’s.  Friday night will be Jim’s Solo show “A Gift Of Song” and Saturday will be the Ides playing their famous “Double Show” where the first half is “Unplugged” and the second half is Rockin’! The ACORN THEATER is an intimate venue with great sound and sight lines-a perfect place to see and hear the IDES.
3 Oaks is about a 90 minute drive from Chicago, and there’s a lot to see and do in the New Buffalo Area. There are reasonable hotels nearby and plenty of fine places to dine. Kick off the summer “IDES-STYLE”! Our shows have always sold out at the Acorn, so get your tickets NOW for both nights and make it an EVENT TO REMEMBER!
SPECIAL OFFER!! If you buy tickets to BOTH SHOWS you will get a copy of each DVD when they are released!!! And all ticket holders to Jim’s show on Friday will get a free 2 song CD!!
Go to: www.acorntheater.com for tickets and further information.


START SPREADING THE NEWS! The Ides will take a bite out of the Big Apple on October 1st, as we Rock the Manhattan BB King’s Club in New York City (www.bbkingblues.com). This Major appearance will come after our 4-day stand at the “Big E” festival (www.thebige.com) in West Springfield Mass. Plan your trip now!!!


The IDES CHRISTMAS SHOW has become a tradition for our Family and Friends, and we’re happy to announce this year’s date: Saturday December 7th at St. Charles’ Fabulous ARCADA Theatre. As always, we’ll have a mix of Traditional and New Ides Christmas Tunes, with a special guest or three. Watch our website here for announcement of Ticket sales, or go to www.oshows.com for further information.


Great God in Heaven! It’s Ides Christmastime, and you know what that means!

We kick it off in the wee hours Tuesday Morning (Late Monday) at 12:30am on the BILL LEFF SHOW on WGN-AM 720.  www.wgnradio.com/shows/billleff

Wednesday Morning  Dec 5, we’ll be on the WGN-TV CHANNEL 9 MORNING NEWS during the 8-9 hour.  www.wgntv.com/news/morningnews

Friday, Dec 7, we’ll be the house band once again for the ROE and ROEPER  TOYS FOR TOTS LIVE BROADCAST WLS-AM 890 at the Venue in the Horseshoe Casino, Hammond Indiana. Listen to the show to learn how you can be there. www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=2319002&spid=7571

And then the BIG SHOW!
In what has become tradition, we return to one of our absolute favorite venues the NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER in St. Charles Il on Saturday December 8th for our annual Christmas Extravaganza. All your favorite Ides Christmas tunes, and the Rockin’ hits. The tradition continues as our good friend MEGON McDONOGH joins us, and it wouldn’t be Ides Christmas without the Dean of American Disc Jockeys DICK BIONDI who will emcee the show. Of course, our Chaplain Msgr. DAN MAYALL will be on hand to lend his warmth and spirit. And don’t be surprised if you see another Chicago legend onstage with the Ides! Here’s the need-to-know:

Saturday December 8, 2012  7:30 pm

The Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center
1040 Dunham Road
St. Charles, IL 60174

Tickets: Special Seating $40 – Assigned Seating $25
Tickets Available: www.norris-cultural-arts.ticketleap.com
Or by calling (630) 584-7200 Ext. 10


Upholding another Ides tradition, we are again honored to help Msgr. Dan Celebrate Christmas Eve Mass at HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL downtown Chicago – 6pm Dec 24th. If you haven’t been with us on Christmas Eve, you’ve missed a truly special and joyous event. ALL are welcome!


The Ides returned to the wonderful ACORN THEATRE in Three Oaks Michigan for a sellout show. Owners David and Kim once again rolled out the Red Carpet for us, with a fine pre-show home-made dinner. Being a “sit-down” concert, we split the night starting off with an “unplugged” set, then a short intermission, followed by the “plugged” Rockin’ set. Scott even got to play the massive Barton Theatre Pipe Organ that Kim has lovingly restored. A special treat was re-meeting the Gent who last year slipped Jim the cassettes that became our “Lost Tapes Vol 1” CD.  The ACORN is a VERY hip place that has a wide variety of entertainment, and is only a hop, skip and a jump from Downtown Chicago. We hope David and Kim will have us back again!