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Lawyers Rock 2022

  • Thursday, April 7, 2022
  • Bottom Lounge, Chicago

Join us for our much-anticipated return to Lawyers Rock 2022!

Thursday, April 7 at Bottom Lounge | 1375 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

Doors at 5:30 pm. Show at 6:00 pm.

General admission ticket: $50 (includes food, complimentary valet parking, and 2 beverage tickets)

VIP ticket: $100 (includes food, complimentary valet parking and unlimited beverages)

Reduced price tickets for YLD members, law students & ISBA Leadership Academy participants: $25 GA and $50 VIP  (Email Jessie Reeves to sign up for reduced price tickets!)

Online ticket sales ended on 4/6/22. To purchase tickets before arrival, contact Jessie Reeves, Director of Events & Administration, at or 312-920-4681. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door!

The IBF’s signature “battle of the bands” is back for 2022 in a brand new rockin’ venue. Join us as 4 lawyer-led bands take the stage to compete for the Hall of Fame award, voted on by our panel of judges, and the Fan Favorite award, voted on by YOU.

New for 2022! We’re bringing back limited edition unisex t-shirts with a brand new design! T-shirts are $25 and can be preordered with your ticket purchase here and picked up the night of the event. If you want to buy a t-shirt but cannot attend, contact Jessie Reeves.



Flood Waters

The Thornes


with opening music by Joe Bisceglia & Friends

and MC Pete Hoste of Leahy Hoste Alkaraki

This year, we’re excited to feature a roster of judges with experience in the Chicago music scene! Meet our 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.

Peter Dankelson

Peter Dankelson is proof that anything is possible with passion and a positive attitude. He is 21 years old and undergone 36 surgeries to correct birth defects from Goldenhar Syndrome. Peter is a musician and motivational speaker for Pete’s Diary where his humor and music encourage others to embrace what makes them different. He has motivated thousands to follow the Pete’s Diary mission of living your life with confidence, courage, and kindness. Peter’s autobiography, How I Learned to Rock My Life, is available everywhere books are sold online. His debut album releases in May 2022. Peter is a Rare Storyteller for the charity Harmony 4 Hope and a #ChooseKind Speaker for Children’s Craniofacial Association.

John G. Locallo

John Locallo, a partner at Amari & Locallo, is both a Certified Public Accountant and a lawyer who received his J.D. and Master of Laws in Taxation from Chicago-Kent College of Law. In addition to his career in the legal world, John is a musician who helped launch Lawyers Rock and has played with his band 5-thirty in numerous Lawyers Rock concerts and shows around the city. John served as president of the Illinois State Bar Association (2011-2012) and the Justinian Society of Lawyers (2001-2002). He is also a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers, the Chicago Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, serving on its Section of Taxation.

Can’t wait to rock? Read more about our bands here!

COVID-19 Information: Please note that the health and safety of our event attendees, bands and staff remains our utmost concern during these ever-changing times. With that in mind, we will be following all venue, state, and local protocols in regards to mask & vaccine mandates. Bottom Lounge’s current policy can be found below:

Following guidelines provided by the City of Chicago, as of February 28 Bottom Lounge will no longer require proof of full vaccination for entry or require that patrons wear masks while inside of Bottom Lounge. This policy is subject to change to meet circumstances as necessary. Please check our website or ticketing pages before arriving at the venue in the event that our policy changes via legal mandate or performer request.  Full information can be found here. We will update this section as the event gets closer with any additional pertinent details and will be emailing attendees with any additional information. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Proceeds of this concert fundraiser will benefit the statewide programs of the Illinois Bar Foundation as well as the juvenile justice causes supported by the M. Denny Hassakis Fund.


Presenting Sponsor:
ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

License to Rock Sponsors:
Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.
Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.

Awards Sponsor:
Simmons Hanly Conroy

Champions Sponsor:
J. Nelson Wood

Food Sponsor:
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.

Valet Sponsor:
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

Beverage Sponsor:
Theriault Booth, LLC

Coat Check Sponsor: 
The Toney Law Firm

Merch Table Sponsor:

YLD & Law Student Sponsor:
Ava George Stewart

Judges Sponsor
Latherow & Duignan

Instrument Sponsor:
Mark L. Karno & Associates

Silver Sponsor:
CommonGrounds Workplace

Amped Up Sponsor:
Law Crawford, P.C.

Sound Check Sponsor:
Susan W. Rogaliner

Bronze Sponsor:
Smart Start, Inc.

Register now!