Julia Lawrence performed for many years in “Mirage”--the successful Chicago based tribute to Heart and Fleetwood Mac--playing the musical role of both Stevie Nicks and
Nancy Wilson sharing the stage with several world-known rock bands--the first being Cheap Trick, followed by Grand Funk, Paul Rogers, Howard Leese, 3-Dog Night, Joan Jett,
Jim Peterik, & Kevin Chalfont. She relocated out to Las Vegas & formed 3 national tribute shows: Fleetwood Nicks, Heart Alive, & the Women of Rock Show.
Both Fleetwood Nicks & Heart Alive were nominated multiple years for Best Tribute Show in the country with Heart Alive taking the win in 2011--sharing the stage with
Sammy Hagar, Sebastian Bach, & Geoff Tate. Her tribute shows have performed at notable venues around the country & in Las Vegas, including being chosen one of 12 bands
in the country to perform New Years Eve at the Fremont Street Experience “TributePalooza.” Julia relocated back to IL in 2019, performing the vocal lead of Stevie Nicks
in “Gold Dust Dreams,” a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, as well as sharing lead vocals and guitar with Karen Hart in the acoustic rock duo Vinyl Vixens.
Julia is also an original musician and songwriter having released 2 original albums “Surrounding Sara” (alternative rock), and “Love Survive” Christian Contemporary Rock album which can be heard on LoveSurvive.Bandcamp.com. Love Survive’s music also helps support the fight against child trafficking Child Rescue Coalition.
Karen Hart's first performance was at the Rosemont Horizon and she has been ROCKIN' ever since. Karen has performed with Cheap Dates,
Battlefield (a Pat Benetar tribute band), portrayed Linda McCartney in Band on the Run (a Paul McCartney Tribute band) and portrayed Nancy Wilson in Heart to Heartbreaker (a Heart and Pat Benatar
tribute band). Karen started her own band, the Karen Hart Band , performing at large festivals such as; The Taste of Chicago, Schaumburg Septemberfest, Bolingbrook Jubilee, Northlake Days, Naperville Last Fling, Carol Stream Fest, Woodridge Jubilee, Frankfort Fall Fest,
Batavia Windmill City Fest, Bartlett 4th of July Fest, Plainfield Fest, Bloomingdale Septemberfest, Taste of Polonia, Cantigny, Taste of Lombard, Monee Fall Faire,
Lisle Eyes to the Skies, Winfield Good Old Days, West Chicago Railroad Days, Berwyn Centennial Festival, Long Grove Festivals, Somonauk Summerfest, and Worth Days to name a few.
Recently, Karen has been performing a tribute to The Pretenders Karen Hart Band Pretending .
Karen has shared the stage with national acts such as the Gin Blossims, the Smithereens, Dennis DeYoung, the Ides of March, Davy Jones and the New Colony Six. Karen Hart's high-energy and powerful vocals leave no doubt she can ROCK like few others. Her love of music is evident in her performance and watching the fun she has on stage, you can't help but join in on it.
Kara Kesselring is a consummate pianist/vocalist on the Chicago music scene. In addition to performing in many different genres, Kara is a music director, arranger,
educator and songwriter. She's performed in many Broadway, touring, and Chicago theater shows, most notably the Broadway show Jersey Boys. Kara is the CEO & bandleader
for one of Chicago's premier wedding & corporate bands, Standing Room Only Orchestra. Kara is the keyboard player and vocalist for Gold Dust Dreams, Chicago's premier
tribute to Fleetwood Mac.
Kara resides with her bass playing husband, Patrick Williams, their daughter Iris, their adorable dog Daisy and four chickens. You can see more information about Kara on her website Kara Kesselring
Stevie Nicks is always surprising us with her musical collaborations. From Tom Petty to Don Henley to Sheryl Crow and many more highly acclaimed musicians. Her highly anticipated 24 Karat Gold Tour began with another surprise artist joining her on stage in her hometown of Phoenix AZ. During the early half of her show, she brought out her longtime friend Chrissie Hynde to help her sing “Stop Draggin' My Heart Around”. The crowd went wild as Chrissie took the Tom Petty vocal lead to another level that left the audience wanting more. Needless to say, the two ladies wanted more too—so they decided to hit the road together and tour across North America.
As a member of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie has performed around the world to sold out shows for decades, as well as winning the Grammy for their Rumours album. The magic didn't stop with Fleetwood Mac's success as Nick's solo career proved to be just as strong. She has released multi-platinum albums, as well as being dubbed the “queen of rock and roll” by Rolling Stone Magazine, with 6 top 10 albums and 8 Grammy nominations. Her crowning validation as a rock and roll icon was apparent when she became the first woman to be inducted twice into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and again in 2019 for her solo work.
Since Kara and Julia had already been working in Gold Dust Dreams together, and since Julia and Karen had formed Vinyl Vixens where they also did a lot of Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac material, the 3 ladies decided to embark on a new journey of performing Stevie's music with Fleetwood Mac, her own solo hits, collaborations with other artists (Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, Don Henley), in a unique, creative acoustic trio. Not even Stevie Nicks herself has gone out and performed a show without a full band behind her. Acoustically, these songs come to life in a brand new way that allows for a whole new vibe and way to experience them.
With Stevie's new feature length concert film, a Rhiannon movie in the works, her being the only female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice, and Fleetwood Mac back at the top of the charts, a whole new generation is being exposed to Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac music. Therefore, we all knew it was a "no brainer" to take this idea and run with it. Not to mention our genuine love for this music--we all grew up loving classic rock and we feel blessed to be able to honor these legendary artists, while at the same time bringing Stevie fans together for a special live performance that celebrates her impact in Rock History. Our Stevie celebrations are a rockin' good time for all, and we encourage fans to come out in their Stevie finery--black lace, chiffon, velvet, shawls, beads, boots, and of course top hats are always welcome!