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Karen Hart

Lead Vocal, Backup Vocals, Rhythm Guitar and Keyboard
Karen Hart fronts this talented group of rockers with high-energy performances by the most popular Classic Rock artists including; Janis Joplin, Pat Benetar, Joan Jett, Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders and Melissa Etheridge to name a few. Not limiting herself to just female rockers, Karen’s performances of male rockers, Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Loverboy and many more, gets the crowd dancing and singing along to all the great songs. Her powerful vocals and onstage energy leaves no doubt she can ROCK like few others. Karen started into music at an early age and not only fronts the band with her powerful vocals but also plays guitar and keyboard too!
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Norm Leonard

Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals, Backup Vocals
Norm Leonard is the quintessential lead guitar player, offering top-level professionalism while standing out as a unique talent in the Chicago land music scene. He brings a dynamic, fun approach to the band creating an energy that brings audiences to their feet wanting more. In addition to Norm's guitar duties, he also adds multiple vocal styling’s, allowing him to cover a wide range of artists including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paolo Nutini and more. Norm started his musical career at a very early age gaining vast experience on guitar, bass and drums.
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Ron Smejkal

Bass, Lead Vocal, Backup Vocals
Ron Smejkal is the backbone of KHB's rhythm section, his abilities are unparalleled when emulating the sounds and bass passages of the original artists and his precise vocals brings a dynamic selection of songs to the band. Ron began his musical career at the age of seven providing many years of experience performing. Ron is another member of KHB that is multi-talented; he also plays guitar, drums and keyboard. Ron comes to the Karen Hart Band with a history of successful bands such as The Radicals, Vision, Nemesis, Money Penney, Take Five, Straight Up, Step-N-Out and Vinyl Highway.
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Jerry King

Drums, Backup Vocals
Jerry King is the driving force behind KHB bringing an awesome foundation and a vast knowledge of technique learned from some of the best drummer's in the business. Jerry is also known as the "One-take King" in the Chicago area with a long list of bands he has performed and recorded with such as The Issues, Fred Prellberg, Frank Tribes, Black Hole Trio, Blues Savant and the Karen Hart Band to name a few. Jerry was the drummer for Rocky Horror Picture Show and has performed at a long list of other venues including the House of Blues, Double Door, Excalibur and The Taste of Chicago.
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