About Us

Come out and ROCK with us!

The Karen Hart Band - Pretending (KHB) features the music of The Pretenders along with the Power Women of ROCK!

KHB has four experienced and solid musicians who love what they are doing entertaining all ages with their great song selection and endless energy. Their high-energy shows are filled with variety, flashy guitar work with a memorable show that continues to rock audiences of all ages. KHB takes exceptional care and precision to duplicate the original studio recordings live on stage without backing tracks, just incredible musicianship paying tribute to the spirit and music of The Pretenders and the Power Women of ROCK!

Karen Hart

Karen Hart

Karen Hart fronts this talented group of rockers with high-energy and powerful vocals leaving 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.

Jerry King

Jerry King

Jerry King is the driving force behind KHB bringing an exciting and solid foundation with his vast knowledge of technique learned from some of the best drummer's in the business. Jerry is widely known as the "One-take King" in the Chicago recording scene.

James Bourland

James Bourland

James Bourland plays with a passion that pulls you into his creative guitar performances with an energy bringing audiences to their feet wanting more. James has a bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance and has played with Teleportal and Garek among many other eclectic Chicago artists.

Charlie Short

Charlie Short

Charlie Short's abilities are unparalleled when emulating the sounds and bass passages of the original artists and his backup vocals bring the harmonies you expect to hear. Charlie also sings lead providing the variety KHB's fans love to hear.

Other Projects

Karen Hart also performs in other projects! Check out the websites listed below.

Vinyl Vixens

Nicks Chicks


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Previous Appearances


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Demo Songs and Video from our LIVE shows!


What do our customers say about the Karen Hart Band?

Kim Vatis - NBC 5 News Chicago - Taste of Chicago - "Karen! You are all such a blast. We had so much fun meeting you and rocking with you for NBC 5 News at the Taste of Chicago. Not just a great band, but great people. You made our news show. The quick rocker lesson worked. Some people thought I actually played your really cool heart-shaped guitar! Rock On! My best, Kim Vatis NBC 5 News Chicago!"

Kori Chambers - FOX News Chicago - "I love these guys"

Wanda Wells - Taste of Chicago - FOX Stage - "musical splendor is what you get when Karen Hart performs"

Rick Weigand - Northlake Days - "I'm impressed! Great song list, lots of heart."

Julie Rhodes - Woodridge Jubilee - "Thanks for a great performance at Woodridge Jubilee, we all enjoyed the show! Your ninety minute set of rock’n’roll left the audience wanting more. I just love a female fronted rockin’ band."

Rachel Schmit - Batavia Windmill City Fest - "Wanted to drop by your page and thank you for doing such an excellent job with the Windmill City Festival! The feedback was amazing and we can tell you have a lot of loving fans following you~ Great Job!"

Chris Oakley - Carol Stream Fest - "KHB performed a great set of rock n’ roll standards with tight musicianship and soaring vocals to the delight of the crowd. Collectively, the members of the band are all road tested musicians that don’t miss a drum beat or a guitar lick."

John Badway - Winfield Good Old Days - "The Winfield Lion's are not only very grateful for the contribution of your band, but we were very surprised. The level of professionalism, the sound, the musical selections, the execution and delivery made for one good and high energy presentation. The sound engineer also had very good comments. The success of our endeavor in part is certainly attributable to the Karen Hart show. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!"

Adam Vasquez - Wood Dale Park District - "I would recommend the Karen Hart Band to anyone that asked, they really entertained the audience and sounded great."

Debra - "You were great at Plainfield Fest. All of my friends loved you!"

Marty Mardirosian - M&R Rush (Monee Fall Fair Festival)- "What a great band to work with!" "Professional, entertaining and the music was tight - tight - tight!" If I was in charge of entertainment at a festival I would hire The Karen Hart Band in a second!!!"

Mark Busch - "I shot some pictures of your show at Winfield Good Old Days for the local paper... By the way enjoyed the show."

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Call Karen to book your next event!

The Karen Hart Band has been ROCKING audiences at festivals, fairs, concerts, casinos, bars, corporate functions and private parties.

For all inquiries on availability for your venue, contact Karen Hart.
  • Phone: Karen at (630) 445-1580
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Stage Plot and Promo Material

Karen Hart Band Pretending
Karen Hart Band Pretending