Come out and ROCK with us!

Fri May 31st - 9:00pm - 12:30am
Come out for dinner and stay for the show! Great location and great venue. Tickets - $8 in advance ( Get Tickets Here ) or $10 at the door. If you're not having dinner, the doors open at 9:00 PM.
1000 N Rohlwing Road #13, Lombard, IL 60148 - Map
Sat Jul 20th - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Karen Hart Band Pretending is back at Kenosha's Tribute Island Fest on Saturday, July 20th! We'll be on the Legends of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Stage, also known as the Beachside Stage, from 4:30p - 6:00p. This event features the most celebrated tribute acts from across the Midwest playing a wide variety of the most popular music of the last half century. It all takes place at Simmons Island on Kenosha’s beautiful lakefront. Tribute Island is a joint venture between Happenings Magazine, and Kenosha’s Area Convention & Visitors Bureau boasting 50 + bands on five stages. There will be food vendors offering a wide variety of cuisines, as well as exhibitors and activities for concert goers. Here is the link for tickets. Use discount code "karenhartbandpretending". Hope to see you there!
5001 Simmons Island Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140 - Map
Fri Jul 26th - 9:00pm - 1:00am
The perfect place to grab a bite and pint! Awesome place for Irish food and ROCKIN' music. Hope to see you there!
28 West New York Street, Aurora, IL 60506 - Map
Sun Jul 28th - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
An excellent charity event to benefit the New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled and The Greater Chicago Food Depository. Celebrating Eli’s 75 years in foodservice and 35 years of making great cheesecake! Live music and great entertainment (HEY, that's us!). Classic Car show from 10-3. Midwest Rails Modular Railroad display. Grilled lunch for sale, 11am– 3pm. FREE Cheesecake Samples 11am-6pm. Meet and Greet Eli’s Big Slice Mascot & Photo op with the Eli’s Cheesecake Mobile. Come in costume for a free slice. Winner chosen from each decade (40’s-80’s) earns a grand prize of free cheesecakes, Eli’s gear, and more (winner chosen at 1pm). Click here or call 773-308-7000 for complete details about the fest.
6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago, IL - Map
Fri Aug 2nd - 8:00pm - 12:00am
Nothing like a County Fair, come on out and ROCK with us at the Kankakee County Fair on Friday, August 2, 2019. We'll be performing in the Budweiser Pavilion. Click here to see more information.
213 W 4000 Rd S, Kankakee, IL 60901 - Map
Fri Aug 16th - 6:30pm
Karen will be part of Jess Fest! Are you ready to boogie? Get down? Get groovy for a great cause? Jess Fest is a variety show featuring top Chicago performers (Hey! That's ME!) raising funds to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. For one night only Chicago's top talent will come together for an incredible evening of drinks, dancing and fun to raise awareness for Parkinson's Disease (PD), a disease that affects nearly 6 million people worldwide. Jess Fest's inaugural theme will honor the 1970's with performances reminiscent of the decade and costumes to match! Local vendors, delicious food, and an amazing show are only the beginning of what Jess Fest will offer:
To buy tickets, click here.
Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657 - Map
Sat Oct 19th - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Karen will be performing an acoustic set at Blissful Banana Cafe with Mark Kap from The Musician's Come & Play (CAP) Club!
Come out and enjoy LIVE entertainment by Karen & Mark while contemplating which of the Cafe's excellent dinner choices you will enjoy along with your favorite cocktail. Join in on all the fun listening and singing along to all your favorite songs from the 70's and 80's!
15447 S 94th Ave, Orland Park, IL 60462 - Map
Sat Oct 26th - 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Come out and ROCK with the band! We’ll be featuring the Pretenders followed by NIGHTSNAKE, a Whitesnake tribute band.
1712 W Wise Rd, Schaumburg, IL, 60193 - Map

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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.


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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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Karen Hart Band Pretending
Karen Hart Band Pretending