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The Smokin' Tones was formed in September 2016 as the official band of Columbia College Chicago's late night show, Columbia Tonight. In preparation for the show's premier, the show’s musical director, Zach Avery, posted flyers around campus with the hope of finding a band that could write and perform music tailored for the show. Shortly after, six other classmates came together and became The Columbia Tonight House Band. When Columbia Tonight was canceled in May 2017, the band decided to stick together and ventured out under a new name, The Smokin’ Tones. This began their quest for zesty, transcendental music with a huge sound. The Smokin' Tones have continued to perform unique twists on Rock, Blues and Soul songs that appeal to a wide variety of listeners.

The Smokin’ Tones have played at numerous Chicagoland venues including:

BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS / SUBTERRANEAN / HVAC PUB / ELBO ROOM / REGGIE’S MUSIC JOINT / 2TWENTY2 TAVERN


*Band Members*

Lianna Squillace - Vocals

Zach Avery - Guitar/Vocals

Will Wyatt - Drums/Vocals

Max Finch-Raymond - Bass

Michael Vanbodegom-Smith - Trumpet

Alex Brinkley - Baritone Saxaphone