The Pabst Theater Group asked my band SACRED – recently named “Hard Rock Artists of the Year” 2023 by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry – to open for Scott Stapp, the lead singer of CREED, on Tuesday, March 19 at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom. Scott has had public struggles with addiction but has been sober a long time & is enjoying a happy productive life. His success in recovery is an inspiration to me personally. So, this was a big deal for me. CREED is a multi-platinum selling, hard rock band that is reuniting for a large national tour this summer.

We had a great crowd response as we warmed up the room for Scott & his amazing touring band that crushed it. SACRED gained several new fans, as we sold CDs and other merchandise after the performance.  

The show, which included our friends Peter Thomas from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Gabriel Sanchez of the Prince Experience, also helped us get ready for our additional upcoming Midwest tour dates this spring which are as follows:

Thurs. April 25th (my B-day)
Phyllis’s Musical Inn – Chicago, IL.

Thurs. May 2nd
Red Flag – St. Louis MO.

Fri. May 3rd
Growlers – Memphis, TN

With some additional dates to be announced…

BREAKING NEWS…. My dear friend Peter DiStefano, from Porno for Pyros, will be joining me on guitars for the shows in St. Louis & Memphis!! Peter has been in recovery for a long time & I’m honored that he is available & willing to join us for these important dates. Porno For Pyros just finished their tour and has released 3 new songs for the 1st time in over 30 years!! Great to have a successful friend in recovery along for the ride. (Peter will also be featured on two of the tracks on the new album)

We are currently working on SACRED’s third release at The Exchange studio in Milwaukee with producer Kevin Arndt. Watch for that later this Spring/ Early Summer. Major announcement regarding SACRED coming soon…

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Stelio Kalkounos
Managing Partner – Five O’ Clock Steakhouse
Hospitality Consultant
Guitarist / Songwriter