Greetings to the Cool Cats and Dancing Queens!

What is The Reason Why?

Simply put, The Reason Why is the funkiest party band in Chicago. When you’re looking to get down on the dance floor, we’re the crew to call.

We play parties, events, corporate gatherings, and pretty much anywhere that people want to have a good time. Our influences include classic R&B, Motown, disco, funk, classic rock, and modern dance classics.

Our passion for good times and great music is legendary. Book us for your event, and we’ll rock a playlist that will keep your peeps groovin’ all night long.

They're Gonna be Dy-No-Mite!

Upcoming Gigs


The Blue Chip Casino

Thursday, May 23rd, 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Blue Chip Casino, Rocks Lounge
777 Blue Chip Dr.
Michigan City, IN 46360


Campton United

info coming soon


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Call us today to book a groovy gig for your event!

Past Gigs

Our Foxy Divas & Rockin' Rollers

Boogie People

Sonja Hicks

Sonja Hicks

Lead Vocalist | Virgo

Our Diva of Disco is a Virgo and raving fan of Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Patty Austin, Glady’s Knight, Diana Ross,Natalie Cole, and Anita Baker, to name a few. Adventerous and active, Sonja is always rocking.

Liz Ruggles

Liz Ruggles

Vocalist | Libra

Teacher by day, singer by night, Liz was singing before she could talk (this is true, her first words were ``Twinkle Twinkle Little Star``). Liz performed in the Women's Glee Club at U of I and brings a passion for Steely Dan, Midnight Star and Prince.

Greg James

Greg James

Bass | Sagittarius

Greg lays down the bass line that keeps us rockin'! A keen fan of bands including Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, and Cameo, Greg chills to all types of funk music while eating some Italian Beef and watching the NFL.

Darryl Armistead

Darryl Armistead

Keyboard & Vocals | Aries

Tickling the (faux) ivories is the one and only Darryl Armistead, a stand-up comedian, boxing enthusiast and graphology expert. Influenced by Earth Wind & Fire, Parliament and Richard Groove Holmes, this cat will bring da noise.

Caulbert Smith

Caulbert Smith

Guitar | Capricorn

This maestro of mac 'n cheese is also the meanest guitar player around. Zepplin. Isley Brothers. Santana. Earth Wind & Fire. All helped mold him into a 6-string fool, slammin' out meoldies for the masses.

Tony Bussone

Tony Bussone

Drums | Capricorn

Fun fact: Tony was not in Tony Toni Tone! But he does keep the beat like no other, A fan of Earth Wind & Fire, Miles Davis, Gene Krupa, and Sade, Tony cooks up wicked drum licks along with a mean pepper steak (of course, accompanied by a fine Bordeaux).

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