Meet the Band
The members of Heartless share a common experience; love of music and a long history of performing. Each contributes his own unique experience and talent. The result is in-your-face style and a high energy performance that will leave you wanting more.
Lynn Lupo as "Ann Wilson", Lead Vocals, Guitar, Flute
Lynn brings to the stage a powerful and expressive singing voice developed over 30 years of public performance. Classically trained, she holds a B.F.A. in Music/Theatre Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. She has performed at a variety of venues throughout the Midwest, everything from classical to classic rock. Prior to Heartless, she fronted the successful cover band Phoenix for twelve years.
Lynn was first introduced to the music of Heart in 1976 when "Dreamboat Annie" was released. She and keyboardist/manager Bob Roberts formed Heartless in 2008. “Wherever we play, we meet people who love Heart,” says Lynn. “It’s an honor to perform this music.”
Skilled in various styles, Lynn's first love is rock. In addition to Ann & Nancy Wilson, her influences include Melissa Etheridge, Rod Stewart and Roger Daltry. She brings her passion and love of performance to every show.
Kelly Ott as "Nancy Wilson", Guitar, Vocals
Being the youngest of five kids, it was a tough sell for an 8-year old to get her parents to pony up for guitar lessons that would likely "be a waste of money". "Your brothers and sisters all wanted to play an instrument but never followed through". Kelly plead her case and proved them wrong.
Fresh out of high school, Kelly hooked up with her first band and has been in the Chicago country scene ever since. In 2000, she formed Mason Rivers, which is still going strong. In addition to lead and harmony vocals, she spent the first 10 years as the bass player. As the group evolved, she switched to acoustic guitar -- eventually introducing banjo and mandolin to the sets.
Being a member of Heartless gives this quiet, country soul the opportunity to unleash her rock-n-roll heart AND justified the purchase of a Telecaster!
Chris Dikszas, Guitar, Vocals
Chris is a native Chicagoan and grew up on the far south side. For his 9th birthday, his mom & dad bought him a very inexpensive guitar; lessons and training soon followed. By the time he was 17, he was playing most of the local clubs. For the past 29 years, he has performed live all over Chicago and theTri-State area at venues like Navy Pier, Arlington Park Race Track, and the Chicago Marathon.
“The music that inspired me the most was everything on the radio from the 60’s and 70’s. Some of my earliest memories were hearing these strange, but magical sounds coming from this small plastic box.” Some of that magic was from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix.
By emulating the many guitar players and styles from the past 3 decades, Chris has acquired a wide range of skill, diverse abilities, and valuable experience in live performing and recording.
Anthony Caruso, Drums
Anthony picked up his first pair of Zildjian drum sticks at the young age of 5. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and proudly endorses Chicago Drum branded drums. He has played professionally for over 13 years.
Anthony’s live experience includes One Hott Mess and his alternative hard rock band, Big Happy Face. He also played with The Revue, a group he co-founded. He is an accomplished drum teacher, and has taught at the renowned El Rey Music Center in Arlington Heights, IL.
When asked about his heroes, Anthony cites drummers Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Danny Carey, Steve Jordan and many more. His high energy style is a great addition to the Heartless lineup.
Jamie grew up as the youngest of 6 brothers and a sister in the McKinley Park area of Chicago. Older musicians in the neighborhood inspired him to play music; Ray Manzarek of The Doors grew up just a few blocks away.
Jamie studied jazz improvisation under Rich Medel at the Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago (now part of Columbia College). His influences include Chris Squire (Yes), Geddy Lee (Rush), and Mike Rutherford (Genesis) as well as jazz artists Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, and Victor Wooten. Jamie was a member of the popular Chicago progressive rock band Chaser throughout the ‘80s and early 2000’s. He brings his inspired bass lines and strong vocals to the Heartless mix.
Robb Pedraza, Keyboards, Vocals
Robb took to the piano at age 5 and performed his first recital the following year. By age 13, he earned admission to the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, where he was continually advanced to higher levels of study.
An accomplished keyboardist and teacher at age 17, Robb played in Chicago area bands while studying at Roosevelt University's College of Performing Arts. He earned a degree in musical theory, piano performance and composition from DePaul University's School of Music, where he tutored under Mary Saur, principal piano of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. At DePaul, Robb studied under American composer and pianist George Flynn, and Cliff Colnot, lead conductor and arranger of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
In addition to performing, Robb is an accomplished music producer, songwriter, piano instructor and church organist who brings a wide range of musical talent and styles to the band.
Bob Roberts, Keyboards, Vocals, Manager
Bob manages the band, and is an outstanding performer in his own right. For over 20 years, he has fronted Chicago-area bands, including Phoenix for twelve years and the WCKG house band for five years.
Bob has appeared at venues all over Chicago including The House of Blues, Poplar Creek and Rosemont Horizon. He sites Jim Morrison (The Doors) and the classic Motown sound as two of his many musical influences. His versatile singing voice, smooth keyboard style and on-stage appeal make him a favorite on the Chicago music scene.