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 a lifetime 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.
Julie Bittner as "Nancy Wilson", Guitar, Vocals
Julie’s love for music started at age 9, singing along with music of ABBA. As a young adult, she picked up the guitar and there’s been no turning back! She taught herself to play with inspiration from artists like Sheryl Crow and rocker KT Tunstall.
In 2011, she formed a duo, New Day, performing a variety of pop and rock hits. Unfortunately, her music partner passed away, prompting Julie to take a few years off. After her short hiatus, she returned with a solo show playing wine bars and pubs in the Western Chicago suburbs and fronting a local cover band. She also started a new duo covering crowd-pleasing hits at public and private venues. Fun fact: For five years, Julie was a professional Dancer/Cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls!
Julie brings high-energy performance to the stage. Her dynamic vocals and guitar-playing style make her a great fit for the music of Heart.
Jeff Bruno, Guitar, Vocals
Jeff is a self-taught musician who grew up in Detroit and was playing both viola and guitar by age 9. While he earned a viola scholarship, he turned it down and was playing guitar in bars at age 14. By 19, he was into the Detroit metal scene, playing the biggest clubs with musicians like current and former members of Kid Rock.
When he moved to Chicago in the late 90's, Jeff was still playing original music until he joined a friend's cover band. From there, he spent several years with the bands Reckless and April's Reign.
When asked about influences, Jeff always mentions his roots in classical music. He was also inspired by seeing the great classical guitarist Andres Segovia shortly before his death. Other influences include Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Randy Rhodes (Ozzy), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) and John Frusciante (Chili Peppers) who he cites as one of his major influences and favorite guitarists.
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.