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Julia & Karen

About Us

Come out and ROCK with us!

How we came to be the Vinyl Vixens

Karen Hart and Julia Lawrence stumbled upon each other through an online music network. Julia had moved back to IL after living in Las Vegas for 15 years and decided to put an ad out looking for a duo partner. Having seen that Julia had checked out her profile, Karen answered Julia’s ad and the two began talking and sharing musical interests. Soon the two began meeting for rehearsals and shortly after realized that they were meant to work together, thus forming Vinyl Vixens and focusing on the rock music that influenced their musical careers.

For the past two decades Julia had been performing the lead role in two national tribute shows to Fleetwood Mac (Fleetwood Nicks) and Heart (Heart Alive) both based in Las Vegas. Previously, Julia fronted the Fleetwood Mac/Heart tribute Mirage in Chicagoland for several years before relocating, opening for national acts-their first being Cheap Trick at Hoffman Estates Fest. Julia is also the lead singer in Gold Dust Dreams (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) based in the Chicago area.

Karen’s band has had enormous success performing all around the Chicagoland area and neighboring Midwest cities-- headlining prestigious venues with both
“The Karen Hart Band” and with her tribute show to the Pretenders “Just Pretending”, and like Julia, had also been performing in a Heart tribute (Heart to Heartbreaker), which was another common denominator they shared that made their musical bond even more apparent.

Vinyl Vixens carefully chooses their material that not only showcases their individual talents, but they also choose material that is loved by an all-age audience. The Mama’s & Papas, The Eagles, The Pretenders, Fleetwood Mac, Melissa Etheridge, Heart, Tom Petty, U2, Evanescence, Janis Joplin, Sheryl Crow are just some artists you’ll hear. The ladies not only cover rock hits through the decades, but also include a little bit of country, blues and original music. This music is timeless and perfect for any venue that loves rock and roll!

Julia Lawrence

Julia Lawrence

Julia Lawrence performed for many years in “Mirage”--the successful Chicago based tribute to Heart and Fleetwood Mac--playing the musical role of both Stevie Nicks and Nancy Wilson sharing the stage with several world-known rock bands--the first being Cheap Trick. She relocated out to Las Vegas & formed 3 national tribute shows: Fleetwood Nicks, Heart Alive, & the Women of Rock Show. Both Fleetwood Nicks & Heart Alive were nominated multiple years for Best Tribute Show in the country with Heart Alive taking the win in 2011. Her tribute shows have performed at notable venues around the country and in Las Vegas, including being chosen one of 12 bands in the country to perform New Years Eve at the Fremont Street Experience “TributePalooza.” Julia relocated back to IL in 2019, performing the vocal lead of Stevie Nicks in “Gold Dust Dreams,” a tribute to Fleetwood Mac.

Julia is also an original musician and songwriter having released 2 original albums “Surrounding Sara” (alternative rock), and “Love Survive” Christian Contemporary Rock album which can be heard on LoveSurvive.Bandcamp.com. Love Survive’s music also helps support the fight against child trafficking Child Rescue Coalition.

Karen Hart

Karen Hart

Karen Hart's first performance was at the Rosemont Horizon and she has been ROCKIN' ever since. Karen has performed with Cheap Dates, Battlefield (a Pat Benatar tribute band), portrayed Linda McCartney in Band on the Run (a Paul McCartney Tribute band) and portrayed Nancy Wilson in Heart to Heartbreaker (a Heart and Pat Benatar tribute band). Karen started her own band, the Karen Hart Band , performing at large festivals such as; The Taste of Chicago, Schaumburg Septemberfest, Bolingbrook Jubilee, Northlake Days, Naperville Last Fling, Carol Stream Fest, Woodridge Jubilee, Frankfort Fall Fest, Batavia Windmill City Fest, Bartlett 4th of July Fest, Plainfield Fest, Bloomingdale Septemberfest, Taste of Polonia, Cantigny, Taste of Lombard, Monee Fall Faire, Lisle Eyes to the Skies, Winfield Good Old Days, West Chicago Railroad Days, Berwyn Centennial Festival, Long Grove Festivals, Somonauk Summerfest, and Worth Days to name a few. Recently, Karen has been performing a tribute to The Pretenders Karen Hart Band Pretending .

Karen has shared the stage with national acts such as the Gin Blossims, the Smithereens, Dennis DeYoung, the Ides of March, Davy Jones and the New Colony Six. Karen Hart's high-energy and powerful vocals leave no doubt she can ROCK like few others. Her love of music is evident in her performance and watching the fun she has on stage, you can't help but join in on it.



Special Tribute

A tribute to Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde

Stevie Nicks is always surprising us with her musical collaborations. From Tom Petty to Don Henley to Sheryl Crow and many more highly acclaimed musicians. Her highly anticipated 24 Karat Gold Tour began with another surprise artist joining her on stage in her hometown of Phoenix AZ. During the early half of her show, she brought out her longtime friend Chrissie Hynde to help her sing “Stop Draggin' My Heart Around”. The crowd went wild as Chrissie took the Tom Petty vocal lead to another level that left the audience wanting more. Needless to say, the two ladies wanted more too—so they decided to hit the road together and tour across North America.

As a member of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie has performed around the world to sold out shows for decades, as well as winning the Grammy for their Rumours album. The magic didn't stop with Fleetwood Mac's success as Nick's solo career proved to be just as strong. She has released multi-platinum albums, as well as being dubbed the “queen of rock and roll” by Rolling Stone Magazine, with 6 top 10 albums and 8 Grammy nominations. Her crowning validation as a rock and roll icon was apparent when she became the first woman to be inducted twice into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and again in 2019 for her solo work.

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders was raised in Ohio in the 60's where she developed a rebel taste for rock music. Hynde formed The Pretenders in the late 70's in London at a time when it was unusual for a woman to play guitar and lead a hard rock and roll band. The band put out a string of hit records and Chrissie became a symbol of female power. The Pretenders blend of punk, new wave and top 40 pop with hits such as Back on the Chain Gang, Don't Get Me Wrong, I'll Stand by You and of course their 1979 rock anthem “Brass in Pocket” put the band on the rock and roll map as one of the most recognized in rock music history. The Pretenders have sold over 25 million albums and lead singer and founder Chrissie is one of the most respected songwriters in the business. Chrissie also released a memoir in 2015 “Reckless: My Life as a Pretender.”

Chrissie Hynde and Stevie Nicks couldn't be more different. But together, they are a dynamic team that have proven that opposites really do attract. Taking into consideration their incredible music careers as fronting two of the most beloved rock bands in history--they have shown the world that two ladies in their 60's can still rock just as hard as anyone.

Julia Lawrence as Stevie Nicks and Karen Hart as Chrissie Hynde

 
Julia Lawrence & Karen Hart
Julia Lawrence & Karen Hart
 
 
When chatting about The Pretenders and Stevie Nicks, they recalled that Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde had toured together during Stevie’s 24 Karat Gold Tour. The tour officially began on October 25, 2016 in Phoenix AZ at the Talking Stick Resort Arena and concluded on November 24, 2017 in Dunedin at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, lasting over one year.

Knowing the success of the Stevie Nicks/Chrissie Hynde combination, Karen and Julia knew that Vinyl Vixens was destined to expand their show to not only showcasing a variety of rock hits from the 60’s through today, but also including a unique tribute show featuring the music of Stevie Nicks and the Pretenders.


Shows

Come out and ROCK with us!

Danny's Pub & Grill
Sat Sep 18th - 8:00pm - 11:00pm
We all had so much fun, they asked us back! Great place to meet up with friends and enjoy live music.


1550 Illinois Rte 59, Naperville, IL 60563
 
 
Jessie's Tavern
Sat Sep 11th - 8:00pm - 11:00pm
We're Back! We have a special guest joining us, Stevie B! Come out and support live music, we would love to see you!

10501 South Ridgeland, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
 
 
Danny's Pub & Grill
Sat Aug 21st - 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Have your friends meet you there, great drinks, great food!


1550 Illinois Rte 59, Naperville, IL 60563
 
 
Private Party
Sat Aug 7th - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Vinyl Vixens will perform at your private party! Contact us by email for more information.
 
 
Darien Swim & Rec Club
Fri July 23rd - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Drinks, Snacks & Music (Hey, that's us!). Open to the public!

Doors open at 6:30pm.

1001 Hinsbrook Ave, Darien IL
 
 
Jessie's Tavern
Fri Jul 2nd - 8:00pm - 11:00pm
We're going to bring live music to our south side friends, come join us!

10501 South Ridgeland, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
 
 
Carriage Greens Country Club
Fri May 28th - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Call 630-985-3400 to reserve your table.

8700 Carriage Greens Drive Darien, Illinois 60561
 
 
 
 




Artists We Cover

All the songs that bring back memories from the 60's to today!

 
 

Stevie Nicks/
Fleetwood Mac

Chrissie Hynde/
The Pretenders

 
 
Go Your Own Way
Rhiannon
Gold Dust Woman
Landslide
Don't Stop
Dreams
Gypsy
Edge of 17
Talk to Me
If Anyone Falls
Stop Draggin’ My Heart
The Chain
Stand Back
Second Hand News
Leather & Lace
If Anyone Falls
Nightbird
Sara
Sable on Blonde
Angel
Big Love
Fireflies
Everywhere
Eyes of the World
Hold Me
Monday Morning
Over My Head
Say You Love Me
Silver Springs
Songbird
World Turning
You Make Loving Fun
Boots of Chinese Plastic
Talk of the Town
Kid
Back on the Chain Gang
Don’t Get Me Wrong
Brass in Pocket
I’ll Stand by You in C
My City was Gone
Stop your Sobbing
Message of Love
Cuban Slide
Precious
Time the Avenger
The Wait
Night in my Veins
Human
Mystery Achievement
Middle of the Road
2000 Miles
Never Do That
Pack it Up
Show Me
Tattooed Love Boys
Thin Line Between Love And Hate
 
 

Other Artists

 
 
10,000 Maniacs
3 Non Blondes
Aerosmith
America
Anna Nalik
Beatles
Blind Melon
BoDeans
Bon Jovi
Brandi Carlisle
Brian Adams
Cheryl Crow
Chris Cross
Civil Wars
Cranberries
Crosby, Stills, Nash
Eagles
Evanescence
Fleet Foxes
Fleetwood Mac
Guess Who
Heart
Ides of March
Janis Joplin
Jimmy Buffett
Joan Jett
Journey
K T Tunsell
Lacey Sturm
Lady Gaga
Lauren Daigle
Led Zeppellin
Lennon & Maisy
Little Big Town
Loggins & Messina
Love Survive
Melanie
Melissa Etheridge
Miranda Lambert
Neil Young
Pat Benatar
Patti Smith
Phil Wickham
REM
Shaw Blades
Simon & Garfunkel
Skid Row
Steely Dan
Steve Miller
Stevie Nicks
Styx
Tears for Fears
The Cure
The Monkees
The Pretenders
The Who
Til Tuesday
Tom Petty
U2
Van Morrison
 
 
 


Contact

Call to book your next event!

(630) 445-1580
Or
Email: VinylVixensBand@gmail.com