All the members of Transit Authority are saddened
by the loss of our original lead singer, Ben Zerr, who passed away
Saturday night, August 22, 2015. Ben's genuine laughter and honest
personality were loved and appreciated by all of us.
“This band would never have been what it is today
without the creativity and talent that Ben brought to us”, said band
leader and founder, Tim Ellis.
“Ben was small in stature but was a huge
person. His laugh was contagious and his heart bigger than all
of the rest of us put together', said Ellis. “He was a tremendous
showman and he sang like a bird. I still remember the time he sat
on the front of the stage to sing a ballad when we were playing
at Epcot Center. A small child crawled from of her mother's lap
and walked up to the stage. Ben took the child in his arms and
sang the ballad to her. It was incredibly touching.”
We will all truly miss him...
performing their very first shows together in the early spring
of 2003, Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S.
and abroad as the premier tribute to the iconic group Chicago.
Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, this eight member ensemble
creates a fiery musical salute to the greatest horn driven rock
act to ever come down the pike. Transit Authority's mission is
to recreate that excitement of the original Chicago Transit Authority's
sound each and every performance.
With stellar Cetera/Kath/Lamm like vocals leading the way, killer industrial
strength guitar, and note for note traditional arrangements on many of the songs,
(why mess with perfection) along with one of the mid west's best horn and rhythm
sections, Transit Authority will honestly make you believe you are witnessing
the real thing performing songs before your very eyes and ears!
Transit Authority will take you along on a high energy sonic journey
back into time, starting with some of the very first mega-hits such
as Make Me Smile, Does Anybody Know What Time It Is, and Questions
67 & 68, into the eighties with
wonderful ballads like Hard To Say I'm Sorry / Get Away, and Hard
Habit to Break.
Transit Authority's performances are so dynamic and energetic that
you are reminded yes, horns truly belong in rock & roll! Brass
and wood-winds merging seamlessly with drums, bass, keyboards, and
gutsy guitar form an air-tight rhythm section completing the band
with all the textures, rhythms, riffs, fills, and great vocals that
recreates perfectly the legendary sound of Chicago. One of many things
that have always set the Chicago sound apart from other horn bands
has been their trombone leading horn section. Transit Authority has
assembled some amazingly gifted horn players whom meticulously capture
all the nuances of the original recordings.