OWNER/EDITOR – From an early age, Dennis can remember seeing a band play an outdoor performance near where he lived at the time. He was so impacted by the band that he asked the band for their autograph more than once between their songs. In retrospect, he obviously felt bad for the band; being pestered like that, but it was there that a love for live music was sparked.

Influenced by the Beatles, David Bowie and the music and spectacle of Kiss, music became more of a prominent role in his life. His older brother and sister had each influenced him in additional directions of music. His brother infused the greats of the ’60’s including Jimi Hendrix and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. His sister infused music of the ’80’s including Prince and Gary Numan.

With a whole world of great music at his fingertips, Dennis found a love for bands like, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Ministry, Misfits, Fields of the Nephilim, Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Dead Can Dance, Skinny Puppy and singers like Kate Bush, Sarah Brightman, Lorrena McKennitt and Sarah McLachlan to literally name a few.

Aside from his love for music, Dennis has been involved with art, and photography. Having created works of art in pencil, pen, oil paint and even has made some carvings some time ago.

His photography experience is equally as varied, from nature photography, to wedding photography and concert photography in 35mm and digital formats.

The Killer Kitchen Utensils

Joe Montalbano, Andy Smith, Dennis Kelly

Photo © 1989 by: Eric Pitte

In 1988, Dennis joined his friends in forming a band called “The Killer Kitchen Utensils” and played drums with them up until 1990, the whole time continuing on his abilities with art. After his departure, Dennis took the opportunity to video record practices and performances of the Killer Kitchen Utensils the way he always wanted to be recorded.

In 1997, Dennis got his first computer and furthered himself into a new realm of creative possibilities. In addition to creating art on the computer, Dennis also worked on photo restorations, alterations and finally, web design.

In 2000, Dennis regained communication with his old friend and band mate, Andy Smith, and learned that Andy was playing bass guitar for the band called Drop. Wanting to help out as best he could, Dennis created the Chicago Music Guide. It started exceedingly small with only a dozen bands on the site, but it  was a start.

In 2004, Dennis decided to seek out assistance and make Chicago Music Guide a more formal company that can help more people on a larger scope. So, he took on the role of Editor while looking for more personnel including writers and photographers.

Dennis’ successes and personal accomplishments with Chicago Music Guide have been great, but “the best is truly yet to come” and expects to see the largest growth for the company in 2014 and to carry that momentum on far beyond this year alone!

You can reach Dennis in one of the following ways:

Email: dkelly@chicagomusicguide.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoMusicGuideDK