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The Chicago Robbery

The Chicago Robbery

13 reviews

About The Chicago Robbery

The Chicago Robbery are a harmony laden, acoustic cover duo from Northern Rhode Island playing pub favorites from the 50's to today. Everything from The Beatles to Van Morrison, The Avett Brothers to the Zac Brown Band and The Decemberists to The White Stripes.




By Samantha E. on July 15, 2014

These guys were so wonderful, perfect for our rooftop event. Everyone was asking who they were, where I found them, and just blown away by their talent! So awesome, will definitely be first on my list for our next events!

Hired as: Cover Band, Acoustic Band

Summer BBQ Party at Bristol Yacht Club

By Sarah O. on March 25, 2014

This is long overdue but I need to give Justin & Jay a review for an outstanding performance at the Bristol Yacht Club in August 2013! They were fantastic! I just loved their sound when I found them on GigSalad and I knew they would be a great addition to our summer event. They have a wonderful ability to read the crowd and took requests throughout the night. True professionals and great communication prior to event! I'm hoping I have the opportunity to use them again in the future and highly recommend them to anyone looking for this style of music. A home run!

Hired as: Acoustic Band

Great guys, Great Music!

By Brian W. on December 23, 2013

We hired The Chicago Robbery to play this past weekend at our home for a Christmas Party. Everyone in attendance thought they were excellent! The music was fantastic and their song books were so helpful in allowing people to put in song requests. This band is a true crowd pleaser. We will definately reccomend them to friends and family, and hope to hire them again in the future!

Brian Werner

Hired as: Cover Band, Top 40 Band

Extremely happy we chose The Chicago Robbery

By Karen S. on May 14, 2013

We hired "The Chicago Robbery" for a private outdoor party last weekend and we couldn't be happier that we did. They came to meet up prior to the party so we could go over details. They showed up on time for the party, and even agreed to stay a little later because a lot of our friends showed up later than the party start time of 2:00.

I made up a set list for them from their very vast list of songs to choose from, which was great, and enabled us to choose the songs we thought our guests would like to hear.

Justin and Jay are great guys, very professional, and talented musicians. I highly recommend them to anyone out there looking for live music for an event.

Thanks, guys.

Hired as: Acoustic Band


By Steve M. on March 5, 2013

We were searching for a live group to play at an annual military family function/fundraiser. I was referred to Justin & Jay and after talking with
them by phone, they graciously answered all of my questions about what we were looking for. Feeling it was a good match, we booked them for the event. Long story short, we could not have been more happy with them. They showed up early, coordinated with us on a great setup location, and really entertained everyone more than was expected. These guys really care about doing things right. Everyone enjoyed these guys so much that we have booked them for a return engagement later this summer. Thank you!

Hired as: Acoustic Band, Americana Band, Classic Rock Band, Country Band, Cover Band, Oldies Music, Party Band, Singing Guitarist, Southern Rock Band, Top 40 Band
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Excellent Band!

By Jennifer O. on December 8, 2016

I booked the 4 piece band for a surprise birthday party. They were excellent. The band played all the songs I selected from the play list and the crowd was up dancing with them. I would highly recommend them.

Hired as: Classic Rock Band, Southern Rock Band, Top 40 Band

Response from The Chicago Robbery:

Thank you very much, we had a great time!

Verified Review

Stole our hearts

By Rachael K. on September 22, 2016

I searched through dozens of bands and watched a hundred videos before I decided on The Chicago Robbery for my event. They came on as the second band for an after dinner set, their upbeat style was just what we needed to breath some life into the second half of the event. They were gracious enough to play along with the fire performer we had hired, making her performance even more magical, and proving they were absolutely the best group for the job! They might be only two guys but they have a sound that is bigger then you can imagine. Book them for your next event and you won't be sorry, I know I wasn't.

Hired as: Cover Band
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Great duo!

By Kirsten H. on August 14, 2016

We loved having Chicago Robbery at our reunion. They played great music, sounded amazing and were super easy to work with!! Highly recommend them!!!

Hired as: Acoustic Band

Response from The Chicago Robbery:

Thank you!

Verified Review

Amazing acoustic band!!

By Rachel G. on August 14, 2016

Chicago Robbery was amazing!! We had them play at a small event at a house and everyone loved their music. Highly recommend them!

Hired as: Singing Guitarist, Acoustic Band

Chicago Robbery was the icing on the cake!

By Phyllis P. on August 5, 2013

My daughter's 40th birthday pool party celebration was a big success, and Chicago Robbery helped make that happen. They were a hit with every generation in attendance, and I'm talking pre-teen through octogenarian! They gave us more than we asked for, and even entertained us during their break by bringing along recorded versions of requested tunes that are not part of their repertoire. They're personable, friendly and easy to talk to, and they'll do all they can to accommodate your requests. I couldn't be more satisfied. Book them!

Hired as: Acoustic Band

Great group for a great price!

By Hannah S. on January 11, 2013

I booked The Chicago Robbery for a New Year's Eve party for a group of 75 people who had rented our facilities for the night. The planning process with The Chicago Robbery was such a breeze and they were a pleasure to work with. For a reasonable price, they came to us all the way from Providence, performed for three hours and did a fantastic job. Most importantly, my clients were extremely pleased. I would definitely recommend and plan on re-booking in the future!

Hired as: Acoustic Band, Cover Band

Great Guys, Great Music, Great Fun

By Celia G. on December 26, 2012

These fellows know how to keep the party going, providing excellent acoustic entertainment for all ages. Professional and talented.

Great fun with The Chicago Robbery

By Angela M. on October 3, 2012

Jay runs my open mic night and Justin is his trusty side kick. So glad they decided to form a band with a diverse song book such as songs by Creedence to Katy Perry(Justin-Firework) which I LOVE. They are a TON of fun. Book them!

Hired as: Acoustic Band

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 120 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Languages: English


Our performances can range from subdued, family friendly background music to raucus, crowd moving pub rock. We do readily tailor our sets to suit the venue and event. Crowd interaction and singalongs are encouraged where appropriate (just try playing The Beatles "Yellow Submarine" without crowd participation!).

Additional Booking Notes

We require only electricity and ambient lighting.


The Chicago Robbery are Jay Ferguson & Justin Demars. We currently draw from a songbook of over 200 songs and are capable of providing up to four hours of entertainment. We supply our own sound system as needed. While most of our past events have occurred within Rhode Island, we also service nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Past Booked Events

Dec 03, 2016 Birthday (Adult)
Sep 01, 2016 Anniversary Party
Aug 13, 2016 Reunion
Aug 12, 2016 Birthday (Adult)
May 21, 2016 Graduation

The team providing the talent:

Jay Ferguson


Justin Demars


Set List

Here's the Master Songbook (as of 11/1/13):

• 867-5309 (Jenny) – Tommy Tutone
• 99 Problems – Jay Z./Hugo

• The A Team – Ed Sheeran
• Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
• Ain’t Waitin’ – Justin Townes Earle
• Alcohol – Brad Paisley
• Alive – Pearl Jam
• All Along the Watchtower - Bob Dylan/Jimi Hedrix
• All I Have to Do is Dream – Everly Brothers
• All My Loving – The Beatles
• Allentown – Billy Joel
• Already Gone – The Eagles
• American Girl – Tom Petty
• American Music – The Violent Femmes
• Ana Ng – They Might Be Giants
• And It Stoned Me – Van Morrison
• And She Was – Talking Heads
• Angel From Montgomery – John Prine
• Another Is Waiting – The Avett Brothers
• Another Saturday Night – Sam Cooke
• As She’s Walking Away – Zac Brown Band
• Ashes of American Flags – Wilco
• Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen

• Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
• Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Ball and Chain – Social Distortion
• The Ballad of Love and Hate – The Avett Brothers
• Bar – Zac Brown Band
• Behind Blue Eyes – The Who
• Big River – Johnny Cash
• Black – Pearl Jam
• Black Velvet Band – The Dubliners
• The Blarney Stone – Ween
• Blister in the Sun – The Violent Femmes
• Born on the Bayou – Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
• A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
• The Break Up Song – The Greg Kihn Band
• Breaking the Law – Judas Priest
• Brian Wilson – Barenaked Ladies
• Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
• Bye, Bye Love – The Everly Brothers

• California Stars – Wilco
• Call Me Al - Paul Simon
• Can the Circle Be Unbroken? – The Carter Family
• Can’t You See – Marshall Tucker Band
• Car Wash Blues – Jim Croce
• Carolina Drama – The Raconteurs
• Carry On – Fun.
• Catch the Wind – Donovan
• Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
• The Cave – Mumford & Sons
• Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
• The Chimbley Sweep – The Decemberists
• Chinese Translation – M. Ward
• City of New Orleans – Steve Goodman/Arlo Guthrie
• Cocaine Blues – Johnny Cash
• Colder Weather – Zac Brown Band
• Come Together – The Beatles
• Coming Into Los Angeles – Arlo Guthrie
• Cover Me – Bruce Springsteen
• Cover of the Rolling Stone – Dr. Hook
• Cracklin’ Rosie – Neil Diamond
• Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
• Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
• Creep – Radiohead
• Creep – Stone Temple Pilots

• Dance, Dance, Dance – Steve Miller Band
• Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol
• Danny’s Song – Loggins & Messina
• Days Like This – Scarce
• Dead Flowers – The Rolling Stones
• Dead Skunk – Loudon Wainwright
• Deadwood Mountain – Big & Rich
• Delia’s Gone – Johnny Cash
• Dixie Chicken – Little Feat
• Dixieland – Steve Earle
• Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals
• Don’t Look Back in Anger - Oasis
• Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright – Bob Dylan
• Down by the Water – The Decemberists
• Down on the Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Down with the Shine – The Avett Brothers
• Downeaster Alexa – Billy Joel
• Dr. Worm – They Might Be Giants
• Driver 8 – R.E.M.
• Drunk On You – Luke Bryan

• Eight Days a Week – The Beatles
• Eli, the Barrow Boy – The Decemberists
• End of the Line – The Travelling Wilburys
• Engine Driver – The Decemberists
• The Entertainer – Billy Joel
• Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison

• Father and Son – Cat Stevens
• Fields of Athenry – Traditional
• Fishermans Blues – The Waterboys
• Firework – Katy Perry
• First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
• Five Years – David Bowie
• Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
• Free – Zac Brown Band
• Friend of the Devil – Grateful Dead
• Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
• F*ck You – Cee Lo Green

• Galway Girl – Steve Earle
• The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
• Gimme Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd
• Good – Better Than Ezra
• Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
• Green Fields of France – Traditional
• Guitar Town – Steve Earle

• Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
• Hard Times Come Again No More – Stephen Foster
• Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise – The Avett Brothers
• Heart of Gold – Neil Young
• Hello in There – John Prine
• Hey, Hey; My, My – Neil Young
• Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms
• Hey Julie – Fountains of Wayne
• Hey, Soul Sister – Train
• Hey Ya - Outkast
• Hide Your Love Away – The Beatles
• Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
• Ho, Hey – The Lumineers
• Hold On – Tom Waits
• Home – Phillip Phillips
• Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford & Sons
• Horse with No Name - America
• Hotel California – The Eagles
• House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
• Hurts So Good – John Mellencamp

• I Hear Them All – Old Crow Medicine Show
• I Fought the Law – The Clash/Bobby Fuller
• I Shall Be Released – Bob Dylan/The Band
• I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
• I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones
• I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend – The Ramones
• I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
• I Will Survive – Cake/Gloria Gaynor
• I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
• I Would Be Sad – The Avett Brothers
• I’m Eighteen – Alice Cooper
• I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
• I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
• I’m Your Man – Leonard Cohen
• If It Hadn’t Been For Love – The Steeldrivers/Adele
• Illegal Smile – John Prine
• In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel
• In the Blood – Better Than Ezra
• In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
• Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
• Istanbul (Not Constantiniple) – They Might Be Giants

• Jack and Diane – John Mellencamp
• Jackaroo – Traditional (Grateful Dead)
• January Hymn – The Decemberists
• January Wedding – The Avett Brothers
• Jesus Etc. – Wilco
• Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
• Johnny Come Lately – Steve Earle
• The Joker – Steve Miller Band
• Jolene – Dolly Parton/The White Stripes
• Jumping Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
• June Hymn – The Decemberists
• Just Like Heaven – The Cure
• Just What I Needed – The Cars

• Karma Police – Radiohead
• Kick Drum Heart – The Avett Brothers
• Kids - MGMT
• King of the Road – Roger Miller
• Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan/Eric Clapton/Guns n’ Roses
• Kodachrome – Paul Simon

• Land Down Under – Men at Work
• Land of Confusion – Genesis
• Layla – Eric Clapton
• Let it Be – The Beatles
• Light My Fire – The Doors
• Lightning Crashes - Live
• Like a Hurricane – Neil Young
• Little Black Submarines – The Black Keys
• Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
• Little Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
• Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
• Live & Die – The Avett Brothers
• Lodi – Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Long Day – Matchbox 20
• Lookin’ Out My Back Door – Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Love Your Love the Most – Eric Church
• Lovers in a Dangerous Time – Barenaked Ladies
• LoveSong – The Cure
• Low – Cracker

• Man on the Moon – R.E.M.
• Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet
• Mariners Revenge Song – The Decemberists
• Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty
• Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – Paul Simon
• Melt With You – Modern English
• Message in a Bottle – The Police
• Midnight Special – Creedence
• The Mighty Quinn – Bob Dylan
• Moonshadow – Cat Stevens
• Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters – Elton John
• Monkey & The Engineer – The Grateful Dead
• Mother – Pink Floyd
• Mother’s Little Helper – Rolling Stones
• Move It on Over – Hank Williams
• Movin’ Out – Billy Joel
• Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
• Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan/The Byrds
• Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
• Mud on the Tires – Brad Paisley
• Murder in the City – The Avett Brothers

• Nearly Lost You – The Screaming Trees
• New Slang – The Shins
• Norwegian Wood – The Beatles
• Nutshell – Alice in Chains

• Obladi, Oblada – The Beatles
• Octopus’ Garden – The Beatles
• The Old Apartment – Barenaked Ladies
• Old Joe’s Place – The Folksmen
• Old Time Rock N’ Roll – Bob Seger
• Omaha – Counting Crows
• Once and Future Carpenter – The Avett Brothers
• One – U2
• The One I Love – R.E.M.
• Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel
• Operator – Jim Croce
• Outside – Aaron Lewis/Staind

• Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones
• Particle Man – They Might Be Giants
• Passenger Side – Wilco
• Patience – Guns N’ Roses
• Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Eagles
• People are Strange – The Doors
• Piano Man – Billy Joel
• A Pirate Looks at Forty – Jimmy Buffett
• Positively 4th Street – Bob Dylan
• Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
• Purple Rain - Prince

• Queen Bitch – David Bowie

• Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
• Rain King – Counting Crows
• Rain on the Scarecrow – John Couger Mellencamp
• Rainy Day Women #12 & #35 – Bob Dylan
• Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
• Ripple – The Greatful Dead
• The River – Bruce Springsteen
• Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
• Rock the Casbah – The Clash
• Rock This Town – Stray Cats
• Rockin’ in the Free World – Neil Young
• Rolling in the Deep – Adele
• Round Here – Counting Crows
• Rox in the Box – The Decemberists
• Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones

• Santeria – Sublime
• Save Tonight – Eagle-Eye Cherry
• Say – John Mayer
• Secret Agent Man – Johnny Rivers
• Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
• Shankill Butchers – The Decemberists
• Shooting Star – Bad Company
• Signs – Five Man Electrical Band/Tesla
• Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
• Sister Golden Hair Surprise – America
• Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
• Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
• Sloop John B – The Beach Boys
• Small Town – John Cougar Mellencamp
• Some Nights – Fun.
• Soulshine – Warren Haynes/Allman Brothers/Gov’t Mule
• Space Oddity – David Bowie
• Springsteen – Eric Church
• St. James Infirmary Blues – Traditional (Arlo Guthrie)
• Stand By Me – Ben E. King
• Stay Forever - Ween
• Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
• Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
• Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
• Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
• Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

• Take a Back Road – Rodney Atkins
• Take It Easy – The Eagles
• Takin’ Care of Business – B.T.O.
• Talk - Coldplay
• Tangled Up in Blue – Bob Dylan
• Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
• Teen Angst - Cracker
• That’s Life – Frank Sinatra
• That’s the Way That the World Goes Round – John Prine
• This Is Why We Fight – The Decemberists
• Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
• The Thunder Rolls – Garth Brooks
• Tiny Dancer – Elton John
• Turn the Page – Bob Seger
• Typical Situation – Dave Matthews Band

• Under My Thumb – Rolling Stones
• Up on Cripple Creek – The Band
• Used to Love Her – Guns N’ Roses

• Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
• Waiting for Superman – The Flaming Lips
• Waiting on the World to Change – John Mayer
• The Way – Fastball
• We Are Going to Be Friends – The White Stripes
• We Both Go Down Together – The Decemberists
• The Weight – The Band
• What I Like About You – The Romantics
• (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding – Nick lowe/Elvis Costello
• When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
• When Doves Cry – Prince
• When I Drink – The Avett Brothers
• When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Traditional
• Whiskey in the Jar – Traditional
• White Blank Page – Mumford & Sons
• Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
• Wild Nights – Van Morrison/John Mellencamp
• Wild World – Cat Stevens
• Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
• With a Little Help From Me Friends – The Beatles
• With or Without You – U2
• Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
• Wonderwall – Oasis
• Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
• Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot

• Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
• Yer So Bad – Tom Petty
• Yesterday – The Beatles
• Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots – The Flaming Lips
• You – Candlebox
• You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – Bob Dylan
• You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty
• You Gotta Fight (For Your Right) – Beastie Boys
• You May Be Right – Billy Joel
• You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
• You Wreck Me – Tom Petty
• Your Cheatin’ Hear

Influences & Inspiration

Our brand of harmony laden performance is influenced by the folk rock of the sixties and the acoustic indie folk of today, as well as incorporating rootsy Americana & bluegrass elements.

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