“This Must Be the Band” is Chicago’s only and therefore best Talking Heads Tribute Band; only performing Talking Heads music, and, if possible, 3 to 4 hours at a time. Formed in May of 2007, This Must Be the Band began by playing the coveted pizza joint circuit, the most notable of which was the city-famous Piece Pizza in Wicker Park. Since then, the band has expanded east to NYC and west to San Francisco.
This Must Be the Band has two main dishes on their menu: the first is a succulent “All-Request Show,” with a generous helping of audience partici- pation, flavored slightly by improvisation. The second is the hailed “Stop Making Sense Re-Creation,” where the band performs note-for-note and prop-for-prop the famous Talking Heads concert film from 1984. For three years running, the band has performed this show to a sold-out crowd at the Vic Theatre and Park West in Chicago. This Must be the Band is extremely happy to play Talking Heads music night after night because the music is just that much fun. Not only has the lead singer (Charlie Otto) been called “the illegitimate son of David Byrne,” but the band boasts its very own Tina Weymouth (Jamie Jay), Bernie Worrell (Matt Gunsaulus), Adrian Belew (Otto), and Ednah Holt (Kasey Foster).