Wisconsin State Fair (Milwaukee, WI)
Shoe Fest (Manteno, IL)
Turner Hall Ballroom (Milwaukee, WI)
Takin' Time 'For Music' (Clearwater, MN)
Annandale Roadhouse (Annandale, MN)
Palmer House (Newport, KY)
Southgate Revival (Newport, KY)
Wunderbar (Cincinnati, OH)
Ventura (Scottsdale, AZ)
Summer Camp Music & Arts Festival* (Chillicothe, IL)
Hopstring Fest (Silver Cross Field, Joliet, IL)
Michigan International Speedway (Brooklyn, MI)
Rt. 66 Raceway (Joliet, IL)
Schuba's Tavern (Chicago, IL)
Reggie's Rock Club (Chicago, IL)
The Cubby Bear Wrigleyville (Chicago, IL)
MoJoe's (Joliet, IL)
The Abbey Pub (Chicago, IL)
The Double Door (Chicago, IL)
The Beat Kitchen (Chicago, IL)
Uncommon Ground (Chicago, IL)
Kilkenny's (Davenport, IA)
The Store (Chicago, IL)
Bottom Lounge (Chicago, IL)
Tonic Room (Chicago, IL)
Elbo Room (Chicago, IL)
Underground Lounge (Chicago, IL)
115 Bourbon Street (Merrionette Park, IL)
Durty Nellie's (Palatine, IL)
Frankie's Blue Room (Naperville, IL)
*These are just some of the top picks. Alex and his band have played countless other venues across IL and midwest.
A NICE OPENING:
For Los Lobos, The Wailers, Howie Day and The Gin Blossoms
Wendy Greenslade - "Then Alex, moving everyone with his soulful voice and his unique style of guitar picking left me amazed. I also have never seen such a beg from the crowd for more as the night came to a close. The venue had no choice but to let them play more."
THE WINDY CITY LIVE MESSAGE BOARD AFTER ALEX'S PERFORMANCE on 1/17/13
"What a treat! So soulful!" - Wendy H.
"So nice to see an up and coming talent like this. Just a great performance." - Steve S.
"I was really blown away by Alex. He is easily one of the best you've had on the show." - Dawn G.
"This guy needs to be making steps because he's definitely got all the tools." - Roger F.
THE VILLAGE VIEW, Entertainment: By Kelly White
As a bluesy rock ‘n roll musician with a husky voice and an acoustic guitar, Alex Hoffer is definitely making his way in the music industry. Paved by hard work and dedication, Alex has been a full-time musician in the Chicagoland area for over six years, and in that time he has been building a loyal following around the Midwest. From the city of Chicago and the suburbs that contain it, to Milwaukee to Ann Arbor to San Diego and almost everywhere in between, Alex has found his way to many places in this country with a guitar in hand, voice in mind, loving every moment of the journey. Alex performs as a solo artist or with his band, Alex Hoffer & Friends, to which he states,
“Personally, I think we sound like a combination of Ray LaMontagne, Dave Matthews Band, Phish and Paul Simon. And if those acts had a jam-band baby, you’d have us.”
Alex has been personally playing music for the past ten years, writing his own songs and finding people to play with along the way.
“I was influenced a lot by Classical music growing up,” he said, “The lyrical portion of songwriting came later for me. My Mom loved Paul Simon and I too grew to find his styling quite amazing."
Aside from a performance on Windy City Live in December of 2012, where he played his original track, "Standby", Alex has played at Chicago Street Pub in downtown Joliet, The Tonic Room, The Store, The Double Door and The Abbey Pub in Chicago, Summer Camp Music Festival and both Chicagoland and Michigan International Speedways among many other locations. On the southside, Alex has visited 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park and Lucky’s Lounge in Chicago Ridge. Alex will be playing at Mojoe’s, 22 W. Cass Street, on Saturday, Jan. 25th with his band when they open for Bob Marley's former band, The Wailers.