Trauma Patient: Illinois
After surviving a nearly fatal car accident, three best friends from Cincinnati were brought together through their passion for music. Specifically, rock music. When the members of Trauma Illinois were 15 & 16 years old, a truck T-Boned them, sending vocalist and bassist Jack Johnson and guitarist Brendan (BB) Jordan to the hospital. Jack flatlined en route, was resuscitated and admitted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital ICU for four days. With Jack being 15, he had no ID upon entering and was given a random designation to be tracked throughout the hospital. That name was “Trauma Patient: Illinois.”
Having taken the pain and perspective that comes from a brush with death, the three trauma boys created a rock n’ roll band in November 2017. Since then, they have been relentlessly pushing a classic rock revival with big sounds, big production, and revolutionary themed music. They take large influence from other politically-charged artists like The Doors, Rage Against The Machine, and Pink Floyd.
Trauma Illinois' goal is to maximize the human experience via cultural disobedience. They are influenced by the spectacle of an earlier era of lewd, crude, and tattooed rockers. The band frequents the blues, a landmark in their development as musicians. Expect to see a boisterous display of musicality offset by an aesthetically pleasing light show.