About the band

Our Story

2 years ago, a group of friends from Northern Kentucky came together and started playing a few gigs around town for fun.

Then one day, a horrible car accident landed the entire crew in the hospital. The singer, Jack, got the worst of it. On the way to the hospital, he had to be resuscitated and then spent several touch and go days in the ICU.

When he arrived at the E.R without identification, the nurses nicknamed him Trauma Illinois. Thus the band was born. It is a simple and oft repeated message learned at an early age. Live like it was your last night on earth. Our goal is to capture the bombastic nature of classic rock minus the stylistic excesses (its not the 80s anymore) and mix it with the substance of modern alt rock minus those stylistic "choices" (flannel isn't very rock and roll)

Our music

We are an alternative rock band with heavy classic rock influences. We combine the arena rock energy and hook driven melodies of classic rock with modern alt rock lyrical edges. Instead of an overblown description.....you can have a listen here (link also below)

Our concert experience

We are influenced by the spectacle of 80s rock. Our show is best described as a mini arena act. Just take away the spandex and big hair. 

Original music sets are typically 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour and we are available to headline a show or as an opener.

Live Performances

Sample track

Contact and Social Media

Booking/Management/band email: blankstateband@outlook.com

Press links

Press photos

Bogarts EP Release - June 2016

Bogarts EP Release - June 2016

Halloween at York St. Cafe

Halloween at York St. Cafe

Black Friday at Thompson House

Black Friday at Thompson House

Recent Shows and Draw

Cincinnati - Headlining shows
Thompson House  - 303
Bogarts  - 483
Madison Live - 287

Headliners Ballroom - 90

Private event - 47

Ruby Tuesdays - 28
Skullys - 42
Café Keroauc - 23