About the band

Our Story

Trauma Illinois is a band born out of a life altering event. 

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 died, 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. The experience shifted the group's attitude. If your ticket might get punched on a random Tuesday afternoon anyhow. F**k it, start a band and go all out for it.  

Our Message

Practice your own form of Cultural Disobedience. Do what is in your heart. Don't follow convention for its own sake or be a non-conformist just for spite. Live by more pure motives. 

The band's music reflects an ethos of personal fulfillment, an embrace of fun and spectacle, and a willingness to shine a light in the dark corners on the other side of the white picket fence.

Our music

We are an alternative rock band with classic rock influences. We combine the 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 an earlier era of rock. While everyone recognizes it eventually went off track (spandex and big hair), the reaction, where people try to look bland just to be :"alt", does not appeal to us either. Our show is best described as a mini arena act. Why? Because that is fun.

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
Donato's Basement - 142
Café Keroauc - 23