A Live Lit + Music Show

Story Jam

STEPHANIE ROGERS (vocals, songwriter) started Story Jam in 2014, and continues to host, produce, and write the music for each show. For more information about Steph, please visit hipchick.com. 

RAFE BRADFORD (bass) is an industry veteran who has played with such notables as Luther Vandross, Nancy Wilson, Mc Coy Tyner, and Stanley Turrentine…just to name a few. Also, Rafe is top mastering engineer and session player in Chicago who has recently returned to Chicago after 13 years in Los Angeles. 

DAVE HILTEBRAND (guitar)  is a multi-instrumental musician and composer. He has composed music for Fortune 500 companies, film and network tv, and he has co-written national top ten songs. He has toured internationally with the Jersey Boys, The Chicago Children's Choir, Nick Colionne and Steve Cole, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Havana, Cuba. Dave has appeared on network tv in commercials, Empire, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Betrayal, and has been dea on many studio recordings. 

JOHN BOWES (sax) is a Berklee School of Music grad whose early influences include Rufus, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, and Motown. John has been on tours throughout the world and has played with Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Melissa Etheridge, The O’Jays, Lou Rawls, The Supremes, The Funk Bros, The Dells, and many others. Theater performances include “Love, Janis” at the Royal George in Chicago, and “Imagine Tap” at the Harris Theater. John has recorded with and arranged for many local and national bands and performers. 

MIKE LOGAN, JR. (Drums) is a world touring artist, producer, drummer, percussionist, and musician’s musician, from the south suburbs of Chicago. Mike's career was jumpstarted in 2014 when he was invited to join his father out on the road with Boz Scaggs as tour assistant. It was one soundcheck that changed Logan’s life, when he had to sit in and play drums on a Scaggs hit, “Lido Shuffle.” Boz promoted Mike to percussionist, where he would sing harmonies and play auxiliary keyboard parts. Mike's dad, Mike Logan Sr., is a world renowned keyboardist, producer, composer, writer, and vocalist.

SAMOTTA ACKLIN (vocals) is a triple threat singer/dancer/actress who has performed in theatre and music all her life. Her mother is the legendary Barbara Acklin. Samotta just recently returned from Spain, where she performed her mother's songs on tour. 

SHANNON WRIGHT (vocals) is a powerhouse diva, who leads her own orchestra for events, and has many creative talents, ranging from improv to photography. Shannon is a Chicago star, who is a veteran live and studio singer. 

FRED SIMON (keys) has been making music for more than forty years. He's recorded seven albums of original music and has collaborated on many other recordings for Windham Hill, Columbia, Narada, Private Music, Imaginary Road, NorthSound Music Group, Jazziz Magazine, and The Naim Label. Fred has recorded and/or performed with dozens of nationally and internationally famous musicians and performers, and is one of the best keyboardists, not only in Chicago, but in the US. His latest recording has been nominated for a Grammy Award. 


Doopy Lupree found his many voices in Chicago. His band, Sticky Lupree, drew crowds in music halls and wine bars for more than a decade. As a soulful hired gun, he has became known as the man to call when passion and professionalism are required. Doopy lifts the music up, adds great energy to any stage, and makes every song he sings uniquely his own.