The Empty Cans wish you Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to everyone!  Thanks for another fun year!  We’re looking forward to a more active 2015 as we’re sure you missing seeing the full band.  Here’s a link to our Christmas Song – Christmas in A-Towne as a holiday treat.  Here’s our calendar of events so far…

The Empty Can Band
Bliss Creek/Open Range Grill
Golf View Road, Sugar Grove, IL 60554
(630) 466-0727
Saturday, March 21st
9:00 pm to 1:00 a.m.

Merry, merry!

The Empty Can Band

Christmas in A-Towne is copyrighted 2013 by Dave Glynn and John Mackniskas.

Dave Glynn to Perform This Friday and Next Monday in Downtown Aurora

It’s time to warm you up with some good old acoustic singer/songwriter campfire songs in the wonderful warm surroundings of Chef Amaury Rosado‘s 33 West on Friday, December 5th at 8:00 p.m.. Dave will play a blend of his own stuff mixed with some lovely ballads by your favorite singer/songwriters. Cap off your First Friday tour of Aurora with Dave and Chef Amaury. Enjoy the finest cuisine in the Fox Valley while your there!

Dave Glynn returns to Culture Stock, 43 E Galena Blvd, Aurora, Illinois 60505 on Monday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m. for a fun hour of song and dance (well maybe not the dance). Dave will play several original songs from his catalog along with some choice favorites. Rich Van Ham will be joining Dave on harmonica. Dave has been performing professionally since an early age and boasts a performance at the Earl of Old Town in the 70’s. Dave’s songs cover a wide range of subjects including love, politics and spiritual awakening. Join us for an intimate hour of music. Dave is the leader of the Empty Can Band and promises to play Christmas in A-Towne, the big hit single from the Made In Aurora Christmas album.

Come join us!

Mercyfest, Mercy Me…

Hey everybody! Hope you’re enjoying this short jaunt of nice Fall weather and the pretty colors! A Few Empty Cans are performing at Mercyfest on Saturday, October 18th from 1 to 3 PM at Our Lady of Mercy, 701 S Eola Rd, Aurora, IL 60504, (630) 851-3444. Stick around for the day – lots of entertainment and you can start early with the 5K race – info below.

Register now for the annual MercyFest 5K race! – Run for fun with your friends, family, and parish!
Have Mercy on our Soles 5K – Saturday October 18th 2014
Communion Service: 8:00AM
Kids one mile: 8:30AM
5K Race Start time: 9:00 AM
Awards, Chili, and Beer at 10:00am!
Register online

Hope to see everyone there!

Other upcoming gigs:

Dave solo at Chef Amoury’s – First Friday, December 6th – 7:30 pm

Dave solo at Culture Stock – Monday, December 8th – 6 pm

Empty Cans Have Lots O Summer Gigs – Solo, Duo and Full Band

Hey Can Fans!  We have lots of summer gigs coming up including solo, duo and the full band. Some indoor, some outdoor. All gigs are FREE! So here’s a list of what’s coming up:

Saturday, July 12th 10:30 a.m. to noon
Dave Glynn – Solo
Saturday Morning Cafe at
Kiss the Sky
180 First St, Batavia, IL 60510

Saturday, July 19th 8:30 to midnight
A Few Empty Cans – featuring Dave, Ray and some special guests
Open Range at Bliss Creek
Golf View Rd & Hankes Rd
Sugar Grove, IL

Saturday, July 26th – 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The Empty Can Band
H2O Bar & Grill
Ottawa, IL

Thursday, August 14th – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Empty Can Band
Rhythm on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series
25 E State St, North Aurora, IL 60542

Saturday, August 30th – 10:30 a.m. to noon
Dave Glynn – Solo
Saturday Morning Cafe at
Kiss the Sky
180 First St, Batavia, IL 60510

Saturday, September 6th – 8:30 to midnight
The Empty Can Band
The Zeller Inn
615 Columbus Street
Ottawa, IL, United States 61350

Empty Can Band to Play Benefit for Fallen Marine on June 7th

What better way to celebrate D-Day that with a benefit for a fallen marine? The Empty Can Band will perform at the Poker Run to Benefit the Captain Thomas John Heitmann Memorial fund on Saturday, June 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 830 Harrison St.,Peru, IL 61354, (815) 223-0282. You do not have to participate in the Poker Run to enjoy the Empty Can Band. The band will start playing at 3:00 TJ_Heitman_Benefit_Imagep.m. and plan to each play at least a set a piece. We are planning an Uber Jam at the end!

Here’s more info about the Poker Run:


June 7, 2014
All vehicles welcome! Registration will take place in Peru, IL at the Eagle’s Club. Registration starts at 8AM with a bike blessing taking place at 10AM. The Run will finish at the Eagles Club in Peru, IL with a live and silent auction at 3PM, dinner at 4PM, as well as live entertainment! Come and support us in accomplishing Thomas’ dreams.

Here’s more about Thomas:
Captain Thomas John Heitmann, 27, of Mendota, Illinois, was killed while flying an AH-1W Cobra helicopter that crashed during training on September 19th, 2011, at Camp Pendelton, a Marine Corps base in Southern California.

Captain Heitmann, Tom to his friends, was a member of the Saint Bede Academy graduating class of 2002 (Peru, Illinois). While at St. Bede, Tom lettered four years in football with three years in track and one in basketball. He was a part of the most successful football team in the Academy’s history and was inducted with his team into SBA’s Hall of Fame. He was also the 2002 News Tribune Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year; he still holds two of St. Bede’s track and field records. Tom was involved in the arts as well; he was a four-year choir member and cast in the Academy’s musicals. On top of the arts and athletics, Tom was also active in his faith, serving as a eucharistic minister at the Academy and participating in TEC (Teens Encounter Christ)


About three years ago, Thomas Heitmann wrote a letter to St. Bede track and field coach Mike Skoflanc. The former Bruin standout wanted to see what could be done to raise funds to build a track at his alma mater. Tragically, Heitmann is not able to see that project through. This benefit will raise funds for the project. To read more about Thomas, learn more about the benefit or make a donation, please visit the Captain Thomas John Heitmann website –

The cost for the Poker Run which included dinner is $20.00, if you would like to just attend the dinner and enjoy the bands, it’s $10.00. Both bands are donating their time and equipment to the cause. We will rock the house! For more information about the Eagles Lodge, call (815) 223-0282.

March Comes In Like A Lion With the Empty Can Band at Two Brothers Roundhouse On Saturday, March 1st At 8:30 PM

Aurora, Illinois.  March comes in like a lion with a performance by the Empty Can Band at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 W. Broadway, Aurora, IL  on Saturday, March 1st at 8:30 p.m.  There is no cover charge.

The band features the talents of Dave Glynn on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Johnny ‘Mack’ Mackniskas on lead vocals and lead guitar, Rich Van Ham on harmonica, Ray Rehberg on guitar and mandolin, James ‘Chevy’ Chevalier on bass, and Todd Moffett on vocals and drums.

The band will perform songs from their two albums, “Beautiful Man” and “Still Alive”. The evening will also be flavored with their own versions of songs by artists Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, Big Head Todd, Counting Crows, Ray LaMontagne and others.

“We’re ready to push the Polar Vortex out the door! Wear your dancing shoes” suggests band leader Dave Glynn.

For more information, visit the band’s website at  You can also follow the band on Facebook, just search “EmptyCanBand”.  There is no cover at the Two Brothers Roundhouse on Saturday night. You can contact the Roundhouse directly at 630-264-2739 and at

Empty Can Band to Thaw Out the Crowd in Ottawa on Sat March 22nd

We’ve moved THIS gig to Sat March 22nd due to the impending blizzard! The Empty Can Band plans to thaw out the crowd on Saturday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Zeller Inn, 615 Columbus Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350. Tasty originals and covers by Van the Man, Rolling Stones, Counting Crows, Ray LaMontagne and others are on tap. Don’t miss the fun! Early start at 7:30 and there is no cover charge!

The Cans will also rock the house at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway in Aurora, IL on Sat, March 1st at 8:30 p.m.


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