A Benefit Concert for Great Plains Zen Center



~ Join us for an unforgettable evening of music ~

All proceeds from this concert will go to the Great Plains Zen Center Building Renovation Campaign.

Featuring Instrumental Guitar Fusion Duo WHATISMU

With special guest Jimy Sohns

from Chicago’s 60’s hit group Shadows of Knight
and Ted Aliotta of Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah

Also featuring a Silent Auction of artwork
by members and friends of the GPZC

Saturday, February 20, 2016 @ 7:00PM

Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church
1025 N Smith St • Palatine, IL

All tickets: $20
Click here for ordering instructions

Whatismu (Lorrie Kountz and Laura Jansons) perform from their new, self-titled CD & video project. A unique Instrumental Guitar Fusion–a hybrid of Indian percussion, rock guitars and EBM synthesizers, featuring guitar melodies will be accompanied by haunting, intricately crafted videos created by Laura Jansons and producer Lee Popa. As a prelude: a rare, up-close and personal acoustic performance by 60's icon Jimy Sohns. Ted Aliotta of Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah will also perform his hit "Lake Shore Drive." Signed CD's, artwork, snacks and much more will be available at the event.

Some sample videos from Whatismu:

Gateless Gate



(These videos will be part of the Benefit Concert performance!)

Whatismu's Lorrie Kountz has shared the stage with U2, Scorpions, Ramones, Cramps and New York Dolls to name a few. Lorrie has written and recorded ten internationally distributed CD's/Vinyl with her projects Bitch, Surrendur Dorothi, Rash and Whatismu, highlighting several genres including Industrial, Rock and Punk. Chicago Sun Times: “Kountz rips fiery leads on her guitar and has been a key player on the music scene for a decade.” Learn more at whatismu.com

Jimy Sohns is the original and ONLY voice of The Shadows of Knight, with 6 charted hits from 1966-1969. Dubbed “the American Rolling Stones”, the Shadows of Knight shot to the top of the music charts in 1966 with the rock anthem “Gloria.” jimysohns.com

For more about the artists...


Learn more about Great Plains Zen Center on our Home Page

Learn more about our Building Renovation Campaign


To order tickets:

   1. Start at the GPZC Dana (Giving) page.

   2. Click the top “Donate” button, which will open a PayPal payment page.

   3. Complete your payment information, then click “Review Donation and Continue."

   4. Please click on “Instructions or Comments” and enter “Benefit Concert” and be sure to include your email address.