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‘Best Blues Band’ Led by Alumna

June 5th, 2014
Kristina Cottone (left) with Honey & the 45s

Kristina Cottone (left) with Honey & the 45s

Alumna Kristina Cottone and her band, Honey & the 45s, were featured in the news recently because the group was named Best Blues/Jazz Band of 2014 by the Chicago Independent Music Awards.

The band makes regular concert stops in Chicago and its suburbs, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Madison, Wis. They also plan to perform in Columbia, Mo., Minnesota and downstate in Champaign and Springfield.

Honey & the 45s released its first album, “The Need,” two years ago and is working on a second album. Potential licensing deals to use its music on upcoming TV shows is in the works, Cottone told, adding that she can’t reveal which ones yet.

Cottone is the lead singer-songwriter and guitarist for the band. After graduating in 2008 from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in acting, she worked in Chicago as an actress and marketing director for Organic Theater Co. Alexander Gelman, director of NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance, works as producing artistic director for the theater company. Cottone is now a full-time administrative assistant at Navigant Economics, a consulting firm.

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