Meet the Band
The members of Heartless share a common experience; love of music and a long history of performing. Each contributes his own unique experience and talent. The result is in-your-face style and a high energy performance that will leave you wanting more.
Lynn Lupo as "Ann Wilson", Lead Vocals, Guitar, Flute
Lynn brings to the stage a powerful and expressive singing voice developed over 30 years of public performance. Classically trained, she holds a B.F.A. in Music/Theatre Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. She has performed at a variety of venues throughout the Midwest, everything from classical to classic rock. Prior to Heartless, she fronted the successful cover band Phoenix for twelve years.
Lynn was first introduced to the music of Heart in 1976 when "Dreamboat Annie" was released. She and keyboardist/manager Bob Roberts formed Heartless in 2008. “Wherever we play, we meet people who love Heart,” says Lynn. “It’s an honor to perform this music.”
Skilled in various styles, Lynn's first love is rock. In addition to Ann & Nancy Wilson, her influences include Melissa Etheridge, Rod Stewart and Roger Daltry. She brings her passion and love of performance to every show.
Kelly Ott as "Nancy Wilson", Guitar, Vocals
Being the youngest of five kids, it was a tough sell for an 8-year old to get her parents to pony up for guitar lessons that would likely "be a waste of money". "Your brothers and sisters all wanted to play an instrument but never followed through". Kelly plead her case and proved them wrong.
Fresh out of high school, Kelly hooked up with her first band and has been in the Chicago country scene ever since. In 2000, she formed Mason Rivers, which is still going strong. In addition to lead and harmony vocals, she spent the first 10 years as the bass player. As the group evolved, she switched to acoustic guitar -- eventually introducing banjo and mandolin to the sets.
Being a member of Heartless gives this quiet, country soul the opportunity to unleash her rock-n-roll heart AND justified the purchase of a Telecaster!
Chris Dikszas, Guitar, Vocals
Chris is a native Chicagoan and grew up on the far south side. For his 9th birthday, his mom & dad bought him a very inexpensive guitar; lessons and training soon followed. By the time he was 17, he was playing most of the local clubs. For the past 29 years, he has performed live all over Chicago and theTri-State area at venues like Navy Pier, Arlington Park Race Track, and the Chicago Marathon.
“The music that inspired me the most was everything on the radio from the 60’s and 70’s. Some of my earliest memories were hearing these strange, but magical sounds coming from this small plastic box.” Some of that magic was from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix.
By emulating the many guitar players and styles from the past 3 decades, Chris has acquired a wide range of skill, diverse abilities, and valuable experience in live performing and recording.
Anthony Caruso, Drums
Anthony picked up his first pair of Zildjian drum sticks at the young age of 5. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and proudly endorses Chicago Drum branded drums. He has played professionally for over 13 years.
Anthony’s live experience includes One Hott Mess and his alternative hard rock band, Big Happy Face. He also played with The Revue, a group he co-founded. He is an accomplished drum teacher, and has taught at the renowned El Rey Music Center in Arlington Heights, IL.
When asked about his heroes, Anthony cites drummers Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Danny Carey, Steve Jordan and many more. His high energy style is a great addition to the Heartless lineup.