One of Elmhurst's local bands with ties to the Gracik Makinney Group has reached a new level in fame. The Orwells will be appearing as the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman.


On Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 David Letterman will open with his usual monologue and then welcome guest Kevin Hart. The musical guest for the show will be The Orwells. Recent musical guests to the show include Lorde, Pitbull and Glen Hansard. This type of media exposure is a fantastic boost to our local band.
The Orwells are a rock band from Elmhurst. Their members include Mario Cuomo (vocalist), Dominic Corso (guitarist), Matt O’Keefe (guitarist), Grant Brinner (bassist) and Henry Brinner (drummer).  Matt O’Keefe is the son of our friends Tom and Karen O’Keefe.


These native Elmhurst sons formed their band as freshman at York Community High School and were discovered in late 2011. Corso and Cuomo are cousins, the Brinners are twin brothers and all of the members of the band have been friends for years. Their debut album, “Remember When” was released Aug 7th, 2012.


They got their start playing in a basement and eventually moved on to performing live shows in Chicago’s Schubas Tavern and Beat Kitchen.  Their first break came in 2010 when they were able to play a few songs after Greta Morgan and her band, Gold Metal, wrapped up early at the Wicker Park venue Subterranean. 


Since their time in high school, the band has gone on to seriously pursue their musical career.  In August 2013, the band got a bigger break when they were able to secure a spot in Lollapalooza. They have been scheduled to appear at the music festival again this year.  The Orwells have been on a U.K. tour and have completed a recording with British producer Jim Abbiss and have also recorded a new album in Woodstock, N.Y. with producer Chris Coady.


Don’t miss your chance to tune in and watch our local band achieve a new level of success on Wednesday when they play on The Late Show.  All of us here at the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group wish the best of luck to The Orwells. Our local community includes a wide range of artisans and talents and it is another reason why Elmhurst is such a great place to call home. Why not make it your home, too? Let us show you what’s available. Give us a call on 630-441-5570, reach us by email or stop by the office at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst.