March on Springfield benefit with Windy City Gay Idol and Special Guests - 9/9

Monday, September 09 2013 6:00pm Doors / 7:00pm Start
Mon Sep 09 2013

March on Springfield benefit with Windy City Gay Idol and Special Guests - 9/9

at City Winery Chicago



  • Windy City Gay Idol
  • Windy City Gay Idol
  • Windy City Gay Idol
  • Windy City Gay Idol
  • Windy City Gay Idol
  • Windy City Gay Idol


Windy City Times and City Winery Present...

A benefit for the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality

Featuring Windy City Gay Idol 2013 Maria Pahl, and Gay Idol finalists, plus special guests Sami Grisafe (Award Winning Singer-songwriter and All-star World MVP Quarterback), De'Borah (Top 20 finalist on NBC-TV's The Voice), and TJ Chernick (Windy City Gay Idol 2011).

Hosted by Scott Duff

The March on Springfield will be Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. For more information, visit The March on Springfield official website.

About Maria Pahl

Maria Pahl: Originally from mid-Michigan, Maria migrated to Chicago 3 years ago. She's loved performance since her first stage role as a child street urchin in Oliver, and has enjoyed singing karaoke since college. A recent law school graduate, Maria just finished sitting the bar exam. She hopes to set up Chicago as her home base for the foreseeable future and is excited to be representing as her favorite city's Gay Idol.

About Sami Grisafe

Sami Grisafe is an out all-star athlete and singer-songwriter based in Chicago. Sami performed her signature version of the National Anthem with her ukulele prior to the start of the World Championship game and winning the Gold Medal. Sami’s current full-length studio album, ATLANTIS, is refreshingly diverse, receiving 6 Grammy pre-nominations and has a few Grammy Award winning collaborators associated with it such as blues artist Sugar Blue (Rolling Stones) and producer Ricciano Lumpkins (TLC, P.O.D., Mya).

About De'Borah

De'Borah, a Top 20 finalist on NBC's The Voice, is the outspoken daughter of two pastors. She feels like her dream has come true--recording a song she wrote in her hometown. Her debut single “Coming Out Looking Good” showcases her visceral and sometimes raw vocal strength, which says a lot about her personality and her willingness to take risks. De'Borah describes her music and overall swagger as very eclectic.

About TJ Chernick

TJ Chernick is the 2011 Windy City Gay Idol. An active member of the community he performs frequently around Chicago with other artists singing and playing the cello. Outside of singing he works as an anchor for Gay Chicago TV and works as a freelance writer.

About Scott Duff

Scott Duff is the host/producer of Chigaygo!, Laugh Factory’s night of queer comedy, and an Artistic Associate and founding member of About Face Theatre with whom he helped to create over a dozen original works including Eleven Rooms of Proust, Dream Boy, Fascination, Whitman, as well as his one man show, Alone, which premiered at Chicago’s Museum of Modern Art and transferred to IO. Scott is also an award-winning theatre educator, food blogger (, and part-time martini enthusiast.

Also performing, 2012 Windy City Gay Idol finalists:
Julio Perez
Matthew Payne
Jason Apollo
Nick Kruse
JD Stamper
Ryan Tang
James Gavin
Jennifer Baxley
Jonathan Smallwood