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The latest band lineup includes Richard on lead guitar, and Craig on bass. Hard Candy delivers a Vegas-class show featuring dance/rock music that keeps the energy level maxxed out all night long! For more info about the band, please contact our drummer, Jim. Check our calendar for the next gig in your area, and sign up for our email gig reminders!

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Gold on the Cieling Black Keys
Runaway Baby Bruno Mars
I Love Rock & Roll Joan Jett
Panic Switch Silversun Pickups
Here for the Party Gretchen Wilson
Vacation the Go-Go's
We Got the Beat the Go-Go's
What I like about you the Romantics
One Way or Another Blondie
Paris Grace Potter
Take me to the River Annie Lennox
Get the Party Started Pink
Are you gonna go my way Lenny Kravitz
I Want You to Want Me Cheap trick
the Middle Jimmy Eat World
Le Freak Chic
Knock on Wood Amie Stewart
Howlin' for You the Black Keys
You oughta know Alanis Morrisette
Hella Good No Doubt
Walk this Way Aerosmith
Bitch Meredith Brooks
Meeting in the Ladies Room Klymaxx
Heart Breaker Pat Benetar
Play that Funky Music Wild Cherry
Goodbye to You Scandal
Billie Jean Michael Jackson
Let's Go Crazy! Prince
Hate Myself for Loving You Joan Jett
You & Your Hand Pink
Take it Off the Donnas
Are You gonna go my way Lenny Kravitz
Black Velvet Alannah Myles
Hit me with your best shot Pat Benetar
I Want Candy Melanie C
All Jacked Up Gretchen Wilson
Get the Funk Out! Extreme
Got Dynamite Demi Levato
Other Side of Me Mellisa Lamber & Kid Rock
Super Massive MUSE
Monster Mash Boris Karloff
Everybody Talks Neon Trees
Uprising Muse
You Make Me Feel Good Cobra Starship
Moves Like Jagger Maroon Five

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Hard Candy on the big stage Jim on the drums Band Logo on Hard Candy Drumhead Heather's Sister joins us for a song! A Sparkle blow job for Greg! These panties somehow ended up on Tim's mike stand! Brian Hoffman sat in on sound, Joey V handling the lighting chores!Greg's better half Jim and old bandmates from the band called MarsGreg Smiling - a rare event! Heather's sister DeeDee steps in Hard Candy hard at work Jim hard at work on drums Joe on Keys, showing off his new tatoo Heather rockin' out to one of Tony's awesome leads the Vortkamp brothers Chris & Joe on lights and sound Jason, our REGULAR sound man hard at work! Nice Tattoo on a young ladies back Chris Vortkamp sittin' in for Dad! Tim playing his Gibson Les Paul TARGET guitar Heather in a Sexy one strap top Jim drumming and singing his heart out Heather in big hair and silver top Nice Band Shot Tim and our buddy Brian Veterans Banner Tim's Pedal Board Stuffed Audience Dee & Heather

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Hard Candy is available to play medium to large size events anywhere in the Greater Cincinnati Area.

Our sound system capable of handling small to medium sized venues (500 people indoors, 1000 outdoors). Band members are all experienced musicians on the Cincinnati rock scene.

To book the band, contact Jim Vortkamp:
513-262-7549 or email or

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Keyboard Transcription of the Organ Solo for Boston's "Smokin’"

Transcribed by our own Joe Utasi! Right-click on the links to download the transcriptions:

smokin page 1 Boston Smokin

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Band Bios

Heather - Lead Vocalist/Entertainer

About Heather

Heather - Lead Singer/Sex Kitten in Hard Candy - Cincinnati's Best Pop/Rock club band! I began my self-proclaimed "Rock Star" career with a local dance band called "Fool Proof". Fool Proof featured 70's-current dance music and allowed me to perform with my sister and focus on my two favorite things-Music and "shake, shake, shaking your bootie" (dancing...hehe)! Fool Proof provided the opportunity to take our high-energy show on the road to the local scene as well as perform throughout the region at universities, corporate parties, nightclubs, casinos, etc.FUN, FUN, FUN! With Hard Candy I will bring the same high energy performance that I am known to deliver!!!

Heather's Favorite Quotes:

The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn't know what all the yelling was about. I didn't realize that my body was moving. It's a natural thing to me.
Elvis Presley

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.
Vince Lombardi

I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.

Sometimes you have to sacrifice your performance for high heels.
Gwen Stefani

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.
Dolly Parton

If it's illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail!
Kurt Cobain

Joe - Keyboards, Guitar & Vocals

About Joe

Joe with Kurzweil PC3Joe’s been playing keyboards since age 6 when he began taking accordion lessons. His first group was an all accordion band at his music teacher’s studio when he was 7. His first Rock band happened in 5th grade, when he teamed up with a drummer, guitarist and sax player to take on early Beatles and Stones tunes which were the rage at the time!

Freshman year in high school Joe got his first “compact” organ – a Farfisa combo-compact-deluxe, and from that day forward, keyboards were Joe’s main axe for his Rock & Roll adventures. After a few musical experiments, Joe settled in with the “6 pack” and with the assistance of a professional manager, managed to play the “Hullabaloo Scene” live music clubs and other venues across Northern New Jersey, New York and as far north as Vermont!

After graduating from Manville High School, Joe attended engineering college in Indiana, where he played frat parties with “The Groovy R&R Band” during his college years in Fort Wayne. After relocating to Cincinnati, Joe played in “Electric Blue” and “Milk” at almost all the venues so well known to the club scene in the greater Cincinnati area.

Joe’s current rig consists of a Kurzweil PC3 Synth and a homebrew keyboard amp stack.

When not pursuing R&R adventures, Joe continues to expand his knowledge of Solar Power, competes in aerobatic competitions with large radio control airplanes, tinkers with his 67 Mustang Coupe, and enjoys target shooting and keeping up on Survival skills. Most recently, Joe received NABCEP Certification in PhotoVoltaic Solar Panel design and installation and is offering his services to folks who want to DIY a solar panel installation on their homes and save big bucks compared to a commercial installation firm. He's got a website at

Jim - Drums & Vocals

About Jim

Jim posing with his kitJim started playing drums at the late age of 17. He took to drums naturally, but still worked hard at improving his skills on his first Slingerland drum set. At age 19 he formed his first band “Mars” with two close friends.

Jim then spent a ten year stint as drummer in “Electric Blue” where he eventually met current “Short Bus Mafia” keyboardist/guitarist Joe Utasi. After “Electric Blue,” Jim became a founding member of “The Looking Glass” where he met current “Short Bus Mafia” vocalist John Van Camp.

Three years later the band changed its name to “MILK.” “MILK” had a devoted following and played most of the popular clubs in the greater Cincinnati area.

After many years spent booking and playing in music, Jim decided to take some well deserved time off. Feeling the pull of music again, Jim began assembling “Short Bus Mafia.” Jim currently plays a 7 piece Custom Pearl Maple drum set and sings a few backing vocals as well. Short Bus was short lived, which led Jim (and Joe) to hook up with Hard Candy.

When Jim is not playing music or booking the band, he coaches high school JV soccer in the fall and club soccer in the spring. In between soccer and music, you can find Jim following his sons as they play college football, kicking for the the Tigers (semi pro Cincinnati team) (Joe) and the Ohio Dominican Panthers(Chris).

Richard - Lead Guitarist

About Tim

Richard - Killer guitarist of Hard Candy fame! Since the tender age of 9, Richard has been working on perfecting his chops to entertain people far and wide. Richard has an ability to do just that, from burning up the fretboard to showing you what color his underwear is, Richard covers all the bases. Playing bars and clubs since the age of 16, he found his true calling, making a fool of himself and looking good doing it! Richard's first gig was at the age of 11 at a birthday party. " I got $4 and some ice cream, Mmmmm strawberry". Now his musical journey leads him to Hard Candy. Rich is ambi-dextrous, double-jointed, and has memorized the entire KamaSutra in order to reach a higher plane of physical extacy in his free time exploits. Rich is really looking forward to rockin, groupies and ice cream. Life is good.

CRAIG - Writer, Teacher, Musician, Good Guy

About Craig

Craig - Awesome new bass player for Hard CandyCraig was born and raised in Cincinnati and has been playing instruments as long as he can remember. Growing up in a musical household, he was encouraged to pick up any instrument he liked. While he dabbles in a number of them, bass is his favorite because, well, there's nothing like that big bass thump that kicks you in the chest. For years Craig could be seen and heard playing guitar and bass around Cincinnati, either fronting his band The Geezers, smashing basses with The Droans, or playing guitar and bass behind the scenes in for shows at The Know Theater and for various other local theater groups. He spent five years in New Hampshire where he was the bass player for Sneeky Pete before returning to Cincinnati in 2012. When he's not rocking with Hard Candy, Craig is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati, teaching college courses, and writing and recording original songs. He also really likes pizza.

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