20 Mark Helga was formed by Phineas Gage in 2007. She turned her first trick in April 08 to lively crowds in the Chicago area. Helga has enjoyed playing the party and club scene around the city. Helga can be found strutting the classic venues in Chicago including Double Door, Cubby Bear, Underground, Elbo Room and a variety of special events and Chicago Street Festivals.
Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun times and co-host of Sound Opinions wrote in his review “To hear bandleader Phineas Gage tell it, the Chicago quintet, 20 Mark Helga takes its name from "the German prostitute my mom thought my father hired in Berlin back in the day" (the Deutsche Mark predating the Euro as German currency, of course). And this kind of historically minded, gently ribald barroom humor permeates the band's earthy/underground take on classic rock, bringing to mind what may be Chicago's version of Minneapolis-to-Brooklyn transplants the Hold Steady.
In 2010, 20 Mark Helga released her debut 6 song EP Something to Hold to strong reviews. Phin decided it was time to take Helga a bit further than she had ever gone; yet in the words of the legendary Meatloaf, “I’d do anything for love, but I wont do that.” Phin adjusted the line-up to include Keys and Violin. 20 Mark Helga is: Phineas Gage: Guitar and Vocals, John Tashjian: Keys, Vocals, and sometimes Drums, Krzysztof Wojciechowski aka Wojo: Bass, Andrew McKone: Violin and Acoustic Guitar, Paul Somers: Drums, Vocals and occasional Guitar
20 Mark Helga clearly enjoy themselves on stage creating an easy and playful vibe. “We love creating and performing music and we are very grateful to our fans who have provide this wonderful opportunity for us.”
Influences: Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and Neil Young
Sound like: Widespread Panic, Wilco, and The Hold Steady
It is: American Alternative/Radio
Rock with Progressive, Jam and classic rock influence