Steel Express

SX Duo Outdoors wide copySteel Express is one of the most unique and dynamic groups on the Chicago scene. Their distinctive blend of Caribbean steel pans, with an exciting American beat, has delighted audiences throughout the Chicagoland area.

Steel Express performs music of the Caribbean. The group was founded by Mark Smith in 1982. He has a Masters Degree in Percussion from the American Conservatory of Music and has traveled to Trinidad several times to study and perform “Pan” and its music “Calypso.” His expertise and experience ensures the authenticity of the Trinidad tradition, as well as the highest degree of contemporary musical quality and

Steel Express continues to perform on the Chicago scene with great vitality. The group performs at various hotels and convention centers, at country clubs, parks, nightclubs and private homes throughout the Midwest, presenting a wide variety of entertainment for festivals, schools, weddings, corporate events, and parties of all kinds. They have been featured at Taste of Chicago, the World Cup 94 gala at Navy Pier, with Jimmy Buffet at Popular Creek, with Johnny B. and his radio show gram, and in the 1998 Bruce Willis movie, Mercury Rising.

From Navy Pier to Rockford, or Milwaukee to Michigan City, bring the warm and
inviting sounds of the Caribbean to your next event with Steel Express.

What You Can Expect to Hear:


  • Anna
  • Bahia Girl, Rudder
  • Bally Mena
  • Banana Boat Song (Day O)
  • Calypso Rising, Rudder
  • Dangerous, Loquan/Philmore
  • De Mas in We, Kitchener
  • Do Dem Back
  • Down at the Shebeen, Rudder
  • Down De Road, Narrell
  • Fire Down Below, Sharpe
  • Fire Fire
  • Gone to Trinidad, Smith
  • Happylypso, Alexander
  • Hot Hot Hot, Arrow
  • Jamaican Farewell
  • The Jammer
  • Jump in the Line (Shake Senora)
  • Kaiso, Moses
  • London Jam, Tambu
  • Mama Look A Boo Boo
  • Matilda / Maryann
  • My Little Suede Shoes, Parker
  • Pan Redemption, Issacs
  • Somebody, Baron
  • Soca Evelyn, Kitchener
  • St. Thomas, Rollins
  • Tell Me Why, Baron
  • Yellow BIrd


  • Buffalo Soldier, Marley
  • Crying, Sharpe
  • Fatty Fatty, The Heptones
  • Here Comes the Sun, Harrison
  • I Can See Clearly Now, Nash
  • I Shot the Sheriff, Marley
  • Indian Soca/Nani Wine
  • Jammin’, Marley
  • Lonely Avenue, S. Marley
  • Message for Rudy, The Specials
  • No Woman, No Cry, Marley
  • Ob La Di, Ob La Da, Lennon/McCartney
  • One Love, Marley
  • Red Red Wine, Diamond
  • Roots Rock Reggae, Marley
  • Three Little Birds, Marley
  • Walking on the Moon, The Police
  • You’re Always Pulling Me Down


  • Another Day, McCartney
  • Another Star, Wonder
  • Come Monday, Buffett
  • For No One, Lennon/McCartney
  • Just Pretend, Klugh
  • Margaritaville, Buffett
  • Master Blaster, Wonder
  • On Broadway
  • Volcano, Buffett


  • Alegria, Weckl
  • Corcovado, Jobim
  • Desafinado, Jobim
  • How Insensitive, Jobim
  • (It’s Just) Talk, Metheny
  • Love’s Gonna Change The World
  • Meditation, Jobim
  • Morning Dance, Spyro Gyra
  • So Danco Samba, Jobim
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Wonder


For More Information on Steel Express Call us at 773-481-2600 or Email