• Crow Moses

    Chicago songwriters walks the line between Indie-Blues & Urban Americana.

    Borrowing elements of Experimental Folk and broken-down Orchestral music, Crow Moses grew up listening to his father’s obscure folk and roots rock records.

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  • Jim Green, formerly the Wandering Endorphin

    This was the first shoot at our friends Gus’ house back in 2011. Jim Green, the Wandering Endorphin, dazzled us with his incredible finger picking and tapping guitar skills. Especially in regards to the tapping style, Jim may very well be considered as the finest that Chicago has to offer. For the Rooftop crew, we had heard of Jim before, but were completely blown away to witness the incredible performance up close and personal. Despite the unceasing accompaniment of the […]

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  • 2014 High Fidelity Music Series

    In 2014 we curated a music series in collaboration with Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ, for their High Fidelity Music Series. We brought some of our favorite acts out to play at a pretty spectacular venue. The WBEZ studio terrace at Navy Pier. With only 150 tickets available to each show, each one sold out in a matter of minutes. All in all each night was pretty special. Incredible music from extremely talented artists grown right out of our own region.

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  • Pat McKillen

    McKillen continues to adapt to an ever-changing music scene and always seeks to find ways to enhance the solo singer-songwriter experience. An experienced looper, he brings the layering techniques of the studio into the live setting for a performance that resonates with a wide range of ages and audiences.

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  • Mucca Pazza

    Mucca Pazza was born in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago river. Combining marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 30-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. Their eccentric, frenetic visual presence, and genre-bending original compositions earned them critical praise and a loyal local following.

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  • Communist Daughter

    A few years ago John Solomon walked away from music. After a long struggle with addiction and a brief stint in jail he broke up his band and moved to a small town. And supposedly that was that.

    Even though Solomon left music, music never left him. After a long hiatus, he called some friends to demo up a new album….

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Rooftop Sessions Chicago, taking its name from the obvious, is a local production group seeking to elevate the status of local musicians in and around the Chicago area, as well as beyond. Pulling the artist out of the mainstream and placing them squarely above the normal performance environment. Rooftop Sessions seeks to engage musicians in a new and fun way, and hopefully inspire something previously untapped in the artist. More
 
 

Recent Artists

  • Crow Moses

    Crow Moses

    Chicago songwriters walks the line between Indie-Blues & Urban Americana.

    Borrowing elements of Experimental Folk and broken-down Orchestral music, Crow Moses grew up listening to his father’s obscure folk and roots rock records.

    More »

  • Jim Green, formerly the Wandering Endorphin

    Jim Green, formerly the Wandering Endorphin

    This was the first shoot at our friends Gus’ house back in 2011. Jim Green, the Wandering Endorphin, dazzled us with his incredible finger picking and tapping guitar skills. Especially in regards to the tapping style, Jim may very well be considered as the finest that Chicago has to offer. For the Rooftop crew, we had heard of Jim before, but were completely blown away to witness the incredible performance up close and personal. Despite the unceasing accompaniment of the […]

    More »

  • Pat McKillen

    Pat McKillen

    McKillen continues to adapt to an ever-changing music scene and always seeks to find ways to enhance the solo singer-songwriter experience. An experienced looper, he brings the layering techniques of the studio into the live setting for a performance that resonates with a wide range of ages and audiences.

    More »

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  • Mucca Pazza

    Mucca Pazza

    Mucca Pazza was born in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago river. Combining marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 30-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. Their eccentric, frenetic visual presence, and genre-bending original compositions earned them critical praise and a loyal local following.

    More »

  • Communist Daughter

    Communist Daughter

    A few years ago John Solomon walked away from music. After a long struggle with addiction and a brief stint in jail he broke up his band and moved to a small town. And supposedly that was that.

    Even though Solomon left music, music never left him. After a long hiatus, he called some friends to demo up a new album….

    More »

  • The Lulabelles

    The Lulabelles

    The Lulabelles’ beginnings as a group can be traced back to the fall of 2013, and a series of weekly jam sessions held between then casual friends. These nights of conversation and mid-90′s cover songs quickly evolved into something they never saw coming; a band.

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  • Will Phalen

    Will Phalen

    For Will Phalen, it’s about writing songs with depth and feeling. But Phalen doesn’t stop there. He takes his lyrics and his melodies and surrounds them with textures and sounds that move the music far beyond “the guy with the guitar on the stool”.

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  • Antony and The Tramps

    Antony and The Tramps

    “We call it American Gypsy, because it wanders but isn’t lost. Its a tramp, you can’t get lost when you’re in love with where you are.”

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  • Bailiff

    Bailiff

    When Josh Siegel confided to one of his Berklee professors that he was dropping out to move home and start a band, that professor had one response: “don’t procrastinate.” A Craigslist ad went up immediately upon Siegel’s return to Chicago: Do you consider Radiohead to be soul music? Do you hear Muddy Waters in between the notes on the White Album?

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  • Beso

    Beso

    Beso is a pop project based in Chicago. It is a solo project by Matt Kissinger, currently going through a rock phase. He uses his melody driven music and sharp vocals to drive the songs. Maybe his next songs will be chill, maybe not. Who knows?

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  • Jared Bartman

    Jared Bartman

    Jared Bartman is a songwriter, composer, and bandleader based in Peoria, IL. Merging genres to create a sound that is all his own, Bartman combines indie, American folk, Eastern European, and afro-Cuban music with classical arrangements, occasionally returning to his rock and roll roots. Today, Bartman’s live shows span from solo performances to large ensemble performances featuring vocal harmonies, string quartet, bass, and percussion accompaniment that recreates the vivid sonic pictures captured in his studio recordings. Sharing the stage with artists like John Vanderslice, Richard Buckner, and Night Beds has allowed Bartman to perform for audiences that value a richer, raw sound driven by poetic lyricism. A new full-length record, Misery Makes Strange Bedfellows, saw release in fall of 2013.

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  • VRO

    VRO

    VRO (elemental) Elemental was the third song we shot on this outing. This was a new location along the banks of the Chicago River front. The original location was going to be the bench on the lower level but upon arriving found it to be quite occupied by employees of the Chicago water taxi. Having no fear of public performance, Victoria decided to just “jump in and roll with it” from the top of the staircase leading down to the […]

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