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.
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.
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.
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….
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?
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.
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 […]
American Wolf is a five-piece indie rock band from Chicago, comprised of strong folk and jazz influences, technical melodies, haunting vocals, and an abundance of atmospheric ambiance. They seek to complement each others’ ideas to create a harmoniously unique, driving, and memorable sound. American Wolf has released two full length albums: Tales of Kamanakera and Myriad, and are currently in the studio recording another to be released this year.