Rooftop Sessions Chicago took over the Uncommon Ground rooftop garden for this session. In collaboration with Uncommon Ground, Lagunita’s Brewing, Do312.com, and Movers & Shakers promotions, the place was packed with people excited to check out some great music in an unusual and pretty awesome environment. And they weren’t disappointed. Check out a bit of the happenings from the night here on RSC.
Hemmingbirds is an indie pop rock band based out of Chicago, IL. The band began as a solo project of singer/guitarist/violist Yoo Soo Kim in the fall of 2009. The name is loosely inspired by Ernest Hemingway and a Fleet Foxes track that sings about hummingbirds and meadowlarks.
The recordings from Yoo Soo’s solo project expanded into what would ultimately become the band’s debut Death Wave released May 2010. Joined by members Zach Benkowski, Timothy Cap, Matt McGuire, and Ben Avci, Hemmingbirds released its second LP “The Vines of Age” that draws more soul and dance into their folk-tinged sound.
From the “The Vines of Age” release in 2012, the band has been featured in Alternative Press as an AP&R Band of the Day, charted #47 on CMJ’s Top 200, and picked by Indie Rock Cafe as a band to watch. They’ve also received radio play on Chicago’s NPR station, 93XRT, and opened for the emerging band Buke & Gase.