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08/06/2016 Doors 8:00 PM    Show 8:30 PM 17 & Over
BALLROOM BOXER

BALLROOM BOXER

It all started in Chicago and somehow ended up in sunny Berlin.

Chicago-based Ballroom Boxer was looking to work with someone on their first single and subsequent album. After a few warm leads with a couple of L.A. producers, they finally found a fit in Gordon Raphael, their hero for his work on the first couple of Strokes’ albums, as well as Electrical Audio, recently featured on Dave Grohl’s/Foo Fighters HBO special ‘Sonic Highways’.

“We wanted to forge our own path on our first album so we rethought everything,” singer/guitarist, Mike Altier said. “We skipped (working with) a label and instead, used the money from commercial licensing to write the album at a Wisconsin lakehouse, work on the first single with Gordon via Berlin and track the rest of the album at Electrical Audio with Jon San Paulo and Flashpoint Tribeca with Tim Rusins.”

So far the way they’ve re-imagined the recording process is paying off. The band has already generated interest from labels, radio stations and festivals, including playing in South Africa in 2017. The band created a Snapchat lyric video for their first single, ‘Make It Home’ engineered by Gordon Raphael.

The track is now available on Spotify (above) and Apple Play and the new album ‘Tides’ will debut in mid-July. Definitely something to listen out for!

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AYOH

AYOH

Chicago’s AyOH (pronounced “A-O”) is the sound of traveling the length of the Windy City–by cab, by train or by foot, on a drizzly, desperate evening. With shining guitars, hovering keys, propulsive rhythms and impassioned vocals, their newly self-released “Dangerous Questions” EP (produced by Steven Gillis of Filter) is available now!

SIMPLETON & CITYFOLK

SIMPLETON & CITYFOLK

Scattered across the West Town area of Chicago, Simpleton & Cityfolk appeal to the listener with a blend of roots rock, Americana and folk. The band’s roots go back to Iowa when Geoff Glenn (guitar, vocals) and Chris Bennett (guitar, vocals) met as roommates at the University of Iowa. In 2010, college over, Bennett returned home to Chicago. Glenn soon followed. Chris “Foo” Williams (bass, vocals) and John Conlon, (guitar) filled out the rest of the Cityfolk with Mike “Sku” Skowronski joining on drums after Conlon’s move to Utah.

In the past 4 years, S&C has been playing to receptive crowds throughout the Midwest, at summer festivals and many of Chicago’s finest venues including: Metro, Double Door, House of Blues, Schubas, Lincoln Hall, Bottom Lounge, and Beat Kitchen. They’ve opened for , The Dirty River Boys, Daniel and the Lion, Run Boy Run and in August 2014, they were asked to be main support for Big Head Todd and the Monsters at Soldier Field.

Simpleton & Cityfolk has released two EPs and one LP; The Williams Account EP (2012), No Man Is An Island (2013), and Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (2014) which is their most ambitious effort to date. They continue to push the boundaries on the ever-changing genre of Americana and are looking to release another record in early 2015.

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