Friday, September 22, 2023
Guitarist Joel Paterson and his Trio plays Chicago’s finest blend of jazz, swing and blues, featuring the rhythmic section of Beau Sample on bass and Alex Hall on drums. This combo plays every Monday night at Chicago’s most iconic jazz spot, The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge.
Born and raised in Chicago, Graham meshes South Side Blues with Nashville Americana, beginning his career backing blues singers at famous haunts like Buddy Guy’s Legends and Kingston Mines. He spent a decade as a guitar-for-hire before picking up a mic to tell his own stories on the stage.
Soulful and steady, Graham’s music offers a raw introspective of the human condition that’s both painful and comforting. His guitar conveys heartbreak, lyrics tell stories of regret, but his rich vocal delivery offers the remedy.
“I’m writing about universal experiences,” he says. “I’m writing music to connect my story to yours, show you all that we have in common, and maybe help both of us feel less alone.”
Rootsy singer/songwriter Lilly Hiatt had a lot to live up to when she chose to make music her career -- her father is John Hiatt, one of America's leading songwriters since the 1970s. However, Lilly has shown she has plenty of talent and ideas of her own. With a strong country/roots rock influence, Hiatt's music is also steeped in tough, guitar-based rock, and her lyrics are unflinchingly personal missives about complicated relationships and the rocky side of life's road. She found her voice on her first two solo albums, 2012's Let Down and 2015's Royal Blue, while 2017's Trinity Lane took a harder lyrical edge as sobriety and a bad romantic breakup informed her songs. 2021's Lately was a set of low-key, personal songs with a strong country accent.
Lilly Hiatt was born April 26, 1984, in Los Angeles. She arrived at a chaotic time in her family's life -- only a few months after she was born, her father checked himself into rehab to deal with a long-standing addiction to alcohol, and not long after that he emerged clean and sober, Lilly's mother (who was estranged from John) took her own life. The Hiatts moved to Nashville as John set out to put his life back together, and Lilly grew up as her father began enjoying a new level of success as a musician and songwriter, as well as a new stability in his personal life. She began making music of her own when she was 12 years old and John gave her a parlor guitar. Lilly attended high school in Nashville and later studied in Colorado at the University of Denver, where she decided she wanted to go professional as a musician after forming a band with fellow students called Shake Go Down. She made her recording debut in 2008, singing backing vocals on her father's album Same Old Man, and she began playing out with her own band.
In 2011, Lilly Hiatt & the Dropped Ponies struck a deal with Normaltown Records, a subsidiary of New West Records, and the following year they released their debut album, Let Down. After plenty of touring (including several dates opening for her father), Hiatt returned in 2015 with her second album, Royal Blue. After she beat a troublesome drinking problem of her own, her experiences formed the basis of her third album, 2017's Trinity Lane. Once again, she supported the release with several long rounds of touring, and life on the road and the introspection that came with returning home inspired her next album, 2020's Walking Proof, produced by Lincoln Parish (ex-Cage the Elephant). The record was released just as the COVID-19 pandemic caused most live music venues to shut down, leaving Hiatt with limited options for promoting the LP. Spending a lot of time alone with her cat and pondering another relationship on the rocks, she wrote a set of songs that with a personal outlook and a straightforward country feel. In 2021, she was able to return to the studio, and those songs formed the basis of the album Lately.
Saturday, September 23, 2023
School of Rock in Oak Park is where music and learning come together. The performance based music program located in Oak Park, IL offers weekly classes for kids and adults of all ages, from songwriting to performance, and everything in between. The School of Rock also offers music lessons for guitar, drum, singing, and piano.
With jazz, rhythm and soul-inspired elements, we recreate and curate music to nurture the soul. Soldial encourages the idea to shine light on the moments in time that build you; to allow space for reflection, love, and healing. In every musical experience that we create, we like to connect with our audience on a more emotional level to remind everyone and ourselves that being human is not always so bad. With a combination of tasteful covers and original songs, our sound falls under the genres, R&B and neo-soul, with a splash of jazz.
Voted “Best Pop Artist of 2022” by the Chicago Reader, Cole DeGenova’s unique blend of alt pop, R&B rootwork, poignant lyrics, and deep grooves has been moving audiences since the early 2010s. The singer/songwriter and virtuoso keyboardist began his career as a teenage jazz pianist around his native Chicago, but after a short stint at Berklee College of Music, hit the road bringing his dynamic live show and soulful original music to venues around the country and worldwide. He has been seen collaborating most recently with retro-rock artist Neal Francis and Afro-latin funk artist Daniel Villarreal, as well as the likes of alt-R&B crooner Gallant, New Orleans fusion outfit Naughty Professor, The Heard, and jazz rock trio Hanging Hearts.
DeeOhGee is comprised of Matthew Paige, Zack Murphy, and Dylan Whitlow. Each member contributes songs and brings different musical expertise to the table. These 3 musicians cover a huge spectrum of instruments - everything from timpani to pianos and banjos to harmoniums. They are beyond dedicated to their craft and eagerly work toward giving the world their life’s work. Collecting vibrations from every walk of life in this world and turning them into a hummable tune, with a wink of humor. DeeOhGee is a band of people, made of people, for the people.
Clayton Joseph Chenier is Creole music royalty. His father, the legendary Clifton Chenier, invented the style of music we know today as Zydeco and was the first Creole musician to be recognized with a Grammy Award.
Raised in this indigenous American culture with its’ own distinctive language, cuisine and music, C.J. delivers soulful vocals along with jaw-dropping masterful accordion-driven Rock, Zydeco and Blues.