Strobe Session #58 Nicole Kestler Quartet – Thursday September 18, 2014

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Strobe Recording is proud to present an evening with Nicole Kestler Quartet, featuring Nicole Kestler, Brian O’Hern on Piano, Lou Marini on Bass and Joe Adamik on Drums on September 18, 2014. THIS EVENT IS INVITE ONLY AND THERE IS LIMITED SEATING. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO:

SHOW TIMES: Doors 7:30pm / Opening Act: 8:00pm / Nicole Kestler: 8:30pm. Please plan to arrive on time.

Nicole Kestler Quartet Featuring: Nicole Kestler / Brian O’Hern on Piano / Lou Marini on Bass / Joe Adamik on Drums

A Michigan native, Nicole discovered her love of singing while studying at Columbia College in Chicago. One word is often used to describe Nicole’s voice, “smoky”. With help from the swing craze of the late nineties, she went on to perform with some of the hottest bands of the scene; Alan Gresik’s Swing Shift Orchestra, the Riff Rockets, Jesse Scinto and the Dignitaries and Professor John and his band to name a few. Most recently Nicole has been known to be singing with some new big bands on the scene like, Big Band Boom and the newly formed Starfall Orchestra.

Although the Great American songbook is Nicole’s first love, for the past fourteen years she has been performing with Chicago’s premiere jump blues band the Rhythm Rockets. This band’s lively approach and bluesy repertoire has allowed Nicole to throw some dirt in with that smoke. The Rhythm Rockets pay tribute to the great ladies of rhythm and blues –  Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, and Ella Mae Morris just to name a few. The band currently plays 50 plus gigs at everything from clubs to outdoor festivals.

The roots of this performance go back to Nicole’s early years where she put up a quartet at the Leopard Lounge. That steady gig, and it’s players are the inspiration for tonights show and is a reunion of sorts. So sit back and enjoy some of the greatest songwriting of the 20th century performed by a group of very talented artists.

JOE ADAMIK: Joe Adamik is a multi-instrumentalist performer and composer from Chicago.  He plays with Iron & Wine, Lanzón, Sonoi, The Jim Becker Group, The Bob Dogan Quintet, as well as others.

BRIAN O’HERN: Brian has been accompanying Nicole since the late 90s. His group, Brian OHern and the Model Citizens, performs every third Monday of the month at the Gallery Cabaret. Brian’s favorite hobby is drinking spirits. Though never before 6:00pm.
OPENING ACT: Winners of the most recent Strobe Songwriter Series, please welcome singer-songwriter Jacqueline Sylvie and electric guitarist Victor Sanders. Sanders has performed with Zozo, Care of the Cow, Night on Earth, Frank Tedesso, Very Small Quartet and numerous singer-songwriters as well as movement pieces. Victor’s ambient pedal tones and passionate fingerwork are truly out of this world.


STROBE SESSIONS are a performance series hosted by Strobe Recording since March of 2008. Strobe Recording invites musicians to perform in front of a live studio audience. Each performance is filmed, photographed, and recorded and made available to the artist.

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  • Street parking available on Division Street.
  • This is a BYOB event with a $10 suggested donation.
  • Sets will be recorded and filmed live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time.
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  • Strobe Recording takes pride in presenting high caliber musicians in an intimate live setting– Strobe Sessions are something truly unique which you can’t experience anywhere else. See you there!


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