Happy New Year from us at Strobe Studios. We hope you had a happy holiday. We’re geared up for an exciting year of Strobe Sessions, picking up our third Thursday of the month schedule, and we’re starting off strong with our opener- Chicago’s own Can-Ky-Ree and Diana Lawrence!
Can.Ky.Ree performs hauntingly beautiful songs of love and loss and fate that sound like they might have slipped out of the dark end of Tin Pan Alley; aching minor-key melodies in ¾ time; a beguine, a tarantella; shadowy cumbias and moonlit musettes. This music is very good for listening or drinking to, and those who drink while listening have been known to dance in unpredictable ways. The melancholy one’s voice carries the scars and stories of a nine-year lost weekend busking the streets of Paris. The quiet one’s hands float over the ivories as though he’s just spilled a drink on Satie’s piano. With an arsenal of wind instruments, the one to the left whispers and wails, while the fervent one’s contrebasse and mister devil-may-care’s violin conjure the ebb and flow of a phantom orchestra on a ghostly guingette. For seven years, Can.Ky.Ree has been burning it down in the dives of Chicago, leaving a trail of wondrous nights not soon to be forgotten.
Diana Lawrence is a singer, songwriter, pianist and music director based in Chicago. She has performed at venues ranging from Symphony Center and the Auditorium Theatre to the Green Mill and the Double Door. Her band, Diana & the Dishes, recorded and mixed their debut album, “Take A Picture,” here at Strobe; the album was released in August 2010. To check out the album, as future show dates, photos, video and other cool stuff about Diana’s music, go to dianalawrence.com.
Strobe Recording Studio
2631 W. Division
Doors open around 7:30, with the first act going on at 8pm, the second at 9pm. The event is BYOB. There is a $10 suggested donation which goes to the artists. Both sets will be recorded live in front of an audience for future DVD release. Please plan to arrive on time.
*THERE IS LIMITED SEATING AT THIS EVENT. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO: firstname.lastname@example.org