Strobe Session #40 – featuring Portland’s “Radiation City”

Strobe Sessions is excited to have Portland’s “Radiation City” at our next Strobe Session #40.   We will also be featuring Chicago singer/songwriter David Yontz on Thursday, August 18th!   Please RSVP to strobesessions@gmail.com to guarantee your seat and see below for more information on the artists and our next session!

Strobe Recording Studio 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL Doors will open at  8:00 pm, with David Yontz going on at 8:30 pm and Radiation City at 9:30 pm. The event is BYOB. There is a $10 suggested donation. 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: strobesessions@gmail.com

Radiation City

Radiation City

Radiation City which is quickly becoming  one of Portland’s most exciting new local bands will be rolling into Chicago during their summer 2011 tour to perform at Strobe. Radiation City has been described to have the dreamy combination of bossa nova, soul and pop from the ’60s while joining with modern electronics.  The band consists of  Cameron Spies (guitar/vocals), Lizzy Ellison (vocals/keyboards) and Matt Rafferty (bass).  Radiation is currently on their summer tour.

David Yontz

David is a Chicago based singer/songwriter whose musical takes on social issues is abundant in his music!  David will be performing his unique styles and we could not be happier to have him on our next Session!

http://www.myspace.com/davidyontz#!/davidyontz

Strobe Session #39 – 7/21/11

Lets keep this summer hopping with this month’s installment of the Strobe Sessions.  We will be featuring “Tim Menard and The Flying Nowakowski Brothers” with “The Knock Down String Band”.  This will be a great night of music on Thursday, July 21st!  RSVP to strobesessions@gmail.com to guarantee your seat.

Tim Menard and The Flying Nowakowski Brothers
Tim Menard and The Flying Nowakowski Brothers

Tim Menard and The Flying Nowakowski Brothers

Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers have been rocking the Chicagoland area since 2003. Yes, they’re really brothers, and some say they’ve seen them fly. From local bars to nationally known clubs, college campuses to festivals, the Chicago Marathon to Wrigley Field, these guys have energized audiences with their unique sound and acrobatic musicianship. 

Stylistically, their music has been compared to U2, Steve Earle, and REM. 

The band members have performed in groups such as Ballads and Balderdash, CopperMinds, Crybaby, Brementown, Dogs Undecided, John Kimler, Fallen Angels, Lou Ryder Band, The Owls, Dreaming of Hands, and Thomas Pace. 

Tim, Devin, Shawn, and Aaron have also logged many hours of studio time, recording for a vast array of artists. Most recently, they were involved in the creation of a John Prine tribute album, produced at Strobe Recording in Chicago

The Knock Down String Band

The Knock Down String Band is a Chicago based Bluegrass group which features Casey Stockdon on Banjo, Jon Williams on Mandolin/Guitar, Andy Pennington on Fiddle/Guitar and Jamie Wagner on Bass.   The KDSB will be performing their arrangements on Bluegrass selections featuring Bill Monroe, Flatts and Scruggs and many other classic Bluegrass artists!

Strobe Recording Studio 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL Doors open at  7:30, with the first act going on at 8pm, the second at 9pm. The event is BYOB. There is a $10 suggested donation. 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: strobesessions@gmail.com

Strobe Session #38 – 6/16/11

Get a jump on your Summer (Summer starts on June 20th) at this month’s Strobe Session. We’ve got two hot acts we can’t wait to share.

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Michael Salter’s Freakjar

Freakjar, conceived in the winter of 2009, is an instrumental ensemble that has quickly caught the attention of the Chicago music scene. Comprised of Jon Deitemyer (drums), Dave Miller (guitar and effects), Rob Clearfield (keyboards), Jeff Greene (bass) and Michael Salter (tenor saxophone and compositions), this group draws on elements of acoustic jazz, rock and electronic music. Combining these elements while leaving space for structured and free improvisation allows these musicians to create a diverse yet seamless voice uniquely their own. Through the medium of minimalist frameworks and through-composed compositions, the members of the ensemble are able to artistically express themselves both individually and as a collective. Complex yet visceral, Freakjar creates music that transcends genre while being intellectually stimulating and yet still connecting with the soul of the listener.

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Health & Beauty

Health&Beauty has fingers in the pies of Chicago’s Free Improvisation, Noise, Jazz, Folk, and Pop scenes. It has been said about Health&Beauty’s music that “it understands all music.” Accordingly, people from all walks of life find themselves at Health&Beauty concerts, and Health&Beauty enjoys all of them. Health&Beauty has a record it is ready to release that is currently going by the title Winter Magic. Health&Beauty has toured consistently since 2008. Health&Beauty looks forward to doing a lot more touring in the coming years. Health&Beauty has a minivan.

Strobe Recording Studio
2631 W. Division
Chicago, IL
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: strobesessions@gmail.com

Strobe Session #37 – 5/19/11

Spring is in the air, and we’re getting ready to open our doors and windows for our May Strobe Session featuring two great Chicago groups!

Cannonball

Cannonball

Cannonball is a group of musicians based in Chicago who connect with the same rock sensibilities and merriment to create an explosive sound rooted in the American folk tradition of blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll and all their offspring; hillbilly; rock-a-billy; folk rock; psychedelic; punk. They play a mixture of original songs and interpretations of personal favorites that veer from swinging rock ‘n’ roll to swaying country blues with detours down musical guitar exchanges between the dual lead guitarists that ride on a freight train rhythm bed.

photo by Lesile Stentz

photo by Lesile Stentz

The Regulators

The Regulators is a new band that explores the barriers of free music inside funky grooves. This group was started as an extension of Brian O’Hern’s Model Citizens Big Band. The rhythm section of the Model Citizens, Mike Allemana on guitar, Matt Ferguson on bass, and Gerald Dowd on drums have come together to explore new sounds, groove you to death, and regulate corporate finance.

Strobe Recording Studio
2631 W. Division
Chicago, IL
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: strobesessions@gmail.com

Strobe Session #36 – 4/21/11

This April is a special month for the Strobe Sessions, we’re lucky enough to have two great Sessions this month. The first of which is happening at our normally scheduled time (the 3rd Thursday of the month) on April 21st, with The Allos Musica Trio and Bokeh. The second Session is happening on Friday April 29. Stay tuned for more details on that one.

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Allos Musica Trio

The work of composer and clarinetist James Falzone exists at the intersection of divergent streams. Equally at home in classical, jazz, improvised, and various world music idioms, his career has garnered wide critical and peer respect for the way he traverses and connects these seemingly disparate paths. He has been featured on numerous public radio and television programs and has performed in concert halls, festivals and jazz clubs throughout North America and Europe. In addition to appearing on numerous recordings as ensemble member, he has released several critically acclaimed recordings as leader and his compositions have been performed by chamber and choral ensembles, orchestras and soloists throughout North America, Europe, and Russia. He has received numerous grants and awards for his work and is the Director of Music and Resident Composer at Grace Chicago Church. Educated at Northern Illinois University and New England Conservatory, James is a respected educator himself, currently on faculty at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches in the New Millennium Studies program, an innovative first-year interdisciplinary seminar. He is a frequent lecturer and workshop presenter at universities and colleges in the US and abroad. Additional information about James is available at his website: www.allosmusica.org.

Formed in 2007 as an outgrowth of James’ fascination with and study of Arabic music, The Allos Musica Trio plays Falzone’s original compositions in addition to traditioanal and contemporary Arabic music. The trio has performed residencies and concerts throughout Chicago and the midwest and was the Ensemble in Residence for the MOMENTA Dance Company in November 2010.

Bokeh

Bokeh

Bokeh is a collaborative effort between sound artist Mykel Boyd and composer Mandy J. Matz (Theory Anesthetic). Bokeh’s sound is drawn from influences as diverse as Coil, Stars of the Lid and Sigur Rós. However, the duo prefers it’s influences to be listed as absinthe, chemistry, alchemy and Holga.

Strobe Recording Studio
2631 W. Division
Chicago, IL

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: strobesessions@gmail.com

Strobe Session #35 – 3/17/11

Why hang out in some crowded bar drinking bad beer dyed green, when you can catch this month’s Strobe Session! We’re lucky enough to have two great bands performing this month.

Photo by Brad Johnson

Photo by Brad Johnson

David Singer and the Sweet Science
David Singer is a songwriter and musician based in Chicago. His new album is called ARROWS, and it is available wherever fine recordings are sold. He has previously released four LPs, East of the Fault Line, The Stars Burn Out, Civil Wars, and The Cost of Living, as well as numerous other singles, compilations, etcetera, etcetera.

Recently, David scored Steppenwolf Theatre’s August: Osage County, winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Play. David was previously known to dozens as the frontman of the critically adored and widely ignored band Kid Million. He has nearly thirty stitches in his head, all acquired before his fourth birthday. David also plays in a band called Doris and has been trying for years to get into The Poncey Lads. He does not own cowboy boots, nor does he intend to.

David and his band have shared the stage with such luminaries as Spoon, Robyn Hitchcock, Neko Case, Beulah, The Lemonheads, blah, blah, blah. His talented accompanists are sometimes billed as The Sweet Science. David is “classically trained”, if by “classically trained” you mean he took four guitar lessons from a hippie in the late 70s and six piano lessons in 2006.

His favorite basketball player of all time is Ron Harper. David is on the Board of Directors of the Intonation Music Workshop and is one of the directors of Chicago’s Intonation Music Festival. He once appeared on the cover of a Life cereal box, and also got three callbacks for Kramer vs. Kramer before they chose someone who looked exactly like his brother. His photo series “Traffic Cones” was shortlisted for the 2008 Whitney Biennial. David composes music for progressive candidates and causes around the U.S., including NRDC, American Cancer Society, Congresswoman Melissa Bean (D-IL) and Congressman Harry Mitchell (D-AZ). His cat, Malik, is named after Phife from A Tribe Called Quest. His fake ID in high school listed his name as Glenn Tilbrook. Only one of the above statements is false.

© 2011 Jacob Hand Photography

© 2011 Jacob Hand Photography

Eiren Caffall

Eiren’s music comes from her childhood in the wooded hills of Western Massachusetts, where her bohemian parents took her to art galleries, hash parties and Shaker Barns filled with drying herbs. Her father conducted the Church of Jazz in their living room every Sunday morning, and she spent a lot of time reading about maritime disasters.  And, when they lost everything, several times, it made quite an impression.

These influences have resulted in her unusual lyricism, strong songcraft and the faint shock of surprise as the shy quiet of her lap steel guitar meets her longing voice.  Underneath her narratives of loss, there is always the pull of joy.  Her songs are tiny anthems for that moment when you think you might drown, and, failing to swim, you unexpectedly begin to fly.

Currently, she is lucky enough to share the stage – and the work of arranging her songs – with three incredible musicians.  Ariel Bolles plays stand-up bass and sings the world’s most gorgeous harmonies; she also plays with Rachel Ries and formerly with Bakelite 78.  Joshua Dumas of Notes & Scratches, Jitney and several wonderful operas, plays essential lead electric guitar and sings. Lawrence Peters, on drums, provides an indispensable and sensitive anchor, not to mention vocals; he also performs with such diverse projects as the Lawrence Peters Outfit, The Golden Horse Ranch Band, The Velcro Lewis Group, Hardscrabble, and Plastic Crimewave Sound.

Together they make quiet rocking sad songs, delicate things that are angry, plaintive harmonies that restore a sense of liftoff to a sunken heart.

Strobe Recording Studio

2631 W. Division
Chicago, IL

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: strobesessions@gmail.com