Summer Sessions on Logan Square is back for a fifth season with concerts on July 27th and August 24th. The series was started in 2009 by Logan Square residents as a way to bring the neighborhood together around a diverse array of local music and a family-friendly BYOPicnic. The 2013 season was produced in partnership with Homeroom, a local arts non-profit, and The Whistler.
Meet the bands—
Deep Sleep is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist, artist, and graphic designer, Jeremiah Chiu. As a key figure in Chicago’s burgeoning ‘Chicago-tronic’ and contemporary art scenes, Chiu can be seen performing with Icy Demons and Chandeliers, and exhibiting works with Plural. Chiu is also part of the music/art collective Shape Shoppe including bands such as Golden Birthday, Axis: Sova, Magical Beautiful, and Chandeliers. Deep Sleep's combination of analog synthesizers, drum machines, guitars and vocals create a sonic palette reminiscent of Arthur Russell, Giorgio Moroder, Enya, Loose Ends and Chic. A brand of suggestive and moderate funk to get the lower parts of your torso into a summertime sway.
Introducing killer high school punks the UnGnomes (via Luca Cimarusti, Chicago Reader): “The first time the Ungnomes appeared on my radar was when someone linked me to a video of them covering a song by a band I used to play in (the late and not-so-great Loose Dudes). I was both baffled and flattered that a group of kids in high school would go out of their way to cover a band that not only had been broken up for almost two years, but really wasn’t very cool to begin with. It turns out the Ungnomes are fronted by Jimmy Langford, the 15-year-old son of local legend Jon, and they’re actually pretty awesome. They absolutely put my high school bands to shame. The Ungnomes play straightforward punk rock that owes a lot to west-coast bands of the 80s, like Black Flag or the Adolescents. The songs are speedy and snotty, and lyrical subject matter ranges from childish nihilism (“Religion is stupid!”) to childish commentary on local politics (one song is called “Fuck Kill Rahm”). They’re by no means breaking down any boundaries or forging new musical frontiers, but that’s what makes it so great. This is spirited punk rock made by excited kids, and listening to it makes me excited. The music is played with a lot of skill too; what I hear are four young musicians with bright futures ahead of them. You can listen to their new album, Grape Drink, in its entirety on their Bandcamp page.”
The music of Angela James is clearly influenced by classic country of the 50s and 60s, and her voice brings to mind Patsy Cline as well as outlaw-affiliated singers like Sammi Smith and Emmylou Harris. But spacious and at times experimental arrangements give James’ songs a modern edge. Her strong voice soars over the twang of double steel guitars, droning synth and haunting vibraphone. James’ lyrics tell stories of outcasts coping with pain, loneliness, and loss, but instead of wallowing ‘down and out,’ there is a recurring theme of finding redemption through pain; her music picks up the pieces of broken hearts and comforts the modern-day high and lonesome.
Uniquely adaptable for a classroom, library, or rock club, Future Hits defies the laws of family music. Future Hits spawned from a lightbulb moment by rock musician, Coach House Sounds founder and Chicago Public School teacher Matt Baron. Since March 2011, Baron’s method of imbedding creativity and culture into the classroom with fuzzy, poppy tunes has evolved into over forty songs as well as performances outside of the school setting. Future Hits’ songs are steeped in educational standards, yet mellifluous fluting from Emma Hospelhorn, tasteful accompaniment by Ben Sutherland and uptempo drumming from Nick Kabat don’t make it obvious upon first listen: spelling words, literacy themes, Common Core standards and social emotional learning outcomes are ingrained in the lyrics. Activities, differentiated assessments, and lesson plans were also developed; the music and materials can be used inside or outside of a school to enrich and accommodate any child’s learning or life experience.
The Runnies are a rock’n roll organ trio hailing from Chicago. Fronted by vocal extraordinaire and Outer Minds member Mary McKane, their sound is gnarly, the beats are slammin’, and the leads are freaky-deaky.
If The Whistler has a house band, it would have to be Matt Ulery’s Loom. They were the first band to perform at The Whistler in October 2008 and have returned nearly 30 times since. Loom has been captivating audiences around Chicago since 2005. Quickly following their first release, Music Box Ballerina (2008) and Ulery’s solo effort, Themes and Scenes (2009), Loom released a groundbreaking 10” single, The Queen (2010), in anticipation of their second full length album, Flora.Fauna.Fervor (2011). Their music, while coming from the American and European jazz traditions, is also influenced by folk music from the Americas and Eastern Europe, as well as indie rock from all over the world. Featuring highly syncopated rhythms, modern jazz harmony, and improvisation, Matt Ulery’s music has been described as “cinematic and fanciful”, and according to the Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak, “like a seedling unfurling from the soil… each player — and each style and tradition the band draws on — is like a thread in a sumptuous fabric.”
via Food & Wine Magazine:
Historically consumed in Europe as a shot before or after a round of golf, kümmel, a caraway- and cumin-infused spirit that originated in Holland, has found its place in America as a sweet-savory addition to cocktails… Here, more ways American bartenders are using kümmel.
The Whistler, Chicago
A take on a tiki drink, the South Pole Swizzle blends dry Gilka kümmel with locally made juniper- and fennel-forward Letherbee gin, passion fruit syrup, honey, lemon juice and Angostura bitters. Served over crushed ice with a straw, it’s garnished with a swath of orange peel.
Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 is heading to Chicago’s Union Park July 19-21. Three-day passes have now sold out. Single-day tickets are still available here for $50 each. We sold more three-day passes than ever before, so there are less single-day tickets available than in previous years. So be sure to buy your tickets soon!
Three-day passes to Pitchfork have sold out, but guess what? We’re giving away two pairs of passes this Sunday, June 9th at the Summer Sessions Fundraiser being held at the Whistler. There will be live music by Health & Beauty, Whistler owner/barkeep/label-head Billy Helmkamp will be DJing, and we’ll be giving away a bunch of goodies, like those Pitchfork tickets.