93XRT Welcomes: The Poi Memorial Day Double Header with Poi Dog Pondering
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Poi Dog Pondering
Poi dog pondering, "The little big band with the strong back and supple / stubborn heart", has been following it's intuition for 20 years now. From bohemian street buskers to impossible to market major label sacrificial lambs... Poi dog pondering have ripened into staunchly independent musical voyagers. They have let every sound that excited them flow through their music and flood it with ever changing colors; Rock and soul. Orchestral, acoustic and electronic textures. Americana, rock band disco and international musics. All threaded along the way with lyrics that embrace the beauty and pain that life can bring.
Poi dog pondering formed in Hawaii in 1986. The first live performance was at the Honolulu Arts Academy. Filled with youthful imitative exuberance and inspiration from reading about Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground's 'Exploding Plastic inevitable' projected film and music happenings, PDP projected films of lava eruptions, ocean and other natural environments over the band as they performed. The tradition of projected imagery along with PDP live performances developed and matured over the years and continues to this day thanks to long time film and video artist/collaborators Luke Savisky and Marco Ferrari.
In 1987 PDP's wanderlust drew them to the mainland where they embarked on a year long bohemian travel tour across the United States and Canada, playing acoustically on street corners for gas and food money, while sleeping outdoors all along the way. This experience forged Poi dog pondering's self identity & confidence as a "D.I.Y." entity.
PDP was signed to the noble boutique label Texas Hotel who released their first record in '88.
Sony / Columbia released the next 2 records "Wishing like a mountain..." & "VoloVolo".
PDP relocated to Chicago in '92 and formed their own label Platetectonic Music and released the critically acclaimed "Pomegranate" in '95. For the next ten years PDP delved heavily into developing their orchestration skills, culminating in major collaborations with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta (with PDP's Susan Voelz, Paul Mertens, Max Crawford & Frank Orrall doing the arrangements). Band leader Frank Orrall's interest in electronic music garnered him respect from the Chicago House/Electronic music community for his solo project 8fatfat8, and lead him to become a member of Thievery Corporation as percussionist and vocalist. All this influenced PDP's next 2 records "Natural Thing" and "In Seed Comes Fruit" which saw the band experimenting with electronic textures, beautiful lush arrangements and unhurried, sometimes instrumental song structures, letting musicality determine the song structure, rather than traditional "verse / chorus / bridge" style song writing.
In 2005 PDP combined all of it's experience together and set out to write and record "a straight up Rock and Soul record", complete with strings and horns. The result is "7". The band chose this title because it's their 7th record and because "it feels like a benchmark".
20 plus years down the line there is a bolstered sense of history within the band now. A swagger that comes from having steadfastly carved their own path. It is quite apparent that PDP has always been, and ever will be in it for the love of it; creating and performing. Line up changes are par for the course. PDP is an organic entity, it changes like life does. But there is a core with strong roots, open to new ears and ready to experiment. That's what keeps it vibrant.
DJRC kicked off 2012 by performing two back-to-back shows with JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound on New Years Eve and has since performed with Poi Dog Pondering, Céu, The Right Now, as well as culinary events, Baconfest Chicago and Toon's Bar crawfish boils.
DJRC has opened for such legendary acts as Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Trombone Shorty, Nikka Costa, Rebirth Brass Band, Aloe Blacc, and Clyde Stubblefield. In 2011, he performed at Wicker Park Fest, a North Coast Music Fest after-party with The New Mastersounds, and Taste of Lincoln Avenue.
Supporting Chicago’s own music scene performing with bands such as JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Van Ghost, The Right Now, Bumpus, JT & the Clouds, Akasha, and the Chicago Roots Collective, DJRC regularly performs at venues throughout the city, including Lincoln Hall, Schubas, Double Door, Martyrs, and Empty Bottle.
$25 - $50 - $75
$25 - General Admission
$50 - Balcony VIP Package
(Balcony VIP seating includes:
signed poster, CD, & two complimentary drink)
$75 - Deluxe VIP Package
(Main Floor VIP seating includes:
signed poster, CD, & four complimentary drinks)
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