Santah's Prom-A-Llama-Boom-Boom Presented by Movers & Shakers
Santah's Prom-A-Llama-Boom-Boom Presented by Movers & Shakers
2033 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60647
Doors 7:00 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Adult prom is back! No chaperones - no breathalyzers. Just you and all your friends, sipping on the punch bowl, being fabulous in the photobooth and breaking it DOWN on the dance floor to live music by Santah, The Kickback, Archie Powell & The Exports, The Congregation, Glam Camp and special guests!
This ain't your mom's prom, so grab a ticket and get ready to boogie. Every advance ticket includes a beer from our friends at Goose Island Brewery!!!
We will feature a fashion show by Anastasia Chatzka and Prom photobooth by GlitterGuts!
Formal dress required.
$22 per person if you're rolling solo, $40 if you're coupling up!
Presented by Movers&Shakers
"Santah's five-song collection (CHICO) successfully crafts a wholly unique sonic atmosphere, warm and soft harmonies and innocent optimism that comes with exploring new musical territory." - Paste Magazine
"There's a certain amount of loving that goes into all of the drops of Santah songs, that turns the concentration into a gossamer drink that goes down smooth and leisurely." - Daytrotter
"Dreamy folk-pop from a Chicago quintet that rides the beautiful vocal interplay of brother/sister singer-guitarists Stanton and Vivian McConnell, nearly threatenig to build to Arcade Fire-level intensity" -
Comprised of Billy Yost (vocals, guitar), Eamonn Donnelly (bass), Jonny Ifergan (guitar), and Ryan Farnham (drums), Chicago's The Kickback is a result of Billy's emigration to The Windy City from rural South Dakota in late 2009 and the subsequent Craigslist pleas seeking out band members. The group's music (with songs exploring journalists banding together in the early 1980s to battle the decline of print journalism through sheer ultra-violence to the emasculation of trying to protect the woman you love in a city you don't understand in a body you know is eventually going in the ground) have earned the group wide praise from Rolling Stone, Sound Opinions contributor Jim Derogatis, You Ain't No Picasso, the Chicago Tribune, and many more.
After a steady three years of touring and supporting acts like White Rabbits, Smith Westerns, Here We Go Magic, Telekinesis, Tokyo Police Club, The Districts, and Manic Street Preachers, the band have released their debut album, Sorry All Over The Place, produced by Spoon's Jim Eno, drawing praise from The Huffington Post, Consequence of Sound, and more. The Kickback are now back on the road in 2016, sharing their stellar and explosive performance across the country.
To document their travels, the band began recording their podcast, DISASTOUR, in December of 2010. With over 100 episodes, the show attempts to address the far-from-glamorized lives of a band on the road and the arrested development indicative of the lives they have chosen.
Just a couple of boys you can't help but root for. Just a couple of boys with a bond so strong no amount of public resentment can hold them down. With a boy here you might think is an asshole, but this boy is really the sweetest boy, and a boy there, you may think is a kind boy but who is really a tough boy. One boy who matters less than the other boys but is still important to play the songs. No matter which boy you love, and which other boy you really love (and we understand you're on the fence about these other boys) one thing is for certain, these boys know how to be boys that can bring the spirit of the holy groove right out of your bowels.
Archie Powell & The Exports
"With simple melodies and sardonic lyrics, Archie Powell and the Exports' new album, Great Ideas in Action, may well be the soundtrack to this summer."
- NPR's World Cafe
"The rave-up "Crazy Pills" rides a driving organ riff to frantic heights, with Powell howling above chugging guitars and pounding drums. It's acerbic in a Costello vein, carrying a bite to match the sharp music."
- The Onion's AV Club
"Powell and his Exports pair crunchy guitar riffs with great song titles…Its party rock that is, in fact, rock music."
- FUSE TV's 30 Must See Artists of CMJ 2012
Heartbreak, shame, sorrow and guilt. In the case of Archie Powell, his new collection of songs prove that for him, no good crush gets requited. He and the Exports present Back in Black, an explosive set that marries the melodic, hooky addiction of their previous albums with a new heavier, noisy backing. Powell notes that the political songs on their critically acclaimed "Great Ideas in Action" got a lot of attention, but he felt that the more inwardly centered songs held up just as well. "I felt that the real strength of our body of work was with internal subject matter. Writing this album, I wanted to be bluntly transparent about sex and romance. I was really looking to be nakedly honest despite any discomfort or personal embarrassment it would invariably cause."
With a desire to capture sound and spirit of their high-energy live show, the band set out for Chrome Attic with producer and like-minded soundsmith Jonathan Alvin (Santah, Surfer Blood), a soul brother with the chops and innovative outlook to help them realize their vision. Keen pop sensibility with harsh noise soundscapes compliment one another and lend a cohesiveness to a set of tunes that are otherwise markedly dissimilar.
Thematically, the lyrics speak of heartbreak, longing and infatuation - they are presented in a sonically dischordant way, creating a musical dichotomy that breathes fresh air into a time honored rock n' roll tradition. "I'm always looking for a twist, to make things musically interesting for myself" explains Powell, "I ditched any songs that seemed too pat, too easy, and focused on the ones that had a creepy feeling on the first listen, then became more relatable as you dig in. Conversely, I've also always loved the happy sounding pop songs that have weird, depraved subject matter. It's the same kind of rub." The album has a lot of texture and depth, listening at low volume presents a very different experience from blasting it on high.
"Holes" takes about two and a half minutes to illustrate the ebb, flow, and irreversible rise and release of tension that most mismatched relationships take years to see through. Seemingly turned up to ten from the outset, the tune somehow continues to expand to vast spaces with dreamy guitar licks, buzz-saw synths and an infectious call from Powell for the applicable party to help him "re-organize, re-organize". Clearly unheeded, the tune reaches its inevitable climax only to have the rug pulled out from underneath on a dime, forcing the listener to literally "snap out of it".
A true pop pastiche of long-reaching array, "Tattoo On My Brain" feels like five songs at once while ultimately retaining the glue of a smart lyric and melody to hold it all together. Phil Spector, Dick Dale, Jerry Lee Lewis, and The Clash are all at the same party, and we're not sure if the host is Elvis Costello or Frank Black for all the syrupy hooks and ghastly noise served in equal proportion.
Of all the songs on the record, "I'm Gonna Lose It" feels most quintessential. As much sweet and earnest as it is desperate and sexually repressed, the frustration of the lead character cuts through the mix clearest of all. With sentiments such as "I've got a feeling that you were never quite impressed / I guess it's not appealing to hear me say I loved you best" butting up against their more vulgar counterparts ("But now I'll never press you and tell you jokes or send you texts / Let alone undress you and bite your tongue or touch your breast"), the dynamic for the entire record is deftly summarized. And all the doo wop vocals certainly don't hurt.
Archie Powell is the son of a violin prodigy who played in the Chicago Symphany Orchestra before landing as a permanent member of Milwaukee's orchestra. He started playing guitar at 11 and writing "awful" songs at around 15. Immediately following college, he and keyboardist Ryan started the Exports, bassist Adam joined after they recorded their first EP and they rounded out the permanent line-up with drummer RJ. The band's first recorded effort was a digital freebie called the Loose Change EP that expanded their audience to a national level. It was followed by Skip Work, their debut full length, which drew praise from Boston Phoenix, Powerpopaholic and My Old Kentucky Blog among others. Great Ideas in Action followed in 2012, and critics from Esquire, Billboard and NPR's World Café were impressed.
Classic soul meets rock and roll in this dynamic eight-piece collective from Chicago. The Congregation features Gina Bloom, a singer whose raw and powerful vocals are underscored by Charlie Wayne's dynamic guitar riffs, the band's rock and soul rhythms (Dan Wendt on drums, Chuck Sansone on keys and Steve Schuster on bass) and the lively call and response of a three-piece horn section (Justin Amolsch on trumpet, Erik Eiseman on sax and Nick Nottoli on trombone). When it comes to the songwriting, you won't find any sugarcoated love songs here–you'll get a little bit of longing and a whole lot of wronging.
While the release of Right Now Everything marked the band's full-length album debut, The Congregation has been steadily gaining steam since the release of its seven-song EP, Not for Sleepin', in late 2010. The band was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of "11 Bands to Watch in 2011", and was recently featured in Paste Magazine as one of "10 Illinois Bands You Should Listen to Now". The Congregation's stop-and-take-notice sound earned the group the opportunity to share a triple stadium-bill with Grammy-winning band Wilco and critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird as well as another all-star ballpark lineup with the Flaming Lips and Garbage in the summer of 2012.