Double Door Welcomes
Rivals of the Peacemaker, Brandon McHose, Matthew Morgan and the Lost Brigade
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
Doors 7:30PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Brad Cole released his debut solo album, Highway 200, in 2008. It is a disc full of alternative rock gems rich with harmonies and non-stop hooks—ten songs for drinkers and thinkers, alike. The album is Cole’s ode to dysfunctional love in all its pathetic glory.
On his 2010 sophomore release, Exile, Cole moved toward an alt-country sound, opening up his versatility as songwriter as well as his compassion for the human condition.
Exile’s lead track, “Come Home,” was recently named semifinalist in the 2012 Great Lakes Song Writing Contest. Cole’s new song "Butterfly" was recently awarded Finalist honors in The 13th Annual Great American Songwriting Contest
For over 20 years, Brad Cole has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene sharing the stage with such greats as Uncle Tupelo, Smashing Pumpkins, Material Issue, Nicholas Tremulis and blues great Joanna Connor. Cole led several Chicago-based bands including Treatment, Psycholove and The Second Story and played with NYC-based The Subscribers. He has performed across the US, Mexico and the UK.
In 2009, Brad formed The Brad Cole Electric to support the release of Exile. The BCE borrows from rock, soul, Americana and Bossa Nova. This upbeat eclectic groove all comes together under Cole's soulful vocal delivery. His lyrics focus on the ups and downs of the human condition, heavily influenced by the likes of Lennon, Marley, Morrison, Patty Griffin, Aimee Mann and Willie Nelson.
Cole had busy 2011, playing nearly 100 shows; sharing stages with Lisa Loeb, Shovels and Rope and Amy Speace to name a few.
Also in 2011, Brad teamed up with producer Jason Harper and hip-hop artist Staff Johnson to produce an acclaimed video based on the Cole original “Killing Your Brother.” The song’s message is aimed at curbing gun violence and is used to raise awareness and funds for The Illinois Coalition Against Hand Gun Violence and CeaseFire Chicago.
Brad tours extensively with The Brad Cole Electric and as a solo acoustic performer. Along with singer-songwriter Jeff Libman, Brad is co-founder of acoustic/soul trio Check With Lucy. In addition, Brad is a longtime member of the Old Town School of Folk Music’s “First Friday Songwriters Circle” and hosts the popular “Acoustic Circus” singer-songwriter showcase series at Chicago’s Uncommon Ground. For more on Brad Cole, check out http://www.bradcolemusic.com/.
Currently, Brad splits his time between Chicago and Nashville, working on his next album.
"Tuneful and uplifting, Brad Cole embodies the best of the pop/rock songwriting tradition and is immediately familiar without ever becoming formulaic."-Illinois Entertainer
“The lyrics [on Exile] are riveting...”-Static Multimedia
Rivals of the Peacemaker
Chicago has always been a notorious place for artists and outlaws. A city of grit and noise, set between the great lakes and the great plains. The kind of place that could bring together an eclectic group of musicians like Rivals of the Peacemaker.
Rivals are all about their roots - loving Emmylou Harris and Motorhead in the same breath, steeping themselves in the history of their heroes, and bringing a fierce loyalty to each other and to their passion for Americana music.
The band blends foot stomping energy with rich textures and harmonies and driving rhythms. Fronted by singer/songwriter Alex Watson, and layering harmonies with guitarist Billy Watson(vocals/guitar) the two personify rowdy and romantic. Bringing in players on lap steel, harmonica, banjo, madolin, and more, Rivals of the Peacemaker weave stories of rebels and sweethearts, heartbreaks and revenge.
The band has built a solid foundation on original music, a few choice covers and a rip roarin live show. Rivals have been featured artists on the Shure Give it Voice Tour, Do312, Rukus Radio, Q106 Country Showdown and are currently booking a midwest summer tour. Their debut album will be completed in April 2011
Brandon McHose looks at the five dynamic years he spent on the scene in Austin as something of a “musical grad school” where he developed his chops as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and performer. High-tailing it back to his home region of the Midwest, the Des Moines native chose Chicago for a batch of exciting new career opportunities and never looked back.
Since hitting “The Big Windy” in 2010, the multi-talented artist has headlined at the Hard Rock Cafe, Taste of River North Festival and the House of Blues Foundation Room, in addition to creating successful residencies for himself in neighborhood venues (like the Citizen Room) that had never had music before. While his sizzling guitar sound and powerhouse live performances have earned him hundreds of fans throughout the city, Chicago’s thriving indie music scene is also a springboard for McHose’s latest touring endeavors along the I-35 corridor, which stretches from Northern Minnesota through his home region of Central Iowa down to Southern Texas.
McHose launched his recording career with two well received acoustic based full length albums helmed by big name producers. Life Eclipse (2007) was produced by Chris Maresch, who has played with Eric Johnson; the set featured famed keyboardist Riley Osbourne, who once played with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band Double Trouble. Token (2008) was produced by Michael Ramos, a onetime member of The BoDeans whose credits include John Mellencamp and Los Lonely Boys. These two indie releases set the stage for the explosive new, electric guitar driven sound he unveils on his new four track EP Late Night. Two of the tracks are already impacting multiple radio formats; “Next 3” recently hit the Triple AAA format and the title track “Late Night” is in rotation on many college radio stations.
Combining the melodically infectious, lyrically insightful vibe of classic singer/songwriters (James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon) with a Santana/Beck/Van Halen-like ability to shred, McHose has evolved into a multi-faceted artist in the tradition of his chief influences Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Jimi Hendrix and—straight from his country phase—Vince Gill and Brad Paisley. McHose attributes the inspiration of the vibrant, high energy, classic rock influenced “Late Night”—a chronicle of a well traveled rocker’s ups and downs on the road–to two other legends: “I wanted it to be a combination of a cool Sublime song mixed with Tom Petty.” The track features one of the singer’s favorite Austin drummers, Wayne Salzman, who has played with Eric Johnson and Steve Miller.
“Next 3” is another sizzling, electric guitar driven rocker, jangling along the road with featuring McHose’s soaring vocals as the singer reflects on the challenges of the past three years and looks forward to exciting, less stressful adventures in the future. A straightforward, “getting over the negatives of the last relationship” tune, “Leave It All Behind” adds a bed of dense percussion to the hard rocking mix and includes one of McHose’s most passionate electric solo spots. The closing track “Just Say When” combines the best of both of the singer/guitarist’s worlds; it’s a mid-tempo ballad driven by the acoustic sound that defined his earlier songs but includes a cool, subtle electric guitar harmony line and a powerful solo that has what he calls “a Larry Carlton/Skunk Baxter” flavor towards the end of the track.
“The producers I worked with on my first two albums liked my sound,” McHose says, “because they thought I had a unique style on acoustic guitar that was not bland and typical of most singer/songwriters. Acoustic was the right niche for me for a while, but I’ve gotten a lot stronger vocally over the past few years and that has made my voice more compatible with songs with electric guitar. A lot of my earlier songs could have been stronger had I taken that approach. All along, I wanted to transcend being pigeonholed as yet another acoustic based singer. The idea behind the four tracks on Late Night was to showcase my work on the electric and emerge with a whole different aggressive tone, with a lot of rough edges compared to my older material. For most singer/songwriters, the guitar is a secondary tool to enhance their songs. I like to think of myself as a guitar player first—but one who is lucky enough to be able to use it in the context of writing strong songs that connect emotionally with listeners.”
Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, Brandon McHose was introduced to the guitar by his father, once an aspiring guitarist himself. That’s a common story, a parent sharing passion with a child, but the guitar McHose his dad used to teach him, a 74 Les Paul, makes the history just a bit more extraordinary. His father’s eclectic music collection introduced the young musician to legends like The Beatles, Stones and The Who, but McHose says the reason he began playing more seriously was the solo he saw Joe Walsh do on VH1, in a clip from when he was with The Eagles. He went through a lot of “guitar god” phases—Hendrix, Stills, Knopfler, Atkins, Gill, Paisley—all the while gravitating towards great singer/songwriters like Sting and 90s rockers like Matchbox 20, Goo Goo Dolls, Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
McHose’s equal passion and skill in track and field earned him a full scholarship to Drake University, but he left after one year to ponder his musical future. His family sought professional advice by meeting with the Assistant Chair of the Guitar Department at the famed Berklee School of Music in Boston. After McHose auditioned, the professor’s professional opinion was that his skill and talent levels were far beyond that of a typical student; he recommended that the best road for him was not four years in college but to embark immediately on his career. McHose took this advice and chose Austin, Texas as the perfect environment to hone his craft. While making the connections necessary to launch his recording career, he worked his way up to playing live four nights a week, performing at such venues as The Saxon Pub and Threadgill’s.
“It’s easy to get comfortable in Austin, but there’s also the feeling that you can get to a certain plateau and stay there,” he says. “Since it’s a college town, a lot of the fans artists make eventually move away, so it’s hard to develop a consistent career. I felt that moving to a major market like Chicago would be a great step forward, not only because of the many opportunities to perform in the city and surrounding area, but also because it’s centrally located, close to my hometown of Des Moines and a great centrally located base to tour from.
“That’s really where the excitement happens,” McHose adds, “up there onstage. I love feeling the energy from the crowd and trying new things with the songs and with my guitar every night. I never play written solos and I like to try different spontaneous arrangements and segues into songs. I have done hundreds of acoustic gigs, and don’t mind mixing it up, but I have the most fun now playing live with my band. I can pull out my electric and really let loose.”
Matthew Morgan and the Lost Brigade
Matthew Morgan and the Lost Brigade is a hard-working band that has made its mark on the Chicago music scene, and is now pushing into the Midwest. With the diversity of banjo and dulcimer alongside a female rocker that has shared the stage with Joan Jett, this band blends hopeful and upbeat rock with the deep reality of folk roots. Neil Young, Paul Simon and R.E.M. are among influences for the five-piece outfit that is poised to take on new musical territory with its follow-up to 2011’s "Red Silhouettes".
MMLB is as “intense as whiskey with all the flavors of fine wine. Bombastic, upbeat pop/folk grabs audiences by the hand. It’s a sweet slow dance…” (OnAxis Music). With each show, responses from fans of both music and art have been overwhelmingly positive. CAUDog Records of Chicago, IL recognizes the band’s solid reputation and is partnering to produce and release the group’s first professional recording, expected in Fall of 2012.
The group began carving a niche in 2009 as previous members of two Chicago-based bands (Black Bottle Junction and 1/2 Mad Poet) joined as recruits to support Morgan’s album project that was released in winter 2011. The home-spun DIY album "Red Silhouettes" shines with quirk and charm, as acoustic guitars are paired with distorted electric guitar, accordion, driving drum beats, banjo, bells, keyboards and atmospheric gems which work together in surprising ways.
The songs on the album give a nod to stories from Civil War letters and victories from personal battles. Morgan (lead vocals, guitars) was formerly diagnosed with a rare disease which he fought against and won. He now brings his zest for life and pursuing dreams to the fullest to the table. The experience gave Matt “a better idea of how important life is and how lazy we are when we think we have all the time in the world to do things."
Morgan is a visual artist and musician, as is bassist Kavin Lahvic. This connection to Chicago’s Wicker Park art scene is another factor that sets the group apart, as MMLB has carved a niche with well-attended shows at local art galleries including Chicago’s renowned Flat Iron Artist's Association.
The band is not a group of hobbyists. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little kid,” says Matt. The band met through a wide variety of means, from chance encounters to friends that “forgot” to mention they were wildly talented. Each member brings strength to the band adding harmonies, multi-instrumentalist skills and a plethora of life experiences. Their energetic live shows are a sonic feast. MMLB satiates the hunger for honest roots music mixed with fresh, fun creative rock. Matthew Morgan and the Lost Brigade make music we're glad to find.
The current lineup consists of six members (Matthew Morgan, Anita Chase, Kevin Lahvic, Jeff Gilbert, Dave Szpunar, and Anand Christopher).
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