Bring It Up High Fest #8

Bring It Up High Fest #8

The History of “Bring It Up High”The annual Bring It Up High fest, now in its eighth year, is a celebration of the lives and the legacy of veteran Chicago roots-rock band, HiFi & the Roadburners. In 2009 the band lost guitar player Jeff Schuch. In 2011, founder and singer Erik "HiFi" Kish passed away. The tremendous amount of love and support for the initial tribute shows led the remaining Roadburners to create an annual event in their honor. The HiFi and the Roadburners Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded to organize the annual show, maintain the legacy of the band and distribute the money that is raised every year. Past headliners of the Bring It Up High fest include: Deke Dickerson, The Amazing Royal Crowns, Andre Williams, The Paladins, Monty Nesmith and Hillbilly Casino. Past recipients include: the families of Erik Kish and Jeff Schuch, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The Tree House Animal Shelter and Chicago Area Care and Control. The Bring It Up High fest has raised over $20,000 for charity to date. The music, friends, bands and memories surrounding HiFi & the Roadburners live on with the Bring It Up High fest.

The Skalars

90's ska darlings reunite for one night only!
The Skalars formed in 1993 and toured extensively from 1995-1999, bringing their horn-driven soul-inflected ska sound from St Louis, MO to the four corners of the US. After many early lineup changes, the band’s core solidified around Jessica Butler on lead vocals and tenor sax, Evan Shaw on vocals and trombone, and a rhythm section of Ethan D’Ercole, Will Horton, Eric Ottens and Dave Sharma on guitar, bass, keys and drums respectively. The band’s co-founder and original namesake, Isaac Green, gave up the touring life early to focus on booking and promoting, but his drive and uncompromising vision molded the group into one of the tightest touring units of the era. The Skalars released two albums through New York City’s Moon Ska Records: “Schoolin With The Skalars” (1996) and “Change Up” (1999). Longtime Chicago ska imprint Jump Up Records will be releasing the band's debut album on vinyl for the first time at this special performance.

The Roadburners

Formed in 1984, HiFi & the Roadburners played constantly around Chicago and toured from coast to coast for over twenty five years. Influenced by the raw emotions and head-bopping sounds of American music from the 40's and 50's, HiFi & the Roadburners played a gritty mash of jump-blues, R n B, rock n roll and punk rock. Ahead of and out of step with musical trends, the band had a legion of fans with their unique sound and their hard scrabbled charismatic personalities to match. In 2009 the band lost guitar player Jeff Schuch, then in 2011 founder and singer Erik "HiFi" Kish passed away. The tremendous amount of love and support for the initial tribute shows led the remaining Roadburners to create this annual event in their honor.

Bailey Dee's Late Night Bait

Chicago's lead Rock N’ Souler and Ruby Records recording artist - BAILEY DEE found the rock and roll handbook and she reads it right! She comes out swinging with the ferocity of a young Etta James, the sweetness of Lorrie Collins, and the soulful swagger of Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Recently awarded Rockabilly Female of The Year by the Ameripolitan Music Association in Memphis, Tennessee, this young lady will surely show you what she's been showing crowds all over the world; the love, respect, and pure joy she brings to her vintage sound. Her impressive range and warm, rich voice will embrace you and put you in a spell, all while bringing a raw, edgy sound with her guitar. A not to miss up-and-comer!A full band backs her featuring members of legendary R&B Chicagoan Andre Williams band and ex-Million Dollar Quartet

The Devonns

Straight from the streets of Chicago, The Devonns (pronounced "De-vaughns") started in 2016 after multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Mathew Ajjarapu dropped out of med school and found himself unemployed, drifting, and listening to underground soul hits from the late 60s and early 70s, hooked on their steady groove and impeccable production/ arranging values. Pulling from influences such as The Impressions, Leroy Hutson, The Bar-Kays, Carole King as well as from contemporary acts such as Raphael Saadiq and Jamie Lidell, The band are the latest addition to Italy’s Record Kicks’ imprint, their debut single “Come Back” has taken the world by storm wetting appetites for their debut full length scheduled for this winter.

$12 Advance | $15 at the Door

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