Harmonica Dunn & Randal Pink Present!!
Bones Jugs 'N Harmony
Evergreen Grass Band, Valentiger
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614
This event is 21 and over
Bones, jug, xylophone, kazoos, resonator guitar, banjo, double bass, drums, all sorts of noise makers. These are just some of the instruments Bones Jugs use to conjure up their eclectic acoustic sound. The group began in December 2012 with the vision of being a pop-up party on street corners, at farmers markets, in living rooms (and kitchens!), or amplified in a club. A jugband of sorts, with multiple one-man-bands woven together in a tapestry of delight. And the cherry on top? high speed, virtuosic, xylophoning. They began learning 1920's xylophone rags and arranging classic (and not-so-classic) Americana songs. After just a few public appearances it became clear that the group was too fun to be a side project. Listeners wanted to dance, sing, and laugh along as long as the tunes kept coming. The band could not resist.
In August 2013, Team Bones Jugs voraciously began to write and rehearse songs while also booking shows all over the midwest. New material poured out, fueling early mornings and late nights, writing and laughing, conjuring up ideas and bouncing them around. Now, under their belt is a varied mixture of originals and covers, a full length album, Party’s in the Kitchen, and more than 150 live performances.
The members of Bones Jugs have paved unique musical paths. Cody studied percussion performance at the University level where he built up his understanding and skills for performing a diverse collection of musical styles. Besides full immersion in the classical performance world, he worked hard in other schools of music. Cody’s writing style stems from his extensive study of percussion traditions from around the world. His playing, whether on drums, xylophone, banjo, bones or any other instrument within arm’s reach, displays this array of influences along with a pristine control of time and feel. Charlie Harris had less formal musical training, learning recreationally and in social settings. He has fully embraced the Americana tradition of hanging out on porches, calling some friends over and picking and grinning till the cows come home. This combined with his vocal stylings, crafted over years of seat concessions, yelling “Hot Dogs! PEANUTS!! Cracker Jacks!" at the top of his lungs at Wrigley Field, makes for his unique songwriting and musical perspective. The whole Bones Jugs team thrives on utilizing their individual strengths and interests to create something greater than the sum of their parts.
It's not world music nor folk music. It's not rock, blues, bluegrass, country nor jazz. It's not anything in particular. So, what is Bones Jugs?
It's Frank Zappa meets Spike Jones, it's Looney Tunes meets Nintendo. It’s seriously silly. It's a party. It's for dancing, for listening, for enjoying. It’s for adults. It’s for kids. It’s for everyone. Bones Jugs N Harmony believes music should bring joy, and they work hard to put this in every song. From the first note till the end they strive to send their joyful sound into the ears where it will quickly saturate the entire body. It's a frenzy of frivolity, a marvel of merriment. In short, it’s just loads of fun.
Evergreen Grass Band
"Armed with lightning fast, laser accurate bluegrass instruments, the EverGreen Grass Band takes stage loaded for bear and delivers a show that takes no prisoners. Their expert chops, homespun original tunes and sparkling vocal harmonies conquer the summits of musical elevations that many bands attempt, yet so few achieve. Do not miss this show" - Martha Galep, Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association Harvest Jam Director
The seeds were sown for the EverGreen Grass Band in 2008 and cultivated throughout the fertile musical grounds of Eau Claire, WI. The six members of the band, including Chicago import Steve Bateman (harmonica), gathered their traditional bluegrass instruments and grew into one of the most sought after non-traditional bluegrass acts on the Northwood's musical frontier.
Whether headlining a show or opening for such national acts as Trampled By Turtles, .357 String Band, Pert Near Sandstone or Cornmeal, just to name a few, the band has discovered that once they play a venue they are likely to get invited back. This pattern played out throughout 2010 as these self-proclaimed "not quite a bluegrass band" musicians spent the festival season barnstorming the Midwest building their fan base and promoting their first CD, "For Sheriff".
2010 saw the release of their much-awaited CD, which received critical acclaim in Volume One, Eau Claire's art and entertainment magazine. Shortly thereafter, EverGreen was voted "Best Bluegrass Band" in the same publication's annual reader poll.
"For Sheriff" is a first rate production highlighting the songwriting skills of Tim Litscher (guitar, vocals) and Caleb Horne (mandolin, vocals). The 12 selections, all originals, showcase each picker's breakneck speed and instrumental prowess with Matt Jagow (banjo, vocals), Mike Turner (fiddle), Dan Turner, (bass, vocals) and Bateman rounding out the personnel. The band's composition "Backroads Stretches" offers an anyone-can-sing-along delight, the playful "Six Reasons I'm Single" satisfies the urge to kick up one's hillbilly heels and the opening track, "Rusty Nail", provides a safe alternative to caffeine for all ages.
While many traditional bluegrass bands commonly repeat lyrical themes, EverGreen has cultivated a wide variety of subjects and outlooks in the song craft of Litscher and Horne. Their melodies stay with the listener and their stories and perspectives reach outside the genre to create unforgettable passages and refrains. Their instrumentation reflects the high energy, non-traditional approach of the band while paying due respect to the time honored roles of the instruments. The recipe results in a well- seasoned musical smorgasbord of Americana delights.
From Midwestern landscapes of Michigan, and the vinyl collection of parents' basements, are Valentiger.