The Tornaparts, The Grasstronauts
3420 W. Grace St
Chicago, IL, 60618
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
St. Anyway is Tony Petersen and Jamie Kallestad, an up-and–coming acoustic duo with roots in folk, bluegrass and rock n' roll. Hailing from Dylan country, Minnesota, Petersen and Kallestad have been heavily influenced both by Duluth's burgeoning alternative music scene and the resurgence of traditional music styles in the region. The songs of St. Anyway cover a wide spectrum—from lilting acoustic ballads to rowdy bluegrass banjo shakedowns and innovative alt-country creations. A dual songwriting force, Petersen and Kallestad conjure visions of the city with wry observation and evocative imagery. Their songs can punch out a powerful message or wind with insinuating melody down the back roads of a clever narrative. Between original songs, expect to hear rejuvenated folk and blue-grass covers as well as stand-out banjofied versions of rock classics. Apart from the inescapable folk-rock legacy of Minnesota's own Bob Dylan, the pair also cite Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Ryan Adams as major musical influences. In addition, Petersen and Kallestad claim to draw inspiration from other Minnesota homegrown acts—The Replacements, Trampled by Turtles, and Charlie Parr.
Tony Petersen is a songwriter/guitarist who also plays banjo and vocals
Jamie Kallestad is a songwriter/vocalist who also plays guitar, keyboard, percussion, harmonica, and pop bottles.
Random fact: St. Anyway is not a Christian folk band, and has sympathy for the devil.
Random fact 2: Switchfoot once opened for St. Anyway.
The Tornaparts is a four-piece Chicago band whose country-rock sound brings to mind greats such as Tom Petty to the The Old 97s. Veterans Tim and Jason Bennett (Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash), Nick Ross and Dave Thomas (Second Hand Poets) play roots-rock with a simplicity and heart that grabs your attention and keeps you sticking for one more round…and one more song.
The Grasstronauts formed just outside the gates of NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, AL when guitarist Lee Syrjanen and banjoist Andrew Spear were forcibly ejected from the program when they were discovered distilling liquor in a replica of the Apollo Command Module.
The pair resolved to start their own space program and quickly drew up plans for a bluegrass powered rocket to the stars. Heeding the call for "more power!" were Jason Leather on the upright bass and Greg Morland on mandolin, two wandering artist adrift.
Since the fall of 2011 the Grasstronauts have been picking their way around Chicago, performing their unique blend of original contemporary bluegrass, Americana and rock interspersed with traditional bluegrass covers in 3-part harmony.
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