Americana Dinner Show with Great American Taxi, Chicago Farmer
The Blue G's
107 W. Cook St., Ste G
Springfield, IL, 62704
Doors 4:00 PM / Show 5:00 PM
This event is all ages
Great American Taxi
Great American Taxi is a five-piece traveling rock n' roll band whose music covers a wide swath of the Americana, jam-band and traditional roots landscape. With three acclaimed releases out and a fourth on the way, and nine years of hard core touring behind them, the group has established itself as a well-oiled machine that can rock a club or a festival field, and can likewise conquer the radio airwaves.
Taxi has a sound that echoes cultural icons like the Band, Gram Parsons, and the Grateful Dead, while also reflecting current artists like Wilco, Ryan Adams and Todd Snider (who sometimes joins the band). With a relevance brought by strong writing and current sensibilities, Great American Taxi bridges cultural gaps between past and future, between Americana and jam-band, hippie and redneck, urban and rural. They have the rare ability to do two jobs - they're a Jamband with good songs, and an Americana band that can jam. They sound great at 1am when you're grooving at the show, and they sound great the next day when you are driving to work.
From it's base in the Denver, CO area, Great American Taxi has certainly logged it's share of miles, appearing at some of the country's most prestigious venues such as High
Sierra Music Fest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Mountain Stage, Wakarusa and Gruene Hall. Their records have enjoyed extensive radio airplay and critical acclaim, with 2010's Reckless Habits reaching #12 and Paradise Lost (2012) achieving #8 on the Americana Radio charts. SiriusXM Radio's Outlaw Country show in particular has played the heck out of the last two records, bringing new fans out of the woodwork.
Originating in 2005, GAT has featured some very talented members and has collaborated with top players like Don Was, Peter Rowan and Bill Kreutzmann. Nine years and several personnel changes down the road, Taxi's newest lineup sees the departure of Vince Herman and the exciting addition of Taylor Sims. Taylor is a true Texas songwriter, and a kickass guitar picker and singer. Founding member Chad Staehly and Taxi veterans Jim Lewin, Chris Sheldon and Brian Adams are still rocking the Taxi as they have for the last 5+ years, with the same driving rhythm, telecaster, piano and harmony-vocal powered jams they have honed over many a mile and many a smoky late-night performance.
In a world of sampled beats, loops and genetically modified processed music, Great American Taxi stands out as the real deal. A good old American country-rock hippie band for the people, with genuine songs from the heart and the appropriate twanging, churning, barrel-house sounds necessary to keep the greater counter-cultural American party rolling on through the new millennium.
Cody is a folk-singer's folk-singer and a poet's poet. He was born and bred in Delavan IL, population 25, surrounded by the endless skies of the American Midwest. Before moving to Chicago in 2003, Cody tried his hand at sessions in Nashville and carefully hewed and tested his art in college town bars and honky-tonks around the Midwest. He now plays regularly in the city and it's not uncommon to see whole rooms full of strangers erupt and sing along to the choruses of his songs on their first listen (I've seen it happen). Cody's voice is powerful and gritty, emotionally piercing while subtly imbuing additional layers of meaning and poignancy in his lyrical delivery. His song-writing is deeply rooted in the American Folk tradition and all of its grit but with a post Dylan sense of wit, perspicacity and that certain savior-faire. He didn't go to college but he drank all of their beer.
Every folk-singer has to migrate to the city, in a way it seems to be hidden in definition of a folk singer anymore. Cody has come to remind Chicago that it is in Illinois. And to remind the rest of the world that when Louis Armstrong redefined, some say invented the art of Jazz in the 1920′s he brought his Hot Fives to Chicago to do it. When Robert Johnson wanted to put his Mississippi Mud on wax, his hellhound chased him to Chicago to do it. And same like, Cody has come to Chicago to deliver what it needs, when it isn't even sure itself. He is currently recording a collection of songs from his vast back-catalog and performing across the heartland.
The Blue G's
The Blue G's are a Springfield, Illinois based bluegrass band. They play modern and traditional bluegrass as well as original material, and also cover other genres of music in the bluegrass style.
$9.00 - $12.00
Homespun Republic - Springfield
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