Old Shoe is a five-piece Americana Folk Rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band's compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life. Constantly playing throughout the midwest, their wealth of experience in the musical world never ceases to grow. Their performances will draw you in at the start and leave you panting on the dance floor by the end.

Having recently released their second album, Let Yourself In, the band already has enough material for a third album that they play during their live shows. They cover Little Feat, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder and Warren Haynes to name a few. In the last year alone, Old Shoe played at Summer Camp Music Festival, Blottopia XII, Tall Tree Lakes Music & Camping Festival, Cabin Fever, Ribfest Chicago and the Whippersnap Music & Arts Festival. They even hosted their own Shoe Fest, which featured Great American Taxi, Kyle Hollingsworth and Split Lip Rayfield.

Smooth Times Trio

Blues/Funk Band from Decatur, IL

Matt Livasy

Looping music is a technique that incorporates sampling of different instruments, that when added together, create an audible illusion of multiple people playing at once. I started looping right after high school with one loop pedal that allowed me to record my first CD. I quickly found that I needed more variation in order to execute multiple chord variations in each song. Without variation, the single loop sample would quickly become annoying from it's redundancy. I bought an additional loop pedal, and facing the same problem as before, purchased a third. I now use three loop stations that allow me to manipulate different chord variations in one song: verse, chorus, bridge, etc. I use a rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass guitar, guitar synthesizer, beatbox, mandolin, and miscellaneous auxiliary percussion instruments. The combination keeps a crowd interested and interactive with how a song is created layer by layer. Once the build-up process is complete, the audience enjoys the result of the final product. All sounds are organic and nothing is prerecorded.

I have played at many different types of events since the beginning of my entertainment career: house parties, holiday parties, country clubs, bars, wineries, weddings, assisted living homes, college functions, bachelor parties, street and music festivals. I have developed close relationships with the people I play for and most businesses request to have me back as they noticed their sales increased as a result of my crowd pleasing tunes. If you are a business and interested in booking a show and would like references, please call and I will furnish them upon request.

Stomache Ache and the Dukes



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Donnie's Homespun - Decatur


Oakwood Block Party with Old Shoe with Matt Livasy, Stomache Ache and the Dukes

Saturday, June 29 · Doors 3:00 PM / Show 5:00 PM at Donnie's Homespun - Decatur