Tonic Room Presents: The Third Annual
Fuckapalooza 2013 - Day 1
The Whistle Pigs, Glass Lux, Kelsey Wild, Hosted By: Gabe Liebowitz
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614
This event is 21 and over
The Whistle Pigs
This southern Illinois based hillbilly trio's unique sound is comprised of banjoist/vocalist Joe McCamish's old timey voice and banjo licks, upright bassist Randy Hill's rockabilly slap, and accordionist Alex Pape's 'hillbilly accordion' styles. Whistle Pigs started as a house band at PK's in Carbondale,IL, a gig that lasted for two and a half years only to end when the whistle pigs touring schedule interfered with the weekly residency. The band debuted in 2008 with their independently produced album 'Original Album' with songs written by McCamish and featuring a fiddle and washboard. Several hundred copies were sold in the first few months following it's release and it's successes afforded the group more gigs and extensive touring of their region, making them one of the area's favorite bands. Whistle Pigs shared the stage with such great and diverse acts as Split Lip Rayfield, Darrell Worrley, Mountain Sprout, Infamous String Dusters, The Dirt Dobbers, and Joe Diffey. The groups second release, 'Long Term Plan', followed a year later showing the maturing songwriting skills of McCamish and a tight sound that only comes from constant gigging. Late 2010 brought the newest release 'Bless Your Hearts and Livers' on the MudStomp label, featuring Steve Fishell on pedal steel and dobro and recorded at the Sound Kitchen in Nashville, TN. Whistle Pigs bring bluegrass to Cavern Club Written by Joel Sensenig Toledo Free Press *You wouldn't expect a band that gets its name from a woodchuck to be all that worried about getting the rock-star treatment on the road. In the case of country-meets-bluegrass-meets-rockabilly band the Whistle Pigs, this assumption would be correct. These southern Illinois boys just hope the price of gasoline stays below the $3 mark. "We've got a smaller van, so it's a little better on gas money," said Joe McCamish, lead vocalist and banjo man for the Whistle Pigs, which rolls into Ann Arbor's Cavern Club Nov. 17. Not that anyone's complaining about the modest road accommodations. "We live better on the road than we do at home," McCamish said. "We were born to travel. We've got the system down — we load in, we charm the bartender and get free drinks. We'll sleep anywhere, eat whatever. Anything to make this happen, you know?" Since forming in the college town of Carbondale, Illinois several years ago, the band featuring banjo, fiddle, upright bass, washboard and accordian has released three albums and toured extensively throughout the Midwest. Their latest offering, "Bless Your Hearts and Livers," released on the Mudstomp label, added pedal steel and dobro to the band's sound. It was recorded at the Sound Kitchen in Nashville, Tenn. The Whistle Pigs does not shy away from its rural roots, often using the term "hillbilly" whenever they can. "We just felt the terms 'country' and 'bluegrass' got too big," McCamish said. "We feel 'hillbilly' is more back to the roots of what we're trying to do." When this band of hillbillies invades Ann Arbor, McCamish said fans should expect to get their groove on. "It's a high-energy show," he said. "We love to entertain, and do a bit of banter onstage. There's always a lot of dancing at our shows. It's a good time, an old-time feel."
Glass Lux formed in October 2010 when producer/DJ Alfonso Mayen met vocalist Emily Morse through a facebook message. Known as "Le Fonz" around his hometown Chicago, Alfonso started playing and writing music at a young age, going on to play in various local bands such as Perfect Kiss and Blacklight Saints. Emily, a Chicago transplant from Okemos, MI, had fronted many bands in her hometown but was looking for something more electronic to showcase her unique vocal style. She reached out to Le Fonz, and the resulting project led to a slick dance-and-synth-heavy sound showcasing Le Fonz's catchy production and Emily's hauntingly mature voice. Currently working on their first release slated for 2012, Glass Lux has already gained attention as up and comers in Chicago's exciting electronic scene.
Born: 1990 in Honolulu USA
Piano lessons: 1996-2002
Writing music since 2004
I have a cat, a dog, a goldfish named Nancy Kerrigan. I like to roller skate, I have a scar on my left index finger from a box-cutter, I love coffee, I hate licorice, and I don't like to dance except when the music's good and I'm with friends who are also bad at dancing.
I love to play and write music, but not all the time. It's a relationship with highs and lows, plagued by doubt and frustration but always good enough to keep going. I read an essay by Ray Bradbury once about how art is created because of the artist's ego, and I think that's true. I try to find other reasons so I don't feel so guilty.
I like the ocean and I like to walk places.