JOE PUG

JOE PUG

Pug packed up his belongings and drove the longest route possible to Chicago. Working as a carpenter by day, the 23 year-old Pug spent nights playing the guitar he hadn't picked up since his teenage years. Using ideas originally slated for a play he was writing called "Austin Fish," Pug began creating the sublime lyrical masterpiece that would become the Nation of Heat EP.

The songs were recorded fast and fervently at a Chicago studio where a friend snuck him in to late night slots other musicians had canceled. He was short on money, but his bare-boned sincerity didn't require much more than a microphone and it dripped off of each note he sang.

In May of 2008, Pug played the first headlining slot of his young career to a sold out crowd at Chicago's storied Schubas Tavern. Two weeks later he released the Nation of Heat EP, which has garnered near-universal critical acclaim and established him as one of the most respected songwriters of his generation. Pug has since played shows with Todd Snider, Susan Tedeschi, Kasey Chambers, and James Hunter. He plans to release his debut full length record in 2009.

VANDEEVER is the song-singing, record-making, globetrotting project penned and put forth by alt-folk tunesmith Mark Charles Heidinger. Born in Ohio, raised in Kentucky, and currently camped out in the nation's capital, VANDAVEER offers up melodic Americana that is both haunting and easy, forlorn and welcoming, with stories as universal as the songs they inhabit.

VANDAVEER "revives the earnestness of the pre-psychedelic 60's," says The Washington Post, while XM Cafe has dubbed Mark Charles "this generation's Nick Drake." Dig Down Deep, VANDAVEER's new album, releases April 26 in the U.S., April 18 in France...

CASEY JAMES BROOKS

Simple catchy 4 chord songs with revealing and honest lyrics written on an acoustic guita

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JOE PUG with VANDAVEER, CASEY JAMES BROOKS, "RHYTHM, ROOTS & WORLD CONCERT SERIES"

Wednesday, October 9 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Rhythm Room