An Evening in The Keep with
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
REGO grew up on a small farm in southeastern Wisconsin. “I was always in love with the guitar.” explains REGO. “Some of my earliest memories are sitting in my neighbor’s living room watching him run over blues licks.” Her mother, a former concert cellist, encouraged her to study and play classical guitar and that’s what she did for most of her adolescence. Falling in love with singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, and Bruce Springsteen, she longed to write songs of her own. Then, sometime in the middle of teenage angst, she wrote her first song. In 2006 she moved to Chicago and recorded her first EP. Cutting her teeth in the fertile Chicago open mic scene, she slowly began to gain a voice and a following. There is now no mistaking her unique vocal range and finger picking style, reminiscent of her classical training.
Since then she has released two other albums. Her most recent release, All These Bones And Us, sold out the famous Chicago venue, Old Town School of Folk Music. This February, Seconds will be her second full-band release featuring Stephanie Whiton on Drums; Michael Biederman on guitar; Mike Przygoda, piano and vibraphone; and Renee Serritella on bass. Fellow Chicago folkie and occasional member of Joe Pug’s band, Julie Klee, provides backing vocals on half of the new songs. Seconds marks the fourth studio record for REGO since 2006. Moving in a new direction, the new record reveals a more mature and evolving set of songs. From the slow burn of opener “REM”, though the slick rocker “Sabotage”, to the triumphant “Last Night on Earth”, REGO charts their own course through a new brand of Americana. Nonetheless, there’s still a rootsy element to this group; see the finger-picked ballad “Curse Myself”, or the pedal steel that permeates “This Part”.
REGO has supported such acts as The Bottle Rockets, City & Colour, The Greencards, Nervous but Excited, Pieta Brown, The Rosebuds, Ha Ha Tonka, Crash Test Dummies, Nicole Atkins, Other Lives, Sarah Jaffe and many more. She has performed at famed Chicago venues such as The Metro, Double Door, Schubas, Lakeshore Theater, Martyrs, and tours frequently around the country. Seconds is due to be released February 11th with a record release show at Chicago’s famed Lincoln Hall.