Billboard Pre Party Presented by Cotton featuring Kate Nash
Half Moon Run, Blondfire
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Kate Nash is a multi-instrumental recording artist from London. With a platinum selling album and a BRIT Award tucked firmly under her belt, Kate is known across both the music and fashion industries as a forthright songwriter, unabashed feminist and front row style icon.
Kate released her first single Caroline’s A Victim on vinyl back in 2007, before storming to chart success with her second hit, Foundations a few months later. To satiate demand, the launch date of her debut album Made of Bricks was brought forward by four weeks, skyrocketing straight to number one and crowning her ‘Best Female Artist’ at the 2008 BRIT Awards.
In the wake of Kate’s second album My Best Friend Is You, Kate set about using her influence to shift gender perceptions and inspire a new generation of female musicians, writers, producers and technicians, launching the Rock ‘N’ Roll for Girls After School Music Club. She also worked with young self-harming women at The Wish Centre in Harrow. Kate was also recently appointed Global Ambassador of the Because I am a Girl initiative by Plan USA, charged with empowering women and girls in developing countries.
Making her musical comeback in 2012 with Under-Estimate the Girl – a song written and recorded in 24 hours – Kate stepped away from the piano previously underpinning her songs, and took to the bass guitar. The track sparked controversy on a global scale and notoriously opened London Fashion Week’s Felder Felder show for the spring/summer 2013 season, marking a significant change in direction for Kate.
Layering her profile with fashion, acting and writing gigs, the last three years have seen Kate star in feature films such as Syrup, Greetings from Tim Buckley and Powder Room, DJ at London and New York Fashion Week’s most exclusive events (including for Vogue and PPQ), as well as writing with Willow Smith and moonlighting as Music Editor for breakthrough London-based fashion magazine, PHOENIX.
This has all built up to the highly anticipated launch of Girl Talk earlier this year, Kate’s third album. Produced with Grammy Award winning, Tom Biller at the infamous Paramour Mansion in LA, Kate has described the work as her best to date, an emotional purge and a mission statement for women the world over.
Kate is currently on a global tour with her all-girl band.
Half Moon Run
Half Moon Run is a talented young trio from Ottawa, Ontario and Comox, British Columbia. It was in a studio situated in Montreal’s Mile-End district, through the hardships of time constraints and flatlined bank accounts, that the trio bonded and created their unique sound, fusing together the restless elements of indie, pop and folk with beautiful rhythmic harmonies, delicate guitar lines and a hint of warm electronica.
Aged 21-25 years old, but armed with solid training and raw talent, they mix and combine their different musical backgrounds. Their complex arrangements, inspired by both classical and modern composers, are particularly surprising to hear and see during their live shows. Devon Portielje’s remarkable voice is beautifully backed up by Connor Molander and Dylan Phillips. Phillips often plays drums and keys simultaneously as Molander and Portielje shuffle between guitar, keys, samplers, and percussion folky three-part harmonies hold down moody, psychedelic arrangements and electronic-infused soundscapes.
Although together for less than two years, the band has quickly caught the ear of programmers and tastemakers. The trio wowed audiences at SXSW, CMW, M for Montreal and Great Escape, and were proclaimed "Buzz Kings Of The (M for Montreal) Festival" by NME.
2012 kicked off with the launch of their debut album “DARK EYES” on march
27 in Canada, entering right away into Canadian charts.
After a dozen succesful dates in Canada, the band embarked on a marathon
32 gigs in 32 days tour in Europe, including festivals in France, Germany and The Great Escape in the UK, creating a huge buzz with fans and industry alike.
They are currently on tour across Canada and will play summer festivals like Osheaga and Quebec city summer festival, before heading off for a second run to launch the album in Europe and Australia at the end of the year.
Blondfire is an indie pop band from Los Angeles whose music is written and produced by the brother-and-sister duo of Bruce and Erica Driscoll.