Cosmic Railroad

Cosmic Railroad

A band, a show, a song…. This is the best way to explain “Cosmic Railroad." Although, it is almost impossible to do so if you haven’t experienced the band for yourself.

A Band

Cosmic Railroad is a jam band based out of southeastern Wisconsin, born sometime in 1999. As the story goes, all the guys in Cosmic Railroad were involved with their own respected bands. These bands would book shows together from time to time, then they began having a jam session at the end of those nights, consisting of everybody from both bands at once. Sometimes you would have four guitar players, two bass players, two drummers, a percussionist and a whole slew of singers all at once on stage, throwing it down. This is when the idea of “Cosmic Railroad” was conceived. At first, the bands would cover a lot of tunes from “The Grateful Dead, Phish, Dylan, etc.” Then, as things started to take off even more the bands thought it would be a good idea to learn each other's songs so they didn’t always have to play cover tunes when they got together. Over time, they did away with the other bands and started to book shows as Cosmic Railroad. This is what they've been doing since.

The band has settled in on three guitars players, two drummers and one bass player now, and they are having fun with that line-up. Patrick Fineran of the Journal Times said “if you like the Dead, Phish, older Dave Matthews and bands like that, Greg, Mike, Pete, Paul, Brandon and Shawn may be what you looking for”. He also adds that “the Cosmic Railroad has been laying down the deepest hippy groove since 1999 and it doesn’t look like its going to stop any time soon.”

A Show

A Cosmic Railroad show is an experience in itself. No one, not even the band knows what’s going to happen next. They are a true jam band to say the least. The band plays from the seat of their pants night after night. The show will usually start with a crowd favorite just to get everyone moving. After that, who knows? The band plays for the moment and the next song is chosen on the spot, sometimes even choosing itself without the band realizing it. This is where you can see their mastery. As the night moves on, they continue to pick up steam, and things really start to roll. A Cosmic Railroad show usually lasts up to three or four hours straight so when they hit their stride, it’s gone.

Often in the middle of the show the drummers take over and give the guitar players a break. Once done, it rolls into a solo song section done by one of the guitar players. This gives the drummers a little break to regroup. After a song or two the remaining band members start to move back into position. - - - All Aboard! Back on the train we go to the final destination.

A Song

Cosmic Railroad is an original jam band. Mostly the songs that you would hear at a Cosmic Railroad show are just that, original. The band uses these songs as a jumping off point, sometimes taking them into very different directions from the last time it may have been played. Other times, who knows? To the band, it doesn’t really matter who actually writes a particular song, they view all of them as Cosmic Railroad.

The jams are as much like the band as the songs are. As they put it, "you can’t practice something that hasn’t happened yet." So what’s the point of hashing it out in some building somewhere and then playing it at a show? It doesn't work that way. This attitude is what keeps these guys true to the fashion of how a jam band should play not how they should sound and that’s really why Cosmic Railroad sounds the way they do….. It's real and it’s a must see to believe.

Cosmic Railroad Thanks everyone for their support and hopes everyone enjoys the ride with them.

Thurgood

Formed during the early summer of 2011, Catfish & the Dogstars has quickly garnered a solid fan base and earned a great deal of acclaim gigging throughout the city of Chicago. With members hailing from different backgrounds, the group produces a uniquely blended sound of blues, funk, fusion, and roots music. Classically trained violinist Najeeba Syed brings a refined and dark intensity to the melodies alongside guitarist Mike Morgan-- whose intricate song writing and powerful playing are a driving force of the band. The result is a high energy, raw and original experience. Catfish & the Dogstars is sure to bring together an assortment of unique sounds, palatable to fans from all walks of life.

Borrowed Bicycle

orrowed Bicycle is a five-piece grassroots ensemble that is based around Rock, Funk, Folk, Reggae, bluegrass and Jazz music. Yet the music goes beyond the general limitations of those genres and creates a sound uniquely performed. With drone keys, and growling saxaphone the band displays a new age approach to a soulful sound. The expressions of the drums are absolutely whimsical, but fall back into grooves that everyone can love. Borrowed Bicycle emphasises on soulful vocals and harmonies. This band is heavily steeped in the American Improvisational process, but brings a good form a structure to its expressions as artists. Imagination, culture, and songwriting is where we pedal our way through the music and create earthly sounds of wonder.

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Cosmic Railroad with Thurgood, Borrowed Bicycle

Saturday, November 2 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM at Tonic Room