Harmonica Dunn Presents:
The Hot Moms
Toy Soldiers, Safe Haven
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614
This event is 21 and over
The Hot Moms
The Hot Moms were formed in 2012 by Chicago singer/songwriter Andrew Stephens. They play guitar heavy hard hitting rock and roll that features blues,country and garage rock undertones. They have been compared to "New York Dolls," "Bay City Rollers," "The Band," "MC5" and many others. The Hot Moms have a vibrant and highly entertaining stage performance that truly captivates audiences. Whether it's the on stage antics, massive American Flag backdrop or simply the excellent music, one can't help but watch and listen. The band is comprised of excellent musicians who have been playing and teaching their instruments for over a decade. The Hot Moms are no nonsense American rock and roll. They recently put out their first single "Classic Start" that was immediately featured on Chicago's 93.1 WXRT "Local Anesthetic." They will be releasing another single online this spring and will be back at Wall To Wall Studios in Chicago this summer to work on their debut full length LP.
Toy Soldiers – a lively & hard-working band formed in 2007 by frontman Ron Gallo, started out as just a duo, fluctuated between a cast of upwards of 12 players, then eventually settled into a solid 5-piece who love a good song and dance with no pretense or wall between the band and audience (as members often times ending up in the crowd). The group, consisting of Gallo (lead vocals, guitar), Dominic Billett (drums), Bill McCloskey (bass), Matt Kelly (guitar), and Luke Leidy (keys), spent most of 2012 playing hundreds of shows up and down the East Coast and in their hometown of Philadelphia, tearing through dive bars, festival stages and even theaters with their soulful brand of rock n' roll music.
Their first record, Whisper Down the Lane was described by WXPN’s Bruce Warren as a "gritty, dirty collection of liquor-fueled Americana music, shifting flawlessly from roots, to blues, to country, to rockabilly…an undeniable barn-burner."
The follow-up, self-produced Get Through the Time EP was a look into the more pensive and heartfelt side of songwriting; and Toy Soldiers’ latest release, Midweek Mountain Getaway a split EP recorded all live with good friend & Nashville artist Jordan Hull, embraces the communal, live aspect of the band.
2013 will see the beginning of a new chapter, with the Fall release of their second full-length, entitled The Maybe Boys. The album was recorded with producer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) and bridges the gap between all of their previous efforts, combining the group's earnest and eclectic songwriting style with the explosive energy of their live show.
Named one of the “Top Bands to Watch in 2013” by USA Today, Toy Soldiers’ have no intention of slowing their roll as they move ahead into the year, continuing to spread the music and inevitable good times.
Safe Haven is an American rock duo with a deep-rooted history throughout the Chicago music scene. Although hard to pinpoint an exact date in which the band was formed, shows can be traced back to around 2003 where lead guitarist, Patrick Lyons started making a name for himself throughout the Chicago land area. Much of this period consisted of recording with different musicians throughout various music studios. It was during this time that Patrick met Tony Tabor (Drums.) The guitar and drum group has been playing shows ever since, with many different musicians from all over the country.
Patrick Lyons: Guitar/Vocals
Nicholas Stankus: Bass/Vocals
Tony Tabor: Drums/Percussion/Vocals