Angela James

Angela James

Angela James’ music brings to mind the rich, deep voices of classic country artists like Patsy Cline and Rosanne Cash with the narrative sensibility of more modern female troubadours like Neko Case and Cat Power. Traditional and hip, artful and sometimes avant-garde, her songs come from a place far more youthful and inquisitive than most people might think; a tribute to her uncanny ability to place innocence and experience in a broad context worthy of artists twice her age. Her songs suggest a sweet melancholy that aches with both pleasure and pain at the wonder of our shared experience.

James' debut EP, Down and Out, was released in November of 2012 and received a 4-star review from Time Out Chicago. Her first LP, Way Down Deep, was released in November of 2014 was praised by the Chicago Reader: “.....her lovely, rustic melodies are enhanced by excellent arrangements played by an impressive band,” and selected as #6 in the Top Ten Chicago Records of 2014 by Red Eye Chicago.

For this show she'll be joined by Annie Higgins (keyboard and vocals), Jordan Martins (bass) & Charles Rumback (drums).

Sima Cunningham

Sima Cunningham has been on the Chicago music scene since her first album, Squeeze, which she recorded at age 15 with one of Chicago’s leading independent rock producers, Brian Deck. In 2008, the Chicago Sun-Times recognized her as one of the “Women to Watch Under 30″ and music critic Jim Derogatis heralded her as “an incredibly powerful and self-assured performer, with a smoky, sexy voice.” Her music has strong roots in blues and Americana folk-rock, weaved in with an eclectic mix of jazz and Bowie-esque vocal melodies. A year ago she returned to Chicago from New York and started a new project with a host of talented fellows: Dorian Gehring (Exit Ghost), Charles Rumbach (Colorlist, Whirlpool), and Liam Cunningham and Lane Beckstrom (Marrow, Kids These Days). The group recently completed a new EP with Deck, due out at the beginning of 2014.

Rock Falls

Rock Falls is a small farming community in the northwest corner of Illinois. Situated on the Rock River, it is a quiet, little town with only five stoplights, acres upon acres of farmland and green leaves and grass that stretch as far as the eye can see. It is where Annie Reese was born and raised, and as it has been the strongest influence on her life, it was only fitting that it should be the moniker for her gentle, lo-fi, folk music. She now lives and performs in the city of Chicago, but is still very much a small-town girl.
Her songs are honest, succinct, oftentimes dark, and always powered by an emotional vulnerability that is palpable. Through her music, Reese captures the private, intimate moments that are frequently missed or ignored in today’s synthetic world—the chilling wind whipping outside of old apartment windows, the stillness that comforts us during times of heartbreak. Stepping away from the blue light of a computer screen and moving toward the blue light of dawn, rock falls is the soundtrack to this movement.

Annie Reese will be performing at The Hideout with Andrew Trim (guitar), Kurt Schweitz (bass), and Matt Carroll (drums).


For ticket availability call 773.227.4433

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Angela James with Sima Cunningham, Rock Falls

Saturday, November 9 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Hideout