Kickstand Productions Presents
Jared and the Mill
Air Traffic Controller
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Jared and the Mill
Jared & The Mill came together in June 2011 to play a show at the Clubhouse in Tempe, AZ. The individuals bonded almost effortlessly, and grew together as a band shortly after.
Months down the road the band not only rediscovered the genre of music they were born to play (Folk-pop), but they also picked up a dedicated fan base because of their completely original and unique sound.
of Folk, Western, Americana, and Pop, Jared & The Mill is a band unlike any you've heard in the past.
Jared & The Mill is quickly gaining attention in the Southwest. In the first six months (even without an EP!) the group has played various venues, including iconic stages like Comerica Theater, Crescent Ballroom, Martini Ranch and the legendary Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, CA.
Their first EP titled "In Our Youth" was released in April of 2012
The group went on a very successful first tour through California in August of 2012.
Jared Kolesar :: Singer/Songwriter, Lead Vocals
Jared Kolesar is the band's singer/songwriter and passionate lead.
He has considered himself a singer and songwriter for the majority of his young life. A couple years ago, Jared and his best friend, Michael Carter (coincidentally the mandolin/banjo player in the Locals), discovered music from the likes of Joe Pug, Ryan Adams, and other Folk artists. The friends also found their place in this genre as artists.
Since then Jared has amassed a band under the name of "Jared & The Mill" comprised of Larry Gast III on lead guitar, Michael Carter on mandolin, banjo and harmonica, Chuck "Bassman" Morriss on the electric and upright bass, Gabe Hall-Rodriguez on accordion/keyboard and Josh Morin on the drums and percussion.
The group came together in the summer of 2011, and has continually gained attention through their connections all over the nation, and especially in the Southwest.
Michael "Mike" Carter is the band's banjo, mandolin, harmonica player, and Jared's lifelong, best friend.
He is and always has been a driving Folk influence to Jared's lyrics, tempos and rhythms.
At the start of their musical journey, Mike played lead guitar, for their bands "Halfway to Rome," "Radio Cafe," "Teatime for Larry" and "Jared and Mike." Through thick and thin the duo has maintained an unfaltering friendship through shared interests in not only musical talent but also camping, shooting, archery, woodcutting, carpentry, furniture restoration and other Folky (and always manly) activities.
Air Traffic Controller
With a refreshing and modern day indie rock sound that infuses unforgettable electro-pop sensibilities with orchestral prowess compositions, Air Traffic Controller is one of the fastest rising original acts in the country. Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. With his enlistment up, Munro returned to his hometown in Boston and discovered an impressive number of fans, prompting the genesis of the aptly-named band.
In 2012, ATC released the effervescent All-American indie pop record NORDO, the follow up to '09's The One, which received many accolades and award nominations such as the "Artist on The Verge" award by NMS. "You Know Me" from NORDO graced the #1 spot on The Hype Machine, was placed on the NPR Hot 100 List for SXSW, was named Best Indie Alternative Song in the Independent Music Awards, and currently has over 4 Million plays on Spotify. With the second single "Hurry Hurry," ATC was named Band Of The Day by the Guardian UK and a Top 5 College Radio act by WERS and MTVU.
Reminiscent of classic singer/songwriters such as Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, Munro keeps it honest, with autobiographical lyrics and well-crafted storytelling. On stage, Munro (lead vocals and guitar), Casey Sullivan (lead vocals, bass, and more), Steve Scott (keys, guitars), Adam Salameh (drums) & Jeremy Van Cleave (violin) are often accompanied by an entire string section to capture and recreate the brilliant and full sound found on their recordings. In 2013, the band had a hugely successful tour of London and since then they have been asked to perform with acts such Joshua Radin, Kongos, Catfish & The Bottlemen and more.
Fast forward to 2015: Air Traffic Controller is touring this spring and have re-teamed with producer Bleu (Boys Like Girls, Demi Lovato) on their third studio album, incorporating more duets and solo lead songs with Casey Sullivan. The album is due this summer and features new songs "The House" and "People Watching."