NASHVILLE TO CHICAGO SOUL REVUE 2017
JC Brooks Band, DeRobert & The Half-Truths, The Right Now
2033 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60647
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
JC Brooks Band
JC Brooks makes soul-infused, genre-bending music that is energetic and kinetically charged. The grab-the-listener-at-all-costs mashup manifesto has been captured to a T on the band’s new joint, The Neon Jungle, which is set for an April 7, 2017 release via Rock Ridge Music. Their soul mashup version of Wilco’s “I’m Trying to Break Your Heart” was a nationwide jam released by Bloodshot Records as JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, but with the new album The Neon Jungle, they have dropped “the Uptown Sound” but continue as one powerful live band. Brooks himself describes The Neon Jungle as an album-length depiction of “one crazy, incredible night out.” JC Brooks has made a career out of delivering the goods, from club stages to the biggest festivals in US and Europe. The live version of the The Neon Jungle will be flowing from a stage near you.
“Enveloping stage presence and palpable charisma.” – Rolling Stone
“JC Brooks looks and performs like a cross between Chuck Berry and H.R. of Bad Brains in their primes, but his skintight R&B and post-punk soul upend expectations of a retro act.”– Washington Post
DeRobert and The Half-Truths
For nearly 20 years, DeRobert Adams has been showing audiences across the nation what it means to have raw soul. Raised up singing in the church, belting out dizzying arias punctuated by soul dripping melodies has always come second nature to the Memphis born native. With his backing band, the Half-Truths, DeRobert has spent the last decade putting Music City soul back on the map, one scorching live set after another as the flag ship combo for Nashville’s G.E.D. Soul Records. Having released a pair of LPs, several EPs and 45s, DeRobert and the Half-Truths have only sharpened their brand of super syncopated soul music. Bear witness to the dynamic raw soul power of DeRobert and his mighty Half-Truths.
The Right Now
The Right Now's pop-meets-soul sound is more than a vehicle for Stefanie Berecz's captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy songwriting and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2009 the band has toured much of the United States and released two acclaimed albums, racking up placements in television, national commercials, and the multi-million-selling video game Watch Dogs.
The Right Now’s Chicago roots permeate their music and performances: breezy horn lines sit atop soul grooves old and new, all while Berecz elevates one audience after another with her “classic yet contemporary voice” (Philadelphia Inquirer). College radio stations from Asheville to Seattle put 2012’s Gets Over You on the CMJ charts, and critics nationwide have championed TRN as “the real deal” (Pittsburgh City Paper). The seven-piece band landed an official Record Store Day release in 2012—all 750 copies sold out immediately—and collaborated with New York label Deep&Disco on a remix project. The Right Now has opened for Fitz & The Tantrums, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Bettye LaVette, Lee Fields, and many others along the way.
The newest album Starlight examines a complicated world through the eyes of the fighter, the lover, the philosopher, the addict, the mother. It covers musical ground as diverse as the city that spawned TRN: dance beat elation, synth-pop grandeur, intimate ballads, and gritty soul. Buoyed by fuzzed-out guitars and a menacing drum beat, Berecz relates a tale of corruption and innocence lost in “Everything is Broken:”
No one ever told him
No one ever showed him
Underneath the gold trim
Everything was broken
Both on Starlight and in their acclaimed live shows, Berecz and The Right Now confront the darkness of modern times head on, utilizing their music as a beacon to navigate to safer ground. The band tours behind Starlight in 2017.
Stefanie Berecz – vocals
Brendan O’Connell – keys/guitar
Chris Corsale – guitar
Greg Nergaard – bass
Lucas Gillan – drums
Caleb Mitchell – trumpet
Jim Schram – tenor sax
Pulling from artists old and new, DJRC carefully blends together a wide-range of genres in order to create "good music for good people." Performing for more than 25 years, he has been billed with such legendary acts as George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Trombone Shorty, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Dumpstaphunk, Aloe Blacc, New Mastersounds, Alice Russell, and James Brown's original funky drummer, Clyde Stubblefield.
DJRC founded The Funk & Soul Revue in 2004, a weekly dance party devoted to all things funk at Chicago's favorite music club, AliveOne. Though he passed the torch to a fellow DJ in 2010 to pursue new endeavors, the weekly dance party continues there to this day.
Supporting Chicago's vibrant music scene, DJRC has been billed with Umphreys McGee, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Poi Dog Pondering, The Right Now, The Heard (and so many more) and often works with Chicago-based promoters, Silver Wrapper. He has also performed at North Coast Music Fest, Wicker Park Fest, and is the official DJ for the massive culinary event, Baconfest Chicago.
$17.00 - $20.00