Harmonica Dunn Presents!!
Crook County, Natalie Duke
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614
This event is 21 and over
Elle Casazza diversifies the pop scene with her own refreshing and authentic blend of jazz, soul, funk and pop rhythms that are seamlessly crafted into her songs. Elle’s commanding vocals, defying songwriting and versatile approach produces infectious and timeless music that garners fans worldwide.
The re-creative and contemporary singer-songwriter showcases her retro-pop style in her latest record, Proof. The album was released at the end of 2016 and contains the lead pop-funk single and video, “Too Bad.” Elle Casazza gears up for her second release and music video entitled, “You.” The new track is a rousing love ballad highlighting a devoted relationship that is continuously endless. Casazza’s impassioned vocals lead us into an empowering bridge that carries out the song with a full band and harmonic back-up vocals.
“Writing ‘You’ was writing a promise to myself, Elle notes. After a tumultuous and emotional night, the first verse just poured out of me. It’s not only a love ballad to that someone special in my life, but to myself as well.”
Proof explores a variety of genres that display Elle Casazza’s creative depth and musical diversity. The full-length features 1960’s soul influenced singles such as “Hey” and “Cooking” as well as, tracks like “Save Me” that contain funk-rock and jazz fusion elements. Elle cohesively blends a wide range of musical expressions that smoothly unfold as the record continues. With her latest album Proof, Elle hopes to “deliver authenticity by bringing the live band back to pop music,” she says.
Hailing from Chicago, Elle began singing and performing when she was eight years old. After learning how to play the piano and guitar, it wasn’t until college when she started writing her own music. Elle’s eclectic lyrical style has been considerably influenced by classic artists such as Amy Winehouse, No Doubt, Stevie Wonder and Queen.
Casazza’s songwriting process stems from personal experiences that narrow into particular themes and narratives where she can openly express herself. Her sincere and unapologetic songwriting oozes with passion and illuminates an engaging listening experience. Her powerful and silk-like vocals are complimented by retro-pop elements that bring her personal stories to life.
In May 2013, Elle Casazza made her recording debut with her EP, For Your Pleasure. In 2015, she released three stirring singles “Witness,” “Rainy Days” and “Soft & Low” which received media praise from Paste Magazine, Midwest Action, WLUW’s Radio One show in Chicago and more.
Elle Casazza has performed at some of Chicago’s premier venues such as Concord Music Hall, Martyrs, Mayne Stage and many others. Performing either solo or with her five-piece band; Elle delivers an energetically live show that showcases her heartfelt and compelling vocals along with contemporary instrumental grooves. Elle continues to add additional tour dates to support her latest release, Proof.
Crook County's Nathaniel Matthew (guitars/vocals) and J Polakowski (drums/vocals) met in Chicago in late 2011. Matthew had just finished a successful run of shows on the back of his first solo release, Songs on Recycled Cotton Pulp, and Polakowski had recently returned to the United States from traveling and playing in Europe. The pair played with a variety of other musicians before deciding they sounded best as a two piece.
Crook County was officially born in the summer of 2012.
Merging Soul, Rock and Roots music, Crook County sounds both familiar and fresh at the same time. Matthew's standout vocals sit perfectly atop a carousel of electric, acoustic and slide guitars and Polakowski's spartan-yet-catchy drumming. The most impressive aspect of Crook County is how full and dynamic their music sounds despite the size of their roster. With this band, the pair is certainly greater than the sum of their parts.