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Herbert Wiser

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Herbert Wiser is a powerhouse quartet that pulls influences from the worlds of funk, jazz, jam, reggae, and rock and roll to create their own genre bending sound that inevitably leads listeners to the dance floor. While steeped in the jamband world of improvisation, Wiser never forgets the crucial element of the song. Talented song crafting keeps the band focused and in a deep groove while allowing room for live jamming that continues to impress crowds across the Midwest. Herbert Wiser features the breakbeat stylings of Kyle “Kobrakai†Davis on drums, the funk dropping bass of Matt Bradford, the virtuoso keyboard work of Ryan Chamlin, and the talented tone of Josh Crowley on guitar.

Donnie Biggins (Full Band)

Donnie Biggins, of Chicago’s The Shams Band and owner/promoter of Tonic Room, Harmonica Dunn and the annual Dunn Dunn Fest, released his solo debut, “Profiles,” in November 2016 and the album was named "Under The Radar Best of 2016" by Glide Magazine. Blending folk and rock, many have said that Biggins' style is reminiscent of Harry Nilsson in his prime. The album has received press and airplay from the Chicago Tribune/Chicago Now, Glide Magazine, Tomorrow’s Verse, WGN Radio, WXRT, CHIRP Radio and Radio One Chicago.

Profiles, which is available on limited edition vinyl and for digital download, features contributions from Ryan Joseph Anderson, Dan Ingenthron and Jamie Gallagher. All songs were written by Biggins, who also handled vocals, guitar and piano. The album was produced by Ryan Joseph Anderson, recorded and mixed by Matt DeWine at Pieholden Suite Sound and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering.

Paul Gulyas (of The Shams Band)

Liz Chidester

Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia, moved to Chicago on the coldest day of the year in the winter of 2013. Since then, she has become involved with the Chicago songwriter crowd: Chicago Acoustic Underground and the Chicago Songwriter Alliance, and has performed at various bars and restaurants in the city, including both the Uncommon Grounds on Clark and Damen, Elbo Room, Tonic Room, Abbey Pub, Bird's Nest, Parlour on Clark, The Greenhouse Theatre in the Beast Women Cabaret Spring Series, and The Den Theatre in her Chicago theatre debut as Glinda in the New American Folk Theatre's "Marvelous Land of Oz." Liz performs standards with jazz guitarist Jarvis Raymond at Nite Cap Cafe, and is a singer/guitarist in the roots music group The Cherry Trio. She also plays guitar for the premier iO improv team Virgin Daquari.

Before moving to Chicago, Liz was entertaining audiences on the high seas on Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line as a variety band singer and host.

Liz is happy to annouce that she recently signed a recording contract with Chicago Acoustic Underground's record company CAU Dog Records for a full album to be realeased in the Fall of 2013.

Liz Chidester is a graduate of the School of Music at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.



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