LOCAL MUSIC MONDAY #2
March 25 @ 6:30 pm
Tickets: $20 or All 3 Local Music Monday shows for $45
To purchase the entire Local Music Monday series for $45 (a savings of $15!), please visit the Rialto Square Theatre Box office or call 815.726.6600 during normal business hours (M-F 12 pm – 4:30 pm)
Nikki is a long time local musician, playing most of the local festivals. She is a favorite in many of the music venues in the area, and was recently the first place $10,000 winner in Bourbon Street’s “The One”. A very prestigious Chicago Area Vocalist competition. Nikki has many irons in the fire. You can catch her at Elder Brewing, Chicago Street Pub and many other amazing area places.
Formed in early 2015 with a lineup of both esteemed veteran pickers and hotshot newcomers, Growler is bringing a welcome vitality to the growing Chicago bluegrass scene. The band comprises current and former members of regional mainstays like Jim Peterik & Storm Chaser, The Leadfoot Band, DOG 1, and Sunnyside Up and its members bring to the table over a decade of collective experience playing and recording mountain music the old-fashioned way. As dead-on and high-lonesome as these boys are, however, traditional bluegrass is not a final destination for a group like Growler. With influences that span from pulsing Chicago blues to gritty southern rock, from elegant gypsy jazz to old school gospel and soul, and more, the band uses their bluegrass prowess as a jumping-off point for finding a sound that is theirs alone.
THE BLUEGRASS BAD BOYS OF CHICAGO ARE HERE:
And Growler has wasted no time getting this sound in front of an audience. Having cultivated a sizable repertoire of lovingly re-imagined standards and exploratory originals, the group is already packing houses and wowing crowds at clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest. They have shared the stage with national touring acts such as Elephant Revival, Head For The Hills, Hot Buttered Rum, Front Country, Jon Stickley Trio, The Wooks, Cornmeal, Trout Steak Revival, The Lil’ Smokies and in 2018 are only continuing to pick up speed on the regional scene. You wanted bluegrass in the City of Big Shoulders? Look no further–Growler is Chicago’s answer to a young generation of talented pickers seeking a new identity, and with thick four-part harmony, lush instrumental arrangements, and a deep, impeccable groove, how can you deny them?
The Steepwater Band
Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Founding members Massey, Bowers and Winters have a synergy that comes from years of playing together. Then in early 2012, the long-time trio was joined by Saylors, from Indianapolis, IN, who brought an added depth to the TSB LIVE sound. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music.
The Steepwater Band has maintained a grueling schedule throughout the last 18 years, averaging about 140 shows per year. They have toured and shared the stage with acts such as Gov’t Mule, Buddy Guy, Wilco, Taj Mahal, Marc Ford, ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, North Mississippi All Stars, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Cheap Trick, Bad Company and Heart. In 2005, the band made its European debut, performing at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. In the following years, the band has returned to the United Kingdom and Europe for multiple club and festival tours, increasing their loyal overseas fan-base.