New Shows On Sale Today: Justin Furstenfeld, Cecile McLorin Salvant, PigPen Theatre Co. & More
Hi Folks! A bunch of great shows went on sale today at 10 a.m. Check out the artist bios and links below and get your tickets now!
JUSTIN FURSTENFELD, JUNE 25: Justin is the magnetic front man of Blue October, the San Marcos, TX-based band known for it’s shimmering melodies and heart string pulling lyrics. Get tickets here!
CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT, JUNE 21: Cecile won first place in the jazz world’s most prestigious contest, the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The buzz began almost immediately. If anything, it has intensified since the release of her Mack Avenue Records debut, WomanChild, which topped the DownBeat critics poll’s Jazz Album of the Year category. Get tickets here!
PIGPEN THEATRE CO., MAY 13: PigPen began creating their unique brand of music, film, and theatre as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. Their debut indie-folk album, “Bremen”, was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview. Their follow up EP, “The Way I’m Running”, was premiered by American Songwriter and released on October 8th, 2013. PigPen is thrilled to be working with Writers House, one of the world’s leading young adult literary agencies, to develop their debut children’s novel. They are currently on tour as a band and a theatre company. Get tickets here!
MARC MARTEL, MAY 21: Marc spent years recording and touring as the vocalist and primary songwriter for Downhere, an award-winning Canadian rock band with a sound, style and fanbase all its own, and is also known for his role as Freddie Mercury in The Extravaganza. Get tickets here!
ANA POPOVIC, JUNE 28: The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, all of which makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music. Get tickets here!
MELISSA FERRICK, JUNE 5: Melissa is back with her first self-produced album since 2004, the truth is (out June 4 on MPress Records). An evolution in the sound she has developed over the course of her expansive career and catalog, the record is also a creative departure in its collaborative approach to the recording process for the multi-instrumentalist. The result is a raw, rootsy record set to a sweeping Americana/alt-country soundtrack that layers pedal steel guitars and background harmonies into some of the lushest, brightest songs of her 20-year career; special guests include fellow Berklee alum Paula Cole and Rose Polenzani. Get tickets here!
JANIVA MAGNESS, JUNE 12: Janiva’s new album Original stretches the artistic boundaries of roots, rock and soul music. Its 11 songs seamlessly weave all three genres into a highly original approach defined by nakedly honest storytelling and the live-wire emotionalism of Magness’ two-and-a-half octave range, buoyed by arrangements that effortlessly blend traditional sounds with edgy experimentation. Get tickets here!
CAROLINE SMITH, MAY 2 : Merging ’90s R&B and neo-soul with her indie-rock roots, Caroline Smith’s new music has settled comfortably into a new backdrop as she takes a step from girl to woman. Half About Being a Woman is a record about self-acceptance and growing into yourself; it’s about going back to the roots of ‘feel-good’ music. “I wanted to find my way back to the reason why I started playing music in the first place,” says Smith. “Over the last year I began to embrace that being a strong, confident, opinionated woman is something to be proud of, not subdued. I have to embrace where my roots are and stay true to who I am: an unabashed fan of 90′s R&B, pop, and neo-soul.” Get tickets here!
CEREUS BRIGHT, APRIL 30: Cereus Bright finds its muse—and its name—from the Cereus: a white desert flower that blooms only at night. This flower, blossoming in the most desolate of places, is a symbol of art and story, which draw their beauty from brokenness and heartache. In their lyrics and melodies, Cereus Bright aims to embrace life as both messy and beautiful. Get tickets here!
KRIS DELMHORST, JUNE 4: Kris grew up in Brooklyn NY, but her musical home is in Boston MA where she cut her teeth on open mics, bar gigs, and subway busking before embarking on her life as an internationally touring songwriter. She has released six albums on respected indie label Signature Sounds. Delmhorst now lives in the hills of western Massachusetts with her husband, songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, with whom she occasionally performs as part of the collective Redbird. Get tickets here!
And don’t forget: There are a bunch of amazing shows happening this spring and summer at our sister venue Thalia Hall in Pilsen. On May 30 and 31, 93XRT Welcomes Lake Street Dive back to Thalia. On April 25, Dar Williams and Jill Sobule take the stage. Among the other upcoming highlights are Robert Earl Keen on April 11; Lisa Fisher on April 18; Josh Rouse on June 6; and Ginger Baker on June 14. Tickets and a complete concert calendar are available at thaliahallchicago.com.