Show Preview: Dunn Dunn Fest (2/18-2/20)

This week Chicago promoter Harmonica Dunn will be hosting Dunn Dunn Fest; a three night, six venue showcase featuring a number of local (and non local) bands. The fest will run from Thursday, February 18th to Saturday, February 20th with performances at Beat Kitchen, Subterranean, Tonic Room, Lincoln Hall, Schubas and The Hideout.

With so many great local bands at some of Chicago’s top venues, you really can’t go wrong with any show. Nonetheless, here’s who we’re excited to see:

 

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Show Preview: The Pact (1/28)

Who: The Pact

When: Thursday, January 28th @ 8:30PM

Where: Beat Kitchen

Price: $10 adv/ $12 door

Chicago-based band, The Pact, has spent the last few months crafting a sound that balances indie elements of alternative and pop.  This past November, The Pact released Reaching in the Dark, a five song EP recorded in the home studio of guitarist Caleb Harris. With less than a year behind the current lineup, the band has already played some iconic Chicago venues, such as the House of Blues, as well as shared the stage with well-known artists such as HalfNoise and Mighty Fox.

 

The night will also include performances by Tribe Society and The Karma Killers.  

Show Preview: Railway Gamblers (1/9)

Who: Railway Gamblers

When: Saturday, January 9th @ 9PM

Where: Martyrs’

Price: $10 adv/ $12 door

Railway Gamblers will be starting 2016 with a release show this Saturday at Martyrs’ for their second full-length album, Shadow of the Moon. The band has once again partnered with engineer Mike Hagler of Kingsize Sound Labs, producing an album that blends the band’s signature melodic vocals with a punch of rock and roll; which can be hear on their first single from their sophomore album, “World on Fire”.

 

Learn more about Railway Gamblers and their newest music by checking out our Q&A with the band.

The night will also include performances by two fellow Chicago-based acts; The Way Down Wanderers and Charlie Hirsch.

Show Preview: Wild Skies (12/10)

Who: Wild Skies

When: Thursday, December 10th @ 9PM

Where: Subterranean

Price: $10

Brought together by a Craigslist ad in April 2014, Wild Skies balances a blend of lyrical stories and harmonies for a modern pop-twist on traditional folk music. Their songs have an airiness making for an easy listen with strong vocals backed by steady instrumentals. Each piece feels different, yet their simplicity makes allows for cohesiveness when heard as a collection.

The night will also include performances by Dead Horses and Midwest.