Birds of Chicago

Greenhouse Productions Presents

Birds of Chicago

Peter Mulvey

Sun, October 27, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Coconino Center for the Arts

Flagstaff, AZ

$12-$15

This event is all ages

Birds of Chicago
Birds of Chicago
Birds of Chicago, is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as a duo or with the full family band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music.

For several years Russell and Nero's respective bands, Po' Girl (Vancouver, BC) and JT and the Clouds (Chicago, IL), have collaborated extensively, but on 2011's Mountains/Forests, released under the JT Nero banner, they tapped into the true, bewitching power of their voices together on an entire record. It also featured the full cast of characters that would round out the Birds of Chicago ensemble -- the Clouds and Michelle McGrath, the luminous singer and picker from the hidden hills of Southeast Ohio.

The record received critical raves and won them new fans on both side of the Atlantic, and created a great deal of excitement for the first official Birds of Chicago album, slated for release in September, 2012.

Nero's fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell's silver and gold tones, is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you'll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it's haunting. Fired by the band, it's a full tilt revival.

Nero and Russell are most at home on the road - pick almost any night in the next two years and you can bet they will be in some festival, theater, pub, VFW hall, roller rink (they wish) or living room, dovetailing their voices, singing their songs of hope, despair, love.... and electric seahorses. And honey bee apocalypses. And ice cream. It's familiar and strange stuff - the everyday and the magical. Come see 'em, they won't be hard to find.
Peter Mulvey
Peter Mulvey
THE GOOD STUFF, Peter Mulvey's fifteenth record, is a collection of standards which promptly rejects the accepted definition of "Standard" in favor of a more vivid, open approach. The music of Tom Waits is right there with Duke Ellington; Willie Nelson next to Thelonious Monk; Jolie Holland juxtaposed with Bill Frisell. Mulvey (along with his band, the Crumbling Beauties) address each tune with a true artist's touch. His mirthful, gravelly baritone is front and center from moment one, and every track is a master class in restraint, phrasing, and commitment.

Twenty-odd years on the road, performing songs from his own catalog and from a vast, varied, and deep well of classic and obscure covers, has prepared Mulvey to deliver this collection. Night after night, the process of divining the heart of a song, being alert to where the moment can lead, has shaped him as an artist. To each rendition, he brings the soul of a singer, a light touch in a heavy world.

Ross Bellenoit's Home Songs EP series offers a set of literate, folk-pop compositions that straddle the line between the junkyard blues of Tom Waits' disjunctive grooves and 80s new-wave nerd-pop. Prior to Home Songs, music fans already knew Bellenoit from his 2010 solo vinyl LP Eight Track Mind, and also as the stunning Telecaster slinger for the critically acclaimed Sweetback Sisters (Signature Sounds). He's also lent his guitar skills to internationally renowned songwriters like Amos Lee (Blue Note), Joseph Parsons (Blue Rose), and Birdie Busch (Bar/None). More recently, Bellenoit has been enjoying a blossoming career as a record producer for other artists, having helmed successful debuts for songwriters Suzie Brown, Ginger Coyle and Aaron & The Spell. He's also collaborating with Emily Zeitlyn (The Weeds) in the new indie outfit Divers. His band has been wowing Philadelphia audiences with their muscular yet sweeping sound. His songs are laced with lyrical wizardry, yet packed in a one-two punch of rock and roll dynamism that features a lot of groove and a lot of tasteful guitar pyrotechnics, leaving jaws on floors, ears vibrating and faces melted.
Venue Information:
Coconino Center for the Arts
2300 N Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ, 86001
http://www.culturalpartners.org/