Windy City House Concerts

Past Shows

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  • Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 03:00 PM · 19 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Last Acre - Sunday, April 7, 2019

    Music at 4:00 p.m.
    Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
    $20 suggested artist donation*

    For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

    Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

    Last Acre is the project of Mark and Molly Mathewson, a father and daughter from Illinois. The duo has performed across the Midwest, opening for acts such as Robbie Fulks, Tim Grimm, and Antje Duvekot. Their sound is rooted in traditional Appalachian folk music, with one foot in bluegrass and the other in the prairie songwriting sensibilities of Greg Brown and John Prine. With blood-kin harmonies and dry, tongue-in-cheek repartee, and a friendly connection to their audiences, the two put on a wonderful show perfect for the house concert setting.

    Mark Mathewson is a winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (Merlefest). His songs have been recorded by a number of bluegrass acts, including 2017 Grammy nominee Blue Highway, The Lonesome River Band, Ernie Thacker, Kenny Smith, and Josh Williams.

    I discovered Last Acre by accident when they opened for another artist I had gone to see. I was blown away on first hearing. I was able to present them to the FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) conference a couple years ago. Their showcase was a conference favorite, especially for a brand new duo. It took us a little while to find a date for a show but I'm thrilled that we did. 

    https://www.lastacremusic.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/LastAcre/

    https://www.instagram.com/lastacremusic/

    https://twitter.com/lastacre

    https://soundcloud.com/lastacre

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDjTxQ82msh5-B01656pPDw/featured

     

  • Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 08:00 PM
    WFMT-FM 98.7 FM in Chicago, IL

    Ari & Mia - Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 8 p.m. on WFMT-FM Folkstage

    Music at 8:00 p.m.

    Live on WMFT-FM Folkstage

    98.7 FM or Online

     

    Ari & Mia reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to songwriting and the result is a captivating sound.

    Since 2008 the sisters have toured all across the U.S and Australia and are both graduates of New England Conservatory's cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. They've performed alongside Sarah Jarosz, opened for the likes of Cheryl Wheeler and Catie Curtis, and played at venues such as Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Mainstage Emerging Artist Showcase, Club Passim, the Parlor Room, New Bedford Folk Festival, and Jordan Hall. Both award winning songwriters, Mia’s song “Across the Water” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category, and Ari's song "Old Man" was a semi-finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition.

    Ari & Mia just put out a new album, Sew The City, which was debuted on billboard.com!

     

    “Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with lyrical wizardry and expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds. Ari & Mia are not creating a new music; they are taking it to another level and exploring areas that have not been attempted in decades. Their all-acoustic, pure and honest approach has significance. Treading the edges of traditional folk in a more faithful manner, they share the lyrical wizardry of 70’s bands Steely-Eye Span, Tir-na-Nog, and the Incredible String Band, with searing harmony as good as The Beach Boys. The sisters sing in unison like two violins.

    “The ladies use their varied instruments wisely, thoughtfully and cleverly. They are only two people after all, but at times they sound like a full band. Each instrument adds a melodic piece of the puzzle and as they proceed the picture of the puzzle becomes more and more clear. They add and subtract their varied instruments at moments when the instruments provide their sharpest imagery and appeal. This is European rural type music, filled with colorful flowers and meadows, rushing cool rivers, smoke from a thatched roof chimney and created with a vibrant old world flavor. The hocus pocus and abracadabra is all in their vocals. So distinctive and shined to a sparkle.”

    — No Depression

    “Ari & Mia blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles.”

    — SingOut! Magazine

    "Ari & Mia are promising talents who have what it takes to make it. Their charming vocals, instrumental expertise, and interpretations shine."

    — Common Folk Music

    "Deceptively simple and highly personal...the intimacy just blows your mind. They seamlessly genre blend some organic styles into one delightfully tasty stew that'll have you coming back for seconds --- and more."

    — Midwestrecord.com

    http://www.ariandmiamusic.com

    https://www.facebook.com/ariandmiamusic/

    https://soundcloud.com/ariandmia

    https://www.instagram.com/ariandmiamusic/

    https://twitter.com/ariandmiamusic

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEEFDEEdwjCR1fuoxlv-4xQ

     

  • Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 03:00 PM · 8 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Ari & Mia - Sunday, May 5, 2019

    Music at 4:00 p.m.
    Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
    $20 suggested artist donation*

    For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

    Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

    Ari & Mia reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to songwriting and the result is a captivating sound.

    Since 2008 the sisters have toured all across the U.S and Australia and are both graduates of New England Conservatory's cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. They've performed alongside Sarah Jarosz, opened for the likes of Cheryl Wheeler and Catie Curtis, and played at venues such as Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Mainstage Emerging Artist Showcase, Club Passim, the Parlor Room, New Bedford Folk Festival, and Jordan Hall. Both award winning songwriters, Mia’s song “Across the Water” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category, and Ari's song "Old Man" was a semi-finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition.

    Ari & Mia just put out a new album, Sew The City, which was debuted on billboard.com!

     

    “Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with lyrical wizardry and expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds. Ari & Mia are not creating a new music; they are taking it to another level and exploring areas that have not been attempted in decades. Their all-acoustic, pure and honest approach has significance. Treading the edges of traditional folk in a more faithful manner, they share the lyrical wizardry of 70’s bands Steely-Eye Span, Tir-na-Nog, and the Incredible String Band, with searing harmony as good as The Beach Boys. The sisters sing in unison like two violins.

    “The ladies use their varied instruments wisely, thoughtfully and cleverly. They are only two people after all, but at times they sound like a full band. Each instrument adds a melodic piece of the puzzle and as they proceed the picture of the puzzle becomes more and more clear. They add and subtract their varied instruments at moments when the instruments provide their sharpest imagery and appeal. This is European rural type music, filled with colorful flowers and meadows, rushing cool rivers, smoke from a thatched roof chimney and created with a vibrant old world flavor. The hocus pocus and abracadabra is all in their vocals. So distinctive and shined to a sparkle.”

    — No Depression

    “Ari & Mia blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles.”

    — SingOut! Magazine

    "Ari & Mia are promising talents who have what it takes to make it. Their charming vocals, instrumental expertise, and interpretations shine."

    — Common Folk Music

    "Deceptively simple and highly personal...the intimacy just blows your mind. They seamlessly genre blend some organic styles into one delightfully tasty stew that'll have you coming back for seconds --- and more."

    — Midwestrecord.com

    http://www.ariandmiamusic.com

    https://www.facebook.com/ariandmiamusic/

    https://soundcloud.com/ariandmia

    https://www.instagram.com/ariandmiamusic/

    https://twitter.com/ariandmiamusic

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEEFDEEdwjCR1fuoxlv-4xQ

     

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 03:00 PM · 17 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Ray Bonneville - Sunday, May 19, 2019

    Music at 4:00 p.m.
    Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
    $20 suggested artist donation*

    For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

    Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

     

    Acclaimed raconteur Ray Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana to its essentials and steeps it in the humid grooves of the South, creating a compelling poetry of hard living and deep feeling. His ninth release, At King Electric, delivers more than his trademark grit and groove. Rich guitar and harmonica lines resonate over spare but spunky rhythms, while Bonneville’s deep, evocative voice confesses life’s harsh realities. Whether performing solo or fronting a band, playing electric or acoustic guitar, Bonneville allows space between notes that adds potency to every chord, lick, and lyric. Often called a “song and groove man,” he began writing his own music after two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy rooms with blues bands, and living hard. He’s since released nine albums, won Canada’s Juno award and other prestigious honors, earned wide critical acclaim, and garnered an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

    “folk-roots gumbo... a languid Mississippi Delta groove, seasoned with smooth, weathered vocals and a propulsive harmonica wheeze.” Whether performing solo or fronting a band, playing electric or acoustic guitar, Bonneville allows space between notes that adds potency to every chord, lick and lyric.”-Jim Withers Montreal Gazette

    “With darkness and light fighting for dominance... he’s stripped away every musical excess to let the songs speak for themselves.”-Thom Jurek, Allmusic.com

    “Amaster of the slow burn, the gentle funk, the infectious rhythm.”-The Ottawa Citizen“Few can ride agroove likeCanada-born,U.S.-raisedRay Bonneville.”- No Depression

    "Like gun powder and opium."- Ray Wylie Hubbard, Austin, TX

    “Not prone to cliche or sentimentality, the well-traveled singer-guitarist-harmonica player stands behind the hardscrabble folks dwelling in those tuneful songs, giving voice to their yearning”— DownBeat

    https://raybonneville.com/

    https://open.spotify.com/artist/68WRQYQZC7SO79PC8eXvfd?si=owHC1UisR3KKv8YEN3mhnQ

    https://www.facebook.com/raybonnevillemusic/

    https://www.reverbnation.com/raybonneville

    https://twitter.com/raybonneville