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10-Year Anniversary Show at House of Blues 9/19/15

Chicago’s Most Artist-Friendly Label CAUDog Records and Chicago Acoustic Underground Celebrate Founder’s 70th Birthday and a decade of supporting original musicians

Featuring The Lauren Wolf Band, Ellis Clark (with guests Carla Prather of Poi Dog Pondering

and Mars Williams) and more

August 15, 2015—Chicago, IL— CAUDog Records (Pop/Rock) celebrates Founder and Host Michael Teach’s 70th Birthday and 10th Anniversary of the Chicago Acoustic Underground (CAU) Music Podcast on Saturday September 19, 2015, Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:00pm at House of Blues Chicago, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60654; Ages 17+, Tickets are $10 online with promo code CAU or $14 day of. Ticket link at www.CAUDogRecords.com. The event also marks the 6th Anniversary of CAUDog Records, a record label formed by the CAU music organization to promote original talent.

“CAUDog Records is Chicago’s most artist-friendly record label. Promoting over 600 original songwriters and bands on the Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast, hosting the “Singing for Your Supper” songwriter showcase in Rogers Park for two years and providing talent to festivals and venues ranging from METRO to Mayne Stage is just the beginning. The Founder and Host Michael Teach has supported artists by providing everything from lodging to posters—helping not just local bands but touring acts from around the world.”

The live show September 19th features: Headliner The Lauren Wolf Band, a Live Nation national battle of the bands winner. The rock band reminds fans of Janis Joplin’s powerhouse vocals with Jimi Hendrix’s legendary guitar mixed with modern sounds like The Black Keys. This extraordinary bill is rounded out by veteran Chicago producer and musician Ellis Clark; his set features special guests Carla Prather on vocals (Poi Dog Pondering), Mars Williams (Saxophone) and Ary Jeebie (Vocals). Plus Greg Jackson Combs (Pop/Rock), Barrett’s Hidden Agenda EP Release (Funky Americana North of the Mason Dixon line), Singer/Songwriter Hannah Frank Group and The Future Laureates (Rock/Americana).

DETAILS:

September 19, 2015

CAU 10th Anniversary Party

House of Blues Chicago, 329 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60654

Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:00pm, Ages 17+

Tickets $14 DOS, $10 Advance online with promo code CAU | Ticket link at www.CAUDogRecords.com

Headliner The Lauren Wolf Band | Support: Ellis Clark & the Big Parade, Greg Jackson Combs, Barrett’s Hidden Agenda, Hannah Frank Group, The Future Laureates

Additional: Valid Photo ID is required. Forms of valid ID are current and non-expired Driver’s License, State ID or Passport.
Venue is a standing room only. Contact House of Blues (312) 923-2000 for Dinner Package Seating and/or Disability Seating.
Smoke Free. No Re-entry. Full Ticket Link: http://concerts.livenation.com/event/04004EFFDC13534A


ABOUT CAU Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast: Over 600 original songwriters and full bands have been featured on this podcast which is downloaded in over 40 countries. Check out your favorite bands with photos, interviews, live performances and more. Featured acts include American Idol contestants like Chicago’s Crystal Bowersox, as well as heavy metal band Nine Foot Ninjas from Australia. www.ChicagoAcoustic.net.

ABOUT CAUDog Records: Fans enjoy a dozen releases which showcase Chicago’s (and the world’s) best undiscovered original talent. Artists include CLEEMANN (International Pop from Denmark), Donna Frost (Nashville/Chiacgo), Ellis Clark (Producer), Greg Jackson Combs, Jeff Brown and Jeff Brown & the New Black, Liz Chidester, Matthew Morgan, The Future Laureates, The Lauren Wolf Band, The Lost Brigade, Goodbyehome, Valentine Xavier, Kavus, Brian Walker, Jane Thatcher, Left Turn at Albuquerque, Junction 325 , distribution for Nancy Connelly as well as their most recent artist: Vocalist Carla Prather’s debut solo album. Prather is back-up vocalist with internationally known band Poi Dog Pondering. Online: Facebook.com/CAUDogRecords | www.CAUDogRecords.com | @CAUDogRecords

About Michael Teach: One of the greatest supporters of original music in the city, Teach co-founded and Hosts this international music podcast. Promoting live events, CAU made a name for itself with its First World Music Showcase earlier this year at Mayne Stage, which received support from WBEZ radio. Whether donating countless instruments, hours of time, equipment, housing and more for original artists as they make their way in the music industry or contributing to charity organizations, he’s giving back to the community consistently. The original music scene of Chicago is a more welcoming, generous and active scene thanks to the work Michael Teach and his organizations CAU and CAUDog Records (Executive Producer). The September 19th event marks his 70th Birthday celebration.

 

ABOUT THE MUSIC

September 19th

 

HEADLINERS

The Lauren Wolf Band

Though “Rise Up” is The Lauren Wolf Band’s second full-length album, it is their first full-band collaboration. Comprised of 10 originals and one cover, “Rise Up” is a departure from the band’s first album, “All My Secrets”. This time around, each band member has contributed to every track. While the debut album was primarily Lauren’s story, “Rise Up” is a collection of what this band family has become.

It takes many bands years of performing in front of live audiences and rehearsing privately until they can figure out their sound and who they really are. “Rise Up” is the result. Marrying the powerhouse vocals of classic rock artists like Janis Joplin with the rock/blues guitar licks of Jimi Hendrix, the band pays homage to yesterday’s greats while creating a new sound all to their own.

“All My Secrets” was recorded in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios with a Grammy-winning producer. “Rise Up” brings the band back to Chicago with a different line of thinking: allowing the album to authentically capture their high stage energy and true live sound.

After signing to the indie record label CAU Dog Records in 2014, executive producer Michael Teach and producer Ellis Clark agreed that the band’s live sound is what sets them apart.

Many songs on the radio today need heavy studio production and the artists aren’t nearly as impressive live – or large light shows and lasers need to make up for the lacking live sound that can only be created in a studio. CAU Dog Records shares The Lauren Wolf Band’s vision for creating an honest album that’s true to the artist without overproducing it and doctoring it beyond who the musicians actually are.

Ranging from classic rock to soul, blues, pop and beyond, each track on “Rise Up” includes a hint of every band member’s musical flair. Through a catchy chorus and memorable attitude, the single “Run Daddy Run” emotes the mix of classic rock with a quirky 1960s soul vibe. The single is also used for the band’s second official music video, which time warps between two different decades to show the good and evil in all of us.

Other notable tracks include the empowering “Rise Up,” which can best be described as an industrial swamp tune. An epic rock symphony of sorts, “The Night the Sound Went Out” is a true band story and is the only duet on the album. While guitarist Patrick Dugan is also heard on that track for his vocals, his guitar is featured in his self-written “Space Wolf” as the band’s only instrumental. “Home to Me” is one of the first tunes written for the album and it is a bluesy rock ballad that cuts straight to the heart.

The Lauren Wolf Band is the 2012 national winner of the Live Nation Battle of the Bands. The band has played the stages of iconic venues including the House of Blues, City Winery, Lincoln Hall, The Metro, Mayne Stage and many more along with festivals such as Northalsted Market Days and venues throughout the country.

Lauren Wolf Band Facebook: www.facebook.com/laurenwolfmusician

Twitter: @LaurenWolfMusic

Website: www.laurenwolfmusic.com

 

Ellis Clark & the Big Parade: Ellis’s set will feature all star cast including: Carla Prather (vocals), Mars Williams (saxophone), Ary Jeebie (vocals) and more.

Ellis Clark has been a longtime fixture of the Chicago music community working as a performing musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist and record producer. He was a founding member and front man for the band Epicycle and later Social Act which in combination have released numerous albums of original material.

Clark recently released his debut solo album “LP NUMBER ONE” on the CAUDog Record Label as a red vinyl LP. It’s also out on CD (and even 8-TRACK TAPE). Clark’s wide range of producer/engineering/session player credits include working on records with Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), American Idol Star Crystal Bowersox, 90’s indie pop favorite The Chamber Strings, co-producer of all Kevin Tihista & Red Terror’s albums released on Atlantic Records and Broken Horse, John Ashton from The Psychedelic Furs, The Handcuffs (who‘s songs have been featured on many nationally syndicated TV shows aired on MTV, PBS, A&E, VH1, NBC and ABC), and produced the late Nikki Sudden’s “Red Brocade” album (with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco).

Recognized for his songwriting skills, Clark was signed to Paramount Picture’s publishing division Famous Music. He co-founded Cirkle Records & Idiot Savant Records and is currently Producer for all albums released on the CAUDog Records label. He is now proud to be part of Chicago Acoustic Underground, an organization that has a shared dedication to the development of new artists. In his career, he has shared the bill with Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Blondie, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), UB40, The Neville Brothers, Evan Dando from The Lemonheads, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and SNL star Chris Farley to name a few.

The album can be purchased at iTunes, mail-ordered on CD or Limited Edition Red Vinyl LP at Cdbaby.com and for 8-Track aficionados, contact Ellis to inquire about how to get his new album “LP Number One” as a Limited edition 8-Track Tape. Website: http://www.EllisClark.com

 

Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock, Mars has played and recorded with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Massacre, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Kiki Dee, Pete Cosey, Billy Squier, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer, John Scoffield, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, Swollen Monkeys, Mike Clark, Jerry Garcia, Naked Raygun, Friendly Fires, The Untouchables, Blow Monkeys and virtually every leading figure of Chicago’s and New York City’s “downtown” scene.

 

Greg Jackson Combs

Every great story starts somewhere… Greg Jackson Combs has become an influential writer/performer in the ever prolific Chicago music scene since his first performances and tours began based out of the windy city in 2006. Combs is best known for his work with Chicago Folk Rock group: “Goodbyehome”. The band has released two records with independent record label CAUDog Records, with much critical acclaim.

His music has brought him across the country to perform in historic venues from legendary Nashville club “The Basement” to the infamous “Hotel Cafe” in Los Angeles, as well as opening for such notable acts like Edward Sharp and the Magenetic Zeroes, Grace Potter, Dr. Dog and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, All before he even hit the ripe age of thirty. Combs represents an honesty and authenticity as a songwriter and performer that just does not exist in modern pop-music today. Drawing main influence from the 60′s and 70′s songwriting greats such as Dylan, Lightfoot, Chapin, Townes, Gilmore and Young. Performers of his caliber just don’t exist today, making what he does, truly unique and remarkable. An overall message of hope and the power of positive thinking are a predominant subject of his music.

Website: www.GregJacksonCombs.com

 

Barrett’s Hidden Agenda EP RELEASE SHOW

Urban Americana from North of the Mason Dixon: Barrett’s Hidden Agenda is a collaborative, supportive musical team with an amazing extended family. We make music, in part, so we can see each other often. We write music we’d like to hear, and enjoy playing. We hope you get something out of it, too. Thanks for just checking us out, and let us poke your ears and brain a wee bit. Website: www.barrettshiddenagenda.com

 

Hannah Frank Group

Hannah Frank paves new roads in folk/rock music with poetic words that give you an escape from the everyday as she tells stories and rhymes up a storm– all with a sultry honey-meets-barbed-wire voice. Her band Hannah Frank Group’s 4-song LIVE EP has been heard on WDCB 90.9FM “American Backroads” and WFMT 98.7FM “Sweet Folk Chicago”.

Midwestern, but never pedestrian, her rural influences ignite like the energy of hardcore blues artists. While residing in Chicagoland neighborhoods, she’s soaked up the rambunctious culture of the streets with vibrancy of world music and jazz. Her straightforward storytelling is similar to wordsmiths like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, but you can also hear soulful, scorching torch vocals akin to Laura Nyro, a young Aretha Franklin and/or Bonnie Raitt (depending on how much you’ve had to drink).

After gaining a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hannah helped develop two major songwriter events in Chicago, Chicago Acoustic Underground (Podcast and Record Label) “Singing for Your Supper” Songwriter Showcase, as well as Songwriter Showcases at Strobe Recording Studio in Humboldt Park, home of The Strobe Sessions. Supporting songwriters and the original music scene is part of the game plan. The group, with rotating members, appears in an electric format for this special House of Blues show. Website: www.HananhFrankGroup.com

 

The Future Laureates

The Future Laureates’ last twelve months have been a flurry of activity: their single, “Sinners and Saints” has been named a finalist in both the International Songwriting Competition and the Unsigned Only competition (keeping company with Vance Joy and Kimbra, among others); the same single has charted in the “top 10″ nationally at alternative rock specialty radio; they’ve been crowned as 2015 champions in the Chicago RedEye’s Rock N Vote contest; and they’ve performed at major festivals including SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Fashion Meets Music Festival, Summerfest, and the Taste of Chicago (twice). The momentum comes on the heels of their newly released EP, Here and After. With the expertise of GRAMMY-nominated producer, Chris Grainger (Wilco, Switchfoot, Sixpence None the Richer), TFL has finally captured the unabashed energy of their live shows on record.

After six years of extensive touring and airplay on hundreds of college radio stations across North America, The Future Laureates are a band on the rise. They’ve shared crowds with the likes of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Punch Brothers, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, hellogoodbye, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Parachute, Saints of Valory, and Dawes. With each of these performances, TFL has been exposed to artists who have achieved greater success and hold themselves to a higher standard than most. The result is a newfound confidence, earned through hard work, persistence, and ultimately, experience. Danny Surico, songwriter and co-frontman of the band, sums up the band’s outlook: “Now, more than ever before, we understand who we are and where we’re going.” Onward and upward. Website: www.TheFutureLaureates.com

 

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Click here to buy tickets for House Of Blues Saturday Sept. 19 2015 10-Year Anniversary Show with The Lauren Wolf Band, Ellis Clark & the Big Parade (featuring Carla Prather, Mars Williams, Ary Jeebie), Greg Jackson Combs, Barrett’s Hidden Agenda, Hannah Frank Group and more!

Learn more about why this show is special:

  • Michael Teach’s 70th Birthday Party: Host and Founder of CAU has supported original musicians in countless ways over the past decade in Chicago. Celebrate with us as we party to value the generosity and opportunities for music made possible by CAU.
  • Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast 10th Anniversary: Over 600 original songwriters and full bands have been featured on this podcast which is downloaded in over 40 countries. Check out your favorite bands with photos, interviews, live performances and more.
  • CAUDog Records 6th Anniversary: Over a dozen releases which showcase Chicago’s (and the world’s) best undiscovered original talent.

About Michael Teach: One of the greatest supporters of original music in the city, Teach co-founded Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast and is the Host for this international music podcast. He’s donated countless instruments, hours of time, equipment, housing and more for original artists as they make their way in the music industry. A strong donor to charity organizations, he’s giving back to the community consistently. The original music scene of Chicago is a more welcoming, generous and active scene thanks in whole to the work Michael Teach and his organizations CAU and CAUDog Records. Young at heart, it’s hard to believe it’s the BIG 7-0! Celebrate with us at House of Blues for this once in a lifetime event.

Join us at House of Blues. Click image for tickets and info:

 

 

 

About the Music on September 19th. Show Begins: 7:00pm sharp. $15 DOS | Discount $10 in advance with promo codes:

WOLF | ELLIS | GREG | BARR | HANN | CAU (respectively!)

HEADLINERS

The Lauren Wolf Band

Though “Rise Up” is The Lauren Wolf Band’s second full-length album, it is their first full-band collaboration. Comprised of 10 originals and one cover, “Rise Up” is a departure from the band’s first album, “All My Secrets”. This time around, each band member has contributed to every track. While the debut album was primarily Lauren’s story, “Rise Up” is a collection of what this band family has become.

It takes many bands years of performing in front of live audiences and rehearsing privately until they can figure out their sound and who they really are. “Rise Up” is the result. Marrying the powerhouse vocals of classic rock artists like Janis Joplin with the rock/blues guitar licks of Jimi Hendrix, the band pays homage to yesterday’s greats while creating a new sound all to their own.

“All My Secrets” was recorded in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios with a Grammy-winning producer. “Rise Up” brings the band back to Chicago with a different line of thinking: allowing the album to authentically capture their high stage energy and true live sound.

After signing to the indie record label CAU Dog Records in 2014, executive producer Michael Teach and producer Ellis Clark agreed that the band’s live sound is what sets them apart.

Many songs on the radio today need heavy studio production and the artists aren’t nearly as impressive live – or large light shows and lasers need to make up for the lacking live sound that can only be created in a studio. CAU Dog Records shares The Lauren Wolf Band’s vision for creating an honest album that’s true to the artist without overproducing it and doctoring it beyond who the musicians actually are.

Ranging from classic rock to soul, blues, pop and beyond, each track on “Rise Up” includes a hint of every band member’s musical flair. Through a catchy chorus and memorable attitude, the single “Run Daddy Run” emotes the mix of classic rock with a quirky 1960s soul vibe. The single is also used for the band’s second official music video, which time warps between two different decades to show the good and evil in all of us.

Other notable tracks include the empowering “Rise Up,” which can best be described as an industrial swamp tune. An epic rock symphony of sorts, “The Night the Sound Went Out” is a true band story and is the only duet on the album. While guitarist Patrick Dugan is also heard on that track for his vocals, his guitar is featured in his self-written “Space Wolf” as the band’s only instrumental. “Home to Me” is one of the first tunes written for the album and it is a bluesy rock ballad that cuts straight to the heart.

The Lauren Wolf Band is the 2012 national winner of the Live Nation Battle of the Bands. The band has played the stages of iconic venues including the House of Blues, City Winery, Lincoln Hall, The Metro, Mayne Stage and many more along with festivals such as Northalsted Market Days and venues throughout the country.  FACEBOOK

 

Ellis Clark

Ellis Clark & the Big Parade

Ellis’s set will feature all star cast including: Carla Prather (vocals), Mars Williams (saxophone), Ary Jeebie (vocals) and more!

Ellis Clark has been a longtime fixture of the Chicago music community working as a performing musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist and record producer. He was a founding member and front man for the band Epicycle and later Social Act which in combination have released numerous albums of original material.

Clark recently released his debut solo album “LP NUMBER ONE” on the CAUDog Record Label as a red vinyl LP. It’s also out on CD (and even 8-TRACK TAPE). (click here to purchase) Clark’s wide range of producer/engineering/session player credits include working on records with Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), American Idol Star Crystal Bowersox, 90’s indie pop favorite The Chamber Strings, co-producer of all Kevin Tihista & Red Terror’s albums released on Atlantic Records and Broken Horse, John Ashton from The Psychedelic Furs, The Handcuffs (who‘s songs have been featured on many nationally syndicated TV shows aired on MTV, PBS, A&E, VH1, NBC and ABC), and produced the late Nikki Sudden’s “Red Brocade” album (with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco).

Recognized for his songwriting skills, Clark was signed to Paramount Picture’s publishing division Famous Music. He co-founded Cirkle Records & Idiot Savant Records and is currently Producer for all albums released on the CAUDog Records label. He is now proud to be part of Chicago Acoustic Underground, an organization that has a shared dedication to the development of new artists. In his career, he has shared the bill with Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Blondie, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), UB40, The Neville Brothers, Evan Dando from The Lemonheads, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and SNL star Chris Farley to name a few.

The album can be purchased at iTunes, mail-ordered on CD or Limited Edition Red Vinyl LP at Cdbaby.com And for 8-Track aficionados, contact Ellis to inquire about how to get his new album “LP Number One” as a Limited edition 8-Track Tape.
Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock, Mars has played and recorded with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Massacre, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Kiki Dee, Pete Cosey, Billy Squier, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer, John Scoffield, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, Swollen Monkeys, Mike Clark, Jerry Garcia, Naked Raygun, Friendly Fires, The Untouchables, Blow Monkeys and virtually every leading figure of Chicago’s and New York City’s “downtown” scene.

Carla Prather

Ary Jeebie

& more!

Greg Jackson Combs

Every great story starts somewhere….

Greg Jackson Combs has become an influential writer/performer in the ever prolific Chicago music scene since his first performances and tours began based out of the windy city in 2006. Combs is best known for his work with Chicago Folk Rock group: “Goodbyehome”. The band has released two records with independent record label CAUDog Records, with much critical acclaim.

His music has brought him across the country to perform in historic venues from  legendary Nashville club “The Basement” to the infamous “Hotel Cafe” in Los Angeles, as well as opening for such notable acts like Edward Sharp and the Magenetic Zeroes, Grace Potter, Dr. Dog and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, All before he even hit the ripe age of thirty.

Combs represents an honesty and authenticity as a songwriter and performer that just does not exist in modern pop-music today. Drawing main influence from the 60’s and 70’s songwriting greats such as Dylan, Lightfoot, Chapin, Townes, Gilmore and Young. Performers of his caliber just don’t exist today, making what he does, truly unique and remarkable. A overall message of hope and the power of positive thinking are a predominant subject of his music.

Barrett’s Hidden Agenda EP RELEASE SHOW

Urban Americana from North of the Mason Dixon: Barrett’s Hidden Agenda is a collaborative, supportive musical team with an amazing extended family. We make music, in part, so we can see each other often. We write music we’d like to hear, and enjoy playing. We hope you get something out of it, too. Thanks for just checking us out, and let us poke your ears and brain a wee bit.

Hannah Frank Group

Hannah Frank paves new roads in folk/rock music with poetic words that give you an escape from the everyday as she tells stories and rhymes up a storm– all with a sultry honey-meets-barbed-wire voice. Her band Hannah Frank Group’s 4-song LIVE EP has been heard on WDCB 90.9FM “American Backroads” and WFMT 98.7FM “Sweet Folk Chicago”.

Midwestern, but never pedestrian, her rural influences ignite like the energy of hardcore blues artists. While residing in Chicagoland neighborhoods, she’s soaked up the rambunctious culture of the streets with vibrancy of world music and jazz. Her straightforward storytelling is similar to wordsmiths like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, but you can also hear soulful, scorching torch vocals akin to Laura Nyro, a young Aretha Franklin and/or Bonnie Raitt (depending on how much you’ve had to drink).

After gaining a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hannah helped develop two major songwriter events in Chicago, Chicago Acoustic Underground (Podcast and Record Label) “Singing for Your Supper” Songwriter Showcase, as well as Songwriter Showcases at Strobe Recording Studio in Humboldt Park. Supporting songwriters and the original music scene is part of the game plan. The group, with rotating members, appears in an electric format for this special House of Blues show.

Plus more to be announced!

VENUE: House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn Chicago IL VENUE LINK

 

Chicago Artist Kevin Lahvic says, “Ask a class of first graders if there are any artists in the room and they will all raise their hands. My hand’s still up.” See Kevin’s portraits, whimsical drawings and paintings here. Kevin, of The Lost Brigade on CAUDog Records, generously provided this design. Please join us for a fun night of entertainment and togetherness as we celebrate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul
21
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Whew! With the wild world of social media, it’s easy to push our lovable website to the back burner…but we’re getting cooking with cool news for you all summer long. Stay tuned for hot news on CAUDog Artists, as well as a complete listing of all the acts and information on our CAUDog Releases. We’ve been working with fantastic local and touring talent such as:

Nancy Connelly

Carla Prather (of Poi Dog Pondering) and more!

Stay tuned!

Here’s a picture of Carla Prather performing alongside Ellis Clark of CAUDog Records at the eminent Mayne Stage in Chicago, IL:

 

Jul
07
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CAU and CAUDog Records Presents at Club Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia:

Saturday July 11:

2:00pm-2:45pm Nancy Connelly

3:00pm-3:45pm  Dann Morr

4:00-5:00 Jeff Brown & the New Black

5:15-6:00 Hannah Frank Trio

6:30-8:10 Greg Jackson Combs

8:30-10:00  Ellis Clark & The Big Parade

Sunday July 12

2:00pm-2:45pm Aaron Williams

2:55-3:40 Waning Faith

4:00-4:45   whitewolfsonicprincess

5:05-6:00  Brooke Bartlett & The Blue Lines

6:20-7:25 Matthew Morgan & The Family Band

7:45pm-9pm Kurt Michaels Continuum featuring Alain Quinn

 

May
15

The music streams off the speakers like steam rolling through a supernova. With hints of epic rock tracks infused with electronics, the music is full of hooks and upbeat vibes. It maintains an aura of mystery, like a screenplay of a story about darkness narrowly averted. The vinyl album Messenger, a concentrated effort of production, resonates with a fans of electronic music, EDM and dance tracks. It was written, produced and engineered by a Chicago songwriter known for his acoustic songwriting. Hold on, what?!

Greg Jackson Combs, the mind behind Messenger, cultivated his sound in Chicago with his ambient Americana band Goodbyehome with songs of love and loss. His band released albums on CAUDog Records, a prominent indie label known for acoustic songwriters as well as orchestrated pop. This year, CAUDog is planning a solo album release for Carla Prather, back-up singer of Poi Dog Pondering. CAUDog has produced albums featuring the vocals of the American Idol star well known in Chicago, Crystal Bowersox. The label, active for seven years, further stretches its wings with Messenger, an album redefining Combs as not only a writer of acoustic tunes, but as a producer adept at engineering and executing many styles of music.

“A lot of the time as an artist, if you’re known as a specific sound, it’s almost like being stuck in that ideology,” says Combs, “if you step outside of that there’s fans that will question why you’re going in that direction. I like that kind of music [acoustic], but I didn’t want to be stuck making that…the rest of my life. It’s also about how can I expose my music to more people? The way to do that is to make something totally different than what I’ve done. It’s good to surprise people, to give them something they’re not expecting, it’s more effective.”

The album title Messenger can be taken literally as fans sit down and enjoy the vinyl and soak in the listening experience. Combs indicates the songs came to him as full arrangements, with vocals and all, and he just brought them to life. Usually with songwriting, he works on a riff, and pieces the song together with lyrics and tells a story. For this album, the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist heard the songs in his head, and as a response he spent countless hours recording, choosing between takes, layering guitar,  keyboards and vocals to create the lush sounds of Messenger.

Greg Jackson Combs // "Sundays Coming" Live Acoustic from Jackson Combs Films on Vimeo.

While most pop songwriting includes exploration of person-to-person relationships, Messenger is about the person-to-spirit relationship. “I don’t know where [it] came from, I could say it came from the subconscious, another dimension or from outer space (laughs). I am unaware where [the ideas] came from, so the songs are messages to me. I just interpret them and give them to the world. Now I’m the messenger.” “People should listen to and interpreted the way they want, how it affects their lives,” says Combs. “The message is just positive; the power of positive thinking, the power of positivity to change the current situation. Basically, be good to each other, be nice to each other, don’t fuck up the earth.”

While vinyl is growing as a collectible, the decision to put Messenger out on vinyl fits in with how fans listen to it. “People [often] listen to music on their computer or phone, with all these distractions, and music is a background. On vinyl, it really forces you to sit you got to play the record. You flip the record, you look at the art, it’s the whole experience. This album has messages, about the state of the world, these questions we ask ourselves about spirituality. The vinyl makes the message more important because it clears the channel a little bit so it can affect you the where want to affect you.” The vinyl has debuted at shows in Minneapolis and Milwaukee. “Fans are excited to see new artists with vinyl, they’re really excited to see it.” relays Combs.

The album oscillates between hard-hitting rocking grooves in “Good Things”, mellow tracks such as “Rose Colored Glasses”, which includes traces of the style Combs honed in Goodbyhome, and slow burners with lots of dance potential like “Sundays Coming”. The latter song also illustrates the spiritual quest of the album, with lyrics such as “all my life I’ve been searching for something…found out I’m searching for something you cannot see.”

Combs has honed in on a power trio to reproduce and interpret the album for live shows, maintaining the energy and enigmatic quality in a stripped down form. “The album has a full, loud sound, in-your-face heavy kind of rock,: so a power trio is the best choice for delivering that live”, says Combs. The group includes Jonathan Ross, drummer from the band Goodbyehome,  and Justin Tucker, also in a band called Unicorn with Combs.

Performing live to promote the album, Greg Jackson Combs performs June 3, 2015 at Mayne Stage, 1330 W. Morse Ave. in Chicago, along with Magic Giant (on tour) and Davenport Ed, an energetic local band with rock flavors. Combs and his trio have a 16 date tour plan starting July 29, including the Midwest and South as they embark on a mission to deliver their message with Messenger.

For tickets to June 3 at Mayne Stage, click here.

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Greg Jackson Combs // "Sundays Coming" (OFFICIAL VIDEO) from Jackson Combs Films on Vimeo.

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May 1st (Friday) – Matthew Morgan will be supporting These Wild Plains on tour at the Abbey Pub.  He’ll be joined by the “Family Band” consisting of several CAU alum including; Jeff Brown (bass,vocals), Eric Dinse (guitar), James Abud (banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Scott Hirtenstien (percussion), and Paige Abud (vocals, keyboard)…The band will be debuting full songs from Matt’s forthcoming EP “Empathy for Inanimate Objects”, as well as some old favorites.
Here’s a link to the facebook invite: here

CAU (Chicago Acoustic Underground) and CAUDog Records are carrying on CAU’s strong reputation of supporting the city’s best original acts– and adding a twist. Coming up is CAU’s 1st World Music Showcase Featuring Alfonso Ponticelli, Nino Arobelidze, Goran Ivanovic Trio, Sandra Antongiorgi on February 27, 2015 at Mayne Stage. CAU is mostly known for songwriters and pop/rock, yet is expanding its boundaries to recognize some of the city’s best musicians reflecting influences from around the globe.

CAU recognizes that world musical influences represent a rich tapestry of rhythms, melodies– bringing together four geniuses on February 27th

February 27, 2015 | Show Starts 8:00 pm (7:00 pm DOORS)

 

 

 

Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan is Chicago’s premier gypsy-jazz band.The group plays the 1930s-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt — foot-tappin’ swing played on acoustic instruments. It’s a blend of the jubilant swing of early jazz with the feisty passion of gypsy music, plus a strong dose of guitar pyrotechnics and virtuosic improvisation.

Formed in 2001, Swing Gitan features bandleader Alfonso Ponticelli on lead guitar and a world-class lineup of musicians on violin, rhythm guitar and upright bass, with the occasional special guest. Over the years, they’ve played with many of the great contemporary gypsy-jazz players from around the world, including Bireli Lagrène, Stochelo Rosenberg, Moreno, Angelo DeBarre and the Robin Nolan Trio.

http://www.swinggitan.com/

Nino Arobelidze Creates New Crossroads Between Pop, Jazz, Soul and Damn Good Beat Boxing” writes Hannah Frank (OnAxis Music) “Nino, a U.S./Georgian musician and vocalist who grew up overseas, represents how dynamic, rhythmic and lyrical exploration created beauty with her new album NOMAD. Smooth jazz fans, R&B Hip Hop aficionados, EDM troubadours, genuine rock and roll lovers and spoken word listeners all find themselves sitting appreciatively at the altar of NOMAD”.
Hailing from Tbilisi-Georgia, Nino Arobelidze moved to Chicago to make music and develop her sound. While still studying classical vocal performance at DePaul University Music School, Nino became the first vocalist to be an Artist in Residence at the North Shore Hotel in Evanston, where she held a weekly lecture/performance series for three years. Her time is currently occupied with her solo project and her side project- Forbidden Knowledge. Nino’s 2014 release NOMAD is co-produced by Pablo Gordy- Ni Fu Ni Fa Records.
Nino’s voice is often described as pure and effortless with a timeless vintage twist. While her imaginative phrasing and swagger are reminiscent of a skilled instrumentalist, her treatment of language is driven by the power of words and the magic of subtlety.
Website:http://www.artistecard.com/ninoarobelidze / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ninoarobelidzemusic / YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ninoarobelidze / Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/ninoarobelidze / Instagram:http://www.instagram.com/nino_arobelidze

Goran Ivanovic Trio

Goran Ivanovic is a native of Croatia, a Balkan country torn by the civil strife that engulfed the former Yugoslavia. The musical son of a Serbian father and a Bosnian Croat mother, he has crossed many boundaries in his life and in his music. While he was studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with masters such as Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch, his parents were expelled from Croatia and were granted political asylum in the United States. Since his residence in this country, Goran’s broad grounding in Classical music has been enriched by influences of Jazz,Balkan and the World Music. Goran frequently performs at mayor festivals and concert halls in the US,as well as TV and Radio performances.

He has been featured on Chicago Tonight, WTTW,Dame Myra Hess Concert’s,848 on Chicago Public Radio. As a leader he has released 6 albums:1999 Guitar Solo, 2001 Macedonian Blues(with Fareed Haque),2005 Seven Boats (with FH),2006Goran Ivanovic Group,2007 Folk Tales (Eastern Blok),2009 Goran Ivanovic and Andreas Kapsalis Guitar Duo.

Goran’s music has been published by Lemoine publication’s in Paris under direction of grammy winning artist Sergio Assad. Goran has taught as a guest artist at Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, Cornell University, University of Michigan,Depaul University,Truman University and has appeared at prestigious events such as Chicago World Music Festival, NY Guitar Festival,NY Jazz Festival,Wall To Wall Guitar Festival as well as legendary Jazz clubs The Blues Alley,Firefly Club,Joe’s Pub and Chris Jazz Cafe. His current projects are: Eastern Blok, Grazyna Auguschik Orchestar, Goran with Fareed Haque and Goran with Andreas Kapsalis.http://www.goranguitar.com/

Born into a musical Puerto Rican family, Sandra Antongiorgi is a musician’’s musician. Her talent is undeniable, and her singing is raw, powerful, and effortlessly smooth. Versed in both Spanish and English, Sandra has proven herself to be a nimble lyricist who generously delivers unique and seductive performances that are feast of auditory excellence. Website:  www.santongiorgi.com / Soundcloud: www.souncloud.com/santongiorgi / YouTube:  www.youtube.com/santongiorgi / Facebook: www.facebook.com/santongiorgi

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$13 online in advance | $10 cash at the door | Ages 18+