May 31

Thomas Comerford Band, Velcro Lewis Group, VOA

8:00 pm

$8 advance/​$10 door

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Thomas Comerford Band, Velcro Lewis Group, VOA

After moving to Chicago with a bunch of songs and 4-track recordings in 1999, Thomas Comerford founded and led the indie rock outfit Kaspar Hauser over a series of lineups and LP releases in the 2000s. By 2010, he was also playing solo” shows with a number of backing musicians and releasing his own LPs, including Archive + Spiral in 2011 and II in 2014. The music, songs and singing on these LPs have been compared to the likes of Jeff Tweedy and Tom Waits (USA Today). Recently, he completed his third solo LP, Blood Moon, which will see release in June 2018. Featuring Comerford’s baritone — and occasional falsetto — in the midst of largely acoustic or gently electric arrangements, 3-part backing vocals and duets, the music on Blood Moon recalls singing songwriters like Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson and Leonard Cohen. The Thomas Comerford Band has now played live dates regularly with Comerford since 2015 and is comprised of Kriss Bataille on drum kit; Matthew Cummings on bass guitar; Tom McGettrick on pedal steel guitar; John Roeser on electric guitar; and Beth Yates on vocals, percussion and flute.

… a time capsule from an alternate past, as though a band of 70s Nashville malcontents had learned to harness the beauty of David Bowie in his prime. This isn’t classic rock, but it feels like something classic indeed.” — Chicago Reader on Thomas Comerford

The Velcro Lewis Group is Earth’s premier acid-rock, space-funk septet. The band twists the aesthetics of Funkadelic, Hawkwind, Temptations, and Black Sabbath into their own living -breathing planet of sound…

VoA is from Chicago, Illinois. New album in the bag, coming out on Lotuspool Records.

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