w/ Rich Robbins, Living Thing
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It’s the most wonderful time for a beer! Catch Retro-Rock act Hollyy live at the first ever Hollyy-Days.
American Songwriter magazine recently said, “You can try to fake authenticity, but someone will sniff you out eventually. Luckily for Chicago’s Hollyy, even the sharpest nose won’t find anything manufactured about their talent. They’re the real deal.”
Influenced by the stirring vocals of Sam Cooke and Leon Bridges, as well as the indie rock stylings of Wilco and Whitney, Hollyy has erupted onto the scene with a sound as vibrant and welcoming as the members that comprise it. And those band members are poised and ready now to drop their much anticipated first full-length project in 2022 as well as hitting the road hard, sharing their energetic live show around the country.
Their debut EP Miss the Feeling comes from a year’s worth of studio work that has melded retro influences with the modern day musical landscape, and they have fully embraced the moniker. Get ready to feast on Hollyy’s unique blend of sapid alternative soul seasoned by the raw grit of Chicago winters.
Rich Robbins is a rapper, songwriter, producer and educator. But more than anything, the Oak Park-born, Chicago-based artist is a world-builder. Rich’s early years as a college student in Madison, Wisconsin’s First Wave hip-hop scholarship program jumpstarted his artistry. He recorded wide-reaching tracks like “Dreams” feat. Mick Jenkins, along with records with Saba, Mother Nature, and more. He has performed at historic venues like the Apollo Theater in NY, and has done everything from music festivals, to working at Hot 97 as an intern, to teaching classrooms of high school students how to read and write slam poetry. His work is an inward look at society’s ills and creates spaces in his songs for listeners to explore. In short, Rich’s work critiques the old while envisioning and manifesting the new. His latest album “On the Horizon” is available on all streaming platforms.
Living Thing is the solo project of Chicago-based songwriter Danielle Strautmanis. Their debut EP “Everything Is Green” is an introspective and uplifting piece that carried her through her darkest days. It is an exploration of self-care through the elements of nature, vivid imagery and soulful melodies. Danielle encourages all listeners to utilize powerful optimism as a guide through life‘s turbulence.