Birds of Chicago and Oliver Hazard
Thursday, Mar. 26, 7:00 p.m., Peristyle
Birds of Chicago
“Nero and Russell play folk-rock with impressionistic flourishes and gospel warmth, lent unexpected extravagance by Russell’s singing…” —NPR
Following their incendiary set at Third Man Records, NPR Music named Birds of Chicago one of the Best of Americanafest 2018. The band continues to ride a swell of good mojo that they have enjoyed in the Americana world since their inception in late 2012, with live shows that alternate between moments of hushed attention and wild, rock and soul abandon. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both confirm that roots world buzz, and break on through to a wider audience across the world.
Recorded in Chicago against a backdrop of bewilderment, deep-divide and dread, Love in Wartime is a rock and roll suite with a cinematic sweep. Co-produced by Nero and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), it evokes epic efforts of the '60s and '70s, with love as the undeniable throughline. As Russell puts it, “Any act of love is an act of bravery. These songs are snapshots of covenants, big and small, of trust and understanding. We want to give people some good news, and we want them to be able to dance when they hear it.”
The Birds attract a mix of indie rockers, NPRists, jam-kids and folkies to their gigs, which alternate between moments of hushed attention and wild, rock and soul abandon. Says JT Nero, chief songwriter for the band, “A good show can send you back out into the night feeling–for at least a little while–that everything isn’t broken. . .Right now, we wanna dose out as much of that feeling as we can.”
Oliver Hazard is an indie-folk band from Waterville, Ohio. Their story is the digital age’s version of classic band myth-making. One member of the band returned to Ohio and decided to make an album with two of his childhood friends, a door-to-door salesman and a construction worker. They won a Facebook raffle to record their debut album, 34 N. River, named by The Fader as a folk-pop masterpiece.
Sponsored by ProMedica and the Toledo Museum of Art.
Tickets for General Admission are $15. Guests also have the option to purchase VIP tickets for seats closer to the stage for $25.