CHICAGO, IL. Angela James is celebrating her return to performing after having a baby by leading different ensembles every Tuesday night in March at the Hideout. James released her second full length record, Time Will Tell, in March of 2016 and gave birth to a daughter later that year. Each week of the residency will highlight a different concept and feature different collaborators. The first week, March 7th, James invites several female Chicago-based musicians to cover other female Chicago musicians from any era or genre in a performance entitled “Women of the World Take Over.” James will act as the emcee of the show and Janet Bean (Freakwater, Eleventh Dream Day), Sima Cunningham (Ohmme, Tweedy) and Macie Stewart (Ohmme, Marrow) will act as the backing band for such acclaimed Chicago musicians such as Tomeka Reid, Julie Pomerleau, Anna Fermin, Quinn Tsan, and many others.
All door proceeds of the show will benefit the Chicago Women’s Health Center. March 14th features James, husband and collaborator Jordan Martins, and Ben Clarke of Quarter Mile Thunder playing a set of stark Townes Van Zandt songs. Amalea Tshilds and Reid Coker will both play solo sets for a night of somber, beautiful songwriting. James and Martins lived in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil before moving to Chicago and on March 21st they’ll play a set of new original songs in Portuguese and songs by Brazilian musician Erasmos Carlos. Nick Mazzarella’s Meridian Trio will open and be the backing band for the second set. The final week of the residency will be a performance of James’ latest record Time Will Tell backed by Martins, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback and guitarist Bill MacKay. Macri, MacKay, Martins and Rumback will play an opening improvised set. The record was called “smoldering and gorgeous” by Peter Margasak at the Chicago Reader. All door proceeds of the 14th, 21st, and 28th will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Middle Brow Brewing is generously sponsoring the residency. All shows are $7 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.