Bill & Ryley's (2nd Annual) Holiday Feel Good Night of Live Music & Cheer

Bill & Ryley's (2nd Annual) Holiday Feel Good Night of Live Music & Cheer

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker, Jaimie Branch + Ben Lamar Gay, Forest Management, DJ Doug McCombs

Fri, December 22, 2017

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10.00

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker
Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker
Chicago-based guitarists Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker first met in January 2014 at a friend’s birthday party where they discovered a mutual admiration for Albert King, Laura Nyro, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Ali Akbar Khan and Jimi Hendrix. They soon began meeting at Bill’s southwest Chicago home to write and improvise together on their lived-in dreadnought 6-string guitars, with Ryley's 12-string and Bill's requinto making frequent appearances as the year wore on. The duo quickly developed their own musical vocabulary and the resulting sounds drew on traditional folk music from Appalachia to Northern India, as well as jazz and blues. Over the course of the year, an impressive repertoire of new songs and ideas coalesced.

In January 2015, Bill and Ryley took up a month-long, Friday night residency at The Whistler, a live music venue/gallery/record label in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The overall spirit of the residency was that of a creative workshop producing music that ran in directions as wide as the duo’s interests. Each week, songs took on new shapes, while others were written and added to the always-evolving set list. Alex Inglizian of Experimental Sound Studios recorded the final two shows of the residency and Erik Hall (In Tall Buildings, Wild Belle) mixed the seven tracks that comprise Land of Plenty.

Land of Plenty is completely instrumental and falls somewhere between Ryley Walker’s acclaimed new album, Primrose Green (Dead Oceans), and Bill MacKay’s highly melodic work in Darts & Arrows. Songs run the gamut from fingerstyle ballads to psychedelic waltzes and raga-inspired blues. Guitar tone was a key element when selecting the tracks that made the cut. Like their live set up, Bill’s guitar can be heard on the left of the stereo picture and Ryley’s on the right. Although recorded in a bar in front of a capacity crowd, it’s not until the album’s final seconds that the fourth wall is dropped and the listener can hear the crowd’s raucous applause.
Jaimie Branch + Ben Lamar Gay
Jaimie Branch + Ben Lamar Gay
A mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene and an active recent
addition to the New York scene, Jaimie Branch is an avant-garde trumpeter known for her “ghostly sounds," says The New York Times, and for "sucker punching" crowds straight from the jump off, says Time Out. Her classical training and “unique voice capable of transforming every ensemble of which she is a part” (Jazz Right Now) has contributed to a wide range of projects not only in jazz but also punk, noise, indie rock, electronic and hip-hop. Branch’s prolific as-of-yet underexposed work as a composer and a producer, as well as a sideman for the likes of William Parker, Matana Roberts, TV on the Radio and Spoon, is all on display in her debut record Fly or Die – a dynamic 35-minute ride that dares listeners to open their minds to music that knows no genre, no gender, no limits.
Forest Management
Forest Management
Forest Management is John Daniel (b.1989), an American musician currently living in Cleveland, Ohio. The project began in 2011 with an environmental ambient composition for the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, entitled Music For Stargazing. In 2012 Daniel started releasing ambient music on a more drone-centered, minimal, and personal level.
“...profoundly elegiac drifts of ambient music that disarms everything in its path.” - Decoder Magazine
DJ Doug McCombs
Doug McCombs spins Guitars

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com