Midwest Action Showcase

Midwest Action Showcase

Lever, Casual Hex, Fauvely, Baby Money & The Down Payments

Fri, August 24, 2018

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$8.00

Tickets at the Door

Midwest Action Showcase
Midwest Action Showcase
Midwest Action is a Chicago-based online music and art publication, dedicated to exploring and elevating the best of Midwest culture.
Lever
Lever
Formed in 2012, Lever is a four-piece original grunge/pop/rock band taking influences from artists such as Nirvana, The Vines, Oasis, Speedy Ortiz to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. They have had the opportunity to perform at legendary places, from the Metro, House of Blues, and Vans Warped Tour, to the famous Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood.
In 2017, Lever was voted "Best Rock Band" by the Chicago Reader's Poll. They have also been awarded the "Best Rock Entertainer" at the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards. With a full-length “Hover Bored (2015),” and their brand new EP “Ms. Lead” (2017), Lever plans to release a full-length follow-up in 2018.
Lever has shared the stage with national touring acts such as Night Ranger, RED, Saving Abel, The Dead Deads, Summer Cannibals, Diarrhea Planet, Doll Skin, City of the Weak, Stitched Up Heart, Darling Parade, and The Composure.
Casual Hex
Casual Hex
Casual Hex is a three-piece formed in Seattle, WA, in 2015 by Erica Miller, Jessie Odell, & Nick Anderson. Drawing influence from a variety of genres (post-punk, no-wave, noise rock), The band relies on the contrast of heavy, catchy, minimal, and dissonant. It’s difficult to draw a direct lineage, but flashes of PYLON, THE CONTORTIONS or early SONIC YOUTH come to mind. Erica’s voice is a commanding narration, stern in delivery. Lyrical content is heady and cryptic, encouraging the listener to question human behavior and inspire positive change.
Fauvely
Fauvely
Fauvely is the project of Chicago-based singer-guitarist Sophie Brochu, who creates deeply personal dream-pop music. After completing her master’s in fiction writing and feeling frustrated with the constraints of her craft, Sophie turned to music for its raw and immediate release. The title of her debut EP, Watch Me Overcomplicate This (Midwest Action, 2017), speaks to the confessional tone of songs that range from delicately self-effacing to hauntingly sad.

Fauvely’s forthcoming LP, Tides, transports listeners to the salty coast of Sophie’s hometown, Savannah, GA. Louder and bolder than her EP, these intensely brooding songs are the result of a new confidence possessed by Sophie, and the desire to come to terms with haunting memories in a place revered for its beauty. Fauvely has cultivated a strong presence in Chicago, sharing the stage with internationally acclaimed artists Stella Donnelly, Gemma Ray, Ryley Walker, and Ultimate Painting.
Baby Money & The Down Payments
Baby Money & The Down Payments
Baby Money and her backing band, The Down Payments, are Chicago based musicians that perform original rock ‘n’ roll with a soulful, vintage twist. Heavily influenced by ‘60s girl-groups, gospel, rhythm ‘n’ blues and early rock ‘n’ roll, Baby Money writes heartfelt songs punctuated by tight vocal harmonies, reverb-soaked electric guitar, motown bass lines, punchy drums and bittersweet keys.

After a successful local release of her first full length album, 'IN MEMORY OF JOHN DOE, in 2014, Baby Money spent some time touring the Midwest before returning to Chicago to work on her first musical, 'MARBLE, GA!' which was performed as part 2015's Chicago Musical Theatre Festival.
With recording, mixing and mastering now complete on her new EP, 'shy-CITY,' VOL. 1: pyramid, Baby Money and the new cast of the Down Payments are ready to take on the world!

Pamela Maurer (aka Baby Money) is a songwriter hailing from Durango, Colorado. She grew up playing piano and singing in the choir at her small town church, but it wasn't until her Detroit-born father introduced her to Motown, Stax and the like that she began to fall in love with the sound of the city and the music of the 1960s.

In 2003, she relocated to the Windy City and started singing, stomping, and making a whole lot of noise. She has written songs for various other groups, composed music for theatre, and for several years lent her voice and washboard playing for The Barehand Jug Band, winners of the 2010 National Battle of the Jug Bands. She went on to form one half of the rhythm and revival duo Poor Elvis, and has toured extensively in the midwest.

On returning to Chicago from the last leg of touring, Pamela decided to start her own project, with the name Baby Money. After inviting friends from other roots-inspired bands to join her, she began writing and started to perform. As the sound grew, she traded in her ukelele and washboard for a guitar, and with the help of her musician friends, finally formed her backing band, the Down Payments.

Baby Money’s debut EP and zine, Movers! Shakers! Money Makers! along with a collection of singles, Little Red Vinyl was released in May, 2013. Her first full length album, IN MEMORY OF JOHN DOE dropped on May 30th, 2014, at the Hideout Inn Chicago. 'pyramid' is the first volume of full length album 'shy-CITY,' which is a collaboration between Baby Money, the Bribes, and many others and was released with support from local label Burn the Furniture at the Empty Bottle in 2016. Vol. 2-3 was released in 2017 at the Empty Bottle, on the Midwest Action label! Stay tuned for more, happy campers....this Baby never sleeps!

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