Chicago Psych Fest X, Mako Sica + Hamid Drake

Chicago Psych Fest X, Mako Sica + Hamid Drake

Good Willsmith, McLuhan, Wet Piss

Thu, January 31, 2019 - Sat, February 2, 2019

8:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$12

Chicago Psych Fest X
Chicago Psych Fest X
The longest-running festival of psychedelia in Chicago turns 10 years old and is celebrating with a 3-DAY BLOWOUT featuring some of the highlights from the years, special collaborative sets, re-unity, and fresh faces.
Mako Sica
Mako Sica
Mako Sica is a trio featuring Przemyslaw Krys Drazek on guitar and trumpet, Michael J. Kendrick on drums and Brent Fuscaldo on vocals, guitar, and various percussion. The words Mako Sica come from a Sioux Lakota Native American term meaning "land bad."

Their music grows out of a city from which artists (past and present) including Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra push their music to the outer limits of definition. Traces of Ennio Morricone and prog rockers Soft Machine can also be found in their music. What all three members have in common is an early discovery of punk. The ethos of American underground DIY labels such as Dischord and Constellation had a lasting impression on their approach to making music.

Both Drazek and Kendrick were in the Chicago-based band Rope, who released several records on the Family Vineyard imprint before disbanding in 2006. Drazek's unmistakable, atmospheric guitar/trumpet sound and Kendrick's found percussion had taken on a new direction the following year. The addition of Fuscaldo meant keeping the cinematic, lengthy compositions and incorporating groove, deeply rooted in American Blues.

The voice is used here as an operatic instrument, and often the language being sung is indecipherable. There are rarely, if any words, used as lyrics. While distant and echoed, his voice comes through with strong and hearkening Eastern intonations, as well as South American influence. For percussion, Kendrick brings in sheet metal, mixing bowls, wind chimes, bottle caps, among other found objects. Drazek toured in Europe with his Poland-based hardcore band Krzyc before moving to the US. Since then, he has developed a distinct guitar style. With a sound drenched in delay, his low bass rumbles beneath the surface and the piercing treble of his slide guitar evokes whale sounds. His African-style fretwork and flourishes are hidden at times beneath effects and in rare moments, reveal themselves.

Since the band's inception in 2007, they've recorded for labels La Societe Expeditionnaire, Permanent Records, Plus Tapes, Chaos of the Stars and Slow Knife. In 2010, they performed on Radio M, a syndicated radio show produced in Chicago for National Public Radio. Todd Rittmann of US Maple recorded the band's debut full-length in 2009 (released in 2010). Essence is the band's second full-length slated for release on Oct 30, 2012, following a tour of the US West Coast which starts earlier that month. Check out our Shows page for a listing of dates and cities.
Hamid Drake
Hamid Drake
For nearly five decades percussionist Hamid Drake has been one of the most vital, creative, and spiritual musicians to call Chicago home. The Louisiana native was a founding member of the influential Mandingo Griot Society, where he forged a long-term relationship with trumpeter Don Cherry. Over the years Drake has maintained prolific and deep partnerships with musicians such as Peter Brötzmann, William Parker, Michael Zerang, and Fred Anderson, but one of his greatest strengths has been his openness to form new musical bonds.

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” - Confucius
Good Willsmith
Good Willsmith
Good Willsmith processes guitars, synths, found physical media, and voices through multi-track looping hardware and chains of electronics. The trio incorporates elements of ambient, drone, noise, kosmische, minimalist, metal and Indian classical musics into long-form structured improvisations that overflow with volume and texture. Doug*, Max** and Natalie*** live in Chicago.
McLuhan
McLuhan
The Chicago Reader's long-running Secret History of Chicago Music column/strip is thrilled to present this extremely rare reunion by quirky Psych/Prog/Jazz/undescribable band McLuhan! The UIC band named themselves after the media prophet Marshall McLuhan, and recorded only one rare and valuable Lp in 1972 (on Brunswick records, home of the Chi-Lites?!) Members are coming in from many different cities to recreate pieces from the album live for the first time in decades, utilizing video projections from back in the day! Fans of Soft Machine, Zappa, Captain Beefheart, CTA and Gong are in for a real sonic treat with this once-in-a-lifetime performance!
Wet Piss
Wet Piss

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