Songs of Stephanie Morris, Dianogah

Songs of Stephanie Morris


Sat, November 1, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

Songs of Stephanie Morris
Songs of Stephanie Morris
We are hosting an evening to remember the music of Stephanie Morris.

There are many reasons for this, but paramount is to mark the official release of the Stephanie Morris and the Rest album she recorded in 2007, but which has gone largely unheard. Her husband, Nathan Keay, has been working with several of contributors to get the album out on CDR and available for digital download by Nov. 1. To commemorate it, Stephanie's good friend and fellow musician Holly Muñoz will join Devon and Chris, the original members of the Rest, to perform several songs from the record.

Earlier this year, another of Stephanie's last recordings was released when her bandmate John Huston released The Pawners' Society's "Pull the String" EP. On Nov. 1, John will perform a selection of these songs with other of Stephanie's former musical collaborators, including Sam Koentopp (Brighton, MA, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir), Mary Ralph (SYGC), Tony Sackett (Warm Ones) and Lyndol Descant.

Dianogah, the rock band Stephanie toured with and appeared on their last album, will headline. Proceeds from the door will be given to Girls Rock! Chicago, a charity that encourages young women to become involved with music -- a cause Stephanie would wholeheartedly endorse.

It's been more than five years since Stephanie has been gone, and the wounds will never truly heal, but the music that she left behind is every bit as brilliant today as it was then. We look to honor that music and remember her life, and we hope you can be there, too.
Jason, Kip and Jay have played together as Dianogah (pronounced Dye-ah-NO-gah) since January 1995.

Dianogah's core instrumentation is as a trio of two bass guitarists and one drummer. They have toured the US extensively, traveled throughout Europe and played in South America.

Their last album, qhnnnl, features guest appearances by friend Andrew Bird on violin, Stephanie Morris (The Pawners' Society, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir), Billy Smith (Hubcap) and Mark Greenberg.

qhnnnl shows that the band has progressed since previous efforts to make a mature, consistent album that visits extremes at both ends of the spectrum of tender and abrasive.

For a trio consisting of two bassists and a drummer, Dianogah have proven that they are more than just an instrumental post-rock band with mathy time signatures. qhnnnl is their third full-length on Southern and is a camouflage affair with ventures into the dark and lighter spectrum of their songwriting. And what we can make out from qhnnnl is exactly that - they are mainly songwriters. Bassist Jay Ryan steps up to the mic on more than one occasion on this album. At other turns, he can be found shouting along with the rest of the band, "...this is how we fight!" Besides the addition of vocals, the band play with more ferociousness in their instrumental moments, such as on the heavy, thudding title track.

“... Dianogah is a Midwestern musical gold mine” - Magnet

“Dianogah have two bassists, no guitarists and one drummer, but , in defiance of establisthed scientific principle, they're great.”
- The Sunday Times, Culture.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642