Patrick Sweany – Tickets – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – February 17th, 2017

Patrick Sweany

Dunn Dunn Fest 2017 Welcomes!

Patrick Sweany

Michele McGuire, Old Fashioned War

Fri, February 17, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Patrick Sweany
Patrick Sweany
Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.

On a given night (or on a given album) he'll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn't his ability to copy - it's his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.

It's no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad's extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants.

In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide - with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style.

But Patrick wouldn't stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of 50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed him to form a band.

After 6 critically acclaimed records (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and Europe. He's played premiere festivals (Newport Folk Fest, Merlefest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews) and supported international acts such as The Black Keys, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna, and others on tour.

His latest record, Daytime Turned To Nighttime, comes out in September 2015. It was recorded in his adopted community of E. Nasheville, TN and features contributions from long-time collaborator and producer Joe McMahan (Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Bryan Owings (Tony Joe White, Solomon Burke), among others. For Daytime Sweany took a fairly different approach than his usual raw, intense blues sound, opting for more subtle textures and playing. Seminal 70s records by Bill Withers, Bobbie Gentry and Bobby Charles & The Band provide the sonic blueprint, while Sweany wraps his trademark baritone and impeccable acoustic slide work around songs of longing, redemption and growing up.
Michele McGuire
Michele McGuire
Michele McGuire is an indie folk singer-songwriter from Chicago. The debut album, Mid-Western, is the 23-year-old's view of growing up on Chicago's South Side as well as traveling the rest of the country. "I think being from the Midwest is a really funny place to be from, because you don't really have a 'thing.' You could be anything" McGuire says.

The album's title, Mid-Western, is a re-appropri
ation of the Country-Western tradition, giving it a new home in the Midwest. McGuire also traces her musical roots to the Irish songs she's heard her uncles sing in pubs on trips back to Ireland, as well as the American folk music of Chicago's native son, John Prine.

McGuire's 2011 EP, Stories from the Blue, established her as one of the
Chicago music scene's new talents. Featuring the standout track, "Darling Girl," the album was an honest and intelligent coming of age tale.

Mid-Western follows in those auspicious footprints. Recorded at Horsedrawn Studios in Berwyn with McGuire's longtime drummer Steve McNamee and guitarist Brendan Linane (two childhood friends from the South Side), one of the album's themes is accepting the transient life of being a musician, as on the heartbreaking ballad, "Mama Can't Save Me Now."

It's not all sad songs here, though, and McGuire says she looks up to songwriters who can be serious and funny—often at the same time.

Mid-Western's centerpiece, "One Too Many," might fall into that category.
It's the story of two young lovers who escape the Midwest for California, until something goes wrong, and the narrator returns to Chicago wondering what happened. "I believe I've listened to one too many American love songs," she laments.

Mid-Western proves there's still room for one or two more love songs in the American songbook.
Old Fashioned War
Venue Information:
Beat Kitchen
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618

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