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Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter BRAD COLE Bringing A Unique Residency To Chicago This June
So tell us about the Residency at Montrose Saloon? You did a residency last year at The Hide Out, right?
Cole: Actually the Hide Out Residency was 2 years ago for my jazz project Bossa Blue. THAT was fun, great folks over at The Hide Out. This one is different. The idea is to create a different vibe each week. Iíve got decades of materiel to pull from so I thought Iíd sort it a bit and put together the right group of players to fit each show. I guess itís kind of thematic that way.
Thematic? Different vibe? How so?
Week 1: The Electric Show: Rock Mix
Week 2: The Acoustic Show: Cool n Groovy Mix
Week 3: Bossa Blue: Smorgasbord Mix
Week 4: Acoustic Circus: Circus Mind
I think these are pretty self explanatory. For The Bossa Blue Show we had spent a lot of time re-inventing the James Taylor Songbook with kind of a bossa/samba/groove format and its done pretty well. But fo this show we will just do a big mix: The Police, Brandi Carlile, The Beatles, a brunch of tricked out rock classics in a jazz/groove format. And some J T as well, super fun stuff, wear your dancing shoes !
What about Acoustic Circus: Circus Mind? Whatís that all about?
Cole: When I was living in Chicago, I ran a series called Acoustic Circus so I could collaborate with and showcase some of my talented friends. This is the same thing but Circus Mind is really a challenge for the performers to go of the rails, bring some drama, bring the unexpected and engage the audience w/ deep dark passions. Iíve asked a number of players to consider some topics and collaborations. So Iím not really sure what is going to happen, but It will be cool and very unique.
Ok, so what, when and where?
Cole: Well Itís every Tuesday in June at The Montrose Saloon, on Chicagoís Northwest side. Pretty much 9-11pm. The first time I stopped in to Montrose Saloon was last summer and loved it: a true Chicago neighborhood hang. I walked into a Joe Jackson Tribute set, lots of folks dancing, folks hanging out in the back yard smokin cigarettes. I loved the feel and vibe instantly. I was introduced to the owner Eric and pitched this to him a couple months later and he liked the idea, so boom!!
Will we see or hear any new material from you?
Cole: Well yes. Iíve reworked some of my older tunes. Iíve also been working on a project called Songs From The Moon. Kind of a futuristic musical/narrative of sorts about a guy who lives on the moon in the 22nd century. He is not a happy camper re his ghetto like life and the state of humanity, and of course, he writes songs! So Iím going to try out some of these tunes weeks 1, 2 and possibly 4. The other thing is, when I did my record release for Lay It Down in 2016, it felt very rushed. It was really my first show featuring this materiel, a since then Iíve played these songs live dozens of times and I really feel like there is now more blood in the veins for many of these tunesÖ.And again, this is why 4 nights. Give me time with this incredible crew of performers to light this stuff up and give the songs, and the audience, theyíre due.
More info: bradcolemusic.com