An Acoustic Evening With The Joy Formidable at Lincoln Hall

February 27, 2017 at Lincoln Hall + Schubas in Chicago.

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Lincoln Hall | Mon., Feb. 27 | 8:00 PM | 18+ | $25

The Joy Formidable: thejoyformidable.com

The Joy Formidable have never been one to shy away from a challenge. Proving that time and again by holding their own as support for legendary artists and acts from Sir Paul McCartney to The Foo Fighters and The Black Keys.

Once described by Rolling Stone as “wickedly bracing and Himalaya-huge;” the fantastic live band would now face the self-appointed challenge of ensuring their onstage energy and ability to connect with audiences translated via recording. That is the challenge that TJF took on for their upcoming third release. “We realized we needed to build a space and do it ourselves, go back to being three people in a room again” said Ritzy (Rhiannon) Bryan regarding the band’s decision to self-produce the new record.

Twelve months later, the band have made an album that has “musically and emotionally put them through the wringer” but as the band explains, “it’s fine for it to hurt, to finish a record feeling exhausted, we needed a good purge”

Continuing on the path of taking matters into their own hands, the group set out to build the right team around the new music by getting the legendary Alan Moulder to mix the album (The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, etc) and by starting their own label and teaming up with Caroline Records as new partners for the release.

” We wanted to work with people who feel as strong as we do about music, who listen to albums, love the art and let that take control.” “On this album, we’ve been lucky enough to feel that same enthusiasm from everyone involved.” This self-starter approach has been a staple of TJF for quite some time, building consistently since the band moved back to North Wales.

The Joy Formidable started right away by launching Aruthrol – a unique 7” vinyl singles club, showcasing a series of new songs sung in Welsh; built a studio – The Red Brick – in the hills they roamed when they were growing up. They have since used that studio to write and record an astonishing new album, an evolutionary step forward from its predecessors The Big Roar (2011) & Wolf’s Law (2013).

They also completed their first short film score for Greg Jardin’s ‘Floating’, an urban love story about a character made entirely of balloons. It’s an emotionally resonant score, with all the underpinnings of The Joy Formidable, Ritzy’s atmospheric guitar work, and Rhydian’s piano-led melodies, interlaced together to compliment the themes of loneliness, vulnerability, persistence and humanity at the film’s core.

The band’s love for soundtracks is highlighted by their recently recorded and released interpretation of Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise’s iconic theme for Twin Peaks. “It started off as a distraction in the studio that gathered momentum,” says Ritzy. “It’s a great and unusual piece of music and a great and unusual piece of television; we’re excited about the new episodes.”

Audiences will be treated to a preview of some new material during the band’s later summer / early fall festival appearances. A full worldwide tour will follow and the album itself will be here for us all to enjoy in early 2016.

An Acoustic Evening With The Joy Formidable at Lincoln Hall

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Vinyl Emergency / The Modern Vinyl Podcast — Live

January 14, 2017 at Pinwheel Records in Chicago.

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The Modern Vinyl Podcast and Vinyl Emergency team up for a live, double-bill of shows this January at Pinwheel Records in Chicago.

Vinyl Emergency: Host Jim Hanke will welcome Bob Nanna and Chris Broach (Braid) to the show for an in-depth discussion and acoustic performance.

Modern Vinyl: Hosts Chris Lantinen, James Cassar and Michael Escanuelas will join up for the long-running program’s second live show, as they’ll tackle…well…something (we’re cooking up our usual chaos, we assure you).

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets are free, but please register. We ask attendees to bring a cushion, pillow, etc for their own comfort. This will allow us to fit more attendees into the venue.

Address: 1722 W 18th St, Chicago
Vinyl Emergency / The Modern Vinyl Podcast — Live

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Leftover Salmon Acoustic Brunch at City Winery

February 05, 2017 at City Winery Chicago in Chicago.

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Leftover Salmon Acoustic Brunch!
Doors @ 11AM
Show @ 1PM

We are offering an Exclusive Two-Day pass to see Leftover Salmon at Park West on Feb 4th and a special acoustic brunch at City Winery on Feb 5th. The two-day pass is only available here: http://tickets.toursync.com/promo/id/24796391415842930

Address: 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago
Leftover Salmon Acoustic Brunch at City Winery

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Leftover Salmon with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades at Park West

February 04, 2017 at Park West in Chicago.

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w/ Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

We are offering an Exclusive Two-Day pass to see Leftover Salmon at Park West on Feb 4th and a special acoustic brunch at City Winery on Feb 5th. The two-day pass is only available here: http://tickets.toursync.com/promo/id/24796391415842930

Address: 322 W Armitage Ave, Chicago
Leftover Salmon with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades at Park West

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Hannah Frank Group (Acoustic & Electric)

November 09, 2016 at Underground Wonder Bar in Chicago.

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Buy Tickets in Advance: Paypal $5 to hannahfrankchicago@yahho.com and you will be on the LIST!

Show features: Hannah Frank, Vicrtor Sanders, Meg Thomas

Part of Lonie Walker’s Underground Wonder Bar 27-Year Anniversary Celebration.

The special feature of this show is fans can see Acoustic Hannah vs. Electric Hannah (two 30-minute sets).

Address: 710 N Clark St, Chicago
Hannah Frank Group (Acoustic & Electric)

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DR Strings Pure Detail Event/Free Re-String

November 04, 2016 at Chicago Music Exchange in Chicago.

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Head to CME this Friday for a free re-string and the opportunity to earn great gear, including DR Strings, Gruvgear, Aguilar Amplification and MusicNomad cleaning products!

-Limit one instrument per customer
-While supplies last
-4, 5 or 6-string basses only—excludes 7- and 8-string basses/guitars and acoustic basses

Address: 3316 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
DR Strings Pure Detail Event/Free Re-String

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Ryan (post Cubs game – acoustic) at Irish Eyes

October 29, 2016 at Irish Eyes in Chicago.

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Immediately following the final out of the Cubs game on Saturday (approx. 10ish), I will be playing acoustic at Irish Eyes, and the fantastic Dylan Hanke will be after me. This is in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and entry is free.

Address: 2519 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Ryan (post Cubs game - acoustic) at Irish Eyes

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Gibson 2017 Fall Test Drive Event

November 03, 2016 at Chicago Music Exchange in Chicago.

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The Gibson bus will be stopping by CME, loaded with more than 40 2017 USA and Montana electric and acoustic guitars!

Stop on by to test out the latest and greatest Gibson gear, score some swag, explore the store and even take a Gibson home, too—you’ll be able to purchase right then and there!

Call us for more details.

Address: 3316 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Gibson 2017 Fall Test Drive Event

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