Our March showcase sees us welcoming back the amazing Ode as our headliners
– if you were at their last showcase in 2014, you’ll already know that this will be one not to miss.
Joining Ode in the rounds will be 3 newcomers to our stage, but all incredible artists and well regarded in the Chicago music scene: Simeon Peebler, Jake Mack Music, and Matthew Francis Andersen.
The show will be hosted by Sam Wahl, and Dia De Los Tamales will be serving up deliciousness.
Where: The Hideout Inn (1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago)
When: Sunday March 6th
Time: Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
Tickets: $10 – advanced ticket purchase HIGHLY recommended!
What happens at “Get Off The Couch“?
Sam Wahl hosts the 4 songwriters who are all literally on a couch (or chairs poorly disguised as a couch) on the stage. One by one they are introduced and encouraged to “Get Off The Couch” by the audience. Each artist then plays two songs, stripped down to their acoustic bones, telling stories behind the songs etc. Once the round is complete, the same happens for a 2nd round, so each artist plays 4 songs… there may even be a collaboration or two!
After a short break, the second half of the show sees the featured artist return to the stage to do a FULL BAND headline set. After which we all mingle and drink beer.
Ode is a five piece group made out of sticks, strings and memories that stare at them from the past, like sling shots, drawn back, ready to let go any time something goes wrong. But they stick together, bass or no bass, rent or no rent, slowly but surely they are mistaken for a gypsy ensemble that plays rock’n’roll- punk and Bolero ballads, maintaining that yearning and earning just enough so they don’t burst in tears when they are exposed to clean cut jib jab joints and late night star dusting. Ode share their dark poems and dreams through an authentic rock vibe, a familiar, yet new wave of melodious tunes that creates a blend of Chicago rock music.
The classic protest song is something of a lost art. Its legacy lives on in modern folk and Americana, but socially-conscious music about current events has largely become the purview of punk and hip hop in recent decades, at least in the mainstream. But that’s not to say the classic protest song is entirely lost, and singer/songwriter Simeon Peebler would thank you to remember it.
Peebler (who pronounces his name “Simon” despite its less-common spelling) may be a late bloomer–he didn’t start writing music until he was 38–but his songs show a natural talent for composition, for storytelling, for performing.
Jake Mack is a Rock/Americana/Soul/Blues musician out of the western Chicago suburbs who plays an eclectic mix of finely-honed originals and carefully-selected covers. A career musician, you can expect Jake Mack to be playing nearly every weekend.
MATTHEW FRANCIS ANDERSEN
Matthew Francis Andersen was born and raised in Chicago. But as a former walleye and musky fishing guide home has also been as far as northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. That’s where Andersen’s EP Blue Line takes you: from the local taverns and street lights, to the boat landings and rivers deep within the northwoods. Matthew Francis Andersen’s writing shows you where this Midwesterner has been. Logging trucks and taxi cabs, game wardens and bar patrons live inside these songs.
Andersen has won American Songwriter Magazine’s 2012 Lyric Contest, and shared the stage with the likes of Steve Forbert, Kevin Gordon, Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart.
Matthew’s EP Blue Line is now available.