SAD BRAD SMITH is a singer and songwriter in Chicago, whose song "Help Yourself," won him acclaim and disdain in several small circles. In 2010 he released his first masterpiece, "Love is Not What You Need," which has yet to generate significant buzz within the public sphere, but which is actually pretty decent if you have the balls to admit it. His new album "Magic" might even be better. It comes out May 20th, 2014 and the large majority of it will be previewed at this show by Brad and his band. You may or may not appreciate it, but it's worth picking a side and picking it early.
RACHEL RIES of South Dakota via Brooklyn, crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked hearted. With a clear voice and steady hand, she pulls the listener into her world of city grit, country dirt, and her open-eyed search for redemption and reason.
Since her last official 2008 release, Ries ("reese") has recorded and toured extensively with Anaïs Mitchell and, with Mitchell, toured with Bon Iver. Rachel was granted a Chicago Arts award, worked in the Chicago theater scene, toured Europe and the States, learned how to repair Wurlitzers and (kind of) play the drums.
Ghost of a Gardener, Rachel's 3rd full-length, is available now.
Just added to the bill are very special guests, JESSICA MARKS and QUINN TSAN. What? Are you stupid? And all of this at Schubas, one of the best sounding rooms in Chicago.
Let's spend this Fool's Day together.