Band namesake Tim Menard is a Chicago veteran. Tim’s hand-picked a coterie of his favorite players – his wonderful, fiddle-playing bride, Cathie Van Wert Menard, veteran bass ace Michael Krayniak, pedal steel guru Gabriel Stutz and drum legend Paul Bivans. Featuring Tim’s indelible original tunes mixed with some carefully curated covers, the Menards spin aspects of folk, rock and country into a rich web of Americana.
Allegra Malone is a songstress, writer and instrumentalist with stories to tell. The Revival, her band of musical A-listers, bring the velocity of full throttle rock and roll, soul stirring blues and epic ballad’s to heights that signal a new moment in country music. The songs are a lyrical collage of love struck vulnerability, intimate peril and beaming transcendence. Old country and gospel folklore effortlessly reinvent Allegra’s Muscle Shoals (Al) roots, while pop undertones make her a cross genre artist with influences that range from Little Feat to Chris Stapleton. Her songwriting has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Susan Tedeschi and such notable country icons as Loretta Lynn for her punchy upbeat songs like Ripe on the Vine (2018). Friday night favorites such as Sweet Virginia, are instrumentally driven with such scorching momentum that by the end, it feels like the song is on the verge of exploding. Allegra’s voice is unbridled and passionate; she emotes an unmasked strength and femininity that has garnered her attention from fellow artists and audiences alike. This emerging, multifaceted artist is not to be missed and will soon be stirring souls on her 2018 tour.
Bunkertown has been a part of the Chicago music scene for over a decade.The music is a mutt of folk, rock, blues and ragtime country and inspirations may include Hammond or the restaurant eaten at last week. Member: Mark Anderson singer/guitar, Andon Davis, Michael Krayniak, Paul Bivans.