Liza Day

Shoeshine Boy Productions Presents

Liza Day

Jessica Robbins (Lonely Companion), Martha Berner and The Significant Others, Micah Walk (acoustic)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$6.00 - $9.00

This event is 21 and over

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Liza Day
Liza Day
Founded in 2008 by singer/song-writer and Wisconsin native Liza Day, this 5-piece from Chicago is rooted in the alternative-country tradition. Liza herself is a graduate and former artist in residence of The Contemporary Music Center in Martha's Vineyard. She leads the band with an unforgettably warm and pure voice skillfully combined with performances as vulnerable and sincere as the songs she's written. Musically the band's style can be described as classic country layered with a raw, untidy, rockabilly vibe.
August of 2009 saw the release of the debut album entitled, "Liza Day and the Northbound Trestle Singers," which was recorded and produced in Chicago. Since the debut's release Liza Day has completed several tours on the East Coast and in the Midwest. The band recently opened for Sahara Smith during her national tour. Their song "Before All Turns Grey," was featured in the 2011 documentary "Out of Respect: A Story of Five," directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Tess Gallun.
During the summer of 2011 the band toured the Midwest while preparing for their highly anticipated EP. Following their Midwest shows half of the band (Liza Day & Adam Wisz) headed overseas for their first UK tour. Their music was well received in Glasglow and in Edinburgh at the Fringe Festival. Liza Day made their way into the semifinals of the festival's popular Lach's Antihoot, a show that later earned a 5-star rating from The Herald Scotland.
Upon returning from the UK in fantastic spirits, Liza Day headed into the studio in September to record their 6 song EP titled, "One for Courage." Recording was done in Nashville at Grammy nominated producer Paul Moak's studio, The Smoakstack. After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign "One For Courage" was released in October of 2012.
Jessica Robbins (Lonely Companion)
Jessica Robbins (Lonely Companion)
Jessica Robbins wrote her first song in third grade about the distant and mysterious planet, Saturn. Today her songs focus the same sense of wonderment and reverie on subjects a little closer to the heart. Whether it's the Gillian Welch sentimentality or the Bon Iver-like thump of an acoustic guitar, Jessica pulls from a variety of inspirations. The lively spirit of her upbeat tunes is infectious,
while a ribbon of formidable resolve weaves through her songs of trouble and loss. Her natural, flowing sense of phrasing and meter belies the hours of hard work spent honing her craft - not surprising, coming from a girl who founded her own start-up education business after graduating from Harvard.
In 2010 Jessica released her first album "Dear Fred" to positive reviews, and she has continued to play to admiring audiences all over her native Chicago. Time Out Chicago called Jessica a promising new artist and wrote that her “smart songs veer toward the folkier end of the rock spectrum but often recall the bite of Aimee Mann”. This June she will release a new EP, “Habitat”. Her songs explore the mysterious side of love, loss and zombies - Jessica truly enjoys the wild, electric combination of inspiration, spontaneity and music.
Martha Berner and The Significant Others
Martha Berner and The Significant Others
“...evokes the vocals of Tori Amos and the musical style of Wilco.” –
The Chicago Tribune
Ever since the release of her 2005 Machine Records full-length debut...this side of yesterday indie-folk singer/songwriter Martha Berner has created quite a buzz in the music world. Not only did that release and her 2007 follow-up EP Ten Tiny Little Pieces garner a wealth of press accolades both nationally and abroad, including features in high-profile publications, such as Magnet, Performing Songwriter, Chicago Tribune, Hear/Say and Out Magazine, but it also opened the door for worldwide radio play (not only in the U.S., but also abroad on radio stations in Japan,
Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Israel, as well as many other countries). In addition, Martha has made numerous in-studio radio performances throughout the nation, and has also performed live on a number of FOX, CBS and NBC
television news shows. Her songs “Wait For Me” and “Some Stay A While” have been featured on MTV’s popular television show “The Real World.” Martha’s own upbeat Americana composition “A Town Called Happiness” was also featured along with songs from Neko Case, Joseph Arthur, The New Pornographers,
Michelle Shocked and others on a compilation CD entitled The Voices and Faces Project. This same song
also later appeared on an exclusive CD sampler compiled by Chicago’s I-GO Car Sharing alongside other
Chicago luminaries such as Wilco, Studs Terkel andNeko Case.
This year marks the return of the dusky alto with
her long-awaited full-length follow-up Fool's
Fanatsy along with her new band The Significant
Others. The entire album was recorded at
Chicago’s premiere digital recording studio
Stranded On A Planet with producer & Significant
Others' guitarist Scott Fritz, and was mastered by
four-time Grammy Award winner Gavin Lurssen
(Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Cat Power, Tom
Waits, Leonard Cohen, etc). While this new
material still incorporates the Chicago-based
musician's trademark whiskey-and-honey vocals
and thought-provoking subjects that stretch across
folk, pop and Americana, Fool’s Fantasy marks
Martha's first true band effort - incorporating
elements of Stax soul, insurgent country and the
unbridled passion of late ‘60s rock-n-roll.
Micah Walk (acoustic)
Micah Walk (acoustic)
The Micah Walk Band's approach to music is subtly hinted at in their own name: simple and to the point. Nostalgic songwriting that brings about feelings of home and family, love and relationships, and those hard-learned mistakes is the first attraction to Micah Walk. Each song tends to float in your head after you first hear it, creating the sense that the song has always been there. Walk's per
sonal epitaphs are voiced with passionate authority and carefully supported by the other band members' playing. All former college roommates, guitarist John Cardoni, drummer Darin Holthaus and bassist Dan Hartman have a keen awareness of each other that helps elevate the intensity and excitement of any performance.

Since forming in 2005, the band has developed a growing sense of knowing how to say the most by playing the least. That of itself is a philosophy that has always stood the test of time, if done just right. It's a never-ending goal, both personal and within the group. The Micah Walk Band isn't striving to be progressive; they would prefer to concentrate of how to play something, rather than what to play. This outlook on music is evident throughout their recently self-recorded and self-produced album titled Bright Side Fantasy, which was independently released in July 2008
Venue Information:
Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622