Danny Barnes, Waco Brothers, Al Scorch Country Soul Ensemble * Heaven Hill Distilleries welcomes a night of Whiskey, Beer and Music - 11/21Wednesday, November 21 2012 6:00 pm Doors / 8:00 pm Start
Join us on a tasting flight of the different styles of Bourbon, presented by Heaven Hill distilleries, the 2nd largest holder of Bourbon in the world.
Rock n’ roll, whiskey n’ beer. It’s a beer and whiskey thing, hands down. Aesthetically, real rockin’ music appears to suit the raw, edgy side of booze. However, intellectually, the tie in with wine is stimulating, with depth and texture. Wine and music work well together as a shared sensory experience, and sometimes, winemakers play the role of rockstar. But, sometimes, you just gotta have a beer and a shot. Tonight is one of those nights.
We will tear up the stage with rockin' outlaw country. And, to pair with the raw vocals, our menu will feature a tasting lineup of the best of Kentucky Bourbon, paired up against the edgy brewing trends of some of our favorite craft beers. A tall and a short, with tunes to boot!
“A good song has a way of speaking to everybody” Danny Barnes says. “I have faith that more people are going to hear my songs, which is really what I have to offer. I’m not one of those virtuoso instrumentalists, I can’t compete with those guys, but the one thing I can do is write really good songs.”
Part Southern gentleman, part humble artist, Barnes is being more than a bit self-effacing with this statement. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and genre-bending artists of his craft, Barnes' musical interests are both varied and adventurous, and he incorporates that versatility into a progressive approach to an instrument that is musically polarizing and steeped in tradition. Although he demonstrates an appreciation for the history of the bluegrass, country, and folk music from which the banjo's reputation was born, his inventive take is what truly separates him from his contemporaries…using the banjo as his ‘weapon of choice’ to play non-traditional music like rock, fusion, and jazz with electronic percussion and loop elements. He has come to redefine the banjo’s perceived image in an eclectic career for which genre definitions have merely been a polite suggestion.
From his early days as the driving force behind the impressive Austin-based Bad Livers, a band of pioneering Americana missionaries, through a prolific solo career and the development of his trademark 'folkTronics' project, a startling approach that incorporates digital technology and various effect pedals to stretch the tonal range of the instrument, Barnes has always listened to his proudly offbeat inner voice.
THE WACO BROTHERS
"I've never been able to find a live band in New York as consistently thrilling and funny and fun as the Waco Brothers." -Author and former Chicagoan Sarah Vowell interview on the Chicagoist.
Ladies and gentlemen, quite possibly the best live rock band on the planet. We've seen them a hundred and sixty seven times, and the Waco Brothers never fail to entertain with their train wreck approach to country. Subtlety is for the weak, so they've chosen the path of optimum mayhem and tomfoolery. In their rollicking career, they have been called everything from the flagship act of the alternative country "movement" to pure butchery. Both are likely to be correct.
The line-up, in case you haven't been paying attention: Jon Langford (Mekons, Pine Valley Cosmonauts), Steve Goulding (Mekons, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Graham Parker & the Rumour), Alan Doughty (Jesus Jones), Deano (Dollar Store, Wreck), and Tracy Dear (World's Greatest Living Englishman). Often filling in for Goulding on the Wacos' Midwestern jaunts is Joe Camarillo (Hushdrops).
In a world of corporate-sponsored tours by lame-o alt-rockers complaining about their hotel suites and "country" stars who owe more to Boston than Bakersfield, the Wacos go out every night and play as if their lives depended on it. Their shows at SXSW and CMJ are legendary, and every year threaten to actually collapse under the weight of their runaway brilliance. If you're not drunk, sweaty and out of money at the end of one of their shows, then brother, we pity you.
Chicago-based songwriter, performer and instrumentalist Al Scorch charts a new musical topography with a five-string banjo.
In his new full-length CD release, Tired Ghostly Town, Scorch delivers jubilant anthems and poignant reflections in 10 songs populated with a cast of vibrant characters.
Self-described as a “fourth generation Chicagoan, born and bred,” Al recalls that his Missouri-born mother played banjo and had one in the house, while his dad played piano and guitar. “My dad showed me a few things on guitar,” says Al. “When I heard Dolly Parton and Pete Seeger’s records, I thought the banjo was pretty cool.” The sounds of his hometown began with the Irish and Eastern European music transported to the new world. “The WLS Barn Dance was a radio show that predated the Opry,” he notes. “Chicago has music from Appalachian immigrants and jazz musicians from New Orleans and Memphis. A legacy exists, so if you want to take lessons from a 68 year old jazz drummer who played with Ella Fitzgerald you can.”