Jazz Concert Series: Rhythm, Rhyme & the Refrain
Curated in collaboration with jazz artist Linda Solotair, the Open Door Repertory Company is thrilled to present the first part of our ongoing Jazz Concert Series: Rhythm, Rhyme & the Refrain. This Spring, we open the pages of the Great American Songbook to enjoy the words and music of some of America’s most celebrated composers and lyricists. “The Great American Songbook” is a hypothetical construct that seeks to represent the best American songs of the 20th century principally from Broadway and other musical theatre, and Hollywood musical films especially from the 1920’s-60’s, including dozens of songs of enduring popularity. The Great American Songbook became (and remains) a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians.
Starting March 2, 2013 – June 15, 2013 – click here for more information.
An evening with Nate Aydelott, Connor McCann and Jay Lind
Nate Aydelott is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter who plays music indebted to the traditions of American folk and country, indie rock, and power pop. His former band, Brother Lowdown, was a mainstay on the Chicago club circuit and released their acclaimed album, Which Side Are You On?, on the Sloboda Recordings label. The Chicago Reader called the “songcraft…consistently appealing,” and noted, “ lead singer Nate Aydelott has a rubbery vocal delivery that suggests a huskier Michael Stipe.” The Illinois Entertainer said the album’s “…eclectic mix makes for an extremely interesting debut that shows the diverse musical flair of the band…” After the band’s dissolution, Aydelott has continued to write songs, but has taken time off from working and performing with a full band. He rarely plays live, but he is happy to play his first show in more than a year at Open Door Repertory Company. He will sing and perform new and old songs solo on acoustic guitar. Conor McCann, another Chicago-based singer-songwriter, originally from Oak Park, will open the show. McCann leads the band Cicero, and will be performing solo at Open Door. Poet and OPRF teacher Jay Lind will perform a short set of spoken word poetry.
Friday, March 8, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 (All proceeds benefit Open Door Repertory Company)
Anti O’gravity Experiment presents Magically Delicious Improv
Improv @ Open Door Theatre
with Tunes o’Cheer by The Harrison Street Ukelele Players
Ring Shout has been playing as an ensemble for more than three years. They play a wide range of popular musical genres including mainstream jazz, R&B, Reggae, ballads and original compositions. They have performed at a variety of venues from private parties to the intimate confines of the Eastgate Cafe in Oak Park, to the Harrison Street Art Walks, to the majestic grandeur of the Copernicus Center of Polish Culture in Chicago.
Featuring Musicians: George Bailey – Guitar and Vocal; Mike Blake – Reeds; Erick Hendricks – Reeds; Kevin McDermott – Electric Bass; Charles Torpe – Guitars and Vocal; Steve Smith – Guitar and Vocal; Carl Spight – Percussion; Marsha Spight – Vocals; Mark Wilczynski – Trap Drums
Friday, March 22nd at 8PM
General Admission: $8