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Jazz in the Park- JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
Date: Thu, June 14th 2012
Additional Time Info: 5-9pm
Location: Cathedral Square Park
June 14 ~ JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
...when the mayor-elect of Chicago personally invites you to play his inauguration concert. Rahm Emanuel is one of many esteemed fans that JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound have picked up since their humble beginnings, when they were just dreaming about getting the cool kids to shake it at the Empty Bottle. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy befriended the post-punk soul group after they scored a viral hit with their amped-up re-imagining of his song "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart", performing it with them at Chicago's Park West and inviting them to appear at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival alongside heavy hitters such as Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and the Band's Levon Helm. The taste-making crate diggers at the Numero Group were impressed enough by the band's take-no-prisoners live show to include them in their Eccentric Soul Revue, where they had the pleasure of collaborating with the spectacular Syl Johnson. The Uptown Sound has shared stages with a staggering array of artists, from legends like Robert Plant, Buddy Guy, and Chicago, to indie faves Peter Bjorn & John and the Dismemberment Plan, and soul stirrers Fitz & the Tantrums, Lee Fields, and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens.
Erupting with raw emotion, JC Brooks unleashes his soulful shouts and heart wrenching falsetto over the relentless rhythm of guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, and bassist Ben Taylor. The Uptown Sound is a force to be reckoned with, leading the Chicago Tribune to call them "the real deal" and MOJO Magazine identifying them as "one of the hottest US soul acts", while the New York Times praised their "neo-soul glory" and the Onion AV Club declared their first album "relentlessly catchy". It's live, it's compelling, it's now, it's theatrical. So theatrical, in fact, that they were recently tapped to star in the critically-acclaimed run of the Tony Award-winning musical "Passing Strange" at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.
Thursdays June 7- September 6, 2012
Cathedral Square Park
5 - 9 pm
Happy Hour at 5pm
Music starts at 6pm
Click here for complete lineup & details
Jazz in the Park is Milwaukee's favorite free, outdoor, summer music series, featuring an eclectic lineup of jazz, big band, funk, R & B, reggae, blues and more. Performers come from across town or across the country.
Concerts take place Thursday evenings, 5pm-9pm from June 7 through September 6, in Cathedral Square Park. Music starts at 6pm, but stop by early for Jazz in the Park Happy Hour and get great drink specials from 5-6pm!
Jazz in the Park is produced by a non-profit organization and asks that you leave your adult beverages at home. All proceeds from sales at Jazz in the Park help offset the high costs of production and ensure the continued success of the festival. Please do your part to support this event.