The Birds of Chicago

$20.00
Sun. 11/19/17 7:00pm
  • Bass Hall at Monadnock Center
Day of Show: $23.00

Join this incredibly soulful, beautiful trio for their debut appearance in the Monadnock Region.

 

Doors 6:30pm
Tickets $20 advance. $23 at door (cash or check only)

 

“Real Midnight…finds Russell and Nero memorializing the intense, freewheeling, all-too-fleeting attachments of youth, eulogizing fellow dreamers and meditating on mortality…They show us a way to fully live with the awareness that nothing’s forever and everything’s at stake.” – Jewly Hight, NPR First Listen

“With Echoes of deep gospel in Russell’s voice as she sings over a mix of electric guitar, resonant piano, and percussion… at once uplifting and a little melancholy.” – Wall Street Journal

 

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In so many ways, we are a word weary culture, ever searching for ways to communicate in fewer and fewer words, letters, syllables...Our online, blogged out, you-tubed attention spans are truncated and fragmented like never before. Birds of Chicago, the collective centered around Allison Russell and JT Nero, reassert the simple notion - radical in these times - that beautiful words and music can still tap deep veins of emotion.

real midnight's gonna come/ real midnight's' gonna come
real wolves at your door/ with blood on their tongues
now what you gonna do/ with your days left in the sun ?
ha da la ha

Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; the Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. For Birds of Chicago, every word counts. Every note counts. No gold-dusting, no filler. Music is the good news and Real Midnight, the band’s poignant new Joe Henry produced album, throbs with an urgency that feels quietly seismic.

Birds of Chicago was born in 2012 when Nero began writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Nero had found the perfect voice for his rock and roll psalms. Russell moved from being a primary songwriter to an interpreter, and her simmering restraint is deeply refreshing to a landscape scorched by post Voice/American Idol vocal gymnastics and over-emoting.

On Real Midnight, Birds of Chicago alternate moody rock swagger with the ghostliest of soundscapes. Produced by Joe Henry, a man who’s expert blending of light and shadow is well known, the album is a melancholy - but never shoe gazing - suite, full of wayward, joyful, lonesome voices raised up against the night.

Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation in late 2012.  For these Birds, singing for a room full of new people, hearts wide open, keeps off the cold and chases off the shadows. 2016 will find the band in constant motion - from sea to sea and beyond.

Additional Information

  • Peterborough Players Theater Directions

  • Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center Directions

  • Peterborough Players Theater and Bass Hall are both handicapped accessible.  Bass Hall handicapped access is at the rear of the building. Handicapped parking is available.  Please notify us if you have any specials needs with which we can assist you.

  • Tickets are non refundable.  There is no reserved seating. Seating is on a first come first served basis.

  • Advance tickets may also be purchased:

    • On Line right here on the PFMS Website.  Select the concert and follow instructions for purchase and check out.  Tickets will be held for you at the Ticket Office.

  • In Person:  at The Toadstool Bookshops in Peterborough and Keene  NH starting two weeks before each show.  Cash or Check Only.   (Toadstool sometimes sells out, so plan accordingly.)

  • By Mail:  Send a check for tickets with a self addressed, stamped envelope to:
                         Peterborough Folk Music Society
                         P. O. Box 41
                         Peterborough, NH 03458
                         Phone # for info: (603) 827-2905.

  • Check out The Peterborough Folk Fun Package which includes lodging, dinner, concert and more!   Click here to book your reservation