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Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 9:00 PM CDT (8:00 PM Doors)
Lauren Wolf Band with Jarryd Scott Steimer,, Simpleton & Cityfolk, and Fletcher Rockwell
Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 9:00 PM CDT
Cubby Bear, Chicago, IL
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Simpleton & Cityfolk appeal both to the heart and the tapping toes of the listener with a blend of roots rock, Americana and folk. The band's roots go back to Iowa when Geoff Glenn (guitar, vocals) and Chris Bennett (guitar, vocals) met as roommates at the University of Iowa. In 2010, college over, Bennett returned home to Chicago. Glenn soon followed intent on pursuing music with his friend. Bennett's high school buddies, Chris “Foo” Williams (upright bass, vocals) and John Conlon, (guitar) filled out the rest of the Cityfolk with Mike “Sku” Skowronski joining on drums after Conlon’s move to Utah.
In 2011, a Sunday afternoon residency at the Green Owl in the Wisconsin Dells allowed the band to hone their skills and learn to gel as a band. The weekly gig gave them the requisite chops and confidence to return to Chicago to perform their original material in front of receptive crowds. Compared to Mumford and Sons and Wilco, soon the band was headlining Metro, Double Door and House of Blues.
In 2012, the group recorded their debut 6-song EP, The Williams Account with Patrick De La Garza in his Chicago studio. The EP reveals the dichotomy of the country and the city with the aching “Porch Light” and the slow sway of “City Lights”. The follow-up full-length, No Man is an Island, recorded/produced with Mike Hagler (Wilco, Neko Case, The New Pornographers) at Kingsize Sound Labs. Scheduled for a July 2013 release, Simpleton & Cityfolk will have a busy summer promoting the new record, celebrating the record's release with a show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago and appearing at a number of other summer festivals including the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.