Josh Berwanger Band / James Swanberg [The Lemons, Today's Hits / heavycritters
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 8:30 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
JOSH BERWANGER’s songs are born out of love, heartbreak, fear and frustration. They sound as big and open and honest as a Midwestern skyline and speak to the struggle, unique to someone trying to slug it out in the music business for most of their adult life. A Kansas native and former member of indie-rock band THE ANNIVERSARY and country-rockers THE ONLY CHILDREN, BERWANGER’s music is, any many ways, a visceral statement about what it means to keep doing what you love — even when it feels like you are doing so against all odds. On his new record, Strange Stains, BERWANGER and his four-piece band manage to balance the spirit and ethos of classic rock with the kind of pop sensibility and knack for hummable melody that’s sure to get you fine people moving and grooving late into the night. One of our most favorite dudes is opening, Kentucky-bred song writing monster JAMES SWANBERG. This prolific and kind young gentleman will charm your pants off as he serenades your girlfriend, crooning and strumming his jangly pop melodies that now live in the songbooks of Chicago bands THE LEMONS and TODAY'S HITS. Stevens Point, WI's post-futurists HEAVYCRITTERS bring their catchy-as-hell, blown-out rock & roll to our stage for the very first time. Catch the scrappy young trio here first tonight and be sure to chat em up at the bar cause they seem like damn nice fellas.