Fri Dec 12 2014

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

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1245 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

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Chicago quintet Dolly Varden is built around the singing and songwriting of husband and wife duo Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen, along with Mark Balletto on guitar, Matt Thobe on drums and Mike Bradburn on bass. Though the band’s name suggests a euphonious connection to a certain country singer, it is actually derived from a rare and beautiful species of trout which in turn was named after a character in Charles Dickens’ short novel ‘Barnaby Rudge‘. Strange, but true: Dawson and Christiansen both had fathers who were avid fishermen who dreamed of one day catching the elusive Dolly Varden in an icy Alaskan lake.

In 2008 Dolly Varden celebrated the 13th anniversary of their debut album, Mouthful of Lies, by releasing a limited-edition 2-CD set, 13, (disc 1: The Best of Dolly Varden, Disc 2:Rarities) and hosting a sold out show at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music with special guests Lisa Wertman Crowe, Robbie FulksEdward Burch and others. In 2009 and 2010 the group stayed close to home and played just a handful of shows as Dawson focused on his second solo album, I Will Miss The Trumpets and the Drums, and Christiansen focused on a large art installation project, “Notes To Nonself” with collaborator Shoshanna Utchenik. The band is currently writing and arranging new songs.

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    “I went following the footsteps of a friendship that ended in Chicago.”

    Steve Dawson sings this ambiguous, evocative line on Dolly Varden’s sixth and latest studio album, For a While, and we wonder: Did the footsteps or the friendship end in Chicago — or both? This much we know is true: Steve, born in California and raised in Idaho before studying music in Boston, moved to Chicago in 1987, formed the band Stump the Host with his soon-to-be-wife Diane Christiansen the following year and, after that band’s demise, launched Dolly Varden with Diane in 1994. Dolly Varden is a type of trout found in the Pacific Northwest, and the fish was named after a character in Charles Dickens’ novel Barnaby Rudge. So now you know.

    For 18 years Dolly Varden has been wowing and charming audiences with the warm, sublime interplay of Steve’s and Diane’s voices (yes, they’re still married); the emotional potency, intelligence and undeniable melodicism of Steve’s songwriting; and the supple backing of supremely versatile guitarist Mark Balletto and the limber rhythm section of bassist Mike Bradburn and drummer Matt Thobe as the band encompasses rock, folk, country and R&B/gospel influences to create something solely its own. From the 1995 debut, Mouthful of Lies, through The Dumbest Magnets (2000) and The Panic Bell (2007), Dolly Varden has built a sizable, loyal fan base, and now listeners new and old can reap the considerable rewards of For a While. It’s an album that feels like it couldn’t have been created at any other point in the band’s history.

    Recorded and mixed by Steve at Kernel Sound Emporium in Chicago and produced by the band, For a While finds Dolly Varden occupied with the passage of time, diving into lifetimes of memories to make better sense of today. From the delicate opening reflections of “Del Mar, 1976” (“I don’t remember her name, but I remember her well”), to the Diane-sung transience-themed title track to the generations-spanning ballad “Saskatchewan to Chicago” to the album’s centerpiece, the achingly gorgeous “Mayfly” (“We are lucky, and I must not forget”), Dawson and the band demonstrate that time has had only a positive effect on their artistry. Dawson’s songwriting has gained in depth and observational powers while his voice has never sounded richer or more expressive. And the rest of the band is with him every step of the way, whether tightening the screws on the taut rocker “Done (Done),” creating the eerie outer-space-garage vibe of “Temperamental Complement,” splashing a hymn-like beauty over “Girl in a Well” and “Favorite Friend” or reveling in the joyful pop of the closing “Thank You.”

    Some aspects of life may be fleeting, but the pleasures of For a While will be everlasting — and for that we are lucky.

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    Funeral Bonsai Wedding

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Dolly Varden & Funeral Bonsai Wedding

Fri Dec 12 2014 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

SPACE Evanston IL
Dolly Varden, Funeral Bonsai Wedding
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All Ages

Chicago quintet Dolly Varden is built around the singing and songwriting of husband and wife duo Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen, along with Mark Balletto on guitar, Matt Thobe on drums and Mike Bradburn on bass. Though the band’s name suggests a euphonious connection to a certain country singer, it is actually derived from a rare and beautiful species of trout which in turn was named after a character in Charles Dickens’ short novel ‘Barnaby Rudge‘. Strange, but true: Dawson and Christiansen both had fathers who were avid fishermen who dreamed of one day catching the elusive Dolly Varden in an icy Alaskan lake.

In 2008 Dolly Varden celebrated the 13th anniversary of their debut album, Mouthful of Lies, by releasing a limited-edition 2-CD set, 13, (disc 1: The Best of Dolly Varden, Disc 2:Rarities) and hosting a sold out show at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music with special guests Lisa Wertman Crowe, Robbie FulksEdward Burch and others. In 2009 and 2010 the group stayed close to home and played just a handful of shows as Dawson focused on his second solo album, I Will Miss The Trumpets and the Drums, and Christiansen focused on a large art installation project, “Notes To Nonself” with collaborator Shoshanna Utchenik. The band is currently writing and arranging new songs.

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Funeral Bonsai Wedding is Steve Dawson's new project with Frank Rosaly on drums, Jason Roebke on bass and Jason Adasiewicz on vibraphone.