Tue Feb 23 2016

7:30 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

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1245 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

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Korby Lenker

Says tastemaker magazine No Depression, "One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn't just play it, he becomes it -- or maybe, it becomes a part of him."

Korby Lenker - firstborn son of a mortician and a school marm -  is a skilled multi-instrumentalist and an award-winning songwriter.  He released his 6th full length record in March of 2014, and has been touring heavily before and since. In February he signed a licensing deal with Secret Road, and shortly afterward his song If I Prove False to You was added to rotation on Sirius XM "The Coffeehouse". Another track, Forbidden Fruit appeared on two episodes of AMC Family's "The Fosters." Music and Musicians Magazine dubbed Korby "Who's Next" in their June 2014 issue. Korby released his fifth official video this year, for the quirky "Here We Go Again."

A longtime writer of fiction and memoir, Korby has written a book of short stories based on his 14 years of life as a touring indie musician. Entitled Medium Hero, it comes out on Turner Publishing in December 2015.

Korby has performed internationally and has shared the stage with such legends as Willie Nelson and Ray Lamontagne, as well as Nickel Creek, Tristan Prettyman, Susan Tedeschi, and many others. He recently acquired a tour partner, a black kitten named Dempsey.

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Megan Slankard

Megan has sold over 35,000 copies of her four previous independently released CDs, and she is currently touring across the US to support her band's brand new fifth album, "Running on Machinery", which was recorded with the help of Nashville producer, Alex Wong (Vienna Teng, Delta Rae).
 
Her preceding album, A Token Of The Wreckage was recorded with help from David Bryson (Counting Crows) and Jerry Becker (Train). Her songs have also won several awards: in 2013 alone, she was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest, a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest (ISC), and a finalist in the Show Me the Music Contest. She was also a finalist for Best Female Artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA).
 
Touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe, Megan's adventures include opening for Jamie Cullum at a sold-out Fillmore, playing electric guitar on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live as part of the Jeff Campbell Band, singing the National Anthem to a crowd of 45,000 Giants baseball fans, performing duets with Pat Monahan of Train, and touring with Dire Straits co-founder David Knopfler throughout Europe.

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Alex Wong

Over the last few years, Wong has been quiety earning a reputation as a sought-after creative force, producing artists such as Delta Rae (Warner Music), Ari Hest (Downtown/Mercer St), Morgan Karr (Hollywood), Melissa Ferrick (Mpress), and Vienna Teng (Rounder/Universal).   He garnered a LATIN GRAMMY nomination for his work on Miguel Bosé’s album “Papitwo.”

In 2012 he stepped into his own as a solo artist with his full-length release A City On A Lake. It became a Spotlight album on iTunes and was featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage, and in 2013 he was invited to tour in the U.S. and Europe supporting Vienna Teng.

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    Korby Lenker

    Pop

    Korby Lenker is a sneaky-good songwriter. And singer. And multi-instrumentalist.


    An abbreviated list of Lenker's achievements so far includes: a significant amount of airplay on the legendary Seattle indie rock station KEXP; a BBC 2 interview with Bob Harris, which is only about the highest honor a rootsy singer-songwriter touring the U.K. can get; opening slots for acts ranging from Willie Nelson to Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek, Keith Urban, Susan Tedeschi and Tristan Prettyman; a successful run with one of the hottest young West Coast bluegrass bands of the aughts; and wins in the Merlefest folk songwriting contest as well as the Kerrville Folk Festival's elite New Folk songwriting competition.

    Lenker's composition "My Little Life" brought him the Kerrville honors this year. It doesn't seem possible that one song could work so well in such disparate worlds, but it also proved its powers as a galvanizing piece of indie-pop, drawing a small army of likeminded, rising Nashville artists and personalities-Jeremy Lister and Katie Herzig to name two-to make lip-syncing, ukulele-strumming cameos in Lenker's music video.

    The song-which is on the Heart of Gold EP he co-produced with A-list keyboardist Tim Lauer this year-itself points to the uncommon mixture of abilities Lenker has honed. It's imminently accessible and effortlessly tuneful, plus the lyrics express a familiar idea in playfully unexpected ways while pointing to thoughtfulness just beneath the surface. You can tell the guy's well-read, but he never comes off as too clever for his own good.

    "I like it simple," says Lenker. "I just do. As soon as there's a weird chord, I'm like, 'Why? That's all been done. Who cares?' What's really hard is to hit people in the heart and to reach them. That's what I'm trying to do: make music that's easily likeable, but with a kind of secret sophistication. I'm always trying to write a song that you can hum along with on the first listen. You're like, 'Yeah, I'd like to hear that again.' Then maybe you hear it 20 times and you're like, 'Damn, that's actually something I'm going to think about now.'"

    But there's a lot more than that to his instinctual, unorthodox journey from being brought up as a mortician's son in rural Idaho to being recognized as one of the more innovative voices in Nashville's current music scene.

    Back in high school, Lenker had a cover band that enabled him to try on various alt-rock identities. "We covered 'Under the Bridge,' by Red Hot Chili Peppers," he says, "and I didn't know this at the time, but I listened to it recently and I'm like, 'Whoa, that's Korby trying to sing like Anthony Keidis. And this is Korby trying to sing like Trent Reznor.'"

    After that, he got really into transcribing Trey Anastasio guitar solos as part of his music theory studies at Western Washington University. He also spent a semester in West Virginia with only his Martin D-18 acoustic guitar for company.

    Here's a bit of insight into the spontaneous spirit that makes Lenker's music so interesting: He picked up a bargain bin copy of the journalistic snake handling memoir Salvation on Sand Mountain, and, with that alone to go on, decided to drive until he found one of the mountain churches mentioned in the book.

    Lenker got new perspective, and a song about a snake-handling preacher, from the experience. "I ended up going home with one of the families," he says. "We rode home with the snake in the box in the backseat. And I got to be friends with this kid who was my age-I was 23 at the time, and he was 23. We couldn't have had more different backgrounds. He had an 8th grade education. But we somehow also had a lot in common. We ended up trading letters back and forth for years."

    Lenker returned to the Pacific Northwest inspired by his Appalachian adventures and fully immersed himself in the region's bluegrass scene, forming a band called The Barbed Wire Cutters that proved to be an immediate hit in those parts. And he found ways to apply his pop-honed sensibilities to that tradition.

    "I like it tight," he offers about his experience fronting the 5 piece bluegrass outfit, which SPIN magazine called "The Young Riders of the bluegrass revolt". "I like the solos short and I like harmonies in tune...it was all song-driven for me."

    All this time, Lenker was also making solo albums, and that became his primary focus with the folk-leaning Bellingham, which went over wonderfully in the U.K. and landed him on Bob Harris's BBC Radio 4 show. After a move to Seattle, he got the urge to plug in again, hooked up with Candlebox drummer Scott Mercado and made a nimble modern rock record called King of Hearts that got lots of spins on KEXP and a 4 star review in UK mainstay MOJO magazine.

    Toward the end of the last decade, Lenker followed his muse down to his present home of Nashville where he's not only continued to hone his own unique artistic voice, but launched a stripped-down series of performance videos dubbed Wigby, spotlighting kindred musical spirits he's found.

    "I love those videos," he says, "because it's just people being great. It's not production-it's just, 'Can you sing? Can you write a great song? Can you play your instrument well?'"

    Deep down, Lenker is drawn both to the sort of unadorned expression the discerning folkie crowd treasures and to the sort of playful pop embellishment and electronic textures that may land one of his tracks in a primetime T.V. show or film any day now.

    And there's nothing at all wrong with having it both ways musically when it comes this naturally. "I can't abandon either one of them," Lenker says, "because they're both so me. One of my favorite musicians in the world, bassist and composer Edgar Meyer once said in an interview 'The boundaries of music have been and always should be limitless.' I couldn't agree more."

  • Megan Slankard

    Megan Slankard

    Pop

    A native Californian indie rocker, Megan has sold over 35,000 copies of her four previous independently released CDs, and she is currently touring across the US to support her band's brand new fifth album, "Running on Machinery", which was recorded with the help of Nashville producer, Alex Wong (Vienna Teng, Delta Rae).

     

    Her preceding album, A Token Of The Wreckage was recorded with help from David Bryson (Counting Crows) and Jerry Becker (Train). Her songs have also won several awards: in 2013 alone, she was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest, a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest (ISC), and a finalist in the Show Me the Music Contest. She was also a finalist for Best Female Artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA).



     

    Touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe, Megan's adventures include opening for Jamie Cullum at a sold-out Fillmore, playing electric guitar on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live as part of the Jeff Campbell Band, singing the National Anthem to a crowd of 45,000 Giants baseball fans, performing duets with Pat Monahan of Train, and touring with Dire Straits co-founder David Knopfler throughout Europe.

  • Alex Wong

    Alex Wong

    Pop

    Alex Wong is a Brooklyn-based producer, writer and performer whose signature sonic style resonates in all he creates–from cinematic pop soundscapes to electronic tinged theater scores to his honest, direct songwriting.  He has produced recordings with leading artists such as Delta Rae (Sire/Warner Bros), Ari Hest (Downtown/Mercer Street), Elizabeth and the Catapult (Verve/Forecast), Melissa Ferrick (MPress Records), Vienna Teng (Rounder/Universal) and Grammy nominee Ximena Sarinana (Sire/Warner Bros.) with whom he performed at both Coachella and SXSW in 2012.  His work with Ms. Sarinana can also be heard on the new Bob Dylan tribute album Chimes of Freedom for Amnesty International on the song “I Want You” (featured  track on the Starbucks edition) available 1/24. Alex has garnered critical acclaim for his songwriting collaborations with recording artists Amber Rubarth (The Paper Raincoat), Vienna Teng, Paul Freeman, Elizabeth and the Catapult, and Alex Berger (Independent Music Award winner). His songwriting has been heard in film and television projects such as The Last Song (Disney/Touchstone), One Tree Hill, and The Lincoln Lawyer (Lion’s Gate).

    On July 17, 2012, Alex released his first solo album, A City On A Lake, which featured vocal performances by Ari Hest and Ximena Sarinana. This was followed by the release of the music video for the single off the album, “Oceanside,” directed by Lawrence Chen and Hagan Wong.

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Korby Lenker, Megan Slankard and Alex Wong

Tue Feb 23 2016 7:30 PM

(Doors 6:30 PM)

SPACE Evanston IL
Korby Lenker, Megan Slankard and Alex Wong
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All Ages

Korby Lenker

Says tastemaker magazine No Depression, "One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn't just play it, he becomes it -- or maybe, it becomes a part of him."

Korby Lenker - firstborn son of a mortician and a school marm -  is a skilled multi-instrumentalist and an award-winning songwriter.  He released his 6th full length record in March of 2014, and has been touring heavily before and since. In February he signed a licensing deal with Secret Road, and shortly afterward his song If I Prove False to You was added to rotation on Sirius XM "The Coffeehouse". Another track, Forbidden Fruit appeared on two episodes of AMC Family's "The Fosters." Music and Musicians Magazine dubbed Korby "Who's Next" in their June 2014 issue. Korby released his fifth official video this year, for the quirky "Here We Go Again."

A longtime writer of fiction and memoir, Korby has written a book of short stories based on his 14 years of life as a touring indie musician. Entitled Medium Hero, it comes out on Turner Publishing in December 2015.

Korby has performed internationally and has shared the stage with such legends as Willie Nelson and Ray Lamontagne, as well as Nickel Creek, Tristan Prettyman, Susan Tedeschi, and many others. He recently acquired a tour partner, a black kitten named Dempsey.

-

Megan Slankard

Megan has sold over 35,000 copies of her four previous independently released CDs, and she is currently touring across the US to support her band's brand new fifth album, "Running on Machinery", which was recorded with the help of Nashville producer, Alex Wong (Vienna Teng, Delta Rae).
 
Her preceding album, A Token Of The Wreckage was recorded with help from David Bryson (Counting Crows) and Jerry Becker (Train). Her songs have also won several awards: in 2013 alone, she was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest, a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest (ISC), and a finalist in the Show Me the Music Contest. She was also a finalist for Best Female Artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA).
 
Touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe, Megan's adventures include opening for Jamie Cullum at a sold-out Fillmore, playing electric guitar on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live as part of the Jeff Campbell Band, singing the National Anthem to a crowd of 45,000 Giants baseball fans, performing duets with Pat Monahan of Train, and touring with Dire Straits co-founder David Knopfler throughout Europe.

-

Alex Wong

Over the last few years, Wong has been quiety earning a reputation as a sought-after creative force, producing artists such as Delta Rae (Warner Music), Ari Hest (Downtown/Mercer St), Morgan Karr (Hollywood), Melissa Ferrick (Mpress), and Vienna Teng (Rounder/Universal).   He garnered a LATIN GRAMMY nomination for his work on Miguel Bosé’s album “Papitwo.”

In 2012 he stepped into his own as a solo artist with his full-length release A City On A Lake. It became a Spotlight album on iTunes and was featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage, and in 2013 he was invited to tour in the U.S. and Europe supporting Vienna Teng.