The “Sounds of Silence” and “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme” albums played in their entirety, along with select bonus tracks. Featuring Alton Smith, Tom Ryan, Jim Barclay & Rebekah Abel.
A longtime fixture of the Chicago power-pop community, singer/guitarist Phil Angotti tenured with acts including the Fleas and the Scuffle before joining with singer Jay Goeppner in 1987 to form the long-running Beatle Brothers. (He also served with Graham and Brad Elvis in the like-minded Not the Beatles.) In 1991 Angotti formed his own group, the Idea, a year later releasing their debut LP Sideways Smile on the Lisabet label. It took Angotti five years to issue the Idea's sophomore effort, the Our House label release Afternoon Balloon; Flower Bomb followed on the Jam label in 2001, and in 2003 the group returned with G. Elvis Is Still Alive.
Tommy Zender is a multi-instrumentalist who hails from Evanston, IL, working and playing regularly in Chicago, IL. Zender wears many musical hats: Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist, Drummer/Percussionist, Producer/Arranger, Ambient Soundscape Improviser, Teacher/Coach, Bassist, Collaborator, Accompanist, Studio Gun-for-hire, Musical Director, Transcriber, and of course music fan. He started out on this career path at an early age. Zender has been an accompanist for the likes of Phil Angotti, Congress of Starlings (Andrea Bunch & Aerin Tedesco), Steve Dawson (Dolly Varden), Dag Juhlin (Poi Dog Pondering, Expo ’76), legendary pop-rockers Green, The Bon Mots, Peter Mulvey, Lisa DeRosia & Lush Budgett, Nora O’Connor (Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, Andrew Bird) Ellen Rosner, Happy Chichester (Afghan Whigs, Royal Crescent Mob, RJD2, Brad), Al Day, Ryan Auffenberg, Jon Brion (yes that guy, at The Hideout) Jason Falkner (yes that guy too, once upon a time at NU’s student union) and many more. He has taken part in many of Tom Dunning’s legendary Hoot Night’s at Schuba’s Tavern. It’s not out of character for Tommi to go up on stage unrehearsed with people he barely knows to accompany them on various instruments.