Sat Oct 15 2016

1:00 PM (Doors 12:30 PM)

SPACE

1245 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

All Ages

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Steve Dawson is the brilliant singer/songwriter/frontman of the band Dolly Varden as well as a musician’s musician who has played and sung just about everywhere with just about everyone. Mark Caro is a longtime entertainment/cultural reporter who worked his way from reviewing New Kids on the Block and Milli Vanilli to covering Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Europe for the Chicago Tribune, with a book called The Foie Gras Wars (Simon & Schuster) in between. When Mark took Steve’s inventive songwriting class at the Old Town School of Folk Music, he was so inspired that he jumped at Steve’s suggestion that they collaborate on a book that would combine Steve’s best songwriting exercises with a deep exploration of the joys and challenges of creating your own music. 

Now Steve and Mark are celebrating the release of Take It to the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside of You (GIA) with an afternoon of music and songwriting tales. The pair will discuss their own adventures in songwriting, dig into the work of their musical heroes (and villains — we’ll see whether Mark baits Steve about his Pink Floyd aversion) and try to illuminate the path for anyone seeking a more creative life.

And there will be music: Steve will perform songs that span his almost 30 years as a Chicago musician, and Mark will try to get up the courage to play a few examples of what he’s learned as a songwriter as well. Expect special guests to join them on stage.

Take It to the Bridge will be on sale for a discounted price to those who attend, and Steve and Mark will sign all books (but no body parts, sorry). 

Steve Dawson & Mark Caro: Songs, Stories & Creative Sparks

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  • Steve Dawson

    Steve Dawson

    Singer-Songwriter

    Steve Dawson is one of the Chicago music scene’s bona fide stars, and, says the St. Louis Riverfront Times’ Roy Kasten, “one of the most underrated songwriters in American music.” Dawson and his wife Diane Christiansen have led local heroes Dolly Varden for over twenty years, and he leads jazz-folk ensemble Funeral Bonsai Wedding as well. In these bands as well as on his solo albums and with Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots, Dawson combines musicality, craftsmanship, and raw soul in a way that continues to rivet his audiences. Steve teaches guitar and songwriting at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where his skill and generosity have birthed dozens of gifted writers. His most recent accomplishment is a book on songwriting, Take It to the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside You, written with Mark Caro and published by GIA.

  • Mark Caro

    Mark Caro

    Literary Reading

    Mark Caro has been writing about entertainment and culture for the Chicago Tribune for more than 20 years, covering popular and classical music, film, theater, comedy and the visual arts. He has profiled such figures as Yo-Yo Ma, Jennifer Hudson, Tom Cruise, Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg. Mark's 2005 story about Charlie Trotter's refusal to serve foie gras led to Chicago's two-year ban on the fat duck livers. That story was a James Beard Award finalist, and subsequent book on the issue, The Foie Gras Wars won the 2009 Great Lakes Book Award for general non-fiction and two prizes from the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris. Mark lives in Evanston with his wife and two girls.

Steve Dawson & Mark Caro: Songs, Stories & Creative Sparks

Sat Oct 15 2016 1:00 PM

(Doors 12:30 PM)

SPACE Evanston IL
Steve Dawson & Mark Caro: Songs, Stories & Creative Sparks
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All Ages

Steve Dawson is the brilliant singer/songwriter/frontman of the band Dolly Varden as well as a musician’s musician who has played and sung just about everywhere with just about everyone. Mark Caro is a longtime entertainment/cultural reporter who worked his way from reviewing New Kids on the Block and Milli Vanilli to covering Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Europe for the Chicago Tribune, with a book called The Foie Gras Wars (Simon & Schuster) in between. When Mark took Steve’s inventive songwriting class at the Old Town School of Folk Music, he was so inspired that he jumped at Steve’s suggestion that they collaborate on a book that would combine Steve’s best songwriting exercises with a deep exploration of the joys and challenges of creating your own music. 

Now Steve and Mark are celebrating the release of Take It to the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside of You (GIA) with an afternoon of music and songwriting tales. The pair will discuss their own adventures in songwriting, dig into the work of their musical heroes (and villains — we’ll see whether Mark baits Steve about his Pink Floyd aversion) and try to illuminate the path for anyone seeking a more creative life.

And there will be music: Steve will perform songs that span his almost 30 years as a Chicago musician, and Mark will try to get up the courage to play a few examples of what he’s learned as a songwriter as well. Expect special guests to join them on stage.

Take It to the Bridge will be on sale for a discounted price to those who attend, and Steve and Mark will sign all books (but no body parts, sorry).