“I have no doubts they will be making more great music in the future, and we should all be thankful for the amount they've shared with us thus far. From R. Kelly to NPR, this band has consistently made amazing and enjoyable songs.”
-Steve Fabian, ThoseWhoDig
While Brother George hails from Chicago, founding members and longtime friends Neal Neumann and Ryan Culbertson originally formed Brother George shortly after leaving southern Illinois. Brother George was a real person - a disheveled mystic. A small town vagabond who made a habit of climbing on-stage uninvited to play his harmonica. Bands would oblige his drunken free spirit and play along. Shortly after his passing, founding members of Brother George (the band) found it appropriate to name themselves after Brother George (the person). In keeping with the spirit of Brother George, the band went through many lineup changes, always welcoming new people and new directions. After this dynamic period, with the addition of a few new friends, the current members include: singer Sagan Jacobson, key player Joe Lieske, guitarist Jim Drake, and drummer Zane Ranney. Though the faces no longer rotate, the Brother George spirit stays the same: enjoy the music and feel free to join in.
Chicago-based Exit Ghost has brought its inventive, rooted indie-folk to the stages of some of the Midwest's most prominent venues in the busy year since the group’s 2009 formation. Following a string of energized summer performances and a slew of intimate (if a little sweaty) club dates, Exit Ghost is gearing up for the release of its second EP with engineer Mike Hagler (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Will Oldham) at Chicago’s infamous Kingsize Studio. Hailed by Performer Magazine as reminiscent of "[Neil Young's]After the Goldrush on steroids", Exit Ghost looks forward to a national tour in 2011, driving its trusty Mercury Villager into the ground with regional dates in the meantime.
"Taking cues from every corner of the rock and roll arena, VARSITY’s songs are delightfully terse and understatedly poignant. The simplistic girl/boy vocals are underpinned by a clean union of spacious guitars and a wide variety of synth sounds."