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Shoeshine Boy & Swizzle Steve Present:

Low Swans, Skippin' Rocks, Mike Gasset, & Humphrey McKeown

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 7:30 PM CST (7:00 PM Doors)
Cubby Bear, Chicago, IL
21 years and over

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Low Swans: Low Swans has been a long time coming for frontman Scarpelli with some of their material dating back over a decade, and on this new record, their sound seems to have finally coalesced. Starting in earnest in 2013, the Low Swans sound had been forming Scarpelli's mind over several years and in a way completes a circle. Jon started out experimenting with electronic music in his formative years in a very primitive form and on a computer that struggled to keep up. Recording raw sounds and editing them into a full composition was his first foray into the medium. Taking inspiration from Radiohead, Bjork and Sigur Ros, this thread of musical interest seemed to get buried over the years by multiple projects in vastly different styles. Over the next 12 years, from punk rock to alt-country, he focused on song craft rather than sonic craft. Building up a huge repertoire of songs all the while leaving the appetite for more elaborate and synthetic texture unsatisfied and confined to files on a computer. Emerging from these other bands an accomplished songwriter, the opportunity had come to put together the production aspirations with the songs to start creating the Low Swans sound which would end up featuring long time collaborator, vibraphonist and multi instrumentalist, Scott Simon. 

Skippin' Rocks: A groovy blues-jazz rock band from Chicago! Lead Guitar & Vox: Jake Palatine / Brian Weinert, Dan Causton: Rhythm Bass, Adam Balasco: Lead Drums

Mike Gasset: A Lisle, Illinois native, Mike Gassett began his music career at the age of 10 when he picked up his first guitar. His love for music sparked an interest in songwriting at the age of 13 when he wrote his first song, and his passion for music continues to this day. While penning soulful songs like “(Everything’s Gonna Be) Alright” and “Try”, Gassett has continued to perform across the Midwest in major cities like Chicago and Indianapolis. 

Humphrey McKeown: “It’s all about the song… nothing else really matters.” Those are the words that sum up Humphrey-McKeown.  Other great songwriting duos like Lennon & McCartney, Rodgers & Hammerstein and John & Taupin shared that same motivation; it is all about the song.  Musical partners Humphrey and McKeown are ambitiously working to prove themselves and earn their place next to their songwriting heroes.

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