Friday, November 17th @8pm
Seman Violins Concert Hall
4447 Oakton St.
Tickets $20 available here or call 847-460-8872
Join us for a special evening with Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards with Special guest Big Sadie in a collaborative double bill.
“Ambition often follows talent, and Laura Cortese has an embarrassment of both. Her open-armed approach to her art reveals a determination to spread the word about folk music and dance without watering down their distinctiveness.”
– John Wenzel, The Denver Post
Cutting her teeth as a sideman in Boston’s roots music scene, Laura Cortese forged a unique path through a pool rich in talent (due to a large population of Berklee School of Music graduates like herself) including stints as an instrumentalist with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Rose Cousins, Jocie Adams (of the Low Anthem), and Uncle Earl. Her Compass Records debut, CALIFORNIA CALLING, is the next step in her career as a frontwoman and bandleader – she and her Dance Cards, break new ground with a bold and elegant new album, based in the lyrical rituals of folk music but exploring new territories of rhythm and sonics. With the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow, they’ve created something that’s simultaneously rowdy, delicate and cinematic. This is post-folk that seriously rocks. On their CD release tour, Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and Zoe Guigueno (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese’s poignant and powerful singing.
Big Sadie is a Chicago-based acoustic band fronted by Elise Bergman (upright bass, vocals) and Collin Moore (guitar, vocals). Defined by rich, intricate harmonies and rustic yet sophisticated instrumental arrangements Big Sadie takes a modern yet timeless approach to American roots music. Bergman and Moore have been playing music together for over a decade and through the years, the duo has amassed an extensive repertoire of bluegrass, old-time, early country, and blues. With the May 2017 release of their debut album ‘Keep Me Waiting,’ they introduced their first collection of original compositions.Andy Malloy, a native Oklahoman and mainstay of Chicago’s vibrant bluegrass scene, and Matt Brown, a Pennsylvania-raised multi-instrumentalist and instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music, joined Big Sadie in mid-2016 after a year of fruitful collaborations with Bergman and Moore. Malloy’s energetic and inventive banjo playing and Brown’s masterful fiddling add new textures, enhance the dynamism of live performances, and affirm Big Sadie as a fresh voice in bluegrass and Americana music.