Molehill will headline the first night of the Chicago Roots Collective Festival Friday, November 18th! So much music to take in this night! Read below to check out the lineup. For tickets to Friday evening’s performance you can purchase HERE. The Elbo Room is a small venue so this show could very well sell out!
The 3rd Annual Chicago Roots Collective Festival will be held on Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th at The Elbo Room. Over 25 amazing local acts will play on both floors of this nifty room. Oh and get this: 25% of festival proceeds will benefit the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Both nights of the festival are 21+, doors open at 7 pm, and non-stop music goes from 8 pm until 1 am. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.elboroomchicago.com We encourage you to buy your tickets in advance, as space in The Elbo Room is limited.
Weekend Pass ($15): http://bit.ly/mOuliH
Here’s the complete roster of bands for the weekend:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH
8:45-9:30–Mike Mangione and the Union
10:45-11:30–The Future Laureates
10:00-10:20–The Ewing Theory
11:00-11:20–Claire Wellin and Comrades
***11:30-11:55–THE DOWN FEATHERS (featured set)***
12:05-12:25–Duck and Goose
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
8:45-9:15–Todd Kessler and the New Folk
11:00-11:30–Cobalt and the Hired Guns
11:45-12:30–The Local Strangers
8:30-8:50–Marley Dzis Duo
***11:30-11:55–COMMON SHINER (featured set)***
“Do not be fooled by the name. Molehill is more like a mountain. Combining elements of progressive rock with pop sensibilities and emotionally charged lyrics, this band delivers a symphonic listening experience.” - Jesse Menendez, Vocalo, 89.5FM Chicago
The first time Peter and I strapped in and felt Devin hit the groove, we knew we had something. We didn’t know if it was any good but it felt right. We met ‘the sunshine’ Greg. Since then, we’ve driven all over the country and experienced dirty motels, great people, missed exits, and the freedom of it all. It’s therapy, I really don’t know what we’d do without it.
So here we are, releasing our third set of songs. It’s just as exciting as it ever was to release music into the wild. ‘Hearts on Fire’ seems to be an appropriate song to put out there. I don’t think we’ll ever get over writing songs that feel good in large spaces. Greg came in with the searing lead synth, Peter wrote lyrics inspired by the Euromaidan, and Dev and I banged out a rhythm track. It’s simple and straight to the point, except for those lava rocks J threw into the mix...That’s the charm of writing a simple song. Some of them just come easily.
Some songs, or should I say arrangements, don’t come so easily. ‘Reverie’ started off as a three chord bridge in one of Greg’s songs. What followed was ridiculous in some ways. I think we have somewhere around 300+ emails dedicated to this song and its direction. Dozens of recorded versions later, we got to Nashville and threw a bunch of it away. Get away from your computer and interact, suddenly everything is more visceral and real. The process was worth it.
‘Old Soldier’ started in late November 2014 after I learned that my grandfather wasn’t doing so well. His reflections on his experience in WWII and remarkable life stay with me every day. It only seemed appropriate to use the last voicemail he left me during the outro. When I sent the music over to Pete and he returned the ‘option 5’ melody idea for the verse, I cried. This song is meditative to me. It combines Pete’s ethereal vocal with that West Coast hip hop beat we love so much.
I think we made something that’s honest. We hope you enjoy it.
Chicago, IL | January 2017