Lunar Chiefs are a new band out of Chicago with a cool, hard-to-nail-down sound, but it's all their own for sure. Where does it come from? "There's no rhyme or reason to it, really," says vocalist and guitar player Ronnie Barnes. "You come down in the studio and you start playing something, and all of a sudden it gives you an idea. Figuring out a good three piece rock version of some of these great songs is really satisfying, especially if then you recreate it live."
Live is exactly what Lunar Chiefs will be this Sunday, March 20 when they appear at Evenflow, a great venue in Geneva, Illinois. From the bands website LunarChiefs.com, here's some more details: "Doors open at 2:00 P.M. We go on at 3:00 P.M. Three bands coming together to support Suicide Prevention Services of America. It is another fine production from the good people at Chicago Music Guide. Come on out hear some good music and support the important work the SPSA is doing for those in desperate need."
Curb Records recording artist Dylan Scott and his stage-scorching band rolled into Chicago for a show at the legendary Joe's Bar on Weed Street last week. Forty-five minutes before the show, Joe's was packed wall to wall with a thousand of his fans, and when he broke into his new single "Crazy Over Me" most of them could sing along, even though it wouldn't be released for a week.
Dylan Scott is an artist whose fans are so enthusiastic about his music that every new thing he does gets massive attention, even if some of it stays under the big media radar. When Curb released the "Stripped" version of "Crazy Over Me" on video in late July, so many of his fans found it, watched it and shared it that by the time he got to Chicago just a few weeks later, the sold out crowd already knew it like it was a hit.
When I talked with Dylan Scott last fall for a story here at aotpr.com and at The Huffington Post, it was really clear how important his band is to him. "I've got my brother playing electric guitar for me, and he's a guy who will just rip it up. And then his best friend, who's actually from Louisiana as well, is a phenomenal guitar player," he said. "So I've got both of them in my band, and then my drummer and bass player are also brothers, and I'm telling you, they are A-list players. I don't know how I lucked up and this happened."
It's a sight to see, that's for sure, Logan Robinson (Dylan's brother) and Sean Barger on guitars, Darrick Cline on bass and Garrett Cline on drums. Just like Dylan Scott, they know what they've got, and they're just relentless in bringing it to the people who came to see them play.
Here's a look at just some of the excitement of this amazing band on stage at Joe's, and if you want to read more about Dylan Scott, check out this story about him at The Huffington Post: Dylan Scott and Where It All Comes From.