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Birds of Chicago

“With echoes of deep gospel in Russell’s voice as she sings over a mix of electric guitar, resonant piano, and percussion… at once uplifting and a little melancholy.” —Wall Street Journal

The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Birds of Chicago to South on Main! This is the fourth and final show in their 2017-18 Archetypes & Troubadours Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsors Chris Harkins of Raymond James and J. Mark & Christy Davis.


In so many ways, we are a word weary culture, ever searching for ways to communicate in fewer and fewer words, letters, syllables...Our online, blogged-out, you-tubed attention spans are truncated and fragmented like never before. Birds of Chicago, the collective centered around Allison Russell and JT Nero, reassert the simple notion—radical in these times—that beautiful words and music can still tap deep veins of emotion.

Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; the Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. For Birds of Chicago, every word counts. Every note counts. No gold-dusting, no filler. Music is the good news and Real Midnight, the band’s poignant new Joe Henry produced album, throbs with an urgency that feels quietly seismic.

Birds of Chicago was born in 2012 when Nero began writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds, and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Nero had found the perfect voice for his rock and roll psalms. Russell moved from being a primary songwriter to an interpreter, and her simmering restraint is deeply refreshing to a landscape scorched by post Voice/American Idol vocal gymnastics and over-emoting.

On Real Midnight, Birds of Chicago alternate moody rock swagger with the ghostliest of soundscapes. Produced by Joe Henry, a man whose expert blending of light and shadow is well known, the album is a melancholy—but never shoe gazing—suite, full of wayward, joyful, lonesome voices raised up against the night.

Since its February release, Real Midnight has received press from NPR (First ListenWeekend Edition, and World CafeĢ), Wall Street JournalPasteNo DepressionAfropunk, and more.

Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live; Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation in late 2012, and 2016 has already found the band in constant motion—from sea to sea and beyond.

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Date Information

May 10, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Subscriptions

This concert is available a part of two subscription packages. Click the links below for more information:

FULL 12-SHOW SEASON SUBSCRIPTION

ARCHETYPES & TROUBADOURS SERIES

Pricing Info

$34 = Premium Reserved Table
$32 = Reserved Table
$25 = General Admission

TICKET PRICE SERVICE CHARGE TOTAL PER TICKET
$34.00 $4.00 $38.00
$32.00 $3.75 $35.75
$25.00 $3.00 $28.00

Other Info

 

  • Becoming a subscriber guarantees the same table for every performance in the series.
  • Doors open 2 hours prior to each show.
  • Tickets are available for pickup only on the night of the show when doors open.
  • The venue does not have an on-site box office. Tickets are only sold via Metrotix, or, on the night of the show when the doors open (if tickets remain.)
  • Buying a reserved or premium reserved ticket guarantees you that specific seat. Seating at tables and countertops is "family style." If you do not purchase all the seats at your table, you will be seated with other patrons.
  • General Admission Ticketholders - You may sit at stools at the bar, perimeter chairs not at tables, or you may stand. You are not guaranteed a seat, as seating is limited and only available first-come-first-seated when the doors open. Once all General Admission chairs are taken, there will only be standing room for all other General Admission ticketholders.
  • South on Main does not take reservations for ticketed concerts.
  • Food is served before and throughout the concert.
  • Shows are all ages. Everyone must have a ticket to attend.
  • Free surface lot parking is available.
  • Additional Info: http://southonmain.com/pages/faq-ticketing-seating/

METROTIX SALES END: Noon day of show

 

Venue Information

South on Main

1304 Main Street , Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

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