NYE - JC BROOKS AND THE UPTOWN SOUND / THE RIGHT NOW
/// NEW YEARS EVE /// 21+ /// $38 Early Bird Tickets /// 1366 N MILWAUKEE AVE ///
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
What does post-punk soul look like? Six and a half feet of raw emotion and sweat, with one leather boot planted in gutsy R&B, the other in taut minimalist grind. Snarling at the crowd beneath an afro pompadour, while indulging in a sly wink, singing to you directly, and here to make you dance. What does post-punk soul look like? It looks like JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound.
JC Brooks was born the son of a Jersey funk diva, his voice erupts with heart and heartache over the ferocious rhythm and star-time charisma of guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, keyboardist Andy Rosenstein, and bassist Ben Taylor. With a take-no-prisoners live attack and lyrics speaking of the torment and triumph of these tumultuous times, it's no wonder that the Chicago Tribune called JC Brooks "the real deal". This is a soul band rallying against our disaffected and disengaged era, connecting with people the old-fashioned way, by whipping them into a frenzy with honest appeal and unbridled enthusiasm.
The Uptown Sound has attracted a true-blue grassroots following, with MOJO Magazine identifying them as "one of the hottest US soul acts". Since unleashing their Bloodshot Records debut in 2011 Want More ("A lively set of gritty old-school soul and funk injected with raw garage-rock aggression" - KEXP), and 2013's follow up Howl ("At once a confessional break-up album and a critique of the whole concept of telegraphed heartache, Howl is soul with its jacket off". NPR Music), they've barnstormed North America and Europe relentlessly, while burning up NPR and AAA radio with their stomping cover of Wilco's "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" (which they performed with the song's composer, Jeff Tweedy, at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival) and the soulful motivator "Rouse Yourself" from Howl.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound have toured, warred, scored, and they're not to be ignored. Bear witness, for these young men are on the move and they know what post-punk soul looks like. It looks like the future.
The Right Now
There are only so many times you can take back that cheating lover or accept excuses from a lazy scrub. Its easier said than done, but one soul band is taking a stand. The Right Now isnt going to take it anymore. The Right Now is fed up. And on their second record, The Right Now Gets Over You.
The challenging title is a reality check, but delivered with a smile from singer Stefanie Berecz. Its just a representation of the stories in the songs. Nearly every track has a cheating character, or someone whos had enough of their lover. Its a mixed bag of empowerment and regret. Gets Over You continues the its complicated theme of 2010s Carry Me Home, although this outing shows Berecz in a darker, seedier role.
Recorded in a cathartic, week-long session in Los Angeles with producer Sergio Rios (Orgone), Gets Over You takes the Chicago septets soulful sound to the warm, crackling world of analog tape and vintage instruments. Bereczs voice, often compared to those of Chaka Kahn and Joss Stone, takes center stage. The band shines with raw, gritty performances and elegant arrangements that are the result of countless hours of performing, rehearsing, and traveling together.
Bereczs emotionally-charged vocal performance has been the bands calling card at over 200 shows in the past two years. The Right Nows electrifying live show matching suits, choreographed horn section, and all has earned them a reputation as dynamic, complex, hip and just downright fun (Gapers Block).
The past two years saw immense growth for The Right Now, including a sold-out release party at Chicago's Lincoln Hall; tour dates throughout the Midwest, East, and South; festival appearances at SXSW, North Coast Festival, and Summerfest; and opening stints for George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, John Legend, Fitz & The Tantrums, Bettye Lavette, Otis Clay, Orgone, Kings Go Forth, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, The Jayhawks, Soulive, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Ryan Shaw, Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk, Escort, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, The Bo Keys, Tortured Soul, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Dan Dyer, and Jamie Lidell. USA Today, MP3.com, MySpace Music, and eMusic.com have featured the band as a favorite, and live TV appearances (WGN) put the Chicago act on the national stage. Placements in 90210 and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and promos for Gilly Hicks and other national retailers also broadened the bands appeal.
It takes a man to admit that its over, Berecz confidently croons on Half As Much. But if you cant, I can do it for sure. While Stefanie Berecz may have gotten over the man in this song, audiences wont be getting over her any time soon.
Emporium Arcade Bar (View)
1366 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|