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AARON JAMES w/ Oblio and Arrow & Ludlow
April 14, 2018 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm$10
Both a storyteller and a story himself, Aaron James represents the universal and never-ending journey of finding yourself and being unapologetically you.
Aaron James is an artist unhindered by concerns of comfort. Evolving from a place of uncertainty, this Memphis-based musician sheds his former self in order to absorb the world around him and experience it to the fullest. His first EP, “Here Comes The Rain”, follows a relationship through the seasons of a year, showcasing the introspective, purpose-driven music of a man reborn. He turns himself inside out to tell the simple yet complex story of a young man’s life, personal growth, and maturation towards emotional strength. Not one lyric is wasted, not one note is played without reason as Aaron James sonically paints the path that travels throughout his self reinvention. He is more interested in what can be experienced and learned on the journey than he is on simply reaching the destination. Aaron James is a living example of how honesty with oneself can dramatically change a person’s life for the better, a message which resonates in everything he does.
Oblio And Arrow often gives a nod towards pop music with catchy sing-along hooks while still maintaining an intimate singer-songwriter feel and foundation. Their latest effort, “Steps”, is loaded with feeling and color, tight vocal harmonies, thick layered percussion, and ranges in tone from having an Americana acoustic feel to having heavy beats, ethereal synth tones, and experimental guitars.
Ludlow is a Chicago-based indie-folk band who perform songs with deep tones, memorable melodies and multiple vocal harmonies. Formed by Chicago songwriter Mark Schoeck, Ludlow includes guitarist/vocalist Josh Noble and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Maria Kloess to comprise a trio that sounds larger than a three-piece band.