2016
Open Letter Music Series Presents...
Sarah Louise / Josh Berman & Keefe Jackson / Parish, Libramento, & Rodriguez
June
12
Sunday
9pm
Sarah Louise / Josh Berman & Keefe Jackson / Parish, Libramento, & Rodriguez
Open Letter Music Series returns and is proud to present the horn duo of Josh Berman & Keefe Jackson, from Chicago, along with Black Mountain-based guitarist Sarah Louise, and the trio of Shane Parish on guitar, Michael Libramento on drums and Jacob Rodriguez on tenor saxophone.

Sarah Louise is a 12-string guitarist based in the mountains of North Carolina. The impulse for new compositions comes frequently from observing the sounds and movements of the woods around her home. Lush and ethereal at times, yet embracing dissonance as well as tonal and time-signature shifts, her music often encompasses a full spectrum of emotions within one piece. All-original tunings, picking patterns and bold transitions mark her as a unique player. Scissor Tail Editions released her first album, “Field Guide,” in early 2015, which quickly became an underground favorite. Her brand new album, VDSQ Volume 12, is already garnering praise from media outlets like NPR and artists such as Ben Chasny, who calls Volume 12 an album “that makes me love the sound and possibilities of the acoustic guitar.”
https://sarahlouise.bandcamp.com/

The music of the Josh Berman/Keefe Jackson Duo is a rare glimpse into the workings of a sound collaboration built on mutual appreciation, listening, and a years-long investigation into musical aesthetics. Having worked together in many ensembles (including the Fast Citizens, Chicago Luzern Exchange, Lucky 7s, Berman's Old Idea and Jackson's Project Project) and having spent countless hours together listening to and discussing music both in the van on the road and in the record store, their rapport's reputation has moved into the realm of the almost-mythical. For this tour, the two plan to reinvestigate and revisit some old territories, and also to share with you explorations of recent areas and improvisations vibrating in the eternity of the instant.

The real miracle of this band, though, stemmed from the seemingly telepathic rapport between Berman and Jackson, the two responding to each other with extraordinary alacrity and poise. ...Berman and Jackson represented two sides of the same, profoundly introspective aesthetic. To hear Berman's motifs bobbing and darting on cornet, while Jackson unfurled plushly sighing phrases low in his tenor saxophone, was to behold kindred spirits working poetically in an unmetered, harmonically free idiom. ---Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

For more than ten years, cornetist, improviser, composer, and music presenter Josh Berman has been an essential contributor to Chicago’s active improvised music scene. He’s a co- founder of critically acclaimed Umbrella Music, as well as co-curator of the Emerging Improvisers’ Organization.

Berman has performed and recorded with Bill Dixon, Ab Baars, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Jeb Bishop, and Paul Lytton. He is also a frequent collaborator with dance artists. Berman was named in the DownBeat critics’ poll among Rising Stars, Trumpet. He has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.

In 2009, Berman and his group Old Idea released their rst full length CD/LP, Old Idea, on Delmark. Josh Berman and His Gang’s There Now, also on Delmark Records, came out in 2012. The albums have garnered critical acclaim in publications including The New York Times, DownBeat, Jazz Times, the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune.

Keefe Jackson, saxophonist, clarinetist, improvisor, composer, arrived in Chicago in 2001 from his native Fayettevile, Arkansas. He performs regularly in the U.S. and in Europe with many musicians including Pandelis Karayorgis, Tomeka Reid, Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Jason Roebke, Guillermo Gregorio, Jason Adasiewicz, Mike Reed, Jason Stein, Aram Shelton, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Frank Rosaly in groups such as the Fast Citizens, Chicago Luzern Exchange, Keefe Jackson's Project Project and Likely So. He has also appeared with Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Michiel Braam, Satoko Fujii, and Anthony Coleman. Bill Meyer, writing in the Chicago Reader, commended: "...the impeccable logic of his lines and the richness of his tone leave you wanting more... Jackson's high-register squiggles and coarsely voiced, rippling runs push the limits of the tenor's tonal envelope." Frank van Herk, writing in de Volkskrant (Amsterdam), asserted that "...[Jackson] has an old-fashioned, warm-woolly sound, and a feeling for melodic lines that take their time in unfolding." He has been mentioned in the DownBeat Critics Poll in the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone category. Recordings are available on Delmark and Clean Feed Records.

Shane Parish (Ahleuchatistas), Michael Libramento (Coconut Cake, Natalie Prass, Grace Potter), & Jacob Rodriguez (Michael Buble) will interpret folklore, gospel, and blues music in a late-Coltrane-esqe exploratory improvised context.
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Jul
20
Friday

Plankeye Peggy & Battery Powered Hooker Boots: 8-bit Brawl



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8

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Jul
21
Saturday
The Mothlight Presents...

Shannon and the Clams **AT THE GREY EAGLE**

w/ Paint Fumes, The Power

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15adv / $17

Tickets, please
PC_Worship
Jul
21
Saturday

PC Worship

w/ MANAS (Tashi Dorji & Thom Nguyen)

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8adv/ $10

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witch-mountain
Jul
23
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Witch Mountain

w/ Royal Thunder, Almuten

9pm - $Free!

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Jul
24
Tuesday

PrettyPretty (Album Release Show!)

w/ Fashion Bath

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $Free!

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Jul
25
Wednesday

Bit Brigade (performing live soundtrack to Zelda)

w/ OBSiDEONEYE

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8

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Jul
26
Thursday

Adrienne Ammerman

w/ Rooster (Annie Myers and Erin Kinard), Kelly White

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

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Jul
27
Friday
The Mothlight & The Grey Eagle Present...

Alex Cameron **AT THE GREY EAGLE**

w/ Jackie Cohen

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $13adv / $15

Tickets, please
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Jul
27
Friday

The Resonant Rogues

w/ Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8adv/ $10

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Jul
28
Saturday

Tina and Her Pony

w/ Wildeyes

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm / Seated Show - $8adv / $10

Tickets, please
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Jul
29
Sunday
Stella Blue Presents...

Weedeater

w/ ZEKE, Sierra

Doors 8pm - $15adv / $18

Tickets, please
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Jul
30
Monday
Charlie Traveler Presents...

Black Milk (backed by live band!

w/ Beat Life

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $15

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Jul
31
Tuesday

Long Neck

w/ Fern Mayo, BEX, Bad Molly

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

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Aug
01
Wednesday

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

w/ The Secret B-Sides

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Aug
02
Thursday

The Love Language

w/ Moon Racer, KONVOI

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Aug
03
Friday

Pansy Fest 2018



Doors 6:30, Show 7pm - $5 - $10 suggested

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Aug
04
Saturday

Joan of Arc

w/ Curt Castle, Nathanael Jordan

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
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Aug
05
Sunday
Concerts For Human Harmony Presents...

Pan African Music Extravaganza



7pm - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Aug
06
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Livingdog

w/ MJ Lenderman, Wes Tirey

9pm - $Free!

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Aug
08
Wednesday

Orgatroid

w/ Mason Self, Vasillus, No Eyes

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

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Aug
09
Thursday

Landing

w/ Gardener

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $7

Tickets, please
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Aug
10
Friday

Deakin (of Animal Collective)

w/ Highlife

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
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Aug
13
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

BIG UPS

w/ Maneka

9pm - $Free!

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Aug
16
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Collaboration)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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Aug
18
Saturday

The Moon & You *Big Band* plays Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Live!

w/ Lotion Princess

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10

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Aug
24
Friday

Monolord (Swedish Doom)

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Aug
29
Wednesday

Santoros

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Aug
30
Thursday

Diane Cluck

w/ Wes Swing with Yessirov

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Aug
31
Friday

JP Harris & The Tough Choices

w/ Hearts Gone South

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
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Sep
01
Saturday
Toneworthy Presents...

Heavy Mountain



Doors 6:30, Show 7:30 - $10adv / $15

Tickets, please
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Sep
02
Sunday

Gringo Star

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8adv/ $10

Tickets, please
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Sep
05
Wednesday

Deaf Wish

w/ Nest Egg

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8adv / $10

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Sep
08
Saturday

Hovvdy

w/ Locals TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

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wiegedood
Sep
09
Sunday

Wiegedood

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Sep
11
Tuesday

Richard Buckner

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

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Sep
15
Saturday

Frankie Cosmos

w/ Lomelda, Stef Chura

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $16adv/ $18

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Sep
20
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Education)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

Tickets, please
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Sep
24
Monday
"An Evening With"

William Fitzsimmons



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $18adv/ $20

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Sep
25
Tuesday

Mothers

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

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Sep
27
Thursday

Olivia Gatwood (Spoken Word/Poet)

w/ Joaquina Mertz

Doors 7pm, Seated Show, All Ages - $12adv / $15

Tickets, please
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Sep
29
Saturday

Ohmme

w/ Ahleuchatistas

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Sep
30
Sunday

SALES

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15adv / $17

Tickets, please
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Oct
08
Monday

Phil Cook



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $15

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Oct
16
Tuesday

White Denim

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

Tickets, please
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Oct
17
Wednesday

Natalie Prass

w/ Stella Donnelly

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Oct
18
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Disguises)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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Oct
19
Friday
MC Chris performing MC Chris Is Dead in its entirety !

MC Chris

w/ Dual Core, LEX the Lexicon Artist

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $13adv / $15

Tickets, please
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Oct
24
Wednesday

Guerilla Toss

w/ Space Heater, Kreamy 'Lectric Santa

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Nov
03
Saturday

Slothrust

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Nov
15
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Beginnings)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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Dec
20
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Instincts)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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