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High Up

High Up

The Claudettes, Nest

Wed · February 15, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

High Up
High Up
High Up singer Christine Fink moved to Omaha to be closer to her sister, notable singer songwriter Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, etc.) back in 2012. Down South in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Christine had been known to exercise her theatrical roots at the the local karaoke bars - and to great effect. The first time Orenda saw Christine sing at Sheffield’s Old Town Tavern her jaw dropped as she watched her sister bring the house down. After a few years in Omaha, Orenda noticed that Christine brought the house down no matter where she was singing karaoke- with people of all ages lining up to buy her drinks and even give her requests to sing their favorite soul songs. But Christine was depressed, feeling aimless, shuffling between minimum wage jobs, and the thrill of the weekend performances wore off quickly.

One night, the two began to talk about the future, and Orenda insisted that Christine should try and do what makes her happiest- perform for people. After much discussion, they decided to start High up, a collaboration mixing elements of punk and soul that showcased Christine’s powerful vocals and Orenda’s seasoned songwriting. The band draws from a wide variety of influences- from Janis Joplin and Sam Cooke to Dead Kennedys, from Screaming Jay Hawkins to Velvet Underground- and blends the genres to create a frenetic live show and sound that is at once classic and fresh.
The Claudettes
The Claudettes
"Brother Ray meets the Ramones…Chopin meets Minutemen." So ventured Tony Sarabia of WBEZ radio (Chicago NPR) as he took at stab at describing the band in the studio with him. The Claudettes fuse Windy City piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk, jazz-age echoes of burlesque and vaudeville and the sultriness of '60s pop-soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music. Group founder Johnny Iguana mashes the piano alongside singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Matt Torre. Johnny, who toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is also a member of two Grammy-nominated groups: Chicago Blues--A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. He has toured or recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, James Cotton and more. In between legs of their fall tour, the Claudettes are heading to Soil of the South studio in Valdosta, GA in September to record a new album at the invitation of producer/wild-man Mark Neill (who helmed the Black Keys' "Brothers" plus albums by J. Roddy Walston, Paladins, Old 97's, J.D. McPherson, Los Straitjackets and more).
GREG KOT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE A revelatory blend of jazz and blues, stirred with punk brio. There are also dashes of classical and world music, and enough stops, starts and hairpin turns to suggest the giddiness of Raymond Scott's cartoon music...How do they do it?

JEFF ELBEL, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Chicago's premiere punk-blues piano-drums duo are back in high gear. Their fusion of sounds (ranges) from Otis Spann to the Minutemen and from Ray Charles to Raymond Scott…(and they) do wicked things to standards.

NEW CITY (CHICAGO) Definitely one you should be spinning…there's enough energy going on to power your average Third World airport…barreling, hyper-saloon piano banging…you have to hear it to believe it…Chicago's own neo-vaudeville barnstormers!

TONY SARABIA, WBEZ (CHICAGO NPR) Call it "Brother Ray Meets the Ramones," "Barrelhouse Thunder," "Chopin Meets the Minutemen"…or maybe, just call it great music.

DOWNBEAT Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and "Fess" Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!

BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE Like Keith Moon chasing a crazed, punked-up Little Richard… greasy rhythm and blues that makes the dance floor so slippery you need to sprinkle sawdust on the floor to keep from falling down…a great ride, one that'll leave you shaking and laughing and wanting more the next time this rowdy carnival comes to town.
Like its namesake bird home, Nest is greater than the sum of its skillfully thatched-together parts: finely tuned pop instincts à la The Smiths, fierce Sleater-Kinney–inspired vocals, and an unapologetic intimacy reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac.

After playing venues across Chicago for more than a year, the band has released its first EP, which is now available on bandcamp.

The recording features everything Nest does best:

Guitarist Tommy Owley brings jangly arpeggios and a unique picking style. Noah Vandercook's aggressive drumming demands your attention and drives every song. And Eric Unger carries insistent bass lines but keeps a melancholic edge.

Singer-guitarist Stephanie Maieritsch, who writes most of nest's songs, interprets her own diverse melodies with a powerful voice that lends a singular timbre to her poetic, heartfelt lyrics.

The band members met in early 2015 while working as concert producers, recording engineers, and equipment experts in Lincoln Square and Logan Square. Grounded in Chicago's rich indie rock past, they're intently focused on the city's musical present — and future.
Venue Information:
Chop Shop.
2033 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60647