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Fifty50Shows presents a fundraiser for Hope For The Day
The Evening Attraction
Sun · May 27, 2018
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm1st Ward at Chop Shop
$7.00 - $10.00
This event is all ages
FIFTY50 is a promotion concept based in Chicago where proceeds are divided among performing acts and the rest is donated to nonprofits. Dedicating ourselves to work with nonprofits such as Hope For The Day across the span of 2018, we will garner proceeds to then donate in bulk to the organizations. Hope For The Day is a nonprofit organization achieving proactive suicide prevention through outreach and mental health education.
FIFTY50 Site: https://www. fifty50shows.com/
Hope For The Day Site: https://www.hftd.org/
Beach Bunny’s music is heavily inspired by both surf-pop and indie music explaining, “The slang term ‘Beach Bunny’ often means a female surfer so I thought the name tied to the music really well.” She already has big hopes for the future but tentative plans of touring the West Coast this upcoming summer. She shared some insight, “I have really big unrealistic plans for the future. I don’t like the idea of small “short-term” goals because I feel like they limit you as an artist and they aren’t as compelling… I hope to get studio recordings for future releases, tour the west coast, form a full band, and coordinate some shows with more influential people in the music scene.”
. The young Chicagoan has always had a passion for music and has been singing for as long as she can remember, but fell in love with music when she was twelve years old. “Growing up I was influenced heavily by 60s and 70s rock introduced to me by my dad for the majority of my young life. I also really loved Elvis in my earliest years. However, by high school I had tuned into the indie/alternative scene and became obsessed with Marina and the Diamonds and how empowering, poetic, and relatable were lyrics were” Beach Bunny said.
After producing music with her friend, Rachel Vorgrich, who appears in Fingers x Crossed, the twenty-year-old went from Lili to Beach Bunny almost overnight and decided to start focusing on her music career, thus the birth of her first EP, ANIMALISM. Beach Bunny’s inspiration for ANIMALISM was drawn from her then emotional state and used her music to soothe her soul. Beach Bunny said, “I always knew I wanted to write my own material however I never had the means or drive till I entered college. Being surrounded by talented people involved in the Chicago DIY scene my freshmen year at DePaul, helped me have the confidence to pursue a career in music and continue to write above all else.”
After releasing ANIMALISM, she performed at dozens of venues, but shared that her favorite place to perform (so far) is the Ashbary Coffee House in Willow Springs, “the venue is very quirky and laid back and the turnout is often amazing. Ashbury also brings out an audience I normally wouldn’t reach in the city which is really helpful for me. For bigger venues I really loved playing the beat kitchen because the sound system was hella nice.”
In August 2016, Beach Bunny released her second EP, POOL PARTY, which includes five songs. With over 700 likes on Facebook, merchandise available for purchase, and several upcoming shows, it might be safe to say that Beach Bunny’s future goals could happen sooner than she expects.
She explained that she definitely plans on touring the world, selling out stadiums, breaking charts, and making a positive influence on the world. “I truly believe that if you make your dream your life, there is no way you can fail with that kind of long-term consistently. I try to focus on goals ten, twenty, thirty years from now. Looking that far ahead into the unknown is what motivates me the most...Currently my dream place to perform would be at Lollapalooza because it represents such a pinnacle of success in Chicago. Lots of my favorite bands have inspired me through their Lolla shows and I hope I would be able to do the same for someone else.” Beach Bunny said.
Beach Bunny’s summed up the interview with, “For other girls, or really anyone who wants to sing, produce, write, whatever your dream may be, please pursue it without hesitation. We are constantly conditioned by society to settle but at the end of the day you only get this one life to experience and doing something you love is so much more valuable than making lots of money or having a consistent job. It doesn’t matter what your passion is, there is money in everything, so listen to your soul song and you will find success. The only person that is stopping you from living the life you want to lead is yourself. When you find your passion it’s important that you recognize the obstacles ahead. It may take many years before you achieve your goals but through practicing consistency and staying motivated it’s only a matter of time. Above all else, take criticism but do not let others tell you, you are unworthy of pursuing your aspirations. Stay true to yourself. Manifest your destiny. Spread peace and love wherever you go. If you can conceive it, you can do it.”
The Chicago Bop-Rock four-piece made their debut in 2014 with a 10 track LP, Almost Desperate. Over the course of the next three years, Miles Malin, Paul Ansani, Nick Tumminello, Joey Abaroa - affectionately known as TEA, would release 4 singles, including The Kids Don’t Care, a 45” vinyl release on boutique Dallas label Classic Waxxx Records in the summer of 2016.
In the company of Twin Peaks and Post Animal, TEA has thrived in the deep-rooted DIY scene. Regularly playing every major venue in Chicago, TEA has opened for national touring acts including The Mystery Lights, Seratones, Little Green Cars, Night Beats, & The Nude Party. They made their SXSW debut in March 2017.
TEA’s recordings echo the harmonic structure of their favorite 60’s Rock and Roll groups, such as The Beach Boys and The Zombies. A vast influence from seducing Bebop era Jazz, Daptone Soul, to 60’s fuzzy garage riffs creates TEA’s formula of Rock and Roll that will make you swing, bop and bang your head. These boys’ brand of music is their expression of what they believe Rock and Roll should sound like in 2018.
After picking up the guitar (and learning how to properly play with the help of his father Ben), Ian began crafting songs of his own. His first recording was done when he was eight years old, and was inspired by a joke his grandpa told him, “about a pickle that was bought for a nickel, and ultimately was freed getting struck by a train.”
Several years passed, and so did several bands. In 2014, Ian’s group at the time fell apart as the drummer (who had been with him for many years prior) moved to Washington State. Ruhala was pretty much band-less, for the months following. Later that year, Ian went through another tug of the heart strings, SPLITTING up with his girlfriend of nearly two years. Although being truly bummed; amidst this he felt an immense amount of inspiration.
Ruhala decided to take matters into his own hands. Solo artists like, M. Ward, Mac DeMarco, and Ty Segall fueled Ian’s idea to begin recording at home AND WORKING WITH THE BAND INSIDE HIS OWN HEAD. In the beginning, he had very little knowledge and equipment. A couple of quarter inch-to-USB cables, and free recording software. It was during this time, in the storage room of his parent’s house though, that HALA was born.
After graduating high school near the top of his class, and releasing three EP's throughout the year, Ian and his live band, consisting of: JJ Stanbury (bass), Zachary Gagnier (lead guitar), and Elton Defrance (drums), journeyed to the country of Brazil for their first tour ever, in August of 2015.
The tour played a pivotal role in Ruhala’s life; spending a couple of weeks on the road in a country where he didn’t even know his songs were being played. The band had little experience as a whole, and at the start wasn't sure if the tour would even be a success, with that being said, it was.
The day after the tour completed, Ian Ruhala left for his first semester of college.
Despite doing well in his classes, Ian was not adjusting to the college life. The music bug had bitten him and was not letting go.
During this time Ruhala composed nearly sixty songs, some ending up on his release entitled, 'Beach Boys,' (recorded from his dorm at Central Michigan University), and others being saved for the right time.
After only one semester of college, the right time came, and HALA decided to take a break from school to focus on music and recording his proper debut.
Craving the city life, and a change of pace Ian moved to Detroit, to a house his bandmates had been renting. Living in the attic of a hoMe that was built one-hundred and two years ago, where he could see only a funeral home and The Motown Museum outside of his window, HALA began recording his first proper release, 'Spoonfed.'
As the cold winter air leaked through the cracks of the walls Ian tracked ten songs in about a month. Most days Ian wouldn't eat until well into the night, being so raveled up in his recordings. Ian explains that the songs are a compilation of the thoughts and feelings he has had experiencing the journeys that come with tour life, love, family, and most importantly dealing with the pressures people feed you as a person. To Ruhala, each song on 'Spoonfed,' is like a journal entry in a life that has been anything but ordinary throughout the past couple of years.
Get your bowls, and a spoon, this Indie singer/songwriter says, "breakfast is served."
1st Ward at Chop Shop
2033 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60647