DOWN THE LINE at the Pike Room

FRIDAY JULY 23, 2010
doors at 8pm
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)

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Chicago’s Down The Line continues to demonstrate that you don’t need electricity to generate real power. Their music delivers mighty hooks and harmonies within smart writing and truly shining vocals. It’s an acoustic mix—guitar, mandolin, violin, harmonica and djembe, driven by a lone-electric bass—that the Chicago Sun-Times praised as “an organic blend of rollicking pop.” The group prefers to describe their sound more simply: acoustic pop. (Although when pressed, they explain, “If The Cars had kids with Fleetwood Mac, well, they’d probably sound like us.”) However you label them, Down The Line creates music that’s pure, unique and unforgettable. Down The Line has earned a reputation for intense, energetic performances that feature unparalleled live vocals—a reputation that has secured them a place on tour with legendary acts including Peter Frampton, America, Ben Folds and others. Richard Milne of Chicago’s WXRT Radio exclaimed, “These guys can sing, they can play, and they can light up a stage!” In 2010 Down The Line released Open The Door, a stirring EP of new originals. The band took advantage of their recording sessions in Nashville—indulging in plenty of world-class BBQ and working with a talented, new team including producer Glenn Rosenstein (Ziggy Marley), mixer George Massenburg (Lyle Lovett, Dixie Chicks), and percussionist Chad Cromwell (Neil Young). Open The Door is an intense reminder that bold acoustic music can be downright electrifying. They are not to be missed.

 

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