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ARTS FISHING CLUB w/ Evan Thompson

  • Uncommon Ground (Lakeview) 3800 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60613 United States (map)
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Arts Fishing Club makes their musical berth in Nashville, TN and travels primarily throughout the midwest and east coast.  Their sound blends modern indie-folk (Gregory Alan Isakov, The Head and the Heart, and Jose Gonzales) with classic 90s jam bands (Dave Matthews Band, Phish, OAR) to create a unique take on acoustic rock that will make you dance one moment and search your soul the next.  In addition to the above influences, AFC has been compared to Edward Sharpe, Jack Johnson, Ray Lamontagne, and Kaleo. 

After completing a 1,600 mile 60+ show walking tour from Maine to Nashville as one of The Walking Guys (Google us!), Christopher Kessenich (guitar/vox) has been focusing on piecing together the members of Arts Fishing Club.  He met Matt Siffert (bass) in spring 2016 at songwriters campfire.  The two took to each others’ songwriting and began meeting to workshop songs.  Then in late July, Kessenich was introduced to Peter Eddins (Keys) who landed in Nashville after completion of his Movie Scoring and Composition degree from Berkelee School of Music.  The three began playing shows together and everything clicked.  

Arts Fishing Club next album is due to be released mid-2018.  Be on the lookout for more exciting things coming your way! 


Evan Thompson credits the album Room For Squares by John Mayer as the initial inspiration for his love of songwriting, but his lifelong admiration of folk and country artists like James Taylor, John Denver, and Alison Krauss is at the heart of his introspective, acoustic style. 

Evan moved to Nashville in the summer of 2012 seeking inspiration from the community of songwriters unique to the Nashville music scene. Two years later, he released his EP "A Little Hurt" produced by Grammy nominated producer Todd Lombardo (Jerry Douglas, Patty Loveless).