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BADASS LIBRARIANS w/ Ben Hollis (of Wild Chicago)

  • Uncommon Ground (Lakeview) 3800 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60613 United States (map)

Badass Librarians

Ben Hollis (of Wild Chicago)



Badass Librarians are an acoustic rock duo featuring musicians John Siegle and Erin Brush. John’s masterful rock ‘n roll guitar riffs, and Erin’s steady rhythm guitar and percussion, back-up their vocal harmonies in an eclectic mix of classic and alternative rock tunes ranging from The Beatles and Kinks to Jack White and Cage the Elephant, with several of John’s own originals mixed in. John Siegle has an impressive history in the Chicago music scene, starting with his band The Screams in the 70’s, The Insiders in the 80’s and 90’s, Mike Jordan and the Rockamatics, and various other Chicago bands throughout his musical career. Erin is a classically trained pianist and singer turned rock bassist and acoustic guitarist. She plays regularly on the North Shore with John in a couple of different bands. When they’re not rocking the band scene, they unplug as the Badass Librarians and together they’ve taken their acoustic interpretations of a wide and varied selection of rock songs and made them uniquely their own. Instagram: @badass_librarians


Ben Hollis is best known as the pith-helmeted, khaki clad original host and co-creator of WTTW’s hit show Wild Chicago . More recently, Ben has written and performed his musical memoir around town: “How The Beatles Nearly Ruined My Life – and David Bowie Saved It” (also known as “Ben’s WILD Story”)  With musical support from John Siegle. It runs again May 26 and 27 at the Skokie Theatre.

With eight EMMYS to his credit for producing and hosting excellence, Ben Hollis has been a fixture on the Chicago television scene since 1989. But before Ben had ever picked up a mike to interview people on TV he was singing and writing songs in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York and L.A. His debut CD, Live Your Life , produced by Tim Tobias on Beachaus Records, has garnered enthusiastic critical acclaim and local airplay. John Siegle plays on the CD too.