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CHRISTINA LAROCCA w/ Dead Birds and Maybe April

  • Uncommon Ground (Edgewater) 1401 West Devon Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)


Soulful singer-songwriter and international touring LA-based artist, Christina LaRocca, brings a blend of Americana, alternative and soul to the table. A member of the Recording Academy, Christina switched coasts in 2014, and the now Los Angeles-based musician, found inspiration in her trek out west and influences from artists like Sheryl Crow, Lana Del Rey, Lauryn Hill, and Adele. 
 
Raised in an Italian family in New York City, and a descendent of professional musicians, Christina grew up surrounded by musicianship and quickly developed her voice to be one that commanded a room, with a side of take no bullshit swagger. LaRocca, a mover and shaker in the music business at-large as well as being an artist, founded L Rock Entertainment and has supported the careers of hundreds of artists. She’s been seen on stage with artists such as Billie Joe (Green Day), VV Brown, Rachel Platten and many others. She has also been seen performing with the famous Café Wha Band in NYC, folk artist Ryan Martin and hip hop artists, The Higher Concept which lead her to meeting Josh Glazer of J Glaze Productions who recorded her 3rd studio record in 2011, I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open.
 
Jump ahead to 2017, 3 years after Christina settles in Los Angeles, she records “Child of the Sun” and “I Am Only Human” with LA producer Robb Torres, adding a twist of Americana and alternative to her soulful sound. The 2-song EP was released on Nov 3 worldwide on all digital streaming platforms via The Orchard. Find all 4 of her commercial albums on a Spotify near you.


As Dead Birds, Chicago musician Erica Johnson writes songs that stem from people and places that have left their mark, songs of loss and hope. Weaving a blend of folk and Americana, acoustic and electric, her music draws from influences around the country. Erica is a member of the folk band Families and the indie band Qajaq, bringing her years of singing and writing to the forefront in this new musical project.


Maybe April is a country Americana trio made up of Katy Bishop, Kristen Castro, and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, AR, Simi Valley, CA, and Chicago, IL, the three met in the summer of 2012 at a music industry camp in Nashville, TN and wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a GRAMMY week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, and have played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. Maybe April is recognized for their three-part harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs, and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound. Just like their harmonies, Alaina, Katy, and Kristen are a perfect fit. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.