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THE EARLY SIXES w/ Michael J. Foxxy, The Distant Brothers - 8pm | $10

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


The Early Sixes are an American acoustic driven folk-pop ensemble forged in the heart of Chicago. The band was formed in 2012, naturally evolving from friendships into musical partnerships in basements, apartments and bars across Chicagoland. The Early Sixes take a collaborative and hands-on approach to songwriting and recording, with every member contributing to the creative process. Tracks typically stem from a traditional singer-songwriter foundation, blending folk and pop into an exploration of a story or idea expanded through the lens of the group and developed into a layered composition influenced by each member’s diverse musical style and sensibilities.

The Early Sixes are Matt Charoenrath (vocals, guitar), Sam Zuba (bass, vocals), Nate Meyer (cello), Dan Zuba (guitar), Ben Peterson (piano, guitar), Ben Zuba (percussion) and Brad Witmer (Drums). With a stripped-down but high-energy acoustic sound, the band will often perform live with different variations of the core lineup.

Having successfully paid their dues making the rounds of the Chicago open-mic circuit four years ago, the members of Distant Brothers are wrapping up the recording of their first full-length studio album in 2016.

Distant Brothers began performing as a duo between Dan Beirne (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukelele) and Ryan Burns (banjo, mandolin, guitar) at Logan Square’s Gallery Cabaret. A desire for percussion gave way to Tommy Grevlos (drums, djembe) joining the group, while they entertained a variety of monikers for the band including “The Distance Boys,” which was quickly abandoned.

Some months later, while seeking to break further into the Chicago music scene, Matt Cefalu (guitar and bass), a mutual friend of Dan’s, approached the band to offer assistance in gig booking, as well as rounding out the roster with some electric bass. After their first rehearsal as a four-piece group, it was clear that group of four distinct voices was a match meant to be.

One six-song EP, two separate singles, and many Chicago shows later, the band finds itself continuing to evolve musically and philosophically, while maintaining the core values collectively instilled upon them: searching for truth within their artistic composition and bringing people together with their music.

Earlier Event: November 22