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LIZ AND THE LOVELIES is the band of singer/songwriter Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia. Moving to Chicago in the winter of 2013 by train with 4 bags and 2 guitars, Liz immersed herself into the Chicago music scene, releasing her debut record "People Pumping Pedals" in 2014 under CAU Dog Records. In 2015, she released the EP "Otter Hill", an intimate recording of 5 songs about her family and home life in Virginia. Her songs received recognition by NPR's Newsong Songwriting Competition as the 2014 Mid-west Finalist, Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist in 2015, and a New-Song Songwriter Competition Finalist in 2016.
Her music inspired the talent of close friends and family to create the indie folk rock group LIZ AND THE LOVELIES. The Lovelies include Lewis Rawlinson (vocals, cello), Zach Finch (drums), Mike Fletcher (bass) and Alex Chidester (vocals, mandolin).
They released their first EP 'Progress into Simplicity' in 2017. It was nominated for Best Roots EP in the 2018 Independent Music Awards in NYC, and recently competed as one of the final four bands at the Brooklyn Bowl in the 9th Annual Silver Sound Showdown in 2018.
Liz lives in Chicago, IL as a teaching artist at Old Town School of Folk Music. She is a critically acclaimed actor and singer.
Martin & Mild is a Chicago-based band comprised of actor/musicians Patrick Martin & Christine Mild. Focused on tight, inventive harmonies and bold takes on classic songs with an alternative country/bluegrass/rock feel, they’ve performed all over Chicago both as a duo and as a full band, featuring other musicians from Chicago’s rock and theatre scene.