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NYE with JC Brooks Band, Nashon Holloway, DJ Ayana Contreras
Emporium Arcade Bar
Chicago, IL
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NYE with JC Brooks Band, Nashon Holloway, DJ Ayana Contreras
NEW YEARS EVE // 12.31.2017 // 21+


JC Brooks Band
You know youre not just another indie soul band when your city sends you halfway around the world to showcase the sound of 21st century Chicago. Or when the mayor of Chicago personally invites you to play his inauguration concert or calls you to entertain foreign dignitaries. The JC Brooks Band came from humble beginnings, dreaming about getting the cool kids to shake it at the Empty Bottle and since have collected a wide range of fans around the globe. Wilcos Jeff Tweedy befriended the post-punk soul group after they scored a viral hit with their amped-up re-imagining of his song I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, performing it with them at Chicagos Park West and inviting them to appear at Wilcos Solid Sound Festival alongside heavy hitters such as Sonic Youths Thurston Moore and the Bands Levon Helm. Jake Johnson and Aubrey Plaza appeared in a music video with them. The taste-making crate diggers at the Numero Group were impressed enough by the bands take-no-prisoners live show to include them in their Eccentric Soul Revue, where they had the pleasure of collaborating with the spectacular Syl Johnson. The JC Brooks Band has shared stages with a staggering array of artists, from legends like Robert Plant, Buddy Guy, and Chicago, to indie faves Peter Bjorn & John and the Dismemberment Plan, and soul stirrers Fitz & the Tantrums, Sharon Jones, Lisa Loeb, Lee Fields, and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens.
Erupting with raw emotion, JC Brooks unleashes his soulful shouts and heart wrenching falsetto over the relentless rhythm of guitarist Alec Lehrman, drummer Kevin Marks, bassist Theodore Berry IV, keyboardist Jeremy Tromberg and percussionist-extraordinaire, JoVia Armstrong. JC Brooks and his band are a force to be reckoned with, leading the Chicago Tribune to call them the real deal and MOJO Magazine identifying them as one of the hottest US soul acts, while the New York Times praised their neo-soul glory and the Onion AV Club declared their first album relentlessly catchy. Its live, its compelling, its now, its theatrical. So theatrical, in fact, that they were tapped to star in the critically-acclaimed run of the Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.
After a hiatus they are now preparing for the long-anticipated release of their Rock Ridge Music debut, The Neon Jungle, and this band is a sleeping dragon awakened from hibernation and hungry. Whether theyre wowing crowds in the US, Canada, or Europe, the JC Brooks Band has toured, warred, scored, and theyre not to be ignored. Bear witness, for theyre on the move and theyre ready to make you dance by any means necessary.

Nashon Holloway
Equally at home in jazz, soul and folk music
Soul, jazz singer-songwriter, Nashon Holloway, is true. Be it her accomplished skill as a solo guitarist and vocalist, her intimate unplugged jazz sessions or her accredited funk and rock band, Holloway's presence invites listeners to feel free, to heal, and to participate. Performance credits include features on The Oprah Winfrey Show with David Foster, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Taste of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Nashon is a one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter with a warm, earthy and edgy style. See her website for more details, and look for her album The Palace & the Hut now available on iTunes!

DJ Ayana Contreras (Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo)
DJ Ayana Contreras hosts Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo 91.1FM (sister station to WBEZ). On her radio show, she works to document the narratives, history, and cultural significance of the music scene in 20th Century Chicago. She's also a producer on "Sound Opinions", which airs on WBEZ and over 100 public radio stations nationwide.


Emporium Arcade Bar (View)
1366 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
United States


Music > Blues
Music > Funk
Music > Punk
Music > R&B
Music > Rock
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Emporium Arcade Bar Venue
On BPT Since: Oct 16, 2013
(773) 697-7922

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