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Ben Ricketts and Empty Atlas at Bishop Hill Creative Commons

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Bishop Hill Creative Commons

309 North Bishop Hill Street

Bishop Hill, Illinois 61419

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Seating is limited for this intimate performance!

Potluck starts at 6PM
Music starts at 7PM

All ages, family friendly
$10-20 Suggested Donation
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Ben Ricketts
https://benricketts.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwLax4eHNSw

"At his live shows, Ricketts incorporates the visual and the avant garde." - The Anniston Star

"The underground musician’s self-recorded and self-released psychedelic pop owes much to the warped legacy of Athens’ influential Elephant 6 artistic collective; recent releases, like February [2016]’s 'Laughing Moon I'/'Laughing Moon II' single, feature subtle pop songcraft willfully obscured by washed-out atmospherics." - Athens Flagpole

"A psychedelic dance party that the whole family can enjoy." - Dylan Van Zile (Captain Magma, Suicide Doors, fuzzytree)

"A soundscape of homemade noises and synthetic sounds powered by gut wrenching lyrics and unworldly harmonies, seeming completely out of place in the humid flatlands of Mississippi yet they somehow compliment one another. It's the millennial's 'Pet Sounds.'" - Cody Rogers (The Holy Ghost Electric Show, Suicide Doors)

"He constructs shelters made of bruised synth lines only to claw at the exteriors with dissonant beats." - The Equal Ground

"And with a style that covers diverse genres, styles, and a century worth of music, it's certain that what he comes up with next will be worth listening to." - The Daily Corinthian

Empty Atlas
https://emptyatlas.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNSP6VzNwC8

Mississippi is a state known for its storytellers. That certainly applies to its rich history of groundbreaking musicians, but not all of these fall in the realms of roots genres like blues and Americana, and not all of them are in the past.

Formed in central Mississippi in 2014, independent act Empty Atlas packs poignant narratives of personal growth and life experiences into gripping melodic indie-rock music.

Lyricist and vocalist Micah Smith fronts the outfit, which released its debut full-length album, “Hestia,” in December 2016, shortly before bassist Alex Ingram, guitarist Brennan Michael White and drummer Robert Currie Hansford joined the group.

Smith began writing “Hestia,” a follow-up to Empty Atlas’s 2014 double-EP, “Anniversary,” shortly after he and his wife married and moved into their first house, which inspired the central theme of the album – home, and what that concept can mean. However, “Hestia” steers clear of love songs entirely, opting instead for stories of self-discovery and human connection.

Empty Atlas is currently performing throughout their region to promote the album, while also preparing new material for a sophomore full-length.

The band has shared the stage with national touring acts such as Jared & the Mill, Broadside, Secret Stuff, Cardinal Sons, Ivadell, Hodera and Young Natives, and worked with producers such as Joe Causey (Colony House, Steven Curtis Chapman) and Eric Woolard (For a Season, Courier).

“Hestia” is available now on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and most digital music retailers.

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