Paradise Lost Reimagined with special guest Stephen Kohler

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Paradise Lost Reimagined with special guest Stephen Kohler


Jonathan Salem Baskin at SPACE in Evanston, IL // Doors: 630pm | Show: 730pm // Tickets: $12 - $20

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SPACE 1245 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Join an all-star band of Chicagoland musicians for a one-night only event as they reimagine John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost as a set of rock songs. Forget the lectures at school you did your best to avoid and think the Grateful Dead or Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers. The music will be at times beautiful, sad, frightening, and inspiring, but always have a good beat and be easy to dance to.

It will be a jam.

The album was conceived and written by Jonathan Salem Baskin. His last project was a musical about the Michelson-Morley experiment (known as the most important “failed” test in scientific history) which was workshopped at Beloit College and set to debut at The Athenaeum until COVID intervened.

More recently, he has written songs based on the poetry of John Donne, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and William Carlos Williams, among others. Baskin has been making music since the mid-1980s.

The Band:

Andrew Hollander-Urbach — Keyboards

Todd Rowan — Bass

Adam Whiteman — Drums/percussion

Ted Sofios — Lead guitar/vocals

Jonathan Salem Baskin — Lead vocals/rhythm guitar

Stephen Kohler

Growing up in a musical family, Stephen holds art and performance at his core. Inspired by everything from Abba to Van Halen to Ben Folds, Stephen loves to blend melodic hooks with a rhythmic punch. A multi-instrumentalist, over the past 30 years, Stephen has composed, recorded, and performed in numerous original Chicago-based pop/rock bands including Braintree, Bed, and the buzz-worthy Delusions of Grandeur with his good friend Steve Frisbie, playing the historic Metro, Lounge Ax, Double Door, Martyr's, Uncommon Ground, SPACE, and many others. Some of the well-loved musicians he has shared the stage with include Jason Narducy (Verbow, Bob Mould, Superchunk), Frisbie, Gerald Dowd, Nora O’Connor (The Flat Five, The Decemberists, Mavis Staples), and Aaron Whisnant (Albert Hill, Dezeray’s Hammer). In 2022, Stephen reached out to 5x Grammy-nominated producer, Liam Davis, and co-created the release of his first solo debut album, Daydream.

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