SATURDAY - AMERICANA MUSIC FEST

SATURDAY - AMERICANA MUSIC FEST

Actions and Detail Panel

$25

Date and time

Location

THE VENUE

21-23 South Broadway

Aurora, IL 60505

View map

Refund policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

SATURDAY - AMERICANA MUSIC FEST at The Venue!

About this event

The Venue is pleased to present American Fest - a 3 day outdoor musical extravaganza with Chicagoland's favorite Roots and Americana Music artists, August 12, 13 & 14.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13: Doors open at 5

6pm - Make it a Double

7pm - Big Sadie

8pm - Dick Smith

9:15pm - May Erlewine

Advance General Admission - $25

+$5 door

Bring Your Own Chair or Blanket. *This is a rain or shine outdoor concert.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Make it a Double - Mark Frystak (Vocals/Guitar) and Hayley Skreens (Vocals/Banjo) form the duo Make it a Double. Reinventing their favorite tunes alongside heartfelt originals, they offer a sound that showcases their spirits as singers while remaining true to their acoustic instrumental roots as well.

Former frontman of the bluegrass band Close Enough, Mark Frystak provides a driving, steadfast rhythm on his Martin D-28 while embracing the role of lead vocalist. Instilled with a rich love for singing and strumming at an early age, Frystak's warm tone and precision are tirelessly evident in his playing. With influences ranging from the Grateful Dead to Baroque Classical to Newgrass, today he finds himself at home in the bluegrass/folk world centralized in the Fox Valley.

Singer, writer, and multi-instrumentalist Hayley Skreens is happy to be rooted in the Fox Valley area as well after traveling full time with Under the Willow from 2012-2016. Her unmistakably soulful voice shines whether she is playing banjo, piano, bass, or anything else she can get her hands on. Having shared bills with acts such as Jeff Austin, Jason Isbell, Fruition, Old Shoe, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Shook Twins and SHEL, she is a true music lover at heart.

In addition to original music, influences include Tony Rice, John Prine, Widespread Panic, Little Feat, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Bela Fleck, NewGrass Revival, Sierra Ferrell, Billy Strings, Grateful Dead, Lefty Frizzell, Henhouse Prowlers, John Hartford, Hot Rize, Bryan Sutton, David Bowie, Prince, & countless more.

Big Sadie - Big Sadie is a Chicago-based acoustic band fronted by Elise Bergman (upright bass, vocals) and Collin Moore (guitar, vocals). Defined by rich, intricate harmonies and rustic yet sophisticated instrumental arrangements, Big Sadie takes a modern yet timeless approach to American roots music.

Bergman and Moore both grew up surrounded by music. With roots spanning from the Midwest to the heart of Appalachia, their sound honors their heritage and is inspired by the rich musical histories of these places. Chicago native Bergman brings a solid blues and folk influence to the group while Moore is firmly planted in the bluegrass and old-time he started playing as a boy in the hills of East Tennessee. Bergman was trained in classical and jazz piano and started playing guitar and writing songs in early high school. Moore began learning tunes at a young age from his mother, an accomplished fiddler and ballad singer, and went on to play guitar, bass, and mandolin with various bluegrass bands in Tennessee and Montana. Since first teaming up in 2005, Bergman and Moore have collaborated with numerous string players and toured the Midwest, Southeast, and Northwest United States as a duo and as members of other projects.

In early 2015, Bergman and Moore began playing with Andy Malloy, a native Oklahoman and mainstay of Chicago’s vibrant bluegrass scene, and Matt Brown, a Pennsylvania-raised multi-instrumentalist and instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music. After a series of collaborations, Malloy and Brown officially joined Big Sadie in mid-2016. With the addition of Malloy’s energetic and inventive banjo playing and Brown’s masterful fiddling, Big Sadie is quickly gaining recognition for their compelling songwriting, skillful playing, and dynamic live performance.

With the ability to move seamlessly between traditional and original, the versatile band is equally at home on a festival stage, in an auditorium hall, accompanying a dance, busking on a sidewalk, passing tunes around a circle, or in an intimate rock club. Big Sadie has opened for acts ranging from country-music legend Marty Stuart to pop and indie-rock outfit Wild Belle.

May Erlewine - One of the Midwest’s most prolific and passionate songwriters, Erlewine has a gift for writing songs of substance that feel both fresh and soulfully familiar. Her ability to emotionally engage with an audience has earned her a dedicated following far beyond her Michigan roots. She shows us her heartbreak, but she also shows us her empowered and emboldened spirit. In her quest to find her most authentic self, Erlewine gifts each listener with a powerful, emotional experience that immediately connects us.

Raised in a home full of art and music, Erlewine began writing songs at a very young age. As a teenager she hitchhiked across the country, honing her skills as a performer and absorbing the kind of stories and landscapes that would inform her music. Her songs show a very real connection and concern with everyday folk. In the following years, Erlewine would perform in every kind of venue imaginable, from street corners to festival stages to the live airwaves of A Prairie Home Companion.

Erlewine draws from a wide variety of influences to create her sound. Lyrically, her songs are rooted in hard-wrought wisdom, joy and sorrow, simplicity, and stories from her own everyday experiences. Musically, these messages are wrapped up in traditional folk roots, Americana, old-time country swing, soul, and even rock and pop sensibilities. As a live performer, she is just as magnetic playing solo acoustic songs at a living room house concert as she is when supported by her carefully chosen backing bands.

With a long list of full-length albums, two EPs, and numerous collaborations, Erlewine’s catalog is proof of her creative power. Her work has been spotlighted by Rolling Stone and NBC’s The Voice. National acts who have covered her songs include Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Sawyer Fredericks (Season 8 winner of The Voice), Joshua Davis (Season 8 finalist of The Voice), Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, and others.

Erlewine uses her music as a platform for positive change. She considers her job a service-oriented one and carries the torch of the folk-singer activist. Her voice on stage encourages connectedness and stresses the importance of environmental advocacy, social justice, creative empowerment and community building as necessary work for all of us.

Erlewine’s music has touched people all over the world. Her words have held solace for weary hearts, offered a light in the darkness, and held space for the pain and joy of being alive in these times. She is a true artist, an anthem, and another example of why we need to listen to women. We need to hear these stories. When she starts to sing, there’s no way around it: The time is now.

Share with friends

Save This Event

Event Saved