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Preview: The 2nd Annual Hideout Harmonica Hoedown @ The Hideout 2/17

harmonicahoedown.jpgThere are so many ways to describe Chicago using the "descriptor + town" formula, that it's almost a pointless cliche to even try. Chicago is a blues town, it's a jazz town, it's a comedy town, it's an anything town. We get it. But get specific enough, and things start to get a little more interesting. Did it occur to anyone, for example, that Chicago is also a thriving harmonica town?

Well, it is, and there's a concert this Sunday at The Hideout to help you understand why.

The Hideout presents its second annual Harmonica Hoedown concert this Sunday, featuring performances from Chicago-area harpists Joe Filisko, James Conway, Bob Kessler, and special guests.

Filisko, Conway, and Kessler have each won significant respect in the harmonica world as virtuosic players, historians, and instructors. Filisko, for example, is largely credited with compiling some of the first authoritative guidelines on harmonica playing and technique--something that had never existed previously, despite the instrument's long history in American music. Conway, on the other hand is an active local musician known for playing in the Celtic power trio The Boils, in addition to teaching courses at The Old Town School of Folk Music and other places. Kessler is a versatile harmonica player trained by jazz musicians and capable of playing much more himself.

The harmonica is such a simple, tiny instrument, but it fits well into a variety of genres--and hearing it played well has the potential to induce unexpected "that's-a-harmonica!?" types of reactions. Watch Conway perform a cover of Neil Young's "For the Turnstiles" below, for an example:

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The Hideout Harmonica Hoedown is this Sunday at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm, and tickets are $10. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. The show is 21+.

 

Dean Odin / February 22, 2013 2:11 PM

For the love of all things holy, keep "Buzz" Kilman off the premises!!

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