DAY TWO Artists:

The Verve Pipe


The Verve Pipe has spent the better part of three decades in evolution, creating a sound that transcends genre and generation. It's a sound rooted in pop hooks, alt-rock guitars, and the sharp songwriting of front man Brian Vander Ark. A sound that's taken the band from the golden days of late-'90s modern rock — when The Verve Pipe enjoyed multi-platinum success with hits like "Photograph" and the chart-topping "The Freshmen" — to the rule-breaking creativity of the 2010s and beyond, an era that's found the band reinventing itself with each release.

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Lilly Hiatt

Rock / Country

Lilly Hiatt has been making music since she was 12 years old, when her father, acclaimed singer-songwriter John Hiatt, gave her her first guitar, a 1953 parlor-size Martin, and truly even before then. As the daughter of one of America’s leading songwriters, Lilly stands on her own two feet as a talented singer and gifted songwriter in her own right. With a strong country/roots rock influence, Hiatt's music is also steeped in tough, guitar-based rock, and her lyrics are unflinchingly personal missives about complicated relationships and the rocky side of life's road.

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Joe Pug

Singer-Songwriter / Folk

A singer-songwriter known for his lyrical acumen and plaintive harmonica style, Joe Pug dropped out of college and moved to Chicago where he worked as a carpenter before breaking into the city’s music scene. Since 2008 he has released a string of critically-acclaimed albums and toured heavily in the U.S. and abroad. Paste Magazine wrote of his music: “Unless your surname is Dylan, Waits, Ritter or Prine, you could face-palm yourself to death trying to pen songs half as inspired."

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Fox Crossing Stringband


Harmony is at the heart of their sound with a strong versatility that leans deep into tradition, then nimbly dives into modern tunes with a bluegrass twist. Fox Crossing Stringband showcases tight vocal harmonies and bluegrass instrumentation. “Fox Crossing Stringband, women from Chicago that know their brand and don’t shy away from it. They have that charming blend of sweet and strong that draws you in but demands respect.” ~ June Reedy, Grateful Web 2018

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Gerald Dowd


Boston-raised, Chicago braised drummer/singer/songwriter Gerald Dowd has been described as “the hardest working drummer in Chicago” (Richard Milne, WXRT), playing on over 100 albums, and averaging 150 live dates a year around the world.

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Eric O'Daly


If you're looking for music that will move you, challenge you and inspire you, then look no further than Eric O'Daly. A keen songwriter, O'Daly knows how to craft a beautiful ballad that will stay with you long after the song is over. But what really makes him stand out as a musician, vocalist and performer is his ability to connect with any audience. Whether he's singing about heartbreak or hope, love or loss, O’Daly’s music has a way of reaching inside your soul and resonating deeply.

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Naomi Ashley & Jon Williams


Chicago Americana singer-songwriter Naomi Ashley’s songs are intimate, plain-spoken and gorgeously sung. Lyrically layered and drawing from folk, blues and country traditions, they surge with the contradictory impulses of real, imperfect life. She is joined by accomplished multi-instrumentalist Jon Williams (Mountainaires, Hatstretchers). Together they co-produced Naomi’s 6th solo album Love Bug released on Valentine’s Day 2024.

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