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8:30pm. Proof of COVID vaccination is required upon entry.

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You might call Angela James’ voice arresting. Her rich, crooning style is clearly inspired by singers from her upbringing in Tennessee; names like Hazel Dickens and Neko Case aren’t far-reaching comparisons. James’ fourth album, Now That I Have You, is an embrace and celebration of a new phase of life as an artist and comes as a special-edition double LP along with her second full-length album Time Will Tell (2016), finally seeing a proper release six years later. Time Will Tell was replete with questions of how one balances caregiving and creativity- Now That I Have You provides the answers and is a triumphant return to James' strengths as a songwriter and performer.

Now That I Have You started as a way to slowly explore songwriting while balancing caregiving duties for a family member with dementia and James’ young daughter. “Creating was a way to stay sane in the midst of loss and exhaustion,” James explains. This process guided her to the realization that she was still growing artistically in unexpected ways- empathy and creativity were evolving together. These songs poured out over the course of a year and during the pandemic lockdown she sent them blindly and confidently to producer and multi-instrumentalist David Vandervelde (Father John Misty, Jay Bennett) who immediately started reworking the arrangements with Angela as co-producer; Vandervelde pushed her closer to her americana roots while maintaining spaciousness and the spirit of experimentation and collaboration of her previous records.

Alta Vista will open the show. The new collaborative trio from guitarist Chet Zenor, drummer Andy Danstrom, and bassist Jakob Heinemann, Alta Vista bends and breaks the traditions of Americana music, creating dense atmospheres and vast open spaces. Unearthing songs from a near century-old book of obscure and mostly unrecorded folk tunes, the trio remains rooted in the timeless themes and emotions of its songs while adapting them to the contemporary world.

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3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL, 60618

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