Old Shoe

Convertible Productions & The House Cafe Presents

Old Shoe

Useful Jenkins, Lunar Ticks

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Friday, February 23, 2018

7:00 pm


This event is all ages

Old Shoe
Old Shoe
Old Shoe is a five-piece Americana Roots Rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band's compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life.

The band's new album Family is not merely another notch in the belt for the Old Shoe, but is more so a poignant culmination of their growth and progress si...nce the last release in 2011. In just a little over two years, Old Shoe solidified their strong lineup with keyboardist/mandolinist/vocalist Joe Day and drummer Greg Fundis, rounded the Midwest festival circuit at high-profile events like Summer Camp and Wakarusa, opened for Grammy-award winning Bruce Hornsby, and even produced 3 consecutive installments of their own festival, Shoe Fest.

The all-original 13-track release showcases the band's diverse influences, ranging from bluegrass to prog-rock to jazz, with it all settling into a familiar comfort zone akin to one's favorite "old shoe." The album reaches new heights from previous releases with a star-studded guest roster featuring musicians from the Henhouse Prowlers, The Low Down Brass Band, and Chicago's production of The Jungle Book.
Lunar Ticks
Lunar Ticks
The debut, double EP, recorded with friends in our basement, features plenty of inventive segues, special guests, and tones ranging from cheery folk sing along, to frightening dissonant chaos. These two parts separately showcase our two loves; songs and improvisation.

Part one weaves in and out of richly textured, alt-pop, noise, folk, rock, and country songs. These quasi-satirical takes on popular music form and content are just slightly tweaked with oddball arrangements, subtle psychedelia, and a voice that can be both sarcastic, and sincere. Witty words shine through sing-able melodies, all wrapped up in warm, playful vocal harmonies. The tight live band feel gives these songs urgency and a life of their own.

Part two takes you through an improvisation that blurs the line between performance and studio manipulation. The conversational interplay moves from blissed-out, beautiful melodic segments, to otherworldly realms, to frenetic funk fusion, to uplifting rock and roll. This sprawling twenty-minute jam takes you on a trek, much like the song side, but without any words or breaks to act as a guide. With the lights off and a good pair of headphones, you might find your mind wandering to places it’s never been.
Venue Information:
The House - DeKalb
263 E Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL, 60115