Elle Casazza personifies her music, bold, fearless and ethereal. Based in Chicago, Elle writes and performs music that is the love child of blues, soul, jazz and pop. “There’s no one way to describe the music I write, it’s a culmination of all the music I love to sing.” Her powerful vocals send chills to those who listen. Elle performs along with the Elle Casazza Band to create an energetic live show that won’t soon be forgotten.
Listening to Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, KT Tunstall, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald have influenced Elle’s eclectic writing style. Elle has performed at Daley Plaza, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Ace Bar, SPACE, the Jazz Showcase, and other venues in the Chicago area.
Elle’s debut EP For Your Pleasure will be released Spring 2013. The EP shows off all of the styles Elle sings in, each song acting as a window into her life. Elle is looking forward to what 2013 has to
KRISTEN FORD BAND
Yearly moves, changes in geography and a personality “like talking to a child with ADHD”, Kristen has been hailed as having “no easy way to categorize the music, the real deal” and a “musical cuisinart”, Kristen plays everything from Reggae to Country to Folk to Pop on a handful of instruments, guitar, ukulele, piano and beatbox. Energy binds her eclectic tastes together and makes the live show a must see.
Over the past 3 years the Kristen Ford Band has changed membership but consists of Drums, Upright Bass, dueling guitars and violin. Band members add to vocal harmonies and fill up the stage with grooves. While each show is a little different, you can be sure the songs will shine as bright or brighter than the record, with energy bursting at the seams.
Royal Outsiders (previously The Central Standard) are an alternative indie rock band from Chicago, IL. After meeting in college, founders Steven Phillips (lead guitar) Alex Garrison (lead vocalist) began jamming in small campus apartments off and on for several years. Soon after graduating, the duo began collaborating on new original material in a Illinois suburban basement. After an introduction from a coworker, the two met with acclaimed producer Sean O’Keefe and began discussing recording a self-funded EP. A month later the duo completed production on their debut EP and quickly added new members Mike Bronk (bass), Manny Miller (rhythm guitar) and Jack McKee (drums) to complete the outfit.
Under the name Royal Outsiders, the band has began writing new material in the same basement the original duo began their first material. Influenced by an eclectic mix of genres ranging from southern inspired rock and blues to modern indie rock, the band has continued to hone in on its sound with the goal to record a full length album in the near future. Armed with new material, the band has begun to make waves in the Chicago music scene with aspirations of making its footprint known on a national basis.
Driven by a childhood calling to singing Brianne Ingram (Pronounced Bree-Inn) and a deeper desire to express herself and tell the stories of her soul, Chicago songstress Bri Ingram is equally passionate about what she puts into her music as she is about what the listeners, take from it. Her history to this point includes stints as a sit-in vocalist for local blues outfits, (Rosas Lounge, Kingston Mines, House of Blues) a recorded effort with a folk-rock project and, most recently, the release of her debut EP I Am. The title is in itself an exlamation of her lifelong desires to use her gift of voice and storyteller’s soul as a channel to express the high (and low) lights of her life. Collaborating with Minneapolis based songwriters, musicians and producers, Bri accomplishes this feat with a power and maturity that lies subtle under bright, catchy compositions. I Am is an eclectic fusion of Pop, Rock, Country and Soul. ” Vocalists she’s been linked to include a roster of ambitious, stylistically unique influences such as Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, Adele, Faith Hill, and Gwen Stefani.
“Chicago songstress, Bri Ingram is an amazing talent whose new EP album, Bri I Am, will speak to your heart, especially if you have an affinity for candidly honest songwriting.”