5/16/11

JANN KLOSE AND EMILY HURD TO PLAY SKOKIE THEATRE, MAY 20


Jann Klose and Emily Hurd will be performing at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 N. Lincoln Ave., in Skokie, IL. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. The venue phone is 847-677-7761, and the web site is http://www.skokietheatre.com.

The show is being presented by Val's List; Valslist.com is a boutique music website that helps busy adults keep up with the music scene.

Emily and Jann will be raffling off their entire in-print catalogs to a lucky concert goer. The lucky winner will receive a copy of both artists' entire currently available body of work and an autographed copy of their most recent albums: Jann's REVERIE w/ SACRIFICE EP and Emily's DAYTIME FIREFLIES.

Jann is also appearing on area TV and radio. On Thursday overnight, he'll be appearing on Steve and Johnnie's radio show on WGN Radio. Friday at noon, he'll be on WGN TV, performing.

The Washington Post does not cover too many independent artists, but felt compelled to write about Jann, “Klose wins over the listener with his soaring voice, which may well be a staple of chamber pop for a long time to come.”

A citizen of the world, he's lived on three continents, making his home in the melting pot that is New York City. Before coming to the United States as an exchange student in Cleveland, Ohio, he lived in Germany, Kenya, and South Africa. As a singer/songwriter, his music reflects this lyrically, melodically, rhythmically and in his choice of eclectic instruments and musicians.

Jann's most recent recordings, REVERIE (2008) and SACRIFICE EP (2010), have earned him respect as a singer, musician, songwriter, and someone with a new and viable slant on the music business at a time when the industry threatens to collapse under its own weight. Jann's approach to fan sourcing of production money and concerts in areas as diverse as Chicago and Germany is creating a “cottage industry” out of popular music. REVERIE was made largely with fan support.

It also shows in the people who choose to work with him. Jann has worked live or in the studio with artists, including Pittsburgh favorites Rusted Root, pioneers like Pete Seeger and Les Paul, classic rockers Annie (Renaissance) Haslam, Roger (The Byrds) McGuinn, and major country stars like Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart. WGN-Chicago Radio's Steve & Johnnie, Rock Hall inductee Joey Reynolds and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson have all personally lent a helping hand in his career.

Jann's music has also been featured on the GRAMMY-nominated album, HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT, MTV's Cribs, the soundtrack to the Paul Sorvino film Dead Broke (Warner Bros). He's performed in touring companies of Broadway shows: The Who's Tommy, Jekyll & Hyde, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He also has released three albums and two EPs, which can be heard around the world, on over 140 FM stations and Sirius XM in the U.S., the BBC in England to Prambors Radio in Indonesia. In less than three months thousands have viewed (and reposted) Jann's remarkable video for DOING TIME, now featured on indoorDIRECT's Restaurant Entertainment Network and AOL/Spinner. Watch the video at www.youtube.com/jannklose. Jann is now an eligible artist for the 2011 New York Music Awards, listed right between "Carole King" and "Lady Gaga."

Time Out New York writes, “Jann Klose writes warm, hooky pop music.” The Advance Wire Service states: “The first thing that's totally unmistakable about Jann Klose is that voice - which is just light years beyond that of the typical singer-songwriter … a sound that is classy, distinctive and often irresistible.”

Emily Hurd is a Chicago-based songwriter and pianist with vocal chops that both Rick Kogan of WGN and Richard Milne of WXRT have likened to musical icon Janis Joplin. The wordsmith is well-respected for her cutting, intelligent lyrics and inimitable live showmanship. Like Russian-American piano-pop diva Regina Spektor, Hurd’s style is a raw mix of rock piano, soul singing, and roots songwriting. Hurd caught her break in 2005 when she joined forces with other greats from the Old Town School of Folk Music to create her first original album.  Eight albums later, her songs have won three international songwriting competitions, and she has shared stages with various legends, including Bettye Lavette and soul-queen Irma Thomas. Her web site is http://www.emilyhurd.com.

JANN KLOSE TOUR DATES

May 17: INDY STYLE TV 8, Indianapolis, IN
May 17: BIRDY'S, w/ Jenn Cristy and Chad Mills, Indianapolis, IN
May 18: BEATNIK'S CAFE, Marion, IN
May 19: STEVE AND JOHNNIE SHOW, WGN RADIO, Chicago, IL
May 20: WGN MIDDAY NEWS, WGN Superstation, Chicago, IL
May 20: SKOKIE THEATRE, w/ Emily Hurd, Skokie, IL
May 21: THE WINCHESTER w/ Cuda, Renko, Cuda, Cleveland, OH
May 27: MAYFAIR FESTIVAL, Allentown, PA
June 12: STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, Beacon, NY
June 17: GODFREY DANIELS, w/ Cliff Eberhardt, Bethlehem, PA
July 1: ROCKFORD MUSIC HALL w/ Tom Brislin, New York, NY
August 11: MUSIKFEST 2011, Bethlehem, PA
October 26: IRON HORSE w/ Shawn Phillips, Northampton, MA
March 2, 2012: MASTER CLASS, LIVERPOOL INSTITUTE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Liverpool, UK

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