Jenn Grinels – Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jenn Grinels

Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at
or at 312-810-3067

Award-winning musician Jenn Grinels is a dynamic songwriter, powerhouse vocalist and all-round entertainer who will absolutely dazzle you.

Last year the rising star spent time on the road opening for famed band the 10,000 Maniacs, at one point prompting San Francisco Examiner reviewer Kenneth Fish to write, “Grinels steals the show. She is a rock and roll temptress conjuring musical spells that no one could resist. Whether quietly purring into the microphone or seriously belting out a tune, the audience was hanging on every note and lapping up every well crafted phrase. (She) has the rare gift of being a well-rounded performer who engages the audience fully and openly, sharing the performer as much as the performance. And her performance was nothing short of amazing.”

The self-described “soulful, bluesy, jazzy, folk rock artist” has released three critically acclaimed full-length albums, built a loyal fan base all over the world and won numerous awards for her electrifying live performances. Her single “Right From The Start”(brokenHEARTbreaker) can be heard on radio stations nationwide and music from her full length albums has been featured on several major television networks and in films all over the world.

“When you end the night standing and cheering with all of your friends and 200 strangers, you know something wonderful just happened. If the stars made music they would be jealous of Jenn Grinels. …an unbeatable live experience. Goosebumps all around.” – (Seattle, WA)

“Her voice is just absurd. Two artists kept coming to mind – Martin Sexton and Fiona Apple. Sexton because of her vocal focus & control; Fiona Apple because of her tell-off confessional and conversational lyrics, her penchant for complex rhyme schemes, and her powerful, listen-up-buster delivery.”
– (San Francisco, CA)

“A folksinger of uncommon strength and vitality, who puts the lie to most popular notions about women with guitars who sing of life and love’s injustices. She achieves the energy of rock without subverting the melody and lyrics, and the effect is electrifying.” – Wenzel Jones, Back Stage West

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* All funds go to the musician

Allie Farris – Sunday, December 7, 2014

Allie Farris at Folk Alliance

Allie’s journey as a musician and performer began with piano lessons at age 7. At 15, she was writing and recording her own songs and performing them with her own band at venues in and around her hometown of Dallas. She also recorded two EP’s during that time, which show her gift for words and music early on, with mastery of the piano and a powerful, expressive vocal ability. There’s no doubt that she was born to be doing exactly what she is doing.

Raised on classic rock, Allie fell in love with songs of Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, The Band and more. This ‘70s and ‘80s music is a primary influence for the Allie’s songs today – piano driven, melodically soaring, lyrically focused, and emotionally rich.

She’s shared stages with David Wilcox, Gabe Dixon, Jimmy LaFave, Sara Hickman, Emily Elbert, Seth Glier, Beth Wood, Robby Hecht, Kate Klim, Grace Pettis, and Natalie Gelman, several of whom we have hosted at Windy City.

“Allie has found a home in Nashville after going to school in her native Texas and spending some time in Boston. Allie’s accolades continue to grow…Allie’s contemporary piano-driven songs are melodic, thought-provoking and exceptionally memorable.” — Kathy Sands-Boehmer, No Depression

Allie has won and placed in numerous performance and songwriting competitions. I’ve had the privilege of seeing her grow as a writer and performer for several years and it’s a pleasure to be able to host her and share her music with our friends. Please give a listen and consider joining us for a lovely afternoon of music.

Allie's Awards

Music at 4:00 p.m. Light snack potluck and socializing at 3:00 p.m. Please bring a dish and beverage to share. Wine or beer are welcome. Water, glasses, dishes and silver provided.

For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee by e-mail at or at 773-334-5776.

Suggested artist donation $15-20 (All funds go to the musicians.)

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