Anderson Family Holiday Jamboree (SideBar Music Room)
Third Annual Anderson Holiday Jamboree: In Support of Ascend Together. Doors open at 6 pm.
This year, proceeds from the Anderson Family Jamboree will be donated to Ascend Together, a charity that operates in Gambia. Ascend offers after-school tutoring and sports programs to youth across the country. For more information please visit http://www.ascendtogether.org/
Lauren Anderson had recently returned home from a trip to Los Angeles — a trip involving meetings with music industry executives, vocal rehearsals, record contracts, and ultimately a whole lot of empty promises — when she began writing songs for her third EP, Won't Stay Down. She'd been playing shows since 2014, mixing her blues-rock roots with elements of Americana, soul, and country music. She loved the work, but she'd grown frustrated with the industry, particularly the demands thrust upon her as a female artist. Back in her adopted hometown of Nashville, she started writing new material about strength, endurance, and female empowerment, drawing on her own artistic journey for inspiration and gluing everything together with her bluesy belt of a voice.
Inspired by the bluesy, boundary-breaking females who came before her — including Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, and Grace Potter — Lauren Anderson's Won't Stay Down follows previous releases like 2017's The Game, which cracked the Top 50 of the Billboard Blues chart for five weeks straight. It's also a showcase for her supersized vocals and sharp songwriting, which have previously earned the Chicago native a Midwest Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, as well as a first-place finish in the 2018 Wing Dang Doodle Competition. Recorded in her adopted hometown of Nashville and largely self-produced, Won't Stay Down is a bluesy battlecry from an artist who has one foot planted in the territory of her influences and the other pointed in an unexplored direction.
Naxos recording artist Mark Anderson has been described as a ”soulful and intelligent musician”. Mark is an active performer, composer, and arranger in Duo Tandem (with Necati Emirzade), an instrumental guitar duo with a focus on storytelling through music. Their music has been hailed as a “new and exciting polyglot” (Classical Guitar Magazine) and a “wonderful melange” (minor7th.com). An active educator, Mark works as a mentor for Guitars Over Guns, teaches at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, and is also on faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Erik Anderson is a singer-songwriter from Illinois, trained in classical guitar and heavily influenced by rock, blues, folk, and flamenco. The influence of flamenco right hand technique adds a percussive nature to his playing that complements the rock and blues harmonies of old to create a sound unlike many others. His playing has been described as powerful, soulful, and unique, and has been known to cause incessant foot tapping for days. Erik has played in a wide range of venues, from concert halls to bar rooms, and is eager to share his music with you.