Beyond Hunger Benefit with Indigo Girls plus Chastity Brown
This Show Is Sold Out.
This is a stand-up show, there will be no seating in the club but lots of seating in our heated festival tents. FitzGerald's is hosting the show, only, please direct any questions to Beyond Hunger at (708) 386-1324.
Doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm.
For more information about Beyond Hunger, go to http://www.GoBeyondHunger.org/ or find us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/gobeyondhunger.
Special thanks to WXRT, The Moller Family Foundation and The Reedy Family Foundation.
INDIGO GIRLS: Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, have made the pursuit of unity, both in music and life, their calling card ever since they burst into the spotlight with their 1989 self-titled breakout album. Experience the unity in Chicago this November as The Indigo Girls perform a two-night concert event to fight local hunger. Proceeds benefit Beyond Hunger, formerly Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.
The Indigo Girls critically acclaimed debut album earned a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Songs like “Closer to Fine,” “Galileo,” and “Power of Two” inspired and spoke to their followers. The folk icons did not rest on their laurels though, selling over 14 million records, and touring with stars like Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, R.E.M., Sarah MacLachlan, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The Indigo Girlsare the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s, earning them the lasting respect and devotion of a multi-generational audience
Decades into their career, the Indigo Girls still amaze listeners with their ability to grow and thrive regardless what the state of the music industry is at any given point. No matter where their creative journey takes them, they hold out a hand to their listeners and take them for a transformational ride. They continue to create new music while also supporting numerous social causes. They don’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk.
Proceeds from the two-day concert event will directly benefit the 40,000 individuals Beyond Hunger serves across Chicagoland every year. Located in the near-west suburbs of Chicago, Beyond Hunger (formerly Oak Park River Food Pantry) provides hunger relief and essential programming to residents of 13 zip codes, including the West Side of Chicago and many of its surrounding suburbs.
CHASTITY BROWN: Based in Minnesota, but with roots in Tennessee, Chastity Brown grew up surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Her first show was in Knoxville, TN, and then it was on to Minneapolis. Since then, she’s been featured on NPR’s “Favorite Sessions,” CMT, American Songwriter, the London Times, Paste Magazine and others. Chastity has toured the U.S. and abroad, appearing on the U.K.’s Later…with Jools Holland.
“What I’ve realized is that the personal is political,” Brown said in a recent interview. “Just by me being a biracial, half-black, half-white woman living in America right now is political. Just being a person of color, a queer woman of color, for that matter, is freaking political. My focus, as far as this record, I guess it’s really been psychological. I’m really intrigued by the perseverance of the human spirit and the complexities and contradictions that we embody as human beings."
It was a chance encounter with a white supremacist that was the impetus for Chastity Brown's new single, "Mad Love." The bi-racial artist was confronted outside a club in Eau Claire, WI having a quick smoke before taking the stage where she was accosted, cussed out and verbally attacked by a person who'd read her interview in the local paper. Her guitarist, Robert Mulrennan, came out and to find Brown standing up for herself and holding her own. Shaking with adrenaline, fear and anger, Brown went and did the show and shared the story with the audience. She realized the best possible response to racism and hate is love -- including radical self love where, no matter how others choose to see you, you accept yourself.
With this incident in mind, Brown wrote "Mad Love" as an anthem for forgiveness and self-acceptance and as a statement of pride. Choosing love over hate, the Southern-born, Minneapolis-based songwriter refuses to see herself through the eyes of people who'd diminish her or judge her based on her skin color or sexual preference. It's a call to arms to step back from the fear and anger and respond with a tidal wave of positivity.
"So let them come, oh let them come for us," Brown sings. "Let them come, see what it is we got. 'Cause we, we got all the mad love that they want."
Brown recently made her Bonnaroo Music Festival debut, has toured extensively with Ani DiFranco and Andrea Gibson and had her most recent release, SILHOUETTE OF SIRENS, chosen as an NPR “First Listen.” She’s been featured extensively on MPR The Current. Melding folk, roots, and soul music with topical lyrics, her music seems especially timely.
“I think it’s about different types of heartbreak, and how one deals with it,” Brown says of her recent album Silhouette of Sirens. “And not the heartbreak of a coupled relationship; just living life, and the experiences that break your heart. There are these moments on the album where it’s like, ‘this is intense.' And then hopefully, there are moments where it’s alleviated — as I feel like life is. Life is hard. Every tree, every plant, everything you see in the natural world, just through a growth process, you see how hard it is to grow and bend towards the light."