Country Night in Berwyn with Gerald Dowd and Dennis Leise

Thu, May 25 2017, 8:00pm - $5
GERALD DOWD (8 pm): ​Gerald Dowd has been described as “the hardest working drummer in Chicago” (Richard Milne, WXRT), playing on over 100 albums, and averaging 150 live dates a year around the world. In recent years, he's been releasing solo albums of original material, starting with his 2012 release, Kingsize EP. In 2014, he was the recipient of an IAP arts grant from Chicago's Dept. Of Cultural Affairs/Special Events (DCASE), which led to his first full-length solo album, Home Now, produced by Grammy-nominated producer Liam Davis, and featuring, among others, Chicago legends Robbie Fulks and Nora O'Connor. To celebrate the release, he held a benefit concert at which he played for 13 hours straight with 16 different bands, raising over $10,000 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
DENNIS LEISE (9 pm): Dennis originally hails from Western Pennsylvania, but currently lives in the Chicago area. He is next to the youngest in a family of 10 children and his dad worked for a coal mining company. Dennis was given a guitar by a friend who found two in a dumpster and he taught himself how to play.
He has a broad range of musical knowledge and interests, having been influenced by the musical tastes of his depression-era parents, elder siblings and his own interests derived from having been the Program Director for a radio station in the Mid-late 90's as well as having later served as a door man at Fitzgerald's Nightclub for a number of years. He is one half of the front of Chicago Rockabilly/Honky Tonk Powerhouse, The Possum Hollow Boys and he also makes solo appearances around Chicago and Internationally.