FitzGerald's New Faces Night with Andrea Dawn, Aaron Kelly, The Kevin Trudo

Thu, Jan 04 2018, 8:00pm - $8 - Tickets

Doors open at 7 pm.

ANDREA DAWN: Trained at a young age and composing since she was 10, Chicago singer-songwriter Andrea Dawn has methodically honed her craft into a unique style that exists somewhere between 1930s jazz singers, 90s singer-songwriters, and the film scores of Danny Elfman and Jon Brion. While haunting and often orchestral, the songs remain, at their core, an examination of the human experience.

In 2012, this sound was fully realized through Andrea's debut full-length, "Theories of How We Can Be Friends," released on Waterloo Sunset Records. Then in 2014 Dawn released her sophomore album, Doll, with Murmur Entertainment.

Andre Salles of described the album perfectly when he said "Doll is a difficult emotional ride – it’s tough to listen to the joy of “Lion Tamer” crumble into the despair of “Love Always” only four songs later. But it’s a brave and rewarding one, an astonishingly honest piece of work that will connect with anyone who has been through similar territory. It’s one of my favorite records of the year, quite separate from the fact that I know its author. If Theories was a slightly timid calling card, Doll is an album that can sit proudly with the best of today’s singer-songwriters. It’s the full flowering of a superb talent, and I can’t wait to hear more."


AARON KELLY: The shadow cast by the city of big shoulders is a shade where a certain imagination gets ignited. Perhaps it’s all the train tracks that harken back to when Chicago was truly freight handler to the nation, sending catalog dreams speeding over steel to far off corners of the country.

Aaron Kelly grew up thinking big and making plans, and wondering where those trains were going to. Falling under the influence of Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, and Jack Kerouac, his songs aren’t too dissimilar from those crates and packages of the last century. They carry the promise that something good is coming. These are songs meant to ease a burden and bring a smile, carefully crafted and made to last.

Aaron has been featured by American Songwriter Magazine, and released Barefoot and Bottomed Out, his first solo album, in 2016, after zig-zagging across the country for the last 7 years with his band,

THE KEVIN TRUDO: I have more stuff going on. I have Meathawk, but it’s a semi dormant project as I raise my kids. I have St. Malarkey, which is amazing and most of my current efforts. It’s the acoustic side. I’ll always have Small Shiny Things. Those are my guys. My family. Lastly I have things that are just me. I keep talking about recording – and I should. I regret that I don’t do it enough. I have more than enough material sitting around and probably enough that I like to do a few projects. Keep on me. A lot of it is time and some of it is money.  It’ll happen.