Great Peacock, Distant Brothers

Thu, Jul 18 2019, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets

Doors open at 7 pm.

GREAT PEACOCK: Spitting stories of love, loss and pain, Nashville’s Great Peacock⎯⎯ comprised of lead singer and guitarist Andrew Nelson, guitarist Blount Floyd, drummer Nick Recio and bass player Frank Keith IV ⎯⎯ challenge the very notion of genre, dismantling tradition and blurring the lines between rock ‘n roll, conventional folk music and true Americana. Having earned praise from Paste, the Nashville Scene, American Songwriter, No Depression, Relix and PopMatters, the band ignites a kind of unapologetic spark. As fixtures on the Southern festival circuit including Shakey Knees, they’ve shared stages with an abundance of equally-minded noise-makers, including Susto, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Dr. Dog, American Aquarium, Margo Price and Jonathan Tyler.

DISTANT BROTHERS: Dan Beirne (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukelele) and Ryan Burns (vocals, banjo, mandolin, guitar, keyboard) played a few times together in the local open mic scene before deciding they needed a name. So, with a tip of the hat to their shared ancestry and similar last names, Burns and Beirne wrote Distant Brothers into existence. It was not long before a thirst for more harmony and rhythm accompaniment welcomed Tommy Grevlos (vocals, drums, keyboard) into the band, making the family grow from two to three brothers. 

Some months later, the final brother joined the band, as Matt Cefalu (vocals, guitar, bass) brought to the table his knowledge of the Chicago music scene, and his many years of experience in another Chicago band, Buckman Page. After the first rehearsal with all four members assembled, it was clear that group of four distinct voices was a match meant to be.

One six-song EP, two separate singles, a full length album (Upon Our Arrival, 2016), and many Chicago shows later, the band finds itself continuing to evolve musically and philosophically, while always upholding their core value of bringing people together with their music.