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Birds of Chicago will perform at Princeton Coffeehouse

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:28 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:30 p.m. CST
JT Nero and Allison Russell

PRINCETON — The high energy folk group Birds of Chicago will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Princeton Coffeehouse, located at the Open Prairie United Church of Christ, 25 E. Marion St. in Princeton. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Birds of Chicago’s central performers are JT Nero and Allison Russell, who have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music. For several years, Russell and Nero’s respective bands, Po’ Girl (Vancouver, BC) and JT and the Clouds (Chicago), collaborated extensively. In Mountains/Forests, released in 2011 under the JT Nero banner, they tapped into the power of their voices together on an entire record. It also featured the full cast of characters that round out the Birds of Chicago ensemble — the Clouds and Michelle McGrath, a singer and picker from Southeast Ohio. Their debut release as Birds of Chicago (also the title of the record) was called “as refreshing and rewarding as morning in the reeds with the Audubon Society” by Thomas Connor of the Chicago Sun Times.

When Nero and Russell sing together, the audience hears echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop and classic soul. Banjo and guitar are their accompaniment when performing as a duo. Other times they’re fired by a full band. The two are most at home on the road, playing festivals, theaters, pub, VFW halls and the like.

The appearance of Birds of Chicago at the Princeton Coffeehouse is sponsored by Steve and Laurie Bonucci.

The Princeton Coffeehouse offers a full season of traditional and modern folk, blues and bluegrass music from August through May. All seats are $12 and are general admission.

Open Prairie is completely accessible and there is ample free parking nearby. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available.

For information, visit www.theprincetoncoffeehouse.com or call 815-872-6501.

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