Steve Slagg, Contorno

Steve Slagg

Contorno

Thu · June 27 2019

9:00 pm

Free!

This event is 21 and over

Steve Slagg
Steve Slagg
Strange Flesh is the third album by Chicago singer-songwriter Steve Slagg, and the first released under his own name. Since 2011, as Youngest Son, Slagg has self-released a body of quietly urgent, emotionally vulnerable songs, while performing and recording keyboards with other Chicago-area bands, including Mooner, and being mentored by some of his songwriting heroes, including Over the Rhine and Erin McKeown. Strange Flesh is the culmination of Slagg’s life as a musician and his work–both personal and public—as a queer person raised in the Christian church (Slagg has been involved for most of his adult life with organizations providing LGBT support within faith communities). The album’s songs mingle intensely personal details from Slagg’s own life with stories that are not autobiographical but could be—the types of stories one hears over and over again when building long-term relationships within a marginalized community. A lot of these songs’ “I”s are really “we”s, and in their triumphs and tragedies, love and sexuality, excommunication and communion, they aim for truth, whether through memoir or fiction.
Contorno
Contorno
Led by songwriters John Gargiulo and Lee Ketch, Contorno melds jangle rock with explosive Crazy Horse guitar workouts and healthy doses of Chicago alt-country twang. The band has played venues including the Beat Kitchen, Hungry Brain, and Fitzgerald's. They have also been featured on WXRT's "Local Anesthetic." Their debut LP, "Won't Be Gone," is due out in late 2019.
Venue Information:
Hungry Brain
2319 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.hungrybrainchicago.com/