Baron Von future / Charlie Otto and his gear / SJOD / Thorne Brandt

Ages 21 and up
Friday, April 26
Doors: 9pm // Show: 10pm
$13
Baron Von Future is an electronic psych rock band from Chicago that uses a Nintendo GameBoy as their bass player and features Bruce Murphy, former touring synth player for 80s legendary synth pop band Men Without Hats on the keys with additional live drums, synths and guitar + multimedia/visuals/VJ.

Charlie Otto has been a Chicago favorite for 15 years as the founder of the cult darlings This Must be the Band and DJ noDJ,

SJOD is the self-proclaimed preeminent livetronica dark horse of Chicago.

Thorne Brandt is an interdisciplinary globally-exhibiting Chicago-based creative technologist and audiovisual performance artist.

Baron Von Future is an electronic psych rock band from Chicago that uses a Nintendo GameBoy as their bass player. (Live drums, synths and guitar + multimedia/visuals/VJ) Our synth player is Bruce Murphy, former touring synth player for 80s legendary synth pop band Men Without Hats, and incredible talent on the keys. He said its ok if you want to dance. Our guitar player is Herb Wilde, guitarist/mandolinist extraordinaire, current lead guitar player of several successful Chicago based bands and a great neurophysiologist. A true fountain of knowledge. Our projectionist and audio video technician is William Stawicki, aka 'Billy Lightning.' He is a childhood friend of the Baron and witness to his rise to 8 bit fortune. He is the controller of visuals, builder of homemade light bars and lead technician for laptops (2), lights (4-6) and GameBoy audio. The hero we need, but do not deserve. Our drummer is Bobby Shields, aka Baron Von Future; our fearless leader. The programmer of GameBoys, Synths and overall production/musical director and drummer/percussionist of the band. Synchronized video and a homemade light show create an environment unique to each performance and space. Blast off with Baron Von Future.
Charlie Otto has been a Chicago favorite for 15 years. The founder of the cult darlings This Must be the Band and DJ noDJ, he’s sold out venues around the United States, and has had the honor of playing alongside many amazingly talented people including some of his musical idols, like Umphrey’s McGee and members of King Crimson and Smashing Pumpkins. “charlie otto + his gear” is his first solo project, running on the cutting edge of both music and video performance, spontaneously using his guitar solo to generate what you see on the screen, or turning a knob to both modulate a synth and distort the images in the video. The technology to connect the sound and visuals to this degree is only recently being developed, and with the help of video guru DRMBT, Charlie experiments and pushes this tech forward every show. The songs are not experiments though, they’re fully developed SONGS. The lyrics and chords are gushing with feeling, the drums are throbbing, the synths are huge, it’s very electronic while still achieving rock and roll status – probably because most of it is controlled by Charlie’s multi-guitar. Although the entire show is danceable, don’t be surprised if there are times you’re glued to where you stand and your jaw stays open. Either way, it’s something that you’ll have to talk about later. Since 2020, Charlie and his gear have been playing shows big and tiny all over the country, from two consecutive years at Summer Camp Music Festival to a brewery tour of SW United States. He’s always thrilled to do what he loves best, and thankful for the music fans that make that possible.
SJOD is the self-proclaimed preeminent livetronica dark horse of Chicago. 'SJODOMY' marks the debut release of his within over a decade of live music performance in Chicago and across the country. 'SJODOMY' is marked with signature parts of SJOD's solo performance sound including new pop/dance-oriented tracks, a psychedelic experimental downtempo sound, and aggressive high paced jams with acid, techno, and juke influences. The Jod is in his element in a live setting, expect a high energy experience with a wide range of tempos, vibes, and electronic instruments.
Thorne Brandt is an interdisciplinary globally-exhibiting Chicago-based creative technologist and audiovisual performance artist. Since becoming an Alum of SAIC in 2007, Brandt has founded and/or resided in several art and music venues including The FlowerShop (founder), Co-Prosperity Sphere (resident), The Hills (resident), and is currently residing in and directing Digital Art Demo Space (founder) in Bridgeport, Chicago. With D.A.D.S. he works to provide the community with exposure and access to up-and-coming technologies, tools, and approaches to art and play, by showcasing games as art, interactive installations and experimental audiovisual experiences. Brandt's personal work is currently focused on building tools within game engines such as Unity that allow for collaborative synesthetic realtime audiovisual improvisation during live performance. His performance aims to be completely synesthetic to an extreme articulate degree. Every element of the audio - every improvised note, every rhythm, every filter, every volume control, is accompanied by and synced up to an expressive visual element or animation in the composition.
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