Old Shoe and Chicago Farmer Present Dylan & The Dead (plus original sets from each act) w/ The Mighty Pines

Old Shoe and Chicago Farmer Present Dylan & The Dead (plus original sets from each act) w/ The Mighty Pines

Thu, February 15, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

OVER 21 = $5 Before 8 PM / $10 Between 8 PM and 9 PM / $15 After 9 PM /// UNDER 21 = $15 All Night

This event is 16 and over

Old Shoe
Old Shoe
Old Shoe is a five-piece Roots Rock n' Roll band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band's compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life.

The band's new album Family is not merely another notch in the belt for Old Shoe, but is more so a poignant culmination of their growth and progress since the last release in 2011. WXRT 93.1FM Chicago radio host, Richard Milne, calls it "...a big time album." In just a little over two years, Old Shoe solidified their strong lineup with keyboardist/mandolinist/vocalist Joe Day and drummer Greg Fundis, rounded the Midwest festival circuit at high-profile events like Summer Camp and Wakarusa, opened for Grammy-award winning Bruce Hornsby, and even produced 4 consecutive installments of their own festival, Shoe Fest.

The all-original 13-track release showcases the band’s diverse influences, ranging from bluegrass to prog-rock to jazz, with it all settling into a familiar comfort zone akin to one’s favorite “old shoe.” The album reaches new heights from previous releases with a star-studded guest roster featuring musicians from the Henhouse Prowlers, The Low Down Brass Band, and Chicago’s production of The Jungle Book.
Chicago Farmer
Chicago Farmer
"Get me South, Mama get me North, Get me out of Backenforth," Chicago Farmer sings on the title track of Backenforth, IL, out January 22, 2013. It's the centerpiece of his sixth collection of Guthrie-inspired populist songs, as well as autobiographical. The son of a small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow mid-westerner John Prine, he's a working-class folk musician to his core. His small town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80.

Backenforth, IL is also about finding your place in life - that sweet spot where we all belong. "I love the energy, music, and creativity of Chicago, but at the same time, the roots and hard work of my small town," he shares. Growing up in Delavan, IL with a population less than 2,000, Diekhoff's grandparents were farmers, and their values have always provided the baseline of his songs.

He writes music for the "kind of people that come to my shows. Whether in Chicago or Delavan, everyone has a story, and everyone puts in a long day and works hard the same way," he says. "My generation may have been labeled as slackers, but I don't know anyone who doesn't work hard - many people I know put in 50-60 hours a week and 12 hour days. That's what keeps me playing. I don't like anyone to be left out; my music is for everyone in big and very small towns."

He listened to punk rock and grunge as a kid before discovering a friend's dad playing Hank Williams, and it was a revelation. Prine and Guthrie quickly followed. The name Chicago Farmer was originally for a band, but the utilitarian life of driving alone from bar to bar, city to city - to make a direct connection to his audience and listener, took a deeper hold.

Songs like "Workin' On It," are the kind of sing-a-longs he's known for; it's become common to see whole rooms full of strangers erupt and sing to the choruses of his songs on first listen. While "The Twenty Dollar Bill" is more sentimental, reminding everyone of that time their own Grandma surreptitiously passed along a little cash to hang onto.

Cody co-produced the album with Chris Harden in Chicago at the I.V. Labs Studios. While the inspiration has never changed, previous albums have been with Nashville session players - or just himself with guitar and harmonica.

For Backenforth, IL, he brought in friends for a loose and live vibe, accompanied by "The Hired Hands," Darren Garvey on percussion and Mike Davidov on bass. Cody and The Hired Hands were recorded live and on analog tape to capture the feel and authenticity of each performance. Later, some of Chicago's finest musicians chimed in on pedal steel, resonator, electric and acoustic guitar, organ, dobro, and vocals.

Chicago Farmer plans to continue touring relentlessly to support the new album.

With Backenforth IL, he solidifies that wherever he is, that's where he belongs, that's where the songs will be written and sung, and that's where the music will be played.
The Mighty Pines
The Mighty Pines
The Mighty Pines are a fierce roots band making music inspired by the wide rivers and red-brick streets of St. Louis. For over four years they’ve been fashioning their distinctive heartland sound. The music is fresh: bluegrass meets acoustic soul and rock & roll. With their genre bending original songs the band bridges the gap between groove and grass, between country and funk, between blues and folk. The music can at one moment be raucous and at the next hushed, with soaring harmonies keeping it sweet through every song.


The Pines formed in 2012 and since have released two albums, played hundreds of live shows and shared bills with such renowned acts as Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Fruition, and more in bars and concert halls across the country. This is a band that can rage a late night festival show or captivate an intimate listening room crowd. Their latest release Blissful Vision establishes The Mighty Pines as a young, exciting force in grass-roots music, but there’s only way to truly experience this dynamic quartet: see them live.
Grass For That Ass
Grass For That Ass
Live Bluegrass Every Thursday at Cervantes' Other Side
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Other Side
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/