Chicago performance art group Environmental Encroachment (EE) uses circus theatrics and an artist marching band to create unique entertainment environments. Performances can include costumes, live music, parades, fire spinning, spontaneous appearances, antics, and audience interaction.EE Marching Band's music uses North African, Latin, and traditional American rhythms, fused with electric bass and a brass section. Melodies are folkloric fusions, and creations inspired from New Orleans, Jazz and Rock. EE encourages participation, dance, and freeing the spirit.EE's magic circus marching band has evolved as part of a new genre of music. EE can do parades, weddings, funerals, historical re-enactments, children's shows, Halloween shows, street busking, second-line, festivals, performance workshops, rituals, marching band flags, circusesque sideshows, music for burlesque, vaudevillian skits, straight out music jams and synchronized swimming with tubas.EE started in 1996, with playground installations and live music interactions for people to play, be childlike, curious, free. Playgrounds for the mind. Playgrounds and performances to stimulate audiences into creative participants.
Bassel Al-Madani’s sophomore effort, “Submerged,” was released in June 2010 at Used Kids Records in Columbus, Ohio. His first full-length album led to an array of interviews, write ups, and shows within the Midwest and Northeast regions. Shortly after the conclusion of his first four-week tour, Bassel was invited to perform at the Pelotonia opening ceremony with The Counting Crows & Augustana in the bike ride to end cancer.Since his relocation to Chicago in the fall of 2010, Bassel’s style has taken on a fresh flavor combining his taste for indie-folk (Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens) and 60’s era soul music (Otis Redding, Al Green, The Temptations). His 5-piece Chicago ensemble released an acoustic EP in January 2012, and they will be taking part in Chicago's Rooftop Sessions this spring. They will also spend the majority of 2012 working on their next production and touring the US.Bassel & The Supernaturals is Bassel Al-Madani, Eric Pedone, Jeremy Levine, Cameron LeCrone, and Michael Abbey. See more at http://basselmusic.com
Burdened with four strings and the truth, The Viper and His Famous Orchestra deliver a powerful blend of street-corner jazz, front-porch country, and meeting-hall agitprop. The Famous Orchestra features a unique lineup of ukulele, trombone, upright bass, and suitcase. Their millennial DIY sound frames The Viper’s well-crafted songs about love, theft, buildings, bus routes, life in the key of Bb, and the work of skiffle in an age of mechanical reproduction.
The 4 Star Brass Band sound can be categorized as Heavy Funk, and is the best thing you’ve ever heard! They get this captivating sound by using all brass instruments. They remain true to the tradition of brass band while also incorporating modern sound into it. Dave and Jay started the band a few years ago looking to start a brass band in Chicago. They started playing bars/ clubs in the city, bringing the party wherever they went. The band slowly grew, and now Four Star features a rotating cast of 6 musicians who all share a love for New Orleans music. Come fuel the excitement as FOUR STAR BRASS BAND becomes the Hottest and Hardest Hitting Brass Band of this Generation!