PLAYBACK:stl presents @ Cicero’s

December 5: PLAYBACK:stl presents Johnny Chase, The Elms, and Kevin Bilchik


Tuesdays at CICERO’s | 8:30 p.m.
6691 DELMAR |  $5 ($8 for minors) | all ages welcome

Join PLAYBACK:stl as we host Tuesday nights at Cicero’s in the Loop of University City here in St. Louis. Each week, we will bring three great acts to the cozy room in the club that offers fantastic bands every night. (We highly recommend the pizza.)


Kevin Bilchik | "I was a writer first. I didn't know I wanted to sing until I started putting my words to music," says singer-songwriter Kevin Bilchik. Blending rock and contemporary folk, his words and music offer a personal perspective with wide appeal. "When I perform my songs, it's like taking a tour of what I've learned about life in the past 10 years. Every time I play, it's a reminder that your whole life comes along with you wherever you go. You can't run away from it. I'm hoping that people who hear my music feel that I've said something they've been thinking about, too."

The Elms (Indianapolis) | True midwestern reality, The Elms maintain, is stark and heavy. "I go to the local hangs and play cards," Owen Thomas says, "with guys who are 50 or 60 years old. What I hear most people say is that given the chance, they would have gotten out of this town. And I'm not pointing these things out to say that this is a horrible, deadbeat, mundane, burnout little place. What I'm trying to say is that there are millions of American people who, by and large, are victims of circumstance. Many in America are doing what they do because somebody told them that following their heart was not practical."

Johnny Chase | Johnny Chase is a stage name I came up with to honor and remember my son Chase who passed away at two years old in a tragic car accident and my producer Johnny Pierce who passed shortly after we finished the pre-production portion of this CD 801 Days. This is my debut album as a singer songwriter, but not my first album as a songwriter/musician. This CD, the songs, and especially some of the lyrics are very personal to me and began as just an outlet to get through some tough times in my life. However, I believe the songs hold a good message and a great energy that can apply to everyone. The title is a reminder to me of how short life is and when you want something…well, you have to go for it and forget tomorrow because it may never arrive.

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