Chicago-based R&B Artist Releases Latest EP at Chicago House of Blues
Aryk Crowder celebrated his EP release of 2×4Vol. 1 August 9th and 10th at Chicago’s House of Blues’ Foundation Room. The VIP release party was also the kick-off point of Crowder’s 2×4 tour. “I’m excited to be kicking off the 2×4 tours in my hometown of Chicago as I’ve been anxiously waiting to share this music with you,” he wrote on the event’s Facebook page. “This show will be none like I’ve ever had before,” he wrote, stating that he’d be presenting the music with his acoustic trio, his string section The Clark St. Quartet, and his full band. The live band includes Adrian Morris (bass), Will Nickson (drums) and Brandon McKenzie (keys).
2×4 is the latest in Crowder’s collection of music releases. Crowder began creating music by writing R&B-based lyrics, using Jimi Hendrix-esque riffs and indulging in an old-school soul sound. Crowder has become a fixture in the Midwest music scene, such as performing at a sold-out debut performance at Pete Wentz’s nightclub Angels & Kings. Crowder has also opened for Mat Kearney, New Kids on the Block’s Jordan Knight and national touring artists Red Wanting Blue. His first solo EP, Ready, SET… was released in 2010, and in 2012, he released the record Over Getting Over. 2×4 Vol. 1 features not just the musical talents of Crowder; the EP will also have some of Chicago’s biggest R&B and soul talents, including members of award-winning hip-hop group, Sidewalk Chalk.
Steve Krok of SwizzleSteve Presents, a showcase promotional company located in Chicago, wrote that the event was a “[s]uccess.” “…Aryk Crowder sold many of [his EPs],” he stated. “I didn’t realize how amazing of [a] band he has and how great [the] Foundation Room is to work with,” he wrote. “Everyone was impressed with the room and the event overall.”
The event also featured music from singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Angéle Anise and DJRC, a funk musician who has performed with funk and soul greats like George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Trombone Shorty, Shuggie Otis, Black Joe Lews & The Honebears, Aloe Blacc, Alice Russell, New Mastersounds, and Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s original drummer. DJRC is also the man behind Chicago’s Funk & Soul Revue, a weekly dance party that was established in 2004 at music club AliveOne.
You can learn more about Crowder and his latest release at his Facebook page and website. Angéle Anise can be found on Twitter and through Reverbnation. More about DJRC can be found on his Tumblr and Facebook page.