Sign up! Stay updated!
Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen

'Tolono' Record Release Show

Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen

Bones Jugs N Harmony

Sat, February 8, 2014

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

The Castle Theatre

Bloomington, IL

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

+$1 UnderAge Fee charged at the door (not included in ticket price)

Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen
Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen
“Tolono” is a train town south of Champaign, IL founded by the Illinois central railroad in the early 19th century. For many years it was mainly home to employees of the railroad and became a featured stop for early rail passengers. Today many of its streets still bear the name of railroad employees. It was purely coincidental that Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen ventured to this small town in July to record their debut record with engineer and producer Matt Talbott (of Hum). In three days they found local musicians to accompany them and recorded everything live to analog tape.

Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen met in Kankakee, Il in the spring of 2012 while working on separate musical projects. Drummer Matt Yeates (who also spends time drumming for indie-folk darlings Ivan & Alyosha and Twin Forks), Upright-bass and mandolin player Eric Fitts, and guitar and banjo player Cory Ponton make up what is now known as The Trainmen. The three are life long friends who have been playing music together since they were teenagers.

The essence of these songs on TOLONO is distinctly Midwest. Rebecca wrote them about the time that she has spent outside of Chicago in smaller towns in Illinois, family stories and the first years of her marriage.

“Tolono” will be released on February – of 2014.
Bones Jugs N Harmony
Bones Jugs N Harmony
Bones, Jug, Xylophone, kazoos, steel pan resonator guitar, banjo, double bass, drums, all sorts of noise makers. These are just some of the instruments we play around with at our shows. The group began with the dream of throwing an energetic party with acoustic instruments, a high quality, clearly audible musical experience that could be had on street corners, on the beach, in living rooms, or amplified in a club.
We started with some old xylophone rags, featuring Cody Jensen, and have since built a large repertoire of originals and covers, old and new. As old as Leroy Carr's "Barrelhouse Women", Memphis Jugband’s “Sugar Puddin’”, and the classic "Salty Dog Blues," and as new as the Beastie Boys' "Girls," Bone Thugs N Harmony’s “Crossroads,” and Abigail Washburn's "Divine Bell." We are highly influenced by jugbands and string bands, both new and old. We also perform calypso tunes featuring Tim Berg on steel pan, Mississippi John Hurt tunes featuring the guitar work of JP Goguen, and a slew of bluegrass standards and not-so-standards. With our extensive collection of instruments, our large spectrum of influences, and our quirky and thoughtful songwriting we embark on our journey of creating a new sound to share with all who will lend an ear.
We pride ourselves on being seriously silly, it’s a commitment to fun. We want to party. We want, we want to party. With you. And your friends. And other people that neither of us know. We're hoping we can all dance till we fall down, sing till our voices cannot be found, and smile till our faces fall off. Bones.
Venue Information:
The Castle Theatre
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
http://www.thecastletheatre.com/