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The Henhouse Prowlers

The Henhouse Prowlers

Still Shine

Fri, June 23, 2017

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

The Castle Theatre

Bloomington, IL

$10 (Advance) / $12 (Day of Show)

Ticket Prices listed do NOT include additional Ticket Fees added at online checkout & box office

The Henhouse Prowlers
The Henhouse Prowlers
Since 2004, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have played their own brand of bluegrass music shaped by the city they live in, and the experiences they’ve had on international tours.  What started as a group of musicians humbly working at their craft with weekly shows in local neighborhood establishments, turned into a full-time job; performing, creating, and teaching music - not only around their hometown, but across the United States, and distant locales in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  The roots of bluegrass shine through the band’s shows, performing around a single microphone, respecting tradition while pushing its boundaries.  On stage, story-telling songs mingle with hard-driving instrumentals and ballads to complete a sound the band has been honing for years, but it’s more than a musical performance.  As one long-time fan says, “You can't leave a Prowlers show without getting the feeling you actually know the people you just saw perform on stage.  It’s like the show was happening in your living room.”

Performing 200 shows a year, this band places no limit on where they will appear.  Cross-country U.S. tours, and annual tours in Europe are a band staple.  In 2013 the Henhouse Prowlers began a relationship with the United States State Department through the American Music Abroad program (AMA), visiting four countries in West Africa.  AMA involves teaching, workshops, and collaborations with local bands in countries seldom visited by foreigners, let alone American bluegrass bands.  The boys embraced their initial opportunity and since then have been invited to perform in other far reaches of the world, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, 11 countries throughout Africa, and  Kyrgyzstan, thus making cultural diplomacy a part of their brand.  

The Henhouse Prowlers have five studio albums (with a sixth due in the fall of 2017), and two live albums to their credit.  Their most recent release, Live From Kyrgyzstan, consists of 13 tracks captured during their recent tour in the Kyrgyz Republic.  Along with a handful of original songs and fan favorites, the album features two of the many songs that the band has learned on their international tours (Sitya Loss, by Ugandan superstar Eddy Kenzo, and popular Kyrgyz folk song “Kara Jorgo”), as well as covers by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Earl Scruggs, and The Grateful Dead.  Rounding out the album, HHP is joined by Kyrgyz folk group Ordo Sakhna for a cross-cultural collaboration of the Ben E. King classic “Stand By Me.”

Whether  at a show in Chicago or a market square in Liberia, the Prowlers see bluegrass as a way to make a musical connection from the stage to the people in the audience.  You feel it at every show.
Still Shine
Still Shine
From the foothills that bank the Illinois river in the heart of Illinois, Still Shine has deep roots in traditional blues, bluegrass, folk, jug band, and alt-country while challenging the boundaries of these genres with a bit of rag time, progressive bluegrass, new grass and outlaw country.
Still Shine, formed in the summer of 2014, is a band of like minded top notch musicians who play original and obscure traditional down home tunes that move body and soul.

Rob Bailey - Guitar/ Vocals
Andy Passie - Harmonica/ Vocals
Dave Frye - Upright bass/ Vocals
Wes Duffy - Mandolin/ Tenor Banjo/Percussion/Vocals.

These river town pluckers are sure to get your toes tapping, your boogie moving and your Shine on!
Venue Information:
The Castle Theatre
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701