Saturday, October 22, 2016 ♦ 8:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
The Flat Five is a Chicago-based pop vocal super-group — Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Alex Hall — five in-demand musicians who individually spend much of their time touring and recording with bands like Neko Case, NRBQ, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, Iron and Wine, Jakob Dylan, Robbie Fulks, Alejandro Escovedo, The New Pornographers, and many other heavy hitters. These five folks stay very, very busy. Yet for the past ten years, these shameless harmony junkies would come together, like a moth to a porchlight, to make music as The Flat Five. Purely for the love of singing together. For the mother-effing fun of it.
Coming this Fall 2016 — The Flat Five's long-awaited debut album “It's a World of Love and Hope” — 12 irresistibly catchy, instantly-hummable, and sweetly twisted pop songs written by long-time Chicago fixture Chris Ligon — and interpreted with great love by five simpatico nerds with massive musical chops — five friends foamy all over with song fever — who are just in it for the joy. It is a world of love and hope. We insist!
Chris Ligon has been writing and recording songs for over 35 years. Starting out in his parents basement in the late 70's, Ligon enlisted members of his family (most often brother Scott) to perform on songs like "Poop Ghost" and "Buglight". Now in his late 50's, he is still writing songs in his basement and The Flat Five, featuring brother Scott, have recorded an entire album of Chris's songs entitled "It's a World of Love and Hope". Chris has also just released an album of new material called "Outa The Can" and will be performing selections from it as well as gems from the past at this evening's show.