Sun, Feb 25th | 3:00 PM
Saturday, December 9, 2017 ♦ 8:00 PM
4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000
Mike Mangione & The Kin is a touring group that American Songwriter Magazine has coined Orchestral Folk and is rooted by brothers Mike and Thomas Mangione. Time Out Chicago has aptly described them as, “a more atmospheric take on folk-rock.” Mike's first album, Tenebrae (2008), was warmly received in the press. All Music Guide selected his work as an “Album Pick," New York Magazine spotlighted the band, while Blurt Magazine referred to the “tear-stained folk, Memphis-styled gospel and bluesy-flavored pop” as “luminous.” In 2010 Mike & Thomas released Offering on their own imprint, RODZINKArecords, with sync and digital licensing by DUALTONE Records with their new backing band, The Union. They averaged 100+ dates yearly and toured as far as Asia, Europe, and Canada. On September 3rd, 2013, they released Red-Winged Blackbird Man (RODZINKArecords), produced by Grammy-nominated producer Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown, Iris DeMent). Shortly, after the album took its course, the Union dissolved, leaving Mike and Thomas (lead guitar) to rebuild. In 2014 Mike began spending time in the northern woods of Wisconsin to focus on writing his 5th studio record. Not having a band to workshop with, Mike began the writing process for this new record differently, focusing on the rhythm first. Once the rhythm was written, Mike began writing the layers of instrumentation on top of each other, concluding with a new element to his music: vocal harmony. When finished, Mangione went out looking for the players for this new project and was introduced to Chauntee (violin) and Monique Ross (cello) of the band Sistastrings. The sister's level of musicality with both stringed instruments as well as vocal harmony won Mike over, and he quickly brought them into his orbit. Mike needed a sturdy rhythm section for the project and reached out to friends Josh Collazo (drums) and Seth Ford-Young of Los Angeles-based Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Josh suggested the Magnetic Zeros trusty producer/engineer Matt “Linny” Linesch for the producer job and Linny agreed. The band started recording at historic United Recording (Ocean Way) in Los Angeles, CA in the winter of 2015. Since the foundation of the band consisted of two families, the Mangione brothers & Ross sisters, they adopted the name Mike Mangione & The Kin. Their new record, But I've Seen The Stars, will debut October 20th, 2017 on RODZINKArecords.