Steve in NY

Steve performing in the barn at Camp Copperhead

Hello everyone, it's Steve. Recently, I have had a couple of cool opportunities to learn from some really good song writers. In May, I was able to go down to Austin for a workshop with Texas songwriters Owen Temple and Gordy Quist (from Band of Heathens). More recently, I participated in Steve Earle's Camp Copperhead, a 4 day song writing camp in the Catskill mountains, in upstate New York. Both workshops have deepened my appreciation for the craft of songwriting. Hopefully, some of that translates into better Beta Dogs and Kick Bricks shows! I can't wait to get back to Chicago and get to work!

An active period for Beta Dogs & Kick Bricks

 

It was an active week for Beta Dogs, as they played two shows in Chicago's North Center Neighborhood, including their monthly "Third Thursday" residency show at G&L and a backyard jam at a neighborhood garden, as part of the annual North Center Garden Walk. Both shows were recorded and will (hopefully) be put up on this site. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Kick Bricks performed a couple of sets as part of

The Chicago Music Conference:

                  Next Up: Our monthly  "Third Thursday" residency show at G&L. Hope to see you there!

Beta Dogs

Be sure to check out our acoustic roots alter ego Beta Dogs. Just follow the link!

Steve & Brian @ Uncommon Ground, Devon 4/10/14

Steve and Brian played an acoustic set at Uncommon Ground, Devon on 4/10/14. Download it here free!

Beta Dogs @ Uncommon Ground, Chicago 3.5.14

 

Sharing a bill with Mean Mary, and The Greenleaf Band, Beta Dogs took to the stage at Uncommon Ground on yet another snowy Chicago night and tore through a mix of covers and originals, including a first ever performance of the Jethro Tull classic "Locomotive Breath" and spirited renditions of "Hollywood", "The Way That it is", "Promise" and "Rosali McFall". In the middle of all of that rucus, the band pulled back the reins and stripped things way down for a quiet soulful version of Iwo-Jima. Topping off the day, Beta Dogs learned that it has been confirmed for a standing gig at G&L Tavern on the third Thurday of every month! All in all, another great night! Listen and download it here!

Beta Dogs @ G&L 2/20/14

The temperature was not sub-zero, which helped, but still, the winds were whipping in gusts of 50+ miles-per-hour on a 25° night in Chicago, after a day of rain and melting snow left streets and sidewalks looking like ponds and rivers. Yes, it has been a winter to remember (or forget) around here! Yet once again, the G&L filled up with friends, neighbors and fans to watch Beta Dogs tear through 2 1/2 hours of acoustic roots rock & roll. The vibe was quirky from the opening notes of a radically different-sounding version of "Bluegrass Thing", which may need to be renamed now -something more like "Blues Thing". Things just got weirder from there, as the band called songs out on the fly and the songs kept coming out in slightly altered states! No matter- the night was fun and the music percolated nicely, as it rolled along. No one remembers any of the details- guess we will have to give it a listen !

 

Beta Dogs shake off the winter blues @ G&L

It was another blisteringly cold night in Chicago. Temperatures hovered at -5 below zero (before wind chill - & it was gusty). Yet inside the G&L Tavern on Chicago's north side, Kick Bricks side project Beta Dogs were bringing the heat for a packed house. It was most definitely a heart warming experience for the band to see such a great turnout on such a cold winter night!

The band kicked things off with an improvised jam & then followed up with a spirited version of Death Letter. Then they just kept on playing. After a short break, they came back with a funky Stir it up and a show stopping Hallelujah. Then they just kept on playing. Who knows what was played? Guess we will find out when we get to the recording (we will put it up at some point, hopefully). No one wanted to leave -everyone was having too much fun! Finally after two sets spanning 31/2 hours the band called it a night, ending with scorching versions of Halfway to Zero and Voodoo Child. Then came the after party- drums appeared in the middle of the floor for anyone who felt like hitting them, funky jams boomed over the house system & a spontaneous dance party broke out. When did it end? Who knows? Nobody cared! It was, without question, late! Another night of ridiculous fun in the books!

Kick Bricks rocks for Ebinger!

On a wet and blustery night in January, Kick Bricks took to the stage at the Edison Park Inn, in support of Ebinger Elementary School, in Chicago's Edison Park neighborhood. The band's first public appearance in nearly five months did not dissapoint. From the opening notes of "Stir it up", to the raucus readings of "Rosali McFall" and "New Speedway Boogie", which ended the set, Kick Bricks offered up a blistering mix of covers, originals, and generous amounts of jamming to the packed room. What a blast!

Next up: Beta Dogs @ G&L Tavern (located at Grace & Leavitt in Chicago's North Center neighborhood) on Thursday 1/23/14. @ 8:30 pm.  Come on out - it's free!

Another fun night at G&L

t was a frigid night in the city of Chicago, But it wasn't enough to keep Beta Dogs and a room full of friends, family, and neighbors from bringing a little heat to the G&L Tavern on Chicago's north side. Never ones to play things  by the book, Beta Dogs played for nearly 3 1/2 hours over two sets which covered a wide range of music, including songs from deep in the band's back catalog. Highlights included Brian digging down for acoustic versions of his tune "Half-Assed Man" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", Joe taking on the Allman Brothers' "Blue Sky", and a reworking of Steve's "Hard Living", that changed a typically 31/2 minute tune into an epic 10 minute jam, to open the night's proceedings. The band seems to be coming together in real time as harmonies, arrangements and solos spring up on the fly. It's been interesting and fun. The crowds seem to be loving it too, so right now things are looking good & we can't wait for next!

Beta Dogs rock Uncommon Ground

On a beautiful post-Thanksgiving Sunday night, Beta Dogs took to the stage at Uncommon Ground on Clark Street, in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood. The band delivered a diverse set of originals and covers to an enthusiastic crowd at the intimate performance venue. Highlights included  the Grateful Dead classic "Loser" , the Stones' "Happy", and Steve's "Forgiven". The space at Uncommon Ground is a mix of wood and brick that just simply works with the wooden music the band brought to bear. The band and room both sounded great! Download or stream it for free here!