Todd Kessler with special guest Preston Gunderson (Folk Rock) $10
Thursday, October 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Calling Todd Kessler a singer/songwriter simply wouldn’t do him justice. The rising folk-rock star is the consummate storyteller, with a remarkable ability to take listeners on a winding, wonderful, and introspective journey through the depths of the human experience.
Kessler’s highly anticipated new album, About Memory, was released on November 3, 2017. The album finds Kessler going back to his roots, producing a timeless folk sound with hints of alt-rock and classic Americana.
Recorded in Los Angeles at New Monkey Studio (made famous by Elliot Smith), About Memory was produced by Marc Daniel Nelson (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat) and Ran Jackson (Katy Perry, Goo Goo Dolls) and mastered by Eric Boulanger, who has worked with industry titans like Adele, Green Day, and Neil Young.
“When a songwriter can tell a story that is specific to them, yet allows the listener to hear him or herself in it, that’s the pinnacle for me,” shares Kessler.
To date, Kessler has released two singles from About Memory: “Old Fashioned Way” and “The Letter.”
Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Kessler graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Music Theory and Composition. Shortly after graduating, he released his first LP, We Are the Musicmakers. In 2012, Kessler formed Todd Kessler and The New Folk, and they released their first album, Sea Fever, which was produced by Manny Sanchez (Patrick Stump, Umphrees McGee). The album’s release was supported with a lengthy residency at Schubas Tavern, but as it happened, Kessler missed part of the residency when he was chosen as part of Team Ceelo on NBC’s The Voice.
Gaining exposure from The Voice, Todd Kessler and the New Folk began touring more, playing festivals like Summerfest, Taste of Chicago and Mile of Music. Between 2013 and 2015, the band worked on new material and released two singles: “Exactly Where I Should Be” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” But, as members of the New Folk began getting married and having children, life on the road became arduous. Eventually, the New Folk agreed to a break, disbanding indefinitely to spend time with their families.
Influenced by artists like Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Ryan Adams and David Gray, Kessler continues to evolve into the bold storyteller he’s always wanted to be.“I like to call myself a realistic optimist,” says Kessler. “I will always tend to see the bright side of things but don’t shy away when things get real.”
Preston Gunderson is a singer songwriter based out of Minneapolis, MN. With his powerful voice, and catchy melodies, Gunderson has been bringing in listeners of all ages and capturing major attention.
Preston’s full length album “While I was Gone” cracked the top #200 on the iTunes pop charts. Roughly a year later, his sophomore record “The Recluse – EP” peaked at #25 in the world on the iTunes Singer Songwriter charts, just behind The Civil Wars, and ahead of legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. He also had a stint as a casting finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” and more recently Fox’s “American Idol.” He has since released his 2nd full length album, “Getting Good at Starting Over,” due to an incredible Kickstarter campaign, made possible with the love and support of his friends, family, and fans. The record was completed The Terrarium recording studio. His record “Face Yourself, Then The World” released summer of 2016 at the Icehouse MPLS. His new record, “Wake up” released September, 12th 2018 and is available online on all major streaming services .
Preston has since toured nationally, and overseas (2011) making a name for himself. Opening up for acts such as Brandie Carlile, The Guess Who, Jeremy Messersmith, Trampled by Turtles, Nicholas David, Live, Sister Hazel, and Everclear.
8pm Preston Gunderson
9pm Todd Kessler
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