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Slow Down Chicago!

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If you’re like me, you enjoy things that you know. It’s not easy reading a book on something you have no clue about. Sure, you may learn a thing or two, but without some prior knowledge of the subject, can you really understand the work in its entirety? With my simple mind, this can work in song, too. Concoct a track with lyrical content about Chicago and I’m bound to give it a try. Remember the Uglysuit’s great rendition “Chicago”? Well, I stumbled upon another lyrical ode to the city. I was fortunate enough to experience The Week That Was at the Empty Bottle last night. As predicted, the quartet exceeded all expectations and provided a fantastic show. In the same orchestral-like pop manner of The Week That Was, the Chicago sextet Canasta warmed up the tiny Bottle stage for the headliners.

Everyone plays an integral role in these numbers that sometimes made you bounce and stomp, while others made you want to simply sway, like you were caught in a whirlwind of melancholic pop – Cold War Kids came to mind while taking it all in. The sextet have their warm melodies accentuated with strings and even a trombone to round out the heavy piano numbers. Regardless of their formula, Canasta likes their hometown. As a city dweller, or maybe someone who wants to become a Chicago transplant, slow down for four minutes and take it all in….

Canasta :: Slow Down Chicago

With a marching band like beat and a rapid-fire delivery reminiscent of REM’s “It’s the End of the World”

Canasta :: Microphone Song

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