Danielia Cotton W/ Lauren Wolf Band at the Red Line Tap
Growing up in rural Hopewell, New Jersey (population 2,010), Danielia Cotton stood out. Not just because she was only one of about seven Black kids in her junior high school, but because of the compelling power of her shockingly big voice, which stopped people in their tracks from early on. Danielia's natural gift--raw, searing vocal chops combined with a deep, buttery tone--draws from the two different rich traditions that she absorbed early in her youth. On the one hand, she couldn't get enough of what her friends and neighbors were listening to: AC/DC, Zeppelin, the Stones. On the other, she was her mother's girl: daughter of a jazz singer and member of the church gospel choir, grooving to Mavis Staples, Etta James, Billie and Ella.
The happy collision of these two traditions is her new album, Rare Child, produced by Brad Jones (Jill Sobule, Over the Rhine) and co-produced by Joe Blaney (Shawn Colvin, Soul Asylum) and Danielia herself. On Rare Child, the sheer joy and pain she evokes in her songs instantly draw the listener in. She pulls, stretches and grips her lyrics with a strength that is startling considering this lovely young woman's seemingly happy-go-lucky demeanor and petite frame. Appearances aside, like male counterparts Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone or crossover icon Tina Turner, Danielia not only has embraced the notion of Black Rock--she has redefined it.
Very early on, music played a major role in Danielia's life. It became not only the focus of what would become her career, but also, her saving grace and her best friend. "If I didn't have music saving me every day, I wouldn't have a place to put a lot of emotions that I have that could potentially be destructive," says Danielia. "It's how I survive." Citing her mother, Danielia speaks lovingly about musical influences that aren't quite from the playbook of most Rock performers. "I loved Phyllis Hyman's ..Somewhere In My Lifetime,'" she says, "and Chaka Khan. But not just the popular stuff. It was her version of ..I Loves You, Porgy' from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. My mom also listened to things like Bonnie Raitt and Loggins & Messina. But for me, it was listening to Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder's album Songs In The Key of Life: it was about that tone that I thought was the best. And Nancy Wilson singing ..Guess Who I Saw Today''; the first time I heard that I was like, ..I don't even like that genre' but I couldn't get over the delivery. There was so much emotion. I like artists that were living and feeling whatever it was they were singing about."
The Lauren Wolf Band
Chicago rock/blues singer Lauren Wolf and The Lauren Wolf Band are everything that made pure rock artists like Janis Joplin timelessly successful and none of what makes today's radio a monotonous fad. The LWB is the 2012 winner of the Live Nation Battle of the Bands, beating out 150+ bands nationwide. Lauren's powerful, evocative and raspy vocals have been compared to the likes of Janis Joplin and Grace Potter. Patrick Dugan on guitar is electrifying and the combination of the two makes you feel like you just took a time machine right back to Woodstock.
On the drums is Philippine native Mervin Dimailig. Do not let Mervin's shy demeanor fool you, because when this bad boy gets on stage, watch out for some intense rock beats and stylings. Rounding out the band is Bill Marzano on bass. Bill's funky grooves polish off The LWB's classic but uniquely modern sound. The LWB's album "All My Secrets" was released by a two-time, Grammy-winning producer who was formerly at Capitol Records for 15 years. The band is currently working on their second album and will be seen this August 10 at Northalsted Market Days before Wilson Phillips and 10,000 Maniacs.
The Red Line Tap (View)
7006 N Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|