Hey, blogspot readers, record your music your way! That's the business motto of the new recording studio which officially opened its doors on Saturday afternoon. Local musicians representing bands such as The Branded, Kazy, A Friend Called Fire, Visionaire, The Root Cause etc as well as family and friends came out to show their support for Brad and Dave, owners and engineers of Chicago Sound Studio. This festive party featured the grand tour of the studio plus an exclusive acoustic performance by Lucid Ground performing a rare mix of original songs and covers to entertain invited guests.
Located at 3441 W. Grand (Grand and Trumbull), Chicago Sound Studio offers musicians/bands that rock star treatment and atmosphere by letting them record their music at fair and reasonable rates. It has a large enough room to host a private in-studio listening party (complete with bar, stage area to perform on and video screens) or simply to record the next great rock album. The acoustics inside this studio were excellent especially while Lucid Ground took the stage for its three separate acoustic acts. Step across the stage towards where the real magic happens - the engineering room. The leather seating, small grand piano and plush carpeting emits that rock star feel inside this room. This cozy room has the state of the art 24 track recording and mixers ...musicians/bands can do their pre and post productions and/or have tracks mastered here. And yes, Chicago Sound Studio is now accepting clients, blogspot readers. For more information, visit http://www.chicagosoundstudio.com or email Brad Calderwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
For over four years, SouthSide has watched this local band go from an opening act as mostly a Doors cover band to now - a premiere rock band within this vibrant music scene. So this reviewer felt very privileged to hear Lucid Ground not as their usual amplified rock band sound but more acoustically for their special Chicago Sound appearance. Though a bit tone down, the raw emotions woven inside Karl's raspy voice (which can melt the hardest of stone hearts) and their melodic rock style still remained, blogspot readers. Each set contained an energetic mix of Lucid's originals (a few off the upcoming album, Somatic, being produced by Brad) and favorite cover selections by CCR (Green River), The Beatles (Daytripper), and Pearl Jam ...even rocked the studio with an awesome acoustic version of Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus. This band wonderfully demonstrated to the listening audience how they could easily transition into this genre without diminishing that spunk or passion which Lucid's known for. Not only did this special performances feature the band but also a surprise set by Brian (bassist) performing a few of his own songs as well as a couple of covers. SouthSide simply advises that he projects more of his voice for everyone to heard the deep yet emotional side rarely seen while performing with the other Lucid members.
SouthSide highly recommeds checking out her good friends, Lucid Ground, at their next scheduled performance. Meanwhile, check out Karl's Lowlight Productions showcase featuring up and coming local talent rockin' the local scene at The Cubby Bear (Wrigleyville) this Saturday Oct 9th. The lineup will have performances by The Root Cause, Visionaire, Kelroy, Along The Parallel and Catatonic. There's a $10 cover and this 21 and over show begins 8p sharp!
For more information about Lucid Ground, visit http://www.lucidground.com or http://www.myspace.com/lucidground.
Until next time, support your local scene,