CHICAGO’S COBALT & THE HIRED GUNS HAVE A BUSY DECEMBER 12TH IN STORE
Chicago, IL – November 18, 2009. After touring the country and racking up some excellent press and radio airplay, Cobalt & the Hired Guns are happy to announce that they will be kicking off the second annual Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival and supporting the much-hyped I Fight Dragons at Metro—all in one 24 hour stretch!
Friends since they were just little buckaroos, the boys of Cobalt & the Hired Guns are preparing for a busy December 12th. The band arrived on the Chicago scene in 2008. That year’s Jump the Fence saw Cobalt getting serious about art and environmentalism–the album was a carbon neutral project–and the new “double single” (“You left your sweater” b/w “Of Summer”) aims for the rafters with a one two punch of boot-stompin’, tambourine-shakin’ cow punk! Cobalt & the Hired Guns have shared the stage with the likes of Dashboard Confessional, Ha Ha Tonka and The Avett Brothers and are proud to add Bela Fleck, Dr. Dog, Eddie “the Chief” Clearwater and I Fight Dragons to the list.
It all starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Congress Theater, where the band will perform for press and fans at a musical brunch. The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival will feature three stages and 25 bands for less than the typical price of the headliners alone. Six-time Grammy-winner Béla Fleck and his Flecktones will unite for their first Chicago date since mid-2007. Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog and the Emmitt-Nershi Band join the party, as well. Van Ghost and The Giving Tree Band will be on hand to represent the Chi-town Americana scene. Tickets for the festival are $35 through the event’s website (cbbfestival.com), ticketmaster.com and clubtix.net. Children 12 years and younger are invited to the fest free of charge!
After a day of fun and music at the Congress, Cobalt & the Hired Guns will head over to the venerable Metro to open for I Fight Dragons, Chicago’s “finest (and quite possibly only) NES-Rock band.” Metromix.com selected IFG as the best new Chicago band for 2009 and the six-piece played the Chicago stop of the Vans Warped Tour this summer. Their shows feature layer upon layer of interactivity and the band plays their power pop songs live on videogame controllers—crazy, cutting edge stuff. The Metro show starts at 9 p.m. and is open to ages 18+.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 12. It will be a busy 24 hrs for Cobalt & the Hired Guns, but as they say “it’s all in a day’s work.” For more on Cobalt, Chicago Bluegrass & Blues, Metro and I Fight Dragons, check out:
“…Incredibly charming, poppy, youthful music…” –Roctober Magazine