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50/50: Beach Bunny, The Evening Attraction, Hala, The Slaps

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Doors: 5PM | Show: 6PM | All Ages

Fifty50 Shows Presents A Fundraiser for Hope For The Day

$7 Adv, $10 Doors

Beach Bunny
Lili Trifilio embarked on a solo music project in 2015, with tunes reminiscent of alt-pop and "sadgirl" music. Adding backing musicians Matt Henkels (guitar), Jon Alvarado (drums), and Aidan Cada (bass) to her live performances in 2017, Beach Bunny is a Chicago act you don't want to miss.

From people falling head over heels for Lili's sweet voice and catchy composition style, their latest release 'Crybaby' took Chicago by storm. Drawing inspiration from heartache, her brother fighting cancer, struggles of being a female in the scene, and everyday obstacles - you can listen to them on almost every streaming platform.

“Sports” is the first track collectively worked on by the four-piece alt-pop band, released on January, 1, 2018. All members worked nonstop to debut the band's new, matured direction tying in styles of power pop, alternative, and surf rock.

Described as "Zooey-Deschanel-meets-the-Beach-Boys-type vibe" by Crafted and with over 100k streams on their newest track so far, stay tuned for what's to come from Beach Bunny this year.

The Evening Attraction
Released March 3, 2018 - the boys are back at it with new record 'The End, Again'! The album was recorded, mixed, and produced at Treehouse Records on 2” tape.

The Chicago bop-rock four-piece made their debut in 2014 with a 10 track LP, 'Almost Desperate'. Over the course of the next three years, Miles Malin, Paul Ansani, Nick Tumminello, Joey Abaroa - affectionately known as TEA, would release 4 singles.

In the company of Twin Peaks and Post Animal, TEA has thrived in the deep-rooted DIY scene. Regularly playing major venues in Chicago, TEA has opened for national touring acts including The Mystery Lights, Seratones, Little Green Cars, & The Nude Party. They made their SXSW debut March 2017.

Echoing the harmonic structure of their favorite 60’s rock n roll groups such as The Beach Boys and The Zombies. A vast influence from seducing bebop era jazz, daptone soul, to 60’s fuzzy garage riffs creates TEA’s formula of rock n roll that will make you swing, bop and bang your head. These boys’ brand of music is their expression of what they believe today's rock n roll should sound like.

Ian Ruhala, better known as HALA, has been writing and recording music for several years and at the young age of 20, he is already a singer/songwriter veteran.

Picking up guitar with his father's help, Ian recorded his first track by the age of 8. Several years passed as did several bands. Being heart-broken after the end of a long-term relationship; Ian was immensely inspired. Band-less, Ruhala decided to take matters into his own hands.

Solo artists like Mac DeMarco and Ty Segall fueled Ian’s idea to begin recording at home, working with a band inside his own head. With very little knowledge and equipment in the beginning, it was during this time in his parent’s storage room that HALA was born. Releasing 3 EP's in one year, HALA journeyed to Brazil for their first tour August 2015.

Following a successful tour, Ian didn't adjust well to college. After cranking out nearly 60 songs, Ian left school to record a proper debut. Moving to Detroit, Ian lived in an attic where the only view was a funeral home and The Motown Museum. It was here HALA began recording 'Spoonfed', self-described as a journal entry in a life that has been anything but ordinary over the past couple years.

The Slaps
The Slaps are a three piece band based out of Chicago, IL. Labeling their sound as 'beach blues", they draw influence from old blues and folk to 60's/70's, contemporary rock, - even a slight influence of experimental music.

The lineup consists of Rand Kelly (guitar & primary lead vocals), Ramsey Bell (bass), and Josh Resing (drums). Rand and Ramsey grew up together in Lexington, KY from the first day of Kindergarten to today. Both moving to Chicago in Fall 2016, they met Josh the very first night they arrived. Clicking instantly, they started The Slaps September 2016 and by January 2017 released their debut EP 'Susan's Room'.

The Slaps have gained popularity playing the DIY scene of Chicago - selling out shows and hitting capacity at almost every show they've played. Recently breaking into the more typical, professional venue scene, they're an indie trio on the rise.

With a forthcoming full-length album and music videos in the works, the future looks exciting for The Slaps. While straying away from social media sites and only using Instagram to connect to fans, The Slaps have big hearts - more than optimistic of what's to come next.


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