The Downtown Sound series begins on Memorial Day with the dynamic Kelly Hogan and her versatile voice and transformative style. A Chicagoan by way of Atlanta, this singer-songwriter mixes her southern roots with Chicago charm. Scott Lucas and the Married Men open the night with their introspective brand of alternative rock.
Kelly Hogan’s voice is so versatile that it can wrap itself around any song, in any style, and transform them into something all her own, be it torchy jazz, country, soul or pop. The past few years have seen her singing with fellow Georgians, the Drive By Truckers, Mavis Staples, the Wee Hairy Beasties and jazz combo The Wooden Leg, and recording and touring with Neko Case on back-up vocals.
Scott Lucas and the Married Men
Scott Lucas is best known as the singer/guitarist for the two-man, Chicago rock band Local H. But recently, he has broadened his musical scope and greatly expanded his lineup, pulling together a collective of musicians — the Married Men – that currently numbers seven and includes violin, accordion and organ. The result is quite different than Local H and a perfect fit for Lucas’ more personal, introspective songs. Reviewers have compared the band to American Music Club, the Waterboys and Lambchop. Lucas calls the group’s evolving sound “country-ish, alt-rock for people who like metal.”