Man made music from Chicago that combines Rock with elements of Folk and Americana. Imaginative lyrics, rich textures and intriguing dynamics go hand in hand with stellar production showcases songs by a band that clearly enjoys making music together.
Nina Ferraro is a 16 year old Midwest-born indie-folk artist. She began songwriting at the age of 10, skipping 4th grade recess to practice different chord progressions and strumming patterns. She plays several instruments, including piano, guitar, and ukulele.
“I never had anyone tell me that I should be a musician. I didn’t grow up with the idea that I would be anything in the arts,” Ferraro says. “But when I started writing, I didn’t question it.”
Nina continued to explore music throughout her childhood and eventually enrolled in the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. At age 11 Nina performed at her school talent show, playing guitar and singing a cover of KT Tunstall’s “Other Side Of the World”. She received a standing ovation and the experience fueled her passion for music. In the years following, she performed at venues including Taste of Chicago, SPACE in Evanston, Beat Kitchen, Abbey Pub, Uncommon Ground, and many other venues in Chicago and across the Midwest.
At 14, Nina recorded and released her first original single,”Let It Go,” produced by Wade Norton and Tommy Byrnes (music director for Billy Joel). The legendary Kenny Aronoff worked with Nina in the studio to record drums/percussion for the single.
One year later, Nina returned to Los Angeles, this time to record a five-song EP, produced by Will Golden and Al Sgro (producers of Erik Hutchinson, Meiko, and Michelle Branch).
THE LOVE SHOTS
The Love Shots are a “deathwop” band from Elgin, IL. Drawing influences from 50’s doo wop bands, punk bands such as The Ramones and The Misfits, as well as post-punk bands such as The Smiths, Joy Division, etc… they have created a sound all their own. They formed in 2007 with Danny Craig on guitar and Johnny Perrin on drums. Johnny and Rob Nelson had played in several bands prior to The Love Shots, so he was quickly picked up for bass duties. Johnny took a break from the band in early 2009 right before recording a 6 song self titled EP in Gallery of Carpet Studios with friend Steve Jones filling in on drums and Brian Zieske on the soundboard. Johnny has returned to the Love Shots as of the summer of ’09. With recent airtime on 93.1WXRT’s Local Anesthetic and a successful appearance at Metro Chicago, The Love Shots are starting to gain exposure.
THE DIRTY CREEPS
The Dirty Creeps is a rock band based out of Chicago, IL. Members are Dana Lynn on vocals, Johnny P. on guitar, The Bonk on bass, and Dave Z. on drums. Their debut EP ‘American Dolly’ was released in January of 2012. Their follow-up album is set to be released in summer 2014.