Aryk Crowder

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Price: FREE

Saturday, January 13 at 9 p.m.

Long before the first volume of his recent 2x4 EP series, everything about Chicago-based soul/pop sensation Aryk Crowder was building toward a sturdy structure on which his unique vision can thrive. From his early four-track recordings in a studio apartment to recent grass-roots efforts in crowd sourcing and charity work to the hand-stamped artwork and distribution of 2x4, it's all innovative, creative and certainly DIY. But, Crowder's ethic also hearkens back to a time before DIY was hip. In order to stand out, Crowder isn't building walls with his own two hands, but rather bridges.

Whether solo or joined by his infectiously enjoyable live band, Crowder has wowed audiences as an opener for national touring artists: Yuna, Jordan Knight, Mat Kearney, and more. Crowder made a sold-old debut appearance at Angels & Kings (owned by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz). Crowder has also racked up several stunning, live on-air performances on WGN 720AM, WBEZ 91.5FM, Vocalo 90.7FM and Fearless Radio, reaching worldwide audiences listening over the internet.

Crowder's connections to his fans are far from done when the final note is sung or the last instrument cable is wrapped up for the night. He's bringing human emotion (and handmade keepsakes in which to collect them) back in an age of a point-and-click music industry.