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Cereus Bright w/ VV Lightbody (of Santah)

  • Ravenswood and Belle Plaine Chicago, IL (map)

Cereus Bright are some incredible gents from Knoxville, Tennessee.

“We figured out what kind of band we want to be...We want to write songs about real life, which can be beautiful or messy or both. We want to play them in a way that’s melodic and catchy, but is still musical and real. And we want to connect with people–whether it’s in person or through our music, we want our music to mean something to people.”

Excuses, released July 29, reflects these values. The debut album is a step forward, showing newfound complexity in songwriting, arrangements and sound. The full band’s musicality and cohesion shines, at times dipping into folk influences of Bob Dylan and Damien Rice and growing to rock-and-roll heights inspired by Wilco and The Band.

This summer, the band will be sharing the album live with fans and new listeners, through a CloseUp tour. Leading up to its release, they have found unique spaces in over three dozen cities across the country to host private concerts playing all the new songs and older ones in a more intimate setting.

“We want people to hear this music the way we made it, which was together as a band in a room like these.” Ford says “We think if we can introduce our fans to Excuses in a way that they’ve never heard or seen before, they’re going to walk away loving it.”

This show is going to be a little different for us here at Music Means Family. We're partnering with a brewery that's really close to our hearts, so no BYOB this time. Just really good beer from really good folks.

Doors are at 7:30, show is at 8. We can not sell any tickets at the door for this one, so the only way to come is click here and reserve your spot. See you there.

Earlier Event: June 27
Prairie Empire
Later Event: August 30
Courtney Marie Andrews (Full Band!)