(Published June 12)
off the Millennium Park Summer Music Series, indie rockers Mt. Joy are looking
forward to the June 13 show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
feels like we have played in Chicago as much as anywhere else in the country,”
singer Matt Quinn said. “It is truly one of our favorite places in the world.”
California band, with origins in Philadelphia, built up an online following
after the release of the song “Astrovan.”
had an EP written and just felt good about ‘Astrovan’ so decided to throw it on
Spotify first,” Quinn said. “It got added to a couple of playlists and
performed really well and the whole thing kind of snowballed. It was surreal.
It put us in a position to build out the band, quit our day jobs, tour and
then they hit the road.
have toured pretty continuously for the past two years,” he said.
has been an amazing experience. I think we have all grown so much as musicians,
but I am probably most proud of how close we are as a group.”
said the constant travel takes a toll so it’s important to have a strong
a crazy ride and it’s so much fun,” he said. “The highs are some of the best
times of our lives, but there’s really no way to live like this without people
taking care of each other.”
group, made up of Quinn, his Philadelphia high school buddy Sam Cooper, Michael
Byrnes, Sotiris Eliopoulos and Jackie Miclau, released their self-titled debut
album last year.
proud of the first record,” Quinn said. “It was recorded extremely modestly and
made a lot of beautiful things happen.”
Quinn said there are parts of the album he would change.
where the live show becomes important,” he said. “A lot of the songs on the
record are played pretty differently live, which keeps us sane.”
Quinn is bringing that energy to the city.
time we play [in Chicago] the shows are memorable,” he said. “It’s a city that
cares deeply about music, and there’s obviously an amazing amount of history to
performing Thursday will be country singer and Nashville native Rayland Baxter.
Millennium Park Summer Music Series lineup
shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m., according to City of Chicago.
Henry and the Funk Aposties
e os Caramelows
Valdes & Jazz Bata
Haque + Casseus
Interpretations of J Dilla–Directed by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
of the Sun
Love Love – Chicago Celebrates the Music of Donny Hathaway
information, visit chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park9.html