Local Universe + SV Present: Cosmic Country Showcase feat. Honey Harper

Sat 04/15/23
$14 ADV // $16 DOS

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Teleporting into the new year with a whole new show, the Cosmic Country Showcase is back, and this time we’re bringing a fresh new crew on our voyage. Fellow cosmonaut and celestial siren Honey Harper will be headlining two nights of the most alien revue we’ve ever made. Come on out for a night of unearthly characters, heavenly voices from our guests, and meteoric tunes from the Cosmic Country house band featuring Nick Levine of Jodi! Our host Andrew Sa, Chicago’s queer crooner, will be hosting this wild evening. Dress the part, and DO NOT MISS IT!

Honey Harper entered our universe through a wormhole from another dimension. His first album Starmaker caught the attention of critic after critic who would compare him to Brian Eno and Gram Parsons, but this ethereal voice is on its own plane of existence. He followed up this pivotal release with  a new band of earthlings with his partner and co-founder of the group Alana Pagnutti. Honey Harper & The Infinite Sky features groove-laden tunes and harmonies, and on this special night he’ll be backed by the Cosmic Country Band covering songs from both albums.

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Cosmic Country Showcase

(Chicago, IL)
Genre: Americana

This quarterly cult-hit is an homage to country variety shows like Grand Ole Opry with an extraterrestrial-psychedelic twist. A diverse group of guest vocalists, who you may not otherwise find singing country classics, sing some covers with an all-star band. Some of the best names in, alt-comedy, drag performers, and other variety acts are showcased followed by a set from an original cosmic-country headliner. 

Originally started as a way for creators Dorian Gehring (Foxhall Studios) and Sullivan Davis to start a covers night, the show quickly evolved into an intergalactic revue. A cast was formed, and the night soon had duets with a two-person horse costume, giant raccoons teaching an audience how to dance, fully dressed set of multi-colored cacti, and even more alien events. Shows saw original sets from folks like Dougie Poole, Cassandra Jenkins, Sam Evian & Hannah Cohen, and cover sets from Lillie West (Lala Lala), Tasha, Jeff Tweedy, Tenci, and Hawk Colman the memorable Hideout door person working the event. The comedic talent was insane, original sets from Megan Stalter, Alex Grelle, and Brenden Scannell, also a memorable drag performance from Irregular Girl. The house band had several iterations, but there formed a core line-up of Sima Cunningham (Ohmme), Sullivan Davis, Dorian Gehring, Liam Kazar (Tweedy), and Spencer Tweedy.