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Wed 02/09/22
8:00PM
18+
$10 ADV // $12 DOS

Cosmic Country Showcase – Hosted By Andrew Sa feat. Sabine McCalla • Elizabeth Moen • Wyatt Waddell • Dylan Bragassa • Skyler Higgley

Cosmic Country Showcase brings you beyond the stars to the PLANET OF LOVE this February. A place where country and romance intertwine their hands and dance together under a star-filled cosmos. This year, New Orleans’ SABINE MCCALLA, will guide us down the planet’s many streams with her heavenly voice. Chicago R&B vocalist WYATT WADDELLl, the booming voice of ELIZABETH MOEN, the out-of-this-world creative genius DYLAN BRAGASSA, and the funniest guy in the universe SKYLER HIGLEY will also be joining us for this heavenly ride. As if that wasn’t enough to get you chomping at the bit, The Cosmic Country Band is back with SIMA CUNNINGHAM, SPENCER TWEEDY, LIAM KAZAR, SULLIVAN DAVIS, and DORIAN GEHRING, hosted by the queer country crooner himself ANDREW SA. The chosen vessel for these three trips is the Cactus Club in Milwaukee and two nights at the Hideout in Chicago.

Andrew Sa

(Chicago)

Actor and Vocalist Andrew Sa has earned the title of Chicago’s premiere queer country crooner. Sa’s career has always been rooted in songwriting that highlights his easy and elegant voice, but when he met mentor and pioneer Patrick Hagerty of Lavender Country, “Lonesome Andrew” was born. Diving headfirst into the catalogs of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and other classic songwriters that defined his childhood, Sa easily slipped into this new but familiar persona. It wasn’t long before all of Chicago was seeking out his voice.

 

“Lonesome Andrew” quickly became the star of The Cosmic Country Showcase, an instant smash hit camp-country revue based out of the Hideout, a bar that has fostered many a golden voices for decades.  One of those legendary voices, Kelly Hogan (Mavis Staples, Neko Case), instantly recognized Sa’s abilities and quickly the two were booking gigs across the city as a duo. The young and talented Liam Kazar (Tweedy, Marrow) also recruited Sa for a duet on his debut album Due North. Audiences and fellow artists alike reveled in Sa’s intra-generational appeal that, while timeless, is rooted in a definitively young, queer perspective.

Sabine McCalla

(New Orleans, LA)

gospel, folk, country-blues, r&b from New Orleans

Elizabeth Moen

(Chicago)

Blending fierce, massive vocals and raw bluesy guitar with introspective lyrics and electronic textures, Elizabeth Moen “showcases both strength and vulnerability, reminding us that these traits often go hand in hand” (NPR Music).

In her heartland hometown of Vinton, Iowa, Moen taught herself guitar as a teenager. “I’ve always been able to sit alone in my thoughts,” she says, “but I can’t sit in silence.” She noticed this innate need to make noise at a young age, and affectionately referred to as “an emotional journey with no destination.”

But Moen did arrive somewhere: at her first performance. She credits the experience with transforming her relationship to songwriting.“I felt understood for the first time,” she says. “I realized songs were the best way I could explain my thoughts and feelings to others — and to myself.” She dedicated herself to the process, writing incessantly, recording prolifically, and performing as much as the public would have her.

Then came a pandemic. Like so many artists (and humans), Moen felt derailed, but her focus remained steadfast and her default coping mechanism as relevant as ever; she kept writing songs. “I’ve realized there are only certain things I have control of in life and I gotta just keep growing, healing, and learning. These songs helped me while I wrote them in quarantine.”

The resulting EP Creature of Habit approaches mental health with a balance of accessible candor and existential profundity. Enticing, mundane titles like “Eating Chips,” “Who Wants Takeout?,” and “Studio Apartment” take on the hard questions hidden in easy settings; Chips on my shoulder and a few in my mouth / Am I bored or am I boring? … How do you sit so calm so still / Knowing time is bound to kill / You me and the sun someday? In its elegant mash of abstract and straightforward, her perspective is brutally relatable.

During part of the writing process, Moen lived with her aunt who is a therapist. In her presence, Moen says she became increasingly intrigued by her own inner workings and more adept at dealing with them. For the songwriter, “Creature of Habit” acknowledges that innate human tendency to repeatedly resort to old habits, and the effort to—well—not.

Looking inward for lyrical inspiration, Moen looked outward for musical growth, delving into soundscapes she had not yet explored. “I’ve never really toyed with DAWs, keys, or synthesizers until I wrote the title track,” she explains. “I’ve always been a guitarist and I wanted to explore new sounds while I looked into my thought patterns and tendencies.”

Having launched in the lane of raw, bluesy, acoustics (opening for the likes of Lake Street Dive), Moen’s bold embrace of indie-pop production and electronic textures is especially enthralling. Her immense vocals and poetic poignancy swirl into the new sonic territory in a form that’s outright haunting.

The songs are ultimately an expression: not only of what the world means to Moen, but what she means to herself. “There are lots of parts of us that people think can’t coexist but they do. We’re all fierce and vulnerable, happy and sad, right and wrong, serious and silly. In my music, I’m searching for all of those things and finding a balance of what I actually am.”

Wyatt Waddell

(Chicago)

Wyatt Waddell is known for his complex melodies, exuberant presence, and powerful yet versatile vocal range, which moves seamlessly between the raspy timbre of James Brown to the melodic whimsy of Paul McCartney. Wyatt has been bubbling at the edges of the Chicago underground and is now set to bring his infectious mix of R&B, pop, and funk into the music world.

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