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June 20, 2014

Roots of Chicago to play WKC

The West Kortright Centre will present the roots band Birds of Chicago at 8 p.m. Saturday. 

According to a release from WKC, “JT Nero and Allison Russell, two of the most compelling new voices in North American roots music, front the four-piece, multi-instrumental collective that delivers mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul.” 

The couple, who are are coming off a tour of the U.K. and Ireland, will bring with them their 5-month-old daughter. The two have performed previously with other bands — Russell with Po’ Girl and Nero with JT and the Clouds — but first collaborated as JT Nero on 2011’s “Mountains/Forests.” The eponymous Birds of Chicago debut album was released in october 2014. The Chicago Tribute wrote that Nero and Russell “project organic gospel, hillbilly, folk and soul elements that bridge traditional and modern approaches.”

Tickets for this concert are $23 in advance, or $27 at the door. Members receive a $3 discount. For children ages 18 and younger, tickets are $11. For more information, call (607) 278-5454, or visit

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