Free Monday: Half Gringa / Beams / Ester

@ The Empty Bottle

Monday, October 1 ~~ 8:30PM

830PM // FREE // 21+

Half Gringa
An emotional scab-picker, HALF GRINGA‘s work explores the confluence of Latinx and Midwestern identity. Her first LP, Gruñona, reveals a palimpsest of wounds upon scars. Contemplative and choleric, all manner of memorials to the past are revealed—mountains, dive bars, orchards, trains, expressways, tiny kitchens, Chicago, Caracas, and outer space. With a full band, HALF GRINGA coaxes confession after confession out of Olive's insistent guitar and undaunted vocals; Andres Fonseca's tender bass lines; Sam Cantor's impish, mesmerizing guitar, Nathan Bojko's meticulous drumming, and Lucy Little's enkindled violin.

Gruñona was named one of Chicago Magazine’s 10 Best Chicago Albums This Year: “Few artists are cutting records with the intelligence of Izzy Olive, the avant-garde indie singer-songwriter who performs as HALF GRINGA. The Carbondale native’s brand of alternative folk, which incorporates chamber rock and jazz, is decidedly blunt in its lyrics and scope, tackling issues of class and violence in jarringly plain verse. Chicago has been a breeding ground for boundary-pushing female songwriters—from Liz Phair to Angel Olsen—and Gruñona has Olive primed for the same type of breakout.” —Britt Julious


BEAMS is a band from Toronto that ultimately defies easy categorization. In their relatively short existence they’ve been called “Art-Country”, “Folk-pop”, “a mix of bluegrass instrumentation, avant-garde noir folk stories,” and most curiously "Spry electropop". BEAMS has worked with the likes of Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies/the Sadies/Neko Case) and John McEntire (Tortoise, Stereolab, Yo La Tengo, Broken Social Scene) and recently just finished shooting a video with Christopher Mills (Modest Mouse, Interpol). They released their new album "Teach Me To Love" earlier this year.


Joining HALF GRINGA as support is ESTER, the newest evolution of songwriter Anna Holmquist's music, ft. a veritable supergroup of Chicago musicians. Comprised of Katelyn Cohen, Chris Colson, Raul Cotaquispe, Will Hulseman and Jenn Romero.