I've preached my love of local band Raise High the Roof Beam before here at Gapers Block. Their charming brand of music shimmers both live and recorded, and their shows are a swirling mix of funhouse whistles and balloons wrapped around earnest lyrics delivered affectionately by lead singer Thomas Fricilone. Raise High the Roof Beam are not dastardly in the nature of their music, striving to create layered, quirky, and bold anthems instead of playing it safe and blending into a mundane world of indie pop rock.
The band just released their latest EP, The Majestic Beast of The Flatlands, and are getting ready to leave our fair city and head out on the road for a bit. To celebrate a tour and some new tunes, they are having a show/party tonight at Volcan Gallery. You know the type of venue and show. BYOB, donation at the door, an intimate show with a bunch of strangers while discovering some great new local music. Sounds like a great plan for a rainy Friday night. Sure beats staying inside watching movies on Lifetime.
The show is tonight, Friday May 15th, at Volcan Gallery, 1917 W Irving Park. It's all ages, and the music starts at 8:30pm, a suggested donation of $7 at the door (which will get you music from four bands) and the event is BYOB. I say bring a bottle of wine, no one will bat an eye if you sip straight from the bottle.