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"Lindsay's songs will leave you with a sense of danger that
you didn't know could come from something so sweet."  
-Jason McInnes, Old Town School of Folk Music

December shows! 

Hope you can make it out this week to hear Mike and I play another Wednesday night gig at Angelo's. We've been working up some interesting arrangements of standards, pop songs, and some of my originals. The food and drinks are always good and it's such a cozy space.... It should be a great night! 

Then next weekend I'm playing in an Eagles cover band as part of Covers for Cover 8, an annual benefit rock show! Female rockers cover their fave bands, proceeds go to cover homeless pregnant teens. The band is Little Queens: Aerin Tedesco, Andrea Bunch, John Mead, Debbie Kaczynski, Greg Nergaard, and Steve Alspach; awesome musicians all around. Since we'll be a female-powered band playing all Eagles songs, we'll be "The shEagles." It's going to be amazing.

The Covers for Cover rock music benefit series was created and is produced by Mia Park, a rock drummer and host of the cult favorite kid's dance show, "Chic-A-Go-Go. Mia started Covers for Cover in 2006 as a way to empower local female rock musicians to raise funds for the female homeless population. By playing cover songs, the musicians could provide cover, and Covers for Cover was born. This year the event benefits Response-Ability Pregnant and Parenting Program (RAPPP), the only homeless shelter in Chicago working with pregnant or parenting teen moms.

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Hope you're staying warm!

Lindsay and the Lights Go Out 

Exciting news: the band has been so solid lately that we decided we needed something awesome to call ourselves. From now on, full band shows of mine will be billed as Lindsay and the Lights Go Out. This name was decided at the great show that Nick and Jarod and I played last weekend at the DCtorium; during our set we kept throwing out potential band names to the audience and using their response to evaluate their quality. This one was the clear winner after our set, but it was confirmed for sure around midnight that night when there was a blackout at the venue. The lights never came back on and we had to load out under the glow of cell phone flashlights. If that's not a sign, I don't know what is.

Lindsay and the Lights Go Out will be playing at Lincoln Square's annual Square Roots Festival on Saturday, July 9th at 4:45pm. I love when I get to be part of this big joyous festival thrown by and for the awesome community that is the Old Town School of Folk Music. You won't want to miss it!

Speaking of the Old Town School, the Youth Music Showcase a few weeks ago was an overwhelmingly beautiful experience. The show closed with a few hundred voices joining together on my piece "We Will Sing." It was a pretty indescribable moment... It was both impossible to imagine and exactly as I'd dreamed. The show was the morning after the shooting at Pulse in Orlando, and so the power of all of those voices raised together and crying out "Sing for a world that's full of love" felt especially important. Ben Chandler took a nice video, which you can see here:

The next Cover to Cover is coming up on July 10, and will be the last one before I take the month of August off. Participants are Emily Hurd, John Mead, and Emily White. Then later in July I'm heading out to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where I'll be playing a show at The Makespace and co-teaching a songwriting camp with my former bandmate and dear friend Heather Perry. GOOD STUFF.

I still love summer. Hope you are enjoying yours.


Spring is here. I've had some great jazz shows recently: played at Buckingham Fountain with Come Sunday and another nice night at Angelo's with Mike Allemana. Cover to Cover is coming along splendidly. I am learning about being a curator, host, performer, editor, and podcast manager. I am also hearing a lot of beautiful, fascinating music and witnessing many remarkable human moments of connection. I just posted the podcast for Episode 3 here, and you can find the individual cover tracks on Soundcloud here.I'm looking forward to being a full-on participant once again in the June 12 show with Aerin Tedesco and Nick Davio, two of my best buds and most natural musical collaborators. 

June 12 will be a busy day for me; that morning is the Youth Music Showcase at the Old Town School, where my Young Voices classes will be performing. I also wrote the song that all classes and performers are learning and will play together for our grand finale that day. It's called We Will Sing, and it's a three part piece about springtime and Chicago and music making from your heart. It's one of my favorite things I've ever written, and I can't believe that I'll get to hear a whole concert hall full of voices singing it together. I have goosebumps already. Here is a demo I recorded with Nick Davio and Megan Vanja O'Connor, a 9-year-old long-time student of mine.

The next night, June 13, I'll be part of the Acoustic Explosion at Silvies with a group of performers who usually play for kids but are encouraged to bring out their adult material. Right up my alley. ;)  On June 17 I'll be playing my songs with Nick and Jarod at a cool DIY space called the DCtorium. 

Lots of travel and fun planned this summer: going to California, teaching at a songwriting camp in Pennsylvania, visiting friends in St. Paul, family vacation in Door County. Plus teaching and biking and good Chicago times. Living the life! See you out there.

Cover to Cover podcast: first episode! 

I've started hosting a new songwriter series on the second Sunday of every month called Cover to Cover. In each show, 3 Chicago songwriters present their own original songs and cover each other's. The first show happened on March 13 and featured Miki Greenberg, Jonas Friddle, and myself, Lindsay Weinberg. It was great and I can't wait for the next one. I've just finished up making a podcast of the live show and am thrilled to put it out, so you can experience it in the comfort of your home, car, wherever. Please subscribe and enjoy!


photo by Ben Chandler
It's been a week since my release show at the Hideout and I'm still basking in the glow... Many thanks to everyone who came out to be part of the best audience I've ever experienced. You were really with me, dancing and grooving during the uptempo songs and listening so beautifully during the more tender ones. I was so moved and so grateful. I'll never forget it. What a night!

I've gotten some really special responses to my new album. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"Your songs are so good. And I feel like you wrote them all for ME!"

"You present so many honest emotions in so many colorful ways."

"Just stunningly personal and gorgeous words and music. Overwhelmed. Really."

"Your songs have so many different times to them.... the show was like time traveling."

"I think I speak for the audience in saying that we all "felt" you, and it is so great to hear what you come up with in that head of yours."

"Tim Tutten (notoriously chatty owner of the Hideout) DIDN'T TALK TO ANYONE for your entire set! That's how you know it was REALLY good!"

"You're so brave. I'm inspired."

Thank you so much to everyone for coming out, for listening, for being open to my music. Beauty is powerful. Art heals.


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