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The Crane Wives w/ Tom Evanchuck - 4/5/2018

  • The Rialto Theatre 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, OH, 44314 United States (map)

The Crane Wives w/ Tom Evanchuck

Thursday, April 5th | Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm

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In Japanese folklore, the crane wife is a bird disguised as a woman who spins fine silks from her own feathers, until her identity is discovered. The Crane Wives spin fine songs from whole cloth, and you will never want the melodies to leave your head. From murky origins in Chinese restaurants, high school ska bands, and dorm room jam sessions, the band came together in 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and immediately began gathering a following with intricate melodies, sister-harmonies, and compelling songcraft.  Initially part of the indie folk boom, their sound has grown and broadened with each new recording till categorization becomes difficult:  rock, pop, folk?  Just call it really good music.  Audiences and critics agree:  seven "Jammie" awards from influential radio station WYCE in '11, '12, '16 and '17;  winner of Best Folk/Country song from international competition ArtPrize for "Easier" in '12; and selection as one of ten "Entries We Loved" from the renowned NPR Tiny Desk Contest for "High Horse" in '17.  Kate Pillsbury:  guitars, vocals, a twinkle in her eye that tells you she sees through your BS but chooses to be amused by it.  Emilee Petersmark:  guitars, banjo, vocals, boots that will stamp out injustice wherever it may lurk.  Ben Zito:  bass, occasional howls, secret production weapon.  Dan Rickabus:  drums, harmony vocals, engineering, relentless and frankly exhausting levels of positivity.  Four albums released to date:  "Safe Ship, Harbored" (2011), "The Fool In Her Wedding Gown" (2012), "Coyote Stories" (2015), and "Foxlore" (2016), plus a series of new singles in 2017, all available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp, CDBaby, and hell, even Myspace.  If you want to hear about love, life, fear, hope, pain, and the occasional natural disaster, this band, and these songs, are for you.


Tom Evanchuck has been playing music since a child. Presently, whether it's him on an acoustic or with his band The Old Money, he turns heads. He belts like a midwestern Otis Redding and croons on guitar like a hybrid Neil Young Leadbelly student. That is the the charm in Tom Evanchuck, he is truly talented and never forgets to cite his sources. Pays credit to the greats while respectfully finding his own voice in the broad and vast American music sound. Now with The Old Money, his voice cuts through a blend of blues, soul and americana rock created by his unique guitar style, Patrick Jenkins' tasteful baselines and Anthony Evanchuck's heartbeat drumming.