Award winning and nominated bands from Wisconsin, Illinois, & Minnesota come together for an unforgettable night of Americana & Country music! Becky Kapell duo will open the show.
$12 - $16
The son of a small-town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow Midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small-town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80. “I love the energy, music, and creativity of Chicago, but at the same time, the roots and hard work of my small town,” he shares. Growing up in Delavan, Illinois, with a population less than 2000, Diekhoff’s grandparents were farmers, and their values have always provided the baseline of his songs. He writes music for “the kind of people that come to my shows. Whether in Chicago or Delavan, everyone has a story, and everyone puts in a long day and works hard the same way,” he says. “My generation may have been labeled as slackers, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t work hard - many people I know put in 50-60 hours a week and 12-hour days. That’s what keeps me playing. I don’t like anyone to be left out; my music is for everyone in big and very small towns.” He listened to punk rock and grunge as a kid before discovering a friend’s dad playing Hank Williams, and it was a revelation. Prine and Guthrie quickly followed. The name Chicago Farmer was originally for a band, but the utilitarian life of driving alone from bar to bar, city to city - to make a direct connection to his audience and listener, took a deeper hold. $15 in advance, 21+
In It to Win It - 2022 Year-End Favorite Lists!
- Top 89 of 2022: Mike Pengra's top albums: Radio Heartland D.J. Mike Pengra lists In It to Win It among his favorite albums and local albums of the year!
- The Current's United States of Americana 2022 In Review: D.J. Bill DeVille says "On this USofA I played some of my favorites and some of the songs you heard a bunch in 2022. Artists like Erin Rae, Angel Olsen, Ian Noe, Nikki Lane, Becky Kapell and Paul Cauthen." Listen HERE!
- Southern Minn Scene Sarah Selects: Best local albums of 2022: In It To Win It - Becky Kapell "Easy going Americana, from the same bookshelf as Lucinda Williams, Tift Merrit and Iris Dement, Becky Kapell has cemented herself as one of the names to know in the genre. Finding music later in life, Becky is not trying to impress anyone. Her simplistic lyrics and uncomplicated playing capture a laid back, no-nonsense-tells-it like-it-is spirit. For In It To Win It, she recorded the songs live with her veteran band improvising their parts as they went. The result is a sound that embodies the moment."
- Best of 2022, Part 2 of 2: Radio Heartland D.J. Mike Pengra picks Idle Down as one of his favorite songs of the year on part 2 of his two-part "best of" episode pair, based on Mike’s favorites from 2022 including music from Mary Gauthier, Jake Blount, Kelley Smith, Lyle Lovett and more. Listen HERE!
- Idle Down nominated for the Top 89 Songs of 2022 on The Current