Matt Brown

Musician, Teacher & Producer

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House Concert: Matt, Max & Otto and The Cody Sisters

  • a loft in Wicker Park Chicago, IL 60622 (map)

Join Matt Brown, Max Allard & Otto Allard in a co-bill with The Cody Sisters for an evening of acoustic music in a breathtaking loft in Wicker Park. This house concert will feature a set from each band plus delicious homemade treats between the sets. The location is a private home and seating is limited. RSVP via the Facebook event to secure your seats & receive the address. $20 suggested donation at the door.

Matt, Max & Otto
Take one millennial raised on old-time music in Pennsylvania and add two teenage brother bluegrass phenoms from Chicago, and you get Matt, Max & Otto. This will be their second gig. Their first was in the back room at The Grafton in Lincoln Square, and was so well received that one audience member requested an encore performance of a particularly lonesome fiddle tune from their set. And that guy has a PhD!

Matt Brown is a musician, producer & teacher based in Denver, Colorado. For seven years, he taught at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, where he met Max & Otto. A multi-instrumentalist on fiddle, banjo & guitar, Matt has taught hundreds of students and produced 10 albums. In addition to playing shows in living rooms, barns, and converted mortuaries, he has performed twice on the Grand Ole Opry and once at The Kennedy Center. He has yet to play at The White House or a Waffle House.

Max Allard is a banjo and guitar player from Chicago. He performs original compositions as a solo artist and in the bands From the Start and Bushel & Peck. He has played in Chicago at various venues (Wishbone, Uncommon Ground, The Grafton, Schubas) as well as farmers markets, block parties and square dances, though he has yet to dance in one. Max makes contest-worthy French Toast and is the winner of the 2019 FreshGrass Banjo Award and the 2018 RockyGrass Banjo Competition.

Otto Allard is a mandolinist and a fiddler who performs in the bands From the Start and Bushel & Peck. He, too, has played in Chicago at various venues (Wishbone, Uncommon Ground, The Grafton, Schubas), farmers markets, block parties and festivals. Otto wears hats and makes indecipherable Instagram posts featuring his elder brother. He also orders his burger with just the meat and the bun. We're not entirely sure why.

The Cody Sisters
Their music falls from the clouds like a soft warm rain and in an instant thunders down like a Colorado storm. Audiences are left emotional, inspired, and exhilarated all at the same time. The soft sister harmonies remind the crowd of a simpler, slower time. As the show builds, the award winning sound of their guitars, mandolins, banjos, and bass will fill the hall such that the audience is swimming in a roaring river of perfect sound. These are just three musicians, but their almost entirely acoustic sound is the feeling of a full orchestra. Seeing the Cody Sisters Band is an experience. These young women and their bass player fuse so many different influences, it’s often difficult to define them. The Cody Sisters experience blends Old Time, Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Jazz, Folk, and Modern Bluegrass together in a completely unique sound that stays with the audiences for weeks to come. Their original songs and sound always leaves a lasting impression. Not simply a family band by any stretch of the imagination. Any bio of the Cody Sisters would be remiss if their chief roadie ‘Heather’ wasn’t mentioned. While not on stage, her influence provides the perfect grounding for this unique sound.

Earlier Event: October 20
Fiddle & Banjo: Paul Warren & Earl Scruggs
Later Event: November 17
free old-time jam