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Trouble in Paradise Music Festival @ The Empty Bottle

September 13, 2018 @ 8:00 AM - September 15, 2018 @ 5:00 PM



Trouble in Mind and Paradise of Bachelors, in cooperation with the venerable Chicago venue the Empty Bottle, are proud to present Trouble in Paradise, a three-day festival showcasing a simpatico sampling of both record labels’ critically acclaimed and wide-ranging international rosters.

Over the course of several years trading records, intel, and jokes, Chicagoans Lisa and Bill Roe of Trouble in Mind and Brendan Greaves and Christopher Smith of Paradise of Bachelors (based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina) have developed an abiding appreciation for each others’ curatorial aesthetic, ethics, and shared bemusement about the shit business of music. Together they got a wild hair to hatch a plan for a festival that felt more like a party. It was, above all else, an excuse to bring together many artists who have never before graced the same stage—and to call something Trouble in Paradise.


FACS features Noah Leger (drums) and Brian Case (guitar), formerly of Chicago band Disappears, with newly-added bassist Alianna Kalaba. Using minimalism and space, FACS make abstract and modern art rock. Their long-anticipated debut album, Negative Houses, finally made its way to fruition through Trouble In Mind Records this March, plus an unforgettable release show with wild visuals and high vibrations. Not missing a beat, FACS headline the one-of-a-kind Trouble In Paradise immediately after directly supporting SUUNS on their national tour.

Convoluted, jangled and from the heart, ETHERS joins the bill to warm up the fervor. This new flavor of downbeat garage rock was birthed from members of local hitter bands HEAVY TIMES, OUTER MINDS, RADAR EYES and SKIP CHURCH. They’ve supported incredible acts here in the past year opening for ROYAL HEADACHE and A. SAVAGE of PARQUET COURTS. We’re beyond gracious to welcome them back for what will undoubtedly be another electrifying performance on the books.

JAMES ELKINGTON is known for crafting his sound with little regard to tradition. While employing folk and english technicality, ELKINGTON says his sound and songwriting were formed out of his personal experiences within those parameters. It seems that ELKINGTON has found a way take genre and turn it on it’s head by fighting the rigidity of labels and adding an element of fluidity within.


September 13, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
September 15, 2018 @ 5:00 PM


The Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622 United States
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(773) 276-3600

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