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The Ivory’s – Winner of CEA’s Best Fest Band!


We are excited to welcome The Ivory’s to Retro on Roscoe August 7-9 in Roscoe Village. The Ivory’s are the winners of Chicago Entertainment Agency’s “Fans Choice Best Fest Band!” This contest, allowed fans to choose who they would like to see play at Retro on Roscoe. The most votes won the gig and The Ivory’s were by far the ‘Fan Favorite’ with over five thousand votes.

While harnessing a love of gritty classic rock and dance, this sharp vocal ‘power trio’ consisting of Neil Candelora, Brendan Lazar, and Sam White deliver driving, catchy rock and roll at its purest. Through powerhouse home recordings this band produces an animated yet electrifying live show.

Kyle Hulvey from StarEvents team contacted band member Brendan Lazar to learn more about the band. “We are a returning band to Retro on Roscoe and are thrilled to be back this year,” Lazar said. “We love to play summer street festivals in Chicago every year. It’s not summertime in Chicago without them! We are always looking forward to the next live show opportunity in our hometown.”

When asked about their unique sound Lazar went on to say:

“If the music didn’t evolve then we would not be a cohesive group! With every single we develop, we make sure not to copy what we have done previously, or mysteriously repackage an old idea. In fact, we never really record using the same techniques twice and we do it all ourselves. A new idea is a new idea and we are always experimenting with new instruments and melodies.”

For performing live they keep it simple only using guitar, bass, drums, and some pianos as they have always done in the past. Keeping the simple staple instruments in a live performance creates the struggle in recreating their recorded tracks. That struggle creates a healthy challenge for any artist which in turn, evolves the bands sound into what we hear today.

The Ivory’s play on the West Stage, Saturday, August 8 from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. We hope to see you all there!

Retro on Roscoe Event Details:

Benefit: Roscoe Village Neighbors

Date: August 7-9, 2015

Located: Roscoe St. @ Damen Ave.

Times: Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm, Sunday 12-10pm

Entrance: $10 suggested donation

By: Emily Orthwein

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