The Fritz

Harmonica Dunn Presents:

The Fritz

Van Loon

Fri, January 19, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Tonic Room

Chicago, IL


This event is 21 and over

The Fritz
The Fritz
The Fritz is a soul-driven dance rock band hailing from Asheville, NC. The group’s aggressive approach to funk, soul, and rock creates a sound that is uniquely their own. Their high-energy, danceable songs provide a platform for each member to shine. With powerful vocals, climactic solos, and tight grooves, The Fritz has built a devoted following and is captivating audiences everywhere.

Originally formed in the rehearsal spaces of University of North Florida's School of Music, The Fritz discovered an immediate chemistry. Drawing on influences such as Prince, Talking Heads and Jimi Hendrix, the quintet integrated their diverse musical tastes and began writing music together.

With their college days behind them, the Fritz soon set their eyes on the mountains of Western North Carolina, eventually settling in Asheville in July 2011. After the release of their 2012 debut album, Bootstrap, the band launched into a near-constant touring schedule. With appearances at festivals such as Hulaween, Wakarusa, and Catskill Chill, the band quickly gained a reputation as a live act not to be missed.

The band’s 2017 release, Natural Mind, captures a sound that has been years in the making.

“We intentionally waited to go back into the studio so that we could really work on the music and figure out what makes this band special,” vocalist and keyboardist Jamar Woods said.

For the new album, The Fritz headed north to More Sound Studios in Syracuse, NY and enlisted the help of producer Dave Brandwein (Turkuaz, Galaxy Smith Studios) and engineers Jason "Jocko" Randall and Jose Varona to assist with the recording process.

“We wanted to work with a producer whose work we respected and who we trusted to add a different perspective,” percussionist Mikey “Spice” Evans said. “Dave played an invaluable role in producing our album.”

While most of the songs were written in the months leading up to recording, the studio environment allowed for some last minute additions and musical breakthroughs.

“We really wanted to arrange these songs specifically for the studio, which was both challenging and fun for us” guitarist Jamie Hendrickson said. “Now we’re very excited to get on the road and have these songs take on a life of their own.”

The band is now taking the album and their unforgettable live performances around the country with the Natural Mind tour.

Check out for local tour dates near you.
Van Loon
Van Loon
Van Loon is a funk-fusion instrumental trio from Chicago! With varying influences from bands such as The Meters, Weather Report, P-Funk, Vulfpeck, Soulive and more, Van Loon sounds like a dense collection of funk grooves with the intensity of a classic fusion band wrapped into one. Founded in the summer of 2016, Van Loon is dedicated to delivering a live music experience unrivaled in energy and groove! Van Loon just finished recording their first set of demos from November 2016, which are being made available for listen on their official Soundcloud page.

Adorned with three Bachelor's degrees in Music and with many combined years of experience playing around Chicago and touring in different bands, the members of Van Loon are well-seasoned professionals in the Chicago music scene.
Mich Shirey (Shaggwell, Gramps the Vamp) delivers a clean guitar attack that grooves just as hard in a solo as he does playing rhythm!
Nick Fane (Nick Moss Band) delivers a punchy low-end that incorporates years of playing blues and hard rock into his fusion stylings!
Dave Brandwein (MELK, Meagan Hickman, Owen Stevenson, Western Automatic) hits the drums with the finesse of a jazz musician combined with the raw power of a rock drummer to create a dynamic style that propels each song to new heights!

I mean, doesn't that just sound awesome? Damn right it does, and those are just words. Just wait until you're actually experiencing them with your ears and stuff.
Venue Information:
Tonic Room
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614