Wilco have risen above the term "popular" in their hometown of Chicago. The Grammy award-winning rock quartet has put out near-perfect albums and captivated fans with their live shows in the last 20 years of existence. Recently they announced the band's annual holiday shows and proceeded to sell all six shows out almost immediately.
Lead singer Jeff Tweedy has been in the news lately following the release of his new album recorded with his 18-year-old son Spencer. However, this week drummer Glenn Kotche will be making the biggest splash in Chicago. He starts a residency at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Tuesday with a series of workshops culminating in a public performance on Friday, November 7.
Rarely is the backbone of a successful band as recognized as it should be but Kotche's had no problem getting the attention of his listeners over the years. He's been with Wilco since 2001 - on record for some of the band's most celebrated albums like Yankee Foxtrot Hotel and A Ghost Is Born.
Outside of Wilco, Kotche has also established himself as a talented composer. His works have been performed for a number of percussion ensembles including local groups Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion. Outside of Chicago, Kotche's compositions have been heard on stage as far and wide as the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York and Salvador, Brazil's Teatro Castro Alves.
In short, if you're a budding percussionist or any kind of musician, Glenn Kotche is someone to aspire to.
You can learn a thing or two from him this week when he hosts three interactive workshops on percussion, song composition and sound sculpture. Sadly two of these classes are already full (wait list information is available on the Old Town School of Folk Music's website) but his workshop on the art and practice of drumming is still accepting reservations.
If, like many, you want to see Kotche in his true element, on the stage, then get tickets for his concert this Friday at the Old Town School. He'll be performing pieces from his latest solo release Adventureland. Purchase tickets here.
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