Hopstring Fest 2016 was an amazing celebration & John & The Old Gang Orchestra played an inspired set on Saturday afternoon, unveiling a larger band for the first time, augmented by the addition of Kevin Krauss on keyboards & Ellis Wright on saxophone. The sonic result was well received & the majority of the set contained new material, hinting at exciting things to come for 2017! The momentum continues this week as John will play his monthly residency @ Chicago St. Pub on Thursday Aug 25th & close out the “Hopstring Hangover” week w/ a return to the Will County Fest on Sat. Aug 27th for a solo matinee set! Check back regularly for updates & announcements!
The 2016 installment of Hopstring Fest is rapidly approaching & John Condron & the Old Gang Orchestra are thrilled to be included once again in the lineup! Hopstring has grown into one of the finest festivals in the country & this years lineup promises to be the most exciting to date! Billed as a family friendly celebration of Craft beer & roots rock music, the annual gathering draws thousands of people from all over to Silver Cross field in Joliet IL, to see some of the best touring & local acts around. Tickets are on sale now…don’t miss out! August 20th 2016, Get Tickets HERE
John returns to Chicago St. Pub for the June edition of his monthly acoustic residency!
Kicking off the summer long Farmers Market festivities in Downtown Joliet, following a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wed, June 8th! John will play solo beginning @ 6pm. Special thanks to the good people @ Half Acre beer Co. for their support & involvement in such a fantastic event (also…they make great beer!) & as always to everyone @ the famed Chicago Street Pub for their undying dedication to original artists & for helping to bring events like this to the area!
Two upcoming performances scheduled @ Chicago Street Pub to finish out the month of May (5/26) & open up the month of June(6/4)! This is a fantastic venue to see these intimate solo sets that have become a testing ground for new material & often times involve a bit of off the cuff mayhem! Don’t miss these shows if you’re in the area! Make sure to check back for updated performance information as well as news & special announcements coming soon!
The Old Gang Orchestra made it’s return to the live room @ Third City Sound on Friday 5/6. The night served as a celebration of talent & community & featured an eclectic bill including, Vaudevilleins front man, Jeff Julian, Chicago area favorite Hill Dunes & NPR featured act from Philadelphia, Tutlie! John & the “gang” finished out the evening w/ a rousing set, heavy on newer material & involving quite a bit of participation from the enthusiastic crowd! Third City Sound has repeatedly put on amazing shows over the past few years & this one was no exception…Thanks for including The Old Gang Orchestra on the bill!
John Condron &The Old Gang Orchestra will play a rare full band set this Friday 5/6 @ Third City Sound. The band is thrilled to return to the scene of so many a brilliant recording/performance & to be on a bill that includes Vaudevileins front man Jeff Julian, Hill Dunes, & a set by the eclectic Philadelphia group Tutlie to finish out the evening. More announcements & updates on the way soon, so check back regularly to stay on top of all the happenings!
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John will continue his monthly acoustic residency @ Chicago Street Pub on Thursday, April 28th! These performances are always full of rarities & new material…This installment promises more of the same as the details & scheduling for a new recording get underway, you never know what might transpire @ one of these casual & intimate performances…Be there on 4/28 to see for yourself!
This past weekend John reunited w/ two old friends on the stage of the High Hat Club in Chicago! World Renowned spoken word poet Regie Gibson returned to Chicago for a string of shows this past week & John along w/former bandmate Jeff Bella were asked to join Regie for the show on Saturday night. This set marked the first time these three had shared a stage together since the days when “The Benefit” would appear w/ Regie & other poets on a fairly regular basis @ The Green Mill in Chicago as well as venues in NYC, Boston, LA & around the country. At the time John & The Benefit were supporting what was to be their final release (Eleventh Hour Grace) on the EM-Press label. The night came together in typical last minute fashion, but the set felt as comfortable & exciting as always. Joining the gang on drums this time around was accomplished percussionist & Green Mill regular Scott Hirtenstein!
Here's an "unplugged" performance of the new song "The Field" which was shot by Zoran Orlic & submitted to the NPR Tiny Desk Contest! More show updates & news to follow.