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
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!
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!
Digging in w/ Regie Gibson @ The High Hat Club 4/2/16
Live @ Uncommon Ground in Chicago (annual Jeff Buckley Tribute)
John is set to round out 2015 @ his “home away from home”, for the annual Irish New Year Celebration (count down & toast @ midnight in Ireland…6pm local time!) @ Chicago Street Pub in Joliet IL…the show has been sold out for nearly two months & promises to be a fantastic way to end a great year!
The 2016 schedule kicks off almost immediately w/ a last minute show as John returns to Uncommon Ground on January 2nd…This is Chicago’s most intimate listening room & one of the nation’s “green-est” establishments! Hoping to see a bunch of the Chicago folks out @ this one…reserve your seat in advance! Bring on the new year!!!