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In Action: The Flat Five at the Hideout

"Members of Chicago's music scene enjoy creative advantages lost on most other locales," Bob Gendron writes for the Tribune. "Largely uninterested in competition, many local artists engage in collaborative relationships more typically associated with college towns than urban environments. Few groups embody the city's community-style camaraderie and chemistry like the Flat Five. Comprised of roots-minded vocalists/instrumentalists, the quintet gathers once a year to learn an array of era-spanning pop covers and play for fun.

"Performing the first of two shows Friday at a sold-out Hideout, the Flat Five continued tradition with a 70-minute concert that felt akin to being present at a warm, impromptu campfire session. Featuring endearing interpretations of songs by tunesmiths ranging from Hoagy Carmichael to Harry Nilsson, the band's unpredictable, deep-cut set testified to the allure of simple melodies and sublime voices. Radio stations should be so lucky to employ program directors whose playlists reflect such diversity and taste."

Let's take a look - and listen.

1. Harry Nilsson's "Are You Sleeping?"

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2. The Beach Boys' "Let Him Run Wild."

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3. Joe South's "Birds of a Feather."

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4. David Mead's "Rainy Weather Friend."

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5. KC McDonough's "Fighting Back."

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6. Bob Dorough and Fred Landsman's "Without Rhyme or Reason."

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7. Leslie Gore's "Treat Me Like A Lady."

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8. Joe Cocker's "Those Precious Words."

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See also:
* The Best Cover Band That Plays One Gig A Year

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on December 14, 2010


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