Monday’s can be rough, but this Monday wasn’t for the 200 people who showed up to JBTV to see Chicago-based band Whitney perform on our stage. A line like I have never seen at JBTV formed all the way down the street as Chicagoans anxiously waited to see the boys of Whitney play their set.
“Their album is kick-ass and this place is a hidden gems”, said concert-goer Ryan Alb. The house was packed as Whitney began their steamy performance with Dave’s Song, which was the first song they wrote as a band. The seven-piece band formed in 2015, and has since been making waves all over the country and even building an international fan base. Their ten-song set included tracks from their debut album Light Upon the Lake that came out last year. The band is built around core songwriting duo lead singer and drummer, Max Kakacek; and Julien Ehrlich who plays guitar. The rest of the band is made up of Julian Ehrilich, Josiah Marshall, Will Miller, Malcolm Brown, Print (Tracy) Chouteau and Charles Glanders.
The band continued their set with No Matter and Golden Days off of Light Upon the Lake before they slowed things down and broke out the trumpets for fan favorite Polly. The band’s set also included an incredible rendition of Bob Dylan’s Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You. The country informed indie-rockers left their heart and souls on the stage as they played what Max said is a song about “the saddest experience in my entire life”, the passing of his grandfather. The song Follow is agreed upon as the band as one of the most emotional songs they’ve ever written.