Photo Credits: Sara Baltierra
The Millenium Park Summer Music Series held another event on Thursday evening with energetic performances from opening band The New Respects and JBTV alum The Aces. Hosted at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the event was free admission to people of all ages and had a huge turnout, with a crowd of mainly young women.
Nashville – based The New Respects opened the show playing songs from their EP, “Here Comes Trouble,” which was released last year. Like a scene out of a movie, the rain that fell over Chicago all afternoon disappeared as soon as they entered the stage and began their performance. The band ended their set by requesting the crowd to sing the chorus of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” as a tongue – in – cheek, humorous way to make sure the audience remembers the band’s name after the concert. After they left the stage, lead singer Jasmine Mullen walked down to where the audience was and took pictures with multiple people in the crowd.
JBTV Alum The Aces followed almost immediately after, eliciting a frenetic response from the audience as soon as they walked on stage. The all – female indie band from Provo, Utah is comprised of guitarist Katie Henderson, bassist McKenna Petty, drummer Alisa Ramirez, and lead vocalist and guitarist Cristal Ramirez. They started their set by playing songs from their debut album, “When My Heart Felt Volcanic,” including fan – favorites “Volcanic Love” and “Last One,” which drove the audience wild as soon as their beginning notes were played.
Lead vocalist Cristal Ramirez told the crowd that the band always has great experiences in Chicago, stating that “the audience in the city of Chicago is very loyal.” She also shared that being a touring band is difficult, as they’re never sure if people are going to show up to their shows or not. However, Ramirez said that Chicago people always show up, which is she is grateful for. The band also thanked the crowd for listening to their debut record, stating that they’re proud of it. They finished their set by playing older songs from their EP “I Don’t Like Being Honest,” ending it with the song “Stuck,” which the audience responded to with enthusiasm. All in all a great evening, and we hope the Aces stop back at JBTV soon the next time they come through Chicago. Here’s a picture of their past performance at JBTV:
The party doesn’t have to stop there. For more free shows all summer long, check the lineup for the Millenium Park Summer Music Series here, with future shows by Sons of Kemet, Melissa Laveaux, and Anoushka Shankar.