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CHICAGO -- The Diving Bell, a Chicago indie-folk band, is plunging into uncharted depths of quirky storytelling in hopes of finding treasure at the bottom of the sea.
On Sunday evening, May 22, The Diving Bell will present a special performance of its show about an 19th-century explorer who searches for Atlantis in the Great Lakes. Called “South and South: The Curious Tragedy of the Whiskey Jane Expedition, 1894,” the show is one-part concert, one-part live radio play. The narrative is told in the explorer’s own words as well as through The Diving Bell’s original music.
The sunset show at Workshop Chicago (935. W Chestnut St. #530) doubles as a recording session: the performance will be used for a forthcoming EP release of “South and South.” The evening also features a strange, delicious carnival: The Diving Bell is teaming up with Chicago mixologist Lauren Parton to design craft cocktails for the event called the Whiskey Jane and the Poison Frog (one complimentary drink is free with each ticket), along with matching “boozy bundts” from Chicago-based Wilder Cakes. In addition, there will be origami poison-frog making, leather-riveting stations and live chalk art.
“We wrote this show to be as unlike an ordinary rock concert as possible,” says Steve Hendershot. “The same goes for every aspect of the evening.
The Diving Bell consists of husband-and-wife duo Clare and Steve Hendershot (vocals, guitars, electronic drums), along with Graham Gilreath (drums), Jake Gordon (bass) and Charles Murphy (electric guitar, vocals). The Diving Bell is named after a proto-submarine that sailed near Panama in 1869 and was left to rust there. The Diving Bell performs throughout the Great Lakes and has been featured on WGN Radio Chicago, WDET Detroit and AmericanSongwriter.com. The Hendershots also produce a biweekly podcast called Cedar Cathedral about artistry, craftsmanship and the creative life in the Great Lakes.
The Diving Bell debuted “South and South” last fall at ArtPrize, a Michigan arts festival. The show was hosted then at Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids.
The Diving Bell (divingbellmusic.com) presents “South and South: The Curious Tragedy of the Whiskey Jane Expedition, 1894”
Sunday, May 22, 6pm at Workshop Chicago (935. W Chestnut St. #530). $15, 21+.
Tickets available at divingbellmusic.com