Save the Date - Chris Mills to play Off Broadway 6/23/11
With his gorgeous mix of folk/orchestral pop songs infused with literate lyrics dripping with metaphors, singer/songwriter Chris Mills will get another chance to entertain his local fans when he performs in June at Off Broadway in St. Louis.
A few months ago, Mills, the Collinsville native now based in Brooklyn, played a show at Fred's Six Feet Under (see: review) to a small audience of friends, family and fans. Sensing the audience was hungry for a great show, Mills did not disappoint giving an intimate performance including his typical dry and wit self-effacing humor. Not long after, in early January, Mills sat down for a quick interview with Mark Bazer at the Hideout in Chicago to discuss his current life pursuits and played a couple of songs recounting the story about getting a song included an episode of the CBS drama Criminal Minds.
Mills returns to St. Louis with a new compilation of his material from the past decade, Heavy Years: 2000-2011, released by the Ernest Jenning Record Co. on June 7. The compilation collects tracks from Mills’ last four studio albums (Kiss It Goodbye, The Silver Line, The Wall to Wall Sessions, and Living in the Aftermath), including "Suicide Note", "Signal/Noise", "Atom Smashers" and "You Are My Favorite Song", as well as two completely new collaborations with producer Alap Momin (DJ Oktopus of Dalek).
To promote the new compilation, Mills hits the road in mid-June to embark on a short tour of Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern cities. See the list below to check out one of his dates.
While rumblings about new recordings are apparently true, for now the focus is on the compilation and the tour. Be sure to watch this space in the next couple of months for an interview with Mills as well as a review of his new compilation. See you at the show!
Chris Mills tour dates
June 8, 2011- Cambridge, MA- T.T. The Bear's w/ Phil Wisdom of Butterknife
June 9, 2011- Brooklyn, NY- The Rock Shop w/ Bird Of Youth, Niall Connolly
June 16, 2011- Washington, DC- DC9 w/ Typefighter
June 17, 2011- Raleigh, NC- King's Barcade w/ Typefighter and Brett Harris
June 18, 2011- Charlston, SC- Vilage Tavern w/ Typefighter and Brett Harris
June 20, 2011- Nashville, TN- Springwater Supper Club
June 22, 2011- Memphis, TN- Hi-Tone Cafe
June 23, 2011- St. Louis, MO- Off Broadway w/ Magnolia Summer
June 24, 2011- Chicago, IL- The Hideout w/Magnolia Summer
June 25, 2011- Milwaukee, WI- Cactus Club w/ Trapper Schoepp & The Shades, tba
June 26, 2011- Madison, WI- High Noon w/ Theodore, Trapper Schoepp & The Shades
June 28, 2011- Cleveland, OH- The Happy Dog