with Absolutely Not and Saffron

Songbyrd Presents
Upstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 8:00 PM // SHOW: 9:00 PM

Free ($10 suggested donation)

Chicago artists Kelli Frances Corrado + Absolutely Not!


Monday April 15, 2019

Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge


Kelli Frances Corrado is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is a quilt of memories and mysticism. Growing up in Chicago, she would sneak out during school nights to see hip hop shows and spend weekends learning prayer rituals taught by a Romani Czech grandmother.

This set a unique musical foundation. Leading her to pursue opera training, string arranger, beat making and classical poetry.Giving voice to her spiritual beliefs. She has lived many lives before putting her heart in song: social worker, student, tap dancer, teacher, wanderer. Living in the Black Forest, London and by the sea. These patches of experience bring together a musical broth of magical realism and urban life ripe of lucid dreams and superstition.

‘The haunting Black Forest divinity that is Kelii Frances Corrado’ - Kim Selling, The Stranger


Absolutely Not are absolutely fab. After a few promising EPs of glammed-up garage-punk, the Chicago band is set to release Errors, its spastic and ridiculously fun debut full-length. This is a punk record dialed into an alien frequency with a heavy production that makes the spare instrumentation (guitar, keyboards, drums) sound like a spaceship crashing into Earth.

Absolutely Not draws on the perverse punk of Blood Brothers and Devo's overcaffeinated pop sensibility for the new track, "Strictly Top." It's a campy two-minute crunch, but there are some compact songwriting chops at play from guitarist and vocalist Donnie Moore. The bouncy riff and squiggly keyboard don't overstay their snotty welcome, and the song's soaring shout-along, "You got a problem with me?" is wink and a middle finger.