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NRG Ensemble 

When: Thu., July 31, 6:30 p.m. 2014
Some of my greatest experiences with live music came courtesy of the eccentric multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Hal Russell, whose work with his NRG Ensemble brought gonzo wit, fierce improvisation, and boundless energy to performance after performance . . . the surviving members of the NRG Ensemble are joined by Vandermark (who had his first steady gig in Chicago in the band, replacing Williams for a spell) and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm for a performance of The Hal Russell Story at the Pritzker Pavilion, with the libretto performed by the acclaimed Chicago actor Michael Shannon. —Peter Margasak, 2014

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