Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower All Ages Critic's Choice Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., Oct. 3, 12 p.m. 2010
Price: $15, $13 members
Like Dan Zanes and a handful of others, Elizabeth Mitchell has bridged the gap between independent rock and postcradle kiddo-core. On Sunny Day, her second album for Smithsonian Folkways, her point of stylistic departure is her band Ida; the music is as hushed and gorgeously lucid as anything Ida has recorded over the past two decades, and the lyrics are nowhere near as depressing. Accompanied by her husband and Ida-partner Daniel Littleton and their ten-year-old daughter, Storey, Mitchell playfully recasts some classic gr'ups material for little ears. A serious-sounding Storey sings Augustus Pablo's "Reggae in the Fields," and Mitchell manages to sweeten Bill Withers's "Lovely Day." Mitchell's live shows bring the audience into the mix with call-and-response sing-alongs of children's favorites as well as the occasional Velvet Underground tune for discerning 'rents. —Jessica Hopper



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