Joan of Arc, Daniel Knox | Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Mon., July 2, 6:30 p.m. 2012
Daniel Knox is a 21st-century singer-songwriter who culls from early-20th-century pop traditions. Listen to the Chicagoan's back catalog and you could easily get the impression that he was born back when musicians lived and died by the Great American Songbook—his songs ricochet from Tin Pan Alley to bebop to Dixieland to lounge. He uses his charming voice—which quivers ever so slightly when he sustains a long high note—as a thread to tie disparate sounds together into a cohesive whole. A recent self-released single, for instance, pairs the breezy, up-tempo "To Make You Stay" with the haunting, melancholy "Blue Car." Knox sometimes performs with just a piano, but for tonight's show he's pulling out all the stops. He'll be joined by his usual backing band—multi-instrumentalist Chris Hefner, bassist Paul Parts, and percussionist Jason Toth—as well as reedist Ralph Carney and a string quintet. They'll perform selections from Knox's 2011 album Evryman for Himself and pieces of a composition that premiered earlier this year in New York in conjunction with an exhibit called "Black & Whites" by photographer John Atwood—who was an artist in residence at the Watermill Center on Long Island at the same time as Knox. —Leor Galil Joan of Arc headlines.

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