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Socially conscious Chicago based rocker Graham Czach is teaming up with Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) to celebrate the official release of his independent debut album Lucid on Friday, October 15 at Martyrs (3855 North Lincoln Ave.) in Chicago. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online or at the door.

Czach—whose album includes a powerful song about abortion rights entitled “Choice”—is donating a portion of sales generated from the event to PPIL. PPIL's 17 health centers throughout the state deliver comprehensive reproductive health care services, sex education, and sexual health information to more than 60,000 women, men, and teens each year.

In addition to Planned Parenthood of Illinois, a portion of the proceeds from Lucid is being donated to other non-profit organizations including Greenpeace, the American Cancer Society and the Art of Living Foundation.

The Chicago Music Award winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will bring his modern and progressive rock sensibilities to life performing with the album’s original band members: drummer Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), keyboardist Matt  Nelson (Lupe Fiasco, Matthew Santos), guitarist Chris Siebold (Howard Levy, Kick the Cat) and bassist Graham Burris (Lupe Fiasco, Matthew Santos). Each of the band members also contributes backing vocals.

As Lucid sheds light on these important social issues and more, Czach draws on a fascinating, diverse musical background—which includes his work with Chicago Afrobeat Project--to create musical landscapes as compelling as the lyrics. Tapping into his childhood where Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were practically a religion, and later influences like Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta and Jimi Hendrix, he infuses hard rocking, sometimes unusually metered grooves to four (and more) part vocal harmonies, beautiful acoustic melodies and vibrant unfolding string arrangements. The eye-catching Lucid CD cover features artwork by legendary album artist Jeff Jordan (The Mars Volta).

For more information, log onto www.grahamczach.com.


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September 09, 2010


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