Musician, misfit, culture warrior and bullshitter: Robert "Bobby" Conn
Bobby has equally delighted and annoyed hipsters since first appearing on the Chicago music scene in the mid '90s. Blending aggressive showmanship with an omnivorous love of musical genres, from Suicide to Streisand or from The Sweet to Stravinsky, Bobby has often irritated and provoked audiences, but never bored them. From experimental performance art and noise music to superficially "straight" rock Bobby is always subversive. And he subverts himself happily.
Bobby Conn's last album Macaroni came out on Fire Records last year and offered up a delicious bowl of cheesy noodles served up for a world of war, riots, greed and revolution. Recorded with Bobby's crackerjack band The Burglars and mixed by Bobby himself, Macaroni is a chronicle of our times, cheerfully spraying glitter on the chaos that surrounds us. It's a record for the Occupy generation, or at least for those of us who check in on the protests via Facebook. As always, Bobby bravely battles despair with acid wit and showmanship.
He continues to collaborate with his wife and musical partner, Monica Boubou. Fully his equal as an entertainer herself (and more than his equal in stature), her electrified violin defines the epic melodic reach of their music. The members of his band, The Burglars, were stolen from the best groups in the Chicago underground today. Drummer Josh Johannpeter has played with Bobby since recording the "King For A Day" album in 2006 and is currently active in the excellent electro boogie bands Lazer Crystal and Mahjongg. Keyboardist Jon Steinmeier and master bassist Jim "Dallas" Cooper also played on "King For A Day" and are members of new wave misfits The Detholz! as well working with Mucca Pazza, Daniel Knox, Lovely Little Girls, Baby Dee, and Van Dyke Parks. The Burglars will accompany Bobby and Monica on this European outing.
20.06.2013 UK - CARDIFF - CLWB IFOR BACH
22.06.2013 UK - LIVERPOOL - KRUNK FIESTA
23.06.2013 UK - LONDON - THE LEXINGTON
26.06.2013 GER - COLOGNE - KING GEORG
27.06.2013 GER - LÄRZ - FUSION FESTIVAL
28.06.2013 SWE - MALMÖ - MORISKAN
29.06.2013 SWE - GÖTEBORG - TRUCKSTOP ALASKA
01.07.2013 NOR - OSLO - REVOLVER
03.07.2013 GER - HAMBURG - GOLDEN PUDEL
04.07.2013 GER - BERLIN - PRIVATCLUB
05.07.2013 GER - LEIPZIG - ZORO
06.07.2013 GER - WEINHEIM - CAFE CENTRAL
10.07.2013 AT - VIENNA - CHELSEA
12.07.2013 AT - INNSBRUCK - PMK SUMMERFEST
13.07.2013 CZ - KUTNA HORA - CREEPY TEEPEE
14.07.2013 SUI - LAUSANNE - FESTIVAL LA CITE
18.07.2013 FR - FREIBURG - SLOWCLUB
19.07.2013 GER - KARLSRUHE - HALLE14
20.07.2013 BEL - ANTWERPEN - SCHELDAPEN
Listen to title track from his last album 'Macaroni' here:
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.