Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)–August 21, 2017. Mucca Pazza will perform at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest on Friday, October 20 at 7:30.
Mucca Pazza assembled itself in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago River. Combining marching band traditions and street theater spectacle with rock and roll sensibilities and a high level of musicianship, they quickly found a home for its 25-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene.
Despite the drums and brass, cheerleaders and uniforms, Mucca Pazza seldom marches, musically or physically. The uniforms do not match. The cheers are strange. There are no recognizable patterns, no discernible formations, no militant airs. However, the force and presence of a marching band remain, both sonically and theatrically. The brass harmony, rich and powerful, the drums, tight and idiosyncratic, combine as a sum greater than its parts. The band might even move from point A to point B. But this is where similarities end. Mucca Pazza dances, flails, tumbles, and spins in circles. Amplified by speaker helmets, the freak section wields violins and cellos, accordions and guitars – instruments that have no business whatsoever being in a marching band. The cheerleaders rouse, encourage and confound the audience with asynchronous absurdity. The music moves from Balkan to brass band groove to noise-rock to avant-garde game show themes without missing a step. Performances can induce geeky freak-outs and nerdy rapture, from either audience or band members, often both. The American tradition of the marching band – whether as presidential entourage, half-time show, or second line party favor – receives both fresh love and artful abuse from Mucca Pazza.
An unparalleled eccentric, frenetic visual presence and genre-bending original compositions earned Mucca Pazza critical praise and a loyal local following. Major festivals include: Lollapalooza, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors, Montreal Jazz Fest, they’ve also appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Kentucky Derby and been busy collaborators, working with a range of artists including the Chicago Sinfonietta and Andrew Bird.
“Chicago’s Mucca Pazza splits the difference between Balkan gypsy brass bands and American football-game-style halftime marching bands with a brilliantly calculated mondo-bizarro dementia, and liberal amounts of humor.”
— The Wall Street Journal
The performance begins at 7:30. Tickets are $35 or $31 for season subscribers.