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Rock and Roll Lives, And It's Sleeping with Verona Red

By: Tracy Kreuser (tracy at groundwm dot com)
Monday, October 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM


Chicago's most exciting rock group, Verona Red, is playing Bear's Place in Bloomington on Friday, October 8.  Joining them on-stage will be local rockers Casket Sharp, The Constants and The 8's.  

As part of Chicago's music scene for more than three years, Verona Red is dually recognized for their refreshing sound and contagious live energy. Filled with bass-drum climbing, floor grinding, instrument swapping and insults to your mother, their live performance always receive praise from venues, bands, and drunkards alike.  Verona Red's unique blend of blues, dance and sexually-thunderous sing-alongs provides the perfect soundtrack to drinking, dancing and making questionable life decisions. 

Verona Red's music has been recognized by the nationally celebrated blog Consequence of Sound, Chicago Deli Magazine, Chicago Innerview, the Chicago RedEye, XRT radio, Indianapolis' ZapTown Magazine, and Chicago's AV Club.  I included some press quotes below for your reference, and also a link to the band's EPK on other websites.

WHERE: Bear's Place, 1316 E 3rd St
Friday, October 8. Doors at 9:30.

The 8's ( 10-10:30
The Constants ( 10:45-11:15
Verona Red ( 11:30-12
Casket Sharp ( 12:12-30

SHOW: 21+ 

You can read more about Verona Red at:

Website @
MySpace @
Press Kit @
Twitter @
Bandcamp @

Verona Red Reviews

“You don't expect a totally familiar vibe from a band you've never heard before, but there it was. With warm guitar, a well-pounded tambourine, and bongo drums laid over the full percussion, Verona Red played a set that I felt a high-school-music affection for. Lead singer Chris Balzer danced in a way that made his music seem as if it came up from the shoes of his soul. Anyone who hasn't seen this local Chicago band is missing out.”  Consequence of Sound, Live Review, May 2010

“When it comes to bands kicking ass, only the truth comes out, and Verona Red is the best Chicago band you must hear, Faithful Reader, hands down… Their sense of humor couldn't be mistaken, and for the first time in a while, it was a breath of fresh air to see a band so jolly and happy, ego-free and friendly, but who could also play some fantastic music.”  Consequence of Sound, Live Review, January 2010

Verona Red creates a “dark, yet uplifting, bluesy sound that is both nostalgic and cutting-edge. Expect to witness a grossly satisfying night of live music that's sure to be high in energy, talent, and pure entertainment.”  ZapTown Magazine

"Their live shows are energetic, fun and exciting. Anything to loosen up the crowd seems to be well within bounds, although their main objective is clearly to get you to dance." -Chicago Innerview

"It's rare to get actual twists and turns in indie rock these days (other than the contrived pre-determined ones of twisty turny-core bands), so hearing this band shift gears between hard, slinky, bouncy, ominous, rootsy, and points in between is refreshing." -Roctober Magazine 

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Verona Red: Side Effects
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