Saturday, May 13th, 8pm
Val Leventhal & Patrick Reninger
Join veteran Chicago songwriter Val Leventhal and harmonica player Patrick Reninger for a varied evening of songs interspersed with poetry and humor.
Performing regularly in the Chicago area since 1973 in venues such as The Uncommon Ground, Undergound Wonderbar (where she was a finalist in the 2015 New Talent Search), The Maple Street Chapel in Lombard, and more, Val is a powerful vocalist and songwriter with a keen ear for a well turned phrase and a rich palette of rhythms.
Whether bemoaning the political climate or mourning a partner, Val’s songs are direct, her voice and lyrics cutting through the chatter with rich imagery and a heartfelt truth. Val’s debut release, “Root and Flowers,” captures the essence of her talents, interweaving a bold mixture of country ballads, folk, reggae, up-tempo rock and blues.
Harmonica player Patrick Reninger is a fiery soloist able to channel his passion for the blues into everything from jazz ballads to country weepers. Jamming in his teens with bluesmen at the famed Maxwell Street Flea Market on Chicago’s Near West Side, Patrick has performed with country, blues and rock bands throughout Chicagoland including gigs at the House of Blues, the Chicago Cultural Center and the 1997 Chicago Blues Festival.
A published poet with a sense of the absurd, Patrick is a regular contributor to the Kentucky literary journal Open 24 Hours, a two time semi-finalist at the Green Mill Poetry Slam and featured artist in the podcast, “Poetry Spoken Here.” Tonight’s performance will include a few selected readings. Both Val and Patrick have performed together for several years as a duo and in the group, Val and the Right Raised Men. Notable gigs include appearances at the Lake Forest Art Fair, Fitzgerald’s and at the Ethical Humanist Society.
Hosted by Vicki Elberfeld
$8 suggested donation includes refreshments. No reservations needed.
Doors open at 7:30. Free parking in our lot, on Howard, or on Jerome St.
Ethical Humanist Society 7574 Lincoln Ave Skokie IL 60077