River Valley Rangers // Pete Jive

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River Valley Rangers // Pete Jive

January 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$10 – $12

$10 adv/ $12 at the door (advance sales until 3pm day of show, then available at the door). Doors at 7pm, showtime 8pm


We want to ensure we are doing everything we can to help keep our community safe, so we are now requiring the following for entry to Live Shows:

Proof of Vaccination -OR- Proof of a Negative COVID 19 Test taken within 72 hours of the show.

Masks are encouraged but not required.


River Valley Rangers

Rolling plains, crackling campfires, and late night string sessions are just some of the scenes that float into one’s mind when absorbing one of Midwestern quartet River Valley Rangers’ forthright compositions. Throughout their 5 year tenure, the group has remained a steadfast contributor to the “newgrass” genre through their inventive, free-flowing flatpicking styles and arrangements, all the while paying omnipresent homage to the pioneers of the conventional bluegrass style. While the traditional instrumentation of their songs resounds with familiarity, the techniques they employ––rhythmic changes, melodic sequences, breakdowns, improvised jamming––yield an ever-evolving sonic landscape, rippled with nods to more orthodox offerings from within the realm.

The Rangers, comprised of Mark Messer (mandolin, vocals), Jesse Beilfuss (upright bass, vocals), Daniel Watkins (guitar, vocals), and Ben Zorn (fiddle, vocals), followed unique paths into the world of music-making, yet each exhibit an aptitude for harmonizing, songwriting, and audience interplay. They also share a willingness to experiment: one may find an array of heterogeneous tunes in any given live set, be it a jaunty number about the simplicities of rural living, an old-time standard, or a crowd-stirring alt rock cover––the band leans into musical diversity. This characteristic is the hallmark of a repertoire that runs deep and varied, much like the colorful river beds that etch themselves into the prairies of the group’s Illinois home.

Listing influences spanning Tony Rice to Phish, thoughtful notations rip through Rangers jams, creating a dynamic sound tunnel which eagerly sweeps listeners into an experience that is both entertaining and confounding, underpinned by lightning-fast, ever-tight string maneuvering. As the River Valley Rangers continue to traverse the U.S. throughout Summer 2021, their uplifting tunes in tow, they will channel the experiences that the road’s boundless nature bestows upon them into their forthcoming EP, due out later this year. Boasting appearances with artists such as Jeremy Garrett of the Grammy award-winning The Infamous Stringdusters, Grammy award-winning The Travelin’ McCourys, and Grammy-nominated and IBMA winners Special Consensus, they continue to draw upon their peers, and the pickin’ parties they treasure hosting together, for the constant evolution and honing of their craft.

Pete Jive

When Pete Jive sings, charisma glides out of him and hugs you. Jive’s gyrating, crazy legs maneuvers, turn-on-a-dime leaving two nickels syncopated rhythms, and punchy lyrics will heart-imprint you. A Pete Jive performance is an all-in, no one left seated affair, where Jive locks eyes, ears, legs, voice, fingers, and rapt attention around his audience. You don’t hear a Pete Jive set; you and Pete live through it, together—that’s the attuned intimacy Pete delivers to audiences.

In March 2020, Jive released “Live at the Roundhouse,” a solo live recording at the historic Aurora nightclub. It is raw, energetic, charismatic Jive in his element—crowd sounds and a bare-naked mix bring the Roundhouse into our living rooms. You hear love in the hearts, sense sway in the girls, and feel grit on the floor—Half-drank beers in tall glasses paired to smiling faces and wiggling asses. Recorded just twelve days before America shut down, it’s a chi-ful reminder of just how carefree we could be on February 28, 2020, and how we will feel again.

Jive’s hauntingly charming early-career song “All I See,” was given new life in 2019. Grammy-winning Producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show), hired to produce JDR’s seven-song “No Winning Hands” album, chose the vintage track, adding the signature Hutt punch and JDR breadth.

>No Sign of Regret, Jive’s first album, released in 2011, is a powerful collection of ballads combining complex rhythms with uplifting, empowering messages of self-reliance and resilience. Jive’s second album, released in 2013, “Sleep When I Die,” delivers a title track so catchy you will swear you already heard it. In 2018 Jive’s childhood collaborator John D. Rowland invited Jive to join JDR & the Broadcast. Cinnamon, JDR’s 2018 LP, features the rousing Jive tune “Hurts as it Heals.”

While it has been nearly two decades since Pete Jive shows were flash-mob, parking lot gigs featuring Naperville’s finest as the encore, his passion-dripped heartfelt swagger continues. Pete once met and chatted for a few minutes with former Black Crows keyboardist Adam MacDougall. Months later, MacDougall’s band Circles Around the Sun published an uber-trippy instrumental song titled Pete Jive. That is the charisma-colored coolness Pete brings to every performance. Do your soul a solid, lace up your dance shoes, boogie on over, and experience an American flat-picking classic crooner.

$10 adv/ $12 at the door (advance sales until 3pm day of show, then available at the door). Doors at 7pm, showtime 8pm


January 22
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$10 – $12
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