the velvety casino sounds of

BRIC-A-BRAC

Bric-a-Brac live at the Hideout
The definition of Bric-a-Brac is miscellaneous curios.

Bric-a-Brac, the band, embraces this definition by sharing a treasure trove of unknown, obscure songs with the world. The Bric-a-Brac repertoire spans rock, jazz, lounge, and movie soundtracks - expertly arranged with Bric-a-Brac's signature musty rumpus room aesthetic. Bric-a-Brac has been heard on NPR's This American Life, seen on Chic-a-Go-Go, and has performed at such diverse venues as the Park West, Lounge Ax, The Hideout, Schuba's, The Old Town School of Folk Music, The Hungry Brain, North Shore lawn parties, Southern Illinois weddings and smoky saloons.

Bric-a-Brac Line-Up:

  • John Connors: vocals
  • Mike Armstrong: guitar, vocals
  • Larry Blustain: vibes, keyboards
  • Jason Monroe: bass, vocals
  • Mark Kluemper: drums
  • Stephen Zahradnik: guitar, vocals
  • Ben Alba: piano, keyboards, vocals
  • Caroline Nutley: vocals, percussion, keyboard

      Past members include:

      • Matt Cook: drums, percussion
      • Bill "Willy Stix/Will County" Armstrong: drums, percussion, hugs
      • Seamus Harmey: violin, guitar, vocals
      • Erik "Baldasac" Johnson: bass, vocals
      • Evelyn Westin: musical saw
      • Jessica Billey: violin, vocals
      • Mitch Straeffer: bass, accordian

      Special Guests:

      • Renada Blustain: vocals
      • Ron Belanski: percussion
      • Kosta Dimitreas: vocals

      HI - LITES

Audio & Video

Bric-a-Brac live at Schuba's Tavern
Bric-a-Brac at Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse w/ Peiptone! Video by Terry Miller
John Connors performs "San Suci" - backed by Steve and Mike. Fitzgerald's Night Club. 12/6/14
John Connors performs "There'll Be Another Spring" - backed by Steve and Mike. Fitzgerald's Night Club. 12/6/14
LIVE @ Danke Haus, Lincoln Square. thanks for the video Gary Ward
LIVE @ Schuba's Tavern, Chicago. Thanks for the video Tony V
LIVE @ Schuba's Tavern, Chicago. Thanks for the video Tony V
LIVE @ Schuba's Tavern, Chicago. Thanks for the video Tony V
LIVE @ Schuba's Tavern, Chicago. Thanks for the video Susie J
REHEARSAL @ Rockwell. Thanks to Dan for the space, and Bal de Sac for the video
The Lady with the Big Umbrella. Animation by Mike A
Willow's Song. Video by Mike A
OLDE SCHOOLE! Chic-a-go-go, January, 2002.

Concerts

Finishing up our new recording. Nothing live scheduled at the moment!

The best way to experience Bric-a-Brac is to see them LIVE. Follow us on Facebook, for the most up-to-date concert listings.

Contact

mike@mikearmstrong.net