On June 10th at 5:30pm, join us for our virtual Opening Doors Benefit! This year we have a great lineup of local musicians for our first ever music showcase. Not only can you listen to some great original music, you can bid on some of our silent auction items. We have a great lineup of events on June 10th, so join the fun, help us reach our $60,000 goal, and help support Deborah’s Place!

Check out our event page to donate, bid on silent auction items, and more: https://VirtualODB.givesmart.com

Music Showcase

Featuring Ralph Covert with his song “A Place of Her Own”

Instagram: @arprock84
Facebook: @AndrewRobertPalmer1
Website: www.arprock.com

Andrew Robert Palmer (or ARP!) is a singer-songwriter from Chicago. Originally from South suburban Hazel Crest, Andrew is truly a homegrown artist who draws inspiration from his surroundings. Andrew began playing the drums at age 15 and writing his own songs by the age of 16. His first foray into the local DIY music scene was with his twee-pop-inspired band, The Mother Z’s. As The Mother Z’s ended in 2014, Andrew’s songwriting continued to develop and he soon began booking and playing his own shows around Chicago. Having released an extensive collection of work since 2015’s “Ghosts and Bees (A Retrospective),” Andrew has grown to become a “local DIY stalwart” and “one of the scene’s most prolific solo artists” according to Chicago Crowd Surfer. Andrew characterizes his upbeat folk-rock tunes with a sense of humor a la Ben Folds, while toggling through his other influences, from Elliott Smith-like poignancy and Jonathan Richman-style whimsy. ARP! shows are sure to come with lots of jokes, sing-alongs and charm.
Rachel Drew

Instagram: @racheldrewchicago
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/racheldrewmusic
Twitter: @missracheldrew

Chicago native Rachel Drew grew up in a musical. Her parents were local musicians that played together for years before finding love. Rachel entered the Chicago music scene later in life having already written hundreds of songs, and has quickly become a highly sought after performer. You can find her performing all over town in musical duos and with her steady originals band of Alton Smith on piano, Scott Tipping on guitar, Aaron Smith on bass, and Jason Batchko on drums. She is planning to release a new album this year.

Ryan Alexander

Instagram: @ryan.alexander222
Facebook: @Ryan.Alexander222
Twitter: @RyAlexander222

Ryan Alexander is an artist, that produces and writes his own music, as well as, a musician that plays the piano and drums. He’s been playing the piano for 16 years, and the drums for 17 years. Ryan also has been producing for 11 years. He produces a mixture of Hip-Hop, R&B, and Soul, creating his own genre called, New Wave Soul! He believes in making music for the future. Quality over quantity. Getting better than before, working harder than the next person, and not just creating, but innovating.

The Black Oil Brothers

Instagram: @theblackoilbrothers
Facebook: @theblackoilbrothers
Twitter: @theblackoilbros

Three brothers – Tony Roy, Tim E., Anthony J. and their cousins Johnny Action and JonnyTwo Socks – made their way playing in different bands soaked in loud, fast 70’s swagger until 2009. Brotherly acoustic jams on Chess catalog covers gave way to originals steeped in the wiry muscle of south side Chicago electric blues and the highly rhythmic, loose boogie of North Mississippi hill country blues. They took the name the originally-intended singer thought up: The Black Oil Brothers.

Pravda Music caught part of their SXSW show and agreed on a publishing deal for the band’s original material. Writing began in earnest and cousin Johnny Action was brought in on the drums. In short order, the brothers released ‘Long Way From The Delta’ (2009) followed by ‘The High Road To Ruin’ (2011). Four successful tours of the UK, US gigs, and media placements lead up to critically acclaimed ‘‘Mean Business” in 2016, and John Two Socks joined the fold on percussion.

Silent Auction Items

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