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Jessica Risker

Risker’s music fluctuates between electro-psychedelic/experimental albums and psych-folk songs.  From the dream-soaked harmonies of “Moon” to the neopsychedelic/garage rocker “Won’t You Meet Us In Vegas?”, Risker’s continuous genre shifting is inspired by dual desires to 1) experiment with soundscapes made possible by modern recording techniques, and 2) craft melodies, lyrics, and structures pared down to their most basic elements. 

Frequenting open mics, serving as an engineer’s assistant at a recording studio, and an active participant in Chicago’s DIY music scene, Risker has spent the past decade developing her sound and honing her recording/engineering skills. In 2015 and 2016 Risker was awarded two independent artist grants from the city of Chicago, resulting in two 2016 releases: Big Forever and Soft Moons. In 2017, Risker was again awarded an independent artist grant from the city of Chicago, marking 3 consecutive years Risker has won the highly competitive award. The funding went towards recording a new psych-folk album with engineer Dave Vettraino of Public House Sound Recordings, which was released in 2018.

city guide:
Chicago, IL
Cole’s Bar
Live music, comedy & open-mike nights are showcased at this laid-back neighborhood watering hole. "...because Abraham Lincoln drank his first beer at Cole's, and signed the Emancipation Proclamation in one of their booths. Coleman is a great guy." - Engine Summer Recommended in the Chicago edition of the Waterloo Sparkling Sessions, presented by Waterloo Sparkling Water.
2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
Cafe Mustache
"I love stopping by Cafe Mustache in Logan Square for a Schlitz tallboy and a shot of Jameson. Karaoke on Sundays is always hopping, and a great place to slam a 'Chicago Handshake.'" -White Mystery
Cafe Mustache, North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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Reckless Records
Reckless Records in Chicago sells new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs and more. -Recommended by Post Animal
26 E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
"A small, kitschy, sincere Polish restaurant. I always get the white borscht and cheese pierogies - and it's BYOB!" — Jessica Risker
Podhalanka, West Division Street, Chicago, IL, USA
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