Official Press Release Sept 19 House of Blues CAU 10-Year Anniversary & Michael Teach's 70th Birthday

For Immediate Release

Press Contact: Hannah Frank, Publicist, Chicago Acoustic Underground, CAUDog Records
Phone: 847-533-8370 | Michael Teach Cell: 847-902-8964
Email: [email protected] (Podcast) (Record Label) (Pop/Rock/Songwriter)


10-Year Anniversary Show at House of Blues Sat. Sept 19, 2015:
Chicago’s Most Artist-Friendly Label CAUDog Records and Chicago Acoustic Underground Celebrate Founder’s 70th Birthday and a decade of supporting original musicians

Featuring The Lauren Wolf Band, Ellis Clark (with guests Carla Prather of Poi Dog Pondering

 and Mars Williams) and more


August 15, 2015—Chicago, IL— CAUDog Records (Pop/Rock) celebrates Founder and Host Michael Teach’s 70th Birthday and 10th Anniversary of the Chicago Acoustic Underground (CAU) Music Podcast on Saturday September 19, 2015, Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:00pm at House of Blues Chicago, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60654; Ages 17+, Tickets are $10 online with promo code CAU or $14 day of. Ticket link at The event also marks the 6th Anniversary of CAUDog Records, a record label formed by the CAU music organization to promote original talent.


“CAUDog Records is Chicago's most artist-friendly record label. Promoting over 600 original songwriters and bands on the Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast, hosting the “Singing for Your Supper” songwriter showcase in Rogers Park for two years and providing talent to festivals and venues ranging from METRO to Mayne Stage is just the beginning. The Founder and Host Michael Teach has supported artists by providing everything from lodging to posters—helping not just local bands but touring acts from around the world.”


The live show September 19th features: Headliner The Lauren Wolf Band, a Live Nation national battle of the bands winner. The rock band reminds fans of Janis Joplin's powerhouse vocals with Jimi Hendrix's legendary guitar mixed with modern sounds like The Black Keys. This extraordinary bill is rounded out by veteran Chicago producer and musician Ellis Clark; his set features special guests Carla Prather on vocals (Poi Dog Pondering), Mars Williams (Saxophone) and Ary Jeebie (Vocals). Plus Greg Jackson Combs (Pop/Rock), Barrett’s Hidden Agenda EP Release (Funky Americana North of the Mason Dixon line), Singer/Songwriter Hannah Frank Group and The Future Laureates (Rock/Americana).


September 19, 2015
CAU 10th Anniversary Party
House of Blues Chicago, 329 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60654
Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:00pm, Ages 17+
Tickets $14 DOS, $10 Advance online with promo code CAU | Ticket link at
Headliner The Lauren Wolf Band | Support: Ellis Clark & the Big Parade, Greg Jackson Combs, Barrett’s Hidden Agenda, Hannah Frank Group, The Future Laureates
Additional: Valid Photo ID is required. Forms of valid ID are current and non-expired Driver's License, State ID or Passport.
Venue is a standing room only. Contact House of Blues (312) 923-2000 for Dinner Package Seating and/or Disability Seating.
Smoke Free. No Re-entry. Full Ticket Link: 


ABOUT CAU Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast: Over 600 original songwriters and full bands have been featured on this podcast which is downloaded in over 40 countries. Check out your favorite bands with photos, interviews, live performances and more. Featured acts include American Idol contestants like Chicago’s Crystal Bowersox, as well as heavy metal band Nine Foot Ninjas from Australia.

ABOUT CAUDog Records: Fans enjoy a dozen releases which showcase Chicago’s (and the world’s) best undiscovered original talent. Artists include CLEEMANN (International Pop from Denmark), Donna Frost (Nashville/Chiacgo), Ellis Clark (Producer), Greg Jackson Combs, Jeff Brown and Jeff Brown & the New Black, Liz Chidester, Matthew Morgan, The Future Laureates, The Lauren Wolf Band, The Lost Brigade, Goodbyehome, Valentine Xavier, Kavus, Brian Walker, Jane Thatcher, Left Turn at Albuquerque, Junction 325 , distribution for Nancy Connelly as well as their most recent artist: Vocalist Carla Prather’s debut solo album. Prather is back-up vocalist with internationally known band Poi Dog Pondering. Online: | | @CAUDogRecords

About Michael Teach: One of the greatest supporters of original music in the city, Teach co-founded and Hosts this international music podcast. Promoting live events, CAU made a name for itself with its First World Music Showcase earlier this year at Mayne Stage, which received support from WBEZ radio. Whether donating countless instruments, hours of time, equipment, housing and more for original artists as they make their way in the music industry or contributing to charity organizations, he’s giving back to the community consistently. The original music scene of Chicago is a more welcoming, generous and active scene thanks to the work Michael Teach and his organizations CAU and CAUDog Records (Executive Producer). The September 19th event marks his 70th Birthday celebration.



September 19th



The Lauren Wolf Band

    Though “Rise Up” is The Lauren Wolf Band’s second full-length album, it is their first full-band collaboration. Comprised of 10 originals and one cover, “Rise Up” is a departure from the band’s first album, “All My Secrets”. This time around, each band member has contributed to every track. While the debut album was primarily Lauren’s story, “Rise Up” is a collection of what this band family has become.

    It takes many bands years of performing in front of live audiences and rehearsing privately until they can figure out their sound and who they really are. “Rise Up” is the result. Marrying the powerhouse vocals of classic rock artists like Janis Joplin with the rock/blues guitar licks of Jimi Hendrix, the band pays homage to yesterday’s greats while creating a new sound all to their own.

    “All My Secrets” was recorded in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios with a Grammy-winning producer. “Rise Up” brings the band back to Chicago with a different line of thinking: allowing the album to authentically capture their high stage energy and true live sound.

    After signing to the indie record label CAU Dog Records in 2014, executive producer Michael Teach and producer Ellis Clark agreed that the band’s live sound is what sets them apart.

Many songs on the radio today need heavy studio production and the artists aren’t nearly as impressive live – or large light shows and lasers need to make up for the lacking live sound that can only be created in a studio. CAU Dog Records shares The Lauren Wolf Band’s vision for creating an honest album that’s true to the artist without overproducing it and doctoring it beyond who the musicians actually are.

    Ranging from classic rock to soul, blues, pop and beyond, each track on “Rise Up” includes a hint of every band member’s musical flair. Through a catchy chorus and memorable attitude, the single “Run Daddy Run” emotes the mix of classic rock with a quirky 1960s soul vibe. The single is also used for the band’s second official music video, which time warps between two different decades to show the good and evil in all of us.

    Other notable tracks include the empowering “Rise Up,” which can best be described as an industrial swamp tune. An epic rock symphony of sorts, “The Night the Sound Went Out” is a true band story and is the only duet on the album. While guitarist Patrick Dugan is also heard on that track for his vocals, his guitar is featured in his self-written “Space Wolf” as the band’s only instrumental. “Home to Me” is one of the first tunes written for the album and it is a bluesy rock ballad that cuts straight to the heart.

    The Lauren Wolf Band is the 2012 national winner of the Live Nation Battle of the Bands. The band has played the stages of iconic venues including the House of Blues, City Winery, Lincoln Hall, The Metro, Mayne Stage and many more along with festivals such as Northalsted Market Days and venues throughout the country.  

Lauren Wolf Band Facebook:

Twitter: @LaurenWolfMusic



Ellis Clark & the Big Parade: Ellis’s set will feature all star cast including: Carla Prather (vocals), Mars Williams (saxophone), Ary Jeebie (vocals) and more.

    Ellis Clark has been a longtime fixture of the Chicago music community working as a performing musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist and record producer. He was a founding member and front man for the band Epicycle and later Social Act which in combination have released numerous albums of original material.

    Clark recently released his debut solo album “LP NUMBER ONE” on the CAUDog Record Label as a red vinyl LP. It’s also out on CD (and even 8-TRACK TAPE). Clark’s wide range of producer/engineering/session player credits include working on records with Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), American Idol Star Crystal Bowersox, 90’s indie pop favorite The Chamber Strings, co-producer of all Kevin Tihista & Red Terror’s albums released on Atlantic Records and Broken Horse, John Ashton from The Psychedelic Furs, The Handcuffs (who‘s songs have been featured on many nationally syndicated TV shows aired on MTV, PBS, A&E, VH1, NBC and ABC), and produced the late Nikki Sudden’s “Red Brocade” album (with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco).

    Recognized for his songwriting skills, Clark was signed to Paramount Picture’s publishing division Famous Music. He co-founded Cirkle Records & Idiot Savant Records and is currently Producer for all albums released on the CAUDog Records label. He is now proud to be part of Chicago Acoustic Underground, an organization that has a shared dedication to the development of new artists. In his career, he has shared the bill with Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Blondie, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), UB40, The Neville Brothers, Evan Dando from The Lemonheads, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and SNL star Chris Farley to name a few.

    The album can be purchased at iTunes, mail-ordered on CD or Limited Edition Red Vinyl LP at and for 8-Track aficionados, contact Ellis to inquire about how to get his new album “LP Number One” as a Limited edition 8-Track Tape. Website:


Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock, Mars has played and recorded with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Massacre, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Kiki Dee, Pete Cosey, Billy Squier, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer, John Scoffield, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, Swollen Monkeys, Mike Clark, Jerry Garcia, Naked Raygun, Friendly Fires, The Untouchables, Blow Monkeys and virtually every leading figure of Chicago’s and New York City’s “downtown” scene.


Greg Jackson Combs

Every great story starts somewhere… Greg Jackson Combs has become an influential writer/performer in the ever prolific Chicago music scene since his first performances and tours began based out of the windy city in 2006. Combs is best known for his work with Chicago Folk Rock group: “Goodbyehome”. The band has released two records with independent record label CAUDog Records, with much critical acclaim.

    His music has brought him across the country to perform in historic venues from legendary Nashville club “The Basement” to the infamous “Hotel Cafe” in Los Angeles, as well as opening for such notable acts like Edward Sharp and the Magenetic Zeroes, Grace Potter, Dr. Dog and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, All before he even hit the ripe age of thirty. Combs represents an honesty and authenticity as a songwriter and performer that just does not exist in modern pop-music today. Drawing main influence from the 60′s and 70′s songwriting greats such as Dylan, Lightfoot, Chapin, Townes, Gilmore and Young. Performers of his caliber just don’t exist today, making what he does, truly unique and remarkable. An overall message of hope and the power of positive thinking are a predominant subject of his music.



Barrett’s Hidden Agenda EP RELEASE SHOW

    Urban Americana from North of the Mason Dixon: Barrett’s Hidden Agenda is a collaborative, supportive musical team with an amazing extended family. We make music, in part, so we can see each other often. We write music we’d like to hear, and enjoy playing. We hope you get something out of it, too. Thanks for just checking us out, and let us poke your ears and brain a wee bit. Website:


Hannah Frank Group

    Hannah Frank paves new roads in folk/rock music with poetic words that give you an escape from the everyday as she tells stories and rhymes up a storm– all with a sultry honey-meets-barbed-wire voice. Her band Hannah Frank Group’s 4-song LIVE EP has been heard on WDCB 90.9FM “American Backroads” and WFMT 98.7FM “Sweet Folk Chicago”.

    Midwestern, but never pedestrian, her rural influences ignite like the energy of hardcore blues artists. While residing in Chicagoland neighborhoods, she’s soaked up the rambunctious culture of the streets with vibrancy of world music and jazz. Her straightforward storytelling is similar to wordsmiths like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, but you can also hear soulful, scorching torch vocals akin to Laura Nyro, a young Aretha Franklin and/or Bonnie Raitt (depending on how much you’ve had to drink).

    After gaining a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hannah helped develop two major songwriter events in Chicago, Chicago Acoustic Underground (Podcast and Record Label) “Singing for Your Supper” Songwriter Showcase, as well as Songwriter Showcases at Strobe Recording Studio in Humboldt Park, home of The Strobe Sessions. Supporting songwriters and the original music scene is part of the game plan. The group, with rotating members, appears in an electric format for this special House of Blues show. Website:


The Future Laureates

    The Future Laureates’ last twelve months have been a flurry of activity: their single, “Sinners and Saints” has been named a finalist in both the International Songwriting Competition and the Unsigned Only competition (keeping company with Vance Joy and Kimbra, among others); the same single has charted in the “top 10″ nationally at alternative rock specialty radio; they’ve been crowned as 2015 champions in the Chicago RedEye’s Rock N Vote contest; and they’ve performed at major festivals including SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Fashion Meets Music Festival, Summerfest, and the Taste of Chicago (twice). The momentum comes on the heels of their newly released EP, Here and After. With the expertise of GRAMMY-nominated producer, Chris Grainger (Wilco, Switchfoot, Sixpence None the Richer), TFL has finally captured the unabashed energy of their live shows on record.

    After six years of extensive touring and airplay on hundreds of college radio stations across North America, The Future Laureates are a band on the rise. They’ve shared crowds with the likes of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Punch Brothers, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, hellogoodbye, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Parachute, Saints of Valory, and Dawes. With each of these performances, TFL has been exposed to artists who have achieved greater success and hold themselves to a higher standard than most. The result is a newfound confidence, earned through hard work, persistence, and ultimately, experience. Danny Surico, songwriter and co-frontman of the band, sums up the band’s outlook: “Now, more than ever before, we understand who we are and where we’re going.” Onward and upward. Website:


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