They’ve got a unique sound, and may not fit into any genre, but Kids These Days (KTD) are definitely a young band to watch. With features in the NY Times and Rolling Stone, these “kids” from Chicago have also scored spots at Lollapalooza and an appearance this summer on Conan. If that doesn’t convince you, imagine a band that blends musicians trained in jazz who expertly pull off an undeniably catchy mix of hip hop, blues, rock and soul. The eight-piece band is chock full of talented folks who can each hold their own on multiple instruments, which is always an impressive sight. And if that STILL doesn’t convince you, how about the fact that seven tracks off their debut album, Traphouse Rock, were produced by none other than Jeff Tweedy of Wilco? That should seal the deal. Be sure to catch them Thursday at Black Cat, or you may be kicking yourself when they are headlining major tours soon and you can’t get a ticket. Trumpeter Nico Segal joined us for our 5GB series below.
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
When I was really young I remember going to lots of shows with my parents. Probably mostly festivals and latin jazz music. But the first gig I remember going to on my own with Vic actually was an Immortal Technique concert at Depaul when I was in like 7th grade.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?
Best is kind of difficult to define but one of the most exciting, triumphant moments for me was playing Lollapalooza a couple years ago. Being from Chicago and never having been to Lolla and then playing the BMI stage was a highlight in my lifetime for sure.
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
Again I would probably have ten answers but I was completely messed up in a good way when I saw Roy Hargrove for the first time at The Jazz Showcase. He plays there every new years. Roy has always been a big inspiration for me.
Gig you would most like to play?
Either with the SF jazz collective or with a salsa band playing all the solos making people dance!
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Miles Davis’ Quintet
Kids These Days
Haha this is funny to me. But definitely my dream gig.
Don’t miss Kids These Days Thursday, December 6th at Black Cat!