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Chromophonic

Chromophonic is pictured in 2018. The Southern Illinois jam band is launching a mini-summer tour.

Fresh off the heels of their incendiary performance at Beesonstock’s 15th anniversary weekend festival in Cisne, Illinois, Carbondale’s own Chromophonic plays Thursday, June 20, at PK’s following this week’s Sunset Concert.

The show is one of many in their busy schedule this summer, which includes a run of shows this weekend following their set at PK’s.

As a self-described “jam band blending elements of rock, funk, and heavy doses of improvisation and four part harmonies,” the group plays mostly their own original songs with some older covers thrown in from time to time.

Never a group to allow their sets to become predictable or boring, the group is excited to bring something new to one of their favorite old haunts.

“We’re really trying to bring one of the best light shows Carbondale has ever seen,” lead guitarist Jesse Payne said before going onstage at Beesonstock. Joining forces with Andy “Hobbit” Shofstall of EMP Lighting Productions, Chromophonic is putting its money where its mouth is to bring larger scale theatrics to PK’s famous little corner stage.

“It’s gonna be like nothing people have seen at PK’s before,” Payne said.

Showcasing a determination for practiced, polished, but always from-the-heart playing, Payne’s passion and musical expertise was undeniable during the groups set at Beesonstock.

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With each member a virtuoso in his own right, talent and heart are in ample supply with every member of the band. Rounded out by Ben Heller on guitar and lead vocals, Guido Calrisian on bass, Roger Fliege on keys and vocals, and Daniel Comer on drums and vocals, Chromophonic has enough talent and passion to fill any stage on which they step foot.

After releasing their self-titled debut album last August, the group has been enjoying an increasingly busy schedule, which they manage around their day jobs and involvement with other groups.

“We’re hoping to get into the studio again this fall after our busy schedules let up a bit,” Payne said. Following their appearances at Beesonstock last week, and this week’s gig at PK’s, Chromophonic hits the road heading north to play Mackey’s Hideout in McHenry, Illinois Friday night, followed by a show Saturday at Mac’s Uptowner in Charleston, Illinois.

“We love it,” said Payne of their busy schedule. “We’ve got some exciting things we’re working on and making happen.”

For those wishing to enjoy the band when they’re not onstage, their music is available on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music, and most other streaming sites. Information on their schedule and booking is available on the group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/chromophonic.

Chromophonic takes the stage at 10 p.m. Thursday at PK’s, located at 308 S. Illinois Ave. There is no cover, but tipping bands is always encouraged. Patrons must be at least 21 to enter the establishment.

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