Liza Day kicks off season at Opera House
The Woodstock Opera House will kick off the fall season with a variety of musical entertainment.
September events include a show with musicians Liza Day and Broken Arrow at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.
Lindsey Czechowicz, who goes by the stage name Liza Day, has been with band members Ben Abney and Justin and Natalie Ferwerda since 2008.
The Americana group primarily tours the Midwest, though Day said she has performed solo in the United Kingdom.
“We like to use old music in a contemporary way,” she said.
“Our songs are inspired a lot by humanity emotion and loneliness, [we try to] relate to people’s emotions.”
Musicians Bob Dylan and Neil Young have been a source of inspiration for the band.
The group’s new EP album, “One for Courage,” is set for release in October, and Day is excited about the upcoming show with Broken Arrow at the Opera House.
“We want to give [the audience] a taste of something new that will spark their interest – we’re an easy band to listen to. We have great harmonies, good songs and cater to that kind of older feel of music.”
Music, she said, which was performed by “real bands.”
Broken Arrow also is ready to rock the Opera House with its Neil Young cover songs.
The original Broken Arrow band formed in the 1980s but broke up in 2000.
Lead singer Doug Wolff formed the band with bassist and vocalist Jared Olson, drummer Kevin Weith and guitarist Ben Abney back in 2009.
Wolff, who also works as a lab technician and solo artist in his free time, met Olson – band member of Elephant Gun and bartender at the Crystal Lake Village Squire – while working his regular weekend act at the restaurant.
“Jared asked me if I would like to get my band back together,” Wolff said. The rest was history.
Wolff said he loves the way Neil Young blends his melodies and vocals together.
“He is such a great artist and performer. He inspires me and the rest of the group to [have] the energy to play – his music [keeps] all of us interested.
“In this day and age, the focus is on all the good music from the past.”
Wolff believes his group is special and hopes people continue to discover the tunes of Broken Arrow.
The band plays regularly at venues such as Liquid Blues but the Sept. 22 show will be Broken Arrow’s first performance at the Woodstock Opera House.
“It’s so cozy. I love the way [the Opera House] sounds and feels,” said Wolff.
“I’m really excited to play there after being the guy in the audience … people should come out [and see] two really unique bands.”
Tickets are $20 per person.
For additional information, or to purchase tickets, call 815-338-5300 or visit www.woodstockoperahouse.com.