56 Hope Road is a band bonded like a family, and as a result, their music has an unmistakable honesty and openness. Uncanny, intuitive communication creates an easy interplay on stage, making even the most layered tunes sound effortless. They allow the joy of spontaneous creativity to color their song-based arrangements – neither losing their musical center, nor restricting its growth. The music is acoustic funk at its finest with sounds reminiscent of G-Love and Special Sauce, Richie Havens, MMW, Grateful Dead, Paul Simon and Gomez. This Chicago-based “acoustic funk explosion” is known for clever songwriting, lush vocal harmonies and one of the tightest rhythm sections on the scene. Formed in 1999, 56 Hope Road is made up of vocalist/guitarist Dave Hamilton, vocalist/pianist Tim Reid, Jr., drummer Greg Fundis, upright bassist Chad Sanders, saxophonist Casey Fitzpatrick, and often augmented by vocalist Anne Katzfey, and percussionist Matt Katzfey.
56 Hope Road was recently announced the 2007 #1 Road Warrior Band by the renowned online musical resource, JamBase.com for performing 210 shows in ’07. Since joining the HomeGrown Music Network, the 56 troop has been steadily gaining national attention for their energetic live shows and relentless tour schedule totaling 650+ shows since 2005. Rising stars on the festival scene and national touring circuit, 56 Hope Road has appeared at High Sierra Music Festival, Summercamp, 10,000 Lakes, Wakarusa and has supported a variety of national artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, Page McConnell of Phish, Leftover Salmon, Tom Cochrane and Red Ryder, ekoostik hookah, Umphrey’s McGee, Tea Leaf Green, Devon Allman, Spyro Gyra, Verve Pipe, Bob Schneider, Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, Drums and Tuba, Campbell Brothers, Jazz Mandolin Project, The Samples, and DJ Le Spam.
56 Hope Road has released 3 full-length records and sold close to 10,000 units on their independent label Albino Deer Records working with such industry moguls as GRAMMY nominated engineer and producer Rick Barnes (Smashing Pumpkins, Liquid Soul), Steve Albini (Nirvana), and Mark Rubel (Hum and Poster Children). 56 Hope Road is set to release their 4th full-length album due out in January 2008.
Their songs have been featured regularly on Sirius Radio Channel 17 Jam_ON, as well as WXRT Chicago, United Airlines Radio, various college and community radio stations across the country, National Public Radio, the soundtrack to “A Place in France,” in an upcoming film “Road to Woodstock,” and a Fox Sports Net Pilot/Warren Miller production “Destination Wild.”
The name 56 Hope Road pays homage to the positive influence Bob Marley’s message and music has on the world.