Illustrious Day

Illustrious Day


Intense acoustic female fronted rock with unforgettable melodies, haunting lyrics and a gorgeous voice you will never get tired of. Illustrious Day's captivating live performance will draw you in and keep you humming long after the buzz has worn off.


Intense acoustic rock driven by dynamic female vocals, haunting lyrics and unforgettable melodies are but a few words that describe the music of Illustrious Day, led by singer-songwriter Jackie O'brien, bassist Jim O'brien and drummer Pete Abdou. Think Shawn Colvin meets the Foo Fighters.
Jackie's honest approach to songwriting draws on a myriad of influences that give her songs huge crossover appeal. O'brien explains, "Everyone in the band comes from such different musical backgrounds. It's an eclectic mix that creates a real dynamic sound."

The Providence, RI-based Illustrious Day began creating a buzz in the regional music scene as their 2002 full-length debut cd, "Dizzy fell down," garnered glowing reviews and radio airplay throughout the region. Illustrious Day was voted one of the top ten best unsigned bands in the country by and are growing a strong fan base as they continue to perform at clubs, colleges and festivals throughout the Northeastern United States. Jackie also performs solo and has played such shows as the Atlantic Songwriters Festival in Sweet Briar, VA and the R.I.S.A. stage of the Newport Folk Festival whose main stage featured the Indigo Girls and Shawn Colvin, to name a few. She has also performed with
Melissa Ferrick and the Beaver Brown Band

Jackie is a nominee for Best Female Vocalist in the Providence Phoenix Music Poll 2005.

Their new CD, "Waving in traffic, " (May 2005)highlights the unique and timeless style of Jackie's voice with songs that rumble with emotion.

Jackie's own Daygirl Music has recently licensed 11 songs that are featured in the independent film documentary "Holy Water-gate," which received the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. The film has aired in Europe/Australia and began airing domestically in prime-time on the Showtime network in May 2005.

Illustrious Day's sound blurs the distinction between intimate singer-songwriter and energetic rock band.

"Intense chick rock" ----95.5 WBRU Providence, RI

"....hits the creative target."
---------The Providence Phoenix


1998 EP - In between
2002 CD -Dizzy fell down
2005 CD - Waving in Traffic

"Bricks n Mortar" is currently being played on
WHJY 94.1 Providence, RI
WBRU 95.5 Providence, RI
WRIU 90.3- Kingston, RI
WERS - Boston, MA
and more being added every day as the CD was released 5/20/05
Also on an infinite number of internet radio stations

Set List

We can play for hours but a typical set is 45 minutes. We play mostly originals and will sprinkle in covers when appropriate. When we do covers we
we make them our own way which makes it interesting.

Waving in traffic
Bricks n mortar
Angela's voice
This is your life
Solitary Reaper
Out of the blue
Living in stereo
People of the world
I want you now
twenty four hours
Letters in Polaroid

Some Covers we've done:
1979 - Smashing pumpkins
Hash pipe - Weezer
Waiting on a friend - Stones
Supermans Dead - Our lady peace