Seventeen Sisters
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Seventeen Sisters

Chicago, IL | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Chicago, IL | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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On Friday, March 11, Mike N Molly’s hosted three excellent bands in their intimate upstairs venue, bringing together a set of sounds that, while distinct on their own, complimented each other very well. Doors opened at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover, though the room already had a few handfuls of people milling about and waiting for the show to begin even before then. Friends and longtime fans of each band came by to see their favorites, and there were lots of handshakes, hugs, and excitement to go around. Read below for the bands and the photos!

First up on the docket was Mustache. Hailing from Charleston, IL, they’re a rock/blues band that put out tons of very solid guitar work. Alternating between heavier rock sounds and some very fun and up-tempo chords, their music was accompanied by the slightly twangy (and perfectly fitting) vocals of Isaiah Edwards that filled the room and got the night off to a solid start. Check out some samples of their music on their ReverbNation profile here.

Next up was Blue Dream from Chicago, IL. Describing themselves on their Facebook page as part of the “Heavy Philosophic Soul/Acid Blues/Psychedelic Space Metal” genre, they really didn’t disappoint in fulfilling that statement. Showcasing a variety of songs that made you feel like you were taking a very solid trip (emphasis on the trip part) back to the late 60’s, Blue Dream showcased not only some very intricate guitar work but also the talent of their drummer Jimmy Russell (aka the “Assyrian Tiger”). Near the end of their set, the entire band except for Russell left and went downstairs, leaving the entire stage to him for an incredibly long drum solo. You can check out some of Blue Dream’s songs on their website (CAUTION: a few images on the page are not work-safe).

Finishing off the night were the headliners, Seventeen Sisters. Playing out of their new hometown of Chicago, it was clear by all of the hugs and happy greetings from people in the crowd that they’re missed in Champaign. The Sisters also recently underwent a lineup change, too: they’re a 100% family member band now! Unfortunately they were missing Angel on Friday due to illness, however that didn’t stop the rest of the Scarbrough siblings Sarah, Gracie, Faith, Hannah, and Cecil from shining.

Compared to previous shows, the tempo of their set seemed a touch slower and less heavy on the rock, however the reason for this can be explained in one word: Heart.The slightly toned down pace paired perfectly with the small stage setting, and it was clear that the band was using their music to share their hearts with the crowd in a very personal way, inviting you to get to know who they were as people by witnessing their talent as musicians. Each and every song poured out incredibly strong vocals (every member had a turn at the lead), driving them forward with clean guitar and drum work pulling everything together into a neat package.

The Sisters feel as if they’ve grown and matured as a band over the past several months, picking the precise place in the music world that they know is theirs to occupy. For a sample of their songs, check out their profile here on ReverbNation. - Smile Politely


Still working on that hot first release.



For Sarah, Gracie, Angel, Faith, Hannah, and Cecil Scarbrough, the term “living with purpose is more than just a clever phrase; it’s a true representation of who they are.

The Scarbrough siblings are a truly unique story of talent, perseverance, hard work, and never letting anything stop them! Born and raised in Mississippi and now living in Chicago Illinois after losing their home to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and as a result being homeless for over a year and a half. They know hardships, days after getting their house in Champaign their father suffered a major heart attack, then another more severe one 6 months later. Thankfully their father survived and the experience made them understand the value even more of making every moment count! These siblings are a tightly woven fabric of family, learning early that sticking together is their strongest asset. Being six extremely talented siblings that actually do get along 100% of the time is something you don't see often, maybe even never!

As young siblings they were self starters. Having no knowledge of the music industry and parents who didn't know either, they dived into learning how to book shows, write contracts, and manage. They quickly learned how to promote and negotiate, with their first music project a kiddie Rock group called "The Lady Bugs" they successfully booked a tour every year that would take them on the road up to 9 months out of the year. Performing at special events, malls, fairs, festivals, theme parks, children's museums, etc.

The siblings then took that knowledge and started Seventeen Sisters around three years ago. Seventeen Sisters was born out of a desire to make an impact with their music. Socially conscious, they wanted to write songs that enabled them to share their life experiences of struggle and triumph. There is a depth to their music that is far beyond their years.

Seventeen Sisters sound is full of emotion, it's energy, it's who they are. Never worrying about stereo types of what a "female rocker" should be or sound like, they just do. Being genuine is what shines, they don't shy away from doing things differently. They don't care that they don't fit a mold or template, they are just truly themselves.

Seventeen Sisters music is a melding pot of their life, growing up in the deep south there is influences of classic rock, blues, soul, and gospel. There's also their love of vintage music everything from the Rolling Stones, Who, Jefferson Airplanes, Heart, and even early Joan Jett punk. They don't over complicate their music, they are old school rock n roll and play whats in their souls, making the most out of harmonies at just the right moments.