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  • VRO

    VRO

    Elemental was the third song we shot on this outing. This was a new location along the banks of the Chicago River front. The original location was going to be the bench on the lower level but upon arriving found it to be quite occupied by employees of the Chicago water taxi. Having no fear of public performance, Victoria decided to just “jump in and roll with it” from the top of the staircase leading down to the taxi landing.  […]

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  • Jennifer Hall

    Jennifer Hall

    Despite the threatening rain, and heavy fog, Jennifer Hall and friends were able to showcase their soulful and sultry vibes.  Great vocals, tight keys, and punchy guitar showcase this group’s deep-seated talent and artistry. JENNIFER HALL (Like I lie to you) from ROOFTOP SESSIONS CHICAGO on Vimeo. Like I Lie to You is an emotionally driven song that showcases Jennifer’s amazing vocal flexibility.  I will never forget the moment I first heard her voice coming through the headphones.  I never […]

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  • Bone & Bell

    Bone & Bell

    This was one of the most challenging shoots to date; between sneaking equipment onto the ferris wheel, the roaring wind and laughing children, overhead speakers blaring “Sweet Home Chicago”, and a tight timeframe to do the shoot, it was a bleeding miracle that we were actually able to pull it off. The entire shoot only lasted 10 minutes (or more specifically, one turn around the wheel). Without any trouble Heather, like the true pro that she is, was able to […]

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  • The Wandering Endorphin

    The Wandering Endorphin

    This was the first shoot at our friends Gus’ house. Jim (The Wandering Endorphin) dazzled us with his incredible finger picking and tapping guitar skills. Especially in regards to the tapping style, Jim very well may be considered as the finest that Chicago has to offer. For the Rooftop crew, we had heard of Jim before, but were completely blown away to witness the incredible performance up close and personal. Despite the unceasing accompaniment of the local Cicada tribe, the […]

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  • Guy Corl

    Guy Corl

    GUY CORL (Skeleton City) from ROOFTOP SESSIONS CHICAGO on Vimeo. GUY CORL (Winner) from ROOFTOP SESSIONS CHICAGO on Vimeo. About Guy Corl Guy Grace (Corl) was born during the winter of 1978 to a good home in the dying steel town of Youngstown Ohio. Though his young childhood was a happy one, the family was uprooted by economic development westward, and resettled in the small northwestern town of Bryan Ohio during the late 1980s. Cut from their roots, each member […]

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  • Rue Royale

    Rue Royale

    Halfway blind was the first of the three songs performed by Rue Royale. The location for the video is the original location for the rooftop sessions (Old Irving Park neighborhood; north side of Chicago) In the beginning of the video, there is a shot of the band coming to the sessions. The white-haired gentleman helping the band with their equipment is in fact not homeless, but rather one of our original camera operators. J Coleman who was kind enough to […]

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  • Neal Renzi

    Neal Renzi

    In The Light is the first of several covers performed by Rooftops own Neal Renzi. Neal was one of our original camera operators who agreed to let us record him as a test run. We all knew that Neal could sing, but we never anticipated the performance that would follow. Instead of just doing a test run, Neal actually became an official Rooftop Session. NEAL RENZI (Veni Come Sei) from ROOFTOP SESSIONS CHICAGO Neal Renzi (Veni Come Si) By this […]

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  • Z-Force

    Z-Force

    Z FORCE (One small part) from ROOFTOP SESSIONS CHICAGO on Vimeo. Z FORCE (Song #I) from ROOFTOP SESSIONS CHICAGO on Vimeo. About Z-Force Z-FORCE or Zee Force is the former front man of an amazing local act called the  Ultrasonic Edukators.  During his heyday as an Edukator, Z used to rock out the local scene a la Blur style. With his charm and good looks, Z was able to keep the attention of the crowds while rocking all around the Chicago club scene. Even […]

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  • Ugly Lamp Series

    < In addition to working on top of roofs we are also interested in expanding the idea of capturing performances in unique environments. So, if you have access to an interesting looking backyard, courtyard, sewer or meat locker with some room for a band? Why not, we’ll come to you. Wherever it is, whatever it is, we are willing to explore the idea of shooting in unique and interesting places around Chicago. As a result the ugly lamp series was […]

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