Music

The grunge pop of Lever coming to Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake

Lever will perform March 23 at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.
Lever will perform March 23 at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The “bipolar grunge pop” band Lever will perform this spring at the Raue Center for the Arts.

The Chicago-based group generally performs alternative rock with influences of grunge and punk. Lever grabs influences from a variety of areas of bands, from Nirvana, The Vines and Speedy Ortiz to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, to create their own unique sound. The band will perform at 8 p.m. March 23 at the Raue, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake.

“I was thrilled to discover Lever is a favorite band of many in downtown Crystal Lake,” Raue Center Executive Director Richard Kuranda said. “What a wonderful, authentic sound coming from this emerging rock band. Here’s your chance to see them.”

The four-piece band released a debut album, “Hover Bored,” in May 2015. The album features the single, “Who Cares,” and was described by We Are The Television as a song that “can be enjoyed by the punks and pop enthusiasts alike.”

Lever released the band’s most recent EP, “Ms. Lead,” in August of 2017. With a full-length album and an EP under their belt, band members have plans for a third follow-up release in 2018.

Lever has a relentless urge to play anywhere and everywhere, from wrestling matches and flea markets to dive bars, according to a press release. The band also has had the opportunity to play on legendary stages, such as The Metro and the House of Blues in Chicago and the famous Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood.

Lever was voted Best Rock Band in the “Chicago Reader’s” Best of Chicago 2017. The band is made up of Jon Babin (lead vocals/guitar), Jeff Aquino (guitar/vocals), Brandon Erker (bass) and Michael Reinhold (drums).

Tickets start at $10 in advance or $15 at the door and can be bought online at www.rauecenter.org or via the Box Office at 815-356-9212 or at 26 N. Williams St. in downtown Crystal Lake.

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