Dec. 23, 2004

Gavin DeGraw Takes on Chicago, Twice

By Randy J. Klodz

Pop-rock artist Gavin DeGraw has gotten to know various venues across his native New York, but he has since expanded his home base on a tour across the nation.

This time around, DeGraw will make two consecutive Chicago stops. The first in support of radio-hit-heavyweights Train on Dec. 31, and second his own headlining show on Jan. 1

While “YM” magazine’s August 2003 edition described DeGraw’s style of music as “think John Mayer but with a rock and soulful R&B edge,” DeGraw has earned his own accolades. He has played countless late night talk shows and his “I Don’t Want to Be,” from his July 2003 release “Chariot,” is the theme song for the WB’s “One Tree Hill.”

“Chariot” features light-guitar rockers such as “Chemical Party” and “Meaning,” while featuring piano-driven tunes such as “Just Friends,” “Belief” and the self-titled track, among others.

Most “Chariot” tracks tackle the highs and lows of love, with a more mature stance, as the twenty-something is far from his teenage days. The album’s opener “Follow Through” illustrates DeGraw’s grown-up take on relationships, as well as his crafty musicianship.

House of Blues is at 329 N. Dearborn St. Tickets for the 21+ New Year’s Eve show with Train are listed for $155 each. Ingram Hill is also scheduled to perform. Tickets for the Jan. 1 headlining date are listed for $25 each, an 18+ show. Show time is scheduled for 9 p.m. For more information on Gavin DeGraw log on to www.gavindegraw.com.

Gavin DeGraw Photo: c/o J Records