Comprised of Neil Candelora, Brendan Lazar, and Sam White, Chicago band The Ivorys are a powerful trio that blend rock and alternative punk with a fantastically fun dance vibe.

Still in their early 20s, their powerhouse recordings are matched only by their electrifying performances and their down-to-earth vibes. Visceral rock, grooving dance, and big personalities bring this riotously fun group to life. We talked to them about their music and the Placelist they’ve made for us.

What is it about music that makes you happy?

We’ve always loved capturing an audience and taking them for a ride whether it’s on stage or in a recording, never losing their attention for a second. By harnessing a love of gritty classic rock and dance as well as drawing from influences ranging from Jack White and The Who, to The Strokes, Fun and Black Keys; we’ve always focused on showcasing a catchy, fresh sound and an exhilarating live show we hope enraptures your interest in more ways than one!

We hear you’re playing plenty of shows over the next few months?

We’re playing several festivals such as Summerfest, and then heading across the US, from the Midwest to the West Coast. Following our recent feature in Billboard Magazine, we’ll also be playing shows and recording in New York with David Kahne. He’s worked with Paul McCartney, The Strokes, and Regina Spektor, and he’s helping release our next single ‘She Needs the Money’ via our label, Record Breaker.

Tell us about the location you have chosen for your Placelist?

We chose Oak Street Beach as it’s a great local spot for us. The beach is the place everyone looks forward to all year when it gets warm outside… well I guess depending on your local climate! It’s the quintessential symbol of summer where you can hang out with your friends, meet new people, listen to music, or just relax and enjoy yourself. There’s a natural excitement and serenity that accompanies the beach and the ocean that can’t be beat. We’re a very social band that loves throwing party shows wherever and whenever we can to get people involved, dancing, and having a great time. What’s the fun in doing anything if you can’t share it and enjoy it with your friends? This beach has always been a symbol of that for us and inspires us to write about the good times we’ve had with the people in our lives and the great times to come.

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