Liz and the Lovelies

Chicago Indie Folk Rock

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LIZ AND THE LOVELIES is the band of singer/songwriter Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia. Moving to Chicago in the winter of 2013 by train with 4 bags and 2 guitars, Liz immersed herself into the Chicago music scene, releasing her debut record "People Pumping Pedals" in 2014 under CAU Dog Records. In 2015, she released the EP "Otter Hill", an intimate recording of 5 songs about her family and home life in Virginia.  Her songs received recognition by NPR's Newsong Songwriting Competition as the 2014 Mid-west Finalist, the Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist Nominee in 2015, and a New-Song Songwriter Competition Finalist in 2016.

Her music inspired the talent of close friends and family to create the indie folk rock group LIZ AND THE LOVELIES. The Lovelies include Alex Chidester (vocals, mandolin), Lewis Rawlinson (vocals, cello), Kevin Schwarzwald (violin), Zach Finch (drums), and Mike Fletcher (bass). With the production of musician Matt Griffo and the band Frances Luke Accord's Nicholas Gunty, LIZ AND THE LOVELIES released their first EP 'Progress into Simplicity' in 2017. 

Their EP was nominated for Best Roots EP in the 2018 Independent Music Awards in NYC, and they recently competed as one of the final four bands at the Brooklyn Bowl in the 9th Annual Silver Sound Showdown in January 2018.

Liz lives in Chicago, IL as a teaching artist at Old Town School of Folk Music. She is a professional singer and actor. 


Photographer: David F. Choy

Musicians: Liz Chidester, Kevin Schwarzwald, Alex Chidester, Mike Fletcher, Zach Finch

Venue: Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY