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The Wild Family looks for a little help from their friends

The Wild Family band members are (from left) Graham Young, Kevin Koreman, Jake Schweitzer and Zach Schweitzer.
The Wild Family band members are (from left) Graham Young, Kevin Koreman, Jake Schweitzer and Zach Schweitzer.

Remember a local high school band called Funky Luv? It was a cover band comprised of a group of guys from the Genoa area who played festivals and events around DeKalb County a couple of years ago.

Two of its members – brothers Jake and Zach Schweitzer – have gone on to college and formed a new band with Graham Young and Kevin Koreman. Calling themselves The Wild Family, they have been named one of Chicago’s best emerging artists of 2013 by Deli magazine.

After only a year together as a band, they have played many notable Chicago-area stages, including the Old Town School of Folk Music, Subterranean, Beat Kitchen, Metro, Schuba’s, SPACE and more. The recognition has earned the band invitations to perform in March at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

To help the band get there, Brian Wallace of Genoa, the Schweitzers’ uncle, has scheduled a South by Southwest Gas Money Party on Friday at the Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the music starts at 8 p.m. The Backup Plans will open for The Wild Family. Tickets for the all-ages show cost $10 for adults, $8 for students, and are available at the door.

Jake Schweitzer said attendees can expect to hear original music with a folk influence.

“We all have been influenced by acoustic sounds, and we all like that. Now, we’re starting to electrify our sound a little more,” Jake Schweitzer said. “We write our own music, and we’re keeping some of the folk elements, three-part harmonies, the really melodic stuff.”

He said they offer a lot of diversity in their music with two different primary songwriters.

“There’s a little bit of country twang, folk harmonies, a little straightforward rock ‘n’ roll, maybe some dance stuff and some slow, intimate acoustic-type things,” he said.

With three performances scheduled so far during the Austin event, Jake Schweitzer said they hope the festival launches the band’s professional career.

“It’s a great place to become more recognized with all the industry people that attend,” Schweitzer said.

“This festival is huge for people in the music industry,” Wallace said. “Everybody you are hearing that’s new this year, played there last year.”

“We hear about the festival every year, because there’s so much going on there with all the really great bands playing,” Schweitzer said.

Although he and his bandmates have never attended, much less played, the festival, Schweitzer said their managers have been there for the past four or five years.

“We would be nervous going without them,” he said. “Our managers will help us figure out the ins and outs.”

Along with earning a little gas money right here in Genoa, Schweitzer said they are hoping to book shows en route.

“Even though it’s out of our way, we’re going to try to hit Nashville and make a little money while we’re there,” he said.

“We’re hoping to make this our career,” Schweitzer added.


If you go

• What: South by Southwest Gas Money Party

• Who's playing: The Backup Plans and The Wild Family

• When: 8 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• Where: Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St.

• Why: To help The Wild Family pay for gas and other expenses to play at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

• Tickets: $10, adults; $8, students; available at the door

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