Evanston’s own Manwolves to headline House of Blue


Singer James McNear rehearses You; a promotional photo of Manwolves; Julian Freeman records a drum track. Photos by Jesse Bond.

Bring the noise! On Dec. 22, local band Manwolves will joint headline at the House of Blues in downtown Chicago.

Bassist Henry Wolf estimates that they attract a crowd of around 300 for an average show. According to the House of Blues website the facility can hold 1300 people, and they expect all tickets to sell. The Manwolves are approaching this show like any other show.

As drummer Julian Freeman explains, they are dedicating up to four hours a day practicing – something they do even when they don’t have an upcoming show.
“We treat all of our shows equally,” says Freeman.

While their preparation may not change, the band does understand the gravity of this concert.

“To date, this is our most important show because it is the House of Blues,” says guitarist Eli Cohen.

The significance may also come from how long it took to land this show. The band had been sending their music to the promoter at the House of Blues for months. Finally, he responded saying he really liked their music and he wanted them for a show.

While the venue may be new to them, the set list won’t be a huge change from any of their previous concerts.

“We did release a single about three weeks ago, and we’re going to release music as soon as we can,” says keyboardist Ari Garfin. “We’re really not holding anything back, it’s just that the music is not quite ready yet.”

Even if Manwolves fans don’t have a new EP or LP to look forward to, at least they can go see the Manwolves headlining with Raven Lynae the House of Blues. Tickets are 10 dollars plus fees on Ticketmaster. You can avoid fees by contacting a band member for tickets.