Dessa Brings Music Full of Soul and Energy to Thalia Hall

Dessa performs at Thalia Hall in Chicago, Il on 09/07/2019. Photo Credit: © Ian Bardecki 2019

Chicago, Il – Poet. Rapper. Pop Singer. Literary Artist. Badass. Minnesota native Dessa performed several fan favorites and hits on Saturday night to an energized crowd at Thalia Hall in Chicago. Starting the night with “Good Grief” from her album Chime, Dessa took the stage with the crowd singing along. Backed by Chicago locals Monakr, who previously had played a fantastic set earlier in the evening, Dessa gave a solid run through from her musical library throughout the years. Performing classics as well as fan favorites like “Dixon’s Girl” and “Matches to Paper Dolls” from her 2010 release, A Badly Broken Code, as well as “Annabelle” from her 2013 release, Parts of Speech.

While Dessa also performs as a member of the rap group Doomtree, her solo work is quite versatile. Most of her songs included rap, although she can switch gears for a ballad or a pop song without missing a beat – which she also openly spoke about to the crowd. Her freedom as an independent artist has allowed her to explore different genres, whereas a major record label may have wanted her to strictly perform one genre and stay in that lane. As Dessa described it, she can forge ahead and play a pop song that she wrote, “Because I fucking can!”

Dessa performs at Thalia Hall in Chicago, Il on 09/07/2019. Photo Credit: © Ian Bardecki 2019

Dessa has a style, sound, and soul that is all her own. She’s a strong woman who commands the spotlight on stage, and her lyrics are quick-witted and razor-sharp. This night she had the audience in the palm of her hand, singing along to every song and dancing on the majestic floor of Thalia Hall.

DESSA Setlist:
Good Grief
Dixon’s Girl
Matches to Paper Dolls
The Chaconne
Gradeschool Games
Boy Crazy
Half of You
Good For You
Warsaw / Velodrome
Fighting Fish
Fire Drills
5 out of 6

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Show Date 9/7/2019

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Born in Scotland, raised in the United States, based in Chicago. Ian Bardecki is a professional photographer, avid motorcyclist, reader, IT geek, gaming and comic book nerd, who was bathed in music at a young age by his mother who constantly played classical piano in their home. While she also introduced him to the Beatles and Elvis, his father forced on him Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, the local paper boy had him listening to Alice Cooper, his uncle then turned him onto KISS and his first 8 track tape, while his friends turned him onto punk music. Today, his music library ranges from Amadeus Mozart to ZZ Ward and everything in between. Hesitantly agreeing to fill in one night to photograph a concert at a local venue in San Francisco for a friend, was where the accidental love and passion for concert photography was born and hasn’t stopped growing since. As a freelance photographer, Ian has had the honor of working with various artists like, John 5, Sick Puppies, Scott Stapp, Drowning Pool, Anti-Flag and Art of Dying, just to name a few. Ian can be found on Instagram and Facebook under Center Stage Pictures.