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Chicago's Live Americana music

Presenting the best music from

the Very Best in Americana

"Crow Island'S musical genres travel from alternative country, folk and Southern rock, to Cajun, Texas swing, bluegrass and Country Blues."


We are Crow Island

Crow Island pulls from some of the best music from artists like John Hiatt, Emmylou Harris, The Band, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Little Feat, Sugarland, Asleep At The Wheel, Trisha Yearwood, Little Big Town, Merle Haggard, Bonnie Raitt, Vince Gill, Kasey Chambers, Grateful Dead and much more ... we'd  like to think of this as great Americana....American Roots music.

The Band (L to R):

Matt Sobczyk, Bass, Vocals                             Bruce McBratney, Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals Jennifer French, Vocals, Percussion           Jessica Hurster, Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals         Jim Hurster, Guitars, Mandolin, Dobro, Vocals          Andy Ratts, Drums, Percussion                        Rick Schattnick, Guitars, Banjo, Vocals

Past Live Performances...



Live: July 4th Evanston Parade!!

            Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 - 1:00pm

Downtown Evanston - Central Street

(Central Park to Ryan Field) Evanston, IL 60040


PLEASE VISIT OUR 'Brother Bands' sites for upcoming performances



  Rented Mules: June 3rd, 2017 @ The Friendly Tap

6733 Roosevelt Rd, Burwyn, IL 60402



Crow Island Story


In the fall of 2011 on a Sunday evening in the northern suburbs near the shores of Lake Michigan, a group of mutual friends invited a couple of neighbors to jam on some ‘basement music.’ The chemistry, instrumentation, and harmonies created an energy to ‘pull it all together’ and form an ensemble, with a direction of playing great music, a mix of some of the finest Americana tunes, with the progressive endeavor to deliver a creative, clean and harmonic interpretation of this great collection of tunes. Over the years we continue to evolve and enjoy the process of playing some of the best in Americana Music.

The name Crow Island comes from the location of our ‘gathering’, near an elevated wooded area that at one time before the early 1900’s, was an isolated land mass among the marshlands of the north shore area of the Chicago suburbs, and on that elevation exists a grove of trees where crows congregated. We continue at times to ‘congregate’ (rehearse) near Crow Island Woods.




For more information about our music, or to book a Crow Island performance, please fill out the form below.

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