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The Cairo Gang

The Cairo Gang is the songwriting outlet for musician Emmett Kelly from Los Angeles. Throughout its recorded career, The Cairo Gang has appeared live in various formats, including combinations of the massive creative well of the Chicago improvised scene, plus a two-plus years run as the band backing Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Since about 2012, it has made itself known mostly in the basements of Chicago and the greater Midwestern United States as a loud and raw, rock and roll band featuring Kelly’s chiming electric 12-string, the sledgehammer drums of Marc Riordan, Ryan Weinstein’s frenzied bass-lines, and gorgeous harmonic vocal and instrumental accomaniment of Sam Wagster and Gillian Lisee.. It has been reflective of a certain surrendering to the error and tenuous nature of arrangement, and the wet embrace of catharsis, improvisation, rock and roll and the spirit thereof, however physical or metaphsical. read more…