About AK

The shadow cast by the city of big shoulders is a shade where a certain imagination gets ignited. Perhaps it’s all the train tracks that harken back to when Chicago was truly freight handler to the nation, sending catalog dreams speeding over steel to far off corners of the country.

Aaron Kelly grew up thinking big and making plans, and wondering where those trains were going to. Falling under the influence of Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, and Jack Kerouac, his songs aren’t too dissimilar from those crates and packages of the last century. They carry the promise that something good is coming. These are songs meant to ease a burden and bring a smile, carefully crafted and made to last.

Aaron has been featured by American Songwriter Magazine, and released Barefoot and Bottomed Out, his first solo album, in 2016, after zig-zagging across the country for the last 7 years with his band, Overman.

* words by Michael Scott Sumrak


19 Jan 2018 Ripon, WI Vines & Rushes Winery Vines & Rushes Winery free
20 Jan 2018 Minocqua, WI Minocqua Brewing Company Minocqua Brewing Company free
01 Feb 2018 Naperville, IL Board & Barrel Board & Barrel
08 Feb 2018 Yorkville, IL The Law Office The Law Office
09 Feb 2018 Kenosha, WI Sazzy B Sazzy B free
10 Feb 2018 St. Charles, IL The House Pub The House Pub
23 Feb 2018 Galesburg, IL Fat Fish Pub Fat Fish Pub
26 Feb 2018 Boulder, CO Laughing Goat Coffee House Laughing Goat Coffee House
28 Feb 2018 Colorado Springs, CO Front Range BBQ Front Range BBQ
02 Mar 2018 Macomb, IL The Cafe The Cafe
03 Mar 2018 Galena, IL The Grape Escape The Grape Escape free
04 Mar 2018 LaSalle, IL Ninth Street Pub Ninth Street Pub free
09 Mar 2018 West Dundee, IL Bleuroot Bleuroot free
23 Mar 2018 Kenosha, WI Sazzy B Sazzy B free
24 Mar 2018 Batavia, IL Kiss the Sky Kiss the Sky
24 Mar 2018 Naperville, IL Board & Barrel Board & Barrel
21 Apr 2018 Utica, IL August Hill Winery August Hill Winery free
08 Sep 2018 Langlade Township, WI Wolfman Triathlon Wolfman Triathlon
21 Sep 2018 Yorkville, IL Widow's Harvest Widow's Harvest


Aaron Kelly Band “Boys in the Band”



Aaron Kelly & Friends – “Pink & Blonde” at Council Hill Station


Aaron Kelly & Friends – “Come On (Too Strong)” in Galena, IL


Aaron Kelly Orphan Video


Aaron Kelly – “Fourteen Diamond Rings” at Moe’s Tavern, Chicago