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20 | April 12, 2018 | The Northbrook tower News northbrooktower.com GBN grad’s band releases first EP, returns to perform in Chicago Martin Carlino, Editor Glenbrook North graduate Phil Levine and his band Stone Arch Isles have spent the last two years writing songs. The hope of the two-year endeavor was simplistic in nature, one that countless bands have worked to achieve and one that was embedded with the desire of finding the perfect compilation of music that represents its sound. On March 9, 13 months after recording commenced, Stone Arch Isles released “Kingdoms,” a six-song EP showcasing the band’s work. “[Kingdoms] is such a beautiful cumulation for us of the past two years of our life,” said Carlos Kelley, the band’s drummer. The band consists of six members: Levine, Kelley, Alex Chapdelaine, Matt Gleason, Daniel Chapdelaine and Trevor Stroschein. After Alex and Daniel Chapdelaine became friends with Gleason in high school, the trio decided to head to the University of Minnesota, where they met the Northbrook native Levine. The addition of Kelley shortly thereafter added the final piece to the puzzle and the rest is history. Now, the band will return to Chicago for its third live performance, this time through Sofar Sounds, a company that specializes in presenting music in an intimate and respectful setting. Stone Arch Isles will play on April 14 in Logan Square, to a sold-out crowd. The band’s performance will be videotaped live, a characteristic of the show it highly anticipates. “We want to bring something special to that taping as well,” Kelley said. “The more we can expose people to all the different ways we can sound, the more important it is.” Per Levine, the band will even showcase a unique element for the show. All vocals will be “straight from their mouths” paired with a mixture of an acoustic and “very clean sounding electric guitar,” according to Levine. Although it will be the third time the band has played Chicago, the show will still hold special meaning. “We’ve been to Chicago twice and we’ve really enjoyed it with the band,” Daniel Chapdelaine said. “It’s always a ton of fun.” The performance will hold a little extra sentiment for Levine, who considers Chicago shows a homecoming of sorts. “What I love about playing Chicago is that it’s an opportunity to show the people that gave to me and showed me lessons that I’m using what they gave me ... that I’m growing and using the lessons that I’ve learned from them,” he said. “It’s a way of getting to say thank you and it’s really special for that reason.” Levine mentioned GBN educators Julie Ann Robinson and Chad Davidson as two of the people who taught him great lessons while at GBN and helped him refine his craft. After its Chicago show, time on the road is something the band envisions more of. “We’re going to try and make touring more of a thing in the future,” Daniel Chapdelaine said. Phil Levine (right) and his band Stone Arch Isles perform during a 2017 show. Stone Arch Isles recently released “Kingdoms,” a six-song EP. Photos Submitted Pictured are band members (top row, left to right) Alex Chapdelaine, Matt Gleason, Daniel Chapdelaine and Carlos Kelley, and Trevor Stroschein (bottom left) and Phil Levine (bottom right). The band will perform on April 14 in Logan Square to a soldout crowd. From the Village Plan Commission recommends approval of two special permits During its regular meeting, the Plan Commission conducted two public hearings. The first hearing was an application filed by Northshore Car Center, LLC, requesting special permit approval for an automotive repair business with accessory outdoor automobile storage and an automotive detailing facility. The Commission will vote on a resolution at its April 17 meeting. The second hearing was on an application filed by Wiss, Janney, Elsner Associates, Inc., requesting special permit approval for two wall signs, with a total height in exccess of 20’ from grade. The Commission adopted a resolution recommending approval and an ordinance approving the wall signs appeared on the April 10 Village Board agenda. Fire Department welcomes 5 new firefighters Five firefighters were sworn in on April 2. The Village of Northbrook welcomed Daniel Leszka, Eric Brouilette, Thomas Longaker, Jack Trimble and Robert Heroux. From the Village is information submitted by the Village of Northbrook, www.northbrook. il.us

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