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Upcoming Cookbook

Raw Vegan Breakfast | Nat Brooke

Collard Wrap | Nat Brooke

Coconut Pie | Nat Brooke

Dehydrator | Nat Brooke

West Tisbury Farm Stand | Nat Brooke

About nine months ago I ventured into learning more about the world of Raw foodism in the Vegan sense and have since become an advocate of healing by way of fresh, whole foods. I have spent time traveling and connecting to a community of passionate friends involved in teaching others about the Raw Foods lifestyle and simply, biodynamic food. I was recently asked to photograph and upcoming project piecing together photographically over one hundred unique Raw Vegan recipes. We accumulated over a thousand photos over the course of several days which are in the process of being developed into an upcoming cookbook. There is certain revelation between the nature of food and artistic realization. I can say with understanding that whole foods nurture brain activity which is the foundation of all productivity. This was a vibrant project to be a part of and I will be curating more personal projects in the future. If you’d like to learn more about incorporating more of a plant based foundation into your lifestyle you can leave a comment below or e-mail info@natbrooke.com. Get in touch and follow Eva Rawposa on her Facebook page to be updated on the launch date of the cookbook.

Chicago Scenes

Wicker Park | Nat Brooke

Wicker Park | Nat Brooke

Train | Nat Brooke

Nat Brooke | Kilim

Katie Alvarado | Tyler S. | Nat Brooke

Nat Brooke | Tyler S.

*Above photos of musicians, Katie Alvarado & Tyler Sjöström .

Things have been unveiling beautifully in the midwest this Spring into Summer. The trees have grown more lush than I could ever remember them and it seems like people are being more generous with their money and time, fueled by the endorphins that the warmer weather brings. Even the ambitious young gentlemen I noticed on the coffee shop patio who brewed and brought his own iced coffee along with him to the coffee shop (maybe he prefers his own brew). Mostly as the season changes into every day heat I am most inspired to spend time with friends playing music in spaces small and large. Although I’ve already jumped ship and have escaped the crowds of the city and bustling outer suburban landscape for an emptier climate, this is the first year in a long while where I want to return – head into a dive bar and listen to some swooning music overhead.

Spring Travels

Spring In Illinois | Nat Brooke

Lambert's Cove Beach | Nat Brooke

Nat Brooke | Beach

Menemsha | Nat Brooke

Nat Brooke | Menemsha

Island to Island – I seem to love remoteness. During a curious turn of events I happened to make it to Martha’s Vineyard to learn and explore. Less than half of the summer population present I wondered completely. I must say I was impressed with the local radio stations – I’ve compiled a short playlist for your pleasure connecting some of the songs I listened to over the course of traveling and heard on local MV radio.

Only One More Kiss – Paul McCartney & Wings
I Can See The Pines Are Dancing – A.A Bondy
I’ll Come Runnin’ Back To You – Sam Cooke
I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You – Tom Waits
I Just Can’t Loose – The Deep Dark Woods
Open Your Eyes – Bobby Caldwell
If You Really Love Me – Stevie Wonder
I Don’t Need Anyone – Club 8

Scenes From Folk Nite | Feb 2013

The Hacienda | Folk Nite | February 2013 | Nat Brooke

Tyler, Katie, Ian | Nat Brooke | Folk Nite | The Hacienda

Katie Alvarado | Folk Nite | Nat Brooke

Nat Brooke | Ian Simkins | Folk Nite

Aaron Kulik | The Hacienda | Folk Nite | Nat Brooke

Nat Brooke | Joel Brown | Doo Wop Girls

February 15th, 2013, over twenty four local, visual, vocal and musical artists gathered together at the Hacienda to promote their artistic works through the art of storytelling. What has now become the annual Folk Nite was a wildly successful event. The turnout was expansive and sometimes uncomfortable as we actually ran out of space to house our guests. This is both a brilliant and crucial realization that this community is growing in the Northern Chicago suburbs. Living outside of a metropolitan city for some artists can be stifling as well as inspiring. Spaciousness in physical surroundings outside of a city environment can bring worlds of inspiration, however having less accessibility to venues in which artists can promote their work and network amongst other artists can become a challenging aspect of living in a more remote area. Folk Nite is a cumulation of artistic endeavors between entertaining our friends and their friends alike to the study of our fellow artists as well as building a community of people who both create and appreciate artistic works. It is a welcoming environment for people to gather, build and share together. If you are interested in becoming a part of future Folk Nites or if you have a venue in mind that would be a accessible gem for such a gathering in the Northern Chicago suburbs you can get in touch with us at info@natbrooke.com as well as visiting Folk Nites Facebook Page or The Hacienda Facebook Page.

*Some images courtesy of Alissa Cook

Spring Shows

Joel in Madison

Madison Brunch

Triple Pedels

Amplification Nat Brooke Music

Hammer Guitar Nat Brooke

Nat Brooke Lula's Cafe Chicago

We’re keeping busy over here writing and working on new music and have been putting together upcoming Spring shows (and of course eating delicious food at Lula Cafe) which we’re very excited about. We’ve had such warm reception over our new material that we cannot wait to play upcoming shows. In February you can join us and over twenty four other visual and musical artists at Folk Nite. Keep updated on upcoming shows by visiting our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Folk Nite + Storytellers Edition

Folk Nite, Folk Night Nat Brooke

Coming up on Febrary the fifteeth The Hacienda will be hosting Folk Nite, Storytellers Edition. We will be coming together to promote our art through storytelling, showcasing over twenty four local visual and musical artists. This a profit free event and all are welcome. Bring a bottle of wine and bake some of your Gram’s famous cookies to share. Show begins at 7pm, click here for more info.

*Poster: K.t Alvarado