This Saturday: a Unique Musical Happening featuring The SDS Trio and Group Mind Films

April 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

The SDS Trio will perform a one night only concert featuring music and memorabilia from the feature film, American Legacy. Hits on the set list will include: “After Hours at a Brazilian Beach Volleyball Tournament,” “Primates in Diapers,” and their interpretation of the iconic Queen number “Another One Bites the Dust.” Their music combines elements of jazz, rock, and classical music, but has proven difficult for them to categorize, and they welcome any suggestions.

Ticket to the Event Include:

  • A copy of the new album “This is the SDS Trio”
  • A copy of the film American Legacy
  • A coupon for one free drink
  • A great live show: The SDS Trio will play sets at 8pm and 9:30pm.
  • An evening of fantastic conversation with quick-witted. intelligent people from the independent film community in Chicago and beyond.

The SDS Trio members met while scoring American Legacy and within ten minutes of their first jam session had created two songs used in the film.  Excited and energized by their shared musical sensibilities, they decided to formalize their partnership, which resulted in their first CD, “This is The SDS Trio.”  Listen to samples of their music at
The critically-acclaimed comedy American Legacy is the first feature from Group Mind Films, a Chicago-based independent production company dedicated to creating ensemble-based, honest comedies which showcase the complexities of relationships and emotions. Managing Partners John Berka and Jay Sukow met while improvising in Chicago and instead of producing a live theatrical show, they decided to focus their energies on feature films.  American Legacy was shot entirely in Chicago and stars some of the best improvisers in the country.  The film is a peek into the lives of a Chicago family as they finally reap what they’ve sown. Appliance store owner Don Harris finds himself squeezed between personal and professional crises when his estranged wife unexpectedly dies on the same day that he learns his business is almost bankrupt. Forced to tell his children the truth about their mother’s mental illness, Don risks alienating the very family members who could help save his livelihood.  American Legacy owes both its drama and its hilarity to a scripted storyline enhanced with improvised dialogue, and is a testament to Berka and Sukow’s belief that nothing is more truthful or funny than family.


The cast of "American Legacy" by Group Mind Films


The SDS Trio and Group Mind Films present An Evening of Music and Film

Saturday, April 17. Doors open @ 7pm. The 1st set begins @ 8pm. The 2nd set begins @ 9:30pm.

The Edgewater Beach Cafe in the historic Edgewater Beach Apartments, 5545 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago. (The big pink building on Lake Shore Drive.)

Tickets are $30.00 for individuals and just $40.00 for couples. They may be purchased in advance at or by calling 773.407.7552, and will also be available at the event.

Guests of any age may attend the show. Indoor attached parking is available for only $3.00!


The SDS Trio’s January performance at the Edgewater Beach Cafe was a striking sold out success and they expect a similar crowd this Saturday so get your tickets now!



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