Although their debut album, “Isles,” released by Columbia Records in 2013, is full of reggae soul and beachy-synth sounds, Wild Belle brings even more into play. Natalie, 25, and Elliot, 33, grew up around Chicago on a mix of jazz standards, afro-beats, James Brown, Bob Marley and more. Today, it’s hard to peg Wild Belle’s sound into any one genre: Natalie’s sultry, soul-diva voice contrasts with her light and sweet upper register; Elliot’s got sweet saxophone skills (he studied jazz sax at the University of Michigan while playing with his first band, NOMO) and the pair incorporates instruments both natural and electric.
Wild Belle’s Chicago Faves
Natalie and Elliot aren’t the only fans of this Chi-town classic—Schubas recently took the fifth place spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the “Best Clubs in America.” 3159 N Southport Ave., 773.525.2508, www.schubas.com
Green Mill Jazz Club
Alcala’s Western Wear
Natalie and Elliot hail the Ukie Village shop Alcala's as one of their favorite spots in Chicago, especially when in need of new (or vintage) western gear. 1733 W Chicago Ave., 312.226.0152, www.alcalas.com