812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408
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Broken Robots

Presented by: BCT Presents

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

General Admission: $USD 15.00

Student: $USD 12.00


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Broken Robots is an indie pop/rock/hip-hop group composed of three downtrodden antiheroes from the city of Chicago. The group was formed by Kat Baker and Tony Baker in December 2017, when the duo began writing music together in their Chicago apartment.

Kat and Tony Baker met off the highway exit at Lake Street and 355 in April 2015, at a time when both had decided to give up on their passion for music. Kat was a former folk singer-songwriter and Tony was a former audio engineer, musician, actor, and vocalist in a variety of projects spanning from 1996-2008. Kat was working a miserable sales job, and Tony was panhandling. Their relationship began after months of Kat driving by and giving Tony dollars and cigarettes, and eventually evolved into regular trips into Chicago’s west side together to buy drugs. By May of 2016, the couple had been arrested together numerous times and were being investigated by law enforcement in multiple counties. 

Against all odds, they managed to turn themselves around, and in December of 2017, Broken Robots was born. They began by releasing single tracks on SoundCloud about their experiences with death, mental illness, addiction and redemption. They compiled these tracks into their debut album Home Is Not a Place, and released it on October 1st, 2018. In December 2018, they were joined by bass player and long time friend Lonnie Phillips. His soulful songwriting style quickly became featured in many of the songs on the band’s 2018 EP, The Escape Artist, which combines the band’s original glitch, folk, and indie rock elements with jazzier bass lines and an overall darker soundscape. 

Their latest single, “Who Am I?” steps back from the post-grunge-influenced vibe encompassed by the rest of the band’s catalog. While the song still feels like it may have grown up in the ’90s, it taps a different vein of the era, swapping the band’s usual industrial growl for a heartfelt outpouring of honesty atop a gently strumming guitar. Less Shirley Manson and more Sheryl Crow. While the single sounds different from Broken Robots’ former releases, it’s a solid stand-alone piece as the former trio forges ahead into a new chapter, which includes an upcoming EP with the band’s new drummer Anthony Friedli.

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight is opening the show!

Doors open at 7:30pm for this general admission show. The estimated length of the show is 100 minutes. Wearing a mask indoors is strongly encouraged. COVID Policy FAQ.

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block east of the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy Cafe may be taken into the auditorium.

Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs, which can be purchased via the box office at 812.323.3020. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

BCT Presents strives to bring diverse, high-quality, nationally-touring performers to the stage each year. The series also occasionally includes  classic films.

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