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Ax and the Hatchetmen bring genre-blending rock to Thalia Hall

Columbia student Axel Ellis, a junior music major and frontman of the band Ax and The Hatchetmen brought rock ‘n’ roll to Thalia Hall on Friday, March 29, 2024. The Chicago based rock band’s sound is infused with a combination of jazz, indie rock, and alternative music.

Ax and The Hatchetmen were accompanied by Van Go Go and Capital Soiree at the Pilsen venue. Fans screamed, “We love you Ax!” after the band performed their popular hits, “Where TF Did I Park My Car?,” “What’s New,” and “Utah.”

“We wrote all these songs in early high school… surprisingly they stuck,” Ellis told the crowd, as the band happily thanked fans for bringing an energetic vibe to the show.

In addition to Ellis, the seven-piece Chicago-based rock band includes, additional vocals and guitar from Salvatore Defilippis, Kenny Olzewski on guitar, Quinn Dolan on the saxophone, Phil Pistone on the trumpet, Hunter Olshefke with additional vocals and bass, and Nick Deputy on the drums.

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Kaelah Serrano, Director of Photography
kserrano@columbiachronicle.com   Kaelah Serrano is a junior photojournalism major. She has covered music festivals, campus art exhibitions and metro parades and protests. Serrano joined the Chronicle in January 2023.   Hometown: Chicago, Illinois