Matthew Scharpf's Strangers & Saints

With his band the Strangers and Saints Matthew Scharpf has once again established himself as one of Chicago’s must see acts.  Their New Folk sound, reminiscent of The Beatles, Counting Crows, Del Amitri, and Paul Westerberg, is highlighted by Matthew’s poignant songwriting and the Strangers  & Saints hard hitting rhythm section, while their energy and passion for music is evident in their live performances. 


In addition to being head of the “bangin’ on thangs” department for the Strangers & Saints, Barry Bennett is a drummer, bandleader, and a JEFF nominated maker of theatrical music and sound. By day Barry is a modern dance accompanist. He is an Associate Artist with 16th Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Chicago Moving Company, and most recently joining the fold of Winifred Haun and Dancers.

He released 5 albums between 1997 and 2008 with his group MiLkBabY (now defunct) and just released his first solo album,“Death to Death! and Other Tales of Uneasy Harmony”, on the Madison based imprint of Uvulittle Records.


He is Artistic Director of THE IMPENDING BEHAVIOR ORCHESTRA; instigator of the tribal avant combo, DOCTOR BONOBO; and can be found beating the drums with a variety of groups on stages in the region.

Barry Bennett


Joe Eisman


A lover of all "music with a backbone," Joe is honored to serve Matthew's bold musings and music as the bassist for the Strangers & Saints.  Joe likes to think his straight forward playing style and humble, "saintly" demeanor offer balance and depth to the gusty bravura of his peers in the band.  His Fender electric pushes the bands grooves, yet Joe is equally well adept on his century-old acoustic upright, and can be seen about Chi-Town playing the occasional acoustic folk, jazz, or even classical gig with bow in hand.