Chicago, Illinois


Astrachan (pronounced Astra-Can) is Ben Astrachan's solo recording project. He's in two other Chicago based bands  called Astro Heart and Berta Bigtoe.  Astrachan is a meditation of love, adventure, and friendship! Each song  takes on the story of a moment that latched onto his heart with the tenderest of holds. The songs themselves are how he  was able to make visible the sense-experience of each flicker in time that he traversed!

Astrachan has opened for the Vancouver Psych group Meltt in 2023, and, Astrachan's other foray, Berta Bigtoe  opened a sold out Tokyo Police Club show at Lincoln Hall (507 cap) in 2021. They sold out a show at the Golden Dagger  (100 cap) in 2021 and come close at The Hideout (200 cap) and Schubas (212 cap) in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Chicago is  their home court.

“Chicago multi-instrumentalist Ben Astrachan was born nearly two generations after 1967’s famous Summer of Love, but he understands the whimsy, grace, and joy of that era’s music so well you’d think he helped make it happen. ” - Leor Galil

Chicago Reader

“Astrachan’s indie melodies intertwine love, and adventure, crafting a blissful sonic tapestry of pure lo-fi brilliance.” - Tammy Moir

Happy Mag