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Thu, Feb 23 - 8pm - $10
Matt Campbell is an American troubadour, the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ernest Tubb. That is to say, as a songwriter and performer Campbell covers considerable ground. Part poet, politician, and provocateur, he is a familiar and timeless presence. With vivid lyrical imagery and lingering melody he sings songs that raise questions, songs that give thanks, songs that stir up long forgotten and fleeting memories. Across the guitar strings, his fingers are like a freight train, or a feather bed. His voice, both confident and grounded, is timeless.
Chicago's preeminent rhythm and blues crooner, Bailey Dee delivers a big voice and even bigger personality to the stage. At a young age she found a beaten-up copy of the rock n roll handbook in a back alley of Chicago, tucked it in her guitar case, and has been mastering its contents ever since. Picture a Big Mama Thornton or a Sister Rosetta Tharpe, with the jump blues sounds of Wynonnie Harris behind her, and you have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Bailey Dee's Late Night Bait. Screaming on a rocker in a way that would make Jay Hawkins proud, or coaxing tears from jaded audiences with a pining ballad, Bailey Dee covers the spectrum with ease. Part school girl, part vixen; all entertainment.A full band backs her featuring members of legendary R&B Chicagoan Andre Williams band and ex-Million Dollar Quartet.
Calvin Conway plays original blues music inspired from the American rails. His harmonica, resonator guitar and soulful vocal delivery help tell the stories through song. He’s joined by a full band for your maximum pleasure.
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Fri, Feb 24 - 9pm - $10
The Denver-based power trio, Cycles, comprised of Patrick Harvey (guitar), Michael Wood (drums), and Tucker McClung (bass/vocals) are on a musical mission to melt your mind. Self-described as psychedelic rock fusion, Cycles effortlessly blends rock, jazz, hip-hop, soul, and much more creating a versatile soundscape that makes each live show different than the last. Striving for variety in each set, Cycles carefully construct a live show designed to thrill. Each member brings a special set of skills and influences to the table. Living in the same house together and practicing hours upon hours each day has created a profound chemistry between the band members that truly shines through in the live setting. Tucker McClung is a powerful commander of the bass who never shies away from applying the melodic nature of the instrument all the while leading the show with powerful vocals. Michael Wood, with his tight and jazzy drum beats, works tirelessly to keep the band on track through intricate tempo changes and wide-open space. Patrick Harvey’s dominating guitar shred is what completes the band’s sound and often drives them to take the jams into outer space. The songs are written by all members of the band which adds yet another element of diversity to the end product. With humorous, relatable, and illustrative lyrics, Cycles reaches out and touches their audience in a way that produces a feeling of harmony and community. Throughout the last year, Cycles has picked up some serious steam around Colorado. Every show Cycles plays garners new fans. In January of 2016, the band released their first EP, Loads Of Fun which showcases their one-of-a-kind sound.
Averaging over one hundred shows a year – The Jauntee has quickly made a name for themselves in the New England music scene. Hailing from Boston, they’ve solidified a dedicated following in the Northeast, playing most staple venues in the area (ie. Paradise Rock Club, Nectar’s, The Spot Underground, Stone Church). Several New England festival appearances (ie. StrangeCreek, Camp Coldbrook, Disc Jam) and extensive touring down the East Coast and across the Midwest have given them Nationwide recognition, with sold out shows as far west as Denver, CO (Quixote’s). A focus on live improvisation, set list variety, and musical exploration makes every show different from the last, truly making The Jauntee a live act to see again and again. Drawing influence from a wide variety of bands, The Jauntee’s improvisational landscape spans multiple genres, including: Funk/Rock/Jazz/Progressive/Bluegrass/Psychedelic and Ambient music. Their willingness to explore genres, abandon all song structure, and dive into ‘the weird’ sets them apart from your average upcoming Jam Band. They aim to push the boundaries of improvisation, embrace the moment and engage the audience. With an ever-expanding song catalog and an inclination for open ended improvisation, every show promises to be a unique experience.
The Dropper was formed late 2014 in Chicago, IL. The group focuses on producing a live show that will have you grooving, singing and rocking all night long. They utilize rotating setlists and improvisational sections throughout the show to make every appearance unique. The Dropper is largely influenced by the audience and constantly adapts to the setting and vibe of any stage they perform on. The group dives into a multitude of genres to keep you on your toes and make every experience a great one.
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Sat, Feb 25 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Ellis Clark has been a longtime fixture of the Chicago music community working nationally as a performing musician with his band Ellis Clark & The Big Parade, as a songwriter for himself or other artists, a recording artist and record producer. As a teenager he was a founding member of the power-pop-punk pioneer band Epicycle releasing several singles and a full length LP by the time he was nineteen. Later, he co-founded & fronted Social Act who received heavy radio play, toured nationally & released numerous albums of original material. Now, with Ary Jeebie, Amazing Heeby Jeebies garage rock band front woman, he is realizing a longtime ambition to host a George Harrison Birthday Tribute Concert at Martyrs' February 25th, 2017. This will be a night not to be missed which will have many special guests including: Mars Williams of The Psychedelic Furs, Carla Prather of Poi Dog Pondering, Phil Angotti, Aethereal, Gunnar Cleemann on tour from Denmark and many more! In the past, Ellis hosted (to capacity audiences) Beatles & Who tribute nights at The Mayne Stage Theatre in Rogers Park.
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Sat. Feb 25 - 7pm - $25
Nude Coffee is reuniting for a national tour! They are an all female comedy troupe with a transgender twist. Lewd, crude and rude!
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Mon, Feb 27 - 8pm - $7
Chicago’s very own Alternative Art Rock band, Pure Remedy, introduces their rapidly growing audience to a unique genre with their eclectic sound. Four musicians with heart-filled nonjudgmental passion and soulful colors have been brought to us from various parts of Chicago. Along with unification and brotherhood, the past roots and journeys of every member intersect, making this band test new heights and transformations within. Inspired by all of life’s hardships, Pure Remedy lives and plays for those who have struggled or been victimized, and those who would rather be unified in the discovery and freedom of creativity.
A melodic mix of indie, rock, new wave, and punk. This is.......The Foxkills
Walk Among Us is the only Punk Rock Piano Tribute to the Misfits! Classically trained pianist Sara VanLaningham formed the group in 2015, recruiting operatically trained vocalist/pianist Veronica Danko, good friend and guitarist/bassist Rob Pozen, and guitarist/drummer Nate Phillips. By using 2 pianos--one clean sound and one dirty/distorted sound (in lieu of guitars), a female vocal lead, 3-part harmonies, bass, and drums, Walk Among Us creates a sound that is both unique to the genre yet respectful of the Danzig and Graves eras of the Misfits catalogue. Each member of Walk Among Us, for many reasons, loves the Misfits and wishes to present this classic horror punk music in a new and fresh way! "If I'm going to Hell, I'm going there playing the piano!" --Jerry Lee Lewis.
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Tue, Feb 28 - 8pm - $10
Celebrating the rich history of and diverse approaches to the world’s most popular, most portable instrument, the Harmonica Hoedown 2017 brings together some of the finest players of today.PT Gazell, this year’s special guest, was a sought-after sideman and session musician with some of Nashville’s biggest stars in the 70s and 80s when he played and recorded all over the world. After 10 years of extensive touring, Gazell put his instrument down and disappeared for a while, reemerging in recent years with a new approach, the Gazell Method. Currently used by many other performers around the globe, it allows him musical possibilities normally not available on standard issue harmonicas including jazz standards, swing, ballads and American Songbook selections...Dig It!Revered as a master player, teacher, custom harmonica pioneer, researcher and historian, Joe Filisko is arguably the world’s foremost authority on many aspects of the diatonic harmonica and a key figure in today’s harmonica scene. Over the past 20 years he’s had a tremendous influence on the developments in all aspects of the culture of the instrument. Though his work as a scholar and a craftsman have rightly earned him a place in the harmonica pantheon, it’s as a player that he truly shines. Joe Filisko coaxes sounds from the harmonica which few before him have ever created and which open up new perspectives for countless players and lovers of this remarkable little instrument.A harmonica trio made up of Harmonica Hoedown regulars James Conway, Graham Nelson and Bob Kessler debuts this year. Expanding the tradition of all-harmonica groups started in the early 20th Century, this new combo draws its influences from traditional music, jazz, blues, folk, classical and the avant-garde. James Conway, a true innovative traditionalist, is considered one of the finest harmonica players in Celtic music in addition to blues, folk and other styles. He makes playing fast-tempo reels and jigs on the mouth harp seem effortless using advanced techniques learned from local blues/jazz harp heroes such as Junior Wells, Sugar Blue, and Howard Levy. Graham Nelson also uses the advanced techniques taught to him by Levy, giving him great musical versatility and expression in numerous styles, in addition to his incredible singing. Hoedown curator and host Bob Kessler has performed with Grammy winners Ramsey Lewis, Dave Alvin, country legend Bill Anderson at the Grand Ole Opry, as part of the orchestra for Ricky Ian Gordon’s contemporary opera version of “The Grapes of Wrath” and with the Chicago bands including the BlackWilloughbys and Bakelite 78. He also hosts Harmonicast, a podcast featuring conversations with great mouth organists from around the world talking about music, creativity and life.
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Wed, Mar 1 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Mar - 2 - 9:30pm - No Cover
free
After 25 years, The Big C Jamboree, will be ending in May 2017. A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1992. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
The Rockin' Johnny Band has been one of Chicago's most loved blues bands since 1995. Their music has been played on WXRT's "Local Anaesthetic" and "Blues Breakers" radio shows, the band has often been featured at The Chicago Blues Festival, and they regularly work in Chicagoland's best blues clubs such as Buddy Guy's Legends. Their CDs and live performances have drawn great reviews in Living Blues, The Chicago Sun Times, Pioneer Press, and National Public Radio's "848". Guitarist Johnny Burgin came to Chicago from South Carolina to attend the University of Chicago, and earned the name "Rockin' Johnny" as a DJ at the college radio station WHPK. Rockin' Johnny began playing in the ghetto clubs of Chicago's West Side with blues singer Taildragger, and then began touring nationally as a sideman with former Howlin' Wolf drummer Sam Lay and blues piano legend Pinetop Perkins. After learning from the masters, he put his own band together. Things started happening for the Rockin' Johnny Band after they took a Monday night residency at The Smoke Daddy in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Their original, energetic approach soon made them a strong local draw week after week and year after year, bringing in blues aficionados, every musician in town, and a younger crowd that normally didn't go to hear blues bands. The atmosphere the band generated was so electric, that Delmark Records offered them a contract after hearing just one set. This was especially exciting because the prestigious Chicago label is revered by blues aficionados as the home of Junior Wells and Johnny's idol, Magic Sam! Since those days, they've regularly toured Europe, played festivals and headlined clubs all over the Midwest. The Rockin' Johnny Band has recorded five CDs including "Grim Reaper", released in April of 2012. A true "musician's musician",Rockin' Johnny has been one of Chicago's most in-demand blues session men since the 90s, contributing his incisive playing to over a dozen CDs by artists such as Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmy Burns, Tail Dragger, Little Arthur Duncan, Paul DeLay and many more. The Rockin' Johnny Band plays vintage Chicago blues, but also is known for a wide repertoire which ventures into Stax style soul, swing, and lots of originals that are harder to classify. On stage, the band performs with spontaneity and fun, always showcasing fantastic guitar playing. Living Blues states: "top notch ensemble work, with power, drive, and a keen sense of dynamics". The band consists of true veterans: Rick Kreher (rhythm guitar) played rhythm guitar with Muddy Waters for four years; John Sefner (bass) was formerly with Studebaker John and Eddie Kirkland; and Steve Bass (drums) also plays with Chicago blues legend Eddy Clearwater. Here's what some of Chicago's most in the know critics and music business figures have to say about Rockin' Johnny and The Rockin Johnny Band: Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records: "Rockin Johnny delivers the raw, rough-edged spirit of real Chicago blues". Dick Shurman, writer for Living Blues, blues producer: "Rockin' Johnny has brought a refreshing jolt of talent, feeling and affirmation of the Windy City's guitar tradition. Johnny has always been known as a crowd pleaser with rawness, drive, a tight band and a scholarly and musical mastery of the local blues repertoire and vocabulary. He's extra interesting and distinctive because, instead of the overdone warhorses sometimes called "the set list from hell," Johnny mines more obscure building blocks like Little Smokey Smothers, Hip Linkchain or Willie James Lyons, adding to his appeal to hard core purists as well as more casual lovers of powerful Chicago blues. It adds up to a winning combination of depth, a bite like the winter wind, tradition and an up-to-the minute wallop, and offers a guaranteed winner for all who see or book the band." Quotes:"Rockin' Johnny plays great guitar in the style of Earl Hooker or a young Buddy Guy" Bruce Stovall, The Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, CA"His take on early 60's Chicago blues is in the pocket." James Porter, Time Out Chicago"Rockin Johnny shows a sixth sense for building irresistable tension in his leads.", Jack Oudiz, Blues AccessRockin' Johnny has that "West Side" Chicago sound down cold and fronts one of the hottest young blues bands anywhere! Hawaii Blues Society“The great thing about Rockin' Johnny is that his sound is fully rooted in the old style Chicago Blues sound, but his approach is original and contemporary.” Karen Hansen, Today's Chicago Blues blog. “I'm knocked out! I already liked what you were doing, but you've really moved WAY up. What did you do, go to the crossroads or something?” -- Charlie Musselwhite
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Fri, Mar 3 - 9pm - $20
JamBon is the brainchild of long time Sonia Dada keyboardist Chris “Hambone”Cameron. The group unites former members of Sonia Dada, Liquid Soul, and Chevere. Jambon's return to the stage at Martyrs will feature their additional four piece horn section, "The Mighty Jambon Horns". Grammy nominated R&B session keyboardist and composer Chris”Hambone”Cameron’s career spans more than thirty years. In addition to his work with Sonia Dada, he has toured and recorded with John Mayall, Big Twist, Harvey Mandel and Sugarcane Harris, David Bromberg, and many others. A partial listing of his numerous album credits include work with Mavis Staples, Bob Dylan, Freddy Jones Band, Liquid Soul, Rick Danko, Dennis De Young, and Ramsey Lewis. Songwriting credits include The Commodores, Richie Havens, and the feature films Holes, The Guardian, and A Perfect Murder.
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Sat, Mar 4 - 4pm - $11 - All Ages
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We are gearing up for a HUGE show! Flatts and Sharpe is hosting an amazing rock show featuring over 50 musicians from the Northwest side of Chicago. This is going to be an epic show! All of our performers are primed and ready to amaze you with their talent.
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Sat, Mar 4 - 9:30pm - $10
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Sun, Mar 5 - 1pm - All Donations Accepted
free
Academy of Irish MusicShepherd School of Irish MusicNora ByrdPat CannadyPauline ConneelyKaren Cook Marta CookMaggie CusickMarty FaheyKatie GrennanRachel GribbenCaroline HlohowskyjJimmy KeaneMaryann KeiferBecca MantheLaurence NugentFrank QuinnPat QuinnLillian ReasorJames ReillyKaren ReillyDevin ShepherdAlec SynakowskiJohn Williamsand many more...
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Mon, Mar 6 - 8pm - $5
The Kilgubbin Brothers’ name and music celebrate the American-Irish shantytown that clung to a muddy island in the Chicago River in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They play the irrepressible, stubbornly upbeat music that emerged onto that island when the tunes and songs first baptized in the blessed wells of Ireland were dragged through the factory-fouled waters of the Chicago River. Playing with tenacity and unruliness, The Kilgubbin Brothers tap into the dance tunes and songs whose spirit and beauty persisted in their new home: soot-stained, early urban America. The Kilgubbin Brothers feature: Chicago Irish fiddle legend Seán Cleland (Drovers, Bohola); the mighty Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhrán, and banjo; Boston-born, All-Ireland fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger (Sprigs, Noel Henry Irish Showband); guitar virtuoso Jesse Langen (Hasco Duo, Ensemble Dal Niente); and powerhouse singer Ray Quinn (Tin Lynott, Martyrs’).
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Tue, Mar 7 - 8pm - $10
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Wed, Mar 8 - 9pm - $10
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, theyare proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energeticsound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album afteralmost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influencedby American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos andimpeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand uponthe ve-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the traditionof the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries ofbluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growingfan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and liveperformance.
Grass Fed Mule is a St. Louis based quartet composed of Gerard Erker, Drew Jameson, Matt Flory & Drew Lance. Drawing energy from their river town roots in bluegrass, old-time, blues, indie-folk & jazz, the band’s upbeat shows flood the ears with strong vocal harmonies and instrumental finesse, featuring sounds of claw hammer banjo, harmonica, mandolin & washboard. If you like the sound of bluegrass in a jam, Grass Fed Mule should be sweet to your ears. Established in 2015, Grass Fed Mule has hit the ground running, playing festivals, touring the midwest & Colorado, and releasing their debut album “Hay Is For Horses”. While the core of the band is a quartet, don’t be surprised if they special guest sit-ins of the most prolific pickers around — GFM has shared the stage with members of Yonder Mountain String Band, Old Salt Union, ClusterPluck, River Bend and many more.
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Thu, Mar 9 - 8pm - $8
horrible/beaut is a Chicago rock 4 piece started 2 years ago by Nate Thomas and Joe Sampley who have been playing together in some shape or form since the 90s. In 2016, they grew to include Jason Mathews on bass and Alex Stockdale on keys. A regular act on the Chicago club circuit. All original music, but waiting for the perfect cover.
Samson the Aviator is a four piece rock band from Chicago. Each member has played in multiple bands/clubs over the past 30 years. The four songs that are on this site are part of an EP that was recorded at Minbal at the tail end of 2015. We are very excited about the current lineup and all of the music we are developing. The band is looking forward to getting out and showcasing our sound live.
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Fri, Mar 10 - 9pm - $7
Sunken Summer draws from a wide spectrum of influences; their sound is similarly varied and hard to define. Opting to simply describe themselves as a "rock band," one finds Queens Of The Stone Age-type desert rock, Beatles-like meoldic harmonies and a smattering of "sweeteners" - the small little nuances the band believes separates mediocre songs from awesome tunes - infused from a lifelong love of real guitar-driven rock. Begun as the brainchild of Vocalist/Guitarist Laramie Deines, Sunken Summer shares equally attributed right between all members, each supplying equal influence over the development of every song. The discerning ear will note the dynamism drummer Andrew Palmer, the guitar-influenced stylings of bassist Lloyd Smedbron and genre-less variety of guitarist Joe Tomasicyk. Sunken Summer invites you to make your own interpretations, spin the vinyl, and most importantly, enjoy the music.
Earth Lodge is a Chicago-based rock trio composed of Sam Pepper, Matt DiCarlo, and Aaron Russo. Songs contain poetic lyrics, smooth guitar, groovy beats, frantic vocals, and a hint of psychedelia. Side effects may include involuntary body movements such as toe tapping or the Charleston, a tendency to vocalize emotions in words including but not limited to "Woo" or "Yeah", a reduction of anxiety, and an overall appreciation for new music.
Throughout their career, Parallel Mind has continually impressed listeners with their technical prowess, sophisticated compositions, and high quality live performances. The group began in the fall of ‘99 with the meeting of drummer Joe Babiak and keyboardist Nibandh Nadkarni. The two shared a similar musical vision, and despite numerous changes in personnel/instrumentation over the years, Joe and Nibandh have always remained the group’s backbone. In 2001, Parallel Mind released their first EP and performed many shows in Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area. In 2005, Parallel Mind released their first full-length instrumental album Colossus ADEA and was signed by the Canadian record label Unicorn Digital. Colossus ADEA featured various guest musicians while drums, bass, and keyboards remained the core instrumentation. In 2014, after an extensive hiatus, Parallel Mind reassembled utilizing the talents of former members and continued writing. With the return of guitarist Aaron Harris, Parallel Mind expanded its songwriting capabilities and sonic palette. In August of 2015, Parallel Mind released their second full-length album titled Connections. Connections represents a decades worth of musical ideas finally brought to fruition and reflects the many parallels between band members, both past and present.
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Sat, Mar 11 - 10pm - $15
CHRIS CONNELLY and MATT WALKER are both 30+ year veterans of the music business, Chris having moved from his native Scotland in the 80's to pursue a career in gratuitous volume and outrage with technorednecks THE REVOLTING COCKS and MINISTRY, Matt bringing his formidable drum skills to the likes of FILTER, SMASHING PUMPKINS, GARBAGE and MORRISSEY.Matt and Chris were working together on one of Matt's songs when the seed was sewn to start a band dedicated to the music of DAVID BOWIE, the pair always having had a strong connection and affinity with his career, his changing, challenging sound and his aesthetic. A stellar band was assembled, all veterans in their own right with excellent pedigrees, and almost immediately rehearsals were well underway with songs from Bowie's canon that were being selected, played and played with. SONS OF THE SILENT AGE was a living, vital entity. It was decided to make the inaugural gig a benefit for a charity close to their hearts: PABLOVE, an organization that provides relief for pediatric cancer patients and their families. And so it came to be, on January 11th of 2013, SONS played their first show to a sold out crowd at METRO in Chicago.The benefit was so successful that it went without saying they should keep the band moving and playing, exploring Bowie's music, and exploring his aesthetic, treating it the way perhaps he would himself, evolving, changing sonically and visually, with the aim of both thoroughly entertaining an audience, and challenging it at the same time.SONS OF THE SILENT AGE boasts nine members culled from the absolute elite of Chicago musicians - diehard and dedicated souls who love the material and know it intimately, pouring their collective talents over Bowie's 40+ years and 30 albums of dazzling music, music that irrefutably changed the face of rock and an aesthetic so strong it will continue to spread ripples through our culture for ever.
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Mon, Mar 13 - 8pm - $7
Where Amy Winehouse meets Corinne Bailey Rae, Nashon is a soulful songstress who recently released her first studio album, The Palace & the Hut, September 30th, 2016. Performance credits include features on The Oprah Winfrey Show with David Foster, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Taste of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. In addition to being a recording and performing artist, she teaches private voice to children in the states and visits alternative schools, juvenile homes, churches and hospitals in an effort to collaborate with students of all ages on music as healing, communication and artistic therapy. Nashon is a one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter with an artistic, jazzy style and relevant essence born of authenticity.
The New Zeitgeist is Jen Reilly and Eddy Bluma. The married, up-and-coming Chicago duo features traditional and innovative folk roots, classic country, and rock elements with spellbinding harmonies. Their debut 2014 self-titled album has been featured on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic, WDCB’s Folk Festival, and Rich Warren's Midnight Special on WFMT. The duo has also made an appearance on WGN’s Nick Digilio Show. Their early Spring 2017 release entitled “Myths and Mortals” engineered by Michael Hagler at King Size Sound Labs highlights poetry and folktales from nature and beyond! It features hometown heroes Gerald Dowd on drums and John Abbey on bass. Also featured will be Austin City Limits Hall Of Famemember Lloyd Maines.
Almond&Olive (A&O), comprised of singer-songwriters Natalie Alms and Ollie Davidson, creates inspiring songs that span the folk and Americana genres, while also incorporating Alms’ timeless vocals and the duo’s distinct songwriting. Blended together, Alms and Davidson's voices sound made for each other, soaring and guiding the music through all the ups and downs of these finely crafted songs. The music on their upcoming debut album, called Standing at the Precipice, features Alms mostly on banjo and Davidson mostly on acoustic guitar, while also deploying highly skilled professional musicians, stalwarts of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music scene, who provide backing throughout the record. The album was recorded at Kingsize Sound Labs in Chicago with incomparable producer John Abbey, who's also recorded the likes of Robbie Fulks and Jonas Friddle. Together A&O and Abbey are creating an impressive debut for one of Chicago's most exciting new bands. To help pay for the album, the duo successfully received funding from a Kickstarter, raising over $10,000 is 30 days from over 110 backers. The music A&O creates comes at you in waves. Together their voices lay down a solid base and tone, funneling you into succinct chorus melodies that build into a crescendo of rich and powerful harmonies. The end result of each song is satisfying and expressive, weaving together themes of love, fear, hope and loss. Each song’s purpose is to mark a moment in time, and give the listener a glimpse into the lives of these prolific songwriters. It’s a vulnerable look at times, though for the most part the music resolves itself to the basic emotions of hope and love, and let’s you know that no matter how low things get, there is a lift coming soon.
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Tue, Mar 14 - 9pm - $10
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includesJim Boukas - guitarKris Nowak - guitarDuff Driscoll - uprightEric Lambert - guitarMatt Arendt - guitarBen Wright - banjoJason Berger - mandoSteve Haberichter - mandoPat Lyons - mando/dobroTom Murray - fiddleWavy Dave - banjoGreg Morland - mandoDan Andree - fiddleSpencer Savoie - banjoGrateful Gary - upright bassJames Chrzan - keysMike Krieglstein - upright bass
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Wed, Mar 15 - 9pm - $10
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, theyare proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energeticsound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album afteralmost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influencedby American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos andimpeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand uponthe ve-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the traditionof the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries ofbluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growingfan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and liveperformance.
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Thu, Mar 16 - 8pm - $10
Celebrating the release of his new album, The Moon Threads a Needle! In The Moon Threads a Needle, guitarist/saxophonist/singer/songwriter Wes John Cichosz (Chee-Hoas) seamlessly weaves elements of rock, blues, jazz, and folk into an intensely personal album. This music has enough groove to satisfy any jam band festival-goer plus enough depth to engage the most critical of listeners. Gritty slide guitar and quirky saxophone pepper the sonic landscape, and acoustic guitar-driven songs are surrounded by lush winds and piano. Catchy grooves and melodies found on “Everybody Says” are balanced by a relentlessly dark undercurrent in the title track, “The Moon Threads a Needle.” In addition to recording and mixing, Wes’s musical fingerprints are everywhere – he plays most of the instruments on the record. The result is a microscopically unified sound with a new depth of nuance revealed upon each listen – touching both the emotional and intellectual core of the listener. At once familiar and unknown, Moon... is poetry perfectly framed by music.
Currently living in Los Angeles, CA and native of Chicago, Marcus Rezak has been performing and recording extensively with the legendary bassist/clonemeister for Frank Zappa 78-84, assistant composer to Georgio Moroder, and novelist, Mr. Arthur Barrow. In addition, Marcus is performing with Chad Wackerman drummer for FZ, Alan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, and more. Bringing forth the wisdom, experience, and approach gained from spending time with Barrow and Wackerman, Marcus Rezak’s Zappa X is a fusion of interpretation brought to light via a top pedigree Chicago musicians Chris Clemente (bass), Paul Mutzabaugh (Synth), Rick Vitek (Drums) or Rich Stitzel TBA, and Christian Rogala (per/vox).
The Big Ditties are professional and stuff. Their mission statement is "Let's not take ourselves too seriously." This mission is achieved by the following goals:1. hang out2. drink3. smoke4. play some tunes5. talk shitThese goals are achieved by the following objectives:1. Talk about tunes that we would like to do.2. Talk about where we should be gigging and that other much more lame people than us are playing at places where we should be playing.3. Talk about practicing.4. Repeat objectives.
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Fri, Mar 17 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.Big Sam began playing with the Dirty Dozen at the tender age of 19 before striking out on his own and creating the Funky Nation. Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.BSFN is a festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil, to Canada. BSFN is a favorite on the festival circuit and has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Blues & Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, LEAF & many more.
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Sat, Mar 18 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Made up of Rudder founder Henry Hey on keyboards (Jeff “Tain” Watts, David Bowie), Snarky Puppy founder and Grammy Award-winner Michael League on bass (Kirk Franklin, Wayne Krantz/Ari Hoenig Quartet), Foe Destroyer founder and fellow Snarky Puppy member Chris McQueen on guitar (Myron Butler, Lucy Woodward) and Jason “JT” Thomas on drums (Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Marcus Miller, D’Angelo), FORQ is an all-star ensemble of sorts - but with the spirit and cohesiveness of a garage band. Though based in New York City, the group retains a Texas accent, where Michael League and Jason Thomas established a fast friendship and musical rapport through almost two years of weekly gigs in legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright’s trio. Austin-bred Chris McQueen just recently joined the group, which is rooted deep in a distinctly southern groove, but with both the fire and inventiveness that NYC is known for. The music is at once fierce, playful, and soulful- rich in both musical intelligence and undeniable pocket. FORQ’s eponymous double-disc CD/DVD (featuring Adam Rogers on guitar) was released on GroundUP Music in September of 2014, and their second album BATCH was released in June 2015.
Spare Parts has become an institution. With over 13 years of playing music as a trio, Kevin Kozol (keys), Colin Scott (bass), and Mike Bruno (drums) have toured the world bringing their blend of original funk-jazz music winning over discerning fans everywhere. Released on ROPEADOPE RECORDS Jan 2014 and listed in THE BARN PRESENTS: TEN CHICAGO JAZZ ARTISTS TO SEE IN 2014, they have opened for and/or shared the stage with: Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz / Keith Carlock / Nate Wood, Alan Evans Trio, Stanton Moore, George Clinton, The Wailers, JFJO, Lenny Pickett, Fareed Haque, Snoop Dogg, Liquid Soul, Marco Benevento, Garage a Trois, Ray White, Melvin Seals, Jazz Mandolin Project. "I'm always looking for the new and unique and quite often I look to the Chicago scene where there's always something interesting to be found. From that fertile ground comes BRIGHT MINOR from one of my favorite Chicago groups these days, SPARE PARTS. These guys squeeze more out of keyboards, bass and drums than any trio you'll find anywhere!" Russ Davis- Modern Jazz Radio (MOJA)
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Mon, Mar 20 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Mar 21 - 8pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British Jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame and Scott Tipping of Cornmeal,John Reed of Helping Phrendly Orchestra and Terrapin Flyer,Packy Lundholm of Terrapin Flyer,and special guests
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Wed, Mar 22 - 9pm - $10
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, theyare proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energeticsound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album afteralmost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influencedby American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos andimpeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand uponthe ve-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the traditionof the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries ofbluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growingfan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and liveperformance.
Formed in early 2015 with a lineup of both esteemed veteran pickers and hotshot newcomers, Growler is bringing a welcome vitality to the growing Chicago bluegrass scene. The band comprises current and former members of regional mainstays like The Leadfoot Band, DOG 1, and Sunnyside Up and its members bring to the table over a decade of collective experience playing and recording mountain music the old-fashioned way. As dead-on and high-lonesome as these boys are, however, traditional bluegrass is not a final destination for a group like Growler. With influences that span from pulsing Chicago blues to gritty southern rock, from elegant gypsy jazz to old school gospel and soul, and more, the band uses their bluegrass prowess as a jumping-off point for finding a sound that is theirs alone.And Growler has wasted no time getting this sound in front of an audience. Having cultivated a sizable repertoire of lovingly re-imagined standards and exploratory originals, the group is already packing houses and wowing crowds at clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest. They have shared the stage with national touring acts such as Hot Buttered Rum, The Hillbenders, Old Salt Union, Trout Steak Revival, The Lil’ Smokies and in 2017 are only continuing to pick up speed on the regional scene.You wanted bluegrass in the City of Big Shoulders? Look no further--Growler is Chicago’s answer to a young generation of talented pickers seeking a new identity, and with thick four-part harmony, lush instrumental arrangements, and a deep, impeccable groove, how can you deny them?”
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Thu, Mar 23 - 9pm - $12
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Fri, Mar 24 - 9pm - $16adv/$18door
Kung Fu is coming into Spring 2017 hot with a huge national tour titled “The Fez Tour”. This will be a 2 set experience that involves one set of original music and one set of material from the cult phenomenon, Steely Dan.The music of Steely Dan is a perfect vehicle for Kung Fu. Best described from The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock And Roll – “Less a band than a concept, Steely Dan was one of the most advanced, successful, and mysterious pop units of the 1970s. Combining pop hooks with jazz harmonies, complicated time changes and cryptic, often highly ironic lyrics, the band sounded like no one else.”Kung Fu’s virtuoso collective of musicians create a fun and exciting action-packed fusion experience. The Steely Dan catalogue will be a unique journey for fans of the Fu. They tested the waters 2 years ago at their annual Toys For Tots Benefit by recreating a full rendition of Steely Dan’s album “The Royal Scam” while inviting original members of the band to join in the performance.The Fez Tour will run across 20 states spanning through the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest and Colorado. Most shows will be headlining events but there are also 2 festival stops at Wanee Music Festival in Florida and Phunkberry Music Festival in Arkansas.
Hypnotizing, intoxicating and exotic. Magic Carpet honors ancient music while taking a bold step into the future. Transcending geographical boundaries, this music group takes the audience on an exhilarating ride through time and space. With the vibrations of Jazz, Reggae, and Funk, blended with the traditions of Africa, the Middle East, and India, Magic Carpet embarks on a spiritual journey every time they take off. The eclectic ensemble is composed of, Derf Noskcaj aka Fred Jackson (alto sax), Ryan "Ra'yon" Mayer (percussion) , Makaya McCraven aka "Lord Bang" (drum set) Parish "Pfunk" Hick (bass guitar) Tim "Cream"Jones (guitar), and introducing Tracey King, the Creative, who blends lyrical spoken Word with movement to melody. The diversity of the musicians creates the unique sound that is Magic Carpet. Each instrumentalist is focused on cultivating excellence in his particular area of study and experience. This is the contribution that he brings to the "Carpet", while maintaining an openness to learn and share new ideas, which enables the evolution of this World Music that is the "Magic", Magic Carpet is committed to advancing the realm of Musical Anthropology. The members are not only musicians, but teachers that regularly engage in excavating the history of music and the connection between ancient cultures. A goal of the group is to promote the similarities of people through the context of music. Energetically exploring traditional rhythms, North African and Middle Eastern maqams, East African pentatonic scales, Indian ragas, and Western Jazz modes and improvisation, they use these elements as threads to weave the tapestry of Magic Carpet. Collectively, members in the band have performed and recorded with accomplished artists such as Najib Bahri, Alvin Batiste, Morris Jennings, Howard Levy, Alberto Mizrahi, Dewey Redman, Hamid Drake, Issa Boulos, Stuart Rosenberg, Boys II Men, Fred Anderson, Steel Pulse, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, Burning Spear, Israel Vibration, Nicole Mitchell, Ato Alemayehu Fanta, Ato Teferra Mekonnen, and many more. Magic Carpet independently released their debut album, "In Flight", in the fall of 2007. This album documents their three years and counting of regular Friday night performances at the popular Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, Ras Dashen. Recently, they began performing semi-weekly at Viceroy Indian Restaurant, on the famous strip of Devon Avenue in Chicago. They have performed at various music and art festivals over the years. They are currently working on collaborations with dancers of Indian, Tunisian, Egyptian, and Ethiopian traditions to further the Magic Carpet experience. Enjoy traveling the crossroads of culture with Magic Carpet today!!
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Sat, Mar 25 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Sami Grisafe is not afraid of obstacles. In fact, she welcomes them…for they made her the person she is today. The all-star quarterback for the Chicago Force and talented singer-songwriter has managed to succeed in two of her life’s passions, sports and music. As she wraps up her final season playing professional women’s tackle football for the Chicago Force and Team USA, Grisafe will go down in history as the first female in the state of California to play the quarterback position in a varsity Division I football game and the first female to throw a touchdown pass in a world championship tournament. On October 2nd,she will be inducted into the Redlands High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Redlands, California, joining past inductee Brian Billick. But as one door closes, the other door opens wider for this athlete and award winning musician. Grisafe, who has dedicated most of her time to football, can now focus on her music career, something that has always had half of her attention. As soon as the season wraps, Grisafe will head back into the studio to prepare for the fall release and music video of her upcoming single “Be Somebody.” Grisafe grew up in Redlands, California where she chartered new territory as a female athlete. Besides playing football since age ten, she played baseball for nine years and became the first girl in her community to make a boy’s baseball All-Star team. It was also at age ten that Grisafe taught herself how to play guitar, but wanting to be unique, diverted her focus to the ukulele. She tagged along as her parent’s performed with their country group Two of Hearts at state fairs, parties and weddings all over California. Grisafe’s parents inspired her to get involved in theater. She won first place in a state monologue competition which ultimately led to an acting scholarship to Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Inspired by musicians like Janis Joplin, Dave Grohl, and the Counting Crows, Grisafe’s music has a folk-rock feel with provocative lyrics, often incorporating additional styles such as reggae, blues and rap. She earned six Grammy pre-nominations for her 2012 album ATLANTIS, and in 2013 received the Chicago Music Award for “Best Rock Entertainer.” Grisafe has performed at the RedGorilla Fest and OUTlander Fest during SXSW and iconic venues such as Chicago’s Metro, Double Door, Cubby Bear and City Winery. Grisafe gained national attention for her performance of the National Anthem prior to taking the field at the 2013 IFAF Women’s World Championship gold medal game. The Huffington Post called her performance “…one of the most inspiring versions of the Star-Spangled Banner we’ve ever heard.” The unforgettable rendition is featured in two documentaries and was performed at the request of Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, for the marriage equality bill signing. As a proud member of the LGBTQ community, Grisafe is in the process of recording her new album beginning with a new song, “Brand New Fairy Tale,” as a show of support for equal rights among all people in marriage.
A must see live act, Killing gods take the stage with explosive energy and accomplishes something few emerging bands do. Killing gods grabs the audience’s attention and strips away the labels we seem to want to pigeon hole bands into allowing the concert goer to fully envelope themselves into the music. When listening to songs like “Bondage” off of their recently released EP “Escape” you can hear tones from the birth of hard rock in the seventies all the way through the evolution of music as it is today. But even more so, Killing gods have struck the rare chord of music as it is ever evolving into the future. Guitarist, Danny Koziel, seems to be electrified by his guitar's screaming tone and the very chords he is playing, which jolt out to the audience and other band members. Ozzy Rodriguez on drums hammers out the blast beats that punctuate the heartbeat of the band while Greg Sturmon grounds the foundation of the music through his dirty, effected and well laid bass tracks. Jordan Gomer’s wide vocal range allows for the songs to have, at first glance an easily digestible melody, but upon further delving into the lyrics the listener hears the polemic message against “mainstream media fabrications, the totalitarian state, banding together in unity and urges listeners to become free from the monotony of being beaten into submission by the system that has the desire to steal our freedom” quotes Jordan. Killing gods is a four piece hard rock group based out of Chicago. The band formed in the summer of 2012, has already made a powerful impact on the local Chicago music scene by headlining shows at Bottom Lounge, Reggie’s Rock Club, and through the culmination of talent and hard driven dedication, headlined a sold out show at The House of Blues this past year. Although their sound is rooted in rock, Killing gods permeates several sub genres of hard rock and heavy metal making it difficult to lock them into a specific category. Having influences of bands such as Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Deftones, Incubus, and Queens of the Stone age to name just some of the bands that Danny, Greg, Ozzy and Jordan have taken inspiration from, it’s easy to see how Killing Gods can appeal to multiple audiences. Killing gods have recently released their second EP entitled “Escape” with the hit song “Bubble” which you can buy on iTunes. You can check out the music video for "Bubble" now on YouTube. Killing gods can also be found on BandCamp, Reverbnation, SoundCloud, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon and Beats Music.
Currently based out of Chicago, Chris Buehrle is constantly working on establishing himself as one of the top acts to emerge out of the Windy City's music scene. With a growing fanbase all throughout the MidWest, he is consistantly working on providing high-energy live performances. Chris is currently in the studio getting ready for a new release and will keep you posted as to what's coming up!
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Mon, Mar 27 - 6pm - $10
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A pairing of (somewhat famous) Chicago pastry chefs with (somewhat famous) Chicago comic book artists and writers to create a unique character based on the chef's description of a dessert! The original artwork will be auctioned off and the proceeds along with the cover charge will be donated to Common Threads. At the event the chefs will have samples of their desserts to taste, and they and the comic artists will be available to sign artwork and talk about the collaboration. We will have Challengers comic book store set up a Merch table to sell the artist's other comics, etc. which can be autographed as well. The concept is a mashup of the arts - to see where it leads and hopefully get the artists to have a new perspective on their work, along with combining two separate audiences in a fun interesting atmosphere. DJ Marty Mars spinsgood vibes.
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Tue, Mar 28 - 9pm - $10
Friends of the Devil honors the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago.
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Wed, Mar 29 - 9pm - $10
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, theyare proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energeticsound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album afteralmost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influencedby American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos andimpeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand uponthe ve-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the traditionof the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries ofbluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growingfan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and liveperformance.
Comprised of seven indie rock musicians, with an affinity for twang, Gussied saw a shift happening in the world of music for hire. Music connoisseurs were not only wanting their favorite band to play their party, they were wanting nostalgia, romance and rebellion in a pretty packaged dance beat, to match their mason jar, country- chic wedding. Gussied understands how one can ache for Sam Cooke and want to get down to Daft Punk and Billy Idol. They totally support rocking out to Icona Pop, Michael Jackson and losing it over Johnny Cash. In earnest, true midwestern fashion, Gussied is taking back the term “Cover Band” while giving a flirtatious nod to bluegrass.
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Thu, Mar 30 - 8pm - $7
My Double Life is a hard rock band made up of two singer-songwriters’ former projects. Chris MacCarthy (Pet Robot) and Caitlin Radick (Cat Tragic) team up to share in the singing, songwriting, guitar, and bass responsibilities, while Matt Volk takes care of the drumming.
Kerosene Stars was born in the Fall of 2010 by bassist and songwriter Scott Schaafsma after many years performing as bassist for a host of Chicago local bands including Musikanto (aka Crow Moses), Magnus, City Electric, and Sarah Holtschlag. The band’s first release, “The Killer ep” (2011), was produced by Scott and Tim Bennett (Colin Gilmore and Jimmy Dale Gilmore) and includes Jason Bennett (also with Colin Gilmore, Jimmy Dale Gilmore) on guitars as well as local favorites Sarah Holtschlag and bassist Brett Bakshis (Julie Meckler, Belleisle). This second, self-titled release was tracked by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Sound Labs in April 2014, and contains eight genre-hopping indie pop gems. The new line-up includes guitarist Andy Seagram (Benton Harbor Lunchbox), drummer Jim Adair (Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash) as well as multi-instrumentalist Yoo Soo Kim (Hemmingbirds), each of whom bring a unique vitality and distinctive sensibility to Schaafsma’s songs. This sophomore effort from Kerosene Stars represents a more fully realized sound and an exciting new direction for the band. The songs seamlessly blend echoes of the 60’s, alt-country, and Brit-pop, with occasional tangents into moodier and experimental atmospherics. This is music for the head and for the heart, and the record resonates with a sincerity all too rare in modern music. Since forming, the band has shared the stage with Split Single, The Vulgar Boatmen, The Latebirds (Helsinki), NYC’s The Defibulators, and LA’s Goldenboy.
Brooding, sardonic, party time. We are a rock outfit from Chicago, IL. From hard rock to Motown, bath salts to Levi-Strauss, BCT has its bases covered.
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Fri, Mar 31 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Seamlessly combining acoustic roots music and traditional instruments with modern technology and amped up dance music, The Magic Beans are as unique as their place of origin, the Colorado Rockies. The group’s diverse approach to music leaves no genres off the table and no one left out; many times resulting in one song spanning several styles within a singular composition. The Beans use no pre-recorded tracks or computers in favor of a more traditional approach to music. Original songwriting, diverse instrumentation and a deep musical bond between the musicians is what sets the band apart. Fans have coined terms like “spacefunk”, “ameritronica”, and “groove grass” to try to describe the music they hear from The Magic Beans, and the band embraces these terms and all input from their fanbase to create what is truly a collaborative musical effort. Music that moves your mind and your hips while inspiring a good time is what The Magic Beans are all about. After all, “Music is magic, magic is life (Jimi Hendrix).”
Low Spark, they're called... A relentlessly grooving musical force based out of Chicago, IL. Drawing from a wide range of influences, they deliver a contemporary fusion of sound characterized by melodic hooks, deep funk tones and extended high-energy solos. Known for their collaborative spirit and electrifying live performances, Low Spark is breaking boundaries as a highly original, progressive act. Low Spark has shared bills with the likes of Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Robert Walter, The Main Squeeze, TAUK, New Sound Underground, Marcus Rezak, Chris Bullock, Blackalicious, Monophonics, Euforchestra, Gene Ween, and many others.
Digital Gnosis was formed in 2008 after a conversation about music, technology, and alchemy occurred while assisting with system authentication. Shortly thereafter, they began making music that has alternately been categorized as Electro-Mystical, Pre/Post-Apocalyptic, and Dimensional. In March of 2016 Digital Gnosis released Aten, an LP. In live performance, they resample video and improvised audio to create a visceral multimedia experience.
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Sat, Apr 1 - 7pm - $10adv/$12door
All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It didn't take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Seven years, three original records, and some six hundred performances later, the band is best known today for its songwriting, its tight and forthcoming vocal harmony blend and its commitment to an impassioned delivery of original material, both on stage and in the studio. They've been seen from LA to London, sung songs from Dallas to Denmark, and played tunes from New York to New Orleans. Their 2016 Yep Roc Records release Magic Fire was produced by Grammy-winner Larry Campbell and earned much praise, including being named by NPR as one of Folk Alley's Top Ten Records of 2016. With time, their sound has evolved to a palate broader than what it first was on the street corners and in the markets, but this much remains true: The Stray Birds is a band of musicians as subtle and nuanced as they are energetic, a band of writers as blatant and bold as they are coy, and perhaps most importantly, a band of people as friendly and compassionate as they are talented. It's safe to imagine that most who hear their music come back for another listen, time and again.
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Sat, Apr 1 - 9pm - $8
Manny Torres is a Chicago based singer-songwriter that lives for the passion filled experience of his live shows! His music brings the secular and the sacred into conversation with each other, as he writes and covers songs that demonstrate the beauty, pain, and hope that comprise the human experience as a whole. His voice is warm; even as he sings about heartbreak, such as in “Real Lies," his ineffable joy resides underneath his sorrow. The effect of this is that Manny enables his listeners to bring their own hurting hearts into song with his—he creates space for them to fully feel their pain, release it, and partake in the musical healing offered by his voice. In this way, Manny’s music is an invitation to his listeners to embrace their hopes and fears, their joys and sadnesses and find peace and calm within the messiness of life. Manny draws from influences as diverse as John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Maroon Five, John Mayer, Michael Jackson, and The Weeknd. His raspy soul-filled voice and funky pop groove are sure to lead you into your very own soulful experience.
Willy Dynomite is an 11-piece, original soul band made up of Chicago's finest musicians. Co-led by Stella and Josh Therriault, Willy Dynomite draws influences from many musical genres to produce a new and exciting sound. From Funk to Blues, Afro to Cuban, Reggae to Swing... Willy Dynomite is the hot new thing!
This Chicago, IL based duo is a culmination of a combined, 20+ year of classical training and 30+ year of national touring. Singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist, MER, teams up with violinist, Jason Vinluan, to deliver intricate musicality coupled with pop sensibility within an engaging, high energy, live performance! The duo defined their musical brand and built a fanbase organically by way of MER's Music Showcase, a weekly 'songwriters in the round' residency at the historic Cubby Bear located directly across the street from Wrigley Field during the spring and summer months of 2016. The first single, "Who I Was" was produced by Sigurdur Birkis (John Mayer, Will Hoge) and was released in Oct 2016. Recording continues with plans of releasing an EP in the summer of 2017. Two Filipinos made their public debut in Nov 2016 with tour dates in Los Angeles, Seattle, Nashville, and Chicago. The duo quickly gained support through the non-profit, Kollaboration.org and gained significant media exposure with interviews & live tapings with Seattle Music Insider and WFLF Fox 32's Good Day Chicago. The duo continues to focus on recording the upcoming EP and strengthening their live performances with touring efforts focused on the college market, Asian-American community, and live music festivals all over the mid-west. Be sure to catch Two Filipinos live in a city near you before they embark on their Asia tour in 2018!
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Mon, Apr 3 - 8pm - $5
The Kilgubbin Brothers’ name and music celebrate the American-Irish shantytown that clung to a muddy island in the Chicago River in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They play the irrepressible, stubbornly upbeat music that emerged onto that island when the tunes and songs first baptized in the blessed wells of Ireland were dragged through the factory-fouled waters of the Chicago River. Playing with tenacity and unruliness, The Kilgubbin Brothers tap into the dance tunes and songs whose spirit and beauty persisted in their new home: soot-stained, early urban America. The Kilgubbin Brothers feature: Chicago Irish fiddle legend Seán Cleland (Drovers, Bohola); the mighty Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhrán, and banjo; Boston-born, All-Ireland fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger (Sprigs, Noel Henry Irish Showband); guitar virtuoso Jesse Langen (Hasco Duo, Ensemble Dal Niente); and powerhouse singer Ray Quinn (Tin Lynott, Martyrs’).
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Tue, Apr 4 - 9pm - $8adv/$10door
CAUTION formed on the South Side of Chicago in March of 2009 as the Thursday Dead Night band @ Harte's Saloon in Evergreen Park, IL. What started out as a simple night off for friends to get together and jam some Dead tunes, has turned into one of the most formidable and technically savvy Dead groups in Chicago. CAUTION's unique ability to take these tunes, completely disassemble and jam them at will, is what separates them from other acts currently playing this music. Rather than play it safe, CAUTION takes chances and plays many of the more difficult songs that you just won't hear anywhere else. This approach makes it fresh and exciting for both the band AND listener, and is one of the many reasons the band has garnered such a devoted following. Anthony Massaro: Lead Guitar, Vocals; Dave Waterman: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals; Dan Moulder: Piano, Organ, Vocals; Garrett Degnan: Bass; Jim Farmer: Drums.
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Thu, Apr 6 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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After 25 years, The Big C Jamboree, will be ending in May 2017. A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1992. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
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Fri, Apr 7 - 9pm - $15
If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Sat, Apr 8 - 9pm - $15
If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Mon, Apr 10 - 8pm - $10
Beatbox as a social movement, bringing together people of all tribes and colors. The body is an instrument.
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Tue, Apr 11 - 9pm - $10
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includesJim Boukas - guitarKris Nowak - guitarDuff Driscoll - uprightEric Lambert - guitarMatt Arendt - guitarBen Wright - banjoJason Berger - mandoSteve Haberichter - mandoPat Lyons - mando/dobroTom Murray - fiddleWavy Dave - banjoGreg Morland - mandoDan Andree - fiddleSpencer Savoie - banjoGrateful Gary - upright bassJames Chrzan - keysMike Krieglstein - upright bass
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Wed, Apr 12 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini. Past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Dan Ponce, Len Kasper, Tony Fitzpatrick, JC Brooks and Ji Suk Yi.
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Fri, Apr 14 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
When New Orleans Suspects arose from the primordial musical soup that is New Orleans,they were a fill-in band and an occasional jam band at their neighborhood Maple Leaf Bar.The group brought together some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleansincluding Jake Eckert, Jeff Watkins, CR Gruver “Mean” Willie Green on drums, and ReggieScanlan. When they started touring late in 2011, naysayers in the Crescent City agreed itwould not last; the Suspects would be another short-lived super group that would quickly fallapart under the weight of egos and money. New Orleans Suspects exceeded expectationsand some five years later they have delivered their fourth album release, Kaleidoscoped.Jake Eckert, the guitarist and one of the principal songwriters and vocalists, is a veteran of tenyears on the road with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a former member of Larry Carlton’s band, anda Grammy Award ®-winning engineer. He has extensive formal music training and actuallytaught at the prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology. Not only has Eckert won a Grammy, heplayed on The Grammys broadcast with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint.Kaleidoscoped was recorded at his Rhythm Shack Studios with assistance from Suspect JeffWatkins, a twelve-year veteran as sax player and section leader for the late James Brown,who constantly referred to him as “the ninth wonder of the world.” Watkins has a formalmusical and engineering education, having attended both the Universities of Missouri andMiami. He was a long-time member of the Joss Stone Band and has performed on multiplenetwork television shows.Keyboardist CR Gruver, the other principal songwriter and vocalist, spent years immersinghimself in the piano style of New Orleans legends like Dr. John, James Booker and AllenToussaint and is arguably the best living practitioner of the New Orleans boogie-woogie pianostyle, which is an aggregate of boogie-woogie, Caribbean rhythmic patterns and second line.Gruver made a name for himself, first in Philadelphia, then in the Rockies, with his bandPolytoxic, and later with Southern rockers Outformation. He also spent time in Leo Nocentelli’sband, pursuing the Meters’ groove.“Mean” Willie Green, best known for his 35 years as drummer for The Neville Bros., has alsoplayed on albums by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Edie Brickell and The Grateful Dead. He literallyinvented one of the primary styles of New Orleans trap drumming for which he gets credit frommusicians around the world.Founding bassist Reggie Scanlan spent 34 years on the road as an original member of TheNew Orleans Radiators after stints with both Professor Longhair and James Booker. Thescholarly Scanlan, one of the last living connections to the original generation of New OrleansR&B musicians, has had to leave the road due to illness. Charlie Wooton (formerly of RoyalSouthern Brotherhood) now fills the touring bass chair. Scanlan’s illness drove the Suspectsto help fund medical care for the New Orleans music community. Scanlan, the band and itsmanagement have organized and directed numerous benefit concerts for the New OrleansMusicians Clinic, a 401(c)3 foundation that provides free and low-cost medical care andcounseling for more than 2,500 musicians. The band’s work with the clinic led them to joinforces with JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic to present three versions of the benefit series“Down on the Bayou,” featuring the Suspects as musical directors and house band with guestsas diverse as Dr. John, all members of Widespread Panic, Al Schnier of moe., Marcia Ball,Harry Shearer, Leland Sklar, members of Aquarium Rescue Unit and “Beehive Queen”Christine Ohlman from the Saturday Night Live band.New Orleans Suspects are unbelievably tight on stage with their peers, press, venue ownersand promoters singing the praises of their musical prowess. They annually perform in a keyslot on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s main stage. USA Today called theirAcura Stage set “Outstanding…a sound that could have only bubbled up from this city.…”New Orleans Jazzfest founder and current director Quint Davis says, “The Suspects are deeptissue New Orleans Funk and have emerged as one of the banner New Orleans music groups;taking their place among the standard bearers of our music. And they rock! Rather, funk.”They have become a regular fixture at noted concert and festival venues in San Francisco,San Diego, St. Louis, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta,Birmingham, and in what has become a major stomping ground, New York City, where VillageVoice called them “a seriously funky crew,” and even The New Yorker occasionally notes theirpassing through the metropolis. The San Diego Union Tribune called them, “a rollicking blendof funk, jazz, blues, rock and vintage N’awlins R&B, designed to fill dance floors with gyratingcelebrants.”They have formed touring alliances with Tower of Power, Glen David Andrews (of Tréméfame) and Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat. The Barrere/Tackett/Suspects mashuphas been increasingly in demand at music festivals and has generated a track, “DixieHighway,” that appears on Kaleidoscoped. Members of Tower of Power and “Big Chief” JuanPardo also guest on the album on which the Suspects look at the history of New Orleansmusic through a brightly colored prismatic chamber and thus the album title.The band’s first, self-released eponymous album debuted in 2011 and featured the smokingCR Gruver original “36 Cars” as well as a few other band originals interspersed with coversongs. In 2012, the Suspects produced and released Caught Live at the Maple Leaf, a lovingtribute to the nightclub where it all started and a testament to the band’s increasing skills.Their 2014 studio album, Ouroboros, released on Louisiana Red Hot Records, generatedsubstantial radio play, both in the terrestrial world and on multiple Sirius/XM channels for focustracks “Get Back What You Given,” Soothe Me,” and “Magdalena” as well as rave reviews andfeatures in publications such as Stereophile, Downbeat, Modern Drummer and RelixMagazine. Kaleidoscoped will be released digitally and on CD on September 16th and on vinyl onSeptember 30th on Louisiana Red Hot Records. Headquartered in New Orleans, LouisianaRed Hot Records has released over 200 albums of the hottest Blues, Jazz, R&B, Gospel,Funk, Zydeco, Cajun and Rock, and is a leader among Southern independent labels with titlesby a plethora of New Orleans acts including Rebirth Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk andTrombone Shorty
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Tue, Apr 18 - 9pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British Jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame and Scott Tipping of Cornmeal,John Reed of Helping Phrendly Orchestra and Terrapin Flyer,Packy Lundholm of Terrapin Flyer,and special guests
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Thu, Apr 20 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Originally from Iowa City, IA, recently relocated to Fort Collins, CO, EUFORQUESTRA (pronounced "yoo-fohr-keh-struh" -euphoria+orchestra) has been touring more than ever and is continuing to take its progressive, genre-crossing afro-jazz-funk fusions to new horizons. Emerging as a musical powerhouse, Eufórquestra is quickly spreading its self-proclaimed “Afro-Caribbean-Barnyard-Funk;” a unique, rhythmic blend, integrating such genres as Afrobeat, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, Samba, Soca, Funk, Salsa, and Dub.Eufórquestra’s music appeals to anyone and everyone, with a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss” (Chris M.Slawecki; AllAboutJazz.com). As percussionist and lead vocalist Matt Grundstad puts it, "Eufórquestra just wants to make people dance.”
"Grew up on the south side / Made friends with the east side / Made love on the north side," Dustin Smith coos as Love Lines, the debut album from his band the Maytags, gathers force like a summer thunderstorm... These phrases are specific to the cultural geography of the singer, guitarist, and songwriter's Des Moines, Iowa hometown, a music and arts community with a rising national profile highlighted by praise from the Talking Heads' David Byrne and glowing explorations from Politico and The Atlantic. But Smith's words also help evoke the Maytags' journey to this sultry nine-song set, one that also runs through Smith's time in New York — where studied jazz as a drummer — and the band's recording sessions in Tennessee. Other band members have roots in St. Louis; all studied jazz, mainly in central and northern Iowa. If there can be a New South, then there can be a sound that's Midwest Nouveau. Love Lines smolders with the intensity of a relationship that just ended — "both the good and the bad," Smith says. Recorded at Nashville's the Bomb Shelter with Andrija Tokic, who has also recorded Benjamin Booker and Alabama Shakes, the album sees Smith achieving a bit of the latter band's gut-busting, almost-preternatural howling on cathartic opener "Pushing Up Rivers." A three-part "Suite for Green Eyes," written as a whole by Smith and Tim Sanders (sax), inhabits the aftermath of a breakup: bittersweet acceptance, tempestuous reflection, and the lustful confusion of running into an ex once it's all over: "Fourth of July we'll be holding hands," Smith belts out on "Street Clothes," knowing full well he'll likely be watching the fireworks with somebody else. As much as Love Lines is born out of a breakup, it's also an artifact of a seven-piece band that has been honing its chops on the road. "Musically we worked our asses off on this," Smith says. "Me and Tim got together for the initial writing sessions and really tried to draw a lot of inspiration from the Daptone crew, Stax, Al Green. Just to name a few." The songs were then taken to the band and arranged as a unit, with each member having creative input on each song. The Maytags then tracked the whole album to 2 inch tape in less than 30 hours." That follows December 2014's Nova EP, recorded at the same studio and tracked to 2 inch tape in 19 hours. As Love Lines ends, with the rhythmically and emotionally tricky "Problems," Smith's weary purr fades away: "Someone call the doctor, the doctor, the doc-doc-doc..." The cure is already there, in a balmy sound that must've blown in from some fantastical Iowa coast: a flyover that flew away and returned wiser for the voyage.
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Fri, Apr 21 - 7pm - $25
Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.Following the Grammy-winning Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band is at it again with Move Your Body, an infectious, groove-laden collection of hip-shakers sure to saturate the dance floor.Rollicking originals like "Who's Rockin, Who's Rollin'"? and "Take 'Em to the Moon" reaffirm the band's position as head of the brass throne while the rasta-esque "On My Way" and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of "HBNS" showcase the unit's talent for penning unabashed party starters.Boasting a mastery of Rebirth's signature "heavy funk" sound, Move Your Body pushes and swings, leaving behind an 11 track thumbprint, approved by the Frazier brothers themselves, of a sultry Tuesday night spent dancing on their home court at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.
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Fri, Apr 21 - 10pm - $25
Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.Following the Grammy-winning Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band is at it again with Move Your Body, an infectious, groove-laden collection of hip-shakers sure to saturate the dance floor.Rollicking originals like "Who's Rockin, Who's Rollin'"? and "Take 'Em to the Moon" reaffirm the band's position as head of the brass throne while the rasta-esque "On My Way" and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of "HBNS" showcase the unit's talent for penning unabashed party starters.Boasting a mastery of Rebirth's signature "heavy funk" sound, Move Your Body pushes and swings, leaving behind an 11 track thumbprint, approved by the Frazier brothers themselves, of a sultry Tuesday night spent dancing on their home court at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.
Chicago bassist/composer, Matt Ulery, is known for leading a diverse variety of bands in jazz and chamber music spectrums. With his freshest project, Ulery presents rousing new music with his modern-hot jazz brass band, Pollinator.Dustin Laurenzi / tenor saxophoneJames Davis / trumpetSteve Duncan / trombonePaul Bedal / pianoQuin Kirchner / drumsMatt Ulery / sousaphone
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Sat, Apr 22 - 7pm - $25
Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.Following the Grammy-winning Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band is at it again with Move Your Body, an infectious, groove-laden collection of hip-shakers sure to saturate the dance floor.Rollicking originals like "Who's Rockin, Who's Rollin'"? and "Take 'Em to the Moon" reaffirm the band's position as head of the brass throne while the rasta-esque "On My Way" and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of "HBNS" showcase the unit's talent for penning unabashed party starters.Boasting a mastery of Rebirth's signature "heavy funk" sound, Move Your Body pushes and swings, leaving behind an 11 track thumbprint, approved by the Frazier brothers themselves, of a sultry Tuesday night spent dancing on their home court at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.
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Sat, Apr 22 - 10pm - $25
Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.Following the Grammy-winning Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band is at it again with Move Your Body, an infectious, groove-laden collection of hip-shakers sure to saturate the dance floor.Rollicking originals like "Who's Rockin, Who's Rollin'"? and "Take 'Em to the Moon" reaffirm the band's position as head of the brass throne while the rasta-esque "On My Way" and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of "HBNS" showcase the unit's talent for penning unabashed party starters.Boasting a mastery of Rebirth's signature "heavy funk" sound, Move Your Body pushes and swings, leaving behind an 11 track thumbprint, approved by the Frazier brothers themselves, of a sultry Tuesday night spent dancing on their home court at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.
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Tue, Apr 25 - 8pm - $15
With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n’ roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today’s diverse Americana music scene. Everybody sings a bit of lead, everybody sings a bit of harmony and most members know when to shut up. Instrumentation includes banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass, charismo (a home-made tin can contraption) and the occasional trap kit. The Hackensaws have toured with a bevy of diverse acts that were quick to embrace the group’s sound and songcraft, including: The Flaming Lips, Cracker, Modest Mouse, Camper Van Beethoven, The Detroit Cobras, Cake, Railroad Earth, Cheap Trick and De La Soul. In 2003, the Hackensaw Boys were honored to serve as Charlie Louvin’s backing band on that Country Music Hall of Fame member’s nationwide tour. “The band infuses their grassy tornado with brazen punk attitude and catchy pop structure, while simultaneously remaining vehemently sincere.”— Pitchfork. “Before string bands were a “thing” in popular culture, there was the Hackensaw Boys. Before The Avett Brothers were selling out arenas, before Mumford & Sons were becoming the biggest band in music in a given year, before everybody and their brother was growing a beard and wearing suspenders and playing in jug bands, the Hackensaw Boys were mixing bluegrass and old time music with a punk attitude, and reshaping what a modern old school string band could sound like.”— Saving Country Music.
The Tillers got their start in August 2007 when they started thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. Their earliest gigs were for coins and burritos on the city’s famous Ludlow Street in the district of Clifton. The songs they picked were mostly older than their grandparents. Some came from Woody Guthrie, some were southern blues laments, and many were anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, churches, riverboats, railroads, prairies, and coal mines. Their look didn’t fit the stereotype. They were clearly recovering punk rockers with roots in city’s west side punk rock and hardcore scene. The punk influence gave their sound a distinctive bite, setting them apart from most other folk acts- a hard-driving percussive strum and stomp that brought new pulse and vinegar to some very old songs. But their musical range soon proved itself as they floated from hard-tackle thumping to tender graceful melody, all the while topped by Oberst and Geil’s clear tenor harmonies. They began picking up weekly gigs around the city’s bar scene. It didn’t take long before their signature treatment of classic folk songs became the preferred versions of Cincinnati locals. Their audiences swelled, growing into an assortment of grey-haired mechanics, neo-hippies, farmers, punkers, professors, and random strays all stomping, clapping, singing, and belting outbursts of “John Henry!” “Darlin’ Corey!” Ever since, the band has come to each show with the same energy. They are magnetic showmen, mature musicians, and colorful storytellers. The Tillers have since won over Cincinnati’s bar and festival scene, and launching tours with tireless momentum. They were awarded CityBeat Magazine’s Cincinnati Entertainment Award for best Folk and Americana act in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 & 2015. Their relentless gigging has taken them throughout the East coast, the Midwest and West, the Appalachian south and to the UK and Ireland opening for the St.Louis crooner, Pokey LaFarge. In the summer of 2009, veteran NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw featured the Tillers on a documentary about US Route 50. Brokaw showcased the group’s song “There is Road (Route 50)” as a testimony to the highway’s role as a connective tissue of the nation. Musically, the band wears many hats. Their sound has proven to be an appropriate fit with a wide range of musical styles- traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, punk rock and anything else they might run into. They have shared the stage with a broad swath of national touring acts, ranging from renowned folk legends such as Doc Watson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Guy Clark, Country Joe McDonald, Jerry Douglas, Iris Dement, Pokey LaFarge and The Carolina Chocolate Drops to rambunctious rock daredevils like the Legendary Shack Shakers. Always moving, the Tillers continue to enter new territory. Their musical growth can be heard through the scape of their many releases, 2008′s debut record Ludlow Street Rag, 2010′s By The Signs, 2011′s Wild Hog in the Woods, 2012′s Live from the Historic Southgate House, 2013′s Hand On The Plow and many more bootleg releases. The band’s lineup has also taken new shape. In February 2010, long-time bassist Jason Soudrette fondly parted ways with the group, being replaced by Aaron Geil, brother of guitarist Sean. In 2015 the band added fiddler Joe Macheret (Joe’s Truck Stop/Urban Pioneers) to the ranks. Recalibrating has not slowed their pace. They continue to plot their travels around the map, electrifying new places and making new friends wherever they go. From place to place, they carry with them more instruments, new songs, and funnier stories. They are Cincinnati’s traveling minstrels. Expect to hear from them soon.
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Wed, Apr 26 - 8pm - $10
Friends of the Devil honors the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago.
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Fri, Apr 28 - 8pm - $30adv/$35door
Martin Barre has been the guitarist of Jethro Tull for 43 years, his sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; his solo on the song "Aqualung" is consistantly rated one of the best solos of all time. His playing on the album ‘Crest of a Knave’ earned him a Grammy award in 1988.As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.As Jethro Tull are taking a long break from touring, Martin has put together a band to play the "classic" music from the Tull catalogue. His band is a total commitment to give the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years. The band includes Dan Crisp: guitar and voice, Alan Thomson: bass, George Lindsay: drums.
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Sat, Apr 29 - 8pm - $30adv/$35door
Martin Barre has been the guitarist of Jethro Tull for 43 years, his sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; his solo on the song "Aqualung" is consistantly rated one of the best solos of all time. His playing on the album ‘Crest of a Knave’ earned him a Grammy award in 1988.As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.As Jethro Tull are taking a long break from touring, Martin has put together a band to play the "classic" music from the Tull catalogue. His band is a total commitment to give the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years. The band includes Dan Crisp: guitar and voice, Alan Thomson: bass, George Lindsay: drums.
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Thu, May 25 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Nomadic came together as a result of Eric and Tom's desire to create some music inspired by their mutual love of classic progressive rock, along with other styles that exhibit texture, dynamics, free-form creativity, and originality. They decided early on to go for it without a full-time keyboardist, but wanted another element to keep from being "another power trio" so to speak. That's where Chuck comes in. A fully trained classical musician who has done extensive theater work, and has performed with the CSO, Chuck has another side. With his 7 string violin through a full blown guitar rig, Chuck can go from beautiful violin melodies, to over-driven power chords. Henry and Tom have worked together with a variety of artists, both on stage, and in the studio, and have a great working relationship and understanding of each others' playing. Henry's impeccable timing, and solid, hard hitting style made him an easy choice for the drummer position. As a trained pianist, he also understands music and song structure as a whole. Eric's versatility and theoretical knowledge make for some great dynamics in the guitar department. A true "texturalist", he goes from clean, complex chords voicings, to shredding leads and crunchy rhythms. Tom adds his multi-tasking skills to the mix. Primarily a bass player, he also adds texture by way of bass pedals triggering various synth patches, and is also the group's lead vocalist. Originally a mostly instrumental band, Nomadic is gradually finding more and more vocal tunes coming into the mix.
What words define the Edensong sound? Even a term as unwieldy as “epic orchestral progressive acoustic metal-infused rock” does little to categorize Edensong’s music. Edensong draws deeply from classic symphonic progressive acts, with complex song structures that resemble those of early Genesis or Yes, but Edensong does not simply rehash the music from this Golden Age of prog rock. Edensong experiments with wide-ranging musical styles, adding orchestral instruments like flute, violin and cello into the mix of a versatile hard rock band. With what other act would you hear heavy metal guitar riffs, a classical guitar, flute and cello chamber trio, a full church organ, and North Indian tabla playing all in the span of a single album? Edensong’s music can be as serenely melodic as the music of Simon and Garfunkel and Cat Stevens, or as aggressive as that of Metallica or Opeth. Not even Jethro Tull (another important influence for the band) is quite as eclectic. Using sophisticated and unpredictable compositions, not unlike the large scale works of Dream Theater or Rush, Edensong’s music tells a story, at times attaining the epic feel of the scores of Hans Zimmer or Nobuo Uematsu, while at others achieving a “folkier” simplicity, a singer/songwriter sound that might be more reminiscent of Billy Joel or The Beatles. Edensong gains inspiration from many styles and eras of music, whether it be from the millennium-long history of Western classical music or the past half-century of rock. While influenced by so many from Gregorian chant to grunge, Edensong rejects any superficial trend in pop music and instead forges its own path through the droves of homogenous sound-alike acts. Edensong, along with a handful of other new bands, such as The Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria, Three, and Dredg among others, attempts to creatively revitalize rock music in a movement away from the corporately-constructed “mainstream” and toward artist-driven freedom and true originality.
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Thu, Jun 15 - 8:30pm - $20adv/$25door
The Bach and Beethoven Ensemble (BBE) brings artists from different traditions together to collaborate on cross-genre, multidisciplinary projects. Like Bach, we strive for the ideal. Like Beethoven, we push boundaries. We combine tradition and innovation: something old, something new. The BBE was formed in 2009 by a cohort of young musicians, new to Chicago and eager for performance opportunities in a saturated music market. They presented 3-5 traditional “early music” concerts a year until 2013, when the group began the process of reorganizing as a nonprofit.
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Sun, Jun 18 - 8pm - $15
In just a few short years, UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more -- all mixed with jazz -- Meier is one of the rising stars in a vibrant British jazz scene, but his versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that ... so much so, that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who has since made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group, carrying him on two world tours during the course of the last several years. Meier originally hails from Switzerland; born in 1973 to parents who are great lovers of the arts, with wide-ranging musical tastes extending to the Classical, Jazz, Latin, Flamenco, Rock and (even) Pop genres. A true gypsy spirit with a disciplined maestro's touch, Nicolas has embraced a number of different cultures and studied their music forms, nuances and idiosyncrasies. During the course of his six-string baptism and global sojourns, Nicolas has been the recipient of numerous awards. A truly dedicated student of the instrument, he has pursued advanced studies at Switzerland's prestigious Conservatoire de Fribourg, and subsequently earned a scholarship to Boston's illustrious Berklee College of Music. His burning passion for both rock and jazz persists to this day.
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