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Tue, Aug 30 - 8pm - $10
PET PEEVE is a Chicago band who formed gradually over a two-year period starting in 2007. Their music include a wide range of influences that vary from Americana, klezmer, gypsy, folk to indie pop and rock. Since their formation, the band has played numerous venues, parties, living rooms, kitchens, roof tops and porches throughout the Midwest and continues to captivate and move audiences to dance with their fiery and leg slapping melodies. PET PEEVE released its first album titled An Attic Abroad in March 2010. For more information on the group's vagabondism visit their wasted space at petpeevemusic.com.
Baeoa is a cultural movement that uses art and music for social change. The music group was the brainchild of international artists from the Middle East, Egypt, Serbia, and Chicago. Baeoa has a genre-defying sound blending rock and traditional Middle Eastern music with Arabic and English poetry.
East Meets Middle East (EMME) is a musical collaboration across continents. The group celebrates the rich musical traditions of the Middle East and South Asia. From India, Subrata Bhattacharya (tabla) and Abhisek Lahiri (sarod) join local world musicians Ronnie Malley (oud) and George Lawler (percussion) for a unique sound combining improvisation and original compositions.
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Wed, Aug 31 - 8pm - $10
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.
Someday they’ll make a movie of Regina Spektor’s life.The first reel will open on her childhood in the Soviet Union, growing up Jewish in a country known for its anti-Semitism. It is there that she has learned to devote herself to the piano. But with the coming of perestroika, her parents put their oppressive homeland behind them for the promise of a better life in America and move from the U. S. S. R. to the U. S. leaving her beloved instrument behind.In the second reel, we find Regina and her family adjusting to their new life in the Bronx. The young pianist disciplines herself to stay in practice by fingering her studies on tabletops in her new home. And then her father has a chance encounter on the subway that leads to his daughter receiving piano lessons throughout her adolescence…for free.A subplot emerges. The young girl has often amused herself and friends by making up songs to sing. Her melodies are memorable. The wordplay is inventive. But these are just lighthearted distractions compared to the serious business of becoming a classical musician.And then the conflict: it becomes clear that Regina doesn’t have what it takes. A childhood friend who emigrated from the U. S. S. R. at the same time has started growing as a musician in ways that Regina can’t keep up with. Her hands are too small to reach the octave. Her ability to sightread is lagging. And memorizing a score is always difficult.But this film has a happy ending. Regina the pianist eventually embraces Regina the singer and songwriter, and in the uniting of her many talents, this gifted musician finds a different sort of success than she originally envisioned. Fortunately, there will be a sequel. That’s where they’ll tell the story of Regina’s triumph as a performer and the ongoing popularity of her music in TV shows and films and her eventual return to Russia for a moving reunion with her homeland.For our next performance, Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to Regina Spektor. We’ll celebrate the release of her gold selling, breakthrough album begin to hope by performing it in its entirety. Then, we’ll move on to Far, the follow up album that consolidated her success, as well as touch on a variety of songs from throughout her career.Great Moments in Vinyl is a collaborative effort between master of ceremonies, William Lindsey Cochran, a veteran Chicago radio personality (WXRT, WNUA,...and WXRT again) on bass and storytelling aided by a variety of noteworthy Chicago musicians. For this set, the band features aerin tedesco on vocals and guitar, Lindsay Weinberg on vocals and keyboards, Debbie Kaczynski on piano and vocals, and Bob Garrett on drums with additional contributing musicians.
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Thu, Sep 1 - 9:30pm - No Cover
free
A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. 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.
Their seven piece onslaught of big band sound will blow your lid off. With Sweet Pete on trumpet and trombone, Mike on trumpet, Digits Dobie master of 88 keys, and members Scat vocal and guitar, Shorty on drums who come from the mid-eighties jump swing band The Deacons, Dino on bass, and Dennis on Sax are also veterans of the Chicago's eighties swing scene. So you see they're no strangers to the rhythm and booze.The Penthouse Playboys influences are those of the Vegas greats like Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, and of course Frank. This is one act that prides itself on crooning to the smoothies like nobody's biz. At the same time laying down a swing'n groove of stomp'n rhythm and blues.Their debut CD "In The Bag" blends the lounge sounds of Harlem, Ava, and Ladies of the Night with out and out stompers like Out like a Rock, and Booze. In short, these guys can do it all in one night, and still get up the next afternoon and look themselves in the mirror with a shaky hand and a clear conscious.
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Fri, Sep 2 - 9pm - $8
Sails is aMidwest Rock band from Berwyn, IL.
“The Söur Bruthers add a touch of country twang to their highly polished midwestern rock, creating melodic gems like "Angel in Black" and "Release Me". The band's spirited guitar playing and tight harmony vocals bode well for an album release in the future.”— Illinois Entertainer. “Power and acoustic guitars combined with vocals with an attitude. This band's alternative rock/country edge is one that will bring you back, but shove you forward at the same time.”— The Local Buzz. “This comes off as country rock played with tons of power energy. No, it's not country punk, country thrash or anything like that. It's just plain old country rock, but country rock that even appeals to non-country fans. Garth Brooks with balls.”— Chicago Showcase.
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Sat, Sep 3 - 8pm - $10
Carey Ott’s work is a natural and inevitable blending of rock and roll, jazz, and traditional folk culture. He’s a triple threat as an accomplished songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and performer who’s been engaging audiences across the nation for the last 20 years. Much like his musical heroes, which include Beatles, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan, Ott has an intrinsic sense of melody, and a gift for writing lyrics that open a port into humanity, like popping a cork from a wine bottle. The desire to truly connect, to touch that sentient part of a person where their life is hard-fought and deeply felt, is the hallmark of Ott’s songs. "Recommended for audiences who are starved for something fresh yet uncannily comfortable and familiar. The kind of artist whose gifts are seen rarely in any given generation." -Chicago Tribune. Since moving to Nashville from Chicago in 2005, Carey has dug deep into his songwriting. His new song The Hard Way is the title track of country star Gary Allan’s new album set to follow up the chart-topping success of 2013’s SET YOU FREE. Carey has cuts with an eclectic collection of artists, including: The Silver Seas - multiple songs, The Greencards - multiple songs (and a 2014 Grammy nomination) Dualtone artist Rebecca Roubion, and Blue Elan Recording Artist Jack Tempchin (Peaceful Easy Feeling, Already Gone). “We go down into his basement to write, and while we do he’s recording it and playing every instrument, and when we’re done it’s a master. That guy is going to be heard from a lot more. He’s a genius and a great music guy.” -Jack Tempchin. Carey’s songs have been heard on TV shows and in films like: Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, The Gates, Make It Or Break It, Kyle XY, Unnecessary Roughness, Brazil’s hit telenovela Malhação, The Killing Of John Lennon, 37 and in ads for Coors Light, JCPenney, Dell Computers, Piraeus Bank and Burton Snowboards. "Carey Ott is a leading singer/songwriter with an intelligent, evocative pop/rock style that “bridges generations, smashes genre walls, and can make you effortlessly groove and endlessly dream at the same time” (Chicago Tribune).
Dance Bullies has been brewing for some time now. Songwriter Colleen Harvey has been writing bits and pieces of songs her entire life. Some of her first memories were of lyrics floating through her head. The more they came, the more she realized that she needed to get them out. Fast forward to 2012. A random chance encounter lead her to Katie Bender (Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies.) An immediate connection to music, life, and laughter was made, and from there, the Dance Bullies began their journey. Along the way, more wonderful additions have made their way to the music. Justin Cape (Scientist, Taken by the Sun) joins on drums, Jeff Lyman (Dead Sheriff) and Mark Cichra (Taken by the Sun) add lead and rhythm guitars (and other stringed goods), and Dina Simone (The Sunbursts) keeps it all together on bass. Playing across the Chicago area from Beat Kitchen and Tonic Room to Evanston’s SPACE, and opening for national acts such as Hurray for the Riff Raff, Dance Bullies goal is to supply you with music that makes your body move, your soul sing, and songs that bring you to someplace magical, wherever that may.
Hi! Pigtail and Skipper welcome you to their hot new live extravaganza, a non-stop romp through the music of New Duncan Imperials (and beyond). The Pig and Skip Show has one goal on this planet -- to ENTERTAIN you until you can't breathe and your pants fall off. Hold on tight and let's go!
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Tue, Sep 6 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
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, Sep 7 - 8pm - $10
Casey Neill's music walks the line between lyrical song craft and high energy live shows. His sound combines haunting ballads, edgy folk-punk, and anthemic rock. Based out of Portland, Oregon, Neill performs solo or with his band The Norway Rats touring throughout the US, Japan, and Europe. His latest record 'All You Pretty Vandals' was produced by Chris Funk of The Decemberists and has gained widespread praise. Neill is also a member of power pop supergroup The Minus 5 and Japanese/American cross cultural band Big Bridges. A new Casey Neill & The Norway Rats record is slated for late 2016. “Be it through raucous rockers, fragile acoustic ballads, passionate bursts of punk fury or soulful touches of Irish folk, Neill's narrative talent and concern for real people's struggles stand out. (Neill) evokes an epic feel that fits perfectly with the implicit grandiosity of this emotional material, delivered with a raspy, affectionate voice that recalls Life's Rich Pageant-era Michael Stipe. The results are so evocative, you'll be tempted to steep further in these memories, the better to share Casey Neill's particular blend of personal and historical experience.” — SPLENDID.
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Thu, Sep 8 - 9pm - $14adv/$16door
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).”
With their latest release, APOCALYPSE WHENEVER, Boston’s beloved reggae-rock funkateers Spiritual Rez deliver their most triumphant musical offering yet. Produced by lead singer Toft Willingham, co-produced by bassist Jesse Shaternick, and mastered by legendary engineer Howie Weinberg (Ramones, Beastie Boys, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers), the 14-track collection of infectious anthems is chock-full of rollicking guitar riffs, ocean-bathed melodies, swagger-centric basslines, crisp soaring horns, and ska-infused jam sections that have come to define Rez’s progressive signature sound. While their groove is primarily rooted in rock, reggae, and funk traditions, the septet draws stylistic influence from nearly every musical movement of the 20th century. Over the past 9 years, Rez has tirelessly toured the country ten times over, cemented their status as a consistent festival favorite, and honed their exhilarating live show into an incomparable, unabashed musical extravaganza. They have shared the stage with a startlingly broad range of artistic visionaries, including Toots and the Maytals, Rubblebucket, Gogol Bordello, the Dirty Heads, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Jimmy Buffett and Bernie Worrell. Evoking their personal power animals, they fearlessly forge into a bold new chapter of their epic musical journey and prepare to hit the road for a nationwide tour once more…. “A high energy performance that crowds inevitably find contagious…. A little Bob Marley, a little Toots and a lot of their own originality thrown in makes Spiritual Rez a one of a kind band to jam to.” –NEW YORK METRO. “A soul-funk fusion that, besides being incredibly infectious, is just goddamn delightful.” –BOSTON DIG. “Boston’s Spiritual Rez have established themselves as not only one of the best reggae acts in town, but one of the overall best live shows, as well.” –BDC WIRE. “… a raw energy that can’t be matched or stopped as their music flows on wave upon wave.” –UPSTATE LIVE.
The North 41 is a dynamic blend of Rock, Funk, and Jazz, with the danceability of Pop music and sophisticated musicianship that keeps you hanging on every guitar solo, every drum solo, and every whaling keyboard lick. The Chicago-based band has been winning fans all over the Midwest, and even as far as the Colorado Rockies, since 2014. Founded in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, by Pat Walsh (guitar), Frank Minella (guitar), and Michael Campo (drums), The North 41 began as an instrumental jam-band, with Minella initially on bass. The absence of vocals created a unique environment for improvisation and complex arrangements. As a trio, the band performed at many high school events and won several battle of the bands competitions. It wasn't until a few years later that the band added Craig Urban (bass) and Walsh's cousin, Riley Pettrone on vocals. This had a great influence on the band's songwriting process and the overall sound of the music. The musicianship had been honed, but now the band could rely on a strong singer to lead the song. Pettrone's charismatic stage performances created an energetic, dance-frenzied show that added to the already tight band. In 2015, The North 41 released their first LP, Dancing & Praying. The album received a good amount of radio play throughout the midwest, including Chicago's WXRT. Along with the album, the band released music videos for their singles, "Everybody Knows (The Woman Way)" and "Ain't a Fool". Towards the end of the year, Urban was replaced by local bass prodigy, Donoven "Heavy" Brown. While continuing touring the midwest, The North 41 plans on recording a follow up EP to be released in the summer of 2016. A few live videos are in the works and bigger and better shows is what The North 41 is always striving for.
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Fri, Sep 9 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
“Echoes of funk from Benin; Cuban son from Senegal; Chicano rock from Los Angeles; Afro-Brazilian soul from Rio de Janeiro; and the pentatonic and Arabic scales that connect much of the world - but there’s always a lilt and an invitation in it. He leaves a space for you to get in. They were playing for themselves and they were playing for you, but they weren’t playing for any static definition of a concert.” - NY Times. "Best guitarist in New York, 2013" - Village Voice. Yonatan Gat and his band are doing something you will not see anywhere else. The power trio sets up on the floor of every venue from giant clubs to basements—DIY style among sweaty dancing bodies—playing intricate improvisation sets that channel "everything from Afrobeat grooves to Middle Eastern folk melodies to straight up rock n’ roll noise, sometimes all within the span of one song – weaving the global smattering of styles seamlessly together like the great jazz musicians of the ‘60s." - The Bay Bridged. “You’ve never seen anything like it before. Cults have been formed over less.”- SPIN.
Determined to make music that offered listeners a break from the norm, four blood brothers joined forces to create The Avantist, a progressive rock band whose music challenges its audience to rethink the meaning and the sound of a traditional rock band. This band draws from a variety of influences to create a truly unique collection of music
Once living in veritable poverty on the southside, jamming on second-hand pawn-shop instruments, barely nourished on a diet of Ramen noodles, Camel cigarettes, Busch beer, and (insert random illicit substance here), Chicago’s The Moses Gun, guitarist/vocalist Vell Mullens and bassist, Rich Harris, write time-tested odes to romantic disillusionment, 70’s tv existentialism and various addictions.Debut full-length available NOW on DKT Records!!
Miss Remember is a rock band from Chicago. Formed by Jim Tashjian (gtr, vox), Peter Tashjian (drms), Leslie Beukelman (vox) and Martin Stonikas (bass) when the four were students at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the members all continue to be active in several circles of the Chicago music scene. The band combines sounds from their rock roots with their love of diverse musics from around the city, the country and the world. Dissonant harmony is often layered with beautiful, simplistic melody. Miss Remember is releasing their first full length record on the Ears&Eyes record label later this year.
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Sat, Sep 10 - 8pm - No Cover
free
Poet/singer-songwriter/social activist Chilean Nano Stern is widely recognized as the voice of his generation – outspoken and passionate, topping charts and leading marches for freedom and equality across South America. Nano's style is an Indie-Folk-Rock-Jazz fusion; deeply rooted in traditional Chilean music and inspired by legends Violeta Parra, Victor Jara and Inti-Illimani, yet combined with a host of influences absorbed from his travels around the world, as well as his early classical training and love for rock. Stern is an accomplished musician, playing a range of instruments from Spanish and electric guitars and violin to piano and Andean and Nordic flutes. Not to be underrated is the power and emotion that emanates from his vocal prowess and his intimate and rousing connection to his audiences. Highly acclaimed as a recording artist, Nano released his 5th studio album, Mil 500 Vueltas on September 11th, 2015, featuring guests Jorge Drexler and Joan Baez. The CD immediately became #1 on iTunes Chile and was certified Gold. As he [Stern] and Ms. Baez sang it [Gracias a la Vida], their performance generated the kind of lightning you might have experienced at a joyful ‘60s hootenanny when everything seemed possible and hope was in the air. For a moment, the hush of depression lifted, the generational sense of defeat abated, and the concert came thrillingly alive. Stephen Holden, New York Times
FÉMINA es un grupo de rap fusión liderado por tresmujeres patagónicas, que se caracteriza por el ritmode su poesía, la combinación de estilos musicales y elvigor de sus presentaciones en vivo. Interpretaciones casi teatrales y sonidos provenientes de diversas regiones, sitúan a fémina como una propuesta renovadora dentro la de escena de música global. Oriundas de San Martín de los Andes, Sofia “Toti” Trucco(voz, guitarra, ronroco), Clara Miglioli (voz) y Clara"Wewi" Trucco (voz, percusión) se unen en la búsqueda deun estilo que combina rap y melodías con una fusión degéneros como cumbia, candombe, chacarera, samba, bolero,rumba, funk y reggae, entre otros.En 2011 Fémina edita su primer disco “Deshice de mi” demanera independiente y se presenta en vivo en BuenosAires y en distintas ciudades del interior del país.En 2014, editan su segundo disco “Traspasa”,material que siguen difundiendo por todo el país y el exterior.En 2015 estan en búsqueda de nuevos sonidos, preparando nuevas canciones que serán plasmadas en un tercer disco.
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Mon, Sep 12 - 8pm - $7
An intimate evening of music with Balkan Rhapsody! Travel to Europe through our music! Sing, dance and celebrate life with us! Europe's most celebrated songs performed by authentic European musicians!
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Tue, Sep 13 - 8pm - $7
The Flood is the newest brainchild of Chicago-based composer/keyboardist/guitarist Rob Clearfield (Hood Smoke, Matt Ulery). Formed in the spring of 2016, The Flood draws on lush ambient textures, progressive rock, and jazz improvisation to create a patient yet overwhelming downpour of sound. Featuring vocalist Bethany Hamilton Clearfield (Outertown), guitarist John Kregor (Grazyna Auguscik), bassist Patrick Mulcahy (Patricia Barber, District 97), and drummer Nate Friedman (Sun Speak). "In our very noisy world, the music of Chicago pianist-composer Rob Clearfield arrives as a kind of balm." -Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune.
Erik and Jessie are a Chicago multi-instrumental duo: Roots music, americana, unexpected covers, shiny guitars and punishing sincerity.
Friends of the Bog write sing-alongs from the murky side of the soul. Since their inception in 2016, they have shared their harmonious alt-folk at Uncommon Ground, Burlington Bar, Silvie's Lounge, as well as many variety shows across Chicago. The band recently recorded its debut EP with acclaimed engineer Steve Albini. The self-titled release is exuberant, eclectic, and a sign of exciting things to come from this new collective.
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Wed, Sep 14 - 7pm - $25
SOLD OUT
////Both Tributosaurus becomes Prince shows are sold out. You can still get your Prince fix by scrolling down to October 27 and snapping up tickets for Great Moments in Vinyl tributing 'Purple Rain' along with other hits leading up to that legendary LP.\\\\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, Sep 15 - 7pm - $25
SOLD OUT
////Both Tributosaurus becomes Prince shows are sold out. You can still get your Prince fix by scrolling down to October 27 and snapping up tickets for Great Moments in Vinyl tributing 'Purple Rain' along with other hits leading up to that legendary album.\\\\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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Fri, Sep 16 - 9pm - No Cover
free
Four time winner of the ‘Music of the Indian Ocean’ prize, Maya Kamaty wins hearts with her island blues melodies and halting ternary rhythm of Reunion Island Maloya. Despite being cradled by the stories told by her mother, and the music and poetry sung by her father Gilbert Pounia and his band Ziskakan, she did not take to music as her calling until she left her homeland of Reunion Island to study in France. Distanced from Creole culture, she sought out her roots and explored her identity through music. While her music is grounded in maloya, she transcends its boundaries to create her own intimate folk style of music by blending it with French chanson, Indian, and African influences. Making Reunion Island maloya music her own, Maya Kamaty is breaking down barriers as one of the few popular female singers what is a traditionally music sung by males. Accompanied by traditional instruments such as kayamb and rouler, and driven by an intense passion for mixing cultures, Maya Kamaty (a name formed by combining two names, her own, and that of a woman standing marginal and intense) has the most promising voice of her generation. Maya's first EP Santié Papang was released in October 2014 and has received rave reviews. Since then she has been touring around the world. Her performance at Chicago World Music Festival is part of her debut US tour.
Tsetsegmaa is a long-song singer descended from the Buriat people. She grew up near Hulun Buir in the northwest of Inner Mongolia near the border of Russia and Outer Mongolia. Hulun Buir is one of the remotest areas of the region and home to both Ewenke and Buriat people. An award-winning singer she recently sang on the blockbuster 2015 film Wolf Totem. She has written a number of very beautiful Buriat songs, which she performs with Anda Union. Tsetsegmaa is based in Hohhot. Chinggel grew up in Ongniud Chi in a traditional herding family. His passion for music led him to music college in the city of Chifeng, where he met other members of Anda Union. He is one of only four musicians in Inner Mongolia who can play the moadin chor, an ancient flute instrument made from a single reed. This special reed grows only in the Altai mountains of Northwestern china. Chinggel is an accomplished flute maker and crafts all his own instruments. Saikhannakhaa is from Horchin grasslands, a region rich in Mongolian culture. As a child she spent summers on the grasslands with her family. She learned music from a young age from her paternal grandparents. As a young student she won a prize as the most talented female Morin Hor player and was invited to join the Inner Mongolia Song and Dance Troup where she met other talented musicians, who formed Anda Union. Alongside her music Saikhannakhaa runs 2 successful businesses: a Mongolian music bar, and a traditional clothing atelier. She lives in Hohhot with her husband and 2 children. Urgen grew up in the grasslands of Ar Horchin close to his childhood friend Nars. His family are traditional herders and as a boy his job was to take the sheep into the fields to graze. When he was 10 his older brother, Bagana, a music student was tragically killed by a drunk driver. Urgen, deeply affected by this loss, determined to fulfil his brother’s dream to become a top musician. He lives in Hohhot with his wife and 2 daughters. Uni grew up in Ar Horchin and met Nars and Urgen at high school, where they became close friends and went together to Chifeng Music College, where they met Chinggel. He later became a member of the Inner Mongolia Music and Dance Troupe and was a founder member of Anda Union. He lives in Hohhot with his wife and son and owns a restaurant specialising in Buriat food. Biligbaatar is from the grasslands Heshigten. Based in Hohhot with his singer wife, Hong Mei, his natural habitat is the wild grasslands his family, traditional herders who live in yurts. He is an award winning long-song singer and learnt to sing as a boy from his mother. An expert horseman, Billigbatar loves to roam the mountains like a Mongolian cowboy. Chinggeltu is from the Ar Horchin region from a herding family. The youngest in the band, Chinggeltu studied the Morin Hor from a young age, later going on to study the bass Morin Hor at University in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia. He is based in Hohhot. Aurgen grew up in Ar Horchin with his parents, both teachers. His father is director of Mongolian music at the Mongolian University in Hohhot and is responsible for Aurgen’s passion and virtuosity. Not only an excellent drummer Aurgen also plays Morin Hor, guitar and piano. He lives in Hohhot with his wife and daughter.
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Sat, Sep 17 - 9pm - $10
Tearing out of Buffalo NY, rock/groove powerhouse Aqueous has built a name for themselves nationally, following years of touring and high profile sets at festivals like Summer Camp, Peach Festival, Moe.Down, Catskill Chill, The Frendly Gathering, and countless others. Aqueous has built a reputation for bringing high energy and tireless effort to their craft, and fans rave about the uniqueness and power behind every performance. Featured as one of Relix Magazine's "On The Verge" artists and having shared the stage with the likes of Umphrey's McGee, Lotus, Papadosio & more, there seems no limit to the quartet's journey to the top. With three studio albums under their belts, and their critically acclaimed live collection "Live Nugs", Aqueous is as strong in composing as they are at communicating and improvising during their shows. Their onstage persona is infectious and undeniable; their lifelong friendship stands as a testament to the tightness of the music. While the band is relatively young, they are polished - check them out as soon as you can, and discover firsthand what the buzz is all about.
Digeometric (Digital Geometry) is an eclectic band hailing from Chicago who’s sound could best be described as electro jazz jam funk fusion. The band formed in June 2010. They have a truly original sound with a flowing blend of thick bass lines, smooth guitar, mind blowing saxophone, sensual synthesizers, mysterious lyrics, and groovy beats which stimulate the auditory for a gratifying listening experience. Digeometric is Alex Francois, Michael Duffy, Matt McCarthy, and Ken Pecho.
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Sun, Sep 18 - 3pm - $20
Austin’s king of honky-tonk, Dale Watson, is touring for his new album, Live at the Big T Roadhouse - Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday, out on August 19, 2016 on Red House/Ameripolitan Records. The album is a perfect snapshot of Watson and his ace band, His Lonestars, live in concert at the peak of their performing prowess, all while hosting a Chicken S#!+ Bingo show at Dale’s own bar, the Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwig, Texas. If you’ve never seen Watson live, this album is the next best thing — an intimate show for an audience of mixed ages and backgrounds, all enjoying an afternoon of live honky tonk and classic country music framed by Watson’s hilarious between-song banter.
At this show, Watson brings a unique Texas tradition to the world. The 'bingo" game involves a caged hen strutting across a plywood board divided into numbered squares while betting customers gather 'round the cage, hoping the bird will drop its mark on their chosen numeral. Along with cash prizes for the winners, there's $2 Lonestar beer, all you can eat hot dogs and live music and dancing............... Dubbed “the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin’, Lone Star beer drinkin’, honky-tonk hell raiser” by The Austin Chronicle, Watson is a veteran touring artist and consummate entertainer who is on the road more than 300 days a year. An outspoken proponent of classic honky-tonk for over two decades, Watson has christened his brand of American roots music “Ameripolitan” to differentiate it from the current crop of Nashville-based pop country.
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Mon, Sep 19 - 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, Sep 20 - 8pm - $16
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“Each song is a character,” says Marlon Williams of his self-titled solo debut: a remarkably assured and diverse nine-track tapestry, united by one of the most versatile and evocative voices you’ll hear this or any other year. “I don’t really ever sing out of character. Even if it’s a very personal song, once it’s written it doesn’t belong to me.”A veteran at the age of 24, Williams found his calling as child growing up in Lyttleton, New Zealand. A picturesque coastal town populated by fewer than 3000 people, he recalls its “wonderful contrast between port workers and a big artistic community”. The latter includes his mother and father, respectively a painter and industrial punk musician. “The first three things I remember Mum listening to were PJ Harvey, early choral music and Smokey Robinson. A lot of Maori music too. We used to go down the marae for meetings and sing these big harmony songs.”Dad would bring home CDs every week, moving from Elvis and The Beatles through Echo & The Bunnymen, The Band’sMusic From Big Pink, and, crucially, Gram Parsons: “A rock ’n’ roll dude playing country music, but respecting the purity of it.”A similar duality informed the young Williams’ unique journey as a singer, combining his family’s Maori upbringing with the vocal epiphanies he discovered in the school choir and then in nearby Christchurch’s cathedral ensemble. “It’s a very different approach,” he explains. “With the Maori songs it’s layered thirds, one over the other. You justfeelwhen you want to bring another third. But then I spent most of my teenage Sundays at church. We’d sing a 30-minute Mozart Mass where every note is prescribed. I’m not a spiritual person but the music was enough to keep me there, through whatever hangover I had.”He even enrolled in the prestigious University of Canterbury, but classical music’s institutionalized stuffiness proved too much. The Unfaithful Ways, his band of fellow fallen choirboys, was becoming a hot local live draw. “I did a year at university, but they didn’t like that I was out playing in bars at weekends and coming in on Monday smoking. I was wearing country shirts to our performance days, instead of the bow tie and penguin suit.”After the youthful combo folded its frontman cut a trio of domestically acclaimed duo discs with prolific Lyttleton tunesmith Delaney Davidson, then made the decision to relocate to Australia – partly pushed by the ruinous earthquakes that had left Christchurch in disarray, partly pulled by the promise of Melbourne’s bountiful music scene. Williams pitched up at legendary pub venue the Yarra Hotel, winning over seasoned booze hounds with a first gig on the eve of the Aussie rules football grand final.Returning home to record, utilizing the The Sitting Room in Lyttleton Harbour – and working once more with producer/engineer Ben Edwards, whose prior loyalty extended to rescuing The Unfaithful Ways’ album master from a cordoned-off quake aftershock area. Such deep-rooted bonds birthed an eclectic yet cohesive set that ranges from rollicking, acrobatic opener “Hello Miss Lonesome” to the wry coffee house wisdom of “Everyone’s Got Something To Say”, viaRubber Soul-ful zinger “After All” and “Lonely Side Of Her”’s beauteous barroom empathy (penned for paramour and co-vocalist Aldous Harding).Its author’s easygoing gender fluidity is expressed through his revelatory, androgynous reading of the traditional lament “When I Was A Young Girl”, previously hymned by Nina Simone and Feist, among others. “That’s a real fun challenge. An exposition of how songs are personal and impersonal at the same time. I don’t even think about [male or female]. Either that or I don’t think of myself as a boy anymore! The version I knew was by Barbara Dane, a white San Francisco soul/folk singer from the ’60s.”This ability to truly inhabit his material illuminates Williams’ majestic rendering of such diverse touchstones as classic orch-pop ballad “Lost Without You” and conceptual, 1974-vintage nugget “Silent Passage” (originally by Bob Carpenter, a Canadian of First Nations heritage). These covers blend seamlessly with novelisticnoirstandouts “Strange Things” and “Dark Child” (co-credited to childhood choral pal Tim Moore, now a palliative care nurse), which deliver gallows humor with a widescreen groove. That quality is further illustrated by their playfully cinematic videos.Having been nominated for 5 New Zealand Music Awards, an Australian ARIA Award and completed sold out album release tours, this Southern Hemisphere star’s eagerly awaited international release should see Marlon Williams soar.
Originally from the Blue Mountains, Julia Jacklin is a singer/songwriter who'll put a smile on ya dial, but only for a short while.
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Wed, Sep 21 - 8pm - $10
Gipsy Moon is a four-piece group of artists on an endless musical journey, sharing songs with the hopes of planting inspiration into the soul, starting a fire in the heart, and building community that invokes love in its wildest manifestations. The four members Silas Herman (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Mackenzie Page (guitar, tenor banjo, vocals), Matt Cantor (bass, vocals), and Andrew Conley (Cello) reside in the mountains of Nederland Colorado where they write all original material about nature, sunsets, mountain rain, and love. With soothing harmonies, soul-stirring poetry, and instrumentals that make the hips sway, Gipsy Moon is constantly reinventing their version of indie-folk to include celtic melodies, latin rhythms, jazzy vocals, bluegrass drive, and a gypsy swing that brings acoustic music into an exciting new dimension. A blending of genres that hippies and poets, lovers and dancers, freaks and families alike can all come together to sing and dance until the sun comes up. If one should come upon Gipsy Moon, whether on the stage, on the road, or singing in the woods, they should be pleased at the prospect of kicking off their shoes, smiling at the heavens, and getting down and dirty.
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Thu, Sep 22 - 8pm - $10
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, Sep 23 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time, and a mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys step on stage. From Anchorage to Miami, the group’s onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live Butter show. Rooted in the trajectory of west coast bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum plays what has been described as California’s own acoustic music.HBR’s years of touring have given the band the chance to work and play with a wide cross-section of musicians, people like Peter Rowan, Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, and Robert Earl Keen. Seasoned veteran Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), acoustic guru Mike Marshall, and left-coast rocker Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm) have all produced studio albums for the band. Each guided HBR towards the next step in its evolution. It’s a sound that is tough to describe and easy to love, and it has found its way to the most prestigious pop, folk, and bluegrass stages in the country: Telluride, Newport, Bonnaroo, Strawberry, Hardly Strictly, Kate Wolf, Horning’s Hideout, String Summit, Grey Fox, Merlefest, All Good, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and many more.The next step in Butter’s evolution involves recording three 5-song EPs, each focusing on a part of music that Hot Buttered Rum loves and is inspired by, and each with a different producer. The first EP was recently recorded with Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone and will be released this fall. The second will be a collection of Ralph Stanley old school bluegrass standards, to be recorded in September with producer Sally Van Meter. The third will be Hot Buttered Rum’s latenight throwdown music, to be recorded in November with SCI’s Kyle Hollingsworth. Together, the three collections of songs will explore Butter’s roots and express Butter’s present passions.At the center of Hot Buttered Rum is the enduring camaraderie of old friends. The band was conceived on a backpacking trip of high school and college buddies in the High Sierra. What was dreamed up on mountaintops and around campfires has found its way into the hearts, minds, and bodies of thousands.
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with their win this year at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. In October 2014, they were nominated by the Internal Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Momentum Band of the Year and in 2013 they won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil’ Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor. The Lil’ Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. Sharing the stage with heavyweights like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmit-Nershi Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Travellin’ McCourys, Sam Bush Band, Fruition, Infamous Stringdusters, Bradford Lee Folk and The Bluegrass Playboys, and dozens of others. The Smokies have played the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival (2011), the Bozeman Bluegrass Fest (2011), Sandpoint Summer Fest (2013), Wintergrass (2014), River City Roots Festival (2011, 2013, 2014), Northwest Folklife Festival (2014), the Northwest String Summit’s Further Stage and Main Stage (2013, 2014). This five-piece bluegrass ensemble features Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Cameron Wilson (mandolin) and Matt Rieger (guitar).
Electrifying performances around the West have folks buzzing about The Drunken Hearts and the band’s fiery sound. Forged on Colorado's high peaks and river banks, the band is comprised of five gentlemen that came together to create an honest brand of alternative Americana that resonates with audiences everywhere. Their sound has truly evolved over the course of only a few years, from an acoustic trio to the current electric powerhouse. They fearlessly bottle a tempestuous, yet smoky brand of American music — infusing spirited vocals with electric and acoustic guitars, bass, pedal steel, and drums. This Spring the band's second studio album will be released, produced by multi Grammy-winner Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra.
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Sat, Sep 24 - 8pm - No Cover
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Kaynak Pipers Band from Bulgaria is а kaba gaida (Bulgarian bagpipes) band formed to continue the traditions of gaida performance. Kaba gaida, the Rhodope Mountains bagpipe, is one of the most distinctive symbols of the folklore music in Bulgaria. Spread in a small, relatively isolated region of the Central Rhodope the kaba gaida is one of the instruments managed to preserve its original form and sound. Simple melodies, full of ornamentation bring tunes from ancient times. The kaba gaida is recognized as a unique cultural heritage and included in the Voyager Golden Record - MESSAGES FROM EARTH - http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/music.html. Kaynak Pipers Band was founded in 2013 with the mission to popularize the kaba gaida music trough concerts and workshops. The band is deeply involved in continuing traditions in kaba gaida performance, making and training process. They organize workshops for children and participate in charity and volunteering events. Kaynak Pipers Band is recognized by the International Bagpipe Organization taking part in the International Bagpipe Conference in Glasgow 2016 and featured on BBC (https://www.facebook.com/InternationalBagpipeOrganisation/videos/1100796...). The mission of the band is to promote the kaba gaida music globally and the US tour, being organized for the fall of 2016 year, is a natural continuation of their work so far. Performing on festivals as Chicago World Music Festival and Richmond Folk Festival with hundreds of thousands people audience helps making the kaba gaida instrument and music accessible to more people. Which returns in development of the society and the culture, creates strong community and brings innovations so traditions can be incorporated in the modern lifestyle and kept for the future generations. US tour with such scale helps the band harden their professional skills and make it sustainable presenter of the Bulgarian folklore traditions.
Yves Lambert is one of the most influential players in the revival of Quebecois traditional roots music. In 1976 he was one of the founding members of La Bottine Souriante who toured the world and sold a half million records. Yves is known for his unique ability to translate anecdotal, poetic or political texts into songs. His work as a songwriter and his capacity to create unique musical moods have defined him as a leading light in the traditional aesthetic of Quebecois cultural heritage. In January of 2003, pushed by the wind, he put his boots on and went searching for new musical adventures. Always on the look out for innovative trends and attentive to the new guard of Quebecois musicians, he ended up surrounding himself with young talent and created the Bébert Orchestra in 2004, and later the Yves Lambert Trio in 2010. The Yves Lambert Trio showcases the unique connection between maturity and youth by creating a new world of poetry and celebration. Yves Lambert’s charisma and talent, coupled with Tommy Gauthier and Olivier Rondeau’s virtuosity and passion, the nuances of their arrangements and their distinct harmony make this trio one-of-a-kind musical experience. By reviving undiscovered songs and adding their own brand of energy, multicultural ambiance and colourful sounds there’s really nothing quite like the Yves Lambert Trio.
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Tue, Sep 27 - 8:30pm - $7adv/$10door
Get ready for a new sound that you won't soon forget! The Groove Master, Paa Kow (pronounced Pah-Ko), fuses rhythm and artistry from his home in Ghana with Jazz and African Pop. Fans from all over the world agree that Paa Kow exhibits extraordinary talent and holds "the perfect groove." He is currently touring across the U.S. and will release his second studio album Ask in August of 2014. Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, bandleader, composer, and teacher of music. Growing up in the small village of Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Paa Kow began to play music and tour with his family’s concert band at a very early age. He has since grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour in Africa, Europe, and America. Paa Kow’s deep groove and prodigious talent reveal a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums, inspiring a profound spiritual conversation. His songs are captivating and danceable and incorporate lyrics in his native language, Fante, as well as English. Paa Kow’s vision is to spread the music and culture of his homeland by touring the world with his Afro-Fusion orchestra. Notable musicians he has shared the stage with include African greats: Amakye Dede, George Darko, Kojo Antwi, Nat Brew, Hugh Masekela, and Vusi Mahlasela, as well as American greats Victor Wooten, Brad Goode, John Gunther, Michael Kang, and many more.
Celebrate life with sad songs! Les Vikq is a rock trio charactarized by emphatic vocals and percussive trombone, featuring Elanor Leskiw (Mucca Pazza), Pat Dovichi (Edith Blade), and George Lawler (Byzantine Time Machine, Lamajamal, Mucca Pazza).
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Wed, Sep 28 - 7pm - $15
Tributosaurus says about Kalyan Pathak: “KP brings a level of virtuosity to his instruments that makes each show sing at the percussion chair, but he brings so much more than that. The nature of our project requires a special talent for attention to detail, and Kalyan is painstaking in his work ethic – he has played dozens of different percussion instruments and electronics for us over the years, and has a mastered each instrument. More than that, the energy and love for the process of music making that he brings to each show that he is a part of is infectious - both to the audience and the performers on stage. Kalyan first started appearing with us in 2002”. “…Kalyan Pathak…fleet finger virtuosity…” Says Howard Reich, of ‘Chicago Tribune’ in a rave review of Chicago Percussion All Stars 2004 concert.
First Set: Kalyan Pathak’s Jazz Mata with Special Guests including Indian Classical musicians, Bollywood Musicians,Fareed Haque, Elizabeth Basta, Vijay Tellis-Nayak, Patrick Mucahy, Histesh Master, Shivanand Bangar. “Jazz Mata” lead by Kalyan Pathak, where the music is transformative Raga, Jazz and Blues.. Along with many new original songs from their new album “Dream With The Dreamers”, from ancient Sanskrit language chants to medieval bhakti tradition songs in Hindi, from poems of Tagore in Bengali to modern folkloric dance songs; Jazz Mata takes you on a journey of Indian culture from a song and rhythm perspective, while going through different modes, raga melodies and intricate meters and beats. At times modal, raga-based and chant-like, and at times laden with hypnotic grooves and jazz harmony, the music of Jazz Mata evokes a distinct mood. This is a jazz improv group in an ethnic setting, or a tribal group in a modern American setting; either way it touchesmany people very effectively.
Second Set: Tributosaurus Special Set List. Chris Neville, Curt Morrison, Matt Spiegel, Jon Paul, Dan Leali with Kalyan Pathak. Tributosaurus says about Kalyan Pathak: “KP brings a level of virtuosity to his instruments that makes each show sing at the percussion chair, but he brings so much more than that. The nature of our project requires a special talent for attention to detail, and Kalyan is painstaking in his work ethic – he has played dozens of different percussion instruments and electronics for us over the years, and has a mastered each instrument. More than that, the energy and love for the process of music making that he brings to each show that he is a part of is infectious - both to the audience and the performers on stage. Kalyan first started appearing with us in 2002”. Tributosaurus will pick a special set list to feature Kalyan and percussion.
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Thu, Sep 29 - 8pm - $10adv/$13door
The new Chicago Farmer album is about Depression, Job Loss, Meth, Skateboards, A Divided Nation, Used Cars, The Late Shift, Farms, Factories, The Destruction of our Environment, and still being around to sing about it.Cody is a folk-singer’s folk-singer and a poet’s poet. He was born and bred in Delavan IL, population 25, surrounded by the endless skies of the American Midwest. Before moving to Chicago in 2003, Cody tried his hand at sessions in Nashville and carefully hewed and tested his art in college town bars and honky-tonks around the Midwest. He now plays regularly in the city and it’s not uncommon to see whole rooms full of strangers erupt and sing along to the choruses of his songs on their first listen (I’ve seen it happen). Cody’s voice is powerful and gritty, emotionally piercing while subtly imbuing additional layers of meaning and poignancy in his lyrical delivery. His song-writing is deeply rooted in the American Folk tradition and all of its grit but with a post Dylan sense of wit, perspicacity and that certain savior-faire. He didn’t go to college but he drank all of their beer.Every folk-singer has to migrate to the city, in a way it seems to be hidden in definition of a folk singer anymore. Cody has come to remind Chicago that it is in Illinois. And to remind the rest of the world that when Louis Armstrong redefined, some say invented the art of Jazz in the 1920′s he brought his Hot Fives to Chicago to do it. When Robert Johnson wanted to put his Mississippi Mud on wax, his hellhound chased him to Chicago to do it. And same like, Cody has come to Chicago to deliver what it needs, when it isn’t even sure itself. He is currently recording a collection of songs from his vast back-catalog and performing across the heartland.
Music, by its nature, is a migratory creature. It moves as it moves, often powerfully, through people and places, communities and cultures, created and carried on currents of electricity and air. Edward David Anderson is one of its modern makers, a rock and roll veteran from the cornfields of Illinois, who went into the woods of coastal Alabama and found musical serendipity, emerging with Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions—a timeless, unvarnished beauty of an album.
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Fri, Sep 30 - 8pm - $10
From the SW coast of MI, SGB originally came to be when performing musicians, Morgan Ingle(vocal/rhythm guitar) and Matt Smith(vocal/bass) were introduced to Cam Mammina(lead guitar). The musical combination was a magical blend that had to be explored. In time, came the addition of Scott Christie(drums), who provides the foundational beats for SGB. Friendships are what have rooted this band together and brought them together in the first place as well as the common interest in music. Though the individuals that make up this outfit are randomly different and come from varied backgrounds in extensive musical studies, it is the culmination of the group as a whole that creates their creative and vibrant sound.
Waiting For Henry is four guys, a stack of beater geetars, a coupla Tube Screamers, one set of drums and two albums of emotive American rock & roll. That’s right, TWO albums. This summer, Waiting For Henry is set to release“TOWN CALLED PATIENCE,” the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut,Ghosts & Compromise. Earning praise on both sides of the Atlantic and hitting the Americana airwaves in 30 states and throughout Europe, Ghosts was a special indie surprise of 2013. Called “timeless… perfect for any playlist in any era,” (Huffington Post), “a guitar lover’s dream” (Aquarian Weekly) with “indie rock urgency, garage band attitude and a Jayhawks meet R.E.M. intelligent power,” (Alternate Root). The Alternate Root dubbed WFH’s one of the Top 20 Albums of 2013 and listeners to the Jersey Shore’s 90.5 The Night, votedGhosts their #10 album for the year. On their first album, the band looked to the past to meet the future, and on “Town Called Patience,” WFH is going back once again. After happily finding that so many reviewers and fans recognized their early R.E.M. influences, the band figured they’d try and venture further down that alley. This time, WFH put their 80’s indie, meets 90’s alt-country influences in the hands of guru producer Mitch Easter, the man responsible for R.E.M.’s first two masterpieces Murmur and Reckoning. Rather than a departure from Ghosts the new album, a year in the making, is a maturation in song, craft and energy. Recorded at Mitch’s Kernersville, NC studio, Fidelitorium, as well as NJ studios Lakehouse in Asbury Park and Exeter in Freehold, its guitarscape features not only the band’s own vintage instruments, but also many of the same guitars that Mitch lent to Peter Buck for the recording of Murmur. The 12 songs that underpin this American ride were mixed by Darrell Thorp, Grammy Award winning mixer of Beck’s Morning Phase. For mastering, through Mitch, Patience found its way to Greg Calbi, Zen master of such albums of Born to Run, Damn the Torpedoes and, of course, R.E.M.’s Murmur. Waiting For Henry assembled in 2010 as group of former college bandmates, reuniting to record the album they had never made years ago. After leaving school, WFH’s members went their own musical ways, with Dave Slomin breaking through with his NYC-based band, Mr. Henry, which signed to EMI after a rousing SXSW showcase. Mr. Henry’s music captured a unique place between the newly rising Alt-Country of Wilco and Whiskeytown and the earthy American pop rock of acts like Gin Blossoms. The band recorded with renowned producers John Hampton (Replacements, Gin Blossoms), Niko Bolas (Neil Young) and Dave Bryson (Counting Crows) and toured constantly, headlining clubs and opening for bands as widely varied as Counting Crows and Iggy Pop. Dave Ashdown, followed a similar route to the road through the Chicago music scene. Playing drums and guitar and touring with acclaimed bands Boom Hank, Braam and Billhouse. Rounding out the original trio, Mike Chun is a veteran of the NYC club scene and a former member of renowned Hampton’s party band Hot Lava. Fellow Hot Lava and Davenport’s drummer Rob Draghi, joined in 2015. The new album, Town Called Patience, will be released internationally on August 26, 2016.
Led by acclaimed drummer Brad Elvis and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chloe F. Orwell, Chicago's The Handcuffs explore broad sonic territory while believing in the power of a great radio hook. The Handcuffs inhabit some of the same musical domain as T-Rex, Spiders from Mars Era Bowie, Franz Ferdinand and early Blondie - all filtered through a modern lens - and deliver bold, sexy songs with memorable melodies and unexpected twists. Known as much for their dynamic live shows as for being prolific writers and producers, their songs have been featured in dozens of films and television shows. The band has released three full-length albums and is currently working on the fourth. They recently released a special International Cassette Store Day album called "All the Way from Chicago," featuring a "best of" style, remastered sampling of their modern garage-glam songs, plus a never-before released nod to one of their influences, Mott the Hoople. "The Handcuffs are one of the few bands capable of effectively combining the spontaneity and musicianship of glam/punk with the urgency and rough-edged sound of garage rock," says Jersey Beat's Phil Rainone. “There's a sexy, swaggering street vibe throughout,” added Musoscribe's Bill Kopp. And the Chicago Sun-Times exclaims that The Handcuffs are simply "effervescent." Completing The Handcuffs powerhouse lineup are bassist Emily Togni, lead guitarist Susie Q. Winn and keyboardist Alison Hinderliter.
Autodidact, Inventor, Producer, Singer & Songwriter Brad Peterson exemplifies the ethos of the independent, intrepid musician better than almost anyone. Brad was experimenting with recording his original songs as soon as he figured out how to work his cassette recorder before he was nine. Through the decades he evolved through a series of stylistic shifts with his powerful and emotive voice establishing an anchor. His songs became refined and he played in increasingly larger spheres of influence. Stages got bigger –as did the audience. Peterson eventually rubbed elbows with some of the greats: Brian Wilson, Bono, Sufjan Stevens, Edie Brickell, David Lowery, Jeff Buckley, and others. Peterson’s style now settles into a catchy and inventive mixture of haunting melodies, evocative lyrics, and a certain je ne sais quoi.
Since 1997, The Polkaholics have been playing a high-speed collision of polka and rock, creating a sound that is simultaneously new and old. As noted by Mary Houlihan of Chicago Sun-Times, “The Polkaholics stun and amaze while wreaking havoc to both traditional polka and rock genres!” Using a rock-trio format of guitar/bass/drums to power their polka, The Polkaholics shake some action with a heavy polka beat, creating a sound that fuses the beergarden with the mosh pit. In other words, something for everyone! Some love the rocking sound of the band, while others appreciate their mission to keep polka alive and vital in today's music scene. Playing old favorites like "Beer Barrel Polka" and "Chicken Dance," or new classics like "Polkas on Guitar" and “Pimps of Polka,” The Polkahholics repertoire is filled with songs that are all about FUN! Through in their glittery outfits and wild showmanship, and you've got a band that is intent on Entertaining, with a capital E, and creating the "life of the party" atmosphere at every show. Over the years, The Polkaholics have been featured numerous times on TV and radio, including WGN-TV morning news, The Eric & Kathy show, Wild Chicago, Bill Campbell’s Chicagoing, WXRT, WBEZ, and more. Clearly, they are media dumplings! The trio features founder Dandy Don Hedeker on guitar and vocals, Jolly James Wallace on bass and vocals, and Stylin’ Steve Glover on drums and vocals.
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Sat, Oct 1 - 8pm - $10
From the depths of Urbana, IL Bones Jugs has emerged as the premier xylophone driven roots Americana act in the country. With bones, jug, xylophone, kazoos, resonator guitar, 6-string banjo, upright bass, trap kit, horns, washboard and a medley of knick-knacks and noise makers Bones Jugs conjures up their eclectic acoustic sound. It’s a 21st century spin on early American music, that includes, but is not limited to, ragtime, dixieland, jugband, bluegrass, blues, string band, skiffle, spasm, swing and more. Whether it be with original songs, with hidden gems of the written or recorded archives, or with their own take on modern music, Bones Jugs places their unique stamp on everything they play. If you’re looking for a sound that you’ve heard around town, Bones Jugs may let you down, if you expect the unexpected you’ll get just what you expected!
2015 has been a watershed year for the Chicago electronic-rock duo, Low Swans. Ending 2014 with their full length "The Whole World Has No Clothes", 2015 was a flurry of live shows engendering a loyal fanbase and a reputation for consistently powerful shows. The year also saw the the release of 5 new singles all garnering radio play and attention across the internet with catchy rockers like "Heart on Fire" and the more dense and epic "The Business of The End". Their sound has grown deeper and centered around frontman Jon Scarpelli's vocals and Scott Simon's signature effected vibraphone sound. Where "The Whole World Has No Clothes" was a soundscape for observing a culture at the fulcrum corruption and self awareness, the 2015 singles (collected under the title MMXV, available at all major music distributors) are more personal and reflective with a more urgent and vital sound than ever before. The music reflects a band that has at last found their place and staked their claim to an unmistakable sonic hybrid. Packing shows at classic Chicago venues like The Metro, Lincoln Hall, Cubby Bear and The House of Blues with finely crafted sets that take the audience on a journey and leaves them wanting more.Starting in earnest in late 2014 with their first full length full effort, Low Swans has come a long way since their early demos and live recordings. The ambient 80's tinged synth textures, neo-prog electronic beats and dexterous vocals that define their signature sound are the fruits of a varied career spanning decades and genres from Jon Scarpelli (vocals, guitar, programming) and Scott Simon (vibraphone, backing vocals). Since meeting as undergradute music students, the two have had a journeyman ethic having written, directed and performed in about every kind of music setting possible. From Jazz to experimental to drum line, Scarpelli and Simon are not single-minded. With this, the future of Low Swans is wide open and their experience makes it clear that everything and anything is possible and attainable. It's this excitement that fuels the band. Knowing that the artistic well is deep and wide. Knowing that the audiences are waiting and willing. Clearing a strong space in social media, staying close to the fans and consistently releasing emotionally-compelling & sonically-potent material, Low Swans is on a mission and their music arrives as a moment of synthesis where experience, craftsmenship & spirit emerge as a distilled, genre-defying statement.
The East Coast anti-genre band SeepeopleS (of Portland ME, formerly of Asheville, NC - Boston , MA) are thrilled to announce the first leg of the Dead Souls Sessions Tour. Celebrating their 15th year anniversary, the band recently released their fifth studio album, a landmark double album (Dead Souls Sessions - RascalZRecordZ) and are hitting the road for the first leg of the album release tour in support of it. The album is the band's first album in half a decade and was co-produced with longtime collaborator Will Holland (Pixies, Dead Can Dance, Sly & Robbie) and recorded at Chillhouse Studios in Charlestown, MA. Recently the band ended a three year hiatus from touring with a string of shows with the re-formed Morphine (Vapors of Morphine), featuring Dana Colley, who is also featured on the new album.
In Threes is the fresh face of pop salvation. From five indie stalwarts come a steady series of melodic small wonders.
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Mon, Oct 3 - 7pm - $5
Kilgubbin Brothers features Chicago fiddle legend and band leader Sean Cleland (Drovers, Bohola) & powerhouse percussionist Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhran, banjo and shoe with All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger, Master guitarist Jesse Langen (Ensemble Dal Niente) and Ray Quinn (producer Laurence Nugent, Bua) on electric guitar and voice. With a focus on songs and tunes from the rich history of Irish music in Chicago, Kilgubbin Brothers will be here the first and last Mondays of the month, Slainte!
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Tue, Oct 4 - 8pm - $15
Sultry, seductive and infused with that inimitable samba swing, the music of Luísa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazil. Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, her first album, Lero-Lero, has a contemporary vibe with influences from alternative pop and downtempo electronic music melded with an acoustic foundation deeply rooted in samba, bossa nova and MPB. Fans of Bebel Gilberto, Céu and Seu Jorge will find much to love in Luísa Maita’s tropical, forward-looking sound, and her sensual yet soulful voice begs comparisons with everyone from Billie Holiday and Sade to Feist, St. Vincent and Cat Power. Hailing from a country overflowing with musical talent, Luísa Maita rises above the fray as one of the most promising young singers of her generation.Inspired by samba, bossa nova and other classic Brazilian styles, Luísa is also heavily influenced by the cool jazz of Billie Holiday and Chet Baker, as well as pop, funk and downtempo electronic music. Her first album as a solo artist, Lero-Lero offers songs that encourage her fellow Brazilians to recognize the beauty and deeper meaning of their lives. “Its inspiration comes from the urban life of São Paulo, its ghettos and its people,” notes Luísa, “The lyrics and the aura of the album focus on the peculiarities of Brazilian daily life, culture and human condition.” In 2006, the Brazilian singer Virgínia Rosa recorded two songs by Luisa in her album “Samba a Dois”. The songs stand out in the CD and encouraged Luisa to compose more. In 2009, Mariana Aydar released her second album with a composition of Luisa and Rodrigo Campos, “Beleza”, one of the best songs of th year by Rolling Stone Brazil magazine. Luisa also appears in four songs of Rodrigo Campos debut album “São Materus Não É Um Lugar Assim Tão Longe” and as the singer of the promotional videos for Rio 2016 Olympic games directed by Fernando Meirelles.[6] Because of these works, Luisa had some great reviews in the Brazilian press without having yet released any solo album. After the release in US, NPR’s All Things Considered said that Luísa is “The New Voice of Brazil”[7] and “if Maita keeps making records this good, she could well be on her way to international stardom”.On November 2010, Luísa made her first North America tour, receiving great reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post and Boston Globe. During the tour, she also appear on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and KCWR’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show. In Brazil, the album figured in the list of best albums of 2010 – including the magazines Veja and Rolling Stone Brasil. In July 2011, Luísa received the award for Best New Artist in the twenty-second edition of the renowned Brazilian Music Award and went to her first European tour playing in important festivals like Nuits du Sud in France and Musicas do Mundo in Portugal. In August 2011, the singer returned to North America, performing 30 shows in 26 cities over 45 days and, once again, sell out festivals and concert halls, get enthusiastic review from LA Times.
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Thu, Oct 6 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. 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, Oct 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, Oct 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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Sun, Oct 9 - 8pm - $21adv/$25door
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Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar is a star guitarist and singer from the Sahara desert on a meteoric rise. His new album, Nomad, was recorded with 2013 Grammy-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The album, released April 2, 2013, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts and iTunes World charts and has collected rave reviews from top media outlets around the world including BBC World Service which calls it 'utterly, utterly fantastic" and Rolling Stone, which calls Nomad "The year's most exciting blues album....A perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero." His dazzling live performance and virtuosity on the guitar have earned him comparisons amongst notable music critics to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Neil Yong and Jerry Garcia.
A Black-Italian raised in Miami and Venezuela walks into a bar. She’s flanked by some instrument toting lady friends and a few dudes. There’s a Filipino, a Jewish/Brazilian, a Motswana, a Japanese man, and a couple white guys with guitars (of course). If you’re waiting for the punch line, it’s better seen and heard than read. Underground System, the Brooklyn, NY born female-fronted group of modern afrobeat deconstructionists, is a singularly original and undeniably exciting group. Hanging their hats on an uncompromising stage show, they augment their presence with a multitude of eclectic musical influences and a heavy penchant for the deeper sounding corners of NYC dance floors, bringing a refreshing sense of urgency to what is at the core a classic tight-knit, no frills, show stopping act. Other than the extra-musical and cultural factors, Underground System separation from the norm of touring afro-friendly bands was cemented with the recent release and subsequent proliferation via about a dozen official remixes of ‘Bella Ciao’ – a retro-futuristic dance floor ready interpretation of a Partisan anti-fascist Italian WWII anthem (Frontwoman Domenica Fossati’s father is off the boat Northern Italian, mom from Flatbush Brooklyn, and she grew up in Miami and Venezuela; you do the math). This single has had an impressive little run – there were three separate 12” vinyl releases dedicated to it (Ropeadope Records, Hell Yeah! Records), remixes from electronic wunderkinds Archie Pelago, viral MC Kool A.D. (Das Racist), and the tune attained cult status on the dance floor all over the Mediterranean region when it was played and later remixed in the Boiler Room on Ibiza by Leo Mas, the protagonist resident DJ of the Balearic revolution on the island during the infamous summer(s) of love. Aside from the success of ‘Bella’, their live show over the past year has evolved and brings their newfound concept of sonic palette to a place as diverse as the players. The group at this stage is just as likely to tip their hats to the imitable South Bronx girl group ESG as they are Fela Kuti, and lately have been leaning on a raucous interpretation of British new wave cult classic band XTC to close their shows. Sitting on a wealth of brand new original material currently being produced in the studio, they will begin in 2016 to spread their wings with it live. For their forthcoming debut full length recording they have tapped resident indie rock legend and Brooklyn guru Tony Maimone (of Pere Ubu and They Might be Giants fame) as well as former DFA Studio manager Abe Seiferth to engineer, under the close watch and collaboration of producer/bandleader Peter Matson. The progressive social and sonic thesis statement of the band is fully laid on the line for these upcoming records, and you can catch them now in a city near you for an early taste of things to come. Some recent press for Underground System comes from Afropunk, okayafrica, The Washington Post, Time Out NY, The Village Voice, Test Pressing, and Afropop Worldwide. Some recent tour stops for Underground System include The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, WNYC, Brooklyn Museum, WMI, Le Poisson Rouge, The Ace Hotel, Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Sofar Sounds NYC, American Museum of Natural History, and S.O.B.’s
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Mon, Oct 10 - 8pm - $20adv/$25door
Max Gazzè is an amazing performer and extraordinary bass player. Singing in Italian, French and English he always creates a feel-good mood everywhere. He lived and played long in Paris and London and in the last 3 years he has being touring all over Europe. In Italy he published 10 golden CDs (Emi/Virgin and Universal Music). He wrote and toured in Europe with Stefan Eicher and performed with Stewart Copeland in the Gizmo project. After the poetic and powerful live and record project “Il padrone della festa” - together with his friends and outstanding artists Daniele Silvestri and Niccolò Fabi, in 2015 Max published “Maximilian” (Universal Music), a striking, colourful, emotionally various album whose singles reached millions of views on Youtube (“La vita com'è”: 21.000.000 views, “Mille volte ancora”: 1.200.000 views, “Ti sembra normale”: 620.000 views).
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Tue, Oct 11 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, pairs a reader’s personal story about a First Time event with a song performance by house band, The First Time Four. This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song. The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song. Hosted by CHIRP Radio's Jenn Sodini, past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Tony Fitzpatrick, Brian Babylon, Kelly Hogan, Len Kasper and Ji Suk Yi. The event is a benefit for CHIRPRadio.org.
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Wed, Oct 12 - 7:30pm - $25
James “Midge” Ure, OBE (born 10 October 1953) is a Scottish singer, musician, songwriter and producer. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his given name.Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and 1980s in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage, and most notably as frontman of Ultravox. In 1984 Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, which has sold 3.7 million copies in the UK. The song is the second highest selling single in UK chart history.[1] Ure co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof. Ure acts as trustee for the charity, and serves as ambassador for Save the Children.In 1985 Ure’s solo debut album The Gift, which reached number two in the UK Albums Chart, included the UK number one single “If I Was”. Ure has had four other UK top-30 solo hit singles: “No Regrets”, “That Certain Smile”, “Call of the Wild” and “Cold, Cold Heart”.
Scary Lady Sarah passionately enjoys & promotes good, new, dark alternative music. She DJs, book bands & produces club events & has been doing so for over 25 years. She absolutely loves what she does and treats her occupation like the great fortune that it is. She loves new music and endeavours to play as much of it as she can, all the while keeping in mind and paying respect to the song requests of her events’ patrons.
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Thu, Oct 13 - 9pm - $10
Since forming in the Rustbelt of Cleveland, OH in 2010, Broccoli Samurai has been taking the club and festival scene by storm. The band's synth-laden, drum and bass influenced, progressive electronica has been thrilling audiences throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast markets, winning them a massive and fiercely loyal fanbase. Eager fans pack dance floors and late-night festival sets with smiles across their faces, waiting to get lost in the band's ambient soundscapes, anticipating every bass drop that will force them to move with reckless abandon. Broccoli Samurai's line-up includes founding members Ryan "Bruce" Hodson on keys and synth, and Chris Walker on drums and percussion. Accomplished bassist Zachary Wolfe Nagi-Schehl anchors the rhythm section, while guitarist Michael Vincent weaves in and out, exploring new sonic territory. The band has played countless festivals such as The Werk Out, BIG What?!, Domefest, Paradise Music and Art Festival, Rootwire, The Mad Tea Party Jam, The Ville, SummerDance, Disc Jam, Night Lights Fall Music Festival, The Gathering At Chaffee's, Utica Music and Art Festival, and Hyperion Fest. Broccoli Samurai has directly supported and toured with many known bands including Dopapod, Papadosio, Lotus, Conspirator, The Werks, Ozric Tentacles, BoomBOX, Big Gigantic, Rusted Root, O.A.R., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Aqueous, and BIG Something. Broccoli Samurai's extensive tour schedule has them playing high profile venues and major cities regularly, and the band will be increasing the number of performances and expanding their reach into the West Coast and Southern markets in 2015. This band is making big moves and the time to take notice is now.
Greener Grounds is a four piece jamtronica band based out of Denver, CO. They quickly gained momentum and secured a name for themselves in the highly competitive jam band music scene hitting festivals including Backwoods Music Festival, Highberry Music Festival, SONIC BLOOM, and more. Inspired by the likes of Lotus, STS9, Phish, and Umphrey's Mcgee, they blend many styles including psychedelic funk, rock, trance fusion, and break beats. Their eclectic sound continues to take crowds by surprise ensuring a lively, danceable, and energetic vibe where ever the road takes them.
Business As Usual is a four piece dance-rock band based out of Chicago, IL. Forming in 2013, they’ve spent the last year playing high energy, multi-set shows all over Chicago. Each BAU show is a one-of-a-kind experience, taking the listener on a musical journey. Seamlessly blending elements of rock, electronica, funk, dub, and even bits of ska, the genre-hopping quartet is able to launch off into sections of exciting and memorable improvisation as they guide through different odds and ends of their catchy compositions. You've just been warned, your next Business meeting is mandatory.
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Fri, Oct 14 - 9pm - $14adv/$16door
I‘m realizing more and more every day that you can make anything happen for yourself if you really want to,” says Moon Hooch horn player Mike Wilbur. “You can change your existence by just going out and doing it, by taking simple actions every day.” If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch. In just a few short years, the group—Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler—has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring with the likes of Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country. On ‘Red Sky,’ their third and most adventurous album to date, the band uses everything they’ve learned from their whirlwind journey to push their sound to new heights, bringing together the raw, transcendent energy of their live performances and the sleek sophistication of their studio work into a singular, intoxicating brew that blends elements of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music. “I think ‘Red Sky’ is more focused than any of our past albums,” reflects McGowen. “We practice meditation and yoga, and I think that we’re more evolved as people than we’ve ever been right now. That evolution expresses itself as focus, and through focus comes our energy.” It was two years ago that the band released ‘This Is Cave Music,’ an exhilarating thrill ride that earned rave reviews from critics and fans alike. NPR hailed it as “unhinged” and “irresistible,” praising each musician’s “remarkable abilities” and naming their Tiny Desk Concert one of the best in the prestigious series’ history. The album followed their 2013 debut, which had Relix swooning for their “deep bass lines, catchy melodies and pounding rhythms,” while the Wall Street Journal celebrated their “electronic house music mixed with brawny saxophone riffs.” Though the band—whose members initially met as students at the New School—turned heads in the music industry as relative unknowns with a charismatic, unconventional sound (they play with unique tonguing techniques and utilize found objects like traffic cones attached to the bells of their horns to manipulate tone, for instance), they were already a familiar and beloved sight to straphangers in New York, who would react with such joy and fervor to their impromptu subway platform sets that the NYPD had to ban them from locations that couldn’t handle the crowds. NY Mag once referred to their sound as “Jay Gatsby on ecstasy,” while the NY Post fell for their “catchy melodic hooks and funky rhythms,” saying they had “the power to make you secretly wish that the short [subway] wait becomes an indefinite delay.” While the band’s busking days are behind them now, the lessons they learned from all those platform parties helped guide their approach to recording ‘Red Sky.’ “What we discovered playing in the subway,” McGowen explains, “is that the more focus and the more energy you put into the music, and the more you listen to everything around you and integrate everything around you into your expression, the more the music becomes this captivating force for people.” Recorded at The Bunker studio in Brooklyn, ‘Red Sky’ is nothing if not captivating. The album opens with the tribal urgency of the title track and proceeds, over the next 45 minutes, to utterly demolish any and every possible barrier that could stand between your ass and the dance floor. On ‘Shot,’ Wilbur sings a stream of consciousness vocal line over an airtight groove, while “Psychotubes” channels the apocalyptic fire and brimstone of death metal, and the staccato intro of “That’s What They Say” gives way to a gritty, late-night come-on of a saxophone line that’s far more suggestive than any whispered words ever could be. Though the band is heavily inspired by electronic music, they made a conscious effort to use as little in the way of “studio tricks” as possible on ‘Red Sky,’ aiming instead to capture the sound of their live show, which has evolved significantly from their days underground. “When we were playing in the subways, we were playing entirely acoustic,” explains Wilbur. “It was just two saxes and a drum set. Then Wenzl acquired a baritone sax and we all started getting into music production and incorporating electronic music into our live shows.” At their performances, the band now plays through what they call a Reverse DJ setup, in which the live sound from their horns runs through Ableton software on their laptops to process recorded effects onto the output. In addition, to flesh out their sound on the road, the band began utilizing Moog synthesizers, an EWI (an electronic wind instrument that responds to breath in addition to touch), and other more traditional instruments like clarinets. Wilbur added vocals to his repertoire on some tracks (something the subway never allowed him to do), and Muschler, meanwhile, traveled halfway around the world to expand his percussion skills. “I went to India, and the first morning I woke up, it was like 5am, and I followed this music along the banks of the Ganges,” he remembers. “I eventually ended up finding this amazing tabla player, and after his performance, I asked him for lessons. He agreed, and I went for daily lessons with him and another guy for the next two weeks. After that, I took a train to Calcutta, where I met with the guru that I’d studied with in New York, and I did morning lessons with him and practiced throughout the day. It was an incredible musical immersion experience.” The band members all speak reverently of meditation and consciousness and the role it plays in their music (McGowen believes his introduction to it, spurred on in part by Wilbur and Muschler, saved his life), but equally close to their hearts are the environmental causes they champion. Moon Hooch tries to live up to their green ideals while traveling as much as possible, playing benefit shows, supporting local farmers and co-ops, participating in river cleanups, filming informative videos for their fans, and more. The band even runs a food blog, Cooking In The Cave, in which they highlight the healthy, sustainable, organic recipes they utilize with their mobile kitchen setup on tour. For the members of Moon Hooch, commitments to consciousness and environmentalism and veganism and philosophy and peace aren’t separate from their commitment to music, but actually integral parts of it. It’s all tied into that same core approach that led to their discovery on the subway platform: try, even if it’s just a little bit every day, even if it’s just with the power of your mind, to make the world less like it is and more like you wish it could be. “I’d say all of our songs express the essence of that kind of energy,” concludes McGowen, “because before you can even think any thoughts, there exists the energy that drives those thoughts, and that energy is intention. I feel like we’re putting the intention of positive change constantly into our music. While we’re playing, I often see the future emerging: skyscrapers getting covered in plants, frowns turning into smiles, fistfights into hugs. I can see the energy of love and collaboration and trust replace the energy of fear, hatred and violence.” It’s an ambitious vision, to be sure, but considering the band’s track record at turning their thoughts and dreams into action and reality, perhaps it’s only a matter of time.
Currently based out of Massachusetts, the vocal cord conductor known as Honeycomb has quickly risen to the top of the food chain of northeast beatboxers, placing 13th in the 2015 American Beatbox Championships. With a unique approach as an equally versed music producer, and a frequent collaborator in both the live and studio settings, Honeycomb has built a sound fan base for himself through original productions and ear popping performances.In the studio, Honeycomb has collaborated with Liquid Stranger, Esseks and Space Jesus and more; as well as frequent partner in crime, Tonio Sagan. Aside from swaying audiences with his own material, Honeycomb has further embedded himself in the rapidly growing festival cuture by joining a diverse array of artists, from bass DJs, to funk and jam bands, to rappers-on stage, bringing their sets to new heights.
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Sat, Oct 15 - 9:30pm - $14adv/$16door
Hailing from the Crescent City, EARPHUNK has emerged as one of the premier jam acts in the Southeast. The quintet has been steadily building a rabid fan base across the United States with their brand of high-energy funk, inspired improvisation, and dynamic stage production.EARPHUNK has performed in more than 40 cities over the past 12 months, including performances at Wakarusa Music Festival, Bear Creek Music Festival, and The Purple Hatters Ball, and sharing the stage with Galactic, Big Gigantic, Particle, Toubab Krewe, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Zoogma, members of Lettuce, Perpetual Groove, Break Science & Chali 2NA, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and Rubblebucket.
People's Blues of Richmond is a heavy-touring, blues-psych power trio from Richmond, Va. In the past two years, they've signed with Management Anonymous and Madison House Booking, recorded their third full-length studio album, released a 7-inch single with sought-after rock & roll producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, The Hives, J. Roddy Walston & the Business), and have been featured at outlets such as PopMatters, Guitar World, CraveOnline, Relix and more. People’s Blues of Richmond managed to fit in their recent studio work while constantly touring the U.S., packing clubs and theaters full of amped-up fans, selling out The Hamilton in D.C., headlining NYC's Bowery Ballroom and a dozen festivals around the country, playing Red Rocks and massive outdoor festivals like Electric Forest, LOCKN' & Gasparilla, and sharing bills with legends & critical favorites like Modest Mouse, Tom Petty, Gary Clark Jr., Gogol Bordello and Dinosaur Jr. Their new album (out June 10) was recorded in Richmond by Ricky Olson at The Ward, and is named after the band’s intense new one-minute and 35 second hit of proggy psych-punk, ”Quit or Die." As People's Blues pounds into the first chorus, singer Tim Beavers II howls, "Compromise is suicide when your choice is quit or die!" The song explores the hardships of addiction, from eviction notices to regrettable drug deals. Quit or Die is filled with thought-provoking lyrics as the band sonically claws through the speakers like some mutant beast. The songs "Richmond City Hangover Blues" and "The House on Oregon Hill" are shout-outs to their filthy/beautiful hometown, while "The March" and "I Understand" both exemplify the band's love of life on tour and all the insanity that comes with it, and "I Love You" and "Just Tears" express the futility and anguish of love gone awry. The moods shifts from dark and brooding to manic and frenzied as if the record itself was suffering from borderline personality disorder. People's Blues of Richmond was originally formed in 2009 by bass player Matthew Volkes and guitarist Tim Beavers II. They found their first drummer, Raphael Katchinoff in the Richmond music scene and played with him for four years and two albums. During the making of their second album, Good Time Suicide, they were joined by keyboard player Tommy Booker, but he and Raphael soon turned their focus to their other group, Southern Belles. Then, Neko Williams (son of Drummie Zeb from The Wailers) took over on drums. After the switch, Volkes, Beavers & Williams all moved in together and began touring full time in a 15 passenger Ford van. They've been going non-stop ever since, spending all hours of the day either traveling, playing, writing, recording or planning their next step. After years together, on the road and off, the three are more than just bandmates, they’re brothers. It’s a camaraderie that shows in their music and beyond. “No matter what, we look out for each other,” Volkes says. “If I have a sandwich, Tim and Neko get a bite, too. We’re all in this together.” The band is currently working on a "Quit or Die" music video before continuing to take audiences by storm with their unbelievable live shows, which often include smashed guitars, blazing light shows and brilliant projections from Dustin Klein of Videometry (who also lives with the band back in Richmond).
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Mon, Oct 17 - 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, Oct 18 - 8pm - $7
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, Oct 20 - 8pm - $20GA / $30VIP
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Bawdy Storytelling returns to Chicago for an Evening of Stories, Songs & Big Payoffs!
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Thursday, October 20th, 2016
at Martyrs' 3855 N Lincoln Chicago IL
Remember: Doors at 7:00 PM, Stories at 8:00 PM
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“The Moth for Pervs” – LA Weekly
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This Evening of Not-What-I-Expected-but-DAMN, this is Awesome!' Stories includes:
❤ Sexual Folklorist & Internet Adventurer Dixie De La Tour
❤ Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest & Moth Grandslam winner Archy Jamjun
❤ Music by The Big Ditties
❤ More Storytellers to come - pitch your story to Dixie@BawdyStorytelling.com
❤ Play Bang-O, Bawdy's signature audience participation game
❤ WIN the Bang-O Grand Prize package for asking strangers incredibly intimate questions!
❤ Sexy cocktails like the Clown F*cker, the TransMan and other Sextacular Sips
❤ Hosted by Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour
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The Nation’s Original Sex + Storytelling series featuring Real People & Rockstars sharing their Bona Fide Sexual Exploits, Live Onstage
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Bawdy Storytelling - the Original Sex + Storytelling series - features Real People & Rockstars sharing their Bona Fide Sexual Exploits Live Onstage; think of us as a One Night Stand with the Moth & Savage Love. Storytellers are an eclectic mix of Authors, Porn Stars, Sex Educators, Comics & More, along with Regular Joes just like you who submitted their stories online and were chosen for their panache and sense of (Mis)Adventure.Bawdy Storytelling features tales of Carnal Wins & Epic Fails with No Scripts, No Nets, and No Holds Barred. These folks aren't reading from cue cards: this is honest-to-badness story time with true sexcapades and poignant, transformational tales at each and every show. Join Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour & hand-picked Rockstars as they share their own stories of Love, Lust, and making you feel funny in your bathing suit area. Hey, you may even go home with a few new tricks for your boudoir arsenal!Performer Bios:❤ Archy Jamjun is a writer and storyteller in Chicago. Before he became partnered, he enjoyed having sex with random men from the internet, Bally's, and the local grocery store. While he is still prone to play I'll show you mine if you show me yours, he is now mostly focused on finishing a collection of short stories. Archy is the winner of The Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest, The 2015 Moth Grandslam winner, and has been featured on the RISK! podcast.❤ Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour founded Bawdy Storytelling - the Nation’s original sex and storytelling series -a decade ago, despite being told repeatedly that nobody would get onstage to tell their stories of sex, kink and gender (Wrong!).This multi-city live storytelling event welcomes true stories from any and all communities (LGBTQIA, kink, polyamory, swingers, vanilla, and many more) and is bringing sex-positive storytelling to new cities all the time. Dixie and Bawdy Storytelling have been praised by press both big and small; She has been lauded as a "masterful emcee, and her show is everything that works for storytelling—she creates a warm, safe space in which stories can bloom with dark hilarity, salacious textures, and moments of deep connection.” Dixie has hosted and curated Bawdy Storytelling events at Yale Sex Week, the Bondage Awards, the Jewish Community Center of San Francicso, CatalystCon Sexuality Conference, Dark Odyssey, FetFest, and more, as well as her home turf of the Bawdy Mainstage and BawdySlam shows. She can be found at @Bawdy on Twitter, Bawdy Storytelling on Facebook and always, always at www.BawdyStorytelling.com•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Winner of the SF Weekly’s Best of San Francisco & the LA Weekly’s Best Of Los Angeles (for Best Storytelling) & 2 Time Winner of the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Award (Best Literary Event)
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The Nation’s Original Sex + Storytelling series featuring Real People & Rockstars sharing their Bona Fide Sexual Exploits, Live Onstage
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“Dixie De La Tour’s scandalous, over-the-top Bawdy Storytelling series” – SF WeeklyBawdy Storytelling - the Original Sex + Storytelling series - features Real People & Rockstars sharing their Bona Fide Sexual Exploits Live Onstage; think of us as a One Night Stand with the Moth & Savage Love. Storytellers are an eclectic mix of Authors, Porn Stars, Sex Educators, Comics & More, along with Regular People just like you who submitted their stories online and were chosen for their panache and sense of (Mis)Adventure.Bawdy Storytelling features tales of Carnal Wins & Epic Fails with No Scripts, No Nets, and No Holds Barred. Join Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour & hand-picked Rockstars & Regular Joes as they share their own true adventures - Hey, you may even go home with a few new tricks for your boudoir arsenal!
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Fri, Oct 21 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$17door
Old Shoe is a five-piece Americana Folk Rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band's compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life. Constantly playing throughout the midwest, their wealth of experience in the musical world never ceases to grow. Their performances will draw you in at the start and leave you panting on the dance floor by the end.Having recently released their second album, Let Yourself In, the band already has enough material for a third album that they play during their live shows. They cover Little Feat, Stevie Wonder and Warren Haynes to name a few. In the last year alone, Old Shoe played at Blottopia XII, Tall Tree Lakes Music & Camping Festival, Chicago Peace Fest and the Whippersnap Music & Arts Festival. They even hosted their own Shoe Fest, which featured Great American Taxi, Kyle Hollingsworth and Split Lip Rayfield.
A fusion of highly danceable rock, intricate song craftsmanship and psychedelic funk. Set out to make every show inspiring, Soap is a band with one goal in mind, sheer elation for all those in attendance. Imagine going to a double matinee showing of Led Zeppelin & P-Funk at Dream Theater and then heading to an Amsterdam discotheque to dance until the sun came up. That's about as close as can be described without seeing Soap for yourself.
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Sat, Oct 22 - 9pm - $15
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
Head for the Hills has a simple but continuing dilemma they can’t seem to resolve. Specialists have been hired to no avail and the predicament persists: how does one describe the multifarious music of Head for the Hills? Among the top contenders are catchy turns of phrase like post-bluegrass, progressive string music, modern acoustic noir, and bluegrass bricolage. “On top of modern string music,” (Bluegrass Today), “Cutting edge” (Drew Emmitt) or “Best in Colorado Bluegrass” (Westword Magazine Readers Poll)—those are up there too. Strip away the artful descriptors and you have a forward thinking group of {mostly} acoustic musicians drawing on eclectic influences, tastes and styles. They didn’t grow up immersed in bluegrass music but came to it later in life, with each other. The result is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. Head for the Hills—Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Sam Parks on mandolin — have been bringing their music, whatever you’d like to call it, to audiences from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between since 2004. The band has independently issued three studio records and one live, been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released a beer with Odell Brewing Company and charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Blue Ruin, 2013 and Head for the Hills, 2010). Meta-fictional sea shanties. Pop-infused newgrass murder ballads and urbane lyricism. Twang and punch. Head for the Hills’ fourth and latest record, Blue Ruin, fuses bluegrass, jazz, hip-hop and indie rock into songs inspired by love and misery and comic books. Featuring twelve original songs marked by moving narratives and stellar musicianship, Blue Ruin showcases the quartet’s contemporary take on acoustic music; embracing the bluegrass pedigree while looking forward. Recorded and mixed in Fort Collins, Colorado at Swingfingers Studios with ace engineer and banjoist Aaron Youngberg (Martha Scanlan, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West), Blue Ruin features contributions from Andy Hall (The Infamous Stringdusters), James Thomas, Gabe Mervine (The Motet), and more. Renowned screen print artist Timothy Doyle (Muse, The Black Keys, Lucas Films, NASA) created the stunning cover art and Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer David Glasser rounds out the production team. This is Head for the Hills at their most artistically fulfilled: self-produced and in top form. Blue Ruin is more than just a “bluegrass” record—it’s a Head for the Hills record. A quintessential Colorado band, Head for the Hills has been fortunate to work with many of the area greats, starting with Grammy Award winning Dobroist Sally Van Meter, producer of 2007’s Robber’s Roost. Legacy Colorado musician and Leftover Salmon mandolin player Drew Emmitt came in to produce 2010’s Head for the Hills. The list goes on, with a bevy of talent from Colorado and beyond surrounding 2010’s Head for the Hills; including Grammy Award winning mixing engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The Raconteurs), technical wizard and Pink Floyd re-master engineer Gus Skinas, Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Kyle James Hauser (Sonablast! Recording Artist, Rapidgrass Quintet) and keyboardist James Thomas, with String Cheese Incident guitarist and Colorado mainstay Billy Nershi rounding out the lineup as studio host and collaborator. In 2012 Head for the Hills released their first live record (Live). Captured in high fidelity sound & culled from 5 great nights in Colorado, Live is just that; the band live and unadorned, performing favorite original material and select covers. Here are a few of the things people all over the country have been saying about Head for the Hills: “Cutting edge” Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon); “Head for the Hills possesses that secret ingredient,” Ryan Dembinsky (Glide Magazine, Hidden Track); “Critics Picks-What we think you should hear at SxSW,” (Austin Statesman/360.com); “Summer Stars” (Relix Magazine); “Fiery and precise – what modern bluegrass should be,” City Weekly (Salt Lake City, UT); “A very modern indie rock approach to bluegrass,” Daily Herald (Provo, UT); “Colorado Neo-bluegrassers Head for the Hills combine old and new and carry the torch for a new generation,” Ryan Heinsius (Flagstaff Live); “Rising stars of the acoustic string scene,” (BluegrassLA); “The band is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with many of their predecessors, and in the process creating their chapter in the ever-continuing story of bluegrass,” (Marquee Magazine); “Reshaping the genre as a whole,” Sam Sanborn (Oregon Music News); “The name Head for the Hills connotes hightailing it, running away. Yeah right. From the growing crowd of fans in hot pursuit,” Susan Viebrock (Telluride Inside & Out); “Supremely satisfying,” Eric Podolsky (Jambase.com).
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Thu, Oct 27 - 8pm - $10
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.
Purple Rain. It was a movie. It was an album. It was a song. And together, they transformed a moderately successful R’n’B singer into an international sensation.Prince had only just made his recording debut a few years earlier. But with his first “live” (not lip-synced) TV appearance on The Midnight Special, dancing assuredly with blow-dried hair, bikini pants, thigh-high boots, and a guitar casually slung over his shoulder, the artist we came to know and admire was already fully formed: the electrifying androgyny, the falsetto melodies, and that irresistibly funky beat.The man knew the power of image. As the era of MTV dawned, Prince’s video for “Little Red Corvette” helped break down racial barriers on the network as it broke his music to legions of new fans. (Who can forget his dance moves complete with those effortless splits?) Seeing the potential of creating an entire movie to go with his songs, Prince instructed his managers to find someone who would help him create a film to go with his next album…or he would find new managers who would.It was a demand that paid off handsomely. Purple Rain earned back its $7.2 million investment its first weekend and went on to gross over $80 million worldwide. The accompanying soundtrack album Purple Rain sold 1.5 million copies its debut week and has racked up sales of over 22 million copies to date. And the song? “Purple Rain” has been heralded by Rolling Stone as one of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” championed by Q magazine as one of “The 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks,” and honored by Pitchfork Media as “The Best Song of the 1980s.”For our October 27th show, Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to the artist now and forever known as Prince. With our opening set, we’ll trace the career of this legendary artist from his debut recordings through the success of his album 1999. Then with our second set, we’ll perform Purple Rain in its entirety and follow it with encores selected from throughout his amazing career. As always, the music will be accompanied by stories about the songs and about the musicians who brought them to life.For this performance, Great Moments in Vinyl will be led by master of ceremonies and bassist, William Lindsey Cochran, with an ensemble of stellar Chicago talent including vocalist Bill Brickey, guitarist Richard Pettengill, keyboard player Dan Moulder, drummer Lenny Marsh, and more.
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Fri, Oct 28 - 9pm - $10
Bryan Doherty bends the bass into something rarely heard, but entirely worth the price of admission." So says All Music Guide, and they're right: Much like Doherty's brilliant bass playing, his band Hood Smoke blends soul and pop a la Rufus, David Byrne or The Band, while managing to sound unique. Hood Smoke's line-up reads like a "who's who" of Chicago music masters, including Michael Caskey on drums, Chris Siebold on guitar, Rob Clearfield on keys and singer Sarah Marie Young (Quincy Jones, Paco de Lucia.) Young's voice will no doubt turn heads with its uncanny combination of grit and precision. Her voice and her bandmates' undeniable chops make Hood Smoke's album, Laid Up In Ordinary, a must-hear release of 2013.
SDW (Super Doppler Wars) is a band from Chicago, borne from a generation with access to all of Earth’s recorded music. The group's "Sci-Fi Soul" sound is a furious blend of punk, electro and soul. In late 2016, SDW will release Salvo Beat, its second EP in two years. The group is no stranger to Martyrs' and will once again bring its psychedelic brand of musical decimation to the stage. Eardrums beware.
Innovative multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer Cole Williams has expandedher repertoire to reflect an increasingly eclectic assortment of creative endeavors that representher original sound and vibe. Cole has toured heavily with funk band Pimps of Joytime, and offered her vocal stylings totracks by Joey Bada$$, Chiddy Bang, Aloe Blacc, Little Jackie, Lisa Lisa and The Cult Jam,Diane Birch, Somi, Kaissa, Dana Fuchs and Neurotic Drum Band. She’s also performed withmany of these artists on television shows such as Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, GoodMorning America, Live With Kelly & Michael, and The Today Show. Recently, Cole Williams moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans, and established herself in theNOLA scene with sold-out shows at the famed Maple Leaf Bar. She is presently a choir directorand songwriting instructor with Community Works of New Orleans, an ASCAP affiliated writerand publisher, and WWOZ radio host. In 2016 she performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. On June 3, 2016, Cole releases her fourth studio album, Sin City - The Mixtape, off her labelThat’s My Worldwide LLC. Entirely composed, produced, arranged, and written by the artistherself, the LP explores composition, texture and storytelling as she covers the dichotomies oflife. The album’s first single, “Single Black Femelle,” explores the many faces of false friendshipand conveys a message about learning from experiences so you can let go and move forward.
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Sat, Oct 29 - 9pm - $20
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For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which heco-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent toTalib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's rousing new solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting usto bear witness ashe both literally and metaphorically finds his voice.
The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept-secret among New York City concertgoers since the band’s formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever-substantiated reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin, to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.
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Sun, Nov 6 - 8pm - $18adv/$20door