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Fri, Oct 20 - 9pm - $15
What do you do with more than a century of combined rock experience, including everything from playing the greasiest punk rock hellholes and sleeping on some of the saddest couches in the midwest to appearances on network television and and sold-out national tours? What do you do with a mental warehouse of music that houses the golden era of AM radio singles, roots rock chestnuts, new wave janglers, campfire classics, TV show themes, early ‘60s rave-ups, songs your parents know and love, made-up-on-the-spot idiotic jams and more? Well, in this case, you assemble four dudes of the same age and hairline and you put together a band called Expo’76.
The Total Pro Horns are: Max Crawford- trumpet, arranger, Dave Smith- saxaphone, Justin Amolsch- trombone
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Sat, Oct 21 - 9:30pm - $5
2 FOR 1 tickets. Enter THINLIZZY at checkout and your name will be at the door good for 2 tickets for every 1 purchased.You know you LOVE THIN LIZZY! Tin Lynott is BACK!! THIN LIZZY from Ireland, led by Phil Lynott, were one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Tin Lynott digs deep into the catalogue for two sets featuring Dan Leali, Steve Doyle, Brian Wilkie, Chris Winters, Aidan O’Toole & Ray Quinn
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Mon, Oct 23 - 8pm - $40adv/$50door
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Rafet El Roman is a popular Turkish musician and actor.
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Tue, Oct 24 - 8pm - $7
Dramaglider is an unsigned pop/folk/jazz/alternative rock band that has been playing small clubs and venues around Chicago since the Spring of 2016. The band has been described as "an illegitimate lovechild of Blondie and The Smashing Pumpkins meets the cousins of Earth Wind & Fire and Radiohead outside a Lilith Fair parking lot where Sade and Tori Amos are selling delicious cupcakes from the trunk of a car." Made up of Emily Anderson (lead singer/keyboards/oboe), Hobbes Pirakitti, (guitar, keyboard), Neil Klemz, (guitar), George Tsiones (Bass) Trever Hawley (Drums), and Candice Latimer (Harmonies, aux percussion), Dramaglider's members write, collaborate and perform throughout the Chicagoland area, relishing the rare gift of having such a friendly bunch of musical artists who enjoy the challenges of creating music that they love, and sharing that music with others.
Ooraloo is a five-piece band who enjoy equal parts art and pop. We love you. /or-ah-loo/
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Thu, Oct 26 - 8pm - $12
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
There’s a telling moment in a video interview where George Michael talks about what has driven his success. “It’s not the something extra that makes a star. It’s the something missing.” Michael grew up overweight and struggling with acne in an unremarkable corner of London when, like so many adolescents before him, he saw music offering him a way out. Fueled by his dreams, at age 18, Michael started the pop duo Wham! with his musical partner Andrew Ridgeley. They were soon vying with Duran Duran and Culture Club for status as the #1 pop band in Britain. By age 22, the young man who felt something missing had written a series of chart-topping singles for his band and guided the group to sell an astonishing 28 million records in just four years’ time. But still he hungered for more. And so George Michael launched his solo career in search of the recognition as a serious songwriter that he felt had eluded him. Success was immediate. Faith, the first George Michael solo album, delivered no less that six Top 5 singles, and went on to sell 28 million copies around the world, 10 million of them here in the U. S. By the age of 25, he was an international superstar. For our next performances, Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to George Michael at the peak of his fame by celebrating his landmark album Faith and reveling in its more introspective follow up Listen Without Prejudice. Plus, we’ll guiltlessly enjoy some of the best moments of his days with Wham! Just like George Michael himself believed, “You got to have faith!” And so we will!
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Fri, Oct 27 - 9pm - $15
Born in New Orleans, John "Papa" Gros has spent more than a quarter-century championing the music of the Big Easy. He's played it all — New Orleans funk, rock & roll, jazz, blues, Americana, pop/rock, and he swirls those styles into a genre-bending gumbo that pays tribute to his influences while still pushing ahead into new territory. Like Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, Gros is a proud local who carries on the tradition of New Orleans music, both honoring its past and helping to shape its future. After kicking off his career as an organist and pianist, for George Porter Jr.’s Runnin’ Pardners, during the 1990s, Gros formed the funk group Papa Grows Funk in 2000. The band held down a weekly performance at the famous Maple Leaf Bar for 13 years, mixing the smooth sophistication of a jazz quintet with the wild, anything-goes spirit of Mardi Gras. Fans and tourists crowded the bar every Monday night, looking for Papa Grows Funk to dish out a greasy, groove-heavy serving of Big Easy funk. The band delivered, releasing six critically-acclaimed albums, including Needle in the Groove, which was co-produced by Nola legend Allen Toussaint, and a 2015 live record that captured Papa Grows Funk’s last Monday night at the Maple Leaf Bar. Through touring around the world, they carried the torch of New Orleans' music scene to far-flung places. Papa Grows Funk called it quits in 2013. Gros (pronounced "grow") kept playing music, landing work as a sideman for many Nola artists, including Better Than Ezra, Anders Osborne, The Metermen, Raw Oyster Cult, and Bonerama, and playing organ during a pair of all-star tributes to Dr. John and the Neville Brothers. Finally, Gros began focusing once again on his solo career, which he'd kicked off in 2004 with the album Day's End, and by prepping a second solo record that focuses on the full range of his musical influences and abilities. He's been a sideman. A bandleader. A frontman. A solo artist. A singer. An instrumentalist. The roles have been varied, but the goal remains the same: to honor the music he's been living his whole life, and to add his own page to New Orleans' history book.
CRISP's humble beginnings date back to August of 2013, when Elburn, IL native Kevin McMahon (bass player/band leader/composer and arranger) moved back to Illinois after a living in New Orleans for the previous five years. Upon his return to the Chicagoland area, he had a goal in mind; to assemble a band of like-minded, talented musicians to compose and perform original Funk/Jazz/Fusion music, in a time when DJ's and tribute bands rule the landscape of modern nightlife entertainment. Through various professional relationships and personal friendships, Kevin is honored to have secured the talents of Stewart Ream: Keyboards/Vocals, Constantine Alexander: Trumpet, Ian Letts: Saxophones, Joel Ream: Guitar/Vocals, and Greg Essig: Drums, to our line up of sensational musicians. Over time, CRISP has come to embody Fusion driven composition with open improvisation. Or as we prefer, PROGRESSIVE FUNK with WEIRD LYRICS...ENJOY
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Sat, Oct 28 - 9pm - $8adv/$10door
The Cells are a Chicago-based band featuring Cory Hance, Johnny Furman, Randy Payne, and Dave Suh. Begun in 1997, the Cells have released two albums, "We Can Replace You" on Orange Recordings in 2002, and "Mayday" on Old Reliable Records in 2006.Past members of the Cells include Pat McIntyre, Brede Hovland, Rick Ness, Mark Doyle, Skid Marks, Joshua James, Bob Rising, Zack Snyder, Kevin Hoetger, and their producer/recording engineer Andy Gerber of Million Yen Studios.Cory, Johnny and Randy "re-activated" the Cells in 2015 for a reunion show after a several-year hiatus, and had a really good time. They invited their old friend, singer-guitarist Dave Suh, to join the band in the summer of 2016. They plan to play new shows and create new music, and invite other past members to join in when they can.
Craftwerc is artisanal recreations/merciless slaughters of popular (?) 70s and 80s synthpop by Blair, Polonsky, St Cyr and Zelenko.
John San Juan is a singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist who - in addition to leading and fronting local power trio Hushdrops for a small eternity - has also played with the likes of Liam Hayes, Kevin Tihista, Webb Brothers and many more. Tonight he debuts his new band.
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Mon, Oct 30 - 8pm - $7
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
There’s a source in rock n roll music, a well from which most of the great musicians and songwriters have drank deeply. Born in the Mississippi delta and raised on the streets of Chicago’s south side, The Blues is often recognized as the source. The Black Oil Brothers draw from the same well our heroes have, but what comes out is invariably our own. Utilizing everything we can beg borrow or steal – acoustic, electric and resonator steel guitars, banjos, harmonicas, mandolins, drums, shakers, 3-part harmonies – we create the music that let’s your ears know that there ain’t a damn thing wrong with the sound of a good man feeling bad. Such is the blues. Finding outlets in music that turns heartbreak into ass shake. Such is the music of The Black Oil Brothers and it very well may be saving our souls. Let us save yours.
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Tue, Oct 31 - 8pm - $12
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
Murley has been a part of the Chicago music scene since 2005, performing at nearly every city venue and countless city festivals in the Chicagoland area. Fusing blues, rock, and never turning away from a deep-groove jam, their music has been featured in independent films, podcasts, station IDs, and on the area’s largest FM radio station 93.1 WXRT. All members hail from the northwest suburbs, and come from families with rich musical histories. Guitarists Scott Burdsall and Ryan Curtis, drummer David Wilson, and bassist Herf Yamaya have played hundreds of shows over the 10 year history of the band, and many more as regular gigging musicians on the scene. In 2015 they return to the studio to record the follow-up to their 2014 EP release “Missing Time”, and begin a #MurleyMondays campaign to keep all their followers in the loop on what’s happening with the band.
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Wed, Nov 1 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Nov 2 - 8pm - $7
By infusing 1950's-inspired rock n' roll with an edgy, modern twist, Chicago-based foursome, Them Guilty Aces breaks down the barriers of tradition. Featuring stylized, rockabilly undertones and cool, melodic beats, TGA creates a dynamic sound and a unique showcase. With lively favorites, upbeat B-sides of the past, and powerful original tunes, TGA gets the crowd onto the dance floor every time.
The Belvederes: Raised on a healthy diet of Garage Rock, Power-Pop, Roots, Red-Hot Rockabilly, Honky-Tonk and Soul -- John Ford (lead vocals, guitar), Joe Alonzo (drums, vocals) and Tyler Kock (bass guitar, vocals) came together during the early months of 2011, and presented a simple, clear-cut mission statement: Make people feel good. And when presented with such a task, we believe there's nothing quite like the incredible gift of Rock & Roll music. We also firmly believe that if you're gonna do this, you better do it right and give the audience MORE than what they paid for. Dynamic playing, tight three-part harmonies, dance floor-friendly energy and lots of love are what you can expect to experience at a Belvederes show. So get in on this rockin' dance party! Ya won't be sorry!
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Fri, Nov 3 - 8:30pm - $10adv/$12door
Hailing from the city of Chicago, Lovejoy is a 6-piece band that consists of Duncan Lee (guitar/ lead vocals), David Matthews (Drums), Cal Froikin (keyboards), Zach Bridgman (bass), Kris Hansen (trumpet/backup vocals/auxiliary), and Sam Lubliner (guitar). Lovejoy recently released their debut record titled The Girl From The Crystal Cave which channels a unique blend of sounds from across the musical spectrum, with influences by acts such as The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Strokes, and Otis Redding. Their psychedelic, soulful infusion of rock n’ roll puts powerful melodies over vibrant instrumental textures that move seamlessly from tight grooves to swirling dreamscapes. These multi-faceted elements are equally as present through a pair of speakers as they are on the dancefloor. One of Lovejoy’s key missions is to infuse art with entertainment. The Girl From The Crystal Cave is a concept album that translates the emotions of lost love through recurring metaphors that transform in significance and meaning as the album progresses. Whether you’re a native Chicagoan or a just a musicophile looking for your next big fix, Lovejoy is surely a band to keep on your radar.
Singer/songwriter Max Subar aims to remain bound to his midwestern roots with songs that radiate closeness and warmth. Growing up, his mother’s old nylon guitar became a familiar friend in the wake of moving to Australia and back as well as his parents’ divorce. Max’s grounded relationship to songwriting has helped shed light on his own experiences and struggles; from euphoric intimacy to the isolation of depression and anxiety. His debut EP reflects upon themes of love, loss, and reflection. ‘In a Dream’ is out now.
Nashville's Kid Freud is the scuzzy brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Alex Tomkins, bassist Kurt Krafft & drummer Daniel Closser. Their fun, uptempo garage pop has drawn comparisons to brit pop acts like The Kooks and The Arctic Monkeys, while adding glam elements akin to Bowie and T. Rex. They’ve garnered a following in Nashville and have shared bills with The Weeks, DMA’s, Broncho & more. With sparks of tender self awareness buried within burnout anthems and rock n' roll bangers, these boys regularly leave people singing along after the music stops.
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Sat, Nov 4 - 9pm - $8
Where's Fernando? is alternative rock band that fuses 90's grunge rock with the subtitles of jazz and funk, channeling the sounds of Smashing Pumpkins, System of a Down and Nirvana, while maintaining a sense of classic rock. Where's Fernando? strives to create music that pushes the sonic boundaries of popular music, while reintroducing sincerity in their lyrics
Marvin Stumbles are a Chicago based band who pledge allegiance to the groove every morning, noon, and night. They muster all their might, all night, to deliver a healthy dose of melty soul music, psychedelic blues jams, & liquid-hot funk sauce straight to your plate for a full on chunky funkaphonic feast.
With nearly a quarter century worth of friendship between them, the members of Highway English conjure up a sound that is not only comfortable but also hauntingly familiar. Ranging from the rock n' roll stylings of Bruce Springsteen to Paul Westerberg, you might find yourself saying, "I've heard this before," while they maintain an original, yet edgy sound. Michael, Matthew, Brian, and Mike look forward to sharing with you the music they are continuously creating.
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Tue, Nov 7 - 8pm - $25
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Ever since the release of her debut solo album Ya Nass (2013), Yasmine Hamdan's personal, modern take on Arabic pop has been getting tremendous attention in Europe and America, as well as in North Africa and the Middle East (where she's enjoyed iconic stature since the days of Soapkills, the duet she had founded in her native Beirut, which was one of the first indie/electronic bands in the Middle East). From televised news shows to glamourous magazines, a spectacularly broad spectrum of European media have fallen in love with her moving voice, seductive personality and outspoken stance. She's performed prestigious shows on four continents (including a series of performances for the launch of the Jim Jarmusch movie "Only Lovers Left Alive", in which she's featured singing, onscreen, in one of the film's most memorable scenes). While Yasmine's vocals are definitely connected to traditions of Arabic music (to which she takes an unconventional and fresh approach), the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes, and take in elements from contemporary Western electronic, pop and folk music. Her unique vision is fully realized in her upcoming second solo album, provisionally entitled "Al Jamilat" ("The Beautiful Ones"), which she jointly produced with UK producers Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Lily Allen) and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Carl Barät), and recorded with contributions from NY musicians Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, John Zorn, Marc Ribot) and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley.
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Wed, Nov 8 - 8pm - $7
The Jungle' - "Their sound is big, their songs are epic" - Joe Fedorco, Producer. Blasting club-style original Americana blues-tinged rock, alt-pop and gritty jangle under literate lyrics, the music consistently charts a course between appealing to a familiar American tradition and opening a fresh cut edge. A Jungle composition is full of darkness and hope, mixing poetry, anger and longing and a heady stream of haunting melody. Jungle' is a mid-western band who's played on shows with Dawes, Jackson Brown and Purgatory Hill. They've just completed their first studio CD "Devil's Work" available on iTunes, Loudr and Spotify
MaMa JiMi represents elemental, unconditional love from Mama's/Papa's/Friends!
Jake Mack is an Americana and blues-based Rock artist out of Chicagoland specializing in original material and select covers. Heavily influenced by artists like The Who, Chris Whitley, Jason Isbell, and Sam & Dave, he ties these diverse styles together to create music that is gritty and soulful, yet at times, cleanly defined and refined.
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Thu, Nov 9 - 7:30pm - $12
In December 2014, Daptone Records celebrated its 20th anniversary with a three-night revue at the Apollo Theater, the first multi-night residency at the historic Harlem hall since James Brown did it in the ’70s. Anchored by galvanizing performances by Antibalas, Budos Band, Como Mamas, and the dearly departed Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, this concert film/documentary blend tells the Daptone story in words and music and captures the family dynamic driving this funk/soul powerhouse.96 minutesUSA, 2017Directed by Jeff Broadway and Cory Bailey
Originally known for her stand-out guest features for Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, Lili K established herself as a knockout solo star with the April 2015 release of her self-produced, full-length debut album RUBY. She’s done numerous TV appearances on ABC and FOX, has performed at major festivals including Made In America, North Coast Music Festival, and Pitchfork, and has garnered glowing praise from VIBE, Huffington Post, EW, Consequence of Sound, and many more top-tier music tastemakers. Jay Z’s entertainment streaming service Tidal dubbed Lili as their very first “Tidal Rising” artist, and the Chicago Reader named her “Best Jazz Musician” in 2015.After taking a step out of the spotlight to record her second album Planet of Flowers with The Lili K Band, Lili returned with exciting new visuals and projects. In November 2016, Lili released the single "Magic" via Mass Appeal. A song that combats sexism and misogyny, "Magic" has since been shared and promoted by rape crisis centers, domestic violence centers, and universities. In 2017, Lili landed a recurring role as a background vocalist on Season 3 of Fox's hit show Empire, and has been busy behind the scenes doing songwriting and vocal production for artists like The Suffers and Dafina Zeqiri.Lili and the Lili K Band are currently working on their second studio album, Planet of Flowers. It is slated to release in 2018.
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Fri, Nov 10 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Since they first came together at a 3 a.m. jam at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012, the Nth Power have been defying and redefining all the conventions of what a band can be.This is a powerhouse quartet of world class players, ones who have powered the music of icons like Beyonce, Chaka Khan, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Big Daddy Kane, funk innovator Maceo Parker, Groovechild, jazz greats Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison to name a few. Their sound fearlessly crosses genres – marrying funky soul, rock, R&B, jazz, Gospel, folk and World Beat with improvisational chops that can match any collective on the jazz and jam band scenes.Though a slate of nearly 150 gigs, The Nth Power has generated a huge following among open-minded music lovers, critics and the toughest of all audiences, their fellow musicians.And while this virtuoso,groove-heavy unit can stretch out with the best of them, what will become apparent with the Fall 2015 release of their first full-length CD, “Abundance,” is their disciplined and infectious song craft. Recorded at the Music Shed in New Orleans with Chaka Khan/Kylie Minogue/’N Sync producer Ira Schickman at the helm, “Abundance”demonstrate show The Nth Power can harness their instrumental prowess and diverse influences into hook-heavy, radio-friendly slices – direct, refined, emotive, memorable tunes that harken to the best of their many influences, from Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire and Sly Stone to The Roots, Maxwell and Steely Dan.
Multi-Grammy Award winning artists Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth take percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note. World renown for their ongoing catalog with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into a celebration of music in all its forms. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, J Dilla, and the Beastie Boys, all the way to folkloric West African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian samba grooves. Ghost-Note’s impressive rotating roster of heavy hitters combine their decades of experience to create a night of unforgettable musical madness. Band members include Sylvester Onyejiaka (Prince, Quantic) on flute, tenor, and baritone sax, Jonathan Mones (Funky Knuckles, RC and the Gritz) on flute, alto, and tenor saxophone, A.J. Brown (Fred Hammond) on bass, internet star Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas (Prince) on bass and guitar, Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy) on keyboards, Daniel Jones (Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake) on keyboards, Nick Werth (Galaxe, Yak Attack) on xylosynth, Mike Jelani Brooks (Kirk Franklin, RC & the Gritz) on tenor saxophone, and Alvin Ford Jr. (Pretty Lights, Dumpstaphunk) on drums. Ghost-Note’s first record, Fortified, which debuted at #1 on the ITunes Jazz charts in 2015, not only showcases Searight and Werth’s unique duo approach to rhythm, but it also highlights a phenomenal community of Dallas musicians. Fortified includes features by Shaun Martin, N'Dambi, Mark Lettieri, Caleb McCampbell, Jason “JT” Thomas, RSVP, and Nick Werth, and guest appearances by Cleon Edwards, Taron Lockett, Marcelo Woloski, Wes Stephenson, Bob Lanzetti, A.J. Brown, and Sylvester Onyejiaka. In addition to touring across the United States, the band is also working on their second album to be released in fall 2017. Ghost-Note is an instrumental explosion like you’ve never heard before — prepare yourselves for a neck breaking and booty shaking night that will keep you on your feet all night long.
Dywane Thomas, Jr. also known as MonoNeon, is an American bassist and experimental musician. He is known for his presence on YouTube playing bass guitar and known for being one of the last people to work with Prince. Thomas also played with Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Ne-Yo, on his fourth studio album. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. While Thomas is right-handed, he plays left-handed upside down on a right-handed bass guitar, which allows him to use heavy string bending on the upper strings. Thomas' slapping style/technique is unique because he is executing everything upside-down, but he still uses the thumb for slaps and fingers for pops. He also uses fingers and palm muting to create a warm, muffled timbre and have a little more control over the length of notes. In a free/improvisational setting, listeners may hear the use of Indian melodic inflections/embellishments in his playing, including the use of gamakas. Another attribute in Thomas' playing style is the use of randomness and personal mistakes in performance, eventually moving the mistakes from meaningless to meaningful. Thomas' overall playing style on bass can be described as "funky with unusual characteristics". Even musicians like Marcus Miller have noticed his playing style. His musical background is heavily influenced by southern soul, blues and funk. In a Bass Player magazine interview, Miller mentioned Thomas as one of several "young bad cats" he has met on the scene. In 2009, Thomas was featured on the GospelChops Bass Sessionz Vol.1 project with Andrew Gouche, Hadrien Feraud, Damian Erskine, Janek Gwizdala, Anthony Nembhard, and Robert "Bubby" Lewis. In 2010, Thomas released several solo albums, including Aleatorick and Indeterminacy. Also in 2010, Thomas played bass on the Libra Scale album by Grammy Award-winning artist Ne-Yo, and the album Directions by Forest Won with Georgia Anne Muldrow. In 2012, Thomas joined David Fiuczynski and Planet Microjam. Also in 2012, he released his solo avant-garde album, Down-to-Earth Art as MonoNeon. In early 2013, Thomas released an album called Southern Visionary under the pseudonym MonoNeon. He also released an album entitled Uncle Curtis Answered The Lobster Telephone. MonoNeon performed with Sheri Jones-Moffett (2010 Grammy nominee) at the Recording Academy Chapter 40th Anniversary Celebration at Levitt Shell. MonoNeon teamed up with producer Kriswontwo to release an EP called WEON. July 2014, MonoNeon made his debut performance as the bassist for Screaming Headless Torsos at Jalisco Jazz Festival in Mexico. In 2015 MonoNeon began playing bass with Prince and his protégé, Judith Hill. Some of the live shows have been at Paisley Park. On 11 January 2016, Tidal released the track Ruff Enuff by MonoNeon, only four and a half days after its initial recording. The instrumental track features Prince as producer and on keyboards. The following day, the track was replaced with a vocal version with lead vocals on vocoder by Adrian Crutchfield. The linernotes provided with the track state: "You may recognize Kirk A Johnson on drums, MonoNeon on bass and Adrian Crutchfield on sax and electric woodwinds as the house band 4 Prince’s Paisley Park After Dark Jam Sessions. Well, that’s not all they do. 4 the past week they’ve been cutting basic trax 4 their as yet untitled debut album. With Prince producing and handling the keyboard & guitar duties, the set promises 2 b picking up right where Judith Hill’s BACK IN TIME left off. These brothas murder the funk! Normally they wouldn’t let a track out until it’s finished, but this one had 2 go! It was ruining everybody’s good loox. If U think U can resist the funk, check out the key change of Mono’s bass solo at near 4 o'clockmark."
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Sat, Nov 11 - 8pm - $20
Dark Star Originals: DSO 20 year class reunion! Featuring John Kadlecik, Mike Maraat, Kevin Rosen, Ahmer Nizam, and special guest John Kattke. An evening of Grateful Dead Music with original members of the Dark Star Orchestra to commemorate their first performance at Martyrs on 11/11/97.
Six Strings of Separation tells a story about music, instruments, and the moments that connect us all. In 1972 a young bass player named Tom Lieber set out from New York City to the Bay Area with the dream of building himself a bass like his hero Jack Cassidy played. He never built that bass for himself. Instead, he went to work for Doug Irwin, famed designer of guitars for Jerry Garcia and found himself a witness to one of the most important moments in rock history. The documentary tells the story of those guitars, Tom's later career as a respected luthier, and how he commemorated the Dead's 50th anniversary in 2015 by building a run of exclusive custom guitars modeled on Jerry's classic axes.
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Sun, Nov 12 - 7pm - $8
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Underground Film Night: NUT CRACKER N25 and Other Assorted Cracked NutsErik Larson began creating films on Super-8 film in the early 1980s, recruiting friends and family to act out his dark comedies. Now, 30+ years later, the band is back together, presenting the newest project: A campy holiday horror sequel, NUT CRACKER N25: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS LATER. On the same program will be the original 1990 short NUT CRACKER, which inspired the evening.Join us for a trip and fall down memory lane, all leading up to the premiere of the newest film, where Larson and gang will show clips from features, short films and music videos. Weird and wacky scenes from such underground hits as DOOR MAT, METER GIRLS, KAFIEND, GRAHAM CRACKERS and many more.This is a one-time, one-night only event with limited seating.
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Mon, Nov 13 - 8pm - $10
A night of the classic Memphis soul of Al Green, played by a who's who of Chicago rock, jazz, and soul musicians. Bill Brickey leads acoustic soul group Wood Bone & Steel as well as heading ShooBooty Productions and organizing the Elastic Arts concert series. Steve Dawson is well known on the Chicago music scene as leader of Dolly Varden and Funeral Bonzai Wedding, and has just co-authored the songwriter’s how-to Take It to the Bridge with Mark Caro. Alton Smith has played for years with bands like Ann Fermin’s Trigger Gospel and Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots. John Mead leads his own band as well as numerous tribute projects. Gros Ngolle Pokossi has played bass as leader and sideman on several continents. Lenny Marsh plays with everyone, including jazz/gospel group Come Sunday. Award-winner Chris Greene leads his own band and has recently released the acclaimed Boundary Issues. Jack Cassidy has played, toured, and recorded extensively, and like many of the other musicians here, teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
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Tue, Nov 14 - 9pm - $10
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includes Jim Boukas - guitar, Kris Nowak - guitar, Duff Driscoll - upright, Eric Lambert - guitar, Matt Arendt - guitar, Ben Wright - banjo, Jason Berger - mando, Steve Haberichter - mando, Pat Lyons - mando/dobro, Tom Murray - fiddle, Wavy Dave - banjo, Greg Morland - mando, Dan Andree - fiddle, Spencer Savoie - banjo, Grateful Gary - upright bass, James Chrzan - keys, Mike Krieglstein - upright bass, and more!
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Thu, Nov 16 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
Orgone (Orgōne). Noun. 1. A universal life force. 2. A cosmic unit of energy. 3. The creative force in nature. Now and always, Orgone delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feel and shoves you wantingly onto the dance floor. It all started with two kids from the San Fernando Valley, whose shared affinity for gritty soul records of the 60s and 70s collided with the colorful music cultures brewing in Los Angeles during the late 90s. That friendship sparked a movement, and Orgone has been delivering nothing but gold to the funk faithful ever since. “We intend our music to have an inhibitioncanceling effect,” founding guitarist Sergio Rios explains. “It speaks to those who may have wallflower tendencies encouraging everyone to own the freakiness that lives inside them, and enjoy the spotlight for a little while. Sometimes it takes a nudge to let go and get on the dance floor. And sometimes it takes a big 'ol push... a love shove, if you will. And we're well versed in those." Fearless vocalist Adryon de León elevates the octet’s soulfulness to intoxicating new levels on Orgone's latest studio album, Beyond The Sun . Dubbed "stank face inducing glory" by Okayplayer , the record is a lightning rod of inspiration for a new generation of funk music lovers.
Sneezy is a Fusion Rock band from Chicago, IL that draws its innovative sound from Rock, Hip-Hop, and Soul influences. Sneezy’s seven members have been building musical chemistry together for over a decade. Live performances are best characterized by engulfing grooves, crowd interaction, and occasional freak dancing! A loyal fan base stretches across Illinois where the band has supported national touring acts as well as headlined at major venues, colleges and universities. Find out more by searching #SneezyMusic.
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Fri, Nov 17 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” - free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band’s debut album, produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX, is available now, wherever music is sold.
Great Sky Band is the genesis of many years of playing and writing music in and around the Chicago area. The band has grown from the former Pistachio Brothers Band into a super group with a four piece lineup of seasoned musicians.
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Mon, Nov 20 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Nov 21 - 8pm - $10
A Chicago Based Jerry Garcia Band Tribute featuringSteve Johnson - Keyboards, Bob Lait - Guitar/Vocal, Paul Maczka - Drums, Kari McDonough - Vocals, and special guests!
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Wed, Nov 22 - 9pm - $10
Hodie Snitch plays the songs you know and love from the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Jones, David Allen Coe, Hank Williams Jr, Charlie Daniels, and the list goes on and on.
Through barroom bands and brawls, drunken misadventures, illegal activities, terrible horsemanship and some charismatic gun play, the Pistoleros came to the attention of a gruesome creature (feared by all, loved by none) known only as "Cochino". Cochino surrounds himself with the best of the worst. He loves only music, liquor, guns, weed and women (in that order). In his travels he discovered a band whose players had all the most detestable qualities: the Pistoleros. He hired them to be the house band in his favorite brothel: the Dry Gulch Saloon. Out of the smoke stained walls, beer soaked floors and dim, sweaty bedrooms came the sounds of none other than the likes of Cochino y los Pistoleros. The rest is stuff of legend and history in the making. (tall tales included)
Wild Earp takes you on a road trip across Americana, taking his time along those country roads and learning some bad habits in the city. His songs are of a man who’s spent too much time alone in the forest, the prairie, the mountains, the desert, and the barroom. With a respectful nod to the old masters and a defiant scoff at the purists, Earp croons his country tunes, and mixes those pensive trail songs with jumping rockabilly, spirited bluegrass, and ventures into the dark corners of folk. His lyrics thread traditional tales of heartache, sinful living, and celebration seamlessly with social commentary and absurdism. There’s wit, wisdom, woe, and a wild streak that keeps you guessing.
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Fri, Nov 24 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Kick the Cat is Chicago's most highly acclaimed fusion ensemble. Since forming in 1996, the band has been wowing audiences with their high energy shows. Their compositions are grounded in the traditions of jazz, rock and funk and feature complex harmony, odd time signatures, and extended improvisations. The group's spontaneity and uncanny communication make each of their live performances a unique adventure in interactive music-making.
Kevin Mileski is a unique finger-style guitarist and a strong thoughtful vocalist. He has touched the hearts of all kinds of music fans and professionals world-wide. His music has been heard all over the world on various public, commercial, satellite, and online radio stations as well as various TV placements including Grey’s Anatomy. Kevin has released four full-length albums to date – all have received high praise from critics everywhere and within all genres. Through a strong touring schedule out of Colorado and Chicago over many years, he has earned the respect of fans and professionals alike. He has performed in almost every state in the country. Whether an intimate solo show or a small band, it’s a good story wrapped in a percussive and thoughtful composition. Although his music has won over many fans not previously intrigued with the genre, he is also recognized for his comedy and wit in his live performances. “What won me over was his witty, engaging presence and incredible melodic sensibility”, states a Colorado music critic of Kevin’s live performance. "He has the ability to take you on an emotional journey through musical composition and stories." Kevin has graced the stages at some of the best venues in the country including, most notably, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. He has composed pieces for such prestigious dance organizations as Giordano Dance Chicago and the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. He has opened for and shared shows with many large touring acts such as Peter Mulvey, Brendan James, Sam Bush, Rusted Root, Little Feat, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dave Barnes, Dick Prall, Michael McDermott, & Gaelic Storm. He was voted a top 5 finalist in the 2006 and 2011 Independent Music Awards. Kevin was one of only 12 people chosen to perform at the the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival as a second alternate and one of a handful of honorable mentions in the 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Competition. Kevin has been featured on many independent recordings, has teamed up with numerous professional performers, and has made his niche as a background vocalist all over the country for many notable recording artists. He was voted in as a top 50 semi-finalist in the Independent Music World Series 2004 by TAXI for his album "Which Way Did He Turn?" which has sold over 2000 copies in the last four years. The 2006 release of "Through The Window" has resulted in Kevin's induction into the Independent Artists Registry. His music has been featured on Musicmatch.com, MP3.com, Audio Lunchbox, XM Radio, Whole Wheat Radio, Pandora, Spotify, and Touchtunes Jukeboxes. It has been heard on public and commercial radio stations across the country. Kevin is a member of ASCAP, PMA, and the Independent Artists Registry. He is an endorsing artist of Yairi guitars and Elixir Strings although neither company knows it. He just likes their products.
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Mon, Nov 27 - 8pm - $7
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
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Tue, Nov 28 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Thu, Nov 30 - 8pm - $10
Miss Remember is a rock band that rocks 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 various bands in various circles of the Chicago music scene (District 97, Hood Smoke, Hey Champ, Goran Ivanovic Trio, Brite Lite, Davy Knowles, Luna, BD and the jackrabbits, Timetables etc…) As a band, they combine sounds from their rock roots with their love of diverse musics from around the city, the country and the world. Dissonant harmony and a unique rhythmic concept are layered with delicate, simplistic melodies. They are children of the 90's, who grew up in the midwest, just striving to write good songs. Miss Remember released their first full length record on the Ears&Eyes label January 13, 2017.
Elle Casazza is many things, but she isn’t “retro.” Sure her music evokes a bygone era, when jazz and soul reigned supreme; granted, her voice commands attention in a way few contemporary singers can claim. But “retro” implies she’s cashing in on a trend, and one listen to her new album “Proof” proves that Elle Casazza is nothing if not authentic. Since 2011 Elle has performed all over Chicago, either solo or with her five piece band. In 2013 she released her first EP “For Your Pleasure.” which has played on numerous radio stations. In 2015 she released three singles: Witness,Rainy Days and Soft & Low. With her latest full album release “Proof,” Elle hopes to “bring authenticity by bringing the live band back to pop music.”
Sarah Marie Young is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician. She was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition and the winner of the 2011 Montreux Voice Competition judged by Quincy Jones, from which she recorded her first full length album "Too Many Februaries" at Balik Farm Studios in Switzerland and performed it at The Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012. After being signed by the dutch label Snip Records in 2014, Sarah Marie Young released and toured Europe with her second album, "Little Candy Heart". Sarah's latest album, "Recess" was self-produced and released in April 2016.
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Fri, Dec 1 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
What's a Nasty Snack, you ask? It's Tom Selleck standing under a waterfall with a saxophone, eating a ham sandwich. It's Scooby Doo gnawing on a pair of rawhide drumsticks. It's that nasty groove brought to you by nine members of a Chicago funk movement that cannot be stopped! Drawing from influences such as Kool and the Gang, Lettuce, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power, the Snacks have proven to showcase an explosive, horn-driven, pocket-slamming performance at each live show. With a chaotic balance of R&B grooves and freaky horn melodies, the Snacks have developed a sound acclaimed by most as "just nasty!"
Chicago based musician Ben McFadden has been releasing music as “McFabulous” since he first learned how to burn discs on his parents’ desktop PC. From his early bootleg releases of remixes and instrumental beats, the project has evolved into a one-man synth-pop/R&B amusement park act. McFadden’s songs sound like leftover Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis material that’s been given a Max Tundra remix treatment. Lyrically, the songs deal with the nuts-and-bolts of human relationships. Never straying too far from the topic of romance, McFabulous sings about matters of the heart in a way that’s fun and instantly relatable. His earnestly flirty slow jam “I Live Above the Hobby Shop” (from his 2010 EP “Oh, Interesting!”) was featured in the hit webseries High Maintenance, now on HBO. McFabulous truly shines in his live performances, delighting crowds with his combination of auto-tune vocals, throwback beats, and retro synth shredding. Unsuspecting audience members are often left with mouths agape, asking, “What is this and why have I never heard of it?”
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Sat Dec 2 - 12pm - Vendor Reservation - $35
Wanna be a vendor at this awesome fest? Please email kate@martyrslive.com!Join us for our annual festival celebrating St. Nick's scary partner, Krampus! Holiday Artisan Market featuring handcrafted items created by Chicago area artisans. German style food, cold beer and Gluwein. Dress like Krampus and join our annual Krampuslauf at 6pm as we stomp along Lincoln Ave. All ages. Free!
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Sat Dec 2 - 12noon - All ages - FREE
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Join us for our annual festival celebrating St. Nick's scary partner, Krampus! Holiday Artisan Market featuring handcrafted items created by Chicago area artisans. German style food, cold beer and Gluwein. Dress like Krampus and join our annual Krampuslauf at 6pm as we stomp along Lincoln Ave. All ages. Free!
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Sat, Dec 2 - 9pm - $15
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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Tue, Dec 5 - 8pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Thu, Dec 7 - 8pm - $7
In the beginning there was Wraygun... The band started out as a tribute to The Late Great Link Wray, by Phil Tiki and Jack "The Ripper" Conley. I was asked to play bass, for a "one and done" gig, that turned into 2, then 3, and 10 years later... The calls started coming in for bigger gigs, so we supplemented our set with some Surf, and we were on our way. We all met Susie at the same time, she mentioned she played Sax, and was asked to be in the band, real simple. Jack's girlfriend, Shannon (at the time, now his wife), came in on second guitar, shortly afterward, and we had our lineup solidified. This quintet performed for a couple years, until Shannon left, enter Steve Martini...Steve came over from his very successful band, Cocktail Preachers, and, like me, never left. With Steve in the band, we soon changed our name to 13 Tikis, which was a band name Phil used for other things he was doing musically.Shortly after the name change, Jack left, enter Tony Long... Tony played with us for a short time before, naturally he was our first choice to be our new full time drummer. With everything solid again, we hit it hard, playing all over, having fun, like you're supposed to, then... Phil Tiki, the man who put this all together, broke it to us, he was moving to Las Vegas. Not really knowing how to go on without the glue that held this band together, we had to figure something out fast. Enter Justin Collins... We met Justin at a Memorial for a mutual acquaintance, our respective bands were on the bill, and we hit it off. Justin became a fan of the band, coming out to gigs, showing support, so when we needed a guitar player, I gave him a call. Initially, I asked if he was interested in sitting in with us, I didn't tell him Phil was leaving, he said "sit in, or be in the band, because I would really like to be in the band". Without any vetting, Justin was in the band, where he is today. October 21st, 2016, we celebrated 10 years as a band, with the current lineup, as well as Phil Tiki and Jack The Ripper. We have no intentions of stopping anytime soon! I'd also like to give honorable mentions to these fine drummers, for putting time in with this band. Rick Kubic, Leslie Walle-Santos, Grant Ossler, Mark Manzo. There you are, a "short" history of 13 Tikis. -Lorenzo Friday, Bass Guitarist, 13 Tikis.
In concert and over the radio airwaves, Hillbilly IDOL continues to capture new audiences with their catchy and exciting roots influenced repertoire. Hillbilly IDOL draws from the deep, rich well of American music to blend an original hybrid sound they call Town and Country Music.
Kent Rose Roots Duo with Marc Edelstein. “He’s a throwback to the guitar-toting country troubadours of yesteryear and at the same time a product of the rock and roll era, certainly the only performer of his kind in the greater Chicagoland area.” - Bill Dahl, Music Historian and Journalist. To add to his unique sound Kent brings Marc Edelstein (Possum Hollow Boys, Million Dollar Quartet) on stand-up bass and vocal harmonies, including songs from Kent’s latest disc, All That American Night.
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Fri, Dec 8 - 8pm - $10
Minor Characters is an indie act from Chicago whose music is a mixture of well-crafted songwriting, pop sensibility, and a rare earnestness that’s difficult to overlook. The resulting combination is a carefully composed sound with classic pop leanings that ends up sounding both familiar and fresh.
FURR is George Coutretsis and Ryan Quilty. Born out of a love for all things heavy and loud. They like their whiskey cheap and their High Life's cold.
Karl Neurauter is a folk-rock singer & songwriter out of Chicago fascinated with the intimately macabre & telling the story from the bad guy's point of view.
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Sat, Dec 9 - 9pm - $25
The Joe Marcinek Band is an ever evolving mixture of original compositions and incredible musicians. Each show has a slightly different lineup and interpretation. The music is a blend of jazz and funk with a cerebral emphasis on groove and improvisation. They dropped their latest album ‘Slink’ via Hitman Records in December 2016, featuring Bernie Worrell’s (P-Funk, Talking Heads) last recording and produced by Joey Porter (The Motet).
Marty Sammon was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. His encouraging family and Irish culture provided a solid structure for Marty to demonstrate himself as a musical prodigy. Without abandoning his roots and being drawn to music that captures the universal joys/pains of life’s experience, Marty’s natural ability and sincere persona was welcomed into a city that is selective to those musicians that are only proven to be aesthetically true to it’s signature sound. By the age of fifteen, Marty was performing with L.V. Banks and absorbing the sounds and lifestyle of the Chicago Blues scene. Shortly thereafter, fate and opportunity would collide.Marty’s talent was quickly recognized by earning the attention of Phil Guy (Buddy Guy’s younger brother).Phil Guy exposed Marty to a funkier, heavier, soulful side of the Blues; an expression Marty could easily translate. James Montgomery of the Chicago Playboys took immediate notice and introduced Marty to Otis Rush. Marty shared the stage with Otis Rush for five years until he received the call to tour the world and perform with Blues legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Buddy Guy. For almost a decade, Marty has been a member of the “Damn Right Blues Band” and has contributed as a studio musician on Buddy Guy’s most recent recordings.Marty Sammon’s intense playing reaches beyond the basic rules of finger placement and posture at the keyboard; his hands become blurred motions as the rest of his body matches the unpredictability and soul of his improvisation.
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Sat, Dec 16 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Stampy is a mutation of several already established Chicago-scene acts. The diversity of musical styles combined with the longstanding friendships of Stampy's members contributes to a new and upcoming flavor of music that will soon be served at a venue near you.Stampy's sound is produced by an eclectic cast of musicians from Chicago groups In La Kesh, Terrapin Flyer, SMOKER, The Great Sky Band, Doug Shotwell and the Right Hand Band, The Dancehall Twigs, The Dropper, The Localvores, and The Blind Staggers. With influences spanning multiple genres and artists, Stampy's original material travels many musical avenues. From soulful grooves to high energy dual guitar solos, Stampy brings a versatile set to the table that is sure to please a variety of palates. Stampy is about to finish up their debut LP with Treehouse Records, set to release sometime late summer 2016.
World renowned guitar virtuoso, Professor Fareed Haque, recently returned from interstellar pan dimensional time travel to bring 'jazztronica' to earth with his band MathGames! By infusing a musical equation that mixes genres, tempos, melodies and abnormal beats, MathGames! takes you on an innovative musical adventure. Band members Alex Austin (Bass) and Greg Fundis (Drums) provide a funky musical backbone as Kevin Kozol (Keys and Electronics) submerges you in a futuristic groove. Together the band transforms light into sound and takes everyone in the crowd deep into space. While traveling dimensions, Fareed powerfully moves sound in undefined ways by switching styles with his multiple guitars including the mesmerizing Moog guitar. Together, MathGames! breaks down music at fundamental levels and smoothly rearranges it into something never defined before, blending funky jazz and modern instrumentation to take you out of your head and out of this world.
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Tue, Dec 19 - 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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Thu, Dec 21 - 7:30pm - $15
Mike Himebaugh (Hello Dave), Paul Bolger (Mr. Blotto) and Arthur Lee Land together form Hello Mr. Arthur. Born in the taverns of Chicago in the early part of this century these stalwarts of the Chicago music scene brought their voices, guitars and songwriting together to create a harmony that rings with truth and timelessness. It’s a rare occasion (NOT TO BE MISSED) when these three troubadours cross paths and pause long enough to engage in banter and song.
Arthur Lee Land’s lifelong musical journey has led him to a rare accomplishment in the world of popular music – genuine innovation. Arthur is a Lyons Colorado based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Live-Looping Artist. He has toured for years as an unforgettable solo act using the Art of Live-Looping to create an “on the fly” full band sound by layering acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, guitar synthesizer, bass, African percussion, drum samples, beat boxing and other electronic sonic textures and effects. Describing Land’s latest release Cracked Open results in using genre defying terms like “Electro-Americana” and “Afrograss-Folk Rock.” Equally unique is the creative songwriting collaboration with his non-performing lyricist and wife Carol Lee who contributes the majority of the lyrical content for “Arthur Lee Land.” Her lyrics are influenced by writers like Robert Hunter and use naturalism, archetypal psychology and evocative story lines to draw the listener in. This unmistakably feminine presence gives their songs a breadth and complexity seldom rivaled in the work of solo writers. Arthur joined the Colorado Americana Jam band “Great American Taxi” replacing Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon. Also joined by drummer Duane Trucks (Hard Working Americans). Taxi just finished mixing their new album “Sunshiny Days” with 5 songs penned by Arthur & Carol Lee due out in early 2106 and produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth. When not busy with his own projects, Arthur has been in demand as a sideman and session guitarist playing with some of Colorado’s favorite artists: Bonnie Paine and Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival, Benny “Burle” Galloway and blues violinist Lionel Young among many others. Arthur has shared the stage with several notable headliners including David Grisman, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Yonder Mountain String Band, Derek Trucks Band, Leftover Salmon, Blues Traveler, ALO, Donovan, Gatemouth Brown, Jr Walker, Richie Havens and more….. “This guy exudes musical magic!” —Steve Szymanski, V.P. of Planet Bluegrass (Promoters of Rocky Mountain Folks & Telluride Bluegrass Festivals)
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Fri, Dec 22 - 9pm - $15
-CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF HARD DRIVING ACOUSTIC MUSIC-SLOW STREET THE LONG AWAITED STUDIO ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW ON ITUNES- Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over 15 years, they are proving just that as the band sets out with a reformed lineup, fresh energetic sound and a long awaited first studio album in over 9 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance. After many false starts the long awaited studio album, Slow Street, was released May 29th, 2015. The new record features 10 original tracks and a host of guests musicians including Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass on dobro. Recorded in Chicago the album clocks in at over 60 minutes of acoustic/electric landscapes and improvised jams. Balancing the energy and feel of a their one of a kind live shows with the articulation and precision of studio production, Slow Street is an album that was well worth waiting for. With songs like Rise Above and All Things Must Change, the album pays homage to the last few years of change with a complex maturity well beyond anything we have seen from the band since their last studio release, Feet First, back in 2006. WIth masterful musicianship, a deep understanding of melody and time, and a more focused sound, Slow Street runs the gamut of the Americana sound with everything from light and delicate to gritty, deep and psychedelic.
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Wed, Dec 27 - 8pm - $20adv/$25door
Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 Grammy award-winning album Revelator and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Santana, Lalah Hathaway, Omar, John Legend, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, Maurice’s latest album - THE MOOD - features his live band in a studio album that showcases his soulful composition, ambitious production & adventurous improvisations in a seamless blend of jazz, hip hop, soul and sounds from around the world.A stand out single from the album features Hip-Hop master Talib Kweli. In his words, ‘STAND UP is a call for humanity to take a stand and come together to make a positive difference in the world around us. We are in a political and economic climate that has been sapping the energy and sense of hope from everyone around us. Inspired by the advice “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” that my father gave me when I was a kid, I want to call people to come together, take a stand for a better life & a better world and help one another in whatever way possible, big or small. To collectively be the change we wish to see in the world.’Brown has an ambitious touring schedule, anchored around the release with a Tuesday night residency at the Fame Jazz Standard in New York. A rotating cast of special guests include Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Drum legend Lenny White, and Saxophonist Skerik.
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Sat, Dec 30 - 9pm - $20
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.
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Sun, Dec 31 - 9pm - $25
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.
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