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Fri, Sep 30 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
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!
James Conway is an active musician in the Chicago music scene. He plays in several formats but mainly solo acoustic and with his Celtic power trio, The Boils. Heavily influenced by acoustic greats such as Neil Young, Merle Travis, Bo Carter, and Mississippi Fred McDowell, James uses fingerpicking, slide guitar, rack-harmonica, and a variety of tunings to perform tasty renditions of songs from the folk and country blues genres. In the Celtic scene, Conway plays the traditional dance music of Ireland on tin whistles and harmonicas. Playing the fast-tempo reels and jigs on the mouth harp isn’t a common or easy feat but James does it convincingly using advanced techniques he learned from local blues/jazz harp heroes such as Junior Wells, Sugar Blue, and Howard Levy. James Conway does a variety of musically instructional stuff (workshops, seminars, private lessons) at places in his hood and beyond such as Hogeye Music, Old Town School of Folk Music, Northwestern University, and SPAH(Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica). James has performed and/or taught at places such as: Les Harmonicales Festival(France), An Ri Ra Festival(Butte, Montana), Steppenwolf Theater, Long Wharf Theater, The Indy Palladium, and Wicker Park’s Smoke Daddy. Conway received both a Fellowship Award and a Master/Apprenticeship Award from the Illinois Arts Council during one of his rare productive periods. James Conway has an endorsement with Hohner Harmonica.
Michelle was born in south Louisiana where she grew up singing along with country radio and her Mama's record collection. Her original material is rooted in her southern upbringing and inspired by the music of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Loretta Lynn. She also sings with the Chicago honky tonk band The Country Doctors. You can find them at facebook.com/CountryDoctors. Michelle loves cowboy boots. All those flower and butterfly inlays make her crazy. In a good way. Ed Mooney (Dobro, lap steel, pedal steel) grew up in Oak Park and Melrose Park, IL. Ed attended Loyola University and began playing in rock bands in 1961. In 1968, Ed formed Chicago band Mountain Bus. He became part owner of Round Records in 1974 and opened Flatts and Sharpe Music Co. in Rogers Park in 1976. He has shared the stage with many of Chicago's top acts and performed at many venues including Taste of Chicago. Since his retirement in 2006, Ed has played pedal steel with The Country Doctors and currently plays Dobro and lap steel with Michelle Perry. Jesse Langen (electric guitar, mandolin) is a multi-instrumentalist whose Minnesota childhood was filled with Irish and traditional music. Jesse holds a Masters in Guitar Performance from Northwestern University. He has been a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has played in the Minnesota Guitar Society Concert Series, the Chicago Segovia Classical Guitar Series, and the Memphis "Imagine" New Music Series. He can be heard as a soloist, in chamber collaborations, and with Chicago based new music group Ensemble Dal Niente. Jesse is also an accomplished Irish musician (guitar, flute, whistle, concertina) and plays in The Langen Boys with his brother Tim on fiddle. Jesse’s current foray into country and Americana is inspired by his appreciation for the music of Merle Haggard and Waylon & Willie.
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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.
MARCOS OLIVEIRA and DILL COSTA helped create the Brazilian sound of BOSSA TRES. At age nine, MARCOS began playing music in the streets of Rio de Janeiro with his friends. The percussionist and vocalist went on to study with percussion masters and to march with samba schools in Rio de Janeiro, as well as sing in samba contests. He performed with Choro, Samba and Pagode groups in many of the clubs, bars and restaurants around Rio. Marcos works to infuse Brazilian sound into non-Brazilian music styles. Also reared in Rio de Janeiro, vocalist DILL is a multi-talented Brazilian performer who represents authentic Carnaval music. In Brazil, she sang with Eduardo Dusek, Oswaldo Montenegro, Marcos Lima and Joao Pinheiro. Moving to Chicago in 2003, Dill dedicated herself to performing a repertoire that ranges from classic 1940′s era samba to the cool 1960′s Bossa Nova hits of Antonio Carlos Jobim, from the modern Brazilian pop of Caetano Veloso and Djavan to her original compositions. Completing the Quintet are BRUNO ALCALDE, guitarist, composer, and music theorist, who has performed with rock, jazz, and Brazilian music groups. He wrote the soundtrack for the Brazilian independent movie Alice Diz, and his chamber music works have been performed in Brazil. In 2008 he released an album with the group of Brazilian composers, Avante; Chicago bassist JACK ZARA is a member of many bands, works in several other genres, and has been playing Brazilian music for more than half of his career. Jack can be heard on three records by saxophonist Von Freeman, and an upcoming album by Brazilian guitarist and singer Luciano Antonio; and LUIZ EWERLING, who started playing drums at six years old in Southern Brazil and, at eight, appeared on TV, when people began calling him " The Mini Drummer.” Coming to the United States in 1984 to play for Breno Sauer's band Som Brasil, Luis was soon performing with Sugar Blue, Marshall Vente, Howard Levy, Harry Mura, Fareed Haque, Eldee Young among others. In 1994, Luiz recorded his own compositions with his band, A Cor Do Brasil.
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Wed, Oct 5 - 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, 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.
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, 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, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs a reader’s personal story about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.Hosted by CHIRP DJ and The Moth champion Jenn Sodini, past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Dan Ponce, Len Kasper, Tony Fitzpatrick, JC Brooks and Ji Suk Yi.October's theme is First Time: First Gig, and readers include: Rachel McCartney - Comedienne; RJ Eldridge - Artist ; Alicia Swiz of Slut Talk; Ada Cheng - Professor & Storyteller; Megan Ensley from band The Mashed Potatoes; Elle Quintana - Talent Buyer; Billy Kalb - CHIRP Radio.The First Time series is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.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”.
THE MIXTURE is Chicago’s favorite psychedelic-soul garage trio!! Blending the raw power of early rhythm ‘n blues with tomorrow’s space-age stomp rock, THE MIXTURE brings a unique vision of high energy rock ‘n roll to the world music scene!The dots began to connect during the Spring of 2014, when Steven Kay, member of New York’s legendary psychedelic band, Reality Sandwich, and Hannah Gray, drummer femme fatale began playing together. After an incredible debut show opening for the infamous Standells at the Mayne Stage in Chicago, THE MIXTURE’s fate was sealed!In less than nine months, THE MIXTURE has released two records! The debut single, “A Touch Too Much”, and for Black Friday Record Store Day, “Lonely For You Baby”.
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
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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Wed, Oct 19 - 8pm - $10
Named Best Rising Artist of 2014 by Live Music Daily, Big Something is one of the mostexciting new bands to emerge from the Southeast. A 6 piece powerhouse with a soundthat is both unique and timeless, BIG Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk, andimprovisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. Soaringguitars, synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectiouscollection of songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such reveredSummer circuit stalwarts as Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and even The B52s whohave all tapped Big Something as direct support. The group recently released its 3rd full-length studio album - Truth Serum - with the helpof Grammy-nominated producer John Custer. Recorded almost entirely live in thestudio, Truth Serum, is a great snapshot of the magic the band is capable of creating onstage. The album, which also features an appearance from DJ Logic, was named 2014Album of the Year by The Homegrown Music Network, which makes Big Something theonly band ever to win this award 3 times with 3 different releases (2010, 2013, and2014). Truth Serum is available to stream for free in its entirety at:www.bigsomething.bandcamp.com
CRISP's humble beginning's 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 preform original Funk/Jazz/Fusion music, in a time when DJ's and tribute bands rule the landscape of modern nightlife entertainment. 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 CRISP's 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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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
& Share the event on FetLife at https://fetlife.com/events/442794
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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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Mon, Oct 24 - 8pm - $10
In association with the Chicago Zappa Collective, Chester’s Gorilla is pleased as punch to present Frank’s album “Broadway The Hard Way”. The album is culled from tour tapes of the election year 1988 and conclude with Frank urging the audience to “get yer butt out there and register to vote, please?” He was in full political and social attack mode after spending much time on Capitol Hill and in the press fighting against Tipper Gore’s campaign for Parental Advisory labels on music. The targets for his low esteem on this album include the Reverend Pat Robertson, Jesse Jackson, the Republican Party, Michael Jackson, the Reverend Pat Robertson, Elvis Presley, Presidents G. H. W. Bush and Nixon, and of course Pat Robertson again. As Frank would have done, we will change some lyrics to skewer the current cast of characters in the news. Chester’s Gorilla is made up of, as Frank would say, some “pretty good musicians” who have worked with local heroes Hood Smoke, the Model Citizens, Steak House Mints, The Unknown New, The Renegades, M13, Kick The Cat, as well as A Prairie Home Companion, Howard Levy, and Dweezil Zappa.
REAL HORNS was formed to provide a creative outlet for some of Chicago’s busiest commercial musicians. Carey Deadman, Music Director, Arranger, and co-Lead Trumpet, has created and compiled arrangements from the greatest horn band literature of all time. Selections include music from “Blood, Sweat, & Tears”, “Chicago”, “Cold Blood”, “Seawind”, and “The Brecker Brothers” as well as current hits from Bruno Mars and “Snarky Puppy”. Carey is joined by Tim Burke (trumpet), Dan Johnson (trombone), and Jim Massoth (saxophones) in the horn section. The rhythm section includes Tom Logan (guitars and vocals), Tom Mendel (bass), Karl Montzka (keyboards), Jim Widlowski (drums), and Austin Deadman (percussion). REAL HORNS is honored to feature our incredible vocalist, Cheryl Wilson.
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Tue, Oct 25 - 8pm - $5
Come out and celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the Windy City’s best kept secrets and treasures, The Chicago Catz. For more than 30 years, this group of professional musicians have performed at some of the most prestigious private parties and events in Chicago. “High society hors d’oeuvre music”, you’re thinking. To the contrary, The Chicago Catz serve up and dish out the hottest “get out of your seat and dance” music in town! You don't want to miss this night.....................................................................................The Chicago Who? In 1994, the Chicago Federation of Musicians presented its inaugural Living Art of Music Awards (LAMA) to deserving Chicago based artist and groups. Nominees in the "Best Pop Group" catergory were Chicago, Richard Marx and The Chicago Catz. REWIND !! The Chicago Who? Richard Marx and Chicago, that makes sense; but The Chicago Catz! Who are they and why were they nominated. The Chicago Catz are one of the Windy City's best kept secrets and treasures. For more than 21 years, this group of professional musicians have performed at some of the most prestigious private parties and events in Chicago. "High society hors d'oeuvre music", you're thinking. To the contrary, The Chicago Catz serve up and dish out the hottest "get out of your seat and dance" music in town! During the late 70's and early 80's there were three hugely successful local bands in Chicago: R&B group Third Rail (later known as Maxx Traxx), Ska band Heavy Manners, and blues act Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows. Each band sold out night clubs, played college concerts and put out albums of original music. By day, the musicians were respected studio/session players. Jingle houses and album producers were always putting out the call for "those cats from Chicago". The stress from the "let's make records" grind and the competition from session work was enormous. Several of the guys from the three groups were longtime friends and had similar musical tastes, having grown up listening to R&B pop music. They thought that it would be fun to put together a high energy R&B pop dance band as a side project. It would create a nice change of pace from their daily business pressures and give them the opportunity to play together. Through their contacts, they knew they could pick up some club dates and "let their hair down" playing songs made famous by the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Temptations and other greats of the Motown era. Their plan was put into action. They got together after their sessions and rehearsed for several months until the music was tight. During this time, word got out that the supergroup had formed. At their first appearance, devoted fans of "Third Rail/Maxx Traxx, Heavy Manners and Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows came out in droves to see them. The fireworks emanating from on stage fueled the audience and the group became an instant success, The "Catz" as they are called by their fans, have gone on to become one of the most sought after groups for corporate, private and special events. They still play occasional club dates at the urging of their friends and fans and always leave the crowd sweating and yelling for more. Their musicianship is arguably the best in Chicago and their philosophy is simple. "We're here to have fun, you might as well join us”. The Chicago Catz have demonstrated to event planners that a "fun and party" atmosphere does not have to be sacrificed for fear of having a bunch of grungy, mediocre, part-time musicians show up as the evenings entertainment. They have proven there is a choice, other than dancing to the "Sleepy Time Orchestra", for your event. If you want your guests to attend a party they'll remember, hire The Chicago Catz. There's only one thing worse than being the guest at a boring party: being the host at a boring party. You've got nothing to lose, except a good time!
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Wed, Oct 26 - 8pm - $7
She Rides Tigers is a Chicago-based power trio delivering a unique collusion between fuzzed-out psychedelic rock and Britpop. The band has created an immediate yet timeless sound that has earned them comparisons to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Stereophonics and Led Zeppelin. She Rides Tigers' single "Roll With It" was featured extensively in the 2015 production of "Grand Concourse" at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company.
Big City Burn is a 4 piece Rock N Roll band from Chicago Illinois. A live show you don't want to miss! Keeping Rock N Roll alive in Chicago.
Recently formed in April 2016, the Blacklist Regulars are a bold and dramatic international rock band based in Chicago. Their music is laced with clever hooks and melodies that blends catchy lyrics with a soulful depth to win over even the keenest alternative rock fans. Irish lead singer, Luke Keating released his music in Ireland and received high praise and quickly gained notice, being recognized as FM104's Select Irish artist and playlisted on national radio including FM104, Radio Nova, WLR FM, RTÉ 2fm and 98FM, among others. The band is comprised of Irish front man, Luke Keating, bass player, Martin Bo Jarski, drummer, Tomás Zabala and guitarist, Liam Kelley. In the short time they have been together, Blacklist Regulars have been performing in festivals and rock venues across Chicago. Having worked with top producer/engineer Ger McDonnell, who has worked with the likes of U2, Def Leopard, Sinéad O'Connor and the Cranberries, they are now currently working with rock producer Arturo Banus on their upcoming album, which they plan to unleash in Fall 2016. Lead singer and principal songwriter, Luke Keating, has experienced radio and chart success with both a top 10 single and a No.2 album in the Irish Independent charts. Having left Dublin in late 2015, he set out to form a killer, live, alternative rock act in the U.S. Armed with an arsenal of chart-topping music, he found his counterparts in the Blacklist Regulars. Luke is a powerhouse of a rock singer and composer, equally as talented at delivering stunning live vocals as he is a talented songwriter and lyricist. Hailing from Poland, Martin BoJarski is an accomplished musician, writer and composer who has studied at Krakow School of Jazz and Popular Music and The British Academy of New Music. He has worked with well known musicians such as Jaroslaw Smietana, Karin Matusewicz (Voo Voo),Powel Maciwoda (Scorpions), and Gilbert Gabriel (Dream Academy) to name a few. He is a tornado of bass rock fury and the heartbeat of this band. Originally from Venezuela, Tomás Zabala, is an accomplished session and touring drummer/composer with a wealth of experience both in the studio and performing live. He has worked and toured with Los Humaoides, Vultravioleta, Kuámasi, Iran and Andrea Zulado to name a few. A highly experienced rock drummer with endless talent and dedication to perfecting his craft. Originally from Berkley, Michigan, Liam is the lead guitarist and youngest member of the group. Having studied at Colombia Music College in Chicago, he has evolved into a dynamic and soulful lead guitarist and performer, displaying a skill set far surpassing his age.
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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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Wed, Nov 2 - 8pm - $7
St. Mojo is a new Americana / Alt. Country band based out of Chicago. The group combines honest lyrics with a unique take on American Roots Music. Comparisons have been made to Holly Williams, Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton. The band’s debut EP, “Sacramental Wine”, is a true labor of love. It was recorded and produced by St. Mojo’s singer and songwriter, Michael Jacob. It features the steel guitar-playing of the legendary, GRAMMY AWARD winning, Robby Turner and was mixed by Mark Petaccia (Jason Isbell, Jack White, Buddy Guy, etc...). "...a wonderfully rootsy, bluesy sound that’s at once evocative and hook-filled."- Peter Hay (Twin Vision LLC).
When singer/guitarist Sean O’Neill and drummer Chris Russell played their final show with Chicago’s legendary Groove Diggers, they swore a blood oath to never share the stage again. Thankfully for all involved, the statute of limitations finally ran out, and they’ve returned as one half of Chicago’s Blind Trust. To round out the group, they traveled to the moors of Scotland to recruit expert bass player Gus Noble (John Ballantyne’s Crazy Heart, The Sunspots), and begged relocated Bay Area keyboard master Chris Frumkin to join and give the band music lessons. The result is Blind Trust, whose trademark musical approach combines strong musicianship, catchy melodies, acerbic songwriting, and rollicking on-stage energy. Their debut release is expected later in 2016.
Villa Avenue is an Original Rock band out of Chicago Illinois.
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Thu, Nov 3 - 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.
Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings play rock and roll the right way. The powerhouse Albany NY combo has wowed crowds at Manhattan's Rodeo Bar, Seattle's Tractor Tavern and all points in-between; and they've done it with uncommon fervor, commitment and flair.The Gretsch-toting Gamsjager draws from a deeper well than most roots rock acts, giving his music a breadth and depth while still keeping the bar hopping and the dance floor filled.In addition to their own dates, Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings have also accompanied Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, for over five years, and frequently work with other seasoned artists like Bill Kirchen, Eddie Angel and Robert Gordon.Jackson says, "I have worked with many bands around the world through the years, and none are better than Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings. Their fine showmanship and musical ability make them the greatest in my book. THEY ROCK!!"The Lustre Kings' new, appropriately-titled long-player "Way Out There" (Wild Boar Records) is their fourth and finest effort.In his liner notes for the album, six-string wizard Deke Dickerson says, "Like a fine wine, the Lustre Kings just get better with each passing year, and this new album has the seasoned bouquet and nutty aftertastes that won’t leave you disappointed."And one-name-only Really Rockabilly reviewer, Kitti, says, a little more seriously than old Deke, "There is a rockin’ rhythm throughout the album which perfectly unites all the songs. You have a feeling of traveling in time through America, and the Lustre Kings’ time machine will show you the way out of the present and introduce you to doo-wop, country, hillbilly, bop and wild rock’n’roll, and then bring you back to rockabilly."As noted, "Way Out There" is the fourth full-length platter from the band. The group's righteous Cacophone debut album, "Mark Gamsjager Rocks & The Lustre Kings Roll," was a travelogue of great American rock and roll, with tunes from legends like Gene Vincent and Ronnie Self, as well as from contemporaries like Commander Cody's Billy C. Farlow and the aforementioned Los Straitjackets’ guitar strangler, Eddie Angel.Amazon.com's Stephen Prisco called the record a keeper, saying "While most rockabilly bands seem to be content with just recreating the sound of classic records from years ago, the Lustre Kings have captured the spirit of that era, tapping into what made those records and artists so great in the first place."The Lustre Kings’ sophomore effort, "Once a King, Always a King," upped the ante with even more "hot boppin’ rockabilly action," prompting the Berkshire Eagle to proclaim "The Lustre Kings dig deep into early rock and related styles, steering away from a greatest-hits oldies approach, preferring to connect the dots among such unlikely musical bedfellows as Conway Twitty, Peanuts Wilson, Link Wray and Duke Ellington (they even render a surf-guitar version of the Duke’s "Caravan")."And the killer third album, "That’s Showbiz," the first on the Lustre Kings’ own Wild Boar Records label, caused The Beat to rave "Gamsjager remembers when "rock 'n' roll" actually used to signify something, and his band sounds like it just left Sun Studios yesterday."The Lustre Kings have a devoted international fan base and they continue to tear up the road every year, performing over 150 dates annually and appearing regularly at events like the Viva Las Vegas Festival (Las Vegas NV), the Heritage Folk Festival (Bangor ME) and the Rockin 50s Fest (Green Bay WI) as well as at famed haunts like the Continental Club (Austin TX), The Sutler (Nashville TN), The Starr Bar (Atlanta GA), The Hi-Tone (Memphis TN), Johnny D’s (Somerville MA), The Big C Jamboree at Martyr’s (Chicago IL) and, of course, the Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl (New Orleans LA).Creative Loafing got it right when they said, "The Lustre Kings have a sound so powerful it leaves listeners hungry for more."
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Fri, Oct 4 - 9pm - $15
Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might.The group’s five members (Irekani Ferreyra, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Peter Maestro Vale) have their own storied careers in a diversity of styles—from jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing. Their visceral sound draws from this sonic, cultural, and political well of influence, and is guaranteed to make you move.
LOS VICIOS DE PAPA has quickly gained worldwide recognition, through hard work and a true love of Ska music, with shows from Los Angeles to Miami and planning an international tour LVDP is also currently working in the studio on a new CD.In addition to helping kick-start a vibrant Chicago Latin Ska scene, LVDP is also heavily involved in non-for-profit community groups, regularly playing benefits for Zapatista communities, people with disabilities, independent cultural organizations, and radio stations.LVDP lyrics tackle diverse issues, problems, and experiences that affect all of us: love, injustice, happiness, hope, and perseverance in life.LOS VICIOS DE PAPA arranges Cumbia, Dancehall, Huapachon, Hip Hop, Metal and Reggae into their 2-Tone Ska, creating an intoxicating mix that whips fans into a dance-frenzy as soon as they begin.
How do classic rhumbas, 100 year old folk tunes, and ancient rhythms fit in the percussive electronic music of today? Come find Beats y Bateria: a collaboration of Havana born, Chicago based DJ/Producer AfroQbano, Moldovan born fado jazz singer Ana Munteanu and global beat drummer Daniel Crane. The three members come from different musical homes but what they do together is set a mood of celebration and nostalgia under the umbrella of global dance music.
Harold Gonzalez Medina, also known by the stage name of AfroQbano, is a DJ, music producer, record collector and eclectic music enthusiastic. While the Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms of his culture are central to his sound, he embraces and merges a wide range of global & soulful music. His musical influences include diverse genres and styles such as House, Funk, Afrobeat, Hip Hop, Bhangra and Latin rhythms. Highlights of his career include sharing stages with luminaries like Mos Def, Pete Rock, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Rich Medina, La Mala Rodriguez and Los Van Van.AfroQbano is originally from Habana, Cuba, where he worked as a regular DJ for a number of underground House and Hip Hop clubs. He also produced and toured with some of the most well-known Cuban artists and ensembles. After moving to Chicago, he began to establish himself as an essential part of the local global music scene. A member of Sonic Diaspora and Future Rootz, he is a frequent contributor to cultural programming across the city. He regularly spins at some of the most popular Chicago clubs and coordinates biweekly programming with Lumpen Radio. His original tracks and remixes have been featured on albums and mix-tapes across the world. He was recognized as one of Chicago’s top three DJs in the Chicago Reader's "Best of 2016."
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Sat, Nov 5 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Venerated Chicago strangefunk gods Grood Music perform their annual ACTual Show, the show which can not be described. Footage from last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbqh9wMuBLc .....Congratulations Sir or Miss or Other, it is my pleasure to inform you that your name is in good standing to win the ACTual Show Win Big Sweepstakes. Read further for details on how to claim your prize! Frequently people ask, "how did this happen?" To which we explain that you have been chosen by an esteemed group of entrepreneurs and other beloved community leaders for your skills and/or demeanor. I assure you this is quite an exceptional honor. In order to be sure you are eligible for any and all prizes and/or giveaways that may or may not occur, we need to verify certain pieces of information that we already currently own about your music and entertainment preferences; this process focuses on but is not limited to your actions, thoughts, and dreams. To claim your prize, please follow the link below, watch videos and/or listen to songs, and sign up for the Grood Music Mailing List. www.GroodMusic.com. At a later date, we will contact you to confirm that your preferred prize delivery time and location is what matches our internal reports. However, we must assure you that although you are strongly in the running to win Grood's ACTual Show Win Big Sweepstakes, there are several other candidates and these prizes are limited and expensive. Please also save the date of November 5th in your calendar for Grood's ACTual Show Win Big Sweepstakes Big Winner Giveaway, hosted by Martyrs' in Chicago.
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Sun, Nov 6 - 8pm - $18adv/$20door
Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a singer/songwriter whose melancholic brand of acoustic folk-pop has drawn comparisons with the likes of Jose Gonzalez and Iron & Wine. Born in York in 1989 to South African and Australian parents, Leftwich lived a nomadic childhood, spending just as much time in Sydney as in his native U.K.. Inspired by Elliot Smith and Bruce Springsteen, he taught himself to play guitar at age 10, and fronted the indie pop outfit The Nicoles in his teens before embarking on a solo career. After recording his debut EP, 'One Million Miles Out' in southern France, he supported I Am Kloot, Fionn Regan, and Lisa Mitchell on tour and attracted attention for his cover version of Arcade Fire's "Rebellion" on Dermot O'Leary's BBC R2 Saturday Sessions show. In 2016, he released his sophomore studio album "After the Rain" featuring the single "Tilikum" recorded in the wake of his father's death from cancer.Digging deeper into the union between soul-filled songwriting and ethereal production, Brolly gives birth to an indie-rock sound influenced by the emotional drive of artists like Bon Iver, Coldplay and Sigur Ros. Jacob Ithurburn, the singer-songwriter from Northern California, aims to create music that promotes a deeper connection with its audience, thus making lifelong fans. The artist has been lauded for his hallmark sublime melodies, impassioned harmonies, and atmospheric sound.
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Mon, Nov 7 - 8pm - $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, Nov 8 - 8pm - $10
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includesJim Boukas - guitarKris Nowak - guitarDuff Driscoll - uprightEric Lambert - guitarMatt Arendt - guitarBen Wright - banjoJason Berger - mandoSteve Haberichter - mandoPat Lyons - mando/dobroTom Murray - fiddleWavy Dave - banjoGreg Morland - mandoDan Andree - fiddleSpencer Savoie - banjoGrateful Gary - upright bassJames Chrzan - keysMike Krieglstein - upright bass
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Fri, Nov 11 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$18door
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.
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Sat, Nov 12 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$20door
The John Kadlecik Band features one of the most loved guitarists in the scene, with a mix of his musical friends playing both original music and fan favorites in a format that is a sheer pleasure for festival audiences. Featuring members of the DC Mystery Cats, The Zen Tricksters, and The Jam Stampede, The John Kadlecik Band is ready to visit new markets and dazzle new audiences with Kadlecik's take on this beloved song book and his own original works.Many have wondered, before, during and after the GD50 shows what might become of John Kadlecik and where his efforts may be devoted. For most of the Spring and Summer that answer was the band the Golden Gate Wingmen, which featured Jay Lane (Ratdog, Furthur, and Primus) on drums, Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Ratdog, The Dead, and Dead and Company) on keys, Reed Mathis (Billy and the Kids, Tea Leaf Green, Jacob Fred's Jazz Odyssey) on bass and vocals and John Kadlecik on guitar and vocals. That band hit shows on both coasts and Colorado, and amazed fans with their collective dexterity and original material.Despite rumor mongering to the contrary, Golden Gate Wingmen is not a band whose time has passed. At the moment, Jeff Chimenti is in Dead and Company and is busy for the Fall. John Kadlecik has a strong belief for that band "Bands are not baseball teams, you can't just substitute one player for another." It is unknown when exactly when the Wingmen may take flight again, but direct quotes from all of the band members to LMN&R asserted their desire to return to play together again.john kadlecik band 1In a conversation with John Kadlecik, he asserted that this not really the announcement of a new band, but more an assertion of things to come. The band is similar in style and personnel to past projects, but the big difference with this band is the plan to tour significantly at the end of 2015 and into 2016 with vigor. The new facebook page for the John Kadlecik Band is filled with messages from hopeful fans all over the country that they will see tour dates upcoming. The message seems to be, "Sit Tight!! We're coming!"
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Mon, Nov 14 - 8pm - $10
Barry Sutton is best known for being the lead guitarist in famed Liverpool band the La's during the band's rise to popularity in the late 1980s. You can spot him laying down that legendary guitar riff in the video for the band's best known song "There She Goes" (The La's self-titled LP—the only album the band ever released—was cited as a signpost for the 1990s Britpop wave that followed, and is constantly cited among the greatest albums of all time) In addition to his time in the La's, Barry also spent time in the ranks of famed Britpop acts Cast and Smaller. Now a Liverpool mainstay with his outfit Beatnik Hurricane, Barry can be found in various clubs throughout his hometown playing into the wee small hours of the morning. In his first visit to the United States in several years, Barry will be making an exclusive visit to Chicago for acoustic performance to showcase his original work, alongside La's classics and his one-of-a-kind covers. Don't miss your chance to see one of the great unsung heroes of British rock and roll right here in the Windy City.
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Wed, Nov 16 - 8pm - $7
Chicago-based chiptune-rock band, Boy Meets Robot, released their debut album, The Robots Will Kill Us All, in September, 2016. Mike plays guitar and sings about video games, robots, and other geeky topics, accompanied by R.O.B. the robot playing chiptunes programmed on a Nintendo Game Boy. Their music ranges from ska to funk, rock to hip-hop, and includes covers of your favorites in video game and nerdy music. Bleeps and bloops have never sounded like this!
An active tug of war between hip-hop and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, Freaks for Geeks aim to embody two distinct musical personas. After spending the better part of two years writing and shaping their dichotomous sound, Freaks released their debut EP, Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em in January 2013 followed by their sophomore effort, Whatever It Takes, in 2015. Released as a limited run of individually blood-splattered cassette tapes and referencing everything from “The Shining” and “The Invisible Man” to “Hemlock Grove” and “Dexter”, Whatever It Takes is a patchwork of popular culture. Now with the release of their newest EP, TIN, Freaks once again uses their unique take on hip-hop fronted rock and roll to show you two sides of the same musical coin.
A love of loud guitars, square wave synth leads, and impressive video game collections brought two nerds together in the city of Chicago to play "sci-fi": a retro synthesis of chiptune, synth rock, and dance punk with a nostalgic sense of pop -- the kind of music someone in an 80s movie might have imagined people would listen to in the future. Wearing labcoats, the high-energy duo sings songs about robots, dragons in spacesuits, and endangered species. The Runaway Five were born in the desert, but live in the future of twenty years ago.
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Thu, Nov 11 - 8pm - $7
Drawing on past projects that include forays into punk, blues, pop, folk, jazz, and funk, the stylistically promiscuous Fine Subterraneans bring you their very own blend of smartly-crafted indie rock. The Chicago based duo of singer/guitarist Matt Keane and drummer Mike McCulloch weave themes of outrage and fear seamlessly with the pursuit of joy and ecstatic release. You can expect these musicians to cut straight to the heart of the matter with aggressive melodies and clever, jazz-inflected rhythms.
Astro Samurai from the absence of space and time. Soul visions and intergalactic projections. A dynasty of fresh, soulful, sweet, psychedelic music.
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Sat, Nov 19 - 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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Mon, Nov 21 - 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 22 - 8pm - $10
Progger is an unusual collection of gifted musicians who were brought together by the simple desire to create new powerful, beautiful, engaging, modern music. Originating in Austin, Texas in 2011, Progger is led by saxophonist, keyboardist, and composer Brian Donohoe and incorporates some of the most in-demand young touring and session musicians from the Texas and New York City music scenes. With compelling compositions and energetic live performances, Progger has steadily developed a devoted following through national tours, studio releases, and viral videos. The group’s third full-length release, Scattering, will be released through Ropeadope Records on April 22, 2016. Destinee Ware, owner of the legendary venue “One2One” in Austin, says “Progger commands attention. The musicians on stage are of the highest quality and it shows. The song arrangements are smart and different with unexpected changes at every turn.” Stated simply by Grammy-winning producer and Snarky Puppy band leader Michael League, “Progger rocks.” Progger’s personnel includes contributors to such music luminaries as Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Chrisette Michele, among numerous others. Building on inspiration from artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Soundgarden, D’Angelo, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Maurice Ravel, the group has synthesized a unique and fearless original sound that cohesively combines exciting influences while creating a uniquely personal atmosphere. The first two releases by Progger, Beatmaker (2013) and Populace (2014), were released to critical acclaim and a warm reception by fans. Scattering represents a number of exciting departures for the band, including the incorporation of new personnel, production techniques, and a recording process that involved two cities 1,700 miles apart, Austin and Brooklyn. Progger’s regular personnel were joined by some of New York’s finest young musicians, including Nate Werth (percussion) and Justin Stanton (keyboards) of Snarky Puppy, to explore larger textures and a hugely diverse sound palette for the new music. Progger will be performing extensively in the United States and Canada throughout 2016 and 2017 to support the release of Scattering and to bring its unique, exciting sound to new ears across North America.
FuzZz. The name says it all... Oh wait... No it doesn't. FuzZz weaves improvisations based on funk, jazz and blues rhythms and progressions. Bridging disparate traditions ranging from the king of soul to the greyboy allstars to the chemical brothers, this merry band of maverick renegades reinterprets old standards and introduces new groovalicous jams. Featuring mad scientists by day, jampires by night David Freedman (guitar) and Sliman Bensmaia (keys), Funky D Danny Lopatka (bass), mellifluous pixie Ashley Hamer (sax), and the human beat box Peter Mack (drums), FuzZz is not to be trifled with. If you don't like tasty jams, stay away!
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Wed, Nov 23 - 8pm - $7
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.
The Wabash Cannonballs - A power trio of sonic expressionism, outlined across the pages of beatnik adjectives & the chaotic theories of a barfly. The pulsating reverb of deep blues dripping, from the salivating tongue of thirst, which ripples, downstream into the nervous system of volume, distorting the ears, nose & throat with exiled fragmentations, intangible to the naked welfare of diplomacy. Its rooted country of majesty, acoustically textured with the frost of aluminum liquid that quenches the poetry of the liver & caresses the internal reflection of salvation, madding in it’s execution, but fragile to the fingertip’s touch. The tormented haunting of the sacred steps, staggering, shadowing the heart of the north & the guilt free drawl of the south, into a tax free synopsis of composition, ferociously lyrical, with the black humor of a one eyed balladeer, striking the lament of the hopeless romantic & mocking the insidious scars that wound an empty bottle, like a mark of Cain, placed economically, through the loop hole of the noose, hung, drawn & quartered, by a free governed democracy, with the sight, sound & mind of electric desolation.
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)
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Fri, Nov 25 - 9pm - $8
Engine Summer is a groovegaze trio from Chicago. "Even the most casual music fans in your group will get hooked by the band’s catchy riffs, high energy and character. As for the music lovers you’ll bring with you, they’ll be enamored by how a three-piece can create such a unique sound." -Listen Live and Local. "Engine Summer is a psych punk [“power”] trio with hints of Sonic Youth, Can, Deerhunter and Fugazi. Groovy, steady, psychedelia that feels like New Years ’79… It’s spacey, confrontational rock that celebrates the haze, grain, and dances of the analog days." -The Siren Sound. "Engine Summer is a Funky, Psychedelic, Surfy, Indie-Rock, project. Watching them live makes you want to dance and jump around all while admiring how hard they rock out on stage." -Populous Chicago.
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
Mammoth Cannon is a 4-piece pop-rock band hailing from Central Illinois. The original concept for Mammoth Cannon began in January 2015 with guitarist George O'Brien, drummer Nic Stephens, & vocalist Lewie Lewis. A year later the band has welcomed its final member Daniel Johnson, playing bass. Mammoth Cannon is still very young and very eager to please. With their unique take on the current state of pop rock, the band fuses elements of modern sounds with a classic core to create a completely original style that is sure to leave you hungry for more.
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Tue, Nov 29 - 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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Sun, Feb 19 - 8pm - $20adv/$25door
Ralph Towner was born in Washington in 1940. He began his jazz career as a Bill Evans inspired pianist, then travelled to Vienna to study classical guitar with Karl Scheit, the renowned Austrian guitarist, lutenist and pedagogue. In New York City in the late 1960s, Towner freelanced on both piano and guitar, collaborating with musicians from Freddie Hubbard to Tim Hardin. He co-founded the band Oregon in 1970, together with Collin Walcott, Glenn Moore and Paul McCandless – all of whom would appear on Towner’s ECM debut, Trios/Solos, in 1972. His recordings for ECM have included solo albums, duo projects (with John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock, Gary Burton and, recently, Paolo Fresu), bands under his direction (including the much-loved Solstice with Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber, Jon Christensen) and discs with Oregon. He has also contributed to albums by Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler and Egberto Gismonti, and guested with the group Azimuth. As an instrumentalist Towner has shaped distinct languages for his classical and 12-string guitars. He has described his approach to the guitar as “pianistic: my brain wants to have access to all those notes at once.” As a composer he remains a unique force, combining baroque counterpoint, rhythms and melodies inspired by Brazilian music and jazz tradition, and a personal approach to harmony and development.
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