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Mon, Nov 19 - 8pm - $10
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 20 - 8pm - $10
The Trouble Notes are a Berlin based trio, composed of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Describing themselves as ‘Indie-Gypsy fusion’, their music is characterised by emotionally driven, instrumental ballads reflecting pan-cultural influences and blending an eclectic fusion of traditions, to create a truly unique sound; representative of their extensive travels and consequent musical development. Their music is defined as ‘music from everywhere for everyone“. The group have achieved success and wide acclaim for past releases, with their previous EP Soundtracks from the Street reaching the Top 5 in USA iTunes charts for Latin & World Music, as well as garnering 60 million+ video views on publications including Grand Masquerade, Gypsy Train and Christoph. Their new single, Lose Your Ties, is an immersive, emotionally charged and thrilling piece of music, encapsulating a melting pot of influences. This track, as with their other releases, deliberately lacks lyrics to allow the listener to create their own vision of what transpires during each song, to allow people from any corner of the world to embark on a cultural and geographical expedition. The Trouble Notes tell us more about the single…“Lose Your Ties is our story. The song is about that little voice that pops into your head while you’re sitting in front of your computer at your desk job. The one that says ‘What are you doing with your life?’ We chose to follow that voice and it took us on this wild journey. Lose Your Ties is the first of many stories we are ready to tell.” Their new album Lose Your Ties, released in February 2018, showcases a development of their expressive, incredibly diverse sound, representing the start of a new, and exciting, musical journey.
Nickel&Rose is an American folk-music duo made up of Upright Bassist Johanna Rose and Guitarist Carl Nichols,with influences that span the spectrum of American music. Carl’s background brings elements of West African music and Blues while Johanna brings her experience playing Bluegrass, Folk and Jazz. From loss to heart break to love, Nickel&Rose address the human experience with gentle harmonies and soul stirring cries. With a shared appreciation for traditional music and a desire to break rules, the two have have created a unique sound that embodies Americana's past and future.
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Wed, Nov 21 - 8pm - $10
Flow is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus and enjoyment in the process of the act. Flowtation is a funk band out of western Chicagoland who strives to spend as much time on stage in such a state as possible. Fueled by hours of energetic, popular covers, as well as copious original material, a Flowtation show is a guaranteed great time.
Claire Bryant was born out of an experiment that transfused Jimi Hendrix and Audrey Hepburn’s DNA. She's got powerhouse pipes and a badass attitude to match. Her sounds have been compared to the popular styles of Hiatus Kaiyote and Jorja Smith. With a heavy Amy Winehouse influence, Claire's music is drunk off her vulnerable, soulful stank. Claire Bryant is accompanied by her erotic, electric band: The Babes. A babe indeed, Claire Bryant sings and songwrites with a unique vibrant aesthetic. Oxygen is running thin; Claire Bryant is the breath of fresh air the music industry has been waiting for.
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Fri, Nov 23 - 9pm - $10
This is PriMary...The Cure are one of the more colourful faces on Post-Punk’s Mount Rushmore. Romantic, dramatic, mischievous and potent they are a natural and logical assignment to be covered. Globe trotting power pop sons Who's This Mary? are only too pleased to present their legacy for your concert-going pleasure.Spawn as a lark and guilty by reason of intensity Who’s This Mary? chose to replicate songs by The Cure fully in 2010. Who's This Mary? are a modern beat combo that live and breathe in the Chicagoland area. Performing tip top original power pop as well as inspired cover versions of Britpop and other classics from 60's to present day. Their sound consists of bright melodies, tight harmonies, upbeat guitar work, and a healthy respect for catchy grooves. Known for their dedicated cover versions they have fully tackled The Jam (as "All Mods Conned"), The Beatles and now The Cure.Brought to you and comprised of members of London Calling (The Clash Tribute) and All Mods Conned (The Jam Tribute) so you may expect quality.
The Unknown Pleasures were formed when I Lost Control Lead singer Stevo, former ILC bass player, Grant and friend Mitch (The Charming Beggars, Jinx Titanic, and The Sleeptalkers) kicked around the idea of forming a tribute band playing the music of Joy Division. Conversation became reality when Mitch lined up a pre-Halloween show for the band. Now they just needed a drummer...There were a number of possibilities, but the trio lucked on Jordy (Redwalls, The Webstirs), who just happened to be playing the same gig with the B52's tribute band, Planet Claire. Jordy dusted off his electronic drum and the group was set.
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Sat, Nov 24 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Denver based and Boulder born, dream rock trio Evanoff is no doubt a force to be reckoned with in the Colorado music scene. The group has pioneered a unique, electrifying blend of analog and digital sounds they call “Dream Rock.” Dancey break beats, symphonic guitar riffs, powerful builds, and face melting jams define the increasingly popular genre. Containing both heavy rock and soft melodic styles, the groups most stand out feature is their ability to capture the crowd’s attention while creating heartfelt tension accompanied by groovy dance beats that release unimaginable amounts of energy. There is an energetic joy and purification that comes from seeing an Evanoff show..... Evanoff consists of its three core members: JJ Evanoff (Guitar), Jake Hall (Drums) and Brennan Forrester (Keys). In just under two years the band has performed at an array of major national festivals including Electric Forest, Euphoria and Gem & Jam, Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road, Vertex, Sonic Bloom, and Arise. The trio has been hitting the road hard over the past two years creating major markets in the southwest, midwest and northeastern US.
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Mon, Nov 26 - 8pm - $10
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
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Tue, Nov 27 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Wed, Nov 28 - 8pm - $12
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
Forty years ago, Mark Knopfler wrapped his fingers around a ’61 Fender Stratocaster and made music fans around the world sit up and take notice. With his band Dire Straits, Knopfler crafted a sound that was refreshingly pure in a music industry roiling with heavily produced rock, feisty punk, and the beginnings of the synth-driven sounds of new wave.The band’s self-titled debut album cost a mere $22,000 to produce. But it shot to the top of the charts around the world thanks to the instant classic “Sultans of Swing.”It was a powerful debut, and Dire Straits lived up to their promise on the records that followed. But in 1985, the band reached the pinnacle of their career with the album Brothers in Arms which sold an astounding 30 million copies.Great Moments in Vinyl pays tribute to these two memorable albums plus a sprinkling of other Dire Straits tunes when we take the stage October 25th at Martyrs’. Featuring Philip Roach, Scott Tipping, William Lindsey Cochran, and more.
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Thu, Nov 29 - 9pm - $30adv/$40doors
After the surprise announcement of the end of Furthur, fans of improvisational jam music have been left to wonder what is next. Within days, the answer was evident, Golden Gate Wingmen.The Golden Gate Wingmen is a band formed in concept through casual conversation by the musicians recognizing that everyone was available the night that Kadlecik had booked for the first night of his electro-coustic solo tour. In actuality, it was formed on stage during sound check, as this particular group of guys had never played together before in this lineup.The band contains members of the highest quality, and from the first show, were performing original material (mostly songs from John Kadlecik's first album released under his own name.) The band premiered to a sold out audience on November 5 2014 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael CA. Fans can expect both boundary thrashing original music, and material from the song book that they love, forged in an altogether new cauldron, the results of which will be unique to each night's performance.
On the heels of an extensive tour with the John Kadlecik Band in November and December, John Kadlecik comes home to Martyrs' on a Tuesday night. Those shows will feature Kadlecik in his solo 'Acousti'Lectric' format in which he plays and sings unaccompanied, but utilizes an electric guitar synthesizer to produce a myriad of guitar and keyboard sounds. Fans will remember this format from last November when Kadlecik toured the West. While Kadlecik will play from the songbook fans have come to expect, there will also be original material and non traditional covers within the sets.
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Fri, Nov 30 - 9pm - $30adv/$40door
After the surprise announcement of the end of Furthur, fans of improvisational jam music have been left to wonder what is next. Within days, the answer was evident, Golden Gate Wingmen.The Golden Gate Wingmen is a band formed in concept through casual conversation by the musicians recognizing that everyone was available the night that Kadlecik had booked for the first night of his electro-coustic solo tour. In actuality, it was formed on stage during sound check, as this particular group of guys had never played together before in this lineup.The band contains members of the highest quality, and from the first show, were performing original material (mostly songs from John Kadlecik's first album released under his own name.) The band premiered to a sold out audience on November 5 2014 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael CA. Fans can expect both boundary thrashing original music, and material from the song book that they love, forged in an altogether new cauldron, the results of which will be unique to each night's performance.
On the heels of an extensive tour with the John Kadlecik Band in November and December, John Kadlecik comes home to Martyrs' on a Tuesday night. Those shows will feature Kadlecik in his solo 'Acousti'Lectric' format in which he plays and sings unaccompanied, but utilizes an electric guitar synthesizer to produce a myriad of guitar and keyboard sounds. Fans will remember this format from last November when Kadlecik toured the West. While Kadlecik will play from the songbook fans have come to expect, there will also be original material and non traditional covers within the sets.
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Sat, Dec 1 - 9pm - $30adv/$40door
After the surprise announcement of the end of Furthur, fans of improvisational jam music have been left to wonder what is next. Within days, the answer was evident, Golden Gate Wingmen.The Golden Gate Wingmen is a band formed in concept through casual conversation by the musicians recognizing that everyone was available the night that Kadlecik had booked for the first night of his electro-coustic solo tour. In actuality, it was formed on stage during sound check, as this particular group of guys had never played together before in this lineup.The band contains members of the highest quality, and from the first show, were performing original material (mostly songs from John Kadlecik's first album released under his own name.) The band premiered to a sold out audience on November 5 2014 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael CA. Fans can expect both boundary thrashing original music, and material from the song book that they love, forged in an altogether new cauldron, the results of which will be unique to each night's performance.
On the heels of an extensive tour with the John Kadlecik Band in November and December, John Kadlecik comes home to Martyrs' on a Tuesday night. Those shows will feature Kadlecik in his solo 'Acousti'Lectric' format in which he plays and sings unaccompanied, but utilizes an electric guitar synthesizer to produce a myriad of guitar and keyboard sounds. Fans will remember this format from last November when Kadlecik toured the West. While Kadlecik will play from the songbook fans have come to expect, there will also be original material and non traditional covers within the sets.
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Mon, Dec 3 - 8pm - $10
Badlands plays 1970s-era Springsteen with the passion and thunder the songs deserve. They will play two long sets approximating the Darkness on the Edge of Town tour that propelled Springsteen to legendary status forty years ago. The band has performed this set at City Winery, Evanston SPACE, Martyrs, the Old Town School of Folk Music, and other Chicago-area stages. John Mead leads a band including Alton Smith, Chris Corsale, Peter Manis, James Tomasello, and other friends. Band members have played with the Right Now, Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel, Conspiracy Theories, Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots, Jay O’Rourke and Friends, the Groovepushers, and a bunch of other great Chicago bands. Most of these guys teach at the Old Town School of Folk Music and have played Martyrs doing original music as well as Al Green, Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Tori Amos, Heart, Tom Petty, and tons of other stuff. Don’t miss it.
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Tue, Dec 4 - 8pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Wed, Dec 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, Dec 6 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Brittany Campbell is the artist people dream to be." - Deli Magazine. Blending elements of RnB, Pop, Electronic Soul, and Rock, Campbell is a true Avatar of the new direction of today's music industry. With independent artist breakthroughs such as Odd Future, Chvrches, Banks, and Macklemore, never was there a more opportune time for the DIY artist to break through the “glass ceiling” nor has there ever been a time where the ability to wear many hats was more vital to an artist’s career. An award winning singer, songwriter, producer and visual artist, Campbell is unequivocally equipped to tackle the industry’s ever-changing climate exemplifying the virtues of musical reverence, visual innovation, curated collaboration, and pure raw talent. Boasting 4 studio releases, her debut EP Nerd (2011) reaching the Top 10 NYC pop charts, her second studio album Heroes (2014) claiming an Independent Music Award for best pop album, has made her unarguably an artist to watch but perhaps even more exciting, is her newfound merging of music and animation. “An inspired audio-visual experience", according to Paper Magazine, Brittany has captured the attention of both the music and art world. Her animated music videos appearing in a multitude of festivals such as The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival (2016) and Legends of Hollywood Film Festival (2016). Currently, Brittany is in studio, working on a 4 part series called "Stay Gold" that she calls her "personal fantasia". The first of the series, released Feb 2016, received positive reviews - Complex Mag calling her the “future of soul”.
Somewhere between a soul pop concert, South Side jazz club, slam poetry reading, and punk rock dive bar, lives the music of Cole DeGenova... As a pianist, vocalist, and composer Cole DeGenova has spent most of his life crafting his eclectic artistic voice, beginning his career at age 16 as a jazz pianist around his native Chicago. As a bandleader, he started his funky alternative soul group Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he released his first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN in 2009. A few years later, DeGenova released his second album ANOTHER COUNTRY. Now based in Chicago and Los Angeles, he is both an in demand studio musician as well as a touring performer around the globe. He has worked with Lupe Fiasco, Brett Dennen, Chance the Rapper, Gallant, Latin Grammy winner Lucky Diaz, Meshell N'Degeocello, Paula Cole, James Carter, engineer Eddie Kramer, Hey Champ, Dave Shaw, as well as funk group The Heard and experimental jazz trio Hanging Hearts. DeGenova is also a co-founder and organizer for the Chicago artist collective The Gala. His third album THE RADIO HERO MIXTAPE was released spring of 2015. His song “Hollywood Girl” was chosen as a Finalist in the 2015 American Songwriting Awards.
Bridging both genres and generations with original music steeped in the history of its influences, Hood Smoke’s sonic narrative illustrates timeless stories using beautifully simple melodies set to a rhythmic foundation built firmly from the bass up.Since the release of their debut album, Laid Up In Ordinary (2012), Chicago’s Hood Smoke has continued to narrow the gap between retro and modern sounds in a unique and sincere way.The band is a tour de force whose past and present members have performed with Quincy Jones, Earth, Wind & Fire, Koko Taylor, Rhymefest, Nick Lowe, Chris Thile, and Umphrey’s Mcgee.With their second album, Regular Neurotic (2014), the band began its collaboration with producer and engineer Anthony Gravino. The record’s anthem “Never Suffering” gained the band recognition from American Songwriter and the Chicago Sun-Times declared Hood Smoke a “must-see act.”With their third release Rough Around The Hedges (2016), which Newcity described as “whip-smart jazz-funk-fusion” whose “lyrics are top-notch throughout,” Doherty proved his prolificacy as a composer and lyricist. 2016 also marked the band’s first national tour as they wooed audiences at large rock festivals and intimate jazz clubs, alike.The band’s fourth album Cannonball Porch (2018) showcases Doherty’s vulnerable and melancholic voice on what he promises to be “the most simplistic, lyrically creative, and to the point” Hood Smoke album to date.
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Fri, Dec 7 - 9pm - $12adv/$14door
The Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments (acousticguitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo) and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience.An emotion filled musical stream of consciousness with no setlist, minimal structure, and intuitiveimprovisational flow. In this way, they summon the energy of the crowd as their guide in linking just theright music to precise moments in time.Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the Rumpke MountainBoys is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my otherheroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’trehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well-- they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is veryimportant, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources... being a musician is a life-longlearning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.”
“Old Salt Union has the groove and the chops of a great string band, balanced with infectious rock and roll energy. Their music occupies that sweet space between Old Crow folk and Yonder Mountain jam -- not a bad place to be for a band about to break.”— No Depression.Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen. It is this collision of styles and musical vocabularies that informs their fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch.In 2015 they won the FreshGrass Band contest and found the perfect collaborator in Compass Records co-founder and GRAMMY winning banjoist and composer, Alison Brown, whose attention to detail and high standards pushed the group to develop their influences from beyond a vocabulary to pull from during improvisation and into the foundation of something truly compelling in the roots music landscape.Of working with the band in the studio, producer Brown says, “These post modern bluegrassers are true renegades. While they look like a bluegrass band, their musical sensibilities run much deeper and broader, borrowing as much from indie rock and jazz fusion as from Bill Monroe. And, even more exciting to me, they know no fear! They are wide open musical adventurers and we had a great time experimenting in the studio at the crossroads of these disparate influences. Though the band had established themselves as a growing festival act with performances at LouFest, Stagecoach Festival, Bluegrass Underground, Winter Wondergrass, Freshgrass, Wakarusa, Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Festival, and the 2014 Daytona 500, it was their breakout track on Spotify, “Madam Plum” that seemed to amplify awareness of the band beyond the bluegrass bubble.
Miles Over Mountains is an acoustic grassroots band based in Northern Illinois and comprised of former members of the group Huckleberry Green
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Sat Dec 8 12noon - FREE! ALL AGES!
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HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET 12-6pm Interested in vendor space for this year's Krampus Fest? We're taking applications! Send email to kate@martyrslive.com!Join us for our 6th annual Krampus Fest on Saturday December 8, 2018 12noon-6pm. Our Holiday Artisan Market features local artists, makers and crafters for your holiday shopping. Housemade Gluhwein, German potato pancakes and Paulina Market sausages will quench your thirst and fill your belly. And we’ll have Krampuses! Krampus is St. Nick’s demonic counterpart who threatens naughty children so you better be good! Our version of a Krampuslauf starts at 6pm in front of Martyrs’. Wear a Krampus costume! This event is free and family friendly!
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Sat Dec 8 12noon - Vendors!
HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET 12-6pm Interested in vendor space for this year's Krampus Fest? We're taking applications! Send email to kate@martyrslive.com!
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Sat, Dec 8 - 9pm - $10
Son Of Abbey is an all original rock band from Chicago. SOA is made up of members of the Chicago music scene. Lead Singer/Guitarist Karl Hafner of Lucid Ground, Bassist Chris Shen of Moon & Polarizer, Lead Guitarist Tommy Sheehy of 72 Hours, Pianist Thomas Miller of Rocket Cathedral and new addition Drummer Patrick Thomas. SOA will release their first full-length LP titled ‘Chasing Trouble’ at Martyrs 12/8/18! They then will get back in the studio this winter.
Robert Joseph is an americana blues-rock artist living in Nashville, TN originally from the Midwest. Robert was tired of listening to people tell him how to think, how to act and how to climb the "corporate ladder." So, Robert dowsed the ladder with gasoline and set it on fire. Exactly one year to the day before releasing his debut album Doozy, Robert quit his job as a scientist to focus on creating his own message. Now it's Robert's turn to speak and he has something to say. Robert uses a mixture of blues-rock guitar, catchy melodies and metaphorical lyrics to tell stories of his personal struggles with life in todays society.
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Tue, Dec 11 - 8pm - $10
Big Fucking Idiots are serving up rock n roll Chicago style. Complacency is the enemy. You have the right to say what you want. Don't be taken advantage of. Stand up for yourself
As angsty as we are polite, Anfang is a Chicago based band formed in 2018 with Andie Zaragoza on vocals, Mark Tonai on lead guitar, Christian Newman on bass and Nick Rissler on drums. The unique fusion of sounds that the group brings from blues to southern rock defies easy description but makes them a stand-out in the crowded Chicago music scene. Anfang brings a variety of original music written by all members of the band along with a surprising cover here and there to keep the crowd on their toes and off their phones.
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Wed, Dec 12 - 8pm - $10ad/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Thu, Dec 13 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Daily life is a struggle. Sometimes you need a Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, which is also the name of the new glam punk heavy rock product from Tony Rogers & John Scholvin of The Good. It’s like a lion on stimulants, a velvet jumper only two sizes too small, a goblet of mysterious dark liquid that promises a night you will never forget. It also showcases the pulsating rhythms of Jackie Schimmel & Greg Fundis, and it may be addictive.
Formed in the summer of ’16, The Fifth Star Band is a youthful group of raconteurs looking to make their impact on the music landscape with their soulful jazzy twist on American Traditional Rock. The unique sound The Fifth Star Band has been able to cultivate is largely due to the diverse musical backgrounds each member of the group brings to the table. While at its core, Jordan Sawyer’s songwriting embodies a modern take on American Traditional Rock, throw in some funky bass licks, a strong jazzy beat, and a smooth dose of Eric Pedone's sax and you get a sound unlike any other.
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Fri, Dec 14 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Jazzy Hip-Hop band Dassit has been on the forefront of the live-band Hip-Hop scene in Chicago for several years. Friday December 14th at Martyrs' will be their official album release show of their debut album "What A Year", appropriately timed to be released in early December.The five-piece band demonstrates that head-bobbing Hip-Hop and lush, improvisatory jazz can co-exist effortlessly. Led by saxophonist Simon Dufour and rapper Keith Harris, the band has a big sound with keys, bass, and drums rounding it out. The core band will also be joined by guest singers, rappers, and instrumentalist for the album release show. Fans of Nas and Miles Davis alike will find something to cherish in Dassit’s music.
MALCOLM LONDON, called the Gil Scott-Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is an internationally recognized Chicago poet, activist, educator and musician. London brings vim and vigor to his energetic performances tackling tough contemporary issues head on. He appeared on PBS for the first-ever televised TED Talk with John Legend and Bill Gates and has shared stages with actor Matt Damon and rapper Lupe Fiasco. As an organizer, London was part of a historic youth delegation to the United Nations in Geneva to address police violence in Chicago. Deeply interested in working on ways to improve the national education system, London regularly visits high schools, youth jails, colleges and communities to work with students on writing workshops and performances. London, also runs the largest youth open mic in Chicago along his side friend Chance The Rapper. He sees art as the intersection between justice and poetic imagination. Malcolm is now taking what he's learned from teaching and becoming an artivist and putting it into music. London was one of three artists profiled in the Billboard Documentary piece, “Saving Chicago: Inside Hip-Hops Movement to Make Chicago a Better Place” when his debut project #OPIA, released in October 2016. His next project is slated for release in Spring 2018. His current work can be heard now on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.
Sam "Trump" Harris is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter from Houston, TX, and has been a student of music from first picking up the trumpet at age 7. Since moving to Chicago in 2009 to obtain his fine arts degree in music, he has become heavily involved in Chicago's live music scene, and is widely known as a band leader, sideman, mentor, & curator. Wherever he is, Sam Trump is known for creating a vibe that is sophisticated & soulful.A few notable clients are SheaMoisture, Chicago Urban League, Volkswagen Jetta Haus, Sofar Sounds, REI, Chicago Ideas, Navy Pier, BAMSFest. Sam Trump’s debut album, PURPLE SKIES (2018) documents the early maturation of his solo artistry, covering topics of love & romance, family, inspiration, societal interdependence, & the Black American plight. All songs are produced by long-term collaborator & LA based producer, Calvin Valentine.Sam Trump is also a long standing member of HipHop, Soul, Jazz band, Sidewalk Chalk, who released their 4th album “An Orchid Is Born” in 2017, produced by Grammy Award Winner, Robert “Sput” Searight. • Chicago Music Awards nominee for "Best Male Vocalist 2016". • Deemed a "Renaissance Musician" by The Chicago Tribune (2016). • 3Arts Award nominee (2018)
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Sat, Dec 15 - 9:30pm - $12
Moon is heavy, melodic, spacious, majestic, propulsive, dark, rock. Moon is chiming echo-laden guitar, post rock bass, propulsive drumming, shifting time signatures, and haunting, ethereal vocals. Sonic reference points include Sunny Day Real Estate, Silversun Pickups, Circa Survive, Mogwai, Porcupine Tree, Rush. Moon formed in late 2008 when drummer Chris Schneberger found guitarist/singer David Azizinamini and bass player Pat LaRose. The three immediately found a chemistry and interest in crafting songs that were both heavy and melodic, challenging yet accessible. After a year, Moon began playing shows at clubs around Chicago. In 2012 they teamed with Mike Hagler of Kingsize Sound Labs to produce their debut full-length, “Finding and Losing the Light”. Since then shows have included being support for bands like Sleepy Sun (San Francisco), The Hounds Below (Detroit), Blood Red Shoes (UK), and Kinski (Seattle). Moon has headlined several local band showcases including a special solo show at Cobra Lounge sponsored by Vic’s Drum Shop. When Pat left for New York, Chris Shen replaced him on bass. Moon's second full-length album, “Distant But Close,” was released in 2014. The band released their third full-length studio album, “Extinction,” in 2018, recorded at Rax Trax Studios with Noam Wallenberg.
In the early to mid 90s, The Something Bros. regularly joined billings with acts such as Uncle Tupelo, Smashing Pumpkins, Soul Asylum, The Dead Milkmen, The Meat Puppets and Yo La Tengo. Prior U.S. tours include venues such as the legendary CBGBs in New York, First Avenue in Minneapolis, as well as headlining sold-out performances at Chicago's Cabaret Metro. In 1990, the Bros were voted one of the top 10 artists in both The Illinois Entertainer of Chicago and the Riverfront Times of St. Louis. The SoBros officially disbanded in 1992 but reconnected to perform nearly 25 years later. 2018 welcomes the release of the Something Brothers' highly anticipated album, APOLLO... along with shows at select venues to support it.
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Tue, Dec 18 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Wed, Dec 19 - 8pm - $10
Bringing you happy folk-pop music since 2009, Ed Quartet features the original songs of vocalist Eun Deitemyer and features Jon Deitemyer (drummer for Concord Jazz pianist Patricia Barber and Grammy-nominated Matthew Santos), Chris Siebold (guitarist for NPR's Prairie Home Companion and Grammy-winning Howard Levy), and Matt Ulery (NPR Top 10 Jazz Album 2012).
BS and The Truth is a musical experience like no other. Deeply rooted Americana is the first thought that comes to mind as layers of folk, psychedelic rock, blues, reggae, country and even a little bluegrass peel away to reveal a deeply personal and unique view into the human condition as told through the eyes of Ben Sherer, a man who only recently found his songwriting skills after decades of achieving whistling mastery whistling with all music he came into contact with after finding the ukulele. Combining all three forces with lyrics inspired by the increasingly volatile politics of the era, Sherer set out to find some truth amidst the advancing BS of the times... The Truth came together in a cabin on a lake in northern Wisconsin in summer of 2016 on a trip away with Ben's closest friends and their families. This weekend provided a perfect canvas for to begin showcasing his new song book, so he picked up his Ukulele and provided a soundtrack to that summer weekend. As though he had a plan all along, all his musician friends began gravitating towards these seemingly randomly placed instruments that he had brought up and placed around the room. That Sunday afternoon, the Truth was born, and the stories began to come to life.Ben Sherer - Vocals, Electric Baritone; Ed Stevenson - Keyboards; Jason Parke - Bass; Ricky Kubes - Drums, Woodblocks, Percussion; Marty Rocha - Drums & Percussion
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Thu, Dec 20 - 8pm - $10
FLOWTONE is a Chicago made Progressive Pop-Rock band. This four-piece group, includes dynamic drumming, slammin' bass lines, vocal belts, and sultry violin. Their uncompromising synchronicity and clever writing style embodies the definition of progressive music. The band is known for bringing on additional auxiliary string players to create a lush sonic atmosphere, uncommon in most rock bands.
Animal Factory started in 2011 with Sean Schaefer (Guitar), Austin Kelso (Drums), Jim Wilson (Guitar, Vocals), and Kevin Schaefer (Bass), in Des Plaines, Illinois. The group was formed by long-time band musicians and friends, united towards one common-cause; to inspire emotion to their fans and audience and to have a great time writing music. After three years, two albums, and a fair share of blood, sweat, and tears, Animal Factory is happy to say they have never felt more successful musically, commercially, and personally, than they do right now.
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Fri, Dec 21 - 9pm - $15
Cornmeal has weathered significant personnel changes only to rediscover its roots and harness new inspiration. Never has the band sounded quite so full of vim and vigor.” –Kindweb After 19 solid years on the road, Cornmeal continues it’s tradition of explosive live shows and sophisticated, captivatingly fun originals. Assembling a lineup of some of Chicago's most venerable musicians, Cornmeal’s late stage reinvention is breathing new life into the band and it’s performances. Be sure not to miss them as the head out for a few sellect shows this coming winter 2019.
A revelation! The steady pendulum of a land oil rig. He is tapped inspiration. He swings between misery & pride exploring the complexities inherent in the immorality of capitalism and the individual purpose found in one’s work. With uncanny awareness he knows the exact point where two disparate paradigms collide. He speaks of the greater implications of our reliance on fossil fuels, corrupt political leaders, and fear. Even as he tackles such heaviness, the songs are boisterous and driving. The perfect rallying cry for humanity from the heart of a working man.
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Sat, Dec 22 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s talent orbits him simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting edge hip hop. He’s a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound.Brown displayed an affinity for the trumpet at a young age as he won the national Miles Davis Trumpet Competition and studied under legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. His critically acclaimed debut album “HIP TO BOP”, recorded in New Orleans, foreshadowed Brown’s unique talent for creating fresh bop-inflected jazz. Yet, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation didn’t spare Maurice and he took his talent to Brooklyn.Maurice reformed his own quintet, resurrected his underground hip-hop/funk combo, Soul'd U Out and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, De La Soul, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lettuce and The Roots.His follow-up album, THE CYCLE OF LOVE garnered significant praise; Huffington Post and NPR named it one of the best records of the year. Brown further embraced his be-bop roots with hip-hop hooks; it also lays raw his dogged insistence on charting his own musical course, bred by the rare success of his debut album and a life uprooted post-Katrina."Hearing Maurice Brown play let's me know that jazz is in good hands going forward."- Marcus MillerMaurice was invited to join the newly formed Tedeschi-Trucks Band. He created the horn arrangements on TTB’s debut album, “Revelator” which won a 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album. Brown’s trumpet was a wailing counterpoint to Derek Truck’s searing guitar wizardry.“Maurice took a solid foundation of jazz and blues and turned it into a modern sound that is uniquely his own. “- Derek TrucksBrown’s immersion into hip hop as musician/MC/producer culminated in the 2014 release of “MAURICE vs. MOBETTA” (Brown Records). This groundbreaking alter-ego album remixed original horn parts with newly recorded hip hop beats. Brown’s jazz roots are cultivated here through the lens of a hip hop perspective. Talib Kweli, Prodigy and Jean Grae’s spitting rhymes are met by Mobetta’s own, while his trumpet circles muscularly throughout every track.” Maurice Brown’s horn is able to musically go anywhere." - Talib KweliConstant evolution drives him. His intuitive vision lights a fire under traditional jazz, adds sonic brass to rock n' roll and pushes the production tip in hip-hop. Having recently severed ties with TTB, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is again charting his own musical path. The summer release of album tracks he produced for Talib Kweli, Omar, and Prodigy will make 2016 a long, hot burn. His new album, “THE MOOD” is set to be released at the top of 2017.
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Fri, Dec 28 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers) out October 5th, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty. With all the power of a freight train, the Big Damn Band is known for its live shows. Rev. Peyton delivers guitar pyrotechnics the old fashioned way — ten fingers, a 6 string and an amp cranked at full tilt. In the country blues style, he plays the bass with his thumb, while picking the lead with his fingers at the same time. When he lifts the guitar behind his head to play there’s nothing but skill and 16 gauge nickel strings to make the sounds coming out of the speakers. Beside him on stage are just two other people. His wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton playing with all the nuance and percussive power of a New Orleans drum line, and keeping the train moving is Max Senteney on a lean drum kit including a 5 gallon maple syrup bucket. Together they play Peyton’s wildman country blues that’s as much ZZ Top as it is Bukka White. This is real, from the heart, handmade music made by people, for people who don’t have time for BS.
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Sat, Dec 29 - 9pm - $18adv/$20door
Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music "cool" again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. Imagine 70's funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!Although the ensemble cast enjoys a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam, this fledgling "nu-sion" project is growing a unique and rabid following by commanding audiences at theaters, clubs, and major national festivals since 2012. The powerhouse quintet's live show has been described by critics and fans alike as "lethal funk", "explosive", "jaw dropping", and "musically mesmerizing". For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: just sit back and enjoy the ride!Kung Fu Features: Tim Palmieri (guitar & vocals)Robert Somerville (tenor sax & vocals)Beau Sasser (keyboards & vocals)Chris DeAngelis (bass guitar & vocals)Adrian Tramontano (drums/percussion)
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Sun, Dec 30 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
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Mon, Dec 31 - 9pm - $20
Based out of Chicago, Illinois, Mungion, a boundless quintet that delivers musical eargasms of astronomical proportion to their listeners ears while simultaneously scrambling their eggs has landed. Mungion’s Musical Hijinx smells better than the aura of children of New Hope. May your ears ever be non-inverted, Their music was grown with fertile soil and tastes like yesteryears greens of collards so come take a bite. Mungion's compostional prowess topped with their ability to produce danceable uncanny improvisations obliterate the very concept of boundaries in the live setting. A bastard love child of The Headhunters, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Frank Zappa, Primus, Phish, Dixie Dregs, Chick Corea, SLAYER, and MMW, this quartet of musical brothers blends intricate compositions with jams that will get your tail feathers shakin! This Musical Circus plays for the love of captivating the moment as well as pushing each other and their audience to the outer limits.
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Fri, Jan 4 - 9pm - $10adv/$13door
Made up of veteran Chicago musicians, SpaceFace is dedicated to the brilliance that is Bowie. Shows that are made up of his music that spans from his early years right to the last album. SpaceFace is a loving celebration of the music of David Bowie. His work, like the man himself, could never be pigeon-holed into one style or genre. Bowie's music was so crucial throughout our time that his fingerprints are all over the last 50 years of popular music. In a career-spanning show, these Chicago musicians have curated a set that contains classics as well as band favorites. So....hang on to yourself, and press your SpaceFace close to ours!
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Sat, Jan 5 - 9pm - $10adv/$15door
Boy Band Review - Is the best Boy Band Tribute Show in the country! Bringing full production lights, video, choreography, harmonies and energy, Boy Band Review has captured the hearts of fans with their #boyband shows that transport audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky frontmen professing their undying love.Bringing some sweet hip thrusts and air grabs performed perfectly “N SYNC”, Boy Band Review, shows are an incredible throwback experience where fans relive the best years! They are playing to capacity crowds throughout the Midwest and spreading nationwide. They have played numerous high profile events, private engagements, a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Casino and countless venues across the country to capacity crowds. Boy Band Review is everyone's favorite show since the 1990s!
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Fri, Jan 11 - 10pm - $13adv/$15door
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includes Jim Boukas - guitar, Kris Nowak - guitar, Duff Driscoll - upright, Eric Lambert - guitar, Matt Arendt - guitar, Ben Wright - banjo, Jason Berger - mando, Steve Haberichter - mando, Pat Lyons - mando/dobro, Tom Murray - fiddle, Wavy Dave - banjo, Greg Morland - mando, Dan Andree - fiddle, Spencer Savoie - banjo, Grateful Gary - upright bass, James Chrzan - keys, Mike Krieglstein - upright bass, and more!
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Wed, Jan 16 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini.
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Thu, Jan 31 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet, Louis CK), Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol.1 as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival and many more. After their debut album "Amour, t’es là?” and sophomore “Yerakina”, Banda Magda is producing their 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor "Tigre" to be released in 2017.
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Fri, Feb 1 - 7:30pm - $12adv/$15door
Maybe April is a Country Americana trio made up of Katy Bishop, Kristen Castro, and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, AR, Simi Valley, CA, and Chicago, IL, the three met in the summer of 2012 at a music industry camp in Nashville, TN and wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a GRAMMY week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, and have played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. Maybe April is recognized for their three-part harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs, and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound. Just like their harmonies, Alaina, Katy, and Kristen are a perfect fit. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.
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Fri, Feb 8 - 9pm - $25
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This Must Be the Band are playing 4 shows of Talking Heads songs in support of the people of Yemen. For over a decade the people of Yemen have endured starvation, disease, and violence perpetrated by several governments, including our own. This Must Be the Band are playing the shows not only to raise money for the Yemeni people but to raise awareness of our own responsibility for their situation, and to urge our government to stop participating in their destruction.
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Sat, Feb 9 - 9pm - $25
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This Must Be the Band are playing 4 shows of Talking Heads songs in support of the people of Yemen. For over a decade the people of Yemen have endured starvation, disease, and violence perpetrated by several governments, including our own. This Must Be the Band are playing the shows not only to raise money for the Yemeni people but to raise awareness of our own responsibility for their situation, and to urge our government to stop participating in their destruction.
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Fri, Feb 15 - 9pm - $25
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This Must Be the Band are playing 4 shows of Talking Heads songs in support of the people of Yemen. For over a decade the people of Yemen have endured starvation, disease, and violence perpetrated by several governments, including our own. This Must Be the Band are playing the shows not only to raise money for the Yemeni people but to raise awareness of our own responsibility for their situation, and to urge our government to stop participating in their destruction.
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Sat, Feb 16 - 9pm - $25
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This Must Be the Band are playing 4 shows of Talking Heads songs in support of the people of Yemen. For over a decade the people of Yemen have endured starvation, disease, and violence perpetrated by several governments, including our own. This Must Be the Band are playing the shows not only to raise money for the Yemeni people but to raise awareness of our own responsibility for their situation, and to urge our government to stop participating in their destruction.
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Wed, Feb 27 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
The Pretty Things Peepshow 10 year anniversary tour! Featuring go-go Amy, The unkillable Jenny Lynne, Matt Scott of Rasputin's Marionettes, Scraps The Mind Reading dog and all the way from the UK special guest Rachel Atlas. This magical one of a kind vaudeville variety revue has circled the globe performing stunts of skill and courage includingsword swallowing, quick change magic, puppets, handcuff and straight jacket escape, sword ladder, the execution blade box, singing, comedy, a talking dog and more. Come see the awe inspiring acts these vivacious vaudevillians have to offer!
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Thu, Feb 28 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Upstate Rubdown is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America's musical heritage. Based in New York's Hudson Valley region, the band has spent years cultivating its sound, and continues to grow by the tune. The instrumentation includes Harry D'Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón, and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. The dynamic rhythm section supports a three part vocal harmony powerhouse of founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville-transplant Allison Olender. Over its six year history, the band has played in more than thirty states, from intimate house concerts to prominent festival stages, including Mountain Jam, Frendly Gathering, Green River Festival, and Otis Mountain Get Down. The band has shared the stage with Cory Henry, Phox, Marco Benevento, The Felice Brothers, Commander Cody, Marcus King Band, and many others. Otis Mountain Get Down captures the heart of the matter: "Pulling from the greatest corners of American music, this group has the power to get feet moving with or without amplification. Like fresh-farmed vegetables, their music is as organic as it is good for you. From foot-stomping bass, highlighted by the slap of a cajon, to the familiar strums of the mandolin over a wailing saxophone – there’s so much going on instrumentally that when the harmonious lead vocalists chime in, the result is nothing short of a homegrown hurricane of sound."
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Sun, Mar 17 - 8pm - $15adv /$17 door
MarchFourth is a joy-inducing force of entertainment. The colorful explosion of brassy funk, rock, and jazz is all about the groove. This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats tours the country year-round, bringing a spirit of celebration wherever they go. MarchFourth is, in a word, FUN! Fifteen MarchFourth musicians traveled from Portland, Oregon to New Orleans, Louisiana to record their fourth studio album, MAGIC NUMBER, self-released in September 2016. With Producer Ben Ellman (Galactic) and Engineer/Producer Mikael “Count” Eldridge (DJ Shadow, Tycho, Trombone Shorty) at the helm, the album is full of the captivating grooves and brassy swagger you’d expect from MarchFourth, plus a healthy dose of New Orleans magic, with guest appearance by Trombone Shorty, Stanton Moore (drums), and Matt Perrine (sousaphone). The album was fan-funded through Kickstarter. “Perfectly merging the artistic spirit of Portland with the musical spectacle of New Orleans, MarchFourth put on one of the most complete shows of any band on any stage. From rocking big band jam tunes, choreography and feats of strength that need to be seen to be believed, MarchFourth entertains on every level every second they are on the stage…or off!” ~Live for Live Music. “From the first note to the last, the sound was pumping and the fun never stopped… It’s worth noting that there are serious musicians behind all the fun. It’s obvious these guys (and gals) have had lots of training and formal practice. Talented band geeks turned rebels.” ~USAToday. “Just when you think you’ve heard it all, suddenly a band crosses paths with your ears and changes everything… Full of auditory goodness...” ~NYS Music. “Mighty, Explosive, Carnivalesque Brass Band Funk” ~New York Music Daily.
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Wed, Mar 20 - 8pm - $25adv/$30door
“It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.” This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b. Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years. Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington. In 2003, Oz released his debut record – “Oz Live” – recorded at NYC’s legendary Bitter End. In 2004, Oz signed with Magna Carta Records and in 2005, released his highly-acclaimed studio record “HA!” with his all-star band featuring Fig, Carlock, Lee and Genus plus special guests Mike Stern and George Whitty. In April of 2007, a licensing deal with Magna Carta and Japanese label Videoarts opened the door for Oz's music in Japan. Later that year saw the release of “Fuzzy Feat,” Oz’s third record under the Magna Carta label. For Fuzzy Feat, Oz’s all-star band is joined by various special guests including Colaiuta, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and keyboardists Whitty and Jim Beard. September 2009 saw the release of Oz’s fourth album, “Schizophrenic,” featuring Lee, Fig, Carlock, Weckl, Ricky Peterson, Chris Palmero, and special guest Steve Lukather. September 2011 is expected the release of Oz’s fifth studio album “Twisted Blues” Featuring Vinnie Coliauta, Anton Fig, Chris Layton, Will Lee, Roscoe Beck , John Medeski, Jerry Z, Reese Wynans, Ralph Macdonald and special guests Eric Johnson & Allen Toussaint. For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for “best guitar riff on a record” in 2007. In 2008, Oz won the Guitar Player’s readers poll again; this time for “best new talent.” Oz Noy has performed, toured and recorded with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano, Wonder Girls, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, The East Village Opera Company, Roger Glover, Bill Evans, Warren Hayes, Gove’t Mule, Allen Toussaint, Eric Johnson and others.
For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
James Genus is one of the most versatile and in-demand bassist on the scene today. He is well known for his talents on both the acoustic and the electric bass. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he was introduced to Miles Davis, Coltrane, Monk, and the acoustic bass. During his latter years at VCU he studied and played with pianist Ellis Marsalis, who furthered his musical knowledge. He moved to New York, where his first major gig was with Blue Note recording artists Out of the Blue. From there he moved on to play/record with artist such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Ravi Coltrane, and Dave Douglas. He is currently in the Saturday Night Live Band while also continuing to perform, produce, and write music.
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Thu, Mar 21 - 8pm - $25adv/$30door
“It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.” This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b. Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years. Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington. In 2003, Oz released his debut record – “Oz Live” – recorded at NYC’s legendary Bitter End. In 2004, Oz signed with Magna Carta Records and in 2005, released his highly-acclaimed studio record “HA!” with his all-star band featuring Fig, Carlock, Lee and Genus plus special guests Mike Stern and George Whitty. In April of 2007, a licensing deal with Magna Carta and Japanese label Videoarts opened the door for Oz's music in Japan. Later that year saw the release of “Fuzzy Feat,” Oz’s third record under the Magna Carta label. For Fuzzy Feat, Oz’s all-star band is joined by various special guests including Colaiuta, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and keyboardists Whitty and Jim Beard. September 2009 saw the release of Oz’s fourth album, “Schizophrenic,” featuring Lee, Fig, Carlock, Weckl, Ricky Peterson, Chris Palmero, and special guest Steve Lukather. September 2011 is expected the release of Oz’s fifth studio album “Twisted Blues” Featuring Vinnie Coliauta, Anton Fig, Chris Layton, Will Lee, Roscoe Beck , John Medeski, Jerry Z, Reese Wynans, Ralph Macdonald and special guests Eric Johnson & Allen Toussaint. For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for “best guitar riff on a record” in 2007. In 2008, Oz won the Guitar Player’s readers poll again; this time for “best new talent.” Oz Noy has performed, toured and recorded with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano, Wonder Girls, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, The East Village Opera Company, Roger Glover, Bill Evans, Warren Hayes, Gove’t Mule, Allen Toussaint, Eric Johnson and others.
For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
James Genus is one of the most versatile and in-demand bassist on the scene today. He is well known for his talents on both the acoustic and the electric bass. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he was introduced to Miles Davis, Coltrane, Monk, and the acoustic bass. During his latter years at VCU he studied and played with pianist Ellis Marsalis, who furthered his musical knowledge. He moved to New York, where his first major gig was with Blue Note recording artists Out of the Blue. From there he moved on to play/record with artist such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Ravi Coltrane, and Dave Douglas. He is currently in the Saturday Night Live Band while also continuing to perform, produce, and write music.
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Fri, Mar 22 - 8pm - $10
Summer Camp: On The Road brings the magic of Summer Camp Music Festival to your town. Summer Camp will be visiting multiple cities across the country searching for the best talent the area has to offer. Come out to support local artists as they play for a spot at #SCamp19!
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Sat, Mar 23 - 9pm - $10
Summer Camp: On The Road brings the magic of Summer Camp Music Festival to your town. Summer Camp will be visiting multiple cities across the country searching for the best talent the area has to offer. Come out to support local artists as they play for a spot at #SCamp19!
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Sun, Mar 24 - 7pm - $25adv/$35door
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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