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Mon, May 1 - 7pm - $5
The Kilgubbin Brothers’ name and music celebrate the American-Irish shantytown that clung to a muddy island in the Chicago River in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They play the irrepressible, stubbornly upbeat music that emerged onto that island when the tunes and songs first baptized in the blessed wells of Ireland were dragged through the factory-fouled waters of the Chicago River. Playing with tenacity and unruliness, The Kilgubbin Brothers tap into the dance tunes and songs whose spirit and beauty persisted in their new home: soot-stained, early urban America. The Kilgubbin Brothers feature: Chicago Irish fiddle legend Seán Cleland (Drovers, Bohola); the mighty Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhrán, and banjo; Boston-born, All-Ireland fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger (Sprigs, Noel Henry Irish Showband); guitar virtuoso Jesse Langen (Hasco Duo, Ensemble Dal Niente); and powerhouse singer Ray Quinn (Tin Lynott, Martyrs’).
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Tue, May 2 - 8pm - $10
Bob Mamet is a 7-time chart-topping Jazz pianist and composer known for his uniquely melodic and vibrant style.Bob’s three major-label albums as a solo artist and two critically acclaimed releases with his prominent Bob Mamet Trio have garnered rave reviews and Top-Selling status around the globe. The Trio has recently sold out top Jazz venues in New York, Los Angeles, Philidelphia, Chicago, Houston, and Paris. The debut of the Bob Mamet Trio at the legendary Paris Jazz venue “Sunside/Sunset” prompted the French magazine Jazz Hot to declare: “What a discovery it was! ….their dichotomy of sweetness and fire, always to arrive at a beautiful osmosis.” Bob enjoyed success in Los Angeles as a lauded film composer, studio musician, and recording artist with Atlantic Records for 12 years. During his time with Atlantic, Bob continuously resided in the top ten on the national Jazz charts, hitting Number One 7 times. After Bob moved back to his hometown Chicago in 2014, his internationally hailed CD “London House Blues,” a tribute to the classic Chicago Jazz clubs of the 50’s and 60’s, received instant acclaim. Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune wrote: “There's real musicality at the heart of Mamet's work” citing his "delicacy of tone and openly emotional style… A serious artist addressing important compositions [with] a silvery touch, a polished delivery and a fluency of expression.” Bob’s melodic-yet-authentic acoustic style has been well documented. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Bob a “master melody maker” and the Chicago Sun-Times calls him simply “The Natural.” His music has been played over one million times on radio throughout the world and is heard every day on Sirius/XM satellite radio. His one-of-a kind sound and ability to connect with audiences sets him apart as a true Jazz artist for the 21st Century.
Subhi is a singer, songwriter, composer based in Chicago. Her debut album (out this summer) is a Hindi Pop-Jazz album in collaboration with renowned musicians from the Chicago Jazz scene including Joaquin Garcia (Piano), Ivan Taylor (Double Bass), Gustavo Cortinas (Drums) & Rajiv Halim (Saxophone). Born in New Delhi, Subhi moved to New York when she was 16 years old. Later, she moved to Chicago and kept actively traveling to Mumbai for work on several music projects. Being in Chicago, she wanted to embrace the city’s vibrant jazz into her music. She started working with local musicians and this collaboration helped her discover a unique style. Today, her music highlights her journey as an artist between two cultures & showcases a blend of her Indian roots and the prominent Jazz scene of Chicago. Subhi recently performed at the 'Eye On India' festival in Chicago and her songs have been featured on NPR and WGN TV. She began her career working as a music assistant on Monsoon Wedding Broadway show in New York. She went on to compose, write, and sing for Bollywood movies and leading Indian digital studios.
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Wed, May 3 - 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, May 4 - 9pm - $1 - Door Only
After 25 years, The Big C Jamboree, will be ending in May 2017. A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1992. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
AMAZING HEEBY JEEBIES members have got fired, arrested, incarcerated, shot, killed & resurrected. They're the worst of the worst & will scare you out of your pants. Fans are convinced if (The Cramps) Poison Ivy & Lux Interior had a twisted hipshakin' love child, it would be Ary. The Jeebies also invoke The Gun Club, Roky Erickson, Esquerita, The Sonics & The Blasters In their gritty roadside garagabilly terror drawing on 50's boogie to 60's garage horror punk deep from the underworld of moody psychotic rock n roll!
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Sat May 6 - 1pm - $10 - All Ages
The Whitney Young Thirst Project is holding a benefit concert to raise money to build wells in Swaziland, a region in Africa where clean drinking water is not available. Several artists are playing to support the cause, such as Third Rail, Boise Noise, 12:59, The Alternates, and the Chicago School of Rock. A donation of $10 will be taken at the door.
Alternative/ Laundry Room Rock
CHICAGO rock and roll from 4 doods
We're just a bunch of dudes who recorded an EP in an attic, BIG WHOOP!
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Mon, May 8 - 8pm - $12
Dance Tribute is an annual series, in which a collection of songs from a single musician/band/artist are selected and paid tribute to through choreography and live performance.Over 60 Chicago dancers/movers/actors/choreographers are involved with every Tribute. It is a night of dance, happy chums, drinks, grub, laughs, art, and only a few uncomfortable moments.This year's Dance Tribute is especially exciting because it is the first tribute to a local composer; the man himself, the dreamy, McSteamy, Mark Messing!! Who is he?"Mark Messing is a performer, composer, and collaborator in interdisciplinary art groups. He co-founded local band, Mucca Pazza, as well as a number of artist-initiated projects including: The Human Television Network, The All American Anti-War Marching Band, and commercial music and sound design company, Maestro-Matic. He serves as a liaison to the artists, and is the Executive Director of Opera-Matic, NFP, an organization that activates public spaces for community engagement through people-powered sound, story, and interaction. He is a builder of community, an avid bicyclist, and a tremendous advocate for the Chicago neighborhoods. The man shops local people. More about the composer part: he is a music genius. I love the dude, and this Tribute is to say thanks for all of his efforts and excellence."Following every Dance Tribute is the greatest dance party of your life, inspired by the music of the night. This year, we'll have a live band for everyone to bump their booties to.
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Tue, May 9 - 9pm - $10
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includes Jim Boukas - guitar, Kris Nowak - guitar, Duff Driscoll - upright, Eric Lambert - guitar, Matt Arendt - guitar, Ben Wright - banjo, Jason Berger - mando, Steve Haberichter - mando, Pat Lyons - mando/dobro, Tom Murray - fiddle, Wavy Dave - banjo, Greg Morland - mando, Dan Andree - fiddle, Spencer Savoie - banjo, Grateful Gary - upright bass, James Chrzan - keys, Mike Krieglstein - upright bass, and more!
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Wed, May 10 - 8pm - $7
The Streems are a Chicago-based high-power blues rock band, combining elements of alternative, punk and noise rock to create their original and unique “hand-made” sound. The band has been active since 2008, has produced 3 albums, and played at many venues around Chicago and beyond. Consisting of a small team of three musicians (Guitar, Bass Drums), the band produces a surprisingly powerful experience, transforming any stage into an irresistible storm of melody, performance and haunting lyrics.
Trombonist Mike Hagedorn presents his post-empire meta-genre trio The Four Three, featuring guitarist Alex Perkolup and drummer Jeff Goulet. It's loud but subtle, tightly arranged but wildly improvisational, oddly familiar but cozily unusual. Someone shouted "punk jazz!" at one of their shows, and they thought it apropos. They are based in Chicago, and they invite you to listen to their selections on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-four-three/albums. Trombonist Mike Hagedorn has been testing his theories of genre and style with his recording and performance collective 4boxs, as a stalwart sideman for Cheer-Accident, and with countless other rock, jazz, and improvisation outfits. Guitarist Alex Perkolup, formerly of Cheer-Accident, The Flying Luttenbachers, and Dot Dot Dot, never backs down from a challenge. Drummer Jeff Goulet, formerly of Hot Garbage, plays lots of other things in his own duo In Masks, and guitar in Lovely Little Girls, where, in fact, Hagedorn and Perkolup play as well.
Laura's Island is a three-piece indie rock band based in Chicago. Their Smiths-inspired debut record, October 2, was released in February on Atlantic City Melodies.
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Thu, May 11 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Railway Gamblers is a four-piece Americana group that originated on the Southside of Chicago. The band consists of primary songwriter, Brendan Folliard, as well as Matt Fricks, Joe Sexton, and Sean Wilmsen. Having extensively played at a number of Chicago’s famous independent venues and having booked shows alongside a number of notable acts (Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Head For The Hills), Railway Gamblers have been very active in the music scene, composing original material with storytelling lyrics, a vibrant folk rock sound, and a warm country twang that provides listeners with a fresh take on the classic Americana music genre. In April of 2015, the group recorded their debut album, Heart Of The Sun, at Kingsize Sound Labs with Mike Hagler (engineer on Wilco’s ‘Summerteeth’ and mastering engineer on My Morning Jacket’s ‘At Dawn’). Two singles from the album were released in June 2015: “Fade Away” and, “Diamond Road.” Heart of the Sun was officially released on July 10, 2015 in CD format and on a number of digital outlets (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon). The album received very positive reviews and the full recording, as well as individual tracks, was covered on several media outlets, including The Barn Presents and Indie Obsessive (a blog contributor to ‘Hype Machine’). The musical success of Railway Gamblers has prompted festival appearances in Battle Creek, MI and at the 11th Annual Rossaroo Music Festival in Watseka, IL. “Fade Away” received attention as the group’s first single and was played on the nationally recognized radio station, 93.1 WXRT. The Railway Gamblers will head back to Kingsize in November of 2015 to record their second album, Shadow of the Moon, set for release in Early 2016.
Anyone that has witnessed Lavengood perform will attest to these three key attributes: his big heart, wild energy on stage, and the aptitude on the many instruments that he plays. Having released 2 LPs and a 7 inch vinyl under his own name in conjunction with 2 LPs, an EP, and an album on the way with International touring act, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Mark Lavengood is no stranger to the hustle of the music industry. He is currently planning his third full length album, “We’ve Come Along,” to be released in May with Earthwork Music.
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!
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Fri, May 12 - 9pm - $10
Dassit is a Chicago based band that plays Jazz infused Hip-Hop. Live rhymes over fat grooves laced with instrumental improvisation.
Nice Motor is a Rock n' Soul band from Chicago, forming in late 2014. With Brian Webb on Vocals and Guitar, Seth Webb on Drums, Dave Swick on Guitar, and Neil Krajenta on bass, the band began recording music during the summer of 2015. Their first releases, "All the Neighbors" and "Turn to Stone" were made available for free on Soundcloud in the fall of that same year.Nice Motor formed after the break-up of Chicago veteran band "Jonny Rumble", freeing up Brian and Seth for new adventures, and Dave's departure from another Chicago band, "Super Happy Fun Club". Neil was waiting in the wings, bought a bass, and off they went. Beginning with acoustic writing sessions on a balcony, and impromptu electric noise-making, the band quickly began to write tunes as a well-orchestrated unit. After pocketing a hand or two full of songs, the band began recording in May with their good friend Chris Mason manning the controls of a make-shift home-studio. The month of May also saw Nice Motor play their first show, selling out Alive One in Chicago, to benefit Team High-Life and bring awareness to suicide prevention. They quickly followed up by selling out a show at Tonic Room in June.Nice Motor has plenty more to come, with more music on the way, and more shows in the works.
Calaveras LD it's a Latin-rock band created by the brothers Marco and Fernando LD. Influenced by different genres of music, Calaveras LD has a unique sound that will get your groove on.
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Sat, May 13 - 9pm - $18adv/$20door
Legendary guitar virtuoso Harvey Mandel, aka "The Snake," truly one of the most distinctive and innovative musicians, continues to perform throughout the world, captivating audiences with his inventive style of electric guitar playing. Lead guitarist of the legendary Californian R&B band Canned Heat, recruited by British blues man John Mayall to be a member of the Bluesbreakers, recorded on the 1976 The Rolling Stones LP "Black and Blue",his unique style is evident on the song "Hot Stuff." Harvey Mandel was a pioneer of modern electric blues from Chicago. He developed and mastered sustained and controlled feedback, displaying both extroversion and musical virtuosity. He has performed with many blues legends including Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Albert King, and Buddy Guy. Harvey Mandel, "The King Of Sustain", has been cited as a major influence by many of today's music superstars. The critics call him "an unsung hero," "a hugely influential but almost forgotten giant of instrumental rock" and "the best known unknown in pop guitar." As roots music has gained prominence through the 90's, purists such as Mandel have had the opportunity to forge a path of musical integrity and expose new audiences to the original Harvey Mandel sound!
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Sat, May 13 - 9:30pm - $10adv/$12door
The Cell Phones will ruin your first impression of them. Acoustic bass? Small drum kit? A woman? What is this, Jazz Time? NOPE. The Cell Phones bring the noise loud, fast and strong. They've been described as Power Pop Violence, Girl Group Grindcore, and Post-Punk Funk-a-Dunk, but that still won't do much to prepare you. Check out their first full-length album Get You Alone on Bandcamp!
Hailing from the land of brutal winters and deep dish pizza, North by North has developed their own brand of infectious, spastic yet finely-honed rock and roll. They seamlessly toe the line between 3 minute garage pop anthems and your dad’s favorite “prog-rock deep cuts” cassette tape, with plenty of hooks to spare.
Suck the Honey is a two piece rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Lucas Frazier (Vox/Guitar) and Jake Grove (Drums) make music that flows from loud, heavy, and abrasive to ambient, dark, and melancholic all while retaining the simplistic and memorable structure of a pop song. The result is music you can sing along to that actually means something. Drawing inspiration from other two piece acts such as Death From Above 1979, The Kills, Local H, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, and Royal Blood, you can expect thick, fuzzy guitar tones and heavy, pounding drums. Where STH does it their own way is in the dynamics within each song, the switch from sad to angry, depressed to destructive. Take a moment to listen to the music, and stay tuned for what's to come.
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Mon, May 15 - 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, May 16 - 9pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British Jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame and Scott Tipping of Cornmeal,John Reed of Helping Phrendly Orchestra and Terrapin Flyer,Packy Lundholm of Terrapin Flyer,and special guests
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Thu, May 18 - 8pm - $7
True to their name, Tougher Than You Thought, shocks their audiences with a sound much harder and tighter than their personalities. The laid back band members, all brought up in the heart of Chicago, bring a unique intensity to their performances.Perhaps, this is a result of their affinity for the pop-punk music of their youths. This love of fast guitar, complex drums, and honest lyrics translates to a mature, fun sound that falls into the alt-rock genre of today.Not only is their sound full of energy, the bandmates' obvious friendship imbues their performances with an on-stage charisma that leaves you wanting to meet them at the bar after the show.
DAVIDSTOUT is an indie rock band from Grand Rapids, MI. Driven by energetic guitar parts and dynamic drums and bass, the four-piece band delivers a sound that is all their own. The band consists of David, Miranda, Trent, and Nate. Together, they’ve been able to combine their multiple talents and influences to create music full of clever hooks and lyrics you want to listen to over and over again. They’ve been playing together for almost a full year now, touring the midwest promoting the recent release of their new EP, “Puzzles”. DAVIDSTOUT has shown that, even though they may be young, their talent shines through with everything needed to make it.
On a regular day, you can find Leah Jean penning a heartfelt lyric, humming an infectious melody, or letting her fingers find the guitar riff that will inspire a sumptuous song. Adorned with honest lyrics that hit close to home, Leah Jean's music resonates and stays with you far beyond the final note. Haunting vocals and harmonies soar over moody backdrops colored with undertones of bluesy jazz, folk, and soul. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Leah Jean brings a humble persona and fresh perspective to the Chicago music scene.
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Fri, May 19 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Making Movies makes music that matters: Built upon a heavy foundation of Afro-Latino rhythms, they have created a bilingual, psychedelic re-envisioning of the Latin American “son.” The band’s second album, A La Deriva, (“adrift” or “swept away”), produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, tells a story based on the struggles of an immigrant family that tragically falls apart in America, and the consequential impact on the following generation. Taking cues from Latin American folklore, the band’s sound swings intensely, at times sounding like Compay Segundo being played by Jimi Hendrix and at other times like The Talking Heads digging deep into a dembow. When Felix Contreras at NPR described the title track ’Deriva’ he stated, “…the young band Making Movies (and its producer, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos) shows us how deeply thought-out lyrics sound next to a rhythm track that somehow both propels and floats without violating the laws of physics.” The band’s strong lyricism, persistent percussive waves, and deft ways of straddling two cultures flowed easily into becoming a bilingual recording. “Since I was six years old my life has been in both English and Spanish so I find it natural to make music the same way,” explains singer/guitarist Enrique Chi. Enrique and his brother, bassist Diego Chi, grew up in Panama, listening to classic rock from their Papá’s collection. Mama, on the other hand loved to dance to the traditional sounds of salsa, merengue and cumbia, and the entire family agreed on the inspiration of Panamanian musician Ruben Blades. “A huge influence,” says Chi. Even as a child, he understood the Blades epic, “Pedro Navaja,” to be a dark song you still could dance to, and turned a paradox into a personal credo: “Music should have a deeper meaning, More than just a feel-good time; it needs to make you think a bit.”The brothers formed the band in Kansas City in 2009, with percussionist Juan-Carlos Chaurand and drummer Brendan Culp. Upon releasing an EP, Aguardiente, in 2012, the band’s sound was described by The K.C. Star’s Ink Magazine as “Cuban dance hall merged with blasts of scabby guitar straight out of Sonic Youth’s Day dream Nation, as if reinterpreted by Santana.” When they landed a gig opening for Los Lobos, producer Steve Berlin recognized the band as fellow travelers. Berlin says of the band, “I was struck by the effortless way they moved between musical styles, all the while managing to make each their own. It was instantaneous that I knew I wanted to work with them.” Berlin moved the band into KBC Records,in Portland, OR.” Working 12-hours a day, “It was pretty much done in eleven days,” says Chi, who watched his songs shape-shift in the studio. “Steve encouraged longer jams, pushing us to capture our live vibe on record, and to keep first takes, not over-think things. ‘Muerte,’ for example, had a completely different groove when it started,” he explains, “and the jam section on that song was improvised live.”The beachy, breezy cumbia rhythm of “Lo Que Quiero” accompanies a lyric about domestic violence and addictive cycles. He traces the inspiration back to Ruben Blades, “he would sneak dark elements into stories that ultimately seek to empathize and illuminate.” “Kids of immigrants, especially the undocumented, grow up today with a lot of challenges, worried about their parents, worried about how the family will pay the rent, fully aware of their place in life and their limited options. When you limit a kid that distinctly, all kinds of terrible things can happen.” A child can easily be cast A La Deriva. The members of Making Movies are socially active both inside and outside of the band. In 2012, they established M.U.S.I.C.A. a summer music camp in Kansas City for low income students from immigrant families. Partnering with local non-profit, the Mattie Rhodes Center, in July of 2013 the band completed a successful second year of the music camp.
Radio Free Honduras is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band, fronted by Honduran music legend and guitar virtuoso Charlie Baran. Before relocating to Chicago, Charlie was a fixture in the Honduran music scene. He became well known by those in the music industry as a composer and songwriter, and was revered by audiences for his talent as a performer. In Honduras he is best known as a founding member of the Honduran punta-rock band Banda Blanca. Charlie teamed up with Dan Abu-Absi (of JT and the Clouds and Birds of Chicago fame) to put together Radio Free Honduras a band of seasoned Chicago players who bring a wide range of influences to the music. The main focus of the band is on original music, but performances will often feature well known hits from Latin America, and Spanish language versions of American music of the 60's and 70's as well.
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Sat, May 20 - 9pm - $12
Chicago's own Hiber is a brand new pop-rock band, nodding to influences in electronic music, indie rock and R&B. The group's name plays off the inevitable hibernation of Windy City-dwellers every winter. Fresh off of 5 showcases at Austin's big spring music festival, this year Hiber opted for a studio den filled with frenetic creativity, emerging with a project that is the vision of frontman and primary songwriter Danny Surico (Chicago's The Future Laureates - US top 10 alternative rock specialty radio). With songs helmed by producer, Yoo Soo Kim - whose work has been featured in BMW, Nissan, Bing, and NPR - Hiber is poised to release their debut EP, What You Wanted, at Martyrs' in Chicago.
Forest & The Evergreens from Columbus, OH are recieving great praise at home after the release of "Young Funk." "Light shining into a prism and refracting in unexpected directions is a glorious sight to behold. Sonically, Forest & the Evergreens is that sort of prism — one of the brightest and most colorful in town."- Chris Deville, Columbus Alive "Best Local Band of 2013" - (Columbus Underground)
It’s another steamy day in Nashville and I’m hanging with Christian Luthi at his pad on the east side. We’re sharing a coffee at three in the afternoon as he begins to come-to after an evening of work and play. Originally from Hartford, WI, his musical journey began at the age of five. However, the story really begins when he packed up everything he owned in his mini van, gave up music school in Madison, WI and headed south to Nashville. He had never stepped foot in TN and was pumped to start fresh. He went to work making cronies and “faking” Belmont. After playing Americana for five or six years, writing with and for various artists in the city, he’s decided to pursue his long-time vision of a funk crew. “I felt like I was writing what I was writing because everyone was doing it,” he says. “I’ve always just wanted to create something that people can boogie to — something that’s timeless.” Now, rolling with a big band including various horns and a variety of saucy vibes, he's beginning the next part of the saga. The band is a true melting pot, no one is from the same place. LUTHI has a bit of something for everybody. It’s time for people to get down. That's really it. So put on something weird, take off your shoes, and come on.
Consistently delivering catchy hooks and 3-part harmonies, HandGrenades have made quite a name for themselves since their formation in 2008. Brothers Andrew and Tom Pawelski, Nick Chevillet, and Joby Kaslowski cite Motown and the British Invasion as primary influences, coupled with modern acts like The Walkmen and French Kicks. In 2011, The HGs hit the studio to record Three Cheers for the Wonder Years – an EP mixed by Kevin McMahon (Real Estate, Titus Andronicus) and released by Sound Artifacts Music. Following a stint at 2012’s SXSW, The HandGrenades partnered with Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders (The White Stripes, Electric Six) to independently release their full-length record, The Morning After. Both albums are available online in the US and EU via digital distributors, and the band is currently in-studio recording tracks for a third record.
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Tue, May 23 - 8pm - $7
Oh Malô (oh muh-low) presents a shape-shifting sound through their dynamic arrangements as delicate vocals intertwine with ambient guitars and powerful, aggressive drums. They combine influences from rhythmically innovative indie outfits such as Local Natives and Bombay Bicycle Club, vocalists Patrick Watson and the late Jeff Buckley, and the chilling ambiance of Radiohead and Sigur Rós to create an unpredictable blend of timbres.
Mash up Sonic Youth ripe bananas, Garbage flour + The Cranberries (optional ingredient) to make Menacerno muffins. Similar to the muffins recipe, our name is a concoction of musical tastes and our individual personalities to make a very Googleable name. Pronounced me-nuh-sir-no. Tah-dah.
Regarded for their unique cross-genre music styling's, Earth Program have extended their unique singular vision by creating an entire universe around it. The group incorporates various multimedia elements including projected visuals & theatrics into their on-stage repertoire. The "fictional" Earth Program story line, which coincides with live performances, takes place in a abandoned amusement park themed universe known as Obbityville. These antic filled adventures generally find the Programmers in the midst of an ongoing battle in pursuit of restoring intergalactic rock'n'roll unity to the galaxy against their greatest archenemy, to date, a deranged green skinned mad scientist & host of the notorious Earth Program game show, Dr. Mondo. "A grungy sounding outfit that pulsates with an updated garage sound. Tempos are up & hooks rain down from the ceiling. This is a band to watch for very good reason" - Chicago Tribune. "The Earth Program is about to blow the roof off the Chicago music scene." - Loud Loop Press.
Arising from the remnants of the band formerly known as Vanarays, Stardusk Encounter takes a fresh approach in sharing the musical vision of it's members. Drawing elements from ALL genres of music, they are determined to develop a sound that is unparalleled.
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Wed, May 24 - 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.
Thirty years ago this month, Michael Stipe walked into a Nashville recording studio with his bandmates and sang these words: “The time to rise has been engaged. You're better best to rearrange.” With those ominous lyrics, R. E. M. launched into their fifth studio album, Document. “Listen to the Congress. Where we propagate confusion.” And though the album was inspired by the waning years of the Reagan administration when the Iran-Contra hearings dominated the headlines for months on end,… “‘They're going wild,’ the call came in. At early morning pre-dawn, then. The followers of chaos out of control’” …the songs R. E. M. chose for that album sound eerily like they could have been written today. “There's something strange going on tonight. There's something going on that's not quite right.” Join Great Moments in Vinyl as we relive the rise of R. E. M., beginning with their first major commercial success in 1986, Lifes Rich Pageant, to the album that marked their need to speak out about their outrage in 1987. Lifes Rich Pageant and Document. Next up for Great Moments in Vinyl. This performance featuring Phil Angotti, Alton Smith, Richard Pettengill, William Lindsey Cochran, and others. May 24th at Martyrs’. “It's the end of the world as we know it. It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.”
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Thu, May 25 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Detroit-based prog/metal band Imminent Sonic Destruction, was formed in 2008 during an unexpected lunar eclipse, which wiped out vast swaths of humanity and ushered in the so-called New Age of Progressive Super Metal. Maybe you remember. It was a Tuesday. Even though some of that is made up, the band was initially formed around the strong songwriting of guitarist/vocalist Tony Piccoli, and consists of Pat DeLeon (drums), Pete Hopersberger (keyboards/vocals), Bryan Paxton (bass) and Scott Thompson (guitar/vocals). Imminent Sonic Destruction’s sound is a satisfying blend of styles, at times melodic, complex, epic and crushingly heavy, drawing on the members’ various influences, which cover the full spectrum of prog, rock, and metal. Imminent Sonic Destruction recorded and released their debut full-length CD, Recurring Themes, in 2012 to critical acclaim. Based on the strength of that album and an energetic live show, they toured North America with prog giants Pain of Salvation and Fates Warning, among others. In between tours, the band spent time excitedly writing and demo-ing a diverse collection of songs. Which brings Imminent Sonic Destruction to 2016, and the announcement of Triumphia, an ambitious concept album featuring over 69 minutes of music, including the 22+ minute epic “Arborous Calm.” Triumphia will be released worldwide on Luxor Records on September 2, and features artwork by acclaimed artist Travis Smith.
Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis etc.): I love the CD...the sheer skill and gusto with which they tackle it makes you laugh out loud. Great drumming. Jonathan plays and writes like a demon. Congratulations to them.John Wetton (King Crimson, UK, Asia): 'Can't take you with me' is dynamite. I wish you luck, you're a good band, and deserve success, see you on the broad highway.Roine Stolt (Flower Kings, Transatlantic): Your band is one of the very few I can see a real true potential in and I'm sure you have many new fabulous albums coming in the near future.Jim Derogatis (NPR's "Sound Opinions", Rolling Stone Magazine): District 97 is a wildly ambitious progressive-rock group whose youth belies its accomplishments onstage and on its new "Hybrid Child" CD.District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. The release of 2012's critically-acclaimed Trouble With Machines ushered in an exciting era for the Chicago-based Progressive Rock band; In 2013, the band toured both Europe and the US with legendary bassist and vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson/UK/Asia), which was documented on 2014's live release, One More Red Night: Live in Chicago. 2013 also saw the band nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Award by Prog Magazine. Rather than rest on their laurels, District 97 took to the studio in 2014 to record the new material they'd been honing at home and on the road. The resulting album, In Vaults (due in June 2015), continues and accelerates the upward trajectory of great songwriting and incredible musicianship that's been evident since the band's 2010 debut, Hybrid Child. One listen perfectly illustrates why John Wetton says, “I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt."DISTRICT 97 was formed in the fall of 2006 by drummer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and guitarist Sam Krahn (replaced in 2008 by current guitarist Jim Tashjian). The foursome from Chicago honed a no-holds barred style of Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired Instrumental Rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound; enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson from Heart, Leslie's dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. She was followed shortly thereafter by one of Chicago's finest young guitarists, Jim Tashjian. With this new blend of charisma and stellar musicianship in place, their live shows over the past several years at festivals such as RoSfest and Prog Dreams II, and numerous appearances across the USA, UK and Europe cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with onstage, as well as in the recording studio.In August 2015, Rob Clearfield and Patrick Mulcahy left the group and were eventually succeeded by Andrew Lawrence and TIm Seisser, respectively. The new lineup will debut in tours across Europe and the US in 2016.
Nomadic came together as a result of Eric and Tom's desire to create some music inspired by their mutual love of classic progressive rock, along with other styles that exhibit texture, dynamics, free-form creativity, and originality. They decided early on to go for it without a full-time keyboardist, but wanted another element to keep from being "another power trio" so to speak. That's where Chuck comes in. A fully trained classical musician who has done extensive theater work, and has performed with the CSO, Chuck has another side. With his 7 string violin through a full blown guitar rig, Chuck can go from beautiful violin melodies, to over-driven power chords. Henry and Tom have worked together with a variety of artists, both on stage, and in the studio, and have a great working relationship and understanding of each others' playing. Henry's impeccable timing, and solid, hard hitting style made him an easy choice for the drummer position. As a trained pianist, he also understands music and song structure as a whole. Eric's versatility and theoretical knowledge make for some great dynamics in the guitar department. A true "texturalist", he goes from clean, complex chords voicings, to shredding leads and crunchy rhythms. Tom adds his multi-tasking skills to the mix. Primarily a bass player, he also adds texture by way of bass pedals triggering various synth patches, and is also the group's lead vocalist. Originally a mostly instrumental band, Nomadic is gradually finding more and more vocal tunes coming into the mix.
What words define the Edensong sound? Even a term as unwieldy as “epic orchestral progressive acoustic metal-infused rock” does little to categorize Edensong’s music. Edensong draws deeply from classic symphonic progressive acts, with complex song structures that resemble those of early Genesis or Yes, but Edensong does not simply rehash the music from this Golden Age of prog rock. Edensong experiments with wide-ranging musical styles, adding orchestral instruments like flute, violin and cello into the mix of a versatile hard rock band. With what other act would you hear heavy metal guitar riffs, a classical guitar, flute and cello chamber trio, a full church organ, and North Indian tabla playing all in the span of a single album? Edensong’s music can be as serenely melodic as the music of Simon and Garfunkel and Cat Stevens, or as aggressive as that of Metallica or Opeth. Not even Jethro Tull (another important influence for the band) is quite as eclectic. Using sophisticated and unpredictable compositions, not unlike the large scale works of Dream Theater or Rush, Edensong’s music tells a story, at times attaining the epic feel of the scores of Hans Zimmer or Nobuo Uematsu, while at others achieving a “folkier” simplicity, a singer/songwriter sound that might be more reminiscent of Billy Joel or The Beatles. Edensong gains inspiration from many styles and eras of music, whether it be from the millennium-long history of Western classical music or the past half-century of rock. While influenced by so many from Gregorian chant to grunge, Edensong rejects any superficial trend in pop music and instead forges its own path through the droves of homogenous sound-alike acts. Edensong, along with a handful of other new bands, such as The Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria, Three, and Dredg among others, attempts to creatively revitalize rock music in a movement away from the corporately-constructed “mainstream” and toward artist-driven freedom and true originality.
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Fri, May 26 - 9pm - $15
Bronte Fall was born out of a nostalgic sentiment brought to life by Ms. Emily Bronte years ago in her poem, “Fall, Leaves, Fall”. Lead by singer, songwriter and fiddle player Teri O’Brien, Bronte Fall is an honest and bold exploration into both the trials and tribulations of her life. The Chicago-based group only began officially performing in late Spring 2015. The words and harmonies that make up this project, however, started forming several years before. That is, when Teri was first starting out on her musical journey, in New England as the leaves were falling. With a Pop sensibility and Americana attitude, Bronte Fall is the result of realizing beauty in the darkness, thus finding that sweeter light.
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming, with sister Sara, the itinerant, genre-hopping Watkins Family Hour ensemble. But in the last year he has more assertively – and impressively – taken on the role of solo artist. What To Fear is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been Watkins’ first solo effort in nearly a decade, ten years that had been jammed with collaborative projects and a herculean amount of touring. On his own, Watkins displays tremendous warmth and soulfulness as a singer, a refreshing candor and humor as a lyricist, and prodigious skill as an arranger. And he doesn’t merely stick with the familiar: On What To Fear, he bolsters an acoustic lineup with a rock rhythm section, bringing drama and drive to these new tracks while keeping intact the emotional intimacy of all the stories he is telling.
Dominique Arciero is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles by way of Nashville by way of New York City by way of rural Pennsylvania. Her band The Lunabelles (with her two sisters) charted on country radio with a single on Sony Records. Recently she turned to recording her own original songs and scoring to film, then made an EP and began touring with Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), accompanying him on keys and harmonies. She’s written and collaborated with many of Nashville’s hit writers and musicians, but her songs with Watkins are her most honest and inspired to date. The EP “Second Lives” is out now.
Nikki Morgan is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago but with the heart of a true Carolina girl. As a singer and a writer her style takes the form of country/folk with a beautiful splash of soul and often explores the duality and truth that lies in the many facets of life. As she continues her musical journey you can find her belting out at various venues and open mics around the city.
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Sat, May 27 - 9pm - $10
Annie and the Orphans is a Chicago cover band that performs a mix of high-energy bootie-shakers and introspective heart-breakers from the 1960s and 1970s through today. This 5-piece outfit is firmly rooted in the punk and post-punk music of the 1970s and 1980s but they also feature a number of songs that have either influenced or have been influenced by this genre. They routinely feature selections from The Police, INXS, The Church, Blondie, Joan Jett, and The Ramones.
Congress of Starlings is a long-time favorite on the Chicago indie folk rock scene. Aerin Tedesco and Andrea Bunch have been called ‘two of the most beautiful noises on the planet.’ Lindsay Weinberg rounds out the complex and heavenly harmonies. Greg Nergaard and Janet Cramer lay a skilled groove foundation under gorgeous original tunes. The Starlings have brought their music to dozens of famous venues like Milwaukee’s Summerfest, The National Women’s Music Festival, Halsted Market Days and to beloved Chicago venues like Martyrs'!
Lindsay Weinberg's soulful voice and colorful lyrics evoke the boisterous energy of Chicago summer, the dim corners of a cabaret, and the bright lights of Broadway. Fueled by joyous melodies, rich horns, and a driving rhythm section, the sound of Lindsay and the Lights Go Out is at once incandescent and insightful.
Rebecca conjures images with her lyrics to insert you into pictures from her own imagination. From soft, autumnal landscapes, to dark, Narnian scenes, each song is a journey into a new story. Her honest voice and beautiful songs will absolutely charm you.
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Tue, May 30 - 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, May 31 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Joseph is a prolific and accomplished songwriter, writing hits for Widespread Panic and releasing 30 albums in his 30+ year career; as a solo artist, with the Jackmormons, supergroup Stockholm Syndrome, his burning two-piece The Denmark Veseys, or originally, with his beloved 80s cult band, Little Women. Joseph is also a relentless live performer, playing over 150 shows a year across the globe. He has toured with Vic Chesnutt, Chris Whitley and Walter Salas-Humara, among others. His recent musical travels include a stint volunteering as a rock school music teacher in Kabul, Afghanistan; touring Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast with the Jackmormons; and solo tours in Ireland, England and France as well as performances in Nicaragua, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nepal, Lebanon, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Brussels, Czech Republic, Iceland, Mexico, and Israel. Over the years, Joseph and his Jackmormons have shown a penchant for picking a spot on a map, taking over a town, and putting on a festival. Last year, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons released a live concert DVD, Nicaragua, recorded over three nights just outside of Rivas, Nicaragua. Joseph was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in October 2015. He will be touring in Mexico, Australia and New Zealand this Winter and Spring in addition to the States.
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Thu, Jun 1 - 8pm - $10
It's a night to remember! North Berwyn Rhythm & Soul Organization (NoBeRSO) will delight and charm you with a set of fresh picks. NoBeRSO features the talents of Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and John Perrin. Ligon and McDonough are also key members of The Flat Five and The Western Elstons, and all three are current members of NRBQ.
Rachel Drew will perform all of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" - with Alton Smith, Tony Richards, Casey McDonough, and John Perrin. Soulful singer-songwriter Drew sings with many bands, including Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots.
Phil Angotti will perform all of Bee Gees "Gold." Chicago Legend Angotti is best known for his work in The Idea and The Beatle Brothers. (Phil also doesn't have a website, but here's a song he'll be
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Fri, Jun 2 - 9pm - $10
Stampy is a mutation of several already established Chicago-scene acts. The diversity of musical styles combined with the longstanding friendships of Stampy's members contributes to a new and upcoming flavor of music that will soon be served at a venue near you.Stampy's sound is produced by an eclectic cast of musicians from Chicago groups In La Kesh, Terrapin Flyer, SMOKER, The Great Sky Band, Doug Shotwell and the Right Hand Band, The Dancehall Twigs, The Dropper, The Localvores, and The Blind Staggers. With influences spanning multiple genres and artists, Stampy's original material travels many musical avenues. From soulful grooves to high energy dual guitar solos, Stampy brings a versatile set to the table that is sure to please a variety of palates. Stampy is about to finish up their debut LP with Treehouse Records, set to release sometime late summer 2016.
Low Spark, they're called... A relentlessly grooving musical force based out of Chicago, IL. Drawing from a wide range of influences, they deliver a contemporary fusion of sound characterized by melodic hooks, deep funk tones and extended high-energy solos. Known for their collaborative spirit and electrifying live performances, Low Spark is breaking boundaries as a highly original, progressive act. Low Spark has shared bills with the likes of Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Robert Walter, The Main Squeeze, TAUK, New Sound Underground, Marcus Rezak, Chris Bullock, Blackalicious, Monophonics, Euforchestra, Gene Ween, and many others.
The tenderbros are Paul Roots, Evan DePue, and Michael Kostal. You may recognize these names from Chicago bands Smoker, Pet Peeve, More Killer, All Things Lucid, and Gladell. The trio aims to tenderize your mind by savoring the juicy grooves until properly digested. While some of their songs have developed forms, at the core is the freedom of improvisation. They are not limited by genre but there are healthy servings of rock, funk, and world music in their instrumentals.
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Sat, Jun 3 - 8:30pm - $10
Moon formed in 2010 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 challenging and accessible. After a year, Moon began playing shows at clubs around Chicago. In 2012 they teamed with Mike Hagler of Kingsize Sound Labs to mix and master 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. In 2013 Moon released their follow-up EP, “Always Summer”. Chris Shen has replaced Pat on bass after he left for New York City. Moon's second full-length album is being recorded at Kingsize Sound Labs and should be released in June of 2014. 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 might include Sunny Day Real Estate, Circa Survive, Mogwai, Porcupine Tree, Rush.
The hand of fate drew the members of Molehill into the path of lead singer and primary songwriter Peter Manhart from backgrounds one wouldn’t normally associate with soaring, anthemic pop rock; Trevor Jones, a classical upright bass player with a penchant for distortion, Devin Staples, a drummer in the venerable Chicago gospel circuit, and Greg Van Zuiden - a classical pianist who had only performed solo in the past. In fact, Manhart himself developed his love for performance in a touring Ukrainian dance troupe in his youth. Yet it’s these varied backgrounds that shaped a group of men that create, as their 2012 debut LP Equinox was described, music with “...a certain emotive flair, a sense of epicness that that makes it feel like the ideal music to score a major peak in an action film.” (Soundfuse Magazine). After the release of Equinox the band kept writing new music and playing shows – adding over 100 performances to their tour history in the first year alone. When it came time to work on their follow up release they turned to producer J. Hall and his Nashville, TN studio. Hall shares a studio with Dolly Parton’s producer, and the band found that “what better inspiration than seeing all of Dolly's gold and platinum records hanging on the wall while making ours.” Tin God, like Equinox before it, is an album composed of epic, passionate, dynamic rock songs. However, more than a continuation of the bands previous sound, Tin God is an evolution from it. Tin God has more funk, more soul, and more vulnerability than its predecessor. With Equinox, they were getting comfortable in their skin. With Tin God, they’re moving beyond their comfort zone, stretching and shaping their sound to see how far it can go. Each of the songs on Tin God tells a story colored by Manhart’s own experiences in love, death, greed, and corporate America (his day job is trading crude oil futures at the Chicago Board of Trade.) From the So-Cal subterranean funk of opener “The Repeating,” to the ambient synth and rhythm driven propulsion of the title track, this record finds the band moving into new sonic territory. Exercises in simple production run throughout Tin God as well. “We wanted to take listeners on a journey throughout the course of a song” says Van Zuiden. “Two Souls” features a simple piano line complemented by strings and subtle (but eventually powerful) rhythm tracks. Manhart tells a story of two lovers who are being separated, but who will eventually be reunited in this life or the next. The theme of lost love also runs throughout the closing song “Ghost Town.” In the aftermath of a failed relationship, one ex-lover cries to another, “lay your weapons down, no need to fight in this ghost town.” Tin God touches the darker side of the universal; struggle, greed, corruption, love, heartbreak. Jones adds, “as we began to record these songs, it became clear that the themes and subject matter are close to every member of the band on a personal level, and each of us has a deep connection to this group of songs.” It stands as a musical reminder that no matter what challenges one might be facing, someone has been there before and they aren't alone; these are all parts of the human experience, and through perseverance you can rise above and climb whatever mountain stands before you.
Model Stranger has built its reputation primarily on its high energy live performances and the variety of its sonic influences. The epitome of a DIY band, Model Stranger has worked the Midwest scene very diligently with success over the last 5 years. Model Stranger has performed at famous Chicago clubs and festivals such as; The Metro, Congress Theater, Double Door, and Cubby Bear. Model Stranger was a featured band in Chicago’s 2007 Mobfest, Co-headlined the 2009 I AM FEST, and played at the 2009, 2010 Taste of Chicago festival, and Taste of Lincoln Festival 2010. While gaining a dedicated following in Chicago, Model Stranger have remained arduous to the road over the years. Embarking on several self-booked and self-funded national tours the trio has begun to make a name for itself in the Midwest. Most recently in support of their new release “Dreams and Bones” Model Stranger completed an 18 show in 18 day tour stretching from Chicago to Denver and back.
Based out of Chicago, SAYERS, according to Midwest Action, is "a damn fine indie rock band." SAYERS is a new project from the minds of former members of Chicago's "pop darlings" Paper Thick Walls and Machine Gun Mojo. The first EP, Diogenes Club, produced and engineered by Rob Bochnick (known as the lead guitarist for Glen Hansard), is marked by a four piece of memorable guitar melodies, bombastic vocals, pounding bass and drums, and an unrelenting attack on your dancing shoes.
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Tue, Jun 6 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Thu, Jun 8 - 8pm - $15
Fareed Haque and the Flat Earth Ensemble feat. Hitesh Master, Hindustani Vocal; Indrajit Banerjee, Sitar; Jason; Mackenzie Tabla; Kalyan Pathak, Percussion; Kevin Kozol, Keys; Alex Austin, Bass.
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Fri, Jun 9 - 9pm - $10
The Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments (acoustic guitar, 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 intuitive improvisational flow. In this way, they summon the energy of the crowd as their guide in linking just the right music to precise moments in time. Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the Rumpke Mountain Boys is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my other heroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’t rehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well-- they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is very important, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources... being a musician is a life-long learning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.” Like playing around a campfire, the Boys take turns calling the next tune, distilling shows from a sea of infinite notes created from years of jamming. Drawing upon a growing catalog of originals and and an ecclectic mix of covers, the Rumpke Mountain Boys blend music like a fine Irish whiskey-- the result affectionately dubbed Trashgrass. The Boys titled their 2012 album release with the same name, followed by their 2013 release, Moon, which was recorded at the famed Royal Studios in Memphis. The next album is currently being recorded and will be released later this year. 2014 was outstanding for the string quartet. The Boys played festivals from coast to coast to ever growing audiences including Suwannee Springfest, Northwest String Summit, Phases Of the Moon, Dark Star Jubilee, John Hartford Memorial Fest, and Jammaica. Finishing up the year with two stellar highlights, their own Snuggleween and the Rumpke Mountain Boys New Years Eve Ball in their hometown of Cincinnati.
The Hacky Turtles hail from the Northern shores of Traverse City, MI. They have been forged from the gritty wilderness of conifer and deciduous guardians covering the lush beauty of an older way of life. Harboring an eclectic recipe of Alternative Funk/Rock with a decent dollop of Folk and Reggae, friends since the recklessness of their youths, these troubadours have shared a soul bond and a common passion for both the love of music, and the performing of it. They are the brothers of the lake water, notorious tamers of the tapping toe, wranglers of the funky feet movers, minions of the night and embracers of the day. These turtles shell out enjoyment for Homo Sapiens of all ages and walks of this wild life we live.
Goose Doctor is a jam band playing original, improvisation-based, multi-genre music, delivering a new experience at each show. For members who have played for years in various bands at many of the Midwest's top festivals and venues, Goose Doctor is the latest journey down a well-worn trail. Lyrically, the band's material reflects the depth and wisdom of an old storyteller, yet sonically it's crafted to keep bodies grooving all night long.
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Tue, Jun 13 - 9pm - $10
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includes Jim Boukas - guitar, Kris Nowak - guitar, Duff Driscoll - upright, Eric Lambert - guitar, Matt Arendt - guitar, Ben Wright - banjo, Jason Berger - mando, Steve Haberichter - mando, Pat Lyons - mando/dobro, Tom Murray - fiddle, Wavy Dave - banjo, Greg Morland - mando, Dan Andree - fiddle, Spencer Savoie - banjo, Grateful Gary - upright bass, James Chrzan - keys, Mike Krieglstein - upright bass, and more!
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Wed, Jun 14 - 8pm - $7
“Do what you would regret more not doing.” That’s the best piece of advice Julianne Q has ever received. When Julianne was halfway through her senior of college, she had a choice to make: follow her heart and pursue music, or follow the theatre path she had laid out for herself through her college career. Just like her favorite poem by Robert Frost, Julianne took the road less travelled upon, and it has made all the difference. She knew she would regret more not pursuing her music dream, and so she did just that. Through her music career, Julianne is going to inspire others to listen to that little voice inside of their hearts and live the lives they were meant to live.Through soulful lyrics and powerful rock melodies, Julianne hopes you will hear her passion and drive in her music. But more importantly, she wants to inspire you to take that leap of faith and pursue your passion, just as she did. Julianne Q & The Band are dedicated to infusing soul into their own brand of pop-rock. Lead by the songwriting, keys and vocals of Julianne Q, this group is on a mission to put the soul back into popular music. With the insane talents of Jimmy Provan (bass), Ricky Hendrix (guitar) and Jeff Mills (drummer), The Band breathes edgy rock and roll into the music and makes these original tunes come to life.
The Hill is a band from Bolingbrook, IL that writes modern original music derived from themes of the 60s and 70s rock n' roll era. All four guys all grew up on the same street and went to Naperville Central High School together but did not form a band until 2014. They are all self-taught rock n' rollers on a journey to bring raw soul into to today's electronic age of popular music.
Social Que is a well formed diverse group of 2 individuals who have been playing for over a decade each have now clashed together to bring fresh new sound to the music industry.
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Thu, Jun 15 - 8:30pm - $20adv/$25door
The Bach and Beethoven Ensemble (BBE) brings artists from different traditions together to collaborate on cross-genre, multidisciplinary projects. Like Bach, we strive for the ideal. Like Beethoven, we push boundaries. We combine tradition and innovation: something old, something new. The BBE was formed in 2009 by a cohort of young musicians, new to Chicago and eager for performance opportunities in a saturated music market. They presented 3-5 traditional “early music” concerts a year until 2013, when the group began the process of reorganizing as a nonprofit.
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Fri, Jun 16 - 9pm - $15
Matthew Santos has established himself as one of the most exceptional talents to emerge from the Chicago music scene in decades. With a voice consistently compared to that of the late Jeff Buckley and likened to a male version of Adele, he has been the subject of praise from such artists as Kimbra, Eddie Vedder, and John Legend. His highly acclaimed collaborations with Lupe Fiasco for which he received two Grammy nominations, have served to broaden international awareness of Santos whose own style is a unique, homegrown hybrid touching on alternative/indie-rock/soul and folk genres. The Chicago Sun-Times recognized Santos as an artist who is “organic and soulful and moody, full of interesting musical ideas and dripping with serious vocal talent.”Santos says the musical diversity that marks his work is “the conflict of being a human being vs. being a brand. Obviously a human has multifaceted tastes. I’m trying to be as colorful on my palette as I can.” The painterly metaphor is one both well earned and underscored by personal experience.Born and raised in Minneapolis, a six-year-old Matthew Santos started flirting with music by picking out melodic themes from movies and TV on his mother’s old piano. While growing up, Santos always saw himself becoming more of a visual artist and exhibited a potent talent for photo-realistic drawings, and a clear knack for painting. Ironically, it was at the age of 17, while attending Oxbow, an art school, that he rediscovered the raw immediacy of musical expression. His own true passion for singing and writing songs began to flourish. Spending more time with the guitar than the paintbrush, it became evident to Santos that his future in the fine arts was in question.
Emily Blue is a pop artist of integrity. In November of 2016, Blue released her first solo record "Another Angry Woman," a completely nonprofit album that tackles womanhood and rape culture. Her vulnerable, yet strongly crafted lyrics combine with her dynamic vocals to create a truly memorable record, featured in Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Atwood Magazine, NPR Illinois, among others. Blue was also invited in December to perform at El Rey Theater (Los Angeles) for the celebration of Hulu's new documentary "8 Days a Week." There, she shared the stage with artists like Grammy award winner Gabby Moreno and renowned guitarist Adrien Belew. Blue herself appeared on the preliminary Grammy Ballot this year for her feature on Ira Antelis / Dr. Dexter's "Gone But Not Complete" album, which also features Chicago's Saba and Joey Purp. In addition to her budding solo career, she fronts Chicago/Champaign bands Tara Terra and BOYCUT, two very prolific Indie groups. Blue plans to release new solo material in March, and will celebrate at Emporium in Chicago on 3/2.
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Sat, June 17 - 9pm - $20
Dale Watson is a country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.Although Dale has made his name as a Texas artist, he actually was born in Alabama. Moving to Houston as a teenager, his musical journey began right out of high school as he started playing clubs and local honky-tonks. In 1988, it led him to move to Los Angeles on the advice of rockabilly singer-guitarist Rosie Flores. He played in the house band at the legendary Palomino Club in Hollywood for a couple years and recorded a few singles before moving to Nashville to write songs for a publishing company run by Gary Morris (writer of such country/pop hits as “The Wind Beneath My Wings”). Commercial country did not fit the fiercely independent songwriter so Dale relocated to Austin, Texas where he got a record deal and wrote several songs poking fun at the industry side of Nashville, including “Nashville Rash” from his Hightone debut Cheatin’ Heart Attack and “A Real Country Song” from his 1996 follow-up Blessed or Damned.After making three albums with Hightone, Dale released The Trucking Sessions on Koch Records in 1998. Including 14 original driving songs, the album received high praise and caused critics to compare him to chart-topping writer Red Simpson, who was responsible for some of the most iconic trucking tunes in country music.Just two years after this success, Dale’s fiancee died in a car accident. As chronicled in the Zalman King documentary Crazy Again (2006), he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her loss and nearly died of an overdose. Dale then checked himself into a mental institution and left a year later, releasing his tribute album to her called Every Song I Write Is For You (2001). After recording a few more albums, he decided to take a break from touring and moved to Maryland to be closer to his daughters.Back in Texas and on the road in 2006, Dale has been trucking ever since and is now releasing his 20th album. His debut on indie label Red House Records, The Sun Sessions was recorded at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studios with The Texas Two (bassist Chris Crepps and drummer Mike Bernal) in the stripped-down style of Johnny Cash’s earliest recordings.Like the early country legends of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Dale has a style and sound all his own. Tattooed and always dressed to the nines, he is a true entertainer, mixing humor and pathos into his lively shows. Whether playing with his Texas Two or with his rocking band the Lone Stars, Dale is sure to take us on one hell of a musical ride.
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Sun, Jun 18 - 8pm - $15
In just a few short years, UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more -- all mixed with jazz -- Meier is one of the rising stars in a vibrant British jazz scene, but his versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that ... so much so, that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who has since made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group, carrying him on two world tours during the course of the last several years. Meier originally hails from Switzerland; born in 1973 to parents who are great lovers of the arts, with wide-ranging musical tastes extending to the Classical, Jazz, Latin, Flamenco, Rock and (even) Pop genres. A true gypsy spirit with a disciplined maestro's touch, Nicolas has embraced a number of different cultures and studied their music forms, nuances and idiosyncrasies. During the course of his six-string baptism and global sojourns, Nicolas has been the recipient of numerous awards. A truly dedicated student of the instrument, he has pursued advanced studies at Switzerland's prestigious Conservatoire de Fribourg, and subsequently earned a scholarship to Boston's illustrious Berklee College of Music. His burning passion for both rock and jazz persists to this day.
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Tue, Jun 20 - 9pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British Jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame and Scott Tipping of Cornmeal,John Reed of Helping Phrendly Orchestra and Terrapin Flyer,Packy Lundholm of Terrapin Flyer,and special guests
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Fri, Jun 23 - 9pm - $10
Dave, Cal, Zach, Duncan, Sam and Kris have united to make you lovely people music. All we are here to do is groove with you, put smiles on your faces, and trip you out. We love you, and we love love.
The founding members of The King of Mars all met at Columbia College Chicago in the Spring of 2015. Since then, they've added piano, synths and a horn section. The band's been playing shows at popular Chicago at venues like Subterranean, The Bottom Lounge, The Beat Kitchen and The House of Blues. They've focused on shaking the foundation of what describes traditional rock music by encompassing a combination of Jazz, Funk and Soul musicalities alongside insightful lyricism.
Brisco Darling is a Chicago-based band formed in the spring of 2015. Three current members Jack Hiltabidle (Lead Guitar), Conner ‘Socks’ Pierce (Drummer), Joe Stauffer (Bass), and former member Jesse Stell released their first EP, Headlines, in the summer of 2016. Since then Jack, Socks, Joe and current singer Malcolm McGuire have been working towards recording their first full length album in the summer of 2017.
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Tue, Jun 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, Jun 28 - 9pm - $15
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Thu, Jun 29 - 9pm - $15
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Wed & Thu - Jun 28 & 29 - 9pm - $22 - TWO NIGHT SPECIAL!
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Wed, Jul 12 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini. Past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Dan Ponce, Len Kasper, Tony Fitzpatrick, JC Brooks and Ji Suk Yi. The July 12th theme is First Catch.
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Tue, Aug 1 - 9pm - $10
A Chicago Based Jerry Garcia Band Tribute featuringSteve Johnson - Keyboards, Bob Lait - Guitar/Vocal, Paul Maczka - Drums, Kari McDonough - Vocals, and special guests!
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Sat, Aug 12 - 9:30pm - $12adv/$15door
Formed in the late 80’s, Birds at the End of the Road first started playing “Rock Against Depression” shows at Metro in the fall of 88’. They came of age with acts like The Slugs, The Connells and pre-fame Smashing Pumpkins. After being asked back to open for 10,000 Maniacs they soon became regulars at Metro and other Chicago stops like Avalon, Gaspars, Batteries Not Included and the legendary Club Stodola. Evidence of their proud gait can be seen in some footage from the Vic Theatre, found here on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTJXWP7kSh0 .Comprised of singer Ken Fountain, Jason Lee (Guitar), Henry Jansen (Drums) and John Ryan (Bass). The members did go on to make more music; Fountain leading Red Elephant, Lee in EXO, Jansen with Dovetail Joint /Ivory Wire (and others) and Ryan involved with music management.Birds at the End of the Road were first heard locally on (the sorely missed) WCBR and their Compilation “Best of CBR/ Bear tracks 92”. Their first release was on Columbia College’s AEMMP records in 1993. Not long after that the Birds signed with Minneapolis based Channel 83/ Sci-Fi Western and put out a mix of studio and live tracks called “Chowderbox”. This record was toured mercilessly and with college radio support went on to sell 10,000 copies. In 1995 there was a new record in the can. Before its release in 1996 the group took a break and reorganized under the name Mother Factor and returned to release “Queery” on Channel 83. This was a proud studio effort and the band toured intensely in support of it until eventually calling it quits in December of 1997 with a record-breaking show at Martyrs’.
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