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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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Mon, Dec 17 - 8pm - $10
Will has been writing and making music since he was 12 years old. He’s been attending a songwriting camp called Rocky Mountain Song School for years. He released his last record “All Figured Out" in 2015. The record was a mix of Adult Alternative and Folk music. It received critical acclaim, as well as national and international radio play. But then something interesting happened. He met the drummer Garit Schmidt while searching for a new roommate in Milwaukee. Along the way he was introduced to bassist Jack Fricke. The band created a whole new electric sound that is guaranteed to be some of your favorite summer music. The band released their debut EP “The Good Land Pt.1" released on June 29th. The new EP is the first release of a 3-part album. Each represents a season in Milwaukee. Part 1 is all about summer. They are now booking shows across the midwest and around the nation.
STORM JAMESON is the Chicago-based Americana/songwriter project of Jim Tashjian (District 97, Miss Remember, Hood Smoke) and Matt Gold (Sun Speak, Makaya McCraven, Jamila Woods). The duo draw from a mix of original and traditional songs and improvised duets. Their record, "The Year of Orbison," was released October 19th on Flood Music.
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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 Garrison Keillor Prairie Home Companion and Grammy-winning Howard Levy), and Matt Ulery (Huffington Post Best of Jazz 2016).
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 - $30adv/$40door
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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Thu, Dec 27 - 8pm - $35
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Fri, 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.
When he's not playing electric with his various bands, Bill Grady feeds his love of blues and American roots music by performing and writing solo on acoustic slide guitar. After discovering this lost art while attending Berklee College of Music, he began studying the classic slide masters and writing his own compositions. Between his soulful vocals, slide guitar prowess, and original tunes and arrangements, his live shows are unlike any acoustic act you've ever seen.
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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)
Fusing blues, rock, funk, and never turning away from a deep-groove jam, Murley's music has been featured in independent films, podcasts, station IDs, and on the area’s largest FM radio station 93.1 WXRT. All members hail from the northwest suburbs, and come from families with rich musical histories. Murley has been a part of the Chicago music scene since 2005, performing at nearly every city venue and countless city festivals in the Chicagoland area. Guitarists Scott Burdsall and Ryan Curtis, drummer David Wilson, and bassist Herf Yamaya have played hundreds of shows over the 10-year history of the band, and many more as regular gigging musicians on the scene.
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Sun, Dec 30 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
In the 14 years since Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers inception, the band has forged its own path through bluegrass music and across the globe. On stage, the group's high-energy performances give audiences a sense how much they love what they do; while on record, the band manages to explore their collective life-experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation. While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Prowlers music, the band manages to bend and squeeze the traditional form into a sound all their own. With over 175 shows a year, the quartet has managed to tour more than 25 countries, often going to places traditional American music has never been. Tours in Siberia or the Middle East are not uncommon since the Prowlers started working as cultural ambassadors with the US State Department in 2013. These global experiences have pushed the band in new directions musically, with songs from Africa and Asia on several albums, but they have also moved the group to start a new educational outreach program for both school children and festival-goers alike. Bluegrass Ambassadors is the Henhouse Prowlers new non-profit that uses traditional American music as a foundation to talk about folk music and culture's all over the world. In 2017 the Henhouse Prowlers released two albums, “Live From Kyrgyzstan” (recorded in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) and the brand new studio album "Separation Man". This year holds two European tours for the band and even more untold adventures as the Prowlers continue to bring their own blend of bluegrass and world music to hearts unknown.
Have you been missing that truly high lonesome sound? The ladies of Fox Crossing Stringband bring all those high harmonies plus driving rhythm of dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass. Six instruments across four vocalists will leave you chasing these foxes for their new bluegrass sound.
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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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Thu, Jan 3 - 8:30pm - $10
"Bodhicitta" (Bow-Dee-Cheeta) is a band based out of the North Chicago area. Their hard hitting blend of Funk, Rock, and Fusion leads to a unique sound that creates intricate original compositions with experimental rhythms, energetic feel-good dance grooves and exciting improvised face-melting jams. Bodhicitta brings a high energy, improve heavy show that leaves audiences eager for the next.
Rooted in funk with elements of rock & jazz, Spocket's tightknit horn lines & rock solid rhythm section set the stage for their unique brand of funk-fusion
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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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Wed, Jan 9 - 8pm - $10
After 3 years of captivating audiences with their unique blend of soul, jazz, and undertones of hip-hop, Minneapolis-based Nooky Jones released their debut self-titled album on July 28, 2017 via Young And Foolish Records. A truly cohesive collection of love stories and music that takes listeners to beautiful places alongside deeply provocative characters, the album is a much needed artistic expression of self for vocalist/frontman Cameron Kinghorn.Produced over the course of 15 months at RiverRock Studios and The Hideaway in Northeast Minneapolis, the band’s debut album relies on each musician’s unique style as a critical part of the overall sound. Atop airtight yet comfortably loose drum and bass grooves often reminiscent of 90s R&B and Hip-Hop, layers of harmonically complex piano, organ, and Fender Rhodes create a lushness associated with jazz that rarely integrates into pop music so tastefully. Adding flairs of excitement throughout, the trumpet/trombone duo of Meckler and Christianson bring their powerful chops to the forefront when appropriate without ever stepping on the vocals, which float effortlessly from deep sultry textures to a silky smooth falsetto on par with the best soul crooners in the business. A non-stop rollercoaster of emotions, the album masterfully draws the listener in with slow burns that eventually boil over, only to be brought back down and start over again.
GREENLIGHTS Music began as a a Chicago-based collaboration of many great artists. It is spear-headed by Andrés Roldán aka RP (emcee/producer/engineer). The music that defines GREENLIGHTS is experimental and innovative, but it never loses sight of its traditional hiphop, funk, and soul roots from which it derives. GREENLIGHTS represents a culmination of like-minded Soul, Rap, Electro, and Hip Hop talent brought up in Chicago, otherwise known as the Go! Lots of blood, sweat, and tears went into crafting all the lyrics, concepts, beats, recording, mixing, mastering, and artwork for this music. Their music is dynamic, beautiful, ever changing, and abstract. They embrace themes emphasizing family, creativity, community, hiphop culture, and the beauty of life and it's challenges. Make music, not war.
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Thu, Jan 10 - 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.
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Fri, Jan 11 - 7pm - $40adv/$50door
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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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Sat, Jan 12 - 8:30pm - $15
Bully in the Hallway is a high energy, all original, guitar-driven quintet that has garnered comparisons to Fugazi, Bear Vs. Shark, Rise Against and Naked Raygun.
To Chicago/from Chicago, BRUCE is a dynamic blend of rock, funk, and hip-hop delivering a unique style of original music with punchy lyrical flow over groove based jams and improvisational swagger.
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Mon, Jan 14 - 8pm - $7
The Last Word Quintet is a melding of some of Chicago's finest word and music artist into an experimental combo consisting of vocalist/songwriter Al Day; performance poet / slam creator Marc Kelly Smith; pianist/songwriter/composer Bob Long; saxophonist Brien Gephart, whose talent as composer, arranger, and performer has lit up stages from New York to Monterrey; and Pulitzer nominated bassist/composer Doug Lofstrom -- all together creating a mix music, lyrics, digressions, and poetry that goes become spoken word into a new realm.
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Tue, Jan 15 - 8pm - $10
Broken Robots is an indie pop/rock/avant-garde group comprised of three downtrodden antiheroes from the city of Chicago. "Home Is Not a Place" is the group's first full length album, and tells the story of the city experience through the eyes of ex-cons. The group was formed by Kat Baker and Tony Baker in December 2017, when the duo began writing music together in their Chicago apartment. Kat and Tony Baker met off the highway exit at Lake Street and 355 in April 2015, at a time when both had decided to give up on their passion for music. Kat was a former folk singer-songwriter and entreprenuer and Tony was a former audio engineer, musician, actor, and vocalist in a variety of projects spanning from 1996-2008. Kat was working a miserable sales job, and Tony was homeless and panhandling. Their relationship began after months of Kat driving by and giving Tony dollars and cigarettes, and eventually evolved into regular trips to the Chicago ghettos together to buy drugs. By May of 2016, the couple had been arrested together numerous times and were being investigated by law enforcement for charges that were later dropped. Against all odds, they managed to turn themselves around toward the end of 2016. On November 30th, 2016, Kat checked into a Chicago Rehabilitation Center. 9 Days later, Tony followed suit. They spent 4 months in the program, volunteering with multiple small musical projects and performing at open mics. As they began to heal, their mutual passion for music gave them a new purpose and a new project. In December of 2017, Broken Robots was born. They began by releasing single tracks on SoundCloud about their experiences with death, mental illness, addiction and redemption. They compiled these tracks into their debut album, "Home Is Not a Place". In May 2018, they were joined by bass player Marvin Ontiveros and are currently working on their second album. All of Broken Robots current work was written, produced, arranged, performed, engineered, mixed and mastered by the band independently.
Snake Season is a Chicago indie folk/punk/pop band that unexpectedly manages to meld disparate rock, beach, and metal influences into concise, engaging, pop melodies. Lead singer Ryka Ohana's ukulele provides a gentle rhythmic pulse, while bassist Taylor Cook, formerly of Iowa City punk band Johnny Has the Keys, brings, at times, a hint of foreboding to his low-end work. Drummer Ethan Joseph, of post-punk band The Joseph Twins, injects a virtuosic energy into the songs which guitarist Peter Neumer, former member of Chicago alt-rock band Menacerno, complements with tasteful, subtle fretwork.
Snake Season is a Chicago indie folk/punk/pop band that unexpectedly manages to meld disparate rock, beach, and metal influences into concise, engaging, pop melodies. Lead singer Ryka Ohana's ukulele provides a gentle rhythmic pulse, while bassist Taylor Cook, formerly of Iowa City punk band Johnny Has the Keys, brings, at times, a hint of foreboding to his low-end work. Drummer Ethan Joseph, of post-punk band The Joseph Twins, injects a virtuosic energy into the songs which guitarist Peter Neumer, former member of Chicago alt-rock band Menacerno, complements with tasteful, subtle fretwork.
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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 17 - 9pm - $10
Deltaphonic is a New Orleans duo that blends fingerpicking blues, funk, and roots rock into a surprisingly big sound. Since its formation on Frenchmen Street in 2014, the band has released two critically acclaimed albums. Long standing New Orleans music critic Robert Fontenot had this to say about their most recent release, See Red: “If you opened a lounge outdoors in a graveyard next to a swamp, this would be the only album you’d need on the jukebox … NOLA finally has an answer for the Black Keys and the White Stripes—dark Americana with history’s dust shaken off.” Propelled by the frenetic performances and memorable songwriting of band leader Andrew T. Weekes and drummer Ciaran Brennan, Deltaphonic can be heard regularly in many of New Orleans’ iconic venues, and across the United States. The band consistently features an ever expanding array of notable guest musicians from New Orleans and beyond. Past guests include Ed Williams (The Revivalists), Russell Batiste (The Funky Meters), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce, Pretty Lights live band), Craig Klein (Bonerama, Harry Connick Jr. Big Band), Khris Royal (Rebelution, George Porter Jr. and the Runnin Pardners), and many more.
The Winchesters are a Chicago-based Folk/Rock/Americana band. They started playing for fun in a little apartment on Winchester Avenue in the summer of 2014, and haven't been able to give it up since. Focusing on tight harmonies and rootsy rhythms, The Winchesters blend poetry and toe-tapping country jams that will hit you in your heart and get you on your feet.
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Fri, Jan 18 - 9pm - $10
Shed is a six-piece experimental stoner metal band from Chicago. Featuring electric cello, tenor & bass trombones, saxophone, bass and drums, Shed is primarily influenced by a council of wise and ancient fish, Orange Goblin, and the design of the Sienar Fleet Systems Imperial TIE Defender starfighter.
Sleepersound are from Milwaukee, WI, Chicago, IL, and thereabouts which give deep music heads the ability to make soundtracks for the movies in their own minds. Listening to their new album ’In Media Res’ feels like hearing what creative young people do in response to the snowed-in and/or super-hot lethargy of the area — extremities forcing friends to hole themselves up in garages and crawl into basements to communicate with each other through building layers of cinematic images through musical instruments. They fight the elements from without by making things elemental within. If you’re imaging the twin guitar attack of early Television, the multi-media tendencies of Mission of Burma, or the arch instrumental prowess of Mogwai, you’re not far off. This is another band for those who getting their heads lost in sound is a must, as necessary to their record collection as well-known classics by Radiohead or Pink Floyd. But without sounding much like any of these. They sound exactly 100% Sleepersound, the kind of band you love to discover for yourself, and for themselves.
Evacuate the Earth emerged in 2011, as long time collaborators Erin Brophy (reeds/percussion, vocals), Daniel Kern (bass guitar/theremin) and Darrin Wolf (drums) united for their most ambitious project. Evoking the artistic daring of '70's No Wave and the spacey musicality of progressive rock and psychedelia, Evacuate the Earth produces unique narratives that span the spectra of sounds and emotions.
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Sat, Jan 19 - 9pm - $15
Mr. Blotto was born in Chicago as an off-night vehicle for musicians who loved each others playing but were in different bands at the time. The only rule was that they would only play what they loved. That philosophy continues today and has led Mr. Blotto into unique musical situations.Mr. Blotto takes the Jam band asthetic into areas unfamiliar to the standard Jam Scene. They have been known to cover entire albums by Led Zeppelin and the Who as well as perform entire shows of Country and Reggae. Artists as diverse as the Grateful Dead, the Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson and The Velvet Underground have seen their material interpreted by Mr. Blotto in the 2000+ shows the band has performed in the last 15 years, yet covers only pepper the bands hefty catalog of original material stemming from five studio albums and other unreleased crowd favorites.
One of the staples of Madison's vibrant music scene, The People Brothers Band is an 8-piece Rhythm & Soul powerhouse and their only only desire is to get you moving on the dance floor. They are the winners of the WAMI Award for 2014 R&B Band of the Year and the MAMA Awards for 2013 Blues Album & Blues Song of the Year, but most importantly they are a family whose love for music and playing together shines brightly through each performance. The PBB have hosted their own grass-roots, live music & camping festival every year since their first summer together in 2009, the People Fest. The People Brothers Band can be seen touring regionally in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, & Michigan, heading out west to Colorado, and, of course, playing hometown shows in beautiful Madison.
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Thu, Jan 24 - 8pm - $10
Ludlow began as a recording experiment in early 2016. A casual songwriter and a budding producer produced one song to see what they could do; the end result was Lorelei's Song. What followed was a realization that dozens of songs laid dormant, and Ludlow finally had a way to bring them to the light. A year later, those songs were released on their album Siren on the Shore. Mark Schoeck wrote and performed nearly every track on Siren, but it wasn't until he met guitarist Josh Noble and multi-instrumentalist Maria Kloess that Ludlow could perform an exciting, cathartic live show. After drummer Marty O'Donnell and bassist Eddie Canga joined the group in 2017, Ludlow's live shows blossomed into a can't-miss, non-stop rollercoaster of energy and emotion.
One More Moon is a four-piece from Chicago that got it’s start in early 2015 when singer/songwriter Eric Quigley decided to take his solo work to the next level. Guitarist Roger Smit, bassist Chris Rawlins, and drummer Aaron Schapiro fill out One More Moon’s line up. Their mix of folk, blues, and rock – along with the many differing influences each member brings to the table – transform Quigley’s foundations into songs wholly unique to the band. Since their debut, One More Moon has played various venues in and around Chicago, including the Cubby Bear and the Metro. They released their debut EP on New Year's Day 2017. It's available on iTunes, Spotify and other major streaming services.
Poor Calvin is a Chicago based band bringing new life to both rock and blues. The old soul of singer-songwriter Brian Doherty (vocals, rhythm guitar) is captured in his introspective lyrics and timeless melodies, with the modern indie rock rhythms of Evan Opitz (guitar), Kevin McMahon (bass), and Jimmy Kowalczyk (percussion). Poor Calvin writes music that will make you cry or dance, depending on your mood that day.
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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 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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Tue, Feb 19 - 7pm - $10
Since 2012, the Harmonica Hoedown has celebrated the rich history and diverse approaches to the world’s most popular, most portable instrument. For 2019 the Harmonica Hoedown again brings together some of the finest players of today:Joe Filisko is revered as a master player, teacher, custom harmonica pioneer, researcher and historian and is arguably the world’s foremost authority on many aspects of the diatonic harmonica and a key figure in today’s harmonica scene. He has for many years shared his knowledge with students on five continents and so contributed enormously to the widespread understanding of traditional harmonica styles among a new generation of players. In recent years, Joe’s reputation as a performer and recording artist has been catching up with his legendary status as a customizer and teacher. He'll be performing for this year's Hoedown with a group of players collectively known as Joe Filisko's Harmonicology.Conway, Kessler & Nelson a harmonica trio (and more) brings together three unique, highly respected stylists on the instrument. James Conway, who has played Irish music all his life applies techniques learned from master blues players including Junior Wells and Sugar Blue to bring a truly innovative approach to traditional Celtic music. Graham Nelson's use of advanced techniques taught to him by harmonica master Howard Levy gives him great musical versatility and expression in numerous styles, in addition to his incredible singing. Bob Kessler has performed with Grammy winners Ramsey Lewis, Dave Alvin, country legend Bill Anderson at the Grand Ole Opry, as part of the orchestra for “The Grapes of Wrath” and several Chicago Americana bands. The three perform together on diatonic, chromatic, chord, & bass harmonicas plus guitars, percussion and other instruments presenting blues, jazz, folk, pop, Celtic music and more.
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Thu, Feb 21 - 8pm - $12
Like a warm musical breeze that blows through California's hills and canyons - across its mystical high desert and into the heart of America - High South has captured the same evocative spirit that gave lift to such high soaring bands as the Byrds, CSNY and the Eagles. Blending the poetry of Greenwich Village in the 60's with the unmistakeable harmony of Laurel Canyon in the 70's, the High South sound exudes the magic and timelessness of both these eras, while infusing a palpable new millennium sensibility. High South band mates - Kevin Campos, Jamey Garner and Phoenix Mendoza - three gifted "lead singersongwriters" delivering one undeniable voice - are produced by Josh Leo.
Railheart is a Rock'n Roll Rhythm & Blues Band based in Chicago, IL. Electric Guitar, Vocals / Ryan Joseph Anderson; Electric Guitar/Pedal Steel, Vocals / Packy Lundholm; Bass / Jeremy Kay; Drums / Noah Plotkin. Frequent Guest Musicians:Pat Mckillen / Acoustic Guitar, Vocals; Wavy Dave Burlingame / Bass; Pat Lyons / Pedal Steel; Danny Chaimson / Piano, Organ.
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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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Sat, Mar 2 - 7pm - $20
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.
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Sat, Mar 2 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$18door
Andy Frasco, the 26-year old Los Angeles, CA native singer/songwriter/band maestro/entrepreneur/party starter/everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies “The U.N.” have been dubbed “Party Blues with a touch of Barefoot Boogie.” Frasco’s shows have been described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a good ole fashion freak out. Touring independently across the U.S. and Europe since he was 18 years old, Frasco first got his taste of the music industry managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old -booking bands like Hello Goodbye, and working with labels such as Drive Thru and Atlantic Records, as well as venues like The Key Club in Hollywood, CA. Since his start, Frasco has embraced a DIY attitude and work ethic, making the road his home; averaging 200+ dates a year over the past seven years, trekking over 200,000 thousand miles spanning the country dozens of times over, blowing minds and building a loyal following everywhere he goes. In 2011, Frasco was named the "New Artist to Watch" at Hatch Fest European Independent Film Festival, Orion Music Festival and Sundance Film Festival. To date, Andy has shared the stage and jammed with artists such as Leon Russell, Galactic, Jackie Greene, Gary Clark Jr, Jakob Dylan, Butch Walker, The Flobots, Deer Tick, John Mayer, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fishbone, Luke Nelson, Corey Smith, and more. In 2013, Frasco graced some of the finest clubs and festivals in the U.S. & Europe including Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Festival, String Cheese Incident’s Festival at Horning’s Hideout, Hatch Festival, Seattle’s Fremont Fair, and Sundance Film Festival to name a few. 2014, Andy will be releasing his third, full-length studio album, produced by Grammy Award winning producer Charles Goodan (Santana “Supernatural”), who has also produced such artists/albums as Beck “Odelay” and “Midnight Vultures”, the Rolling Stones, Primus, and No Doubt to name a few, as well as composed the scores to Fight Club and Blow. Andy and his band the U.N. will also be performing on premiere festivals such as Wakarusa, Sundance, SXSW, and Electric Forest stateside as well as Paaspop Festival and Kings Night Festival (NL), as well as making a return trip to Macau, China.
Wild Adriatic is three friends seeking to carry forth the torch of timeless rock n roll infused with tons of soul, captivating guitar work, and an impressive live show. Guitar solos? We still remember those. NEW RECORD BIG SUSPICIOUS OUT NOW: http://wildadriatic.bigcartel.com/
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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."
Jimmy Haslip was born December 31st, 1951 in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in Huntington, Long Island. In 1963 at the age of 13, he became interested in electric bass and has now been playing for 47+ years. Jimmy left New York in 1969 playing music in San Francisco, New Orleans, Denver and Dallas before moving on to Los Angeles in late 1975, where he began touring and recording with many different popular artists.In 1978 he met guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Russell Ferrante and formed a group to record Robben's first solo recording on Electra-Asylum. This critically acclaimed album, called " The Inside Story" became a landmark recording. That album led to the formation of The Yellowjackets and in 1980 they recorded a debut album for Warners Bros. Records.Jimmy is actively composing, arranging, producing and performing with Yellowjackets, who will be touring and promoting their newest recording in 2011, their 21st CD entitled "TIMELINE" on the MACK AVENUE recording Label. Yellowjackets, the two time Grammy winners, have been nominated for seventeen Grammy’s. Jimmy was also nominated for an Edison award in 2000. and this year, another Grammy nomination, his 18th for the Jeff Lorber Fusion “NOW IS THE TIME” recording.which he co-produced.
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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."
Jimmy Haslip was born December 31st, 1951 in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in Huntington, Long Island. In 1963 at the age of 13, he became interested in electric bass and has now been playing for 47+ years. Jimmy left New York in 1969 playing music in San Francisco, New Orleans, Denver and Dallas before moving on to Los Angeles in late 1975, where he began touring and recording with many different popular artists.In 1978 he met guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Russell Ferrante and formed a group to record Robben's first solo recording on Electra-Asylum. This critically acclaimed album, called " The Inside Story" became a landmark recording. That album led to the formation of The Yellowjackets and in 1980 they recorded a debut album for Warners Bros. Records.Jimmy is actively composing, arranging, producing and performing with Yellowjackets, who will be touring and promoting their newest recording in 2011, their 21st CD entitled "TIMELINE" on the MACK AVENUE recording Label. Yellowjackets, the two time Grammy winners, have been nominated for seventeen Grammy’s. Jimmy was also nominated for an Edison award in 2000. and this year, another Grammy nomination, his 18th for the Jeff Lorber Fusion “NOW IS THE TIME” recording.which he co-produced.
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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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