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Mon, Oct 22 - 8pm - $10
The Jam City Collective is a Chicago-based funk/soul band with a strong influence from the legends of groove past and present.
Eunfinished is a seven-piece jazz/hip-hop band featuring the original works of Eun-Jin Chung, a songwriter based in Chicago, IL.
Hong Kong is an instrumental hip-hop group with the goal of providing chill beats and good vibes, taking inspiration from the likes of Nujabes to Ahmad Jamal.
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Tue, Oct 23 - 8pm - $10
Zeta June is a Psychedelic Dance-Rock band formed in 2011 by Ian Crawford (Guitar, Vocals) Porter Hand (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys), Mitch Hruby (Bass, Synthesizer), and Cody Kuhens (Percussion, Vocals). The transcendent group seamlessly brings together genres as diverse as melodic rock, fusion, funk, progressive rock, classic rock, hip hop and jazz. The Colorado-based quartet has shared the stage with some incredible acts such as The Floozies, Dopapod, Future Rock, Euforquestra, John Wayne & The Pain, Yak Attack and The Jauntee to name a few. Having received bids to music festivals such as Camp Euforia, 515 Alive, Jammin’ On The Wolf, 80/35 Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival three consecutive years, and they show no signs of slowing down.
Tall Green Pine is Chicago-based jam band formed in 2017. With influences in rock, blues, folk, jazz, and beyond; they place heavy emphasis on live improvisation. In just a short time, they have inspired a close-knit but loyal following playing at small local music venues. Each show features a unique setlist formed from Tall Green Pine’s growing original catalogue mixed with classic and eclectic cover selections. Tall Green Pine is Kyle “Hands” Hullihan on keys, Dan Kuchan on guitar and vocals, Sean Molloy on drums and vocals, Chris Murtaugh on base and vocals, and Tyler Smith on guitar.
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Wed, Oct 24 - 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.
California Country Rock & Roll, Pearl Aday is following up her critically acclaimed debut record "Little Immaculate White Fox" in 2015 with "Heartbreak and Canyon Revelry". Pearl has joined forces once again with the venerable Jim Wilson, long time bassist for Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, and the leader of his own successful groups, Motor Sister and Mother Superior. This new collaboration sinks it’s teeth into the California Country sound, with contributions from renowned guitarist Philip Sayce, the legendary Jay Dee Maness on pedal steel, Fred Mandel (Alice Cooper, Elton John, Queen) on keyboards, and was produced by Jay Ruston.
Jeff Massey is an American born songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, and co-founding member of the Chicago based rock ‘n roll quartet The Steepwater Band. Since the band’s formation in 1998, Steepwater’s healthy recording catalog includes 7 full length albums, 3 live albums, and 2 EPs. The band is also a non-stop touring unit, performing close to 200 shows per year around the world, sharing stages with bands such as ZZ Top, Wilco, Gov’t Mule, Bad Company, and Buddy Guy, to name a few. In addition to his work with The Steepwater Band, Massey is also a solo acoustic performer. His bare bones acoustic performances blur the the lines of musical category, incorporating delta blues, rock, country, and folk as the blueprint for his own original material. An acoustic setting allows his songs to be stripped down and improvised each night, creating new paths and direction with each unique performance. Jeff Massey’s musical plans for the future include more recording and touring, both with The Steepwater Band, and as a solo acoustic performer.
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Thu, Oct 25 - 8:30pm - $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, Oct 26 - 8pm - $60-$70
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The sunniest and heartfelt St. Petersburg band SURGANOVA AND THE ORCHESTRA is coming to the US for the first time! Their Chicago performance is a part of the world tour. The lead singer - Svetlana Surganova is charismatic, sincere and lyrical. She is, perhaps, the only Russian artist who, in addition to her own works, composes songs on lyrics of the greatest poets - Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova, Brodsky, Lorca and others. A rare alliance of fatal sound, deep words and optimistic sound, wisdom and light, which makes the band so very special. Do not miss out!
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Sat, Oct 27 - 9pm - $15
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Melodime is a Virginia-based band with influences in both country and rock that features emotionally charged anthems, piano driven hooks, and energetic guitar solos for a dynamic, organic sound.Melodime, featuring Brad Rhodes (lead vocals, guitar), Sammy Duis (piano, organ, bass), Tyler Duis (drums), and Jon Wiley (guitar, mandolin, dobro), has performed over 100+ shows annually throughout the continental United States, sharing the stage with such well-known acts asSam Hunt, Eli Young Band, A Thousand Horses, and Sister Hazel.The band has also left its mark internationally with performances in Mexico, Canada, and Europe, all while founding and running a charity, ‘Now I Play Along Too,’ which provides musical instruments and lessons to underprivileged children in the DC area, Florida,Nepal, Kenya, and Haiti.The band is quickly becoming a fan-favorite in the festival scene, playing five consecutive Rock Boatcruises, as well as Musikfest, Herndon Festival, Mile of Music, and other events. In their hometown of Northern Virginia, the group has performed at popular venues such asThe State Theatre,9:30Club,The Hamilton,andBaltimore Soundstage.Melodime will be rolling out their new album in 3 EP installments starting with the first single "Song of the Summer" on June 29th.
One listen and it’s immediately clear that The Brevet have undergone a dramaticevolution on their explosive, ambitious new album, LEGS. Synthesizing the raucous energy of their live show with sonic precision of their extensive studio history, thecollection is the California five-piece’s most deeply personal and lyrically sophisticated yet, tackling perception and identity in the digital age with both subtle nuance and blunt force. The songs remain as cinematic as ever, full of rousing choruses and sing-along hooks, but they carry more weight here, propelled inexorably forward by thunderous percussion and blazing electric guitars that blend rock and roll snarl with R&B swagger.The Brevet’s roots stretch back to college, when frontman Aric Chase Damm first began writing scores for student films and discovered he had a knack for crafting the kind of evocative music that yields unforgettable on-screen moments. Those early songs led to a licensing deal, and tracks from the band’s two independent albums (2013’s Battle of the Heart and 2017’s American Novel) would go on to be featured in a wide variety of films and television shows in addition to racking up more than nine.million streams on Spotify. With all of The Brevet’s success on-screen and online, the group—Damm, drummer David Aguiar, guitarist John Kingsley, keyboardist Greg Burroughs, and bassist Julian Johnson—was more than ready to get out of the studio and onto the stage. Over the course of the last year, they hit the road for the most intense touring of their career, performing a slew of headline shows alongside support dates with Magic Giant and festival appearances from BottleRock to Firefly.Recorded at the band’s own studio in their native Orange County, California, LEGS insists on a relentless optimism, a defiant belief in the power of positivity in the face of darkness and doubt. The album’s title actually stands for “Like Every Great Story,” and the record indeed contains all the elements of any memorable tale: struggle and success, tension and release, conflict and resolution. Every great story has a hero, after all, and heroes never give up, even when the going gets tough. That’s what The Brevet is all about.
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Sun, Oct 28 - 6pm - $10 - ALL AGES
GIRL K is an up and coming indie rock artist from Chicago, IL. Kathy Patino (vocals, guitar) brings her conceptual songwriting to life, performing either solo or inviting friends onstage as the backing band. With more gigs under their belt and currently in the process of recording an EP, Girl K debuted their most recent singles “Cinnamon” and “Division Club” Summer 2018. Focusing on themes of friendship, materialism, societal values and plenty more in the tracks - Kathy continues to challenge her composition style by constantly incorporating a variety of inspirations. In Fall 2017, Kathy Patino self-released her debut album ‘Sunflower Court’ with great acclaim. The album incorporates a unique blend of somber yet inviting undertones. ‘Sunflower Court’ creates an uplifting and delightful atmosphere that playfully balances painfully honest, heartbroken lyricism. Looking forward to what’s ahead, GIRL K is ready to send you off swooning and crooning.
Steel is a Chicago rock band comprised of Sammy Sobel on guitar and vocals, Will Panoutsos on drums, and Thomas O'Brien on bass. Just trying to bring back the rock.
Born in a tsunami off the coast of Kahoolawe, Bunny was raised as a sea critter till the time her paws were strong enough to swim. By 1961 she had learned how to speak the language of every ocean and trekked from Rainbow Falls to Eastern California where she was exposed to the reverb-drenched surf culture of Orange County. Bunny became hypnotized by the exotic noise and by 1968 found herself singing the Sunset Strip alongside psychedelic west coasters and teen dropouts. Bunny released her first EP ANIMALISM the following year, and is currently swimming the Gulf of Mexico in pursuit of positive vibes and new music.
Shooting for understated complexity topped off by instantly accessible melodies, Gal Gun stands out from the crowded Chicago garage-rock scene. Drawing heavy influences from 90's behemoths like Weezer and Blur while balancing a softer sound influenced by Belle & Sebastianand The Shins, their sound is equal parts familiar and refreshing. The band's music and lyrics hope to strike a chord between triumph and heartbreak. Songs like "Heartbleed" obscure their more depressing nature with a slick power pop sheen. Gal Gun hopes to emulate Mancunian bands of the 80's in their ability to hide a world-weary pessimism amidst a full pop stride and have fun doing it.
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Mon, Oct 29 - 8pm - $7
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
Underneath all the hooks and well crafted melodies lay songs about life on life's terms. Love, hate, all of lifes victories and defeats. The Hurtin Kind play music for grown ups about the world as we see and experience it. It's a joyous noise , so c'mon along for the ride!
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Tue, Oct 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, Oct 31 - 8pm - $10
The Ready Freddies is a unique tribute band; Christine Chung, Margaret Dunne, Emi Fukuda, "DJ" Katie Kirby, Liz Ele, Amy Schmitz, Ann Marie Myers are Chicago ladies playing tribute to Queen, with John San Juan providing rocket science guitar.
Craftwerc is artisanal recreations/merciless slaughters of popular (?) 70s and 80s synthpop by Blair, Polonsky, St Cyr and Zelenko.
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Thu, Nov 1 - 9pm - $7
Rosie & The Rivets perform the best music of the 1950's & early 1960's along with some current hits with a retro twist. From the Atomic Age through the British Invasion, Rosie & The Rivets evoke the energy and excitement of the era that spawned the greatest music of all time. A music that continues to thrill and entice. Come along and see why Rosie & The Rivets are the Premier Retro Rock & Roll Show!
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Fri, Nov 2 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
Old Shoe is a five-piece Americana Folk Rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band's compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life. Constantly playing throughout the midwest, their wealth of experience in the musical world never ceases to grow. Their performances will draw you in at the start and leave you panting on the dance floor by the end.Having recently released their second album, Let Yourself In, the band already has enough material for a third album that they play during their live shows. They cover Little Feat, Stevie Wonder and Warren Haynes to name a few. In the last year alone, Old Shoe played at Blottopia XII, Tall Tree Lakes Music & Camping Festival, Chicago Peace Fest and the Whippersnap Music & Arts Festival. They even hosted their own Shoe Fest, which featured Great American Taxi, Kyle Hollingsworth and Split Lip Rayfield.
Frequilibrium is a 4 piece blues/roots rock fusion band based out of Chicagoland. A relatively newer act, the four naturally harness the power of the Southern rock greats, drawing influences from The Allman Brothers Band and The Marcus King Band, while offering the progressive ingenuity of the next generation and a solid understanding of multiple genres. Their music is formed playfully but with much precision and care, intending to have the listener feeling their vibes within the first few bars.The bandmates exude a brotherly chemistry both on and off-stage, which is no surprise, as bassist and lead guitarist/singer, Luke and Jake, respectively, are siblings. They have spent the past several years covering the likes of The Beatles and Paul Simon as an acoustic duo, their voices possessing the perfect ranges to pay tribute to these legends. Each member of Frequilibrium boasts a background in many styles of music, having declared themselves an eclectic mix of “ADD Rock.” You may find yourself in a bluesy, B.B. King-esque haze one moment, then instantly propelled into the throes of funky psychedelia à la Jimi Hendrix, the emotion-evoking tunes establishing a home in your heart.Frequilibrium’s main goal is to leave their audiences vibrating on a higher plane, which is evident by the heartfelt, soulful lyrics and melodies they deliver. You won’t want to miss them when they roll into your town – the crowd always has just as much fun as they do; trust 'em when they say that's a lot.
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Sat, Nov 3 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Orgone (Orgōne). Noun. 1. A universal life force. 2. A cosmic unit of energy. 3. The creative force in nature. Now and always, Orgone delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feel and shoves you wantingly onto the dance floor. It all started with two kids from the San Fernando Valley, whose shared affinity for gritty soul records of the 60s and 70s collided with the colorful music cultures brewing in Los Angeles during the late 90s. That friendship sparked a movement, and Orgone has been delivering nothing but gold to the funk faithful ever since. “We intend our music to have an inhibitioncanceling effect,” founding guitarist Sergio Rios explains. “It speaks to those who may have wallflower tendencies encouraging everyone to own the freakiness that lives inside them, and enjoy the spotlight for a little while. Sometimes it takes a nudge to let go and get on the dance floor. And sometimes it takes a big 'ol push... a love shove, if you will. And we're well versed in those." Fearless vocalist Adryon de León elevates the octet’s soulfulness to intoxicating new levels on Orgone's latest studio album, Beyond The Sun . Dubbed "stank face inducing glory" by Okayplayer , the record is a lightning rod of inspiration for a new generation of funk music lovers.
The Right Now's pop-meets-soul sound is more than a vehicle for Stefanie Berecz's captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy songwriting and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2008 the band has toured much of the United States and released three acclaimed albums, racking up placements in television, national commercials, and the multi-million-selling video game Watch Dogs.
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Mon, Nov 5 - 8pm - $10
John Mead is a Chicago-based musician, writer, artist, and teacher. He is known for playing with many bands at Martyrs', including Great Moments In Vinyl, Coyotes, Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots, Crumbs Off The Table, and more.
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Tue, Nov 6 - 8pm - $10
A Chicago Based Jerry Garcia Band Tribute featuringSteve Johnson - Keyboards, Bob Lait - Guitar/Vocal, Paul Maczka - Drums, Kari McDonough - Vocals, and special guests!
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Wed, Nov 7 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Nov 8 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
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.
Founding themselves on bluegrass roots over a decade ago in the concrete jungle and bluegrass mecca of the southside of Chicago, The Leadfoot Band have branched out in all directions from there. Incorporating their love of bluegrass with their early urban influences of rock , funk and everything in between, the evolution of the band is hard to place. Fans have said Leadfoot is just hard driving bluegrass, some say they are rock infused jamgrass, or even a bastard child of Bill Monroe meets Metallica. The online music site JamGrass.net even says The Leadfoot Band is "A mix between Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and Greensky Bluegrass."
Big Time Wookie formed in 2014 and have been playing jam band music around Chicago ever since. Comprised of members from Terrapin Flyer, Northwest Corner, Shady Grady & The Nobodies, Majors Junction, and Lazy Dog, this group focuses on ripping solos, soaring harmonies, and tight jams that will keep you on your toes. Always expect the unexpected with BTW, and be ready to groove.
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Fri, Nov 9 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Bozeman, MT-based bluegrass quartet Kitchen Dwellers are riding the wave of their sophomore release, Ghost in the Bottle, an album produced by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn. The album also features Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis​, who joined the band in the studio to record the album’s first single “Vision of More.” The band continues to relentlessly tour the country, captivating audiences with their own unique style, dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. In recent years the band has begun to tour nationally, hitting notable venues and festivals around the country including The Brooklyn Bowl, The Fox Theatre, Delfest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, and The Frendly Gathering
Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. Comprised of Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz, the trio can frequently be found performing in the Boston area and surrounding cities in the Northeast, playing alongside bands like Drive-By Truckers, The Ballroom Thieves, Boy & Bear, Sam Moss, The Western Den, The Novel Ideas, Shook Twins, John Craigie, Grey Season, Damn Tall Buildings and others. In 2015, Honeysuckle performed at Newport Folk Festival, was chosen as a Converse Rubber Tracks artist, and was nominated for Best Folk Artist of the Year, and Best Americana Artist of the Year at the annual Boston Music Awards. In 2016 the group played Lollapalooza on the Pepsi Stage as well as CMJ in New York City.They have also been nominated again for the categories Best Americana and Best Folk Artist at the 2016 Boston Music Awards, as well as new nominations, Americana/Roots Act Of The Year and Album Of The Year for Red Line Roots' 2016 Big Reds. As a recipient of Club Passim's Iguana Music Grant, Honeysuckle recently released a new full-length album on March 24th, 2016 to a sold out crowd at Club Passim. Also available is their debut EP, "Arrows," released on April 29th, 2015.
Tangleweed is a band of four forward-looking musical reactionaries from Chicago, Illinois. They play acoustic Americana music. Their fourth full-length record, Please Punch Richard For Me, is out now. Their previous CDs, Most Folk Heroes Started Out As Criminals, Where You Been So Long? and Just a Spoonful, have received glowing reviews and airplay in 22 countries.
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Mon, Nov 12 - 8pm - $10
THE UNKNOWN NEW is equal parts jazz chamber ensemble and instrumental folk group – featuring music by Chicago-based composer, Paul Mutzabaugh (electric bass). Contributing to this texturally lush sound are Rich Stitzel (percussion), Vance Okraszewski (drums), Chris Siebold (lap steel & electric guitar), Jim Tashjian (acoustic guitar), and Mike Pinto (uber-guitar). The Unknown New has three records to its name: “Not Many Neighbors” (2018), “Thieves” (2016), and “Sunken Garden” (2015).
Lennon's Tuba is a new music/songwriting collaboration between John Elmquist and Chris Siebold.
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Tue, Nov 13 - 8pm - $10
Nalani & Sarina, identical twins sisters from New Jersey, have developed a distinctive blend of traditional soul-rock and modern pop likely to keep their faces in the spotlight for years to come. Nalani & Sarina's smart, kinetic live shows, whether as a duo or with their band, have made the sisters favorites on the Northeastern club scene. Their most recent album, The Circle, is being digitally distributed worldwide by Kobalt/AWAL Music. Legendary music critic/SiriusXM radio host Dave Marsh has called their material "a splendid meldingof 'classic' and contemporary styles" and "some of the best music being made today." In the review of the album's first single, Young & Inexperienced, Billboard.com raved "Like other great songwriters, Nalani and Sarina are channeling the emotions of their era." In the review of their album, NJArts.netpraised Nalani & Sarina as "one of the best new musical acts to come out of NJ in a long time. (I) believe that Nalani & Sarina are a voice for their generation."
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Wed, Nov 14 - 8pm - $40
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A main attraction in the Turkish alternative rock scene, Mor Ve Ötesi followed a very rough path and had their breakthrough only after their fourth effort. Once a band against capitalism and everything it brought upon the new world, they were, album by album, accepted into the mainstream as a modern rock band singing Turkish lyrics. An inspiration to many bands and the voice of a generation, Mor Ve Ötesi is a top-notch band defining the direction that Turkish rock is headed in. Mor Ve Ötesi was formed by Kerem Kabadayi (drums), Harun Tekin (vocals/guitar), Derin Esmer (vocals/guitar), and Alper Tekin (bass) in 1995. Commencing work on songs immediately, the band released the debut album Sehir ("The City") in 1996. The album was an amateur effort with the band looking more like a group of high school kids. Nevertheless, they managed to produce a hit with "Yalniz Sarki," which was also featured in the Hasan Yükselir compilation released by ADA Muzik. A year and many gigs later, Burak Güven (who shouldn't be confused with the bass player of Bulutsuzluk Özlemi) replaced Alper Tekin on bass. Their second album was released in 1999. Brak Zaman Aksin ("Let the Time Flow") was more like the debut, but better produced, better played, and apparently better written. Although the album fell short of receiving much attention, it contained some hints of what Mor Ve Ötesi could accomplish. Harun Tekin and Derin Esmer traded vocal duties for the last time, as Esmer left the band after the release. Kerem Özyegen was chosen as the guitarist. In 2000, Mor Ve Ötesi participated in the tribute album to Bülent Ortaçgil with their version of "Sen Varsin." Özyegen, along with the new producer Tarkan Gozubuyuk -- bass player with metal pioneers Mezarkabul -- provided the much-needed new blood for the band. Third album Gül Kendine ("Laugh at Yourself"), released in 2001, saw the band mature both in musical and commercial ways. The world-class, edgy production revealed a quality album, while Harun Tekin was becoming an attractive idol for young girls. The band was also becoming a central image for humanitarian acts. They took the stage against nuclear energy and teamed up with important musicians like Bülent Ortaçgil, Feridun Duzagaç, and Nejat Yavasogullari for an anti-war anthem "Savasa Hic Gerek Yok." In 2003, the band released a cover version of a popular Turkish song "Yaz Yaz Yaz" as a single and wrote the music for the Cagan Irmak film Mustafa Hakkinda Hersey. But the album that made Mor Ve Ötesi what they are today was their fourth effort, Dünya Yalan Söylüyor ("The World Is Lying"). The soft side of Tekin's vocals were gone, the musicianship had improved, and although they had already written a handful of good songs, not a single one of them was close to the quality of any of the songs on this one. When Dünya Yalan Söylüyor was released in 2004, all hell broke loose immediately. Selling over 250,000 copies, it was chosen as the "Best Turkish Rock Album of All Times" by Blue Jean magazine and "Second Best Turkish Rock Album of the Last 10 Years" by Billboard. "Bir Derdim Var" featured in the film Mustafa Hakkinda Hersey was "Best Film Song" at the 41st Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival. The follow-up to their groundbreaking Dünya Yalan Söylüyor was released in 2006. Although Büyük Düsler was also chosen as the "Best Turkish Rock Album of the Year" and "Best Album of the Year" by Blue Jean and Rolling Stone Turkey, it wasn't close to living up to the success of its predecessor. Some gigs in Turkey and an eight date tour of Germany saw the band play in front of thousands of fans. The band recorded "1945" for a tribute album of late producer Onno Tunc and they also formed their own label Rakun in 2007. Mor Ve Ötesi was chosen to represent Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008
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Thu, Nov 15 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
While the band takes its format from classic organ trios, Organ Freeman transcends this conventional classification. The three-piece composed of guitarist Erik Carlson, drummer Rob Humphreys, and organist Trevor Steer is primarily rooted in jazz and funk, however the three-piece is unafraid to draw from other genres, sometimes working in propulsive drum ‘n’ bass beats or landing in hard and heavy guitar riffs. Made up of professional studio musicians in Los Angeles, the group came together with the goal to create as much sound as humanly possible from a trio. Rife with synths and layered sounds and no stranger to experimentation, the project has taken the idea of the organ trio and brought it into the future. Known for their in-the-pocket grooves, tight-laced musicianship, and unrelenting energy, Organ Freeman has only just begun to break out. With the release of 2017’s critically acclaimed ‘Respect My Art’, the band further honed their progressive sound, pushing themselves to go bigger and expand upon their dynamic and fresh compositions. You can catch Organ Freeman on tour, at high-profile events like Summer Camp and The Peach Music Festival, or at iconic venues like The Capitol Theatre and Red Rocks.
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Fri, Nov 16 - 9pm - $10
The Giving Moon, originally from Chicago’s suburbs, is a three piece original alternative rock band. The band consists of drummer Nathan Melville, bassist Adam Suto, and lead guitar, lead vocalist, and songwriter Sean Seales. The group shares the same goal: to be able to share the music around the world and perform across the globe. The members share influences from classic rock artists including Jimi Hendrix to many alternative artists including Foster the People and Radiohead. The band always attempts to keep a variety in sound and tone and wishes to continue their music career with an unrelenting commitment and a passion to succeed in their goal.
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.
Born in the fevered jam scene of Chicago, Silvertone brings an eclectic and electric blend of groovy rhythms, powerful licks, and soulful lyrics to rock music. Energetic foot-tapping riffs, wild performances and catchy head-bobbing melodies create a unique blend of "rock and roll you can dance to".
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Sat, Nov 17 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless. The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “Bombastic live performances,” as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads. With their second, self titled, album released in May of 2015, The Last Revel further demonstrates their ability to create rich and delicately textured recorded material with a modern “tip of the hat” to the storied history of American folk music.
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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Sun, Nov 18 - 7:30pm - $15adv/$20door
David Sancious (Peter Gabriel, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck etc) and Will Calhoun (Living Colour, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Jack Dejohnette, Herb Alpert etc…) come together for an evening of pure, spontaneous music.............. David Sancious was born in Long Branch, New Jersey on November 30th 1953 to Jimmie and Stelma Sancious. David’s father was an electronics engineer and his mother a school teacher. An early interest in music was shown when at 4 years old David was able to pick out a few notes on a small plastic guitar his parents had given him, and play along to a Calypso record his father used to play frequently. Two years later when the family relocated from Asbury Park to Belmar ,N.J. , a piano was included along with the purchase of the new house. After the boxes and furniture were brought in , his mother sat at the piano and began to play beautiful classical piano selections, much to his amazement. The effect was instantaneous . “Music became the most interesting and beautiful thing in the world to me, and being able to express all that beauty and magic was all I wanted.” After teaching David herself for the first year, his mother made arrangement for piano lessons with a focus on classical piano repetoire. Being the youngest of three boys and having a father and mother with very different musical tastes, the house was filled with music of all genres. Everything from Mozart to James Brown on a daily basis. Early musical influences ranged from the piano preludes of Chopin and Beethoven to the music of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Folk music , R&B , and Rock were equally influential . The folk music of Odetta and the blues stylings of B.B. King inspired him to take up the guitar at 9 years old. “I played acoustic guitar for a few years and made some progress. Then one day my brother came home with the first Jimi Hendrix album ( “Are You Experienced” ) and instantly I became very serious about the guitar “. After several years of playing keyboards and guitar in Jazz , R&B , and Rock Bands on the Jersey shore area, David met Bruce Springsteen at the entrance to a club where Bruce was organizing a jam session. The result was an invitation to join a new band that Bruce was putting together. This eventually became “Bruce Springtsteen & the E Street Band”, and after recording three albums and touring the country, with Bruce, he left to form the group "Tone" and recorded several albums. The first recordings ( “Forest of Feelings” ) in 1975, followed by (“Transformation: the Speed of Love”), ( “True Stories “ ), ( “ Just as I Thought “ ), and ( “ The Bridge “ ) showed David’s skills as a composer for the first time, and led to his being considered one of the most talented and sought after keyboard players in the music industry.” I’ve always been inspired and motivated by the composing aspect of music, and I’ve always thought of myself as a composer who plays well , rather than a person who is just proficient on a given instrument. The recordings attracted the attention of artist the world over. Recent recordings include (" 9 Piano Improvisations "), ( " Cinema " ), and (" Live in The Now "). Peter Gabriel , Sting , Bruce Springsteen, , Eric Clapton , Jeff Beck, Seal and others, have used his talents as pianist, synthesist, guitarist, arranger, and producer on recording sessions and concert tours, playing an eclectic and diverse range of music..................Will Calhoun, the widely acclaimed drummer from the Bronx, New York, graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Production and engineering. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Buddy Rich Jazz Masters Award for outstanding performance by a drummer. Special Kudos for Will's drumming virtuosity include: • Best New Drummer by Modern Drummer Magazine's Readers Poll. • Number One Progressive Drummer by Modern Drummer Magazine's Readers Poll three times. • Best Drummer by Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics Poll. Will Calhoun's unique blend of improvisational and hard rock drumming can be found on each of Living Colour's four Epic releases: the ground breaking multi-platinum debut, Vivid, the critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Time's Up, the Biscuits EP, and Stain, as well as their latest release on Sanctuary Records, CollideØscope. A prolific song writer, Will has co-written many Living Colour compositions and wrote the critically acclaimed song, Pride, on the Time's Up album and Nothingness on the Stain album. As a member of Living Colour, Will received a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance by a group and another Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. Living Colour also won an International Rock Award for Best Rock Band.. In addition to his work with Living Colour, Will has recorded and/or toured with diverse artists including B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, The Allman Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Marcus Miller, Dr.John, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD "High Life"), and recorded with rappers Run-DMC and Public Enemy. As a producer, player, and songwriter, Will has worked on Herb Alpert's Grammy-nominated CD, Colors. During Will's down time he has managed to record two solo projects Housework and Drum Wave. These discs provide an alternate canvas for his acoustic drumset artistry as well as his push for electronic tonal expressions. Will, Doug Wimbish, and Vinx joined forces to form the groundbreaking Ambient World Music band JUNGLE FUNK. Their live CD Jungle Funk is available on Zebra Records in the States. The group combines mastery of technology with musicianship. This rare and cutting edge disc was given the Album of the Year mention in Australia. Will's first jazz CD as a bandleader is entitled The Will Calhoun Quintet: Live at the Blue Note. The disc is an adventurous journey through Will's approach to acoustic Jazz, World and Ambient music. The line-up features Bobby Watson-sax, Terrell Stafford-trumpet, John Benitez-bass and Orrin Evans-piano. Will's song writing, arrangements and drumming on this CD are ground breaking. Although this was Will's first attempt at fronting a jazz group, Down Beat Magazine, Jazz Times, and BillBoard Magazine have given the CD top ratings. Drum Magazine's readers poll voted Will's CD 1st runner up for Drummer/Band leader. Will has worked with rapper Mos Def, both as a producer and performer. Will brought together an all-star lineup for this project, featuring artists like: Bernie Worrell on keys, Doug Wimbish on bass, Doc Know, the guitarist from Bad Brains, and other special guests. The Band is titled Black Jack Johnson, and several tracks from this band were featured on Mos Def's CD The New Danger. Keep your eyes and ears open for a full length Black Jack Johnson CD. It will be in the usual cutting-edge Calhoun fashion. For all you Living Colour fans, the band is touring again and working on new material. They have performed regional U.S. tour, as well as tours in South America, Australia and Europe over the past several years. Check the Tour Schedule page often for updates. One of Will's latest creations is his follow-up release on the Halfnote label: Native Lands. Native Lands can be described as Jazz meets World, meets trance-inducing Urban music. This is a double package - CD/DVD in which Calhoun marries his far reaching interests in a genre-bending collection that taps key expressionists from various backgrounds. Among those contributing are Pharoah Sanders, Mos Def, Buster Williams, Stanley Jordan, Kevin Eubanks, Marcus Miller and Wallace Roney, as well as Nana Vasconcelos from Brazil and Cheick Tidiane Seck from Mali. The album includes a DVD with over ninety minutes of music videos and documentary materials that chronicle the last ten years of Will's life and travels. Will is presently touring in support of this project with his group, variously called "AZA" or "Native Lands", which features various artists from the album and other outstanding musicians. Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy winners and contribute to so many genres: jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, et al, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continually pushing the envelope. Will Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life.
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Mon, Nov 19 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Nov 20 - 8pm - $10
The Trouble Notes are a Berlin based trio, composed of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Describing themselves as ‘Indie-Gypsy fusion’, their music is characterised by emotionally driven, instrumental ballads reflecting pan-cultural influences and blending an eclectic fusion of traditions, to create a truly unique sound; representative of their extensive travels and consequent musical development. Their music is defined as ‘music from everywhere for everyone“. The group have achieved success and wide acclaim for past releases, with their previous EP Soundtracks from the Street reaching the Top 5 in USA iTunes charts for Latin & World Music, as well as garnering 60 million+ video views on publications including Grand Masquerade, Gypsy Train and Christoph. Their new single, Lose Your Ties, is an immersive, emotionally charged and thrilling piece of music, encapsulating a melting pot of influences. This track, as with their other releases, deliberately lacks lyrics to allow the listener to create their own vision of what transpires during each song, to allow people from any corner of the world to embark on a cultural and geographical expedition. The Trouble Notes tell us more about the single…“Lose Your Ties is our story. The song is about that little voice that pops into your head while you’re sitting in front of your computer at your desk job. The one that says ‘What are you doing with your life?’ We chose to follow that voice and it took us on this wild journey. Lose Your Ties is the first of many stories we are ready to tell.” Their new album Lose Your Ties, released in February 2018, showcases a development of their expressive, incredibly diverse sound, representing the start of a new, and exciting, musical journey.
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Wed, Nov 21 - 8pm - $10
Flow is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus and enjoyment in the process of the act. Flowtation is a funk band out of western Chicagoland who strives to spend as much time on stage in such a state as possible. Fueled by hours of energetic, popular covers, as well as copious original material, a Flowtation show is a guaranteed great time.
Claire Bryant was born out of an experiment that transfused Jimi Hendrix and Audrey Hepburn’s DNA. She's got powerhouse pipes and a badass attitude to match. Her sounds have been compared to the popular styles of Hiatus Kaiyote and Jorja Smith. With a heavy Amy Winehouse influence, Claire's music is drunk off her vulnerable, soulful stank. Claire Bryant is accompanied by her erotic, electric band: The Babes. A babe indeed, Claire Bryant sings and songwrites with a unique vibrant aesthetic. Oxygen is running thin; Claire Bryant is the breath of fresh air the music industry has been waiting for.
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Fri, Nov 23 - 9pm - $10
This is PriMary...The Cure are one of the more colourful faces on Post-Punk’s Mount Rushmore. Romantic, dramatic, mischievous and potent they are a natural and logical assignment to be covered. Globe trotting power pop sons Who's This Mary? are only too pleased to present their legacy for your concert-going pleasure.Spawn as a lark and guilty by reason of intensity Who’s This Mary? chose to replicate songs by The Cure fully in 2010. Who's This Mary? are a modern beat combo that live and breathe in the Chicagoland area. Performing tip top original power pop as well as inspired cover versions of Britpop and other classics from 60's to present day. Their sound consists of bright melodies, tight harmonies, upbeat guitar work, and a healthy respect for catchy grooves. Known for their dedicated cover versions they have fully tackled The Jam (as "All Mods Conned"), The Beatles and now The Cure.Brought to you and comprised of members of London Calling (The Clash Tribute) and All Mods Conned (The Jam Tribute) so you may expect quality.
The Unknown Pleasures were formed when I Lost Control Lead singer Stevo, former ILC bass player, Grant and friend Mitch (The Charming Beggars, Jinx Titanic, and The Sleeptalkers) kicked around the idea of forming a tribute band playing the music of Joy Division. Conversation became reality when Mitch lined up a pre-Halloween show for the band. Now they just needed a drummer...There were a number of possibilities, but the trio lucked on Jordy (Redwalls, The Webstirs), who just happened to be playing the same gig with the B52's tribute band, Planet Claire. Jordy dusted off his electronic drum and the group was set.
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Sat, Nov 24 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Denver based and Boulder born, dream rock trio Evanoff is no doubt a force to be reckoned with in the Colorado music scene. The group has pioneered a unique, electrifying blend of analog and digital sounds they call “Dream Rock.” Dancey break beats, symphonic guitar riffs, powerful builds, and face melting jams define the increasingly popular genre. Containing both heavy rock and soft melodic styles, the groups most stand out feature is their ability to capture the crowd’s attention while creating heartfelt tension accompanied by groovy dance beats that release unimaginable amounts of energy. There is an energetic joy and purification that comes from seeing an Evanoff show..... Evanoff consists of its three core members: JJ Evanoff (Guitar), Jake Hall (Drums) and Brennan Forrester (Keys). In just under two years the band has performed at an array of major national festivals including Electric Forest, Euphoria and Gem & Jam, Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road, Vertex, Sonic Bloom, and Arise. The trio has been hitting the road hard over the past two years creating major markets in the southwest, midwest and northeastern US.
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Tue, Nov 27 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Wed, Nov 28 - 8pm - $12
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
Forty years ago, Mark Knopfler wrapped his fingers around a ’61 Fender Stratocaster and made music fans around the world sit up and take notice. With his band Dire Straits, Knopfler crafted a sound that was refreshingly pure in a music industry roiling with heavily produced rock, feisty punk, and the beginnings of the synth-driven sounds of new wave.The band’s self-titled debut album cost a mere $22,000 to produce. But it shot to the top of the charts around the world thanks to the instant classic “Sultans of Swing.”It was a powerful debut, and Dire Straits lived up to their promise on the records that followed. But in 1985, the band reached the pinnacle of their career with the album Brothers in Arms which sold an astounding 30 million copies.Great Moments in Vinyl pays tribute to these two memorable albums plus a sprinkling of other Dire Straits tunes when we take the stage October 25th at Martyrs’. Featuring Philip Roach, Scott Tipping, William Lindsey Cochran, and more.
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Thu, Nov 29 - 9pm - $30adv/$40doors
After the surprise announcement of the end of Furthur, fans of improvisational jam music have been left to wonder what is next. Within days, the answer was evident, Golden Gate Wingmen.The Golden Gate Wingmen is a band formed in concept through casual conversation by the musicians recognizing that everyone was available the night that Kadlecik had booked for the first night of his electro-coustic solo tour. In actuality, it was formed on stage during sound check, as this particular group of guys had never played together before in this lineup.The band contains members of the highest quality, and from the first show, were performing original material (mostly songs from John Kadlecik's first album released under his own name.) The band premiered to a sold out audience on November 5 2014 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael CA. Fans can expect both boundary thrashing original music, and material from the song book that they love, forged in an altogether new cauldron, the results of which will be unique to each night's performance.
On the heels of an extensive tour with the John Kadlecik Band in November and December, John Kadlecik comes home to Martyrs' on a Tuesday night. Those shows will feature Kadlecik in his solo 'Acousti'Lectric' format in which he plays and sings unaccompanied, but utilizes an electric guitar synthesizer to produce a myriad of guitar and keyboard sounds. Fans will remember this format from last November when Kadlecik toured the West. While Kadlecik will play from the songbook fans have come to expect, there will also be original material and non traditional covers within the sets.
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Fri, Nov 30 - 9pm - $30adv/$40door
After the surprise announcement of the end of Furthur, fans of improvisational jam music have been left to wonder what is next. Within days, the answer was evident, Golden Gate Wingmen.The Golden Gate Wingmen is a band formed in concept through casual conversation by the musicians recognizing that everyone was available the night that Kadlecik had booked for the first night of his electro-coustic solo tour. In actuality, it was formed on stage during sound check, as this particular group of guys had never played together before in this lineup.The band contains members of the highest quality, and from the first show, were performing original material (mostly songs from John Kadlecik's first album released under his own name.) The band premiered to a sold out audience on November 5 2014 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael CA. Fans can expect both boundary thrashing original music, and material from the song book that they love, forged in an altogether new cauldron, the results of which will be unique to each night's performance.
On the heels of an extensive tour with the John Kadlecik Band in November and December, John Kadlecik comes home to Martyrs' on a Tuesday night. Those shows will feature Kadlecik in his solo 'Acousti'Lectric' format in which he plays and sings unaccompanied, but utilizes an electric guitar synthesizer to produce a myriad of guitar and keyboard sounds. Fans will remember this format from last November when Kadlecik toured the West. While Kadlecik will play from the songbook fans have come to expect, there will also be original material and non traditional covers within the sets.
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Sat, Dec 1 - 9pm - $30adv/$40door
After the surprise announcement of the end of Furthur, fans of improvisational jam music have been left to wonder what is next. Within days, the answer was evident, Golden Gate Wingmen.The Golden Gate Wingmen is a band formed in concept through casual conversation by the musicians recognizing that everyone was available the night that Kadlecik had booked for the first night of his electro-coustic solo tour. In actuality, it was formed on stage during sound check, as this particular group of guys had never played together before in this lineup.The band contains members of the highest quality, and from the first show, were performing original material (mostly songs from John Kadlecik's first album released under his own name.) The band premiered to a sold out audience on November 5 2014 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael CA. Fans can expect both boundary thrashing original music, and material from the song book that they love, forged in an altogether new cauldron, the results of which will be unique to each night's performance.
On the heels of an extensive tour with the John Kadlecik Band in November and December, John Kadlecik comes home to Martyrs' on a Tuesday night. Those shows will feature Kadlecik in his solo 'Acousti'Lectric' format in which he plays and sings unaccompanied, but utilizes an electric guitar synthesizer to produce a myriad of guitar and keyboard sounds. Fans will remember this format from last November when Kadlecik toured the West. While Kadlecik will play from the songbook fans have come to expect, there will also be original material and non traditional covers within the sets.
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Mon, Dec 3 - 8pm - $10
John Mead and Badlands plays 1970s-era Springsteen with the passion and thunder the songs deserve. They have performed this set on Chicago-area stages like City Winery, Evanston SPACE, and the Old Town School. John is joined onstage by Alton Smith of Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots, Chris Corsale of the Right Now, and other Chicago luminaries. Mead teaches at the Old Town School and has performed at many Chicago and area venues with "Heroes", a Bowie tribute, Strider (Led Zeppelin), Little Queens (Heart), as well as Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots, Crumbs Off the Table, Mystery Train, and his own bands Coyotes and Angelus.
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Tue, Dec 4 - 8pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Fri, Dec 7 - 9pm - $12adv/$14door
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.
“Old Salt Union has the groove and the chops of a great string band, balanced with infectious rock and roll energy. Their music occupies that sweet space between Old Crow folk and Yonder Mountain jam -- not a bad place to be for a band about to break.”— No Depression.Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen. It is this collision of styles and musical vocabularies that informs their fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch.In 2015 they won the FreshGrass Band contest and found the perfect collaborator in Compass Records co-founder and GRAMMY winning banjoist and composer, Alison Brown, whose attention to detail and high standards pushed the group to develop their influences from beyond a vocabulary to pull from during improvisation and into the foundation of something truly compelling in the roots music landscape.Of working with the band in the studio, producer Brown says, “These post modern bluegrassers are true renegades. While they look like a bluegrass band, their musical sensibilities run much deeper and broader, borrowing as much from indie rock and jazz fusion as from Bill Monroe. And, even more exciting to me, they know no fear! They are wide open musical adventurers and we had a great time experimenting in the studio at the crossroads of these disparate influences. Though the band had established themselves as a growing festival act with performances at LouFest, Stagecoach Festival, Bluegrass Underground, Winter Wondergrass, Freshgrass, Wakarusa, Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Festival, and the 2014 Daytona 500, it was their breakout track on Spotify, “Madam Plum” that seemed to amplify awareness of the band beyond the bluegrass bubble.
Miles Over Mountains is an acoustic grassroots band based in Northern Illinois and comprised of former members of the group Huckleberry Green
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Sat Dec 8 Krampus Fest Vendors
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Krampus is a centuries-old tradition in the alpine countries of Europe. On St. Nick’s day, St. Nick parades through towns and villages handing gifts to good children. Following him is Krampus, an evil-looking villain, who threatens to beat bad children with a switch and haul them away. We're paying homage to St. Nick's dark partner, Krampus, because sometimes it's hard to be good! HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET 12-6pm Featuring local artisans, makers, bakers and purveyors of beautiful handmade gifts, delectable sweet and savory edibles for your holiday needs. German style street food, housemade gluhwein, cold beer and hot cocoa! KRAMPUSLAUF 6pm Meet in front of Martyrs'. Wear your best Krampus costume and join the Krampus' to stomp along Lincoln Ave!Free entry! All ages!
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Sat Dec 8 12noon - FREE! ALL AGES!
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Krampus is a centuries-old tradition in the alpine countries of Europe. On St. Nick’s day, St. Nick parades through towns and villages handing gifts to good children. Following him is Krampus, an evil-looking villain, who threatens to beat bad children with a switch and haul them away. We're paying homage to St. Nick's dark partner, Krampus, because sometimes it's hard to be good! HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET 12-6pm Featuring local artisans, makers, bakers and purveyors of beautiful handmade gifts, delectable sweet and savory edibles for your holiday needs. German style street food, housemade gluhwein, cold beer and hot cocoa! KRAMPUSLAUF 6pm Meet in front of Martyrs'. Wear your best Krampus costume and join the Krampus' to stomp along Lincoln Ave!Free entry! All ages!
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Sat, Dec 8 - 9pm - $10
Son Of Abbey is an all original rock band from Chicago. SOA is made up of members of the Chicago music scene. Vocalist Karl Hafner of Lucid Ground branched out in 2015 to write and record an EP. He was looking for a band to fit and write with him. Chris Shen from A Birdsong Valentine and Moon jumped on board to play bass. Shortly After drummer Chris Ellison from Visionaire joined on as drummer. With the band’s core in place the guys hit the studio to record their self titled debut at Rax Trax studio. While in the studio Tom Miller of Rocket Cathedral added organs and piano to round the sound out. 2016 will be the official release as well as North American Tour.
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Wed, Dec 12 - 8pm - $10ad/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Thu, Dec 13 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Daily life is a struggle. Sometimes you need a Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, which is also the name of the new glam punk heavy rock product from Tony Rogers & John Scholvin of The Good. It’s like a lion on stimulants, a velvet jumper only two sizes too small, a goblet of mysterious dark liquid that promises a night you will never forget. It also showcases the pulsating rhythms of Jackie Schimmel & Greg Fundis, and it may be addictive.
Formed in the summer of ’16, The Fifth Star Band is a youthful group of raconteurs looking to make their impact on the music landscape with their soulful jazzy twist on American Traditional Rock. The unique sound The Fifth Star Band has been able to cultivate is largely due to the diverse musical backgrounds each member of the group brings to the table. While at its core, Jordan Sawyer’s songwriting embodies a modern take on American Traditional Rock, throw in some funky bass licks, a strong jazzy beat, and a smooth dose of Eric Pedone's sax and you get a sound unlike any other.
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Fri, Dec 14 - 9pm - $12
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.
Dassit is a six-piece that demonstrates that head-bobbing Hip-Hop and lush, improvisatory jazz can co-exist effortlessly. Led by saxophonist Simon Dufour and rapper Keith Harris, Dassit is on the forefront of the live-band Hip-Hop scene in Chicago. Fans of Nas and Miles Davis alike will find something to cherish in Dassit’s music.
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 - 3pm - $11
Sat, Dec 15 - 5pm - $11
Sat, Dec 15 - 9:30pm - $12
Moon is heavy, melodic, spacious, majestic, propulsive, dark, rock. Moon is chiming echo-laden guitar, post rock bass, propulsive drumming, shifting time signatures, and haunting, ethereal vocals. Sonic reference points include Sunny Day Real Estate, Silversun Pickups, Circa Survive, Mogwai, Porcupine Tree, Rush. Moon formed in late 2008 when drummer Chris Schneberger found guitarist/singer David Azizinamini and bass player Pat LaRose. The three immediately found a chemistry and interest in crafting songs that were both heavy and melodic, challenging yet accessible. After a year, Moon began playing shows at clubs around Chicago. In 2012 they teamed with Mike Hagler of Kingsize Sound Labs to produce their debut full-length, “Finding and Losing the Light”. Since then shows have included being support for bands like Sleepy Sun (San Francisco), The Hounds Below (Detroit), Blood Red Shoes (UK), and Kinski (Seattle). Moon has headlined several local band showcases including a special solo show at Cobra Lounge sponsored by Vic’s Drum Shop. When Pat left for New York, Chris Shen replaced him on bass. Moon's second full-length album, “Distant But Close,” was released in 2014. The band released their third full-length studio album, “Extinction,” in 2018, recorded at Rax Trax Studios with Noam Wallenberg.
In the early to mid 90s, The Something Bros. regularly joined billings with acts such as Uncle Tupelo, Smashing Pumpkins, Soul Asylum, The Dead Milkmen, The Meat Puppets and Yo La Tengo. Prior U.S. tours include venues such as the legendary CBGBs in New York, First Avenue in Minneapolis, as well as headlining sold-out performances at Chicago's Cabaret Metro. In 1990, the Bros were voted one of the top 10 artists in both The Illinois Entertainer of Chicago and the Riverfront Times of St. Louis. The SoBros officially disbanded in 1992 but reconnected to perform nearly 25 years later. 2018 welcomes the release of the Something Brothers' highly anticipated album, APOLLO... along with shows at select venues to support it.
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Tue, Dec 18 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Sat, Dec 22 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s talent orbits him simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting edge hip hop. He’s a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound.Brown displayed an affinity for the trumpet at a young age as he won the national Miles Davis Trumpet Competition and studied under legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. His critically acclaimed debut album “HIP TO BOP”, recorded in New Orleans, foreshadowed Brown’s unique talent for creating fresh bop-inflected jazz. Yet, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation didn’t spare Maurice and he took his talent to Brooklyn.Maurice reformed his own quintet, resurrected his underground hip-hop/funk combo, Soul'd U Out and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, De La Soul, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lettuce and The Roots.His follow-up album, THE CYCLE OF LOVE garnered significant praise; Huffington Post and NPR named it one of the best records of the year. Brown further embraced his be-bop roots with hip-hop hooks; it also lays raw his dogged insistence on charting his own musical course, bred by the rare success of his debut album and a life uprooted post-Katrina."Hearing Maurice Brown play let's me know that jazz is in good hands going forward."- Marcus MillerMaurice was invited to join the newly formed Tedeschi-Trucks Band. He created the horn arrangements on TTB’s debut album, “Revelator” which won a 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album. Brown’s trumpet was a wailing counterpoint to Derek Truck’s searing guitar wizardry.“Maurice took a solid foundation of jazz and blues and turned it into a modern sound that is uniquely his own. “- Derek TrucksBrown’s immersion into hip hop as musician/MC/producer culminated in the 2014 release of “MAURICE vs. MOBETTA” (Brown Records). This groundbreaking alter-ego album remixed original horn parts with newly recorded hip hop beats. Brown’s jazz roots are cultivated here through the lens of a hip hop perspective. Talib Kweli, Prodigy and Jean Grae’s spitting rhymes are met by Mobetta’s own, while his trumpet circles muscularly throughout every track.” Maurice Brown’s horn is able to musically go anywhere." - Talib KweliConstant evolution drives him. His intuitive vision lights a fire under traditional jazz, adds sonic brass to rock n' roll and pushes the production tip in hip-hop. Having recently severed ties with TTB, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is again charting his own musical path. The summer release of album tracks he produced for Talib Kweli, Omar, and Prodigy will make 2016 a long, hot burn. His new album, “THE MOOD” is set to be released at the top of 2017.
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Fri, Dec 28 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers) out October 5th, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty. With all the power of a freight train, the Big Damn Band is known for its live shows. Rev. Peyton delivers guitar pyrotechnics the old fashioned way — ten fingers, a 6 string and an amp cranked at full tilt. In the country blues style, he plays the bass with his thumb, while picking the lead with his fingers at the same time. When he lifts the guitar behind his head to play there’s nothing but skill and 16 gauge nickel strings to make the sounds coming out of the speakers. Beside him on stage are just two other people. His wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton playing with all the nuance and percussive power of a New Orleans drum line, and keeping the train moving is Max Senteney on a lean drum kit including a 5 gallon maple syrup bucket. Together they play Peyton’s wildman country blues that’s as much ZZ Top as it is Bukka White. This is real, from the heart, handmade music made by people, for people who don’t have time for BS.
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Sat, Dec 29 - 9pm - $18adv/$20door
Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music "cool" again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. Imagine 70's funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!Although the ensemble cast enjoys a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam, this fledgling "nu-sion" project is growing a unique and rabid following by commanding audiences at theaters, clubs, and major national festivals since 2012. The powerhouse quintet's live show has been described by critics and fans alike as "lethal funk", "explosive", "jaw dropping", and "musically mesmerizing". For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: just sit back and enjoy the ride!Kung Fu Features: Tim Palmieri (guitar & vocals)Robert Somerville (tenor sax & vocals)Beau Sasser (keyboards & vocals)Chris DeAngelis (bass guitar & vocals)Adrian Tramontano (drums/percussion)
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Sun, Dec 30 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
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Mon, Dec 31 - 9pm - $20
Based out of Chicago, Illinois, Mungion, a boundless quintet that delivers musical eargasms of astronomical proportion to their listeners ears while simultaneously scrambling their eggs has landed. Mungion’s Musical Hijinx smells better than the aura of children of New Hope. May your ears ever be non-inverted, Their music was grown with fertile soil and tastes like yesteryears greens of collards so come take a bite. Mungion's compostional prowess topped with their ability to produce danceable uncanny improvisations obliterate the very concept of boundaries in the live setting. A bastard love child of The Headhunters, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Frank Zappa, Primus, Phish, Dixie Dregs, Chick Corea, SLAYER, and MMW, this quartet of musical brothers blends intricate compositions with jams that will get your tail feathers shakin! This Musical Circus plays for the love of captivating the moment as well as pushing each other and their audience to the outer limits.
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Fri, Feb 8 - 9pm - $25
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
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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