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Sat, May 25 - 9pm - $15
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.
Great Moments in Vinyl plays a 50th anniversary tribute to Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II. Led Zeppelin was Jimmy Page’s idea. In the book Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page, the guitarist told the story of how “playing in my early bands, working as a studio musician, producing, and going to art school was, in retrospect, my apprenticeship. I was learning and creating a solid foundation of ideas. But I wasn’t really playing music. “Then, I joined The Yardbirds, and suddenly— bang!—all that I had learned began to fall into place, and I was off and ready to do something interesting.” Page definitely had something interesting in mind. As he told Guitar World magazine,“Ultimately, I wanted Zeppelin to be a marriage of blues, hard rock, and acoustic music topped with heavy choruses – a combination that had never been done before.” Page summed up his vision like the art student that he was: he wanted to make music that had “lots of light and shade.” . . . . Join us the last Saturday of May (Hey! That’s Memorial Day weekend! You can really enjoy yourself!) as we travel back to 1969 to relive two albums that would change the ‘70s: Led Zeppelin’s debut album and its follow up, Led Zeppelin II. It’s a 50th anniversary celebration of two rock classics. Judith Weirauch sings lead and Scott Tipping delivers the “blues, hard rock, and acoustic” guitar as needed. With Alton Smith on keyboards, Jonathan Reed on drums, and William Lindsey Cochran on bass and storytelling.
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Tue, May 28 - 8pm - $10
The Herbal Remedies seeks to remind our audience of its close connection to nature and to each other. Consciously written poetic lyrics invoke the wisdom, shared by all creatures, of how to live at peace with the earth which sustains us, and how to have compassion for one another. Tranquil melodies and intentional harmonies conjure a similar sense of well-being to that achieved when immersed in abundant and beauteous natural landscapes. The Herbal Remedies is a trio of artists/community members each bringing an essential aesthetic element to our music, and each equipped with complementary strengths contributing toward community organizing and event planning. Musically, Jerry lays the foundation with a guitar style that blends early blues and West African harp playing, and a vocal quality that is sincere and emotive; Tzippy brings to that her passion for traditional music of South Eastern Europe shared through multiple instruments and singing; Katie has the sensitivity and versatility to blend the merging styles with acumen, through both vocal harmonies and violin. Our raw and pure sound draws on folk traditions from around the globe, yet the outcome is unmistakably contemporary. This balance invites people with diverse sensibilities to feel close to our music due to its familiarity, while being intrigued with its newness. Active engagement with the earth and in community informs our voice, and recognizing music as one of the most unifying forces we revel in the experience of creatively exploring these ideals through this medium.
Leah Shoshanah is a Chicago-based singer, songwriter, cantorial soloist, guitarist and teaching artist. She performs in a myriad of settings and represents several genres in her concerts, including jazz, folk, Brazilian, funk and rock. She plays originals and covers, often improvising solos (scat singing, mouth trumpet) and even entire songs. Leah has released two albums of original music, “A Child Like This” (2017), featuring an ensemble of nine musicians and "Stillness" (2018), an intimate collection of solo Jazz and Brazilian guitar arrangements. Leah and her music have toured both coasts and she has played to rooms big and small, solo and with bands, from historic Chicago stages (Old Town School, the Green Mill, PianoForte Chicago) to synagogues, church basements, yoga studios and other grassroots community spaces. As a teaching artist, Leah emphasizes both technical skill-building and intuitive playing. She teaches students hard skills, like, note-reading, scales, harmonic colors, practicing with a metronome, posture and breathing so students can develop soft skills, like jamming, writing original music and bringing life to written music. Her goal with each student is to help them learn what they need to learn in order to play music with whoever, wherever and whenever they want. As a Cantorial Soloist, Leah sings, plays guitar and writes original adaptations of Jewish prayer and spiritual texts. She enjoys digging deep to find selections from vintage songbooks in library basements and transcribing Youtube recordings of old Sephardic melodies. Leah is the resident Cantorial Soloist and music curator for Tzedek Chicago. She also works freelance with communities around the Chicagoland area. Leah is currently writing music for her next album. For this project, she is focusing on dance music inspired by 70s funk and modern indie-rock.“Through her unbelievably adaptable voice, Leah Shoshanah shifts tones frequently... but balances folk minimalism so well. Nothing is simple in her messages or in her brilliantly written songs.” - Chaz Thoughts.
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Wed, May 29 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Pioneer of the hang (handpan), captivating musician Manu Delago has announced the forthcoming release of a unique and awe-inspiring movie and accompanying album, Parasol Peak out September 7th, in which Delago leads an ensemble of 7 musicians on a mountaineering expedition in The Alps. Along the way, the group perform a collection of brand new compositions in different locations, at varying altitudes.The Austrian-born composer was discovered by Björk, who rst invited him to perform alongside onher Biophilia tour. He is now a xture of Björk’s live lineup and has also toured with The Cinematic Orchestra and Olafur Arnalds. Further, he earned a Grammy-nomination for his work on Anoushka Shankar’s album Land of Gold, performed Hang on Poppy Ackroyd’s latest album ‘Resolve’ and appeared as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra.
It is for this reason that the musician spends a great deal of his life on the road and in studios, collaborating with various artists as well as writing, recording and performing his previous two critically-acclaimed electronic-driven albums Silver Kobalt and Metromonk. This was how Parasol Peak became an exercise in the artist removing himself from studios, tour busses and laptops, and seeking to compose and perform both within and as part of nature, using only totally acoustic instruments.Delago was not only inspired to incorporate the ensemble’s natural surroundings in The Alps, but also the percussive sounds of the group’s climbing gear. Delago comments: “Of course performing on acoustic instruments has been done for thousands of years, so I wanted to add an extra component – nature, or more precisely the Alps. I wanted to utilise our surroundings by incorporating lots of percussion sounds like trees, water, little rocks as well as the gear that we were carrying, such as helmets, carabiners or ice axes.
From Dominic Johnson:After studying at Rice University, I toured and recorded with the band rachel’s, a progenitor of what some now call “indie-classical” music.2018 finds me having completed 21 episodes on the music production team at Comedy Central’s Drunk History, DJing, and performing on viola and violin in a variety of settings. Here's a recent DJ and electric violin set from a late night party downtown Chicago:https://soundcloud.com/mrdominicjohnson/dojo-4am-dj-set-electric-violin-...Career highlights have included co-founding and running the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago from 2005-15, and performances with Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, DJ Spooky, and Belle and Sebastian.I have also really enjoyed playing Mozart and Berg in the Vienna Konzerthaus, rocking the Hammerstein Ballroom opening for PJ Harvey, and playing electric viola for Chicago Symphony events.
In addition to spinning tunes here at martyrs', DJ Warp has become a staple at many Chicago clubs and venues, including past residencies at Shelter, Smartbar and Sonotheque. Brian was the very first DJ to ever play the Chicago Symphony Center and has performed at the Aragon Ballroom, the MCA, Navy Pier and Riviera. With an unique ear for the latest in abstract dance music and unusual international music, Brian has been lucky to share the bill and support some of the world's top touring talents of many styles including; Konono No.1, Tabla Beat Science, Art Of Noise, Four Tet, Femi Kuti, Midival Punditz, Bebel Gilberto, Plaid, Manu Chao, Chebi Sabbah, Jamie Lidell, Talvin Singh, Prefuse 73, Amadou & Mariam, Bajofondo, Biz Markie and Bassnectar just to name a handful. Brian looks to use DJing as another form of musical expression in an effort to continue his life mission of turning people onto damn good music. He has been featured in various press including Time Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, CLTV, New City, and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio and more.
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Thu, May 30 - 8pm - $10
The Chicago-based Spindles are a four piece band featuring original melodic power pop and classic covers. Their 2018 release, "Past and Present", mixed and mastered by Blaise Barton, ranked #12 on Goldmine Magazine'sTop 30 Power Pop albums of 2018, #4 on Pop Rock Record's Must Have Top 20 Power Pop albums of 2018, and #38 on David Bash's Top 125 Best Power Pop Albums of 2018!"The Spindles Are Here To Bring Power Pop (Back) To The People!" - Goldmine Magazine. "Jangly Goodness!" - International Pop Overthrow. "A Great Slice Of Pop/Rock!" - Vine Voice.
45 Souls is the band of Chicago-based musicians Michael Petersen and Gibson Arlasky. The band’s roots-rock Americana style reflects their varied interests in acoustic and electric rock, folk, pop, country, old-school R&B, and much more. 45S blends textured instrumental arrangements, smooth vocal harmonies and introspective songwriting to form a unique soulful sound influenced by and reflective of decades of music in American popular culture.
Taking power pop to less-traveled latitudes - is Chicago-based band, GO TIME! While the band has just finished its fifth CD, its four members are no strangers to the Chicago music scene. GO TIME! was initially comprised of former Prairie Town members Scott Niekelski (composer/lead guitar/vocals), Marko Marketti (bass) and Steve Grzenia (percussion/vocals). GO TIME! officially formed when Prairie Town disbanded after a two-decade run. In 2008, after a year-long painstaking search for a guitarist to complement Scott’s style, veteran musician Paul Schmidt (guitar/vocals) answered an online ad seeking an experienced guitarist and the rest is history. The band members have like-minded musical tastes and settled into a harder-edged, power pop groove. Scott is a prolific song writer, so having enough material for two recordings over two years was never an issue. The debut CD, "Speak" was released in May 2009 with the follow-up CD, "Hit It" being released in December 2010 January 2012 “Boneshaker”, “Tight Like Wood” in 2013 and now for January of 2015 “Ratsel. Deeply submerged in amped up jangle and buzz, along with a healthy dose of subtle pop riffs GO TIME recorded in their home studio and mastered with Mike Hagler at King Size Sound Labs known for mixing and mastering bands such as Wilco, Neko Case, The New Pornographers, The Redwalls, John Langford, The Mekons, Billy Bragg, Ezra Furman and Caliphone, just to name a few.
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Fri, May 31 - 9pm - $15
It’s been ten years since the four men of Expo’76 (Dag Juhlin, Kenn Goodman, John Carpender and Ralph Baumel) gathered on a fall afternoon in a Park Ridge basement to play together for the first time. Within months they secured their residency at Simon’s Tavern in Chicago, and have been playing at the internationally beloved Andersonville saloon on the second Wednesday of each month ever since. Along the way their reputation as well as their catalog of songs have both grown by leaps and bounds, and their live shows have become a joyous mix of remarkable musicianship and onstage hilarity. They’ve appeared in every possible setting: from backyards to museums; from dive bars to yacht clubs, letting their far-flung set list lead the way. Over the years, they’ve been joined onstage by a cast of characters that’s are as equally far-flung as their ever-expanding list of songs: folks like Syd Straw, the late Andre Williams, Renaldo Domino, Archie Bell, Cubs announcer Len Kasper, actors Joel Murray and Jack McGee, and more. The band will celebrate the first of its tenth anniversary shows on Friday May 31at Martyrs’, where they will be joined by Kelly Hogan and Robert Cornelius, after which there may need to be some roof repair done on the venerable nightclub. Of course, Expo’76 will also be joined by their longtime partners in music and mirth, The Total Pro Horns.
Katie Belle & the Belle Rangers is a roots-rock band shaped by earthy tones and riveting tales. From whiskey-soaked tragedies to country-metal ghost stories, their music exhibits a unique display of depth, precision, and showmanship. Acoustic and electric guitars intertwine with banjo, electric bass, and drums to form the foundation. Tight three-part vocal harmonies glide over the top, completing the sound. Katie Belle & the Belle Rangers are as inventive as they are timeless. Their sound will fill the smallest of rooms, and the biggest of stages.
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Sat, Jun 1 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
After touring the world for over a decade with Monophoics, 37-year-old, Bay Area-based singer, songwriter, engineer, and producer, Kelly Finnigan will release his first solo album, The Tales People Tell on Colemine Records, in the first quater of 2019. Raw and gritty, tender and emotive, lush and symphonic, t he ten-song collection is Finnigan’s most complete work to date. With Kelly guiding these songs from their conception all the way to the record pressing plant, the new release provides the singular voice missing from soul music. Born in Los Angeles in 1981, Finnigan grew up in a musical household. His father, legendary keyboard player and vocalist Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and CSN) would start some days by sitting at the piano, singing songs like Ray Charles’ “Hard Times,” cascading throughout their ranch style home. Despite having a father so deeply entrenched in the music industry, Finnigan resisted any formal musical education: “I only took three or four piano lessons before quitting, although I would bang around on a cheap blue Remo drum kit stashed in the corner of my room.” “I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel. I just want to remind people why the wheel was such a good invention in the first place,” says Finnigan. He might be invoking a golden era of soul music, but Finnigan captures a timelessness on this album that transcends the “retro” label so often cast on music with a gritty aesthetic. Partnering with Terry Cole and his rising label Colemine Records was a key part of this project for Finnigan who has been involved in over a dozen Colemine releases as an engineer, producer, instrumentalist, and singer. Finnigan plans to tour heavily in 2019 behind the album release.
One of the unsung heroes of Chicago Soul, Renaldo Domino recorded a string of incredible singles in the later part of the 60’s and early 70’s. Tunes such as “Not Too Cool To Cry”, “Nevermore”, and “I’ll Get You Back” showcase his “sweet like Domino sugar” voice and have gained new found popularity due to the 2008 Numero Group compilation Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation. Renaldo is backed by the dymanic Chicago based Soul outfit, The Heavy Sounds.
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Sun, Jun 2 - 7:30pm - $15adv/$20door
Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird: “Freedom Is A Verb” TourApocalyptic Klezmer-punk anthems for the revolutionWith their new record The Butcher's Share, The Painted Bird returns to the road as the original radical Yiddish borderland bandits. The Berlin-based Detroit-born poet / translator / singer / multi-instrumentalist (accordion, piano, guitars) Daniel Kahn has reformed the band with new and old comrades: Berlin’s clarinet/sax/brass master Christian Dawid, New York’s Yiddish fiddle virtuoso Jake Shulman-Ment, expat experimental contrabassist Berlin composer Michael Tuttle, and classic klezmer drummer Hampus Melin.The live show features projected translations and images by legendary NY underground artist Eric Drooker, whose work is woven into the album’s design, as well as material from the band’s new videos.New anthems like "Freedom Is A Verb" and Josh Waletzky's “99%" speak to the political moment as much as they address eternal struggles of class and liberation. Ballads like "Children In The Woods" and "Sheyres Hora" explore the depths of trauma and Traum. And the dark rock landscape of "No One Survives" references the brave hopelessness of late David Bowie. In the title track "The Bucher's Sher" Kahn manages to make an upbeat Klezmer epic out of economic concepts of commodity fetishism and bourgeois morality.
Shtumer Alef is a Yiddish Punk band performing an eclectic balance of Jewish soul, folk and punk.
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Mon, Jun 3 - 7pm - $7adv/$10door
Soft Rain Airplane is a Chicago based DIY band, playing folk and jazz influenced alternative rock. The band was formed in 2016, when founding members Jason Gassel, Ryan Callis, and Max Kleinberg began writing, recording, and producing their debut album Feast of Frenzy. Characterized by catchy melodies, clever lyrics, and dynamic instrumentals, Soft Rain Airplane incorporates contrasting styles and moods to shape their unique sound.
Regarded for their unique cross-genre music styling's, Earth Program have extended their unique singular vision by creating an entire universe around it. The group incorporates various multimedia elements including projected visuals & theatrics into their on-stage repertoire. The "fictional" Earth Program story line, which coincides with live performances, takes place in a abandoned amusement park themed universe known as Obbityville. These antic filled adventures generally find the Programmers in the midst of an ongoing battle in pursuit of restoring intergalactic rock'n'roll unity to the galaxy against their greatest archenemy, to date, a deranged green skinned mad scientist & host of the notorious Earth Program game show, Dr. Mondo. "A grungy sounding outfit that pulsates with an updated garage sound. Tempos are up & hooks rain down from the ceiling. This is a band to watch for very good reason" - Chicago Tribune. "The Earth Program is about to blow the roof off the Chicago music scene." - Loud Loop Press.
Beyond is a quartet from the collective Chicago realms formed in early 2019. They like to play their guitars for you. Upon attending a Beyond performance, you may be overcome with funky emotion. You may start to wiggle. Do not be alarmed, this is a natural movement of the body, although your school may have told you otherwise. Missing a Beyond show can lead to mild, or even severe soul irritation. Please, do not miss your chance to visit your local Beyond, for the benefit of your health.
From piano ballads to punk riffs, The Phones leave an audience feeling as if they had just experienced the melancholy and discontent infant-brainchild of Elton John and The Misfits... wholeheartedly perplexed, and oddly satisfied.
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Tue, Jun 4 - 8pm - $10
"Daniel Juergens operates under the moniker, Slow Haste, an indie-folk-electronic act. He’s recently surfaced with a debut 5-track EP, entitled MERMAID, which balances these three genres masterfully.... MERMAID is a blurry, impressionistic work – a sonic equivalent to opening your eyes underwater. MERMAID disguises itself in lullaby. There is a comfortable warmth to its guitar-driven tracks, but Juergens keeps himself at a calculated distance, vocals heavily drenched in reverb. You’ll find Juergens is also a big fan of noise fx (“Circle”) and synths (“Switcher”), which hit without warning. These moments shake you out of dream-state, which is what makes MERMAID so dynamic and worth the multiple listens." -Rex Macapinlac, Boston Hassle.
Blending elements of progressive rock and indie psych, Chess at Breakfast imposes manic hooks and tenacious rhythms over lyrical themes of despair and disillusionment. Their electrifying live performances embody an angsty disposition, powered by high voltage and dark humor. Featuring vocalist/guitarist Caleb McFadden, bassist Justin Daggett, and drummer Mike Davis, the trio formed in the summer of 2016 in Fort Collins, CO and spent the majority of that fall working on The Gutshalls, a five-song EP ranging from teeth-grinding punk to atmospheric soundscapes. Following the release of their singles "Pushing Daisies (On Your Day Off)" and "Paper Crane" in 2018, Chess at Breakfast have been tirelessly preparing for the release of their debut LP, Wealthcare, out everywhere on May 10th.
The Laughing Hearts are a rock band based in Chicago, IL. From Funk to Punk, they take inspiration from it all and put it together in a shredtastic stew of straight-forward rock. Formed in 2017, the Laughing Hearts self-titled debut was released on December, 15th 2017. Bassist Ari Shellist and guitarist Tyler Stock wrote the songs that would become the album while attending University of Missouri. Shellist and Stock had been performing for years at Mizzou with drummer Tom Hipchen. The three members set out to record the album and recruited Evan Campbell to provide keys and additional bass. The Laughing Hearts LP reflects on a culmination of the band’s experiences, resulting in a collection of highly personal songs that incorporate many different aspects of Rock and Pop music.
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Wed, Jun 5 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Fri, Jun 7 - 9pm -$10adv/$13door
Fun House is Chicago's Finest Iggy Pop Tribute Band!Dave Springer, The SingerTony Karagas, Right Guitar, backing vocalsJeff Wilson, Drums, backing vocalsJohn Griffin, Left Guitar, backing vocalsJim DeMonte, Bass, backing vocals
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, Jun 8 - 2pm - $11 - ALL AGES
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The Flatts & Sharpe All Ages Rock Show second installment of 2019 happens on Saturday, June 8th & will feature students & teachers made up from our Rogers Park location.There will be 2 performances!! 2pm & 4pm. This event will take place at Martyrs'.
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Sat, Jun 8 - 4pm - $11 - ALL AGES
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The Flatts & Sharpe All Ages Rock Show second installment of 2019 happens on Saturday, June 8th & will feature students & teachers made up from our Rogers Park location.There will be 2 performances!! 2pm & 4pm. This event will take place at Martyrs'.
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Sat, Jun 8 - 8pm - $10
Perro Feo is a 3-piece psych-grunge band from Chicago, IL, known for combining sonic power with lush soundscapes. Vocalist/guitarist Jesse Villalobos’ tonalities are not unlike Omar Rodriguez meets John Dwyer, while bassist James Orozco and drummer Pedro Villegas provide a bed of fuzzy pummeling rhythm in the stylings of Helms Alee and Metz. This Chicano power trio is set to debut their first release in 2017.
Moon is complex, 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. Moon is music for the cognizant listener who appreciates layers of reverberating meaning. 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. On December 15th, 2018, Moon celebrated their 10th anniversary with a show at Martyrs’ with The Something Brothers.Moon’s live shows are characterized by high energy, full volume, great performance, and an immersive AV show with videos that accompany the songs. Seeing Moon is more than just a show; it’s an experience.
Model Stranger has built its reputation primarily on its high energy live performances and the variety of its sonic influences. The epitome of a DIY band, Model Stranger has worked the Midwest scene very diligently with success over the last 5 years. Model Stranger has performed at famous Chicago clubs and festivals such as; The Metro, Congress Theater, Double Door, and Cubby Bear. Model Stranger was a featured band in Chicago’s 2007 Mobfest, Co-headlined the 2009 I AM FEST, and played at the 2009, 2010 Taste of Chicago festival, and Taste of Lincoln Festival 2010. While gaining a dedicated following in Chicago, Model Stranger have remained arduous to the road over the years. Embarking on several self-booked and self-funded national tours the trio has begun to make a name for itself in the Midwest. Most recently in support of their new release “Dreams and Bones” Model Stranger completed an 18 show in 18 day tour stretching from Chicago to Denver and back.
Chicago’s Kelroy create a sound that combines intricacy of composition with simplicity of delivery, drifting between hints of post rock, blues and alternative, as they pour time and essence into the vortex of sound they shape. Each song sets off on a journey of its own. Thick layers of guitars sound more like distress signals and woeful mourning; the keys and trombone add layers of texture and depth, while drums and bass set a pulse that delivers each composition to its natural conclusion. The always-evolving chord progressions, and picturesque and introspective lyrics evoke a mood, a feeling and, undeniably, a train of thought…. Throughout its growth and evolution, the band has been expanding its fan base, having performed in New York, Denver, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee and other cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Their music has appeared on public radio like WBEZ and Vocalo, college radio stations like WLUW, and Spanish stations like NOX Live. The band continues to maintain a devoted following in its hometown appearing regularly at such Chicago hot-spots. Kelroy is set to release its third full-length album in February 2015.
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Sun, Jun 9 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Welcome to the online home of Jeremy Garrett, a.k.a G-Grass! Jeremy is a diverse musician: playing fiddle since the age of 3, he is an accomplished guitar and mandolin player, vocalist, and songwriter. When Jeremy is not touring with his GRAMMY award-winning band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Jeremy performs as a solo artist using looping and effects to blend multiple instruments and vocals. He also performs in all-star line-ups ranging from funk music to traditional bluegrass.
Ben Wright - Banjo (Henhouse Prowlers/Bluegrass Ambassadors)Aaron Dorfman - Guitar (Formerly Henhouse Prowlers/teacher/mind-blowing guitar shredder)Catch a rare duo show between best buds as they come together to open for Jeremy Garrett. These two have played more notes and traveled farther than they ever could have imagined. Stories of broken down buses and lifted up spirits will be heaped generously between songs written and inspired by life and friendship.
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Mon, Jun 10 - 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 Brian 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, Jun 11 - 8pm - $15
Brooklyn afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The singer, guitarist and percussionist from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta performed and toured the world with the gods, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill. Kaleta got his start in the late 70s performing in church and was soon after picked up by iconic Juju master and world music pioneer King Sunny Ade. A few years later Fela Kuti came calling. Kaleta would go on to tour the world playing guitar for the King of Afrobeat in his storied band Egypt 80 through the 1980s and into the 1990s. Now based in New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their take on the vintage, psychedelic sounds of his native country. Super Yamba takes its cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and The Funkees--all legends in their own right for pioneering the classic styles of Afro-Funk and Afro-Rock in Benin and Nigeria. Super Yamba Band have dialed in the nuances of some of the rarest grooves out there with a timeless sound that will move everyone in the room to dance! Audiences will hear Kaleta sing in several different languages native to West Africa including Fon, Goun, Yoruba and Ewe, along with French and Pidgin English, "the official language of Afrobeat" he says with a grin. Since taking the helm of Super Yamba in 2017, Kaleta and his band have erupted onto the stages and video screens of major music festivals, rock clubs, and music publications across the United States. They performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in 2019 for the Africa Now! Festival. They prompted Action Bronson to stop his own show on VICELAND TV just so he could hear more Yamba. They rocked Paste Magazine’s Manhattan studio and its Emerging Music Festival, and the World Music Institute invited them to perform twice at Brooklyn Bowl, once for its Masters of African Music Series and later for its Festival of Mali. Afropop Worldwide fell in love with Kaleta, saying “his James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business!”
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Wed, Jun 12 - 8pm - $12
Legendary R&B icons Earth, Wind & Fire have several important links to Chicago, among them the fact that founder/drummer Maurice White attended Roosevelt University in the 1960's. Fast forward to the present: GATEWAY hails from none other than this Chicago instituion and they're passionate about laying down the EWF funk with some jazzy touches. Two female lead vocalists Sarah Cauley and Nora Hartsford give a fresh spin on the classic falsetto of Philip Bailey and the tight rhythm and horn sections jazz up EWF's classic hits while keeping the distinctive spiritual swagger of this timeless music.
Awaken Dreams is a power duo. It's jazz, it's hip-hop, its dynamic.Born out of long friendship between trumpeter Barrett Harmon and pianist Jim Holman, the duo started unofficially at the University of Pittsburgh. Unaware of each other in their shared hometown, they clicked right out of the gate upon meeting. As the two studied jazz under the Jazz Messengers' Nathan Davis and Leon Lee Dorsey, they began to play together and discovered they shared artistic philosophies and vision.While earning his BA at Pitt, Barrett caught the attention of drum legend Roger Humphries and trumpet great Sean Jones. Barrett regularly performed with Roger's quartet as well as his big band RH factor. Sean Jones was also active in Humphries's group and began to give Barrett private lessons and mentor him. It was around this time, Barrett started his hip -hop career and won a contest to open for two-time Grammy award-winning artist, Kid Cudi--rapping and playing. At Pitt, Jim got to play with greats such as Jimmy Owens and Mark Whitfield through Nathan Davis's jazz outreach program. He cut his teeth on playing keyboard for hip-hop during his stint with Max M Ill and The Future, and got to perform as an opener for Wiz Kalifa. shortly after graduating he got a chance to record with Ira Sullivan and Roger Humphries. Around this time Barrett and Jim played together all over Chicago including stints at the Jazz Showcase and Andy's Jazz Club.Awaken Dreams is currently finishing up its debut album, recorded at Delmark Studios. It is a documentation of their free-flying musical report, and fluency of their internal musical language. The hip-hop is an extension of be-bop: angular, grooving, internally rhythmic, and intelligent.
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Thu, Jun 13 - 8:30pm - $20adv/$25door
For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's recent solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice. Krasno's Grammys include:Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Best Blues Album Winner) Songwriter/Guitarist;Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live In Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Guitarist; Derek Trucks Band - Already Free (Best Contemporary Blues Album Winner) Guitarist;Ledisi - Turn Me Loose (Best R&B Album Nominee) Producer;Pretty Lights - Color Map Of The Sun (Best Electronic Album Nominee) Multi- Instrumentalist; Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live in Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter;Robert Randolph - Got Soul (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter/Guitarist.Producer Highlights:Aaron Neville - Apache (Producer/Songwriter Full Album);50 Cent - My Gun Go Off (Producer/Writer);Talib Kweli & Norah Jones - Soon The New Day (Producer);Talib Kweli & Justin Timberlake - Nature (Producer/Writer);Vieux Farka Toure - The Secret feat. Dave Mathews & various special guests (Producer Full Album);Lawrence - Breakfast (Producer Full Album);Marcus King Band - Producer (coming in 2018).
These top tier Chicago bluegrass heavyweights got together with the bold notion to take their deep, dark secret favorite pop songs, like Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" to the stage without fear of reprisal from traditional bluegrass purists. Still in its infancy, Bluegrassify takes cues from their favorite bluegrass artists spanning the history of the genre, including Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, all the way to the Punch Brothers and beyond. However, Bluegrassify are using these musical idioms to inform their treatment of their... and your... other favorite styles of music. Its the best of both worlds, really.Come to a show, revel in the musicianship, delight in the celebration of a time honored musical tradition.. but most importantly, sing along. These are all of our favorite songs, really.
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Fri, Jun 14 - 10pm - $20adv/$25door
For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's recent solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice. Krasno's Grammys include:Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Best Blues Album Winner) Songwriter/Guitarist;Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live In Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Guitarist; Derek Trucks Band - Already Free (Best Contemporary Blues Album Winner) Guitarist;Ledisi - Turn Me Loose (Best R&B Album Nominee) Producer;Pretty Lights - Color Map Of The Sun (Best Electronic Album Nominee) Multi- Instrumentalist; Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live in Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter;Robert Randolph - Got Soul (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter/Guitarist.Producer Highlights:Aaron Neville - Apache (Producer/Songwriter Full Album);50 Cent - My Gun Go Off (Producer/Writer);Talib Kweli & Norah Jones - Soon The New Day (Producer);Talib Kweli & Justin Timberlake - Nature (Producer/Writer);Vieux Farka Toure - The Secret feat. Dave Mathews & various special guests (Producer Full Album);Lawrence - Breakfast (Producer Full Album);Marcus King Band - Producer (coming in 2018).
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Sat, Jun 15 - 10pm - $20adv/$25door
For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's recent solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice. Krasno's Grammys include:Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Best Blues Album Winner) Songwriter/Guitarist;Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live In Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Guitarist; Derek Trucks Band - Already Free (Best Contemporary Blues Album Winner) Guitarist;Ledisi - Turn Me Loose (Best R&B Album Nominee) Producer;Pretty Lights - Color Map Of The Sun (Best Electronic Album Nominee) Multi- Instrumentalist; Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live in Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter;Robert Randolph - Got Soul (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter/Guitarist.Producer Highlights:Aaron Neville - Apache (Producer/Songwriter Full Album);50 Cent - My Gun Go Off (Producer/Writer);Talib Kweli & Norah Jones - Soon The New Day (Producer);Talib Kweli & Justin Timberlake - Nature (Producer/Writer);Vieux Farka Toure - The Secret feat. Dave Mathews & various special guests (Producer Full Album);Lawrence - Breakfast (Producer Full Album);Marcus King Band - Producer (coming in 2018).
The North 41 is a dynamic blend of Rock, Funk, and Jazz, with the danceability of Pop music and sophisticated musicianship that keeps you hanging on every guitar solo, every drum solo, and every whaling keyboard lick. The Chicago-based band has been winning fans all over the Midwest, and even as far as the Colorado Rockies, since 2014. Founded in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, by Pat Walsh (guitar), Frank Minella (guitar), and Michael Campo (drums), The North 41 began as an instrumental jam-band, with Minella initially on bass. The absence of vocals created a unique environment for improvisation and complex arrangements. As a trio, the band performed at many high school events and won several battle of the bands competitions. It wasn't until a few years later that the band added Craig Urban (bass) and Walsh's cousin, Riley Pettrone on vocals. This had a great influence on the band's songwriting process and the overall sound of the music. The musicianship had been honed, but now the band could rely on a strong singer to lead the song. Pettrone's charismatic stage performances created an energetic, dance-frenzied show that added to the already tight band. In 2015, The North 41 released their first LP, Dancing & Praying. The album received a good amount of radio play throughout the midwest, including Chicago's WXRT. Along with the album, the band released music videos for their singles, "Everybody Knows (The Woman Way)" and "Ain't a Fool". Towards the end of the year, Urban was replaced by local bass prodigy, Donoven "Heavy" Brown. While continuing touring the midwest, The North 41 plans on recording a follow up EP to be released in the summer of 2016. A few live videos are in the works and bigger and better shows is what The North 41 is always striving for.
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Mon, Jun 17 - 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, Jun 18 - 8pm - $10
The world's first and only female lead yacht rock cover band, bringing you lovers all the smooth rock of the 70s and early 80s. Hear the music of Michael McDonald, Hall & Oates, Sade, Kenny Loggins, Orleans, Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, Toto, Ambrosia, and more!
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Wed, Jun 19 - 7pm - $10
With upbeat music and lyrics directly inspired by current struggles for social justice, Chicago-based Folk-Hop/Fusion band Adam Gottlieb & OneLove offer their songs to the soundtrack of a new revolution. Adam Gottlieb of the Youth Spoken Word poetry and Hip Hop movement now writes primarily in the form of songs, brought to life by the incredible band OneLove, made up of Noah Silver-Mathews (bass), Tony Mest (drums/percussion), and Jed Lickerman (vocals/guitar/etc). Comfortably rooted in a versatile Folk-Rock sound, the band dexterously fuses Funk, Blues, Hip Hop, Reggae, Jazz and more. Because the message is for everyone, the musical repertoire intentionally crosses over into these and more genres to create eclectic yet cohesive musical experiences, with a little something for everyone.
Conor & The Wild Hunt is a progressive Americana quartet intent on inspiring positive change in a troubled world. With artful and driving instrumentation, blooming four part harmonies, impassioned duets, and a compelling stage presence, Conor & The Wild Hunt animates soulful original songs with modern takes on Americana traditions.Conor Brendan is a Folk Pop multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter intent on creating positive change in a troubled world. With visceral story-weaving lyrics and a broad range of instruments, Conor pushes the boundaries of folk, Americana, and pop music.Aged 22, Conor Brendan has been a recording artist for over a decade. He has written and recorded over 70 songs professionally. Conor & The Wild Hunt is a progressive Americana Quartet, ranging from cinematic ballads to social justice themes, with psychedelic interludes and explosive tribal-like passages. Conor Brendan performed at Boulder Theatre with Trevor Hall, Nahko, Wookiefoot, Earth Guardians, and Tubby Love. He has also performed at other major venues such as World Café Live, Rams Head Live, Gordon Center Theater, Headquarters Live, Rockwood Music Hall, Oregon Ridge Amphitheater, The Cabooze and the Altamont Theater, among others. One of his songs is placed in the show ‘forever’; soon to be aired on Netflix. Conor is a water protector who spent a month on the front lines of Standing Rock, and performed in multiple concerts to support the Sioux Nation, solo and accompanying Peter Yarrow.
HannaH*s Field brings love, spirit, and organic fresh flavor to the people with their "Gypsy Reggae" music. In a time where connections are made with clicks and tweets, their songs encourage people to lead with their hearts and love their brothers. HannaH's Field newest release, Revolutionary Soldiers is currently charting #11 on the Relix/Jambands.com radio chart. Nominated best female vocalist in the Hartford Advocate for many years, this powerful songstress has shared the stage with such great acts as the Average White Band, the Brothers Johnson, Gov’t Mule (members of the Allman Brothers Band), Derek Trucks, Donna Jean (from the Grateful Dead), the Samples, Percy Hill, Spiritual Rez and Sound Tribe Sector Nine. They have performed at such venues as Toad’s Place, The North West Organic Brewers Festival, Pearl Street Nightclub, Woodstock Reunion at Yasgurs Farm, Unifier, the Bite of Oregon, and Ziontific Music Festival. Their songs are being featured on Sirius XM-The Joint and they recently did a guest DJ spot on the station. HannaH's Field is growing good vibes through spreading positive music and healthy recipes on their series, Super Snack Sunday.
Electric Medicine is a progressive,psychedelic, space rock jam band from the Chicago area that has been playing local establishments and festivals in the Midwest since the mid 1980's. Their music is poignant and profound focusing on current events and political issues as well as inter-perspective and spiritual enlightenment. Their music promotes messages of peace and harmony, as well as what needs to be changed in the world we live in. Through positive energy and vibrations, Electric Medicine 'fights evil through music'.
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Thu, Jun 20 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Fri, Jun 21 - 8pm - $13adv/$15door
Forq is an instrumental quartet with a dynamic sound and a penchant for sonic exploration. The group is composed of world-class improvisers, but it is their unusually memorable, genre-blending songs that leave the most lasting impression. Seven of these songs make up their third album Thrēq (pronounced “threek”), which was released in late 2017. Originally founded by keyboardist Henry Hey (David Bowie, Empire of the Sun, Jeff "Tain" Watts) and bassist Michael League (Grammy-winning leader of Snarky Puppy), Forq is now joined by guitarist Chris McQueen (Snarky Puppy, Bokanté), drummer Jason "JT" Thomas (Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Marcus Miller, D’Angelo) and bassist Kevin Scott (Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Col. Bruce Hampton). They have toured across the US, Europe, China, Australia and performed at international festivals including the North Sea Jazz festival, Jazz A’ Vienne, Udine Jazz Festival, Upstream Festival, Wangaratta Jazz & Blues festival in Australia, and the GroundUP Festival in Miami Beach.
Spare Parts has become an institution. With over 13 years of playing music as a trio, Kevin Kozol (keys), Colin Scott (bass), and Mike Bruno (drums) have toured the world bringing their blend of original funk-jazz music winning over discerning fans everywhere. Released on ROPEADOPE RECORDS Jan 2014 and listed in THE BARN PRESENTS: TEN CHICAGO JAZZ ARTISTS TO SEE IN 2014, they have opened for and/or shared the stage with: Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz / Keith Carlock / Nate Wood, Alan Evans Trio, Stanton Moore, George Clinton, The Wailers, JFJO, Lenny Pickett, Fareed Haque, Snoop Dogg, Liquid Soul, Marco Benevento, Garage a Trois, Ray White, Melvin Seals, Jazz Mandolin Project. "I'm always looking for the new and unique and quite often I look to the Chicago scene where there's always something interesting to be found. From that fertile ground comes BRIGHT MINOR from one of my favorite Chicago groups these days, SPARE PARTS. These guys squeeze more out of keyboards, bass and drums than any trio you'll find anywhere!" Russ Davis- Modern Jazz Radio (MOJA)
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Sun, Jun 23 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Celebrated Chicago band Sabertooth that held stage late night Saturdays at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge for 26 years, is releasing their third recording, Sabertooth Plays Dead. This double vinyl release of 11 arrangements of Grateful Dead favorites features both instrumentals and vocals. The release party is held on Sunday June 23rd 8pm at Martyrs’ in Chicago. The band, saxophonists and flutists Cameron Pfiffner/ Pat Mallinger, and Hammond B3 organist Pete Benson, invites 2 local favorite drummers to the stage- Gerald Dowd and Jonathan Reed, to celebrate the release and homage to the Grateful Dead.
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Tue, June 25 - 8pm - $10
Anything is Everything is the brainchild of Sam Mago, a young songwriter who grew up just outside of Chicago. His debut EP "things i wrote when you thought i was drunk," uses hefty guitar tones and explosive drums to capture a snapshot of the world around us and how it makes us feel helpless sometimes. Tune in, turn up, and drown out the noise around you.
Lunar Hotel are Chicago's favorite heartslobs. An energetic indie rock band with big hearts. Their debut LP "Day Songs // Night Songs," recorded with an Emmy-nominated producer, features dreamy guitars, booming drums, and Midwestern malaise.
Chicago has a brand new band - Sunblood, an explosive post-punk and psych-rock 4-piece readying the release of their first 9 song album later this year. Steeped in influences from The Stooges and The Pixies, to something like early Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips, Sunblood take the rock tradition of the last 6 decades, blow it up, and put it back together again.
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Wed, Jun 26 - 8pm - $12
Jerry Joseph will release Full Metal Burqa (Cavity Search Records) on vinyl as a Record Store Day exclusive on April 21. In addition to Joseph, the 5-song album features his band, the Jackmormons, Steve Drizos on drums and Steven James Wright on bass.In 2014, Jerry Joseph traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan to teach music in an underground, co-ed, rock school. On the streets and in the markets of the capital city, the iconic blue burqa and its diamond-shaped mesh veil, synonymous with Taliban-era Afghanistan, is still a commonplace sight. It had a lasting impression on Joseph, and inspired the title and artwork of his forthcoming new album, Full Metal Burqa.Joseph describes, Full Metal Burqa as a record of outtakes, but not in the usual use of the word. “I hate that it conjures up ‘less than’ and these are not that. With the exception of ‘Peace Lights,’ these were recorded at TRI Studios with the Jackmormons and friends with Dave Schools producing. We loved them, they just didn’t fucking fit. We are very pleased they are coming out now.”The album was inspired by experiences of traveling the world, with songs written and inspired by different countries and cultures. Two were written in Kabul. “When I was in Afghanistan, writing many of the songs that ended up on By the Time Your Rocket Gets to Mars, I was trying to stay away from ‘war songs’ as God knows that’s the last thing anyone in that city needs. The one ‘war song’ that made it in the record, ‘Brother Number 1,’ was about war zones I’d recently been in, other than Afghanistan. A couple of these songs were left off the record because of the subject matter or because Jackmormons’ songs tend to run a million minutes long.”“Peacocks and Blackhawks” were one of those songs. As Joseph explains, “You wake up in Kabul to three sounds, first the call to prayer at 4:00am. I happened to be staying right next to a mosque and though it’s one of my favorite sounds on earth, it was really fucking loud, so it wakes up the peacocks. Peacocks have a loud, and in my opinion, less than beautiful cry. About 5 min after the peacocks, it’s the American Blackhawks and Chinook, which are also very loud, very invasive and frankly a reminder that your country is indeed at war and the Americans own the skies. Before that it was the Russians, someday it will be the Chinese. Good Morning Kabul indeed.”“Chicken Street” was the other song inspired by Kabul. “Chicken Street is the shakedown street of Kabul. The streets are named after stuff you could buy there, so there is, I’m sure, a Burqa street. We used to walk down Tank Street (we couldn’t buy a tank) to get to Chicken Street, it’s Kabul mojo madness center, including the boys with the swinging cans of hot coals asking for money. Plus all the horrific war wounded asking for alms, and carpets and snow leopard furs and old Russian military surplus and amazing food and of course AFC, Afghan Fried Chicken. And somewhat randomly, a few women asking for money in their – sorry – full metal burqas. Amazing beautiful place.”The first track, “Power Out” was written several years ago in the Dominican Republic after Joseph and his wife had an emergency landing at JFK. Joseph recounts, “The northwest corner of the DR is a place that means a lot to me, I wrote a lot of songs there. This recording got the Larry Crane Jackpot Studios dub treatment. After all my early years of being in a reggae band, I kept pushing for the 15 min version and the extended Scotty Van Schoick trombone solo. This could have been its own release with a dub B side as far as I’m concerned.”“Craters of the Moon” is an homage to Joseph’s mentor, Jim Blumenthal. “I was with the band in Drumlish, Ireland when I heard my spiritual mentor and friend, Jim Blumenthal, had passed. As a doctoral Tibetan Buddhist, he had recently been sending me photos of the passing of his teacher, a 94 year old lama, who quit breathing on day 1 and 7 days later rigamortis had set in. Deep meditation to be sure. I got the call about Jim and wrote the song in my head on a run through the October County Longford countryside, came back to the studio and my band whipped it into shape in minutes. Sad Irish songs write themselves apparently. Jim was one of the most purely beautiful humans I have known.”Lastly, “Peace Lights” was supposed to be commission for a Lebanese woman Joseph knows in NYC who was doing a peace gathering in Union Square. He wrote the song with Steve Drizos in Steve’s studio. Steve recorded it with some Decemberists and Kris Delane and they all thought it was awesome. The woman’s son said it didn’t sound enough like the Black Eyed Peas. So here it is.
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Thu, Jun 27 - 8pm - $20
TRIBU BAHARÚ is an afro-champeta music crew from theColombian caribbean coast, that is influenced by the "Picó" (Pick Up or soundsystem) culture. A Local Culture present in most Caribbean countries, with ahistory of more than 6 decades, especially in Cartagena and Barranquilla. Theyplay "live" without loosing the particular performance and sound of the "soundsystem" as lived in the "Verbena" dances (dance parties set up in the neighborhoods during bank holidays). Those parties generate an emotional sensation inthe dancers that is called "Goce Champetúo" with the music that was brought bythe Afrikan communities to America. TRIBU BAHARÚ was founded in 2009,when a group of friends with Afro-Caribbean affinity start to meet in Bogota. Outof these meetings was born Tribu Baharu. Now Tribu Baharú has become one ofthe main exponents of Champeta music in the Colombian Capital and is ready totake the crazy Champeta abroad.It's been denigrated and damned,boycotted and banned, but it cannever be stopped: champeta, theever evolving, high-energy hybrid ofColombian, African and Afro-Caribbean styles just keeps on coming.And leading a new charge are TribuBaharú, barrelling out of Bogotá,championing their version of champeta, inspired by the legendary,street-shaking Picó sound-systems of Colombia's Caribbean coast, but here played all-live-onstage with sparkling Congolese guitardriven by high-speed bass and drums and the all-animating upfront singers. Tribu Baharú is part ofa wave of Nuevas Músicas Colombianas based in the capital city that are reestablishing it as a primeforce and adding more ingredients to the recipe. TRIBU BAHARÚ's main objective is to convey the joy of being Afro-Colombian and Caribbean through exuberant dance using music asa vehicle. Tribu Baharú contributes to change the negative colective imagery of the Champeta Culture by transmitting positive messages through their music thanks to their philosophy of life “ La Bacaneria” (good vibes). They are embassadors of the good will around thispopular culture that comes from the marginal neighbohoods of the caribbean coast.
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Fri, Jun 28 - 9pm - $10
The Sinclair Express is a Chicago-based alternative blues rock trio that proudly holds its roots in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Formerly a band known as Fox–consisting of Chris Sinclair, John Lawrence, and Carman Goodrich–wild stage antics and rippin' guitar work were to be expected. The band released one full-length album–Souvenirs, Novelties, Party Tricks. Recorded over the course of two years and released along with two music videos, it laid the foundation for what was to come. In the summer of 2018, Chris and John decided to rename the project and hit up an entirely new and different scene--Chicago. Picking up Mark Knapp along the way helped to fill out the band. During a typical live show, both Chris and John will switch between the guitar and drums, keeping the set fresh in terms of both music and performance.
David Hayes himself might tell you that his true growth as a performer and songwriter has come from places and people outside himself. He's that rare performer where referring to his sound as a constant work-in-progress isn't a detriment, but a selling point.This year, Hayes is back with The Attic, a wildly-eclectic batch of sonic wizardry and emotional highs.
Matt Mercado and The Sonic Palace Band are rocking the tunes from Mindbomb, Pivotman, Supermercado, Cosmic Fury and more!Matt Mercado has had a long and successful career in the music business. He first gained national attention fronting the‘90s hard rock band Mindbomb. The band was signed to Mercury Records and toured the world with megastars KISS, Rob Halford, Jackyl and Mötley Crüe and their songs were featured in the major motion pictures, Kalifornia and Cliffhanger. Post Mindbomb, Mercado formed the electro/metal rock band Pivot Man. After that band had its own successful run, Mercado formed Supermercado whose song “Ditch Kitty” appeared on the gold-selling video game soundtrack to “FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage”. His career has extended to stages across the world and to every part of the recording studio. His latest project, Sonic Palace Band, is a culmination of his technical and musical experience as well as the continued relationships he has with the musicians he’s worked with in the past. The band, named after Mercado’s Sonic Palace recording studio, is an extension of the studio itself and features long-time players in the Chicago area metal and hard rock scene. The Sonic Palace Band was designed for the studio. That’s where it thrives with no constraints, no boundaries and no rules about what musical styles its members will follow. Mercado turned to the talents of past bandmates; drummer, ‘’Vulgar” Vic Pedraza, guitarist/vocalist, Joe Torossian and bassist, Jim Kramer, to fill out the quartet. All are veterans of Chicago’s hard rock music scene. With so much talent, experience and technical skill in the room, it’s hard not to imagine their first single,“Sasquatch” capturing the ears of music fans young and old. The song was recorded at Sonic Palace, of course, and perfectly displays the great songwriting, musicianship and recording skill of everyone involved. In addition to Mercado’s achievements, the other members of SPB have long and accomplished résumés as well. Pedraza has been a part of the local music scene around Chicago since the mid1980s. In addition to Pivot Man, he has performed with City Heat, Suicide Bride, Metalmorphis and D-Connect. Torossian is a local songwriter and versatile guitarist who has played with Messenger, The Wild and FOS, as well as Pivot Man. Jim Kramer is a songwriter and classically trained musician who has lent his talents to local acts Bunker Hill, SIIN, Extremely Angry Youth, Punch n' Judy, to name but a few. Recording under the name Nohtimo Epok, Kramer recorded his first single "I Get Drunk" at Sonic Palace Studios. Mercado founded Sonic Palace in 2003 as be a comfortable, imaginative, and professional facility that was open to artists working in all genres. In particular, the studio has helped boost the city’s burgeoning rap scene by recording and promoting rappers such as Famous Dex, who went on to sign with Rich Forever Records, and Katie Got Bandz, who is best known for her smash hit “Make Me Rich” featuring Jeremih and Chi Hoover.
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Sat, Jun 29 - 9pm - $10
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.
Caroline Lucius is an emerging singer-songwriter born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Her unique narrative style and intuitive lyricism engages her audiences as she invites them along an insightful, honest set. Amidst pop-rock melodies, her lyrics evoke a sense of nostalgia in even the least sentimental. Described as a “timeless wonderment” by her close friends, her midwestern roots and revelatory truth-telling foster connection to her audience as they cultivate a better connection to themselves. Her style has been compared to the likes of Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor, while her co-writing brother's (Schaeffer Lucius) guitar and musical composition derives from influences such as The Smiths and The Beatles.
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Sat, Jul 6 - 9pm - $10
John Mead's last First Monday at Martyrs will present the Soul Avengers--Alton Smith, Bill Brickey, Chris Greene, Gros Ngolle Pokossi, Jack Cassidy, John Mead, Lenny Marsh, and Steve Dawson--playing classic soul so you can ease your minds and shake your asses. Tonight John Gutierrez will sub for Jack on trumpet. Don't miss it.
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Tue, Jul 9 - 8pm - $12
Nebraska natives, The Wildwoods, a duo band & five piece band from Lincoln, NE, bring a pioneering sound to Americana Roots Music. Formed in 2012, The Wildwoods released their first album, “A Little Sweeter”, in 2014 and have since released two more albums independently: “Take A Chance” (2016) and “Sweet Nostalgia” (2017). The two lead vocalists of the group, Noah and Chloe Gose, also released a Duo EP titled “Birdie and Goose” in late 2017. In April of 2019, The Wildwoods will release their newest album “Across A Midwest Sky.” Following the successful release of their album “Sweet Nostalgia” the Wildwoods have opened for touring bands such as Elephant Revival, The Accidentals, and Jamie Wyatt. They continue to tour regionally throughout the Midwest and Mountain States. The group was nominated in 2016, 2017 & 2018 by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards as one of the top Americana Folk Bands in the area, and in 2017 as Local Album of the year for their album “Sweet Nostalgia”. In December 2017, they performed live as part of the Paste Music & Daytrotter Sessions. The Wildwoods also prove to be talented songwriters in 2017, The Wildwood’s song “Way of Train”, made the semi-finals in the International Songwriting competition along with “Dance with Me” in 2016. Two of their songs also placed in the top 10 of the 2015 Omaha Performing Arts Songwriting Competition.
An acoustic duo emerging from their roots in the Midwest, Matthew Michael & Christina Marie approach music with reverence to moment, regard for the past and exploration of the future. From the heartland to the coasts MMCM engages audiences with honest songs expressed in harmonically-rich layers of voices and strings. Both songwriters and multi-instrumentalists with their own perspective, they write independently and collaboratively, complementing and contrasting each other’s creative voice. MMCM is currently touring and in the final stages of production on their first album, set to be released in late 2019. The first track off of MMCM's upcoming debut album was released on April 5th, 2019. Showcasing seamless harmonies and intricate songwriting, the single “Holding On” is both poetic and timeless. MMCM’s music holds with equal weight hard moments of human experience and the hope of overcoming them. They make songs to pause and listen to, inviting listeners to embrace gifts given in the present.
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Fri, Jul 12 - 9pm - $15
EGI (Ethereal Groove, Inc.) is an experimental funk group with a young and energetic spirit and feel. They pushe the limits of improvisation, writing and energy rich shows. The band displays great versatility and a progressive appreciation for many genres. Experimentation is the main forte, the band has always had a very level headed feel to writing which allows everyone to incorporate their ideas without hesitation. Young and driven, EGI is breaking musical ground with every turn.
In between the dimensional fingers of time and space lives a being with unlimited astroillogical funktelligence. His name is Groovy Louie. His only purpose is to spread the funk so all beings have the ability to survive. During Groovy's endless quest he has recruited a group of modern funk disciples to aid in his objective. A group he admirably refers to as the Time Capsules. Together, Groovy Louie & the Time Capsules have signed their souls to the Intergalactic Mothers of Funk, promising to preserve life by juicing the funk out of every corner of the unknown universe.
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Wed, Jul 17 - 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, 7/18 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine. Premier Guitar says, “Stickley’s trio… is not a traditional bluegrass group by any means… they are just nimble and ambitious enough to navigate EDM-style breakbeats as effortlessly as the old timey standard ‘Blackberry Blossom.’” “Stickley is a super-resourceful acoustic guitarist who uses the instrument in many surprising ways and whose timing is just flawless. Fiddler Lyndsay Pruett puts deep thought into her flowing solos, plus she adds little flourishes and sudden stops that elevate the music,” proclaims Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst. With inspiration ranging from from Green Day to Duran Duran to Tony Rice to Nirvana, Grateful Dead, David Grisman and beyond, the Trio is making waves with their unique sound. Along with releasing two full length albums and one EP in the past few years, the Trio has zig-zagged the nation, playing over 120 dates in 2017 alone. They are road tested and band geek approved! “In a time when a lot of instrumental music feels more like math than art, Jon Stickley Trio reminds us of the pure joy that can be created and shared through music,” says Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck.
Feed the Dog is an eclectic and action-packed, jam-rock-grass act. The Wisconsin based 4-piece has masterfully blends soul-pleasing songwriting rich in imagery and storytelling with a genre bending, shake-your-hips, instrumental flair. Their high energy performances are driven by the unique and progressive approach of each player: imaginative melodies with graceful ambiance skillfully crafted on the violin, tireless beats both dynamic and soulful confidently assembled on the drums, driving low end with finesse and intention forged on the bass guitar, and unique approach to playing the acoustic guitar blending nimble Kottke-like finger picking with the strength of blues and rock to evoke an emotional contrast between melancholy and hopeful. The band started in July of 2015 and has been relentless playing festivals, theaters, and clubs alongside regional and national touring acts. Freshmen album "Sheep" out now. Sophomore album "Tenderloin" recorded at Hyde Street Studios in SF, CA March 2018, released August of 2018.
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Mon, Jul 22 - 8pm - $10
TV Pole Shine plays music that's hot to the touch, and spans the spectrum from lip-smacking to head-scratching. When people ask about genre, we say "Spasm Funk" before blowing off our smoking gun hands and twirling them back into the holsters, ready to fire again. TV Pole Shine features two dating singers, a scowling bassist, a crooning drummer, an introverted percussionist, an occasionally grumpy bassoonist, a euphonium player who we're still getting to know, two saxophonists, a keyboardist with a great sense of humor, a guitarist who manages a pizza place for money, and a violinist who never comes to rehearsals. And Tony, who we'll never forget.
Vail is the ethereal art-pop work of Emily Kempf, with support from performance artists and dancers Caj Sorich and Cristina Schlesier. As VAIL, they channel their "truest mother father self" through electronic rhythms, interchanging hushed and howling vocals, and swirling synthesizers.
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Thu, Jul 25 - 8pm - $12
Although Edward & Graham have only been together for a few years, the songs they’ve created could only have been written through decades of separate experiences. They both hail from Chicago, but while Johnny Edward sang of heartbreak in the singer/songwriter circuit, Evan Graham honed his craft as a writer, producer, guitarist and front man of the touring metal act, Alaya. Where their two worlds collide is somewhere between haunting Alt-Country and unforgiving Pop Rock. While they set out to make noise in the Midwest, they began to buzz nationwide thanks to SiriusXM, where their song Rose Marie received heavy airplay. As they dropped their debut acoustic album, The Pilsen Sessions, listeners immediately engaged through familiar influences ranging from The Avett Brothers to Coldplay. Even though Edward & Graham started as an acoustic duo, they’ve rounded out their sound by adding multi-instrumentalist Keith Dunn (Graham’s brother) and drummer/producer Rob Bordignon (Win & Woo, Freak Island). With an exciting year of new music and live performances ahead, Edward & Graham plan to leave a lasting impact with songs that give all their influences the spotlight.
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Fri, Jul 26 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble was founded in Chicago in 2003 by guitarist Aaron Feder. In 2006 Aaron moved to Barcelona in search of a different sound for the AAbE. He quickly found a group of international members, from all continents of the globe. In a short time the band was reformed and headlined the Fiestizaje music and arts festival in 2008. The band then set about recording their first studio album, Toubab Soul which was released in 2010. Shortly afterwards, they released the remix album, Toubab Resouled, and opened the world music festival Cruilla de Cultures with Konono No 1. Toubab Soul met with positive reviews from different international publications, such as Afropop Worldwide, calling the album “as dark and intensely danceable as any African musical experience can be”, and DJ Floro declared the band the best representation of Afrobeat in the country. While their energetic live show was winning over audiences in Spain, their studio work was included in a compilation CD from Relix magazine, part of a world music compilation from TuneCore digital distributors, and used as the soundtrack for the first ever Nigerian-Spanish film, Super Zebraman. Their connection with the visual arts continued when they had music included in the television show Furgoaddictes, and they recorded the music for the national TV show Museo Coconut. At the same time the band also began their relationship with manager Javi Zarco (Ojos de Brujo, Peret), who is also a founder of the Afrobeat Project cultural association in Spain. Their music was also included on an Afrobeat compilation from Paris DJs and later in the compilation World Music from Catalonia. Their live shows continued to grow in intensity, and they hit the festival circuit, playing at ImaginaFunk with Ebo Taylor, and closing out the WOMAD Canary Islands festival in 2011. Fast forward to 2014, after two years of crossing the Iberian Peninsula and visiting the Canary and Balearic Islands on various occasions, they return to the studio to record their second album, Life No Get Dublicate. At the same time, the record label Slow Walk Music is formed, and AAbE is on board. The album is released at the beginning of 2014 and receives positive reviews from multiple international sources, with La Vanguardia newspaper saying the album is “worthy of Blue Note records”. The band is featured on PRI’s the World, and begins to expand outside of Spain. They are selected for the AA++ musical exchange with France, open the Mercé Festival in Barcelona for 10,000 people, return to a sold out show in the Canary Islands in the Umami Music and Arts Festival, and they are selected to tour Spain in the Girando Por Salas program. In November 2014, the band released a short animated film set to the song “Majority Whip”. In 2015 the band changes direction a bit, with singer Joe Psalmist, from Lagos, Nigeria joining the band for their winter/spring tour of the peninsula, Balearic Islands and even a trip to the African continent to play in Ceuta. Additionally, they return to the studios of Radio 3 for another nationally televised in studio concert. Joe’s soulful voice and inimitable stage presence brings the band to the next level. They spend winter recording a new album, and then spend the summer touring Spain and France once again, highlighted by multiple visits to Madrid in the Fiestas de San Isidro and the Festival de Cultura Inquieta, plus a return to Ibiza. Fall 2015 saw the release of their third studio album, It’s Time, combining brand new songs with brand new remixes as well. 2017 saw the band on their second North American tour as well as hitting up Berlin, London and France. In 2018 they returned to the USA for their third tour, as well as returning to France and headlining multiple festivals in Spain. Their fourth album, “Monkey See, Monkey Due” was released in Spain in October 2018, and in the rest of the world in March 2019. In November 2018 the band headlined and produced the festival “AlterAfrica” at the Fábrica i Coats arts center.
ÉSSO is the brainchild of Chicago born songwriter and producer Armando Pérez. He curated an inner city big band of rotating members which definitively unsealed an agile sound propelling them to perform for mutli-cultural concerts and festivals alongside Grammy winning artists.The group made a splash by invoking polystylistic enthusiasm from the uncompromising urban streets that birthed House music, as well as undeniably potent movements in hiphop, punk rock, and free jazz. Drawing on these raw influences, the Chicago based band effortlessly merge Chicano and Boricua roots music with Cuban son into a rhythmic sancocho filling dance floors and providing ample evidence of Chicago’s presence as a hotbed of diverse new music in the States.Their bilingual lyrics bring gusto to the socio-political conversation while adding context to inspired musical compositions and alluring beats. Swirling guitar, brass horns, spoken word and group singing add to their tropical funk outfit with a fearless focused spirit intact. ÉSSO’s foundational versatility has taken the band on tours across the US and into Mexico behind their critically acclaimed releases of original independent music online and on vinyl. This is the soundtrack of rebel streets remixed for the future by its outspoken immigrant youth.ÉSSO has performed for notable music festivals including: Redbull Music Xicago Festival, Ruido Fest, Chicago World Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, Clark Street Festival, South By Southwest (SXSW), Festival Cultural de Zacatecas (MX), Do Division, Pilsen Fest, Michelada Fest, Villapalooza and many more street celebrations across the US.They've shared the stage with: Cafe Tacvba, Natalia Lafourcade, Bomba Estereo, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisibles, Kinky, Princess Nokia, as well as Songhoy Blues, La Santa Cecilia, Sonido Gallo Negro, Los Rakas, Chicha Libre, Saul Williams, Jeremy Sole, Jenny & the Mexicats, Gaby Moreno, Alice Russel, Euforquestra, Boogat and more.Live band members include: Armando Pérez (guitar/vocal), Kevin Miller (saxophone), Dan Lieber (drums/percussion), Ezra Lange (bass), Diana Mosquera (vocals), Jess Anzaldúa (percussion), Luis Tubens (vocals), Matthew Davis (trombone) and special guests.*** Their notable experience and active work in performing for grassroots community organizations and volunteer programs has helped raise awareness and vital funding for important after-school, immigrant justice, humanitarian, and fair housing programs across the US. Members spearhead free all-ages library programs for families, educational music presentations, and workshops focused on cultural recognition in music, poetry and the arts.
Seres de Luz is a Latin soul group that weaves together grooves from across the Latin diaspora. Drawing from the diverse musical and cultural backgrounds of its members, Seres de Luz brings worlds together on the Chicago scene. By combining traditional percussion with modern musical technology, Seres de Luz both looks backwards to traditional Latin rhythms and forwards to cultural exchange through sound. Their original music is influenced by the sounds of samba, forró, ska, dub, cumbia, chochi, funk, and jazz among others.
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Mon, Jul 29 - 8pm - $10
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
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Fri, Aug 9 - 8pm - $25 ($44 for both)
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The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago with the world’s top drummers and an all-star band!
Drumming legend Chad Wackerman is best known for the 27 albums he recorded with Frank Zappa – not to mention his work with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, James Taylor, and many more!
Gergo Borlai has taken the drumming world by storm with his powerful and innovative playing! Gergo regularly records/tours with Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Al DiMeola, Vernon Reid, Mohini Dey, and many others!
Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist Janek Gwizdala (Pat Metheny/Mike Stern), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling).
You can expect a grand finale with both drummers at the end!Drumming legend Chad Wackerman is best known for the 27 albums he recorded with Frank Zappa – not to mention his work with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, James Taylor, and many more!
Gergo Borlai has taken the drumming world by storm with his powerful and innovative playing! Gergo regularly records/tours with Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Al DiMeola, Vernon Reid, Mohini Dey, and many others!
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Sat, Aug 10 - 9pm - $10
Broke Royals were recently crowned the "best band in DC." Over the last five years, they earned this title with their electrifying performances and signature blend of pop hooks and premium rock & roll. On their triumphant new album, Saint Luxury, Broke Royals are calling everything into question through the eyes of a runaway angel. The album's fictional heroine, Saint Luxury, leaves heaven, where they have all the answers, in pursuit of a life of questions, luxury, and champagne. She re-examines the bias in inheritance and seeks to find what questions we should be asking. Saint Luxury is the perfect saint for these modern times. After five years, this album stands out as Broke Royals' highest achievement. The album's first single, "Bad Chemicals," premiered in Billboard in November where the band was praise for their "arena-ready sound." Broke Royals have secured TV placements and they have had music videos shown in thousands of retail location including IKEA, Gold's Gym, Planet Fitness, Foot Locker, and many more. Broke Royals was not even supposed to be a band... In 2014, Colin Cross broke ground on his recording studio after years as a touring musician and he invited Philip Basnight, a solo folk singer, to record some demos in the new space. In their first sessions, the musical chemistry was palpable, but neither Cross nor Basnight predicted that their partnership was just beginning. Taimir Gore and Ben Wilson joined the group shortly thereafter. Basnight and Cross have honed a singular sound and toured the country. Seamlessly integrating traditional rock with new digital elements, the guitar-driven rock, pop hooks, and Cross’ infectious beats fuse gracefully with Basnight's lyrical narratives. Their songs tell stories about love and loss, hope and fear, and setbacks and perseverance. In this new chapter, Broke Royals use Saint Luxury to ask themselves tough questions about religion, politics, identity, and more. The result is an enthralling masterpiece of angelic rock & roll.
The King of Mars (TKOM) is based out of Chicago, and has been performing shows at many popular Chicago venues such as The Subterranean, The House of Blues, Martyrs', Beat Kitchen, and Metro. They recently released their EP, “Cookie Cutter Dreams” and successfully completed their first tour in which they performed at venues along the East Coast and through the South and Midwest. TKOM formed in the spring of 2015 and has since evolved into a larger band with piano, synths, and a horn section. Their sound shakes the foundation of traditional rock music by encompassing Jazz, Funk, and Soul musicality alongside insightful lyricism.
The hand of fate drew the members of Molehill into the path of lead singer and primary songwriter Peter Manhart from backgrounds one wouldn’t normally associate with soaring, anthemic pop rock; Trevor Jones, a classical upright bass player with a penchant for distortion, Devin Staples, a drummer in the venerable Chicago gospel circuit, and Greg Van Zuiden - a classical pianist who had only performed solo in the past. In fact, Manhart himself developed his love for performance in a touring Ukrainian dance troupe in his youth. Yet it’s these varied backgrounds that shaped a group of men that create, as their 2012 debut LP Equinox was described, music with “...a certain emotive flair, a sense of epicness that that makes it feel like the ideal music to score a major peak in an action film.” (Soundfuse Magazine). After the release of Equinox the band kept writing new music and playing shows – adding over 100 performances to their tour history in the first year alone. When it came time to work on their follow up release they turned to producer J. Hall and his Nashville, TN studio. Hall shares a studio with Dolly Parton’s producer, and the band found that “what better inspiration than seeing all of Dolly's gold and platinum records hanging on the wall while making ours.” Tin God, like Equinox before it, is an album composed of epic, passionate, dynamic rock songs. However, more than a continuation of the bands previous sound, Tin God is an evolution from it. Tin God has more funk, more soul, and more vulnerability than its predecessor. With Equinox, they were getting comfortable in their skin. With Tin God, they’re moving beyond their comfort zone, stretching and shaping their sound to see how far it can go. Each of the songs on Tin God tells a story colored by Manhart’s own experiences in love, death, greed, and corporate America (his day job is trading crude oil futures at the Chicago Board of Trade.) From the So-Cal subterranean funk of opener “The Repeating,” to the ambient synth and rhythm driven propulsion of the title track, this record finds the band moving into new sonic territory. Exercises in simple production run throughout Tin God as well. “We wanted to take listeners on a journey throughout the course of a song” says Van Zuiden. “Two Souls” features a simple piano line complemented by strings and subtle (but eventually powerful) rhythm tracks. Manhart tells a story of two lovers who are being separated, but who will eventually be reunited in this life or the next. The theme of lost love also runs throughout the closing song “Ghost Town.” In the aftermath of a failed relationship, one ex-lover cries to another, “lay your weapons down, no need to fight in this ghost town.” Tin God touches the darker side of the universal; struggle, greed, corruption, love, heartbreak. Jones adds, “as we began to record these songs, it became clear that the themes and subject matter are close to every member of the band on a personal level, and each of us has a deep connection to this group of songs.” It stands as a musical reminder that no matter what challenges one might be facing, someone has been there before and they aren't alone; these are all parts of the human experience, and through perseverance you can rise above and climb whatever mountain stands before you.
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Tue, Aug 13 - 8pm - $25
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The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago with the world’s top drummers and an all-star band!
Drumming legend Dennis Chambers is one of the most iconic players of all time. He is best known for his work with John McLaughlin, Santana, Mike Stern, Parliament/Funkadelic, and many more.
Legend Steve Smith is the current and longtime drummer for the iconic rock band Journey. His jazz fusion group, Vital Information, is in its 36th year touring the world. Steve is also known for his work with Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ahmad Jamal, Zakir Hussain, and more!
Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist Janek Gwizdala (Pat Metheny/Mike Stern), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling).
You can expect a grand finale with both drummers at the end!
Get your ticket here, or purchase a COMBO TICKET so that you can also get in to the August 9 show with Chad Wackerman and Gergo Borlai! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp.The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago and ONLY at Martyrs’ for these ALL AGES shows! Concert 1: August 9- Drumming legend Chad Wackerman is best known for the 27 albums he recorded with Frank Zappa – not to mention his work with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, James Taylor, and many more! Gergo Borlai has taken the drumming world by storm with his powerful and innovative playing! Gergo regularly records/tours with Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Al DiMeola, Vernon Reid, Mohini Dey, and many others! |||||| Concert 2: August 13- Drumming legend Dennis Chambers is one of the most iconic players of all time. He is best known for his work with John McLaughlin, Santana, Mike Stern, Parliament/Funkadelic, and many more. Legend Steve Smith is the current and longtime drummer for the iconic rock band Journey. His jazz fusion group, Vital Information, is in its 36th year touring the world. Steve is also known for his work with Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ahmad Jamal, Zakir Hussain, and more! At both shows, the drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist Janek Gwizdala (Pat Metheny/Mike Stern), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling). You can expect a grand finale with both drummers at the end of both of these shows! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp (www.drumfantasycamp.com).
Drumming legend Dennis Chambers is one of the most iconic players of all time. He is best known for his work with John McLaughlin, Santana, Mike Stern, Parliament/Funkadelic, and many more.
Steve Smith's drumming, while always decidedly modern, can best be described as a style that embodies the history of U.S. music. His original love of rudimental parade drumming is evident in his intricate solos. Likewise, his command of jazz, from New Orleans music, swing, bebop, avant-garde to fusion, is applied with his powerful rock drumming sensibilities and allows him to push the boundaries of all styles to new heights. His musical focus is committed to the exploration of improvised music incorporating styles as diverse as Blues, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Cajun and South Indian Carnatic.
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Fri, Aug 9 & Tue, Aug 13 - 8pm - $44 BOTH NIGHTS
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The Drumming All Stars COMBO TICKET: featuring Dennis Chambers, Steve Smith, Chad Wackerman, and Gergo Borlai.Also featuring Janek Gwizdala, Vinny Valentino, Chrissi Poland, and Stu MindemanThe Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago and ONLY at Martyrs’ for these ALL AGES shows! The Combo Ticket gets you into both shows at a reduced price!Concert 1: August 9Drumming legend Chad Wackerman is best known for the 27 albums he recorded with Frank Zappa – not to mention his work with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, James Taylor, and many more!Gergo Borlai has taken the drumming world by storm with his powerful and innovative playing! Gergo regularly records/tours with Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Al DiMeola, Vernon Reid, Mohini Dey, and many others!Concert 2: August 13Drumming legend Dennis Chambers is one of the most iconic players of all time. He is best known for his work with John McLaughlin, Santana, Mike Stern, Parliament/Funkadelic, and many more.Legend Steve Smith is the current and longtime drummer for the iconic rock band Journey. His jazz fusion group, Vital Information, is in its 36th year touring the world. Steve is also known for his work with Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ahmad Jamal, Zakir Hussain, and more!At both shows, the drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist Janek Gwizdala (Pat Metheny/Mike Stern), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling).You can expect a grand finale with both drummers at the end of both of these shows! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp
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Fri, Aug 16 - 9pm - $15
The remarkably eclectic world pop band Ulele is the brainchild of Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Winston Damon, whose wide-ranging musical talents were previously utilized by the popular Celt-rock group the Drovers. Damon was primarily a drummer and percussionist for the Drovers, but Ulele gave him a chance to demonstrate the full range of his abilities. Adopting the stage name Stone, Damon took on frontman duties for his new band. In addition to singing lead vocals and providing percussion, he writes most of the songs and plays trombone,electric cello keyboards, flute, fife, didgereedoo, and kalimba. Ulele was founded in 1994 with Co-front Leina'ala who also sings lead vocals and plays guitar, flute and percussion. Ulele draws some musical inspiration, as well as its name (pronounced "oo-lay-lay," it means "leap into action"), from Hawaii. But their energetic, danceable sound, which makes heavy use of brass instrumentation, also draws heavily from ska, salsa, Mardi Gras/Carnival, and African influences. The band released its first album, Seed, in 1996. Harmony followed in 1999. After an extended hiatus to raise children, tend to ailing elders, and otherwise live and grow, Ulele will be releasing it's third album "Denouement" in 2019. Featuring Winston Damon (vocals, percussion, trombone, electric cello), Leina'ala Deitmeir (vocals, percussion), Steve Doyle (guitar, dobro), Tony DiMartino (drums), Larry Beers (drums), Dan Stark (trombone), Dave Ramey (trombone), Bruce Krippner (bass).
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Sat, Aug 17 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Hailing from the singularly vibrant musical hotbed known as Chicago, CHEER-ACCIDENT has been a creative, vital force in rock music for over 20 years. They constantly strive to surprise their audiences and themselves through relentless reinvention. From dreamy pop to angular art-rock, CHEER-ACCIDENT strikes a powerful balance between personalized and unique studio wizardry and the visceral excitement of a well-honed, explosive live rock band. The band is a quintet at its foundation, fronted by Carmen Armillas, whose powerfully emotive voice has recently led CHEER-ACCIDENT down the path of even deeper connectedness with their already-loyal audience. Presenting itself in various configurations, the band’s core personnel is frequently augmented by some of Chicago’s finest musicians. Their body of work is unparalleled in its ambition and originality, and their twolatest releases, “Fear Draws Misfortune” and “No Ifs, Ands or Dogs” (both on Cuneiform Records), demonstrate how the band continues to improve with each passing year. After their hugely successful performance at last year’s Rock In Opposition Festival in France, they are returning to Europe for several shows in July 2014, this time as a streamlined quartet: Dante Kester- bass. Jeff Libersher- guitar, vocals, trumpet. Evelyn Davis- vocals, keyboards, melodica. Thymme Jones- drums, trumpet, vocals
Bobby Conn is a Chicago musician known for his pop-rock. He often collaborates with other artists and film-maker Usama Alshaibi. In 2003, Conn produced a session for UK punk band The Cribs, whom he met when they were a support band on his UK tour. A part of that session was used on The Cribs' self-titled debut release in 2004.
Akosuen /aa-KŌZ-eh-win/ is a music and performance project by Billie Howard involving sounds that focus on breathing cycles, chronic pain, and mediation on both quiet and extremely loud sounds. The Akosuen ensemble has appeared as solo synth and voice, operatic voice and violin duet, trio playing ritual prepared piano and percussion, and a six-piece doom metal band with chorus.Akosuen recently scored the short film, Olion, which was accepted into the 2017 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival. Akosuen has also created sound installations for GAG Gallery and A Memory Palace of Fear at Silent Funny in Chicago.Akosuen has a collaborative recording with Cinchel coming out on Scripts Records in 2018.
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Sun, Aug 18 - 8pm - $15adv/$20door
Lost Dog Street Band formed in the winter of 2010 after husband-and-wife duo Benjamin Tod (guitarist/vocalist) and Ashley Mae (fiddle player) parted ways with former musical project Barefoot Surrender. Originally conceived as a duet, Benjamin and Ashley quickly dedicated themselves to carrying the tradition of the American troubadour – hopping trains and hitchhiking across country while delivering their unique brand of original songwriting and tragic storytelling. In the summer of 2011, while performing on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, Benjamin and Ashley met Nicholas and Shannon Ridout, two skilled musicians traveling from the Pacific Northwest. Immediately inspired by each other’s music, the two groups began writing collaboratively and soon formed the band Spit Shine. The four musicians quickly built a friendship stronger than family, and together poured their blood and sweat into the music of Spit Shine. For the next two years Lost Dog Street Band took a hiatus, until Nicholas’s tragic death in the spring of 2013. Pushing through the sorrow at the loss of their best friend, Lost Dog Street Band was resurrected with a fervency. Now doing very little street performing, Lost Dog Street Band tours the country each year, delivering their story through song in venues nationwide. In 2017 Lost Dog completed a national tour supporting The Devil Makes Three playing some of the oldest and largest theatres in America. Most recently, the group tours regularly appearing coast to coast in venues nationwide. Along the way they keep Nicholas’s work alive by sharing his music at the end of every show they play. Drawing from years of lonely tramping, and more than one tragic loss, Lost Dog Street Band has crafted a distinct sound that is best described as ‘dark country’ that never wavers from its roots and honors the traditions of its forbearers. In the same vein as country-legend Guy Clark, Benjamin Tod weaves his melodies and lyrics together to offer listeners an unapologetically raw and authentic account of the human experience. Lost Dog Street Band has since relocated from home base in Tennessee to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. They are currently homesteading eleven acres of raw land.
Matt Heckler is the fiddle player you want to believe still exists. Veering from Appalachia to Romania, Ireland to the Catskills, his music is definitively unsafe and entirely his own. The Catskills, where he grew up and the Carolina Appalachians he calls home are old mountains, but the kids there are more likely to be raised on punk than old time string bands. Heckler took both with him when he left and sharpened a distinctive sound on banjo and fiddle the scientific way, as a street performer who could measure the days artistic growth in single dollar bills. Attracting the attention of musicians, as well as passers-by, he spent half a decade touring and releasing three albums with the band Deep Chatham. Since then his room silencing solo act has become an exciting yet poorly kept secret in DIY music scenes around the country. After The Flood will be his first full-length release showcasing a songwriting ability that audiences, distracted by his casually virtuosic musicianship, might have previously overlooked. Don’t wait for his next reinvention, find Matt Heckler now and remember what music should be.
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