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Sat, Apr 30 - 6pm - $7 - All Ages
El Stoppers is a teen Rock band based out of Chicago, IL. In September of 2012 El Stoppers was formed out of diverse group of musicians in a collective effort to perform great original music.
No Currency is a surf rock band that loves good times and loud music.
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Sat, Apr 30 - 9pm - $8
You'll find these Found Hounds right where bluegrass smacks into honky tonk, where brother harmony hits up a driving rhythm, where beer chases a shot of whiskey, and where a Southern sound roots itself in the finest Midwest soil. What began as a side project for four Chicago pickers from several bluegrass bands, took over as lead dog in 2015 with local festivals, shows and residencies.CASSIE LYNN BROOKS / BANJO, DOBRO, VOCALSPHIL HOFFMAN / BASS, VOCALSGREGORY MORLAND / MANDOLIN, VOCALSDAN SPIELMAN / GUITAR, VOCALS
Coyote Riot has its roots set deep in old folk and country/blue grass string sounds of the past and present. The twang of the rockabilly stile guitar sits nicely with the pluc of the bass and the chuck of the tenor banjo, while the harmonica and fiddle harmonize like crickets in heat. A recipe gaurenteed to have you hootin and hollerin with your foot-a-stompin.
Mad Bread is a string band for the 21st century, playing a unique mixture of bluegrass, rock, folk and blues. The band blends traditional instruments with modern songwriting, creating innovative, genre-bending music that defies classification. At a concert, you'll hear them move effortlessly from boot-stompin' bluegrass jams, to psychedelic folk ballads, to Chicago-style blues-rock with stops everywhere in between.
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Mon, May 2 - 8pm - $8
Kilgubbin Brothers features Chicago fiddle legend and band leader Sean Cleland (Drovers, Bohola) & powerhouse percussionist Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhran, banjo and shoe with All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger, Master guitarist Jesse Langen (Ensemble Dal Niente) and Ray Quinn (producer Laurence Nugent, Bua) on electric guitar and voice. With a focus on songs and tunes from the rich history of Irish music in Chicago, Kilgubbin Brothers will be here the first and last Mondays of the month, Slainte!
Picking up the banners of our immigrant forebearers to celebrate both victories and defeats. Irish-American Dynamite Skunks bred here in the states.
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Tue, May 3 - 8pm - $12
Writers With Drinks is a monthly reading series that combines literature, stand-up comedy, science fiction, erotica, poetry and essays. Plus mystery, romance, memoir, rants and "other." "When you move to San Francisco and ask about the literary scene, Writers With Drinks is likely the first thing people tell you about. For one thing, most of us can get behind drinking as a social activity, especially when it's being done by the witty and verbose. But the real reason is host Charlie Jane Anders, who is a pioneer and master of free-form and fictitious biography." -- San Francisco Weekly. "Back in 2001, writer Charlie Jane Anders set out to create a new kind of reading that jettisoned the idea of a hushed audience hanging reverentially on each carefully-crafted word, replacing it with a lively cabaret night drawing writers from a smorgasbord of genres--poetry to sci-fi to comedy to kids books. On a recent evening, heavyweight storyteller Tobias Wolff mixed it up with slam poet Taylor Mali, New York Times bestselling novelist Lev Grossman and NPR contributor Andrew Lam. Since San Francisco doesn't slack when it comes to local and national celeb authors, Writers with Drinks often sparkles with names like Lemony Snicket, Armistead Maupin, Andrew Sean Greer, Ayelet Waldman, Vendela Vida and Michelle Tea. So stop in, listen to some fierce words, and chase it with stiff drink." -- JetBlue.com.
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Wed, May 4 - 8pm - $10
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British Jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame and Scott Tipping of Cornmeal John Reed of Helping Phrendly Orchestra and Terrapin FlyerPacky Lundholm of Terrapin Flyer and special guests
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Thu, May 5 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
The Rockin' Johnny Band has been one of Chicago's most loved blues bands since 1995. Their music has been played on WXRT's "Local Anaesthetic" and "Blues Breakers" radio shows, the band has often been featured at The Chicago Blues Festival, and they regularly work in Chicagoland's best blues clubs such as Buddy Guy's Legends. Their CDs and live performances have drawn great reviews in Living Blues, The Chicago Sun Times, Pioneer Press, and National Public Radio's "848". Guitarist Johnny Burgin came to Chicago from South Carolina to attend the University of Chicago, and earned the name "Rockin' Johnny" as a DJ at the college radio station WHPK. Rockin' Johnny began playing in the ghetto clubs of Chicago's West Side with blues singer Taildragger, and then began touring nationally as a sideman with former Howlin' Wolf drummer Sam Lay and blues piano legend Pinetop Perkins. After learning from the masters, he put his own band together. Things started happening for the Rockin' Johnny Band after they took a Monday night residency at The Smoke Daddy in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Their original, energetic approach soon made them a strong local draw week after week and year after year, bringing in blues aficionados, every musician in town, and a younger crowd that normally didn't go to hear blues bands. The atmosphere the band generated was so electric, that Delmark Records offered them a contract after hearing just one set. This was especially exciting because the prestigious Chicago label is revered by blues aficionados as the home of Junior Wells and Johnny's idol, Magic Sam! Since those days, they've regularly toured Europe, played festivals and headlined clubs all over the Midwest. The Rockin' Johnny Band has recorded five CDs including "Grim Reaper", released in April of 2012. A true "musician's musician",Rockin' Johnny has been one of Chicago's most in-demand blues session men since the 90s, contributing his incisive playing to over a dozen CDs by artists such as Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmy Burns, Tail Dragger, Little Arthur Duncan, Paul DeLay and many more. The Rockin' Johnny Band plays vintage Chicago blues, but also is known for a wide repertoire which ventures into Stax style soul, swing, and lots of originals that are harder to classify. On stage, the band performs with spontaneity and fun, always showcasing fantastic guitar playing. Living Blues states: "top notch ensemble work, with power, drive, and a keen sense of dynamics". The band consists of true veterans: Rick Kreher (rhythm guitar) played rhythm guitar with Muddy Waters for four years; John Sefner (bass) was formerly with Studebaker John and Eddie Kirkland; and Steve Bass (drums) also plays with Chicago blues legend Eddy Clearwater. Here's what some of Chicago's most in the know critics and music business figures have to say about Rockin' Johnny and The Rockin Johnny Band: Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records: "Rockin Johnny delivers the raw, rough-edged spirit of real Chicago blues". Dick Shurman, writer for Living Blues, blues producer: "Rockin' Johnny has brought a refreshing jolt of talent, feeling and affirmation of the Windy City's guitar tradition. Johnny has always been known as a crowd pleaser with rawness, drive, a tight band and a scholarly and musical mastery of the local blues repertoire and vocabulary. He's extra interesting and distinctive because, instead of the overdone warhorses sometimes called "the set list from hell," Johnny mines more obscure building blocks like Little Smokey Smothers, Hip Linkchain or Willie James Lyons, adding to his appeal to hard core purists as well as more casual lovers of powerful Chicago blues. It adds up to a winning combination of depth, a bite like the winter wind, tradition and an up-to-the minute wallop, and offers a guaranteed winner for all who see or book the band." Quotes:"Rockin' Johnny plays great guitar in the style of Earl Hooker or a young Buddy Guy" Bruce Stovall, The Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, CA"His take on early 60's Chicago blues is in the pocket." James Porter, Time Out Chicago"Rockin Johnny shows a sixth sense for building irresistable tension in his leads.", Jack Oudiz, Blues AccessRockin' Johnny has that "West Side" Chicago sound down cold and fronts one of the hottest young blues bands anywhere! Hawaii Blues Society“The great thing about Rockin' Johnny is that his sound is fully rooted in the old style Chicago Blues sound, but his approach is original and contemporary.” Karen Hansen, Today's Chicago Blues blog. “I'm knocked out! I already liked what you were doing, but you've really moved WAY up. What did you do, go to the crossroads or something?” -- Charlie Musselwhite
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Fri, May 6 - 9pm - $8
JATD have always kept two goals in mind for every performance, to spread positivityand play from the heart. The aphorism has served them well as the band is one of themost talked about and loved groups in Fort Wayne. Their sound is the transfiguration ofmodern pop folk into the likeness of the golden-era of rock. Formed in the small town of Huntington in 2010, James & the Drifters was the collectiveidea of three folk artists pulling resources. Less than a month after sharing material Brent Chamberlin, Kyle Jackson, and Tyler Gault hit the studio and in 8 hours the threemen recorded over 20 songs featuring a wide-range of folk instruments: the banjo, lap-steel, accordion, drums, guitar, and rich three-part harmonies. Over the course of theband’s six-year existence they have recorded 4 albums and an EP. Immediately after forming James & the Drifters began booking shows and playingany place that would host them; playing weddings, art galleries, graduation parties,birthday parties, car shows, and of course the local Ft. Wayne dive bars and restaurants. More recently the band has begun touring regionally, including stops in Chicago,Columbus, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Cincinnati and Nashville. Another aspect of theband’s mission to give positivity is performing charity events and putting on concerts forthe incarcerated. Stylistically the band has shaken off their dusty-folk/Americana-boots for the tough thick-skinned sound of rock and blues. Melodic guitar riffs jab and sometimes hang sweetlyabout the air while tight three-part harmonies, pure and strong, move along with the rockdriven rhythm section. Putting a finger on the sound of James & the Drifters typicallyharkens to contemporary bands such as My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, Dr. Dog orLord Huron, yet flows down a path of its own right. In November of 2015, the band released a new EP “Get the Spirit” recorded with BenTanner at F.A.M.E Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. James and the Drifters continueto tour regionally and gain followers by investing in relationships and creating friends.
"...(Secret Science) is really more of a Frankenstein creation. And I do mean that in a good way. These basement technicians dug up the freshly-buried forms of punk rock, shocked them with a thousand jiggawatts of raw human energy and infused some late ’90s rock sensibilities about how far noise alone can carry an idea. This is post-punk: the don’t-give-a-[flip] recklessness of Skulls (Misfits, 1982) tempered by the compelling pop-logic of My Name is Jonas (Weezer, 1994)." Kevin Whelan, Indie Monday
Josefina is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago, care of Buenos Aires. Her first releases as a leader find her simple, airy vocal stylings paired with alt-country production that would have found an easy home on Asylum Records in the 1970s. The live show is chock full of that classic folk rock vibe thanks in no small part to a B-Bender and a 12-string electric guitar. But this isn’t a throwback to Joni or Emmylou. This is a modern girl making music with a scant twang, catchy choruses, and an infectious lightness of being. Look for a full LP release Summer 2016.
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Sat, May 7 - 9pm - $10
Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Herbert Wiser is a powerhouse quartet that pulls influences from the worlds of funk, jazz, jam, reggae, and rock and roll to create their own genre bending sound that inevitably leads listeners to the dance floor. While steeped in the jamband world of improvisation, Wiser never forgets the crucial element of the song. Talented song crafting keeps the band focused and in a deep groove while allowing room for live jamming that continues to impress crowds across the Midwest. Herbert Wiser features the breakbeat stylings of Kyle “Kobrakai” Davis on drums, the funk dropping bass of Matt Bradford, the virtuoso keyboard work of Ryan Chamlin, and the talented tone of Josh Crowley on guitar.
Formed in 2013 from members of Northeast regional acts Timbre Coup and Capital Zen, Mister F is an eclectic, high-energy 4-piece band that takes a no-holds-barred approach to blending genres while keeping your feet moving. Having performed with their previous bands at festivals such as Mountain Jam, moe.down, Summer Camp, Camp Bisco, and snoe.down, the members of Mister F are no strangers to the music community. Their first show, March 1st 2013, was very well-received, and they are already taking their show on the road to cities as far as Denver, CO and Atlanta, GA. Mister F…a dynamic quartet that broaches all aspects of organized music. Rooted in funk traditions, Mister F’s members are no strangers to unique compositions and sonic explorations, though it’s done with a tightness that keeps listeners dancing throughout their performances.
1 parts shred, 2 parts prog, a hint of improv, garnish with gnar. The perfect splor. Chi-town based prog-rock for today's hungry xsplorerz. We have come to Splor anything the sparks our curiosity. From progressive genre- bending tunes, to blazing new paths via improvisation. As bards, our goal is to recreate the events of our many travels.
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Mon, May 9 - 8pm - $7
Andy Oberhausen's Breadwinners is a dynamic new original music project existing somewhere between the fluid intersection of jazz, rock, experimental music, and a sound all it's own. Lead by saxophonist Andy Oberhausen this four piece ensemble melds complex composition, effects, and free-wheeling improvisation into a powerful creative statement which defies expectations at every turn.
Nate Lepine is a multi-instrumentalist based out of Chicago, IL. He has recorded/performed with Cursive, Sister Machine Gun, Manishevitz, Poi Dog Pondering, Head of Femur, Smog, Pckrctr, The NRG Ensemble, Herculaneum, Indoor/Outdoor, Califone, Edith Frost.
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Tue, May 10 - 8pm - $7
Quiet Hollers are a cult/gang/band from Louisville, KY formed semi-accidentally in 2010 following an album release party for which the band was recruited. In 2013, the band’s debut album I Am the Morning, a “reverb-soaked dive into the stream-of-consciousness confessionals” (No Depression) of singer/songwriter Shadwick Wilde featured a drummer whose neck was literally broken-- the band refusing to postpone their session at the since-defunct Funeral Home studio of analog guru Kevin Ratterman (Murder By Death, Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket) after a waterfall-diving accident. Although the album was received with polite applause from the European blogosphere, and a smattering of indie music writers for whom it was a “Best of 2013,” it flew mostly under the radar in the band's hometown of Louisville, KY despite rotation on WFPK and a nomination for best album in the inaugural Louisville Music Awards. Booking a slew of tours across the eastern half of the US (often using connections from Wilde’s days as guitarist-for-hire for seminal Dischord Records band Iron Cross), Quiet Hollers produced their sophomore full-length without label support... relying instead on a small but dedicated cult following who funded nearly the entire project. Released in October 2015, "Quiet Hollers" runs the proverbial gamut of the band’s eclectic influences to deliver literate, hook-laden narratives, blasting through tube amps in swirls of violin and piano. Consequence of Sound called it a "beautiful portrait," breaking the "confines of roots music," and PopMatters deemed the album "wonderfully unique," with a "strong post-hardcore influence."
Using an array of auxiliary instruments coursing over hook after catchy hook, BBM straps the boots on once again to kick down a few more walls with their third release, EP “Run Through the Middle.” Recorded at Chicago’s world-renown Engine Studios (Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse), this collection of tracks starts with a kick, downshifts and then kicks even harder. Bad Bad Meow has solidified its voice since bringing some Carolina twang to the Chicago scene, and it’s not an inside voice.
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Wed, May 11 - 7pm - $20
SOLD OUT
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, May 12 - 8pm - $10
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.
The era of Led Zeppelin has been called the era of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. To be fair, the summer of love had taken place just two years before they appeared. Drugs were already around. And rock and roll? Well, bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones had already spread the word about that.But what Led Zeppelin did do—and this may sound like a cliché, but keep in mind they were quite literally the first to go there—what Led Zeppelin did was they took that whole sex, drugs, and rock and roll scene…and turned it up to 11.Countless bands were already rocking the blues. But when studio session pros Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones married their skills to the raw talents of Robert Plant and John Bonham, there was power in the grooves. The riffs were tough. The guitar lines had bite. The vocals wailed like no one had wailed before. And the drums thundered like approaching doom. There’s no denying it: Led Zeppelin were heavy before anyone else had figured out how to be heavy.For our next appearance at Martrys’, Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to two of Led Zeppelin finest albums. We’ll begin our set with the band’s self-titled groundbreaking debut, an album powered by such unforgettable tracks as “Good Times, Bad Times,” “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” and “Dazed and Confused.” Then, for our second set, we’ll perform the album that both whispered and roared, Led Zeppelin III. On this record, Plant and Page and company brought down the hammer of the gods on “Immigrant Song” and “Celebration Day.” But they also explored their passion for acoustic folk with songs such as “Gallows Pole” and “That’s the Way.” It was a magical combination of what Jimmy Page described as “light and shade” that would pave the way for the greater heights their career would take them to.
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Fri, May 13 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
The hardest working band in Celtic Rock are back at it! A year after releasing their latest album, NINE, they are still out promoting the old fashioned way. That means hitting the road and playing every show like it's the last.As usual with St Patricks day looming, they find themselves in high demand around the US, playing dates from Alaska to Oklahoma. "We are very appreciative of how Americans make a big deal of St Patricks' Day. Makes for a lot of raucous shows this time of year" says lead singer Keith Roberts.In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more.Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called 'Celtic Rock', that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it's not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. That was always the idea, Keith explains. The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn't Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you'll end up with when you start on a new album.Having a whole album of new songs really invigorates the live show for us and makes it exciting all over again say Roberts. It's like a shot in the arm every time we go through this process.
Former child prodigy defeats mid-life crisis to make brilliant, brooding rockrecord.
Here’s a great, growling new rock voice, full of the perviness of LeonardCohen, the bite of Luke Haines, and the chops of The Psychedelic Furs’ RichardButler. Mike Marlin also has a biography to startle the horses. Blinded in one eyeat 4, he was a teenage prodigy at Oxford before dropping out; he later inventedstock market computer technology. On paper, this 51-year-old’s new careersuggest mid-life crisis in excelsis, but on record, he’s deliciously persuasive. Songs about serial killers, sex and death feel like lost late ‘70s classics, theguitars either sharpened up post-punkishly (War To Begin) or given room tobrood in dimly-lit bars (Amazing). Romantic lyrics about blue eyes and a girl in“that dress” somehow sidestep cliché too, because the voice behind them yanksyou in. Innocence be damned – it’s time to enjoy experience.
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Sat, May 14 - 9pm - $15
-CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF HARD DRIVING ACOUSTIC MUSIC-SLOW STREET THE LONG AWAITED STUDIO ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW ON ITUNES-Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over 15 years, they are proving just that as the band sets out with a reformed lineup, fresh energetic sound and a long awaited first studio album in over 9 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance.After many false starts the long awaited studio album, Slow Street, was released May 29th, 2015. The new record features 10 original tracks and a host of guests musicians including Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass on dobro. Recorded in Chicago the album clocks in at over 60 minutes of acoustic/electric landscapes and improvised jams. Balancing the energy and feel of a their one of a kind live shows with the articulation and precision of studio production, Slow Street is an album that was well worth waiting for.With songs like Rise Above and All Things Must Change, the album pays homage to the last few years of change with a complex maturity well beyond anything we have seen from the band since their last studio release, Feet First, back in 2006. WIth masterful musicianship, a deep understanding of melody and time, and a more focused sound, Slow Street runs the gamut of the Americana sound with everything from light and delicate to gritty, deep and psychedelic.
Electrifying performances around the West have folks buzzing about The Drunken Hearts and the band’s fiery sound. Forged on Colorado's high peaks and river banks, the band is comprised of five gentlemen that came together to create an honest brand of alternative Americana that resonates with audiences everywhere. Their sound has truly evolved over the course of only a few years, from an acoustic trio to the current electric powerhouse. They fearlessly bottle a tempestuous, yet smoky brand of American music — infusing spirited vocals with electric and acoustic guitars, bass, pedal steel, and drums. This Spring the band's second studio album will be released, produced by multi Grammy-winner Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra.
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Sun, May 15 - 3pm - $10seniors/$15
//// Use "senior" promo code at check out if over 65 /// Back by popular demand, Sideswiping Normal features a collection of intertwined personal narrative stories written and performed by world-renowned satirical cartoonist Nicole Hollander and writer-actress June Huitt; developed and directed by Louder Than A Mom founders Kate Hill, Dee Ryan and Terri Murray.
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Mon, May 16 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, May 17 - 8pm - $7
When singer/guitarist Sean O’Neill and drummer Chris Russell played their final show with Chicago’s legendary Groove Diggers, they swore a blood oath to never share the stage again. Thankfully for all involved, the statute of limitations finally ran out, and they’ve returned as one half of Chicago’s Blind Trust. To round out the group, they traveled to the moors of Scotland to recruit expert bass player Gus Noble (John Ballantyne’s Crazy Heart, The Sunspots), and begged relocated Bay Area keyboard master Chris Frumkin to join and give the band music lessons. The result is Blind Trust, whose trademark musical approach combines strong musicianship, catchy melodies, acerbic songwriting, and rollicking on-stage energy. Their debut release is expected later in 2016.
House of Brunettes broke on the scene in late 2014 with their massive five-disc 50 song epic: Life In Stereo. The songs are written and sung by Steve Lindstrom with Mike Ritt singing, playing drums and just about anything else he could get his hands on. Rob Novak added lead guitar and joined the fold, then Kevin Brady brought his bass along and hey: they’re a band. Teles, Strats, P90’s, Traynor & Fender amps, Gretsch Drums and a Jazz bass — all spun through a Blomsness Tilt-A-Whirl of midwestern myth & mirth. Loud but lounge-y, you’ll totally get it after your second martini kicks in. ...You can use the third one to get the cotton candy off your face.
Starting at Columbia College Chicago in September 2012. Taking influence from Ramones, R.E.M., Green Day, Black Flag, Nirvana and a healthy dose of punk music in general. Overclocked released it's first EP, "Wound Up" on February 17th 2014. Followed by their debut full length release "Pardon Our Dust" on June 30th 2015
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Wed, May 18 - 7pm - $10
rog rock group Amazing Headgear will regroup with stand-out local musicians Chris Siebold, Chris Clemente, Michelle Hallman and Frank Alongi to support band-member Kirk Davis’s new book, The Spiritual Delta.Amazing Headgear, once described by Bass Player Magazine as “Flea meets King Crimson”, will assemble for this special showcase for the first time in a decade. Davis’s book, a call-out to the “spiritual but not religious” community, will be described and promoted briefly during a break in the hour-and-a-half reunion performance. Those who enjoy energizing, intellectual musical and literary content will be fully engaged. Tickets are available with or without the book for Wednesday, May 18 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
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Wed, May 18 - 8:30pm - $7
Coyote Ghost is an independent roots rock band formed in 2014 and based in Chicago. The band is composed of Peter Toutant (guitar, vocals), Thomas Vonderhaar (bass) and Matt Velasco (drums). Playing original songs primarily written by Toutant, Coyote Ghost is slated to release their debut EP in 2015.
4WithOut, an original hard rock band based in Chicago. Powerful and energetic female fronted band, stylistically aggressive, but musically and melodically focused. Adding a twist to the mix is the fact that the primary members hail from the Czech Republic, infusing the cultural “DNA” of European musical heredity. Very different considering the current watered down pop-rock/metal culture that exists these days. FINALLY something new, different and sexy!Since the bands inception in 2009 and completed formation in 2012, 4WithOut has been performing non-stop and accumulating numerous accolades from the media and peers alike. Having performed with groups like Lacuna Coil, Saving Abel, Eyes Set To Kill, Faster Pussycat, Helicon and more.
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Thu, May 19 - 8pm - $20
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Bawdy Storytelling - the Original Sex + Storytelling series - features Real People & Rockstars sharing their Bona Fide Sexual Exploits Live Onstage; think of us as a One Night Stand with the Moth & Savage Love. Storytellers are an eclectic mix of Authors, Porn Stars, Sex Educators, Comics & More, along with Regular People just like you who submitted their stories online and were chosen for their panache and sense of (Mis)Adventure.Bawdy Storytelling features tales of Carnal Wins & Epic Fails with No Scripts, No Nets, and No Holds Barred. Join Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour & hand-picked Rockstars & Regular Joes as they share their own true adventures - Hey, you may even go home with a few new tricks for your boudoir arsenal!
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Fri, May 20 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Kofi Baker, following in the family tradition, displays a mastery of technique and natural talent that rivals that of his father, Ginger Baker. After seeing the Cream reunion in 2005, Kofi was inspired to form his own Cream tribute band - he wanted to continue where Cream, and his father, had left off. Kofi’s band is the ultimate Cream tribute: combining Cream's innovative and experimental style with virtuoso talent. The dynamic three-piece - Kofi Baker, Dennis Keith Johnson and Fran Banish - effectively capture Cream's mood and energy, adding their own distinctive styles. Fran sings and solos with virtuoso ease; Dennis lays down strong and innovative bass-lines complimenting Kofi's complex polyrhythms, learned from his father. Kofi Baker's Cream Experience includes songs from Blind Faith and Jimi Hendrix - an original Cream tribute band that truly rocks!
Walsher Clemons is a Chicago based band formed in late 2007. Our music is a unique combination of rock, funk, and jazz with a focus on both composition and improvisation. Our shows consist of both original material and a wide variety of popular music old and new.
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Sat, May 21 - 9pm - $8
Picking up where Boogaloo left off, Boogaloo Urbano is a genre that continues to fuse American R&B and Soul with Latin Rhythms such as Cha Cha Cha, Son, and Rumba, but also adds elements of Hip Hop, Reggaeton, and Neo-Soul. The pioneer of the genre is Chicago raised Boricua Lester Rey and joining him on stage are the Leones. Together they blend classic Chicago sounds like Blues with traditional Puerto Rican music, such as Bomba to bring an exciting never before heard presentation of Boogaloo Urbano. While Urbano provides the Hip Hop voice of the community he grew up in, the Boogaloo sets the stage for the dance and rhythms of Caribbean Diasporas. Inspired by his father's funk and rock records along with his mother's love of salsa music, Lester Rey is fusing black and brown sounds to put Chicago music on the map and unite communities on the dance floor.
The members of NuBambu are all seasoned musicians from the Chicago Salsa and Reggae scene. Dissatisfied with the constraints of their respective musical genres, these eight musicians have combined elements of Reggae and Salsa to create an original sound. The instrumentation consists of piano, congas and horns essential to Latin sounds as well as the drums & bass that are essential to the sound of Reggae. The band also includes two vocalists who strongly represent both musical traditions.Aside from being seasoned musicians, NuBambu is enriched by their cultural and ethnic DNA. While all band members reside in the United States, they come from various cultural backgrounds spanning all corners of the globe. The end result is a seamless blend of Reggae and Latin rhythms that create a unique musical experience.With their multilingual conscious lyrics and stage presence, NuBambu easily engage audiences from all walks of life and creates a fascinating sound combining two traditional styles. Every song showcases the best of both world with distinctive beats and rhythms that electrify audiences eager for original music. NuBambu’s musicianship and wide range of cultural influences fuse together into an original Chi-town sound. Listeners can hear the influences of Reggae, Salsa, Cumbia and Merengue in songs that they have created.At a time when there is a growing interest in contemporary and traditional musical fusions, NuBambu creates music in a style that is forward thinking without losing sight of where the music has come from.Primo Cruz: Vocals -Jason Matula: Bass -Pete Zubinski: Piano, Keyboards -Carlos Aquino: Trumpet -Rob Almaraz: Drums -Ana Santos: Vocals -Pete Maestro Vale: Congas -Carol Macpherson: TromboneThe members of NuBambu are all seasoned musicians from the Chicago Salsa and Reggae scene. Dissatisfied with the constraints of their respective musical genres, these eight musicians have combined elements of Reggae and Salsa to create an original sound. The instrumentation consists of piano, congas and horns essential to Latin sounds as well as the drums & bass that are essential to the sound of Reggae. The band also includes two vocalists who strongly represent both musical traditions.Aside from being seasoned musicians, NuBambu is enriched by their cultural and ethnic DNA. While all band members reside in the United States, they come from various cultural backgrounds spanning all corners of the globe. The end result is a seamless blend of Reggae and Latin rhythms that create a unique musical experience.With their multilingual conscious lyrics and stage presence, NuBambu easily engage audiences from all walks of life and creates a fascinating sound combining two traditional styles. Every song showcases the best of both world with distinctive beats and rhythms that electrify audiences eager for original music. NuBambu’s musicianship and wide range of cultural influences fuse together into an original Chi-town sound. Listeners can hear the influences of Reggae, Salsa, Cumbia and Merengue in songs that they have created.At a time when there is a growing interest in contemporary and traditional musical fusions, NuBambu creates music in a style that is forward thinking without losing sight of where the music has come from.Primo Cruz: Vocals -Jason Matula: Bass -Pete Zubinski: Piano, Keyboards -Carlos Aquino: Trumpet -Rob Almaraz: Drums -Ana Santos: Vocals -Pete Maestro Vale: Congas -Carol Macpherson: Trombone
caliXta DJs and VJs as an independent freelancer and as part of Chicago's CumbiaSazo crew. Since 2012, caliXta has been working on learning and honing her craft and continuing with her vision of creating dancefloors that are respectful and healing. Although originally from Chicago, a lot of her formation and scheming around liberation and revolutionary partying started in DC from kickbacks with friends and Maracuyeah and Anthology of Booty queer femme parties. When she moved back to Chicago in 2011, she felt like similar soul-elevating spaces weren’t common in Chicago, and was having a hard time finding spaces to hear some kinds of music she thought were so beautiful and enriching. She helped co-found dále shine with several friends to spin and create a scene for a wide variety of digital Latinx music in Chicago. In 2013, she joined the CumbiaSazo crew and found kindred spirits with which she could continue working toward the goal of creating new and communal spaces through art and music. She has been fortunate to be able to work with many talented artists, collectives, parties and organizations along her journey as an artist, who continue to shape her visions and dreams.
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Sun, May 22 - 3pm - $10seniors/$15
////Use "senior" promo code at check out if over 65 /// Back by popular demand, Sideswiping Normal features a collection of intertwined personal narrative stories written and performed by world-renowned satirical cartoonist Nicole Hollander and writer-actress June Huitt; developed and directed by Louder Than A Mom founders Kate Hill, Dee Ryan and Terri Murray.
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Mon, May 23 - 8pm - $7
The Clowder is an alternative blues rock band that started in Elgin, IL in early 2013. The group was formed by singer/guitarist, Frank Liston and drummer, Bobby Gancarz after months of reworking the back catalog of Franks original music. Later bringing on long time friend and metal drummer turned bassist Jason Kilgore. Their sound is often described as a mix between a 60's blues rock band and a 90's grunge/alternative group.
Combining elements of pop, hard rock and synthy new wave coldness, Little Missiles writes and performs catchy hook laden original indie pop music, with a strong emphasis on harmony and groove. We love to play shows, and we play anywhere- fundraisers, block parties, house parties and boats. Drop us a line on the contact page if you'd like us to appear. Special thanks to Mark Giangrande - our engineer and producer, who did a fantastic job in the production of our first EP, Life Lessons, and our new full length, Little Missiles, released July 2015. He's great and it's great. Thanks Mark. And Julie Yeagle, our super awesome photographer, who shot the cover for the album Little Missiles, and to James Everson, an extraordinary graphic designer, who made all of our logos. We get a lot of help from our friends!
With nearly a quarter century worth of friendship between them, the members of Highway English conjure up a sound that is not only comfortable but also hauntingly familiar. Ranging from the rock n' roll stylings of Bruce Springsteen to Paul Westerberg, you might find yourself saying, "I've heard this before," while they maintain an original, yet edgy sound. Michael, Matthew, Brian, and Mike look forward to sharing with you the music they are continuously creating.
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Tue, May 24 - 7pm - $7
Rich textures created by the band have been described as “Plush Lonesome Western Blues”. Attracting a listener base whose musical taste transcends different genres, Majors Junction produces a diverse meld of country honky-tonk blues with folk undertones and hints of bluegrass pickin' and good old rock & roll. It is a unique sound that celebrates individuality and hard work, two qualities the band shares with its hometown of Chicago.The band came onto the scene in 2003 with their debut release "A Desert Oasis". Local garnered praise has propelled the group to better gigs and a growing fan base.Their second release "Confluence" in 2006 received uplifting reviews from the US and abroad. Providing upbeat rockers and smooth ballads the album shows off the songwriting and performance abilities that put this band at the forefront of the Chicago country scene.“Good Versus Evil” (August 2009) has them mining the roots of American music, Majors Junction gain inspiration from blues, country and rock, handling each with male/female dual vocals and a clear love for the forms that inspired them.The husband and wife duo of Mike Mulcahy and Heather O'Brien along with Heather’s sister Kiley O’Brien provide the upfront harmonies that give the band a rich sound. Mulcahy plays guitar and writes the majority of songs for the band having song topics ranging from religious intolerance to a future ruled by robots. Other members of the band include Ira Sussman on upright bass, Colin Williams on the drums and Matt Gandurski on the Telecaster. Colin also co-produces all of the albums with Mulcahy and has been with the band since its conception back in 2002.Beyond the core of Majors Junction there is a family of musicians throughout Chicago that joins the band regularly to satiate any musical palate. Drummer Mark Janus, Bassist Tom Conlon, Multi-instrumentalist Michael Scott Duplessis, upright bass player Roger Sherman, pedal steel ace Brian Wilkie, fiddle player Allie Kral and slide guitar player John Hasbrouck are just a few of the musicians that join the band live and in studio.Majors Junction can be regularly seen and heard at Chicago clubs like Martyrs’, The House of Blues and The Hideout, and also perform at festivals like the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival, Metronome Festival, Taste of Chicago and the Greeley Stampede in Colorado.
Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders are a modern day honky-Tonk band from Chicago, IL. They have been entertaining audiences since 2003 with countless performances in Chicago and the Midwest. Their new CD Truck Ride delivers 16 new Dan Whitaker songs, following up their previous albums Shinebender (2006) and Your Final Ride (2004). Shinebenders include Earl Powers on bass, Belden “Trip” Kimball on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Chase Jackson on drums. Dan Whitaker is a long time Chicago based singer, song writer, and guitarist. Whitaker's past associations go back to the late 1980's with DeKalb IL. punk-funk group June Bug Massacre, 1990's with the Americana/blues/rock band Great Plains Gypsies, 2000's with Chicago jam-rockers The Gyps and the Americana/rock band Western Grand.
If you wondered if the snappy-dressing country singer on that U.S. Cellular TV ad a few years back was for real, rest assured that Kent Rose is all that and more. He’s a throwback to the guitar-toting country troubadours of yesteryear and at the same time a product of the rock and roll era, certainly the only performer of his kind in the greater Chicagoland area. For the last decade, he’s sub-billed himself as The Voice That Remembers. It’s an apropos title, for Rose remembers plenty. “I wanted to convey the fact that I was not a kid, and that I was familiar with all the stuff that had happened before, and had kind of a historical approach without being an archivist, because I don’t want to be one of these folk guys who has a lecture before every song,” says Kent. “So I thought, ‘The Voice That Remembers!’”Rose’s musical odyssey has twisted and turned through the folk era, Chicago’s late ‘60s/early ‘70s rock scene, a short stint in teenaged country star Tanya Tucker’s road band, a spot playing saxophone in a vintage soul combo, and a lengthy tenure crooning pop standards with a society orchestra. But he’s best suited for where he’s at right now: singing his own wonderfully crafted material as only he can, usually in a solo setting. “All of a sudden, it seemed to me that I had real-life experiences that were universal, and that other people had gone through as well,” he says. “And that maybe I could write a song that would connect with somebody that I didn’t know. So I just kept at it.”
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Wed, May 25 - 8:30pm - $20
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Thu, May 26 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Probably one of the most famous bands in Armenia, The Bambir is a music collective spanning 4 decades. With more than fifty musicians having passed through its ranks, the band has now moved into its second generation, with sons of the original members making up a new four-piece ensemble.The Bambir describe themselves as “flavored by progressive rock, vibrations in stones, Daoism, James Joyce, Rumi, Japanese poetry, acrobatic tongue twisters and fingerpickings and harmonies at 3am when the beer, the tea, and the cigarettes have all run out.”They have played in Moscow, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Istanbul, Beirut, Georgia, Greece and all over Armenia. In January 2012 they made the decision to make a go of breaking into the European market, and moved to Dublin for 6 months. Their incredible musicianship and intense energy on-stage made them stand out immediately, and it wasn’t long before they were booked for festivals like KnockanStockan, No Place Like Dome, Body&Soul and Electric Picnic. They became known for their relentless gigging, sometimes playing 3 shows/night. They appeared on local radios and State (magazine) called them "Ireland's hairiest and hardest working band," featuring them as part of their 2012 Electric Picnic coverage.The Bambir's notoriety is growing now as they are attracting more international attention. The band is set to release a new album in April 2015.
Divino Niño is four people with South American roots.Divino Niño is a rush of familiar air traveling from an unfamiliar direction with far-away sounds in unlikely places.Divino Nino takes cues from classic songwriters they love around the world (Lennon/Bolan/Nilson/Hosono/Gainsbourg) and wraps them in dense harmonies, deep grooves and a neon-warm hazeA critic once called Divino Niño post-psych latin-dream pop. Divino Niño is uncertain what that meansHalf of Divino Niño did not hear John Lennon until age 21. Divino Niño is bonded by their naiveté and lust for romanticism. If you are reading this, you should listen to Divino Niño
Based out of Chicago, SAYERS, according to Midwest Action, is "a damn fine indie rock band." SAYERS is a new project from the minds of former members of Chicago's "pop darlings" Paper Thick Walls and Machine Gun Mojo. The first EP, Diogenes Club, produced and engineered by Rob Bochnick (known as the lead guitarist for Glen Hansard), is marked by a four piece of memorable guitar melodies, bombastic vocals, pounding bass and drums, and an unrelenting attack on your dancing shoes.
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Fri, May 27 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.Big Sam began playing with the Dirty Dozen at the tender age of 19 before striking out on his own and creating the Funky Nation. Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.BSFN is a festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil, to Canada. BSFN is a favorite on the festival circuit and has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Blues & Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, LEAF & many more.
Willy Dynomite is an 11-piece, original soul band made up of Chicago's finest musicians. Co-led by Stella and Josh Therriault, Willy Dynomite draws influences from many musical genres to produce a new and exciting sound. From Funk to Blues, Afro to Cuban, Reggae to Swing... Willy Dynomite is the hot new thing!
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Sat, May 28 - 9pm - $40adv/$50door
A main attraction in the Turkish alternative rock scene, Mor Ve Ötesi followed a very rough path and had their breakthrough only after their fourth effort. Once a band against capitalism and everything it brought upon the new world, they were, album by album, accepted into the mainstream as a modern rock band singing Turkish lyrics. An inspiration to many bands and the voice of a generation, Mor Ve Ötesi is a top-notch band defining the direction that Turkish rock is headed in. Mor Ve Ötesi was formed by Kerem Kabadayi (drums), Harun Tekin (vocals/guitar), Derin Esmer (vocals/guitar), and Alper Tekin (bass) in 1995. Commencing work on songs immediately, the band released the debut album Sehir ("The City") in 1996. The album was an amateur effort with the band looking more like a group of high school kids. Nevertheless, they managed to produce a hit with "Yalniz Sarki," which was also featured in the Hasan Yükselir compilation released by ADA Muzik. A year and many gigs later, Burak Güven (who shouldn't be confused with the bass player of Bulutsuzluk Özlemi) replaced Alper Tekin on bass. Their second album was released in 1999. Brak Zaman Aksin ("Let the Time Flow") was more like the debut, but better produced, better played, and apparently better written. Although the album fell short of receiving much attention, it contained some hints of what Mor Ve Ötesi could accomplish. Harun Tekin and Derin Esmer traded vocal duties for the last time, as Esmer left the band after the release. Kerem Özyegen was chosen as the guitarist. In 2000, Mor Ve Ötesi participated in the tribute album to Bülent Ortaçgil with their version of "Sen Varsin." Özyegen, along with the new producer Tarkan Gozubuyuk -- bass player with metal pioneers Mezarkabul -- provided the much-needed new blood for the band. Third album Gül Kendine ("Laugh at Yourself"), released in 2001, saw the band mature both in musical and commercial ways. The world-class, edgy production revealed a quality album, while Harun Tekin was becoming an attractive idol for young girls. The band was also becoming a central image for humanitarian acts. They took the stage against nuclear energy and teamed up with important musicians like Bülent Ortaçgil, Feridun Duzagaç, and Nejat Yavasogullari for an anti-war anthem "Savasa Hic Gerek Yok." In 2003, the band released a cover version of a popular Turkish song "Yaz Yaz Yaz" as a single and wrote the music for the Cagan Irmak film Mustafa Hakkinda Hersey. But the album that made Mor Ve Ötesi what they are today was their fourth effort, Dünya Yalan Söylüyor ("The World Is Lying"). The soft side of Tekin's vocals were gone, the musicianship had improved, and although they had already written a handful of good songs, not a single one of them was close to the quality of any of the songs on this one. When Dünya Yalan Söylüyor was released in 2004, all hell broke loose immediately. Selling over 250,000 copies, it was chosen as the "Best Turkish Rock Album of All Times" by Blue Jean magazine and "Second Best Turkish Rock Album of the Last 10 Years" by Billboard. "Bir Derdim Var" featured in the film Mustafa Hakkinda Hersey was "Best Film Song" at the 41st Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival. The follow-up to their groundbreaking Dünya Yalan Söylüyor was released in 2006. Although Büyük Düsler was also chosen as the "Best Turkish Rock Album of the Year" and "Best Album of the Year" by Blue Jean and Rolling Stone Turkey, it wasn't close to living up to the success of its predecessor. Some gigs in Turkey and an eight date tour of Germany saw the band play in front of thousands of fans. The band recorded "1945" for a tribute album of late producer Onno Tunc and they also formed their own label Rakun in 2007. Mor Ve Ötesi was chosen to represent Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008
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Tue, May 31 - 8pm - $7
Dance Bullies has been brewing for some time now. Songwriter Colleen Harvey has been writing bits and pieces of songs her entire life. Some of her first memories were of lyrics floating through her head. The more they came, the more she realized that she needed to get them out. Fast forward to 2012. A random chance encounter lead her to Katie Bender (Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies.) An immediate connection to music, life, and laughter was made, and from there, the Dance Bullies began their journey. Along the way, more wonderful additions have made their way to the music. Justin Cape (Scientist, Taken by the Sun) joins on drums, Jeff Lyman (Dead Sheriff) and Mark Cichra (Taken by the Sun) add lead and rhythm guitars (and other stringed goods), and Dina Simone (The Sunbursts) keeps it all together on bass. Playing across the Chicago area from Beat Kitchen and Tonic Room to Evanston’s SPACE, and opening for national acts such as Hurray for the Riff Raff, Dance Bullies goal is to supply you with music that makes your body move, your soul sing, and songs that bring you to someplace magical, wherever that may.
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Thu, Jun 2 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
The Flat Cats, based in Chicago, IL, play a range of vintage and modern music rooted in the hottest swinging jazz and blues, contemporary classics, and timeless standards. Whether you choose to listen, tap your foot, or cut a rug on the dance floor, you are sure to be entertained! The group is comprised of six talented musicians with years of performing, arranging, and composing experience.
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Fri, Jun 3 - 9pm - $8
Moon formed in 2010 when drummer Chris Schneberger found guitarist/singer David Azizinamini and bass player Pat LaRose. The three immediately found a chemistry and interest in crafting songs that were both challenging and accessible. After a year, Moon began playing shows at clubs around Chicago. In 2012 they teamed with Mike Hagler of Kingsize Sound Labs to mix and master their debut full-length, “Finding and Losing the Light”. Since then shows have included being support for bands like Sleepy Sun (San Francisco), The Hounds Below (Detroit), Blood Red Shoes (UK), and Kinski (Seattle). Moon has headlined several local band showcases including a special solo show at Cobra Lounge sponsored by Vic’s Drum Shop. In 2013 Moon released their follow-up EP, “Always Summer”. Chris Shen has replaced Pat on bass after he left for New York City. Moon's second full-length album is being recorded at Kingsize Sound Labs and should be released in June of 2014. Moon is heavy, melodic, spacious, majestic, propulsive, dark, rock. Moon is chiming echo-laden guitar, post rock bass, propulsive drumming, shifting time signatures, and haunting, ethereal vocals. Sonic reference points might include Sunny Day Real Estate, Circa Survive, Mogwai, Porcupine Tree, Rush.
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.
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Sat, Jun 4 - 6pm - $7 All Ages
The Aunteaks CD RELEASE party!!
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Sat, Jun 4 - 9pm - $8
Initially conceived as a recording homage to the 60's Brit-rockers while living in Indianapolis, IN, John Kill recorded the Out Of Sight EP with audio engineering alchemist Tyler Watkins. John has since relocated to Chicago and assembled a backing band of windy city veterans and familiar Hoosier expatriates. Now featuring the unique talents of The Slacks, John's fuzzy psychedelic tunes come to life with a sticky glaze of harmonies slathered into every jam.The band rocks tight rhythms and ventures into kaleidoscopic realms conjured by John's vision. John Kill & The Slacks are currently in the process of concocting an album in Chicago while taking their tunes to stages throughout the midwest.
Liz Janes is a band. Once upon a time Liz Janes fancied herself one of those punk musicians you’ve heard about that had an identity made of basement shows, avant improv and performance art. This is where her fascination with the collaborative process began: playing loud noise with others. Her first album, Done Gone Fire, was a maniacal blues outbreak on Asthmatic Kitty records recorded and produced by the label’s flagship artist Sufjan Stevens. This was her very first foray into opening her songs up for others to create with. She later worked with Rafter Roberts on multiple solo albums and Chris Schlarb of Create! to deconstruct the American songbook. Fast forward to 2013 when Liz had a grand vision: a magical and imaginative musical play full of songs about Things & Stuff that features an assorted cast of palatable characters. What could possibly tie it together better than an equally eclectic band of past collaborators, punk scene stalwarts and a dude that used to perform in makeup? Only it would become much more than a play. As the band began to “rehearse” it simply couldn’t help but to deconstruct Liz’ tunes into big songs full of gorgeous energy, artful melody and dirty vintage punk sensibility. Never had Liz imagined the creation that would eventually become the holy dirt surf country gem that is the album Slow City. In addition to self production by the band’s guitarist Clinton Hughey in his home studio, Liz and crew enlisted the services of seasoned mixing engineer Tyler Watkins to turn the knobs into some kind of art. Upon a few long winter nights at a post-office-turned-high-tech-studio (sans heat), the gang really had something. Slow City is a celebration of life best felt in the moment. In a society where ‘busy is the new happy’ the ability to focus and be present is ever elusive, yet we as humans are certainly allowed to find joy in the simplistic bliss of date nights, family adventures and exploring a city that is woven into the fibers of your dress.With a nod to the good ole days of pop music, middle western naivete, and a whisper of the holy ghost, Slow City is waiting to be discovered.
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Mon, Jun 6 - 8pm - $8
Kilgubbin Brothers features Chicago fiddle legend and band leader Sean Cleland (Drovers, Bohola) & powerhouse percussionist Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhran, banjo and shoe with All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger, Master guitarist Jesse Langen (Ensemble Dal Niente) and Ray Quinn (producer Laurence Nugent, Bua) on electric guitar and voice. With a focus on songs and tunes from the rich history of Irish music in Chicago, Kilgubbin Brothers will be here the first and last Mondays of the month, Slainte!
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Tue, Jun 7 - 8pm - $10
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Thu, Jun 9 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Named Best Rising Artist of 2014 by Live Music Daily, Big Something is one of the mostexciting new bands to emerge from the Southeast. A 6 piece powerhouse with a soundthat is both unique and timeless, BIG Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk, andimprovisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. Soaringguitars, synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectiouscollection of songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such reveredSummer circuit stalwarts as Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and even The B52s whohave all tapped Big Something as direct support. The group recently released its 3rd full-length studio album - Truth Serum - with the helpof Grammy-nominated producer John Custer. Recorded almost entirely live in thestudio, Truth Serum, is a great snapshot of the magic the band is capable of creating onstage. The album, which also features an appearance from DJ Logic, was named 2014Album of the Year by The Homegrown Music Network, which makes Big Something theonly band ever to win this award 3 times with 3 different releases (2010, 2013, and2014). Truth Serum is available to stream for free in its entirety at:www.bigsomething.bandcamp.com
Having exploded from a small underground street-jazz sound in Chicago in the mid-1990s, the Liquid Soul universe continues to expand at a dizzying pace. Founded and led by innovative saxophonist/composer Mars Williams, the Grammy Nominated ensemble has developed a trademark mixture of jazz and urban dance music that incorporates everything from R&B, hard-bop, hip-hop, world music and more. Downbeat proclaims that Liquid Soul “sweeps the mold and mildew out of jazz-funk and breathes it back to glorious life.”With a marathon touring schedule that has included everything from performing at the Presidential Inaugural Parade to headlining the first acid-jazz performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Liquid Soul has evolved into an intuitively tight outfit that knows no stylistic limitations. The amalgamation of genres created by the eight-piece collective is a blend of pure musicianship, a fiercely passionate fire and the inherent fun of a pure dance groove. The result is a unique live music experience that draws a diverse legion of fans, spanning across multiple age and ethnic groups.The story of Liquid Soul begins in 1993, when the band was at the forefront of a burgeoning acid-jazz movement in the Midwestern United States. Evolving from free-form hip-hop jams, the band coalesced spontaneously and soon found a home every Sunday night at Chicago’s Elbo Room. Word spread fast, attracting like-minded individuals from far and wide to the small stage. Thanks to these auspicious midnight marathons, Liquid Soul soon solidified into a steady working unit.The group quickly morphed well beyond their improv-oriented acid jazz beginnings, and their eponymous, do-it-yourself debut album – originally released in 1996, on their own Soul What label – was quickly picked up and distributed by Ark 21 Records. The band was thrust further into the limelight after a highly publicized gig at Dennis Rodman’s birthday party. They relocated their regular Sunday night gig to the Double Door in Wicker Park and held it =for nearly four years (February 1996 to December 1999). In that time, they rarely missed a Sunday evening while playing nearly 200 gigs a year throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as Germany, Turkey, Russia, Mexico, Austria and Japan.Along the way, the band has garnered nationwide acclaim. They have opened for Sting at Madison Square Garden and Central Park, played at the inaugural parade and 21st century ball, and twice rocked South By Southwest, where they were heralded by the Austin American-Statesman as “the single hottest showcase of the festival.” In addition to their ambitious tour schedule, they also recorded three more critically praised albums – Make Some Noise (1998), The GRAMMY nominated Here’s the Deal (2000) and Evolution (2002).The band joined the Telarc label in 2006 with the release of One-Two Punch. The recording enlists a small army of cutting-edge players, including a few high-profile special guests: turntable virtuoso DJ Logic, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Widespread Panic keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann and Smashing Pumpkins drummer Matt Walker.Live or in the studio, playing it hard or smooth, Liquid Soul is a fiery concoction of classy soloists, heavy rhythm merchants and hip-hop cognoscenti. They are in a group that thrives on contact with their audience. One cannot help being moved by Liquid Soul’s ongoing party philosophy. The band’s in-the-tradition repertoire extends from classic compositions by Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis to excursions on the latest breakbeats and mad samples. They continue to bridge the musical gap between standard jazz improvisation and urban rhythm. And as always, the band stays true to its roots with a continued philosophy of bringing jazz back to the dance floor.Mars Williams - SaxRon Haynes - TrumpetJohn "Showtime" Janowiak - TromboneTom Klein – GuitarRicky Showalter – BassWalter "Dirty MF" Sargent – MCBrian "MC B" Quarles – MCDevin Staples – DrumsDavid “My Boy Elroy” Arredondo – Turntables & Beatbox
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Fri, Jun 10 - 9pm - $10
Sam Pace is an American soul musician and rock n’ roll performer. In May of 2011, he met two young musicians in Austin, TX by the names of Jake Causey and Patrick Sanderson. With Causey on drums and Sanderson on bass, the three got down to work immediately and formed the band which would later be called: Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit.After months of rehearsals and gigs, the band released it’s first set of songs in January of 2012.With the release of their full length LP, the Feelin', in July 2012, they look to play wherever and whenever opportunity knocks.Their style dips into all types of soulful music including: Rock, Blues, Roots, Reggae and Soul.“We play Rock n’ Roll smooth and dirty, Soul music mean, and we’re not afraid to get a little weird,” says Pace.
First there was the Big Bang. Then there were the Dark Ages. Now there is Rocket Cathedral. There will be nothing else.
It’s an unstable world out there and unless you’re ALIBI, you might get caught standing still. Chicago rockers – vocalist/guitarist Ray Aguilera, lead guitarist Marty ‘Momo’ Babich, bassist Mel Anderson and drummer Brian ‘Chainsaw’ Barker – not only know where they’re going, but have a rock solid history that keep them relevant today. Starting with the 1991 release of the band’s debut EP Demonstration, ALIBI arrived with deeply rooted classic rock substance, style and spirit that takes no prisoners.While performing hundreds of shows, ALIBI prevailed in cutting their first full length CD “ROCKS” in 1998 as a major contributor to the then vibrant Chicago rock scene. Now at the ages of 75-90 the teeth-less old coots are still at it. They’ve been in the studio rocking in their chairs since 2013 ripping out rocking tunes that top their previous releases. They have no working title, or if they did, they forgot what it was called . . .While they’re still alive and kicking, come to their next show to see them live – a bonafide old school true hard rock experience – you know, the kind mom and dad talk about.
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Tue, Jun 14 - 7pm - $10
TWO-TIME GRAMMY© AWARD-losing drummer Gerald Dowd hails from the Boston area. Since moving to Chicago in the late 1900s, he has played/sung/recorded with Robbie Fulks, Justin Roberts, Frisbie, Nora O'Connor, Chris Mills, Kelly Hogan, Mavis Staples, and Rich Little. Father of two (that he knows of) and husband of one (that she knows of), he took so long completing his solo album, Home Now, that people forgot he'd ever mentioned it.
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Wed, June 15 - 8pm - $7
Pure Colours is a four piece band formed in Chicago. The band has a focused sound consisting of powerful rock vocals, overdriven guitars, warm bass and driving drums. Pure Colours has a mission to give its listeners a rock music experience where they can connect to the lyrics and melodies and draw parallels to their own lives.
Turn N' Fire is a new Chicago band anxious to break out onto the scene. With an aggressive style of punk, power-pop, alternative rock, this duo pushes on to explore the Midwestern sound. Comprised of guitarist and lead singer Jon Kelly and drummer Sean McGill, these two musicians have had over a decade of experience playing shows and it shows. With powerful and melodic vocals and guitar lines, and chauvinistic yet tauntingly seductive drums, Turn N' Fire brings an intensity that will have you head over heels.
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Thu, Jun 16 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Probably one of the most famous bands in Armenia, The Bambir is a music collective spanning 4 decades. With more than fifty musicians having passed through its ranks, the band has now moved into its second generation, with sons of the original members making up a new four-piece ensemble.The Bambir describe themselves as “flavored by progressive rock, vibrations in stones, Daoism, James Joyce, Rumi, Japanese poetry, acrobatic tongue twisters and fingerpickings and harmonies at 3am when the beer, the tea, and the cigarettes have all run out.”They have played in Moscow, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Istanbul, Beirut, Georgia, Greece and all over Armenia. In January 2012 they made the decision to make a go of breaking into the European market, and moved to Dublin for 6 months. Their incredible musicianship and intense energy on-stage made them stand out immediately, and it wasn’t long before they were booked for festivals like KnockanStockan, No Place Like Dome, Body&Soul and Electric Picnic. They became known for their relentless gigging, sometimes playing 3 shows/night. They appeared on local radios and State (magazine) called them "Ireland's hairiest and hardest working band," featuring them as part of their 2012 Electric Picnic coverage.The Bambir's notoriety is growing now as they are attracting more international attention. The band is set to release a new album in April 2015.
Homme are an experiment with voice, guitar, and sound featuring Macie Stewart & Sima Cunningham.
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Fri, Jun 17 - 9pm - $10
Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might.The group’s five members (Irekani Ferreyra, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Peter Maestro Vale) have their own storied careers in a diversity of styles—from jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing. Their visceral sound draws from this sonic, cultural, and political well of influence, and is guaranteed to make you move.
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Fri, Jun 24 - 7:30pm - $10
Everyone knows that people go to Florida to die, but fewer people know that there are people who get born there too. Caught between the dualistic disenchanting scenes of Buffet cover bands and high school hardcore, a young Joshua Powell transplanted to the Midwest in pursuit of education and new art.Now a loudening voice in the Indiana independent music community, Powell has carved out a niche in his new home by setting his hyper-literate lyrics to broad swaths of psych-folk and shedding the vocal affectations of a varied past. The Great Train Robbery was born in Anderson, IN and named for a 1903 Western. The band serves as a revolving door of collaborating musicians to underscore Powell’s evolving craft and has independently released two EPs and two full-lengths since their inception in 2011. In the wake of the Appalachian-tinged folk record Man Is Born for Trouble, Joshua departed on a Kerouacian gypsy spree, touring back and forth across the country, playing six nights a week, and living in an old minivan. When he eventually returned to the Indiana town that molded his art, he laid down fibrous roots and refocused his energies into becoming a regional staple. Here, he began funneling his collected experiences into his most ambitious record yet, the newly-released Alyosha: a psychedelically-tinged electric folk album, spiritually informed by classic Russian literature and pressed to vinyl. Evoking comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and Neil Young, No Depression described Powell’s sound as “lushly-composed chamber folk…revival-in-the-river folk mysticism.” As Powell and his transiently shifting backing band have extrapolated this sound, they have played over 400 shows, opened for such national acts as Mike Mains & the Branches, Seabird, and The Soil & the Sun, and played festivals like Indy Folk Fest (IN), Starry Night (IN,) Midpoint Music Fest (OH), and Lincoln Calling (NE). When Powell’s not sweet-talking the interstate, he can be found at the local dive bar reading Hesse or Brautigan and scribbling potential poems.
Many bands who claim to wave rock’s gnarly, pedal-to-the-metal flag forget the intricacies and innovation that go along with it. True: Sometimes a great rock and roll song can be just four chords, but rearrange them all you like and they can only get you so far. What’s refreshing about Draft Week’s style is that they incorporate rich dynamics and throw a wrench in atypical song structures, while still remembering to keep things consistently hooky with fervent energy and back-alley cool. Though Kevin McNamara (vocals, guitar), Mike Zevin (bass, keys, back-up vox), Mikey Plahm (drums) and Chad De Leon (lead guitar) all performed in rival bands in high school, they eventually started Draft Week together in 2009, during their college days. Through two national tours and three self-released EP’s, the band has racked up prized opening slots for the likes of Taking Back Sunday and Motion City Soundtrack. Locally, they’ve played some of Chicago’s most renowned venues (Metro, Congress Theater, House of Blues) as they continue to build a solid fan-base throughout the second city.
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Fri, Jun 24 - 11pm - $20
COME AFTER PHISH, 20 minute walk from Wrigley! ///“I feel like my brain is vibrating all day long,” says Reid Genauer, the singer/songwriter behind Assembly of Dust, discussing the band’s new album. “It’s hard to sleep, I’m so excited. I feel like Lex Luthor, or that Mike Myers character, Dr. Evil. I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs, dreaming up this demonic scheme, getting ready to release this germ on to the world.”While “demonic schemes” may not come to mind when you think of Assembly of Dust, Genauer’s post-Strangefolk crew since 2002, his band’s latest album does have the feeling of something remarkable being unleashed. The record, recorded over two years, showcases Genauer’s maturation as a songwriter, as evidenced both by the material and the all-star collaborations that dot all 13 tracks. It’s rare to hear something so massive in scope and ambition, and yet so intricate in the tiny details.
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Sat, Jun 25 - 11pm - $20
COME AFTER PHISH, 20 minute walk from Wrigley! ////“I feel like my brain is vibrating all day long,” says Reid Genauer, the singer/songwriter behind Assembly of Dust, discussing the band’s new album. “It’s hard to sleep, I’m so excited. I feel like Lex Luthor, or that Mike Myers character, Dr. Evil. I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs, dreaming up this demonic scheme, getting ready to release this germ on to the world.”While “demonic schemes” may not come to mind when you think of Assembly of Dust, Genauer’s post-Strangefolk crew since 2002, his band’s latest album does have the feeling of something remarkable being unleashed. The record, recorded over two years, showcases Genauer’s maturation as a songwriter, as evidenced both by the material and the all-star collaborations that dot all 13 tracks. It’s rare to hear something so massive in scope and ambition, and yet so intricate in the tiny details.
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Tue, Jun 28 - 8pm - $7adv/$10door
Chicago-based Fall Classic began as a long-distance collaboration between Ryan Jeffrey in Chicago and Andrew Fatato in Boston. The two (along with bassist Jonathan Kolar) were the founding members of Boston-based The Powers That Be, and had parted ways in 2009 to pursue solo projects. But the break-up wouldn't stick. In 2011 they wrote Fall Classic's debut album NERVES and, along with Kolar and drummer Christopher Grandberry, released it in the spring of 2012. After a year of playing the album out and working on new material, the band released their follow-up, MAN/OTHER BEASTS in the spring of 2013 to glowing reviews. Since their sophomore album, they've been playing out at an ever-increasing pace and writing material for their third album, tentatively titled THE THIRD SOUND, due out in 2014.
Elegance isn’t normally a word associated with rock ‘n’ roll, but Ode’s music is just that-elegant. Combining modern day rock with Latin and classical flavorings, while incorporating the four-piece’s Balkan roots makes for a sound that is at once familiar yet fresh. Not afraid to wear influences such as Nick Cave, Depeche Mode and David Bowie on their sleeve, Ode is also determined to stand out from the rest.Ode is a five piece group made out of sticks and strings and memories that stare at them from the past, like sling shots, drawn back, ready to let go any time something goes wrong. But they stick together, bass or no bass, rent or no rent, slowly but surely they are mistaken for a gypsy ensemble that plays rock'n'roll- punk and Bolero ballads, maintaining that yearning and earning just enough so they don't burst in tears when they are exposed to clean cut jib jab joints and late night star dusting. Backing up mini skirts marching to $50 bills, sticking to the accordion noise that came and left for coastal extravaganza in hope that it'll score a pair of stockings in Umag somewhere. Ode share their dark poems and dreams through an authentis rock vibe, a familiar, yet new wave of melodious tunes that creates a blend of Chicago rock music.
“Jaggery audiences go silent and still like people appreciating raw, scary, beautiful wildlife.” That observation was made by web magazine, Cambridge Day, in reaction to the Boston-based five-piece, who work the dark edge of a genre-defying musical style (darkwave jazz? ethereal avant-rock? chamber art-pop?) Moving from haunting lullabies to intricately-woven mixed-meter rants to catharsis-inducing mini-epics, the band borrows pages out of the books of both Kate Bush and Alice Coltrane, suggesting a classical, organic, avant-jazz-oriented Cocteau Twins or a “white witch” counter to the haunting Diamanda Galas. Jaggery found its footing in New York, writing and performing under different monikers until 2004 when the band began to take its current shape: singer/songstress/pianist Singer Mali is flanked by a rotating lineup of musicians and instrumentation, including Daniel Schubmehl’s West African and jazz approach to the drum kit, Tony Leva’s often prepared upright bass, Rachel Jayson’s avant-classical viola, and Petaluma Vale’s glistening Celtic harp and backing vocals. Jaggery have brought their dark and dramatic sound to the stage of Boston’s NEMO conference in 2005, Toronto’s NXNE in 2011, and have opened for Amanda Palmer and Wye Oak. Their live show has become as much a theatrical performance as an audio one, with the band often accompanied by dancers, aerialists, and film. Jaggery (the word comes from the dark brown, Indian sugar) has toured nationally, and has released four recordings: 2004’s In Lethe EP, 2006’s Polyhymnia, 2010’s Upon A Penumbra, and their most recent release, 2012’s Private Violence EP, which garnered international praise.
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Tue, Jul 5 - 8pm - $7
Melissa McMillan is a jazz/R&B vocalist and songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. Debut EP released on March 31, 2015. Available on iTunes/Bandcamp.
Progger is an unusual collection of gifted musicians who were brought together by the simple desire to create new powerful, beautiful, engaging, modern music. Originating in Austin, Texas in 2011, Progger is led by saxophonist, keyboardist, and composer Brian Donohoe and incorporates some of the most in-demand young touring and session musicians from the Texas and New York City music scenes. With compelling compositions and energetic live performances, Progger has steadily developed a devoted following through national tours, studio releases, and viral videos. The group’s third full-length release, Scattering, will be released through Ropeadope Records on April 22, 2016. Destinee Ware, owner of the legendary venue “One2One” in Austin, says “Progger commands attention. The musicians on stage are of the highest quality and it shows. The song arrangements are smart and different with unexpected changes at every turn.” Stated simply by Grammy-winning producer and Snarky Puppy band leader Michael League, “Progger rocks.” Progger’s personnel includes contributors to such music luminaries as Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Chrisette Michele, among numerous others. Building on inspiration from artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Soundgarden, D’Angelo, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Maurice Ravel, the group has synthesized a unique and fearless original sound that cohesively combines exciting influences while creating a uniquely personal atmosphere. The first two releases by Progger, Beatmaker (2013) and Populace (2014), were released to critical acclaim and a warm reception by fans. Scattering represents a number of exciting departures for the band, including the incorporation of new personnel, production techniques, and a recording process that involved two cities 1,700 miles apart, Austin and Brooklyn. Progger’s regular personnel were joined by some of New York’s finest young musicians, including Nate Werth (percussion) and Justin Stanton (keyboards) of Snarky Puppy, to explore larger textures and a hugely diverse sound palette for the new music. Progger will be performing extensively in the United States and Canada throughout 2016 and 2017 to support the release of Scattering and to bring its unique, exciting sound to new ears across North America.
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Sat, Jul 23 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Major and the Monbacks style of music has been highly debated since the band’s inception. Fans and critics alike have argued relentlessly in an attempt to classify their sound. From garage rock to blue-eyed soul, from country funk to Beatlesque pop. Truthfully it’s all of the above and even a little bit more. The band simply calls it Rock n’ Roll. All born and raised in Norfolk, VA, The Monbacks began their journey as a loose collective of high school friends with a common interest in late nights and loud music. Desperate to escape the impending reality of the 9 to 5 workday, the group decided to hit the open road and play for anyone willing to listen. What ensued was a nine month continuous tour of the Eastern United States that spanned 30,000 miles and 150+ shows in their beat-up, old passenger van. No matter how dark the basement or lonely the bar, it was here in the farthest fringes of the music industry that these ragtag renegades would make their stand. What they initially lacked in musical prowess was compensated for by sheer volume and occasional acrobatics. Nevertheless, their mission to spread the musical spirit and sensibilities of days long gone drove them onwards to hone their songwriting and live performances. Growing weary of scorching summer days and 3 hour sets, ‘the Monbacks’ gradually turned their attention towards recording. With the help of an extremely successful crowd-funding campaign in early 2015, the old comrades threw together their best batch of original material written over the previous years and split for a recording studio in Nashville, TN. What resulted was a critically acclaimed and award winning debut album released in May 2015 that captured the raw energy of their live shows, sealed on analog tape. Now with yet another tour under their belts, an ever-faithful cult following, and sold-out venues across their home state of Virginia, Major and the Monbacks are readying to release the follow up to their self-titled debut. They have recruited internationally acclaimed producer Matthew E. White of Spacebomb Records to guide them through the rough waters of the recording process. The resulting album will surely prove to be a Major turning point in the Monback timeline.
From the Heart of the Midwest, Steady Flow brings a unique style of funk music like you've never heard it before.. Formed in 2012 by 18 year old, soul guitarist extraordinaire, Tanner Brown, and his older brother, Ky "Goonie-Mom" Brown on bass guitar, the group has now transformed into a 7 piece funk-powerhouse, quickly claiming their spot as one of the best live acts around. In the group's short existence, Steady Flow has conquered music festivals like North Coast Music Festival, Phases Of The Moon Music & Art Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, and many more. The band is constantly turning heads at every performance as their hard hitting Funk Rock compositions shake the room and force all audiences to dance, rage, & simply feel good! Steady Flow released their first EP, "The Oneoff Sessions" in 2013, and their debut album, "Loud." in June 2015. Do not miss a live show near you. Steady Flow is "The Future Of Funk.”
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Wed, Jul 27 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
The Vulgar Boatmen are an American rock band formed in Gainesville, Florida in the early 1980s by a group of students at the University of Florida, including John Eder and Walter Salas-Humara. In its original configuration the group issued several cassette-only releases, including Women and Boatmen First (1982) and All Bands on Deck (1984). As first Eder and then Salas-Humara departed, the group coalesced around Robert Ray, a film studies professor at the university, who became one of the group's two principal songwriters and vocalists, the other being Indiana musician Dale Lawrence, a former student of Ray's who was a veteran of the early punk band the Gizmos. The band was named as a play on the term The Volga Boatmen. Though they lived and worked in different states, Ray and Lawrence composed songs by exchanging cassette tapes through the mail. Eventually Lawrence merged his own band, Right to Left, into the Boatmen, who since that time have existed as two distinct performing units. In their revised lineup the Boatmen are known for their straightforward but infectious pop melodies, their stark lyrics -- many of which focus on women and automobile travel -- and for their frequent employment of the viola, an instrument relatively uncommon in rock. At least sixteen musicians have been members of the group at one time or another. In addition to Robert Ray and his wife Helen Kirklin, who plays viola, members of the Florida (recording) branch have included Carey Crane (vocals), Jonathan Kaley-Isley (drums, organ, vocals), and Michael Derry (guitar and drums). Current or former members of the Indiana (touring) Boatmen include Dale Lawrence, Kathy Kolata (viola), Andy Richards (drums), Jake Smith (bass), and Matt Speake (guitar). Since 1989 the Boatmen have recorded three albums, You and Your Sister (1989), Please Panic (1992), and Opposite Sex (1995), the last of which was released by Warner Bros (East/West) in the UK and Europe, but was never released in the US. In 2003 the band issued a compilation album on CD, Wide Awake. As of 2013 the Indiana branch of the Boatmen remains active under the leadership of Lawrence, though the Florida branch appears to be dormant or defunct. In 2010, Fred Uhter released a documentary about the group, entitled Drive Somewhere: The Saga of the Vulgar Boatmen.
A Cuban-American whose parents fled Castro’s Havana with him still in the womb, Walter Salas-Humara was raised bilingual just across the Florida Straits in Fort Lauderdale. College at University of Florida in Gainesville and a residency with the Vulgar Boatmen left him with a lifelong habit of Mudcrutch/Tom Petty-style crunchy guitar riffs. Chasing the punk prairie fire to New York just in time to sift through the ashes, he formed The Silos in 1985 with guitarist Bob Rupe and violinist Mary Rowell, plugging the main cable of American rock idiom into the jerry-rigged soundboard of Velvets-era feral experimentalism. The unlikely result, as evidenced by About Her Steps (1986), the seminal Cuba (1987) and their RCA debut The Silos (i.e., The One with the Bird on the Cover, 1990) was a loose-limbed conceptual country-rock that in turn influenced (if not outright inspired) the alt-country No Depression movement just around the corner. The band was voted Best New American Band in Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics' Poll of 1987 and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1990. With this apocalyptic agrarianism safely encoded in his band's name, Salas-Humara moved on once that lineup had run its course -- taking with him not the country revisionism that by now could have sustained him in an endless holding pattern, but rather the Lower East Side’s fervid avant-gardism, that high-test mixture of aggression and dissonance the neighborhood wears like a jailhouse tattoo. He forged connections in Austin, another lost outpost tailor-made for his particular set of influences, where he formed the poor man’s supergroup the Setters with songwriters Michael Hall of the Wild Seeds and Alejandro Escovedo of the True Believers. Moving to Los Angeles, he recorded and toured with Tom Freund, Manny Verzosa, Jon Dee Graham, Gary Sunshine and Darren Hess. Those middle records – Hasta la Victoria! (1992), Susan Across the Ocean (1994), Heater (and its remixed mutant twin Cooler) (1998) validated the early acclaim and expanded Salas-Humara’s reputation as one of the finest songwriters working in the American vernacular. In 1998, Salas-Humara moved back to New York and formed Silos 3.0, with Konrad Meissner on drums and Drew Glackin on bass and guitar. Throughout the new millennium, the Silos have continued to release an admirable body of work. Laser Beam Next Door (2001) and Come on Like the Fast Lane (2007) are fierce power trio albums that burst with the crackling intensity of proto-punk legends the Velvet Underground and Television. When the Telephone Rings (2004) and Florizona (2011) are intricately crafted productions, densely layered with glittering detail. With the passing of Drew Glackin in 2008, and the addition of Rod Hohl (bass and guitars), Bruce Martin (keyboards) and Jason Victor (guitar), the band has entered a new phase. Walter Salas-Humara and Silos present and past have marshaled the best of America -- our wide tradition, focused innovation and unfettered optimism. Embrace them as a national treasure. 2014 brought the release of a new Walter Salas-Humara solo album, Curve and Shake. Rolling Stone editor Anthony DeCurtis describes the album - “That sense of being untethered from certainties, of floating, permeates Curve and Shake. The feeling is gentle, not quite scary, but with an element of unease. Letting go of expectations combines aspects of sadness, freedom and even wonder. Like so many great singers, Walter communicates as much by what he doesn’t say as by what he does. His raspy tone provides a rich counterpoint to the genial surrealism, the offhand magical realism, of so many of his lyrics. His words are presented as if they’re describing straightforward events, but they speak a rich, associative poetry that evokes emotions more so than facts. His guitar playing is similarly adaptable – raw and stinging one moment, dreamy and droning the next. 2016 has brought the release of 2 new albums. Work: Part One, an acoustic rendering of Walter's best songs written in the 80s, is the first in a series of acoustic albums defining Walter as a singer/songwriter. It is produced by guitarist extraordinaire Richard Brotherton and includes familiar Silos Mary Rowell on violin and Amy Allison on supporting voice. Explodes and Disappears is an album of new songs, the follow up to Curve and Shake. Walter sings witty songs about modern life, rocks a sweet Spanish melody on guitar, swings a sexy jazz number, and then reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled world. He tops it all with a funky number chronicling 3 American misfits searching for peace of mind and headed for disaster on the shores of Mexico -- all skillfully blended into a seamless flow. Walter Salas-Humara has shared the stage with the following greats: Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Matthew Sweet, American Music Club, Chris Whitley, Hootie and The Blowfish, Violent Femmes, The Jayhawks, Yo La Tengo, Certain General, The Reivers, The True Believers, The Wild Seeds, Victoria Williams, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Mark Ribot, Ryan Adams, Jon Dee Graham, Alejandro Escovedo, Let's Active, Young Fresh Fellows, Miracle Legion, Living Color, Souled American, The Minus 5, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Jon Langford, The Waco Brothers, Chuck Prophet, Jerry Joseph, Caitlin Cary, Anders Parker, Tom Freund, Centro-Matic, Spottiswoode and his Enemies, Lynyrd Skynyrd, …to name a few.
Led by the husband-and-wife team of singer/guitarist Jake Smith and drummer Freda Love (both formerly of Antenna), the Bloomington, Indiana-based alternative pop band the Mysteries of Life also comprised keyboardist Dale Lawrence, bassist Kenny Childers and drummer LonPaul Ellrich. After debuting with the single "Kira," the group signed to RCA to issue their 1996 LP Keep a Secret; following a pair of indie label EPs, Focus on the Background and Anonymous Tip, the Mysteries of Life resurfaced with the full-length Come Clean in 1998.
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Fri, Aug 12 - 9:30 - $25
Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.Following the Grammy-winning Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band is at it again with Move Your Body, an infectious, groove-laden collection of hip-shakers sure to saturate the dance floor.Rollicking originals like "Who's Rockin, Who's Rollin'"? and "Take 'Em to the Moon" reaffirm the band's position as head of the brass throne while the rasta-esque "On My Way" and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of "HBNS" showcase the unit's talent for penning unabashed party starters.Boasting a mastery of Rebirth's signature "heavy funk" sound, Move Your Body pushes and swings, leaving behind an 11 track thumbprint, approved by the Frazier brothers themselves, of a sultry Tuesday night spent dancing on their home court at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.
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