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Mon, Jun 27 - 7pm - $15
U.S. debut concert of Cormac McCarthy's "Cottage Evolution" album. Cormac performs and composes in a wide range of musical genres; from classical to jazz to Irish traditional music. Released in 2015 to widespread acclaim, Cottage Evolution centres around music he has written for a 12-piece ensemble blending elements of jazz and Irish-traditional music, and features musicians from an interesting and diverse blend of musical backgrounds.McCarthy as a pianist sounds a little like Brad Mehldau, yet it’s his writing style, while leaning sometimes towards a Highway Rider-type atmosphere particularly on ‘Bill’s Words’, making individualistic use of Irish traditional music with its lilting strictnesses and sudden bursts of passionate energy introduced via a pronounced jazz filter, that sets Cottage Evolution apart. Stephen Graham - Marlbank JazzWith a few notable exceptions, no jazz musician has ever really managed to draw together Irish traditional music and the African-American improvisatory tradition in any kind of sustained way. Cork pianist and composer Cormac McCarthy joins that short list of notable exceptions with this approachable debut release. Cormac Larkin - The Irish Times
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 28 - 8pm - $7adv/$10door
Fall Classic is a Chicago-based indie-rock band that The Chicago Tribune recently said were “positioned to lose their unheralded status.” While formed in January 2012 by Ryan Jeffrey Smith (Vocals, Guitars), Jonathan Kolar (Bass, Vocals), and Christopher Grandberry (Drums, Vocals), the three have played together in different combinations since college. Their music draws on a myriad of influences, combining sharp harmonies and tasteful hooks with disjointed rhythms and energetic arrangements. They have played venues all across the US and those who’ve seen them describe them as “interesting, but not in, like, that boring way” and “fun, even though maybe I don’t get all that’s going on, you know?” Fall Classic has released three full-length albums, and recently released a collection of five short films, titled BOTH ENDS OF THE ROPE.
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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Wed, June 29 - 8pm - $7
Rich Klevgard is singer-songwriter who wrote the songs on Almost Heard the Ocean, the debut album by Chicago band These Peaches. Sitting in with multiple bands since he learned the drums as a ten year old, Klevgard watched songs unfold from the backseat of a musical car on a journey still yearning for a destination. In 2014 the original concept for a band emerged with Klevgard and drummer, the late Danny Lavin. Adding Dan Halverson on bass and Jeremy Anderson on guitar, songs began to take shape. Isaac Lyon joined these early sessions and he was added to the studio recordings, as was Scott Ligon on piano and organ. Casey McDonough joined the studio sessions on bass and background vocals shortly after the basic tracks were cut with Klevgard, Tim Bennett on drums and Colin Gilmore on guitar. Three separate lead guitarists, Jason Bennett, Andon Davis and David Ashdown, laid out the parts that appear on Almost Heard the Ocean. Drums were originally designated for Danny Lavin, but his work appears on only three songs, “A Season That Passes,” “Boat Song,” and “Turn Off the Light.” Tim Bennett became the primary drummer at the onset of the recording sessions. Miki Milhalovic provided bass on “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Forty Days and Forty Nights,” along with a classical guitar solo on the latter of those two songs. Milhalovic and Jason Bennett both play in the performing band of These Peaches. Guest musicians during recording included Bloodshot Records artist Rick Sherry on washboard and harmonica and Keith Richards’ Grammy-winning pedal steel player John Pirruccello, while the performing version of These Peaches also includes veteran drummer Jerry King and multi-instrumentalist Brian Mahoney. Almost Heard the Ocean had its last polishing in July 2015 before being sent to Nashville, TN to Grammy winner Richard Dodd for mastering on the suggestion of local recording guru, Brian Deck. “Almost Heard the Ocean is a stunning piece of work” - Anthem Review.
“After 2 hours of almost nonstop playing, Adam Ezra gives everything he has to the audience. Not since Springsteen and Bono have I seen a lead singer with his talent and charisma.” -- Jack Casey, General Manager WERS radio in BostonAEG is a dynamic acoustic roots/rock band whose unique diversity of folk, pop and acoustic rock sound, perfectly combines Ezra's passion for smart well written lyrics and the bands amazing musicianship. Bringing their sound together with full, rich, complex, and hook laden melodies, the band ignites the stage with a power that has been compared to that of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band, they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activist and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet. AEG currently contributes 25% of their touring to benefit causes in communities across the country and worldwide.AEG is one of Boston's leading acoustic rock bands. Over the past several years the band has been creating a buzz and just recently sold out several northeastern area shows including The Paradise Rock Club, Passim, Cafe 939 (2 months in advance), Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH (twice), The Stone Church in New Market,NH and the Mercury Lounge, NYC. AEG also tours nationally and is building their fan base across the country.The Group recently had the honor of sharing the stage with Rusted Root,Cracker, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Little Feat, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Enter The Haggis, Carbon Leaf, The Wailers, Pete Seeger, the Goo Goo Dolls, Pat McGee Band, Corey Smith and/or festival bill with Jackson Brown, Guster, John Mayer, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews Band, State Radio, and many more.AEG is currently in the studio with producer Aaron Johnson (The Fray) recording a new album set to release in the Fall of 2011.
"...Tiny keeps the blues alive and pay(s) tribute to the originals."- Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater. Dedicated to his craft, the originality and prowess of Tiny Miles is sure to impress even the most critical of skilled technicians. Tiny Miles casts a spell over the audience with the soul and passion of 1950's Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly music. At a Tiny Miles showcase - one can expect a soul-stirring experience in an energetic performance of roots music soaked in retro vibes, coupled with a level of professional musicality that must be witnessed first hand.
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Thu, Jun 30 - 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.
In 1968, Warner Brothers bought Van Morrison out of the onerous contract he had signed with Bang Records. He’d had a hit with Bang, “Brown Eyed Girl,” and the label wanted to make sure they shared in any future success he enjoyed on his next record so they insisted on receiving a share of any profits he might earn from the singles that would be released from it.In response, Warner Brothers put Morrison in a studio with an assortment of jazz session players and turned him loose to create whatever he wanted. The original aim may been to create a purely artistic record that wouldn’t have any singles on it at all. But the final result has been hailed far and wide as one of the greatest and most important records in rock, Astral Weeks.With the release of that album, Morrison’s legal wranglings with his previous label had been settled, and he immediately got back to the business of creating songs that were tight and focused and among the most memorable of his career: “And It Stoned Me,” “Crazy Love,” “Into the Mystic,” and the title track of his 1970 release, “Moondance.”For our next performance, Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to these two legendary records by playing them straight through in their entirety accompanied by insightful stories about the music and the musicians who created it. Join as we relive the spiritual ecstasy of Astral Weeks and the earthy Celtic soul of MoondanceGreat Moments in Vinyl is a collaborative effort between master of ceremonies, Bill Cochran, a veteran Chicago radio personality (WXRT, WNUA,...and WXRT again) on bass and storytelling aided by a variety of noteworthy Chicago musicians. For this set, the band features: Steve Dawson on guitar and vocals, Alton Smith on piano, organ, and vocals, Richard Pettengill on guitar, Lenny Marsh on drums, and others, with a horn section led by saxophonist and flutist John Bowes.
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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.
At it's core The Ritz Club is comprised of three brothers. After a decade living in different parts of the country the Jacobi brothers are once again under one roof in Chicago. Their debut release, The Ritz Club EP, finds them joined by a few close friends channeling their love of space rock, psychedelic rock, and krautrock.
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Thu, Jul 7 - 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.
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Fri, Jul 8 - 8pm - $10
Sweet Mary has the kind of pipes that can span a variety of styles and ranges. Mary Porzelt developed a strong love for singing at a very young age. As she started writing her own music, she realized she had found a calling in songwriting. Her influences come from a wide variety of music: Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Classic Rock.It is her goal to stay true to the roots of older music - where the lyrics had deeper meaning - about social change, civil injustice, and upward mobility. She moved to Chicago in 2010 to pursue her career in music. Mary has already had the opportunity to work with some amazing musicians and producers thus far in her career. Her debut album of is a unique blend of R&B, Funk, Reggae, Jazz, and Blues. Musicians Ben "Smiley" Silverstein and Max Newman, of The Main Squeeze, played key roles in the writing, performance, and production. So far this year, Mary has grooved with a tremendously dynamic band consisting of Collin Obrien and Forrest Kelly (drums), Justin Canavan (guitar), Jae Gentile (bass), Paul Bedal and Hayden Ashley (keys) . Going forward in 2016 she will be headed to Los Angeles where a promising future awaits her. Expect a new album by 2017, and plenty of inspiring collaborations with other musicians.
The Dirty Rooks are back with a re-vamped lineup, new tunes and a new energy! Despite relatively humble beginnings and early shows under unlikely circumstances, The Dirty Rooks have built a loyal following desperate to be reminded of what real Rock N Roll sounds like. Drawing on influences mainly from the 50's, 60s & 70s, The Dirty Rooks have helped revive booze and blues rock in the Chicago area with high energy performances designed to have the audience singing and dancing all night long.
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Sat, Jul 9 - 6pm Pre Party /8pm Show - $30
For the first time in Sixthman history, we’re bringing the music and artists of Sixthman Sessions from the open seas to dry land! Following the success of their performance on The Rock Boat XVI, Aric, Sam, Brandon, Paul, Leslie, Andy, Kozza and Brian are coming together for a one-time encore performance of the songs they wrote and recorded in the span of 3.5 days on Norwegian Pearl this January. Come witness the magic behind one of the most memorable moments of The Rock Boat XVI!
They began making music as The National Parks in Provo, Utah in early 2013. In September of that year they released their first album, Young, and (along with our January 2014 standalone single, “As We Ran”) they saw more success than they could have expected for a debut launched with little-to-no idea of what it took to get our music out beyond our local scene. The album climbed to #13 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and helped them get on the road to play shows in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York and with some really awesome musicians like Andy Grammer, The Lone Bellow, LeAnn Rimes, and The Moth & The Flame. Their experience playing in front of crowds factored into the development of their second album, Until I Live, in a very serious way. They wanted to take all of the things they loved most from that record and amplify, enhance, and experiment with them. The result of that effort is a ten-track album that they think maintains the heart and sincerity of Young but that also does its own thing too. They released Until I Live in September 2015 and were once again blown away as the album climbed charts – iTunes Pop Chart and Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. We were thrilled to hear in April 2016 that “Monsters of the North,” a lead single from Until I Live, was announced as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition – one of the world’s premiere songwriting competitions. Press from major outlets such as NPR’s All Songs Considered, CMT Edge, and Pop Matters has fueled additional momentum and allowed them to continue touring into 2016, now having played in 50+​ cities in 17 different states, including performances at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Make Music Pasadena and Canadian Music Week. Although we saw a number of changes over the first two years we’ve now settled into a dynamic 5-piece group with Brady Parks (Denver, CO) and Sydney Macfarlane (Kaysville, UT) still leading the way and John Hancock (Sacramento, CA), Doug Patterson (Provo, UT), and Megan Taylor (Draper, UT) each contributing in a variety of ways to make our live shows sound as full and complete as the recordings.
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Sat, Jul 9 - 10:45pm - $10 after 10:20
They began making music as The National Parks in Provo, Utah in early 2013. In September of that year they released their first album, Young, and (along with our January 2014 standalone single, “As We Ran”) they saw more success than they could have expected for a debut launched with little-to-no idea of what it took to get our music out beyond our local scene. The album climbed to #13 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and helped them get on the road to play shows in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York and with some really awesome musicians like Andy Grammer, The Lone Bellow, LeAnn Rimes, and The Moth & The Flame. Their experience playing in front of crowds factored into the development of their second album, Until I Live, in a very serious way. They wanted to take all of the things they loved most from that record and amplify, enhance, and experiment with them. The result of that effort is a ten-track album that they think maintains the heart and sincerity of Young but that also does its own thing too. They released Until I Live in September 2015 and were once again blown away as the album climbed charts – iTunes Pop Chart and Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. We were thrilled to hear in April 2016 that “Monsters of the North,” a lead single from Until I Live, was announced as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition – one of the world’s premiere songwriting competitions. Press from major outlets such as NPR’s All Songs Considered, CMT Edge, and Pop Matters has fueled additional momentum and allowed them to continue touring into 2016, now having played in 50+​ cities in 17 different states, including performances at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Make Music Pasadena and Canadian Music Week. Although we saw a number of changes over the first two years we’ve now settled into a dynamic 5-piece group with Brady Parks (Denver, CO) and Sydney Macfarlane (Kaysville, UT) still leading the way and John Hancock (Sacramento, CA), Doug Patterson (Provo, UT), and Megan Taylor (Draper, UT) each contributing in a variety of ways to make our live shows sound as full and complete as the recordings.
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Mon, Jul 11 - 8pm - $10
Bahto Delo Delo is an authentic Roma (gypsy) group from the village of Clejani in southern Romania, a village famous for its virtuoso Roma musicians. Bahto Delo Delo shares the fast and delicate, and slow and soulful melodies of rich Roma music tradition with audiences around the world. "Bahto Delo Delo" means "May God give you good luck" in Roma (gypsy) dialect and said when drinking together. The band leader is Marin "Tagoi" Sandu. He is an accordion player and singer of the traditional "lautari" style in Romania. With guidance from his late father, Nicolae Neacsu who was one of the founders of Taraf De Haidouls and a very respected violinist of his time, Tagoi started learning music from the age of 8. At 64, he plays and sings a large repertoire of Romani and lautari tunes. Tagoi still lives in a village of Clejani in southern Romania with his wife.
BadMashadi is a music project created by Ehsan Mashadi, an Iranian-American musician and former taxi driver currently based in Bucharest. Ehsan has collaborated with Iranian, Israeli, American, Macedonian, Romanian and Roma musicians in both live concerts and studio recordings.
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Tue, Jul 12 - 8pm - $8 - 17&Over
The Pig and Skip Show features a mind-altering mix of NDI hits and new Pig and Skip classics, along with songs that have never been played by anyone, anywhere. There are off-the-wall NDI tracks recorded in Finland, as well as long-lost covers of tunes that the boys grew up with as stars on the children's pro-bowling circuit. Pig and Skip deliver the songs you know and love alongside the songs you have never once heard live. There's always something new happening at a Pig and Skip Show. Pigtail and Skipper welcome you to their hot new live extravaganza, a non-stop romp through their shared musical history. The Pig and Skip Show has one goal on this planet -- to ENTERTAIN you until you can't breathe and your pants fall off. Hold on tight and let's go!
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Wed, Jul 13 - 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, July 14 - 8pm - $7
Paul Moody is, authentically and helplessly, a songwriter. Rooted in the folk tradition, his music is organic, passionate, and moving.
On His first studio EP 'Drinks', he makes his musicianship and strong commitment to his craft abundantly clear. 'Drinks' is deeply affective, a sincere and moving work of art. On stage, Paul ranges from comical to heartbreaking. For his upcoming tour, he has joined forces with guitarist and songwriter Samuel Cantor of Minor Moon, and talented drummer Andy Wilmoth, to create a band that interprets and expands on the dynamic sound of the EP. Seeing Paul Moody perform is not an experience easily forgotten.
Minor Moon is the songwriting project of Sam Cantor, a musician based in Chicago, IL. Minor Moon's debut LP, A Whisper, A Shout, is a lush and dynamic meditation on beauty, disgust, ambiguity, and affirmation. Featuring elements of folk, rock, jazz, and soul, Minor Moon's sound evokes a wide range of influences: from Van Morrison to Jeff Buckley, from Gillian Welch to Grizzly Bear. As UK blog Wake the Deaf recently wrote "[A Whisper, A Shout is] a lush blend of folk and indie rock, the stark guitar warmed by Cantor’s full-bodied vocals which rise and fall from composure to vehemence and back again, creating something lonely yet fierce."
Sugarpulp consists of four individuals coming together to create some rad music. The current lineup formed in October 2015, and the new energy and sound quickly projected them forward into unique genres of sonic experimentation. An amalgamation of many different styles, Sugarpulp seamlessly blends rock n roll, pop, dance, blues, and psychedelic funk into a sultry and sexy sound. Front woman and Deb Chesterman's arrow-like voice, staccato keys, and poetically pulp lyrics hit with a distinct and potent punch. By her side, guitarist Sam Allyn, Bassist Bruce Rarang,​​ and drummer Patrick Riley cement her infectious melodies and unexpected song structures into powerfully raw music.
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Fri, Jul 15 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Chicago’s Kelroy create a sound that combines intricacy of composition with simplicity of delivery, drifting between hints of post rock, blues and alternative, as they pour time and essence into the vortex of sound they shape. Each song sets off on a journey of its own. Thick layers of guitars sound more like distress signals and woeful mourning; the keys and trombone add layers of texture and depth, while drums and bass set a pulse that delivers each composition to its natural conclusion. The always-evolving chord progressions, and picturesque and introspective lyrics evoke a mood, a feeling and, undeniably, a train of thought…. Throughout its growth and evolution, the band has been expanding its fan base, having performed in New York, Denver, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee and other cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Their music has appeared on public radio like WBEZ and Vocalo, college radio stations like WLUW, and Spanish stations like NOX Live. The band continues to maintain a devoted following in its hometown appearing regularly at such Chicago hot-spots. Kelroy is set to release its third full-length album in February 2015.
KILLER MOON is fundamentally a progressive metal band, but the Chicago based trio are otherwise difficult to categorize: elements of acid rock from the late 60’s early 70’s, stoner sludge, and some good old fashioned Black Sabbath doom can be heard in their music. They weave a complex fabric of sound that takes ones attention without the need for a voice. The intense conversation is between three main characters; lead guitarist Jesse Garza, bass player Amaris Aviles, and drummer Alex Santoyo. Every song they engage in is singular in its theatre, its own raw climatic set of moments. Jesse, often playing the protagonist performs each song with raw creative emotion, mature and relaxed in its expressions. In moments when he goes feverish into the stratosphere, the tangents are not self indulgent but important, for it's in these key moments that Alex and Amaris drift seamlessly to the center -- they contribute their dialogue. The themes ebb and flow or race ahead, but one is not lost nor distracted. Killer Moon's songs express a dominant swagger, like they’re older than they seem.
4-PIECE PUNK BAND THE HONG KONG BLOOD OPERA COMBINE PUNK ENERGY, ROCKNROLL AESTHETICS, INDUSTRIAL BEATS AND METAL RIFFS TO BLOW YOUR MIND AWAY! "Hong Kong Blood Opera played out Debaser in Malmö (Sweden) like no one's ever done before.....They mixed together the best in punk, hardcore and rocknroll, and did it with an energy and refinement that you don't find that often these days......Their liveshow was intense, sweaty, and in-your-face...... a new favorite band." -Denimzine oct08 (Punk Rock Garage Magazine). "The Hong Kong Blood Opera are the new ÜBER-band from Mexico." -Reeperbahn Festival 08 (Hamburg Germany). The Hong Kong Blood Opera played at the Nottinghill Artsclub and attacked it with viscious abandon throwing themselves at the music and the crowd like the young punks they are?..this would not be enough if the music wasn't so bloody good?..but it was!" -NHAC London oct08. "HYPE: It's what's next: HONG KONG BLOOD OPERA. THERE WILL BE BLOOD Synth-punks fight their way out of the Mexican underground." -Meanstreet Magazine (CA) Aug,08. The Hong Kong Blood Opera was formed in 2006 in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora (a close-to-the-border town known for it's lack of musical movement other than traditional "banda" and "norteño" music). They released their debut "The Critical Paparazzi EP" (Noiselab Records) in mid 2007, having done some national tours, and regulary playing different mexican cities, some US shows including L.A, Chicago, New York, Austin (SXSW 2008 and 2010) and a small european 4-date tour. In 2010 The Hong Kong Blood Opera Released their first full length album, NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, an homage to various musical genres... a bipolar, moody, album that fleshes out what the band is live. Raw and punchy, NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART is an album that will turn straight people gay, old people young and young people to fucking semen.
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Sat, Jul 16 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Straight out of New Orleans and into your earholes, Flow Tribecomes at you with the delicacy of a sledgehammer. They create “backbone cracking music”, a soul shaking mixture of styles and sounds guaranteed to drive you wild. These are 6 seasoned performers who have shared the stage with the likes of Trombone Shorty, Juvenile, and John Fogerty just to name a few. A relentlessly touring band that plays major venues and festivals around the country bringing with them a heat and passion described by Relix Magazine as “bizarrely irresistible”.
The Leonum sound lives somewhere between Acoustic Alternative and Americana and thrives on striking melody lines, harmony vocals and spirited performances. It's about moments... There are moments when you catch your muse before it slips away into the ether and it smiles back at you. There are moments of joy when a tune or idea evolves into a song. There are moments in the studio when the combination of instruments feels much greater than the sum of the individual parts. There are moments when the harmonies align to lift the vocals to heights that can't be achieved on their own. There are moments when a lyric resonates at just the right time and things make sense again, even if only briefly. There are moments when we find a groove and it feels like the music plays itself. There are moments when we connect with the audience in a manner that transcends mere listening, but is real and intimate and precious. There are moments when time stands still and nothing but the melody and rhythm matter. There are moments... Leonum is about the pursuit of these moments. We hope you can help create and share them with us...
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Mon, Jul 18 - 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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Thu, Jul 21 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs a reader’s personal story about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.Hosted by CHIRP DJ and The Moth champion Jenn Sodini, past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Dan Ponce, Len Kasper, Tony Fitzpatrick, JC Brooks and Ji Suk Yi.July's theme is First Time: First Taste, and readers include:
Terry Gant - owner of Third Coast Comics; Writer - Fran Hoepfner; Sean White -Comedian; Maggie Kubley from band Celine Neon; Mindy Segal of Chicago restaurant Hot Chocolate; Carly Oishi - Host of Miss Spoken;
Dave Toporov - CHIRP DJ.The First Time series is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org.CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, pairs a reader’s personal story about a First Time event with a song performance by house band, The First Time Four.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song. The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.Hosted by CHIRP Radio's Jenn Sodini, past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Tony Fitzpatrick, Brian Babylon, Kelly Hogan, Len Kasper and Ji Suk Yi.The event is a benefit for CHIRPRadio.org.
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Fri, Jul 22 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
The Stooges Brass Band has earned their rank as one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans. The band consistently provides a welcome blast of true New Orleans spirit engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats. Emerging onto the scene in 1996, the Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety as a full-blown musical party immersing the crowd in a cut-loose vibe that is contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of New Orleans. The band has shared the stage with: Ozomatli, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Shemekia Copeland, Pedrito Martinez Group, Galactic, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Funky Meters, and Jessica Simpson, among others. The band is undeniably one of the hardest working bands out of New Orleans, and their dedication to their craft has made an impact. The Stooges Brass Band victoriously battled for the title of "Red Bull Street Kings: Best Brass Band" (the subject of the documentary Brass Bands of New Orleans: Red Bull Street Kings). Along with this auspicious title, the band won a recording and mentorship session at the Red Bull Studios in California. The band also received the award for "Best Contemporary Brass Band 2011" at the Big Easy Music Awards. The Stooges Brass Band continues to tour performing at venues and appearing at famed festivals throughout the country such as New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Utah Arts Festival, Discover Jazz, American Folk Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, , Great American Brass Band Festival, and more. The Stooges Brass Band has also answered the call to serve as cultural ambassadors and were employed by the US Embassy to tour Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Other international appearances include the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Durham Brass Festival in the UK and Nuits D’Afrique, Tremblant Blues Festival in Canada. Whether they're second-lining in the back streets of the Crescent City, or performing their spirited stage show, the Stooges Brass Band delivers an authentic New Orleans celebration.
What's a Nasty Snack, you ask? It's Tom Selleck standing under a waterfall with a saxophone, eating a ham sandwich. It's Scooby Doo gnawing on a pair of rawhide drumsticks. It's that nasty groove brought to you by nine members of a Chicago funk movement that cannot be stopped! Drawing from influences such as Kool and the Gang, Lettuce, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power, the Snacks have proven to showcase an explosive, horn-driven, pocket-slamming performance at each live show. With a chaotic balance of R&B grooves and freaky horn melodies, the Snacks have developed a sound acclaimed by most as "just nasty!"Nasty Snacks is a collective of musicians from various musical projects featuring vocalist Catherine Poulos, guitarist Ryan Gac, bassist Martin Farrelly, guitarist Colin Fahey, drummer Keith Brooks, trombonist Alex Wasily, trumpeters Scott Hoecker and Caleb Mitchell, and saxophonist Sean Packard.
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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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Sun, Jul 24 - 3pm - $12adv/$15door
For more than forty years Marty Peifer, Al Day, Bob Long and Steve Hashimoto have been playing music together. They have maintained a close friendship, liberally seasoned with a deep love of music - with just the right amount of silliness sprinkled in.Marty Peifer – A while back, Chicago Magazine named Marty Peifer “The Best All Around Entertainer in Chicago”. It's an indication of the incredible appeal of an artist who combines top contemporary material with the power and talent needed to give all audiences an amazingly special experience. He's billed as a genuine American troubador, a collector and interpreter of songs from a wide spectrum of styles and genres. He appeared in Suburbs of Heaven, a musical review written by Thom Bishop, and has shared stages with Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Tom Paxton, Leo Kotke, Steve Goodman, John Prine, Jimmy Buffet, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Bob Gibson – to name a few.Al Day – One of the finest singer-songwriters in Chicago, Al has appeared at just about every venue in town. Al is a superb guitarist, a fine lyricist with a well-honed sense of the absurd. An excellent entertainer in his own right, Al is loved and respected by all who listen to his growly voice and his beautiful lyrics.Bob Long – Perhaps best known for his membership in the ground-breaking ensemble Street Dancer, Bob is an incredible pianist who understands what fellows musicians need to make a song work. Bob is also an excellent songwriter, and has recorded several of his own CDs. Bob has performed at the Telluride Jazz Festival, as well as the JVC and Saratoga jazz Festivals in New York. He has also performed at the Tonda, Montreux and North Sea jazz Festivals in Europe.Steve Hashimoto – One of, if not the busiest base players in Chicago, Steve is a brilliant overall musician. He has been a mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene for many years. Steve is well known as a bassist, composer and band leader. His groups, Mothra and Suenos Latin Jazz have received critical acclaim.
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Mon, Jul 25 - 8pm - $10
Dance Tribute is a biannual series, in which a collections of songs from a single musician/band/genre/artist are selected and paid tribute to through choreography and performance. Past Dance Tributes include: Mr. Bungle, Bjork, David Lynch, David Bowie, and Aphex Twin.This time around... Dance Tribute to JOCK JAMS!!!What are JOCK JAMS?.. Your favorite nightmare. With cheerleaders!Over 40 Chicago dancers/movers/actors/choreographers are involved with every Tribute. It is a night of dance, happy chums, drinks, grub, laughs, art, and only a few uncomfortable moments. Want to see pictures? Check out the website: http://www.kaseyfoster.com/dance-tribute.html
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Tue, Jul 26 - 8pm - $7
Video Village is a Rock duo from Chicago, IL. Full time members Dan Luke (Guitar and Vocals) and John Gagnon (Drums) have been kicking out tunes spanning a full spectrum that's anywhere from Black Sabbath to The Kills to Black Lips or Nirvana for two and a half years. Their second EP "That Which I Declined" was recorded in May of this year and was self-released in June.
Broken Cycles is an aggressive bass, drum, and guitar trio fueled by nostalgia for 90s grunge and 2000s alternative rock. This powerhouse creates impactful songs that reach out and punch the listener in the gut. Originating in Chicago in 2015, Broken Cycles is currently working on their debut EP.
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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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Mon, Jul 28 - 8pm - $10
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includesJim Boukas - guitarKris Nowak - guitarDuff Driscoll - uprightEric Lambert - guitarMatt Arendt - guitarBen Wright - banjoJason Berger - mandoSteve Haberichter - mandoPat Lyons - mando/dobroTom Murray - fiddleWavy Dave - banjoGreg Morland - mandoDan Andree - fiddleSpencer Savoie - banjoGrateful Gary - upright bassJames Chrzan - keysMike Krieglstein - upright bass
What began as a few friends playing songs down by the Fox river has now formed to become the bluegrass/newgrass band that is the River Valley Rangers. They have developed a high-energy stringband sound that will keep you stompin’ your boots all night long! The Rangers have shared the bill with acts such as the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, the Larry Keel Experience, Hot Buttered Rum, Pert Near Sandstone, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Henhouse Prowlers, and many more. Burning like a Midwestern prairie fire, they aren’t slowing down any time soon!
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Fri, Jul 29 - 9pm - $8
Stampy is a mutation of several already established Chicago-scene acts. The diversity of musical styles combined with the longstanding friendships of Stampy's members contributes to a new and upcoming flavor of music that will soon be served at a venue near you.Stampy's sound is produced by an eclectic cast of musicians from Chicago groups In La Kesh, Terrapin Flyer, SMOKER, The Great Sky Band, Doug Shotwell and the Right Hand Band, The Dancehall Twigs, The Dropper, The Localvores, and The Blind Staggers. With influences spanning multiple genres and artists, Stampy's original material travels many musical avenues. From soulful grooves to high energy dual guitar solos, Stampy brings a versatile set to the table that is sure to please a variety of palates. Stampy is about to finish up their debut LP with Treehouse Records, set to release sometime late summer 2016.
The Selectones are a 7 piece reggae/ska band from Chicago. Formed in the Fall of 2015, The Selectones boast a full 3 piece horn section, stunning and powerful vocals and harmonies, and a solid rhythm section, which all blend seamlessly together to create an incredibly tight sound. Bolstered by an unmatched energy, their style of reggae and ska begs to be danced to, assuring their live shows are not to be missed. With their first official studio release forthcoming, The Selectones are set to explode onto the Chicago music scene in 2016.
The Hacky Turtles hail from the Northern shores of Traverse City, MI. They have been forged from the gritty wilderness of conifer and deciduous guardians covering the lush beauty of an older way of life. Harboring an eclectic recipe of Alternative Funk/Rock with a decent dollop of Folk and Reggae, friends since the recklessness of their youths, these troubadours have shared a soul bond and a common passion for both the love of music, and the performing of it. They are the brothers of the lake water, notorious tamers of the tapping toe, wranglers of the funky feet movers, minions of the night and embracers of the day. These turtles shell out enjoyment for Homo Sapiens of all ages and walks of this wild life we live.
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Mon, Aug 1 - 8pm - $5
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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Thu, Aug 4 - 7pm - $10
Characterized by the baritone vocals of Nate Donnis, the precise/intricate rhythm section of Phil Woodring (Drums) and Denis Sluka (Bass), the Donnis Trio is a folk/rock band from San Diego, Ca. Their music has received over 25 million plays on Pandora radio and music from their albums has been placed in shows like Skins (UK), Breaking Amish, 90210, MTV, and more. Stylistically their music gravitates towards influences such as Tom Waits, Wilco, and Eddie Vedder. Their latest album "Chroma" furthers this tradition with rich arrangements and artfully crafted songs.
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Thu, Aug 4 - 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.
Tikis are Chicago's premier surf and instrumental band.
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Fri, Aug 5 - 8pm - $44
***ALL AGES SHOW!***COMBO TICKET to enjoy both shows at a reduced price!
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Fri, Aug 5 - 8pm - $25
***ALL AGES SHOW!***The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago and ONLY at Martyrs’! Join us for two amazing concerts on August 5 and 9. On August 5, Mark Guiliana (David Bowie/Brad Mehldau) brings his next-generation skills to the stage. Mark’s band with Donny McCaslin was featured on Blackstar, David Bowie’s final release. Then, Virgil Donati (Steve Vai/Planet X) brings his legendary progressive rock skills to the stage! Virgil is one of most exciting and intricate drummers on the planet. Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band, featuring Baron Browne (Billy Cobham/Jean-Luc Ponty), Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Sam Moore), and Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling/Gloria Estefan). You can expect both drummers to jam at the end! Get your ticket here, or purchase a COMBO TICKET to enjoy both shows at a reduced price!
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Mon, Aug 8 - 8pm - $7
Congress of Starlings is a long-time favorite on the Chicago indie folk rock scene. Aerin Tedesco and Andrea Bunch have been called ‘two of the most beautiful noises on the planet.’ Lindsay Weinberg rounds out the complex and heavenly harmonies. Greg Nergaard and Janet Cramer lay a skilled groove foundation under gorgeous original tunes. The Starlings have brought their music to dozens of famous venues like Milwaukee’s Summerfest, The National Women’s Music Festival, Halsted Market Days and to beloved Chicago venues like Martyrs'!
Chris's move to center stage comes after 15 years working as a sideman in Chicago bands like The Right Now and 56 Hope Road. After digging into his love of songwriting, Chris began giving a few of his favorite songs the acoustic treatment at his many solo shows - but now he and his band take them to new heights. A rock-n-roll kid addicted to soul music, Chris blends heavy backup vocals with a rock-band framework and comes out with heartfelt songs that skew toward Elvis Costello or Sly & The Family Stone. The band behind him (Greg Nergaard, Anne Hamilton-Katzfey, Bob Garrett, and Andrea Bunch), bring their own wealth of talent and experience to each song, knowing innately just how rough or delicate to be, and the result is stirring. Chris has been playing lead and rhythm guitar on the Chicago music scene since the late 90s with acts like The Right Now, 56 Hope Road, and many others. He's toured much of the US and played nearly 2,000 shows, opening for acts like George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Fitz & The Tantrums, Bernie Worrell, Soulive, and others.
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Tue, Aug 9 - 8pm - $25
***ALL AGES SHOW!***The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago and ONLY at Martyrs’! Join us for two amazing concerts on August 5 and 9. On August 9, Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheny/Birdman Soundtrack) brings his incredible Latin and jazz playing to the stage. Then, drumming legend Dave Weckl (Chick Corea/Mike Stern) returns with his amazing jazz fusion an funk playing. You can expect Antonio to join him on the stage before it’s all over! Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band, featuring Baron Browne (Billy Cobham/Jean-Luc Ponty), Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Sam Moore), and Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling/Gloria Estefan). Get your ticket here, or purchase a COMBO TICKET to enjoy both shows at a reduced price!
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Thu, Aug 11 - 7:30pm - $10
Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis etc.): I love the CD...the sheer skill and gusto with which they tackle it makes you laugh out loud. Great drumming. Jonathan plays and writes like a demon. Congratulations to them.John Wetton (King Crimson, UK, Asia): 'Can't take you with me' is dynamite. I wish you luck, you're a good band, and deserve success, see you on the broad highway.Roine Stolt (Flower Kings, Transatlantic): Your band is one of the very few I can see a real true potential in and I'm sure you have many new fabulous albums coming in the near future.Jim Derogatis (NPR's "Sound Opinions", Rolling Stone Magazine): District 97 is a wildly ambitious progressive-rock group whose youth belies its accomplishments onstage and on its new "Hybrid Child" CD.District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. The release of 2012's critically-acclaimed Trouble With Machines ushered in an exciting era for the Chicago-based Progressive Rock band; In 2013, the band toured both Europe and the US with legendary bassist and vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson/UK/Asia), which was documented on 2014's live release, One More Red Night: Live in Chicago. 2013 also saw the band nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Award by Prog Magazine. Rather than rest on their laurels, District 97 took to the studio in 2014 to record the new material they'd been honing at home and on the road. The resulting album, In Vaults (due in June 2015), continues and accelerates the upward trajectory of great songwriting and incredible musicianship that's been evident since the band's 2010 debut, Hybrid Child. One listen perfectly illustrates why John Wetton says, “I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt."DISTRICT 97 was formed in the fall of 2006 by drummer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and guitarist Sam Krahn (replaced in 2008 by current guitarist Jim Tashjian). The foursome from Chicago honed a no-holds barred style of Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired Instrumental Rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound; enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson from Heart, Leslie's dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. She was followed shortly thereafter by one of Chicago's finest young guitarists, Jim Tashjian. With this new blend of charisma and stellar musicianship in place, their live shows over the past several years at festivals such as RoSfest and Prog Dreams II, and numerous appearances across the USA, UK and Europe cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with onstage, as well as in the recording studio.In August 2015, Rob Clearfield and Patrick Mulcahy left the group and were eventually succeeded by Andrew Lawrence and TIm Seisser, respectively. The new lineup will debut in tours across Europe and the US in 2016.
Mano is a Middle Eastern-inspired progressive rock band based in Chicago. Their compositions utilize musical textures and sounds from varied genres of contemporary, classical, and world music. Mano fuses a rock rhythm section with classical and world instrumentation to bring a unique and energetic live music experience that journeys through intense, thematic unison lines contrasted by sections of virtuosic improvisation. Founded in 2013 by flutist/composer Joe LaRocca, Mano includes Greg Firak (guitar), Parker Grogan (electric/upright bass), Collin O'Brien (drums), Najeeba Syed (violin), Desiree Miller (cello), and Marshall Greenhouse (percussion/kaoss).
Bad Forum consists of Larry Beers (Sonia Dada; Michael McDermott; Mavis Staples; Ulele, and Mucca Pazza) on drums, ace sound-man James Coffey (Dagnabbit; Urban Twang) on guitar, and Mitch Straeffer (Falstaff; Space Rhino; Motion to Fix; and Ziplock and the Body-bags) on bass. Formed By Coffey in 1999 from members of his favorite bands that he mixed for at numerous Chicago venues, the lineup has achieved a solid following of fans who enjoy the band’s unique instrumental rock. The music is based, according to Coffey, on jump blues and swing riffs, but quickly the band expanded from those beginnings into a type of experimental surf, with each player contributing to the compositions. Bad Forum consistently challenges the notion of what music is and can be."
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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.
In November of 2012, Robert Dicke began hosting a weekly jam session at The Tonic Room in Chicago. The house band began as a rotating cast but very quickly found it’s core members— guitarist Jared Rabin, bassist Dan Kristan, keyboardist Carl Kennedy, and of course Robert Dicke behind the drums— the Calamity Flamtet was born. The sound of the band is the ever elusive fusion of Jazz, Funk, and Rock. There is a fine wave that the band attempts to ride by including elements from these genres, while maintaining the essence of each. By the time Dicke’s Jam Session came to a close at the end of 2014, the group had developed a cohesiveness that was undeniable and that would be unfair to keep from the general public. A decision was made to document this original music and give the band a chance to thrive in other clubs and musical circles. Dicke was able to obtain a grant from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation that made it possible for them to record nine of his original compositions. The debut album “Class” is a bit of a play on words. The Tonic Room is located just a half block from DePaul University School of Music, where the group met and where Dicke was completing his Masters Degree while running the jam session. The album will be released at the end of August and the saga will continue.
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Sat, Aug 13 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, alternative folk band from Chicago, The Way Down Wanderers, not only draw listeners in with their energy and originality but also captivate fans with their unique and touching story; Banjo player, Ben Montalbano and fiddle/mandolin player, Collin Krause, are half brothers who met each other for the first time 5 years ago. The two were shocked to find that not only were they both pursuing careers in music, but that they were each drawn to the same genres. In addition to their unexpected brotherly collaboration, the other band member's dramatically diverse backgrounds in bluegrass, jazz, classical, rap and the spoken word, blend together to form unique harmony vocals, soaring instrumentals, lively dynamics and standout melodies.
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Wed, Aug 17 - 9pm - $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, Aug 18 - 8pm - $10
Business As Usual is a four piece dance-rock band based out of Chicago, IL. Forming in 2013, they’ve spent the last year playing high energy, multi-set shows all over Chicago. Each BAU show is a one-of-a-kind experience, taking the listener on a musical journey. Seamlessly blending elements of rock, electronica, funk, dub, and even bits of ska, the genre-hopping quartet is able to launch off into sections of exciting and memorable improvisation as they guide through different odds and ends of their catchy compositions. You've just been warned, your next Business meeting is mandatory.
Earphorik is a Ft Wayne IN based band built by Chris Treesh(Guitar/Vocals), Austin Robinson(Guitar,Vocals), Nolan Opper(Bass), and Ryan Moreno(Drums). Showcasing high energy funk, vast genre changes, and explosive peaks. Forming in early 2013, Earphorik has made a defining presence playing many festivals and venues across the Midwest sharing the stage with bands such as Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, Indigo Sun, and The Mantras and are playing at this years Summer Camp Music Festival. In August 2014, their debut album, A Year From All Angles was released to Itunes and Spotify and are preparing to release their second album recorded at Jake Cinninger's Boondocks Studio in late 2015.
nfluenced by STS9, Tycho, RJD2, DJ Shadow, Umphrey's McGee, Boards of Canada and the New Orleans funk music scene. Ocean Disco melds together these influences using dance, funk and hip hop beats to create a truly unique musical atmosphere.Using a combination of electrified instruments, digital samples, and analogue synthesizers, the band strives to create an interactive musical odyssey at their live shows. Capturing the full spectrum of emotion their music seems to continually evolve within itself from one moment to the next. Heavily improvised live sets is where the band shines as they constantly push their own boundaries to assure that each Ocean Disco show is a one of a kind experience.
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Fri, Aug 19 - 9pm - $30adv/$35door
The Golden Gate Wingmen are a jam band formed in November 2014, featuring John Kadlecik (of DSO, Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends), Jeff Chimenti (of The Dead, Dead & Company, Ratdog, Furthur), Reed Mathis(of Tea Leaf Green, Jacob Fred's Jazz Odyssey), & Jay Lane (ofPrimus, Furthur, Ratdog).
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Sat, Aug 20 - 9pm - $10
The Lucky Dutch are a four piece Chicago blues based rock n roll band led by Nathan Graham. Heavily guitar driven, this act is keeping the roots of rock n roll alive.
Grabbing influences from all over the musical spectrum, the Ars Nova has something for everyone. They pride themselves in never having two shows be the same and embrace the musical freedom that is their improvisational jams. From Umphrey's McGee to Led Zeppelin, from STS9 to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, from Jimi Hendrix to Kings of Leon, the Ars Nova is a must-see act. After breaking on to the festival circuit in the summer of 2014 at Summer Camp Music and Arts Festival in Chillicothe, IL, everything has been up hill for the Ars Nova. Catch them all over the Chicago area and be sure to follow them closely on Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram. Do NOT forget the name 'The Ars Nova'.
Formed in the basements of Urbana in 2011, indie rock group Namorado has undergone several metamorphoses to become the 4 piece operation it is today. Drawing from diverse musical influences, they combine energetic rock with group harmonies into a delicious ham and cheese sandwich.
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Sat, Aug 27 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Frisbie's debut, The Subversive Sounds of Love, was hailed as 'the power-pop album of the year." (Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune) A series of personal trials delayed a follow-up, but now the band has completed New Debut, a 40-minute burst of imaginative and affecting songs. While SSOL was rooted in the pop of the 60's, New Debut reveals a love for the guitar rock of the 70's. So much happens in these three-minute tunes as producer Matt Thompson breaks out the harmonic density of every song. Frisbie still boasts two of the finest singers anywhere, yet the emotions of their soaring vocals are more deeply revealed in the unexpected rhythms and timbres of the music. In short, New Debut will kick you in the head and the pants.Frisbie is one of Chicago's most popular acts, selling out venues on their own and opening for the likes of Wilco, Matthew Sweet, Cheap Trick and Big Star. With New Debut, Frisbie makes good on it's promise as "one of the best and most ambitious pop bands in America." (Salon.com)
Dan Phillips has been writing and recording as Zapruder Point in Chicago for over a decade. Singing simple yet heartfelt songs (think Leonard Cohen crossed with Waxahatchee), he performs as a solo acoustic act, as a duo with drummer Larry Brown, and occasionally with a full band featuring Steve Frisbie on guitar and John Aselin on bass. Originally from Cleveland, over the years Dan has shared bills with Bill Fox, Jason Molina, Bowerbirds, The Rutabega, Anders Parker, Franklin Bruno, Canasta, Scrawl, Whitehorse, Coed Pageant, Flat Duo Jets, Terrible Parade, Earwig, Benjamin Francis Leftwich…and others (just ask him). Dan is currently finishing songs for a new album hopefully to be released in 2016, as well as writing material for a rock musical. As a teenage R.E.M. obsessive, Dan played with his twin brother Scott and childhood friend Greg Eyman in Rotary Ten. In the mid-90’s they moved to Raleigh and became The Boy Wonder Jinx. In 1998, “cheating” on his primary band with a four-track machine led to Zapruder Point’s hushed debut The Limitations of the Source Tape, followed by a move to Chicago and the sprawling watermark of Low Resolution in 2001 (described by Sound Opinions’ Jim DeRogatis as “much too good to remain overlooked and under-heralded”). In the early noughties, after playing bass for short-lived Feelies cover band The Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness, Dan snagged husband and wife Tom Millard (drums and vocals) and Casey Riordan-Millard (violin) for sporadic midwest touring and a pair of well-received recordings (Spirit of 91 and It’s Always the Quiet Ones.) After the trio’s dissolution and during a brief bout of unemployment in 2008, Dan recorded his first Garageband solo album, Soda & Sympathy. He then formed an electric version of Zapruder Point with Steve Frisbie (guitar and vocals), John Aselin (bass) and Larry Brown (drums). A successful crowd funding campaign led to 2012’s Zapruder Point Record Club, wherein subscribers were mailed a 7” of new songs every three months (since collected in 2013’s Clicks and Whistles). Going back to acoustic guitar in 2015, Dan now enjoys playing as a duo with drummer Larry Brown (and occasionally in a full band with Steve Frisbie and John Aselin), as well as performing solo. He’s also working on songs for a play written by fellow Chicagoan and former college roommate John Henry Roberts, as well as embarking on his first not-home-recorded album since taking on the Zapruder Point moniker.
Mooner plays power-pop for the 21st century. Melding their signature double lead-guitar attack with deceptively simple pop songwriting that pays homage to Elvis Costello, Big Star and Warren Zevon, Mooner has become a favorite in the Chicago rock community since forming in 2011. Despite an undeniably huge sound–engineer Mike Hagler (Wilco, Neko Case) records the band live in a converted warehouse–they tear with punk-rock economy through nimble arrangements, which turn on a dime from towering solos to candy-sweet Thin Lizzy guitarmonies to moments of swirling noise. Mooner has been featured on the airwaves via Chicago’s WGN and WXRT, where they were nominated for Best Local Artist. In the Midwest, they were featured on Iowa Public Radio, Milwaukee’s WMSE and WCBR. They have collaborated on compilations with Kimya Dawson and Andrew Jackson Jihad, shared the stage with The Flamin’ Groovies and played to fans at hallowed Chicago venues like Lincoln Hall, The Hideout and Schubas as well as others across the Midwest.
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Tue, Sep 6 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Tue, Sep 20 - 8pm - $16
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“Each song is a character,” says Marlon Williams of his self-titled solo debut: a remarkably assured and diverse nine-track tapestry, united by one of the most versatile and evocative voices you’ll hear this or any other year. “I don’t really ever sing out of character. Even if it’s a very personal song, once it’s written it doesn’t belong to me.”A veteran at the age of 24, Williams found his calling as child growing up in Lyttleton, New Zealand. A picturesque coastal town populated by fewer than 3000 people, he recalls its “wonderful contrast between port workers and a big artistic community”. The latter includes his mother and father, respectively a painter and industrial punk musician. “The first three things I remember Mum listening to were PJ Harvey, early choral music and Smokey Robinson. A lot of Maori music too. We used to go down the marae for meetings and sing these big harmony songs.”Dad would bring home CDs every week, moving from Elvis and The Beatles through Echo & The Bunnymen, The Band’sMusic From Big Pink, and, crucially, Gram Parsons: “A rock ’n’ roll dude playing country music, but respecting the purity of it.”A similar duality informed the young Williams’ unique journey as a singer, combining his family’s Maori upbringing with the vocal epiphanies he discovered in the school choir and then in nearby Christchurch’s cathedral ensemble. “It’s a very different approach,” he explains. “With the Maori songs it’s layered thirds, one over the other. You justfeelwhen you want to bring another third. But then I spent most of my teenage Sundays at church. We’d sing a 30-minute Mozart Mass where every note is prescribed. I’m not a spiritual person but the music was enough to keep me there, through whatever hangover I had.”He even enrolled in the prestigious University of Canterbury, but classical music’s institutionalized stuffiness proved too much. The Unfaithful Ways, his band of fellow fallen choirboys, was becoming a hot local live draw. “I did a year at university, but they didn’t like that I was out playing in bars at weekends and coming in on Monday smoking. I was wearing country shirts to our performance days, instead of the bow tie and penguin suit.”After the youthful combo folded its frontman cut a trio of domestically acclaimed duo discs with prolific Lyttleton tunesmith Delaney Davidson, then made the decision to relocate to Australia – partly pushed by the ruinous earthquakes that had left Christchurch in disarray, partly pulled by the promise of Melbourne’s bountiful music scene. Williams pitched up at legendary pub venue the Yarra Hotel, winning over seasoned booze hounds with a first gig on the eve of the Aussie rules football grand final.Returning home to record, utilizing the The Sitting Room in Lyttleton Harbour – and working once more with producer/engineer Ben Edwards, whose prior loyalty extended to rescuing The Unfaithful Ways’ album master from a cordoned-off quake aftershock area. Such deep-rooted bonds birthed an eclectic yet cohesive set that ranges from rollicking, acrobatic opener “Hello Miss Lonesome” to the wry coffee house wisdom of “Everyone’s Got Something To Say”, viaRubber Soul-ful zinger “After All” and “Lonely Side Of Her”’s beauteous barroom empathy (penned for paramour and co-vocalist Aldous Harding).Its author’s easygoing gender fluidity is expressed through his revelatory, androgynous reading of the traditional lament “When I Was A Young Girl”, previously hymned by Nina Simone and Feist, among others. “That’s a real fun challenge. An exposition of how songs are personal and impersonal at the same time. I don’t even think about [male or female]. Either that or I don’t think of myself as a boy anymore! The version I knew was by Barbara Dane, a white San Francisco soul/folk singer from the ’60s.”This ability to truly inhabit his material illuminates Williams’ majestic rendering of such diverse touchstones as classic orch-pop ballad “Lost Without You” and conceptual, 1974-vintage nugget “Silent Passage” (originally by Bob Carpenter, a Canadian of First Nations heritage). These covers blend seamlessly with novelisticnoirstandouts “Strange Things” and “Dark Child” (co-credited to childhood choral pal Tim Moore, now a palliative care nurse), which deliver gallows humor with a widescreen groove. That quality is further illustrated by their playfully cinematic videos.Having been nominated for 5 New Zealand Music Awards, an Australian ARIA Award and completed sold out album release tours, this Southern Hemisphere star’s eagerly awaited international release should see Marlon Williams soar.
Originally from the Blue Mountains, Julia Jacklin is a singer/songwriter who'll put a smile on ya dial, but only for a short while.
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Fri, Sep 23 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time, and a mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys step on stage. From Anchorage to Miami, the group’s onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live Butter show. Rooted in the trajectory of west coast bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum plays what has been described as California’s own acoustic music.HBR’s years of touring have given the band the chance to work and play with a wide cross-section of musicians, people like Peter Rowan, Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, and Robert Earl Keen. Seasoned veteran Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), acoustic guru Mike Marshall, and left-coast rocker Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm) have all produced studio albums for the band. Each guided HBR towards the next step in its evolution. It’s a sound that is tough to describe and easy to love, and it has found its way to the most prestigious pop, folk, and bluegrass stages in the country: Telluride, Newport, Bonnaroo, Strawberry, Hardly Strictly, Kate Wolf, Horning’s Hideout, String Summit, Grey Fox, Merlefest, All Good, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and many more.The next step in Butter’s evolution involves recording three 5-song EPs, each focusing on a part of music that Hot Buttered Rum loves and is inspired by, and each with a different producer. The first EP was recently recorded with Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone and will be released this fall. The second will be a collection of Ralph Stanley old school bluegrass standards, to be recorded in September with producer Sally Van Meter. The third will be Hot Buttered Rum’s latenight throwdown music, to be recorded in November with SCI’s Kyle Hollingsworth. Together, the three collections of songs will explore Butter’s roots and express Butter’s present passions.At the center of Hot Buttered Rum is the enduring camaraderie of old friends. The band was conceived on a backpacking trip of high school and college buddies in the High Sierra. What was dreamed up on mountaintops and around campfires has found its way into the hearts, minds, and bodies of thousands.
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with their win this year at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. In October 2014, they were nominated by the Internal Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Momentum Band of the Year and in 2013 they won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil’ Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor. The Lil’ Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. Sharing the stage with heavyweights like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmit-Nershi Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Travellin’ McCourys, Sam Bush Band, Fruition, Infamous Stringdusters, Bradford Lee Folk and The Bluegrass Playboys, and dozens of others. The Smokies have played the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival (2011), the Bozeman Bluegrass Fest (2011), Sandpoint Summer Fest (2013), Wintergrass (2014), River City Roots Festival (2011, 2013, 2014), Northwest Folklife Festival (2014), the Northwest String Summit’s Further Stage and Main Stage (2013, 2014). This five-piece bluegrass ensemble features Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Cameron Wilson (mandolin) and Matt Rieger (guitar).
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Thu, Sep 29 - 8pm - $10adv/$13door
The new Chicago Farmer album is about Depression, Job Loss, Meth, Skateboards, A Divided Nation, Used Cars, The Late Shift, Farms, Factories, The Destruction of our Environment, and still being around to sing about it.Cody is a folk-singer’s folk-singer and a poet’s poet. He was born and bred in Delavan IL, population 25, surrounded by the endless skies of the American Midwest. Before moving to Chicago in 2003, Cody tried his hand at sessions in Nashville and carefully hewed and tested his art in college town bars and honky-tonks around the Midwest. He now plays regularly in the city and it’s not uncommon to see whole rooms full of strangers erupt and sing along to the choruses of his songs on their first listen (I’ve seen it happen). Cody’s voice is powerful and gritty, emotionally piercing while subtly imbuing additional layers of meaning and poignancy in his lyrical delivery. His song-writing is deeply rooted in the American Folk tradition and all of its grit but with a post Dylan sense of wit, perspicacity and that certain savior-faire. He didn’t go to college but he drank all of their beer.Every folk-singer has to migrate to the city, in a way it seems to be hidden in definition of a folk singer anymore. Cody has come to remind Chicago that it is in Illinois. And to remind the rest of the world that when Louis Armstrong redefined, some say invented the art of Jazz in the 1920′s he brought his Hot Fives to Chicago to do it. When Robert Johnson wanted to put his Mississippi Mud on wax, his hellhound chased him to Chicago to do it. And same like, Cody has come to Chicago to deliver what it needs, when it isn’t even sure itself. He is currently recording a collection of songs from his vast back-catalog and performing across the heartland.
Music, by its nature, is a migratory creature. It moves as it moves, often powerfully, through people and places, communities and cultures, created and carried on currents of electricity and air. Edward David Anderson is one of its modern makers, a rock and roll veteran from the cornfields of Illinois, who went into the woods of coastal Alabama and found musical serendipity, emerging with Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions—a timeless, unvarnished beauty of an album.
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Sun, Oct 9 - 8pm - $21adv/$25door
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Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar is a star guitarist and singer from the Sahara desert on a meteoric rise. His new album, Nomad, was recorded with 2013 Grammy-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The album, released April 2, 2013, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts and iTunes World charts and has collected rave reviews from top media outlets around the world including BBC World Service which calls it 'utterly, utterly fantastic" and Rolling Stone, which calls Nomad "The year's most exciting blues album....A perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero." His dazzling live performance and virtuosity on the guitar have earned him comparisons amongst notable music critics to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Neil Yong and Jerry Garcia.
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Wed, Oct 12 - 7:30pm - $25
James “Midge” Ure, OBE (born 10 October 1953) is a Scottish singer, musician, songwriter and producer. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his given name.Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and 1980s in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage, and most notably as frontman of Ultravox. In 1984 Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, which has sold 3.7 million copies in the UK. The song is the second highest selling single in UK chart history.[1] Ure co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof. Ure acts as trustee for the charity, and serves as ambassador for Save the Children.In 1985 Ure’s solo debut album The Gift, which reached number two in the UK Albums Chart, included the UK number one single “If I Was”. Ure has had four other UK top-30 solo hit singles: “No Regrets”, “That Certain Smile”, “Call of the Wild” and “Cold, Cold Heart”.
Scary Lady Sarah passionately enjoys & promotes good, new, dark alternative music. She DJs, book bands & produces club events & has been doing so for over 25 years. She absolutely loves what she does and treats her occupation like the great fortune that it is. She loves new music and endeavours to play as much of it as she can, all the while keeping in mind and paying respect to the song requests of her events’ patrons.
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