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Tue, Jul 17 - 8pm - $10
A Chicago Based Jerry Garcia Band Tribute featuringSteve Johnson - Keyboards, Bob Lait - Guitar/Vocal, Paul Maczka - Drums, Kari McDonough - Vocals, and special guests!
The band started in the fall of 1998 when John Kadlecik (mandolin and fiddle), Bob Lait (guitar), Michael Hazdra (bass), (Wavy) Dave Burlingame (banjo), Lisa Mackey (vocals) and Dave Muhlethaler (fiddle and mandolin) got together to form a bluegrass side project. Mike and John had recently started playing together in the Dark Star Orchestra. Dave Burlingame was playing bass for several blues and bar bands as well as learning banjo. Bob and Lisa were playing in a group Fenario and the Shotgun Ragtime Band. Muhlethaler was a professional street musician.Hog Head McDunna's was the first run of shows for the Dime Store String Band. This is when John named the band. Because the demands of all the projects, Dime Store got together on musicians night off, Monday.After a couple of years Dave Muhlethaler moved to Madison Wisconsin and left the band. Tom Murray, who played with Bob and Lisa in Fenario, joined to replace Muhlethaler on Fiddle. Mike left Dark Star Orchestra to get off the road, and started the regular Monday night with Bob. They still get together every Monday to play bluegrass and enjoy Mary's (Bob's wife) baked cookies and cakes, with few exceptions. Around this time Lisa joined DSO. As DSO started touring more rigorously, John and Lisa showed up on Monday's less and less frequently. Whenever John was in town he would book Dime Store at Martyr's.Dave Burlingame was also in the very successful jamgrass band, Cornmeal, with Chris Gangi. Chris started coming to Monday nights playing mandolin.Dime Store started hosting a jam before Terrapin Flyer on Sundays at the Boulevard Cafe around 2002. Around the same time Tom started booking us shows at the Uncommon Ground. When Dave and Chris were on the road with Cornmeal, Ben Wright (now with Outlaw Family Band) and Martin McWhorter, from Back Porch Ramblers, came to fill in on Banjo and Mandolin. Martin stayed on, Chris was busy with Cornmeal and teaching at the Old Town School.Different musicians came and went at the regular Monday nights at Bob's. Ruby Harris (fiddle), Chris Gangi (bass and mandolin), Rick Veras (fiddle), High on the Hog from Colorado, Jeff Sachs and Erin O'toole from Home Kookin', Jason Berger (mandolin), among others. While Dime Store was filling in for Cornmeal at Griffin's Pub, Dave Bragman filled in on banjo. James Weigel from OFB came out and sat in on Dobro at the Uncommon Ground.Bob Lait fills in on guitar and vocals once in a while with Cornmeal. Bob is also a painter, you can visit his artwork on his website. Dave is busy with Cornmeal. Tom Murray was a founding member of Chicago favorites' Stump The Host and Planet Warehouse. He also performed two seasons with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Tom has been performing and recording with Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden as well as performing regularly with Mike Himbaugh of Hello Dave. These are in addition to his main and favorite commitment, the Dime Store String Band. When not playing with DSSB, Michael Hazdra is playing eclectic folk in the George Matteson Trio. Martin has left DSSB and played with Henhouse Prowlers. Martin moved to Ireland in November 2007. Mike Kearns is now filling the mandolin spot. Dave Bragman is currently doing most of the banjowork. Wavy Dave sits in now and again when he is not touring.
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Wed, Jul 18 - 8pm - $10
Seldom has a debut single seduced so many, for so long. Two years since its release, In The Valley Below’s “Peaches”, which was first picked up by European alternative radio, continues as an international airwaves staple - testament to the enduring viral power of its sunny yet smoldering songcraft and celebratory surrender to mutual attraction.In The Valley Below - Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob - meld adventurous art rock, squelchy synth pop, harmony-laden Americana, and woozy blues into something altogether different: stylistically elusive, yet oddly inclusive. Her loaded purr cajoling his weathered inflections, they craft gauzily compelling music at once introverted and all-embracing.A small-town girl from Michigan, Gail discovered songwriting while holed-up on an even smaller Caribbean sailboat. A thousand miles away in Memphis, Jacob was inhaling Link Wray’s ragged rebellion and the darker side of Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel. In The Valley Below was born one Texas night when the pair, performing at SXSW in an experimental L.A. rock band, recognized their rare on-stage connection. Back in California, they plunged into collaboration with twin-like telepathy and a feverish, fated chemistry.Though never intended as a gigging band, ITVB’s genre-ambiguous, dreamily accessible expressions traveled well, inducing tireless touring. High-profile stops included England’s Reading and Leeds festivals, Rock en Seine in Paris, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Conan. They shared their journey with the likes of The Airborne Toxic Event, White Lies, Cold War Kids, and Robert DeLong.In The Valley Below’s debut album, The Belt, is a mysterious, mesmerized and relentlessly melodic record that bares powerful tales of lust, loss and faith like open wounds, while hinting at hidden meanings. Opening with “Peaches”, it also births the huge, hands-aloft hooks of “Neverminders” and “Stand Up”. The deliciously lingering deathbed farewell of “Hymnal” and lived-in, love-in nostalgia of “Take Me Back” lend a throbbing urgency to the insistent, intravenously wanton “Palm Tree Fire”.Self-written and produced, two of The Belt’s 11 songs were also mixed by Gail and Jacob, with others handled by John Congleton (St. Vincent, David Byrne), Pete Min (Airborne Toxic Event), Lasse Mårtén (Lykke Li, Peter, Bjorn & John), and Dave Sardy (Oasis, Band of Horses).Personified by “Peaches”’ sunlight-through-the-eyelids abandon and cult-ish caress, The Belt is that most elusive of records: arcane, authentic, and effortlessly resonant across cultures and eras.Though the duo’s bond is uniquely theirs, we are all In The Valley Below.
welcome to FITNESS. i’m glad you could make it. to make your trip truly worth the time and apparent lack of effort, let’s see what max collins (eve 6)and kenny carkeet (ex awolnation) have to say about the FITNESS vibes and what the fuck they expect ustodo with them.reached by cellular telephone while preparing for future FITNESS fuckeries in the form ofan EP, collins expressed optimism regarding the band lowkey cult’s current vibes. “i have no fucking idea who you are,” collins said. “please stop calling me.” FITNESS, he added, isundoubtedly the new wave. “seriously,”he said. “stop calling me.”[inaudible expletive] *dial tone*
THE GO ROUNDS are bits of all your favorite bands exploded into rock n' roll confetti. Their unique brand of Psychedelic Americana Pop crosses, blends, and deconstructs genres from indie to country to art-rock and baroque folk creating an accessible and engaging experience that will leave you talking. The songs are catchy, twangy, and trippy - led by lead singer Graham Parsons' spellbinding vocals, which weave through lush sonic textures and the band’s master class of intricate arrangements. The Kalamazoo quartet has dominated the Michigan music landscape for the last 5 years, releasing 4 LPs, 4 EPs, and playing countless Great Lakes music festivals. Their last fulllength, Don't Go Not Changin', made several year end best lists and earned them 3 WYCE Jammy awards, including the Special Jury Prize of Album of the Year. Their creativity shows no signs of slowing down - they are at work on their next full length album, scheduled for release in the fall of 2017. "THE BEST OF WHAT'S NEXT: The Go Rounds are bringing a head-clearing common sense to the sometimes senseless headbanging of rock 'n' roll. Or maybe they're here to exterminate cynicism." - PASTE.
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Thu, Jul 19 - 7:30pm - $25
BENEFIT & CELEBRATION! The unexpected collapse of an adjoining business and long time tenant has put Martyrs’ under a considerable financial burden. Join Tributosaurus as we celebrate the music of The Who in the same venue that hosted Pete Townshend and John Entwistle. Stay tuned for online and silent auctions..................The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Fri, Jul 20 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
DJ noDJ is a thousand-piece electronic dance band from Chicago. They specialize in re-creating the music of the best DJ's with "startling inefficiency."There is no DJ in this band. What normally takes just 1 guy behind a lap top, now takes ten super-focused DJ noDJ musicians. The upside is that you get a 10 dimensional musical experience, with all the churning and grinding of a runaway train, that only a large group of separate humans can achieve.DJ noDJ hit for the first time in May of 2012, playing two nights of a 40 minute Daft Punk set to two sold out crowds @ Martyrs. They feature all the members of This Must be the Band, Talking Heads tribute, plus Alan Berliant (Mavis Staples) on bass. He's the greatest.
My Boy Elroy is the Chicago-based DJ/Beat-Boxer of the world famous Acid Jazz pioneering group & Grammy nominated live act, Liquid Soul. He is also known as the DJ and producer of Digital Tape Machine's first album entitled "Be Here Now" released in May of 2013 as well as their four track EP "Omens" released April 23rd of 2014 featuring Kris Myers and Joel Cummins of Umphrey's McGee. His passion & dedication to his craft along with his unique presentation quickly led him to open for a sold out show @ the Riviera for the one & only Massive Attack. He's shared the bill with legendary greats of our times such as B.B. King & Stevie Wonder and pioneers of electronic music such as FKJ, Bonobo, Beardyman, Paul Johnson, Kerri Chandler, Marques Wyatt, Mark Farina, and playing such festivals as North Coast, Electric Forest, Taste of Randolph and many more!His DJ styles are a combination of buttery and emotional mixes and productions of Deep and Funky House, Nu Disco, Tech House, and Instrumental Hip-Hop with beat box and scratching spicing it all up bringing you a completely original sound of DJing and musical performance.With a vast catalog of smooth and eclectic mixes My Boy Elroy has a great deal of his life dedicated to producing original music with releases on Apulia Records, Bulletdodge, Slur, Elevate Tracks, JQM Records, Sea of Sand, and Friction Free.Also since 2005 My Boy Elroy has been the Music Director, Creative Director, and DJ for Chicago's amazing high-flying gravity-defying Midnight Circus being the first American circus troupe to get welcomed to perform their show at the world renowned MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE in 2014.
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Sat, Jul 21 - 9pm - $10
Virtuoso musicians Frank Catalano, Fareed Haque and Paul Wertico are teaming up to bring you an evening of fearless improvisation for your mind, body and booty!!! This Supergroup will be debuting new original songs as well as bringing on Jazz favorites and Funk Classics. From Sun Ra to Joy Division to John Coltrane and everything in between. Brace Yourself!!! Drambuie Cocktails Featured. Frank Catalano - Sax; Fareed Haque - Guitar; Paul Wertico - Drums; Oliver Horton - Bass; John Roothaan - Keys................................................................"FRANK CATALANO IS JOHN COLTRANE ENERGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY!!!" – Downbeat MagazineFrank Catalano makes his Savoy label debut with “Bang!” Bang! debuted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Frank’s previous CD, “Mighty Burner” was on the Billboard Charts for 20 straight weeks. Catalano is the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He recently performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal.No stranger to adversity, Frank cut off his right middle finger in an automobile accident. After several surgeries and much effort, Catalano relearned his signature technique, making him one of the most in-demand musicians today. He regularly donates his musical services to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.Also an entrepreneur, Frank has patented a devise that allows him to control his saxophone via midi components. Frank is a spokesperson/clinician/performing artist for companies such as Yamaha, Rico/D’Addario, and JodyJazz. He can be seen in their Print Ads worldwide. Catalano’s songs have been used in the ad campaigns of Motorola, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Budweiser as well as numerous TV and Film productions.When not on tour or in the studio, Frank enjoys composing classical music. Frank graduated from DePaul University with a BA in music composition and he plays piano, drums and flute in addition to the saxophone. Frank’s non-musical interests include racing his BWM 1-series in closed course competition.
One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today, Paul Wertico gained world recognition when he became a member of the Pat Metheny Group in 1983. During that time he performed on ten CDs and three videos with Pat, appeared on many television shows, and toured the world dozens of times. Also during those years, he won seven Grammy Awards, numerous magazine polls, and received several gold records. Paul left the PMG in 2001. Paul has played with such jazz greats as Eddie Harris, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Sam Rivers, Bob Mintzer, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Roscoe Mitchell, Evan Parker, Jay McShann, Herbie Mann, Randy Brecker, Jerry Goodman, Ramsey Lewis and many others. He's currently a member of both the Larry Coryell Trio and the Jeff Berlin Trio. For seven years (2000-2007), Paul was also a member of the legendary Eastern European rock band, SBB. In reviews, his playing has been compared to that of an "Impressionist painter", while Paul has also been described as "an inspired madman" and "a restless innovator." In 2004, the Chicago Tribune honored Paul as one of their "Chicagoans of the Year".In addition to winning numerous awards as a member of the PMG, Paul was also voted "Fusion Drummer Of The Year" in DRUM! magazine's Reader's Poll and he's placed in the "Top Five in the Electric Jazz Category" in Modern Drummer magazine's Reader's Polls. Paul's been featured on the covers of magazines such as Drum Tracks, Modern Drummer and Chicago Jazz Magazine, as well as on international drum publications such as Italy's Percussioni, Belgium's Belgo Beat, Poland's PerQsja and South America's Bateristas al Sur. He was also one of the featured clinicians at the 1994, 1999 & 2002 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and the 1997 Modern Drummer Drum Festival. His performances are included in videos of two of those events. Paul is also one of the featured artists on Drum Workshop's videos, "The American Dream II" and "The American Dream III". Paul also has his own "signature" drum sticks: the Paul Wertico model - TX808W, as well as new "signature" products that he invented called "Tubz" and "KidzTubz", all made by Pro-Mark.
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Mon, Jul 23 - 7pm - $7
There are those bands who recall an older time and place, a moment in history when music was more about saying something of substance than it was about counting the number of streams. Seattle psych rockers Moon Darling cling to this ideology, creating a bluesy sound that harkens back to that classic ’70s rock howl. By channeling the influence of bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple (with a little bit of weirdness thrown in for good measure), the band builds a kaleidoscopic version of those artists that remains relevant and reverent among all the gaudy imitations littering the modern musical landscape.
St. Marlboro was formed by a couple of Chicago punks in 2014 in order to explore the timbres and twang of country and American folk music, with the energy and dynamics of 90s alternative and grunge music.
Dead Lucid is a three piece rock band from Chicago, IL that furnishes a firm balance of Jimi Hendrix-esque acid rock guitar and groove-based, hazy psychedelia.
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Tue, Jul 24 - 8pm - $10
Chicago’s very own Alternative Art Rock band, Pure Remedy, introduces their rapidly growing audience to a unique genre with their eclectic sound. Four musicians with heart-filled nonjudgmental passion and soulful colors have been brought to us from various parts of Chicago. Along with unification and brotherhood, the past roots and journeys of every member intersect, making this band test new heights and transformations within. Inspired by all of life’s hardships, Pure Remedy lives and plays for those who have struggled or been victimized, and those who would rather be unified in the discovery and freedom of creativity.
Emily Davis has been writing and performing alternative-folk for over a decade, having released three full-length albums and garnering a sizable fanbase through her YouTube content. Davis is expected to release a new album with her bandmates in Emily Davis and The Murder Police in the summer of 2018 – twelve tracks of alternative rock splashed with folk and punk.
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Wed, Jul 25 - 8pm - $7
The Blind Leaders is a rock band from Chicago, Illinois. They began in June of 2015 as the brainchild of Jamie Bachmann (ex-Quiet Kid).Impressed by the rawness and depth of tone he was able to wring from some “micro” amps he purchased, a concept evolved into proving that great music could be made with the cheapest and smallest equipment he could find, and all from his basement. Bachmann wrote, engineered and played almost everything on the album. Now, The Blind Leaders are fleshed-out and ready to play as an explosive live unit. Bachmann retains lead vocals status, while Jeff Bruno is on guitar, Chet Hartin plays bass, Logan Vines is on drums, and Drew Weir is on guitar and electronics.
The Phonographs at their heart are an American alternative rock band, hailing from Chicago, IL. Intertwined within the depths of Rock N’ Roll, Pop, Folk, and Blues births a band who strives to connect old souls with new souls. Binding humans together and uniting people of all levels of society is an aspiration of these musicians. Writing, performing and recording their songs on a fresh bed of 60s-70s style rock n’ roll with an ever-evolving eagerness to experiment, to expand minds and hearts with sonic fusion.
Band Blurb calls Kevin Durr… “One of the best singer/songwriters working on the indie scene today”. Kevin is a Chicago based Singer/ Songwriter who, accompanied by his band, is releasing his Better Angels Album at Martyrs on Wednesday, July 25 at 8:00 pm. Vents Magazine says… “Better Angels is a work of melodic complexity, superior musical arrangements, and quality songwriting few today will readily match or surpass”.
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Fri, Jul 27 - 8pm - $10adv/$15door
A journey from the sharp and punchy to the smoky and narcotic, Sugarpulp is like a nostalgic basement groove with infusions of rock and roll riffs, hypnotic beats, and psychedelic vibes.
Man Called Noon is a Chicago based indie/alt rock band. Their roots are evident in their melodic mixture of Classic Americana, Pop, and Soul. Boisterous guitars and booming bass riffs erupt over impassioned soulful lyrics resulting in a distinct and in your-face-sound that can only be harnessed by Man Called Noon. MCN now provides a broader musical texture, allowing for a more precise interpretation of a burgeoning sound. They have taken a punctuated leap forward, and the maturity, confidence, and musical talent is on display. The New EP, “Everybody Move” is out now.
Trick Shooter Social Club’s fuses Americana, Alt country, Blues, Pop and Rock in a mix of romantic timelessness and gritty reality that has always been the blueprint for genuine, honest, timeless music. Their 2012 full-length Everything That Rises is a tour de force of what makes good songs great, and raw performances seamless. "Simo's Song" weaves a tender story about fatherhood, while the solo tune "Whiskey On My Grave" touches on country music's always-present sadness and humor. Cuts like the jangly " Almost Innocent" and the should-be hit "Needle Drop" shine with unironic nostalgia, and rockers like the album-leading "Powder Blue" blister with a reckless abandon usually attached to acts like Lucero or The Bottle Rockets. Though armed with disarmingly charming B3 organ, banjo, violin and dobro, the band also smartly includes a few stripped-down, intimately recorded numbers, like the sweet closing number "Bottom of Our Souls" and the aforementioned "Whiskey," showing TSSC is a talented group with canyon-wide range.
Based out of Chicago, SAYERS, according to Midwest Action, is "a damn fine indie rock band." SAYERS is a new project from the minds of former members of Chicago's "pop darlings" Paper Thick Walls and Machine Gun Mojo. The first EP, Diogenes Club, produced and engineered by Rob Bochnick (known as the lead guitarist for Glen Hansard), is marked by a four piece of memorable guitar melodies, bombastic vocals, pounding bass and drums, and an unrelenting attack on your dancing shoes.
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Sat, Jul 28 - 7pm - $10
The Chris Greene Quartet has been a highly visible part of Chicago’s jazz scene since 2005, and has maintained a stable lineup from the beginning, with the exception of Steve Corley, who has held the drum chair since 2011. Damian Espinosa on piano and keyboards and Marc Piane on acoustic and electric basses have been onboard since the beginning. Unique among Chicago bands, most of whom feature, by necessity, constantly shifting personnel, the CGQ has been able to develop a true group sound and feel, harking back to bands from the classic age of jazz when groups could stay together for long periods of time. While honoring the tradition, the CGQ incorporates elements of funk, hip-hop, rock, pop, the blues and reggae, reflecting their diverse backgrounds. CGQ is also recently was honored at the 2018 Chicago Music Awards with an award for "Best Jazz Entertainer” and recently won the “Best Jazz Band” category in the Chicago Reader “Best of Chicago” Poll.
Poet and Comedian, Mark James Heath is a born and bred Chicago comedian who has just returned to Illinois after spending the last few years touring Canada. He has been featured in NBC/Universal's Break Out Comedy Fest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and JFL42. He is also featured on the new album Da Cream Soda Fur Coat by Toronto's Hiphop Comedy Collective Runnin At The Mouth.
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Sat, Jul 28 - 9pm - $10
Anything is possible! This is the mission statement of the multi-genre sextet, and it is embedded in the heart of every song they write. From their humble beginnings as an open mic house cover band, Audiodacity has grown into a dynamic and musically-diverse ensemble with dozens of original songs, each imbued with the spirit of their camaraderie. Every member has varying levels of musical backgrounds, preferences, and influences; but these differences seamlessly combine into a sound that is truly original. Funk, rock, hip-hop, latin, jazz, reggae, R&B, blues and soul – no genre is left unexplored.Audiodacity’s unique style and their reputation for delivering unforgettable live performances have earned them a spot among Indiana’s top bands. They have won several city-wide and state-wide battle of the bands competitions, performed all throughout the Midwest, and have even shared the stage with nationally touring acts such as Ludacris, GROUPLOVE, and Here Come The Mummies.
Midwest Hype came of age in the early 2000's in the Chicago area and officially became a band in 2006 when lead singer/guitarist George Matthew Prellwitz met drummer Max Kepler and bassist Nate Miller and began playing music together. The three of them went on to Ball State Univeristy, where they met keyboard player Kevin Krizmanich, saxophonist Ben Morrisey, and trumpet player Scott Whitford. After leaving BSU the band members proceeded to embark on a grueling tour schedule, playing 150+ shows annually over the course of the next 5 years. In early 2010, emcee Justin "Ideal" Diehl joined the group, adding the perfect complement to the mixture of hip-hop, reggae, funk, and jazz that fully epitomizes the band.In 2012 the band released the "Dayglow" EP, beginning with a sold out show at Schuba's Tavern in Chicago. The EP was their first effort working with producer Steven Gillis (formerly of Filter). 2012 saw the band play numerous high-profile shows, including The House of Blues, The Metro, Wicker Park Music Fest, Summercamp Music Festival, and Hyperion, among others.2013 saw the band hit Hollywood Way Studios with multi-platinum producer Dave Aron (of Sublime, Death Row, and Prince fame) to record the full-length LP "The Time." The album sets the dynamic contrast of the band's mix of intelligent hip-hop and soulful reggae against the driven background of progressive funk, with flourishes of hard rock and jazz. The Time was released in 2014 with a solo-out headlining show at the world-famous Double Door Chicago.The Hype followed up the “The Time” by once again working with Steve Gillis at Transient Sound in Chicago to record the "Nightglow" A/B-side 7 inch vinyl series, the first instalation of which was released in 2017 with with the recording of the live music video for the title track & lead single filmed at a sold out show at The Emprorium in Chicago.
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Mon, Jul 30 - 8pm - $7
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
Led by acclaimed drummer Brad Elvis and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chloe F. Orwell, Chicago's The Handcuffs explore broad sonic territory while believing in the power of a great radio hook. The Handcuffs inhabit some of the same musical domain as T-Rex, Spiders from Mars Era Bowie, Franz Ferdinand and early Blondie - all filtered through a modern lens - and deliver bold, sexy songs with memorable melodies and unexpected twists. Known as much for their dynamic live shows as for being prolific writers and producers, their songs have been featured in dozens of films and television shows. The band has released three full-length albums and is currently working on the fourth. They recently released a special International Cassette Store Day album called "All the Way from Chicago," featuring a "best of" style, remastered sampling of their modern garage-glam songs, plus a never-before released nod to one of their influences, Mott the Hoople. "The Handcuffs are one of the few bands capable of effectively combining the spontaneity and musicianship of glam/punk with the urgency and rough-edged sound of garage rock," says Jersey Beat's Phil Rainone. “There's a sexy, swaggering street vibe throughout,” added Musoscribe's Bill Kopp. And the Chicago Sun-Times exclaims that The Handcuffs are simply "effervescent." Completing The Handcuffs powerhouse lineup are bassist Emily Togni, lead guitarist Susie Q. Winn and keyboardist Alison Hinderliter.
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Tue, Jul 31 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Wed, Aug 1 - 8pm - $10
Brassy Washington DC-based multicultural outfit, Black Masala, is part of the new generation of go-anywhere brass bands. You can hear this sound all over the world now – from New Orleans (Hot 8) to Belgrade (Boban & Marko Markovic), Paris (Fanfarai) to Cotonou (Gangbe Brass Band), and right here on the east coast area as well (Red Baraat & No BS! Brass). A major party alert for this band – Black Masala puts on an amazing, high-energy live show! In 2015 Black Masala released their second studio album, I Love You Madly as well 3 volumes of remixes featuring DJ's from all around the world. I Love You Madly was well received and reached #2 on the CMJ World Chart and #4 on Canada's national Earshot radio chart. On their second album it is clear that Black Masala are having a lot of fun incorporating various musical influences into their go-anywhere Brass sound. Ranging from Gypsy punk, Balkan brass and New Orleans funk, to Bhangra and bounce, this is an album for the multicultural music listener. The heavy horns and danceable rhythms tie “I Love You Madly” together and create an album that can be played for a wide range of audiences. Whether they are performing live shows or releasing new music, Black Masala push the boundaries between genres and explore new musical frontiers. This unorthodox and highly creative approach is what makes the shows so much fun with a wild and unpredictable vibe for the audience.
Paige DeChausse (lead vocals) and Nick Boettcher (lead guitar/vocals) soaked in soul, came of age in the gritty great Chicago Blues Scene. Absorbing the soul of R&B, the power of rock-n-roll and the honesty of folk music in the two-some, by now a cache of original music set sights on Austin, TX in 2013. The undeniable power and beauty of DeChausse’s vocals, Boettcher’s fiery guitar work, and the ESP-like intuition of the band behind them quickly branded THE FEW as band to watch. It’s nearly impossible to sit or stand still at a show... the groups chemistry and genuine charisma onstage is at once mesmerizing and infectious.
Space Mafia is a cataclysmicly potent four-headed, twelve-legged grunge band from Chicago, IL.
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Thu, Aug 2 - 8pm - $7
The greasiest nitro-fueled Rockabilly bastards outta the Rustbelt, Three Blue Teardrops has been performing as a band and recording and releasing records since 1991. They write original American rock and roll music with inspirational content from the greatest rockabilly and punk bands in the world. Difficult to describe, Three Blue Teardrops have always offered hard-hitting punk rockabilly music that makes the trip out to see them well worth-while with an honest effort at entertaining the crowd with energy, a hint of anger and a dump-truck full of enthusiasm. Three Blue Teardrops is one of the very few original American punk rockabilly acts that still contains its original line-up of musicians who hearken from Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago; their music is still authentic rust-belt rockabilly but is tinged with some age that has improved it in ways without taking away from the force of the live performance. They have made famous original songs that are performed by other acts the world over.
Since 2003 Hillbilly Idle has been taking Rockabilly, Country, Surf, and a little bit of Punk Rock - throwing it all in to the blender, and turning it on high! This ain't your Grandad's Rockabilly! Over the years, the band members' musical credits include: Rebel Rousers, Sea Sick Crocodiles, Venus Flycats, The Bottletones, HiFi & the Roadburners, Thee Invaders, Chicago Blues Angels and many more... Taking all their experience and putting it to work, these guys can't be pinned down into one Rockabilly subcategory. These three time hosts of The Big C Jamboree have proudly shared the stage with everyone from traditional acts like Wanda Jackson and Art Adams to Rock and Roll wrecking balls like Hillbilly Casino and Guana Batz.
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Sat, Aug 4 - 9pm - $10
The Human Circuit is an Alt-Pop, Psych-Rock band from Austin, Texas with catchy orchestral grooves ranging from the mystic vibes of David Bowie to the intricate arrangements of Arcade Fire.
Formed in the summer of ’16, The Fifth Star Band is a youthful group of raconteurs looking to make their impact on the music landscape with their soulful jazzy twist on American Traditional Rock. The unique sound The Fifth Star Band has been able to cultivate is largely due to the diverse musical backgrounds each member of the group brings to the table. While at its core, Jordan Sawyer’s songwriting embodies a modern take on American Traditional Rock, throw in some funky bass licks, a strong jazzy beat, and a smooth dose of Eric Pedone's sax and you get a sound unlike any other.
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Tue, Aug 7 - 8pm - $10
“Who are we, and where do we go from here?” These were the questions on the minds of Kelly and Patrick Morris in late 2016. After bringing to an end a long but successful two and a half year tour, playing venues and music halls from small to large from coast to coast including festivals such as SXSW (twice), Midpoint Music Festival, Sweetwater 420 fest to name a few, and recording a live session with Daytrotter. Garnering new fans and attention from various press outlets along the way they averaged over 250 shows a year all in support of their 2014 debut release “Walking With A Different Stride.” In the midst of it all, they found themselves coming to terms with the fact that they were not progressing in the ways they felt they needed to with their songwriting, and recording. Between being on the road and living in Chicago it was hard to find a permanent place to work and move forward with their music in the ways they wanted to do. The brothers packed up and headed back to their home state of South Carolina to find a space conducive to living, writing, and recording without the limitations and pressures of time and money that commercial studios usually entail. They needed a home, somewhere to recuperate and hone the sound and conceptive direction they wanted to take with their next release. They found themselves looking in the city Charleston, SC, two hours south of their hometown of Camden, and a place they had spent some time between tours in 2014. A year later they emerge with a collection of songs that embody the writing and production style developed during their time spent at “Leon’s Electric House.” These works follow suit with challenging the same questions they have asked themselves “Who are we, and Where do we go from here?” The first single off the upcoming release is entitled “Carrie Anne.”
Determined to make music that offered listeners a break from the norm, four blood brothers joined forces to create The Avantist, a progressive rock band whose music challenges its audience to rethink the meaning and the sound of a traditional rock band. This band draws from a variety of influences to create a truly unique collection of music
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Wed, Aug 8 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Aug 9 - 8pm - $10
Case-fitter is Jeff Swanson’s first original full-length release. It was recorded over four weeks in April 2017 during a residency at The Whistler in Chicago. Each week the group used a set repertoire and added members to its core trio, exploring a different experience each week and concluding with the final recorded performance as an octet. Swanson brings a fresh lyrical approach to melding jazz, improvisation, electronic and post-rock music together on this release. Featuring a cast of rare talent, Case-fitter explores these seven new compositions to paint boundless landscapes with craft and care.Featuring: Greg Ward – Alto Saxophone, Dustin Laurenzi – Tenor Saxophone,Paul Bedal - Keyboards, Matt Ulery - Bass, Greg Artry - Drums, Jeff Swanson – Guitars, electronics.
Miss Remember is a rock band that rocks from Chicago. Formed by Jim Tashjian (gtr, vox), Peter Tashjian (drms), Leslie Beukelman (vox) and Martin Stonikas (bass) when the four were students at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the members all continue to be active in various bands in various circles of the Chicago music scene (District 97, Hood Smoke, Hey Champ, Goran Ivanovic Trio, Brite Lite, Davy Knowles, Luna, BD and the jackrabbits, Timetables etc…) As a band, they combine sounds from their rock roots with their love of diverse musics from around the city, the country and the world. Dissonant harmony and a unique rhythmic concept are layered with delicate, simplistic melodies. They are children of the 90's, who grew up in the midwest, just striving to write good songs. Miss Remember released their first full length record on the Ears&Eyes label January 13, 2017.
Chicago improvisers Jeremy Cunningham (drums) and Dustin Laurenzi (saxophone/electronics) share a common fascination with melody, sound and rhythm that has brought them together in countless configurations since their first meeting in 2012; however, the transparency of the duo setting allows these two like-minded musicians’ voices to shine even more directly.
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Fri & Tue, Aug 10 & 14 - $44 (two show package)
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The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago and ONLY at Martyrs’ for these ALL AGES shows!
Concert 1: August 10
Drumming legend Billy Cobham brings his eclectic fusion style (and a massive drumset) to Martyrs’! Billy is best known for his groundbreaking work in Mahavishnu Orchestra. He has also recorded/performed with George Duke, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and countless others!
Todd Sucherman joins us from the summer Styx tour. Originally from Chicago, Todd has recorded/toured with Brian Wilson, Peter Cetera, Fareed Haque, Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, and a variety of others. His Methods and Mechanics DVDs for drummers have been best sellers for the past decade.
Concert 2: August 14
Best known for his work with international sensation Snarky Puppy, Robert “Sput” Searight is an amazing cutting edge drummer, composer and producer!
Matt Garstka is the backbone of the progressive rock powerhouse Animals As Leaders. His powerful next generation progressive rock style has earned him numerous accolades in all major drumming publications.
At both shows, the drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist James Genus (Herbie Hancock/Saturday Night Live), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and Chicago natives - keyboardists Stu Mindeman and Paul Mutzabaugh!
You can expect a grand finale with both drummers at the end of both of these shows! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 10-14 for Drum Fantasy Camp (www.drumfantasycamp.com).
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Fri, Aug 10 - 8pm - $25 - All Ages
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The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago with the world’s top drummers and an all-star band!
Drumming legend Billy Cobham brings his eclectic fusion style (and a massive drumset) to Martyrs’! Billy is best known for his groundbreaking work in Mahavishnu Orchestra. He has also recorded/performed with George Duke, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and countless others!
Todd Sucherman joins us from the summer Styx tour. Originally from Chicago, Todd has recorded/toured with Brian Wilson, Peter Cetera, Fareed Haque, Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, and a variety of others. His Methods and Mechanics DVDs for drummers have been best sellers for the past decade.
Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist James Genus (Herbie Hancock/Saturday Night Live), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Paul Mutzabaugh!
You can expect both drummers to jam at the end!
Get your ticket here, or purchase a COMBO TICKET so that you can get in to the August 14 show with Robert “Sput” Searight and Matt Garstka! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 10-14 for Drum Fantasy Camp
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Sat, Aug 11 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat is a dynamic musical ensemble formed in Chicago in 2013. They perform a variety of roots rock inspired dance music from North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean Islands. The ethnically diverse musicians establish energizing polyrhythmic grooves and combine biting twang guitars, thumping bass, with the strength of brass horns, group singing, and urban poetry. Members: Armando Pérez, Kevin Miller, Dan Lieber, Ezra Lange, Diana Mosquera, Puerko Pitzotl, Jess Anzaldua, Matt Davis, and Luis Tubens all bring a vital cultural contribution to the band's unique "afrojam funkbeat" sound. Inspired by Chicago's soulful blues, jazzy house, and global fusion heavyweights, the group deliver their performances with purpose and verve; unifying listeners through sound and dance. ¡ESSO! was awarded "Best New Band," and "Best World/International Music Act" by the Chicago Reader's Poll in 2016. Their latest album offering, Pueblo Unido, is a remix album of their debut record. Fresh back from an appearance at SXSW and their first festival date in México, ESSO is planning a national tour in the Summer of 2017 to bring their music to new listeners across the states and beyond. More info and music: www.essoafrojamfunkbeat.com
Soulful. Raw. Powerful. Authentic. Visionary. These are only a few of the words used to describe Sandra Antongiorgi, a multi-talented artist with a passion for music, visual arts and education that is deeply rooted in community and culture. An accomplished singer, songwriter and painter, Sandra’s life experience in Chicago and inherent talent have weaved together to produce a diverse and impressive body of work in the arts. Born into a musically driven Puerto Rican family, she began singing and playing guitar at the age of five. Today, Sandra’s music, influenced by traditional Caribbean sounds, Soul, R&B, Rumba and Gitano, is an expression of a World, Latin, Neo-Soul sound. Sandra’s talent also transcends her love of music. She launched a visual arts career at 15 years old, embracing a rare opportunity to study under illustrious and established muralists and artists. Her gifted use of paint and formation of concept has led to contributions to scores of murals dotting a city known for the character of its strong neighborhoods. Sandra's work has been showcased in museums and exhibitions throughout Chicago, including the School of the Art Institute and the National Museum of Mexican Art. She is a champion of children's rights and works to expose the damage caused by family violence, incarceration and systematic marginalization. Sandra has taught art education as part of programming at the Chicago Public Schools and continues to maintain a connection to her community through her music and public and studio art.
How do classic rhumbas, 100 year old folk tunes, and ancient rhythms fit in the percussive electronic music of today? Come find Beats y Bateria: a collaboration of Havana born, Chicago based DJ/Producer AfroQbano, Moldovan born fado jazz singer Ana Munteanu and global beat drummer Daniel Crane. The three members come from different musical homes but what they do together is set a mood of celebration and nostalgia under the umbrella of global dance music.
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Sun, Aug 12 - 7pm - $10 - All Ages
Five buddy boys from chicago playing music together and disseminating a culture of corn.
National fencing champion Ross Monteith and orchestra nerd Calvin Langman didn't exactly get along in high school. However, a chance conversation in 2014 about the success of Youtube cover bands brought the two together to pave a road to quick fortune. Their mix of rocking guitars and electric cello created a unique dynamic, blending their love of rock artists like The Black Keys and folk bands like The Violent Femmes. The resulting music produced a youthful and chaotic frenzy of catchy melodies and raw instrumentals. When the band recruited professional gamer Luke Davis to join the band on drums, The Happy Fits were born. The band's first single "While You Fade Away" from their debut EP "Awfully Apeelin'" reached #5 on Spotify's Top 50 Viral USA Chart the first week of its release.
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Tue, Aug 14 - 8pm - $25 - All Ages
OPEN
The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago with the world’s top drummers and an all-star band!
Best known for his work with international sensation Snarky Puppy, Robert “Sput” Searight is an amazing cutting edge drummer, composer and producer!
Matt Garstka is the backbone of the progressive rock powerhouse Animals As Leaders. His powerful next-generation progressive rock style has earned him numerous accolades in all major drumming publications.
Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist James Genus (Herbie Hancock/Saturday Night Live), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Stu Mindeman!
You can expect both drummers to jam at the end!
Get your ticket here, or purchase a COMBO TICKET so that you can also get in to the August 10 show that features Billy Cobham and Todd Sucherman! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 10-14 for Drum Fantasy Camp (www.drumfantasycamp.com).
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Thu, Aug 16 - 7:30pm - $10
2017 marks the 6th annual Tori Amos Tribute Night, a benefit for R.A.I.N.N. (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network). Tori Amos Tribute Night debuted in 2011 at Mary's Attic as part of The Out Rock Music Series hosted by Manny Capozzi of the band Mister E. Machine. For years Out Rock served to create a community of queer and queer friendly musical artists that came together to produce collectively themed music nights with Tori Amos Tribute Night being the most famous of these collaborations. In 2016 the group partnered with R.A.I.N.N. to become a benefit show for the organization with the help of Maya Kuper and Paul McComas. This year's show will be curated by Aerin Tedesco and promises to be the most ambitious and heart felt tribute to the queen of piano rock herself. All musicians that take part in the show have this in common: The music of Tori Amos has shaped them both as artists and as people and supporting her music and her cause is their way of giving back to a rock goddess that has given them so much. Chicago artists perform the Cornflake Girl's brilliant songs to benefit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, co-founded by Tori in 1994. Now the nation's largest anti-sexual-violence organization, RAINN is consistently named one of America's Top 100 charities. www.rainn.org / Crisis line: 800-656-HOPE Musicians featured in this event include:Congress of Starlings, the faun with Debbie Kaczynski, Effigee, MIAH LUZ, Nautical Nuns, Maya Kuper & Paul McComas of the Dayna Clay Band, Lindsay Weinberg, John Mead, Tamara Martinez.
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Fri, Aug 17 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Some of Chicago's finest musicians come together and experiment with Progressive Funk the way it should be played.Funk Vendetta mixes the sounds of Funk like Parliament, Ohio Players, Zapp & Rodger, James Brown with Prog Rock, R & B, Pop, and Hip Hop to give you a truly NEW sound that will keep you dancing.Beware, there is a Vendetta against run-of-the-mill music and we plan on fighting it at the front line.
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Saturday, Aug 18 - 9:30pm - $20
Los Angeles based STRANGELOVE-The Depeche Mode Experience delivers a career spanning, pitch perfect “best of” concert that transports the listener through time and touches on several key points in Depeche Mode’s illustrious career. Songs from throughout the Depeche canon are lovingly recreated; from favorites on DM’s debut Speak and Spell to the newest fare from ‘Mode’s latest- 2017’s “Spirit”. No detail of STRANGELOVE’s presentation has been overlooked. The visual presentation with stage set pieces and in-show costume changes reflect different eras of Depeche Mode’s story; which spans almost four decades!Truly evocative of a Depeche Mode arena/stadium stage show; the scale of STRANGELOVE’s theatrical stage production is unparalleled, save for the real article. Custom-produced multimedia projection visuals delight the concertgoer’s senses and enhance the illusion that they’re witnessing an actual Depeche Mode concert.These accomplished musicians have a reverence and devotion to Depeche Mode’s body of work that has driven them to recreate every possible detail and bring the “Music To The Masses” in a concert setting that transcends a mere tribute production and feels more like a shared communal fan club celebration of halcyon days of new wave and emerging electronica. Accuracy and authenticity is a hallmark of the project, with the band employing as many authentic vintage synthesizers and samplers as possible in recreating the classic and widely varied sounds of Depeche Mode’s discography.With over 120 million records sold and a rabid international fan base, Depeche Mode’s status as elder statesmen of electronica is cemented. Their enormous fan base encompasses all ages and crosses every demographic. They just won a Grammy this year. Their Global Spirit tour, continuing into 2018, has set world box office records. STRANGELOVE –The Depeche Mode Experience brings a thoroughly enjoyable and staggeringly authentic DM concert to concertgoers, and connects with international audiences, wherever the group performs.​
This is PriMary...The Cure are one of the more colourful faces on Post-Punk’s Mount Rushmore. Romantic, dramatic, mischievous and potent they are a natural and logical assignment to be covered. Globe trotting power pop sons Who's This Mary? are only too pleased to present their legacy for your concert-going pleasure.Spawn as a lark and guilty by reason of intensity Who’s This Mary? chose to replicate songs by The Cure fully in 2010. Who's This Mary? are a modern beat combo that live and breathe in the Chicagoland area. Performing tip top original power pop as well as inspired cover versions of Britpop and other classics from 60's to present day. Their sound consists of bright melodies, tight harmonies, upbeat guitar work, and a healthy respect for catchy grooves. Known for their dedicated cover versions they have fully tackled The Jam (as "All Mods Conned"), The Beatles and now The Cure.Brought to you and comprised of members of London Calling (The Clash Tribute) and All Mods Conned (The Jam Tribute) so you may expect quality.
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Wed, Aug 22 - 8pm - $10
The Fingerbangles are what happens when you form a cover band by putting musicians from rock/folk/funk backgrounds into a car blasting Zeppelin while the driver listens toThe Easy Beats on their headphones, heading to a Jeff Beck Group concert wearing Blondieshirts with Pretenders haircuts. With a Monkees lunchbox. Factory Theater's Corrbette Pasko and Factory's Blake Dalzin are on vocals, with Factory's Scott OKen and Jason Moody on guitars, Four Lost Souls/Claire and the Bears' John Szymanski takes drums, while Kong Fuzi's Andy Peplinski's bass says "hey" to Barrel O Monkeys' Laura McKenzie's sweet keys and keytar.
In early 2017 a few long time musical collaborators decided to throw former opera singer Claire Feeney into the front seat of a rock band. Her versatility along with lead guitarist John Szymanski's technical mastery allow the band to defy genre. Their live shows weave vocals and guitars through influences that include 70s arena rock, pop punk, Stax soul, feminist folk, and southern gothic country.
Chuck & Sara are an acoustic duo who can be found playing throughout the north side of Chicago, and in storefront theaters. What started as a fun mashup experiment transformed into a delightful harmonious duo with stylized acoustic guitar. A cover band with a twist, Chuck & Sara draw influences from every genre and time period, putting 80s hits against folk deep cuts. The mashups are always fun, but the enchanting and intoxicating harmonies are the soundtrack for a fun and energetic show, no matter what the tune.
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Thu, Aug 23 - 8pm - $7
Shinzon is a three-headed Midwestern slugger that never settles. Raucous and riffy one moment, agile and bopping the next. Turtleneck-rock.
"Buttery bass-driven bumpers topped by a smoothly crooning voice, Zion's songs go down like sweet barrel-aged bourbon." -Aeronaut Brewing Company. Zion Rodman is a versatile musician who spends his free time singing and playing the guitar, bass, piano, and drums. He grew up in Cape Cod and eventually moved to Boston, where he got a BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts and grew a fan base in New England. By 2017, Zion was performing at historic venues along the East Coast like Club Passim, Caffe Lena, and the House of Blues. He opened for national acts that include Ellis Paul and Jeffrey Gaines. In the summer of 2017, Zion released his debut LP, You're Invited. The folk-rock album received praise and local media attention following its anticipated release. Crossfader Magazine wrote that in an era of “lo-fi bedroom projects, it’s refreshing to hear a young creative voice this professionally produced, fully realized, and cohesively structured around a distinct personality and energy.” Less than a year later, Zion released a rock EP titled Did Not Wake up Today on January 20th, 2018. Even before its release, the title track was recognized by AFROPUNK: “Rodman turns up the volume of his melodic indie pop, with his stunning voice just barely masking his anger beneath the hook.” Both albums are available to stream on Spotify and iTunes. Zion currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and his cat. Since settling in Hyde Park in the fall of 2017, Zion has been circuiting local venues, putting together a professional band to dig into the Midwest rock scene, and most recently won first place at the 2018 Uncommon Ground Open Mic Competition.
Jakals is a Boston based 5-piece indie rock band that fuses melodic, driving instrumentals with soul-aching vocals to form a 90s-inspired yet uniquely passionate sound.
Barry J. Fontenot is a Louisiana-born, Chicago-based soul musician with a love of pushing boundaries and a flair for the dramatic. Raised in the “Deep Soul” and “Delta Blues” musical traditions, Barry’s vocal style brings to mind the strong, rich tenor notes of legendary singers such as Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. In his original compositions, however, Barry reveals the eclectic influences that have followed him throughout his musical journey—he strives, in his own words, to “write em’ like Jazz songs, play em’ like Rock songs, and sing em’ like Soul songs.” Originally a Classical Tenor specializing in choral music, Barry decided to return to his musical roots in 2013, forming a Soul Band called “Barry Fontenot and the Hurricanes,” which performed mostly covers of the great Motown performers who had so inspired him in his youth. In 2014, while drunk and bleeding in Mexico, Barry wrote his first original song, “Desiree.” While the circumstances surrounding the song’s writing were less than glamourous, as Barry himself often explains (at-length) on stage, the experience of writing and performing original music was one that affected him to the extent that he now performs primarily his own songs, and has written upwards of three hours of performance material. Upon moving to Chicago, Barry founded a small, flexible musical collective called “Vox Kakumeika,” which serves as his backing band and production team, and includes instrumentalists specializing in guitar, sitar, trombone, saxophone, and more.
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Sat, Aug 25 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Made up of veteran Chicago musicians, SpaceFace is dedicated to the brilliance that is Bowie. Shows that are made up of his music that spans from his early years right to the last album. SpaceFace is a loving celebration of the music of David Bowie. His work, like the man himself, could never be pigeon-holed into one style or genre. Bowie's music was so crucial throughout our time that his fingerprints are all over the last 50 years of popular music. In a career-spanning show, these Chicago musicians have curated a set that contains classics as well as band favorites. So....hang on to yourself, and press your SpaceFace close to ours!
Fun House is Chicago's Finest Iggy Pop Tribute Band!Dave Springer, The SingerTony Karagas, Right Guitar, backing vocalsJeff Wilson, Drums, backing vocalsJohn Griffin, Left Guitar, backing vocalsJim DeMonte, Bass, backing vocals
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Thu, Sep 6 - 8pm - $12
Morry Sochat and The Special 20's are bringing a fresh sound to the Chicago Blues scene. They mix classic Chicago Blues with Swing and Rock N’ Roll from the 1950’s. The band is influenced by the best in blues history. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan, Junior Wells, and all of the Chicago greats.Morry Sochat (pronounced Socket) moved to Chicago from Texas in 1990. He started playing harmonica in 2000, taking lessons from renowned teacher, Joe Filisko at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He played with The Shakes and Tongue & Groove before starting The Special 20s in 2005. Their first, self-titled release, recorded in 2006, was received with great reviews, taking the 20s from playing one or two nights a month to constant bookings all over the city. Morry has been playing around the city learning from the greats in Chicago, playing with Dave Specter, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Billy Flynn and Barrelhouse Chuck.In 2007, Sochat took the next step and went out on his own. He hired some of the best musicians in Chicago to round out The Special 20s. In 2008, they returned to the studio to record a new CD. The recording Swingin’ Shufflin’ Smokin’ was produced by Nick Moss and featured Ted Beranis, Kenny Smith, Dave Ross, Nick Krebs, Shoji Naito, and Jim St. Marie. The CD was also met with rave reviews. This opened up doors for the band across the US.In 2010 Morry took the band back to the studio to release Eatin’ Dirt. The CD was produced by Jimmy Sutton, and features 10 original songs. The band has grown in both skill level and size, adding a horn section on a lot of the songs. The current line up features Marty Binder, Doug Corcoran, Jim St. Marie, Shoji Naito, Chris Neal, and Ted Beranis. Other musicians who play regularly with the 20s are Jimmy Sutton, Beau Sample, Mark Fornick, Ariyo, Brother John Kattke, Chris Bernhardt, andk Kenny Smith. They are playing better than ever so check out a show when they are in your city. Blues coming your way.
The Flat Cats, based in Chicago, IL, play a range of vintage and modern music rooted in the hottest swinging jazz and blues, contemporary classics, and timeless standards. Whether you choose to listen, tap your foot, or cut a rug on the dance floor, you are sure to be entertained! The group is comprised of six talented musicians with years of performing, arranging, and composing experience.
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Fri, Sep 7 - 8:30pm - $25
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From the White House to “Real Housewives,” transparency has become the promise of the digital age; everyone is broadcasting everything all of the time. So what happens when a rock band throws open the studio doors, stops being polite and starts getting real?Des Moines rockers The Nadas found out when they set out last January to record their seventh LP, Almanac, virtually live. The rules were simple: the band would write, record and release one song a month all year. What’s more, every step of the process would be streamed live on the band’s website and with unprecedented access to the creative process; fans were allowed to become an integral part of this album. By joining the band’s web-based Almanac Project, fans could monitor their blog and read the band’s project journal. Comments and criticisms on everything from lyrics to instruments were welcomed and even, in a few choice cases, incorporated into The Nadas’ music. In September of 2009, select fans that had joined the Almanac Project were extended an exclusive invitation to a special songwriting session arranged to write that month’s addition to this most unique album.By 2009, with hundreds of thousands of copies of their previous six albums sold, and having toured along thousands of miles of highway (in Meatloaf’s old tour bus, no less), one would think Playboy Magazine’s “Best College Band You’ve Never Heard Of” would have little to worry about. However, singer/guitarist Mike Butterworth regretted the whole song-a-month idea almost immediately, “By February, I’d decided it was a terrible mistake,” he says. ”I didn’t like being forced to be creative on a schedule, and it wrecked havoc on the creative process. Knowing that people were watching me fumble through musical and lyrical ideas was really difficult. I was self conscious the whole time.”
As a songwriter for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated classic “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...As a recording and touring artist with longtime songwriting partner Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro and, since 2009, as a solo singer-songwriter increasingly on demand on the national concert circuit...As a singer and voice actor in major motion pictures, television series, commercials and recordings, including the films Happy Feet (1& 2), Rio, Ice Age (2 & 3), Robots, The Mexican, The Emperor’s New Groove, Envy; television series Prison Break, Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; and commercials for McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, El Pollo Loco, Nationwide and literally hundreds of others...As an activist in Washington on intellectual property, performer and songwriter issues, lobbying Capitol Hill regularly, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board, on behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, AFTRA, NARAS, BMI , SoundExchange and the musicFIRST Coalition...As an institutional volunteer on the elected and appointed boards of such vaunted musician and performer organizations as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Folk Alliance International, The California Songwriters Association, The Recording Academy and the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, fighting the neuromuscular disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease...After 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan ventured out solo in 2009 and released his first album that year, the spirited “Live at McCabe’s”, with his pals from the Austin-based Stonehoney backing him. His next album, “Shed My Skin”, is slated for release in 2012. He also moonlights as a member of the four-artist Christmas revue, Decembersongs, with friends Amy Speace, Jon Vezner and Sally Barris, and is a known abuser of acoustic guitars.
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Tue, Sep 11 - 8pm - $7adv/$10door
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includes Jim Boukas - guitar, Kris Nowak - guitar, Duff Driscoll - upright, Eric Lambert - guitar, Matt Arendt - guitar, Ben Wright - banjo, Jason Berger - mando, Steve Haberichter - mando, Pat Lyons - mando/dobro, Tom Murray - fiddle, Wavy Dave - banjo, Greg Morland - mando, Dan Andree - fiddle, Spencer Savoie - banjo, Grateful Gary - upright bass, James Chrzan - keys, Mike Krieglstein - upright bass, and more!
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Fri, Sep 14 - 9pm - $10adv/$15door
The North 41 is a dynamic blend of Rock, Funk, and Jazz, with the danceability of Pop music and sophisticated musicianship that keeps you hanging on every guitar solo, every drum solo, and every whaling keyboard lick. The Chicago-based band has been winning fans all over the Midwest, and even as far as the Colorado Rockies, since 2014. Founded in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, by Pat Walsh (guitar), Frank Minella (guitar), and Michael Campo (drums), The North 41 began as an instrumental jam-band, with Minella initially on bass. The absence of vocals created a unique environment for improvisation and complex arrangements. As a trio, the band performed at many high school events and won several battle of the bands competitions. It wasn't until a few years later that the band added Craig Urban (bass) and Walsh's cousin, Riley Pettrone on vocals. This had a great influence on the band's songwriting process and the overall sound of the music. The musicianship had been honed, but now the band could rely on a strong singer to lead the song. Pettrone's charismatic stage performances created an energetic, dance-frenzied show that added to the already tight band. In 2015, The North 41 released their first LP, Dancing & Praying. The album received a good amount of radio play throughout the midwest, including Chicago's WXRT. Along with the album, the band released music videos for their singles, "Everybody Knows (The Woman Way)" and "Ain't a Fool". Towards the end of the year, Urban was replaced by local bass prodigy, Donoven "Heavy" Brown. While continuing touring the midwest, The North 41 plans on recording a follow up EP to be released in the summer of 2016. A few live videos are in the works and bigger and better shows is what The North 41 is always striving for.
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Wed, Sep 19 - 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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Thu, Sep 27 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a guerilla-punk-balkan-folk-brass band massive like no other. Tracing their genesis back to the streets of Toronto, the original quartet of busking troubadours quickly amassed a battalion of like-minded musical souls and the full-blown, dozen plus strong Orkestra was born. The multi award winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by the Canadian and international media alike and over the past 8 years they have performed on streets and stages around the world, leaving a trail of new friends and dedicated fans in their wake. Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a truly immersive experience - ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic, and they have exquisitely captured that energy on their new album If I Had The Strength. Released in November 2018, it includes guest appearances from famed soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Latino rapper Boogat, Choir! Choir! Choir! and more. Their new video for the song Freedom has also just been released. Directed by the band's own Michael Louis Johnson, it was shot following an all-night drive home from a gig. Without any sleep, the members donned their best suits and gowns, cracked open a bottle of tequila, and let the cameras roll. “We wanted to create something that presents more questions than it answers,” Johnson says. “A piece wherein the stakes are very high, but we don't know what's at stake." The band is currently supporting their new releases with a 9 date Canadian tour, before heading south to New York City to premiere their two-time Dora award winning folk opera Counting Sheep in December. They will also be featured artists in the made for CBC TV movie Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas – a celebration of the most beloved Christmas songs set to air nationally on December 3rd. With a recent appearance on CBC Q, up coming tapings for The Strombo Show, and a March 2018 tour of New Zealand that includes performing at the WOMAD Festival there, it’s clear that LBO have no plans of slowing down. Expect to hear a lot more about them in the coming year, as the take their unique brand of music mayhem to audiences around the world.
Firebreathing horns, thunderous drums, serpentine melodies, and crooked rhythms issue forth from this skeleton crew of a brass band. Black Bear Combo channels the common energy between street music of the Balkans and near east with various strains of rock and jazz. Since 2002 we've brought our sound to clubs, basements, festivals, weddings, funerals, parties and streetcorners across the country.
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Sat, Sep 29 - 9:30pm - $17adv/$20door
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 wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. In 2013 the band also 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 Lil’ Smokies have become festival favorites coast to coast with highlights including Delfest (MD), Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass (CO), ROMP Fest (KY), Hangtown Halloween (CA), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Roseberry Music Festival (ID), Northwest String Summit (OR), Targhee Bluegrass Festival (WY), River City Roots (MT) and more! This five-piece bluegrass ensemble features Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Jake Simpson (fiddle) and Matt Rieger (guitar).
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Fri, Oct 12 - 7pm - $15
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Wild Rivers immerse their folk-pop originals into the warm musical styles of the artists that influenced them. With over 16 million streams on Spotify, the four-piece band effortlessly blends exquisite harmonies, beautiful songwriting, and a captivating stage presence, while their vibe fits equally well in listening rooms and symphony halls.
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Fri, Oct 12 - 10:30pm - $15adv/$18door
Hailing originally from Ann Arbor Michigan, the band Ghettobillies have seen and done it all. Reverend C. Cobb (AKA: Robbie Conaway) and Pope D' Licious (AKA: Derek Kramer) along with Tasty Pastor J (AKA: Jason Church) moved to Chicago to seek out better opportunities for their band. From working the mean streets of Chicago as bike messengers to working the old, bitchy women of advertising on Lasalle street with massage oil, the GB's have earned their rightful place as a band that has stood the test of time. Except perhaps for a brief stint in Bogota Columbia where one of them worked as a gun runner for Juan Garcia Abrego (an infamous South American drug cartel who smuggled some of the largest shipments of pure Columbian snow into North America), touring nonstop for 12 years brought this band to a skill level and maturity rarely seen on the local level anymore. Once the 5th and final drummer, Holy Maloney (AKA: John Maloney), joined the not so well known supergroup back in 2002 and rythm section "life partner" and child prodigy bassist Bong (AKA: Matthew Longbons) jumped on the preverbial bandwagon, the circle of ridiculousness was complete. Masters in each of their chosen fields, the band Ghettobillies knew no musical boundaries and in the words of one famous writer from Rolling Stone magazine, "...Those guys play whatever the hell they want!...It's ridiculous."And so it is.Ridiculous that a band might play 2 songs that don't sound exactly the same. And ridiculous that they make a conscious effort not to gear their entire image, lyrics and sound towards 1 specific microcosm of teenage subculture. Ridiculous that they refuse to bow to the obvious might and glory that is the magnificent recording industry. Utterly ridiculous that they continue on their hopeless quest of recognition, quality, and artistic integrity.Since that time, the band Ghettobillies have tirelessly toured all over the midwest, east coast and United Kingdom and succeeded in creating their own enormous underground cult following without the help of any record labels, supergroup managers, well known promoters, or really anyone actually legitimately involved in the music industry at all. Though they have always sought out the help of said agencies and companies, they have mostly been ignored by every major and independent record label that exists from time immortal and most likely will continue to be. But "why?" you might ask-Why do these men of genius not receive what seems to be so rightfully theirs? Why is the world so unfair to men who work so hard and deliver so much to so many?Why?Because "@!%&*$ 'em", that's why.
The Fingerbangles are what happens when you form a cover band by putting musicians from rock/folk/funk backgrounds into a car blasting Zeppelin while the driver listens toThe Easy Beats on their headphones, heading to a Jeff Beck Group concert wearing Blondieshirts with Pretenders haircuts. With a Monkees lunchbox. Factory Theater's Corrbette Pasko and Factory's Blake Dalzin are on vocals, with Factory's Scott OKen and Jason Moody on guitars, Four Lost Souls/Claire and the Bears' John Szymanski takes drums, while Kong Fuzi's Andy Peplinski's bass says "hey" to Barrel O Monkeys' Laura McKenzie's sweet keys and keytar.
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Sat, Oct 13 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$18door
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Hailing originally from Ann Arbor Michigan, the band Ghettobillies have seen and done it all. Reverend C. Cobb (AKA: Robbie Conaway) and Pope D' Licious (AKA: Derek Kramer) along with Tasty Pastor J (AKA: Jason Church) moved to Chicago to seek out better opportunities for their band. From working the mean streets of Chicago as bike messengers to working the old, bitchy women of advertising on Lasalle street with massage oil, the GB's have earned their rightful place as a band that has stood the test of time. Except perhaps for a brief stint in Bogota Columbia where one of them worked as a gun runner for Juan Garcia Abrego (an infamous South American drug cartel who smuggled some of the largest shipments of pure Columbian snow into North America), touring nonstop for 12 years brought this band to a skill level and maturity rarely seen on the local level anymore. Once the 5th and final drummer, Holy Maloney (AKA: John Maloney), joined the not so well known supergroup back in 2002 and rythm section "life partner" and child prodigy bassist Bong (AKA: Matthew Longbons) jumped on the preverbial bandwagon, the circle of ridiculousness was complete. Masters in each of their chosen fields, the band Ghettobillies knew no musical boundaries and in the words of one famous writer from Rolling Stone magazine, "...Those guys play whatever the hell they want!...It's ridiculous."And so it is.Ridiculous that a band might play 2 songs that don't sound exactly the same. And ridiculous that they make a conscious effort not to gear their entire image, lyrics and sound towards 1 specific microcosm of teenage subculture. Ridiculous that they refuse to bow to the obvious might and glory that is the magnificent recording industry. Utterly ridiculous that they continue on their hopeless quest of recognition, quality, and artistic integrity.Since that time, the band Ghettobillies have tirelessly toured all over the midwest, east coast and United Kingdom and succeeded in creating their own enormous underground cult following without the help of any record labels, supergroup managers, well known promoters, or really anyone actually legitimately involved in the music industry at all. Though they have always sought out the help of said agencies and companies, they have mostly been ignored by every major and independent record label that exists from time immortal and most likely will continue to be. But "why?" you might ask-Why do these men of genius not receive what seems to be so rightfully theirs? Why is the world so unfair to men who work so hard and deliver so much to so many?Why?Because "@!%&*$ 'em", that's why.
Ricky the Fourth, a performer from a family of performers, is a direct descendant of the circus. Drawing on family tradition to entertain the masses, Ricky regales crowds with his songs' heart-of-the-matter storytelling and coarse, dry humor. Using his natural born ease and charisma, Ricky has captured the attention of fans from the palm lined beaches of California to the salt licked air of Maine, across the Great Lakes of the Northern Plains, down through the Lower Mid-West and all along the diverse coast of the historic Atlantic Seaboard.Starting out as a classically trained cellist and young jazz bassist Ricky uses his heterogeneous musical background and long ranging travels to meld a variety of rock that at times appears to be refined on the surface, only to give way to a gritty americana underlay that draws you in to a heavily woven tapestry of the rawest of human emotion.Drawing from the talents of Infamous Greats such as; Lightning Hopkins, Dr. John, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bill Withers, James Taylor and Tom Waits to the In-Famous Greats such as; Andre Williams, Robbie Fulks, Brazzaville and Bob Log III, Ricky builds his own brand of Blues and Folk influenced Rock that reaches out well beyond the genres.His singable melodies with distinct grey matter sticking hooks and crowd engaging showmanship are proof positive that Ricky the Fourth is a true professional artist well worth his weight.
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Fri, Oct 26 - 8pm - $60-$70
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The sunniest and heartfelt St. Petersburg band SURGANOVA AND THE ORCHESTRA is coming to the US for the first time! Their Chicago performance is a part of the world tour. The lead singer - Svetlana Surganova is charismatic, sincere and lyrical. She is, perhaps, the only Russian artist who, in addition to her own works, composes songs on lyrics of the greatest poets - Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova, Brodsky, Lorca and others. A rare alliance of fatal sound, deep words and optimistic sound, wisdom and light, which makes the band so very special. Do not miss out!
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Sat, Oct 27 - 9pm - $15
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Melodime is a Virginia-based band with influences in both country and rock that features emotionally charged anthems, piano driven hooks, and energetic guitar solos for a dynamic, organic sound.Melodime, featuring Brad Rhodes (lead vocals, guitar), Sammy Duis (piano, organ, bass), Tyler Duis (drums), and Jon Wiley (guitar, mandolin, dobro), has performed over 100+ shows annually throughout the continental United States, sharing the stage with such well-known acts asSam Hunt, Eli Young Band, A Thousand Horses, and Sister Hazel.The band has also left its mark internationally with performances in Mexico, Canada, and Europe, all while founding and running a charity, ‘Now I Play Along Too,’ which provides musical instruments and lessons to underprivileged children in the DC area, Florida,Nepal, Kenya, and Haiti.The band is quickly becoming a fan-favorite in the festival scene, playing five consecutive Rock Boatcruises, as well as Musikfest, Herndon Festival, Mile of Music, and other events. In their hometown of Northern Virginia, the group has performed at popular venues such asThe State Theatre,9:30Club,The Hamilton,andBaltimore Soundstage.Melodime will be rolling out their new album in 3 EP installments starting with the first single "Song of the Summer" on June 29th.
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Tue, Nov 20 - 8pm - $10
The Trouble Notes are a Berlin based trio, composed of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Describing themselves as ‘Indie-Gypsy fusion’, their music is characterised by emotionally driven, instrumental ballads reflecting pan-cultural influences and blending an eclectic fusion of traditions, to create a truly unique sound; representative of their extensive travels and consequent musical development. Their music is defined as ‘music from everywhere for everyone“. The group have achieved success and wide acclaim for past releases, with their previous EP Soundtracks from the Street reaching the Top 5 in USA iTunes charts for Latin & World Music, as well as garnering 60 million+ video views on publications including Grand Masquerade, Gypsy Train and Christoph. Their new single, Lose Your Ties, is an immersive, emotionally charged and thrilling piece of music, encapsulating a melting pot of influences. This track, as with their other releases, deliberately lacks lyrics to allow the listener to create their own vision of what transpires during each song, to allow people from any corner of the world to embark on a cultural and geographical expedition. The Trouble Notes tell us more about the single…“Lose Your Ties is our story. The song is about that little voice that pops into your head while you’re sitting in front of your computer at your desk job. The one that says ‘What are you doing with your life?’ We chose to follow that voice and it took us on this wild journey. Lose Your Ties is the first of many stories we are ready to tell.” Their new album Lose Your Ties, released in February 2018, showcases a development of their expressive, incredibly diverse sound, representing the start of a new, and exciting, musical journey.
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