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Thu, Jan 18 - 8pm - $7
Alpina Noise is a multi-release, international revivalist band–intense, hard-edged, and moody, and heavy on drums and bass. A fusion of multiple musical genres, with dark echoes of post rock, punk, alternative, shoegaze, metal, noise rock, trip rock, and electronic-tinged pop confections. Influenced by The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, Zero 7, The Pixies, Broken Social Scene, and British Sea Power, among others.
The Strapping Owls are an energetic trio known for their "Live Wire Soul" is driven by veterans of the Chicago music scene, Nicholas Barron and Larry Beers and Fred Bueltmann.Nicholas's soul grabbing voice, dynamic guitar and heartfelt lyrics are driven forward with Larry's melodic, supportive drumming and Fred's groove making, funky sousaphone. A power trio for the ages, like you've never heard before.
Walker is a Chicago band playing bluesy, indie pop.
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Fri, Jan 19 - 9pm - $15
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to Jimi Hendrix on 1/19/18. The man’s career can only be described in superlatives. Best. Greatest. Most innovative. Most influential. According to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jimi Hendrix was “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock”, while Rolling Stone put him at the top of their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” To launch our 2018 series of tributes, Great Moments in Vinyl performs two of Jimi Hendrix’s most widely acclaimed recordings in a narrated concert featuring his debut releases Are You Experienced and Axis: Bold as Love. "[Are You Experienced is] "the album that shook the world ... leaving it forever changed" -Noë Goldwasser, founding editor of Guitar World - 1989. "His riffs were a pre-metal funk bulldozer, and his lead lines were an electric LSD trip down to the crossroads, where he pimp-slapped the devil."" -Tom Morello, Rolling Stone 12/18/15. This Great Moments in Vinyl performance is a collaborative effort between Chicago radio personality William Lindsey Cochran on bass and storytelling, and two amazing Chicago area musicians: guitarist-to-watch Bill Grady (who says “I was born ready for this show”) and drummer Jonathan Reed (who as a boy found himself inspired to pursue the instrument from listening Hendrix’s drummer, Mitch Mitchell).
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Sat, Jan 20 - 9pm - $10
Radio Free Honduras is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band, fronted by Honduran music legend and guitar virtuoso Charlie Baran. Before relocating to Chicago, Charlie was a fixture in the Honduran music scene. He became well known by those in the music industry as a composer and songwriter, and was revered by audiences for his talent as a performer. In Honduras he is best known as a founding member of the Honduran punta-rock band Banda Blanca. Charlie teamed up with Dan Abu-Absi (of JT and the Clouds and Birds of Chicago fame) to put together Radio Free Honduras a band of seasoned Chicago players who bring a wide range of influences to the music. The main focus of the band is on original music, but performances will often feature well known hits from Latin America, and Spanish language versions of American music of the 60's and 70's as well.
Deltaphonic is a New Orleans duo that blends fingerpicking blues, funk, and roots rock into a surprisingly big sound. Since its formation on Frenchmen Street in 2014, the band has released two critically acclaimed albums. Long standing New Orleans music critic Robert Fontenot had this to say about their most recent release, See Red: “If you opened a lounge outdoors in a graveyard next to a swamp, this would be the only album you’d need on the jukebox … NOLA finally has an answer for the Black Keys and the White Stripes—dark Americana with history’s dust shaken off.” Propelled by the frenetic performances and memorable songwriting of band leader Andrew T. Weekes and drummer Ciaran Brennan, Deltaphonic can be heard regularly in many of New Orleans’ iconic venues, and across the United States. The band consistently features an ever expanding array of notable guest musicians from New Orleans and beyond. Past guests include Ed Williams (The Revivalists), Russell Batiste (The Funky Meters), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce, Pretty Lights live band), Craig Klein (Bonerama, Harry Connick Jr. Big Band), Khris Royal (Rebelution, George Porter Jr. and the Runnin Pardners), and many more.
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Wed, Jan 24 - 8pm - $10
Bonzo Squad is an instrumental ensemble formed in Chicago, IL. The group formed as the house band of a jam session at Lilly's in 2014. Member of Bonzo Squad include Corbin Andrick (Bonzo) on saxophones and flute, Andrew Lawrence on keyboards and synthesizers, Andrew Vogt on bass, and Zack Marks on drums. For all intents and purposes, lets call them Corbin, Lawrence, Vogt, and Marks. The story starts when Corbin met Marks while playing in Bumpus, a funk/soul band in Chicago. The two travelled all over the country with this group and collaborated on several songs for Corbin's first two releases. Corbin then found Vogt on a golf course at LaGrange Country Club and ended up asking him to do the house set at Lilly's, where he stayed until the present. Finally, Lawrence came into the picture when Corbin and Zack went to Multi-Kulti. Lawrence was running the Tuesday night Multi-Kulti jam session at the time when he and Corbin collided again. Corbin needed a sub for Lilly's and Lawrence gladly accepted. These four recorded 22 tracks in two days at IV Labs studios, performed an all David Bowie Tribute, an all Prince Tribute, a Mozart tribute, and a full blown Christmas production.
"No band has taught me more emphatically the importance of humor and sarcasm in music..." So says Neil Carson, resident expert on all things Dan and leader of a 12-piece band formed especially for the performance of Steely Dan's classic fifth album, The Royal Scam. Released in 1976, The Royal Scam documents Steely Dan in transformation: from an elegant, but somewhat unpolished, radio-friendly rock band on their debut album Can't Buy a Thrill to a studio-exclusive, jazz- and funk-flavored compositional vehicle that came into full bloom on 1977's Aja. Featuring a laundry list of the finest session musicians in the industry--from audacious hero guitarist Larry Carlton on "Kid Charlemagne" to the Purdie-Shuffle's namesake drummer Bernard Purdie on "The Fez"--Steely Dan's Donald Fagen and Walter Becker surrounded themselves with the best, and got the best results. Dripping in sarcasm packaged into the nastiest funk, saxophonist and vocalist Neil Carson's Day-Glo Freaks pays loving tribute to this seminal album with meticulously-crafted arrangements loyal to the record, loads of history taken from liner notes and interviews with Becker and Fagen over the years, and simply the best musicians Chicago has to offer.
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Fri, Jan 26 - 7pm - $25
BANDS FOR BELL 15 -Come hear Bell School's Teachers, Staff and Parents Rock out to raise fund for Bell School. BANDS FOR BELL is an annual fundraising event where musicians from the Bell School Community perform to raise money for Bell School and its programs.
THE AVONDALE RAMBLERS have been thrilling music lovers young & old with their unique brand of Celtic folk/rock since their debut on St. Patrick's Day 2007. Having shared the bill with THE TOSSERS, THE PROCLAIMERS, THE YOUNG DUBLINERS and many more at clubs and Irish-fests across the Midwest, the band released 4 acclaimed CDs with original singer KEVIN FLYNN. Striking out on their own in 2016 with Dublin native HUGH DALY manning the lead vocals, founding members SEAN MULRONEY (bass), ANDY GERBER (guitar/mandolin) and drummer FRED FREY continue to refine their blend of folk, rock, blues, country and even gospel.....all filtered through an emerald colored lens. The band is currently working on a full length release, scheduled for early 2018 and titled "Out On The Lash".
Grunge and Funk had a love child. And it took flight as Samson The Aviator. Raised on the stages of some of the country's best rock venues, Chicago-based Samson The Aviator produces powerful sound that propels dynamic but focused original songwriting and an energetic on-stage presence. Over the course of two decades, Samson The Aviator, under a few different names and with some minor line-up changes, has consistently delivered its uniquely powerful, funky take on indie rock. The band has played at some of the best rock venues in the US, centered mainly in the dynamic music scene of Chicago, Illinois. The group has performed live on air, before audiences numbering in the tens and the thousands, and in some of the most storied recording studios. John - Guitar, Vocals; Nancy - Drums, Percussion; Pepper - Lead Vocals; Bone - Bass, Keyboards.
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Sat, Jan 27 - 6pm - $10 - All Ages
dreamy, jazz-influenced psych-rock out of Indianapolis and Chicago.
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Sat, Jan 27 - 9pm - $10
"Chicago's original honky-tonk fools," the Gin Palace Jesters are purveyors of the finest in hard hitting hillbilly Honky-tonk, Country Boogie and Western Swing . Infused with a deep and sincere fondness for all traditional American musical styles, the sound of the Gin Palace Jesters could best be described as being akin to the sounds of Country Music's "Golden" age. Although a portion of their live performances come from their vast catalog of the Hillbilly & Country Hit Parade, these boys are not mere followers or imitators. They also posses the talent of 3 songwriters performing original novelty numbers, heartfelt love songs, honky-tonk weepers, drinking songs and dark ballads. Delivering 3 and 4 part country harmony, the Gin Palace Jesters prove that authentic country and cowboy music can still hold validity in both traditional songs as well as brand new originals. The Gin Palace Jesters are a true authentic American band often seen holding court where the thrones are bar stools, the lights are made of neon, the holy spirits are served on the rocks, and Hank Williams is King.
Recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, Krazy Eddie and The Screamin' End came back to their sweet home Chicago to bring YOU that Juke Joint sound! From the roots of classic rock, to rockabilly and jump blues, you'll tap your feet and clap your hands - then jump up to dance! Come to a show and see what you've been missing. Well ........
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Mon, Jan 29 - 8pm - $7
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
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Tue, Jan 30 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Thu, Feb 1 - 8pm - $7
Wild untamed Chicago three-piece rockabilly
Based in Chicago, Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders play an Ameripolitan mix of honky-tonk, western swing and hillbilly jazz. Since 2002 they’ve entertained audiences with countless dance-friendly shows in Chicago and the Midwest while supporting their independent releases. On lead vocals and electric guitar, Dan Whitaker trades solos with Tom Mioduki on acoustic, while Earl Power and Chase Jackson hold steady on bass and drums. DWSB have released three albums to date, including Truck Ride in 2016. A honky tonk excursion through the past, present and future, Truck Ride charted on several Americana charts including AMA, RMR and Route 66; received worldwide airplay; and was nominated for two national awards. DWSB will release a new album of all original songs in the fall of 2017, and are currently branching out from the Midwest to deliver their unique sound to new audiences around the country.
Dennis J. Leise (of Possum Hollow Boys) performsRockabilly/Honky Tonk/Western Swing with his band Tiny Horse.
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Fri, Feb 2 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
New York based MC J-Live was born Jean-Jacques Cadet. He is commonly known as Justice Allah since adopting the culture of the 5% Nation in the mid 90s while attending State University of New York at Albany. He first garnered notice with the release of his 1995 single "Bragging Writes".Delivering his thoughtful lyrics with confidence and ease, J-Live's rapping was strong and his soul-inflected grooves immediately appealed to fans of underground hip-hop. A year later he followed up with another hit, "Hush the Crowd", and started to generate a palpable buzz. With tracks produced by luminaries such as Prince Paul, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock, the release of J-Live's full-length debut, "The Best Part", was hotly anticipated and the future looked promising for the ascendant MC.At this point, though, J-Live was beset by a host of troubles. Amidst constant label shuffling and plagued by a series of illegal bootlegs, the release of "The Best Part" was delayed for four years. There was some talk that J-Live was behind some of the bootlegs -- a few of which were of extremely high quality -- and the ongoing saga became something of an underground legend.In the interim, J-Live worked as an eighth-grade teacher in Brooklyn, NY, and continued to embellish and refine his debut. He kept good company, making cameo appearances on strong albums like Handsome Boy Modeling School's "So...How's Your Girl?" and J. Rawls' "The Essence of J. Rawls". The Best Part finally enjoyed its official release in the fall of 2001. All of the Above followed one year later, and 2003 brought a two-part mini-LP tribute to his early days, Always Has Been and Always Will Be. J-Live released his third LP, "The Hear After", in 2005 on the Penalty (Ryko) label and followed up with the "Reveal the Secret" EP in 2007. "Then What Happened?" debuted on BBE Records the following year.He then began to put out his own records and released the "Undivided Attention EP" in 2010 as a prelude to 2011's full length release "S.P.T.A. Said Person of that Ability". He has since changed his longtime corporate identity of Triple Threat Productions Inc to Mortier Music LLC. As an emcee, dee jay, producer, J-Live's music, old and new, continues to be a staple of inspiration for listeners of underground hip hop.
Boasting a highly sought-after, jazzy sound and an industrious tour ethic, Pseudo Slang’s Emcee Sick and Dj Form have maintained a staggering show schedule touring for the greater part of the last decade+ including Europe, the US, and Canada. The PSlangers are rolling strong as they work with Rawhead and the homies at Sub-Bombin Records on their forthcoming full-length "Fumble For My Pen" for which the 12" vinyl single "Cyclical" drops January 2015. Pseudo Slang continue to tour in support of this new single and of course their highly-acclaimed full-length “We’ll Keep Looking” (Fat Beats Records, 2009) which continues to make HUGE noise across the globe. Their German Import 7” vinyl single Pseudo Slang X Trucker Stroe “Cool Letter Man” ThinkLoud Records is also still available, and of course search around the world and the web for PS features on other artists' releases, and on mixtapes and compilations.When the PSlangers last took a dip across the pond for a European Tour they released their "Till It Ends" EP with Rawhead (Sub-Bombin Records, NY), which has whet the appetite for all the upcoming dopeness PS has in store. With all the touring on the slate catching a PShow is totally within the realm of possibility - here's what people have to say about Pseudo Slang:“This is what would’ve happened if Digable Planets formed a super group with Slum Village.” - okayplayer.com“Pseudo Slang is the thinking fan’s kind of hip-hop” - Chicago Sun Times“When I first heard Pseudo Slang ‘Yes Doubt’ I was floored, and it became my #1 Song of 2008. I’ve been doing radio for 18 years but few songs ever gave me chills, ‘Yes Doubt’ was one of them. I can’t wait for the album.”- Dj 3rd Rail Chicago DJ and Radio Legend, 89.3FM WNUR, DJ3RDRAIL.COM <http://DJ3RDRAIL.COM>“Fat Beats have signed a great act here and we hope to hear more of their output if the standard of production and rhymes are like these.”- Fat City Records
In a new era of genre-bending music, Makaya McCraven pushes the boundaries of sound and rhythm to create categories of his own. Called “a sound visionary” (jazzinchicago.org) who is “not your everyday jazz drummer” (thewordisbond.com), McCraven is a beat scientist. Whether behind the drums or in the lab, mixmaster Makaya McCraven moves between genres at lightning speed. “You are listening to one incredible musician. His style and sound is unique, a heady, skillful, sophisticated and boldly uncompromising mix of jazz and hiphop” (UKVibe). Makaya’s breakthrough debut 2XLP, “In the Moment” (International Anthem, 2015) has garnered international attention, earning critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, BBC (Gilles Peterson’s “Album of the Week”), and NPR. “In the Moment” is one of DownBeat and Pop Matters’ Top Jazz Albums of 2015. UK’s The Wire writes, “While Teo Macero’s work with Miles [Davis] might seem the obvious reference point, ‘In The Moment’ is closer in spirit to Madlib and J Dilla.” Jazz Times calls “In The Moment” “mesmerizing” and “an important document.” Makaya has shared the stage with a host of great artists such as Charles Neville, Lionel Louke, Soulive, Marcus Strickland, and Bernie Worrell. He has toured extensively, including a 52-city national tour opening for Steely Dan with The Bobby Broom OrganiSation. Makaya endorses Vic Firth sticks and Istanbul AGOP Cymbals. Makaya McCraven layers his extensive experience with hip hop bands, African dance bands, Hungarian folk music, and indie rock on top of a deep history of “straight ahead” jazz, improvisation, and the avantgarde with beats, sampling, and electronics as a form of unique self expression.
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Sat, Feb 3 - 9pm - $10ad/$12door
Dos Santos is a Chicago-based band that rocks the sounds of popular Latin dance genres with psychedelic flare, from Colombian Cumbia to Afro-Caribbean Salsa. Anchored by reverb-slathered guitars, Hammond organ, and syncopated percussion, their gritty and grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined ensembles of the 1970s and 80s that shook sweatbox dance floors with fierce energy all over Latin America. After making their debut in May of 2013, Dos Santos has been steadily making the rounds at Chicago’s premiere live music venues and festivals—from the prestigious Millennium Park Summer Music Series to the exclusive Chicago World Music Festival. In March of 2015, they released their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album Dos Santos and subsequently toured the United States, making appearances at SXSW, the Pachanga Latino Music Festival, and the Ruido Fest Latin Alternative Music Festival along the way. They have taped live sessions at the world-renowned Latin music headquarters Congahead Studios with the legendary Martin Cohen and WBEZ Chicago’s Live From Studio 10 curated by Vocalo, among others. In 2016, the band released their follow-up EP entitled “Fonografic” on Electric Cowbell Records which was produced by Beto Martínez of Grammy Award-winning Grupo Fantasma. Recently, they teamed up with Money Chicha to release a 7" vinyl split entitled "Summit Sessions" on Sonorama Discos.The group’s five members (Peter Vale, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Nathan Karagianis) have their own storied careers in a range of styles—including jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa, and electronica—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing. Their visceral sound draws from this sonic, cultural, and political well of influence, and is guaranteed to make you move.
Trio Mokili play roots and jazz-influenced interpretations of classic African guitar music. The group isled by Sydney-based guitarist Nathaniel Braddock, longtime leader of the Occidental Brothers DanceBand Int'l, and features his Chicago collaborators, Makaya McCraven and Junius Paul--two of thedeepest rhythm players in town. Their repertoire features music by Ethiopian composer Mulatu Astatke,Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Zimbabwean mbira music, desert blues, and more.
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Mon, Feb 5 - 8pm - $10
Boundary Waters is a Chicago-based band with emo roots, pop sensibilities, and post-rock textures. Boundary Waters began as a studio project with an EP released in 2013 and began playing live in Chicago in 2017.
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Thu, Feb 8 - 8pm - $10
Ethan is effortlessly charismatic. From his solo acoustic shows to his full band performances, Ethan showcases immense musical talent in both his vocal abilities and his guitar playing. This Chicago born-and-raised singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is a captivating performer. The sweet taste of his smooth and powerful vocals coupled with the intensity of his passionate lyrics pave the way for his listeners to embrace their story in a fresh way. While breaking free of generic molds, Ethan Butler unveils an eclectic repertoire that is both familiar and new. His unique Urban-Pop-Rock sound derives from the likes of Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, The Police, Maroon 5, Gary Clark Jr., Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and more. Ethan’s colorful melodies, vocal integrity, and musicianship are sure to impress and engage both the keen listener and the fellow artist.Ethan Butler just finished working with Rick Barnes at Rax Trax Recording and released his debut EP "Live In Chicago" in December of 2017 and will be starting up again soon to record new music and have his studio EP ready to drop in 2018!
Bringing together musical styles from all different backgrounds, The Pact is making waves in their local Chicago scene while on their way to the world stage. Through constant songwriting and pensive perfectionism, the band expertly blends alternative rock and indie pop styles into an electrifying art form, best represented by their recent, self-recorded debut EP “Ghosts." Their passion continually pushes them to create music that becomes a positive outlet their fans can relate to. Within the past year, they have been fortunate enough to share the stage alongside many great acts including: Vinyl Theater, Family & Friends, Half/Noise, Tribe Society and many more. Since the release of “Reaching in the Dark," they have been featured by Listen Live and Local, Fearless Radio, and 93XRT, who all seem to agree with The Deli Magazine who stated, “They have a polished rock sound that seems to have them destined for larger stages and wider audiences.”
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Fri, Feb 9 - 9pm - $15
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Sharing a common love of music and life on the road, Fruition were originally brought together by the lure of adventure. For the last six years, the Portland, Ore. string infused quintet has racked up the miles playing sold out shows in their adopted hometown and garnering new fans across the country. Fruition released Just One of Them Nights in 2013 and it’s an album that finds the band tackling the many struggles and successes that come along with living a vagabond lifestyle and the search for artistic clarity. Fruition have become arduous road warriors traveling the country and showcasing their adventures and experiences through song. In 2011, Fruition recorded the EP It Won't Be Long. Soon after, the group's three prominent songwriters, Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek and Mimi Naja, discovered they had penned over forty tunes. The band knew it was time for the next level of their journey - to create a top-notch album recorded in a professional recording studio and capturing their foot-stomping, high-energy string-infused songs. The only hitch... where was a nomadic group of independent musicians going to find the funds to create this high caliber album? The answer came in the form of a successful Kickstarter campaign in which Fruition surpassed their goal of $20,000 through the help of diehard fans, friends, and family. Though Just One of Them Nights captures a breadth of musical styles, it debuted at #11 on Soundscan’s Bluegrass chart. The album was recorded at Old School Studios in Casper, CA on Highway 1 and features eleven original songs. The first single from the album, “Mountain Annie,” has become an Americana classic and garnered steady airplay at SiriusXM’s JamOn. The song’s steady gait and memorable melody hook audiences on first listen while Jay Cobb’s lyrics address longing for a lover who is no longer present. On Kellen’s “Blue Light,” the band ventures into electric Rock 'n Roll territory and quickly transitions into a traditional country rhythm without missing a beat. “Blue Light” features exuberant solos from Jay on guitar and Mimi on mandolin offering fans a taste of what’s in store for fans at the band’s live shows. “The Wanter,” penned by Mimi, the band erupts into a classic bluegrass inferno of fast and furious string picking showcasing their skill as well as some of their influences. And on “Get In” the band slow it down a notch capture the mood of swimming in a languid ocean. The track sounds both fresh and familiar peppered with three-part harmonies and Mimi on mandolin. Over the years, Fruition have toured with or collaborated with members of Railroad Earth, ALO, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival and The Head and The Heart. They've thrilled audiences at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit and All Good Music Festival, and played for packed rooms at Portland, OR’s Crystal Ballroom, Boulder, CO’s Fox Theater, San Francisco’s Fillmore as well as the Great American Music Hall, Boston, MA’s Brighton Music Hall and more. With no signs of slowing down, the band takes each day as it comes. From broken down vans and whiskey shots, to the lovers and loved-ones who check-in through the miles, at the end of the day it's Just One of Them Nights for this talented bunch who are experiencing a radiant present and looking towards an even brighter future.
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Sat, Feb 10 - 8pm - $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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Tue, Feb 13 - 9:30pm - $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 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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Thu, Feb 15 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
With their sophomore release two, the rising PHO use funk as a vehicle to explore their“Minneapolis sound” influences with torch in hand. Intimate and soulful, intense andhighly energetic, the new album comes sprinkled with psychedelia and hip-hop, whilemaintaining the tight arrangements of funk tradition. The thirteen tracks, which wereproduced by John Davis, feature Kirk Johnson of Prince’s New Power Generation onpercussion. Recorded in Cannon Falls, Minnesota at the legendary PachydermStudio(‘Nirvana-In- Utero’), there was no shortage of vintage vibe amidst a playground ofold ‘70s synths and classic guitars, all articulated in the expansive array of musicalcolors ever-present throughout the mix.The youthful PHO has been proving their funky prowess to the national music scenewith a powerful live show that leaves crowds in awe. They’ve achieved this staturealongside big names in the business, including The Motet, Dopapod, Dumpstaphunk andmany more.PHO has been acquiring new fans with each appearance, but in the winter of 2016 theyattracted a truly unexpected fan when Prince caught a live performance from theirYouTube page, which prompted an invite to open for Larry Graham (Graham CentralStation) at the iconic Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN. That performance triggeredanother Prince Tweet: “Come back anytime. Just Holla.” Having the blessing of “ThePurple One” before his untimely death has pushed PHO to continue cultivating theMinneapolis sound’s legacy, and with the release of two, PHO promises to bring a newand exciting brand of funk to the world.&quot;
Fusing blues, rock, funk, and never turning away from a deep-groove jam, Murley's music has been featured in independent films, podcasts, station IDs, and on the area’s largest FM radio station 93.1 WXRT. All members hail from the northwest suburbs, and come from families with rich musical histories. Murley has been a part of the Chicago music scene since 2005, performing at nearly every city venue and countless city festivals in the Chicagoland area. Guitarists Scott Burdsall and Ryan Curtis, drummer David Wilson, and bassist Herf Yamaya have played hundreds of shows over the 10-year history of the band, and many more as regular gigging musicians on the scene.
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Fri - Feb 16 - 9pm - $8
Marsh Boys is a group of five young men writing and performing rock music in Chicago. The band's three guitars and powerful rhythm section create arrangements and textures ranging from subtly complex to driving and explosive, supported with at-times instrument-like vocals. With influences of 90s alternative, indie, folk, and classic rock, this band aims to take Chicago listeners into the marsh.
Hyperplane is an alternative/rock/blues combo from Chicago (and its related western burbs). Their first eponymous EP was produced by Steven Gillis at Transient Sound and released in 2015. Since then, the band has been honored to play some of the best venues in Chicago over the past two years, including Metro, House of Blues and Navy Pier, and is looking forward to kicking off 2018 at Martyrs, where three of the six members have played several times in other projects since the mid-1990's. This will be Hyperplane's debut show at the venue, with lead vocalist (and solo artist in her own right) Cheryl Rodey adding a formidable vocal presence in addition to some serious trumpet chops.
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Sat, Feb 17 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Part singer-songwriter, part rock band, you can find Reina del Cid at the intersection of lyrical storytelling and scorching solos. After building a devoted online following as a solo artist, Del Cid teamed up with instrumentalists Toni Lindgren, Andrew Foreman, and Nate Babbs to develop a sound with broad appeal, drawing in mixed crowds from jamheads to college students to white haired intelligentsia. In January of last year, Del Cid released a music video for the song "Death Cap," filmed in Iceland and directed by the band's longtime creative collaborator, Jason Ho. Their music has been featured by Paste Magazine, NPR, and Baeble Music, and their new release, Rerun City(December 2017), will be their third studio album.
Founded by producer Michael Downing in early 2015 following the release his debut album I Won't Let the World Become a Prison, Signal-to-Noise is an electroacoustic exploration of the complexities of human existence. Drawing influence from a diverse range of cerebral rockers including Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, and St. Vincent, Signal-to-Noise utilizes rich ambient textures, melodic vocal harmony, and a versatile dynamic range to create powerful and inspirational music.
Oblio And Arrow often give a nod toward pop music with catchy sing-along hooks while still maintaining an intimate singer-songwriter feel and foundation. The Chicago based group just released their second album ‘Steps’ which is loaded with feeling and color, tight vocal harmonies, thick layered percussion, and ranges in tone from having an Americana acoustic feel to having heavy beats, ethereal synth tones, and experimental guitars. The lyrical theme and focus of the record is one of hope and reflection. The album is an attempt to have an honest look at oneself; who we are, where we’re going, and where we’ve come from. The title of the album, "Steps" came out of the idea that every little thing is only a part of the bigger picture or path that we lead. This album was largely a DIY - "in house" project, recorded and performed by the group at their warehouse and home studios where they live around the Chicago land area. "Steps" was mixed over several months by Michael Krieglstein and Matthew Kopecky and mastered by Jonathan Alvin. Oblio and Arrow is Matthew Kopecky, Michael Krieglstein, Jenna Heerdt, Emily Douglas, and Zack Darce.
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Mon, Feb 19 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Feb 20 - 8pm- $10adv/$12door
Kick the Cat is Chicago's most highly acclaimed fusion ensemble. Since forming in 1996, the band has been wowing audiences with their high energy shows. Their compositions are grounded in the traditions of jazz, rock and funk and feature complex harmony, odd time signatures, and extended improvisations. The group's spontaneity and uncanny communication make each of their live performances a unique adventure in interactive music-making.
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Fri, Feb 23 - 9pm - $10
Mark Panick isn’t a man of narrow vision. Witness Razorhouse’s single and accompanying video, “Neu Sensation,” a carnal, conceptual combo dropped at the end of 2014. The single will appear on the second Razorhouse EP, Codex Du, slated for release on April 7, 2015. Panick has fronted the reformed outfit of veteran musicians since 2011. He writes with his industrial rock roots planted firmly, but don’t be fooled: he may be a composer entranced by the darkness of the human condition, but he isn’t one to be pigeonholed. He’s a lover of campy art flicks as much as he is the visceral source of your next trip. His recordings are rife with unabashed sexuality, gutter-punk abandon and tasty grooves. Every Panick song is a standalone odyssey—proof that he isn’t defined by structure but by the inner workings of his madcap mind. He marches to the beat of his own drum, wails on it with a sledgehammer and isn’t afraid to bring you along into the swirling chaos. He takes inspiration from a diverse spectrum of musical forbearers--the Ink Spots, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, the Kinks, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Alex Harvey to name just a few. He also taps other mediums in search of “tools for thinking,” including the works of filmmaker Alejandro Jordorowsky, painter Mark Ryden and philosopher Daniel C. Dennett. Panick is best known for his work in the short-lived, seminal post-punk outfit Bonemen of Barumba, which released a handful of recordings in the early 1980s. His next project, Chac Mool, was spawned from a fruitful writing session with house music wunderkind Dean Anderson. It included members of other Chicago music mainstays such as Revolting Cocks, KMFDM and Sister Machine Gun, all of which would become fodder for the earliest incarnations of Razorhouse. Codex Du follows 2013’s Codex Jun and marks the era of a musically mature Panick, who describes the current formula as “38% less chaos and 17% less drama.” The EP features contributions by musicians David Suycott (Robert Pollard, Stabbing Westward) Jim Demonte (Insiders), Tommi Zender and many more, while the production team of Howie Beno (Ministry, Black Asteroid) and Danny McGuinness (Ex Senators, Coven of Thieves) ropes in the feral tendencies of Panick’s madcap mind and myriad influences. The musical horizon is wide open for Panick after Codex Du, and he’s not one for routine. He has kept the Razorhouse lineup fluid as he recruits musicians for an upcoming tour. Everything else is equally wide open, as he promises: “new music, new film and video projects; a gallery show or two and lots of exploration. I’m just doing what I’ve always done, building forts and looking for others who wanna play.”
Jay O’Rourke began his professional music career working in Chicago’s Clubs in the 1980’s. His first record release was as a co-producer of Ministry’s first Wax Trax release “I’m Falling/Cold Life”. Jay went on to produce & play guitar for Chicago legends “B.B. Spin”.Following stints as front of house engineer at The Vic Theater & The Park West (in Chicago), Jay produced & played guitar for “The Insiders” Epic Records debut “Ghost On The Beach”. The record charted in the top 10 at Rock Radio. The Insiders went on to release 3 more records on Jay & Ginny O’Rourke’s, Monsterdisc Records.O’Rourke was mastering engineer for Alligator Records at Monsterdisc Mastering, engineering over 20 releases for the label. He has worked with artists as diverse as Warren Zevon, Urge Overkill, Robbie Fulks, Material Issue, Liz Phair, & The Slammin’ Watusis.Jay’s last band, “The Lucky 3 Blues Band”, was a top opening act at venues like Mayne Stage, Buddy Guy’s Legends, House of Blues, Space, & The City Winery Chicago. Jay produced two CDs for the band, which gathered airplay on hundreds of blues stations around the world.Jay went into the studio, and started writing and recording what is now his solo guitar/rock debut. This is the first record featuring Jay on vocals. In 2017 Jay recorded a CD of guitar/rock based songs called TWENTY SIXTEEN.
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Sat, Feb 24 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
About your hosts; CAUdog Recording artist Ellis Clark has been a longtime fixture of the Chicago music community working nationally as a performing musician with his band Ellis Clark & The Big Parade, as a songwriter for himself or other artists, a recording artist and record producer. In the past, Ellis hosted (to capacity audiences) Beatles & Who tribute nights at The Mayne Stage Theatre in Rogers Park.Ary Jeebie, Amazing Heeby Jeebies groovy garage rock band front woman, singer, and songwriter has rocked all over Chicago to their home turf in Rogers Park since 2010. Keep your eyes peeled for Amazing Heeby Jeebies up and coming debut album to be released spring 2018.Together, the garage rock siren and post punk pioneer will be resurrecting the spirit of George Harrison celebrating his birthday, a night not to be missed which will have many special guests including Phil Angotti, The Handcuffs, Tomorrow The Moon, Thomas Klein and many more for Famous Fido Rescue!
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Fri, Mar 2 - 9pm - $17adv/$20door
The place: a club in the middle of Brooklyn renowned for its sophisticated clientele, its receptivity to innovation, and its ideas from abroad. On a small stage in a tight, dimly lit back room, several musicians are whipping a New York City crowd into a frenzy with an unprecedented, high energy, gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra. A horn section blares, percussionists pound, everybody shouts, and the group’s charismatic leader, Sunny Jain, holds the explosive songs together with rhythms from his dhol – the Indian double-headed drum played slung over the shoulder that provides bhangra with its frenetic heartbeat. And just as it was the month before, the line of patrons who came to this club in Park Slope stretched out the door and down the block because they couldn’t get enough of Red Baraat – a riveting ensemble that NPR has dubbed “The best party band in years.”Versatility is one the band’s hallmarks. Red Baraat can mesmerize an audience with a funk groove, turn a switch, and drive the same crowd to the brink of delirium. Since its formation in 2008 and those storied nights at Barbes in Park Slope, the magic of Red Baraat has spread far beyond New York City. The group’s second studio album in 2013, Shruggy Ji, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music charts and propelled the band on a nonstop three-year world tour that included appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festivals in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Along the way they sold out rooms as diverse as the Luxembourg Philharmonic and New York City’s iconic Bowery Ballroom, and performed at the request of The White House, TED and Olympic Games. Yet no matter how much success and notoriety Red Baraat has achieved, Sunny Jain and his comrades have never stopped experimenting or adding new elements to their peculiar alchemy.The group’s 2017 and third studio album, Bhangra Pirates, features a key element that the first two did not: guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, whose surreal textures and percussive playing is the ideal complement to Jain’s thunderous dhol. Additionally, the sonic pallet has further expanded with processed effects on both the dhol and sousaphone. The formidable Red Baraat horn section remains intact, while drummer Chris Eddleton draws his inspiration from hip-hop and rock. The album debuted at #4 on the World Music Charts Europe.Each musician in the band pulls from distinct traditions while speaking through their instrument with their own particular musical vocabulary. That it works so well is a testament to Sunny Jain’s utopian vision and his faith that communication across cultures doesn’t have to be vexed in the slightest. All it takes is empathy, creativity, love, and willingness to abandon reservations and surrender to the spirit of music and the moment. This effortless outlook empowers Red Baraat to do what it does best – communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance, which tellingly draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage. “The universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable,” says Jain. “Bhangra Pirates embodies that push and pull in all of us…free spirit, community, rebellion, tradition, and new journeys.”-----A baraat, explains dholi and bandleader Sunny Jain, is an Indian wedding procession – one that includes a groom on top of a horse, friends and family singing and dancing, and usually led by a brass band. (The “red” part of the group’s handle refers both to the symbolic meaning of the color in Indian weddings and the passion he elicits from his musicians and from listeners). Jain was born and raised in Rochester, New York, but his family maintained close ties to India, and with regular summer visits throughout his childhood he applied what he learned from his cultural heritage to his musical education. The drummer and composer recorded several accomplished jazz albums with the Sunny Jain Collective and has collaborated with Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel, Q-Tip, and the acclaimed Pakistani Sufi-rock band Junoon, among many others. Yet he always dreamed of applying the celebratory energy of the Punjabi wedding bands he had encountered on his trips overseas to American jazz, rock, funk and pop. With Red Baraat, he has realized his ambition and taken the project in wild improvisatory directions he’d never anticipated.
RED BARAAT FESTIVAL OF COLORS is a celebration of HOLI, a Hindu holiday marked by public gatherings of families, friends, and strangers rejoicing in song, dance, and the exchange of “colors." The holiday signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and an opportunity to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive. Bandleader and dhol player Sunny Jain curates a night of music highlighting the South Asian Diaspora in America...special guests and openers for 2018's Festival of Colors will be announced soon!
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Tue, Mar 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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Sat, Mar 10 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
The Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo) and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience. An emotion filled musical stream of consciousness with no setlist, minimal structure, and intuitive improvisational flow. In this way, they summon the energy of the crowd as their guide in linking just the right music to precise moments in time. Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the Rumpke Mountain Boys is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my other heroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’t rehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well-- they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is very important, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources... being a musician is a life-long learning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.” Like playing around a campfire, the Boys take turns calling the next tune, distilling shows from a sea of infinite notes created from years of jamming. Drawing upon a growing catalog of originals and and an ecclectic mix of covers, the Rumpke Mountain Boys blend music like a fine Irish whiskey-- the result affectionately dubbed Trashgrass. The Boys titled their 2012 album release with the same name, followed by their 2013 release, Moon, which was recorded at the famed Royal Studios in Memphis. The next album is currently being recorded and will be released later this year. 2014 was outstanding for the string quartet. The Boys played festivals from coast to coast to ever growing audiences including Suwannee Springfest, Northwest String Summit, Phases Of the Moon, Dark Star Jubilee, John Hartford Memorial Fest, and Jammaica. Finishing up the year with two stellar highlights, their own Snuggleween and the Rumpke Mountain Boys New Years Eve Ball in their hometown of Cincinnati.
Bozeman, MT-based bluegrass quartet Kitchen Dwellers are riding the wave of their sophomore release, Ghost in the Bottle, an album produced by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn. The album also features Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis​, who joined the band in the studio to record the album’s first single “Vision of More.” The band continues to relentlessly tour the country, captivating audiences with their own unique style, dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. In recent years the band has begun to tour nationally, hitting notable venues and festivals around the country including The Brooklyn Bowl, The Fox Theatre, Delfest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, and The Frendly Gathering
Formed in early 2015 with a lineup of both esteemed veteran pickers and hotshot newcomers, Growler is bringing a welcome vitality to the growing Chicago bluegrass scene. The band comprises current and former members of regional mainstays like The Leadfoot Band, DOG 1, and Sunnyside Up and its members bring to the table over a decade of collective experience playing and recording mountain music the old-fashioned way. As dead-on and high-lonesome as these boys are, however, traditional bluegrass is not a final destination for a group like Growler. With influences that span from pulsing Chicago blues to gritty southern rock, from elegant gypsy jazz to old school gospel and soul, and more, the band uses their bluegrass prowess as a jumping-off point for finding a sound that is theirs alone.And Growler has wasted no time getting this sound in front of an audience. Having cultivated a sizable repertoire of lovingly re-imagined standards and exploratory originals, the group is already packing houses and wowing crowds at clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest. They have shared the stage with national touring acts such as Hot Buttered Rum, The Hillbenders, Old Salt Union, Trout Steak Revival, The Lil’ Smokies and in 2017 are only continuing to pick up speed on the regional scene.You wanted bluegrass in the City of Big Shoulders? Look no further--Growler is Chicago’s answer to a young generation of talented pickers seeking a new identity, and with thick four-part harmony, lush instrumental arrangements, and a deep, impeccable groove, how can you deny them?”
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Tue, Mar 13 - 7pm - $10
Since 2012, the Harmonica Hoedown has celebrating the rich history of and diverse approaches to the world’s most popular, most portable instrument. The Harmonica Hoedown 2018 again brings together some of the finest players of today. Peter Madcat Ruth is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But Madcat doesn't just play blues harp: he also sings and plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, jaw-harp, penny-whistle, kalimba, banjo and other folk instruments from around the world. Madcat's repertoire of styles includes Blues, American Roots Music, Folk Music, Jazz, and World Music. Madcat tours with The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey, Chris Brubeck's Triple Play, and The Big Joe Manfra Blues Band, and is bringing his one-of-a-kind approach to solo performance to this year’s Harmonica Hoedown. Revered as a master player, teacher, custom harmonica pioneer, researcher and historian, Joe Filisko is arguably the world’s foremost authority on many aspects of the diatonic harmonica and a key figure in today’s harmonica scene. He has for many years shared his knowledge with students on five continents and so contributed enormously to the widespread understanding of traditional harmonica styles among a new generation of players.In recent years, Joe’s reputation as a performer and recording artist has been catching up with his legendary status as a customizer and teacher. Since he first hooked up with guitarist/vocalist Eric Noden in 2003, the duo has released three highly regarded CDs and has performed at concerts and festivals around the globe. This year’s Harmonica Hoedown is curated and hosted by Graham Nelson and Bob Kessler. Graham’s use of advanced techniques taught to him by harmonica master Howard Levy gives him great musical versatility and expression in numerous styles, in addition to his incredible singing. Bob Kessler has performed with Grammy winners Ramsey Lewis, Dave Alvin, country legend Bill Anderson at the Grand Ole Opry, as part of the orchestra for Ricky Ian Gordon’s contemporary opera version of “The Grapes of Wrath” and with the Chicago bands including the BlackWilloughbys and Bakelite 78. He also hosts Harmonicast, a podcast featuring conversations with great mouth organists from around the world conversing about music and creativity.
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Tue, Mar 20 - 8pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Thu, Mar 22 - 9pm - $18adv/$20door
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Matador! Soul Sounds is a band loosely based on the concept of Spanish bullfighting. A common misconception in America is that bullfighting is a feat of one man versus one bull—in reality, bullfighting is largely a team effort by a matador and his cuadrilla.Born from the vision of Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds) and Alan Evans (Soulive) their fierce cuadrilla consists of keyboardist Chris Spies and bassist Kevin Scott (Jimmy Herring) as the band’s “banderilleros". Adding a feminine energy to the band are Adryon de León and Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime) on vocals. Combining the dynamism of each band leader, the music they have created is brand new, hard hitting and drenched with their shared musical passions - jazz, funk & soul.The band made their official World Debut at Live for Live Music’s Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 and will be touring in the spring of 2018 behind their first full length EP.
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Sat, Mar 24 - 9pm - $20
CHRIS CONNELLY and MATT WALKER are both 30+ year veterans of the music business, Chris having moved from his native Scotland in the 80's to pursue a career in gratuitous volume and outrage with technorednecks THE REVOLTING COCKS and MINISTRY, Matt bringing his formidable drum skills to the likes of FILTER, SMASHING PUMPKINS, GARBAGE and MORRISSEY.Matt and Chris were working together on one of Matt's songs when the seed was sewn to start a band dedicated to the music of DAVID BOWIE, the pair always having had a strong connection and affinity with his career, his changing, challenging sound and his aesthetic. A stellar band was assembled, all veterans in their own right with excellent pedigrees, and almost immediately rehearsals were well underway with songs from Bowie's canon that were being selected, played and played with. SONS OF THE SILENT AGE was a living, vital entity. It was decided to make the inaugural gig a benefit for a charity close to their hearts: PABLOVE, an organization that provides relief for pediatric cancer patients and their families. And so it came to be, on January 11th of 2013, SONS played their first show to a sold out crowd at METRO in Chicago.The benefit was so successful that it went without saying they should keep the band moving and playing, exploring Bowie's music, and exploring his aesthetic, treating it the way perhaps he would himself, evolving, changing sonically and visually, with the aim of both thoroughly entertaining an audience, and challenging it at the same time.SONS OF THE SILENT AGE boasts nine members culled from the absolute elite of Chicago musicians - diehard and dedicated souls who love the material and know it intimately, pouring their collective talents over Bowie's 40+ years and 30 albums of dazzling music, music that irrefutably changed the face of rock and an aesthetic so strong it will continue to spread ripples through our culture for ever.
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Wed, Mar 28- 8pm - $10
An alt-country band with punk roots, Vandoliers formed in 2015, bringing together a group of Dallas-Fort Worth musicians led by frontman Joshua Fleming. Fiercely proud of their homeland, Vandoliers put their own spin on the Texas country tradition with 2016's Ameri-Kinda, a debut album that mixed honky-tonk twang with hard-edged, rock & roll stomp. The band's follow-up release, The Native, arrives less than one year, doubling down on Vandoliers' modern approach to traditional influences. Rounded out by bassist Mark Moncrieff, drummer Guyton Sanders, fiddler Travis Curry, electric guitarist Dustin Fleming, and multi-instrumentalist Cory Graves, the group fills The Native's 10 songs with barreling guitar solos, train beats, anthemic melodies, mariachi horns, and the autobiographical details of Fleming's own travels. "I grew up in Texas," the singer says, "and I wanted to write about why I loved it. I wanted to use myself as a character for my own songs. The Native goes through all our favorite styles of Texas music, and tells my story along the way." A tribute to the band's Texas homeland, The Native takes its listener through a swirl of East Dallas dive bars, Pantego pool halls, small towns, big cities, and the rolling ribbon of bluebonnet-covered highway that stretches throughout the state. Along the way, Fleming sings about getting drunk, getting arrested, and getting it on. Behind him, the band kicks up a storm of Western swing, electric blues, roadhouse rock & roll, Tejano, cowboy country, and twangy punk, saluting everyone from fellow Texans Bob Wills to ZZ Top in the process. There are songs about leaving town. Songs about coming home. Songs about the short-lived romances that spark, burn, and fade in roadside bars, and songs about the lasting relationships that await back at home. It's a full cycle — a detailed exploration of what it means to truly belong somewhere. "I was born September 1st in a little town outside Fort Worth," goes the first line of the album's kickoff track, "Bluebonnet Highway." If The Native unfolds like a coming-of-age movie, then "Bluebonnet Highway" is the opening scene: a fast-moving montage of clips from Fleming's home, filled with neighborhood girls, traffic lights and the state flowers that bloom every spring. From there, Fleming and company hit the highway with "Rolling Out," a fiddle-fueled, horn-filled salute to the road, and wax nostalgic with the epic, driving "Endless Summer." By the album's end, they're back in Dallas-Ft. Worth, spilling all the details of their journey to a friend in "Welcome Home." For Fleming, the real journey started years ago, when his sister took him to a Bad Religion concert. That night left a permanent impression on the young teen, who left the show inspired to make his own music. Years later, he earned his first audience as the frontman of the Phuss, a rowdy punk band that toured nationally. Business was good, but Fleming's personal life was heading south, with songs like "I Don't Feel Good" hinting at a troubled mind. After bottoming out, he resurfaced by meeting his future wife, falling in love, swapping his electric guitar for an acoustic, and writing a batch of songs that his country-loving partner might enjoy. Vandoliers were born, with many of those new songs filling the tracklist on the band's Ameri-Kinda debut. Recorded in the same studio where Willie Nelson made Red Headed Stranger, The Native was tracked to tape by producer John Pedigo. The album was finished in four days, capturing the spark and spunk of a live band whose tour dates have included shows with the Jayhawks, Old 97's and Reverend Horton Heat. Released on the heels of Ameri-Kinda, The Native isn't just a story about where Vandoliers have been. It's a sign of where they're going. It's twang and tattoos, grit and guitars, honky-tonk and horns, Tejano and Telecasters. It's Vandoliers.
Joining together in the name of fun & joy, the 4onthefloor bring their well-oiled, high-octane, rock’n’roll to the world with an immediacy rarely seen on stage in the 21st century. The furious delivery ebbs and flows with sing-a-long anthems and breakdowns to soaring guitar solos and unbridled full-bore rock. Camaraderie is a common theme, and stompers are finding like-minded rock’n’rollers at every show. Hailing from Minnesota, they take the heavy road route, grooving in the tracks of so many rubber to the road musicians before them. Following in the footsteps of some of the band’s influences, being on the road plays a large role in the writing. The merriment must come from all angles, including the stage for a memorable show and the 4onthefloor BRING IT. Douglas writes about experiences, failures, successes, and not-so-much the what-could-have-beens. Life is for the living and this is the soundtrack to a life well-lived. Keep the fire in your eyes.
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Fri, Mar 30 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
The Steepwater Band’s latest album “LIVE & HUMBLE” was recorded in Chicago on 4/20/13 at the now defunct Ace Bar on West Fullerton Avenue. Jeff Massey (Vocal, Guitar), Tod Bowers (Bass), Joseph Winters (Drums) and Eric Saylors (Guitar, Backing Vocal) played over 200 shows together on the High & Humble Tour leading up to the night of this amazing show, and is the first TSB recording to feature this newly adorned 4-piece lineup. Critics and fans agree, LIVE & HUMBLE captures TSB’s kinetic energy, and their own brand of Rock n’ Roll improvisation. The record contains over 75 minutes of music, featuring tracks spanning from their previous studio LPs, “Revelation Sunday (2006)”, “Grace and Melody (2008)”, and “Clava (2011), along with a 16 minute version of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” that rips right into Zeppelin’s “How Many More Times” and back again, leaving the listener only wanting more. It is their humble devotion to music, and a commitment to achieving their goals without compromising the integrity of their musical vision that makes The Steepwater Band a rare find.TSB recruited a Chicago music legend Timothy Powell, of Metro Mobile Recording, to record the show that fateful Spring evening. Timothy‘s impressive resume includes all the 93XRT Concert Broadcasts, including such greats as Gov’t Mule, Los Lobos, Ben Harper, Wilco, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant, and The Black Crowes. Those recordings then went to Producer/Engineer Colin Sipos, who has been at the helm for TSB releases dating back to 2010. Colin's mix is nothing short of amazing, as it sounds as if you are standing directly front-row-center: Guitars panned hard in each speaker, the Drums & Bass rattle you from the center, the vocals glide on top, while the crowd gathers around you.Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Founding members Massey, Bowers and Winters have a synergy that comes from years of playing together. Then in early 2012, the long-time trio was joined by Saylors, from Indianapolis, IN, who brought an added depth to the TSB LIVE sound. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music.The Steepwater Band has maintained a grueling schedule throughout the last 16 years, averaging about 140 shows per year. They have toured and shared the stage with acts such as Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, Wilco, Taj Mahal, Marc Ford, ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, North Mississippi All Stars, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Cheap Trick, Bad Company and Heart. In 2005, the band made its European debut, performing at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. In the following years, the band has returned to the United Kingdom and Europe for multiple club and festival tours, increasing their loyal overseas fan-base.
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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Fri, Apr 6 - 9pm - $15
Naughty Professor is an instrumental funk band hailing from New Orleans that embodies the jazz-influenced party culture of the Big Easy with a wide variety of original music. Six passionate and creative young musicians provide an energetic live show that makes Naughty’s sound completely unique. Naughty Professor has shared the stage with artists such as Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band, Fitz and the Tantrums, Snarky Puppy, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Victor Wooten, Papadosio, The Revivalists, George Porter Jr., The Soul Rebels, and many more. Get yourself the latest recordings, come to the next show, and get Naughty!
Bumpus and their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energyof Sly & the Family Stone, the funk of James Brown, and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together big, funky beats, deep bass, lush JB horns, and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane, musical funk frenzy. Bumpus has shared the stage with many of their heroes. Artists such as Dr. John, War, The Roots, Jurassic 5, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley. The band has performed at the prestigious Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival alongside Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, and Widespread Panic. Their fourth and most recent album, All the People, won rave reviews and they’re currently hard at work on their fifth album, Step Sure or Step Aside. Bumpus continues to tour throughout the country, while performing at various venues in Chicago and the Midwest.
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Wed, Apr 11 - 8pm - $10
Just named "Best Literary Event" in Chicago - CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini. Past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Dan Ponce, Len Kasper, Tony Fitzpatrick, JC Brooks and Ji Suk Yi.
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