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Fri, Jun 23 - 6pm - $10 - All Ages
CHICAGO rock and roll from 4 doods
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Fri, Jun 23 - 9pm - $10
Dave, Cal, Zach, Duncan, Sam and Kris have united to make you lovely people music. All we are here to do is groove with you, put smiles on your faces, and trip you out. We love you, and we love love.
The founding members of The King of Mars all met at Columbia College Chicago in the Spring of 2015. Since then, they've added piano, synths and a horn section. The band's been playing shows at popular Chicago at venues like Subterranean, The Bottom Lounge, The Beat Kitchen and The House of Blues. They've focused on shaking the foundation of what describes traditional rock music by encompassing a combination of Jazz, Funk and Soul musicalities alongside insightful lyricism.
Brisco Darling is a Chicago-based band formed in the spring of 2015. Three current members Jack Hiltabidle (Lead Guitar), Conner ‘Socks’ Pierce (Drummer), Joe Stauffer (Bass), and former member Jesse Stell released their first EP, Headlines, in the summer of 2016. Since then Jack, Socks, Joe and current singer Malcolm McGuire have been working towards recording their first full length album in the summer of 2017.
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Sat, Jun 24 - 9pm - $8
Chicago, IL Rock/Alternative/Punk/Indie/Magic/Glam band The Inventors draws their influences from a multitude of bands and genres. Their sound is directly a product of that. If you want punk rock, they'll give you punk rock. If you want some feels, they'll give you some feels. They cover ground. Their performances are locked tight, whirlwinds of energy. They like to bring it, and they want you to feel it.
Great Ocean Waters is a Chicago based, 90's influenced Pop/Rock band. After a few brief lineup changes, GOW solidified its line up in the Spring of 2013 with the addition of vocalist Katie Byrne. Backed up by bassist Greg Parr and the Kreller brothers on guitar and drums, GOW moved very quickly into the studio to release its first two singles 'Candy' & 'The Real Sound' in the Summer of 2013 and began playing shows around Chicago. Since then, GOW has release three more singles (available on iTunes and Spotify), a live album, and two videos. For booking, please contact greatoceanwaters@gmail.com
Josh Flagg plays taut, perfectly-constructed glistening power pop that summons a more muscular Cheap Trick, Big Star on a bender or the Foo Fighters with frontloaded melodies. His rough, ragged voice scrapes against his songs’ jagged guitars and deftly counteracts the bright, soaring harmonies. Josh will be playing a string of stripped-down acoustic sets this summer across the US as the band gears up for a fall US tour.
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Mon, Jun 26 - 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.
The recently launched Sunshine Boys are a Chicago-based trio of veteran recording and touring artists who’ve served in some of the most revered bands in indie rock, dating back to when the term ‘indie rock’ represented a work ethic, rather than a genre. Featuring Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Antenna, Mysteries of Life) on drums, Jacqueline Schimmel (Big Hello, Justin Roberts) on bass, and Dag Juhlin (Poi Dog Pondering, The Slugs) on guitar, Sunshine Boys offer a propulsive, melodic take on pop rock that runs the range from sparkling to dark, often within the same number.
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Tue, Jun 27 - 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, Jun 28 - 9pm - $15
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Thu, Jun 29 - 9pm - $15
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Wed & Thu - Jun 28 & 29 - 9pm - $22 - TWO NIGHT SPECIAL!
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Fri, Jun 30 - 9pm - $10
Featuring the lovely Soltre James, Chicago's Swamp Heat proudly carries on the tradition and sound of New Orleans dance music into the 21st century. Known for their irresistible grooves and heartfelt ballads, the band sheds light on forgotten gems and continues to push the music forward with their own unique voice.
Mr. Nasty is a chicago-based instrumental funk fusion ensemble. The band is comprised of 20 year veterans of the Chicago music scene. Mr. Nasty's goal is to have its happy audience grooving to their original recipe and extra crispy horn-based funk.
John Lennon Songwriting Competition Finalist!Hailing from the swamps of Chicago, guitarist and songwriter B Forrest’s palette of audible paint contains the colours blues, folk, love, and soul. His debut album entitled “Back to Bodhi” (due out February 2015), was a seed turned tree at the end of last year. The album was recorded among some of Chicago’s finest musicians at The Coach House. It is through singing that the soul is freed from the flesh, so join him in praise, because Buddha believes in thee.
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Sat, Jul 1 - 8pm - $10
Named after Silverchair's song "The Lever", the original 4-piece rock band of twenty-somethings have taken things into their own hands. Self-releasing their debut album "Hover Bored" in May of 2015, they've set out to share their music in any way possible. zZounds said "With influences like Silverchair, Nirvana and Speedy Ortiz, the fuzzy guitars, slacker attitude, and loud/quiet/loud dynamics permeate throughout their catalog. But pigeonholing Lever as grunge revivalists doesn’t give the full picture — they’ve taken the sound of their heroes into modern times, blending it with contemporary influences from Wavves to Metric." Lever has toured all over the United States performing everywhere from tattoo shops in Billings, Montana to the legendary Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Lever has shared the stage with national artists such as Barb Wire Dolls, Summer Cannibals, Doll Skin, Thunderpussy, Maszer, Darling Parade, City of the Weak, and Stitched Up Heart. They continue to play all over Chicago at venues such as the Metro, Double Door, Subterranean, Beat Kitchen, Bottom Lounge and Schubas. Even community colleges and offices are a favorite of theirs to perform at (even though they get kicked out for being too darn loud). A follow up EP is expected by Summer 2017. Be on the lookout for a Lever show near you.
Playing To Vapors is an independent band from Columbus, Ohio with a unique style of groove-based alternative rock. The band creates meticulously crafted rock songs out of lush sonic ambience. Throughout their catalog you’ll find storybook lyrics and seductively haunting melodies floating atop a booming drum & bass groove. Blasting sweeping soundscapes over a wall of sound, this five piece captivates and impresses all audiences.
When We Was Kids is a progressive rock band based out of Cicero, ILTheir sound incorporates progressive and experimental stylings over post-hardcore base
I Made You Myself is Jason De Leon, Bret Bennette, Patrick Greenwood, Brian Halicki, and Jeff Schultz. The five members hail from Northern Illinois. Since formation in 2011, the band plays locally and tours nationally, building their fanbase and creating a name for themselves in the Midwest. With heavy influences from the emo, screamo, and post hardcore bands of the early 2000s, I Made You Myself has been able to create their own unique sound with a modern take on the genres.
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Fri, Jul 7 - 9pm - $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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Sat, Jul 8 - 6pm - $10 - All Ages
Manasseh DOSO Champion will be performing at Martyrs' for the third time. An emerging artist, DOSO has amassed nearly 30,000 plays on SoundCloud. DOSO will be performing with Kari.https://www.facebook.com/events/111645572761169/
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Sat, Jul 8 - 9pm - $10
NBC's The Voice Season 7 Participant on Team Adam, Ethan Butler is an Urban Pop Rock artist layering buttery tones with soulful pop melodies. Born and raised on the west side of Chicago, Ethan Butler does not produce your typical Westside, church-raised tunes. He started playing guitar at the age of 13 and quickly began write. And although Ethan has been writing and playing for years, he has only recently begun the journey of a professional career as a singer/songwriter. But don't let his freshness to the scene detour your interest. Drawing inspirations from MJ to Coldplay and JT to John Williams, Ethan describes himself as a "center city artist." Layering light undertones of jazz, alternative, folk, and R&B with acoustic pop, Ethan whets the palette of his audience by giving them an eclectic listening experience. But instead of coming across as a "lost" artist, Ethan skillfully incorporates a variety of styles while maintaining a sound that is distinctly "Ethan Butler." Ethan is currently doing shows with just his voice, his guitar, and his heart. His giftedness on the guitar matched with his powerhouse vocals and the sincerity of his lyrics will usher you into his story. His voice is smooth and rich with conviction as he vocally paints the picture of each song on the canvas of your mind. He never performed covers at his shows, and he never apologizes for it.
Taylor Phelan is a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and indie-rock artist. Phelan was raised within a tight-knit musical family in his home state of Texas and began to play guitar and write his own songs at 16, cutting his teeth at coffee shops. He started his professional career as the founder and frontman for the Chicago-based alternative band, The Canes. In 2014, Phelan was a favorite contestant on the seventh season of NBC’s hit reality series, The Voice, an experience that revealed his tremendous talent as a solo artist. In 2015, shortly after signing with the indie label, Native Nine Records, Phelan gravitated back to his southern roots and teamed up with Nashville-based producer Joshua D. Niles to work on his first collection of solo material. Now touring the country with a powerhouse backing band, his debut EP will be released in Summer 2017.
Yadda Yadda is a singer, songwriter, and alchemist of groove. Her work as a songwriter and producer is embedded deep in Chicago’s sound; she’s written with artists like Jamila Woods, Kaina and M&O, written film music for Revive LLC, and arranged for the Chicago Children’s Choir in their work with Chance the Rapper. Look out for her debut album this year.
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Sun, Jul 9 - 7pm - $12adv/$15door
Throughout the 1990’s Citrus brought their unique polyrhythmic sound and explosive energy to Chicago and Colleges throughout the Midwest. After a short 20 year hiatus, Citrus decided to reunite for one night at their favorite Chicago music venue, Martyrs'! ONE NIGHT ONLY: CITRUS REUNION CONCERT! Jason Miller – Vocals/Guitar, Michael Bizar – Guitars, Murph – Bass, Lexie Bloor – Vocals, Simon Sweet – Keyboards, Bob Garrett – Percussion, Larry Beers - Drums.
Combining tight knit sibling harmonies in the vein of the Everly Brothers with a diverse blend of electric and acoustic instruments, the Sweet Brothers have been fixtures of the Chicago music scene for over 20 years. Nimble and skilled at both guitar and keyboards, they have performed and recorded for dozens of acts including Underwater People, Freddy Jones Band, The Mighty Blue Kings, and Sugar Blue. Their version of the classic folk ballad “Colorado Trail” was chosen to be included on the Bloodshot Records “Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook” compilation alongside tracks by Steve Goodman, John Prine, and Andrew Bird. This rare performance by the duo marks their first time back at Martyrs' in 20 years!
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Mon, Jul 10 - 8pm - $10
Described as one of the top 4 bands to watch by CBS Radio, The War and Treaty is blazing an innonvative trail with their electic blend of Americana, Folk, Soul and Blues. Their first single "Hi Ho" released in June 2016 entered into Triple A Radio top 200 charts, came in at number 20 out of the Top 89 songs of 2016 at WTMD 89.7 (Baltimore, MD) and made it into the Top 91 songs of 2016 at WSGE 91.7 and this is just the beginning for this duo. In July 2017, this husband and wife duo will share the stage with Grammy Award Winning producer and Blue Note Records President, Don Was, as one of his hand-picked performers for one of Detroit's biggest music festivals Don Was All Star Revue: Music Rebellion and will continue touring the US. On July 21, 2016, they will release their first self-produced EP called "Down To The River", of which the single, “Down To The River ,” has already been added to many Americana and NPR radio stations around the country. CBS radio called it first – this is the band to watch. Visit their website at www.thewarandtreaty.com
Vender & The Cobras is the name of Matt Beard's (Friends of the Bog) solo endeavor. The name evolved to encompass the ever changing coterie of players that Beard has made music with over the years. On 7/10 Vender & The Cobras will release their debut studio album I Knock On Your Door Til It's Night And You're Still Not Alive. The album release show will feature guest appearances from members of Friends of the Bog (including album engineer Patrick Budde) and others.
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Tue, Jul 11 - 9pm - $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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Wed, Jul 12 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four. 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. The July 12th theme is First Catch.
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Thu, Jul 13 - 8pm - $7
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.
Hodie Snitch plays the songs you know and love from the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Jones, David Allen Coe, Hank Williams Jr, Charlie Daniels, and the list goes on and on.
Joe Wortell and the ghost valley riders are a Four-piece Classic Outlaw country band from Chicago and Nashville that play clever and inspired arrangements that fuse subtle hints of Blues, Surf, R&B and Pop with the great songs of Hank, Waylon, Merle, Cash and beyond. These along with their fine crafted originals can veer into spirited improvisational jams but never stray too far from the essence of a great song.
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Fri, Jul 14 - 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.
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Sat, Jul 15 - 9pm - $10
Secret Colours "Dream Dream" Record Release! If you didn’t know these guys were from Chicago, you’d assume they’re a bunch of Brits, with their insanely Britpop-influenced sound and their unusual spelling of colour, but the Windy City exports manage to capture the soul of the UK in the late ’90s/early ’00s and mix in a good amount of 70's Psychedelia for a sound all their own. Ample amounts of fuzz and pop combine to sound something like if The Stone Roses and The Black Angels decided to mate, and their offspring is something to be cherished.With the release of Dream Dream, Secret Colours continues to craft a sound that reaches far beyond the city limits of their hometown of Chicago, IL. Heading back to Dripping Springs, TX and recording their fourth full length LP at Dandy Sounds Studios with engineer/producer Dan Duzsynski, Dream Dream relishes on the current level of the demand on society to rely on their screens, devices, and multi-media influence. Dream Dream takes its musical cues from indie, britpop, psychedelia, and garage rock, captivating listeners through a myriad of melodies that make up Secret Colours signature sound. Songs like “Changes in Nature” and “Pins and Needles” are homages to their influences while “Habitual Ritual” drives a fast-fueled charge of modern life while “Feed the Machine” delivers a pounding vibe of bass with an attitude of 70’s London.Vocals, Guitar /Tommy Evans, Guitar /Mike Novak, Bass /Max Brink, Drums /Matt Yeates
Yoko and the Oh No’s are the offspring of Indie-Pop band The New Originals. Former member Max Goldstein and current members Max Loebman and Stef Roti are collaborating once again, but this time to create an Indie Garage Rock & Soul sound that’s intricate, raw, and fucking fine.
Chicago-based 4-piece garage pop-psych band.Delivers a unique and eclectic live audio/visual performance, combining60’s-inspired songwriting (ZOMBIES, KINKS, BYRDS, STONES, MONKEES)with a modern feel (TAME IMPALA, MGMT, BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE)Harmonies! Mellotrons! 12-string guitars! Psychedelic Visual Projections!“Far-out guys with serious classical influences and real-deal kaleidoscope eyes…Angelic baroque pop entranced with hypnotic rhythms, delivered with genuine style,there really just isn’t much on this level.” – VICTIM OF TIME
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Mon, Jul 17 - 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, Jul 18 - 8pm - $7
Mystery Train has played together now for fifteen years. Their soulful harmonies, twin lead guitar attack, and funky rhythm section power the original tunes of their four songwriters as well as an occasional masterful cover. The band includes sideman extraordinaire Alton Smith of Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel, Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots, and sometimes Dolly Varden; Great Moments in Vinyls’ Richard Pettengill and Peter Manis; Peter Strand of the great Midwestern New Wave band Yipes!, and John Mead of Crumbs off the Table, Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots, Little Queens, and Strider. Mystery Train is one of Chicago’s best bands, though its members’ lives as sought-after musicians working with other bands, as well as day gigs as educators and lawyers, keep them all too busy to play more than a couple gigs a year, so don’t miss them.
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Thu, Jul 20 - 8pm - $10
Packy Lundholm is a Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer/songwriter. After eight years away from center stage, he is back to fronting his own band to celebrate his latest album AMERICAN SOCCER. American Soccer is a primarily a power pop affair, with a serving of Americana and folk balladry thrown into the mix. The record offers equal parts sarcasm and sentiment, young love and coming-of-age grief, with a sonic palette running the gamut from brash fuzz guitars to New Orleans second line and string quintets. Packy’s band features some of Chicago’s most versatile talent, including Kevin Campbell (Stampy), Ben Dacoba (Jennifer Hall), Ryan Joseph Anderson, and John Szymanski (Jon Langford, Bethany Thomas), with a smattering of friends and well-wishers joining in on horns, vocals, pedal steel, and anything else they can come up with.
Miss Remember is a rock band 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 several circles of the Chicago music scene. The band combines sounds from their rock roots with their love of diverse musics from around the city, the country and the world. Dissonant harmony is often layered with beautiful, simplistic melody. Miss Remember is releasing their first full length record on the Ears&Eyes record label later this year.
Charlie Otto is from This Must be the Band, DJ noDJ, and Grood Music. Some of the songs he writes are best performed acoustically, and those are the ones he will play at this show.
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Fri, Jul 21 - 9pm - $10
From the Heart of the Midwest, Steady Flow brings a unique style of funk music like you've never heard it before.. Formed in 2012 by 18 year old, soul guitarist extraordinaire, Tanner Brown, and his older brother, Ky "Goonie-Mom" Brown on bass guitar, the group has now transformed into a 7 piece funk-powerhouse, quickly claiming their spot as one of the best live acts around. In the group's short existence, Steady Flow has conquered music festivals like North Coast Music Festival, Phases Of The Moon Music & Art Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, and many more. The band is constantly turning heads at every performance as their hard hitting Funk Rock compositions shake the room and force all audiences to dance, rage, & simply feel good! Steady Flow released their first EP, "The Oneoff Sessions" in 2013, and their debut album, "Loud." in June 2015. Do not miss a live show near you. Steady Flow is "The Future Of Funk.”
J-Livi & The Party is a Chicago-based brass band that focuses on playing nothing but funk and hip-hop. We are heavily influenced by artists who are native to Chicago – any artist of renown from our fair city has influenced The Party (in some ways personally), from Earth, Wind & Fire right on up through Kanye West. Our song list includes tunes by Chicago, EWF, Jean Knight, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Cee-Lo Greene, Kanye, and Macklemore. J-Livi and the Party is a Pep Band on steroids: our goal is to make every performance a party atmosphere while maintaining the highest level of musicianship. Our band can PARTY, and we’re the loudest and baddest band in town! We can’t wait to play for (and party with) you!
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Sat, Jul 22 - 9pm - $10
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.
Revolt Coda is born and raised from Chicago. A combination of alternative, jam, and psychedelic prog rock, giving all fans of rock something to enjoy. All four members met at different times in their lives, but have all become one family. The guys all come from very different backgrounds with a wide variety of influences, which make for a unique writing style to their songs. Revolt Coda is taking Chicago by storm and all four members are just along for the ride.
Art rock, experimental rock. 521 Briar is John "Fitzy" Fitzgerald, Matthew "Balzy" Balzekas, Leonardo "El Diablo" Jimenez, and James "Jonesy Bourgeoisie" Brown.
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Mon, Jul 24 - 8pm - $10
Chicago Performers Collective Presents abenefit concert for the Chicago Women's Health Centerfeaturing a strong line-up of women in Chicago covering 90s Female Alt-Rockers and Singer/Songwriters such as Lauren Hill, Alanis Morsette, Jewel, Tori Amos, Lisa Loeb, Melissa Etheridge, Missy Elliot, Indigo Girls, The Cranberries, No Doubt, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, etc. Performing ladies include: Becca Brown, Liz Chidester, Britain Gebhart, Kasey Foster, Harmony France, Laura Glyda, Nicole Laurenzi, Diana Lawrence, Lauren Paris, Lizzie Schwarzrock, Leah Shoshanah, Alisa Rosenthol.
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Tue, Jul 25 - 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, Jul 26 - 8pm - $7
Coming together from all corners of Chicago's music scene, Bethany Hamilton (vocals), Rob Clearfield (electric guitar, keyboards), Chris Siebold (acoustic guitar, slide, bouzouki, hammered dulcimer), and Michael Caskey (percussion) leave behind their busy jazz, rock, session, and classical performing careers to create the unique atmosphere of Outertown. This indie-folk/Americana band simply lives in the beautiful space where clever song-writing meets technical mastery. The result is as mysterious as an island, smooth as a single malt, and delicious as pie.
Integrated Cookbook is Jason Batchko and Devin Ulery. They are a new duo and like to play rock n roll tunes, bluesy/folky songs and some ballads, too.
Bringing you happy folk-pop music since 2009, Ed Quartet features the original songs of vocalist Eun Deitemyer and features Jon Deitemyer (drummer for Concord Jazz pianist Patricia Barber and Grammy-nominated Matthew Santos), Chris Siebold (guitarist for NPR's Prairie Home Companion and Grammy-winning Howard Levy), and Matt Ulery (NPR Top 10 Jazz Album 2012).
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Thu, Jul 27 - 8pm - $7
8-bit crEEps make new sounds on old circuits. sych-Surf / Post-Punk. Sounds like Syd Barrett singing happy birthday to David Byrne. Inspired by a lone, nameless man. His dilated pupils are equal parts apathy and anxiety. The square-wave soundtrack was a worm in his brain. Mesmerized by a Centipede machine, the dance of the damned. His mustache unkempt, the dark circles under his eyes twitch as he scans his denim jacket's pocket for one more quarter. This ghoul lurked about Sinbad's Castle, Haunted Trails, and other dimly lit, south-side Chicago arcades of that time. These places left strange impressions on young minds. This is where you'll find those impressions. See you in the future.
Impossible! was formed in under the thrum of the Chicago El trains, two to five hundred​​ years ago, depending on who you ask. Ranging from whimsical to funereal, from metal gruff to operatic, Impossible!’s music is a post-rock, electronic, and neo-classical riot, with a squeak of kazoo to finish. Armed with this smorgasbord of wild harvested and farm-to-table flavors, Impossible! is preparing to release their debut album, Invisible Trajectories spring 2016, a mix of wild homages and original songs.
The Ham Council plays music that deadens the moral sensibilities of a great democracy.
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Fri, Jul 28 - 7pm - $25adv/$30door - ALL AGES
Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 Grammy award-winning album Revelator and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Santana, Lalah Hathaway, Omar, John Legend, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, Maurice’s latest album - THE MOOD - features his live band in a studio album that showcases his soulful composition, ambitious production & adventurous improvisations in a seamless blend of jazz, hip hop, soul and sounds from around the world.A stand out single from the album features Hip-Hop master Talib Kweli. In his words, ‘STAND UP is a call for humanity to take a stand and come together to make a positive difference in the world around us. We are in a political and economic climate that has been sapping the energy and sense of hope from everyone around us. Inspired by the advice “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” that my father gave me when I was a kid, I want to call people to come together, take a stand for a better life & a better world and help one another in whatever way possible, big or small. To collectively be the change we wish to see in the world.’Brown has an ambitious touring schedule, anchored around the release with a Tuesday night residency at the Fame Jazz Standard in New York. A rotating cast of special guests include Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Drum legend Lenny White, and Saxophonist Skerik.
The Brooklyn-based MC earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. “I’m a touring artist. I’m an artist that’s internationally known. I’m not just a local artist at this point in my career. I’m cognizant of the fact that what I do is beyond where it started. I’m trying to reach the apex of where I am now, but without turning my back on or dismissing what I’ve done before.” After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental. In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, which is self-defined as “a platform for independent thinkers and doers.” Kweli has set out to make Javotti Media (which released his 2011 album, Gutter Rainbows, and is named after his paternal grandmother) into a media powerhouse that releases music, films and books.
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Fri, Jul 28 - 10:30pm - $25adv/$30door - 21&Over
Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 Grammy award-winning album Revelator and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Santana, Lalah Hathaway, Omar, John Legend, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, Maurice’s latest album - THE MOOD - features his live band in a studio album that showcases his soulful composition, ambitious production & adventurous improvisations in a seamless blend of jazz, hip hop, soul and sounds from around the world.A stand out single from the album features Hip-Hop master Talib Kweli. In his words, ‘STAND UP is a call for humanity to take a stand and come together to make a positive difference in the world around us. We are in a political and economic climate that has been sapping the energy and sense of hope from everyone around us. Inspired by the advice “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” that my father gave me when I was a kid, I want to call people to come together, take a stand for a better life & a better world and help one another in whatever way possible, big or small. To collectively be the change we wish to see in the world.’Brown has an ambitious touring schedule, anchored around the release with a Tuesday night residency at the Fame Jazz Standard in New York. A rotating cast of special guests include Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Drum legend Lenny White, and Saxophonist Skerik.
The Brooklyn-based MC earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. “I’m a touring artist. I’m an artist that’s internationally known. I’m not just a local artist at this point in my career. I’m cognizant of the fact that what I do is beyond where it started. I’m trying to reach the apex of where I am now, but without turning my back on or dismissing what I’ve done before.” After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental. In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, which is self-defined as “a platform for independent thinkers and doers.” Kweli has set out to make Javotti Media (which released his 2011 album, Gutter Rainbows, and is named after his paternal grandmother) into a media powerhouse that releases music, films and books.
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Sat, Jul 29 - 9pm - $10
With a member in Chicago and another in Lansing, Michigan, Vandalay find themselves with two homes. This alternative-rock duo has been entertaining ever-building audiences since 2012. With their release of two albums within one year, Vandalay offers listeners the development and conscious execution of well-written arrangements, thoughtful lyrics and an overall uniqueness that begs intrigue. The band prides themselves on their promise to deliver an engaging and captivating live show. Their hard work, displayed both on stage and throughout their studio recordings, prove this band to be among a list of emerging rock bands.
Young Pioneer is a Pop/Rock band from the suburbs of Detroit, MI.
Chicago, Illinois indie rock duo Bernie & The Wolf is taking you back to school with smooth grooves and good old-fashioned songwriting. They're quirky demeanor may be sweet and fun, but make no mistake this band packs a punch. With an endearing stage presence and undeniable chemistry this dynamic duo make for a captivating and just plain fun live experience. If you're looking for music that will ignite your soul and rock your socks, but also won't forget to lay you down when you're tuckered out from all that head-banging, Bernie & The Wolf have got you covered.
The Devilish Winks are sojourners of the sonic spectrum, six musicians conjuring tour-de-force whirlwinds from the four corners of the musical globe. The band is built on the solid-as-a-rock rhythm section foundation of drummer Nick Christiansen and bassist Rudy Bless, given a lush and harmonically milky middle by acoustic guitarist Neil Huff and keyboardist Sandy Van Laningham, made to shimmer and shine by clarinetist (and saxophonist) Dov Turner, and called down to the River Styx with the romp and wail of Dave Keller's electric guitar wizardry. On top of all this sit harmony rock vocals inspired by 60's and 70's rock and folk, sung by Neil, Sandy and Nick. It's not quite rock, not quite classical, not quite folk, not quite metal, it's The Devilish Winks.
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Mon, Jul 31 - 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, Aug 1 - 9pm - $10
A Chicago Based Jerry Garcia Band Tribute featuringSteve Johnson - Keyboards, Bob Lait - Guitar/Vocal, Paul Maczka - Drums, Kari McDonough - Vocals, and special guests!
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Thu, Aug 3 - 8pm - $10
Cinematic is the word most often used to describe Marah in the Mainsail's sound. Precise yet primitive jungle drums set the stage for the eclectic and powerful ensemble to sweep you away into their haunting world. Like oil and water, Durry's gravel voice alongside Mariah Mercedes’s crystal clarity form a stirring, yet beautiful contrast. All being thrust forward by aggressive percussion, growling bass, and soaring brass. Their lyrics paint a thrilling picture of monsters and ghosts, murderers and thieves, love and guilt, and everything in between.
In ancient Greek it means to sing, in Bosnian it means to leave, in Chicago Ode means a five piece indie rock group that specializes in combining elements of Balkan Folk Music with hints of Dark Americana and World Punk. Founded by brothers Davor Palos (Lead Vocal) and Robert Palos (Lead Guitar) and brought to perfection by fellow group members Nikola Dokic (Guitar), Elliot Taggart (Bass) and Daniel Crane (drums). With influences ranging from Nick Cave to Alice and Chains to old world balkan folk, Ode has created a sound all their own and impossible to bookshelf. Ballad Rock, Stadium Rock, Punk, Funk, Grunge, and Jazz infusions woven and interwoven creating something new and something wild.
With a dynamic blend of folk, rock, bluegrass and world music Distant Brothers brings a unique sound to any project they take on. Their most recent album, Upon Our Arrival, typifies this diversity while showcasing myriad styles and instruments. The bedrock of the band's sound is their ability to join their four distinct voices into rich harmonies. Whether playing barn-burning bluegrass music to a raucous crowd or delicate soul stirring ballads to intimate audiences, Distant Brothers' goal is and always has been to bring people together with their music.
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Fri, Aug 4 (8:30pm) & Tue, Aug 8 (8pm) - $44 - All Ages
Also featuring Jimmy Haslip (bass), Vinny Valentino (guitar), Chrissi Poland (vocals), and Stu Mindeman (keys)!The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago and ONLY at Martyrs’ for theseALL AGES shows!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Friday, August 4 - Fresh off the summer Journey tour, Steve Smith will perform a variety of tunes with this all-star band. This is a rare opportunity to see Steve up-close and personal! Steve will be on-hand after the show to sign his Fabric of Rhythm books and CDs. 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 Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Sam Moore), Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling/Gloria Estefan), and more! 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 8 show with Simon Phillips and Will Calhoun! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town for Drum Fantasy Camp. Sign up here: www.drumfantasycamp.com>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tuesday, August 8 - Legendary drummer Simon Phillips (The Who/Toto/Hiromi) will perform a variety of tunes with this all-star band. This is a rare opportunity to see Simon in Chicago! Will Calhoun (Living Colour/Herb Albert/Mike Stern) brings his amazing groove, blazing speed and world music skills to this dynamic show! Will is going to tear it up with this incredible band! Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band, featuring Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Sam Moore), Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling/Gloria Estefan), and more!You can expect both drummers to jam at the end! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town for Drum Fantasy Camp. Sign up here: www.drumfantasycamp.com.
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Fri, Aug 4 - 8:30pm - $25 - All Ages
Also featuring Jimmy Haslip (bass), Vinny Valentino (guitar), Chrissi Poland (vocals), and Stu Mindeman (keys)! The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago and ONLY at Martyrs’ for this ALL AGES show! Fresh off the summer Journey tour, Steve Smith will perform a variety of tunes with this all-star band. This is a rare opportunity to see Steve up-close and personal! Steve will be on-hand after the show to sign his Fabric of Rhythm books and CDs.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 Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Sam Moore), Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling/Gloria Estefan), and Jimmy Haslip (bass)! 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 8 show with Simon Phillips and Will Calhoun! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town for Drum Fantasy Camp. Go here to sign up: www.drumfantasycamp.com.
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Sat, Aug 5 - 8pm - $25
El Septeto Santiaguero fue fundado por Fernando Dewar el 2 de febrero de 1995, en la Casa de la Trova, en Santiago de Cuba, la cuna del son y el bolero. Su disco más reciente “No quiero llanto – Tributo a Los Compadres” obtuvo el premio Grammy Latino 2015 como Mejor Álbum Tropical Tradicional y está nominado al Grammy 2016 como Best Tropical Latin Album. En 2011 y 2013 los discos “Vamos pa´ la fiesta” y “Oye mi son santiaguero” obtuvieron el premio Cubadisco y estuvieron nominados al Grammy Latino. En sus grabaciones han participado figuras de la talla de José Alberto El Canario, Cheo Feliciano, Rubén Blades, Oscar D´León, Eliades Ochoa, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Aymee Nuviola, Reinaldo Creagh, Tiburón Morales, Edwin Bonilla, Jimmy Bosch, Edwin Colón Zayas, Alejandro Almenares, Luisito Quintero… Su repertorio es un recorrido por diferentes vertientes de la música popular cubana, con énfasis en lo tradicional, desde una perspectiva contemporánea. Trabajan obras de autores clásicos, en perfecta concordancia con obras de autores cubanos contemporáneos entre los que se encuentran varios integrantes del propio grupo. Desde su fundación misma se han presentado en más de 30 países, en disímiles recintos y festivales, en buena parte de los más importantes del mundo, en diferentes circuitos: salsa, jazz, world music… El Ayuntamiento de Santiago de Cuba les entregó la Llave de la Ciudad en 2014 y la Bandera de la Ciudad en 2015. Según la crítica especializada son los destinados a suceder al Buena Vista Social Club en los escenarios del mundo.
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Tue, Aug 8 - 8pm - $25 - All Ages
Also featuring Jimmy Haslip (bass), Vinny Valentino (guitar), Chrissi Poland (vocals), and Stu Mindeman (keys)! The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago and ONLY at Martyrs’ for this ALL AGES show! Legendary drummer Simon Phillips (The Who/Toto/Hiromi) will perform a variety of tunes with this all-star band. This is a rare opportunity to see Simon in Chicago! Will Calhoun (Living Colour/Herb Albert/Mike Stern) brings his amazing groove, blazing speed and world music skills to this dynamic show! Will is going to tear it up with this incredible band! Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band, featuring Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Sam Moore), Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling/Gloria Estefan), and Jimmy Haslip (bass)! 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 4 show that features Steve Smith and Todd Sucherman! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town for Drum Fantasy Camp Sign up here: www.drumfantasycamp.com.
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Wed, Aug 9 - 8pm - $10
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.
Credibly both multi- and counter-cultural, Goran Ivanovic—from the group Eastern Blok and AKGI Guitar Duo—comes up with a unique musical language that melts together his Balkan roots with flamenco and Latin guitar traditions. The Goran Ivanovic Trio includes Matt Ulery on bass and Pete Tashjian on drums. "Serbian-American classical nylon-string guitarist Ivanovic play unabashedly beautiful music that is as captivatingly melodic and cinematic as it is technically and compositionally sophisticated" -Guitar Player Magazine. "Best album of 2013" -Acoustic Guitar Magazine
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Thu, Aug 10 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Ugly Radio Rebellion origins go back to a Detroit band known as Uncle Meat. In 2002, guitarist Scott Schroen felt inspired to start a project consisting of everyone and anyone capable of playing the music of Frank Zappa, a definite challenge. An ad was placed in the local paper simply stating, “musicians wanted to perform the music of Frank Zappa”, and so ensued a few weekends of what was later dubbed, “Zappa Survivor”. Groups of musicians drilled selected pieces during rehearsal, and later everyone would vote on who they think should stay for the next round. The few that were left from the ‘survivor’ sessions ultimately became the lineup for the band Uncle Meat. The project performed FZ around the greater Detroit area until the last show on Frank’s birthday, December 2003. Eventually Uncle Meat was disbanded but Scott Schroen and bassist Preston Parish reformed the project as… Ugly Radio Rebellion. URR played consistently in the Midwest and Southeast for more than 10 years and over 300 shows, The line-up changed over the years as many talented musicians came and went as they paid tribute to the music of Frank. Scott Schroen is the only member to have played every show since its beginning. URR wants to thank the following past band members – Brian Casey, Dave Cheny, Dan Cowlin, Anthony East, John Garland, Travis Gates, Kerry Gluckman, Layla Hall, Danny Halperin, August Krueger, Michael Lauden, Vince Leblanc, Glenn Leonard, Dan Mocciolo, Dave Nolden, Preston Parish, Daniel Pashcal, Joey Spina, Andy Turpen and Andrew Walley. The band took a hiatus after 2015 while Scott played as a solo act and was involved in other projects. But in late 2016, the band was reformed and reimagined as a larger ensemble. It now consists of Scott Schroen on guitar and vocals; Keith Livermore on vocals, keyboards, saxophone, trombone and flute; Scott McKay on bass. The band is fortunate to have three drummers from different areas of the country to perform with depending on the tour schedule – Landon Ewers, Drew Littell and Thomas Lowe. Ike Wills, Frank Zappa alumni, has performed in more than 100 shows over the years and remains part of the touring line-up to this day.
Isaac “Ike” Willis is an American vocalist and guitarist who was a regular member of Frank Zappa’s studio and touring bands from 1978 until the last tour in 1988. He did not tour with Zappa in 1981 and 1982 because he wanted to be home for the birth of his two children, but returned to touring with Zappa for his final two tours in 1984 and 1988. He currently tours with the Frank Zappa tribute bands Bogus Pomp, Ossi Duri, Project/Object, Pojama People, Ugly Radio Rebellion and ZAPPATiKA. He also performed several times with the Brazilian Zappa cover band, The Central Scrutinizer Band, The Muffin Men, and with the Italian bands Ossi Duri and Elio e le Storie Tese. Additionally, he has appeared multiple times at the annual Zappanale Festival in Bad Doberan, Germany and will be playing the 2017 Festival with Dweezil Zappa. He is most recognized for his involvement in Zappa records such as playing Joe in Joe’s Garage, providing vocals on Tinsel Town Rebellion, You Are What You Is, and The Man from Utopia, and as the title character and narrator in Zappa’s off-Broadway-styled conceptual musical Thing-Fish. Ugly Radio Rebellion has been fortunate to play over a 100 shows with Ike. First playing together in 2004, Ike has played with most of the band line-ups over the years with one constant, band leader Scott Schroen.
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Sat, Aug 12 - 9:30pm - $12adv/$15door
Formed in the late 80’s, Birds at the End of the Road first started playing “Rock Against Depression” shows at Metro in the fall of 88’. They came of age with acts like The Slugs, The Connells and pre-fame Smashing Pumpkins. After being asked back to open for 10,000 Maniacs they soon became regulars at Metro and other Chicago stops like Avalon, Gaspars, Batteries Not Included and the legendary Club Stodola. Evidence of their proud gait can be seen in some footage from the Vic Theatre, found here on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTJXWP7kSh0 .Comprised of singer Ken Fountain, Jason Lee (Guitar), Henry Jansen (Drums) and John Ryan (Bass). The members did go on to make more music; Fountain leading Red Elephant, Lee in EXO, Jansen with Dovetail Joint /Ivory Wire (and others) and Ryan involved with music management.Birds at the End of the Road were first heard locally on (the sorely missed) WCBR and their Compilation “Best of CBR/ Bear tracks 92”. Their first release was on Columbia College’s AEMMP records in 1993. Not long after that the Birds signed with Minneapolis based Channel 83/ Sci-Fi Western and put out a mix of studio and live tracks called “Chowderbox”. This record was toured mercilessly and with college radio support went on to sell 10,000 copies. In 1995 there was a new record in the can. Before its release in 1996 the group took a break and reorganized under the name Mother Factor and returned to release “Queery” on Channel 83. This was a proud studio effort and the band toured intensely in support of it until eventually calling it quits in December of 1997 with a record-breaking show at Martyrs’.
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Mon, Aug 14 - 7pm - $7
The Kilgubbin Brothers’ name and music celebrate the American-Irish shantytown that clung to a muddy island in the Chicago River in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They play the irrepressible, stubbornly upbeat music that emerged onto that island when the tunes and songs first baptized in the blessed wells of Ireland were dragged through the factory-fouled waters of the Chicago River. Playing with tenacity and unruliness, The Kilgubbin Brothers tap into the dance tunes and songs whose spirit and beauty persisted in their new home: soot-stained, early urban America. The Kilgubbin Brothers feature: Chicago Irish fiddle legend Seán Cleland (Drovers, Bohola); the mighty Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhrán, and banjo; Boston-born, All-Ireland fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger (Sprigs, Noel Henry Irish Showband); guitar virtuoso Jesse Langen (Hasco Duo, Ensemble Dal Niente); and powerhouse singer Ray Quinn (Tin Lynott, Martyrs’).
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Thu, Aug 17 - 8pm - $15
Skerryvore first formed on the tiny lsle of Tiree off Scotland's west coast in 2005. Back then, the band consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) andMartin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion) who bonded with holidaymaker Fraser West (drums & vocals) and friend Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar) over a shared love of music: everything from traditional to rock and iazz. It was this mix of musical styles and sounds that set the path for the band's 2005 debut album, 'West Coast Life.’ The more the fledgling band experimented with fusing together this mix of musical styles, the more their signature sound evolved, aided by the arrival of Barry Caulfield (bass & vocals) and Craig Espie (fiddle) in time for their second album, 'On The Road', in 2007.But it was with the release of self-titled third album, 'Skerryvore', that the band found themselves catapulted into the musical limelight winning a string of prestigiousawards, including SNMA Record of the Year 2011 and STMA Live Act of the Year 2011, and garnering much critical acclaim:"Skerryvore are the most promising young band in Scotland today''Mick MacNeil, Simple MindsIn June 2012 the band released what is undeniably their most polished and radioready album to date. 'World of Chances' weaves together the band's spine-tingling musical talents with the award winning songwriting abilities of frontman Alec Dalglish(Frankie Miller Songwriter of the Year 2011). At times uplifting, at times reflective, the result is a brighter, breezier, feel good sound that looks set to broaden the band's appeal even further. In Autumn 2012, bassman Barry Caulfield decided to move on and was replaced by former Wolfstone bassist, Colin Cunningham.When not touring the different corners of the globe, the band can still be found performing relentlessly, contributing to projects by Live Music Now (LMN), The Royal Blind School, Artlink Central and HMP Cornton Vale as well as special needs schools throughout the UK. They also feature in a current VisitScotland TV commercial aimedat international audiences.To quote the words of one local journalist:"Six of the best musical ambassadors Scotland could ever have wished for... a living,breathing, l2 legged party waiting to happen."The Falkirk Herald, Scotland
More often than not, the road to country music stardom originates in Texas, Tennessee, or another time-honored Southern destination. John Ballantyne’s story arc reads way different. Fast becoming recognized as one of Chicago’s premier country singers and songwriters, Ballantyne was born and raised in Scotland, though you’d never know it from his earthy vocal delivery and immaculate lead guitar. Both resonate with the twang and raunch of classic honky-tonk country, also known these days as Americana. A frequent presence on the Chicago club circuit, John and his band Crazy Heart ( Bassist Gus Noble, and drummer Leslie Walle-Santos) will take their musical exploits to a whole new level this year, building on a recent hugely successful tour of Scotland , the highlight of which was two mainstage appearances at the prestigious Tiree Music Festival.
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Mon, Aug 28 - 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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Thu, Aug 31 - 8pm - $10
Get ready for a new sound that you won't soon forget! The Groove Master, Paa Kow (pronounced Pah-Ko), fuses rhythm and artistry from his home in Ghana with Jazz and African Pop. Fans from all over the world agree that Paa Kow exhibits extraordinary talent and holds "the perfect groove." He is currently touring across the U.S. and will release his second studio album Ask in August of 2014. Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, bandleader, composer, and teacher of music. Growing up in the small village of Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Paa Kow began to play music and tour with his family’s concert band at a very early age. He has since grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour in Africa, Europe, and America. Paa Kow’s deep groove and prodigious talent reveal a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums, inspiring a profound spiritual conversation. His songs are captivating and danceable and incorporate lyrics in his native language, Fante, as well as English. Paa Kow’s vision is to spread the music and culture of his homeland by touring the world with his Afro-Fusion orchestra. Notable musicians he has shared the stage with include African greats: Amakye Dede, George Darko, Kojo Antwi, Nat Brew, Hugh Masekela, and Vusi Mahlasela, as well as American greats Victor Wooten, Brad Goode, John Gunther, Michael Kang, and many more.
With a sound born out of the combination of funk roots with jazz and electronic music, Genome has been impressing audiences with their tight sound and getting them on the dance floor with infectious grooves. Undeniable and unrelenting, Drew Littell, Patrick Dinnen, and Asif Wilson form a rhythm section that will not be stopped. Coupled with the stylings of multi-instrumentalist Xavier Galdon, saxophonist Kyle Madsen, and guitarist Igor Voltchenko, the lush sounds of Genome will have you partying all night long!
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Tue, Sep 5 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Fri, Sep 22 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey Island Swamp Band is all about. The band came together when Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chris Mulé (electric guitar, vocals) were marooned in San Francisco after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. After a chance encounter with fellow New Orleans evacuees Sam Price (bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drums, vocals), and with no prospects of getting home any time soon, they figured they’d better cook up something new, and quick!A few days later they had put together a song list, landed a weekly gig at San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room, and settled in to share a little taste of Southern culture with their new West coast neighbors. Their 7-song eponymous debut was recorded in 2006 at famed Record Plant studios in Sausalito, CA, and was received so well that the band decided to make the new group priority number one upon moving back to New Orleans in early 2008.Honey Island Swamp Band's sound has been described as "Bayou Americana", with timeless songs from Wilkinson & Mulé, highlighted by Mulé's searing guitar, Wilkinson's sure-handed mandolin, and 4-part vocal harmonies, all anchored by the powerful groove of Price & Paul's Louisiana stomp rhythm section. Their music draws from a variety of influences in the world of roots music, including artists such as Lowell George & Little Feat, The Band, Taj Mahal, Gram Parsons, Jerry Garcia, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Reed, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and New Orleans’ own Earl King and Dr. John.In April 2009, the band released its first full-length album – Wishing Well – produced by Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra. Throughout the rest of 2009, the band toured relentlessly in support of Wishing Well, on the strength of such songs as "Natural Born Fool", "Till the Money's Gone", and the album's title track. In January 2010, Wishing Well was named 2009's “Best Blues Album” at OffBeat Magazine's BEST OF THE BEAT Awards, where HISB was also honored as 2009’s “Best Emerging Artist”.The newest offering from HISB – Good To You – was released in April 2010, and has quickly become a staple of most DJs on the Crescent City's legendary radio station WWOZ, as well as on Sirius/XM satellite radio’s Bluesville and traditional stations from coast-to-coast. OffBeat Magazine nominated Good To You as 2010’s “Best Roots Rock Album” at this year’s BEST OF THE BEAT Awards, in addition to the band winning the prize as 2010’s “Best Roots Rock Artist”. Featuring the southern strut of songs such as “Be Good”, "300 Pounds" and the album’s first single “Chocolate Cake”, Good To You illuminates the mix of country-inflected rock and New Orleans funky blues that makes Honey Island Swamp Band's music so familiar and unique at the same time.
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Fri, Oct 13 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Willie Green (Neville Brothers) / Charlie Wooten (Bonerama, Royal Southern Brotherhood) / Jake Eckert (Dirty Dozen) / CR Gruver (Meters) / Jeff Watkins (James Brown Band) /When New Orleans Suspects arose from the primordial musical soup that is New Orleans,they were a fill-in band and an occasional jam band at their neighborhood Maple Leaf Bar.The group brought together some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleansincluding Jake Eckert, Jeff Watkins, CR Gruver “Mean” Willie Green on drums, and ReggieScanlan. When they started touring late in 2011, naysayers in the Crescent City agreed itwould not last; the Suspects would be another short-lived super group that would quickly fallapart under the weight of egos and money. New Orleans Suspects exceeded expectationsand some five years later they have delivered their fourth album release, Kaleidoscoped.Jake Eckert, the guitarist and one of the principal songwriters and vocalists, is a veteran of tenyears on the road with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a former member of Larry Carlton’s band, anda Grammy Award ®-winning engineer. He has extensive formal music training and actuallytaught at the prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology. Not only has Eckert won a Grammy, heplayed on The Grammys broadcast with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint.Kaleidoscoped was recorded at his Rhythm Shack Studios with assistance from Suspect JeffWatkins, a twelve-year veteran as sax player and section leader for the late James Brown,who constantly referred to him as “the ninth wonder of the world.” Watkins has a formalmusical and engineering education, having attended both the Universities of Missouri andMiami. He was a long-time member of the Joss Stone Band and has performed on multiplenetwork television shows.Keyboardist CR Gruver, the other principal songwriter and vocalist, spent years immersinghimself in the piano style of New Orleans legends like Dr. John, James Booker and AllenToussaint and is arguably the best living practitioner of the New Orleans boogie-woogie pianostyle, which is an aggregate of boogie-woogie, Caribbean rhythmic patterns and second line.Gruver made a name for himself, first in Philadelphia, then in the Rockies, with his bandPolytoxic, and later with Southern rockers Outformation. He also spent time in Leo Nocentelli’sband, pursuing the Meters’ groove.“Mean” Willie Green, best known for his 35 years as drummer for The Neville Bros., has alsoplayed on albums by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Edie Brickell and The Grateful Dead. He literallyinvented one of the primary styles of New Orleans trap drumming for which he gets credit frommusicians around the world.Founding bassist Reggie Scanlan spent 34 years on the road as an original member of TheNew Orleans Radiators after stints with both Professor Longhair and James Booker. Thescholarly Scanlan, one of the last living connections to the original generation of New OrleansR&B musicians, has had to leave the road due to illness. Charlie Wooton (formerly of RoyalSouthern Brotherhood) now fills the touring bass chair. Scanlan’s illness drove the Suspectsto help fund medical care for the New Orleans music community. Scanlan, the band and itsmanagement have organized and directed numerous benefit concerts for the New OrleansMusicians Clinic, a 401(c)3 foundation that provides free and low-cost medical care andcounseling for more than 2,500 musicians. The band’s work with the clinic led them to joinforces with JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic to present three versions of the benefit series“Down on the Bayou,” featuring the Suspects as musical directors and house band with guestsas diverse as Dr. John, all members of Widespread Panic, Al Schnier of moe., Marcia Ball,Harry Shearer, Leland Sklar, members of Aquarium Rescue Unit and “Beehive Queen”Christine Ohlman from the Saturday Night Live band.New Orleans Suspects are unbelievably tight on stage with their peers, press, venue ownersand promoters singing the praises of their musical prowess. They annually perform in a keyslot on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s main stage. USA Today called theirAcura Stage set “Outstanding…a sound that could have only bubbled up from this city.…”New Orleans Jazzfest founder and current director Quint Davis says, “The Suspects are deeptissue New Orleans Funk and have emerged as one of the banner New Orleans music groups;taking their place among the standard bearers of our music. And they rock! Rather, funk.”They have become a regular fixture at noted concert and festival venues in San Francisco,San Diego, St. Louis, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta,Birmingham, and in what has become a major stomping ground, New York City, where VillageVoice called them “a seriously funky crew,” and even The New Yorker occasionally notes theirpassing through the metropolis. The San Diego Union Tribune called them, “a rollicking blendof funk, jazz, blues, rock and vintage N’awlins R&B, designed to fill dance floors with gyratingcelebrants.”They have formed touring alliances with Tower of Power, Glen David Andrews (of Tréméfame) and Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat. The Barrere/Tackett/Suspects mashuphas been increasingly in demand at music festivals and has generated a track, “DixieHighway,” that appears on Kaleidoscoped. Members of Tower of Power and “Big Chief” JuanPardo also guest on the album on which the Suspects look at the history of New Orleansmusic through a brightly colored prismatic chamber and thus the album title.The band’s first, self-released eponymous album debuted in 2011 and featured the smokingCR Gruver original “36 Cars” as well as a few other band originals interspersed with coversongs. In 2012, the Suspects produced and released Caught Live at the Maple Leaf, a lovingtribute to the nightclub where it all started and a testament to the band’s increasing skills.Their 2014 studio album, Ouroboros, released on Louisiana Red Hot Records, generatedsubstantial radio play, both in the terrestrial world and on multiple Sirius/XM channels for focustracks “Get Back What You Given,” Soothe Me,” and “Magdalena” as well as rave reviews andfeatures in publications such as Stereophile, Downbeat, Modern Drummer and RelixMagazine. Kaleidoscoped will be released digitally and on CD on September 16th and on vinyl onSeptember 30th on Louisiana Red Hot Records. Headquartered in New Orleans, LouisianaRed Hot Records has released over 200 albums of the hottest Blues, Jazz, R&B, Gospel,Funk, Zydeco, Cajun and Rock, and is a leader among Southern independent labels with titlesby a plethora of New Orleans acts including Rebirth Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk andTrombone Shorty
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