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Tue, Mar 26 - 8pm - $10
What do you get when you take 90s indie rock and temper it through Chicago’s harsh winters? Wildcat, that’s what. Tom Reeder, Alex Kisiel, Steve Watson, Conor Hibler, Mike Musto, and Stevan Vasich make up the Chicago-based sextet, delivering their powerful brand of 90s-influenced indie rock with reckless abandon. Formed in 2016, Wildcat has steadily grown from a two-man outfit playing one-off shows to a six-piece staple of the Chicago scene performing regularly. Known for their energetic and exciting live performances, their horn section sets them apart from the pack, creating rich harmonies that soar over the rest of the band. Wildcat is currently recording their debut EP Western, and will be releasing it in 2019. You can listen to their first single “Avalon” now.
TONKS premiered the music video for "Giles Corey" on Thursday (Nov.8), a melancholy track from his debut album Windows Down & Dying, due out on Nov. 16. Dryjacket bassist Ian Foley's first solo project is introspective, complete with soothing melodies and intricate instrumentals. The multi-instrumentalist will not only showcase his vocals, but will also play the piano, violin and guitar on the new album. "Giles Corey" is the first track released from TONKS, which sees the singer poignantly confronting loss. 'Giles Corey’ is a song about the unavoidable continuation of life after coping with loss," TONKS tells Billboard in an emailed statement. "I’m really proud of this video, and the amazing performances by the cast."The video shifts through gloomy scenes of people buried waist-deep into the ground, including Foley. He slowly plays the guitar on an empty beach, further instilling the theme of loss by singing, "I've given you everything but my name/ Where did I go wrong."
Forrest Byrd - Introspective singer-songwriter tunes w/early 2000s emo flare
anna p is a singer-songwriter from chicago, IL. her metaphoric lyrics, haunting melodies, and crystal-clear voice have propelled her to capture the attention of the local music scene and land gigs at legendary chicago performance venues such as cubby bear, navy pier, and house of blues' foundation room. her new EP ‘I was an iceberg’ is a chronicle through a mental breakdown following a heartbreak. the painfully honest lyrics of songs like “hesitate” and “waves” paint a scenery of the inner struggles of mental health.
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Wed, Mar 27 - 8pm - $10
As angsty as we are polite, Anfang is a Chicago based band formed in 2018 with Andie Zaragoza on vocals, Mark Tonai on lead guitar, Christian Newman on bass and Nick Rissler on drums. The unique fusion of sounds that the group brings from blues to southern rock defies easy description but makes them a stand-out in the crowded Chicago music scene. Anfang brings a variety of original music written by all members of the band along with a surprising cover here and there to keep the crowd on their toes and off their phones.
Power Assassin is a Rock and Roll trio from Chicago. We formed in Fall 2017. We deal mostly with riffs, grooves, and madness. We mingle with rock n' roll, blues, garage, punk, and a bit of funk because we want to get you moving.
The Pornstache is a chicago-based instrumental funk fusion ensemble. The band is comprised of 20 year veterans of the Chicago music scene. The Pornstache goal is to have its happy audience grooving to their original recipe and extra crispy horn-based funk.
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Thu, Mar 28 - 8pm - $12
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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Fri, Mar 29 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$18door
On their latest LP Magic, melodic visionaries The Werks transcend their funk rock roots while never losing their identity. Poignant songwriting and engaging improvisation come together on a record that showcases their maturation as a multidimensional group of uniquely creative musicians. The virtuosic rhythm junkies of The Werks have released four highly acclaimed studio albums over the past ten years - Synapse (2009), The Werks (2012), Mr. Smalls Sessions EP (2014), and Inside a Dream (2015) - performed well over one thousand shows (including launching their own multi-day music festival The Werk Out), and released countless live recordings including last year’s Live at The Werk Out live album. In that time they’ve earned a devoted fan base across the world and reputation as one of the most energetic, compelling, and downright entertaining live acts in the business. They’ve developed a hard won confidence, and a willingness to fearlessly chart new sonic territory on Magic. “This is our first truly multi-genre album” says Chris Houser. “Each track has its own unique vibe and sound. We didn’t write these songs to please people, we wrote them because this is what we hear when we turn off the outside and let the creativity flow.” The songs on Magic started as sketches the band members crafted independently. Coming together in their sonic dojo The Werkspace, those seeds of groove were nurtured by the group, growing into fully wrought songs. “Our writing is collaborative,” explains Dan Shaw, “but starting with demos written individually gives each band member a chance to leave their fingerprint on a tune.” The songwriting finished, the band decamped to Sonic Lounge in Grove City, Ohio. There lead engineer and producer Joe Viers (Blues Traveler, Twenty One Pilots) settled down to work with the studio’s legendary Amek/Neve 9098i mixing console. One of only thirteen in the world, Sonic Lounge’s was originally installed in Olympic Studios in London, England, where it served to document the unique creative mojo of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, and more. Joining Viers were assistant engineers and producers Aaron Oakley and B.J. Davis, and the unstoppable horns of Columbus’ own Hoodoo Soul Band - Chris Young (trumpet), Kevin O’Neil (tenor), and Phil Clark (Baritone) – while Kenny Holmes, tour manager and right hand man, was the gaff tape that held it all together. Finally Columbus native and current Los Angeles, CA resident Brian Lucey (Train, Dr. Dog) mastered the record. From those sessions emerged a rare jewel of a record; Magic is muse put to tape, a direct download of the creative spark. “This is a recording of the music that’s in our souls” explains Rob Chafin. “In a way, the past decade has been leading to this moment. We play and write together so seamlessly now, we’re able to channel the inspiration in our hearts out into our instruments, and come at this from a pure place.” Together, they have crafted a record where melodies take flight, dancing and twisting around the sonorous main of the tune itself. By fusing their spirited inventiveness to a core of immediately engaging songwriting, The Werks have truly performed a feat of modern musical Magic.
Chachuba is a four piece electronic, trance-fusion, jam band, based out of the city of Chicago. The band consists of: Nate Beitz (bass), Sean DiCosola (keyboard/synth), Paul Feinstein (drums), and Jimmy Klimek (guitar). Chachuba consistently add diversity to their music through fluidly transitioning from a variety of genres. Chachuba aims to get the crowd moving with all live instrumentals and improvisation. The band came together in early 2013 and started off with a bang, winning two big battle of the band competitions. In their first summer, Chachuba played at Hyperion Music and Arts Festival in Indiana and Summer Set Music Festival’s mainstage, in Wisconsin. Since then they have played other major music festivals such as Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL and Infrasound Music Festival in Wisconsin. Chachuba has been direct support for notable acts such as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Sunsquabi, Digital Tape Machine, The Coop and more. Chachuba has performed venues in Chicago such as: Reggies Rock Club, the Subterranean, the Abbey Pub, the Tonic Room, Underground WonderBar and many more bringing in an average of 100 people per show. They also host Lost on the Farm, an annual event that brought over 300 people to the northwest suburbs of Chicago its first year. They have been to expanding their boundaries by going on the road and playing venues outside of Chicago, such as Mackey’s Hideout in Mchenry, IL, the House Cafe in Dekalb, IL, the Canopy Club in Urbana, IL, The Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, WI and the Up and Under in Milwaukee, WI. Chachuba is currently building their schedule and working in the studio on their first EP E.S.M (Euphoric State of Mind) which will be released in Spring 2015. Constantly pushing forward and getting their music out to the masses, they are ready to show their fans how their sound has progressed and evolved. The EP features six new songs that take you on a musical journey and shows just how innovative Chachuba has grown to be.
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Sat, Mar 30 - 9pm - 10adv/$15door
“...August Hotel's music features a depth typically unheard in the soundscape of peers.” —Chicago Tribune. From the moment Joe Padilla sent them low-quality cellphone footage of him singing an LCD Soundsystem song in a bar, high school friends and previous bandmates Ryan Lammers (guitar/production), Craig Schwartz Jr (keyboards), Dean Sinclair (drums), and Cale Singleton (bass), knew they were onto something special. Beginning when Lammers and Sinclair first met as long-haired pre-teens competing in a local talent contest, the pieces of August Hotel slowly fell into place as its members moved through adolescence. Padilla’s grainy audition videos were the final bit of the puzzle and, just over a month later, August Hotel was in the studio working on what would become their new EP, Charms. Reflective yet euphoric—with pulsating synthesizers, shimmering guitars, and Padilla’s rich baritone weaving through it all—the EP’s first single, “12AM,” depicts August Hotel’s unique take on the indie pop genre. This track showcases their keen ability to effortlessly emulate both the pulsing dance floor and the quiet, lonely night. Shortly after its release, “12AM” received airplay on Chicago’s 101WKQX and was declared “an indie pop giant,” as well as "one of the coolest things that we’ve ever seen or heard" by popular London blog Killing Moon, which later featured the song on their compilation New Moons, Vol. VII. Charms both upholds and diversifies beyond the feel established on “12AM,” as evidenced by the driving groove of its follow-up and EP opener “Michigan Again.” Self-produced and meticulously crafted, Charms draws on the influences and experiences of all five members to serve as a testament to August Hotel’s deep passion for the music they create and perform. Ultimately, it is a story of youth and what it means to be faced with the uncertainties of love and life. As much as the record forces you to pause in contemplation for a moment, there exists an inherent urgency to move—and move fast. Live, August Hotel has shared stages with the likes of The Academic, Urban Cone, Nightly, Vesperteen, The Kickback, and Knox Hamilton, as well as headlined clubs around Chicago and the Midwest. This band and this EP have been a long time coming, but make no mistake that this is only just the beginning for this dynamic group. In the words of Vox Magazine, August Hotel is “a band on the cusp of a breakthrough journey.”
Man Called Noon is a Chicago based indie/alt rock band. Their roots are evident in their melodic mixture of Classic Americana, Pop, and Soul. Boisterous guitars and booming bass riffs erupt over impassioned soulful lyrics resulting in a distinct and in your-face-sound that can only be harnessed by Man Called Noon. MCN now provides a broader musical texture, allowing for a more precise interpretation of a burgeoning sound. They have taken a punctuated leap forward, and the maturity, confidence, and musical talent is on display. The New EP, “Everybody Move” is out now.
Trick Shooter Social Club’s fuses Americana, Alt country, Blues, Pop and Rock in a mix of romantic timelessness and gritty reality that has always been the blueprint for genuine, honest, timeless music. Their 2012 full-length Everything That Rises is a tour de force of what makes good songs great, and raw performances seamless. "Simo's Song" weaves a tender story about fatherhood, while the solo tune "Whiskey On My Grave" touches on country music's always-present sadness and humor. Cuts like the jangly " Almost Innocent" and the should-be hit "Needle Drop" shine with unironic nostalgia, and rockers like the album-leading "Powder Blue" blister with a reckless abandon usually attached to acts like Lucero or The Bottle Rockets. Though armed with disarmingly charming B3 organ, banjo, violin and dobro, the band also smartly includes a few stripped-down, intimately recorded numbers, like the sweet closing number "Bottom of Our Souls" and the aforementioned "Whiskey," showing TSSC is a talented group with canyon-wide range.
Old Grand Dad is a Chicago based Rockabilly Band that wants to get you On Your Feet!
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Tue, Apr 2 - 8pm - $20
Cimafunk in the House! Don’t miss Cuba’s 2019 Artist of the Year, who has fans “scaling buildings to catch a glimpse of his concerts.” He recently took SXSW by storm and he’s causing exciting in cities throughout the US with Afro-Cuban Funk live and direct from Havana! Referred to as the “James Brown of Cuba,” it doesn’t get any funkier, groovier or more soulful. The energy of his live shows is unparalleled! Cimafunk made his U.S. debut (with a bang!) in Austin, Texas in March 2019 at the South by Southwest Music Festival. Recently named by Billboard as a “Top 10 Latin Artist to watch in 2019,” the world will be lucky to discover the music that turned Cuba upside down in 2018. Winner of the Lucas Award for most popular music video and named “Artist of the Year” by Vistar Magazine, Cimafunk has created a movement in Havana and throughout the island, selling out venues with thousands of fans excited to dance to the groove of Afro-Cuban Funk. Cimafunk’s name refers to his heritage as a ‘Cimarrón,’ Africans who resisted and escaped slavery, as well as to the essence of his music that aims to subvert conventional sounds by innovating with rhythms. By bringing out the best in Cuban rhythms and traditions and infusing sounds and styles from Africa and the U.S., Cimafunk has created something unique and special, not only in terms of music but also with the values he stands for.
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Wed, Apr 3 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Apr 4 - 8pm - $15
Little Queens is a well-loved Heart tribute band led by Andrea Bunch and Aerin Tedesco.
Foo La La is an All-Female Foo Fighters Tribute Band like no other! Rockin’ the best of Foo Fighters in and around the Chicago area with a fun and high energy show!
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Fri, Apr 5 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Joe Marcinek Band is an ever evolving mixture of original compositions and incredible musicians. Each show has a slightly different lineup and interpretation. The music is a blend of jazz and funk with a cerebral emphasis on groove and improvisation. Recently the Joe Marcinek Band performed for former president Bill Clinton's Clinton Global Initiative at the Field Museum in Chicago. The group has featured many prominent guests including Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk, Dave Mathews & Friends), Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin), Allen Aucoin (the Disco Biscuits), Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Erik "Jesus" Coomes (Lettuce), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Borham Lee (Break Science), Steve Molitz (Phil Lesh & Friends / Particle) Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What), Fareed Haque, Scott Metzger, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy) Garrett Sayers (The Motet) Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Freekbass, Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin (moe.)
Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of Roots Reggae, Mississippi River Blues, Improv-laced Jams, and Soulful Vocals. With a High energy performance and a unique sound this band is a must see.
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Sat, Apr 6 - 3pm - $11
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Sat, Apr 6 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door - ALL AGES
Maybe April is a Country Americana group made up of Katy DuBois (Bishop) and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, AR, and Chicago, IL, they met in the summer of 2012 at a music industry camp in Nashville, TN. They wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a GRAMMY week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and had their video "Last Time" premiered on CMT. Maybe April is recognized for their harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs, and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound somewhere in between Americana and Country. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.
Singer. Songwriter. Medical student. One of these things is not like the others, but Zach DuBois is living proof that the 3 are not mutually exclusive. For the past 7 years, DuBois was based out of Nashville, TN touring full-time as a singer-songwriter, hitting the road with the likes of Old Dominion, Josh Abbott Band, Jack Ingram, Turnpike Troubadours, American Aquarium, and Radney Foster. However, in the fall of 2018 DuBois returned to his native Indiana to begin medical school. In addition to his studies, he is still writing, recording, and touring - proving that it is possible to pursue more than one passion in life. A heady songwriter and story-teller lauded by CMT and Billboard, living somewhere between John Denver and John Mellencamp, DuBois has 3 studio albums under his belt with plans to release a new batch of songs in 2019.
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Mon, Apr 8 - 8pm - $7
The Last Word Quintet is a melding of some of Chicago's finest word and music artist into an experimental combo consisting of vocalist/songwriter Al Day; performance poet / slam creator Marc Kelly Smith; pianist/songwriter/composer Bob Long; saxophonist Brian Gephart, whose talent as composer, arranger, and performer has lit up stages from New York to Monterrey; and Pulitzer nominated bassist/composer Doug Lofstrom -- all together creating a mix music, lyrics, digressions, and poetry that goes become spoken word into a new realm.
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Wed, Apr 10 - 8pm - $10
The Ultra is a four piece American rock band from Boston featuring Alec MacGillivray (Vocals/Guitar), Sam August (Electric Guitar), Pat Lyons (Bass), and Shaqed Druyan (Drums). In 2018, the band’s debut “The Ultra - EP” was written and recorded in Druyan’s basement with no budget and debuted in the Top 10 of BIllboard’s Northeast Heatseeker chart. Since the EP, the band has teamed up with producer Courtney Ballard (5 Seconds Of Summer, All Time Low, Good Charlotte) and released three singles."HIghtail", the band’s most recent release (February 1), is featured on Spotify’s official Hard Rock playlist. The band is writing and recording new music currently and will embark on their first national tour in April 2019.
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Thu, Apr 11 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Since they first came together at a 3 a.m. jam at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012, the Nth Power have been defying and redefining all the conventions of what a band can be.This is a powerhouse quartet of world class players, ones who have powered the music of icons like Beyonce, Chaka Khan, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Big Daddy Kane, funk innovator Maceo Parker, Groovechild, jazz greats Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison to name a few. Their sound fearlessly crosses genres – marrying funky soul, rock, R&B, jazz, Gospel, folk and World Beat with improvisational chops that can match any collective on the jazz and jam band scenes.Though a slate of nearly 150 gigs, The Nth Power has generated a huge following among open-minded music lovers, critics and the toughest of all audiences, their fellow musicians.And while this virtuoso,groove-heavy unit can stretch out with the best of them, what will become apparent with the Fall 2015 release of their first full-length CD, “Abundance,” is their disciplined and infectious song craft. Recorded at the Music Shed in New Orleans with Chaka Khan/Kylie Minogue/’N Sync producer Ira Schickman at the helm, “Abundance”demonstrate show The Nth Power can harness their instrumental prowess and diverse influences into hook-heavy, radio-friendly slices – direct, refined, emotive, memorable tunes that harken to the best of their many influences, from Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire and Sly Stone to The Roots, Maxwell and Steely Dan.
Classic soul meets rock and roll in this dynamic eight-piece collective from Chicago. The Congregation features Gina Bloom, a singer whose raw and powerful vocals are underscored by Charlie Wayne’s dynamic guitar riffs, the band’s rock and soul rhythm section and the lively call and response of a three-piece horn section. When it comes to the songwriting, you won’t find any sugarcoated love songs here–you’ll get a little bit of longing and a whole lot of wronging.While the 2012 release of "Right Now Everything" marked the band’s full-length album debut, The Congregation has been steadily gaining steam since the release of its seven-song EP, "Not for Sleepin", in late 2010. The band was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of “11 Bands to Watch in 2011” and was featured in Paste Magazine as one of “10 Illinois Bands You Should Listen to Now”. The Congregation’s stop-and-take-notice sound and electrifying live sets have earned the group the opportunity to share bills with acclaimed artist such as Wilco, Andrew Bird, the Flaming Lips and Buddy Guy! The band has also been featured on the small screen--performing on ABC7's "Windy City Live", WGN's "Music Lounge", Science Channel's "Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" and an upcoming episode of BBC's "Horizon" set to air this spring. The Congregation is currently placing the finishing touches on its upcoming album release,"Record Collection".
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Fri, Apr 12 - 9pm - $12
What's a Nasty Snack, you ask? It's Tom Selleck standing under a waterfall with a saxophone, eating a ham sandwich. It's Scooby Doo gnawing on a pair of rawhide drumsticks. It's that nasty groove brought to you by nine members of a Chicago funk movement that cannot be stopped! Drawing from influences such as Kool and the Gang, Lettuce, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power, the Snacks have proven to showcase an explosive, horn-driven, pocket-slamming performance at each live show. With a chaotic balance of R&B grooves and freaky horn melodies, the Snacks have developed a sound acclaimed by most as "just nasty!"
Hits like you've never heard them before–literally. New Nostalgia reimagines classic pop songs with a modern jazz/rock twist. A 9-piece instrumental jazz/pop/rock band formed in 2016 by saxophonist and composer/arranger Neil Carson, New Nostalgia's unique instrumental interpretations of classic tunes by Cyndi Lauper, Tears for Fears, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel, and other artists are brought to life by a full 5-piece horn section and a driving rhythm section. Featuring our city's finest musicians, and releasing their debut album in April 2019, New Nostalgia fills a distinct void in the music scene in Chicago and beyond.
Low Spark, they're called... A relentlessly grooving musical force based out of Chicago, IL. Drawing from a wide range of influences, they deliver a contemporary fusion of sound characterized by melodic hooks, deep funk tones and extended high-energy solos. Known for their collaborative spirit and electrifying live performances, Low Spark is breaking boundaries as a highly original, progressive act. Low Spark has shared bills with the likes of Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Robert Walter, The Main Squeeze, TAUK, New Sound Underground, Marcus Rezak, Chris Bullock, Blackalicious, Monophonics, Euforchestra, Gene Ween, and many others.
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Sat, Apr 13 - 8pm - No Cover
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In partnership with Martyrs, the Icelandic-American concert known as Reykjavik Calling in collaboration with WLUW will feature Iceland artists JFDR, whose first full length album, was co-produced by Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, and Tom Waits, and Sturla Atlas, who has performed at just about every big stage Iceland has to offer, including opening for two nights on Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour stop in the country. This free concert takes place Saturday, April 7 from 7 – 11 p.m. at Martyrs; interested attendees are encouraged to register here to reserve their spot. Admission to this free concert is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hildur Guðnadóttir (1982) is an Icelandic composer, cello player, and singer who has been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music (e.g. with the band múm). In her solo works she draws out a broad spectrum of sounds from her instrument, ranging from intimate simplicity to huge soundscapes. "Guðnadóttir takes a cello and gentle voice and, through software manipulation, scales simple phrases up to celestial heights" - The Wire: Adventures in Modern Music. Gudnadóttir began playing cello as a child, entered the Reykjavík Music Academy and then moved on to musical studies/composition and new media at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and Universitat der Kunste in Berlin. Hildur has released four critically acclaimed solo albums: Mount A (2006), Without Sinking (2009), Leyfðu Ljósinu (2012) and Saman (2014). Her records have been nominated a number of times for the Icelandic Music Awards. Hildur’s albums are all released on Touch. She has composed music for theatre, dance performances and films. The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic National Theatre, Tate Modern, The British Film Institute, The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and Gothenburg National Theatre are amongst the institutions that have commissioned new works by Hildur. She was nominated for the Nordic Music Council Prize as composer of the year 2014. Hildur has composed a number of film scores for films such as Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), Mary Magdalene (2018) and Strong Island (2017). Among others Hildur has performed live and recorded music with Skúli Sverrisson, Jóhann Jóhannsson, múm, Sunn O))), Pan Sonic, Hauschka, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian, The Knife, Fever Ray and Throbbing Gristle.
Kælan Mikla is a post-punk band made up of three musicians, including Laufey Soffía (vocals), Margrét Rósa Dóru-Harrýsdóttir (bass), and Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir (synthesizers). The band has earned global recognition in the last year across the goth music scene.
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Sun, Apr 14 - 7:30pm - $20
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2nd Storyhosts events in and around Chicago that elevate the storyteller’s words to deliver a unique, live, literary/theatrical experience unlike any other in the city.A typical show or event consists of several stories dispersed throughout the evening like courses of a meal. The stories range from the earnest and serious to the light-hearted and humorous, and can simultaneously provoke and entertain.Our storytellers are diverse, and come from all walks of life: a pastor, a bartender, a child psychiatrist, and a lawyer…their individual stories help to bridge the gap between the personal and the universal, and break down the walls between and unite artists and audiences in and among different communities.Get yourself to Martyr’s on Sunday, April 14! We are putting together a night of some of 2nd Story’s favorite stories, featuring tellers that you have not seen in awhile. This is one show you won’t want to miss!
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Mon, Apr 15 - 8pm - $10
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, Apr 16 - 8pm - $10
Singer/songwriter Jakob Leventhal’s music tells stories of life, love, and loss the only way he knows how – somberly, with a healthy dose of sarcasm (and beard envy). Drawing on personal trauma, passionate nights, and life in NYC, he channels the story-telling abilities of Elliot Smith and Andy Shauf, along with sounds of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and Father John Misty. The cruel irony of Jakob’s music is that it’s sobering, but makes you want a drink.
Cranes & Mirrors is a four-piece alternative/experimental rock band founded by brothers Nick and Erik Michalesko in 2017. Hailing from the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, their influences include bands as diverse as Nirvana, Explosions in the Sky, and Deafheaven.
Liz + the Baguettes are the project of songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist Liz Bagby. The Baguettes grew out of Chicago’s storefront theater scene, with Bagby, Thomas Zeitner (bass), and Zachary Sigelko (drums) first playing together in productions with Strange Tree Group. Rounding out the core quartet is Charlie Crane (of the Parasites and the Dyes) on lead guitar. The band’s name came about because of a joke during taping for an episode of ChicagoAcoustic Underground, and it’s too late to change it now. Guest contributors have included Julie Jurgens (trumpet, vocals), David Chervony (bass), Sarah Scanlon (keyboards and vocals), Liesl Downey (vocals), Scott Cupper (French horn), and Andy Miles (drums). Bagby has worked for years as a stage actor, musician, and writer. She has composed and arranged music for shows including Strange Tree’s Three Faces of Dr. Crippen (Jeff Award, Best New Work; Best of NY Fringe 2014). She was one of 27 artists selected to take part in the 2014 Arctic Circle Arts Expedition, a residency aboard a tall-mast ship exploring the fjords and glaciers of Svalbard. Current projects include directing the roots music for Ballad of Romeo & Juliet with Asheville’s American Myth Center. The Baguettes release their second studio album, Highway Gothic, in March 2019. Their first, Everything I Think I Know Is Wrong, came out in 2015.
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Wed, Apr 17 - 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 which compromises Gerald Dowd, Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis and Scott Stephenson. 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.
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Thu, Apr 18 - 8pm - $15
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
"This bands ruminating respect for music of the past, and deep dedication towards the creative crafting of a new sound, sets Tenth Mountain Division apart in the Colorado music scene. Tenth Mountain Division speaks the language of Colorado, the language of the mountains.” (Noah Stein - CU Independent) Originating from Boulder, CO, founders Winston Heuga (Mandolin) and MJ Ouimette (Electric/Acoustic Guitar) originally sought to create an acoustic bluegrass outfit. After a few years dedicated to playing bluegrass, the duo transitioned to an electrified, rock’n’roll sound. Through out its preliminary years finding their roots in college and playing with an array of different line-ups, the band finally found their permanent line up in May of 2017 with the addition of bassist and vocalist Andrew Cooney. Drummer Tyler Gwynn and the ever-talented keyboard player Campbell Thomas form the quintet that creates a diverse soundscape combining soaring electric guitar leads and jabbing keys while retaining its roots in bluegrass with Heuga’s incomparable mandolin style. The rhythmic interplay of Cooney's driving bass fused with Gwynn’s incendiary drumming round out the unique sounding band that is truly a style of its own; what the band refers to as "Ski Rock". Tenth Mountain Division has evolved greatly since its inception but retains its roots in the American musical styles of rock, Americana, bluegrass, prog and the crossroads between them all. Since TMD’s first national tour upon earning a slot at the 2016 Summer Camp Music Festival with headlining acts like Tom Petty’s Mud Crutch, Moe, and Umphrey’s Mcgee, the band has embarked all across this country playing esteemed venues like Boulder's Fox Theater, Baton Rouge's Varsity Theatre, Austin's The Parish, Nashville's Acme Feed & Seed, Baltimore's 8X10, and many more; The band has played festivals including Summer Camp, Beanstalk, Head for the Hills, Pardee Palooza and after parties for the likes of Dead & Company, Twiddle, STS9, Moon Taxi, and Marcus King Band; and have had the honor of sharing the stage with artists including Nicki Bluhm, Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band/ Bela Fleck), Bill Payne (Little Feet), Jeff Austin ( Yonder Mountain String Band), Jeremy Garret ( Infamous String Dusters), Andy Thorn and Alwyn Robinson (Leftover Salmon), Jon Stickley Trio, and contemporaries such as The Magic Beans and Spafford. This is only the beginning, stay tuned for all that’s to come!
Rising from the forests and rivers of central Wisconsin, Armchair Boogie's high-energy take on the Jamgrass genre fuses intricate arrangements of acoustic guitar and banjo with the funky back beats of electric bass and drums.Augie Dougherty (banjo, vocals) and Ben Majeska (guitar, vocals) started playing together in the fall of 2014 while attending the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. Within a year, their musical collaborations led to the formation of Armchair Boogie. Eager to expand their sound for a bigger stage, Augie and Ben recruited bassist Eli Frieders and drummer Dan Waterman to fill out the band's four-piece configuration.Armchair Boogie solidified their current line-up in the spring of 2017 when Denzel Connor took over for a departing Dan on drums. In conjunction with the release of their debut self-titled album, the band moved to Madison, WI- a jumping off point from where Armchair Boogie has become a regular on the upper Midwest festival circuit while also sowing roots in the Rocky Mountains.
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Fri, Apr 19 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music "cool" again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. Imagine 70's funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!Although the ensemble cast enjoys a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam, this fledgling "nu-sion" project is growing a unique and rabid following by commanding audiences at theaters, clubs, and major national festivals since 2012. The powerhouse quintet's live show has been described by critics and fans alike as "lethal funk", "explosive", "jaw dropping", and "musically mesmerizing". For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: just sit back and enjoy the ride!Kung Fu Features: Tim Palmieri (guitar & vocals)Robert Somerville (tenor sax & vocals)Beau Sasser (keyboards & vocals)Chris DeAngelis (bass guitar & vocals)Adrian Tramontano (drums/percussion)
Hailing from Chicago, Lunar Ticks aim to barrel through stylistic boundaries,by recreating, and expanding on roots music (rock, folk, country, jazz, bluegrass, soul, punk, funk, etc.), with a DIY ethic and a jovial attitude. Featuring members of Chicago bands, The Casual Ties, Rusty Gates, Spread, Ooraloo, and Higgs Theory, this group labors to build an eclectic and vast catalog of originals and covers.This is a collective that strives for experimentation in writing, recording, production, and performance. We like to have fun, get weird, and let the moment steer us any way it chooses. We are dedicated to crafting intricate compositions, exploring inventive techniques for improvisation, and creating live experiences that will incorporate unique collaborations, themed events, and crowd interaction. We promise you this, if you take a chance on us, we’ll take a chance for you.
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Sat, Apr 20 - 8pm - $20adv/$22door
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Delivering an infectious blend of soul, jazz and rhythm & blues, the DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO proves to be a band on the rise. Their tantalizing grooves, lush sounds and vibrant jam sessions are always fresh with improvisations strengthened by their undeniable chemistry. This Seattle based trio — Lamarr on B-3 organ, Jimmy James on guitar and Doug Octa Port on drums — evokes a classic instrumental sound with a pioneering, virtuosic sensibility all its own on debut LPClose But No Cigar. Featured on Seattle’s KEXP’s “Local Artist Spotlight” in July 2017 followed by a live performance at Upstream Music Festival broadcast by KEXP that has garnered over 3 million views, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio has captured the attention of audiences around the world. The band put out their album independently in 2016 and Colemine Records gave it a wide release in March 2018 to critical acclaim.Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio was formed in the Spring of 2015 with the help of Amy Novo, Delvon’s wife and band manager. She told her husband she would take over his music career and all he had to do was find the musicians, create and play music. They started with a weekly residency at The Royal Room in Seattle for the first year then self-released their debut album, playing short tours across the Pacific Northwest. Now they are headlining shows and spreading their contagious grooves with audiences across the globe. With Delvon’s soulful organ sound, Jimmy’s explosive guitar sound and Doug’s perfect pocket drumming, they have the impeccably unique blend of soul, jazz, rhythm & blues and rock & roll.
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Tue, Apr 23 - 9pm - $10
Terrapin Mountain is the acoustic offshoot of the Grateful Dead band Terrapin Flyer. The band features top acoustic, bluegrass and Americana artists performing the acoustic catalog of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead.
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Wed, Apr 24 - 5:30-7pm - 20adv/$25door
The Intoxicats are a new collaboration including Michele Rundgren plus members of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Prince’s NPG and more.
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Thu, Apr 25 - 8pm - $12
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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Fri, Apr 26 - 9pm - $15
From evocative ballads to pulsing jams and psychedelic alternative moods, here comes the rebirth of The Social Act. John Krenger and Ellis Clark have taken the roots of what they started in Chicago years back and revamped it with new players, new compositions, and current lyrics. This Summer the dynamic group just released the new album “Today’s Tomorrow”. The album features the singles Paid In Full, Unknown, and Uncle Sam Shot Miss America. The songwriting duo of Krenger and Clark is supported by Producer/Engineer Sam BMJ and his facility Studio 2020 Chicago.
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Sat, Apr 27 - 9pm - $15
The Jacob Jolliff Band is the next generation of bluegrass supergroups, led by one of the country's premier contemporary bluegrass mandolinists. Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band, Jacob Jolliff founded beloved New England roots band Joy Kills Sorrow, while attending Berklee School of Music on a full scholarship. The band logged three records, hundreds of shows, and thousands of miles of worldwide touring. In 2012, Jolliff had the distinctive honor of being named the National Mandolin Championship winner. A fixture of the national bluegrass community, he has collaborated and shared the stage with Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, and David Grisman to name a few. When Joy Kills Sorrow disbanded in 2014, Jolliff got the call to join progressive bluegrass giant Yonder Mountain String Band. The ensemble features some of the most virtuosic and innovative young pickers in the country. Jacob Jolliff continues to tour extensively with Yonder Mountain String Band year round, assembling his namesake band when his relentless touring schedules permit, for rare, not to to be missed performances.
Dan Andree and Aaron Dorfman have been sharing their bluegrass type music across the globe from Europe to Africa, Russia to the Middle East, and all round the USA. They are amped and honored to reunite at one of their favorite venues in the world for a great night of precise pickin and flailing fiddlin!
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Mon, Apr 29 - 8pm -$10
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, Apr 30 - 8pm - $10
Sun Not Yellow is an Indie Alt Rock trio that formed in Lancaster, Pa during the Summer of 2017. Jesse Barki, Cory Paternoster, and Caden Myers all met at Lebanon Valley College where they studied Audio Engineering and Music Business. Some of their most notable inspirations include Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Frightened Rabbit, Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, The Alabama Shakes, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, and Pavement. Their first full length ‘Activity Oriented Meditation’ flaunts a unique amalgamation of these influences, showcasing thoughtful and relevant lyrics backed by very involving guitar melodies combined with a very driving and powerful rhythm section built from linear drum beats and walking bass lines that have a life of their own. The album was recorded by Mike Bardzik at Noisy Little Critter in Downingtown, Pa between the months of February and May of 2018. They are currently playing as many shows as they can in support of the record.
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Fri, May 3 - 9pm - $17adv/$20door
MUCCA PAZZA IS A MARCHING BAND THAT THINKS IT'S A ROCK AND ROLL BAND! MUCCA PAZZA assembled itself in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago river. Combining marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 30-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. Their eccentric, frenetic visual presence, and genre-bending original compositions earned them critical praise and a loyal local following. Before long, with their live show’s reputation preceding them, Mucca Pazza began to branch out nationally, appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, WFMU, and the Kentucky Derby, as well as supporting major national acts and performing at numerous national music festivals like Lollapalooza, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors and the Montreal Jazz Fest. “Ceci n’est pas une Marching Band” Despite the drums and brass, cheerleaders and uniforms, Mucca Pazza seldom marches, musically or physically. The uniforms do not match. The cheers are strange. There are no recognizable patterns, no discernible formations, no militant airs. However, the force and presence of a marching band remain, both sonically and theatrically. The brass harmony, rich and powerful, the drums, tight and idiosyncratic, combine as a sum greater than its parts. The band might even move from point A to point B. But this is where similarities end. Mucca Pazza dances, flails, tumbles, and spins in circles. Amplified by speaker helmets, the freak section wields violins and cellos, accordions and guitars - instruments that have no business whatsoever being in a marching band. The cheerleaders rouse, encourage and confound the audience with asynchronous absurdity. The music moves from Balkan to brass band groove to noise-rock to avant-garde game show themes without missing a step. Performances can induce geeky freak-outs and nerdy rapture, from either audience or band members, often both. The American tradition of the marching band - whether as presidential entourage, half-time show, or second line party favor - receives both fresh love and artful abuse from Mucca Pazza.
Chicago bassist/composer, Matt Ulery, is known for leading a diverse variety of bands in jazz and chamber music spectrums. With his freshest project, Ulery presents rousing new music with his modern-hot jazz brass band, Pollinator.Dustin Laurenzi / tenor saxophoneJames Davis / trumpetSteve Duncan / trombonePaul Bedal / pianoQuin Kirchner / drumsMatt Ulery / sousaphone
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Sat, May 4 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Zeta June is a Psychedelic Dance-Rock band formed in 2011 by Ian Crawford (Guitar, Vocals) Porter Hand (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys), Mitch Hruby (Bass, Synthesizer), and Cody Kuhens (Percussion, Vocals). The transcendent group seamlessly brings together genres as diverse as melodic rock, fusion, funk, progressive rock, classic rock, hip hop and jazz. The Colorado-based quartet has shared the stage with some incredible acts such as The Floozies, Dopapod, Future Rock, Euforquestra, John Wayne & The Pain, Yak Attack and The Jauntee to name a few. Having received bids to music festivals such as Camp Euforia, 515 Alive, Jammin’ On The Wolf, 80/35 Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival three consecutive years, and they show no signs of slowing down.
Daily life is a struggle. Sometimes you need a Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, which is also the name of the new glam punk heavy rock product from Tony Rogers & John Scholvin of The Good. It’s like a lion on stimulants, a velvet jumper only two sizes too small, a goblet of mysterious dark liquid that promises a night you will never forget. It also showcases the pulsating rhythms of Jackie Schimmel & Greg Fundis, and it may be addictive.
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Tue, May 7 - 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, May 9 - 9pm - $12
Kind music for kind people. Kind Country is a Minneapolis based band that plays American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music. Since their formation in 2012, the band has focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy gathering with a goal of creating a moment of musical bliss that can be shared by audience members and band alike.Kind Country released their debut self titled album “Kind Country” in the fall of 2013. Since then they have been bringing their music on the road playing live performances at theaters, bars, auditoriums, festivals, and everywhere in between all throughout the United States. The band released their second independently released full length album, Hwy 7, in the fall of 2015. Produced by Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles, Hwy 7, thrust the band further into a regional spotlight. The guys quickly followed up with a 5 track studio EP, Mountains, which was released in the spring of 2017. The band has no plans of stopping and will be releasing new material on a regular basis for the foreseeable future."Snagging the last spot and rounding out our not-very-extensive list is Kind Country, the Minneapolis-based jamgrass band forged in 2012. Originally started as a four-piece string band, the band expanded into six-member ensemble featuring Mitch Johnson (guitar), Brandon Johnson (guitar), Max Graham (mandolin), Joe Sheehan (bass), Chris Forsberg (violin), and Chris Wittrock (drums). These guys have some thing special going on, with the addition of drums allowing the group to go deeper in exploring how bluegrass can morph and intersect with other genres and giving them the freedom to create a sound that is truly their own. However, they still stay true to their string-band origins and bluegrass roots, with their energetic playing and the talent among the six players more-or-less guaranteeing a foot-stompin’ good time."- Ming Lee Newcomb, Live for Live Music. From article Five Up and Coming Bluegrass Bands Poised to Take Over the Scene.
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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Fri, May 10 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Psycles is an original project featuring many styles of music. Also, we can interpret your dreams!
Next Planet is the musical brainchild of songwriter, musician and native Chicagoan, Scott Fischer. A thrilling ride as both spectator and participant, Next Planet’s music inspires with big melodies and ambitious composition, taking you on a wildly impassioned journey. With seven studio albums under his belt and hundreds of live shows, Fischer never stops pushing boundaries with his ambition and talent. Rising from the ashes of Fischer’s Flicker (and previous incantations: Deja Voo Doo, PowderHouse, Babaganoo), Next Planet features members and long-time musical contributors Tim Gavin (drums, vocals), Andy Sviatko (bass), Rick Lyons (guitar, vocals) and Scott Fischer (keys, lead vocals). Previous projects had organically positioned Fischer in the director’s seat as both bandleader and composer. While he is still the primary songwriter, Next Planet conducts itself with a new, more democratic approach. From introspective and chest-hitting numbers to eye-rolling, satirical guffaw-out-loud ditties to extended exploratory epics, Fischer has bared it all through his numerous musical releases. Recent live performances have included a dazzling light show pontificating the vibe of each song. Next Planet offers a new singles type of approach of song and video releases with 4 upcoming features to look forward to. Next Planet’s music continues to forge ahead with humor, candor and musical collaboration with Scott Fischer at the helm, conducting the ride.
Grabbing influences from all over the musical spectrum, the Ars Nova has something for everyone. They pride themselves in never having two shows be the same and embrace the musical freedom that is their improvisational jams. From Umphrey's McGee to Led Zeppelin, from STS9 to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, from Jimi Hendrix to Kings of Leon, the Ars Nova is a must-see act. After breaking on to the festival circuit in the summer of 2014 at Summer Camp Music and Arts Festival in Chillicothe, IL, everything has been up hill for the Ars Nova. Catch them all over the Chicago area and be sure to follow them closely on Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram. Do NOT forget the name 'The Ars Nova'.
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Thu, May 16 - 8pm - $15
The Furious Bongos play the music of Frank Zappa, featuring musicians who have played alongside heavyweights like Yo Yo Ma, Mick Fleetwood, Robert Fripp, and Les Paul. This isn't strictly a tribute project - doing a note-for-note rendition of Song X from Album Y while staring at their shoes didn't seem like the proper way to go about it, since Zappa's music was constantly evolving and adapted to the musicians he was playing with at a given time. To that end, they tracked down hundreds of pages of transcriptions and quickly scribbled notes from former band members and other sources, painstakingly compared different versions of the songs, and even dug up copies of rare scores in Frank's own hand (coffee stains included). Arthur Barrow, Zappa's bassist and Clonemeister from 1978 to the early 80s, was instrumental in this effort, and continues to be a sounding board throughout the process. Between all the homework and the nature of the musicians in the project, The Furious Bongos sound less like a cover band, and more like a band that Frank might have assembled himself, playing unique arrangements you won't hear anywhere else, with a sense of humor and plenty of eyebrows.
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, May 17 - 9pm - 20adv/$25door
If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Sat, May 18 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Tue, May 21 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
"Marcus Rezak is a Chicago-based recording artist, touring musician, and session guitarist, best known for his collaborations with members of Umphrey’s McGee, The Motet, Dopapod, RAQ, Primus, Circles Around The Sun, and more. On November 9th, Rezak will release his debut solo album, Gateway To The Galaxy, which features special guests Bill Evans (Rolling Stones/Miles Davis), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa), Kris Myers, and Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee). Bill Chrysler, the owner of 3rd Coast Recording Co. where the new album was cut, is the monitor engineer for both Dead & Company and John Mayer’s other musical endeavors." - liveforlivemusic.com
Sociologists marvel at the enigma that is Joel Cummins, one rarely finds an only child like Joel loose in the wild. An eternal optimist and beacon of positivity, it takes more than a broken keyboard and curfew mix up to rain on Joel’s parade. Unbeknownst to many, Mr. Cummins actually hails from Metropolis, Illinois, growing up mere streets away from Superman, giving him a supernatural ability to amass both vintage & current keyboards. After years of rigorous piano studies, Joel ex- panded his arsenal to include more than 119 keyboards (after intense negotiations with the crew, Joel’s setup has been lim- ited to six, occasionally seven keyboards, in his live rig). Beyond his extensive keyboard wizardry, Joel brings many other valuable assets to the UM organization. His knowledge of tour routing and keen market analysis proves invaluable to the management team. However his show ideas must occasionally be nixed when it’s clear he’s attempting to route the tour into his next exotic vacation. Four nights in Bali, really Joel? Joel’s passions extend far beyond the musical realm, with a love for travel with his wife Dasha, great cuisine, chatting up strangers and generally making the world a better place whether he’s on the road or at home in Venice, California. His energy is infectious and despite his age, he still throws a pretty mean spiral. The moniker of Joel Montana rings true when he’s on the field as UM’s quarterback.
Born on the glorious spring morning of April 5th ’77, Kris Myers was put in this world to drum. Indeed, he was given his first trap kit at the tender age of 8, preferring to wake up and “rock out” in the early mornings as opposed to watching cartoons like the rest of us. Well, it paid off. After he received his master’s degree in jazz drumming from DePaul University, he went on to destroy progressive fusion in Chicago with his band Kick the Cat. When Mike Mirro left Umphrey’s McGee in late 2002, Kris’ audition video showed up 1st out of what became a pile of 150 or so applicants. Though he was leagues above the other submissions, that was the last time he would arrive first. But arrive he did, taking the music of Umphrey’s McGee into musical areas previously not possible. As Kris begins his 10th year in the band (now twice as long as Mirro’s tenure), his identity as a major contributor to the band’s overall sound is undeniable. Kris’ mixture of power and grace, spaces & frenzies and cross-rhythms & pocket help define progressive rock sound of Umphrey’s McGee. In recent years, Kris has also added an array of electronic sounds to his arsenal that have allowed the band to expand their sound even further. No matter what Kris is doing behind the kit, he makes a statement with every note he plays. When he’s not melting faces, Kris likes to take a breather on the golf course, listen to complicated jazz, and when the weather cooperates, spend a day at the beach playing jarts. He is considered by many to be a man of mystery, but his drumming may also make him a man of history.
"FRANK CATALANO IS JOHN COLTRANE ENERGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY!!!" – Downbeat MagazineFrank Catalano makes his Savoy label debut with “Bang!” Bang! debuted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Frank’s previous CD, “Mighty Burner” was on the Billboard Charts for 20 straight weeks. Catalano is the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He recently performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal.No stranger to adversity, Frank cut off his right middle finger in an automobile accident. After several surgeries and much effort, Catalano relearned his signature technique, making him one of the most in-demand musicians today. He regularly donates his musical services to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.Also an entrepreneur, Frank has patented a devise that allows him to control his saxophone via midi components. Frank is a spokesperson/clinician/performing artist for companies such as Yamaha, Rico/D’Addario, and JodyJazz. He can be seen in their Print Ads worldwide. Catalano’s songs have been used in the ad campaigns of Motorola, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Budweiser as well as numerous TV and Film productions.When not on tour or in the studio, Frank enjoys composing classical music. Frank graduated from DePaul University with a BA in music composition and he plays piano, drums and flute in addition to the saxophone. Frank’s non-musical interests include racing his BWM 1-series in closed course competition.
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Wed, May 22 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door - ALL AGES
“Poetic.” –– BILLBOARD. “(Zealyn’s) subtle aggressive tone leaves an empowering aftertaste.” –– NYLON.“Fusing talent as a lyricist and vocalist with her vision for creating an innovative pop sound, Zealyn is truly breaking genre limitations.” –– THE BEATFOREST. --It’s rare in music for any artist to enjoy extensive critical or commercial success. It’s rarer still for that artist to enjoy them both, and simultaneously. For such acclaim to be garnered by an emerging artist is almost unheard of, but for Los Angeles-based alternative/electronic singer-songwriter Zealyn, it’s simply reality. Billboard Magazine hails her songwriting as “poetic.” Nylon calls her musicianship “empowering.” The Autumn Roses writes that Zealyn’s music is “fluid and smart, relentlessly tuneful and electrified by an easy cool.”This rousing critical praise for the 24-year-old artist’s 2016 debut EP, Limbic System, was quickly met by an equal measure of commercial success with the EP rapidly cracking the Top 40 on iTunes’ Alternative Charts. Produced by Aaron Marsh (lead singer of famed indie-rock band Copeland), Limbic System surprised critics and music lovers alike with its innovative melding of electronic and pop elements, and most importantly, Zealyn’s craft as a lyricist. Her voice, both instantly recognizable yet distinctly unique, was praised by the tastemakers at The Daily Listening as one “made of gold.” Not wanting to rest on her laurels, Zealyn took to the road following the EP’s release, touring extensively in 2017 for a 31-city, 24-state national coast-to-coast headlining tour of the United States. Packed venues of fans witnessed her bring Limbic System to the stage, with the kind of electrifying performances emerging artists are rarely capable of. Kicking off 2018, Zealyn brought Limbic System to London for her debut UK show, selling out the room.Now releasing new music regularly and always working on her next release, Zealyn’s bright future continues to be fueled by her tireless commitment to her vision and to her music. And, the commitment and excitement of her new-found legion of fans appears every bit equal to the task. Zealyn will be embarking on a series of tours in 2019 throughout the United States and Europe.
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Thu, May 23 - 8pm - $15
Fifteen-year-old Brandon Niederauer, nicknamed “Taz” for his ferocious guitar playing, is living proof that dreams really do come true. Having performed in some of the most legendary venues in America with many of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist, singer, and songwriter has already earned himself quite the reputation. It all started at eight years old, when Brandon watched the movie School of Rock. Already inspired by his father’s record collection, Brandon instantly realized he was destined to play guitar. From that moment on, his guitar rarely left his hands. Just four years later, Brandon was cast in the principal role of guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in the Tony Award-nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical. Based in New York City, Brandon has had the opportunity to play with many of his musical idols. In recent years, he’s shared the stage with multiple members of the Allman Brothers Band, including Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as a variety of other notable musicians, including Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, and John Popper. He has also performed with Tedeschi Trucks Band, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, The Revivalists, Dumpstaphunk, Blackberry Smoke, Galactic, and countless other bands. Since making his national television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at just ten years old, Brandon has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, and The View. In 2018, Brandon reunited with Andrew Lloyd Webber, performing in January with Sarah Brightman at The Phantom of the Opera’s 30th Anniversary celebration, and in April alongside Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, and John Legend in NBC’s live broadcast production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Brandon is currently featured in Spike Lee’s Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It, and performs concerts for audiences across the country and around the world.
Arbor creek is a five-piece progressive psychedelic blues rock band from Joliet, IL. They have been made up of the current line-up for three years now, and have released one EP, Listen (2016), and one full-length LP, Arbor Creek (2018). The sound of the band is one that takes many forms and calls upon many different influences. With three years of shows under their belts, the band has acquired a very tight stage presence and ever-evolving live performance. The influences of the band come from all over the world and all over time. As near to home as Chicago’s Blues to as far abroad as the folk musics of Europe. Often times, the music can be comparable to ‘60s and ‘70s bands like Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers or Pink Floyd. Other times, elements of newer groups such as My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, White Denim, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Marcus King Band and Gov’t Mule all can be heard. Dueling electric guitars, soulful vocals, intricate keyboards and mandolin, tight and driving bass and ferocious drums all help to define Arbor Creek’s unique sound.
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Fri, May 24 - 9pm - $15-EarlyBirdPrice
Los Mirlos is aPeruvian group that has been continuing with rotating members for almost 45 years! They create a curious combination of traditional Andean-Amazonian music and the most avant-garde psychedelia, which in the early '70s when they began, was an unthinkable sound for a band from the region of Moyobamba, in the eastern part of Peru. Throughout these more than four decades of history, Jorge Rodríguez Grández has commanded a group that has seen various losses and mutations. His music has managed to penetrate the culture of all of Latin America during the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. The sound of Los Mirlos not only appeals by symbiosis between the tropical and the contemporary, it has also managed to transcend the barriers of the dance genre.
The name Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus” –which certainly describes the scene on the dance floors of Los Angeles whenever the band launches into its dizzyingly energetic, instantly infectious rhythms. But it also describes Buyepongo’s riotous mash-up of influences, which absorbs hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz sounds into a delirious tropical blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora. Like its name, the band is part hybrid, part invention, something untranslatable that nevertheless perfectly captures its uniquely vibrant spirit. Buyepongo takes their Pan-Latin sound worldwide with a vivid collection of original music that is as hard to pin down as it is to resist.“Our music is going to get you moving and thinking,” says singer and percussionist Edgar “Meshlee” Modesto. “It’ll break you out of your comfort zone and connect you with other folks and cultures. If you come to dance and have a good time you’re going to get that, but if you come to hear great music with a lot of heart and technique, you’re going to get that too. It’s a very unique style.” Buyepongo has shared the stage with acts such as Miguel, Dolla Sign, Warren G, Common, Mario, Chicano Batman, Quantic, Ondatropica, Ozomatli, Booker T, Celso Piña, Os Mutantes, Sister Nancy, Dead Prez, Cut Chemist, Beatnuts, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Antibalas,and Punta Cartel. They’ve performed on countless stages including El Rey Theater, Grand Performances, World Cafe Philadelphia PA, KEXP, The Fillmore, Tropicalia Music Festival , Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival, Grand Park, Levitt Pavillion’s Summer Music Series, International Accordion festival, SXSW Official Showcase 2015
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Thu, May 30 - 8pm - $10
The Chicago-based Spindles are a four piece band featuring original melodic power pop and classic covers. Their 2018 release, "Past and Present", mixed and mastered by Blaise Barton, ranked #12 on Goldmine Magazine'sTop 30 Power Pop albums of 2018, #4 on Pop Rock Record's Must Have Top 20 Power Pop albums of 2018, and #38 on David Bash's Top 125 Best Power Pop Albums of 2018!"The Spindles Are Here To Bring Power Pop (Back) To The People!" - Goldmine Magazine. "Jangly Goodness!" - International Pop Overthrow. "A Great Slice Of Pop/Rock!" - Vine Voice.
45 Souls is the band of Chicago-based musicians Michael Petersen and Gibson Arlasky. The band’s roots-rock Americana style reflects their varied interests in acoustic and electric rock, folk, pop, country, old-school R&B, and much more. 45S blends textured instrumental arrangements, smooth vocal harmonies and introspective songwriting to form a unique soulful sound influenced by and reflective of decades of music in American popular culture.
Taking power pop to less-traveled latitudes - is Chicago-based band, GO TIME! While the band has just finished its fifth CD, its four members are no strangers to the Chicago music scene. GO TIME! was initially comprised of former Prairie Town members Scott Niekelski (composer/lead guitar/vocals), Marko Marketti (bass) and Steve Grzenia (percussion/vocals). GO TIME! officially formed when Prairie Town disbanded after a two-decade run. In 2008, after a year-long painstaking search for a guitarist to complement Scott’s style, veteran musician Paul Schmidt (guitar/vocals) answered an online ad seeking an experienced guitarist and the rest is history. The band members have like-minded musical tastes and settled into a harder-edged, power pop groove. Scott is a prolific song writer, so having enough material for two recordings over two years was never an issue. The debut CD, "Speak" was released in May 2009 with the follow-up CD, "Hit It" being released in December 2010 January 2012 “Boneshaker”, “Tight Like Wood” in 2013 and now for January of 2015 “Ratsel. Deeply submerged in amped up jangle and buzz, along with a healthy dose of subtle pop riffs GO TIME recorded in their home studio and mastered with Mike Hagler at King Size Sound Labs known for mixing and mastering bands such as Wilco, Neko Case, The New Pornographers, The Redwalls, John Langford, The Mekons, Billy Bragg, Ezra Furman and Caliphone, just to name a few.
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Sat, Jun 1 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
After touring the world for over a decade with Monophoics, 37-year-old, Bay Area-based singer, songwriter, engineer, and producer, Kelly Finnigan will release his first solo album, The Tales People Tell on Colemine Records, in the first quater of 2019. Raw and gritty, tender and emotive, lush and symphonic, t he ten-song collection is Finnigan’s most complete work to date. With Kelly guiding these songs from their conception all the way to the record pressing plant, the new release provides the singular voice missing from soul music. Born in Los Angeles in 1981, Finnigan grew up in a musical household. His father, legendary keyboard player and vocalist Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and CSN) would start some days by sitting at the piano, singing songs like Ray Charles’ “Hard Times,” cascading throughout their ranch style home. Despite having a father so deeply entrenched in the music industry, Finnigan resisted any formal musical education: “I only took three or four piano lessons before quitting, although I would bang around on a cheap blue Remo drum kit stashed in the corner of my room.” “I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel. I just want to remind people why the wheel was such a good invention in the first place,” says Finnigan. He might be invoking a golden era of soul music, but Finnigan captures a timelessness on this album that transcends the “retro” label so often cast on music with a gritty aesthetic. Partnering with Terry Cole and his rising label Colemine Records was a key part of this project for Finnigan who has been involved in over a dozen Colemine releases as an engineer, producer, instrumentalist, and singer. Finnigan plans to tour heavily in 2019 behind the album release.
One of the unsung heroes of Chicago Soul, Renaldo Domino recorded a string of incredible singles in the later part of the 60’s and early 70’s. Tunes such as “Not Too Cool To Cry”, “Nevermore”, and “I’ll Get You Back” showcase his “sweet like Domino sugar” voice and have gained new found popularity due to the 2008 Numero Group compilation Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation. Renaldo is backed by the dymanic Chicago based Soul outfit, The Heavy Sounds.
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Tue, Jun 4 - 8pm - $10
"Daniel Juergens operates under the moniker, Slow Haste, an indie-folk-electronic act. He’s recently surfaced with a debut 5-track EP, entitled MERMAID, which balances these three genres masterfully.... MERMAID is a blurry, impressionistic work – a sonic equivalent to opening your eyes underwater. MERMAID disguises itself in lullaby. There is a comfortable warmth to its guitar-driven tracks, but Juergens keeps himself at a calculated distance, vocals heavily drenched in reverb. You’ll find Juergens is also a big fan of noise fx (“Circle”) and synths (“Switcher”), which hit without warning. These moments shake you out of dream-state, which is what makes MERMAID so dynamic and worth the multiple listens." -Rex Macapinlac, Boston Hassle.
Blending elements of progressive rock and indie psych, Chess at Breakfast imposes manic hooks and tenacious rhythms over lyrical themes of despair and disillusionment. Their electrifying live performances embody an angsty disposition, powered by high voltage and dark humor. Featuring vocalist/guitarist Caleb McFadden, bassist Justin Daggett, and drummer Mike Davis, the trio formed in the summer of 2016 in Fort Collins, CO and spent the majority of that fall working on The Gutshalls, a five-song EP ranging from teeth-grinding punk to atmospheric soundscapes. Following the release of their singles "Pushing Daisies (On Your Day Off)" and "Paper Crane" in 2018, Chess at Breakfast have been tirelessly preparing for the release of their debut LP, Wealthcare, out everywhere on May 10th.
The Laughing Hearts are a rock band based in Chicago, IL. From Funk to Punk, they take inspiration from it all and put it together in a shredtastic stew of straight-forward rock. Formed in 2017, the Laughing Hearts self-titled debut was released on December, 15th 2017. Bassist Ari Shellist and guitarist Tyler Stock wrote the songs that would become the album while attending University of Missouri. Shellist and Stock had been performing for years at Mizzou with drummer Tom Hipchen. The three members set out to record the album and recruited Evan Campbell to provide keys and additional bass. The Laughing Hearts LP reflects on a culmination of the band’s experiences, resulting in a collection of highly personal songs that incorporate many different aspects of Rock and Pop music.
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Fri, Jun 7 - 9pm -$10adv/$13door
Fun House is Chicago's Finest Iggy Pop Tribute Band!Dave Springer, The SingerTony Karagas, Right Guitar, backing vocalsJeff Wilson, Drums, backing vocalsJohn Griffin, Left Guitar, backing vocalsJim DeMonte, Bass, backing vocals
Made up of veteran Chicago musicians, SpaceFace is dedicated to the brilliance that is Bowie. Shows that are made up of his music that spans from his early years right to the last album. SpaceFace is a loving celebration of the music of David Bowie. His work, like the man himself, could never be pigeon-holed into one style or genre. Bowie's music was so crucial throughout our time that his fingerprints are all over the last 50 years of popular music. In a career-spanning show, these Chicago musicians have curated a set that contains classics as well as band favorites. So....hang on to yourself, and press your SpaceFace close to ours!
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Thu, Jun 13 - 8:30pm - $20adv/$25door
For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's recent solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice. Krasno's Grammys include:Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Best Blues Album Winner) Songwriter/Guitarist;Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live In Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Guitarist; Derek Trucks Band - Already Free (Best Contemporary Blues Album Winner) Guitarist;Ledisi - Turn Me Loose (Best R&B Album Nominee) Producer;Pretty Lights - Color Map Of The Sun (Best Electronic Album Nominee) Multi- Instrumentalist; Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live in Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter;Robert Randolph - Got Soul (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter/Guitarist.Producer Highlights:Aaron Neville - Apache (Producer/Songwriter Full Album);50 Cent - My Gun Go Off (Producer/Writer);Talib Kweli & Norah Jones - Soon The New Day (Producer);Talib Kweli & Justin Timberlake - Nature (Producer/Writer);Vieux Farka Toure - The Secret feat. Dave Mathews & various special guests (Producer Full Album);Lawrence - Breakfast (Producer Full Album);Marcus King Band - Producer (coming in 2018).
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Fri, Jun 14 - 10pm - $20adv/$25door
For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's recent solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice. Krasno's Grammys include:Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Best Blues Album Winner) Songwriter/Guitarist;Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live In Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Guitarist; Derek Trucks Band - Already Free (Best Contemporary Blues Album Winner) Guitarist;Ledisi - Turn Me Loose (Best R&B Album Nominee) Producer;Pretty Lights - Color Map Of The Sun (Best Electronic Album Nominee) Multi- Instrumentalist; Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live in Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter;Robert Randolph - Got Soul (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter/Guitarist.Producer Highlights:Aaron Neville - Apache (Producer/Songwriter Full Album);50 Cent - My Gun Go Off (Producer/Writer);Talib Kweli & Norah Jones - Soon The New Day (Producer);Talib Kweli & Justin Timberlake - Nature (Producer/Writer);Vieux Farka Toure - The Secret feat. Dave Mathews & various special guests (Producer Full Album);Lawrence - Breakfast (Producer Full Album);Marcus King Band - Producer (coming in 2018).
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Sat, Jun 15 - 10pm - $20adv/$25door
For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's recent solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice. Krasno's Grammys include:Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Best Blues Album Winner) Songwriter/Guitarist;Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live In Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Guitarist; Derek Trucks Band - Already Free (Best Contemporary Blues Album Winner) Guitarist;Ledisi - Turn Me Loose (Best R&B Album Nominee) Producer;Pretty Lights - Color Map Of The Sun (Best Electronic Album Nominee) Multi- Instrumentalist; Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live in Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter;Robert Randolph - Got Soul (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter/Guitarist.Producer Highlights:Aaron Neville - Apache (Producer/Songwriter Full Album);50 Cent - My Gun Go Off (Producer/Writer);Talib Kweli & Norah Jones - Soon The New Day (Producer);Talib Kweli & Justin Timberlake - Nature (Producer/Writer);Vieux Farka Toure - The Secret feat. Dave Mathews & various special guests (Producer Full Album);Lawrence - Breakfast (Producer Full Album);Marcus King Band - Producer (coming in 2018).
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Thu, Jun 20 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Tue, Jul 9 - 8pm - $12
Nebraska natives, The Wildwoods, bring a pioneering sound to Americana Roots Music. Their heartwarming lyrics and vocals are wrapped in a style of music that is like no other. With influences from old time country masters and today’s Indie/Folk sound, The Wildwood’s nostalgic melodies captivate people of all ages. Landon Kuhlmann from Paste Magazine & Daytrotter wrote “The Wildwoods know exactly what kind of music they want to make. It’s not often we hear a sound this focused...The voices are very different in timbre and delivery, yet mix with each other perfectly...Bring a friend or go alone; either way you’ll find yourself reminiscing on the good times and finding peace with the bad ones.” Nominated in 2016, 2017 & 2018 by the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards as one of the best Americana/Folk bands in the area, The Wildwoods also prove to be talented songwriters. In 2017, The Wildwood’s song, “Way of Train”, made the semi-finals in the International Songwriting competition along with the song “Dance With Me” in 2016. Two of their songs also placed in the top 10 of the 2015 Omaha Performing Arts Songwriting Competition. In April 2017 The Wildwoods completed their third album “Sweet Nostalgia” which has been nominated as local Album of the Year by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards. This is what Live on Hear Nebraska FM had to say about it: “Sweet Nostalgia” is the third release for this young five-piece folk act is alone admirable, were it not for the effortless charm and youthful whimsy they bring to classic Americana. The arm-in-arm camaraderie of “Loose Threads” bops and sways like a Randy Newman tune. “My Friend” swells with countryside imagery and ornate instrumentation, aided by the production prowess of ARC’s Ben Brodin. “Bedford Street” is a good old-fashioned hoe-down. And no matter how tearful or worrisome things seem, the turn is always hopeful: trust is endless, love is everlasting, the strings are always in tune and the sun is always shining. Sweet Nostalgia, indeed.” Residing in Lincoln, Nebraska, The Wildwoods’ Noah Gose (vocals,guitar, harmonica, piano), Chloe Gose (vocals, violin, mandolin), and Noah Pinkman ( vocals, guitar, mandolin, uke) were drawn to music at an early age. In 2016 they added talented members, Nate Morris (percussion) and Andrew Vaggalis (Bass, vocals), to complete the band’s “nostalgic” sound. The Wildwoods strive to make music that touches the soul, music that speaks of truth, and music that shares inspiring stories of effortless love, that will be sure to melt your heart after every performance.
An acoustic duo emerging from their roots in the Midwest, Matthew Michael & Christina Marie approach music with reverence to moment, regard for the past and exploration of the future. From the heartland to the coasts MMCM engages audiences with honest songs expressed in harmonically-rich layers of voices and strings. Both songwriters with their own perspective, they write independently and collaboratively, complementing and contrasting each other’s creative voice. Matthew Michael & Christina Marie are currently in production of their first full length album, to be released in 2019. MMCM’s songs are gushing with the heaviness of actualized aspirations and the hope of overcoming internal and external barriers. Overall, they create music to pause and listen to, while embracing gifts given in the present.
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