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Tue, May 31 - 8pm - $7
Dance Bullies has been brewing for some time now. Songwriter Colleen Harvey has been writing bits and pieces of songs her entire life. Some of her first memories were of lyrics floating through her head. The more they came, the more she realized that she needed to get them out. Fast forward to 2012. A random chance encounter lead her to Katie Bender (Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies.) An immediate connection to music, life, and laughter was made, and from there, the Dance Bullies began their journey. Along the way, more wonderful additions have made their way to the music. Justin Cape (Scientist, Taken by the Sun) joins on drums, Jeff Lyman (Dead Sheriff) and Mark Cichra (Taken by the Sun) add lead and rhythm guitars (and other stringed goods), and Dina Simone (The Sunbursts) keeps it all together on bass. Playing across the Chicago area from Beat Kitchen and Tonic Room to Evanston’s SPACE, and opening for national acts such as Hurray for the Riff Raff, Dance Bullies goal is to supply you with music that makes your body move, your soul sing, and songs that bring you to someplace magical, wherever that may.
Andrew (Drew) Kent Wittler grew up in the small town of Muscatine, Iowa- about two hours east of Des Moines. After giving up on his boyhood dream to become a professional basketball player, Drew picked up the guitar near the ripe age of fifteen and never looked back. Since then, his inspiration has evolved from Motley Crue and Led Zeppelin to Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney, and The Avett Brothers- to name only a few. In 2011 Drew graduated from the University of Iowa and headed out east for the big city lights of Chicago where he has concentrated on writing and recording above all else. While focusing on his work, Drew has remained determined to bring originality to his pieces as he continues to spread feelings of familiarity and nostalgia through mid-century inspired love songs.
FURR is George Coutretsis and Ryan Quilty. Born out of a love for all things heavy and loud. They like their whiskey cheap and their High Life's cold.
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Wed, Jun 1 - 7pm - $20
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, Jun 2 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
The Flat Cats, based in Chicago, IL, play a range of vintage and modern music rooted in the hottest swinging jazz and blues, contemporary classics, and timeless standards. Whether you choose to listen, tap your foot, or cut a rug on the dance floor, you are sure to be entertained! The group is comprised of six talented musicians with years of performing, arranging, and composing experience.
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Fri, Jun 3 - 9pm - $8
Moon formed in 2010 when drummer Chris Schneberger found guitarist/singer David Azizinamini and bass player Pat LaRose. The three immediately found a chemistry and interest in crafting songs that were both challenging and accessible. After a year, Moon began playing shows at clubs around Chicago. In 2012 they teamed with Mike Hagler of Kingsize Sound Labs to mix and master their debut full-length, “Finding and Losing the Light”. Since then shows have included being support for bands like Sleepy Sun (San Francisco), The Hounds Below (Detroit), Blood Red Shoes (UK), and Kinski (Seattle). Moon has headlined several local band showcases including a special solo show at Cobra Lounge sponsored by Vic’s Drum Shop. In 2013 Moon released their follow-up EP, “Always Summer”. Chris Shen has replaced Pat on bass after he left for New York City. Moon's second full-length album is being recorded at Kingsize Sound Labs and should be released in June of 2014. Moon is heavy, melodic, spacious, majestic, propulsive, dark, rock. Moon is chiming echo-laden guitar, post rock bass, propulsive drumming, shifting time signatures, and haunting, ethereal vocals. Sonic reference points might include Sunny Day Real Estate, Circa Survive, Mogwai, Porcupine Tree, Rush.
Model Stranger has built its reputation primarily on its high energy live performances and the variety of its sonic influences. The epitome of a DIY band, Model Stranger has worked the Midwest scene very diligently with success over the last 5 years. Model Stranger has performed at famous Chicago clubs and festivals such as; The Metro, Congress Theater, Double Door, and Cubby Bear. Model Stranger was a featured band in Chicago’s 2007 Mobfest, Co-headlined the 2009 I AM FEST, and played at the 2009, 2010 Taste of Chicago festival, and Taste of Lincoln Festival 2010. While gaining a dedicated following in Chicago, Model Stranger have remained arduous to the road over the years. Embarking on several self-booked and self-funded national tours the trio has begun to make a name for itself in the Midwest. Most recently in support of their new release “Dreams and Bones” Model Stranger completed an 18 show in 18 day tour stretching from Chicago to Denver and back.
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Sat, Jun 4 - 6pm - $7 All Ages
The Aunteaks CD RELEASE party!!
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Sat, Jun 4 - 9pm - $8
Initially conceived as a recording homage to the 60's Brit-rockers while living in Indianapolis, IN, John Kill recorded the Out Of Sight EP with audio engineering alchemist Tyler Watkins. John has since relocated to Chicago and assembled a backing band of windy city veterans and familiar Hoosier expatriates. Now featuring the unique talents of The Slacks, John's fuzzy psychedelic tunes come to life with a sticky glaze of harmonies slathered into every jam.The band rocks tight rhythms and ventures into kaleidoscopic realms conjured by John's vision. John Kill & The Slacks are currently in the process of concocting an album in Chicago while taking their tunes to stages throughout the midwest.
Liz Janes is a band. Once upon a time Liz Janes fancied herself one of those punk musicians you’ve heard about that had an identity made of basement shows, avant improv and performance art. This is where her fascination with the collaborative process began: playing loud noise with others. Her first album, Done Gone Fire, was a maniacal blues outbreak on Asthmatic Kitty records recorded and produced by the label’s flagship artist Sufjan Stevens. This was her very first foray into opening her songs up for others to create with. She later worked with Rafter Roberts on multiple solo albums and Chris Schlarb of Create! to deconstruct the American songbook. Fast forward to 2013 when Liz had a grand vision: a magical and imaginative musical play full of songs about Things & Stuff that features an assorted cast of palatable characters. What could possibly tie it together better than an equally eclectic band of past collaborators, punk scene stalwarts and a dude that used to perform in makeup? Only it would become much more than a play. As the band began to “rehearse” it simply couldn’t help but to deconstruct Liz’ tunes into big songs full of gorgeous energy, artful melody and dirty vintage punk sensibility. Never had Liz imagined the creation that would eventually become the holy dirt surf country gem that is the album Slow City. In addition to self production by the band’s guitarist Clinton Hughey in his home studio, Liz and crew enlisted the services of seasoned mixing engineer Tyler Watkins to turn the knobs into some kind of art. Upon a few long winter nights at a post-office-turned-high-tech-studio (sans heat), the gang really had something. Slow City is a celebration of life best felt in the moment. In a society where ‘busy is the new happy’ the ability to focus and be present is ever elusive, yet we as humans are certainly allowed to find joy in the simplistic bliss of date nights, family adventures and exploring a city that is woven into the fibers of your dress.With a nod to the good ole days of pop music, middle western naivete, and a whisper of the holy ghost, Slow City is waiting to be discovered.
All four members of Chicago rock outfit The Elizabeth Dane are pop-culture obsessives, and on their second album, Paradising Bridge, their love of classic rock, horror movies, and literature becomes a running theme. But the songs aren't merely fan tributes to extant works of art. Rather, each track uses a different musician, genre film, or novel as a springboard to explore a variety of topics. On opener "Blue-Turtle Yoga", the band slinks into a faux-reggae groove as guitarist/vocalist McKenzie Gerber imagines Gordon Sumner (a.k.a. Sting) slowly losing his mind in an incoherent haze of yoga, social crusading, and tantric sex. Later on, lead guitarist/vocalist Jon Patrick Penick casts the specter of Syd Barrett over the 9-to-5 office grind ("Madcaps"), and bassist/vocalist Dan Caffrey sees the serial killer from the Halloween films as a personification of existential dread ("I Saw Michael Myers Standing Outside My House"). KISS, the Eagles, A Christmas Carol, and Naked Lunch also figure into the lyrics. Because of these diverse pop-culture roots, Paradising Bridge is a record brimming with more hooks, humor, and major chords than its gloomier predecessor, 2014's Into The Thinny. The fact that it was recorded live in one day by drummer Maxwell J Shults (who also mixed and produced the album) also contributes to the LP's loose, spirited atmosphere. Pop culture is The Elizabeth Dane's passion. It is their joy. It is their paradise.
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Mon, Jun 6 - 7pm - $5
Kilgubbin Brothers features Chicago fiddle legend and band leader Sean Cleland (Drovers, Bohola) & powerhouse percussionist Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhran, banjo and shoe with All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger, Master guitarist Jesse Langen (Ensemble Dal Niente) and Ray Quinn (producer Laurence Nugent, Bua) on electric guitar and voice. With a focus on songs and tunes from the rich history of Irish music in Chicago, Kilgubbin Brothers will be here the first and last Mondays of the month, Slainte!
Picking up the banners of our immigrant forebearers to celebrate both victories and defeats. Irish-American Dynamite Skunks bred here in the states.
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Tue, Jun 7 - 8pm - $10
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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Wed, Jun 8 - 8pm - $7
The Ham Council plays music that deadens the moral sensibilities of a great democracy.
Scott Fischer’s brain is like a vast musical amusement park and he wants to take us all on a thrilling ride. Fischer’s Flicker is the latest brainchild of Fischer and marks the next step in a musical evolution that began over 15 years ago. While Fischer’s Flicker’s debut album, “Katmandon’t” is certainly more “mature” sounding than Fischer’s previous efforts, containing none of his trademark humorous rock tunes, it stays true to the core of Fischer’s music with big melodies and ambitious composition. This, coupled with live performances that include extravagant and imaginative video installations that sync up with the band’s live performance, will make you want to jump right back in line for another ride.Scott Fischer, a Chicago native, has been writing and performing music since he was a teenager. In 1994, he founded Deja Voo Doo and, in 1998, released “Carpe P.M.: Honor Comes Only After Humility”, a highly ambitious concept album whose success led to Fischer’s involvement in Zappening 2000 (a tribute festival to Frank Zappa). It was during the shows to support the release of “Carpe P.M.” that Fischer began to develop and refine the multi-media aspects of his live shows including custom-designed “living TV heads” that sync up to the band’s live performance. After several years of writing and performing, Deja Voo Doo evolved into Powderhouse and then into Babaganoo. After a hiatus, during which Fischer honed his skills while touring on the corporate/cover band circuit which included a stint in The Virgin Islands and large profile shows at Summerfest and Vince Lombardi Awards, Fischer returned to his passion for original composition and formed Fischer’s Flicker. The band is comprised of Deja Voo Doo alumni including Mario Licciardi and Tim Kubiak on guitar, Turan Yon on bass and Tim Gavin on drums.Fischer Flicker’s debut album, “Katmandon’t”, has been seven years in the making and, in addition to Flicker’s core members, includes guest performances by an impressive roster of Chicago musicians. It marks his 4th release to-date and it was recorded at Tracked Under Foot, Xanadu, and Ebb and Flow Studios between Oct 2005 and Nov 2011. “Katmandon’t” may just be Fischer’s Magnum Opus… at least until he builds the next crazy roller coaster in his amusement park for all of us to take a ride.
Samson the Aviator is a four piece rock band from Chicago. Each member has played in multiple bands/clubs over the past 30 years. The four songs that are on this site are part of an EP that was recorded at Minbal at the tail end of 2015. We are very excited about the current lineup and all of the music we are developing. The band is looking forward to getting out and showcasing our sound live.
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Thu, Jun 9 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Named Best Rising Artist of 2014 by Live Music Daily, Big Something is one of the mostexciting new bands to emerge from the Southeast. A 6 piece powerhouse with a soundthat is both unique and timeless, BIG Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk, andimprovisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. Soaringguitars, synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectiouscollection of songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such reveredSummer circuit stalwarts as Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and even The B52s whohave all tapped Big Something as direct support. The group recently released its 3rd full-length studio album - Truth Serum - with the helpof Grammy-nominated producer John Custer. Recorded almost entirely live in thestudio, Truth Serum, is a great snapshot of the magic the band is capable of creating onstage. The album, which also features an appearance from DJ Logic, was named 2014Album of the Year by The Homegrown Music Network, which makes Big Something theonly band ever to win this award 3 times with 3 different releases (2010, 2013, and2014). Truth Serum is available to stream for free in its entirety at:www.bigsomething.bandcamp.com
Having exploded from a small underground street-jazz sound in Chicago in the mid-1990s, the Liquid Soul universe continues to expand at a dizzying pace. Founded and led by innovative saxophonist/composer Mars Williams, the Grammy Nominated ensemble has developed a trademark mixture of jazz and urban dance music that incorporates everything from R&B, hard-bop, hip-hop, world music and more. Downbeat proclaims that Liquid Soul “sweeps the mold and mildew out of jazz-funk and breathes it back to glorious life.”With a marathon touring schedule that has included everything from performing at the Presidential Inaugural Parade to headlining the first acid-jazz performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Liquid Soul has evolved into an intuitively tight outfit that knows no stylistic limitations. The amalgamation of genres created by the eight-piece collective is a blend of pure musicianship, a fiercely passionate fire and the inherent fun of a pure dance groove. The result is a unique live music experience that draws a diverse legion of fans, spanning across multiple age and ethnic groups.The story of Liquid Soul begins in 1993, when the band was at the forefront of a burgeoning acid-jazz movement in the Midwestern United States. Evolving from free-form hip-hop jams, the band coalesced spontaneously and soon found a home every Sunday night at Chicago’s Elbo Room. Word spread fast, attracting like-minded individuals from far and wide to the small stage. Thanks to these auspicious midnight marathons, Liquid Soul soon solidified into a steady working unit.The group quickly morphed well beyond their improv-oriented acid jazz beginnings, and their eponymous, do-it-yourself debut album – originally released in 1996, on their own Soul What label – was quickly picked up and distributed by Ark 21 Records. The band was thrust further into the limelight after a highly publicized gig at Dennis Rodman’s birthday party. They relocated their regular Sunday night gig to the Double Door in Wicker Park and held it =for nearly four years (February 1996 to December 1999). In that time, they rarely missed a Sunday evening while playing nearly 200 gigs a year throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as Germany, Turkey, Russia, Mexico, Austria and Japan.Along the way, the band has garnered nationwide acclaim. They have opened for Sting at Madison Square Garden and Central Park, played at the inaugural parade and 21st century ball, and twice rocked South By Southwest, where they were heralded by the Austin American-Statesman as “the single hottest showcase of the festival.” In addition to their ambitious tour schedule, they also recorded three more critically praised albums – Make Some Noise (1998), The GRAMMY nominated Here’s the Deal (2000) and Evolution (2002).The band joined the Telarc label in 2006 with the release of One-Two Punch. The recording enlists a small army of cutting-edge players, including a few high-profile special guests: turntable virtuoso DJ Logic, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Widespread Panic keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann and Smashing Pumpkins drummer Matt Walker.Live or in the studio, playing it hard or smooth, Liquid Soul is a fiery concoction of classy soloists, heavy rhythm merchants and hip-hop cognoscenti. They are in a group that thrives on contact with their audience. One cannot help being moved by Liquid Soul’s ongoing party philosophy. The band’s in-the-tradition repertoire extends from classic compositions by Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis to excursions on the latest breakbeats and mad samples. They continue to bridge the musical gap between standard jazz improvisation and urban rhythm. And as always, the band stays true to its roots with a continued philosophy of bringing jazz back to the dance floor.Mars Williams - SaxRon Haynes - TrumpetJohn "Showtime" Janowiak - TromboneTom Klein – GuitarRicky Showalter – BassWalter "Dirty MF" Sargent – MCBrian "MC B" Quarles – MCDevin Staples – DrumsDavid “My Boy Elroy” Arredondo – Turntables & Beatbox
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Fri, Jun 10 - 9pm - $10
Sam Pace is an American soul musician and rock n’ roll performer. In May of 2011, he met two young musicians in Austin, TX by the names of Jake Causey and Patrick Sanderson. With Causey on drums and Sanderson on bass, the three got down to work immediately and formed the band which would later be called: Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit.After months of rehearsals and gigs, the band released it’s first set of songs in January of 2012.With the release of their full length LP, the Feelin', in July 2012, they look to play wherever and whenever opportunity knocks.Their style dips into all types of soulful music including: Rock, Blues, Roots, Reggae and Soul.“We play Rock n’ Roll smooth and dirty, Soul music mean, and we’re not afraid to get a little weird,” says Pace.
First there was the Big Bang. Then there were the Dark Ages. Now there is Rocket Cathedral. There will be nothing else.
It’s an unstable world out there and unless you’re ALIBI, you might get caught standing still. Chicago rockers – vocalist/guitarist Ray Aguilera, lead guitarist Marty ‘Momo’ Babich, bassist Mel Anderson and drummer Brian ‘Chainsaw’ Barker – not only know where they’re going, but have a rock solid history that keep them relevant today. Starting with the 1991 release of the band’s debut EP Demonstration, ALIBI arrived with deeply rooted classic rock substance, style and spirit that takes no prisoners.While performing hundreds of shows, ALIBI prevailed in cutting their first full length CD “ROCKS” in 1998 as a major contributor to the then vibrant Chicago rock scene. Now at the ages of 75-90 the teeth-less old coots are still at it. They’ve been in the studio rocking in their chairs since 2013 ripping out rocking tunes that top their previous releases. They have no working title, or if they did, they forgot what it was called . . .While they’re still alive and kicking, come to their next show to see them live – a bonafide old school true hard rock experience – you know, the kind mom and dad talk about.
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Mon, Jun 13 - 8pm - $7
The Owls Seem What They Are Not was formed by a passionate group of musicians studying classical and jazz performance and music composition at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. With an emphasis on improvisation, their music is informed by an array of traditions, from avant-garde classical music to post rock. Since the fall of 2015 the band has performed at venues in and around the Chicagoland area, and in April of 2016 released their debut album, “Whirl Around the Whirr Rider Riding a Whale Down a Waterfall.”
Baby Kid is a feeling.
Horse Massage is an alternative rock band based in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. Compared to bands such as Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, & Neutral Milk Hotel, Horns Massage has left audiences in awe with their acrobatic stage presence and ability to tune their instruments in real time. Be prepared to lose yourself in the melodic vocals and the smooth rhythms of Hoarse Massage.
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Tue, Jun 14 - 7pm - $10
The Blue State Cowboys play jukebox favorites from an earlier era. The group is led by Matt Farmer, an experienced Chicago trial lawyer and barroom singer. Matt is also a fierce advocate for quality public education, about which he writes frequently for The Huffington Post. His writing has also appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and The Washington Post (online edition). He has been a guest on both MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" and "Chicago Newsroom," a cable TV talk show that focuses on state and local political issues. In an ongoing effort to stay young, Matt continues to play guitar and sing (occasionally shining musical light on billionaire presidential and gubernatorial candidates, as well as mere multi-millionaire mayoral candidates). He has performed at venues from the Jacara Club in Hiroshima, Japan to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Joining Matt is veteran Chicago guitar-slinger Steve Doyle, an in-demand picker, whose musical versatility may find him channeling Jimmy Bryant, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Page, and Jimmy Raney during the course of a given work week. He plays regularly with roots luminaries Lush Budgett, The Hoyle Brothers, Al Rose and the Transcendos, and Space Rhino. He is also a longtime teaching artist at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Karen Salmon, married and the mother of four, has been called “desperate” and “distracted” in her exploration of what it means to take up songwriting in her 40s. Since she first picked up a guitar eight years ago, she finds herself writing in the bathroom or her minivan in order to have any hope of completing a song. (Like her more gifted and prolific songwriting friends, she wishes she could write in her sleep!) Karen performs regularly as a solo artist and with the band Things That Fly (@Things That Fly Chicago with @Heidi Serwer and @Joe Goodkin). Her debut solo album, due out this spring, is titled Blue Sky Up Ahead and sits in a cozy intersection of rock, folk and country. Her music is alternatively playful and stark—and has clear undertones of overcooked meat and unfolded laundry. Karen wakes up to Led Zeppelin, goes to sleep to Ella Fitzgerald and dreams about Loretta Lynn.
TWO-TIME GRAMMY© AWARD-losing drummer Gerald Dowd hails from the Boston area. Since moving to Chicago in the late 1900s, he has played/sung/recorded with Robbie Fulks, Justin Roberts, Frisbie, Nora O'Connor, Chris Mills, Kelly Hogan, Mavis Staples, and Rich Little. Father of two (that he knows of) and husband of one (that she knows of), he took so long completing his solo album, Home Now, that people forgot he'd ever mentioned it.
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Wed, June 15 - 8pm - $7
Will Nicoll and Matt Moss, also known as Steel Toed Slippers, have risen from the roots of redwoods in Humboldt County to bring the world a tall and sturdy serving of classic American rock soiled in soul, funk, blues, and jazz influences. It all started the fall of 2006 when Will and Matt, who didn't know each other yet, were just beginning another school year in their small town of McKinleyville, California. Will, a high school junior, roamed around the halls with his acoustic guitar and harmonica on a daily basis, and Matt, a freshman, woke up every morning at 5 am to play drums in the school's swing band. It was when one of the school's counselors noticed Matt playing drums in the band room one day after class that he knew the two had to meet. He introduced them to each other later that day at lunch and the rest is history (still) in the making. After deciding on a band name for their new group, Will and Matt and a couple different bass players, took Humboldt County by storm. Playing at nearly every venue in the county, Steel Toed Slippers became a well known and highly respected name among the local music scene in Humboldt. It was clear very early on that these small town boys were onto something much bigger than their youthful selves. In 2007, the band did their first west coast tour with shows from Humboldt all the way to Los Angeles ending with a sold out show at The Whiskey A Go Go. It was at this point that the guys realized that LA was the place to be, and soon decided to re-locate. For the next couple years, Will attended the Musicians Institute, and Matt studied jazz at the Hamilton Music Academy. Shortly after the move the STS boys found themselves working among some of their biggest musical influences. They were invited into the home studio of Stephen Perkins - drummer for Jane's Addiction - to record their very first EP. This led to countless road trips up and down the California Coast including opening slots for artists such as Little Feat, Fishbone, Cyril Neville and his band The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Dumpstaphunk, Ozomatli and many more. In the summer of 2011, Steel Toed Slippers went into the studio to record a single song with Kenny Gradney of Little Feat playing bass. With the help of 8 time Grammy winner, Johnny Lee Schell (Bonnie Raitt), they ended up laying down an entire album of original music that went on to be mixed by multi Grammy award winning producer Ed Cherney. In 2012 the band released their first full length album, titled Steel Toed Slippers. Shortly after the release, STS played a headlining set in Los Angeles at The Mint with Bill Payne of Little Feat sitting in on keyboards. Steel Toed Slippers have been touring and playing extensively looking to do more and more. The current lineup features, Mark Mickens on Bass and Chris Norton (Zappa Plays Zappa) on Keyboards. Steel Toed Slippers are always on the go from town to town, and city to city, with one simple objective: to blow minds. Whether they are performing as a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet, you can count on them to leave their audiences wanting more. This is a band that is truly here to stay and grow, much like the redwoods that surround their youth.
Pure Colours is a four piece band formed in Chicago. The band has a focused sound consisting of powerful rock vocals, overdriven guitars, warm bass and driving drums. Pure Colours has a mission to give its listeners a rock music experience where they can connect to the lyrics and melodies and draw parallels to their own lives.
Turn N' Fire is a new Chicago band anxious to break out onto the scene. With an aggressive style of punk, power-pop, alternative rock, this duo pushes on to explore the Midwestern sound. Comprised of guitarist and lead singer Jon Kelly and drummer Sean McGill, these two musicians have had over a decade of experience playing shows and it shows. With powerful and melodic vocals and guitar lines, and chauvinistic yet tauntingly seductive drums, Turn N' Fire brings an intensity that will have you head over heels.
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Thu, Jun 16 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Probably one of the most famous bands in Armenia, The Bambir is a music collective spanning 4 decades. With more than fifty musicians having passed through its ranks, the band has now moved into its second generation, with sons of the original members making up a new four-piece ensemble.The Bambir describe themselves as “flavored by progressive rock, vibrations in stones, Daoism, James Joyce, Rumi, Japanese poetry, acrobatic tongue twisters and fingerpickings and harmonies at 3am when the beer, the tea, and the cigarettes have all run out.”They have played in Moscow, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Istanbul, Beirut, Georgia, Greece and all over Armenia. In January 2012 they made the decision to make a go of breaking into the European market, and moved to Dublin for 6 months. Their incredible musicianship and intense energy on-stage made them stand out immediately, and it wasn’t long before they were booked for festivals like KnockanStockan, No Place Like Dome, Body&Soul and Electric Picnic. They became known for their relentless gigging, sometimes playing 3 shows/night. They appeared on local radios and State (magazine) called them "Ireland's hairiest and hardest working band," featuring them as part of their 2012 Electric Picnic coverage.The Bambir's notoriety is growing now as they are attracting more international attention. The band is set to release a new album in April 2015.
Homme are an experiment with voice, guitar, and sound featuring Macie Stewart & Sima Cunningham.
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Fri, Jun 17 - 9pm - $10
Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might.The group’s five members (Irekani Ferreyra, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Peter Maestro Vale) have their own storied careers in a diversity of styles—from jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing. Their visceral sound draws from this sonic, cultural, and political well of influence, and is guaranteed to make you move.
Fatbook is heavy dose of Chicago groove with a worldwide perspective. Soul and Jazz sensibilities, Reggae intentions, Hip-Hop beats, and influence of West-African and Brazilian music. The 7 members varied experiences influence who they are as people and the music they create. Fatbook shows are an energized excursion through soundscapes that weave through genres - a sound that you can’t quite place and you can’t stop moving to. The group makes music that is fresh, colorful, and rooted in groove.Fatbook was originally formed at Lawrence University and won back-to-back “Downbeat Awards” from the jazz world’s Downbeat Magazine in 2009 and 2010. The group has been rooted in Chicago since then, and unique high-energy live performances have propelled them to quickly become a recognized force in the Chicago music community.Fatbook’s members are also educators dedicated to bringing youth up within the world of music, dance, and art. The group’s vocalist Harjinder says, “Expression is essential for the human soul, and teaching is essential for the human community. We love sharing what we love.” An insistence for action and positive change resonates through the group’s motives and what they do.In Summer 2013 Fatbook was showcased at the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Chicago World Music Festival, and in 2014 they were a headlining artist at the Old Town School of Folk Music’s renowned Square Roots Festival. They have shared the stage with international artists such as Nneka, Red Baraat, Young Blood Brass Band, M.A.K.U. Sound System, Native Sun, Maoli, and Katchafire.Fatbook has just released their self-titled debut with 5 time Grammy nominated engineer and producer duo Manny Sanchez and Greg Magers (Lupe Fiasco, Umphrey’s McGee, Patrick Stump, and others), recorded at Chicago’s I.V Labs Studios and The Attic. Their recent Summer 2014 tour dates went from Chicago to Seattle, to LA and back, and East-Coast is expected in Fall 2014.
In a new era of genre-bending music, Makaya McCraven pushes the boundaries of sound and rhythm to create categories of his own. Called “a sound visionary” (jazzinchicago.org) who is “not your everyday jazz drummer” (thewordisbond.com), McCraven is a beat scientist. Whether behind the drums or in the lab, mixmaster Makaya McCraven moves between genres at lightning speed. “You are listening to one incredible musician. His style and sound is unique, a heady, skillful, sophisticated and boldly uncompromising mix of jazz and hiphop” (UKVibe). Makaya’s breakthrough debut 2XLP, “In the Moment” (International Anthem, 2015) has garnered international attention, earning critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, BBC (Gilles Peterson’s “Album of the Week”), and NPR. “In the Moment” is one of DownBeat and Pop Matters’ Top Jazz Albums of 2015. UK’s The Wire writes, “While Teo Macero’s work with Miles [Davis] might seem the obvious reference point, ‘In The Moment’ is closer in spirit to Madlib and J Dilla.” Jazz Times calls “In The Moment” “mesmerizing” and “an important document.” Makaya has shared the stage with a host of great artists such as Charles Neville, Lionel Louke, Soulive, Marcus Strickland, and Bernie Worrell. He has toured extensively, including a 52-city national tour opening for Steely Dan with The Bobby Broom OrganiSation. Makaya endorses Vic Firth sticks and Istanbul AGOP Cymbals. Makaya McCraven layers his extensive experience with hip hop bands, African dance bands, Hungarian folk music, and indie rock on top of a deep history of “straight ahead” jazz, improvisation, and the avantgarde with beats, sampling, and electronics as a form of unique self expression.
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Sat, Jun 18 - 9pm - $10
With a studio guest list that includes honorary members of Smoking Popes, BoDeans, Off Broadway, Robbie Fulks’ band, NRBQ and Lupe Fiasco, the new LP from Chicago’s King Mixer is on the launchpad. King Mixer is both musical ensemble and performing alias of songwriter Eric Howell, who fronts a sound that is at once “equal parts Paul McCartney and Paul Simon backed by R.E.M.” (Audities Powerpop Fanzine). At a moment when guitar bands are fighting for a place in modern music, King Mixer and producer Christian Cullen offer up deliberately backdated sounds with a postmodern flare, which become harder to pin down with each genre-defying twist. And there are many quick turns. The long shadow of the British Invasion, Motown, the twang of Americana, the sunny ’70s of Laurel Canyon and the pangs of Irish melancholy are all detectable in King Mixer music, but these seemingly incongruent additives are unified by a single songwriter. It’s a melting pot which owes a lot to an infant Howell’s discovery of the cultural contrast in the combined vinyl collections of his parents (African-American father, Polish-Irish mother). Eric’s early awareness of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Charlie Parker, The Monkees, Burt Bacharach, The Jackson 5 – and an everlasting fascination with The Beatles – eventually gave birth to original songs that tapped the veins of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, had the hooks of local power pop heroes Off Broadway, and possessed the uncompromising passion of early Bruce Springsteen or U2, as filtered through the inherent Midwestern irony of Cheap Trick and The Replacements. By the time the bombast of the ’80s was at its loudest a then teenage Howell – despite an inability to read music – had stockpiled hundreds of paired down original pop songs at a Tin Pan Alley pace. Finding commercial success, however, proved more elusive. Following a prerequisite stint with early college bands in the late ’80s, Howell performed in every kind of setting imaginable, earning heavy rotation on local radio back when such a thing was possible for an unsigned band. Although his band enjoyed success locally, widespread acclaim continued to dodge his music. Broke yet undaunted, Howell weathered a bout with homelessness, squatting for nearly a year in a boarded up building that doubled as a punk rock rehearsal studio in southern Illinois. He sold off his possessions (everything but the guitars) and migrated wherever the music led, eventually landing on his feet back in Chicago and supplanting his hard knocked experiences into songs which became his first album, “Eric Howell’s Greatest Hitch! Vol One”. A relative break came when he licensed one of his songs to a major network television show, which helped pay some bills and propagate his original music a bit further. His starving artist days now in his rear-view mirror, Howell performs regularly in the Chicago area and it is a steady stream of live performances which keep Eric connected to his audience the old school way – in the flesh – be it with a band or with just his voice, his guitar and his songs. With the release of 2016′s crowd-funded ‘Hang On‘, an album enhanced by A-list musicians Nick Kitsos (BoDeans/Michael McDermott), Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes/Alkaline Trio), Brendan Peleo-Lazar and Neil Candelora (The Ivorys), Cliff Johnson (Off Broadway), as well as guitarists Grant Tye (Robbie Fulks) and Scott Ligon (NRBQ/ The Flat Five), the long road to the realm of recognition looks promising for King Mixer. Now adding a core band of long time pub rockers Red Pop Fury, King Mixer will host an album release show at Martyrs on June 18th, with a consortium of album guests on stage throughout the night.
Phil Angotti has become a household name in the power-pop musical world, especially in his hometown Chicago where he's been performing for 20 years now. He has performed as a solo act through-out his career, and with several bands, most notably the Fleas, the Scuffle, the Beatle Brothers, Not the Beatles (with Brad & Graham Elvis) and his long-time original group, the Idea. He has released 10 different albums over the years, been on several CD compilations and tributes, and has made numerous radio appearances as a solo artist, Beatle Brother and leader of the Idea. Known for his strong lead vocals and versatile harmony singing, he is also an innovative guitarist (acoustic and electric). His style is diverse mixture of British 60's power pop, American folk rock, and modern guitar pop, played mostly with an explosive energy and sensibility. As a songwriter - he has proven again and again he can write melodies and hooks with the best of them and his penned numerous original songs (108 recorded to date).
The Bigger Empty is a four-piece rock band from Chicago,IL. Its members include: Mike Felumlee (ex Alkaline Trio, Smoking Popes) on guitar/vocals, and Jim Steinkraus, Reuben Baird, and Kevin Baschen from the Chicago band Sketch Middle. This foursome has been playing together for several years as Mike’s solo act. During rehearsals for their upcoming album, the guys discovered they were sounding more like a band than a solo project, and so The Bigger Empty was born.With a shared passion for straightforward, hard hitting pop-rock, The Bigger Empty are diving into the recording of their debut full-length album. The album is currently being tracked at Reuben’s studio Chicago Sound Lab with Reuben manning the console. The guys are very excited to share their musical vision with the world. Rock music just as it should be: pure, simple, and catchy. No skinny jeans, loafers, or neon shirts required.
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Mon, Jun 20 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Jun 21 - 8pm - $7
The group is Local Motive and we get down! We try to keep it classic, while keeping creative & original. Remember a time when the music was raw and soulful, and people searched to find a new voice, a new sound? We do. And all of us love all kinds of music. So we've mixed modern elements of pop music with the feeling of old-school rhythm & blues, paying tribute through original compositions to the classic Motown, funk, & soul sounds everyone loves. It's universal. Chilean vocalist, Daniella Rojas can write hooks for days & belt it out with the soul of Aretha & Etta. And the trumpet arrangements by Matthew Sypherd make it glow like that old school. Vinopal & Rojas co-write hook-heavy, funky-bluesy tunes you'll find yourself humming. We are great live and man, do we have a good time!
Loud Loop Press on Sam Vicari--"With his geek-sheik thick rimmed glasses and mustard colored cardigans, you get the experience of a true nerd rocker."
BirdsNsnakes are a Chicago based 4 piece band that pulverizes rock. Formerly known as the Tallest, these guys have played in and around Chicago for years. Yeeaarrrrs.
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Wed, Jun 22 - 8pm - $7
The Evening Attraction isBopPop Rawk n Rowl, Analog Babies, 60s vibes - all to 2" tape.
The Head---an indie/rock trio from Atlanta, Ga who just finished recording their new LP (scheduled for an early 2017 release).
Brendan & the Black Jackets is a four-piece indie-rock band from Chicago, IL. Lazy guitars, smashy drums, feedback and big shameless hooks. These songs are best sung on your bike in the rain.
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Fri, Jun 24 - 7:30pm - $10
Everyone knows that people go to Florida to die, but fewer people know that there are people who get born there too. Caught between the dualistic disenchanting scenes of Buffet cover bands and high school hardcore, a young Joshua Powell transplanted to the Midwest in pursuit of education and new art.Now a loudening voice in the Indiana independent music community, Powell has carved out a niche in his new home by setting his hyper-literate lyrics to broad swaths of psych-folk and shedding the vocal affectations of a varied past. The Great Train Robbery was born in Anderson, IN and named for a 1903 Western. The band serves as a revolving door of collaborating musicians to underscore Powell’s evolving craft and has independently released two EPs and two full-lengths since their inception in 2011. In the wake of the Appalachian-tinged folk record Man Is Born for Trouble, Joshua departed on a Kerouacian gypsy spree, touring back and forth across the country, playing six nights a week, and living in an old minivan. When he eventually returned to the Indiana town that molded his art, he laid down fibrous roots and refocused his energies into becoming a regional staple. Here, he began funneling his collected experiences into his most ambitious record yet, the newly-released Alyosha: a psychedelically-tinged electric folk album, spiritually informed by classic Russian literature and pressed to vinyl. Evoking comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and Neil Young, No Depression described Powell’s sound as “lushly-composed chamber folk…revival-in-the-river folk mysticism.” As Powell and his transiently shifting backing band have extrapolated this sound, they have played over 400 shows, opened for such national acts as Mike Mains & the Branches, Seabird, and The Soil & the Sun, and played festivals like Indy Folk Fest (IN), Starry Night (IN,) Midpoint Music Fest (OH), and Lincoln Calling (NE). When Powell’s not sweet-talking the interstate, he can be found at the local dive bar reading Hesse or Brautigan and scribbling potential poems.
Many bands who claim to wave rock’s gnarly, pedal-to-the-metal flag forget the intricacies and innovation that go along with it. True: Sometimes a great rock and roll song can be just four chords, but rearrange them all you like and they can only get you so far. What’s refreshing about Draft Week’s style is that they incorporate rich dynamics and throw a wrench in atypical song structures, while still remembering to keep things consistently hooky with fervent energy and back-alley cool. Though Kevin McNamara (vocals, guitar), Mike Zevin (bass, keys, back-up vox), Mikey Plahm (drums) and Chad De Leon (lead guitar) all performed in rival bands in high school, they eventually started Draft Week together in 2009, during their college days. Through two national tours and three self-released EP’s, the band has racked up prized opening slots for the likes of Taking Back Sunday and Motion City Soundtrack. Locally, they’ve played some of Chicago’s most renowned venues (Metro, Congress Theater, House of Blues) as they continue to build a solid fan-base throughout the second city.
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Fri, Jun 24 - 11pm - $20
COME AFTER PHISH, 20 minute walk from Wrigley! ///“I feel like my brain is vibrating all day long,” says Reid Genauer, the singer/songwriter behind Assembly of Dust, discussing the band’s new album. “It’s hard to sleep, I’m so excited. I feel like Lex Luthor, or that Mike Myers character, Dr. Evil. I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs, dreaming up this demonic scheme, getting ready to release this germ on to the world.”While “demonic schemes” may not come to mind when you think of Assembly of Dust, Genauer’s post-Strangefolk crew since 2002, his band’s latest album does have the feeling of something remarkable being unleashed. The record, recorded over two years, showcases Genauer’s maturation as a songwriter, as evidenced both by the material and the all-star collaborations that dot all 13 tracks. It’s rare to hear something so massive in scope and ambition, and yet so intricate in the tiny details.
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Sat, Jun 25 - 11pm - $20
COME AFTER PHISH, 20 minute walk from Wrigley! ////“I feel like my brain is vibrating all day long,” says Reid Genauer, the singer/songwriter behind Assembly of Dust, discussing the band’s new album. “It’s hard to sleep, I’m so excited. I feel like Lex Luthor, or that Mike Myers character, Dr. Evil. I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs, dreaming up this demonic scheme, getting ready to release this germ on to the world.”While “demonic schemes” may not come to mind when you think of Assembly of Dust, Genauer’s post-Strangefolk crew since 2002, his band’s latest album does have the feeling of something remarkable being unleashed. The record, recorded over two years, showcases Genauer’s maturation as a songwriter, as evidenced both by the material and the all-star collaborations that dot all 13 tracks. It’s rare to hear something so massive in scope and ambition, and yet so intricate in the tiny details.
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Mon, Jun 27 - 8pm - $8
Kilgubbin Brothers features Chicago fiddle legend and band leader Sean Cleland (Drovers, Bohola) & powerhouse percussionist Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhran, banjo and shoe with All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger, Master guitarist Jesse Langen (Ensemble Dal Niente) and Ray Quinn (producer Laurence Nugent, Bua) on electric guitar and voice. With a focus on songs and tunes from the rich history of Irish music in Chicago, Kilgubbin Brothers will be here the first and last Mondays of the month, Slainte!
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Tue, Jun 28 - 8pm - $7adv/$10door
Fall Classic is a Chicago-based indie-rock band that The Chicago Tribune recently said were “positioned to lose their unheralded status.” While formed in January 2012 by Ryan Jeffrey Smith (Vocals, Guitars), Jonathan Kolar (Bass, Vocals), and Christopher Grandberry (Drums, Vocals), the three have played together in different combinations since college. Their music draws on a myriad of influences, combining sharp harmonies and tasteful hooks with disjointed rhythms and energetic arrangements. They have played venues all across the US and those who’ve seen them describe them as “interesting, but not in, like, that boring way” and “fun, even though maybe I don’t get all that’s going on, you know?” Fall Classic has released three full-length albums, and recently released a collection of five short films, titled BOTH ENDS OF THE ROPE.
Elegance isn’t normally a word associated with rock ‘n’ roll, but Ode’s music is just that-elegant. Combining modern day rock with Latin and classical flavorings, while incorporating the four-piece’s Balkan roots makes for a sound that is at once familiar yet fresh. Not afraid to wear influences such as Nick Cave, Depeche Mode and David Bowie on their sleeve, Ode is also determined to stand out from the rest.Ode is a five piece group made out of sticks and strings and memories that stare at them from the past, like sling shots, drawn back, ready to let go any time something goes wrong. But they stick together, bass or no bass, rent or no rent, slowly but surely they are mistaken for a gypsy ensemble that plays rock'n'roll- punk and Bolero ballads, maintaining that yearning and earning just enough so they don't burst in tears when they are exposed to clean cut jib jab joints and late night star dusting. Backing up mini skirts marching to $50 bills, sticking to the accordion noise that came and left for coastal extravaganza in hope that it'll score a pair of stockings in Umag somewhere. Ode share their dark poems and dreams through an authentis rock vibe, a familiar, yet new wave of melodious tunes that creates a blend of Chicago rock music.
“Jaggery audiences go silent and still like people appreciating raw, scary, beautiful wildlife.” That observation was made by web magazine, Cambridge Day, in reaction to the Boston-based five-piece, who work the dark edge of a genre-defying musical style (darkwave jazz? ethereal avant-rock? chamber art-pop?) Moving from haunting lullabies to intricately-woven mixed-meter rants to catharsis-inducing mini-epics, the band borrows pages out of the books of both Kate Bush and Alice Coltrane, suggesting a classical, organic, avant-jazz-oriented Cocteau Twins or a “white witch” counter to the haunting Diamanda Galas. Jaggery found its footing in New York, writing and performing under different monikers until 2004 when the band began to take its current shape: singer/songstress/pianist Singer Mali is flanked by a rotating lineup of musicians and instrumentation, including Daniel Schubmehl’s West African and jazz approach to the drum kit, Tony Leva’s often prepared upright bass, Rachel Jayson’s avant-classical viola, and Petaluma Vale’s glistening Celtic harp and backing vocals. Jaggery have brought their dark and dramatic sound to the stage of Boston’s NEMO conference in 2005, Toronto’s NXNE in 2011, and have opened for Amanda Palmer and Wye Oak. Their live show has become as much a theatrical performance as an audio one, with the band often accompanied by dancers, aerialists, and film. Jaggery (the word comes from the dark brown, Indian sugar) has toured nationally, and has released four recordings: 2004’s In Lethe EP, 2006’s Polyhymnia, 2010’s Upon A Penumbra, and their most recent release, 2012’s Private Violence EP, which garnered international praise.
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Wed, June 29 - 8pm - $7
Rich Klevgard is singer-songwriter who wrote the songs on Almost Heard the Ocean, the debut album by Chicago band These Peaches. Sitting in with multiple bands since he learned the drums as a ten year old, Klevgard watched songs unfold from the backseat of a musical car on a journey still yearning for a destination. In 2014 the original concept for a band emerged with Klevgard and drummer, the late Danny Lavin. Adding Dan Halverson on bass and Jeremy Anderson on guitar, songs began to take shape. Isaac Lyon joined these early sessions and he was added to the studio recordings, as was Scott Ligon on piano and organ. Casey McDonough joined the studio sessions on bass and background vocals shortly after the basic tracks were cut with Klevgard, Tim Bennett on drums and Colin Gilmore on guitar. Three separate lead guitarists, Jason Bennett, Andon Davis and David Ashdown, laid out the parts that appear on Almost Heard the Ocean. Drums were originally designated for Danny Lavin, but his work appears on only three songs, “A Season That Passes,” “Boat Song,” and “Turn Off the Light.” Tim Bennett became the primary drummer at the onset of the recording sessions. Miki Milhalovic provided bass on “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Forty Days and Forty Nights,” along with a classical guitar solo on the latter of those two songs. Milhalovic and Jason Bennett both play in the performing band of These Peaches. Guest musicians during recording included Bloodshot Records artist Rick Sherry on washboard and harmonica and Keith Richards’ Grammy-winning pedal steel player John Pirruccello, while the performing version of These Peaches also includes veteran drummer Jerry King and multi-instrumentalist Brian Mahoney. Almost Heard the Ocean had its last polishing in July 2015 before being sent to Nashville, TN to Grammy winner Richard Dodd for mastering on the suggestion of local recording guru, Brian Deck. “Almost Heard the Ocean is a stunning piece of work” - Anthem Review.
“After 2 hours of almost nonstop playing, Adam Ezra gives everything he has to the audience. Not since Springsteen and Bono have I seen a lead singer with his talent and charisma.” -- Jack Casey, General Manager WERS radio in BostonAEG is a dynamic acoustic roots/rock band whose unique diversity of folk, pop and acoustic rock sound, perfectly combines Ezra's passion for smart well written lyrics and the bands amazing musicianship. Bringing their sound together with full, rich, complex, and hook laden melodies, the band ignites the stage with a power that has been compared to that of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band, they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activist and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet. AEG currently contributes 25% of their touring to benefit causes in communities across the country and worldwide.AEG is one of Boston's leading acoustic rock bands. Over the past several years the band has been creating a buzz and just recently sold out several northeastern area shows including The Paradise Rock Club, Passim, Cafe 939 (2 months in advance), Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH (twice), The Stone Church in New Market,NH and the Mercury Lounge, NYC. AEG also tours nationally and is building their fan base across the country.The Group recently had the honor of sharing the stage with Rusted Root,Cracker, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Little Feat, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Enter The Haggis, Carbon Leaf, The Wailers, Pete Seeger, the Goo Goo Dolls, Pat McGee Band, Corey Smith and/or festival bill with Jackson Brown, Guster, John Mayer, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews Band, State Radio, and many more.AEG is currently in the studio with producer Aaron Johnson (The Fray) recording a new album set to release in the Fall of 2011.
"...Tiny keeps the blues alive and pay(s) tribute to the originals."- Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater. Dedicated to his craft, the originality and prowess of Tiny Miles is sure to impress even the most critical of skilled technicians. Tiny Miles casts a spell over the audience with the soul and passion of 1950's Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly music. At a Tiny Miles showcase - one can expect a soul-stirring experience in an energetic performance of roots music soaked in retro vibes, coupled with a level of professional musicality that must be witnessed first hand.
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Thu, Jun 30 - 8pm - $10
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
In 1968, Warner Brothers bought Van Morrison out of the onerous contract he had signed with Bang Records. He’d had a hit with Bang, “Brown Eyed Girl,” and the label wanted to make sure they shared in any future success he enjoyed on his next record so they insisted on receiving a share of any profits he might earn from the singles that would be released from it.In response, Warner Brothers put Morrison in a studio with an assortment of jazz session players and turned him loose to create whatever he wanted. The original aim may been to create a purely artistic record that wouldn’t have any singles on it at all. But the final result has been hailed far and wide as one of the greatest and most important records in rock, Astral Weeks.With the release of that album, Morrison’s legal wranglings with his previous label had been settled, and he immediately got back to the business of creating songs that were tight and focused and among the most memorable of his career: “And It Stoned Me,” “Crazy Love,” “Into the Mystic,” and the title track of his 1970 release, “Moondance.”For our next performance, Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to these two legendary records by playing them straight through in their entirety accompanied by insightful stories about the music and the musicians who created it. Join as we relive the spiritual ecstasy of Astral Weeks and the earthy Celtic soul of MoondanceGreat Moments in Vinyl is a collaborative effort between master of ceremonies, Bill Cochran, a veteran Chicago radio personality (WXRT, WNUA,...and WXRT again) on bass and storytelling aided by a variety of noteworthy Chicago musicians. For this set, the band features: Steve Dawson on guitar and vocals, Alton Smith on piano, organ, and vocals, Richard Pettengill on guitar, Lenny Marsh on drums, and others, with a horn section led by saxophonist and flutist John Bowes.
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Tue, Jul 5 - 8pm - $7
Melissa McMillan is a jazz/R&B vocalist and songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. Debut EP released on March 31, 2015. Available on iTunes/Bandcamp.
Progger is an unusual collection of gifted musicians who were brought together by the simple desire to create new powerful, beautiful, engaging, modern music. Originating in Austin, Texas in 2011, Progger is led by saxophonist, keyboardist, and composer Brian Donohoe and incorporates some of the most in-demand young touring and session musicians from the Texas and New York City music scenes. With compelling compositions and energetic live performances, Progger has steadily developed a devoted following through national tours, studio releases, and viral videos. The group’s third full-length release, Scattering, will be released through Ropeadope Records on April 22, 2016. Destinee Ware, owner of the legendary venue “One2One” in Austin, says “Progger commands attention. The musicians on stage are of the highest quality and it shows. The song arrangements are smart and different with unexpected changes at every turn.” Stated simply by Grammy-winning producer and Snarky Puppy band leader Michael League, “Progger rocks.” Progger’s personnel includes contributors to such music luminaries as Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Chrisette Michele, among numerous others. Building on inspiration from artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Soundgarden, D’Angelo, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Maurice Ravel, the group has synthesized a unique and fearless original sound that cohesively combines exciting influences while creating a uniquely personal atmosphere. The first two releases by Progger, Beatmaker (2013) and Populace (2014), were released to critical acclaim and a warm reception by fans. Scattering represents a number of exciting departures for the band, including the incorporation of new personnel, production techniques, and a recording process that involved two cities 1,700 miles apart, Austin and Brooklyn. Progger’s regular personnel were joined by some of New York’s finest young musicians, including Nate Werth (percussion) and Justin Stanton (keyboards) of Snarky Puppy, to explore larger textures and a hugely diverse sound palette for the new music. Progger will be performing extensively in the United States and Canada throughout 2016 and 2017 to support the release of Scattering and to bring its unique, exciting sound to new ears across North America.
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Thu, Jul 7 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
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Sat, Jul 9 - 6pm Pre Party /8pm Show - $30
For the first time in Sixthman history, we’re bringing the music and artists of Sixthman Sessions from the open seas to dry land! Following the success of their performance on The Rock Boat XVI, Aric, Sam, Brandon, Paul, Leslie, Andy, Kozza and Brian are coming together for a one-time encore performance of the songs they wrote and recorded in the span of 3.5 days on Norwegian Pearl this January. Come witness the magic behind one of the most memorable moments of The Rock Boat XVI!
They began making music as The National Parks in Provo, Utah in early 2013. In September of that year they released their first album, Young, and (along with our January 2014 standalone single, “As We Ran”) they saw more success than they could have expected for a debut launched with little-to-no idea of what it took to get our music out beyond our local scene. The album climbed to #13 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and helped them get on the road to play shows in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York and with some really awesome musicians like Andy Grammer, The Lone Bellow, LeAnn Rimes, and The Moth & The Flame. Their experience playing in front of crowds factored into the development of their second album, Until I Live, in a very serious way. They wanted to take all of the things they loved most from that record and amplify, enhance, and experiment with them. The result of that effort is a ten-track album that they think maintains the heart and sincerity of Young but that also does its own thing too. They released Until I Live in September 2015 and were once again blown away as the album climbed charts – iTunes Pop Chart and Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. We were thrilled to hear in April 2016 that “Monsters of the North,” a lead single from Until I Live, was announced as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition – one of the world’s premiere songwriting competitions. Press from major outlets such as NPR’s All Songs Considered, CMT Edge, and Pop Matters has fueled additional momentum and allowed them to continue touring into 2016, now having played in 50+​ cities in 17 different states, including performances at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Make Music Pasadena and Canadian Music Week. Although we saw a number of changes over the first two years we’ve now settled into a dynamic 5-piece group with Brady Parks (Denver, CO) and Sydney Macfarlane (Kaysville, UT) still leading the way and John Hancock (Sacramento, CA), Doug Patterson (Provo, UT), and Megan Taylor (Draper, UT) each contributing in a variety of ways to make our live shows sound as full and complete as the recordings.
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Sat, Jul 9 - 10:45pm - $10 after 10:20
They began making music as The National Parks in Provo, Utah in early 2013. In September of that year they released their first album, Young, and (along with our January 2014 standalone single, “As We Ran”) they saw more success than they could have expected for a debut launched with little-to-no idea of what it took to get our music out beyond our local scene. The album climbed to #13 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and helped them get on the road to play shows in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York and with some really awesome musicians like Andy Grammer, The Lone Bellow, LeAnn Rimes, and The Moth & The Flame. Their experience playing in front of crowds factored into the development of their second album, Until I Live, in a very serious way. They wanted to take all of the things they loved most from that record and amplify, enhance, and experiment with them. The result of that effort is a ten-track album that they think maintains the heart and sincerity of Young but that also does its own thing too. They released Until I Live in September 2015 and were once again blown away as the album climbed charts – iTunes Pop Chart and Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. We were thrilled to hear in April 2016 that “Monsters of the North,” a lead single from Until I Live, was announced as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition – one of the world’s premiere songwriting competitions. Press from major outlets such as NPR’s All Songs Considered, CMT Edge, and Pop Matters has fueled additional momentum and allowed them to continue touring into 2016, now having played in 50+​ cities in 17 different states, including performances at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Make Music Pasadena and Canadian Music Week. Although we saw a number of changes over the first two years we’ve now settled into a dynamic 5-piece group with Brady Parks (Denver, CO) and Sydney Macfarlane (Kaysville, UT) still leading the way and John Hancock (Sacramento, CA), Doug Patterson (Provo, UT), and Megan Taylor (Draper, UT) each contributing in a variety of ways to make our live shows sound as full and complete as the recordings.
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Thu, July 14 - 8pm - $7
Paul Moody is, authentically and helplessly, a songwriter. Rooted in the folk tradition, his music is organic, passionate, and moving.
On His first studio EP 'Drinks', he makes his musicianship and strong commitment to his craft abundantly clear. 'Drinks' is deeply affective, a sincere and moving work of art. On stage, Paul ranges from comical to heartbreaking. For his upcoming tour, he has joined forces with guitarist and songwriter Samuel Cantor of Minor Moon, and talented drummer Andy Wilmoth, to create a band that interprets and expands on the dynamic sound of the EP. Seeing Paul Moody perform is not an experience easily forgotten.
Minor Moon is the songwriting project of Sam Cantor, a musician based in Chicago, IL. Minor Moon's debut LP, A Whisper, A Shout, is a lush and dynamic meditation on beauty, disgust, ambiguity, and affirmation. Featuring elements of folk, rock, jazz, and soul, Minor Moon's sound evokes a wide range of influences: from Van Morrison to Jeff Buckley, from Gillian Welch to Grizzly Bear. As UK blog Wake the Deaf recently wrote "[A Whisper, A Shout is] a lush blend of folk and indie rock, the stark guitar warmed by Cantor’s full-bodied vocals which rise and fall from composure to vehemence and back again, creating something lonely yet fierce."
Sugarpulp consists of four individuals coming together to create some rad music. The current lineup formed in October 2015, and the new energy and sound quickly projected them forward into unique genres of sonic experimentation. An amalgamation of many different styles, Sugarpulp seamlessly blends rock n roll, pop, dance, blues, and psychedelic funk into a sultry and sexy sound. Front woman and Deb Chesterman's arrow-like voice, staccato keys, and poetically pulp lyrics hit with a distinct and potent punch. By her side, guitarist Sam Allyn, Bassist Bruce Rarang,​​ and drummer Patrick Riley cement her infectious melodies and unexpected song structures into powerfully raw music.
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Fri, Jul 15 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Chicago’s Kelroy create a sound that combines intricacy of composition with simplicity of delivery, drifting between hints of post rock, blues and alternative, as they pour time and essence into the vortex of sound they shape. Each song sets off on a journey of its own. Thick layers of guitars sound more like distress signals and woeful mourning; the keys and trombone add layers of texture and depth, while drums and bass set a pulse that delivers each composition to its natural conclusion. The always-evolving chord progressions, and picturesque and introspective lyrics evoke a mood, a feeling and, undeniably, a train of thought…. Throughout its growth and evolution, the band has been expanding its fan base, having performed in New York, Denver, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee and other cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Their music has appeared on public radio like WBEZ and Vocalo, college radio stations like WLUW, and Spanish stations like NOX Live. The band continues to maintain a devoted following in its hometown appearing regularly at such Chicago hot-spots. Kelroy is set to release its third full-length album in February 2015.
KILLER MOON is fundamentally a progressive metal band, but the Chicago based trio are otherwise difficult to categorize: elements of acid rock from the late 60’s early 70’s, stoner sludge, and some good old fashioned Black Sabbath doom can be heard in their music. They weave a complex fabric of sound that takes ones attention without the need for a voice. The intense conversation is between three main characters; lead guitarist Jesse Garza, bass player Amaris Aviles, and drummer Alex Santoyo. Every song they engage in is singular in its theatre, its own raw climatic set of moments. Jesse, often playing the protagonist performs each song with raw creative emotion, mature and relaxed in its expressions. In moments when he goes feverish into the stratosphere, the tangents are not self indulgent but important, for it's in these key moments that Alex and Amaris drift seamlessly to the center -- they contribute their dialogue. The themes ebb and flow or race ahead, but one is not lost nor distracted. Killer Moon's songs express a dominant swagger, like they’re older than they seem.
4-PIECE PUNK BAND THE HONG KONG BLOOD OPERA COMBINE PUNK ENERGY, ROCKNROLL AESTHETICS, INDUSTRIAL BEATS AND METAL RIFFS TO BLOW YOUR MIND AWAY! "Hong Kong Blood Opera played out Debaser in Malmö (Sweden) like no one's ever done before.....They mixed together the best in punk, hardcore and rocknroll, and did it with an energy and refinement that you don't find that often these days......Their liveshow was intense, sweaty, and in-your-face...... a new favorite band." -Denimzine oct08 (Punk Rock Garage Magazine). "The Hong Kong Blood Opera are the new ÜBER-band from Mexico." -Reeperbahn Festival 08 (Hamburg Germany). The Hong Kong Blood Opera played at the Nottinghill Artsclub and attacked it with viscious abandon throwing themselves at the music and the crowd like the young punks they are?..this would not be enough if the music wasn't so bloody good?..but it was!" -NHAC London oct08. "HYPE: It's what's next: HONG KONG BLOOD OPERA. THERE WILL BE BLOOD Synth-punks fight their way out of the Mexican underground." -Meanstreet Magazine (CA) Aug,08. The Hong Kong Blood Opera was formed in 2006 in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora (a close-to-the-border town known for it's lack of musical movement other than traditional "banda" and "norteño" music). They released their debut "The Critical Paparazzi EP" (Noiselab Records) in mid 2007, having done some national tours, and regulary playing different mexican cities, some US shows including L.A, Chicago, New York, Austin (SXSW 2008 and 2010) and a small european 4-date tour. In 2010 The Hong Kong Blood Opera Released their first full length album, NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, an homage to various musical genres... a bipolar, moody, album that fleshes out what the band is live. Raw and punchy, NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART is an album that will turn straight people gay, old people young and young people to fucking semen.
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Thu, Jul 21 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, pairs a reader’s personal story about a First Time event with a song performance by house band, The First Time Four.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song. The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.Hosted by CHIRP Radio's Jenn Sodini, past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Tony Fitzpatrick, Brian Babylon, Kelly Hogan, Len Kasper and Ji Suk Yi.The event is a benefit for CHIRPRadio.org.
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Fri, Jul 22 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
The Stooges Brass Band has earned their rank as one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans. The band consistently provides a welcome blast of true New Orleans spirit engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats. Emerging onto the scene in 1996, the Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety as a full-blown musical party immersing the crowd in a cut-loose vibe that is contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of New Orleans. The band has shared the stage with: Ozomatli, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Shemekia Copeland, Pedrito Martinez Group, Galactic, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Funky Meters, and Jessica Simpson, among others. The band is undeniably one of the hardest working bands out of New Orleans, and their dedication to their craft has made an impact. The Stooges Brass Band victoriously battled for the title of "Red Bull Street Kings: Best Brass Band" (the subject of the documentary Brass Bands of New Orleans: Red Bull Street Kings). Along with this auspicious title, the band won a recording and mentorship session at the Red Bull Studios in California. The band also received the award for "Best Contemporary Brass Band 2011" at the Big Easy Music Awards. The Stooges Brass Band continues to tour performing at venues and appearing at famed festivals throughout the country such as New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Utah Arts Festival, Discover Jazz, American Folk Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, , Great American Brass Band Festival, and more. The Stooges Brass Band has also answered the call to serve as cultural ambassadors and were employed by the US Embassy to tour Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Other international appearances include the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Durham Brass Festival in the UK and Nuits D’Afrique, Tremblant Blues Festival in Canada. Whether they're second-lining in the back streets of the Crescent City, or performing their spirited stage show, the Stooges Brass Band delivers an authentic New Orleans celebration.
What's a Nasty Snack, you ask? It's Tom Selleck standing under a waterfall with a saxophone, eating a ham sandwich. It's Scooby Doo gnawing on a pair of rawhide drumsticks. It's that nasty groove brought to you by nine members of a Chicago funk movement that cannot be stopped! Drawing from influences such as Kool and the Gang, Lettuce, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power, the Snacks have proven to showcase an explosive, horn-driven, pocket-slamming performance at each live show. With a chaotic balance of R&B grooves and freaky horn melodies, the Snacks have developed a sound acclaimed by most as "just nasty!"Nasty Snacks is a collective of musicians from various musical projects featuring vocalist Catherine Poulos (From Tha 99, Lighten Up), guitarist Ryan Gac (Soul Vendor), bassist Martin Farrelly (Soul Vendor), guitarist Colin Fahey (How Far to Austin), keyboard scientist Anthony Perry Jr. (How Far to Austin), drummer Steven Rutledge (Woo Park), trumpeters Scott Hoecker and Caleb Mitchell (Soul Vendor), and saxophonist Sean Packard (all-around badass).
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Sat, Jul 23 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Major and the Monbacks style of music has been highly debated since the band’s inception. Fans and critics alike have argued relentlessly in an attempt to classify their sound. From garage rock to blue-eyed soul, from country funk to Beatlesque pop. Truthfully it’s all of the above and even a little bit more. The band simply calls it Rock n’ Roll. All born and raised in Norfolk, VA, The Monbacks began their journey as a loose collective of high school friends with a common interest in late nights and loud music. Desperate to escape the impending reality of the 9 to 5 workday, the group decided to hit the open road and play for anyone willing to listen. What ensued was a nine month continuous tour of the Eastern United States that spanned 30,000 miles and 150+ shows in their beat-up, old passenger van. No matter how dark the basement or lonely the bar, it was here in the farthest fringes of the music industry that these ragtag renegades would make their stand. What they initially lacked in musical prowess was compensated for by sheer volume and occasional acrobatics. Nevertheless, their mission to spread the musical spirit and sensibilities of days long gone drove them onwards to hone their songwriting and live performances. Growing weary of scorching summer days and 3 hour sets, ‘the Monbacks’ gradually turned their attention towards recording. With the help of an extremely successful crowd-funding campaign in early 2015, the old comrades threw together their best batch of original material written over the previous years and split for a recording studio in Nashville, TN. What resulted was a critically acclaimed and award winning debut album released in May 2015 that captured the raw energy of their live shows, sealed on analog tape. Now with yet another tour under their belts, an ever-faithful cult following, and sold-out venues across their home state of Virginia, Major and the Monbacks are readying to release the follow up to their self-titled debut. They have recruited internationally acclaimed producer Matthew E. White of Spacebomb Records to guide them through the rough waters of the recording process. The resulting album will surely prove to be a Major turning point in the Monback timeline.
From the Heart of the Midwest, Steady Flow brings a unique style of funk music like you've never heard it before.. Formed in 2012 by 18 year old, soul guitarist extraordinaire, Tanner Brown, and his older brother, Ky "Goonie-Mom" Brown on bass guitar, the group has now transformed into a 7 piece funk-powerhouse, quickly claiming their spot as one of the best live acts around. In the group's short existence, Steady Flow has conquered music festivals like North Coast Music Festival, Phases Of The Moon Music & Art Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, and many more. The band is constantly turning heads at every performance as their hard hitting Funk Rock compositions shake the room and force all audiences to dance, rage, & simply feel good! Steady Flow released their first EP, "The Oneoff Sessions" in 2013, and their debut album, "Loud." in June 2015. Do not miss a live show near you. Steady Flow is "The Future Of Funk.”
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Sun, Jul 24 - 3pm - $12adv/$15door
For more than forty years Marty Peifer, Al Day, Bob Long and Steve Hashimoto have been playing music together. They have maintained a close friendship, liberally seasoned with a deep love of music - with just the right amount of silliness sprinkled in.Marty Peifer – A while back, Chicago Magazine named Marty Peifer “The Best All Around Entertainer in Chicago”. It's an indication of the incredible appeal of an artist who combines top contemporary material with the power and talent needed to give all audiences an amazingly special experience. He's billed as a genuine American troubador, a collector and interpreter of songs from a wide spectrum of styles and genres. He appeared in Suburbs of Heaven, a musical review written by Thom Bishop, and has shared stages with Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Tom Paxton, Leo Kotke, Steve Goodman, John Prine, Jimmy Buffet, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Bob Gibson – to name a few.Al Day – One of the finest singer-songwriters in Chicago, Al has appeared at just about every venue in town. Al is a superb guitarist, a fine lyricist with a well-honed sense of the absurd. An excellent entertainer in his own right, Al is loved and respected by all who listen to his growly voice and his beautiful lyrics.Bob Long – Perhaps best known for his membership in the ground-breaking ensemble Street Dancer, Bob is an incredible pianist who understands what fellows musicians need to make a song work. Bob is also an excellent songwriter, and has recorded several of his own CDs. Bob has performed at the Telluride Jazz Festival, as well as the JVC and Saratoga jazz Festivals in New York. He has also performed at the Tonda, Montreux and North Sea jazz Festivals in Europe.Steve Hashimoto – One of, if not the busiest base players in Chicago, Steve is a brilliant overall musician. He has been a mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene for many years. Steve is well known as a bassist, composer and band leader. His groups, Mothra and Suenos Latin Jazz have received critical acclaim.
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Mon, Jul 25 - 8pm - $10
Dance Tribute is a biannual series, in which a collections of songs from a single musician/band/genre/artist are selected and paid tribute to through choreography and performance. Past Dance Tributes include: Mr. Bungle, Bjork, David Lynch, David Bowie, and Aphex Twin.This time around... Dance Tribute to JOCK JAMS!!!What are JOCK JAMS?.. Your favorite nightmare. With cheerleaders!Over 40 Chicago dancers/movers/actors/choreographers are involved with every Tribute. It is a night of dance, happy chums, drinks, grub, laughs, art, and only a few uncomfortable moments. Want to see pictures? Check out the website: http://www.kaseyfoster.com/dance-tribute.html
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Wed, Jul 27 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
The Vulgar Boatmen are an American rock band formed in Gainesville, Florida in the early 1980s by a group of students at the University of Florida, including John Eder and Walter Salas-Humara. In its original configuration the group issued several cassette-only releases, including Women and Boatmen First (1982) and All Bands on Deck (1984). As first Eder and then Salas-Humara departed, the group coalesced around Robert Ray, a film studies professor at the university, who became one of the group's two principal songwriters and vocalists, the other being Indiana musician Dale Lawrence, a former student of Ray's who was a veteran of the early punk band the Gizmos. The band was named as a play on the term The Volga Boatmen. Though they lived and worked in different states, Ray and Lawrence composed songs by exchanging cassette tapes through the mail. Eventually Lawrence merged his own band, Right to Left, into the Boatmen, who since that time have existed as two distinct performing units. In their revised lineup the Boatmen are known for their straightforward but infectious pop melodies, their stark lyrics -- many of which focus on women and automobile travel -- and for their frequent employment of the viola, an instrument relatively uncommon in rock. At least sixteen musicians have been members of the group at one time or another. In addition to Robert Ray and his wife Helen Kirklin, who plays viola, members of the Florida (recording) branch have included Carey Crane (vocals), Jonathan Kaley-Isley (drums, organ, vocals), and Michael Derry (guitar and drums). Current or former members of the Indiana (touring) Boatmen include Dale Lawrence, Kathy Kolata (viola), Andy Richards (drums), Jake Smith (bass), and Matt Speake (guitar). Since 1989 the Boatmen have recorded three albums, You and Your Sister (1989), Please Panic (1992), and Opposite Sex (1995), the last of which was released by Warner Bros (East/West) in the UK and Europe, but was never released in the US. In 2003 the band issued a compilation album on CD, Wide Awake. As of 2013 the Indiana branch of the Boatmen remains active under the leadership of Lawrence, though the Florida branch appears to be dormant or defunct. In 2010, Fred Uhter released a documentary about the group, entitled Drive Somewhere: The Saga of the Vulgar Boatmen.
A Cuban-American whose parents fled Castro’s Havana with him still in the womb, Walter Salas-Humara was raised bilingual just across the Florida Straits in Fort Lauderdale. College at University of Florida in Gainesville and a residency with the Vulgar Boatmen left him with a lifelong habit of Mudcrutch/Tom Petty-style crunchy guitar riffs. Chasing the punk prairie fire to New York just in time to sift through the ashes, he formed The Silos in 1985 with guitarist Bob Rupe and violinist Mary Rowell, plugging the main cable of American rock idiom into the jerry-rigged soundboard of Velvets-era feral experimentalism. The unlikely result, as evidenced by About Her Steps (1986), the seminal Cuba (1987) and their RCA debut The Silos (i.e., The One with the Bird on the Cover, 1990) was a loose-limbed conceptual country-rock that in turn influenced (if not outright inspired) the alt-country No Depression movement just around the corner. The band was voted Best New American Band in Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics' Poll of 1987 and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1990. With this apocalyptic agrarianism safely encoded in his band's name, Salas-Humara moved on once that lineup had run its course -- taking with him not the country revisionism that by now could have sustained him in an endless holding pattern, but rather the Lower East Side’s fervid avant-gardism, that high-test mixture of aggression and dissonance the neighborhood wears like a jailhouse tattoo. He forged connections in Austin, another lost outpost tailor-made for his particular set of influences, where he formed the poor man’s supergroup the Setters with songwriters Michael Hall of the Wild Seeds and Alejandro Escovedo of the True Believers. Moving to Los Angeles, he recorded and toured with Tom Freund, Manny Verzosa, Jon Dee Graham, Gary Sunshine and Darren Hess. Those middle records – Hasta la Victoria! (1992), Susan Across the Ocean (1994), Heater (and its remixed mutant twin Cooler) (1998) validated the early acclaim and expanded Salas-Humara’s reputation as one of the finest songwriters working in the American vernacular. In 1998, Salas-Humara moved back to New York and formed Silos 3.0, with Konrad Meissner on drums and Drew Glackin on bass and guitar. Throughout the new millennium, the Silos have continued to release an admirable body of work. Laser Beam Next Door (2001) and Come on Like the Fast Lane (2007) are fierce power trio albums that burst with the crackling intensity of proto-punk legends the Velvet Underground and Television. When the Telephone Rings (2004) and Florizona (2011) are intricately crafted productions, densely layered with glittering detail. With the passing of Drew Glackin in 2008, and the addition of Rod Hohl (bass and guitars), Bruce Martin (keyboards) and Jason Victor (guitar), the band has entered a new phase. Walter Salas-Humara and Silos present and past have marshaled the best of America -- our wide tradition, focused innovation and unfettered optimism. Embrace them as a national treasure. 2014 brought the release of a new Walter Salas-Humara solo album, Curve and Shake. Rolling Stone editor Anthony DeCurtis describes the album - “That sense of being untethered from certainties, of floating, permeates Curve and Shake. The feeling is gentle, not quite scary, but with an element of unease. Letting go of expectations combines aspects of sadness, freedom and even wonder. Like so many great singers, Walter communicates as much by what he doesn’t say as by what he does. His raspy tone provides a rich counterpoint to the genial surrealism, the offhand magical realism, of so many of his lyrics. His words are presented as if they’re describing straightforward events, but they speak a rich, associative poetry that evokes emotions more so than facts. His guitar playing is similarly adaptable – raw and stinging one moment, dreamy and droning the next. 2016 has brought the release of 2 new albums. Work: Part One, an acoustic rendering of Walter's best songs written in the 80s, is the first in a series of acoustic albums defining Walter as a singer/songwriter. It is produced by guitarist extraordinaire Richard Brotherton and includes familiar Silos Mary Rowell on violin and Amy Allison on supporting voice. Explodes and Disappears is an album of new songs, the follow up to Curve and Shake. Walter sings witty songs about modern life, rocks a sweet Spanish melody on guitar, swings a sexy jazz number, and then reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled world. He tops it all with a funky number chronicling 3 American misfits searching for peace of mind and headed for disaster on the shores of Mexico -- all skillfully blended into a seamless flow. Walter Salas-Humara has shared the stage with the following greats: Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Matthew Sweet, American Music Club, Chris Whitley, Hootie and The Blowfish, Violent Femmes, The Jayhawks, Yo La Tengo, Certain General, The Reivers, The True Believers, The Wild Seeds, Victoria Williams, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Mark Ribot, Ryan Adams, Jon Dee Graham, Alejandro Escovedo, Let's Active, Young Fresh Fellows, Miracle Legion, Living Color, Souled American, The Minus 5, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Jon Langford, The Waco Brothers, Chuck Prophet, Jerry Joseph, Caitlin Cary, Anders Parker, Tom Freund, Centro-Matic, Spottiswoode and his Enemies, Lynyrd Skynyrd, …to name a few.
Led by the husband-and-wife team of singer/guitarist Jake Smith and drummer Freda Love (both formerly of Antenna), the Bloomington, Indiana-based alternative pop band the Mysteries of Life also comprised keyboardist Dale Lawrence, bassist Kenny Childers and drummer LonPaul Ellrich. After debuting with the single "Kira," the group signed to RCA to issue their 1996 LP Keep a Secret; following a pair of indie label EPs, Focus on the Background and Anonymous Tip, the Mysteries of Life resurfaced with the full-length Come Clean in 1998.
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Thu, Aug 4 - 7pm - $10
Characterized by the baritone vocals of Nate Donnis, the precise/intricate rhythm section of Phil Woodring (Drums) and Denis Sluka (Bass), the Donnis Trio is a folk/rock band from San Diego, Ca. Their music has received over 25 million plays on Pandora radio and music from their albums has been placed in shows like Skins (UK), Breaking Amish, 90210, MTV, and more. Stylistically their music gravitates towards influences such as Tom Waits, Wilco, and Eddie Vedder. Their latest album "Chroma" furthers this tradition with rich arrangements and artfully crafted songs.
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Thu, Aug 4 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
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Fri, Aug 12 - 9:30 - $25
Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.Following the Grammy-winning Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band is at it again with Move Your Body, an infectious, groove-laden collection of hip-shakers sure to saturate the dance floor.Rollicking originals like "Who's Rockin, Who's Rollin'"? and "Take 'Em to the Moon" reaffirm the band's position as head of the brass throne while the rasta-esque "On My Way" and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of "HBNS" showcase the unit's talent for penning unabashed party starters.Boasting a mastery of Rebirth's signature "heavy funk" sound, Move Your Body pushes and swings, leaving behind an 11 track thumbprint, approved by the Frazier brothers themselves, of a sultry Tuesday night spent dancing on their home court at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.
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Sat, Aug 13 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, alternative folk band from Chicago, The Way Down Wanderers, not only draw listeners in with their energy and originality but also captivate fans with their unique and touching story; Banjo player, Ben Montalbano and fiddle/mandolin player, Collin Krause, are half brothers who met each other for the first time 5 years ago. The two were shocked to find that not only were they both pursuing careers in music, but that they were each drawn to the same genres. In addition to their unexpected brotherly collaboration, the other band member's dramatically diverse backgrounds in bluegrass, jazz, classical, rap and the spoken word, blend together to form unique harmony vocals, soaring instrumentals, lively dynamics and standout melodies.
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Fri, Aug 19 - 9pm - $30adv/$35door
The Golden Gate Wingmen are a jam band formed in November 2014, featuring John Kadlecik (of DSO, Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends), Jeff Chimenti (of The Dead, Dead & Company, Ratdog, Furthur), Reed Mathis(of Tea Leaf Green, Jacob Fred's Jazz Odyssey), & Jay Lane (ofPrimus, Furthur, Ratdog).
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Sat, Aug 20 - 9pm - $10
The Lucky Dutch are a four piece Chicago blues based rock n roll band led by Nathan Graham. Heavily guitar driven, this act is keeping the roots of rock n roll alive.
Grabbing influences from all over the musical spectrum, the Ars Nova has something for everyone. They pride themselves in never having two shows be the same and embrace the musical freedom that is their improvisational jams. From Umphrey's McGee to Led Zeppelin, from STS9 to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, from Jimi Hendrix to Kings of Leon, the Ars Nova is a must-see act. After breaking on to the festival circuit in the summer of 2014 at Summer Camp Music and Arts Festival in Chillicothe, IL, everything has been up hill for the Ars Nova. Catch them all over the Chicago area and be sure to follow them closely on Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram. Do NOT forget the name 'The Ars Nova'.
Formed in the basements of Urbana in 2011, indie rock group Namorado has undergone several metamorphoses to become the 4 piece operation it is today. Drawing from diverse musical influences, they combine energetic rock with group harmonies into a delicious ham and cheese sandwich.
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