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Wed, June 29 - 7:30pm - $10 - ALL AGES - TIX AVAIL AT DOOR!
Seán Cleland (Drovers, bohola), a lifelong Chicago Irish musician and stalwart of the Irish music scene here, has spent decades becoming a master Irish fiddle player. The Kilgubbin Project is a culmination of his life's work as an ambassador, cultivator, educator and preservationist of traditional Irish music. While striving to keep the purity of the sounds of Ireland intact, he has also embraced how the tradition evolves in a new environment and specifically in the city of Chicago.The Kilgubbin Project is a synthesis of various explorations of his musical story and a personal musical celebration of the American Irish experience in Chicago. This important live concert will be recorded and used for Seán's first "solo" album with the help of very good musical friends Jesse Langen (guitar), James Reilly (timber flute/whistle/vox/bodhrán), James Conway (harmonica, whistles, jaw harp), Brendan Bulger (fiddle) and Steve Morrow (bodhrán).The Kilgubbin Project takes its spirit from the actual Irish Shanty ‘Patch’ called Kilgubbin; a small natural island at the north side of the confluence of the North and South Branches of the Chicago River. It was home to seasonal flocks of geese and, in the late 1840s, was on the fringes of Chicago and where many Irish immigrants were allowed to stay.Be a part of this historic evening of irrepressible and stubbornly upbeat traditional Irish music from Chicago.
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Sun, July 3 - 3pm - FREE - EVERY SUNDAY!
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Honky Tonk Sundays! Join us for an afternoon with The Hoyle Brothers. They play every Sunday at 3pm.
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Thu, July 7 - 8pm - $15
Multiple viral internet videos, a rapidly increasing following from all over the world, a well-received debut album, international tours planned... Everything was set up for London busker Cam Cole to make the move from the street to the stage. And then the world came to a standstill.What could have killed any momentum he had, Cam turned into an opportunity to connect with the fans he had gathered. The advantage of being a one-man band is that rehearsals are rather easy to set up - especially in a socially distanced world. And even the drummer shows up on time if you are the drummer yourself. And so Cam stayed in touch and visible with his "Sounds From The Van" video series, streamed directly from his van rehearsal room. He released a live album recorded on the streets of Camden before the pandemic, which reminded everyone what we were missing. And after appearing as himself in the Golden Globe-nominated Apple TV series "Ted Lasso", Cam found that during the pandemic his audience had more than doubled in size.With his second album Crooked Hill out to great reviews, he is ready to kick it up a notch. The heavier, ferocious sound of his sophomore fits well in a time where people are looking to finally release all that pent-up energy. And Cam is just the right man for the job.
Wyatt Waddell has been described as Chicago’s Boy Wonder for his complex melodies, exuberant presence, and powerful yet versatile vocal range, which moves seamlessly between the raspy timbre of James Brown to the melodic whimsy of Paul McCartney. Though his musicality recalls the old greats, his inventive and playful approach is entirely new. A multi-instrumentalist known for his perfect pitch and instinctive songwriting, Wyatt’s talents are on full display in his first three singles, Cyber Eyes, Time (Don't Let Me Go) & Untrain My Heart released in the last year. Wyatt has been bubbling at the edges of the Chicago underground and is now set to bring his infectious mix of R&B, pop and funk into the music world with his new single Sleeper out now on ROSEBUD ALLDAY.
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Fri, July 8 - 8pm - $15
Rush! Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Sat, July 9 - 9pm - $10
Brothers John and Mario Jurković were born and raised in Chicago by Croatian immigrants during the late seventies and eighties. Born to a musical family, they grew up singing in harmony and playing folklore instruments at parties and weddings. Underage drinking and open mics at local blues bars lead to a healthy love for blues and rock and roll. After getting kicked out of their first rock band, Ivan John and Mars co-founded over a dozen bands, including One Way, Yellow 77 and AB Positive who performed at Martyrs for their debut headlining performance in 1998. AB Positive broke up before their next gig and they never performed in public again. Other than a few parties and special occasions, they poured all of their creative energy into building their own studio and recording their own music under the name Stock and Cola. Their debut gig as Ivan John 13 was originally booked for April, 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID. They are now eager to return to Martyr’s with their mix of eclectic rock covers and wide range of original songs.Ivan John13 w/Mars is back on stage with John Hosticka, their original drummer from One Way, guitarist Ryan Werner from their 1st performance at Martyr’s as AB Positive and Croatian folklore legend on bass Paul Perša.
In ancient Greek it means to sing, in Bosnian it means to leave, in Chicago Ode means a five piece indie rock group that specializes in combining elements of Balkan Folk Music with hints of Dark Americana and World Punk. Founded by brothers Davor Palos (Lead Vocal) and Robert Palos (Lead Guitar) and brought to perfection by fellow group members Nikola Dokic (Guitar), Elliot Taggart (Bass) and Daniel Crane (drums). With influences ranging from Nick Cave to Alice and Chains to old world balkan folk, Ode has created a sound all their own and impossible to bookshelf. Ballad Rock, Stadium Rock, Punk, Funk, Grunge, and Jazz infusions woven and interwoven creating something new and something wild.
Alpina Noise is a multi-release, international revivalist band–intense, hard-edged, and moody, and heavy on drums and bass. A fusion of multiple musical genres, with dark echoes of post rock, punk, alternative, shoegaze, metal, noise rock, trip rock, and electronic-tinged pop confections. Influenced by The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, Zero 7, The Pixies, Broken Social Scene, and British Sea Power, among others.
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Sun, July 10 - 3pm - FREE - EVERY SUNDAY!
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Honky Tonk Sundays! Join us for an afternoon with The Hoyle Brothers. They play every Sunday at 3pm.
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Sun, July 10 - 8pm - $15
Bay Area-based session musicians Kevin Seal and Chris McGrew saw an opportunity for a new beginning in 2022. With help from studio ace Liam Craddock and their community of talented friends, Seal Party brings together a swirl of soulful, psychedelic sounds at the historic Hyde Street Studios. Whether they’re drawing inspiration from D’Angelo or St. Vincent, the result is sure to please your ears.
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Thu, July 14 - 7:30pm - $15
The Drawers are a Local, 8 piece band, featuring vibrant performances of classic rock from The Who, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Neil Young, Jane’s Addiction, Supertramp, Chicago, and more. Showcasing virtuoso performances by internationally renowned musicians, the group provides a unique and varied concert- going experience.
The Rolling Clones are an 8 piece band dedicated to the music of the Rolling Stones. It takes more than a pandemic to stop the Drawers and The Rolling Clones.
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Sun, July 17 - 3pm - FREE - EVERY SUNDAY!
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Honky Tonk Sundays! Join us for an afternoon with The Hoyle Brothers. They play every Sunday at 3pm.
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Sun, July 17 - 7:30pm - $10
In the midst of gradual releases for his upcoming record "The World That You Grew Up In Is No More", there will be fresh, new material as well as the familiars mined from the worlds of Country, Jazz, Rockabilly and Blues.
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Sun, July 24 - 3pm - FREE - EVERY SUNDAY!
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Honky Tonk Sundays! Join us for an afternoon with The Hoyle Brothers. They play every Sunday at 3pm.
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Sun, July 31 - 3pm - FREE - EVERY SUNDAY!
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Honky Tonk Sundays! Join us for an afternoon with The Hoyle Brothers. They play every Sunday at 3pm.
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Sat, Aug 13 - 6pm - $10
Seven friends from Chicago making songs together. Colin Kolasny, Nico Diaz de Leon, Roan Quinn, Jack Harris, Chris Sánchez, Jeremy Adams, Weber Anderson <3
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Thu, Aug 18 - 8pm - $25
Seating for this concert is first come first serve. Greg Koch and the Koch-Marshall Trio consist of American guitarist Greg Koch, his son DylanKoch on drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall. At the heart of this organ trio isa blues sensibility - but Koch's compositions are an amalgam of rock, funk, jazz and countryserved up with heavy grooves and dynamic improvisations delivered with no small dose ofhumor and occasional wild abandon.The trio blends the explosive guitar manipulations of Greg, the groove-centric, power-pocketplaying of his son Dylan on drums (who share many telepathic musical moments) and theglorious, Hammond organ stylings of the uber-talented Toby Marshall, Greg’s compositions areproperly portrayed in the blues drenched, funk, chicken-fried, gospelly, jazz-rock panorama inwhich they were conceived. Their first release, “Toby Arrives” the first moments of theirunexpected musical partnership captured at an extemporaneous jam session earlier in the year
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Fri, Aug 19 - 7:30pm - $15adv/$18doors
Maybe April is a Country Americana group made up of Katy DuBois (Bishop) and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, AR, and Chicago, IL, they met in the summer of 2012 at a music industry camp in Nashville, TN. They wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a GRAMMY week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and had their video "Last Time" premiered on CMT. Maybe April is recognized for their harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs, and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound somewhere in between Americana and Country. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.
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Sun, Aug 28 - 8pm - $20 - VAX REQUIRED
The Happy Time Orchestra is comprised of drummer/percussionist Collin Nordine and Guitarist/Bassist Andrew Krull.Their debut album "Of this World" features Jazz Piano and Harmonica legend, Howard Levy, giving a new texture to the music. Victor Garcia, one of the most exciting Chicago Jazz artists is also featured on the album playing trumpet, flugel horn, valve trombone, and congas.
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Fri, Sept 9 - 7pm - $20
Mellow Jelly features Mike McGovern on Lead Vocals and Harmonica; Matt McGlynn - Drums; Brian Hurley - Guitar; Bill Larkin - Bass; Jon Mateer - Lead Guitar
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Wed, Oct 5 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Wed, Oct 5 - 8pm - $20
Moonalice is an exuberant Bay Area ten-piece known for delivering a unique brand of psychedelic soul and rock-tinged Americana. With an unparalleled list of collaborations with some of the biggest names in music, the family tree of Moonalice has touchedevery corner of rock and roll history. The band is led by vocalist Lester Chambers,co-founder of the pioneering ‘60s psychedelic soul group The Chambers Brothers. Lester and the ChambersBrosperformed at the groundbreaking 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which was highlighted in Questlove’s Grammy-nominated documentary Summer of Soul(2021).Moonalice also includes bassist Pete Sears, a founding member of Jefferson Starship who has played with everyone from Rod Stewart to Jimi Hendrix,guitarist Roger McNamee, who was an advisor toGrateful Dead and U2 and fights against entrenched power in the tech industry—esteemed leadguitaristBarry Sless(Bob Weir & Wolf Bros),band leader & keyboardistJason Crosby, and Grammy winning drummerJohn Molo.Last but not least, the band features the nextgeneration of legends,Lester's son Dylan Chambers, and Erika, Rachel, and Chloe Tietjenof acclaimed Americana band the T Sisters. Moonalicehas a renegade spirit and an ethos of love, peace, and happiness that permeates everything they do.
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Fri, Oct 7 - 8pm - $20adv/$23doors
Bumpin Uglies knows all about hustle. The Maryland reggae rock band had spent more than adecade on the road, starting with local open mics and backyard parties and growing into roadwarriors, building an everexpanding audience with soldout shows in clubs and prime spots at festivals from coast to coast, on one national tour after another. Then the pandemic hit, andtouring shut down.After being in motion for so long, singer and lead guitarist Brandon Hardesty wasn’t about to sitstill, even if he couldn’t be out on tour. In fact, Bumpin Uglies never really stopped workingthey adapted. The group returned to playing backyard parties around Annapolis, where they’rebased, and added socially distanced concerts and fullband livestreams. In the fall of 2020, theyalso started releasing a new song every month as part of a project called the Never Ending Drop. “We felt like prospectors going out and trying to find gold it was just uncharted territory,” Hardesty says. “We had to figure out a way to make a living. That’s kind of what being a musician during Covid has felt like to me. You can do it, but you have to be bold.”Hardesty has been bold from the start. He was waiting tables when he started the band in hisearly 20s. With an ear for melodies and the determination to succeed, he poured his time andenergy into making Bumpin Uglies a success. For years, the band did just about everythingthemselves, from booking shows to releasing their own albums, building a sense of momentumalong the way that eventually became selfsustaining, and then Hardesty wasn’t waiting tablesanymore.No surprise, then, that a musician with his strong work ethic found a way to take maximumadvantage of the sudden surplus of time at home. For one thing, he got to hang out with histoddler son, and he and his wife welcomed a new baby. He also wrote a ton of songs. For thefirst time, Hardesty approached songwriting as a discipline, dedicating time to working on newmusic rather than waiting for inspiration to strike and then jotting down ideas in the back of theBumpin Uglies van on his way from one gig to the next.“I just woke up every morning and I made a pot of coffee, and I had this running list of ideas inmy phone for hooks and riffs and progressions,” he says. “I satdown every day and mademyself write a song, and 85 percent of them were pretty good. And it was awesome. I really,really enjoyed the process.”The result is the band’s eighth studio album, MidAtlantic Dub, which they recorded in 2021and plan to release this fall. After showing the breadth of Bumpin Uglies’ influences on theNever Ending Drop, from folk to classic country to hiphop,MidAtlantic Dubbrings the groupalso featuring Dave Wolf on bass and vocals, Ethan Lichtenberger on keyboards and TJHaslett on drumsback to the core of what they do.“It’s very groovefocused,” Hardesty says. “It’s very hooky, very vibey. It’s very accessible, butthere was no compromise on the storytelling or the lyricism.”In fact, Hardesty had a lot on his mindwhile working songs forMidAtlantic Dub. He hadrecently lost his own father while he was stepping into being a dad himself and letting go of thevestiges of childhood, all during the uncertainty of a global pandemic. It’s all there on “SlowBurn,” featuring Jacob Hemphill from SOJA. “Before the oak you got the sapling and the seed. Before you triumph you will swallow a defeat,” Hardesty sings over unhurried upstroke guitarsand a beat laid back into a deep pocket.“I was doing a lot of growing up during Covid,” he says. “It was very much like a survival thing,and when you’re in that kind of mode, it forces you to cut a lot of bullshit out of your life.”What’s left, in Hardesty’s songwriting as in his daily life, is what’s real, and what’s real standsasolid chance of connecting with an audience that appreciates openhearted lyrics paired with atight reggaerock vibe.“For me, it’s just all about honesty,” Hardesty says. “That’s what I listen for when I’m listeningto music. I want to feel like whatever the author’s saying is honest.”
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Sat, Oct 8 - 3pm - $20 - Early Show - ALL AGES
Come celebrate John Lennon's 82nd birthday! Phil Angotti & Friends play 82 songs for 82 years on Saturday, October 8th. TWO SHOWS. $20. Tickets on sale now! MUSIC IS GOOD FOR YOU. 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
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Sat, Oct 8 - 8pm - $20 - Late Show
Come celebrate John Lennon's 82nd birthday! Phil Angotti & Friends play 82 songs for 82 years on Saturday, October 8th. TWO SHOWS. $20. Tickets on sale now! MUSIC IS GOOD FOR YOU. 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
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