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Wed, Aug 15 - 8pm - $10adv/$13door
Thomas Wynn & The Believers personifies rugged, yet uplifting spirited rock, sprinkled with southern soul R&B. Tunes brutally honest & heartfelt, the themes go beyond years of drugs, heartbreaks & hypocrisy to deliver a message of hope. “Soulful, gritty tunes, some as sweet as honeysuckle and others ferociously jagged ...reminiscent of Levon Helm, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers, but they still boldly radiate a sound and southern charm all their own.” Metromix A combination of blistering rock and southern soul, this fiery ensemble has been playing the Orlando, Florida original music circuit for the last three-plus years and have quickly garnered local celebrity status. Hailing from a musical family, the band is heavily influenced by Thomas and Olivia's father, Tom Wynn, who was the drummer for Cowboy. Through out the 70’s, Cowboy toured with the Allman Brothers Band, and released four albums on the legendary Capricorn Records.Thomas’ spirit-moving vocals are uniquely supported by sister Olivia Wynn’s engaging and captivating voice and presence. Her strong vocal harmonies and wide-eyed response is the perfect companion to his yearning banshee cries. Known for their powerful LIVE performances, TWTB have delighted audiences of all sizes, including festival goers at Bear Creek, Orlando Calling, Magnolia Fest, Bear Creek, Orlando Calling, Blackwater Music Festival, BamaJam, Tropical Heatwave, Antiwarpt, Pojo Music Fest and FMFs. The group has also shared the stage with national acts Gov't Mule, Blackberry Smoke, The Dirty Guv'nahs, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Drivin' N' Cryin', Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Donna The Buffalo, Leftover Salmon, JJ Grey & Mofro, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Honey Island Swamp Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Lee Boys, Charlie Daniels, and many more. TWTB are gratefully sponsored by Gibson, D'Addario, and Drilley's Shoes.
Badwater Sound plays Americana Rock N Roll for punks, greasers, givers, takers, metalheads, leaners, meddlers, players, and havenots for fighting, faking, fornicating, dancing, shaking, and deliberating. Take the ride. Take back the Night.
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Thu, Aug 16 - 7:30pm - $10
A fund- & awareness-raiser for RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) featuring:
Vallery Dolls
Manny Petty and the Heartmakers
ærin tedesco
Debbie Kaczynski
Emily Hurd
Julia Storke
Tamara Martinez
Leala Avdich
Nautical Nuns
Jeremy Jon
Scarlett Moon
Ben Walter
Stephanie Lee Bourgeois 'n' Paul McComas
and MC Alisa Rosenthal
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Fri, Aug 17 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Shaun Martin's Go-Go Party featuring members of Snarky Puppy, Nth Power & Trey Anastasio Band on 8/17 is a legendary show and is not one to be missed!Shaun Martin has been playing, creating, and collaborating for most of his life, yet his contributions go much further than just playing. When you move through the projects that Shaun has been a part of you can feel his style and influence; you can sense his presence throughout the compositions. Shaun’s willingness and ability to be a subtle part of each band has allowed him to be part of the very foundation. Additionally, Shaun has several Grammys from his work with Kirk Franklin and the gospel powerhouse God’s Property and also has a Grammy that crowns his many years with jazz fusion phenomenon Snarky Puppy.
Some of Chicago's finest musicians come together and experiment with Progressive Funk the way it should be played.Funk Vendetta mixes the sounds of Funk like Parliament, Ohio Players, Zapp & Rodger, James Brown with Prog Rock, R & B, Pop, and Hip Hop to give you a truly NEW sound that will keep you dancing.Beware, there is a Vendetta against run-of-the-mill music and we plan on fighting it at the front line.
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Saturday, Aug 18 - 9:30pm - $20
Los Angeles based STRANGELOVE-The Depeche Mode Experience delivers a career spanning, pitch perfect “best of” concert that transports the listener through time and touches on several key points in Depeche Mode’s illustrious career. Songs from throughout the Depeche canon are lovingly recreated; from favorites on DM’s debut Speak and Spell to the newest fare from ‘Mode’s latest- 2017’s “Spirit”. No detail of STRANGELOVE’s presentation has been overlooked. The visual presentation with stage set pieces and in-show costume changes reflect different eras of Depeche Mode’s story; which spans almost four decades!Truly evocative of a Depeche Mode arena/stadium stage show; the scale of STRANGELOVE’s theatrical stage production is unparalleled, save for the real article. Custom-produced multimedia projection visuals delight the concertgoer’s senses and enhance the illusion that they’re witnessing an actual Depeche Mode concert.These accomplished musicians have a reverence and devotion to Depeche Mode’s body of work that has driven them to recreate every possible detail and bring the “Music To The Masses” in a concert setting that transcends a mere tribute production and feels more like a shared communal fan club celebration of halcyon days of new wave and emerging electronica. Accuracy and authenticity is a hallmark of the project, with the band employing as many authentic vintage synthesizers and samplers as possible in recreating the classic and widely varied sounds of Depeche Mode’s discography.With over 120 million records sold and a rabid international fan base, Depeche Mode’s status as elder statesmen of electronica is cemented. Their enormous fan base encompasses all ages and crosses every demographic. They just won a Grammy this year. Their Global Spirit tour, continuing into 2018, has set world box office records. STRANGELOVE –The Depeche Mode Experience brings a thoroughly enjoyable and staggeringly authentic DM concert to concertgoers, and connects with international audiences, wherever the group performs.​
This is PriMary...The Cure are one of the more colourful faces on Post-Punk’s Mount Rushmore. Romantic, dramatic, mischievous and potent they are a natural and logical assignment to be covered. Globe trotting power pop sons Who's This Mary? are only too pleased to present their legacy for your concert-going pleasure.Spawn as a lark and guilty by reason of intensity Who’s This Mary? chose to replicate songs by The Cure fully in 2010. Who's This Mary? are a modern beat combo that live and breathe in the Chicagoland area. Performing tip top original power pop as well as inspired cover versions of Britpop and other classics from 60's to present day. Their sound consists of bright melodies, tight harmonies, upbeat guitar work, and a healthy respect for catchy grooves. Known for their dedicated cover versions they have fully tackled The Jam (as "All Mods Conned"), The Beatles and now The Cure.Brought to you and comprised of members of London Calling (The Clash Tribute) and All Mods Conned (The Jam Tribute) so you may expect quality.
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Tue, Aug 21 - 8pm - $10
THE UNKNOWN NEW is equal parts jazz chamber ensemble and instrumental folk group – featuring music by Chicago-based composer, Paul Mutzabaugh (electric bass). Contributing to this texturally lush sound are Rich Stitzel (percussion), Vance Okraszewski (drums), Chris Siebold (lap steel & electric guitar), Jim Tashjian (acoustic guitar), and Mike Pinto (uber-guitar). The Unknown New has three records to its name: “Not Many Neighbors” (2018), “Thieves” (2016), and “Sunken Garden” (2015).
The Chicago-based duo SUN SPEAK comprises longtime collaborators Matt Gold (guitars) and Nate Friedman (drums and percussion). Since the 2014 release of their debut recording Light Blue Light (Genghis Records), Sun Speak has continued to solidify a compositional voice encompassing folk, jazz, and experimental music. Sun Speak is quickly growing a dedicated following throughout the Midwest and East Coast, with performances at The Green Mill (Chicago), Spectrum (New York), The Bop Stop (Cleveland), Pyramid Atlantic (Washington, D.C.) and more. The band has twice served as artists-in-residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and has given masterclasses at universities, high schools, and community centers.
Jimmy Bennington is a self-taught artist who began playing professionally in Texas, 1990. Mentored by late John Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones during the last decade of his life, Bennington was eventually hired as Jones' band manager/drum tech, touring the world as part of the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine (2000-2002). Since then, Bennington lived on the West Coast for several years (1997-2006), and has now made Chicago his current home base (2006-Present). Jimmy has performed and recorded with legendary artists such as Julian Priester, Perry Robinson, Ed Schuller, Bert Wilson, Ken Filiano, Steve Cohn, John Blum, and Daniel Carter. Notable performances include Andy’s Jazz Club, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Green Mill, the Tampon Gallery in Paris, the ShapeShifter in NYC, and the famed Fred Anderson’s Velvet Lounge. Bennington celebrated 28 years in the music field this past May. “….Bennington’s unique sound and loose drumming, which doesn’t follow traditional rhythmic patterns and leaves quite a bit of room to freedom.” - Alain Drouot, Down Beat Magazine.
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Wed, Aug 22 - 8pm - $10
The Fingerbangles are what happens when you form a cover band by putting musicians from rock/folk/funk backgrounds into a car blasting Zeppelin while the driver listens toThe Easy Beats on their headphones, heading to a Jeff Beck Group concert wearing Blondieshirts with Pretenders haircuts. With a Monkees lunchbox. Factory Theater's Corrbette Pasko and Factory's Blake Dalzin are on vocals, with Factory's Scott OKen and Jason Moody on guitars, Four Lost Souls/Claire and the Bears' John Szymanski takes drums, while Kong Fuzi's Andy Peplinski's bass says "hey" to Barrel O Monkeys' Laura McKenzie's sweet keys and keytar.
In early 2017 a few long time musical collaborators decided to throw former opera singer Claire Feeney into the front seat of a rock band. Her versatility along with lead guitarist John Szymanski's technical mastery allow the band to defy genre. Their live shows weave vocals and guitars through influences that include 70s arena rock, pop punk, Stax soul, feminist folk, and southern gothic country.
Chuck & Sara are an acoustic duo who can be found playing throughout the north side of Chicago, and in storefront theaters. What started as a fun mashup experiment transformed into a delightful harmonious duo with stylized acoustic guitar. A cover band with a twist, Chuck & Sara draw influences from every genre and time period, putting 80s hits against folk deep cuts. The mashups are always fun, but the enchanting and intoxicating harmonies are the soundtrack for a fun and energetic show, no matter what the tune.
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Thu, Aug 23 - 8pm - $7
Shinzon is a three-headed Midwestern slugger that never settles. Raucous and riffy one moment, agile and bopping the next. Turtleneck-rock.
"Buttery bass-driven bumpers topped by a smoothly crooning voice, Zion's songs go down like sweet barrel-aged bourbon." -Aeronaut Brewing Company. Zion Rodman is a versatile musician who spends his free time singing and playing the guitar, bass, piano, and drums. He grew up in Cape Cod and eventually moved to Boston, where he got a BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts and grew a fan base in New England. By 2017, Zion was performing at historic venues along the East Coast like Club Passim, Caffe Lena, and the House of Blues. He opened for national acts that include Ellis Paul and Jeffrey Gaines. In the summer of 2017, Zion released his debut LP, You're Invited. The folk-rock album received praise and local media attention following its anticipated release. Crossfader Magazine wrote that in an era of “lo-fi bedroom projects, it’s refreshing to hear a young creative voice this professionally produced, fully realized, and cohesively structured around a distinct personality and energy.” Less than a year later, Zion released a rock EP titled Did Not Wake up Today on January 20th, 2018. Even before its release, the title track was recognized by AFROPUNK: “Rodman turns up the volume of his melodic indie pop, with his stunning voice just barely masking his anger beneath the hook.” Both albums are available to stream on Spotify and iTunes. Zion currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and his cat. Since settling in Hyde Park in the fall of 2017, Zion has been circuiting local venues, putting together a professional band to dig into the Midwest rock scene, and most recently won first place at the 2018 Uncommon Ground Open Mic Competition.
Jakals is a Boston based 5-piece indie rock band that fuses melodic, driving instrumentals with soul-aching vocals to form a 90s-inspired yet uniquely passionate sound.
Barry J. Fontenot is a Louisiana-born, Chicago-based soul musician with a love of pushing boundaries and a flair for the dramatic. Raised in the “Deep Soul” and “Delta Blues” musical traditions, Barry’s vocal style brings to mind the strong, rich tenor notes of legendary singers such as Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. In his original compositions, however, Barry reveals the eclectic influences that have followed him throughout his musical journey—he strives, in his own words, to “write em’ like Jazz songs, play em’ like Rock songs, and sing em’ like Soul songs.” Originally a Classical Tenor specializing in choral music, Barry decided to return to his musical roots in 2013, forming a Soul Band called “Barry Fontenot and the Hurricanes,” which performed mostly covers of the great Motown performers who had so inspired him in his youth. In 2014, while drunk and bleeding in Mexico, Barry wrote his first original song, “Desiree.” While the circumstances surrounding the song’s writing were less than glamourous, as Barry himself often explains (at-length) on stage, the experience of writing and performing original music was one that affected him to the extent that he now performs primarily his own songs, and has written upwards of three hours of performance material. Upon moving to Chicago, Barry founded a small, flexible musical collective called “Vox Kakumeika,” which serves as his backing band and production team, and includes instrumentalists specializing in guitar, sitar, trombone, saxophone, and more.
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Fri, Aug 24 - 8:30pm - $10
Where's Fernando? is alternative rock band that fuses 90's grunge rock with the subtitles of jazz and funk, channeling the sounds of Smashing Pumpkins, System of a Down and Nirvana, while maintaining a sense of classic rock. Where's Fernando? strives to create music that pushes the sonic boundaries of popular music, while reintroducing sincerity in their lyrics
The Jam City Collective is a Chicago-based funk/soul band with a strong influence from the legends of groove past and present.
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Sat, Aug 25 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Made up of veteran Chicago musicians, SpaceFace is dedicated to the brilliance that is Bowie. Shows that are made up of his music that spans from his early years right to the last album. SpaceFace is a loving celebration of the music of David Bowie. His work, like the man himself, could never be pigeon-holed into one style or genre. Bowie's music was so crucial throughout our time that his fingerprints are all over the last 50 years of popular music. In a career-spanning show, these Chicago musicians have curated a set that contains classics as well as band favorites. So....hang on to yourself, and press your SpaceFace close to ours!
Fun House is Chicago's Finest Iggy Pop Tribute Band!Dave Springer, The SingerTony Karagas, Right Guitar, backing vocalsJeff Wilson, Drums, backing vocalsJohn Griffin, Left Guitar, backing vocalsJim DeMonte, Bass, backing vocals
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Tue, Aug 28 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Wed, Aug 29 - 8pm - $10
Soulful Americana band, Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots, features Rachel's vocals with Alton Smith on piano, Gerald Dowd on drums, Dave Nelson on guitar, and John Abbey on bass. The band, and Rachel's songs, pay homage to mid-60s R&B, early-70s Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, and a bit of classic country. Whether inspired by dreams, family, or heartbreak, her songs have a haunted, aching quality. Rachel also performs with Tony Richards, Peter Joly Group, Phil Angotti, Great Moments in Vinyl, and more.
Peter Joly is a Buffalo born troubadour-Chicago, IL transplant since'93 (Big Breakfast, For Pilots). Peter's focus is as an Americana singer/songwriter who puts his best foot forward with his terrific 2016 self titled release. His band is Jon Williams on guitar, Josh Piet on bass, and very often harmony singer Rachel Drew.
A love of pure mountain-style harmonies is what brought Eugenia Elliott, Rob Newhouse and Hannah Hill together over a decade ago as the Chicago based American Roots band, Charming Axe. They sing songs they love--traditional, contemporary and original tunes--spanning bluegrass, pop, country, and folk, with lush romantic ballads and lively toe-tappers. Always with an emphasis on the Appalachian three part harmony stlye, and often accompanied by guitar, mandolin, fiddle and upright bass, Charming Axe is sure to delight. And they are darn nice folks. Newhouse (Guitarist/Vocalist) has played in many bands, including Chicago roots-pop favorite the Elvis Brothers. He left the bar band scene in 1998 and began teaching at Chicago's famous Old Town School of Folk Music. Since moving to Chicago in 1991 from the east coast, Eugenia Elliott has made her mark on the Chicago music scene in a wide variety of musical genres that include vocal jazz standards, bluegrass, old time country and popular contemporary music. You can hear her in local bands such as the Teflons, the Linda Marie Smith Band, the Melanie Budd band as well as on her own album of originals entitled 4000 Weeks. Hannah Hill has a deep and genuine love of vocal harmony. As the daughter of a church choir director she was inspired by her mother's singing and piano playing; inheriting her love of traditional and American folk music. In addition to contributing her clear and gentle soprano voice to Charming Axe, Hannah is a preschool music teacher and volunteer art teacher and is also a Certified Music Practitioner where she performs live, therapeutic music at bedside for the critically ill, elderly, and other patients during difficult times.
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Thu, Aug 30 - 8pm - $10
Five years ago, singer-songwriter Ingrid Oscarsson took a leap of faith and moved to New York City from Chicago. She left behind friends, and a comfortable life to finally pull back the veil and be who she was meant to be.Now she announces her emancipation, with the aptly titled EP, Break Free. It’s a masterful debut. With singular artistry, the record fluidly weaves indie rock, intimate folk, bluesy pop, sensual roots music, sparkles of glam rock and smoldering balladry. “An initial EP – I found it to be a gentle metaphysical understated exploration of enlightenment. Her sound is a little punk and a little alt rock. For fans of Patty Smith, Mazzy Star, large crystals and palo santo,” says Heather Kropf, singer-songwriter. “Break Free is about shedding the layers we shield ourselves with in order to avoid emotional pain, until the pain of not being seen is greater than the fear of shining in all your glory. It’s never too late to unapologetically be your authentic self,” says Oscarsson.
Renée Catrine hails from Chicago and currently lives in New York City. Having been in various bands throughout the years, Renée was eager to set off on her own to create her own music. She released her debut solo album, Arrival, in August 2016 with the help of Nick Brose (Mucca Pazza) and co-producer Mike Przygoda. Renée Catrine's music has been described as "hauntingly beautiful music with poetic lyrics of a keen observer". Reminiscent of captivating songwriters such as Fiona Apple, Marketa Irglova and Regina Spektor, Renée's debut album features sincere, thoughtful lyrics set to catchy pop/rock music and lush, orchestrated arrangements. Renée is currently preparing to record her second solo album in New York City this winter. The new music draws inspiration from Arcade Fire, Radiohead and Cœur de Pirate. The album was written in Québec City, Chicago & New York. She is thrilled to be touring the Midwest and East coast this fall & winter to debut the new songs.
BMI recording artist and singer/songwriter, Dina Bach is making a splash with her first full length album (literally... she is jumping in rain puddles in her new music video!) With heartfelt pop/country sing-a-longs like Dance in the Rain and Can't Take My Heart, Bach aims to inspire and educate the masses through her music. "Her lyrics and melodies are touching, seductive and thoughtful, and her piano and vocals are simply captivating" (Harbor County). Walk Away is set for release on August 10, which includes her award winning single, Slow Dance, a 3rd place finisher in the Acorn Theater songwriter competition in Three Oaks, MI. Her music has aired on WGN Radio, Radio One Chicago, NPR’s WNIJ, and was featured in Chicago Music Magazine’s local pulse for hot new music. Bach has written a Song-A-Week for more than 88 consecutive weeks and has co-written with Grammy award nominee in Canada, New York and Nashville. Bach plays live at some of Chicago’s hottest venues including House of Blues, Joe’s Bar, Elbo Room, and SPACE Evanston. Her most recent accomplishment was singing the National Anthem for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. This self-taught pianist started writing music at a young age and now performs full-time, touring nationally. Bach is creating a movement with her new record. "Walk Away is about recognizing toxic situations and learning to make a change, or Walk Away. This can be anything from drugs, alcohol, bullying, and relationships to negative self-talk." (Dina Bach). Her mission for this new album is to speak-out, educate and inspire through her music.
Andy Metz is a Chicago-based, Seattle-raised songwriter who sings tightly constructed folk songs that vary between the earnest and irreverent. Despite his roots, Andy grew up less as a product of grunge and more a product of "Lump," which has informed his songwriting sensibilities as they've swung from hard rock (Hero Monster Zero) to hip hop (8090). In any genre, Andy's songwriting style is chorus-driven and intended to produce songs that take up residence in your brain long after the track ends.
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Fri, Aug 31 - 7pm - $10
Arclight's music can be described as a meld of genres resulting in an electronic, psychedelic, alternative rock sound that pushes the boundaries of modern music. This Chicago-based project is comprised of Amith Bokka (guitar/vox), Jim Tashjian (guitar), Charles Williams (bass), and Pete Tashjian (drums). The band started as Bokka's solo project in 2014. In 2016 he met Williams, who brought the Tashjian brothers into the group the following year. "The official description is “Alternative Rock.” But I think that’s a bit too boxy for what they really are. The sound is... dreamy. Relaxing, sometimes, and a bit unsettling at others." - Sound Citizen.
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.
Murder City Saints is a folk-grunge band from the South Side of Chicago making its debut in 2018 with powerful lyric-driven tunes about love, hate and pain. Murder City Saints is the breakout musical project of Mark Konkol (lead vocals/guitar), a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Emmy-nominated producer. Mark is joined by multi-instrumentalist Craig Frank (guitar, keys, harmonica and backing vocals), and a bad-ass rhythm section featuring bassist Dina Simone (ManCub, Dance Bullies, Dead Original) and Blues-phenom Radka Kasparcova. Murder City Saints are purveyors of #Frunge — A hard-edge storytelling sound influenced by folk icons Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker and John Prine and inspired by the Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins side of the '90s, and a mashup of Chicago blues, classic rock and modern alternative folk rockers including Deer Tick, Dawes, T. Hardy Morris and the Hardknocks and Matthew Logan Vasquez (formerly of Delta Spirit).
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Fri, Aug 31 - 11pm - $15adv/$20door
“This record is a record about me,” says Roosevelt Collier. “It’s telling a story of who I am,where I’m from, and where I’m going.”A transcendent talent on pedal and lap steel guitars — and so proficient, he’s affectionatelyknown as “The Dr.” — Collier’s debut album Exit 16 on GroundUP Music is a potent mix ofblues, gospel, rock and, in his words, “dirty funk swampy grime,” as overseen by producer andbandmate Michael League (from the Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy).It’s also a brilliant reflection of Collier’s life. All of it. Brought up in the House of God Church inPerrine, FL, Collier built his “sacred steel” guitar prowess alongside his uncles and cousins inThe Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. On his own, Collier’sbecome a sought-after talent both on record and on stage, performing alongside musicalluminaries in the fields of rock, blues and pop, including the Allman Brothers, The String CheeseIncident, Buddy Guy, Umphrey's McGee, Los Lobos, Robert Randolph, the Tedeschi-TrucksBand, and the Del McCoury Band, among countless others.
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Sat, Sep 1 - 9pm - $10
A Spacey Indie Rock band from Chicago, that is here to take you to the end of the universe and back musically with a sound you have not heard before.
Imaginative, colorful, driven, and crafted with intention. Kids, Crime Nite’s debut album, Can’t Kill The Beat, is not your beginner Synth Pop. Creative and thoughtful prose, layers of dreamy synth-tones, and strong, beckoning beats unite time-after-time in their debut album which is.at the least—complex and groovy; and—at the most— downright bangin'
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Wed, Sep 5 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Sep 6 - 8pm - $12
Morry Sochat and The Special 20's are bringing a fresh sound to the Chicago Blues scene. They mix classic Chicago Blues with Swing and Rock N’ Roll from the 1950’s. The band is influenced by the best in blues history. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan, Junior Wells, and all of the Chicago greats.Morry Sochat (pronounced Socket) moved to Chicago from Texas in 1990. He started playing harmonica in 2000, taking lessons from renowned teacher, Joe Filisko at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He played with The Shakes and Tongue & Groove before starting The Special 20s in 2005. Their first, self-titled release, recorded in 2006, was received with great reviews, taking the 20s from playing one or two nights a month to constant bookings all over the city. Morry has been playing around the city learning from the greats in Chicago, playing with Dave Specter, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Billy Flynn and Barrelhouse Chuck.In 2007, Sochat took the next step and went out on his own. He hired some of the best musicians in Chicago to round out The Special 20s. In 2008, they returned to the studio to record a new CD. The recording Swingin’ Shufflin’ Smokin’ was produced by Nick Moss and featured Ted Beranis, Kenny Smith, Dave Ross, Nick Krebs, Shoji Naito, and Jim St. Marie. The CD was also met with rave reviews. This opened up doors for the band across the US.In 2010 Morry took the band back to the studio to release Eatin’ Dirt. The CD was produced by Jimmy Sutton, and features 10 original songs. The band has grown in both skill level and size, adding a horn section on a lot of the songs. The current line up features Marty Binder, Doug Corcoran, Jim St. Marie, Shoji Naito, Chris Neal, and Ted Beranis. Other musicians who play regularly with the 20s are Jimmy Sutton, Beau Sample, Mark Fornick, Ariyo, Brother John Kattke, Chris Bernhardt, andk Kenny Smith. They are playing better than ever so check out a show when they are in your city. Blues coming your way.
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, Sep 7 - 8:30pm - $25
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The Nadas are a band from Iowa. Yes, they have been around long enough that if they were a car you would keep them covered in your garage except for sunny weekend cruising. But that isn't what is important about their story. What is important is that they make music that makes you feel things. Happy, sad, nostalgic, optimistic, energized, curious, inspired, and confused. The important part is that it makes you want to listen, and sometimes dance. 2018 will mark the 25th year of The Nadas. In January, they will be releasing their 11th studio record entitled "One Louder". At a stage where most bands would be resting on their laurels and letting others do the heavy lifting, The Nadas are out there swinging for the fences, driving the van and carrying their own instruments.
As a songwriter for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated classic “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...As a recording and touring artist with longtime songwriting partner Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro and, since 2009, as a solo singer-songwriter increasingly on demand on the national concert circuit...As a singer and voice actor in major motion pictures, television series, commercials and recordings, including the films Happy Feet (1& 2), Rio, Ice Age (2 & 3), Robots, The Mexican, The Emperor’s New Groove, Envy; television series Prison Break, Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; and commercials for McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, El Pollo Loco, Nationwide and literally hundreds of others...As an activist in Washington on intellectual property, performer and songwriter issues, lobbying Capitol Hill regularly, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board, on behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, AFTRA, NARAS, BMI , SoundExchange and the musicFIRST Coalition...As an institutional volunteer on the elected and appointed boards of such vaunted musician and performer organizations as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Folk Alliance International, The California Songwriters Association, The Recording Academy and the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, fighting the neuromuscular disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease...After 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan ventured out solo in 2009 and released his first album that year, the spirited “Live at McCabe’s”, with his pals from the Austin-based Stonehoney backing him. His next album, “Shed My Skin”, is slated for release in 2012. He also moonlights as a member of the four-artist Christmas revue, Decembersongs, with friends Amy Speace, Jon Vezner and Sally Barris, and is a known abuser of acoustic guitars.
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Sat, Sep 8 - 9pm - $15
In the early to mid 90s, The Something Bros. regularly joined billings with acts such as Uncle Tupelo, Smashing Pumpkins, Soul Asylum, The Dead Milkmen, The Meat Puppets and Yo La Tengo. Prior U.S. tours include venues such as the legendary CBGBs in New York, First Avenue in Minneapolis, as well as headlining sold-out performances at Chicago's Cabaret Metro. In 1990, the Bros were voted one of the top 10 artists in both The Illinois Entertainer of Chicago and the Riverfront Times of St. Louis. The SoBros officially disbanded in 1992 but reconnected to perform nearly 25 years later. 2018 welcomes the release of the Something Brothers' highly anticipated album, APOLLO... along with shows at select venues to support it.
“Chicago glam sensations V Sparks are sorta like if Marc Bolan met ELO at a video arcade in 1983 and they bonded over Pac-Man and new-wave jams. They are the sonic equivalent of shiny red boots.” - Classic Rock Magazine. 
The band consists of Alan Lewis (Vox,Keys), Prescott Kagan (Vox,Guitar), Zach Duran (Guitar), Sam Libretti (Bass),and Adam Long (Drums). Drawing from past luminaries as David Bowie, T.Rex, The Beatles and ELO to modern acts as Arcade Fire, The Strokes and Vampire Weekend they have brought to pass a contemporary glitzy mess of rock that you cant help identify with and feel good about.
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Sun, Sep 9 - 7pm (doors at 4pm) - $20
First-ever public performance of the INTOXICATS: A new collaboration including Michele Rundgren, Greg Hawkes, and other critically acclaimed performers. Originating from Kauai, Hawaii, Intoxicats were born of a rum haze one steamy summer night at Tiki Iniki. Picture Gilligan’s Island with access to MTV, Get Smart, Hawaii 5-0 and I Dream Of Jeannie re-runs, coupled with an unlimited bar tab… You get the picture.
Chicagoland Instrument Drive with Hungry For Music and D’Addario Foundation Outside Martyr’s, 4-6 p.m. Bring your instrument donations to the Hungry For Music RV “Big Bertha” to be reconditioned and redistributed to children in need. We will accept musical instrument donations in any condition, preferably playable, but all donated instruments are welcome.The Intoxicats are a new collaboration including Michele Rundgren, Greg Hawkes (The Cars), members of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Prince’s NPG and more.
A new collaboration including Michele Rundgren, Greg Hawkes (The Cars), members of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Prince’s NPG and more.
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Tue, Sep 11 - 8pm - $7adv/$10door
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includes Jim Boukas - guitar, Kris Nowak - guitar, Duff Driscoll - upright, Eric Lambert - guitar, Matt Arendt - guitar, Ben Wright - banjo, Jason Berger - mando, Steve Haberichter - mando, Pat Lyons - mando/dobro, Tom Murray - fiddle, Wavy Dave - banjo, Greg Morland - mando, Dan Andree - fiddle, Spencer Savoie - banjo, Grateful Gary - upright bass, James Chrzan - keys, Mike Krieglstein - upright bass, and more!
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Thu, Sep 13 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Naughty Professor is an instrumental funk band hailing from New Orleans that embodies the jazz-influenced party culture of the Big Easy with a wide variety of original music. Six passionate and creative young musicians provide an energetic live show that makes Naughty’s sound completely unique. Naughty Professor has shared the stage with artists such as Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band, Fitz and the Tantrums, Snarky Puppy, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Victor Wooten, Papadosio, The Revivalists, George Porter Jr., The Soul Rebels, and many more. Get yourself the latest recordings, come to the next show, and get Naughty!
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!"
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Fri, Sep 14 - 9pm - $10adv/$15door
The North 41 is a dynamic blend of Rock, Funk, and Jazz, with the danceability of Pop music and sophisticated musicianship that keeps you hanging on every guitar solo, every drum solo, and every whaling keyboard lick. The Chicago-based band has been winning fans all over the Midwest, and even as far as the Colorado Rockies, since 2014. Founded in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, by Pat Walsh (guitar), Frank Minella (guitar), and Michael Campo (drums), The North 41 began as an instrumental jam-band, with Minella initially on bass. The absence of vocals created a unique environment for improvisation and complex arrangements. As a trio, the band performed at many high school events and won several battle of the bands competitions. It wasn't until a few years later that the band added Craig Urban (bass) and Walsh's cousin, Riley Pettrone on vocals. This had a great influence on the band's songwriting process and the overall sound of the music. The musicianship had been honed, but now the band could rely on a strong singer to lead the song. Pettrone's charismatic stage performances created an energetic, dance-frenzied show that added to the already tight band. In 2015, The North 41 released their first LP, Dancing & Praying. The album received a good amount of radio play throughout the midwest, including Chicago's WXRT. Along with the album, the band released music videos for their singles, "Everybody Knows (The Woman Way)" and "Ain't a Fool". Towards the end of the year, Urban was replaced by local bass prodigy, Donoven "Heavy" Brown. While continuing touring the midwest, The North 41 plans on recording a follow up EP to be released in the summer of 2016. A few live videos are in the works and bigger and better shows is what The North 41 is always striving for.
The Chicago-based quintet fuses together soulful grooves, dense vocal harmonies, and high energy guitar solos that roar through venues. Five long-time friends have come together to create a sound that’s been called ‘where Steely Dan meets The Allman Brothers meets Wilco…. with a dab of Pet Sounds.’ Because the whole group sings and composes, they have created a genre that is truly their own. The band’s live show was translated brilliantly to their self-titled debut record. But to fully experience the dynamic range, the roaring guitar solos, intricate songwriting, and beautiful vocal harmonies, you must see Stampy perform live.
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Sat, Sep 15 - 9pm - No Cover
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Taking its name from the Yoruban word that means “from the heart,” Orquesta Akokán gives a new voice to the classic Cuban big band sound. Singer José “Pepito” Gómez founded the group, which recently recorded its self-titled debut album in Havana’s historic Areito Studios. Right away, the ensemble’s lively encapsulation of mambo’s golden age received widespread acclaim. Gómez has been performing since his childhood in Cuba, but became more acquainted with this music from the 1950s after he moved to New York City in 2008. Along with pianist/composer Mike Eckroth (whose doctoral thesis was on 1940s Cuban piano music), they selected an array of musicians who are fully versed in the legacies of such bandleaders as Pérez Prado and Arsenio Rodríguez. The saxophone section features members of the pivotal band Irakere while the percussion section also worked with the modern group Los Van Van. Throughout, the orchestra’s feel for swing is irrepressible.
Rio Mira takes its name from the Mira River, which flows between Ecuador and Colombia. Based in the Ecuadoran town of Esmeraldas, this group’s music navigates a similar path. In particular, Rio Mira celebrates music that connects the region’s Pacific Coast and its strong retentions from Africa. This was an area that escaped slaves (often called cimarrones) had made their hideout since 1700s. Percussion drives much of the ensemble’s music: usually two wooden marimbas (similar to xylophones) are performed alongside an array of drums and shakers. Its amazing vocals—which are sometimes a cappella or feature stirring call-and-response patterns—are emphasized just as much. Lead singer Karla Kanora’s wide range and dramatic delivery usually becomes the focus. Rio Mira released its debut disc, Marimba Del Pacifico, in 2017. The album contains the ensemble’s versions of religious and ritual music, as well as Ecuadoran poet Jalisco González’s “Agrandao,” which describes connecting with his ancestors.
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Mon, Sep 17 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Sep 18 - 8pm - $15
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Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song is a real story about a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that left him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled.After a long break from music, Fantastic Negrito won NPR's inaugural Tiny Desk Contest in 2015. Since then he's performed with artists including Sturgill Simpson, Solange, Chris Cornell and Temple of the Dog. His next album - the follow up to his 2017 Grammy-winning debut album The Last Days of Oakland - will be released in June 2018.
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Wed, Sep 19 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Thu, Sep 20 - 8pm - No Cover
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Parisienne singer/flautist/percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez—a.k.a. La Dame Blanche—creates her own compelling electronic fusion of hip hop, Colombian cumbia, Jamaican dancehall dance rhythms. Born to a musical family in Cuba, her trombonist father Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos served as artistic director of the famed Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. She also received extensive musical training, studying classical flute at Havana’s prestigious Escuela Nacional De Arte De Cuba. After moving to Paris, she performed hip-hop vocals on the city streets and took her ironic name from the ghost in Francois-Adrien Boieldieu’s opera of the same name. But Afro-Cuban culture remains pronounced in La Dame Blanche’s work, especially in her 2018 disc Bajo El Mismo Cielo (Under The Same Sky). Along with French producer and engineer Marc “Babylotion” Damblé, her songs describe lives of people in Cuban neighborhoods and her lyrics also draw on the spirituality of the Santeria faith.
When Malian master musician Cheick Hamala Diabate toured the United States for the first time in 1995, he brought 800 years of musical heritage with him. Coming from a long line of musical griots, he proved his expertise on the n’goni (West African stringed lute) as a child and studied the guitar with his famous uncle, Djelimady Tounkara. After attending the prestigious National Institute of Arts in Bamako and working with a legion of his country’s stars, he began investigating American traditions. Now living in Washington, D.C., he demonstrates how much the n’goni resembled the American banjo and may have been its ancestor. This deep interest led to collaborations with bluegrass/jazz banjo player Bela Fleck and blues guitarist Corey Hart. His 2009 album Ake Doni Doni (Take It Slow) is an invigorating combination of all of these idioms from both sides of the Atlantic. Along with working in a host of different ensembles, Diabate also choreographs U.S.-based African dance companies.
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Sat, Sep 22 - 7pm - $20
Join us for a night in the fight against cancer at one of the best live venues in the city, Martyrs'. ROCK OUT CANCER is an evening of rock to remember those we have loved and lost. Opening set by Stand up comedian Joe McMahon starts at 7pm, Icebox at 8:15pm, followed by Mellow Jelly @ 9:30pm. Tickets available in advance or at door.Mellow Jelly features Mike McGovern on Lead Vocals and Harmonica; Matt McGlynn - Drums; Brian Hurley - Guitar; Bill Larkin - Bass; Jon Mateer - Lead Guitar
Icebox are a groove, soul and rock & roll band from Chicago
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Mon, Sep 24 - 8pm - $7
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
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Tue, Sep 25 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Wed, Sep 26 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Dos Santos is a quintet based in Chicago. Their elasticity & consistency in live performance and their recorded output have garnered them wide attention as one of the city’s most potent, impactful performers. Collectively raised through the pedagogy of American popular and traditional Latin music, their future-minded sound gestures forward into an idealized new progressive American music, as rooted in Chicago as it is communicable with the world.After making their debut in May of 2013, Dos Santos has been steadily making the rounds at Chicago’s premiere live music venues and festivals—from the prestigious Millennium Park Summer Music Series to the exclusive Chicago World Music Festival. In March of 2015, they released their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut cd Dos Santos and subsequently toured the United States, making appearances at SXSW, the Pachanga Latino Music Festival, and the Ruido Fest Latin Alternative Music Festival along the way. In 2016, the band released their follow-up EP entitled “Fonografic” on Electric Cowbell Records produced by Beto Martínez of Grammy Award-winning Grupo Fantasma. Recently, they teamed up with Money Chicha to release a 7" vinyl split entitled "Summit Sessions" on Sonorama Discos. Their highly-anticipated debut LP on International Anthem is now available worldwide. Read more about it here.The group’s five members (Peter Vale, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Nathan Karagianis) have their own storied careers in a range of styles—including jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa, and electronica—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing.
The Eternals are ready for any sound clash that may come. They can be raucous at their most spare and melodic at their most cluttered. Reggae, Jazz and Soul still reign supreme in the world of The Eternals, but it is the spaces between the genres that most intrigue the band. Rhythms (care of percussion, bass and drums) are used to explore melody, tension and texture. Organ, synthesizer and vocals swirl around and stab at the songs that travel from here to other worlds. The Eternals find intensity in the most unlikely places with the most unlikely methods. The trio deftly modulates and changes as the listener holds on for the ride. From the plaintiff melodic stroll of Augustus Pablo to the aggressive rhythmic stride of The Headhunters, The Eternals travel the globe but reside in the unknown.
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Thu, Sep 27 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a guerilla-punk-balkan-folk-brass band massive like no other. Tracing their genesis back to the streets of Toronto, the original quartet of busking troubadours quickly amassed a battalion of like-minded musical souls and the full-blown, dozen plus strong Orkestra was born. The multi award winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by the Canadian and international media alike and over the past 8 years they have performed on streets and stages around the world, leaving a trail of new friends and dedicated fans in their wake. Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a truly immersive experience - ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic, and they have exquisitely captured that energy on their new album If I Had The Strength. Released in November 2018, it includes guest appearances from famed soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Latino rapper Boogat, Choir! Choir! Choir! and more. Their new video for the song Freedom has also just been released. Directed by the band's own Michael Louis Johnson, it was shot following an all-night drive home from a gig. Without any sleep, the members donned their best suits and gowns, cracked open a bottle of tequila, and let the cameras roll. “We wanted to create something that presents more questions than it answers,” Johnson says. “A piece wherein the stakes are very high, but we don't know what's at stake." The band is currently supporting their new releases with a 9 date Canadian tour, before heading south to New York City to premiere their two-time Dora award winning folk opera Counting Sheep in December. They will also be featured artists in the made for CBC TV movie Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas – a celebration of the most beloved Christmas songs set to air nationally on December 3rd. With a recent appearance on CBC Q, up coming tapings for The Strombo Show, and a March 2018 tour of New Zealand that includes performing at the WOMAD Festival there, it’s clear that LBO have no plans of slowing down. Expect to hear a lot more about them in the coming year, as the take their unique brand of music mayhem to audiences around the world.
Firebreathing horns, thunderous drums, serpentine melodies, and crooked rhythms issue forth from this skeleton crew of a brass band. Black Bear Combo channels the common energy between street music of the Balkans and near east with various strains of rock and jazz. Since 2002 we've brought our sound to clubs, basements, festivals, weddings, funerals, parties and streetcorners across the country.
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Fri, Sep 28 - 9pm - $17.50adv/$20door
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FruitionJay Cobb Anderson (vocals, lead guitar, harmonica) / Kellen Asebroek (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano) / Mimi Naja (vocals, mandolin, electric & acoustic guitar) / Jeff Leonard (bass) / Tyler Thompson (drums, banjo)On their fifth full-length, Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition transform pain and heartache into something truly glorious. With their songwriting sharper and more nuanced than ever before—and their sonic palette more daringly expansive—the Portland, Oregon-based band’s full-hearted intensity ultimately gives the album a transcendent power.“The songs are mostly breakup songs,” says Asebroek. “There was love and now it’s gone—we fucked it up, or some outside circumstance brought it to an end. It’s about dealing with all that but still having hope in your heart, even if you’re feeling a little lost and jaded.”In a departure from their usual DIY approach, Fruition teamed up with producer/mixer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, First Aid Kit, case/lang/veirs) to adorn their folk-rooted sound with delicately crafted elements of psychedelia and soul. Showcasing the sublime harmonies the band first discovered during an impromptu busking session in 2008, Watching It All Fall Apart also finds Fruition more fully embracing their rock-and-roll sensibilities and bringing a gritty vitality to each track. “We’ve been a band almost ten years now, and we’re at the point of being comfortable in our skin and unafraid to be whatever we want as time goes on,” Anderson notes.Recorded in ten days at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, Watching It All Fall Apart came to life with the same kinetic urgency found in Fruition’s live sound. “It’s kind of an impossible task, this idea of transmuting the live energy into something you can play on your stereo, but I feel like this record comes close to that,” says Asebroek. At the same time, the band pursued a purposeful inventiveness that resulted in their most intricately textured work to date. “Tucker helped us push ourselves to create something that glistens in subtle little ways that you might not even pick up on at first,” says Asebroek. “We got to play around with all this analog gear and these weird old keyboards we wouldn’t ordinarily use, like a bunch of kids in a toy store where everything is free.”On lead single “I’ll Never Sing Your Name,” that unrestrained creativity manifests in a fuzzed-out, gracefully chaotic track complete with sing-along-ready chorus. Built on brilliantly piercing lyrics (“And all those kisses that you were blowing/Somehow they all got blown right out”), the song echoes the album’s emotional arc by painfully charting the journey from heartache to acceptance. “It’s about going through a breakup, moping around, and then finally getting to the point where it’s like, ‘Okay—I’m done with feeling this way now,’” says Anderson.Throughout Watching It All Fall Apart, the band’s let-the-bad-times-roll mentality reveals itself in ever-shifting tones and moods. On the stark and sleepy “Northern Town,” Naja’s smoldering vocals channel the ache of longing, the track’s twangy guitar lines blending beautifully with its swirling string arrangement. One of the few album cuts to have already appeared in Fruition’s setlist, “There She Was” sheds the heavy funk influence of its live version and gets reimagined as a shimmering, soulful number documenting Asebroek’s real-life run-in with an ex at a local bar. Meanwhile, “Turn to Dust” emerges as a weary but giddy piece of psych-pop chronicling the end of a failed romance. The song’s opening lyric also lends the album its title, which partly serves as “a commentary on the general state of the world today,” according to Asebroek. “Even if you’re mostly an optimistic person, it’s hard not to feel down when you look at all the insanity happening right now,” he says.While those unflinchingly intimate breakup songs form the core of Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition infuse an element of social commentary into songs like “FOMO” as well. Written on the Fourth of July, with its references to wasted white girls and cocaine cowboys, the mournful yet strangely reassuring track unfolds as what Anderson calls “an anti-party party song.” “It’s about one of those situations where you said you’d go to party but you really don’t want to go, because you know it’s going to be the same old bullshit,” he says. “The song is a call to defuse that guilt in your brain.” And on the sweetly uplifting “Let’s Take It Too Far,” the band offers one of the album’s most purely romantic moments by paying loving tribute to music as solace and salvation (“But don’t you worry ’bout dyin’/’Cause there’s no better way to go/We’ll sing until we’re out of honey/Then pour the gravel down our throats”).From song to song, Fruition display the dynamic musicality they’ve shown since making their debut with 2008’s Hawthorne Hoedown LP. Through the years, the band has evolved from a rootsy, string-centric outfit to a full-fledged rock act, eventually taking the stage at such major festivals as Bonnaroo and Telluride Bluegrass (a set that inspired Rolling Stone to praise their “raucous originals filled with heartfelt lyrics and stadium-worthy energy”). Following the release of 2016’s Labor of Love, Fruition again made the rounds at festivals across the U.S., prompting Rolling Stone to feature the band on its “8 Best Things We Saw” at DelFest 2016.In choosing a closing track for Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition landed on “Eraser”—a slow-building, gently determined epic delivering a quiet message of hope in its final line: “Let it help you heal.” “Because there’s so much heartbreak on this album, we wanted to end on Kellen singing that last line very sweetly,” explains Anderson. “The whole point of having all these sad songs is helping people to let those emotions out—and then hopefully when they get to the end, they feel a little better about everything they’ve gone through along the way.”
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Sat, Sep 29 - 9:30pm - $17adv/$20door
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. In 2013 the band also won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil’ Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor. The Lil’ Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. Sharing the stage with heavyweights like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmit-Nershi Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Travellin’ McCourys, Sam Bush Band, Fruition, Infamous Stringdusters, Bradford Lee Folk and The Bluegrass Playboys, and dozens of others. The Lil’ Smokies have become festival favorites coast to coast with highlights including Delfest (MD), Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass (CO), ROMP Fest (KY), Hangtown Halloween (CA), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Roseberry Music Festival (ID), Northwest String Summit (OR), Targhee Bluegrass Festival (WY), River City Roots (MT) and more! This five-piece bluegrass ensemble features Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Jake Simpson (fiddle) and Matt Rieger (guitar).
Upstate Rubdown is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America's musical heritage. Based in New York's Hudson Valley region, the band has spent years cultivating its sound, and continues to grow by the tune. The instrumentation includes Harry D'Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón, and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. The dynamic rhythm section supports a three part vocal harmony powerhouse of founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville-transplant Allison Olender. Over its six year history, the band has played in more than thirty states, from intimate house concerts to prominent festival stages, including Mountain Jam, Frendly Gathering, Green River Festival, and Otis Mountain Get Down. The band has shared the stage with Cory Henry, Phox, Marco Benevento, The Felice Brothers, Commander Cody, Marcus King Band, and many others. Otis Mountain Get Down captures the heart of the matter: "Pulling from the greatest corners of American music, this group has the power to get feet moving with or without amplification. Like fresh-farmed vegetables, their music is as organic as it is good for you. From foot-stomping bass, highlighted by the slap of a cajon, to the familiar strums of the mandolin over a wailing saxophone – there’s so much going on instrumentally that when the harmonious lead vocalists chime in, the result is nothing short of a homegrown hurricane of sound."
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Thu, Oct 11 - 8pm - $12
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͞We met in guitar class͟ is not a thing many people can say... but Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis performed together for the first time on the very same day they met...in guitar class. Fast forward, following the international success of Striking Matches’ 2015 album ͞Nothing But The Silence͟, produced by T-Bone Burnett, and 9 songs on TV’s ͞Nashville͟, Davis and Zimmermann have teamed up with Kennedy Karate (BØRNS, Silver Sun Pickups) for their second LP, an album in a style they call ͞blues-pop͟ - an amalgamation of their blues and roots based guitar riffs, combined with pop melodies - due out this summer. Striking Matches are gearing up for an international tour with dates in the US, UK, and Europe all throughout the summer and fall, along with the release of the new record.
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Fri, Oct 12 - 7pm - $15
SHOW CANCELLED. REFUNDS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ISSUED.Wild Rivers immerse their folk-pop originals into the warm musical styles of the artists that influenced them. With over 16 million streams on Spotify, the four-piece band effortlessly blends exquisite harmonies, beautiful songwriting, and a captivating stage presence, while their vibe fits equally well in listening rooms and symphony halls.
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Fri, Oct 12 - 10:30pm - $15adv/$18door
Hailing originally from Ann Arbor Michigan, the band Ghettobillies have seen and done it all. Reverend C. Cobb (AKA: Robbie Conaway) and Pope D' Licious (AKA: Derek Kramer) along with Tasty Pastor J (AKA: Jason Church) moved to Chicago to seek out better opportunities for their band. From working the mean streets of Chicago as bike messengers to working the old, bitchy women of advertising on Lasalle street with massage oil, the GB's have earned their rightful place as a band that has stood the test of time. Except perhaps for a brief stint in Bogota Columbia where one of them worked as a gun runner for Juan Garcia Abrego (an infamous South American drug cartel who smuggled some of the largest shipments of pure Columbian snow into North America), touring nonstop for 12 years brought this band to a skill level and maturity rarely seen on the local level anymore. Once the 5th and final drummer, Holy Maloney (AKA: John Maloney), joined the not so well known supergroup back in 2002 and rythm section "life partner" and child prodigy bassist Bong (AKA: Matthew Longbons) jumped on the preverbial bandwagon, the circle of ridiculousness was complete. Masters in each of their chosen fields, the band Ghettobillies knew no musical boundaries and in the words of one famous writer from Rolling Stone magazine, "...Those guys play whatever the hell they want!...It's ridiculous."And so it is.Ridiculous that a band might play 2 songs that don't sound exactly the same. And ridiculous that they make a conscious effort not to gear their entire image, lyrics and sound towards 1 specific microcosm of teenage subculture. Ridiculous that they refuse to bow to the obvious might and glory that is the magnificent recording industry. Utterly ridiculous that they continue on their hopeless quest of recognition, quality, and artistic integrity.Since that time, the band Ghettobillies have tirelessly toured all over the midwest, east coast and United Kingdom and succeeded in creating their own enormous underground cult following without the help of any record labels, supergroup managers, well known promoters, or really anyone actually legitimately involved in the music industry at all. Though they have always sought out the help of said agencies and companies, they have mostly been ignored by every major and independent record label that exists from time immortal and most likely will continue to be. But "why?" you might ask-Why do these men of genius not receive what seems to be so rightfully theirs? Why is the world so unfair to men who work so hard and deliver so much to so many?Why?Because "@!%&*$ 'em", that's why.
The Fingerbangles are what happens when you form a cover band by putting musicians from rock/folk/funk backgrounds into a car blasting Zeppelin while the driver listens toThe Easy Beats on their headphones, heading to a Jeff Beck Group concert wearing Blondieshirts with Pretenders haircuts. With a Monkees lunchbox. Factory Theater's Corrbette Pasko and Factory's Blake Dalzin are on vocals, with Factory's Scott OKen and Jason Moody on guitars, Four Lost Souls/Claire and the Bears' John Szymanski takes drums, while Kong Fuzi's Andy Peplinski's bass says "hey" to Barrel O Monkeys' Laura McKenzie's sweet keys and keytar.
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Sat, Oct 13 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$18door
SOLD OUT
Hailing originally from Ann Arbor Michigan, the band Ghettobillies have seen and done it all. Reverend C. Cobb (AKA: Robbie Conaway) and Pope D' Licious (AKA: Derek Kramer) along with Tasty Pastor J (AKA: Jason Church) moved to Chicago to seek out better opportunities for their band. From working the mean streets of Chicago as bike messengers to working the old, bitchy women of advertising on Lasalle street with massage oil, the GB's have earned their rightful place as a band that has stood the test of time. Except perhaps for a brief stint in Bogota Columbia where one of them worked as a gun runner for Juan Garcia Abrego (an infamous South American drug cartel who smuggled some of the largest shipments of pure Columbian snow into North America), touring nonstop for 12 years brought this band to a skill level and maturity rarely seen on the local level anymore. Once the 5th and final drummer, Holy Maloney (AKA: John Maloney), joined the not so well known supergroup back in 2002 and rythm section "life partner" and child prodigy bassist Bong (AKA: Matthew Longbons) jumped on the preverbial bandwagon, the circle of ridiculousness was complete. Masters in each of their chosen fields, the band Ghettobillies knew no musical boundaries and in the words of one famous writer from Rolling Stone magazine, "...Those guys play whatever the hell they want!...It's ridiculous."And so it is.Ridiculous that a band might play 2 songs that don't sound exactly the same. And ridiculous that they make a conscious effort not to gear their entire image, lyrics and sound towards 1 specific microcosm of teenage subculture. Ridiculous that they refuse to bow to the obvious might and glory that is the magnificent recording industry. Utterly ridiculous that they continue on their hopeless quest of recognition, quality, and artistic integrity.Since that time, the band Ghettobillies have tirelessly toured all over the midwest, east coast and United Kingdom and succeeded in creating their own enormous underground cult following without the help of any record labels, supergroup managers, well known promoters, or really anyone actually legitimately involved in the music industry at all. Though they have always sought out the help of said agencies and companies, they have mostly been ignored by every major and independent record label that exists from time immortal and most likely will continue to be. But "why?" you might ask-Why do these men of genius not receive what seems to be so rightfully theirs? Why is the world so unfair to men who work so hard and deliver so much to so many?Why?Because "@!%&*$ 'em", that's why.
Ricky the Fourth, a performer from a family of performers, is a direct descendant of the circus. Drawing on family tradition to entertain the masses, Ricky regales crowds with his songs' heart-of-the-matter storytelling and coarse, dry humor. Using his natural born ease and charisma, Ricky has captured the attention of fans from the palm lined beaches of California to the salt licked air of Maine, across the Great Lakes of the Northern Plains, down through the Lower Mid-West and all along the diverse coast of the historic Atlantic Seaboard.Starting out as a classically trained cellist and young jazz bassist Ricky uses his heterogeneous musical background and long ranging travels to meld a variety of rock that at times appears to be refined on the surface, only to give way to a gritty americana underlay that draws you in to a heavily woven tapestry of the rawest of human emotion.Drawing from the talents of Infamous Greats such as; Lightning Hopkins, Dr. John, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bill Withers, James Taylor and Tom Waits to the In-Famous Greats such as; Andre Williams, Robbie Fulks, Brazzaville and Bob Log III, Ricky builds his own brand of Blues and Folk influenced Rock that reaches out well beyond the genres.His singable melodies with distinct grey matter sticking hooks and crowd engaging showmanship are proof positive that Ricky the Fourth is a true professional artist well worth his weight.
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Wed, Oct 17 - 8pm - $10
Just named "Best Literary Event" in Chicago - CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.organd is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini. Past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Dan Ponce, Len Kasper, Tony Fitzpatrick, JC Brooks and Ji Suk Yi.Join us as readers interpret the theme First Game.
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Thu, Oct 18 - 9:30pm - $18adv/$20door
STEVE MOLITZKEYBOARDS/VOCALSCLAY PARNELLBASS/VOCALSKITO BOVENSCHULTEDRUMSMICHAEL DAUMGUITAR/KEYBOARDS/VOCALS
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Fri, Oct 19 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
Dead Rider Trio Featuring Mr. Paul Williams features Mr. Paul Williams on words and performance on top of Dead Rider playing their wicked, rumbling inspirations. Let's assume that if you're reading this, you got the Dead Rider part covered: three guys making a THICK-ASS sound, dipped in corrosive and absinthe and still steaming from the bath; pulsing funkily, flashing blue desperate images! Whipped up by the tour dates and promo cycle of Crew Licks, Dead Rider were feeling hot enough to jam, and just let the tape roll! This is where the intrepid Mr. Paul Williams came in. An occasional character in Todd Rittmann's life over the years, a ghostly presence since they first met back in Hamburg in the late 90A mad man bound to convince the people around him of something beautiful that exists only in his mind. Mr. Paul Williams thinks big, with no concern for the details, a living testament to the supernatural, transformational power of belief. This is his art. Dead Rider Trio Featuring Mr. Paul Williams, while rife with intention, is an automatic/exquisite corpse four-car pile-up, improvised in three different spaces at three different times. Basically, everybody involved was hearing it for the first time when they did it. Put it this way, you'll only have ONE chance in your life to hear this for the first time - and chances are, you won't be playing an instrument when you do! Matt, Todd and White Christmas - walking the crooked path of rock with a mutant gusto belonging to no one but Dead Rider (well, probably to the people listening to Dead Rider, also!). Williams' words that you think might be the point are probably not - Paul's as much a fan of misdirection and displaced accent as the Dead Rider Trio, and their meeting is therefore one of shared causation and correlation! It's a jammer, a butt-bouncer, a tad oblique and a little hallucinatory - but it's definitely all about things. And it'll rock ya.
The broad outlines of the story are by now familiar. How a certain young man from Clarksboro, NJ, one Daniel Smith, having for a time turned his back on the culture and musical milieu in which he was raised up, which is to say having (temporarily, to go off to school) turned his back on impeccable folk and gospel bona fides in the person of his father, and having left behind the aggregation of his family, a large, singing musical brood, headed out into the world to see a few things. And yet in the course of doing so this Daniel Smith realized, with the kind of suddenness that we might associate with insight or revelation, that his family was a blessing, and that he needed to sing about this family. And not only did he need to sing about his family and the faith that sustained it, he needed, again, to sing and play with his family. The year of this revelation was 1994.Daniel Smith, had drunk deep of the dark fringes of indie rock and outsider art, including and not limited to the likes of Sonic Youth, Captain Beefheart, Yoko Ono, Pere Ubu, Andy Warhol, Howard Finster, et al. And on the other hand he was not kidding about the purity and complexity and seriousness of his faith. He wrote (and writes) fearlessly about spiritual experience, in a way that ought to be the envy of all these gauzy and simulated gospel artists you hear out there. This Smith was loaded down with paradoxes. He was alpha and omega, he was light and dark, he was sacred and entertaining, he was folk/gospel and he was indie/prog/punk.
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Tue, Oct 23 - 8pm - $10
Zeta June is a Psychedelic Dance-Rock band formed in 2011 by Ian Crawford (Guitar, Vocals) Porter Hand (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys), Mitch Hruby (Bass, Synthesizer), and Cody Kuhens (Percussion, Vocals). The transcendent group seamlessly brings together genres as diverse as melodic rock, fusion, funk, progressive rock, classic rock, hip hop and jazz. The Colorado-based quartet has shared the stage with some incredible acts such as The Floozies, Dopapod, Future Rock, Euforquestra, John Wayne & The Pain, Yak Attack and The Jauntee to name a few. Having received bids to music festivals such as Camp Euforia, 515 Alive, Jammin’ On The Wolf, 80/35 Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival three consecutive years, and they show no signs of slowing down.
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Fri, Oct 26 - 8pm - $60-$70
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The sunniest and heartfelt St. Petersburg band SURGANOVA AND THE ORCHESTRA is coming to the US for the first time! Their Chicago performance is a part of the world tour. The lead singer - Svetlana Surganova is charismatic, sincere and lyrical. She is, perhaps, the only Russian artist who, in addition to her own works, composes songs on lyrics of the greatest poets - Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova, Brodsky, Lorca and others. A rare alliance of fatal sound, deep words and optimistic sound, wisdom and light, which makes the band so very special. Do not miss out!
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Sat, Oct 27 - 9pm - $15
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Melodime is a Virginia-based band with influences in both country and rock that features emotionally charged anthems, piano driven hooks, and energetic guitar solos for a dynamic, organic sound.Melodime, featuring Brad Rhodes (lead vocals, guitar), Sammy Duis (piano, organ, bass), Tyler Duis (drums), and Jon Wiley (guitar, mandolin, dobro), has performed over 100+ shows annually throughout the continental United States, sharing the stage with such well-known acts asSam Hunt, Eli Young Band, A Thousand Horses, and Sister Hazel.The band has also left its mark internationally with performances in Mexico, Canada, and Europe, all while founding and running a charity, ‘Now I Play Along Too,’ which provides musical instruments and lessons to underprivileged children in the DC area, Florida,Nepal, Kenya, and Haiti.The band is quickly becoming a fan-favorite in the festival scene, playing five consecutive Rock Boatcruises, as well as Musikfest, Herndon Festival, Mile of Music, and other events. In their hometown of Northern Virginia, the group has performed at popular venues such asThe State Theatre,9:30Club,The Hamilton,andBaltimore Soundstage.Melodime will be rolling out their new album in 3 EP installments starting with the first single "Song of the Summer" on June 29th.
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Sat, Nov 3 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Orgone (Orgōne). Noun. 1. A universal life force. 2. A cosmic unit of energy. 3. The creative force in nature. Now and always, Orgone delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feel and shoves you wantingly onto the dance floor. It all started with two kids from the San Fernando Valley, whose shared affinity for gritty soul records of the 60s and 70s collided with the colorful music cultures brewing in Los Angeles during the late 90s. That friendship sparked a movement, and Orgone has been delivering nothing but gold to the funk faithful ever since. “We intend our music to have an inhibitioncanceling effect,” founding guitarist Sergio Rios explains. “It speaks to those who may have wallflower tendencies encouraging everyone to own the freakiness that lives inside them, and enjoy the spotlight for a little while. Sometimes it takes a nudge to let go and get on the dance floor. And sometimes it takes a big 'ol push... a love shove, if you will. And we're well versed in those." Fearless vocalist Adryon de León elevates the octet’s soulfulness to intoxicating new levels on Orgone's latest studio album, Beyond The Sun . Dubbed "stank face inducing glory" by Okayplayer , the record is a lightning rod of inspiration for a new generation of funk music lovers.
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Fri, Nov 9 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Bozeman, MT-based bluegrass quartet Kitchen Dwellers are riding the wave of their sophomore release, Ghost in the Bottle, an album produced by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn. The album also features Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis​, who joined the band in the studio to record the album’s first single “Vision of More.” The band continues to relentlessly tour the country, captivating audiences with their own unique style, dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. In recent years the band has begun to tour nationally, hitting notable venues and festivals around the country including The Brooklyn Bowl, The Fox Theatre, Delfest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, and The Frendly Gathering
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Sun, Nov 18 - 7:30pm - $15adv/$20door
David Sancious (Peter Gabriel, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck etc) and Will Calhoun (Living Colour, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Jack Dejohnette, Herb Alpert etc…) come together for an evening of pure, spontaneous music.............. David Sancious was born in Long Branch, New Jersey on November 30th 1953 to Jimmie and Stelma Sancious. David’s father was an electronics engineer and his mother a school teacher. An early interest in music was shown when at 4 years old David was able to pick out a few notes on a small plastic guitar his parents had given him, and play along to a Calypso record his father used to play frequently. Two years later when the family relocated from Asbury Park to Belmar ,N.J. , a piano was included along with the purchase of the new house. After the boxes and furniture were brought in , his mother sat at the piano and began to play beautiful classical piano selections, much to his amazement. The effect was instantaneous . “Music became the most interesting and beautiful thing in the world to me, and being able to express all that beauty and magic was all I wanted.” After teaching David herself for the first year, his mother made arrangement for piano lessons with a focus on classical piano repetoire. Being the youngest of three boys and having a father and mother with very different musical tastes, the house was filled with music of all genres. Everything from Mozart to James Brown on a daily basis. Early musical influences ranged from the piano preludes of Chopin and Beethoven to the music of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Folk music , R&B , and Rock were equally influential . The folk music of Odetta and the blues stylings of B.B. King inspired him to take up the guitar at 9 years old. “I played acoustic guitar for a few years and made some progress. Then one day my brother came home with the first Jimi Hendrix album ( “Are You Experienced” ) and instantly I became very serious about the guitar “. After several years of playing keyboards and guitar in Jazz , R&B , and Rock Bands on the Jersey shore area, David met Bruce Springsteen at the entrance to a club where Bruce was organizing a jam session. The result was an invitation to join a new band that Bruce was putting together. This eventually became “Bruce Springtsteen & the E Street Band”, and after recording three albums and touring the country, with Bruce, he left to form the group "Tone" and recorded several albums. The first recordings ( “Forest of Feelings” ) in 1975, followed by (“Transformation: the Speed of Love”), ( “True Stories “ ), ( “ Just as I Thought “ ), and ( “ The Bridge “ ) showed David’s skills as a composer for the first time, and led to his being considered one of the most talented and sought after keyboard players in the music industry.” I’ve always been inspired and motivated by the composing aspect of music, and I’ve always thought of myself as a composer who plays well , rather than a person who is just proficient on a given instrument. The recordings attracted the attention of artist the world over. Recent recordings include (" 9 Piano Improvisations "), ( " Cinema " ), and (" Live in The Now "). Peter Gabriel , Sting , Bruce Springsteen, , Eric Clapton , Jeff Beck, Seal and others, have used his talents as pianist, synthesist, guitarist, arranger, and producer on recording sessions and concert tours, playing an eclectic and diverse range of music..................Will Calhoun, the widely acclaimed drummer from the Bronx, New York, graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Production and engineering. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Buddy Rich Jazz Masters Award for outstanding performance by a drummer. Special Kudos for Will's drumming virtuosity include: • Best New Drummer by Modern Drummer Magazine's Readers Poll. • Number One Progressive Drummer by Modern Drummer Magazine's Readers Poll three times. • Best Drummer by Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics Poll. Will Calhoun's unique blend of improvisational and hard rock drumming can be found on each of Living Colour's four Epic releases: the ground breaking multi-platinum debut, Vivid, the critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Time's Up, the Biscuits EP, and Stain, as well as their latest release on Sanctuary Records, CollideØscope. A prolific song writer, Will has co-written many Living Colour compositions and wrote the critically acclaimed song, Pride, on the Time's Up album and Nothingness on the Stain album. As a member of Living Colour, Will received a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance by a group and another Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. Living Colour also won an International Rock Award for Best Rock Band.. In addition to his work with Living Colour, Will has recorded and/or toured with diverse artists including B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, The Allman Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Marcus Miller, Dr.John, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD "High Life"), and recorded with rappers Run-DMC and Public Enemy. As a producer, player, and songwriter, Will has worked on Herb Alpert's Grammy-nominated CD, Colors. During Will's down time he has managed to record two solo projects Housework and Drum Wave. These discs provide an alternate canvas for his acoustic drumset artistry as well as his push for electronic tonal expressions. Will, Doug Wimbish, and Vinx joined forces to form the groundbreaking Ambient World Music band JUNGLE FUNK. Their live CD Jungle Funk is available on Zebra Records in the States. The group combines mastery of technology with musicianship. This rare and cutting edge disc was given the Album of the Year mention in Australia. Will's first jazz CD as a bandleader is entitled The Will Calhoun Quintet: Live at the Blue Note. The disc is an adventurous journey through Will's approach to acoustic Jazz, World and Ambient music. The line-up features Bobby Watson-sax, Terrell Stafford-trumpet, John Benitez-bass and Orrin Evans-piano. Will's song writing, arrangements and drumming on this CD are ground breaking. Although this was Will's first attempt at fronting a jazz group, Down Beat Magazine, Jazz Times, and BillBoard Magazine have given the CD top ratings. Drum Magazine's readers poll voted Will's CD 1st runner up for Drummer/Band leader. Will has worked with rapper Mos Def, both as a producer and performer. Will brought together an all-star lineup for this project, featuring artists like: Bernie Worrell on keys, Doug Wimbish on bass, Doc Know, the guitarist from Bad Brains, and other special guests. The Band is titled Black Jack Johnson, and several tracks from this band were featured on Mos Def's CD The New Danger. Keep your eyes and ears open for a full length Black Jack Johnson CD. It will be in the usual cutting-edge Calhoun fashion. For all you Living Colour fans, the band is touring again and working on new material. They have performed regional U.S. tour, as well as tours in South America, Australia and Europe over the past several years. Check the Tour Schedule page often for updates. One of Will's latest creations is his follow-up release on the Halfnote label: Native Lands. Native Lands can be described as Jazz meets World, meets trance-inducing Urban music. This is a double package - CD/DVD in which Calhoun marries his far reaching interests in a genre-bending collection that taps key expressionists from various backgrounds. Among those contributing are Pharoah Sanders, Mos Def, Buster Williams, Stanley Jordan, Kevin Eubanks, Marcus Miller and Wallace Roney, as well as Nana Vasconcelos from Brazil and Cheick Tidiane Seck from Mali. The album includes a DVD with over ninety minutes of music videos and documentary materials that chronicle the last ten years of Will's life and travels. Will is presently touring in support of this project with his group, variously called "AZA" or "Native Lands", which features various artists from the album and other outstanding musicians. Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy winners and contribute to so many genres: jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, et al, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continually pushing the envelope. Will Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life.
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Tue, Nov 20 - 8pm - $10
The Trouble Notes are a Berlin based trio, composed of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Describing themselves as ‘Indie-Gypsy fusion’, their music is characterised by emotionally driven, instrumental ballads reflecting pan-cultural influences and blending an eclectic fusion of traditions, to create a truly unique sound; representative of their extensive travels and consequent musical development. Their music is defined as ‘music from everywhere for everyone“. The group have achieved success and wide acclaim for past releases, with their previous EP Soundtracks from the Street reaching the Top 5 in USA iTunes charts for Latin & World Music, as well as garnering 60 million+ video views on publications including Grand Masquerade, Gypsy Train and Christoph. Their new single, Lose Your Ties, is an immersive, emotionally charged and thrilling piece of music, encapsulating a melting pot of influences. This track, as with their other releases, deliberately lacks lyrics to allow the listener to create their own vision of what transpires during each song, to allow people from any corner of the world to embark on a cultural and geographical expedition. The Trouble Notes tell us more about the single…“Lose Your Ties is our story. The song is about that little voice that pops into your head while you’re sitting in front of your computer at your desk job. The one that says ‘What are you doing with your life?’ We chose to follow that voice and it took us on this wild journey. Lose Your Ties is the first of many stories we are ready to tell.” Their new album Lose Your Ties, released in February 2018, showcases a development of their expressive, incredibly diverse sound, representing the start of a new, and exciting, musical journey.
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Fri, Dec 28 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers) out October 5th, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty. With all the power of a freight train, the Big Damn Band is known for its live shows. Rev. Peyton delivers guitar pyrotechnics the old fashioned way — ten fingers, a 6 string and an amp cranked at full tilt. In the country blues style, he plays the bass with his thumb, while picking the lead with his fingers at the same time. When he lifts the guitar behind his head to play there’s nothing but skill and 16 gauge nickel strings to make the sounds coming out of the speakers. Beside him on stage are just two other people. His wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton playing with all the nuance and percussive power of a New Orleans drum line, and keeping the train moving is Max Senteney on a lean drum kit including a 5 gallon maple syrup bucket. Together they play Peyton’s wildman country blues that’s as much ZZ Top as it is Bukka White. This is real, from the heart, handmade music made by people, for people who don’t have time for BS.
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