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Wed, May 23 - 8pm - $10
Elk Walking is an acoustic and electric guitar driven indie-rock band of a rare breed. Fronted by singer-songwriter duo Savanna Dickhut and Julian Daniell, their music is energetic, electric and groovy yet still captures the folky acoustic flavors and lyrical focus of a singer-songwriter duo. The band is accented by fiery electric guitar and carried by powerful harmonies and meaningful songwriting. The filled out demanding sound of two lead singers is reminiscent of the sounds of Jefferson Airplane, or Fleetwood Mac and the songs are individually unique yet remain set in the bands signature sound; a mix of gritty and pretty, lonesome ballads, energetic love songs, and social commentary. The band frequently references and finds inspiration in the mysteries of nature and the living natural world.
Nicole Amine is a bluesy singer-songwriter​ backed by high-energy instrumentals and driven by soulful melodies and lyrics. Nicole was raised in the Detroit area and draws influence from her Motown roots combined with the beloved blues of mainstay, Chicago. She is joined by the talents of guitarist Vic Kuligoski, bassist Zachary Goforth, and drummer Dan Knighten; the four are excited to be in the studio this Spring to record debut EP "Old Habits."
Dr. Unk has the cure for what ails you. Based out of Chicago, the recipe calls for elements of funk, blues and rock mixed together to create melodically tasteful psychedelic music. Coat that with massive improvisational movements, and the Doctor's work is complete!
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Thu, May 24 - 8pm - $8
Sexual Thunder! is an American funk music act, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. This eight (nine?ten?) piece funktastrophy brings together elements of deep funk and contemporary dance music to create grooves to keep your body moving. Spreading a message of peace, love and understanding, Sexual Thunder! expresses a fresh and unique voice to the musical world.
Comfort in Chaos. Bonzo Squad is a collaborative ensemble that crosses the the boundaries of genre with the virtuosic abilities of its members. The music is not only meant to feel good, but allow audiences to lose themselves. In 2014, Corbin Andrick asked Andrew Lawrence to join him Andrew Vogt, and Zack Marks at Lilly's for the weekly house band set, thus the Bonzo Squad was born. With Vogt's overwhelming positivity, Marks's back pocket, Lawrence's musical honesty, and Andrick's good vibe leadership, the Squad puts the smile on the face.
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Fri, May 25 - 9pm - $15
By 1972, Pink Floyd had evolved from their psychedelic ‘60s roots to become a progressive rock band that tended to introspective lyrics and extended instrumental jams. Who would have imagined that they’d create one of the best selling albums of all time? Dark Side of the Moon was a landmark record on so many levels. Concept. Songwriting. Production. Performances. It set the bar for every rock album to follow.And that went for Pink Floyd themselves.In the wake of such massive success, what do you come back with? They looked inside themselves in the midst of the pressure to produce and the industry that was driving them to deliver and found inspiration for a stunning new collection of music, Wish You Were Here.Join Great Moments in Vinyl as we pay tribute to both of these legendary Pink Floyd albums, Friday, May 25th, at Martyrs’. Featuring Bill Grady on vocals and guitar with guitarist Richard Pettengill, pianist Jim Ryan, drummer Billy Shaffer, bassist and storyteller William Lindsey Cochran, and others.Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Sat, May 26 - 6pm - $10 - ALL AGES
Five buddy boys from chicago playing music together and disseminating a culture of corn.
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Sat, May 26 - 9pm - $10
Sneezy is a Fusion Rock band from Chicago, IL that draws its innovative sound from Rock, Hip-Hop, and Soul influences. Sneezy’s seven members have been building musical chemistry together for over a decade. Live performances are best characterized by engulfing grooves, crowd interaction, and occasional freak dancing! A loyal fan base stretches across Illinois where the band has supported national touring acts as well as headlined at major venues, colleges and universities. Find out more by searching #SneezyMusic.
Superbig is an alternative rock band based in Chicago, IL, consisting of lead singer/guitarist Jimmy Fountalas, drummer Daniel Hill, lead guitarist Rick Lyons, guitarist Patrick Senorski, violinist Heather Boehm, background vocalist Kate Catalina and internationally known bassist Chip Z’nuff. Since forming in 2007, the band has played some of Chicago’s most renowned stages, blasting out finely crafted bursts of crowd-pleasing rock n’ roll. Accompanied by the production of veteran Producer/Engineer Chris Steinmetz; Superbig meshes bright guitar riffs, soothing backing harmonies, driving drum beats, and powerful lead vocals to tell their story of “desperate living, failed relationships and obvious bad life choices”. Producer Chris Steinmetz says "Jim Fountalas has a voice that draws you in. His ability to please your ears while engaging you in the lyrics was apparent to me from the first listen. He truly brings his multi faceted background to each performance and leaves one wanting more.I am a big fan of his songwriting. He is an elusive wordsmith with the skills and ability to connect emotionally powerful Lyrics with colorful melodic phrases.”
Upbeat and infectiously catchy Punk Rock coming from Chicago's South Side, Eddy and the Arsons is a 3-piece band formed in April 2017. In July 2017, Eddy and the Arsons released their debut album "Wall of Text" on multiple digital retailers online. Currently, the band is working on getting radio exposure and playing shows wherever they can, as well as writing and recording new material for their followup album.
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Tue, May 29 - 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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Thu, May 31 - 8pm - $7
Mister E. Machine is an Indie-Glam Pop band based out of Chicago that combines acoustic rock with indie/pop elements to create a layered rock sound. Mister E. Machine’s debut album ‘Shooting Stars’ was named ‘the best acoustic album of the last few years’ by Rock in Chicago Magazine. The group achieved a successful Kickstarter campaign for their music video “Rosa Marie”, a song about lead singer Manny Capozzi’s sister Rosa who helped him survive years of childhood bullying. Comprised of singer/guitarist Manny Capozzi, drummer/producer Chuck Harling, and bassist/singer Melissa Kemper, Mister E. Machine is currently working on their sophomore album “The Stone Wall’ which will feature local crowd hits like ‘The Grindr Song’ as well as the title track ‘The Stone Wall’. The follow up will be produced by Chuck Harling and recorded and mixed in full analog format by Steve Witt with Reel Recorders Studio.
Roxy Swain returned to the Chicago music scene with their third full-length release Beneath Full Moonlight, a 9-song record released on limited edition vinyl and digital formats in early 2016. With inspiration spanning the genres of soul, classic rock, power pop, dream pop, mod, and indie rock, Roxy Swain has written a mature follow-up to their critically acclaimed sophomore record Restless Hearts. Beneath Full Moonlight offers listeners an ever-changing scope of musical ideas and melodies, while staying true to Roxy Swain’s retro rock past. Roxy Swain is: Chuck Harling (drums), Matt Walters (lead guitar, keyboards) Manny Capozzi (bass, backing vocals), and Roxy Swain (lead vocals, rhythm guitar).
LIZ AND THE LOVELIES is the band of singer/songwriter Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia. Moving to Chicago Liz released her debut record "People Pumping Pedals" in 2014 under CAU Dog Records. In 2015, she released the EP "Otter Hill", an intimate recording of 5 songs about her family and home life in Virginia. Her songs received recognition by NPR's Newsong Songwriting Competition as the 2014 Mid-west Finalist, the Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist Nominee in 2015, and a New-Song Songwriter Competition Finalist in 2016. The Lovelies include Alex Chidester (vocals, mandolin), Lewis Rawlinson (vocals, cello), Kevin Schwarzwald (violin), Zach Finch (drums), and Mike Fletcher (bass). Their EP was nominated for Best Roots EP in the 2018 Independent Music Awards in NYC, and they recently competed as one of the final four bands at the Brooklyn Bowl in the 9th Annual Silver Sound Showdown in January 2018.
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Fri, Jun 1 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 Grammy award-winning album Revelator and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Santana, Lalah Hathaway, Omar, John Legend, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, Maurice’s latest album - THE MOOD - features his live band in a studio album that showcases his soulful composition, ambitious production & adventurous improvisations in a seamless blend of jazz, hip hop, soul and sounds from around the world.A stand out single from the album features Hip-Hop master Talib Kweli. In his words, ‘STAND UP is a call for humanity to take a stand and come together to make a positive difference in the world around us. We are in a political and economic climate that has been sapping the energy and sense of hope from everyone around us. Inspired by the advice “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” that my father gave me when I was a kid, I want to call people to come together, take a stand for a better life & a better world and help one another in whatever way possible, big or small. To collectively be the change we wish to see in the world.’Brown has an ambitious touring schedule, anchored around the release with a Tuesday night residency at the Fame Jazz Standard in New York. A rotating cast of special guests include Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Drum legend Lenny White, and Saxophonist Skerik.
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Sat, Jun 2 - 6pm - $10
With her new album North, Chicago songwriter Heather Styka is headed in the right direction. Styka dances where others fear to tread, cutting to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. She combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are smart and disarming. In a matter of days, sequestered in a small log cabin on a lake in northern Wisconsin, Styka and noted Danish backing band The Sentimentals recorded the entirety of North, tracking most of the album live. Call it folk, call it Americana, call it alt-country, but Styka’s heartfelt croon draws as much inspiration from classic warblers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as it does from Gillian Welch. “An album full of songs that do more than raise a fist in anger or denote a moment of universal heartbreak. The poignant stances… are that much more powerful with her innate ability to relate her own life's story to it all” - Pop Matters. “Heather Styka preaches what we all need to hear… Styka puts her vocal prowess on full display alongside her talent for telling stories and connecting emotionally. But besides that, the song feels strangely patriotic as Styka confesses her own love for her country while begging us all to examine what makes it such a loving, nurturing place underneath the turmoil” - Glide Magazine.
Jess Robbins wrote her first song in third grade about the distant and mysterious planet, Saturn. Today her songs focus the same sense of wonderment and reverie on subjects a little closer to the heart. Her natural, flowing sense of phrasing and meter belies the hours of hard work spent honing her craft. In 2010 Jess released her first album "Dear Fred" to positive reviews, and she has continued to play all over her native Chicago. In 2012 she released her EP, “Habitat” and is planning on releasing a new full length album in Spring 2018. Time Out Chicago called Jessica a promising new artist and wrote that her “smart songs veer toward the folkier end of the rock spectrum but often recall the bite of Aimee Mann”. Her songs explore the mysterious side of life - Jess truly enjoys the wild, electric combination of inspiration, spontaneity and music.
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Sat, Jun 2 - 9:30pm - $10adv/$15door
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Mon, Jun 4 - 8pm - $10
John Mead is a Chicago-based musician, writer, artist, and teacher. He is known for playing with many bands at Martyrs', including Great Moments In Vinyl, Coyotes, Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots, Crumbs Off The Table, and more.
Boundary Waters is a Chicago-based band with emo roots, pop sensibilities, and post-rock textures. Boundary Waters began as a studio project with an EP released in 2013 and began playing live in Chicago in 2017.
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Tue, Jun 5 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Wed, Jun 6 - 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, Jun 7 - 8pm - $7
Wild Earp takes you on a road trip across Americana, taking his time along those country roads and learning some bad habits in the city. His songs are of a man who’s spent too much time alone in the forest, the prairie, the mountains, the desert, and the barroom. With a respectful nod to the old masters and a defiant scoff at the purists, Earp croons his country tunes, and mixes those pensive trail songs with jumping rockabilly, spirited bluegrass, rowdy rock, and sometimes ventures into the dark corners of folk. His lyrics thread traditional tales of heartache, sinful living, and celebration seamlessly with social commentary and absurdism. There’s wit, wisdom, woe, and a wild streak that keeps you guessing. He’s backed by The Free for Alls, a talented and fun-loving cast of characters who give life and depth to the music. Their hootin’ and hollerin’ enthusiasm is matched by their good taste and broad talents, and they leave nothing off of the table. They ain't too hard on the eyes, either!
Thee Deacons band started it’s life in 1982 as a Rockabilly act Deke Rivers, In 1984 horns we’re added to the existing members,Wolfdaddy (bass), Scat (Piano), Memphis Kid (guitar), Bam Bam (drums), Slim(sax). We recorded “Crazy Rockin” & now, This record 30 yrs.later.
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Fri, Jun 8 - 9pm - $10
Flora is the brainchild of longtime Chicago-based friends Ryan O'Toole and Max Miller. Their collaborative writing styles span many genres and decades of music. Drawing elements from 1960's pop, new wave / funk, classical, jazz, and modern rock, they have taken aspects of each and created a sound of their own. Now they are ready to bring this vision to life with the help of their band and talented friends.
Carved into lava rock by Hades himself lay a prophecy foretelling of 5 creatures that would be released unto the earth just prior to the dawn of the second Millennium. These beasts would be unknowingly born into modern society and separated at birth until the dominion of man lead by false prophets nears extinction due to over indulgence in blind faith. These followers of the False Shepard were long ago lead to believe that judgement day is imminent and were so blind they didn't realize they were living through the aftermath. The 5 sons of Hades were to be completely unaware of their destiny until fate brings them back together to fulfill the ultimate prophecy and take back the land of rapture. Now on the brink of self inflicted apocalypse, they have found each other and deemed themselves "Pooky". Face to face with the blinding light from above, they have set out on a fearless expedition to stop the annihilation of the land of the damned. Utilizing all resources at their disposal Pooky has come with a tasty blend of 60's inspired Rock and Roll, soulful harmonies, hard hitting psychedelia, cult driven peppermint distribution and all of the molten fury of Satan himself to preserve the unholy lands of the hopeless humans.
Fay Ray (formerly Church Booty) has evolved. With 8 moving parts topped by the electric vocals of Mariel Fechik, the Chicago band's funk and jazz influence grows into a character all its own. Fay Ray's debut EP “No Love,” released Oct 2017, brings the band's chemistry and collaboration into the spotlight, with 4 diverse tracks that explore the intricacy of romantic relationships. Heading out of a packed 2017, Fay Ray confidently steps into their new identity. Catch them in full force at Emporium on 11/27, just a taste of what’s to come.
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Sat, Jun 9 - 6:30pm - $10
Miss Sophie Lee does a lot of dreaming nowadays—a lot of the songs on her new disc, Traverse This Universe, were literally dreamed up. And when it comes to her life and work in New Orleans, she’s dreaming big. Before the year is out she’ll have opened two new music and food hotspots—to join the one she’s already got, the popular Three Muses on Frenchmen Street. Meanwhile she’s released her fourth album, first in three years, and most accomplished one yet. In a city where the music and restaurant biz are equally exclusive, the Chicago-transplanted Lee is pulling both off in style.
Katie Belle Trupiano is a prolific singer/songwriter who grew up in Ottawa, Illinois. At the age of 18 she left home and found her place in Chicago’s vibrant Americana music scene. Her timeless and unique songs have won the hearts of fans of all ages and the admiration of fellow musicians. Her music has been featured in films and television, as well as a children’s book written with friend and co-author, Julia Durango. Katie met her husband “Duffelbag” Joe Trupiano in Chicago and together they transplanted to Ottawa. They started playing as a duo when he traded his electric guitar for a banjo and some close harmonies. Since then, guitarist, Ty Terrones (of Liquid Blues Project and Reclining Buddha) joined the group, adding his masterful guitar playing, a third harmony, and song writing talents to the mix. Gifted bassist, John Nicoli (of Highwater and Liquid Blues Project) forms the southern style rhythmic backbone of the new Belle Rangers along with their newest member, drummer Dick Verucci (Buckacre, The Jerks, Missing 51).
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Sat, Jun 9 - 9:30pm - $10
Chicago quintet Polarizer creates what they call “loud, spacey epic rock,” combining heavy walls of sound with echo-laden, introspective passages and progressive-rock sensibilities.
Moon formed in 2010 when drummer Chris Schneberger found guitarist/singer David Azizinamini and bass player Pat LaRose. The three immediately found a chemistry and interest in crafting songs that were both challenging and accessible. After a year, Moon began playing shows at clubs around Chicago. In 2012 they teamed with Mike Hagler of Kingsize Sound Labs to mix and master their debut full-length, “Finding and Losing the Light”. Since then shows have included being support for bands like Sleepy Sun (San Francisco), The Hounds Below (Detroit), Blood Red Shoes (UK), and Kinski (Seattle). Moon has headlined several local band showcases including a special solo show at Cobra Lounge sponsored by Vic’s Drum Shop. In 2013 Moon released their follow-up EP, “Always Summer”. Chris Shen has replaced Pat on bass after he left for New York City. Moon's second full-length album is being recorded at Kingsize Sound Labs and should be released in June of 2014. Moon is heavy, melodic, spacious, majestic, propulsive, dark, rock. Moon is chiming echo-laden guitar, post rock bass, propulsive drumming, shifting time signatures, and haunting, ethereal vocals. Sonic reference points might include Sunny Day Real Estate, Circa Survive, Mogwai, Porcupine Tree, Rush.
Model Stranger has built its reputation primarily on its high energy live performances and the variety of its sonic influences. The epitome of a DIY band, Model Stranger has worked the Midwest scene very diligently with success over the last 5 years. Model Stranger has performed at famous Chicago clubs and festivals such as; The Metro, Congress Theater, Double Door, and Cubby Bear. Model Stranger was a featured band in Chicago’s 2007 Mobfest, Co-headlined the 2009 I AM FEST, and played at the 2009, 2010 Taste of Chicago festival, and Taste of Lincoln Festival 2010. While gaining a dedicated following in Chicago, Model Stranger have remained arduous to the road over the years. Embarking on several self-booked and self-funded national tours the trio has begun to make a name for itself in the Midwest. Most recently in support of their new release “Dreams and Bones” Model Stranger completed an 18 show in 18 day tour stretching from Chicago to Denver and back.
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Mon, Jun 11 - 8pm - $7
Paying tribute to the band the Pretenders, Mystic Moon covers a wide range of the catalog with a main focus on early albums (1979-1984).
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Tue, Jun 12 - 9:30pm - $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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Wed, Jun 13 - 8pm - $10
Once in a generation there is a movement. An energy screaming from thecorners of the underground slowly bubbling and boiling until ituncontrollably burst into the masses blindsiding and overtaking thatwhich once suppressed it. This movement challenges cultural norms byblurring lines between the old and the new and enticing the consciousmind to believe that there is “no spoon”, all while pulsing andgyrating to the beat of it’s own drum. The sound at the epicenter ofsuch a movement hails from New Orleans. A city rich in tradition andknown for an unmistakable sound has given birth to Water Seed. A band built on the jazz and funk tradition that single handedly shaped popular music, Water Seed has become one of the prevalent future funk fusion bands daring to keep audiences on the dance floor while romancing the ears of the most advanced jazz purist. Known for their high-energy marathon performances, Water Seed has commanded some of the most impressive stages across the country. Their latest 2 projects have debut in the top 40 on the iTunes jazz charts and their relentless touring schedule continues to gain momentum keeping the band’s diverse fan base wanting more with every stop. Powered by a seamless rhythm section. Enforced by an agile horn section. Top with a demanding vocal performance and front line, Water Seed will funk any audience right out of their seats.
Conceived during what was supposed to be a one-off show at House of Blues Chicago, Chicago Loud 9 is a nine-piece (sometimes more) ensemble bringing you nothing short of high-intensity, genre-mashing, and energy-filled music and performances. Comprised of members of the vibrant Chicago music scene, Chicago Loud 9 (commonly abbreviated as cLOUD9) has proven to showcase a dynamic, horn-driven, foot-stomping performance at each live show. Chicago Loud 9 has appeared at a number of major venues across the city including: Reggie's, Emporium, Chop Shop, Hard Rock Cafe, Lincoln Hall, Metro, and Navy Pier. Listed in Illinois Entertainer as one of the “Best Local Acts in Chicago”, and also featured as the house band on daytime talk shows Windy City Live on ABC-7, and The Jam on WCIU-26, Chicago Loud 9 is just getting started. Chicago Loud 9 maintains a busy performance schedule, recently landing a residency at Rhyme or Reason in Wicker Park. Drawing from influences such as Earth, Wind, & Fire, Outkast, Bob Marley, The Roots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Beyoncé, Chicago Loud 9 is a unique blend of R&B, Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Reggae that leaves the crowd feeling "they are left on cLOUD9!" Chicago Loud 9 has released 3 projects and is gearing up to release their 4th LP in the Summer of 2018.
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Thu, Jun 14 - 8pm - $7
The Long Lost is a female-fronted Americana group out of Chicago, Illinois. Raised on the classics, singer-songwriters Avalos and Burke are inspired by the many roots of American music. From the beginnings of rock and roll to the soul of Motown, with the heart of 60’s country, The Long Lost
Oblio And Arrow often give a nod toward pop music with catchy sing-along hooks while still maintaining an intimate singer-songwriter feel and foundation. The Chicago based group just released their second album ‘Steps’ which is loaded with feeling and color, tight vocal harmonies, thick layered percussion, and ranges in tone from having an Americana acoustic feel to having heavy beats, ethereal synth tones, and experimental guitars. The lyrical theme and focus of the record is one of hope and reflection. The album is an attempt to have an honest look at oneself; who we are, where we’re going, and where we’ve come from. The title of the album, "Steps" came out of the idea that every little thing is only a part of the bigger picture or path that we lead. This album was largely a DIY - "in house" project, recorded and performed by the group at their warehouse and home studios where they live around the Chicago land area. "Steps" was mixed over several months by Michael Krieglstein and Matthew Kopecky and mastered by Jonathan Alvin. Oblio and Arrow is Matthew Kopecky, Michael Krieglstein, Jenna Heerdt, Emily Douglas, and Zack Darce.
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Fri, Jun 15 - 7pm - $10 ALL AGES
Maybe April is a Country Americana trio made up of Katy Bishop, Kristen Castro, and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, AR, Simi Valley, CA, and Chicago, IL, the three met in the summer of 2012 at a music industry camp in Nashville, TN and wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a GRAMMY week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, and have played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. Maybe April is recognized for their three-part harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs, and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound. Just like their harmonies, Alaina, Katy, and Kristen are a perfect fit. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.
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Fri, Jun 15 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$17door
Monophonics are just hitting their stride as one of the premier soul bands in the country.The Bay Area band delivers cinematic songs with timeless hooks anchored by Kelly Finnigan’s soulful organ and powerhouse vocals. Their sound is inspired equally by classic soul, heavy funk, psychedelic rock, and classic American songwriting. The band’s main members live just North of San Francisco, CA in Marin county, a place revered among artists, surfers, hippies and musicians; three of them grew up here. The band members simultaneously revere and honor the Bay Area’s colorblind and highly diverse musical tradition that dates back to Haight/Ashbury’s psychedelic revolution and Sly Stone and the Family Stone’s multiracial, funky grab-bag. Soulful vocals, funky drum-breaks, psychedelic guitar licks and fuzz bass intermingle effortlessly across the band’s catalogue, most effortlessly on their newest EP: “Mirrors”. Mirrors delivers a six-song fix to fiending fans and curious newcomers in advance of a new Monophonics full-length later in 2018. The release is all cover tunes with some well-known songs mixed in with some seriously deep cuts, all band favorites. “Sound of Sinning” (Transistor Sound Records, 2015), the band’s second full-length album since lead singer, producer and keyboard player, Kelly Finningan joined the band. Evolving from their psychedelic soul roots with “In Your Brain,” (Ubiquity, 2012), “Sound of Sinning” displays the bands’ appreciation for classic song craft and Summer of Love pop-soul-psychedelia. Monophonics’ meticulous, yet raw recordings start just like their raucous and soulful live shows, “in the same room, cutting live as a rhythm section together,” Finnigan explains. Ryan Scott and Mike Rinta’s horn and string arrangements add accents and sonic colors to the tracks, completing the soul symphony. In the tradition of Stax, Muscle Shoals, Daptone and Dunham, Monophonics’ sonic approach is equal parts classic analog gear, (everything’s recorded to an old Tascam eight-track 1/4” tape machine), old-fashioned woodshedding,and Ian McDonald and Kelly Finnigan’s late night overdubs and studio wizardry. “We’re from the same school as the producers from the studios we love. We usethe tools that we have to make the best records we can.” Baked-in to any Monophonics record there’s a vibe, that elusive element that lesser bands can’t fake, as Kelly Finnigan put it: “I think it’s having people who are all on the same page, striving to capture that musical moment and being honest in their playing and being thoughtful and putting their ego to the side to serve the song.”Monophonics is Austin Bohlman (Drums), Ian McDonald (Guitar/Background Vocals), Ryan Scott (Trumpet/Back- ground Vocals/Percussion) & Kelly Finnigan (Keys/Lead Vocals) along with Max Ramey (Bass).
Fourteen-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederauer is living proof that dreams really do come true. Having played in the most legendary rooms in America with some of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist/singer/ songwriter has built up quite the reputation in the music world, welcoming the nickname “Taz” amongst fans and peers alike. It started when Brandon watched the movie School of Rock at eight-years-old. Also inspired by his father’s record collection, he instantly realized he wanted to play guitar. Four years later, he was cast as the principle role of guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in the Tony Award- nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre. Living in New York City welcomes great opportunity for Brandon to play with some of his most idolized musicians. He’s had the brilliant experiences of playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Otis Taylor, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, John Popper and countless others. He has also played with Umphrey's McGee, Scorpions, Dumpsaphunk, The Revivalists, Galactic, and so many more.
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Sat, Jun 16 - 9pm - $15
Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird: “Freedom Is A Verb” TourApocalyptic Klezmer-punk anthems for the revolutionWith their new record The Butcher's Share, The Painted Bird returns to the road as the original radical Yiddish borderland bandits. The Berlin-based Detroit-born poet / translator / singer / multi-instrumentalist (accordion, piano, guitars) Daniel Kahn has reformed the band with new and old comrades: Berlin’s clarinet/sax/brass master Christian Dawid, New York’s Yiddish fiddle virtuoso Jake Shulman-Ment, expat experimental contrabassist Berlin composer Michael Tuttle, and classic klezmer drummer Hampus Melin.The live show features projected translations and images by legendary NY underground artist Eric Drooker, whose work is woven into the album’s design, as well as material from the band’s new videos.New anthems like "Freedom Is A Verb" and Josh Waletzky's “99%" speak to the political moment as much as they address eternal struggles of class and liberation. Ballads like "Children In The Woods" and "Sheyres Hora" explore the depths of trauma and Traum. And the dark rock landscape of "No One Survives" references the brave hopelessness of late David Bowie. In the title track "The Bucher's Sher" Kahn manages to make an upbeat Klezmer epic out of economic concepts of commodity fetishism and bourgeois morality.
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Mon, Jun 18 - 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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Wed, Jun 20 - 8pm -$10
Rai's debut EP, "Sin Color", captures the energy and chemistry of the band's first year. The band was formed in Spring 2015.
FBGM is Matt Jatkola and D. Orxata, a genderless/genreless duo from Boston, MA. Through poignant songwriting, precise harmonies, and engrossing live performance, listeners are absorbed into their emotionally rich world.
Karma Wears White Ties is an indie pop band from Chicago. We sucked at covers, so we decided to make our own music.
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Fri, Jun 22 - 8pm - $50
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This is the night time portion of the SK Family BBQ.Friday night’s concert will be completely different from Saturday’s.Your family is welcome to come with you, use your best judgment on whether or not your young children will enjoy this part.Individual night passes will be available starting April 15th based on availability.
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Sat, Jun 23 - 8pm - $50
OPEN
This is the night time portion of the SK Family BBQ.Friday night’s concert will be completely different from Saturday’s.Your family is welcome to come with you, use your best judgment on whether or not your young children will enjoy this part.Individual night passes will be available starting April 15th based on availability.
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Sun, Jun 24 - 6pm - $15 - ALL AGES
Virgil Donati is widely recognized as one of the most dedicated and technically advanced drummers of all timeBorn in Melbourne, Australia, where he also launched his career, Virgil now resides in L.A. and has been a household name since the mid-nineties traveling the world as an international drumming superstar, composer, and educator.Over the years, Virgil has performed and toured with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, and Allan Holdsworth, while maintaining a busy schedule as a bandleader and member of numerous recording and touring bands over the years, most notably Loose Change, Southern Sons, On The Virg, Soul Sirkus, Planet X and various incarnations of The Virgil Donati Band and The Virgil Donati Trio.His natural talent, combined with a herculean work-ethic and never-ending curiosity, has propelled him to an unbelievable performance level that must be seen and heard to be believed.As an educator, Virgil has published several educational videos and books and has conducted drum clinics and workshops throughout the world.
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Sun, Jun 24 - 8pm - $15
Virgil Donati is widely recognized as one of the most dedicated and technically advanced drummers of all timeBorn in Melbourne, Australia, where he also launched his career, Virgil now resides in L.A. and has been a household name since the mid-nineties traveling the world as an international drumming superstar, composer, and educator.Over the years, Virgil has performed and toured with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, and Allan Holdsworth, while maintaining a busy schedule as a bandleader and member of numerous recording and touring bands over the years, most notably Loose Change, Southern Sons, On The Virg, Soul Sirkus, Planet X and various incarnations of The Virgil Donati Band and The Virgil Donati Trio.His natural talent, combined with a herculean work-ethic and never-ending curiosity, has propelled him to an unbelievable performance level that must be seen and heard to be believed.As an educator, Virgil has published several educational videos and books and has conducted drum clinics and workshops throughout the world.
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Sun, Jun 24 - CLINIC 6pm + SHOW 8pm - $25
Virgil Donati is widely recognized as one of the most dedicated and technically advanced drummers of all timeBorn in Melbourne, Australia, where he also launched his career, Virgil now resides in L.A. and has been a household name since the mid-nineties traveling the world as an international drumming superstar, composer, and educator.Over the years, Virgil has performed and toured with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, and Allan Holdsworth, while maintaining a busy schedule as a bandleader and member of numerous recording and touring bands over the years, most notably Loose Change, Southern Sons, On The Virg, Soul Sirkus, Planet X and various incarnations of The Virgil Donati Band and The Virgil Donati Trio.His natural talent, combined with a herculean work-ethic and never-ending curiosity, has propelled him to an unbelievable performance level that must be seen and heard to be believed.As an educator, Virgil has published several educational videos and books and has conducted drum clinics and workshops throughout the world.
Virgil Donati is widely recognized as one of the most dedicated and technically advanced drummers of all timeBorn in Melbourne, Australia, where he also launched his career, Virgil now resides in L.A. and has been a household name since the mid-nineties traveling the world as an international drumming superstar, composer, and educator.Over the years, Virgil has performed and toured with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, and Allan Holdsworth, while maintaining a busy schedule as a bandleader and member of numerous recording and touring bands over the years, most notably Loose Change, Southern Sons, On The Virg, Soul Sirkus, Planet X and various incarnations of The Virgil Donati Band and The Virgil Donati Trio.His natural talent, combined with a herculean work-ethic and never-ending curiosity, has propelled him to an unbelievable performance level that must be seen and heard to be believed.As an educator, Virgil has published several educational videos and books and has conducted drum clinics and workshops throughout the world.
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Tue, Jun 26 - 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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Thu, Jun 28 - 8pm - $10
Sun God Ra is the sonic weight of the Universe. It is the sound of the world made audible. Cosmic energy distilled into music. Hail Ra.
FURR is George Coutretsis and Ryan Quilty. Born out of a love for all things heavy and loud. They like their whiskey cheap and their High Life's cold.
Transit Method is a dynamic heavy rock trio from Austin, TX by way of NJ that brings together the complexities of progressive rock with the unrefined grit of grunge. The group’s adventurous compositions are soaked with power vocals, sharp riffs, fiery guitar leads, galloping bass and bombastic drumming. They made their name known with the release of Celebrate Mutations in 2014 followed by second EP Roach on Basement Avatar Records in 2016 and embarked on a summer tour of the South. In 2017, the band signed with Brutal Panda Records and released their first full length LP "We Won't Get Out Of Here Alive" in August of that year. Music videos were released for singles "Snake Wine" and "Parasight". The band promoted the album with a tour of the West Coast in the Fall of 2017 and will follow with a tour of the East Coast in Summer of 2018. Transit Method has been described as a "powerfully epic combination of punk, metal, and dynamic vocals calling to mind some of the more truly epic moments of Jane's Addiction's 'Ritual de lo Habitual'" by PunkNews.org. The Austin Chronicle dubbed We Won't Get Out Of Here Alive one of their Top 10 albums of 2017, and "Snake Wine" was rated the #1 song out of 100 on Australian's Undiscovered Rock Radio. Find We Won't Get Out Of here Alive digitally, on CD and vinyl --> www.transitmethod.bandcamp.com
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Thu, Jul 5 - 9pm - $7
Slink Moss, of Black Lake and Slink Moss and the Flying Aces, is an actor, drawing-practitioner, song-writer, showman, originally from Chicago now living in upstate New York. He seeks to bring a poetic fun to rock n roll, and all his does. His songs have appeared in several movies and he recently performed a rock opera in a museum in Lithuania with songs in English and Lithuanian! He is currently working on a Slink Moss Explosion record with HiStyle Records. Eons ago Slink Moss was exiled from Westworld and sent hurtling across the galaxy to meet the People of a Planet Called Earth. After he crashed on the smogswept shores of Lake Michigan, he had many adventures in The Windy City, teaming up with Farmers, Goblins, and Flying Aces. As his Legend unfolded, he took a Ghost Train to The Big Apple for Experiences and Explosions and many more Scenes. Slink Moss' style has been described as Spookabilly, and he says to expect a country beat in a minor key. -Nobody
Now I know what you're thinkin'... rock n roll is dead. Well, The Bama Lamas aren't going to sit around and wait to be placed in a nice tidy bucket - we play rock n roll - pure and simple. The kind of raunch you can feel deep down in your soul. Our love for scratchy R&B, Soul, and Rock N Roll 45's brought us together - became our blueprint for saving your sorry souls. The records that make you want to jump out of your skin and hit the dance floor happy just to be alive! Yeah, we still believe in the power of rock n roll and want to shove it down your throat one gut bustin' howl at a time.
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Fri, Jul 6 - 9pm - $20
CHRIS CONNELLY and MATT WALKER are both 30+ year veterans of the music business: Chris having moved from his native Scotland in the 80s to pursue a career in gratuitous volume and outrage with technorednecks THE REVOLTING COCKS and MINISTRY; Matt bringing his formidable drum skills to the likes of FILTER, SMASHING PUMPKINS, GARBAGE and MORRISSEY. Matt and Chris were working together on one of Matt's songs when the seed was sewn to start a band dedicated to the music of DAVID BOWIE, the pair always having had a strong connection and affinity with his career, his changing, challenging sound and his aesthetic. A stellar band was assembled, all veterans in their own right with excellent pedigrees, and almost immediately rehearsals were well underway with songs from Bowie's canon that were being selected, played and played with. SONS OF THE SILENT AGE was a living, vital entity. It was decided to make the inaugural gig a benefit for a charity close to their hearts: PABLOVE, an organization that provides relief for pediatric cancer patients and their families. And so it came to be, on January 11th of 2013, SONS played their first show to a sold out crowd at METRO in Chicago. The benefit was so successful that it went without saying they should keep the band moving and playing, exploring Bowie's music, and exploring his aesthetic, treating it the way perhaps he would himself, evolving, changing sonically and visually, with the aim of both thoroughly entertaining an audience, and challenging it at the same time. Four years later and the band continues to thrive, playing select and prestigious shows, and collaborating with kindred spirts such as SHIRLEY MANSON, SINEAD O'CONNOR, and AVA CHERRY. SONS OF THE SILENT AGE boasts nine members culled from the absolute elite of Chicago musicians - diehard and dedicated souls who love the material and know it intimately, pouring their collective talents over Bowie's 40+ years and 30 albums of dazzling music, music that irrefutably changed the face of rock and an aesthetic so strong it will continue to spread ripples through our culture for ever.
NEW! celebrates the music of innovative German Krautrock legends NEU!
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Sat, Jul 7 - 9pm - $15
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Tue, Jul 10 - 9:30pm - $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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Wed, Jul 11 - 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, Jul 12 - 9pm - $15
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It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through these waves of uncertainty and upheaval, is due out March 2nd via Mama Bird Recording Co. For the empathetic singer/songwriter, the reasons for seeking such acceptance and understanding stem from a life of paradoxes. Heynderickx grew up in a religious household in Oregon, closely identifying with her Filipino roots, but also straddling multiple cultural identities. Now residing in Portland, her faith is not overt, but her introspection and continued struggle for self-actualization are easily accessible and relatable. Likewise, the tracks on I Need to Start a Garden reflect these seemingly disparate elements. Through soft acoustic guitar picking and deftly accented trombone sighs, Heynderickx’s music immediately recalls folk music of the '60s and '70s mixed with a love of jazz radio. But Heynderickx’s singing—her vocals that range from sultry to operatic—belie a tenacity in her soul. It’s a balance, then, between exposing and protecting herself on I Need to Start a Garden. Heynderickx vacillates between between powerlessness (opener “No Face”) and empowerment (lead single "Oom Sha La La"). But her generosity of spirit remains the constant throughout the whole album. You can hear that exceptional care in “Jo”, as she whispers, “You tended your garden like heaven and hell / and you built the birds houses to see if it helped at all.” Aware of the birds, the garden, and anyone listening acutely, Heynderickx’s music serves as an invitation for all to join her. Because the beauty of a garden is that while it’s often started for deeply personal reasons, its bounty is best consumed and shared with others.
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Fri, Jul 13 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Kid A is the Radiohead fix you've been craving. Kid A will take you from Pablo Honey to a Moon Shaped Pool while you become fitter, happier, and more productive...
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Tue, Jul 16 - 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, Jul 17 - 8pm - $10
A Chicago Based Jerry Garcia Band Tribute featuringSteve Johnson - Keyboards, Bob Lait - Guitar/Vocal, Paul Maczka - Drums, Kari McDonough - Vocals, and special guests!
The band started in the fall of 1998 when John Kadlecik (mandolin and fiddle), Bob Lait (guitar), Michael Hazdra (bass), (Wavy) Dave Burlingame (banjo), Lisa Mackey (vocals) and Dave Muhlethaler (fiddle and mandolin) got together to form a bluegrass side project. Mike and John had recently started playing together in the Dark Star Orchestra. Dave Burlingame was playing bass for several blues and bar bands as well as learning banjo. Bob and Lisa were playing in a group Fenario and the Shotgun Ragtime Band. Muhlethaler was a professional street musician.Hog Head McDunna's was the first run of shows for the Dime Store String Band. This is when John named the band. Because the demands of all the projects, Dime Store got together on musicians night off, Monday.After a couple of years Dave Muhlethaler moved to Madison Wisconsin and left the band. Tom Murray, who played with Bob and Lisa in Fenario, joined to replace Muhlethaler on Fiddle. Mike left Dark Star Orchestra to get off the road, and started the regular Monday night with Bob. They still get together every Monday to play bluegrass and enjoy Mary's (Bob's wife) baked cookies and cakes, with few exceptions. Around this time Lisa joined DSO. As DSO started touring more rigorously, John and Lisa showed up on Monday's less and less frequently. Whenever John was in town he would book Dime Store at Martyr's.Dave Burlingame was also in the very successful jamgrass band, Cornmeal, with Chris Gangi. Chris started coming to Monday nights playing mandolin.Dime Store started hosting a jam before Terrapin Flyer on Sundays at the Boulevard Cafe around 2002. Around the same time Tom started booking us shows at the Uncommon Ground. When Dave and Chris were on the road with Cornmeal, Ben Wright (now with Outlaw Family Band) and Martin McWhorter, from Back Porch Ramblers, came to fill in on Banjo and Mandolin. Martin stayed on, Chris was busy with Cornmeal and teaching at the Old Town School.Different musicians came and went at the regular Monday nights at Bob's. Ruby Harris (fiddle), Chris Gangi (bass and mandolin), Rick Veras (fiddle), High on the Hog from Colorado, Jeff Sachs and Erin O'toole from Home Kookin', Jason Berger (mandolin), among others. While Dime Store was filling in for Cornmeal at Griffin's Pub, Dave Bragman filled in on banjo. James Weigel from OFB came out and sat in on Dobro at the Uncommon Ground.Bob Lait fills in on guitar and vocals once in a while with Cornmeal. Bob is also a painter, you can visit his artwork on his website. Dave is busy with Cornmeal. Tom Murray was a founding member of Chicago favorites' Stump The Host and Planet Warehouse. He also performed two seasons with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Tom has been performing and recording with Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden as well as performing regularly with Mike Himbaugh of Hello Dave. These are in addition to his main and favorite commitment, the Dime Store String Band. When not playing with DSSB, Michael Hazdra is playing eclectic folk in the George Matteson Trio. Martin has left DSSB and played with Henhouse Prowlers. Martin moved to Ireland in November 2007. Mike Kearns is now filling the mandolin spot. Dave Bragman is currently doing most of the banjowork. Wavy Dave sits in now and again when he is not touring.
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Fri, Jul 20 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
DJ noDJ is a thousand-piece electronic dance band from Chicago. They specialize in re-creating the music of the best DJ's with "startling inefficiency."There is no DJ in this band. What normally takes just 1 guy behind a lap top, now takes ten super-focused DJ noDJ musicians. The upside is that you get a 10 dimensional musical experience, with all the churning and grinding of a runaway train, that only a large group of separate humans can achieve.DJ noDJ hit for the first time in May of 2012, playing two nights of a 40 minute Daft Punk set to two sold out crowds @ Martyrs. They feature all the members of This Must be the Band, Talking Heads tribute, plus Alan Berliant (Mavis Staples) on bass. He's the greatest.
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Fri, Jul 27 - 8pm - $10adv/$15door
Sugarpulp consists of four individuals coming together to create some rad music. The current lineup formed in October 2015, and the new energy and sound quickly projected them forward into unique genres of sonic experimentation. An amalgamation of many different styles, Sugarpulp seamlessly blends rock n roll, pop, dance, blues, and psychedelic funk into a sultry and sexy sound. Front woman and Deb Chesterman's arrow-like voice, staccato keys, and poetically pulp lyrics hit with a distinct and potent punch. By her side, guitarist Sam Allyn, Bassist Bruce Rarang,​​ and drummer Patrick Riley cement her infectious melodies and unexpected song structures into powerfully raw music.
Man Called Noon is a Chicago based indie/alt rock band. Their roots are evident in their melodic mixture of Classic Americana, Pop, and Soul. Boisterous guitars and booming bass riffs erupt over impassioned soulful lyrics resulting in a distinct and in your-face-sound that can only be harnessed by Man Called Noon. MCN now provides a broader musical texture, allowing for a more precise interpretation of a burgeoning sound. They have taken a punctuated leap forward, and the maturity, confidence, and musical talent is on display. The New EP, “Everybody Move” is out now. And they are very excited to be having the party and release at Martyrs!
Trick Shooter Social Club’s fuses Americana, Alt country, Blues, Pop and Rock in a mix of romantic timelessness and gritty reality that has always been the blueprint for genuine, honest, timeless music. Their 2012 full-length Everything That Rises is a tour de force of what makes good songs great, and raw performances seamless. "Simo's Song" weaves a tender story about fatherhood, while the solo tune "Whiskey On My Grave" touches on country music's always-present sadness and humor. Cuts like the jangly " Almost Innocent" and the should-be hit "Needle Drop" shine with unironic nostalgia, and rockers like the album-leading "Powder Blue" blister with a reckless abandon usually attached to acts like Lucero or The Bottle Rockets. Though armed with disarmingly charming B3 organ, banjo, violin and dobro, the band also smartly includes a few stripped-down, intimately recorded numbers, like the sweet closing number "Bottom of Our Souls" and the aforementioned "Whiskey," showing TSSC is a talented group with canyon-wide range.
Based out of Chicago, SAYERS, according to Midwest Action, is "a damn fine indie rock band." SAYERS is a new project from the minds of former members of Chicago's "pop darlings" Paper Thick Walls and Machine Gun Mojo. The first EP, Diogenes Club, produced and engineered by Rob Bochnick (known as the lead guitarist for Glen Hansard), is marked by a four piece of memorable guitar melodies, bombastic vocals, pounding bass and drums, and an unrelenting attack on your dancing shoes.
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Sat, Jul 28 - 7pm - $10
The Chris Greene Quartet has been a highly visible part of Chicago’s jazz scene since 2005, and has maintained a stable lineup from the beginning, with the exception of Steve Corley, who has held the drum chair since 2011. Damian Espinosa on piano and keyboards and Marc Piane on acoustic and electric basses have been onboard since the beginning. Unique among Chicago bands, most of whom feature, by necessity, constantly shifting personnel, the CGQ has been able to develop a true group sound and feel, harking back to bands from the classic age of jazz when groups could stay together for long periods of time. While honoring the tradition, the CGQ incorporates elements of funk, hip-hop, rock, pop, the blues and reggae, reflecting their diverse backgrounds. CGQ is also recently was honored at the 2018 Chicago Music Awards with an award for "Best Jazz Entertainer” and recently won the “Best Jazz Band” category in the Chicago Reader “Best of Chicago” Poll.
Poet and Comedian, Mark James Heath is a born and bred Chicago comedian who has just returned to Illinois after spending the last few years touring Canada. He has been featured in NBC/Universal's Break Out Comedy Fest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and JFL42. He is also featured on the new album Da Cream Soda Fur Coat by Toronto's Hiphop Comedy Collective Runnin At The Mouth.
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Thu, Aug 2 - 8pm - $7
Since 2003 Hillbilly Idle has been taking Rockabilly, Country, Surf, and a little bit of Punk Rock - throwing it all in to the blender, and turning it on high! This ain't your Grandad's Rockabilly! Over the years, the band members' musical credits include: Rebel Rousers, Sea Sick Crocodiles, Venus Flycats, The Bottletones, HiFi & the Roadburners, Thee Invaders, Chicago Blues Angels and many more... Taking all their experience and putting it to work, these guys can't be pinned down into one Rockabilly subcategory. These three time hosts of The Big C Jamboree have proudly shared the stage with everyone from traditional acts like Wanda Jackson and Art Adams to Rock and Roll wrecking balls like Hillbilly Casino and Guana Batz.
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Tue, Aug 7 - 8pm - $10
“Who are we, and where do we go from here?” These were the questions on the minds of Kelly and Patrick Morris in late 2016. After bringing to an end a long but successful two and a half year tour, playing venues and music halls from small to large from coast to coast including festivals such as SXSW (twice), Midpoint Music Festival, Sweetwater 420 fest to name a few, and recording a live session with Daytrotter. Garnering new fans and attention from various press outlets along the way they averaged over 250 shows a year all in support of their 2014 debut release “Walking With A Different Stride.” In the midst of it all, they found themselves coming to terms with the fact that they were not progressing in the ways they felt they needed to with their songwriting, and recording. Between being on the road and living in Chicago it was hard to find a permanent place to work and move forward with their music in the ways they wanted to do. The brothers packed up and headed back to their home state of South Carolina to find a space conducive to living, writing, and recording without the limitations and pressures of time and money that commercial studios usually entail. They needed a home, somewhere to recuperate and hone the sound and conceptive direction they wanted to take with their next release. They found themselves looking in the city Charleston, SC, two hours south of their hometown of Camden, and a place they had spent some time between tours in 2014. A year later they emerge with a collection of songs that embody the writing and production style developed during their time spent at “Leon’s Electric House.” These works follow suit with challenging the same questions they have asked themselves “Who are we, and Where do we go from here?” The first single off the upcoming release is entitled “Carrie Anne.”
Determined to make music that offered listeners a break from the norm, four blood brothers joined forces to create The Avantist, a progressive rock band whose music challenges its audience to rethink the meaning and the sound of a traditional rock band. This band draws from a variety of influences to create a truly unique collection of music
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Thu, Aug 9 - 8pm - $10
Case-fitter is Jeff Swanson’s first original full-length release. It was recorded over four weeks in April 2017 during a residency at The Whistler in Chicago. Each week the group used a set repertoire and added members to its core trio, exploring a different experience each week and concluding with the final recorded performance as an octet. Swanson brings a fresh lyrical approach to melding jazz, improvisation, electronic and post-rock music together on this release. Featuring a cast of rare talent, Case-fitter explores these seven new compositions to paint boundless landscapes with craft and care.Featuring: Greg Ward – Alto Saxophone, Dustin Laurenzi – Tenor Saxophone,Paul Bedal - Keyboards, Matt Ulery - Bass, Greg Artry - Drums, Jeff Swanson – Guitars, electronics.
Miss Remember is a rock band that rocks from Chicago. Formed by Jim Tashjian (gtr, vox), Peter Tashjian (drms), Leslie Beukelman (vox) and Martin Stonikas (bass) when the four were students at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the members all continue to be active in various bands in various circles of the Chicago music scene (District 97, Hood Smoke, Hey Champ, Goran Ivanovic Trio, Brite Lite, Davy Knowles, Luna, BD and the jackrabbits, Timetables etc…) As a band, they combine sounds from their rock roots with their love of diverse musics from around the city, the country and the world. Dissonant harmony and a unique rhythmic concept are layered with delicate, simplistic melodies. They are children of the 90's, who grew up in the midwest, just striving to write good songs. Miss Remember released their first full length record on the Ears&Eyes label January 13, 2017.
Chicago improvisers Jeremy Cunningham (drums) and Dustin Laurenzi (saxophone/electronics) share a common fascination with melody, sound and rhythm that has brought them together in countless configurations since their first meeting in 2012; however, the transparency of the duo setting allows these two like-minded musicians’ voices to shine even more directly.
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Sat, Aug 11 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat is a dynamic musical ensemble formed in Chicago in 2013. They perform a variety of roots rock inspired dance music from North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean Islands. The ethnically diverse musicians establish energizing polyrhythmic grooves and combine biting twang guitars, thumping bass, with the strength of brass horns, group singing, and urban poetry. Members: Armando Pérez, Kevin Miller, Dan Lieber, Ezra Lange, Diana Mosquera, Puerko Pitzotl, Jess Anzaldua, Matt Davis, and Luis Tubens all bring a vital cultural contribution to the band's unique "afrojam funkbeat" sound. Inspired by Chicago's soulful blues, jazzy house, and global fusion heavyweights, the group deliver their performances with purpose and verve; unifying listeners through sound and dance. ¡ESSO! was awarded "Best New Band," and "Best World/International Music Act" by the Chicago Reader's Poll in 2016. Their latest album offering, Pueblo Unido, is a remix album of their debut record. Fresh back from an appearance at SXSW and their first festival date in México, ESSO is planning a national tour in the Summer of 2017 to bring their music to new listeners across the states and beyond. More info and music: www.essoafrojamfunkbeat.com
How do classic rhumbas, 100 year old folk tunes, and ancient rhythms fit in the percussive electronic music of today? Come find Beats y Bateria: a collaboration of Havana born, Chicago based DJ/Producer AfroQbano, Moldovan born fado jazz singer Ana Munteanu and global beat drummer Daniel Crane. The three members come from different musical homes but what they do together is set a mood of celebration and nostalgia under the umbrella of global dance music.
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Fri, Sep 7 - 8:30pm - $25
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From the White House to “Real Housewives,” transparency has become the promise of the digital age; everyone is broadcasting everything all of the time. So what happens when a rock band throws open the studio doors, stops being polite and starts getting real?Des Moines rockers The Nadas found out when they set out last January to record their seventh LP, Almanac, virtually live. The rules were simple: the band would write, record and release one song a month all year. What’s more, every step of the process would be streamed live on the band’s website and with unprecedented access to the creative process; fans were allowed to become an integral part of this album. By joining the band’s web-based Almanac Project, fans could monitor their blog and read the band’s project journal. Comments and criticisms on everything from lyrics to instruments were welcomed and even, in a few choice cases, incorporated into The Nadas’ music. In September of 2009, select fans that had joined the Almanac Project were extended an exclusive invitation to a special songwriting session arranged to write that month’s addition to this most unique album.By 2009, with hundreds of thousands of copies of their previous six albums sold, and having toured along thousands of miles of highway (in Meatloaf’s old tour bus, no less), one would think Playboy Magazine’s “Best College Band You’ve Never Heard Of” would have little to worry about. However, singer/guitarist Mike Butterworth regretted the whole song-a-month idea almost immediately, “By February, I’d decided it was a terrible mistake,” he says. ”I didn’t like being forced to be creative on a schedule, and it wrecked havoc on the creative process. Knowing that people were watching me fumble through musical and lyrical ideas was really difficult. I was self conscious the whole time.”Co-founding singer/guitarist Jason Walsmith was equally dubious, “The truth is, the process of writing and recording is kind of ugly. I felt dumb singing things for the first time, sounding like junior high choir boy.”Butterworth and Walsmith are known for their flawless songwriting, but opening the normally intimate process for public scrutiny proved to be a trying time. By the end, though, the finished product is truly their best to date. Despite (or perhaps because) of the rigorous, self-imposed deadlines and wildly public creative process, the 12 tracks produced on Almanac, finds The Nadas in top form.Their previous efforts The Ghosts Inside These Halls (2007) and Listen Through The Static (2005) have found the band (rounded out by bassist Jon Locker, drummer Jason Smith, and violinist Becca Smith) alternating between alt-rock and alt-country. Now, Almanac finds the band fully embracing muscular, anthemic rock. ”Bitter Love,” “Dodged a Bullet” and “Last to Know” stand confidently alongside the band’s most amplified efforts.The surprise is in the band’s strong-but-subtle instrumental choices: staccato strings in “Long Goodbye,” tin whistle in “Crystal Clear,” steel drums “All I Want Is You.” Where a crisp keyboard sound in “Parachute” borrows from Van Halen’s “1984,” the hint of auto tune in “Long Goodbye” appropriates a dash of Kanye West.Less surprisingly, though, is the affect of the band’s very-public recording process on the lyrics. Tracks like “Call Me” and “Crystal Clear” find both frontmen at their most exposed.“I’m not gonna’ let it break down,” Butterworth (whose marital woes read like an open wound in “Ghosts”) sings in “Crystal Clear.” “I’m not gonna’ let it fall apart the way it did again.”In the end, even he admits that Almanac somehow captures all twelve months. “It was an average year: I lived in the same house, had the same wife, toured in the same bus, and took the same vacation. But I don’t think Almanac is an average record. We stepped way out of our comfort zone in terms of writing and producing. Somehow, it’s our most cohesive record yet.”“It was a risk,” Walsmith said. “But our die-hard fans were game. They came along for the ride. And, just because a little bit of the magic was taken away doesn’t mean they didn’t relish the process.”Like so many American bands, The Nadas started as a way for its members to pass the time between college classes. Unlike so many American bands, The Nadas outlasted their educations and rode a growing fan base to a genuine, honest-to-goodness career.While Butterworth is known for his rock ‘n’ roll intuitions (on perfect display in his live cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”) and Walsmith for his alt-country roots, they work perfectly as a songwriting unit, skillfully evoking the romance, introspection and uncertainty of living life on one’s own terms in the 21st Century.Those terms are what brought on the thoughts of intertwining their fans and the rise of social networking into the process of the album. Over the past sixteen years, The Nadas have built a strong community of fans and together they have sold more than 125,000 albums through their own Authentic Records, including 2003’s Transceiver and 2005’s Listen Through The Static, both produced by Todd and Toby Pipes of Deep Blue Something, as well as 2007’s The Ghosts Inside These Halls. Now, with Almanac, their seventh LP, they are confident they will continue to grow their community, bringing in new fans and new beginnings.“We started The Nadas sixteen years ago with just a couple of songs, a van and a newsletter, then grew a community from there,” said Walsmith. “The tools we have now to communicate with and build that community are crazy. But it’s still about the songs, and our fans. They’re why we do this.”
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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Thu, Sep 27 - 8pm - $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, 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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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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