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Mon, Dec 5 - 8pm - $5
Hibernian - Scando fiddle exploration with Vidar Skrede (fiddle, guitar), Sean Cleland (fiddle, chatting), and Brendan Bulger (fiddle) getting together to play traditional Irish and Norwegian tunes for you. Each of these musicians has earned international recognition for their music-making – and are now joining forces for the first time at this show at Martyrs’ nightclub. A fiddle-friendly night of top-notch music from Scandinavia, Hibernia, and North American regions.
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Tue, Dec 6 - 8pm - $7
Broken Cycles is an aggressive bass, drum, and guitar trio fueled by nostalgia for 90s grunge and 2000s alternative rock. This powerhouse creates impactful songs that reach out and punch the listener in the gut. Originating in Chicago in 2015, Broken Cycles released their debut EP, "The Cost", in the summer of 2016.
Big Black Bird is an independent rock band from Chicago, IL. Originally formed by brothers Kevin Bart (guitar), Brian Bart (drummer) and their compatriot Andrew Price (bass) as the Auramatics, the group performed at virtually all of the major venues in Chicago in the late-2000's. During this time, they honed their chops both as musicians and songwriters and grew into one of the best live shows in the city. In 2009, they added guitarist Brian Schnell to the lineup. Shortly thereafter, the band embarked on a birding trip to the Florida everglades where they became captivated by a large ominous black vulture that followed them at every turn through the dense Florida swampland. It was here that they had an epiphany concerning both their musical direction and band name. Under the watchful eye of the vulture, the group was christened Big Black Bird in a ceremony accented by Brian Bart's tribal rhythms. They recorded and released their debut album, 'The Lemon Tree', in late 2011. Led by the singles "An Easy Rule" and "Dumpster", it combines buzzing guitars, a tight rhythm section, and introspective lyrics, all of which combine to captivate the listener from beginning to end. All members of the band contribute to the songwriting, resulting in a dazzling and diverse sonic landscape. Their live shows are filled with rock n roll energy that stays cranked to 11 until the last shred of reverb fades away. The large ominous black vulture is circling. This is not a band to miss. Dive into them before everyone else does so you can say that you loved them first.
The Wistful Larks are an honest and genuine rock and roll band, with a larger than life sound and true to life, heart struck lyrics. Formed under a Midwest sky and honed within the Chicago suburbs, the band was created with the intent of blending the darker days of rock and roll of the 60’s, with the get up of the 50’s.With this intent in mind, they strive to maintain and craft new modern touches to their music, while also incorporating their individual influences. Inspired by vintage art and culture, while embracing modern medium, The Wistful Larks hope to create a unique sound. If you are looking to be moved in your soul, or feel it in your legs, The Wistful Larks will impress.
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Wed, Dec 7 - 8pm - $7
For those of you who grew up in Ireland, Thin Lizzy led by Phil Lynott, were the greatest rock band of all time. For everyone else they were the band that made the summer of '76 memorable with their radio hits "Jailbreak" & "Boys are Back In Town". Although many may think of Thin Lizzy as a hard rock band, Critic John Dugan writes that "As the band's creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and virtually all of the Irish Literary tradition. Van Morrison was a major influence, as well as American groups Little Feat, Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen. Their music covered much territory including hints of country and traditional folk music." Though others had earlier used similar techniques, Thin Lizzy is widely recognized as one of the first rock bands to employ double lead guitar harmony (the twin guitar clash) - a technique pioneered by Wishbone Ash in the U.K., whilst independently in theUSA by Lynyrd Skynyrd & The Allman Brothers Band. This style was later refined and popularised by bands of the emerging New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Judas Priest & Iron Maiden especially. The latter group in particular has praised Thin Lizzy extensively and even covered the song "Massacre" from Lizzy's popular Live & Dangerous album. Come celebrate Ireland's greatest rock band & their leader, Phillip Lynott. Tin Lynott digs deep into the catalogue playing tunes from every record from the band's 1971 debut to Phil's solo pop releases of the '80's. Hear why. "IN PHIL WE TRUST"
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Thu, Dec 8 - 8pm - $20GA/$30VIP
Bawdy Storytelling - the Original Sex + Storytelling series - features Real People & Rockstars sharing their Bona Fide Sexual Exploits Live Onstage; think of us as a One Night Stand with the Moth & Savage Love. Storytellers are an eclectic mix of Authors, Porn Stars, Sex Educators, Comics & More, along with Regular People just like you who submitted their stories online and were chosen for their panache and sense of (Mis)Adventure.Bawdy Storytelling features tales of Carnal Wins & Epic Fails with No Scripts, No Nets, and No Holds Barred. Join Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour & hand-picked Rockstars & Regular Joes as they share their own true adventures - Hey, you may even go home with a few new tricks for your boudoir arsenal!
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Fri, Dec 9 - 8:30pm - $10
The founding members of The King of Mars all met at Columbia College Chicago in the Spring of 2015. Since then, they've added piano, synths and a horn section. The band's been playing shows at popular Chicago at venues like Subterranean, The Bottom Lounge, The Beat Kitchen and The House of Blues. They've focused on shaking the foundation of what describes traditional rock music by encompassing a combination of Jazz, Funk and Soul musicalities alongside insightful lyricism.
Fall Classic is a Chicago-based indie-rock band that The Chicago Tribune recently said were “positioned to lose their unheralded status.” While formed in January 2012 by Ryan Jeffrey Smith (Vocals, Guitars), Jonathan Kolar (Bass, Vocals), and Christopher Grandberry (Drums, Vocals), the three have played together in different combinations since college. Their music draws on a myriad of influences, combining sharp harmonies and tasteful hooks with disjointed rhythms and energetic arrangements. They have played venues all across the US and those who’ve seen them describe them as “interesting, but not in, like, that boring way” and “fun, even though maybe I don’t get all that’s going on, you know?” Fall Classic has released three full-length albums, and recently released a collection of five short films, titled BOTH ENDS OF THE ROPE.
The group is Local Motive and we get down! We try to keep it classic, while keeping creative & original. Remember a time when the music was raw and soulful, and people searched to find a new voice, a new sound? We do. And all of us love all kinds of music. So we've mixed modern elements of pop music with the feeling of old-school rhythm & blues, paying tribute through original compositions to the classic Motown, funk, & soul sounds everyone loves. It's universal. Chilean vocalist, Daniella Rojas can write hooks for days & belt it out with the soul of Aretha & Etta. And the trumpet arrangements by Matthew Sypherd make it glow like that old school. Vinopal & Rojas co-write hook-heavy, funky-bluesy tunes you'll find yourself humming. We are great live and man, do we have a good time!
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Sat, Dec 10 - 9pm - $8
Minor Moon is the songwriting project of Sam Cantor, a musician based in Chicago, IL. Minor Moon’s latest effort is a 5 song EP titled What Our Enemies Know. Inspired in large part by the experience of uprooting from New England to the Midwest, Cantor’s newest handful of songs explore the tension between being haunted and embattled by ghosts and enemies, both real and imagined, while simultaneously affirming the lightness, playfulness and love required to overcome these universal challenges. Across the EP, the tracks reverberate within and reflect upon one another, and Cantor’s songwriting demonstrates both increased discipline and experimentation compared to previous releases. Meanwhile, the performances captured during these recording sessions are as raw and improvisational as they are measured and intentional. In addition to Cantor on guitar and vocals, What Our Enemies Know showcases Minor Moon’s most cohesive and consistent lineup to date featuring Chicago-based musicians Nathan Bojko on drums, Michael Downing on bass and vocals, and Colin Drozdoff on keyboards. Minor Moon began as a series of bedroom demos written and recorded by Cantor during college in early 2011, which he performed while hosting monthly house shows featuring acoustic music by friends and travelling musicians. After college, while living in Cambridge and Somerville, MA, Cantor continued to perform, this time with a rotating cast of musicians under the name Minor Moon. In the process, Minor Moon released an early EP, Faultlines, and a full-length record, A Whisper, A Shout, a lush and dynamic ten-song mediation on beauty, disgust, ambiguity, and affirmation. Inspired by the rooted innovativeness of contemporary artists like Wilco, Grizzly Bear, Radiohead, Bon Iver, and Gillian Welch as well as the sound and craft of older folk and folk rock musicians like Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Van Morrison, Minor Moon’s soulful, complex, “americana-esque” sound strikes a unique balance between a vintage and modern sound palate, mysterious and revelatory lyrics, and a contemplative and emphatic spirit. Minor Moon’s What Our Enemies Know is the premier release of Ruination Records, an artist-run label based in Brooklyn and Chicago, and co-founded by Cantor and his two oldest musical collaborators and friends, Dan Knishkowy and Andrew Stocker. What Our Enemies Know will be out on January 20th, 2017.
Izzy Olive is an anxious young woman who overthinks things constantly. A confrontational storyteller, Half Gringa is a long, hard look in the mirror. She writes songs about multicultural identity, domestic disputes, and genuine hope set to rowdy rural rock music.
Son Of Abbey is an all original rock band from Chicago. SOA is made up of members of the Chicago music scene. Vocalist Karl Hafner of Lucid Ground branched out in 2015 to write and record an EP. He was looking for a band to fit and write with him. Chris Shen from A Birdsong Valentine and Moon jumped on board to play bass. Shortly After drummer Chris Ellison from Visionaire joined on as drummer. With the band’s core in place the guys hit the studio to record their self titled debut at Rax Trax studio. While in the studio Tom Miller of Rocket Cathedral added organs and piano to round the sound out. 2016 will be the official release as well as North American Tour.
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Mon, Dec 12 - 8pm - $7
The Gabriel Construct is the avant-prog brainchild of Gabriel Lucas Riccio, a vocalist, composer, and instrumentalist from Salisbury, MD. His debut album, 'Interior City', is a dark and atmospheric concept album featuring Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour, ex-Periphery, Of Legends) on drums, Thomas Murphy (ex-Periphery) on bass, David Stivelman (ex-Debbie Does Dallas) on guitar, Soren Larson on saxophone, and frequent collaborator Sophia Uddin on violin. The album unites players from rock, metal, classical, and jazz backgrounds to create a sound which incorporates influences from a wide variety of genres, including progressive rock, 20th century classical music, extreme metal, drum-n-bass, jazz, '90s grunge and space rock, '80s pop and more. The album's densely layered vocal harmonies, distorted pianos, dissonant chords, and complex rhythms envelop the listener in a hallucinatory wall of sound. Gabriel currently resides in Chicago, IL, where he’s been working on sheet music books for King Crimson (including the recently released book for Tony Levin's Stick Men) and performing live with The Gabriel Construct and Pavlov3.
The Phantom Broadcast is an alternative rock group from Chicago, IL (formerly Urbana, IL) stemming from multi-instrumentalist Evan Opitz. We aim to create music that pushes the boundaries of Indie Rock and Pop music with the influence of Folk, Jazz, and Classical elements. The result yields instrumentation atypical to rock music, lively improvisation expanding from shorter recorded versions of the songs, and a new approach to the performance of each song every time it is played. Our influences range from Radiohead and Fleet Foxes to Miles Davis and Claude Debussy. Over the past 5 years we have released two full-lengths (Orphic Hymns, Until Next Time) and one ep (Sublimation Love) as a full band. We are currently finishing up our most recent Self-Titled record which we tracked at Earth Analog Studio by Colin Althaus (Tara Terra) and mastered by Rick Fritz (Audiotree). With our new music in hand we plan on taking over the midwest circuit. Over the last few years, we have performed at virtually almost every venue in Champaign/Urbana including The Accord, The Canopy Club, Cowboy Monkey, Mike N Molly's (RIP), Exile on Main St. (Record Store Day), Thee Deathtower, and more. In addition, we have played scattered shows all over the midwest including Chicago, Gurnee, Willow Springs, etc.
Conflux's style can be roughly defined as contrapuntal jazz-metal. Their music coalesces meticulous classical composition, loose jazz improvisation, and raw heavy metal brutality into a deeply sophisticated but widely accessible sound. With a broad range of appeal, the quartet consistently challenges the notion that "art" and "entertainment" are two separate entities, producing songs that are just as groovy as they are cerebral.
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Tue, Dec 13 - 8pm - $10
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 includesJim Boukas - guitarKris Nowak - guitarDuff Driscoll - uprightEric Lambert - guitarMatt Arendt - guitarBen Wright - banjoJason Berger - mandoSteve Haberichter - mandoPat Lyons - mando/dobroTom Murray - fiddleWavy Dave - banjoGreg Morland - mandoDan Andree - fiddleSpencer Savoie - banjoGrateful Gary - upright bassJames Chrzan - keysMike Krieglstein - upright bass
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Wed, Dec 14 - 8pm - $7
The Jungle' - "Their sound is big, their songs are epic" - Joe Fedorco, Producer. Blasting club-style original Americana blues-tinged rock, alt-pop and gritty jangle under literate lyrics, the music consistently charts a course between appealing to a familiar American tradition and opening a fresh cut edge. A Jungle composition is full of darkness and hope, mixing poetry, anger and longing and a heady stream of haunting melody. Jungle' is a mid-western band who's played on shows with Dawes, Jackson Brown and Purgatory Hill. They've just completed their first studio CD "Devil's Work" available on iTunes, Loudr and Spotify
Old Sap is at least a bearded man with a banjo. The banjo plays the voice of a pine while the surrounding Maples lose their rusty leaves. Drawing influence from contemporary songwriters such as The Avett Brothers, Andrew Bird, Feist, and Tom Waits, Old Sap's songs tell stories of loss, of finding joy in adventure and uncertainty, of learning to bear life's ugliness with grace, of bowing humbly to the mystery at the center of all things, singing praise to our shared existence on this planet.
Chyomin (shy-O-min) is a dirty psychedelic blues rock power trio based in Chicago, Illinois. Formed in November of 2015 Chyomin has the experience of 30+ combined years of musicianship. Feeling a disconnect with classical music early in his childhood Dov Stanley (guitar/vocals/oboe/trumpet/harmonica) quickly became an experimental musician straying into playing improvisational jazz with classmates from Interlochen. After being expelled and teaching himself guitar he moved back to Chicago for the fifth time in his life; and found himself playing with current Chyomin percussionist Kevin J Houston in their band Woody and the Chucks, a rockabilly turned experimental rock group. Having grown up playing in drum lines, Kevin found his musical interests very diverse and heavy on syncopation. Having played in bands ranging in form from metal to jazz, Kevin aligned with Dov through their influence of rock music stretching from the 1920s to the 1980s; meshing a very traditional type of early rock with a bluesy psychedelic feel of the late sixties early seventies. As Woody and the Chucks came to an end, Dov and Kevin formed a small intermission band named The Racket Boys with Sam Dunbar (bass) and one other guitarist. Sam Dunbar learned to play from a long line of family musicians, from his great great grandfather who recorded country records in the 1940s, to his father who taught Sam originally how to play at a young age. Previously only playing guitar, mandolin, and harmonica in musical endeavors before, Sam’s first stand out bass commitment comes in Chyomin. As the guitarist left the Racket boys, Sam Dunbar completed the final arrangement to officially form Chyomin as a power trio. Chyomin’s sound has best been described as “a Quinten Tarantino soundtrack” and is “blazing a path of originality”. Within the first months of forming Chyomin is proud to release their first EP entitled “Home” recorded in Chicago, Illinois, supported by local live shows.
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Thu, Dec 15 - 9:30pm - $12adv/$15door
Dirtwire is David Satori of Beats Antique, Evan Fraser of Stellamara and Mark Reveley of Jed and Lucia. Dirtwire sits on the back porch of Americana’s future, conjuring up a whirlwind of sound using traditional instrumentation, world-beat percussion, and electronic soundscapes. Comprised of David Satori (Beats Antique), Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila; Stellamara), and Mark Reveley (Jed and Lucia) each performance brings both band and audience to a mysterious crossroads of beats, blues, bluegrass, African, Asian, and South + Central American sounds. The result is a rebirth of Americana and a post-millennial psychedelic journey to downhome goodness.
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Fri, Dec 16 - 9pm - $8
Stampy is a mutation of several already established Chicago-scene acts. The diversity of musical styles combined with the longstanding friendships of Stampy's members contributes to a new and upcoming flavor of music that will soon be served at a venue near you.Stampy's sound is produced by an eclectic cast of musicians from Chicago groups In La Kesh, Terrapin Flyer, SMOKER, The Great Sky Band, Doug Shotwell and the Right Hand Band, The Dancehall Twigs, The Dropper, The Localvores, and The Blind Staggers. With influences spanning multiple genres and artists, Stampy's original material travels many musical avenues. From soulful grooves to high energy dual guitar solos, Stampy brings a versatile set to the table that is sure to please a variety of palates. Stampy is about to finish up their debut LP with Treehouse Records, set to release sometime late summer 2016.
Ryan Viser, an American trumpet player and electronic music producer, has stirred up a frenzy and is gaining a rapid following amongst music fans since forming in 2013. Combining his aggressive trumpet playing with his hard hitting original productions, Ryan is developing a reputation for lighting up a crowd every time he picks up the horn. In 2014, his track "Steppin Up", won the Management's Choice Award in The Untz Challenge V, giving Ryan the opportunity to shine on the stages of 6 major music festivals including Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Sonic Bloom, and Summer Camp. With album releases in 2015 and 2016, Ryan is continuing to hone his sound and focus on a new style of brass infused bass music.
Lunar Ticks aim to barrel through stylistic boundaries,by recreating, and expanding on roots music (rock, folk, country, jazz, bluegrass, soul, funk, etc.), with a DIY ethic and a jovial attitude. Featuring members of Chicago bands, The Casual Ties, Rusty Gates, Spread, Ooraloo, and Higgs Theory, this group labors to build an eclectic and vast catalog of originals and covers. This is a collective that strives for experimentation in writing, recording, production, and performance. We like to get weird, have fun, and let the moment steer us any way it chooses. We are dedicated to crafting intricate compositions, exploring inventive techniques for improvisation, and creating live experiences that will incorporate unique collaborations, themed events, and crowd interaction. We promise you this, If you take a chance on us, we’ll take a chance for you.
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Sat, Dec 17 - 9pm - $15
Mike Himebaugh (Hello Dave), Paul Bolger (Mr. Blotto) and Arthur Lee Land together form Hello Mr. Arthur. Born in the taverns of Chicago in the early part of this century these stalwarts of the Chicago music scene brought their voices, guitars and songwriting together to create a harmony that rings with truth and timelessness. It’s a rare occasion (NOT TO BE MISSED) when these three troubadours cross paths and pause long enough to engage in banter and song.
Arthur Lee Land’s lifelong musical journey has led him to a rare accomplishment in the world of popular music – genuine innovation. Arthur is a Lyons Colorado based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Live-Looping Artist. He has toured for years as an unforgettable solo act using the Art of Live-Looping to create an “on the fly” full band sound by layering acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, guitar synthesizer, bass, African percussion, drum samples, beat boxing and other electronic sonic textures and effects. Describing Land’s latest release Cracked Open results in using genre defying terms like “Electro-Americana” and “Afrograss-Folk Rock.” Equally unique is the creative songwriting collaboration with his non-performing lyricist and wife Carol Lee who contributes the majority of the lyrical content for “Arthur Lee Land.” Her lyrics are influenced by writers like Robert Hunter and use naturalism, archetypal psychology and evocative story lines to draw the listener in. This unmistakably feminine presence gives their songs a breadth and complexity seldom rivaled in the work of solo writers. Arthur joined the Colorado Americana Jam band “Great American Taxi” replacing Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon. Also joined by drummer Duane Trucks (Hard Working Americans). Taxi just finished mixing their new album “Sunshiny Days” with 5 songs penned by Arthur & Carol Lee due out in early 2106 and produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth. When not busy with his own projects, Arthur has been in demand as a sideman and session guitarist playing with some of Colorado’s favorite artists: Bonnie Paine and Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival, Benny “Burle” Galloway and blues violinist Lionel Young among many others. Arthur has shared the stage with several notable headliners including David Grisman, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Yonder Mountain String Band, Derek Trucks Band, Leftover Salmon, Blues Traveler, ALO, Donovan, Gatemouth Brown, Jr Walker, Richie Havens and more….. “This guy exudes musical magic!” —Steve Szymanski, V.P. of Planet Bluegrass (Promoters of Rocky Mountain Folks & Telluride Bluegrass Festivals)
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Mon, Dec 19 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Dec 20 - 8pm - $7
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British Jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame and Scott Tipping of Cornmeal,John Reed of Helping Phrendly Orchestra and Terrapin Flyer,Packy Lundholm of Terrapin Flyer,and special guests
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Wed, Dec 21 - 8pm - $7
One half of Chicago indie-electronic act Tin Gardens, San Soma is a solo act with the sound of a 6-piece ensemble. His melancholic music borders somewhere between experimental rock and ambient electronics, all-the-while maintaining a hypnotic groove that has already caught the eye of numerous Chicago blogs and music promotors (read more here: http://www.thesedays.news/releases/2016/8/10/san-soma-yearlong-pine?rq=s...).
Dave, Cal, Zach, Duncan, and Sam formed the Chicago psychedelic rock band Lovejoy this year, here to groove with you, put smiles on your faces, and trip you out. We love you, and we love love.
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Thu, Dec 22 - 7pm - $10
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
Me You & Her is Alaina Stacey, Hannah Rand and Olivia Harris (though not necessarily in that order). They began singing together in high school and in 2012 released a surprisingly fun, fresh and well-crafted EP of some of their favorite Christmas songs, while donating part of the proceeds to The Greater Chicago Food Depository, to help the 1 in 5 kids in Chicago who go to bed hungry every night. Though they’ve all gone off to work on separate projects since then, they continue to get together each year during the Christmas holidays to sing these songs together - and often toss in a few other surprises as well - all while raising money for Chicagoans in need. You can find their “A ‘lil more Christmas” EP on iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-lil-more-christmas-ep/id5787519644
Hannah Rand has been gaining acclaim as a singer/songwriter since she was 12, and has been an honors songwriting major at Belmont University for the last four years. On December 22 at Martyrs, Hannah will be celebrating the premier of an album that started as a senior project for her songwriting music degree. Called “Standing On Shoulders,” this collection is a fresh, thoughtful, emotionally moving new take on 6 songs from master songwriters Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, Norah Jones and Adele, and 6 originals based on what she learned from each of them. Be the first to hear her perform these songs live with band members, the acclaimed Rob Clearfield, Patrick Mulcahy and Jon Deitemyer, along with some BGVs from Alaina Stacey and Olivia Harris.
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Fri, Dec 23 - 9pm - $25
Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans' best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy. In Big Easy tradition, dueling baselines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III set off one of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet, while Ivan Neville lights up the Hammond B3 keys and cousin Ian Neville’s funky guitar riffs send the groove into overdrive. The band recently welcomed their newest member, Alvin Ford Jr. to the quintet, a New Orleans born and raised powerhouse drummer. Dumpstaphunk tosses around lead vocals and four-part harmonies the way Sly & the Family Stone did, but with three studio albums under their belt, Dumpstaphunk stands on the merit of their own material. Songs like “Dancin’ To The Truth” off their latest record, Dirty Word (July 30, 2013, Louisiana Red Hot Records), offer an escape into the funky sublime, sharing the true spirit of New Orleans with every note. "Dumpstaphunk has grown from a small side project into one of New Orleans' most prestigious modern funk ensembles." - Rolling Stone. "I have a new favorite New Orleans funk band: Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk" - New York Times. "One of the hippest funk bands in the land." - Guitar Player Magazine. “Bottom line: where there’s a party, Dumpstaphunk brings it!” - Offbeat Magazine. "Dumpstaphunk remains synonymous with New Orleans and anyone from NOLA would be proud to call this their official band.” - JamBase.
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Fri, Dec 30 - 9pm - $20
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
TWO-TIME GRAMMY© AWARD-losing drummer Gerald Dowd hails from the Boston area. Since moving to Chicago in the late 1900s, he has played/sung/recorded with Robbie Fulks, Justin Roberts, Frisbie, Nora O'Connor, Chris Mills, Kelly Hogan, Mavis Staples, and Rich Little. Father of two (that he knows of) and husband of one (that she knows of), he took so long completing his solo album, Home Now, that people forgot he'd ever mentioned it.
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Sat, Dec 31 - 9pm - $25
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
Do you like The Andrews Sisters? How about the Mills Brothers? Les Paul and Mary Ford perhaps?? Do you also like to laugh too long, too strong? Then you'll probably find us mighty swell. Babe-alon 5 is a female vocal trio with Kasey Foster, Kiley Moore, and Tara Smith. Guest musicians and artists always seem to be happening through town when we play. Babe-alon 5 has what you want. We're your beeswax.
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Wed, Jan 4 - 9pm - $10
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, theyare proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energeticsound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album afteralmost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influencedby American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos andimpeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand uponthe ve-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the traditionof the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries ofbluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growingfan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and liveperformance.
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Thu, Jan 5 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
Rosie & The Rivets perform the best music of the 1950's & early 1960's along with some current hits with a retro twist. From the Atomic Age through the British Invasion, Rosie & The Rivets evoke the energy and excitement of the era that spawned the greatest music of all time. A music that continues to thrill and entice. Come along and see why Rosie & The Rivets are the Premier Retro Rock & Roll Show!
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Fri, Jan 6 - 8pm - $40
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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Mon, Jan 9 - 8pm - $7
From our humble beginnings as the folk/rock duo Neil and Nick, The Devilish Winks have bloomed into a six-piece ensemble of folk and classical-influenced rock and roll. Drummer Nick Christiansen and Guitarist Neil Huff founded the group in May of 2012, and since the additions of Sandy Van Laningham (Vocals, Keyboard), Shawn Neely (Bass), Dave Keller (Electric guitar) and Dov Turner (Clarinet/Saxophone), the band has never sounded better! If there's one reason why the world should listen to us, it's our love for diversity in song. From eerie piano pieces blended with luscious acoustic guitar, sultry saxophone and beautiful clarinet to the epic pounding rhythms of riff-based rock'n'roll, topped with soaring and screaming distorted guitar solos, belted sax lines and vocal harmonies that shimmer and shine like a new Chevy in the sun. From the clean tone of the acoustic to the distorted romp and wail of the electric, The Devilish Winks are sojouners of the sonic spectrum in more ways than one.
Jennifer Westwood cut her teeth on Detroit Gospel before hitting the gritty Detroit bars that set her career in motion. She has been a Detroit Music Award winner and nominee in several categories, and has contributed music to multiple Emmy Award winning commercials and documentaries, as well as film.She first found confidence to consider music as a career by the encouragement of a church acquaintance, a professor of music who had previously served as ensemble choir director for the late Bishop C.L. Franklin, father of Aretha. Performing in church lead to her first work in the outside world, singing backup locally for Motown artist Carl Carlton (Bad Mama Jama). Studio work for various local artists followed, first in R & B and soul genres, followed by roots and blues. Those experiences gave her insight on the direction she wanted to embark on for her own music before leaping out on her own. It also opened doors for commercial work due to her vocal flexibility and enthusiasm. The same enthusiasm has driven each performance --- whether it has been 7 ppl, on up to 70,000. Sharing the bill with rock icon Patti Smith at the world’s largest Masonic Temple have marked a highlight of her performance career.Jennifer has fully embraced the character and spirit of Detroit; and considers her greatest accomplishment to be creating a career in music during some of the most troubling economic times for her hometown.There are no musical limitations with Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils. The skill set and accomplishments that each member has earned helps them create a format where no style is out of bounds. Somehow, it all sounds familiar, but unique all the same. Truly a melting pot of musical ability and knowledge, the band makes a statement with each note and the sky is the limit.
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Tue, Jan 10 - 8pm - $10
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 includesJim Boukas - guitarKris Nowak - guitarDuff Driscoll - uprightEric Lambert - guitarMatt Arendt - guitarBen Wright - banjoJason Berger - mandoSteve Haberichter - mandoPat Lyons - mando/dobroTom Murray - fiddleWavy Dave - banjoGreg Morland - mandoDan Andree - fiddleSpencer Savoie - banjoGrateful Gary - upright bassJames Chrzan - keysMike Krieglstein - upright bass
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Tue, Jan 10 - 9pm - $10
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 includesJim Boukas - guitarKris Nowak - guitarDuff Driscoll - uprightEric Lambert - guitarMatt Arendt - guitarBen Wright - banjoJason Berger - mandoSteve Haberichter - mandoPat Lyons - mando/dobroTom Murray - fiddleWavy Dave - banjoGreg Morland - mandoDan Andree - fiddleSpencer Savoie - banjoGrateful Gary - upright bassJames Chrzan - keysMike Krieglstein - upright bass
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Wed, Jan 11 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini. Past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Dan Ponce, Len Kasper, Tony Fitzpatrick, JC Brooks and Ji Suk Yi.
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Wed, Jan 11 - 11pm - $10
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, theyare proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energeticsound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album afteralmost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influencedby American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos andimpeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand uponthe ve-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the traditionof the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries ofbluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growingfan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and liveperformance.
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Fri, Jan 13 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Afrobeat cannot stand still. As the genre’s tempting sounds continue a resurgence across the globe, Chicago Afrobeat Project (CAbP) remains true to its original vision of breathing the intensity of Chicago’s rich music scene into the infectious sounds of afrobeat. Rather than become caricatures of the genre, CAbP slips a reverent nod to the tradition while delivering an energized originality different from any other band on the afrobeat scene today. At each of its 100+ live performances a year, the group’s frenzied songs hit audiences with a big enough one-two punch to tirelessly knock them onto the dance floor time and time again.Afrobeat’s range of influences — funk, rock, jazz, afro-cuban, high life and juju music – settle into a hypnotic, dance-compelling pulse at the core of CAbP. The group layers a fiery originality around this core through high-energy rock and experimental jazz. The trance-like grooves that hold the floor in the tradition are pushed to new borders in CAbP’s second and self-produced album, (A) Move to Silent Unrest. In it, the group keeps true to the mix of respect to the tradition and forward-thinking experimentation that shine through in their live performances.The individual players, coming from diverse backgrounds, each hold their own as soloists that ultimately characterize the live shows. Melodic and hard-hitting horn lines create a lyrical flow to the music, delivered by a cutting, driven rhythm section dynamic. Complex call-and-response percussion songs are dispersed throughout the performances. At select shows, African dancers from Chicago’s Muntu Dance Theatre accompany the band. Added up, the music is packaged with original songwriting that explores the stylistic reaches of afrobeat and a few classic covers delivered true to form.The group currently performs across the country from coast to coast with notable festival dates including Bele Chere Music Festvial (2005, 2006) Wakarusa Music Festival (2006), Chicago World Music Festival (2003, 2006), Vassar College Jazz Festival (2005, 2006), Summer Camp (2005, 2007), Chicago’s Summer Dance Series (2005, 2007), and High Sierra Music Festival (2007).CAbP was nominated as Best African Artist in the Chicago Music Awards (CMA) in 2004 and 2005, and was nominated for the CMA’s “Award of Honor for Contribution to World Beat Music” in 2006. As a natural extension of the group’s ability to connect diverse musical styles through afrobeat, CAbP has featured many notable Chicago guest musicians such as Howard Levy of Bela Fleck fame, Fareed Haque of Garaj Mahal, seven-time Grammy-winner Paul Wertico, Bobby Broom, Jeff Parker of Tortoise, Kalyan Pathak, Diverse, Ugochi, Morikeba Kouyate and many other Chicago greats.
Chicago's Swamp Heat proudly carries on the tradition and sound of New Orleans dance music into the 21st century. Known for their irresistible grooves and heartfelt ballads, the band sheds light on forgotten gems and continues to push the music forward with their own unique voice. After a chance encounter, Chicago native Brandi Sanders has been thrust from the church into the limelight and continues to electrify audiences near and far.
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Tue, Jan 17 - 8pm - $7
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British Jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame and Scott Tipping of Cornmeal,John Reed of Helping Phrendly Orchestra and Terrapin Flyer,Packy Lundholm of Terrapin Flyer,and special guests
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Wed, Jan 18 - 9pm - $10
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, theyare proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energeticsound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album afteralmost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influencedby American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos andimpeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand uponthe ve-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the traditionof the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries ofbluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growingfan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and liveperformance.
Mad Bread is a string band for the 21st century, playing a unique mixture of bluegrass, rock, folk and blues. The band blends traditional instruments with modern songwriting, creating innovative, genre-bending music that defies classification. At a concert, you'll hear them move effortlessly from boot-stompin' bluegrass jams, to psychedelic folk ballads, to Chicago-style blues-rock with stops everywhere in between.
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Fri, Jan 20 - 7pm - $20
“IDR’s music reflects the process of the immigrants memory’s distortion from second generation on. This is what happens by living in the New Yorker cultural melting pot with a strong traditional background; IDR’s music is at the same time far from the original source – for geographic, chronological and cultural reasons – and full of tradition’s elements. IDR’s music is impossible to fit in any conventional standard.” MC & JP“IDR (Italian Doc Remix) premiered at ISSUE PROJECT ROOM in NYC back in 2004. After connecting with the finest of New York’s Downtown Improvisers, Marco Cappelli organized an all-star ensemble to produce what has become one of my favorite projects. Since its premiere performance, IDR has perfected its instrumentation, interpretation and personal language, viewing the project as a complete expression rather than a series of individual pieces. This music is about connection: the connection to one’s culture as well as the merging of styles of different cultures and centuries. It’s about a commitment to culture that Marco felt in Italy and to the music of a particular place and time in New York. Percussionist Jim Pugliese felt the urgency of this mix and encouraged Cappelli’s sorcery. There is alchemy here, a magical blend that emerges as Marco mixes rare ingredients, rearranges and transmutes traditional melodies into spontaneous, musical gold. Marco’s “canons” and “ostinatos” break down the structure of traditional sonic worlds and entwine them in fresh detail, bringing them into harmonious accord.” Suzanne Fiol (Founder of ISSUE Project Room – Brooklyn)
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Fri, Jan 20 - 9pm - $10
Bumpus and their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energyof Sly & the Family Stone, the funk of James Brown, and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together big, funky beats, deep bass, lush JB horns, and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane, musical funk frenzy. Bumpus has shared the stage with many of their heroes. Artists such as Dr. John, War, The Roots, Jurassic 5, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley. The band has performed at the prestigious Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival alongside Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, and Widespread Panic. Their fourth and most recent album, All the People, won rave reviews and they’re currently hard at work on their fifth album, Step Sure or Step Aside. Bumpus continues to tour throughout the country, while performing at various venues in Chicago and the Midwest.
SOUL VISTAS is led by singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Curtis Anthony Bozif. Core members include Dan Budai on bass, whom Curt has worked with in previous projects, and Mike Curran on drums and percussion. Mike joined Curt and Dan in the spring on 2014. Over the years the band has gone through a handful of guitar players that include Kevin Wilson, Matt Alley, and Josh Miller. Nick Hansen has helped out on keys since the spring of 2015 and Alex Santilli first played percussion with SOUL VISTAS in the Fall of 2015. Much of Bozif's song writing is based on variations on blues templates, but the band draws from a variety of blues, R&B, hip-hop, soul, funk, fusion, and jazz music. Their first record is tentatively schedule for release in the summer/fall of 2016.
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Fri, Jan 27 - 7:30pm - $25
BANDS FOR BELL 14 -Come hear Bell School's Teachers, Staff and Parents Rock out to raise fund for Bell School.BANDS FOR BELL is an annual fundraising event where musicians from the Bell School Community perform to raise money for Bell School and its programs. Featuring the following Bands -Teacher's Pet Bread & Butter Air This Side of Caution Hurtin' Kind
Underneath all the hooks and well crafted melodies lay songs about life on life's terms. Love, hate, all of lifes victories and defeats. The Hurtin Kind play music for grown ups about the world as we see and experience it. It's a joyous noise , so c'mon along for the ride!
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Sat, Jan 28 - 9pm - $10
Founded in Minneapolis during the spring of 2012, BMB came together when two guitar players discovered each other's almost identical craigslist ads aimed at starting a funk band influenced by among other things, the sounds of Fela Kuti, K Frimpong, and King Sunny Ade. Over the next 3 years the band would relentlessly rehearse, fine tune, and develop their deeply powerful sound. What started as a funk band playing obscure covers eventually blossomed into a creative collective of musicians writing, arranging, and performing original music that builds on the sound of Nigerian Afrobeat by tastefully blending it with other styles. As time went on, the band cycled through players and material before arriving at what would become the permanent lineup and their signature sound. In 2013 Secret Stash Records released BMB’s debut single to critical acclaim within the collector and DJ communities. The bible of all things funky, Wax Poetics, declared the record to be “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” Flea Market Funk raved “This is some authentic music right here people, recorded in the United States. Inspired by the likes of The Funkees, The Black President, and Moussa Doumbia as much as James Brown and The Meters, this Twin Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling out their musical path with their unique sounds.” The entire pressing quickly sold out as Secret Stash shipped copies around the globe while BMB slang copies from the stage after shows throughout the Midwest. Two years later, after almost non-stop gigging and rehearsing, BMB finally tracked their debut album at Secret Stash’s new recording studio in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. Cut live in one room over the course of 3 days, the recordings jump out of the speakers with an energy reminiscent of the band’s celebrated live shows. About the process, guitarist Hans Kruger says, “This music needs to be recorded live. Everytime we play there are these little connections that are being made between a couple of the musicians. The bass and drums might lock into something that the horn players don’t consciously know about. But while that’s happening, the horn players might find their way to some new interpretation of their parts. You would lose some of that if you went in and tracked everything one at a time. There needs to be room for collective improvisation.” The incredible thing about recorded music is its ability to travel across time, space, and cultural boundaries. The story of Black Market Brass and their debut album, Cheat And Start A Fight, is a testament to that miraculous feat. Recorded in 2015 by the 12 piece instrumental band, it is heavily inspired by the sounds of West African popular and spiritual music from long ago.
With a sound born out of the combination of funk roots with jazz and electronic music, Genome has been impressing audiences with their tight sound and getting them on the dance floor with infectious grooves. Undeniable and unrelenting, Drew Littell, Patrick Dinnen, and Asif Wilson form a rhythm section that will not be stopped. Coupled with the stylings of multi-instrumentalist Xavier Galdon, saxophonist Kyle Madsen, and guitarist Igor Voltchenko, the lush sounds of Genome will have you partying all night long!
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Wed, Feb 8 - 9pm - $10
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, theyare proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energeticsound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album afteralmost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influencedby American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos andimpeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand uponthe ve-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the traditionof the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries ofbluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growingfan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and liveperformance.
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Wed, Feb 15 - 9pm - $10
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, theyare proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energeticsound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album afteralmost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influencedby American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos andimpeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand uponthe ve-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the traditionof the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries ofbluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growingfan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and liveperformance.
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Sun, Feb 19 - 8pm - $20adv/$25door
Ralph Towner was born in Washington in 1940. He began his jazz career as a Bill Evans inspired pianist, then travelled to Vienna to study classical guitar with Karl Scheit, the renowned Austrian guitarist, lutenist and pedagogue. In New York City in the late 1960s, Towner freelanced on both piano and guitar, collaborating with musicians from Freddie Hubbard to Tim Hardin. He co-founded the band Oregon in 1970, together with Collin Walcott, Glenn Moore and Paul McCandless – all of whom would appear on Towner’s ECM debut, Trios/Solos, in 1972. His recordings for ECM have included solo albums, duo projects (with John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock, Gary Burton and, recently, Paolo Fresu), bands under his direction (including the much-loved Solstice with Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber, Jon Christensen) and discs with Oregon. He has also contributed to albums by Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler and Egberto Gismonti, and guested with the group Azimuth. As an instrumentalist Towner has shaped distinct languages for his classical and 12-string guitars. He has described his approach to the guitar as “pianistic: my brain wants to have access to all those notes at once.” As a composer he remains a unique force, combining baroque counterpoint, rhythms and melodies inspired by Brazilian music and jazz tradition, and a personal approach to harmony and development.
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Wed, Feb 22 - 9pm - $10
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, theyare proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energeticsound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album afteralmost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influencedby American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos andimpeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand uponthe ve-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the traditionof the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries ofbluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growingfan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and liveperformance.
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Fri, Apr 28 - 8pm - $30adv/$35door
Martin Barre has been the guitarist of Jethro Tull for 43 years, his sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; his solo on the song "Aqualung" is consistantly rated one of the best solos of all time. His playing on the album ‘Crest of a Knave’ earned him a Grammy award in 1988.As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.As Jethro Tull are taking a long break from touring, Martin has put together a band to play the "classic" music from the Tull catalogue. His band is a total commitment to give the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years. The band includes Dan Crisp: guitar and voice, Alan Thomson: bass, George Lindsay: drums.
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Sat, Apr 29 - 8pm - $30adv/$35door
Martin Barre has been the guitarist of Jethro Tull for 43 years, his sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; his solo on the song "Aqualung" is consistantly rated one of the best solos of all time. His playing on the album ‘Crest of a Knave’ earned him a Grammy award in 1988.As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.As Jethro Tull are taking a long break from touring, Martin has put together a band to play the "classic" music from the Tull catalogue. His band is a total commitment to give the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years. The band includes Dan Crisp: guitar and voice, Alan Thomson: bass, George Lindsay: drums.
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