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Thu, Sep 20 - 8pm - No Cover
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Parisienne singer/flautist/percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez—a.k.a. La Dame Blanche—creates her own compelling electronic fusion of hip hop, Colombian cumbia, Jamaican dancehall dance rhythms. Born to a musical family in Cuba, her trombonist father Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos served as artistic director of the famed Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. She also received extensive musical training, studying classical flute at Havana’s prestigious Escuela Nacional De Arte De Cuba. After moving to Paris, she performed hip-hop vocals on the city streets and took her ironic name from the ghost in Francois-Adrien Boieldieu’s opera of the same name. But Afro-Cuban culture remains pronounced in La Dame Blanche’s work, especially in her 2018 disc Bajo El Mismo Cielo (Under The Same Sky). Along with French producer and engineer Marc “Babylotion” Damblé, her songs describe lives of people in Cuban neighborhoods and her lyrics also draw on the spirituality of the Santeria faith.
When Malian master musician Cheick Hamala Diabate toured the United States for the first time in 1995, he brought 800 years of musical heritage with him. Coming from a long line of musical griots, he proved his expertise on the n’goni (West African stringed lute) as a child and studied the guitar with his famous uncle, Djelimady Tounkara. After attending the prestigious National Institute of Arts in Bamako and working with a legion of his country’s stars, he began investigating American traditions. Now living in Washington, D.C., he demonstrates how much the n’goni resembled the American banjo and may have been its ancestor. This deep interest led to collaborations with bluegrass/jazz banjo player Bela Fleck and blues guitarist Corey Hart. His 2009 album Ake Doni Doni (Take It Slow) is an invigorating combination of all of these idioms from both sides of the Atlantic. Along with working in a host of different ensembles, Diabate also choreographs U.S.-based African dance companies.
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Fri, Sep 21 - 9pm - $10
Co-Stanza, originally a hip-hop solo project of frontman Jack Costanza, has transformed into a high energy, catchy, pop act that draws from Folk, Alternative Rock, and Indie sounds. Co-Stanza combines creative lyrics and storytelling, with a passionate and engaging live show. The hooks are sure to get stuck in your head and the energy will draw you in and to keep you moving. Now performing with a 5 piece band based in Chicago, Co-Stanza is steadily solidifying its place in the Chicago scene.
Extracto is a four piece band in the modern rock music format. Extracto is Grant Dawson:bass/vocals, Marshall Dawson:drums, Steve Frenkel: guitar/vocals, Dan Polonsky: vocals/guitar. In 2018, Extracto released The Power of Prime Numbers, a 5 song EP. Shortly after that, they released the single An Eagle with Angel’s Wings, a tribute to the late Glenn Frey of the Eagles. They have played in bands since the latter part of the 20th century. Collectively, they have over 120 years of rock experience. Their music is an angular mix of jagged hooks and barbs that is guaranteed to please the masses. Extracto is based in Chicago, Illinois.
Eunfinished is a seven-piece jazz/hip-hop band featuring the original works of Eun-Jin Chung, a songwriter based in Chicago, IL.
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Sat, Sep 22 - 7pm - $20
Join us for a night in the fight against cancer at one of the best live venues in the city, Martyrs'. ROCK OUT CANCER is an evening of rock to remember those we have loved and lost. Opening set by Stand up comedian Joe McMahon starts at 7pm, Icebox at 8:15pm, followed by Mellow Jelly @ 9:30pm. Tickets available in advance or at door.Mellow Jelly features Mike McGovern on Lead Vocals and Harmonica; Matt McGlynn - Drums; Brian Hurley - Guitar; Bill Larkin - Bass; Jon Mateer - Lead Guitar
Icebox are a groove, soul and rock & roll band from Chicago
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Mon, Sep 24 - 8pm - $7
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
Songwriter / Songstress, Daniela Sloan has the soulful classic sound of Nina Simone blended with the fresh approach and poetry of Jill Scott. Her original songs are "acoustic soul" and her sound lingers between hip-hop, blues, and latin as her Colombian heritage dictates. She has been writing and singing since age 11 and the combination of her warmth and strength as a singer give her performance particular allure when interspersed with her eloquent rap/poetry. In short- her music has been described as “audible chocolate” – rich vocals and intimate lyrics that leave you feeling satisfied with the depths of its flavor.
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Tue, Sep 25 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Wed, Sep 26 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Dos Santos is a quintet based in Chicago. Their elasticity & consistency in live performance and their recorded output have garnered them wide attention as one of the city’s most potent, impactful performers. Collectively raised through the pedagogy of American popular and traditional Latin music, their future-minded sound gestures forward into an idealized new progressive American music, as rooted in Chicago as it is communicable with the world.After making their debut in May of 2013, Dos Santos has been steadily making the rounds at Chicago’s premiere live music venues and festivals—from the prestigious Millennium Park Summer Music Series to the exclusive Chicago World Music Festival. In March of 2015, they released their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut cd Dos Santos and subsequently toured the United States, making appearances at SXSW, the Pachanga Latino Music Festival, and the Ruido Fest Latin Alternative Music Festival along the way. In 2016, the band released their follow-up EP entitled “Fonografic” on Electric Cowbell Records produced by Beto Martínez of Grammy Award-winning Grupo Fantasma. Recently, they teamed up with Money Chicha to release a 7" vinyl split entitled "Summit Sessions" on Sonorama Discos. Their highly-anticipated debut LP on International Anthem is now available worldwide. Read more about it here.The group’s five members (Peter Vale, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Nathan Karagianis) have their own storied careers in a range of styles—including jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa, and electronica—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing.
The Eternals have developed a reputation for dropping mutated grooves that compel you to move, delivered with heart and conviction. Led by core members Damon Locks (vocals) and Wayne Montana (bass), the Chicago group continues to hone a highly rhythmic, transcendent sound featuring vocalist Jeanine O'Toole, guitarist Aaron Shapiro and drummer Areif Sless-Kitain. They're joined here by one of the local jazz scene's brightest voices, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, in what promises to be a uniquely genre-colliding, spellbinding performance.
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Thu, Sep 27 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a guerilla-punk-balkan-folk-brass band massive like no other. Tracing their genesis back to the streets of Toronto, the original quartet of busking troubadours quickly amassed a battalion of like-minded musical souls and the full-blown, dozen plus strong Orkestra was born. The multi award winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by the Canadian and international media alike and over the past 8 years they have performed on streets and stages around the world, leaving a trail of new friends and dedicated fans in their wake. Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a truly immersive experience - ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic, and they have exquisitely captured that energy on their new album If I Had The Strength. Released in November 2018, it includes guest appearances from famed soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Latino rapper Boogat, Choir! Choir! Choir! and more. Their new video for the song Freedom has also just been released. Directed by the band's own Michael Louis Johnson, it was shot following an all-night drive home from a gig. Without any sleep, the members donned their best suits and gowns, cracked open a bottle of tequila, and let the cameras roll. “We wanted to create something that presents more questions than it answers,” Johnson says. “A piece wherein the stakes are very high, but we don't know what's at stake." The band is currently supporting their new releases with a 9 date Canadian tour, before heading south to New York City to premiere their two-time Dora award winning folk opera Counting Sheep in December. They will also be featured artists in the made for CBC TV movie Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas – a celebration of the most beloved Christmas songs set to air nationally on December 3rd. With a recent appearance on CBC Q, up coming tapings for The Strombo Show, and a March 2018 tour of New Zealand that includes performing at the WOMAD Festival there, it’s clear that LBO have no plans of slowing down. Expect to hear a lot more about them in the coming year, as the take their unique brand of music mayhem to audiences around the world.
Firebreathing horns, thunderous drums, serpentine melodies, and crooked rhythms issue forth from this skeleton crew of a brass band. Black Bear Combo channels the common energy between street music of the Balkans and near east with various strains of rock and jazz. Since 2002 we've brought our sound to clubs, basements, festivals, weddings, funerals, parties and streetcorners across the country.
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Fri, Sep 28 - 9pm - $17.50adv/$20door
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FruitionJay Cobb Anderson (vocals, lead guitar, harmonica) / Kellen Asebroek (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano) / Mimi Naja (vocals, mandolin, electric & acoustic guitar) / Jeff Leonard (bass) / Tyler Thompson (drums, banjo)On their fifth full-length, Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition transform pain and heartache into something truly glorious. With their songwriting sharper and more nuanced than ever before—and their sonic palette more daringly expansive—the Portland, Oregon-based band’s full-hearted intensity ultimately gives the album a transcendent power.“The songs are mostly breakup songs,” says Asebroek. “There was love and now it’s gone—we fucked it up, or some outside circumstance brought it to an end. It’s about dealing with all that but still having hope in your heart, even if you’re feeling a little lost and jaded.”In a departure from their usual DIY approach, Fruition teamed up with producer/mixer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, First Aid Kit, case/lang/veirs) to adorn their folk-rooted sound with delicately crafted elements of psychedelia and soul. Showcasing the sublime harmonies the band first discovered during an impromptu busking session in 2008, Watching It All Fall Apart also finds Fruition more fully embracing their rock-and-roll sensibilities and bringing a gritty vitality to each track. “We’ve been a band almost ten years now, and we’re at the point of being comfortable in our skin and unafraid to be whatever we want as time goes on,” Anderson notes.Recorded in ten days at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, Watching It All Fall Apart came to life with the same kinetic urgency found in Fruition’s live sound. “It’s kind of an impossible task, this idea of transmuting the live energy into something you can play on your stereo, but I feel like this record comes close to that,” says Asebroek. At the same time, the band pursued a purposeful inventiveness that resulted in their most intricately textured work to date. “Tucker helped us push ourselves to create something that glistens in subtle little ways that you might not even pick up on at first,” says Asebroek. “We got to play around with all this analog gear and these weird old keyboards we wouldn’t ordinarily use, like a bunch of kids in a toy store where everything is free.”On lead single “I’ll Never Sing Your Name,” that unrestrained creativity manifests in a fuzzed-out, gracefully chaotic track complete with sing-along-ready chorus. Built on brilliantly piercing lyrics (“And all those kisses that you were blowing/Somehow they all got blown right out”), the song echoes the album’s emotional arc by painfully charting the journey from heartache to acceptance. “It’s about going through a breakup, moping around, and then finally getting to the point where it’s like, ‘Okay—I’m done with feeling this way now,’” says Anderson.Throughout Watching It All Fall Apart, the band’s let-the-bad-times-roll mentality reveals itself in ever-shifting tones and moods. On the stark and sleepy “Northern Town,” Naja’s smoldering vocals channel the ache of longing, the track’s twangy guitar lines blending beautifully with its swirling string arrangement. One of the few album cuts to have already appeared in Fruition’s setlist, “There She Was” sheds the heavy funk influence of its live version and gets reimagined as a shimmering, soulful number documenting Asebroek’s real-life run-in with an ex at a local bar. Meanwhile, “Turn to Dust” emerges as a weary but giddy piece of psych-pop chronicling the end of a failed romance. The song’s opening lyric also lends the album its title, which partly serves as “a commentary on the general state of the world today,” according to Asebroek. “Even if you’re mostly an optimistic person, it’s hard not to feel down when you look at all the insanity happening right now,” he says.While those unflinchingly intimate breakup songs form the core of Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition infuse an element of social commentary into songs like “FOMO” as well. Written on the Fourth of July, with its references to wasted white girls and cocaine cowboys, the mournful yet strangely reassuring track unfolds as what Anderson calls “an anti-party party song.” “It’s about one of those situations where you said you’d go to party but you really don’t want to go, because you know it’s going to be the same old bullshit,” he says. “The song is a call to defuse that guilt in your brain.” And on the sweetly uplifting “Let’s Take It Too Far,” the band offers one of the album’s most purely romantic moments by paying loving tribute to music as solace and salvation (“But don’t you worry ’bout dyin’/’Cause there’s no better way to go/We’ll sing until we’re out of honey/Then pour the gravel down our throats”).From song to song, Fruition display the dynamic musicality they’ve shown since making their debut with 2008’s Hawthorne Hoedown LP. Through the years, the band has evolved from a rootsy, string-centric outfit to a full-fledged rock act, eventually taking the stage at such major festivals as Bonnaroo and Telluride Bluegrass (a set that inspired Rolling Stone to praise their “raucous originals filled with heartfelt lyrics and stadium-worthy energy”). Following the release of 2016’s Labor of Love, Fruition again made the rounds at festivals across the U.S., prompting Rolling Stone to feature the band on its “8 Best Things We Saw” at DelFest 2016.In choosing a closing track for Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition landed on “Eraser”—a slow-building, gently determined epic delivering a quiet message of hope in its final line: “Let it help you heal.” “Because there’s so much heartbreak on this album, we wanted to end on Kellen singing that last line very sweetly,” explains Anderson. “The whole point of having all these sad songs is helping people to let those emotions out—and then hopefully when they get to the end, they feel a little better about everything they’ve gone through along the way.”
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Sat, Sep 29 - 9:30pm - $17adv/$20door
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. In 2013 the band also won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil’ Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor. The Lil’ Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. Sharing the stage with heavyweights like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmit-Nershi Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Travellin’ McCourys, Sam Bush Band, Fruition, Infamous Stringdusters, Bradford Lee Folk and The Bluegrass Playboys, and dozens of others. The Lil’ Smokies have become festival favorites coast to coast with highlights including Delfest (MD), Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass (CO), ROMP Fest (KY), Hangtown Halloween (CA), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Roseberry Music Festival (ID), Northwest String Summit (OR), Targhee Bluegrass Festival (WY), River City Roots (MT) and more! This five-piece bluegrass ensemble features Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Jake Simpson (fiddle) and Matt Rieger (guitar).
Upstate Rubdown is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America's musical heritage. Based in New York's Hudson Valley region, the band has spent years cultivating its sound, and continues to grow by the tune. The instrumentation includes Harry D'Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón, and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. The dynamic rhythm section supports a three part vocal harmony powerhouse of founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville-transplant Allison Olender. Over its six year history, the band has played in more than thirty states, from intimate house concerts to prominent festival stages, including Mountain Jam, Frendly Gathering, Green River Festival, and Otis Mountain Get Down. The band has shared the stage with Cory Henry, Phox, Marco Benevento, The Felice Brothers, Commander Cody, Marcus King Band, and many others. Otis Mountain Get Down captures the heart of the matter: "Pulling from the greatest corners of American music, this group has the power to get feet moving with or without amplification. Like fresh-farmed vegetables, their music is as organic as it is good for you. From foot-stomping bass, highlighted by the slap of a cajon, to the familiar strums of the mandolin over a wailing saxophone – there’s so much going on instrumentally that when the harmonious lead vocalists chime in, the result is nothing short of a homegrown hurricane of sound."
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Mon, Oct 1 - 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.
Morning is an American indie-folk duo from Chicago, Illinois. After meeting at a bar in 2009 through a mutual friend, Harry and Ashley found common ground in creating music often described as placid, arousing, bleak, and, sometimes, hopeful. Harry Bauer (vocals, guitar, piano); Ashley Kushner (vocals, guitar, ukelele); Clint Bergin (drums); Andy Brommel (bass); Hassan El-Tayyab (guitar).
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Wed, Oct 3 - 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, Oct 4 - 9pm - $7
By infusing 1950's-inspired rock n' roll with an edgy, modern twist, Chicago-based foursome, Them Guilty Aces breaks down the barriers of tradition. Featuring stylized, rockabilly undertones and cool, melodic beats, TGA creates a dynamic sound and a unique showcase. With lively favorites, upbeat B-sides of the past, and powerful original tunes, TGA gets the crowd onto the dance floor every time.
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Fri, Oct 5 - 9pm - $5
Sat, Oct 6 - 3pm - $11
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The Flatts And Sharpe World Renowned All Ages Rock Show featuring 14 bands made up from the students of our Norwood Park Location.
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Sat, Oct 6 - 5pm - $11
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The Flatts And Sharpe World Renowned All Ages Rock Show featuring 14 bands made up from the students of our Norwood Park Location.
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Sat, Oct 6 - 9pm - $10
Downers Groove is a collaboration of friends who use rock music as a base to blend their musical influences into a new sound. Since its formation, DG has become known for spontaneous improvisation, passionate playing, a charismatic stage presence and a party atmosphere. Rooted in rock with a progressive mindset, they fuse together elements of blues, funk, jazz, classical, bluegrass, dance and world-music into a unique sound of their own.
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Tue, Oct 9 - 8pm - $7adv/$10door
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includes Jim Boukas - guitar, Kris Nowak - guitar, Duff Driscoll - upright, Eric Lambert - guitar, Matt Arendt - guitar, Ben Wright - banjo, Jason Berger - mando, Steve Haberichter - mando, Pat Lyons - mando/dobro, Tom Murray - fiddle, Wavy Dave - banjo, Greg Morland - mando, Dan Andree - fiddle, Spencer Savoie - banjo, Grateful Gary - upright bass, James Chrzan - keys, Mike Krieglstein - upright bass, and more!
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Wed, Oct 10 - 8pm - $10
What began as a few friends playing songs down by the Fox river has now formed to become the bluegrass/newgrass band that is the River Valley Rangers. They have developed a high-energy stringband sound that will keep you stompin’ your boots all night long! The Rangers have shared the bill with acts such as the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, the Larry Keel Experience, Hot Buttered Rum, Pert Near Sandstone, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Henhouse Prowlers, and many more. Burning like a Midwestern prairie fire, they aren’t slowing down any time soon!
Coming together from all corners of Chicago's music scene, Bethany Hamilton (vocals), Rob Clearfield (electric guitar, keyboards), Chris Siebold (acoustic guitar, slide, bouzouki, hammered dulcimer), and Michael Caskey (percussion) leave behind their busy jazz, rock, session, and classical performing careers to create the unique atmosphere of Outertown. This indie-folk/Americana band simply lives in the beautiful space where clever song-writing meets technical mastery. The result is as mysterious as an island, smooth as a single malt, and delicious as pie.
The definition of Bric-a-Brac is miscellaneous curios. Bric-a-Brac, the band, embraces this definition by sharing a treasure trove of unknown, obscure songs with the world. The Bric-a-Brac repertoire spans rock, jazz, lounge, and movie soundtracks - expertly arranged with Bric-a-Brac's signature musty rumpus room aesthetic. Bric-a-Brac has been heard on NPR's This American Life, seen on Chic-a-Go-Go, and has performed at diverse venues and smoky saloons.
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Thu, Oct 11 - 8pm - $12
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͞We met in guitar class͟ is not a thing many people can say... but Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis performed together for the first time on the very same day they met...in guitar class. Fast forward, following the international success of Striking Matches’ 2015 album ͞Nothing But The Silence͟, produced by T-Bone Burnett, and 9 songs on TV’s ͞Nashville͟, Davis and Zimmermann have teamed up with Kennedy Karate (BØRNS, Silver Sun Pickups) for their second LP, an album in a style they call ͞blues-pop͟ - an amalgamation of their blues and roots based guitar riffs, combined with pop melodies - due out this summer. Striking Matches are gearing up for an international tour with dates in the US, UK, and Europe all throughout the summer and fall, along with the release of the new record.
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Fri, Oct 12 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Hailing originally from Ann Arbor Michigan, the band Ghettobillies have seen and done it all. Reverend C. Cobb (AKA: Robbie Conaway) and Pope D' Licious (AKA: Derek Kramer) along with Tasty Pastor J (AKA: Jason Church) moved to Chicago to seek out better opportunities for their band. From working the mean streets of Chicago as bike messengers to working the old, bitchy women of advertising on Lasalle street with massage oil, the GB's have earned their rightful place as a band that has stood the test of time. Except perhaps for a brief stint in Bogota Columbia where one of them worked as a gun runner for Juan Garcia Abrego (an infamous South American drug cartel who smuggled some of the largest shipments of pure Columbian snow into North America), touring nonstop for 12 years brought this band to a skill level and maturity rarely seen on the local level anymore. Once the 5th and final drummer, Holy Maloney (AKA: John Maloney), joined the not so well known supergroup back in 2002 and rythm section "life partner" and child prodigy bassist Bong (AKA: Matthew Longbons) jumped on the preverbial bandwagon, the circle of ridiculousness was complete. Masters in each of their chosen fields, the band Ghettobillies knew no musical boundaries and in the words of one famous writer from Rolling Stone magazine, "...Those guys play whatever the hell they want!...It's ridiculous."And so it is.Ridiculous that a band might play 2 songs that don't sound exactly the same. And ridiculous that they make a conscious effort not to gear their entire image, lyrics and sound towards 1 specific microcosm of teenage subculture. Ridiculous that they refuse to bow to the obvious might and glory that is the magnificent recording industry. Utterly ridiculous that they continue on their hopeless quest of recognition, quality, and artistic integrity.Since that time, the band Ghettobillies have tirelessly toured all over the midwest, east coast and United Kingdom and succeeded in creating their own enormous underground cult following without the help of any record labels, supergroup managers, well known promoters, or really anyone actually legitimately involved in the music industry at all. Though they have always sought out the help of said agencies and companies, they have mostly been ignored by every major and independent record label that exists from time immortal and most likely will continue to be. But "why?" you might ask-Why do these men of genius not receive what seems to be so rightfully theirs? Why is the world so unfair to men who work so hard and deliver so much to so many?Why?Because "@!%&*$ 'em", that's why.
The Fingerbangles are what happens when you form a cover band by putting musicians from rock/folk/funk backgrounds into a car blasting Zeppelin while the driver listens toThe Easy Beats on their headphones, heading to a Jeff Beck Group concert wearing Blondieshirts with Pretenders haircuts. With a Monkees lunchbox. Factory Theater's Corrbette Pasko and Factory's Blake Dalzin are on vocals, with Factory's Scott OKen and Jason Moody on guitars, Four Lost Souls/Claire and the Bears' John Szymanski takes drums, while Kong Fuzi's Andy Peplinski's bass says "hey" to Barrel O Monkeys' Laura McKenzie's sweet keys and keytar.
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Sat, Oct 13 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$18door
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Hailing originally from Ann Arbor Michigan, the band Ghettobillies have seen and done it all. Reverend C. Cobb (AKA: Robbie Conaway) and Pope D' Licious (AKA: Derek Kramer) along with Tasty Pastor J (AKA: Jason Church) moved to Chicago to seek out better opportunities for their band. From working the mean streets of Chicago as bike messengers to working the old, bitchy women of advertising on Lasalle street with massage oil, the GB's have earned their rightful place as a band that has stood the test of time. Except perhaps for a brief stint in Bogota Columbia where one of them worked as a gun runner for Juan Garcia Abrego (an infamous South American drug cartel who smuggled some of the largest shipments of pure Columbian snow into North America), touring nonstop for 12 years brought this band to a skill level and maturity rarely seen on the local level anymore. Once the 5th and final drummer, Holy Maloney (AKA: John Maloney), joined the not so well known supergroup back in 2002 and rythm section "life partner" and child prodigy bassist Bong (AKA: Matthew Longbons) jumped on the preverbial bandwagon, the circle of ridiculousness was complete. Masters in each of their chosen fields, the band Ghettobillies knew no musical boundaries and in the words of one famous writer from Rolling Stone magazine, "...Those guys play whatever the hell they want!...It's ridiculous."And so it is.Ridiculous that a band might play 2 songs that don't sound exactly the same. And ridiculous that they make a conscious effort not to gear their entire image, lyrics and sound towards 1 specific microcosm of teenage subculture. Ridiculous that they refuse to bow to the obvious might and glory that is the magnificent recording industry. Utterly ridiculous that they continue on their hopeless quest of recognition, quality, and artistic integrity.Since that time, the band Ghettobillies have tirelessly toured all over the midwest, east coast and United Kingdom and succeeded in creating their own enormous underground cult following without the help of any record labels, supergroup managers, well known promoters, or really anyone actually legitimately involved in the music industry at all. Though they have always sought out the help of said agencies and companies, they have mostly been ignored by every major and independent record label that exists from time immortal and most likely will continue to be. But "why?" you might ask-Why do these men of genius not receive what seems to be so rightfully theirs? Why is the world so unfair to men who work so hard and deliver so much to so many?Why?Because "@!%&*$ 'em", that's why.
Ricky the Fourth, a performer from a family of performers, is a direct descendant of the circus. Drawing on family tradition to entertain the masses, Ricky regales crowds with his songs' heart-of-the-matter storytelling and coarse, dry humor. Using his natural born ease and charisma, Ricky has captured the attention of fans from the palm lined beaches of California to the salt licked air of Maine, across the Great Lakes of the Northern Plains, down through the Lower Mid-West and all along the diverse coast of the historic Atlantic Seaboard.Starting out as a classically trained cellist and young jazz bassist Ricky uses his heterogeneous musical background and long ranging travels to meld a variety of rock that at times appears to be refined on the surface, only to give way to a gritty americana underlay that draws you in to a heavily woven tapestry of the rawest of human emotion.Drawing from the talents of Infamous Greats such as; Lightning Hopkins, Dr. John, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bill Withers, James Taylor and Tom Waits to the In-Famous Greats such as; Andre Williams, Robbie Fulks, Brazzaville and Bob Log III, Ricky builds his own brand of Blues and Folk influenced Rock that reaches out well beyond the genres.His singable melodies with distinct grey matter sticking hooks and crowd engaging showmanship are proof positive that Ricky the Fourth is a true professional artist well worth his weight.
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Mon, Oct 15 - 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, Oct 16 - 8pm -$16adv/$18door
C.W. Stoneking is the embodiment of what some would say is a bygone era of music. From his rasping jungle-rock-blues, to his well-oiled locks, and his familiar all white clothing ensemble, he has converted fans across the world to his unique style. A first generation Australian of American-descent, C.W. Stoneking was born in the top end of Australia’s Northern Territory and spent his childhood growing up in Central Australia, Sydney and rural Victoria. He has travelled the world from Egypt to New Orleans (where he worked as a hoodoo doctor’s assistant) to Trinidad, where he learned about Calypso music. He has lived in isolated farmhouses working as a handyman, and been involved in and survived a shipwreck, spending time in Africa, and touring internationally as a recording artist. After spending the past half of a decade stamping his inimitable stylings across the UK and Europe, C.W. Stoneking once again settled down in the Northern Victorian countryside to record his latest release, Gon’ Boogaloo. Far from the sepia toned tales of marooned adventures in the tropics of his latest release, Jungle Blues, C.W. entered into the world of electricity - replacing his much-loved Banjo with a shiny gold Fender. Released to critical acclaim in May 2015, Gon’ Boogaloo has seen C.W. embark on multiple jaunts across Australia and Europe with his delightful band in tow, including singers Vika & Linda Bull stepping in as backing vocalists. He’s set a pace that is not looking like it will slow down any time zoo, as C.W. continues to entertain and delight crowds of all ages. “Oozes energy, chemistry and a wild imagination. Its thoroughly charming.” -The Australian. “Immaculate, old-world musicianship.” -Rolling Stone.
The first time I met Sierra, she asked me to dance at the Honky Tonk Tuesday night at the American Legion in Nashville. Of course i'd heard of her before - from various traveling bands and vagabonds who told me of her amazing old time singing and habit of blowing into (and out of) town. A jingle-janglin gypsy tornado of sound that doesn't seem to care what the rules are, new & old fused seamless.
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Wed, Oct 17 - 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.Readers for this October theme of First Fall include Dr. Amara Enyia, Public Policy Expert; Noah Maria of Neckbeard Deathcamp, Danette Chavez, Writer; Allyssa Bujdoso, Comedian; Joey Garfield, Actor; Meghan McDonough, CHIRP DJ.
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Thu, Oct 18 - 9:30pm - $18adv/$20door
STEVE MOLITZKEYBOARDS/VOCALSCLAY PARNELLBASS/VOCALSKITO BOVENSCHULTEDRUMSMICHAEL DAUMGUITAR/KEYBOARDS/VOCALS
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Fri, Oct 19 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
Dead Rider Trio Featuring Mr. Paul Williams features Mr. Paul Williams on words and performance on top of Dead Rider playing their wicked, rumbling inspirations. Let's assume that if you're reading this, you got the Dead Rider part covered: three guys making a THICK-ASS sound, dipped in corrosive and absinthe and still steaming from the bath; pulsing funkily, flashing blue desperate images! Whipped up by the tour dates and promo cycle of Crew Licks, Dead Rider were feeling hot enough to jam, and just let the tape roll! This is where the intrepid Mr. Paul Williams came in. An occasional character in Todd Rittmann's life over the years, a ghostly presence since they first met back in Hamburg in the late 90A mad man bound to convince the people around him of something beautiful that exists only in his mind. Mr. Paul Williams thinks big, with no concern for the details, a living testament to the supernatural, transformational power of belief. This is his art. Dead Rider Trio Featuring Mr. Paul Williams, while rife with intention, is an automatic/exquisite corpse four-car pile-up, improvised in three different spaces at three different times. Basically, everybody involved was hearing it for the first time when they did it. Put it this way, you'll only have ONE chance in your life to hear this for the first time - and chances are, you won't be playing an instrument when you do! Matt, Todd and White Christmas - walking the crooked path of rock with a mutant gusto belonging to no one but Dead Rider (well, probably to the people listening to Dead Rider, also!). Williams' words that you think might be the point are probably not - Paul's as much a fan of misdirection and displaced accent as the Dead Rider Trio, and their meeting is therefore one of shared causation and correlation! It's a jammer, a butt-bouncer, a tad oblique and a little hallucinatory - but it's definitely all about things. And it'll rock ya.
The broad outlines of the story are by now familiar. How a certain young man from Clarksboro, NJ, one Daniel Smith, having for a time turned his back on the culture and musical milieu in which he was raised up, which is to say having (temporarily, to go off to school) turned his back on impeccable folk and gospel bona fides in the person of his father, and having left behind the aggregation of his family, a large, singing musical brood, headed out into the world to see a few things. And yet in the course of doing so this Daniel Smith realized, with the kind of suddenness that we might associate with insight or revelation, that his family was a blessing, and that he needed to sing about this family. And not only did he need to sing about his family and the faith that sustained it, he needed, again, to sing and play with his family. The year of this revelation was 1994.Daniel Smith, had drunk deep of the dark fringes of indie rock and outsider art, including and not limited to the likes of Sonic Youth, Captain Beefheart, Yoko Ono, Pere Ubu, Andy Warhol, Howard Finster, et al. And on the other hand he was not kidding about the purity and complexity and seriousness of his faith. He wrote (and writes) fearlessly about spiritual experience, in a way that ought to be the envy of all these gauzy and simulated gospel artists you hear out there. This Smith was loaded down with paradoxes. He was alpha and omega, he was light and dark, he was sacred and entertaining, he was folk/gospel and he was indie/prog/punk.
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Sat, Oct 20 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of Roots Reggae, Mississippi River Blues, Improv-laced Jams, and Soulful Vocals. With a High energy performance and a unique sound this band is a must see.
In between the dimensional fingers of time and space lives a being with unlimited astroillogical funktelligence. His name is Groovy Louie. His only purpose is to spread the funk so all beings have the ability to survive. During Groovy's endless quest he has recruited a group of modern funk disciples to aid in his objective. A group he admirably refers to as the Time Capsules. Together, Groovy Louie & the Time Capsules have signed their souls to the Intergalactic Mothers of Funk, promising to preserve life by juicing the funk out of every corner of the unknown universe.
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Tue, Oct 23 - 8pm - $10
Zeta June is a Psychedelic Dance-Rock band formed in 2011 by Ian Crawford (Guitar, Vocals) Porter Hand (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys), Mitch Hruby (Bass, Synthesizer), and Cody Kuhens (Percussion, Vocals). The transcendent group seamlessly brings together genres as diverse as melodic rock, fusion, funk, progressive rock, classic rock, hip hop and jazz. The Colorado-based quartet has shared the stage with some incredible acts such as The Floozies, Dopapod, Future Rock, Euforquestra, John Wayne & The Pain, Yak Attack and The Jauntee to name a few. Having received bids to music festivals such as Camp Euforia, 515 Alive, Jammin’ On The Wolf, 80/35 Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival three consecutive years, and they show no signs of slowing down.
Tall Green Pine is Chicago-based jam band formed in 2017. With influences in rock, blues, folk, jazz, and beyond; they place heavy emphasis on live improvisation. In just a short time, they have inspired a close-knit but loyal following playing at small local music venues. Each show features a unique setlist formed from Tall Green Pine’s growing original catalogue mixed with classic and eclectic cover selections. Tall Green Pine is Kyle “Hands” Hullihan on keys, Dan Kuchan on guitar and vocals, Sean Molloy on drums and vocals, Chris Murtaugh on base and vocals, and Tyler Smith on guitar.
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Wed, Oct 24 - 8pm - $12
Like a warm musical breeze that blows through California's hills and canyons - across its mystical high desert and into the heart of America - High South has captured the same evocative spirit that gave lift to such high soaring bands as the Byrds, CSNY and the Eagles. Blending the poetry of Greenwich Village in the 60's with the unmistakeable harmony of Laurel Canyon in the 70's, the High South sound exudes the magic and timelessness of both these eras, while infusing a palpable new millennium sensibility. High South band mates - Kevin Campos, Jamey Garner and Phoenix Mendoza - three gifted "lead singersongwriters" delivering one undeniable voice - are produced by Josh Leo.
California Country Rock & Roll, Pearl Aday is following up her critically acclaimed debut record "Little Immaculate White Fox" in 2015 with "Heartbreak and Canyon Revelry". Pearl has joined forces once again with the venerable Jim Wilson, long time bassist for Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, and the leader of his own successful groups, Motor Sister and Mother Superior. This new collaboration sinks it’s teeth into the California Country sound, with contributions from renowned guitarist Philip Sayce, the legendary Jay Dee Maness on pedal steel, Fred Mandel (Alice Cooper, Elton John, Queen) on keyboards, and was produced by Jay Ruston.
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Thu, Oct 25 - 8:30pm - $12
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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Fri, Oct 26 - 8pm - $60-$70
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The sunniest and heartfelt St. Petersburg band SURGANOVA AND THE ORCHESTRA is coming to the US for the first time! Their Chicago performance is a part of the world tour. The lead singer - Svetlana Surganova is charismatic, sincere and lyrical. She is, perhaps, the only Russian artist who, in addition to her own works, composes songs on lyrics of the greatest poets - Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova, Brodsky, Lorca and others. A rare alliance of fatal sound, deep words and optimistic sound, wisdom and light, which makes the band so very special. Do not miss out!
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Sat, Oct 27 - 9pm - $15
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Melodime is a Virginia-based band with influences in both country and rock that features emotionally charged anthems, piano driven hooks, and energetic guitar solos for a dynamic, organic sound.Melodime, featuring Brad Rhodes (lead vocals, guitar), Sammy Duis (piano, organ, bass), Tyler Duis (drums), and Jon Wiley (guitar, mandolin, dobro), has performed over 100+ shows annually throughout the continental United States, sharing the stage with such well-known acts asSam Hunt, Eli Young Band, A Thousand Horses, and Sister Hazel.The band has also left its mark internationally with performances in Mexico, Canada, and Europe, all while founding and running a charity, ‘Now I Play Along Too,’ which provides musical instruments and lessons to underprivileged children in the DC area, Florida,Nepal, Kenya, and Haiti.The band is quickly becoming a fan-favorite in the festival scene, playing five consecutive Rock Boatcruises, as well as Musikfest, Herndon Festival, Mile of Music, and other events. In their hometown of Northern Virginia, the group has performed at popular venues such asThe State Theatre,9:30Club,The Hamilton,andBaltimore Soundstage.Melodime will be rolling out their new album in 3 EP installments starting with the first single "Song of the Summer" on June 29th.
One listen and it’s immediately clear that The Brevet have undergone a dramaticevolution on their explosive, ambitious new album, LEGS. Synthesizing the raucous energy of their live show with sonic precision of their extensive studio history, thecollection is the California five-piece’s most deeply personal and lyrically sophisticated yet, tackling perception and identity in the digital age with both subtle nuance and blunt force. The songs remain as cinematic as ever, full of rousing choruses and sing-along hooks, but they carry more weight here, propelled inexorably forward by thunderous percussion and blazing electric guitars that blend rock and roll snarl with R&B swagger.The Brevet’s roots stretch back to college, when frontman Aric Chase Damm first began writing scores for student films and discovered he had a knack for crafting the kind of evocative music that yields unforgettable on-screen moments. Those early songs led to a licensing deal, and tracks from the band’s two independent albums (2013’s Battle of the Heart and 2017’s American Novel) would go on to be featured in a wide variety of films and television shows in addition to racking up more than nine.million streams on Spotify. With all of The Brevet’s success on-screen and online, the group—Damm, drummer David Aguiar, guitarist John Kingsley, keyboardist Greg Burroughs, and bassist Julian Johnson—was more than ready to get out of the studio and onto the stage. Over the course of the last year, they hit the road for the most intense touring of their career, performing a slew of headline shows alongside support dates with Magic Giant and festival appearances from BottleRock to Firefly.Recorded at the band’s own studio in their native Orange County, California, LEGS insists on a relentless optimism, a defiant belief in the power of positivity in the face of darkness and doubt. The album’s title actually stands for “Like Every Great Story,” and the record indeed contains all the elements of any memorable tale: struggle and success, tension and release, conflict and resolution. Every great story has a hero, after all, and heroes never give up, even when the going gets tough. That’s what The Brevet is all about.
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Tue, Oct 30 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Wed, Oct 31 - 8pm - $10
The Ready Freddies is a unique tribute band; Christine Chung, Margaret Dunne, Emi Fukuda, "DJ" Katie Kirby, Liz Ele, Amy Schmitz, Ann Marie Myers are Chicago ladies playing tribute to Queen, with John San Juan providing rocket science guitar.
Craftwerc is artisanal recreations/merciless slaughters of popular (?) 70s and 80s synthpop by Blair, Polonsky, St Cyr and Zelenko.
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Fri, Nov 2 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
Old Shoe is a five-piece Americana Folk Rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band's compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life. Constantly playing throughout the midwest, their wealth of experience in the musical world never ceases to grow. Their performances will draw you in at the start and leave you panting on the dance floor by the end.Having recently released their second album, Let Yourself In, the band already has enough material for a third album that they play during their live shows. They cover Little Feat, Stevie Wonder and Warren Haynes to name a few. In the last year alone, Old Shoe played at Blottopia XII, Tall Tree Lakes Music & Camping Festival, Chicago Peace Fest and the Whippersnap Music & Arts Festival. They even hosted their own Shoe Fest, which featured Great American Taxi, Kyle Hollingsworth and Split Lip Rayfield.
Frequilibrium is a 4 piece blues/roots rock fusion band based out of Chicagoland. A relatively newer act, the four naturally harness the power of the Southern rock greats, drawing influences from The Allman Brothers Band and The Marcus King Band, while offering the progressive ingenuity of the next generation and a solid understanding of multiple genres. Their music is formed playfully but with much precision and care, intending to have the listener feeling their vibes within the first few bars.The bandmates exude a brotherly chemistry both on and off-stage, which is no surprise, as bassist and lead guitarist/singer, Luke and Jake, respectively, are siblings. They have spent the past several years covering the likes of The Beatles and Paul Simon as an acoustic duo, their voices possessing the perfect ranges to pay tribute to these legends. Each member of Frequilibrium boasts a background in many styles of music, having declared themselves an eclectic mix of “ADD Rock.” You may find yourself in a bluesy, B.B. King-esque haze one moment, then instantly propelled into the throes of funky psychedelia à la Jimi Hendrix, the emotion-evoking tunes establishing a home in your heart.Frequilibrium’s main goal is to leave their audiences vibrating on a higher plane, which is evident by the heartfelt, soulful lyrics and melodies they deliver. You won’t want to miss them when they roll into your town – the crowd always has just as much fun as they do; trust 'em when they say that's a lot.
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Sat, Nov 3 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Orgone (Orgōne). Noun. 1. A universal life force. 2. A cosmic unit of energy. 3. The creative force in nature. Now and always, Orgone delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feel and shoves you wantingly onto the dance floor. It all started with two kids from the San Fernando Valley, whose shared affinity for gritty soul records of the 60s and 70s collided with the colorful music cultures brewing in Los Angeles during the late 90s. That friendship sparked a movement, and Orgone has been delivering nothing but gold to the funk faithful ever since. “We intend our music to have an inhibitioncanceling effect,” founding guitarist Sergio Rios explains. “It speaks to those who may have wallflower tendencies encouraging everyone to own the freakiness that lives inside them, and enjoy the spotlight for a little while. Sometimes it takes a nudge to let go and get on the dance floor. And sometimes it takes a big 'ol push... a love shove, if you will. And we're well versed in those." Fearless vocalist Adryon de León elevates the octet’s soulfulness to intoxicating new levels on Orgone's latest studio album, Beyond The Sun . Dubbed "stank face inducing glory" by Okayplayer , the record is a lightning rod of inspiration for a new generation of funk music lovers.
The Right Now's pop-meets-soul sound is more than a vehicle for Stefanie Berecz's captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy songwriting and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2008 the band has toured much of the United States and released three acclaimed albums, racking up placements in television, national commercials, and the multi-million-selling video game Watch Dogs.
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Tue, Nov 6 - 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!
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Thu, Nov 8 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
When he's not playing electric with his various bands, Bill Grady feeds his love of blues and American roots music by performing and writing solo on acoustic slide guitar. After discovering this lost art while attending Berklee College of Music, he began studying the classic slide masters and writing his own compositions. Between his soulful vocals, slide guitar prowess, and original tunes and arrangements, his live shows are unlike any acoustic act you've ever seen.
Founding themselves on bluegrass roots over a decade ago in the concrete jungle and bluegrass mecca of the southside of Chicago, The Leadfoot Band have branched out in all directions from there. Incorporating their love of bluegrass with their early urban influences of rock , funk and everything in between, the evolution of the band is hard to place. Fans have said Leadfoot is just hard driving bluegrass, some say they are rock infused jamgrass, or even a bastard child of Bill Monroe meets Metallica. The online music site JamGrass.net even says The Leadfoot Band is "A mix between Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and Greensky Bluegrass."
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Fri, Nov 9 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Bozeman, MT-based bluegrass quartet Kitchen Dwellers are riding the wave of their sophomore release, Ghost in the Bottle, an album produced by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn. The album also features Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis​, who joined the band in the studio to record the album’s first single “Vision of More.” The band continues to relentlessly tour the country, captivating audiences with their own unique style, dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. In recent years the band has begun to tour nationally, hitting notable venues and festivals around the country including The Brooklyn Bowl, The Fox Theatre, Delfest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, and The Frendly Gathering
Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. Comprised of Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz, the trio can frequently be found performing in the Boston area and surrounding cities in the Northeast, playing alongside bands like Drive-By Truckers, The Ballroom Thieves, Boy & Bear, Sam Moss, The Western Den, The Novel Ideas, Shook Twins, John Craigie, Grey Season, Damn Tall Buildings and others. In 2015, Honeysuckle performed at Newport Folk Festival, was chosen as a Converse Rubber Tracks artist, and was nominated for Best Folk Artist of the Year, and Best Americana Artist of the Year at the annual Boston Music Awards. In 2016 the group played Lollapalooza on the Pepsi Stage as well as CMJ in New York City.They have also been nominated again for the categories Best Americana and Best Folk Artist at the 2016 Boston Music Awards, as well as new nominations, Americana/Roots Act Of The Year and Album Of The Year for Red Line Roots' 2016 Big Reds. As a recipient of Club Passim's Iguana Music Grant, Honeysuckle recently released a new full-length album on March 24th, 2016 to a sold out crowd at Club Passim. Also available is their debut EP, "Arrows," released on April 29th, 2015.
Tangleweed is a band of four forward-looking musical reactionaries from Chicago, Illinois. They play acoustic Americana music. Their fourth full-length record, Please Punch Richard For Me, is out now. Their previous CDs, Most Folk Heroes Started Out As Criminals, Where You Been So Long? and Just a Spoonful, have received glowing reviews and airplay in 22 countries.
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Sat, Nov 10 - 9pm - $10
Strong, raw, vulnerable, proud, a woman, Katie Kadan has always had a song to sing and music has always been the tamer of her soul. First it was sing-alongs with her sisters, where even as a child she was the one breaking through the noise. Then came the church choir, where parishioners she’d never met all knew her by voice. Then before she knew it, her love of gospel expanded to embrace rock, folk, classical, soul. And finally her tipping point: when she realized the power of her voice—the range, the control, the musicality—actually measured up to her passion for song. The stamp of that pure love of music comes through with every note Katie hits. Whether she is coaching aspiring vocalists at School of Rock or performing at her Sunday night residency at The Underground Wonder Bar in Chicago’s River North, or working on her forthcoming EP and full-length album, her passion for music is as unmistakable as it is infections.
The Chicago-based quintet fuses together soulful grooves, dense vocal harmonies, and high energy guitar solos that roar through venues. Five long-time friends have come together to create a sound that’s been called ‘where Steely Dan meets The Allman Brothers meets Wilco…. with a dab of Pet Sounds.’ Because the whole group sings and composes, they have created a genre that is truly their own. The band’s live show was translated brilliantly to their self-titled debut record. But to fully experience the dynamic range, the roaring guitar solos, intricate songwriting, and beautiful vocal harmonies, you must see Stampy perform live.
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.
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Mon, Nov 12 - 8pm - $10
THE UNKNOWN NEW is equal parts jazz chamber ensemble and instrumental folk group – featuring music by Chicago-based composer, Paul Mutzabaugh (electric bass). Contributing to this texturally lush sound are Rich Stitzel (percussion), Vance Okraszewski (drums), Chris Siebold (lap steel & electric guitar), Jim Tashjian (acoustic guitar), and Mike Pinto (uber-guitar). The Unknown New has three records to its name: “Not Many Neighbors” (2018), “Thieves” (2016), and “Sunken Garden” (2015).
Lennon's Tuba is a new music/songwriting collaboration between John Elmquist and Chris Siebold.
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Tue, Nov 13 - 8pm - $10
Nalani & Sarina, identical twins sisters from New Jersey, have developed a distinctive blend of traditional soul-rock and modern pop likely to keep their faces in the spotlight for years to come. Nalani & Sarina's smart, kinetic live shows, whether as a duo or with their band, have made the sisters favorites on the Northeastern club scene. Their most recent album, The Circle, is being digitally distributed worldwide by Kobalt/AWAL Music. Legendary music critic/SiriusXM radio host Dave Marsh has called their material "a splendid meldingof 'classic' and contemporary styles" and "some of the best music being made today." In the review of the album's first single, Young & Inexperienced, Billboard.com raved "Like other great songwriters, Nalani and Sarina are channeling the emotions of their era." In the review of their album, NJArts.netpraised Nalani & Sarina as "one of the best new musical acts to come out of NJ in a long time. (I) believe that Nalani & Sarina are a voice for their generation."
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Wed, Nov 14 - 8pm - $40
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A main attraction in the Turkish alternative rock scene, Mor Ve Ötesi followed a very rough path and had their breakthrough only after their fourth effort. Once a band against capitalism and everything it brought upon the new world, they were, album by album, accepted into the mainstream as a modern rock band singing Turkish lyrics. An inspiration to many bands and the voice of a generation, Mor Ve Ötesi is a top-notch band defining the direction that Turkish rock is headed in. Mor Ve Ötesi was formed by Kerem Kabadayi (drums), Harun Tekin (vocals/guitar), Derin Esmer (vocals/guitar), and Alper Tekin (bass) in 1995. Commencing work on songs immediately, the band released the debut album Sehir ("The City") in 1996. The album was an amateur effort with the band looking more like a group of high school kids. Nevertheless, they managed to produce a hit with "Yalniz Sarki," which was also featured in the Hasan Yükselir compilation released by ADA Muzik. A year and many gigs later, Burak Güven (who shouldn't be confused with the bass player of Bulutsuzluk Özlemi) replaced Alper Tekin on bass. Their second album was released in 1999. Brak Zaman Aksin ("Let the Time Flow") was more like the debut, but better produced, better played, and apparently better written. Although the album fell short of receiving much attention, it contained some hints of what Mor Ve Ötesi could accomplish. Harun Tekin and Derin Esmer traded vocal duties for the last time, as Esmer left the band after the release. Kerem Özyegen was chosen as the guitarist. In 2000, Mor Ve Ötesi participated in the tribute album to Bülent Ortaçgil with their version of "Sen Varsin." Özyegen, along with the new producer Tarkan Gozubuyuk -- bass player with metal pioneers Mezarkabul -- provided the much-needed new blood for the band. Third album Gül Kendine ("Laugh at Yourself"), released in 2001, saw the band mature both in musical and commercial ways. The world-class, edgy production revealed a quality album, while Harun Tekin was becoming an attractive idol for young girls. The band was also becoming a central image for humanitarian acts. They took the stage against nuclear energy and teamed up with important musicians like Bülent Ortaçgil, Feridun Duzagaç, and Nejat Yavasogullari for an anti-war anthem "Savasa Hic Gerek Yok." In 2003, the band released a cover version of a popular Turkish song "Yaz Yaz Yaz" as a single and wrote the music for the Cagan Irmak film Mustafa Hakkinda Hersey. But the album that made Mor Ve Ötesi what they are today was their fourth effort, Dünya Yalan Söylüyor ("The World Is Lying"). The soft side of Tekin's vocals were gone, the musicianship had improved, and although they had already written a handful of good songs, not a single one of them was close to the quality of any of the songs on this one. When Dünya Yalan Söylüyor was released in 2004, all hell broke loose immediately. Selling over 250,000 copies, it was chosen as the "Best Turkish Rock Album of All Times" by Blue Jean magazine and "Second Best Turkish Rock Album of the Last 10 Years" by Billboard. "Bir Derdim Var" featured in the film Mustafa Hakkinda Hersey was "Best Film Song" at the 41st Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival. The follow-up to their groundbreaking Dünya Yalan Söylüyor was released in 2006. Although Büyük Düsler was also chosen as the "Best Turkish Rock Album of the Year" and "Best Album of the Year" by Blue Jean and Rolling Stone Turkey, it wasn't close to living up to the success of its predecessor. Some gigs in Turkey and an eight date tour of Germany saw the band play in front of thousands of fans. The band recorded "1945" for a tribute album of late producer Onno Tunc and they also formed their own label Rakun in 2007. Mor Ve Ötesi was chosen to represent Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008
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Thu, Nov 15 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
While the band takes its format from classic organ trios, Organ Freeman transcends this conventional classification. The three-piece composed of guitarist Erik Carlson, drummer Rob Humphreys, and organist Trevor Steer is primarily rooted in jazz and funk, however the three-piece is unafraid to draw from other genres, sometimes working in propulsive drum ‘n’ bass beats or landing in hard and heavy guitar riffs. Made up of professional studio musicians in Los Angeles, the group came together with the goal to create as much sound as humanly possible from a trio. Rife with synths and layered sounds and no stranger to experimentation, the project has taken the idea of the organ trio and brought it into the future. Known for their in-the-pocket grooves, tight-laced musicianship, and unrelenting energy, Organ Freeman has only just begun to break out. With the release of 2017’s critically acclaimed ‘Respect My Art’, the band further honed their progressive sound, pushing themselves to go bigger and expand upon their dynamic and fresh compositions. You can catch Organ Freeman on tour, at high-profile events like Summer Camp and The Peach Music Festival, or at iconic venues like The Capitol Theatre and Red Rocks.
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Sat, Nov 17 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless. The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “Bombastic live performances,” as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads. With their second, self titled, album released in May of 2015, The Last Revel further demonstrates their ability to create rich and delicately textured recorded material with a modern “tip of the hat” to the storied history of American folk music.
Have you been missing that truly high lonesome sound? The ladies of Fox Crossing Stringband bring all those high harmonies plus driving rhythm of dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass. Six instruments across four vocalists will leave you chasing these foxes for their new bluegrass sound.
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Sun, Nov 18 - 7:30pm - $15adv/$20door
David Sancious (Peter Gabriel, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck etc) and Will Calhoun (Living Colour, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Jack Dejohnette, Herb Alpert etc…) come together for an evening of pure, spontaneous music.............. David Sancious was born in Long Branch, New Jersey on November 30th 1953 to Jimmie and Stelma Sancious. David’s father was an electronics engineer and his mother a school teacher. An early interest in music was shown when at 4 years old David was able to pick out a few notes on a small plastic guitar his parents had given him, and play along to a Calypso record his father used to play frequently. Two years later when the family relocated from Asbury Park to Belmar ,N.J. , a piano was included along with the purchase of the new house. After the boxes and furniture were brought in , his mother sat at the piano and began to play beautiful classical piano selections, much to his amazement. The effect was instantaneous . “Music became the most interesting and beautiful thing in the world to me, and being able to express all that beauty and magic was all I wanted.” After teaching David herself for the first year, his mother made arrangement for piano lessons with a focus on classical piano repetoire. Being the youngest of three boys and having a father and mother with very different musical tastes, the house was filled with music of all genres. Everything from Mozart to James Brown on a daily basis. Early musical influences ranged from the piano preludes of Chopin and Beethoven to the music of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Folk music , R&B , and Rock were equally influential . The folk music of Odetta and the blues stylings of B.B. King inspired him to take up the guitar at 9 years old. “I played acoustic guitar for a few years and made some progress. Then one day my brother came home with the first Jimi Hendrix album ( “Are You Experienced” ) and instantly I became very serious about the guitar “. After several years of playing keyboards and guitar in Jazz , R&B , and Rock Bands on the Jersey shore area, David met Bruce Springsteen at the entrance to a club where Bruce was organizing a jam session. The result was an invitation to join a new band that Bruce was putting together. This eventually became “Bruce Springtsteen & the E Street Band”, and after recording three albums and touring the country, with Bruce, he left to form the group "Tone" and recorded several albums. The first recordings ( “Forest of Feelings” ) in 1975, followed by (“Transformation: the Speed of Love”), ( “True Stories “ ), ( “ Just as I Thought “ ), and ( “ The Bridge “ ) showed David’s skills as a composer for the first time, and led to his being considered one of the most talented and sought after keyboard players in the music industry.” I’ve always been inspired and motivated by the composing aspect of music, and I’ve always thought of myself as a composer who plays well , rather than a person who is just proficient on a given instrument. The recordings attracted the attention of artist the world over. Recent recordings include (" 9 Piano Improvisations "), ( " Cinema " ), and (" Live in The Now "). Peter Gabriel , Sting , Bruce Springsteen, , Eric Clapton , Jeff Beck, Seal and others, have used his talents as pianist, synthesist, guitarist, arranger, and producer on recording sessions and concert tours, playing an eclectic and diverse range of music..................Will Calhoun, the widely acclaimed drummer from the Bronx, New York, graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Production and engineering. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Buddy Rich Jazz Masters Award for outstanding performance by a drummer. Special Kudos for Will's drumming virtuosity include: • Best New Drummer by Modern Drummer Magazine's Readers Poll. • Number One Progressive Drummer by Modern Drummer Magazine's Readers Poll three times. • Best Drummer by Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics Poll. Will Calhoun's unique blend of improvisational and hard rock drumming can be found on each of Living Colour's four Epic releases: the ground breaking multi-platinum debut, Vivid, the critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Time's Up, the Biscuits EP, and Stain, as well as their latest release on Sanctuary Records, CollideØscope. A prolific song writer, Will has co-written many Living Colour compositions and wrote the critically acclaimed song, Pride, on the Time's Up album and Nothingness on the Stain album. As a member of Living Colour, Will received a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance by a group and another Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. Living Colour also won an International Rock Award for Best Rock Band.. In addition to his work with Living Colour, Will has recorded and/or toured with diverse artists including B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, The Allman Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Marcus Miller, Dr.John, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD "High Life"), and recorded with rappers Run-DMC and Public Enemy. As a producer, player, and songwriter, Will has worked on Herb Alpert's Grammy-nominated CD, Colors. During Will's down time he has managed to record two solo projects Housework and Drum Wave. These discs provide an alternate canvas for his acoustic drumset artistry as well as his push for electronic tonal expressions. Will, Doug Wimbish, and Vinx joined forces to form the groundbreaking Ambient World Music band JUNGLE FUNK. Their live CD Jungle Funk is available on Zebra Records in the States. The group combines mastery of technology with musicianship. This rare and cutting edge disc was given the Album of the Year mention in Australia. Will's first jazz CD as a bandleader is entitled The Will Calhoun Quintet: Live at the Blue Note. The disc is an adventurous journey through Will's approach to acoustic Jazz, World and Ambient music. The line-up features Bobby Watson-sax, Terrell Stafford-trumpet, John Benitez-bass and Orrin Evans-piano. Will's song writing, arrangements and drumming on this CD are ground breaking. Although this was Will's first attempt at fronting a jazz group, Down Beat Magazine, Jazz Times, and BillBoard Magazine have given the CD top ratings. Drum Magazine's readers poll voted Will's CD 1st runner up for Drummer/Band leader. Will has worked with rapper Mos Def, both as a producer and performer. Will brought together an all-star lineup for this project, featuring artists like: Bernie Worrell on keys, Doug Wimbish on bass, Doc Know, the guitarist from Bad Brains, and other special guests. The Band is titled Black Jack Johnson, and several tracks from this band were featured on Mos Def's CD The New Danger. Keep your eyes and ears open for a full length Black Jack Johnson CD. It will be in the usual cutting-edge Calhoun fashion. For all you Living Colour fans, the band is touring again and working on new material. They have performed regional U.S. tour, as well as tours in South America, Australia and Europe over the past several years. Check the Tour Schedule page often for updates. One of Will's latest creations is his follow-up release on the Halfnote label: Native Lands. Native Lands can be described as Jazz meets World, meets trance-inducing Urban music. This is a double package - CD/DVD in which Calhoun marries his far reaching interests in a genre-bending collection that taps key expressionists from various backgrounds. Among those contributing are Pharoah Sanders, Mos Def, Buster Williams, Stanley Jordan, Kevin Eubanks, Marcus Miller and Wallace Roney, as well as Nana Vasconcelos from Brazil and Cheick Tidiane Seck from Mali. The album includes a DVD with over ninety minutes of music videos and documentary materials that chronicle the last ten years of Will's life and travels. Will is presently touring in support of this project with his group, variously called "AZA" or "Native Lands", which features various artists from the album and other outstanding musicians. Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy winners and contribute to so many genres: jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, et al, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continually pushing the envelope. Will Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life.
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Mon, Nov 19 - 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, 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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Thu, Nov 29 - 9pm - $30adv/$40doors
After the surprise announcement of the end of Furthur, fans of improvisational jam music have been left to wonder what is next. Within days, the answer was evident, Golden Gate Wingmen.The Golden Gate Wingmen is a band formed in concept through casual conversation by the musicians recognizing that everyone was available the night that Kadlecik had booked for the first night of his electro-coustic solo tour. In actuality, it was formed on stage during sound check, as this particular group of guys had never played together before in this lineup.The band contains members of the highest quality, and from the first show, were performing original material (mostly songs from John Kadlecik's first album released under his own name.) The band premiered to a sold out audience on November 5 2014 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael CA. Fans can expect both boundary thrashing original music, and material from the song book that they love, forged in an altogether new cauldron, the results of which will be unique to each night's performance.
On the heels of an extensive tour with the John Kadlecik Band in November and December, John Kadlecik comes home to Martyrs' on a Tuesday night. Those shows will feature Kadlecik in his solo 'Acousti'Lectric' format in which he plays and sings unaccompanied, but utilizes an electric guitar synthesizer to produce a myriad of guitar and keyboard sounds. Fans will remember this format from last November when Kadlecik toured the West. While Kadlecik will play from the songbook fans have come to expect, there will also be original material and non traditional covers within the sets.
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Fri, Nov 30 - 9pm - $30adv/$40door
After the surprise announcement of the end of Furthur, fans of improvisational jam music have been left to wonder what is next. Within days, the answer was evident, Golden Gate Wingmen.The Golden Gate Wingmen is a band formed in concept through casual conversation by the musicians recognizing that everyone was available the night that Kadlecik had booked for the first night of his electro-coustic solo tour. In actuality, it was formed on stage during sound check, as this particular group of guys had never played together before in this lineup.The band contains members of the highest quality, and from the first show, were performing original material (mostly songs from John Kadlecik's first album released under his own name.) The band premiered to a sold out audience on November 5 2014 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael CA. Fans can expect both boundary thrashing original music, and material from the song book that they love, forged in an altogether new cauldron, the results of which will be unique to each night's performance.
On the heels of an extensive tour with the John Kadlecik Band in November and December, John Kadlecik comes home to Martyrs' on a Tuesday night. Those shows will feature Kadlecik in his solo 'Acousti'Lectric' format in which he plays and sings unaccompanied, but utilizes an electric guitar synthesizer to produce a myriad of guitar and keyboard sounds. Fans will remember this format from last November when Kadlecik toured the West. While Kadlecik will play from the songbook fans have come to expect, there will also be original material and non traditional covers within the sets.
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Sat, Dec 1 - 9pm - $30adv/$40door
After the surprise announcement of the end of Furthur, fans of improvisational jam music have been left to wonder what is next. Within days, the answer was evident, Golden Gate Wingmen.The Golden Gate Wingmen is a band formed in concept through casual conversation by the musicians recognizing that everyone was available the night that Kadlecik had booked for the first night of his electro-coustic solo tour. In actuality, it was formed on stage during sound check, as this particular group of guys had never played together before in this lineup.The band contains members of the highest quality, and from the first show, were performing original material (mostly songs from John Kadlecik's first album released under his own name.) The band premiered to a sold out audience on November 5 2014 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael CA. Fans can expect both boundary thrashing original music, and material from the song book that they love, forged in an altogether new cauldron, the results of which will be unique to each night's performance.
On the heels of an extensive tour with the John Kadlecik Band in November and December, John Kadlecik comes home to Martyrs' on a Tuesday night. Those shows will feature Kadlecik in his solo 'Acousti'Lectric' format in which he plays and sings unaccompanied, but utilizes an electric guitar synthesizer to produce a myriad of guitar and keyboard sounds. Fans will remember this format from last November when Kadlecik toured the West. While Kadlecik will play from the songbook fans have come to expect, there will also be original material and non traditional covers within the sets.
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Fri, Dec 7 - 9pm - $12adv/$14door
The Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo) and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience. An emotion filled musical stream of consciousness with no setlist, minimal structure, and intuitive improvisational flow. In this way, they summon the energy of the crowd as their guide in linking just the right music to precise moments in time. Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the Rumpke Mountain Boys is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my other heroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’t rehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well-- they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is very important, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources... being a musician is a life-long learning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.” Like playing around a campfire, the Boys take turns calling the next tune, distilling shows from a sea of infinite notes created from years of jamming. Drawing upon a growing catalog of originals and and an ecclectic mix of covers, the Rumpke Mountain Boys blend music like a fine Irish whiskey-- the result affectionately dubbed Trashgrass. The Boys titled their 2012 album release with the same name, followed by their 2013 release, Moon, which was recorded at the famed Royal Studios in Memphis. The next album is currently being recorded and will be released later this year. 2014 was outstanding for the string quartet. The Boys played festivals from coast to coast to ever growing audiences including Suwannee Springfest, Northwest String Summit, Phases Of the Moon, Dark Star Jubilee, John Hartford Memorial Fest, and Jammaica. Finishing up the year with two stellar highlights, their own Snuggleween and the Rumpke Mountain Boys New Years Eve Ball in their hometown of Cincinnati.
“Old Salt Union has the groove and the chops of a great string band, balanced with infectious rock and roll energy. Their music occupies that sweet space between Old Crow folk and Yonder Mountain jam -- not a bad place to be for a band about to break.”— No Depression.Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen. It is this collision of styles and musical vocabularies that informs their fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch.In 2015 they won the FreshGrass Band contest and found the perfect collaborator in Compass Records co-founder and GRAMMY winning banjoist and composer, Alison Brown, whose attention to detail and high standards pushed the group to develop their influences from beyond a vocabulary to pull from during improvisation and into the foundation of something truly compelling in the roots music landscape.Of working with the band in the studio, producer Brown says, “These post modern bluegrassers are true renegades. While they look like a bluegrass band, their musical sensibilities run much deeper and broader, borrowing as much from indie rock and jazz fusion as from Bill Monroe. And, even more exciting to me, they know no fear! They are wide open musical adventurers and we had a great time experimenting in the studio at the crossroads of these disparate influences. Though the band had established themselves as a growing festival act with performances at LouFest, Stagecoach Festival, Bluegrass Underground, Winter Wondergrass, Freshgrass, Wakarusa, Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Festival, and the 2014 Daytona 500, it was their breakout track on Spotify, “Madam Plum” that seemed to amplify awareness of the band beyond the bluegrass bubble.
Miles Over Mountains is an acoustic grassroots band based in Northern Illinois and comprised of former members of the group Huckleberry Green
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Sat, Dec 22 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
FEATURING: MAURICE MOBETTA BROWN, MAYA MCCRAVEN, JUNIUS PAUL, KEVIN RANDOLPH AND OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS.Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s talent orbits him simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting edge hip hop. He’s a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound.Brown displayed an affinity for the trumpet at a young age as he won the national Miles Davis Trumpet Competition and studied under legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. His critically acclaimed debut album “HIP TO BOP”, recorded in New Orleans, foreshadowed Brown’s unique talent for creating fresh bop-inflected jazz. Yet, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation didn’t spare Maurice and he took his talent to Brooklyn.Maurice reformed his own quintet, resurrected his underground hip-hop/funk combo, Soul'd U Out and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, De La Soul, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lettuce and The Roots.His follow-up album, THE CYCLE OF LOVE garnered significant praise; Huffington Post and NPR named it one of the best records of the year. Brown further embraced his be-bop roots with hip-hop hooks; it also lays raw his dogged insistence on charting his own musical course, bred by the rare success of his debut album and a life uprooted post-Katrina."Hearing Maurice Brown play let's me know that jazz is in good hands going forward."- Marcus MillerMaurice was invited to join the newly formed Tedeschi-Trucks Band. He created the horn arrangements on TTB’s debut album, “Revelator” which won a 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album. Brown’s trumpet was a wailing counterpoint to Derek Truck’s searing guitar wizardry.“Maurice took a solid foundation of jazz and blues and turned it into a modern sound that is uniquely his own. “- Derek TrucksBrown’s immersion into hip hop as musician/MC/producer culminated in the 2014 release of “MAURICE vs. MOBETTA” (Brown Records). This groundbreaking alter-ego album remixed original horn parts with newly recorded hip hop beats. Brown’s jazz roots are cultivated here through the lens of a hip hop perspective. Talib Kweli, Prodigy and Jean Grae’s spitting rhymes are met by Mobetta’s own, while his trumpet circles muscularly throughout every track.” Maurice Brown’s horn is able to musically go anywhere." - Talib KweliConstant evolution drives him. His intuitive vision lights a fire under traditional jazz, adds sonic brass to rock n' roll and pushes the production tip in hip-hop. Having recently severed ties with TTB, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is again charting his own musical path. The summer release of album tracks he produced for Talib Kweli, Omar, and Prodigy will make 2016 a long, hot burn. His new album, “THE MOOD” is set to be released at the top of 2017.
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Fri, Dec 28 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers) out October 5th, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty. With all the power of a freight train, the Big Damn Band is known for its live shows. Rev. Peyton delivers guitar pyrotechnics the old fashioned way — ten fingers, a 6 string and an amp cranked at full tilt. In the country blues style, he plays the bass with his thumb, while picking the lead with his fingers at the same time. When he lifts the guitar behind his head to play there’s nothing but skill and 16 gauge nickel strings to make the sounds coming out of the speakers. Beside him on stage are just two other people. His wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton playing with all the nuance and percussive power of a New Orleans drum line, and keeping the train moving is Max Senteney on a lean drum kit including a 5 gallon maple syrup bucket. Together they play Peyton’s wildman country blues that’s as much ZZ Top as it is Bukka White. This is real, from the heart, handmade music made by people, for people who don’t have time for BS.
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Sat, Dec 29 - 9pm - $18adv/$20door
Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music "cool" again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. Imagine 70's funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!Although the ensemble cast enjoys a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam, this fledgling "nu-sion" project is growing a unique and rabid following by commanding audiences at theaters, clubs, and major national festivals since 2012. The powerhouse quintet's live show has been described by critics and fans alike as "lethal funk", "explosive", "jaw dropping", and "musically mesmerizing". For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: just sit back and enjoy the ride!Kung Fu Features: Tim Palmieri (guitar & vocals)Robert Somerville (tenor sax & vocals)Beau Sasser (keyboards & vocals)Chris DeAngelis (bass guitar & vocals)Adrian Tramontano (drums/percussion)
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