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Mon, Nov 20 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Nov 21 - 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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Wed, Nov 22 - 9pm - $10
Hodie Snitch plays the songs you know and love from the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Jones, David Allen Coe, Hank Williams Jr, Charlie Daniels, and the list goes on and on.
Through barroom bands and brawls, drunken misadventures, illegal activities, terrible horsemanship and some charismatic gun play, the Pistoleros came to the attention of a gruesome creature (feared by all, loved by none) known only as "Cochino". Cochino surrounds himself with the best of the worst. He loves only music, liquor, guns, weed and women (in that order). In his travels he discovered a band whose players had all the most detestable qualities: the Pistoleros. He hired them to be the house band in his favorite brothel: the Dry Gulch Saloon. Out of the smoke stained walls, beer soaked floors and dim, sweaty bedrooms came the sounds of none other than the likes of Cochino y los Pistoleros. The rest is stuff of legend and history in the making. (tall tales included)
Wild Earp takes you on a road trip across Americana, taking his time along those country roads and learning some bad habits in the city. His songs are of a man who’s spent too much time alone in the forest, the prairie, the mountains, the desert, and the barroom. With a respectful nod to the old masters and a defiant scoff at the purists, Earp croons his country tunes, and mixes those pensive trail songs with jumping rockabilly, spirited bluegrass, and ventures into the dark corners of folk. His lyrics thread traditional tales of heartache, sinful living, and celebration seamlessly with social commentary and absurdism. There’s wit, wisdom, woe, and a wild streak that keeps you guessing.
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Fri, Nov 24 - 6pm - $10 - All Ages
dreamy, jazz-influenced psych-rock out of Indianapolis and Chicago.
No Currency is a surf rock band that loves good times and loud music.
We're just a bunch of dudes who recorded an EP in an attic, BIG WHOOP!
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Fri, Nov 24 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Kick the Cat is Chicago's most highly acclaimed fusion ensemble. Since forming in 1996, the band has been wowing audiences with their high energy shows. Their compositions are grounded in the traditions of jazz, rock and funk and feature complex harmony, odd time signatures, and extended improvisations. The group's spontaneity and uncanny communication make each of their live performances a unique adventure in interactive music-making.
Kevin Mileski is a unique finger-style guitarist and a strong thoughtful vocalist. He has touched the hearts of all kinds of music fans and professionals world-wide. His music has been heard all over the world on various public, commercial, satellite, and online radio stations as well as various TV placements including Grey’s Anatomy. Kevin has released four full-length albums to date – all have received high praise from critics everywhere and within all genres. Through a strong touring schedule out of Colorado and Chicago over many years, he has earned the respect of fans and professionals alike. He has performed in almost every state in the country. Whether an intimate solo show or a small band, it’s a good story wrapped in a percussive and thoughtful composition. Although his music has won over many fans not previously intrigued with the genre, he is also recognized for his comedy and wit in his live performances. “What won me over was his witty, engaging presence and incredible melodic sensibility”, states a Colorado music critic of Kevin’s live performance. "He has the ability to take you on an emotional journey through musical composition and stories." Kevin has graced the stages at some of the best venues in the country including, most notably, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. He has composed pieces for such prestigious dance organizations as Giordano Dance Chicago and the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. He has opened for and shared shows with many large touring acts such as Peter Mulvey, Brendan James, Sam Bush, Rusted Root, Little Feat, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dave Barnes, Dick Prall, Michael McDermott, & Gaelic Storm. He was voted a top 5 finalist in the 2006 and 2011 Independent Music Awards. Kevin was one of only 12 people chosen to perform at the the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival as a second alternate and one of a handful of honorable mentions in the 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Competition. Kevin has been featured on many independent recordings, has teamed up with numerous professional performers, and has made his niche as a background vocalist all over the country for many notable recording artists. He was voted in as a top 50 semi-finalist in the Independent Music World Series 2004 by TAXI for his album "Which Way Did He Turn?" which has sold over 2000 copies in the last four years. The 2006 release of "Through The Window" has resulted in Kevin's induction into the Independent Artists Registry. His music has been featured on Musicmatch.com, MP3.com, Audio Lunchbox, XM Radio, Whole Wheat Radio, Pandora, Spotify, and Touchtunes Jukeboxes. It has been heard on public and commercial radio stations across the country. Kevin is a member of ASCAP, PMA, and the Independent Artists Registry. He is an endorsing artist of Yairi guitars and Elixir Strings although neither company knows it. He just likes their products.
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Sat, Nov 25 - 9pm - $8adv/$10door
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.
Hailing from the city of Chicago, Lovejoy is a 6-piece band that consists of Duncan Lee (guitar/ lead vocals), David Matthews (Drums), Cal Froikin (keyboards), Zach Bridgman (bass), Kris Hansen (trumpet/backup vocals/auxiliary), and Sam Lubliner (guitar). Lovejoy recently released their debut record titled The Girl From The Crystal Cave which channels a unique blend of sounds from across the musical spectrum, with influences by acts such as The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Strokes, and Otis Redding. Their psychedelic, soulful infusion of rock n’ roll puts powerful melodies over vibrant instrumental textures that move seamlessly from tight grooves to swirling dreamscapes. These multi-faceted elements are equally as present through a pair of speakers as they are on the dancefloor. One of Lovejoy’s key missions is to infuse art with entertainment. The Girl From The Crystal Cave is a concept album that translates the emotions of lost love through recurring metaphors that transform in significance and meaning as the album progresses. Whether you’re a native Chicagoan or a just a musicophile looking for your next big fix, Lovejoy is surely a band to keep on your radar.
Blaqrock's sound is an innovative combination of explosive rock and transcendent rap that immerses the audience in a truly mesmerizing musical experience. "I want to rap but I want to have a band behind me". This was the phrase that began the band and drives the vision. Combining classic hip hop/rap styles with hard/blues rock and jazz influences, the sound of Blaqrock emerges as something uniquely energetic. The band debuted their single "Southside" at the Subterranean (Chicago) in 2016, and have been building powerful material since. Blaqrock has been a project in the works for years and now the band is again ready to take on whats ahead. Hopefully you're ready....
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Mon, Nov 27 - 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.
Led by acclaimed drummer Brad Elvis and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chloe F. Orwell, Chicago's The Handcuffs explore broad sonic territory while believing in the power of a great radio hook. The Handcuffs inhabit some of the same musical domain as T-Rex, Spiders from Mars Era Bowie, Franz Ferdinand and early Blondie - all filtered through a modern lens - and deliver bold, sexy songs with memorable melodies and unexpected twists. Known as much for their dynamic live shows as for being prolific writers and producers, their songs have been featured in dozens of films and television shows. The band has released three full-length albums and is currently working on the fourth. They recently released a special International Cassette Store Day album called "All the Way from Chicago," featuring a "best of" style, remastered sampling of their modern garage-glam songs, plus a never-before released nod to one of their influences, Mott the Hoople. "The Handcuffs are one of the few bands capable of effectively combining the spontaneity and musicianship of glam/punk with the urgency and rough-edged sound of garage rock," says Jersey Beat's Phil Rainone. “There's a sexy, swaggering street vibe throughout,” added Musoscribe's Bill Kopp. And the Chicago Sun-Times exclaims that The Handcuffs are simply "effervescent." Completing The Handcuffs powerhouse lineup are bassist Emily Togni, lead guitarist Susie Q. Winn and keyboardist Alison Hinderliter.
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Tue, Nov 28 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Wed, Nov 29 - 8pm - $7
Formed in early 2015 with a lineup of both esteemed veteran pickers and hotshot newcomers, Growler is bringing a welcome vitality to the growing Chicago bluegrass scene. The band comprises current and former members of regional mainstays like The Leadfoot Band, DOG 1, and Sunnyside Up and its members bring to the table over a decade of collective experience playing and recording mountain music the old-fashioned way. As dead-on and high-lonesome as these boys are, however, traditional bluegrass is not a final destination for a group like Growler. With influences that span from pulsing Chicago blues to gritty southern rock, from elegant gypsy jazz to old school gospel and soul, and more, the band uses their bluegrass prowess as a jumping-off point for finding a sound that is theirs alone.And Growler has wasted no time getting this sound in front of an audience. Having cultivated a sizable repertoire of lovingly re-imagined standards and exploratory originals, the group is already packing houses and wowing crowds at clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest. They have shared the stage with national touring acts such as Hot Buttered Rum, The Hillbenders, Old Salt Union, Trout Steak Revival, The Lil’ Smokies and in 2017 are only continuing to pick up speed on the regional scene.You wanted bluegrass in the City of Big Shoulders? Look no further--Growler is Chicago’s answer to a young generation of talented pickers seeking a new identity, and with thick four-part harmony, lush instrumental arrangements, and a deep, impeccable groove, how can you deny them?”
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.
Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots (featuring Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden on bass and harmony; Gerald Dowd of Robbie Fulks Band on drums; Dave Nelson of Electric Dirt on guitar; and Alton Smith of Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel on keyboard and harmony) have their feet firmly planted in American roots music, blending a strong modern take on rhythmic Memphis Soul, recalling Stax-Volt era performers like Carla Thomas, with doses of introspective folk, classic country, and the occasional pop-influenced flourish. In performance and on record, Rachel delivers intelligent lyrics in a soulful, heartfelt manner backed by a cadre of some of Chicago’s best working musicians. Their first album, “Under the Sun," was released in February 2016. A new album is underway, and will be recorded in early 2018.
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Thu, Nov 30 - 8pm - $10
Miss Remember is a rock band that rocks from Chicago. Formed by Jim Tashjian (gtr, vox), Peter Tashjian (drms), Leslie Beukelman (vox) and Martin Stonikas (bass) when the four were students at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the members all continue to be active in various bands in various circles of the Chicago music scene (District 97, Hood Smoke, Hey Champ, Goran Ivanovic Trio, Brite Lite, Davy Knowles, Luna, BD and the jackrabbits, Timetables etc…) As a band, they combine sounds from their rock roots with their love of diverse musics from around the city, the country and the world. Dissonant harmony and a unique rhythmic concept are layered with delicate, simplistic melodies. They are children of the 90's, who grew up in the midwest, just striving to write good songs. Miss Remember released their first full length record on the Ears&Eyes label January 13, 2017.
Elle Casazza is many things, but she isn’t “retro.” Sure her music evokes a bygone era, when jazz and soul reigned supreme; granted, her voice commands attention in a way few contemporary singers can claim. But “retro” implies she’s cashing in on a trend, and one listen to her new album “Proof” proves that Elle Casazza is nothing if not authentic. Since 2011 Elle has performed all over Chicago, either solo or with her five piece band. In 2013 she released her first EP “For Your Pleasure.” which has played on numerous radio stations. In 2015 she released three singles: Witness,Rainy Days and Soft & Low. With her latest full album release “Proof,” Elle hopes to “bring authenticity by bringing the live band back to pop music.”
Sarah Marie Young is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician. She was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition and the winner of the 2011 Montreux Voice Competition judged by Quincy Jones, from which she recorded her first full length album "Too Many Februaries" at Balik Farm Studios in Switzerland and performed it at The Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012. After being signed by the dutch label Snip Records in 2014, Sarah Marie Young released and toured Europe with her second album, "Little Candy Heart". Sarah's latest album, "Recess" was self-produced and released in April 2016.
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Fri, Dec 1 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
What's a Nasty Snack, you ask? It's Tom Selleck standing under a waterfall with a saxophone, eating a ham sandwich. It's Scooby Doo gnawing on a pair of rawhide drumsticks. It's that nasty groove brought to you by nine members of a Chicago funk movement that cannot be stopped! Drawing from influences such as Kool and the Gang, Lettuce, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power, the Snacks have proven to showcase an explosive, horn-driven, pocket-slamming performance at each live show. With a chaotic balance of R&B grooves and freaky horn melodies, the Snacks have developed a sound acclaimed by most as "just nasty!"
Chicago based musician Ben McFadden has been releasing music as “McFabulous” since he first learned how to burn discs on his parents’ desktop PC. From his early bootleg releases of remixes and instrumental beats, the project has evolved into a one-man synth-pop/R&B amusement park act. McFadden’s songs sound like leftover Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis material that’s been given a Max Tundra remix treatment. Lyrically, the songs deal with the nuts-and-bolts of human relationships. Never straying too far from the topic of romance, McFabulous sings about matters of the heart in a way that’s fun and instantly relatable. His earnestly flirty slow jam “I Live Above the Hobby Shop” (from his 2010 EP “Oh, Interesting!”) was featured in the hit webseries High Maintenance, now on HBO. McFabulous truly shines in his live performances, delighting crowds with his combination of auto-tune vocals, throwback beats, and retro synth shredding. Unsuspecting audience members are often left with mouths agape, asking, “What is this and why have I never heard of it?”
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Sat Dec 2 - 12pm - Vendor Reservation - $35
Wanna be a vendor at this awesome fest? Please email kate@martyrslive.com!Join us for our annual festival celebrating St. Nick's scary partner, Krampus! Holiday Artisan Market featuring handcrafted items created by Chicago area artisans. German style food, cold beer and Gluwein. Dress like Krampus and join our annual Krampuslauf at 6pm as we stomp along Lincoln Ave. All ages. Free!
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Sat Dec 2 - 12noon - All ages - FREE
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Join us for our annual festival celebrating St. Nick's scary partner, Krampus! Holiday Artisan Market featuring handcrafted items created by Chicago area artisans. German style food, cold beer and Gluwein. Dress like Krampus and join our annual Krampuslauf at 6pm as we stomp along Lincoln Ave. All ages. Free!
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Sat, Dec 2 - 9pm - $15
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
The Rolling Stones may have made their debut in the ‘60s, but it was in the ‘70s that they came into their own. The band launched into that brand new decade with the bold proclamation that they were The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World, and then proceeded to confirm it with their first studio album of the ‘70s, Sticky Fingers. As the ‘70s wore on, the Stones fell from critical grace and seemed to lose their distinctive bite. By the end of that era, the emergence of punk rock and the popularity of disco made many of rock music’s pioneers seem old and in the way. Not so the Stones. With their final studio album of the decade, Some Girls, they proved they still had plenty of reasons for us music fans to sit up and take notice. Great Moments in Vinyl performs two of the Stones’ best with a narrated concert featuring Sticky Fingers... "Dirty rock like this has still to be bettered, and there is still no rival in sight." -Colin Larkin, All Time Top 1000 Albums - 1994. ..and Some Girls. "If you want to survive the Seventies and enter the Eighties with something more than your bankbook and dignity intact, you'd better dredge up your leftover pride, bite the bullet and try like hell to sweat out some good music. Which is exactly what the Stones have done." -Paul Nelson, Rolling Stone - 06/09/78.
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Tue, Dec 5 - 8pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Wed, Dec 6 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Dec 7 - 8pm - $7
In the beginning there was Wraygun... The band started out as a tribute to The Late Great Link Wray, by Phil Tiki and Jack "The Ripper" Conley. I was asked to play bass, for a "one and done" gig, that turned into 2, then 3, and 10 years later... The calls started coming in for bigger gigs, so we supplemented our set with some Surf, and we were on our way. We all met Susie at the same time, she mentioned she played Sax, and was asked to be in the band, real simple. Jack's girlfriend, Shannon (at the time, now his wife), came in on second guitar, shortly afterward, and we had our lineup solidified. This quintet performed for a couple years, until Shannon left, enter Steve Martini...Steve came over from his very successful band, Cocktail Preachers, and, like me, never left. With Steve in the band, we soon changed our name to 13 Tikis, which was a band name Phil used for other things he was doing musically.Shortly after the name change, Jack left, enter Tony Long... Tony played with us for a short time before, naturally he was our first choice to be our new full time drummer. With everything solid again, we hit it hard, playing all over, having fun, like you're supposed to, then... Phil Tiki, the man who put this all together, broke it to us, he was moving to Las Vegas. Not really knowing how to go on without the glue that held this band together, we had to figure something out fast. Enter Justin Collins... We met Justin at a Memorial for a mutual acquaintance, our respective bands were on the bill, and we hit it off. Justin became a fan of the band, coming out to gigs, showing support, so when we needed a guitar player, I gave him a call. Initially, I asked if he was interested in sitting in with us, I didn't tell him Phil was leaving, he said "sit in, or be in the band, because I would really like to be in the band". Without any vetting, Justin was in the band, where he is today. October 21st, 2016, we celebrated 10 years as a band, with the current lineup, as well as Phil Tiki and Jack The Ripper. We have no intentions of stopping anytime soon! I'd also like to give honorable mentions to these fine drummers, for putting time in with this band. Rick Kubic, Leslie Walle-Santos, Grant Ossler, Mark Manzo. There you are, a "short" history of 13 Tikis. -Lorenzo Friday, Bass Guitarist, 13 Tikis.
Since 2003 Hillbilly Idle has been taking Rockabilly, Country, Surf, and a little bit of Punk Rock - throwing it all in to the blender, and turning it on high! This ain't your Grandad's Rockabilly! Over the years, the band members' musical credits include: Rebel Rousers, Sea Sick Crocodiles, Venus Flycats, The Bottletones, HiFi & the Roadburners, Thee Invaders, Chicago Blues Angels and many more... Taking all their experience and putting it to work, these guys can't be pinned down into one Rockabilly subcategory. These three time hosts of The Big C Jamboree have proudly shared the stage with everyone from traditional acts like Wanda Jackson and Art Adams to Rock and Roll wrecking balls like Hillbilly Casino and Guana Batz.
Kent Rose Roots Duo with Marc Edelstein. “He’s a throwback to the guitar-toting country troubadours of yesteryear and at the same time a product of the rock and roll era, certainly the only performer of his kind in the greater Chicagoland area.” - Bill Dahl, Music Historian and Journalist. To add to his unique sound Kent brings Marc Edelstein (Possum Hollow Boys, Million Dollar Quartet) on stand-up bass and vocal harmonies, including songs from Kent’s latest disc, All That American Night.
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Fri, Dec 8 - 8pm - $10
Minor Characters is an indie act from Chicago whose music is a mixture of well-crafted songwriting, pop sensibility, and a rare earnestness that’s difficult to overlook. The resulting combination is a carefully composed sound with classic pop leanings that ends up sounding both familiar and fresh.
FURR is George Coutretsis and Ryan Quilty. Born out of a love for all things heavy and loud. They like their whiskey cheap and their High Life's cold.
Karl Neurauter is a folk-rock singer & songwriter out of Chicago fascinated with the intimately macabre & telling the story from the bad guy's point of view.
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Sat, Dec 9 - 3pm - $11 - All Ages
Sat, Dec 9 - 5pm - $11 - All Ages
Sat, Dec 9 - 9pm - $25
The Joe Marcinek Band is an ever evolving mixture of original compositions and incredible musicians. Each show has a slightly different lineup and interpretation. The music is a blend of jazz and funk with a cerebral emphasis on groove and improvisation. They dropped their latest album ‘Slink’ via Hitman Records in December 2016, featuring Bernie Worrell’s (P-Funk, Talking Heads) last recording and produced by Joey Porter (The Motet).
Marty Sammon was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. His encouraging family and Irish culture provided a solid structure for Marty to demonstrate himself as a musical prodigy. Without abandoning his roots and being drawn to music that captures the universal joys/pains of life’s experience, Marty’s natural ability and sincere persona was welcomed into a city that is selective to those musicians that are only proven to be aesthetically true to it’s signature sound. By the age of fifteen, Marty was performing with L.V. Banks and absorbing the sounds and lifestyle of the Chicago Blues scene. Shortly thereafter, fate and opportunity would collide.Marty’s talent was quickly recognized by earning the attention of Phil Guy (Buddy Guy’s younger brother).Phil Guy exposed Marty to a funkier, heavier, soulful side of the Blues; an expression Marty could easily translate. James Montgomery of the Chicago Playboys took immediate notice and introduced Marty to Otis Rush. Marty shared the stage with Otis Rush for five years until he received the call to tour the world and perform with Blues legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Buddy Guy. For almost a decade, Marty has been a member of the “Damn Right Blues Band” and has contributed as a studio musician on Buddy Guy’s most recent recordings.Marty Sammon’s intense playing reaches beyond the basic rules of finger placement and posture at the keyboard; his hands become blurred motions as the rest of his body matches the unpredictability and soul of his improvisation.
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Mon, Dec 11 - 8pm - $10
Run for the maracas, get out the cocktail shaker and prepare to be "samba-sized." SAMBA BAMBA, the wacky, "Sergio Mendes meets the B-52's" 8-piece Latin-flavored, retro crazy band is back after a two year hiatus at Martyrs' on Monday, December 11 beginning at 8 pm. The evening will celebrate the release of the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the band’s 1997 debut recording, LUST FOR SAMBA. This special performance will feature a full evening of Samba Bamba, showcasing material from the new 2-disc CD release which contains remixes of the band’s entire 1997 release, a never before released track and a special second disc of previously unreleased material recorded in 1995 with Samba Bamba’s original vocalist, Kirsten Gustafson (aka Goostie). The CD and download cards for the anniversary edition of LUST FOR SAMBA will be available at the performance. In addition to a celebration of Samba Bamba’s “greatest hits,” the band will offer their unique, spicy twist on a sprinkling of traditional songs of the season. The evening will also feature a special guest appearance by KIRSTEN GUSTAFSON as Goostie. Gustafson, renowned jazz singer and former Atlantic Records recording artist, will join Samba Bamba onstage during the performance.Samba Bamba was formed by RICHARD KNIGHT, JR. as an homage to the music of Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66. Knight, a comedic performer known to audiences for his work with the Annoyance Theater and TV's "Wild Chicago," portrays the band's front man Monty "Sugarloaf" Mattachine, renowned vocalist JEN ZIAS portrays Lupe Lowenstein, Samba Bamba's lead vocalist and VICTOR SALVO is Lindo McCartney, the group's colorful backing vocalist. These three "live cartoon characters" front five of the area's top musicians, SCOTT STEVENSON (musical director, keyboards), STEVE DOLLINGER (guitar), RANDY HENRY (bass), ALEJO POVEDA (percussion legend), and GERALD DOWD (drums aka the busiest man in show business). Together, SAMBA BAMBA has been musically making love to audiences since their debut in 1994.Expect a lot more than moldy fruitcake at the wackiest holiday party you'll attend this year.
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Tue, Dec 12 - 9pm - $10
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family 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, Dec 13 - 8pm - $7
Maxwelliam is a local Chicago band focused on writing and playing original music. Our musical tastes vary but we strive to bring an element of rock, a groove you can dance to and, in some cases, a harder/heavier edge to our material. The band was founded in 2012 as a studio project. After several years of working together, and building our catalog of original songs, we decided to take our act live in 2017 to the people of Chicago and the surrounding area.Maxwelliam has some of Chicago’s very best musicians: The one and only Mr. Larry Beers on drums, Mitch “The Beast” Straeffer on bass, Colin Peterik on keyboards, Ryan Nelson on guitar, and Liam Maxwell on vocals and guitar.
BirdsNsnakes are a Chicago based 4 piece band that pulverizes rock. Formerly known as the Tallest, these guys have played in and around Chicago for years. Yeeaarrrrs.
Born out of a mutual love of great American music, Teddy Clyde and his band are Chicago's answer to The Heartbreakers, The Cardinals, and all the other proprietors of good songs.
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Thu, Dec 14 - 8pm - $15adv/$20door
Grammy Award Winner Isaiah Sharkey, who is considered to be a "Hired Gun" by many in the music industry has worked, recorded, and toured with several world renown & Grammy Award Winning Artists such as John Mayer, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Patti Labelle, Christopher Martin (Coldplay), Paul Simon, Corrine Bailey Rae, Mike Posner, Keith Urban, Brian Mcknight, Boyz II Men, Lalah Hathaway, Raphael Saadiq, Chris Daddy Dave, & MoreThursday December 14th Martyr's will host a special performance withIsaiah showcasing tunes from his debut release entitled Love.Life.Livefeaturing DJ JAZZY JEFF & Lalah Hathaway.
Pocket Radio blends soul, hip-hop, funk, and fusion. We're here to satisfy the intellect, and your desire to throw down.
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Fri, Dec 15 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
From evocative ballads to pulsing jams and psychedelic alternative moods, here comes the rebirth of The Social Act. John Krenger and Ellis Clark have taken the roots of what they started in Chicago years back and revamped it with new players, new compositions, and current lyrics. This Summer the dynamic group just released the new album “Today’s Tomorrow”. The album features the singles Paid In Full, Unknown, and Uncle Sam Shot Miss America. The songwriting duo of Krenger and Clark is supported by Producer/Engineer Sam BMJ and his facility Studio 2020 Chicago.
Mark Panick isn’t a man of narrow vision. Witness Razorhouse’s single and accompanying video, “Neu Sensation,” a carnal, conceptual combo dropped at the end of 2014. The single will appear on the second Razorhouse EP, Codex Du, slated for release on April 7, 2015. Panick has fronted the reformed outfit of veteran musicians since 2011. He writes with his industrial rock roots planted firmly, but don’t be fooled: he may be a composer entranced by the darkness of the human condition, but he isn’t one to be pigeonholed. He’s a lover of campy art flicks as much as he is the visceral source of your next trip. His recordings are rife with unabashed sexuality, gutter-punk abandon and tasty grooves. Every Panick song is a standalone odyssey—proof that he isn’t defined by structure but by the inner workings of his madcap mind. He marches to the beat of his own drum, wails on it with a sledgehammer and isn’t afraid to bring you along into the swirling chaos. He takes inspiration from a diverse spectrum of musical forbearers--the Ink Spots, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, the Kinks, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Alex Harvey to name just a few. He also taps other mediums in search of “tools for thinking,” including the works of filmmaker Alejandro Jordorowsky, painter Mark Ryden and philosopher Daniel C. Dennett. Panick is best known for his work in the short-lived, seminal post-punk outfit Bonemen of Barumba, which released a handful of recordings in the early 1980s. His next project, Chac Mool, was spawned from a fruitful writing session with house music wunderkind Dean Anderson. It included members of other Chicago music mainstays such as Revolting Cocks, KMFDM and Sister Machine Gun, all of which would become fodder for the earliest incarnations of Razorhouse. Codex Du follows 2013’s Codex Jun and marks the era of a musically mature Panick, who describes the current formula as “38% less chaos and 17% less drama.” The EP features contributions by musicians David Suycott (Robert Pollard, Stabbing Westward) Jim Demonte (Insiders), Tommi Zender and many more, while the production team of Howie Beno (Ministry, Black Asteroid) and Danny McGuinness (Ex Senators, Coven of Thieves) ropes in the feral tendencies of Panick’s madcap mind and myriad influences. The musical horizon is wide open for Panick after Codex Du, and he’s not one for routine. He has kept the Razorhouse lineup fluid as he recruits musicians for an upcoming tour. Everything else is equally wide open, as he promises: “new music, new film and video projects; a gallery show or two and lots of exploration. I’m just doing what I’ve always done, building forts and looking for others who wanna play.”
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Sat, Dec 16 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Stampy is a mutation of several already established Chicago-scene acts. The diversity of musical styles combined with the longstanding friendships of Stampy's members contributes to a new and upcoming flavor of music that will soon be served at a venue near you.Stampy's sound is produced by an eclectic cast of musicians from Chicago groups In La Kesh, Terrapin Flyer, SMOKER, The Great Sky Band, Doug Shotwell and the Right Hand Band, The Dancehall Twigs, The Dropper, The Localvores, and The Blind Staggers. With influences spanning multiple genres and artists, Stampy's original material travels many musical avenues. From soulful grooves to high energy dual guitar solos, Stampy brings a versatile set to the table that is sure to please a variety of palates. Stampy is about to finish up their debut LP with Treehouse Records, set to release sometime late summer 2016.
World renowned guitar virtuoso, Professor Fareed Haque, recently returned from interstellar pan dimensional time travel to bring 'jazztronica' to earth with his band MathGames! By infusing a musical equation that mixes genres, tempos, melodies and abnormal beats, MathGames! takes you on an innovative musical adventure. Band members Alex Austin (Bass) and Greg Fundis (Drums) provide a funky musical backbone as Kevin Kozol (Keys and Electronics) submerges you in a futuristic groove. Together the band transforms light into sound and takes everyone in the crowd deep into space. While traveling dimensions, Fareed powerfully moves sound in undefined ways by switching styles with his multiple guitars including the mesmerizing Moog guitar. Together, MathGames! breaks down music at fundamental levels and smoothly rearranges it into something never defined before, blending funky jazz and modern instrumentation to take you out of your head and out of this world.
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Mon, Dec 18 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Dec 19 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Wed, Dec 20 - 8pm - $25
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Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey's McGee) & Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band) join forces once again as 30 DB for a special acoustic performance!
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Thu, Dec 21 - 8pm - $15
Mike Himebaugh (Hello Dave), Paul Bolger (Mr. Blotto) and Arthur Lee Land together form Hello Mr. Arthur. Born in the taverns of Chicago in the early part of this century these stalwarts of the Chicago music scene brought their voices, guitars and songwriting together to create a harmony that rings with truth and timelessness. It’s a rare occasion (NOT TO BE MISSED) when these three troubadours cross paths and pause long enough to engage in banter and song.
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Fri, Dec 22 - 9pm - $15
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over 17 years, they are proving just that as they continue to expand their ever evolving sound and stun audiences with their energetic live shows. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance.After many false starts the long awaited studio album, Slow Street, was released May 29th, 2015. The new record features 10 original tracks and a host of guests musicians including Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass on dobro. Recorded in Chicago the album clocks in at over 60 minutes of acoustic/electric landscapes and improvised jams. Balancing the energy and feel of a their one of a kind live shows with the articulation and precision of studio production, Slow Street is an album that was well worth the wait.With songs like Rise Above and All Things Must Change, the album pays homage to the last few years of change with a complex maturity well beyond anything we have seen from the band since their last studio release, Feet First, way back in 2006. WIth masterful musicianship, a deep understanding of melody and time, and a more focused sound, Slow Street runs the gamut of the Americana sound with everything from light and delicate to gritty, deep and psychedelic.
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Sat, Dec 23 - 9pm - $25
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Tue, Dec 26 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Wed, Dec 27 - 8pm - $20adv/$25door
Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 Grammy award-winning album Revelator and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Santana, Lalah Hathaway, Omar, John Legend, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, Maurice’s latest album - THE MOOD - features his live band in a studio album that showcases his soulful composition, ambitious production & adventurous improvisations in a seamless blend of jazz, hip hop, soul and sounds from around the world.A stand out single from the album features Hip-Hop master Talib Kweli. In his words, ‘STAND UP is a call for humanity to take a stand and come together to make a positive difference in the world around us. We are in a political and economic climate that has been sapping the energy and sense of hope from everyone around us. Inspired by the advice “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” that my father gave me when I was a kid, I want to call people to come together, take a stand for a better life & a better world and help one another in whatever way possible, big or small. To collectively be the change we wish to see in the world.’Brown has an ambitious touring schedule, anchored around the release with a Tuesday night residency at the Fame Jazz Standard in New York. A rotating cast of special guests include Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Drum legend Lenny White, and Saxophonist Skerik.
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Fri, Dec 29 - 9pm - $35
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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Sat, Dec 30 - 9pm - $20
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
Sun Beard started in late September '14 at 3AM, fireside with friends. My friend Jaik and I were jamming and ended up writing the first song of the album('Ain't Gonna Die'). In the space between the notes, we could hear that coyotes had come nearby and were starting to howl along with us. We also had this crazy long shooting star light up the sky directly above us. It was a sublime night. That vibe carried forward with a handful of recording sessions throughout the year at both Oxide Lounge and IV Lab Studios. The end result was a fun writing and recording project amongst friends. The album went on to be called, 'The Night'. A lot of great friends and family donated their time and creativity to these songs, and I'm so thankful for them and their generosity. Much love everyone! - Matt Robinson.
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Sun, Dec 31 - 9pm - $25
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
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Wed, Jan 3 - 8pm - $10
John Mead once again honors Bowie's birthday month with a performance of the Young Americans album as well as a few other choice cuts.
Ride your rainbow dream to Martyrs’ and catch DISCO BALLS! All the hits you remember about love and dancing with Saffron Lotus Drew, Jellybean Mead, Alton Boogiesmith, Moonbeam "Giddy-Down" Dowd, Prince Corsale, Jr., and Never Yellow Jimmy Tomamellow. It’ll be better than your remember, because you don’t remember this. Real live disco, real harmonies, real good.
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Thu, Jan 4 - 8pm - $7
Rosie & The Rivets perform the best music of the 1950's & early 1960's along with some current hits with a retro twist. From the Atomic Age through the British Invasion, Rosie & The Rivets evoke the energy and excitement of the era that spawned the greatest music of all time. A music that continues to thrill and entice. Come along and see why Rosie & The Rivets are the Premier Retro Rock & Roll Show!
AMAZING HEEBY JEEBIES members have got fired, arrested, incarcerated, shot, killed & resurrected. They're the worst of the worst & will scare you out of your pants. Fans are convinced if (The Cramps) Poison Ivy & Lux Interior had a twisted hipshakin' love child, it would be Ary. The Jeebies also invoke The Gun Club, Roky Erickson, Esquerita, The Sonics & The Blasters In their gritty roadside garagabilly terror drawing on 50's boogie to 60's garage horror punk deep from the underworld of moody psychotic rock n roll!
"...Tiny keeps the blues alive and pay(s) tribute to the originals."- Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater. Dedicated to his craft, the originality and prowess of Tiny Miles is sure to impress even the most critical of skilled technicians. Tiny Miles casts a spell over the audience with the soul and passion of 1950's Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly music. At a Tiny Miles showcase - one can expect a soul-stirring experience in an energetic performance of roots music soaked in retro vibes, coupled with a level of professional musicality that must be witnessed first hand.
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Fri, Jan 5 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Man Called Noon is a Chicago based indie/alt rock band. Their roots are evident in their melodic mixture of Classic Americana, Pop, and Soul. Boisterous guitars and booming bass riffs erupt over impassioned soulful lyrics resulting in a distinct and in your-face-sound that can only be harnessed by Man Called Noon. MCN now provides a broader musical texture, allowing for a more precise interpretation of a burgeoning sound. They have taken a punctuated leap forward, and the maturity, confidence, and musical talent is on display. The New EP, “Everybody Move” is out now. And they are very excited to be having the party and release at Martyrs!
Sugarpulp consists of four individuals coming together to create some rad music. The current lineup formed in October 2015, and the new energy and sound quickly projected them forward into unique genres of sonic experimentation. An amalgamation of many different styles, Sugarpulp seamlessly blends rock n roll, pop, dance, blues, and psychedelic funk into a sultry and sexy sound. Front woman and Deb Chesterman's arrow-like voice, staccato keys, and poetically pulp lyrics hit with a distinct and potent punch. By her side, guitarist Sam Allyn, Bassist Bruce Rarang,​​ and drummer Patrick Riley cement her infectious melodies and unexpected song structures into powerfully raw music.
JACOB HORN TRIO describes themselves as "an ill-named narcissistic band from Chicago" We can't say much on their level of narcissism, since we do not judge EVER, but we can say we like the name. When one thinks horns, a vision of Kenny G's luxurious curls may appear in one's mind, wailing "Silent Night" aggressively on the sax.This is not that. JACOB HORN TRIO mixes horns with power-pop and creates the most joyous, impressively well-played sound to permeate your ears. It's not a question of if you want to dance or not, it just sorta...happens.
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Sat, Jan 6 - 9pm - $10
Brainchild of renowned Chicago-based jazz and funk siren Typhanie Monique, The BMC brings together some of Chicago’s most diverse musical talent to give groove lovers, dance fans and die-hard improv lovers a unique, never-to-be-repeated experience in Chicago’s live music scene. The group improvises every song. Yes, you read right. Every song is improvised. The chosen players are all esteemed craftsmen of their particular instrument. Talent is certainly not wasted in this band, neither is the creative process which you can witness at it's inception. In the moment, minute, measure, the group instinctively communicates to bring something musical to the table. High energy horn-hitting HOUSE tunes, Hip-Hop bouncing rhymes and grooves, LATIN-based danceable ditties, WORLD-oriented off meter solo-spinning jams and SOULful lyrical content that absorbs the audience with each song taking them on a musical journey. The summer of 2008, The BMC was conceived to hold down a two year once a month stint at the acclaimed Chicago club, Martyrs'. The group continues to perform for private events, festivals and clubs in and out of Chicago.
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Wed, Jan 10 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini. Past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Dan Ponce, Len Kasper, Tony Fitzpatrick, JC Brooks and Ji Suk Yi.
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Sat, Jan 13 - 7:30pm - $10
Band Called Catch is an original band from Chicago, IL. Founded in 2008, the music is as eclectic as the members who create it. Blending Folk, Americana, Rock, Alternative, and Pop to create the unique new age sound that is BCC. The band has just released a new single and music video (See You Soon) from the upcoming record and it’s now available on iTunes. The past record, "The Story" has had multiple songs licensed to MTV, Films, and Commercials. The bands front man, Tim Frank, is also an Actor known for The Resurrection of Gavin Stone and more.
Friends of the Bog write sing-alongs from the murky side of the soul. Since their inception in 2016, they have shared their harmonious alt-folk at Uncommon Ground, Burlington Bar, Silvie's Lounge, as well as many variety shows across Chicago. The band recently recorded its debut EP with acclaimed engineer Steve Albini. The self-titled release is exuberant, eclectic, and a sign of exciting things to come from this new collective.
Todd Kessler is a Chicago-based Singer/Songwriter featured on Season 3 of NBC's The Voice. Todd fronts the Chicago based band Todd Kessler and The New Folk (thenewfolk.net) whose latest album "Sea Fever" is now available on iTunes. In addition to 4 previous released under his own label, Wyzguy Records, Kessler has had songs featured on CW's "Hellcats" and the web-series "Prom Queen".
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Thu, Feb 1 - 8pm - $7
Wild untamed Chicago three-piece rockabilly
Based in Chicago, Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders play an Ameripolitan mix of honky-tonk, western swing and hillbilly jazz. Since 2002 they’ve entertained audiences with countless dance-friendly shows in Chicago and the Midwest while supporting their independent releases. On lead vocals and electric guitar, Dan Whitaker trades solos with Tom Mioduki on acoustic, while Earl Power and Chase Jackson hold steady on bass and drums. DWSB have released three albums to date, including Truck Ride in 2016. A honky tonk excursion through the past, present and future, Truck Ride charted on several Americana charts including AMA, RMR and Route 66; received worldwide airplay; and was nominated for two national awards. DWSB will release a new album of all original songs in the fall of 2017, and are currently branching out from the Midwest to deliver their unique sound to new audiences around the country.
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