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Fri, Oct 29 - 9pm - $20 - PROOF OF VACCINE REQUIRED
MUCCA PAZZA IS A MARCHING BAND THAT THINKS IT'S A ROCK AND ROLL BAND! MUCCA PAZZA assembled itself in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago river. Combining marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 30-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. Their eccentric, frenetic visual presence, and genre-bending original compositions earned them critical praise and a loyal local following. Before long, with their live show’s reputation preceding them, Mucca Pazza began to branch out nationally, appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, WFMU, and the Kentucky Derby, as well as supporting major national acts and performing at numerous national music festivals like Lollapalooza, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors and the Montreal Jazz Fest. “Ceci n’est pas une Marching Band” Despite the drums and brass, cheerleaders and uniforms, Mucca Pazza seldom marches, musically or physically. The uniforms do not match. The cheers are strange. There are no recognizable patterns, no discernible formations, no militant airs. However, the force and presence of a marching band remain, both sonically and theatrically. The brass harmony, rich and powerful, the drums, tight and idiosyncratic, combine as a sum greater than its parts. The band might even move from point A to point B. But this is where similarities end. Mucca Pazza dances, flails, tumbles, and spins in circles. Amplified by speaker helmets, the freak section wields violins and cellos, accordions and guitars - instruments that have no business whatsoever being in a marching band. The cheerleaders rouse, encourage and confound the audience with asynchronous absurdity. The music moves from Balkan to brass band groove to noise-rock to avant-garde game show themes without missing a step. Performances can induce geeky freak-outs and nerdy rapture, from either audience or band members, often both. The American tradition of the marching band - whether as presidential entourage, half-time show, or second line party favor - receives both fresh love and artful abuse from Mucca Pazza.
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Sat, Oct 30 - 5:30pm - $10 - ALL AGES - VAX REQUIRED FOR 12+
Join us for a socially distant Halloween celebration on the patio with Neptune's Core! Costumes suggested, fun mandatory. **Masks are required for entry and when you are away from your table**
The Brand New Shoes is a Chicago-based group of high school musicians who have been playing together since 2015. In August of 2021, they released their first album as a four piece, an LP titled Still Life, which recounts the fictional tale of an English band touring the US in the 1990s.
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Sat, Oct 30 - 9pm - $15 - VAX/NEG TEST REQUIRED
Shred is Dead performs progressive instrumental and vocal performances of The Grateful Dead & Jerry Garcia Band, harvesting a pure blend of inspirational jams and fierce rock n roll. Led by guitarist Marcus Rezak with an all-star group of musicians from across the universe!
K-Nein is a seven piece Americana Band playing in the tradition of The Grateful Dead, The Band, and Paul Simon with deep roots in improvisational music as well as composition. The band just released their third studio album Magic, Myth, and Rhyme which is available on all streaming platforms. During quarantine the band also performed a faithful recreation of the legendary Shakedown Street album with videos on Youtube and audio on streaming platforms. Check out www.k-nein.com to stay up with us! The band is: Michael Krieglstein - Guitar Eitan Bernstein - Keys Matthew Kopecky - Drums Matt Augustine - Guitar Erik Norman - Bass Guitar Katelynn Tomney - Vocals Jenna Heerdt - Vocals
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Sun, Oct 31 - 3pm - Free - INSIDE!
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Honky Tonk Sundays! Join us for an afternoon with The Hoyle Brothers. They play every Sunday at 3pm.
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Sun, Oct 31 - 8pm - $10
Broken Robots is an indie pop/rock/avant-garde group comprised of three downtrodden antiheroes from the city of Chicago. "Home Is Not a Place" is the group's first full length album, and tells the story of the city experience through the eyes of ex-cons. The group was formed by Kat Baker and Tony Baker in December 2017, when the duo began writing music together in their Chicago apartment. Kat and Tony Baker met off the highway exit at Lake Street and 355 in April 2015, at a time when both had decided to give up on their passion for music. Kat was a former folk singer-songwriter and entrepreneur and Tony was a former audio engineer, musician, actor, and vocalist in a variety of projects spanning from 1996-2008. Kat was working a miserable sales job, and Tony was homeless and panhandling. Their relationship began after months of Kat driving by and giving Tony dollars and cigarettes, and eventually evolved into regular trips to the Chicago ghettos together to buy drugs. By May of 2016, the couple had been arrested together numerous times and were being investigated by law enforcement for charges that were later dropped. Against all odds, they managed to turn themselves around toward the end of 2016. On November 30th, 2016, Kat checked into a Chicago Rehabilitation Center. 9 Days later, Tony followed suit. They spent 4 months in the program, volunteering with multiple small musical projects and performing at open mics. As they began to heal, their mutual passion for music gave them a new purpose and a new project. In December of 2017, Broken Robots was born. They began by releasing single tracks on SoundCloud about their experiences with death, mental illness, addiction and redemption. They compiled these tracks into their debut album, "Home Is Not a Place". They were recently joined by bass player Lonnie Phillips and are currently working on their second album. All of Broken Robots current work was written, produced, arranged, performed, engineered, mixed and mastered by the band independently.
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Thu, Nov 4 - 7:30pm - $15 - PROOF OF VACCINE REQUIRED
The Rolling Clones are an 8 piece band dedicated to the music of the Rolling Stones. It takes more than a pandemic to stop the Drawers and The Rolling Clones.
The Drawers are a Local, 8 piece band, featuring vibrant performances of classic rock from The Who, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Neil Young, Jane’s Addiction, Supertramp, Chicago, and more. Showcasing virtuoso performances by internationally renowned musicians, the group provides a unique and varied concert- going experience.
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Fri, Nov 5 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door - VAX/NEG TEST REQUIRED
If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Sat, Nov 6 - 9pm - $20adv/$25 door - VAX/NEG TEST REQUIRED
If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Thu, Nov 11 - 7:30pm - $15 - PROOF OF VACCINE REQUIRED
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.
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Fri, Nov 12 - 8pm - $10 - PROOF OF VACCINE REQUIRED
Soul Daddy draws from contemporary and legendary soulful artists including Nathaniel Rateliff, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Black Joe Lewis, Mayer Hawthorne, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Amy Winehouse and more.Members include Erik Attkisson (bass, vocals), Jon Boley (trumpet), Chuck Hornewer (piano, vocals), Jesse Hotaling (vocals), Greg Jacobs (drums), Brian Krumm (guitar, vocals), Rich Lapka (trombone), Joe Minogue (guitar, vocals) and Justin Past (sax).
Rolling Stone’s David Fricke: “The Great Crusades look at life through a shot-glass lens . . . mixing anger, muscle, and minor-key remorse like a roughneck Tindersticks with the bonus of a singer (Krumm) who’s got the tubercular pipes of Tom Waits and Axl Rose’s love child.”The Great Crusades have released 9 full-length records over the past two decades, have appeared twice on Germany's legendary Rockpalast TV program and have shared stages with a diverse list of artists including Gary Moore, Scorpions, 16 Horsepower, Broken Social Scene, Bottle Rockets, the Twilight Hours and Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3. In 2011, two of the band’s songs appeared in the season 4 finale of the HBO vampire series “True Blood.”
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Sat, Nov 13 - 9pm - $20 - PROOF OF VACCINE REQUIRED
Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories of Latino and immigrant lives. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and meld styles, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create “a world where many worlds fit”.
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Fri, Nov 19 - 8:30pm - $12
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.
Underneath all the hooks and well crafted melodies lay songs about life on life's terms. Love, hate, all of lifes victories and defeats. The Hurtin Kind play music for grown ups about the world as we see and experience it. It's a joyous noise , so c'mon along for the ride!
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Sat, Nov 20 - 9pm - $20
Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance – free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound. Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their latest release, STYLO, (March 2nd, 2018). What Justin Perkins (kora, kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drumset), Drew Heller (guitar, organ), Justin Kimmel (bass, keys), and Luke Quaranta (djembe, dunun, sangban, kenkeni, kryn, karenye) have wrought on STYLO reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their last studio album, TK2. This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they've exhibited in their decade and a half of heavy gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Hulaween, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as the Festival In The Desert in Essakane, Mali, Shanghai World Music Festival, and Jam Cruise. Whether on their own or collaborating with luminaries like the Last Poets' Umar Bin Hassan, Uncle Earl's Rayna Gellert, or Weedie Braimah, Toubab Krewe has already earned the attention and respect of a broad musical community. Toubab carries echoes of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, no doubt picked up during the group's travels to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. But what truly differentiates Toubab Krewe from other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what they've learned instead of simply recreating tradition. Toubab Krewe carves out a new trail honoring the African originators they admire by making something alive and contemporary.
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Wed, Nov 24 - 8pm - $15 - PROOF OF VACCINE REQUIRED
Terrapin Flyer is a Chicago-based Grateful Dead inspired band that features a revolving cast of top performers in the jamband scene. The band often tours with former members of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band and is one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired acts in the country. The band started as a Sunday Jam Night at the now defunct Boulevard Cafe in Logan Square. The band has grown into one of the top touring Grateful Dead bands in the country by performing with some of the top musicians in the Grateful Dead world. Because the band features a revolving cast of talent hundreds of notable musicians have crossed paths with Terrapin Flyer. To name all of the musicians who have performed with Terrapin Flyer would be an impossibly exhaustive task, but some include Bob Bralove from the Grateful Dead, Mark Karan from The Other Ones and Bob Weir’s Ratdog, Scott Guberman from Phil Lesh and Friends, Josh Olken from Terrapin Flyer with Melvin Seals & Tom Constanten, Dave Hebert from Melvin Seals JGB, Wavy Dave Burlingame from Cornmeal, Janis Wallin from Steve Kimock’s Crazy Engine and a whole host of tremendously talented musicians from across the country. .
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Fri, Nov 26 - 9pm - $15 - PROOF OF VACCINE REQUIRED
Terrapin Flyer is a Chicago-based Grateful Dead inspired band that features a revolving cast of top performers in the jamband scene. The band often tours with former members of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band and is one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired acts in the country. The band started as a Sunday Jam Night at the now defunct Boulevard Cafe in Logan Square. The band has grown into one of the top touring Grateful Dead bands in the country by performing with some of the top musicians in the Grateful Dead world. Because the band features a revolving cast of talent hundreds of notable musicians have crossed paths with Terrapin Flyer. To name all of the musicians who have performed with Terrapin Flyer would be an impossibly exhaustive task, but some include Bob Bralove from the Grateful Dead, Mark Karan from The Other Ones and Bob Weir’s Ratdog, Scott Guberman from Phil Lesh and Friends, Josh Olken from Terrapin Flyer with Melvin Seals & Tom Constanten, Dave Hebert from Melvin Seals JGB, Wavy Dave Burlingame from Cornmeal, Janis Wallin from Steve Kimock’s Crazy Engine and a whole host of tremendously talented musicians from across the country. .
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Fri, Dec 3 - 9pm - $25
Take old time music off the back porch, throw out the hillbilly reputation, and put it in the hands of a group of guys that like to work hard and play even harder. Pert Near Sandstone rejuvenates American stringband music with raw energy; they play tightly-crafted original material that lends itself to the modern audience, as well as being stewards of the old-time and bluegrass traditions. They are just as at home playing fully acoustic in the traditional style as they are plugged in at an indie rock venue. From saloons to theaters, hollering into a single microphone and laying thick rhythm on driving fiddle melodies, their sweat-inducing, foot-stomping live performances keep crowds begging for more all night long.Pert Near Sandstone emerged from the same roots-based musical hotbed in Minneapolis that gave birth to Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks and Spider John Koerner. Originally formed by four friends from the same hometown, Pert Near Sandstone formed unintentionally over weekly, whiskey-fueled picking sessions in an old house in St. Paul, MN. They decided without any real intentions to start playing shows and the chemistry of their music and friendships, even early on, left people feeling like the party followed them everywhere they went. Word of the bands’ uncanny ability to whip audiences into frenzies spread and they were invited to play some of Minnesota’s most legendary venues including First Avenue, the Cedar Cultural Center and the Historic Orpheum Theater.The band has been taking their show across the country, paying their dues in smoke filled taverns and roadside juke joints while organically building a dedicated following from coast-to-coast. Their formative years on the road painstakingly paved the Pert Near path as the band traversed from city-to-city winning over audiences “the old fashioned way”; face-to-face. Over the course of the next five years, the band maintained a full touring schedule appearing at many national festivals and sharing the stage with many legendary musical talents; the likes of Del McCoury, WILCO and Yonder Mountain Stringband.In 2008, Pert Near Sandstone was hand-picked by Garrison Keillor to appear as the featured musical guest on A Prairie Home Companion where Garrison proclaimed that, “The group has become a force on the Minnesota roots music scene and beyond.” Fellow Minnesota speed-grass band Trampled by Turtles is proud to wave the Pert Near flag high and wide with band leader Dave Simonett calling Pert Near Sandstone one of his “favorite contemporary bluegrass acts in the United States.”The band’s stock is sharply on the rise with their recent victory at the prestigious Northwest String Summit Band Competition. The band’s originally arranged rendition of The Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus”, from the Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 2 (2010), was inducted into Minnesota Public Radio’s (89.3 The Current) Chart Show Hall of Fame in January of 2011 following 12 weeks on the Top 20 list; 10 of these weeks in the top 5, and 5 weeks at #1.With the release of their fourth album, Paradise Hop, Pert Near Sandstone has managed to harness the raw energy of their famed live shows and inject it into 12 tracks of original material and a couple of originally arranged traditional songs sprinkled on top. The band’s trials and tribulations, encountered during life on the road as a Modern American Strigband, spill out in vivid detail on tracks like “Long Decline”, “Appalachian Girl” and “Solid Gone”. Wild-eyed, lightning fast tracks like “Reuben’s Train”, “Crossroads” and “Paradise Hop” place the band’s commanding technical prowess front-and-center, while a much more cerebral and introspective facet of the band’s songwriting shines through on tracks like “Save Me” and “Parse”. Paradise Hop is a celebration of life in all of its glorious peaks and torturously painful valleys that leaves listeners with an acute sense of what it’s like to step into the beautifully twisted world of Pert Near Sandstone.
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Thu, Dec 16 - 7:30pm - $15 - PROOF OF VACCINE REQUIRED
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Sat, Dec 18 - 9pm - $30 - VAX/NEG TEST REQUIRED
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 31 - 9pm - $30 - VAX/NEG TEST REQUIRED
The North 41 is a Funk/Rock band based out of Chicago, IL. The band’s members allgrew up in or around the Windy City. The name is a shout out to beautiful Lake ShoreDrive - a scenic highway that runs along the east side of the city and Lake Michigan.The band released their debut album Dancing & Praying in September of 2015, and hassince been playing festivals and clubs all over the Midwest. In early summer of 2018,they made a splash with their funked-up version of Enter Sandman that has reached over4 million views on Facebook. World on Fire, the band’s second LP, dropped inSeptember of 2018 and was welcomed to the world with a sold-out album release show intheir hometown of Chicago.
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Thu, Feb 10 - 7pm - $25 - ALL AGES - VAX/NEG TEST REQUIRED
Greg Koch and the Koch-Marshall Trio consist of American guitarist Greg Koch, his son DylanKoch on drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall. At the heart of this organ trio isa blues sensibility - but Koch's compositions are an amalgam of rock, funk, jazz and countryserved up with heavy grooves and dynamic improvisations delivered with no small dose ofhumor and occasional wild abandon.The trio blends the explosive guitar manipulations of Greg, the groove-centric, power-pocketplaying of his son Dylan on drums (who share many telepathic musical moments) and theglorious, Hammond organ stylings of the uber-talented Toby Marshall, Greg’s compositions areproperly portrayed in the blues drenched, funk, chicken-fried, gospelly, jazz-rock panorama inwhich they were conceived. Their first release, “Toby Arrives” the first moments of theirunexpected musical partnership captured at an extemporaneous jam session earlier in the year
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