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Sat, Feb 6 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Our annual Brazilian Carnaval celebration, hosted by Marcos Oliveira, is a yearly highlight. One of the most vibrant celebrations of Carnaval in the world happens every year in Rio de Jenairo Brazil. Sound Culture and Swing Brasileiro are proud to bring the tradition and vibe of Brazilian Carnaval to Chicago! The night will feature local Brazilian super group SWING BRASILEIRO which combines some of the area’s most accomplished Brazilian musicians playing popular Carnaval musical styles such as Samba, Marchinhas, Samba Reggae, Frevo and Batucadas. The evening also includes Carnaval costume dance performances and other Brazilian traditional forms. THIS EVENT SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR! Advanced discounted tickets available while supplies last, so get your tickets early!
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Sat, Feb 6 - 6pm - $7 - All Ages
Purple Door is an alternative rock band from Chicago, IL, consisting of Jacob Gold on bass, Jacob Baskes on guitar and vocals, Ben Bellick on drumset and vocals, and Sam McCarthy on guitar and vocals.
El Stoppers is a teen Rock band based out of Chicago, IL. In September of 2012 El Stoppers was formed out of diverse group of musicians in a collective effort to perform great original music.
Rooners are a rock band. Rooners are loud. Rooners are Brennan, Roan, Gabe and Liam.
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Mon, Feb 8 - 8pm - $7
Kings of the Lobby is a jazz-funk band based in Chicago founded by saxophonist Chris Madsen.
The Sonic Poets feature Dave Grilly - sax and woodwinds, Michael Hershenson - guitars, Jeff Kier - piano, and Lanny Grilly - drums. Their last CD, "Goin' Places!", by Jeff Kier & The Grilly Brothers, on the BluJazz label, was Grammy Recognized in 2009. The Sonic Poets perform pianist Jeff Kier's jazz compositions. Recently, Mark Stevens, a San Francisco DJ, commented that "Jeff was emerging as one of the great composers of our time." The Sonic Poets current show combines Jeff's indelible melodies and the band’s unique fusion of solid grooves and seductive world-rhythms. Much of Jeff Kier's music has been scored for both Symphony & Jazz Orchestras. Examples recorded live at The Jazz Showcase can be found under the "Orchestra Project" menu.
Dod Kalm Quartet plays and composes a complex hybrid of atmospheric jazz, progressive rock, free jazz, and bop. Dod Kalm Quartet formed in the winter of 2014 and has since been composing and performing original music in the Chicago area. The quartet draws from a vast selection of influences in attempt to culminate a sound that is inherently their own. Dod Kalm Quartet hosts a bi-weekly jam session every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at Nitecap Coffee Bar in Pilsen. Dod Kalm Quartet will be releasing their debut EP "You'll Shout, You'll Whisper" Sept. 21st at The Whistler.
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Tue, Feb 9 - 8pm - $7
Chicago performance art group Environmental Encroachment (EE) uses circus theatrics and an artist marching band to create unique entertainment environments. Performances can include costumes, live music, parades, fire spinning, spontaneous appearances, antics, and audience interaction.EE Marching Band's music uses North African, Latin, and traditional American rhythms, fused with electric bass and a brass section. Melodies are folkloric fusions, and creations inspired from New Orleans, Jazz and Rock. EE encourages participation, dance, and freeing the spirit.EE's magic circus marching band has evolved as part of a new genre of music. EE can do parades, weddings, funerals, historical re-enactments, children's shows, Halloween shows, street busking, second-line, festivals, performance workshops, rituals, marching band flags, circusesque sideshows, music for burlesque, vaudevillian skits, straight out music jams and synchronized swimming with tubas.EE started in 1996, with playground installations and live music interactions for people to play, be childlike, curious, free. Playgrounds for the mind. Playgrounds and performances to stimulate audiences into creative participants.
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Wed, Feb 10 - 9pm - $10
Formed over 10 years ago, Cornmeal has grown from humble beginnings into a nationally recognized live music institution. 10 years together is no simple task these days, especially when the last five have seen the band spending over half the year on the road. Heavily influenced by American roots and folk music, Cornmeal 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 their own path, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a rapidly growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of the bluegrass sound and live performance.In the beginning of 2010, Cornmeal released their first live album, Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I, an album that pays tribute to the fans. For the first six years, Cornmeal performed each and every Wednesday in Chicago to small yet loyal crowds. Throughout the winters of 2007-2009, Cornmeal returned to Chicago to pay homage to that tradition. The album is for the fans as a thank you for all the years of dedication, for believing in Cornmeal, and for creating a wonderful community for them to come home to. The album was recorded live throughout the winter of 2009 at Martyrs’ in Chicago, IL. Unlike Cornmeal’s three previous albums, Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I captures the band in its raw, intense format, bouncing through song after song of fast paced, fierce originals and extensive improvised jams that showcase the immense talent and connectivity that have gained them so much fan appeal from coast to coast.With the release of their debut album "In The Kitchen" (2001 Livin' Live records), Cornmeal secured its place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003’s “Tales from Magic Stone Mountain” (Livin’ Live records) garnered much critical attention and became a staple on College and AAA top 10 lists throughout the country.In May of 2006, Cornmeal released their third album, “Feet First”, which became proof positive that Cornmeal’s tenure on the road brought on an honest and mature sound. Produced by guitarist Kris Nowak and bassist Chris Gangi, "Feet First" features a strong confidence in songwriting, musicianship and the ability of this band to stylistically ride the fence and bring it back home without missing a step.While playing a blend of high profile venues, jam-band and bluegrass festivals to thousands throughout the region, the band has shared the stage with such highly acclaimed national acts as THE DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET, JOHN HARTFORD, THE DEL McCOURY BAND, LITTLE FEAT, LEFTOVER SALMON, TONY RICE, YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, DARK STAR ORCHESTRA, moe, SAM BUSH and UMPHREY'S McGEE. They have performed at some of the most high profile festivalin the country including Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Magnolia Fest, 10K Lakes, Wakarusa, Summer Camp Music Fest, DelFest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and many others.They pride themselves on the energy they put forth each night creating an unrivalled live performance that continues to shape itself into a energentic one of a kind experience.Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I proves that Cornmeal continues to be a band to watch out for. Every show they play is a unique experience that leaves fans begging for more.
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Thu, Feb 11 - 8pm - $7
For any band, it's terrifyingly easy to get lost in the shuffle, especially in a city as vast as Chicago. Setting yourself apart, or even finding kinship with other like-minded acts, are tough tasks with all the booking and promotion that needs to be done. But from the start, it seems The Fox & The Hounds have never had such issues. Self-billed as "Chicago's only burlesque rock n' roll band," the area sextet create seductive and sensual sounds with elements of high-drama classic rock, baroque chamber pop and cabaret-style performance. There truly is nothing like them in the Windy City, and upon the release of their debut album, they're well on their way to making their mark.
Invisible Cartoons brings a rare live show that you can’t take your ears or eyes off of, with a blend of catchy melodies, intoxicating voices, bounce-inducing beats, dynamic guitar rhythms, and dramatic wordplay about love, friendship, and fun. In an accident of good fortune, Chris and Justin unwittingly formed Invisible Cartoons in early 2013 while collaborating on a one-song side project (apart from their respective other bands). After working together successfully, they began crafting a happy, new, free-flowing sound. Bradley J. and Jeff soon joined, and everyone started writing and recording the debut Invisible Cartoons album, “Characters”, which will be released at Martyrs on February 11th, 2016.
The Diving Bell is named after a proto-submarine that sailed near Panama in 1869 and was left to rust there. Behold the Bitter Monument, the Chicago band's first EP, tracks its journey of exploration, invention and discovery. The Diving Bell consists of husband-and-wife duo Steve and Clare Hendershot, along with Graham Gilreath, Charles Murphy and Jake Gordon; the Chicago-based band has been featured on WGN Radio and AmericanSongwriter.com. Steve Hendershot's songs have been featured on the HBO TV show True Blood and earned a national songwriting award from the Independent Artists Company.
Formerly a revolving- door group of musicians, we would book a gig and then fly by the seat of our pants. Since 2010 we have performed with anywhere from five to twenty members; written and recorded original compositions with as many as thirty musicians; and collectively, since forming in 2007, have worked with a total of about 80 people.
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Fri, Feb 12 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Walsher Clemons is a Chicago based band formed in late 2007. Our music is a unique combination of rock, funk, and jazz with a focus on both composition and improvisation. Our shows consist of both original material and a wide variety of popular music old and new.
Sweet Mary has the kind of pipes that can span a variety of styles and ranges. With good pitch and a pleasant demeanor, her soulful tunes are sure to keep you listening. She stays true to the classic roots of easy listening soul music, but throws in her own twist of r&b, funk, blues, and jazz tones. Mary's lyrics speak the kind of truths her generation needs to hear- and her endearing, and all together, glowing stage presence, makes for an energetic and emotional live show! Mary has gathered a fantastic group of musicians to back her up, that are guaranteed to make a name for themselves in 2016. Check out her debut album My Road at sweetmarymusic.com!
Doug Shotwell & The Right Hand Band bring a unique mixture of acoustic heart and contemporary folk music to the city of Chicago. Coming from different parts of the country, the group has established a unique style that blends all in its own way.
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Sat, Feb 13 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.Big Sam began playing with the Dirty Dozen at the tender age of 19 before striking out on his own and creating the Funky Nation. Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.BSFN is a festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil, to Canada. BSFN is a favorite on the festival circuit and has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Blues & Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, LEAF & many more.
Chicago's Swamp Heat proudly carries on the tradition and sound of New Orleans dance music into the 21st century. Known for their irresistible grooves and heartfelt ballads, the band sheds light on forgotten gems and continues to push the music forward with their own unique voice. After a chance encounter, Chicago native Brandi Sanders has been thrust from the church into the limelight and continues to electrify audiences near and far.
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Mon, Feb 15 - 8pm -
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, Feb 16 - 8pm - $15
A gutsy, powerful R&B/Soul band with the ability to excite an audience from the first downbeat. This ten man line up of seasoned pros has come together for one reason: a love for the R&B sound with soulful vocals, a funky rhythm section, and a killer horn section. TNT has been together since January of 2000 perfecting their sound while recreating the performances of the R&B acts that started it all. They perform authentic covers of songs from bands like, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Chicago , James Brown, and many more. TNT's fresh and exciting arrangements of familiar songs creates their own unique stamp that you won't hear anywhere else. The band consists of a four piece rhythm section, five horns, and a lead vocalist. Each member brings a unique talent to the band that creates a sum that is much greater than the parts. The rhythm players are some of the most talented and experienced musicians around. Each of them can sing with the talent to front the band. In addition, one of the rhythm section players double on horns to give the band an even bigger sound when needed. Every member of the horn section is an exciting soloist with the ability to ignite the crowd. Together as a section their playing is as tight as it gets. Only one word can describe the sound; Powerful. The lead vocalist oozes soul. He captivates an audience with his ability to recreate the sound of the original artist while still singing in his own unique style. His stage presence is warm and friendly and immediately connects with the audience. TNT is truly a rhythm and blues superband spanning the music of the time and tying it all together in a powerful package.
Hey Chicago!! 14 of your most dedicated musicians have pooled their collective talents to bring you a Steely Dan tribute like no other....hear and believe!
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Wed, Feb 17 - 9pm - $10
Formed over 10 years ago, Cornmeal has grown from humble beginnings into a nationally recognized live music institution. 10 years together is no simple task these days, especially when the last five have seen the band spending over half the year on the road. Heavily influenced by American roots and folk music, Cornmeal 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 their own path, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a rapidly growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of the bluegrass sound and live performance.In the beginning of 2010, Cornmeal released their first live album, Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I, an album that pays tribute to the fans. For the first six years, Cornmeal performed each and every Wednesday in Chicago to small yet loyal crowds. Throughout the winters of 2007-2009, Cornmeal returned to Chicago to pay homage to that tradition. The album is for the fans as a thank you for all the years of dedication, for believing in Cornmeal, and for creating a wonderful community for them to come home to. The album was recorded live throughout the winter of 2009 at Martyrs’ in Chicago, IL. Unlike Cornmeal’s three previous albums, Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I captures the band in its raw, intense format, bouncing through song after song of fast paced, fierce originals and extensive improvised jams that showcase the immense talent and connectivity that have gained them so much fan appeal from coast to coast.With the release of their debut album "In The Kitchen" (2001 Livin' Live records), Cornmeal secured its place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003’s “Tales from Magic Stone Mountain” (Livin’ Live records) garnered much critical attention and became a staple on College and AAA top 10 lists throughout the country.In May of 2006, Cornmeal released their third album, “Feet First”, which became proof positive that Cornmeal’s tenure on the road brought on an honest and mature sound. Produced by guitarist Kris Nowak and bassist Chris Gangi, "Feet First" features a strong confidence in songwriting, musicianship and the ability of this band to stylistically ride the fence and bring it back home without missing a step.While playing a blend of high profile venues, jam-band and bluegrass festivals to thousands throughout the region, the band has shared the stage with such highly acclaimed national acts as THE DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET, JOHN HARTFORD, THE DEL McCOURY BAND, LITTLE FEAT, LEFTOVER SALMON, TONY RICE, YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, DARK STAR ORCHESTRA, moe, SAM BUSH and UMPHREY'S McGEE. They have performed at some of the most high profile festivalin the country including Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Magnolia Fest, 10K Lakes, Wakarusa, Summer Camp Music Fest, DelFest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and many others.They pride themselves on the energy they put forth each night creating an unrivalled live performance that continues to shape itself into a energentic one of a kind experience.Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I proves that Cornmeal continues to be a band to watch out for. Every show they play is a unique experience that leaves fans begging for more.
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Thu, Feb 18 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door/$20both nights
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Fri, Feb 19 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door/$20 both nights
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Thu/Fri, Feb 18+19 - 9pm - $20 - TWO NIGHT PACKAGE
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Sat, Feb 20 - 9pm - $15
The Rattlers have a strong, classic Western swing attitude,powered by hard-hittin’ Texas honky-tonk, pleasing most who havecome into contact with them over the last thirty years. Members of theband have recorded and worked with Dolly Parton, Steve Earle, MavisStaples, Buddy Miller, Dickie Betts, Hank III………..could go on but theyhate name-droppers! T.C. Furlong /steel guitar, John Rice/guitar & fiddle, BarneyShwarz / bass, Billy Schaefer/drums and Ollie O’Shea/fiddle and shtick.
I wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to say Robbie Fulks is the best country artist in Chicago—what bothers me is that the title seems so inadequate.— Chicago ReaderRobbie Fulks knows better than most that country music needs a touch of Viet Cong attitude: Sometimes you've got to burn the village in order to save it.— PlayboyThe great Robbie Fulks: a Chicago area country/alt-country genius. Why are you still listening to me? You should be going on iTunes (or from the Bloodshot website--ed.) right now. R-O-B-B-I-E. F-U-L-K-S. Buy it, buy everything.— Tina Fey
World-beat, trip-hop, electro-swing, electronica DJ. DJ Bashert has DJ'd movie premiers, gallery events, salon openings, beach dance parties, and cultural events all over Chicago. He mixes world-beat, trip-hop, electronica, ska, and traditional world music.
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Tue, Feb 23 - 8pm - $10
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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Wed, Feb 24 - 9pm - $10
Formed over 10 years ago, Cornmeal has grown from humble beginnings into a nationally recognized live music institution. 10 years together is no simple task these days, especially when the last five have seen the band spending over half the year on the road. Heavily influenced by American roots and folk music, Cornmeal 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 their own path, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a rapidly growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of the bluegrass sound and live performance.In the beginning of 2010, Cornmeal released their first live album, Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I, an album that pays tribute to the fans. For the first six years, Cornmeal performed each and every Wednesday in Chicago to small yet loyal crowds. Throughout the winters of 2007-2009, Cornmeal returned to Chicago to pay homage to that tradition. The album is for the fans as a thank you for all the years of dedication, for believing in Cornmeal, and for creating a wonderful community for them to come home to. The album was recorded live throughout the winter of 2009 at Martyrs’ in Chicago, IL. Unlike Cornmeal’s three previous albums, Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I captures the band in its raw, intense format, bouncing through song after song of fast paced, fierce originals and extensive improvised jams that showcase the immense talent and connectivity that have gained them so much fan appeal from coast to coast.With the release of their debut album "In The Kitchen" (2001 Livin' Live records), Cornmeal secured its place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003’s “Tales from Magic Stone Mountain” (Livin’ Live records) garnered much critical attention and became a staple on College and AAA top 10 lists throughout the country.In May of 2006, Cornmeal released their third album, “Feet First”, which became proof positive that Cornmeal’s tenure on the road brought on an honest and mature sound. Produced by guitarist Kris Nowak and bassist Chris Gangi, "Feet First" features a strong confidence in songwriting, musicianship and the ability of this band to stylistically ride the fence and bring it back home without missing a step.While playing a blend of high profile venues, jam-band and bluegrass festivals to thousands throughout the region, the band has shared the stage with such highly acclaimed national acts as THE DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET, JOHN HARTFORD, THE DEL McCOURY BAND, LITTLE FEAT, LEFTOVER SALMON, TONY RICE, YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, DARK STAR ORCHESTRA, moe, SAM BUSH and UMPHREY'S McGEE. They have performed at some of the most high profile festivalin the country including Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Magnolia Fest, 10K Lakes, Wakarusa, Summer Camp Music Fest, DelFest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and many others.They pride themselves on the energy they put forth each night creating an unrivalled live performance that continues to shape itself into a energentic one of a kind experience.Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I proves that Cornmeal continues to be a band to watch out for. Every show they play is a unique experience that leaves fans begging for more.
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Thu, Feb 25 - 8pm - $25/$49VIP
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Bawdy Storytelling – dubbed “The Moth for Pervs” by the LA Weekly – is the Nation’s Original Sex + Storytelling series. Founded, Emcee’ed and Curated by Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour, Bawdy Storytelling features Real People & Rockstars sharing their Bona Fide Sexual Exploits, live onstage. These stories aren't memorized and they aren't reading from cue cards: this is honest-to-badness story time with true sexcapades and poignant, hilarious, transformational tales at each and every show. Bawdy Storytelling’s one-of-a-kind approach to sex-positive personal narrative has coaxed liberating tales out of people just like you, creating unforgettable experiences for performers and audiences alike in cities all over the US.
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Fri, Feb 26 - 9pm - $10
IndigoSun was born in the late summer of 2008, when a few good friends at Roosevelt University began to explore the possibilities of electronic music. We set up outside on a rare beautiful September night on the terrace of our building, and began to improvise around the skeleton of what would become "Welcome Home." After playing for about an hour and a half, we knew that we had found something that had to be pursued.Thus a band was forged, whose mission is to make music which combines deep melody and lyrical simplicity with intense rhythmic complexity, but which first has the ultimate purpose of groovin. With this goal in mind, we've set to work on creating original music which showcases our instrumental skills, carries real meaning, and creates a strong connection between the audience and us as performers.At times the music is reminiscent of (and is influenced by) groups like Lotus, STS9, and Big Gigantic, at others it brings the funk in a way The Meters and Medeski, Martin, and Wood could get down to. At the same time we are ultimately working to create an individual sound which inhabits its own world, apart from the above groups which have been influential to us.
With a sound born out of the combination of funk roots with jazz and electronic music, Genome has been impressing audiences with their tight sound and getting them on the dance floor with infectious grooves. Undeniable and unrelenting, Drew Littell, Patrick Dinnen, and Asif Wilson form a rhythm section that will not be stopped. Coupled with the stylings of multi-instrumentalist Xavier Galdon, saxophonist Kyle Madsen, and guitarist Igor Voltchenko, the lush sounds of Genome will have you partying all night long!
BYZMUTI — the place/feeling where all my creative waves are generated. The dimension of honey, cinnamon, parallel mirror tunnels, bioluminescence, warm rain, dew drops, mainly THIQQ THIQQ MENTAL ASS... etc....
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Fri, Feb 27 - 6pm - $25adv/$35door
In 1972, Karaca joined the group Moğollar (The Mongols) and wrote one of his best-known songs, "Namus Belası". However, Cahit Berkay, the leader of Moğollar, wanted an international name for his band, and he left for France to take the group to the next level. Karaca, who wanted to continue his Anatolian beat sound, left Moğollar and started his own band Dervişan (Dervishes) in 1974. Karaca and Dervişan sang poetic and progressive songs. In the 1970s, Turkey was dealing with political violence between supporters of the left and the right, separatist movements and the rise of Islamism. As the country fell into chaos, the government suspected Cem Karaca of involvement in rebel organisations. He was accused of treason for being a separatist thinker and a Marxist-Leninist. The Turkish government tried to portray Karaca as a man who was unknowingly writing songs to start a revolution. One politician was quoted as saying, "Karaca is simply calling citizens to a bloody war against the state." . In early 1979, he left for West Germany for business reasons. Turkey continued to spin out of control with military curfews and eventually a military coup on September 12, 1980. General Kenan Evren took over the government and temporarily banned all the nation's political parties. After the coup, many intellectuals, including writers, artists and journalists, were arrested. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Karaca by the government of Turkey.The state invited Karaca back several times, but Karaca, not knowing what would happen upon his return, decided not to come back. While Karaca was in Germany, his father died, but he could not return to attend the funeral. After some time, the Turkish government decided to strip Cem Karaca of his Turkish citizenship, keeping the arrest warrant active.Several years later, in 1987, the prime minister and leader of the Turkish Motherland Party, Turgut Özal, issued an amnesty for Karaca. Shortly afterwards, he returned to Turkey. His return also brought a new album with it, Merhaba Gençler ve Her zaman Genç Kalanlar ("Hello, The Young and The Young at Heart"), one of his most influential works. His return home was received cheerfully by his fans, but during his absence Karaca had lost the young audience and acquired only few new listeners. He died on February 8, 2004 and was interred at Karacaahmet Cemetery in the Üsküdar district of Istanbul.
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Sat, Feb 27 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
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. Recently the Joe Marcinek Band performed for former president Bill Clinton's Clinton Global Initiative at the Field Museum in Chicago. The group has featured many prominent guests including Bernie Worrell, Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Erik "Jesus" Coomes (Lettuce), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Borham Lee (Break Science), Steve Molitz (Phil Lesh & Friends / Particle) Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What), Fareed Haque, Scott Metzger, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy) Garrett Sayers (The Motet) Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Freekbass, Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin (moe.) and more!
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.
The Candymakers are a Rock N' Soul band with the traditions of old-school R&B and,funk. This young band offers a sound that is contemporary, yet keeps the essence of music past. Though the band is known for its soulful male vocalist, it is anchored by the collaborative genius of its blues driven guitarist and funky rhythm section. Often joined by a rotating cast of horn players and vocalists, the band can be seen with up to 12 members on stage. After forming in 2010, they were awarded 1st place in the 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge. After reaching the semi-finals in both The International Blues Challenge and The Kings of Beale Street Competition, they returned home to release their debut album in February of 2012. Their second studio effort "Ridiculicious" was released in September of 2014.
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Mon, Feb 29 - 8pm - $7
Brett Newski is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who lived in Saigon, Vietnam from 2011-2013. In 2011, he toured Southeast Asia alone for six months until completing his first solo LP while on the road. The album was written and recorded in budget hostels and apartments across Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Korea and the Philippines. Coined the “Homeless in Asia Tour”, Newski completed 30 shows in unconventional venues including Couchsurfer Apartments, a Vietnamese convenience store, an orphanage in Saigon, an underground Korean record shop, and residential rooftops in Hong Kong while also playing club shows. After the Asia tour, Newski settled down in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (Saigon). Meanwhile “In Between Exits” received warm response from publications Maximum Ink, Mezzic and Joeguerilla with Newski’s sound being compared to Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, Neutral Milk Hotel, Bright Eyes, Violent Femmes, Frank Turner, and Elliot Smith. In 2012, Newski completed a 20-date tour across South Africa in support of “In Between Exits”, traveling exclusively on public transportation. The same year he formed the band “Brett Newski & the Corruption” in Vietnam with drummer Mean Matt Green (UK) and bassist Jeffro Ganter (Vancouver, Canada). The band has toured across the USA and Asia. Newski now resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but remains on the road the majority of the year.
Carter Hulsey (born June 28, 1988) is an American alt-country singer songwriter from Joplin, Missouri. Being raised by his mother and father gave him daily musical exposure to the likes of Willie Nelson, Elton John, and Jerry Jeff Walker — all on vinyl, of course. At age 13, Hulsey found his father’s acoustic Guild guitar, and his long love for music finally came to a head. He started writing songs. Hulsey’s sound and talent was developed with four bands prior to his breakaway as a solo artist in 2008. Hulsey blends honest lyrics, catchy melodies, undeniable hooks, folk and rock. Three albums and five years later, Hulsey released his newest album, Drive Out, on February 4, 2014. This album that takes a modern twist on “country” with raw emotion, a deep groove and clever storytelling. The strength of the material and performance suggest Hulsey has curated his personal sound and his music is all the better for it. The low-key folk-rock blends with an ambient sound to create a haunting and unique vibe bound to keep the listener coming back for more. Hulsey has a talent for continuing the deep felt conversation with listeners with an intentional voice for love, loss, travel and the grit of southern culture with ease. Hulsey harnesses the story, channels, and delivers to the listener. Hulsey is known for his captivating live performance delivered with intensity and purpose. It is often lamented that this sound that cannot be captured in the studio. Hulsey’s writing style is that of the un-reliable narrator, assuming the character of others with a talent in telling their story. His concepts and narratives are inspired by great storytellers such as Steven King, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Hit and David Sedaris with musical influence by Todd Snider, Ryan Adams, John Prine, Guy Clark, and Gillian Welch.
Writing songs to several people in particular and many in general, acoustic-soul songwriter Kiernan McMullan places importance on both honesty and melody as the foundation for his career. Ten years of extensive travel, performing, and crafting songs will have guided him through five music releases by the time 2013 comes to a close. Not really being from anywhere, the Irish-Australian brings an outsider's perspective to his international fan base by writing songs about atypical subjects - covering life on the road, anti-love and complacency. Kiernan was influenced by everything from The Roots to Jimmy Eat World, Rage Against The Machine to Otis Redding, and created his own intersection between the genres. By the age of fifteen, the songwriter knew that this was where he fit. The last few years of touring have proven he made the right decision. To date, McMullan has performed at sold-out shows, festivals and tour dates in the US with well-established talent including the likes of Sheryl Crow, Ed Sheeran, Dave Mason and Mat Kearney. In Ireland he accumulated a list of shows with big names including The Coronas, Cathy Davy, and The Blizzards. His new EP shows Kiernan's softer side and is set to release April 1st. "I don't write love songs.. but from a different perspective, Company is a collection of songs expressing themes that aren't really present in popular music," says McMullan. The five-song EP features his intricately balanced songwriting and continues his story where he left off on his last full-length album Two Years. Although Kiernan writes about serious and controversial subjects, it's his humor and genuine interest in his audience that always seems to immediately win over the crowd. An old soul, his soft-spoken lyrics consistently captivate rooms, festivals and theaters worldwide. Brought up by an Australian mother and an Irish father, Kiernan was raised listening to artists such as Van Morrison and Lyle Lovett. But it was by studying artists like Ryan Adams, Lupe Fiasco and Marvin Gaye that he developed his eclectic style. Cutting his teeth in both Boston and Ireland, McMullan went on to sign his first record deal with a Warner subsidiary, 111 Records in 2008. With nothing but a hiking bag and his guitar, he hitched and bussed the length of the East Coast and parts of the Midwest, playing shows every other day. "My parents met on a plane, so being a gypsy was always in my genes.." he says. Constant traveling, performing and perfecting his sound have helped him develop an international grassroots following of dedicated fans. Uncommon outcomes and unique conversations with strangers have fueled Kiernan's insatiable thirst for touring. Included in his plans for 2013 are tour dates covering the majority of the US and putting out his third full-length album. While simultaneously acquiring song ideas and passport stamps, his willingness to physically bring music to his fans marks his path to success. "People romanticize being an entertainer based on the highlight reel they see. You could be playing for 5000 people one night.. and twenty the next. I go wherever people will listen - and that's where you find the stories."
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Tue, March 1 - 8pm - $10
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, March 2 - 7pm - $20
SOLD OUT
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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Wed, Mar 2 - 10pm - $20
SOLD OUT
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, Mar 3 - 9:30pm - No Cover
free
A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
From Adam Lopez himself: I am a professional guitarist currently based in Denver, CO. I specialize in all forms of American Roots music with an emphasis on "Telecaster style" guitar pickin'. I've traveled the U.S and Europe, worked with many great (including some legendary) musicians, and have been fortunate to have reached all corners of the world through music. I've played countless venues from honky tonk dives to famous theaters as both a sideman and band leader. I've opened for some legendary acts. I've done session work from Hollywood to Nashville. My roots are far and wide from the soulful sounds of Southern California's Rock/Rhythm&Blues/Bakersfield styles to the "Tulsa Sound" and beyond. Currently you may find me leading my own trio: Adam Lopez & His Rhythm Review or alongside the great Casey James Prestwood as part of his Burning Angels band. As 2014 rolls on there are many wonderful things in the works including an album with the Rhythm Review due out in August, tours with both the Rhythm Review and Burning Angels, and the completion and release of my first all instrumental album that includes Cris Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) and Brandon Holder (Leon Russell). I am blessed and grateful for this life! Adam - See more at: http://www.adamlopezmusic.com/bio/#sthash.Ox3dnYYj.dpuf
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Fri, Mar 4 - 9pm - $10
Pocket Radio blends soul, hip-hop, funk, and fusion. We're here to satisfy the intellect, and your desire to throw down.
From Tha 99 is an electrifying stew of neo-soul, R&B, and hip-hop, proclaiming themselves as "Soul-Hop". Cultivating their sound through extensive practice and musicianship, they are dedicated to creating music that is reminiscent of your parents record collection, yet will blast you full force into the future. Taking cues from artists such as Slum Village, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, they expand and continue a movement of modern soul while complimenting it with hip-hop roots. Tha 99’s live performance is truly a vision. Their infectious stage presence and communication is sincerely something special and rare in today's music world.
Joshua Griffin began playing bass guitar at the age of six years old. After years of playing, writing, and producing for various artists he has now began to form his band. The Griffin trio fuses various genres of music together while allowing each band member to speak through means of improvisation.
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Sat, Mar 5 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
The hand of fate drew the members of Molehill into the path of lead singer and primary songwriter Peter Manhart from backgrounds one wouldn’t normally associate with soaring, anthemic pop rock; Trevor Jones, a classical upright bass player with a penchant for distortion, Devin Staples, a drummer in the venerable Chicago gospel circuit, and Greg Van Zuiden - a classical pianist who had only performed solo in the past. In fact, Manhart himself developed his love for performance in a touring Ukrainian dance troupe in his youth. Yet it’s these varied backgrounds that shaped a group of men that create, as their 2012 debut LP Equinox was described, music with “...a certain emotive flair, a sense of epicness that that makes it feel like the ideal music to score a major peak in an action film.” (Soundfuse Magazine). After the release of Equinox the band kept writing new music and playing shows – adding over 100 performances to their tour history in the first year alone. When it came time to work on their follow up release they turned to producer J. Hall and his Nashville, TN studio. Hall shares a studio with Dolly Parton’s producer, and the band found that “what better inspiration than seeing all of Dolly's gold and platinum records hanging on the wall while making ours.” Tin God, like Equinox before it, is an album composed of epic, passionate, dynamic rock songs. However, more than a continuation of the bands previous sound, Tin God is an evolution from it. Tin God has more funk, more soul, and more vulnerability than its predecessor. With Equinox, they were getting comfortable in their skin. With Tin God, they’re moving beyond their comfort zone, stretching and shaping their sound to see how far it can go. Each of the songs on Tin God tells a story colored by Manhart’s own experiences in love, death, greed, and corporate America (his day job is trading crude oil futures at the Chicago Board of Trade.) From the So-Cal subterranean funk of opener “The Repeating,” to the ambient synth and rhythm driven propulsion of the title track, this record finds the band moving into new sonic territory. Exercises in simple production run throughout Tin God as well. “We wanted to take listeners on a journey throughout the course of a song” says Van Zuiden. “Two Souls” features a simple piano line complemented by strings and subtle (but eventually powerful) rhythm tracks. Manhart tells a story of two lovers who are being separated, but who will eventually be reunited in this life or the next. The theme of lost love also runs throughout the closing song “Ghost Town.” In the aftermath of a failed relationship, one ex-lover cries to another, “lay your weapons down, no need to fight in this ghost town.” Tin God touches the darker side of the universal; struggle, greed, corruption, love, heartbreak. Jones adds, “as we began to record these songs, it became clear that the themes and subject matter are close to every member of the band on a personal level, and each of us has a deep connection to this group of songs.” It stands as a musical reminder that no matter what challenges one might be facing, someone has been there before and they aren't alone; these are all parts of the human experience, and through perseverance you can rise above and climb whatever mountain stands before you.
Zoo Trippin' was founded in 2014 when Lynn Roose III and Tony Casa started a new project with Steve Hatmaker and Austin Smith. Shortly after the band picked up Ethan Fowler, to fill out the group. Unfortunately Ethan had to leave the group, and Drew Dimitrovski stepped in. Zoo Trippin' is the child of years of live performances, recordings, and previous projects. The group holds true to its Blues/Rock roots but is now off in a new direction. Adding a more funk/alternative element to the already genre blending style. With new members, new songs, an unparalleled live show, and a new style all their own-Zoo Trippin' will soon span the airwaves and rock the continents!
Tree formed a long time ago from the seeds and fertilization of the earth. Laura, Adam, Brian and Adam want Tree to be the ants in your pants. Get up and dance!
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Mon, Mar 7 - 8pm - $8
Kilgubbin Brothers features Chicago fiddle legend and band leader Sean Cleland (Drovers, Bohola) & powerhouse percussionist Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhran, banjo and shoe with Joe Kilroy of the famous Kilroys of Cleveland on banjo and vocals. Master guitarist Jesse Langen (Ensemble Dal Niente) and Ray Quinn (producer Laurence Nugent, Bua) on electric guitar and voice. With a focus on songs and tunes from the history of Irish music in Chicago, Kilgubbin Brothers will be here the first and last Mondays of the month, Slainte!
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Tue, Mar 8 - 8pm - $7
Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia, moved to Chicago by train in the winter of 2013. Since then, she has become involved in the Chicago music scene, performing in various venues, variety showcases, and festivals across Chicago. Liz released her debut album "People Pumping Pedals" in 2014 under the Chicago Acoustic Underground's label CAU Dog Records. She released the acoustic EP "Otter Hill" in 2015, and is currently working on an EP "Progress Into Simplicity" set to be released in summer 2016. Liz's music is featured on Pandora and Spotify, and can be purchased on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, or Bandcamp. Liz has also immersed herself into the Chicago theatre scene, recently understudying 'Mash' in Sideshow Theatre Company's STUPID F**KING BIRD at the Victory Gardens Theatre and 'June Carter Cash' in Mercury Theater's RING OF FIRE. She will be playing 'Laura' in Refuge Theatre Company's production of HIGH FIDELITY in the winter of 2016. Liz was nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the Chicago Music Awards 2015 and was a Midwest Finalist in NPR's NewSong Songwriting Compeition 2014. Before moving to Chicago, Liz was entertaining audiences at sea all over the Western Hemisphere on Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line as a variety band singer and host. Liz Chidester is classically trained singer, and a graduate of the School of Music at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
Old Timey, in it's most primitive state, is a powerhouse trio with Kevin O'Donnell (Andrew Bird, Jon Rauhouse, Quality Six) on drums, Charles Otto (This Must be the Band, Savvy/Grood, Dj no Dj) on guitar, and Kasey Foster (This Must be the Band, Dangerous Strangers, Savvy/Grood) on vocals. Every show inevitably includes 4-5 invited musical guests throughout the set, be it two pretty ladies for an Andrews Sisters tune, or a clarinet player to play Benny Goodman. Old Timey's mission is to dig deep for tunes that are near extinction in the memories of both the baby boomer and the silent boomer generations (1920-1960). Imagine sixty years from now, listening to a band that plays that one Chumbawamba tune we've already nearly forgotten about. Old Timey squeezes in more recognizable oldie/goodies as well, but consider yourself one with huge cojones if you can call out the singer/band of every tune. In fact, if you do, you will be given a hearty prize. There are tunes to woo by, tunes to swing to, early blues tunes to feel, and tunes to rock to. Old Timey plays what you didn't know you've been dying to hear.
Variously referred to as the “Buster Keaton of Chanteuses” and “the demented love-child of Marlene Dietrich and Lucille Ball,” American singer/performer Meredith Miller evokes a classic, old-fashioned, 1930s glamour that is both stately and timeless. Possessing a strong stage presence that can hold audience attention with nothing more than a gaze, she can command a room — and more than anything, she knows how to sell a song with her rich voice. A cabaret artist known for her unique fusion of music and object theater, Meredith performs regularly in Chicago, the US, and Europe both, as a singer and with her unique variety acts.
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Wed, Mar 9 - 8pm - $20 - 17&over
Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round. In 2010 he co-produced Jay White's Larger than Life. Later that year he released his first album Christmas With You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Kim Burrell's Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning Love album released in 2011 boasted several tracks that were written and produced by Henry. That year he wrote for and produced much of Krishnar Lewis' One Lover's Trilogy album and released his first, "Leave you alone".Henry is primarily known for harmonically rich organ playing that owes a greater debt to the virtuosic unpredictability of Tatum and Peterson than it does to Jimmy Smith and other members of the Hammond organ pantheon. In his best moments he seems to capture the breadth of the Jazz and Gospel idioms and produce something altogether new through his unique blending of the two genres. Although he possesses a great deal of technique, in his solos he regularly subordinates it to a narrative arch and exhibits a maturity that surpasses his years. Unlike many virtuosos he is a great accompanist, and perhaps this is why he excels also as a producer and sideman.At the tender age of nineteen he had the opportunity to begin traveling with the Jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has done television work playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Stanley Brown, Ray Chew And The Crew, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Rob Glasper, Ron Grant, Lalah Hathway, Derrick Hodge, Israel Houghton, Joe, Shaun Kingston, Donald Lawrence, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Michael McDonald, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Snarky Puppy, Tommy Sims, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, Hezekiah Walker, Bishop Jeffrey White, Betty Wright, the late Timothy Wright, and many others. Henry's awe inspiring impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, "First Steps" was released in the Spring of 2014 and went to #1 on iTunes Jazz Chart.
Andreas Kapsalis is a Greek American guitarist and composer born in the suburbs of Chicago. His first exposure to music was through his mother, Frances, a student of opera, and his father Peter, a violinist. Andreas began teaching himself guitar at the age of 11, reading and writing music as well as music theory. At the age of 18 he suffered a hand injury; during his recovery period, he began developing his 10 finger tapping techniques. Under the tutelage of composer and producer Jim Tullio, a student of Aaron Copland, he refined his compositional approach on the guitar using these techniques. Tullio produced Andreas' first EP with Andreas' arrangement of Dave Brubeck's composition Blue Rondo a la Turk, which garnered attention from the composer himself, who said "I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by great instrumentalists."Andreas began performing nationally with the Andreas Kapsalis Trio and recorded two discs featuring his compositions. While performing in LA, he was invited to apply for the Sundance Composers Labs. He was awarded the fellowship, an honor awarded to only six composers a year. This was his initiation into film composing. At the end of the Sundance Composers Lab, Andreas was invited by the directors to complete a score for their documentary film "Black Gold" among the documentaries selected for the January premier at the Sundance Film Festival. Founder of the Sundance Institute and Festival, Robert Redford, noted this was the first time in Sundance Institute history that documentary fellows and a composer fellow had an "official selection" at the Sundance Film Festival. Subsequently, he composed scores for several documentary and feature films such as "Pig Business" and "Mulberry Street" to name a few. He also has been commissioned by Northwestern University and Notre Dame to compose music for their silent film festivals as well. Following this, Andreas performed and recorded several discs with Polish singer/contra bassist Megitza and the AKGI duo. He has been performing internationally, solo and in various ensembles for festivals and concert series in North America, Europe and Asia, such as Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Calcutta Guitar Festival in India, the Canadian Guitar Festival and the Guitar Festival in the Phillipines.In addition, concerts have taken place in Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia.Most recently Andreas was invited to Armenia to participate in "Sounds of Peace" a musical exchange featuring 60 artists from 10 different countries. Throughout his career he has also enjoyed teaching guitar for many years, first at the Kapsalis Music Shoppe, Elgin Community College, and Northwestern University Mini Courses. Being very much a self taught musician with a relatively unique playing technique and musical perspective, together with the variety of cultural experiences in the world of music, and as a traveler, Andreas continues to be inspired and eager to share the beauty of music and how it can enrich one's life. Among his many projects, Andreas is composing and arranging pieces for a solo album.
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Thu, Mar 10 - 8:30pm - $14adv/$16door
Kevin Garrett is a singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York. His debut EP Mellow Drama, which includes songs "Coloring" and "Control," received critical acclaim from a variety of media sources along with strong support from artists the likes of Sam Smith and Katy Perry. Kevin has been heavy into touring for much of the last year, including dates with James Vincent McMorrow, Hey Rosetta!, and several music festivals. He's currently on tour with X Ambassadors and Skylar Grey, all the while preparing a full length LP.
Matt Woods is both a native of Iowa, and a longstanding purveyor of its diverse blues scene. As a seasoned performer of many local, regional and national clubs and venues, Matt has developed a distinct style while staying true to his love of traditional American roots music. Woods is well-versed in the many shapes this music can take; from traditional delta, hill country and urban electric blues, to gospel, country and folk music.
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Fri, Mar 11 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Probably one of the most famous bands in Armenia, The Bambir is a music collective spanning 4 decades. With more than fifty musicians having passed through its ranks, the band has now moved into its second generation, with sons of the original members making up a new four-piece ensemble.The Bambir describe themselves as “flavored by progressive rock, vibrations in stones, Daoism, James Joyce, Rumi, Japanese poetry, acrobatic tongue twisters and fingerpickings and harmonies at 3am when the beer, the tea, and the cigarettes have all run out.”They have played in Moscow, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Istanbul, Beirut, Georgia, Greece and all over Armenia. In January 2012 they made the decision to make a go of breaking into the European market, and moved to Dublin for 6 months. Their incredible musicianship and intense energy on-stage made them stand out immediately, and it wasn’t long before they were booked for festivals like KnockanStockan, No Place Like Dome, Body&Soul and Electric Picnic. They became known for their relentless gigging, sometimes playing 3 shows/night. They appeared on local radios and State (magazine) called them "Ireland's hairiest and hardest working band," featuring them as part of their 2012 Electric Picnic coverage.The Bambir's notoriety is growing now as they are attracting more international attention. The band is set to release a new album in April 2015.
Marrow is a new four-piece indie rock band from Chicago. Three of the band's four members hail from the much-celebrated Kids These Days, which called it quits last May. "I'm really pleased and happy with the support from Kids These Days fans" says Marrow's guitarist and vocalist Liam Cunningham. "It's totally different music so it's really cool to us that the same people still dig it." "Totally different" it is. Whereas KTD's tunes had horns, soulful rhythms and raps a la now solo hip hop artist Vic Mensa, Marrow offers a more rock-steady approach to Cunningham and keyboardist Macy Stewart's (also a former Kids These Days member) songwriting. Cunningham listed bands like Grizzly Bear, Thundercat and Deerhoof as major influences. Being in a band is nothing new to the members of Marrow but Liam admitted the shift in musical direction feels like "starting from square one." Cunningham and Stewart were fresh graduates of Whitney Young High School when they hit the road with KTD. Now, at just 20 years old, they're celebrating another successful, and ambitious, release under their new moniker. Marrow released its debut two-song EP TWO earlier this month along with a single music video encompassing both songs.
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Sat, Mar 12 - 4:30pm - $5 - All Ages
Kilgubbin Brothers features Chicago fiddle legend and band leader Sean Cleland (Drovers, Bohola) & powerhouse percussionist Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhran, banjo and shoe with Joe Kilroy of the famous Kilroys of Cleveland on banjo and vocals. Master guitarist Jesse Langen (Ensemble Dal Niente) and Ray Quinn (producer Laurence Nugent, Bua) on electric guitar and voice. With a focus on songs and tunes from the history of Irish music in Chicago, Kilgubbin Brothers will be here the first and last Mondays of the month, Slainte!
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Mon, Mar 14 - 8pm - $7
Common Allies was born in the winter of 2015, with Conor Ashe and Ryan Ashe at the reins. The Ashe brothers began their musical pursuit as Runaway Freight Train in the early 2000's, then played four years at the University of Iowa as The Green Folk and The Ashe Brothers Band. Common Allies' influences span the genres of psychedelic rock, folk, blues and country. We're all of your favorite bands rolled into one.
Singer/Songwriter Jeff Givens is a road-seasoned troubadour. As a contemporary musical gypsy, Jeff travels the country, meeting folks from every aspect of life and listening to their stories. He lives this life, documenting it all in his songs. Somehow, writing through the haze of self-destruction like his heroes before him, (Kerouac, Burroughs, Lennon, Hank, Townes and others) he has prevailed and come out the other side, battling his demons by writing about them. Born in Tennessee and raised in Chicago, Mr. Givens is a music veteran of over 30 years and has played in many bands, from Chicago to Boston to London. Working with Jay Bennett from Wilco was one of his numerous experiences. Back in 2001, Jeff went all-in; he left his day gig and everything else to fully embrace this musical journey. Tramping around America, like another prince of skid row, he began writing songs that defined his life. Settling back in Chicago, Jeff reconnected with producer, collaborator and fellow hell-raiser, Jason Botka, to finish writing and record these songs. From the easy rooms of Skye Bleu Studios, "Bourbon Cowboy" was born. In 2014, Jeff gathered his closest brothers in music for his sophomore album, "Midnight in Muscle Shoals", which was tracked on the sacred ground of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. A founding member of The Righteous Hillbillies, Kev Wright added his southern rock flair on guitar and vocals, and Jason Botka brought in keys, organ, guitar and harmonica. Barret Harvey on drums and TC Dolgin on bass glued it all together. All left the Shoals sessions feeling like they had "been to the mountain". Jeff knew something special had happened next to that Tennessee River, and it needed to continue. Once home, Johnny Gadeikis added his talents on bass and Luke Smith on drums to round out the Mugshot Saints. This diverse band, with many decades of combined writing and touring experience between them, developed both acoustic and plugged in line-ups and started gigging in some of the best rooms in Chicago; the Metro Chicago and Schubas to name just a couple. The Saints draw from outlaw country, southern rock and rock, blues and folk influences to create their multifaceted sound. Part Allman Brothers part Stones, with some Van Morrison and a dash of Father John Misty; The Mugshot Saints put on a show that will rock you to "holler & swaller" one minute, then with some old school folksy blues, you'll be crying in that same beer the next.
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Tue, Mar 15 - 8pm - $10
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British Jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame and Scott Tipping of Cornmeal John Reed of Helping Phrendly Orchestra and Terrapin FlyerPacky Lundholm of Terrapin Flyer and special guests
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Wed, Mar 16 - 8pm - $7
B.Q. is a project developed to cure the world of its chronic unfunkiness. The only antidote is a concentrated dose of raw unfiltered Funk, and bq is a Funk delivery system designed to tear the roof off of your mind and put your groove back on the One.Bassist Brian Quinn formed the Funk collective bq in the Spring of 2013. Brian had been playing music around Chicago since 2007, and found a tragic lack of old-school Funk in the Chicago music scene. After playing with various Chicago groups for 6 years, Brian decided that it was time to gather the funkiest players he knew and form a project designed to play the kind of raw, energetic, in-your-face Funk music that he’s always loved. In July of 2013 bq played its first show, and they’ve been spreading the Funk around Chicago ever since.
Chris's move to center stage comes after 15 years working as a sideman in Chicago bands like The Right Now and 56 Hope Road. After digging into his love of songwriting, Chris began giving a few of his favorite songs the acoustic treatment at his many solo shows - but now he and his band take them to new heights. A rock-n-roll kid addicted to soul music, Chris blends heavy backup vocals with a rock-band framework and comes out with heartfelt songs that skew toward Elvis Costello or Sly & The Family Stone. The band behind him (Greg Nergaard, Anne Hamilton-Katzfey, Bob Garrett, and Andrea Bunch), bring their own wealth of talent and experience to each song, knowing innately just how rough or delicate to be, and the result is stirring. Chris has been playing lead and rhythm guitar on the Chicago music scene since the late 90s with acts like The Right Now, 56 Hope Road, and many others. He's toured much of the US and played nearly 2,000 shows, opening for acts like George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Fitz & The Tantrums, Bernie Worrell, Soulive, and others.
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Fri, Mar 18 - 8pm - NO COVER
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ABOUTCeasetone is an Icelandic electro rock/indietronica band formed in 2012 by Hafsteinn Þráinsson. The band was originally Hafsteinn’s acoustic solo project but expanded into a full fledged band in 2014. Their first ever live performance was at Iceland Airwaves 2014. In 2015 the band won All Tomorrow‘s Parties festival’s “Unsigned Talent Competition”, hosted by the artist community, Bedroom Community. Additionally the band was invited to perform at ATP Iceland. Ceasetone's debut single “Full Circle” was released on September 20th 2015. The single hit the national radio‘s top charts. The band later played at the show case festival Iceland Airwaves in November 2015, and performed at seven successful gigs, two of which were official show cases. „A low, heavy electronic grumble began, and the songs grew into their full potential. Rolling textures confounded the room, and “Full Circle” took these soundscapes in an unexpectedly dance-able direction“. KEXP
Axel Flóvent is a musician hailing from the northern fishing village of Húsavík. His music can be described as modern folk music. At its core its acoustic and low key but bears obvious influences from other forms of music such as indie rock, pop and electronic music. Keeping in the vein of modern folk singers Axel has been active writing and recording his own songs and has a numerous online releases available.
The piano-drums duo of Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey didn't know what they were getting themselves into when they called a place called Claudette's Bar in 2010 looking for a gig in between Chicago and St. Louis. Not only did Claudette book them into her bar in Oglesby, IL (an hour and a half southwest of Chicago's South Side), but she made them her house band and put them on salary."Claudette's was just a dive, not a venue, but we played to packed rooms because it's where everyone within 30 miles went to drink," Johnny says. "And Claudette started paying us weekly, even when she decided to have karaoke on Saturday instead of live music. Maybe that's just what she thought a bar owner does—she really knew nothing about bands or music. These days, as a musician, if you've got a chance to have regular money coming in, you take it."Johnny and Michael—named "the Claudettes" by Claudette—quickly won over the astonished locals with their epic sets of spasmodic instrumentals, deftly melding blues, jazz and deep soul with frenzied joy and infectious energy. What Johnny and Michael didn't see coming was Claudette losing her lease in 2011—but continuing to pay them weekly to be her house band at other bars. "She'd work out deals with the owners to set up her own portable bar inside their bar, and have us play while she sold drinks."Claudette didn't even know that Johnny and Michael were both highly respected musicians in Chicago and around the world. Johnny had been in the Junior Wells band for years (starting at age 23) and had toured with Otis Rush and recorded with Carey Bell and Lil' Ed (he's since become the piano player in the Grammy-nominated Chicago Blues: A Living History featuring Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch and Carlos Johnson). He also toured and recorded throughout the 2000s with his cult-favorite prog-pop band oh my god.And Michael, a Downbeat magazine award winner and five-time Detroit Music Awards recipient, had played with everyone from Koko Taylor to Chuck Mangione to Marvin Hamlisch to John Sinclair and is a member of Balkan fusion group Eastern Blok (recently, Michael toured Europe with Grammy nominees the Heritage Blues Orchestra).
Sones de México Ensemble made its first public appearance in 1994 at an art gallery in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, commemorating the death of Mexican land-rights revolution hero Emiliano Zapata. Through the years, the ensemble has amassed a large collection of folk musical instruments from Mexico’s diverse local cultures, with a diverse repertoire that includes Son Jarocho but also other regional styles of folk music from other parts of Mexico. Today, the ensemble has toured coast-to-coast, from Carnegie Hall to many local Elementary Schools, recorded six albums, including two Grammy nominations, produced a syndicated radio show, and through its own non-profit organization has taught thousands of school children and adults across the nation about the riches of Mexican music, dance, and culture.
Singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Jimmy Burns is a contemporary bluesman who combines his Delta roots with R&B and soul to come up with a sound uniquely his own. Burns is a charismatic performer with an expressive, soulful, voice and a melodic guitar style to match.Raised in a small beach town outside of Tampa, Florida, Dave Herrero was introduced to the local and national music scene though a family friend, sneaking out of military school at age 15 to regularly to see bands like the Arc Angels and Johnny Winter, and to go to a local blues jam at the Green Iguana on Monday nights, where local heroes like James and Lucky Peterson would frequently pop in.
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Sat, Mar 19 - 10pm - $16adv/$18door
In the vanguard of the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution “NU-SION”, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making funk fusion music “cool” again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters, Weather Report, & Mahavishnu Orchestra, and merges those ideas with technical fireworks and a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. The ensemble, a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam has been described by critics and fans of Galactic & Umphrey’s McGee alike as “lethal funk”, “explosive”, “jaw dropping”, and “musically mesmerizing”. For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: ENTER THE DRAGON!Kung Fu features Tim Palmieri on guitar (The Breakfast), Robert Somerville on tenor sax (Deep Banana Blackout), Todd Stoops on keyboards (RAQ), Christopher DeAngelis on bass guitar (The Breakfast) and Adrian Tramontano on drums/percussion (The Breakfast).
Bonzo Terks makes jazz that straddles the line between arty & challenging and accessible & danceable. Organ driven and melodic, but covering a ton of improvisational ground within the confines of a single song. Bonzo Terks' mission is to further music, and expand the listeners' ability to become uncomfortable and intrigued at the same time evoking emotions you've forgotten how to feel.
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Sun, Mar 20 - 8pm - $20
Is there anything more exciting than a big band that's really spot on? Trying to explain a Model Citizens show is like tring to describe a really good pizza. You can describe the ingredients but you really have to taste it to get it. Their shows are loose but tight, sometimes silly but sometimes serious, always original, and never dull. They are rooted not only in the big band tradition but in the history of music as a whole. When they swing they swing like an oily gate. And when they play a chorale it brings a tear to your eye and their calypsos set the room on fire.
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Mon, Mar 21 - 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, Mar 22 - 8pm - $10
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Tue, Mar 29 - 8pm - $7
Plucky Rosenthal is a neo-vintage variety act, taking a modern spin on classic musical comedy. A semi-finalist for the Andy Kaufman Award, she has headlined at the Uptown Underground and Uncommon Ground, is a frequent cabaret act at the Paper Machete, hosts silent movies at the Music Box Theatre, and appeared that one time in Sports Illustrated in an old timey swimsuit.
Do you like The Andrews Sisters? How about the Mills Brothers? Les Paul and Mary Ford perhaps?? Do you also like to laugh too long, too strong? Then you'll probably find us mighty swell. Babe-alon 5 is a female vocal trio with Kasey Foster, Kiley Moore, and Tara Smith. Guest musicians and artists always seem to be happening through town when we play. Babe-alon 5 has what you want. We're your beeswax.
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Fri, Apr 8 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
One of the pre-eminent practitioners of “live looping”, Zach Deputy’s one-man show of "Island-infused, Drum 'n' Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul" has the energy and sound of a 6-piece band. Ensconced behind an array of microphones and technology, Zach and his nylon stringed guitar weave a tapestry of instrumentation and voices in an ever-evolving, improvised arrangement that is ultimately based on a composition but allowed to breathe with the audience. Enhanced by a stunning light show, Zach Deputy’s show transforms clubs and open fields alike into sweaty dance parties for fans of R&B, soul, jam, Caribbean music and even electronica.
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Sat, Apr 9 - 8pm - $15
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Once among the most prominent of Mali’s many ethnic groups, the Songhoy now live largely on the margins of the West African nation. Nonetheless, the Songhoy people retain a fierce pride in their history, beliefs, and traditional music. Hailing from the heart of Gao, on the banks of the Niger River, Oumar Touré and Aliou Touré grew up obsessed with hip hop, R&B, and classic rock like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. They found a kindred spirit and musical brother in guitarist Garba Touré (son of Oumar Touré, long term percussionist in Ali Farka Touré’s band). When growing unrest in the north of Mali forced the young men and their families to take refuge in the southern town of Bamako, they decided to turn crisis into opportunity by forming a band. They enlisted drummer Nathanial “Nat” Dembele and baptized their band Songhoy Blues in celebration of their displaced people and culture.
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Fri, Apr 15 - 9pm - $15
HBE are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago. They come from an extraordinary musical family. Together they have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def , Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). They’ve performed Coachella, WOMAD AU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. The documentary film Brothers Hypnotic, explores their music, work ethic, life and experience of being raised by their jazz legend father Phil Cohran. After screening in major cities and festivals, it aired on PBS. Their song, “War” was featured in the blockbuster hit movie, Hunger Games.
When your goal is to change the very fabric of a complexed genre like rock, “Rock Royalty” is the title you shoot for! Legendary music heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Alice in Chains, Prince, and Betty Davis, set stages all over the world for a rock band such as this. Inspired by the many cultural and social nuances of the movie, the band was named after the 1976 blaxploitation film, J.D.’s Revenge in 2011. With the precision of a brain surgeons hands, JDR’s sound encompasses elements of heavy rock, soul, pop and funk. At the helm of this revolution, we have founder, composer and lead guitar player, the one and only, Frankie Blaze. Lead vocalist and writing leading lady, Treneka Lenay. Adding the to this mix, the talented Allegra Dolores on supporting vocals and keys. We have Ced “Pastorfunkpleez’ Tate on bass lines, and the always in “Beast Mode,” Darin ‘D’ZEL’ Nicholson on the drum kit. These six versatile musicians have been enthralling Chicago-land audiences with their dynamic, must-see live performances. JD’s Revenge has had the honor of blazing the stages of awesome Chicago venues such as the hottest new Hyde Park concert venue, The Promontory, Mayne Stage, The Empty Bottle, Schubas, The MultiKuti and many more! “JDR” is a well oiled and ready Rock & Rhythm machine! The HIGHLY anticipated debut album, self-titled, JD’s REVENGE v1.0 is set to be the soundtrack to 2015 and beyond! It’s time to rock!
In 2005-2006 GLC signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label, and was featured in "Spaceship" from West's album The College Dropout, and "Drive Slow" from Late Registration, both of which are Grammy Award winning albums. He was one-third of the Chicago rap group The Go Getters with Kanye West and label-mate Really Doe. The group released one album together called World Record Holders.
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Sat, Apr 16 - 9pm - $15
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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Wed, Apr 20 - 8pm - $15adv/$20door
“It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.” This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b. Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years. Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington. In 2003, Oz released his debut record – “Oz Live” – recorded at NYC’s legendary Bitter End. In 2004, Oz signed with Magna Carta Records and in 2005, released his highly-acclaimed studio record “HA!” with his all-star band featuring Fig, Carlock, Lee and Genus plus special guests Mike Stern and George Whitty. In April of 2007, a licensing deal with Magna Carta and Japanese label Videoarts opened the door for Oz's music in Japan. Later that year saw the release of “Fuzzy Feat,” Oz’s third record under the Magna Carta label. For Fuzzy Feat, Oz’s all-star band is joined by various special guests including Colaiuta, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and keyboardists Whitty and Jim Beard. September 2009 saw the release of Oz’s fourth album, “Schizophrenic,” featuring Lee, Fig, Carlock, Weckl, Ricky Peterson, Chris Palmero, and special guest Steve Lukather. September 2011 is expected the release of Oz’s fifth studio album “Twisted Blues” Featuring Vinnie Coliauta, Anton Fig, Chris Layton, Will Lee, Roscoe Beck , John Medeski, Jerry Z, Reese Wynans, Ralph Macdonald and special guests Eric Johnson & Allen Toussaint. For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for “best guitar riff on a record” in 2007. In 2008, Oz won the Guitar Player’s readers poll again; this time for “best new talent.” Oz Noy has performed, toured and recorded with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano, Wonder Girls, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, The East Village Opera Company, Roger Glover, Bill Evans, Warren Hayes, Gove’t Mule, Allen Toussaint, Eric Johnson and others.
For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
Jimmy Haslip was born December 31st, 1951 in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in Huntington, Long Island. In 1963 at the age of 13, he became interested in electric bass and has now been playing for 47+ years. Jimmy left New York in 1969 playing music in San Francisco, New Orleans, Denver and Dallas before moving on to Los Angeles in late 1975, where he began touring and recording with many different popular artists.In 1978 he met guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Russell Ferrante and formed a group to record Robben's first solo recording on Electra-Asylum. This critically acclaimed album, called " The Inside Story" became a landmark recording. That album led to the formation of The Yellowjackets and in 1980 they recorded a debut album for Warners Bros. Records.Jimmy is actively composing, arranging, producing and performing with Yellowjackets, who will be touring and promoting their newest recording in 2011, their 21st CD entitled "TIMELINE" on the MACK AVENUE recording Label. Yellowjackets, the two time Grammy winners, have been nominated for seventeen Grammy’s. Jimmy was also nominated for an Edison award in 2000. and this year, another Grammy nomination, his 18th for the Jeff Lorber Fusion “NOW IS THE TIME” recording.which he co-produced.
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Fri, Apr 22 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Originally from Iowa City, IA, recently relocated to Fort Collins, CO, EUFORQUESTRA (pronounced "yoo-fohr-keh-struh" -euphoria+orchestra) has been touring more than ever and is continuing to take its progressive, genre-crossing afro-jazz-funk fusions to new horizons. Emerging as a musical powerhouse, Eufórquestra is quickly spreading its self-proclaimed “Afro-Caribbean-Barnyard-Funk;” a unique, rhythmic blend, integrating such genres as Afrobeat, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, Samba, Soca, Funk, Salsa, and Dub.Eufórquestra’s music appeals to anyone and everyone, with a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss” (Chris M.Slawecki; AllAboutJazz.com). As percussionist and lead vocalist Matt Grundstad puts it, "Eufórquestra just wants to make people dance.”
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Fri, May 15 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
The hardest working band in Celtic Rock are back at it! A year after releasing their latest album, NINE, they are still out promoting the old fashioned way. That means hitting the road and playing every show like it's the last.As usual with St Patricks day looming, they find themselves in high demand around the US, playing dates from Alaska to Oklahoma. "We are very appreciative of how Americans make a big deal of St Patricks' Day. Makes for a lot of raucous shows this time of year" says lead singer Keith Roberts.In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more.Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called 'Celtic Rock', that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it's not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. That was always the idea, Keith explains. The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn't Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you'll end up with when you start on a new album.Having a whole album of new songs really invigorates the live show for us and makes it exciting all over again say Roberts. It's like a shot in the arm every time we go through this process.
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