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Fri, Feb 28 - 9pm - $10
IAMDYNAMITE is the musical duo comprised of Christopher Martin and Chris Phillips, originally from Michigan and now calling North Carolina home. IAMDYNAMITE’s albums, SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC and WASA TUSA, show the bands broad musical range from fast paced, anthemic, catchy, chanting rock, to the soft synth pop you imagine you would ride off into the sunset listening too. Both albums highlight their melodic, hook-laden songwriting skills and both deliver on all emotional fronts. IAMDYNAMITE has seen success with charting songs “Where Will We Go” and “Hey Girl” off SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC, which combined spent over 25 weeks in the Top 20 Billboard Alternative chart. Followed by “In The Summer” off WASA TUSA, debuting on the Charts as well! These being a massive accomplishment from the virtually, up to that point, unknown band out of Ann Arbor, MI. IAMDYNAMITE is now feeding off years of touring across the US and Europe. The band is poised to release multiple songs throughout 2020 and beyond. The Chris’s have been writing, recording, and performing new material, which combines the bombastic energy of SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC and the well-crafted musicality of WASA TUSA.
The Mild West prides themselves on delivering engaging, powerful performances with unbelievable energy. The band started composing music in 2018, released singles “Orange Grove” and “Time” in 2019 and is in the early process of recording and producing their debut EP. Drawing influence from groups like The Killers and The Band Camino, the band uses creative rhythms and unforgettable melodies to keep listeners dancing and singing along. A night with The Mild West will keep you guessing by touching on different musical genres, but you can expect to leave having sang, laughed and danced your heart out. The guys hope to see you soon!
The Dirty Nines are a band based in Chicago that combine a folk-rock feel, vocal harmonies, driving rhythms, with a dash of psychedelic and funk.
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Sat. Feb 29 - 6pm - $10
Mock Nine is an Indie Pop/Rock band based in Chicago. Tommy Langford (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Franklin Brady (Vocals/Guitar), Mac Campbell (Bass), James Bruce (Guitar), Sam Grossman (Drums) released their first EP titled “Stories From That Night You Can’t Remember” In August of 2019. Soon after Miles Aronovitz (Saxophone-Keys) joined and now the 6 are working on their debut album that they have yet to release.
The Fundamental Kink is a melodic garage rock quintet consisting of 5 native block heads, coming out of Chicago, IL. Sergio Rodriguez (rhythm/lead guitar), Mark Uriostegui (bass), Tommie-Lee O'Brien (rhythm/lead), Isaac Palomino (lead vocals), and Victor Martinez (drums) are bound together by many sleepless, drunken nights, combining their different and polar opposite musical influences to bring you a night of energetic, musical ecstasy and charismatic pointless banter.
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Mon, Mar 2 - 8pm - $10
Mosh Pit is a monthly variety show that threatens to feature Chicago’s most unhinged comedians doing their headbangingest, face-meltingest acts. Hosted by six-foot-tall slenderman, Ashley Leisten & her guest cohost, Andy Rowell (America's Got Talent), until they are reclaimed by the jaws of hell. Let’s thrash.
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Tue, Mar 3 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Wed, Mar 4 - 7pm - $25
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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 5 - 8pm - $15
The music of Frank Zappa & More performed by Ike Willis & Marcus Rezak direct after Umphrey's McGee at The Showbox SoDoPerformed and led by Zappa Guitarist Ike Willis and guitarist Marcus Rezak. The band also features drummer Matt Kellen (Formerly of Mungion), Dave Nolden (Brothers Rage) & keyboardist Scott Hannay (Mr. F).We aim for a diverse catalog of Zappa compositions, improvised jams, and a different experience for fans each show. The band will also be performing selections from Marcus' inaugural original album, Gateway to the Galaxy which features Joel Cummins & Kris Myers of Umphrey's McGee.Ike Willis, who toured with Frank Zappa from 1978 through 1988, is a legendary guitar and vocalist from Saint Louis, Missouri. He was featured as "Joe" in the Triple LP, Joe's Garage and has continued the Zappa legacy throughout the years by performing with Project Object, Pojama People, Zappatika and more.Marcus Rezak is a recording artist, touring musician, session guitarist, and music theorist from Chicago, IL. As a lead guitarist, Marcus carves out a distinguished style in the world of Guitar with several well-known cutting edge groups including Katharsis, Shred is Dead, FrankenZaps Monster, Digital Tape Machine, Stratosphere All-Stars, and as artist at large. He has performed at some of the most elite music festivals across the globe in various genres. Known as a master of jazz improvisation and the art of the sit-in, Marcus is a frequent call among bands and musicians carving out his unique niche in the performance world. Having a commanding stage presence, Marcus takes the euphoric freedom of live music and directs its path into a unique approach, as if every jam is a live recording session. By keeping exceptionally comprehensive mental notes on what works, what doesn't, and how to improve is what has led Marcus to respect in the music world and to such integral heights.
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Fri, Mar 6 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
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Britney like you've never heard before and other twisted gems...NO POP STAR IS SAFE. Featuring Garek.
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Sat, Mar 7 - 7pm - $25 ALL AGES
Alexandr Misko is a dazzling new breed of modern fingerstyle guitarist. The 21-years-old Russian already plays concerts all over the world and has often appeared on television in his homeland and other countries.Drawing influences from the musicians who pioneered and expanded this guitar style, Misko manages to break through to new heights while never losing sight of the underlying music. He is a passionate and energetic performer who has released three solo albums. With an organic approach, Misko’s work has been viewed over 200 million times on video platforms and has amassed more than 1 million followers of his music. In 2018, Alexandr was named the “Guitarist of the Year” at the prestigious UK Guitar Show. He has played notable concerts with fingerstyle legends including Jon Gomm, Mike Dawes, Luca Stricagnoli, Thomas Leeb and many others in his global tours.Alexandr Misko is a young musician, composer and arranger from Russia, who has received world fame thanks to the Internet resource YouTube.In 2015 his video with an original tune “Guitar & Pen Tapping Song” quickly gained over a million views, which was the reason for inviting him to appear on the well-known Russian analog of an American TV talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!".In January 2017 Alexandr Misko’s video cover of Michael Jackson’s song "Billie Jean" got over 33 million views on Facebook, which was the first big step to enter the world guitar scene and allowed him to perform on the same stage at the Guitar Summit showcase in Germany with such outstanding guitar players as Jon Gomm, Guthrie Govan, Tobias Rauscher, Maneli Jamal.In December 2017 Alexandr released his second album "Beyond The Box” and the very first single from the recording (“Careless Whisper” by George Michael) gained more than 80,000,000 views within a month on Facebook and YouTube accumulated.The number of Alexandr’s subscribers on his YouTube channel is growing exponentially and now has more than 500.000 followers.Alexandr's music story is amazing and simple at the same time.He started playing the instrument at the age of 12 doing classical guitar with a private teacher for 3 years.After becoming acquainted with the modern style of guitar playing called “Fingerstyle” on the Internet, he began to learn it on his own.Since 2016 he released 3 studio albums and has been actively performing around the globe with solo shows, teaching, recording music, and in October 2018 he received the title “Guitarist of the Year” according to the noticeable UK magazine “MusicRadar".A unique style, a very musical and technical presentation, coupled with original works, make Alexandr’s music accessible to any listener. The language of his music is universal and understandable for audiences anywhere in the world.
Guitarist Peter Ciluzzi transports listeners on a journey through virtuosic, evocative compositions that tell a story without words. With a distinctive, timeless sound that is both familiar and unexpected, his music defies easy categorization and reflects a wide range of influences including jazz, rock, classical, and world music. He has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine (August 2018), and his acclaimed solo instrumental work has accumulated millions of views on YouTube and more than 8 million plays on Spotify.Raised in a small town in coastal Massachusetts, Ciluzzi developed an appreciation of the arts at a young age and took up guitar when he was a child. Mainly a self- taught musician, he has also studied jazz and improvisation as well as classical composition and has written a number of orchestral and electronic works in addition to his solo guitar recordings. A finalist in the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, he has toured and performed throughout the US and shared the stage with the likes of Antoine Dufour, Calum Graham and Gareth Pearson. The broad nature of his musical interests also extends into guitar design and construction; having studied lutherie with Charles Fox, he started Ciluzzi Guitars in 2006 and has displayed at a number of exhibitions including the Montreal Guitar Show.
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Sat, Mar 7 - 9:30pm - $18adv/$20door
PROGNOSIS is Progressive Rock at its Finest. It is also an All-Star tribute to the entire genre. PROGNOSIS performs the music of Peter Gabriel, Genesis, YES, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Tears For Fears, and King Crimson. Evidently the British were on to something in the seventh decade of the last century.The vision for PROGNOSIS was borne out of a copious love for the elements that have become the amalgam of the genre: Folk, Jazz, Rock, and Classical sensibilities matched to challenging time signatures with profound control over captivating tempos and dynamic range––all tempered with unique instrumentation. To say that Progressive Rock is a prolific art form is quite the understatement. The visionaries of PROGNOSIS are founding members, musical partners, and friends Steven Kikoen & Chris Siebold.The presentation of PROGNOSIS is a complete theatrical event. The group has dedicated itself to the immaculate recreation of seminal Prog-Rock masterworks––accompanied by a comprehensive multimedia visual component––as well as a breathtaking light and laser-light show that is leaving audiences spellbound.PROGNOSIS is Steven Kikoen (Deacon Blues, Big Suit, The Lotus Kings, The Great Pretenders), Chris Siebold (Psycles, Kick The Cat, Garrison Keillor, The Great Pretenders), Jon Paul (Tributosaurus), Karl Montzka (Hamilton), Tom Hipskind (Hamilton), Ray Quinn (40,000 Headmen, Martyrs’), and Suzanne Cross (Deacon Blues, The Great Pretenders).
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Mon, Mar 9 - 8:30pm - $10
Honey Butter formed on campus at Northwestern out of a desire to perform and share music. Our sound is smooth and delicious (like our name), but if you dig a little deeper, there is something for everyone.
Morning Dew is a group out of Northwestern University that blends elements of rap, R&B, jazz, and pop into a fresh new sound. With 5 singers, 3 horns, and a 4-person rhythm section, Morning Dew delivers good vibes, smooth rhymes, and horn lines to audiences across the Chicagoland area.
Three Chicago sweethearts that wanna make you dance
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Tue, Mar 10 - 8pm - $10
K-Nein (Michael John Krieglstein) is an americana songwriter and musician who teaches, produces, and performs music in the Chicagoland area. His songwriting draws from his experiences in life having traveled extensively throughout the world. With deep roots in improvisational music as well as composition, K-Neinʼs songwriting blends styles and crosses genres. Joining K-Nein live is an energetic group of musicians who are both friends and music cohorts in various outfits. The band is:Michael Krieglstein - Guitar Vox; Eitan Bernstein - Keys (Family Order, Company of Thieves); Matthew Kopecky - Drums (Oblio And Arrow); Matt Augustine - Guitar (Prichard Harter); Jake Carmany - Bass Guitar (Prichard Harter).
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Wed, Mar 11 - 6pm - $15adv/$20door
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Bridging The Music Presents: Chicago miniFEST (3/11/20)Bridging The Music is headed to Chicago for an evening of music, art & community in a festival style atmosphere!Come support top notch local and touring acts, visual artists and more.#MusicIsCommunityDate: Wednesday, March 11th, 2020Time: 5:00 pm Doors / 6:00 pm ShowLocation: Martyrs' | 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613Ticket Cost: $15.00 + $2.99 Processing Fee = $17.99 Total Ticket CostTickets will be $20 at the door the night of the showFollow us on Instagram @bridgingthemusicInterested in Performing or Creating/Selling Art/Vending? Contact us here thru FaceBook OR booking.bridgingthemusic@gmail.com
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Thu, Mar 12 - 8pm - $18
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Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, Michigan Rattlers play heavy-hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice. Graham Young (lead vocals/guitar), Adam Reed (vocals/upright bass), Christian Wilder (vocals/piano) and Tony Audia (drums) began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school. They regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing a musical chemistry informed by the likes of AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, and more. After a few years apart, Reed and Young settled down in Los Angeles, recorded a short demo, and began playing locally. The demo found its way in the hands of super-producer Johnny K, and they cut the bulk of their first EP at NRG studios in just one day. This self-titled Michigan Rattlers EP attracted glowing reviews from No Depression, Bluegrass Situation, Relix, Glide, Grammy.com and more. Rolling Stone named the band one of their “Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know.” In 2018, following a massive summer tour that included stops at Bonnaroo, Firefly and Electric Forest; the band released their highly anticipated debut full length album, Evergreen, and added pianist Christian Wilder and drummer Tony Audia to their lineup. The Michigan Rattlers are currently in the studio recording their second full length album in between tour dates.
The Cerny Brothers' upcoming release, Looking For the Good Land, is a heartland rock & roll album anchored in the anthemic spirit of Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and other blue-collar bandleaders.Since releasing their debut, Dream, Scott and Bob Cerny have built their audience on the road, traveling far beyond their homes — including rural Illinois, where the brothers were raised; Los Angeles, where they sharpened their chops during the band's early years; and Nashville, where both siblings currently live — to play a string of dive bars, living rooms, clubs, and theaters. It's been a musical trial by fire. On countless nights, they've been the new kids in town, relying on their songs not only to make a good impression, but to cut through the clamor of a noisy bar in an unfamiliar city. That kind of touring will sharpen your songwriting. It'll make you louder, too. With Looking For the Good Land, the Cerny Brothers' music takes on an epic edge, expanding far beyond the folksy, acoustic-based sound of their earlier albums to embrace the storytelling, supersized hooks, and cinematic punch of American rock.
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Fri, Mar 13 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers) out October 5th, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty. With all the power of a freight train, the Big Damn Band is known for its live shows. Rev. Peyton delivers guitar pyrotechnics the old fashioned way — ten fingers, a 6 string and an amp cranked at full tilt. In the country blues style, he plays the bass with his thumb, while picking the lead with his fingers at the same time. When he lifts the guitar behind his head to play there’s nothing but skill and 16 gauge nickel strings to make the sounds coming out of the speakers. Beside him on stage are just two other people. His wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton playing with all the nuance and percussive power of a New Orleans drum line, and keeping the train moving is Max Senteney on a lean drum kit including a 5 gallon maple syrup bucket. Together they play Peyton’s wildman country blues that’s as much ZZ Top as it is Bukka White. This is real, from the heart, handmade music made by people, for people who don’t have time for BS.
There’s a source in rock n roll music, a well from which most of the great musicians and songwriters have drank deeply. Born in the Mississippi delta and raised on the streets of Chicago’s south side, The Blues is often recognized as the source. The Black Oil Brothers draw from the same well our heroes have, but what comes out is invariably our own. Utilizing everything we can beg borrow or steal – acoustic, electric and resonator steel guitars, banjos, harmonicas, mandolins, drums, shakers, 3-part harmonies – we create the music that let’s your ears know that there ain’t a damn thing wrong with the sound of a good man feeling bad. Such is the blues. Finding outlets in music that turns heartbreak into ass shake. Such is the music of The Black Oil Brothers and it very well may be saving our souls. Let us save yours.
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Sat, Mar 14 - 7pm - $15
Without U2 recreates the sight and sound of the legendary Irish rock band U2 in an incredible fashion, in full costumes and with authentic gear. Just like a real live U2 show, we perform extended versions of all the hits such as One, With or Without You, Where the Streets Have No Name, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Mysterious Ways, New Year's Day, Desire, Pride (In the Name of Love), Beautiful Day, I Will Follow…even deep cuts not performed by the real band anymore. Our members are passionate lifelong U2 fanatics- we not settle for less than complete authenticity.
You know you LOVE THIN LIZZY! Tin Lynott is BACK!! THIN LIZZY from Ireland, led by Phil Lynott, were one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Tin Lynott digs deep into the catalogue for two sets featuring Dan Leali, Steve Doyle, Brian Wilkie, Mitch Straeffer & Ray Quinn.
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Mon, Mar 16 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Wed, Mar 18 - 8pm - No Cover
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Casey Lee Chicago is a Chicago blues musician. That is focused on keeping the blues alive. Chicago blues Hall of Famer‘s and musicians participate in these events. To keep the blues network in Chicago going strong and providing entertainment to guests of Chicago and Chicagoians wins at some of the best venues in Chicago.
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Thu, Mar 19 - 8pm - $12
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Fri, Mar 20 - 9pm - $20
The Trouble Notes are a Berlin based trio, composed of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Describing themselves as ‘Indie-Gypsy fusion’, their music is characterised by emotionally driven, instrumental ballads reflecting pan-cultural influences and blending an eclectic fusion of traditions, to create a truly unique sound; representative of their extensive travels and consequent musical development. Their music is defined as ‘music from everywhere for everyone“. The group have achieved success and wide acclaim for past releases, with their previous EP Soundtracks from the Street reaching the Top 5 in USA iTunes charts for Latin & World Music, as well as garnering 60 million+ video views on publications including Grand Masquerade, Gypsy Train and Christoph. Their new single, Lose Your Ties, is an immersive, emotionally charged and thrilling piece of music, encapsulating a melting pot of influences. This track, as with their other releases, deliberately lacks lyrics to allow the listener to create their own vision of what transpires during each song, to allow people from any corner of the world to embark on a cultural and geographical expedition. The Trouble Notes tell us more about the single…“Lose Your Ties is our story. The song is about that little voice that pops into your head while you’re sitting in front of your computer at your desk job. The one that says ‘What are you doing with your life?’ We chose to follow that voice and it took us on this wild journey. Lose Your Ties is the first of many stories we are ready to tell.” Their new album Lose Your Ties, released in February 2018, showcases a development of their expressive, incredibly diverse sound, representing the start of a new, and exciting, musical journey.
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Sat, Mar 21 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
This is PriMary...The Cure are one of the more colourful faces on Post-Punk’s Mount Rushmore. Romantic, dramatic, mischievous and potent they are a natural and logical assignment to be covered. Globe trotting power pop sons Who's This Mary? are only too pleased to present their legacy for your concert-going pleasure.Spawn as a lark and guilty by reason of intensity Who’s This Mary? chose to replicate songs by The Cure fully in 2010. Who's This Mary? are a modern beat combo that live and breathe in the Chicagoland area. Performing tip top original power pop as well as inspired cover versions of Britpop and other classics from 60's to present day. Their sound consists of bright melodies, tight harmonies, upbeat guitar work, and a healthy respect for catchy grooves. Known for their dedicated cover versions they have fully tackled The Jam (as "All Mods Conned"), The Beatles and now The Cure.Brought to you and comprised of members of London Calling (The Clash Tribute) and All Mods Conned (The Jam Tribute) so you may expect quality.
Still IL - Celebrating The Smiths, Morrissey, Marr, Manchester and more via Chicago. Invoking the spirit of Hatful Of Hollow - stripped down, passionate and vital.
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Sun, Mar 29 - 8pm - $15
Michelle Andersen passed away after a short battle with cancer. She was diagnosed in August of 2019, leaving behind her husband and three daughters. Her family is asking for assistance with debts from medical care and lost work expenses. She was loved also by many people in the Illinois Grateful Dead community who knew her and are also devastated from the loss.The Chicago based Grateful Dead band Terrapin Flyer featuring special guests will be performing. A silent auction to be held for Michelle's benefit will be at the event.
Terrapin Flyer is a Chicago-based Grateful Dead inspired band that features a revolving cast of top performers in the jamband scene. The band often tours with former members of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band and is one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired acts in the country. The band started as a Sunday Jam Night at the now defunct Boulevard Cafe in Logan Square. The band has grown into one of the top touring Grateful Dead bands in the country by performing with some of the top musicians in the Grateful Dead world. Because the band features a revolving cast of talent hundreds of notable musicians have crossed paths with Terrapin Flyer. To name all of the musicians who have performed with Terrapin Flyer would be an impossibly exhaustive task, but some include Bob Bralove from the Grateful Dead, Mark Karan from The Other Ones and Bob Weir’s Ratdog, Scott Guberman from Phil Lesh and Friends, Josh Olken from Terrapin Flyer with Melvin Seals & Tom Constanten, Dave Hebert from Melvin Seals JGB, Wavy Dave Burlingame from Cornmeal, Janis Wallin from Steve Kimock’s Crazy Engine and a whole host of tremendously talented musicians from across the country. .
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Mon, Mar 23 - 7:30pm - $10
John Mead is a Chicago-based musician, writer, artist, and teacher. He is known for playing with many bands at Martyrs', including Great Moments In Vinyl, Coyotes, Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots, Crumbs Off The Table, and more.
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Tue, Mar 24 - 8pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Wed, Mar 25 - 7:30pm - $50
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Ferhat Gocer, graduate of Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine and The State Conservatoire, Department of Singing; has worked for the State Opera and Ballet for two years, before moving to Sanliurfa in order to fulfill his mandatory medicine service,As he returned to Istanbul to work as a surgeon at the Haydarpasa hospital, Ferhat Gocer had a new goal in music: combining Turkish music with his classical background and introducing it to the world. Today he is still following this goal and continuing his medical practice,Ferhat Gocer is an extraordinary musician; his repertory extends to many different musical styles and genres, including Opera, Napolitan, Chanson, Rembetico, Turkish Folk and Classics and nostalgic hits; among others.The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, founded by Ferhat Gocer, is the first and only private orchestra of Turkey and accompanied the artist at many sold out concerts, The first album, simply titled 'Ferhat Gocer', was released on the October of 2005 and spent 14 weeks at the top of the charts, selling more than 300,000 copies, The album won many awards, including "Diamond" from MUYAP, an award reserved only for the best selling albums of Turkey, Ferhat Gocer's second album, 'Yolun Açık Olsun (2007), third album 'Çok Sevdim İkimizi (2009), fourth album 'Biz Aşkımıza Bakalım' (2010), ‘Seni Sevmeye Aşığım’ (2011) and ‘Kalbe Kiralık Aşklar’ (2013) met its audience and received the same success, in 2015 ‘Sığmıyorsun Geceye ve Zamana’ and now the last album ‘Bu Kalp İçinde Teksin’ is on the stores.Gocer's primary objective is the meeting of Anatolian melodies with the universally accepted symphonic music to expose the wholeness of different genres. His 'Anadolu Aryaları (The Anatolian Arias) project has traveled many cities from Istanbul to Diyarbakir, Izmir to Gaziantep, Ferhat Gocer plans to ripen this approach at Anatolia before presenting it to foreign countries, Ferhat Gocer joined forces with one of Turkey's significant artists, Omer Faruk Tekbilek in the summer of 2004 for the 'Mood Nights' project and 'A tribute to Sinatra' concert with Michael Bolton in 2009 which have been memorized as one of the milestones of his career. Another important project from Ferhat Gocer was 'Beyaz Perde Ezgileri' (Melodies from the Silver Screen); in which he sang selected works from well known soundtracks, with visual aid of short clips from the movies,Ferhat Gocer wants to be the pioneer introducing Turkish music to the world. In concerts which he shared the stage with Gino Castelli, Anjelika Akbar, Alessandro Safina,AI Bano Carrisi, Patrizio Buanne, Michael Bolton and Emma Shapplin; he built bridges to other lands' music from his own
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Thu, Mar 26 - 8pm - $10
Carrying Torches was born just south of Chicago where suburban life meets farm country. The roots were seeded when singer/guitarist Justin Daniel of Dischord combined musical efforts with Jon Paul Gray from former pop punk group, Pilgrims. Mike Bass, punk metal bassist from The Unlawful joined the duo along with lead guitarist, Alex Jaskula. Later, Misty Okroi, formerly associated with Lighttribe was brought in on synthesizer. Carrying Torches released their six song EP "Ace of Wands" on May 19, 2017. "Sinking" was released as a single along with music video on May 1, 2017 followed by "Wishing Well" on May 29, 2017. "Trust Me Now" was released with a video on August 7, 2017. In September 2017, Carrying Torches was elected as Chicago's rising artist of the month by "The Deli" magazine. The band is a unique blend of dark pop, alternative, electronica, indie and heartland rock. Carrying Torches entered the studio in November 2017. The project also won first place in a Kankakee sponsored “Battle of the Bands-Winter Edition” to benefit the Anthony Rizzo foundation. Mike Bass left the project in March 2018, and the band is currently featuring Brennen Chouinard, formerly of Vaudevileins, Plains and Poundcake, on bass. “STRANGERS” EP was released on June 15, 2018, it was recorded at Comatose Studios and produced by Michael McGinnis. “Holding Back” was released on June 11, 2018 as the first single and video from “STRANGERS”. On November 9, 2018 “My Fav Part” was released as the second single from the EP along with video. On January 7, 2019 it was announced that the band received an award for best song “Strangers” from the STRANGERS EP, in the Kankakee Area Music Awards, which was held April 19, 2019. "ANYMORE" was released as the third single on May 21, 2019. “Computer” was released as a single on January 17, 2020. Carrying Torches has recently been working with Nowhere Music, Third City Sound and Michael McGinnis. The band is currently in the studio and is set to release more music over the year while playing shows throughout the Midwest.
Hailed as a “must-see act!” by the Chicago Sun-Times, with songs that have been featured in American Songwriter and the video game Watch Dogs, Bryan Doherty and his band Hood Smoke have been bridging genres and generations with their music for nearly a decade. From large rock festivals to dive bars to intimate jazz and folk clubs Hood Smoke has been delighting audiences across America. Their latest studio album Congratulations Mr. And Mrs. Wallace has garnered the attention of critics and fans around the world. Independent Clauses declared “… Hood Smoke charts their own specific course through the post-everything mix that is our musical culture without losing the thread.” And Muzikalia describes their latest effort as “… beautiful songs that take advantage of the rich formation of the band members to embrace with joy the softness of the soul, the emotionality of folk, and the power of rock.”
Scuttlebuggs is an indie band from the Midwest. Their original vocal melodies, harmonies and lyrics are the focal point of their sound. Inspired equally by the origins of rock and roll, folk, country and doo-wop, the duo offers modern perspective to classic genres. People have likened their music to Neil Young, LOW and Simon and Garfunkel. Their debut album "After Brilliance" was raw and filled with genuine emotion - it was tracked live on analog tape at legendary Chicago studio Pieholden Suite Sound in 2013 and received glowing reviews: "their harmonies are delicate and graceful, and bring an indie edge to the Americana arrangements"... reviews additionally described songs as "beautiful", "haunting" and "positively life-affirming." [Leicester Bangs]. The duo recently completed a successful month long tour around Japan which further inspired their creative journey, then doing an impromptu tour of the US with a limited edition CD combining their two most recent EPs: "No Fast Legs" and "End Of The Itch”. In 2018, another review described their lyrics as "perfect”, "genius", and "a punch in the stomach through their pensive penning style”... before attempting to sum up the Scuttlebuggs sound: “Genre-wise, Scuttlebuggs skate between a Lo Fi Dream Pop sound and throw in some Folk to perfectly round off their ethereally strange combination of sounds.” [A&R Factory]. Scuttlebuggs are currently preparing to record another full length album back in Chicago before further touring around the globe.
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Fri, Mar 27 - 8pm - $10
Summer Camp: On The Road brings the magic of Summer Camp Music Festival to your town. Summer Camp will be visiting multiple cities across the country searching for the best talent the area has to offer. Come out to support local artists as they play for a spot at #SCamp 20!
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Sat, Mar 28 - 9pm - $10
Summer Camp: On The Road brings the magic of Summer Camp Music Festival to your town. Summer Camp will be visiting multiple cities across the country searching for the best talent the area has to offer. Come out to support local artists as they play for a spot at #SCamp 20!
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Mon, Mar 30 - 7pm - $10
Cassidy Stirtz is a multi-instrumentalist, actor, sommelier, and general nomad born and raised in the Chicago area. She has performed nationally as a musician in several groups including choirs, steel bands, rock bands, and a folk music revue featuring Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary. She also toured the globe with Once the Musical's first national tour and has organized musical benefit concerts in several cities around the country including Boston, Chicago, NYC, and Washington DC. She performs regularly with Youth in a Roman Field, featuring the music of Claire Wellin. In addition to playing, singing, and arranging for Youth's latest record Storm Conductor, she has contributed to albums for Common Jack, Maggie Hollinbeck, Lunar Ticks, and others. While offstage, Cassidy is passionate about the wine and beverage world and plans to move to California this year. She is delighted to be performing at Martyrs’ again and honored to perform her original music in her hometown.
Hailing from Chicago, Lunar Ticks aim to barrel through stylistic boundaries,by recreating, and expanding on roots music (rock, folk, country, jazz, bluegrass, soul, punk, funk, etc.), with a DIY ethic and a jovial attitude. Featuring members of Chicago bands, The Casual Ties, Rusty Gates, Spread, Ooraloo, and Higgs Theory, this group labors to build an eclectic and vast catalog of originals and covers.This is a collective that strives for experimentation in writing, recording, production, and performance. We like to have fun, get weird, and let the moment steer us any way it chooses. We are dedicated to crafting intricate compositions, exploring inventive techniques for improvisation, and creating live experiences that will incorporate unique collaborations, themed events, and crowd interaction. We promise you this, if you take a chance on us, we’ll take a chance for you.
The Winchesters make regular passage of the bridge between toe-tapping country jams (like those of The Lone Bellow) and heart-filled introspective poetry (inspired by the likes of Tom Waits). The group started playing for fun in a little apartment on Winchester Avenue in the summer of 2014, and haven't been able to give it up since. A tight-knit bunch from the beginning, their closeness shows in their meticulously blended harmonies. When they're not rockin' your socks off, the Winchesters bring that same sense of living-room-intimacy to every crowd. In their spare time, they're developing a folk musical based on the epic poem Evangeline. The Winchesters released their first full-length album, Train & Taxi, last year.
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Tue, Mar 31 - 8pm - $10
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Real Pretenders is 4 Chicago music scene veterans with a passion for hard driving rhythm’s, catchy melodic hooks, soul tortured lyrics, and back alley sex appeal. The Pretenders have it all and the Real Pretenders capture that essence and deliver without compromise. Sure, you could say the Real Pretenders are just pretending, but isn’t that something Chrissy herself loves? But don’t be looking for some kind of jive mimic of a great band. Be prepared for a great band giving tribute to some of the best songs written over the past 40 years. The Real Pretenders- Naomi Ashley, John Carpender, Andon Davis, Ralph Baumel.
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Thu, Apr 2 - 8pm - $10
The North And Wells Band is a four piece Soul/Rock/Blues Band from Chicago. Members all meeting while working at The Second City in Chicago. A must know band for 2020!
The Victor Torres Band is a collection of Chicago land based touring and session musicians who come together to create a memorable eclectic musical journey. The experience consists of funk/soul-rock instrumentals, layered with classics that will surely get you on your feet! Founder/bass guitarist Victor is working on an EP titled "Phases" and is excited to bring his music collection to you!
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Fri, Apr 3 - 9pm - $10
In ancient Greek it means to sing, in Bosnian it means to leave, in Chicago Ode means a five piece indie rock group that specializes in combining elements of Balkan Folk Music with hints of Dark Americana and World Punk. Founded by brothers Davor Palos (Lead Vocal) and Robert Palos (Lead Guitar) and brought to perfection by fellow group members Nikola Dokic (Guitar), Elliot Taggart (Bass) and Daniel Crane (drums). With influences ranging from Nick Cave to Alice and Chains to old world balkan folk, Ode has created a sound all their own and impossible to bookshelf. Ballad Rock, Stadium Rock, Punk, Funk, Grunge, and Jazz infusions woven and interwoven creating something new and something wild.
Alpina Noise is a multi-release, international revivalist band–intense, hard-edged, and moody, and heavy on drums and bass. A fusion of multiple musical genres, with dark echoes of post rock, punk, alternative, shoegaze, metal, noise rock, trip rock, and electronic-tinged pop confections. Influenced by The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, Zero 7, The Pixies, Broken Social Scene, and British Sea Power, among others.
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Sat, Apr 4 - 9pm - $20
Winner of the MAMA award for best cover band and Madison Magazine’s Best Cover Band, Steely Dane is dedicated to not only faithfully reproducing the Steely Dan and Donald Fagen songbook, but to bringing an energetic live-show experience to the crowd. Fifteen of Dane County’s best jazz and rock musicians have banded together around their passion for Steely Dan music, playing in the same configuration as the Steely Dan touring band including a four-piece horn section and three background singers. Shows consist of hits and deep cuts and sometimes even complete albums and are sure to have you out of your seats singing along. “THE LARGE ENSEMBLE FILLS THE HALL WITH SOUL AND SMARTS. IT’S A BIG BAND WITH A BIG SOUND, AND IT’S DAMN NEAR PERFECT.” – JOHN ROACH, MADISON MAGAZINE. The band’s songbook includes a vast array of hits and deep cuts that Steely fans adore. Thegroup is co-led by musical directors Dave Adler and Dave Stoler, Madison musicians with a combined history of decades of professional experience, each having a deep affinity for rock and jazz music. “A SUPERGROUP OF 15 CONSUMMATE MUSICIANS PLAY THE MUSIC OF STEELY DAN AS FAITHFULLY AS POSSIBLE.” – MADISON MAGAZINE.
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Tue, Apr 7 - 8pm - $10
The Donderos are a Chicago-based power-pop and psychedelic rock band. Heavily influenced by 1960s-era rock music innovators, The Donderos showcase many original, melodic songs that feature tight harmonies, backing horns arrangements and lively voltaic expressions. This six-piece band also features quality deep-cut classics from The Beatles, The Kinks, Badfinger, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and other imaginative artists.
Jack Moony & The Sun Drops is a Blues Rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Singer/songwriter Jack Moony is joined by Sun Drops Jackson Whipple and Ethan James to bring you retro blues rock vibes with a modern spin. Hard rock riffs to soft soul tunes!
Having been compared to everyone from Randy Newman to Eleventh Dream Day, you could say that R D and The Issues are a bit eclectic. It would be more accurate to say that they defy easy categorization. Dreamy, psychedelic rootsy country/blues/folk.
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Fri, Apr 10 - 8:30pm - $15
Like a timeless radio station with an endless playlist, BlitzFM covers iconic songs ranging from the last 35 years to the present day.The band is comprised of professional musicians assembled by Chicago based drummer Matt Walker.From the Beatles to the Clash, from The Pretenders to Stevie Wonder, from Bowie to Marley, from Patsy Cline to Zeppelin, anything and everything is fair play.BlitzFM will be playing 2 deep sets April 10th, at Martyr's.Matt Walker, is the former drummer of Filter, The Smashing Pumpkins and currently plays with Morrissey.
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Sat, Apr 11 - 8:30pm - $15
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Sometimes inspiration strikes from the immersion of living in a faraway place. Sometimes, inspiration stems from a place that everyone can relate to, but maybe no one’s actually been. This is the music of The Hip Abduction, the vibrant St. Petersburg, FL-based collective that formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music. The Hip Abduction (THA) began through informal jam sessions and quickly coalesced into a sound that attracted national attention. For “Gold Under the Glow”, the band’s 2016 third full album release, THA engage an indie pop acumen alongside a highly emotive and roots driven sound. The Hip Abduction featuring David New (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Powers (bass), Dave Johnson (baritone, tenor sax), Cody Moore (keyboards, sax), Matt Poynter (drums, vocals) and Justino Lee Walker (guitar, vocals, sitar) have shared stages with the likes of Dirty Heads, Grace Potter, Galactic, The Revivalists, Ziggy Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Thievery Corporation, Matisyahu, 311, Galactic, Moon Taxi and more.
Signal Fire is a group of diverse musicians with a common goal, to spread unity through music. Hailing from the coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina Signal Fire brings a unique blend of reggae/rock music for the masses. Since their inception in 2013, Signal fire has stayed on the move playing over 150 shows a year sharing the stage with acts such as SOJA, Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, UB40, Tribal Seeds, Collie Buddz, Dirty Heads, and more. Signal Fire’s latest release, “Lift Up” debuted at #1 on iTunes and #8 on Billboard reggae charts. Mixed and co produced by Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown (whose credits include Stephen and Damian Marley, Raging Fyah, Richie Spice, and 2016 Grammy Award winners Morgan Heritage), “Lift Up” is a step forward in the evolution of the Signal Fire reggae/rock sound. Through years of grass roots approach, Signal Fire has built a loyal following with their uplifting music and message.
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Thu, Apr 16 - 7:30pm - $10adv/$12door
Featuring Chicago's Finest:Mike Bolger (Mr Blotto)Mark Hague (Mr Blotto)Brother John Kattke (Delmark recording artist)Andrew Dixon (saxophone for fun!)Chris Bernhardt (BMR4/The Buzz)and John Hanrahan (Stu Allen/Shakedown Street/Why Not/The Buzz)
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Fri, Apr 17 - 9pm - $15
It’s always a pleasure to perform a tribute to a legendary band. But when that tribute provides the opportunity to single out and celebrate the gifts of a extraordinary collection of musicians, that performance becomes even sweeter.With the recent passing Rush drummer Neil Peart, Great Moments in Vinyl felt it was time to turn the spotlight on the remarkable trio he helped make famous. Founded by guitarist Alex Lifeson in 1968, the group had to replace their original front man and bass player before they even played their second gig. They recruited Geddy Lee, a distinctive vocalist and bassist who brought significant power and range to their sound. And then when the band’s original drummer bowed out two weeks before one of their biggest shows up to that point, they found a kindred spirit in lyricist and percussionist Neil Peart.“We are a hard rock band that sometimes wanders off into the world of the prog rockers. We share some of the desire to make our music weird which the ‘proggers’ all have in common. I consider us carrying on a tradition begun by Cream or The Who more than anything.”—Geddy Lee, Rush: The Story So Far (2002)“Fantasies are futile, self-defeating. But dreams…dreams are beautiful, life-affirming, powerful. We can’t move forward without them.”—Neil Peart, Toronto Star (01/23/89)Rush is a band that followed its dreams…with spectacular results. Originally derided in the rock press and polarizing to fans of music (you either loved them or you ridiculed them), the trio has had the last laugh by marching to their own drummer and beating the odds to enjoy a successful and rewarding career that lasted more than 40 years.As Rolling Stone observed in 2015, “There are weirder bands and there are bigger bands, but none quite so weird and quite so big.”. . . .Join Great Moments in Vinyl on Friday, April 17th at Martyrs’ as we pay tribute to Rush. We’ll spend time with songs from their early career in our first set, and then perform their most popular album Moving Pictures in its entirety in our second. Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Sat, Apr 18 - 9pm - $16adv/$18door
Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance – free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound. Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their latest release, STYLO, (March 2nd, 2018). What Justin Perkins (kora, kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drumset), Drew Heller (guitar, organ), Justin Kimmel (bass, keys), and Luke Quaranta (djembe, dunun, sangban, kenkeni, kryn, karenye) have wrought on STYLO reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their last studio album, TK2. This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they've exhibited in their decade and a half of heavy gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Hulaween, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as the Festival In The Desert in Essakane, Mali, Shanghai World Music Festival, and Jam Cruise. Whether on their own or collaborating with luminaries like the Last Poets' Umar Bin Hassan, Uncle Earl's Rayna Gellert, or Weedie Braimah, Toubab Krewe has already earned the attention and respect of a broad musical community. Toubab carries echoes of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, no doubt picked up during the group's travels to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. But what truly differentiates Toubab Krewe from other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what they've learned instead of simply recreating tradition. Toubab Krewe carves out a new trail honoring the African originators they admire by making something alive and contemporary.
AfroZep is a Chicago based band that performs a set of Led Zeppelin tunes that have been rearranged with African influences.Chicago based percussionist Marshall Greenhouse first formed the group in 2009. AfroZep quickly gained local and national attention through coast to coast tours of venues, universities and festivals. Within their first year, they had been recognized by both the Chicago Reader and by WXRT for their original and energetic take on Led Zeppelin earning them Best Led Zeppelin Cover Band of the Year honors.In 2016 the band went through some lineup changes which ultimately led them to hiring vocalist Jabal in 2018. Hailing from Douala, Cameroon, Jabal sang cabaret for countless hours six nights a week. He built a following around the continent with his ability to sing a variety of styles in many languages. Jabal brings a truly unique take on Robert Plants vocals while also adding African influenced vocals, such as singing Makossa and other popular genres originating in Cameroon as well as his ability to accurately mimic the voice of Fela Kuti.
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Mon, Apr 20 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Fri, Apr 24 - 9pm - $10
The Jacobson Organ was est. in 1994 by Emmet with Cleveland and Mick. Practicing 3 days a week in a hot garage and working endlessly on 20min originals and 30min jams they ultimately released a cassette demo. TJO has since released 5 albums with the first 4 featuring another drummer named Scud. Mick has since returned to the band and the genesis of the sound with him, thus they agreed this album should be TJO; the debut. The name comes from the stereoscopic vomeronasal sensory organ. Use mirror carefully to check.Born in Chicago and raised in South Florida, Emmet conceptualized the record. A nod to the likes of The Cars, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick playing on boom boxes and out car windows in the hot 1979 sun. Cleveland, from Kentucky, adds his darkly vintage take on tracks such as Lady Guilt and Recognize Me. Mick, from Highwood, IL, lays down his deep groves with all the right feels.TJO comes at a good time. As a new generation's sound evolves, computer sounds and guitars like synths are dehumanizing the sweat, dirt and heart that is Rock. TJO celebrates that type of Rock. The soul moving, air punching, karate kick kind.
Beginning as a solo act and turning into one of Chicago up and coming rock acts, Raised On Zenith is finding its niche in the local music scene. The sound? It can easily be described a musical phenomenon that is a beautifully strange amalgamation of Eastern European punk rock, American "alternative", and British Manchester-Pop. Formed in 2001, the quartet has quickly risen to local recognition. Raised on Zenith recently released their debut album, Until It’s Done, check it out on iTunes.
Nice Motor is a Rock n' Soul band from Chicago, forming in late 2014. With Brian Webb on Vocals and Guitar, Seth Webb on Drums, Dave Swick on Guitar, and Neil Krajenta on bass, the band began recording music during the summer of 2015. Their first releases, "All the Neighbors" and "Turn to Stone" were made available for free on Soundcloud in the fall of that same year.Nice Motor formed after the break-up of Chicago veteran band "Jonny Rumble", freeing up Brian and Seth for new adventures, and Dave's departure from another Chicago band, "Super Happy Fun Club". Neil was waiting in the wings, bought a bass, and off they went. Beginning with acoustic writing sessions on a balcony, and impromptu electric noise-making, the band quickly began to write tunes as a well-orchestrated unit. After pocketing a hand or two full of songs, the band began recording in May with their good friend Chris Mason manning the controls of a make-shift home-studio. The month of May also saw Nice Motor play their first show, selling out Alive One in Chicago, to benefit Team High-Life and bring awareness to suicide prevention. They quickly followed up by selling out a show at Tonic Room in June.Nice Motor has plenty more to come, with more music on the way, and more shows in the works.
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Tue, Apr 28 - 8pm - $10
Chicago’s own Architects of Beauty is a new and exciting rock band that’s already making their mark. Their atmospheric and visceral music pushes the envelope of genre’s such as post-punk, goth, electro, psychedelia, garage and more. Formed in 2018, the current lineup consists of John Shane on vocals and guitar, Jake Fish on vocals and bass and Clay Condon on drums.
The Motions are a stripped-down Rock band that officially started in 2013. The Motions came together when Steve Klein asked Aaron Rosenblatt if he wanted to get together and jam. Steve and Aaron have known each other and been playing music together since 1996.Sometime in 2013, Aaron and Steve were bonding over their love for the Ramones. Noticing that no one was playing music like the Ramones anymore Steve and Aaron decided they wanted to play Ramones songs. From time to time Steve and Aaron would get together and Steve would bring a new song that he had written. After they had about 12 songs in their repertoire, Aaron decided it was time to take the show on the road.In 2017, the Motions became the house band for June’s Inn on Western Ave. in Chicago. They played there consistently until the bar was sold. In 2018, the Motion started to get invited to play at the Elbo Room on Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Since that time The Motions have played Bourbon on Division, Custer Fair in Evanston and Silvies in Chicago. In 2019, Hans Alex joined the band on Bass. Hans is an accomplished musician who cut his teeth in Chile. The Motions are very excited to have him on board.
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Fri, May 1 - 8pm - $15
The Right Now's pop-meets-soul sound is more than a vehicle for Stefanie Berecz's captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy songwriting and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2008 the band has toured much of the United States and released three acclaimed albums, racking up placements in television, national commercials, and the multi-million-selling video game Watch Dogs.
Terrible Spaceship, Chicago’s premier science fiction dance band, rediscovers media from the past and resuscitates it into a modern music and video multimedia experience. Utilizing both samples and live instrumentation for its original scores, the band has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "equally influenced by Danny Elfman, Portishead and Orson and H.G. Welles." It's science fiction you can dance to.
YES! Just like trickle down economics, The Nubile Thangs! Are BACK and they have come to rock you, against your better judgement as well as against other people.By now, you know the tale: 5 young men filled with dreams of stardom spendtheir 20’s kicking ass and taking names across the US with their inimitable brandof garage rock combined with 60’s R&B. Armed with a live show so powerful thatit came with a money-back guarantee, the band gained tens of fans over 4albums, multiple TV appearances, and many tours criss-crossing the US andCanada. They’ve shared the stage with bands like Los Lobos, The Verve Pipe, 2Skinnee J’s, Bumpus, and many, many more. In 2001, the band took a hiatus,only to realize later that no one likes being on hiatus.As a result, the band revived their career, and are now celebrating their 30th year together, bringing back their take-no-prisoners style combined with an additional crankiness that can only mean one thing: ROCK AND ROLL.
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Sat, May 2 - 7:30pm - $45adv/$55door
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Їхня щирість струмує у ліриці та мінімалістичному звучанні. Вони стали феноменом української сцени, пройшовши шлях від аматорських записів на диктофон до повних залів без продюсерів та промо. «Один в каное» у 2020 році вирушає у великий тур, присвячений десятиріччю гурту!Акустичний гурт «Один в каное» – це пастельна мрійливість, забарвлена фолком та глибинною лірикою, що линуть до серця. «Небо», «Пообіцяй мені», «Човен» – ці пісні давно полюбились слухачам від Львова до Харкова.За 10 років існування музиканти не втратили простоти та щирості, з якою виступали на перших концертах, незважаючи на те, що їхні пісні вже давно займають перші сходинки музичних хіт-парадів та хором співають на концертах тисячі прихильників.«Один в каное» було засноване у 2010-му році у Львові. З того часу музиканти встигли побувати з сольними концертами у більшості великих українських міст. Зараз до складу колективу входять вокалістка Ірина Швайдак, гітарист Устим Похмурський та барабанщик Ігор Дзіковський.Музиканти виступали у Чехії, Франції, Англії, Білорусі, Польщі, брали участь у багатьох фестивалях. За майже 10 років музиканти випустили лише одну платівку, до якої увійшло 25 композицій, як результат п’ятирічних пошуків вічних сенсів. У 2019 році «Один в каное» представив перший офіційний кліп на пісню «У мене немає дому», який став надпопулярним та набрав більш, ніж 4 мільйони переглядів на YouTube.Цієї весни гурт потішить слухачів своїм експериментальним звучанням.Приходь і почуй наживо, як звучить сучасна українська лірика!
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Fri, May 8 - 9pm - $20
Greg Koch and the Koch-Marshall Trio consist of American guitarist Greg Koch, his son DylanKoch on drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall. At the heart of this organ trio isa blues sensibility - but Koch's compositions are an amalgam of rock, funk, jazz and countryserved up with heavy grooves and dynamic improvisations delivered with no small dose ofhumor and occasional wild abandon.The trio blends the explosive guitar manipulations of Greg, the groove-centric, power-pocketplaying of his son Dylan on drums (who share many telepathic musical moments) and theglorious, Hammond organ stylings of the uber-talented Toby Marshall, Greg’s compositions areproperly portrayed in the blues drenched, funk, chicken-fried, gospelly, jazz-rock panorama inwhich they were conceived. Their first release, “Toby Arrives” the first moments of theirunexpected musical partnership captured at an extemporaneous jam session earlier in the year
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Sat, May 9 - 9pm - $35
From its inception, Camilo Séptimo seemed primed to become Mexico’s preeminent psychedelic indie rock band. Founding members Manuel “Coe” Mendoza (vocals and bass), Jonathan Meléndez (keyboards), and Erik Vázquez (guitar) had each built impressive reputations in Mexico City’s vibrant indie scene before coming together in 2013 to form Camilo Séptimo.The band’s sound can be described as a fusion of melancholic dream-pop with cosmic-psychedelia.The fascinating composition structure is comprised of every element delivering in equal balance: Coe’s yearning, levitational vocals, serene yet energizing melodies from Meléndez’s synth, and Vázquez unraveling it all with sultry guitar riffs.In 2014, Camilo Séptimo premiered their first EP “Maya” at Casa de Lago to a cult following of 400. With a meteoric rise in popularity, the trio was invited to perform at the prestigious Festival Viva Latino the following year --a feat virtually unheard of among bands that are only two years from their debut.2016 marked even more astronomical achievements as they launched their 38-show “Neon Tour” across Mexico, selling out shows in iconic music venues such as Centro Cultural España , Lunario del Auditorio Nacional, and Foro Indie Rocks! . Notable performance invitations followed, including opening for the Foals at the Pepsi Center WTC and Twenty One Pilots at the Palacio de Los Deportes .Camilo Séptimo also participated in select performances in the historic Café Tacvba - Zoé tour of 2016.In 2017, the band announced the launch of their first LP “Óleos” as a joint production by Mario Miranda (Patterns) and Christian Jean (Reyno). Óleos was presented at El Plaza Condesa along with two performances at Teatro Metropolitan , selling out all three shows.That same year, the now nationally-renown indie band embarked on their first international tour that included headlining performances in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, and US cities San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.Drawing inspiration from their international tour, Camilo Séptimo’s next album “Navegantes” reflected a more polished composition that leads listeners through a myriad of celestial musical escapades. The transcendent 10-song album was a collaborative production by Mario Miranda, Camilo Séptimo, and Fer Mares, with Luis Jiménez assisting in vocal production.Camilo Séptimo returned to the Pepsi Center WTC in February 2019, this time to premiere their album Navegantes and selling out the 7,000 capacity theater. In September 2019, Camilo Séptimo over-shadowed that success with yet another phenomenal accomplishment -- selling out Mexico City’s 10,000-seat Auditorio Nacional.Camilo Séptimo’s exhilarating achievements show no sign of slowing down. With an expanded 2020 tour throughout the north and south American continents, Camilo Séptimo continues to reach new sonic heights of performance success and musical acclamation.
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Sun, May 10 - 4pm - $20adv/$25door
The Intoxicats are a new collaboration including Michele Rundgren plus members of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Prince’s NPG and more.
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Wed, May 13 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini.
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Thu, May 14 - 8pm - $50adv/$70door
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Cem Adrian is a Turkish singer-songwriter, author, producer and director. He is known for his ability to sing from bass to soprano, as his vocal cords are three times the length of an average person's. Born as Cem Filiz in Edirne, Turkey, he started his musical studies and released his first recordings during his secondary school terms.Adrian started his career in radio publishing at eighteen, and continued for about six years. At the same time he studied theatre and photography and recorded about 250 of his own songs at the studios of a radio station where he used to work.In 2003, he performed as the singer and dancer of the ethnic music band "Mystica" which he founded, in Istanbul. In the autumn of 2004, he started his education as a "special student" at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Bilkent University, at the invitation of Fazil Say.In February 2005, Adrian released his first album Ben Bu Sarkiyi Sana Yazdim. This album includes the songs which Adrian had recorded by himself between 1997 and 2003 in Edirne, and the live recordings of his first academic performance with Fazil Say. This demo album achieved sales of 16,000 copies.He performed in a series of concerts which started with "Babylon" in 2005 in Istanbul, and continued with the premiere of the Hamburg Music Season with the Bremen Jazz Festival, including Fazil Say and Burhan Öçal.In 2006, he started working on his second self-produced album, which was published in November 2006 by the name Ask Bu Gece Sehri Terk Etti.In 2008 he released two albums, Essentials / Seçkiler and Emir, and produced the music for Abdullah Oguz's film Sicak (2008), where he also played the role of a young imam.- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan
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Sat, May 16 - 9pm - $10
A Group of Friends has members of Weird Beard, The Western, Marsh Boys, and The Connoisseurs. In the past they have played sold-out shows covering songs like Ween’s “The Mollusk” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and “Tusk”.
The Western is a Chicago-based post-rock outfit whose new album “In Good Standing” was released in September 2019. Their previous album, "On Top of the World and Never Ever Looking Back Again, Ever; Goodbye", released in 2014, was well received at venues like Schubas and Metro. Influences include Stereolab, Deerhunter, and Neil Young.
Marsh Boys upcoming album “Marsh Boys” will be out in May 2020.
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Fri, May 29 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Celebrating Talking Heads legendary Rome concert by performing the
entire set from that show complete with 2 bass players! (special guest
Julie Slick!) both nights. Plus a different, second set of more
Talking Heads songs both nights! Two very
special nights at Martyrs'. ///////If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Sat, May 30 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Celebrating Talking Heads legendary Rome concert by performing the
entire set from that show complete with 2 bass players! (special guest
Julie Slick!) both nights. Plus a different, second set of more
Talking Heads songs both nights! Two very
special nights at Martyrs'.//////If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Thu, June 25 - 8pm - $15
Ezra Bell’s first full-length debut features ebullient soul twang, flowing and leaping like the music of a late 60s/early 70s recording of well-trained freaks dabbling in various genres. This Portland band sounds like they effortlessly recorded one of those forgotten-gem “cult albums”, despite it being early 2018.After three well-received EPs and playing regularly in Portland since 2013, the playfully literate and cheerfully plaintive Benjamin Wuamett and his gaggle of quite fit players, conjure up a festive dusky folk-rock-blues-jazz-R&B-pop vibe that doesn’t smother out the melancholy. These haunted stories include key tracks “Tourists” (“This one is about realizing the game is rigged, but you still have to play; it’s the only game in town”); “Yawning at the Seance (“This one is about the stories we tell ourselves in order to feel like everything is okay”), and “Let Me Do the Talking.” About that last one: “The opening line is a rip-off of something the boxer Jack Johnson said when asked how he managed to so intrigue women. He said ‘eat jellied eels and think distant thoughts.’ I think it’s one of the great travesties (and a telling indictment of our society) of our time that a great man’s name has been usurped by some surfer singing about breakfast.” The glistening, giddy music on these tracks help to document the car-wreck gas-lit lifestyles Wuamett masterfully describes. He displays gleaming shards of a self-depreciative self-awareness but also someone busy getting lost. “The overall theme going into this?” Wuamett answers to what the album is about. “Desperation. A call to arms. A whimper. A declaration that being witty by yourself at 4 AM in a basement, is a poor way to live.” Ezra Bell features Maurice Spencer (bass), Tom Trotter (drums), Aaron Mattison (horns and arrangements), Honora Hildreth (backing vocals and percussion), and Jeremy Asay (keys and guitar) more-than-ably backing up Wuamett’s story-songs and satirical jigs with organic precision.Wuamett came up with the band name when he was in Portugal and a girl he was with dared him to try a nearby concession stand’s popcorn snails. He had two full bowls. “They were delicious,” he says. “When I got back to Portland, I couldn’t sleep. On the way to work the next day, after a rainfall, I saw a slug crossing the sidewalk. I bent down and ate it raw on the spot. I didn’t go to work that day I went home, grabbed a garbage bag and spent the morning gathering snails, slugs, worms (not sure if worms fall in the mollusk family but, still, delicious) which I brought home with me. Hours later, as I sat shirtless on my couch, covered in sweat, I knew I had a problem. It would be too long a story to talk about all the places my disease took me. Suffice to say — I once hitchhiked to California because I really wanted to taste a banana slug. In the end, it became too much and I sought help via the internet. I began posting on various forums about my problem. I hadn’t been to work in weeks. Unfortunately, there are very few mollusk addicts on the web and my various inquiries went without commiseration until a nice man from Georgia spoke up and we began a long correspondence during which he shared with me the tools that had enabled him to survive in this strange world. He saved my life. His name was Ezra Bell.”
San Francisco Soul Jive” is the best term Royal Jelly Jive can find indescribing their unique and intoxicating sound. Led by dynamicfront-woman Lauren Bjelde, this sultry sextet rocks into unchartedmusical territories with their infectious blend of modern and throwbacksensibilities. Armed with retro horns, heavy grooves, and catchy songsthat are impossible to resist, RJJ can pair with your fancy cocktail at asmoky jazz club and shake up the funkiest dance party.Born out of Funk and Happenstance at John Lee Hooker's Boom BoomRoom, Royal Jelly Jive has gone full-steam ahead in embracing musicas their truest calling. From prominent festival stages all along the WestCoast, East Coast and U.K., they continue to sweep crowds off theirfeet with a high energy live show that leaves crowds yelling for Mo’JELLY! Tour highlights include sharing stages with Michael Franti, LakeStreet Dive, The Roots, and Avett Brothers, as well prominent slots atfestivals such as Napa Valley’s Bottlerock, Po
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