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Thu, Dec 14 - 8pm - $15adv/$20door
Grammy Award Winner Isaiah Sharkey, who is considered to be a "Hired Gun" by many in the music industry has worked, recorded, and toured with several world renown & Grammy Award Winning Artists such as John Mayer, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Patti Labelle, Christopher Martin (Coldplay), Paul Simon, Corrine Bailey Rae, Mike Posner, Keith Urban, Brian Mcknight, Boyz II Men, Lalah Hathaway, Raphael Saadiq, Chris Daddy Dave, & More. Thursday December 14th Martyrs' will host a special performance with Isaiah showcasing tunes from his debut release entitled Love.Life.Live featuring DJ JAZZY JEFF & Lalah Hathaway.
Spearheaded by guitarist/composer Anders Nordstrom, Pocket Radio is a Chicago supergroup comprised of top-call musicians who work with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Solange, and Jonathan McReynolds . A local breed of hip-hop, fusion, and soul, the 13-piece powerhouse performs sweeping original compositions that adventure through lush orchestrations and banging backbeats. Their new single, “Tripwire,” tries to stay hopeful while grappling with the glaring problem of division among the diverse in modern-day America.
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Fri, Dec 15 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
From evocative ballads to pulsing jams and psychedelic alternative moods, here comes the rebirth of The Social Act. John Krenger and Ellis Clark have taken the roots of what they started in Chicago years back and revamped it with new players, new compositions, and current lyrics. This Summer the dynamic group just released the new album “Today’s Tomorrow”. The album features the singles Paid In Full, Unknown, and Uncle Sam Shot Miss America. The songwriting duo of Krenger and Clark is supported by Producer/Engineer Sam BMJ and his facility Studio 2020 Chicago.
Mark Panick isn’t a man of narrow vision. Witness Razorhouse’s single and accompanying video, “Neu Sensation,” a carnal, conceptual combo dropped at the end of 2014. The single will appear on the second Razorhouse EP, Codex Du, slated for release on April 7, 2015. Panick has fronted the reformed outfit of veteran musicians since 2011. He writes with his industrial rock roots planted firmly, but don’t be fooled: he may be a composer entranced by the darkness of the human condition, but he isn’t one to be pigeonholed. He’s a lover of campy art flicks as much as he is the visceral source of your next trip. His recordings are rife with unabashed sexuality, gutter-punk abandon and tasty grooves. Every Panick song is a standalone odyssey—proof that he isn’t defined by structure but by the inner workings of his madcap mind. He marches to the beat of his own drum, wails on it with a sledgehammer and isn’t afraid to bring you along into the swirling chaos. He takes inspiration from a diverse spectrum of musical forbearers--the Ink Spots, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, the Kinks, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Alex Harvey to name just a few. He also taps other mediums in search of “tools for thinking,” including the works of filmmaker Alejandro Jordorowsky, painter Mark Ryden and philosopher Daniel C. Dennett. Panick is best known for his work in the short-lived, seminal post-punk outfit Bonemen of Barumba, which released a handful of recordings in the early 1980s. His next project, Chac Mool, was spawned from a fruitful writing session with house music wunderkind Dean Anderson. It included members of other Chicago music mainstays such as Revolting Cocks, KMFDM and Sister Machine Gun, all of which would become fodder for the earliest incarnations of Razorhouse. Codex Du follows 2013’s Codex Jun and marks the era of a musically mature Panick, who describes the current formula as “38% less chaos and 17% less drama.” The EP features contributions by musicians David Suycott (Robert Pollard, Stabbing Westward) Jim Demonte (Insiders), Tommi Zender and many more, while the production team of Howie Beno (Ministry, Black Asteroid) and Danny McGuinness (Ex Senators, Coven of Thieves) ropes in the feral tendencies of Panick’s madcap mind and myriad influences. The musical horizon is wide open for Panick after Codex Du, and he’s not one for routine. He has kept the Razorhouse lineup fluid as he recruits musicians for an upcoming tour. Everything else is equally wide open, as he promises: “new music, new film and video projects; a gallery show or two and lots of exploration. I’m just doing what I’ve always done, building forts and looking for others who wanna play.”
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Sat, Dec 16 - 6pm - $10 - ALL AGES
CHICAGO rock and roll from 4 doods
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Sat, Dec 16 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Stampy is a mutation of several already established Chicago-scene acts. The diversity of musical styles combined with the longstanding friendships of Stampy's members contributes to a new and upcoming flavor of music that will soon be served at a venue near you.Stampy's sound is produced by an eclectic cast of musicians from Chicago groups In La Kesh, Terrapin Flyer, SMOKER, The Great Sky Band, Doug Shotwell and the Right Hand Band, The Dancehall Twigs, The Dropper, The Localvores, and The Blind Staggers. With influences spanning multiple genres and artists, Stampy's original material travels many musical avenues. From soulful grooves to high energy dual guitar solos, Stampy brings a versatile set to the table that is sure to please a variety of palates. Stampy is about to finish up their debut LP with Treehouse Records, set to release sometime late summer 2016.
World renowned guitar virtuoso, Professor Fareed Haque, recently returned from interstellar pan dimensional time travel to bring 'jazztronica' to earth with his band MathGames! By infusing a musical equation that mixes genres, tempos, melodies and abnormal beats, MathGames! takes you on an innovative musical adventure. Band members Alex Austin (Bass) and Greg Fundis (Drums) provide a funky musical backbone as Kevin Kozol (Keys and Electronics) submerges you in a futuristic groove. Together the band transforms light into sound and takes everyone in the crowd deep into space. While traveling dimensions, Fareed powerfully moves sound in undefined ways by switching styles with his multiple guitars including the mesmerizing Moog guitar. Together, MathGames! breaks down music at fundamental levels and smoothly rearranges it into something never defined before, blending funky jazz and modern instrumentation to take you out of your head and out of this world.
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Mon, Dec 18 - 8pm - $8
Holiday Market will open at 9pm (not 5pm!). Come for the stories, stay for the holiday shopping and join us at the bar for a little holiday cheer!Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Dec 19 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Wed, Dec 20 - 8pm - $25
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Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey's McGee) & Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band) join forces once again as 30 DB for a special acoustic performance!
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Thu, Dec 21 - 8pm - $15
Mike Himebaugh (Hello Dave), Paul Bolger (Mr. Blotto) and Arthur Lee Land together form Hello Mr. Arthur. Born in the taverns of Chicago in the early part of this century these stalwarts of the Chicago music scene brought their voices, guitars and songwriting together to create a harmony that rings with truth and timelessness. It’s a rare occasion (NOT TO BE MISSED) when these three troubadours cross paths and pause long enough to engage in banter and song.
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Fri, Dec 22 - 9pm - $15
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over 17 years, they are proving just that as they continue to expand their ever evolving sound and stun audiences with their energetic live shows. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance.After many false starts the long awaited studio album, Slow Street, was released May 29th, 2015. The new record features 10 original tracks and a host of guests musicians including Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass on dobro. Recorded in Chicago the album clocks in at over 60 minutes of acoustic/electric landscapes and improvised jams. Balancing the energy and feel of a their one of a kind live shows with the articulation and precision of studio production, Slow Street is an album that was well worth the wait.With songs like Rise Above and All Things Must Change, the album pays homage to the last few years of change with a complex maturity well beyond anything we have seen from the band since their last studio release, Feet First, way back in 2006. WIth masterful musicianship, a deep understanding of melody and time, and a more focused sound, Slow Street runs the gamut of the Americana sound with everything from light and delicate to gritty, deep and psychedelic.
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Sat, Dec 23 - 9pm - $25
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Tue, Dec 26 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Wed, Dec 27 - 8pm - $20adv/$25door
Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 Grammy award-winning album Revelator and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Santana, Lalah Hathaway, Omar, John Legend, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, Maurice’s latest album - THE MOOD - features his live band in a studio album that showcases his soulful composition, ambitious production & adventurous improvisations in a seamless blend of jazz, hip hop, soul and sounds from around the world.A stand out single from the album features Hip-Hop master Talib Kweli. In his words, ‘STAND UP is a call for humanity to take a stand and come together to make a positive difference in the world around us. We are in a political and economic climate that has been sapping the energy and sense of hope from everyone around us. Inspired by the advice “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” that my father gave me when I was a kid, I want to call people to come together, take a stand for a better life & a better world and help one another in whatever way possible, big or small. To collectively be the change we wish to see in the world.’Brown has an ambitious touring schedule, anchored around the release with a Tuesday night residency at the Fame Jazz Standard in New York. A rotating cast of special guests include Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Drum legend Lenny White, and Saxophonist Skerik.
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Fri, Dec 29 - 9pm - $35
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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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Sat, Dec 30 - 9pm - $20
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
Sun Beard started in late September '14 at 3AM, fireside with friends. My friend Jaik and I were jamming and ended up writing the first song of the album('Ain't Gonna Die'). In the space between the notes, we could hear that coyotes had come nearby and were starting to howl along with us. We also had this crazy long shooting star light up the sky directly above us. It was a sublime night. That vibe carried forward with a handful of recording sessions throughout the year at both Oxide Lounge and IV Lab Studios. The end result was a fun writing and recording project amongst friends. The album went on to be called, 'The Night'. A lot of great friends and family donated their time and creativity to these songs, and I'm so thankful for them and their generosity. Much love everyone! - Matt Robinson.
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Sun, Dec 31 - 9pm - $25
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
Wild Earp takes you on a road trip across Americana, taking his time along those country roads and learning some bad habits in the city. His songs are of a man who’s spent too much time alone in the forest, the prairie, the mountains, the desert, and the barroom. With a respectful nod to the old masters and a defiant scoff at the purists, Earp croons his country tunes, and mixes those pensive trail songs with jumping rockabilly, spirited bluegrass, and ventures into the dark corners of folk. His lyrics thread traditional tales of heartache, sinful living, and celebration seamlessly with social commentary and absurdism. There’s wit, wisdom, woe, and a wild streak that keeps you guessing.
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Wed, Jan 3 - 8pm - $10
John Mead once again honors Bowie's birthday month with a performance of the Young Americans album as well as a few other choice cuts.
Ride your rainbow dream to Martyrs’ and catch DISCO BALLS! All the hits you remember about love and dancing with Saffron Lotus Drew, Jellybean Mead, Alton Boogiesmith, Moonbeam "Giddy-Down" Dowd, Prince Corsale, Jr., and Never Yellow Jimmy Tomamellow. It’ll be better than your remember, because you don’t remember this. Real live disco, real harmonies, real good.
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Thu, Jan 4 - 8pm - $7
Rosie & The Rivets perform the best music of the 1950's & early 1960's along with some current hits with a retro twist. From the Atomic Age through the British Invasion, Rosie & The Rivets evoke the energy and excitement of the era that spawned the greatest music of all time. A music that continues to thrill and entice. Come along and see why Rosie & The Rivets are the Premier Retro Rock & Roll Show!
AMAZING HEEBY JEEBIES members have got fired, arrested, incarcerated, shot, killed & resurrected. They're the worst of the worst & will scare you out of your pants. Fans are convinced if (The Cramps) Poison Ivy & Lux Interior had a twisted hipshakin' love child, it would be Ary. The Jeebies also invoke The Gun Club, Roky Erickson, Esquerita, The Sonics & The Blasters In their gritty roadside garagabilly terror drawing on 50's boogie to 60's garage horror punk deep from the underworld of moody psychotic rock n roll!
"...Tiny keeps the blues alive and pay(s) tribute to the originals."- Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater. Dedicated to his craft, the originality and prowess of Tiny Miles is sure to impress even the most critical of skilled technicians. Tiny Miles casts a spell over the audience with the soul and passion of 1950's Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly music. At a Tiny Miles showcase - one can expect a soul-stirring experience in an energetic performance of roots music soaked in retro vibes, coupled with a level of professional musicality that must be witnessed first hand.
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Fri, Jan 5 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Man Called Noon is a Chicago based indie/alt rock band. Their roots are evident in their melodic mixture of Classic Americana, Pop, and Soul. Boisterous guitars and booming bass riffs erupt over impassioned soulful lyrics resulting in a distinct and in your-face-sound that can only be harnessed by Man Called Noon. MCN now provides a broader musical texture, allowing for a more precise interpretation of a burgeoning sound. They have taken a punctuated leap forward, and the maturity, confidence, and musical talent is on display. The New EP, “Everybody Move” is out now. And they are very excited to be having the party and release at Martyrs!
Sugarpulp consists of four individuals coming together to create some rad music. The current lineup formed in October 2015, and the new energy and sound quickly projected them forward into unique genres of sonic experimentation. An amalgamation of many different styles, Sugarpulp seamlessly blends rock n roll, pop, dance, blues, and psychedelic funk into a sultry and sexy sound. Front woman and Deb Chesterman's arrow-like voice, staccato keys, and poetically pulp lyrics hit with a distinct and potent punch. By her side, guitarist Sam Allyn, Bassist Bruce Rarang,​​ and drummer Patrick Riley cement her infectious melodies and unexpected song structures into powerfully raw music.
JACOB HORN TRIO describes themselves as "an ill-named narcissistic band from Chicago" We can't say much on their level of narcissism, since we do not judge EVER, but we can say we like the name. When one thinks horns, a vision of Kenny G's luxurious curls may appear in one's mind, wailing "Silent Night" aggressively on the sax.This is not that. JACOB HORN TRIO mixes horns with power-pop and creates the most joyous, impressively well-played sound to permeate your ears. It's not a question of if you want to dance or not, it just sorta...happens.
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Sat, Jan 6 - 9pm - $10
Brainchild of renowned Chicago-based jazz and funk siren Typhanie Monique, The BMC brings together some of Chicago’s most diverse musical talent to give groove lovers, dance fans and die-hard improv lovers a unique, never-to-be-repeated experience in Chicago’s live music scene. The group improvises every song. Yes, you read right. Every song is improvised. The chosen players are all esteemed craftsmen of their particular instrument. Talent is certainly not wasted in this band, neither is the creative process which you can witness at it's inception. In the moment, minute, measure, the group instinctively communicates to bring something musical to the table. High energy horn-hitting HOUSE tunes, Hip-Hop bouncing rhymes and grooves, LATIN-based danceable ditties, WORLD-oriented off meter solo-spinning jams and SOULful lyrical content that absorbs the audience with each song taking them on a musical journey. The summer of 2008, The BMC was conceived to hold down a two year once a month stint at the acclaimed Chicago club, Martyrs'. The group continues to perform for private events, festivals and clubs in and out of Chicago.
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Wed, Jan 10 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini. Past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Dan Ponce, Len Kasper, Tony Fitzpatrick, JC Brooks and Ji Suk Yi.
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Fri, Jan 12 - 10pm - $12adv/$15DOS/$17door
"La Dame Blanche is a pan-Caribbean powerhouse." - New York TimesWith her explosive mix of hip hop, cumbia, dancehall and reggae, the Cuban singer, flautist and percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez, aka La Dame Blanche delivers a powerful and compelling sound which summons the spirits.Before unfurling her costume Yaite has travelled a long and sometimes hard road. Everything starts in Cuba where she was born, in the heart of an awe inspiring musical cauldron on which reigns the figure of her father, Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, an exceptional trombonist who is also the artistic director of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. Family parties are gatherings of extraordinary musicians, the cream of Cuban music, to the sounds of thousands of songs and drums.As soon as you hear Yaité Ramos talk about her journey, from developing as a classical musician in the famed Escuela Nacional de Arte in Cuba, to finding her voice as a hip-hop artist in the streets of Paris, it’s evident that she’s a warrior—battle-tested and not afraid of the unknown. Artistically, she identifies herself as La Dame Blanche, a nod to the scary yet benevolent ghost at the center of a French opera of the same name, but also a picaresque wink at her status as a santera and a black woman. She’s a raconteur. With the flute as her chosen weapon, and Marc Babylotion Damblé of the Orisha’s providing the beats, she marches on-stage and raps about the characters, hardships, joys and lived experiences between the two places she calls home—France and Cuba.On 2014’s Piratas and 2016’s 2, her spitfire rapping and strong delivery are underscored by bass-heavy staccato beats, turntable scratching, and a sophisticated mixture of cumbia rhythms intermingled with dancehall, Cuban rumba and son. In the midst of this fusion is Ramos’ flute, is sweet, bucolic melodies rounding out her signature sound and giving her music an emotional breadth that reveals the heart underneath the combativeness.
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Sat, Jan 13 - 7:30pm - $10
Band Called Catch Record Release Jan 13th! Founded in 2008, Band Called Catch is as eclectic as the members who create it. Blending Folk, Americana, Rock, Alternative, and Pop to create the unique new age sound that is BCC. The band has just released a new single and music video (See You Soon) from the upcoming record and it’s now available on iTunes. The past record, "The Story" has had multiple songs licensed to MTV, Films, and Commercials. The bands front man, Tim Frank, is also an Actor known for The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and more.
Friends of the Bog write sing-alongs from the murky side of the soul. Since their inception in 2016, they have shared their harmonious alt-folk at Uncommon Ground, Burlington Bar, Silvie's Lounge, as well as many variety shows across Chicago. The band recently recorded its debut EP with acclaimed engineer Steve Albini. The self-titled release is exuberant, eclectic, and a sign of exciting things to come from this new collective.
Todd Kessler is a Chicago-based Singer/Songwriter featured on Season 3 of NBC's The Voice. Todd fronts the Chicago based band Todd Kessler and The New Folk (thenewfolk.net) whose latest album "Sea Fever" is now available on iTunes. In addition to 4 previous released under his own label, Wyzguy Records, Kessler has had songs featured on CW's "Hellcats" and the web-series "Prom Queen".
Buffalo Rose is a modern folk band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a penchant for harmony and an intense love of the natural world. The band's lineup has snowballed from its inception in the spring of 2016 to include three vocalists (Mariko Reid, Lucy Clabby, and Shane McLaughlin) and four string instruments: guitar (Shane McLaughlin), dobro (Mac Inglis), bass (Jason Rafalak) and mandolin (Bryce Rabideau). These unique musical ingredients come together in a mesmerizing harmonic puzzle that is at times haunting, other times foot-tapping, and always a good time. After just six months together Buffalo Rose put out their debut EP, Red Wagon, in November 2016. After an energetic response to this bite-sized record, the group continued to use their momentum to begin work on their first full-length album, anticipated release in spring 2018, while sharing the stage along the way with a variety of national acts including The Infamous Stingdusters, The Dusbowl Revival, Yarn, and Dangermuffin. In the meantime, you can catch them at your favorite Pittsburgh watering holes and street corners, tapping out tunes that are sure to get stuck in your head
Cap the night off with a set of tribute songs performed by a mix and match collaboration of the entire evening's lineup!
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Mon, Jan 15 - 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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Wed, Jan 17 - 8pm - $7
Nomadic came together as a result of Eric and Tom's desire to create some music inspired by their mutual love of classic progressive rock, along with other styles that exhibit texture, dynamics, free-form creativity, and originality. They decided early on to go for it without a full-time keyboardist, but wanted another element to keep from being "another power trio" so to speak. That's where Chuck comes in. A fully trained classical musician who has done extensive theater work, and has performed with the CSO, Chuck has another side. With his 7 string violin through a full blown guitar rig, Chuck can go from beautiful violin melodies, to over-driven power chords. Henry and Tom have worked together with a variety of artists, both on stage, and in the studio, and have a great working relationship and understanding of each others' playing. Henry's impeccable timing, and solid, hard hitting style made him an easy choice for the drummer position. As a trained pianist, he also understands music and song structure as a whole. Eric's versatility and theoretical knowledge make for some great dynamics in the guitar department. A true "texturalist", he goes from clean, complex chords voicings, to shredding leads and crunchy rhythms. Tom adds his multi-tasking skills to the mix. Primarily a bass player, he also adds texture by way of bass pedals triggering various synth patches, and is also the group's lead vocalist. Originally a mostly instrumental band, Nomadic is gradually finding more and more vocal tunes coming into the mix.
Chris Bolint is an instrumental hard rock guitarist from the Chicago Area USA. Having recentl released his debut album, Embers Alive, the former Berklee College of Music student has since garnered both regional and national praise for it. His music is a blend of hard, progressive, & virtuosic rock, with hints of classical and has been said to be both melodic and moving by audiences. Bolint has been held akin to guitar greats such as, Joe Satriani and Joe Bonamassa, and knows how to deliver the musical goods.
Steve Vai has lent his talents to artists such as Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Alcatraz and Whitesnake just to name a few. However, his solo career has been the driving force of his creativity and acclaim.He is also a resident professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. That is where Geoff Siebold became inspired to assemble a group of musicians to pay tribute to the man and his music."After attending Steve's online Berklee course, I was struck by his methods of navigating life as much as the guitar neck. I knew it would be a challenge to learn his work, but it has been one of the most rewarding endeavors of my career."Vai­-Able is a group devoted to performing Steve's music and sharing it with those familiar and those who have never heard him before.Vai­-Able features Siebold on lead guitar, Frank Alongi on drums, Brian Gabel on rhythm guitar, Kenny Shattuck on bass and Paul Mutzabaugh on keyboard.Siebold also incorporates some original compositions inspired by Vai.If you enjoy instrumental guitar, you will love Vai­-Able!
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Fri, Jan 19 - 9pm - $15
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to Jimi Hendrix on 1/19/18. The man’s career can only be described in superlatives. Best. Greatest. Most innovative. Most influential. According to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jimi Hendrix was “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock”, while Rolling Stone put him at the top of their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” To launch our 2018 series of tributes, Great Moments in Vinyl performs two of Jimi Hendrix’s most widely acclaimed recordings in a narrated concert featuring his debut releases Are You Experienced and Axis: Bold as Love. "[Are You Experienced is] "the album that shook the world ... leaving it forever changed" -Noë Goldwasser, founding editor of Guitar World - 1989. "His riffs were a pre-metal funk bulldozer, and his lead lines were an electric LSD trip down to the crossroads, where he pimp-slapped the devil."" -Tom Morello, Rolling Stone 12/18/15. This Great Moments in Vinyl performance is a collaborative effort between Chicago radio personality William Lindsey Cochran on bass and storytelling, and two amazing Chicago area musicians: guitarist-to-watch Bill Grady (who says “I was born ready for this show”) and drummer Jonathan Reed (who as a boy found himself inspired to pursue the instrument from listening Hendrix’s drummer, Mitch Mitchell).
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Fri, Jan 26 - 7pm - $25
BANDS FOR BELL 15 -Come hear Bell School's Teachers, Staff and Parents Rock out to raise fund for Bell School. BANDS FOR BELL is an annual fundraising event where musicians from the Bell School Community perform to raise money for Bell School and its programs.
THE AVONDALE RAMBLERS have been thrilling music lovers young & old with their unique brand of Celtic folk/rock since their debut on St. Patrick's Day 2007. Having shared the bill with THE TOSSERS, THE PROCLAIMERS, THE YOUNG DUBLINERS and many more at clubs and Irish-fests across the Midwest, the band released 4 acclaimed CDs with original singer KEVIN FLYNN. Striking out on their own in 2016 with Dublin native HUGH DALY manning the lead vocals, founding members SEAN MULRONEY (bass), ANDY GERBER (guitar/mandolin) and drummer FRED FREY continue to refine their blend of folk, rock, blues, country and even gospel.....all filtered through an emerald colored lens. The band is currently working on a full length release, scheduled for early 2018 and titled "Out On The Lash".
Grunge and Funk had a love child. And it took flight as Samson The Aviator. Raised on the stages of some of the country's best rock venues, Chicago-based Samson The Aviator produces powerful sound that propels dynamic but focused original songwriting and an energetic on-stage presence. Over the course of two decades, Samson The Aviator, under a few different names and with some minor line-up changes, has consistently delivered its uniquely powerful, funky take on indie rock. The band has played at some of the best rock venues in the US, centered mainly in the dynamic music scene of Chicago, Illinois. The group has performed live on air, before audiences numbering in the tens and the thousands, and in some of the most storied recording studios. John - Guitar, Vocals; Nancy - Drums, Percussion; Pepper - Lead Vocals; Bone - Bass, Keyboards.
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Tue, Jan 30 - 8pm - $10
Cream Puff Warriors honor the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, played by the finest musicians in Chicago. Kevin Campbell, Dan Moulder, Marty Gierczyk, Packy Lundholm, Pete Lundholm, Berto Gomez.
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Thu, Feb 1 - 8pm - $7
Wild untamed Chicago three-piece rockabilly
Based in Chicago, Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders play an Ameripolitan mix of honky-tonk, western swing and hillbilly jazz. Since 2002 they’ve entertained audiences with countless dance-friendly shows in Chicago and the Midwest while supporting their independent releases. On lead vocals and electric guitar, Dan Whitaker trades solos with Tom Mioduki on acoustic, while Earl Power and Chase Jackson hold steady on bass and drums. DWSB have released three albums to date, including Truck Ride in 2016. A honky tonk excursion through the past, present and future, Truck Ride charted on several Americana charts including AMA, RMR and Route 66; received worldwide airplay; and was nominated for two national awards. DWSB will release a new album of all original songs in the fall of 2017, and are currently branching out from the Midwest to deliver their unique sound to new audiences around the country.
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Fri, Feb 2 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
New York based MC J-Live was born Jean-Jacques Cadet. He is commonly known as Justice Allah since adopting the culture of the 5% Nation in the mid 90s while attending State University of New York at Albany. He first garnered notice with the release of his 1995 single "Bragging Writes".Delivering his thoughtful lyrics with confidence and ease, J-Live's rapping was strong and his soul-inflected grooves immediately appealed to fans of underground hip-hop. A year later he followed up with another hit, "Hush the Crowd", and started to generate a palpable buzz. With tracks produced by luminaries such as Prince Paul, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock, the release of J-Live's full-length debut, "The Best Part", was hotly anticipated and the future looked promising for the ascendant MC.At this point, though, J-Live was beset by a host of troubles. Amidst constant label shuffling and plagued by a series of illegal bootlegs, the release of "The Best Part" was delayed for four years. There was some talk that J-Live was behind some of the bootlegs -- a few of which were of extremely high quality -- and the ongoing saga became something of an underground legend.In the interim, J-Live worked as an eighth-grade teacher in Brooklyn, NY, and continued to embellish and refine his debut. He kept good company, making cameo appearances on strong albums like Handsome Boy Modeling School's "So...How's Your Girl?" and J. Rawls' "The Essence of J. Rawls". The Best Part finally enjoyed its official release in the fall of 2001. All of the Above followed one year later, and 2003 brought a two-part mini-LP tribute to his early days, Always Has Been and Always Will Be. J-Live released his third LP, "The Hear After", in 2005 on the Penalty (Ryko) label and followed up with the "Reveal the Secret" EP in 2007. "Then What Happened?" debuted on BBE Records the following year.He then began to put out his own records and released the "Undivided Attention EP" in 2010 as a prelude to 2011's full length release "S.P.T.A. Said Person of that Ability". He has since changed his longtime corporate identity of Triple Threat Productions Inc to Mortier Music LLC. As an emcee, dee jay, producer, J-Live's music, old and new, continues to be a staple of inspiration for listeners of underground hip hop.
Boasting a highly sought-after, jazzy sound and an industrious tour ethic, Pseudo Slang’s Emcee Sick and Dj Form have maintained a staggering show schedule touring for the greater part of the last decade+ including Europe, the US, and Canada. The PSlangers are rolling strong as they work with Rawhead and the homies at Sub-Bombin Records on their forthcoming full-length "Fumble For My Pen" for which the 12" vinyl single "Cyclical" drops January 2015. Pseudo Slang continue to tour in support of this new single and of course their highly-acclaimed full-length “We’ll Keep Looking” (Fat Beats Records, 2009) which continues to make HUGE noise across the globe. Their German Import 7” vinyl single Pseudo Slang X Trucker Stroe “Cool Letter Man” ThinkLoud Records is also still available, and of course search around the world and the web for PS features on other artists' releases, and on mixtapes and compilations.When the PSlangers last took a dip across the pond for a European Tour they released their "Till It Ends" EP with Rawhead (Sub-Bombin Records, NY), which has whet the appetite for all the upcoming dopeness PS has in store. With all the touring on the slate catching a PShow is totally within the realm of possibility - here's what people have to say about Pseudo Slang:“This is what would’ve happened if Digable Planets formed a super group with Slum Village.” - okayplayer.com“Pseudo Slang is the thinking fan’s kind of hip-hop” - Chicago Sun Times“When I first heard Pseudo Slang ‘Yes Doubt’ I was floored, and it became my #1 Song of 2008. I’ve been doing radio for 18 years but few songs ever gave me chills, ‘Yes Doubt’ was one of them. I can’t wait for the album.”- Dj 3rd Rail Chicago DJ and Radio Legend, 89.3FM WNUR, DJ3RDRAIL.COM <http://DJ3RDRAIL.COM>“Fat Beats have signed a great act here and we hope to hear more of their output if the standard of production and rhymes are like these.”- Fat City Records
In a new era of genre-bending music, Makaya McCraven pushes the boundaries of sound and rhythm to create categories of his own. Called “a sound visionary” (jazzinchicago.org) who is “not your everyday jazz drummer” (thewordisbond.com), McCraven is a beat scientist. Whether behind the drums or in the lab, mixmaster Makaya McCraven moves between genres at lightning speed. “You are listening to one incredible musician. His style and sound is unique, a heady, skillful, sophisticated and boldly uncompromising mix of jazz and hiphop” (UKVibe). Makaya’s breakthrough debut 2XLP, “In the Moment” (International Anthem, 2015) has garnered international attention, earning critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, BBC (Gilles Peterson’s “Album of the Week”), and NPR. “In the Moment” is one of DownBeat and Pop Matters’ Top Jazz Albums of 2015. UK’s The Wire writes, “While Teo Macero’s work with Miles [Davis] might seem the obvious reference point, ‘In The Moment’ is closer in spirit to Madlib and J Dilla.” Jazz Times calls “In The Moment” “mesmerizing” and “an important document.” Makaya has shared the stage with a host of great artists such as Charles Neville, Lionel Louke, Soulive, Marcus Strickland, and Bernie Worrell. He has toured extensively, including a 52-city national tour opening for Steely Dan with The Bobby Broom OrganiSation. Makaya endorses Vic Firth sticks and Istanbul AGOP Cymbals. Makaya McCraven layers his extensive experience with hip hop bands, African dance bands, Hungarian folk music, and indie rock on top of a deep history of “straight ahead” jazz, improvisation, and the avantgarde with beats, sampling, and electronics as a form of unique self expression.
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Sat, Feb 3 - 9pm - $10ad/$12door
Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might.The group’s five members (Irekani Ferreyra, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Peter Maestro Vale) have their own storied careers in a diversity of styles—from jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing. Their visceral sound draws from this sonic, cultural, and political well of influence, and is guaranteed to make you move.
Trio Mokili play roots and jazz-influenced interpretations of classic African guitar music. The group isled by Sydney-based guitarist Nathaniel Braddock, longtime leader of the Occidental Brothers DanceBand Int'l, and features his Chicago collaborators, Makaya McCraven and Junius Paul--two of thedeepest rhythm players in town. Their repertoire features music by Ethiopian composer Mulatu Astatke,Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Zimbabwean mbira music, desert blues, and more.
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Fri, Mar 2 - 9pm - $17adv/$20door
The place: a club in the middle of Brooklyn renowned for its sophisticated clientele, its receptivity to innovation, and its ideas from abroad. On a small stage in a tight, dimly lit back room, several musicians are whipping a New York City crowd into a frenzy with an unprecedented, high energy, gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra. A horn section blares, percussionists pound, everybody shouts, and the group’s charismatic leader, Sunny Jain, holds the explosive songs together with rhythms from his dhol – the Indian double-headed drum played slung over the shoulder that provides bhangra with its frenetic heartbeat. And just as it was the month before, the line of patrons who came to this club in Park Slope stretched out the door and down the block because they couldn’t get enough of Red Baraat – a riveting ensemble that NPR has dubbed “The best party band in years.”Versatility is one the band’s hallmarks. Red Baraat can mesmerize an audience with a funk groove, turn a switch, and drive the same crowd to the brink of delirium. Since its formation in 2008 and those storied nights at Barbes in Park Slope, the magic of Red Baraat has spread far beyond New York City. The group’s second studio album in 2013, Shruggy Ji, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music charts and propelled the band on a nonstop three-year world tour that included appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festivals in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Along the way they sold out rooms as diverse as the Luxembourg Philharmonic and New York City’s iconic Bowery Ballroom, and performed at the request of The White House, TED and Olympic Games. Yet no matter how much success and notoriety Red Baraat has achieved, Sunny Jain and his comrades have never stopped experimenting or adding new elements to their peculiar alchemy.The group’s 2017 and third studio album, Bhangra Pirates, features a key element that the first two did not: guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, whose surreal textures and percussive playing is the ideal complement to Jain’s thunderous dhol. Additionally, the sonic pallet has further expanded with processed effects on both the dhol and sousaphone. The formidable Red Baraat horn section remains intact, while drummer Chris Eddleton draws his inspiration from hip-hop and rock. The album debuted at #4 on the World Music Charts Europe.Each musician in the band pulls from distinct traditions while speaking through their instrument with their own particular musical vocabulary. That it works so well is a testament to Sunny Jain’s utopian vision and his faith that communication across cultures doesn’t have to be vexed in the slightest. All it takes is empathy, creativity, love, and willingness to abandon reservations and surrender to the spirit of music and the moment. This effortless outlook empowers Red Baraat to do what it does best – communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance, which tellingly draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage. “The universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable,” says Jain. “Bhangra Pirates embodies that push and pull in all of us…free spirit, community, rebellion, tradition, and new journeys.”-----A baraat, explains dholi and bandleader Sunny Jain, is an Indian wedding procession – one that includes a groom on top of a horse, friends and family singing and dancing, and usually led by a brass band. (The “red” part of the group’s handle refers both to the symbolic meaning of the color in Indian weddings and the passion he elicits from his musicians and from listeners). Jain was born and raised in Rochester, New York, but his family maintained close ties to India, and with regular summer visits throughout his childhood he applied what he learned from his cultural heritage to his musical education. The drummer and composer recorded several accomplished jazz albums with the Sunny Jain Collective and has collaborated with Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel, Q-Tip, and the acclaimed Pakistani Sufi-rock band Junoon, among many others. Yet he always dreamed of applying the celebratory energy of the Punjabi wedding bands he had encountered on his trips overseas to American jazz, rock, funk and pop. With Red Baraat, he has realized his ambition and taken the project in wild improvisatory directions he’d never anticipated.
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