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Wed, Aug 16 - 8pm - $7
Post Primates is a rock band from the Chicago suburbs, established fall 2014 by the union of two sets of brothers, curated by front-man Joe Cuomo. Blending elements of classic and alternative rock, funk, blues, jazz, and soul, Post Primates are known for their diverse live shows, groovy originals and deep cover-catalogue. The band draws influence from a wide range of artists, including My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Modest Mouse, Sublime, classic acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Allman Brothers Band, Leon Russell, The Band, and many more. The group released their first EP, titled Animal Hospital on June 16th, 2017.
Based out of Chicago's near west suburbs, Dig Engine writes original songs that capture and reveal their collective influences from Son to Moon, Dee Dee to Da Da, Trey to Tweedy, and Irma to Zappa: hardcore, jazz and straight out radio rockers. Dig the dig.
Riley & Howe are two Midwestern boys searching for a bigger sound. Their influences include geography, film, and music.
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Thu, Aug 17 - 8pm - $15
Skerryvore first formed on the tiny lsle of Tiree off Scotland's west coast in 2005. Back then, the band consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) andMartin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion) who bonded with holidaymaker Fraser West (drums & vocals) and friend Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar) over a shared love of music: everything from traditional to rock and iazz. It was this mix of musical styles and sounds that set the path for the band's 2005 debut album, 'West Coast Life.’ The more the fledgling band experimented with fusing together this mix of musical styles, the more their signature sound evolved, aided by the arrival of Barry Caulfield (bass & vocals) and Craig Espie (fiddle) in time for their second album, 'On The Road', in 2007.But it was with the release of self-titled third album, 'Skerryvore', that the band found themselves catapulted into the musical limelight winning a string of prestigiousawards, including SNMA Record of the Year 2011 and STMA Live Act of the Year 2011, and garnering much critical acclaim:"Skerryvore are the most promising young band in Scotland today''Mick MacNeil, Simple MindsIn June 2012 the band released what is undeniably their most polished and radioready album to date. 'World of Chances' weaves together the band's spine-tingling musical talents with the award winning songwriting abilities of frontman Alec Dalglish(Frankie Miller Songwriter of the Year 2011). At times uplifting, at times reflective, the result is a brighter, breezier, feel good sound that looks set to broaden the band's appeal even further. In Autumn 2012, bassman Barry Caulfield decided to move on and was replaced by former Wolfstone bassist, Colin Cunningham.When not touring the different corners of the globe, the band can still be found performing relentlessly, contributing to projects by Live Music Now (LMN), The Royal Blind School, Artlink Central and HMP Cornton Vale as well as special needs schools throughout the UK. They also feature in a current VisitScotland TV commercial aimedat international audiences.To quote the words of one local journalist:"Six of the best musical ambassadors Scotland could ever have wished for... a living,breathing, l2 legged party waiting to happen."The Falkirk Herald, Scotland
More often than not, the road to country music stardom originates in Texas, Tennessee, or another time-honored Southern destination. John Ballantyne’s story arc reads way different. Fast becoming recognized as one of Chicago’s premier country singers and songwriters, Ballantyne was born and raised in Scotland, though you’d never know it from his earthy vocal delivery and immaculate lead guitar. Both resonate with the twang and raunch of classic honky-tonk country, also known these days as Americana. A frequent presence on the Chicago club circuit, John and his band Crazy Heart ( Bassist Gus Noble, and drummer Leslie Walle-Santos) will take their musical exploits to a whole new level this year, building on a recent hugely successful tour of Scotland , the highlight of which was two mainstage appearances at the prestigious Tiree Music Festival.
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Fri, Aug 18 - 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.
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Sat, Aug 19 - 7:30pm - $25adv/$30door
25 years after starting his full fledged music career with The Samples, Sean Kelly continues to delight fans with music that transcends genres, age and shatters the rules of the established music industry. Throughout his career, Sean has been the driving influence of 20 albums and over 1 million records sold.Sean started playing guitar at age 16 listening to Neil Young, Rolling Stones and Jackson Browne. Those influences mixed with his own poignant and timeless lyrics, a unique and striking voice and a mind for melodies led to songs like Little Silver Ring, Feel Us Shaking and Wild River. For many fans, these aren’t new songs or old songs, but anthems to their lives that represent the first time they met their wife or the joys of their times at college.The Samples are more than a band – they represent a culture of fans and music that go beyond who happens to be playing in the band at any given time. There have been many members of The Samples, but Sean Kelly has been the consistent factor throughout all of the changes.Sean’s journeys across America have taken place in rental cars, tour buses and pickup trucks that would have literally taken him to the moon and back over the last quarter of a century. There is a lot of music in store in 2013 and beyond from Sean Kelly and The Samples.
Bifunkal is Hershyl Edwards (drums, vocal bass, loops, vox) and Jesse Crydeman (guitar, loops, vox). Hershyl is a unique bird, in that he sings the bass lines (into an octave pedal) while playing drums. Sometimes he even loops the vocal bass, and then sings--all while playing drums. Their All-Stars are a full backing band featuring horn section and special guests!
Taggart Transcontinental consists of Elliot Taggart - Bass, Damian Williams – Key/Vocals, Daniel Crane - Drums, Jesse Cryderman – Guitar, and Jordan Taggart – Lead Vocals…all proud residents of Chicago. Each member brings their own stylistic flare and have all been performing at the professional level for over 10 years, individually. Most bands have one or two standouts within the group, but TT boasts 5 equally talented individual musicians that raise each others level of play exponentially when they take the stage together. Taggart Transcontinental has been performing all over Chicago for the last 7yrs. The bands sound is one all in its own, mixing Live Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, Jazz, Funk, Jam and whatever moves the Soul. Though they released their first CD "Breathe to a Beat" in 2010, their live show is not to be missed!
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Mon, Aug 21 - 8pm - $7
Paying tribute to the band the Pretenders, Mystic Moon covers a wide range of the catalog with a main focus on early albums (1979-1984).
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Tue, Aug 22 - 9pm - $10
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includes Jim Boukas - guitar, Kris Nowak - guitar, Duff Driscoll - upright, Eric Lambert - guitar, Matt Arendt - guitar, Ben Wright - banjo, Jason Berger - mando, Steve Haberichter - mando, Pat Lyons - mando/dobro, Tom Murray - fiddle, Wavy Dave - banjo, Greg Morland - mando, Dan Andree - fiddle, Spencer Savoie - banjo, Grateful Gary - upright bass, James Chrzan - keys, Mike Krieglstein - upright bass, and more!
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Wed, Aug 23 - 8pm - $7
Nearing the end of 2014, a song demo titled “Writing With A Knife” appeared on Rakunk’sSoundCloud page, a 4-piece alternative rock band from Chicago. The song was described by Izzi Scheyd, from Music Blogged, as a “drum-heavy, almost electronic track…with a guitar solo that left [her] heart pounding.” Once the self-titled album released in 2015, Rakunk found themselves with much deserved attention from new listeners, music blogs, concert venues and major recordlabels. They are currently working on their second EP, planning to release it in the later part of this year. Two singles ‘Trillionaire’ and ‘Turn the Power On’ have already been released and had significant airplay and received media attention from music blogs.
The Localvores are a trio of musicians prevalent in the Chicago music scene. They are classified as acoustic soul. With members of groups from Miss Remember, BD and The Jackrabbits, Brooklyn Britches and The Whispers, Tom Fuller Band, Stampy, Arclight and more, their music visits a number of different genresYou can hear jazzy folk undertones with their acoustic sound or an R&B soul vibe with their electric sound. The original material will touch on the abovementioned styles mixed in with some reggae or even bossa undertones. This is shown in their ability to play at smaller cocktail venues or close the night out at a local music venue.The Localvores have played at Venues such as The Subterranean, Schubas, Red Line Tap, The Tonic Room, The Hideout, Moe’s, Jerry's Sandwiches, The Gallery Cabaret, Marion St Cheese Market, and others.
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Thu, Aug 24 - 8pm - $7
Calaveras LD it's a Latin-rock band created by the brothers Marco and Fernando LD. Influenced by different genres of music, Calaveras LD has a unique sound that will get your groove on.
Fernando Doppel es una banda de Rock procedente de la ciudad de Chicago, IL. La banda fue formada a principios del 2015 y está conformada actualmente por cuatro integrantes; Fernando Doppel (Voz), José E. Barajas (Guitarra), Freddy Viveros (Bajo), y Rick Contreras (Batería). Como influencias se encuentran Caifanes, Cerati, The killers, Jack White, Coldplay, Kings of convenience, Kings of Leon entre muchos grupos mas de Rock Británico, Latinoamericanos y Estadounidenses. "Todo aquello que pasa por nuestros oídos es de gran influencia. De manera consciente o inconsciente nos vemos afectados por lo que escuchamos, incluso géneros que aparentemente no encasillan con el nuestro" -Fernando Doppel
Frankie B, a young singer, songwriter and musician from suburban Chicago, has been singing since before she began to walk. Picked up the guitar for the first time at the age of 8 and began playing piano at 11. After participating and winning every talent show in school by playing covers, she started writing her own songs in 2013 at the age of 15. After discovering her love for this new found gift and having penned 5 original songs, Frankie headed into a Chicago recording studio with local musicians to record her first EP. Her self titled EP was completed and released on ITunes in the summer of 2015. Shortly after the release of her EP, she was chosen to appear on Song Stage, a PBS TV show that she filmed in 2015. The show has been airing in multiple states in 2016, featuring the original music of local singer / songwriters. Frankie B has been featured on 3 local radio stations, a podcast, local magazine and numerous newspaper articles. Frankie has also been working on several outside collaborations for further film / tv opportunities and has had 2 publishers sign 3 of her original songs. Frankie B performs as a five piece band which include, Gregg Mandel (guitar), Thomas Klein (bass), Vince Salerno (saxophone) and Brad Newton (drums). Her band has performed at numerous notable Chicago venues including House of Blues, Double Door, City Winery River Walk, Uncommon Ground, Bourbon Street, Troquet and The Mint in LA. Frankie and her band play originals and a host of covers that span an abundance of genres. Currently Frankie B is currently in process of recording her 1st full length album and continues to write in collaboration for music publishers while still performing live in the Chicagoland area.
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Fri, Aug 25 - 9pm - $10
Pocket Radio blends soul, hip-hop, funk, and fusion. We're here to satisfy the intellect, and your desire to throw down.
Highly energetic, Never lacking finesse or content this is who you want at your next event. Tastefully through the smoothness that is the reason for his name, Ness performs a setlist of heart moving originals focusing on the facts & beauty of life as only a independent 25 year old can. He has an 8 piece band including a horn section, alternating with two back ground vocalist. Ness plays festivals, corporate events, and headlines/Open Concerts, but you can also catch the young crooner mesmerizing an intimate, adoring audience at your local bar or club. His music and live performance transcends any venue, no matter what his sings! With revelatory lyrics, whimsical melodies, and the authenticity of Motown, Ness breathes Soul like fire into every Mic he wields like magic. Sharing his journey on the uphill battle of Life, Ness spreads a message of hope, logic, optimism, kingship, loss & love.
Multi-instrumentalist / Singer-songwriter / Producer, Sam Hudgens has performed as a sideman for a variety of bands, most recently as a writer and saxophone player in Chicago’s hip-hop fusion band, Pocket Radio. Born into a musical family in Evanston IL, Sam found an early aptitude for composing and producing music. After studying jazz saxophone and piano in college he began collaborating with artists from all stylistic backgrounds. Finding his sound within hip-hop, jazz, gospel, and folk music, Sam brings his unique approach to songwriting moving fluidly through a diversity of styles and moods.
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Sat, Aug 26 - 9pm - $12
Formed in the spring of 2008, Black Actress delivers an authentic, high energy rock 'n roll insemination: bringing an action packed live show and bombastic recordings to new friends and fans all over the country. Having shared stages with the likes of Electric Frankenstein, New Bomb Turks, Red Fang, Airbourne, The Bronx, DiamondHead, The Adicts, Faster Pussycat, Nashville Pussy, LA Guns, and many more. With their influences on their sleeves; Black Actress is a live band first and foremost. This band reeks of its forefathers, in the most admirable way. The Heroes and Pirates of the music history we all know and love, shine in this Chicago explosive.
With double lead guitars, a hard-driving rhythm section and soul-scouring vocals, few bands today deliver the goods with as much raw soul as JLH. Since forming in 2013, JLH has graced many notable stages including NYC’s B.B. King's, Irving Plaza and the Highline Ballroom, Mountain Jam 2016, The Viper Room in Los Angeles, Pappy & Harriet’s (Pioneertown, CA), the Continental Club (Austin & Houston), and the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas. They’ve shared bills with Wilco, Courtney Barnett, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Samantha Fish, Beth Hart, The Blasters, and the Death Valley Girls, among others. JLH recently completed a European tour where they played to packed houses in Germany, Switzerland, France, and Luxembourg, and performed live on Germany's legendary TV show Rockpalast.These women are by no means new to the game. Between them, they have decades of experience in the studio and on the road. Guitarists Hightop and T-Bone honed their love of blazing dual leads in Helldorado in the ’90s. From there, Hightop joined Nashville Pussy, T-Bone joined Bad Wizard, and both women toured the world. But when their time with those bands ended, they realized they really missed the rush of trading guitar solos with one another, leaving audiences howling with joy.But first they needed a band. They quickly recruited Hail Mary, who played bass with Hightop in the punk band the Wives. Cool Whip sat behind the drum kit and got the nod before she even finished slamming out the first song of her audition. And no singer can bring a crowd to its knees harder or faster than Dana "Danger" Athens.JLH signed with renowned blues label Ruf Records in 2015, and released their debut, No B!, last spring. They are currently working on their follow-up record.
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Sun, Aug 27 - 8pm - $15adv/$17door
Larkin Poe is a roots rock 'n roll sister duo comprised of Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell -descendants of tortured artist and creative genius, Edgar Allen Poe. At a young age,the girls were classically trained on violin and piano while being exposed to classic rock iconsincluding Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd. Rebecca (lead singer) now plays lead guitar andMegan (harmony vocals) contributes on lapsteel. After experimenting with an array of musicalstyles, they found a way to blend together a sound that channels their distinct voice. The duo haspreviously hit the road as opening and backing bands for Conor Oberst, Kristian Bush(Sugarland) and Elvis Costello who praises that “they have a head start on the rest of us with theunique power and beauty of sibling harmony”. Larkin Poe are currently working on their nextalbum.”
Scott Ligon sings and plays the guitar and piano.Casey McDonough sings and plays the bass.John Perrin sings and plays the drums.Bongo Randy drinks and plays bongos.They are the primary shareholders of the North Berwyn Rhythm and Soul Organization - a collective featuring the cream of Chicago musicians. As well as that, Scott, Casey, and John are members of the critically acclaimed and highly regarded music group ‘NRBQ’. Being sought after session musicians, the 3 of them have recorded with and played in the bands of Chuck Berry, Brian Wilson, John Sebastian, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Robbie Fulks, JD McPherson, Pokey Lafarge, The Redwalls, and Jim Boggia. They are musical purists to an extreme extent - never using a set list and performing everything from Duke Ellington to Doug Sahm to Eddie Cochran - and as authentically as it’s ever been played before. Expect surprises - whether it be what you hear, or which special guest they have with them any particular night. Any performance of North Berwyn Rhythm and Soul Organization is not to be missed.
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Mon, Aug 28 - 8pm - $7
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
Dust Bunnies, a four-piece indie outfit out of Chicago, play a unique mutt-like breed of folk-pop that effortlessly blends derivative psychedelia and strummy bar music with the kind of stuff that it is so far removed from rock music that it reminds me exactly why I hate the blanket term “indie” in the first place.
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Tue, Aug 29 - 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, Aug 30 - 8pm - $7
Squid Pro Quo plays Third-wave ska - Chicago style!
Underneath all the hooks and well crafted melodies lay songs about life on life's terms. Love, hate, all of lifes victories and defeats. The Hurtin Kind play music for grown ups about the world as we see and experience it. It's a joyous noise , so c'mon along for the ride!
Space Bastards play good time classic rock and originals!
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Thu, Aug 31 - 8pm - $10
Get ready for a new sound that you won't soon forget! The Groove Master, Paa Kow (pronounced Pah-Ko), fuses rhythm and artistry from his home in Ghana with Jazz and African Pop. Fans from all over the world agree that Paa Kow exhibits extraordinary talent and holds "the perfect groove." He is currently touring across the U.S. and will release his second studio album Ask in August of 2014. Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, bandleader, composer, and teacher of music. Growing up in the small village of Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Paa Kow began to play music and tour with his family’s concert band at a very early age. He has since grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour in Africa, Europe, and America. Paa Kow’s deep groove and prodigious talent reveal a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums, inspiring a profound spiritual conversation. His songs are captivating and danceable and incorporate lyrics in his native language, Fante, as well as English. Paa Kow’s vision is to spread the music and culture of his homeland by touring the world with his Afro-Fusion orchestra. Notable musicians he has shared the stage with include African greats: Amakye Dede, George Darko, Kojo Antwi, Nat Brew, Hugh Masekela, and Vusi Mahlasela, as well as American greats Victor Wooten, Brad Goode, John Gunther, Michael Kang, and many more.
With a sound born out of the combination of funk roots with jazz and electronic music, Genome has been impressing audiences with their tight sound and getting them on the dance floor with infectious grooves. Undeniable and unrelenting, Drew Littell, Patrick Dinnen, and Asif Wilson form a rhythm section that will not be stopped. Coupled with the stylings of multi-instrumentalist Xavier Galdon, saxophonist Kyle Madsen, and guitarist Igor Voltchenko, the lush sounds of Genome will have you partying all night long!
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Fri, Sep 1 - 9pm - $17adv/$20door
MUCCA PAZZA IS A MARCHING BAND THAT THINKS IT'S A ROCK AND ROLL BAND! MUCCA PAZZA assembled itself in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago river. Combining marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 30-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. Their eccentric, frenetic visual presence, and genre-bending original compositions earned them critical praise and a loyal local following. Before long, with their live show’s reputation preceding them, Mucca Pazza began to branch out nationally, appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, WFMU, and the Kentucky Derby, as well as supporting major national acts and performing at numerous national music festivals like Lollapalooza, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors and the Montreal Jazz Fest. “Ceci n’est pas une Marching Band” Despite the drums and brass, cheerleaders and uniforms, Mucca Pazza seldom marches, musically or physically. The uniforms do not match. The cheers are strange. There are no recognizable patterns, no discernible formations, no militant airs. However, the force and presence of a marching band remain, both sonically and theatrically. The brass harmony, rich and powerful, the drums, tight and idiosyncratic, combine as a sum greater than its parts. The band might even move from point A to point B. But this is where similarities end. Mucca Pazza dances, flails, tumbles, and spins in circles. Amplified by speaker helmets, the freak section wields violins and cellos, accordions and guitars - instruments that have no business whatsoever being in a marching band. The cheerleaders rouse, encourage and confound the audience with asynchronous absurdity. The music moves from Balkan to brass band groove to noise-rock to avant-garde game show themes without missing a step. Performances can induce geeky freak-outs and nerdy rapture, from either audience or band members, often both. The American tradition of the marching band - whether as presidential entourage, half-time show, or second line party favor - receives both fresh love and artful abuse from Mucca Pazza.
Throbbing funk grooves, fiery Balkan brass, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! NYC’s official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk. SSP! has created an acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds with North American music, weaving the gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences of New York’s neighborhoods seamlessly into a Balkan brass setting."Of all the NYC dance bands that draw on Eastern European music, Slavic Soul Party! is the coolest." (TimeOut NY)"...a masterpiece. At times a twirling party vehicle, at others a restrained tribute that sometimes takes on a saddened tone, Taketron always manages to be the embodiment of good-natured fun and appreciation. It’s obvious that Slavic Soul Party! has worked hard to reach this level of creative synergy, with the resulting fluidity of their latest release as impressive proof." (Popmatters)
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Sat, Sep 2 - 9pm - $10
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Tue, Sep 5 - 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, Sep 6 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Sep 7 - 8pm - $7
The North Ave. Stompers consist of Eric Shoutin Sheridan, lead vocals, Jason Larsen on guitar, Billy Favata, dog house bass, Brian Lueck, drums and Denis McQuinn on tenor sax. We intend to make you wanna go home and make babies!
"Chicago's original honky-tonk fools," the Gin Palace Jesters are purveyors of the finest in hard hitting hillbilly Honky-tonk, Country Boogie and Western Swing . Infused with a deep and sincere fondness for all traditional American musical styles, the sound of the Gin Palace Jesters could best be described as being akin to the sounds of Country Music's "Golden" age. Although a portion of their live performances come from their vast catalog of the Hillbilly & Country Hit Parade, these boys are not mere followers or imitators. They also posses the talent of 3 songwriters performing original novelty numbers, heartfelt love songs, honky-tonk weepers, drinking songs and dark ballads. Delivering 3 and 4 part country harmony, the Gin Palace Jesters prove that authentic country and cowboy music can still hold validity in both traditional songs as well as brand new originals. The Gin Palace Jesters are a true authentic American band often seen holding court where the thrones are bar stools, the lights are made of neon, the holy spirits are served on the rocks, and Hank Williams is King.
Guitarist Chris Casello is one the most dynamic and entertaining guitarist in the world of roots music today. Casello takes his influences from Les Paul and Chet Atkins to Chuck Berry and Link Wray, multitasking guitar, steel and vocals in a high energy swinging rockabilly blues explosion. Originally from the Detroit area, Chris has worked with dozens of artists and toured the world, specializing in roots styles from swing, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and country.Chris Casello has been honored as 2017 Musician of The Year in Austin’s Ameripolitan awards winning the coveted Ralph Mooney award. He was voted # 1 Honky-Tonk Hero 2011 by the Best Of Nashville Scene and has been listed among the Top 10 Best Dressed in Nashville by MyFashionMaven.com! Back in the Detroit days, Casello had been honored by Detroit Metro Times polls in the jazz, country and rock categories. Chris is a second generation member of The Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
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Fri, Sep 8 - 9pm - $10
Deep Fayed is the brainchild of Chicago guitarist and songwriter, George Wundsam. The groove-based, alternative vibe that defines Deep Fayed is in constant evolution while sticking to its roots in funk, jazz and hip-hop music with a progressive flare. The fusion of eclectic influences and inventive songwriting gives Deep Fayed a sound that is unlike anything else. ‘Fayed released their debut, self-titled EP in 2013 and their first album "Full Spectrum Of" in 2017. The single “Places We Don’t Go” premiered at Word Is Bond ahead of the LP’s release.
With roots in everything from Dylan to D'angelo, LL packs pensive lyrics and lush melodies into polished, full-band arrangements with a hard-hitting, urban edge.
Dassit is a six-piece that demonstrates that head-bobbing Hip-Hop and lush, improvisatory jazz can co-exist effortlessly. Led by saxophonist Simon Dufour and rapper Keith Harris, Dassit is on the forefront of the live-band Hip-Hop scene in Chicago. Fans of Nas and Miles Davis alike will find something to cherish in Dassit’s music.
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Sat, Sep 9 - 8:30pm - $10
Swearwords is a Chicago-based, 5-piece indie rock and roll band. Songs about soaring and sinking in the American middle west. Featured on WXRT, WKQX, CHIRP RADIO, The Deli, Consequence of Sound, Right Chord Music (UK) and Local Loop Chicago.
Son Of Abbey is an all original rock band from Chicago. SOA is made up of members of the Chicago music scene. Vocalist Karl Hafner of Lucid Ground branched out in 2015 to write and record an EP. He was looking for a band to fit and write with him. Chris Shen from A Birdsong Valentine and Moon jumped on board to play bass. Shortly After drummer Chris Ellison from Visionaire joined on as drummer. With the band’s core in place the guys hit the studio to record their self titled debut at Rax Trax studio. While in the studio Tom Miller of Rocket Cathedral added organs and piano to round the sound out. 2016 will be the official release as well as North American Tour.
Los Borrachos- over 20 years ago, in a darkly lit bar in the remote barrio of Irving Park and Damen, the philosophy of Salsafunkadisco was hatched by 8 gentlemen musicians from various well known Chicago collectives. They would take rock music staples from the 60's, 70s and 80's and twist them into maniacal magic, pouring tequila over them and setting them on fire - craftily reinventing the songs from Samba, Salsa, Merengue, Tango, and Bossa Nova rhythms. Paint It Black (Rolling Stones) as a sublime Tango... We're Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister) rolled out as an oom-pa-pa Mexican Polka... Panama (Van Halen) morphed into a scorching Samba... Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple) went Bossa Nova and the list goes on, Prepare to be overwhelmed by the spectacle that is: Los Borrachos!
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Sun, Sep 10 - 8pm - $45adv/$65door
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Vopli Vidopliassova is a popular Ukrainian rock band. It was created in 1986 in Kyiv, in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union (present-day Ukraine). The leader of the band is singer Oleg Skrypka. Vopli Vidopliasova are the founders of Ukrainian rock-n-roll style and neo-ethnic rock. They first sang Ukrainian rock outside Ukraine. Their influences include folk, patriotic songs, punk, hard rock, heavy metal and, most recently, electronic music. Their song Den Narodzhennya is featured in both Brother movies by director Aleksei Balabanov. Band member Oleh Skrypka has also produced several solo albums. In 2009, their record label, Kraina Mriy, released all their albums for free as a Christmas present.
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Mon, Sep 11 - 7pm - $5
The Kilgubbin Brothers’ name and music celebrate the American-Irish shantytown that clung to a muddy island in the Chicago River in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They play the irrepressible, stubbornly upbeat music that emerged onto that island when the tunes and songs first baptized in the blessed wells of Ireland were dragged through the factory-fouled waters of the Chicago River. Playing with tenacity and unruliness, The Kilgubbin Brothers tap into the dance tunes and songs whose spirit and beauty persisted in their new home: soot-stained, early urban America. The Kilgubbin Brothers feature: Chicago Irish fiddle legend Seán Cleland (Drovers, Bohola); the mighty Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhrán, and banjo; Boston-born, All-Ireland fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger (Sprigs, Noel Henry Irish Showband); guitar virtuoso Jesse Langen (Hasco Duo, Ensemble Dal Niente); and powerhouse singer Ray Quinn (Tin Lynott, Martyrs’).
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Tue, Sep 12 - 9:30pm - $10
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includes Jim Boukas - guitar, Kris Nowak - guitar, Duff Driscoll - upright, Eric Lambert - guitar, Matt Arendt - guitar, Ben Wright - banjo, Jason Berger - mando, Steve Haberichter - mando, Pat Lyons - mando/dobro, Tom Murray - fiddle, Wavy Dave - banjo, Greg Morland - mando, Dan Andree - fiddle, Spencer Savoie - banjo, Grateful Gary - upright bass, James Chrzan - keys, Mike Krieglstein - upright bass, and more!
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Wed, Sep 13 - 8pm - $10
Averaging over one hundred shows a year – The Jauntee has quickly made a name for themselves in the New England music scene. Hailing from Boston, they’ve solidified a dedicated following in the Northeast, playing most staple venues in the area (ie. Paradise Rock Club, Nectar’s, The Spot Underground, Stone Church). Several New England festival appearances (ie. StrangeCreek, Camp Coldbrook, Disc Jam) and extensive touring down the East Coast and across the Midwest have given them Nationwide recognition, with sold out shows as far west as Denver, CO (Quixote’s). A focus on live improvisation, set list variety, and musical exploration makes every show different from the last, truly making The Jauntee a live act to see again and again. Drawing influence from a wide variety of bands, The Jauntee’s improvisational landscape spans multiple genres, including: Funk/Rock/Jazz/Progressive/Bluegrass/Psychedelic and Ambient music. Their willingness to explore genres, abandon all song structure, and dive into ‘the weird’ sets them apart from your average upcoming Jam Band. They aim to push the boundaries of improvisation, embrace the moment and engage the audience. With an ever-expanding song catalog and an inclination for open ended improvisation, every show promises to be a unique experience.
Mr. Constant is a three-piece instrumental progressive jam rock band from the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Their music emphasizes the mix of genres that they forge (prog, post-rock, funk, and metal, to name a few) while leaving room for high-energy improvisation. Their ability to adapt to change within this collective melting pot of genres is what they call Mr. Constant, for the only constant is change.
Bassist Brian Quinn formed the Funk group bq in the Spring of 2013. Brian had been playing shows around Chicago since 2007, and was eager to hear more old-school Funk within the Chicago music scene. After playing with various Chicago groups for 6 years, Brian decided that it was time to gather the funkiest players he knew and form a project designed to play the kind of raw, energetic, in-your-face Funk music that he's always loved. In July of 2013 bq played its first show, and they've been spreading the Funk around Chicago ever since.
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Thu, Sep 14 - 8pm - No Cover
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Vox Sambou is originally from Limbé, Haiti, and he is a founding member of the group Nomadic Massive, with whom he has toured Canada and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, in Los Angeles Grand Performances, at the Printemps de Bourges in France. With his solo project he reached the international scene, performing in the last two years in the Caribbeans, Latin America, Europe, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso, Morocco, China and Korea. As a songwriter, he recorded Lakay in 2008, Dyasporafriken in April 2013 and The Brasil Session in 2016. Vox Sambou is a committed musician who is not afraid to denounce injustice, social imbalances and inequities. Vox Sambou is crucially involved in the achievement of educational and community projects based in Limbé, Haiti. He is a founding member of Solid’Ayiti, an artists and activists initiative working for a long-term solidarity between Montreal and movements fighting for social justice in Haiti, according to the principles of self-sufficiency, education, decentralization and reforestation.
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Fri, Sep 15 - 9pm - $10
Captain Coopersmith ALBUM RELEASE SHOW! Captain Coopersmith is based out of the suburbs of Chicago, and have been playing the Chicago land area for a few years now. This band has been seen playing popular venues such as The House of Blues, Metro, Double Door, and Martyrs. They released a full length debut album in 2014 "Captain Coopersmith", and now they will be releasing their second full length album "Friend of the Family" on September 15th at Martyrs. Captain Coopersmith's style of play is known to be a form of rock with a twist of multiple genres such as jazz, blues, and Soul. The band plays an extremely energetic, and dynamic show that always leaves you guessing whats going to happen next.
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 King of Mars (TKOM) is based out of Chicago, and has been performing shows at many popular Chicago venues such as The Subterranean, The House of Blues, Martyrs', Beat Kitchen, and Metro. They recently released their EP, “Cookie Cutter Dreams” and successfully completed their first tour in which they performed at venues along the East Coast and through the South and Midwest. TKOM formed in the spring of 2015 and has since evolved into a larger band with piano, synths, and a horn section. Their sound shakes the foundation of traditional rock music by encompassing Jazz, Funk, and Soul musicality alongside insightful lyricism.
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Sat, Sep 16 - 9pm - No Cover
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In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad. Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. He taught himself the guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by returning Ishumar, Mdou traveled the road to Libya where he traveled and worked odd jobs. As chance had, he would meet some of the now famous guitarists and further his musical studies. He returned home with a guitar and a dream. Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album “Anar” – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation “Music from Saharan Cellphones.” In 2013, he released his first international album, “Afelan,” rocking and raw sessions recorded live at his hometown in Niger. This was followed by the 2014 vinyl release of “Anar.” In 2015, he starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, a fictional story of the struggle of a guitarist trying to make it against all odds in Agadez. The film continues to be screened at festivals around the world. He has toured throughout Europe and North America.
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.
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Mon, Sep 18 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Sep 19 - 8pm - $7
Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful. Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has been compared to Prince, Bruno Mars, The Brand New Heavys, and James Brown. The Milwaukee based band has refined their sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk infused rhythms with pop melodies. The three-piece band rehearses tirelessly in Charles’ basement, amidst couches and low ceilings, Charles having to stoop the entire time. The questions he always poses to the band are: How can this be tighter? How can this song look different? How can we get fans involved? Fans love the band’s positive energy music and attend shows because they feel better than when they arrived. The Charles Walker Band is Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful.Charles grew up literally in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by dairy farms and apple orchards, the closest town miles away, he found music in six grade. After being presented with various instruments, he desperately wanted to play trombone. However, his music teacher asserted he had the perfect mouth for saxophone, and his career was started. Walker started the Charles Walker Band 15 years ago, initially as a blues band. When Porsche Carmon joined, a Columbus, OH native and female vocalist and hand percussionist in the band, the sound begin to shift towards funk. Eventually, Charles and Porsche became a couple, and together laugh, cry, and argue about how best to plan shows that compete with cell phones and tablets. As a testament to their ability to create an engaging show, one fan said at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, “I had to go to the bathroom for two hours but held it because I didn’t want to miss a minute!”The core of the Charles Walker Band is a three piece band. Besides Charles and Porsche, David Johnson nails down the drums.The group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores, BB King, Cameo, Aaron Neville, and Richard Marx. They have been featured on Fox News, NBC Live in the Morning, The Morning Blend, Discover Wisconsin, were the featured artist on the Blues Review and Soul Bag sampler CD’s, being nominated five years in a row for best soul/R&B act by WAMI, winning in 2013.Counting Ghetto Prophet, the band has released eight albums, each an evolution of sound while retaining roots in positivity. Walker says of Ghetto Prophet, released on Ehlona Records, “One in a Million, where the album’s title originates, tells the story of an impoverished child becoming a success. This child ignores his circumstances because his vision is strong. He holds onto the belief that his dream is possible. That he could be that one in a million. Ultimately he represents the greatness in us all.”
All of 24 years old, Mike Zabrin is already considered to be a bass phenom, and one of the most gifted young musicians to emerge in the R&B/Funk arena in quite some time. In May 2014, Mike left his nightly side-man club gigs to become a producer and bandleader of soul infused, funk driven powerhouse, Mike Zabrin's Funktastic. Surrounding himself with insanely gifted musicians including members from The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown, Kool & the Gang, Parliament Funkadelic, and Fishbone, Mike was able to create what Funkatopia Magazine considers one of the best albums of 2014.If you stick Funk, Soul, R&B, with an imagination of jazz in a blender…then you get Funktastic. His energetic live shows creates a musical homecoming that embarks you on a musical journey with immaculately brilliant soulful lyrics and horns that will bring tears to your eyes in his national touring band. Known for his impressive bass chops and masterful production skills, Mike has been featured in press around the world including Bass Guitar Magazine, Bass Player Magazine, Bass Musician Magazine, Funkatopia Magazine, SoulandJazzandFunk.com, Funk U Magazine, No Treble Magazine, and countless others. Endorsed by Elixir Strings, Gallien-Krueger, and D. Lakin Basses, Mike is rapidly taking the music industry by storm.
Mike Michel is a Minnesota Music Academy award winning songwriter, modern guitarist, and music educator, who was raised in Cincinnati,Ohio, developed his craft in Los Angeles, California, and now creates out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. After 3 years of debilitating tinnitus and hyperaucis (auditory cortex conditions) which almost ended his career, Mike is making a huge career comeback in 2017 with a new recording and music campaign called “On The Mend” in conjunction with Think Piece Publishing. On The Mend is an upbeat, groove oriented record containing memorable vocal melodies, hooky guitar riffs and messages of resiliency. Collaborators include co-producer Jason Orris (The Bad Plus), engineer Rob Osterlin, drummer Steve Goold (Sara Bareilles, Ben Rector) and bassist Ian Allison (Eric Hutchinson,Gavin Degraw). This is Mike’s first acoustic-centric recording packed with plenty of rock and roll energy. Mike will be touring well into 2018 as a solo artist and with his trio in support of On The Mend, and will be speaking at schools and wellness institutions to raise awareness for invisible brain conditions.
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Wed, Sep 20 - 8pm - $40adv/$50door
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Thu, Sep 21 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet, Louis CK), Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol.1 as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival and many more. After their debut album "Amour, t’es là?” and sophomore “Yerakina”, Banda Magda is producing their 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor "Tigre" to be released in 2017.
Where Amy Winehouse meets Corinne Bailey Rae, Nashon is a soulful songstress who recently released her first studio album, The Palace & the Hut, September 30th, 2016. Performance credits include features on The Oprah Winfrey Show with David Foster, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Taste of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. In addition to being a recording and performing artist, she teaches private voice to children in the states and visits alternative schools, juvenile homes, churches and hospitals in an effort to collaborate with students of all ages on music as healing, communication and artistic therapy. Nashon is a one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter with an artistic, jazzy style and relevant essence born of authenticity.
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Fri, Sep 22 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Take a late-night stroll through downtown New Orleans and you’ll hear a thousand flavours of music spill from the clubs. Spin the new album by the Crescent City’s new favourite sons, meanwhile, and you’ll hear a band who embody that eclectic spirit. “There are songs here for every mood, occasion or playlist,” explains Honey Island Swamp Band’s Aaron Wilkinson of Demolition Day, “so hopefully it will appeal to a lot of musical tastes. Just make sure you turn it up loud…” Released in 2016 on Ruf Records, Demolition Day is the band’s fourth full-length studio release and marks a milestone in their career. The album title cuts deep. It’s just over a decade since Hurricane Katrina tore along the Gulf Coast, plunging New Orleans into devastation, but throwing together four Big Easy evacuees who found themselves marooned in San Francisco. Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar/mandolin/vocals), Chris Mulé (electric guitar/vocals), Sam Price (bass/vocals) and Garland Paul (drums/vocals) were already on nodding terms from their hometown circuit, but when the four men joined forces for a weekly residency at San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room, the chemistry was undeniable. By 2009, the lineup had released award-winning debut Wishing Well, enlisted Hammond B-3 wizard Trevor Brooks and placed one foot onto the podium of New Orleans greats. Ten years and a thousand gigs down the line, that same battle-hardened lineup took just four days to track Demolition Day at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans with famed producer Luther Dickinson (also leader of the North Mississippi Allstars and ex-Black Crowes guitarist). “We had a very tight window to record,” Wilkinson recalls, “so we had to minimalise in places and really pack a lot of emotion into each take. Luther calls it ‘the freedom of limitation’ and it really served us well on this album.”
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Sat, Sep 23 - 9pm - $20
Dale Watson is a country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.Although Dale has made his name as a Texas artist, he actually was born in Alabama. Moving to Houston as a teenager, his musical journey began right out of high school as he started playing clubs and local honky-tonks. In 1988, it led him to move to Los Angeles on the advice of rockabilly singer-guitarist Rosie Flores. He played in the house band at the legendary Palomino Club in Hollywood for a couple years and recorded a few singles before moving to Nashville to write songs for a publishing company run by Gary Morris (writer of such country/pop hits as “The Wind Beneath My Wings”). Commercial country did not fit the fiercely independent songwriter so Dale relocated to Austin, Texas where he got a record deal and wrote several songs poking fun at the industry side of Nashville, including “Nashville Rash” from his Hightone debut Cheatin’ Heart Attack and “A Real Country Song” from his 1996 follow-up Blessed or Damned.After making three albums with Hightone, Dale released The Trucking Sessions on Koch Records in 1998. Including 14 original driving songs, the album received high praise and caused critics to compare him to chart-topping writer Red Simpson, who was responsible for some of the most iconic trucking tunes in country music.Just two years after this success, Dale’s fiancee died in a car accident. As chronicled in the Zalman King documentary Crazy Again (2006), he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her loss and nearly died of an overdose. Dale then checked himself into a mental institution and left a year later, releasing his tribute album to her called Every Song I Write Is For You (2001). After recording a few more albums, he decided to take a break from touring and moved to Maryland to be closer to his daughters.Back in Texas and on the road in 2006, Dale has been trucking ever since and is now releasing his 20th album. His debut on indie label Red House Records, The Sun Sessions was recorded at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studios with The Texas Two (bassist Chris Crepps and drummer Mike Bernal) in the stripped-down style of Johnny Cash’s earliest recordings.Like the early country legends of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Dale has a style and sound all his own. Tattooed and always dressed to the nines, he is a true entertainer, mixing humor and pathos into his lively shows. Whether playing with his Texas Two or with his rocking band the Lone Stars, Dale is sure to take us on one hell of a musical ride.
Ameripolitan Honky Tonk Male Vocalist Winner Jake Penrod and Ameripolitan Rockabilly Artist Celine Lee are featured on the first of many Ameripolitan Cavelcade Caravans.
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Tue, Sep 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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Thu, Sep 28 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Trout Steak Revival has earned a place in the mountain states bluegrass scene, performing to sold-out audiences, winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, placing in the 2012 Rockygrass Band Competition, and even winning an Emmy Award for a soundtrack with Rocky Mountain PBS. From beginnings as an informal jamming unit during treks through the peaks of the Front Range, Trout Steak Revival has evolved into one of Colorado’s most tightly knit, hard-driving bluegrass bands. Their brand of heartfelt songwriting blends dynamic musicianship with intricately woven harmonies, all tied together with the unmistakable sound of their years of friendship. Whether playing in sweat-soaked clubs or at beautiful mountain festivals, the five-piece has shown a tenacity for quick-picking and all the right polish without sacrificing the raw feeling of well-executed bluegrass. Keeping an eye on traditions of the past but boldly forging into new territory, Trout Steak Revival takes us back to memories of whiskey, laughter, and the misty high country where the band was born.
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Fri, Sep 29 - 9pm - $20
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, Sep 30 - 9pm - $20
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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Mon, Oct 2 - 7pm - $5
The Kilgubbin Brothers’ name and music celebrate the American-Irish shantytown that clung to a muddy island in the Chicago River in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They play the irrepressible, stubbornly upbeat music that emerged onto that island when the tunes and songs first baptized in the blessed wells of Ireland were dragged through the factory-fouled waters of the Chicago River. Playing with tenacity and unruliness, The Kilgubbin Brothers tap into the dance tunes and songs whose spirit and beauty persisted in their new home: soot-stained, early urban America. The Kilgubbin Brothers feature: Chicago Irish fiddle legend Seán Cleland (Drovers, Bohola); the mighty Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhrán, and banjo; Boston-born, All-Ireland fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger (Sprigs, Noel Henry Irish Showband); guitar virtuoso Jesse Langen (Hasco Duo, Ensemble Dal Niente); and powerhouse singer Ray Quinn (Tin Lynott, Martyrs’).
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Tue, Oct 3 - 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 and Scott Tipping of Cornmeal,John Reed of Helping Phrendly Orchestra and Terrapin Flyer,Packy Lundholm of Terrapin Flyer,and special guests
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Thu, Oct 5 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
After leading several popular ‘80s cult bands in and around his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck Mead landed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway where he co-founded the famed ‘90s Alternative Country quintet BR549. The band’s seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for Best Overseas Touring Act would build an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide. With BR on hiatus, Chuck formed The Hillbilly All-Stars featuring members of The Mavericks, co-produced popular tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville’s top song publishers. In 2009, he released his acclaimed solo debut album, Journeyman’s Wager, and toured clubs, concert halls and international Rock, Country and Rockabilly festivals with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys.As Music Director for the Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet, Chuck began crafting the music arrangements during the show’s original Daytona and Seattle workshop productions, supervised the musical performances for its 2008 Chicago opening, created new music material for the show’s Tony Award-winning Broadway run, produced the original cast album, and oversaw the music for its smash 2011 premiere at London’s Noël Coward Theatre. In 2013, MDQ broke the Chicago record for longest running musical.Chuck’s acclaimed 2012 release, Back At The Quonset Hut, was recorded at Nashville’s legendary Quonset Hut Studio where Patsy Cline, George Jones, Merle Haggard Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and more cut some of country’s greatest tracks. Produced by original BR549 producer Mike Janas and with the participation of students from Belmont University’s College of Entertainment and Music Business, the album of classic covers features surviving members of Music Row’s original ‘A Team’ studio musicians as well as guest appearances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Elizabeth Cook, Jamie Johnson and Bobby Bare.2014 ushers in Free State Serenade, the new Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys release on Nashville-based Plowboy Records. Produced by long-time ally and friend Joe Pisapia (kd Lang, Ben Folds Five) and featuring BR549’s Don Herron, Old Crow Medicine Show’s Critter Fuqua, Alan Murphy, Will Rambeaux, and Mark Andrew Miller, Free State Serenade is Chuck Mead’s strongest effort yet.“It’s been incredibly liberating to do all these things I’ve never done before. I’ve already gone from the bars of Lower Broadway in Nashville to the Broadway stage, and the upcoming album is one of the most unique and rewarding projects I’ve ever been a part of. I’m looking forward to where it all brings me next.” - Chuck Mead
INTRODUCING BARBARA CLIFFORD... Born and bred in Chicago, she is a 4ft, 11inch singer performing rockin' blues, rockabilly, & soul around Chicago with the help of The Shakin Tailfeathers. For the majority of her adult life, she's been singing all kinds of styles, but her passion has always been Roots-Americana music. Most notable for being 1/2 vocals in THE HONEYBEES, she decided to pursue a solo career. Her first solo album "Introducing Barbara Clifford" is made up of mostly original songs. It was recorded on Blue Lake Records (Switzerland) with the band The Rhythm Storms. Since then, she's performed worldwide and stateside. Buy the CD here, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music or CD Baby. Available for download everywhere!
The Chicago Blues Angels play American Roots Music, Rock n Roll, Blues, Rockabilly,and a whole lotta soul. Armando Cortez, founded the band in 1999. Having shared the stage with such performers as Kid Ramos, Kim Wilson, Lynwood Slim, Nick Moss, Rockin' Johnny, Nick Curran, and Willie Smith, he sights influences such as Johnny Guitar Watson, Muddy Waters, Albert Collins, Freddie King, Earl Hooker, Robert Lockwood and others...
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Tue, Oct 10 - 8pm - $40adv/$50door
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Gripin is a Turkish rock band based in Istanbul. The members are Birol Namoğlu (vocals), Murat Başdoğan (guitar), Arda İnceoğlu (bass guitar), and İlker Baliç (drums). They started as a cover band, playing in bars like Bronx in mid-'90s, and earned a cult following. Their wide repertoire not only included Britpop, but also featured examples of American alternative rock and in some cases, Turkish rock. The band started off together in 1999 playing mostly cover tracks in Turkish bars and clubs. Soon, they managed to establish themselves as a name behind the music they covered. In the early 2000s, they started recording their own songs and released the album Hikayeler Anlatıldı (Stories are Told) in 2004, which was later released as a double album containing acoustic versions of the album's songs. Some of the singles featured in this album include "Karışmasın Kimseler" (Don't Let Anyone Stand Between Us) and "Elalem" (Everybody). The following album was self-titled and was released on February 26, 2007. The new album features duets with popular Turkish artists like Ferman Akgül from maNga, Pamela Spence, and Emre Aydın. The producer of the album is Haluk Kurosman, the successful producer of many young Turkish talents (like maNga, Emre Aydın, Vega, and Göksel). The band is managed by Hadi Elazzi of GRGDN, the company Elazzi owns together with Kurosman. Gripin's new single, entitled "Böyle Kahpedir Dünya" (This World is a Harlot) has become a huge hit with television and radio stations, having led the Top 10 chart of MTV Türkiye.[1] The following single, "Sensiz Istanbul'a Düşmanım" (I Hate Istanbul Without You) – a duet with Emre Aydın – saw an equal amount of success in terms of its popularity in Turkey. The band has recently won the prestigious Hürriyet Altın Kelebek Awards as Best Newcoming Band (see the Awards section). To this day, the band continues to perform in clubs, concerts, and festivals.
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Wed, Oct 11 - 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. 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, Oct 13 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Willie Green (Neville Brothers) / Charlie Wooten (Bonerama, Royal Southern Brotherhood) / Jake Eckert (Dirty Dozen) / CR Gruver (Meters) / Jeff Watkins (James Brown Band) /When New Orleans Suspects arose from the primordial musical soup that is New Orleans,they were a fill-in band and an occasional jam band at their neighborhood Maple Leaf Bar.The group brought together some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleansincluding Jake Eckert, Jeff Watkins, CR Gruver “Mean” Willie Green on drums, and ReggieScanlan. When they started touring late in 2011, naysayers in the Crescent City agreed itwould not last; the Suspects would be another short-lived super group that would quickly fallapart under the weight of egos and money. New Orleans Suspects exceeded expectationsand some five years later they have delivered their fourth album release, Kaleidoscoped.Jake Eckert, the guitarist and one of the principal songwriters and vocalists, is a veteran of tenyears on the road with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a former member of Larry Carlton’s band, anda Grammy Award ®-winning engineer. He has extensive formal music training and actuallytaught at the prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology. Not only has Eckert won a Grammy, heplayed on The Grammys broadcast with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint.Kaleidoscoped was recorded at his Rhythm Shack Studios with assistance from Suspect JeffWatkins, a twelve-year veteran as sax player and section leader for the late James Brown,who constantly referred to him as “the ninth wonder of the world.” Watkins has a formalmusical and engineering education, having attended both the Universities of Missouri andMiami. He was a long-time member of the Joss Stone Band and has performed on multiplenetwork television shows.Keyboardist CR Gruver, the other principal songwriter and vocalist, spent years immersinghimself in the piano style of New Orleans legends like Dr. John, James Booker and AllenToussaint and is arguably the best living practitioner of the New Orleans boogie-woogie pianostyle, which is an aggregate of boogie-woogie, Caribbean rhythmic patterns and second line.Gruver made a name for himself, first in Philadelphia, then in the Rockies, with his bandPolytoxic, and later with Southern rockers Outformation. He also spent time in Leo Nocentelli’sband, pursuing the Meters’ groove.“Mean” Willie Green, best known for his 35 years as drummer for The Neville Bros., has alsoplayed on albums by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Edie Brickell and The Grateful Dead. He literallyinvented one of the primary styles of New Orleans trap drumming for which he gets credit frommusicians around the world.Founding bassist Reggie Scanlan spent 34 years on the road as an original member of TheNew Orleans Radiators after stints with both Professor Longhair and James Booker. Thescholarly Scanlan, one of the last living connections to the original generation of New OrleansR&B musicians, has had to leave the road due to illness. Charlie Wooton (formerly of RoyalSouthern Brotherhood) now fills the touring bass chair. Scanlan’s illness drove the Suspectsto help fund medical care for the New Orleans music community. Scanlan, the band and itsmanagement have organized and directed numerous benefit concerts for the New OrleansMusicians Clinic, a 401(c)3 foundation that provides free and low-cost medical care andcounseling for more than 2,500 musicians. The band’s work with the clinic led them to joinforces with JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic to present three versions of the benefit series“Down on the Bayou,” featuring the Suspects as musical directors and house band with guestsas diverse as Dr. John, all members of Widespread Panic, Al Schnier of moe., Marcia Ball,Harry Shearer, Leland Sklar, members of Aquarium Rescue Unit and “Beehive Queen”Christine Ohlman from the Saturday Night Live band.New Orleans Suspects are unbelievably tight on stage with their peers, press, venue ownersand promoters singing the praises of their musical prowess. They annually perform in a keyslot on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s main stage. USA Today called theirAcura Stage set “Outstanding…a sound that could have only bubbled up from this city.…”New Orleans Jazzfest founder and current director Quint Davis says, “The Suspects are deeptissue New Orleans Funk and have emerged as one of the banner New Orleans music groups;taking their place among the standard bearers of our music. And they rock! Rather, funk.”They have become a regular fixture at noted concert and festival venues in San Francisco,San Diego, St. Louis, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta,Birmingham, and in what has become a major stomping ground, New York City, where VillageVoice called them “a seriously funky crew,” and even The New Yorker occasionally notes theirpassing through the metropolis. The San Diego Union Tribune called them, “a rollicking blendof funk, jazz, blues, rock and vintage N’awlins R&B, designed to fill dance floors with gyratingcelebrants.”They have formed touring alliances with Tower of Power, Glen David Andrews (of Tréméfame) and Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat. The Barrere/Tackett/Suspects mashuphas been increasingly in demand at music festivals and has generated a track, “DixieHighway,” that appears on Kaleidoscoped. Members of Tower of Power and “Big Chief” JuanPardo also guest on the album on which the Suspects look at the history of New Orleansmusic through a brightly colored prismatic chamber and thus the album title.The band’s first, self-released eponymous album debuted in 2011 and featured the smokingCR Gruver original “36 Cars” as well as a few other band originals interspersed with coversongs. In 2012, the Suspects produced and released Caught Live at the Maple Leaf, a lovingtribute to the nightclub where it all started and a testament to the band’s increasing skills.Their 2014 studio album, Ouroboros, released on Louisiana Red Hot Records, generatedsubstantial radio play, both in the terrestrial world and on multiple Sirius/XM channels for focustracks “Get Back What You Given,” Soothe Me,” and “Magdalena” as well as rave reviews andfeatures in publications such as Stereophile, Downbeat, Modern Drummer and RelixMagazine. Kaleidoscoped will be released digitally and on CD on September 16th and on vinyl onSeptember 30th on Louisiana Red Hot Records. Headquartered in New Orleans, LouisianaRed Hot Records has released over 200 albums of the hottest Blues, Jazz, R&B, Gospel,Funk, Zydeco, Cajun and Rock, and is a leader among Southern independent labels with titlesby a plethora of New Orleans acts including Rebirth Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk andTrombone Shorty
5 piece instrumental soul band playing the hits and deep cuts of Booker T. and the MG's, Grant Green, Jimmy Smith, The Meters, etc.
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Sat, Oct 14 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
For nearly a decade now, Bumpin Uglies have been playing their brand of groove-heavy jams – a curiously fun mix of ska, Reggae and good ole’ punk rock – all while putting strong lyrics at the forefront of the music. It’s a formula that quickly took them from local favorites, playing around Annapolis, to a national stage. With a wildly infectious sound, tattoo-worthy lyrics and an itch to take their music to the masses, the band piled into the van years ago and have rarely seen home since. The Bumpin Uglies’ origin story begins with singer/guitarist Brandon Hardesty playing open mics around Maryland. He met bassist Dave Wolf not too long after and Bumpin Uglies was born. With a proper set of wheels and TJ Haslett on drums, they went off to spread their music across the country like modern day Johnny Appleseeds. The group recently added Chad Wright on keyboards, expanding on their sound. Raised on everything from Bad Religion and The Beach Boys to Sublime and Reel Big Fish, Bumpin Uglies have managed to take inspiration from some of the best out there, run it through their own distinctive filter and end up with a truly original take on the various genres creating an original hybrid. With a unique sound that’s nearly impossible to ignore, the band has gotten everyone from dreadlocked kids to PBR-fueled tattooed punks moving their heads to their music at festivals and on headlining tours across the country. When they aren’t on the road, they’ve been camped in the studio, churning out three full lengths, two EPs and a live record. Their latest, 2016’s Keep It Together came out on Right Coast Records and is proof that the band has found their groove. The album consists of a dozen stand-out tracks, any one of which could be considered instant classics for the band. They’re already at work on the follow up, but true to their rep as being on the never-ending tour, chances are they’ll be coming to a venue near you soon.
Tropidelic formed along the banks of the Cuyahoga River in murky, Kent, Ohio. Fusing energetic funk, hip-hop and reggae, the group built a following distributing over 10,000 free copies of their self-produced first EP, “Rebirth of The Dope” on campuses and street corners throughout the Great Lakes. After the release of their second EP, “Tree City Exodus” and relocating to nearby Cleveland, the group solidified their growing status in the Midwest supporting acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, Pepper, The Dirty Heads, Sublime w/Rome, Soja, The Wailers, Flobots & many more. In addition to appearances at Warped Tour and Bamboozle Festival (NYC), the group released their third EP, “Erie Vibes & Irie Tides” in 2011. Following several member changes, including the addition of a horn section and masked percussionist, the group released their first full length album, “All Heads Unite” the following year. In 2014, Tropidelic was shut down by police during a SXSW (Austin) street performance and was published by national media outlets when their rehearsal space was haphazardly raided by police. After two back to back sell out shows on 12/31/14 & 3/21/15 at the renown, Grog Shop, in Cleveland, the group supported Badfish (Sublime Tribute) on their South East tour playing to packed houses at venues like House Of Blues Orlando, House Of Blues Myrtle Beach and Jannus Live (St. Petersburg). Their 2015 release, “Police State” features appearances by East Coast reggae/rock friends, Sun-Dried Vibes and Bumpin’ Uglies. After another successful tour of the South East in September 2015, the group is hard at work on their next full length release tentatively titled “Go Down With The Ship”.
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Mon, Oct 16 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Oct 17 - 9:30pm - $10
The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe! TGSB's family includes Jim Boukas - guitar, Kris Nowak - guitar, Duff Driscoll - upright, Eric Lambert - guitar, Matt Arendt - guitar, Ben Wright - banjo, Jason Berger - mando, Steve Haberichter - mando, Pat Lyons - mando/dobro, Tom Murray - fiddle, Wavy Dave - banjo, Greg Morland - mando, Dan Andree - fiddle, Spencer Savoie - banjo, Grateful Gary - upright bass, James Chrzan - keys, Mike Krieglstein - upright bass, and more!
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Tue, Nov 7 - 8pm - $25
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Ever since the release of her debut solo album Ya Nass (2013), Yasmine Hamdan's personal, modern take on Arabic pop has been getting tremendous attention in Europe and America, as well as in North Africa and the Middle East (where she's enjoyed iconic stature since the days of Soapkills, the duet she had founded in her native Beirut, which was one of the first indie/electronic bands in the Middle East). From televised news shows to glamourous magazines, a spectacularly broad spectrum of European media have fallen in love with her moving voice, seductive personality and outspoken stance. She's performed prestigious shows on four continents (including a series of performances for the launch of the Jim Jarmusch movie "Only Lovers Left Alive", in which she's featured singing, onscreen, in one of the film's most memorable scenes). While Yasmine's vocals are definitely connected to traditions of Arabic music (to which she takes an unconventional and fresh approach), the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes, and take in elements from contemporary Western electronic, pop and folk music. Her unique vision is fully realized in her upcoming second solo album, provisionally entitled "Al Jamilat" ("The Beautiful Ones"), which she jointly produced with UK producers Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Lily Allen) and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Carl Barät), and recorded with contributions from NY musicians Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, John Zorn, Marc Ribot) and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley.
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Fri, Nov 10 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Since they first came together at a 3 a.m. jam at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012, the Nth Power have been defying and redefining all the conventions of what a band can be.This is a powerhouse quartet of world class players, ones who have powered the music of icons like Beyonce, Chaka Khan, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Big Daddy Kane, funk innovator Maceo Parker, Groovechild, jazz greats Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison to name a few. Their sound fearlessly crosses genres – marrying funky soul, rock, R&B, jazz, Gospel, folk and World Beat with improvisational chops that can match any collective on the jazz and jam band scenes.Though a slate of nearly 150 gigs, The Nth Power has generated a huge following among open-minded music lovers, critics and the toughest of all audiences, their fellow musicians.And while this virtuoso,groove-heavy unit can stretch out with the best of them, what will become apparent with the Fall 2015 release of their first full-length CD, “Abundance,” is their disciplined and infectious song craft. Recorded at the Music Shed in New Orleans with Chaka Khan/Kylie Minogue/’N Sync producer Ira Schickman at the helm, “Abundance”demonstrate show The Nth Power can harness their instrumental prowess and diverse influences into hook-heavy, radio-friendly slices – direct, refined, emotive, memorable tunes that harken to the best of their many influences, from Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire and Sly Stone to The Roots, Maxwell and Steely Dan.
Multi-Grammy Award winning artists Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth take percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note. World renown for their ongoing catalog with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into a celebration of music in all its forms. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, J Dilla, and the Beastie Boys, all the way to folkloric West African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian samba grooves. Ghost-Note’s impressive rotating roster of heavy hitters combine their decades of experience to create a night of unforgettable musical madness. Band members include Sylvester Onyejiaka (Prince, Quantic) on flute, tenor, and baritone sax, Jonathan Mones (Funky Knuckles, RC and the Gritz) on flute, alto, and tenor saxophone, A.J. Brown (Fred Hammond) on bass, internet star Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas (Prince) on bass and guitar, Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy) on keyboards, Daniel Jones (Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake) on keyboards, Nick Werth (Galaxe, Yak Attack) on xylosynth, Mike Jelani Brooks (Kirk Franklin, RC & the Gritz) on tenor saxophone, and Alvin Ford Jr. (Pretty Lights, Dumpstaphunk) on drums. Ghost-Note’s first record, Fortified, which debuted at #1 on the ITunes Jazz charts in 2015, not only showcases Searight and Werth’s unique duo approach to rhythm, but it also highlights a phenomenal community of Dallas musicians. Fortified includes features by Shaun Martin, N'Dambi, Mark Lettieri, Caleb McCampbell, Jason “JT” Thomas, RSVP, and Nick Werth, and guest appearances by Cleon Edwards, Taron Lockett, Marcelo Woloski, Wes Stephenson, Bob Lanzetti, A.J. Brown, and Sylvester Onyejiaka. In addition to touring across the United States, the band is also working on their second album to be released in fall 2017. Ghost-Note is an instrumental explosion like you’ve never heard before — prepare yourselves for a neck breaking and booty shaking night that will keep you on your feet all night long.
Dywane Thomas, Jr. also known as MonoNeon, is an American bassist and experimental musician. He is known for his presence on YouTube playing bass guitar and known for being one of the last people to work with Prince. Thomas also played with Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Ne-Yo, on his fourth studio album. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. While Thomas is right-handed, he plays left-handed upside down on a right-handed bass guitar, which allows him to use heavy string bending on the upper strings. Thomas' slapping style/technique is unique because he is executing everything upside-down, but he still uses the thumb for slaps and fingers for pops. He also uses fingers and palm muting to create a warm, muffled timbre and have a little more control over the length of notes. In a free/improvisational setting, listeners may hear the use of Indian melodic inflections/embellishments in his playing, including the use of gamakas. Another attribute in Thomas' playing style is the use of randomness and personal mistakes in performance, eventually moving the mistakes from meaningless to meaningful. Thomas' overall playing style on bass can be described as "funky with unusual characteristics". Even musicians like Marcus Miller have noticed his playing style. His musical background is heavily influenced by southern soul, blues and funk. In a Bass Player magazine interview, Miller mentioned Thomas as one of several "young bad cats" he has met on the scene. In 2009, Thomas was featured on the GospelChops Bass Sessionz Vol.1 project with Andrew Gouche, Hadrien Feraud, Damian Erskine, Janek Gwizdala, Anthony Nembhard, and Robert "Bubby" Lewis. In 2010, Thomas released several solo albums, including Aleatorick and Indeterminacy. Also in 2010, Thomas played bass on the Libra Scale album by Grammy Award-winning artist Ne-Yo, and the album Directions by Forest Won with Georgia Anne Muldrow. In 2012, Thomas joined David Fiuczynski and Planet Microjam. Also in 2012, he released his solo avant-garde album, Down-to-Earth Art as MonoNeon. In early 2013, Thomas released an album called Southern Visionary under the pseudonym MonoNeon. He also released an album entitled Uncle Curtis Answered The Lobster Telephone. MonoNeon performed with Sheri Jones-Moffett (2010 Grammy nominee) at the Recording Academy Chapter 40th Anniversary Celebration at Levitt Shell. MonoNeon teamed up with producer Kriswontwo to release an EP called WEON. July 2014, MonoNeon made his debut performance as the bassist for Screaming Headless Torsos at Jalisco Jazz Festival in Mexico. In 2015 MonoNeon began playing bass with Prince and his protégé, Judith Hill. Some of the live shows have been at Paisley Park. On 11 January 2016, Tidal released the track Ruff Enuff by MonoNeon, only four and a half days after its initial recording. The instrumental track features Prince as producer and on keyboards. The following day, the track was replaced with a vocal version with lead vocals on vocoder by Adrian Crutchfield. The linernotes provided with the track state: "You may recognize Kirk A Johnson on drums, MonoNeon on bass and Adrian Crutchfield on sax and electric woodwinds as the house band 4 Prince’s Paisley Park After Dark Jam Sessions. Well, that’s not all they do. 4 the past week they’ve been cutting basic trax 4 their as yet untitled debut album. With Prince producing and handling the keyboard & guitar duties, the set promises 2 b picking up right where Judith Hill’s BACK IN TIME left off. These brothas murder the funk! Normally they wouldn’t let a track out until it’s finished, but this one had 2 go! It was ruining everybody’s good loox. If U think U can resist the funk, check out the key change of Mono’s bass solo at near 4 o'clockmark."
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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.
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Sun, Dec 31 - 9pm - $25
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
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