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Sat, Jan 19 - 9pm - $10
Rub n’ Alc is an RnB/Soul duo and songwriting/production team with a unique and dynamic sound, influences ranging from soul, funk and hip-hop to blues and jazz.
Bye Dad is an American alternative hip-hop duo from Chicago consisting of two members, Louie Kason and Willie Main. Culminating a unique sound-- fusing house elements, jazz, and hip-hop they'll make it hard for anyone to stay off their feet.
Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, this performance features the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players of their respective generations. Their music is carefully balanced between blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty.Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque recorded two CDs together, Macedonian Blues and 7 Boats, to great critical acclaim, even getting the nod as top best acoustic guitar albums 2004 from acoustic guitar magazine. Both have both been so busy that they have not been able to play again together for years.
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Mon, Jan 21 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Jan 22 - 8pm - $10
Nalani & Sarina, identical twins sisters from New Jersey, have developed a distinctive blend of traditional soul-rock and modern pop likely to keep their faces in the spotlight for years to come. Nalani & Sarina's smart, kinetic live shows, whether as a duo or with their band, have made the sisters favorites on the Northeastern club scene. Their most recent album, The Circle, is being digitally distributed worldwide by Kobalt/AWAL Music. Legendary music critic/SiriusXM radio host Dave Marsh has called their material "a splendid meldingof 'classic' and contemporary styles" and "some of the best music being made today." In the review of the album's first single, Young & Inexperienced, Billboard.com raved "Like other great songwriters, Nalani and Sarina are channeling the emotions of their era." In the review of their album, NJArts.netpraised Nalani & Sarina as "one of the best new musical acts to come out of NJ in a long time. (I) believe that Nalani & Sarina are a voice for their generation."
Chicago Singer-Songwriter Mitch Mead wields an energetic and highly literate brand of acoustic rock. His songs are equal parts heartbreak and humor, and each is roughly 25% alcohol by volume. This is folk music that doesn't sit down.
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Wed, Jan 23 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
S.O.F. Line up Rico Lewis- George Clinton and The P Funk All Stars/Bernie Worrell/Freekbass vocals/hype man/keys/drums Bill “Bass” Nelson- Original Funkadelic, Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee Bass/Guitar Michael Batts- Bass/Vocals the leader, bass player and bass vocalist for the number 1 funk band Rearview out of New Haven, Ct (Yale). Rearview has performed with some of the biggest names in music such as George Clinton and P-funk, Maceo Parker, Rick James, Average White Band, Ivan Neville, Terence Trent D'arby, War and many others at the legendary Toads Place. Michael has also played bass with Javier Colon, the very first winner of the TV show "The Voice"Nate Turley- Cousin of Glenn Goins of Parliament Funkadelic Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar Marshall Shider- Son of Garry “Starchild Diaper Man” Shider of Parliament/Funkadelic MC/Vocals Raymond Watson DJ/Vocals Brian Phillips Drums/Vocals Jordan Giangreco Keyboards Conrad Alan Lead Guitar​ Richie Shakin Nagan Percussion/Shakers Parliament FunkadelicRicardo Lewis, (born in Anderson, IN, now residing in Ohio) has been playing drums since a very early age, starting out in the church, and playing with dozens of bands in the gospel, as well as the top 40 circuits in the midwestern U.S. growing up.He started playing drums with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic/P-Funk All-Stars in 1997, and in 2012 Rico retired from the seminal funk group. Rico has played on six continents with George and P-Funk in his over a decade long tenure, and has played with a virtual “who’s who” in music today, everyone from Phish to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Lenny Kravitz, to Bernie Worrell, Rico has a massive tour book. His credits include Woodstock 99, Montreaux Jazz 04, Nice Jazz 06, Roskilde Fest 06, Fuji Fest 00, and hundreds of others. He has played to millions and millions of people, some festival shows reaching the hundreds of thousands. He has also appeared with P-Funk televised on the Jerry Lewis telethon, and MTV all over the world. Rico also played drums and sang as a founding member of the internationally recognized Hip Hop/Funk group Children of Production. The group had one studio offering which sold all over the world, and the group toured the U.S, Europe and Africa, opening up for George Clinton.This was not Rico’s first foray into hip hop however. He was a founding member of Blacked out Camp, and Children of Production, as well as his own funk/hip hop group Varsity Squad, and many more. Rico also ran his own We Man Studios in Connecticut from 2005 – 2012, and since moving back to the Midwest and reconnecting with his roots in the Indiana and now Ohio areas, continues to work with his own large stable of Hip Hop and R&B artists from the northeast, midwest, and west coast alike. Rico founded Sons Of F.U.N.K in January 2012, and plays a vital part of the monstrous Funk Mob. He has played everything from drums to keyboards, with the up and coming funk tribe, as well as his own unique animated vocal work.Rico Lewis is one of the best drummers in the world, bar none. His talent, and multi-faceted abilities (he does play drums, bass, guitar, keys, percussion, programming, engineer, rap and sing after all), and has keen ear and eye for other talent is obvious. His groove is all his own, though often copied, but never truly copped. Rico Lewis has a bouncing, infectious pocket that no other drummer can match.
Alabaster is a jam band at their roots. They flaunt a style that is very passionate and energetic. Their emotions are poured into every lick and riff they play. Alabaster is not bound by genre but draws influence by Rock, Blues, Psychedelic, Reggae, to name a few, with a more old school take, similar to Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin. Alabaster consistently challenges themselves to push their creativity and musicianship to a new level through improvisation and exploring their music, and to make sure the crowd really gets down.
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Thu, Jan 24 - 8pm - $10
One More Moon is a four-piece from Chicago that got it’s start in early 2015 when singer/songwriter Eric Quigley decided to take his solo work to the next level. Guitarist Roger Smit, bassist Chris Rawlins, and drummer Aaron Schapiro fill out One More Moon’s line up. Their mix of folk, blues, and rock – along with the many differing influences each member brings to the table – transform Quigley’s foundations into songs wholly unique to the band. Since their debut, One More Moon has played various venues in and around Chicago, including the Cubby Bear and the Metro. They released their debut EP on New Year's Day 2017. It's available on iTunes, Spotify and other major streaming services.
Ludlow began as a recording experiment in early 2016. A casual songwriter and a budding producer produced one song to see what they could do; the end result was Lorelei's Song. What followed was a realization that dozens of songs laid dormant, and Ludlow finally had a way to bring them to the light. A year later, those songs were released on their album Siren on the Shore. Mark Schoeck wrote and performed nearly every track on Siren, but it wasn't until he met guitarist Josh Noble and multi-instrumentalist Maria Kloess that Ludlow could perform an exciting, cathartic live show. After drummer Marty O'Donnell and bassist Eddie Canga joined the group in 2017, Ludlow's live shows blossomed into a can't-miss, non-stop rollercoaster of energy and emotion.
Poor Calvin is a Chicago based band bringing new life to both rock and blues. The old soul of singer-songwriter Brian Doherty (vocals, rhythm guitar) is captured in his introspective lyrics and timeless melodies, with the modern indie rock rhythms of Evan Opitz (guitar), Kevin McMahon (bass), and Jimmy Kowalczyk (percussion). Poor Calvin writes music that will make you cry or dance, depending on your mood that day.
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Fri, Jan 25 - 7pm - $25
Space Bastards play good time classic rock and originals!
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!
Katie Todd has shared the stage with such music scene luminaries as Sarah McLachlan, Patti LaBelle, Train, Steve Winwood, Juliana Hatfield and The Wallflowers. ITunes lauded Katie as one of the "top buzz bands in the country," and she claimed a spot as the website's "Artist of the week," earning nearly 300,000 downloads of their single, "Face Down."Born and raised in Chicago, Katie starting studying classical piano when she was 4 years old. When her older sister started sharing hand-me-down albums by The Beatles, U2 and Cat Stevens, Katie turned onto a different musical path. Katie majored in music at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. After graduation, Katie moved back to Chicago to pursue music full-time. She has performed at Lollapalooza, Lilith Fair, and Summerfest to name a few. Her performances have been said to be inspiring, passionate and full of energy.Now, with 4 studio albums and 1 live album under her belt, Katie is ready to show what she's made of, her more mature and gritty side with her newest release, "CLOSER."
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Sat, Jan 26 - 9pm - $10
Hushdrops are a three-piece rock band from Chicago featuring current and former members of Veruca Salt, Liam Hayes and Plush, The Waco Brothers,[1] The Webb Brothers and NRBQ. The band's 2004 debut album Volume One was followed in 2014 by the double album Tomorrow.[2]
What’s The DIFF? ...The DIFF is BACK. Hailing from the Boston area with a sound like wicked hot teenage dismissal, the DIFF gained popularity in early 1980 with their regional single “Can’t Stop Tonite”— a toe-tapping, telling tale of alienation and impulse-control disorder. Their debut recording, What’s The DIFF?, has been in the can for decades, shelved when the band split up in 1982. Having taken this time to overcome [most of] their personal differences, the lads have agreed to usher in a return to glory ...A Return of The DIFF.
Greg Franco is a big man – a man who dreams big, with a big heart. I first met Greg when my band Ashtray Boy played L.A. in 2014. He was a friend of sometime Ashtray Boy member Andy Creighton (more well known for his current band, The World Record). Greg crashed an Internet radio interview Ashtray Boy was guest hosting, and from the get-go, I knew I had met a real mensch. Once in a while you get that feeling. Turns out Greg’s in this band Rough Church, who Andy had turned me onto during an earlier L.A. jaunt. And so I’m flattered when Greg asks me to join the church of Rough Church for some shows in Chicago and NYC as their guest drummer. Somehow in a whirlwind couple of days, we also squeeze in a Daytrotter recording session 175 miles away in Davenport, Iowa, the same day as our Chicago gig. I build Greg a bronze colored Telecaster. He turns 50 in New York and we live it up on the Lower East Side.Fast forward a year, and Greg is set to master the new RC album in Chicago with Bob Weston. I get another call from Greg, asking if I want to track some songs at Electrical for fun while he’s in my hometown for the mastering sessions anyway. I recruit my pal Marco, a co-worker of mine and bass wunderkind, to learn the tunes. Greg flies his buddy Manny Nieto out to engineer the session; Greg and Marco meet one another, and a few hours later we have five songs in the can. The three of us celebrate downtown at Greg’s hotel. Over a subsequent trip to L.A. a few months later, again with Manny engineering (this time at his Estudio), I lay down some guitar and keyboard tracks, and Greg touches up vocals and guitars a bit.We thought about a cologne to go along with this record. Man’s Body. There’s something about a Man’s Body. Or, There’s nothing like a Man’s Body.Stay Found.
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Mon, Jan 28 - 8pm - $10
What do you get when you take 90s indie rock and temper it through Chicago’s harsh winters? Wildcat, that’s what. Tom Reeder, Alex Kisiel, Steve Watson, Conor Hibler, Mike Musto, and Stevan Vasich make up the Chicago-based sextet, delivering their powerful brand of 90s-influenced indie rock with reckless abandon. Formed in 2016, Wildcat has steadily grown from a two-man outfit playing one-off shows to a six-piece staple of the Chicago scene performing regularly. Known for their energetic and exciting live performances, their horn section sets them apart from the pack, creating rich harmonies that soar over the rest of the band. Wildcat is currently recording their debut EP Western, and will be releasing it in 2019. You can listen to their first single “Avalon” now.
The Laughing Hearts are a rock band based in Chicago, IL. From Funk to Punk, they take inspiration from it all and put it together in a shredtastic stew of straight-forward rock. Formed in 2017, the Laughing Hearts self-titled debut was released on December, 15th 2017. Bassist Ari Shellist and guitarist Tyler Stock wrote the songs that would become the album while attending University of Missouri. Shellist and Stock had been performing for years at Mizzou with drummer Tom Hipchen. The three members set out to record the album and recruited Evan Campbell to provide keys and additional bass. The Laughing Hearts LP reflects on a culmination of the band’s experiences, resulting in a collection of highly personal songs that incorporate many different aspects of Rock and Pop music.
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Wed, Jan 30 - 7pm - No Cover
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A BURNS SUPPER is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems including "Auld Lang Syne," which is generally sung as a folk song at Hogmanay and other New Year celebrations around the world. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, 25 January, sometimes also known as Robert Burns Day or Burns Night (Burns Nicht), although they may in principle be held at any time of the year. Burns suppers are most common in Scotland, but they occur wherever there are Burns Clubs, Scottish Societies, expatriate Scots, or lovers of Burns' poetry.
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Thu, Jan 31 - 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.
Quin Kirchner (NOMO, Wild Belle, Greg Ward, Ryley Walker) & Daniel Villarreal (Dos Santos, Jaime Rojo, Ida Y Vuelta) are two of Chicago's busiest drummers & DJs. Together they form a duo combining drum sets & turntables making hybrid beats with some of their favorite vinyl deep cuts. Each show they invite a special guest to improvise with them, making for a one-of-a-kind live experience.
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Fri, Feb 1 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Lou Hallwas started The Differents with some high school buddies in a garage in Chicago’s Norwood Park neighborhood in the early ‘90s. Current drummer Dan Garrity joined the band in 1994. After a hiatus here and there, Hallwas and Garrity were joined by singer-songwriter Gary Stier in 2015 who took on bass duties and began writing new material with the group. Over the years, the band has played hundreds of gigs and have opened for the likes of Wayne Kramer and Soul Asylum, and have released three albums before going semi-dark in 2003. Their music has strong roots in 60s & 70s R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. They take a jazz approach to creating: They love trying new things and letting the songs flow, and they don’t concern themselves with trends. Their forthcoming fourth album, “It’s All Too Beautiful,” was recorded by Penthouse Sweets drummer Adam Yoffe and will be released in late November 2018. "The music has a timeless feel, melding traditional rock riffs with pop sensibility. The Differents move from reference points such as The Beatles to Fleetwood Mac and The Replacements." – John Wawrzaszek, NewCity
District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. Formed in the Fall of 2006 by drummer/primary composer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and guitarist Sam Krahn, the band drew upon influences from heavy metal to avant-garde jazz. The foursome from Chicago honed a no-holds barred style of eclectic and intricate Instrumental Rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound: enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson from Heart, Leslie's dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. She was followed shortly thereafter by one of Chicago's finest young guitarists, Jim Tashjian. With this new blend of charisma and stellar musicianship in place, their live shows over the past several years at festivals such as RoSfest, Prog Dreams II and V, and numerous appearances across the USA, UK and Europe cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with onstage as well as in the recording studio. Hybrid Child, the band’s 2010 debut on record label Laser’s Edge, immediately made a big impression worldwide. The album garnered praise such as “District 97 is a wildly ambitious progressive-rock group whose youth belies its accomplishments onstage and on its new Hybrid Child CD” (Jim Derogatis of NPR's "Sound Opinions" and Rolling Stone Magazine). The release of 2012's critically-acclaimed followup Trouble With Machines proved the band was the real deal. They had attracted the attention of legendary bassist and vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson/UK/Asia), who sang the role of Chicago serial killer H.H. Holmes on Schang’s “The Perfect Young Man.” With the collaboration heralded as a “tour de force” (dprp.net), the band and Wetton joined forces in 2013 for tours of both Europe and the US, later documented on 2014's live release, One More Red Night: Live in Chicago. 2013 also saw the band nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Award by Prog Magazine. Rather than rest on their laurels, District 97 took to the studio in 2014 to record the new material they'd been honing at home and on the road. The resulting album, In Vaults (released June 2015), continued and accelerated the upward trajectory of great songwriting and incredible musicianship that had become their hallmark. One listen perfectly illustrates why iconic drummer Bill Bruford (Yes/King Crimson/Genesis) said, “The playing sounds uniformly dynamite and quality oozes from every pore. You’ve worked so hard on this, I wish you and the music all the success you deserve.” In August 2015, Rob Clearfield and Patrick Mulcahy left the group and were succeeded by Andrew Lawrence and TIm Seisser, respectively. The new lineup debuted in highly successful tours across Europe and North America in 2016 and 2017, with highlights including joining the trailblazing prog rock band Yes on their Cruise To The Edge and supporting Pain of Salvation on the In The Passing Light Of Day North American tour. District 97 has recently launched the Inside The Vault Club via their website, a monthly subscription series featuring exclusive audio and video downloads, as well as physical releases, the first of which being their stunning Live At De Boerderij DVD. They joined the Dave Kerzner Band for the joint STATIC VAULTS US tour in Fall 2017, and ended the year with a pair of shows with the NYC-based Consider The Source. 2018 has seen the band complete a much-lauded North American 10th Anniversary Tour, as well as begin recording their highly-anticipated fourth studio album, and first with the new lineup. Due for release in 2019, the band will be playing music from it on their second appearance aboard Cruise To The Edge and Marillion Montreal Weekend, and other tour dates to be announced shortly,
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Sat, Feb 2 - 9pm - $12
Katie Belle & the Belle Rangers is a roots-rock band shaped by earthy tones and riveting tales. From whiskey-soaked tragedies to country-metal ghost stories, their music exhibits a unique display of depth, precision, and showmanship. Acoustic and electric guitars intertwine with banjo, electric bass, and drums to form the foundation. Tight three-part vocal harmonies glide over the top, completing the sound. Katie Belle & the Belle Rangers are as inventive as they are timeless. Their sound will fill the smallest of rooms, and the biggest of stages.
Bobby Conn is a Chicago musician known for his pop-rock. He often collaborates with other artists and film-maker Usama Alshaibi. In 2003, Conn produced a session for UK punk band The Cribs, whom he met when they were a support band on his UK tour. A part of that session was used on The Cribs' self-titled debut release in 2004.
Via Verso is a psych/garage/experimental band from Chicago. The consistent lineup is Patrick Hamilton, Thom Dierks, jason Labrosse, Mike Mcgrath. Listening to them is comparable to finding an unmarked acetate record in a thrift store, and using an old hubcap and a sewing needle for a turntable. Via Verso is currently blowing their own fragile eggshell minds with songs and soundscapes that recall such landmark bands as The 13th Floor Elevators, The Chocolate Watchband, Spacemen 3, and Skip Spence. Their interests include space echos, reverb, carousels, abandoned buildings, people who don't talk in the movie theater, green lights, thunderstorms, payday, used bookstores, mantras and free samples.
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Mon, Feb 4 - 8pm - $10
John Mead, Alton Smith, Jimmy Tomasello, Peter Manis, and Chris Corsale present the music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The group plays frequently at Martyrs, and has done shows featuring Bowie, Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and disco. Mead and Smith have also played Van Morrison and Al Green at Martyrs. Smith also plays with Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel and Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots; Corsale plays with The Right Now; and Mead leads his own band, Conspiracy theories, which features Corsale, Tomasello, and Manis.
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Tue, Feb 5 - 8pm - $10
Down North consists of lead vocalist/dancer Anthony “RenaGade” Briscoe, whose North Carolina breeding makes fans swoon and has no equal in the Pacific NW. Raised on Michael Jackson and Sam Cooke, Anthony combines a style and emotional impact reminiscent of Prince in his vocal expressions, proudly stealing the spotlight with his ballet-trained dancing. Bassist Brandon Storms displays versatility, blending slap/pop bass lines with deep synth, and pitch bent solos that parallel guitar leads. Drummer Conrad Real glues together a foundation through impeccable groove and powerful chops, his finesse, intensity, and strength evocative of Chris Coleman or John Blackwell. Psychedelic-jazz guitarist Nick Quiller dominates the fretboard with limitless imagination, shredding into another dimension, exploring the soundscape from high to low.
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Thu, Feb 7 - 8pm - $10
While the name has changed, the sound stayed the same. Bringing sounds from 60's rock to 70's soul to current day pop, Roke has played in and around Chicago since 2011. Formerly known as Tellstar/JumpSteady/ SaysoSix, the energy that Roke brings speaks for itself: loud, bluesy, and soulful. Bringing a mix of covers and originals, Roke promises one thing - we're going to have a great time on stage and you're going to have a great time listening to us
Siblings is an indie pop trio from Chicago that writes fleeting, bright, hook-driven songs. The band's debut EP is due in early 2019.
Formed in Northwest Indiana, Dos Ultra is fronted by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Ryan Abrego, with Tony Rossi on drums, Sonny Hess on lead guitar, and Zach Wein on bass. Each member brings years of experience that has been shaped by different styles and backgrounds. We pride ourselves with our unique style that is influenced by a range of genres including alternative and indie rock, blues, jazz, and punk rock. Each original offers a blend of styles that together, have never been heard before. Our music is influenced by acts such as The Strokes, Arcade Fire, The Doors, and the Arctic Monkeys.
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Fri, Feb 8 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
JD SIMO wants you to know that above all things, what matters most to him is that music should be honest. The gifted artist more than offers this in a psychedelic, free-flowing, dynamic soundscape that exemplifies just that… Honesty. Acid rock, traditional blues, folk, soul, free form jazz, and the never ceasing desire to improvise pulses from this collection in a mind bending, kaleidoscope of sound, energy and vibe. NPR said, “Nashville blues trio SIMO sounds as if it comes to us straight from 1968.” And Rolling Stone lauded, “J. D. Simo spins soulful psychedelic blues rock with an improvisational bent reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Though he’s been performing in bands since his teenage years, [he] has begun to get national attention….” With influences as diverse as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Captain Beefheart, Miles Davis and the Allman Brothers to blues guitarists such as Lightnin’ Hopkins and BB King, this young artist, is taking the listener on a musical journey using LOVE as the guideposts. He explains, “There’s an underlying theme of LOVE that permeates the album. Both outward love but also inner and self love. These days, everything is so heavy, but I just want to point out some joy, love and deep passion; in this world, we all share that spirit. OFF AT 11 does that.” With his band, SIMO, JD and cohorts have gained a solid fan following from touring and opening for bands such as Blackberry Smoke, The Gregg Allman band, Warren Haynes, Tommy Emmanuel and others. They have played Bonarroo, Warren Hayne’s Christmas Jam and Mountain Jam since the formation of the band in 2010. SIMO debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Blues chart in January 2016. He has been noticed by No Depression, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix, Guitar World and NPR among others. The band was featured on NPR's World Cafe which was broadcast nationally after the initial broadcast in late January on Philadelphia's WXPN. The band started its first full national tour in January 2016 bringing them to over 37 states and playing over 80 shows.
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Mon, Feb 11 - 8pm - $7
The Last Word Quintet is a melding of some of Chicago's finest word and music artist into an experimental combo consisting of vocalist/songwriter Al Day; performance poet / slam creator Marc Kelly Smith; pianist/songwriter/composer Bob Long; saxophonist Brian Gephart, whose talent as composer, arranger, and performer has lit up stages from New York to Monterrey; and Pulitzer nominated bassist/composer Doug Lofstrom -- all together creating a mix music, lyrics, digressions, and poetry that goes become spoken word into a new realm.
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Wed, Feb 13 - 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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Fri, Feb 15 - MOVED TO VIC THEATRE
The Friday, February 15th & Saturday, February 16th This Must Be the Band concerts have been moved to the Vic Theatre. Tickets purchased for the Feb. 15th & Feb. 16th Martyrs’ shows will be honored at the Vic Theatre Box Office 3145 N Sheffield, Ave. Chicago, IL 60657. Show your ID at the box office on the evening of the show to redeem your ticket.The band sincerely thanks you for supporting relief efforts in Yemen.
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Sat, Feb 16 - MOVED TO VIC THEATRE
The Friday, February 15th & Saturday, February 16th This Must Be the Band concerts have been moved to the Vic Theater. Tickets purchased for the Feb. 15th & Feb. 16th Martyrs’ shows will be honored at the Vic Theatre Box Office 3145 N Sheffield, Ave. Chicago, IL 60657. Show your ID at the box office on the evening of the show to redeem your ticket.The band sincerely thanks you for supporting relief efforts in Yemen.
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Mon, Feb 18 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Feb 19 - 7pm - $10
Since 2012, the Harmonica Hoedown has celebrated the rich history and diverse approaches to the world’s most popular, most portable instrument. For 2019 the Harmonica Hoedown again brings together some of the finest players of today:Joe Filisko is revered as a master player, teacher, custom harmonica pioneer, researcher and historian and is arguably the world’s foremost authority on many aspects of the diatonic harmonica and a key figure in today’s harmonica scene. He has for many years shared his knowledge with students on five continents and so contributed enormously to the widespread understanding of traditional harmonica styles among a new generation of players. In recent years, Joe’s reputation as a performer and recording artist has been catching up with his legendary status as a customizer and teacher. He'll be performing for this year's Hoedown with a group of players collectively known as Joe Filisko's Harmonicology.Conway, Kessler & Nelson a harmonica trio (and more) brings together three unique, highly respected stylists on the instrument. James Conway, who has played Irish music all his life applies techniques learned from master blues players including Junior Wells and Sugar Blue to bring a truly innovative approach to traditional Celtic music. Graham Nelson's use of advanced techniques taught to him by harmonica master Howard Levy gives him great musical versatility and expression in numerous styles, in addition to his incredible singing. Bob Kessler has performed with Grammy winners Ramsey Lewis, Dave Alvin, country legend Bill Anderson at the Grand Ole Opry, as part of the orchestra for “The Grapes of Wrath” and several Chicago Americana bands. The three perform together on diatonic, chromatic, chord, & bass harmonicas plus guitars, percussion and other instruments presenting blues, jazz, folk, pop, Celtic music and more.
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Thu, Feb 21 - 8pm - $12
Like a warm musical breeze that blows through California's hills and canyons - across its mystical high desert and into the heart of America - High South has captured the same evocative spirit that gave lift to such high soaring bands as the Byrds, CSNY and the Eagles. Blending the poetry of Greenwich Village in the 60's with the unmistakeable harmony of Laurel Canyon in the 70's, the High South sound exudes the magic and timelessness of both these eras, while infusing a palpable new millennium sensibility. High South band mates - Kevin Campos, Jamey Garner and Phoenix Mendoza - three gifted "lead singersongwriters" delivering one undeniable voice - are produced by Josh Leo.
Railheart is a Rock'n Roll Rhythm & Blues Band based in Chicago, IL. Electric Guitar, Vocals / Ryan Joseph Anderson; Electric Guitar/Pedal Steel, Vocals / Packy Lundholm; Bass / Jeremy Kay; Drums / Noah Plotkin. Frequent Guest Musicians:Pat Mckillen / Acoustic Guitar, Vocals; Wavy Dave Burlingame / Bass; Pat Lyons / Pedal Steel; Danny Chaimson / Piano, Organ.
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Sat, Feb 23 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
About your hosts; CAUdog Recording artist Ellis Clark has been a longtime fixture of the Chicago music community working nationally as a performing musician with his band Ellis Clark & The Big Parade, as a songwriter for himself or other artists, a recording artist and record producer. In the past, Ellis hosted (to capacity audiences) Beatles & Who tribute nights at The Mayne Stage Theatre in Rogers Park.Ary Jeebie, Amazing Heeby Jeebies groovy garage rock band front woman, singer, and songwriter has rocked all over Chicago to their home turf in Rogers Park since 2010. Keep your eyes peeled for Amazing Heeby Jeebies up and coming debut album to be released spring 2018.Together, the garage rock siren and post punk pioneer will be resurrecting the spirit of George Harrison celebrating his birthday, a night not to be missed which will have many special guests including Phil Angotti, The Handcuffs, Tomorrow The Moon, Thomas Klein and many more for Famous Fido Rescue!
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Wed, Feb 27 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
The Pretty Things Peepshow 10 year anniversary tour! Featuring go-go Amy, The unkillable Jenny Lynne, Matt Scott of Rasputin's Marionettes, Scraps The Mind Reading dog and all the way from the UK special guest Rachel Atlas. This magical one of a kind vaudeville variety revue has circled the globe performing stunts of skill and courage includingsword swallowing, quick change magic, puppets, handcuff and straight jacket escape, sword ladder, the execution blade box, singing, comedy, a talking dog and more. Come see the awe inspiring acts these vivacious vaudevillians have to offer!
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Thu, Feb 28 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Upstate Rubdown is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America's musical heritage. Based in New York's Hudson Valley region, the band has spent years cultivating its sound, and continues to grow by the tune. The instrumentation includes Harry D'Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón, and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. The dynamic rhythm section supports a three part vocal harmony powerhouse of founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville-transplant Allison Olender. Over its six year history, the band has played in more than thirty states, from intimate house concerts to prominent festival stages, including Mountain Jam, Frendly Gathering, Green River Festival, and Otis Mountain Get Down. The band has shared the stage with Cory Henry, Phox, Marco Benevento, The Felice Brothers, Commander Cody, Marcus King Band, and many others. Otis Mountain Get Down captures the heart of the matter: "Pulling from the greatest corners of American music, this group has the power to get feet moving with or without amplification. Like fresh-farmed vegetables, their music is as organic as it is good for you. From foot-stomping bass, highlighted by the slap of a cajon, to the familiar strums of the mandolin over a wailing saxophone – there’s so much going on instrumentally that when the harmonious lead vocalists chime in, the result is nothing short of a homegrown hurricane of sound."
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Sat, Mar 2 - 7pm - $20
The Trouble Notes are a Berlin based trio, composed of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Describing themselves as ‘Indie-Gypsy fusion’, their music is characterised by emotionally driven, instrumental ballads reflecting pan-cultural influences and blending an eclectic fusion of traditions, to create a truly unique sound; representative of their extensive travels and consequent musical development. Their music is defined as ‘music from everywhere for everyone“. The group have achieved success and wide acclaim for past releases, with their previous EP Soundtracks from the Street reaching the Top 5 in USA iTunes charts for Latin & World Music, as well as garnering 60 million+ video views on publications including Grand Masquerade, Gypsy Train and Christoph. Their new single, Lose Your Ties, is an immersive, emotionally charged and thrilling piece of music, encapsulating a melting pot of influences. This track, as with their other releases, deliberately lacks lyrics to allow the listener to create their own vision of what transpires during each song, to allow people from any corner of the world to embark on a cultural and geographical expedition. The Trouble Notes tell us more about the single…“Lose Your Ties is our story. The song is about that little voice that pops into your head while you’re sitting in front of your computer at your desk job. The one that says ‘What are you doing with your life?’ We chose to follow that voice and it took us on this wild journey. Lose Your Ties is the first of many stories we are ready to tell.” Their new album Lose Your Ties, released in February 2018, showcases a development of their expressive, incredibly diverse sound, representing the start of a new, and exciting, musical journey.
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Sat, Mar 2 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$18door
Andy Frasco, the 26-year old Los Angeles, CA native singer/songwriter/band maestro/entrepreneur/party starter/everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies “The U.N.” have been dubbed “Party Blues with a touch of Barefoot Boogie.” Frasco’s shows have been described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a good ole fashion freak out. Touring independently across the U.S. and Europe since he was 18 years old, Frasco first got his taste of the music industry managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old -booking bands like Hello Goodbye, and working with labels such as Drive Thru and Atlantic Records, as well as venues like The Key Club in Hollywood, CA. Since his start, Frasco has embraced a DIY attitude and work ethic, making the road his home; averaging 200+ dates a year over the past seven years, trekking over 200,000 thousand miles spanning the country dozens of times over, blowing minds and building a loyal following everywhere he goes. In 2011, Frasco was named the "New Artist to Watch" at Hatch Fest European Independent Film Festival, Orion Music Festival and Sundance Film Festival. To date, Andy has shared the stage and jammed with artists such as Leon Russell, Galactic, Jackie Greene, Gary Clark Jr, Jakob Dylan, Butch Walker, The Flobots, Deer Tick, John Mayer, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fishbone, Luke Nelson, Corey Smith, and more. In 2013, Frasco graced some of the finest clubs and festivals in the U.S. & Europe including Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Festival, String Cheese Incident’s Festival at Horning’s Hideout, Hatch Festival, Seattle’s Fremont Fair, and Sundance Film Festival to name a few. 2014, Andy will be releasing his third, full-length studio album, produced by Grammy Award winning producer Charles Goodan (Santana “Supernatural”), who has also produced such artists/albums as Beck “Odelay” and “Midnight Vultures”, the Rolling Stones, Primus, and No Doubt to name a few, as well as composed the scores to Fight Club and Blow. Andy and his band the U.N. will also be performing on premiere festivals such as Wakarusa, Sundance, SXSW, and Electric Forest stateside as well as Paaspop Festival and Kings Night Festival (NL), as well as making a return trip to Macau, China.
Wild Adriatic is three friends seeking to carry forth the torch of timeless rock n roll infused with tons of soul, captivating guitar work, and an impressive live show. Guitar solos? We still remember those. NEW RECORD BIG SUSPICIOUS OUT NOW: http://wildadriatic.bigcartel.com/
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Tue, Mar 5 - 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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Fri, Mar 8 - 9pm - $22adv/$25door/$40 both 3/8 & 3/9
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Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.In 1998, while working at a bar called the Verve in Nederland, Colorado, Austin met Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann, with whom he and Dave Johnston would form the Yonder Mountain String Band.“My time with Yonder has taught me what is possible,” Austin says. “It has shown me that if you work hard at it and you believe in it and there’s a part of you that’s meant to do it, it will happen. It’s clichéd, but it’s true.”It is with this history at his back that Jeff Austin will step out into the spotlight as a solo act. “My ideal sound is between Phish, My Morning Jacket, and Zac Brown Band.” Austin plans to continue songwriting for his solo project but might be weaving in a bit of mainstream, in the style of his John Scott Sherrill/Shawn Camp co-write “Fiddlin’ Around,” featured on Dierks Bentley’s 2010 bluegrass album Up on the Ridge. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.’”Indeed, “wide” is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants everything the music world has to offer, and he’s willing to work hard to get it.
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Sat, Mar 9 - 9pm - $22adv/$25door/$40 both 3/8 & 3/9
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Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.In 1998, while working at a bar called the Verve in Nederland, Colorado, Austin met Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann, with whom he and Dave Johnston would form the Yonder Mountain String Band.“My time with Yonder has taught me what is possible,” Austin says. “It has shown me that if you work hard at it and you believe in it and there’s a part of you that’s meant to do it, it will happen. It’s clichéd, but it’s true.”It is with this history at his back that Jeff Austin will step out into the spotlight as a solo act. “My ideal sound is between Phish, My Morning Jacket, and Zac Brown Band.” Austin plans to continue songwriting for his solo project but might be weaving in a bit of mainstream, in the style of his John Scott Sherrill/Shawn Camp co-write “Fiddlin’ Around,” featured on Dierks Bentley’s 2010 bluegrass album Up on the Ridge. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.’”Indeed, “wide” is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants everything the music world has to offer, and he’s willing to work hard to get it.
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2 DAY TICKET - $40
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Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.In 1998, while working at a bar called the Verve in Nederland, Colorado, Austin met Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann, with whom he and Dave Johnston would form the Yonder Mountain String Band.“My time with Yonder has taught me what is possible,” Austin says. “It has shown me that if you work hard at it and you believe in it and there’s a part of you that’s meant to do it, it will happen. It’s clichéd, but it’s true.”It is with this history at his back that Jeff Austin will step out into the spotlight as a solo act. “My ideal sound is between Phish, My Morning Jacket, and Zac Brown Band.” Austin plans to continue songwriting for his solo project but might be weaving in a bit of mainstream, in the style of his John Scott Sherrill/Shawn Camp co-write “Fiddlin’ Around,” featured on Dierks Bentley’s 2010 bluegrass album Up on the Ridge. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.’”Indeed, “wide” is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants everything the music world has to offer, and he’s willing to work hard to get it.
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Sun, Mar 10 - 7:30pm - $15adv/$20door
Mark Walker at the drums in a rare Chicago performance featuring: Victor Garcia - trumpet; John Wojciechowski - tenor sax; Jim Trompeter - keyboard; Eric Hochberg - bass; Joe Rendon – percussion. Mark Walker, a multiple Grammy winning drummer, composer and educator, began his career in Chicago in the late 1980’s. His first teacher was the “Dean of Percussion,” Roy C. Knapp who had taught Gene Krupa and Louis Bellson, among others. After gaining experience in a wide variety of settings, he became a first-call jingle session drummer/percussionist and began touring regularly with the Lyle Mays Quartet and Paquito D’Rivera’s Havana/New York Ensemble (featuring Giovanni Hidalgo and Danilo Perez) in the early 1990’s. He moved to New York in 1995 and immediately started touring with the Caribbean Jazz Project (featuring D’Rivera, Dave Samuels and Andy Narell). He soon got the gig with Michel Camilo, playing in his trio and recording projects produced by Camilo. In 1996, he began his long stint with seminal world-fusion group Oregon, featuring Ralph Towner. During this time, he also worked extensively with Eliane Elias, Linda Eder, the WDR Big Band, the NDR Big Band and Cesar Camargo Mariano, as well as local gigs with the best musicians in New York. He was also featured in Fernando Trueba’s film Calle 54 with Paquito D’Rivera. He has also performed live or recorded with Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Ivan Lins, João Bosco, Steve Khan, Randy Brecker, Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, Will Lee, Gil Goldstein, Dianne Schuur, Oscar Castro Neves, Salif Keita, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Jim McNeely, The Impossible Gentlemen, Sakesho, Mike Abene, Mike Mainieri, Vince Mendoza, Airto, Don Alias, Rosa Passos, Ruben Rada, Eva Allyon, Karrin Allison, Michael Philip Mossman, Guillermo Klein/Los Guachos, Bob Mintzer, Rosemary Clooney, Donna Summer, Sammy Davis Jr., Monty Alexander, Luis Conte, Alex Acuña, the Tchaikovsky Orchestra of Moscow, the Chicago Chamber Players, The National Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Roditi, Leny Andrade, Dianne Reeves, Regina Carter, Edmar Castañeda, Double Image, The Trinidad All-Stars Steel Band, Andy Narell, Eberhard Weber, Michael Manring and Bobby McFerrin.
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Tue, Mar 12 - 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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Fri, Mar 15 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Sat, Mar 16 - 9pm - $20
30 years ago, Kyle Hollingsworth set out on a career in music. Since then, with a wealth of desire and an abundance of ability, Hollingsworth has established himself as a formidable and versatile music talent, with the ability to contribute, collaborate, compose, and communicate on a number of levels and within a vast spectrum of musical environments. Today, as a member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. Playing in SCI has allowed him unrestricted access to the world of music, and has bestowed on him the kind of fearlessness a composer needs to flirt with such disparate genres. Those who’ve seen SCI know that they can jerk from funk to bluegrass on a chord change. “In the jam world, where there are no set ways of doing things, we’re not afraid to move in and out of genres,” he says, “and because of that I’ve learned to be creative, not only onstage but in the studio. I can get on board with something pretty quickly. You have to.”While his versatility and quick-study nature have become his signature skills with SCI, they have also proved tremendously helpful on stage during collaborations with a bunch of major acts, including Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby, Bob Weir, Little Feat, and banjo master Bela Fleck. One summer he toured with Phil Lesh in a band that also included Steve Kimock, John Molo, and Warren Haynes. In the summer of 2008 he spent the summer touring with the “mickey hart band”.This group featured Mickey Hart,George Porter,steve kimock and many others .In another amazing highlight, Kyle also toured with Mike Clark in a band that starred nearly all the original Head Hunters.These gigs prove that Hollingsworth is as unafraid to step out of the limelight as he is to step into it. “When I play with these performers it’s about showcasing them, to support the main role in the best possible way. Seasoned musicians can be tasty and laid back, too!” Kyle’s first solo album release in 2004 reflected his jazz tastes. Titled Never Odd or Even, Joshua Redman and Robert Randolph guested, among others. Never or Odd or Even was the recording Hollingsworth had always wanted to make since he was a kid. In addition to his jazz influences, the album’s music demonstrates Kyle’s ability to seamlessly fuse genres.His new Summer 09 release, titled “The There’s Now,” finds the musician coming in to his own. With solid song material and a slamming new band, Kyle is making his mark in the new, always-evolving music scene. “Then There’s Now” delivers a blend of vocal and instrumental tunes and seamlessly displays his growth as a musician and as a songwriter. Also look for Kyle on tour with his trio DNA Land this spring throughout the Midwest. DNA Land offers loop based funk and hip hop beats and features Damien Hines (drums) and Dan Schwindt (bass/guitar).
Crosseyed and Phishless pays tribute to songs that Phish has already paid tribute to - a true Phish "Cover-Cover" Experience. Expect to hear your favorite songs that Phish covers such as songs by Talking Heads, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Ween, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Velvet Underground, and many more!
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Sun, Mar 17 - 8pm - $15adv /$17 door
MarchFourth is a joy-inducing force of entertainment. The colorful explosion of brassy funk, rock, and jazz is all about the groove. This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats tours the country year-round, bringing a spirit of celebration wherever they go. MarchFourth is, in a word, FUN! Fifteen MarchFourth musicians traveled from Portland, Oregon to New Orleans, Louisiana to record their fourth studio album, MAGIC NUMBER, self-released in September 2016. With Producer Ben Ellman (Galactic) and Engineer/Producer Mikael “Count” Eldridge (DJ Shadow, Tycho, Trombone Shorty) at the helm, the album is full of the captivating grooves and brassy swagger you’d expect from MarchFourth, plus a healthy dose of New Orleans magic, with guest appearance by Trombone Shorty, Stanton Moore (drums), and Matt Perrine (sousaphone). The album was fan-funded through Kickstarter. “Perfectly merging the artistic spirit of Portland with the musical spectacle of New Orleans, MarchFourth put on one of the most complete shows of any band on any stage. From rocking big band jam tunes, choreography and feats of strength that need to be seen to be believed, MarchFourth entertains on every level every second they are on the stage…or off!” ~Live for Live Music. “From the first note to the last, the sound was pumping and the fun never stopped… It’s worth noting that there are serious musicians behind all the fun. It’s obvious these guys (and gals) have had lots of training and formal practice. Talented band geeks turned rebels.” ~USAToday. “Just when you think you’ve heard it all, suddenly a band crosses paths with your ears and changes everything… Full of auditory goodness...” ~NYS Music. “Mighty, Explosive, Carnivalesque Brass Band Funk” ~New York Music Daily.
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Wed, Mar 20 - 8pm - $25adv/$30door
“It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.” This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b. Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years. Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington. In 2003, Oz released his debut record – “Oz Live” – recorded at NYC’s legendary Bitter End. In 2004, Oz signed with Magna Carta Records and in 2005, released his highly-acclaimed studio record “HA!” with his all-star band featuring Fig, Carlock, Lee and Genus plus special guests Mike Stern and George Whitty. In April of 2007, a licensing deal with Magna Carta and Japanese label Videoarts opened the door for Oz's music in Japan. Later that year saw the release of “Fuzzy Feat,” Oz’s third record under the Magna Carta label. For Fuzzy Feat, Oz’s all-star band is joined by various special guests including Colaiuta, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and keyboardists Whitty and Jim Beard. September 2009 saw the release of Oz’s fourth album, “Schizophrenic,” featuring Lee, Fig, Carlock, Weckl, Ricky Peterson, Chris Palmero, and special guest Steve Lukather. September 2011 is expected the release of Oz’s fifth studio album “Twisted Blues” Featuring Vinnie Coliauta, Anton Fig, Chris Layton, Will Lee, Roscoe Beck , John Medeski, Jerry Z, Reese Wynans, Ralph Macdonald and special guests Eric Johnson & Allen Toussaint. For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for “best guitar riff on a record” in 2007. In 2008, Oz won the Guitar Player’s readers poll again; this time for “best new talent.” Oz Noy has performed, toured and recorded with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano, Wonder Girls, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, The East Village Opera Company, Roger Glover, Bill Evans, Warren Hayes, Gove’t Mule, Allen Toussaint, Eric Johnson and others.
For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
Jimmy Haslip was born December 31st, 1951 in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in Huntington, Long Island. In 1963 at the age of 13, he became interested in electric bass and has now been playing for 47+ years. Jimmy left New York in 1969 playing music in San Francisco, New Orleans, Denver and Dallas before moving on to Los Angeles in late 1975, where he began touring and recording with many different popular artists.In 1978 he met guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Russell Ferrante and formed a group to record Robben's first solo recording on Electra-Asylum. This critically acclaimed album, called " The Inside Story" became a landmark recording. That album led to the formation of The Yellowjackets and in 1980 they recorded a debut album for Warners Bros. Records.Jimmy is actively composing, arranging, producing and performing with Yellowjackets, who will be touring and promoting their newest recording in 2011, their 21st CD entitled "TIMELINE" on the MACK AVENUE recording Label. Yellowjackets, the two time Grammy winners, have been nominated for seventeen Grammy’s. Jimmy was also nominated for an Edison award in 2000. and this year, another Grammy nomination, his 18th for the Jeff Lorber Fusion “NOW IS THE TIME” recording.which he co-produced.
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Thu, Mar 21 - 8pm - $25adv/$30door
“It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.” This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b. Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years. Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington. In 2003, Oz released his debut record – “Oz Live” – recorded at NYC’s legendary Bitter End. In 2004, Oz signed with Magna Carta Records and in 2005, released his highly-acclaimed studio record “HA!” with his all-star band featuring Fig, Carlock, Lee and Genus plus special guests Mike Stern and George Whitty. In April of 2007, a licensing deal with Magna Carta and Japanese label Videoarts opened the door for Oz's music in Japan. Later that year saw the release of “Fuzzy Feat,” Oz’s third record under the Magna Carta label. For Fuzzy Feat, Oz’s all-star band is joined by various special guests including Colaiuta, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and keyboardists Whitty and Jim Beard. September 2009 saw the release of Oz’s fourth album, “Schizophrenic,” featuring Lee, Fig, Carlock, Weckl, Ricky Peterson, Chris Palmero, and special guest Steve Lukather. September 2011 is expected the release of Oz’s fifth studio album “Twisted Blues” Featuring Vinnie Coliauta, Anton Fig, Chris Layton, Will Lee, Roscoe Beck , John Medeski, Jerry Z, Reese Wynans, Ralph Macdonald and special guests Eric Johnson & Allen Toussaint. For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for “best guitar riff on a record” in 2007. In 2008, Oz won the Guitar Player’s readers poll again; this time for “best new talent.” Oz Noy has performed, toured and recorded with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano, Wonder Girls, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, The East Village Opera Company, Roger Glover, Bill Evans, Warren Hayes, Gove’t Mule, Allen Toussaint, Eric Johnson and others.
For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
Jimmy Haslip was born December 31st, 1951 in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in Huntington, Long Island. In 1963 at the age of 13, he became interested in electric bass and has now been playing for 47+ years. Jimmy left New York in 1969 playing music in San Francisco, New Orleans, Denver and Dallas before moving on to Los Angeles in late 1975, where he began touring and recording with many different popular artists.In 1978 he met guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Russell Ferrante and formed a group to record Robben's first solo recording on Electra-Asylum. This critically acclaimed album, called " The Inside Story" became a landmark recording. That album led to the formation of The Yellowjackets and in 1980 they recorded a debut album for Warners Bros. Records.Jimmy is actively composing, arranging, producing and performing with Yellowjackets, who will be touring and promoting their newest recording in 2011, their 21st CD entitled "TIMELINE" on the MACK AVENUE recording Label. Yellowjackets, the two time Grammy winners, have been nominated for seventeen Grammy’s. Jimmy was also nominated for an Edison award in 2000. and this year, another Grammy nomination, his 18th for the Jeff Lorber Fusion “NOW IS THE TIME” recording.which he co-produced.
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Fri, Mar 22 - 8pm - $10
Summer Camp: On The Road brings the magic of Summer Camp Music Festival to your town. Summer Camp will be visiting multiple cities across the country searching for the best talent the area has to offer. Come out to support local artists as they play for a spot at #SCamp19!
Alabaster is a jam band at their roots. They flaunt a style that is very passionate and energetic. Their emotions are poured into every lick and riff they play. Alabaster is not bound by genre but draws influence by Rock, Blues, Psychedelic, Reggae, to name a few, with a more old school take, similar to Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin. Alabaster consistently challenges themselves to push their creativity and musicianship to a new level through improvisation and exploring their music, and to make sure the crowd really gets down.
The music played by Zoofunkyou is a blend of blues soaked psychedelic funk. The freedom to explore our instruments is endless and what ever comes to mind will be played through a stream of sonic bliss.
Fuzzlove was formed unexpectedly by strangers who had one thing in common: a passion for playing music. Now, great friends, these five young musicians from very diverse backgrounds soulfully blend together their different influences of funk, jazz and rock; creating a fresh, unique sound.
Stormy Chromer is a progressive jam band from Ypsilanti, Michigan. The band blends complex songwriting with real-time composition to create a unique concert experience that never repeats itself. Though the band is driven primarily by a shared love of rock and roll, a wide array of varying influences find their way in to Stormy’s sound. From jazz to electronic music, heavy metal to classical, ska to hip hop, the music winds its way through a dense jungle of genre. Formed in 2014, Stormy Chromer has been steadily on the rise, playing countless shows and festivals in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and New York. Stormy Chromer has shared the stage with nationally touring acts such as The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Jimkata, Consider the Source, After Funk, and Desmond Jones. They have been featured in the Eastern Echo (Ypsilanti), the Ann Arbor Observer, and Current Magazine, where they were characterized as having “a jazz-like knack for spread-out jams that can still keep things tight and land on a dime.” After 2015’s EP “Peace of Pizza,” Stormy Chromer released its full-length debut “A Tale of Two Mouths" in September, 2016.
Formed in December of 2014, The Bank Notes led by singer songwriter Elliot Krull is a Reggae Rock group that has blended inspiration from different styles of music to create a truly original sound. In 2016, the band reformed with new members, Andy Krull(Lead Guitar), Evan Joyce(Bass), and Collin Nordine(Drums/Vocals) adding new elements of rhythm, melodies, and harmony. The Bank Notes have a sound that can be enjoyed by all walks of life playing countless venues around Chicagoland with a raw, rootsy, orignal sound. Having just tracked their Debut Album, "Dynamo", The Bank Notes are becoming a staple in the Chicago Reggae/Ska scene.
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Sat, Mar 23 - 9pm - $10
Summer Camp: On The Road brings the magic of Summer Camp Music Festival to your town. Summer Camp will be visiting multiple cities across the country searching for the best talent the area has to offer. Come out to support local artists as they play for a spot at #SCamp19!
Sometimes 1 guitar is enough. 2 guitar players are cool. 3 can be madness, but that’s kind of what Gazebo Effect is going for. Rooted in an affinity for songs people can bang their head to, Alt-Rock band Gazebo Effect just wants you to move. The band draws inspiration from incredibly varying acts such as Radiohead, The Allman Brothers Band, Mac Demarco and My Morning Jacket; the 5 dudes then chew that up and spit it out on your face in the form of blaring guitar harmonies, smooth singing and an in-your-face rhythm section.
Downers Groove is a collaboration of friends who use rock music as a base to blend their musical influences into a new sound. Since its formation, DG has become known for spontaneous improvisation, passionate playing, a charismatic stage presence and a party atmosphere. Rooted in rock with a progressive mindset, they fuse together elements of blues, funk, jazz, classical, bluegrass, dance and world-music into a unique sound of their own.
Frequilibrium is a 4 piece blues/roots rock fusion band based out of Chicagoland. A relatively newer act, the four naturally harness the power of the Southern rock greats, drawing influences from The Allman Brothers Band and The Marcus King Band, while offering the progressive ingenuity of the next generation and a solid understanding of multiple genres. Their music is formed playfully but with much precision and care, intending to have the listener feeling their vibes within the first few bars.The bandmates exude a brotherly chemistry both on and off-stage, which is no surprise, as bassist and lead guitarist/singer, Luke and Jake, respectively, are siblings. They have spent the past several years covering the likes of The Beatles and Paul Simon as an acoustic duo, their voices possessing the perfect ranges to pay tribute to these legends. Each member of Frequilibrium boasts a background in many styles of music, having declared themselves an eclectic mix of “ADD Rock.” You may find yourself in a bluesy, B.B. King-esque haze one moment, then instantly propelled into the throes of funky psychedelia à la Jimi Hendrix, the emotion-evoking tunes establishing a home in your heart.Frequilibrium’s main goal is to leave their audiences vibrating on a higher plane, which is evident by the heartfelt, soulful lyrics and melodies they deliver. You won’t want to miss them when they roll into your town – the crowd always has just as much fun as they do; trust 'em when they say that's a lot.
SJOD is the project of Stephen Jake O'Donnell, a 25 year old experimental electronic musician from the Chicago suburbs. As the preeminent avant-electro-trance-fusion-dark horse of Chicago SJOD brings improvisational four to the floor dance beats and exploratory soundscapes to the people. Joining up with a collective of Chicago jazz and funk musicians, the SJOD Live band spews nothing but heated & meaty jamtronica swells/peaks straight into and around your ear drums. The party has just started, see you on the dancefloor.
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Sun, Mar 24 - 7pm - $25adv/$35door
Ralph Towner was born in Washington in 1940. He began his jazz career as a Bill Evans inspired pianist, then travelled to Vienna to study classical guitar with Karl Scheit, the renowned Austrian guitarist, lutenist and pedagogue. In New York City in the late 1960s, Towner freelanced on both piano and guitar, collaborating with musicians from Freddie Hubbard to Tim Hardin. He co-founded the band Oregon in 1970, together with Collin Walcott, Glenn Moore and Paul McCandless – all of whom would appear on Towner’s ECM debut, Trios/Solos, in 1972. His recordings for ECM have included solo albums, duo projects (with John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock, Gary Burton and, recently, Paolo Fresu), bands under his direction (including the much-loved Solstice with Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber, Jon Christensen) and discs with Oregon. He has also contributed to albums by Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler and Egberto Gismonti, and guested with the group Azimuth. As an instrumentalist Towner has shaped distinct languages for his classical and 12-string guitars. He has described his approach to the guitar as “pianistic: my brain wants to have access to all those notes at once.” As a composer he remains a unique force, combining baroque counterpoint, rhythms and melodies inspired by Brazilian music and jazz tradition, and a personal approach to harmony and development.
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Thu, Apr 18 - 9pm - $15
Bozeman, MT-based bluegrass quartet Kitchen Dwellers are riding the wave of their sophomore release, Ghost in the Bottle, an album produced by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn. The album also features Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis​, who joined the band in the studio to record the album’s first single “Vision of More.” The band continues to relentlessly tour the country, captivating audiences with their own unique style, dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. In recent years the band has begun to tour nationally, hitting notable venues and festivals around the country including The Brooklyn Bowl, The Fox Theatre, Delfest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, and The Frendly Gathering
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Sat, Apr 20 - 8pm - $20adv/$22door
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Delivering an infectious blend of soul, jazz and rhythm & blues, the DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO proves to be a band on the rise. Their tantalizing grooves, lush sounds and vibrant jam sessions are always fresh with improvisations strengthened by their undeniable chemistry. This Seattle based trio — Lamarr on B-3 organ, Jimmy James on guitar and Doug Octa Port on drums — evokes a classic instrumental sound with a pioneering, virtuosic sensibility all its own on debut LPClose But No Cigar. Featured on Seattle’s KEXP’s “Local Artist Spotlight” in July 2017 followed by a live performance at Upstream Music Festival broadcast by KEXP that has garnered over 3 million views, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio has captured the attention of audiences around the world. The band put out their album independently in 2016 and Colemine Records gave it a wide release in March 2018 to critical acclaim.Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio was formed in the Spring of 2015 with the help of Amy Novo, Delvon’s wife and band manager. She told her husband she would take over his music career and all he had to do was find the musicians, create and play music. They started with a weekly residency at The Royal Room in Seattle for the first year then self-released their debut album, playing short tours across the Pacific Northwest. Now they are headlining shows and spreading their contagious grooves with audiences across the globe. With Delvon’s soulful organ sound, Jimmy’s explosive guitar sound and Doug’s perfect pocket drumming, they have the impeccably unique blend of soul, jazz, rhythm & blues and rock & roll.
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Fri, May 17 - 9pm - 20adv/$25door
If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Sat, May 18 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
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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