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Fri, Dec 6 - 9pm - $15
On his path towards becoming a successful touring musician, Zach Deputyserendipitously landed a solo gig in his early 20s by walking into a bar just after thatnight’s featured artist had bailed. Deputy soon introduced the world to the sound he’deventually dub “island-infused, drum ‘n’ bass, gospel-ninja-soul.” By 2008 he’d releasedhis debut album Out of the Water and—thanks to his ingenuity in looping—made hisname as an unforgettable one-man-band live act. The new music kept flowing, and sincethen Deputy has released four critically acclaimed full length studio albums. As a specialsneak peek into his new music, Zach will sprinkle songs from his upcoming albumthroughout his sets this fall.Reflecting on his live shows, Zach says “music to me is about bringing people togetherfrom all walks of life and living in the moment with a joyful heart!” Deputy’s one manshow creates a unique experience straight from the soul every night, raw and uncut withabsolutely nothing prerecorded. As a pioneer of looping and synth guitar work wellahead of his time, he’s taken the technology to uncharted lands delivering a pocketgroove unique to the ears. Zach says, “call me crazy, but I’ve always believed live musicshould always be live, but I’ve also always loved a good tranced out dance party too.”With this in mind he tailored his performances to meet his convictions. Combining hisfamily roots Island vibe with his low country southern soul, a pinch of tranced out hippyhop, and a vast amount of talent, Zach’s sound emerges in focus.Concertgoers can look forward to a unique live music experience. Zach plays a differentset every night as an ultimate expression of living in the moment, with the hopes ofopening windows to people’s souls to remind them of how good it feels to be alive.
Based in Charlotte NC, Of Good Nature, has received quick attention to their newly released, chart topping music. Reggae, Pop, and Alternative are more popular descriptions of OGN’s fusion-friendly approach to today’s music, but this group of hardworking songwriters strive to explore a range of styles that have lead to a highly accessible sound. Brand new full length album “Timeless” debuted at #1 on iTunes and #3 on Billboard (Reggae Albums Chart) in March 2019. “Take Me Anywhere” has been featured on Sirius XM’s The Pulse, “Feels Right” and “Good Life” are streamed on popular Spotify playlists including Happy Songs For The Office, Easy Like Sunday Morning, and Reggae Summer Beach. The band’s high-energy live show has caught on across the United States. OGN was invited for a second appearance aboard Train’s Sail Across The Sun Cruise and has supported headliners Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, The Wailers, George Clinton, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Arrested Development, Gym Class Heroes, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Blues Traveler, Common Kings, Steel Pulse, and many more. Celebrating the successful release of “Timeless” the album, Of Good Nature has announced their partnership with Ineffable Music Group based in Oakland CA. The band is set to already head back to the studio June 2019 with producer/engineer Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, Foster the People, The Movement) at White Star Sound in Charlottesville, VA. OGN also received recognition for their past studio work, seeing their debut album, Just Add Water, won Indie-Ville’s Reggae Album of the Year and sophomore album Life Worth Livin, debuted at #5 on iTunes Reggae Albums Charts.
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Sat. Dec 7 - 12pm - 6pm - Vendor
Vendors must be approved prior to purchase. Email kate@martyrslive.com with any questions. Thank You!
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Sat, Dec 7 - Noon-6pm - No Cover
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HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET 12-6pm Interested in vendor space for this year's Krampus Fest? We're taking applications! Send email to kate@martyrslive.com!Join us for our 7th annual Krampus Fest on Saturday December 7, 2019 12noon-6pm. Our Holiday Artisan Market features local artists, makers and crafters for your holiday shopping. Housemade Gluhwein, German potato pancakes and Paulina Market sausages will quench your thirst and fill your belly. And we’ll have Krampuses! Krampus is St. Nick’s demonic counterpart who threatens naughty children so you better be good! Our version of a Krampuslauf starts at 6pm in front of Martyrs’. Wear a Krampus costume! This event is free and family friendly!
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Sat, Dec 7, 2019 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
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
Old No. 8 formed in Chicago in 1998. Mixing a country-fried rhythm section with tasty lap steel, scorching guitar and rich four-part harmonies, the five-piece quickly built a large, loyal following of music lovers who long for the days when outlaws ruled country radio and rock and roll ruled America. Energetic, outspoken, sarcastic and oftentimes crude, the band earned a reputation for its electrifying live shows as well as for its refusal to compromise its musical integrity.
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Sun, Dec 8 - 7pm - $12
CATFIGHT - This all-girl band has been called “the darlings” of the Chicago cover band scene. From covering top artists of today including Brittany Spears, Icona Pop and One Republic, to playing classic favorites by Prince and Queen, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Catfight’s pure fun, party show.From their humble beginnings, to a host of high profile events in Las Vegas, NV and beyond....this litter of kittens has been playing their hearts out for over a decade!!! Join, LoriCat, MollyPop, Julie Pants, Little Lisa, Kimikat and BabyCat as they tear their claws into every rip-roaring event this summer! Get ready to, 1, 2, 3 SOCIAL!!! Meeeow ;)
Garnering comparisons to Regina Spektor, Ben Folds, Carole King, and Cole Porter, Chicago band DIANA & THE DISHES presents a unique, high-energy recipe of pop, soul, wit, tight musicianship and contagious fun. Since forming in 2008 around singer/songwriter/pianist, Diana Lawrence, the band has taken their city by storm, playing reputable rock venues such as the Schubas, Martyrs, Double Door and Subterranean, while also becoming favorites at listening rooms and creative events, including The Paper Machete and the Uptown Poetry Slam at The Green Mill. Throughout 2015 and 2016, the Diana & the Dishes played a monthly residency at the High Hat Club, a boutique music and comedy club on Chicago’s north side. The band’s debut release, “Take A Picture,” was listed in Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 for 2011, and a new album is currently in production. For each member of Diana & the Dishes, the band is a part of a full and varied life of professional music-making. Drummer Bob Parlier spent many years touring with the band, Strange Arrangement, and now gigs regularly in Chicago. Bassist Dan Thatcher runs the Ears and Eyes jazz series, while also gigging regularly around town. Guitarist Dave Saenger runs his own guitar studio and plays for countless professional musical theatre productions, and cellist David Keller is active in the contemporary classical music scene while also running the bands Origin of Animal and A Light Sleeper. When not writing music for the Dishes, Diana is writing music for Chicago theatre, including Steppenwolf Theatre and The Second City, while also gigging as a singer, pianist, and music director.When their powers combine, Diana & the Dishes has an uncanny ability to create a come-as-you-are, family-affair vibe for their audiences, all while delivering stunning musicianship, boundless energy and disarming honesty. Whether they're playing plugged-in and rock-your-socks-off or acoustic and intimate, you’re always guaranteed a night of smart, soulful pop that at once get you dancing and pierce your heart.
LIZ AND THE LOVELIES is the band of singer/songwriter Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia. Moving to Chicago in the winter of 2013 by train with 4 bags and 2 guitars, Liz immersed herself into the Chicago music scene, releasing her debut record "People Pumping Pedals" in 2014 under CAU Dog Records. In 2015, she released the EP "Otter Hill", an intimate recording of 5 songs about her family and home life in Virginia. She was awarded as NPR's Newsong Songwriting Competition 2014 Mid-west Finalist, Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist 2015, and a New-Song Songwriter Competition Finalist in 2016.
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Mon, Dec 9 - 8:30pm - $10
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.
“The Sons are so adventurous, it’s like they’re saying to the rest of us: have courage and take a chance. I feel so grateful that they are here.” Michael Smith“The Sons have Revolutionized the world of folk.” UniverCity Magazine“Although they write some serious songs and give some serious performances, they never take themselves too seriously. They take chances, inventing their own genre as they go.” Sing Out“Literate, Witty Folk Music!” Chicago Tribune
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Tue, Dec 10 - 8pm -$10
Ultimately Fruitless is drunk-existentialist-waking-up-on-the-beach music made by three guys who want to play your party and then burn your house down while discussing how pointless it is, but not in a dick way. Their music is surfy and punky and sometimes poppy when they're not trying to scrape your face off. Like if Best Coast and Fidlar grew up and got into a fight with Pixies at Interpol's house which was refereed by Julian Casablancas who was too distracted drinking 40s with Modest Mouse to pay attention.
Chicago’s own Architects of Beauty is a new and exciting rock band that’s already making their mark. Their atmospheric and visceral music pushes the envelope of genre’s such as post-punk, goth, electro, psychedelia, garage and more. Formed in 2018, the current lineup consists of John Shane on vocals and guitar, Jake Fish on vocals and bass and Clay Condon on drums.
Strangelets is anArt rock trio combining cross-genre elements from New wave to Britpop to Grunge and beyond.
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Wed, Dec 11 - 8pm - $12
We’re lucky we ever got to know The Kinks. Back in 1964, their first single barely made a dent in the UK charts. Their second single didn’t even register—one journalist reported it only sold 127 copies. It’s no surprise that The Kinks’ record company informed the band they would cancel their contract if the third single wasn’t a success.But then Ray Davies and his brother Dave came up with “You Really Got Me,” and the rest is history.It’s a recurring pattern in the bands career: stretches of toiling in near anonymity with occasional moments of heart stopping brilliance.For our next tribute, Great Moments in Vinyl will spend an evening with the songs that made The Kinks famous when we make our way through the dozen or more hit singles the band has earned over their 30 year career. Then we’ll take the time to savor what makes a Kinks album so irresistible to their loyal fans as we track all the songs from their 1967 release Something Else by The Kinks, an album that features songs that inspired both David Bowie and The Jam to record their own versions.Phil Angotti sings and plays guitar accompanied by a stellar backing band as William Lindsey Cochran fills in the stories that make the songs come to life.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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Thu, Dec 12 - 9pm - $25
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Fri, Dec 13 - 8:30pm - $10adv/$12door
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!
From evocative ballads to pulsing jams and psychedelic alternative moods, here comes the rebirth of The Social Act. John Krenger and Ellis Clark have taken the roots of what they started in Chicago years back and revamped it with new players, new compositions, and current lyrics. This Summer the dynamic group just released the new album “Today’s Tomorrow”. The album features the singles Paid In Full, Unknown, and Uncle Sam Shot Miss America. The songwriting duo of Krenger and Clark is supported by Producer/Engineer Sam BMJ and his facility Studio 2020 Chicago.
Nicholas Barron is a celebrated Chicago-based singer, songwriter & guitarist who blends blues and folk with his signature voice and mouth percussion. Hailed as “undeniable” by James Taylor, he has entertained audiences across the US and abroad as a headliner. Nicholas has also opened for his music idols - Al Green, James Brown, Buddy Guy & BB King, The Meters, Johnny Cash - and numerous other musicians. Continually expanding his musical palette, Nicholas currently collaborates with jazz cellist Ben Davis, funk trio The Strapping Owls and The Nicholas Barron Band. Nicholas’ natural talent, raw energy and charisma has earned him over five million You Tube views. A prolific artist, he has released ten albums of original music. Nicholas is also a gifted abstract painter. Nicholas has opened for Joan Armatrading, Average White Band, Pat Benatar, Michael Bolton, James Brown, Buckwheat Zydeco. Eric Burdon, Johnny Cash, Tommy Castro, Shawn Colvin, Johnny Copeland, Shamekia Copeland, James Cotton, Dark Star Orchestra, Karl Denson, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Doobie Brothers, Kinky Friedman, Nelly Furtado, Al Green, Groove Collective, Buddy Guy, Scott Henderson, Charlie Hunter, Freedy Johnson, Stanley Jordan, BB King, Kinsie Report, Jay Leno, Idina Mandel, Medeski Martin, John Martyn, Dave Mason, Andy Mckee, The Meters, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers, Jeffrey Osborne, Grant-Lee Phillips, Paul Reiser, Royal Crown Revue, Magic Slim, Phoebe Snow, REO Speedwagon, String Cheese Incident, The Subdudes, James Taylor, Tiny Universe, Tuck and Patti, Uncle Jon’s band, Gino Vanelli, WAR and Widespread Panic.
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Sat, Dec 14 - 2:30pm - $11
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The Flatts & Sharpe All Ages Rock Show second installment of 2019 happens on Saturday, June 8th & will feature students & teachers made up from our Rogers Park location.There will be 2 performances!! 2pm & 4pm. This event will take place at Martyrs'.
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Sat, Dec 14 - 4:30pm - $11
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The Flatts & Sharpe All Ages Rock Show second installment of 2019 happens on Saturday, June 8th & will feature students & teachers made up from our Rogers Park location.There will be 2 performances!! 2pm & 4pm. This event will take place at Martyrs'.
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Sat, Dec 14 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music "cool" again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. Imagine 70's funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!Although the ensemble cast enjoys a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam, this fledgling "nu-sion" project is growing a unique and rabid following by commanding audiences at theaters, clubs, and major national festivals since 2012. The powerhouse quintet's live show has been described by critics and fans alike as "lethal funk", "explosive", "jaw dropping", and "musically mesmerizing". For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: just sit back and enjoy the ride!Kung Fu Features: Tim Palmieri (guitar & vocals)Robert Somerville (tenor sax & vocals)Beau Sasser (keyboards & vocals)Chris DeAngelis (bass guitar & vocals)Adrian Tramontano (drums/percussion)
"I LIKE THE IDEA OF SAYING SOMETHING VERY COMPLICATED IN A VERY SIMPLE WAY," BEN MILLER STATES. "THAT'S WHAT WE STRIVE FOR MUSICALLY, AND WHAT I STRIVE FOR LYRICALLY—TO GET DIRECTLY TO THE POINT."GETTING TO THE POINT IS SOMETHING THAT THE BEN MILLER BAND DOES CONSISTENTLY ON CHOKE CHERRY TREE, THE JOPLIN, MISSOURI-BRED COMBO'S THIRD ALBUM AND SECOND NEW WEST RELEASE. THE CONSISTENTLY COMPELLING SET OFFERS 11 NEW EXAMPLES OF MILLER'S DECEPTIVELY UNPRETENTIOUS SONGCRAFT, BENEATH WHOSE RAMSHACKLE EXTERIOR LURKS STURDY, INFECTIOUS MELODIES AND RESONANT, EMOTIONALLY INSIGHTFUL LYRICS.MILLER'S BAND DELIVERS SUCH MEMORABLE NEW TUNES AS "NOTHING GETS ME DOWN," "AKIRA KUROSAWA," "TRAPEZE," "LIGHTHOUSE" AND "MISSISSIPPI CURE" WITH THE SORT OF UNPRETENTIOUS ENTHUSIASM THAT'S ALREADY WON THE GROUP A DEVOTED FAN BASE THAT STRETCHES FROM THE BAND'S MIDWESTERN HOME TURF TO THE U.K. AND EUROPE, WHERE THEY'VE TOURED TO RAVE REVIEWS.CHOKE CHERRY TREE INTRODUCES A RETOOLED BEN MILLER BAND LINEUP, WITH MILLER AND FELLOW FOUNDING MEMBER SCOTT LEEPER JOINED BY NEW ADDITIONS RACHEL AMMONS AND SMILIN' BOB LEWIS. THE PAIR'S MULTI-INSTRUMENTAL SKILLS BRING ADDED AUTHORITY TO MILLER'S ROOTSY NEW COMPOSITIONS, WHILE MAINTAINING THE HIGH ENERGY LEVEL (COMPLETE WITH HOMEMADE INSTRUMENTS CONSTRUCTED FROM BROKEN AND DISCARDED AXES) THAT ORIGINALLY ENDEARED THE BAND TO ITS FANS. ELSEWHERE, RACHEL AMMONS' EXPRESSIVE VOCALS LEND DEPTH TO THE HAUNTING "REDWING BLACKBIRD."
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Sun, Dec 15 - 4pm - $10
Join us for a sneak peek of School of Rock Chicago West's upcoming Led Zeppelin and Punk Rock shows at Martyrs' on Sunday, 12/15!Then stick around to see our rockin' staff do what they do best.And, wait for it, the show goes on! The adult students from our sister school School of Rock Chicago hit the stage at 5 pm with their band HALFWAY HOUSE.And our very own adult students will end things with their band UNDERCARD immediately following.It's a fun-filled afternoon of music that you can't miss!
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Mon, Dec 16 - 8:30pm - $10
Big Fucking Idiots are serving up rock n roll Chicago style. Complacency is the enemy. You have the right to say what you want. Don't be taken advantage of. Stand up for yourself
Lollygagger is a heavy Chicago rock band for fans of Motorhead, Ween, and everything in between. This national touring act released their E.P. Life on Terminus through Midwest Action August 2018 and are working on full length follow up for 2019. Ifyou want to know the full story of Lollygagger you have to go back to when Matt and Michael started the Peekaboos in 2012. After two albums, Stay Positive (2013) and Help Stop Decay (2016,) several tours, videos and line up changes later, the band changed it's name to Lollygagger. LIFE ON TERMINUS is the first release, but the band is working on a follow up album set to be released in time for the atomic apocalypse of 2020.
Jax Ovalle is a multi-instrumentalist who started her performance career as the bassist and front-woman of the Latina punk band, Cabrona. As a result of deep burnout, she left the band and took a break from music in late 2017. In 2018, she began to write for a deeply personal project named "Love Letters To Myself" as an ode to her self-love journey. While still in development, she is currently sharing parts of the project through small shows in Chicago and through a photo/poetry series on Instagram.
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Tue, Dec 17 - 8pm - $10
Cosmograph, led by saxophonist Will Barnard, is a Chicago based six piece band that plays high energy original music. With a front line consisting of saxophone and vocals and backed by dual guitars, Cosmograph has a unique melodic voice that easily blends multiple genres. Cosmograph consists of Will Barnard, Elena Escudero, Kyle Paul, Chet Zenor, Simon Ciaccio, and Andy Danstrom.
While embracing the neo-soul sound of contemporary artists such as Erykah Badu and Moonchild, the members of safetrip bring an extensive knowledge and understanding of jazz, 60’s rock, funk, grunge, and more to create original songs that reflect the culmination of the band’s musical heroes. Floating on top of this musical fusion is the voice, poetry, and story of Ilana Weisbach, a vocalist who encapsulates the sound and artistry of the band. Drawing from psychedelic moments of truth and realization, her lyrical and stylistic influences draw heavily from the natural world and female artists such as Nai Palm, Noname, and Amy Whinehouse. Safetrip's debut album 'Eschatology' will be released before the end of 2019.
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Wed, Dec 18 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
All the tools you'll need to shatter glass ceilings, or cut through border walls for that matter; you'll find them and more on Susan Fireside's poster and at Martyrs', 3855 N Lincoln - the home of PechaKucha Night Chicago. The list of Chicagoan's leading this charge is phenomenal and sure to instigate a sellout - join us on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 8pm. As a bonus, an extra special pre-show PechaKucha with the Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group (CMEG) will run from 6-7pm. It's included in your ticket price - come witness six museum professionals tell you via PK if "That Belongs In A Museum...or NOT!" Bar and doors open at 5:30pm. The regular PK starts at 8pm.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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Thu, Dec 19 - 8pm - $10
The world's first and only female lead yacht rock cover band, bringing you lovers all the smooth rock of the 70s and early 80s. Hear the music of Michael McDonald, Hall & Oates, Sade, Kenny Loggins, Orleans, Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, Toto, Ambrosia, and more!
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Fri, Dec 20 - 9pm - $30 Early Bird Price
FEATURING MAURICE BROWN - trumpet, IRVIN PIERCE - sax, SAM BARSH - keys, ISAIAH SHARKEY - guitar, MONONEON - bass, MIKE MITCHELL - drums + very special guests...Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s talent orbits him simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting edge hip hop. He’s a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound.Brown displayed an affinity for the trumpet at a young age as he won the national Miles Davis Trumpet Competition and studied under legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. His critically acclaimed debut album “HIP TO BOP”, recorded in New Orleans, foreshadowed Brown’s unique talent for creating fresh bop-inflected jazz. Yet, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation didn’t spare Maurice and he took his talent to Brooklyn.Maurice reformed his own quintet, resurrected his underground hip-hop/funk combo, Soul'd U Out and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, De La Soul, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lettuce and The Roots.His follow-up album, THE CYCLE OF LOVE garnered significant praise; Huffington Post and NPR named it one of the best records of the year. Brown further embraced his be-bop roots with hip-hop hooks; it also lays raw his dogged insistence on charting his own musical course, bred by the rare success of his debut album and a life uprooted post-Katrina."Hearing Maurice Brown play let's me know that jazz is in good hands going forward."- Marcus MillerMaurice was invited to join the newly formed Tedeschi-Trucks Band. He created the horn arrangements on TTB’s debut album, “Revelator” which won a 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album. Brown’s trumpet was a wailing counterpoint to Derek Truck’s searing guitar wizardry.“Maurice took a solid foundation of jazz and blues and turned it into a modern sound that is uniquely his own. “- Derek TrucksBrown’s immersion into hip hop as musician/MC/producer culminated in the 2014 release of “MAURICE vs. MOBETTA” (Brown Records). This groundbreaking alter-ego album remixed original horn parts with newly recorded hip hop beats. Brown’s jazz roots are cultivated here through the lens of a hip hop perspective. Talib Kweli, Prodigy and Jean Grae’s spitting rhymes are met by Mobetta’s own, while his trumpet circles muscularly throughout every track.” Maurice Brown’s horn is able to musically go anywhere." - Talib KweliConstant evolution drives him. His intuitive vision lights a fire under traditional jazz, adds sonic brass to rock n' roll and pushes the production tip in hip-hop. Having recently severed ties with TTB, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is again charting his own musical path. The summer release of album tracks he produced for Talib Kweli, Omar, and Prodigy will make 2016 a long, hot burn. His new album, “THE MOOD” is set to be released at the top of 2017.
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Thu, Dec 26 - 7pm - $10 - ALL AGES
Five buddy boys from chicago playing music together and disseminating a culture of corn.
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Fri, Dec 27 - 9pm - $25
In the 14 years since the Henhouse Prowlers inception, the band has forged its own path through bluegrass music and across the globe. On stage, the group's enthralling performances give audiences a sense how much they love what they do; while on record, the band manages to explore their collective life-experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation. While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Prowlers music, the band manages to bend and squeeze the traditional form into a sound all their own. With over 175 shows a year, the quartet has managed to tour more than 25 countries, often going to places traditional American music has never been. Tours in Siberia or the Middle East are not uncommon since the Prowlers started working as cultural ambassadors with the US State Department in 2013. These global experiences have pushed the band in new directions musically, with songs from Africa and Asia on several albums, but they have also moved the group to start a new educational outreach program for both school children and festival-goers alike. Bluegrass Ambassadors is the Henhouse Prowlers new non-profit organization that uses traditional American music as a foundation to talk about folk music and culture's all over the world. The Henhouse Prowlers released two albums in 2017, including "Live from Kyrgyzstan" in March and the brand new studio album "Separation Man" in November. This year holds two European tours for the band and even more untold adventures as the Prowlers continue to bring their own blend of bluegrass and world music to hearts unknown.
Jeremy Garrett is known as an innovative fiddle player, expressive singer and soul-searching songwriter in the GRAMMY Award-winning band, The Infamous Stringdusters,who broke onto the national scene in 2007, scooping up 3 International Bluegrass MusicAssociation awards, including Album and Song of the Year.Since then, the group hasbecome a national ambassador for progressive bluegrass, playing to club, theater andfestival audiences around the country.To the fans of the Stringdusters Jeremy is known as “G-Grass” or “Freedom Cobra” forhis dynamic stage presence.When he is not touring with The Infamous Stringdusters heturns his attention to his solo show, wowing listeners by using electronic effects to layerand loop multiple instruments and vocals.Jeremy also performs in all-star line-upsranging from funk music to traditional bluegrass.Jeremy has a more intimate side as a songwriter, and has a broad catalog of originallycrafted songs.He has contributed several songs to the Stringdusters, including the titletrack for their 2014 album “Let It Go”, winning first place in the Folk category for the2014 USA Songwriting Competition. His songwriting collaborations include Darrell Scott,Oliver Wood (of The Wood Brothers), Jon Weisberger, Josh Shilling, Becky Buller andmore
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Sat, Dec 28 - 9pm - $20
Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion (pronounced “Mung-Yin”) is quickly becoming known for their undeniably explosive and charismatic live shows. The Chicago-based four-piece is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational ability. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical styles, they create a raucous, yet jubilant sound all of their own that will keep you moving all night. Recently they have been making their imprint at some of the countries biggest music festivals including Summer Camp, Peach Music Festival, Hulaween, Camp Bisco and Electric Forest just to name a few. They have shared the stage with acts such as, Moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Here Come The Mummies, The Motet, Mike Gordon Band and The Wailers just to name a few.Known for their whimsical songs, tight grooves and improvisational ability, Mungion’s joyous presence is a natural extension of its members, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted and deeply sincere. With there catchy melodies and infectious grooves, you won’t have any choice but to shake that booty. Mungion is guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear and leaving wanting more.
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.
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Sun, Dec 29 - 7pm - $35
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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Mon, Dec 30 - 9pm - $20
Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion (pronounced “Mung-Yin”) is quickly becoming known for their undeniably explosive and charismatic live shows. The Chicago-based four-piece is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational ability. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical styles, they create a raucous, yet jubilant sound all of their own that will keep you moving all night. Recently they have been making their imprint at some of the countries biggest music festivals including Summer Camp, Peach Music Festival, Hulaween, Camp Bisco and Electric Forest just to name a few. They have shared the stage with acts such as, Moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Here Come The Mummies, The Motet, Mike Gordon Band and The Wailers just to name a few.Known for their whimsical songs, tight grooves and improvisational ability, Mungion’s joyous presence is a natural extension of its members, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted and deeply sincere. With there catchy melodies and infectious grooves, you won’t have any choice but to shake that booty. Mungion is guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear and leaving wanting more.
Desmond Jones is a five-piece American rock band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. With original music written to complement the group's sound as a whole, the music is centered around melodic guitar riffs, smooth bass lines, funky drum beats, and tasteful saxophone.Since 2012 this unique group has played with groups like Papadosio, Dopapod, The Werks, Kung Fu, EOTO, Marco Benevento, TAUK, The Verve Pipe, Badfish, Here Come the Mummies, The Main Squeeze and many more. The group takes influence from Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Charles Mingus, The Band, and Led Zeppelin to name a few.Desmond Jones puts on exciting and high energy shows and is proud to say that each set list and each song is different from show to show.
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Tue, Dec 31 - 9pm - $30
Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion (pronounced “Mung-Yin”) is quickly becoming known for their undeniably explosive and charismatic live shows. The Chicago-based four-piece is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational ability. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical styles, they create a raucous, yet jubilant sound all of their own that will keep you moving all night. Recently they have been making their imprint at some of the countries biggest music festivals including Summer Camp, Peach Music Festival, Hulaween, Camp Bisco and Electric Forest just to name a few. They have shared the stage with acts such as, Moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Here Come The Mummies, The Motet, Mike Gordon Band and The Wailers just to name a few.Known for their whimsical songs, tight grooves and improvisational ability, Mungion’s joyous presence is a natural extension of its members, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted and deeply sincere. With there catchy melodies and infectious grooves, you won’t have any choice but to shake that booty. Mungion is guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear and leaving wanting more.
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Fri, Jan 3 - 8pm - $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.
There’s a source in rock n roll music, a well from which most of the great musicians and songwriters have drank deeply. Born in the Mississippi delta and raised on the streets of Chicago’s south side, The Blues is often recognized as the source. The Black Oil Brothers draw from the same well our heroes have, but what comes out is invariably our own. Utilizing everything we can beg borrow or steal – acoustic, electric and resonator steel guitars, banjos, harmonicas, mandolins, drums, shakers, 3-part harmonies – we create the music that let’s your ears know that there ain’t a damn thing wrong with the sound of a good man feeling bad. Such is the blues. Finding outlets in music that turns heartbreak into ass shake. Such is the music of The Black Oil Brothers and it very well may be saving our souls. Let us save yours.
Dorian Anthony Alexander Tajbakhsh, better known as Dorian Taj, is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL. He made his first records with the hardcore punk band Articles of Faith, whom he joined just prior to the recording of their first album, “Give Thanks” produced by Bob Mould. Afterwards, he played in the local noise band, End Result, appearing on their lone release, a 12” EP called “Ward” released on Steve Albini’s Ruthless label… He later formed a rock band called “Wait For Light”. After living in Los Angeles for a time, the band returned to Chicago to record the debut Album at Phil Bonnet’s Solid Sound. After a European tour Wait For Light disbanded. D.T. eventually began performing with a band under his own name, the longest being the the Aaron Bakker, Tom Atteberry, Alex Moore/Danny Severson incarnation. Releasing the Puppet Record (Joe Irizarry, John Hiler sessions), The Tobacco Record(The Dave Trumfio sessions), and The Hating Game (Dan Dietrick, Ed Tinley, Jeff Boyd sessions).
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Sat, Jan 4 - 9pm - $12
EGI (Ethereal Groove, Inc.) is an experimental funk group with a young and energetic spirit and feel. They pushe the limits of improvisation, writing and energy rich shows. The band displays great versatility and a progressive appreciation for many genres. Experimentation is the main forte, the band has always had a very level headed feel to writing which allows everyone to incorporate their ideas without hesitation. Young and driven, EGI is breaking musical ground with every turn.
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.
Broken Robots is an indie pop/rock/avant-garde group comprised of three downtrodden antiheroes from the city of Chicago. "Home Is Not a Place" is the group's first full length album, and tells the story of the city experience through the eyes of ex-cons. The group was formed by Kat Baker and Tony Baker in December 2017, when the duo began writing music together in their Chicago apartment. Kat and Tony Baker met off the highway exit at Lake Street and 355 in April 2015, at a time when both had decided to give up on their passion for music. Kat was a former folk singer-songwriter and entrepreneur and Tony was a former audio engineer, musician, actor, and vocalist in a variety of projects spanning from 1996-2008. Kat was working a miserable sales job, and Tony was homeless and panhandling. Their relationship began after months of Kat driving by and giving Tony dollars and cigarettes, and eventually evolved into regular trips to the Chicago ghettos together to buy drugs. By May of 2016, the couple had been arrested together numerous times and were being investigated by law enforcement for charges that were later dropped. Against all odds, they managed to turn themselves around toward the end of 2016. On November 30th, 2016, Kat checked into a Chicago Rehabilitation Center. 9 Days later, Tony followed suit. They spent 4 months in the program, volunteering with multiple small musical projects and performing at open mics. As they began to heal, their mutual passion for music gave them a new purpose and a new project. In December of 2017, Broken Robots was born. They began by releasing single tracks on SoundCloud about their experiences with death, mental illness, addiction and redemption. They compiled these tracks into their debut album, "Home Is Not a Place". They were recently joined by bass player Lonnie Phillips and are currently working on their second album. All of Broken Robots current work was written, produced, arranged, performed, engineered, mixed and mastered by the band independently.
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Tue, Jan 7 - 6pm - $15adv/$20door
Bridging The Music is headed to Chicago for an evening of music, art & community in a festival style atmosphere!Come support top notch local and touring acts, visual artists and more.#MusicIsCommunity
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Wed, Jan 8 - 7:30pm - $10
The definition of Bric-a-Brac is miscellaneous curios. Bric-a-Brac, the band, embraces this definition by sharing a treasure trove of unknown, obscure songs with the world. The Bric-a-Brac repertoire spans rock, jazz, lounge, and movie soundtracks - expertly arranged with Bric-a-Brac's signature musty rumpus room aesthetic. Bric-a-Brac has been heard on NPR's This American Life, seen on Chic-a-Go-Go, and has performed at diverse venues and smoky saloons.
The Country Doctors founded their practice in 2001. They refer to themselves as an “alt-classic-neo-traditionalist-honkabilly band.” Their roots are in the heartfelt repertoire of country musicians who played and sang with a purity of emotion often lacking in the genre today, while at the same time embracing contemporary artists who share a similar approach to country music. They have great vocalists in the band and do lots of arranged harmonies. They also perform original songs written in the style of the folks who influenced their music, such as Hank Sr., Merle Haggard, George and Tammy, Loretta Lynn and so many more. Their musicians are top notch, with a great rhythm section and soloists. Most of all they like to have fun with their music and their audience.
Pieptone is pop and rock songs sung mostly in German that were first put to vinyl in the late 1950s and early 1960s, plus European pop hits of the same era. German, Italian, French, Swedish, Spanish.
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Fri, Jan 10 - 9pm - $12
Chicago's preeminent rhythm and blues crooner, Bailey Dee delivers a big voice and even bigger personality to the stage. At a young age she found a beaten-up copy of the rock n roll handbook in a back alley of Chicago, tucked it in her guitar case, and has been mastering its contents ever since. Picture a Big Mama Thornton or a Sister Rosetta Tharpe, with the jump blues sounds of Wynonnie Harris behind her, and you have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Bailey Dee's Late Night Bait. Screaming on a rocker in a way that would make Jay Hawkins proud, or coaxing tears from jaded audiences with a pining ballad, Bailey Dee covers the spectrum with ease. Part school girl, part vixen; all entertainment.A full band backs her featuring members of legendary R&B Chicagoan Andre Williams band and ex-Million Dollar Quartet.
The Hi-Jivers pay tribute to the Rock N' Roll and Rhythm & Blues of the '50s and '60s through their raw, wild originals and passionate covers. Their greatest influences include Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Magic Sam, Wynonie Harris, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Guitar Watson, Little Walter, Chuck Berry and Ike Turner.Since moving to Nashville in 2014 (Dawna and Austin from Syracuse, NY, and Hank from Seattle, WA) The Hi-Jivers have played extensively in Nashville and beyond, performing at festivals such as Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender, The Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender, and NYS Blues Festival. Fall 2017 brought a deal with indie label Wild Records (LA), and in April 2018 The Hi-Jivers released their first full length album, "Something's Gotta Shake". The band appeared on the cover of Blue Suede News Magazine's Spring 2018 issue, were recently featured in Vintage Rock Magazine, and appeared on Acme Radio Live in November, 2018.
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Sat, Jan 11 - 9pm - $12
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
Perfect Blue is a six-piece band from Chicago, IL. Perfect Blue was formed out of a desire to see something a little different in the music scene. Armed with synthesizers, mellotrons, horns, vintage drum machines, and dozens of guitar effects; Perfect Blue draws from all over the musical palette to create a mirage of textures to back up their captivating songs.
Graffiti Air is an alternative post-punk new wave band from Chicago, Illinois.
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Fri, Jan 17 - 9pm - $10adv/$15door
Coming up on 20 years, Terrapin Flyer is a Grateful Dead inspired band that features a revolving cast of top performers in the jamband scene. The band often tours with former members of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band and is one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired acts in the country. On Mardi Gras there will be many special guest musicians who have performed with the band over it's long history.
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Sat, Jan 18 - 9pm - $10adv/$15door
Coming up on 20 years, Terrapin Flyer is a Grateful Dead inspired band that features a revolving cast of top performers in the jamband scene. The band often tours with former members of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band and is one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired acts in the country. On Mardi Gras there will be many special guest musicians who have performed with the band over it's long history.
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Sun, Jan 19 - 8pm - $15
Terrapin Flyer will perform a benefit for Amadeo Castillo on Sunday January 19th. All proceeds raise will go to Amadeo. The show will feature two sets of Terrapin Flyer beginning at 8 pm. Suggested donation for the event is $15, but you may give more or less at the door. Please also consider donating to Amadeo's Fundraiser page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/amadeo-vs-osteosarcoma-his-fight-is-our-fight...Amadeo Castillo, was diagnosed in August 2019 with Osteosarcoma, after a tumor was discovered by his doctors on his left leg.Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that produces immature bone. This type of cancer is most common in males under the age of 25.After Amadeo and his family were given the options of the best form of treatment, it was decided that Amputation would be the route to go.So now Amadeo, a brave and energetic 10 year old who enjoys playing his video games and riding his bike will now have to adjust to a new way of life after surgery.We are looking to help alleviate some of the financial burden on his parents as the medical bills and everyday expenses they will be facing as they care for Amadeo battles against Osteosarcoma.Please consider making a donation to help Amadeo and his parents, Melody and Ramiro and their fight against Osteosarcoma.
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Fri, Jan 24 - 7pm - $25
Martyrs' annual fundraiser for our local elementary school, A.G Bell. All bands feature one or more parents of Bell School students, and all proceeds to Friends of Bell. Come for a great rock show and support a great cause!
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Sat, Jan 25 - 9pm - $15
Cornmeal-Celebrating 20 Years20 years of weathered storms, personal changes, and bountiful life events,one thing has always remained; The Music.After 20 solid years on the road, Cornmeal continues it’s tradition ofexplosive live shows and sophisticated, captivatingly originals.Assembling a lineup of some of Chicago most venerable musicians,Cornmeal’s late stage reinvention is breathing new life into the band andit’s performances. Be sure not to miss them as the head out for a fewselect shows this coming in 2020.A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavilyinfluenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blendslightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled liveperformance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electricgroups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of thepast, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing theboundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation ofmusic lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmealchallenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance.
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Tue, Jan 28 - 7:30pm - $10
The Drawers are a Local, 8 piece band, featuring vibrant performances of classic rock from The Who, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Neil Young, Jane’s Addiction, Supertramp, Chicago, and more. Showcasing virtuoso performances by internationally renowned musicians, the group provides a unique and varied concert- going experience.
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Sat, Feb 1 - 9pm - $12
Outronaut features members of Sons Of The Silent Age, The Tossers and Expo ’76. Surf-Noir Crime-Jazz that dares to be different!
Tony Richards Trio finds 3 veteran musicians (Tony - guitar, Larry Beers – drums and Rafe Bradford – bass) joining forces to play bebop, blues, ballads and sambas in a classic guitar trio format. They perform original compositions along with classics from composers like Antônio Carlos Jobim, Django Reinhardt and others. The trio recently completed a 13-week residency which produced a Live Album that will be available for the first time at this show.
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Fri, Feb 7 - 9pm - $10
Ludlow is an indie-pop/folk band from Chicago, Illinois. Taking influences from songwriters like Gregory Alan Isakov, Conor Oberst, Benjamin Gibbard and others, Ludlow delivers a sound that comprises an array of instruments and layers of vocal harmonies to accomplish a big, melodic sound that’s full of depth.The journey to create Ludlow was a long one, and began in a small town in Midwest Ohio. Ludlow takes its name from a school in that town that songwriter Mark Schoeck attended as a child, and as the project initially served as a method of self-examination, the name fit the music.In early 2016, Mark had been playing open mics throughout Chicago with little progress. He began testing out new recording equipment with a friend, tracking many of the songs he had been playing around the city. The result was Siren on the Shore, Ludlow’s first collection of songs.Mark was introduced to Josh Noble and Maria Noble Kloess, and the three of them began playing as a trio at venues in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Kalamazoo, MI. The band added bassist Eddie Canga and multi-instrumentalist Bridget Smith in 2018, and played their biggest show to date at Chicago’s Metro in August of ‘18, and drummer Brett Sassetti joined two months later.With the release of their EP Sunset Blues, Ludlow shifts their sound to feature more vocals, more percussion, and adds instruments from trumpet to cello and more, evoking a sound similar to bands like Fleet Foxes, Frightened Rabbit, Blind Pilot, and The Oh Hellos.Ludlow plans to continue playing shows throughout the Midwest and across the country as they prepare even more new music.
Sails is aMidwest Rock band from Berwyn, IL.
Nathan Graham is a musician born and raised in Chicago. His music bridges the gap between South Side Soul and Nashville Americana, creating a new inclusive vision of singer-songwriter. He built his career over the last ten years as a guitar-for-hire, touring internationally with major label and indie acts, but all the while focused on songwriting and honing his skills as a solo performer.“My goal is to show a different kind of singer-songwriter. I don’t look or sound like you’d expect, but I’m writing about universal experiences of love, loss, uncertainty and anxiety. I’m writing music to connect my story to yours, show you all that we have in common, and maybe help both of us feel less alone.”
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Sat, Feb 8 - 9pm - $10
Rolling Stone’s David Fricke: “The Great Crusades look at life through a shot-glass lens . . . mixing anger, muscle, and minor-key remorse like a roughneck Tindersticks with the bonus of a singer (Krumm) who’s got the tubercular pipes of Tom Waits and Axl Rose’s love child.”The Great Crusades have released 9 full length records over the past two decades, have toured Europe more than 20 times, have appeared twice on Rockpalast in Germany, and have shared stages with a diverse list of artists including Gary Moore, Scorpions, 16 Horsepower, Broken Social Scene, Bottle Rockets, Steve Wynn, and Leningrad Cowboys.In October 2011, two of the band’s songs appeared in the season 4 finale of the HBO vampire series “True Blood.”
Soul Daddy draws from contemporary and legendary soulful artists including Nathaniel Rateliff, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Black Joe Lewis, Mayer Hawthorne, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Amy Winehouse and more.Erik Attkisson (bass, vocals), Jon Boley (trumpet), Chuck Hornewer (piano, vocals), Jesse Hotaling (vocals), Greg Jacobs (drums), Brian Krumm (guitar, vocals), Rich Lapka (trombone), Joe Minogue (guitar, vocals), Justin Past (Sax), and Bob Zagotta (guitar, vocals).
In a few short years, Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band have built their reputation as the hard-hitting, world-class, force-of-R-&-B-nature beyond comparison. People everywhere have done more than just take notice as this young-blooded crew has brought their searing, raw performances to stages from their hometown St. Louis, across the region, and beyond.The band’s distinct brand of Soul music is a bit less “New York City” and much more “Mississippi River”. Their sound combines the loose, funky feel of New Orleans R&B along with the visceral power and intensity of East St. Louis’ own Ike & Tina Turner – and they bring it all right to ya with truly inspired original numbers by an undeniable, natural born artist, Al Holliday.Whether it has been performing for the hysterical audience for their recent “Natural Remedies” CD release show, or sharing the stage with Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, and Orgone: Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band has been whipping audiences into a frenzy with their burning, truly one-of-a-kind performances.The band’s brand new release, “Natural Remedies”, was cut live to analog tape by the nine young men and women that are The East Side Rhythm Band – made with as much blood, sweat and tears as fried chicken and potato salad. The performances on this album serve as a document of this burgeoning champion Soul and R&B organization, while the content is nothing less than a revelation of a true artist, which in our times, is not something you see every day.If you are looking for the real thing, look no further. The genuine article, steeped in tradition, truly inspired, with a whole lot of Soul – it is no mystery why Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band is the Mississippi River’s hottest young act – and sho’ ain’t no doubt – they’ temperature is risin’.
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Sun, Feb 9 - 7:30pm - $20
Grammy award winning drummer/composer Mark Walker, originally from Chicago, has spent the last 30 years touring and recording extensively with such jazz and Latin luminaries as Oregon (with Ralph Towner), Paquito D’Rivera, Lyle Mays, Caribbean Jazz Project, Eliane Elias, Michel Camilo and Cesar Camargo Mariano. Walker has been nominated for a Grammy award for best instrumental composition and has earned 4 Latin Grammy Awards and and two Grammy Awards with Paquito D’Rivera, as well as any nominations.
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Tue, Feb 11 - 8pm - $10
K-Nein (Michael John Krieglstein) is an americana songwriter and musician who teaches, produces, and performs music in the Chicagoland area. His songwriting draws from his experiences in life having traveled extensively throughout the world. With deep roots in improvisational music as well as composition, K-Neinʼs songwriting blends styles and crosses genres. Joining K-Nein live is an energetic group of musicians who are both friends and music cohorts in various outfits. The band is:Michael Krieglstein - Guitar Vox; Eitan Bernstein - Keys (Family Order, Company of Thieves); Matthew Kopecky - Drums (Oblio And Arrow); Matt Augustine - Guitar (Prichard Harter); Jake Carmany - Bass Guitar (Prichard Harter).
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Wed, Feb 12 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini.
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Fri, Feb 14 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Founding member, lead singer, and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole stepped out on her own in 2015 with her debut album “Wolf Den.” In 2018, Nicole returns with a follow-up release via Concord Records. "I grew up playing the blues, and the blues is still a big part of what I do. But now I'm reaching out more and trying different things. It still sounds like me, but I'm stretching out a lot more than I have previously." Nicole's distinctive, inventive bass work—which resulted in her becoming the first woman to win the Blues Foundation's 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass—is the product of years of intensive roadwork. Although she had no experience with the instrument when she became Trampled Under Foot's bassist, now she can't imagine life without it. "When I started doing my solo thing," she continues, "someone asked me if I was gonna hire a bass player. No, of course not! I originally picked up the bass to keep Trampled Under Foot a family band, but I really fell in love with it. It was a huge challenge, and it still is. But I really love being part of the groove and getting to sing on top of that. I had learned some stuff on acoustic guitar before I started playing bass, but I never really felt connected to it the way I do with the bass. It's empowering, walking onto a stage full of grown men who can play their asses off, and it's 'OK, I'm gonna play this bass, we're gonna do this, and it's gonna rock.'" Rounding out her band are longtime Danielle Nicole Band guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Miller, and her older brother Kris Schenebelen [Trampled Under Foot] on drums. "I think that it's a good time for the kind of thing I'm doing," she states. "From my years of playing blues festivals, I've seen that younger and younger audiences are getting into the blues. I think that people want to hear authentic music again."
Grown in the fertile soil that is Indie rock and watered with light beer, Chicago based band, Each Day, started in the summer of 2018. The band consists of Taylor Oechsel (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Christopher Marszalek (drums, producer), Nick Stubblefield (lead guitar), Chris Oechsel (bass), and Alex Oechsel (vocals).Taylor had a dream of playing her songs for an audience. Although her debut performance was for an audience of not 50,000 or even 50 people, but 3…the room was left in silence. The air turned to paper and all that was written on it was, “The World Needs This.” Christopher hopped on the drums and Nick grabbed his guitar. It didn’t take long for them to pull in Taylor’s siblings, Alex and Chris, on vocals and bass.From there, over 30 songs were written in a month and the band headed for recording. Five of those songs became their first few independently released singles that cover the idea of what Each Day is--musically intriguing while lyrically raw. As far as genre goes, Each Day sits nicely somewhere between Folk and Alternative. With influences ranging from Dawes to Sublime to Phoebe Bridgers, it’s no wonder they have created their own unique sound. The rest...is still to come.Over the course of a year, the band played for hundreds of ears, started working on their new record, and created a vlog for people to get to know them better.The future holds great things for Each Day. With plenty of gigs lined up and collaborations with some of the industry’s brightest minds, the band continues to follow their mission: help the world feel a little less lonely.
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Fri, Feb 21 - 9pm - $10
Hailing from Chicago, the five Scarbrough siblings who make up The Footlight District are talented, hard working, extremely dedicated individuals who have put in countless hours of blood, sweat and tears into their passion: Music.The music that pours forth from The Footlight District is a melting pot of their life. They grew up in the deep Mississippi south with influences of classic rock, blues, soul, and gospel. Combined with their love of straight up old school vintage rock and roll. They don't over complicate their music, it’s stripped down and played from their soul. Anchored by raw soulful bluesy instrumentals, strong vocals and peppered with tight sibling harmonies, their music is soulful, gritty, and passionate. The Footlight Districts’ live set is passionate and intense. Riveting the audience with their energy, the chemistry they share onstage is unmatched. Their live set is one that engages and keeps the crowds moving.
The Million Reasons is a rock group from Chicago that embodies the energy of good friends hitting the road, rolling down the windows, and cranking up the volume. Infusing soaring vocals with heavy hitting grooves and melodic guitars, these rockers carry on the spirit of pure rock & roll. The new single "Secrets" is out now!
Hailing from Chicago, Bubbles Erotica is a driven, passionate and charismatic 4-piece hard rock band.
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Sat, Mar 7 - 7pm - $25 ALL AGES
Alexandr Misko is a dazzling new breed of modern fingerstyle guitarist. The 21-years-old Russian already plays concerts all over the world and has often appeared on television in his homeland and other countries.Drawing influences from the musicians who pioneered and expanded this guitar style, Misko manages to break through to new heights while never losing sight of the underlying music. He is a passionate and energetic performer who has released three solo albums. With an organic approach, Misko’s work has been viewed over 200 million times on video platforms and has amassed more than 1 million followers of his music. In 2018, Alexandr was named the “Guitarist of the Year” at the prestigious UK Guitar Show. He has played notable concerts with fingerstyle legends including Jon Gomm, Mike Dawes, Luca Stricagnoli, Thomas Leeb and many others in his global tours.Alexandr Misko is a young musician, composer and arranger from Russia, who has received world fame thanks to the Internet resource YouTube.In 2015 his video with an original tune “Guitar & Pen Tapping Song” quickly gained over a million views, which was the reason for inviting him to appear on the well-known Russian analog of an American TV talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!".In January 2017 Alexandr Misko’s video cover of Michael Jackson’s song "Billie Jean" got over 33 million views on Facebook, which was the first big step to enter the world guitar scene and allowed him to perform on the same stage at the Guitar Summit showcase in Germany with such outstanding guitar players as Jon Gomm, Guthrie Govan, Tobias Rauscher, Maneli Jamal.In December 2017 Alexandr released his second album "Beyond The Box” and the very first single from the recording (“Careless Whisper” by George Michael) gained more than 80,000,000 views within a month on Facebook and YouTube accumulated.The number of Alexandr’s subscribers on his YouTube channel is growing exponentially and now has more than 500.000 followers.Alexandr's music story is amazing and simple at the same time.He started playing the instrument at the age of 12 doing classical guitar with a private teacher for 3 years.After becoming acquainted with the modern style of guitar playing called “Fingerstyle” on the Internet, he began to learn it on his own.Since 2016 he released 3 studio albums and has been actively performing around the globe with solo shows, teaching, recording music, and in October 2018 he received the title “Guitarist of the Year” according to the noticeable UK magazine “MusicRadar".A unique style, a very musical and technical presentation, coupled with original works, make Alexandr’s music accessible to any listener. The language of his music is universal and understandable for audiences anywhere in the world.
Guitarist Peter Ciluzzi transports listeners on a journey through virtuosic, evocative compositions that tell a story without words. With a distinctive, timeless sound that is both familiar and unexpected, his music defies easy categorization and reflects a wide range of influences including jazz, rock, classical, and world music. He has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine (August 2018), and his acclaimed solo instrumental work has accumulated millions of views on YouTube and more than 8 million plays on Spotify.Raised in a small town in coastal Massachusetts, Ciluzzi developed an appreciation of the arts at a young age and took up guitar when he was a child. Mainly a self- taught musician, he has also studied jazz and improvisation as well as classical composition and has written a number of orchestral and electronic works in addition to his solo guitar recordings. A finalist in the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, he has toured and performed throughout the US and shared the stage with the likes of Antoine Dufour, Calum Graham and Gareth Pearson. The broad nature of his musical interests also extends into guitar design and construction; having studied lutherie with Charles Fox, he started Ciluzzi Guitars in 2006 and has displayed at a number of exhibitions including the Montreal Guitar Show.
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Fri, Mar 20 - 9pm - $20
The Trouble Notes are a Berlin based trio, composed of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Describing themselves as ‘Indie-Gypsy fusion’, their music is characterised by emotionally driven, instrumental ballads reflecting pan-cultural influences and blending an eclectic fusion of traditions, to create a truly unique sound; representative of their extensive travels and consequent musical development. Their music is defined as ‘music from everywhere for everyone“. The group have achieved success and wide acclaim for past releases, with their previous EP Soundtracks from the Street reaching the Top 5 in USA iTunes charts for Latin & World Music, as well as garnering 60 million+ video views on publications including Grand Masquerade, Gypsy Train and Christoph. Their new single, Lose Your Ties, is an immersive, emotionally charged and thrilling piece of music, encapsulating a melting pot of influences. This track, as with their other releases, deliberately lacks lyrics to allow the listener to create their own vision of what transpires during each song, to allow people from any corner of the world to embark on a cultural and geographical expedition. The Trouble Notes tell us more about the single…“Lose Your Ties is our story. The song is about that little voice that pops into your head while you’re sitting in front of your computer at your desk job. The one that says ‘What are you doing with your life?’ We chose to follow that voice and it took us on this wild journey. Lose Your Ties is the first of many stories we are ready to tell.” Their new album Lose Your Ties, released in February 2018, showcases a development of their expressive, incredibly diverse sound, representing the start of a new, and exciting, musical journey.
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Fri, Mar 27 - 8pm - $10
Summer Camp: On The Road brings the magic of Summer Camp Music Festival to your town. Summer Camp will be visiting multiple cities across the country searching for the best talent the area has to offer. Come out to support local artists as they play for a spot at #SCamp 20!
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Sat, Mar 28 - 9pm - $10
Summer Camp: On The Road brings the magic of Summer Camp Music Festival to your town. Summer Camp will be visiting multiple cities across the country searching for the best talent the area has to offer. Come out to support local artists as they play for a spot at #SCamp 20!
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