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Thu, Jul 25 - 8pm - $12
Brothers Jared and Dominic Cortese spent their youth running through the shifting sands of Warren Dunes State Park in Southwest Michigan. In Warren Dunes, their band with Julia Massey, they chart new realms of musical fantasy with contagious joy. Post-modern beach music from the Pacific Northwest, Welcome to Warren Dunes weaves threads of indie pop, art-rock, psych, and Tropicalia into a complex yet easy going whole. This is a record of nuance and bubbling ornament, where bold swaths of melodic primary color burst into neon-flecked clouds of sonic glitter as Massey’s arresting, crystalline voice soars overhead. Though Warren Dunes is a relatively new endeavor, its members’ lives have been steeped in music. Mom and Dad Cortese were the head of music at their church, touring the states’ conferences and retreats. “Music was just something I thought people did. Though, to be honest, my earliest memory of feeling like music was what I wanted to do for a living was watching the Saved by The Bell episode where the cast starts a band” laughs guitarist Jared. Julia began piano lessons after she figured out how to play “Go Tell It On The Mountain” by ear as an eight-year old. A prolific creative, Julia wrote and recorded her first solo record, Brains in Bubbles, as a college student in Colorado. At twenty-one she relocated to Brooklyn, NY and released her second LP Moons and Stars Convene. The following year she toured the southern United States in veggie-oil powered RV and filmed a documentary called The Break Free Project along the way. From 23 to 25 Julia lived in a National Forest in Colorado and wrote the record OUT. Following that release she headed west, and into the thriving art scene in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Julia placed a Craigslist ad for a bassist. The ad was answered by Andy Kingham, who also played in a band called The Jesus Rehab – featuring Jared and Dominic Cortese. A few weeks later and Dominic was the official drummer for the newly minted Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount. A few months after that, and Julia started dating the lead singer of The Jesus Rehab, Jared Cortese. They were married in 2012. Julia released a slate of critically-acclaimed records with Five Finger Discount, touring nationally behind each. The band released their final recording, Heart Tones, in 2017. Drawn together by their shared love of live performance, Julia and the Cortese brothers decided to form a true family band. The name came easily; “Warren Dunes is the place where we first really experienced wonder and raw inspiration” explains Dominic. That sense of wonder and inspiration pervades the music Julia, Jared, and Dominic make as Warren Dunes. They are happiest together on stage, moving and flowing as synchronous aspects of a greater whole. That grace and delight comes through in their recorded work, telegraphed transparently to the listener. A cohesive statement, unique yet instantly recognizable, Welcome to Warren Dunes slides seamlessly from delicate post-punk explorations to anthemic, sing-along pop built on a foundation of arena-worthy choruses. Self-assured yet free of bombast, Welcome to Warren Dunes is an art-pop dreamscape of unapologetic fun. Based on the belief that we can all be #smallbutmighty, Warren Dunes donates proceeds from live performances to a variety of charitable organizations. For more information, please visit the Beneficiaries page.
Although Edward & Graham have only been together for a few years, the songs they’ve created could only have been written through decades of separate experiences. They both hail from Chicago, but while Johnny Edward sang of heartbreak in the singer/songwriter circuit, Evan Graham honed his craft as a writer, producer, guitarist and front man of the touring metal act, Alaya. Where their two worlds collide is somewhere between haunting Alt-Country and unforgiving Pop Rock. While they set out to make noise in the Midwest, they began to buzz nationwide thanks to SiriusXM, where their song Rose Marie received heavy airplay. As they dropped their debut acoustic album, The Pilsen Sessions, listeners immediately engaged through familiar influences ranging from The Avett Brothers to Coldplay. Even though Edward & Graham started as an acoustic duo, they’ve rounded out their sound by adding multi-instrumentalist Keith Dunn (Graham’s brother) and drummer/producer Rob Bordignon (Win & Woo, Freak Island). With an exciting year of new music and live performances ahead, Edward & Graham plan to leave a lasting impact with songs that give all their influences the spotlight.
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Fri, Jul 26 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble was founded in Chicago in 2003 by guitarist Aaron Feder. In 2006 Aaron moved to Barcelona in search of a different sound for the AAbE. He quickly found a group of international members, from all continents of the globe. In a short time the band was reformed and headlined the Fiestizaje music and arts festival in 2008. The band then set about recording their first studio album, Toubab Soul which was released in 2010. Shortly afterwards, they released the remix album, Toubab Resouled, and opened the world music festival Cruilla de Cultures with Konono No 1. Toubab Soul met with positive reviews from different international publications, such as Afropop Worldwide, calling the album “as dark and intensely danceable as any African musical experience can be”, and DJ Floro declared the band the best representation of Afrobeat in the country. While their energetic live show was winning over audiences in Spain, their studio work was included in a compilation CD from Relix magazine, part of a world music compilation from TuneCore digital distributors, and used as the soundtrack for the first ever Nigerian-Spanish film, Super Zebraman. Their connection with the visual arts continued when they had music included in the television show Furgoaddictes, and they recorded the music for the national TV show Museo Coconut. At the same time the band also began their relationship with manager Javi Zarco (Ojos de Brujo, Peret), who is also a founder of the Afrobeat Project cultural association in Spain. Their music was also included on an Afrobeat compilation from Paris DJs and later in the compilation World Music from Catalonia. Their live shows continued to grow in intensity, and they hit the festival circuit, playing at ImaginaFunk with Ebo Taylor, and closing out the WOMAD Canary Islands festival in 2011. Fast forward to 2014, after two years of crossing the Iberian Peninsula and visiting the Canary and Balearic Islands on various occasions, they return to the studio to record their second album, Life No Get Dublicate. At the same time, the record label Slow Walk Music is formed, and AAbE is on board. The album is released at the beginning of 2014 and receives positive reviews from multiple international sources, with La Vanguardia newspaper saying the album is “worthy of Blue Note records”. The band is featured on PRI’s the World, and begins to expand outside of Spain. They are selected for the AA++ musical exchange with France, open the Mercé Festival in Barcelona for 10,000 people, return to a sold out show in the Canary Islands in the Umami Music and Arts Festival, and they are selected to tour Spain in the Girando Por Salas program. In November 2014, the band released a short animated film set to the song “Majority Whip”. In 2015 the band changes direction a bit, with singer Joe Psalmist, from Lagos, Nigeria joining the band for their winter/spring tour of the peninsula, Balearic Islands and even a trip to the African continent to play in Ceuta. Additionally, they return to the studios of Radio 3 for another nationally televised in studio concert. Joe’s soulful voice and inimitable stage presence brings the band to the next level. They spend winter recording a new album, and then spend the summer touring Spain and France once again, highlighted by multiple visits to Madrid in the Fiestas de San Isidro and the Festival de Cultura Inquieta, plus a return to Ibiza. Fall 2015 saw the release of their third studio album, It’s Time, combining brand new songs with brand new remixes as well. 2017 saw the band on their second North American tour as well as hitting up Berlin, London and France. In 2018 they returned to the USA for their third tour, as well as returning to France and headlining multiple festivals in Spain. Their fourth album, “Monkey See, Monkey Due” was released in Spain in October 2018, and in the rest of the world in March 2019. In November 2018 the band headlined and produced the festival “AlterAfrica” at the Fábrica i Coats arts center.
ÉSSO is the brainchild of Chicago born songwriter and producer Armando Pérez. He curated an inner city big band of rotating members which definitively unsealed an agile sound propelling them to perform for mutli-cultural concerts and festivals alongside Grammy winning artists.The group made a splash by invoking polystylistic enthusiasm from the uncompromising urban streets that birthed House music, as well as undeniably potent movements in hiphop, punk rock, and free jazz. Drawing on these raw influences, the Chicago based band effortlessly merge Chicano and Boricua roots music with Cuban son into a rhythmic sancocho filling dance floors and providing ample evidence of Chicago’s presence as a hotbed of diverse new music in the States.Their bilingual lyrics bring gusto to the socio-political conversation while adding context to inspired musical compositions and alluring beats. Swirling guitar, brass horns, spoken word and group singing add to their tropical funk outfit with a fearless focused spirit intact. ÉSSO’s foundational versatility has taken the band on tours across the US and into Mexico behind their critically acclaimed releases of original independent music online and on vinyl. This is the soundtrack of rebel streets remixed for the future by its outspoken immigrant youth.ÉSSO has performed for notable music festivals including: Redbull Music Xicago Festival, Ruido Fest, Chicago World Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, Clark Street Festival, South By Southwest (SXSW), Festival Cultural de Zacatecas (MX), Do Division, Pilsen Fest, Michelada Fest, Villapalooza and many more street celebrations across the US.They've shared the stage with: Cafe Tacvba, Natalia Lafourcade, Bomba Estereo, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisibles, Kinky, Princess Nokia, as well as Songhoy Blues, La Santa Cecilia, Sonido Gallo Negro, Los Rakas, Chicha Libre, Saul Williams, Jeremy Sole, Jenny & the Mexicats, Gaby Moreno, Alice Russel, Euforquestra, Boogat and more.Live band members include: Armando Pérez (guitar/vocal), Kevin Miller (saxophone), Dan Lieber (drums/percussion), Ezra Lange (bass), Diana Mosquera (vocals), Jess Anzaldúa (percussion), Luis Tubens (vocals), Matthew Davis (trombone) and special guests.*** Their notable experience and active work in performing for grassroots community organizations and volunteer programs has helped raise awareness and vital funding for important after-school, immigrant justice, humanitarian, and fair housing programs across the US. Members spearhead free all-ages library programs for families, educational music presentations, and workshops focused on cultural recognition in music, poetry and the arts.
Seres de Luz is a Latin soul group that weaves together grooves from across the Latin diaspora. Drawing from the diverse musical and cultural backgrounds of its members, Seres de Luz brings worlds together on the Chicago scene. By combining traditional percussion with modern musical technology, Seres de Luz both looks backwards to traditional Latin rhythms and forwards to cultural exchange through sound. Their original music is influenced by the sounds of samba, forró, ska, dub, cumbia, chochi, funk, and jazz among others.
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Sat, Jul 27 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door - ALL AGES
Joy Division’s debut album, Unknown Pleasures, turned 40 years old this summer and to celebrate, the band known as The Unknown Pleasures (coincidence?), will perform this post-punk masterpiece from beginning to end. From Disorder to I Remember Nothing, each song, performed in order, plus a sprinkling of cherrypicked Joy Division and New Order favorites afterwards.The Unknown Pleasures is:Steven Anderson - vocalsGrant Davidson - bassJordan Kozer - drumsMitch Marlow - guitar / keys with special guest: Mark Winkler - keys
Led by acclaimed drummer Brad Elvis and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chloe F. Orwell, Chicago's The Handcuffs explore broad sonic territory while believing in the power of a great radio hook. The Handcuffs inhabit some of the same musical domain as T-Rex, Spiders from Mars Era Bowie, Franz Ferdinand and early Blondie - all filtered through a modern lens - and deliver bold, sexy songs with memorable melodies and unexpected twists. Known as much for their dynamic live shows as for being prolific writers and producers, their songs have been featured in dozens of films and television shows. The band has released three full-length albums and is currently working on the fourth. They recently released a special International Cassette Store Day album called "All the Way from Chicago," featuring a "best of" style, remastered sampling of their modern garage-glam songs, plus a never-before released nod to one of their influences, Mott the Hoople. "The Handcuffs are one of the few bands capable of effectively combining the spontaneity and musicianship of glam/punk with the urgency and rough-edged sound of garage rock," says Jersey Beat's Phil Rainone. “There's a sexy, swaggering street vibe throughout,” added Musoscribe's Bill Kopp. And the Chicago Sun-Times exclaims that The Handcuffs are simply "effervescent." Completing The Handcuffs powerhouse lineup are bassist Emily Togni, lead guitarist Susie Q. Winn and keyboardist Alison Hinderliter.
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Mon, Jul 29 - 8pm - $10
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
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Thu, Jul 30 - 8pm - $12
Comfort in Chaos. Bonzo Squad is a collaborative ensemble that crosses the the boundaries of genre with the virtuosic abilities of its members. The music is not only meant to feel good, but allow audiences to lose themselves. In 2014, Corbin Andrick asked Andrew Lawrence to join him Andrew Vogt, and Zack Marks at Lilly's for the weekly house band set, thus the Bonzo Squad was born. With Vogt's overwhelming positivity, Marks's back pocket, Lawrence's musical honesty, and Andrick's good vibe leadership, the Squad puts the smile on the face.
Hits like you've never heard them before–literally. New Nostalgia reimagines classic pop songs with a modern jazz/rock twist. A 9-piece instrumental jazz/pop/rock band formed in 2016 by saxophonist and composer/arranger Neil Carson, New Nostalgia's unique instrumental interpretations of classic tunes by Cyndi Lauper, Tears for Fears, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel, and other artists are brought to life by a full 5-piece horn section and a driving rhythm section. Featuring our city's finest musicians, and releasing their debut album in April 2019, New Nostalgia fills a distinct void in the music scene in Chicago and beyond.
Echoes is a collectivist ensemble whose music pairs futuristic electronic sounds with focused improvisations to create a sound that is uniquely their own. Inspired by 21st-century ideals of cross-pollination and experimentation, the group augments its already unorthodox instrumentation with a variety of electronic instruments, loops, and triggers to explore new sonic and rhythmic territory together. Over the course of almost four years of touring and performing, their talents have brought them to venues all across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In August 2018, the band released its first EP, “Square Two,” and conducted an extensive tour of the West Coast of the United States. In early September the band completed a residency at the renowned Avaloch Farm Music Institute and recorded their first LP “Loading Screen.” This performance is a part of the “Loading Screen” release tour.
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Wed, Jul 31 - 8pm - $10
With a sound that floats seamlessly between rock, reggae, jazz, hip-hop [and] funk" (Live Music Daily), Natural Born Leaders aim to bring a fresh groove to America's soundscape. The Asheville, NC based quintet is comprised of charismatic frontman and lead vocalist Michael Martinez, keepers of the beat James Eddington (bass) and Kevin Murtha (drums), Rex Shaffer (guitar), and Ben Survant (saxophone).In June of 2018, Natural Born Leaders were among a handful of top submissions for NPR Music's Tiny Desk song competition. As a result, they were recognized by Weekend Edition's Scott Simon in a nationally syndicated feature interview. While this "big break" has helped propel the group forward, it is their consistent dedication to the grind that is proving fruitful. Monthly tour runs throughout the year and a steady growth of media appearances have made Natural Born Leaders a widespread crowd-favorite. With a magnetic beat and solid rhyme, it's hard not to groove along with every song.Following the enthusiastic reception of their debut EP, 'About Time', Natural Born Leaders are headed for the studio to lay down a handful of new tunes, slated for a grande reveal in the summer of 2019.
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.
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Thu, Aug 1 - 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
The Motions are a stripped-down Rock band that officially started in 2013. The Motions came together when Steve Klein asked Aaron Rosenblatt if he wanted to get together and jam. Steve and Aaron have known each other and been playing music together since 1996.Sometime in 2013, Aaron and Steve were bonding over their love for the Ramones. Noticing that no one was playing music like the Ramones anymore Steve and Aaron decided they wanted to play Ramones songs. From time to time Steve and Aaron would get together and Steve would bring a new song that he had written. After they had about 12 songs in their repertoire, Aaron decided it was time to take the show on the road.In 2017, the Motions became the house band for June’s Inn on Western Ave. in Chicago. They played there consistently until the bar was sold. In 2018, the Motion started to get invited to play at the Elbo Room on Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Since that time The Motions have played Bourbon on Division, Custer Fair in Evanston and Silvies in Chicago. In 2019, Hans Alex joined the band on Bass. Hans is an accomplished musician who cut his teeth in Chile. The Motions are very excited to have him on board.
The O'Brien cousins all grew up in a council housing project in Sheffield, England, where they played in several bands together. Following a job opportunity to work for a popular touring group, they soon made their home in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.The Unswept have been a part of Chicago's power pop scene for nearly a decade, racking up 8 consecutive appearances at the annual International Pop Overthrow Festival, along with shows at popular Chicago venues like The Hideout and Martyrs. Their previous two albums have received rave reviews from influential power pop blogs and local music writers. Unswept tunes are in regular rotation on streaming power pop stations and have also been featured on Chicago AM and FM radio.Chicago's Gaper's Block said the sound of The Unswept is like "The Monkees meet the Traveling Wilburys." They've also drawn comparisons to the sonic signature of Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Lowe, Teenage Fanclub, and even the early Bangles!
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Fri, Aug 2 - 9pm - $10
Damn the Witch Siren is the premiere electronic act in Columbus, Ohio. Dubbing their music “Witch Rock”, the duo has made a name for themselves with their catchy, clubby music and their wild live performances that showcase Bobbi Kitten’s sultry prowess as a front woman. Their live show is a hybrid of pop and punk rock with synchronized lights and fog machines while the duo frantically pound multiple instruments and layer lush synth-scapes on top of one another. In February of 2018, they released their full-length album Red Magic which was their best received and most cohesive album yet. It’s a concept album about feminism, sex, lust, love, setting fire to the patriarchy, and Bobbi’s journey of self-discovery and owning her sexuality. They recently went on a 15-date tour of the midwest and east coast and have been booking frequent shows throughout the region the past year.
EVE BLACK is a seductive blend of darkwave, post punk & goth-rock. Thom Wells (Guitarist, Songwriter) formed this project in 2015, and in 2018 recruited Rani Young (Vocals), Rick Osborn (Drums), Alex Manov (Bass), and Danny Robles (Keys). They build a balance of powerful progression and ethereal essence.
Chicago's Radiant Devices have a unique sound combining elements of post-punk, pop, and experimental rock. They are known for unique instrumentation including metal percussion (gas tanks, metal springs and sheets, a satellite dish, etc.) which lends to an engaging and bombastic stage performance.Playing under the current name (and The Mojdeh Project in the past) the band has performed at such prestigious venues and events as the legendary Green Mill, Kinetic Playground (opening for Saul Williams), The Rave (opening for Chevelle), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (as part of an interactive art installation), EstroJam Festival, smARTshow, Humboldt Park Art Fest (with Rabble Rabble, Phillip Morris and Blah Blah Blah), WBEZ's Global Activism Expo, University of Illinois at Chicago and even the infamous Excalibur dance castle club in addition to traditional rock venues all around Chicago and beyond!
Chicago’s Kelroy create a sound that combines intricacy of composition with simplicity of delivery, drifting between hints of post rock, blues and alternative, as they pour time and essence into the vortex of sound they shape. Each song sets off on a journey of its own. Thick layers of guitars sound more like distress signals and woeful mourning; the keys and trombone add layers of texture and depth, while drums and bass set a pulse that delivers each composition to its natural conclusion. The always-evolving chord progressions, and picturesque and introspective lyrics evoke a mood, a feeling and, undeniably, a train of thought…. Throughout its growth and evolution, the band has been expanding its fan base, having performed in New York, Denver, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee and other cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Their music has appeared on public radio like WBEZ and Vocalo, college radio stations like WLUW, and Spanish stations like NOX Live. The band continues to maintain a devoted following in its hometown appearing regularly at such Chicago hot-spots. Kelroy is set to release its third full-length album in February 2015.
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Sat, Aug 3 - 9pm - $10
Eldren won Best Psych Rock Band in Denver two years in a row for the 2016 and 2015 Westword Music Awards, and they have been nominated four times for Best Band in Denver by iHeartRADIO (KTCL 93.3 in Denver) for the Hometown for the Holidays and Big Gig contests. Their new album, Welcome to Deathville (2015), made the Colorado Public Radio OpenAir Best Albums of 2015 Listener Poll, and it was given a perfect album review score ("5 out of 5 Cocks") in Rooster Magazine.Eldren headlines sold out shows in Denver and their genre-bending style allows them to play with a diverse range of musicians. They have played shows with Gene Ween, The Black Angels, Imagine Dragons, Dr. Dog, Cold War Kids, Mother Mother, Cursive, MarchFourth Marching Band, Dan Deacon, and many more.
Verluna is an indie-folk band lead by Chicago songwriter Alex Katsaropoulos. Influenced by artists such as Bon Iver, Local Natives, and Radiohead; Verluna focuses on melancholic harmonies and dramatic dynamic changes that most would describe as hypnotizing. Verluna's most recent single, “The Narrow Road to Oku” off their debut LP "Oku"(2018) was released this February. The song begins as a calm, acoustic slow-burn following a powerful chorus of resonating voices and concluding with emotional satisfaction. Since their release, Katsaropoulos and the band have stayed busy playing at venues around the Chicagoland area like the Empty Bottle, Tonic Room, Uncommon Ground and going on tour in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Verluna continues to captivate the audience with introspective lyrics and intimate moments, leaving you in a trance like state.
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Wed, Aug 7 - 8pm - $12
Kick the Cat is Chicago's most highly acclaimed fusion ensemble. Since forming in 1996, the band has been wowing audiences with their high energy shows. Their compositions are grounded in the traditions of jazz, rock and funk and feature complex harmony, odd time signatures, and extended improvisations. The group's spontaneity and uncanny communication make each of their live performances a unique adventure in interactive music-making.
Dan Bitney works within avant-garde electronic, rock and improvisational groups, most notably Tortoise, Isotope 217 and Spectralina. LeRoy Bach is a Grammy-winning artist, former member of Wilco, and former member of the Black Monks of Mississippi with Theaster Gates. With their Roland 303 bass monster, Dan and LeRoy perform rockin, swingin, catchy tunes, backed up with plentiful improvisations.
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Thu, Aug 8 - 9pm - $12
Sun Beard started in late September '14 at 3AM, fireside with friends. My friend Jaik and I were jamming and ended up writing the first song of the album('Ain't Gonna Die'). In the space between the notes, we could hear that coyotes had come nearby and were starting to howl along with us. We also had this crazy long shooting star light up the sky directly above us. It was a sublime night. That vibe carried forward with a handful of recording sessions throughout the year at both Oxide Lounge and IV Lab Studios. The end result was a fun writing and recording project amongst friends. The album went on to be called, 'The Night'. A lot of great friends and family donated their time and creativity to these songs, and I'm so thankful for them and their generosity. Much love everyone! - Matt Robinson.
Arbor creek is a five-piece progressive psychedelic blues rock band from Joliet, IL. They have been made up of the current line-up for three years now, and have released one EP, Listen (2016), and one full-length LP, Arbor Creek (2018). The sound of the band is one that takes many forms and calls upon many different influences. With three years of shows under their belts, the band has acquired a very tight stage presence and ever-evolving live performance. The influences of the band come from all over the world and all over time. As near to home as Chicago’s Blues to as far abroad as the folk musics of Europe. Often times, the music can be comparable to ‘60s and ‘70s bands like Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers or Pink Floyd. Other times, elements of newer groups such as My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, White Denim, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Marcus King Band and Gov’t Mule all can be heard. Dueling electric guitars, soulful vocals, intricate keyboards and mandolin, tight and driving bass and ferocious drums all help to define Arbor Creek’s unique sound.
Althea Grace is a young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area who plays solo shows and with area musicians as a full band under the moniker Althea Grace Band. Althea’s music can best be described as in-your-face indie blues with heavy doses of jazz, funk, and rock featuring her powerful, soulful voice and guitar skills to match. Though not yet old enough to drive, Althea has been playing top festivals and venues in Chicago, The Midwest, and beyond for the last five years. In 2012, Althea won the McHenry County junior talent contest and has been featured numerous times in regional newspaper, radio, and TV outlets. Althea has opened for American Idol finalist Bucky Covington, has shared the stage with many top local and regional bands, and on many occasions with the multi-Grammy-winning band Los Lobos.
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Fri, Aug 9 - 8pm - $25 ($44 for both)
The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago with the world’s top drummers and an all-star band! Drumming legend Chad Wackerman is best known for the 27 albums he recorded with Frank Zappa – not to mention his work with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, James Taylor, and many more! Gergo Borlai has taken the drumming world by storm with his powerful and innovative playing! Gergo regularly records/tours with Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Al DiMeola, Vernon Reid, Mohini Dey, and many others! Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist Janek Gwizdala (Pat Metheny/Mike Stern), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling). You can expect a grand finale with both drummers at the end! Get your ticket here, or purchase a COMBO TICKET so that you can get in to the August 13 show with Dennis Chambers and Steve Smith! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp(www.drumfantasycamp.com). ________________________________________
Drumming legend Chad Wackerman is best known for the 27 albums he recorded with Frank Zappa – not to mention his work with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, James Taylor, and many more!
Gergo Borlai has taken the drumming world by storm with his powerful and innovative playing! Gergo regularly records/tours with Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Al DiMeola, Vernon Reid, Mohini Dey, and many others!
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COMBO TICKET so that you can get in to the August 13 show with Dennis Chambers and Steve Smith! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp (www.drumfantasycamp.com).  ________________________________________

 

 

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Sat, Aug 10 - 7pm - $15adv/$18door
John Kadlecik is a singer, songwriter, and musician based in the DC-area who can play most stringinstruments, but is primarily known for being a guitar-slinging sideman to Grateful Dead members PhilLesh and Bob Weir in the band Furthur. An original member and co-founder of the group Dark StarOrchestra, John has been performing improvisationally-oriented shows regularly since the late 1980's andtouring nationally for the last 20 years.While Kadlecik is well-known for his love for playing music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia, hisshows offer an extensive repertoire of songs. John has been writing music and playing in bands for overthree decades and has gained an appreciation for music of all kinds. From George Harrison to JohnPrine, from Bob Dylan to Van Morrison, John’s arrangements are both interesting and inventive. Andwhile he enjoys paying tribute to many renowned artists, his song choices are unique and often obscure.His set lists always include several of his original songs and incorporates a diversity of musical styles,including new and innovative approaches to live-looping.John’s work also includes several studio releases of original music, including the recently releasedOn theRoad. He is currently active with his own group, The John Kadlecik Band, as well as "supergroup" theGolden Gate Wingmen, and is an ongoing guest in Oteil and Friends, Everyone Orchestra, KellerWilliams’ Grateful Gospel and occasionally, Phil Lesh & Friends
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Sat, Aug 10 - 9pm - $10
Broke Royals were recently crowned the "best band in DC." Over the last five years, they earned this title with their electrifying performances and signature blend of pop hooks and premium rock & roll. On their triumphant new album, Saint Luxury, Broke Royals are calling everything into question through the eyes of a runaway angel. The album's fictional heroine, Saint Luxury, leaves heaven, where they have all the answers, in pursuit of a life of questions, luxury, and champagne. She re-examines the bias in inheritance and seeks to find what questions we should be asking. Saint Luxury is the perfect saint for these modern times. After five years, this album stands out as Broke Royals' highest achievement. The album's first single, "Bad Chemicals," premiered in Billboard in November where the band was praise for their "arena-ready sound." Broke Royals have secured TV placements and they have had music videos shown in thousands of retail location including IKEA, Gold's Gym, Planet Fitness, Foot Locker, and many more. Broke Royals was not even supposed to be a band... In 2014, Colin Cross broke ground on his recording studio after years as a touring musician and he invited Philip Basnight, a solo folk singer, to record some demos in the new space. In their first sessions, the musical chemistry was palpable, but neither Cross nor Basnight predicted that their partnership was just beginning. Taimir Gore and Ben Wilson joined the group shortly thereafter. Basnight and Cross have honed a singular sound and toured the country. Seamlessly integrating traditional rock with new digital elements, the guitar-driven rock, pop hooks, and Cross’ infectious beats fuse gracefully with Basnight's lyrical narratives. Their songs tell stories about love and loss, hope and fear, and setbacks and perseverance. In this new chapter, Broke Royals use Saint Luxury to ask themselves tough questions about religion, politics, identity, and more. The result is an enthralling masterpiece of angelic rock & roll.
Molehill has been described by Jesse Menendez (WBEZ Chicago) as “combining elements of progressive rock with pop sensibilities and emotionally charged lyrics, this band delivers a symphonic listening experience.”In Spring 2018, two members of Molehill were hospitalized within 9 days of each other. First, drummer Devin Staples lost consciousness in the middle of Walgreen’s and was rushed to the ER and successfully treated for a blood clot in his lungs. One week later, lead singer Peter Manhart found himself in the ER with a broken elbow after colliding with an SUV on his bicycle. Both band members are fortunate to have mostly healed up since these incidents, but it was a scary time for the band.This is just symptomatic of the wild 8 year ride it’s been for this Chicago-based quartet that pride themselves on work ethic and grit. 2 months after these ER visits, the band flew to Brooklyn to record a new EP with Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Mark Ronson, Glasvegas).The Hostage EP is the next step in Molehill’s evolution. It retains the anthemic vocal melodies and dark thoughtful storytelling of the group’s origins while adding a new love of synth-heavy pop production. Molehill’s story is a group of guys on a journey, navigating egos and emotions and fears and insecurities to develop a process and sound that brings out the best of what they have to offer as a unit. After Manhart joined with drummer Devin Staples, bassist Trevor Jones, and keyboardist Greg Van Zuiden in 2010, alternative rock with funk and classical music influences was the focal point around which the group coalesced. After the guitar-heavy LP Equinox (2012), their next two EPs, Tin God (2015) and Hearts on Fire (2017), touched on a variety of styles, everywhere from rock anthems to a style best described as “west coast funk meets Gregorian Chant.” Also, over the years, they had all the ups and downs of being in an independent rock band – refining their songwriting process, van breakdowns, empty shows, packed shows, sleeping on basement floors and, through it all, sticking it out together.Molehill has toured across the U.S. and Canada performing at Summerfest, Canadian Music Week, and many other festivals and clubs. Their music has been featured on radio stations across the country, including 6 consecutive weeks on X1075 in Las Vegas, and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune (Front page of A+E section), AltPress, IndieShuffle, and others.Hostage is a place for the band to take a breath and share something with the world. It’s a new step in the band’s journey, one new step of many.The Hostage EP will be released as a series of singles beginning on February 1st, 2019.
The King of Mars (TKOM) is based out of Chicago, and has been performing shows at many popular Chicago venues such as The Subterranean, The House of Blues, Martyrs', Beat Kitchen, and Metro. They recently released their EP, “Cookie Cutter Dreams” and successfully completed their first tour in which they performed at venues along the East Coast and through the South and Midwest. TKOM formed in the spring of 2015 and has since evolved into a larger band with piano, synths, and a horn section. Their sound shakes the foundation of traditional rock music by encompassing Jazz, Funk, and Soul musicality alongside insightful lyricism.
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Mon, Aug 12 - 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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Tue, Aug 13 - 8pm - $25
The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago with the world’s top drummers and an all-star band! Drumming legend Dennis Chambers is one of the most iconic players of all time. He is best known for his work with John McLaughlin, Santana, Mike Stern, Parliament/Funkadelic, and many more. Legend Steve Smith is the current and longtime drummer for the iconic rock band Journey. His jazz fusion group, Vital Information, is in its 36th year touring the world. Steve is also known for his work with Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ahmad Jamal, Zakir Hussain, and more! Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist Janek Gwizdala (Pat Metheny/Mike Stern), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling). You can expect a grand finale with both drummers at the end! Get your ticket here, or purchase a COMBO TICKET so that you can also get in to the August 9 show with Chad Wackerman and Gergo Borlai! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp (www.drumfantasycamp.com). _____________________________________________
Drumming legend Dennis Chambers is one of the most iconic players of all time. He is best known for his work with John McLaughlin, Santana, Mike Stern, Parliament/Funkadelic, and many more.
Legend Steve Smith is the current and longtime drummer for the iconic rock band Journey. His jazz fusion group, Vital Information, is in its 36th year touring the world. Steve is also known for his work with Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ahmad Jamal, Zakir Hussain, and more!
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COMBO TICKET so that you can also get in to the August 9 show with Chad Wackerman and Gergo Borlai! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp (www.drumfantasycamp.com).  _____________________________________________ 

 
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Fri, Aug 9 & Tue, Aug 13 - 8pm - $44 BOTH NIGHTS
The Drumming All Stars COMBO TICKET: featuring Dennis Chambers, Steve Smith, Chad Wackerman, and Gergo Borlai. Also featuring Janek Gwizdala, Vinny Valentino, Chrissi Poland, and Stu Mindeman. The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago and ONLY at Martyrs’ for these ALL AGES shows! The Combo Ticket gets you into both shows at a reduced price! Concert 1: August 9- Drumming legend Chad Wackerman is best known for the 27 albums he recorded with Frank Zappa – not to mention his work with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, James Taylor, and many more! Gergo Borlai has taken the drumming world by storm with his powerful and innovative playing! Gergo regularly records/tours with Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Al DiMeola, Vernon Reid, Mohini Dey, and many others! Concert 2: August 13- Drumming legend Dennis Chambers is one of the most iconic players of all time. He is best known for his work with John McLaughlin, Santana, Mike Stern, Parliament/Funkadelic, and many more. Legend Steve Smith is the current and longtime drummer for the iconic rock band Journey. His jazz fusion group, Vital Information, is in its 36th year touring the world. Steve is also known for his work with Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ahmad Jamal, Zakir Hussain, and more! At both shows, the drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist Janek Gwizdala (Pat Metheny/Mike Stern), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling). You can expect a grand finale with both drummers at the end of both of these shows! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp (www.drumfantasycamp.com).
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Wed, Aug 14 - 8pm - $12
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Thu, Aug 15 - 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, Aug 16 - 9pm - $15
TERRIBLE SPACESHIP: It was sweeping round swiftly and steadily, this flaming death, this invisible, inevitable sword of heat. I perceived it coming towards me by the flashing bushes it touched, and was too astounded and stupefied to stir. I heard the crackle of fire in the sand pits and the sudden squeal of a horse that was as suddenly stilled. Then it was as if an invisible yet intensely heated finger were drawn through the heather between me and the Martians, and all along a curving line beyond the sand pits the dark ground smoked and crackled.
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Sat, Aug 17 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Hailing from the singularly vibrant musical hotbed known as Chicago, CHEER-ACCIDENT has been a creative, vital force in rock music for over 20 years. They constantly strive to surprise their audiences and themselves through relentless reinvention. From dreamy pop to angular art-rock, CHEER-ACCIDENT strikes a powerful balance between personalized and unique studio wizardry and the visceral excitement of a well-honed, explosive live rock band. The band is a quintet at its foundation, fronted by Carmen Armillas, whose powerfully emotive voice has recently led CHEER-ACCIDENT down the path of even deeper connectedness with their already-loyal audience. Presenting itself in various configurations, the band’s core personnel is frequently augmented by some of Chicago’s finest musicians. Their body of work is unparalleled in its ambition and originality, and their twolatest releases, “Fear Draws Misfortune” and “No Ifs, Ands or Dogs” (both on Cuneiform Records), demonstrate how the band continues to improve with each passing year. After their hugely successful performance at last year’s Rock In Opposition Festival in France, they are returning to Europe for several shows in July 2014, this time as a streamlined quartet: Dante Kester- bass. Jeff Libersher- guitar, vocals, trumpet. Evelyn Davis- vocals, keyboards, melodica. Thymme Jones- drums, trumpet, vocals
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.
Akosuen /aa-KŌZ-eh-win/ is a music and performance project by Billie Howard involving sounds that focus on breathing cycles, chronic pain, and mediation on both quiet and extremely loud sounds. The Akosuen ensemble has appeared as solo synth and voice, operatic voice and violin duet, trio playing ritual prepared piano and percussion, and a six-piece doom metal band with chorus.Akosuen recently scored the short film, Olion, which was accepted into the 2017 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival. Akosuen has also created sound installations for GAG Gallery and A Memory Palace of Fear at Silent Funny in Chicago.Akosuen has a collaborative recording with Cinchel coming out on Scripts Records in 2018.
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Sun, Aug 18 - 8pm - $15adv/$20door
Lost Dog Street Band formed in the winter of 2010 after husband-and-wife duo Benjamin Tod (guitarist/vocalist) and Ashley Mae (fiddle player) parted ways with former musical project Barefoot Surrender. Originally conceived as a duet, Benjamin and Ashley quickly dedicated themselves to carrying the tradition of the American troubadour – hopping trains and hitchhiking across country while delivering their unique brand of original songwriting and tragic storytelling. In the summer of 2011, while performing on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, Benjamin and Ashley met Nicholas and Shannon Ridout, two skilled musicians traveling from the Pacific Northwest. Immediately inspired by each other’s music, the two groups began writing collaboratively and soon formed the band Spit Shine. The four musicians quickly built a friendship stronger than family, and together poured their blood and sweat into the music of Spit Shine. For the next two years Lost Dog Street Band took a hiatus, until Nicholas’s tragic death in the spring of 2013. Pushing through the sorrow at the loss of their best friend, Lost Dog Street Band was resurrected with a fervency. Now doing very little street performing, Lost Dog Street Band tours the country each year, delivering their story through song in venues nationwide. In 2017 Lost Dog completed a national tour supporting The Devil Makes Three playing some of the oldest and largest theatres in America. Most recently, the group tours regularly appearing coast to coast in venues nationwide. Along the way they keep Nicholas’s work alive by sharing his music at the end of every show they play. Drawing from years of lonely tramping, and more than one tragic loss, Lost Dog Street Band has crafted a distinct sound that is best described as ‘dark country’ that never wavers from its roots and honors the traditions of its forbearers. In the same vein as country-legend Guy Clark, Benjamin Tod weaves his melodies and lyrics together to offer listeners an unapologetically raw and authentic account of the human experience. Lost Dog Street Band has since relocated from home base in Tennessee to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. They are currently homesteading eleven acres of raw land.
Matt Heckler is the fiddle player you want to believe still exists. Veering from Appalachia to Romania, Ireland to the Catskills, his music is definitively unsafe and entirely his own. The Catskills, where he grew up and the Carolina Appalachians he calls home are old mountains, but the kids there are more likely to be raised on punk than old time string bands. Heckler took both with him when he left and sharpened a distinctive sound on banjo and fiddle the scientific way, as a street performer who could measure the days artistic growth in single dollar bills. Attracting the attention of musicians, as well as passers-by, he spent half a decade touring and releasing three albums with the band Deep Chatham. Since then his room silencing solo act has become an exciting yet poorly kept secret in DIY music scenes around the country. After The Flood will be his first full-length release showcasing a songwriting ability that audiences, distracted by his casually virtuosic musicianship, might have previously overlooked. Don’t wait for his next reinvention, find Matt Heckler now and remember what music should be.
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Thu, Aug 22 - 8pm - $20
The Zimmermen are quite assuredly Chicago’s fines interpreters of Bob Dylan’s music. Mining quite possibly the best catalogue in American music gives the Zimmermen a galaxy of material pull from. At times they remain true to an official release and at other times create their own take on a classic or a deep cut. The band is made up of some of Chicago’s finest musicians (Pat Brennan on keys, John Carpender on drums, Henry Carpender on trombone, Andon Davis on guitar, Klem Hayes on bass, Chris Neville on keys, Terry white on guitar/harmonica and of course the Zimmerwymen on vocals, Naomi Ashley, Jenny Bienemann, Jodi Walker). A tradition with the Zimmermen has been to invite a guest star to sit in and add their unique take on Dylan’s music. Over the years the guests have included Robbie Fulks, Cathy Richardson, Michael McDermott, Jon Langford, Willie Nile, Terrance Simien, Alejandro Escovedo among many others.
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Fri, Aug 23 - 9pm - $15
The Jacob Jolliff Band is the next generation of bluegrass supergroups, led by one of the country's premier contemporary bluegrass mandolinists. Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band, Jacob Jolliff founded beloved New England roots band Joy Kills Sorrow, while attending Berklee School of Music on a full scholarship. The band logged three records, hundreds of shows, and thousands of miles of worldwide touring. In 2012, Jolliff had the distinctive honor of being named the National Mandolin Championship winner. A fixture of the national bluegrass community, he has collaborated and shared the stage with Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, and David Grisman to name a few. When Joy Kills Sorrow disbanded in 2014, Jolliff got the call to join progressive bluegrass giant Yonder Mountain String Band. The ensemble features some of the most virtuosic and innovative young pickers in the country. Jacob Jolliff continues to tour extensively with Yonder Mountain String Band year round, assembling his namesake band when his relentless touring schedules permit, for rare, not to to be missed performances.
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Fri, Aug 30 - 9pm - $12
Chicago's Grateful Dead Tribute. Jamband music mixing the Dead with originals and other kind music since 2005. Never the same show twice, PW pulls from a list of hundreds of songs. Rock to country to jazz to blues to free-form psychedelic jams, rich 4-part vocal harmonies and high energy psychedelic jams.
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Tue, Sep 3 - 8pm - $20
Rising star Israeli pianist, vocalist and composer will arrive to Martyr's for a surprising solo evening of music and storytelling which will incorporate his singing voice and a loop station along with the piano. Guy will take his audience on a true journey ranging from original pieces inspired by his travel adventures to surprising interpretations of music ranging from Chopin to Ladino songs, from Jewish prayer's to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, the Beatles, U2, Bach and beyond. Under the hands of Guy, who has been called a ''mad scientist" by GRAMMY award winner Arturo O'Farrill, the dots will be connected and musical worlds will collide into one spectacular fabric.
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Thu, Sep 5 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Shamarr Allen is the definition of New Orleans Music! Hailing from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Allen has influences in jazz, hip hop, rock, funk, funk blues and country. He is the lead vocalist and trumpeter of his band "Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs".In addition to performing with his band, Allen has collaborated with many renowned artists such as Willie Nelson, Galactic, Mannie Fresh, Patti Labelle, Harry Connick Jr. and Lenny Kravitz to name a few. In addition to displaying his skills on the frontline as a lead performer, Allen is also a music composer, writer, producer and multi instrumentalist. With a scintillating and unique sound, look and examplary talents, Allen transcends musical boundaries. He is the True Orleans Experience!
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Fri, Sep 6 - 9pm - $10adv/$15door
After Funk is a fun filled, soul driven, funk-rock explosion.
Hailed as “The grooviest band north of the border” (Live for Live Music), the Toronto based funk family have been blazing a trail through the North American music scene leaving only happy hearts and dancing feet in their wake. The combination of Yanick Allwood (keyboards & vocals), Jaime Rosenberg (drums), Justin Bontje (bass) and Phil Tessis (guitar) results in an infectiously fun show, as well as virtuosity and beauty that will challenge your musical mind. After Funk’s sound and hard work has not gone unnoticed; being selected as the Electric Forest’s Instrumental Forester in 2014 earned them two sets at the festival and they have served as support for Walk Off The Earth, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, TAUK and more.
The band has released 2 albums to help you prepare for the experience: ‘Til The Sun Comes Up features Canadian hip hop legend Choclair and earned over $10,000 in crowdfunding presales and their self-titled debut EP was mixed and mastered by Alan Evans of Soulive. Both albums promise to have you rocking out and singing along to catchy melodies and funky grooves. But if you truly want to find out what comes after the funk, you’ll just have to come experience it for yourself.
Rotten Mouth is a 4-piece Dirty / Groove Rock band that guarantees to bring all of their jamtastic energy to every song they write and to every live performance. Through brain-liquefying guitar solos, earth-rattling drum rolls, and a deep, gritty tone that will eternally shake your soul, the band brings a unique twist to modern rock n’ roll music. Through the use of powerful, improvisational extended jamz, their music transforms into an avalanche of sound and emotion, and ensures that your body will undoubtedly feel like a wonderland.
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Sat, Sep 7 - 7pm - $12adv/$15door
Maybe April is a Country Americana group made up of Katy DuBois (Bishop) and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, AR, and Chicago, IL, they met in the summer of 2012 at a music industry camp in Nashville, TN. They wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a GRAMMY week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and had their video "Last Time" premiered on CMT. Maybe April is recognized for their harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs, and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound somewhere in between Americana and Country. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.
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Wed, Sep 11 - 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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Thu, Sep 12 - 8pm - $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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Thu, Sep 19 - 8pm - $12
Johnny Burgin earns his name as The Worldwide West Side Guitar Man by performing up to 250 shows a year in Europe, Japan and coast to coast in the US. Johnny started his career in the rough and tumble neighborhood blues joints on Chicago’s West Side with Howlin’ Wolf disciple Tail Dragger, and went on to tour and record with blues legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay and Billy Boy Arnold. He’s been praised by the Cascade Blues Association for his “stunning guitar playing– the pure Chicago styled sound”, and his fans love Johnny’s take on the intense, stripped-down “West Side sound” of Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Buddy Guy. Johnny is a Delmark and Vizztone recording artist with 8 CDs to his credit. He was nominated for a BMA for Best Traditional Blues CD of 2017 for “Howlin’ at Greaseland”, a Howlin’ Wolf tribute.
Recorded at Greaseland studios in Campbell, California, Aki Kumar’s debut recordDon’t Hold Back generated instant buzz in the San Francisco Bay Area bluesscene. This album showcases some of Kumar’s original material in addition toclassics by such blues greats as Hank Ballard, Snooky Pryor, Memphis Slim andmore. Aki Kumar doesn’t hold back - vocally or on the blues harp - and performswith soulful intensity on all tracks. The tremendously gifted June Core (drums) andVance Ehlers (bass) anchor a dream rhythm section and there is no dearth of topguitar talent either - the record features appearances by Little Jonny, Johnny CatSoubrand, Kid Andersen and even a cameo by Rusty Zinn. Veteran saxman FrankieRamos and pianist Bob Welsh round out the sound with their invaluablecontributions on many cuts.
In May 2016, Rae Gordon assembled a new band featuring some of Portland’s most notable players. The fresh lineup quickly picked up steam, and by the 4th of July Rae’s new outfit had won the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey to Memphis competition at the Waterfront Blues Festival. This local win sent them to Memphis in January 2017 for the renowned International Blues Challenge, where they ultimately took third place overall after competing against standout acts from all around the world. The band was recently named Best Portland Blues Act in a Willamette Week reader poll. In November 2017 the Cascade Blues Association honored the Rae Gordon Band with two Muddy Awards: one for Best Contemporary Blues Act and another naming their latest CD Better Than I Was Best Northwest Recording.
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Sat, Sep 28 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Come celebrate John Lennon’s Birthday and the 50th anniversary of The Beatles classic album Abbey Road at Martyrs September 28th, Saturday 8pm. John Lennon songs and the entire Abbey Road album will be performed by some of Chicago’s finest musical talent. Hosted by Ellis Clark & Ary Jeebies’ Big Parade and a star studded cast of musical guests that includes The Plastic Orwell Band, Tom Klein from Liquid Soul, Nicholas Barron, Jay Goeppner from The Beatle Brothers, Greg Jackson Combs, Gerald McClendon of The Soulkeepers, Phoenix, Andrew Clark Of The Beyond and many more!
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Sat, Nov 9 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Satsang is a power trio creating a unique blend of soul, folk-rock, and hip-hop. Satsang delivers lyrics that come from and are rooted in change, growth, awareness, and imperfection. The live show is everything that the band name suggests: a gathering of people to assimilate and share their truths. The rhythms put forth by the band keep everyone on their feet, and the lyrics leave them craving active and positive change. Satsang has toured all over the country and has shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Chris Berry, Mike Love, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Tubby Love, and many more.
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