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Tue, Apr 23 - 9pm - $10
Terrapin Mountain is the acoustic offshoot of the Grateful Dead band Terrapin Flyer. The band features top acoustic, bluegrass and Americana artists performing the acoustic catalog of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead.
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Wed, Apr 24 - 5:30-7pm - 20adv/$25door - CANCELLED
/////Todd, Michele, and Intoxicats want to send condolences to 2 of Intoxicats band members who lost a member of their family.
Because of this, unfortunately, The Intoxicats performance this Wednesday at Martyrs is cancelled.
Please, accept our apologies and we’ll play again for you soon!\\\\\The Intoxicats are a new collaboration including Michele Rundgren plus members of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Prince’s NPG and more.
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Wed, Apr 24 - 9pm - $5
You know you LOVE THIN LIZZY! Tin Lynott is BACK!! THIN LIZZY from Ireland, led by Phil Lynott, were one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Tin Lynott digs deep into the catalogue for two sets featuring Dan Leali, Steve Doyle, Brian Wilkie, Mitch Straeffer & Ray Quinn.
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Thu, Apr 25 - 8pm - $12
It all started with a demo tape of unfinished songs that a trio of guitarists from Seattle sent out in the hopes of finding the right vocalist to complete them. An aspiring musician in San Diego named Eddie Vedder not only heard the demo, he immediately had ideas for lyrics to three of the instrumentals and sent back an audition tape of his own. The musicians in Washington liked what they heard, and the next thing Vedder knew, he had an invitation to travel north to see where the music they could create together might take them. It was the beginning of Pearl Jam. Today we think of them as the last band standing from the era of grunge. But while their roots were deep in the alternative rock scene of the Pacific Northwest, they grew beyond their regional origins to become one of most popular bands in America today.April 25th, Great Moments in Vinyl pays tribute to Pearl Jam with two sets of their powerful music at Martyrs’. We’ll open our show with Ten, the multi-million selling album that introduced music fans to group, then use our second set to relive highlights from the albums that followed their debut. And as always at a GMiV concert, you’ll hear stories about the songs and the musicians that created them.Bill Grady will be front and center as vocalist and guitarist supported by a band that includes Jonathan Reed on drums and William Lindsey Cochran on bass. /////////////////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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Fri, Apr 26 - 9pm - $15
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.
Soul Honey Records is aband born in the studio. SHR is an eclectic group of songwriters, producers & session musicians coming together to create original music.
Toussaint alone, is a walking party, has Louisiana running through her veins, and a voice as big as Texas! Add that with talented band members and you’re guaranteed a good time!Toussaint was born and raised in the inner city of Chicago. Listening to country music was her little secret, as it was not common in the Englewood area....(and urban communities alike.). Her passion for music lead her to singing with soulful girl groups in her teen years, but as a solo artist she decided to no longer ignore the music she loved. “She is the real deal” says Kenneth Wright (Nashville writer/Tim McGraw). Toussaint has written, arranged and produced her current project titled “My name is Liz”. Currently traveling to Nashville for writing session on music row and studying at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Liz is dedicated to her craft and destined to be the next groundbreaking artist from Illinois.After opening for Comedian Cedric the Entertainer to a standing ovation, Liz is quickly gaining a reputation for being a hard act to follow. She comes from a bloodline of great talent as she is related to Allen Toussaint who has written, arranged, produced and played piano for many of the best New Orleans R&B records ever made. Mr. Toussaint said: “I think what you are doing is Grand”.As the only black female country artist from Chicago, Liz is without question a rarity. Her witty personality comes alive on stage as she gives her audience a peek into her life as an inner city teen, uncharacteristically listening to country music. The Chicago Tribune found her story to be so interesting, they published a full page on her life in June of 2009 titled “City Born, Country Drawn”.Toussaint continues to work on major developments with her project, while traveling and performing throughout the U.S.
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Sat, Apr 27 - 5:30pm - $10
Carved into lava rock by Hades himself lay a prophecy foretelling of 5 creatures that would be released unto the earth just prior to the dawn of the second Millennium. These beasts would be unknowingly born into modern society and separated at birth until the dominion of man lead by false prophets nears extinction due to over indulgence in blind faith. These followers of the False Shepard were long ago lead to believe that judgement day is imminent and were so blind they didn't realize they were living through the aftermath. The 5 sons of Hades were to be completely unaware of their destiny until fate brings them back together to fulfill the ultimate prophecy and take back the land of rapture. Now on the brink of self inflicted apocalypse, they have found each other and deemed themselves "Pooky". Face to face with the blinding light from above, they have set out on a fearless expedition to stop the annihilation of the land of the damned. Utilizing all resources at their disposal Pooky has come with a tasty blend of 60's inspired Rock and Roll, soulful harmonies, hard hitting psychedelia, cult driven peppermint distribution and all of the molten fury of Satan himself to preserve the unholy lands of the hopeless humans.
Based out of Austin, Tx with a Cincinnati flare. Indoor Creature looks to bring a fresh perspective to the saga of American Pop music."Indoor Creature sounds like little else in the Austin scene– wondrous, charming pop with glitchy rhythms, like Mark Mothersbaugh time travelling to the Brill Building’s heyday."– ovrld. "Indoor Creature is a producer's band. Their discography, a collection of three albums and a handful of singles, showcases a band fascinated with texture, polish, and melody. " – Do512.
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Sat, Apr 27 - 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.
Dan Andree and Aaron Dorfman have been sharing their bluegrass type music across the globe from Europe to Africa, Russia to the Middle East, and all round the USA. They are amped and honored to reunite at one of their favorite venues in the world for a great night of precise pickin and flailing fiddlin!
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Mon, Apr 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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Tue, Apr 30 - 8pm - $10
Sun Not Yellow is an Indie Alt Rock trio that formed in Lancaster, Pa during the Summer of 2017. Jesse Barki, Cory Paternoster, and Caden Myers all met at Lebanon Valley College where they studied Audio Engineering and Music Business. Some of their most notable inspirations include Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Frightened Rabbit, Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, The Alabama Shakes, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, and Pavement. Their first full length ‘Activity Oriented Meditation’ flaunts a unique amalgamation of these influences, showcasing thoughtful and relevant lyrics backed by very involving guitar melodies combined with a very driving and powerful rhythm section built from linear drum beats and walking bass lines that have a life of their own. The album was recorded by Mike Bardzik at Noisy Little Critter in Downingtown, Pa between the months of February and May of 2018. They are currently playing as many shows as they can in support of the record.
From piano ballads to punk riffs, The Phones leave an audience feeling as if they had just experienced the melancholy and discontent infant-brainchild of Elton John and The Misfits... wholeheartedly perplexed, and oddly satisfied.
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Wed, May 1 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, May 2 - 8pm - $10
SURCO is a 4-piece band from St. Louis, Missouri that is known for their psychedelic improvisational concert experience. The quartet excels in pushing musical boundaries with their multi-genre compositions and captivates audiences with an immersive audiovisual production including both stage lighting and projection mapping. Each show, the band creates a unique and memorable musical journey that concert goers won’t soon forget. Surco consistently draws large crowds and is known to pack the venues they play locally and regionally in the Midwest. The band has shared the stage with acts such as George Porter Jr., Jennifer Hartswick, Aqueous, The Werks, Twiddle, Montu & Jaw Gems. Surco has also played official after parties for bands such as JRAD, Trey Anastasio Band, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ween, Turkuaz, The Big Wu & Dark Star Orchestra. The band released their first studio album “Vol. 1” in December of 2018 and is eager to get back in the studio sometime in 2019 to record “Vol. 2”!
Jonfin is a rock band hailing from Chicago, IL. Their music is a raw, driven and unapologetic blend of, alternative and garage, with a penchant for tasty melodies and warm aesthetics. Fans of artists as diverse as The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Foals will certainly connect with Jonfin’s sound, as the group embodies the immediacy, inventiveness and attitude of indie music to perfection. The band recently marked their debut by releasing their first-ever single,”Tomorrow.” This track has a punchy, edgy arrangement with a lot of spice and a dash of uptempo grooves, combined with jangly guitars and dreamy effects.
Sir Mango is a band committed to the songs that make you want to throw down, throw up, cry, laugh, and think deeply about all that important bullshit.
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Fri, May 3 - 9pm - $17adv/$20door
MUCCA PAZZA IS A MARCHING BAND THAT THINKS IT'S A ROCK AND ROLL BAND! MUCCA PAZZA assembled itself in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago river. Combining marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 30-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. Their eccentric, frenetic visual presence, and genre-bending original compositions earned them critical praise and a loyal local following. Before long, with their live show’s reputation preceding them, Mucca Pazza began to branch out nationally, appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, WFMU, and the Kentucky Derby, as well as supporting major national acts and performing at numerous national music festivals like Lollapalooza, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors and the Montreal Jazz Fest. “Ceci n’est pas une Marching Band” Despite the drums and brass, cheerleaders and uniforms, Mucca Pazza seldom marches, musically or physically. The uniforms do not match. The cheers are strange. There are no recognizable patterns, no discernible formations, no militant airs. However, the force and presence of a marching band remain, both sonically and theatrically. The brass harmony, rich and powerful, the drums, tight and idiosyncratic, combine as a sum greater than its parts. The band might even move from point A to point B. But this is where similarities end. Mucca Pazza dances, flails, tumbles, and spins in circles. Amplified by speaker helmets, the freak section wields violins and cellos, accordions and guitars - instruments that have no business whatsoever being in a marching band. The cheerleaders rouse, encourage and confound the audience with asynchronous absurdity. The music moves from Balkan to brass band groove to noise-rock to avant-garde game show themes without missing a step. Performances can induce geeky freak-outs and nerdy rapture, from either audience or band members, often both. The American tradition of the marching band - whether as presidential entourage, half-time show, or second line party favor - receives both fresh love and artful abuse from Mucca Pazza.
Chicago bassist/composer, Matt Ulery, is known for leading a diverse variety of bands in jazz and chamber music spectrums. With his freshest project, Ulery presents rousing new music with his modern-hot jazz brass band, Pollinator.Dustin Laurenzi / tenor saxophoneJames Davis / trumpetSteve Duncan / trombonePaul Bedal / pianoQuin Kirchner / drumsMatt Ulery / sousaphone
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Sat, May 4 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Zeta June is a Psychedelic Dance-Rock band formed in 2011 by Ian Crawford (Guitar, Vocals) Porter Hand (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys), Mitch Hruby (Bass, Synthesizer), and Cody Kuhens (Percussion, Vocals). The transcendent group seamlessly brings together genres as diverse as melodic rock, fusion, funk, progressive rock, classic rock, hip hop and jazz. The Colorado-based quartet has shared the stage with some incredible acts such as The Floozies, Dopapod, Future Rock, Euforquestra, John Wayne & The Pain, Yak Attack and The Jauntee to name a few. Having received bids to music festivals such as Camp Euforia, 515 Alive, Jammin’ On The Wolf, 80/35 Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival three consecutive years, and they show no signs of slowing down.
Daily life is a struggle. Sometimes you need a Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, which is also the name of the new glam punk heavy rock product from Tony Rogers & John Scholvin of The Good. It’s like a lion on stimulants, a velvet jumper only two sizes too small, a goblet of mysterious dark liquid that promises a night you will never forget. It also showcases the pulsating rhythms of Jackie Schimmel & Greg Fundis, and it may be addictive.
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Mon, May 6, 2019
featuring Alton Smith, Bill Brickley, Chris Greene, Gross Ngolle Pokossi, Jack Cassidy, John Mead, Lenny Marsh & Steve Dawson.
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Tue, May 7 - 8pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Wed, May 8 - 8pm - $10
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!
The Sellouts are a Chicago based Who tribute band.
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Thu, May 9 - 9pm - $12
Kind music for kind people. Kind Country is a Minneapolis based band that plays American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music. Since their formation in 2012, the band has focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy gathering with a goal of creating a moment of musical bliss that can be shared by audience members and band alike.Kind Country released their debut self titled album “Kind Country” in the fall of 2013. Since then they have been bringing their music on the road playing live performances at theaters, bars, auditoriums, festivals, and everywhere in between all throughout the United States. The band released their second independently released full length album, Hwy 7, in the fall of 2015. Produced by Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles, Hwy 7, thrust the band further into a regional spotlight. The guys quickly followed up with a 5 track studio EP, Mountains, which was released in the spring of 2017. The band has no plans of stopping and will be releasing new material on a regular basis for the foreseeable future."Snagging the last spot and rounding out our not-very-extensive list is Kind Country, the Minneapolis-based jamgrass band forged in 2012. Originally started as a four-piece string band, the band expanded into six-member ensemble featuring Mitch Johnson (guitar), Brandon Johnson (guitar), Max Graham (mandolin), Joe Sheehan (bass), Chris Forsberg (violin), and Chris Wittrock (drums). These guys have some thing special going on, with the addition of drums allowing the group to go deeper in exploring how bluegrass can morph and intersect with other genres and giving them the freedom to create a sound that is truly their own. However, they still stay true to their string-band origins and bluegrass roots, with their energetic playing and the talent among the six players more-or-less guaranteeing a foot-stompin’ good time."- Ming Lee Newcomb, Live for Live Music. From article Five Up and Coming Bluegrass Bands Poised to Take Over the Scene.
Formed in early 2015 with a lineup of both esteemed veteran pickers and hotshot newcomers, Growler is bringing a welcome vitality to the growing Chicago bluegrass scene. The band comprises current and former members of regional mainstays like The Leadfoot Band, DOG 1, and Sunnyside Up and its members bring to the table over a decade of collective experience playing and recording mountain music the old-fashioned way. As dead-on and high-lonesome as these boys are, however, traditional bluegrass is not a final destination for a group like Growler. With influences that span from pulsing Chicago blues to gritty southern rock, from elegant gypsy jazz to old school gospel and soul, and more, the band uses their bluegrass prowess as a jumping-off point for finding a sound that is theirs alone.And Growler has wasted no time getting this sound in front of an audience. Having cultivated a sizable repertoire of lovingly re-imagined standards and exploratory originals, the group is already packing houses and wowing crowds at clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest. They have shared the stage with national touring acts such as Hot Buttered Rum, The Hillbenders, Old Salt Union, Trout Steak Revival, The Lil’ Smokies and in 2017 are only continuing to pick up speed on the regional scene.You wanted bluegrass in the City of Big Shoulders? Look no further--Growler is Chicago’s answer to a young generation of talented pickers seeking a new identity, and with thick four-part harmony, lush instrumental arrangements, and a deep, impeccable groove, how can you deny them?”
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Fri, May 10 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Psycles is an original project featuring many styles of music. Also, we can interpret your dreams!
Next Planet is the musical brainchild of songwriter, musician and native Chicagoan, Scott Fischer. A thrilling ride as both spectator and participant, Next Planet’s music inspires with big melodies and ambitious composition, taking you on a wildly impassioned journey. With seven studio albums under his belt and hundreds of live shows, Fischer never stops pushing boundaries with his ambition and talent. Rising from the ashes of Fischer’s Flicker (and previous incantations: Deja Voo Doo, PowderHouse, Babaganoo), Next Planet features members and long-time musical contributors Tim Gavin (drums, vocals), Andy Sviatko (bass), Rick Lyons (guitar, vocals) and Scott Fischer (keys, lead vocals). Previous projects had organically positioned Fischer in the director’s seat as both bandleader and composer. While he is still the primary songwriter, Next Planet conducts itself with a new, more democratic approach. From introspective and chest-hitting numbers to eye-rolling, satirical guffaw-out-loud ditties to extended exploratory epics, Fischer has bared it all through his numerous musical releases. Recent live performances have included a dazzling light show pontificating the vibe of each song. Next Planet offers a new singles type of approach of song and video releases with 4 upcoming features to look forward to. Next Planet’s music continues to forge ahead with humor, candor and musical collaboration with Scott Fischer at the helm, conducting the ride.
Grabbing influences from all over the musical spectrum, the Ars Nova has something for everyone. They pride themselves in never having two shows be the same and embrace the musical freedom that is their improvisational jams. From Umphrey's McGee to Led Zeppelin, from STS9 to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, from Jimi Hendrix to Kings of Leon, the Ars Nova is a must-see act. After breaking on to the festival circuit in the summer of 2014 at Summer Camp Music and Arts Festival in Chillicothe, IL, everything has been up hill for the Ars Nova. Catch them all over the Chicago area and be sure to follow them closely on Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram. Do NOT forget the name 'The Ars Nova'.
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Sat, May 11 - 6pm - $10 - ALL AGES
Mon, May 13 - 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, May 14 - 8pm - $10
Stanley and the Baskets is a hip-hop, dance, funk, and reggae-inspired jam band from Chicagoland.
Todd Albright is a country blues, twelve string guitar player and vocalist from Detroit, Michigan. Grounded in the pre-war era of the blues tradition (1880-1939), Todd is a mindful purveyor of blues history. His repertoire upholds musical pillars such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly. His life’s work continues the distinguished tradition of the very roots of American music as told by the African American musicians who created it. Todd's vigorous, gritty and soulful performances are accompanied by stories of the masters and a deep intuitive sense of respect for craft, providing audiences with a meaningful experience while creating a transcendent moment. One of the top blues guitarists in the world, Todd is the only contemporary twelve string player in his genre. Todd began playing the blues while still a teenager, some twenty-five years ago. Initially, he was drawn to the sound of the finger-picked style and has since immersed himself in the foundational music and narratives of American culture. Over the years, Todd has shared the stage with artists such as Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, Paul Geremia, and Dakota Dave Hull. Todd's first full-length LP, Fourth Floor Visitor, was released by Jett Plastic Recordings out of Detroit, Michigan (2017). His latest album, Detroit Twelve String: Blues & Rags, is out now on Third Man Records (2017).
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Thu, May 16 - 8pm - $15
The Furious Bongos play the music of Frank Zappa, featuring musicians who have played alongside heavyweights like Yo Yo Ma, Mick Fleetwood, Robert Fripp, and Les Paul. This isn't strictly a tribute project - doing a note-for-note rendition of Song X from Album Y while staring at their shoes didn't seem like the proper way to go about it, since Zappa's music was constantly evolving and adapted to the musicians he was playing with at a given time. To that end, they tracked down hundreds of pages of transcriptions and quickly scribbled notes from former band members and other sources, painstakingly compared different versions of the songs, and even dug up copies of rare scores in Frank's own hand (coffee stains included). Arthur Barrow, Zappa's bassist and Clonemeister from 1978 to the early 80s, was instrumental in this effort, and continues to be a sounding board throughout the process. Between all the homework and the nature of the musicians in the project, The Furious Bongos sound less like a cover band, and more like a band that Frank might have assembled himself, playing unique arrangements you won't hear anywhere else, with a sense of humor and plenty of eyebrows.
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.
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Fri, May 17 - 9pm - 20adv/$25door
If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Sat, May 18 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Mon, May 20 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, May 21 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
"Marcus Rezak is a Chicago-based recording artist, touring musician, and session guitarist, best known for his collaborations with members of Umphrey’s McGee, The Motet, Dopapod, RAQ, Primus, Circles Around The Sun, and more. On November 9th, Rezak will release his debut solo album, Gateway To The Galaxy, which features special guests Bill Evans (Rolling Stones/Miles Davis), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa), Kris Myers, and Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee). Bill Chrysler, the owner of 3rd Coast Recording Co. where the new album was cut, is the monitor engineer for both Dead & Company and John Mayer’s other musical endeavors." - liveforlivemusic.com
Sociologists marvel at the enigma that is Joel Cummins, one rarely finds an only child like Joel loose in the wild. An eternal optimist and beacon of positivity, it takes more than a broken keyboard and curfew mix up to rain on Joel’s parade. Unbeknownst to many, Mr. Cummins actually hails from Metropolis, Illinois, growing up mere streets away from Superman, giving him a supernatural ability to amass both vintage & current keyboards. After years of rigorous piano studies, Joel ex- panded his arsenal to include more than 119 keyboards (after intense negotiations with the crew, Joel’s setup has been lim- ited to six, occasionally seven keyboards, in his live rig). Beyond his extensive keyboard wizardry, Joel brings many other valuable assets to the UM organization. His knowledge of tour routing and keen market analysis proves invaluable to the management team. However his show ideas must occasionally be nixed when it’s clear he’s attempting to route the tour into his next exotic vacation. Four nights in Bali, really Joel? Joel’s passions extend far beyond the musical realm, with a love for travel with his wife Dasha, great cuisine, chatting up strangers and generally making the world a better place whether he’s on the road or at home in Venice, California. His energy is infectious and despite his age, he still throws a pretty mean spiral. The moniker of Joel Montana rings true when he’s on the field as UM’s quarterback.
Born on the glorious spring morning of April 5th ’77, Kris Myers was put in this world to drum. Indeed, he was given his first trap kit at the tender age of 8, preferring to wake up and “rock out” in the early mornings as opposed to watching cartoons like the rest of us. Well, it paid off. After he received his master’s degree in jazz drumming from DePaul University, he went on to destroy progressive fusion in Chicago with his band Kick the Cat. When Mike Mirro left Umphrey’s McGee in late 2002, Kris’ audition video showed up 1st out of what became a pile of 150 or so applicants. Though he was leagues above the other submissions, that was the last time he would arrive first. But arrive he did, taking the music of Umphrey’s McGee into musical areas previously not possible. As Kris begins his 10th year in the band (now twice as long as Mirro’s tenure), his identity as a major contributor to the band’s overall sound is undeniable. Kris’ mixture of power and grace, spaces & frenzies and cross-rhythms & pocket help define progressive rock sound of Umphrey’s McGee. In recent years, Kris has also added an array of electronic sounds to his arsenal that have allowed the band to expand their sound even further. No matter what Kris is doing behind the kit, he makes a statement with every note he plays. When he’s not melting faces, Kris likes to take a breather on the golf course, listen to complicated jazz, and when the weather cooperates, spend a day at the beach playing jarts. He is considered by many to be a man of mystery, but his drumming may also make him a man of history.
"FRANK CATALANO IS JOHN COLTRANE ENERGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY!!!" – Downbeat MagazineFrank Catalano makes his Savoy label debut with “Bang!” Bang! debuted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Frank’s previous CD, “Mighty Burner” was on the Billboard Charts for 20 straight weeks. Catalano is the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He recently performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal.No stranger to adversity, Frank cut off his right middle finger in an automobile accident. After several surgeries and much effort, Catalano relearned his signature technique, making him one of the most in-demand musicians today. He regularly donates his musical services to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.Also an entrepreneur, Frank has patented a devise that allows him to control his saxophone via midi components. Frank is a spokesperson/clinician/performing artist for companies such as Yamaha, Rico/D’Addario, and JodyJazz. He can be seen in their Print Ads worldwide. Catalano’s songs have been used in the ad campaigns of Motorola, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Budweiser as well as numerous TV and Film productions.When not on tour or in the studio, Frank enjoys composing classical music. Frank graduated from DePaul University with a BA in music composition and he plays piano, drums and flute in addition to the saxophone. Frank’s non-musical interests include racing his BWM 1-series in closed course competition.
Bronson began at a house party in September 2013, where the four members played together for the first time. Although the sound was loose and everything was improvised, when the weekend-long party ended, the group had too much fun jamming to not pursue music together. At the time, Mike Del Principe (drums) and Matt Robinson (bass) were playing in another band, which had been around for the better half of a decade, and their relationship as a rhythm section had already been developing for quite a while. The guitar players, Kyle Weck and Mike Mara had been friends who jammed on occasion, each played music in college but never together. Knowing such a great rhythm section who love to jam, and Kyle being one of Mike’s favorite people to play with, the opportunity for to play together was only a matter of time. The name, Bronson Rock was chosen quickly, and was originally intended to be replaced, but the band stuck with it after becoming recognized by the name. The term “Bronson rock” comes from a late-60’s TV show called Then Came Bronson, which was about a motorcycle riding vagabond who used a rock to pound dents out of his bike’s fender and gas tank. In other words, a Bronson rock is really any makeshift tool; it lacks some sophistication but gets the job done. Since forming the band, Bronson Rock has written original music, played quite a few local venues from suburban dives to the House of Blues in Chicago, put on a Jeff Beck tribute show, recorded a hand full of tunes at The Jam Lab recording studio, and have been developing a style of music to call their own.
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Wed, May 22 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door - ALL AGES
“Poetic.” –– BILLBOARD. “(Zealyn’s) subtle aggressive tone leaves an empowering aftertaste.” –– NYLON.“Fusing talent as a lyricist and vocalist with her vision for creating an innovative pop sound, Zealyn is truly breaking genre limitations.” –– THE BEATFOREST. --It’s rare in music for any artist to enjoy extensive critical or commercial success. It’s rarer still for that artist to enjoy them both, and simultaneously. For such acclaim to be garnered by an emerging artist is almost unheard of, but for Los Angeles-based alternative/electronic singer-songwriter Zealyn, it’s simply reality. Billboard Magazine hails her songwriting as “poetic.” Nylon calls her musicianship “empowering.” The Autumn Roses writes that Zealyn’s music is “fluid and smart, relentlessly tuneful and electrified by an easy cool.”This rousing critical praise for the 24-year-old artist’s 2016 debut EP, Limbic System, was quickly met by an equal measure of commercial success with the EP rapidly cracking the Top 40 on iTunes’ Alternative Charts. Produced by Aaron Marsh (lead singer of famed indie-rock band Copeland), Limbic System surprised critics and music lovers alike with its innovative melding of electronic and pop elements, and most importantly, Zealyn’s craft as a lyricist. Her voice, both instantly recognizable yet distinctly unique, was praised by the tastemakers at The Daily Listening as one “made of gold.” Not wanting to rest on her laurels, Zealyn took to the road following the EP’s release, touring extensively in 2017 for a 31-city, 24-state national coast-to-coast headlining tour of the United States. Packed venues of fans witnessed her bring Limbic System to the stage, with the kind of electrifying performances emerging artists are rarely capable of. Kicking off 2018, Zealyn brought Limbic System to London for her debut UK show, selling out the room.Now releasing new music regularly and always working on her next release, Zealyn’s bright future continues to be fueled by her tireless commitment to her vision and to her music. And, the commitment and excitement of her new-found legion of fans appears every bit equal to the task. Zealyn will be embarking on a series of tours in 2019 throughout the United States and Europe.
Chicago based singer songwriter. Molly listens to a bit of everything and that feeds into her music style, but she mainly draws her inspiration from rock, folk, pop, and jazz. Her music is known to make grown men cry. Is that good or bad? You decide. Listen to her first two singles( "February" and "California Blue") now available on iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music. A full album is to come!
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Thu, May 23 - 8pm - $15
Fifteen-year-old Brandon Niederauer, nicknamed “Taz” for his ferocious guitar playing, is living proof that dreams really do come true. Having performed in some of the most legendary venues in America with many of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist, singer, and songwriter has already earned himself quite the reputation. It all started at eight years old, when Brandon watched the movie School of Rock. Already inspired by his father’s record collection, Brandon instantly realized he was destined to play guitar. From that moment on, his guitar rarely left his hands. Just four years later, Brandon was cast in the principal role of guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in the Tony Award-nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical. Based in New York City, Brandon has had the opportunity to play with many of his musical idols. In recent years, he’s shared the stage with multiple members of the Allman Brothers Band, including Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as a variety of other notable musicians, including Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, and John Popper. He has also performed with Tedeschi Trucks Band, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, The Revivalists, Dumpstaphunk, Blackberry Smoke, Galactic, and countless other bands. Since making his national television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at just ten years old, Brandon has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, and The View. In 2018, Brandon reunited with Andrew Lloyd Webber, performing in January with Sarah Brightman at The Phantom of the Opera’s 30th Anniversary celebration, and in April alongside Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, and John Legend in NBC’s live broadcast production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Brandon is currently featured in Spike Lee’s Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It, and performs concerts for audiences across the country and around the world.
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.
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Fri, May 24 - 9pm - $15-EarlyBirdPrice
Los Mirlos is aPeruvian group that has been continuing with rotating members for almost 45 years! They create a curious combination of traditional Andean-Amazonian music and the most avant-garde psychedelia, which in the early '70s when they began, was an unthinkable sound for a band from the region of Moyobamba, in the eastern part of Peru. Throughout these more than four decades of history, Jorge Rodríguez Grández has commanded a group that has seen various losses and mutations. His music has managed to penetrate the culture of all of Latin America during the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. The sound of Los Mirlos not only appeals by symbiosis between the tropical and the contemporary, it has also managed to transcend the barriers of the dance genre.
The name Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus” –which certainly describes the scene on the dance floors of Los Angeles whenever the band launches into its dizzyingly energetic, instantly infectious rhythms. But it also describes Buyepongo’s riotous mash-up of influences, which absorbs hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz sounds into a delirious tropical blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora. Like its name, the band is part hybrid, part invention, something untranslatable that nevertheless perfectly captures its uniquely vibrant spirit. Buyepongo takes their Pan-Latin sound worldwide with a vivid collection of original music that is as hard to pin down as it is to resist.“Our music is going to get you moving and thinking,” says singer and percussionist Edgar “Meshlee” Modesto. “It’ll break you out of your comfort zone and connect you with other folks and cultures. If you come to dance and have a good time you’re going to get that, but if you come to hear great music with a lot of heart and technique, you’re going to get that too. It’s a very unique style.” Buyepongo has shared the stage with acts such as Miguel, Dolla Sign, Warren G, Common, Mario, Chicano Batman, Quantic, Ondatropica, Ozomatli, Booker T, Celso Piña, Os Mutantes, Sister Nancy, Dead Prez, Cut Chemist, Beatnuts, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Antibalas,and Punta Cartel. They’ve performed on countless stages including El Rey Theater, Grand Performances, World Cafe Philadelphia PA, KEXP, The Fillmore, Tropicalia Music Festival , Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival, Grand Park, Levitt Pavillion’s Summer Music Series, International Accordion festival, SXSW Official Showcase 2015
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Sat, May 25 - 9pm - $15
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Tue, May 28 - 8pm - $10
The Herbal Remedies seeks to remind our audience of its close connection to nature and to each other. Consciously written poetic lyrics invoke the wisdom, shared by all creatures, of how to live at peace with the earth which sustains us, and how to have compassion for one another. Tranquil melodies and intentional harmonies conjure a similar sense of well-being to that achieved when immersed in abundant and beauteous natural landscapes. The Herbal Remedies is a trio of artists/community members each bringing an essential aesthetic element to our music, and each equipped with complementary strengths contributing toward community organizing and event planning. Musically, Jerry lays the foundation with a guitar style that blends early blues and West African harp playing, and a vocal quality that is sincere and emotive; Tzippy brings to that her passion for traditional music of South Eastern Europe shared through multiple instruments and singing; Katie has the sensitivity and versatility to blend the merging styles with acumen, through both vocal harmonies and violin. Our raw and pure sound draws on folk traditions from around the globe, yet the outcome is unmistakably contemporary. This balance invites people with diverse sensibilities to feel close to our music due to its familiarity, while being intrigued with its newness. Active engagement with the earth and in community informs our voice, and recognizing music as one of the most unifying forces we revel in the experience of creatively exploring these ideals through this medium.
Leah Shoshanah is a Chicago-based singer, songwriter, cantorial soloist, guitarist and teaching artist. She performs in a myriad of settings and represents several genres in her concerts, including jazz, folk, Brazilian, funk and rock. She plays originals and covers, often improvising solos (scat singing, mouth trumpet) and even entire songs. Leah has released two albums of original music, “A Child Like This” (2017), featuring an ensemble of nine musicians and "Stillness" (2018), an intimate collection of solo Jazz and Brazilian guitar arrangements. Leah and her music have toured both coasts and she has played to rooms big and small, solo and with bands, from historic Chicago stages (Old Town School, the Green Mill, PianoForte Chicago) to synagogues, church basements, yoga studios and other grassroots community spaces. As a teaching artist, Leah emphasizes both technical skill-building and intuitive playing. She teaches students hard skills, like, note-reading, scales, harmonic colors, practicing with a metronome, posture and breathing so students can develop soft skills, like jamming, writing original music and bringing life to written music. Her goal with each student is to help them learn what they need to learn in order to play music with whoever, wherever and whenever they want. As a Cantorial Soloist, Leah sings, plays guitar and writes original adaptations of Jewish prayer and spiritual texts. She enjoys digging deep to find selections from vintage songbooks in library basements and transcribing Youtube recordings of old Sephardic melodies. Leah is the resident Cantorial Soloist and music curator for Tzedek Chicago. She also works freelance with communities around the Chicagoland area. Leah is currently writing music for her next album. For this project, she is focusing on dance music inspired by 70s funk and modern indie-rock.“Through her unbelievably adaptable voice, Leah Shoshanah shifts tones frequently... but balances folk minimalism so well. Nothing is simple in her messages or in her brilliantly written songs.” - Chaz Thoughts.
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Thu, May 30 - 8pm - $10
The Chicago-based Spindles are a four piece band featuring original melodic power pop and classic covers. Their 2018 release, "Past and Present", mixed and mastered by Blaise Barton, ranked #12 on Goldmine Magazine'sTop 30 Power Pop albums of 2018, #4 on Pop Rock Record's Must Have Top 20 Power Pop albums of 2018, and #38 on David Bash's Top 125 Best Power Pop Albums of 2018!"The Spindles Are Here To Bring Power Pop (Back) To The People!" - Goldmine Magazine. "Jangly Goodness!" - International Pop Overthrow. "A Great Slice Of Pop/Rock!" - Vine Voice.
45 Souls is the band of Chicago-based musicians Michael Petersen and Gibson Arlasky. The band’s roots-rock Americana style reflects their varied interests in acoustic and electric rock, folk, pop, country, old-school R&B, and much more. 45S blends textured instrumental arrangements, smooth vocal harmonies and introspective songwriting to form a unique soulful sound influenced by and reflective of decades of music in American popular culture.
Taking power pop to less-traveled latitudes - is Chicago-based band, GO TIME! While the band has just finished its fifth CD, its four members are no strangers to the Chicago music scene. GO TIME! was initially comprised of former Prairie Town members Scott Niekelski (composer/lead guitar/vocals), Marko Marketti (bass) and Steve Grzenia (percussion/vocals). GO TIME! officially formed when Prairie Town disbanded after a two-decade run. In 2008, after a year-long painstaking search for a guitarist to complement Scott’s style, veteran musician Paul Schmidt (guitar/vocals) answered an online ad seeking an experienced guitarist and the rest is history. The band members have like-minded musical tastes and settled into a harder-edged, power pop groove. Scott is a prolific song writer, so having enough material for two recordings over two years was never an issue. The debut CD, "Speak" was released in May 2009 with the follow-up CD, "Hit It" being released in December 2010 January 2012 “Boneshaker”, “Tight Like Wood” in 2013 and now for January of 2015 “Ratsel. Deeply submerged in amped up jangle and buzz, along with a healthy dose of subtle pop riffs GO TIME recorded in their home studio and mastered with Mike Hagler at King Size Sound Labs known for mixing and mastering bands such as Wilco, Neko Case, The New Pornographers, The Redwalls, John Langford, The Mekons, Billy Bragg, Ezra Furman and Caliphone, just to name a few.
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Sat, Jun 1 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
After touring the world for over a decade with Monophoics, 37-year-old, Bay Area-based singer, songwriter, engineer, and producer, Kelly Finnigan will release his first solo album, The Tales People Tell on Colemine Records, in the first quater of 2019. Raw and gritty, tender and emotive, lush and symphonic, t he ten-song collection is Finnigan’s most complete work to date. With Kelly guiding these songs from their conception all the way to the record pressing plant, the new release provides the singular voice missing from soul music. Born in Los Angeles in 1981, Finnigan grew up in a musical household. His father, legendary keyboard player and vocalist Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and CSN) would start some days by sitting at the piano, singing songs like Ray Charles’ “Hard Times,” cascading throughout their ranch style home. Despite having a father so deeply entrenched in the music industry, Finnigan resisted any formal musical education: “I only took three or four piano lessons before quitting, although I would bang around on a cheap blue Remo drum kit stashed in the corner of my room.” “I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel. I just want to remind people why the wheel was such a good invention in the first place,” says Finnigan. He might be invoking a golden era of soul music, but Finnigan captures a timelessness on this album that transcends the “retro” label so often cast on music with a gritty aesthetic. Partnering with Terry Cole and his rising label Colemine Records was a key part of this project for Finnigan who has been involved in over a dozen Colemine releases as an engineer, producer, instrumentalist, and singer. Finnigan plans to tour heavily in 2019 behind the album release.
One of the unsung heroes of Chicago Soul, Renaldo Domino recorded a string of incredible singles in the later part of the 60’s and early 70’s. Tunes such as “Not Too Cool To Cry”, “Nevermore”, and “I’ll Get You Back” showcase his “sweet like Domino sugar” voice and have gained new found popularity due to the 2008 Numero Group compilation Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation. Renaldo is backed by the dymanic Chicago based Soul outfit, The Heavy Sounds.
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Tue, Jun 4 - 8pm - $10
"Daniel Juergens operates under the moniker, Slow Haste, an indie-folk-electronic act. He’s recently surfaced with a debut 5-track EP, entitled MERMAID, which balances these three genres masterfully.... MERMAID is a blurry, impressionistic work – a sonic equivalent to opening your eyes underwater. MERMAID disguises itself in lullaby. There is a comfortable warmth to its guitar-driven tracks, but Juergens keeps himself at a calculated distance, vocals heavily drenched in reverb. You’ll find Juergens is also a big fan of noise fx (“Circle”) and synths (“Switcher”), which hit without warning. These moments shake you out of dream-state, which is what makes MERMAID so dynamic and worth the multiple listens." -Rex Macapinlac, Boston Hassle.
Blending elements of progressive rock and indie psych, Chess at Breakfast imposes manic hooks and tenacious rhythms over lyrical themes of despair and disillusionment. Their electrifying live performances embody an angsty disposition, powered by high voltage and dark humor. Featuring vocalist/guitarist Caleb McFadden, bassist Justin Daggett, and drummer Mike Davis, the trio formed in the summer of 2016 in Fort Collins, CO and spent the majority of that fall working on The Gutshalls, a five-song EP ranging from teeth-grinding punk to atmospheric soundscapes. Following the release of their singles "Pushing Daisies (On Your Day Off)" and "Paper Crane" in 2018, Chess at Breakfast have been tirelessly preparing for the release of their debut LP, Wealthcare, out everywhere on May 10th.
The Laughing Hearts are a rock band based in Chicago, IL. From Funk to Punk, they take inspiration from it all and put it together in a shredtastic stew of straight-forward rock. Formed in 2017, the Laughing Hearts self-titled debut was released on December, 15th 2017. Bassist Ari Shellist and guitarist Tyler Stock wrote the songs that would become the album while attending University of Missouri. Shellist and Stock had been performing for years at Mizzou with drummer Tom Hipchen. The three members set out to record the album and recruited Evan Campbell to provide keys and additional bass. The Laughing Hearts LP reflects on a culmination of the band’s experiences, resulting in a collection of highly personal songs that incorporate many different aspects of Rock and Pop music.
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Fri, Jun 7 - 9pm -$10adv/$13door
Fun House is Chicago's Finest Iggy Pop Tribute Band!Dave Springer, The SingerTony Karagas, Right Guitar, backing vocalsJeff Wilson, Drums, backing vocalsJohn Griffin, Left Guitar, backing vocalsJim DeMonte, Bass, backing vocals
Made up of veteran Chicago musicians, SpaceFace is dedicated to the brilliance that is Bowie. Shows that are made up of his music that spans from his early years right to the last album. SpaceFace is a loving celebration of the music of David Bowie. His work, like the man himself, could never be pigeon-holed into one style or genre. Bowie's music was so crucial throughout our time that his fingerprints are all over the last 50 years of popular music. In a career-spanning show, these Chicago musicians have curated a set that contains classics as well as band favorites. So....hang on to yourself, and press your SpaceFace close to ours!
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Sat, Jun 8 - 8pm - $10
Moon is complex, heavy, melodic, spacious, majestic, propulsive, dark, rock. Moon is chiming echo-laden guitar, post rock bass, propulsive drumming, shifting time signatures, and haunting, ethereal vocals. Moon is music for the cognizant listener who appreciates layers of reverberating meaning. Sonic reference points include Sunny Day Real Estate, Silversun Pickups, Circa Survive, Mogwai, Porcupine Tree, Rush.Moon formed in late 2008 when drummer Chris Schneberger found guitarist/singer David Azizinamini and bass player Pat LaRose. The three immediately found a chemistry and interest in crafting songs that were both heavy and melodic, challenging yet accessible. After a year, Moon began playing shows at clubs around Chicago. In 2012 they teamed with Mike Hagler of Kingsize Sound Labs to produce their debut full-length, “Finding and Losing the Light”. Since then shows have included being support for bands like Sleepy Sun (San Francisco), The Hounds Below (Detroit), Blood Red Shoes (UK), and Kinski (Seattle). Moon has headlined several local band showcases including a special solo show at Cobra Lounge sponsored by Vic’s Drum Shop. When Pat left for New York, Chris Shen replaced him on bass. Moon's second full-length album, “Distant But Close,” was released in 2014. The band released their third full-length studio album, “Extinction,” in 2018, recorded at Rax Trax Studios with Noam Wallenberg. On December 15th, 2018, Moon celebrated their 10th anniversary with a show at Martyrs’ with The Something Brothers.Moon’s live shows are characterized by high energy, full volume, great performance, and an immersive AV show with videos that accompany the songs. Seeing Moon is more than just a show; it’s an experience.
Model Stranger has built its reputation primarily on its high energy live performances and the variety of its sonic influences. The epitome of a DIY band, Model Stranger has worked the Midwest scene very diligently with success over the last 5 years. Model Stranger has performed at famous Chicago clubs and festivals such as; The Metro, Congress Theater, Double Door, and Cubby Bear. Model Stranger was a featured band in Chicago’s 2007 Mobfest, Co-headlined the 2009 I AM FEST, and played at the 2009, 2010 Taste of Chicago festival, and Taste of Lincoln Festival 2010. While gaining a dedicated following in Chicago, Model Stranger have remained arduous to the road over the years. Embarking on several self-booked and self-funded national tours the trio has begun to make a name for itself in the Midwest. Most recently in support of their new release “Dreams and Bones” Model Stranger completed an 18 show in 18 day tour stretching from Chicago to Denver and back.
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Tue, Jun 11 - 8pm - $15
The Stooges Brass Band has earned their rank as one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans. The band consistently provides a welcome blast of true New Orleans spirit engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats. Emerging onto the scene in 1996, the Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety as a full-blown musical party immersing the crowd in a cut-loose vibe that is contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of New Orleans. The band has shared the stage with: Ozomatli, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Shemekia Copeland, Pedrito Martinez Group, Galactic, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Funky Meters, and Jessica Simpson, among others. The band is undeniably one of the hardest working bands out of New Orleans, and their dedication to their craft has made an impact. The Stooges Brass Band victoriously battled for the title of "Red Bull Street Kings: Best Brass Band" (the subject of the documentary Brass Bands of New Orleans: Red Bull Street Kings). Along with this auspicious title, the band won a recording and mentorship session at the Red Bull Studios in California. The band also received the award for "Best Contemporary Brass Band 2011" at the Big Easy Music Awards. The Stooges Brass Band continues to tour performing at venues and appearing at famed festivals throughout the country such as New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Utah Arts Festival, Discover Jazz, American Folk Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, , Great American Brass Band Festival, and more. The Stooges Brass Band has also answered the call to serve as cultural ambassadors and were employed by the US Embassy to tour Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Other international appearances include the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Durham Brass Festival in the UK and Nuits D’Afrique, Tremblant Blues Festival in Canada. Whether they're second-lining in the back streets of the Crescent City, or performing their spirited stage show, the Stooges Brass Band delivers an authentic New Orleans celebration.
Brooklyn afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The singer, guitarist and percussionist from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta performed and toured the world with the gods, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill. Kaleta got his start in the late 70s performing in church and was soon after picked up by iconic Juju master and world music pioneer King Sunny Ade. A few years later Fela Kuti came calling. Kaleta would go on to tour the world playing guitar for the King of Afrobeat in his storied band Egypt 80 through the 1980s and into the 1990s. Now based in New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their take on the vintage, psychedelic sounds of his native country. Super Yamba takes its cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and The Funkees--all legends in their own right for pioneering the classic styles of Afro-Funk and Afro-Rock in Benin and Nigeria. Super Yamba Band have dialed in the nuances of some of the rarest grooves out there with a timeless sound that will move everyone in the room to dance! Audiences will hear Kaleta sing in several different languages native to West Africa including Fon, Goun, Yoruba and Ewe, along with French and Pidgin English, "the official language of Afrobeat" he says with a grin. Since taking the helm of Super Yamba in 2017, Kaleta and his band have erupted onto the stages and video screens of major music festivals, rock clubs, and music publications across the United States. They performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in 2019 for the Africa Now! Festival. They prompted Action Bronson to stop his own show on VICELAND TV just so he could hear more Yamba. They rocked Paste Magazine’s Manhattan studio and its Emerging Music Festival, and the World Music Institute invited them to perform twice at Brooklyn Bowl, once for its Masters of African Music Series and later for its Festival of Mali. Afropop Worldwide fell in love with Kaleta, saying “his James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business!”
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Thu, Jun 13 - 8:30pm - $20adv/$25door
For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's recent solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice. Krasno's Grammys include:Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Best Blues Album Winner) Songwriter/Guitarist;Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live In Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Guitarist; Derek Trucks Band - Already Free (Best Contemporary Blues Album Winner) Guitarist;Ledisi - Turn Me Loose (Best R&B Album Nominee) Producer;Pretty Lights - Color Map Of The Sun (Best Electronic Album Nominee) Multi- Instrumentalist; Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live in Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter;Robert Randolph - Got Soul (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter/Guitarist.Producer Highlights:Aaron Neville - Apache (Producer/Songwriter Full Album);50 Cent - My Gun Go Off (Producer/Writer);Talib Kweli & Norah Jones - Soon The New Day (Producer);Talib Kweli & Justin Timberlake - Nature (Producer/Writer);Vieux Farka Toure - The Secret feat. Dave Mathews & various special guests (Producer Full Album);Lawrence - Breakfast (Producer Full Album);Marcus King Band - Producer (coming in 2018).
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Fri, Jun 14 - 10pm - $20adv/$25door
For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's recent solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice. Krasno's Grammys include:Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Best Blues Album Winner) Songwriter/Guitarist;Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live In Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Guitarist; Derek Trucks Band - Already Free (Best Contemporary Blues Album Winner) Guitarist;Ledisi - Turn Me Loose (Best R&B Album Nominee) Producer;Pretty Lights - Color Map Of The Sun (Best Electronic Album Nominee) Multi- Instrumentalist; Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live in Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter;Robert Randolph - Got Soul (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter/Guitarist.Producer Highlights:Aaron Neville - Apache (Producer/Songwriter Full Album);50 Cent - My Gun Go Off (Producer/Writer);Talib Kweli & Norah Jones - Soon The New Day (Producer);Talib Kweli & Justin Timberlake - Nature (Producer/Writer);Vieux Farka Toure - The Secret feat. Dave Mathews & various special guests (Producer Full Album);Lawrence - Breakfast (Producer Full Album);Marcus King Band - Producer (coming in 2018).
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Sat, Jun 15 - 10pm - $20adv/$25door
For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's recent solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice. Krasno's Grammys include:Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Best Blues Album Winner) Songwriter/Guitarist;Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live In Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Guitarist; Derek Trucks Band - Already Free (Best Contemporary Blues Album Winner) Guitarist;Ledisi - Turn Me Loose (Best R&B Album Nominee) Producer;Pretty Lights - Color Map Of The Sun (Best Electronic Album Nominee) Multi- Instrumentalist; Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live in Oakland (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter;Robert Randolph - Got Soul (Best Contemporary Blues Album Nominee) Songwriter/Guitarist.Producer Highlights:Aaron Neville - Apache (Producer/Songwriter Full Album);50 Cent - My Gun Go Off (Producer/Writer);Talib Kweli & Norah Jones - Soon The New Day (Producer);Talib Kweli & Justin Timberlake - Nature (Producer/Writer);Vieux Farka Toure - The Secret feat. Dave Mathews & various special guests (Producer Full Album);Lawrence - Breakfast (Producer Full Album);Marcus King Band - Producer (coming in 2018).
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Thu, Jun 20 - 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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Sun, Jun 23 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Kings of the late night jazz jungle in Chicago. Reigning for 21 years on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge - 12:30am-5:00am
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Tue, Jul 9 - 8pm - $12
Nebraska natives, The Wildwoods, bring a pioneering sound to Americana Roots Music. Their heartwarming lyrics and vocals are wrapped in a style of music that is like no other. With influences from old time country masters and today’s Indie/Folk sound, The Wildwood’s nostalgic melodies captivate people of all ages. Landon Kuhlmann from Paste Magazine & Daytrotter wrote “The Wildwoods know exactly what kind of music they want to make. It’s not often we hear a sound this focused...The voices are very different in timbre and delivery, yet mix with each other perfectly...Bring a friend or go alone; either way you’ll find yourself reminiscing on the good times and finding peace with the bad ones.” Nominated in 2016, 2017 & 2018 by the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards as one of the best Americana/Folk bands in the area, The Wildwoods also prove to be talented songwriters. In 2017, The Wildwood’s song, “Way of Train”, made the semi-finals in the International Songwriting competition along with the song “Dance With Me” in 2016. Two of their songs also placed in the top 10 of the 2015 Omaha Performing Arts Songwriting Competition. In April 2017 The Wildwoods completed their third album “Sweet Nostalgia” which has been nominated as local Album of the Year by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards. This is what Live on Hear Nebraska FM had to say about it: “Sweet Nostalgia” is the third release for this young five-piece folk act is alone admirable, were it not for the effortless charm and youthful whimsy they bring to classic Americana. The arm-in-arm camaraderie of “Loose Threads” bops and sways like a Randy Newman tune. “My Friend” swells with countryside imagery and ornate instrumentation, aided by the production prowess of ARC’s Ben Brodin. “Bedford Street” is a good old-fashioned hoe-down. And no matter how tearful or worrisome things seem, the turn is always hopeful: trust is endless, love is everlasting, the strings are always in tune and the sun is always shining. Sweet Nostalgia, indeed.” Residing in Lincoln, Nebraska, The Wildwoods’ Noah Gose (vocals,guitar, harmonica, piano), Chloe Gose (vocals, violin, mandolin), and Noah Pinkman ( vocals, guitar, mandolin, uke) were drawn to music at an early age. In 2016 they added talented members, Nate Morris (percussion) and Andrew Vaggalis (Bass, vocals), to complete the band’s “nostalgic” sound. The Wildwoods strive to make music that touches the soul, music that speaks of truth, and music that shares inspiring stories of effortless love, that will be sure to melt your heart after every performance.
An acoustic duo emerging from their roots in the Midwest, Matthew Michael & Christina Marie approach music with reverence to moment, regard for the past and exploration of the future. From the heartland to the coasts MMCM engages audiences with honest songs expressed in harmonically-rich layers of voices and strings. Both songwriters with their own perspective, they write independently and collaboratively, complementing and contrasting each other’s creative voice. Matthew Michael & Christina Marie are currently in production of their first full length album, to be released in 2019. MMCM’s songs are gushing with the heaviness of actualized aspirations and the hope of overcoming internal and external barriers. Overall, they create music to pause and listen to, while embracing gifts given in the present.
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Sun, Aug 18 - 8pm - $12adv / $15door
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.
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