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Wed, Feb 20 - 8pm - $10
Creating their own cogent blend of Southern Post Rock, Mountains Like Wax has carved their names into the cement of the burgeoning indie scene in Nashville, TN with their relentlessly exuberant and poignant shows. Their debut EP Tetralogy (released in the fall of 2015) is a great blend of their influences and a distilled version of their live experience. Much like it's namesake, the EP is an honest portrayal of the tragic struggle of the young to understand themselves in a modern world with the hope that faith will see them through to the end.
Author is an indie rock three piece from Minneapolis, MN. Known primarily for the dreamy soundscapes they create, and a unique atmosphere at shows, Author strives to make the listening experience a unique one.
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Thu, Feb 21 - 8pm - $12
Like a warm musical breeze that blows through California's hills and canyons - across its mystical high desert and into the heart of America - High South has captured the same evocative spirit that gave lift to such high soaring bands as the Byrds, CSNY and the Eagles. Blending the poetry of Greenwich Village in the 60's with the unmistakeable harmony of Laurel Canyon in the 70's, the High South sound exudes the magic and timelessness of both these eras, while infusing a palpable new millennium sensibility. High South band mates - Kevin Campos, Jamey Garner and Phoenix Mendoza - three gifted "lead singersongwriters" delivering one undeniable voice - are produced by Josh Leo.
Railheart is a Rock'n Roll Rhythm & Blues Band based in Chicago, IL. Electric Guitar, Vocals / Ryan Joseph Anderson; Electric Guitar/Pedal Steel, Vocals / Packy Lundholm; Bass / Jeremy Kay; Drums / Noah Plotkin. Frequent Guest Musicians:Pat Mckillen / Acoustic Guitar, Vocals; Wavy Dave Burlingame / Bass; Pat Lyons / Pedal Steel; Danny Chaimson / Piano, Organ.
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Fri, Feb 22 - 9pm - $10
WE PLAY THE MUSIC OF MAD SEASON. Mad Season was an American rock supergroup formed in 1994 as a side project of members of other bands in the Seattle grunge scene. The band's principal members included guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, lead singer Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, drummer Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees and bassist John Baker Saunders. Mad Season released only one album, Above, in March 1995. Two of the band members were lost to tragedy and new generations haven't been exposed to this incredibly moody and intimately bluesy grunge experiment...until now.
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Sat, Feb 23 - 7pm - $12adv/$15door
About your hosts; CAUdog Recording artist Ellis Clark has been a longtime fixture of the Chicago music community working nationally as a performing musician with his band Ellis Clark & The Big Parade, as a songwriter for himself or other artists, a recording artist and record producer. In the past, Ellis hosted (to capacity audiences) Beatles & Who tribute nights at The Mayne Stage Theatre in Rogers Park.Ary Jeebie, Amazing Heeby Jeebies groovy garage rock band front woman, singer, and songwriter has rocked all over Chicago to their home turf in Rogers Park since 2010. Keep your eyes peeled for Amazing Heeby Jeebies up and coming debut album to be released spring 2018.Together, the garage rock siren and post punk pioneer will be resurrecting the spirit of George Harrison celebrating his birthday, a night not to be missed which will have many special guests including Phil Angotti, The Handcuffs, Tomorrow The Moon, Thomas Klein and many more for Famous Fido Rescue!
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Mon, Feb 25 - 8pm - $10
Real Pretenders is 4 Chicago music scene veterans with a passion for hard driving rhythm’s, catchy melodic hooks, soul tortured lyrics, and back alley sex appeal. The Pretenders have it all and the Real Pretenders capture that essence and deliver without compromise. Sure, you could say the Real Pretenders are just pretending, but isn’t that something Chrissy herself loves? But don’t be looking for some kind of jive mimic of a great band. Be prepared for a great band giving tribute to some of the best songs written over the past 40 years. The Real Pretenders- Naomi Ashley, John Carpender, Andon Davis, Ralph Baumel.
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Tue, Feb 26 - 8pm - $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, Aidan O'Toole & Ray Quinn.
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Wed, Feb 27 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
The Pretty Things Peepshow 10 year anniversary tour! Featuring go-go Amy, The unkillable Jenny Lynne, Matt Scott of Rasputin's Marionettes, Scraps The Mind Reading dog and all the way from the UK special guest Rachel Atlas. This magical one of a kind vaudeville variety revue has circled the globe performing stunts of skill and courage includingsword swallowing, quick change magic, puppets, handcuff and straight jacket escape, sword ladder, the execution blade box, singing, comedy, a talking dog and more. Come see the awe inspiring acts these vivacious vaudevillians have to offer!
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Thu, Feb 28 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
For Upstate, the last few years have been a time of profound exploration and self-discovery. As the band knocked off milestone after milestone on the road, their sound, their lineup, and even their name all underwent dramatic metamorphoses. Challenging and thrilling all at once, those changes have finally culminated in the sextet’s dazzling new album, a collection that showcases both their remarkable growth and their adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll. Recorded primarily over six days at the Clubhouse studio in Rhinebeck, NY, ‘Healing’ is the band’s first release with new member Allison Olender, their first with four contributing songwriters, and their first since shortening their name from Upstate Rubdown. It’s also their first project to be produced by Wood Brothers percussionist Jano Rix, who helped the group embrace their transformation and lean in to their unique lineup without sacrificing any of the gorgeous harmonies, eclectic arrangements, and unforgettable performances that have defined the band since their earliest days. Upstate first emerged from New York’s Hudson Valley in 2015 with their critically acclaimed debut, ‘A Remedy.’ The Poughkeepsie Journal raved that the group “need[s] nothing more than their voices to channel rhythm and stoke your emotions,” while Chronogram hailed their “infectiously sunny organic stew,” and The Alt called them “toe-tapping, contagious, and fun.” The album earned the band festival performances from Mountain Jam to FreshGrass, as well as a slew of national headline dates and support slots with everyone from The Felice Brothers and Phox to Marco Benevento and Cory Henry. Upstate is:Melanie Glenn, Mary Kenney, Allison Olender -VocalsHarry D'Agostino -BassRyan Chappell -MandolinDean Mahoney -Cajón
When he's not playing electric with his various bands, Bill Grady feeds his love of blues and American roots music by performing and writing solo on acoustic slide guitar. After discovering this lost art while attending Berklee College of Music, he began studying the classic slide masters and writing his own compositions. Between his soulful vocals, slide guitar prowess, and original tunes and arrangements, his live shows are unlike any acoustic act you've ever seen.
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Fri, Mar 1 - 9pm - $10
Cheyenne Singer is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Chicago, Illinois. As a musician and poet, Cheyenne's work is rooted in visceral storytelling through a blend of genres, as well as a dynamic, raw vocal delivery. Her sound can be characterized by a mixture of downbeat alternative rock instrumentation, and subtle R&B-inspired vocal flare. Cheyenne's debut EP Dear Shy is set to be released on February 28th.
The Why Store was formed in the late 1980s in Muncie, Indiana. Lead Singer Chris Shaffer, also a Ball State student, joined the band after a few months and they played a few gigs as Emerald City. That same year, the band switched to its present name, The Why Store, the name of a former Muncie haberdashery.In 1993, the band independently recorded Welcome to the Why Store. One year later the band recorded Inside the Why Store. Both albums were locally successful, and The Why Store began getting attention from record labels. In 1995, The Why Store signed to MCA’s subsidiary Way Cool Music for their first major-label effort, a self-titled LP, which was released in 1996.Their major label debut on MCA Records spawned several hits. The first single, "Lack Of Water", was a #1 hit on Triple-A Radio; the band performed "Surround Me" on Late Night with Conan O’ Brien and saw their video for "Father" receive rotation on MTV2 and VH1. The Why Store was a Top 20 album for 1996 and went on to sell 200,000 copies.The Why Store split up in 2000 citing creative differences, though each member has continued onto different projects, most notably Shaffer who has recorded several solo disks as well as recording with his first post-Why Store band, Shaffer Street.Some of the artists they shared the stage with include John Mellencamp, The Clarks, Sonia Dada, The Tragically Hip, Widespread Panic, Eddie Money, Foreigner, Kansas, Train, Cowboy Mouth, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, Violent Femmes, Vertical Horizon, Pat Travers, George Clinton, Cracker, Incubus, Hoobastank, Mickey Hart Band, Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, The Bodeans, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Ben Harper, The Samples and Collective Soul.In 2007, Shaffer has reincarnated The Why Store and is poised to break back into the scene with an exiting new album called VIM. Produced by Rusty Anderson, Paul McCartney’s long time guitarist, VIM showcases Chris’s passionate songwriting and refreshingly edgy vocal ability. “It was a magical experience, definitely the best thing I’ve ever done,” says Shaffer. The Why Store is open for business…
The Strapping Owls are an energetic trio known for their "Live Wire Soul" is driven by veterans of the Chicago music scene, Nicholas Barron and Larry Beers and Fred Bueltmann.Nicholas's soul grabbing voice, dynamic guitar and heartfelt lyrics are driven forward with Larry's melodic, supportive drumming and Fred's groove making, funky sousaphone. A power trio for the ages, like you've never heard before.
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Sat, Mar 2 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$18door
Andy Frasco, the 26-year old Los Angeles, CA native singer/songwriter/band maestro/entrepreneur/party starter/everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies “The U.N.” have been dubbed “Party Blues with a touch of Barefoot Boogie.” Frasco’s shows have been described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a good ole fashion freak out. Touring independently across the U.S. and Europe since he was 18 years old, Frasco first got his taste of the music industry managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old -booking bands like Hello Goodbye, and working with labels such as Drive Thru and Atlantic Records, as well as venues like The Key Club in Hollywood, CA. Since his start, Frasco has embraced a DIY attitude and work ethic, making the road his home; averaging 200+ dates a year over the past seven years, trekking over 200,000 thousand miles spanning the country dozens of times over, blowing minds and building a loyal following everywhere he goes. In 2011, Frasco was named the "New Artist to Watch" at Hatch Fest European Independent Film Festival, Orion Music Festival and Sundance Film Festival. To date, Andy has shared the stage and jammed with artists such as Leon Russell, Galactic, Jackie Greene, Gary Clark Jr, Jakob Dylan, Butch Walker, The Flobots, Deer Tick, John Mayer, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fishbone, Luke Nelson, Corey Smith, and more. In 2013, Frasco graced some of the finest clubs and festivals in the U.S. & Europe including Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Festival, String Cheese Incident’s Festival at Horning’s Hideout, Hatch Festival, Seattle’s Fremont Fair, and Sundance Film Festival to name a few. 2014, Andy will be releasing his third, full-length studio album, produced by Grammy Award winning producer Charles Goodan (Santana “Supernatural”), who has also produced such artists/albums as Beck “Odelay” and “Midnight Vultures”, the Rolling Stones, Primus, and No Doubt to name a few, as well as composed the scores to Fight Club and Blow. Andy and his band the U.N. will also be performing on premiere festivals such as Wakarusa, Sundance, SXSW, and Electric Forest stateside as well as Paaspop Festival and Kings Night Festival (NL), as well as making a return trip to Macau, China.
Wild Adriatic is three friends seeking to carry forth the torch of timeless rock n roll infused with tons of soul, captivating guitar work, and an impressive live show. Guitar solos? We still remember those. NEW RECORD BIG SUSPICIOUS OUT NOW: http://wildadriatic.bigcartel.com/
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Sat, Mar 2 - 7pm - $20 - ALL AGES
The Trouble Notes are a Berlin based trio, composed of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt and percussionist Oliver Maguire. Describing themselves as ‘Indie-Gypsy fusion’, their music is characterised by emotionally driven, instrumental ballads reflecting pan-cultural influences and blending an eclectic fusion of traditions, to create a truly unique sound; representative of their extensive travels and consequent musical development. Their music is defined as ‘music from everywhere for everyone“. The group have achieved success and wide acclaim for past releases, with their previous EP Soundtracks from the Street reaching the Top 5 in USA iTunes charts for Latin & World Music, as well as garnering 60 million+ video views on publications including Grand Masquerade, Gypsy Train and Christoph. Their new single, Lose Your Ties, is an immersive, emotionally charged and thrilling piece of music, encapsulating a melting pot of influences. This track, as with their other releases, deliberately lacks lyrics to allow the listener to create their own vision of what transpires during each song, to allow people from any corner of the world to embark on a cultural and geographical expedition. The Trouble Notes tell us more about the single…“Lose Your Ties is our story. The song is about that little voice that pops into your head while you’re sitting in front of your computer at your desk job. The one that says ‘What are you doing with your life?’ We chose to follow that voice and it took us on this wild journey. Lose Your Ties is the first of many stories we are ready to tell.” Their new album Lose Your Ties, released in February 2018, showcases a development of their expressive, incredibly diverse sound, representing the start of a new, and exciting, musical journey.
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Mon, Mar 4 - 7:30pm - $27
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Formed in 2008, Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper formed Puss n Boots. Initially designed as a way for Jones and Dobson to play guitar,Popper joined the duo not much later and, for years, the trio played various New York clubs, while working out a repertoire anchored in Americana –country, folk and jazz-- In 2013, some five years after the group began playing, they signed with Blue Note and set out on assembling their debut record.Comprised of originals and covers, studio recordings and live performances, that debut was called No Fools, No Fun; released in the summer of 2014,it was supported by a tour of the U.S.
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Tue, Mar 5 - 8pm - $10
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
Kara Cavanaugh is a rising singer-songwriter on the Chicago music scene. You can see her light up the stage with the Grateful Dead-tribute band Terrapin Flyer or catch her performing captivating original solo acoustic music at various venues around Chicago. Her credits include sharing the stage and touring with Melvin Seals, Rat Dog's Mark Karan, Grateful Dead's Tom Constanten and Bob Bralove.
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Wed, Mar 6 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Mar 7 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Founding member, lead singer, and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole stepped out on her own in 2015 with her debut album “Wolf Den.” In 2018, Nicole returns with a follow-up release via Concord Records. "I grew up playing the blues, and the blues is still a big part of what I do. But now I'm reaching out more and trying different things. It still sounds like me, but I'm stretching out a lot more than I have previously." Nicole's distinctive, inventive bass work—which resulted in her becoming the first woman to win the Blues Foundation's 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass—is the product of years of intensive roadwork. Although she had no experience with the instrument when she became Trampled Under Foot's bassist, now she can't imagine life without it. "When I started doing my solo thing," she continues, "someone asked me if I was gonna hire a bass player. No, of course not! I originally picked up the bass to keep Trampled Under Foot a family band, but I really fell in love with it. It was a huge challenge, and it still is. But I really love being part of the groove and getting to sing on top of that. I had learned some stuff on acoustic guitar before I started playing bass, but I never really felt connected to it the way I do with the bass. It's empowering, walking onto a stage full of grown men who can play their asses off, and it's 'OK, I'm gonna play this bass, we're gonna do this, and it's gonna rock.'" Rounding out her band are longtime Danielle Nicole Band guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Miller, and her older brother Kris Schenebelen [Trampled Under Foot] on drums. "I think that it's a good time for the kind of thing I'm doing," she states. "From my years of playing blues festivals, I've seen that younger and younger audiences are getting into the blues. I think that people want to hear authentic music again."
Born out of a mutual love of great American music, Teddy Clyde and his band are Chicago's answer to The Heartbreakers, The Cardinals, and all the other proprietors of good songs.
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Fri, Mar 8 - 9pm - $22adv/$25door/$40 both 3/8 & 3/9
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Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.In 1998, while working at a bar called the Verve in Nederland, Colorado, Austin met Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann, with whom he and Dave Johnston would form the Yonder Mountain String Band.“My time with Yonder has taught me what is possible,” Austin says. “It has shown me that if you work hard at it and you believe in it and there’s a part of you that’s meant to do it, it will happen. It’s clichéd, but it’s true.”It is with this history at his back that Jeff Austin will step out into the spotlight as a solo act. “My ideal sound is between Phish, My Morning Jacket, and Zac Brown Band.” Austin plans to continue songwriting for his solo project but might be weaving in a bit of mainstream, in the style of his John Scott Sherrill/Shawn Camp co-write “Fiddlin’ Around,” featured on Dierks Bentley’s 2010 bluegrass album Up on the Ridge. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.’”Indeed, “wide” is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants everything the music world has to offer, and he’s willing to work hard to get it.
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Sat, Mar 9 - 9pm - $22adv/$25door/$40 both 3/8 & 3/9
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Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.In 1998, while working at a bar called the Verve in Nederland, Colorado, Austin met Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann, with whom he and Dave Johnston would form the Yonder Mountain String Band.“My time with Yonder has taught me what is possible,” Austin says. “It has shown me that if you work hard at it and you believe in it and there’s a part of you that’s meant to do it, it will happen. It’s clichéd, but it’s true.”It is with this history at his back that Jeff Austin will step out into the spotlight as a solo act. “My ideal sound is between Phish, My Morning Jacket, and Zac Brown Band.” Austin plans to continue songwriting for his solo project but might be weaving in a bit of mainstream, in the style of his John Scott Sherrill/Shawn Camp co-write “Fiddlin’ Around,” featured on Dierks Bentley’s 2010 bluegrass album Up on the Ridge. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.’”Indeed, “wide” is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants everything the music world has to offer, and he’s willing to work hard to get it.
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2 DAY TICKET - $40
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Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.In 1998, while working at a bar called the Verve in Nederland, Colorado, Austin met Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann, with whom he and Dave Johnston would form the Yonder Mountain String Band.“My time with Yonder has taught me what is possible,” Austin says. “It has shown me that if you work hard at it and you believe in it and there’s a part of you that’s meant to do it, it will happen. It’s clichéd, but it’s true.”It is with this history at his back that Jeff Austin will step out into the spotlight as a solo act. “My ideal sound is between Phish, My Morning Jacket, and Zac Brown Band.” Austin plans to continue songwriting for his solo project but might be weaving in a bit of mainstream, in the style of his John Scott Sherrill/Shawn Camp co-write “Fiddlin’ Around,” featured on Dierks Bentley’s 2010 bluegrass album Up on the Ridge. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.’”Indeed, “wide” is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants everything the music world has to offer, and he’s willing to work hard to get it.
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Sun, Mar 10 - 7:30pm - $15adv/$20door
Mark Walker at the drums in a rare Chicago performance featuring: Victor Garcia - trumpet; John Wojciechowski - tenor sax; Jim Trompeter - keyboard; Eric Hochberg - bass; Joe Rendon – percussion. Mark Walker, a multiple Grammy winning drummer, composer and educator, began his career in Chicago in the late 1980’s. His first teacher was the “Dean of Percussion,” Roy C. Knapp who had taught Gene Krupa and Louis Bellson, among others. After gaining experience in a wide variety of settings, he became a first-call jingle session drummer/percussionist and began touring regularly with the Lyle Mays Quartet and Paquito D’Rivera’s Havana/New York Ensemble (featuring Giovanni Hidalgo and Danilo Perez) in the early 1990’s. He moved to New York in 1995 and immediately started touring with the Caribbean Jazz Project (featuring D’Rivera, Dave Samuels and Andy Narell). He soon got the gig with Michel Camilo, playing in his trio and recording projects produced by Camilo. In 1996, he began his long stint with seminal world-fusion group Oregon, featuring Ralph Towner. During this time, he also worked extensively with Eliane Elias, Linda Eder, the WDR Big Band, the NDR Big Band and Cesar Camargo Mariano, as well as local gigs with the best musicians in New York. He was also featured in Fernando Trueba’s film Calle 54 with Paquito D’Rivera. He has also performed live or recorded with Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Ivan Lins, João Bosco, Steve Khan, Randy Brecker, Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, Will Lee, Gil Goldstein, Dianne Schuur, Oscar Castro Neves, Salif Keita, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Jim McNeely, The Impossible Gentlemen, Sakesho, Mike Abene, Mike Mainieri, Vince Mendoza, Airto, Don Alias, Rosa Passos, Ruben Rada, Eva Allyon, Karrin Allison, Michael Philip Mossman, Guillermo Klein/Los Guachos, Bob Mintzer, Rosemary Clooney, Donna Summer, Sammy Davis Jr., Monty Alexander, Luis Conte, Alex Acuña, the Tchaikovsky Orchestra of Moscow, the Chicago Chamber Players, The National Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Roditi, Leny Andrade, Dianne Reeves, Regina Carter, Edmar Castañeda, Double Image, The Trinidad All-Stars Steel Band, Andy Narell, Eberhard Weber, Michael Manring and Bobby McFerrin.
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Mon, Mar 11 - 9pm - $10
Big Fucking Idiots are serving up rock n roll Chicago style. Complacency is the enemy. You have the right to say what you want. Don't be taken advantage of. Stand up for yourself
Svobodni essentially means ‘free’ in Russian…’Not oppressed’. The music drummer Jimmy Bennington and electric keyboardist Phil Hunger create is inspired by the book ‘Diary of a Gulag Guard’ written by Ivan Christyakov in the mid 1930's. The themes of the duo reflect the desolation and isolation of the Siberian wilderness and the human spirits struggle to survive.
Lollygagger is a heavy Chicago rock band for fans of Motorhead, Ween, and everything in between. This national touring act released their E.P. Life on Terminus through Midwest Action August 2018 and are working on full length follow up for 2019. Ifyou want to know the full story of Lollygagger you have to go back to when Matt and Michael started the Peekaboos in 2012. After two albums, Stay Positive (2013) and Help Stop Decay (2016,) several tours, videos and line up changes later, the band changed it's name to Lollygagger. LIFE ON TERMINUS is the first release, but the band is working on a follow up album set to be released in time for the atomic apocalypse of 2020.
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Tue, Mar 12 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Wed, Mar 13 - 8pm - $10
Formed in 2017, Observing With Annie’s ability to make engaging, relevant music, reminiscent of the post-waking longing one experiences after a night of beautiful dreaming, speaks volumes of the band’s artistic potential. Their wonderfully written sound tapestries shine an honest and vulnerable light on the barest emotions of the human experience. Individually talented, Jonny, Leah, and Josh far exceed the sum of their parts when they combine forces. Once their shows start, their mesmerized audiences hear and feel something ethereally refreshing. Observing With Annie equally shine in the studio, challenging each other to produce the best possible experience for their beloved fans. While their self-titled demo speaks to their prescient talent, their latest EP, “Holiday”, generously reveals their literary inclinations, enveloping the listener in several engaging short stories. Formed on family values and embracing each other as forever friends, Observing With Annie love making beautiful music.
The Angel Colon Band is a Chicago-based trio performing original music with roots in Rock, Blues and Soul. The band’s leader, songwriter, singer, guitarist and namesake, Angel Colon, studied with Fareed Haque at Northern Illinois University for two years before becoming a full-time gigging and session guitarist performing with a great variety of local and nationally touring acts. With The ACB, Angel displays his talents as a songwriter, composer and arranger as well as his prowess on guitar. In 2017, The Angel Colon Band released their debut album, Don’t Blame Love. A collection of 9 soulful, poetic songs exploring the trials of maintaining the human spirit. A new release is scheduled for the Spring of 2019. The trio is made complete with Luis Fuentes on bass and vocals as well as Matthew Baumann on drums. Both are well-seasoned musicians by their own right. And, since each have performed with Angel in other projects, the chemistry within the trio is undeniable. The ACB takes the stage with authority grabbing the audience with well-crafted songs and solid musicianship.
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Thu, Mar 14 - 8pm - $15
The Rattlers have a strong, classic Western swing attitude, powered by hard-hittin’ Texas honky-tonk, pleasing most who have come into contact with them over the last thirty years. Members of the band have recorded and worked with Dolly Parton, Steve Earle, Mavis Staples, Buddy Miller, Dickie Betts, Hank III... could go on but they hate name-droppers! T.C. Furlong on steel guitar, John Rice on guitar & fiddle, Barney Shwarz on bass, Billy Schaefer on drums, and Ollie O’Shea on fiddle and shtick.
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Fri, Mar 15 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Sat, Mar 16 - 9pm - $20
30 years ago, Kyle Hollingsworth set out on a career in music. Since then, with a wealth of desire and an abundance of ability, Hollingsworth has established himself as a formidable and versatile music talent, with the ability to contribute, collaborate, compose, and communicate on a number of levels and within a vast spectrum of musical environments. Today, as a member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. Playing in SCI has allowed him unrestricted access to the world of music, and has bestowed on him the kind of fearlessness a composer needs to flirt with such disparate genres. Those who’ve seen SCI know that they can jerk from funk to bluegrass on a chord change. “In the jam world, where there are no set ways of doing things, we’re not afraid to move in and out of genres,” he says, “and because of that I’ve learned to be creative, not only onstage but in the studio. I can get on board with something pretty quickly. You have to.”While his versatility and quick-study nature have become his signature skills with SCI, they have also proved tremendously helpful on stage during collaborations with a bunch of major acts, including Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby, Bob Weir, Little Feat, and banjo master Bela Fleck. One summer he toured with Phil Lesh in a band that also included Steve Kimock, John Molo, and Warren Haynes. In the summer of 2008 he spent the summer touring with the “mickey hart band”.This group featured Mickey Hart,George Porter,steve kimock and many others .In another amazing highlight, Kyle also toured with Mike Clark in a band that starred nearly all the original Head Hunters.These gigs prove that Hollingsworth is as unafraid to step out of the limelight as he is to step into it. “When I play with these performers it’s about showcasing them, to support the main role in the best possible way. Seasoned musicians can be tasty and laid back, too!” Kyle’s first solo album release in 2004 reflected his jazz tastes. Titled Never Odd or Even, Joshua Redman and Robert Randolph guested, among others. Never or Odd or Even was the recording Hollingsworth had always wanted to make since he was a kid. In addition to his jazz influences, the album’s music demonstrates Kyle’s ability to seamlessly fuse genres.His new Summer 09 release, titled “The There’s Now,” finds the musician coming in to his own. With solid song material and a slamming new band, Kyle is making his mark in the new, always-evolving music scene. “Then There’s Now” delivers a blend of vocal and instrumental tunes and seamlessly displays his growth as a musician and as a songwriter. Also look for Kyle on tour with his trio DNA Land this spring throughout the Midwest. DNA Land offers loop based funk and hip hop beats and features Damien Hines (drums) and Dan Schwindt (bass/guitar).
Crosseyed and Phishless pays tribute to songs that Phish has already paid tribute to - a true Phish "Cover-Cover" Experience. Expect to hear your favorite songs that Phish covers such as songs by Talking Heads, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Ween, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Velvet Underground, and many more!
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Sun, Mar 17 - 8pm - $15adv /$17 door
MarchFourth is a joy-inducing force of entertainment. The colorful explosion of brassy funk, rock, and jazz is all about the groove. This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats tours the country year-round, bringing a spirit of celebration wherever they go. MarchFourth is, in a word, FUN! Fifteen MarchFourth musicians traveled from Portland, Oregon to New Orleans, Louisiana to record their fourth studio album, MAGIC NUMBER, self-released in September 2016. With Producer Ben Ellman (Galactic) and Engineer/Producer Mikael “Count” Eldridge (DJ Shadow, Tycho, Trombone Shorty) at the helm, the album is full of the captivating grooves and brassy swagger you’d expect from MarchFourth, plus a healthy dose of New Orleans magic, with guest appearance by Trombone Shorty, Stanton Moore (drums), and Matt Perrine (sousaphone). The album was fan-funded through Kickstarter. “Perfectly merging the artistic spirit of Portland with the musical spectacle of New Orleans, MarchFourth put on one of the most complete shows of any band on any stage. From rocking big band jam tunes, choreography and feats of strength that need to be seen to be believed, MarchFourth entertains on every level every second they are on the stage…or off!” ~Live for Live Music. “From the first note to the last, the sound was pumping and the fun never stopped… It’s worth noting that there are serious musicians behind all the fun. It’s obvious these guys (and gals) have had lots of training and formal practice. Talented band geeks turned rebels.” ~USAToday. “Just when you think you’ve heard it all, suddenly a band crosses paths with your ears and changes everything… Full of auditory goodness...” ~NYS Music. “Mighty, Explosive, Carnivalesque Brass Band Funk” ~New York Music Daily.
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Mon, Mar 18 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Mar 19 - 8pm - $10
The world's first and only female lead yacht rock cover band, bringing you lovers all the smooth rock of the 70s and early 80s. Hear the music of Michael McDonald, Hall & Oates, Sade, Kenny Loggins, Orleans, Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, Toto, Ambrosia, and more!
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Wed, Mar 20 - 8pm - $25adv/$30door
New York guitar phenom Oz Noy is that rare artist -- one who has cultivated his own distinct voice within the context of classic structures. His latest album, Booga Looga Loo reawakens timeless Boogaloo meets Jazz meets R&B grooves with Noy’s extended, unpredictable harmonic sensibility, stinging phrasing, and deft musical economy. Helping to realize Noy’s concept of the boogaloo record is a cast of musicians equally versed in the backbeat and the beyond, including drummers Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl and Steve Ferrone; bassists Will Lee, John Patitucci, and James Genus; and keyboardists Jerry Z and Brian Charette. Other contributors include Kevin Hays, Seamus Blake, and Anne Drummond. On Booga Looga Loo, five taut, incisive Noy originals are joined by striking reinventions of material by the Beatles (“Eight Days a Week,” with Lee on vocals), the Beach Boys (an achingly delivered “God Only Knows”), Ray Charles (“I Got a Woman”), and Thelonious Monk (“Bemsha Swing”). The album follows Twisted Blues, Oz Noy’s acclaimed two-volume exploration of the limits of the blues, a searing live set recorded in Shanghai with Weckl and bassist Étienne M'Bappé (Asian Twistz), a Soul Funk R&B record “Who Give A Funk" and the debut of Ozone Squeeze, Noy’s versatile, accessible trio with drummer Darren Stanley and vocalist and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte. The release of Booga Looga Loo on March 15, 2019 via Abstract Logix will be followed by a U.S. tour with the legendary Dave Weckl on drums and bass phenom Jimmy Haslip. //////“It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.” This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b. Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years. Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington. In 2003, Oz released his debut record – “Oz Live” – recorded at NYC’s legendary Bitter End. In 2004, Oz signed with Magna Carta Records and in 2005, released his highly-acclaimed studio record “HA!” with his all-star band featuring Fig, Carlock, Lee and Genus plus special guests Mike Stern and George Whitty. In April of 2007, a licensing deal with Magna Carta and Japanese label Videoarts opened the door for Oz's music in Japan. Later that year saw the release of “Fuzzy Feat,” Oz’s third record under the Magna Carta label. For Fuzzy Feat, Oz’s all-star band is joined by various special guests including Colaiuta, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and keyboardists Whitty and Jim Beard. September 2009 saw the release of Oz’s fourth album, “Schizophrenic,” featuring Lee, Fig, Carlock, Weckl, Ricky Peterson, Chris Palmero, and special guest Steve Lukather. September 2011 is expected the release of Oz’s fifth studio album “Twisted Blues” Featuring Vinnie Coliauta, Anton Fig, Chris Layton, Will Lee, Roscoe Beck , John Medeski, Jerry Z, Reese Wynans, Ralph Macdonald and special guests Eric Johnson & Allen Toussaint. For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for “best guitar riff on a record” in 2007. In 2008, Oz won the Guitar Player’s readers poll again; this time for “best new talent.” Oz Noy has performed, toured and recorded with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano, Wonder Girls, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, The East Village Opera Company, Roger Glover, Bill Evans, Warren Hayes, Gove’t Mule, Allen Toussaint, Eric Johnson and others.
For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
Jimmy Haslip was born December 31st, 1951 in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in Huntington, Long Island. In 1963 at the age of 13, he became interested in electric bass and has now been playing for 47+ years. Jimmy left New York in 1969 playing music in San Francisco, New Orleans, Denver and Dallas before moving on to Los Angeles in late 1975, where he began touring and recording with many different popular artists.In 1978 he met guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Russell Ferrante and formed a group to record Robben's first solo recording on Electra-Asylum. This critically acclaimed album, called " The Inside Story" became a landmark recording. That album led to the formation of The Yellowjackets and in 1980 they recorded a debut album for Warners Bros. Records.Jimmy is actively composing, arranging, producing and performing with Yellowjackets, who will be touring and promoting their newest recording in 2011, their 21st CD entitled "TIMELINE" on the MACK AVENUE recording Label. Yellowjackets, the two time Grammy winners, have been nominated for seventeen Grammy’s. Jimmy was also nominated for an Edison award in 2000. and this year, another Grammy nomination, his 18th for the Jeff Lorber Fusion “NOW IS THE TIME” recording.which he co-produced.
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Thu, Mar 21 - 8pm - $25adv/$30door
New York guitar phenom Oz Noy is that rare artist -- one who has cultivated his own distinct voice within the context of classic structures. His latest album, Booga Looga Loo reawakens timeless Boogaloo meets Jazz meets R&B grooves with Noy’s extended, unpredictable harmonic sensibility, stinging phrasing, and deft musical economy. Helping to realize Noy’s concept of the boogaloo record is a cast of musicians equally versed in the backbeat and the beyond, including drummers Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl and Steve Ferrone; bassists Will Lee, John Patitucci, and James Genus; and keyboardists Jerry Z and Brian Charette. Other contributors include Kevin Hays, Seamus Blake, and Anne Drummond. On Booga Looga Loo, five taut, incisive Noy originals are joined by striking reinventions of material by the Beatles (“Eight Days a Week,” with Lee on vocals), the Beach Boys (an achingly delivered “God Only Knows”), Ray Charles (“I Got a Woman”), and Thelonious Monk (“Bemsha Swing”). The album follows Twisted Blues, Oz Noy’s acclaimed two-volume exploration of the limits of the blues, a searing live set recorded in Shanghai with Weckl and bassist Étienne M'Bappé (Asian Twistz), a Soul Funk R&B record “Who Give A Funk" and the debut of Ozone Squeeze, Noy’s versatile, accessible trio with drummer Darren Stanley and vocalist and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte. The release of Booga Looga Loo on March 15, 2019 via Abstract Logix will be followed by a U.S. tour with the legendary Dave Weckl on drums and bass phenom Jimmy Haslip. ////// ..................................“It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.” This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b. Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years. Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington. In 2003, Oz released his debut record – “Oz Live” – recorded at NYC’s legendary Bitter End. In 2004, Oz signed with Magna Carta Records and in 2005, released his highly-acclaimed studio record “HA!” with his all-star band featuring Fig, Carlock, Lee and Genus plus special guests Mike Stern and George Whitty. In April of 2007, a licensing deal with Magna Carta and Japanese label Videoarts opened the door for Oz's music in Japan. Later that year saw the release of “Fuzzy Feat,” Oz’s third record under the Magna Carta label. For Fuzzy Feat, Oz’s all-star band is joined by various special guests including Colaiuta, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and keyboardists Whitty and Jim Beard. September 2009 saw the release of Oz’s fourth album, “Schizophrenic,” featuring Lee, Fig, Carlock, Weckl, Ricky Peterson, Chris Palmero, and special guest Steve Lukather. September 2011 is expected the release of Oz’s fifth studio album “Twisted Blues” Featuring Vinnie Coliauta, Anton Fig, Chris Layton, Will Lee, Roscoe Beck , John Medeski, Jerry Z, Reese Wynans, Ralph Macdonald and special guests Eric Johnson & Allen Toussaint. For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for “best guitar riff on a record” in 2007. In 2008, Oz won the Guitar Player’s readers poll again; this time for “best new talent.” Oz Noy has performed, toured and recorded with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano, Wonder Girls, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, The East Village Opera Company, Roger Glover, Bill Evans, Warren Hayes, Gove’t Mule, Allen Toussaint, Eric Johnson and others.
For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
Jimmy Haslip was born December 31st, 1951 in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in Huntington, Long Island. In 1963 at the age of 13, he became interested in electric bass and has now been playing for 47+ years. Jimmy left New York in 1969 playing music in San Francisco, New Orleans, Denver and Dallas before moving on to Los Angeles in late 1975, where he began touring and recording with many different popular artists.In 1978 he met guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Russell Ferrante and formed a group to record Robben's first solo recording on Electra-Asylum. This critically acclaimed album, called " The Inside Story" became a landmark recording. That album led to the formation of The Yellowjackets and in 1980 they recorded a debut album for Warners Bros. Records.Jimmy is actively composing, arranging, producing and performing with Yellowjackets, who will be touring and promoting their newest recording in 2011, their 21st CD entitled "TIMELINE" on the MACK AVENUE recording Label. Yellowjackets, the two time Grammy winners, have been nominated for seventeen Grammy’s. Jimmy was also nominated for an Edison award in 2000. and this year, another Grammy nomination, his 18th for the Jeff Lorber Fusion “NOW IS THE TIME” recording.which he co-produced.
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Fri, Mar 22 - 8pm - $10
Summer Camp: On The Road brings the magic of Summer Camp Music Festival to your town. Summer Camp will be visiting multiple cities across the country searching for the best talent the area has to offer. Come out to support local artists as they play for a spot at #SCamp19!
Alabaster is a jam band at their roots. They flaunt a style that is very passionate and energetic. Their emotions are poured into every lick and riff they play. Alabaster is not bound by genre but draws influence by Rock, Blues, Psychedelic, Reggae, to name a few, with a more old school take, similar to Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin. Alabaster consistently challenges themselves to push their creativity and musicianship to a new level through improvisation and exploring their music, and to make sure the crowd really gets down.
The music played by Zoofunkyou is a blend of blues soaked psychedelic funk. The freedom to explore our instruments is endless and what ever comes to mind will be played through a stream of sonic bliss.
Fuzzlove was formed unexpectedly by strangers who had one thing in common: a passion for playing music. Now, great friends, these five young musicians from very diverse backgrounds soulfully blend together their different influences of funk, jazz and rock; creating a fresh, unique sound.
Stormy Chromer is a progressive jam band from Ypsilanti, Michigan. The band blends complex songwriting with real-time composition to create a unique concert experience that never repeats itself. Though the band is driven primarily by a shared love of rock and roll, a wide array of varying influences find their way in to Stormy’s sound. From jazz to electronic music, heavy metal to classical, ska to hip hop, the music winds its way through a dense jungle of genre. Formed in 2014, Stormy Chromer has been steadily on the rise, playing countless shows and festivals in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and New York. Stormy Chromer has shared the stage with nationally touring acts such as The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Jimkata, Consider the Source, After Funk, and Desmond Jones. They have been featured in the Eastern Echo (Ypsilanti), the Ann Arbor Observer, and Current Magazine, where they were characterized as having “a jazz-like knack for spread-out jams that can still keep things tight and land on a dime.” After 2015’s EP “Peace of Pizza,” Stormy Chromer released its full-length debut “A Tale of Two Mouths" in September, 2016.
Formed in December of 2014, The Bank Notes led by singer songwriter Elliot Krull is a Reggae Rock group that has blended inspiration from different styles of music to create a truly original sound. In 2016, the band reformed with new members, Andy Krull(Lead Guitar), Evan Joyce(Bass), and Collin Nordine(Drums/Vocals) adding new elements of rhythm, melodies, and harmony. The Bank Notes have a sound that can be enjoyed by all walks of life playing countless venues around Chicagoland with a raw, rootsy, orignal sound. Having just tracked their Debut Album, "Dynamo", The Bank Notes are becoming a staple in the Chicago Reggae/Ska scene.
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Sat, Mar 23 - 9pm - $10
Summer Camp: On The Road brings the magic of Summer Camp Music Festival to your town. Summer Camp will be visiting multiple cities across the country searching for the best talent the area has to offer. Come out to support local artists as they play for a spot at #SCamp19!
Sometimes 1 guitar is enough. 2 guitar players are cool. 3 can be madness, but that’s kind of what Gazebo Effect is going for. Rooted in an affinity for songs people can bang their head to, Alt-Rock band Gazebo Effect just wants you to move. The band draws inspiration from incredibly varying acts such as Radiohead, The Allman Brothers Band, Mac Demarco and My Morning Jacket; the 5 dudes then chew that up and spit it out on your face in the form of blaring guitar harmonies, smooth singing and an in-your-face rhythm section.
Downers Groove is a collaboration of friends who use rock music as a base to blend their musical influences into a new sound. Since its formation, DG has become known for spontaneous improvisation, passionate playing, a charismatic stage presence and a party atmosphere. Rooted in rock with a progressive mindset, they fuse together elements of blues, funk, jazz, classical, bluegrass, dance and world-music into a unique sound of their own.
Frequilibrium is a 4 piece blues/roots rock fusion band based out of Chicagoland. A relatively newer act, the four naturally harness the power of the Southern rock greats, drawing influences from The Allman Brothers Band and The Marcus King Band, while offering the progressive ingenuity of the next generation and a solid understanding of multiple genres. Their music is formed playfully but with much precision and care, intending to have the listener feeling their vibes within the first few bars.The bandmates exude a brotherly chemistry both on and off-stage, which is no surprise, as bassist and lead guitarist/singer, Luke and Jake, respectively, are siblings. They have spent the past several years covering the likes of The Beatles and Paul Simon as an acoustic duo, their voices possessing the perfect ranges to pay tribute to these legends. Each member of Frequilibrium boasts a background in many styles of music, having declared themselves an eclectic mix of “ADD Rock.” You may find yourself in a bluesy, B.B. King-esque haze one moment, then instantly propelled into the throes of funky psychedelia à la Jimi Hendrix, the emotion-evoking tunes establishing a home in your heart.Frequilibrium’s main goal is to leave their audiences vibrating on a higher plane, which is evident by the heartfelt, soulful lyrics and melodies they deliver. You won’t want to miss them when they roll into your town – the crowd always has just as much fun as they do; trust 'em when they say that's a lot.
SJOD is the project of Stephen Jake O'Donnell, a 25 year old experimental electronic musician from the Chicago suburbs. As the preeminent avant-electro-trance-fusion-dark horse of Chicago SJOD brings improvisational four to the floor dance beats and exploratory soundscapes to the people. Joining up with a collective of Chicago jazz and funk musicians, the SJOD Live band spews nothing but heated & meaty jamtronica swells/peaks straight into and around your ear drums. The party has just started, see you on the dancefloor.
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Sun, Mar 24 - 7pm - $25adv/$35door
Ralph Towner was born in Washington in 1940. He began his jazz career as a Bill Evans inspired pianist, then travelled to Vienna to study classical guitar with Karl Scheit, the renowned Austrian guitarist, lutenist and pedagogue. In New York City in the late 1960s, Towner freelanced on both piano and guitar, collaborating with musicians from Freddie Hubbard to Tim Hardin. He co-founded the band Oregon in 1970, together with Collin Walcott, Glenn Moore and Paul McCandless – all of whom would appear on Towner’s ECM debut, Trios/Solos, in 1972. His recordings for ECM have included solo albums, duo projects (with John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock, Gary Burton and, recently, Paolo Fresu), bands under his direction (including the much-loved Solstice with Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber, Jon Christensen) and discs with Oregon. He has also contributed to albums by Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler and Egberto Gismonti, and guested with the group Azimuth. As an instrumentalist Towner has shaped distinct languages for his classical and 12-string guitars. He has described his approach to the guitar as “pianistic: my brain wants to have access to all those notes at once.” As a composer he remains a unique force, combining baroque counterpoint, rhythms and melodies inspired by Brazilian music and jazz tradition, and a personal approach to harmony and development.
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Tue, Mar 26 - 8pm - $10
What do you get when you take 90s indie rock and temper it through Chicago’s harsh winters? Wildcat, that’s what. Tom Reeder, Alex Kisiel, Steve Watson, Conor Hibler, Mike Musto, and Stevan Vasich make up the Chicago-based sextet, delivering their powerful brand of 90s-influenced indie rock with reckless abandon. Formed in 2016, Wildcat has steadily grown from a two-man outfit playing one-off shows to a six-piece staple of the Chicago scene performing regularly. Known for their energetic and exciting live performances, their horn section sets them apart from the pack, creating rich harmonies that soar over the rest of the band. Wildcat is currently recording their debut EP Western, and will be releasing it in 2019. You can listen to their first single “Avalon” now.
TONKS premiered the music video for "Giles Corey" on Thursday (Nov.8), a melancholy track from his debut album Windows Down & Dying, due out on Nov. 16. Dryjacket bassist Ian Foley's first solo project is introspective, complete with soothing melodies and intricate instrumentals. The multi-instrumentalist will not only showcase his vocals, but will also play the piano, violin and guitar on the new album. "Giles Corey" is the first track released from TONKS, which sees the singer poignantly confronting loss. 'Giles Corey’ is a song about the unavoidable continuation of life after coping with loss," TONKS tells Billboard in an emailed statement. "I’m really proud of this video, and the amazing performances by the cast."The video shifts through gloomy scenes of people buried waist-deep into the ground, including Foley. He slowly plays the guitar on an empty beach, further instilling the theme of loss by singing, "I've given you everything but my name/ Where did I go wrong."
Forrest Byrd - Introspective singer-songwriter tunes w/early 2000s emo flare
anna p is a singer-songwriter from chicago, IL. her metaphoric lyrics, haunting melodies, and crystal-clear voice have propelled her to capture the attention of the local music scene and land gigs at legendary chicago performance venues such as cubby bear, navy pier, and house of blues' foundation room. her new EP ‘I was an iceberg’ is a chronicle through a mental breakdown following a heartbreak. the painfully honest lyrics of songs like “hesitate” and “waves” paint a scenery of the inner struggles of mental health.
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Wed, Mar 27 - 8pm - $10
As angsty as we are polite, Anfang is a Chicago based band formed in 2018 with Andie Zaragoza on vocals, Mark Tonai on lead guitar, Christian Newman on bass and Nick Rissler on drums. The unique fusion of sounds that the group brings from blues to southern rock defies easy description but makes them a stand-out in the crowded Chicago music scene. Anfang brings a variety of original music written by all members of the band along with a surprising cover here and there to keep the crowd on their toes and off their phones.
Power Assassin is a Rock and Roll trio from Chicago. We formed in Fall 2017. We deal mostly with riffs, grooves, and madness. We mingle with rock n' roll, blues, garage, punk, and a bit of funk because we want to get you moving.
The Pornstache is a chicago-based instrumental funk fusion ensemble. The band is comprised of 20 year veterans of the Chicago music scene. The Pornstache goal is to have its happy audience grooving to their original recipe and extra crispy horn-based funk.
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Thu, Mar 28 - 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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Fri, Mar 29 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$18door
On their latest LP Magic, melodic visionaries The Werks transcend their funk rock roots while never losing their identity. Poignant songwriting and engaging improvisation come together on a record that showcases their maturation as a multidimensional group of uniquely creative musicians. The virtuosic rhythm junkies of The Werks have released four highly acclaimed studio albums over the past ten years - Synapse (2009), The Werks (2012), Mr. Smalls Sessions EP (2014), and Inside a Dream (2015) - performed well over one thousand shows (including launching their own multi-day music festival The Werk Out), and released countless live recordings including last year’s Live at The Werk Out live album. In that time they’ve earned a devoted fan base across the world and reputation as one of the most energetic, compelling, and downright entertaining live acts in the business. They’ve developed a hard won confidence, and a willingness to fearlessly chart new sonic territory on Magic. “This is our first truly multi-genre album” says Chris Houser. “Each track has its own unique vibe and sound. We didn’t write these songs to please people, we wrote them because this is what we hear when we turn off the outside and let the creativity flow.” The songs on Magic started as sketches the band members crafted independently. Coming together in their sonic dojo The Werkspace, those seeds of groove were nurtured by the group, growing into fully wrought songs. “Our writing is collaborative,” explains Dan Shaw, “but starting with demos written individually gives each band member a chance to leave their fingerprint on a tune.” The songwriting finished, the band decamped to Sonic Lounge in Grove City, Ohio. There lead engineer and producer Joe Viers (Blues Traveler, Twenty One Pilots) settled down to work with the studio’s legendary Amek/Neve 9098i mixing console. One of only thirteen in the world, Sonic Lounge’s was originally installed in Olympic Studios in London, England, where it served to document the unique creative mojo of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, and more. Joining Viers were assistant engineers and producers Aaron Oakley and B.J. Davis, and the unstoppable horns of Columbus’ own Hoodoo Soul Band - Chris Young (trumpet), Kevin O’Neil (tenor), and Phil Clark (Baritone) – while Kenny Holmes, tour manager and right hand man, was the gaff tape that held it all together. Finally Columbus native and current Los Angeles, CA resident Brian Lucey (Train, Dr. Dog) mastered the record. From those sessions emerged a rare jewel of a record; Magic is muse put to tape, a direct download of the creative spark. “This is a recording of the music that’s in our souls” explains Rob Chafin. “In a way, the past decade has been leading to this moment. We play and write together so seamlessly now, we’re able to channel the inspiration in our hearts out into our instruments, and come at this from a pure place.” Together, they have crafted a record where melodies take flight, dancing and twisting around the sonorous main of the tune itself. By fusing their spirited inventiveness to a core of immediately engaging songwriting, The Werks have truly performed a feat of modern musical Magic.
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Sat, Mar 30 - 9pm - 10adv/$15door
“...August Hotel's music features a depth typically unheard in the soundscape of peers.” —Chicago Tribune. From the moment Joe Padilla sent them low-quality cellphone footage of him singing an LCD Soundsystem song in a bar, high school friends and previous bandmates Ryan Lammers (guitar/production), Craig Schwartz Jr (keyboards), Dean Sinclair (drums), and Cale Singleton (bass), knew they were onto something special. Beginning when Lammers and Sinclair first met as long-haired pre-teens competing in a local talent contest, the pieces of August Hotel slowly fell into place as its members moved through adolescence. Padilla’s grainy audition videos were the final bit of the puzzle and, just over a month later, August Hotel was in the studio working on what would become their new EP, Charms. Reflective yet euphoric—with pulsating synthesizers, shimmering guitars, and Padilla’s rich baritone weaving through it all—the EP’s first single, “12AM,” depicts August Hotel’s unique take on the indie pop genre. This track showcases their keen ability to effortlessly emulate both the pulsing dance floor and the quiet, lonely night. Shortly after its release, “12AM” received airplay on Chicago’s 101WKQX and was declared “an indie pop giant,” as well as "one of the coolest things that we’ve ever seen or heard" by popular London blog Killing Moon, which later featured the song on their compilation New Moons, Vol. VII. Charms both upholds and diversifies beyond the feel established on “12AM,” as evidenced by the driving groove of its follow-up and EP opener “Michigan Again.” Self-produced and meticulously crafted, Charms draws on the influences and experiences of all five members to serve as a testament to August Hotel’s deep passion for the music they create and perform. Ultimately, it is a story of youth and what it means to be faced with the uncertainties of love and life. As much as the record forces you to pause in contemplation for a moment, there exists an inherent urgency to move—and move fast. Live, August Hotel has shared stages with the likes of The Academic, Urban Cone, Nightly, Vesperteen, The Kickback, and Knox Hamilton, as well as headlined clubs around Chicago and the Midwest. This band and this EP have been a long time coming, but make no mistake that this is only just the beginning for this dynamic group. In the words of Vox Magazine, August Hotel is “a band on the cusp of a breakthrough journey.”
Man Called Noon is a Chicago based indie/alt rock band. Their roots are evident in their melodic mixture of Classic Americana, Pop, and Soul. Boisterous guitars and booming bass riffs erupt over impassioned soulful lyrics resulting in a distinct and in your-face-sound that can only be harnessed by Man Called Noon. MCN now provides a broader musical texture, allowing for a more precise interpretation of a burgeoning sound. They have taken a punctuated leap forward, and the maturity, confidence, and musical talent is on display. The New EP, “Everybody Move” is out now.
Trick Shooter Social Club’s fuses Americana, Alt country, Blues, Pop and Rock in a mix of romantic timelessness and gritty reality that has always been the blueprint for genuine, honest, timeless music. Their 2012 full-length Everything That Rises is a tour de force of what makes good songs great, and raw performances seamless. "Simo's Song" weaves a tender story about fatherhood, while the solo tune "Whiskey On My Grave" touches on country music's always-present sadness and humor. Cuts like the jangly " Almost Innocent" and the should-be hit "Needle Drop" shine with unironic nostalgia, and rockers like the album-leading "Powder Blue" blister with a reckless abandon usually attached to acts like Lucero or The Bottle Rockets. Though armed with disarmingly charming B3 organ, banjo, violin and dobro, the band also smartly includes a few stripped-down, intimately recorded numbers, like the sweet closing number "Bottom of Our Souls" and the aforementioned "Whiskey," showing TSSC is a talented group with canyon-wide range.
Old Grand Dad is a Chicago based Rockabilly Band that wants to get you On Your Feet!
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Thu, Apr 4 - 8pm - $15
Little Queens is a well-loved Heart tribute band led by Andrea Bunch and Aerin Tedesco.
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Fri, Apr 5 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Joe Marcinek Band is an ever evolving mixture of original compositions and incredible musicians. Each show has a slightly different lineup and interpretation. The music is a blend of jazz and funk with a cerebral emphasis on groove and improvisation. Recently the Joe Marcinek Band performed for former president Bill Clinton's Clinton Global Initiative at the Field Museum in Chicago. The group has featured many prominent guests including Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk, Dave Mathews & Friends), Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin), Allen Aucoin (the Disco Biscuits), Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Erik "Jesus" Coomes (Lettuce), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Borham Lee (Break Science), Steve Molitz (Phil Lesh & Friends / Particle) Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What), Fareed Haque, Scott Metzger, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy) Garrett Sayers (The Motet) Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Freekbass, Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin (moe.)
Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of Roots Reggae, Mississippi River Blues, Improv-laced Jams, and Soulful Vocals. With a High energy performance and a unique sound this band is a must see.
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Sat, Apr 6 - 9pm - $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.
Singer. Songwriter. Medical student. One of these things is not like the others, but Zach DuBois is living proof that the 3 are not mutually exclusive. For the past 7 years, DuBois was based out of Nashville, TN touring full-time as a singer-songwriter, hitting the road with the likes of Old Dominion, Josh Abbott Band, Jack Ingram, Turnpike Troubadours, American Aquarium, and Radney Foster. However, in the fall of 2018 DuBois returned to his native Indiana to begin medical school. In addition to his studies, he is still writing, recording, and touring - proving that it is possible to pursue more than one passion in life. A heady songwriter and story-teller lauded by CMT and Billboard, living somewhere between John Denver and John Mellencamp, DuBois has 3 studio albums under his belt with plans to release a new batch of songs in 2019.
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Thu, Apr 11 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Since they first came together at a 3 a.m. jam at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012, the Nth Power have been defying and redefining all the conventions of what a band can be.This is a powerhouse quartet of world class players, ones who have powered the music of icons like Beyonce, Chaka Khan, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Big Daddy Kane, funk innovator Maceo Parker, Groovechild, jazz greats Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison to name a few. Their sound fearlessly crosses genres – marrying funky soul, rock, R&B, jazz, Gospel, folk and World Beat with improvisational chops that can match any collective on the jazz and jam band scenes.Though a slate of nearly 150 gigs, The Nth Power has generated a huge following among open-minded music lovers, critics and the toughest of all audiences, their fellow musicians.And while this virtuoso,groove-heavy unit can stretch out with the best of them, what will become apparent with the Fall 2015 release of their first full-length CD, “Abundance,” is their disciplined and infectious song craft. Recorded at the Music Shed in New Orleans with Chaka Khan/Kylie Minogue/’N Sync producer Ira Schickman at the helm, “Abundance”demonstrate show The Nth Power can harness their instrumental prowess and diverse influences into hook-heavy, radio-friendly slices – direct, refined, emotive, memorable tunes that harken to the best of their many influences, from Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire and Sly Stone to The Roots, Maxwell and Steely Dan.
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Fri, Apr 12 - 9pm - $12
What's a Nasty Snack, you ask? It's Tom Selleck standing under a waterfall with a saxophone, eating a ham sandwich. It's Scooby Doo gnawing on a pair of rawhide drumsticks. It's that nasty groove brought to you by nine members of a Chicago funk movement that cannot be stopped! Drawing from influences such as Kool and the Gang, Lettuce, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power, the Snacks have proven to showcase an explosive, horn-driven, pocket-slamming performance at each live show. With a chaotic balance of R&B grooves and freaky horn melodies, the Snacks have developed a sound acclaimed by most as "just nasty!"
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.
Low Spark, they're called... A relentlessly grooving musical force based out of Chicago, IL. Drawing from a wide range of influences, they deliver a contemporary fusion of sound characterized by melodic hooks, deep funk tones and extended high-energy solos. Known for their collaborative spirit and electrifying live performances, Low Spark is breaking boundaries as a highly original, progressive act. Low Spark has shared bills with the likes of Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Robert Walter, The Main Squeeze, TAUK, New Sound Underground, Marcus Rezak, Chris Bullock, Blackalicious, Monophonics, Euforchestra, Gene Ween, and many others.
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Wed, Apr 17 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four which compromises Gerald Dowd, Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis and Scott Stephenson. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini.
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Thu, Apr 18 - 9pm - $15
Bozeman, MT-based bluegrass quartet Kitchen Dwellers are riding the wave of their sophomore release, Ghost in the Bottle, an album produced by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn. The album also features Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis​, who joined the band in the studio to record the album’s first single “Vision of More.” The band continues to relentlessly tour the country, captivating audiences with their own unique style, dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. In recent years the band has begun to tour nationally, hitting notable venues and festivals around the country including The Brooklyn Bowl, The Fox Theatre, Delfest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, and The Frendly Gathering
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Fri, Apr 19 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music "cool" again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. Imagine 70's funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!Although the ensemble cast enjoys a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam, this fledgling "nu-sion" project is growing a unique and rabid following by commanding audiences at theaters, clubs, and major national festivals since 2012. The powerhouse quintet's live show has been described by critics and fans alike as "lethal funk", "explosive", "jaw dropping", and "musically mesmerizing". For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: just sit back and enjoy the ride!Kung Fu Features: Tim Palmieri (guitar & vocals)Robert Somerville (tenor sax & vocals)Beau Sasser (keyboards & vocals)Chris DeAngelis (bass guitar & vocals)Adrian Tramontano (drums/percussion)
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Sat, Apr 20 - 8pm - $20adv/$22door
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Delivering an infectious blend of soul, jazz and rhythm & blues, the DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO proves to be a band on the rise. Their tantalizing grooves, lush sounds and vibrant jam sessions are always fresh with improvisations strengthened by their undeniable chemistry. This Seattle based trio — Lamarr on B-3 organ, Jimmy James on guitar and Doug Octa Port on drums — evokes a classic instrumental sound with a pioneering, virtuosic sensibility all its own on debut LPClose But No Cigar. Featured on Seattle’s KEXP’s “Local Artist Spotlight” in July 2017 followed by a live performance at Upstream Music Festival broadcast by KEXP that has garnered over 3 million views, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio has captured the attention of audiences around the world. The band put out their album independently in 2016 and Colemine Records gave it a wide release in March 2018 to critical acclaim.Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio was formed in the Spring of 2015 with the help of Amy Novo, Delvon’s wife and band manager. She told her husband she would take over his music career and all he had to do was find the musicians, create and play music. They started with a weekly residency at The Royal Room in Seattle for the first year then self-released their debut album, playing short tours across the Pacific Northwest. Now they are headlining shows and spreading their contagious grooves with audiences across the globe. With Delvon’s soulful organ sound, Jimmy’s explosive guitar sound and Doug’s perfect pocket drumming, they have the impeccably unique blend of soul, jazz, rhythm & blues and rock & roll.
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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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