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Sun, Mar 29 - 8pm - $15
Michelle Andersen passed away after a short battle with cancer. She was diagnosed in August of 2019, leaving behind her husband and three daughters. Her family is asking for assistance with debts from medical care and lost work expenses. She was loved also by many people in the Illinois Grateful Dead community who knew her and are also devastated from the loss.The Chicago based Grateful Dead band Terrapin Flyer featuring special guests will be performing. A silent auction to be held for Michelle's benefit will be at the event.
Terrapin Flyer is a Chicago-based Grateful Dead inspired band that features a revolving cast of top performers in the jamband scene. The band often tours with former members of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band and is one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired acts in the country. The band started as a Sunday Jam Night at the now defunct Boulevard Cafe in Logan Square. The band has grown into one of the top touring Grateful Dead bands in the country by performing with some of the top musicians in the Grateful Dead world. Because the band features a revolving cast of talent hundreds of notable musicians have crossed paths with Terrapin Flyer. To name all of the musicians who have performed with Terrapin Flyer would be an impossibly exhaustive task, but some include Bob Bralove from the Grateful Dead, Mark Karan from The Other Ones and Bob Weir’s Ratdog, Scott Guberman from Phil Lesh and Friends, Josh Olken from Terrapin Flyer with Melvin Seals & Tom Constanten, Dave Hebert from Melvin Seals JGB, Wavy Dave Burlingame from Cornmeal, Janis Wallin from Steve Kimock’s Crazy Engine and a whole host of tremendously talented musicians from across the country. .
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Mon, Mar 30 - 7pm - $10
Cassidy Stirtz is a multi-instrumentalist, actor, sommelier, and general nomad born and raised in the Chicago area. She has performed nationally as a musician in several groups including choirs, steel bands, rock bands, and a folk music revue featuring Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary. She also toured the globe with Once the Musical's first national tour and has organized musical benefit concerts in several cities around the country including Boston, Chicago, NYC, and Washington DC. She performs regularly with Youth in a Roman Field, featuring the music of Claire Wellin. In addition to playing, singing, and arranging for Youth's latest record Storm Conductor, she has contributed to albums for Common Jack, Maggie Hollinbeck, Lunar Ticks, and others. While offstage, Cassidy is passionate about the wine and beverage world and plans to move to California this year. She is delighted to be performing at Martyrs’ again and honored to perform her original music in her hometown.
Hailing from Chicago, Lunar Ticks aim to barrel through stylistic boundaries,by recreating, and expanding on roots music (rock, folk, country, jazz, bluegrass, soul, punk, funk, etc.), with a DIY ethic and a jovial attitude. Featuring members of Chicago bands, The Casual Ties, Rusty Gates, Spread, Ooraloo, and Higgs Theory, this group labors to build an eclectic and vast catalog of originals and covers.This is a collective that strives for experimentation in writing, recording, production, and performance. We like to have fun, get weird, and let the moment steer us any way it chooses. We are dedicated to crafting intricate compositions, exploring inventive techniques for improvisation, and creating live experiences that will incorporate unique collaborations, themed events, and crowd interaction. We promise you this, if you take a chance on us, we’ll take a chance for you.
The Winchesters make regular passage of the bridge between toe-tapping country jams (like those of The Lone Bellow) and heart-filled introspective poetry (inspired by the likes of Tom Waits). The group started playing for fun in a little apartment on Winchester Avenue in the summer of 2014, and haven't been able to give it up since. A tight-knit bunch from the beginning, their closeness shows in their meticulously blended harmonies. When they're not rockin' your socks off, the Winchesters bring that same sense of living-room-intimacy to every crowd. In their spare time, they're developing a folk musical based on the epic poem Evangeline. The Winchesters released their first full-length album, Train & Taxi, last year.
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Tue, Mar 31 - 8pm - $10
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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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Wed, Apr 1 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Apr 2 - 8pm - $10
The North And Wells Band is a four piece Soul/Rock/Blues Band from Chicago. Members all meeting while working at The Second City in Chicago. A must know band for 2020!
The Victor Torres Band is a collection of Chicago land based touring and session musicians who come together to create a memorable eclectic musical journey. The experience consists of funk/soul-rock instrumentals, layered with classics that will surely get you on your feet! Founder/bass guitarist Victor is working on an EP titled "Phases" and is excited to bring his music collection to you!
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Fri, Apr 3 - 9pm - $10
In ancient Greek it means to sing, in Bosnian it means to leave, in Chicago Ode means a five piece indie rock group that specializes in combining elements of Balkan Folk Music with hints of Dark Americana and World Punk. Founded by brothers Davor Palos (Lead Vocal) and Robert Palos (Lead Guitar) and brought to perfection by fellow group members Nikola Dokic (Guitar), Elliot Taggart (Bass) and Daniel Crane (drums). With influences ranging from Nick Cave to Alice and Chains to old world balkan folk, Ode has created a sound all their own and impossible to bookshelf. Ballad Rock, Stadium Rock, Punk, Funk, Grunge, and Jazz infusions woven and interwoven creating something new and something wild.
Alpina Noise is a multi-release, international revivalist band–intense, hard-edged, and moody, and heavy on drums and bass. A fusion of multiple musical genres, with dark echoes of post rock, punk, alternative, shoegaze, metal, noise rock, trip rock, and electronic-tinged pop confections. Influenced by The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, Zero 7, The Pixies, Broken Social Scene, and British Sea Power, among others.
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Sat, Apr 4 - 9pm - $20
Winner of the MAMA award for best cover band and Madison Magazine’s Best Cover Band, Steely Dane is dedicated to not only faithfully reproducing the Steely Dan and Donald Fagen songbook, but to bringing an energetic live-show experience to the crowd. Fifteen of Dane County’s best jazz and rock musicians have banded together around their passion for Steely Dan music, playing in the same configuration as the Steely Dan touring band including a four-piece horn section and three background singers. Shows consist of hits and deep cuts and sometimes even complete albums and are sure to have you out of your seats singing along. “THE LARGE ENSEMBLE FILLS THE HALL WITH SOUL AND SMARTS. IT’S A BIG BAND WITH A BIG SOUND, AND IT’S DAMN NEAR PERFECT.” – JOHN ROACH, MADISON MAGAZINE. The band’s songbook includes a vast array of hits and deep cuts that Steely fans adore. Thegroup is co-led by musical directors Dave Adler and Dave Stoler, Madison musicians with a combined history of decades of professional experience, each having a deep affinity for rock and jazz music. “A SUPERGROUP OF 15 CONSUMMATE MUSICIANS PLAY THE MUSIC OF STEELY DAN AS FAITHFULLY AS POSSIBLE.” – MADISON MAGAZINE.
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Tue, Apr 7 - 8pm - $10
The Donderos are a Chicago-based power-pop and psychedelic rock band. Heavily influenced by 1960s-era rock music innovators, The Donderos showcase many original, melodic songs that feature tight harmonies, backing horns arrangements and lively voltaic expressions. This six-piece band also features quality deep-cut classics from The Beatles, The Kinks, Badfinger, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and other imaginative artists.
Jack Moony & The Sun Drops is a Blues Rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Singer/songwriter Jack Moony is joined by Sun Drops Jackson Whipple and Ethan James to bring you retro blues rock vibes with a modern spin. Hard rock riffs to soft soul tunes!
Having been compared to everyone from Randy Newman to Eleventh Dream Day, you could say that R D and The Issues are a bit eclectic. It would be more accurate to say that they defy easy categorization. Dreamy, psychedelic rootsy country/blues/folk.
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Wed, Apr 8 - 8pm - $10
BLAKE RED is a seriously determined and extremely talented artist, altruistically creating songs that combine her passions as a musician and mental health advocate. With a spectacularly explosive sound and something truly genuine to say, BLAKE RED shines a bright light on the hollow of depression and anxiety. With music that highlights her own survival, she provides a blueprint for others to climb out of the depths of despair. She boldly and unapologetically proves just how unafraid she is to speak her mind and lead the way to a better tomorrow. In addition to connecting with humanity on a global scale, BLAKE RED is focused on making rock n’ roll history and being a source of inspiration to other women of color in the industry. But make no mistake, BLAKE RED is not just a woman in a box, not easily labeled or defined by her heritage. She simply refuses to be held back by your expectations. Prolific, prophetic, and most importantly, real at all times – BLAKE RED is set to become a true voice for the voiceless, and a champion of beating the odds to become a better version of herself.
Miss Christine: Confident, catchy, and queer.Christine Moad had achieved the musician’s dream: Success as an internationally touring bassist and many side gigs back in Nashville. There was just one problem: She was unfulfilled.It took courage to leave it all behind. Having made the decision to leave Nashville and the hectic, cut-throat, session musician scene, Christine settled on a farm in her home state of Iowa and spent time exploring the inner workings of her mind. Meditation became part of her daily routine.Stargazing in the flyover state beside her library of Beatles memorabilia, she crafted the foundations of her debut record Conversion. Indie rock, new wave, bluesy soul influences and more all find their home amongst a punky grit. Gender, personal strength, challenging relationships, and the current political climate in the United States, are just some of the subjects tackled in Conversion.Christine’s free spirit and positive attitude are sowing the seeds of self-acceptance for a new generation of women, men, and others.
Endolphins is a two-piece experimental rock band from Chicago. Daniel Payne uses his home-made cyborg guitar to integrate triggered samples into intricate guitar parts, while Alex Strong is a one man rhythm section - playing synth bass along with drums. Using these electronic elements and dual lead vocals, Endolphins blends influences of Indie Rock, Americana, Hip-hop sampling, and math rock into catchy songs about shifting landscapes, the limits of perception, and episodes of the twilight zone.
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Thu, Apr 9 - 8pm - $12
The origins of Morrison’s sultry and resonant singing, as well as his compelling and introspective original songs, are rooted in family. When Ben was young, his mom played in a folk band and hosted the legendary “Morrison Music Parties” where he soaked in the spontaneous collaborations of musicians, earning his musical schooling from those living room and front porch jams. The music and the scene were magic, and he decided to do everything in his power to make music his life. From slinging pizzas and slipping off to the open mic next door during his shifts, to volunteering for paid medical research studies, Ben did everything he could to subsidize his musical future.Over the last ten years touring the world with The Brothers Comatose, San Francisco’s beloved folk/bluegrass band formed by Ben and his brother Alex, Morrison has performed at such venerated festivals as High Sierra, Merlefest, Mountain Stage, Winnipeg Folk Fest (Canada), Port Fairy Folk Fest (Australia), Outside Lands & Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and has traveled through China with the State Department’s American Music Abroad program.Making music with The Brothers Comatose in a communal and family-centered way has deeply shaped his understanding of being a musician. But at heart, Morrison is a skilled songwriter and crooner capable of working in many styles. He is now exploring new sonic landscapes, employing for the first time (since his rock and roll days) drums, electric bass, keys and guitar. Currently, Morrison is touring as a solo artist while working on his debut LP, employing musical friends of all sorts to create a full band representation of his songs. Morrison will continue to work with his brethren in The Brothers Comatose as he simultaneously carves a path all his own, bringing his unique combination of classic and contemporary sounds to audiences everywhere.
No Turn On Red is a solid funk band based in Chicago that delivers thick killer grooves with an injection of New Orleans brass band flare. The bands’ influences include the Meters, Rebirth Brass Band, James Brown, Jimmy Hendrix, The Dirty Dozen, Lettuce, Tower of Power, Galactic, and the great Stevie Wonder. Since its inception in 2013, No Turn On Red’s mission has been to produce high energy shows with a provocative mix of styles that inconspicuously blend old school with the new kool.
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Fri, Apr 10 - 8:30pm - $15
Like a timeless radio station with an endless playlist, BlitzFM covers iconic songs ranging from the last 35 years to the present day.The band is comprised of professional musicians assembled by Chicago based drummer Matt Walker.From the Beatles to the Clash, from The Pretenders to Stevie Wonder, from Bowie to Marley, from Patsy Cline to Zeppelin, anything and everything is fair play.BlitzFM will be playing 2 deep sets April 10th, at Martyr's.Matt Walker, is the former drummer of Filter, The Smashing Pumpkins and currently plays with Morrissey.
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Sat, Apr 11 - 8:30pm - $15
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED. DETAILS COMING SOON.Sometimes inspiration strikes from the immersion of living in a faraway place. Sometimes, inspiration stems from a place that everyone can relate to, but maybe no one’s actually been. This is the music of The Hip Abduction, the vibrant St. Petersburg, FL-based collective that formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music. The Hip Abduction (THA) began through informal jam sessions and quickly coalesced into a sound that attracted national attention. For “Gold Under the Glow”, the band’s 2016 third full album release, THA engage an indie pop acumen alongside a highly emotive and roots driven sound. The Hip Abduction featuring David New (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Powers (bass), Dave Johnson (baritone, tenor sax), Cody Moore (keyboards, sax), Matt Poynter (drums, vocals) and Justino Lee Walker (guitar, vocals, sitar) have shared stages with the likes of Dirty Heads, Grace Potter, Galactic, The Revivalists, Ziggy Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Thievery Corporation, Matisyahu, 311, Galactic, Moon Taxi and more.
Signal Fire is a group of diverse musicians with a common goal, to spread unity through music. Hailing from the coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina Signal Fire brings a unique blend of reggae/rock music for the masses. Since their inception in 2013, Signal fire has stayed on the move playing over 150 shows a year sharing the stage with acts such as SOJA, Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, UB40, Tribal Seeds, Collie Buddz, Dirty Heads, and more. Signal Fire’s latest release, “Lift Up” debuted at #1 on iTunes and #8 on Billboard reggae charts. Mixed and co produced by Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown (whose credits include Stephen and Damian Marley, Raging Fyah, Richie Spice, and 2016 Grammy Award winners Morgan Heritage), “Lift Up” is a step forward in the evolution of the Signal Fire reggae/rock sound. Through years of grass roots approach, Signal Fire has built a loyal following with their uplifting music and message.
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Mon, Apr 13 - 7pm - $20
Corrbette Pasko and Kevin Alves are starting up the truck and bringing you a carnival of rock and roll, jugglers, puppets, prizes, and more.With music by Eugene
Eugene is usually an acoustic(ish) cover band, bringing delight to Gen Xers and beyond with 90s covers, deep cuts, and ridiculous mashups. On April 13th, we get dark as hell and add John Maloney (Ghettobillies, Holy Drums) on drums, Andy Peplinksi (Fingerbangles, Kong Fuzi, The Opposition Party) on bass, and Tricia Park (Solera Quartet, Tricia & Taylor) on violin.and music by Modaff
Emilie Modaff is a Chicago-basedmulti-disciplinary artist. They go by they/them. They can be seen on stage as an actor, heard on PleasureTown, a fiction podcast on the WBEZ podcast network, seen jamming with their band MODAFF, and seen at random events doing things like reading tarot, performing poetry, and attempting stand up comedy.They are currently starring in the Chicago premier of Hundred Days at Kokandy Productions, and composing original music for the world premier adaptation of "Neither," an exploration of non-binary and trans identities, made for kids!Plus juggling by David Chervony, the comedy stylings of Boner Von Bonington III, raffle prizes, and MORE. Emilie Modaff is a Chicago-basedmulti-disciplinary artist. They go by they/them. They can be seen on stage as an actor, heard on PleasureTown, a fiction podcast on the WBEZ podcast network, seen jamming with their band MODAFF, and seen at random events doing things like reading tarot, performing poetry, and attempting stand up comedy.They are currently starring in the Chicago premier of Hundred Days at Kokandy Productions, and composing original music for the world premier adaptation of "Neither," an exploration of non-binary and trans identities, made for kids!​
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Tue, Apr 14 - 8pm - $10
This iconic folk album was pulled from a collection of recording sessions, both planned and impromptu, spanning over 5 years at Dawg studios owned by the legendary David Grisman. The album is the third to be released by the Garcia/Grisman duo and features their repertoire of traditional American folk songs.
David Fricke from Rolling Stone wrote:
"Shady Grove is the way Jerry Garcia's last years should be remembered. Whatever problems the Grateful Dead guitarist had with substance abuse and the burdens of his celebrity, he left them at the door whenever he stopped off at mandolinist David Grisman's Dawg Studios for a session. Recorded from 1990 to 1993, Shady Grove captures Garcia and Grisman — whose friendship and passion for traditional folk and country music went back three decades — in relaxed, intimate form, roaming through their old records and public-domain songbooks, playing the unplugged hits of their, and America's, youth. The picking is immaculate; Garcia's singing is shaky in that gentle, endearing way that was unmistakably his; and the tunes — hardy old ballads and barn-dance kickers going back to the Civil War and beyond — underscore the truly deathless beauty and virtue of Garcia's life's work."K-Nein Plays Dead is a monthly Project hosted by Martyrs' Chicago exploring the wide discography of Grateful Dead and family music. Each month we pick a different album as the first set followed by an "anything goes" second set with originals and covers alike.
The unique lineup for this show is...
Mike Krieglstein - Upright Bass
Matt Kopecky - Drums/Percussion
Matt Augustine - Guitar
Erik Norman - Mandolin/Guitar
Hayley Hasegawa-Skreens - BanjoK-Nein (Michael John Krieglstein) is an americana songwriter and musician who teaches, produces, and performs music in the Chicagoland area. His songwriting draws from his experiences in life having traveled extensively throughout the world. With deep roots in improvisational music as well as composition, K-Neinʼs songwriting blends styles and crosses genres. Joining K-Nein live is an energetic group of musicians who are both friends and music cohorts in various outfits. The band is:Michael Krieglstein - Guitar Vox; Eitan Bernstein - Keys (Family Order, Company of Thieves); Matthew Kopecky - Drums (Oblio And Arrow); Matt Augustine - Guitar (Prichard Harter); Jake Carmany - Bass Guitar (Prichard Harter).
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Wed, Apr 15 - 8pm - $10
THE UNKNOWN NEW is equal parts jazz chamber ensemble and instrumental folk group – featuring music by Chicago-based composer, Paul Mutzabaugh (electric bass). Contributing to this texturally lush sound are Rich Stitzel (percussion), Vance Okraszewski (drums), Chris Siebold (lap steel & electric guitar), Jim Tashjian (acoustic guitar), and Mike Pinto (uber-guitar). The Unknown New has three records to its name: “Not Many Neighbors” (2018), “Thieves” (2016), and “Sunken Garden” (2015).
The Regulators' music defies easy description. Are they a rock power-trio? A jazz group? A funk band? An Andean pan-flute ensemble? They are most of these things and yet they are none of them. They are a free-funk-jazz exploration of non-western rhythmic modes. Whatever genre you want to call their music, a few things are certain: it's groovin', it's exciting and it's bad-assed. This is musical high-wire without a net. Formed in mid-2008 as the global economy appeared ready to do a stage-dive during sound-check, The Regulators are Mike Allemana on guitar, Gerald Dowd on drums and Matt Ferguson on bass. The band spun itself off from a pre-existing group--Brian O'Hern's Model Citizens Big Band--where they had already commenced with their trademark rhythmic explorations during the extended free-inventions which typically mark the close of each Model Citizens set. Brian points his finger and away they go. One moment it is Funkadelic getting in touch with their inner-Bulgarian, ten minutes later a wall of noise-rock and five minutes after that, King Tubby in a klezmer band. Anything can and will happen. This was too good to just go down once a month at the end of a big-band set so the three decided to form the Regulators and start doing their thing all night long. Since then they have been doin' it about once a month at various venues; currently they call Lizard's lounge on Irving Park Rd. home every first Monday of the month (in addition to playing together with the Model Citizens at the Gallery Cabaret every third Monday). Besides playing with the Model Citizens, the individuals in the Regulators have notable musical pedigrees. Mike Allemana--voted best jazz soloist by the Chicago Reader in 2008--is a leader of several projects, including the jazz-gospel ensemble Come Sunday and is--like band-mate Matt Ferguson--a member of world-renowned saxophonist Von Freeman's Quartet. Gerald Dowd has been a long-time regular with Robbie Fulks and Grammy-nominee Justin Roberts and is one of Chicago's most in-demand drummers. As sidemen--often together as sidemen--they have roughly twenty years of experience gigging, jamming and/or recording together with such artists as Clyde Stubblefield, Mavis Staples, Lin Halliday, Charles Earland, Arturo Sandoval, Harry Connick, Jr., Mickey Roker and many others.
Dave Hiltebrand calls his style Cinematic Americana. His acoustic guitar driven songs are deeply influenced by his love of artists from James Taylor, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler to film composers Thomas Newman and John Williams. Dave travels the tonal and stylistic boundaries with the acoustic guitar and blends his easygoing voice.
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Thu, Apr 16 - 7:30pm - $10adv/$12door
Featuring Chicago's Finest:Mike Bolger (Mr Blotto)Mark Hague (Mr Blotto)Brother John Kattke (Delmark recording artist)Andrew Dixon (saxophone for fun!)Chris Bernhardt (BMR4/The Buzz)and John Hanrahan (Stu Allen/Shakedown Street/Why Not/The Buzz)
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Fri, Apr 17 - 9pm - $15
It’s always a pleasure to perform a tribute to a legendary band. But when that tribute provides the opportunity to single out and celebrate the gifts of a extraordinary collection of musicians, that performance becomes even sweeter.With the recent passing Rush drummer Neil Peart, Great Moments in Vinyl felt it was time to turn the spotlight on the remarkable trio he helped make famous. Founded by guitarist Alex Lifeson in 1968, the group had to replace their original front man and bass player before they even played their second gig. They recruited Geddy Lee, a distinctive vocalist and bassist who brought significant power and range to their sound. And then when the band’s original drummer bowed out two weeks before one of their biggest shows up to that point, they found a kindred spirit in lyricist and percussionist Neil Peart.“We are a hard rock band that sometimes wanders off into the world of the prog rockers. We share some of the desire to make our music weird which the ‘proggers’ all have in common. I consider us carrying on a tradition begun by Cream or The Who more than anything.”—Geddy Lee, Rush: The Story So Far (2002)“Fantasies are futile, self-defeating. But dreams…dreams are beautiful, life-affirming, powerful. We can’t move forward without them.”—Neil Peart, Toronto Star (01/23/89)Rush is a band that followed its dreams…with spectacular results. Originally derided in the rock press and polarizing to fans of music (you either loved them or you ridiculed them), the trio has had the last laugh by marching to their own drummer and beating the odds to enjoy a successful and rewarding career that lasted more than 40 years.As Rolling Stone observed in 2015, “There are weirder bands and there are bigger bands, but none quite so weird and quite so big.”. . . .Join Great Moments in Vinyl on Friday, April 17th at Martyrs’ as we pay tribute to Rush. We’ll spend time with songs from their early career in our first set, and then perform their most popular album Moving Pictures in its entirety in our second. 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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Sat, Apr 18 - 9pm - $16adv/$18door
Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance – free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound. Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their latest release, STYLO, (March 2nd, 2018). What Justin Perkins (kora, kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drumset), Drew Heller (guitar, organ), Justin Kimmel (bass, keys), and Luke Quaranta (djembe, dunun, sangban, kenkeni, kryn, karenye) have wrought on STYLO reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their last studio album, TK2. This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they've exhibited in their decade and a half of heavy gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Hulaween, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as the Festival In The Desert in Essakane, Mali, Shanghai World Music Festival, and Jam Cruise. Whether on their own or collaborating with luminaries like the Last Poets' Umar Bin Hassan, Uncle Earl's Rayna Gellert, or Weedie Braimah, Toubab Krewe has already earned the attention and respect of a broad musical community. Toubab carries echoes of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, no doubt picked up during the group's travels to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. But what truly differentiates Toubab Krewe from other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what they've learned instead of simply recreating tradition. Toubab Krewe carves out a new trail honoring the African originators they admire by making something alive and contemporary.
AfroZep is a Chicago based band that performs a set of Led Zeppelin tunes that have been rearranged with African influences.Chicago based percussionist Marshall Greenhouse first formed the group in 2009. AfroZep quickly gained local and national attention through coast to coast tours of venues, universities and festivals. Within their first year, they had been recognized by both the Chicago Reader and by WXRT for their original and energetic take on Led Zeppelin earning them Best Led Zeppelin Cover Band of the Year honors.In 2016 the band went through some lineup changes which ultimately led them to hiring vocalist Jabal in 2018. Hailing from Douala, Cameroon, Jabal sang cabaret for countless hours six nights a week. He built a following around the continent with his ability to sing a variety of styles in many languages. Jabal brings a truly unique take on Robert Plants vocals while also adding African influenced vocals, such as singing Makossa and other popular genres originating in Cameroon as well as his ability to accurately mimic the voice of Fela Kuti.
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Mon, Apr 20 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Thu, Apr 23 - 8pm - $10
Earthmother was formed under the philosophy of delivering an unforgettable and unique live experience. They met in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music and soon discovered that they had a shared love for improvised music. While most of their influences come from 60’s and 70’s rock, each member is influenced by an array of different styles, from blues to progressive rock to jazz. They use this as an advantage to express their music in as many different ways as possible, while keeping their music dripping with psychedelia.
Northwest Corner has been collectively interpreting the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band for over 15 years. Steeped in the core familiar expectations of these beloved songs, but determined to find new ground, Northwest Corner avoids any strict recreations and instead uses this vast catalog of classic American music to explore as many new avenues as possible. Northwest Corner is thrilled to bring their unique spin on this beloved catalog to Martyrs.
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Fri, Apr 24 - 9pm - $10
The Jacobson Organ was est. in 1994 by Emmet with Cleveland and Mick. Practicing 3 days a week in a hot garage and working endlessly on 20min originals and 30min jams they ultimately released a cassette demo. TJO has since released 5 albums with the first 4 featuring another drummer named Scud. Mick has since returned to the band and the genesis of the sound with him, thus they agreed this album should be TJO; the debut. The name comes from the stereoscopic vomeronasal sensory organ. Use mirror carefully to check.Born in Chicago and raised in South Florida, Emmet conceptualized the record. A nod to the likes of The Cars, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick playing on boom boxes and out car windows in the hot 1979 sun. Cleveland, from Kentucky, adds his darkly vintage take on tracks such as Lady Guilt and Recognize Me. Mick, from Highwood, IL, lays down his deep groves with all the right feels.TJO comes at a good time. As a new generation's sound evolves, computer sounds and guitars like synths are dehumanizing the sweat, dirt and heart that is Rock. TJO celebrates that type of Rock. The soul moving, air punching, karate kick kind.
Beginning as a solo act and turning into one of Chicago up and coming rock acts, Raised On Zenith is finding its niche in the local music scene. The sound? It can easily be described a musical phenomenon that is a beautifully strange amalgamation of Eastern European punk rock, American "alternative", and British Manchester-Pop. Formed in 2001, the quartet has quickly risen to local recognition. Raised on Zenith recently released their debut album, Until It’s Done, check it out on iTunes.
Nice Motor is a Rock n' Soul band from Chicago, forming in late 2014. With Brian Webb on Vocals and Guitar, Seth Webb on Drums, Dave Swick on Guitar, and Neil Krajenta on bass, the band began recording music during the summer of 2015. Their first releases, "All the Neighbors" and "Turn to Stone" were made available for free on Soundcloud in the fall of that same year.Nice Motor formed after the break-up of Chicago veteran band "Jonny Rumble", freeing up Brian and Seth for new adventures, and Dave's departure from another Chicago band, "Super Happy Fun Club". Neil was waiting in the wings, bought a bass, and off they went. Beginning with acoustic writing sessions on a balcony, and impromptu electric noise-making, the band quickly began to write tunes as a well-orchestrated unit. After pocketing a hand or two full of songs, the band began recording in May with their good friend Chris Mason manning the controls of a make-shift home-studio. The month of May also saw Nice Motor play their first show, selling out Alive One in Chicago, to benefit Team High-Life and bring awareness to suicide prevention. They quickly followed up by selling out a show at Tonic Room in June.Nice Motor has plenty more to come, with more music on the way, and more shows in the works.
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Sat, Apr 25 - 8pm - $10
A modern take on American traditional rock, The Fifth Star Band grooves to a funky, old school beat that’s guaranteed to get you dancing. Just off their third major release, Vice, this Chicago-based, roots rock band continues to deliver upbeat, soulful tunes that are elevated by their energetic live performances. Since emerging on the Chicago music scene in the summer of ‘16, TFSB has played all around the city at venues such as Martyrs’, Cubby Bear, Reggie’s, The Elbo Room and multiple yearly stops at The Store. With the release of their first full-length album, Vice, the band is looking to make their mark on the music landscape, drawing inspiration from Anderson East, Van Morrison, and the live performances of O.A.R.Vice is available now on all major music platforms.
Eve’s Twin Lover combines authentic, inner-life stories with melody driven, guitar based tunes influenced by the last 30 years of independent rock music. Their latest CD, Fable Bait, features ear-wormy hooks, harmonies, and classic guitar tones, a strong collection of songs from start to finish."...’Mona’ ends with one of the catchiest rock hooks I've heard this year. ‘Melaina’ falls squarely between Morrissey and the Pixies." Alex Moore, Lunchroom Audio"What a great set of tunes! Seldom do I get to enjoy every song on the first listen. Congrats on this wonderful accomplishment!" Joel Freeman
Next Planet is the musical brainchild of songwriter, musician and native Chicagoan, Scott Fischer. A thrilling ride as both spectator and participant, Next Planet’s music inspires with big melodies and ambitious composition, taking you on a wildly impassioned journey. With seven studio albums under his belt and hundreds of live shows, Fischer never stops pushing boundaries with his ambition and talent. Rising from the ashes of Fischer’s Flicker (and previous incantations: Deja Voo Doo, PowderHouse, Babaganoo), Next Planet features members and long-time musical contributors Tim Gavin (drums, vocals), Andy Sviatko (bass), Rick Lyons (guitar, vocals) and Scott Fischer (keys, lead vocals). Previous projects had organically positioned Fischer in the director’s seat as both bandleader and composer. While he is still the primary songwriter, Next Planet conducts itself with a new, more democratic approach. From introspective and chest-hitting numbers to eye-rolling, satirical guffaw-out-loud ditties to extended exploratory epics, Fischer has bared it all through his numerous musical releases. Recent live performances have included a dazzling light show pontificating the vibe of each song. Next Planet offers a new singles type of approach of song and video releases with 4 upcoming features to look forward to. Next Planet’s music continues to forge ahead with humor, candor and musical collaboration with Scott Fischer at the helm, conducting the ride.
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Tue, Apr 28 - 8pm - $10
Chicago’s own Architects of Beauty is a new and exciting rock band that’s already making their mark. Their atmospheric and visceral music pushes the envelope of genre’s such as post-punk, goth, electro, psychedelia, garage and more. Formed in 2018, the current lineup consists of John Shane on vocals and guitar, Jake Fish on vocals and bass and Clay Condon on drums.
The Motions are a stripped-down Rock band that officially started in 2013. The Motions came together when Steve Klein asked Aaron Rosenblatt if he wanted to get together and jam. Steve and Aaron have known each other and been playing music together since 1996.Sometime in 2013, Aaron and Steve were bonding over their love for the Ramones. Noticing that no one was playing music like the Ramones anymore Steve and Aaron decided they wanted to play Ramones songs. From time to time Steve and Aaron would get together and Steve would bring a new song that he had written. After they had about 12 songs in their repertoire, Aaron decided it was time to take the show on the road.In 2017, the Motions became the house band for June’s Inn on Western Ave. in Chicago. They played there consistently until the bar was sold. In 2018, the Motion started to get invited to play at the Elbo Room on Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Since that time The Motions have played Bourbon on Division, Custer Fair in Evanston and Silvies in Chicago. In 2019, Hans Alex joined the band on Bass. Hans is an accomplished musician who cut his teeth in Chile. The Motions are very excited to have him on board.
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Wed, Apr 29 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Honey Cellar is a folk rock quartet born out of a border town, where fiddle tunes, folk punk, and Midsummer brought them together. They are now based in Chicago and have played at venues all around the midwest. Their rich vocal harmony, vibrant instrumentals, and earnest lyrics make each show an intimate yet electrifying experience. Come celebrate their debut album!
Almond&Olive (A&O), comprised of singer-songwriters Natalie Alms and Ollie Davidson, creates inspiring songs that span the folk and Americana genres, while also incorporating Alms’ timeless vocals and the duo’s distinct songwriting. Blended together, Alms and Davidson's voices sound made for each other, soaring and guiding the music through all the ups and downs of these finely crafted songs. The music on their upcoming debut album, called Standing at the Precipice, features Alms mostly on banjo and Davidson mostly on acoustic guitar, while also deploying highly skilled professional musicians, stalwarts of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music scene, who provide backing throughout the record. The album was recorded at Kingsize Sound Labs in Chicago with incomparable producer John Abbey, who's also recorded the likes of Robbie Fulks and Jonas Friddle. Together A&O and Abbey are creating an impressive debut for one of Chicago's most exciting new bands. To help pay for the album, the duo successfully received funding from a Kickstarter, raising over $10,000 is 30 days from over 110 backers. The music A&O creates comes at you in waves. Together their voices lay down a solid base and tone, funneling you into succinct chorus melodies that build into a crescendo of rich and powerful harmonies. The end result of each song is satisfying and expressive, weaving together themes of love, fear, hope and loss. Each song’s purpose is to mark a moment in time, and give the listener a glimpse into the lives of these prolific songwriters. It’s a vulnerable look at times, though for the most part the music resolves itself to the basic emotions of hope and love, and let’s you know that no matter how low things get, there is a lift coming soon.
Molly Compton is a wo-mandolinist, singer-songwriter, jack of touring trades, lover of The Simpsons, french toast, and beer.
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Thu, Apr 30 - 8pm - $10
Trick Shooter Social Club is a full-on, lean-in, roots-rock band from Chicago that celebrates country, rock, pop, punk and blues with completely original electric rock music. Our influences include Cash, Kiss, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick, Steve Earl, Tom Petty and early Wilco. We have previously released two albums and have just finished our third (American Experiment) at Chicago Recording Company with Grammy award winning engineer producer Jon Zacks. We have played with several national touring acts including Peggy Young and the Survivors (featuring Spooner Oldham) and recent shows have included gigs at the Whiskey a Go-Go in LA and The Hippodrome in London. We are proud to be regulars at the House of Blues Chicago, Club Metro and Lincoln Hall, and are regular guests on the Nick Digilio Show on WGN. In 2019 we will support our new album with a series of regional tours – bringing the music we truly believe in to folks all across the country.
"...Tiny keeps the blues alive and pay(s) tribute to the originals."- Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater. Dedicated to his craft, the originality and prowess of Tiny Miles is sure to impress even the most critical of skilled technicians. Tiny Miles casts a spell over the audience with the soul and passion of 1950's Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly music. At a Tiny Miles showcase - one can expect a soul-stirring experience in an energetic performance of roots music soaked in retro vibes, coupled with a level of professional musicality that must be witnessed first hand.
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Fri, May 1 - 8pm - $15
The Right Now's pop-meets-soul sound is more than a vehicle for Stefanie Berecz's captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy songwriting and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2008 the band has toured much of the United States and released three acclaimed albums, racking up placements in television, national commercials, and the multi-million-selling video game Watch Dogs.
Terrible Spaceship, Chicago’s premier science fiction dance band, rediscovers media from the past and resuscitates it into a modern music and video multimedia experience. Utilizing both samples and live instrumentation for its original scores, the band has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "equally influenced by Danny Elfman, Portishead and Orson and H.G. Welles." It's science fiction you can dance to.
YES! Just like trickle down economics, The Nubile Thangs! Are BACK and they have come to rock you, against your better judgement as well as against other people.By now, you know the tale: 5 young men filled with dreams of stardom spendtheir 20’s kicking ass and taking names across the US with their inimitable brandof garage rock combined with 60’s R&B. Armed with a live show so powerful thatit came with a money-back guarantee, the band gained tens of fans over 4albums, multiple TV appearances, and many tours criss-crossing the US andCanada. They’ve shared the stage with bands like Los Lobos, The Verve Pipe, 2Skinnee J’s, Bumpus, and many, many more. In 2001, the band took a hiatus,only to realize later that no one likes being on hiatus.As a result, the band revived their career, and are now celebrating their 30th year together, bringing back their take-no-prisoners style combined with an additional crankiness that can only mean one thing: ROCK AND ROLL.
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Sat, May 2 - 7:30pm - $45adv/$55door
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Їхня щирість струмує у ліриці та мінімалістичному звучанні. Вони стали феноменом української сцени, пройшовши шлях від аматорських записів на диктофон до повних залів без продюсерів та промо. «Один в каное» у 2020 році вирушає у великий тур, присвячений десятиріччю гурту!Акустичний гурт «Один в каное» – це пастельна мрійливість, забарвлена фолком та глибинною лірикою, що линуть до серця. «Небо», «Пообіцяй мені», «Човен» – ці пісні давно полюбились слухачам від Львова до Харкова.За 10 років існування музиканти не втратили простоти та щирості, з якою виступали на перших концертах, незважаючи на те, що їхні пісні вже давно займають перші сходинки музичних хіт-парадів та хором співають на концертах тисячі прихильників.«Один в каное» було засноване у 2010-му році у Львові. З того часу музиканти встигли побувати з сольними концертами у більшості великих українських міст. Зараз до складу колективу входять вокалістка Ірина Швайдак, гітарист Устим Похмурський та барабанщик Ігор Дзіковський.Музиканти виступали у Чехії, Франції, Англії, Білорусі, Польщі, брали участь у багатьох фестивалях. За майже 10 років музиканти випустили лише одну платівку, до якої увійшло 25 композицій, як результат п’ятирічних пошуків вічних сенсів. У 2019 році «Один в каное» представив перший офіційний кліп на пісню «У мене немає дому», який став надпопулярним та набрав більш, ніж 4 мільйони переглядів на YouTube.Цієї весни гурт потішить слухачів своїм експериментальним звучанням.Приходь і почуй наживо, як звучить сучасна українська лірика!
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Fri, May 8 - 9pm - $20
Greg Koch and the Koch-Marshall Trio consist of American guitarist Greg Koch, his son DylanKoch on drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall. At the heart of this organ trio isa blues sensibility - but Koch's compositions are an amalgam of rock, funk, jazz and countryserved up with heavy grooves and dynamic improvisations delivered with no small dose ofhumor and occasional wild abandon.The trio blends the explosive guitar manipulations of Greg, the groove-centric, power-pocketplaying of his son Dylan on drums (who share many telepathic musical moments) and theglorious, Hammond organ stylings of the uber-talented Toby Marshall, Greg’s compositions areproperly portrayed in the blues drenched, funk, chicken-fried, gospelly, jazz-rock panorama inwhich they were conceived. Their first release, “Toby Arrives” the first moments of theirunexpected musical partnership captured at an extemporaneous jam session earlier in the year
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Sat, May 9 - 9pm - $35
From its inception, Camilo Séptimo seemed primed to become Mexico’s preeminent psychedelic indie rock band. Founding members Manuel “Coe” Mendoza (vocals and bass), Jonathan Meléndez (keyboards), and Erik Vázquez (guitar) had each built impressive reputations in Mexico City’s vibrant indie scene before coming together in 2013 to form Camilo Séptimo.The band’s sound can be described as a fusion of melancholic dream-pop with cosmic-psychedelia.The fascinating composition structure is comprised of every element delivering in equal balance: Coe’s yearning, levitational vocals, serene yet energizing melodies from Meléndez’s synth, and Vázquez unraveling it all with sultry guitar riffs.In 2014, Camilo Séptimo premiered their first EP “Maya” at Casa de Lago to a cult following of 400. With a meteoric rise in popularity, the trio was invited to perform at the prestigious Festival Viva Latino the following year --a feat virtually unheard of among bands that are only two years from their debut.2016 marked even more astronomical achievements as they launched their 38-show “Neon Tour” across Mexico, selling out shows in iconic music venues such as Centro Cultural España , Lunario del Auditorio Nacional, and Foro Indie Rocks! . Notable performance invitations followed, including opening for the Foals at the Pepsi Center WTC and Twenty One Pilots at the Palacio de Los Deportes .Camilo Séptimo also participated in select performances in the historic Café Tacvba - Zoé tour of 2016.In 2017, the band announced the launch of their first LP “Óleos” as a joint production by Mario Miranda (Patterns) and Christian Jean (Reyno). Óleos was presented at El Plaza Condesa along with two performances at Teatro Metropolitan , selling out all three shows.That same year, the now nationally-renown indie band embarked on their first international tour that included headlining performances in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, and US cities San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.Drawing inspiration from their international tour, Camilo Séptimo’s next album “Navegantes” reflected a more polished composition that leads listeners through a myriad of celestial musical escapades. The transcendent 10-song album was a collaborative production by Mario Miranda, Camilo Séptimo, and Fer Mares, with Luis Jiménez assisting in vocal production.Camilo Séptimo returned to the Pepsi Center WTC in February 2019, this time to premiere their album Navegantes and selling out the 7,000 capacity theater. In September 2019, Camilo Séptimo over-shadowed that success with yet another phenomenal accomplishment -- selling out Mexico City’s 10,000-seat Auditorio Nacional.Camilo Séptimo’s exhilarating achievements show no sign of slowing down. With an expanded 2020 tour throughout the north and south American continents, Camilo Séptimo continues to reach new sonic heights of performance success and musical acclamation.
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Sun, May 10 - 4pm - $20adv/$25door
The Intoxicats are a new collaboration including Michele Rundgren plus members of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Prince’s NPG and more.
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Wed, May 13 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini.
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Thu, May 14 - 8pm - $50adv/$70door
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Cem Adrian is a Turkish singer-songwriter, author, producer and director. He is known for his ability to sing from bass to soprano, as his vocal cords are three times the length of an average person's. Born as Cem Filiz in Edirne, Turkey, he started his musical studies and released his first recordings during his secondary school terms.Adrian started his career in radio publishing at eighteen, and continued for about six years. At the same time he studied theatre and photography and recorded about 250 of his own songs at the studios of a radio station where he used to work.In 2003, he performed as the singer and dancer of the ethnic music band "Mystica" which he founded, in Istanbul. In the autumn of 2004, he started his education as a "special student" at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Bilkent University, at the invitation of Fazil Say.In February 2005, Adrian released his first album Ben Bu Sarkiyi Sana Yazdim. This album includes the songs which Adrian had recorded by himself between 1997 and 2003 in Edirne, and the live recordings of his first academic performance with Fazil Say. This demo album achieved sales of 16,000 copies.He performed in a series of concerts which started with "Babylon" in 2005 in Istanbul, and continued with the premiere of the Hamburg Music Season with the Bremen Jazz Festival, including Fazil Say and Burhan Öçal.In 2006, he started working on his second self-produced album, which was published in November 2006 by the name Ask Bu Gece Sehri Terk Etti.In 2008 he released two albums, Essentials / Seçkiler and Emir, and produced the music for Abdullah Oguz's film Sicak (2008), where he also played the role of a young imam.- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan
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Fri, May 15 - 7pm - $20
STORYHILL is a modern folk duo that brings brotherly harmonies, infectious melodies and smart story songs together in one perfect package. Their beautiful music and passionate performances have won them much critical acclaim and devoted fans (“Hill Heads”) all over the country. Celebrating 30 years of playing together, members Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson breathe and play as one unit, showing why Billboard and the Austin Chronicle have likened them to the great songwriting duos of our time--Simon & Garfunkel, the Indigo Girls, The Everly Brothers and The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris & Mark Olson. They have charted on Billboard and have been favorites on national radio shows like Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion. Chris and John started performing together as teenagers, while living in Bozeman, Montana. Both were musical from the get-go, singing with choirs and playing in bands. Although their 7thgrade world geography class is what ostensibly brought them together, it was their musical passions that made them close friends and lifelong musical collaborators. They recorded their first tape as Chris and Johnny in 1989, upon graduating from high school. Although they then temporarily parted ways—Chris going to Spain and John to Minnesota for college—they continued to play music, reuniting at St. Olaf College. After graduating in 1993, they toured the country full-time for four years--recording as independent artists and selling more than 50,000 records. Although Chris and John, or Storyhill as they were now known, were at the pinnacle of their career, they were exhausted from the travel and finding themselves pulled in different directions. They decided to call it quits. Chris went west and eventually settled down back in Bozeman while John moved to Norway and then back to Minneapolis. They each started their own families, built their own recording studios and worked on separate musical projects.
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Sat, May 16 - 9pm - $10
A Group of Friends has members of Weird Beard, The Western, Marsh Boys, and The Connoisseurs. In the past they have played sold-out shows covering songs like Ween’s “The Mollusk” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and “Tusk”.
The Western is a Chicago-based post-rock outfit whose new album “In Good Standing” was released in September 2019. Their previous album, "On Top of the World and Never Ever Looking Back Again, Ever; Goodbye", released in 2014, was well received at venues like Schubas and Metro. Influences include Stereolab, Deerhunter, and Neil Young.
Marsh Boys upcoming album “Marsh Boys” will be out in May 2020.
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Fri, May 22 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Michelle Billingsley’s songs are like an Emmylou that went through the looking glass. She blends western, folk, americana, and roots influences into darkly lyrical originals. Joined by some of Chicago’s best musicians, she'll have you dancing one minute and gut-punched the next with some devastating turn of phrase. This honky tonk angel is gonna make you feel it all.
Wild Earp & The Free for Alls play what they call Wild Americana, a blend of vintage country, rockabilly, western soundscapes, folk, and rock and roll with a contagious live energy. It's a balance of tradition and experimentation that borrows liberally from other genres and appeals to a broad audience. They play regularly in Chicago and tour all around the country.
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Fri, May 29 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Celebrating Talking Heads legendary Rome concert by performing the
entire set from that show complete with 2 bass players! (special guest
Julie Slick!) both nights. Plus a different, second set of more
Talking Heads songs both nights! Two very
special nights at Martyrs'. ///////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 30 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Celebrating Talking Heads legendary Rome concert by performing the
entire set from that show complete with 2 bass players! (special guest
Julie Slick!) both nights. Plus a different, second set of more
Talking Heads songs both nights! Two very
special nights at Martyrs'.//////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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Tue, Jun 23 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Thu, June 25 - 8pm - $15
Ezra Bell’s first full-length debut features ebullient soul twang, flowing and leaping like the music of a late 60s/early 70s recording of well-trained freaks dabbling in various genres. This Portland band sounds like they effortlessly recorded one of those forgotten-gem “cult albums”, despite it being early 2018.After three well-received EPs and playing regularly in Portland since 2013, the playfully literate and cheerfully plaintive Benjamin Wuamett and his gaggle of quite fit players, conjure up a festive dusky folk-rock-blues-jazz-R&B-pop vibe that doesn’t smother out the melancholy. These haunted stories include key tracks “Tourists” (“This one is about realizing the game is rigged, but you still have to play; it’s the only game in town”); “Yawning at the Seance (“This one is about the stories we tell ourselves in order to feel like everything is okay”), and “Let Me Do the Talking.” About that last one: “The opening line is a rip-off of something the boxer Jack Johnson said when asked how he managed to so intrigue women. He said ‘eat jellied eels and think distant thoughts.’ I think it’s one of the great travesties (and a telling indictment of our society) of our time that a great man’s name has been usurped by some surfer singing about breakfast.” The glistening, giddy music on these tracks help to document the car-wreck gas-lit lifestyles Wuamett masterfully describes. He displays gleaming shards of a self-depreciative self-awareness but also someone busy getting lost. “The overall theme going into this?” Wuamett answers to what the album is about. “Desperation. A call to arms. A whimper. A declaration that being witty by yourself at 4 AM in a basement, is a poor way to live.” Ezra Bell features Maurice Spencer (bass), Tom Trotter (drums), Aaron Mattison (horns and arrangements), Honora Hildreth (backing vocals and percussion), and Jeremy Asay (keys and guitar) more-than-ably backing up Wuamett’s story-songs and satirical jigs with organic precision.Wuamett came up with the band name when he was in Portugal and a girl he was with dared him to try a nearby concession stand’s popcorn snails. He had two full bowls. “They were delicious,” he says. “When I got back to Portland, I couldn’t sleep. On the way to work the next day, after a rainfall, I saw a slug crossing the sidewalk. I bent down and ate it raw on the spot. I didn’t go to work that day I went home, grabbed a garbage bag and spent the morning gathering snails, slugs, worms (not sure if worms fall in the mollusk family but, still, delicious) which I brought home with me. Hours later, as I sat shirtless on my couch, covered in sweat, I knew I had a problem. It would be too long a story to talk about all the places my disease took me. Suffice to say — I once hitchhiked to California because I really wanted to taste a banana slug. In the end, it became too much and I sought help via the internet. I began posting on various forums about my problem. I hadn’t been to work in weeks. Unfortunately, there are very few mollusk addicts on the web and my various inquiries went without commiseration until a nice man from Georgia spoke up and we began a long correspondence during which he shared with me the tools that had enabled him to survive in this strange world. He saved my life. His name was Ezra Bell.”
San Francisco Soul Jive” is the best term Royal Jelly Jive can find indescribing their unique and intoxicating sound. Led by dynamicfront-woman Lauren Bjelde, this sultry sextet rocks into unchartedmusical territories with their infectious blend of modern and throwbacksensibilities. Armed with retro horns, heavy grooves, and catchy songsthat are impossible to resist, RJJ can pair with your fancy cocktail at asmoky jazz club and shake up the funkiest dance party.Born out of Funk and Happenstance at John Lee Hooker's Boom BoomRoom, Royal Jelly Jive has gone full-steam ahead in embracing musicas their truest calling. From prominent festival stages all along the WestCoast, East Coast and U.K., they continue to sweep crowds off theirfeet with a high energy live show that leaves crowds yelling for Mo’JELLY! Tour highlights include sharing stages with Michael Franti, LakeStreet Dive, The Roots, and Avett Brothers, as well prominent slots atfestivals such as Napa Valley’s Bottlerock, Po
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