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Wed. Nov 30 - 7:30pm - $12
It's that time of year! Again! Feeling dazed, confused, annoyed? You're not alone. Join us for another cozy night of stories, drinks, friends and more drinks.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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Fri, Dec 2 - 8pm - $15adv/$20doors
Since 2018, The Mild West has made a splash in the Chicago music scene with their energetic performances and lively early singles. Borrowing from a wide variety of pop/rock powerhouses such as The Killers and Walk the Moon, the band’s sound drips with soaring melodies, catchy hooks, and powerful delivery.Their debut EP "It's Been A Good Run" and most recent singles “Rendezvous” and “Shooting Star” show off an elevated sense of cohesion to the band's sound. After closing out 2021 with a sold out headline show at Lincoln Hall, The Mild West continues to capture new audiences and surprise loyal fans with classic rock energy cloaked in a neatly packaged power pop aesthetic.
Folk/Indie Rock band established in Fort Wayne Indiana
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Sun, Dec 4 - 3pm - FREE - EVERY SUNDAY!
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Honky Tonk Sundays! Join us for an afternoon with The Hoyle Brothers. They play every Sunday at 3pm.
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Fri, Dec 9 - 9pm - $15
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!"
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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Sat. Dec 10 - 12noon - FREE! - ALL AGES!
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Join us for our annual Krampus Fest at Martyrs' on Saturday, December 10th! 12 noon-close. Free! All Ages! Started in 2013 as an homage to St. Nick's dark partner, Krampus, because sometimes it's hard to be good. Holiday Artisan Market 12pm-6pm, with local artists, makers, bakers and purveyors of beautiful handcrafted gifts for your holiday needs. Eat at Krampus Cafe-German style street food including Paulina Meat Market sausages, potato pancakes, Sip a warm and cozy house made Gluhwein. Walk with us in our version of a Krampuslauf! We'll parade on N Lincoln Ave from Martyrs' to Irving Park. Wear a costume for the Krampus Costume Contest!
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Sun, Dec 11 - 3pm - FREE - EVERY SUNDAY!
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Honky Tonk Sundays! Join us for an afternoon with The Hoyle Brothers. They play every Sunday at 3pm.
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Thu , Dec 15 - 7:30pm - $20 - ALL AGES
Grammy award winning drummer/composer Mark Walker, originally from Chicago, has spent the last 30 years touring and recording extensively with such jazz and Latin luminaries as Oregon (with Ralph Towner), Paquito D’Rivera, Lyle Mays, Caribbean Jazz Project, Eliane Elias, Michel Camilo and Cesar Camargo Mariano. Walker has been nominated for a Grammy award for best instrumental composition and has earned 4 Latin Grammy Awards and and two Grammy Awards with Paquito D’Rivera, as well as any nominations.Jim Trompeter - KeyboardsTito Carrillo - Trumpet and FlugelhornChris Madsen - SaxophonesJohn Moulder - GuitarClark Sommers - BassJose Rendón - PercussionMark Walker - Drums
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Fri, Dec 16 - 8pm - $25
After ten years, five albums, innumerable sold out shows, and countless libations, Americana mavericks Horseshoes & Hand Grenades appropriately consider themselves a “family” on a wild, wonderful, and often whacky roller coaster. The bond between the quintet— Adam Greuel [guitar, vocals], David C. Lynch [harmonica, accordion, vocals], Collin Mettelka [fiddle, vocals], Russell Pedersen [banjo, vocals], and Samual Odin [bass, vocals]— fuels their creativity and chemistry on stage and in the studio.“Sometimes, it feels like we’re modern day cowboys on some kind of strange journey,” Adam affirms with a laugh. “We’re five friends who set out to do something we enjoy doing, meet interesting people, see old friends, and make some new buddies along the way. Because of that sense of friendship, everything seems to happen organically.”That’s been the case since these five musicians first met in Stevens Point, WI at college, joined forces, and hit the road harder post-graduation in roughly 2013. They have ignited stages alongside everyone from Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Trampled By Turtles to Railroad Earth, Merle Haggard, and Marty Stuart in addition to appearances at festivals such as Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Delfest, High Sierra Music Festival, Blue Ox Music Festival, Northwest String Summit, John Hartford Memorial Festival, and many more. Their five albums—Another Round [2012], This Old Town [2013], Middle Western [2015], The Ode (2018), and Miles in Blue (2020) take the listener through a wide range of musical and emotional landscapes, something surely provoked by the five different members all sharing songwriting duties.Their most recent album, “Miles in Blue” is an 18-track album that celebrates their 10 years together as a band. While the album certainly nods to their tried and true blend of “new-time old-time” music, it also explores new musical avenues as the band pushes themselves to discover what else “can be”.“It marks a point of growth,” explains Adam. “We’ve got those ripper type tunes we’re known for on there, but we’re experimenting with other elements. Little pieces of everybody are encapsulated in this record. We were really conscious of allowing our respective musical curiosities into the fold. Sam drops in a jazz and classical feel. Dave brings that Zydeco, Cajun, and old school blues vibe. Collin turned up this kinda pop folk energy, and Russell gives us the old-timey banjo feel. For me, I’m trying to play out my singer-songwriter curiosities. There are five songwriters in the band, and we’ve gotten better at harnessing our individual creativity and bringing it to the collective.”The boys found the perfect place to bottle those signature spirits. They retreated to Cannon Falls, MN in order to live and record at Pachyderm Studios — where Nirvana recorded In Utero — for just a week. Joined by the Hard Working American’s Chad Staehly in the producer’s chair, they tracked the eighteen numbers that would comprise Miles in Blue over the course of a marathon session.“Pachyderm is in the middle of nowhere,” he elaborates. “We’re all outdoorsy people, so the setting was super comfortable. It contributed to the laid back approach. It was by far the easiest recording project we’ve done. The whole experience was super positive and uplifting.”The Horseshoes & Hand Grenades family grows stronger by the day. “The best part of this has been building a community,” Adam leaves off. “In this day and age, it’s wise to look for things that bring people together rather than separate them. We’re creating an extended family to get through these times together. That’s the ‘Horseshoe Crew.’ Everything happens because of that bond between the band and the folks there fueling the fire.”
Coyote Riot has its roots set deep in old folk and country/blue grass string sounds of the past and present. The twang of the rockabilly stile guitar sits nicely with the pluc of the bass and the chuck of the tenor banjo, while the harmonica and fiddle harmonize like crickets in heat. A recipe gaurenteed to have you hootin and hollerin with your foot-a-stompin.
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Sat, Dec 17 - 9pm - $35
Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s talent orbits him simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting edge hip hop. He’s a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound.Brown displayed an affinity for the trumpet at a young age as he won the national Miles Davis Trumpet Competition and studied under legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. His critically acclaimed debut album “HIP TO BOP”, recorded in New Orleans, foreshadowed Brown’s unique talent for creating fresh bop-inflected jazz. Yet, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation didn’t spare Maurice and he took his talent to Brooklyn.Maurice reformed his own quintet, resurrected his underground hip-hop/funk combo, Soul'd U Out and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, De La Soul, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lettuce and The Roots.His follow-up album, THE CYCLE OF LOVE garnered significant praise; Huffington Post and NPR named it one of the best records of the year. Brown further embraced his be-bop roots with hip-hop hooks; it also lays raw his dogged insistence on charting his own musical course, bred by the rare success of his debut album and a life uprooted post-Katrina."Hearing Maurice Brown play let's me know that jazz is in good hands going forward."- Marcus MillerMaurice was invited to join the newly formed Tedeschi-Trucks Band. He created the horn arrangements on TTB’s debut album, “Revelator” which won a 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album. Brown’s trumpet was a wailing counterpoint to Derek Truck’s searing guitar wizardry.“Maurice took a solid foundation of jazz and blues and turned it into a modern sound that is uniquely his own. “- Derek TrucksBrown’s immersion into hip hop as musician/MC/producer culminated in the 2014 release of “MAURICE vs. MOBETTA” (Brown Records). This groundbreaking alter-ego album remixed original horn parts with newly recorded hip hop beats. Brown’s jazz roots are cultivated here through the lens of a hip hop perspective. Talib Kweli, Prodigy and Jean Grae’s spitting rhymes are met by Mobetta’s own, while his trumpet circles muscularly throughout every track.” Maurice Brown’s horn is able to musically go anywhere." - Talib KweliConstant evolution drives him. His intuitive vision lights a fire under traditional jazz, adds sonic brass to rock n' roll and pushes the production tip in hip-hop. Having recently severed ties with TTB, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is again charting his own musical path. The summer release of album tracks he produced for Talib Kweli, Omar, and Prodigy will make 2016 a long, hot burn. His new album, “THE MOOD” is set to be released at the top of 2017.
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Sun, Dec 18 - 3pm - FREE - EVERY SUNDAY!
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Honky Tonk Sundays! Join us for an afternoon with The Hoyle Brothers. They play every Sunday at 3pm.
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Fri, Dec 23 - 9pm - $15
Peach Jam is a collective of the best musicians Chicago has to offer celebrating the music of the legendary Allman Brothers Band. Formed in 2022, these players will transport you back in time to the Fillmore East and keep you moving all night. Peach Jam brings together members of Chicago mainstays Cornmeal, Terrapin Flyer, Old Shoe, and Helping Friendly Orchestra for a cosmic gumbo of hot jams, tight grooves, soaring vocal harmonies, and down-home blues that’ll make a believer out of any ABB fan. “People can you feel it? Love is everywhere!”
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Sun, Dec 25 - MERRY CHRISTMAS! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
Honky Tonk Sundays! Join us for an afternoon with The Hoyle Brothers. They play every Sunday at 3pm.
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Thu, Dec 29 - 9pm - $15adv/$20doors
The 2nd Annual Shoe Fest Holiday Jam is excited to be back at Chicago's very own, Martyrs'. Collaboration is a celebrated occurence at Shoe Fest, and we're excited to bring the magic of the fest closing, Shoe String Jam to one of the best stages in Chicago. Joining us this year are our very talented friends: Mark Hague (Mr. Blotto), Justin Reckamp (Mungion), Wavy Dave (Cornmeal), Josh Olken (Terrapin Flyer), Charlie Otto (DJ no DJ, This Must Be the Band), Ernie Hendrickson, Carrie Chandler (Bashful Youngens), and vocalists Kiley B. Moore & Sadie Rose Glaspey who made their Shoe Fest debut in 2022 at the Talking Heads album cover set. More guests are still to be announced!We be jammin and we'll also be giving away a whole bunch of prizes including Shoe Fest 2023 tickets, Snow Shoe 2023 tickets, and a whole lotta Shoe Fest swag!!
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Sat, Dec 31 - Doors 9pm - Show 10pm - $10adv/$15doors
Manwolves is an up and coming band from Evanston IL with a unique sound that fuses Hip-Hop, Jazz, Rock, and more. Manwolves utilizes live drums, bass, guitar, keys, and trumpet to create an explosive show that turns heads.
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Sun, Jan 1 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!
Honky Tonk Sundays! Join us for an afternoon with The Hoyle Brothers. They play every Sunday at 3pm.
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Fri, Jan 20 - 9pm - $15adv/$20doors
In a world full of Grateful Dead tribute bands, it takes a certain level of respect to coax the music into new exciting genres & stand out from the crowd. With a catalog full of Dead favorites originals as well as covers that the Grateful Dead performed, The Grateful String Band dedicates its bluegrass prowess to anything dead related. Any music the Grateful Dead performed is what TGSB explores and we perform it with our unique bluegrass spin. But The Grateful Dead is simply a starting point for what this band is capable of. With so many more options from the Pigpen days as well as spinoff projects like Old & In The Way and Jerry Garcia Band, The Grateful String Band is your one stop shop for your Deadgrass fix! If what you crave is middle ground between Grateful Dead and bluegrass, you've come to the right place.
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Fri, Jan 27 - 7pm - $35
Bands for Bell is an annual fundraiser held at Martyrs’ by former Bell parents Ray Quinn and Kate HillThis evening celebrates the musical talents of Bell School Faculty and Parents.
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Sat, Feb 25 - 7pm - $15
“My Sweet George” is a tribute to the music, life & legacy of George Harrison. 2022 marks the 5th year this annual event has been presented at Martyrs’. Hosted by Ellis Clark (Social Act/Big Hair Big Trouble!) & Ary Jeebie (Amazing Heeby Jeebies/Big Hair Big Trouble!) both fixtures of the Chicago music community. “My Sweet George” is an entire evening of Harrison’s music as performed by “The My Sweet George Band” as well as performances by many of Chicago’s finest artists such as: Phil Angotti Band, The Pepperland Rockestra, Tommy Klein (Liquid Soul/Spies Who Surf), The New Heartaches, Noami Ashley Band, The Fluffers, Twisted Rootz, Help Desk, Scott Williams, Pierce Crask, Ken Mottet & Many More! Come join us at Martyrs’ Friday February 25th and help us celebrate the music of George Harrison.
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Fri, Mar 3 - 8pm - $20
The son of a small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80.“I love the energy, music, and creativity of Chicago, but at the same time, the roots and hard work of my small town,” he shares. Growing up in Delavan, Illinois, with a population less than 2,000, Diekhoff’s grandparents were farmers, and their values have always provided the baseline of his songs.He writes music for “the kind of people that come to my shows. Whether in Chicago or Delavan, everyone has a story, and everyone puts in a long day and works hard the same way,” he says. “My generation may have been labeled as slackers, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t work hard - many people I know put in 50-60 hours a week and 12 hour days. That’s what keeps me playing. I don’t like anyone to be left out; my music is for everyone in big and very small towns.”He listened to punk rock and grunge as a kid before discovering a friend’s dad playing Hank Williams, and it was a revelation. Prine and Guthrie quickly followed. The name Chicago Farmer was originally for a band, but the utilitarian life of driving alone from bar to bar, city to city - to make a direct connection to his audience and listener, took a deeper hold."It's apparent Chicago Farmer has a refreshingly firm grip on where he comes from. The songs are covered to the elbows in dirt from the fields and smell of the sweaty factory floors. If the Midwest is looking for a voice, the search is over.” - No Depression“Chicago Farmer represents the best qualities of Midwestern U.S.A. His lyrics, his stories and his heart are true. He’ll give you that feeling of ‘going home’. He’ll make you want to say all those things you’ve been meaning to say but were too afraid. At the same time his songs can make you ask yourself some deep questions. His songs give you hope. If you didn’t know him I believe just his voice would make you believe every word he says. Definitely one of my favorite singers out there today.” - Pokey LaFarge“I love Chicago Farmer’s singing and playing and songs, but it’s the intention behind the whole of his work that moves me to consider him the genuine heir to Arlo Guthrie or Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He knows the shell game that goes on under folk music… which is sacred to me. Chicago Farmer is my brother; if you like me, you’ll love him.” - Todd Snider“Chicago Farmer has his finger on the modern Roots pulse with a display of gritty Country Rock and Folk from the gut amid a Folksingers mesh of lyrical humor and problems with a groove.” - The Alternate Root
Head for the Hills--Adam Kinghorn, Joe Lessard, Matt Loewen--come out swinging and invigorated with fresh sounds on their latest EP, Say Your Mind (out March 22). Recorded at Swingfingers Studios in Fort Collins (Colorado), the band brought a larger band than ever before, including drummer Darren Garvey of Elephant Revival, Vocalist Kim Dawson, Dobroist Todd Livingston, a horn section and more. The material reflects both the turbulent social rhythms of our current era and more timeless moments of joy, growth, and change—think #MeToo, the current body politic, and inequality, but also relationships, fatherhood and growing up.Like a painter that starts in acrylic and graduates to oils, Head for the Hills is deeper and richer in their 15th year as a band, with a wider palette of sonic textures at their disposal. Dorm room jam sessions have turned into a decade plus on the road--from humble coffee shops to theaters, festivals, roadhouses and clubs all across the country. Over time those sounds and influences have crept more and more into the bluegrass beginnings of the band, morphing into the seasoned eclecticism of Say Your Mind. The new songs are quinnessential Head for the Hills; genre-stradling, lyrically deep, and danceable, with a crew of collaborators bringing the best of Colorado acoustic, roots, and soul music together.Head for the Hills numerous festival appearances include notables Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, South by Southwest, FloydFest, RockyGrass, DelFest, Summer Camp Music Festival, Blue Ox Music Festival, Northwest String Summit, Strawberry Music Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival, Folk Alliance, Grandoozy and many more. The band charted on the CMJ Top 200 twice, has been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, and was awarded Best Bluegrass in Colorado four times via Denver’s Westword Magazine.
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Sat, Mar 4 - 8pm - $13adv/$16doors
Dogs in a Pile is the culmination of a love of music born from the deepest American roots of psychedelia, jazz, fusion, funk, traditional, and rock & roll. Sprung from the rich Asbury Park music scene in New Jersey, their serendipitous convergence has made for the kind of kindred intuition its members had only once dreamed of. Described as “listening to a single moving organism,” the sum of its five parts represents an original journey into the peaks and valleys of psychedelic improvisation, all while remaining reminiscent of so much we love of life and music.The final iteration of “the Dogs” began with University of the Arts Philadelphia student and Asbury Park veteran Jimmy Law, along with his long-time friend Joe Babick, a 4 year veteran of the gifted young musician’s program at the nationally renowned Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ. Lightning struck when they were introduced to Berklee School of Music student and bass player Sam Lucid, who immediately suggested fellow Berklee student and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Kaplan. The addition of fellow Berklee student and collaborator Brian Murray in 2019 made for the quintessential final piece in the Dogs’ puzzle. Their commonality and love for improvisation by way of bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish, as well as a fervent inclination for the study of jazz, fusion and classical music has helped shape the free-flowing style that is the Dogs. Their unique synergy and joy in creating “music as an atmosphere” equates simply to, as the band would say, “spreading good music and good energy to good people.”
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