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Fri, Nov 15 - 9pm - $22adv/$28door
DORIAN is one the most representative and successful indie bands in Spain. In the last ten years they have released such popular songs as La Tormenta de Arena, Paraísos Artificiales, Los amigos que perdí (track included in the soundtrack of Elite, Netflix 2019), or Cualquier otra parte, considered a true hymn for a whole generation in Spain and Latin America. The history and career of DORIAN is central to understand contemporary Spanish pop music and the situation of independent music scene in Spain.
Chicago’s Kelroy create a sound that combines intricacy of composition with simplicity of delivery, drifting between hints of post rock, blues and alternative, as they pour time and essence into the vortex of sound they shape. Each song sets off on a journey of its own. Thick layers of guitars sound more like distress signals and woeful mourning; the keys and trombone add layers of texture and depth, while drums and bass set a pulse that delivers each composition to its natural conclusion. The always-evolving chord progressions, and picturesque and introspective lyrics evoke a mood, a feeling and, undeniably, a train of thought…. Throughout its growth and evolution, the band has been expanding its fan base, having performed in New York, Denver, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee and other cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Their music has appeared on public radio like WBEZ and Vocalo, college radio stations like WLUW, and Spanish stations like NOX Live. The band continues to maintain a devoted following in its hometown appearing regularly at such Chicago hot-spots. Kelroy is set to release its third full-length album in February 2015.
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Sat, Nov 16 - 7pm - $10
Mosh Pit is a monthly variety show that threatens to feature Chicago’s most unhinged comedians doing their headbangingest, face-meltingest acts. Hosted by six-foot-tall slenderman, Ashley Leisten & her demented desk correspondent Gabbi Boyd (until they are reclaimed by the jaws of hell). Let’s thrash.
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Sat, Nov 16 - 9pm - $15adv/$20door
OPEN
Britney like you've never heard before and other twisted gems...
The Vaudettes are a dynamic, sultry, empowering dance troupe based in Chicago, Il. They‘ve been dazzling crowds with their electric, floor-pounding routines since 2015. Every performance promises a spectacle of original choreography; ranging from classic kick-lines, playful shimmies, dark seductions, and sexy rock-and-roll burlesque. Let’s get VAUDY!
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Mon, Nov 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, Nov 19 - 8pm - $10
Purple Corporation features two musicians, Miles Donnelly and Matt Williams, along with some other talented individuals that we have met at the University of Chicago: Sam Jacobson on drums, Nick Olosky on guitar and synth, and Jacob Walter on guitar. Miles Donnelly sings and plays the trumpet. He attended precollege at both Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard where he studied French horn and composition. Matt Williams produces and plays the bass. He played in Coconut Email, an indie rock band, and has produced for numerous up and coming rappers. The band sports a unique psychedelic electronic pop rock sound with which they take listeners on journeys through eclectic soundscapes.
What’s a Max Plankton?It’s a band made up of experienced players from Chicagoland playing original rock. Their style has been described as Power-Prog-Pop. The music is fun, melodic and catchy, but they like throwing in some progressive adventures. Lyrics are clever and entertaining. Max released one full-length album called “Equations” that came out in 2012, and they’re continuing to develop new songs. They’ve garnered some loyal fans and they love playing live!Who’s in Max Plankton?Rick Bennett is the lead singer and bassist. Before Max Plankton, Rick and John Griffin headed up a rock trio called Frankenpony. They had four full-length albums, played often in Chicago (Elbo Room, Beat Kitchen, Lion’s Den, Gunther Murphy’s, Cubbie Bear) and downstate, and even had a song played in an episode of the TV sitcom “Help Me Help You” on ABC.John Griffin is the guitar master (and studio wizard). In addition to Max, John plays in the legendary punk-art-rock band, Tutu and the Pirates, and he gets his blues groove on with The Bluesniks. John also records many bands at his suburban studio, Griffin Audio Media.Brian Robery drives the drums and sings harmonies. Brian had a long stint touring with Uncle John’s Band (popular in the Midwest as a Grateful Dead tribute band). Outside Max Plankton, Brian has other steady drum gigs, too. He also makes drums in his spare time!News. News. Max Plankton as of Dec 2019 has added the very talented Kyle Magnusson to our lineup. Welcome Kyle!!
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Wed, Nov 20 - 7:30pm - $10
Hey Hey Think Think is a Chicago based band focused on the offbeat side of the dial.Together since 2015 and with a new lease on life, they are expanding and making their way with quirky covers and new originals!
John Mead is a Chicago-based musician, writer, artist, and teacher. He is known for playing with many bands at Martyrs', including Great Moments In Vinyl, Coyotes, Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots, Crumbs Off The Table, and more.
Annie and the Orphans is a Chicago cover band that performs a mix of high-energy bootie-shakers and introspective heart-breakers from the 1960s and 1970s through today. This 5-piece outfit is firmly rooted in the punk and post-punk music of the 1970s and 1980s but they also feature a number of songs that have either influenced or have been influenced by this genre. They routinely feature selections from The Police, INXS, The Church, Blondie, Joan Jett, and The Ramones.
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Thu, Nov 21 - 8pm - $12
The Chicago-based Hemispheres band and their rotating cast of accomplished front men and women pay homage to the legends of Soul, Motown, and classic R&B. Forming the group in 2006, founder TJ Annerino felt the local Chicago music scene lacked bands that authentically recreate the passionate live performances the likes of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Sam Cooke, and sought to change that. To tackle this heavy vocal load, he enlisted Deals Gone Bad front man, Todd Hembrook. Todd’s soulful tenor, demanding stage presence, and absolute reverence for the music brought a certain credibility and legitimacy to The Hemispheres sound and helped establish the authenticity TJ was looking for. For the next five years, The Hemispheres made their rounds performing at clubs all over Chicago, generating a significant underground buzz around the city. Music fans around town began to know that if they were looking for a night out with good music and drunken sweaty dancing, The Hemispheres were the band to see. At least three married Chicago couples claim to have met their spouses at Hemispheres concerts. The Hemispheres most recent project is performing as the house band for Chicago Cubs legend Ryan Dempster’s sports talk show, Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster. The Hemispheres are thrilled to be a part of this show that combines sports, comedy, music and stories from legends. The Hemispheres had the privilege to share the stage with show guests such as Eddie Vedder, Rodger Clemens, Anthony Rizzo, and Ozzie Guillen. The Hemispheres are: Justin Amolsch (Trumpet), Gina Bloom (Lead Vocals), Alex François (Saxophone & Backing Vocals), Todd Hembrook (Lead Vocals), Michael “Spider” Hobson (Bass), Ken Hunnemeder (Lead Vocals), John Maloney (Drums), Brittany Lee Moffitt (Lead Vocals), Patrick Muldoon (Guitar & Backing Vocals), and Grant “The General” O’Brien (Keyboard & Backing Vocals).
Object Heavy draws from the sound of soul music. Inspired by the parameters of Rock, Funk, Blues, R&B and Hip Hop, the band features Two voices which really capture their versatility with lyrics, reminding us of a world in need, a world to love and a place to be free.Their self-titled 1st album features Bill Summers, percussionist of the acclaimed "HeadHunters". DJ Logic shows up on two tracks, and you'll get to hear the Legendary Fred Wesley with his signature trombone. Sleep and Zone(Macklemore) of "The Chicharones" and Raashan Ahmad of the "Crown City Rockers" are featured, showing Object Heavy's love for Hip Hop.Get Down with Object Heavy.
With positive healing vibrations through psychedelic soundscapes, dance grooves and the power of the word,Doum Sound brings the good medicine in the magic of music. As the rhythm pulsates from the sound of the drums, they spread the message of universal love and unity. Their music lives in the present, with respect to the roots, and is heading to the future. A sonic revolution for your mind, body, andsoul. “Doum is the Sound of the drum, where our music comes from. Doum Sound plays original groove roots rhythm, with peace and love to everyone under the sun.
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Fri, Nov 22 - 9pm - $26
Born to the name Mark Brown in the Bronx, funk-rocker BrownMark is forever a son of Minneapolis. A working musician since high school, at age 19 Mark Brown was rehearsing with his band Phantasy when he was cold-called by Prince to audition for his band in the summer of 1981. Mark Brown joined the band that would soon be called The Revolution, and he was rechristened by Prince as BrownMark.BrownMark is currently playing bass on a global healing and celebration tour with The Revolution, in the memory of their former bandleader, Prince, and building on a musical career that pre-dated the early fame that began when he was hand-picked by the soon-to-be pop sensation Prince. Beginning with the album Controversy, Brown worked side by side with Prince, learned his catalogue, and collaborated with him on new music. Brown’s writing and production skills contributed to the success of the Purple Rain soundtrack, Around the World in a Day, Parade, and the shelved Dream Factory project that later morphed into Sign o’ the Times. Co-creator of the hit song “Kiss” (NME’s best single of the year in 1986), “Girls and Boys,” and “Data Bank,” his contributions helped build the foundation for Prince’s new music revolution. By the time 1999 Tour came around, Brown’s was a household name in the downtown music crowd. After traveling the world on sold-out tours with Prince, Brown returned to Minneapolis to create the funk-rock band Mazarati, and they were signed to Paisley Park label in 1986. Mazarati went on to become a cult classic, and has grown in reputation as a hallmark of the Minneapolis Sound. He has also worked with the band Cryptic, and their release It’s Been Awhile.In 2014, Brown launched BrownmarkNation, and went back to the studio to work on a solo album and to write a book about his life in the industry—before, during, and after his time with his brother, friend and mentor Prince. With the untimely loss of Prince in 2016, Brown’s projects came to a halt as he regrouped with his Revolution band mates.These days, BrownMark is making music his own studio; jamming, recording, and performing with inspiring musicians; and encouraging younger artists who have been influenced by his career and who are making real music--cutting edge, skillful, & soulful. His memoir is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in late 2020.And his story continues. Welcome to BrownmarkNation.
JD’s Revenge is named after the 1976 film of the same name. Since 2011, JD’s Revenge’s sound, dubbed ‘Rock & Rhythm’, encompasses elements of heavy rock, soul, pop and funk. JD’s Revenge has been enthralling audiences with their dynamic, must-see live performances. Frankie Blaze, the band's founder, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, built an arsenal of timeless music between the early 1990s and still counting. His musical vision is executed with the help of bassist, Krystal Flowers and drummer, Darin “D’zel” Nicholson. Singer/songwriter, Treneka Lenay, adds soulful lyrics to the mix and is supported by Allegra Dolores’ Brides of Funkenstein inspired backing harmonies. This timeless music and collaborations are the foundation of their debut album, V 1.0 .
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Sat, Nov 23 - 9pm - $15
Without U2 recreates the sight and sound of the legendary Irish rock band U2 in an incredible fashion, in full costumes and with authentic gear. Just like a real live U2 show, we perform extended versions of all the hits such as One, With or Without You, Where the Streets Have No Name, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Mysterious Ways, New Year's Day, Desire, Pride (In the Name of Love), Beautiful Day, I Will Follow…even deep cuts not performed by the real band anymore. Our members are passionate lifelong U2 fanatics- we not settle for less than complete authenticity.
Dead Letter Office has dedicated themselves to faithfully reproducing the music and energy of a live R.E.M. show. Since 2014, they've been thrilling audiences throughout the U.S. & Canada, providing a show that's been sorely missed since R.E.M called it quits. Performing R.E.M.'s major hits, but also diving deep into their catalog to please the die-hard fans! The only R.E.M. tribute band to have members of R.E.M. perform with them (Mike Mills joining them on stage in Buffalo NY....and Peter Buck joining them on stage at Clusterfest in San Francisco!!).
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Tue, Nov 26 - 8pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Wed, Nov 27 - 8pm - $10
Beggars Banquet is an authentic tribute to The Rolling Stones featuring all their greatest hits and performed in full costume. They have been performing for over 14 years in the Midwest club, concert, and festival circuit.
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Fri, Nov 29 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
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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Sat, Nov 30 - 6pm - $10 - ALL AGES
Mock Nine is an Indie Pop/Rock band from Chicago. Tommy Langford (Lead Vocals-Rythm Guitar) and Eli GB (Drums-keys) started the group in 2015 when it was just them. A year and a half later Franklin Brady (Lead Guitar-Harmonies) joined and soon after so did Mac Campbell (Bass). They began working on their debut album that they have yet to release.
Although the members of Monarchy Over Monday aren’t even old enough to drive, here’s what one reviewer had to say about the band: “Don't let their age fool you, these kids kick so much ass!” Monarchy, which has been playing together since 2016, surpassed the fundraising goal for its Kickstarter campaign and is currently mixing its first CD.
Neptune’s Core is a teen band based in Chicago brought together by a strong friendship and a shared love of performing music. They use complex harmonies and sophisticated rhythms to create their own indie style. Their original songs touch on themes relatable to all ages.
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Sat, Nov 30 - 9:30pm - $8Early Bird/$12adv/$20door VIP pkg avail.
OPEN
Remember 2009? The time of Myspace, HotTopic and the battle of Emo vs. Scene kids.Chicago is throwing a 10 Year reunion party bringing you back to the era of bleeding hearts, sensitivity, and introverted teenage angst.Cry to your favorite music from:#TakingBackSunday #AFI #FallOutBoy #MyChemicalRomance #Paramore #HawthorneHeights #DashboardConfessional #StoryoftheYear and more.Live performance by Taking Back EmoTake the classic Myspace selfie and tag #MySpaceEmoProm
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Mon, Dec 2 - 8pm - $10
Midnight Hour has emerged as one of Chicago’s most exciting soul tribute acts. Drawing primarily from the Stax/Volt soul catalog of the 1960s and 1970s, Midnight Hour plays the iconic songs of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Joe Tex and more, alongside the modern‐day classics of Amy Winehouse, J.C. Brooks, and Ray LaMontagne. Known for their powerful vocals, lovingly detailed arrangements, and punchy horn section, Midnight Hour is a fixture at venues in and around Chicago, headlining Canaryville’s Ville‐a‐Palooza Fest, Berwyn’s Outtaspace, and The Dock at Montrose Beach.Facebook: midnighthoursoul Instagram: midnighthoursoulMidnight Hour is Jack Hermle (vocals), Tim Gronkowski (guitar), Chris Hanschke (keyboards and piccolo), Mike Vendiola (bass), Jill Wolf (drums), Tim Fawkes (trumpet), Dan Grabowski (saxophone), and Blake Lewis (saxophone).
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Tue, Dec 3 - 8pm - $10 - ALL AGES
Honey Butter formed on campus at Northwestern out of a desire to perform and share music. Our sound is smooth and delicious (like our name), but if you dig a little deeper, there is something for everyone.
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Wed, Dec 4 - 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, Dec 5 - 7:20pm - $12
The Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments (acousticguitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo) and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience.An emotion filled musical stream of consciousness with no setlist, minimal structure, and intuitiveimprovisational flow. In this way, they summon the energy of the crowd as their guide in linking just theright music to precise moments in time.Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the Rumpke MountainBoys is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my otherheroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’trehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well-- they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is veryimportant, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources... being a musician is a life-longlearning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.”
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Fri, Dec 6 - 9pm - $15
On his path towards becoming a successful touring musician, Zach Deputyserendipitously landed a solo gig in his early 20s by walking into a bar just after thatnight’s featured artist had bailed. Deputy soon introduced the world to the sound he’deventually dub “island-infused, drum ‘n’ bass, gospel-ninja-soul.” By 2008 he’d releasedhis debut album Out of the Water and—thanks to his ingenuity in looping—made hisname as an unforgettable one-man-band live act. The new music kept flowing, and sincethen Deputy has released four critically acclaimed full length studio albums. As a specialsneak peek into his new music, Zach will sprinkle songs from his upcoming albumthroughout his sets this fall.Reflecting on his live shows, Zach says “music to me is about bringing people togetherfrom all walks of life and living in the moment with a joyful heart!” Deputy’s one manshow creates a unique experience straight from the soul every night, raw and uncut withabsolutely nothing prerecorded. As a pioneer of looping and synth guitar work wellahead of his time, he’s taken the technology to uncharted lands delivering a pocketgroove unique to the ears. Zach says, “call me crazy, but I’ve always believed live musicshould always be live, but I’ve also always loved a good tranced out dance party too.”With this in mind he tailored his performances to meet his convictions. Combining hisfamily roots Island vibe with his low country southern soul, a pinch of tranced out hippyhop, and a vast amount of talent, Zach’s sound emerges in focus.Concertgoers can look forward to a unique live music experience. Zach plays a differentset every night as an ultimate expression of living in the moment, with the hopes ofopening windows to people’s souls to remind them of how good it feels to be alive.
Based in Charlotte NC, Of Good Nature, has received quick attention to their newly released, chart topping music. Reggae, Pop, and Alternative are more popular descriptions of OGN’s fusion-friendly approach to today’s music, but this group of hardworking songwriters strive to explore a range of styles that have lead to a highly accessible sound. Brand new full length album “Timeless” debuted at #1 on iTunes and #3 on Billboard (Reggae Albums Chart) in March 2019. “Take Me Anywhere” has been featured on Sirius XM’s The Pulse, “Feels Right” and “Good Life” are streamed on popular Spotify playlists including Happy Songs For The Office, Easy Like Sunday Morning, and Reggae Summer Beach. The band’s high-energy live show has caught on across the United States. OGN was invited for a second appearance aboard Train’s Sail Across The Sun Cruise and has supported headliners Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, The Wailers, George Clinton, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Arrested Development, Gym Class Heroes, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Blues Traveler, Common Kings, Steel Pulse, and many more. Celebrating the successful release of “Timeless” the album, Of Good Nature has announced their partnership with Ineffable Music Group based in Oakland CA. The band is set to already head back to the studio June 2019 with producer/engineer Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, Foster the People, The Movement) at White Star Sound in Charlottesville, VA. OGN also received recognition for their past studio work, seeing their debut album, Just Add Water, won Indie-Ville’s Reggae Album of the Year and sophomore album Life Worth Livin, debuted at #5 on iTunes Reggae Albums Charts.
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Sat, Dec 7 - Noon-6pm - No Cover
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HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET 12-6pm Interested in vendor space for this year's Krampus Fest? We're taking applications! Send email to kate@martyrslive.com!Join us for our 7th annual Krampus Fest on Saturday December 7, 2019 12noon-6pm. Our Holiday Artisan Market features local artists, makers and crafters for your holiday shopping. Housemade Gluhwein, German potato pancakes and Paulina Market sausages will quench your thirst and fill your belly. And we’ll have Krampuses! Krampus is St. Nick’s demonic counterpart who threatens naughty children so you better be good! Our version of a Krampuslauf starts at 6pm in front of Martyrs’. Wear a Krampus costume! This event is free and family friendly!
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Sat, Dec 7, 2019 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
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
Old No. 8 formed in Chicago in 1998. Mixing a country-fried rhythm section with tasty lap steel, scorching guitar and rich four-part harmonies, the five-piece quickly built a large, loyal following of music lovers who long for the days when outlaws ruled country radio and rock and roll ruled America. Energetic, outspoken, sarcastic and oftentimes crude, the band earned a reputation for its electrifying live shows as well as for its refusal to compromise its musical integrity.
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Sun, Dec 8 - 7pm - $12
CATFIGHT - This all-girl band has been called “the darlings” of the Chicago cover band scene. From covering top artists of today including Brittany Spears, Icona Pop and One Republic, to playing classic favorites by Prince and Queen, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Catfight’s pure fun, party show.From their humble beginnings, to a host of high profile events in Las Vegas, NV and beyond....this litter of kittens has been playing their hearts out for over a decade!!! Join, LoriCat, MollyPop, Julie Pants, Little Lisa, Kimikat and BabyCat as they tear their claws into every rip-roaring event this summer! Get ready to, 1, 2, 3 SOCIAL!!! Meeeow ;)
Garnering comparisons to Regina Spektor, Ben Folds, Carole King, and Cole Porter, Chicago band DIANA & THE DISHES presents a unique, high-energy recipe of pop, soul, wit, tight musicianship and contagious fun. Since forming in 2008 around singer/songwriter/pianist, Diana Lawrence, the band has taken their city by storm, playing reputable rock venues such as the Schubas, Martyrs, Double Door and Subterranean, while also becoming favorites at listening rooms and creative events, including The Paper Machete and the Uptown Poetry Slam at The Green Mill. Throughout 2015 and 2016, the Diana & the Dishes played a monthly residency at the High Hat Club, a boutique music and comedy club on Chicago’s north side. The band’s debut release, “Take A Picture,” was listed in Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 for 2011, and a new album is currently in production. For each member of Diana & the Dishes, the band is a part of a full and varied life of professional music-making. Drummer Bob Parlier spent many years touring with the band, Strange Arrangement, and now gigs regularly in Chicago. Bassist Dan Thatcher runs the Ears and Eyes jazz series, while also gigging regularly around town. Guitarist Dave Saenger runs his own guitar studio and plays for countless professional musical theatre productions, and cellist David Keller is active in the contemporary classical music scene while also running the bands Origin of Animal and A Light Sleeper. When not writing music for the Dishes, Diana is writing music for Chicago theatre, including Steppenwolf Theatre and The Second City, while also gigging as a singer, pianist, and music director.When their powers combine, Diana & the Dishes has an uncanny ability to create a come-as-you-are, family-affair vibe for their audiences, all while delivering stunning musicianship, boundless energy and disarming honesty. Whether they're playing plugged-in and rock-your-socks-off or acoustic and intimate, you’re always guaranteed a night of smart, soulful pop that at once get you dancing and pierce your heart.
LIZ AND THE LOVELIES is the band of singer/songwriter Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia. Moving to Chicago in the winter of 2013 by train with 4 bags and 2 guitars, Liz immersed herself into the Chicago music scene, releasing her debut record "People Pumping Pedals" in 2014 under CAU Dog Records. In 2015, she released the EP "Otter Hill", an intimate recording of 5 songs about her family and home life in Virginia. She was awarded as NPR's Newsong Songwriting Competition 2014 Mid-west Finalist, Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist 2015, and a New-Song Songwriter Competition Finalist in 2016.
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Mon, Dec 9 - 8pm - $10
The Last Word Quintet is a melding of some of Chicago's finest word and music artist into an experimental combo consisting of vocalist/songwriter Al Day; performance poet / slam creator Marc Kelly Smith; pianist/songwriter/composer Bob Long; saxophonist Brian Gephart, whose talent as composer, arranger, and performer has lit up stages from New York to Monterrey; and Pulitzer nominated bassist/composer Doug Lofstrom -- all together creating a mix music, lyrics, digressions, and poetry that goes become spoken word into a new realm.
“The Sons are so adventurous, it’s like they’re saying to the rest of us: have courage and take a chance. I feel so grateful that they are here.” Michael Smith“The Sons have Revolutionized the world of folk.” UniverCity Magazine“Although they write some serious songs and give some serious performances, they never take themselves too seriously. They take chances, inventing their own genre as they go.” Sing Out“Literate, Witty Folk Music!” Chicago Tribune
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Tue, Dec 10 - 8pm -$10
Ultimately Fruitless is drunk-existentialist-waking-up-on-the-beach music made by three guys who want to play your party and then burn your house down while discussing how pointless it is, but not in a dick way. Their music is surfy and punky and sometimes poppy when they're not trying to scrape your face off. Like if Best Coast and Fidlar grew up and got into a fight with Pixies at Interpol's house which was refereed by Julian Casablancas who was too distracted drinking 40s with Modest Mouse to pay attention.
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.
Strangelets is anArt rock trio combining cross-genre elements from New wave to Britpop to Grunge and beyond.
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Wed, Dec 11 - 8pm - $12
We’re lucky we ever got to know The Kinks. Back in 1964, their first single barely made a dent in the UK charts. Their second single didn’t even register—one journalist reported it only sold 127 copies. It’s no surprise that The Kinks’ record company informed the band they would cancel their contract if the third single wasn’t a success.But then Ray Davies and his brother Dave came up with “You Really Got Me,” and the rest is history.It’s a recurring pattern in the bands career: stretches of toiling in near anonymity with occasional moments of heart stopping brilliance.For our next tribute, Great Moments in Vinyl will spend an evening with the songs that made The Kinks famous when we make our way through the dozen or more hit singles the band has earned over their 30 year career. Then we’ll take the time to savor what makes a Kinks album so irresistible to their loyal fans as we track all the songs from their 1967 release Something Else by The Kinks, an album that features songs that inspired both David Bowie and The Jam to record their own versions.Phil Angotti sings and plays guitar accompanied by a stellar backing band as William Lindsey Cochran fills in the stories that make the songs come to life.Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Thu, Dec 12 - 9pm - $50 (inc. Dec13 VIC ticket)
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Fri, Dec 13 - 8:45pm - $10adv/$12door
From evocative ballads to pulsing jams and psychedelic alternative moods, here comes the rebirth of The Social Act. John Krenger and Ellis Clark have taken the roots of what they started in Chicago years back and revamped it with new players, new compositions, and current lyrics. This Summer the dynamic group just released the new album “Today’s Tomorrow”. The album features the singles Paid In Full, Unknown, and Uncle Sam Shot Miss America. The songwriting duo of Krenger and Clark is supported by Producer/Engineer Sam BMJ and his facility Studio 2020 Chicago.
Nicholas Barron is a celebrated Chicago-based singer, songwriter & guitarist who blends blues and folk with his signature voice and mouth percussion. Hailed as “undeniable” by James Taylor, he has entertained audiences across the US and abroad as a headliner. Nicholas has also opened for his music idols - Al Green, James Brown, Buddy Guy & BB King, The Meters, Johnny Cash - and numerous other musicians. Continually expanding his musical palette, Nicholas currently collaborates with jazz cellist Ben Davis, funk trio The Strapping Owls and The Nicholas Barron Band. Nicholas’ natural talent, raw energy and charisma has earned him over five million You Tube views. A prolific artist, he has released ten albums of original music. Nicholas is also a gifted abstract painter. Nicholas has opened for Joan Armatrading, Average White Band, Pat Benatar, Michael Bolton, James Brown, Buckwheat Zydeco. Eric Burdon, Johnny Cash, Tommy Castro, Shawn Colvin, Johnny Copeland, Shamekia Copeland, James Cotton, Dark Star Orchestra, Karl Denson, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Doobie Brothers, Kinky Friedman, Nelly Furtado, Al Green, Groove Collective, Buddy Guy, Scott Henderson, Charlie Hunter, Freedy Johnson, Stanley Jordan, BB King, Kinsie Report, Jay Leno, Idina Mandel, Medeski Martin, John Martyn, Dave Mason, Andy Mckee, The Meters, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers, Jeffrey Osborne, Grant-Lee Phillips, Paul Reiser, Royal Crown Revue, Magic Slim, Phoebe Snow, REO Speedwagon, String Cheese Incident, The Subdudes, James Taylor, Tiny Universe, Tuck and Patti, Uncle Jon’s band, Gino Vanelli, WAR and Widespread Panic.
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Sat, Dec 14 - 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)
"I LIKE THE IDEA OF SAYING SOMETHING VERY COMPLICATED IN A VERY SIMPLE WAY," BEN MILLER STATES. "THAT'S WHAT WE STRIVE FOR MUSICALLY, AND WHAT I STRIVE FOR LYRICALLY—TO GET DIRECTLY TO THE POINT."GETTING TO THE POINT IS SOMETHING THAT THE BEN MILLER BAND DOES CONSISTENTLY ON CHOKE CHERRY TREE, THE JOPLIN, MISSOURI-BRED COMBO'S THIRD ALBUM AND SECOND NEW WEST RELEASE. THE CONSISTENTLY COMPELLING SET OFFERS 11 NEW EXAMPLES OF MILLER'S DECEPTIVELY UNPRETENTIOUS SONGCRAFT, BENEATH WHOSE RAMSHACKLE EXTERIOR LURKS STURDY, INFECTIOUS MELODIES AND RESONANT, EMOTIONALLY INSIGHTFUL LYRICS.MILLER'S BAND DELIVERS SUCH MEMORABLE NEW TUNES AS "NOTHING GETS ME DOWN," "AKIRA KUROSAWA," "TRAPEZE," "LIGHTHOUSE" AND "MISSISSIPPI CURE" WITH THE SORT OF UNPRETENTIOUS ENTHUSIASM THAT'S ALREADY WON THE GROUP A DEVOTED FAN BASE THAT STRETCHES FROM THE BAND'S MIDWESTERN HOME TURF TO THE U.K. AND EUROPE, WHERE THEY'VE TOURED TO RAVE REVIEWS.CHOKE CHERRY TREE INTRODUCES A RETOOLED BEN MILLER BAND LINEUP, WITH MILLER AND FELLOW FOUNDING MEMBER SCOTT LEEPER JOINED BY NEW ADDITIONS RACHEL AMMONS AND SMILIN' BOB LEWIS. THE PAIR'S MULTI-INSTRUMENTAL SKILLS BRING ADDED AUTHORITY TO MILLER'S ROOTSY NEW COMPOSITIONS, WHILE MAINTAINING THE HIGH ENERGY LEVEL (COMPLETE WITH HOMEMADE INSTRUMENTS CONSTRUCTED FROM BROKEN AND DISCARDED AXES) THAT ORIGINALLY ENDEARED THE BAND TO ITS FANS. ELSEWHERE, RACHEL AMMONS' EXPRESSIVE VOCALS LEND DEPTH TO THE HAUNTING "REDWING BLACKBIRD."
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Wed, Dec 18 - 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, Dec 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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Fri, Dec 20 - 9pm - $30 Early Bird Price
FEATURING MAURICE BROWN - trumpet, IRVIN PIERCE - sax, SAM BARSH - keys, ISAIAH SHARKEY - guitar, MONONEON - bass, MIKE MITCHELL - drums + very special guests.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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Fri, Dec 27 - 9pm - $25
In the 14 years since the Henhouse Prowlers inception, the band has forged its own path through bluegrass music and across the globe. On stage, the group's enthralling performances give audiences a sense how much they love what they do; while on record, the band manages to explore their collective life-experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation. While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Prowlers music, the band manages to bend and squeeze the traditional form into a sound all their own. With over 175 shows a year, the quartet has managed to tour more than 25 countries, often going to places traditional American music has never been. Tours in Siberia or the Middle East are not uncommon since the Prowlers started working as cultural ambassadors with the US State Department in 2013. These global experiences have pushed the band in new directions musically, with songs from Africa and Asia on several albums, but they have also moved the group to start a new educational outreach program for both school children and festival-goers alike. Bluegrass Ambassadors is the Henhouse Prowlers new non-profit organization that uses traditional American music as a foundation to talk about folk music and culture's all over the world. The Henhouse Prowlers released two albums in 2017, including "Live from Kyrgyzstan" in March and the brand new studio album "Separation Man" in November. This year holds two European tours for the band and even more untold adventures as the Prowlers continue to bring their own blend of bluegrass and world music to hearts unknown.
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Mungion End of Year 3 show Package
Sat, Dec 28 - 9pm - $20
Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion (pronounced “Mung-Yin”) is quickly becoming known for their undeniably explosive and charismatic live shows. The Chicago-based four-piece is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational ability. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical styles, they create a raucous, yet jubilant sound all of their own that will keep you moving all night. Recently they have been making their imprint at some of the countries biggest music festivals including Summer Camp, Peach Music Festival, Hulaween, Camp Bisco and Electric Forest just to name a few. They have shared the stage with acts such as, Moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Here Come The Mummies, The Motet, Mike Gordon Band and The Wailers just to name a few.Known for their whimsical songs, tight grooves and improvisational ability, Mungion’s joyous presence is a natural extension of its members, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted and deeply sincere. With there catchy melodies and infectious grooves, you won’t have any choice but to shake that booty. Mungion is guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear and leaving wanting more.
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.
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Mon, Dec 30 - 9pm - $20
Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion (pronounced “Mung-Yin”) is quickly becoming known for their undeniably explosive and charismatic live shows. The Chicago-based four-piece is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational ability. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical styles, they create a raucous, yet jubilant sound all of their own that will keep you moving all night. Recently they have been making their imprint at some of the countries biggest music festivals including Summer Camp, Peach Music Festival, Hulaween, Camp Bisco and Electric Forest just to name a few. They have shared the stage with acts such as, Moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Here Come The Mummies, The Motet, Mike Gordon Band and The Wailers just to name a few.Known for their whimsical songs, tight grooves and improvisational ability, Mungion’s joyous presence is a natural extension of its members, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted and deeply sincere. With there catchy melodies and infectious grooves, you won’t have any choice but to shake that booty. Mungion is guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear and leaving wanting more.
Desmond Jones is a five-piece American rock band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. With original music written to complement the group's sound as a whole, the music is centered around melodic guitar riffs, smooth bass lines, funky drum beats, and tasteful saxophone.Since 2012 this unique group has played with groups like Papadosio, Dopapod, The Werks, Kung Fu, EOTO, Marco Benevento, TAUK, The Verve Pipe, Badfish, Here Come the Mummies, The Main Squeeze and many more. The group takes influence from Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Charles Mingus, The Band, and Led Zeppelin to name a few.Desmond Jones puts on exciting and high energy shows and is proud to say that each set list and each song is different from show to show.
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Tue, Dec 31 - 9pm - $30
Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion (pronounced “Mung-Yin”) is quickly becoming known for their undeniably explosive and charismatic live shows. The Chicago-based four-piece is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational ability. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical styles, they create a raucous, yet jubilant sound all of their own that will keep you moving all night. Recently they have been making their imprint at some of the countries biggest music festivals including Summer Camp, Peach Music Festival, Hulaween, Camp Bisco and Electric Forest just to name a few. They have shared the stage with acts such as, Moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Here Come The Mummies, The Motet, Mike Gordon Band and The Wailers just to name a few.Known for their whimsical songs, tight grooves and improvisational ability, Mungion’s joyous presence is a natural extension of its members, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted and deeply sincere. With there catchy melodies and infectious grooves, you won’t have any choice but to shake that booty. Mungion is guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear and leaving wanting more.
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Sat, Jan 4 - 9pm - $12
EGI (Ethereal Groove, Inc.) is an experimental funk group with a young and energetic spirit and feel. They pushe the limits of improvisation, writing and energy rich shows. The band displays great versatility and a progressive appreciation for many genres. Experimentation is the main forte, the band has always had a very level headed feel to writing which allows everyone to incorporate their ideas without hesitation. Young and driven, EGI is breaking musical ground with every turn.
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.
Broken Robots is an indie pop/rock/avant-garde group comprised of three downtrodden antiheroes from the city of Chicago. "Home Is Not a Place" is the group's first full length album, and tells the story of the city experience through the eyes of ex-cons. The group was formed by Kat Baker and Tony Baker in December 2017, when the duo began writing music together in their Chicago apartment. Kat and Tony Baker met off the highway exit at Lake Street and 355 in April 2015, at a time when both had decided to give up on their passion for music. Kat was a former folk singer-songwriter and entrepreneur and Tony was a former audio engineer, musician, actor, and vocalist in a variety of projects spanning from 1996-2008. Kat was working a miserable sales job, and Tony was homeless and panhandling. Their relationship began after months of Kat driving by and giving Tony dollars and cigarettes, and eventually evolved into regular trips to the Chicago ghettos together to buy drugs. By May of 2016, the couple had been arrested together numerous times and were being investigated by law enforcement for charges that were later dropped. Against all odds, they managed to turn themselves around toward the end of 2016. On November 30th, 2016, Kat checked into a Chicago Rehabilitation Center. 9 Days later, Tony followed suit. They spent 4 months in the program, volunteering with multiple small musical projects and performing at open mics. As they began to heal, their mutual passion for music gave them a new purpose and a new project. In December of 2017, Broken Robots was born. They began by releasing single tracks on SoundCloud about their experiences with death, mental illness, addiction and redemption. They compiled these tracks into their debut album, "Home Is Not a Place". They were recently joined by bass player Lonnie Phillips and are currently working on their second album. All of Broken Robots current work was written, produced, arranged, performed, engineered, mixed and mastered by the band independently.
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Wed, Jan 8 - 7:30pm - $10
The definition of Bric-a-Brac is miscellaneous curios. Bric-a-Brac, the band, embraces this definition by sharing a treasure trove of unknown, obscure songs with the world. The Bric-a-Brac repertoire spans rock, jazz, lounge, and movie soundtracks - expertly arranged with Bric-a-Brac's signature musty rumpus room aesthetic. Bric-a-Brac has been heard on NPR's This American Life, seen on Chic-a-Go-Go, and has performed at diverse venues and smoky saloons.
The Country Doctors founded their practice in 2001. They refer to themselves as an “alt-classic-neo-traditionalist-honkabilly band.” Their roots are in the heartfelt repertoire of country musicians who played and sang with a purity of emotion often lacking in the genre today, while at the same time embracing contemporary artists who share a similar approach to country music. They have great vocalists in the band and do lots of arranged harmonies. They also perform original songs written in the style of the folks who influenced their music, such as Hank Sr., Merle Haggard, George and Tammy, Loretta Lynn and so many more. Their musicians are top notch, with a great rhythm section and soloists. Most of all they like to have fun with their music and their audience.
Pieptone is pop and rock songs sung mostly in German that were first put to vinyl in the late 1950s and early 1960s, plus European pop hits of the same era. German, Italian, French, Swedish, Spanish.
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Fri, Jan 17 - 9pm - $10adv/$15door
Coming up on 20 years, Terrapin Flyer is a 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. On Mardi Gras there will be many special guest musicians who have performed with the band over it's long history.
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Sat, Jan 18 - 9pm - $10adv/$15door
Coming up on 20 years, Terrapin Flyer is a 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. On Mardi Gras there will be many special guest musicians who have performed with the band over it's long history.
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Sat, Feb 1 - 9pm - $12
Outronaut features members of Sons Of The Silent Age, The Tossers and Expo ’76. Surf-Noir Crime-Jazz that dares to be different!
Tony Richards Trio finds 3 veteran musicians (Tony - guitar, Larry Beers – drums and Rafe Bradford – bass) joining forces to play bebop, blues, ballads and sambas in a classic guitar trio format. They perform original compositions along with classics from composers like Antônio Carlos Jobim, Django Reinhardt and others. The trio recently completed a 13-week residency which produced a Live Album that will be available for the first time at this show.
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Sat, Feb 8 - 9pm - $10
Rolling Stone’s David Fricke: “The Great Crusades look at life through a shot-glass lens . . . mixing anger, muscle, and minor-key remorse like a roughneck Tindersticks with the bonus of a singer (Krumm) who’s got the tubercular pipes of Tom Waits and Axl Rose’s love child.”The Great Crusades have released 9 full length records over the past two decades, have toured Europe more than 20 times, have appeared twice on Rockpalast in Germany, and have shared stages with a diverse list of artists including Gary Moore, Scorpions, 16 Horsepower, Broken Social Scene, Bottle Rockets, Steve Wynn, and Leningrad Cowboys.In October 2011, two of the band’s songs appeared in the season 4 finale of the HBO vampire series “True Blood.”
Soul Daddy draws from contemporary and legendary soulful artists including Nathaniel Rateliff, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Black Joe Lewis, Mayer Hawthorne, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Amy Winehouse and more.Erik Attkisson (bass, vocals), Jon Boley (trumpet), Chuck Hornewer (piano, vocals), Jesse Hotaling (vocals), Greg Jacobs (drums), Brian Krumm (guitar, vocals), Rich Lapka (trombone), Joe Minogue (guitar, vocals), Justin Past (Sax), and Bob Zagotta (guitar, vocals).
In a few short years, Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band have built their reputation as the hard-hitting, world-class, force-of-R-&-B-nature beyond comparison. People everywhere have done more than just take notice as this young-blooded crew has brought their searing, raw performances to stages from their hometown St. Louis, across the region, and beyond.The band’s distinct brand of Soul music is a bit less “New York City” and much more “Mississippi River”. Their sound combines the loose, funky feel of New Orleans R&B along with the visceral power and intensity of East St. Louis’ own Ike & Tina Turner – and they bring it all right to ya with truly inspired original numbers by an undeniable, natural born artist, Al Holliday.Whether it has been performing for the hysterical audience for their recent “Natural Remedies” CD release show, or sharing the stage with Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, and Orgone: Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band has been whipping audiences into a frenzy with their burning, truly one-of-a-kind performances.The band’s brand new release, “Natural Remedies”, was cut live to analog tape by the nine young men and women that are The East Side Rhythm Band – made with as much blood, sweat and tears as fried chicken and potato salad. The performances on this album serve as a document of this burgeoning champion Soul and R&B organization, while the content is nothing less than a revelation of a true artist, which in our times, is not something you see every day.If you are looking for the real thing, look no further. The genuine article, steeped in tradition, truly inspired, with a whole lot of Soul – it is no mystery why Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band is the Mississippi River’s hottest young act – and sho’ ain’t no doubt – they’ temperature is risin’.
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Sun, Feb 9 - 7:30pm - $20
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.
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Tue, Feb 11 - 8pm - $10
K-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, Feb 12 - 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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Fri, Mar 20 - 9pm - $20
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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