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Wed, Jul 23 - 8pm - $12
Credibly both multi- and counter-cultural, Goran Ivanovic—from the group Eastern Blok and AKGI Guitar Duo—comes up with a unique musical language that melts together his Balkan roots with flamenco and Latin guitar traditions. The Goran Ivanovic Trio includes Matt Ulery on bass and Pete Tashjian on drums. "Serbian-American classical nylon-string guitarist Ivanovic play unabashedly beautiful music that is as captivatingly melodic and cinematic as it is technically and compositionally sophisticated" -Guitar Player Magazine. "Best album of 2013" -Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grazyna Auguscik has won the praise and admiration of music critics, jazz enthusiasts and even non-jazz audiences with a singular voice that speaks a universal language. She is one of the most intriguing contemporary vocalists on today’s world jazz scene. Her elusive style challenges traditional definitions of jazz and shows a vocalist and musician without boundaries. Her unorthodox approach to rewriting classic works pays tribute to their authors and at the same time is an adventure into uncharted territory. Her original music gives a fresh taste of uncanny flavor. She began her professional music career in Europe, and then completed her studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1992. Since then she has become a prolific collaborator, sharing the stage with such jazz notables as Michael and Randy Brecker, Jim Hall, John Medeski, Paul Wertico, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Robert Irving III, Michal Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak, Terry Callier, Patricia Barber, John McLean, Ron Perrillo, and many others. Grazyna has recorded, produced and distributed 17 albums, 10 of which were under her own record label, GMA Records, and has appeared as a guest on as many projects.Her album Pastels was chosen one of the best of 1998 by National Public Radio listeners. Her 2002 release River placed her as one of the hottest young jazz talents in the country. In 2003 Grazyna received a Twirlie Nomination for Top Female Vocalist and was nominated for Best Female Vocalist of 2002 at the 22nd Annual Chicago Music Awards. She was named Best Jazz Vocalist of 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006 by the prestigious European Jazz Forum Magazine. In 2002 Fujitsu Concord Jazz Festival named her Top Vocalist, and her album Homage – Three for Brazil, recorded for Pony Canyon Records in Japan, was one of the Top 20 Jazz Albums in Asia. Her 2003 release Past Forward, featuring the remarkably talented accordion player Jarek Bester, once again resists easy classification because of its musical eclecticism, but embraces jazz in all its contemporary potential, in the pulsating, exhilarating, eastern musical origins that lead to the past and at the same time give an uncanny impression of wholeness. _________________________Paulinho Garcia - Vocalist/Guitarist, Best Brazilian International Vocalist - 2013 by The Brazilian Press Award, Chicagoan of the year in jazz - 2010 ...by The Chicago Tribune, Brazilian person of the year - 2010 ...by The Brazil Club, Chicago's best jazz entertainer - 2001 ...by The Chicago Music Awards. Paulinho was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. His first contact with music came very early in life, when he started singing in a Sunday's children program at Radio Inconfidencia in his hometown. In his teens he played first the drums and then moved to the bass, which became his main instrument until 1991 when he then switch to the guitar. Paulinho was well known in his hometown as a jingle composer, arranger and performer. He led the band "Os Agitadores" and was a bass player for the house band at Emissoras Associadas TV Itacolomi-Radio Guarani. Paulinho moved to Chicago in 1979 and joined the group Made in Brazil until 1991 when he started his own band Jazzmineiro whose eponymous 1996 CD received excellent reviews in the Chicago Tribune, Jazziz magazine, the Brazilian Music Review, and The Brazilians. "Paulinho ought to be considered a Chicago treasure." -Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune and LA Times. Paulinho is a world-touring musician performing in renowned theaters, jazz festivals and clubs in Asia, Europe and America. His production "50 years of Bossa Nova" at the Chicago Millennium Park on July 24th 2008 alongside João Donato was seen by a record audience of 12000 people and in December of the same year he shared the famous Esplanade Hall stage in Singapore with Jeremy Monteiro and Toots Tielemans for a sold out audience of 1600 people. He performs regularly in many prestigious jazz festivals such as the North Sea jazz festival in Holland, Elite and Fujitsu jazz festivals in Japan, Singapore jazz festival, Jazz w museum and Jazz nad Odrq in Poland, Central Pennsylvania friends of jazz, North Beach and Sarasota jazz fest in the USA, the jazz cruise and jazz party at sea just to mention a few. Paulinho is also a clinician and has given workshops and concerts at many prestigious universities such as Northwestern, Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Cornell, Hope College, etc. in 2009-2010 he taught in Russia at the Moscow College of Improvised Music and gave live workshops on TV for the whole Russian country. Paulinho presently teaches Brazilian guitar and vocals at Old Town School of folk music and coaches a Brazilian combo at Roosevelt University. "Garcia provides constant evidence of his mastery of the art of the Brazilian song. Endlessly inventive with styles, Garcia is an innovative composer with a firmly rooted tradition." -Dave Miele (Jazz Improv magazine, New York) May 2009. "...He becomes the epitome of the solitary troubadour - a romantic figure hardly visible anymore even in Brazil, where, like everywhere else, popular music has grown busier, louder, and rougher. Garcia's voice, an airy baritone, has less shadow and a bit more energy than Joao Gilberto's and his languid chords and cleanly plucked lines illuminate the complicated rhythms with the cool clarity of moonlight... " -Neil Tesser jazz journalist and author of "The Playboy Guide To Jazz."
Composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Renato mastered several stringed instruments, such as Mandolin, Tenor Guitar, Cavaco, Viola, Requinto, etc. Renato Anesi was born in 1969 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His work is the result of intense musical experience as a child. His father, a guitarist and cavaquinista, was his first teacher. Renato grew up playing choros and sambas of Noel Rosa, Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim and others. Later, in São Paulo, he studied in the Fundação das Artes of Sao Caetano (1984-1986) and in private courses. He started his professional career at 16 playing guitar in a band led by Zé Geraldo and toured Brazil 1986-87. In 1989 Anesi began working in art and music-education at Teatro Vento Forte and started composing for theater plays in São Paulo. He composed and recorded the soundtrack music from the movie 'Coyote', winner of the Festival Internacional do Minuto in 1994. At the same time he had a luthier workshop, where he had the opportunity to meet, restore and regulate all kind of string instruments found in Brazil. To improve his experience as a luthier he even went to London to attend courses at the Polytech of London, also in 1994. In 1995 Anesi played in a trio, Corda Coral, which was awarded a prestigious prize that year. In 1998, Anesi was invited by Spanish guitarist Jose Luiz Montòn to integrate his group and record a disc of flamenco music. The cd, 'Sin Querer', was recorded in Belgium 1999. In 1999, Anesi also toured with the Swedish balarina, Nina Corti. Renato Anesi belongs to the young rock and jazz generation of contemporary Brazil, however, his musical roots integrate the tradition of many different styles of Brazilian instrumental music - choro, waltz, baião, frevo, maracatu, etc. With this material he has built a unique style, featuring a music universe committed only with creativity. His work was selected for the prize "Rumos e tendências musicais" of the Itau Cultural Institute in 2001. In 2004, he received the first prize at "Prêmio Syngenta de música instrumental de Viola".
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Thu, Jul 24 - 9pm - $12
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Fri, Jul 25 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$18door
Robert Walter performs all his own stunts. For 20 years, the San Diego native has been pulling drawbars and pushing the limits of the Hammond B3 organ. Walter helped form the the Greyboy Allstars in 1993 with Karl Denson, Elgin Park, Chris Stillwell, Zak Najor, and DJ Greyboy. Influenced by soul-jazz and funk records from the 1960s and 70s, the band juxtaposed jazz improvisation and dance music. They continue to record and perform to a committed fan base. The Greyboy Allstars also served as the band for Robert’s first solo record, Spirit of ’70 which also featured saxophonist and Miles Davis sideman Gary Bartz. In the late 1990’s Walter started his own group Robert Walter’s 20th Congress to showcase his composing. The band became known for its live performances and toured throughout the 90’s and 2000’s. They recorded three albums Health and Fitness, Money Shot and Giving Up the Ghost. Band members included Cochemea Gastelum (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Joe Russo (Furthur and Benevento-Russo Duo), George Sluppick (Mofro and Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Mike Fratantuno (Black-eyed Peas), Chuck Prada and Will Bernard. During this period Robert also recorded There Goes the Neighborhood with jazz-funk pioneers Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, Phil Upchurch and Red Holloway. Walter relocated to New Orleans in 2004 and became immersed the vibrant local music scene. He began collaborating with Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore, James Singleton, George Porter Jr and many more. While in New Orleans he recorded Super Heavy Organ and Cure All as well as albums with Stanton Moore (III, Emphasis on Parenthesis, and Groove Alchemy) and Anders Osborne (American Patchwork). After Katrina Walter relocated back west to Los Angeles where he currently works on film music with composer Michael Andrews. In Spring of 2013, the Greyboy Allstars return to the road with Inland Emperor, their first album since 2007’s What Happened to Television?, but the recent move from New Orleans to Los Angeles has also jump-started Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, an outlet for the keyboardist’s funkiest material since its inception in 1999. Robert Walter's most recent release Get Thy Bearings pushes Walter’s organ, piano, Rhodes and synthesizer to the front of a group rounded out by guitarist/bassist Elgin Park, drummer Aaron Redfield, sax players Karl Denson and Cochemea Gastelum, and percussionist Chuck Prada—an all-star lineup in its own right. Recorded in just a few takes at Elgonix Labs—the same studio where Walter has lent his skills to Get Thy Bearings producer Michael Andrews film scores and productions—the album is full of raw boogaloo energy and cinematic color.
Formed in late 2012, Low Spark is a quartet formed by friends after being brought together through various jam sessions and different shows, and have recently began playing regularly in the Chicago area. Taking influence from legends such as Booker T and Grant Green, or from today's masters of groove like Soulive and Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Low Spark delivers a powerful, raw live show that feeds off the audience and is guaranteed to make you move!
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Sat, Jul 26 - 9pm - $8
Take three guys (an IT professional, a college professor, and a director with National Public Radio) with varied influences (jazz, funk, blues, rock, punk) and decades of experience (clubs, festivals, radio, tv). Add in stability (each married with seven kids between them). Subtract egos and drama (none exist). What you get is a solid power trio with unique sounding original songs that will make you think both lyrically and musically.
Trick Shooter Social Club’s fuses Americana, Alt country, Blues, Pop and Rock in a mix of romantic timelessness and gritty reality that has always been the blueprint for genuine, honest, timeless music. Their 2012 full-length Everything That Rises is a tour de force of what makes good songs great, and raw performances seamless. "Simo's Song" weaves a tender story about fatherhood, while the solo tune "Whiskey On My Grave" touches on country music's always-present sadness and humor. Cuts like the jangly " Almost Innocent" and the should-be hit "Needle Drop" shine with unironic nostalgia, and rockers like the album-leading "Powder Blue" blister with a reckless abandon usually attached to acts like Lucero or The Bottle Rockets. Though armed with disarmingly charming B3 organ, banjo, violin and dobro, the band also smartly includes a few stripped-down, intimately recorded numbers, like the sweet closing number "Bottom of Our Souls" and the aforementioned "Whiskey," showing TSSC is a talented group with canyon-wide range.
Captain Coopersmith ALBUM RELEASE SHOW! Rock band from Algonquin / Northwest suburbs of Chicago featuring: Tommy Glaviano, Joe Scully, Mike McAvoy, Hanna Azcui, Eric Gianakakos.
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Mon, July 28 - 8pm - $8
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, Jul 29 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Wed, Jul 30 - 9pm - $10
Terrapin Flyer will be performing a special preshow for the Grateful Garcia Gathering at Martyrs' in Chicago with special guest Who Knows featuringMickey Hart's Global Drum Project percussionist Sikuru and Richie Nagan from George Clinton and Parliament ! Funkadelic. We will be giving away 4 pair of tickets for the Grateful Garcia Gathering at this event, posters and t-shirts! Richie and Sikuru will both be jamming with us on our set as well as an opening set with Who Knows?!Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Thu, Jul 31 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Beginning in the summer of 2010 in the great city of Chicago, whysowhite boasts a sound that fuses funk, soul, and hip-hop into a genre of its own. Their fresh new sound delivers a surplus of energy to anyone lucky enough to be in the audience. From the first down beat of any show you cannot help yourself but to start “movin’ to the beat”. After the first song of any set, the versatility of the group shines with not one, not two, but three lead men who all have individual qualities that whysowhite beautify molds together. whysowhite has a bottomless bag of tricks up their sleeves to surpass any listener’s expectations.
The Kansas Bible Company is 12 man wrecking ball of sound featuring a five-man horn line, three guitars, two percussionists, one bass, and keys. Originally from Goshen, Indiana, they now reside in Nashville, Tennessee. They are a culture. To walk with them is to know them. They are on a journey - to the stars through rugged ways.
With their debut EP in the works, Woo Park is a force to be reckoned with. Their harmonies create a psychedelic atmosphere, allowing you to get lost in time, while their soulful hooks help to keep your feet planted firm on the ground. With less than a year of work under their belt, Woo has already begun to make a name for themselves in Chicago's music scene. They are truly an assault from all sides with such a wide variety of musical upbringings. This diversity helps to create a colorful marriage of styles, while their shared passion to create new music functions as the glue holding it all together. Woo Park is Emily Nichols (vocals), Luke Sangerman (drums & cymbals), Brian Sanborn (guitar), Steven Rutledge (percussion), Parker Grogan (bass), and Christian Zwit (keys & synths)
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Fri, Aug 1 - 9pm - $8
Preston Pisellini (guitars/vocals) and Mark Winkler (keyboards/vocals) began their collaboration as childhood friends in the Chicago, Illinois suburb of Elmhurst penning 'Leroy', a semi-autobiographical musical about a stowaway rat that becomes the Emperor of Rome. The collaboration continued in the formation of several bands at the Univeristy of Illinois where the two attended and eventually led to the creation of The Webstirs with the release of their first album, Smirk (1996), a nod to the then unreleased Beach Boys legendary album Smile. Smirk was followed by two full lengths, Rocket to the Moon (1996) and Radio Racket (2000) And the 7" Gallaudet/Liberty Camp on Chicago's Ginger Records. After the release of Radio Racket, The Webstirs, then featuring Ed Schaller (Twiggy) and Russ Horvath (Sarge) went on to pursue other projects. But Pisellini and Winkler continued their collaboration and began creating demos for songs that would eventually lead to the creation of their fourth album, So Long. Spurred by their long time friend and producer Matt Allison (Less Than Jake/Alkaline Trio/Lawrence Arms), Pisellini and Winkler began work on a new album in 2006 with the support of former band mate Ed Schaller and soon solidified into the current Webstirs' lineup featuring former Redwalls drummer Jordan Kozer, bassist extraordinaire Charlie Short, and guru guitarist Geoff Benge. The Webstirs' new album, So Long (2009) on Ginger Records, features songs crafted over several years by two long-time collaborating songwriters and energized by a new rhythm section. Imbued with the rich harmonies and pop sensibilities of Rocket to the Moon and Radio Racket it is at once a continuation of their previous work and the embarkation on a new direction.
Phil Angotti has become a household name in the power-pop musical world, especially in his hometown Chicago where he's been performing for 20 years now. He has performed as a solo act through-out his career, and with several bands, most notably the Fleas, the Scuffle, the Beatle Brothers, Not the Beatles (with Brad & Graham Elvis) and his long-time original group, the Idea. He has released 10 different albums over the years, been on several CD compilations and tributes, and has made numerous radio appearances as a solo artist, Beatle Brother and leader of the Idea. Known for his strong lead vocals and versatile harmony singing, he is also an innovative guitarist (acoustic and electric). His style is diverse mixture of British 60's power pop, American folk rock, and modern guitar pop, played mostly with an explosive energy and sensibility. As a songwriter - he has proven again and again he can write melodies and hooks with the best of them and his penned numerous original songs (108 recorded to date).
Underneath all the hooks and well crafted melodies lay songs about life on life's terms. Love, hate, all of lifes victories and defeats. The Hurtin Kind play music for grown ups about the world as we see and experience it. It's a joyous noise , so c'mon along for the ride!
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Sat, Aug 2 - 9pm - $8
Vanguard Records head Kevin Welk heard one Daphne Willis' songs on an American Airlines flight and sent A&R rep Gary Paczosato Chicago to meet her. After signing a deal with Vanguard Records in 2008, Willis released her second EP, Exhibit A. In the latter half of 2009, Willis headed for the Tennessee hills to begin writing and recording her first full length album. What to Saywas released in 2010. The album was co-produced by Tim Lauer and Grammy Award winning Gary Paczosa. "My Shoes", a track from this record was featured on ABC's Switched at Birth.Album number two, Because I Can, was produced by Tim Lauer and released in 2011 on Vanguard Records. Shortly after the release, Willis was interviewed on NPR'sWeekend Edition Saturday with Host Scott Simon. Because I Can reached the #2 spot on iTunes Top 40 Singer/Songwriter Chart. The track titled "Sad" was featured on the CW Network One Tree Hill. Trevor Hall makes a guest appearance on the track titled "Circumstances". Willis parted ways with Vanguard in early 2012 and is currently working on an independent release.
With debut album Live at Kingston Mines under their belt, Chicago Americana band NICK and the Ovorols are hosting a record release party for the sophomore forthcoming studio release Telegraph Taboo. The show will be headlined by Chicago Afrobeat at Martyrs’ Saturday Jan 26th.Bandleader Nick Peraino was a sideman in The Joanna Connor Band from 2005-2011. The band held a weekly residency at renowned Chicago blues club Kingston Mines and toured nationally opening for Taj Mahal and Buddy Guy. In 2009, Nick was invited to join Rolling Stones harmonica legend Sugar Blue on a two week European showcase tour.Peraino’s shift from sideman to frontman was realized through a shift in consciousness. A seemingly bad turn of events led to a positive shift in his outlook on life. An unfortunate visit to the emergency room in February of 2011 led to a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. Peraino came upon newfound confidence and a burning desire to become a band leader. Shortly after forming NICK and the Ovorols in the late summer of 2011, he held a residence of his own at Kingston Mines from December 2011 to April 2012. Kingston Mines MC Frank Pellegrino is calling Nick “one of the best young, up and coming talents.” In February, the band decided to record one of their weekly Wednesday night shows and the album Live at Kingston Mines was born.The new record Telegraph Taboo is self-produced. “I took my time with this record. Erik Sraga (co-producer/engineer) and I spent many-a Friday over a year and a half getting together at my place laying overdubs. We kept the cost down in doing so, and also feel confident that the record is our strongest yet. It’s been really challenging and super fun to attempt a recording at home that can stand on its own two feet in the real world.” Peraino says.NICK and the Ovorols will be headed south in mid-January for a Gulf Coast tour. Fresh off the road the band will be primed to perform a live set in their home town at a great venue like Martyrs’.Tickets for the Martyrs’ show on Jan 26th are $10 and can be found at martyrslive.com. Physical copies and downloads of their records Live at Kingston Mines and Telegraph Taboo can be found on the band’s website, Amazon.com, and will be on sale at the show. The records can also be streamed on Spotify and downloaded on iTunes.
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Mon, Aug 4 - 8:30pm - $7
Great Moments in Vinyl is a band playing tribute to your favorite LPs! Acollaborative effort between master of ceremonies and bassist, Bill Cochran, a veteran Chicago radio personality (WXRT, WNUA...and WXRT again), and music director/guitarist/vocalist, John Mead, an accomplished musician who performs regularly in Chicago and teaches at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The band will be augmented by musicians selected to round out the arrangements for each song.
Great Moments in Vinyl is a collaborative effort between master of ceremonies and bassist, Bill Cochran, a veteran Chicago radio personality (WXRT, WNUA...and WXRT again), and an ever-changing line-up of noteworthy Chicago musicians. For this set, the stage will be filled with guitarists Rich Pettengill and Barry Fritz, keyboardist Debbie Kaczynski, drummer Jack McKee, and vocalists Aerin Tedesco, Debbie Kaczynski, and Colleen Harvey.Fame. Fortune. Screaming fans. Fleetwood Mac had it all.And then the '70s began.For a British blues rock band that could consider Cream, Ten Years After, and Free among their peers, that early taste of success may have seemed much too fleeting. Especially as they lost their charismatic lead singer, much-acclaimed guitarist, and primary songwriter to drugs. The remaining band members found themselves with no choice but to enter the new decade working behind a series of replacements who only managed to last an album or two.Fortunately, lightning occasionally strikes twice. And for drummer Mick Fleetwood, bass player John McVie, and his pianist/vocalist wife, Christine McVie, this second bolt out of the blue arrived in the form of a California couple named Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Fans responded to the new lineup immediately turning their first record together into a major hit. But the real revelation was their follow up album, Rumours, a collection of songs that documented the various band members' disintegrating relationships. The music and the messages struck a chord with listeners around the world, and Rumours went on to become the fourth highest selling album of all time.In our next performance, Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to the early days of Fleetwood Mac from "Oh Well" to "Rhiannon," and then captures the band at their creative peak with a complete performance of their legendary album Rumours. And along the way, you'll get the back stories behind the songs, the players, and the culture they were a part of.
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Tue, Aug 5 - 8pm - $8
Grown from the dry desert landscape of Las Vegas, Nevada, Rusty Maples captures the spirit of the West with its well-crafted blend of tender lyrics, classic themes and energetic, folk-inspired pop songs. Voted “Best Live Band of 2013” in the Las Vegas Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards. In 2012, Rusty Maples released its second EP, Make Way, drawing comparisons to bands like The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons and The Walkmen. Taking the album’s title literally, brothers Blair (vocals) and Ian Dewane (guitar), Mike Weller (bass) and Max Plenke (drums) embarked on a tenacious grassroots tour, bringing its music cross-country and garnering an organic following throughout the United States. Returning home, Rusty Maples headlined SXSW’s inaugural V2V, Life is Beautiful’s homegrown stage and was featured on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue. The band was also chosen as an official SXSW band for 2014 and plans to release a full-length album shortly after the festival.
The Phoenix Process is a musical and visual project started by local Chicago artists George K. Shuntov and Kenneth Kourt. There is no single purpose for it. It is an exploration of everything and nothing. It is an exploration of those around us, the deep ingrained beliefs that live within us, and the places we fear to go. There will never be a set path but the path we create for ourselves: ever changing, forever oscillating. This is the Phoenix Process. Guitar, synth production, mixing, lyrics, vocals, music editing: George K. Shuntov. Live Percussion, coordinator, management and motivator of George: Julian X. Cumpian. Visuals, Art, and Photography: Kenneth Kourt, Vasiliki Valkanas. Artistic concept: George K. Shuntov , Kenneth Kourt, Vasiliki Valkanas
Two Carolines is a female-fronted garage/indie rock band based in Chicago. What started as a project between two band members has grown into a solid four piece, who have played popular venues such as Cal’s, Quenchers, Township, and The Burlington Bar. Unique sounding with a wide variety of influences, Two Carolines has won over audiences both live and on-air, with recent radio play on WLUW. Two Carolines recorded/mixed their demo at Studio Fourty-One in Chicago with Ian Galloway, and mastering was done by Steve Corrao at Sage Audio.
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Wed, Aug 6 - 7pm - $20
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, Aug 7 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
Hii!!!My name is Bailey Dee! I'm a multi-instrumentalist gear nut currently living/working/rocking in the great city of Chicago, IL. You may see me around town with multiple groups but don't be confused! It's what people in the "biz" call being insane...I mean.... keeping busy. I currently play in the following groups regularly:Bailey Dee and her Late Night Bait Jazz, Rockabilly, Swing, R&BLead Guitar/VocalsJonas Friddle and The MajorityOrchestral Folk, Ragtime, Country BluesCello, Back Up VocalsPillow TalkRockabilly, CountryLead Guitar/Vocals
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Fri, Aug 8 - 9pm - $8
Chicago Funk Mafia is a funk band and we're committed to getting down, but we’ve got some tricks up our sleeves and you’ll hear us weave in and out of many styles. Haters be warned, Our ally is the Funk, and a powerful ally it is. Chicago Funk Mafia is the local chapter of Funk Mafia International, an organization dedicated to the integrity and proliferation of funky music. Its members have worn many hats throughout their musical careers and this band is the culmination of our collective knowledge and influence. We do our best to keep things sexy. Funk is all about sex. Not the sort of sexy you hear in jazz though. Jazz is Clark Kent, Funk is Superman. It makes you put on sunglasses rip your shirt off and dance.
J.J. & Dre formed at an UM show in late when the members met through mutual friends. Justin Dotoli, Andrea Dotoli and Jason Paradise quickly segwayed a mutual friendship into a mutual musical appreciation. Powered by Justin and Jason's songwriting and Andrea's pipes, the need for original material quicly removed itself from the equation and the project quickly began gaining momentum.After debuting their first album, One Single Event, to a sold out room at Ace Bar in June, JJ & Dre plans to use their indelible sound to begin making their mark on the Midwest scene
Under duress from the USM (Unified Society of Milkmen), Joseph Daley, Blair Douglass, Paul Foreman and Nicholas Rocchio shut down their independent milk delivery service in 1929. A smattering of unsuccessful endeavors followed, until they discovered an undeniable chemistry blending finger-picked guitars with lutes and clarinets. Although initially less lucrative than the milk business, the quartet, who settled on the name Sanftsprecher (trans. “Soft Speaker”), were championed by Austria’s Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss in 1932 and subsequently enjoyed a period of massive popularity in their newly-adopted home country. The band split following Dollfuss’s assassination in 1934. Their only official recording, the 78rpm single, I’ll Tend Your Garden, is highly sought after by record collectors. In 2008, enthusiasts of the band purchased sheet music for a number of unrecorded Sanftsprecher songs that were discovered in Rocchio’s safe deposit box in UniCredit Bankengruppe. Austria’s Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich has been recording interpretations of these songs and releasing them for the public’s listening pleasure. Separately, a ramshackle group of Chicago-based musicians has taken it upon themselves to perform and record these songs in a strikingly rudimentary manner with crude electric instruments, much to the dismay of purist fans that prefer the orchestral versions.
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Sat, Aug 9 - 9:30pm - $10adv/$12door
Brad Smith came to fame as a member of Blind Melon, a band named after a joke his father made about a Cheech & Chong movie. The band hit the big time with the hit “No Rain”, featuring the charismatic front man, Shannon Hoon. Just as things were riding high for Blind Melon, Hoon died while on tour of a drug overdose. Blind Melon left their mark on music, yet there were still songs to sing. Smith went on to record with Unified Theory, and then formed a new band, Abandon Jalopy. Smith has resurfaced with a new Abandon Jalopy album, “Death & Joy”. The songs on the album contain rich deep textures and raw emotions, making this one of the best indie albums on the market. (Jeb Wright)
The Belvederes: Raised on a healthy diet of Garage Rock, Power-Pop, Roots, Red-Hot Rockabilly, Honky-Tonk and Soul -- John Ford (lead vocals, guitar), Joe Alonzo (drums, vocals) and Tyler Kock (bass guitar, vocals) came together during the early months of 2011, and presented a simple, clear-cut mission statement: Make people feel good. And when presented with such a task, we believe there's nothing quite like the incredible gift of Rock & Roll music. We also firmly believe that if you're gonna do this, you better do it right and give the audience MORE than what they paid for. Dynamic playing, tight three-part harmonies, dance floor-friendly energy and lots of love are what you can expect to experience at a Belvederes show. So get in on this rockin' dance party! Ya won't be sorry!
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Tue, Aug 12 - 8pm - $8
Growing up in rural Nebraska,Devin's first musical influence was no doubt his Mama. Many of his childhoodmemories are of his mother singingold-school country songs along with gospel tunes you'd likely hear in aSouthern Baptist church, whether it was singing to Devin and his siblings while they played in the tub or on Sunday afternoons at Uncle Larry's. There she and her family would play songslike "Oh Them Golden Slippers," "Crazy Arms," and "I'll Fly Away." To carry on this tradition, one year Devin spent his tax return money on a guitar. His mom then taught him to pick and sing using songs by her favorite singer, Dolly Parton. AUSTIN, TEXASAfter a few years of playing the Chicago scene with The Straights, Devin moved to Austin, Texas. He knew that living in a city where country and bluegrass music is celebrated would be a choice environment for a budding country musician to growas an artist. There he has graced the stage with local artists such as Brennen Leigh, The Carper Family, Bill Carter, Will Sexton and Weldon Henson. He also plays regularly in some of Austin's legendary venuessuch as Hole in the Wall, The Driskill Hotel, The White Horse, Mean Eyed Cat, and he has a weeklyresidency at Intercontinental Stephen F Austin. Devin looks forwardto sharing his love for old-school countrytunes with fans of good musiceverywhere. Devin’s recently won the Independent Music Award for best Americana song with “Anywhere Bound.” He was also a featured artist on the TV show Songwriters Across Texas.
Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen met in Kankakee, Il in the spring of 2012 while working on separate musical projects. Drummer Matt Yeates (who also spends time drumming for indie-folk darlings Ivan & Alyosha and Twin Forks), Upright-bass and mandolin player Eric Fitts, and guitar and banjo player Cory Ponton make up what is now known as The Trainmen. The three are life long friends who have been playing music together since they were teenagers. Likening her Trainmen trio to Bob Dylan’s The Band, she also credits the lifelong buddies with coloring in the contours of Tolono’s most tender moments and elevating the rambunctious ones. “They all have such a good idea of what a song needs. They aren’t trying to overshadow each other and I think their friendship helps that,” she says. Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen have been featured on.... WBEZ 848 Chicago, WBEZ Paper Machete, Java Blend Iowa Public Radio, Lake Effect WUWM Milwaukee (NPR), WXRT Local Anesthetic, Chicago Mixtape, Fearless Radio, WLUW Radio One and Somebody Else's Troubles, WDVX Blue Plate Special, WCOM Carrboro, NC, Vocolo Radio Chicago, WPGU University of Illinois, KRIU University Of Iowa, WMUK Western Michigan University,
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Wed, Aug 13 - 8pm - $8
Get ready for a new sound that you won't soon forget! The Groove Master, Paa Kow (pronounced Pah-Ko), fuses rhythm and artistry from his home in Ghana with Jazz and African Pop. Fans from all over the world agree that Paa Kow exhibits extraordinary talent and holds "the perfect groove." He is currently touring across the U.S. and will release his second studio album Ask in August of 2014. Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, bandleader, composer, and teacher of music. Growing up in the small village of Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Paa Kow began to play music and tour with his family’s concert band at a very early age. He has since grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour in Africa, Europe, and America. Paa Kow’s deep groove and prodigious talent reveal a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums, inspiring a profound spiritual conversation. His songs are captivating and danceable and incorporate lyrics in his native language, Fante, as well as English. Paa Kow’s vision is to spread the music and culture of his homeland by touring the world with his Afro-Fusion orchestra. Notable musicians he has shared the stage with include African greats: Amakye Dede, George Darko, Kojo Antwi, Nat Brew, Hugh Masekela, and Vusi Mahlasela, as well as American greats Victor Wooten, Brad Goode, John Gunther, Michael Kang, and many more.
VAGANDO is a Chicago based World Music Dance band whose music is a powerful blend of Latin, Middle Eastern, and Global hits that infuses gypsy and afro-beat with a guitar-heavy, modern rock edge. Ferris Hermes has a charismatic, sultry voice and style that tops off with hard hitting, shimmy inducing dumbek playing. Agustin Alvarez jams hard on the guitar! Tom Ogunibido on bass and vocals, Harley Figueroa on Keyboards and Alto Sax and Anthony Capers on drums bring it all together. They have a high-energy Santana-esque Pop Rock sound. Acclaimed for their live performances all over Chicago, they have an international, cosmopolitan flair, that rocks and gets everybody dancing! Their first CD is recorded and mastered, and will be pressed and released summer 2014.
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Thu, Aug 14 - 7pm - $10
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Skerryvore first formed on the tiny lsle of Tiree off Scotland's west coast in 2005. Back then, the band consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) andMartin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion) who bonded with holidaymaker Fraser West (drums & vocals) and friend Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar) over a shared love of music: everything from traditional to rock and iazz. It was this mix of musical styles and sounds that set the path for the band's 2005 debut album, 'West Coast Life.’ The more the fledgling band experimented with fusing together this mix of musical styles, the more their signature sound evolved, aided by the arrival of Barry Caulfield (bass & vocals) and Craig Espie (fiddle) in time for their second album, 'On The Road', in 2007.But it was with the release of self-titled third album, 'Skerryvore', that the band found themselves catapulted into the musical limelight winning a string of prestigiousawards, including SNMA Record of the Year 2011 and STMA Live Act of the Year 2011, and garnering much critical acclaim:"Skerryvore are the most promising young band in Scotland today''Mick MacNeil, Simple MindsIn June 2012 the band released what is undeniably their most polished and radioready album to date. 'World of Chances' weaves together the band's spine-tingling musical talents with the award winning songwriting abilities of frontman Alec Dalglish(Frankie Miller Songwriter of the Year 2011). At times uplifting, at times reflective, the result is a brighter, breezier, feel good sound that looks set to broaden the band's appeal even further. In Autumn 2012, bassman Barry Caulfield decided to move on and was replaced by former Wolfstone bassist, Colin Cunningham.When not touring the different corners of the globe, the band can still be found performing relentlessly, contributing to projects by Live Music Now (LMN), The Royal Blind School, Artlink Central and HMP Cornton Vale as well as special needs schools throughout the UK. They also feature in a current VisitScotland TV commercial aimedat international audiences.To quote the words of one local journalist:"Six of the best musical ambassadors Scotland could ever have wished for... a living,breathing, l2 legged party waiting to happen."The Falkirk Herald, Scotland
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Fri, Aug 15 - 9:30pm - $8
For acclaimed modern rock quartet Honor By August there is a lot in a name. The “August” in the Washington, D.C.-based band’s name refers to another interpretation of the word: to inspire awe or admiration. Taken as a whole, “Honor By August” means earning honor by doing something admirable or awe-inspiring. “The name informs our music in several ways. We all believe in doing things the right way, with integrity, and making music that comes from a place of true inspiration,” says lead vocalist/guitarist Michael Pearsall. On their latest release, the stunning “Monuments To Progress,” the band does just that. Honor By August delves soulfully deep and delivers its finest collection of emotionally charged contemporary rock. Honor By August’s poetic sincerity and infectious blend of mesmerizing atmospherics with anthemic choruses have drawn favorable comparisons to U2, Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol and Bruce Springsteen. The Washington Post has called the quartet “one of the most promising new talents on the East Coast.” Recently, the band won Billboard’s “World Song Contest.” The group has shared stages with such diverse artists as Bon Jovi, Imagine Dragons, Switchfoot, Jonny Lang, Third Eye Blind, Hanson and Parachute. As a main attraction, Honor By August has pulled over 900 into DC’s esteemed 9:30 Club. The group’s music has been broadcast to millions many times over on ESPN, E! and popular MTV shows, and Honor By August has worked with Grammy-winning producers, mixers and engineers including Jack Joseph Puig (U2, Snow Patrol, Rolling Stones), Paul David Hager (Goo Goo Dolls), Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, O.A.R, Lifehouse), Toby Wright (Third Eye Blind) and Jim Ebert (Butch Walker, Meredith Brooks). Honor By August is Michael Pearsall, lead vocals/guitar; Evan Field, guitar/piano/backing vocals; Chris Rafetto bass/piano/backing vocals; and Brian Shanley drums/percussion. The brave emotionality in its music reflects the band’s commitment to writing honestly about life. “We hope that our music finds a place in people’s lives wherever they may be on the spectrum of life’s highs and lows,” Pearsall says. “If you’re going through a tough time, hopefully one of our songs will help you through it. If you’re having a great time, hopefully one of our songs can enhance that experience. Life is what we make of it so why not try to make the most of it?”
The Gallery’s americana-infused rock-and-roll puts a modern spin on classic rock, with catchychoruses and authentic lyrics. Their guitar-driven tracks blend sharp musicianship withcommercial appeal, crafting songs that are both relatable and memorable. The Gallery, featuring Brendan Cooney (vocals), Ben Lozano (lead guitar), Dave Mozdzanowski(bass) and Ryan Cooney (drums), built a grassroots fan base though both word-of-mouth andrelentless touring. Playing nearly 300 shows in more than 35 states, the foursome have sharedtheir music on the road with fans across the US. The band has captivated packed crowds atsuch well-known venues as the House of Blues Sunset and the Troubadour in their currenthome base of Los Angeles and the Iron Horse Music Hall and Pearl Street in their formerhometown in Western Massachusetts.The band spent more than two months straight touring inthe summer of 2013, and will be on the road again this summer with Honor by August. When not on tour, The Gallery devotes their time to songwriting and recording. The Gallery’smost recent release, Restless, and previous EP, Come Alive, both produced by Warren Huart(Aerosmith, The Fray, Augustana), have garnered them accolades from press and industry alike. Their music has earned them attention from such noteworthy publications as Rolling Stone,Alternative Press, and AOL Spinner. Nationwide college radio airplay landed them on the CMJcharts, and the International Songwriting Competition selected them as finalists three times, inRock, Triple A and Country categories. Additionally, the band was chosen to participate in the2011 Florida GRAMMY Showcase and won the 2012 D’Addario Play Your Way to Austincontest. In 2014, the band performed on Sixthman’s “Rock Boat” and also participated in the“Sixthman Sessions” songwriting cruise. The Gallery’s album Restless successfully alternates up-tempo rockers like “The Runaround”and “Fast Friends” with stunning lyrical ballads like “Ballroom of Broken Hearts” and “RestlessSoul.” The band’s versatility allows them to combine elements of folk, country and rock-and-rollto create a raw, honest record with broad appeal. Existing fans will gravitate towards the catchyriffs that drive songs like “White Noise Town.” For newcomers, Restless is a great place to start. Don’t miss The Gallery on tour this summer and fall.
Blending indie rock, pop and soul into a delectable stew of sound, Ariada is a Chicago-based outfit rapidly gaining a national foothold after over a year of tremendous local growth. The band has received an array of comparisons stretching from The Doors and Queen to the modern sounds of Alabama Shakes and Grace Potter, although Greg Shaw wrote that, "The one fact you cannot argue is that Ariada is unlike anything else." - Nanobot Rock Reviews. Over the summer, Ariada found themselves playing self-booked tour dates throughout the region. Since then, the band dropped their self titled debut EP in late August 2013, having spent the past few months recording with Grammy Award-nominated producer, Chris Steinmetz. The EP has been positively received by critics and press and is receiving airplay on various independent and college radio stations. The band has had the privilege of sharing the stage with national acts Willy Moon, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and Minus The Bear to name a few, while also playing headlining shows in Chicago's top clubs including; Metro, Lincoln Hall, Schubas, Cubby Bear, and Double Door. Ariada is booking 2013 fall tour dates and is looking to tour nationally in the summer of 2014. The band was formed by Lesleigh Arratia in 2012 after seeking to transition from her traditionally known styles of Classical and Opera music. The band formed when Arratia found drummer, Michael Tassone and guitarist, Albert Amey, on BandMix, a website used to bring musicians together.
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Sat, Aug 16 - 9pm - $8
Dirty Water,originally under the name of Blue Train in 2010, Nick Pansino, Charles Pansino and Derek Gardner went on to win one of the first coveted ECC Battle of the Bands. Disbanded for a short time after as all members started playing in side projects. However, in early to mid 2013 they joined once more as Dirty Water. Released the kickstart late 2013-early 2014 Streetlight Sessions at Falling Sun Studios and are now finishing a blues cover album- Raw Roots, expected to be out sometime around Mid May of this year.
Night Versions are a rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Marked by thunderous drumming, richly-layered keyboards and an emphasis on melody, Night Versions pepper their music with the occasional metallic guitar riff and cite artists such as Siouxsie & the Banshees, David Bowie and Faith No More among their influences.
This land like a mirror turns you inward: thesinkingpines.bandcamp.com
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Wed, Aug 20 - 8pm - $7
The Native Strangers are a rock band composed of four college seniors (Nick from U of I, Tom from Loyola, Joe from Columbia, and Brett from Notre Dame). The music is influenced by bands such as the Foo Fighters, Blink-182, and Aerosmith. The four band members have been best friends for a long time (they grew up in Elmwood Park), stemming from their shared love of good tunes and good times. Things changed about a year ago when they started to get serious about making music, writing over a dozen songs and playing shows in backyards, basements, record stores, and bars. Now in their final year of college, the band spends weekends booking shows at their respective colleges and around the Chicago area.
It’s all about the groove. Everything we do is built on a groove driven by the tightest rhythm section around, laying the landscape to blend all the styles of rock and roll into a wall of sound. With a million influences but our own style, the goal is to take everything musical that we love and create tunes that only sound like one thing – The Fabulous Naturals. You want bluesy? We got bluesy. No holds barred rock and roll? Check. Relentless rhythms that make you move? You bet. With 11 songs already and more on the way, we have something for everyone, yet it all sounds unmistakably like us. Check us out at www.myspace.com/thefabulousnaturals, like us on facebook, and come hear us live and see for yourself.
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Thu, Aug 21 - 8pm - $10
TERRIBLE SPACESHIP: It was sweeping round swiftly and steadily, this flaming death, this invisible, inevitable sword of heat. I perceived it coming towards me by the flashing bushes it touched, and was too astounded and stupefied to stir. I heard the crackle of fire in the sand pits and the sudden squeal of a horse that was as suddenly stilled. Then it was as if an invisible yet intensely heated finger were drawn through the heather between me and the Martians, and all along a curving line beyond the sand pits the dark ground smoked and crackled.
Considered the finest rock band ever to have formed in Belleville, Michigan, Quasar Wut-Wut has been stinking it up since 1990. After destroying Detroit for years we relocated to Chicago in 1999 and have since refused to leave. Three major releases with a new one (and a DVD) on the way, we just can't seem to slow down (technically because we’re already going as slow as humanly possible, but that’s nitpicking). The Queen of Englandia herself once noted that QWW excels in towing the line between mediocrity and genius. Really nailing the sweet-spot between "pretty ok" and "better than average". The kind of band you might write home about, if someone else took the time to address the envelope and write the letter and all you had to do was sign it. The kind of band that might make you want to start your own band, but in the end maybe make a sandwich instead. That's Quasar Wut-Wut.
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Fri, Aug 22 - 9pm - $8
The Holy Motors are an up and coming Rock n' Roll trio out of Chicago that bring a unique heat to cool, old school sounds. Tune into the power trio's driving bass lines, insistent drums, and wicked thick guitar. The Holy Motors put on a high-energy live show, don't let it pass on by.
Jolly Korea is a 5 piece rock group in Chicago. They are fronted by Eugene Kalsted, dual guitar work supplied by Peter Nafziger and Kevin Kalal, Roger Connelly on bass guitar, and Matt Nafziger behind the drum kit.
Like a phoenix, from the ashes of a treehouse rises Miss Remember, a rock band from Chicago. Children of the rock and grunge era, Miss Remember is a brew of delicate melodies, intriguing harmonies and dirty guitars. Impressionistic male and female vocals contribute to this gritty musical machine, evoking a dichotomy of love and loathing. Each song has it’s own character that will make you move or stop you in your tracks. Miss Remember began as a band called Treehouse while studying music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2008 . What began as an acoustic student project has transformed into a harder electric sound brought forth by dedicated musicians who have honed their individual instruments and simply “strive to write goods songs". The sound has evolved away from previous acoustic roots into a, yet, truer amalgamation of the influences of each member: jim tashjian – guitar, vocals; leslie beukelman – vocals, guitar; martin stonikas – bass, percussion; pete tashjian – drums, percussion
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Mon, Aug 25 - 8pm - $8
Brainchild of renowned Chicago-based jazz and funk siren Typhanie Monique, The BMC brings together some of Chicago’s most diverse musical talent to give groove lovers, dance fans and die-hard improv lovers a unique, never-to-be-repeated experience in Chicago’s live music scene. The group improvises every song. Yes, you read right. Every song is improvised. The chosen players are all esteemed craftsmen of their particular instrument. Talent is certainly not wasted in this band, neither is the creative process which you can witness at it's inception. In the moment, minute, measure, the group instinctively communicates to bring something musical to the table. High energy horn-hitting HOUSE tunes, Hip-Hop bouncing rhymes and grooves, LATIN-based danceable ditties, WORLD-oriented off meter solo-spinning jams and SOULful lyrical content that absorbs the audience with each song taking them on a musical journey. The summer of 2008, The BMC was conceived to hold down a two year once a month stint at the acclaimed Chicago club, Martyrs'. The group continues to perform for private events, festivals and clubs in and out of Chicago.
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Tue, Aug 26 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Thu, Aug 28 - 8pm - $10
Growing up in rural Hopewell, New Jersey (population 2,010), Danielia Cotton stood out. Not just because she was only one of about seven Black kids in her junior high school, but because of the compelling power of her shockingly big voice, which stopped people in their tracks from early on. Danielia’s natural gift--raw, searing vocal chops combined with a deep, buttery tone--draws from the two different rich traditions that she absorbed early in her youth. On the one hand, she couldn’t get enough of what her friends and neighbors were listening to: AC/DC, Zeppelin, the Stones. On the other, she was her mother’s girl: daughter of a jazz singer and member of the church gospel choir, grooving to Mavis Staples, Etta James, Billie and Ella. The happy collision of these two traditions is her new album, Rare Child, produced by Brad Jones (Jill Sobule, Over the Rhine) and co-produced by Joe Blaney (Shawn Colvin, Soul Asylum) and Danielia herself. On Rare Child, the sheer joy and pain she evokes in her songs instantly draw the listener in. She pulls, stretches and grips her lyrics with a strength that is startling considering this lovely young woman’s seemingly happy-go-lucky demeanor and petite frame. Appearances aside, like male counterparts Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone or crossover icon Tina Turner, Danielia not only has embraced the notion of Black Rock--she has redefined it.Very early on, music played a major role in Danielia’s life. It became not only the focus of what would become her career, but also, her saving grace and her best friend. “If I didn’t have music saving me every day, I wouldn’t have a place to put a lot of emotions that I have that could potentially be destructive,” says Danielia. “It’s how I survive.” Citing her mother, Danielia speaks lovingly about musical influences that aren’t quite from the playbook of most Rock performers. “I loved Phyllis Hyman’s `Somewhere In My Lifetime,’” she says, “and Chaka Khan. But not just the popular stuff. It was her version of `I Loves You, Porgy’ from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. My mom also listened to things like Bonnie Raitt and Loggins & Messina. But for me, it was listening to Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder’s album Songs In The Key of Life: it was about that tone that I thought was the best. And Nancy Wilson singing `Guess Who I Saw Today’’; the first time I heard that I was like, `I don’t even like that genre’ but I couldn’t get over the delivery. There was so much emotion. I like artists that were living and feeling whatever it was they were singing about.” Interestingly, more than any other important influence was Danielia’s fascination with musical movies of the 1930’s and 40’s. “I had a thing for Bing Crosby,” she bashfully admits. “I was an old soul. What entertained me didn’t entertain most kids. But we had a deep life. So anything that would take me out of that life was important. Anything that was singing and had a story to it I liked.” A very young Danielia would stand up on a wood crate in her backyard, grab a stick, and sing Donna Summer’s `Last Dance’ to the trees and a few semi-curious deer, When she realized she could really belt it out, she decided she might make singing her career. Soon, 12 year-old Danielia joined her mom and aunts in a gospel group called Brookes Ensemble Plus, where she learned harmony. Around that time, Danielia received her first guitar. While her mother couldn’t afford to pay for lessons, she gave Danielia a `How To’ book that the young writer devoured, locking herself in her room until she came out a comfortable player and had penned her first song.Danielia’s home life wasn’t always easy. Danielia never met her father, a native of Puerto Rico. Moving around a lot and experiencing the hardships of racism, Danielia had to grow up fast. And although Danielia came from very humble beginnings, the one thing the family was not lacking was love and determination to succeed. Raising four kids on her own without a college degree, Danielia’s mother nevertheless became the head of accounting for Houghton-Mifflin Publishing and was determined to make sure her children had the best education possible. To that end, books were in no short supply at home (spoils of the trade), and the children learned to read at an early age, while calculators were treated as toys. Following her mother’s example, Danielia strove to make the most of her opportunities, and in her junior year of high school, she gained entry to the Mercer County School of Performing Arts. Danielia excelled and graduated at the top of her class, going on to obtain a full scholarship to the esteemed Bennington College in Vermont, from which she graduated with a degree in Theater Arts.Bennington was a major turning point for Danielia. There, she studied with the great avant garde jazz trumpeter Bill Dixon. Noted for his vocalic playing style, Dixon, who founded the Black Music division at Bennington, gave Danielia the guidance she needed to refine her distinctive power as a singer. By her junior and senior year, she was studying tutorials. “He trained my ear. I’d go to his class every day, and he’d hit a note on his trumpet and ask me to match it. I thought it was the most God-awful thing. But I realize today that my pitch is the way it is because of this training. He taught me basic music theory, keyboard harmony and what music reading and writing was. During my senior year, he sent me to study singing with the classical department so I could learn breath, which is where I found my power. He would die to know I was singing rock ‘n roll now instead of jazz, but he changed my whole perception of how you sing a song.”Using classic songs like Eden Ahbez’s “Nature Boy” and reading the lyrics as a soliloquy, Danielia learned that “in any good song, there’s a story; it’s a moment. And it’s the same when you get onstage with those same set of words and discover how you can convey that story to an audience. It helped me realize why I loved singing. It was about the story, the tone—it wasn’t about all the `tricks.’ It was about singing the line straight. That took more skill.” She credits Dixon with teaching her how to “sing `ugly’.” She explains, “You have to be able to sing the wrong notes if you ever want to sing beautifully. You have to be able to be `ugly’ sometimes. That’s where you find your true beauty.”Quietly writing her own songs under wraps while she studied, she performed several original compositions at a recital after she spent her final year at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Drawing raves for her performance as well as her songs, she had learned well by then that her lyrics had to be pulled from her own life experiences in order to be authentic and received in such a positive light. “I have to write from what I know about. It’s like in acting. I can’t play a character who’s 70 at the age of 30. I don’t know what 70 is. I could go to my grandmother and ask her and she might say, `It’s a loss of faith, it’s tired’ or whatever, but I don’t know this because I haven’t been there. I could only play a role and be true to something I felt. Because then it’s true.”As a performer, Danielia is glad she grew up pre-American Idol. “Most kids today, if you ask why they want to perform, they’ll say they `want to be a star’ or `be in the music business.’ I liked music not because I saw it as a way to get out of the life I lived and have more than what I had, which wasn’t that much. I did it because it was fun; it was like a drug. I’ve always felt a little selfish when people say, `I do it for the people.’ I do it because it does something for me.”Radio stations across the country appreciated Danielia’s unique rock talent. After Danielia released her first studio album, 2005’s Small White Town (Hipshake Records), WXPN/Philadelphia and home of the nationally syndicated World Café named her “Artist To Watch” in 2005, slotted the album’s soulful single, “It’s Only Life” into heavy rotation, and featured her on their HDNetwork broadcast of “On Stage at World Café Live”. WXRT in Chicago featured Danielia on New Year’s Eve, where she brought down the house in a live performance broadcast by ABC.Extensive national touring followed. Danielia traveled the breadth of the country, opening for some of the greatest acts in music, from Blues legends Buddy Guy and Etta James to Pop Rock giant Bon Jovi, to the Southern Rock royalty of Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Little Feat. Crossing boundaries was no problem for the versatile Danielia, who has wowed alternative rock audiences of the Flaming Lips, Staind and Collective Soul, among many others.Danielia’s unique talent drew rave reviews, with notices on her “raw intensity” (Essence magazine), her “soulful voice and searing telecaster” (Time Out NY) and for possessing “the sort of voice for which the phrase `force of nature’ was coined” (Austin American-Statesman). Relix magazine named Danielia one of the “5 Artists You Should Know” in 2007 and New York’s Amsterdam News proclaimed Danielia “a powerful musician that cannot be ignored.”Those high accolades often come from those who’ve been blown away by Danielia’s live act. Audiences that experience Danielia and her band live are hit hard with the sheer emotionalism of her songs, and Danielia’s performance style is all about revisiting the feelings that brought those songs into being in the first place. “I give you everything. I’m going back, and these stories are obviously from my life. I’ve picked moments that I can safely go back to time and time again without getting to a place where I can’t collect myself. But, in my songs, I’ll go to places that are still an issue for me. Like in the song `Rare Child,’ I say, `On the day I was born/I hope my daddy cried.’ Because I’m still dealing with those issues. So you have to be careful. There’s a responsibility to your audience too, because some of your fans will go there with you. And they don’t know how to pull back either; they’re riding on what you’ve given them. You’re handing them a drug too.” Going back to the idea of music as an emotional release, for the artist and the audience in equal measure, Danielia not only accepts the responsibility, but rather, she is flattered and thrilled by it and sees it as an opportunity. “When you hear some of the stories that people tell you and how the songs have helped them through tough times, that’s as good as somebody telling you your album went platinum,” Danielia says. “That’s what it’s supposed to be about, and then you think, `This might not be why I wrote this song, but this is what this person got out of it,’ and I’m glad.”A stiff self-critic, Danielia admits to pre-show and pre-recording bouts of nervousness. “Eric Clapton always says, `If I’m not nervous, I don’t want to do it anymore.’ But then that’s where you get all that energy and you end up giving it back to the audience. And it means just as much to me in the studio when I record. At no time do I take it lightly. I want it to come out well. So it’s harder than live, but I like to record with the band in the studio and I can pull from that energy.”But, as much as Danielia is a performer, she is also a proud and dedicated songwriter. Inspiration for songwriting for Danielia comes at all hours, and her mindset is to grab the moment no matter when it comes and write it down. “I’ve woken up from dreams with an idea, and it was my grandfather that used to say `God woke you up, and wants you to go get a pen and piece of paper and write it down.’ Otherwise, the idea you had goes away. If you’re lucky enough to get the call, you gotta pick the phone up,” she says. As for when this inspiration hits, contrary to popular belief, it isn’t always as a result of sadness or depression in Danielia’s case. “It does tend to happen on a cloudy, rainy day, and I do agree with artists that it does happen at moody moments, or when you first wake up, when you’re feeling not necessarily at the peak of happiness. But you can’t always be the source for everything. I collaborate a lot. Like on `Make U Move’ I collaborated with Kareem Devlin and Shelby Gaines, who I worked with on a lot of the songs on this record. The beauty of co-writing is that when you collaborate, your co-writers take you to a place you normally wouldn’t go.” For example, on ‘Make U Move,’ one of the most infectious, rocking tracks on Rare Child, “Kareem and Shelby brought the track, and I wrote the melody and the words, and there’s no way I would’ve come up with that myself.”Danielia is very candid about why she would rather wear her heart on her sleeve in her songwriting than try to deliver her music through a manufactured persona. “Some people create characters to make it easier for them to perform, but that’s just not me. I feel that when someone pays to come see me, they’re coming to see me, and so I owe them that. And that’s more interesting to me. Rock ‘n roll is real, and that’s what people want.” Danielia describes Rare Child as “a party, in a sense. It starts out saying `I’m gonna rock your world’ but then it arcs, has some soulful moments, and has some upbeat moments. Like going to a really good party, it isn’t all non-stop `woo-hoo.’ You might get into a deep conversation with someone in one corner and share a joke with someone else in another. It’s an experience.”In making Rare Child Danielia’s goal was to create an album that she could really play. “I think this is an album that the audience wanted,” she says. “And because we didn’t try to write singles or do anything like that, it came out being a real rock ‘n roll album, and that’s exactly the way you have to go about it. And when you’re lucky, it ends up being this great effort, which I think it is.”The meaning behind the album title is at once personal and universal for Danielia. “When I’m out there, I don’t see too many Black girls slinging guitars. And I know they’re out there—Tracy Chapman, Toshi Reagon—but in the venues I’m doing and the genre I’m doing, a lot of times it’s just me. Music is so manufactured nowadays. I feel I go back more to the classics, and Rare Child just reminds me of more of the 70’s feel, and I think this album is a throwback to a time when music was less produced and a little bit more honest, accessible and realer. It doesn’t make it better or worse than anything that’s out there now, it just makes it what it is. Which is a little rare for right now. But a lot of people want that.” The Philadelphia Daily News concurs, saying ““Danielia’s music has the swagger of Let It Bleed-era Rolling Stones, her singing has the raw emotional power of Janis Joplin and her songwriting places her among the top new musical storytellers.”Now releasing Rare Child on Adrenaline Records/ADA, Danielia has put her remarkable voice, heart, and soul into a record that truly rocks. A rare child indeed.
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Fri, Aug 29 - 9pm - $8
Hailing from Chicago, Sex Therapy is a unique, all original American Rock band that delivers. The Juggernaut behind Sex Therapy is main songwriter, rhythm guitarist and vocalist Cassy Baxter whose prose about love conquered, lost or otherwise, blends effortlessly with the bands tight rhythms. The Sex Therapy pulse is Jack McClain whose precision percussion rotations and bombastic movements drive Sex Therapy! To help guide the pulse is Stevens Stokes whose bass playing on “Letters to Frank” (album) and guitar leads demonstrate his years of honing 80’s rock guitar and give Sex Therapy a sound that is unique, but yet time-proven. Co-producer and musician Jamie Wagner adds keyboards and covers the bass duties on tour for Sex Therapy. For more information regarding Sex Therapy please contact us at <sextherapytheband@gmail.com>
Dressed in the band's signature leopard print, Frankie's vocals drip down like sticky-sweet honey over songs that tell the tale of love, loss, lust, and funk. All the while, The Most holds down a groove so thick you can eat it with a spoon; utilizing horns, synths, and backup vocals to bring you their own brand of pop-funk and soul. It's the sound you always craved but didn't know you were missing. The pop-funkiest band this side of Paisley Park, Frankie and the Most will grab your booty and take control to keep it shaking all night long! "Smell the funk. Lick your lips. Every last bite is going straight to your hips."
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Sat, Aug 30 - 9:30pm - $8
Black Bear/Brown Bear create an infectious brand of indie-rock led by two drummers whose danceable rhythms create the foundation of the band’s powerful sound. Drawing comparisons to that of Talking Heads, Modest Mouse, and Vampire Weekend, their energetic live set of organized chaos has been turning heads since 2012. An interview with Hypertextmag, stated that their “danceable beats and percussive, collaborative sound feels like it was born in the garages of the Northwest Side alleys and is poised now to hit it big”; and BB/BB have been putting in the muscle to prove themselves.
"Kane Place Record Club kicked off the night and since this was my first time seeing them, I prepared like I usually do by previewing their music throughout the week (their EP is available to download for free, by the way). As much as I enjoyed their songs, I was blown away by their great high energy live performance. This six piece outfit knows how to showcase their individual talents while simultaneously providing a cohesive sound that really got the audience moving. They have an indie/pop/soul vibe that hinted at everything from Ray Charles to doo wop and even a little bit of ska. I know I’ll be looking out for their future shows, so stay tuned to Local Playlist and make sure you check them out."-Local Playlist
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Tue, Sep 2 - 8pm - $10
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.Vol 29 - As it's Fat Tuesday, there's going to be New Orleans music. Not to mention an international and eclectic group of fascinating presenters chit-chatting about things they love to do! You might just learn something about MOOCs, Belgium, Boston or tasty comestibles. As usual, there's beer, great friends and surprises...
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Thu, Sep 4 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
Chicago based band Rumble Train plays straight up, traditional rockabilly played with the intensity of a speeding freight train heading right for the edge of the cliff!
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Sat, Sep 6 - 8pm - $10
Roots rock reggae band Kings in Waiting brings you songs of life, love and rebirth. The band's first release entitled "Way" is now available worldwide. With a tight rhythm section at the core, lush horns, keyboards and guitars create vibrant atmospheres throughout the album. The vocals come to life with a tinge of heartache, supported by comforting and warm three part harmonies. Overall "Way" tells stories of where they've been and where they are going. Kings in Waiting was born from the meeting of Jeff Burke, Josh Kahle, Jonathan Beverly and Mark Florence in Chicago 2011. During recording of their debut album, Derin Adeyemo, Darren Garvey and horn section Hornbread were added to the mix. The Kings in Waiting's live band will further expand to feature Bill Cessna on keys, Asia Roberson on vocals and live horns.
Veteran Chicago drummer Ted Sirota founded his latest band, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub, in 2013. An accomplished Jazz drummer and leader of Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, Sirota began practicing and playing Reggae drums along with his record collection as a teenager in the early 1980’s. Sirota modeled his style after the great Jamaican drummers of the era – Carlton Barrett, Sly Dunbar, Style Scott, Grizzly Nesbitt, Santa Davis, Lloyd Knibb, Horsemouth Wallace and others . Members of Heavyweight Dub are some of Chicago’s finest: Matt Ferguson-Bass Andrew Trim-Guitar Tom Vaitsas-Keys Matthew Davis-Trombone Cameron Pfiffner-Tenor Sax & Flute Chris Paquette-Percussion Zion Iyahbinghi-Vocals Yanira Marin-Vocals
Trees are a Psybient Dub duet consisting of multi-instrumentalist Mark Florence and percussionist Jonathan Beverly. Their music comes to life driven with pulsating rhythms, hypnotic bass and a swirl of psychedelic instrumentation woven through out.
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Wed, Sep 10 - 7pm - $20
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.
ACE (David Anderson, Tom Chute, Dave Easley) "Where else can you find a conservatory trained, world-class bassist (acoustic, electric) who trained with Jaco, a pedal steel artist who has written his own ticket through and around the national jazz/pop scene, and a tasteful drummer all playing like there was no tomorrow... THIS IS NEW ORLEANS 'FUSION' AT IT'S GREATEST" --- Best of New Orleans.comDavid Anderson bassA prolific electric upright bassist, Anderson loves playing with pedal steel guitarist, David Easley. The group known as Anderson, Chute, Easley (A.C.E.) perform original music of many genres including free jazz, funk, bop, minimalist and many wonderfully unique approaches to dynamics and expression. Anderson also has played with Algorhythm Method, and SOFA KING BIG SOUL, bands that fuse many different styles including hard rock, funk, blues, jazz, and New Orleans R&B.Anderson has jammed with The Radiators, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Roy Pope, Darryl Brown, and many other great New Orleans musicians including a killer performance with guitarist Brian Stoltz of the Funky Meters as a main highlight of the French Quarter Festival 2002.In 1984-85, Anderson played for and took lessons with the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius in New York, who firmly encouraged the idea of being able to cross over between classical and jazz.Drummer Tom Chute has been living and playing in New Orleans for almost 12 years. After schooling for percussion and ethnomusicology at the University of Iowa, he moved to New Orleans to more closely study the indigenous forms of music. He is blessed and proud to be a homeowner in the New Orleans Musician's Village. A versatile rhythmatist, he has played with a wide variety of musical projects ranging from traditional to avant garde.Press and Bio:Dave Easley is one of the city’s—if not the world’s—most amazing guitarists with a concentration in pedal steel. - Sam Levine, OffBeat MagazineIn forward-thinking groups such as 3Now4 with monster bassist James Singleton, Easley filters hyper-fast melodic playing through otherworldly synthesizer foot pedals. - Sam Levine, OffBeat Magazine…on this recording Easley can whisper over the band, and as a result often sounds feminine and beautiful or eerie and psychedelic. Sam Levine, OffBeat MagazineEasley’s lyrics and compositions combine the oblivious directness of Daniel Johnston and the chops and sarcasm of Frank Zappa. - Sam Levine, OffBeat MagazineThe album proceeds to swing from the downright womanly singing and acoustic picking of “Sad Train Whistle Blues,” into the almost spoken “Under a Pagan Moon,” reminiscent of a new-agey Gil Scott-Heron. “Magic Dreams” is a psychedelic rhumba that ends in a gorgeous freaky guitar solo. - Sam Levine, OffBeat MagazineDave Easley won the Offbeat Magazine award for "bestother" instrument (pedal steel guitar) in 1997 and waschosen by New Orleans Magazine as a New Orleans Jazz AllStar in 2003.Among the bands Dave Easley plays or has played in are The Heartifacts, 3 Now 4 (Time Ebbing, Book of Spells, 3 Now 4), the Brian Blade Fellowship on Blue Note Records and The Verve Label (in which he recorded for producer Daniel Lanois and played a duet with Joni Mitchell), Coco Robicheaux, Anderson/Easley Project, and Shannon McNally.A few of the people Dave has had the honor of performingonstage or in the studio with are George Porter and Ike Stubblefield (Ruthie Foster's new as yet unreleased cd produced by John Chelew)Dave Liebman, Kenny Garret, Bill Kreutzman, Howard Levy, Charlie Byrd, Seamus Blake, world renowned sarod player, Ashish Khan, sacred steelers, the Cambell Brothers, members of the String Cheese Incident, the Grey Boy Allstars and Tiny Universe, jazz violin virtuoso, George Mason, Raymond Weber, Tony Hall, Cyril Neville, and Dr. John....one of the freshest and most essential voices ininstrumental music today. Easley soars, shifts and flows, forming elegant patterns passing from sphere to shining sphere. - Michael Dominici, OffBeat Magazine
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Thu, Sep 11 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Psychedelic Soul, sometimes called Black Rock, is a sub-genre of Soul music, which mixes the characteristics of Soul with Psychedelic Rock. It came to prominence in the late 1960s and continued into the 1970s, playing a major role in the development of Soul and Funk music.Over the past seven years, Monophonics have staked their claim as one of California’s premier bands. Raised amid the Bay Area’s rich musical culture, Monophonics has proudly carried on the tradition of music native to their hometown, which flourished during the birth of psychedelia.Monophonics were formed in 2005; originally a instrumental ensemble comprised of guitarist Ian McDonald, bassist Myles O’Mahony, saxophonist Alex Baky, trumpeter Ryan Scott, and drummer Austin Bohlman, the band has recently added the dynamic soul vocals of keyboardist Kelly Finnigan. The result is a psychedelic soul & heavy funk sound, which harks back to the stylings of the late 60’s and early 70’s, all while keeping its feet planted in the present.As a mainstay of San Francisco venues such as The Independent, Brick and Mortar & Boom Boom Room, the Monophonics have created a national buzz and fervent local following, sharing the stage & bill with such names as Budos Band, Orgone, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Kings Go Forth, Soulive and many many more. Their touring schedule has brought their signature rowdy, hard-hitting live set to over 400 dates from California up to Motown and down to Louisiana establishing themselves as yearly residents at the legendary New Orleans Jazz Festival. The band has also played some of the major music festivals on the west coast including High Sierra, Joshua Tree, Blacksheep Family Reunion, and Las Tortugas.Already in 2012 the band has signed on with top booking agency Intrepid Artists Int’l and has seen their touring schedule triple fast and has helped get them get in big festivals like Wakarusa in Arkansas and the Portland Waterfront Blues Fest in Oregon. Other big news in 2012 is the bands new record “In Your Brain” which will be released and distributed worldwide May 15th by legendary label Ubiquity Records (ORGONE, Shawn Lee, Breakestra, Connie Price & The Keystones). It was recorded & produced by Ian McDonald and Kelly Finnigan in San Francisco and was mixed by Sergio Rios from ORGONE at Killion Sound in LA. With a transformation of the group in the last 18 months, they have matured and found our own sound. This new record sits on the fuzzy psychedelic side of Soul and Heavy Funk! Taking a cue from their San Francisco roots and greats like Norman Whitfield, George Clinton’s Funkadelic, David Axelrod and Sly Stone the group has found their path which has taken on a direction that focuses on great tones using analog equipment, a simpler and more spontaneous songwriting approach and trying to always catch a vibe that brings back thoughts of the 1969 psychedelic movement!
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Fri, Sep 19 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Legendary in the history of American Ska, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock, Fishbone started their twenty three-year long professional career in Los Angeles's burgeoning, illustrious Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Their sound has often been imitated, but never duplicated. Angelo Moore’s ability to combine thought-provoking, humorous, social commentary with Fishbone brethren’s frenzied, up-tempo music and a frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show has cultivated their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in music history. Approaching the 25th anniversary of their self-titled EP, Fishbone is still touring worldwide and will be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010!
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Sat, Sep 20 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Legendary in the history of American Ska, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock, Fishbone started their twenty three-year long professional career in Los Angeles's burgeoning, illustrious Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Their sound has often been imitated, but never duplicated. Angelo Moore’s ability to combine thought-provoking, humorous, social commentary with Fishbone brethren’s frenzied, up-tempo music and a frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show has cultivated their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in music history. Approaching the 25th anniversary of their self-titled EP, Fishbone is still touring worldwide and will be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010!
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Sat, Sep 27 - 9pm - 10adv/$12door
With a successful presence at SXSW and Summerfest, plus airplay on hundreds of college radio stations, The Future Laureates are celebrating with unabashed energy and triumph. Offering positive punk-rock energy with folk/pop musicianship, their sonic champagne is frothing and bubbling with the release of their third studio album, Fortress Sessions. It is seriously full of fun.2011’s Rethink the Recession led to reviews of “Kingston Blues,” the EP’s single, as “a fresh and fun melody led by a lively rhythm, brisk percussion, and warm, spirited vocals.” (Chicagoist.com) and “…it’s not just a gimmicky thing; he jams the livin’ crap outta that uke!” (DailyLimerick.net). Both albums have won licensing deals with a variety of shows on MTV, Showtime, Bravo!, Style, and Discovery Networks via Tinderbox music.Touring has brought together even more fans through numerous Midwest and East Coast journeys as well as hometown venues including Chicago’s House of Blues, Metro, DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel, and the Congress Theater for the 3rd and 4th annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festivals. They’ve shared crowds with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, hellogoodbye, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Dawes, Smash Mouth, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, The Roots, ZZ Top, Brendan Benson, GIVERS, Parachute, and Thievery Corporation.The band is currently tucked away in their fortress in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood, writing and recording their fourth studio album.
A rooftop overlooking Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. A fleabag motel on the banks of the Susquehanna River. A bus winding through sleepy Chicago suburbs. A book-filled bedroom. A sculpture garden in Washington, D.C. These are the memories that inhabit Ace Reporter’s debut LP, Yearling. They are memories from a single year, one that musician Chris Snyder spent writing and recording one new song every day. In 2010, after the breakup of his longtime band The States, Snyder, a songwriter, composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, embarked on what he called the threesixfive project. Each day came with a mandate for the musician to start and finish a new track. From this burgeoning collection of songs, four EPs emerged, which Snyder – who began playing violin at age four and landed his first singing gig as the featured boy soprano on the soundtrack for The Crow – eventually transformed into a full-length album culled from the experiences and inspirations that propelled him through that year. Yearling was recorded in a converted barn in upstate New York in the spring of 2011. The idea was to take ten of the best songs from Snyder’s massive collection and imbue them with greater life and augmented instrumentation. “During the threesixfive project, I had two hours every evening to write, record, and mix a new song,” Snyder says. “This meant that I had to give up on premeditation – whatever happened when I sat down to write became the song, period.” The album has the effect of a kaleidoscope, where Snyder’s poetic lyricism and evocative imagery draw the songs together to create a collection that tells the story of a year, each song refracting a different memory of a time and place.
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River Rising comprises the musical talents of Megan Deiger and Tim Hazen, whose voices tightly weave country and folk music over a backbone of bluesy sensibility. Lyrically, they capture heartache, waywardness, and emotional strength with a soulful quality reminiscent of a spiritual. Simple orchestration of accompaniment is welcome, allowing words, melodies, and often ethereal harmonies to take the lead on each song. That said, piano and violin punctuate songs like a subconscious, while guitar maintains rhythm like breath or a heartbeat. Best of all, this is a musical project that shows incredible potential; stay tuned.
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Fri, Oct 4 - 9pm - $15
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The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept-secret among New York City concertgoers since the band’s formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever-substantiated reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin, to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.
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Sun, Oct 5 - 8pm - $20
Drum legend Terry Bozzio presents a solo musical performance on the world´s largest tuned drum and percussion set. Unless you have seen Terry, you have no idea what you are in for. Bozzio is an enigmatic, evocative, and engaging musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums. Terry Bozzio is able to accompany himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solo on top with highly developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set alone. Drawing from jazz, classical, & ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Terry Bozzio is "a storyteller," able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement, & passion.Terry has had tremendous success with his last two Terry Bozzio solo drum performance tours in Europe (2012 included his headline show a the Jazz Festival Frankfurt – the oldest jazz festival in the world – and 2013 which included sold out performances in Sweden, Germany, Eastern Europe, and France). Please note that this is not a bombastic 2 hour drum solo. This is MUSIC on drums, “an evening with Terry Bozzio.” In most of Bozzio’s works, he accompanies himself with bass lines while soloing over it melodically on the tuned toms. There is space, classical forms & structures, ambient electronic loops, and atmospheric percussion effects, as well as some exciting & fiery drumming that brings audiences to their feet!Terry Bozzio is an American drummer best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa. He recorded and toured with Frank Zappa beginning in 1975, and appeared, also as a vocalist, on a number of Zappa's most successful albums, including Zoot Allures, Zappa in New York, Sheik Yerbouti and Thing-Fish, and in the concert movie Baby Snakes (which includes him singing lead on a portion of the song "Punky's Whips"). He is noted for performing Zappa's "The Black Page", a piece of music designed to be a "musician's nightmare" a page so filled with notes as to be almost black. In 1977 he joined The Brecker Brothers with long time San Francisco friend and guitarist Barry Finnerty. With The Brecker Brothers, Bozzio toured and recorded the album "Heavy Metal Be-Bop." Bozzio also joined Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck to make the video Throwaway, and teamed up with Beck & keyboardist Tony Hymas to co-write/produce and perform on the Grammy Award winning album Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop. A very in demand drummer, Bozzio can also be heard on albums by Steve Vai, Duran Duran, Korn, and Lonely Bears, to name a few.Terry Bozzio now tours as a clinician/solo drummer and has recorded solo albums and instructional videos. Bozzio was inducted into the Modern Drummer "Hall of Fame" and won the Clinician of the Year award twice as well as Drum Magazine's Drummer of the Year and Best Clinician. Internationally, he received Slagwerkkrant Magazine's (Netherlands) and Player Magazine's (Japan) Best Drummer Award. Bozzio was inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in Hollywood in 2007 along with rock and roll icons Ronnie James Dio and Slash. Recently Bozzio has toured with guitarist Allan Holdsworth, bassist Tony Levin, and drummer Pat Mastelotto as the experimental super-group HoBoLeMa, and with UK. He has also hosted on Drum Channel.In most of Bozzio’s works, the ostinato is played using various bass drum and hi-hat permutations while he solos against these rhythms using his hands. Sometimes (often in the same composition) the opposite is true, where he will hold an ostinato pattern with his hands and solo with his feet. Of late Mr. Bozzio (always a melodic player) has taken a more structural approach to his playing and composition. He uses two octaves of pitched toms and several "tuned" metallics (cymbals, spokes, bells, gongs, etc.) to play melodies much like a marimba, but with all the rhythmic variation of conventional drumming. Combined with his use of ostinato he has made quite a career of solo drumming (not to mention his status as a sideman).
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Mon, Oct 6- 8pm - $20
Drum legend Terry Bozzio presents a solo musical performance on the world´s largest tuned drum and percussion set. Unless you have seen Terry, you have no idea what you are in for. Bozzio is an enigmatic, evocative, and engaging musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums. Terry Bozzio is able to accompany himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solo on top with highly developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set alone. Drawing from jazz, classical, & ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Terry Bozzio is "a storyteller," able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement, & passion.Terry has had tremendous success with his last two Terry Bozzio solo drum performance tours in Europe (2012 included his headline show a the Jazz Festival Frankfurt – the oldest jazz festival in the world – and 2013 which included sold out performances in Sweden, Germany, Eastern Europe, and France). Please note that this is not a bombastic 2 hour drum solo. This is MUSIC on drums, “an evening with Terry Bozzio.” In most of Bozzio’s works, he accompanies himself with bass lines while soloing over it melodically on the tuned toms. There is space, classical forms & structures, ambient electronic loops, and atmospheric percussion effects, as well as some exciting & fiery drumming that brings audiences to their feet!Terry Bozzio is an American drummer best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa. He recorded and toured with Frank Zappa beginning in 1975, and appeared, also as a vocalist, on a number of Zappa's most successful albums, including Zoot Allures, Zappa in New York, Sheik Yerbouti and Thing-Fish, and in the concert movie Baby Snakes (which includes him singing lead on a portion of the song "Punky's Whips"). He is noted for performing Zappa's "The Black Page", a piece of music designed to be a "musician's nightmare" a page so filled with notes as to be almost black. In 1977 he joined The Brecker Brothers with long time San Francisco friend and guitarist Barry Finnerty. With The Brecker Brothers, Bozzio toured and recorded the album "Heavy Metal Be-Bop." Bozzio also joined Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck to make the video Throwaway, and teamed up with Beck & keyboardist Tony Hymas to co-write/produce and perform on the Grammy Award winning album Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop. A very in demand drummer, Bozzio can also be heard on albums by Steve Vai, Duran Duran, Korn, and Lonely Bears, to name a few.Terry Bozzio now tours as a clinician/solo drummer and has recorded solo albums and instructional videos. Bozzio was inducted into the Modern Drummer "Hall of Fame" and won the Clinician of the Year award twice as well as Drum Magazine's Drummer of the Year and Best Clinician. Internationally, he received Slagwerkkrant Magazine's (Netherlands) and Player Magazine's (Japan) Best Drummer Award. Bozzio was inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in Hollywood in 2007 along with rock and roll icons Ronnie James Dio and Slash. Recently Bozzio has toured with guitarist Allan Holdsworth, bassist Tony Levin, and drummer Pat Mastelotto as the experimental super-group HoBoLeMa, and with UK. He has also hosted on Drum Channel.In most of Bozzio’s works, the ostinato is played using various bass drum and hi-hat permutations while he solos against these rhythms using his hands. Sometimes (often in the same composition) the opposite is true, where he will hold an ostinato pattern with his hands and solo with his feet. Of late Mr. Bozzio (always a melodic player) has taken a more structural approach to his playing and composition. He uses two octaves of pitched toms and several "tuned" metallics (cymbals, spokes, bells, gongs, etc.) to play melodies much like a marimba, but with all the rhythmic variation of conventional drumming. Combined with his use of ostinato he has made quite a career of solo drumming (not to mention his status as a sideman).
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Fri, Oct 10 - 7pm - $25
2012 Grammy Award winners the Rebirth Brass Band are a New Orleans institution! Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has not only won over several generations of music lovers, it has become the soundtrack to an entire city and featured in the hit HBO series Treme. In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.
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Fri, Oct 10 - 10pm - $25
2012 Grammy Award winners the Rebirth Brass Band are a New Orleans institution! Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has not only won over several generations of music lovers, it has become the soundtrack to an entire city and featured in the hit HBO series Treme. In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.
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Sat, Oct 11 - 9:30pm - $7
After eight years of hard work and a relentless tour schedule, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have gained a reputation for their highly original, tradition-inspired bluegrass built on a strong foundation of intricate harmonies and electrifying stage energy.The Henhouse Prowlers use traditional bluegrass as a base, and make it their own by providing a show that’s danceable throughout with uptempo drive and bouncing mid-tempo grooves, all while covering contemporary topics in a largely original repertoire. Their reverence for the forefathers of bluegrass is palpable as they push the music forward on their own path.The Prowlers wear the Bill Monroe mantle with spit and polish. They perform — and conduct media interviews — in suit-and-tie and work in a tightly choreographed, one-mic stage setting, which adds a dynamic dimension to their shows. Combining passion, confidence, and flair with instrumental and vocal prowess, the Prowlers deliver bluegrass with an edge.With a PBS series soundtrack already to its credit and a critically acclaimed recording produced by Grammy winner, Sally Van Meter, and a new recording in production with Grammy Nominee Greg Cahill, Henhouse Prowlers have been barnstorming on to the red hot bluegrass scene. Not just another bluegrass band, Henhouse Prowlers are adeptly positioning themselves for nothing less than success.
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Wed, Oct 15 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, pairs a reader’s personal story about a First Time event with a song performance. This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by The First Time Three band. The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell which the audience enjoys more each story or each song.Hosted by CHIRP DJ Jenn Sodini, October's theme is First Fight for Wednesday, October 15th at 8 p.m.
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Thu, Oct 16 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
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THIS MUST NOT BE THE BAND ANYMORE.... Join us for THREE nights at Martyrs' in Chicago for the end of This Must Be the Band. Yes folks, the final shows. Lead singer/David Byrne of the band, Charlie's words about the decision below... After 7 years, TMBTB is calling it quits. I'm sure that Talking Heads has altered the course of many lives, but few more than all the members of this band. We have had the privilege of playing music we believe in for thousands of excited, strange, lovely, dancing people. We have traveled around the country, seen and done so many fun things, made so many friends. I not only learned how to sing through Heads songs, I somehow found my own voice. Through dissecting albums like Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues, I learned how to produce my own music. Maybe most importantly, by leading 25 unique people, I learned how to find peace in my own personal relationships. I'm making this decision to shut it down because, much like I imagine David Byrne feels, at one point the music starts making too much sense, the words have been re-created and re-understood too many times, and basically all the juice is gone for me. I believe this is a natural thing, so I'm not too worried about it. Due to the advice of everyone I know, I am hesitant to call these the "Final Shows," since so many bands break up and then do the reunion tour, which then seems more for publicity than fans. However, I know how I work, and I know this is the right decision for me and if I have to eat my words later, no problem. I think I speak for all the past and present members of This Must be the Band when I say that we love the people that come to shows, we love the music and what it stands for, and we are all very thankful for the ride. That's why, for these shows, I've invited every person we've ever played with to come on stage and sing, or dance, or play their instrument for a song or two. There's like 40 people on this list, woah! -Charlie Otto______________________________________________________________________________________________“This Must Be the Band” is Chicago’s only and therefore best Talking Heads Tribute Band; they only play Talking Heads music, and, if possible, 3 to 4 hours at a time. They formed in May 2007 on Craigslist and played the coveted pizza joint circuit, the most notable of which was the city-famous Piece Pizza in Wicker Park. Since then, they have expanded east to NYC and west to Orange County, CA, and many places in between. They have two main dishes on their menu: the first is a succulent “All-Request Show,” with a generous helping of audience participation, flavored slightly by improvisation. The second is the hailed “Stop Making Sense Re-Creation,” where they perform note-for-note and prop-for-prop the famous Talking Heads concert film from 1984. In 2011, they performed this show to a sold-out crowd at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. This Must be the Band is extremely happy to play Talking Heads music night after night because the music is just that much fun. Not only has the lead singer (Charlie Otto) been called “the illegitimate son of David Byrne,” but the band boasts its very own Tina Weymouth (Jamie Jay), and Ednah Holt (Kasey Foster).
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Fri, Oct 17 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
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THIS MUST NOT BE THE BAND ANYMORE.... Join us for THREE nights at Martyrs' in Chicago for the end of This Must Be the Band. Yes folks, the final shows. Lead singer/David Byrne of the band, Charlie's words about the decision below... After 7 years, TMBTB is calling it quits. I'm sure that Talking Heads has altered the course of many lives, but few more than all the members of this band. We have had the privilege of playing music we believe in for thousands of excited, strange, lovely, dancing people. We have traveled around the country, seen and done so many fun things, made so many friends. I not only learned how to sing through Heads songs, I somehow found my own voice. Through dissecting albums like Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues, I learned how to produce my own music. Maybe most importantly, by leading 25 unique people, I learned how to find peace in my own personal relationships. I'm making this decision to shut it down because, much like I imagine David Byrne feels, at one point the music starts making too much sense, the words have been re-created and re-understood too many times, and basically all the juice is gone for me. I believe this is a natural thing, so I'm not too worried about it. Due to the advice of everyone I know, I am hesitant to call these the "Final Shows," since so many bands break up and then do the reunion tour, which then seems more for publicity than fans. However, I know how I work, and I know this is the right decision for me and if I have to eat my words later, no problem. I think I speak for all the past and present members of This Must be the Band when I say that we love the people that come to shows, we love the music and what it stands for, and we are all very thankful for the ride. That's why, for these shows, I've invited every person we've ever played with to come on stage and sing, or dance, or play their instrument for a song or two. There's like 40 people on this list, woah! -Charlie Otto______________________________________________________________________________________________“This Must Be the Band” is Chicago’s only and therefore best Talking Heads Tribute Band; they only play Talking Heads music, and, if possible, 3 to 4 hours at a time. They formed in May 2007 on Craigslist and played the coveted pizza joint circuit, the most notable of which was the city-famous Piece Pizza in Wicker Park. Since then, they have expanded east to NYC and west to Orange County, CA, and many places in between. They have two main dishes on their menu: the first is a succulent “All-Request Show,” with a generous helping of audience participation, flavored slightly by improvisation. The second is the hailed “Stop Making Sense Re-Creation,” where they perform note-for-note and prop-for-prop the famous Talking Heads concert film from 1984. In 2011, they performed this show to a sold-out crowd at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. This Must be the Band is extremely happy to play Talking Heads music night after night because the music is just that much fun. Not only has the lead singer (Charlie Otto) been called “the illegitimate son of David Byrne,” but the band boasts its very own Tina Weymouth (Jamie Jay), and Ednah Holt (Kasey Foster).
With a sound born out of the combination of funk roots with jazz and electronic music, Genome has been impressing audiences with their tight sound and getting them on the dance floor with infectious grooves. Undeniable and unrelenting, Drew Littell, Patrick Dinnen, and Asif Wilson form a rhythm section that will not be stopped. Coupled with the stylings of multi-instrumentalist Xavier Galdon, saxophonist Kyle Madsen, and guitarist Igor Voltchenko, the lush sounds of Genome will have you partying all night long!
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Sat, Oct 18 - 10pm - $15adv/$18door
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THIS MUST NOT BE THE BAND ANYMORE.... Join us for THREE nights at Martyrs' in Chicago for the end of This Must Be the Band. Yes folks, the final shows. Lead singer/David Byrne of the band, Charlie's words about the decision below... After 7 years, TMBTB is calling it quits. I'm sure that Talking Heads has altered the course of many lives, but few more than all the members of this band. We have had the privilege of playing music we believe in for thousands of excited, strange, lovely, dancing people. We have traveled around the country, seen and done so many fun things, made so many friends. I not only learned how to sing through Heads songs, I somehow found my own voice. Through dissecting albums like Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues, I learned how to produce my own music. Maybe most importantly, by leading 25 unique people, I learned how to find peace in my own personal relationships. I'm making this decision to shut it down because, much like I imagine David Byrne feels, at one point the music starts making too much sense, the words have been re-created and re-understood too many times, and basically all the juice is gone for me. I believe this is a natural thing, so I'm not too worried about it. Due to the advice of everyone I know, I am hesitant to call these the "Final Shows," since so many bands break up and then do the reunion tour, which then seems more for publicity than fans. However, I know how I work, and I know this is the right decision for me and if I have to eat my words later, no problem. I think I speak for all the past and present members of This Must be the Band when I say that we love the people that come to shows, we love the music and what it stands for, and we are all very thankful for the ride. That's why, for these shows, I've invited every person we've ever played with to come on stage and sing, or dance, or play their instrument for a song or two. There's like 40 people on this list, woah! -Charlie Otto______________________________________________________________________________________________“This Must Be the Band” is Chicago’s only and therefore best Talking Heads Tribute Band; they only play Talking Heads music, and, if possible, 3 to 4 hours at a time. They formed in May 2007 on Craigslist and played the coveted pizza joint circuit, the most notable of which was the city-famous Piece Pizza in Wicker Park. Since then, they have expanded east to NYC and west to Orange County, CA, and many places in between. They have two main dishes on their menu: the first is a succulent “All-Request Show,” with a generous helping of audience participation, flavored slightly by improvisation. The second is the hailed “Stop Making Sense Re-Creation,” where they perform note-for-note and prop-for-prop the famous Talking Heads concert film from 1984. In 2011, they performed this show to a sold-out crowd at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. This Must be the Band is extremely happy to play Talking Heads music night after night because the music is just that much fun. Not only has the lead singer (Charlie Otto) been called “the illegitimate son of David Byrne,” but the band boasts its very own Tina Weymouth (Jamie Jay), and Ednah Holt (Kasey Foster).
Grood is super-colorful, extra-emotive rock and roll from Chicago. Grood used to be called Savvy, but had tochange its name due to copyright infringement. Grood = Savvy. Savvy = Grood.Besides writing and recording music, Grood has begun to be well known for its live shows. Once a year itperforms a brand new, one time only live performance called "The ACTual Show," where the fans' favorite songsare "acted" out on stage along with the music. This is a 30 performer, multimedia experience that usuallyleaves people scratching their heads, wondering what they just saw.All parts are written and recorded by Charlie Otto, lead singer of Talking Heads tribute "This Must be the Band."Besides pretending to be David Byrne, Charlie spends his time making original music with the help of his fellowThis Must Be the Band member, Kasey Foster (Redmoon Theater).For most of his music, Charlie also enlists the help of superstar drummer/producer Matt Walker (SmashingPumpkins, Garbage, Filter, Morrissey) and slick bass man Alan Berliant (Mavis Staples). They are great.Although Grood strongly suggests you listen to its music, it is also able to describe it, and here it goes:Almost every song is completely dierent from the song before, the only common thread being the groove.There is always a groove, whatever that is. The rhythm is danceable, the chords are lush, the words are images,the singing is thick, the forms are minimal, but there is always the lovely backbeat, because they like it. If thebackbeat is not there, just wait, it will be there soon.Grood generates an amazing amount of content, and you can always count on a new video or rough draftevery couple weeks. Its good stu, just go to the YouTube channel (youtube.com/GroodMusic).
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Sat, Nov 8 - 9pm - $15
For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between MGMT and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to Bonnaroo. Benevento has been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.The 36-year old artist took a major step forward with the release of his 2012 album, TigerFace. The ten-track collection is painted in a myriad of sonic colors, shimmering with acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards, while the songs are seemingly conceptualized from every wisp of melody that’s ever tickled his ear.In 2014, Benevento returned to the studio to record his latest work with producer Richard Swift whose resume includes The Shins, Foxygen and Tennis. Together, they focused their attention on a collection of news songs Benevento had written that expand upon his lush instrumental piano rock to include vocals. The album, entitled Swift, will be released September 16 on Royal Potato Family.As anybody who’s seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.
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