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Mon, Apr 27 - 8pm - $7
Kasey Foster Presents... Dance Tribute to Aphex Twin: Dance Tribute is a biannual series, in which a collections of songs from a single musician/band/artist are selected and paid tribute to through choreography and performance. These songs are selected from the artist's entire catalog of music, including his/her/their earliest compositions, as well as most recent works, in order to fully comprehend his/her/their brilliance. Over forty Chicago dancers/movers/actors/choreographers are involved with every Tribute. It is a night of dance, happy chums, drinks, grub, laughs, art, and only a few uncomfortable moments. Dance Tribute is always followed by "the best dance party of your lives", this time mix-mastered by The Abominable Twitch. Previous Dance Tributes include: Mr. Bungle, David Lynch, Bjork, and David Bowie (abridged). Be there or be square.
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Tue, Apr 28 - 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, Apr 29 - 8pm - $5
With material that had matured for years, Chicago native Matthew Pantelis sought to bring his unique musical sense to fruition through the five piece band that formed in July of 2014. As each member brought their own musical background and vision to the table, these songs started to carve out a new sound of Rock N Roll. Something totally fresh and exciting, with elements bridging genres and tossing out convention. With their debut EP available now and a full length on the horizon, Non Exotic has visions of grandeur for the entire rock genre. Live shows feature hard hitting melodies, soaring solos, rich harmonics and powerful lyrical content. Non Exotic specializes in getting up close and personal with all emotions and mental states. Follow us on our journey to the edges of the human condition.
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Thu, Apr 30 - 9pm - $7
Align Orion is an American rock band formed in 2013 and based in Chicago, Illinois.The band is comprised of songwriter and singer Bobby James Flavin, lead guitarist Joe Herner, and keyboardist Dillion John Ficca.Align Orion is both proud and humbled to be able to feature an association between their music and critically acclaimed Montreal based Peruvian visionary artist Chris Dyer
Flocks and the Lookout is a husband and wife duo from Chicago, IL. Music has been a major part of their relationship and they've been playing together pretty much since the first time they met.
Tyler Sjöström is a singer-songwriter by way of Chicago. As a multi-instrumentalist, wielding instruments like the banjo, mandolin, guitar, harmonium, glockenspiel (to name a few)–Tyler’s music adds a spritz of Bluegrass to his Americana/Folk flavor. His freshmen release, What We Say We Are, was independently released in the Fall of 2014 and can be found on iTunes and Bandcamp. Tyler would describe the content of his music as being, “wrought by the love of the wild & the pursuit of truth, spun as cognitive word vomit with the frills of folk”.
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Fri, May 1 - 9pm - $8
Dahlia Revolt is the cosmic collaboration of classically trained pianist and producer Mallory Miller and artist/songwriter and guitarist Adam Reese. In October 2013, through a combination of poetic lyrics and memorable melodies with an electronic edge, Dahlia Revolt was created.
JEDRIVER is an alternative indie rock/pop group from Chicago. Great drumming and bass playing allow deep melodic synthesizer textures and intricate guitar playing to shine. We are an original material band with an eclectic style of music with songs that can range from rock, pop and even a little reggae. Visit us at : www.jetdriverband.com
Cans On Strings is two individuals creating a wall of sound for rockers, metalheads, prog-nerds and pop-minded folks alike. Nasty guitar riffs, bouncy vocal melodies, silky synth effects, and groove-laden drums are featured in every song, from the set opener to the set closer. Songs like "The People" and "Want It All" show the diversity of Cans On Strings: gritty desert rock guitars and a shuffling drum kit in the former, while the latter melds neopunk rhythms into a power pop, piano-driven jam. Cans On Strings have no intentions of being inside any preconceived box, they are eagerly hoping to destroy it.
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Sat, May 2 - 9:00pm - $20
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.
Alice Drinks the Kool Aid is a Blues-based Chicago Indie Rock Band founded in a Park Ridge basement in 2014 as a creative outlet for three life-long musician friends. The Drummer, Jim Widlowski, is a top session player in the city and has anchored many of the Broadway production that have come to the City over the last 20 years. The Bassist, Alan Berliant, is a peerless performer who makes his living as a composer of commercial music of all styles. The guitar and vocal responsibilities are managed by Tony Magee, the founder of The Lagunitas Brewing Company. The band's original material is written and arranged by all three members in congress and draw from the deepest free jazz and the most fundamental influences in rock and blues. Alice Drinks the Kool Aid is groove-oriented Indie-Blues-Rock for people who love music performed by people who feel the same!
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Sun, May 3 - 3pm - $12 - ALL AGES
Like a scene from "Groundhog Day," the event repeats itself over and over. Bass and drums pound out the beat in perfect unison. Bodies spring to their feet and rush the stage; jumping, dancing and bouncing off each other like bumper cars. The concertgoers behave like children. This should come as no surprise, because they are children, participating in the kiddie mosh pit found at nearly every Justin Roberts concert. GRAMMY Nominated, Justin Roberts is truly one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children's show business. With numerous national awards and recognition and a devoted fan base, Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. Justin's latest CD Recess rocks with gigantic electric guitars, intricate vocal harmonies, and impossibly catchy melodies that will burrow deep into your brain. In his most unrestrained release yet, Justin explores the world from multiple perspectives - kids who love to play, the proud but exhaused parents of twins, and a loyal pet dog, just to name a few. Whether kids are jumping through the chalked boxes of "Hopscotch" or running around the playground to the triumphant electric rock of "Recess," these 12 original songs will add energy to any day. The limited-edition CD Package includes a pop-up robot, and secret web links to craft activities and bonus media. This ninth family music CD from Justin Roberts continues a hot streak that started in the early 1990s. Roberts began his music career in the Minneapolis-based indie-rock band Pimentos for Gus. He decided to moonlight (during the day) as a Montessori preschool teacher. It wasn't long before Justin began writing and singing songs for a new generation of fans: his students. The kids immediately responded and inspired Justin to record some of his new songs and send them out to a few friends for Christmas. One of the gift recipients was Liam Davis, a college pal and music producer, who suggested that they record the songs professionally. In 1997, Justin released his first CD, Great Big Sun, and the critics took note. Justin's music was soon being compared to everyone from Elvis Costello and Fountains of Wayne to Paul Simon, ELO and Nick Lowe. By 2001, Justin had hit the road full time, doing what he loves most: playing music for appreciative crowds. Kiddie mosh pits broke out, word spread and shows started selling out. He has played at such renowned venues and festivals as NYC's Symphony Space, DC's National Geographic Live, LA's Getty Museum, Seattle's Moore Theater, Lollapalooza and Chicago's Ravinia. Justin has performed in front of millions of people on The Today Show, he's featured on Nick Jr. TV, and his song "Get Me Some Glasses" was featured on a World Series broadcast. He's also garnered kudos and raves from national media including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, People, Entertainment Weekly, and the Chicago Tribune. Once again, Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players raise the bar for family music with a playground full of bright new songs for parents and kids to enjoy together. Roberts explores the joy and freedom of recess, the marvels of the imagination, and that unique combination of melancholy and wonder as school finally lets out for the summer. What critics are saying about Justin Roberts: “A master of conjuring up images that resonate with the young ones.” — Entertainment Weekly. “He has a remarkable ability to see through a child’s eyes... the Judy Blume of kiddie rock” — New York Times. “Hands down the best songwriter in the genre.” — USA Today"On your feet fun and laugh-out-loud funny." — People. "The Buddy Holly of the kids' world, perhaps with a better voice." — Time Out NY Kids. "Some of the most inspired and intelligent kids lyrics ever." — Amazon.com. "Hits all the right magical buttons to charm parents and children alike." — Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Awards, Accolades and High Fives: GRAMMY nominee for Jungle Gym in 2010. "Best Children's Music of the Past 30 Years" (Meltdown) — Time Out NY Kids. Winner of Seven Parents' Choice Gold Awards, and Naptime was selected for Parents' Choice 25 Best Children's CDs of the Past 25 Years. Winner of Six National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Awards. Amazon.com Top 10 Children's CDs of the Year four times. #1 Children's CD of the Year - Fids and Kamily Poll in 2006, 2008, and 2010.
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are talented singers, songwriters, instrumentalists, educators and record producers. The two-time Grammy® Award-winning duo are a formidable powerhouse of sound, with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the acoustic & electric guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, cello banjo, ukulele, percussion and many other instruments. They are ready to engage and entertain audiences of all ages, with a broad following in family music and in American Roots styles. Top it off with a witty stage presence and warm audience rapport and you’ve got a well loved music duo. They’ve earned two Grammy® Awards, in 2004 and 2005 for “cELLAbration: a Tribute to Ella Jenkins” and for “ Bon Appétit!”. In 2003, they were GRAMMY® nominated for their CD, “Postcards” in the Best Traditional Folk Album category. They received another GRAMMY® nomination in that category for ”Banjo Talkin’”. They produced and performed on Tom Paxton’s GRAMMY® nominated “Live in the UK” CD and tour. Tom says, “Cathy & Marcy are at home in a dozen musical styles .They swing you, jazz you, and old timey you till you just give up and bliss out.” In 2006 the C. F. Martin Company honored Cathy & Marcy’s musical achievements by creating a signature guitar for each of them, the M3H Cathy Fink Custom Signature Edition and the MC3H Marcy Marxer Custom Signature Edition. National sales of the guitar have been impressive. In 2008, the Gold Tone Banjo Company released the Marcy Marxer model cello banjo, modeled after Marcy’s remarkable Gibson 1918 cello banjo. And in 2011 the Kala Ukulele Company debuted the Marcy Marxer model tenor Ukulele. Their recorded catalogue of CD’s, DVD’s and instructional materials includes an astounding 65 titles. Recognized as top-notch songwriters, they were 2006 Grand Prize Winners in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the song, “Scat Like That”. In 2009 they were finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Contest for the song, “Jubilation” on their “Banjo To Beatbox” CD. What do Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Riders in the Sky, Si Kahn, Brave Combo, Mariachi Los Camperos, Mike Seeger, Patsy Montana, Pete Kennedy and Ysaye Barnwell all have in common? They have all worked with Cathy & Marcy in the studio. Their skills have led to producing over 60 recordings by and with other artists, and to projects with National Geographic, AT&T, McGraw-Hill School Publishing, Handwriting Without Tears and numerous corporate clients who appreciate roots music values. Cathy & Marcy have performed at hundreds of bluegrass and folk festivals, appeared on the “Weekend Today Show”, “CBS Early Show”, National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered”. In their 25+ years performing together, the Washington Area Music Association has recognized Cathy & Marcy with over 50 WAMMY Awards for folk, bluegrass and children’s music. Cathy & Marcy have toured worldwide from Japan to New Zealand, Vancouver to New York and everywhere in between. Recent shows include the Old Songs Festival (NY), The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (OH), Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks (PA), and Summerfolk (Ontario, Canada). American Voices Abroad chose Cathy & Marcy with fiddler Barbara Lamb to perform in China, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu in 2013 for the U.S. Department of State.
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Mon, May 4 - 8pm - $7
This Chicago based Indie Americana band might be young, but they are a force to be reckoned with. Fleeting Suns got together in the early days of 2013. A mixture of family, friends, roommates and strangers assembled to bring to life the music of guitarist/singer/songwriter Andy Burrows, and share it with Chicago and the world. After a Spinal-Tap-esque rotation of the drum chair, the band finally settled in with Kelsi Richter on keys, Kenny Thompson on electric guitar, Dan Kristan on bass, and Nick Cameron on drums. The well-crafted songs tell stories that are at once uplifting, heartbreaking, mysterious and universal, set to three part folk harmonies with driving country-rock rhythms. The Fleeting Suns look forward to relating their collective stories and bringing joy, sorrow, and everything in between to whoever will open their ears.
Eve's Undoing imparts a unique sound, with ukulele toting wordster Jeff Weisfeld, an amazing horn section with flute (Eve Ludwig), trombone and sousaphone (Mark Miller), inventive, often jazzy vocals (Pickles), and strings, percussion, and a host of other musical treats (John Beard).Songs are bitingly dark and and have often impossibly sidesplitting lyrics, or just employ and inspire bittersweet melancholia. A formula that makes for a very happy audience at their shows.
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Tue, May 5 - 8pm - $7
Fused from the talents of five local Chicago musicians, The Right Reasons are a powerful blend of rock and soul that echo the sounds of yesteryear, while still remaining urgently relevant to modern times. The band in it's current state grew out of the writing talents at ESU Records and includes members from many different reaches of the Chicago music scene. Led by the powerful vocal abilities of T Charles, the band can at one moment be in the midst of a soulful ballad reminiscent of Sam Cooke, and the next explode into an all-out rock fury on songs such as "Bad Loving Woman" and "Mother's Love". "It's all about the songs" according to bassist Mike Morrison, an experienced bluesman who's privileged career has had him cross paths with some of the most well-known figures in the history of rock and roll. To see the band live is to participate in an event that will display a variety of different influences, while still showcasing that unique sound that only The Right Reasons can deliver.
Sandra is a musician's musician. Singing and playing guitar from the early age of 5, her inherent talent is undeniable. Sandra’s voice is raw, powerful and effortlessly smooth. Born into a musical Puerto Rican family, Sandra’s bilingualism and heritage transcend into her music. Sandra has proven herself to be a nimble lyricist who delivers unique and seductive performances, revealing a feast of auditory excellence. She has performed with a number of musicians from around the world and along the way, gathered influences from traditional Caribbean sounds, Soul, R&B, Rumba and Gitano music creating her own expression of a World, Latin, Neo-Soul sound. In 2001, Sandra had the great privilege of being featured as an opening act for Wyonna Judd at the House of Blues in Chicago. In 2004, she also had one of her songs featured on the “Latin Dragon” movie soundtrack.More recently, Sandra opened for the world-renowned Alfonso Ponticelli at Chicago’s Mayne Stage.
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Wed, May 6 - 7pm - $20
Tributosaurus hasbecome his band before, with their iconic new wave sound that dominated the radio from 1977 to 1983. Now it’s on to the man himself, whose career continues to this day.Come to Martyrs Wednesday May 6th as Tributosaurus becomes Sting.The end of The Police was the beginning of a solo career that has had a huge impact. Immediately, Sting brought some of the world’s best jazz musicians into his world, creating a truly unique hybrid brand of pop. His incredible band never dumbed down the musicality, while the songwriting remained accessible.1985’s The Dream of The Blue Turtles went triple platinum; 1987’s Nothing Like The Sun went double platinum. These records are burned into our musical consciousness, and we’ll draw heavily from them. You’ll hear introspective songs from The Soul Cages, and upbeat compositions from Ten Summoner’s Tales, the latter of which also went triple platinum and garnered piles of Grammy awards. The songs are so well constructed, and the musicianship will challenge us to be at our best.The body of work is staggering; the artistry is daunting. This challenge is going to be great fun. Our sets will not be as long as the tantric sessions the man is known for, but almost.Come pay homage to Gordon Sumner with us, as Tributosaurus becomes Sting.
Leave your last name at home.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, May 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.
With a bombastic mix of vintage rock and roll, rhythm and blues, surf guitar, and latin beats, R.J. & The Del Guapos are poised to set record players ablaze with their debut album, "Rockin! with R.J. & The Del Guapos" on Teresita Records. Singer and guitarist, R.J. Ronquillo has worked as a sideman most his professional life - backing artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Ricky Martin, and reggae legends Inner Circle. But in 2012, he decided to step to the forefront and start his own project, focusing on his passion for early rock n roll and blues. "My first guitar hero was Marty McFly," referring to Michael J. Fox's character from the 1985 blockbuster hit "Back To The Future." "That's how I got into Chuck Berry. Then when "La Bamba" came out a few years later, I discovered Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and Eddie Cochran, and it just catapulted from there. So Hollywood played a big role, actually!" "The music is really a direct influence of the cities I've lived in," says RJ Ronquillo. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, R.J. has lived in Miami, Los Angeles, and now Chicago. "Detroit gave me Rock 'n Roll and Motown, Miami gave me Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms, LA gave me West Coast blues and Surf music, and now Chicago - I feel like I'm home, with the deep history of electric blues and rock n roll that came from here. Backed by his red-blooded rhythm section, The Del Guapos, featuring Ron Dziubla (Duane Eddy) on saxophone, Pete Curry (Los Straitjackets) on drums, and Rob Douglas (Nick Waterhouse) on Fender bass , "Rockin! with R.J. & The Del Guapos" is sure to become a new classic rock n roll record. As rockabilly legend and self proclaimed guitar geek, Deke Dickerson says in the liner notes: “It’s always a pleasure for a jaded old curmudgeon like me to see a dude like R.J. Ronquillo come out of nowhere, playing the living hell out of his guitar and singing great. A record like this will restore your faith in music! I was introduced to R.J. a few years ago, and I mainly knew him as a guitarist who played with other people, and I thought to myself, this guy is really, really good. Then he put this group together and recorded the record you are now holding, with fantastic results! Rock and Roll, rockin’ blues, a touch of rockabilly and soul, played with taste and conviction, with a great supporting cast in the form of Ron Dziubla on saxophone, Pete Curry on drums, and Rob Douglas on bass. How can you go wrong? I’ll tell you, you can’t go wrong buying this record. Just put it on and let R.J. Ronquillo impress the hell out of you the way he did me."
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Fri, May 8 - 9:30pm - $10adv/$12door
The Steepwater Band’s latest album “LIVE & HUMBLE” was recorded in Chicago on 4/20/13 at the now defunct Ace Bar on West Fullerton Avenue. Jeff Massey (Vocal, Guitar), Tod Bowers (Bass), Joseph Winters (Drums) and Eric Saylors (Guitar, Backing Vocal) played over 200 shows together on the High & Humble Tour leading up to the night of this amazing show, and is the first TSB recording to feature this newly adorned 4-piece lineup. Critics and fans agree, LIVE & HUMBLE captures TSB’s kinetic energy, and their own brand of Rock n’ Roll improvisation. The record contains over 75 minutes of music, featuring tracks spanning from their previous studio LPs, “Revelation Sunday (2006)”, “Grace and Melody (2008)”, and “Clava (2011), along with a 16 minute version of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” that rips right into Zeppelin’s “How Many More Times” and back again, leaving the listener only wanting more. It is their humble devotion to music, and a commitment to achieving their goals without compromising the integrity of their musical vision that makes The Steepwater Band a rare find.TSB recruited a Chicago music legend Timothy Powell, of Metro Mobile Recording, to record the show that fateful Spring evening. Timothy‘s impressive resume includes all the 93XRT Concert Broadcasts, including such greats as Gov’t Mule, Los Lobos, Ben Harper, Wilco, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant, and The Black Crowes. Those recordings then went to Producer/Engineer Colin Sipos, who has been at the helm for TSB releases dating back to 2010. Colin's mix is nothing short of amazing, as it sounds as if you are standing directly front-row-center: Guitars panned hard in each speaker, the Drums & Bass rattle you from the center, the vocals glide on top, while the crowd gathers around you.Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Founding members Massey, Bowers and Winters have a synergy that comes from years of playing together. Then in early 2012, the long-time trio was joined by Saylors, from Indianapolis, IN, who brought an added depth to the TSB LIVE sound. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music.The Steepwater Band has maintained a grueling schedule throughout the last 16 years, averaging about 140 shows per year. They have toured and shared the stage with acts such as Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, Wilco, Taj Mahal, Marc Ford, ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, North Mississippi All Stars, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Cheap Trick, Bad Company and Heart. In 2005, the band made its European debut, performing at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. In the following years, the band has returned to the United Kingdom and Europe for multiple club and festival tours, increasing their loyal overseas fan-base.
The Wabash Cannonballs - A power trio of sonic expressionism, outlined across the pages of beatnik adjectives & the chaotic theories of a barfly. The pulsating reverb of deep blues dripping, from the salivating tongue of thirst, which ripples, downstream into the nervous system of volume, distorting the ears, nose & throat with exiled fragmentations, intangible to the naked welfare of diplomacy. Its rooted country of majesty, acoustically textured with the frost of aluminum liquid that quenches the poetry of the liver & caresses the internal reflection of salvation, madding in it’s execution, but fragile to the fingertip’s touch. The tormented haunting of the sacred steps, staggering, shadowing the heart of the north & the guilt free drawl of the south, into a tax free synopsis of composition, ferociously lyrical, with the black humor of a one eyed balladeer, striking the lament of the hopeless romantic & mocking the insidious scars that wound an empty bottle, like a mark of Cain, placed economically, through the loop hole of the noose, hung, drawn & quartered, by a free governed democracy, with the sight, sound & mind of electric desolation.
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Sat, May 9 - 9:30pm - $10
In 2009, Miles Arntzen started EMEFE with one purpose: to create an unparalleled live experience around his original music. Three weeks later, they played their first show to a ravenously packed house in New York City. Four years later, they had played countless venues across the country, opened for Passion Pit and Big Boi, and released studio albums that documented their live sound. In 2013, the band challenged themselves to create a studio record that surpassed their reputation as merely a great live act. Holing away for 2 years, they used the studio, not the stage, as their instrument to both capture the music's energy and explore its depth. They now present the world with EMEFE, a concept album debuting the band's fearless funk-pop music in an unparalleled listening experience.EMEFE is about breaking through static, the undefinable noise and clutter of everyday life. The album’s concepts were inspired by French author Jacques Lusseyran’s And There Was Light, chronicling a blind man’s realization of light and love in his time during the French resistance movement. After years of creating an original and fearless pop style showcased through their live performances, their signature style is finally exhibited on their new record. EMEFE’s beats are a cross between Fela Kuti and Prince, with vocals reminiscent of the Talking Heads’ candor and the Beach Boys’ lushness... all with a unique pop sensibility. Coming to terms with frustration, anxiety and fear, the album pits complacency against change. The first half of the album (the ‘Tension Suite’) descends into these static emotions without ever escaping them; the second half (the ‘Release Suite’) ascends beyond, into a place of clarity and peace.EMEFE has collaborated with artists such as Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Hoodie Allen, Baloji, Chico Mann, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Robby Hunter Band, Grace Weber, and more. Taking the drum chair with afrobeat pioneers Antibalas and Arcade Fire's Will Butler, Arntzen also established himself as a go‐to New York City musician by the time he turned 23, collaborating and sharing stages with artists such as Arcade Fire, The Roots, Nile Rodgers, Tuneyards, Action Bronson, My Morning Jacket, Angelique Kidjo, Tony Allen and more.EMEFE will be released May 5 2015.
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!
Willy Dynomite is an 11-piece, original soul band made up of Chicago's finest musicians. Co-led by Stella and Josh Therriault, Willy Dynomite draws influences from many musical genres to produce a new and exciting sound. From Funk to Blues, Afro to Cuban, Reggae to Swing... Willy Dynomite is the hot new thing!
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Mon, May 11 - 8pm - $7
Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to Sinéad O'ConnorWith a fiercely shaven head and delicate features, Sinéad O'Connor presented herself on the cover of her debut album as a paradox, simultaneously both revealing her femininity and downplaying it. It was a savvy first impression to make since it served as the perfect introduction to the contrasts that her music would also reveal, music that was by turns introspective and outspoken, peaceful and tumultuous, thoughtful and impetuous, gentle and harsh.Looking back over the nearly 30 years since that first record, The Lion and the Cobra, and its internationally successful follow up, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, it's impressive how true her initial vision was to the career that would follow. Through pregnancies and divorces, the birth of her children and the death of her abusive mother, the commercial success of "Nothing Compares 2 U" and her recent Facebook post "that the time has come for me to cease singing" it, the controversy of tearing up a picture of the pope on national television and her avowal that she'd do it again, Sinéad O'Connor has continually remained a distinctive voice in the chorus of our culture.For our next performance, Great Moments in Vinyl returns to those first two albums that established Sinéad O'Connor in her career and captures those initial glimpses of an artist who would dedicate herself to "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable."

Great Moments in Vinyl is a collaborative effort between master of ceremonies, Bill Cochran, a veteran Chicago radio personality (WXRT, WNUA,...and WXRT again) on bass and a lineup of noteworthy Chicago musicians. For this set, the band features: aerie tedesco and Judith Weirauch on vocals, Richard Pettengill on guitar, David Sims on drums, and Debbie Kaczynski on keyboards and vocals.Great Moments in Vinyl performs Monday, May 11th at Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln, Chicago. Showtime is 8 PM. Cover is $7.00. Tickets are available online at martyrslive.com.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.
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Tue, May 12 - 8pm - $20
A familiar name with an original sound, Simon Townshend is straight from the lineage of one of British music’s most famous families. The son of England’s top big-band reed man and baby brother of Who legend Pete Townshend, Simon has been recording and performing since the age of nine, when he was brought in to add vocals to The Who classic Tommy. He went on to successfully self-produce six well received solo CDs on the Stir Music label, including Among Us (1997), Animal Soup (1999), Bare Bodies Bare Assets (live acoustic)(2000), Ages (2000) and simontownshendis (2002). In 2002 Simon added to his musical arsenal by creating a stylistic alternative to his distinctive rock sound with an alter ego, .bom, for live performances in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. In 2005 Simon joined Bruce Foxton (The Jam/Stiff Little Fingers) and Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) in forming The Casbah Club, releasing Venustraphobia (2006). Simon is back in 2011 with the EP entitled Something New. The 4 track sampler is a preview of material from what may be his best and most impactful solo recording to date, the forthcoming 2012 release, Looking Out Looking In.In addition to his own music, Simon has produced artists both in London and New York. He has performed with numerous established acts ranging from Jeff Beck to Pearl Jam, and including elder brother Pete Townshend, with notable song writing and vocal contributions to Iron Man and Psychoderelict. Other credits include 15 years as guitarist and vocalist in The Who, playing sold out tours of Europe, Asia and North America, and a monumental performance at the 2010 Super Bowl. He was referred to by one U.S. newspaper as The Who’s “secret weapon.” In 2004 Simon served as producer for The Who’s first new, original studio recordings in more than 20 years and in 2006 contributed his talents to their highly anticipated album, Endless Wire. Since 2009, Simon has accompanied Roger Daltrey on tours of the United Kingdom and North America, including a stint with Eric Clapton. A highpoint of these shows features Simon’s electrifying performance of The Who classic, Goin’ Mobile, which consistently brings the cheering crowd to their feet.Simon Townshend’s own music is his priority and it has made a significant impact. As brother Pete Townshend told London’s Daily Mail, “he’s brilliant.” British and American papers have variously described his songs and performances as …“supercharged…Mr. Townshend pushes the band to climax upon climax” (The New York Times)“buoyant melodies…soaring vocal harmonies,… irresistible chorus hooks pushed and pulled by the refreshing optimism of Simon’s voice” (The Washington Post)“impressive” (Billboard)“really pushes the envelope and is highly recommended” (Amplifier)“wonderful melodic punch…truly enjoyable listening” (Goldmine)a “catharsis” (The Los Angeles Times)In short, as London’s Gig Guide said, “you would be a fool to miss him.”
Dag Juhlin has once again been honored with the job as support act for Simon Townshend at Martyrs’, a combination that proved to be a winning one a few Novembers back. If you’re too young to remember The Slugs, Dag’s long-running, hard-charging pop band, then maybe you’ve seen him during his 20+ years of service with legendary musical nomads Poi Dog Pondering. Or maybe you’ve recently fallen in love with his fearless, far-flung and frankly incredible cover band Expo’76. Or maybe you hear him on the radio weekday afternoons from 2-6 alongside radio legend Steve Dahl on WLS AM 890. Dag will be playing selections from his entire catalog of Slugs and solo tunes, possibly with the occasional windmill thrown in.
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Wed, May 13 - 8pm - $7
Chicago Semisweet is a 5-piece Chicago soul band made up of the best musicians who peruse Craigslist who are not serial killers, and maybe one who is. They play modern soul music that was smashed into rock music and covered with pop and country music-or something like that. Influences include: Sam Cooke, Lake Street Dive, Citizen Cope, Bill Withers, and many more. Come get some. Chicago Semisweet is... Tom Myers - Drums, Vocals; Chris Bentley - Bass, Vocals; Brian Crane - Trumpet, Vocals; Jon Cox - Trombone, Vocals; Josh Jones - Guitar, Vocals
Kreyòl Roots is a band unlike any other. A unique fusion of Haitian roots, jazz, reggae, rock, and modernized voodoo-pop gives the band a distinctive blend of modern Caribbean rhythms. Evocative lyrics, infectious beats, and a combination of gifted musicians produces a sound experience that is one of a kind and unsurpassed. Kreyòl Roots founder Gerald ‘Toto’ Alfred was the lead guitarist for the acclaimed Haitian Roots band Boukman Eksperyans for over twenty years during which he collaborated to write and arrange many of their songs which later became radio hits in his native Haiti. After moving from Haiti to Chicago, Toto started looking for exceptional musicians who share his passion for innovative musical expression. Inspired by Toto’s vision, talented musicians from all over the world came together to form Kreyol Roots. Together Toto and the Kreyol Roots members have mastered the art of combining the distinctive talents of individuals into songs that are incomparable and unforgettable. A Kreyòl Roots performance is a sound experience that leaves you breathless, exhilarated, and wanting more. Words cannot describe the depth and breadth of the Kreyol Roots rhythms, but seeing and hearing is believing. You will leave every performance eager to share the next one with more of your friends. Since coming together, Kreyòl Roots has been entertaining large and small crowds with their tantalizing music.
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Thu, May 14 - 9pm - $10
Jack Torrey and Page Burkum have been blending their voices as The Cactus Blossoms since 2010. Their hypnotic harmonies and unforgettable songs have made them favorites in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul music scene. Their latest album, Live at the Turf Club, was recorded during the band’s residency at the St. Paul music club, and blurs the line between old and new as they sneak a few new originals into their repertoire of early country and western-swing. "The brother duet that America is waiting for" --Garrison Keillor "The Cactus Blossoms have quickly turned into the Twin Cities' most beloved new traditional-country act” --Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The Modern Sounds is a Chicago based trio featuring Joel Paterson on guitar and vocals; Beau Sample on string bass and vocals; Alex Hall on drums and vocals. This big little band is dedicated to performing traditional American music; specializing in rockabilly, hot jazz, western swing, classic blues and everything in between. The Modern Sounds are on the cutting edge of the Atomic Age—bringing you the best of the 30's, 40's and 50's.Joel Paterson hails from Madison, Wisconsin and has lived in Chicago for many years, performing with various bands including Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms and Kelly Hogan's Wooden Leg. He currently fronts The Modern Sounds and Joel Paterson's Blues Roundup. Slap bass virtuoso Beau Sample is from San Antonio, Texas. He spent a few years on the Austin music scene and has recently made Chicago his home. Sample has toured the world and the U.S. many times over, fronting his former band Cave Catt Sammy and backing up Elana James. Alex Hall is from Chicago and is a very talented drummer and recording engineer. He is the man behind the "Chicago Sound" of Ventrella Records and Tapes.
Jack Klatt is a singer, a songwriter, a seasoned traveler, and a dexterous finger-style guitarist. Combining musical traditions from hokum blues to the roots of country music, he has been criss-crossing the lower 48, spreading his brand of American music.
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Fri, May 15 - 9pm - $10
Through the release of three LPs and endless touring, the Austin, Texas band Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally with their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic, indie rock which critics have called a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire and Weezer. They’ve gained a huge fanbase while gathering praise from The New York Times, TIME, NPR, Last Call with Carson Daly, Paste Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Austin Chronicle and more.Quiet Company won Rock Band of the Year during SXSW 2014, adding to theirprevious 10 Austin Music Awards including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Band of the Year, Indie Band of the Year and Song of the Year, all won on the strength of their 2011 release We Are All Where We Belong.After the success of their 2013 album re-release, A Dead Man on My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited, Quiet Company was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and chosen to be a Red Bull Sound Select Artist, all of which rekindled interest in We Are All Where We Belong and shot the album to #7 on the iTunes Rock charts nearly 2 years after its release.After an amazing year on the road which included festival sets at NXNE, CMJ, ACL Fest and more, Quiet Company kicked off 2014 in the studio to write and record their highly anticipated 4th full length Transgressor, their most explosive and exposed collection of songs to date. Recorded in 14 intense days of live tracking at Orb Recording Studios in Austin, the band captured a guitar-driven larger-than-life sound with Matt Noveskey (Blue October) producing and the legendary Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam, The Cure) mixing. Frontman Taylor Muse's characteristically introspective writing style is in full force as he tells tales of love, despair, pain, and redemption, reflecting on his marriage, from burgeoning young love to a relationship tested through time.With its soaring guitars and throbbing bass lines drawing comparisons to Foo Fighters, Pavement and Manchester Orchestra, Quiet Company’s Transgressor will be leading the way as rock makes a return to form.
The Rocketboys’ sound reflects the Texas landscape from which they hail: vast, yet sparse, desolate, yet rich and abundant. Often eschewing familiar lyrical themes of romance and love for songs of brotherhood, family, life, and death, The Rocketboys’ catalog chronicles the band’s journey throughout its existence.The Rocketboys’ forte is its keen ability to create and capture unique, emotional musical experiences. Hit TV shows “Glee,” “One Tree Hill,” “Private Practice,” “Elementary,” and many others have channeled the band’s powerful thematic energy. Reviews often highlight the band’s parity to textural acts such as Band of Horses and Death Cab for Cutie while retaining the mass appeal of Coldplay, The Verve and Keane.No strangers to the road (the band will perform its 700th show this year), The Rocketboys continually find fans across the country with a beautifully powerful live show.The Rocketboys is set to release its latest recording project and debut on Black Magnetic Records, the “Left | Right” EP, on January 6th. It was recorded in Los Angeles, CA at Sunset Sound Studios with multi-grammy winning producer, Joe Chicarelli (Manchester Orchestra, The Strokes, The Shins).
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Sat, May 16 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Naughty Professor is an instrumental funk band hailing from New Orleans that embodies the jazz-influenced party culture of the Big Easy with a wide variety of original music. Six passionate and creative young musicians provide an energetic live show that makes Naughty’s sound completely unique. Naughty Professor has shared the stage with artists such as Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band, Fitz and the Tantrums, Snarky Puppy, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Victor Wooten, Papadosio, The Revivalists, George Porter Jr., The Soul Rebels, and many more. Get yourself the latest recordings, come to the next show, and get Naughty!
Spare Parts has become an institution. With over 13 years of playing music as a trio, Kevin Kozol (keys), Colin Scott (bass), and Mike Bruno (drums) have toured the world bringing their blend of original funk-jazz music winning over discerning fans everywhere. Released on ROPEADOPE RECORDS Jan 2014 and listed in THE BARN PRESENTS: TEN CHICAGO JAZZ ARTISTS TO SEE IN 2014, they have opened for and/or shared the stage with: Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz / Keith Carlock / Nate Wood, Alan Evans Trio, Stanton Moore, George Clinton, The Wailers, JFJO, Lenny Pickett, Fareed Haque, Snoop Dogg, Liquid Soul, Marco Benevento, Garage a Trois, Ray White, Melvin Seals, Jazz Mandolin Project. "I'm always looking for the new and unique and quite often I look to the Chicago scene where there's always something interesting to be found. From that fertile ground comes BRIGHT MINOR from one of my favorite Chicago groups these days, SPARE PARTS. These guys squeeze more out of keyboards, bass and drums than any trio you'll find anywhere!" Russ Davis- Modern Jazz Radio (MOJA)
Bill Dickens has already enjoyed a legendary career. The list of credits do not fit on one page; he has been a highly prized bass player in the studio and on stage for many years. Janet Jackson, The Meters, Ramsey Lewis, and many more have tapped his extraordinary bass style for their albums. Bill has appeared live with Chaka Kahn, Bernie Worrell, Grover Washington, Johnny Mathis, Al Dimeola, Pat Metheny, and dozens more. He has been a producer and writer on projects with Aretha Franklin, Bootsy Collins, Terry Hunter, Brian Culbertson, Fareed Haque, Jerry Harrison, and more. Bill ‘The Buddha’ Dickens has done it all. Well, not everything. Tha Truth, Bill Dickens’ debut solo recording, is set for release on Ropeadope on October 21, 2014. In today’s world of home studios and DIY bands, Bill Dickens has written and recorded an album that not only shows his experience (and chops) as one of the best bass players in the world, but has the optimism and edge of a debut recording. Tha Truth has the diversity that one would expect as it moves through jazz and funk, with a surprise track from Mike Gordon and covers of both ‘Time After Time’ and ‘What’s Goin On’. In the end, it is a concise story of the world of Bill Dickens, delivered with the precision that one would expect from a seasoned producer. Tha Truth is a monster of a record. It’s a story of the artist’s life in multiple parts. Badass bass lines and sensuous horns fill in part of the story; silky vocals pay tribute to the heroes; the cleanest dirty funk ever made is mixed throughout. Tha Truth is a hip walk through the city streets with the coolest cats by your side. That Truth is the full story of the evolution of a seasoned and storied life - the life of Bill Dickens.
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Mon, May 18 - 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, May 19 - 8pm - $7
Mallory Lennon is the siren of the folk/rock scene in Chicago. Her penchant for the written word along with an undying love for sound and life make her a musical talent to be seen.
ONE SCOOP OF JANUARY CHILL, TWO DASHES OF CHICAGO SENSE, A PINCH OF NASHVILLE,The Quiet Revelry is a folk trio.
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Thu, May 21 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
If you didn’t know these guys were from Chicago, you’d assume they’re a bunch of Brits, with their insanely Britpop-influenced sound and their unusual spelling of color, but the Windy City exports manage to capture the soul of the UK in the late ’90s/early ’00s and mix in a good amount of Psychedelia for a sound all their own. Ample amounts of fuzz and pop combine to sound something like if The Stone Roses and The Black Angels decided to mate, and their offspring is something to be cherished. A shifting lineup hasn’t altered the band’s unique perspective all too much, and in reality they’re more grounded and focused now than they were four years and a few members ago on their self-titled debut. Their most recent record, Positive Distractions, culls from an even wider array of influences, with the melodic Beatles-y “Mrs. Bell” bleeding all too well into “Heavy & Steady”, which starts with a near-perfect Modest Mouse impression before turning into something entirely different with more of a pop Pink Floyd vibe. All the essentials are here, and Secret Colours are just toying around with them until they find the perfect recipe for success. –Pat Levy Consequence of Sound – The New Class: 17 College Rock Acts to Watch. In 2010, the band moved from neophyte in the Chicago psychedelic scene to crusader with unforgettable performances at Austin Psych Fest in 2012 & 2014 and Psychedelic dripped stage sets at SXSW in 2011, 2012, & 2014. Appearances with Warpaint, Night Beats, Ringo Deathstarr, Elephant Stone, Spindrift, Asteroid #4, Raveonettes, and The Warlocks, have continued to keep Secret Colours in the hearts and minds of their Chicago faithful. They worked with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Gomez, Sage Francis) sharpening the edges of their sophomore album, Peach. Releasing a special Stanley Mouse cover edition of this psychedelic inspired record solidified their standing in the psych community. Not slowing down to expand on their mix of 60’s Psychedlia, 90’s Shoe gaze, and Brit-Pop melodies, the band released Positive Distractions last April further developing their own unique mix of songs drenched in a sound that will help you to turn on, tune in, and drop out.
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.
"The dirty, blues-influenced garage-rock band has suddenly become an archetype for American music. The White Stripes and The Black Keys have taken the formula to massive heights, but neither seem to be having as unapologetic of a good time as Chicago's The Van Goghs. Having shared stages with a true mix of genres (from Megafaun's artful Americana to Tin Tin Can's charging, dark indie-rock to The Hounds Below's enigmatic, old-school sound), The Van Goghs' self-proclaimed "American laundry washed in British detergent" can fit any palette, while remaining unique. Mixing a plug-and-play aesthetic with huge nods to 60's guitar-pop acts like The Byrds and the almost symphonic production choices of George Martin, these guys are in a league of their own and coming up fast.
Using an array of auxiliary instruments coursing over hook after catchy hook, BBM straps the boots on once again to kick down a few more walls with their third release, EP “Run Through the Middle.” Recorded at Chicago’s world-renown Engine Studios (Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse), this collection of tracks starts with a kick, downshifts and then kicks even harder. Bad Bad Meow has solidified its voice since bringing some Carolina twang to the Chicago scene, and it’s not an inside voice.
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Fri, May 22 - 8:30pm - $10
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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Sat, May 23 - 8:30pm - $8
An explosive trio of three nationalities, A Love Electric, hailed as the tomorrow of creative rock by Mexico City's leading newspaper, La Jornada, performs at some of the world's finest rock festivals, jazz clubs, and cultural landmarks. Led by guitarist and vocalist Todd Clouser, a voice recognized as at the forefront of a new generation of genre redefining artists, A Love Electric carries the sonic legacies of psychedelic rock, New York City's downtown scene, and introspective song into new territories. Having performed over 150 concerts in 2013 across three continents, ALE has gained praise from critics and fans of rock, jazz, and experimental musics alike. The Prague Post calls ALE's sound "blistering". Time Out Barcelona writes the A Love Electric experience is "illuminating". NPR calls Clouser "fascinating". For its fourth record, the band brings legendary organist, pianist, keyboardist John Medeski into the mix on the Ropeadope Records release "Son of A Hero" (August 2014). Recorded in Clouser's birthplace of Minneapolis, Minnesota with stops in Woodstock, NY and back to the band's home of Mexico City, "Son of A Hero" was mixed by Grammy Award winner Patrick Dillett (Soul Coughing, David Bryne and St. Vincent) and produced by Latin Grammy winner Hernan Hecht. A Love Electric is Todd Clouser (guitar and vocals), Aaron Cruz (bass), and Hernan Hecht (drums), Hecht a Latin Grammy winner for his work as drummer and producer. The three musicians have performed with Steven Bernstein, Anton Fier, Billy Martin, Cyro Baptista, members of Dire Straits, Keb Mo, Tim Berne, Ely Guerra, and more. In there years of aggressive touring throughout the United States, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Mexico, and Argentina, A Love Electric have documented their evolution into creative rock supergroup on three records from Brooklyn, NY's The Royal Potato Family and a solo Clouser album Billy Martin's label, Amulet Records. A Love Electric now sits with a sound and approach all its own, defying category and inspiring audiences with their impassioned and prolific approach to creating. A new generation of idea is here. "a celebration of the creative spirit" - Minnesota Public Radio. "Impressive...modern...draws from fuzzed out acid rock guitars and vintage, laid-back funk" - Time Out NYC. "Next generation of imaginative guitarists" - Vintage Guitar Magazine.
At 23 years old, FERRIS is an exciting rock trio full of soulful energy and charisma. Each member sings, and together they create powerful three-part harmonies. Their original songs show influence from Beatles to Chili Peppers and their cover songs range from fifties rock n’ roll to modern pop. Best known for putting on exciting shows, they are most certainly not shy. FERRIS is extremely entertaining, unique, and memorable. They are the change you wish to see.
Combining long stints in both New York City and Chicago and numerous tours abroad, Dave Miller has cultivated a truly unique, exciting, and inviting approach to songwriting, improvisation, and the guitar. After releasing three albums to wide acclaim with his band, Algernon (Cuneiform Records), Miller has once again redefined his parameters and formed a new band with some of the most creative musical minds in Chicago, yielding fascinating results. This time around, while always considering anything in the art world as potential inspiration, Miller has drawn influence from the elegant melodicism of The Beatles, the psychedelic folk of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and the raw power and inspirational spirit of guitarists Link Wray and Marc Ribot. His new ensemble recently completed its debut album which will be released in the near future. "I count Miller among my favorite modern guitarists. His ability to garb complicated development within lyrical melody fits as comfortably within a traditional organ trio as it does in the subtler compositions he has turned out for his own post-rock projects..." - Grammy award winning music journalist, Neil Tesser (chicagomusic.org, May 2014). Dave Miller - guitar,Ben Boye - keys/synth,Matt Ulery - fender bass,Quin Kirchner - drums
It’s not often in post-millennium times that an 11-year-old guitar player has his life changed through hearing an iconic 1960s soul song. Charlie Oxford was woodshedding on Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan CDs when he first heard Sam Cooke’s “That’s Where It’s At.” And that 1960s buttery soulfulness has become a main ingredient in Oxford’s home-cooked, modern soul-pop. His self-titled debut is sweet and simmering. It’s comfort food for the modern listener, tracing a line from Sam Cooke to pop contemporaries like James Morrison and John Mayer. In the fall of 2011, Oxford completed a Kickstarter campaign and raised an impressive $10,000 to fund his debut. The Nashville-based artist has grown his fan base organically through live performances and word-of-mouth exposure. A highlight for him was performing on the BMI Songwriter Stage at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, as well as performing twice at the annual BMI Key West Songwriters Festival. Oxford’s album was produced by Adam Smith (Jason Reeves, Jordin Sparks, Kara DioGuardi, Danny Gokey, L.E.D., Krystal Meyers, The Veronicas, Lovedrug, Megan & Liz, and Britt Nicole) and recorded at Welcome to 1979 Studios and the Evil 8-bit Robot Factory in Nashville. The album features a stunning array of Nashville’s finest musicians playing with sympathetic grace, imbuing each song with just the right dash of musical vitality. Charlie Oxford is an album of love and self-discovery. “I write love songs and songs about finding yourself and getting up and doing something with your life,” Oxford explains. Though he showed promise early on as a gifted guitarist, it would be years before his creativity blossomed into singing and songwriting. “I remember being in Nashville thinking ‘Charlie what the hell are you doing with your life?!” he says with both earnestness and laughter. In a fevered burst of creativity, he penned 50 songs, many through collaborating with his ace producer Adam Smith. Oxford and Smith handpicked 10 of the finest tracks to comprise Charlie Oxford. The album’s opener, “Waiting For,” cooks with poignancy and purposefulness. Oxford sings with honeyed urgency and plays searing blues guitar with authenticity and authority. The track grooves with pent-up but polished musicality, punctuated by a taut horn section and positively redemptive Hammond B3 organ playing. “This is song about seeking out what’s holding you back—be it a day job you hate or your lack of confidence—and freeing yourself to pursue your dreams,” Oxford says. The goose-bump-inducing “Letting Go” begins with moony atmospherics and then swoops up to liberated love transcendence with a soaring chorus. “That’s about being humble and fighting selfishness to embrace love,” Oxford says. The quaint folk of “You & I” is about the flood of light that streams in when you knock down the walls obscuring true love. “It’s a letter about how afraid I am to lose love,” Oxford confides. If Oxford’s writing is confessional, it’s because he discovered his singing and songwriting while in college when he was coming of age. “It was so therapeutic expressing myself in song, it was like conversations with my soul. That period helped define who I am,” he says. Charlie Oxford grew up in Dallas listening to the local oldies station with his dad. As a searching artist, Oxford explored classic 1960s soul and blues rock, the elastic pop-funk of Prince, and the refined modern sensibilities of aforementioned singer-songwriters James Morrison and John Mayer. From age 12, he began his journey, making aesthetic connections to tie these diverse but refreshingly complimentary influences into the distinct sound he’s developed on Charlie Oxford. His time spent in college in New Orleans—he was there when Katrina hit—was extremely influential on his musical self; both the city and the musicians there helped to shape Oxford. “It wasn’t until college when I said, ‘Okay I can do this’ that music really become a calling,’” Oxford says thoughtfully. “To hold the CD in my hands justifies the process of growth. It feels so good to have done this record. I’m so proud of it, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone and show my gratitude for their support.”
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Tue, May 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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Wed, May 27 - 8pm - $7
REAL people trying to fall in REAL love. Hosted by everyone’s favorite Auntie- Dorris Dashen*! A dating game show filled with actual single people, personal questions, physical challenges, kisses on the mouth, musical and comedic guests, and lots of drinks for the host! Followed by a set by Chicago's best Strangefunk band: GROOD! *Dorris Dashen** is a brassy and vulgar 80 year old ex-lounge singer who has seen EVERYTHING. **Dorris Dashen is played and created by Zoe Schwartz. Zoe Schwartz is a comedian known around town for her specific brand of gross and sexy. She often performs at variety and salon events showing off strange and frenetic characters. She has written a handful of full length shows based around these characters and toured them across the country to various festivals and comedy scenes. She is a company member with Barrel of Monkeys and can occasionally be seen in their long running Monday night show “That’s Weird, Grandma!”. Recently, Zoe has discovered how easy it is to put things on the internet and is trying to make it big with her various web series “Lets Talk About Boys and Animals” and “Lemonade Stand” which is about a winter lemonade stand and set to debut this spring. Visit zoeschwartztown.com for contact info and fun vids!
Even the artist is apt to go astray, for he too is obliged, sooner or later, to observe on which side his bread is buttered.
Actual Sisters, Tiffany and Danielle Puterbaugh are revolutionizing comedy. They are single (or double) handedly bringing the comedy duo back… or at least to the back of every dive bar in Chicago. The Puterbaugh Sisters have spent their entire lives developing their own brand of alternative comedy. The Onion AV Club Chicago says... “Taking their shtick into absurdist parallel universes...it works 100% of the time. Making them one of the most innovative and up and coming acts to catch in town." They have performed in The Andy Kaufman Awards, New York and Chicago Sketchfest, TBS Just For Laughs Festival Chicago, co-produce "The Blackout Diaries", were featured in TBS Just for Laughs, were ring mistresses of El CircoChipo, Chicago's punk rock circus, cast members of Chicago Underground Comedy and produce five year running, critically acclaimed comedy/variety show, “Entertaining Julia.” The Onion AV Club says, "There is probably no better free show in the city. "Entertaining Julia's" reputation has only grown, becoming something of a cult sensation.” It's like watching The Wayans’ Brothers, before they made the movie White Chicks.”
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Thu, May 28 - 8pm -$8adv/$10door
Sharing a common love of music and life on the road, Fruition were originally brought together by the lure of adventure. For the last six years, the Portland, Ore. string infused quintet has racked up the miles playing sold out shows in their adopted hometown and garnering new fans across the country. Fruition released Just One of Them Nights in 2013 and it’s an album that finds the band tackling the many struggles and successes that come along with living a vagabond lifestyle and the search for artistic clarity. Fruition have become arduous road warriors traveling the country and showcasing their adventures and experiences through song. In 2011, Fruition recorded the EP It Won't Be Long. Soon after, the group's three prominent songwriters, Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek and Mimi Naja, discovered they had penned over forty tunes. The band knew it was time for the next level of their journey - to create a top-notch album recorded in a professional recording studio and capturing their foot-stomping, high-energy string-infused songs. The only hitch... where was a nomadic group of independent musicians going to find the funds to create this high caliber album? The answer came in the form of a successful Kickstarter campaign in which Fruition surpassed their goal of $20,000 through the help of diehard fans, friends, and family. Though Just One of Them Nights captures a breadth of musical styles, it debuted at #11 on Soundscan’s Bluegrass chart. The album was recorded at Old School Studios in Casper, CA on Highway 1 and features eleven original songs. The first single from the album, “Mountain Annie,” has become an Americana classic and garnered steady airplay at SiriusXM’s JamOn. The song’s steady gait and memorable melody hook audiences on first listen while Jay Cobb’s lyrics address longing for a lover who is no longer present. On Kellen’s “Blue Light,” the band ventures into electric Rock 'n Roll territory and quickly transitions into a traditional country rhythm without missing a beat. “Blue Light” features exuberant solos from Jay on guitar and Mimi on mandolin offering fans a taste of what’s in store for fans at the band’s live shows. “The Wanter,” penned by Mimi, the band erupts into a classic bluegrass inferno of fast and furious string picking showcasing their skill as well as some of their influences. And on “Get In” the band slow it down a notch capture the mood of swimming in a languid ocean. The track sounds both fresh and familiar peppered with three-part harmonies and Mimi on mandolin. Over the years, Fruition have toured with or collaborated with members of Railroad Earth, ALO, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival and The Head and The Heart. They've thrilled audiences at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit and All Good Music Festival, and played for packed rooms at Portland, OR’s Crystal Ballroom, Boulder, CO’s Fox Theater, San Francisco’s Fillmore as well as the Great American Music Hall, Boston, MA’s Brighton Music Hall and more. With no signs of slowing down, the band takes each day as it comes. From broken down vans and whiskey shots, to the lovers and loved-ones who check-in through the miles, at the end of the day it's Just One of Them Nights for this talented bunch who are experiencing a radiant present and looking towards an even brighter future.
Mad Bread is a string band for the 21st century, playing a unique mixture of bluegrass, rock, folk and blues. The band blends traditional instruments with modern songwriting, creating innovative, genre-bending music that defies classification. At a concert, you'll hear them move effortlessly from boot-stompin' bluegrass jams, to psychedelic folk ballads, to Chicago-style blues-rock with stops everywhere in between.
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Fri, May 29 - 9pm - $10
Nashville’s power-soul sextet, Alanna Royale released their debut record, ACHILLES on September 16th,2014. ACHILLES was produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff)
Classic soul meets rock and roll in this dynamic eight-piece collective from Chicago. The Congregation features Gina Bloom, a singer whose raw and powerful vocals are underscored by Charlie Wayne’s dynamic guitar riffs, the band’s rock and soul rhythm section and the lively call and response of a three-piece horn section. When it comes to the songwriting, you won’t find any sugarcoated love songs here–you’ll get a little bit of longing and a whole lot of wronging.While the 2012 release of "Right Now Everything" marked the band’s full-length album debut, The Congregation has been steadily gaining steam since the release of its seven-song EP, "Not for Sleepin", in late 2010. The band was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of “11 Bands to Watch in 2011” and was featured in Paste Magazine as one of “10 Illinois Bands You Should Listen to Now”. The Congregation’s stop-and-take-notice sound and electrifying live sets have earned the group the opportunity to share bills with acclaimed artist such as Wilco, Andrew Bird, the Flaming Lips and Buddy Guy! The band has also been featured on the small screen--performing on ABC7's "Windy City Live", WGN's "Music Lounge", Science Channel's "Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" and an upcoming episode of BBC's "Horizon" set to air this spring. The Congregation is currently placing the finishing touches on its upcoming album release,"Record Collection".
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.
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Sat, May 30, 8pm - $20
THE WESTIESHe looked at her at the end of the bar and said,"I don't know whether to kill you or marry you"And so the shot was fired across the bow and with it… The Westies were born.The meeting on that fateful night between Michael McDermott and Heather Horton set in motion a chain of events that would lead to what would later be known as the album West Side Stories.After just avoiding a would be 3-6 year prison sentence (which McDermott is uneasy to discuss) and a spiraling life, McDermott’s chance meeting with Horton would change the course and the trajectory of his life.What would follow would be a steady climb from the trenches. With a "sleeves rolled up" songwriting approach, that while delicate and tender, matches with equal measure, the brutality of an honest eye and a turbulent life.Explains McDermott, "All I ever wanted to do was write songs and tell stories, like my grandparents and parents did from a long Irish lineage. With that lineage came a proclivity for drink, for mayhem, and a wee bit of crime. I write what i know and what i know, is much of the time, ugly.”This is no guy/girl group. The Westies are a band that unabashedly confronts the trials of the inner city heart with a slow burn delicacy that juxtaposes many uncomfortable subjects with a tender and elegant beauty that is rare in the current music landscape.The Westies album “West Side Stories” is a song cycle inspired by the real life Westies “a ruthless gang of Irish mob punks that ruled Hell's Kitchen in the 60’s and 70's. The gangsters serve as a metaphor for the dark side that lurks inside us all. The unexplained forces that cause internal struggles destroy relationships and leave us clinging to love as just a memory.Call it Ameri-gangsta-cana.
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Tue, Jun 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, Jun 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.
With a bombastic mix of vintage rock and roll, rhythm and blues, surf guitar, and latin beats, R.J. & The Del Guapos are poised to set record players ablaze with their debut album, "Rockin! with R.J. & The Del Guapos" on Teresita Records. Singer and guitarist, R.J. Ronquillo has worked as a sideman most his professional life - backing artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Ricky Martin, and reggae legends Inner Circle. But in 2012, he decided to step to the forefront and start his own project, focusing on his passion for early rock n roll and blues. "My first guitar hero was Marty McFly," referring to Michael J. Fox's character from the 1985 blockbuster hit "Back To The Future." "That's how I got into Chuck Berry. Then when "La Bamba" came out a few years later, I discovered Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and Eddie Cochran, and it just catapulted from there. So Hollywood played a big role, actually!" "The music is really a direct influence of the cities I've lived in," says RJ Ronquillo. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, R.J. has lived in Miami, Los Angeles, and now Chicago. "Detroit gave me Rock 'n Roll and Motown, Miami gave me Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms, LA gave me West Coast blues and Surf music, and now Chicago - I feel like I'm home, with the deep history of electric blues and rock n roll that came from here. Backed by his red-blooded rhythm section, The Del Guapos, featuring Ron Dziubla (Duane Eddy) on saxophone, Pete Curry (Los Straitjackets) on drums, and Rob Douglas (Nick Waterhouse) on Fender bass , "Rockin! with R.J. & The Del Guapos" is sure to become a new classic rock n roll record. As rockabilly legend and self proclaimed guitar geek, Deke Dickerson says in the liner notes: “It’s always a pleasure for a jaded old curmudgeon like me to see a dude like R.J. Ronquillo come out of nowhere, playing the living hell out of his guitar and singing great. A record like this will restore your faith in music! I was introduced to R.J. a few years ago, and I mainly knew him as a guitarist who played with other people, and I thought to myself, this guy is really, really good. Then he put this group together and recorded the record you are now holding, with fantastic results! Rock and Roll, rockin’ blues, a touch of rockabilly and soul, played with taste and conviction, with a great supporting cast in the form of Ron Dziubla on saxophone, Pete Curry on drums, and Rob Douglas on bass. How can you go wrong? I’ll tell you, you can’t go wrong buying this record. Just put it on and let R.J. Ronquillo impress the hell out of you the way he did me."
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Fri, Jun 5 - $8 - 9pm
The 4 Star Brass Band sound can be categorized as Heavy Funk, and is the best thing you’ve ever heard! They get this captivating sound by using all brass instruments. They remain true to the tradition of brass band while also incorporating modern sound into it. Dave and Jay started the band a few years ago looking to start a brass band in Chicago. They started playing bars/ clubs in the city, bringing the party wherever they went. The band slowly grew, and now Four Star features a rotating cast of 6 musicians who all share a love for New Orleans music. Come fuel the excitement as FOUR STAR BRASS BAND becomes the Hottest and Hardest Hitting Brass Band of this Generation!
One of the staples of Madison's vibrant music scene, The People Brothers Band is an 8-piece Rhythm & Soul powerhouse and their only only desire is to get you moving on the dance floor. They are the winners of the WAMI Award for 2014 R&B Band of the Year and the MAMA Awards for 2013 Blues Album & Blues Song of the Year, but most importantly they are a family whose love for music and playing together shines brightly through each performance. The PBB have hosted their own grass-roots, live music & camping festival every year since their first summer together in 2009, the People Fest. The People Brothers Band can be seen touring regionally in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, & Michigan, heading out west to Colorado, and, of course, playing hometown shows in beautiful Madison.
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Sun, Jun 7 - 8pm - $17adv/$20door
In a musical world where keeping a working band has proven difficult for many bandleaders,drummer-bandleader Steve Smith has managed to keep three bands working for the past three decades. His jazz-rock band, Steve Smith and Vital Information, has been touring and recording for more than 30 years, while his “straight-ahead” groups Steve Smith and Buddy’s Buddies, made up of Buddy Rich Alumni (with three album releases), and Steve Smith’s Jazz Legacy (a group dedicated to playing the music of some of great drumset masters such as Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams), have toured for five years and released two albums and a DVD.Therefore, it makes perfect sense for this prolific recording artist and bandleader, who has made a career out of amalgamating the many twists and turns of his musical calling, to blend all three bands for a 2015 studio album release entitled The Skyline Sessions on the BFM Jazz label. The updated version of his recording and touring ensemble is called STEVE SMITH AND VITAL INFORMATION - NYC EDITION. Smith refers to this new line-up as, “The best of all worlds. With my band-members all living and working in NYC area, where I live, this group can be organized in a moment’s notice. VI NYC Edition is a lot of fun to play with and is a high-energy, creative, jazz unit!”The lineup of Vital Information NYC Edition brings together members of all of his bands: saxophonist Andy Fusco (from Jazz Legacy and Buddy’s Buddies) guitarist Vinny Valentino (from Vital Information), pianist Mark Soskin (from Jazz Legacy and Buddy’s Buddies), bassist Baron Browne (from Jazz Legacy, Buddy’s Buddies and Vital Information), and Steve Smith on drums.Steve keeps his touring schedule quite busy and you may have seen him on tour with Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion, The Mike Stern Band or Hiromi – The Trio Project. Smith’s constantly evolving drumming career has earned him Modern Drummer Magazine's #1 All Around Drummer award five yeas in a row, which led him to being named by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Drummers of All Time!" in 2014. Smith’s 9-year stint as the drummer with the rock group Journey resulted in nine multi-platinum albums and eighteen Top 40 hits. His drumming can still be heard almost daily on the ubiquitous hit song by Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
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Mon, Jun 8 - 8pm - $10
Sometimes sounding like a man possessed, Charlie Pierce’s piano playing is driven and intense. During a performance, he will rattle you to the core with a heartbreaking ballad and then unleash a New Orleans inspired boogie that leaves a listener longing for the days when juke joints ruled the American landscape. His music is somehow familiar, yet can leave you feeling like an outsider who has just witnessed something very real, painfully beautiful, and ultimately redeeming. Regardless of how his music grabs you, at the very least, Charlie’s performances are the most genuine thing you have heard in a very long time.With over 20 years in the music business, and countless miles clocked on the road, this Austin newcomer has already gained the attention of some of Austin’s most revered musicians including performances with Rosie Flores and Dale Watson. In the short time he’s been in Austin, Charlie has graced the stages at the Continental Club, the Driskill Hotel, the Highball, the Whitehorse, and countless other music venues in town. Do not miss an opportunity to witness this performance in person! -No Depression
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Wed, Jun 10 - 8pm -
The Walk Slow are a rock soul band based in Chicago their music is a blend of pre punk garage rock and 60's R&B. The band was founded amongst the ruins of several other Chicago rock outfits by seasoned drummer Sonny Vee and Denver native Ryan Cochrane on guitar. Vee met Cochrane at a disastrous bar gig in late 2013 when the two musicians were playing in different groups. Vee was impressed with Cochrane's guitar style and animated vocal schemes and approached him to join up as a two pice power rock duo. The idea of the duo faded fast when Vee contaced old band mate Darin Mullins to play bass guitar. Vee, Cochrane and Mullins were a trio for a few months going by the Moniker the Lunts. The three musicians had a strong love for 60's garage rock, British Invasion as well as Motown and Stax style soul music so a sound was being cultivated in the formative rehearsals as the Lunts. Vee then contacted another former band mate Joe Grez to come out to a rehearsal as a second guitar player in the hopes of getting a Ronnie Wood/Keith Richards kind of guitar weaving sound. The rehearsal proved to be a success but not with the Stones formula Vee was kind of looking for but it was a unique union of styles and a new band was born. Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome, from Chicago, The Walk Slow.
Green Sugar has wandered the streets of America delivering its message to the needy and consequently slaughtering its enemies along the way. Their songs speak of hope and irony, and the experiences the band have undergone and are now the foundation for the band’s explosive live set, which has been seen alongside such Rock N Roll Icons as Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule, Les Claypool, and The Black Crowes. The band is now currently on tour throughout the Midwest and hoping for the opportunity to change your mind…about everything.
Wesley Harding are a Chicago-based band on the ESU Records label who blend folk, rock and blues to create their own unique alternative sound. They began in the boiler room of lead singer Michael Alanis' house in Melrose Park, IL, where the band would jam in cramped quarters, developing their style. After arriving at ESU, they released their debut album, the aptly-named Boiler Room Sessions which was a strong start for a band with little previous time spent in the studio. The band has experience playing live, having played many local house parties and gigs: Double Door, The Elbo Room, Bottom Lounge, Deja Vu, Penny Road Pub and others. Now, with the upcoming release of their second album "A Slightly Better Mess", the band is looking to build a strong following and play out as often as possible.
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Thu, Jun 11 - 8pm - $7
Well, The Bama Lamas aren't going to sit around and wait to be placed in a nice tidy bucket - we play rock n roll - pure and simple. The kind of raunch you can feel deep down in your soul. Our love for scratchy R&B, Soul, and Rock N Roll 45's brought us together - became our blueprint for saving your sorry souls. The records that make you want to jump out of your skin and hit the dance floor happy just to be alive!
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).
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Fri, Jun 12 - 9pm - $8
Formed in the basements of Urbana in 2011, indie rock group A Cool Hand has undergone several metamorphoses to become the 5 piece operation it is today. Drawing from diverse musical influences, they combine energetic rock with group harmonies into a delicious ham and cheese sandwich.
Grabbing influences from all over the musical spectrum, the Ars Nova has something for everyone. They pride themselves in never having two shows be the same and embrace the musical freedom that is their improvisational jams. From Umphrey's McGee to Led Zeppelin, from STS9 to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, from Jimi Hendrix to Kings of Leon, the Ars Nova is a must-see act. After breaking on to the festival circuit in the summer of 2014 at Summer Camp Music and Arts Festival in Chillicothe, IL, everything has been up hill for the Ars Nova. Catch them all over the Chicago area and be sure to follow them closely on Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram. Do NOT forget the name 'The Ars Nova'.
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
Jackie Islands is a indie pop-punk band from the suburbs of Chicago. Comprised of Bobby Dunne, Doug Patterson, Marshall Hayes, and Joe D’anna. Currently recording their first EP entitled “Girl Glacious,” Jackie Islands sets out to conquer shores unknown.
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Sat, Jun 13 - 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.
“ Ilearned a very important lesson while working as a journalist in New York,” says Son Denizen. “To innovate, you must collect and combine all the available information in a field before it can be wielded. Then and only then can you take a step forward.” Such is the goal of Super Doppler Wars: musical innovation. The Chicago duo’s sound could only have been formed in the information age - borne from a generation with access to nearly all of Earth’s recordings. Soul, dance-punk, jazz, funk, indie rock, hip-hop, electronica, African and Asian rhythms - they’re all seamlessly woven into a style that’s all the duo’s own. “We’re consciously trying to write songs that are post-everything,” says Jefferson Jones, the group’s frontman. “Our appetite for music is voracious. We’ve studied the crates exhaustively and now it’s our turn to contribute.” Jones’s baritone vocals are the group’s focal point. His voice is deep, rich and raw. Behind Jones is the wholly modern production of Son Denizen. The beats are heavy, funky and psychedelic. The live show combines the energy of a punk band with the skills of a jazz ensemble. In a review of the duo’s debut EP, entertainment website Grizzly Bomb had this to say: “ ... it becomes apparent that even though the band is self-described as ‘post-everything,’ much of their lyrical content harkens to how one finds themselves in the situation they live. While this speaks largely to the urban mindset, it opens the door for some common themes to cross the border of genre. The hip-hopper can glance at the jazz from whence it came. The rocker can dabble in digital sound.” Son Denizen grew up playing guitar in the punk and indie scenes of the Southeast, where he came to embrace epic, thunderous live shows. He helped found the group The Working Title, which eventually signed to Universal Records. Songs he recorded with the group were played on MTV, satellite radio, surf and skate videos, and in major motion picture soundtracks. Jones is classically trained and studied jazz at Michigan State University. For several years, he was a member of The New Deal, a popular Michigan band known for its high-energy performances. Members from that group went on to form Lord Huron, the L.A.-based buzz-worthy alterna-folk band that’s quickly gaining international prominence.
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Mon, Jun 15 - 8pm - $10
The Whiskey Radio Hour is a knee-slapping evening of analog aural delights brought to you by The Whiskey Rebellion Theatre. Let host Ramblin' Campbell Kelly (Brad Brubaker) whisk you away on a journey through four new radio plays, complete with live foley sound effects by the ever-snappy Ace Houlihan (Logan Conner) and live music courtesy of Motormouth Musczynski (John Szymanski). "The Whiskey Rebellion's nod to old-fashioned radio dramas is warm, quaint, and charming." - The Chicago Reader. The Whiskey Radio Band has created dozens of musical advertisements for the Whiskey Radio Hour, in addition to hosting the show. They have literally sung the praises of esteemed products such as The Puppy Pettery, Monkey Safe Windows, Highway One-Oh Rattlesnake Meat, Hot Sauce for America, Loose Screw Robots, and many more household brands. Ramblin' Campbell Kelly (Brad Brubaker), Motormouth Musczynski (John Szymanski), and Ace Houlihan (Logan Conner) will also be bringing some special guests to celebrate the release of their first album of greatest ads.
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Tue, Jun 16 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Come back in time to The Vintage Vaudeville Hour at Martyrs June 16th! Enjoy a Old Fashioned while watching some old fashioned 1930's inspired vaudeville with live music, comedy, dancing, magic, and more!
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Wed, Jun 17 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
One of the pre-eminent practitioners of “live looping”, Zach Deputy’s one-man show of "Island-infused, Drum 'n' Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul" has the energy and sound of a 6-piece band. Ensconced behind an array of microphones and technology, Zach and his nylon stringed guitar weave a tapestry of instrumentation and voices in an ever-evolving, improvised arrangement that is ultimately based on a composition but allowed to breathe with the audience. Enhanced by a stunning light show, Zach Deputy’s show transforms clubs and open fields alike into sweaty dance parties for fans of R&B, soul, jam, Caribbean music and even electronica.
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Fri, Jun 19 - 7pm - $12adv/$15door
Moore is a prolific singer-songwriter from Seattle who rose to prominence in the 90's roots rock scene of Austin, Texas and gained popularity as a guitar prodigy. Winner of seven Austin Music Awards including "Best Musician", "Best Band" and "Best Electric Guitarist," he has opened tours for the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, ZZ Top and British icon Paul Weller and has recently played sideman to artists as diverse as Roky Erickson and Jason Mraz. He has performed on hundreds of radio and television programs worldwide including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, a one hour Direct TV special, as well as a part in Billy Bob Thornton's feature film "Slingblade." In 2012, he was honored to share the stage with members of Jimi Hendrix's original band at Hendrix's 70th birthday tribute at EMP along with a host of other legendary guitarists. In 2013, he was featured on the cover of Fretboard Journal with Billy Gibbons. Later that year he joined Crosby, Stills & Nash as a featured guitarist and singer at the EMP Founder's Awards Gala honoring CSN for their contribution to the music world. Now as well known for his soulful vocals and insightful lyricism as his stellar fretwork, Moore has been playing stadiums, festivals, theaters and club venues throughout the US and Europe for over two decades. With 4 Top 20 Billboard hits and eight albums to his credit, he continues to mesmerize critics and audiences alike with his riveting live performances. "Passionate and beautiful acoustic magic." - Guitar World. "A Texas music icon." - The Examiner. "...filled with shadowy, deep imagery, like a mysterious black-and-white photograph. He doesn't fly with angels: He dances with devils. Instrumentally, the record is equally intelligent filled with dark subtleties, recalling a time when the Beatles experimented with the moodier side of pop. Moore's low, melodic voice is the perfect accomplice to the musical conundrum he has created." -Billboard. "Ian Moore is a stellar songwriter blessed with an absolutely stunning voice." -The Stranger ( Seattle). "His recent albums have positioned him as one of the most soulful singer-songwriters around, and one of the most diverse." -Tucson Weekly.
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Fri, Jun 19 - 9pm - $10
Hailing from the singularly vibrant musical hotbed known as Chicago, CHEER-ACCIDENT has been a creative, vital force in rock music for over 20 years. They constantly strive to surprise their audiences and themselves through relentless reinvention. From dreamy pop to angular art-rock, CHEER-ACCIDENT strikes a powerful balance between personalized and unique studio wizardry and the visceral excitement of a well-honed, explosive live rock band. The band is a quintet at its foundation, fronted by Carmen Armillas, whose powerfully emotive voice has recently led CHEER-ACCIDENT down the path of even deeper connectedness with their already-loyal audience. Presenting itself in various configurations, the band’s core personnel is frequently augmented by some of Chicago’s finest musicians. Their body of work is unparalleled in its ambition and originality, and their twolatest releases, “Fear Draws Misfortune” and “No Ifs, Ands or Dogs” (both on Cuneiform Records), demonstrate how the band continues to improve with each passing year. After their hugely successful performance at last year’s Rock In Opposition Festival in France, they are returning to Europe for several shows in July 2014, this time as a streamlined quartet: Dante Kester- bass. Jeff Libersher- guitar, vocals, trumpet. Evelyn Davis- vocals, keyboards, melodica. Thymme Jones- drums, trumpet, vocals
District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. The release of 2012's critically-acclaimed Trouble With Machines ushered in an exciting era for the Chicago-based Progressive Rock band; In 2013, the band toured both Europe and the US with legendary bassist and vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson/UK/Asia), which was documented on 2014's live release, One More Red Night: Live in Chicago. 2013 also saw the band nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Award by Prog Magazine. Rather than rest on their laurels, District 97 took to the studio in 2014 to record the new material they'd been honing at home and on the road. The resulting album, In Vaults (due in June 2015), continues and accelerates the upward trajectory of great songwriting and incredible musicianship that's been evident since the band's 2010 debut, Hybrid Child. One listen perfectly illustrates why John Wetton says, “I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt." District 97 was formed in the fall of 2006 by drummer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and guitarist Sam Krahn (replaced in 2008 by current guitarist Jim Tashjian). The foursome from Chicago honed a no-holds barred style of Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired Instrumental Rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound; enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson from Heart, Leslie's dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. She was followed shortly thereafter by one of Chicago's finest young guitarists, Jim Tashjian. With this new blend of charisma and stellar musicianship in place, their live shows over the past several years at festivals such as RoSfest and Prog Dreams II, and numerous appearances across the USA, UK and Europe cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with onstage, as well as in the recording studio.
Lovely Little Girls is a nine-piece theatrical art/prog band that delves into the grotesque. From subject matter that explores absurd sex, ridiculous gluttony, abject failure, and unceremonious death, Lovely Little Girls morphs rock forms into abstract black humor narratives. The band’s 2012 LP Cleaning the Filth From a Delicate Frame (Skin Graft Records) uses show-tunes as a starting point, focusing on abstract storytelling through convoluted structure, odd melodies, and multiple voices/narrators. It’s Jesus Christ Superstar filtered through Dada, Captain Beefheart, Fred Frith, and Magma.
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Tue, Jun 23 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Las Cafeteras’ fuse traditional & modern beats with timely stories from East LA’s streets. Known for their energetic bi-lingual performances they combine Afro-Mexican (son jarocho), hip hop, folk, native american & more styles with a community focused message. They’ve opened for Ozomatli, Aterciopelados, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Cafe Tacuba side project ‘Hoppo’, Lila Downs, & more. Their 1st studio album “It’s Time” is featured on NPR, KCRW & the LA Times. Las Cafeteras’ name comes from the Eastside Cafe, a community center they help run & where they also first learned to play Son Jarocho music.
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Fri, Jun 26 - 9pm - $10adv/$12doors
The spotlight on Nashville, with its musical values and timeless traditions, is currently bright. And no band embodies what’s right about 21st century Nashville more completely than the quintet known as Humming House. It’s the way they weave together threads of Music City’s folk, soul, and bluegrass legacies. It’s in the inspirational and revealing songwriting. It’s in their acoustic instrumentation, presenting mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar and bass in fresh roles. It’s in the pleasant tension between rousing energy and nuanced arrangements. And it’s in the voices, with two complimentary stylists up front and backed by the full band’s rapturous harmonies. Revelries, due out March 24, 2015 on Nashville label Rock Ridge Music, is the third recording bearing the Humming House name, yet it’s something of a debut. Version one of the band came together in 2011 when songwriter Justin Wade Tam called on some friends from a local Celtic music jam to flesh out recordings of songs he’d written. The sessions, assisted by Tam’s star producer colleagues Mitch Dane and Vance Powell, mixed strains of bluegrass and Irish braided with vintage swing and open-throated early 60s hootenanny folk music. Humming House earned some quick attention for videos of its infectious songs “Cold Chicago” and “Gypsy Django.” They landed performance slots with tastemakers such as Lightning 100, Daytrotter and the Americana Music Association festival. They had chops, respect, and trajectory. After that, two personnel additions galvanized the band. Leslie Rodriguez brought a lustrous female vocal to mesh with Tam’s hearty singing. And fiddler Bobby Chase brought classical training and down-home fire. That rounded out a band of highly skilled instrumentalists, including Josh Wolak on mandolin and Ben Jones on acoustic bass. Between the five of them, there’s scarcely a genre or period that somebody in the band hasn’t spent time learning or embracing, from Leslie’s early love of show tunes to Josh’s time playing bluegrass to Bobby’s occasional beat boxing. They’re the picture of East Nashville’s melting pot musical culture, and Revelries is the first album these musicians have written, arranged and recorded together. As complete as they are in the studio and on record, Humming House is fundamentally and emphatically a live band. With scarcely a tube’s worth of amplification or electricity and a drum kit’s worth of percussion distributed among the band members, they emit force on stage and demand attention. They’ve rocked rooms of all sizes and played Forecastle Festival, Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Festival, and the Cayamo Cruise with the elite of Americana. They opened the new Music City Roots hall in The Factory in 2014, sharing the bill with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Vocals are the emotional core and lure of Humming House. They are five voices deep, with a galvanizing male/female twin attack over the top. Tam and Rodriguez sing as soloists or a duet, depending on the song. Humming House works out careful hand-offs and big harmonies, including frequent passages that are just vocalizing, chanting beautiful music on top of their robust instrumental attack. The title of Revelries comes from a lyric in the tenth track on the album, “Carry On,” a feisty and ambitious song in which delicate charango plays counterpoint to a muted guitar. The rhythm is jagged and intoxicating. By the time we get there we’ve heard the striding opener “Run With Me,” the quick-stepping waltz “Fly On” and Leslie’s showcase song, the smoldering and bluesy “Nuts, Bolts and Screws.” The album’s first single, “Great Divide,” is a fervent ode to travel, motion, and new frontiers—a recurring theme that’s also touched on in the fiddle and accordion-driven “Hitch Hike” and the rapturously romantic “Freight Train.” A classic jazz ribbon of smoke drifts through the magic “I’m A Bird.” And then, after “Carry On,” Revelries concludes on the drifting “Atlantic”—a throwback folk song that evokes old sea shanties. If the new Nashville means anything, it’s about musicianship and authenticity. Quite often that results in sounds that are fascinating and appealing to critics and fellow musicians. Occasionally, artistry emerges that’s both profound and widely appealing. And when it does, as with Humming House, it’s cause for revelry. “Put Humming House on your list of Must-See Acts of 2015.” -Huffington Post. “Party-worthy roots music.” -Mic.com. “…infectious and grin-inducing.” -American Songwriter Magazine. “…they have a sense of fearlessness that allows them make the kinds of musical choices that lift their music far above the average.” -Roughstock. “…a solid Americana band with Irish folk influences and a tight live show.” -Consequence Of Sound. “A new Nashville band with a throwback sound.” -All Things Considered – NPR: Blake Farmer.
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Sat, Jun 27 - 9:30pm - $10
Avant-garde bass n' drum, punk rock duo, Evil Beaver has shared the stage with a diversity of musical artists including notable acts; Agent Orange, Chevelle, David J, Fu Manchu, The Gossip, Nina Hagen, Peaches, The Vibrators, The Briefs, The Objex, Polysics, Rasputina, Semi Precious Weapons, Shellac, The UK Subs, The White Stripes. EVIL BEAVER was founded in 1998 in Chicago by band leader EVIE EVIL. Evie is featured on electric lead bass guitar and vocals, supported by Slammin' Sammy Kickass on drums. Evie and Sammy began their friendship as classmates and playmates in the 3rd grade at Seiden Prarie Elementary School near Chicago, IL. Evil Beaver is the first bassist and drummer duo ever in the history of punk rock and modern music for that matter. Evil's vocals are seductive and powerful. As a bassist, Evie is a pioneer who's playing skills are mind blowing and uniquely original. The band is always writing and recording new music, and EVIL BEAVER is always performing live and touring internationally. In 2014, Evil Beaver, embarked on a World Tour which includes 4 continents. The tour with 10 dates in Russia in January, and will wrap in Chicago, IL with a New Year's Eve show supporting LA punk rock legends The Muffs.
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Wed, Jul 1 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
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.
Martyrs' is thrilled to welcome home John Kadlecik seventeen years to the day after John started Dark Star Orchestra with Mike Maraat and Kevin Rosen here on this stage!Tuesday, November 11th 1997, our friends Scott Larned, John Kadlecik, Mike Maraat, Kevin Rosen, Ahmer Nizam & Dave Cohen came together on the Martyrs' stage to recreate a Grateful Dead concert in its entirety. Dark Star Orchestra was the name of their new project. They originally intended to play only four shows on consecutive Tuesdays. Response was so enthusiastic that Martyrs' was sold out by week three. We all agreed that it should continue. DSO rapidly became a nationally touring band, attracting many guests to join them onstage, including John Fishman, Mike Gordon, Sam Bush, Jorma Kaukonen John Popper, Sanjay Mishra, Tom Constanten, Vince Welnick, Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir to name a few. John Kadlecik went on to play with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in Furthur.To commemorate that immortal Tuesday night back in '97, John Kadlecik will perform a solo set before being joined by Mike Maraat and Kevin Rosen. Our dear friend, Scott Larned passed in April of 2005. Call it the Dark Star Chamber Orchestra, Big Bang Revisited or whatever you like. The music will play the band.The wonderful Eric Lambert supports.
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Fri, Jul 3 - 9:30pm - $25
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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Sat, Jul 4 - 9:30pm - $25 - ON SALE 4/14 NOON
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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Sun, Jul 5 - 9:30pm - $25 - ON SALE 4/14 NOON
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 9 - 8pm - $7
John Lennon Songwriting Competition Finalist!Hailing from the swamps of Chicago, guitarist and songwriter B Forrest’s palette of audible paint contains the colours blues, folk, love, and soul. His debut album entitled “Back to Bodhi” (due out February 2015), was a seed turned tree at the end of last year. The album was recorded among some of Chicago’s finest musicians at The Coach House. It is through singing that the soul is freed from the flesh, so join him in praise, because Buddha believes in thee.
Pocket Radio blends soul, hip-hop, funk, and fusion. We're here to satisfy the intellect, and your desire to throw down.
From his multifaceted vocals, effortless charm and unmistakably authentic soul, singer/songwriter Connor Pledger is making a defined mark on the Athens music scene. An Atlanta native, Pledger has grown up under the spell and influence of music legends. Cutting his teeth on the edge of Led Zeppelin, Pledger developed a deep abiding love for music and its emotional force at a young age. After he and his brother decided to borrow their father's guitar, albeit without permission, Pledger immediately fell in love with the instrument. After teaching himself to play by mimicking the songs of his musical idols, Pledger felt an instant inclination to begin writing his own material. Fascinated by the inspiration of music and the process of songwriting itself, Pledger jumped headlong into developing his own unique sound. Following a performance at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, Danny Infield approached the young artist and later went on to produce Pledger’s first two albums, “Detours” (2011) and “Fight or Flight “(2012). “Detours” marked the beginning of a journey for Pledger. What began with raw talent was followed by years of experience and maturing as an artist. Fan favorite, “Stutter” offers a glimpse of the honest and relatable lyrics Pledger had hoped to bring audiences. “Fight or Flight” is a clear picture of the growth and development Pledger has gone through in order to fine-tune his one of a kind tone into the smooth, powerful, blues conglomerate it is today. “Take Me Back” is, to this day, a defining track for Pledger that combines all the elements of his personal originality and authenticity while pulling from the memories of soul legends. Performing on stages in Athens, Atlanta, or around the world, Pledger taps into a nostalgia-inducing soul level that evokes the magnetism of music icons such as Bill Withers, Sam Cooke and Stevie Wonder and combines it with the his own lyrical depth and emotional resonance. Pledger possesses an unmistakably unique voice that rattles smoothly with soul and depth while showcasing his range and precision. Built up of layers of genuine heart and personal growth, his voice represents an ideal combination of vocal talent and emotional pitch. The authenticity of Pledger’s art is verified by a musical experience that marries bluesy vocals, emotion-driven lyrics, down-home guitar and genuine soul. “I just want my music to make people feel, “ said Pledger. “I am not just a picture or a color or a flavor.” Pledger’s pursuit of true inspiration and a fresh, pioneer sound has gathered a devoted following and his desire is to use this momentum to generate buzz in Athens, Atlanta and beyond. Through his dedication to himself and his music, Pledger has the undoubted potential to bring the signature soul of the past to a new generation of music lovers. Paul Pfau (rhymes with "wow") is an award-winning singer-songwriter from the rural hills of western Maryland. His sound is often likened to a fusion between John Mayer and Michael Buble because of his crooning voice and tasteful guitar playing. In 2011 Paul was nominated Best New Artist by the Washington Area Music Association, opened for The Lumineers, and jammed with the Beach Boys. In 2012 he began recording his debut full-length album, Happy To Be, with double-platinum recording engineer Sean Russell (Bruno Mars), which was mixed and mastered by grammy-award-winning engineers Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews Band) and Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Keith Urban, O.A.R). In 2013 Happy To Be won a WAMMIE for Debut Album of the Year. His most recent efforts have gained him national exposure on season eight of NBC's hit show "The Voice." Paul auditioned with Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon" which turned the chairs of both Blake Shelton & Pharrell Williams (and almost Adam Levine ;) ). After choosing to Pharrell as a coach Paul made it through to knockout rounds. Now that he has moved on from the show he is focused now on returning to the road and simultaneously working on his second original album to be released early next year.
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Sat, Jul 11 - 9:30pm - $10
Close your eyes and feast your ears upon Yamn, a smooth sonic explosion born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Four years and 100,000 road miles after they met in cold and snowy Breckenridge, Colo., the trance-fusion rockers have built a vision, a future toward which they’ll launch headfirst, no-holds-barred, with smiles and an insatiable vigor.The band comprises Brian Hamilton (guitar, vocals), Adam Ebensberger (drums, vocals), David Duart (bass, vocals), and Ryan Ebarb (keys, guitar, vocals), a quartet from around the United States that met while fulfilling the ski bum dream in the Rocky Mountains. The band relocated to Denver in 2008 to fulfill another dream, one that shifted and evolved as they discovered their sound in the blossoming music scene on the Front Range.Yamn is about the live experience, one that scintillates the senses with more than just tranced-out tunes and emotional peaks. That experience is one that is born off the stage, where the band’s bond is like none other. As best friends, often roommates and essentially family to one another, their greatest moments do not always happen under the lights: These are moments when the boys are able to laugh at themselves, let all the ego of the music business wash away and share in the vision of putting on epic show after epic show.The Yamn experience does not begin and end with the guys who play the instruments either: revered fifth band member and lighting designer Paul Whitehouse plays an irreplaceable role. Knowing every note and bringing his LED light show along to every gig, Whitehouse’s talents add another dimension to the Yamn experience, a feast for the eyes to enhance the full-bodied, crisp melodies and free-flowing power rock jams that Yamn has come to be known for.As their dedication, musicality and pure enjoyment of the scene propelled them into the Colorado jam realm, the band has shared stages and tunes with such musicians as members of String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee and the New Deal. They’ve stood under the stage lights with the Motet, Boombox, EOTO, Tea Leaf Green, Perpetual Groove, The Radiators, Steve Molitz of Particle, and more.Yamn’s focus is on the here, the now and the what is-to-be. As they carefully write fresh new material, practice diligently and pay their dues, they look forward to the journey of filling their lives — and the lives of those listening in — with powerful and seductive sounds.
Business As Usual is a four piece dance-rock band based out of Chicago, IL. Forming in 2013, they’ve spent the last year playing high energy, multi-set shows all over Chicago. Each BAU show is a one-of-a-kind experience, taking the listener on a musical journey. Seamlessly blending elements of rock, electronica, funk, dub, and even bits of ska, the genre-hopping quartet is able to launch off into sections of exciting and memorable improvisation as they guide through different odds and ends of their catchy compositions. You've just been warned, your next Business meeting is mandatory.
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