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Wed, Apr 23 - 8pm - $7
An indie folk artist residing in Austin, TX, Dwight Smith developed his catalog of songs while roaming The Americas over the past decade--from Brooklyn to The Bay, from Anchorage to Cusco. His work has been called "haunting and delightful" (Terrascope), "wise, sobering, refreshing" (The Freequency), and "a fascinating personal take on folk" (Folk World)
Julia Lucille draws from a rich array of sources to create a tonal palette that is mesmerizing, beautiful, and utterly unique. Her thoughtful compositions form the backdrop to her smoky alto and poetry that is incisive, luminous, and deeply personal.
The Butterfly Swindlers are a folk duo whose serendipitous meeting and then music making has stolen many a flying washington away from the willing hands of dancing passersby. Their influences come from varying folk genres, and customs, American to Irish, Viennese to Balkan, and they sing and play the colors of the world. Chad Elwell on guitar, mandolin and vocals and Lucia Thomas on fiddle, banjo and vocals bring traditional and original songs to you in hopes of deeper connection with ourselves, with music, with each other.
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Thu, Apr 24 - 8pm - $8
Fletcher Rockwell is a party band that's kept people of all ages dancing and singing along since 2009. Playing a combination of popular cover music spanning multiple genres and eras, as well as original songs written by lead singer Mike Nutt, these guys are known for simply showing their crowd a good time.The band was originally conceived on the night Mike and Pete co-billed a gig with Tim and Charley's band at The Horseshoe in Chicago. After a few PBR's, they decided that they should meld together all of their influences, sensibilities, and collective penchant for shaking booty into an eclectic rock band.
Dave Hamilton, aka Mr. Dave, is an American singer-songwriter of adult and children’s music. Growing up in Central Illinois, Dave’s love of music began at an early age. After performingas a finaliston Ed McMahon’s Star Search, he picked up the guitar to forward his songwriting. Dave co-founded 56 Hope Road and went on to play over 1800 shows and performed with artists such as Dave Mathhews, Jack Johnson, Stevie Wonder, and Umphrey’s McGee,before going solo in 2013. His latest album, Crow and Raven, is being featured on FOX and CBS TV shows for the2014 season.A positive force in the industry, Dave currently lives in Chicago where he teaches and performs around town.
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Fri, Apr 25 - 9:30pm - $10
When you ask any member of The Magnetic Reels what kind of band they are in, you get a simple answer…Rock and Roll. Having just released their debut album, Transmission and returning from a South By Southwest showcase in Austin, TX, The Magnetic Reels are eager to get people moving here in their hometown.
Ateliers: A four-piece band forged in 2012 within the furnaces where alternative pop meets underground rock. They elevate a mountain of sound that is subtly complex and evokes a mood that is both heartbreaking and optimistic. Ateliers are power and mystery and excess channeled through a low-end. It is nailed to the floor by a bass that winds through the melody like a caged animal, drums that signal the presence of a ritual no one expected you to see, and lush guitars with perfectly understated and carefully crafted leads. The vocals are designed to ease you into the dream—right until the nightmare emerges and the shouting begins. Look for their debut CD on CDBaby and iTunes. Then file under The Cure, Bauhaus,BRMC.
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Sat, Apr 26 - 9pm - $17
(((THIS SHOW IS 18 & OVER)))Formed in 2008, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound -- a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve. And is being returned to them in cities all over the world, as word spreads of the band’s incredibly powerful live performances.If in theory, Red Baraat reads like some kind of ethnomusicologist’s academic dream, let’s agree that in practice, it’s a peyote dream. This is apparent from the needle drop on Shruggy Ji, [Sinj Records] the group’s second full-length studio record, released in January 2013. Red Baraat’s sound is infused with a soul and energy that bursts through the seams of its songs. “Halla Bol” is a power-to-the-people anthem sung in Hindi, literally translating to “raise your voice.” “Burning Instinct” plays like a Tarantino car chase. The title track sits as a perfect testament to the album and the band itself. Impossible to define by genre, it’s just an incredible party jam that moves your parts. The record was produced by Sunny Jain and follows the band’s 2010 debut Chaal Baby, and the digital only live document Bootleg Bhangra.Live, these songs take on a new life. Night by night, the whip-smart, road-tested band challenges itself, dipping in and out of improvisation, teaching the audience dance moves, and visibly having a blast. Jain’s vision is on clear display - watch closely and you might see the bass horns change course at seemingly no more than the raised eyebrow of the bandleader. But there is no single front man on stage. Each player commands his own space with unique style and verve. Notice has come from high quarters, and the band has found itself in some incredible places.Red Baraat performed their own TED Talk at the flagship TED Conference in 2012, in front of a dancing audience of thought leaders including Al Gore, Matt Groening, and David Byrne. They accepted an invitation to the White House, where an assembly of elected and business leaders expecting a string quartet were treated to a full throttle bhangra thrown-down. They were brought clandestinely to Google’s Mountain View Campus by a fan on the inside – and second-lined the joint—with Google employees streaming in from all directions as the event went from zero to viral within two songs. And were handpicked to close the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the center of Trafalgar Square.But even as it’s clear that Red Baraat is building a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that have kept the band on the road all over the world for nearly 200 dates a year. It’s here where the band does what it does best- communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance, which tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage. Here, the universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable. And this is no happy accident. It is the product of intention and design. Says Jain, “We are simple creatures that desire community. If we can unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, then life is that much sweeter.”
Fatbook is heavy dose of Chicago groove with a worldwide perspective. Soul and Jazz sensibilities, Reggae intentions, Hip-Hop beats, and influence of West-African and Brazilian music. The 7 members varied experiences influence who they are as people and the music they create. Fatbook shows are an energized excursion through soundscapes that weave through genres - a sound that you can’t quite place and you you can’t stop moving to. The group makes music that is fresh, colorful, and rooted in groove. Fatbook originally was formed at Lawrence University and won back-to-back “Downbeat Awards” from the jazz world’s Downbeat Magazine in 2009 and 2010. The group has been rooted in Chicago since then, and unique high energy live performances have propelled them to quickly become a recognized force in the Chicago music community. Fatbook’s members are also educators dedicated to bringing youth up within the world of music, dance, and art. The group’s leader Harjinder says, “Expression is essential for the human soul, and teaching is essential for the human community. We love sharing what we love.” An insistence for action and positive change resonates through the group’s motives and what they do. Fatbook has been recently featured at the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, and shared the stage with international artists such as Nneka, Young Blood Brass Band, NativeSun, Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, and Willie-Waldman Project (Snoop Dogg, Banyan, Jane’s Addiction, Santana, and more). Fatbook is currently in the studio working on their full length release with 5 time Grammy nominated engineer and producer Greg Magers (Lupe Fiasco, Mathew Santos, Sidewalk Chalk) and renowned engineer Manny Sanchez (Umphrey’s McGee, Patrick Stump, Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int.).Things are moving fast and not about to slow down. Come dance and spread the movement!
The Jesters formed in Chicago, IL in the fall of 1995, guided by the simple mantra of “life’s too short.” Although their initial influences were strongly rooted in the ska scene, they soon began to incorporate bits of funk, jazz, hip-hop, rock, swing, and punk into their energetic live shows. Appearances on several different compilations soon followed, including the well- received “Everything-Off Beat” Benefit CD from Jump Up! Records. During that same year, the Jesters also released their first full-length CD, “Which is Nice…” and continued playing venues such as the House of Blues, the Cubby Bear, and the Metro. They went on to release a second full-length album, Everybody Loves a Chimp, in September of 2002, and have recorded and released several demos and additional songs since that time.A band that has lasted for this long is bound to undergo some member changes and the Jesters are no exception. Each member change has brought new influences and personalities to the band, as well as a forever-growing costume wardrobe. This has allowed them to hone both their increasingly diverse sound and their dynamic live show. With a steady rhythm section and screaming horns, the female-fronted Jesters continue to earn fans through their fun, eclectic style of music. Their live performances are an explosive, high-energy, in-your-face experience - offering up a healthy portion of hip-shaking grooves and comedic shtick.The Jesters have a varied repertoire of original songs and covers that are guaranteed to move the most stubborn and jaded crowd onto the dance floor. Often defying classification, the Jesters' music spans several different genres, ranging from funk to rock to ska to swing and more. This is due in large part to the many varied influences that each member brings to the band, culminating in a melting pot of original sound. The one common thread that unifies all of their songs is that they are fun and accessible.Their music has been played on several radio stations over the years as well as on college radio stations throughout the United States and the world. They continue to perform at a variety of venues around Chicago and the Midwest including the Elbo Room, the Cubby Bear and Durty Nellie’s. Times have changed over the many years that the Jesters have been together but their ever-present mantra of "life's too short" has remained consistent. They plan to deliver that message to a dance floor near you.
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Mon, Apr 28 - 8pm - $7
Gingrich/Hunt/Moesching is a brand new collaboration between drummer Reuben Gingrich, bassist Jeremiah Hunt and guitarist Samuel Moesching. Gingrich and Hunt also tour with Chicago based funk group The Main Squeeze, and guitarist Moesching has played in many groups around Chicago since recently moving to the States from Switzerland. The music is written and arranged by all 3 members and fuses elements of jazz, fusion, funk and drum & bass to create a fresh and unique sound.
Organ Yank formed in 2007 at Oberlin Conservatory, one of the premier music schools in the world, with the goal of bringing jazz to the people. Organ Yank melds infectious grooves, catchy melodies, and intricate textures into the unique entertainment experience of the century.Currently based out of Chicago, Organ Yank has been hard at work on their follow up to 2010's "We Are Organ Yank." Set to drop Summer 2013, Organ Yank "Hard" will lift spirits and melt faces with its unbridled energy and unparalleled beauty. In short, you will like the way you feel. We guarantee it.Songs flowed from a controlled chaos to a smooth and melodious tone with incredible ease." --The Oberlin Review"Great energy! I loved every minute of it!"--Pat Martino, guitar legend"Organ Yank is awesome!"--Ruth Underwood, former percussionist of Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention"If there ever was a band to embody the term 'auditory orgasm,' Organ Yank would be it."- fearlessandloathing.comIn 2011 Organ Yank burst onto the music scene with an ambitious national tour, playing clubs and colleges in cities as diverse as Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and New York. Since then, Organ Yank has moved to Chicago and is currently taking the Windy City by storm. Since moving, the band has maintained a steady gigging schedule and has played with some of the finest groups in town, including 4 Star Brass Band, Fuzzz, Vincent Davis Percussion Plus, the J. Davis trio, Todd Clouser's A Love Electric and Conflux. The band has played at many diverse places in Chicago including Double Door, Daley Plaza, Martyrs, Elbo Room, Reggie's Music Joint, Uncommon Ground, Red Line Tap and The Tonic Room.
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Tue, Apr 29 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Wed, Apr 30 - 9pm - $7
TERRAPIN FLYER will be performing Shakedown Street in it's entirety for this show. /// 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, May 1 - 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.
Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings play rock and roll the right way. The powerhouse Albany NY combo has wowed crowds at Manhattan's Rodeo Bar, Seattle's Tractor Tavern and all points in-between; and they've done it with uncommon fervor, commitment and flair.The Gretsch-toting Gamsjager draws from a deeper well than most roots rock acts, giving his music a breadth and depth while still keeping the bar hopping and the dance floor filled.In addition to their own dates, Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings have also accompanied Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, for over five years, and frequently work with other seasoned artists like Bill Kirchen, Eddie Angel and Robert Gordon.Jackson says, "I have worked with many bands around the world through the years, and none are better than Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings. Their fine showmanship and musical ability make them the greatest in my book. THEY ROCK!!"The Lustre Kings' new, appropriately-titled long-player "Way Out There" (Wild Boar Records) is their fourth and finest effort.In his liner notes for the album, six-string wizard Deke Dickerson says, "Like a fine wine, the Lustre Kings just get better with each passing year, and this new album has the seasoned bouquet and nutty aftertastes that won’t leave you disappointed."And one-name-only Really Rockabilly reviewer, Kitti, says, a little more seriously than old Deke, "There is a rockin’ rhythm throughout the album which perfectly unites all the songs. You have a feeling of traveling in time through America, and the Lustre Kings’ time machine will show you the way out of the present and introduce you to doo-wop, country, hillbilly, bop and wild rock’n’roll, and then bring you back to rockabilly."As noted, "Way Out There" is the fourth full-length platter from the band. The group's righteous Cacophone debut album, "Mark Gamsjager Rocks & The Lustre Kings Roll," was a travelogue of great American rock and roll, with tunes from legends like Gene Vincent and Ronnie Self, as well as from contemporaries like Commander Cody's Billy C. Farlow and the aforementioned Los Straitjackets’ guitar strangler, Eddie Angel.Amazon.com's Stephen Prisco called the record a keeper, saying "While most rockabilly bands seem to be content with just recreating the sound of classic records from years ago, the Lustre Kings have captured the spirit of that era, tapping into what made those records and artists so great in the first place."The Lustre Kings’ sophomore effort, "Once a King, Always a King," upped the ante with even more "hot boppin’ rockabilly action," prompting the Berkshire Eagle to proclaim "The Lustre Kings dig deep into early rock and related styles, steering away from a greatest-hits oldies approach, preferring to connect the dots among such unlikely musical bedfellows as Conway Twitty, Peanuts Wilson, Link Wray and Duke Ellington (they even render a surf-guitar version of the Duke’s "Caravan")."And the killer third album, "That’s Showbiz," the first on the Lustre Kings’ own Wild Boar Records label, caused The Beat to rave "Gamsjager remembers when "rock 'n' roll" actually used to signify something, and his band sounds like it just left Sun Studios yesterday."The Lustre Kings have a devoted international fan base and they continue to tear up the road every year, performing over 150 dates annually and appearing regularly at events like the Viva Las Vegas Festival (Las Vegas NV), the Heritage Folk Festival (Bangor ME) and the Rockin 50s Fest (Green Bay WI) as well as at famed haunts like the Continental Club (Austin TX), The Sutler (Nashville TN), The Starr Bar (Atlanta GA), The Hi-Tone (Memphis TN), Johnny D’s (Somerville MA), The Big C Jamboree at Martyr’s (Chicago IL) and, of course, the Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl (New Orleans LA).Creative Loafing got it right when they said, "The Lustre Kings have a sound so powerful it leaves listeners hungry for more."
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Fri, May 2 - 8pm - $30adv/$40door
Aziz Fuat Güner, better known as Fuat Güner, is a Turkish pop musician, member of the renowned band MFÖ. Fuat Güner had been playing the guitar during primary school years, he met Mazhar Alanson, and soon the two formed the band "Kaygısızlar" ("The Carefree") inspired by the Beatles. Özkan Uğur joined the group in 1972, and the band was renamed MFÖ, for the initials of its members' names. MFÖ released the album Ele Güne Karşı Yapayalnız, which hit number one and stayed there for 26 consecutive weeks.Fuat Güner is the composer of several film scores and has performed as an actor on stage and in one movie.
In 1988 Hüsnü Şenlendirici studied at the State Conservatory of Turkish Music of the Istanbul Technical University in which he finished in 1992 without a degree. He played in the "magnetic tape" the percussionist Okay Temiz and performed at hundreds of festivals in Turkey.He also was a member of the band "Laço" with his father Ergün Senlendirici. With his own ensemble Sulukule, he plays traditional belly dancing music. He also founded the bands "Laço Tayfa" and "Hüsnü Şenlendirici & Saz Arkadaşları" with which he gave numerous concerts at home and abroad and participated in festivals. He accompanied many musicians of Turkish music. With the group "Laço Tayfa" he released the album "Bergama Gaydası". In 2005 he released his solo album "Hüsn-ü Klarnet".In Istanbul, in July of 2012, he performed with Dhafer Youssef, Aytaç Doğan and others.
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Sat, May 3 - 7pm - $20
Mary Fahl is back ……. armed only with her guitar, that unforgettable voice and a whole new array of original songs. Alone on a stage, her uncluttered performances reveal what is essential about Fahl as an artist - genuine honesty and emotion, captivating melodies, and songs built around big ideas rooted in what it is to be human."Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s cult band October Project, an East Coast chamber-pop group that recorded two poetic albums for Epic, selling over 300,000 albums. Since her "October Project" days, Fahl has written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song (“Going Home”) for the Warner Bros. Civil War epic “Gods and Generals” and recorded solo albums for Sony Classical and V2 Records, including her recently released re-imagining of the Pink Floyd classic, “Dark Side of the Moon”. Mary Fahl defies stereotypes and that may be her greatest strength. Her elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man’s folk-pop. The one constant in Mary’s varied career is a deeply passionate, soul-searching voice that Steve Morse of the Boston Globe dubbed “A voice for the gods”. With a myriad of powerful new songs that she’s written over the past few months, coupled with October Project favorites and a mix of songs from her recorded albums, Fahl is back on tour, continuing to take audiences on a journey of emotional discovery and “transport listeners to other realms” (Boston Globe).
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Sat, May 3 - 9:30pm - $10
Edward David Anderson is an artist as ancient as he is modern. In a time when the music business desperately flails about, grasping at any new trend that will save its sinking ship, he exists far outside its confines. Best known for his work with the revered Midwestern rock band Backyard Tire Fire who released a string of acclaimed albums in the previous decade, Anderson returns to the national stage with his highly anticipated solo debut, Lies & Wishes. Produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, it finds Anderson creating his own mythology through a collection of songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots. Anderson sings, "I'm the son of a plumber, from a God fearing mother." The lyric says much about where his story begins as an artist. He was born and raised just west of Chicago and lives a simple life, spending winters in an RV alongside the Gulf of Mexico in lower Alabama. Anderson's an American songwriter on an existential quest who seeks and who searches through song.
Cody is a folk-singer’s folk-singer and a poet’s poet. He was born and bred in Delavan IL, population 25, surrounded by the endless skies of the American Midwest. Before moving to Chicago in 2003, Cody tried his hand at sessions in Nashville and carefully hewed and tested his art in college town bars and honky-tonks around the Midwest. He now plays regularly in the city and it’s not uncommon to see whole rooms full of strangers erupt and sing along to the choruses of his songs on their first listen (I’ve seen it happen). Cody’s voice is powerful and gritty, emotionally piercing while subtly imbuing additional layers of meaning and poignancy in his lyrical delivery. His song-writing is deeply rooted in the American Folk tradition and all of its grit but with a post Dylan sense of wit, perspicacity and that certain savior-faire. He didn’t go to college but he drank all of their beer.Every folk-singer has to migrate to the city, in a way it seems to be hidden in definition of a folk singer anymore. Cody has come to remind Chicago that it is in Illinois. And to remind the rest of the world that when Louis Armstrong redefined, some say invented the art of Jazz in the 1920′s he brought his Hot Fives to Chicago to do it. When Robert Johnson wanted to put his Mississippi Mud on wax, his hellhound chased him to Chicago to do it. And same like, Cody has come to Chicago to deliver what it needs, when it isn’t even sure itself. He is currently recording a collection of songs from his vast back-catalog and performing across the heartland.
Many people play roots music, but few modern musicians live those roots like Minnesota's Charlie Parr. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Parr's heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don't strive for authenticity: They are authentic.It's the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up without a TV but with his dad's recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. With his long scraggly hair, father-time beard, thrift-store workingman's flannel and jeans, and emphatic, throaty voice, Parr looks and sounds like he would have fit right into Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Folk Music."Parr uses three instruments, not including his own stomping foot. He got an 1890 banjo the first time he heard Dock Boggs. "I don't do claw hammer, I don't do Scruggs-style, it's just a version of me trying to play like Dock Boggs, I guess," Parr says. He has two Nationals, a 12-string and a Resonator, which became an obsession when Parr saw a picture of Son House playing it. "The first time I got my paws on one, I went into debt to buy it," he says. "Nationals are fun because they are as much mechanical as instrumental, you can take them apart and put them back together again." On an overseas tour, the neck of the Resonator broke in baggage: he played the guitar by shimming the neck inside the body with popsicle sticks. "It solidifies your relationship with the instrument so much: It's as much part of you as anything else.""Sometimes it feels like Charlie Parr is already dead. Maybe it's because his recordings sound older than dirt and twice as gritty, or it could be his intrinsic obsession with mortality. Maybe it's because his music is just plain haunting." -Jed Nussbaum
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Mon, May 5 - 8pm - $7
Floating somewhere between jazz, indie rock, and minimalism, Laurenzi/Ernst/Green has developed a distinct group sound that balances intricate compositions and uninhibited improvisation with a strong melodic core. Featuring tenor saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst, and drummer Andrew Green, the trio has established itself as a unique and valuable asset to Chicago’s vibrant music community. All About Jazz praised the group’s debut album ‘Sightline’ (2013) as “bold in its youthful energy, sophisticated in its thematic unity…fresh, enjoyable and exciting.”
Matt Ulery is a Chicago based bassist and composer performing since the age of 14 years. Ulery’s music is informed by the entire spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk– specifically American, South American, Balkan, and other European folk styles. He performs not only on upright and electric bass, but doubles on tuba.Ulery is the leader of his own group, Loom, and a member, among others, of Eastern Blok, and the Grazyna Auguscik Group. Ulery has released 4 albums of all original music under his name and is releasing a double album on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music record label in March 2012.Ulery earn his bachelors degree in music composition at The Chicago College of Performing at Roosevelt University and has played in bands with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jarek Bester, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Patricia Barber, Ron Perrillo, Goran Ivanovic, Jeff Parker, Zach Brock, and many others.When not touring parts of the U.S. and Europe with his groups, Matt appears regularly in the Chicago area music venues and has played performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Chicago Orchestra Hall, Millenium Park Pritzker Pavillion, and countless other fine music listening rooms. The Loom trio featuresMatt Ulery - bass, Rob Clearfield - keyboard. Jon Deitemyer - drums.
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Tue, May 6 - 8pm - $7
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.
Prichard Harter is NOT your average bluegrass band. Formed with a tasteful arrangement of electric and acoustic sound with the ability to play multiple platforms including traditional bluegrass, original material and eclectic covers, this mix of bluegrass, rock, and blues will make you stomp your feet and dance that goofy dance.
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Wed, May 7 - 8pm - $7
The Crow Quill Night Owls are a band that plays jug band, jazz, and string band music of the 1920's and 1930's. They were formed in 2007 by guitarist Kit "Stymee" Stovepipe and tenor banjoist Windy City Alex. they've since added Baylin Adahere on washtub bass. The group fluctuates from a trio to a six person band and often features members of other bands in similar genres.
Sanctified Grumblers debut CD "no lie" will be available in Late February / early March. The recording features Grumblers founders Eric Noden and Rick "Cookin" Sherry along with both of the bands bass players Beau Sample on upright bass and Mike Hogg on sousaphone. Special guests include Jim Becker (Califone and Iron & Wine) as well as Jazz drummer/composer Mike Reed. Tom V. Ray ( bassist with Neko Case and Jakob Dylan) plays banjo and uke on the CD and contributed 2 of his own tunes to the project.
According to master songster Honey Hole Johnson, he is Chicago's premier authority on the subject of, "Doing what I want and getting paid." Aided by the hypnotic rhythms of drummer Chris Lee, Honey Hole Johnson will guide you from the frozen wastes of the north country to the sweaty bottom lands of sweet Dixie. At one moment, his guitar provokes tears of tender sentimentality. At others, his virtuosity arouses the audience to fits of sexual ecstasy!Honey Hole Johnson is his name. Fancy picking is his game.
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Fri, May 9 - 8pm - $20
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, May 8 - 7pm - $20
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Sat, May 10 - 9:30pm - $12
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Mon, May 12 - 8pm - $7
Great Moments in Vinyl is a band playing tribute to your favorite LPs! Acollaborative effort between master of ceremonies and bassist, Bill Cochran, a veteran Chicago radio personality (WXRT, WNUA...and WXRT again), and music director/guitarist/vocalist, John Mead, an accomplished musician who performs regularly in Chicago and teaches at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The band will be augmented by musicians selected to round out the arrangements for each song.
It started with a note on a high school bulletin board calling for potential musicians to meet in the home of one of their classmates to talk about forming a band. Today, thirty-eight years, twelve albums, twenty-two Grammy awards, and sales of 150 million records worldwide later, the group shows no signs of losing steam. U2 is a musical phenomenon, beating the odds, shattering expectations, and changing the world. And with our next performance, Great Moments in Vinyl plays tribute to this fantastically successful and enduring band, presenting two of their legendary recordings in their entirety: The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby. And along the way, you'll get the back story behind the songs, the players, and the culture they were a part of.
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Tue, May 13 - 8pm - $7
Contemporary resonator guitarist, Mark Lavengood, has been on the national bluegrass scene for a few years crafting his tone and technique on the dobro with his bandmates, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys. They tour the country and play more than 180 shows a year. In 2012, Lavengood won the dobro competition at the prestigious RockyGrass Music Festival. Mark recently went into Double Phelix Studio in Kalamazoo, Michigan and recorded fifteen songs for his third studio album. The cast and crew feature some of Michigan's finest bluegrass musicians including Lavengood on dobro, guitar, vocals, songwriting and cajón, Billy Strings on guitar and vocals, Joshua Rilko on mandolin and vocals, Keith Billik on banjo, Ben Rolston on bass, and guest artists Lindsay Lou, Samantha Cooper, Jen Sygit, Melody Walker, Jacob Groopman, PJ George, Joe Wilson, Reese Gall and Jon Brakefield. The bluegrass dobro album, aptly titled, "No Part of Nothin'" (which is a reference to the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe's attitude toward progressive bluegrass music and the inclusion of dobro in the traditional bluegrass instrument lineup) features original instrumental and vocal numbers by Lavengood as well as a medley of Jerry Douglas and Béla Fleck tunes, a Gillian Welch song, and a handful of traditionals, including a few by the ol' hose, Bill Monroe!The Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza! will be touring in support of "No Part of Nothin'" on a stretch of CD releases in various cities in his native state, Michigan, as well as Chicago and Nashville. The band will consist of a selection of some of the finest pickers on the scene, including Billy Strings, Don Julin, Lindsay Lou, Joshua Rilko, Brad Phillips, Keith Billik, Derek Smith, Jason Dennie, Nick DiSebastian, Christian Sedelmeyer, PJ George, Spencer Cain, Ben Rolston, Grant Ziolkowski, Peter Smith, Andrew Wilkins, Ben Benedict and others. Imagine high energy bluegrass with evocative instrumental dynamics, improvisational charisma and a click-tight groove - that is what the Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza! strives to achieve at every live performance. The band features creative, instrumental improvisations and vocal harmonies coupled with an eclectic blend of originals and traditionals played in a modern fashion. For more information, visit www.MarkLavengood.com
At first glance, Dog 1 may appear to be new to the scene, but each member of the group is a seasoned performer and top-notch musician. Formed in 2011, the band is based in the roots of traditional bluegrass music while pushing the boundaries and incorporating other styles into their sound. Their shows range from laid-back and intimate to a high lonesome, high energy, good time atmosphere so there’s a little bit for everyone.Dog 1 can play all the standards you know and love, but what really sets them apart are some great, unique covers (nope – I’m not giving it away, you’ll just have to come to a show and find out what they are) AND to top it off they have an ever-increasing collection of original songs – many of which are included on their upcoming EP, aptly titled: ‘Dog 1 – the EP’.So, bluegrass from Chicago? It happens a lot more than you might think. So come on out, see a show, pick up a CD and spend a little time with Dog 1… I promise you, you’ll be glad you did.
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Wed, May 14 - 8pm - $7
Ten Foot Tail is literally a “band of brothers” that features Pauly and Christopher Castelli. Their musical talents were crafted in Park Ridge which is known for being an artist colony with famous Italian artists like Alfonso Iannelli. The brothers have been playing music their whole lives together sharing the stage with acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Heart. The brothers have also opened the Miss U.S.A. Pageant on National T.V.The band lineup features the hottest session musicians available who perform as MC, DJ, bass and keyboards. To detail some of their studio work, the Castelli Brothers have had the honor of working with legendary producer Bob Ezrin, who has produced epic records for bands such as Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed and countless others. Working with one of the greatest producers in rock history and present took the Castelli Brothers to a whole new level in their approach towards music.Since that time, Pauly and Christopher have done much touring, writing and recording. Their music has been played nationally and on Chicago’s 93.1 WXRT as well as performing live in the studio on Chicago’s Q101 radio and WGN TV.Ten Foot Tail is a unique band with original songs and musicians who can improvise and take their sound from jazz, Latin, blues and funk, to rock, soul and hip-hop. Ten Foot Tail brings a great vibe for a great show that is always evolving!
Groove Witness is a 5-piece funk/jazz/soul band from Chicago. Following in the tradition of other jazz-funk groups like Liquid Soul, Galactic, and Soulive, Groove Witness plays mostly instrumentals, occasionally adding vocals when the collective muse demands it. Groove Witness plays mostly original songs, and most of the band's original music is collectively composed by the entire band. A tune is usually born with a contribution from a single member - an entire form and chord progression; a simple bass line and a bit of a melody; a guitar riff and a couple chords - and then the band goes through many live iterations of a tune, trying out different musical ideas and concepts before settling on the final arrangement. This organic process keeps the music original and fresh, and tunes evolve somewhat of their own volition as they are played time and again in rehearsal. Our collective musical soul is rooted in jazz harmony and rhythm with a good helping of funk, soul, and rock flavor as well. We hope you dig the music... we have lots of fun playing it.
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Thu, May 15 - 9pm - $8adv/$10door
The Helping Phriendly Orchestra revisits Phish shows in their entirety withMark Hague on guitar/vocals,Rich Fobes on keyboards/vocals,Garrett Degnan on bass/vocals, andMike Schroeder on drums/vocals.
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Fri, May 16 - 7pm - $30
If one wants to talk about the most amazing groups of musicians currently playing together, at the top of the list is The Ringers, featuring Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock, and Etienne Mbappe. The concept of The Ringers was to bring five iconic musicians together, not just to perform as a super-group, but to work together as a unifying artistic force; one in which people put music ahead of their egos to collectively create great music. These five veteran musicians will perform together, featuring new material written exclusively for this band, as well as each individuals' solo material and cover tunes chosen by the players.
Jimmy Herring, as the founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Project Z and Jazz is Dead (in addition to having played with everyone from The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead to Phil Lesh and Friends, and Bela Fleck) has made his indelible impact on the music world. He currently serves as the lead guitarist for the very popular American Band, Widespread Panic and released his second solo album, Subject To Change Without Notice.
Wayne Krantz released his tenth album, Howie 61, this past April to glowing critical praise. Krantz has played with Randy Brecker, Leni Stern and Steely Dan, among others. Through a succession of highly lauded solo recordings, Krantz has continuously evolved as an artist by pushing himself in new and exciting directions and is revered for his forward-thinking approach to improvisation.
Gary Novak, an amazing drummer, began his career at the young age of 10, playing in his famous pianist father’s (Larry Novak) trio in Chicago. Novak has recorded and/or toured with such musical luminaries as Chick Corea, Alanis Morrisette, Allan Holdsworth, Andrew WK, Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, George Benson and Anita Baker along with many more.
Michael Landau, musician and composer, is a prolific session guitarist and performer who has played on hundreds of records since the 1980s, some session highlights include: Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. He has toured with Robben Ford, the Steve Gadd Band, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and his own project The Michael Landau Group. With many recordings under his name, the latest being ‘Organic Instrumentals’, his music flows intensely ranging from spooky ballads with beautiful improvisation to intense Rock ‘n’ Roll with vocals.
Bass player Etienne Mbappe is best known for his years with the Zawinul Syndicate. In the 1980ís he was the centerpiece of the jazz fusion band Ultramarine which fused jazz with elements of African and Caribbean influences. Moappe played with Ray Charles on his last album and is currently a member of John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension.
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Fri, May 16 - 10pm - $30
If one wants to talk about the most amazing groups of musicians currently playing together, at the top of the list is The Ringers, featuring Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock, and Etienne Mbappe. The concept of The Ringers was to bring five iconic musicians together, not just to perform as a super-group, but to work together as a unifying artistic force; one in which people put music ahead of their egos to collectively create great music. These five veteran musicians will perform together, featuring new material written exclusively for this band, as well as each individuals' solo material and cover tunes chosen by the players.
Jimmy Herring, as the founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Project Z and Jazz is Dead (in addition to having played with everyone from The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead to Phil Lesh and Friends, and Bela Fleck) has made his indelible impact on the music world. He currently serves as the lead guitarist for the very popular American Band, Widespread Panic and released his second solo album, Subject To Change Without Notice.
Wayne Krantz released his tenth album, Howie 61, this past April to glowing critical praise. Krantz has played with Randy Brecker, Leni Stern and Steely Dan, among others. Through a succession of highly lauded solo recordings, Krantz has continuously evolved as an artist by pushing himself in new and exciting directions and is revered for his forward-thinking approach to improvisation.
Gary Novak, an amazing drummer, began his career at the young age of 10, playing in his famous pianist father’s (Larry Novak) trio in Chicago. Novak has recorded and/or toured with such musical luminaries as Chick Corea, Alanis Morrisette, Allan Holdsworth, Andrew WK, Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, George Benson and Anita Baker along with many more.
Michael Landau, musician and composer, is a prolific session guitarist and performer who has played on hundreds of records since the 1980s, some session highlights include: Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. He has toured with Robben Ford, the Steve Gadd Band, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and his own project The Michael Landau Group. With many recordings under his name, the latest being ‘Organic Instrumentals’, his music flows intensely ranging from spooky ballads with beautiful improvisation to intense Rock ‘n’ Roll with vocals.
Bass player Etienne Mbappe is best known for his years with the Zawinul Syndicate. In the 1980ís he was the centerpiece of the jazz fusion band Ultramarine which fused jazz with elements of African and Caribbean influences. Moappe played with Ray Charles on his last album and is currently a member of John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension.
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Sat, May 17 - 9:30pm - $10adv/$12door
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)
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra is an example of musical sincerity. Weaving together collective and individual influences without compromise, they are as much themselves as they are a unit—a crucial trait of landmark instrumental ensembles. Equally captivating is steel pannist and founder Jonathan Scales’ compositional skill as is his tasteful, avant-garde improvisational approach. Driftwood Magazine says "Scales is to steel pans ….what Béla Fleck is to the banjo—an über innovator." Drummer and percussionist Phill Bronson drives the Fourchestra’s time-shifting, modern grooves with graceful polyrhythmic chops and the listening ability of a true master. (His talent has been praised by Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, Ellie Mannette, and others.) Bassist Cody Wright, the group’s newest addition, rounds out the ensemble with a groundbreaking hybrid picking style stemming from his background as a highly practiced fusion guitarist. With gut-wrenching grooves and blistering, soulful melodic lines, Wright’s mix of flash and feel adds a unique depth to the Fourchestra. Together, the group explodes onto stages with an indescribable sound that is as much felt as it is heard, and is said to have "a Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity that works." (Pan on the Net) The group’s self-titled debut collaborative album features unparalleled sonic density and envelope-pushing compositions. Guest collaborators include Grammy winning masters Victor Wooten and Howard Levy (Béla Fleck and the Flecktones) and is fully orchestrated with horns and strings.
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Mon, May 19 - 8pm - $8
Kick the Cat is Chicago's most highly acclaimed fusion ensemble. Since forming in 1996, the band has been wowing audiences with their high energy shows. Their compositions are grounded in the traditions of jazz, rock and funk and feature complex harmony, odd time signatures, and extended improvisations. The group's spontaneity and uncanny communication make each of their live performances a unique adventure in interactive music-making.
General Zod is a new Chicago area fusion group with the core members of Fred Krubel on guitar, Brad Dickert on drums, and Katherine Andrick on violin. The group plays fusion originals as well as jams masterfully on face-melting fusion tunes. Basically, they are all about the fusion!. For this show, they are joined by bassist Chris Clemente and keyboardist Paul Mutzabaugh to pay tribute to the great fusion group, Mahavishnu Orchestra by playing the "Inner Mounting Flame" album in it's entirety.
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Tue, May 20 - 8pm - $12
Zappa alumni meet young upcoming west coast talent to form the exciting new band "Roister." The vision of Roister is to provide a celebration of life, dance, and improv music in a live scenario. While there is a song structure, deviation of that structure is greatly encouraged. Markus Messina first met Ray White in Eureka, California. Rubin Diaz introduced the two and they knew a collaboration had begun. Having heavy Michigan roots, they brought the idea to Jesse Clayton (The Macpodz and Math Games) and immediately started bouncing ideas off each other. Ray decided Tom Fowler, bassist for The Mothers of Invention, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Ray Charles, would be the right fit. Tom brings his knowledge and love of jazz , fusion, and funk to the groups vibe. Thomas McCree was introduced to the guys via Melvin Seals and was immediately hired. Thomas is a Bay Area native who knows how to drive this music to the next level. Roister prides itself on providing a one time musical experience per venue. With Ray at the helm we are able to have a conversation with the audience at every show, thus making each show that much different than the next. The first run of shows have received a great response from venue management and fans alike. We've shared the stage with Melvin Seals and The Jerry Garcia Band ladies. This year we are adding special guest, Robert Martin on vocals, saxophone, french horn, and second keyboard. His extraordinaire skills will blend well with Roisters already adventurous sounds. Experience Roister, a state of being.
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Wed, May 21 - 8pm - $7
Handler was founded in Chicago 6 years ago as a concept album recording session project launched by the Chicago Blues & Rock musician T.J. Travelbee, who is also guitarist and vocalist for Handler. Joining T.J. is lead guitarist and vocalist Packy Lundholm ( I Fight Dragons, Departure) Kevin Ford on B3 Organ and Fender Rhodes (Founder of Chicago Afrobeat, Elev8tor) Geoff Shell (Polarcode, The Hue) & Noah Plotkin on Drums ( Citay, Luke Temple, Ian Mcdonald) The players were united in the studio cutting tracks for the independent record label & content production house, Blue Sky Fable here in Chicago back in 2008. Together Handler pulls their influences from late 60′s/mid 70′s and 80′s classics while creating a new element of sound and musical energy of their own. On May 21st 2014 Live at Martyrs they will be performing their newest EP "Without Warning" as well as some highlighted favorites from the past.
The sound of Chicago’s Derby Soul can be described as a powerful blend of divergent styles, including pop, rock and roll and even classical music. Fueled by guitar driven melodies and entrancing vocal harmonies, the music of Derby Soul draws in audiences with a unique instrumental collaboration and lyrics that touch on everybody’s dirty little secrets. A quintet having formed in 2013, the band has since played throughout the State of Illinois, including some of Chicago’s most familiar local venues, such as Double Door, Fizz Bar and The Store. The lyrics of Sean Walker and Geoff Kartes grow from interpersonal relations that we all experience; “Sex With Strangers” involves the pressures of unfamiliar social interaction, while “Con” is influenced by the dishonesty that is found in the leading of a double life, often necessitated by the need to hide that which we desire to remain unseen. Story-telling songs like “Fire Escape” and “Hell” are sure to captivate. In the music of Derby Soul, both traditional rock elements and a touch of classical are combined for a sonic experience unlike many others. Cello and violin are often interwoven with the blazing guitar riffs and driving rhythm section that most would expect from a Chicago rock act. The band features a wide stylistic variety, ranging from rock-influence dance beats to hints of blues and grunge.
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Thu, May 22 - 8pm - $10
Chicago's Swamp Heat proudly carries on the tradition and sound of New Orleans dance music into the 21st century. Known for their irresistible grooves and heartfelt ballads, the band sheds light on forgotten gems and continues to push the music forward with their own unique voice. After a chance encounter, Chicago native Brandi Sanders has been thrust from the church into the limelight and continues to electrify audiences near and far.
The Despotic Hall of Fame is the creation of Bill Acuña. He is a songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist playing in the local Chicago music scene since the late 1980s. He created the group in 2010 with the intention of writing and recording a broad spectrum of musical styles from Stax-soul, to Spanish Tuna, to Brazilian samba, to African bikutsi, to Jamaican reggae to delta blues. In between these influences, a lot of radio-friendly pop tunes were created. The Despotic Hall of Fame has released 3 albums in the last 3 years. During the recording of each album, Bill called upon the input of 15 to 20 musicians per record. Drawing upon the strengths and support of his many creativity partners, Bill was able to develop a symphony of different sounds that have a common core element rooted in the rhythm section and his guitar playing. He calls this his “iPod Shuffle” style of music.
The Opposition Party delivers vintage afrofunk sounds driven by 4 horns, multiple percussionists, and a tight, grooving rhythm section. Acclaimed vocalist Mark Ford and talking drum player Mamadou Mbengue lead the show.
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Fri, May 23 - 9pm - $20
“It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.”This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b.Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years.Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington.In 2003, Oz released his debut record – “Oz Live” – recorded at NYC’s legendary Bitter End. In 2004, Oz signed with Magna Carta Records and in 2005, released his highly-acclaimed studio record “HA!” with his all-star band featuring Fig, Carlock, Lee and Genus plus special guests Mike Stern and George Whitty.In April of 2007, a licensing deal with Magna Carta and Japanese label Videoarts opened the door for Oz's music in Japan. Later that year saw the release of “Fuzzy Feat,” Oz’s third record under the Magna Carta label. For Fuzzy Feat, Oz’s all-star band is joined by various special guests including Colaiuta, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and keyboardists Whitty and Jim Beard.September 2009 saw the release of Oz’s fourth album, “Schizophrenic,” featuring Lee, Fig, Carlock, Weckl, Ricky Peterson, Chris Palmero, and special guest Steve Lukather.September 2011 is expected the release of Oz’s fifth studio album “Twisted Blues” Featuring Vinnie Coliauta, Anton Fig, Chris Layton, Will Lee, Roscoe Beck , John Medeski, Jerry Z, Reese Wynans, Ralph Macdonald and special guests Eric Johnson & Allen Toussaint.For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for “best guitar riff on a record” in 2007. In 2008, Oz won the Guitar Player’s readers poll again; this time for “best new talent.”Oz Noy has performed, toured and recorded with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano, Wonder Girls, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, The East Village Opera Company, Roger Glover, Bill Evans, Warren Hayes, Gove’t Mule, Allen Toussaint, Eric Johnson and others.
Two time Grammy winning bassist Oteil Burbridge has been in the music business touring and recording for over three decades. His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991 when he became a founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, a cult classic that has stood the test of time. That led to his membership in the classic rock group The Allman Brothers Band. Since 1997, his work with the band has earned him two Grammy nominations for best rock instrumental, in 2003 and in 2004. Over the years, Oteil has shared the stage with rock and blues legends such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Trey Anastasio. In 2012, Oteil received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his 15 year contribution to the Allman Brothers Band as the longest running bassist in the band’s history.While touring and recording with the Allman Brothers over the years, Oteil still found time to collaborate with many other musicians. He formed his solo group, Oteil and the Peacemakers in 1998. From 1998 until 2007, the group toured extensively and released three albums. In 2001, Oteil joined Phish’s keyboardist Page McConnell and The Funky Meters’ drummer Russell Batiste to form Vida Blue. He also founded an improv based trio with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and Max Creek guitarist Scott Murawski in 2008.Oteil's latest venture has been another dream come true for him: being reunited on the stuage with his brother Kofi, after ten years of touring separately. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band in late 2010, featuring the Burbridge brothers in the rhythm section, and the band released their first record, Revelator, in 2011. This 11-piece super group has been wowing crowds at festivals, theaters and concert halls across the globe. The Tedeschi Trucks Band played Eric Clapton's iconic Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2011. Oteil’s original composition “Love Has Something Else to Say” was including in the DVD release and on TTB’s Grammy-winning debut album. The Tedeschi Trucks Band released their second album (and first live album) in 2012, titled “Everybody’s Talkin”.Over the years, Oteil has also recorded and shared the stage with jazz and jazz-rock fusion legends Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Jerry Goodman, Bob Moses, Lenny White, Steve Smith, Bela Fleck, Jimmy Herring (solo), Howard Levi, Victor Wooten and Branford Marsalis.
Keith Carlock is a professional drummer currently residing in New York City, NY and Nashville, TN.He has recorded and/or toured with such musical luminaries as John Mayer, Sting, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Diana Ross, Faith Hill, The Blues Brothers Band, Mike Stern, Leni Stern, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Wayne Krantz, Rudder, Harry Belafonte, Oz Noy, Larry Carlton, Clay Aiken, Rascal Flatts, Paula Abdul and Grover Washington, Jr, to name a few.Within one bar of the groove, I can tell it's Keith. There's nobody out there who sounds like him. - Oz NoyKeith was recently voted number 1 Pop drummer, number 1 Fusion drummer, and number 1 Best All-Around drummer in Modern Drummer's 2009 Readers Poll and would like to thank all that voted!When Keith plays he's not mathematical. He's very spiritual. He's as advanced technically as anyone I've ever played with, but his technique always serves the music. - Wayne Krantz
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Sat, May 24 - 8pm - $20
“It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.”This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b.Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years.Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington.In 2003, Oz released his debut record – “Oz Live” – recorded at NYC’s legendary Bitter End. In 2004, Oz signed with Magna Carta Records and in 2005, released his highly-acclaimed studio record “HA!” with his all-star band featuring Fig, Carlock, Lee and Genus plus special guests Mike Stern and George Whitty.In April of 2007, a licensing deal with Magna Carta and Japanese label Videoarts opened the door for Oz's music in Japan. Later that year saw the release of “Fuzzy Feat,” Oz’s third record under the Magna Carta label. For Fuzzy Feat, Oz’s all-star band is joined by various special guests including Colaiuta, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and keyboardists Whitty and Jim Beard.September 2009 saw the release of Oz’s fourth album, “Schizophrenic,” featuring Lee, Fig, Carlock, Weckl, Ricky Peterson, Chris Palmero, and special guest Steve Lukather.September 2011 is expected the release of Oz’s fifth studio album “Twisted Blues” Featuring Vinnie Coliauta, Anton Fig, Chris Layton, Will Lee, Roscoe Beck , John Medeski, Jerry Z, Reese Wynans, Ralph Macdonald and special guests Eric Johnson & Allen Toussaint.For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for “best guitar riff on a record” in 2007. In 2008, Oz won the Guitar Player’s readers poll again; this time for “best new talent.”Oz Noy has performed, toured and recorded with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano, Wonder Girls, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, The East Village Opera Company, Roger Glover, Bill Evans, Warren Hayes, Gove’t Mule, Allen Toussaint, Eric Johnson and others.
Two time Grammy winning bassist Oteil Burbridge has been in the music business touring and recording for over three decades. His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991 when he became a founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, a cult classic that has stood the test of time. That led to his membership in the classic rock group The Allman Brothers Band. Since 1997, his work with the band has earned him two Grammy nominations for best rock instrumental, in 2003 and in 2004. Over the years, Oteil has shared the stage with rock and blues legends such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Trey Anastasio. In 2012, Oteil received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his 15 year contribution to the Allman Brothers Band as the longest running bassist in the band’s history.While touring and recording with the Allman Brothers over the years, Oteil still found time to collaborate with many other musicians. He formed his solo group, Oteil and the Peacemakers in 1998. From 1998 until 2007, the group toured extensively and released three albums. In 2001, Oteil joined Phish’s keyboardist Page McConnell and The Funky Meters’ drummer Russell Batiste to form Vida Blue. He also founded an improv based trio with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and Max Creek guitarist Scott Murawski in 2008.Oteil's latest venture has been another dream come true for him: being reunited on the stuage with his brother Kofi, after ten years of touring separately. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band in late 2010, featuring the Burbridge brothers in the rhythm section, and the band released their first record, Revelator, in 2011. This 11-piece super group has been wowing crowds at festivals, theaters and concert halls across the globe. The Tedeschi Trucks Band played Eric Clapton's iconic Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2011. Oteil’s original composition “Love Has Something Else to Say” was including in the DVD release and on TTB’s Grammy-winning debut album. The Tedeschi Trucks Band released their second album (and first live album) in 2012, titled “Everybody’s Talkin”.Over the years, Oteil has also recorded and shared the stage with jazz and jazz-rock fusion legends Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Jerry Goodman, Bob Moses, Lenny White, Steve Smith, Bela Fleck, Jimmy Herring (solo), Howard Levi, Victor Wooten and Branford Marsalis.
Keith Carlock is a professional drummer currently residing in New York City, NY and Nashville, TN.He has recorded and/or toured with such musical luminaries as John Mayer, Sting, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Diana Ross, Faith Hill, The Blues Brothers Band, Mike Stern, Leni Stern, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Wayne Krantz, Rudder, Harry Belafonte, Oz Noy, Larry Carlton, Clay Aiken, Rascal Flatts, Paula Abdul and Grover Washington, Jr, to name a few.Within one bar of the groove, I can tell it's Keith. There's nobody out there who sounds like him. - Oz NoyKeith was recently voted number 1 Pop drummer, number 1 Fusion drummer, and number 1 Best All-Around drummer in Modern Drummer's 2009 Readers Poll and would like to thank all that voted!When Keith plays he's not mathematical. He's very spiritual. He's as advanced technically as anyone I've ever played with, but his technique always serves the music. - Wayne Krantz
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Mon, May 26 - 8pm - $7
The Monthly Visit is a live talk show, celebrating Chicago and its most fascinating, idiosyncratic, and compelling denizens.You may know Kevin O'Donnell as one bad-A mother-F-N musician [drummer for Andrew Bird], but it turns out that in his past life he was a talk show host. In the spirit of reincarnation, Kevin's stepping out from behind the drum set to host the Monthly Visit. Each show features guest interviews, music, comedy, booze, a live house band, and other surprises. Oh, and nuts. No KO'D show would be complete without some nut snacks.Catch our event live every Monday of the month! Also, if you missed the show, or want to hear it again, tune into our podcast. For more information, email us, post on our facebook wall (facebook.com/MonthlyVisit), or send some ESP our way. As always, we're especially grateful to our producing partners, High Concept Laboratories and Martyrs'.
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Tue, May 27 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Thu, May 29 - 8:30pm - $10
Soundtrack Serenade is part “live-music party” and part “game show” for fans of cinema and the classic songs that provide the backdrop for a compilation of the best movies of all time. A collection of some of Chicago’s finest jazz and rock musicians perform a movie soundtrack - all the songs that are on the soundtrack as well as choice cuts from the movie that didn’t make the record are performed while the movie is shown on screen. In-between songs, the band conducts movie trivia (from the performed soundtrack) for the crowd to win prizes.
SOUNDTRACK SERENADE is teaming up BOX OF STARS, a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting mental health awareness through music, in delving into one of the greatest soundtracks of all time. The soundtrack to THIS IS SPINAL TAP will be performed live Thursday, May 29th at Martyrs to raise money for the charitable foundation. The band will be comprised of 12 different drummers, one for each song, and will be lead by Chicago-based guitarist Neal Alger. Medical staff will be on hand when and if a drummer experiences early signs of spontaneous combustion.From the sacred rock psalm Hell Hole, to the deliciously talented guitar licks of Rock and Roll Creation, to majestic poetry of Cups and Cakes; the sites, sounds and smells of Spinal Tap will come to life. Trivia from Spinal Tap and a raffle will be intertwined between songs for the crowd to win prizes. All proceeds go to Box of Stars. The band features:NEAL ALGER-Guitar/Vocals,CHARLIE SHORT-Bass/Vocals,ETHAN SEMONE-Guitar,DAN INGENTHRON-Keys/Vocals, and on DRUMS:TED SIROTA,DAN LEALI,MAKAYA McCRAVEN,GEORGE FLUDAS,GERALD DOWD,LARRY BEERS,JOHN MALONEY,TOM HIPSKIND,TIMOTHY REMIS,STEVE CHESNEY,BARRY BENNETT,JOHN ASELIN.
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Fri, May 30 - 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.
Led by acclaimed drummer Brad Elvis and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chloe F. Orwell, Chicago's The Handcuffs explore broad sonic territory while believing in the power of a great radio hook. Inhabiting some of the same musical domain as T-Rex, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers and Spiders from Mars era Bowie, The Handcuffs deliver bold, sexy songs with memorable melodies and unexpected twists. Known as much for their dynamic live shows as for being prolific writers and producers, their songs have been featured in dozens of films and television shows on Showtime, the CW, NBC, Showtime, MTV, VH1, PBS, HBO, A&E and more. The band has released three full-length albums and is currently working on the fourth.
The Star Darts are a pop/punk band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Formed in summer 2013 and rapidly building momentum, the group originated as a studio project by Todd Long. The band has recently signed to Attack Media Group(AMG)/Universal for the release of their 7 song E.P titled "Shooting Star Darts" in the spring of 2014.
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Sat, May 31 - 6pm - $8
A special Moth-style StorySLAM celebrating the Day of Service volunteer efforts. All volunteers from the weekend’s volunteering activities will get free admission. Everyone else is $8 at the door. Don Hall hosts! /// 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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Sat, May 31 - 9:30pm - $8
Brothers Frankie, Patrick, and Michael O'Malley are The SAFES. Their father, a working musician, record collector and all around music lover filled the house with live sounds, great records (Little Richard, Magic Sam, & Buck Owens...) and an array of musical instruments. This environment ultimately led to the development of this very special band. The SAFES have that unique chemistry that comes when talented siblings form a band (think Kinks, AC/DC, Everly Brothers, Beach Boys). This chemistry fuels The SAFES' records as well as their live shows. Touring coast-to-coast for the past few years, performing in over 100 cities in 35 states, The SAFES have established large, loyal fanbases across the country on the strength of their live show, which is a sweaty explosion of energy and melody. They've also shared the stage with artists such as Andrew Bird, The Smoking Popes, members of Wilco and The Raconteurs, to name a few, as well as having worked with some top producers, such as Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, The Shins), Keith Cleversley (Flaming Lips), Jim Diamond (White Stripes), and Jason Ward (Arcade Fire). The quality of their past releases have also brought them national recognition - "Sight of all Light", “Well, Well, Well”, "Boogie Woogie Rumble" and "Family Jewels" all received favorable press across the country, extensive airplay (as well as having their songs used on ESPN, MTV, Dr Pepper, amongst others), local TV, and live sessions on college and community radio stations across the US. "Record Heat" promises to lift them into the national recognition they deserve as they embark on a full US tour beginning April 28th. So what do we have here? It's The SAFES' brand new LP "Record Heat" and it's dynamite! A fresh blast of pop rock n roll magic at its very best; this album hits the spot again and again. Recorded by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, The Sonics), Jason Ward (Arcade Fire) and Patrick O'Malley (The SAFES), "Record Heat" explodes with a supersonic crunch and stellar sharp songwriting. The SAFES give you 10 hit singles that make one killer record packed with clever lyrics, electric energy, and hooks that hurt. One listen and you'll agree that this album stands out from the crowd and shines bright and proud! The first video, 'Hopes Up, Guard Down', was directed by Mike Hindert of The Bravery and another is being filmed for release in the next few weeks. "...the trio has built a large following with infectious, guitar-driven power pop. THE SAFES makes smart, melodic music.." NPR "Atomic pop." Rolling Stone "Sugary pop-rock that seems like it would fit right into mainstream radio." Time Out New York "Garage-kissed powerpop." San Francisco Chronicle
These days the Penthouse Sweets are: Andy Hansen (lead vocals/guitar), Lou Hallwas (guitar/vocals), Eric Chial (bass) and Adam Yoffe (drums). Since recording It’s Fine It’s Fine It’s Fine, Loren Guzik (drums) and Eric Quinlan (keys) have departed. Without the keys, it’s a more stripped down group than the band that recorded the album. The addition this summer of Adam Yoffe on drums has given the band a more open and free-wheeling feel. Songs are allowed to breathe more, while maintaining the drive and energy that Penthouse Sweets have always been known for. It’s Fine It’s Fine It’s Fine, the new album by Chicago’s Penthouse Sweets, was written and assembled in the basement of a crumbling house on a tiny Logan Square street called Saint Mary Court. The house’s dilapidated backside is the cover of the album. It’s been the home to founding members Lou Hallwas and Andy Hansen and the band’s base of operations for the past 5 years. It’s got a ragged charm that echoes the music within. Inside It’s Fine It’s Fine It’s Fine, are 10 concise, overdriven pop songs that are smartly written and played hard. The songs are not fussed-over, but crafted with a freshness and honesty that places an immediacy of feeling above all else."The group’s knack for finding small but important derivations on pop formulas tickles the brain and the booty, thus earning it a spot as one of our favorite local bands.” —Time Out Chicago "A little country, a little pop and alot indie. The Penthouse Sweets have a sound that should be familar to anyone that has stepped into the Hideout." —The Onion
The Phenoms deliver a relentless assault one might imagine would occur if the Stooges battled Guitar Wolf onstage. It's a frenzy that few bands can reach, let alone propel across an entire album. The two guitarists layer barely-tuned, double solos underneath singer John O'Halloran's Danzig-inspired yelp. Reflective lyrics center on down-to-earth laments and self-deprecating pleas for understanding. Sheer garage rock couldn't evolve this far, emo couldn't sack-up and yell this loud. Thanks for the lyric sheet, boys. "The Phenoms," you say? Well, playing fast, trashy belch n’ roll doesn’t really count as a ‘phenomenon’ in the same way as say, crop circles or the Spice Girls do, but let’s give it to ‘em anyway, since it rolls off the tongue nicely, just like a well-timed insult, or a drunken come-on. These Chicago-based bruisers play their own kinda punk-fueled, gasoline guzzlin’ flophouse garage rawk with a whole fatty liver’s worth of angry, backed-up bile. If you dig say, the Misfits AND the Sonics, and don’t mind the occasional hand-wringing sob-session, then check these flailers out. The Phenoms epitomize the city of Chicago. The way you might describe Chicago is the way you might describe the Phenoms' music: tough-as-nails, blue collar, and not to be f*@ked with. The Phenoms play smashmouth punk rock - nothing fancy, no finesse, just pure power, ferocity, and blood and guts fortitude. Their last album, Home Brain Surgery Kit, is a wall-to-wall pummel-fest that'll be way too much for the faint of heart to take. Those not fond of bone-jarring riffs, smoldering leads, mean-dude vocals, and breakneck drumming are advised to steer clear of this runaway train. Fans of old Chicago hardcore, barroom garage-punk a la Zeke/New Bomb Turks, blazing Motorhead thrash, or any combination of the three will groove to the Phenoms' onslaught. The group doesn't offer up many angular surprises or technological innovations. They just put the pedal to the metal and let her rip, but they are the rare band that can actually pull off that type of approach.
The Red Plastic Buddha have been haunting Chicago's psychedelic music underground for nearly ten years now, playing sporadic shows and releasing amazingly well-crafted records every three years. Like their eternally imploding peers The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Buddhas have been held back only by their all-too-frequent lineup changes. Frontman Timothy Ferguson is the last surviving original member, but if their new record Songs for Mara (Space Cat Records) is any indication, The Red Plastic Buddha have never been stronger. Not surprisingly, their radio-friendly psychedelic pop translates extremely well to the stage. Whether painting in colours or shadow, The RPB are an excellent live act and this performance is not to be missed.
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Sun, Jun 1 - 8pm - $15
Dale Watson is a country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.Although Dale has made his name as a Texas artist, he actually was born in Alabama. Moving to Houston as a teenager, his musical journey began right out of high school as he started playing clubs and local honky-tonks. In 1988, it led him to move to Los Angeles on the advice of rockabilly singer-guitarist Rosie Flores. He played in the house band at the legendary Palomino Club in Hollywood for a couple years and recorded a few singles before moving to Nashville to write songs for a publishing company run by Gary Morris (writer of such country/pop hits as “The Wind Beneath My Wings”). Commercial country did not fit the fiercely independent songwriter so Dale relocated to Austin, Texas where he got a record deal and wrote several songs poking fun at the industry side of Nashville, including “Nashville Rash” from his Hightone debut Cheatin’ Heart Attack and “A Real Country Song” from his 1996 follow-up Blessed or Damned.After making three albums with Hightone, Dale released The Trucking Sessions on Koch Records in 1998. Including 14 original driving songs, the album received high praise and caused critics to compare him to chart-topping writer Red Simpson, who was responsible for some of the most iconic trucking tunes in country music.Just two years after this success, Dale’s fiancee died in a car accident. As chronicled in the Zalman King documentary Crazy Again (2006), he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her loss and nearly died of an overdose. Dale then checked himself into a mental institution and left a year later, releasing his tribute album to her called Every Song I Write Is For You (2001). After recording a few more albums, he decided to take a break from touring and moved to Maryland to be closer to his daughters.Back in Texas and on the road in 2006, Dale has been trucking ever since and is now releasing his 20th album. His debut on indie label Red House Records, The Sun Sessions was recorded at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studios with The Texas Two (bassist Chris Crepps and drummer Mike Bernal) in the stripped-down style of Johnny Cash’s earliest recordings.Like the early country legends of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Dale has a style and sound all his own. Tattooed and always dressed to the nines, he is a true entertainer, mixing humor and pathos into his lively shows. Whether playing with his Texas Two or with his rocking band the Lone Stars, Dale is sure to take us on one hell of a musical ride.
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Tue, Jun 3 - 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 5 - 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.
Ross Kleiner & The Thrill mix an exciting blend of self-penned Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, Doo-Wop, Swing, Rhythm & Blues and anything in between. A classic, authentic voice matched with experienced and adventurous musicianship is what makes this group as thrilling as the name suggests. These boys rock that feel of the old school retro music along with a modern and original twist that only they can provide. Ross Kleiner & The Thrill is all you need to impress your girl, or get your guy to grease up and get down. A little for the nostalgic, a bit for the modern-retro fan, and the rest for whomever likes good music. These cool cats skip the gimmicks and give you that feeling that only true whiskey soaked Rock 'n' Roll can. Ross Kleiner & The Thrill will get anyone out on the floor movin' and groovin'! Stay updated on the band website and locate them on Facebook to find out where your next thrilling night awaits...
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Fri, Jun 6 - 9pm - $8
Four-member powerhouse Man Called Noon is a Chicago based indie/alt rock band that originated over five years ago in Virginia. Their roots are evident in their melodic mixture of classic Americana and post-grunge rock. Boisterous guitars and booming bass riffs erupt over impassioned soulful lyrics resulting in a distinct and in your-face-sound that can only be harnessed by Man Called Noon. Each member brings a diverse element to the table for a lively and spontaneous stage show. Their newest member and lead guitarist, Brian Crowther, lends tenacious guitar solos and an abundance of energy to the arrangements. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Tony Giamicheal delivers introspective lyrics laden with anguish and grit while bassist David Aitken keeps a flowing and steady beat culminating into colossal fortitude. Drummer, Josh Fontenot, is the relentless driving force behind the music keeping the band in check. This onslaught of guitars, drums, and vocals has a virile and tough exterior with a heart of gold underneath.
After a 3-year hiatus from performing live, Chicago native Phil Bruni is back with a twisting arsenal of new material, and a new band composed of some of the city's most technically exciting, and deeply creative musicians. Haunting vocal harmony, driving composition, battering rhythm, and renegade dynamics guide the unfiltered, moving performance of Otter Finn.
Telling stories of the struggles and joys of life. And finding the right grooves to accompany them. That's what Alex Hoffer & Friends are out to do. Lend your ears to the words and let your body embrace the music. It will be a ride you'll want to get back in line for time and time again. A self described Progressive Blues, Funk, Rock and Folk group, Alex Hoffer Music also touches on just about every other style short of Country and House Music. A full-time musician since the age of 20, Alex has been one of the Chicagoland area's hardest working Singer/Songwriter's for close to a decade. Alex has been a featured artist on Windy City Live (ABC), The KAT 105.5FM and 93XRT Christmas Local Anesthetic Show. "Then Alex moving everyone with his soulful voice and his unique style of guitar picking left me amazed. I also have never seen such a beg from the crowd for more as the night came to a close. The venue had no choice but to let them play more." --Chitownrocks.com
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Mon, Jun 9 - 8pm - $7
Fifteen tunes are chosen from the musical genius of Bjork, are set to choreography, and performed live by over thirty Chicago performers.Dance Tribute to Bjork is the third of a new series called Dance Tribute, in which a collection of songs from a single musician/band/artist are selected and paid tribute to through choreography and performance.Previous Dance Tributes to David Lynch and Mr. Bungle were enormous successes, and we are excited to share and honor the works of another brilliant mind this June 9, at 8pm. Be there or be square. Showtime is 8pm, and the performance will be contained in one hour's time.Bjork, for those who aren't familiar is "an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Her musical style is eclectic and she has achieved recognition in alternative rock, jazz, electronic dance music, classical, and avant-garde." -Wikipedia -the ultimate reference. Essentially, she does everything.Join us for a night of dance, happy chums, drinks, snacks, laughs, art, and only a few uncomfortable moments. The evening's performance will be followed by the best Bjork-inspired dance party of your lives, scored by our one and only, DJ Naples.
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Tue, Jun 10 - 8pm - $7
D. Bess acted as Dave Bess in the mock-rock/reggae band Public Property from 2003-2010. He played the frontman/lead singer of the band in the movies "Public Property: an Iowa Reggae Saga" and "Rasta Corn: Selassie Loves Iowa". He has written numerous songs recorded on Public Property's 4 studio albums, toured the country from coast to coast, and has recorded with reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals. These days D. Bess rocks face by utilizing the best in modern technology to perform all of his beats, bass and funk LIVE! Using a cajon as his seat and his drums, he records and loops the beat and then adds layers of percussion, guitar, bass and vocals to create the sound of a one-man-band. His style ranges anywhere from blues to reggae to funk to folk to hip-hop. Basically any kind of music with really big bass. And that ain't a fish either. He will blow your freegin' mind.
The David Hayes Project is a unique and original rock band based in Chicago. The band is comprised of Midwest musicians who have worked together in multiple projects throughout the years. David Hayes (guitar, keys, & vocals) is a native of Rockford, Illinois and has lived in Chicago for nearly a decade. He is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago who teaches private music lessons, and composes original music in multiple genres. He released his first album “In With the Old” in 2010, and is releasing a twin album “Out With the New” in 2011. The Project includes Graham Burris (bass, vocals), Mike Lim (keys), and Christian Chamberlain (drums). Graham Burris is another Rockford native who performs with multiple bands in Chicago, and has collaborated with Grammy award winner Lupe Fiasco. Michael Lim hails from Detroit, Michigan and is also a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. He also composes original music for his project known as The Lims. Christian Chamberlain is from Morton, Illinois and also keeps a tight beat in multiple bands. He is beginning to start his own drum and bass project as well. Together David Hayes and the Project create a unified progressive sound that keeps the listeners interested.
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Wed, Jun 11 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
At the heart of Jamestown Revival is a friendship that spans over a decade. Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance grew up together in the small Texas town of Magnolia. From a young age, they shared a love for music as well as the outdoors. About an hour north of Magnolia TX, there was some old family land with a dilapidated ranch house where they spent the better part of their adolescence. At one point or another, music from Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Everly Brothers, to fellow Texans Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, and Stevie Ray Vaughan found it’s way through an old pair of speakers that sat on the back porch. The pair spent the day exploring that thousand-acre plot of land, and when the sun went down they took to the records of the songwriters and bands that inspired them. At the age of 22, they moved to Austin and began to craft a sound of their own. Deeply rooted in harmony, they merged the sounds of the South with classic American, and Western rock. Looking for adventure, as well as a change of pace, they eventually made the decision to head west and make the move to Los Angeles, CA. Throughout the course of the next 12 months, they wrote what will be Jamestown Revival’s first full-length album. It’s heavily autobiographical, telling the stories of their adventures, their discomforts, and their observations. In order to capture the spirit of the music, the two found a log cabin high within the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The pair, along with their band and engineer, set out to convert it in to a temporary recording studio. With wild moose right outside the window, and aspen leaves spinning in the wind, they tracked 14 songs. Performed live, with no headphones, and entirely to tape, the process captured the moments in the room. Now back L.A., the duo are planning to release their music and gear up for life back out on the road. These days, they’re exploring far more than just a thousand acres…
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Thu, Jun 12 - 8pm - $8
Moon is complex, heavy, melodic, spacious, majestic, propulsive, dark, rock. Moon is chiming echo-laden guitar, post rock bass, propulsive drumming, shifting time signatures, and haunting, ethereal vocals. Moon is music for the cognizant listener who appreciates layers of reverberating meaning.
District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. Since their debut release Hybrid Child in September 2010, the band has garnered fans worldwide for their unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an explosive instrumental prowess. Fronted by the charismatic Leslie Hunt, their live shows at festivals such as CalProg and RoSfest, and numerous appearances across the USA have cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with onstage. Rock legends such as Bill Bruford, Kansas, and John Wetton have taken notice. Wetton appears as a guest vocalist on District 97's Summer 2012 release, Trouble With Machines. Building on the strengths of Hybrid Child, their latest release pushes the envelope even further, and is sure to please any fan of uncompromising Rock music.
The Chinese Professionals' are drummer Victor Salazar and guitarist Peter Allen. The Chicago natives formed the band as an alternative musical outlet to the duo's main band, 'Big Electric'. 'The Chinese Professionals' combine improvisation with structured motifs and riffs to create an exciting blend of rock, metal, and prog tinged instrumentals played with precision and passion.
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Thu, Jun 19 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter met each other when they were eight years old. They solidified their early friendship based on a mutual love of baseball, comic books, and rock n roll music. They grew up in West Virginia; much time during their high school years was spent on Skull Run Road, where Eric's family lived, a few miles outside Ravenswood. The boys recall that road as being the site of their first garage band practices.After high school, they started getting a little more serious about their blossoming songwriting partnership. Their road wound through Huntington, WV, and eventually on to Athens, GA, which they soon came to call home. They continued to concentrate on their songwriting, and by the early ‘90s they had a catalogue of over 300 compositions. By this time Hutchens and Carter had given their musical collaboration a "band name": Bloodkin.People started to notice, and some even started covering some Bloodkin compositions, most notably Widespread Panic, who wound up recording three Bloodkin songs, and who continue to play those and other Bloodkin songs live. Panic's cover of "Can't Get High" peaked at #27 on the Billboard AOR charts. Other songs in Panic's regular rotation are "Makes Sense To Me", "Henry Parsons Died", "End Of The Show", "Who Do You Belong To", and occasionally "Quarter Tank Of Gasoline".Daniel also wound up playing with ex-Velvet Underground member Moe Tucker in the early-to-mid ‘90s; he played on three of her albums and several of her tours.In 1994 Bloodkin released their first official CD, GOOD LUCK CHARM. The project was produced by Johnny Sandlin (legendary producer of the Allman Brothers, Eddie Hinton, and so many others). Bloodkin recording projects over the years have also featured producers John Keane (R.E.M, Cowboy Junkies, etc.) and David Barbe (Son Volt, Drive By Truckers, etc.). All the while, the Bloodkin boys have continued to play live all over the Southeast and beyond.
Ten Foot Tail is literally a “band of brothers” that features Pauly and Christopher Castelli. Their musical talents were crafted in Park Ridge which is known for being an artist colony with famous Italian artists like Alfonso Iannelli. The brothers have been playing music their whole lives together sharing the stage with acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Heart. The brothers have also opened the Miss U.S.A. Pageant on National T.V.The band lineup features the hottest session musicians available who perform as MC, DJ, bass and keyboards. To detail some of their studio work, the Castelli Brothers have had the honor of working with legendary producer Bob Ezrin, who has produced epic records for bands such as Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed and countless others. Working with one of the greatest producers in rock history and present took the Castelli Brothers to a whole new level in their approach towards music.Since that time, Pauly and Christopher have done much touring, writing and recording. Their music has been played nationally and on Chicago’s 93.1 WXRT as well as performing live in the studio on Chicago’s Q101 radio and WGN TV.Ten Foot Tail is a unique band with original songs and musicians who can improvise and take their sound from jazz, Latin, blues and funk, to rock, soul and hip-hop. Ten Foot Tail brings a great vibe for a great show that is always evolving!
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Fri, Jun 20 - 9pm - $10
Over the course of 20 years, 22 albums, and countless tours around the world, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has become an institution in modern music. With their unique approach, JFJO has created a devoted following of music lovers and critics alike. Defined by evolution and change, the band has invented it’s own improvisatory language, one which permeates JFJO’s sound regardless of configuration. Though there is no Jacob or Fred, the last 20 years have been a Jazz Odyssey. Beginning in 1994 in Tulsa, OK as a funky octet with MCs and horns, JFJO became an instrumental trio in 1999, a quartet in 2007, and expanded to a 9-piece ensemble for 2011's "Race Riot Suite." 2014 finds the band returning to the trio setting. With Brian Haas on acoustic piano/Fender Rhodes/bass Moog and synth, Chris Combs on electric guitar/lap steel and synth, and Josh Raymer on drums, JFJO is now making the most modern and immediate music of the band’s career.
Mano is a Middle Eastern-inspired progressive rock band based in Chicago. Their compositions utilize musical textures and sounds from varied genres of contemporary, classical, and world music. Mano fuses a rock rhythm section with classical and world instrumentation to bring a unique and energetic live music experience that journeys through intense, thematic unison lines contrasted by sections of virtuosic improvisation. Founded in 2013 by flutist/composer Joe LaRocca, Mano includes Greg Firak (guitar), Parker Grogan (electric/upright bass), Collin O'Brien (drums), Najeeba Syed (violin), Desiree Miller (cello), and Marshall Greenhouse (percussion/kaoss).
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Sat, Jun 21 - 9:30pm - $15
“This is our Back In Black!“ The man who says this is called Blaine Cartwright, vocalist and guitarist of American rock band Nashville Pussy. Cartwright is referring to the latest Pussy album Up The Dosage, a recording consisting of 13 fast-paced, sharp songs (plus two bonus tracks) which impress with their homogeneity and stylistic complexity. Up The Dosage takes up seamlessly where the 2009 Pussy release From Hell To Texas left off and goes even further. Blaine Cartwright is rightly proud of and unmistakably happy about the new material: “None of the previous Nashville Pussy albums has been as diverse and at the same time consistent. Everything sounds even bigger and better, yet raw and authentic through and through.
After a winter-long hiatus, the rockin’ rhythm ‘n’ blues group known as catl. are re-emerging with a newly configured line-up. Real-life couple Jamie Fleming (catl) and Sarah Kirkpatrick have decided to continue their musical journey as a duo with Kirkpatrick playing drums. The result is a sexy, raw, primordial rock and roll experience. All stripped down but just as energetic and fun. You can expect exciting re-workings of your favourite catl. songs as well as some brand new jams.
A stripped down, brazen rock and roll band from Colorado, accompanied by overdriven acoustic guitars and a trap kit. Inspired by Whitman's promise to "sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world," the Yawpers have created a sound that is equal parts frenetic, earnest, and menacing, all while bringing together disparate pieces of the American musical lexicon. Though less than three years old, the Yawpers have played over 350 shows on both coasts, and everywhere in between, and have shared the stage with: the Reverend Horton Heat the Heartless Bastards, the Black Angels, Cracker, the Nadas, the Supersuckers, the Delta Spirit, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, the Stone Foxes, Joe Buck and many others. Following the release of an EP in 2011, their critcally well received LP, "Capon Crusade", released in late 2012, debuted at #1 on the Colorado Music Charts, and is now in its second printing.
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Mon, Jul 14 - 7pm - $15adv/$18door
Conjunto Chappottín is one of the top Cuban "son" groups on the scene today. The founding of the band dates back to the 1940s and its founder, Arsenio Rodriguez, one the country's most renowned band leaders and a major influence on Latin Jazz and Salsa for decades. With his Conjunto, he was the first to add reed and brass instruments to a Latin band. When Arsenio left Cuba in 1950 to undergo an ophthalmological treatment in New York, he handed the musical direction over to his first trumpet player, Felix Chappottín. The band was renamed "Felix Chappottín y su Conjunto Todos Estrellas". Felix directed the band successfully until his death in 1983. From 1983 until the 1990s his son, Angel Chappottín Valdes carried on as musical director and since then the grandson of Felix Chappottín, Jesus Angel Chappottín Coto has directed the band together with singer/percussionist, Miguelito Cuni Jr. "Conjunto Chappottin y sus Estrellas is one of the most renowned 'Son' bands in Cuba..." --Latin Pulse Music
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Fri, Jul 25 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$18door
Robert Walter performs all his own stunts. For 20 years, the San Diego native has been pulling drawbars and pushing the limits of the Hammond B3 organ. Walter helped form the the Greyboy Allstars in 1993 with Karl Denson, Elgin Park, Chris Stillwell, Zak Najor, and DJ Greyboy. Influenced by soul-jazz and funk records from the 1960s and 70s, the band juxtaposed jazz improvisation and dance music. They continue to record and perform to a committed fan base. The Greyboy Allstars also served as the band for Robert’s first solo record, Spirit of ’70 which also featured saxophonist and Miles Davis sideman Gary Bartz. In the late 1990’s Walter started his own group Robert Walter’s 20th Congress to showcase his composing. The band became known for its live performances and toured throughout the 90’s and 2000’s. They recorded three albums Health and Fitness, Money Shot and Giving Up the Ghost. Band members included Cochemea Gastelum (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Joe Russo (Furthur and Benevento-Russo Duo), George Sluppick (Mofro and Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Mike Fratantuno (Black-eyed Peas), Chuck Prada and Will Bernard. During this period Robert also recorded There Goes the Neighborhood with jazz-funk pioneers Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, Phil Upchurch and Red Holloway. Walter relocated to New Orleans in 2004 and became immersed the vibrant local music scene. He began collaborating with Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore, James Singleton, George Porter Jr and many more. While in New Orleans he recorded Super Heavy Organ and Cure All as well as albums with Stanton Moore (III, Emphasis on Parenthesis, and Groove Alchemy) and Anders Osborne (American Patchwork). After Katrina Walter relocated back west to Los Angeles where he currently works on film music with composer Michael Andrews. In Spring of 2013, the Greyboy Allstars return to the road with Inland Emperor, their first album since 2007’s What Happened to Television?, but the recent move from New Orleans to Los Angeles has also jump-started Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, an outlet for the keyboardist’s funkiest material since its inception in 1999. Robert Walter's most recent release Get Thy Bearings pushes Walter’s organ, piano, Rhodes and synthesizer to the front of a group rounded out by guitarist/bassist Elgin Park, drummer Aaron Redfield, sax players Karl Denson and Cochemea Gastelum, and percussionist Chuck Prada—an all-star lineup in its own right. Recorded in just a few takes at Elgonix Labs—the same studio where Walter has lent his skills to Get Thy Bearings producer Michael Andrews film scores and productions—the album is full of raw boogaloo energy and cinematic color.
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Sun, Oct 5 - 8pm - $20
Drum legend Terry Bozzio presents a solo musical performance on the world´s largest tuned drum and percussion set. Unless you have seen Terry, you have no idea what you are in for. Bozzio is an enigmatic, evocative, and engaging musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums. Terry Bozzio is able to accompany himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solo on top with highly developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set alone. Drawing from jazz, classical, & ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Terry Bozzio is "a storyteller," able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement, & passion.Terry has had tremendous success with his last two Terry Bozzio solo drum performance tours in Europe (2012 included his headline show a the Jazz Festival Frankfurt – the oldest jazz festival in the world – and 2013 which included sold out performances in Sweden, Germany, Eastern Europe, and France). Please note that this is not a bombastic 2 hour drum solo. This is MUSIC on drums, “an evening with Terry Bozzio.” In most of Bozzio’s works, he accompanies himself with bass lines while soloing over it melodically on the tuned toms. There is space, classical forms & structures, ambient electronic loops, and atmospheric percussion effects, as well as some exciting & fiery drumming that brings audiences to their feet!Terry Bozzio is an American drummer best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa. He recorded and toured with Frank Zappa beginning in 1975, and appeared, also as a vocalist, on a number of Zappa's most successful albums, including Zoot Allures, Zappa in New York, Sheik Yerbouti and Thing-Fish, and in the concert movie Baby Snakes (which includes him singing lead on a portion of the song "Punky's Whips"). He is noted for performing Zappa's "The Black Page", a piece of music designed to be a "musician's nightmare" a page so filled with notes as to be almost black. In 1977 he joined The Brecker Brothers with long time San Francisco friend and guitarist Barry Finnerty. With The Brecker Brothers, Bozzio toured and recorded the album "Heavy Metal Be-Bop." Bozzio also joined Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck to make the video Throwaway, and teamed up with Beck & keyboardist Tony Hymas to co-write/produce and perform on the Grammy Award winning album Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop. A very in demand drummer, Bozzio can also be heard on albums by Steve Vai, Duran Duran, Korn, and Lonely Bears, to name a few.Terry Bozzio now tours as a clinician/solo drummer and has recorded solo albums and instructional videos. Bozzio was inducted into the Modern Drummer "Hall of Fame" and won the Clinician of the Year award twice as well as Drum Magazine's Drummer of the Year and Best Clinician. Internationally, he received Slagwerkkrant Magazine's (Netherlands) and Player Magazine's (Japan) Best Drummer Award. Bozzio was inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in Hollywood in 2007 along with rock and roll icons Ronnie James Dio and Slash. Recently Bozzio has toured with guitarist Allan Holdsworth, bassist Tony Levin, and drummer Pat Mastelotto as the experimental super-group HoBoLeMa, and with UK. He has also hosted on Drum Channel.In most of Bozzio’s works, the ostinato is played using various bass drum and hi-hat permutations while he solos against these rhythms using his hands. Sometimes (often in the same composition) the opposite is true, where he will hold an ostinato pattern with his hands and solo with his feet. Of late Mr. Bozzio (always a melodic player) has taken a more structural approach to his playing and composition. He uses two octaves of pitched toms and several "tuned" metallics (cymbals, spokes, bells, gongs, etc.) to play melodies much like a marimba, but with all the rhythmic variation of conventional drumming. Combined with his use of ostinato he has made quite a career of solo drumming (not to mention his status as a sideman).
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Mon, Oct 6- 8pm - $20
Drum legend Terry Bozzio presents a solo musical performance on the world´s largest tuned drum and percussion set. Unless you have seen Terry, you have no idea what you are in for. Bozzio is an enigmatic, evocative, and engaging musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums. Terry Bozzio is able to accompany himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solo on top with highly developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set alone. Drawing from jazz, classical, & ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Terry Bozzio is "a storyteller," able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement, & passion.Terry has had tremendous success with his last two Terry Bozzio solo drum performance tours in Europe (2012 included his headline show a the Jazz Festival Frankfurt – the oldest jazz festival in the world – and 2013 which included sold out performances in Sweden, Germany, Eastern Europe, and France). Please note that this is not a bombastic 2 hour drum solo. This is MUSIC on drums, “an evening with Terry Bozzio.” In most of Bozzio’s works, he accompanies himself with bass lines while soloing over it melodically on the tuned toms. There is space, classical forms & structures, ambient electronic loops, and atmospheric percussion effects, as well as some exciting & fiery drumming that brings audiences to their feet!Terry Bozzio is an American drummer best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa. He recorded and toured with Frank Zappa beginning in 1975, and appeared, also as a vocalist, on a number of Zappa's most successful albums, including Zoot Allures, Zappa in New York, Sheik Yerbouti and Thing-Fish, and in the concert movie Baby Snakes (which includes him singing lead on a portion of the song "Punky's Whips"). He is noted for performing Zappa's "The Black Page", a piece of music designed to be a "musician's nightmare" a page so filled with notes as to be almost black. In 1977 he joined The Brecker Brothers with long time San Francisco friend and guitarist Barry Finnerty. With The Brecker Brothers, Bozzio toured and recorded the album "Heavy Metal Be-Bop." Bozzio also joined Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck to make the video Throwaway, and teamed up with Beck & keyboardist Tony Hymas to co-write/produce and perform on the Grammy Award winning album Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop. A very in demand drummer, Bozzio can also be heard on albums by Steve Vai, Duran Duran, Korn, and Lonely Bears, to name a few.Terry Bozzio now tours as a clinician/solo drummer and has recorded solo albums and instructional videos. Bozzio was inducted into the Modern Drummer "Hall of Fame" and won the Clinician of the Year award twice as well as Drum Magazine's Drummer of the Year and Best Clinician. Internationally, he received Slagwerkkrant Magazine's (Netherlands) and Player Magazine's (Japan) Best Drummer Award. Bozzio was inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in Hollywood in 2007 along with rock and roll icons Ronnie James Dio and Slash. Recently Bozzio has toured with guitarist Allan Holdsworth, bassist Tony Levin, and drummer Pat Mastelotto as the experimental super-group HoBoLeMa, and with UK. He has also hosted on Drum Channel.In most of Bozzio’s works, the ostinato is played using various bass drum and hi-hat permutations while he solos against these rhythms using his hands. Sometimes (often in the same composition) the opposite is true, where he will hold an ostinato pattern with his hands and solo with his feet. Of late Mr. Bozzio (always a melodic player) has taken a more structural approach to his playing and composition. He uses two octaves of pitched toms and several "tuned" metallics (cymbals, spokes, bells, gongs, etc.) to play melodies much like a marimba, but with all the rhythmic variation of conventional drumming. Combined with his use of ostinato he has made quite a career of solo drumming (not to mention his status as a sideman).
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