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Sun, Nov 23 - 8pm - $8adv/$10door
The Austin-based indie-folk-Americana duo, began with modest expectations. "I was out listening to the blues at a little juke-joint in East Austin and asked this pretty girl to dance" says Hawkes, "We were having a good time dancing and found out we were both singer-songwriters." Dawn continues the story saying, "Our timing and rhythm were immediately in-sync and when we added harmonies, songs, and guitar playing, it all went together - just like our dancing."Dawn & Hawkes (Miranda DAWN and Chris HAWKES) first performed in front of a large audience at the Kerrville Folk Festival, where Dawn was a finalist in the New Folk competition for emerging songwriters. They later recorded and released a self-produced EP, “Golden Heart,” which climbed to the top 25 of Billboard’s Folk chart. The EP features their signature harmonies and an indie-folk sound influenced by Americana, country-rock, and classic Beatlesque-pop. Earlier this year they won over the hearts of America on NBC's The Voice with their rendition of 'I've Just Seen A Face' by The Beatles, with Adam Levine exclaiming they were his "favorite performance on The Voice, ever."The two are currently home in Austin working on their first full length album, expected to release in the beginning of 2015.
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Mon, Nov 24 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Nov 25 - 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, Nov 26 - 8pm - $10
Citzun formed January 1, 2014 with their first ep release "Blood Love". A three-piece electronic hybrid band that resonates well with fans of the live band and electronic scene. Their sound could be described as "Big Gigantic meets Kill The Noise".
My Boy Elroy is the Chicago-based DJ/Beat-Boxer of the world famous Acid Jazz pioneering group & Grammy nominated live act, Liquid Soul. He is also the DJ and producer of his band, Digital Tape Machine's first album entitled "Be Here Now" released in May of 2013 as well as their four track EP "Omens" released April 23rd of 2014. His passion & dedication to his craft along with his unique presentation quickly led him to open for a sold out show @ the Riviera for the one & only Massive Attack. He's shared the bill w/legendary greats of our times such as B.B. King & Stevie Wonder and pioneers of electronic music such as Mark Farina, Bonobo, and Beardyman and played such festivals as North Coast, Electric Forest, and Taste of Randolph. His DJ styles are a combination of buttery and emotional mixes and productions of Deep House, Nu Disco, Techno, and Instrumental Hip-Hop.Since early 2000's MY BOY ELROY has been an intricate part of the nation-wide collective, Every Starving Artists Productions (aka ESA), he's currently the only mid-west representative and is also the Music Director, Creative Director, and DJ for Chicago's amazing Midnight Circus and making serious waves with the dynamic tag-team duo known as "Dextrous Roy" featuring Kris Myers of Umphrey's McGee as well as "Raw Card" which consists of Marcus Rezak of Digital Tape Machine in an electric energy of original productions and the blending of DJ and guitar.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what is the value of a beat? A rhythm? A melody? Duke Shin doesn't have any of those answers for you, but what he does have is a musical arsenal of the loud and strange, gentle and nuanced, mid tempo slow burns and torrid electronic freak outs--all wrapped up in deep house love, driven with a cybernetic techno heart. And his search to answer the question in finding the value of music has lead him to DJing many clubs, bars, lounges and loft parties including favorites like Smart Bar, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the monthly Freakeasy parties in Chicago. Somewhere along the way, Duke has had the good fortune in opening for electronic dance music luminaries like M.A.N.D.Y., Seth Troxler, Holy Ghost!, Pär Grindvik and Moby, and has enjoyed playing afterparties for bands like the Dandy Warhols, TV On The Radio, Jamie Lidell and Nouvelle Vague. When he's not busy DJing, Duke also works as a music journalist, and has had countless features, reviews and interviews published in Resident Advisor, BPM Magazine, New City Chicago (where he previously served as Clubs Editor for over 2 years) and CityPages MN. With an ever-evolving sound, Duke never slows down, continuing his search for musical enlightenment while delighting (and occasionally befuddling) ardent dance floor denizens and lovers of the eclectic mix. Aside from current guest appearances, you can also catch Duke at his REFRACT monthly residency (along with co-resident Merrick Brown) at Primary Nightclub, and at most of the infamous Freakeasy events, as well as his much beloved weekly pub night in Wicker Park called The Goods..
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Fri, Nov 28 - 9:30pm - $10
/// 15th ANNIVERSARY 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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Sat, Nov 29 - 5pm - $7 - ALL AGES
Haki is pronounced hah like a laugh, and then KEY like a KEY in a DOOR. The band started in 2011 writing songs, just jamming and finding their sound which was a mixture of almost any music they listened to from jazz to punk. Then they joined with vocalist Kelsey Ashby to the band, put out two e.p's in the summer of 2013 and began playing houses and venues in and around Chicago. Their popularity increased exponentially and they eventually solidified their line-up with the addition of Connor Tomaka on bass, releasing a full-length album on April 19th, 2014. Haki continues to push the boundaries of their genre bending sound improving their technical ability, and creativity while continuing to deliver energetic and memorable live performances whether they play on stage or in a friend's living room.
Sentinels return with a second full-length album, Dynamic Ribbon Device. A follow up to 2011’s Music Of The Pleistocene, the record was a solid year in the making due to classic upheaval in the band’s lineup. A stellar rock band always proves the adage that the whole is greater than its parts. Dynamic Ribbon Device proves that despite departures, The Sentinels' grasp continues to approach its reach. In the Fall of 2012, following the writing process for most of the tracks on Dynamic Ribbon Device, drummer Zebulun Barnow departed. The search ensued to find a drummer who could quickly learn the new songs and get the band into the studio as soon as possible. Working the band’s network of friends and family, Michael Nicasio was selected to fill the drum seat. A solid grasp of the weirder time signatures and rhythms in the songs, combined with the fact that he and Liz Ele (vocals) were both drum-line kids in high school, allowed Michael to slot right in to The Sentinels' M.O. Sentinels entered the studio in April of 2013 with Kris Poulin to begin tracking. Chicago mainstay and current San Diegan Poulin had also recorded Music Of The Pleistocene. Throughout 2013, the band returned to the studio in phases to track bass and guitars whenever time and Poulin became available. In October, 2013, with much of the record already tracked, Nicasio left the band to spend more time with his wife, dog, and forthcoming first child. Drummerless for the second time in a year, Sentinels pushed ahead to finish the record with a combination of remote mixes and one-off days in the studio. Poulin flew to Chicago in the Spring of 2014 for a five-day session to finish and mix the record. On April 20, 2014, Dynamic Ribbon Device was completed, one year to day that it was begun. Of the new work, Melissa Urbanski (bass) says, “It’s a darker record, but it feels more grounded too. Something that sounds different sonically, perhaps a little heavier than before.” Ele’s lyrics are different too. “Lyrically, the first record was ‘sex, drugs, and rock and roll’, but with the new record it’s more about ‘sex and rock and roll’. I forgot about the drugs.” Reg Shrader (guitars) offers his assessment: "It's better than the last one. That's the only goal." Completing the current phase of the band, drummer Jason Hanggi joined in May of 2014 to complete The Sentinels (version 3.0). The band will be promoting Dynamic Ribbon Device with a short tour in the Summer following the record’s release on July 29th. After that the four Sentinels are back to working perpetually on the next ‘new record.
Once living in veritable poverty on the southside, jamming on second-hand pawn-shop instruments, barely nourished on a diet of Ramen noodles, Camel cigarettes, Busch beer, and (insert random illicit substance here), Chicago’s The Moses Gun, guitarist/vocalist Vell Mullens and bassist, Rich Harris, write time-tested odes to romantic disillusionment, 70’s tv existentialism and various addictions.Debut full-length available NOW on DKT Records!!
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Sat, Nov 29 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Founding themselves on bluegrass roots over a decade ago in the concrete jungle and bluegrass mecca of the southside of Chicago, The Leadfoot Band have branched out in all directions from there. Incorporating their love of bluegrass with their early urban influences of rock , funk and everything in between, the evolution of the band is hard to place. Fans have said Leadfoot is just hard driving bluegrass, some say they are rock infused jamgrass, or even a bastard child of Bill Monroe meets Metallica. The online music site JamGrass.net even says The Leadfoot Band is "A mix between Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and Greensky Bluegrass." Comprised of mandolinist Steve Haberichter, guitarist Mike Vanier, Garrett 'Geebs' Degnan on bass, drummer/ percussionist Mike Holtz and the addition of Andy Ohlrich on fiddle in 2014, these seasoned musicians create a robust musical delicacy that tantalizes the senses and gets the feet moving. It is a smokin' blend of styles suitable for any palette: funky, to pocket groove, to two-steppin', to straight bluegrass/ newgrass, easy listening to acoustic rock fusion. Summed up perfectly by musician Jaik Willis: The Leadfoot Band is "Chicago's freshest post-bluegrass served up spicy- just how you like it- with tasty grooves and lightning-fast delivery." The Leadfoot Band released their new self-titled album "The Leadfoot Band" last year, getting national acclaim and voted a Top Album of 2013 by Jamgrass.net. Along with guest musician Pat Sansone of Wilco on keys, the album features all original songs highlighting the diverse songwriting of the band. They continue to win new fans over at every show and festival with their dynamic and impressive performances. They have shared the stage with likes of Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Hot Tuna, Bill Nershi, Jeff Austin, Split Lip Rayfield, Sarah Watkins, Darol Anger, The Iguanas, The Radiators, Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon and many more.
Coyote Riot has its roots set deep in old folk and country/blue grass string sounds of the past and present. The twang of the rockabilly stile guitar sits nicely with the pluc of the bass and the chuck of the tenor banjo, while the harmonica and fiddle harmonize like crickets in heat. A recipe gaurenteed to have you hootin and hollerin with your foot-a-stompin.
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Mon, Dec 1 - 7pm - $7
Outset is Dan Meinhardt’s current project. Formed in 2013, Outset has joined Chicago’s diverse musical landscape with a voice impossible to ignore. Joined by trumpeter Justin Copeland, bassist Tim Ipsen, and drummer Andrew Green, Meinhardt leads the quartet through challenging, yet appealing original compositions and arrangements. The group, modeled on Ornette Coleman’s classic chordless quartets, maintains the spontaneous, conversational nature of Coleman’s highly improvised music. In addition, Outset keeps a sense of accessibility by playing grooves, melodies, and harmonies that are easily understood. Since emerging on the Chicago scene, Outset has performed in some of the city’s favorite creative-music venues to enthusiastic audiences. As Outset continues to expand beyond Chicago, expect continued dedication to great music and heartfelt performances.
THE UNKNOWN NEW is an ensemble created by Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist, PAUL MUTZABAUGH... assembled to aid in breaking what can only be described as a lengthy, Resistance-based compositional famine. The resulting musical offering is harmonically jazz-ish, melodically pop-ish, and texturally quite lush... made possible only by the uniquely wonderful contributions of CHRIS SIEBOLD (lap steel & electric guitar), JIM TASHJIAN (acoustic guitar), MIKE PINTO (über-guitar), RICH STITZEL (percussion), and – special guest for this Martyrs' appearance – TOM HIPSKIND (drums). Paul rounds out the group on the electric bass, an instrument he has grown to thoroughly enjoy over the past few years, albeit slightly under the radar.
Bob Kessler is a harmonica player who’s performed with Dave Alvin, in the Ricky Ian Gordon contemporary opera version of “The Grapes of Wrath,” as a sideman for Whisperin’ Bill Anderson at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and a member of the Chicago groups Bakelite 78 and The BlackWilloughbys. This solo solo performance features music from AMPLITUDE, an EP of original music created with layered and looped diatonic and bass harmonicas.
Formed in early 2012, the Paul Dietrich Quintet was created to showcase its leader's small group writing, as performed by a collection of Chicago's best young musicians. The lineup includes Paul on trumpet, Dustin Laurenzi on tenor saxophone, Paul Bedal on piano, Tim Ipsen on bass and Andrew Green on drums. Paul's style of modern jazz writing incorporates larger-form concepts into a small-group setting, akin to many of his major influences such as Robert Glasper, Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue, Tigran Hamasyan and Terence Blanchard.In 2014, the Quintet released their first album, We Always Get There, on Chicago's Blujazz record label. The album was praised upon its release, and features eight of Paul's original compositions and a re-interpretation of Björk's song "Unravel."
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Tue, Dec 2 - 8pm - $10
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.Vol 29 - As it's Fat Tuesday, there's going to be New Orleans music. Not to mention an international and eclectic group of fascinating presenters chit-chatting about things they love to do! You might just learn something about MOOCs, Belgium, Boston or tasty comestibles. As usual, there's beer, great friends and surprises...
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Wed, Dec 3 - 7pm - $20
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Dec 4 - 7pm - $7adv/$10door
In the few "whirlwind" years since playing his first US show at SXSW with his band BACK DOOR SLAM, DAVY KNOWLES has achieved more than most artists in an entire career -- and certainly fulfilled most of his early boy-hood dreams ! That first show, in March 2007, and the release of his debut album ROLL AWAY in June that year -- provided a spring board to over (450) gigs in the 4 years that followed -- a period that also took in the release of his Peter Frampton produced sophomore album Coming Up For Air, opening slots for Jeff Beck and Govt Mule, and a hugely successful 30 date romp around America supporting the Hagar/ Satriani inspired 'super group' CHICKENFOOT. Trips to Europe, the UK and Australia were squeezed in, and the "whirlwind" culminated with a tour performing with the legendary Rhythm Devils.I loved it all -- putting in my "10.000 hours" on the road -- it was such a great learning curve"....In between support slots and major festivals (including Bonaroo, Lollapalooza, and ACL (twice), his own shows at legendary rooms such as The Troubadour, Viper Room, Jerome's, Denver Fox, World Cafe, High Line (etc) , garnered great reviews. At radio, tracks such as COME HOME, TEAR DOWN THE WALLS, COMING UP FOR AIR and TASTE OF DANGER (a duet with Jonatha Brooke) were heavily rotated. He was invited to play The World Cafe several times, and TV appearances included Jimmy Kimmel, CBS morning show ...... America became his new home.A "Live from Melbourne" cd -- and a DVD of his "homecoming" concert in Douglas, Isle of Man, were also released through this period -- but after 4 years of relentless attention grabbing touring, playing his beloved blues, Davy was keen to take his foot off the gas a little and spend some time exploring new ideas... Davy explains........I began to realize that I'd been working so hard I'd had no real time to find myself, and perhaps I had become the sum of my early influences. That's not surprising or unusual -- and of course I was thrilled to be following in the steps of my musical heroes such as Gallagher, Mayall, Clapton and Knopfler - who's music inspired my dreams when I was growing up in the Isle of man. America was like a calling for me...I was so lucky to get the chance to come and play, and I took it with both hands, but lately I increasingly felt I needed to step off the roller coaster and explore, try to find a bit more of myself in my music.Davy has been recording new material in Northern England with co-writer producer Steve Chrisanthou* (Corrine Bailie Rae)Davy’s love of Blues and Americana will still be obvious in the new recordings, but the envelope will be pushed.We are all excited for the next phase of his career and Davy looks forward to hitting the road again soon.
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Thu, Dec 4 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
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Fri, Dec 5 - 9:30pm - $8
Forged in fire of youthful rebellion in Chicago, IL, Woo Park, a psychedelic soul sextet and musical assault from all sides, emerges triumphantly amidst a musical climate of uniformity. As far as bands go, it’s a rare occurrence that the magical combination of people, capable of pushing each other to the limit, find themselves together, but after a brief period of playing together, it was evident that the members of Woo Park had found what they'd been looking for. Half of Woo consists of a fiery rhythm section with a near clairvoyant rhythmic flexibility featuring Luke Sangerman, polyrhythmic champion, Steve “The Bongo Kid” Rutledge on percussion, and Parker Grogan, self-proclaimed bass god. The undeniable groove exists in tandem with an atmosphere of ethereal soundscapes fit for even the most heady of new age souls to bask in; Christian Zwit, aural chemist and knob tinkerer, wields keyboard and synth alike while Brian Sanborn’s playing transcends guitar with his singing melodies and cloud-like chords. Emily Nichols’s alluring voice floats effortlessly atop of the controlled chaos, forming a cohesive narrative. Initially taking cues from bands such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Robert Glasper Experiment, and Little Dragon, Woo Park has since crafted a unique sonic niche for themselves and they are dedicated to, one day, hitting the world's stage. A continuously forward looking outfit unsatisfied with the status quo, Woo has attained a hard fought over new approach to a standard instrumentation and continues to push further into their own uncategorizable sound; a kind of Generation Y Jazz with a medley of influences from rock to electronica. The live show is where the spirit of Woo comes alive; mind and body - performer and audience - become one, fueled by a sound which provokes a physical and mental reaction in equal parts. Intensely focused on the now, each member constantly engages in improvisational expression within the confines of their elaborately crafted compositions. And now to pair with their electric live show, their debut EP, "Smokes", represents their first foray into the art of recorded music. With the record's imminent release, Woo Park's time is now. Now, EVERYBODY SAY WOO.
Yojimbo is fun! Their sound is pure punk rock energy with poppy driven melodies. You’ll be powerless to do anything except dance uncontrollably with a full-on smile. Carly Meyers leads the pack down a musical rabbit hole, welding her trombone like “a mystical samurai sword”. While Doc Sharp hammers the keyboards in cataclysmic pleasure, Patrick McDevitt slays his bass and Adam Gertner beats his drums to a bloody pulp with a widespread grin. Swept away by their infectious music, you’re so happy you joined the party!As one reviewer declared, “Yojimbo’s… the perfect blend of aggressive passion, punk rock chaos, and technical expertise.”
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Sun, Dec 7 - 11am - 4pm - FREE! ALL AGES!
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Join us for our 2nd annual Krampus Fest! We're paying homage to St. Nick's dark partner, Krampus, because sometimes it's hard to be good! This is a family-friendly fest, so no Krampus beatings. (sorry!) A Holiday Arts Market is from 11am-4pm featuring local artisans, crafters, bakers and purveyors of beautiful handmade and homemade gifts. Super cool background mixtapes from DJ LowFi. Offering delectable sweet and savory edibles: cakes, chocolates, German sausages, potato pancakes, a terrific housemade Glogg and of course, hot cocoa! Take a picture with Krampus! or St. Nick! Are you feeling naughty or nice? Chillax, we get it! Most days we're both, too! Krampus Parade at 4:30!! Wicked. Cool. Fun
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Vendor Form
KRAMPUS FEST ARTISAN MARKET ~ SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 ~ 11AM-4PM! ............... Are you an Artist? Maker? Crafter? Baker? Creator? Of super funky, unique and handmade things? Join the Artisan Market! Click on "BUY TICKETS" for your 6' vendor space and don't forget to add your email. We have a limited amount of 6' spaces available, so HURRY! We'll send you an email to confirm your space, your wares and all other super important details! Oh yeah, Krampus Fest is all ages! But you have to be 21+ with i.d. for a beer!FOR MORE INFO......kate@martyrslive.com
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Mon, Dec 8 - 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.
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Tue, Dec 9 - 8pm - $7
Equally eloquent in musical composition and performance quality, Medicine Women focuses on re-arranging past and present popular songs into haunting choruses, which are then developed and performed by ensembles of female vocalists from varying backgrounds. Described as “haunting” “intricate” and “unforgettable,” Medicine Women has quickly established their place in Chicago as a new genre of Performance and Sound; one to listen carefully to.Medicine Women frequently perform at Beauty Bar's Salonathon, showcased at the Steppenwolf Garage After Dark series and the MCA Chicago, are currently in collaboration with the Neo-futurists, and were selected to perform in the official NOLA Fringe Festival as part of the GoodNight Ladies production "La Lune De Femme".
Do you like The Andrews Sisters? How about The Chordettes? Les Paul and Mary Ford perhaps? Mills Brothers?? Then you'll probably find us mighty swell. Babe-alon 5 is a vocal trio with Kasey "Corn Nuts" Foster, Kiley "And How" Moore, and Tara "Taboo" Smith. Pianu Reeves on keys. Occasionally Crazy Guy Alan on drums, Tickertape Otto on guitar, and original ditties from Wild Earp. Babe-alon 5 has what you want. Consider them your beeswax.
‘The Oh Yeahs,’ is an acoustic group featuring three of Chicago’s top vocalists and multi-instrumentalists: Leslie Beukelman, Allison Orobia, and Sarah Marie Young. Each of these women has a diverse musical background, but they all have one thing in common: they love to make music and sing together, and it shows. ‘The Oh Yeahs’ sing and play a collection of music including original compositions, current pop hits, showcasing their signature sound of folky three-part harmonies, and classics by artists such as Johnny Cash, the Beatles, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash!
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Wed, Dec 10 - 8pm - $7
Fresh off performances and workshops with guitar master Rogerio Souza, Grant brings his trio of Chicago’s finest choro musicians for an evening of syncopated Brazilian mandolin and samba rhythms. With Heitor Garcia on pandeiro percussion and John Beard on 7-string guitar, the trio will bring this Ragtime-esque instrumental style to life. The repertoire will include the classics of Jacob do Bandolim and Ernesto Nazareth, along with forays into the jazz stylings of the new choro genre.
Guapachosos is a cumbia musical ensemble reflecting Mexico City’s cumbia scene as well as Chicago’s cultural diversity. Cumbia has been adopted by many cultures throughout Latin-america. In Mexico City the style of cumbia emerged as a barrio/underground working class dance music called Cumbia Sonidera, Guapachosos recreate this sound. Guapachosos cumbia style (cumbia sonidera) is fueled by Chicago’s unique world music sounds, and Mexico City’s street dance party experience. Guapachosos’ Cumbia sonidera is based on heavy deep bass pounding, steady percussion and accordion leads, creating a festival of street working-class long-lasting pachangas. The members of GUAPACHOSOS are experienced musicians in cumbia and other genres including, rock, afro-colombian, salsa, house, merengue, blues, etc.. armed with güiro, timbal, electric bass and driven by the accordion, GUAPACHOSOS create a dance party with uniquely arranged classic cumbia tunes as well as original compositions. Their attire is usually well dressed in classic 20’s fedora hat and pin stripe suits. Guapachosos take on this term is; a well-dressed, classy individual with exquisite dance moves. "Grupo musical Guapasoniderocho que se dedica a difundir toda esa musica cumbiera de barrios que gusta pero no se oye en vivo". Guapachoso= Hombre alegre, bailador y de vestir llamativo.
Chicago's Neil Dixon Smith is a solo guitarist specializing in South American styles stemming from his longtime apprenticeship with Chilean guitar master Alfonso Chacon. Smith's performance veers between spellbinding and heart-charging rhythms to moments of quiet romantic beauty. He will performing in support of newly released debut solo guitar album, The Panamericanist.
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Thu, Dec 11 - 9pm - $7adv/$10door
In the few "whirlwind" years since playing his first US show at SXSW with his band BACK DOOR SLAM, DAVY KNOWLES has achieved more than most artists in an entire career -- and certainly fulfilled most of his early boy-hood dreams ! That first show, in March 2007, and the release of his debut album ROLL AWAY in June that year -- provided a spring board to over (450) gigs in the 4 years that followed -- a period that also took in the release of his Peter Frampton produced sophomore album Coming Up For Air, opening slots for Jeff Beck and Govt Mule, and a hugely successful 30 date romp around America supporting the Hagar/ Satriani inspired 'super group' CHICKENFOOT. Trips to Europe, the UK and Australia were squeezed in, and the "whirlwind" culminated with a tour performing with the legendary Rhythm Devils.I loved it all -- putting in my "10.000 hours" on the road -- it was such a great learning curve"....In between support slots and major festivals (including Bonaroo, Lollapalooza, and ACL (twice), his own shows at legendary rooms such as The Troubadour, Viper Room, Jerome's, Denver Fox, World Cafe, High Line (etc) , garnered great reviews. At radio, tracks such as COME HOME, TEAR DOWN THE WALLS, COMING UP FOR AIR and TASTE OF DANGER (a duet with Jonatha Brooke) were heavily rotated. He was invited to play The World Cafe several times, and TV appearances included Jimmy Kimmel, CBS morning show ...... America became his new home.A "Live from Melbourne" cd -- and a DVD of his "homecoming" concert in Douglas, Isle of Man, were also released through this period -- but after 4 years of relentless attention grabbing touring, playing his beloved blues, Davy was keen to take his foot off the gas a little and spend some time exploring new ideas... Davy explains........I began to realize that I'd been working so hard I'd had no real time to find myself, and perhaps I had become the sum of my early influences. That's not surprising or unusual -- and of course I was thrilled to be following in the steps of my musical heroes such as Gallagher, Mayall, Clapton and Knopfler - who's music inspired my dreams when I was growing up in the Isle of man. America was like a calling for me...I was so lucky to get the chance to come and play, and I took it with both hands, but lately I increasingly felt I needed to step off the roller coaster and explore, try to find a bit more of myself in my music.Davy has been recording new material in Northern England with co-writer producer Steve Chrisanthou* (Corrine Bailie Rae)Davy’s love of Blues and Americana will still be obvious in the new recordings, but the envelope will be pushed.We are all excited for the next phase of his career and Davy looks forward to hitting the road again soon.
The piano-drums duo of Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey didn't know what they were getting themselves into when they called a place called Claudette's Bar in 2010 looking for a gig in between Chicago and St. Louis. Not only did Claudette book them into her bar in Oglesby, IL (an hour and a half southwest of Chicago's South Side), but she made them her house band and put them on salary."Claudette's was just a dive, not a venue, but we played to packed rooms because it's where everyone within 30 miles went to drink," Johnny says. "And Claudette started paying us weekly, even when she decided to have karaoke on Saturday instead of live music. Maybe that's just what she thought a bar owner does—she really knew nothing about bands or music. These days, as a musician, if you've got a chance to have regular money coming in, you take it."Johnny and Michael—named "the Claudettes" by Claudette—quickly won over the astonished locals with their epic sets of spasmodic instrumentals, deftly melding blues, jazz and deep soul with frenzied joy and infectious energy. What Johnny and Michael didn't see coming was Claudette losing her lease in 2011—but continuing to pay them weekly to be her house band at other bars. "She'd work out deals with the owners to set up her own portable bar inside their bar, and have us play while she sold drinks."Claudette didn't even know that Johnny and Michael were both highly respected musicians in Chicago and around the world. Johnny had been in the Junior Wells band for years (starting at age 23) and had toured with Otis Rush and recorded with Carey Bell and Lil' Ed (he's since become the piano player in the Grammy-nominated Chicago Blues: A Living History featuring Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch and Carlos Johnson). He also toured and recorded throughout the 2000s with his cult-favorite prog-pop band oh my god.And Michael, a Downbeat magazine award winner and five-time Detroit Music Awards recipient, had played with everyone from Koko Taylor to Chuck Mangione to Marvin Hamlisch to John Sinclair and is a member of Balkan fusion group Eastern Blok (recently, Michael toured Europe with Grammy nominees the Heritage Blues Orchestra).
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Fri, Dec 12 - 9pm - $8
It might sound strange, but it takes some serious soul to discover rock music's spirit and an absolute animal to find its superhuman funk. Luckily, the modern listener has Spirit Animal.The NYC-based band's 2013 single, "The Black Jack White," earned MTV Buzzworthy status when the site called the dance-funk anthem, "an animal all its own." The accompanying video -- flashy and ballsy in black and white -- went into rotation on mtvU ahead of the band's second EP, Kingdom Phylum, which premiered on USA Today. As with 2012's This Is a Test, the band brought together decades of disparate elements to craft party-ready rock. "These boys are the future," proclaimed ARTISTdirect, "it's the kind of fiery and ferocious music that the world rarely gets anymore."
Choo Choo plays a melange of Soul, Gospel, Rock and R&B. Straight up sassy. Ride the train!! We like big vocal sections and fuzz distortion. Grunge and doo wop had a baby. Think Weezer playing country soul, or perhaps Prince's weird, spazzy cousin.
Get Out of the Car is not scared of your ghosts. They care not for your casual indulgences, your impassioned pleas, or your photos of brunch. They are geared to exorcise, to grind, to blow and most essentially, to Rock. They are here to ensure that the Ancestral Beings of Rock Action and the emerging Templars of the New Rock Eternal do not converge to catch you innocents off swivel and give you the Homan Ave beatdown you might not have known you had coming. Stay vigilant, Get Out of the Car is honing their Rock Tools on the stuff of stars and are lighting out for new territories.
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Sat. Dec 13 - 6pm - $7 - All Ages
Sat, Dec 13 - 9:30pm - $8
The Friendly Lens are an independent group hailing out of Chicago. Comprised of Zachary Coarson on guitar & lead vocals, Matthew Layton on keyboards, Mat Ajjarapu on bass, and Tommy Mendoza on drums, each member brings a unique musical style to the group. The Friendly Lens touch on many different genres from indie-pop, rock, soul, mod, and Brit-pop. Inland Towns is the debut EP from The Friendly Lens. Listen and download at https://friendlylensmusic.bandcamp.com/
Dahlia Revolt is the cosmic collaboration of classically trained pianist and producer Mallory Miller and artist/songwriter and guitarist Adam Reese. In October 2013, through a combination of poetic lyrics and memorable melodies with an electronic edge, Dahlia Revolt was created.
Hobbyist is Marc Mozga and Holly Prindle. Hobbyist formed in January 2013. Hobbyist was formerly I Luv Luv Birds. ILLB (2004- 2012) home recorded and self- released four albums including "I Know Why The Caged Bird Gun Slings" ('05) and "Cleaning Lady Uprising" ('10) in between working jobs for money. We needed a new name because of the new songs. The new songs are more indicative of the reclusion and outsider mentality that a name like "hobbyist" evokes. Mozga plays drum machines, guitars, bass, melodica and Prindle sings.
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Mon, Dec 15 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Dec 16 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Get ready to deck the halls and jingle your bells with A Christmas Shimmy! Join the world-renowned cast of Burlesque-A-Pades as they present their version of A Christmas Carol this holiday season. Enjoy elements of the timeless Dickens tale flavored with the world class burlesque, illusion, humor and variety that you have come to expect from this NYC based touring revue! This seasonal spectacular stars one of the premiere burlesque entertainers in the world, Angie Pontani, master illusionist and comedian Albert Cadabra, the high energy dance sensation The Maine Attraction, the Tap Dancing Tornado Helen Pontani, the footy sync spectacular of the Snowflake Dancers PLUS special guests! It’s a lifetime of entertainment in two hours!
Burlesque Queen, Angie Pontani, “The Italian Stallionette,” is one of few involved in the ecdysiast arts who shimmys and shakes on stages around the world, as well as carries her art into other fields and genres, including film and television. A child of New York and a key player in establishing NYC's burlesque scene, this bump-n-grind bombshell has spread the gospel of burlesque across the globe for over a decade. The New Yorker calls Angie, “first rate, the perfect centerpiece!” and rightfully so, since her signature acts and productions all set standards of style and class.
Albert Cadabra is a professional, award-winning, comedy sideshow magician who delivers powerful, amazing and devilishly wild magic. Albert pushes and twists the boundaries of the art of magic with unique performances including; eating razor blades and a 3’-long balloon, hammering 6” spikes into his face, electrocuting himself with 2,000 volts of electricity and turning his assistant intoa gorilla. He makes people and animals appear and vanish at will and escapesfrom chains, shackles, locked crates and straight jackets—all with the flair, style, class and great sense of humor you would expect from this seasoned, professional magician. Albert is the headlining performer at RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT in Times Square, where he entertains thousands of enthralled fans in the heart of NYC every day
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Helen Pontani made her way to the Big Apple to fulfill her dreams of studying at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance and performing in modern dance companies. While working in movement, she developed a craving for false eyelashes, towering headdresses and glamour! As fabulous fate would have it, she became an original and honorary family member of burlesque pioneers, The World Famous Pontani Sisters. Since their inception, the trio of temptresses has changed the face of burlesque as we know it. Both with her sisters and on her own, Helen has dazzled audiences from the gritty big top of Coney Island to the glittering lights of Hollywood. Known as “the tapping tornado”, Helen was featured in the two year off-Broadway run of This is Burlesque. She has appeared in over a dozen national and international tours while also making frequent appearances on television programs like Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Gossip Girl, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy as well as having worked on programs with MTV, and VH1. This tap dance sensation has appeared in show stopping performances that have earned critical acclaim from the The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York Magazine. One thing is for sure, with her flirtatious tapping, fabulous show girl costumes covered in rhinestones and fabulous feathers, Helen is sure to bedazzle you!
Maine captivates audiences every time she hits the stage. Coined the “Triple Threat of Burlesque” (singer/actress/dancer) she’s performed domestically and internationally, from MGM Grand*s Studio 54 in Las Vegas, Le Bus Palladium (Paris), Buddha Bar (Beirut, Lebanon) to Dragon-i in Hong Kong. Energetic, sensual, and wildly charismatic, her uninhibited rhythmic style and sense of humor blend an ensemble of samba, belly dance, African, improvisation and contortion, and pole dancing into a movement she’s defined as *Burlesque Fusion.*
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Wed, Dec 17 - 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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Thu, Dec 18 - 9pm - $7adv / $10door
In the few "whirlwind" years since playing his first US show at SXSW with his band BACK DOOR SLAM, DAVY KNOWLES has achieved more than most artists in an entire career -- and certainly fulfilled most of his early boy-hood dreams ! That first show, in March 2007, and the release of his debut album ROLL AWAY in June that year -- provided a spring board to over (450) gigs in the 4 years that followed -- a period that also took in the release of his Peter Frampton produced sophomore album Coming Up For Air, opening slots for Jeff Beck and Govt Mule, and a hugely successful 30 date romp around America supporting the Hagar/ Satriani inspired 'super group' CHICKENFOOT. Trips to Europe, the UK and Australia were squeezed in, and the "whirlwind" culminated with a tour performing with the legendary Rhythm Devils.I loved it all -- putting in my "10.000 hours" on the road -- it was such a great learning curve"....In between support slots and major festivals (including Bonaroo, Lollapalooza, and ACL (twice), his own shows at legendary rooms such as The Troubadour, Viper Room, Jerome's, Denver Fox, World Cafe, High Line (etc) , garnered great reviews. At radio, tracks such as COME HOME, TEAR DOWN THE WALLS, COMING UP FOR AIR and TASTE OF DANGER (a duet with Jonatha Brooke) were heavily rotated. He was invited to play The World Cafe several times, and TV appearances included Jimmy Kimmel, CBS morning show ...... America became his new home.A "Live from Melbourne" cd -- and a DVD of his "homecoming" concert in Douglas, Isle of Man, were also released through this period -- but after 4 years of relentless attention grabbing touring, playing his beloved blues, Davy was keen to take his foot off the gas a little and spend some time exploring new ideas... Davy explains........I began to realize that I'd been working so hard I'd had no real time to find myself, and perhaps I had become the sum of my early influences. That's not surprising or unusual -- and of course I was thrilled to be following in the steps of my musical heroes such as Gallagher, Mayall, Clapton and Knopfler - who's music inspired my dreams when I was growing up in the Isle of man. America was like a calling for me...I was so lucky to get the chance to come and play, and I took it with both hands, but lately I increasingly felt I needed to step off the roller coaster and explore, try to find a bit more of myself in my music.Davy has been recording new material in Northern England with co-writer producer Steve Chrisanthou* (Corrine Bailie Rae)Davy’s love of Blues and Americana will still be obvious in the new recordings, but the envelope will be pushed.We are all excited for the next phase of his career and Davy looks forward to hitting the road again soon.
The Belvederes: Raised on a healthy diet of Garage Rock, Power-Pop, Roots, Red-Hot Rockabilly, Honky-Tonk and Soul -- John Ford (lead vocals, guitar), Joe Alonzo (drums, vocals) and Tyler Kock (bass guitar, vocals) came together during the early months of 2011, and presented a simple, clear-cut mission statement: Make people feel good. And when presented with such a task, we believe there's nothing quite like the incredible gift of Rock & Roll music. We also firmly believe that if you're gonna do this, you better do it right and give the audience MORE than what they paid for. Dynamic playing, tight three-part harmonies, dance floor-friendly energy and lots of love are what you can expect to experience at a Belvederes show. So get in on this rockin' dance party! Ya won't be sorry!
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Fri, Dec 19 - 9:30pm - $8
In a city constantly in search of whatever musical movement is next, the polished, pulsating pop/rock of Superbig stands out. For as rough-around-the-edges as vocalist/guitarist Jimmy Fountalas' subjects are - the band's profile states their tunes are "the result of desperate living, failed relationships and obvious bad life choices" - it's astonishing how fluid and potent their delivery and studio work remains. Symphonies swell, voices harmonize pristinely, and Fountalas' cohorts - guitarist/vocalist Pat Senorski, drummer Dan Hill and bassist Kevin Becker- paint a radio-ready picture that keeps its heart on its sleeve and the hooks coming a mile a minute. Since forming in 2007, the band has hopscotched around some of Chicago's most renowned stages, blasting out finely crafted bursts of crowd-pleasing rock n' roll. Should-be hits like "Honestly," while leaning on a sturdy rhythm section, still find enough breathing room to include dreamy guitars, massive classical strings and participatory claps, without any of the aforementioned parts overtaking the other. The riff-heavy "Run Me Over" wins with it's witty wordplay ("If you're gonna go / Go real fast / And if you're gonna run / run me over") and seething performance, "For U" sports an echo that's a challenge to decipher if it's man or computer-made (along with cooing, lush backing vocals), and songs like "Epic Breakdown," despite having their footing firmly planted in the present, certainly nod to some of the best romantic new-wave of the 80's. Along with help from violinist Heather Bohem and keyboardist Daryl Couts, all of this makes for an intriguing mix, and one that continues to stir plenty of buzz around Chicago.
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Sat, Dec 20 - 9:30pm - $10
Sun Stereo is a 6 piece band hailing from Urbana, Illinois, consisting of o1 theatrical flunky and 5 jazz junkies. After graduating with a Musical Theater Composition degree from University of Illinois, Kelly McMorris (music, lyrics, vocals, keys) has been writing music, performing in a plethora of projects, and all the while canvassing the gutters and bowels of churches, saloons, and opera houses for the perfect concoction of thugs and miscreants to transpire his musical vision. In 2010, he reunited with Jesse Greenlee (drums, cymbals, vocals) and began fleshing out the prenatal bones of the first full length album, Rogue Satellite. After it's completion, they tapped the veins of the University of Illinois Jazz program to procure the remaining pieces (Josh Houchin, bass, vocals; Adrian Barnett, bari sax; Euan Edmonds, trombone; Kevin Bourassa, Trumpet; Jon Griffith, bari sax) and bring the album's nuances and grandiose intricacies to life on the stage.
Bumpus and their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energyof Sly & the Family Stone, the funk of James Brown, and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together big, funky beats, deep bass, lush JB horns, and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane, musical funk frenzy. Bumpus has shared the stage with many of their heroes. Artists such as Dr. John, War, The Roots, Jurassic 5, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley. The band has performed at the prestigious Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival alongside Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, and Widespread Panic. Their fourth and most recent album, All the People, won rave reviews and they’re currently hard at work on their fifth album, Step Sure or Step Aside. Bumpus continues to tour throughout the country, while performing at various venues in Chicago and the Midwest.
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Mon, Dec 22 - 8pm - $7
American Grizzly is a Rock & Roll band of sorts influenced by all things past, present, and future. From tube-screaming “noise rock” to the minimalist approach of rural American folk music, this band transcends any one genre and hits many of the stops along the musical landscape. Pairing well-crafted song writing with tasteful sonic euphoria and sometimes tones that elicit bouts of melancholy, American Grizzly creates music for current times. After years of shaping their craft in basements, garages, bowling alleys, and taverns, American Grizzly has heeded the call for original artistry with recordings and supporting their efforts with live performances. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the band is comprised of Matt Ladd on vocals, Jack Doyle and Dennis Wilson on guitars, Marty Funk on bass, and Owen Yanz on drums.
RON is in your earhole. Listen closely.RON is Ryan Behling,Scott Shellberg and Mike Maerz. On the recordings, unless otherwise noted, Ryan, Scott and Mike play all of the instruments. We play the Drums, Percussion, Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Acousitc Bass, Piano, Rhodes, Organ, Synth, Loops, Kaosilator, iPad, Acoustic Guitar, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Melodica, Coffee Can, Suitcase, Beer Bottles, our hands, Beat Box, and whatever else happens to be in the room at the time. All songs written by RON.
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Tue, Dec 23 - 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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Sat, Dec 27 - 9pm - $15
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Tue, Dec 30 - 9pm - $12
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
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Wed, Dec 31 - 9pm - $12
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
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Thu, Jan 1 - 9:30pm - $20
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Fri, Jan 2 - 9:30pm - $20
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Monday, Jan 5 - 8pm - $7
The McLovins: Four piece project hailing out of Hartford, CT. These extremely talented young players and songwriters create a sound drenched in vocal harmonies, soaring melodic hooks, and a strong lyrical presence reaching far beyond their years. They generated a massive initial buzz and were actually named via the Phish Phantasy Tour and its fans. This helped launch the band to 1 MILLION + combined YouTube views, put them on Tom Marshall's radar who came on board to cowrite a few songs, and has them at 13,200 FaceBook fans and counting. Growing very quickly, The McLovins have developed markets throughout the SE and have secured high profile festival plays throughout the country.
In 2012, Robbie became the official Chicago Cubs pre-game entertainment, performing live at Wrigley Field's Captain Morgan Club.[7] On May 31, 2012 Robbie performed with Jamie Lono from NBC's The Voice and in front of 30,000 fans at Arlington Park on July 4, 2012. In addition to performing live, Robbie began recording his debut full length studio album with producer Oscar Salinas Castañeda. IMPACT was released on September 16, 2012. In 2013, Robbie performed with internet celebrity AJ Rafael[10] and was featured on a broadcast of Chicago-based Windy City LIVE singing backup vocals for his friend and Windy City LIVE host Ryan Chiaverini. Robbie also re-teamed with The IV Lab Inc. & producer Rollin Weary in June for his third album release titled, Stalling, which was released on December 1, 2013. On December 10, 2013 Robbie was featured on an episode of Comcast's Chicago-based TV show, Social Chicago.In 2014, Robbie has continued touring throughout the United States already performing live on The Mancow Morning Show and at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, Louisiana in late January. In March 2014, Robbie was again featured on a broadcast of Windy City LIVE and in May was featured on The Jordan Bernfield Show, a Chicago-based radio show. In September 2014, Robbie will perform the National Anthem at Wrigley Field.
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Tue, Jan 6 - 8pm - $7
Like a phoenix, from the ashes of a treehouse rises Miss Remember, a rock band from Chicago. Children of the rock and grunge era, Miss Remember is a brew of delicate melodies, intriguing harmonies and dirty guitars. Impressionistic male and female vocals contribute to this gritty musical machine, evoking a dichotomy of love and loathing. Each song has it’s own character that will make you move or stop you in your tracks. Miss Remember began as a band called Treehouse while studying music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2008 . What began as an acoustic student project has transformed into a harder electric sound brought forth by dedicated musicians who have honed their individual instruments and simply “strive to write goods songs". The sound has evolved away from previous acoustic roots into a, yet, truer amalgamation of the influences of each member: jim tashjian – guitar, vocals; leslie beukelman – vocals, guitar; martin stonikas – bass, percussion; pete tashjian – drums, percussion
Grood is super-colorful, extra-emotive rock and roll from Chicago. Grood used to be called Savvy, but had tochange its name due to copyright infringement. Grood = Savvy. Savvy = Grood.Besides writing and recording music, Grood has begun to be well known for its live shows. Once a year itperforms a brand new, one time only live performance called "The ACTual Show," where the fans' favorite songsare "acted" out on stage along with the music. This is a 30 performer, multimedia experience that usuallyleaves people scratching their heads, wondering what they just saw.All parts are written and recorded by Charlie Otto, lead singer of Talking Heads tribute "This Must be the Band."Besides pretending to be David Byrne, Charlie spends his time making original music with the help of his fellowThis Must Be the Band member, Kasey Foster (Redmoon Theater).For most of his music, Charlie also enlists the help of superstar drummer/producer Matt Walker (SmashingPumpkins, Garbage, Filter, Morrissey) and slick bass man Alan Berliant (Mavis Staples). They are great.Although Grood strongly suggests you listen to its music, it is also able to describe it, and here it goes:Almost every song is completely dierent from the song before, the only common thread being the groove.There is always a groove, whatever that is. The rhythm is danceable, the chords are lush, the words are images,the singing is thick, the forms are minimal, but there is always the lovely backbeat, because they like it. If thebackbeat is not there, just wait, it will be there soon.Grood generates an amazing amount of content, and you can always count on a new video or rough draftevery couple weeks. Its good stu, just go to the YouTube channel (youtube.com/GroodMusic).
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Thu, Jan 8 - 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.
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Fri, Jan 9 - 9:30pm - $18
“I feel like my brain is vibrating all day long,” says Reid Genauer, the singer/songwriter behind Assembly of Dust, discussing the band’s new album. “It’s hard to sleep, I’m so excited. I feel like Lex Luthor, or that Mike Myers character, Dr. Evil. I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs, dreaming up this demonic scheme, getting ready to release this germ on to the world.”While “demonic schemes” may not come to mind when you think of Assembly of Dust, Genauer’s post-Strangefolk crew since 2002, his band’s latest album does have the feeling of something remarkable being unleashed. The record, recorded over two years, showcases Genauer’s maturation as a songwriter, as evidenced both by the material and the all-star collaborations that dot all 13 tracks. It’s rare to hear something so massive in scope and ambition, and yet so intricate in the tiny details.
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Sat, Jan 10 - 9:30pm - $18
“I feel like my brain is vibrating all day long,” says Reid Genauer, the singer/songwriter behind Assembly of Dust, discussing the band’s new album. “It’s hard to sleep, I’m so excited. I feel like Lex Luthor, or that Mike Myers character, Dr. Evil. I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs, dreaming up this demonic scheme, getting ready to release this germ on to the world.”While “demonic schemes” may not come to mind when you think of Assembly of Dust, Genauer’s post-Strangefolk crew since 2002, his band’s latest album does have the feeling of something remarkable being unleashed. The record, recorded over two years, showcases Genauer’s maturation as a songwriter, as evidenced both by the material and the all-star collaborations that dot all 13 tracks. It’s rare to hear something so massive in scope and ambition, and yet so intricate in the tiny details.
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Sun, Jan 11 - 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.
Award-winning Girl of the Century, Working Girl with Guitar Rosie Flores has gone surfing, knifing her turquoise axe through some new uncharted musical waters. After a busy few years that found her nabbing a Peabody Award onstage at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for her narration of the documentary "Whole Lotta Shakin"; producing Janis Martin's soon to be released CD on Cow Island Records; and a multimedia Janis Martin Tribute that she created and performed at the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame this year, Rosie released Girl Of The Century (Bloodshot Records) and is half way into a brand spanking new CD, Working Girls Guitar.The new record marks a first for Rosie as she is the only guitar player, in addition to penning some new tunes that ride some new waves. Twanging between a rock and a surf place, Rosie fires up the big chord guns on songs that tell some hard earned tales. The title track is a chiming stomper that resonates with miles of grit, grace and determination; while “Yeah, Yeah”, a tribute to her late great fellow twang master Duane Jarvis, shines with a light that glows through the tears. Flores took flight in Southern California, and has been a major figure in the Los Angeles, Austin and Nashville music scenes – as well as in Europe and Japan. She added new pins to her world map when she played several big festivals in Australia last year (Port Ferry, Apollo Bay, Brunswick Festival) and tore it up the year before in New Zealand. Critical raves from prestigious publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Guitar Player magazine, an LA Weekly Music Award for Best Rockabilly Swing Artist, a 2007 cover story in the Austin Chronicle, and the proclamation of Rosie Flores Day in August 2006 by Austin Mayor Will Wynn was topped off by an induction into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2007. She was recently voted as one of the "Top 75 Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time" by Venuszine. After a stint with the cult cowpunk band Screaming Sirens, who recorded an album Fiesta, with Enigma and appeared as themselves in the films The Runnin’ Kind , and had cameo roles in The Vendetta and Reform School Girls. Signing with Warner's Reprise subsidiary in 1987 as a solo artist was her first major break. The label hoped to light up the country charts with a female version of Dwight Yoakam, and paired Flores with Yoakam's producer/guitarist Pete Anderson. The self-titled release spotlighted Flores as a stylish, fiery neo-traditional singer who played explosive guitar solos to match. The album yielded three singles, and "Crying Over You," earned Flores her first Billboard chart appearance. She was also the first female Latina country artist to ever enter the Billboard country charts. Early in her career while recording for Warner Bros. Records she was nominated for best "Horizon Artist" by the Academy of Country Music in California. She had a cameo role in River Phoenix's final film, A Thing Called Love in 1993. Yet it was 1995's Rockabilly Filly that received the most attention, because it reintroduced rockabilly pioneers Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin to audiences worldwide through their duets with Rosie and a successful 1995 tour with Jackson. Moreover, Flores's self-penned "You Tear Me Up" is arguably the best performance by a contemporary female rockabilly artist. She recorded more records including After the Farm, Once More With Feeling, Bandera Highway (HighTone), A Honky Tonk Reprise, Dance Hall Dreams (Rounder), Speed of Sound (Eminent), A Little Bit of Heartache (with Ray Campi, Watermelon), and Single Rose and Christmasville (Durango Rose Records). Rosie's solos recordings have found homes on both the Billboard and Gavin charts and are featured in seven motion pictures. Her revved-up performances from California to New York have won legions of fans and earned appearances on such nationally broadcast television programs as "Austin City Limits" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." She is currently appearing in the documentaries Every Night is Saturday Night: The Story of Wanda Jackson and Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice. Rosie toured Japan for the first time in 2007, and followed that with her 21st tour of Europe through Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, and Spain. She headlined at The Americana Festival UK 2008, held in Nottinghamshire Newark England. Endorsed by Fender at the 2008 NAMM in Anaheim, CA, Rosie was chosen to open a special show celebrating 65 Years of Fender along with Dick Dale, Billy Gibbons, Jimmy Vaughn and Cindy Cashdollar. With a new tour, new CD under way and trails of shiny accolades around her, Rosie Flores is taking on the future one swell wave at a time.
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Tue, Jan 13 - 8pm - $7
Quinn Tsan is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago, IL. Classically trained in dance, Tsan relocated from Minneapolis in 2008 to pursue her interest in music and found her beginnings singing back-up for Joe Pug. After five years of experimentation with back-up singing for acts including Rachele Eve, Yoome, and Sima Cunningham, Tsan began playing her own music to receptive audiences and quickly went on to form a band with Chicago players Michael Golas (Exit Ghost), Tim Young (Passerines), and Raul Callejero (Kelsey Wild, Gia Margaret.)Tsan’s luxurious vocals and timeless poetic lyricism, built atop melancholic folk riffs, strike as “precise and painfully familiar” (-AZmosis), with a timbre comparable to Karen Dalton and versatile instrumentation resembling the softer sides of Sharon Van Etten or Mazzy Star. Tsan’s work is deeply personal and forges a profound connection between music and listener by eloquently portraying the veracity of the human experience.
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Wed, Jan 14 - 8pm -$10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, pairs a reader’s personal story about a First Time event with a song performance by house band, The First Time Three.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song. The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.Hosted by CHIRP DJ Jenn Sodini, past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Ian Belknap, Brian Babylon, Kelly Hogan, Erin Diamond and Ji Suk Yi.January's theme is First Time: First Chance. Readers are TBD. The First Time series is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org.
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Fri, Jan 16 - 8:30pm - $10
Jonas Friddle & The Majority headline a musical tribute to the members of the Beatles. As winners of the John Lennon Songwriting Award, Jonas Friddle & The Majority have performed their favorite Beatles tunes at the world famous Abbey Road on the River Festival. January 16th they will bring that show back to Martyrs’ in Chicago for one night only.Jonas Friddle is a Chicago-based “orchestral folk” group is comprised of a string section, brass, organ, banjo and drums. Each member of the Majority boasts a strong personal music career with close ties to Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, where the band formed.Jonas Friddle’s passion for old-time style banjo from his native North Carolina leads to rhythmic and rolling compositions. Following the example of new folk groups like Crooked Still, Abigail Washburn and Old Crow Medicine Show, Jonas looks for a new take on an old sound.
Phil Angotti and Friends perform Paul McCartney's Band on the Run (and other hits)Phil Angotti has been singing Beatles all his lifemost notably as the Paul voice in Chicago's famous "Beatle Brothers"A strong solo performer, besides playing his own compositions- always known to pull out any Beatles/solo McCartney that is requested of him.....Phil has also performed with Brad and Graham Elvis (from the legendary Elvis Bros)and has fronted his own band for many years- and is well known for his unique pop voice,specializing in Lennon/McCartney and other 60s singer/songwriters.Phil has led his Macca band in several performances of Ram, and is now proud to present (with a little help from his friends)Paul's greatest solo album- Band on the Run!
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Mon, Jan 19 - 7pm - No Cover
free
In January of 2002, our beautiful friend Gwen Sale introduced us to and hosted a Burns Supper here at Martyrs'. We carry on the tradition, complete with haggis, pipes, tunes, poems, toasts to the lassies and theimmortal memory of our favorite Scot, Gwen, and Robert Burns, every year on the Monday before Burns Night.
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Thu, Jan 22 - 8pm - $10
Androgynous Mustache is an ever-evolving and revolving tuneful posse uniting infrequently to explore the "forgotten" artists and albums of rock. A conglomeration of local rock and jazz vets, this musical chameleon has been a chronic inhabitant of the now famous Halloweekends for almost a decade. With progressively taunting guitar lashes, gorgeously haunting bass ventilations, syrupy yet pedantically keys, unyieldingly steadfast pulsations on drums and lusciously divine and sultry vocals, A.M. makes even the casual melodious observer blush with enticing and imaginative harmonious reverie.
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Tue, Jan 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, Jan 29 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
free
Toby Lightman’s new release “Know Where I’m From” is made up of acoustic versions of many her hit songs such as “Devils and Angels”, Slippin” and “Front Row”. This record follows Toby’s first independently released album, “Let Go” on her own T Killa Records. She has also had two Atlantic Records releases, 2004's "Little Things" and 2006's "Bird On A Wire". She's toured the country extensively, having appeared with such artists such as Rob Thomas, Jewel, James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Marc Cohn, and on one memorable evening, Prince. Toby’s national TV performances include the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC's Today Show, and CBS' Second Cup, among many others. Toby was seen every week singing the opening theme song for NASCAR on Fox broadcasts and her title track “Let Go” was heard during the extensive Home Shopping Network TV/Radio campaign as well as ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and Dirty Sexy Money. One of Toby’s newest songs, “Colors”, part of the Hard Rock Café compilation SERVE3, was featured in an issue of People Magazine as the HOT DOWNLOAD of the week. She has currently gotten licenses in such movies as PS I LOVE YOU, 17 AGAIN, and THE FACTORY due out next year. Toby is scheduled to release “Know Where I’m From” and tour extensively in June 2010, including performing with the Lilith Fair.
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Mon, Feb 9 - 8pm - $7
Although Get Back: A Beatles Tribute is a new band from Chicago, each member is in their early 20's and are experienced veterans in the Beatle Tribute market. Neil Candelora who plays Paul performs with The Fab Four, 1964 the Tribute, A Hard Day's Night, Cavern Beat, and the list goes on. Brendan Lazar as "Ringo" play with or have played with Cavern Beat, Meet The Beetles, and British Export. Andrew Bockelman has played with Beatolution and Stockwood.
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Thu, Feb 12 - 8pm -$20
As a songwriter for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated classic “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...As a recording and touring artist with longtime songwriting partner Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro and, since 2009, as a solo singer-songwriter increasingly on demand on the national concert circuit...As a singer and voice actor in major motion pictures, television series, commercials and recordings, including the films Happy Feet (1& 2), Rio, Ice Age (2 & 3), Robots, The Mexican, The Emperor’s New Groove, Envy; television series Prison Break, Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; and commercials for McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, El Pollo Loco, Nationwide and literally hundreds of others...As an activist in Washington on intellectual property, performer and songwriter issues, lobbying Capitol Hill regularly, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board, on behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, AFTRA, NARAS, BMI , SoundExchange and the musicFIRST Coalition...As an institutional volunteer on the elected and appointed boards of such vaunted musician and performer organizations as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Folk Alliance International, The California Songwriters Association, The Recording Academy and the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, fighting the neuromuscular disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease...After 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan ventured out solo in 2009 and released his first album that year, the spirited “Live at McCabe’s”, with his pals from the Austin-based Stonehoney backing him. His next album, “Shed My Skin”, is slated for release in 2012. He also moonlights as a member of the four-artist Christmas revue, Decembersongs, with friends Amy Speace, Jon Vezner and Sally Barris, and is a known abuser of acoustic guitars.
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