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Thu, Aug 28 - 8pm - $10
Growing up in rural Hopewell, New Jersey (population 2,010), Danielia Cotton stood out. Not just because she was only one of about seven Black kids in her junior high school, but because of the compelling power of her shockingly big voice, which stopped people in their tracks from early on. Danielia’s natural gift--raw, searing vocal chops combined with a deep, buttery tone--draws from the two different rich traditions that she absorbed early in her youth. On the one hand, she couldn’t get enough of what her friends and neighbors were listening to: AC/DC, Zeppelin, the Stones. On the other, she was her mother’s girl: daughter of a jazz singer and member of the church gospel choir, grooving to Mavis Staples, Etta James, Billie and Ella. The happy collision of these two traditions is her new album, Rare Child, produced by Brad Jones (Jill Sobule, Over the Rhine) and co-produced by Joe Blaney (Shawn Colvin, Soul Asylum) and Danielia herself. On Rare Child, the sheer joy and pain she evokes in her songs instantly draw the listener in. She pulls, stretches and grips her lyrics with a strength that is startling considering this lovely young woman’s seemingly happy-go-lucky demeanor and petite frame. Appearances aside, like male counterparts Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone or crossover icon Tina Turner, Danielia not only has embraced the notion of Black Rock--she has redefined it.Very early on, music played a major role in Danielia’s life. It became not only the focus of what would become her career, but also, her saving grace and her best friend. “If I didn’t have music saving me every day, I wouldn’t have a place to put a lot of emotions that I have that could potentially be destructive,” says Danielia. “It’s how I survive.” Citing her mother, Danielia speaks lovingly about musical influences that aren’t quite from the playbook of most Rock performers. “I loved Phyllis Hyman’s `Somewhere In My Lifetime,’” she says, “and Chaka Khan. But not just the popular stuff. It was her version of `I Loves You, Porgy’ from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. My mom also listened to things like Bonnie Raitt and Loggins & Messina. But for me, it was listening to Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder’s album Songs In The Key of Life: it was about that tone that I thought was the best. And Nancy Wilson singing `Guess Who I Saw Today’’; the first time I heard that I was like, `I don’t even like that genre’ but I couldn’t get over the delivery. There was so much emotion. I like artists that were living and feeling whatever it was they were singing about.” Interestingly, more than any other important influence was Danielia’s fascination with musical movies of the 1930’s and 40’s. “I had a thing for Bing Crosby,” she bashfully admits. “I was an old soul. What entertained me didn’t entertain most kids. But we had a deep life. So anything that would take me out of that life was important. Anything that was singing and had a story to it I liked.” A very young Danielia would stand up on a wood crate in her backyard, grab a stick, and sing Donna Summer’s `Last Dance’ to the trees and a few semi-curious deer, When she realized she could really belt it out, she decided she might make singing her career. Soon, 12 year-old Danielia joined her mom and aunts in a gospel group called Brookes Ensemble Plus, where she learned harmony. Around that time, Danielia received her first guitar. While her mother couldn’t afford to pay for lessons, she gave Danielia a `How To’ book that the young writer devoured, locking herself in her room until she came out a comfortable player and had penned her first song.Danielia’s home life wasn’t always easy. Danielia never met her father, a native of Puerto Rico. Moving around a lot and experiencing the hardships of racism, Danielia had to grow up fast. And although Danielia came from very humble beginnings, the one thing the family was not lacking was love and determination to succeed. Raising four kids on her own without a college degree, Danielia’s mother nevertheless became the head of accounting for Houghton-Mifflin Publishing and was determined to make sure her children had the best education possible. To that end, books were in no short supply at home (spoils of the trade), and the children learned to read at an early age, while calculators were treated as toys. Following her mother’s example, Danielia strove to make the most of her opportunities, and in her junior year of high school, she gained entry to the Mercer County School of Performing Arts. Danielia excelled and graduated at the top of her class, going on to obtain a full scholarship to the esteemed Bennington College in Vermont, from which she graduated with a degree in Theater Arts.Bennington was a major turning point for Danielia. There, she studied with the great avant garde jazz trumpeter Bill Dixon. Noted for his vocalic playing style, Dixon, who founded the Black Music division at Bennington, gave Danielia the guidance she needed to refine her distinctive power as a singer. By her junior and senior year, she was studying tutorials. “He trained my ear. I’d go to his class every day, and he’d hit a note on his trumpet and ask me to match it. I thought it was the most God-awful thing. But I realize today that my pitch is the way it is because of this training. He taught me basic music theory, keyboard harmony and what music reading and writing was. During my senior year, he sent me to study singing with the classical department so I could learn breath, which is where I found my power. He would die to know I was singing rock ‘n roll now instead of jazz, but he changed my whole perception of how you sing a song.”Using classic songs like Eden Ahbez’s “Nature Boy” and reading the lyrics as a soliloquy, Danielia learned that “in any good song, there’s a story; it’s a moment. And it’s the same when you get onstage with those same set of words and discover how you can convey that story to an audience. It helped me realize why I loved singing. It was about the story, the tone—it wasn’t about all the `tricks.’ It was about singing the line straight. That took more skill.” She credits Dixon with teaching her how to “sing `ugly’.” She explains, “You have to be able to sing the wrong notes if you ever want to sing beautifully. You have to be able to be `ugly’ sometimes. That’s where you find your true beauty.”Quietly writing her own songs under wraps while she studied, she performed several original compositions at a recital after she spent her final year at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Drawing raves for her performance as well as her songs, she had learned well by then that her lyrics had to be pulled from her own life experiences in order to be authentic and received in such a positive light. “I have to write from what I know about. It’s like in acting. I can’t play a character who’s 70 at the age of 30. I don’t know what 70 is. I could go to my grandmother and ask her and she might say, `It’s a loss of faith, it’s tired’ or whatever, but I don’t know this because I haven’t been there. I could only play a role and be true to something I felt. Because then it’s true.”As a performer, Danielia is glad she grew up pre-American Idol. “Most kids today, if you ask why they want to perform, they’ll say they `want to be a star’ or `be in the music business.’ I liked music not because I saw it as a way to get out of the life I lived and have more than what I had, which wasn’t that much. I did it because it was fun; it was like a drug. I’ve always felt a little selfish when people say, `I do it for the people.’ I do it because it does something for me.”Radio stations across the country appreciated Danielia’s unique rock talent. After Danielia released her first studio album, 2005’s Small White Town (Hipshake Records), WXPN/Philadelphia and home of the nationally syndicated World Café named her “Artist To Watch” in 2005, slotted the album’s soulful single, “It’s Only Life” into heavy rotation, and featured her on their HDNetwork broadcast of “On Stage at World Café Live”. WXRT in Chicago featured Danielia on New Year’s Eve, where she brought down the house in a live performance broadcast by ABC.Extensive national touring followed. Danielia traveled the breadth of the country, opening for some of the greatest acts in music, from Blues legends Buddy Guy and Etta James to Pop Rock giant Bon Jovi, to the Southern Rock royalty of Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Little Feat. Crossing boundaries was no problem for the versatile Danielia, who has wowed alternative rock audiences of the Flaming Lips, Staind and Collective Soul, among many others.Danielia’s unique talent drew rave reviews, with notices on her “raw intensity” (Essence magazine), her “soulful voice and searing telecaster” (Time Out NY) and for possessing “the sort of voice for which the phrase `force of nature’ was coined” (Austin American-Statesman). Relix magazine named Danielia one of the “5 Artists You Should Know” in 2007 and New York’s Amsterdam News proclaimed Danielia “a powerful musician that cannot be ignored.”Those high accolades often come from those who’ve been blown away by Danielia’s live act. Audiences that experience Danielia and her band live are hit hard with the sheer emotionalism of her songs, and Danielia’s performance style is all about revisiting the feelings that brought those songs into being in the first place. “I give you everything. I’m going back, and these stories are obviously from my life. I’ve picked moments that I can safely go back to time and time again without getting to a place where I can’t collect myself. But, in my songs, I’ll go to places that are still an issue for me. Like in the song `Rare Child,’ I say, `On the day I was born/I hope my daddy cried.’ Because I’m still dealing with those issues. So you have to be careful. There’s a responsibility to your audience too, because some of your fans will go there with you. And they don’t know how to pull back either; they’re riding on what you’ve given them. You’re handing them a drug too.” Going back to the idea of music as an emotional release, for the artist and the audience in equal measure, Danielia not only accepts the responsibility, but rather, she is flattered and thrilled by it and sees it as an opportunity. “When you hear some of the stories that people tell you and how the songs have helped them through tough times, that’s as good as somebody telling you your album went platinum,” Danielia says. “That’s what it’s supposed to be about, and then you think, `This might not be why I wrote this song, but this is what this person got out of it,’ and I’m glad.”A stiff self-critic, Danielia admits to pre-show and pre-recording bouts of nervousness. “Eric Clapton always says, `If I’m not nervous, I don’t want to do it anymore.’ But then that’s where you get all that energy and you end up giving it back to the audience. And it means just as much to me in the studio when I record. At no time do I take it lightly. I want it to come out well. So it’s harder than live, but I like to record with the band in the studio and I can pull from that energy.”But, as much as Danielia is a performer, she is also a proud and dedicated songwriter. Inspiration for songwriting for Danielia comes at all hours, and her mindset is to grab the moment no matter when it comes and write it down. “I’ve woken up from dreams with an idea, and it was my grandfather that used to say `God woke you up, and wants you to go get a pen and piece of paper and write it down.’ Otherwise, the idea you had goes away. If you’re lucky enough to get the call, you gotta pick the phone up,” she says. As for when this inspiration hits, contrary to popular belief, it isn’t always as a result of sadness or depression in Danielia’s case. “It does tend to happen on a cloudy, rainy day, and I do agree with artists that it does happen at moody moments, or when you first wake up, when you’re feeling not necessarily at the peak of happiness. But you can’t always be the source for everything. I collaborate a lot. Like on `Make U Move’ I collaborated with Kareem Devlin and Shelby Gaines, who I worked with on a lot of the songs on this record. The beauty of co-writing is that when you collaborate, your co-writers take you to a place you normally wouldn’t go.” For example, on ‘Make U Move,’ one of the most infectious, rocking tracks on Rare Child, “Kareem and Shelby brought the track, and I wrote the melody and the words, and there’s no way I would’ve come up with that myself.”Danielia is very candid about why she would rather wear her heart on her sleeve in her songwriting than try to deliver her music through a manufactured persona. “Some people create characters to make it easier for them to perform, but that’s just not me. I feel that when someone pays to come see me, they’re coming to see me, and so I owe them that. And that’s more interesting to me. Rock ‘n roll is real, and that’s what people want.” Danielia describes Rare Child as “a party, in a sense. It starts out saying `I’m gonna rock your world’ but then it arcs, has some soulful moments, and has some upbeat moments. Like going to a really good party, it isn’t all non-stop `woo-hoo.’ You might get into a deep conversation with someone in one corner and share a joke with someone else in another. It’s an experience.”In making Rare Child Danielia’s goal was to create an album that she could really play. “I think this is an album that the audience wanted,” she says. “And because we didn’t try to write singles or do anything like that, it came out being a real rock ‘n roll album, and that’s exactly the way you have to go about it. And when you’re lucky, it ends up being this great effort, which I think it is.”The meaning behind the album title is at once personal and universal for Danielia. “When I’m out there, I don’t see too many Black girls slinging guitars. And I know they’re out there—Tracy Chapman, Toshi Reagon—but in the venues I’m doing and the genre I’m doing, a lot of times it’s just me. Music is so manufactured nowadays. I feel I go back more to the classics, and Rare Child just reminds me of more of the 70’s feel, and I think this album is a throwback to a time when music was less produced and a little bit more honest, accessible and realer. It doesn’t make it better or worse than anything that’s out there now, it just makes it what it is. Which is a little rare for right now. But a lot of people want that.” The Philadelphia Daily News concurs, saying ““Danielia’s music has the swagger of Let It Bleed-era Rolling Stones, her singing has the raw emotional power of Janis Joplin and her songwriting places her among the top new musical storytellers.”Now releasing Rare Child on Adrenaline Records/ADA, Danielia has put her remarkable voice, heart, and soul into a record that truly rocks. A rare child indeed.
AJ attended a performing arts school where he studied music, drama, and dance. His experiences and education at this school influenced who he is as a performer. AJ was also a student of multiple instruments including drums, steel drums, and saxophone. In his quest for “the sound” AJ would later discover his passion for the steel guitar-a love that would carry him on a never-ending journey. AJ’s introduction to the instrument came from a decade of stories spoken by members and witnesses from the church his great uncle, grandfather, and father played in for many years. His forefathers and great uncle were considered Masters of the steel guitar and they all introduced a unique approach to the instrument which rendered an incomparable sound. “It’s like I was birthed into a family of kings, and chosen to one day take the throne,” says AJ. These steel guitar masters were celebrities in the church and everyone loved them. This particular church, named ‘’The House Of God’’ was known for its distinctive praise and worship style driven by the steel guitar as its lead instrument. By the age of 18, AJ had rapidly transformed into an artist influenced by the sounds surrounding him, adopting multiple styles into his playing. “Overall I’m a soulful kind of guy although I tend to blend other sounds into my playing.” Playing the steel guitar alone wasn’t enough for AJ. He had a other loves which included singing, free-styling, dancing, and writing. Every one of the above mentioned components can somewhat define AJ, and can be seen through his presence on stage giving all listening ears an indescribable feeling of what has been described by some as a melodic high.”My shows aren’t too crazy,” says AJ. Most people probably won’t even realize what they experienced until after the show,” he continues. AJ makes it clear that the only genre he can truly claim and aim for are the heart and soul. He recognizes that in the world of music like every other industry, things get very political very fast. “I’ve learned to except and understand that I will probably never fit in, and that’s something I’m OK with,” says AJ. AJ is unpredictable and always delivers. How a sound, song, or thought comes to his head, is how he likes to capture it.AJ’s music speaks on love, life, relationships, changes, hardship and trouble and through it all, he aspires to inspire.
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Fri, Aug 29 - 9pm - $8
In 2002 Chicago based country singer/songwriterJacque Judy formed and founded The Hoyle Brothers. Judy and The Hoyle Brothers worked tirelessly atstarting a weekly happy hour residency at Chicago’sEmpty Bottle, which continues to date with arevolving cast of front‐persons, toured the U.S.,released 2‐critically acclaimed LP’s (Back to the Door2004, One More Draw 2006), and appeared on theGrand Old Opry’s plaza stage. During these earlyyears Judy and the band garnered national attentionfrom both print and radio, recorded performancevideos for CMT, and then finally received “Album ofthe Year” from “Freeform American Roots Radio”(Back to the Door2005). In late 2006; with the urging of “Real Country” legendDale Watson, the ever‐restless Judy relocated toAustin, TX where he promptly started performing andrecording with a new band under the name, Jack andthe Jillted. Judy and the band started and held aweekly residency at Austin’s last bastion of realcountry music; Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon untilearly 2009. Following the residency’s end, Judyconsciously decided to take a break from music. During his hiatus he never stopped writing orattempting to hone his voice and his songs. In late2011, Judy was presented with the opportunity toreturn to the City he loved; Chicago. Upon his returnhe discovered a vastly different and more populatedChicago country music scene then the one he left. Not knowing if he wanted to assemble a band andventure onto stage again, Judy continued to write andrefine his craft while playing the occasional, yet wellreceived house concert. Finally in April of 2014 and with a personal desire andthe prodding of fans and loved ones alike Judydecided to put‐together a band and reignite hiscareer. The fruit of this restart can be seen again foryour dancing and listening pleasure at a club, hall orHonky Tonk near you!
Hailing from Chicago, Sex Therapy is a unique, all original American Rock band that delivers. The Juggernaut behind Sex Therapy is main songwriter, rhythm guitarist and vocalist Cassy Baxter whose prose about love conquered, lost or otherwise, blends effortlessly with the bands tight rhythms. The Sex Therapy pulse is Jack McClain whose precision percussion rotations and bombastic movements drive Sex Therapy! To help guide the pulse is Stevens Stokes whose bass playing on “Letters to Frank” (album) and guitar leads demonstrate his years of honing 80’s rock guitar and give Sex Therapy a sound that is unique, but yet time-proven. Co-producer and musician Jamie Wagner adds keyboards and covers the bass duties on tour for Sex Therapy. For more information regarding Sex Therapy please contact us at <sextherapytheband@gmail.com>
Dressed in the band's signature leopard print, Frankie's vocals drip down like sticky-sweet honey over songs that tell the tale of love, loss, lust, and funk. All the while, The Most holds down a groove so thick you can eat it with a spoon; utilizing horns, synths, and backup vocals to bring you their own brand of pop-funk and soul. It's the sound you always craved but didn't know you were missing. The pop-funkiest band this side of Paisley Park, Frankie and the Most will grab your booty and take control to keep it shaking all night long! "Smell the funk. Lick your lips. Every last bite is going straight to your hips."
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Sat, Aug 30 - 9:30pm - $8
Black Bear/Brown Bear create an infectious brand of indie-rock led by two drummers whose danceable rhythms create the foundation of the band’s powerful sound. Drawing comparisons to that of Talking Heads, Modest Mouse, and Vampire Weekend, their energetic live set of organized chaos has been turning heads since 2012. An interview with Hypertextmag, stated that their “danceable beats and percussive, collaborative sound feels like it was born in the garages of the Northwest Side alleys and is poised now to hit it big”; and BB/BB have been putting in the muscle to prove themselves.
"Kane Place Record Club kicked off the night and since this was my first time seeing them, I prepared like I usually do by previewing their music throughout the week (their EP is available to download for free, by the way). As much as I enjoyed their songs, I was blown away by their great high energy live performance. This six piece outfit knows how to showcase their individual talents while simultaneously providing a cohesive sound that really got the audience moving. They have an indie/pop/soul vibe that hinted at everything from Ray Charles to doo wop and even a little bit of ska. I know I’ll be looking out for their future shows, so stay tuned to Local Playlist and make sure you check them out."-Local Playlist
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Tue, Sep 2 -8pm - $7
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.
Scott Pemberton is a Portland native and has supported himself solely with the guitar since the age of 19. Untilrecently, he followed the customary path of playing sessions, teaching lessons and performing inlots of bands. Not long ago he had an encounter with death that changed that path entirely.The incident is a blur. Two years ago, bike met car. Doctors said Pemberton was unlikely to live. Ifhe did, he might never speak again. Days later, Pemberton snapped to. After time, he started to playmusic again. He saw his path.When Scott returned to playing the guitar it was as if he had been reborn, playing with a new focusof intensity and joy that can only come from someone who has faced death. He returned to intensepractice from a beginners mind, as though he hadn’t played the guitar before, redefining how heapproached music and the instrument. The mastery of his guitar playing combined with the funrecklessness of his songwriting show that the rules of songwriting and playing the guitar no longerexist for him. Scott plays with the uninhibited joy and intensity of someone who recognizes thatevery time time we make music is an honor and a gift
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Wed, Sep 3 - 8pm - $8
The Scott Tipping Syndicate features guitarist Scott Tipping of Back Yard Tire Fire, Magic Box and Cornmeal fame with the incomparable rythm section of Matt Thompson and Chuck Lacy. They play ROCK!
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Thu, Sep 4 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
Chicago based band Rumble Train plays straight up, traditional rockabilly played with the intensity of a speeding freight train heading right for the edge of the cliff!
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Fri, Sep 5 - 9:30pm - $10adv/$12door
M.A.K.U SoundSystem is a New York-based Colombian band playing music that is traditional at its core, but with a futuristic spin that is distinctly M.A.K.U. Basing their rhythmic foundation on Colombian folkloric music, the band diverts from tradition by inflecting their sound with decidedly more modern synthesizers, and musical influences ranging from jazz, psychedelic rock, punk, afro-beat, reggae, and soul. This 8-musician ensemble was born in Queens in 2010 and uses an array of instruments in heavy rotation on stage and in the studio, including drums, Colombian drums, guitar, bass, vocals, horn, clarinet, trombone, traditional Colombian instruments such as maracas and gaitas (long indigenous flutes), and synthesizers – to name a few. Most of the band members are Colombian immigrants who currently live, work, and play in New York City. Each of the musicians, regardless of origin, adds in his/her own interpretations and experiences to every M.A.K.U. song, both musically and lyrically, contributing to that indefinable quality in their songs that can only be defined as M.A.K.U.
J-Livi & The Party is a Chicago-based brass band that focuses on playing nothing but funk and hip-hop. We are heavily influenced by artists who are native to Chicago – any artist of renown from our fair city has influenced The Party (in some ways personally), from Earth, Wind & Fire right on up through Kanye West. Our song list includes tunes by Chicago, EWF, Jean Knight, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Cee-Lo Greene, Kanye, and Macklemore. J-Livi and the Party is a Pep Band on steroids: our goal is to make every performance a party atmosphere while maintaining the highest level of musicianship. Our band can PARTY, and we’re the loudest and baddest band in town! We can’t wait to play for (and party with) you!
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Sat, Sep 6 - 8pm - $10
Roots rock reggae band Kings in Waiting brings you songs of life, love and rebirth. The band's first release entitled "Way" is now available worldwide. With a tight rhythm section at the core, lush horns, keyboards and guitars create vibrant atmospheres throughout the album. The vocals come to life with a tinge of heartache, supported by comforting and warm three part harmonies. Overall "Way" tells stories of where they've been and where they are going. Kings in Waiting was born from the meeting of Jeff Burke, Josh Kahle, Jonathan Beverly and Mark Florence in Chicago 2011. During recording of their debut album, Derin Adeyemo, Darren Garvey and horn section Hornbread were added to the mix. The Kings in Waiting's live band will further expand to feature Bill Cessna on keys, Asia Roberson on vocals and live horns.
Veteran Chicago drummer Ted Sirota founded his latest band, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub, in 2013. An accomplished Jazz drummer and leader of Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, Sirota began practicing and playing Reggae drums along with his record collection as a teenager in the early 1980’s. Sirota modeled his style after the great Jamaican drummers of the era – Carlton Barrett, Sly Dunbar, Style Scott, Grizzly Nesbitt, Santa Davis, Lloyd Knibb, Horsemouth Wallace and others . Members of Heavyweight Dub are some of Chicago’s finest: Matt Ferguson-Bass Andrew Trim-Guitar Tom Vaitsas-Keys Matthew Davis-Trombone Cameron Pfiffner-Tenor Sax & Flute Chris Paquette-Percussion Zion Iyahbinghi-Vocals Yanira Marin-Vocals
Trees are a Psybient Dub duet consisting of multi-instrumentalist Mark Florence and percussionist Jonathan Beverly. Their music comes to life driven with pulsating rhythms, hypnotic bass and a swirl of psychedelic instrumentation woven through out.
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Mon, Sep 8 - 8pm - $20
Garnering comparisons to Ben Folds and Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor, Chicago band DIANA & THE DISHES presents a unique, high-energy recipe of pop, soul, wit, tight musicianship and contagious fun. Since forming in 2008 around singer/songwriter/pianist, Diana Lawrence, the band has have taken their city by storm, and their debut album, “Take A Picture,” was listed in Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 for 2011.It’s no wonder that this group is so on-point: all five members of Diana & the Dishes are seasoned professionals. Drummer Bob Parlier spent many years touring with the band, Strange Arrangement. Bassist Dan Thatcher gigs regularly as a jazz upright bass player. Guitarist Dave Saenger and cellist David Keller play for professional musical theatre productions. Frontwoman Diana Lawrence works regularly as a singer and pianist everywhere from The Second City to the Chicago Symphony Chorus.Though the members of this band take music very seriously, their live shows can be summed up in one word: fun. Whether they're playing plugged-in and rock-your-socks-off or acoustic and intimate, the band has an uncanny ability to balance a polished performance with a family-affair vibe that keeps fans coming back for more.
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Tue, Sep 9 - 8pm - $10
The week after Labor Day, on Tuesday September 9th, we'll be at Martyrs', 3855 N Lincoln, for the latest installment of PechaKucha Night Chicago. Volume 31 will be hosted by Michelle Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events for the City of Chicago, with PechaKucha Chicago co-organizer Peter Exley. Join them and a fine collection of some of Chicago's most creative people./////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, Sep 10 - 7pm - $20
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
ACE (David Anderson, Tom Chute, Dave Easley) "Where else can you find a conservatory trained, world-class bassist (acoustic, electric) who trained with Jaco, a pedal steel artist who has written his own ticket through and around the national jazz/pop scene, and a tasteful drummer all playing like there was no tomorrow... THIS IS NEW ORLEANS 'FUSION' AT IT'S GREATEST" --- Best of New Orleans.comDavid Anderson bassA prolific electric upright bassist, Anderson loves playing with pedal steel guitarist, David Easley. The group known as Anderson, Chute, Easley (A.C.E.) perform original music of many genres including free jazz, funk, bop, minimalist and many wonderfully unique approaches to dynamics and expression. Anderson also has played with Algorhythm Method, and SOFA KING BIG SOUL, bands that fuse many different styles including hard rock, funk, blues, jazz, and New Orleans R&B.Anderson has jammed with The Radiators, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Roy Pope, Darryl Brown, and many other great New Orleans musicians including a killer performance with guitarist Brian Stoltz of the Funky Meters as a main highlight of the French Quarter Festival 2002.In 1984-85, Anderson played for and took lessons with the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius in New York, who firmly encouraged the idea of being able to cross over between classical and jazz.Drummer Tom Chute has been living and playing in New Orleans for almost 12 years. After schooling for percussion and ethnomusicology at the University of Iowa, he moved to New Orleans to more closely study the indigenous forms of music. He is blessed and proud to be a homeowner in the New Orleans Musician's Village. A versatile rhythmatist, he has played with a wide variety of musical projects ranging from traditional to avant garde.Press and Bio:Dave Easley is one of the city’s—if not the world’s—most amazing guitarists with a concentration in pedal steel. - Sam Levine, OffBeat MagazineIn forward-thinking groups such as 3Now4 with monster bassist James Singleton, Easley filters hyper-fast melodic playing through otherworldly synthesizer foot pedals. - Sam Levine, OffBeat Magazine…on this recording Easley can whisper over the band, and as a result often sounds feminine and beautiful or eerie and psychedelic. Sam Levine, OffBeat MagazineEasley’s lyrics and compositions combine the oblivious directness of Daniel Johnston and the chops and sarcasm of Frank Zappa. - Sam Levine, OffBeat MagazineThe album proceeds to swing from the downright womanly singing and acoustic picking of “Sad Train Whistle Blues,” into the almost spoken “Under a Pagan Moon,” reminiscent of a new-agey Gil Scott-Heron. “Magic Dreams” is a psychedelic rhumba that ends in a gorgeous freaky guitar solo. - Sam Levine, OffBeat MagazineDave Easley won the Offbeat Magazine award for "bestother" instrument (pedal steel guitar) in 1997 and waschosen by New Orleans Magazine as a New Orleans Jazz AllStar in 2003.Among the bands Dave Easley plays or has played in are The Heartifacts, 3 Now 4 (Time Ebbing, Book of Spells, 3 Now 4), the Brian Blade Fellowship on Blue Note Records and The Verve Label (in which he recorded for producer Daniel Lanois and played a duet with Joni Mitchell), Coco Robicheaux, Anderson/Easley Project, and Shannon McNally.A few of the people Dave has had the honor of performingonstage or in the studio with are George Porter and Ike Stubblefield (Ruthie Foster's new as yet unreleased cd produced by John Chelew)Dave Liebman, Kenny Garret, Bill Kreutzman, Howard Levy, Charlie Byrd, Seamus Blake, world renowned sarod player, Ashish Khan, sacred steelers, the Cambell Brothers, members of the String Cheese Incident, the Grey Boy Allstars and Tiny Universe, jazz violin virtuoso, George Mason, Raymond Weber, Tony Hall, Cyril Neville, and Dr. John....one of the freshest and most essential voices ininstrumental music today. Easley soars, shifts and flows, forming elegant patterns passing from sphere to shining sphere. - Michael Dominici, OffBeat Magazine
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Thu, Sep 11 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Over the past seven years, Monophonics have staked their claim as one of the west coast’s premier bands. Raised amid the Bay Area's rich musical culture, Monophonics has proudly carried on the tradition of music native to their hometown, which flourished during the birth of Funk music and Psychedelic Soul. Psychedelic Soul, sometimes called Black Rock, is a sub-genre of Soul music, which mixes the characteristics of Soul with Psychedelic Rock. It came to prominence in the late 1960s and continued into the 1970s, playing a major role in the development of Soul and Funk music. Monophonics were formed in 2005 was originally an instrumental ensemble, but in the last 2 years they have come to find their own sound which includes some incredibly vocally driven songs. The foundation of the band is the blistering funky drums of Austin Bohlman and soulful bass playing of Myles O’Mahony, fuzzy echo guitars by Ian McDonald, a powerhouse horn section made up of Ryan Scott, Nadav Nirenberg & Alex Baky and the swirling organ & dynamic vocals of Kelly Finnigan. The result is a psychedelic soul & heavy funk sound, which harks back to the styling of the late 60’s and early 70’s, all while keeping its feet planted firmly in the present. As a mainstay of Bay Area venues such as The Fillmore, The Independent, & Sweetwater Music Hall, Monophonics have created a national buzz and fervent worldwide following. The last 2 years Monophonics has played over 250 shows in 8 different countries, sharing the stages with music legends like Al Green, Quincy Jones, Rodriguez, Dennis Coffee, and Crosby Stills & Nash. The band has also played some incredible shows with top funk and soul acts like The Budos Band, Ben l’Oncle Soul, Galactic, Syl Johnson, Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds and Soulive. Their touring schedule has brought their rowdy, hard-hitting, energetic live set to over 40 States from Hawaii to Motown, Brooklyn and down to NOLA and gained them a reputation as one of the best live touring acts. In the past couple years the band has also performed at some of the major music festivals around the world including; Jam Cruise, High Sierra, Wakarusa Music Fest, Wannee Music Fest, Portland Waterfront Blues Fest, Rochester Jazz Fest, Telluride Blues and Brews, Bospop Festival, Rockwave Festival, The legendary Montreux Jazz Festival, and both International Jazz Fests in Victoria and Vancouver. Besides given major kudos for their live energy and stage show the sound of their latest record has gotten them a lot of attention. Produced and recorded by Finnigan & McDonald and recorded on an old Tascam eight-track 1/4”tape machine at The Soul Barracks in San Francisco. The LP drips with warm tones, a gritty rawness in performance and spontaneous songwriting rarely found since the golden days of FAME and Stax Records. The vibe, production and overall tone of the record has gotten compared to the best products by Daptone Studios in NY and Killion Sound in LA. This is the Monophonics sound and it is a welcomed by soul, funk and lo-fi heads worldwide. In 2012 Monophonics followed up their highly regarded 45/single “Like Yesterday” off Colemine Records with their third and best record to date entitled “In Your Brain” off the well known rare groove imprint Ubiquity Records. The critically acclaimed record is considered one of the best soul and funk releases of 2012 even gaining them a radio hit in Greece with their cover of Sonny Bono’s “Bang Bang”. The full length has the vibe and the sound of the late 60’s/early 70’s. The sound of dark psych soul, heavy funk, top-notch songwriting, analog tones and renowned production is a sonic testimony to the evolution of this six-piece unit. Looking ahead to the future, the band is planning to release a string of singles throughout late 2014 which will lead up to another full length LP in the spring of 2015. Also keeping them busy is their ongoing collaboration with French superstar soul singer Ben l’Oncle Soul. In the summer of 2014 the band backed Ben up for a 10 week European tour which will be followed by the release of his new album in which was recorded and produced with Monophonics at their studio in the bay area. With this project and all the touring the band has become in demand working and collaborating with lots of other respected groups and artists like multi instrumental producer Shawn Lee, Hip Hop group Blackalicious and Soul legend Mike James Kirkland. With all those things happening plus non-stop touring, there is no sign of slowing down anytime soon!
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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Fri, Sep 12 - 9pm - $8
The Central Standard are an alternative indie rock band from Chicago, IL. After meeting in college, founders Steven Phillips (lead guitar) Alex Garrison (lead vocalist) began jamming in small campus apartments off and on for several years. Soon after graduating, the duo began collaborating on new original material in a Illinois suburban basement. After an introduction from a coworker, the two met with acclaimed producer Sean O'Keefe and began discussing recording a self-funded EP. A month later the duo completed production on their debut EP and quickly added new members Mike Bronk (bass), Manny Miller (rhythm guitar) and Jack McKee (drums) to complete the outfit. Under the name The Central Standard, the band has began writing new material in the same basement the original duo began their first material. Influenced by an eclectic mix of genres ranging from southern inspired rock and blues to modern indie rock, the band has continued to hone in on its sound with the goal to record a full length album in the near future. Armed with new material, the band has begun to make waves in the Chicago music scene with aspirations of making its footprint known on a national basis.
SONA BLISS is a new rock band based out of Chicago, USA. Original music that doesn't suck. Their sound has been described as Rock or Hard Rock with a touch of old school Power Pop. A combination of various musical influences, both new and old, that will literally rock your face off when you see them perform live. The band is composed of John Checuga (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Jim Bashaw (Drums and Backing Vocals), and Phil Armato (Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals) . Three long time friends who each went their separate ways but were unexpectedly reunited to form SONA BLISS in 2013. Applying their combined years of experience spent in other bands (some as major label recording artists, etc...) along with their common creative goal of crafting "music that sticks in your head", memorable songs that not only rock... but also have hooks... has led them to finally look beyond the confines of their rehearsal space and eager to introduce SONA BLISS to the world - or at least to anyone who will give them a listen (we know you're out there!!!). In addition to getting out and building a fan base in 2014, SONA BLISS also plans on releasing an upcoming EP soon.
From the deepest dark mind of a holy ghost comes... Teach the Fire. Best friends since the 4th grade, started rocking together at the age of 13 and never looked back since. We've played our share of metal and pop punk music in the past, but our passion for the oldies stuck with us...until this day. Teach the Fire is a combination of Blues and Rock'n'Roll jammage. Anyone with an openmind should give it a listen. It's fun, fast, and powerful. We love what we do and we show it in our music..especially live!
Hi Ho Silver Oh is an LA-based indie-rock band. Without a label, or agent, Hi Ho has toured extensively, had music placed in the hit show Californication, and written/placed original music for the critically acclaimed Funnyordie.com feature film "We Are Young." They just premiered the first single off an upcoming EP and finished a 4-week residency in Los Angeles after opening for bands like Shearwater and Dan Croll earlier this year. "Between songs, these guys were all smiles, joking around and having a great time, but their music is the furthest thing from casual. Sure, the lyrics bounce with a periodic tinge of sarcasm, but the instrumentation, melodic arrangements and three part harmonies exhibit a deliberate and meticulous approach to songwriting. At times, it feels kind of post-punk Fleet Foxes; methodically crafted pieces that have a purposeful ebb and flow, always flirting with the edge of overindulgence, but held together by Trela's composed delivery and earnest lyrics. There's a certain sincerity to it all that seems to grow on you more and more with each listen." -Elliot Glass, Little Videos.
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Sat, Sep 13 - 9pm - No Cover
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Born near Lake Victoria in Uganda, Herbert Kinobe (Chinobay) is a gifted Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer known for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion. He is dedicated to bringing love and joy to people through his music and contributing to building healthier lives and communities for children and families everywhere. Kinobe's first international performance was at the age of ten. By 21, he had visited nearly every country in Africa studying and playing with celebrated musicians including Toumani Diabate, Youssou N'dour, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi and Baaba Maal. Exposure to the bright palette of musical cultures makes Kinobe a unique contributor to world music. Kinobe has given concerts and workshops all over Europe, North America and Africa, bringing a powerful World-roots-dance sound to festival main stages and theatres, and intimately captivating solo shows that showcase the diversity of the traditional Africa instruments he plays.Kinobe is proud to be a World Ambassador for the Harmony Foundation (CANADA) supporting their important work on environmental protection and social development and improving the lives of children and their families around the world. Kinobe has campaigned with UNICEF to support education for girls and works extensively with schools and communities around the world on various music and education programs. His latest CD is Searching for Survival was recorded in Uganda with his band WAMU SPIRIT and released spring 2013. Sponsored by Harmony Foundation, it is an uplifting expression of hope that people around the world can work together to make the world a healthier, more peaceful and just place to live for everyone. Previous recordings include, Soul Language, Kinobe & Soul beat Africa, Nomad Soul, Together With Friends, Leaving the Song Behind, Nomad (with Canadian guitarist Michael Waters) and Tuli Wamu (with Grammy-nominated pianist Philip Aaberg).
Trio Mokili play roots and jazz-influenced interpretations of classic African guitar music. The group isled by Sydney-based guitarist Nathaniel Braddock, longtime leader of the Occidental Brothers DanceBand Int'l, and features his Chicago collaborators, Makaya McCraven and Junius Paul--two of thedeepest rhythm players in town. Their repertoire features music by Ethiopian composer Mulatu Astatke,Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Zimbabwean mbira music, desert blues, and more.
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Sun, Sep 14 - 8pm - No Cover
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Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi fuses an intimate, lyrical style and a golden voice with fierce rockbeats, throbbing trip-hop, and oriental influences. Emel sings of HER Tunisia: the dark years as a youngdissenter; the strife of being a female musician; her artistic and ideological struggle when songs werebanned from broadcast; and the dual love and suffering born of longing for home while living in a freecountry. Evoking a yearning for freedom and change, she has quickly become a shining musical light forthe future.
There’s drama when Ami Saraiya and her band, The Outcome, take the stage. It’s a dark atmosphere, but it swings baby—a worldly staging of folk punk and jazz cabaret. And amongst the accordion, the violin and the guitars, it’s Ami’s sultry voice that recalls Piaf and Holiday which takes the spotlight. Then, there are the song-stories—often saturnine, often employing magical realism. "Saraiya's vintage cabaret sound is drama in bold relief, swinging from playful to maudlin in a single measure." Jessica Hopper, Chicago Tribune. “If you took Billie Holiday, added a little Lhasa, some Bjork, and a smattering of Tom Waits (just to taste), you’d have a vague idea of what Saraiya’s music sounds like. ” (Almost Cool review) This event will feature the world premiere of Ami Saraiya & The Outcome​'s​ new video for their hot new single "Razor Blade.​"
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Mon, Sep 15 - 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, Sep 16 - 8pm - $7
Null Device has been making buoyant electronic pop music for 20 years. Along the way they’ve borrowed Bollywood songs, Arabic and Indian percussion, 9th-century Sufi poetry, and small string ensembles; but at the core they’ve always been a pop group writing smart, catchy electronic songs. While there’s an undeniable retro element to the music – the band members all share an abiding love of 80′s synthpop – it’s been fused with current dance-pop styles and modern production.Their last US tour netted them slightly over $16 of pure profit, so they’re clearly doing something right.Their most recent album, Perihelion, was released in July, 2013. Featuring songs of wry wit (“The One Who Came After Me”) and songs of heartbreaking sincerity (“Torchlights”), club stormers (“The One Who Came After Me”) and cinematic arrangements (“Metaphysic”), it is their most polished and inventive work to date.
Created during the summer of 2011 by Matt Potts to fill the void left after leaving Northern Illinois University and realizing that there were little to no opportunities to play in a steelpan ensemble, Potts and Pans is devoted to allowing panists the opportunity to continue growing. Being just a part of the larger not-for-profit Potts & Pans organization, the steelband helps bring more attention and draws interest to the organization. The organization as a whole is about spreading pan knowledge and educating communities about the steelpan.
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Wed, Sep 17 - 8pm - No Cover
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Led by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda move fromsamba to jazz manouche, from Greek dance rhythms to samba beats. Their songs, sung in French (withforays into six other languages), hearken back to the golden age of Brazilian bossa, the best of cinematicarranging, and the lush chic of vintage French pop, all while drawing on the band’s global background.Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by a unflagging energy. Thisgroup of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spotwith Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivalssuch as Celebrate Brooklyn, Joe’s Pub, The Jefferson Center, The Kennedy Center, and Webster Hall.After the success of their brilliantly colorful debut album - Amour, t’es là? – (Top 10 Billboard WorldMusic Charts, NPR’s All Songs Considered, First Listen, NPR’s 10 favorite World Music Albums 2013)the band is releasing album #2 in September 2014 under GRAMMY Award-Winners Michael League'sgroundUP Records.
Rocambu Jazz is a Retro Afro Caribbean Jazz band that performs everything from highlife, biguines,rumbas, congas to New Orleans Jazz, with swirling guitars, clarinets and percussion led by the growltrumpet of Yves François for your dancing pleasure.
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Thu, Sep 18 - 8pm - $10
Independent folk-rock touring singer/songwriter Emily White has been described as standing out "conspicuously from the pack. . .with her hushed, preternaturally haunting vocal delivery (and bewitching sense of indie-rock-informed melody" (Connect Savannah). She has released three albums to date, and will be celebrating the release of her fourth studio album "Staking Flags in the Valley" in Chicago on September 18th. The album was recorded in Nashville, TN with producer Kai Welch (Abigail Washburn) and engineer Erick Jaskowiak (Della Mae, Darrell Scott & Tim O'Brien). In creating her show, she "adds an infusion of humor, audibly diverse musical influences and a truly singular sound that may leave even the most severe folk cynics entertained." (Asheville Citizen-Times) She is based out of Chicago, but travels regularly throughout the US, captivating crowds with her unique voice and favorite Martin guitar, bringing her Southern roots and Midwestern charm to each city she visits.
Chicago-bred, Maine-based songwriter and vagabond Heather Styka’s tunes have a vintage familiarity that draws inspiration from folk and Tin Pan Alley sounds, but her image-heavy lyrics are as fresh, smart, and unexpected as they are hummable. With training as a poet and an actor, Styka is equal parts wordsmith and performer. In addition to numerous songwriting awards, Styka’s 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis received critical praise, hitting #3 on the national FOLK-DJ charts. Her distinctive guitar style, pure and soulful voice, and quirky sense of humor make her performances feel as candid as late night conversation and as comfortable as coming home. Styka will be releasing her third much-awaited studio album, While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet, in September. The songs of the new record, channeling equal parts Patsy Cline and Walt Whitman, reflect the surroundings of her new home, conjuring images of fields, forests, and ocean, amidst the changing of the seasons and the passage of time. When she’s not home in Maine, you can find Heather Styka traveling the roads with curiosity, wanderlust, a sunny persistence, stories, and songs in tow.
Steven Leaf is doing pretty well these days. Steven enjoys writing songs, some with words and some without. The words in Steven’s songs are sometimes intentional and sometimes cryptic. For the cryptic songs, Steven does apologize and he hopes you can bear with him. Steven has finally finished his first album entitled ‘We Are Ghosts’ which was met with acclaim by several critical listeners including his mother, close friend Mitchell and several other people that have asked to remain nameless. You can look Steven up on the interweb at [this site] or find him on the myspace or the facebook. You can also catch him slaying audiences with his bass and banjo skills in the roots rock group Go Long Mule (myspace.com/golongmule). Steven would like to take this to thank you for reading this incredibly comprehensive biography.
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Fri, Sep 19 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Celebrating 25+ groundbreaking years, FISHBONE has been trailblazing their way through the history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock since starting their professional career in Los Angeles' burgeoning, Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Their sound has often been imitated, but never duplicated. They have toured worldwide with such bands as the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Les Claypool/Primus, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, The Dead Kennedys and many more. Angelo Moore’s ability to combine thought-provoking, humorous social commentary with FISHBONE’s frenzied, up-tempo music and frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show has cultivated their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in music history. Composing, creating, recording, releasing and performing original music together for over two decades, mass critical appeal appears to be returning to the band, fueled by their critically acclaimed full-length feature documentary; Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, the film earned LA Weekly’s Critic’s Choice Award at the Los Angeles Film Fest in 2010, has been called “effortlessly Entertaining” (Variety), “Brilliant and Groundbreaking” (Pop Matters), and hailed as “more than a documentary about rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a documentary about the American spirit and one that shows the life of one of its most influential creative forces.” (Encore Magazine) The documentary features celebrity testimonials from an A-list cast of rock icons such as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), who calls the band “an important musical institution” and “the band that gave us the inspiration to be a band” by Gwen Stefani (No Doubt). The film also includes similar admiration from the likes of Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addition), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) Rob Trujillo (Metallica), Questlove (The Roots), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Tim Robbins (Grammy Winning Actor) and many more. The film not only highlights the bands substantial legacy in contemporary music of all forms, but also the struggles, adversity, and inner turmoil that has surrounded the bands career. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone has already premiered in over 60+ theaters across the country, and many of the dates have sold out. The documentary aired on Public Television’s AfroPop Series as well as Encore early 2012, and still continues on air. The DVD is currently available for purchase nationwide at all major retailers, and on NetFlix. To date, FISHBONE still continues to tour all over the world, turning heads at some of the most noteworthy festivals around the globe such as Coachella Music Festival (2014), Gathering of the Vibes (2013), Outside Lands Music Festival (2013), Ottawa Blues Fest (2012), Montreal Jazz Festival (2012), Bumbershoot in Seattle, WA (2012), Riot Fest in Chicago, IL (2012), Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, LA (2014, 2011), Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan (2010), Wakarusa in Ozark, AK (2010), Sunset Junction in Los Angeles, CA (2010) and more. In 2012, the band had the opportunity to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Angelo Moore sat in with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They also performed three outstanding shows with Primus, and have been featured in a variety of national press recently including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, MTV Hive, Spin Magazine, E! Entertainment, Rotten Tomatoes and more.
Run and Punch is a Chicago Ska band which boasts members from across genres and state lines. Two-tone ska punk never partied so hard in its life before Run and Punch was formed.Don't call it a wave or a movement, just call it what it is: a group of friends getting together and playing tight music for the masses to get down to. Was that a preposition at the end of that statement? Run and Punch is not here to correct your grammar. Get down.
Exploding from (the suburbs of) Detroit rock city in 2001, and venturing to the absolute bottom of the rabbit hole by 2014, Downtown Brown has carved a unique saga over their 13-year existence. Jamming a mutant style that splices together punk, funk, metal, rock, experimental, and hip-hop, DTB garnered immediate results. People either loved them or hated them for their often politically incorrect, outrageous lyrics coupled with genre-hopping technical skill. Founding member, songwriter and vocalist/guitarist Neil P. (Neebo) took a DIY approach from the start. What began as a basement-house-party rampage soon spilled into larger venues thanks to the band’s ridiculously entertaining live show. By 2007, DTB had self-released a handful of albums and began booking their own national tours. In 2008, after multiple member changes, Neil P. recruited the man known as RON. With the addition of the avant-garde bassist, the band adopted a more collaborative approach to songwriting. Ron’s non sequitur writing style allowed for new possibilities in the direction of the music, stretching their songs into uncharted territory. By 2010, the band got signed and released their 5th full-length record ‘Grabbleton’s Beach’ on DC-Jam Records (Fishbone, Adicts, Richie Ramone). This was DTB’s attempt to create an ‘X-rated children’s album ...on crack’. The LP, which features guests like Indie hip-hop sensation WAX, remains the most progressive, abstract, absurd, and musically adventurous album in the band’s discography. DTB toured heavily in support of the disc over the next two years where the band thrived in a live setting, but the album ultimately confused and repulsed music critics with its vulgar stupidity and fearless sonic experimentation. Their current drummer BOBBINZ joined in 2011 and single-handedly propelled the frenetic live energy of DTB to new heights with his ferocious, precise, and unrelenting percussion style. His addition solidified the band’s tightest, most concrete lineup to date. By 2012, Downtown Brown signed a management deal with NORWOOD FISHER of the legendary L.A. punk/funk/ska band FISHBONE, and began touring as support for larger national acts like ANGRY SAMOANS and PSYCHOSTICK. Again setting out to confuse and rub people the wrong way, DTB agreed to record a duet with the ‘most hated band in the world’, INSANE CLOWN POSSE, on their 2012 album 'The Mighty Death Pop' (which debuted at #4 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart). Sadly, DTB’s stage show and sillier material seemed to over shadow the band’s emotional versatility. DTB’s mixed bag may be filled with sensationalistic attempts to offend and raise eyebrows, but their vast musical catalog also contains songs that explore the human condition and promote themes like love, truth, social justice, defiance and self-pride. In 2013 the band hit the studio with Norwood as producer of their 6th full-length studio album, ‘Masterz of the Universe’. With Fisher at the helm, the album oozes amazing bass tone, capturing Ron’s unique, inventive style. ‘Masterz’ is the band’s first attempt at a ‘serious’ rock record, an intentional departure from the ludicrous nature of ‘Grabbleton's’. Even though some of the songs are in the vein of DTB’s previous lunacy, most of ‘Masterz’ is comprised of tightly focused compositions written from a sincere state of being. The lyrics chronicle Neil’s journey out of the fog of a 6-year battle with anti-depressants, in which he dishes with brutal honesty about love, chemical dependency, the state of the world, and staying true to DTB’s artistic vision against all odds. Considered by the band to be their greatest triumph, 'Masterz' was released in November of 2013. The promotion of the album will continue well into 2015, with multiple music videos and hundreds of tour dates in the works supporting bands like DEAD KENNEDYS, THE ADICTS, PEELANDER-Z and many more. Starting in a basement with zero dollars and little more than a passion to play the music they love, Downtown Brown have since toured the country and recorded with some their heroes, all while maintaining their own unique style and sound.
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Sat, Sep 20 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Celebrating 25+ groundbreaking years, FISHBONE has been trailblazing their way through the history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock since starting their professional career in Los Angeles' burgeoning, Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Their sound has often been imitated, but never duplicated. They have toured worldwide with such bands as the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Les Claypool/Primus, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, The Dead Kennedys and many more. Angelo Moore’s ability to combine thought-provoking, humorous social commentary with FISHBONE’s frenzied, up-tempo music and frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show has cultivated their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in music history. Composing, creating, recording, releasing and performing original music together for over two decades, mass critical appeal appears to be returning to the band, fueled by their critically acclaimed full-length feature documentary; Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, the film earned LA Weekly’s Critic’s Choice Award at the Los Angeles Film Fest in 2010, has been called “effortlessly Entertaining” (Variety), “Brilliant and Groundbreaking” (Pop Matters), and hailed as “more than a documentary about rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a documentary about the American spirit and one that shows the life of one of its most influential creative forces.” (Encore Magazine) The documentary features celebrity testimonials from an A-list cast of rock icons such as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), who calls the band “an important musical institution” and “the band that gave us the inspiration to be a band” by Gwen Stefani (No Doubt). The film also includes similar admiration from the likes of Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addition), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) Rob Trujillo (Metallica), Questlove (The Roots), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Tim Robbins (Grammy Winning Actor) and many more. The film not only highlights the bands substantial legacy in contemporary music of all forms, but also the struggles, adversity, and inner turmoil that has surrounded the bands career. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone has already premiered in over 60+ theaters across the country, and many of the dates have sold out. The documentary aired on Public Television’s AfroPop Series as well as Encore early 2012, and still continues on air. The DVD is currently available for purchase nationwide at all major retailers, and on NetFlix. To date, FISHBONE still continues to tour all over the world, turning heads at some of the most noteworthy festivals around the globe such as Coachella Music Festival (2014), Gathering of the Vibes (2013), Outside Lands Music Festival (2013), Ottawa Blues Fest (2012), Montreal Jazz Festival (2012), Bumbershoot in Seattle, WA (2012), Riot Fest in Chicago, IL (2012), Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, LA (2014, 2011), Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan (2010), Wakarusa in Ozark, AK (2010), Sunset Junction in Los Angeles, CA (2010) and more. In 2012, the band had the opportunity to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Angelo Moore sat in with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They also performed three outstanding shows with Primus, and have been featured in a variety of national press recently including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, MTV Hive, Spin Magazine, E! Entertainment, Rotten Tomatoes and more.
Funk rock occultists, The Velcro Lewis Group, bring the harmonies of Motown, the groove of Stax, the drugs of Hawkwind, and the drive of Bohannon to their own LSD-laced barbecue of sound. Led by blind frontman, Velcro Lewis--along with 5-octave range singing drummer Hawk Colman, soul-injected guitarist Travers Gauntt, groove-hammering bassist Halden Spoonwood, and sonic menace Lawrence Peters on electric washboard and bass vocals--The Velcro Lewis Group seamlessly create ass-kicking future-funk rock n' roll. All aboard the spaceship Impala.
The UnGnomes are a young punk rock sensation from Chicago.Since their formation at a party in spring 2011, they have been disturbing and entertaining audiences with their dark and rye humor. Come to their show, or they will cry.
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Sun, Sep 21 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, MoMo's music reassembles different sounds and styles with his natural approach to Brazilian popular music. He is compared to underground folk artists from Northern Brazil, such as Marconi Notaro, Lula Cortez and Alceu Valenca. Recently MoMo was invited to cover a Caetano Veloso song for a tribute compilation alongside Beck, Devendra Banhart, and Os Mutantes.
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Mon, Sep 22 - 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, Sep 23 - 8pm - $10
Arum Rae, formerly known as White Dress, is a modern day siren based in Brooklyn, by way of Austin, TX. Arum’smusic and her voice is here to inspire… it is honest at its core so that you can do with it what you please, with noregrets. Everything Arum has lived through and all of the songs that have been born from it, are not meant toimpress. They are meant to lead. Her ability to transcend styles allows the music to complement country, resurrect thesoul, feel the blues, and ruin then re-­invent rock, through her deeply rooted foundation as a singer-­songwriter.Arum's name is derived from a water lily (Arum lily) in Latin. Growing up, her family moved often, so at every newschool, she always found shelter in the music programs. At her third high school, her choir teacher heard herpotential, and took Arum under his wing and helped secure her a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music.During her last semester in Boston she started writing original music, learning to play guitar to accompany herself soshe wouldn't have to depend on anyone and find her own voice… artistically and literally, studying the vocalstylings of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone.After relocating to Brooklyn, Arum was introduced to producer Sanford Livingston, and the two hit it offimmediately. They began recording together in August 2013 and are pleased to present their first EP, WarrantedQueen. With a minimal use of instrumentation, combined with Sanford’s heavy beats tailored around Arum's dynamicvoice and lyrics, the EP is a brilliant fusion of their mutual influences.Arum has toured extensively over the past several years, opening up for, and sharing stages with legends like WillieNelson, Rodriguez, BB King, Dan Auerbach, Gary Clark Jr., Peter Bjorn & John, and The Civil Wars, to name a few.She also co-­wrote the song "If I Didn't Know Better" with John Paul White of The Civil Wars that eventually foundits way to the season one theme song on the NBC television show Nashville, and charted as a hit single on iTunesand Billboard.With renewed energy and passion, Arum looks to 2014 and beyond to place her mark on the industry that has givenher so much. A mark she hopes will embolden artists and singers like herself to pursue their passions without pauseor regret or fear.
Currently residing in the year 2014, Byzantine Time Machine has found a way to combine the latest advances in audio technology with musical styles that go back to “Byzantine” times. The sounds of their voices and instruments are converted into ones and zeros, filtered through time-shifting algorithms and sent back to the analog world for your listening pleasure and dancing enjoyment!
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Thu, Sep 25 - 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, Sep 26 - 9pm - $10
Cordovas is an American band created in 2011 by musician Joe Firstman based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Current members include Joe Firstman, Graham Spillman, Pat Heraghty and Chris Hannigan. Former members include Toby Weaver, Jaron Lowenstein, Johnny Gray, Parker Gins, and Jon Loyd. The band has one full length studio album produced in 2011 by Rick Parker of Sandbox Studios in Los Angeles, California and one live album "Cordovas Live from Nashville" on 1stman Music Label. The Cordovas second full length studio album "Love Bravely" was realeased May 2014The Cordovas played two sets live at the 2012 Wakarusa Music Festival.
Great Ocean Waters is a Chicago based, 90's influenced Pop/Rock band. After a few brief lineup changes, GOW solidified its line up in the Spring of 2013 with the addition of vocalist Katie Byrne. Backed up by bassist Greg Parr and the Kreller brothers on guitar and drums, GOW moved very quickly into the studio to release its first two singles 'Candy' & 'The Real Sound' in the Summer of 2013. After that, GOW continued to play their first show at a packed Beat Kitchen and set out playing shows all over the Chicagoland area. Since then GOW has gotten back into the studio in the Fall of 2013 to record their next two singles 'Take What You Can' & 'Bound to Fall'. Currently, GOW is working on new material to debut in 2014!
Big Black Bird is an independent rock band from Chicago, IL. Originally formed by brothers Kevin Bart (guitar), Brian Bart (drummer) and their compatriot Andrew Price (bass) as the Auramatics, the group performed at virtually all of the major venues in Chicago in the late-2000's. During this time, they honed their chops both as musicians and songwriters and grew into one of the best live shows in the city. In 2009, they added guitarist Brian Schnell to the lineup. Shortly thereafter, the band embarked on a birding trip to the Florida everglades where they became captivated by a large ominous black vulture that followed them at every turn through the dense Florida swampland. It was here that they had an epiphany concerning both their musical direction and band name. Under the watchful eye of the vulture, the group was christened Big Black Bird in a ceremony accented by Brian Bart's tribal rhythms. They recorded and released their debut album, 'The Lemon Tree', in late 2011. Led by the singles "An Easy Rule" and "Dumpster", it combines buzzing guitars, a tight rhythm section, and introspective lyrics, all of which combine to captivate the listener from beginning to end. All members of the band contribute to the songwriting, resulting in a dazzling and diverse sonic landscape. Their live shows are filled with rock n roll energy that stays cranked to 11 until the last shred of reverb fades away. The large ominous black vulture is circling. This is not a band to miss. Dive into them before everyone else does so you can say that you loved them first.
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Sat, Sep 27 - 9pm - 10adv/$12door
The Future Laureates’ forthcoming EP, Here and After, is a showcase of vibrant and mature songcraft. With the help of producer Chris Grainger (Wilco, Switchfoot, Sixpence None the Richer, and Kopecky Family Band), TFL has finally captured the unabashed energy of their live shows on record. The band delves into varied subject matter, ranging from an apocalyptic escape, to modern love songs, to a eulogy of Don Quixote, told from the perspective of his loyal servant. They also flex some new musical muscles, pulling from their influences in modern rock, classic pop, rhythmic folk, and 60’s soul. After six years of local and regional shows – highlighted by performances at SXSW and Summerfest, along with airplay on hundreds of college radio stations across North America – The Future Laureates are a band on the rise. They’ve shared crowds with the likes of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, hellogoodbye, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, and Dawes. With each of these performances, TFL has been exposed to artists who have achieved greater success and hold themselves to a higher standard than most. The result is a newfound confidence, earned through hard work, persistence, and ultimately, experience. Danny Surico, songwriter and co-frontman of the band, sums up the band’s outlook: “Now, more than ever before, we understand who we are and where we’re going.”
A rooftop overlooking Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. A fleabag motel on the banks of the Susquehanna River. A bus winding through sleepy Chicago suburbs. A book-filled bedroom. A sculpture garden in Washington, D.C. These are the memories that inhabit Ace Reporter’s debut LP, Yearling. They are memories from a single year, one that musician Chris Snyder spent writing and recording one new song every day. In 2010, after the breakup of his longtime band The States, Snyder, a songwriter, composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, embarked on what he called the threesixfive project. Each day came with a mandate for the musician to start and finish a new track. From this burgeoning collection of songs, four EPs emerged, which Snyder – who began playing violin at age four and landed his first singing gig as the featured boy soprano on the soundtrack for The Crow – eventually transformed into a full-length album culled from the experiences and inspirations that propelled him through that year. Yearling was recorded in a converted barn in upstate New York in the spring of 2011. The idea was to take ten of the best songs from Snyder’s massive collection and imbue them with greater life and augmented instrumentation. “During the threesixfive project, I had two hours every evening to write, record, and mix a new song,” Snyder says. “This meant that I had to give up on premeditation – whatever happened when I sat down to write became the song, period.” The album has the effect of a kaleidoscope, where Snyder’s poetic lyricism and evocative imagery draw the songs together to create a collection that tells the story of a year, each song refracting a different memory of a time and place.
Forest & The Evergreens from Columbus, OH are recieving great praise at home after the release of "Young Funk." "Light shining into a prism and refracting in unexpected directions is a glorious sight to behold. Sonically, Forest & the Evergreens is that sort of prism — one of the brightest and most colorful in town."- Chris Deville, Columbus Alive "Best Local Band of 2013" - (Columbus Underground)
River Rising comprises the musical talents of Megan Deiger and Tim Hazen, whose voices tightly weave country and folk music over a backbone of bluesy sensibility. Lyrically, they capture heartache, waywardness, and emotional strength with a soulful quality reminiscent of a spiritual. Simple orchestration of accompaniment is welcome, allowing words, melodies, and often ethereal harmonies to take the lead on each song. That said, piano and violin punctuate songs like a subconscious, while guitar maintains rhythm like breath or a heartbeat. Best of all, this is a musical project that shows incredible potential; stay tuned.
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Mon, Sep 29 - 8pm - $8
Brainchild of renowned Chicago-based jazz and funk siren Typhanie Monique, The BMC brings together some of Chicago’s most diverse musical talent to give groove lovers, dance fans and die-hard improv lovers a unique, never-to-be-repeated experience in Chicago’s live music scene. The group improvises every song. Yes, you read right. Every song is improvised. The chosen players are all esteemed craftsmen of their particular instrument. Talent is certainly not wasted in this band, neither is the creative process which you can witness at it's inception. In the moment, minute, measure, the group instinctively communicates to bring something musical to the table. High energy horn-hitting HOUSE tunes, Hip-Hop bouncing rhymes and grooves, LATIN-based danceable ditties, WORLD-oriented off meter solo-spinning jams and SOULful lyrical content that absorbs the audience with each song taking them on a musical journey. The summer of 2008, The BMC was conceived to hold down a two year once a month stint at the acclaimed Chicago club, Martyrs'. The group continues to perform for private events, festivals and clubs in and out of Chicago.
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Tue, Sep 30 - 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, Oct 2 - 9:30pm - No Cover
free
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.
A revival of the West Coast sounds from the ’50s and ’60s is happening right now in the Midwest! The Real Gone travels through space and time to rock the classic music of The Ventures, Dick Dale, The Shadows and many more. You’ll need a surfboard to ride the good vibrations of a live performance. The musicians of The Real Gone are seasoned players with experience in a myriad of genres. Phil and Bret have been band mates for years. They have opened up for such artists as Clint Black, Drive-By-Truckers, Melvin Sparks, Fareed Haque, Caitlin Carey (Whiskeytown) & Thad Cocrell, Devil in a Woodpile, Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel, Reckless Kelly and more. Jeff ‘doc’ Bella has been a bass-for-hire for more than 20 years with all manner of musical acts, from jazz, rock, country and more. he has toured all over the United States & abroad to entertain audiences and has warmed the stage for Cracker and 10,000 Maniacs. The Real Gone’s approach to classic instrumentals leaves listeners goners for life ... transported in time. We look forward to making your event a Real Goner.The Real Gone is one of the few true surf rock bands in the area. The tones, beat, technique and attitude are of utmost importance when presenting this music. The Real Gone replicates the classic sounds of the era while bringing a youthful vigor so as not to be a parody or novelty act.
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Fri, Oct 3 - 7pm - $10 - ALL AGES
The Crane Wives are an indie-folk outfit from Grand Rapids, MI that defies musical stereotypes. Using three-part vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation and a knack for dynamics, they create organic music that is both accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to danceable grooves. Go to thecranewives.com or email them at thecranewives@gmail.com!"The Crane Wife is an old Japanese tale. While there are many variations of the tale, a common version is that a poor man finds an injured crane on his doorstep (or outside with an arrow in it), takes it in and nurses it back to health. After he releases the crane, a woman appears at his doorstep with whom he falls in love and marries. Because they need money, his wife offers to weave wondrous clothes out of silk that they can sell at the market, but only if he agrees never to watch her making them. They begin to sell them and live a comfortable life, but he soon makes her weave them more and more. Oblivious to his wife's diminishing health, his greed increases. He eventually peeks in to see what she is doing to make the silk she weaves so desirable. He is shocked to discover that at the loom is a crane plucking feathers from her own body and weaving them into the loom. The crane, seeing him, flies away and never returns."
Multi-instrumentalists, Katie Larson and Savannah Buist are creating quite a name for themselves among music lovers of all genre’s. Described as, “A duo giving an edge to folk with unique instrumentation”, Z93 FM DJ, Matt Mansfield writes: “Combine musicality, originality and melodic beauty with a welcome and unexpected bite to clever lyrics and you’ve got Accidentals music. Songwriters, look no farther to find a new pairing to be jealous of, especially with such a bright future ahead of them.”They met in 2011 at their public high school. Katie (15) was a freshman cello player, “playing up” in the Philharmonic Orchestra and Savannah (16) was Concert Master, violinist. They volunteered for a class assignment that threw them together for their first rehearsal and The Accidentals were born.Growing up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalist for mothers, their Influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure. Their collective playlist you won’t find on mainstream radio. They are “explorers and admirers” of indie music greats like Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Sufjean Stephens, Arcade Fire, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s, Black Keys, Sara Jaffe (and the Beatles). Their original tunes reflect their exposure to a wide variety of instruments while staying true to their orchestral roots. In addition to playing guitar, bass, glockenspiel, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, accordion, and kazoo...you can’t miss the edgy violin and cello that defines this duo.In 2012 these two ladies auditioned for and snagged a coveted spot in the first ever singer-songwriter major at the renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts High School -around the time they released their first self-produced album, Tangled Red and Blue. In early reviews of Tangled Red and Blue, Kristi Kates of The Northern Express, was the first to say what everyone was thinking, “It’s difficult to believe that music this accomplished is being crafted by two talents who are still in high school - but that’s The Accidentals’ story.”In two short years (2011-2013) they would write and record two albums, play as guest artists on seven others, score three films, and land song placements in several commercials, documentaries, independent films, and music compilations, in addition to playing over five hundred live shows while maintaining their studies.In 2013 The Accidentals opened for some of their favorite artists, Andrew Bird, Sixto Rodriguez (Sugar Man), Aunt Martha, Rosco Bandana, and Lauren Mann. They hopped an RV to tour their home state of Michigan for a consecutive seven weeks while finishing and releasing their second album Bittersweet. The GR Press called their stage show “stunning, an unforgettable experience watching these two girls play a sea of instruments (twelve to be exact), moving effortlessly from one to the other, while entertaining the masses with their wit, haunting harmonies, and catchy melodies, they are truly unforgettable.”Fifteen track, Bittersweet, was recorded with award winning producers in Nashville and Indiana in March 2013. According to UK Magazine, Leicester Bangs: “The lyrical flow is intriguing and absorbing – and so complex as to draw comparison to Joanna Newsom in full poetic flight.” DW Magazine, UK adds; “heady folk and sweet melodies embellish an accomplished set of songs - Larson and Buist have found their trademark sound but they’re not going to let it get in the way of a little diversity.”The Accidentals recently won Traverse Magazine’s “Red Hot Best” of Northern Michigan Music, were featured in Regional Musician Magazine and NPR’s Stateside. Reviews of their song “The Silence” landed them a featured artist spot on Reverbnation’s home page and put their new album in rotation on CBS Radio. It also garnered the attention of songwriting legend, Marshall Crenshaw and Grammy award winning producer and engineer, Stewart Lerman. The Accidentals leave for New York Feb. 10th to record a brand new EP with these gentlemen.
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Fri, Oct 3 - 10pm - $10adv/$12door
Denver, CO based live-electronic trio, The Malah, have been captivating ears across the country with their organic, electro grooves since 2003. Having recently relocated to the burgeoning music scene in Colorado, by way of Greenville, SC, The Malah have spent the last decade touring relentlessly, mastering their sound, and gaining a devout fan-base along the way.In a scene where live-electronic music is running rampant, the Malah have managed to stand out by mixing rich, earthy atmospheres with electrifying rhythms. The trio explores the meeting point of cutting-edge technology and ancient musical theory. Creating a unique sound that is praised in both the “Jam” and “Electronica” communities. The music is constantly evolving and brings together influences from an endless array of genres including Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, World Beat, Trance, and Breakbeat with an effortless transition.Truly a musical journey, every note is strategically placed with the utmost care; every melody finds its cosmic percussion partner in the sound space continuum. With a focus on layers and melody, bassist Elliott Vaughn provides a steady backdrop groove to compliment the axe wizardry of Brandon Maynard. With both members adding in carefully crafted beats and samples, the sound is met in a musical utopia by the explosive percussion of drummer Seth Fankhauser.
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Sat, Oct 4 - 9pm - $15
OPEN
The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept-secret among New York City concertgoers since the band’s formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever-substantiated reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin, to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.
The Steepwater Band’s latest album “LIVE & HUMBLE” was recorded in Chicago on 4/20/13 at the now defunct Ace Bar on West Fullerton Avenue. Jeff Massey (Vocal, Guitar), Tod Bowers (Bass), Joseph Winters (Drums) and Eric Saylors (Guitar, Backing Vocal) played over 200 shows together on the High & Humble Tour leading up to the night of this amazing show, and is the first TSB recording to feature this newly adorned 4-piece lineup. Critics and fans agree, LIVE & HUMBLE captures TSB’s kinetic energy, and their own brand of Rock n’ Roll improvisation. The record contains over 75 minutes of music, featuring tracks spanning from their previous studio LPs, “Revelation Sunday (2006)”, “Grace and Melody (2008)”, and “Clava (2011), along with a 16 minute version of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” that rips right into Zeppelin’s “How Many More Times” and back again, leaving the listener only wanting more. It is their humble devotion to music, and a commitment to achieving their goals without compromising the integrity of their musical vision that makes The Steepwater Band a rare find.TSB recruited a Chicago music legend Timothy Powell, of Metro Mobile Recording, to record the show that fateful Spring evening. Timothy‘s impressive resume includes all the 93XRT Concert Broadcasts, including such greats as Gov’t Mule, Los Lobos, Ben Harper, Wilco, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant, and The Black Crowes. Those recordings then went to Producer/Engineer Colin Sipos, who has been at the helm for TSB releases dating back to 2010. Colin's mix is nothing short of amazing, as it sounds as if you are standing directly front-row-center: Guitars panned hard in each speaker, the Drums & Bass rattle you from the center, the vocals glide on top, while the crowd gathers around you.Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Founding members Massey, Bowers and Winters have a synergy that comes from years of playing together. Then in early 2012, the long-time trio was joined by Saylors, from Indianapolis, IN, who brought an added depth to the TSB LIVE sound. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music.The Steepwater Band has maintained a grueling schedule throughout the last 16 years, averaging about 140 shows per year. They have toured and shared the stage with acts such as Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, Wilco, Taj Mahal, Marc Ford, ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, North Mississippi All Stars, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Cheap Trick, Bad Company and Heart. In 2005, the band made its European debut, performing at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. In the following years, the band has returned to the United Kingdom and Europe for multiple club and festival tours, increasing their loyal overseas fan-base.
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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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Tue, Oct 7 - 8pm - $7
EVERYBODY SAYS YES is a brand new Chicago pop/soul band featuring the sublime vocals of Meghan Murphy and the original songs and lyrics of John Fournier. Along with Scott Tipping on guitar, Matt Thompson on bass, Lee Taylor on drums, Alex Beltran on tenor sax and Marques Carroll on trumpet, Meghan and John create an irresistible and unique mix of soul/blues and pop music. A 5 song EP will be released in early 2014.
Hi! I'm Rae Fitzgerald, and I'm a singer/songwriter spawned in the great Midwest and incubated in the American South. The spillage below is my story to date. When I was a child growing up in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama, area, I begged my parents to help me cut a country album. None of us even knew how to begin that process, and even if we did, there was no money for that sort of venture, so I cried some more and got over it. My ears were only privy to Christian music and select and pre-approved country tunes. At fourteen, my parents divorced, and the strict listening policies lightened. We left Christian school and enrolled in public, a transition that I credit as being paramount in my musical development. At the urging of my friends, I downloaded Cat Power, Elliott Smith and Bright Eyes on Limewire. Damien Rice, Gillian Welch and Iron and Wine followed. I devoured music, committing much of it to memory. I always knew I had a story to tell, be it about the depression of the South, my own family mythology or purely anecdotal tales. I wanted to be a poet, but no one my age read poetry. I wanted to be a musician, but didn't know how. At seventeen, I pulled out a dusty guitar my dad had given me and wrote a small story to the scratchy strum of one chord. The gratification was unbelievable. I never really bothered with covers, but chased that feeling. I played open mics and small shows through the end of highschool. When I begrudgingly began college, I only had a hunger to play more music. I joined a band, and we smoked a bunch ofweed and took a bunch of speed. Our mania and wild blindness for the expectations and parameters of "the industry" led us to some unbelievable places, from touring with John Nolan to opening for bands like Dear and the Headlights, An Horse, Viva Voce, Pink Mountaintops and Telekinesis. In 2010, I met Lucas Oswald, whose accomplishments stretch farther than I can type. At first glance, he was a slight man with thick rimmed glasses, stepping out of a cavalier; he became the most influential musician and friend my music has seen. He encouraged me to start a solo career, and with his help, I recorded my first two length albums and made sounds I never knew simple songs could inspire. I've been based in Columbia, MO, since 2010, and it's been an extraordinarily kind city to me. I've released two full lengths: "Of War & Water" in 2011, and "Quitting the Machine" in 2013, and played in festivals such as Citizen Jane, True/False and the Elderberry Festival. My trusty compadre Josh Chittum plays melodica and keys, and he's been with me ever since our first band; he's stuck by me and my music through thick and thin. Ian Vardell is my guitarist, though he plays most everything with strings, and we've hit the road hard this year. Their dedication to enhancing these songs and travelling with me is a gift I hope I can someday repay. I am a fantastical historian holding a megaphone, a multi-instrumentalist hiding beneath my obsession with lyric. I have story upon story, layered in the folds of my brain. I shake 'em out. Ising 'em out. I've never thought of doing anything else.
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Wed, Oct 8 - 8pm - $10
Les Racquet is a Brooklyn NY based indie rock power trio with three-part vocal harmonies and technically expressive musicianship. The trio performs songs that pique the interest of learned musicians and mainstream listeners alike.The group conveys energy and vitality on stage by unleashing bursts of rock n’ roll improv around intimate vocal moments. The trio demonstrate the versatile fluidity to move between classic and worldly genres while adding their own contemporary edge to each style. The band respects the diversity of individual tastes and prides itself on the ability to entertain fans from all backgrounds.After 18 months of DIY touring, the band has added support including management by the Home Grown Music Network and booking by Nimbleslick Entertainment.
Hello. We're Hand Practices. And we'd prefer not to waste anybody's time trying to describe ourselves with a bunch of fancy adjectives that make it sound like our music is christ reborn in musical form. Nor would we want to bother not describing ourselves in lieu of some clever snark that would probably make us look like a bunch of cool jerks. Hand Practices is just a group of dudes who play music that's all sorts of psychedelic, and we're all really looking forward to playing a show at a really solid venue like Martyrs with a really talented band like Les Racquet in front of a bunch of really great people.
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Thu, Oct 9 - 8pm - $12
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Combining the urgency of rock and roll, the frenetic energy of bluegrass, the soul of the delta blues and the haunted spirit of Appalachian mountain music into a unique musical stew they dub “Ozark Stomp,” Ben Miller Band will release its first album for New West Records August 5th. Titled Any Way, Shape Or Form, it was produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Kings of Leon, Wanda Jackson) at Sputnik Studios in Nashville.
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Fri, Oct 10 - 7pm - $25
2012 Grammy Award winners the Rebirth Brass Band are a New Orleans institution! Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has not only won over several generations of music lovers, it has become the soundtrack to an entire city and featured in the hit HBO series Treme. In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.
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Fri, Oct 10 - 10pm - $25
2012 Grammy Award winners the Rebirth Brass Band are a New Orleans institution! Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has not only won over several generations of music lovers, it has become the soundtrack to an entire city and featured in the hit HBO series Treme. In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.
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Sat, Oct 11 - 9:30pm - $7
After eight years of hard work and a relentless tour schedule, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have gained a reputation for their highly original, tradition-inspired bluegrass built on a strong foundation of intricate harmonies and electrifying stage energy.The Henhouse Prowlers use traditional bluegrass as a base, and make it their own by providing a show that’s danceable throughout with uptempo drive and bouncing mid-tempo grooves, all while covering contemporary topics in a largely original repertoire. Their reverence for the forefathers of bluegrass is palpable as they push the music forward on their own path.The Prowlers wear the Bill Monroe mantle with spit and polish. They perform — and conduct media interviews — in suit-and-tie and work in a tightly choreographed, one-mic stage setting, which adds a dynamic dimension to their shows. Combining passion, confidence, and flair with instrumental and vocal prowess, the Prowlers deliver bluegrass with an edge.With a PBS series soundtrack already to its credit and a critically acclaimed recording produced by Grammy winner, Sally Van Meter, and a new recording in production with Grammy Nominee Greg Cahill, Henhouse Prowlers have been barnstorming on to the red hot bluegrass scene. Not just another bluegrass band, Henhouse Prowlers are adeptly positioning themselves for nothing less than success.
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Wed, Oct 15 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, pairs a reader’s personal story about a First Time event with a song performance. This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by The First Time Three band. The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell which the audience enjoys more each story or each song.Hosted by CHIRP DJ Jenn Sodini, October's theme is First Fight for Wednesday, October 15th at 8 p.m.
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Thu, Oct 16 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
SOLD OUT
THIS MUST NOT BE THE BAND ANYMORE.... Join us for THREE nights at Martyrs' in Chicago for the end of This Must Be the Band. Yes folks, the final shows. Lead singer/David Byrne of the band, Charlie's words about the decision below... After 7 years, TMBTB is calling it quits. I'm sure that Talking Heads has altered the course of many lives, but few more than all the members of this band. We have had the privilege of playing music we believe in for thousands of excited, strange, lovely, dancing people. We have traveled around the country, seen and done so many fun things, made so many friends. I not only learned how to sing through Heads songs, I somehow found my own voice. Through dissecting albums like Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues, I learned how to produce my own music. Maybe most importantly, by leading 25 unique people, I learned how to find peace in my own personal relationships. I'm making this decision to shut it down because, much like I imagine David Byrne feels, at one point the music starts making too much sense, the words have been re-created and re-understood too many times, and basically all the juice is gone for me. I believe this is a natural thing, so I'm not too worried about it. Due to the advice of everyone I know, I am hesitant to call these the "Final Shows," since so many bands break up and then do the reunion tour, which then seems more for publicity than fans. However, I know how I work, and I know this is the right decision for me and if I have to eat my words later, no problem. I think I speak for all the past and present members of This Must be the Band when I say that we love the people that come to shows, we love the music and what it stands for, and we are all very thankful for the ride. That's why, for these shows, I've invited every person we've ever played with to come on stage and sing, or dance, or play their instrument for a song or two. There's like 40 people on this list, woah! -Charlie Otto______________________________________________________________________________________________“This Must Be the Band” is Chicago’s only and therefore best Talking Heads Tribute Band; they only play Talking Heads music, and, if possible, 3 to 4 hours at a time. They formed in May 2007 on Craigslist and played the coveted pizza joint circuit, the most notable of which was the city-famous Piece Pizza in Wicker Park. Since then, they have expanded east to NYC and west to Orange County, CA, and many places in between. They have two main dishes on their menu: the first is a succulent “All-Request Show,” with a generous helping of audience participation, flavored slightly by improvisation. The second is the hailed “Stop Making Sense Re-Creation,” where they perform note-for-note and prop-for-prop the famous Talking Heads concert film from 1984. In 2011, they performed this show to a sold-out crowd at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. This Must be the Band is extremely happy to play Talking Heads music night after night because the music is just that much fun. Not only has the lead singer (Charlie Otto) been called “the illegitimate son of David Byrne,” but the band boasts its very own Tina Weymouth (Jamie Jay), and Ednah Holt (Kasey Foster).
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Fri, Oct 17 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
SOLD OUT
THIS MUST NOT BE THE BAND ANYMORE.... Join us for THREE nights at Martyrs' in Chicago for the end of This Must Be the Band. Yes folks, the final shows. Lead singer/David Byrne of the band, Charlie's words about the decision below... After 7 years, TMBTB is calling it quits. I'm sure that Talking Heads has altered the course of many lives, but few more than all the members of this band. We have had the privilege of playing music we believe in for thousands of excited, strange, lovely, dancing people. We have traveled around the country, seen and done so many fun things, made so many friends. I not only learned how to sing through Heads songs, I somehow found my own voice. Through dissecting albums like Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues, I learned how to produce my own music. Maybe most importantly, by leading 25 unique people, I learned how to find peace in my own personal relationships. I'm making this decision to shut it down because, much like I imagine David Byrne feels, at one point the music starts making too much sense, the words have been re-created and re-understood too many times, and basically all the juice is gone for me. I believe this is a natural thing, so I'm not too worried about it. Due to the advice of everyone I know, I am hesitant to call these the "Final Shows," since so many bands break up and then do the reunion tour, which then seems more for publicity than fans. However, I know how I work, and I know this is the right decision for me and if I have to eat my words later, no problem. I think I speak for all the past and present members of This Must be the Band when I say that we love the people that come to shows, we love the music and what it stands for, and we are all very thankful for the ride. That's why, for these shows, I've invited every person we've ever played with to come on stage and sing, or dance, or play their instrument for a song or two. There's like 40 people on this list, woah! -Charlie Otto______________________________________________________________________________________________“This Must Be the Band” is Chicago’s only and therefore best Talking Heads Tribute Band; they only play Talking Heads music, and, if possible, 3 to 4 hours at a time. They formed in May 2007 on Craigslist and played the coveted pizza joint circuit, the most notable of which was the city-famous Piece Pizza in Wicker Park. Since then, they have expanded east to NYC and west to Orange County, CA, and many places in between. They have two main dishes on their menu: the first is a succulent “All-Request Show,” with a generous helping of audience participation, flavored slightly by improvisation. The second is the hailed “Stop Making Sense Re-Creation,” where they perform note-for-note and prop-for-prop the famous Talking Heads concert film from 1984. In 2011, they performed this show to a sold-out crowd at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. This Must be the Band is extremely happy to play Talking Heads music night after night because the music is just that much fun. Not only has the lead singer (Charlie Otto) been called “the illegitimate son of David Byrne,” but the band boasts its very own Tina Weymouth (Jamie Jay), and Ednah Holt (Kasey Foster).
With a sound born out of the combination of funk roots with jazz and electronic music, Genome has been impressing audiences with their tight sound and getting them on the dance floor with infectious grooves. Undeniable and unrelenting, Drew Littell, Patrick Dinnen, and Asif Wilson form a rhythm section that will not be stopped. Coupled with the stylings of multi-instrumentalist Xavier Galdon, saxophonist Kyle Madsen, and guitarist Igor Voltchenko, the lush sounds of Genome will have you partying all night long!
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Sat, Oct 18 - 10pm - $15adv/$18door
SOLD OUT
THIS MUST NOT BE THE BAND ANYMORE.... Join us for THREE nights at Martyrs' in Chicago for the end of This Must Be the Band. Yes folks, the final shows. Lead singer/David Byrne of the band, Charlie's words about the decision below... After 7 years, TMBTB is calling it quits. I'm sure that Talking Heads has altered the course of many lives, but few more than all the members of this band. We have had the privilege of playing music we believe in for thousands of excited, strange, lovely, dancing people. We have traveled around the country, seen and done so many fun things, made so many friends. I not only learned how to sing through Heads songs, I somehow found my own voice. Through dissecting albums like Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues, I learned how to produce my own music. Maybe most importantly, by leading 25 unique people, I learned how to find peace in my own personal relationships. I'm making this decision to shut it down because, much like I imagine David Byrne feels, at one point the music starts making too much sense, the words have been re-created and re-understood too many times, and basically all the juice is gone for me. I believe this is a natural thing, so I'm not too worried about it. Due to the advice of everyone I know, I am hesitant to call these the "Final Shows," since so many bands break up and then do the reunion tour, which then seems more for publicity than fans. However, I know how I work, and I know this is the right decision for me and if I have to eat my words later, no problem. I think I speak for all the past and present members of This Must be the Band when I say that we love the people that come to shows, we love the music and what it stands for, and we are all very thankful for the ride. That's why, for these shows, I've invited every person we've ever played with to come on stage and sing, or dance, or play their instrument for a song or two. There's like 40 people on this list, woah! -Charlie Otto______________________________________________________________________________________________“This Must Be the Band” is Chicago’s only and therefore best Talking Heads Tribute Band; they only play Talking Heads music, and, if possible, 3 to 4 hours at a time. They formed in May 2007 on Craigslist and played the coveted pizza joint circuit, the most notable of which was the city-famous Piece Pizza in Wicker Park. Since then, they have expanded east to NYC and west to Orange County, CA, and many places in between. They have two main dishes on their menu: the first is a succulent “All-Request Show,” with a generous helping of audience participation, flavored slightly by improvisation. The second is the hailed “Stop Making Sense Re-Creation,” where they perform note-for-note and prop-for-prop the famous Talking Heads concert film from 1984. In 2011, they performed this show to a sold-out crowd at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. This Must be the Band is extremely happy to play Talking Heads music night after night because the music is just that much fun. Not only has the lead singer (Charlie Otto) been called “the illegitimate son of David Byrne,” but the band boasts its very own Tina Weymouth (Jamie Jay), and Ednah Holt (Kasey Foster).
Grood is super-colorful, extra-emotive rock and roll from Chicago. Grood used to be called Savvy, but had tochange its name due to copyright infringement. Grood = Savvy. Savvy = Grood.Besides writing and recording music, Grood has begun to be well known for its live shows. Once a year itperforms a brand new, one time only live performance called "The ACTual Show," where the fans' favorite songsare "acted" out on stage along with the music. This is a 30 performer, multimedia experience that usuallyleaves people scratching their heads, wondering what they just saw.All parts are written and recorded by Charlie Otto, lead singer of Talking Heads tribute "This Must be the Band."Besides pretending to be David Byrne, Charlie spends his time making original music with the help of his fellowThis Must Be the Band member, Kasey Foster (Redmoon Theater).For most of his music, Charlie also enlists the help of superstar drummer/producer Matt Walker (SmashingPumpkins, Garbage, Filter, Morrissey) and slick bass man Alan Berliant (Mavis Staples). They are great.Although Grood strongly suggests you listen to its music, it is also able to describe it, and here it goes:Almost every song is completely dierent from the song before, the only common thread being the groove.There is always a groove, whatever that is. The rhythm is danceable, the chords are lush, the words are images,the singing is thick, the forms are minimal, but there is always the lovely backbeat, because they like it. If thebackbeat is not there, just wait, it will be there soon.Grood generates an amazing amount of content, and you can always count on a new video or rough draftevery couple weeks. Its good stu, just go to the YouTube channel (youtube.com/GroodMusic).
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Fri, Oct 24 - 9:30pm - $10
Dynamic. How better to describe Kinetix, a band whose most recent album Let Me In hit #47 on the iTunes Top 200 Rock Charts and yet just wrapped separate national tours with hip hop darlings Flobots and Australian roots-rock kings Beautiful Girls? ‘Let Me In’ certainly plays like a byproduct of a unique career trajectory, managing to maintain a fresh approach while smoothly transitioning between energetic rock and carefully crafted pop. Hot on the heels of their new album, a free acoustic show release and an upcoming slew of major summer festival dates, Kinetix looks to be even more potent in the coming months. Already renowned for their performances, it’s easy to call Kinetix in 2011 a “must-see” live act. Simply put, they’re the type of band that reminds you why it’s fun to let loose.Kinetix’s rise from their humble Denver roots into a nationally touring band is the result of talent, enthusiasm and a lot of hard work. Formed at the Lamont School of Music at Denver University, Kinetix was originally meant as a vehicle to blow off steam and play music at weekend hangouts. However, their popularity during those early days became a campus phenomenon that quickly outgrew the limited confines of house parties and campus events. Within two years of forming, Kinetix was selling out local theatres and collecting invites to summer festivals nationwide. Encouraged by the warm response, the band set out to establish themselves nationally and have been building their fanbase ever since.The eleven tracks of Let Me In were produced by Andy Guerrero of Flobots and engineered and mixed by Jason Livermore at the reputably rock and roll Blasting Room Studios. The new album builds upon the band’s reputation as a live tour de force, but now heralds the rock quintet as studio musicians capable of creating an album worthy of mainstream radio play.Kinetix is:Eric Blumenfeld – vocals, keysAdam Lufkin – vocals, rhythm guitarJordan Linit – lead guitarJosh Fairman – bassPete Koopmans – drums
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.
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Sun, Oct 26 - 7pm - $25 VIP
VIP - Limited to 25 tickets premium reserved seats and includes an autographed poster. Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed "Acoustic Ninja" play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.Trace has independently sold over 98,000 albums on his record label, Honest Ninja Music, and regularly sells-out shows with standing ovations at venues across the USA and around the world, in 26 countries and counting. Video clips circulate virally at astonishing speed, with over 33,000,000 YouTube views to date.Trace was named "Most Promising New Talent" of 2008 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, as well as winning third place in the magazine's "Best Fingerstyle Guitarist" category the same year. Last summer, he performed at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre in front of a crowd of over 7,000 people, as part of The World's Largest Music Lesson. Over the past couple of years, Trace has shared the stage with Brandi Carlile, Olivia Newton-John, Neko Case, Judy Collins, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Phil Keaggy, David Wilcox, David Knopfler (Dire Straits), Bill Nershi (String Cheese), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Chris Hillman (the Byrds), and Stanley Jordan, among others.Jimmy Leslie at Guitar Player Magazine blogs “It was easy to see why Bundy plays bigger venues on each tour. In his hands, the acoustic guitar is an imagination station, and there was no telling where he is going take the audience at any given turn. Thrilling stuff.”Dave Kirby from the Boulder Weekly says "Possessing a staggering acoustic technique, on both right and left sides, Bundy has made his reputation as a next generation solo guitarist of serious repute."Audiocast Magazine from Austin, TX agrees: "Bundy's live show is without a doubt an event that needs to be witnessed rather than told about. With such a jaw-dropping performance, Bundy's live concert is a slap in the face that would leave a palm print on the memory of everyone in the audience."Take a minute to check him out and you'll agree that Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard.
Wes's songs range from lush, finger picked pseudo-folk to edgy dark pop. In addition to being generally catchy, the songs reveal "…a deep harmonic concept and an emotional vulnerability rarely seen in todays' commerce-driven music machine" -Kyle Green of The Chronoton.A professional musician in Chicago for 15 years, Wes has been in numerous and varied musical situations including playing with progressive favorites Umphree's McGee. Several CD's are available on Itunes including The E-mics, MASS, and The more recent Wes John Trio Live at The Vic.
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Sun, Oct 26 - 7pm - $16adv/$20door - GA
Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed "Acoustic Ninja" play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.Trace has independently sold over 98,000 albums on his record label, Honest Ninja Music, and regularly sells-out shows with standing ovations at venues across the USA and around the world, in 26 countries and counting. Video clips circulate virally at astonishing speed, with over 33,000,000 YouTube views to date.Trace was named "Most Promising New Talent" of 2008 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, as well as winning third place in the magazine's "Best Fingerstyle Guitarist" category the same year. Last summer, he performed at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre in front of a crowd of over 7,000 people, as part of The World's Largest Music Lesson. Over the past couple of years, Trace has shared the stage with Brandi Carlile, Olivia Newton-John, Neko Case, Judy Collins, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Phil Keaggy, David Wilcox, David Knopfler (Dire Straits), Bill Nershi (String Cheese), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Chris Hillman (the Byrds), and Stanley Jordan, among others.Jimmy Leslie at Guitar Player Magazine blogs “It was easy to see why Bundy plays bigger venues on each tour. In his hands, the acoustic guitar is an imagination station, and there was no telling where he is going take the audience at any given turn. Thrilling stuff.”Dave Kirby from the Boulder Weekly says "Possessing a staggering acoustic technique, on both right and left sides, Bundy has made his reputation as a next generation solo guitarist of serious repute."Audiocast Magazine from Austin, TX agrees: "Bundy's live show is without a doubt an event that needs to be witnessed rather than told about. With such a jaw-dropping performance, Bundy's live concert is a slap in the face that would leave a palm print on the memory of everyone in the audience."Take a minute to check him out and you'll agree that Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard.
Wes's songs range from lush, finger picked pseudo-folk to edgy dark pop. In addition to being generally catchy, the songs reveal "…a deep harmonic concept and an emotional vulnerability rarely seen in todays' commerce-driven music machine" -Kyle Green of The Chronoton.A professional musician in Chicago for 15 years, Wes has been in numerous and varied musical situations including playing with progressive favorites Umphree's McGee. Several CD's are available on Itunes including The E-mics, MASS, and The more recent Wes John Trio Live at The Vic.
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Tue, Oct 28 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Thu, Nov 6 - 7pm - $15
Sami Grisafe is not afraid of obstacles. In fact, she welcomes them…for they made her the person she is today. The all-star quarterback for the Chicago Force and talented singer-songwriter has managed to succeed in two of her life’s passions, sports and music. As she wraps up her final season playing professional women’s tackle football for the Chicago Force and Team USA, Grisafe will go down in history as the first female in the state of California to play the quarterback position in a varsity Division I football game and the first female to throw a touchdown pass in a world championship tournament. On October 2nd,she will be inducted into the Redlands High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Redlands, California, joining past inductee Brian Billick. But as one door closes, the other door opens wider for this athlete and award winning musician. Grisafe, who has dedicated most of her time to football, can now focus on her music career, something that has always had half of her attention. As soon as the season wraps, Grisafe will head back into the studio to prepare for the fall release and music video of her upcoming single “Be Somebody.” Grisafe grew up in Redlands, California where she chartered new territory as a female athlete. Besides playing football since age ten, she played baseball for nine years and became the first girl in her community to make a boy’s baseball All-Star team. It was also at age ten that Grisafe taught herself how to play guitar, but wanting to be unique, diverted her focus to the ukulele. She tagged along as her parent’s performed with their country group Two of Hearts at state fairs, parties and weddings all over California. Grisafe’s parents inspired her to get involved in theater. She won first place in a state monologue competition which ultimately led to an acting scholarship to Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Inspired by musicians like Janis Joplin, Dave Grohl, and the Counting Crows, Grisafe’s music has a folk-rock feel with provocative lyrics, often incorporating additional styles such as reggae, blues and rap. She earned six Grammy pre-nominations for her 2012 album ATLANTIS, and in 2013 received the Chicago Music Award for “Best Rock Entertainer.” Grisafe has performed at the RedGorilla Fest and OUTlander Fest during SXSW and iconic venues such as Chicago’s Metro, Double Door, Cubby Bear and City Winery. Grisafe gained national attention for her performance of the National Anthem prior to taking the field at the 2013 IFAF Women’s World Championship gold medal game. The Huffington Post called her performance “…one of the most inspiring versions of the Star-Spangled Banner we’ve ever heard.” The unforgettable rendition is featured in two documentaries and was performed at the request of Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, for the marriage equality bill signing. As a proud member of the LGBTQ community, Grisafe is in the process of recording her new album beginning with a new song, “Brand New Fairy Tale,” as a show of support for equal rights among all people in marriage.
GRACEFULLY by Award-Winning nationally touring artist, Eric Himan, brings the songwriter/acoustic guitarist to a brand new place: the piano bench. After releasing and selling his music (over 40,000 cds sold independently) through his record label, Thumbcrown Records, licensing original music to MTV, E!, and heavy rotation on satellite radio (SiriusXM’s The Coffeehouse), Eric delivers his latest, GRACEFULLY, his most ambitious album to date. Well known for writing and performing on the acoustic guitar, GRACEFULLY is the first full album written and recorded with Eric on piano. A horn section, a new element in his recordings, was brought in and arranged by saxophonist, Ryan Tedder, with Dave Johnson on trumpet. This album has one last feature: the album was fully funded through his listeners via the crowd-sourcing website, PledgeMusic. Eric was able to bring in some heavy hitters such as drummer, Brandon Holder (current drummer for Leon Russell) and bassist Matt Hayes (Jacob Fred Jazz Odessey, Wayne Newton) thanks to the support of his many generous listeners. This album was recorded in Eric’s hometown of Tulsa, OK by Rockwell Ripperger (of the platinum selling band, Stephen Speaks) and Brandon Holder, mixed by Ripperger, and mastered by the grammy-award winning Chris Bellman (Alanis Morissette, Ani DiFranco, Katy Perry) at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles, CA. A collection of songs gathered throughout the past three years, GRACEFULLY holds elements of pop, soul, rock, R&B, and even a bit of a latin feel with its entrance, RED HOT TEARS. WAITING FOR THUNDER inspired by the story of Malala Yousafzai, the 14 year old Pakistani student who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education, brings the rock genre into light on GRACEFULLY. Other highlights of the album are the gospel tinged, HOW CAN YOU SLEEP?, bringing back the horn section for a swinging tale of love on its way out, the pop-driven-perfect-for-a-sunday-morning, EVERYTHING TO YOU, and the title track, GRACEFULLY, a tribute to Eric’s grandmother, Grace, who raised Eric with his grandfather and father. Grace who passed away last Fall at the age of 97, led a full life of motherhood, a careers in photography, and at one time, a colorist for DC Comics in the 1930′s. Smiling from the cover art of this new record, Grace gives the stamp of approval for the grandson she encouraged artistically as Eric puts it ” to live life like you taught me, GRACEFULLY”.
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Thu, Nov 6 - 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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Sat, Nov 8 - 9pm - $15
For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between MGMT and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to Bonnaroo. Benevento has been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.The 36-year old artist took a major step forward with the release of his 2012 album, TigerFace. The ten-track collection is painted in a myriad of sonic colors, shimmering with acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards, while the songs are seemingly conceptualized from every wisp of melody that’s ever tickled his ear.In 2014, Benevento returned to the studio to record his latest work with producer Richard Swift whose resume includes The Shins, Foxygen and Tennis. Together, they focused their attention on a collection of news songs Benevento had written that expand upon his lush instrumental piano rock to include vocals. The album, entitled Swift, will be released September 16 on Royal Potato Family.As anybody who’s seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.
Crow Moses(formerly Musikanto) walks the line between Indie-Blues and Urban Americana, while borrowing elements of Experimental Folk and broken-down Orchestral music. The Chicago songwriter grew up listening to his father's obscure folk and roots rock records and the music of Fraser and Debolt and Jerry Hahn. With a propensity toward heartbreaking ballads and melodic melodrama, Crow Moses songs survive the bite of a Chicago Winter and the soul of a Midwestern bon-fire. Crow Moses carries the lyrical weight of folks like Van Morrison and Elliott Smith and the driving tone of Ray Lamontagne and Amos Lee. His narratives rattlethe core of the human spirit leaving you feeling like an outsider who witnessed something very real. Crow Moses (formerly Musikanto) has shared the stage with: Alejandro Escovedo, Jesse Malin, AA Bondy, Mason Jennings, James McMurtry, Dan Bern, The Handsome Family, Cory Chisel, The Gourds, Jason Isbell and Gary Louris.
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Thu, Nov 13 - 9pm - $12
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Fri, Nov 14 - 9pm - $22
The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, Too Long in the Wasteland (released in 1989), was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video of Where'd You Hide The Body. 1997's It Had To Happen received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album. In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. 2005's Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry's career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and "We Can't Make It Here" won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008's Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years. In 2009, Live in Europe was released, capturing The McMurtry Band's first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan and Jon Dee Graham. Also, for the first time ever, video of the James McMurtry Band's live performance is available on the included DVD. The poignant lyrics of his immense catalog still ring true today. In 2011, "We Can't Make It Here" was cited among 'The Nation's' "Best Protest Songs Ever." Bob Lefsetz writes, "'We Can't Make It Here' has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth." Never one to rest on his laurels, James McMurtry continues to tour constantly, and consistently puts on a "must-see" powerhouse performance. 'The Washington Post' noted McMurtry's live prowess: "Much attention is paid to James McMurtry's lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novel's worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he's an accomplished rock guitar player....it's serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band." JAMES McMURTRY SIGNS WITH COMPLICATED GAME - NEW ALBUM OU IN LATE 2014 James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working on his first album in six years. “I’ve got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years,” he says. “Francois Moret at Complicated Game seems to like these songs and (producer) C.C. Adcock thinks he can turn them into a record. Good times fixing to roll.” Label head Moret agrees. “In March 2013, when C.C. Adcock told me we were going to see James McMurtry at the Continental Club in Austin, I expected to see a good show,” he says, “but what I saw left me mesmerized! I immediately knew I wanted to sign him. As a European, it is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most talented American singer-songwriters.” Evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched four Americana Music Award nominations. Meanwhile, Childish Things scored endless critical praise and spent six full weeks topping the Americana Music Radio chart in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Childish Things won the Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year and “We Can’t Make It Here” was named its Song of the Year. Of course, the forthcoming (and as-yet-untitled) record will include the literate story songs longtime enthusiasts expect. Recall high watermarks: “Childish Things,” “Choctaw Bingo,” “Levelland,” “Out Here in the Middle,” “Peter Pan” only begin the list. Just Us Kids alone includes fan favorite live staples like “Hurricane Party,” “Ruby and Carlos” and “You’d a Thought.” His finest deliver equal measures depth and breadth and pierce hearts with sharp sociopolitical commentary (“Fireline Road”). JAMES McMURTRY ALBUMS REISSUED: 'CHILDISH THINGS' & 'LIVE IN AUGHT-THREE' On February 1, 2011, two of James McMurtry's most popular albums, Childish Things and Live in Aught-Three were reissued by Lightning Rod Records. Live in Aught-Three has been remastered since its original 2004 release and will be available on vinyl for the first time. The deluxe double LP also includes a copy of the album on CD. JAMES McMURTRY LIVE IN EUROPE CD WITH BONUS DVD DOCUMENTS FIRST EURO TOUR WITH GUESTS IAN MCLAGAN AND JON DEE GRAHAM- On October 13, 2009, Lightning Rod Records released Live in Europe, a document of McMurtry's first European tour, on which, along with long-time band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, he was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and fellow Texas songwriting legend Jon Dee Graham. The set is available as a CD with a bonus DVD, or as a deluxe vinyl LP package with a CD and DVD insert. In early 2009, James McMurtry and his trio traveled overseas to play their first European tour. The guys played for enthusiastic crowds in Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland and Belgium. Joining the band on keyboards for the tour was the legendary Ian McLagan (who also played on McMurtry's latest studio album, Just Us Kids). The best recordings from the Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Geislingen, Germany concerts were combined to create Live in Europe. The album includes a bonus DVD featuring performances from the Amsterdam show. This marks the first time fans will be able to purchase video footage of McMurtry live in concert. The deluxe vinyl version includes inserted copies of the CD and DVD. Fellow Austin-based songwriter Jon Dee Graham opened the shows and joins the band on a version of his tune "Laredo" on the bonus DVD.
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Sat, Nov 15 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$17door
A band whose name carries a certain "je ne sais quois," the Pimps of Joytime were born out of frontman Brian J’s desire to layer his broad range of musical influences -- soul, funk, blues and rock n' roll -- within the freedom of an unapologetic dance groove. Since 2007, this Brooklyn based wildly infectious group has grown from playing basement parties down the street to headlining more than 100 shows each year, with stops along the festival circuit at Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Outside Lands, All Good, the VooDoo Experience and more. The Pimps' debut record High Steppin' dropped in 2008 on Wonderwheel Recordings to critical acclaim from the likes of NPR and BBC, followed by their sophomore release Janxta Funk! in 2011. Currently writing and recording tracks for their third album (anticipated for fall 2014), the forthcoming release will be their most inspired, distinct studio effort to date. Both in studio and on the road, the Pimps of Joytime are not to be missed. When they come to town, make sure to bring your favorite dance shoes and a dry towel to wipe your brow, because they know how to make you shake it and sweat all over.
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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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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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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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