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Sat, Aug 1 - 9pm - $8
TOMORROW THE MOON is the inevitable collision between the Prog and the Punk. The Chicago band is occupied by characters who have worked with artists such as John Cale, Tommy Keene, Plush, Michael McDermott, The Most Dangerous Race, and probably your cousin out in LA. Their terse flare-ups are soon to be released digitally. Meanwhile, there are 2 free downloads at http://tomorrowthemoon.bandcamp.com.
Mark Panick isn’t a man of narrow vision. Witness Razorhouse’s single and accompanying video, “Neu Sensation,” a carnal, conceptual combo dropped at the end of 2014. The single will appear on the second Razorhouse EP, Codex Du, slated for release on April 7, 2015. Panick has fronted the reformed outfit of veteran musicians since 2011. He writes with his industrial rock roots planted firmly, but don’t be fooled: he may be a composer entranced by the darkness of the human condition, but he isn’t one to be pigeonholed. He’s a lover of campy art flicks as much as he is the visceral source of your next trip. His recordings are rife with unabashed sexuality, gutter-punk abandon and tasty grooves. Every Panick song is a standalone odyssey—proof that he isn’t defined by structure but by the inner workings of his madcap mind. He marches to the beat of his own drum, wails on it with a sledgehammer and isn’t afraid to bring you along into the swirling chaos. He takes inspiration from a diverse spectrum of musical forbearers--the Ink Spots, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, the Kinks, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Alex Harvey to name just a few. He also taps other mediums in search of “tools for thinking,” including the works of filmmaker Alejandro Jordorowsky, painter Mark Ryden and philosopher Daniel C. Dennett. Panick is best known for his work in the short-lived, seminal post-punk outfit Bonemen of Barumba, which released a handful of recordings in the early 1980s. His next project, Chac Mool, was spawned from a fruitful writing session with house music wunderkind Dean Anderson. It included members of other Chicago music mainstays such as Revolting Cocks, KMFDM and Sister Machine Gun, all of which would become fodder for the earliest incarnations of Razorhouse. Codex Du follows 2013’s Codex Jun and marks the era of a musically mature Panick, who describes the current formula as “38% less chaos and 17% less drama.” The EP features contributions by musicians David Suycott (Robert Pollard, Stabbing Westward) Jim Demonte (Insiders), Tommi Zender and many more, while the production team of Howie Beno (Ministry, Black Asteroid) and Danny McGuinness (Ex Senators, Coven of Thieves) ropes in the feral tendencies of Panick’s madcap mind and myriad influences. The musical horizon is wide open for Panick after Codex Du, and he’s not one for routine. He has kept the Razorhouse lineup fluid as he recruits musicians for an upcoming tour. Everything else is equally wide open, as he promises: “new music, new film and video projects; a gallery show or two and lots of exploration. I’m just doing what I’ve always done, building forts and looking for others who wanna play.”
Beneath the sonic gloss of The Red Plastic Buddha’s psychedelic records beats the heart of a surprisingly snarly rock and roll band. This Jekyll and Hyde transformation grows increasingly more pronounced during live performances as their radio friendly psych-pop sound devolves into a precise, post-punk sonic dystopia. This dichotomy is made only more intriguing by just how well the songs adapt to the rougher treatment of the stage. Renowned for their ability to re-imagine the works of others (RPB covers of Love, 13th Floor Elevators and Electric Prunes have drawn wide praise), this talent is even more amazing when a band can pull off the same treatment of their own material. With an impressive cannon of songs to draw from, The Red Plastic Buddha are a solid live act and this performance is not to be missed.
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Mon, Aug 3 - 8pm - $8
Once in a generation there is a movement. An energy screaming from thecorners of the underground slowly bubbling and boiling until ituncontrollably burst into the masses blindsiding and overtaking thatwhich once suppressed it. This movement challenges cultural norms byblurring lines between the old and the new and enticing the consciousmind to believe that there is “no spoon”, all while pulsing andgyrating to the beat of it’s own drum. The sound at the epicenter ofsuch a movement hails from New Orleans. A city rich in tradition andknown for an unmistakable sound has given birth to Water Seed. A band built on the jazz and funk tradition that single handedly shaped popular music, Water Seed has become one of the prevalent future funk fusion bands daring to keep audiences on the dance floor while romancing the ears of the most advanced jazz purist. Known for their high-energy marathon performances, Water Seed has commanded some of the most impressive stages across the country. Their latest 2 projects have debut in the top 40 on the iTunes jazz charts and their relentless touring schedule continues to gain momentum keeping the band’s diverse fan base wanting more with every stop. Powered by a seamless rhythm section. Enforced by an agile horn section. Top with a demanding vocal performance and front line, Water Seed will funk any audience right out of their seats.
Digeometric’s formation began early June 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Their music is completely unique and their sound can be described as: orchestrated solid groove based foundations, overlaid with improvised syncopated melodies between screaming guitar licks and crunchy synthesized tones; used as a point of departure for uptempo improvised jams which capture the moments of genres such as, but not limited to: Disco, Electronic, Funk, Trance, Jazz, Psychedelic, & Rock N’ Roll. What started out as an open experiment in improvisation progressed into creating music from a solid platform in which, they are able to then break away from and create jams through spontaneity to capture the essence of the moment. The title Digeometric (Di – geo – metric) is derived from the words Digital and Geometry; which describes the many different shapes that Digeometric’s sound takes. Digeo is most commonly used amongst their fan base for short. Connecting with their fans is important to the band whether it be through headphones, a live performance, or hanging after shows. Digeometric’s live performances tend to generate pleasant atmospheres filled with positive vibes and grooving energy. Their music is well received through live concert experiences in which they often manipulate their set lists and never play the same sets twice. Digeo offers many of their performances for free as live recordings through a number of different websites including Archive, Bandcamp, & Soundcloud. With the recent release of their debut album entitled "Experience," Digeometric will leave an imprint on any music lovers heart.
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Tue, Aug 4 - 8pm - $7
Chata, Orlando is a 22 year old synthpop artist from Chicago. Orlando touches upon love, from its highest to its lowest points. A part of the DIY since he was young, Orlando graduated from Taft High School where he took AP classes including music theory. He also was in various punk bands until venturing into his own band.
Individually, the members of theSHIFT are highly sought-after musicians who’ve recorded and toured the world with music royalty. Together, John Shannon (vocals/guitar), MJ Lambert (drums) and Ben Geis (bass) craft earth- shattering, anthemic rock with vibrant depth and a forceful punch. The powerhouse trio’s defiant sound is perfectly captured on its debut 7th Direction.
Chicago, IL Rock/Alternative/Punk/Indie/Magic/Glam band The Inventors draws their influences from a multitude of bands and genres. Their sound is directly a product of that. If you want punk rock, they'll give you punk rock. If you want some feels, they'll give you some feels. They cover ground. Their performances are locked tight, whirlwinds of energy. They like to bring it, and they want you to feel it.
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Wed, Aug 5 - 7pm - $20
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Aug 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.
Ross Kleiner & The Thrill mix an exciting blend of self-penned Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, Doo-Wop, Swing, Rhythm & Blues and anything in between. A classic, authentic voice matched with experienced and adventurous musicianship is what makes this group as thrilling as the name suggests. These boys rock that feel of the old school retro music along with a modern and original twist that only they can provide. Ross Kleiner & The Thrill is all you need to impress your girl, or get your guy to grease up and get down. A little for the nostalgic, a bit for the modern-retro fan, and the rest for whomever likes good music. These cool cats skip the gimmicks and give you that feeling that only true whiskey soaked Rock 'n' Roll can. Ross Kleiner & The Thrill will get anyone out on the floor movin' and groovin'! Stay updated on the band website and locate them on Facebook to find out where your next thrilling night awaits...
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Fri, Aug 7 - 8pm - $22 adv/$25 day of show
World-class drummers Steve Smith (Journey/Vital Information), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), and Benny Greb (independent) sit in with an all-star band featuring legendary bassist James Genus (Brecker Brothers/Herbie Hanock), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Bette Midler/Scissor Sisters), and Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Fareed Hague/Gloria Estefan).This is an all-ages show! Join us for a night of jazz, rock, and funk with these amazing musicians!Hurry: tickets are selling quickly for this special event. Buy tix: $22 ($25 at the door if available)...........BUY A DISCOUNTED TICKET FOR BOTH NIGHTS HERE!.....http://www.martyrslive.com/both-nights-drumming-all-star-festival-shows-1-2
Steve Smith's drumming, while always decidedly modern, can best be described as a style that embodies the history of U.S. music. His original love of rudimental parade drumming is evident in his intricate solos. Likewise, his command of jazz, from New Orleans music, swing, bebop, avant-garde to fusion, is applied with his powerful rock drumming sensibilities and allows him to push the boundaries of all styles to new heights. His musical focus is committed to the exploration of improvised music incorporating styles as diverse as Blues, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Cajun and South Indian Carnatic.
In 2010, Mike Mangini won the drum seat for the Progressive Rock icons Dream Theater in an audition that was captured in the internet documentary, “The Spirit Carries On.” The online release of this documentary on April 29, 2011 trended as the 2nd most popular tweet behind the Royal Wedding. Mike has made a career out of joining established artists like Dream Theater. He has worked mostly with Annihilator, Extreme, Steve Vai and U.K. The career constant for Mike while teaching, or being in a band, has been being an International Solo Drum Clinician.
Benny Greb is a prolific German drummer and clinician. He plays a large variety of music and can be seen playing rock with Stoppok (de) and The Ron Spielman Trio, jazz with The Benny Greb Brass Band and Sabri Tulug Tirpan, funk with Jerobeam, reggae with Bobby McFerrin, fusion with the NDR Big Band on their Frank Zappa Project, with 3erGezimmeR and Wayne Krantz, and acoustic punk with Strom & Wasser. He has also performed at the Modern Drummer Festival 2010 and at many clinics and drum festivals around the world.Greb appeared on the scene in 2009 with his Hudson Music DVD "The Language of Drumming", and in 2015 on his dvd "The Art And Science Of Groove" .
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Mon, Aug 10 - 8pm - $7
A screening of Romantic Warriors III – Canterbury Tales(USA/2015/116 Min.)by Adele Schmidt & José Zegarra Holder. How did a small allegedly non-existent "scene" of a dozen musicians from the mid-sixties British town of Canterbury go on to change the musical path of their time? The emergence of the Canterbury Scene represents a remarkable period in the history of British progressive rock music, and notably, the development of Jazz Rock. Its three most timeless bands, Soft Machine, Caravan, and Gong, continue to inspire contemporary musicians all over the world.
THE RENEGADES are one of Chicago's most exciting and entertaining jazz-fusion groups featuring Paul Mutzabaugh (keyboards), Frank Alongi (drums), Jon Wegge (bass), and Chris Siebold and/or Mike Pinto (guitars). Their all-original repertoire employs odd-time signatures, jazz harmony, complex arrangements, and improvisation. Drawing on diverse musical influences, The Renegades offer a wide variety of fusion music... accessible and enjoyable to both musicians and non-musicians alike.
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Tue, Aug 11 - 8pm - $22 adv/$25 day of show
World-class drummers Dave Weckl (Chick Corea/Mike Stern) and Jojo Mayer (Nerve/Jon Zorn) sit in with an all-star band featuring legendary bassist James Genus (Brecker Brothers/Herbie Hanock), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Bette Midler/Scissor Sisters), and Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Fareed Hague/Gloria Estefan).This is an all-ages show! Join us for a night of jazz, rock, and funk with these amazing musicians!Hurry: tickets are selling quickly for this special event. Buy tix: $22 ($25 at the door if available).................BUY A DISCOUNTED TICKET FOR BOTH NIGHTS HERE!...........http://www.martyrslive.com/both-nights-drumming-all-star-festival-shows-1-2
For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
Swiss born Jojo Mayer started playing drums at an early age and had his first public performance at 2 sitting in with his dad’s band.At age 18 he received his first international exposure when touring with Monty Alexander and backing up Jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone.In the early 90′s he moved from Europe to NYC where he worked as a first call sideman for a wide range of artists and styles.As a leader he created his seminal work with NERVE which established him as one of the great performers and innovators on the instrument. His concepts and techniques of reverse engineering electronic drumbeats in real time on a acoustic drum set introduced a new paradigm and opened the door for an entire generation of musicians to follow.In 2014 Modern Drummer Magazines listed him as one of the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time.
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Both Nights! Drumming All-Star Festival Shows 1&2
Purchase this combination ticket to get both shows for $40!On August 7, world-class drummers Steve Smith (Journey/Vital Information), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), and Benny Greb (independent) sit in with an all-star band featuring legendary bassist James Genus (Brecker Brothers/Herbie Hanock), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Bette Midler/Scissor Sisters), and Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Fareed Hague/Gloria Estefan).On August 11, world-class drummers Dave Weckl (Chick Corea/Mike Stern) and Jojo Mayer (Nerve/Jon Zorn) perform with the band!These are all-ages shows! Hurry: tickets are selling quickly! Buy tix: $40
Steve Smith's drumming, while always decidedly modern, can best be described as a style that embodies the history of U.S. music. His original love of rudimental parade drumming is evident in his intricate solos. Likewise, his command of jazz, from New Orleans music, swing, bebop, avant-garde to fusion, is applied with his powerful rock drumming sensibilities and allows him to push the boundaries of all styles to new heights. His musical focus is committed to the exploration of improvised music incorporating styles as diverse as Blues, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Cajun and South Indian Carnatic.
For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
In 2010, Mike Mangini won the drum seat for the Progressive Rock icons Dream Theater in an audition that was captured in the internet documentary, “The Spirit Carries On.” The online release of this documentary on April 29, 2011 trended as the 2nd most popular tweet behind the Royal Wedding. Mike has made a career out of joining established artists like Dream Theater. He has worked mostly with Annihilator, Extreme, Steve Vai and U.K. The career constant for Mike while teaching, or being in a band, has been being an International Solo Drum Clinician.
Swiss born Jojo Mayer started playing drums at an early age and had his first public performance at 2 sitting in with his dad’s band.At age 18 he received his first international exposure when touring with Monty Alexander and backing up Jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone.In the early 90′s he moved from Europe to NYC where he worked as a first call sideman for a wide range of artists and styles.As a leader he created his seminal work with NERVE which established him as one of the great performers and innovators on the instrument. His concepts and techniques of reverse engineering electronic drumbeats in real time on a acoustic drum set introduced a new paradigm and opened the door for an entire generation of musicians to follow.In 2014 Modern Drummer Magazines listed him as one of the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time.
Benny Greb is a prolific German drummer and clinician. He plays a large variety of music and can be seen playing rock with Stoppok (de) and The Ron Spielman Trio, jazz with The Benny Greb Brass Band and Sabri Tulug Tirpan, funk with Jerobeam, reggae with Bobby McFerrin, fusion with the NDR Big Band on their Frank Zappa Project, with 3erGezimmeR and Wayne Krantz, and acoustic punk with Strom & Wasser. He has also performed at the Modern Drummer Festival 2010 and at many clinics and drum festivals around the world.Greb appeared on the scene in 2009 with his Hudson Music DVD "The Language of Drumming", and in 2015 on his dvd "The Art And Science Of Groove" .
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Wed, Aug 12- 8pm - $7
REAL people trying to fall in REAL love. Hosted by everyone’s favorite Auntie- Dorris Dashen*! A dating game show filled with actual single people, personal questions, physical challenges, kisses on the mouth, musical and comedic guests, and lots of drinks for the host! Followed by a set by Chicago's best Strangefunk band: GROOD! *Dorris Dashen** is a brassy and vulgar 80 year old ex-lounge singer who has seen EVERYTHING. **Dorris Dashen is played and created by Zoe Schwartz. Zoe Schwartz is a comedian known around town for her specific brand of gross and sexy. She often performs at variety and salon events showing off strange and frenetic characters. She has written a handful of full length shows based around these characters and toured them across the country to various festivals and comedy scenes. She is a company member with Barrel of Monkeys and can occasionally be seen in their long running Monday night show “That’s Weird, Grandma!”. Recently, Zoe has discovered how easy it is to put things on the internet and is trying to make it big with her various web series “Lets Talk About Boys and Animals” and “Lemonade Stand” which is about a winter lemonade stand and set to debut this spring. Visit zoeschwartztown.com for contact info and fun vids!
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Thu, Aug 13 - 8:30pm - $8
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.
Bones, Jug, Xylophone, wind power (clarinet, trombone, udderbot, kazoos,) resonator guitar, banjo, double bass, drums, all sorts of noise makers. These are just some of the instruments we play around with at our shows. The group began with the dream of throwing a high energy party with acoustic instruments. We started with some old xylophone rags, and now we have introduced a combination of originals and covers old and new: as old as Leroy Carr's "Barrelhouse Women", and the classic "Salty Dog Blues," and as new as the Beastie Boys' "Girls" and Abigail Washburn's "Divine Bell." We are highly influenced by jugbands and stringbands, both new and old. We want to party. We want, we want to party. With you. And your friends. And other people that neither of us know. We're hoping we can all dance till we fall down, sing till our voices cannot be found, and smile till our faces fall off. Bones.
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Fri, Aug 14 - 9pm - $15adv/$20doors
I Fight Dragons teamed up with Chicago's Dark Sage Brewery to create delicious custom brews, "The Beer Future" (a Belgian Style IPA) and "Beerzons" (Earl Grey Stout). Included in your ticket price, will be a sampling of two custom craft beers made by the band and brewers specifically for this event! We will also be giving away door prizes to the first fans in line and raffling off gift cards all night long.From the theatre company that brought you all things geek at their recent hit show Badfic Love, proceeds from this event will go to producing K. Frithjof Peterson's next adventure Bosons, a story about navigating physics, family and the Final Frontier. (Trekkies rejoice!)I Fight Dragons is a band with a plan.The trouble is, it’s a secret plan, and no one has told them what it is yet.They assume that it’s really cool and involves traveling through time and space, or possibly battling alien invaders, or at the very least that it involves some sort of big musical number at the end.In fact, one might think of their 4 national tours, 3 CDs, and $115,000 kickstarter campaign as all being elements of preparation for the big mind-blowing musical finale that comes as the climax of the secret plan (to which they are not yet privy).Of course, there’d be no way of knowing for sure.Here are a few elements of the plan they have been able to definitively nail down so far:-They are from Chicago. -They are probably not robots (except the one guy).-They have been doing this since 2009CE.-They were on Atlantic Records for 3 of those years (don’t ask).-Nintendo funded and produced a high tech music video for them that premiered on the 3DS.-No you cannot borrow their 3DS.-Seriously, you always borrow their stuff and you never give it back, so this time I’m just saying no.-What do you mean, name one time? Dude, there’s tons of… you know what, fine, whatever, you can borrow it.-They wrote and performed the theme song for ABC’s The Goldbergs
TIME CRASH is equal parts hard-rocking space band and sci-fi dance explosion. Lead vocalist Ronen Kohn’s clear, bright vocals soar over the tightest rhythm section in the galaxy, with Andy Rice on drums and Michael Fye on bass. Christopher Rice rocks out on steel guitar, while lead guitarist, Dave Kitsberg strums his 'bigger on the inside,' custom-built guiTARDIS. Inspired by the stories and characters of Doctor Who, TIME CRASH formed in 2011 and has released an EP, Little Amelia, and their first full-length album, REGENERATION, with more to come!
WELCOME to Diagon Alley, where we have everything for your Wizarding Needs. As you walk down this glorious street you can see everything Magical and Mysterious and still miss so much. Currently Based in Chicago, Diagon Alley is a Wizard Wrock Band with strong punk rock influences and a controlled wrecklesness. We enjoy broadening our musical horizons and encompasing different styles and flavors into our music (like a giant tasty potion of audible goodness). So if your interested in what you hear, stick around, you might just hear something familiar, and yet completly different....
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Sat, Aug 15 - 9:30pm - $8adv/$10door
The Dirty Dirty Dollars have quickly become Chicago's most memorable modern band. These heartland rockers know the value of a dollar - your dollar - so they strive to put on one of the most unforgettable shows you’ll see these days: hot and sweaty tunes performed with a sharp-dressed cool. The Dollars re-imagine Southern rock through the lens of Chicago’s urban-blues pedigree to produce a sound equal parts garage, blues, and power-pop. The songs heard on their first EP, titled An' When I Die, are instantly hummable and present fresh and even funny takes on the hopes and fears we all share: over-the-top sex, parental expectations, and even impending death. Recent highlights for the band include several U.S. tour stops and features in Classic Rock Magazine and on Tangentially Speaking, a podcast hosted by New York Times bestselling author, Christopher Ryan.
Dirty Darlings is a pop/rock band based in Chicago. They play unique and catchy original music and perform it with burning passions from every which way!
The Lucky Dutch are a four piece Chicago blues based rock n roll band led by Nathan Graham. Heavily guitar driven, this act is keeping the roots of rock n roll alive.
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Mon, Aug 17 - 8pm - $7
Boom Shakalaka is a high energy cover band from Chicago. We play a variety of music from your dad's record player to today's hits. Everything from Led Zepellin to Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Muse! We bring the same intensity regardless if its Friday or Monday night!!!
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Tue, Aug 18 - 8pm - $7
"...Tiny keeps the blues alive and pay(s) tribute to the originals."- Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater. Dedicated to his craft, the originality and prowess of Tiny Miles is sure to impress even the most critical of skilled technicians. Tiny Miles casts a spell over the audience with the soul and passion of 1950's Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly music. At a Tiny Miles showcase - one can expect a soul-stirring experience in an energetic performance of roots music soaked in retro vibes, coupled with a level of professional musicality that must be witnessed first hand.
Do you like The Andrews Sisters? How about The Chordettes? Les Paul and Mary Ford perhaps? Mills Brothers?? Then you'll probably find us mighty swell. Babe-alon 5 is a vocal trio with Kasey "Corn Nuts" Foster, Kiley "And How" Moore, and Tara "Taboo" Smith. Pianu Reeves on keys. Occasionally Crazy Guy Alan on drums, Tickertape Otto on guitar, and original ditties from Wild Earp. Babe-alon 5 has what you want. Consider them your beeswax.
As a multi-instrumental sideman eddie has worked with Mississippi blues O.G. Mr. Tommie T-Bone Pruitt , Bloodshot recording artist The Blacks,rediscovered soul luminary Ralph “Soul” Jackson, comedian Doug Stanhope (?...yep) Chicago rap artist Serengeti, Chicago croonsplosion and general outside art badassMarvin Tate, briefly backed the lovely Chicago songstress and vocal powerhouse Jen Hall, provided a few minutes of keys and banjo with Deals Gone Bad and played active parts as a producer and player with soul voiced songwriter Adam Fitz and the noir folk song-fountain Algebro. With Adam Fitz he had the opportunity to open at the world’s largest block party (ST Pat's Chicago) with Spoon, White Rabbits, and Chris Mills, and at the Park West w Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. There are more to list but they probably are not as awesome .Beneath all that gun for hire stuff is someone who has been recording and following his idiosyncratic muse for decades. Ranging from rough and tumble noise rock to a morerecent spooky southern-stained acoustic music, he has battled to somehow crowbar intense sonic experimentation into knottily poetic songs that could maybe be treated morepolitely if one was the sort . His latest Stow and Brace is an ode to delicious decay of fall and winter and the stormier side of the warmer times. Acoustic instruments (guit banjoharmonica piano sax) are distressed and caressed alternately and share the room with spooky treated ambiences and mossy bits of electronic bunting. Notable free jazz cello guy Fred Lonberg-Holm lends some truly flavorful squeals and plinks on Texaco and October . These songs are performed live with a little bit of looped rhythm including several homemade electro-acoustic instruments that scrape, boing , and thump ....occasional radio static/random fuzziness and a guitar,banjo, or electric piano, depending. The combination comes very close to a midway point bewteen avant garde noisemaking and that pure acoustic guitar troubadour stuff.Hopefully pulling good from both and shedding their less approachable faces.At least that’s the plan .
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Wed, Aug 19 - 8pm - $7
Universal Mind Flow is a group of musicians from the midwest who share a common goal of changing the world through the power and love of music!
Diego Sol has dedicated his whole life to the study of getting down. While most great speakers have been known to have a silver tongue, it is said that Diego Sol's is golden like the sun for which he is named. With a PhD in Flava, This Debonair, uptown, man of the Metropolis acts as a guide to all those in search of the groove. He is a prophet of funk that has foretold the coming of a whole new get down sound. Let us rejoice. Tick Tock Nick is the master of time. In a world few see, Tick Tock travels between seconds to tap into the true heart beat of the world. Tick Tock lives in the sizzle and echos with a crash. He is an artist whose canvas is stretched across a snare. Once the kit is ready and he sits upon his throne, he taps into your heart and teaches it a new beat. And you'll like it. B lev truly Loves only two things in this world, his electric guitar and a beautiful woman, and he makes them both sing. This Casanova of DS&TM's every guitar lick becomes an incendiary declaration of love. It's love for the music and love for the listener. B lev has entangled many a listener into a sordid Ménage à Trois with the groove. Unlike some loveless playa of music, the aural sensation B lev leaves you with isn't just a one nighter. The songs he leaves you with will live in your mind beckoning you to return.
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Thu, Aug 20 - 8pm - $8
HipTrip is a Chicago based funk band that got its start playing house parties around Lincoln Park and Lakeview in early 2012. The popularity of these parties led to bigger and better performances around Chicago venues and clubs with a strangely large following of students from DePaul Unviersity. Without using the term ‘jam band’ HipTrip achieves all that a good funk band should do; laying down the groove and inspiring the audience to get up and dance! Influenced by the J.B.’s, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Chick Corea, Snarky Puppy, and with originals composed by every member of the group, HipTrip is sure to get the party going!
New Sound Underground is a genre-defying, Minneapolis-based ensemble who has built a reputation around their energetic & riveting live performances, and is quickly becoming one of the most respected names among musicians & audiences alike. While their influences include such instrumental music heavyweights as Soulive, Weather Report, The RH Factor & Snarky Puppy, their music is a well-developed fusion of varied inspirations. It’s this ultimately soulful, yet inventive balance which makes their music so compelling for audiences of the most careful listeners or carefree revelers.
Rusty Gates is a Chicago based band with members from all over the country. When the group formed in August 2013, the idea was to combine each member's unique musical background and collaboratively create songs that stand apart from any single genre. The result is original music loaded with intricate arrangements, funky back beats and powerful improvisation. Inspired by Funk, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Soul and World, Rusty Gates strives to make music that will keep you dancing. Keep your eye on their upcoming schedule to see when they will be playing a show near you!
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Fri, Aug 21 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Forged in fire of youthful rebellion in Chicago, IL, Woo Park, a psychedelic soul quintet and musical assault from all sides, emerges triumphantly amidst a musical climate of uniformity. The undeniable groove exists in tandem with an atmosphere of ethereal soundscapes fit for even the most heady of new age souls to bask in. Initially taking cues from bands such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Robert Glasper Experiment, and Little Dragon, Woo Park has since crafted a unique sonic niche for themselves. The live show is where the spirit of Woo comes alive; mind and body - performer and audience - become one, fueled by a sound which provokes a physical and mental reaction in equal parts. Intensely focused on the now, each member constantly engages in improvisational expression within the confines of their elaborately crafted compositions. And now to pair with their electric live show, their debut EP, "Smokes", represents their first foray into the art of recorded music. With the record's imminent release, Woo Park's time is now. Now, EVERYBODY SAY WOO.
Pocket Radio blends soul, hip-hop, funk, and fusion. We're here to satisfy the intellect, and your desire to throw down.
Low Spark, they're called... A relentlessly grooving musical force based out of Chicago, IL. Drawing from a wide range of influences, they deliver a contemporary fusion of sound characterized by melodic hooks, deep funk tones and extended high-energy solos. Known for their collaborative spirit and electrifying live performances, Low Spark is breaking boundaries as a highly original, progressive act. Low Spark has shared bills with the likes of Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Robert Walter, The Main Squeeze, TAUK, New Sound Underground, Marcus Rezak, Chris Bullock, Blackalicious, Monophonics, Euforchestra, Gene Ween, and many others.
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Sat, Aug 22 - 9:30pm - $15
Zebbler Encanti Experience - Z.E.E. is a collaboration between Zebbler and electronic music producer Encanti. The duo provide a multi-media experience, with Zebbler performing live visuals to Encanti's glitchy, bass heavy beats and interspersed vocals. Using the custom software "Zebblertron," the duo perform live with light and sound through triggered events and improvisation. They present a show that is a delight for both the eyes and ears, pushing the limits of sight and sound.
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, Aug 24 - 8pm - $10
Sometimes sounding like a man possessed, Charlie Pierce’s piano playing is driven and intense. During a performance, he will rattle you to the core with a heartbreaking ballad and then unleash a New Orleans inspired boogie that leaves a listener longing for the days when juke joints ruled the American landscape. His music is somehow familiar, yet can leave you feeling like an outsider who has just witnessed something very real, painfully beautiful, and ultimately redeeming. Regardless of how his music grabs you, at the very least, Charlie’s performances are the most genuine thing you have heard in a very long time.With over 20 years in the music business, and countless miles clocked on the road, this Austin newcomer has already gained the attention of some of Austin’s most revered musicians including performances with Rosie Flores and Dale Watson. In the short time he’s been in Austin, Charlie has graced the stages at the Continental Club, the Driskill Hotel, the Highball, the Whitehorse, and countless other music venues in town. Do not miss an opportunity to witness this performance in person! -No Depression
Nick & Paige met in the spring of 2011 when Paige approached Nick about forming their blues, roots-rock band, Paige & The Reverent Few. The two bonded over their deep love for roots & blues music & it's paved way for their intimate, singer-songwriter setting. Lively fingerpicking, subtle slide, and floating harmonies add complex and emotional textures to the already rich lyrical repertoire. Influenced by John Prine, The Band, Chess Records, The Wood Brothers, & Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, the two have created a soulful sound & an enticing energy that’s been deeply resonating with their audiences. The two currently reside in Austin, TX but tour back and forth from Chicago year round, continuing to play with the full band, The Reverent Few. Nick & Paige independently released their first self-titled EP in the winter of 2013 and are working to release their first full-length record later this year. Follow them on Facebook for tour dates, music, and more!
La Pistola is an original hard rockin',raw energy drivin Rock band from Memphis, TN.
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Tue, Aug 25 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Wed, Aug 26 - 8pm - $20 - 17&over
Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round. In 2010 he co-produced Jay White's Larger than Life. Later that year he released his first album Christmas With You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Kim Burrell's Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning Love album released in 2011 boasted several tracks that were written and produced by Henry. That year he wrote for and produced much of Krishnar Lewis' One Lover's Trilogy album and released his first, "Leave you alone". Henry is primarily known for harmonically rich organ playing that owes a greater debt to the virtuosic unpredictability of Tatum and Peterson than it does to Jimmy Smith and other members of the Hammond organ pantheon. In his best moments he seems to capture the breadth of the Jazz and Gospel idioms and produce something altogether new through his unique blending of the two genres. Although he possesses a great deal of technique, in his solos he regularly subordinates it to a narrative arch and exhibits a maturity that surpasses his years. Unlike many virtuosos he is a great accompanist, and perhaps this is why he excels also as a producer and sideman. At the tender age of nineteen he had the opportunity to begin traveling with the Jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has done television work playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Stanley Brown, Ray Chew And The Crew, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Rob Glasper, Ron Grant, Lalah Hathway, Derrick Hodge, Israel Houghton, Joe, Shaun Kingston, Donald Lawrence, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Michael McDonald, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Snarky Puppy, Tommy Sims, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, Hezekiah Walker, Bishop Jeffrey White, Betty Wright, the late Timothy Wright, and many others. Henry's awe inspiring impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, "First Steps" was released in the Spring of 2014 and went to #1 on iTunes Jazz Chart. He is currently touring with "Snarky Puppy" and lending his considerable talent to the production of several projects for other artists.
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Thu, Aug 27 - 8pm - $8
Vaskula is the conception of John Becker (guitar/vocals), featuring Michael DeStefano (percussion), Jeremy Eberhard (keyboards), and Samu Rahn (bass). Its self-titled debut EP blends distinct elements of synth-driven new wave, alternative, prog, ambient, darkwave, and cinematic scores. Lyrical themes of introspection and nostalgia are echoed in the layered multi-genre compositions.
Kerosene Stars was born in the Fall of 2010 by bassist and songwriter Scott Schaafsma after many years performing as bassist for a host of Chicago local bands including Musikanto (aka Crow Moses), Magnus, City Electric, and Sarah Holtschlag. The band’s first release, “The Killer ep” (2011), was produced by Scott and Tim Bennett (Colin Gilmore and Jimmy Dale Gilmore) and includes Jason Bennett (also with Colin Gilmore, Jimmy Dale Gilmore) on guitars as well as local favorites Sarah Holtschlag and bassist Brett Bakshis (Julie Meckler, Belleisle). This second, self-titled release was tracked by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Sound Labs in April 2014, and contains eight genre-hopping indie pop gems. The new line-up includes guitarist Andy Seagram (Benton Harbor Lunchbox), drummer Jim Adair (Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash) as well as multi-instrumentalist Yoo Soo Kim (Hemmingbirds), each of whom bring a unique vitality and distinctive sensibility to Schaafsma’s songs. This sophomore effort from Kerosene Stars represents a more fully realized sound and an exciting new direction for the band. The songs seamlessly blend echoes of the 60’s, alt-country, and Brit-pop, with occasional tangents into moodier and experimental atmospherics. This is music for the head and for the heart, and the record resonates with a sincerity all too rare in modern music. Since forming, the band has shared the stage with Split Single, The Vulgar Boatmen, The Latebirds (Helsinki), NYC’s The Defibulators, and LA’s Goldenboy.
All the Wine is an indie rock band from Chicago. Blending influences like Against Me!, Springsteen, The National and the Mountain Goats, they've forged a spirited, guitar-driven sound with lyrical stories of teenage nostalgia and disillusionment.
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Fri, Aug 28 - 9pm - $10
Lucas Jack began his songwriting and performance career crafting songs for any and all family occasions as a small boy, a passion he carried as a teenager to the bars, hotel lobbies, and social events of his hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan – anywhere with an unguarded piano. This creative impulse was fostered throughout his twenties via collaboration with a series of bands while working as an attorney in Chicago. At last heeding music as a full-time calling, he left the corporate grind and released his first album, The Chicago EP, in 2012, followed by the full-length album, “Before I Forget, which is due out in February 2015. “Before I Forget is a curated distillation of experiences and impressions drawn from the exhilarating, and at times, heartbreaking moments I spent as an ambivalent twenty-something student and professional in Chicago, searching for meaning in my often-failed relationships and half-hearted career choice,” says Lucas, who is responsible for songwriting, vocals, piano, and organ on the album. Lucas Jack describes himself as a “recovering attorney,” in reference to the 5 dismal years he spent as a lawyer battling the liars and scallywags in Chicago before heeding his true calling as a songwriter and performer. Fortunately, Lucas has managed to convert those experiences into fodder for his own unique brand of songwriting. Lucas Jack tackles complicated topics with the precision and poignancy of Dawes and The Hold Steady, while incorporating the tone, passion, and pop sensibility of Ben Kweller and Ben Folds. With his powerful tenor voice, Lucas Jack examines the complexities of love, life, frustration and individual triumph. His catchy pop-rock tunes create a sense of nostalgia in listeners, allowing them to access their own emotions and memories through the stories Lucas tells. After just 2 whirlwind years of a full-time music career, Lucas Jack has already opened up for Foreigner, and worked with Grammy-nominated producer Mack Damon on Before I Forget. The album was mastered by Grammy-award winner Greg Calbi (Paul Simon Graceland and St. Vincent Birth In Reverse) at Sterling Sound.
Hey there good lookin. You sure have a nice butt parts. But enough about you, let me tell you about us. We’re a band, and we make videos. That’s the basic gist. We also do super sweet dance moves, raps about beavers, indoor roller derbies, mustache concerts, regular concerts, calendar making, arts & crafts and some other stuff. Doin’ it With The Flavor Savers, is the name of our new web series. Anyway, that’s what we do and who we are. Now, back to those butt parts…
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Sat, Aug 29 - 7pm - $8
A seductive and passionate voice, evocative songwriting, and formal training make DAWN XIANA MOON one of the most distinctive Asian-American singers of her generation. With influences ranging from traditional Chinese music to modern American folk, she bridges the musical traditions of the East and West.
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Sat, Aug 29 - 9pm - $8adv/$10door
The gods came together midway through 2014, and since the first spirit journey formation, have been inseparable and thus, impossible to defeat. Controlling sounds and emotions with their very thoughts, the gods are not to be fought, despite the inviting band name. However, the gods are only at their strongest when together. If you can separate them, you have a better chance. How to fight Taylor (singer): The poet of the band, Taylor can't see a sunrise or sunset without bursting into tears and basically becoming immobile. Challenge him to a duel on the coast any summer evening, and strike when he becomes distracted by the beauty of the moment...like in that movie Bedazzled. How to fight Chet (guitar): Chet has two main strengths that you will have to work around in order to best him. The first is wisdom. Chet possesses knowledge of most things. But he is weakened by a love of great food and graphic novels. Gain his trust with these items and then attack! Except watch out for that second thing that is his main strength. Which is guns. How to fight Stan (keys): Stan is a shifty little bastard, and he will gain your trust by helping you move in the dead of winter up flights of stairs by himself. Don't let this fool you. He's trying to kill you. The only way to gain the upper hand is to leave a trail of candy into a bar, where he will stay for eternity. How to fight John (drums): John is the tallest person in the world (according to his band mates) and actually creates thunder. The loud noises may startle you, but the size can be a disadvantage. The only way to defeat this monster is to tie his shoelaces together. Because the bigger they are, it's hard to do double bass drums with your shoes tied together. How to fight Masta Shen (bass): Don't fight Shen. He will straight up end you.
RAISED ON ZENITH:Imagine what you'd have if you could somehow create a musical group with the finest qualities had by the Russian group, Kino, Seattle's Nirvana, and David Bowie. Now forget whatever it is that you've thought of, because nothing that you could have imagined can prepare you for Raised On Zenith, a musical phenomenon that is a beautifully strange amalgamation of Eastern European punk rock, American "alternative", and British Manchester-Pop.
The Assembly is an indie rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Fronted by former Caviar (Island/Def Jam) guitarist Dave Suh, The Assembly’s sound has been defined by The Chicago Reader as “A sterling example of dark synth-pop.” Formed initially as a side-project in 2003 during his tenure in Caviar, The Assembly defined its sound in 2005 when Suh was joined by his brother, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Nathan Suh, upon its first release, Commencement. Since then, The Assembly has had 3 more releases; 2007’s Paranoia Will Destroy Ya, The Tide Has Turned (2008), and late 2011’s The Future Has Been Sold. The band’s sound pays homage to early 80’s English post-punk/New Wave bands such as The Psychedelic Furs, The Cure, and The Smiths, while maintaining a contemporary sound using loops, self-produced samples, keyboards, and other various electronica elements. The Assembly is also known for its blistering live shows, headlining venues across Chicago including: Metro, Double Door, Lincoln Hall, Subterranean, Beat Kitchen, and Bottom Lounge. Currently, the band is working on their follow up to The Future Has Been Sold with a new release titled “Sovereignty.” Band members include Dave Suh (vocals, guitar), Nathan Suh (synths/guitar/laptop), Brian Jarvis (bass), and Matthew Koschak (drums). The Assembly have been featured guests on Q101's Crash Test Radio, Local 101, Mancow's Morning Madhouse, and Fearless Radio's Live Music Binge. The Assembly had an exclusive track on Q101’s Local 101 Volume 3 (2009), as well as being named a Q101 “Band to Bust Out.” The band was also considered the Illinois Entertainer’s “Best of Around Here” 2009, and Examiner.com’s “Best Emerging Chicago Bands” 2008. All of The Assembly’s releases can be found on iTunes, and at CDBABY.COM. "The Assembly are some of the most talented local musicians I've heard in a while, sounding confident and convincing throughout 'The Tide Has Turned.'" -Chicago Examiner review of The Tide Has Turned. "...a direct example of the select few good independent bands coming out with superb music from Chicago." -One Kind Radio review of The Tide Has Turned. "Viewed panoramically, the album makes total sense, and carries us on a journey from our inward selves into the outer world." -Chicagoist review of The Tide Has Turned. "I bet it’d even get a smile out of the goths dancing at Neo." -Chicago Reader review of The Tide Has Turned. "Check out what industry insiders already know. This ain't your little brother's Warped Tour pop. This is the real shit, and it just might give you a toothache it's so sweet..." -Q101's Local 101. "...one more musical entity for Chicagoans to be damn proud of reminding others 'They're from Chicago.'" -Illinois Entertainer. "All tunes are first rate, helping cement the group's growing reputation as one of the tastier morsels presently available on the local music smorgasbord." -Illinois Entertainer review of Paranoia Will Destroya. "The vocal delivery, haunting and echoed, matched with the hook-heavy songwriting, makes the band instantly accessible without sounding derivative (The Smiths are there, sure, but so is some heroin-chic). This is a band to watch." -New City Chicago review of Paranoia Will Destroya. "...their sound is more tailored for the thousands of cheering crowds flooding international music festivals than it is for the small stages of local Chicago clubs..." -Chicagoist.com "These guys have it...they're gonna be stars." -Q101's Crash Test Radio.
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Mon, Aug 31 - 8pm - $7
The Derek Brown Syndicate is a new Chicago-based instrumental fusion band, blending original pop, funk, improv, and Brown's unique "BEATBoX SAX" style. The group also features keyboard extraordinaire Hayden Ashley, drum master Nate Mark, trumpeter Mike Jones, and Mike "Funktastic" Zabrin on bass.
The Natalie Lande Sextet is a brand new band on Chicago’s music scene. WithvSarah Marie Young on vocals, Dan Pierson on piano, Sam Hasting on guitar, John Sims on bass, and Peter Manheim on drums, the band members skillfully aid saxophonist Natalie Lande in making her original compositions come to life. While each member of the sextet has an extensive jazz background, they all have experience playing in other contemporary genres, as well. Having recently received her Masters in Jazz Composition at DePaul University, Lande’s music is a collection of different genres such as rock, hip hop and classical music deeply infused with elements of jazz. Lande was awarded a grant by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, giving her the wonderful opportunity of recording 8 of her compositions on an album. Lande’s first record, “Learning How To Fly” will be released at the end of August.
In November of 2012, Robert Dicke began hosting a weekly jam session at The Tonic Room in Chicago. The house band began as a rotating cast but very quickly found it’s core members— guitarist Jared Rabin, bassist Dan Kristan, keyboardist Carl Kennedy, and of course Robert Dicke behind the drums— the Calamity Flamtet was born. The sound of the band is the ever elusive fusion of Jazz, Funk, and Rock. There is a fine wave that the band attempts to ride by including elements from these genres, while maintaining the essence of each. By the time Dicke’s Jam Session came to a close at the end of 2014, the group had developed a cohesiveness that was undeniable and that would be unfair to keep from the general public. A decision was made to document this original music and give the band a chance to thrive in other clubs and musical circles. Dicke was able to obtain a grant from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation that made it possible for them to record nine of his original compositions. The debut album “Class” is a bit of a play on words. The Tonic Room is located just a half block from DePaul University School of Music, where the group met and where Dicke was completing his Masters Degree while running the jam session. The album will be released at the end of August and the saga will continue.
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Tue, Sep 1 - 8pm - $10
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.Vol 29 - As it's Fat Tuesday, there's going to be New Orleans music. Not to mention an international and eclectic group of fascinating presenters chit-chatting about things they love to do! You might just learn something about MOOCs, Belgium, Boston or tasty comestibles. As usual, there's beer, great friends and surprises...
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Thu, Sep 3 - 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.
Powerhouse vocalist, Jai Malano, debuted as leading lady to horn driven 40s-50s rhythm & blues band, The Royal Rhythmaires, on July 4, 2010. Jai has mesmerized audiences with her raw, yet sultry, renditions of timeless Blues classics ever since. Her strong vocals and showmanship have earned her comparisons to Etta James, Lavern Baker, and Ruth Brown, as well as landed her the cover of UK Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine. She has received further recognition in Vintage Rock Magazine and the Austin Music Journal. As vocalist for The Royal Rhythmaires, she and the band were listed as one of the Top 15 Bands to watch in 2014 by the Dallas Observer.
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Fri, Sep 4 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.Big Sam began playing with the Dirty Dozen at the tender age of 19 before striking out on his own and creating the Funky Nation. Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.BSFN is a festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil, to Canada. BSFN is a favorite on the festival circuit and has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Blues & Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, LEAF & many more.
What's a Nasty Snack, you ask? It's Tom Selleck standing under a waterfall with a saxophone, eating a ham sandwich. It's Scooby Doo gnawing on a pair of rawhide drumsticks. It's that nasty groove brought to you by nine members of a Chicago funk movement that cannot be stopped! Drawing from influences such as Kool and the Gang, Lettuce, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power, the Snacks have proven to showcase an explosive, horn-driven, pocket-slamming performance at each live show. With a chaotic balance of R&B grooves and freaky horn melodies, the Snacks have developed a sound acclaimed by most as "just nasty!"Nasty Snacks is a collective of musicians from various musical projects featuring vocalist Catherine Poulos (From Tha 99, Lighten Up), guitarist Ryan Gac (Soul Vendor), bassist Martin Farrelly (Soul Vendor), guitarist Colin Fahey (How Far to Austin), keyboard scientist Anthony Perry Jr. (How Far to Austin), drummer Steven Rutledge (Woo Park), trumpeters Scott Hoecker and Caleb Mitchell (Soul Vendor), and saxophonist Sean Packard (all-around badass).
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Sat, Sep 5 - 9pm - $10
Formed in the basements of Urbana in 2011, indie rock group A Cool Hand has undergone several metamorphoses to become the 5 piece operation it is today. Drawing from diverse musical influences, they combine energetic rock with group harmonies into a delicious ham and cheese sandwich.
Sparkling songcraft. Unbridled inspiration. Disciplined arrangements. PUSH/PULL, the forthcoming release from Champaign-Urbana, IL indie stalwarts Elsinore is a creative triumph by a band that cannot be discouraged. What’s their secret? Elsinore’s sunny secret is that they are part pop quartet, part lemonade stand. When life as a band, bootstrapping themselves out of the Midwestern mud into the limelight, gives them lemons, they make lemonade. Cool, cool, sweet lemonade. With the help of innumerable friends, mentors, allies, and like-minded experts—and without surrendering to the lure of the tortured artist “sad bastard” complex—they’ve taught themselves to be a fully professional band in an industry that doesn’t often smile on third-coast upstarts. Lemons. The four met at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. It’s okay if you haven’t heard of it. Ryan Groff, Mark Woolwine, Dave Pride, and Chris Eitel clicked, and, wasting no time, immediately recorded and released the 2004 EP Harmonic Impulsion.
Stereospeak is an established Chicago indie 6-piece. The band has evolved considerably since its inception in 2009, when guitarist/vocalist Mike Mitzner and drummer Logan Ortega began collaborating musically. The band has featured many members over the years but is now made up of Mitzner, Ortega, Marlon Lang (keys/guitar/vocals), Brendan Bunce (guitar/vocals), Tim Gauntner (Bass), and Peter Kourkouvis (Saxophone/Percussion)
Boss Fight is a group of four guys who honestly each believe they are the worst member of the band, and that the other three are geniuses who more than make up for whatever damage they cause. The result is a group of friends who have the time of their lives when they play together, and wouldn't trade it for anything. We hope you enjoy it half as much as we do.
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Tue, Sep 8 - 8pm - $15adv/$18door
Many drummers come to mind who've had a hand in raising the bar - leading by example with faster chops, innovative use of the instrument, more complex rhythms, more creative phrasing, and in general, inspiring a new generation of drummers. But few have turned as many heads as Virgil Donati. - Stick It Magazine, Feb. 1998. Virgil was born and raised in Melbourne Australia. From the time he could barely utter a word, he keenly observed the regular band rehearsals his father held in the house. Virgil’s interest in music and instinct for rhythm had been apparent to his parents for some time. They began considering a musical path for him, and one month prior to turning 3, he found himself sitting behind his first real drumset. Joining his first rock band and signing with his first major label at age 15 was surely the right choice for the young drummer. The band was called `Taste’. This was to give Virgil his early experiences in the studio, with three releases by the band. The relentless touring also allowed him to cultivate and improve his skills where it counts – on stage. At the age of 16, Virgil turned pro to enable him to tour and focus on music, and has since devoted his whole life and soul to his art. The motivation has been his endless and restless pursuit to express himself through his playing. At age 19 Virgil traveled to the U.S. to further study drumming, and also took classes in composition and arranging. Returning to Australia at age 21 his career was alight. He was in demand playing many genres of music, including jazz, rock, pop, theatre and studio work. He also worked with many visiting artists, including jazz pianist George Cables, vocalist Mark Murphy, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland, Melissa Etheridge. His next taste of commercial success came in the early 90’s with Southern Sons. The band reached double platinum with their debut album. At the same time, throughout the mid 80’s and 90’s, Virgil’s interest in progressive music was exploited with several bands he initiated, most notably Loose Change, and later, On The Virg. In 1996 Virgil uprooted and relocated in the U.S.A., in an attempt to expand onto the world stage. It has since proved to be a very rewarding and productive time. Recording and touring with the likes of Planet X, Steve Vai, CAB, Scott Henderson, Steve Walsh, Tribal Tech, Frank Gambale, Derek Sherinian, Mark Boals, Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Josh Stone, and many others, he continues to push the limits of the instrument to astonishing new levels.
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Fri, Sep 11 - 8pm - No Cover
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It is easy to understand the return of the Hailu Mergia to the world of music as one of the most unlikely comebacks of the last few years: The keyboardist was a major star in 1970es Ethiopia, presiding over the country's leading instrumental ensemble Walias Band, which worked restlessly on the Addis Ababa hotel circuit and jammed with luminaries like Duke Ellington and Manu Dibango. In 1981 members of Walias including Hailu used the first ever US tour of an Ethiopian music group to escape the dictatorial Mengistu regime. Since then Hailu has been a resident of the Washington DC area, spending most of his recent years as a cab driver at the capital's Dulles Airport and playing only privately. Enter Brian Shimkovitz of Awesome Tapes From Africa, who came across "Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument", an obscure 1985 cassette, in a music store in Ethiopia, tracked down the old maestro and reissued it: This charming tape has both a nostalgic feel as well as a futuristic dimension. On the back of this reissue, Hailu started to play live again - In Europe backed by a hard-to-beat rhythm section made up from two leading Australian improvisors living in Berlin: Tony Buck (drums) is involved in a diverse array of projects but probably best known as a member of the genre-bending cult band The Necks. Mike Majkowski on double bass has come to acclaim with his imaginative solo performances and for his sideman work for Peter Brötzmann and Han Bennink. Together the trio explores the deep, liquid and hypnotic qualities of Hailu Mergia's music, while not forgetting to throw in some defty bits of funk now and then. Hailu Mergia With Tony Buck & Mike Majkowski's recent concerts included festival appearances at Villette Sonique in Paris, Le Guess Who in Utrecht, Austria's sympathetic Konfrontationen and at Hamburg's Überjazz as well as club shows pretty much all over Europe from Lisboa to Helsinki.In October 2014, Awesome Tapes From Africa reissued Walias Band's "Tche Belew" (1977), the much sought after holy grail of Ethio Jazz which has been selling on Ebay for astronomical sums up to 4.000 US $. This album became revered by record collectors around the world particularly due to stand-out track “Musicawi Silt”: With its unique groove and angular melody, this is one of the most seminal tunes in the Ethiopian popular music cannon and has been covered numberless times.
Since arriving in the US from his native Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the foremost percussionists in the world. His endless sonic curiosities and intense rhythmic drive have spurred collaborations with myriad luminaries, from Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock and John Zorn to Yo-Yo Ma, Phish lead-singer Trey Anastasio, and Medeski Martin & Wood. Baptista’s quartet, Banquet of the Spirits, embodies the Brazilian philosophy of anthropofagia, or cultural cannibalism. Featuring some of the most exciting musicians in the avant-world scene, this is a joyous, ever-surprising celebration of the adventurous sounds these exceptional players have collected and consumed over the years. Writes All About Jazz: “a diversity of sounds and colors that can't be found anywhere else. This is global exotica of a kind so wonderfully weird and cool that it's a must-listen.”
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Sun, Sep 13 - 8pm - No Cover
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Terakaft (meaning "caravan" in Tamasheq) is a genuine desert rock band, sculpted by the pure searing air and the endless rolling sands of the Sahara. The stark, harsh conditions of the Sahara have permeated their wild riffs, and as a result Terakaft are the perfect embodiment of all that is wild and free in desert blues today. They have taken the electric guitar and made it their own. Terakaft was formed in 2001 by Sanou Ag Ahmed, then based in Kidal, Mali with Kedou Ag Ossad. Kedou was a member of the original line-up of Tinariwen (four of Kedou’s compositions are embodied on their first international release "The Radio Tisdas Sessions"). Liya Ag Ablil (aka Diara), Sanou’s uncle, joined the band in 2006. Diara was also an original member of Tinariwen and was known for his fierce and passionate style of rock’n’roll guitar playing. He played with Tinariwen for almost 20 years, but stepped back just before Tinariwen started touring internationally. He’s still a close friend of Ibrahim "Abaraybone" Ag Alhabib, and played on Tinariwen’s last album "Imidiwan : Companions" (as did Sanou and Abdallah of Terakaft). Terakaft recorded their first studio album "Bismilla, The Bko Sessions" in four days at the legendary Bogolan Studios in Bamako, Mali. Following its release, Terakaft went on their first European tour in Spring & Autumn of 2007 with its line-up of the time : Sanou, Kedou, Diara and Rhissa Ag Oghram on the bass. Terakaft’s second album, "Akh Issudar" was produced by Jean-Paul Romann (Tinariwen, Lo’Jo) and released in 2008. Rhissa, who had left the band prior to the recording, was replaced in 2008 by Jean- Louis Livenais (of Akeikoi). Terakaft also released an EP of live recordings in 2008, which is a record of Kedou’s last gigs prior to his departure from the band. Kedou left Terakaft in 2008 as he preferred to remain in the desert, and Diara stepped in as leader of the band. The band were then joined by Abdallah Ag Ahmed, Sanou’s younger brother, making Terakaft a true family band. Abdallah became the bass player of the band. In 2009, Mahamad Moha (aka Tohandy) joined the band on percussion for one year. He was replaced in 2010 by Mathias Vagunez (also of Akeikoi). This line-up will be completed in 2011 with a Touareg percussionist. Terakaft’s roster of songs were mainly written by Diara and Inteyeden Ag Ablil, Diara’s brother. Inteyeden was a Touareg legend and he and Ibrahim "Abaraybone" Ag Alhabib, were co-founders of Tinariwen. Inteyeden passed away in 1994, but his influence is still felt and heard today in the music of Tinariwen and Terakaft. The more modern sounding Terakaft tracks have been written by Diara, Sanou and Abdallah and have a more "pop" sound in the true sense that it is "popular" music, listened to and sung every day by Tamasheq youth. Terakaft are a band that must be seen live. The perfect mix of two rhythm guitars (one keeping the beat effortlessly, the other soaring and sweet) and the deep tones of the bass, bringing to mind the delicate but strong steps of a camel making its way through the wastelands, will send you on a journey to the deepest heart of the desert, from which you’ll never want to return. The heavy, pulsating heartbeat of the percussion holds everyone together and completes the sound of Terakaft.pulsating heartbeat of the percussion holds everyone together and completes the sound of Terakaft.
Tangleweed is a band of four forward-looking musical reactionaries from Chicago, Illinois. They play acoustic Americana music. Their fourth full-length record, Please Punch Richard For Me, is out now. Their previous CDs, Most Folk Heroes Started Out As Criminals, Where You Been So Long? and Just a Spoonful, have received glowing reviews and airplay in 22 countries.
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Tue, Sep 15 - 8pm - $7
Aspen Hourglass is a classical fusion rock band. This slightly self-labeled genre came about by necessity, as the band struggled to find a genre in which to compare itself. Combining classical piano, slap/tap guitar techniques, bass synth, trapset, and lush vocals, Grayson Erhard, Elvin Holderfield, and Sean Hanson have created a unique tapestry of sound – melding their fondness for composition and expression with their desire to meaningfully connect with audience members. Largely against clichés, Aspen Hourglass unintentionally formed inside of a garage in 2012. After various instrumental experimentation, a three-piece sound was chosen. The imagery and concept behind the name “Aspen Hourglass” illustrates change in time, color, transition, impermanence and the geography of their home – Colorado. A paramount intent of the band is to grow the community and group as organically as possible through live performances, benefits, and opportunities to fellow artists. The band was chosen by PopVulture Magazine in March 2013 to become a Headline Artist in their physical and online magazine. They have also been featured on the cover of Colorado Music Buzz’s October 2013 issue and selected as an “Artist to Watch” in 2014, chosen as the “Artist of the Month” by Callywood Radio in December 2013, had multiple features in Colorado State University’s Collegian, an article in SwitchOn!’s global physical and online magazine, a full-page written in the February 2014 edition of Scene Magazine, and multiple full-page articles in Fort Collins Magazine. The band is also on regular rotation with numerous radio stations globally. Aspen Hourglass has opened for many national acts such as: The Flobots, Passafire, Barcelona, Matthew Santos, This Must be the Band, Miguel Dakota, and Darling Parade. They have also played at many of the region’s largest entertainment venues. In 2015, the band released their debut EP, “Navigate”, and have appeared in many of Colorado’s main media outlets from Boulder Daily Camera’s Second Story Garage to the Denver Loft Sessions. Aspen Hourglass just recently performed at the renowned SXSW festival in Austin, TX for the Colorado Music Party to a packed house and will also be involved in some of Colorado’s biggest festivals and venues: Taste of Fort Collins, Captiol Hill’s People’s Fair, and Denver Day of Rock.
In a pop music landscape dominated by the guitar, a piano-fronted rock band is bound to stand out—and Nonpronto does just that. Not since Ben Folds Five has a piano trio brought such creativity and energy to the art of songwriting. Since forming in Chicago in 2012, they’ve released two EPs: Nonpronto (2013) and Like Sh*t (2014) and one full length album: Unready (2015). The piano driven power trio has made a name for themselves in the Chicago music scene with their energetic live performances and their unique brand of catchy, melodic pop music. Heartfelt lyrics and hummable hooks are the hallmarks of Nonpronto's sound.
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Wed, Sep 16, 2015 - 8pm - $10
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Thu, Sep 17 - 8pm - $7
One-Way Charlie is a post/math rock group based out of the NWI/Chicago.
Starting at Columbia College Chicago in September 2012. Taking influence from Ramones, R.E.M., Green Day, Black Flag, Nirvana and a healthy dose of punk music in general. Overclocked released it's first EP, "Wound Up" on February 17th 2014. Followed by their debut full length release "Pardon Our Dust" on June 30th 2015
Swellshark isa Chicago-based band consisting of Henry Kellam, Shélan O'Keefe, and various instrument companions.
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Fri, Sep 18 - 8pm - No Cover
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Karolina Cicha is a singer-songwriter. One-woman-orchestra. She plays many instruments at once and sings using vocal techniques that she developed herself. Her career started with solo concerts. The live album “Karolina Cicha / Koncert” is a document of that period. In 2009 she started a band and that’s when her adventure with rock music began. First, she recorded two tracks for “GAJCY” – an album of musical interpretations of the poems of Tadeusz Gajcy (published by Warsaw Uprising Museum). According to the “Interia” website ranking, her song "Miłość bez jutra" (“Love with no tommorow”) was one of the ten best polish rock songs of 2009: Since then she has published two albums: “DO LUDOŻERCÓW” (with lyrics of Tadeusz Rożewicz) and “WAWA2010.PL”, a collection of songs about Warsaw, where she sang duets with stars of the polish alternative scene (Tomasz Budzyński, Tymon Tymański, Jorgos Skolias, Mamadou, Olaf Derglasoff, "Titus" of Acid Drinkers, Czesław Mozil and others). "MIĘKKIE MASZYNY" was the third album in her discography – and the first to include some of her own lyrics. In 2013 with Bart Pałyga she published "9 Languages" album with the traditional songs in languages spoken by people living in North-east of Poland: Alongside her music, she has also worked regularly in the theatre. Between 2007 and 2009, she played and sung the title roles in “Electra” and “Ifigenia in A…” by “Gardzienice” Theatre (direction W. Staniewski) - performances based on reconstructions of antique music. She has one prizes at some of the most prestigious festivals in Poland and abroad. She won the Grand Prix at the Student Song Festival in Krakow, the second prize at the Actor's Song Review in Wroclaw, and the first prize at the Chansonsfestival in Koln, Germany. In 2013 She won GRAND PRIX and Audience Prize on "New Tradition - Polish Radio Folk Festiwal" organized by Polish Radio. In 2014 polish Ministry of Culture and NAtional Heritage gave her the prestigue grant called "Młoda Polska" to develop a digital instrumentarium. She has a PHD in humanities (history of literature).
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Mon, Sep 21 - 8pm - $10
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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Wed, Sep 23 - 8pm - $10
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
Alice Drinks the Kool Aid is a Blues-based Chicago Indie Rock Band founded in a Park Ridge basement in 2014 as a creative outlet for three life-long musician friends. The Drummer, Jim Widlowski, is a top session player in the city and has anchored many of the Broadway production that have come to the City over the last 20 years. The Bassist, Alan Berliant, is a peerless performer who makes his living as a composer of commercial music of all styles. The guitar and vocal responsibilities are managed by Tony Magee, the founder of The Lagunitas Brewing Company. The band's original material is written and arranged by all three members in congress and draw from the deepest free jazz and the most fundamental influences in rock and blues. Alice Drinks the Kool Aid is groove-oriented Indie-Blues-Rock for people who love music performed by people who feel the same!
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Fri, Sep 25 - 9pm - $10
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.
As a Chicago-based soul and funk band, Fat Time was a mainstay of the local scene from its inception in 1996 until 2003. During its existence, Fat Time released two full-length albums, Blue Window and Pure, that established its unique sound: deep grooves complemented by elements of Latin, neosoul, and rock. For one night only, the lineup that recorded the Pure album will reunite in a celebration of their music, the Chicago scene, and the people who came along for the ride. All of the band's musicians--Derek Henderson, drums; Eric Sittner, bass; Andy Cutting, percussion; Delby Littlejohn, keyboards; Scott Leff, guitar and vocals; and Marqueal Jordan, sax and vocals--have stayed active in the ensuing years, with Jordan earning the reputation (thanks in part to stints in national and local acts, including Tributosaurus) as one of the most electrifying performers in the city. These elements and an unbeatable bill featuring DJ INC and headliner Bumpus make this a night not to be missed.
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Sat, Sep 26 - 9pm - $10
Murley has been a part of the Chicago music scene since 2005, performing at nearly every city venue and countless city festivals in the Chicagoland area. Fusing blues, rock, and never turning away from a deep-groove jam, their music has been featured in independent films, podcasts, station IDs, and on the area’s largest FM radio station 93.1 WXRT. All members hail from the northwest suburbs, and come from families with rich musical histories. Guitarists Scott Burdsall and Ryan Curtis, drummer David Wilson, and bassist Herf Yamaya have played hundreds of shows over the 10 year history of the band, and many more as regular gigging musicians on the scene. In 2015 they return to the studio to record the follow-up to their 2014 EP release “Missing Time”, and begin a #MurleyMondays campaign to keep all their followers in the loop on what’s happening with the band.
My name is Herf Yamaya, and I am Mother Mary and the Ritual Sadness. As an iteration of the self, MMATRS /ˈmæ-tərs/ is the sensory internalized and made tangible again through performance, music, and word. Influences range from Catholicism to Buddhism, and include messengers like Emerson, Gandhi, Vonnegut, Cobain and Robert Kennedy. Life is accentuated by terrifying love and awesome pain, but ratified by the determination to rise in spite of them. Some say the world is a reflection of our thoughts. If so, then MMATRS is an experiment in which that reflection is digested and fed back into itself.
Will Post is a singer, composer, pianist, and creative entrepreneur from Chicago, Illinois. Post started playing piano and writing songs when he was four years old, and through the years has honed his taste and talents in nearly every way possible, from orchestras to a cappella groups, Carnegie Hall to Warped Tour, and everywhere in between. Post feels most at home when combining his classical sensibilities with the ethos of the current moment, creating work that serves the now and launches itself into the future, toward eternity. In early 2014, Post released his solo record, Panthenon, an otherworldly concept album four years in the making. Vulnerable and relatable, this sonic masterpiece follows a cinematic arc through space and time—a hero’s journey mirroring Post’s own path which has left him poised to take his solo performance art to worlds unknown.
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Fri, Oct 2 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Sharing a common love of music and life on the road, Fruition were originally brought together by the lure of adventure. For the last six years, the Portland, Ore. string infused quintet has racked up the miles playing sold out shows in their adopted hometown and garnering new fans across the country. Fruition released Just One of Them Nights in 2013 and it’s an album that finds the band tackling the many struggles and successes that come along with living a vagabond lifestyle and the search for artistic clarity. Fruition have become arduous road warriors traveling the country and showcasing their adventures and experiences through song. In 2011, Fruition recorded the EP It Won't Be Long. Soon after, the group's three prominent songwriters, Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek and Mimi Naja, discovered they had penned over forty tunes. The band knew it was time for the next level of their journey - to create a top-notch album recorded in a professional recording studio and capturing their foot-stomping, high-energy string-infused songs. The only hitch... where was a nomadic group of independent musicians going to find the funds to create this high caliber album? The answer came in the form of a successful Kickstarter campaign in which Fruition surpassed their goal of $20,000 through the help of diehard fans, friends, and family. Though Just One of Them Nights captures a breadth of musical styles, it debuted at #11 on Soundscan’s Bluegrass chart. The album was recorded at Old School Studios in Casper, CA on Highway 1 and features eleven original songs. The first single from the album, “Mountain Annie,” has become an Americana classic and garnered steady airplay at SiriusXM’s JamOn. The song’s steady gait and memorable melody hook audiences on first listen while Jay Cobb’s lyrics address longing for a lover who is no longer present. On Kellen’s “Blue Light,” the band ventures into electric Rock 'n Roll territory and quickly transitions into a traditional country rhythm without missing a beat. “Blue Light” features exuberant solos from Jay on guitar and Mimi on mandolin offering fans a taste of what’s in store for fans at the band’s live shows. “The Wanter,” penned by Mimi, the band erupts into a classic bluegrass inferno of fast and furious string picking showcasing their skill as well as some of their influences. And on “Get In” the band slow it down a notch capture the mood of swimming in a languid ocean. The track sounds both fresh and familiar peppered with three-part harmonies and Mimi on mandolin. Over the years, Fruition have toured with or collaborated with members of Railroad Earth, ALO, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival and The Head and The Heart. They've thrilled audiences at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit and All Good Music Festival, and played for packed rooms at Portland, OR’s Crystal Ballroom, Boulder, CO’s Fox Theater, San Francisco’s Fillmore as well as the Great American Music Hall, Boston, MA’s Brighton Music Hall and more. With no signs of slowing down, the band takes each day as it comes. From broken down vans and whiskey shots, to the lovers and loved-ones who check-in through the miles, at the end of the day it's Just One of Them Nights for this talented bunch who are experiencing a radiant present and looking towards an even brighter future.
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Fri, Oct 9 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
Anyone familiar with the Pimps of Joytime live experience knows the feeling—it’s that moment when a deep bluesy groove morphs into a full-on EDM dance beat, or the sensation when the wide-eyed audience collectively elevates in sync with the band’s tangible energy.On Jukestone Paradise, the Pimps of Joytime raise the bar with swagger to spare, crafting ten cohesive songs that ring out like the soundtrack for a ride through the diverse Brooklyn neighborhood where their sound materialized. Pulling from lead guitarist and singer Brian J’s deep discography of influences, the creation of Jukestone Paradise began a decade ago, when he penned anthems like “Sky” and “Freedom Dancer,” all the way up to the album’s studio recording sessions.You might accurately call the Pimps of Joytime a ‘post-genre’ band; they’re a group whose sound—even within a single song—mirrors the diversity of our era’s musical tastes. “It’s a sonic tapestry that’s representative of this time and place that we live in,” says Brian J. That’s where the Pimps excel, by mashing up ‘70s funk tones with modern dance beats, mixed with original samples creating their mosaic sound. For listeners weary of today’s DJ culture but eager to dance with abandon, the Pimps of Joytime are the antidote.
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Sat, Oct 17 - 9:30pm - $12adv/$15door
BoxGangstagrass Biography.pdf Download (76.9 KB)Sign upLog inGANGSTAGRASSBlending bluegrass and hip-‐‐hop may seem like an unlikely recipe for success, but don’t tell that to Rench, the mastermind behind the Emmy-‐‐nominatedbluegrass/hip-‐‐hop outfit Gangstagrass. Back when Rench was in grade school, recess was a time for breakdancing on cardboard to RUN-‐‐DMC. But at home, his parents were playing Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash records on the stereo. That musical mash up made a lasting impression on Rench, which he finally put to good use after spirited him on a journey to play country-‐‐flavored hip-‐‐hop at venues all over the globe.After settling in Brooklyn, Rench started recording MCs at Rench Audio Studios, his home studio. The rappers may have thought their sessions were finished, but Rench continued to experiment, combining the vocal tracks with samples of bluegrass, blues, and electronic beats. The result was a genre-‐‐demolishing blitz called Rench Presents: Gangstagrass. When it became available as a free download on the internet, people took notice fast. It started with a posive mention on the influential blog BoingBoing.net. The acclaim earned Gangstagrass hundreds of thousands of downloads and an intenseunderground buzz was created. But that wasn’t the end of it. The executives at FX Network also liked what they heard and licensed a Gangstagrass track for use on a commercial for their new western crime series, Justified, starring Timothy Olyphant. Eventually, they asked Rench to create an original theme song for the show, so Rench brought in bluegrass session players to lay down an original track for rapper T.O.N.E-‐‐z, the younger brother of early hip-‐‐hop legends Special K and T-‐‐LaRoc. The resulting track was “Long Hard Times To Come” and it has opened everyepisode of the TV series since it premiered in March 2010. The same cast of musicians was later used to record the first official Gangstagrass album, “Lightning On The Strings, Thunder On The Mic.” Justified became an instant hit and “Long Hard Times To Come” earned Gangstagrass an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. FX licensed “Give It Up,” another Gangstagrass track with T.O.N.E-‐‐z, to promote the second season of the show. That exposure boosted album sales, created tens of thousands of Gangstagrass facebook fans and set the stage for the band’s second effort Rappalachia. As Rench explains: “The record is a shout out to Appalachia, the cradle of bluegrass culture. It’s rooted in the sounds of traditional mountain music and presents Gangstagrass as a band with independent existence, not just one sound tied to a TV show.” All told, Rappalachia fortified both the hip-‐‐hop and bluegrass, bothsides of the Gangstagrass equation, taking the music to a whole new level of intense urban twang. GANGSTAGRASS is back with a new album, Broken Hearts and Stolen Money. Released on January 28th, 2014, the albums 12 tracks serve as evidence that the crossroads have moved North, where the dirt roads of Appalachian bluegrass meetthe sooty city streets of Brooklyn. Broken Hearts and Stolen Money sees GANGSTAGRASS delivering another innovative, hard-‐‐hitting, deeply soulful and always infectiously melodic record. Picking up where Rappalachia left off, the songs tackle the financial system’s breakdown, the take-‐‐it-‐‐or-‐‐leave-‐‐it, forward-‐‐stomping rambler’s plight, as well as their tried and true general badassery.
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Wed, Oct 21 - 8pm - $20
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It’s been the most spectacular of journeys, from a place in time when John Grant feared he’d never make music again or escape a life of addiction, to winning awards, accolades and Top 20 chart positions, and collaborating with Sinead O’Connor, Goldfrapp, Elton John and Hercules & Love Affair. The fact he subsequently won a Best International Male Solo Artist nomination at the 2014 BRITS alongside Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Drake, seemed like some fantasy dreamt up in a moment of outrageous hubris. Just months later, the BBC’s request for a session with symphony orchestra provided (subsequently released by Bella Union as John Grant And The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live in Concert), followed by Grant taking the Royal Northern Sinfonia on a UK tour, confirmed that it was simply the latest spectacular chapter in his personal and artistic renaissance.Now comes Grant’s third album, the invitingly titled Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, a veritable tour de force that further refines and entwines his two principal strands of musical DNA, the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut, fizzing electronic pop song.
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Sat, Oct 24 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Songs.Songs are the key. Miles Nielsen has been writing them for as long as he can remember. Good, bad, great- yeah he's covered all those bases.For some, music is something in the background, or in the corner of the bar, or merely something that lives on the other side of the dial- a magic diversion created to pass the time in the car. For Miles Nielsen, music is as much a part of his life as the act of taking a breath, every experience, every conversation, every dream is a potential song in the making.There are millions of people writing, recording and releasing music in today's world of immediate return. Learn three chords, turn on the computer and you have a worldwide release. There are very few, however, who are writing music that makes you immediately wish there was "more"- another song to make you turn up the volume , another nugget of melody or lyric that you can find some part of to make your own. Miles's songs provide that sense of yearning and ownership. You want to have another record, another song- you want to hit rewind...you want to know more about this world created in song by Mr. Nielsen. A captivating wordsmith, instrumentalist, and creator of hooks- rare indeed, but present in the person of Miles Nielsen.It would be hard to imagine that the years spent honing his craft throughout the bars and music halls of the Midwest, were not leading to something bigger, something permanent. His latest release, Miles Nielsen presents the Rusted Hearts certainly occupies a space of permanence- these songs are not mere throwaway pop songs- but, rather explorations and declarations of a mastery of style and substance, destined to fall into regular rotation on the turntables of fans new and old for years to come.What is next? Like with any other prediction- no one can say. Gifts like Miles's come along very infrequently, and one can only hope that his ability to be so "in the now" -listening for the songs spoken in the everyday world will continue to grow. Then maybe that "more" we are looking for, will be given to us via that very key we yearn for- ...through Songs.
Edward David Anderson is an artist as ancient as he is modern. In a time when the music business desperately flails about, grasping at any new trend that will save its sinking ship, he exists far outside its confines. Best known for his work with the revered Midwestern rock band Backyard Tire Fire who released a string of acclaimed albums in the previous decade, Anderson returns to the national stage with his highly anticipated solo debut, Lies & Wishes. Produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, it finds Anderson creating his own mythology through a collection of songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots. Anderson sings, "I'm the son of a plumber, from a God fearing mother." The lyric says much about where his story begins as an artist. He was born and raised just west of Chicago and lives a simple life, spending winters in an RV alongside the Gulf of Mexico in lower Alabama. Anderson's an American songwriter on an existential quest who seeks and who searches through song.
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