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Mon, Dec 22 - 8pm - $7
American Grizzly is a Rock & Roll band of sorts influenced by all things past, present, and future. From tube-screaming “noise rock” to the minimalist approach of rural American folk music, this band transcends any one genre and hits many of the stops along the musical landscape. Pairing well-crafted song writing with tasteful sonic euphoria and sometimes tones that elicit bouts of melancholy, American Grizzly creates music for current times. After years of shaping their craft in basements, garages, bowling alleys, and taverns, American Grizzly has heeded the call for original artistry with recordings and supporting their efforts with live performances. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the band is comprised of Matt Ladd on vocals, Jack Doyle and Dennis Wilson on guitars, Marty Funk on bass, and Owen Yanz on drums.
RON is in your earhole. Listen closely.RON is Ryan Behling,Scott Shellberg and Mike Maerz. On the recordings, unless otherwise noted, Ryan, Scott and Mike play all of the instruments. We play the Drums, Percussion, Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Acousitc Bass, Piano, Rhodes, Organ, Synth, Loops, Kaosilator, iPad, Acoustic Guitar, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Melodica, Coffee Can, Suitcase, Beer Bottles, our hands, Beat Box, and whatever else happens to be in the room at the time. All songs written by RON. In addition to RON's triumphant return to the stage, lead singer and keyboardist Ryan Behling will be celebrating his (gasp) 40th Birthday here at Martyrs', merely 5 days before the actual event. RON feels that this falls within the "Birthday Week" clause and will celebrate accordingly with the unparalleled awesomeness that only RON can delivery; hot and sloppy, ripe and spicy."
Marsh Green Friends is Chicago based musician Marshall Greenhouse performing compositions and improvisations both solo and in collaboration with other drummer friends including Greg Fundis, Drew Littell, Andrew Elbert and Quentin Shaw. Marsh Green Friends will fuse world percussion with modern technology and take rhythm and sound to a place way beyond normal.
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Tue, Dec 23 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Sat, Dec 27 - 9pm - $15
Both the late Levon Helm and the very much living Phil Lesh have used it to describe familial jam sessions with a roster of outstanding musicians. Cornmeal is keeping that tradition alive each winter in Chicago with what is being dubbed The Cornmeal Holiday Ramble.Back for its 3nd year in a row, Cornmeal will once again play host to a slew of some of the finest musicians the Midwest has to offer including members of Birds Of Chicago, local favorites Genome, The Heard, The Leadfoot Band and Miles over Mountains and more.The show will take place at Martyrs' on Saturday, December 27, 2014.Tis the season to gather round and celebrate life through music. We hope you join us!Check out images from the 2013 Ramble
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Tue, Dec 30 - 9pm - $12
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
Cody is a folk-singer’s folk-singer and a poet’s poet. He was born and bred in Delavan IL, population 25, surrounded by the endless skies of the American Midwest. Before moving to Chicago in 2003, Cody tried his hand at sessions in Nashville and carefully hewed and tested his art in college town bars and honky-tonks around the Midwest. He now plays regularly in the city and it’s not uncommon to see whole rooms full of strangers erupt and sing along to the choruses of his songs on their first listen (I’ve seen it happen). Cody’s voice is powerful and gritty, emotionally piercing while subtly imbuing additional layers of meaning and poignancy in his lyrical delivery. His song-writing is deeply rooted in the American Folk tradition and all of its grit but with a post Dylan sense of wit, perspicacity and that certain savior-faire. He didn’t go to college but he drank all of their beer.Every folk-singer has to migrate to the city, in a way it seems to be hidden in definition of a folk singer anymore. Cody has come to remind Chicago that it is in Illinois. And to remind the rest of the world that when Louis Armstrong redefined, some say invented the art of Jazz in the 1920′s he brought his Hot Fives to Chicago to do it. When Robert Johnson wanted to put his Mississippi Mud on wax, his hellhound chased him to Chicago to do it. And same like, Cody has come to Chicago to deliver what it needs, when it isn’t even sure itself. He is currently recording a collection of songs from his vast back-catalog and performing across the heartland.
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Wed, Dec 31 - 9pm - $12
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
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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Thu, Jan 1 - 9:30pm - $20
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Fri, Jan 2 - 9:30pm - $20
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Sat, Jan 3 - 7pm - $30
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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Monday, Jan 5 - 8pm - $7
The McLovins: Four piece project hailing out of Hartford, CT. These extremely talented young players and songwriters create a sound drenched in vocal harmonies, soaring melodic hooks, and a strong lyrical presence reaching far beyond their years. They generated a massive initial buzz and were actually named via the Phish Phantasy Tour and its fans. This helped launch the band to 1 MILLION + combined YouTube views, put them on Tom Marshall's radar who came on board to cowrite a few songs, and has them at 13,200 FaceBook fans and counting. Growing very quickly, The McLovins have developed markets throughout the SE and have secured high profile festival plays throughout the country.
In 2012, Robbie became the official Chicago Cubs pre-game entertainment, performing live at Wrigley Field's Captain Morgan Club.[7] On May 31, 2012 Robbie performed with Jamie Lono from NBC's The Voice and in front of 30,000 fans at Arlington Park on July 4, 2012. In addition to performing live, Robbie began recording his debut full length studio album with producer Oscar Salinas Castañeda. IMPACT was released on September 16, 2012. In 2013, Robbie performed with internet celebrity AJ Rafael[10] and was featured on a broadcast of Chicago-based Windy City LIVE singing backup vocals for his friend and Windy City LIVE host Ryan Chiaverini. Robbie also re-teamed with The IV Lab Inc. & producer Rollin Weary in June for his third album release titled, Stalling, which was released on December 1, 2013. On December 10, 2013 Robbie was featured on an episode of Comcast's Chicago-based TV show, Social Chicago.In 2014, Robbie has continued touring throughout the United States already performing live on The Mancow Morning Show and at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, Louisiana in late January. In March 2014, Robbie was again featured on a broadcast of Windy City LIVE and in May was featured on The Jordan Bernfield Show, a Chicago-based radio show. In September 2014, Robbie will perform the National Anthem at Wrigley Field.
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Tue, Jan 6 - 8pm - $7
Like a phoenix, from the ashes of a treehouse rises Miss Remember, a rock band from Chicago. Children of the rock and grunge era, Miss Remember is a brew of delicate melodies, intriguing harmonies and dirty guitars. Impressionistic male and female vocals contribute to this gritty musical machine, evoking a dichotomy of love and loathing. Each song has it’s own character that will make you move or stop you in your tracks. Miss Remember began as a band called Treehouse while studying music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2008 . What began as an acoustic student project has transformed into a harder electric sound brought forth by dedicated musicians who have honed their individual instruments and simply “strive to write goods songs". The sound has evolved away from previous acoustic roots into a, yet, truer amalgamation of the influences of each member: jim tashjian – guitar, vocals; leslie beukelman – vocals, guitar; martin stonikas – bass, percussion; pete tashjian – drums, percussion
Grood is super-colorful, extra-emotive rock and roll from Chicago. Grood used to be called Savvy, but had tochange its name due to copyright infringement. Grood = Savvy. Savvy = Grood.Besides writing and recording music, Grood has begun to be well known for its live shows. Once a year itperforms a brand new, one time only live performance called "The ACTual Show," where the fans' favorite songsare "acted" out on stage along with the music. This is a 30 performer, multimedia experience that usuallyleaves people scratching their heads, wondering what they just saw.All parts are written and recorded by Charlie Otto, lead singer of Talking Heads tribute "This Must be the Band."Besides pretending to be David Byrne, Charlie spends his time making original music with the help of his fellowThis Must Be the Band member, Kasey Foster (Redmoon Theater).For most of his music, Charlie also enlists the help of superstar drummer/producer Matt Walker (SmashingPumpkins, Garbage, Filter, Morrissey) and slick bass man Alan Berliant (Mavis Staples). They are great.Although Grood strongly suggests you listen to its music, it is also able to describe it, and here it goes:Almost every song is completely dierent from the song before, the only common thread being the groove.There is always a groove, whatever that is. The rhythm is danceable, the chords are lush, the words are images,the singing is thick, the forms are minimal, but there is always the lovely backbeat, because they like it. If thebackbeat is not there, just wait, it will be there soon.Grood generates an amazing amount of content, and you can always count on a new video or rough draftevery couple weeks. Its good stu, just go to the YouTube channel (youtube.com/GroodMusic).
James Manno and the B.O.Ts started as a house band for a comedy show playing "dork funk" and now they just get funky...and sweaty...and funky sweaty.
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Wed, Jan 7 - 8pm - $7
General Zod is an up and coming fresh face in the Chicago fusion scene, with the core members being Katherine Andrick (violin), Fred Krubel (guitar), Chris Clemente (bass), Paul Mutzabaugh (keys), and Frank Alongi (drums). Having violin as a lead instrument, General Zod is able to give their unique take on the compositions of the likes of Jean Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert, and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. They also are known to throw down on everything from Tony Williams to John Patitucci, as well as originals from the band members. With such a stellar cast of musicians, General Zod does not disappoint when throwing down on a set of face melting fusion!
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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Thu, Jan 8 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
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Fri, Jan 9 - 9:30pm - $18
“I feel like my brain is vibrating all day long,” says Reid Genauer, the singer/songwriter behind Assembly of Dust, discussing the band’s new album. “It’s hard to sleep, I’m so excited. I feel like Lex Luthor, or that Mike Myers character, Dr. Evil. I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs, dreaming up this demonic scheme, getting ready to release this germ on to the world.”While “demonic schemes” may not come to mind when you think of Assembly of Dust, Genauer’s post-Strangefolk crew since 2002, his band’s latest album does have the feeling of something remarkable being unleashed. The record, recorded over two years, showcases Genauer’s maturation as a songwriter, as evidenced both by the material and the all-star collaborations that dot all 13 tracks. It’s rare to hear something so massive in scope and ambition, and yet so intricate in the tiny details.
The Future Laureates’ forthcoming EP, Here and After, is a showcase of vibrant and mature songcraft. With the help of producer Chris Grainger (Wilco, Switchfoot, Sixpence None the Richer, and Kopecky Family Band), TFL has finally captured the unabashed energy of their live shows on record. The band delves into varied subject matter, ranging from an apocalyptic escape, to modern love songs, to a eulogy of Don Quixote, told from the perspective of his loyal servant. They also flex some new musical muscles, pulling from their influences in modern rock, classic pop, rhythmic folk, and 60’s soul. After six years of local and regional shows – highlighted by performances at SXSW and Summerfest, along with airplay on hundreds of college radio stations across North America – The Future Laureates are a band on the rise. They’ve shared crowds with the likes of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, hellogoodbye, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, and Dawes. With each of these performances, TFL has been exposed to artists who have achieved greater success and hold themselves to a higher standard than most. The result is a newfound confidence, earned through hard work, persistence, and ultimately, experience. Danny Surico, songwriter and co-frontman of the band, sums up the band’s outlook: “Now, more than ever before, we understand who we are and where we’re going.”
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Sat, Jan 10 - 9:30pm - $18
“I feel like my brain is vibrating all day long,” says Reid Genauer, the singer/songwriter behind Assembly of Dust, discussing the band’s new album. “It’s hard to sleep, I’m so excited. I feel like Lex Luthor, or that Mike Myers character, Dr. Evil. I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs, dreaming up this demonic scheme, getting ready to release this germ on to the world.”While “demonic schemes” may not come to mind when you think of Assembly of Dust, Genauer’s post-Strangefolk crew since 2002, his band’s latest album does have the feeling of something remarkable being unleashed. The record, recorded over two years, showcases Genauer’s maturation as a songwriter, as evidenced both by the material and the all-star collaborations that dot all 13 tracks. It’s rare to hear something so massive in scope and ambition, and yet so intricate in the tiny details.
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Sun, Jan 11 - 8pm - $15
Dale Watson is a country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.Although Dale has made his name as a Texas artist, he actually was born in Alabama. Moving to Houston as a teenager, his musical journey began right out of high school as he started playing clubs and local honky-tonks. In 1988, it led him to move to Los Angeles on the advice of rockabilly singer-guitarist Rosie Flores. He played in the house band at the legendary Palomino Club in Hollywood for a couple years and recorded a few singles before moving to Nashville to write songs for a publishing company run by Gary Morris (writer of such country/pop hits as “The Wind Beneath My Wings”). Commercial country did not fit the fiercely independent songwriter so Dale relocated to Austin, Texas where he got a record deal and wrote several songs poking fun at the industry side of Nashville, including “Nashville Rash” from his Hightone debut Cheatin’ Heart Attack and “A Real Country Song” from his 1996 follow-up Blessed or Damned.After making three albums with Hightone, Dale released The Trucking Sessions on Koch Records in 1998. Including 14 original driving songs, the album received high praise and caused critics to compare him to chart-topping writer Red Simpson, who was responsible for some of the most iconic trucking tunes in country music.Just two years after this success, Dale’s fiancee died in a car accident. As chronicled in the Zalman King documentary Crazy Again (2006), he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her loss and nearly died of an overdose. Dale then checked himself into a mental institution and left a year later, releasing his tribute album to her called Every Song I Write Is For You (2001). After recording a few more albums, he decided to take a break from touring and moved to Maryland to be closer to his daughters.Back in Texas and on the road in 2006, Dale has been trucking ever since and is now releasing his 20th album. His debut on indie label Red House Records, The Sun Sessions was recorded at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studios with The Texas Two (bassist Chris Crepps and drummer Mike Bernal) in the stripped-down style of Johnny Cash’s earliest recordings.Like the early country legends of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Dale has a style and sound all his own. Tattooed and always dressed to the nines, he is a true entertainer, mixing humor and pathos into his lively shows. Whether playing with his Texas Two or with his rocking band the Lone Stars, Dale is sure to take us on one hell of a musical ride.
Award-winning Girl of the Century, Working Girl with Guitar Rosie Flores has gone surfing, knifing her turquoise axe through some new uncharted musical waters. After a busy few years that found her nabbing a Peabody Award onstage at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for her narration of the documentary "Whole Lotta Shakin"; producing Janis Martin's soon to be released CD on Cow Island Records; and a multimedia Janis Martin Tribute that she created and performed at the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame this year, Rosie released Girl Of The Century (Bloodshot Records) and is half way into a brand spanking new CD, Working Girls Guitar.The new record marks a first for Rosie as she is the only guitar player, in addition to penning some new tunes that ride some new waves. Twanging between a rock and a surf place, Rosie fires up the big chord guns on songs that tell some hard earned tales. The title track is a chiming stomper that resonates with miles of grit, grace and determination; while “Yeah, Yeah”, a tribute to her late great fellow twang master Duane Jarvis, shines with a light that glows through the tears. Flores took flight in Southern California, and has been a major figure in the Los Angeles, Austin and Nashville music scenes – as well as in Europe and Japan. She added new pins to her world map when she played several big festivals in Australia last year (Port Ferry, Apollo Bay, Brunswick Festival) and tore it up the year before in New Zealand. Critical raves from prestigious publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Guitar Player magazine, an LA Weekly Music Award for Best Rockabilly Swing Artist, a 2007 cover story in the Austin Chronicle, and the proclamation of Rosie Flores Day in August 2006 by Austin Mayor Will Wynn was topped off by an induction into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2007. She was recently voted as one of the "Top 75 Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time" by Venuszine. After a stint with the cult cowpunk band Screaming Sirens, who recorded an album Fiesta, with Enigma and appeared as themselves in the films The Runnin’ Kind , and had cameo roles in The Vendetta and Reform School Girls. Signing with Warner's Reprise subsidiary in 1987 as a solo artist was her first major break. The label hoped to light up the country charts with a female version of Dwight Yoakam, and paired Flores with Yoakam's producer/guitarist Pete Anderson. The self-titled release spotlighted Flores as a stylish, fiery neo-traditional singer who played explosive guitar solos to match. The album yielded three singles, and "Crying Over You," earned Flores her first Billboard chart appearance. She was also the first female Latina country artist to ever enter the Billboard country charts. Early in her career while recording for Warner Bros. Records she was nominated for best "Horizon Artist" by the Academy of Country Music in California. She had a cameo role in River Phoenix's final film, A Thing Called Love in 1993. Yet it was 1995's Rockabilly Filly that received the most attention, because it reintroduced rockabilly pioneers Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin to audiences worldwide through their duets with Rosie and a successful 1995 tour with Jackson. Moreover, Flores's self-penned "You Tear Me Up" is arguably the best performance by a contemporary female rockabilly artist. She recorded more records including After the Farm, Once More With Feeling, Bandera Highway (HighTone), A Honky Tonk Reprise, Dance Hall Dreams (Rounder), Speed of Sound (Eminent), A Little Bit of Heartache (with Ray Campi, Watermelon), and Single Rose and Christmasville (Durango Rose Records). Rosie's solos recordings have found homes on both the Billboard and Gavin charts and are featured in seven motion pictures. Her revved-up performances from California to New York have won legions of fans and earned appearances on such nationally broadcast television programs as "Austin City Limits" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." She is currently appearing in the documentaries Every Night is Saturday Night: The Story of Wanda Jackson and Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice. Rosie toured Japan for the first time in 2007, and followed that with her 21st tour of Europe through Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, and Spain. She headlined at The Americana Festival UK 2008, held in Nottinghamshire Newark England. Endorsed by Fender at the 2008 NAMM in Anaheim, CA, Rosie was chosen to open a special show celebrating 65 Years of Fender along with Dick Dale, Billy Gibbons, Jimmy Vaughn and Cindy Cashdollar. With a new tour, new CD under way and trails of shiny accolades around her, Rosie Flores is taking on the future one swell wave at a time.
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Mon, Jan 12 - 8pm - $7
Tue, Jan 13 - 8pm - $7
It’s not very often that you hear about psychedelic pop music coming from Estonia, but that’s about to change. Tartu Popi ja Roki Instituut, (translated: Tartu Pop and Rock Institute) is from the university town of Tartu, Estonia. The eight-piece rock collective drew inspiration from their time spent growing up in the once Soviet governed country. The band's name intertwines their constantly evolving sense of musical experimentation with their hometown's esteemed scientific institutional history. Tartu Popi ja Roki Instituut’s retro-futuristic sounds teeter between lightness and darkness, control and chaos, and security and unease. Krautrock inspired guitar riffs, darts of fuzzy keyboards, mandolin, ukulele, sitar, horns, strings, and vocals reminiscent of The Free Design, all add to the organized harmony that can only be described as Biedermeier-Psychedelia. The album’s title refers to a period in Central Europe between 1815 and 1848 when the growth of the middle class led to a broadened sense of interest in the arts. Biedermeier-Psychedelia is the band’s first album sung in English.
The Symposium says,"We are 4 dudes in a bad mood, trying to make a change. We're from Wicker Park, Chicago"
Quinn Tsan is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago, IL. Classically trained in dance, Tsan relocated from Minneapolis in 2008 to pursue her interest in music and found her beginnings singing back-up for Joe Pug. After five years of experimentation with back-up singing for acts including Rachele Eve, Yoome, and Sima Cunningham, Tsan began playing her own music to receptive audiences and quickly went on to form a band with Chicago players Michael Golas (Exit Ghost), Tim Young (Passerines), and Raul Callejero (Kelsey Wild, Gia Margaret.)Tsan’s luxurious vocals and timeless poetic lyricism, built atop melancholic folk riffs, strike as “precise and painfully familiar” (-AZmosis), with a timbre comparable to Karen Dalton and versatile instrumentation resembling the softer sides of Sharon Van Etten or Mazzy Star. Tsan’s work is deeply personal and forges a profound connection between music and listener by eloquently portraying the veracity of the human experience.
Two Carolines is a female-fronted garage/indie rock band based in Chicago. What started as a project between two band members has grown into a solid four piece, who have played popular venues such as Cal’s, Quenchers, Township, and The Burlington Bar. Unique sounding with a wide variety of influences, Two Carolines has won over audiences both live and on-air, with recent radio play on WLUW. Two Carolines recorded/mixed their demo at Studio Fourty-One in Chicago with Ian Galloway, and mastering was done by Steve Corrao at Sage Audio.
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Wed, Jan 14 - 8pm -$10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, pairs a reader’s personal story about a First Time event with a song performance by house band, The First Time Three. This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song. The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song. Hosted by CHIRP DJ Jenn Sodini, past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Ian Belknap, Brian Babylon, Kelly Hogan, Erin Diamond and Ji Suk Yi. January's theme is First Time: First Chance and featured readers include: Freda Love Smith - formerly of The Blake Babies; Lily Be - Host; The Stoop; Tim Akimoff - Strange Brews podcast; Stubhy Pandav - Lucky Boys Confusion; Rick Joyce - Host; Collector's Edition; Ali Clayton - Comedian; Nicole Oppenheim - CHIRP DJ. The First Time series is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org.
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Thu, Jan 15 - 9pm - $10
As Greyhounds, guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell have been making music and touring for 15 years, refining and developing a sound Trube calls “Hall and Oates meet ZZ Top.” The band also has long ties to Memphis, home of the soul that inspires them.Ardent Music, the independent record label based out of legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, expects to build on the fanbase the band has developed both on the road and as a staple of the Austin music scene. Label director Reed Turchi says, “We committed to three albums not only because we believe in these guys, not only because they’re great musicians and songwriters, but because they’ve been incredibly prolific.” “We’re always writing,” Trube says. “We’ve got songs for eight albums.”Ardent has had a long and productive relationship with Texas music: Studio C was designed for ZZ Top, which called Ardent Studios home for many years, and Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan recorded Family Style in the famous brick building on Madison Avenue.The first ‘hounds out of the gate will be Accumulator, scheduled for a March 2014 release. The album will combine cream-of-the-crop tunes the band’s devoted followers pass along to the uninitiated with new, previously-unreleased tracks.
Willy Dynomite is an 11-piece, original soul band made up of Chicago's finest musicians. Co-led by Stella and Josh Therriault, Willy Dynomite draws influences from many musical genres to produce a new and exciting sound. From Funk to Blues, Afro to Cuban, Reggae to Swing... Willy Dynomite is the hot new thing!
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Fri, Jan 16 - 8:30pm - $10
Jonas Friddle & The Majority headline a musical tribute to the members of the Beatles. As winners of the John Lennon Songwriting Award, Jonas Friddle & The Majority have performed their favorite Beatles tunes at the world famous Abbey Road on the River Festival. January 16th they will bring that show back to Martyrs’ in Chicago for one night only.Jonas Friddle is a Chicago-based “orchestral folk” group is comprised of a string section, brass, organ, banjo and drums. Each member of the Majority boasts a strong personal music career with close ties to Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, where the band formed.Jonas Friddle’s passion for old-time style banjo from his native North Carolina leads to rhythmic and rolling compositions. Following the example of new folk groups like Crooked Still, Abigail Washburn and Old Crow Medicine Show, Jonas looks for a new take on an old sound.
Phil Angotti and Friends perform Paul McCartney's Band on the Run (and other hits)Phil Angotti has been singing Beatles all his lifemost notably as the Paul voice in Chicago's famous "Beatle Brothers"A strong solo performer, besides playing his own compositions- always known to pull out any Beatles/solo McCartney that is requested of him.....Phil has also performed with Brad and Graham Elvis (from the legendary Elvis Bros)and has fronted his own band for many years- and is well known for his unique pop voice,specializing in Lennon/McCartney and other 60s singer/songwriters.Phil has led his Macca band in several performances of Ram, and is now proud to present (with a little help from his friends)Paul's greatest solo album- Band on the Run!
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Sat, Jan 17 - 9:30pm - $8
In 2009, life long friends Greg Newton, Sean Paras, and Jimmy Shenk began writing and recording songs under the name, Save The Clocktower. What started as an experiment quickly expanded into something fresh and exciting. The band started writing, recording and performing at a prolific pace. By 2011, they released their first full-length album, “Carousel”, earning them the reputation as, “one of those acts you should be telling your friends about” [DeadJournalist.com]. By the summer of 2012, Save The Clocktower wrote, recorded, produced and released ten new songs for the album “Through The Glass”. Greg engineered and mixed the album, as he had done for the band’s previous releases. The band gained national attention when the album’s track “Like That” was featured on World Cafe: NPR and mtvU. “Fans of Back To The Future will hear something familiar in Chicago’s Save The Clocktower, whose sound, like the film it takes its name from, exists in both the ’80s and “the future.” That means sexy synth-pop leads, Daft Punk robotronics, Coldplay sentimentality and Exacto-knife production.” - Milwaukee Magazine
Moon formed in 2010 when drummer Chris Schneberger found guitarist/singer David Azizinamini and bass player Pat LaRose. The three immediately found a chemistry and interest in crafting songs that were both challenging and accessible. After a year, Moon began playing shows at clubs around Chicago. In 2012 they teamed with Mike Hagler of Kingsize Sound Labs to mix and master their debut full-length, “Finding and Losing the Light”. Since then shows have included being support for bands like Sleepy Sun (San Francisco), The Hounds Below (Detroit), Blood Red Shoes (UK), and Kinski (Seattle). Moon has headlined several local band showcases including a special solo show at Cobra Lounge sponsored by Vic’s Drum Shop. In 2013 Moon released their follow-up EP, “Always Summer”. Chris Shen has replaced Pat on bass after he left for New York City. Moon's second full-length album is being recorded at Kingsize Sound Labs and should be released in June of 2014. Moon is heavy, melodic, spacious, majestic, propulsive, dark, rock. Moon is chiming echo-laden guitar, post rock bass, propulsive drumming, shifting time signatures, and haunting, ethereal vocals. Sonic reference points might include Sunny Day Real Estate, Circa Survive, Mogwai, Porcupine Tree, Rush.
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Mon, Jan 19 - 7pm - No Cover
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In January of 2002, our beautiful friend Gwen Sale introduced us to and hosted a Burns Supper here at Martyrs'. We carry on the tradition, complete with haggis, pipes, tunes, poems, toasts to the lassies and theimmortal memory of our favorite Scot, Gwen, and Robert Burns, every year on the Monday before Burns Night.
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Thu, Jan 22 - 8pm - $10
Androgynous Mustache is an ever-evolving and revolving tuneful posse uniting infrequently to explore the "forgotten" artists and albums of rock. A conglomeration of local rock and jazz vets, this musical chameleon has been a chronic inhabitant of the now famous Halloweekends for almost a decade. With progressively taunting guitar lashes, gorgeously haunting bass ventilations, syrupy yet pedantically keys, unyieldingly steadfast pulsations on drums and lusciously divine and sultry vocals, A.M. makes even the casual melodious observer blush with enticing and imaginative harmonious reverie.
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Fri, Jan 23 - 9pm - $10
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, alternative folk band from Chicago, The Way Down Wanderers, not only draw listeners in with their energy and originality but also captivate fans with their unique and touching story; Banjo player, Ben Montalbano and fiddle/mandolin player, Collin Krause, are half brothers who met each other for the first time 5 years ago. The two were shocked to find that not only were they both pursuing careers in music, but that they were each drawn to the same genres. In addition to their unexpected brotherly collaboration, the other band member's dramatically diverse backgrounds in bluegrass, jazz, classical, rap and the spoken word, blend together to form unique harmony vocals, soaring instrumentals, lively dynamics and standout melodies.
Hot on the heels of their critically-acclaimed sophomore release, Last Good Standing, Chicago-based Sure Fire Groove is poised to scratch out a niche for itself in the Windy City's burgeoning music scene. Backing up their rich three-part vocal harmonies with complex arrangements and adroit musicianship, Sure Fire Groove has been compared to the Doobie Brothers and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young by Richard Milne of 93XRT. Behind increasing radio play on regional and college radio stations, Sure Fire Groove is amassing a fervent fan base in Chicago and throughout the Midwest as a hard-hitting, powerful live act with deep roots steeped in The Band, Little Feat, and The Grateful Dead.
Sanctified Grumblers debut CD "no lie" will be available in Late February / early March. The recording features Grumblers founders Eric Noden and Rick "Cookin" Sherry along with both of the bands bass players Beau Sample on upright bass and Mike Hogg on sousaphone. Special guests include Jim Becker (Califone and Iron & Wine) as well as Jazz drummer/composer Mike Reed. Tom V. Ray ( bassist with Neko Case and Jakob Dylan) plays banjo and uke on the CD and contributed 2 of his own tunes to the project.
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Mon, Jan 26 - 8pm -$8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Jan 27 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Thu, Jan 29 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
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Toby Lightman’s new release “Know Where I’m From” is made up of acoustic versions of many her hit songs such as “Devils and Angels”, Slippin” and “Front Row”. This record follows Toby’s first independently released album, “Let Go” on her own T Killa Records. She has also had two Atlantic Records releases, 2004's "Little Things" and 2006's "Bird On A Wire". She's toured the country extensively, having appeared with such artists such as Rob Thomas, Jewel, James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Marc Cohn, and on one memorable evening, Prince. Toby’s national TV performances include the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC's Today Show, and CBS' Second Cup, among many others. Toby was seen every week singing the opening theme song for NASCAR on Fox broadcasts and her title track “Let Go” was heard during the extensive Home Shopping Network TV/Radio campaign as well as ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and Dirty Sexy Money. One of Toby’s newest songs, “Colors”, part of the Hard Rock Café compilation SERVE3, was featured in an issue of People Magazine as the HOT DOWNLOAD of the week. She has currently gotten licenses in such movies as PS I LOVE YOU, 17 AGAIN, and THE FACTORY due out next year. Toby is scheduled to release “Know Where I’m From” and tour extensively in June 2010, including performing with the Lilith Fair.
You may hear familiar elements in newcomer Claire Stahlecker’s music, but it doesn’t take long to realize the music is hers alone. The Chicago singer/songwriter’s audience is growing quickly as she hits a sweet spot with her soul-infused urban folk tales of life and love. Beginning with a thoughtful acoustic guitar canvas, Claire writes and delivers her songs like a seasoned old soul, embodying the spirit of classic blues and jazz artists while incorporating the influence of contemporaries like Colbie Callait, Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones. At age 27, Claire possesses a confidence—and irreverence—that radiates from her songs that leaves you convinced she’s lived and learned from a few lifetimes already. While studying music composition and performance at Columbia College Chicago, Claire’s songwriting caught the attention of Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones) with whom she worked side by side with in producing her single, “Never Stop Lovin’ You.” While supporting the likes of Buddy Guy, Shawn Colvin, Greg Laswell, Dave Barnes and Joan Osborne, Claire has also made a name for herself in the jingle world singing in a handful of national commercials. Following the success of her first acoustic EP, A Little Piece of Heaven, Claire quickly returned to the studio and released Plastic Heart, a handful of carefully crafted pop songs that can be sure to resonate with every listener personally. For future performance schedules and updates, check out www.ClaireConstance.com.
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Fri, Jan 30 - 9pm - $15
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Irelands Choice Music Prize Award Winner for ‘Song Of The Year’ Hotpress - One To Watch - "the fresh-faced soul machine possesses the power to hush a room purely with the sound of his voice.” Entertainment.ie - "Stand out voice, that falsetto just dazzles. One to watch, for sure” state.ie - "His voice is absolutely astounding” Twenty two year old Dubliner singer songwriter, Gavin kicked off 2013 with two No.1 EP in Ireland followed by winning The Irish Choice Music Prize Award for ‘Song Of The Year’. His rise and development in his home market, has gained him sell out headline dates across Ireland and support tours with acts such as Marina & the Diamonds, Ingrid Michaelson, Kodaline, Nouvelle Vague, Beth Orton, Lianne La Havas. Earlier this summer he supported James Blunt on his sold out stadium tour across Europe and has recently return from his first US headline tour dates. Gavin's talent comes from his mother side of the family. His great, grandparents were both famous Irish opera singers and had their own album released in the early 1900’s. Gavin began to play guitar aged eight. After leaving school, James gigged around Dublin's Temple Bar and quickly began getting himself heard. While working on his live technique, his confidence was growing also, ultimately leading him to signed his record deal and he now joins Good Solider Songs impressive roster alongside David Gray, Biffy Clyro, Birdy and The 1975.
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Sat, Jan 31 - 9:30pm - $8
Hailing from the swamps of Chicago, guitarist and songwriter B Forrest’s palette of audible paint contains the colours blues, folk, love, and soul. His debut album entitled “Back to Bodhi” (due out February 2015), was a seed turned tree at the end of last year. The album was recorded among some of Chicago’s finest musicians at The Coach House. It is through singing that the soul is freed from the flesh, so join him in praise, because Buddha believes in thee.
Cole DeGenova is a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. Coming from a family of musicians he began studying piano at age four. By 15 he was working as a professional musician around his native Chicago, performing alongside some of the city’s jazz and blues greats such as Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Orbert Davis, Jon Faddis, Skinny Williams, and Corey Wilkes before the age of 20. Cole has since toured all across the country, Europe, and South America as a sideman or performing his original material, a blend of neo-soul, jazz, and rock. A recent Berklee College of Music graduate, Cole was also blessed to study under the tutelage of piano greats Danilo Perez and Joanne Brackeen. He has since worked with the likes of legendary producers George Massenburg, Queen producer Dave Richards, and Michael Woodrum. He has recently performed alongside Grammy-winners Paula Cole, Meshell Ndegeocello, and opened for poet Saul Williams and rapper Gza.As lead vocalist, songwriter, and keyboardist, Cole also leads his own group, the raucous Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic, touring back and forth across the US. Their first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN was released in summer 2009. It was produced by Geoffrey Nielsen with arrangement help from Meshell Ndegeocello and is a solid testament to the group’s eclectic and vibrant style.
Deep Fayed is a Chicago based live Funk Hip Hop group fronted by guitarist George Wundsam. Since graduating from Columbia College in '09, George began working with Chicago's greatest up and coming musicians, poets and artists to develop the concept, and write the tunes. Deep Fayed was formed in the spring of 2010 and has developed into what can be described as an organic and powerful sound that hits deep into the soul. Deep Fayed has been building momentum in Chicago and creating a buzz of party blasting greatness. The tight rhythm section provides a mixture of scorching riffs and danceable hip hop grooves while emcee Lawrence Tolefree accents the music with captivating lyrics and soul full melodies.
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Fri, Feb 6 - 8pm - $25
Sat, Feb 7 - 9:30pm - $8
Chicago performance art group Environmental Encroachment (EE) uses circus theatrics and an artist marching band to create unique entertainment environments. Performances can include costumes, live music, parades, fire spinning, spontaneous appearances, antics, and audience interaction.EE Marching Band's music uses North African, Latin, and traditional American rhythms, fused with electric bass and a brass section. Melodies are folkloric fusions, and creations inspired from New Orleans, Jazz and Rock. EE encourages participation, dance, and freeing the spirit.EE's magic circus marching band has evolved as part of a new genre of music. EE can do parades, weddings, funerals, historical re-enactments, children's shows, Halloween shows, street busking, second-line, festivals, performance workshops, rituals, marching band flags, circusesque sideshows, music for burlesque, vaudevillian skits, straight out music jams and synchronized swimming with tubas.EE started in 1996, with playground installations and live music interactions for people to play, be childlike, curious, free. Playgrounds for the mind. Playgrounds and performances to stimulate audiences into creative participants.
Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might.The group’s five members (Irekani Ferreyra, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Peter Maestro Vale) have their own storied careers in a diversity of styles—from jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing. Their visceral sound draws from this sonic, cultural, and political well of influence, and is guaranteed to make you move.
The New Constellations sound combines Ethiopian + North African melodies, soulful Afro-Cuban rhythms, psychedelic + ambient textures, and American roots music. Memorable hooks and melodies are balanced with a flair for improvisation. Ideal music for either a party atmosphere, or as chill background music. Members of New Constellations play or have played with Chicago Afrobeat Project, Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub, The Interiors, Joe Pug, Van Ghost, Fire Show, Frank Catalano, and Rebel Roots.
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Mon, Feb 9 - 8pm - $7
Although Get Back: A Beatles Tribute is a new band from Chicago, each member is in their early 20's and are experienced veterans in the Beatle Tribute market. Neil Candelora who plays Paul performs with The Fab Four, 1964 the Tribute, A Hard Day's Night, Cavern Beat, and the list goes on. Brendan Lazar as "Ringo" play with or have played with Cavern Beat, Meet The Beetles, and British Export. Andrew Bockelman has played with Beatolution and Stockwood.
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Thu, Feb 12 - 8pm -$20
As a songwriter for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated classic “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...As a recording and touring artist with longtime songwriting partner Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro and, since 2009, as a solo singer-songwriter increasingly on demand on the national concert circuit...As a singer and voice actor in major motion pictures, television series, commercials and recordings, including the films Happy Feet (1& 2), Rio, Ice Age (2 & 3), Robots, The Mexican, The Emperor’s New Groove, Envy; television series Prison Break, Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; and commercials for McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, El Pollo Loco, Nationwide and literally hundreds of others...As an activist in Washington on intellectual property, performer and songwriter issues, lobbying Capitol Hill regularly, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board, on behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, AFTRA, NARAS, BMI , SoundExchange and the musicFIRST Coalition...As an institutional volunteer on the elected and appointed boards of such vaunted musician and performer organizations as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Folk Alliance International, The California Songwriters Association, The Recording Academy and the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, fighting the neuromuscular disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease...After 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan ventured out solo in 2009 and released his first album that year, the spirited “Live at McCabe’s”, with his pals from the Austin-based Stonehoney backing him. His next album, “Shed My Skin”, is slated for release in 2012. He also moonlights as a member of the four-artist Christmas revue, Decembersongs, with friends Amy Speace, Jon Vezner and Sally Barris, and is a known abuser of acoustic guitars.
Dann Morr, songwriter and sideman, steps out with his debut album Shouting Into the Wind, a collection of indie rock gems that deftly incorporates the best parts of his long tenure in the Chicago music scene. Produced by Mike Hagler (OK Go, Wilco, Billy Bragg) and Morr, the 10-track album was recorded in Chicago at Kingsize Sound Labs and released September 23, 2014, on Squirrel Trap Records. Since the 1990s Dann Morr has been a singer and multi-instrumentalist in the folk-rock group Wells-next-the-Sea, indie-rock/power-pop outfits Analog Radio, and High Energy Physics, as well as bassist and backing vocalist for a number of other Windy City artists including The Cheetles, Mooner, Kerosene Stars, Kevin Lee, Phil Angotti, and Tom Daily. “My original plan for this album was to find a home for orphan songs that had fallen by the wayside over the last few years… songs that were performed by my previous bands, but never properly recorded or never released,” Morr explains. “Although, once we started recording together, I was inspired to write some new material for this amazing line up of musicians- which we dubbed The Dashing Bastard Sideshow.” Intricately woven guitar lines lounge atop a raucous rhythm section and each track covers distinct territory, from the power-pop crunch of “Jaded” to the rockabilly twang of “I Remember You”, with Morr moving from grit-throat rocker to sly crooner. The end result is that Shouting Into the Wind is an exploration of songs that show where Dann Morr comes from and where he is going.
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Fri, Feb 13 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
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Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers is an award-winning six-piece Soul/R&B/Funk band from Lincoln, NE, sometimes backed by a killer female vocal trio. Don't doubt it- we can get down here in the Midwest. Borrowing from Stax, Motown, New Orleans and San Francisco, this band blends the classic sounds of Soul and R&B, yet has been able to make a sound that is fresh and unique.It has been a whirlwind of success in their first 2 years of playing, being nominated for Blues Blast Awards Debut of the Year, being in the top ten of RMR Charts for Soul AND R&B for 30+ straight weeks, named the 2013 Omaha Entertainment Winner for Soul Artist of the Year, and nominated for Artist of the Year for 2014. The band has played the Sin City Soul Revival, Sioux Falls JazzFest, the 2013 International Blues Challenge, dozens of festivals in the Midwest, consistently sells out shows in their hometown and has released a debut album that critics say stacks up to the classics. Their highly anticipated sophomore album, "Living By The Minute" is set to drop Jan.13. This band is about exchanging SOUL with THE PEOPLE, and with world-class players on every instrument, that is exactly what they do! And this band knows the value of a good song- a band is only as strong as their latest song- so Josh and the boys are constantly working to keep the hits coming- fresh and soulful! “Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers are coming out firing on all cylinders, smashing styles together to come up with their own groove. Funky soul packed with power, it’s Dr. John meets Al Green backed by Booker T and the MGs. You know, the good stuff.”-Charlie Johnson, Producer/Engineer Fuse Recording. “Joshua Hoyer is one of the Lincoln-Omaha scene’s finest songwriters. His new project gives equal weight to his great songs, his rich, soulful, distinctive vocals and his ability to put together funky, driving and passionate collaborations with his fellow musicians. This band’s sound soars and fills up the dance floor with funky joy.” –B.J.Huchtemann, senior contributing writer, The Reader, Omaha, NE
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Fri, Feb 20 - 9:30pm - $12
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
Described as a bluegrass fusion group, the Dirty River Ramblers push the standard boundaries of bluegrass and oldtime music to create a style that sits loosely between genres, allowing them to creatively explore while writing their own material. Riding the wave of their recently released debut album, Ramble On, the band has been traveling and performing across the Midwest, to the Rocky Mountains, and to Alaska, meeting new musical friends, and performing for new fans. The band is getting radio play across the country, and is building a foundation for another exciting year. If you like a basic high-energy, on pitch, hillbilly folk sound, combined with boundary-pushing songwriting and musicianship, you need to see the Dirty River Ramblers.
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Tue, Feb 24 - 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, Feb 25 - 8pm - $10
Town Mountain’s hard drivin’ bluegrass sound, tight harmonies, and stellar in-housesongwriting have become the band’s trademark. They light up the stage with their honkytonkedge and barroom swagger, featuring a Jimmy Martin-style bounce and confidencethat is countered at times by a laid-back John Hartford-esque groove.The past two years have pushed Town Mountain into the upper tier of acoustic bands andthey have found themselves at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country suchas MerleFest, Grey Fox, Rockygrass, Suwannee Springfest and the Targhee BluegrassFestival earning them a nomination for IBMA’ s 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year, anatural follow up to their two 2013 IBMA Momentum Awards.With the release their first official live album, Town Mountain: Live At The Isis, inAugust 2014, fans and critics alike celebrate the high energy of their one of a kind liveshow. With plans for the studio in early 2015, Town Mountain is certain to continue theirascent in the world of roots music.Town Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo andvocals, Phil Barker on mandolin andvocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle and Nick DiSebastianon bass.
The Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band is a Chicago group that plays traditional bluegrass with a focus on the energy and musicianship inherent in the music. The band name comes from the famous south fork of the South Branch of the Chicago River, which Upton Sinclair described as "constantly in motion, as if huge fish were feeding in it, or great leviathans disporting themselves in its depths."
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Fri, Feb 27 - 9:30pm -$10
Making Movies makes music that matters:Built upon a heavy foundation of Afro-Latino rhythms, they have created a bilingual,psychedelic re-envisioning of theLatin American “son.”The band’s second album, A La Deriva,(“adrift” or “swept away”), produced bySteve Berlin of Los Lobos, tells a storybased on the struggles of an immigrantfamily that tragically falls apart in America,and the consequential impact on thefollowing generation. Taking cues fromLatin American folklore, the band's soundswings intensely, at times sounding likeCompay Segundo being played by JimiHendrix and at other times like The TalkingHeads digging deep into a dembow. WhenFelix Contreras at NPR described the titletrack ‘Deriva’ he stated, “...the young bandMaking Movies (and its producer, SteveBerlin of Los Lobos) shows us how deeplythought-out lyrics sound next to a rhythmtrack that somehow both propels and floatswithout violating the laws of physics.”The band’s strong lyricism, persistentpercussive waves, and deft ways ofstraddling two cultures flowed easily intobecoming a bilingual recording. “SinceI was six years old my life has been inboth English and Spanish so I find itnatural to make music the same way,”explains singer/guitarist Enrique Chi.Enrique and his brother, bassist Diego Chi,grew up in Panama, listening to classicrock from their Papá’s collection. Mama,on the other hand loved to dance to thetraditional sounds of salsa, merengue andcumbia, and the entire family agreed on theinspiration of Panamanian musician RubenBlades. "A huge influence,” says Chi. Evenas a child, he understood the Blades epic,“Pedro Navaja,” to be a dark song you stillcould dance to, and turned a paradox into apersonal credo: “Music should have a deepermeaning, More than just a feel-good time;it needs to make you think a bit.”The brothers formed the band in KansasCity in 2009, with percussionist Juan-CarlosChaurand and drummer Brendan Culp.Upon releasing an EP, Aguardiente, in 2012,the band's sound was described by The K.C.Star’s Ink Magazine as "Cuban dance hallmerged with blasts of scabby guitar straightout of Sonic Youth's Day dream Nation, asif reinterpreted by Santana."
Chicago’s Kelroy create a sound that combines intricacy of composition with simplicity of delivery, drifting between hints of post rock, blues and alternative, as they pour time and essence into the vortex of sound they shape. Each song sets off on a journey of its own. Thick layers of guitars sound more like distress signals and woeful mourning; the keys and trombone add layers of texture and depth, while drums and bass set a pulse that delivers each composition to its natural conclusion. The always-evolving chord progressions, and picturesque and introspective lyrics evoke a mood, a feeling and, undeniably, a train of thought…. Throughout its growth and evolution, the band has been expanding its fan base, having performed in New York, Denver, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee and other cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Their music has appeared on public radio like WBEZ and Vocalo, college radio stations like WLUW, and Spanish stations like NOX Live. The band continues to maintain a devoted following in its hometown appearing regularly at such Chicago hot-spots. Kelroy is set to release its third full-length album in February 2015.
KILLER MOON is fundamentally a progressive metal band, but the Chicago based trio are otherwise difficult to categorize: elements of acid rock from the late 60’s early 70’s, stoner sludge, and some good old fashioned Black Sabbath doom can be heard in their music. They weave a complex fabric of sound that takes ones attention without the need for a voice. The intense conversation is between three main characters; lead guitarist Jesse Garza, bass player Amaris Aviles, and drummer Alex Santoyo. Every song they engage in is singular in its theatre, its own raw climatic set of moments. Jesse, often playing the protagonist performs each song with raw creative emotion, mature and relaxed in its expressions. In moments when he goes feverish into the stratosphere, the tangents are not self indulgent but important, for it's in these key moments that Alex and Amaris drift seamlessly to the center -- they contribute their dialogue. The themes ebb and flow or race ahead, but one is not lost nor distracted. Killer Moon's songs express a dominant swagger, like they’re older than they seem.
The DisAssocitates are an idea, a movement, a statement and a hard-faced three-word gesture to the Haters of honest vinyl presentation. Simply put we spin tunes (preferably through the anointed medium of wax) with passion to like-minded people who enjoy it to their fullest. Eventually this ethos will be transferred to a live music setting as a fully-operational band is only a few drinks and a loud bull session away. Continue to enjoy our brand. You will not be disappointed...
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