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Fri. Oct. 31 - 6pm - $7 ALL AGES
The BEST all ages Halloween show in Chicago this year! Loud. Wear a costume. We dare you.The UnGnomes are a young punk rock sensation from Chicago.Since their formation at a party in spring 2011, they have been disturbing and entertaining audiences with their dark and rye humor. Come to their show, or they will cry.
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Fri, Oct 31 - 9pm - $10
TERRIBLE SPACESHIP: It was sweeping round swiftly and steadily, this flaming death, this invisible, inevitable sword of heat. I perceived it coming towards me by the flashing bushes it touched, and was too astounded and stupefied to stir. I heard the crackle of fire in the sand pits and the sudden squeal of a horse that was as suddenly stilled. Then it was as if an invisible yet intensely heated finger were drawn through the heather between me and the Martians, and all along a curving line beyond the sand pits the dark ground smoked and crackled.
The Need and The Night isGroove-driven soul/r&b from Gina Bloom & Chuck Sansone of The Congregation.
Imagine the soundtrack for a film noir version of a Greek tragedy set in the future, and you might be close to The New World Ancients’ sound. It’s progressive rock meets art rock meets psych rock meets new wave, et cetera. The music is agreeably contradictory: both punishing and subtle, aggressive yet sensual, heightened though approachable; it’s artsy rock and roll that will horrify and delight you. Each show is a grand affair, and they employ their theatricality to the fullest in the live setting. You’ve never heard anything quite like these guys, but you’ll be glad you did. They've been getting a lot of attention with press and radio with their recently released leviathan of an album, Temporal Beast. Shawn Kellner of Chicago Music Magazine says, "They are by far the most original local band that has come across my desk in 2012 and Temporal Beast is the best local debut album I have come across in 2012. After listening to this album, I am a hands down a fan and supporter of this band for life."
Funky Hot Grits is an eclectic soul band based in Chicago. We draw inspiration from musical traditions along the Mississippi and her tributaries - Memphis soul, New Orleans Funk, Chicago rhythm and blues- to create a fresh cohesive voice. Our sound contains elements of Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, and James Brown, and contemporary voices like Ray LaMontagne, Marc Broussard, and Amy Winehouse.
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Sat, Nov 1 - 8pm - $8
Formerly The Johns, Low Swans essentially walks out of the rubble pile of that band and continues down the road. While The Johns hinted at styles and genres outside of their trusted brand of earnest roots-based indie rock, Low Swans is centered on exploring much more musical real estate and exploiting the flexibility of a fresh start. Building on the years of experiences, successes, and failures of leader Jon Scarpelli, Low Swans is part of the new movement of independent musicians who are in it for the love and the long.
Kevin Dudey & Friends AKA Lakeland
Chicago’s funkiest rock band, What It Do!!! infuses a solid foundation of punishing bass and drums with funky guitar and soulful vocals. The band’s current cover songs, Sly’s If You Want Me to Stay and Led Zepplin’s Immigrant Song, reflects the range and variety in their tastes and music.
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Sun, Nov 2 - 11:30am - $10 at the door
We all have a little too much fun some nights and simply put, need something to rid the hangover. Fear not! After your Halloween escapades, the Hangover from Hell - Bloody Mary Contest was made for both the hungover and those who are "repairing"! On Sunday, November 2nd from 11:30am-3pm cure that Halloween Hangover with Bloody Marys from Chicago's best bartenders. Bartenders featured include mixologist from The Edgewater Lounge, High-Hat Club, Fountainhead, Martyrs', Big Bricks, Mrs. Murphy and Sons, Brownstone, Silver Palm, Owen and Engine, Rocks, Bread and Wine, Crew, Blind Robin, Clark St. Ale House, Reno and Matchbox. $10 at the door includes Bloody Mary mix sampling, crazy cheap drink specials thanks to Grey Goose Le Citron, and live music from The Wabash Cannonballs, The Black Oil Brothers, and The Lawrence Peters Outfit!
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Mon, Nov 3 - 8pm - $7
Great Moments in Vinyl is a band playing tribute to your favorite LPs! Acollaborative effort between master of ceremonies and bassist, Bill Cochran, a veteran Chicago radio personality (WXRT, WNUA...and WXRT again), and music director/guitarist/vocalist, John Mead, an accomplished musician who performs regularly in Chicago and teaches at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The band will be augmented by musicians selected to round out the arrangements for each song.
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Tue, Nov 4 - 8pm - $7
Since Milwaukee-based rock/pop group The Color Truth disbanded in late 2010, former lead singer Zach Steinbach has taken some time to reconsider, write, and (inevitably) grow a couple years older. 2013 gave life to a brand new solo artist career, fueled by a renewed passion for writing songs and performing them with a heart wide open. A midwestern boy at heart, Zach now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. His debut solo album, Waiting, sets an inviting tone of organic, folk-influenced songwriting driven by lush acoustic guitars and string instruments.
“Accompanied [by] his soothing and penetrating voice, Bryn uses instruments such as the ukulele, harmonica, and acoustic guitar. On stage he’s raw and real. Perhaps that’s part of what makes Bryn Rich so unique. What you see is what you get: pure, unaltered talent.”~ Addicted Chicago“Rich has a well-honed sense for melodies reminiscent of Ryan Adams and Neil Young, and at times his renditions are almost too-familiar, but on ‘Montrose Harbor’ he displays a promising originality in motifs that adhere just like the one he describes in the chorus, ‘A song stuck in my head from the bottom of Lake Michigan’.”~ Sun on the Sand“The first line– ‘It does not bother me to say/ That my faith isn’t what it was only seven days ago’– is a pretty striking way to begin any piece of writing. And Bryn’s been writing lyrics long enough that he knows that.”~ Katie Darby Recommends
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Wed, Nov 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, Nov 6 - 7pm - $15
Sami Grisafe is not afraid of obstacles. In fact, she welcomes them…for they made her the person she is today. The all-star quarterback for the Chicago Force and talented singer-songwriter has managed to succeed in two of her life’s passions, sports and music. As she wraps up her final season playing professional women’s tackle football for the Chicago Force and Team USA, Grisafe will go down in history as the first female in the state of California to play the quarterback position in a varsity Division I football game and the first female to throw a touchdown pass in a world championship tournament. On October 2nd,she will be inducted into the Redlands High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Redlands, California, joining past inductee Brian Billick. But as one door closes, the other door opens wider for this athlete and award winning musician. Grisafe, who has dedicated most of her time to football, can now focus on her music career, something that has always had half of her attention. As soon as the season wraps, Grisafe will head back into the studio to prepare for the fall release and music video of her upcoming single “Be Somebody.” Grisafe grew up in Redlands, California where she chartered new territory as a female athlete. Besides playing football since age ten, she played baseball for nine years and became the first girl in her community to make a boy’s baseball All-Star team. It was also at age ten that Grisafe taught herself how to play guitar, but wanting to be unique, diverted her focus to the ukulele. She tagged along as her parent’s performed with their country group Two of Hearts at state fairs, parties and weddings all over California. Grisafe’s parents inspired her to get involved in theater. She won first place in a state monologue competition which ultimately led to an acting scholarship to Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Inspired by musicians like Janis Joplin, Dave Grohl, and the Counting Crows, Grisafe’s music has a folk-rock feel with provocative lyrics, often incorporating additional styles such as reggae, blues and rap. She earned six Grammy pre-nominations for her 2012 album ATLANTIS, and in 2013 received the Chicago Music Award for “Best Rock Entertainer.” Grisafe has performed at the RedGorilla Fest and OUTlander Fest during SXSW and iconic venues such as Chicago’s Metro, Double Door, Cubby Bear and City Winery. Grisafe gained national attention for her performance of the National Anthem prior to taking the field at the 2013 IFAF Women’s World Championship gold medal game. The Huffington Post called her performance “…one of the most inspiring versions of the Star-Spangled Banner we’ve ever heard.” The unforgettable rendition is featured in two documentaries and was performed at the request of Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, for the marriage equality bill signing. As a proud member of the LGBTQ community, Grisafe is in the process of recording her new album beginning with a new song, “Brand New Fairy Tale,” as a show of support for equal rights among all people in marriage.
GRACEFULLY by Award-Winning nationally touring artist, Eric Himan, brings the songwriter/acoustic guitarist to a brand new place: the piano bench. After releasing and selling his music (over 40,000 cds sold independently) through his record label, Thumbcrown Records, licensing original music to MTV, E!, and heavy rotation on satellite radio (SiriusXM’s The Coffeehouse), Eric delivers his latest, GRACEFULLY, his most ambitious album to date. Well known for writing and performing on the acoustic guitar, GRACEFULLY is the first full album written and recorded with Eric on piano. A horn section, a new element in his recordings, was brought in and arranged by saxophonist, Ryan Tedder, with Dave Johnson on trumpet. This album has one last feature: the album was fully funded through his listeners via the crowd-sourcing website, PledgeMusic. Eric was able to bring in some heavy hitters such as drummer, Brandon Holder (current drummer for Leon Russell) and bassist Matt Hayes (Jacob Fred Jazz Odessey, Wayne Newton) thanks to the support of his many generous listeners. This album was recorded in Eric’s hometown of Tulsa, OK by Rockwell Ripperger (of the platinum selling band, Stephen Speaks) and Brandon Holder, mixed by Ripperger, and mastered by the grammy-award winning Chris Bellman (Alanis Morissette, Ani DiFranco, Katy Perry) at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles, CA. A collection of songs gathered throughout the past three years, GRACEFULLY holds elements of pop, soul, rock, R&B, and even a bit of a latin feel with its entrance, RED HOT TEARS. WAITING FOR THUNDER inspired by the story of Malala Yousafzai, the 14 year old Pakistani student who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education, brings the rock genre into light on GRACEFULLY. Other highlights of the album are the gospel tinged, HOW CAN YOU SLEEP?, bringing back the horn section for a swinging tale of love on its way out, the pop-driven-perfect-for-a-sunday-morning, EVERYTHING TO YOU, and the title track, GRACEFULLY, a tribute to Eric’s grandmother, Grace, who raised Eric with his grandfather and father. Grace who passed away last Fall at the age of 97, led a full life of motherhood, a careers in photography, and at one time, a colorist for DC Comics in the 1930′s. Smiling from the cover art of this new record, Grace gives the stamp of approval for the grandson she encouraged artistically as Eric puts it ” to live life like you taught me, GRACEFULLY”.
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Thu, Nov 6 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
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Fri, Nov 7 - 9:30pm - $8
Chicago Indie Rock band, Rearden Roark, bring a fresh blend of atmospheric rock behind a tight, high-energy rhythmic backbone. Their standout sound and mystic lyrics are sparked by the skilled songwriting of Dan Berdelle. Varying from moments of personal tranquility to driving riffs propelled by melodic guitar leads, Rearden Roark’s music will bring you on a journey. Rearden Roark banded together in early 2011 out of the great city of Chicago. The founding members consist of Dan Berdelle and Matt 'Wang' Christensen. Dan Berdelle was previously in a band named Analog Device, where he co-wrote music and lyrics with founding member, David Parrish. Tragically, Dave passed away in late 2010, and subsequently, Analog Device dissolved as a band. During this time, Matt Christensen, who is a long-time friend of Dan Berdelle as well as a studied drummer, moved back to Chicago after many years living in Boston. Dan and Matt were both looking for a partner to create and record meaningful music with. Their deep interest and passion for music brought them together and a common creative vision was found; henceforth, Rearden Roark was spawned. In the Spring of 2011, Rearden Roark went to work at 23:45 Studios to lay the beginnings of what would become their debut album, Ghost in the Science. Reaching out to a circle of musicians and friends, Rearden Roark found a talented bassist and musician in Mike Alongi (who is a childhood friend of Matt Christensen), and an incredibly hard-working keyboardist in Jason Kearney. The sound envisioned for the album began to manifest itself in a smooth and seamless manner. With special appearances from Michaele Alongi, Frank Alongi, Erin Gipson, and Jessica Henry; Ghost in the Science came full circle. For more than two years, Dan and Matt wrote, produced, recorded, and mixed Ghost in the Science. The album was released on September 17th, 2013.
Fully formed in Chicago in the early months of 2014, Rakunk play songs that are a mix of rock, proto-punk, prog, synth pop, metal - and probably a few other things. While bands with such scope and abandon at the idea of a genre usually sound like a mess of Joe Satriani and Kenny G started a band with Tommy Lee, Rakunk actually balances all of this out to create powerful, hook-filled bangers of songs that have more in common with the likes of Radiohead, The Pixies, Queens of the Stoneage or My Bloody Valentine. Without even playing a show, Rakunk has already racked up hundreds of thousands of plays on Soundcloud with a couple of demos. One of which will be re-tooled to be included on their 4 song EP coming out Fall 2014. Rakunk is Jonathan McIntire(vocals/guitar), Thomas Benko(drums), Tames McTigue(guitar) and Taylor Briggs(bass).
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Sat, Nov 8 - 9pm - $15
For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between MGMT and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to Bonnaroo. Benevento has been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.The 36-year old artist took a major step forward with the release of his 2012 album, TigerFace. The ten-track collection is painted in a myriad of sonic colors, shimmering with acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards, while the songs are seemingly conceptualized from every wisp of melody that’s ever tickled his ear.In 2014, Benevento returned to the studio to record his latest work with producer Richard Swift whose resume includes The Shins, Foxygen and Tennis. Together, they focused their attention on a collection of news songs Benevento had written that expand upon his lush instrumental piano rock to include vocals. The album, entitled Swift, will be released September 16 on Royal Potato Family.As anybody who’s seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.
Crow Moses(formerly Musikanto) walks the line between Indie-Blues and Urban Americana, while borrowing elements of Experimental Folk and broken-down Orchestral music. The Chicago songwriter grew up listening to his father's obscure folk and roots rock records and the music of Fraser and Debolt and Jerry Hahn. With a propensity toward heartbreaking ballads and melodic melodrama, Crow Moses songs survive the bite of a Chicago Winter and the soul of a Midwestern bon-fire. Crow Moses carries the lyrical weight of folks like Van Morrison and Elliott Smith and the driving tone of Ray Lamontagne and Amos Lee. His narratives rattlethe core of the human spirit leaving you feeling like an outsider who witnessed something very real. Crow Moses (formerly Musikanto) has shared the stage with: Alejandro Escovedo, Jesse Malin, AA Bondy, Mason Jennings, James McMurtry, Dan Bern, The Handsome Family, Cory Chisel, The Gourds, Jason Isbell and Gary Louris.
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Mon, Nov 10 - 8pm - $7
From our humble beginnings as the folk/rock duo Neil and Nick, The Devilish Winks have bloomed into a six-piece ensemble of folk and classical-influenced rock and roll. Drummer Nick Christiansen and Guitarist Neil Huff founded the group in May of 2012, and since the additions of Sandy Van Laningham (Vocals, Keyboard), Shawn Neely (Bass), Dave Keller (Electric guitar) and Dov Turner (Clarinet/Saxophone), the band has never sounded better! If there's one reason why the world should listen to us, it's our love for diversity in song. From eerie piano pieces blended with luscious acoustic guitar, sultry saxophone and beautiful clarinet to the epic pounding rhythms of riff-based rock'n'roll, topped with soaring and screaming distorted guitar solos, belted sax lines and vocal harmonies that shimmer and shine like a new Chevy in the sun. From the clean tone of the acoustic to the distorted romp and wail of the electric, The Devilish Winks are sojouners of the sonic spectrum in more ways than one.
Impossible! is an experimental rock band formed from the dust of the Berlin Wall. Six small clumps of earth were blown by unreasonable winds until they landed in Chicago and decided that making music was the next-best thing to walling off the Soviet bloc. They play violin, synthesizer, upright bass, guitar and drum. Their sound falls somewhere between punk, balkan folk, progressive rock, and ol'-time jazz.
Old Grand Dad is a Chicago based Rockabilly Band that wants to get you On Your Feet!
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Tue, Nov 11 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Martyrs' is thrilled to welcome home John Kadlecik sixteen years to the month after John started Dark Star Orchestra here on this stage!Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, John is currently performing with Furthur, founded by Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.While most of the bands he played with wrote their own music, in 1997 John co-founded the group, Dark Star Orchestra, a band exclusively devoted to playing the well-documented actual setlists of the Grateful Dead. DSO started as a side-project to perform 4 Dead shows on Tuesday nights here at Martyrs'. It went so well that we decided to keep it going every Tuesday. DSO rapidly became a nationally touring band, attracting many guests to join them onstage, including John Fishman, Mike Gordon, Sam Bush, Jorma Kaukonen John Popper, Sanjay Mishra, Tom Constanten, Vince Welnick, Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir to name a few.In 2003 John began playing sporadically with Melvin Seals. Out of those shows came a group with Melvin called The Mix, also featuring Greg Anton, Jeff Pevar, and Kevin Rosen. The Mix toured nationally and went on to sign a recording contract, releasing a full length CD in 2004 titled, American Spring, but eventually disbanded for lack time in everyone's schedule to tour. In 2009 John departed from Dark Star Orchestra to join Furthur.John now lives near Washington, DC with his wife, Katy Gaughan, and, when not on the road with Furthur, performs in the DC area with the newly formed and simply named John K Band, as well as solo acoustic and special guest appearances.
Eric Lambert has been pickin’ and grinnin’ his way into people’s hearts for over 40 years. Specializing in the fiery art of flatpicking, he has built a distinguished career writing, performing, recording, and teaching Americana music in and around Chicago, and beyond. Traces of rock, folk, bluegrass, country, and blues can be detected throughout his music, delivered with energy, soul, and inspiration. His voice, presence, and precision moves audiences to their feet, while his playful spirit and warm sense of joy makes them feel right at home. Eric’s music resonates the old school philosophy of the groundbreaking musicians who inspired him; music should know no boundaries.Raised on Chicago's south side, he cites diverse influences as catalysts in shaping his unique roots music sound, such as Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Bob Dylan, and Jerry Garcia. He excels at every style of music he performs, moving through them with an uncanny ease and smoothness. The richness of diversity in his influences is evident in his playing and throughout his vast career, which spans 10 countries as a solo artist and as a band member.
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Wed, Nov 12 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Get ready for a new sound that you won't soon forget! The Groove Master, Paa Kow (pronounced Pah-Ko), fuses rhythm and artistry from his home in Ghana with Jazz and African Pop. Fans from all over the world agree that Paa Kow exhibits extraordinary talent and holds "the perfect groove." He is currently touring across the U.S. and will release his second studio album Ask in August of 2014. Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, bandleader, composer, and teacher of music. Growing up in the small village of Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Paa Kow began to play music and tour with his family’s concert band at a very early age. He has since grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour in Africa, Europe, and America. Paa Kow’s deep groove and prodigious talent reveal a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums, inspiring a profound spiritual conversation. His songs are captivating and danceable and incorporate lyrics in his native language, Fante, as well as English. Paa Kow’s vision is to spread the music and culture of his homeland by touring the world with his Afro-Fusion orchestra. Notable musicians he has shared the stage with include African greats: Amakye Dede, George Darko, Kojo Antwi, Nat Brew, Hugh Masekela, and Vusi Mahlasela, as well as American greats Victor Wooten, Brad Goode, John Gunther, Michael Kang, and many more.
The sounds of NUBAMBU are as diverse as its cross-cultural musicians. All are veteran seasoned musicians who have been playing in the Chicago music scene for a long long time. There influences range from all different corners of the world and blend together in an original Chicago style urban fusion sound.A blend of different styles and rhythms make this music unique and contagiously danceable. Its hard not to dance while watching nubambu perform. Multilingual, street-smart and cutting-edge lyrics with a twist that fuse together different styles and is practically futuristic when combined. This concept of creating a new urban fusion Reggae Rumba developed out of musical experiments started in Rob's and Jason's former band: Bambu.Visionary devotees of both Latin and Reggae music they figured out a way to unite their musical passions and genially coaxing an impressive danceable fusion. The music comes at a time, that confirms, the growing interest in contemporary and traditional musical fusions.
World-beat, trip-hop, electro-swing, electronica DJ. DJ Bashert has DJ'd movie premiers, gallery events, salon openings, beach dance parties, and cultural events all over Chicago. He mixes world-beat, trip-hop, electronica, ska, and traditional world music.
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Thu, Nov 13 - 9pm - $12
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
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Fri, Nov 14 - 9pm - $22
The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, Too Long in the Wasteland (released in 1989), was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video of Where'd You Hide The Body. 1997's It Had To Happen received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album. In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. 2005's Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry's career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and "We Can't Make It Here" won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008's Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years. In 2009, Live in Europe was released, capturing The McMurtry Band's first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan and Jon Dee Graham. Also, for the first time ever, video of the James McMurtry Band's live performance is available on the included DVD. The poignant lyrics of his immense catalog still ring true today. In 2011, "We Can't Make It Here" was cited among 'The Nation's' "Best Protest Songs Ever." Bob Lefsetz writes, "'We Can't Make It Here' has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth." Never one to rest on his laurels, James McMurtry continues to tour constantly, and consistently puts on a "must-see" powerhouse performance. 'The Washington Post' noted McMurtry's live prowess: "Much attention is paid to James McMurtry's lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novel's worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he's an accomplished rock guitar player....it's serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band." JAMES McMURTRY SIGNS WITH COMPLICATED GAME - NEW ALBUM OU IN LATE 2014 James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working on his first album in six years. “I’ve got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years,” he says. “Francois Moret at Complicated Game seems to like these songs and (producer) C.C. Adcock thinks he can turn them into a record. Good times fixing to roll.” Label head Moret agrees. “In March 2013, when C.C. Adcock told me we were going to see James McMurtry at the Continental Club in Austin, I expected to see a good show,” he says, “but what I saw left me mesmerized! I immediately knew I wanted to sign him. As a European, it is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most talented American singer-songwriters.” Evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched four Americana Music Award nominations. Meanwhile, Childish Things scored endless critical praise and spent six full weeks topping the Americana Music Radio chart in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Childish Things won the Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year and “We Can’t Make It Here” was named its Song of the Year. Of course, the forthcoming (and as-yet-untitled) record will include the literate story songs longtime enthusiasts expect. Recall high watermarks: “Childish Things,” “Choctaw Bingo,” “Levelland,” “Out Here in the Middle,” “Peter Pan” only begin the list. Just Us Kids alone includes fan favorite live staples like “Hurricane Party,” “Ruby and Carlos” and “You’d a Thought.” His finest deliver equal measures depth and breadth and pierce hearts with sharp sociopolitical commentary (“Fireline Road”). JAMES McMURTRY ALBUMS REISSUED: 'CHILDISH THINGS' & 'LIVE IN AUGHT-THREE' On February 1, 2011, two of James McMurtry's most popular albums, Childish Things and Live in Aught-Three were reissued by Lightning Rod Records. Live in Aught-Three has been remastered since its original 2004 release and will be available on vinyl for the first time. The deluxe double LP also includes a copy of the album on CD. JAMES McMURTRY LIVE IN EUROPE CD WITH BONUS DVD DOCUMENTS FIRST EURO TOUR WITH GUESTS IAN MCLAGAN AND JON DEE GRAHAM- On October 13, 2009, Lightning Rod Records released Live in Europe, a document of McMurtry's first European tour, on which, along with long-time band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, he was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and fellow Texas songwriting legend Jon Dee Graham. The set is available as a CD with a bonus DVD, or as a deluxe vinyl LP package with a CD and DVD insert. In early 2009, James McMurtry and his trio traveled overseas to play their first European tour. The guys played for enthusiastic crowds in Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland and Belgium. Joining the band on keyboards for the tour was the legendary Ian McLagan (who also played on McMurtry's latest studio album, Just Us Kids). The best recordings from the Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Geislingen, Germany concerts were combined to create Live in Europe. The album includes a bonus DVD featuring performances from the Amsterdam show. This marks the first time fans will be able to purchase video footage of McMurtry live in concert. The deluxe vinyl version includes inserted copies of the CD and DVD. Fellow Austin-based songwriter Jon Dee Graham opened the shows and joins the band on a version of his tune "Laredo" on the bonus DVD.
Jonny Burke is a man continually on the move, musically and literally. His debut solo album – “Distance and Fortune” - was quickly followed up with his 2012 release, “Cup Runneth Over.” As producer of the bulk of the project – released independently on his own Dreamcar Records — Burke made an album that is as raw and honest as it gets. Burke admits that he has enjoyed being on stage and performing from an early age. He was born and raised in New Braunfels, a small town in Texas. His dad taught him his first chords and played him Chuck Berry’s ‘Jonny B. Goode’ when he was a little boy. Burke would listen to albums like Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” and Townes Van Zandt’s “Flyin Shoes” over and over again. By the time Burke was 15, he was already performing in bars. He formed his first band, the Dedringers, and it became a popular regional band while he was still in his teens. “I thought it was the coolest thing in the world to come home after playing a bar and making a little cash,” he recalls. “Nobody in high school could compete with that!” Since the release of “Cup Runneth Over” Burke has continued to tour the country opening for greats like James McMutry. After a few years residing in Southern California, Burke found himself spending more time in his home state of Texas playing shows and co-writing with friends for what will inevitably become his next project.
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Sat, Nov 15 - 9:30pm - $15adv/$17door
A band whose name carries a certain "je ne sais quois," the Pimps of Joytime were born out of frontman Brian J’s desire to layer his broad range of musical influences -- soul, funk, blues and rock n' roll -- within the freedom of an unapologetic dance groove. Since 2007, this Brooklyn based wildly infectious group has grown from playing basement parties down the street to headlining more than 100 shows each year, with stops along the festival circuit at Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Outside Lands, All Good, the VooDoo Experience and more. The Pimps' debut record High Steppin' dropped in 2008 on Wonderwheel Recordings to critical acclaim from the likes of NPR and BBC, followed by their sophomore release Janxta Funk! in 2011. Currently writing and recording tracks for their third album (anticipated for fall 2014), the forthcoming release will be their most inspired, distinct studio effort to date. Both in studio and on the road, the Pimps of Joytime are not to be missed. When they come to town, make sure to bring your favorite dance shoes and a dry towel to wipe your brow, because they know how to make you shake it and sweat all over.
Fatbook is heavy dose of Chicago groove with a worldwide perspective. Soul and Jazz sensibilities, Reggae intentions, Hip-Hop beats, and influence of West-African and Brazilian music. The 7 members varied experiences influence who they are as people and the music they create. Fatbook shows are an energized excursion through soundscapes that weave through genres - a sound that you can’t quite place and you can’t stop moving to. The group makes music that is fresh, colorful, and rooted in groove.Fatbook was originally formed at Lawrence University and won back-to-back “Downbeat Awards” from the jazz world’s Downbeat Magazine in 2009 and 2010. The group has been rooted in Chicago since then, and unique high-energy live performances have propelled them to quickly become a recognized force in the Chicago music community.Fatbook’s members are also educators dedicated to bringing youth up within the world of music, dance, and art. The group’s vocalist Harjinder says, “Expression is essential for the human soul, and teaching is essential for the human community. We love sharing what we love.” An insistence for action and positive change resonates through the group’s motives and what they do.In Summer 2013 Fatbook was showcased at the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Chicago World Music Festival, and in 2014 they were a headlining artist at the Old Town School of Folk Music’s renowned Square Roots Festival. They have shared the stage with international artists such as Nneka, Red Baraat, Young Blood Brass Band, M.A.K.U. Sound System, Native Sun, Maoli, and Katchafire.Fatbook has just released their self-titled debut with 5 time Grammy nominated engineer and producer duo Manny Sanchez and Greg Magers (Lupe Fiasco, Umphrey’s McGee, Patrick Stump, and others), recorded at Chicago’s I.V Labs Studios and The Attic. Their recent Summer 2014 tour dates went from Chicago to Seattle, to LA and back, and East-Coast is expected in Fall 2014.
World-beat, trip-hop, electro-swing, electronica DJ. DJ Bashert has DJ'd movie premiers, gallery events, salon openings, beach dance parties, and cultural events all over Chicago. He mixes world-beat, trip-hop, electronica, ska, and traditional world music.
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Mon, Nov 17 - 8pm - $7
The Monthly Visit is a live talk show, celebrating Chicago and its most fascinating, idiosyncratic, and compelling denizens.You may know Kevin O'Donnell as one bad-A mother-F-N musician [drummer for Andrew Bird], but it turns out that in his past life he was a talk show host. In the spirit of reincarnation, Kevin's stepping out from behind the drum set to host the Monthly Visit. Each show features guest interviews, music, comedy, booze, a live house band, and other surprises. Oh, and nuts. No KO'D show would be complete without some nut snacks.Catch our event live every Monday of the month! Also, if you missed the show, or want to hear it again, tune into our podcast. For more information, email us, post on our facebook wall (facebook.com/MonthlyVisit), or send some ESP our way. As always, we're especially grateful to our producing partners, High Concept Laboratories and Martyrs'.
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Tue, Nov 18 - 8pm - $15
It started with a boardwalk, a bar, and two kids united by a passion for raw soul recordings.For over a decade, Orgone has been steaming up stages all over the country and drenching the biggest music festivals in sweat. Now, the band is back in its home-grown studio KillionSound crafting and recording its seventh full-length album featuring their new powerhouse singer Adryon de León. Orgone’s sound is a cold-blooded blend of deep soul, rare funk, and afro-disco with a raw rock star edge that is uniquely LA. Shifting effortlessly from slyly slinky to seismically cinematic, the music remains tough and uncluttered. For their heart-pounding live performances and classic, gritty recordings, Orgone has been called by Dusty Groove America, “One of the heaviest acts we’ve heard in years.”Orgone is a synergy of eight musicians, at the core of which are keyboardist Dan Hastie and guitarist Sergio Rios who have been chiseling their distinctively timeless sound since their teens. “The present state of this band reflects the honesty and authenticity that we’ve always strived for in our music,” says Rios, “We’ve really hit a sweet spot in our dynamic.” Each band member shines in his own right, but together their chemistry results in a sweeping sound more tenacious than the sum of its considerable parts. Members of Orgone have collaborated/ performed with the Roots, Al Green, Gil Scott-Heron, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Breakestra, Thievery Corporation, and the Monophonics. Known for being air-tight in the studio, Orgone has been the backing band on numerous major label releases, most notably, Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” album and Cee Lo Green’s multiple Grammy Award-winning track “Fool for You.”Bringing fresh blood to the band is Adryon de León, a lightning rod whose bold, graceful vocals elevate the music to intoxicating new levels. This joining of forces was at once kismet and inevitable, according to de León: “Professionally, musically, spiritually, all paths led me to Orgone.” In 2014, Orgone continues to be a strong touring presence while tantalizing crowds with tastes of new material from their upcoming album, slated for release in the Fall of this year. Now and always, Orgone delivers dirty, organic soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet, and shoves you onto the dance floor.
Native peoples from deep within the mesh of yo' boom box speakers, The Heard are a 6-piece instrumental horn-funk explosion. Their "soul" purpose is to educate you on the finer points of pocket. Inspired by breakdancers, brain enhancers, Dirty Bastards, New Masters, a James Brown "Get down!" and yo momma shaking that ass to Tower of Power records in the basement - this is Nu-Funk for the Nu-Millenium.
J.J. & Dre formed at an UM show in late when the members met through mutual friends. Justin Dotoli, Andrea Dotoli and Jason Paradise quickly segwayed a mutual friendship into a mutual musical appreciation. Powered by Justin and Jason's songwriting and Andrea's pipes, the need for original material quicly removed itself from the equation and the project quickly began gaining momentum.After debuting their first album, One Single Event, to a sold out room at Ace Bar in June, JJ & Dre plans to use their indelible sound to begin making their mark on the Midwest scene
World-beat, trip-hop, electro-swing, electronica DJ. DJ Bashert has DJ'd movie premiers, gallery events, salon openings, beach dance parties, and cultural events all over Chicago. He mixes world-beat, trip-hop, electronica, ska, and traditional world music.
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Wed, Nov 19 - 8pm - $7
The Holy Alimonies are a remarkable disappointment! In fact, their music is so shitty not even the original members could stand their brand of toilet riddled bull shit, which is precisely why they - before offing themselves with a dram of Drano - outsourced their positions to four American honkies who had nothing better to do than play cheap ripoff pop songs between hangovers.
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Thu, Nov 20 - 9pm - $7
Maks The Fox is an American alternative orchestral folk pop/rock band from Chicago, IL. Maks the Fox is: Marlon Aguilar, Kori Simonson, Jacob Fawcett, Sarah Cornish, and Rachel Schuldt.
Doug Shotwell & The Right Hand Band bring a unique mixture of acoustic heart and contemporary folk music to the city of Chicago. Coming from different parts of the country, the group has established a unique style that blends all in its own way.
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Fri, Nov 21 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
In the vanguard of the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution “NU-SION”, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making funk fusion music “cool” again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters, Weather Report, & Mahavishnu Orchestra, and merges those ideas with technical fireworks and a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. The ensemble, a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam has been described by critics and fans of Galactic & Umphrey’s McGee alike as “lethal funk”, “explosive”, “jaw dropping”, and “musically mesmerizing”. For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: ENTER THE DRAGON!Kung Fu features Tim Palmieri on guitar (The Breakfast), Robert Somerville on tenor sax (Deep Banana Blackout), Todd Stoops on keyboards (RAQ), Christopher DeAngelis on bass guitar (The Breakfast) and Adrian Tramontano on drums/percussion (The Breakfast).
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Sat. Nov. 22 - 6pm - $7 - All Ages
The Harris Family consists of three Chicago siblings all too young to drive: Olivia, Jack, and Julia. Growing up in rootsy folk, gospel, and rock music, they learned to love artists like Joni Mitchell and Crosby Stills & Nash, as well as more modern day artists like The Wood Brothers and Nickel Creek. The Harris Family got their start playing block parties and farmer’s markets around Chicago just 3 years ago.
The Kelson Twins are a singer/songwriter duo from Chicago.
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Sat, Nov 22 - 9:30pm - $8adv/$10door
The music of Barber Greene is photographic. Originally from the rural DeKalb, IL—where he helped form Light Pollution (Carpark)—the Chicago transplant’s songs are vulnerable and personal. Left untreated, they wouldn’t sound out of place next to early Sufjan Stevens; but the quiet, contemplative songs quickly become massive and triumphant once filled with his imaginative, buoyant arrangements, the way a memory imbues new meaning on the faded faces of old photographs. Like exhuming dusty shoeboxes of developed disposable cameras, listening to Barber Greene allows us to linger, to daydream about the things you’ve had, the things you want, the things you will never attain.Barber Greene began after months of touring with Light Pollution, when he returned home to help his mother pack up and sell the house he grew up in. There, he spent his nights letting his voice ring out and crafted an emotional batch of songs memorializing his childhood memories and childlike fantasies. The house sold quickly, and soon Barber Greene moved on to live in the basements and garages of musical kindred spirits, where he further refined what would become the bulk of Takes, his first full collection of songs. He dubbed this rambling period of wild creation and collection "Lion Living", which eventually became the title of his debut 7" single, released May 29, 2012, on Yes Club Records. On August 13, 2013, Evert followed up with the digital single "Guyana" b/w "Dream Freak" via Public House Recordings. Takes is available August, 12, 2014.
Originally started as a side-project by frontman Jim Drake (Elephant Gun), Jaime Rojo has evolved into a stand-out music collective. By syphoning members from other groups like Ami Saraiya, Brother George Chicken Happen and Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orchesta, the crew has concocted a unique and eclectic elixir that is truly dance worthy. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts; each player contributes to an instrumental backing that forms a rhythm section in the truest sense of the word, drawing inspiration from the likes of traditional Cuban music and Afrobeat. Add character-laden dueling vocals, driving and atmospheric keys, then guitar riffs to fill in the cracks. It all comes together in a stew of indie-dance-garage-disco. Served piping hot for your hearing pleasure.
Renegade Lightning Rebellion has been bringing their indie chamber-rock sound to Chicago and surrounding areas since summer 2011. This six-piece outfit performs an eclectic batch of songs that reflect such diverse influences as contemporary Indie music (Of Montreal and Dirty Projectors), classic jazz (Miles Davis and Charles Mingus) and classical chamber music. RLR has captivated audiences throughout Chicago with their deft handling of sudden shifts in energy and instrumentation – the band, almost all multi-instrumentalists, swap freely between such unique instruments as upright bass, oboe, trumpet, violin and accordion.RLR has just released a new eponymous EP of road-tested tracks recorded by local producer, Scot Stewart.
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Sun, Nov 23 - 8pm - $8adv/$10door
The Austin-based indie-folk-Americana duo, began with modest expectations. "I was out listening to the blues at a little juke-joint in East Austin and asked this pretty girl to dance" says Hawkes, "We were having a good time dancing and found out we were both singer-songwriters." Dawn continues the story saying, "Our timing and rhythm were immediately in-sync and when we added harmonies, songs, and guitar playing, it all went together - just like our dancing."Dawn & Hawkes (Miranda DAWN and Chris HAWKES) first performed in front of a large audience at the Kerrville Folk Festival, where Dawn was a finalist in the New Folk competition for emerging songwriters. They later recorded and released a self-produced EP, “Golden Heart,” which climbed to the top 25 of Billboard’s Folk chart. The EP features their signature harmonies and an indie-folk sound influenced by Americana, country-rock, and classic Beatlesque-pop. Earlier this year they won over the hearts of America on NBC's The Voice with their rendition of 'I've Just Seen A Face' by The Beatles, with Adam Levine exclaiming they were his "favorite performance on The Voice, ever."The two are currently home in Austin working on their first full length album, expected to release in the beginning of 2015.
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Mon, Nov 24 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Nov 25 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Wed, Nov 26 - 8pm - $10
Citzun formed January 1, 2014 with their first ep release "Blood Love". A three-piece electronic hybrid band that resonates well with fans of the live band and electronic scene. Their sound could be described as "Big Gigantic meets Kill The Noise".
My Boy Elroy is the Chicago-based DJ/Beat-Boxer of the world famous Acid Jazz pioneering group & Grammy nominated live act, Liquid Soul. He is also the DJ and producer of his band, Digital Tape Machine's first album entitled "Be Here Now" released in May of 2013 as well as their four track EP "Omens" released April 23rd of 2014. His passion & dedication to his craft along with his unique presentation quickly led him to open for a sold out show @ the Riviera for the one & only Massive Attack. He's shared the bill w/legendary greats of our times such as B.B. King & Stevie Wonder and pioneers of electronic music such as Mark Farina, Bonobo, and Beardyman and played such festivals as North Coast, Electric Forest, and Taste of Randolph. His DJ styles are a combination of buttery and emotional mixes and productions of Deep House, Nu Disco, Techno, and Instrumental Hip-Hop.Since early 2000's MY BOY ELROY has been an intricate part of the nation-wide collective, Every Starving Artists Productions (aka ESA), he's currently the only mid-west representative and is also the Music Director, Creative Director, and DJ for Chicago's amazing Midnight Circus and making serious waves with the dynamic tag-team duo known as "Dextrous Roy" featuring Kris Myers of Umphrey's McGee as well as "Raw Card" which consists of Marcus Rezak of Digital Tape Machine in an electric energy of original productions and the blending of DJ and guitar.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what is the value of a beat? A rhythm? A melody? Duke Shin doesn't have any of those answers for you, but what he does have is a musical arsenal of the loud and strange, gentle and nuanced, mid tempo slow burns and torrid electronic freak outs--all wrapped up in deep house love, driven with a cybernetic techno heart. And his search to answer the question in finding the value of music has lead him to DJing many clubs, bars, lounges and loft parties including favorites like Smart Bar, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the monthly Freakeasy parties in Chicago. Somewhere along the way, Duke has had the good fortune in opening for electronic dance music luminaries like M.A.N.D.Y., Seth Troxler, Holy Ghost!, Pär Grindvik and Moby, and has enjoyed playing afterparties for bands like the Dandy Warhols, TV On The Radio, Jamie Lidell and Nouvelle Vague. When he's not busy DJing, Duke also works as a music journalist, and has had countless features, reviews and interviews published in Resident Advisor, BPM Magazine, New City Chicago (where he previously served as Clubs Editor for over 2 years) and CityPages MN. With an ever-evolving sound, Duke never slows down, continuing his search for musical enlightenment while delighting (and occasionally befuddling) ardent dance floor denizens and lovers of the eclectic mix. Aside from current guest appearances, you can also catch Duke at his REFRACT monthly residency (along with co-resident Merrick Brown) at Primary Nightclub, and at most of the infamous Freakeasy events, as well as his much beloved weekly pub night in Wicker Park called The Goods..
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Fri, Nov 28 - 9:30pm - $10
/// 15th ANNIVERSARY SHOW ///Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Sat, Nov 29 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Founding themselves on bluegrass roots over a decade ago in the concrete jungle and bluegrass mecca of the southside of Chicago, The Leadfoot Band have branched out in all directions from there. Incorporating their love of bluegrass with their early urban influences of rock , funk and everything in between, the evolution of the band is hard to place. Fans have said Leadfoot is just hard driving bluegrass, some say they are rock infused jamgrass, or even a bastard child of Bill Monroe meets Metallica. The online music site JamGrass.net even says The Leadfoot Band is "A mix between Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and Greensky Bluegrass." Comprised of mandolinist Steve Haberichter, guitarist Mike Vanier, Garrett 'Geebs' Degnan on bass, drummer/ percussionist Mike Holtz and the addition of Andy Ohlrich on fiddle in 2014, these seasoned musicians create a robust musical delicacy that tantalizes the senses and gets the feet moving. It is a smokin' blend of styles suitable for any palette: funky, to pocket groove, to two-steppin', to straight bluegrass/ newgrass, easy listening to acoustic rock fusion. Summed up perfectly by musician Jaik Willis: The Leadfoot Band is "Chicago's freshest post-bluegrass served up spicy- just how you like it- with tasty grooves and lightning-fast delivery." The Leadfoot Band released their new self-titled album "The Leadfoot Band" last year, getting national acclaim and voted a Top Album of 2013 by Jamgrass.net. Along with guest musician Pat Sansone of Wilco on keys, the album features all original songs highlighting the diverse songwriting of the band. They continue to win new fans over at every show and festival with their dynamic and impressive performances. They have shared the stage with likes of Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Hot Tuna, Bill Nershi, Jeff Austin, Split Lip Rayfield, Sarah Watkins, Darol Anger, The Iguanas, The Radiators, Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon and many more.
Coyote Riot has its roots set deep in old folk and country/blue grass string sounds of the past and present. The twang of the rockabilly stile guitar sits nicely with the pluc of the bass and the chuck of the tenor banjo, while the harmonica and fiddle harmonize like crickets in heat. A recipe gaurenteed to have you hootin and hollerin with your foot-a-stompin.
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Tue, Dec 2 - 8pm - $10
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.Vol 29 - As it's Fat Tuesday, there's going to be New Orleans music. Not to mention an international and eclectic group of fascinating presenters chit-chatting about things they love to do! You might just learn something about MOOCs, Belgium, Boston or tasty comestibles. As usual, there's beer, great friends and surprises...
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Wed, Dec 3 - 7pm - $20
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Dec 4 - 7pm - $7adv/$10door
In the few "whirlwind" years since playing his first US show at SXSW with his band BACK DOOR SLAM, DAVY KNOWLES has achieved more than most artists in an entire career -- and certainly fulfilled most of his early boy-hood dreams ! That first show, in March 2007, and the release of his debut album ROLL AWAY in June that year -- provided a spring board to over (450) gigs in the 4 years that followed -- a period that also took in the release of his Peter Frampton produced sophomore album Coming Up For Air, opening slots for Jeff Beck and Govt Mule, and a hugely successful 30 date romp around America supporting the Hagar/ Satriani inspired 'super group' CHICKENFOOT. Trips to Europe, the UK and Australia were squeezed in, and the "whirlwind" culminated with a tour performing with the legendary Rhythm Devils.I loved it all -- putting in my "10.000 hours" on the road -- it was such a great learning curve"....In between support slots and major festivals (including Bonaroo, Lollapalooza, and ACL (twice), his own shows at legendary rooms such as The Troubadour, Viper Room, Jerome's, Denver Fox, World Cafe, High Line (etc) , garnered great reviews. At radio, tracks such as COME HOME, TEAR DOWN THE WALLS, COMING UP FOR AIR and TASTE OF DANGER (a duet with Jonatha Brooke) were heavily rotated. He was invited to play The World Cafe several times, and TV appearances included Jimmy Kimmel, CBS morning show ...... America became his new home.A "Live from Melbourne" cd -- and a DVD of his "homecoming" concert in Douglas, Isle of Man, were also released through this period -- but after 4 years of relentless attention grabbing touring, playing his beloved blues, Davy was keen to take his foot off the gas a little and spend some time exploring new ideas... Davy explains........I began to realize that I'd been working so hard I'd had no real time to find myself, and perhaps I had become the sum of my early influences. That's not surprising or unusual -- and of course I was thrilled to be following in the steps of my musical heroes such as Gallagher, Mayall, Clapton and Knopfler - who's music inspired my dreams when I was growing up in the Isle of man. America was like a calling for me...I was so lucky to get the chance to come and play, and I took it with both hands, but lately I increasingly felt I needed to step off the roller coaster and explore, try to find a bit more of myself in my music.Davy has been recording new material in Northern England with co-writer producer Steve Chrisanthou* (Corrine Bailie Rae)Davy’s love of Blues and Americana will still be obvious in the new recordings, but the envelope will be pushed.We are all excited for the next phase of his career and Davy looks forward to hitting the road again soon.
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Thu, Dec 4 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
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Fri, Dec 5 - 9:30pm - $8
With their debut EP in the works, Woo Park is a force to be reckoned with. Their harmonies create a psychedelic atmosphere, allowing you to get lost in time, while their soulful hooks help to keep your feet planted firm on the ground. With less than a year of work under their belt, Woo has already begun to make a name for themselves in Chicago's music scene. They are truly an assault from all sides with such a wide variety of musical upbringings. This diversity helps to create a colorful marriage of styles, while their shared passion to create new music functions as the glue holding it all together. Woo Park is Emily Nichols (vocals), Luke Sangerman (drums & cymbals), Brian Sanborn (guitar), Steven Rutledge (percussion), Parker Grogan (bass), and Christian Zwit (keys & synths)
Yojimbo is fun! Their sound is pure punk rock energy with poppy driven melodies. You’ll be powerless to do anything except dance uncontrollably with a full-on smile. Carly Meyers leads the pack down a musical rabbit hole, welding her trombone like “a mystical samurai sword”. While Doc Sharp hammers the keyboards in cataclysmic pleasure, Patrick McDevitt slays his bass and Adam Gertner beats his drums to a bloody pulp with a widespread grin. Swept away by their infectious music, you’re so happy you joined the party!As one reviewer declared, “Yojimbo’s… the perfect blend of aggressive passion, punk rock chaos, and technical expertise.”
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Sun, Dec 7 - 11am - 4pm - FREE! ALL AGES!
free
Join us for our 2nd annual Krampus Fest! We're paying homage to St. Nick's dark partner, Krampus, because sometimes it's hard to be good! This is a family-friendly fest, so no Krampus beatings. (sorry!) A Holiday Arts Market is from 11am-4pm featuring local artisans, crafters, bakers and purveyors of beautiful handmade and homemade gifts. Super cool background mixtapes from DJ LowFi. Offering delectable sweet and savory edibles: cakes, chocolates, German sausages, potato pancakes, a terrific housemade Glogg and of course, hot cocoa! Take a picture with Krampus! or St. Nick! Are you feeling naughty or nice? Chillax, we get it! Most days we're both, too! Krampus Parade at 4:30!! Wicked. Cool. Fun
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KRAMPUS FEST ARTISAN MARKET ~ SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 ~ 11AM-4PM! ............... Are you an Artist? Maker? Crafter? Baker? Creator? Of super funky, unique and handmade things? Join the Artisan Market! Click on "BUY TICKETS" for your 6' vendor space and don't forget to add your email. We have a limited amount of 6' spaces available, so HURRY! We'll send you an email to confirm your space, your wares and all other super important details! Oh yeah, Krampus Fest is all ages! But you have to be 21+ with i.d. for a beer!FOR MORE INFO......kate@martyrslive.com
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Thu, Dec 11 - 9pm - $7adv/$10door
In the few "whirlwind" years since playing his first US show at SXSW with his band BACK DOOR SLAM, DAVY KNOWLES has achieved more than most artists in an entire career -- and certainly fulfilled most of his early boy-hood dreams ! That first show, in March 2007, and the release of his debut album ROLL AWAY in June that year -- provided a spring board to over (450) gigs in the 4 years that followed -- a period that also took in the release of his Peter Frampton produced sophomore album Coming Up For Air, opening slots for Jeff Beck and Govt Mule, and a hugely successful 30 date romp around America supporting the Hagar/ Satriani inspired 'super group' CHICKENFOOT. Trips to Europe, the UK and Australia were squeezed in, and the "whirlwind" culminated with a tour performing with the legendary Rhythm Devils.I loved it all -- putting in my "10.000 hours" on the road -- it was such a great learning curve"....In between support slots and major festivals (including Bonaroo, Lollapalooza, and ACL (twice), his own shows at legendary rooms such as The Troubadour, Viper Room, Jerome's, Denver Fox, World Cafe, High Line (etc) , garnered great reviews. At radio, tracks such as COME HOME, TEAR DOWN THE WALLS, COMING UP FOR AIR and TASTE OF DANGER (a duet with Jonatha Brooke) were heavily rotated. He was invited to play The World Cafe several times, and TV appearances included Jimmy Kimmel, CBS morning show ...... America became his new home.A "Live from Melbourne" cd -- and a DVD of his "homecoming" concert in Douglas, Isle of Man, were also released through this period -- but after 4 years of relentless attention grabbing touring, playing his beloved blues, Davy was keen to take his foot off the gas a little and spend some time exploring new ideas... Davy explains........I began to realize that I'd been working so hard I'd had no real time to find myself, and perhaps I had become the sum of my early influences. That's not surprising or unusual -- and of course I was thrilled to be following in the steps of my musical heroes such as Gallagher, Mayall, Clapton and Knopfler - who's music inspired my dreams when I was growing up in the Isle of man. America was like a calling for me...I was so lucky to get the chance to come and play, and I took it with both hands, but lately I increasingly felt I needed to step off the roller coaster and explore, try to find a bit more of myself in my music.Davy has been recording new material in Northern England with co-writer producer Steve Chrisanthou* (Corrine Bailie Rae)Davy’s love of Blues and Americana will still be obvious in the new recordings, but the envelope will be pushed.We are all excited for the next phase of his career and Davy looks forward to hitting the road again soon.
The piano-drums duo of Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey didn't know what they were getting themselves into when they called a place called Claudette's Bar in 2010 looking for a gig in between Chicago and St. Louis. Not only did Claudette book them into her bar in Oglesby, IL (an hour and a half southwest of Chicago's South Side), but she made them her house band and put them on salary."Claudette's was just a dive, not a venue, but we played to packed rooms because it's where everyone within 30 miles went to drink," Johnny says. "And Claudette started paying us weekly, even when she decided to have karaoke on Saturday instead of live music. Maybe that's just what she thought a bar owner does—she really knew nothing about bands or music. These days, as a musician, if you've got a chance to have regular money coming in, you take it."Johnny and Michael—named "the Claudettes" by Claudette—quickly won over the astonished locals with their epic sets of spasmodic instrumentals, deftly melding blues, jazz and deep soul with frenzied joy and infectious energy. What Johnny and Michael didn't see coming was Claudette losing her lease in 2011—but continuing to pay them weekly to be her house band at other bars. "She'd work out deals with the owners to set up her own portable bar inside their bar, and have us play while she sold drinks."Claudette didn't even know that Johnny and Michael were both highly respected musicians in Chicago and around the world. Johnny had been in the Junior Wells band for years (starting at age 23) and had toured with Otis Rush and recorded with Carey Bell and Lil' Ed (he's since become the piano player in the Grammy-nominated Chicago Blues: A Living History featuring Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch and Carlos Johnson). He also toured and recorded throughout the 2000s with his cult-favorite prog-pop band oh my god.And Michael, a Downbeat magazine award winner and five-time Detroit Music Awards recipient, had played with everyone from Koko Taylor to Chuck Mangione to Marvin Hamlisch to John Sinclair and is a member of Balkan fusion group Eastern Blok (recently, Michael toured Europe with Grammy nominees the Heritage Blues Orchestra).
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Fri, Dec 12 - 9pm - $8
It might sound strange, but it takes some serious soul to discover rock music's spirit and an absolute animal to find its superhuman funk. Luckily, the modern listener has Spirit Animal.The NYC-based band's 2013 single, "The Black Jack White," earned MTV Buzzworthy status when the site called the dance-funk anthem, "an animal all its own." The accompanying video -- flashy and ballsy in black and white -- went into rotation on mtvU ahead of the band's second EP, Kingdom Phylum, which premiered on USA Today. As with 2012's This Is a Test, the band brought together decades of disparate elements to craft party-ready rock. "These boys are the future," proclaimed ARTISTdirect, "it's the kind of fiery and ferocious music that the world rarely gets anymore."
Choo Choo plays a melange of Soul, Gospel, Rock and R&B. Straight up sassy. Ride the train!! We like big vocal sections and fuzz distortion. Grunge and doo wop had a baby. Think Weezer playing country soul, or perhaps Prince's weird, spazzy cousin.
Get Out of the Car is not scared of your ghosts. They care not for your casual indulgences, your impassioned pleas, or your photos of brunch. They are geared to exorcise, to grind, to blow and most essentially, to Rock. They are here to ensure that the Ancestral Beings of Rock Action and the emerging Templars of the New Rock Eternal do not converge to catch you innocents off swivel and give you the Homan Ave beatdown you might not have known you had coming. Stay vigilant, Get Out of the Car is honing their Rock Tools on the stuff of stars and are lighting out for new territories.
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Sat, Dec 13 - 9:30pm - $8
The Friendly Lens are an independent group hailing out of Chicago. Comprised of Zachary Coarson on guitar & lead vocals, Matthew Layton on keyboards, Mat Ajjarapu on bass, and Tommy Mendoza on drums, each member brings a unique musical style to the group. The Friendly Lens touch on many different genres from indie-pop, rock, soul, mod, and Brit-pop. Inland Towns is the debut EP from The Friendly Lens. Listen and download at https://friendlylensmusic.bandcamp.com/
Dahlia Revolt is the cosmic collaboration of classically trained pianist and producer Mallory Miller and artist/songwriter and guitarist Adam Reese. In October 2013, through a combination of poetic lyrics and memorable melodies with an electronic edge, Dahlia Revolt was created.
Hobbyist is Marc Mozga and Holly Prindle. Hobbyist formed in January 2013. Hobbyist was formerly I Luv Luv Birds. ILLB (2004- 2012) home recorded and self- released four albums including "I Know Why The Caged Bird Gun Slings" ('05) and "Cleaning Lady Uprising" ('10) in between working jobs for money. We needed a new name because of the new songs. The new songs are more indicative of the reclusion and outsider mentality that a name like "hobbyist" evokes. Mozga plays drum machines, guitars, bass, melodica and Prindle sings.
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Tue, Dec 16 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Get ready to deck the halls and jingle your bells with A Christmas Shimmy! Join the world-renowned cast of Burlesque-A-Pades as they present their version of A Christmas Carol this holiday season. Enjoy elements of the timeless Dickens tale flavored with the world class burlesque, illusion, humor and variety that you have come to expect from this NYC based touring revue! This seasonal spectacular stars one of the premiere burlesque entertainers in the world, Angie Pontani, master illusionist and comedian Albert Cadabra, the high energy dance sensation The Maine Attraction, the Tap Dancing Tornado Helen Pontani, the footy sync spectacular of the Snowflake Dancers PLUS special guests! It’s a lifetime of entertainment in two hours!
Burlesque Queen, Angie Pontani, “The Italian Stallionette,” is one of few involved in the ecdysiast arts who shimmys and shakes on stages around the world, as well as carries her art into other fields and genres, including film and television. A child of New York and a key player in establishing NYC's burlesque scene, this bump-n-grind bombshell has spread the gospel of burlesque across the globe for over a decade. The New Yorker calls Angie, “first rate, the perfect centerpiece!” and rightfully so, since her signature acts and productions all set standards of style and class.
Albert Cadabra is a professional, award-winning, comedy sideshow magician who delivers powerful, amazing and devilishly wild magic. Albert pushes and twists the boundaries of the art of magic with unique performances including; eating razor blades and a 3’-long balloon, hammering 6” spikes into his face, electrocuting himself with 2,000 volts of electricity and turning his assistant intoa gorilla. He makes people and animals appear and vanish at will and escapesfrom chains, shackles, locked crates and straight jackets—all with the flair, style, class and great sense of humor you would expect from this seasoned, professional magician. Albert is the headlining performer at RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT in Times Square, where he entertains thousands of enthralled fans in the heart of NYC every day
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Helen Pontani made her way to the Big Apple to fulfill her dreams of studying at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance and performing in modern dance companies. While working in movement, she developed a craving for false eyelashes, towering headdresses and glamour! As fabulous fate would have it, she became an original and honorary family member of burlesque pioneers, The World Famous Pontani Sisters. Since their inception, the trio of temptresses has changed the face of burlesque as we know it. Both with her sisters and on her own, Helen has dazzled audiences from the gritty big top of Coney Island to the glittering lights of Hollywood. Known as “the tapping tornado”, Helen was featured in the two year off-Broadway run of This is Burlesque. She has appeared in over a dozen national and international tours while also making frequent appearances on television programs like Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Gossip Girl, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy as well as having worked on programs with MTV, and VH1. This tap dance sensation has appeared in show stopping performances that have earned critical acclaim from the The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York Magazine. One thing is for sure, with her flirtatious tapping, fabulous show girl costumes covered in rhinestones and fabulous feathers, Helen is sure to bedazzle you!
Maine captivates audiences every time she hits the stage. Coined the “Triple Threat of Burlesque” (singer/actress/dancer) she’s performed domestically and internationally, from MGM Grand*s Studio 54 in Las Vegas, Le Bus Palladium (Paris), Buddha Bar (Beirut, Lebanon) to Dragon-i in Hong Kong. Energetic, sensual, and wildly charismatic, her uninhibited rhythmic style and sense of humor blend an ensemble of samba, belly dance, African, improvisation and contortion, and pole dancing into a movement she’s defined as *Burlesque Fusion.*
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Wed, Dec 17 - 9pm - $8adv/$10door
The Helping Phriendly Orchestra revisits Phish shows in their entirety withMark Hague on guitar/vocals,Rich Fobes on keyboards/vocals,Garrett Degnan on bass/vocals, andMike Schroeder on drums/vocals.
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Thu, Dec 18 - 9pm - $7adv / $10door
In the few "whirlwind" years since playing his first US show at SXSW with his band BACK DOOR SLAM, DAVY KNOWLES has achieved more than most artists in an entire career -- and certainly fulfilled most of his early boy-hood dreams ! That first show, in March 2007, and the release of his debut album ROLL AWAY in June that year -- provided a spring board to over (450) gigs in the 4 years that followed -- a period that also took in the release of his Peter Frampton produced sophomore album Coming Up For Air, opening slots for Jeff Beck and Govt Mule, and a hugely successful 30 date romp around America supporting the Hagar/ Satriani inspired 'super group' CHICKENFOOT. Trips to Europe, the UK and Australia were squeezed in, and the "whirlwind" culminated with a tour performing with the legendary Rhythm Devils.I loved it all -- putting in my "10.000 hours" on the road -- it was such a great learning curve"....In between support slots and major festivals (including Bonaroo, Lollapalooza, and ACL (twice), his own shows at legendary rooms such as The Troubadour, Viper Room, Jerome's, Denver Fox, World Cafe, High Line (etc) , garnered great reviews. At radio, tracks such as COME HOME, TEAR DOWN THE WALLS, COMING UP FOR AIR and TASTE OF DANGER (a duet with Jonatha Brooke) were heavily rotated. He was invited to play The World Cafe several times, and TV appearances included Jimmy Kimmel, CBS morning show ...... America became his new home.A "Live from Melbourne" cd -- and a DVD of his "homecoming" concert in Douglas, Isle of Man, were also released through this period -- but after 4 years of relentless attention grabbing touring, playing his beloved blues, Davy was keen to take his foot off the gas a little and spend some time exploring new ideas... Davy explains........I began to realize that I'd been working so hard I'd had no real time to find myself, and perhaps I had become the sum of my early influences. That's not surprising or unusual -- and of course I was thrilled to be following in the steps of my musical heroes such as Gallagher, Mayall, Clapton and Knopfler - who's music inspired my dreams when I was growing up in the Isle of man. America was like a calling for me...I was so lucky to get the chance to come and play, and I took it with both hands, but lately I increasingly felt I needed to step off the roller coaster and explore, try to find a bit more of myself in my music.Davy has been recording new material in Northern England with co-writer producer Steve Chrisanthou* (Corrine Bailie Rae)Davy’s love of Blues and Americana will still be obvious in the new recordings, but the envelope will be pushed.We are all excited for the next phase of his career and Davy looks forward to hitting the road again soon.
The Belvederes: Raised on a healthy diet of Garage Rock, Power-Pop, Roots, Red-Hot Rockabilly, Honky-Tonk and Soul -- John Ford (lead vocals, guitar), Joe Alonzo (drums, vocals) and Tyler Kock (bass guitar, vocals) came together during the early months of 2011, and presented a simple, clear-cut mission statement: Make people feel good. And when presented with such a task, we believe there's nothing quite like the incredible gift of Rock & Roll music. We also firmly believe that if you're gonna do this, you better do it right and give the audience MORE than what they paid for. Dynamic playing, tight three-part harmonies, dance floor-friendly energy and lots of love are what you can expect to experience at a Belvederes show. So get in on this rockin' dance party! Ya won't be sorry!
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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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Tue, Dec 30 - 9pm - $12
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
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Wed, Dec 31 - 9pm - $12
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
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Thu, Jan 1 - 9:30pm - $20
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Fri, Jan 2 - 9:30pm - $20
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Sat, Jan 3 - 7pm - $20
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Jan 8 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
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Fri, Jan 9 - 9:30pm - $18
“I feel like my brain is vibrating all day long,” says Reid Genauer, the singer/songwriter behind Assembly of Dust, discussing the band’s new album. “It’s hard to sleep, I’m so excited. I feel like Lex Luthor, or that Mike Myers character, Dr. Evil. I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs, dreaming up this demonic scheme, getting ready to release this germ on to the world.”While “demonic schemes” may not come to mind when you think of Assembly of Dust, Genauer’s post-Strangefolk crew since 2002, his band’s latest album does have the feeling of something remarkable being unleashed. The record, recorded over two years, showcases Genauer’s maturation as a songwriter, as evidenced both by the material and the all-star collaborations that dot all 13 tracks. It’s rare to hear something so massive in scope and ambition, and yet so intricate in the tiny details.
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Sat, Jan 10 - 9:30pm - $18
“I feel like my brain is vibrating all day long,” says Reid Genauer, the singer/songwriter behind Assembly of Dust, discussing the band’s new album. “It’s hard to sleep, I’m so excited. I feel like Lex Luthor, or that Mike Myers character, Dr. Evil. I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs, dreaming up this demonic scheme, getting ready to release this germ on to the world.”While “demonic schemes” may not come to mind when you think of Assembly of Dust, Genauer’s post-Strangefolk crew since 2002, his band’s latest album does have the feeling of something remarkable being unleashed. The record, recorded over two years, showcases Genauer’s maturation as a songwriter, as evidenced both by the material and the all-star collaborations that dot all 13 tracks. It’s rare to hear something so massive in scope and ambition, and yet so intricate in the tiny details.
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Sun, Jan 11 - 8pm - $15
Dale Watson is a country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.Although Dale has made his name as a Texas artist, he actually was born in Alabama. Moving to Houston as a teenager, his musical journey began right out of high school as he started playing clubs and local honky-tonks. In 1988, it led him to move to Los Angeles on the advice of rockabilly singer-guitarist Rosie Flores. He played in the house band at the legendary Palomino Club in Hollywood for a couple years and recorded a few singles before moving to Nashville to write songs for a publishing company run by Gary Morris (writer of such country/pop hits as “The Wind Beneath My Wings”). Commercial country did not fit the fiercely independent songwriter so Dale relocated to Austin, Texas where he got a record deal and wrote several songs poking fun at the industry side of Nashville, including “Nashville Rash” from his Hightone debut Cheatin’ Heart Attack and “A Real Country Song” from his 1996 follow-up Blessed or Damned.After making three albums with Hightone, Dale released The Trucking Sessions on Koch Records in 1998. Including 14 original driving songs, the album received high praise and caused critics to compare him to chart-topping writer Red Simpson, who was responsible for some of the most iconic trucking tunes in country music.Just two years after this success, Dale’s fiancee died in a car accident. As chronicled in the Zalman King documentary Crazy Again (2006), he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her loss and nearly died of an overdose. Dale then checked himself into a mental institution and left a year later, releasing his tribute album to her called Every Song I Write Is For You (2001). After recording a few more albums, he decided to take a break from touring and moved to Maryland to be closer to his daughters.Back in Texas and on the road in 2006, Dale has been trucking ever since and is now releasing his 20th album. His debut on indie label Red House Records, The Sun Sessions was recorded at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studios with The Texas Two (bassist Chris Crepps and drummer Mike Bernal) in the stripped-down style of Johnny Cash’s earliest recordings.Like the early country legends of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Dale has a style and sound all his own. Tattooed and always dressed to the nines, he is a true entertainer, mixing humor and pathos into his lively shows. Whether playing with his Texas Two or with his rocking band the Lone Stars, Dale is sure to take us on one hell of a musical ride.
Award-winning Girl of the Century, Working Girl with Guitar Rosie Flores has gone surfing, knifing her turquoise axe through some new uncharted musical waters. After a busy few years that found her nabbing a Peabody Award onstage at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for her narration of the documentary "Whole Lotta Shakin"; producing Janis Martin's soon to be released CD on Cow Island Records; and a multimedia Janis Martin Tribute that she created and performed at the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame this year, Rosie released Girl Of The Century (Bloodshot Records) and is half way into a brand spanking new CD, Working Girls Guitar.The new record marks a first for Rosie as she is the only guitar player, in addition to penning some new tunes that ride some new waves. Twanging between a rock and a surf place, Rosie fires up the big chord guns on songs that tell some hard earned tales. The title track is a chiming stomper that resonates with miles of grit, grace and determination; while “Yeah, Yeah”, a tribute to her late great fellow twang master Duane Jarvis, shines with a light that glows through the tears. Flores took flight in Southern California, and has been a major figure in the Los Angeles, Austin and Nashville music scenes – as well as in Europe and Japan. She added new pins to her world map when she played several big festivals in Australia last year (Port Ferry, Apollo Bay, Brunswick Festival) and tore it up the year before in New Zealand. Critical raves from prestigious publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Guitar Player magazine, an LA Weekly Music Award for Best Rockabilly Swing Artist, a 2007 cover story in the Austin Chronicle, and the proclamation of Rosie Flores Day in August 2006 by Austin Mayor Will Wynn was topped off by an induction into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2007. She was recently voted as one of the "Top 75 Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time" by Venuszine. After a stint with the cult cowpunk band Screaming Sirens, who recorded an album Fiesta, with Enigma and appeared as themselves in the films The Runnin’ Kind , and had cameo roles in The Vendetta and Reform School Girls. Signing with Warner's Reprise subsidiary in 1987 as a solo artist was her first major break. The label hoped to light up the country charts with a female version of Dwight Yoakam, and paired Flores with Yoakam's producer/guitarist Pete Anderson. The self-titled release spotlighted Flores as a stylish, fiery neo-traditional singer who played explosive guitar solos to match. The album yielded three singles, and "Crying Over You," earned Flores her first Billboard chart appearance. She was also the first female Latina country artist to ever enter the Billboard country charts. Early in her career while recording for Warner Bros. Records she was nominated for best "Horizon Artist" by the Academy of Country Music in California. She had a cameo role in River Phoenix's final film, A Thing Called Love in 1993. Yet it was 1995's Rockabilly Filly that received the most attention, because it reintroduced rockabilly pioneers Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin to audiences worldwide through their duets with Rosie and a successful 1995 tour with Jackson. Moreover, Flores's self-penned "You Tear Me Up" is arguably the best performance by a contemporary female rockabilly artist. She recorded more records including After the Farm, Once More With Feeling, Bandera Highway (HighTone), A Honky Tonk Reprise, Dance Hall Dreams (Rounder), Speed of Sound (Eminent), A Little Bit of Heartache (with Ray Campi, Watermelon), and Single Rose and Christmasville (Durango Rose Records). Rosie's solos recordings have found homes on both the Billboard and Gavin charts and are featured in seven motion pictures. Her revved-up performances from California to New York have won legions of fans and earned appearances on such nationally broadcast television programs as "Austin City Limits" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." She is currently appearing in the documentaries Every Night is Saturday Night: The Story of Wanda Jackson and Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice. Rosie toured Japan for the first time in 2007, and followed that with her 21st tour of Europe through Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, and Spain. She headlined at The Americana Festival UK 2008, held in Nottinghamshire Newark England. Endorsed by Fender at the 2008 NAMM in Anaheim, CA, Rosie was chosen to open a special show celebrating 65 Years of Fender along with Dick Dale, Billy Gibbons, Jimmy Vaughn and Cindy Cashdollar. With a new tour, new CD under way and trails of shiny accolades around her, Rosie Flores is taking on the future one swell wave at a time.
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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.
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