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Mon, Aug 31 - 8pm - $7
The Derek Brown Syndicate is a new Chicago-based instrumental fusion band, blending original pop, funk, improv, and Brown's unique "BEATBoX SAX" style. The group also features keyboard extraordinaire Hayden Ashley, drum master Nate Mark, trumpeter Mike Jones, and Mike "Funktastic" Zabrin on bass.
The Natalie Lande Sextet is a brand new band on Chicago’s music scene. WithvSarah Marie Young on vocals, Dan Pierson on piano, Sam Hasting on guitar, John Sims on bass, and Peter Manheim on drums, the band members skillfully aid saxophonist Natalie Lande in making her original compositions come to life. While each member of the sextet has an extensive jazz background, they all have experience playing in other contemporary genres, as well. Having recently received her Masters in Jazz Composition at DePaul University, Lande’s music is a collection of different genres such as rock, hip hop and classical music deeply infused with elements of jazz. Lande was awarded a grant by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, giving her the wonderful opportunity of recording 8 of her compositions on an album. Lande’s first record, “Learning How To Fly” will be released at the end of August.
In November of 2012, Robert Dicke began hosting a weekly jam session at The Tonic Room in Chicago. The house band began as a rotating cast but very quickly found it’s core members— guitarist Jared Rabin, bassist Dan Kristan, keyboardist Carl Kennedy, and of course Robert Dicke behind the drums— the Calamity Flamtet was born. The sound of the band is the ever elusive fusion of Jazz, Funk, and Rock. There is a fine wave that the band attempts to ride by including elements from these genres, while maintaining the essence of each. By the time Dicke’s Jam Session came to a close at the end of 2014, the group had developed a cohesiveness that was undeniable and that would be unfair to keep from the general public. A decision was made to document this original music and give the band a chance to thrive in other clubs and musical circles. Dicke was able to obtain a grant from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation that made it possible for them to record nine of his original compositions. The debut album “Class” is a bit of a play on words. The Tonic Room is located just a half block from DePaul University School of Music, where the group met and where Dicke was completing his Masters Degree while running the jam session. The album will be released at the end of August and the saga will continue.
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Tue, Sep 1 - 8pm - $10
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Wed, Sep 2 - 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, Sep 3 - 9:30pm - No Cover
free
A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
Powerhouse vocalist, Jai Malano, debuted as leading lady to horn driven 40s-50s rhythm & blues band, The Royal Rhythmaires, on July 4, 2010. Jai has mesmerized audiences with her raw, yet sultry, renditions of timeless Blues classics ever since. Her strong vocals and showmanship have earned her comparisons to Etta James, Lavern Baker, and Ruth Brown, as well as landed her the cover of UK Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine. She has received further recognition in Vintage Rock Magazine and the Austin Music Journal. As vocalist for The Royal Rhythmaires, she and the band were listed as one of the Top 15 Bands to watch in 2014 by the Dallas Observer.
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Fri, Sep 4 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.Big Sam began playing with the Dirty Dozen at the tender age of 19 before striking out on his own and creating the Funky Nation. Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.BSFN is a festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil, to Canada. BSFN is a favorite on the festival circuit and has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Blues & Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, LEAF & many more.
What's a Nasty Snack, you ask? It's Tom Selleck standing under a waterfall with a saxophone, eating a ham sandwich. It's Scooby Doo gnawing on a pair of rawhide drumsticks. It's that nasty groove brought to you by nine members of a Chicago funk movement that cannot be stopped! Drawing from influences such as Kool and the Gang, Lettuce, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power, the Snacks have proven to showcase an explosive, horn-driven, pocket-slamming performance at each live show. With a chaotic balance of R&B grooves and freaky horn melodies, the Snacks have developed a sound acclaimed by most as "just nasty!"Nasty Snacks is a collective of musicians from various musical projects featuring vocalist Catherine Poulos (From Tha 99, Lighten Up), guitarist Ryan Gac (Soul Vendor), bassist Martin Farrelly (Soul Vendor), guitarist Colin Fahey (How Far to Austin), keyboard scientist Anthony Perry Jr. (How Far to Austin), drummer Steven Rutledge (Woo Park), trumpeters Scott Hoecker and Caleb Mitchell (Soul Vendor), and saxophonist Sean Packard (all-around badass).
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Sat, Sep 5 - 9pm - $10
Formed in the basements of Urbana in 2011, indie rock group A Cool Hand has undergone several metamorphoses to become the 5 piece operation it is today. Drawing from diverse musical influences, they combine energetic rock with group harmonies into a delicious ham and cheese sandwich.
Sparkling songcraft. Unbridled inspiration. Disciplined arrangements. PUSH/PULL, the forthcoming release from Champaign-Urbana, IL indie stalwarts Elsinore is a creative triumph by a band that cannot be discouraged. What’s their secret? Elsinore’s sunny secret is that they are part pop quartet, part lemonade stand. When life as a band, bootstrapping themselves out of the Midwestern mud into the limelight, gives them lemons, they make lemonade. Cool, cool, sweet lemonade. With the help of innumerable friends, mentors, allies, and like-minded experts—and without surrendering to the lure of the tortured artist “sad bastard” complex—they’ve taught themselves to be a fully professional band in an industry that doesn’t often smile on third-coast upstarts. Lemons. The four met at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. It’s okay if you haven’t heard of it. Ryan Groff, Mark Woolwine, Dave Pride, and Chris Eitel clicked, and, wasting no time, immediately recorded and released the 2004 EP Harmonic Impulsion.
Stereospeak is an established Chicago indie 6-piece. The band has evolved considerably since its inception in 2009, when guitarist/vocalist Mike Mitzner and drummer Logan Ortega began collaborating musically. The band has featured many members over the years but is now made up of Mitzner, Ortega, Marlon Lang (keys/guitar/vocals), Brendan Bunce (guitar/vocals), Tim Gauntner (Bass), and Peter Kourkouvis (Saxophone/Percussion)
Boss Fight is a group of four guys who honestly each believe they are the worst member of the band, and that the other three are geniuses who more than make up for whatever damage they cause. The result is a group of friends who have the time of their lives when they play together, and wouldn't trade it for anything. We hope you enjoy it half as much as we do.
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Tue, Sep 8 - 8pm - $15adv/$18door
Virgil Donati​ Band featuring.....Virgil Donati - Drums;Anthony Crawford - Bass;André Nieri - Guitar;Isamu McGregor - Keyboards. Los Angeles, CA: Legendary drum virtuoso Virgil Donati’s latest album “In This Life” will be will be featured on the upcoming US tour. Having recently won Modern Drummer Magazines best recorded performance, it has set the bar for explorations in rhythm. The album was produced, written and arranged by Donati. Virgil’s drumming has arguably been at the leading edge for at least a decade, and as this record displays, his compositional and orchestration skills are also coming to the fore. Never one to seek approval or security, he has maintained an introspective, independent mind, transcending traditional boundaries, always alert of the possibilities beyond the norm. The 10 tracks on this album are affirmation of these principles, and along the way, features some of the brightest young musicians bursting onto the scene from all corners of the globe. Some of these young musicians will be featured on this tour; Anthony Crawford on bass, André Nieri on guitar, and Isamu McGregor on keyboards/vocals. “We've found our feet in the new millennium... I'm amazed by the virtuosity displayed by so many of the younger players out there now. I'm always on the lookout for new talent, and I take pride in featuring some of them on this tour” enthuses Donati. As a sideman he has recently been touring and recording with Allan Holdsworth, and his reverence for Allans music has led him to include some Holdsworth classics in the set, including Metal Fatigue, Material Real, and Water On The Brain. The show wouldn’t be complete without a tribute to Planet X, with a few tracks from ‘Quantum’ to round off the set list. Virgil was born and raised in Melbourne Australia. From the time he could barely utter a word, he keenly observed the regular band rehearsals his father held in the house. Virgil’s interest in music and instinct for rhythm had been apparent to his parents for some time. They began considering a musical path for him, and one month prior to turning 3, he found himself sitting behind his first real drumset. Joining his first rock band and signing with his first major label at age 15 was surely the right choice for the young drummer. The band was called `Taste’. This was to give Virgil his early experiences in the studio, with three releases by the band. The relentless touring also allowed him to cultivate and improve his skills where it counts – on stage. At the age of 16, Virgil turned pro to enable him to tour and focus on music, and has since devoted his whole life and soul to his art. The motivation has been his endless and restless pursuit to express himself through his playing. At age 19 Virgil traveled to the U.S. to further study drumming, and also took classes in composition and arranging. Returning to Australia at age 21 his career was alight. He was in demand playing many genres of music, including jazz, rock, pop, theatre and studio work. He also worked with many visiting artists, including jazz pianist George Cables, vocalist Mark Murphy, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland, Melissa Etheridge. His next taste of commercial success came in the early 90’s with Southern Sons. The band reached double platinum with their debut album. At the same time, throughout the mid 80’s and 90’s, Virgil’s interest in progressive music was exploited with several bands he initiated, most notably Loose Change, and later, On The Virg. In 1996 Virgil uprooted and relocated in the U.S.A., in an attempt to expand onto the world stage. It has since proved to be a very rewarding and productive time. Recording and touring with the likes of Planet X, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, CAB, Scott Henderson, Steve Walsh, Tribal Tech, Frank Gambale, Tony MacAlpine, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Mark Boals, Michel Polnareff, Dave Stewart, Kiko Loureiro, and many others, he continues to push the limits of the instrument to astonishing new levels. A free download of one of the tracks from the record, "Red Air" is available at: http://t.opsp.in/j1IG7 “In This Life: is available for purchase and download exclusively from Virgil’s webstore: http://virgildonati.spinshop.comMany drummers come to mind who've had a hand in raising the bar - leading by example with faster chops, innovative use of the instrument, more complex rhythms, more creative phrasing, and in general, inspiring a new generation of drummers. But few have turned as many heads as Virgil Donati. - Stick It Magazine, Feb. 1998. Virgil was born and raised in Melbourne Australia. From the time he could barely utter a word, he keenly observed the regular band rehearsals his father held in the house. Virgil’s interest in music and instinct for rhythm had been apparent to his parents for some time. They began considering a musical path for him, and one month prior to turning 3, he found himself sitting behind his first real drumset. Joining his first rock band and signing with his first major label at age 15 was surely the right choice for the young drummer. The band was called `Taste’. This was to give Virgil his early experiences in the studio, with three releases by the band. The relentless touring also allowed him to cultivate and improve his skills where it counts – on stage. At the age of 16, Virgil turned pro to enable him to tour and focus on music, and has since devoted his whole life and soul to his art. The motivation has been his endless and restless pursuit to express himself through his playing. At age 19 Virgil traveled to the U.S. to further study drumming, and also took classes in composition and arranging. Returning to Australia at age 21 his career was alight. He was in demand playing many genres of music, including jazz, rock, pop, theatre and studio work. He also worked with many visiting artists, including jazz pianist George Cables, vocalist Mark Murphy, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland, Melissa Etheridge. His next taste of commercial success came in the early 90’s with Southern Sons. The band reached double platinum with their debut album. At the same time, throughout the mid 80’s and 90’s, Virgil’s interest in progressive music was exploited with several bands he initiated, most notably Loose Change, and later, On The Virg. In 1996 Virgil uprooted and relocated in the U.S.A., in an attempt to expand onto the world stage. It has since proved to be a very rewarding and productive time. Recording and touring with the likes of Planet X, Steve Vai, CAB, Scott Henderson, Steve Walsh, Tribal Tech, Frank Gambale, Derek Sherinian, Mark Boals, Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Josh Stone, and many others, he continues to push the limits of the instrument to astonishing new levels.
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Wed, Sep 9 - 8pm -$10adv/$12door
THE RATTLERS are a high powered western swing band with influences coming out of Texas from the music of Bob Wills -Ray Price to the hard hittin honky tonk sounds of Hank Williams-Porter Wagoner and George Jones.They also find a little room for the tear jerkin ballads that can bring a tear to the eye of toughest guy in town. Ollie Oshea - fiddle John Rice- guitar/fiddle T.C. Furlong - steel guitar Barney Shwarz - bass Bill Schaefer - drums
In Central Illinois where Brian grew up, he never had to strain too hard to hear REAL COUNTRY music. As Brian says, 'It was just part of the soundtrack of your youth." Bitten hard by the music bug Brian got his start in the University of Illinois music program. Skills refined there would allow him to take his talents to Nashville and work as a session player and tour with Allison Krauss, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan and others. In addition, Brian has appeared on "Nashville Now" and led that band on a national television telethon in L.A. Now residing in Chicago The Hoyle Brothers benefit immensely from his skill. OTHER PROJECTS: Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Alison Krauss...
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Thu, Sep 10 - 8pm - $8
Throughout their career, Parallel Mind has continually impressed listeners with their technical prowess, sophisticated compositions, and high quality live performances. The group began in the fall of ‘99 with the meeting of drummer Joe Babiak and keyboardist Nibandh Nadkarni. The two shared a similar musical vision, and despite numerous changes in personnel/instrumentation over the years, Joe and Nibandh have always remained the group’s backbone. In 2001, Parallel Mind released their first EP and performed many shows in Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area. In 2005, Parallel Mind released their first full-length instrumental album Colossus ADEA and was signed by the Canadian record label Unicorn Digital. Colossus ADEA featured various guest musicians while drums, bass, and keyboards remained the core instrumentation. In 2014, after an extensive hiatus, Parallel Mind reassembled utilizing the talents of former members and continued writing. With the return of guitarist Aaron Harris, Parallel Mind expanded its songwriting capabilities and sonic palette. In August of 2015, Parallel Mind released their second full-length album titled Connections. Connections represents a decades worth of musical ideas finally brought to fruition and reflects the many parallels between band members, both past and present.
The Chinese Professionals' are drummer Victor Salazar and guitarist Peter Allen. The Chicago natives formed the band as an alternative musical outlet to the duo's main band, 'Big Electric'. 'The Chinese Professionals' combine improvisation with structured motifs and riffs to create an exciting blend of rock, metal, and prog tinged instrumentals played with precision and passion.
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Fri, Sep 11 - 8pm - No Cover
free
It is easy to understand the return of the Hailu Mergia to the world of music as one of the most unlikely comebacks of the last few years: The keyboardist was a major star in 1970es Ethiopia, presiding over the country's leading instrumental ensemble Walias Band, which worked restlessly on the Addis Ababa hotel circuit and jammed with luminaries like Duke Ellington and Manu Dibango. In 1981 members of Walias including Hailu used the first ever US tour of an Ethiopian music group to escape the dictatorial Mengistu regime. Since then Hailu has been a resident of the Washington DC area, spending most of his recent years as a cab driver at the capital's Dulles Airport and playing only privately. Enter Brian Shimkovitz of Awesome Tapes From Africa, who came across "Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument", an obscure 1985 cassette, in a music store in Ethiopia, tracked down the old maestro and reissued it: This charming tape has both a nostalgic feel as well as a futuristic dimension. On the back of this reissue, Hailu started to play live again - In Europe backed by a hard-to-beat rhythm section made up from two leading Australian improvisors living in Berlin: Tony Buck (drums) is involved in a diverse array of projects but probably best known as a member of the genre-bending cult band The Necks. Mike Majkowski on double bass has come to acclaim with his imaginative solo performances and for his sideman work for Peter Brötzmann and Han Bennink. Together the trio explores the deep, liquid and hypnotic qualities of Hailu Mergia's music, while not forgetting to throw in some defty bits of funk now and then. Hailu Mergia With Tony Buck & Mike Majkowski's recent concerts included festival appearances at Villette Sonique in Paris, Le Guess Who in Utrecht, Austria's sympathetic Konfrontationen and at Hamburg's Überjazz as well as club shows pretty much all over Europe from Lisboa to Helsinki.In October 2014, Awesome Tapes From Africa reissued Walias Band's "Tche Belew" (1977), the much sought after holy grail of Ethio Jazz which has been selling on Ebay for astronomical sums up to 4.000 US $. This album became revered by record collectors around the world particularly due to stand-out track “Musicawi Silt”: With its unique groove and angular melody, this is one of the most seminal tunes in the Ethiopian popular music cannon and has been covered numberless times.
Since arriving in the US from his native Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the foremost percussionists in the world. His endless sonic curiosities and intense rhythmic drive have spurred collaborations with myriad luminaries, from Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock and John Zorn to Yo-Yo Ma, Phish lead-singer Trey Anastasio, and Medeski Martin & Wood. Baptista’s quartet, Banquet of the Spirits, embodies the Brazilian philosophy of anthropofagia, or cultural cannibalism. Featuring some of the most exciting musicians in the avant-world scene, this is a joyous, ever-surprising celebration of the adventurous sounds these exceptional players have collected and consumed over the years. Writes All About Jazz: “a diversity of sounds and colors that can't be found anywhere else. This is global exotica of a kind so wonderfully weird and cool that it's a must-listen.”
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Sat, Sep 12 - 9pm - $8
Living Hour was formed by summer camp cabin-mates with a sound inspired by the dreamy and open prairie sky from their home town, Winnipeg. Living Hour carry an influence from the Velvet Underground, Slowdive and Rilo Kiley, blending a passion for psychedelic dream-like guitar with old school love songs.Debut album released on cassette by tree machine records on April 23.
"Bump Head Go Home," the third official full-length LP from Chicago's long running rhythm-and-booze band Animal City, is their strongest collection of recordings to date. Trading the lakehouse electronic tricks of 2013's "See You In The Funny Pages," their latest effort captures the quartet in their most raw and honest form -- outfitted for full-on rock modes, jazzed up and peaking out pawn shop amps with only peripheral nods toward the Thin Lizzy, Magic Sam, Joe Walsh, and Wilco posters on the practice space walls.They're a true gem of the genre -- their camcorder shorts turned classic stoner pop visions evolving restlessly with each passing project, pig-roast after pig-roast, year after year -- and while the marble-clad, carpeted offices of "Indie Rock" may not necessarily deserve a band like Animal City in 2015, it is our belief, in our hearts, that you do."
Pet Theories invite you to relax and reinvigorate your sense of what falling in love with a local band can feel like. Their guess is that, since they're not trying sell you a variation on something you already have, there’s more room for everyone to have fun and celebrate the possibilities that come with sharing art together in a city as creatively inspiring as Chicago. Tony Trigilio (drums) is a former member of the Boston-based avant-noise band Drumming On Glass. He teaches poetry at Columbia College Chicago, and his sixth book of poems was published in 2014. With influences that include '80s punk, indie noise rock, and Krautrock, he can't imagine a world without Can's Tago Mago. Brian Cremins (guitar/voice/principal songwriter) is a former member of The Confessors, Ten Hundred, Short Punks in Love, and Tiny Magnets. He teaches English at Harper College and writes about comics and film. Allison Felus (voice/keys) has performed on stage for most of her life and, after many years of singing jazz and show tunes, is happy to have found a new outlet in rock music. Formerly co-vocalist in Tiny Magnets, she also blogs and gives psychic readings.
Ember Oceans embodies a breath of fresh air in the indie synth-rock genre, seeing themselves and what makes a catchy pop tune through a new perspective. Their self-titled debut EP takes their warm electric groove for one hell of a joy ride that feels great the whole way through. Stop at the beach and surf through the rich harmonies and waves of reverb soaked synthesizer and guitar, popping like bubbles along to the crisp beats and bass that drive the songs on a roadtrip that travels through summers of influence and sound. Ember Oceans does not want you to just listen to their music, they want you to take it on vacation and have the best trip you've had in years.
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Sun, Sep 13 - 8pm - No Cover
free
Terakaft (meaning "caravan" in Tamasheq) is a genuine desert rock band, sculpted by the pure searing air and the endless rolling sands of the Sahara. The stark, harsh conditions of the Sahara have permeated their wild riffs, and as a result Terakaft are the perfect embodiment of all that is wild and free in desert blues today. They have taken the electric guitar and made it their own. Terakaft was formed in 2001 by Sanou Ag Ahmed, then based in Kidal, Mali with Kedou Ag Ossad. Kedou was a member of the original line-up of Tinariwen (four of Kedou’s compositions are embodied on their first international release "The Radio Tisdas Sessions"). Liya Ag Ablil (aka Diara), Sanou’s uncle, joined the band in 2006. Diara was also an original member of Tinariwen and was known for his fierce and passionate style of rock’n’roll guitar playing. He played with Tinariwen for almost 20 years, but stepped back just before Tinariwen started touring internationally. He’s still a close friend of Ibrahim "Abaraybone" Ag Alhabib, and played on Tinariwen’s last album "Imidiwan : Companions" (as did Sanou and Abdallah of Terakaft). Terakaft recorded their first studio album "Bismilla, The Bko Sessions" in four days at the legendary Bogolan Studios in Bamako, Mali. Following its release, Terakaft went on their first European tour in Spring & Autumn of 2007 with its line-up of the time : Sanou, Kedou, Diara and Rhissa Ag Oghram on the bass. Terakaft’s second album, "Akh Issudar" was produced by Jean-Paul Romann (Tinariwen, Lo’Jo) and released in 2008. Rhissa, who had left the band prior to the recording, was replaced in 2008 by Jean- Louis Livenais (of Akeikoi). Terakaft also released an EP of live recordings in 2008, which is a record of Kedou’s last gigs prior to his departure from the band. Kedou left Terakaft in 2008 as he preferred to remain in the desert, and Diara stepped in as leader of the band. The band were then joined by Abdallah Ag Ahmed, Sanou’s younger brother, making Terakaft a true family band. Abdallah became the bass player of the band. In 2009, Mahamad Moha (aka Tohandy) joined the band on percussion for one year. He was replaced in 2010 by Mathias Vagunez (also of Akeikoi). This line-up will be completed in 2011 with a Touareg percussionist. Terakaft’s roster of songs were mainly written by Diara and Inteyeden Ag Ablil, Diara’s brother. Inteyeden was a Touareg legend and he and Ibrahim "Abaraybone" Ag Alhabib, were co-founders of Tinariwen. Inteyeden passed away in 1994, but his influence is still felt and heard today in the music of Tinariwen and Terakaft. The more modern sounding Terakaft tracks have been written by Diara, Sanou and Abdallah and have a more "pop" sound in the true sense that it is "popular" music, listened to and sung every day by Tamasheq youth. Terakaft are a band that must be seen live. The perfect mix of two rhythm guitars (one keeping the beat effortlessly, the other soaring and sweet) and the deep tones of the bass, bringing to mind the delicate but strong steps of a camel making its way through the wastelands, will send you on a journey to the deepest heart of the desert, from which you’ll never want to return. The heavy, pulsating heartbeat of the percussion holds everyone together and completes the sound of Terakaft.pulsating heartbeat of the percussion holds everyone together and completes the sound of Terakaft.
Tangleweed is a band of four forward-looking musical reactionaries from Chicago, Illinois. They play acoustic Americana music. Their fourth full-length record, Please Punch Richard For Me, is out now. Their previous CDs, Most Folk Heroes Started Out As Criminals, Where You Been So Long? and Just a Spoonful, have received glowing reviews and airplay in 22 countries.
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Mon, Sep 14 - 8pm - $7
Michael Nearpass has been recognized by the DownBeat Student Music Awards and was a finalist for the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. He has also served as a Ravinia Jazz Fellow at the Stean’s Music Institute. Michael’s writing experience ranges from jazz and pop genres to orchestral chamber groups. His Medium Ensemble seeks to combine these influences into an intricate collection of musical inventions.
American writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) is famous for her biting wit and satire, but she also had a softer side. Jazz bassist, vocalist, & composer Katie Ernst sets Dorothy Parker poetry to music in her latest project Little Words. The song cycle has been praised by the Chicago Tribune as "an ethereal, oft-haunting suite...a gentle, disarming work that stands out for its intimacy in an often-raucous world." Jazziz Magazine describes Little Words as "a concise set that winningly blends jazz, pop, and classical elements, showcasing Ernst's buttery alto and her creative way with melody." Ernst is joined by saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, pianist Stu Mindeman, and drummer Andrew Green for an evening of modern jazz and timeless poetry.
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Tue, Sep 15 - 8pm - $7
Aspen Hourglass is a classical fusion rock band. This slightly self-labeled genre came about by necessity, as the band struggled to find a genre in which to compare itself. Combining classical piano, slap/tap guitar techniques, bass synth, trapset, and lush vocals, Grayson Erhard, Elvin Holderfield, and Sean Hanson have created a unique tapestry of sound – melding their fondness for composition and expression with their desire to meaningfully connect with audience members. Largely against clichés, Aspen Hourglass unintentionally formed inside of a garage in 2012. After various instrumental experimentation, a three-piece sound was chosen. The imagery and concept behind the name “Aspen Hourglass” illustrates change in time, color, transition, impermanence and the geography of their home – Colorado. A paramount intent of the band is to grow the community and group as organically as possible through live performances, benefits, and opportunities to fellow artists. The band was chosen by PopVulture Magazine in March 2013 to become a Headline Artist in their physical and online magazine. They have also been featured on the cover of Colorado Music Buzz’s October 2013 issue and selected as an “Artist to Watch” in 2014, chosen as the “Artist of the Month” by Callywood Radio in December 2013, had multiple features in Colorado State University’s Collegian, an article in SwitchOn!’s global physical and online magazine, a full-page written in the February 2014 edition of Scene Magazine, and multiple full-page articles in Fort Collins Magazine. The band is also on regular rotation with numerous radio stations globally. Aspen Hourglass has opened for many national acts such as: The Flobots, Passafire, Barcelona, Matthew Santos, This Must be the Band, Miguel Dakota, and Darling Parade. They have also played at many of the region’s largest entertainment venues. In 2015, the band released their debut EP, “Navigate”, and have appeared in many of Colorado’s main media outlets from Boulder Daily Camera’s Second Story Garage to the Denver Loft Sessions. Aspen Hourglass just recently performed at the renowned SXSW festival in Austin, TX for the Colorado Music Party to a packed house and will also be involved in some of Colorado’s biggest festivals and venues: Taste of Fort Collins, Captiol Hill’s People’s Fair, and Denver Day of Rock.
In a pop music landscape dominated by the guitar, a piano-fronted rock band is bound to stand out—and Nonpronto does just that. Not since Ben Folds Five has a piano trio brought such creativity and energy to the art of songwriting. Since forming in Chicago in 2012, they’ve released two EPs: Nonpronto (2013) and Like Sh*t (2014) and one full length album: Unready (2015). The piano driven power trio has made a name for themselves in the Chicago music scene with their energetic live performances and their unique brand of catchy, melodic pop music. Heartfelt lyrics and hummable hooks are the hallmarks of Nonpronto's sound.
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Wed, Sep 16, 2015 - 8pm - $10
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
Janis Joplin. There were blues singers who inspired her. There were vocalists who grew up admiring her. But there's never been performer before or since who regularly brought as much over the top energy to the concert stage as Janis did, song after song, night after night.Get ready for some truly powerful music as Great Moments in Vinyl relives two of the most memorable albums recorded by this legendary singer: her groundbreaking work with Big Brother and the Holding Company on Cheap Thrills, and the record that was the perfect showcase for her powerful blend of rock, blues, and soul, her final solo album Pearl.For this performance Great Moments in Vinyl will feature vocalists Judith Weirauch, Kara Cavanaugh, and Graham Nelson, backed by Richard Pettengill and John Mead on guitar, Dan Moulder and Lindsay Weinberg on keyboards, Peter Manis on drums, and GMiV narrator, William Lindsey Cochran on bass.
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Thu, Sep 17 - 8pm - $7
One-Way Charlie is a post/math rock group based out of the NWI/Chicago.
Starting at Columbia College Chicago in September 2012. Taking influence from Ramones, R.E.M., Green Day, Black Flag, Nirvana and a healthy dose of punk music in general. Overclocked released it's first EP, "Wound Up" on February 17th 2014. Followed by their debut full length release "Pardon Our Dust" on June 30th 2015
Swellshark isa Chicago-based band consisting of Henry Kellam, Shélan O'Keefe, and various instrument companions.
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Fri, Sep 18 - 8pm - No Cover
free
Karolina Cicha is a singer-songwriter. One-woman-orchestra. She plays many instruments at once and sings using vocal techniques that she developed herself. Her career started with solo concerts. The live album “Karolina Cicha / Koncert” is a document of that period. In 2009 she started a band and that’s when her adventure with rock music began. First, she recorded two tracks for “GAJCY” – an album of musical interpretations of the poems of Tadeusz Gajcy (published by Warsaw Uprising Museum). According to the “Interia” website ranking, her song "Miłość bez jutra" (“Love with no tommorow”) was one of the ten best polish rock songs of 2009: Since then she has published two albums: “DO LUDOŻERCÓW” (with lyrics of Tadeusz Rożewicz) and “WAWA2010.PL”, a collection of songs about Warsaw, where she sang duets with stars of the polish alternative scene (Tomasz Budzyński, Tymon Tymański, Jorgos Skolias, Mamadou, Olaf Derglasoff, "Titus" of Acid Drinkers, Czesław Mozil and others). "MIĘKKIE MASZYNY" was the third album in her discography – and the first to include some of her own lyrics. In 2013 with Bart Pałyga she published "9 Languages" album with the traditional songs in languages spoken by people living in North-east of Poland: Alongside her music, she has also worked regularly in the theatre. Between 2007 and 2009, she played and sung the title roles in “Electra” and “Ifigenia in A…” by “Gardzienice” Theatre (direction W. Staniewski) - performances based on reconstructions of antique music. She has one prizes at some of the most prestigious festivals in Poland and abroad. She won the Grand Prix at the Student Song Festival in Krakow, the second prize at the Actor's Song Review in Wroclaw, and the first prize at the Chansonsfestival in Koln, Germany. In 2013 She won GRAND PRIX and Audience Prize on "New Tradition - Polish Radio Folk Festiwal" organized by Polish Radio. In 2014 polish Ministry of Culture and NAtional Heritage gave her the prestigue grant called "Młoda Polska" to develop a digital instrumentarium. She has a PHD in humanities (history of literature).
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Sat, Sep 19 - 9pm - $8
Antenna is a 5 piece original rock band from Chicago with a powerful sound and Latin flare. Antenna plays in both English and in Spanish languages and is the main band in Chicago’s "Laternative Rock" segment. Audiences can expect a diverse array of tempos and tones from the upbeat and energetic to the dramatic. Antenna is fronted by soulful singer/songwriter Richard Cantu and passionate Guatemalan lead guitarist Mario Roldan. The band has performed with a number of touring artists including Natalia Lafourcade, Elefante, Jarabe Depalo and Alejandra Guzman. Influences include the Beatles, Santana, the Dave Matthews Band, and modern Spanish Rock. The band formed in 2005 and has released two albums, a self-titled album in 2006, and Speed of the Day in July of 2015.
Chicago’s Kelroy create a sound that combines intricacy of composition with simplicity of delivery, drifting between hints of post rock, blues and alternative, as they pour time and essence into the vortex of sound they shape. Each song sets off on a journey of its own. Thick layers of guitars sound more like distress signals and woeful mourning; the keys and trombone add layers of texture and depth, while drums and bass set a pulse that delivers each composition to its natural conclusion. The always-evolving chord progressions, and picturesque and introspective lyrics evoke a mood, a feeling and, undeniably, a train of thought…. Throughout its growth and evolution, the band has been expanding its fan base, having performed in New York, Denver, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee and other cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Their music has appeared on public radio like WBEZ and Vocalo, college radio stations like WLUW, and Spanish stations like NOX Live. The band continues to maintain a devoted following in its hometown appearing regularly at such Chicago hot-spots. Kelroy is set to release its third full-length album in February 2015.
Sobredosis delivers a diverse collection of fresh and original music that the trio has been known for since the inception of the band back in 1997. As pioneers of the Latin Alternative scene in Chicago, the trio of Arturo Pedraza (electrico), Roberto Carlos Tovar (filiosofo), and Roberto Velazquez (modulo) have decided to reunite after 10 years to inspire listeners to express themselves throughout their respective communities.
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Mon, Sep 21 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Sep 22 - 8pm - $7
When your goal is to change the very fabric of a complexed genre like rock, “Rock Royalty” is the title you shoot for! Legendary music heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Alice in Chains, Prince, and Betty Davis, set stages all over the world for a rock band such as this. Inspired by the many cultural and social nuances of the movie, the band was named after the 1976 blaxploitation film, J.D.’s Revenge in 2011. With the precision of a brain surgeons hands, JDR’s sound encompasses elements of heavy rock, soul, pop and funk. At the helm of this revolution, we have founder, composer and lead guitar player, the one and only, Frankie Blaze. Lead vocalist and writing leading lady, Treneka Lenay. Adding the to this mix, the talented Allegra Dolores on supporting vocals and keys. We have Ced “Pastorfunkpleez’ Tate on bass lines, and the always in “Beast Mode,” Darin ‘D’ZEL’ Nicholson on the drum kit. These six versatile musicians have been enthralling Chicago-land audiences with their dynamic, must-see live performances. JD’s Revenge has had the honor of blazing the stages of awesome Chicago venues such as the hottest new Hyde Park concert venue, The Promontory, Mayne Stage, The Empty Bottle, Schubas, The MultiKuti and many more! “JDR” is a well oiled and ready Rock & Rhythm machine! The HIGHLY anticipated debut album, self-titled, JD’s REVENGE v1.0 is set to be the soundtrack to 2015 and beyond! It’s time to rock!
All of 24 years old, Mike Zabrin is already considered to be a bass phenom, and one of the most gifted young musicians to emerge in the R&B/Funk arena in quite some time. In May 2014, Mike left his nightly side-man club gigs to become a producer and bandleader of soul infused, funk driven powerhouse, Mike Zabrin's Funktastic. Surrounding himself with insanely gifted musicians including members from The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown, Kool & the Gang, Parliament Funkadelic, and Fishbone, Mike was able to create what Funkatopia Magazine considers one of the best albums of 2014.If you stick Funk, Soul, R&B, with an imagination of jazz in a blender…then you get Funktastic. His energetic live shows creates a musical homecoming that embarks you on a musical journey with immaculately brilliant soulful lyrics and horns that will bring tears to your eyes in his national touring band. Known for his impressive bass chops and masterful production skills, Mike has been featured in press around the world including Bass Guitar Magazine, Bass Player Magazine, Bass Musician Magazine, Funkatopia Magazine, SoulandJazzandFunk.com, Funk U Magazine, No Treble Magazine, and countless others. Endorsed by Elixir Strings, Gallien-Krueger, and D. Lakin Basses, Mike is rapidly taking the music industry by storm.
"Sweet" Mary Porzelt has the kind of pipes that can span a variety of styles with ease. She can growl and she can sing it pretty. With good pitch and a pleasant demeanor, her soulful tones are sure to keep you listening. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Mary has been singing soul music her entire life, and writes her own original lyrics and melodies. Some of her musical inspirations and comparisons consist of Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Ella Fitzgerald, Aaliyah and Fiona Apple. She came to Chicago to pursue her music career, and has worked diligently to make that happen. Due to a successful Indiegogo crowd funding campaign in 2014 she was able to record her debut album 'My Road'. Mary wrote and produced 'My Road' with Ben "Smiley" Silverstein, of Chicago based band "The Main Squeeze". The album is a unique blend of R&B, funk, reggae, jazz and blues. With all original music, 'My Road' features artists Ben “Smiley” Silverstein on keys, Max Newman on guitar, and Reuben Gingrich on drums; all members of the band “The Main Squeeze". Recorded and mixed at I.V Lab Studios, by sound engineer Bobby Difazio, and his side-kick, Lenny “Hooks” Goodrum on vocal production, this is an album that you don't want to miss. You can catch Sweet Mary live with her full band or performing an acoustic serenade, where the sounds of her sweet soul and grooving band, are guaranteed to give you goose-bumps.
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Wed, Sep 23 - 8pm - $10
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
Alice Drinks the Kool Aid is a Blues-based Chicago Indie Rock Band founded in a Park Ridge basement in 2014 as a creative outlet for three life-long musician friends. The Drummer, Jim Widlowski, is a top session player in the city and has anchored many of the Broadway production that have come to the City over the last 20 years. The Bassist, Alan Berliant, is a peerless performer who makes his living as a composer of commercial music of all styles. The guitar and vocal responsibilities are managed by Tony Magee, the founder of The Lagunitas Brewing Company. The band's original material is written and arranged by all three members in congress and draw from the deepest free jazz and the most fundamental influences in rock and blues. Alice Drinks the Kool Aid is groove-oriented Indie-Blues-Rock for people who love music performed by people who feel the same!
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Thu, Sep 24 - 8pm - $15
Turn Up The Stereo is not only the title of the current Delhi 2 Dublin album, it is also the philosophy behind the album. “Sometimes we just need to drown out the noise of the world and make the music louder”, declares vocalist Sanjay Seran. Tarun Nayar, who handles electronics, keyboards and plays tabla in the band, adds, “It’s also a metaphor for us turning it up in many ways for this album. We spent ten times the amount of time and effort writing this album as we have in the past. We really tried to make everything better, from music and lyrics to production and artwork.” Part of the process included a retreat in Bali. After performing at a festival on the Indonesian island in the spring, Nayar and Seran, joined by violinist Sara Fitzpatrick and dhol player Ravi Binning, rented a house and jammed out on the songs. “One of the most enlightening exercises was the day we spent playing all our songs acoustically on a guitar. We'd never been able to do that with our material - it really showed us the strengths and weaknesses of the songs. A strong song can be played with very little instrumentation and still sound awesome!” says Nayar.Delhi 2 Dublin is the new pop music. Their songs and the band itself reflect the cultural diversity present in most major cities around the world. They challenge the definition of urban music and drag it to the intersection of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae and Electronica. They have created their own niche. Nayar states, “As a band, we're not interested in making the same album over and over again. The music we listen to in the tour van, and are inspired by, changes almost weekly. At the moment, we're loving Santigold, Major Lazer, Jazzy B, Burial, Buraka Som Sistema, Four Tet, Moombahton, and tons of underground stuff at the moment, which is quite different from the music we were listening to when we made our last album.” Another big change for Turning Up The Stereo was the band co-writing with outside songwriters for the first time. While being careful to maintain the Delhi 2 Dublin vibe and their unique sound, they found the experience to be a positive one. “The best part of it all was that we realized that our intuition is a great tool and that we should totally trust it. We learned that trust is very important when it comes to being creative,” reasons Seran.Aside from the band, one of the key contributors to the new album was multi-instrumentalist and producer Dave Sharma. Sharma is a friend whom they met for the first time onstage in front of 100,000 people! “Working with him was really great. He is super fast and a genius in the studio,” exults Seran. “We knew we wanted to up the ante on the electronics of this album and Dave seemed like the perfect fit. More than that, however, Dave is a talented songwriter. Having his ear on everything as we developed these ideas was essential to the finished arrangements,” agrees Nayar. The secret weapon on Turn Up The Stereo is violinist Sara Fitzpatrick. Having been in the band now for over a year, she added another dimension to the music with her violin, but especially with her voice. She sings harmonies on pretty much everything and sings lead on one track, which contributes to the dynamics of the new album.Nayar sums up the band’s outlook, “We hope people will like this album. We wanted to make something fun; that we love and will help us do what we love, which is travel around the world playing music.” The Delhi 2 Dublin crew is constantly touring. The road warriors feel that they plug directly into the world’s music and energy. The strong word-of-mouth for their live performances has enabled them to build a loyal and continent wide fan base. The band has played several of the top festivals in Canada, the UK and the U.S. and, in 2013, expanded its horizons to include performances in the Pacific Rim, the UK and Europe. A new album and new international touring opportunities all signal that originality and evolution are all part of the Delhi 2 Dublin experience. Described by one magazine as the “United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll, they have become one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands. This year will only see them enhancing that reputation. Turn Up The Stereo was released in Canada on August 28, 2012, in the US on February 19, 2013 and in the UK on August 6, 2013.
Upper Black Eddy (UBE) is a two-piece rock group with roots from Chicago and Miami. Adrian Davis, formerly of the well-known and popular Chicago group, the "Adrian and Mark Duet" a.k.a "AMD Band", began a musical project with previous bandmate, best friend and South Florida drum virtuoso, Steffen Banas to form Upper Black Eddy. With the significant bulk of acclaim both musicians acquired throughout their individual ventures, the band has accelerated to local fame nearly effortlessly. Already, the name UBE has been cited in magazines and videos to illustrate the dazzling spectacle of their live performances and sonic ambiance. A debut album seems to be on the impending horizon, as the two prepare to embark on a cross-country busking tour to promote themselves and soon gain national recognition.
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Fri, Sep 25 - 9pm - $10
Bumpus and their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energyof Sly & the Family Stone, the funk of James Brown, and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together big, funky beats, deep bass, lush JB horns, and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane, musical funk frenzy. Bumpus has shared the stage with many of their heroes. Artists such as Dr. John, War, The Roots, Jurassic 5, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley. The band has performed at the prestigious Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival alongside Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, and Widespread Panic. Their fourth and most recent album, All the People, won rave reviews and they’re currently hard at work on their fifth album, Step Sure or Step Aside. Bumpus continues to tour throughout the country, while performing at various venues in Chicago and the Midwest.
As a Chicago-based soul and funk band, Fat Time was a mainstay of the local scene from its inception in 1996 until 2003. During its existence, Fat Time released two full-length albums, Blue Window and Pure, that established its unique sound: deep grooves complemented by elements of Latin, neosoul, and rock. For one night only, the lineup that recorded the Pure album will reunite in a celebration of their music, the Chicago scene, and the people who came along for the ride. All of the band's musicians--Derek Henderson, drums; Eric Sittner, bass; Andy Cutting, percussion; Delby Littlejohn, keyboards; Scott Leff, guitar and vocals; and Marqueal Jordan, sax and vocals--have stayed active in the ensuing years, with Jordan earning the reputation (thanks in part to stints in national and local acts, including Tributosaurus) as one of the most electrifying performers in the city. These elements and an unbeatable bill featuring DJ INC and headliner Bumpus make this a night not to be missed.
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Sat, Sep 26 - 6pm - $10
The Kelson Twins are a 17 year old singer-songwriter duo from Chicago. The sisters have been singing and playing together since they could speak. The two began playing around Chicago in 2013, and haven't stopped since! Their beautiful sibling harmonies and poetic lyrics have gotten the attention of people all over the country and the world.
Maybe April was born in the summer of 2012 when Katy Bishop, Kristen Castro, and Alaina Stacey travelled across the country to Nashville, Tennessee for a weeklong music industry camp. Sharing a deep love of country-folk music, a genuine admiration for one another’s unique sound, and a constant willingness to laugh at themselves, the three strangers from Jonesboro, Arkansas, Simi Valley, California, and Chicago, Illinois, quickly became friends. In just a few short hours, the three singer-songwriters wrote a country song that shocked music industry professionals. “Loving You Still” sounded as though it was written by artists who had been working together for years. Little did they know, "Loving You Still" would grow to be a very important song for them. In January 2014, Maybe April was invited to play it at the GRAMMY event "A Song is Born" at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, CA alongside incredible artists and songwriters like Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since they met, they have been writing songs and singing harmonies as a trio, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a country indie folk sound. As they rotate instruments and crack mediocre jokes on stage, each performance not only tells stories of everything from hardship to heartache, but also shows how the three girls support one another as both friends and musicians. Just like their harmonies, Alaina, Katy, and Kristen are a perfect fit. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they now live.
The Kelson Twins are a 17 year old singer-songwriter duo from Chicago. The sisters have been singing and playing together since they could speak. The two began playing around Chicago in 2013, and haven't stopped since! Their beautiful sibling harmonies and poetic lyrics have gotten the attention of people all over the country and the world.
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Sat, Sep 26 - 9pm - $10
Murley has been a part of the Chicago music scene since 2005, performing at nearly every city venue and countless city festivals in the Chicagoland area. Fusing blues, rock, and never turning away from a deep-groove jam, their music has been featured in independent films, podcasts, station IDs, and on the area’s largest FM radio station 93.1 WXRT. All members hail from the northwest suburbs, and come from families with rich musical histories. Guitarists Scott Burdsall and Ryan Curtis, drummer David Wilson, and bassist Herf Yamaya have played hundreds of shows over the 10 year history of the band, and many more as regular gigging musicians on the scene. In 2015 they return to the studio to record the follow-up to their 2014 EP release “Missing Time”, and begin a #MurleyMondays campaign to keep all their followers in the loop on what’s happening with the band.
My name is Herf Yamaya, and I am Mother Mary and the Ritual Sadness. As an iteration of the self, MMATRS /ˈmæ-tərs/ is the sensory internalized and made tangible again through performance, music, and word. Influences range from Catholicism to Buddhism, and include messengers like Emerson, Gandhi, Vonnegut, Cobain and Robert Kennedy. Life is accentuated by terrifying love and awesome pain, but ratified by the determination to rise in spite of them. Some say the world is a reflection of our thoughts. If so, then MMATRS is an experiment in which that reflection is digested and fed back into itself.
Will Post is a singer, composer, pianist, and creative entrepreneur from Chicago, Illinois. Post started playing piano and writing songs when he was four years old, and through the years has honed his taste and talents in nearly every way possible, from orchestras to a cappella groups, Carnegie Hall to Warped Tour, and everywhere in between. Post feels most at home when combining his classical sensibilities with the ethos of the current moment, creating work that serves the now and launches itself into the future, toward eternity. In early 2014, Post released his solo record, Panthenon, an otherworldly concept album four years in the making. Vulnerable and relatable, this sonic masterpiece follows a cinematic arc through space and time—a hero’s journey mirroring Post’s own path which has left him poised to take his solo performance art to worlds unknown.
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Tue, Sep 29 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Thu, Oct 1 - 9:30pm - No Cover
free
A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
Amazing Heeby-Jeebies was born in the back seat of a '63 Caddy tearing down Highway 41. Ary and Earl knew they had created something that could be a sinners delight. Neighbors curiosity grew hearing the two bang out what became the foundation of Amazing Heeby-Jeebies. Chicago Artist Ary started painting at a young age. When she turned 21, she became a regular fixture at the hippest live music shows mingling with international party girls, cats & kittens...now taking the stage as lead vocalist and songwriter for the first time...raawwwr!Earl Carter is also one of the two original members of The Riptones, and before that he was in numerous other Rockabilly bands like the Deacons, Deke Rivers,Penthouse Playboys and Slightly Bent. Earl Also played with many notable musicians and shows like the best Elvis Impersonator there is the late Tom Green.Meanwhile, back at the ranch....other talented son-of-a-guns joined in, including Manny Gueverra: Guitarist Extraordinaire who also played in The HoneyBees and before that The Greaseballs.Earl's Brother Randy "Crawdad" Carter: Guitar/Mandobird Devil Box who played with bluegrass band Slightly Bent. Bob Hyatt: Guitar/Vocals. Bob was also in the Riptones, and before that, Red, Hot and Blue with Riptones front Man Jeb. Andon Davis: Guitarist Extraordinaire/Vocals has made special appearances with the Amazing Heeby Jeebies-Andon's another member of the Riptones, Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel,and now Heartsfield.Tom Klein: Guitarist Extraordinaire who plays in The Country Doctors, Razorhouse, and in the past, Spies Who Surf. Occasionally, you can see The Amazing Heeby Jeebies do a few numbers at The Big "C" Jamboree, Chicago's Original Rockabilly Roots open mic night every first Thursday of the month at Martyr's 3855 N. Lincoln avenue. They played at Duke's at 6920 N. Glenwood which is now a memory of the past after it's closing. The Amazing Heeby Jeebies Debut and coolest show was this summer at The Symco Shakedown in Symco Wisconsin on stage with the occasional sounds of roaring V8 engines...gawking at Rat Rods, Rust Buckets, Hot Rods and Motor-sickles.
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Fri, Oct 2 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Sharing a common love of music and life on the road, Fruition were originally brought together by the lure of adventure. For the last six years, the Portland, Ore. string infused quintet has racked up the miles playing sold out shows in their adopted hometown and garnering new fans across the country. Fruition released Just One of Them Nights in 2013 and it’s an album that finds the band tackling the many struggles and successes that come along with living a vagabond lifestyle and the search for artistic clarity. Fruition have become arduous road warriors traveling the country and showcasing their adventures and experiences through song. In 2011, Fruition recorded the EP It Won't Be Long. Soon after, the group's three prominent songwriters, Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek and Mimi Naja, discovered they had penned over forty tunes. The band knew it was time for the next level of their journey - to create a top-notch album recorded in a professional recording studio and capturing their foot-stomping, high-energy string-infused songs. The only hitch... where was a nomadic group of independent musicians going to find the funds to create this high caliber album? The answer came in the form of a successful Kickstarter campaign in which Fruition surpassed their goal of $20,000 through the help of diehard fans, friends, and family. Though Just One of Them Nights captures a breadth of musical styles, it debuted at #11 on Soundscan’s Bluegrass chart. The album was recorded at Old School Studios in Casper, CA on Highway 1 and features eleven original songs. The first single from the album, “Mountain Annie,” has become an Americana classic and garnered steady airplay at SiriusXM’s JamOn. The song’s steady gait and memorable melody hook audiences on first listen while Jay Cobb’s lyrics address longing for a lover who is no longer present. On Kellen’s “Blue Light,” the band ventures into electric Rock 'n Roll territory and quickly transitions into a traditional country rhythm without missing a beat. “Blue Light” features exuberant solos from Jay on guitar and Mimi on mandolin offering fans a taste of what’s in store for fans at the band’s live shows. “The Wanter,” penned by Mimi, the band erupts into a classic bluegrass inferno of fast and furious string picking showcasing their skill as well as some of their influences. And on “Get In” the band slow it down a notch capture the mood of swimming in a languid ocean. The track sounds both fresh and familiar peppered with three-part harmonies and Mimi on mandolin. Over the years, Fruition have toured with or collaborated with members of Railroad Earth, ALO, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival and The Head and The Heart. They've thrilled audiences at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit and All Good Music Festival, and played for packed rooms at Portland, OR’s Crystal Ballroom, Boulder, CO’s Fox Theater, San Francisco’s Fillmore as well as the Great American Music Hall, Boston, MA’s Brighton Music Hall and more. With no signs of slowing down, the band takes each day as it comes. From broken down vans and whiskey shots, to the lovers and loved-ones who check-in through the miles, at the end of the day it's Just One of Them Nights for this talented bunch who are experiencing a radiant present and looking towards an even brighter future.
Dance Bullies has been brewing for some time now. Songwriter Colleen Harvey has been writing bits and pieces of songs her entire life. Some of her first memories were of lyrics floating through her head. The more they came, the more she realized that she needed to get them out. Fast forward to 2012. A random chance encounter lead her to Katie Bender (Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies.) An immediate connection to music, life, and laughter was made, and from there, the Dance Bullies began their journey. Along the way, more wonderful additions have made their way to the music. Justin Cape (Scientist, Taken by the Sun) joins on drums, Jeff Lyman (Dead Sheriff) and Mark Cichra (Taken by the Sun) add lead and rhythm guitars (and other stringed goods), and Dina Simone (The Sunbursts) keeps it all together on bass. Playing across the Chicago area from Beat Kitchen and Tonic Room to Evanston’s SPACE, and opening for national acts such as Hurray for the Riff Raff, Dance Bullies goal is to supply you with music that makes your body move, your soul sing, and songs that bring you to someplace magical, wherever that may.
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Mon, Oct 5 - 8pm - $7
The Gabriel Construct is the rock solo project of Gabriel Riccio, a vocalist, composer, and instrumentalist from Salisbury, MD. His debut album, 'Interior City', is a dark and atmospheric concept piece featuring ex-Periphery members Travis Orbin (drums) and Tom Murphy (bass). The album's densely layered vocal harmonies, distorted pianos, complex drumming and dissonant chords envelop the listener in a hallucinatory wall of sound which incorporates influences from progressive rock, 20th century classical music, extreme metal, drum-n-bass, jazz, '90s grunge, '80s pop and more. His live band features players drawn from the local Chicago scene, including members of CHEER-ACCIDENT, Bowtime Quintet, and more.
PAVLOV was formed in January of 2014 with Chapman Stick player MATT TATE (M@T8, Destroyer Or Liberator, DjM Trio, The Odd Trio, Clockbox) and Drum savant PAUL SZLACHTA (Unique Chique, Papa Jupiter). PAVLOV's music is Visceral and Intellectual, incorporating Metal, Indie, Progressive, Modern Classical, World, Avant-Garde, Experimental, Jazz, Improvisation... and use complex odd-time signatures, polyrhythms with wide dynamics. In its short existence, PAVLOV has shared stages and bills with BLADERUNNER (John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Dave Lombardo), Secret Chiefs 3, Stick Men (Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter), TU (w/ Trey Gunn) Cleric, Kayo Dot, Yakuza, Burnt Belief (w/ Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree) and District 97. Currently, PAVLOV is recording an album (due 2015) and reconfiguring into a new, larger, multi-instrumental lineup capable of infinite new sounds and possibilities.
Chicago-based vocalist Sacha Mullin is equal parts banshee, crooner, and typographical error waiting to happen. At once commanding and vulnerable, he's been compared to Jeff Buckley and Morrissey – though Sacha more closely studied the phrasing of singers like Kate Bush, Lisa Fischer, and mentor Emily Bindiger. Sacha's cinematic style has given way to performances in underground jazz venues, conch shell orchestras, and Japanese jingles. He has sung with Bobby McFerrin, Patty Peterson, Cheer-Accident, Hannibal Lokumbe and Dessa, and his voice has been heard on MTV, CBS, NPR, and NHK. While continuing to explore collaborative works, Sacha performs as his own project. His 2013 solo effort WHELM was praised by The Deli, Examiner, and Chicago Music Guide, and a follow-up EP is expected at the end of this year, co-produced by Todd Rittmann (U.S. Maple; Dead Rider) and James Sanger (Dido; Keane).
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Tue, Oct 6 - 8pm - $8adv/$10door
Chris's move to center stage comes after 15 years working as a sideman in Chicago bands like The Right Now and 56 Hope Road. After digging into his love of songwriting, Chris began giving a few of his favorite songs the acoustic treatment at his many solo shows - but now he and his band take them to new heights. A rock-n-roll kid addicted to soul music, Chris blends heavy backup vocals with a rock-band framework and comes out with heartfelt songs that skew toward Elvis Costello or Sly & The Family Stone. The band behind him (Greg Nergaard, Anne Hamilton-Katzfey, Bob Garrett, and Andrea Bunch), bring their own wealth of talent and experience to each song, knowing innately just how rough or delicate to be, and the result is stirring. Chris has been playing lead and rhythm guitar on the Chicago music scene since the late 90s with acts like The Right Now, 56 Hope Road, and many others. He's toured much of the US and played nearly 2,000 shows, opening for acts like George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Fitz & The Tantrums, Bernie Worrell, Soulive, and others.
“After 2 hours of almost nonstop playing, Adam Ezra gives everything he has to the audience. Not since Springsteen and Bono have I seen a lead singer with his talent and charisma.” -- Jack Casey, General Manager WERS radio in BostonAEG is a dynamic acoustic roots/rock band whose unique diversity of folk, pop and acoustic rock sound, perfectly combines Ezra's passion for smart well written lyrics and the bands amazing musicianship. Bringing their sound together with full, rich, complex, and hook laden melodies, the band ignites the stage with a power that has been compared to that of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band, they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activist and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet. AEG currently contributes 25% of their touring to benefit causes in communities across the country and worldwide.AEG is one of Boston's leading acoustic rock bands. Over the past several years the band has been creating a buzz and just recently sold out several northeastern area shows including The Paradise Rock Club, Passim, Cafe 939 (2 months in advance), Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH (twice), The Stone Church in New Market,NH and the Mercury Lounge, NYC. AEG also tours nationally and is building their fan base across the country.The Group recently had the honor of sharing the stage with Rusted Root,Cracker, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Little Feat, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Enter The Haggis, Carbon Leaf, The Wailers, Pete Seeger, the Goo Goo Dolls, Pat McGee Band, Corey Smith and/or festival bill with Jackson Brown, Guster, John Mayer, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews Band, State Radio, and many more.AEG is currently in the studio with producer Aaron Johnson (The Fray) recording a new album set to release in the Fall of 2011.
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Thu, Oct 8 - 8pm - $8
Four well­-meaning Midwestern fellas walk into a Southwest Michigan bar... A heady aroma of spilled PBR and fryer grease against a backdrop taxidermy wildlife and hockeyon budget­widescreens serves as a welcome home. The clientele? Punks, hunters, tattooed scenekids, factory workers, college students, and most points in between. Neither primarily red nor blue,Kalamazoo is purple­country. Part of the borderlands where distinctly different American culturesmeet and drunkenly exchange stories and recipes. A place where you'll hear “please” and “thankyou,” but also frequently catch sight of a sloppy fist fight in an icy parking lot. The place JakeSimmons & the Little Ghosts call home. Simmons himself—touted by DIT Kalamazoo as the city's best front man—works for afamily-­owned scrap yard. His songwriting style is as much blue­collar Springsteen and Stone ColdSteve Austin as it is Hold Steady­esque self­awareness and indie sensibilities. The Little Ghosts,comprised of Matt Blasco (guitar), Ben Bojanich (bass), and Ian Cooper (drums), each bring withthem their own eclectic yet distinctly Midwestern take on American roots rock that pays homage toits lush ancestry without pretending the 21and loud, without leaning toward irony or fashion. When the time came to craft No Better they set out to make a simple rock and roll record full ofsimple songs – “Not a lot of frills or bullshit, we just set out to make every song a loud rock and rolltune” as Simmons puts it. While on the surface it certainly seems like they achieved their goal, ifyou dig a little deeper it soon becomes clear this band of Rust Belt desperados are a little morethoughtful than perhaps they’d care to admit. Written in Simmons’ basement and recorded at Russian Recording in Bloomington, Indiana, thesongs on No Better belie a thoughtfulness perhaps not readily apparent at first listen. From themeditation on how easy it is to pass unfair judgment and how quick we are to do it in “Toledo”, tothe genuinely moving love song “Take Me With You” (“I don't write a lot of love songs but Iparticularly like this one,” says Simmons,) to “Steel Toe”, brimming with the deeply felt pride thatcomes from honest hard work, Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts translate a vivid snapshot ofour shared humanity into the language of rock and roll. The band have toured extensively since forming in 2010, from fire­hazard basement shows andsketchy dives to The Cake Shop in New York City, The End in Nashville, and Empty Bottle inChicago. They've shared a stage with such notable acts as Cloud Nothings, Ha Ha Tonka, GoodOld War, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Screaming Females, and many others. If you find the fellas having a beer or two at a show, by all means say hello. Before long, though, itwill be time to load out and roll on; their passion for the work of performing precludes them fromfinding clichéd ruin on the road. They don't fancy themselves rockstars or indie­chic darlings. They're four regular guys who drag heavy gear out of a van, set it up, play songs, and repeat. Theylike it that way.
The Fever Haze is a west Michigan Rock 'n' Soul band. A lovechild of Jake Kalmink's solo music and electric band.
Based out of Chicago, Red Francis captures a rich array of psychedelic soul/folk rock into a consistent vibe with ever changing moods. Be sure to check out "When on High."
Founded in 1992, Republic of Lights is a teacher-parent organization aimed at generating funding for School District 65 athletic functions through bake sales and our annual run-a-thon. Vision: We hope to get new track mats for the field house this year.
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Fri, Oct 9 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
Anyone familiar with the Pimps of Joytime live experience knows the feeling—it’s that moment when a deep bluesy groove morphs into a full-on EDM dance beat, or the sensation when the wide-eyed audience collectively elevates in sync with the band’s tangible energy.On Jukestone Paradise, the Pimps of Joytime raise the bar with swagger to spare, crafting ten cohesive songs that ring out like the soundtrack for a ride through the diverse Brooklyn neighborhood where their sound materialized. Pulling from lead guitarist and singer Brian J’s deep discography of influences, the creation of Jukestone Paradise began a decade ago, when he penned anthems like “Sky” and “Freedom Dancer,” all the way up to the album’s studio recording sessions.You might accurately call the Pimps of Joytime a ‘post-genre’ band; they’re a group whose sound—even within a single song—mirrors the diversity of our era’s musical tastes. “It’s a sonic tapestry that’s representative of this time and place that we live in,” says Brian J. That’s where the Pimps excel, by mashing up ‘70s funk tones with modern dance beats, mixed with original samples creating their mosaic sound. For listeners weary of today’s DJ culture but eager to dance with abandon, the Pimps of Joytime are the antidote.
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Sat, Oct 10 - 9pm -$10
Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might.The group’s five members (Irekani Ferreyra, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, Peter Maestro Vale) have their own storied careers in a diversity of styles—from jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing. Their visceral sound draws from this sonic, cultural, and political well of influence, and is guaranteed to make you move.
Olmeca (Acid Reign) is an MC, producer, activist and one of the few artists who broke ground as an artist and advocate for human rights. He earns praises from the World Famous Wake Up Show (MTV Sway and Tech) a show that catapulted the careers of Eminem, Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5, amongst others. Parallel, he has garnished attention in the Latin Alternative scene for his mix of music rhythms from Latino America and social justice dignitaries Dolores Huerta, Luis J. Rodriguez and others for his commentary. In doing so, he has gained the respect of his peers in both music scenes and academic circles.Olmeca has toured Canada, Latin America and Europe and has helped spawn a new trend of bilingual Hip-hop. While everyday people respect his lyrical content, music connoisseurs value the production.
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Wed, Oct 14 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, pairs a reader’s personal story about a First Time event with a song performance by house band, The First Time Four, whose members include Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis, Gerald Dowd and Scott Stephenson.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song. The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or the accompanying song.Hosted by CHIRP DJ Jenn Sodini, this show has the theme is First Sign with performers to include:Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen - of Dolly Varden ; Anne Elizabeth Moore - Writer ; Tony Fitzpatrick - Artist ; Alisa Rosenthal - Modern-day Vaudevillian ; Jeremy Owens - of You're Being Ridiculous ; James Gordon - Poet and Julie Mueller - CHIRP DJ.Proceeds benefit CHIRP Radio.
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Sat, Oct 17 - 9:30pm - $12adv/$15door
BoxGangstagrass Biography.pdf Download (76.9 KB)Sign upLog inGANGSTAGRASSBlending bluegrass and hip-‐‐hop may seem like an unlikely recipe for success, but don’t tell that to Rench, the mastermind behind the Emmy-‐‐nominatedbluegrass/hip-‐‐hop outfit Gangstagrass. Back when Rench was in grade school, recess was a time for breakdancing on cardboard to RUN-‐‐DMC. But at home, his parents were playing Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash records on the stereo. That musical mash up made a lasting impression on Rench, which he finally put to good use after spirited him on a journey to play country-‐‐flavored hip-‐‐hop at venues all over the globe.After settling in Brooklyn, Rench started recording MCs at Rench Audio Studios, his home studio. The rappers may have thought their sessions were finished, but Rench continued to experiment, combining the vocal tracks with samples of bluegrass, blues, and electronic beats. The result was a genre-‐‐demolishing blitz called Rench Presents: Gangstagrass. When it became available as a free download on the internet, people took notice fast. It started with a posive mention on the influential blog BoingBoing.net. The acclaim earned Gangstagrass hundreds of thousands of downloads and an intenseunderground buzz was created. But that wasn’t the end of it. The executives at FX Network also liked what they heard and licensed a Gangstagrass track for use on a commercial for their new western crime series, Justified, starring Timothy Olyphant. Eventually, they asked Rench to create an original theme song for the show, so Rench brought in bluegrass session players to lay down an original track for rapper T.O.N.E-‐‐z, the younger brother of early hip-‐‐hop legends Special K and T-‐‐LaRoc. The resulting track was “Long Hard Times To Come” and it has opened everyepisode of the TV series since it premiered in March 2010. The same cast of musicians was later used to record the first official Gangstagrass album, “Lightning On The Strings, Thunder On The Mic.” Justified became an instant hit and “Long Hard Times To Come” earned Gangstagrass an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. FX licensed “Give It Up,” another Gangstagrass track with T.O.N.E-‐‐z, to promote the second season of the show. That exposure boosted album sales, created tens of thousands of Gangstagrass facebook fans and set the stage for the band’s second effort Rappalachia. As Rench explains: “The record is a shout out to Appalachia, the cradle of bluegrass culture. It’s rooted in the sounds of traditional mountain music and presents Gangstagrass as a band with independent existence, not just one sound tied to a TV show.” All told, Rappalachia fortified both the hip-‐‐hop and bluegrass, bothsides of the Gangstagrass equation, taking the music to a whole new level of intense urban twang. GANGSTAGRASS is back with a new album, Broken Hearts and Stolen Money. Released on January 28th, 2014, the albums 12 tracks serve as evidence that the crossroads have moved North, where the dirt roads of Appalachian bluegrass meetthe sooty city streets of Brooklyn. Broken Hearts and Stolen Money sees GANGSTAGRASS delivering another innovative, hard-‐‐hitting, deeply soulful and always infectiously melodic record. Picking up where Rappalachia left off, the songs tackle the financial system’s breakdown, the take-‐‐it-‐‐or-‐‐leave-‐‐it, forward-‐‐stomping rambler’s plight, as well as their tried and true general badassery.
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Wed, Oct 21 - 8pm - $20
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It’s been the most spectacular of journeys, from a place in time when John Grant feared he’d never make music again or escape a life of addiction, to winning awards, accolades and Top 20 chart positions, and collaborating with Sinead O’Connor, Goldfrapp, Elton John and Hercules & Love Affair. The fact he subsequently won a Best International Male Solo Artist nomination at the 2014 BRITS alongside Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Drake, seemed like some fantasy dreamt up in a moment of outrageous hubris. Just months later, the BBC’s request for a session with symphony orchestra provided (subsequently released by Bella Union as John Grant And The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live in Concert), followed by Grant taking the Royal Northern Sinfonia on a UK tour, confirmed that it was simply the latest spectacular chapter in his personal and artistic renaissance.Now comes Grant’s third album, the invitingly titled Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, a veritable tour de force that further refines and entwines his two principal strands of musical DNA, the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut, fizzing electronic pop song.
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Thu, Oct 22 - 8pm - $7
New Secret Weapon are headed to ElectricAudio in Chicago, Illinois this September tofinish recording their second album withprolific engineer, producer and studioowner, Steve Albini. Renowned forcapturing artists’ live raw power, Albiniand NSW make a powerful match. Steve'swork with PJ Harvey, Nirvana, and ThePixies has led to their finest recordings,and the band is extremely excited to beworking with him. New Secret Weapon formed in theaftermath of KnockanStockan IndependentMusic Festival 2007. Drawing influencesfrom artists such as Frank Zappa, KingCrimson, Queens of The Stone Age andJeff Buckley, the band have gathered aloyal fan base in both the UK and Irelandthrough countless live epic performances. Already in 2015 they have been billed tosupport Patti Smith in an open-air concertin the renowned RHK grounds. March2015 saw them support Fantomas andSlayer’s drummer - Dave Lombardo’sband, PHILM. To date New Secret Weapon sold outshows in The Button Factory and Dublin’smost infamous rock club, Whelan’s.
Forgotten Tropics is a blues based alternative indie rock band with folk, funk, psychedelic, avant garde, jazz, and electronic influences.
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Fri, Oct 23 - 9:30pm - $15
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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Sat, Oct 24 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Edward David Anderson returns with his second solo album, Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions. The nine-track effort is the most stripped-down and roots-based album to date by Anderson who's also known for his work with the late great midwest rock band Backyard Tire Fire. To capture the songs and sounds he was hearing this time around, he recruited producer Anthony Crawford—former Neil Young and Steve Winwood bandmate and current member of Alabama alt-country band, Willie Sugarcapps. Together they'd work at Crawford's Admiral Bean studio in the rural town of Loxley, Alabama, close to the Gulf Coast where Anderson, a Bloomington, Illinois native, spends his winters writing and performing.The resulting collection floats melodiously on rivers of fiddle and clouds of pedal steel, on gentle acoustic guitars and hints of piano, dusted with some ghostly guitar from Will Kimbrough and striking vocal harmony from Crawford’s wife, singer Savana Lee. Listen to the opening strains of "Firefly" and be transported to a lonesome highway, the endless fields stretching out ahead. There's"Sentimental in the Morning," a porch shuffle that knows it can rock with the best of them, but displays self-restraint, or the vintage outlaw rock 'n' roll storytelling of "Jimmy & Bob & Jack" that holds on to his Chi-Town accent, but rolls out like Southern Gothic. Hear the easy breeze of "Sadness" rustle through the trees, having picked up a bayou sensibility as it blows through, or the devastating honesty of "Cried My Eyes Dry," a song of loss and carrying on.Music, by its nature, is a migratory creature. It moves as it moves, often powerfully, through people and places, communities and cultures, created and carried on currents of electricity and air. Edward David Anderson is one of its modern makers, a rock and roll veteran from the cornfields of Illinois, who went into the woods of coastal Alabama and found musical serendipity, emerging with Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions—a timeless, unvarnished beauty of an album.
Anthony Crawford is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer who has worked with many well-known musicians in the studio, onstage and as a writer.Although born in Birmingham, Nashville became Anthony's home, where he performed live at Opryland, toured with the Sonny James Band, and appeared on television’s Hee Haw and The Ralph Emery Show.After traveling throughout the Southeast playing various string instruments, his opportunities expanded to include tours with Neil Young. In between tours with Young backing bands The Shocking Pinks, International Harvesters, and Electric Band, Anthony also toured with Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Pegi Young Band, and Nicolette Larson.
Songs.Songs are the key. Miles Nielsen has been writing them for as long as he can remember. Good, bad, great- yeah he's covered all those bases.For some, music is something in the background, or in the corner of the bar, or merely something that lives on the other side of the dial- a magic diversion created to pass the time in the car. For Miles Nielsen, music is as much a part of his life as the act of taking a breath, every experience, every conversation, every dream is a potential song in the making.There are millions of people writing, recording and releasing music in today's world of immediate return. Learn three chords, turn on the computer and you have a worldwide release. There are very few, however, who are writing music that makes you immediately wish there was "more"- another song to make you turn up the volume , another nugget of melody or lyric that you can find some part of to make your own. Miles's songs provide that sense of yearning and ownership. You want to have another record, another song- you want to hit rewind...you want to know more about this world created in song by Mr. Nielsen. A captivating wordsmith, instrumentalist, and creator of hooks- rare indeed, but present in the person of Miles Nielsen.It would be hard to imagine that the years spent honing his craft throughout the bars and music halls of the Midwest, were not leading to something bigger, something permanent. His latest release, Miles Nielsen presents the Rusted Hearts certainly occupies a space of permanence- these songs are not mere throwaway pop songs- but, rather explorations and declarations of a mastery of style and substance, destined to fall into regular rotation on the turntables of fans new and old for years to come.What is next? Like with any other prediction- no one can say. Gifts like Miles's come along very infrequently, and one can only hope that his ability to be so "in the now" -listening for the songs spoken in the everyday world will continue to grow. Then maybe that "more" we are looking for, will be given to us via that very key we yearn for- ...through Songs.
Since 2003, Illinois-based singer-songwriter Dan Hubbard has released five albums and toured extensively through the Midwest and both coasts. In the process, he’s built a strong fan base, become a refined songwriter and earned critical acclaim for his efforts. With its foundation in the classic sounds of Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Neil Young and Jackson Browne, Hubbard’s music incorporates folk, country, blues and even a little funk. With a dynamic and powerful voice, Hubbard carries songs of love, loss and soul searching (and occasionally getting drunk enough to forget it all). Like the influential front-men before him, Hubbard delivers a message that people can relate to in good times and bad.In 2008, the Humadors joined Hubbard on the road. That fall, they released their acclaimed self-titled debut- a collection of songs showcasing graceful lyrics, vibrant melodies and innovative sound. Their 2010 release entitled “See You Again” received national airplay on over 120 radio stations, and climbed to #190 on the AMA charts. Dan Hubbard and The Humadors are currently touring the Midwest, and are set to release their most anticipated album to date entitled “The Love Show” in May of 2011.
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Tue, Oct 27 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Wed, Oct 28 - 8pm - $17.50
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At home, Madisen and Ruth Ward are family members. Onstage, they're the leading members of Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, a soulful folk band whose sound is anchored by twin guitars and two big, booming voices.The music started in Kansas City, where Madisen grew up watching his mom perform cover songs at local coffeeshops. Before long, he was writing his own tunes, mixing the old-world influence of his family's folk records with the unchained, energetic stomp of modern-day rock & roll. The two began playing entire shows together, ditching the cover songs in favor of Madisen's original material. Both sang, both played guitar, and both watched as their band's audience slowly grew.For years, though, they kept a low profile. This was honest music, performed by a band of blood relatives with no record label, no manager, no budget. Still, it was hard not to notice Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear. Onstage, they were solemn one minute and electrifying the next, able to command an audience's attention with little more than two acoustic guitars and Madisen's super-sized baritone vocals."Most of the musicians I've really loved have very unique and slightly awkward voices," he says. "Voices that stand out among the rest. When we were playing those early shows, I'd think, 'Belt out something that makes people set their coffee down and really pay attention. Do something to make them stop in their tracks.'"Madisen Ward & Mama Bear's songs spin tall tales (and a few biographical truths) about life in the Midwest. They unfold like short stories, with Madisen — who grew up writing fiction — preferring to cut things off before any sort of ending can be reached. The goal isn't to paint a concrete picture for the audience. It's to hand the audience the paint brush and allow them to finish the design.Word spread beyond Kansas City. The band headed south to Muscle Shoals for their first out-of-town performance, stole the show during the 2014 Americana Music Festival in Nashville and opened for blues legend B.B. King. Even so, it was the support of Kansas City's alternative-rock radio station, KRBZ, that truly turned the tide. Programming director Lazlo Geiger took the group under his wing, eventually connecting the Wards to the staff at Glassnote Records. A record deal followed, and Skeleton Crew — the Wards' first release on Glassnote's roster — will arrive on May 19th.Produced by Jim Abbiss, known for his award-winning work with Arctic Monkeys and Adele, Skeleton Crew captures Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear in their most natural setting. The two tracked most of the tracks live, sitting across from one another in the recording studio. They didn't use a click track. With help from a handful of session musicians, the two Wards captured the sound they'd been making since those coffeeshop days — a mix of folk, rock and driving roots music that nods to the past while still pushing forward.The family connection may be unique, but this is a duo that is purely about the music.
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Thu, Oct 29 - 8pm - $8
Saturated in beautiful harmonies and rousing chord progressions alike, the music of King Washington can be described as a throwback to when rock n' roll was a songwriter's game and at the same time praised for its modern sensibility and innovation. It has been compared to Grizzly Bear, REM, Bon Iver, The Talking Heads, Radiohead, Mott The Hoople, Kings of Leon, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Fleet Foxes, Muse, and The Beatles.King Washington was born in the late 2000’s by a then teenage Tyson Kelly, the son of an artist and a songwriter. Raised in a world of music and creativity, Tyson knew at an early age that he would one day have a band of his own – a band that could be a musical force beyond his imagination. Then he met George.George Krikes has never lacked for natural ability. From surprising his elementary school mates with his voice to wowing professors at USC with his guitar, he had always been, and possibly will always be, the most musically gifted person in the room. Upon seeing Krikes’ poetry in motion, Kelly knew what his talents could mean for King Washington; two lead singers with complementary musical talents with which to make the world a canvas for their art.Together, with bassist/vocalist Billy Lee, King Washington’s music has been lauded by critics as “perfectly crafted”, “effortless”, and “unafraid”. Some critics have gone as far imploring their readership to “buy this (King Washington’s albums) at once”.It's more than the next step in the evolution of indie-rock. It's more than a salute to the music of yesteryear. It is truth forged by skill, kissed by pain, and caressed by love.
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Thu, Nov 12 - 8pm - $15
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Bawdy Storytelling – dubbed “The Moth for Pervs” by the LA Weekly – is the Nation’s Original Sex + Storytelling series. Founded, Emcee’ed and Curated by Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour, Bawdy Storytelling features Real People & Rockstars sharing their Bona Fide Sexual Exploits, live onstage. These stories aren't memorized and they aren't reading from cue cards: this is honest-to-badness story time with true sexcapades and poignant, hilarious, transformational tales at each and every show. Bawdy Storytelling’s one-of-a-kind approach to sex-positive personal narrative has coaxed liberating tales out of people just like you, creating unforgettable experiences for performers and audiences alike in cities all over the US.
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