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Fri, Feb 27 - 9:30pm -$10
Making Movies makes music that matters:Built upon a heavy foundation of Afro-Latino rhythms, they have created a bilingual,psychedelic re-envisioning of theLatin American “son.”The band’s second album, A La Deriva,(“adrift” or “swept away”), produced bySteve Berlin of Los Lobos, tells a storybased on the struggles of an immigrantfamily that tragically falls apart in America,and the consequential impact on thefollowing generation. Taking cues fromLatin American folklore, the band's soundswings intensely, at times sounding likeCompay Segundo being played by JimiHendrix and at other times like The TalkingHeads digging deep into a dembow. WhenFelix Contreras at NPR described the titletrack ‘Deriva’ he stated, “...the young bandMaking Movies (and its producer, SteveBerlin of Los Lobos) shows us how deeplythought-out lyrics sound next to a rhythmtrack that somehow both propels and floatswithout violating the laws of physics.”The band’s strong lyricism, persistentpercussive waves, and deft ways ofstraddling two cultures flowed easily intobecoming a bilingual recording. “SinceI was six years old my life has been inboth English and Spanish so I find itnatural to make music the same way,”explains singer/guitarist Enrique Chi.Enrique and his brother, bassist Diego Chi,grew up in Panama, listening to classicrock from their Papá’s collection. Mama,on the other hand loved to dance to thetraditional sounds of salsa, merengue andcumbia, and the entire family agreed on theinspiration of Panamanian musician RubenBlades. "A huge influence,” says Chi. Evenas a child, he understood the Blades epic,“Pedro Navaja,” to be a dark song you stillcould dance to, and turned a paradox into apersonal credo: “Music should have a deepermeaning, More than just a feel-good time;it needs to make you think a bit.”The brothers formed the band in KansasCity in 2009, with percussionist Juan-CarlosChaurand and drummer Brendan Culp.Upon releasing an EP, Aguardiente, in 2012,the band's sound was described by The K.C.Star’s Ink Magazine as "Cuban dance hallmerged with blasts of scabby guitar straightout of Sonic Youth's Day dream Nation, asif reinterpreted by Santana."
Chicago’s Kelroy create a sound that combines intricacy of composition with simplicity of delivery, drifting between hints of post rock, blues and alternative, as they pour time and essence into the vortex of sound they shape. Each song sets off on a journey of its own. Thick layers of guitars sound more like distress signals and woeful mourning; the keys and trombone add layers of texture and depth, while drums and bass set a pulse that delivers each composition to its natural conclusion. The always-evolving chord progressions, and picturesque and introspective lyrics evoke a mood, a feeling and, undeniably, a train of thought…. Throughout its growth and evolution, the band has been expanding its fan base, having performed in New York, Denver, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee and other cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Their music has appeared on public radio like WBEZ and Vocalo, college radio stations like WLUW, and Spanish stations like NOX Live. The band continues to maintain a devoted following in its hometown appearing regularly at such Chicago hot-spots. Kelroy is set to release its third full-length album in February 2015.
KILLER MOON is fundamentally a progressive metal band, but the Chicago based trio are otherwise difficult to categorize: elements of acid rock from the late 60’s early 70’s, stoner sludge, and some good old fashioned Black Sabbath doom can be heard in their music. They weave a complex fabric of sound that takes ones attention without the need for a voice. The intense conversation is between three main characters; lead guitarist Jesse Garza, bass player Amaris Aviles, and drummer Alex Santoyo. Every song they engage in is singular in its theatre, its own raw climatic set of moments. Jesse, often playing the protagonist performs each song with raw creative emotion, mature and relaxed in its expressions. In moments when he goes feverish into the stratosphere, the tangents are not self indulgent but important, for it's in these key moments that Alex and Amaris drift seamlessly to the center -- they contribute their dialogue. The themes ebb and flow or race ahead, but one is not lost nor distracted. Killer Moon's songs express a dominant swagger, like they’re older than they seem.
The DisAssocitates are an idea, a movement, a statement and a hard-faced three-word gesture to the Haters of honest vinyl presentation. Simply put we spin tunes (preferably through the anointed medium of wax) with passion to like-minded people who enjoy it to their fullest. Eventually this ethos will be transferred to a live music setting as a fully-operational band is only a few drinks and a loud bull session away. Continue to enjoy our brand. You will not be disappointed...
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Sat, Feb 28 - 9:30pm - $8
Night Versions are a rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Marked by thunderous drumming, richly-layered keyboards and an emphasis on melody, Night Versions pepper their music with the occasional metallic guitar riff and cite artists such as Siouxsie & the Banshees, David Bowie and Faith No More among their influences.
Belleisle plays a particularly ponderous pop repertoire the readily relies on catchily-crafted chord changes, mind-meltingly meticulous melodies and a handful of happy, haunting harmonies. We run the gamut. Sometimes, we sprint the gamut. Belleisle has been around longer than you think. Originally prescribed by doctors as a topical ointment used to treat gangrene and poison oak, people quickly discovered that Belleisle feels really good when applied liberally to all areas of the body. "Fans of laid back and uber-melodic indie rock should check out locals Belleisle. Their ever-changing and evolving lineup is at least a sextet, but can, at time, reach ten members as they use a variety of instruments to deliver sweet and soft tunage that aims to sweep the listener off into somewhere dreamy."-Loud Loop Press, Weekly Diversions, 8/5/13
Kerosene Stars was born in the Fall of 2010 by bassist and songwriter Scott Schaafsma after many years performing as bassist for a host of Chicago local bands including Musikanto (aka Crow Moses), Magnus, City Electric, and Sarah Holtschlag. The band’s first release, “The Killer ep” (2011), was produced by Scott and Tim Bennett (Colin Gilmore and Jimmy Dale Gilmore) and includes Jason Bennett (also with Colin Gilmore, Jimmy Dale Gilmore) on guitars as well as local favorites Sarah Holtschlag and bassist Brett Bakshis (Julie Meckler, Belleisle). This second, self-titled release was tracked by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Sound Labs in April 2014, and contains eight genre-hopping indie pop gems. The new line-up includes guitarist Andy Seagram (Benton Harbor Lunchbox), drummer Jim Adair (Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash) as well as multi-instrumentalist Yoo Soo Kim (Hemmingbirds), each of whom bring a unique vitality and distinctive sensibility to Schaafsma’s songs. This sophomore effort from Kerosene Stars represents a more fully realized sound and an exciting new direction for the band. The songs seamlessly blend echoes of the 60’s, alt-country, and Brit-pop, with occasional tangents into moodier and experimental atmospherics. This is music for the head and for the heart, and the record resonates with a sincerity all too rare in modern music. Since forming, the band has shared the stage with Split Single, The Vulgar Boatmen, The Latebirds (Helsinki), NYC’s The Defibulators, and LA’s Goldenboy.
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Mon, Mar 2 - 8pm - $7
Tank and the Bangas were formed in 2011 at an open mic set in New Orleans at a shot gun house, centered around jerk chicken sam’iches and a drum set. Immediately, the group knew that they had something original that crowds would cry out for. If you’re from New Orleans, you know all the ingredients to make a good gumbo. Your seasonings have to mix well, your roux has to be thick, and your meat has to be cut to perfection. Tank and The Bangas are the sonic equivalent of a great gumbo! Their performances range from being “one of the most energetic shows you’ll ever see” to “a gospel tent in Mississippi”. Rummaging through their sound like a thrift-store hippie, you’ll find everything from rhythmic soul and spoken word to rock, gospel, funk, and folk. The group consists of lead vocalist Tarriona "Tank" Ball, bassist/keyboardist Norman Spence II, drummer Joshua Johnson, keyboardist Merell Burkett, and saxophonist Albert Allenback.
Kelly Campos has been writing and performing music for over 15 years in the Detroit area where she was the front man for the funk/alternative group Jelly’s Pierced Tattoo. As part of that group, Kelly performed at venues across the country and released three CD’s. Now a Chicagoland resident, Kelly is working to establish herself as a solo artist and releasing a CD of her original songs entitled "Coolest Chick" available in March of 2014.Nominated for a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Vocalist, Kelly is influenced vocally by powerhouses like Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin in addition to crooners like Sam Cooke and Sade. Playing the guitar and the djembe – an African hand drum – Kelly’s music is grounded in the passion of emotions laid bare, the secret thoughts held in the night, and the driving rhythm behind it all.When a band fills out her musical shows, Kelly’s theatrical training is evident. Having spent time as a mainstage performer for Second City Detroit in addition to many years of theatre work as a dancer, actress and an acting teacher for youth theatre, Kelly has a casual stage persona and a captivating way of sharing emotion not only through the song lyrics, but through her graceful expressiveness.
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Tue, Mar 3 - 8pm - $10
Meet a White House insider, Check Please host, New Yorker cartoonist, Field Museum producers, Music Biz guru, Sports promoter, and some of Chicago's cleverest, and most passionate -
March 3rd, 8pm
Too many to mention - 16 presenters, 400 seconds each, 33rd Volume on the PechaKucha stage on Tuesday March 3rd - tickets will go fast - see you at Martyrs', 3855 N Lincoln //////Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.Vol 29 - As it's Fat Tuesday, there's going to be New Orleans music. Not to mention an international and eclectic group of fascinating presenters chit-chatting about things they love to do! You might just learn something about MOOCs, Belgium, Boston or tasty comestibles. As usual, there's beer, great friends and surprises...
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Wed, Mar 4 - 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, Mar 5 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
The Rockin' Johnny Band has been one of Chicago's most loved blues bands since 1995. Their music has been played on WXRT's "Local Anaesthetic" and "Blues Breakers" radio shows, the band has often been featured at The Chicago Blues Festival, and they regularly work in Chicagoland's best blues clubs such as Buddy Guy's Legends. Their CDs and live performances have drawn great reviews in Living Blues, The Chicago Sun Times, Pioneer Press, and National Public Radio's "848". Guitarist Johnny Burgin came to Chicago from South Carolina to attend the University of Chicago, and earned the name "Rockin' Johnny" as a DJ at the college radio station WHPK. Rockin' Johnny began playing in the ghetto clubs of Chicago's West Side with blues singer Taildragger, and then began touring nationally as a sideman with former Howlin' Wolf drummer Sam Lay and blues piano legend Pinetop Perkins. After learning from the masters, he put his own band together. Things started happening for the Rockin' Johnny Band after they took a Monday night residency at The Smoke Daddy in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Their original, energetic approach soon made them a strong local draw week after week and year after year, bringing in blues aficionados, every musician in town, and a younger crowd that normally didn't go to hear blues bands. The atmosphere the band generated was so electric, that Delmark Records offered them a contract after hearing just one set. This was especially exciting because the prestigious Chicago label is revered by blues aficionados as the home of Junior Wells and Johnny's idol, Magic Sam! Since those days, they've regularly toured Europe, played festivals and headlined clubs all over the Midwest. The Rockin' Johnny Band has recorded five CDs including "Grim Reaper", released in April of 2012. A true "musician's musician",Rockin' Johnny has been one of Chicago's most in-demand blues session men since the 90s, contributing his incisive playing to over a dozen CDs by artists such as Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmy Burns, Tail Dragger, Little Arthur Duncan, Paul DeLay and many more. The Rockin' Johnny Band plays vintage Chicago blues, but also is known for a wide repertoire which ventures into Stax style soul, swing, and lots of originals that are harder to classify. On stage, the band performs with spontaneity and fun, always showcasing fantastic guitar playing. Living Blues states: "top notch ensemble work, with power, drive, and a keen sense of dynamics". The band consists of true veterans: Rick Kreher (rhythm guitar) played rhythm guitar with Muddy Waters for four years; John Sefner (bass) was formerly with Studebaker John and Eddie Kirkland; and Steve Bass (drums) also plays with Chicago blues legend Eddy Clearwater. Here's what some of Chicago's most in the know critics and music business figures have to say about Rockin' Johnny and The Rockin Johnny Band: Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records: "Rockin Johnny delivers the raw, rough-edged spirit of real Chicago blues". Dick Shurman, writer for Living Blues, blues producer: "Rockin' Johnny has brought a refreshing jolt of talent, feeling and affirmation of the Windy City's guitar tradition. Johnny has always been known as a crowd pleaser with rawness, drive, a tight band and a scholarly and musical mastery of the local blues repertoire and vocabulary. He's extra interesting and distinctive because, instead of the overdone warhorses sometimes called "the set list from hell," Johnny mines more obscure building blocks like Little Smokey Smothers, Hip Linkchain or Willie James Lyons, adding to his appeal to hard core purists as well as more casual lovers of powerful Chicago blues. It adds up to a winning combination of depth, a bite like the winter wind, tradition and an up-to-the minute wallop, and offers a guaranteed winner for all who see or book the band." Quotes:"Rockin' Johnny plays great guitar in the style of Earl Hooker or a young Buddy Guy" Bruce Stovall, The Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, CA"His take on early 60's Chicago blues is in the pocket." James Porter, Time Out Chicago"Rockin Johnny shows a sixth sense for building irresistable tension in his leads.", Jack Oudiz, Blues AccessRockin' Johnny has that "West Side" Chicago sound down cold and fronts one of the hottest young blues bands anywhere! Hawaii Blues Society“The great thing about Rockin' Johnny is that his sound is fully rooted in the old style Chicago Blues sound, but his approach is original and contemporary.” Karen Hansen, Today's Chicago Blues blog. “I'm knocked out! I already liked what you were doing, but you've really moved WAY up. What did you do, go to the crossroads or something?” -- Charlie Musselwhite
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Fri, Mar 6 - 9pm - $10
Classic soul meets rock and roll in this dynamic eight-piece collective from Chicago. The Congregation features Gina Bloom, a singer whose raw and powerful vocals are underscored by Charlie Wayne’s dynamic guitar riffs, the band’s rock and soul rhythm section and the lively call and response of a three-piece horn section. When it comes to the songwriting, you won’t find any sugarcoated love songs here–you’ll get a little bit of longing and a whole lot of wronging.While the 2012 release of "Right Now Everything" marked the band’s full-length album debut, The Congregation has been steadily gaining steam since the release of its seven-song EP, "Not for Sleepin", in late 2010. The band was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of “11 Bands to Watch in 2011” and was featured in Paste Magazine as one of “10 Illinois Bands You Should Listen to Now”. The Congregation’s stop-and-take-notice sound and electrifying live sets have earned the group the opportunity to share bills with acclaimed artist such as Wilco, Andrew Bird, the Flaming Lips and Buddy Guy! The band has also been featured on the small screen--performing on ABC7's "Windy City Live", WGN's "Music Lounge", Science Channel's "Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" and an upcoming episode of BBC's "Horizon" set to air this spring. The Congregation is currently placing the finishing touches on its upcoming album release,"Record Collection".
“We call it American Gypsy, because it wanders but isn’t lost. Its a tramp, you can’t get lost when you’re in love with where you are.”Formed in 2011, songwriter/director Antony Ablan began his search for a band–a group of musicians that could handle, with grace, the wildly eclectic and dynamic changes in mood of his writing. “It was several months of working with all sorts of great players before I found the right fit. When it clicked it was so obvious to me, I knew these were the right musicians, it finally worked.”The virtuosic group developed quickly. “Once it clicked, things moved fast,” says Antony. The band soon found themselves headlining Chicago’s most notable venues, from Schubas to Lincoln Hall, to The Empty Bottle. They embarked on their first national tour in the fall of 2011, earning notoriety for their explosive live shows all the down to Texas and back. Swinging from gentle sunshine ditties to wild soaring epics, to dirty garage floor american gypsy, The Tramps had come into their own.Upon returning to Chicago, full of fire, they began recording their ambitious debut album. Over 6 winter months, the band created a completely independent, full length album. Its not a studio album, and its not a live record. Making use of portable recording gear they were able to record anywhere, at any time, with unbound freedom to experiment with sound for their anticipated debut.“We had two guiding concepts for this album,” Antony says. “We wanted the texture to be ‘wooden-electric’, and we wanted the narrative and imagery to be a ‘movie for your ears’. The band brought on engineer Matt Livensparger to realize their vision. Matt recalls: “When he called me at 4 in the morning to tell me the album needed to sound wooden-electric, I knew exactly what he meant. Antony came to me with concepts, textures, feeling, scenes for this album, but he isn’t a technical person, so I stepped in to make those ideas into sound–the mic placements, the room choices, and so on. He’d direct the music and musicians with imagery and emotion, never musical or technical terms. I was there to capture these amazing musicians performing.”The band recorded the album like making a movie, choosing locations to suit the scene. Enormous recital halls, warehouse hallways, cavernous train underpasses, intimate bedrooms, tiny closets. “We weren’t stuck in the studio trying to fake it, we could choose the room like choosing an instrument, and it affected the musician, it evoked something in us that inspired the music, inspired the scene we were recording,” Antony says.The result is stunning debut for the Chicago band. A full 63 minutes of original music that takes the listeners through wide open prairie scenes, bustling big-city streets, ragged American-gypsy grooves, intimate soulful pleas, soaring climatic instrumentals, and for the final moment of the album, a heavenly a capella choir that sends the listener endlessly upwards. The album is captivating journey from start to finish.“Its been an incredible process creating it, both in its challenges and finally, its success. None of us have created anything like this before,” says Antony.
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Sat, Mar 7 - 7pm - $17adv/$22door
Ewan Dobson has established himself as one of Canada’s most brilliant andexhilarating guitarists, having won first prize in many guitar competitions across thecountry. His impressive list of credentials include winning the Grand Prizes from both theBurlington Rotary Fall Music Festival and the Pickering Rotary Music Festival where heemerged victorious, after having competed against the top prize winners of all of theother disciplines. In addition to dominating the provincial competition circuit, Dobsonhas made his mark nationally having represented Ontario twice at the National Finals ofthe prestigious Canadian Music Competitions (CMC) and having been awarded the topprize in guitar. In the summer of 2009, Dobson was crowned the Canadian FingerstyleGuitar Champion at the prestigious 5th annual Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competitionheld in Kingston, Ontario. Shortly after this victory, he captured another first prize in theacoustic category at the 4th Montreal Guitar Grand Prix. However, the highlight of thisseason took place when he caught the attention of the world by capturing 3rd place at the38th International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship held in Winfield, Kansas.Ewan Dobson was under the tutelage of the guitarist Dr. Alvin Tung in the 2000sthat he worked with for over six years. This has been very a fruitful relationship havingresulted in being garnered with many distinctions and honours across Canada.In addition to his hectic competition history, Dobson has performed at manyprestigious venues across Ontario including Hammerson Hall in Mississauga’s LivingArts Centre, the George Weston Recital Hall in the Toronto Centre for the PerformingArts and his recital debut in the Royal Bank Theatre of the Living Arts Centre under theauspices of the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga to name but a few. A versatileartist, he has been featured on many television programs on Rogers and CityTV and wasin the top 10 on CKXU 88.3 FM Lethbridge, AB. Corporate functions that he hasperformed at include the National Tourette’s Syndrome Conference and a MagnottaWinery fundraiser in support of Lymes Disease.Past engagements included a concert in the inaugural season of the LebovicCentre for the Performing Arts where he was featured performing his own compositions.In October of 2009 Ewan recorded his highly anticipated debut album with the acclaimedAmerican label “Candyrat Records.” The prize for winning the 2009 CanadianFingerstyle Guitar Competition in Kingston, Ontario was a recording contract withCandyrat Records along with a Stonebridge acoustic guitar. The success of the firstalbum led the record company to ask him to record another disc for them.
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Sat, Mar 7 - 9pm - $10
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).
“ Ilearned a very important lesson while working as a journalist in New York,” says Son Denizen. “To innovate, you must collect and combine all the available information in a field before it can be wielded. Then and only then can you take a step forward.” Such is the goal of Super Doppler Wars: musical innovation. The Chicago duo’s sound could only have been formed in the information age - borne from a generation with access to nearly all of Earth’s recordings. Soul, dance-punk, jazz, funk, indie rock, hip-hop, electronica, African and Asian rhythms - they’re all seamlessly woven into a style that’s all the duo’s own. “We’re consciously trying to write songs that are post-everything,” says Jefferson Jones, the group’s frontman. “Our appetite for music is voracious. We’ve studied the crates exhaustively and now it’s our turn to contribute.” Jones’s baritone vocals are the group’s focal point. His voice is deep, rich and raw. Behind Jones is the wholly modern production of Son Denizen. The beats are heavy, funky and psychedelic. The live show combines the energy of a punk band with the skills of a jazz ensemble. In a review of the duo’s debut EP, entertainment website Grizzly Bomb had this to say: “ ... it becomes apparent that even though the band is self-described as ‘post-everything,’ much of their lyrical content harkens to how one finds themselves in the situation they live. While this speaks largely to the urban mindset, it opens the door for some common themes to cross the border of genre. The hip-hopper can glance at the jazz from whence it came. The rocker can dabble in digital sound.” Son Denizen grew up playing guitar in the punk and indie scenes of the Southeast, where he came to embrace epic, thunderous live shows. He helped found the group The Working Title, which eventually signed to Universal Records. Songs he recorded with the group were played on MTV, satellite radio, surf and skate videos, and in major motion picture soundtracks. Jones is classically trained and studied jazz at Michigan State University. For several years, he was a member of The New Deal, a popular Michigan band known for its high-energy performances. Members from that group went on to form Lord Huron, the L.A.-based buzz-worthy alterna-folk band that’s quickly gaining international prominence.
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Mon, Mar 9 - 8pm - $7
Curio is a hell-raisin' and soul-shakin' rock n' roll band from Chicago, IL. Their music is steeped in southern gothic lore by way of the Midwest. Heavily influenced by the growl of Chicago blues, the low-down and dirty swamp rock of Louisiana and the twang of Tennessee country, Curio conjures a sound that has as many influences as there are miles on I-55 from The Windy City to The Big Easy. Chris Pluska and his band of wayward gamblers have been playing to crowds at juke joints, dives and clubs since 2009. Curio's live show has the fervent energy of a backwoods revival and the no-holds-barred attitude of a bar brawl. Their records are love letters to the bastards, brawlers, vagabonds, and believers who've shaped American folklore for better or for worse. Curio's tales have been described as 'Midwest murder ballads' that depict the timeless narrative of wrong-doing and temptation. Among their supporters from coast to coast can be counted Paducah, Kentucky's own J.D. Wilkes of Legendary Shack Shakers/Dirt Daubers fame who worked with the band on 2014's "Twisted Roots" album.Chicago has historically been home to some of the most notorious cheats as well as tough-as-nails workin' folk and Curio walks the line between the rogue waltz of Prohibition-era bootleggers and the brute tenacity of the old Union Stock Yards butchers. Like their name implies, Curio is a collection of oddities whose sound has been weathered over the years.Chris Pluska - Vocals / GuitarTommy Kamka - GuitarDonovan Foote - BassTaylor Dunlap - Drums
Dorian Anthony Alexander Tajbakhsh, better known as Dorian Taj, is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL. He made his first records with the hardcore punk band Articles of Faith, whom he joined just prior to the recording of their first album, “Give Thanks” produced by Bob Mould. Afterwards, he played in the local noise band, End Result, appearing on their lone release, a 12” EP called “Ward” released on Steve Albini’s Ruthless label… He later formed a rock band called “Wait For Light”. After living in Los Angeles for a time, the band returned to Chicago to record the debut Album at Phil Bonnet’s Solid Sound. After a European tour Wait For Light disbanded. D.T. eventually began performing with a band under his own name, the longest being the the Aaron Bakker, Tom Atteberry, Alex Moore/Danny Severson incarnation. Releasing the Puppet Record (Joe Irizarry, John Hiler sessions), The Tobacco Record(The Dave Trumfio sessions), and The Hating Game (Dan Dietrick, Ed Tinley, Jeff Boyd sessions).
From the deepest dark mind of a holy ghost comes... Teach the Fire. Best friends since the 4th grade, started rocking together at the age of 13 and never looked back since. We've played our share of metal and pop punk music in the past, but our passion for the oldies stuck with us...until this day. Teach the Fire is a combination of Blues and Rock'n'Roll jammage. Anyone with an openmind should give it a listen. It's fun, fast, and powerful. We love what we do and we show it in our music..especially live!
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Tue, Mar 10 - 8pm - $10
Inside a handful of Chicago's many pro-musician circles, Kari is a phenom. Reclusive in nature and a beast on the stage, she's one of the city's best kept secrets. Put her in an incubator for a year with Rikky McCrae, Nick Kitsos, Mark Grzelak and John Zdon; and - Holy Mother of All Things Good in the World - the earth's crust just shifted. Kari VON ETHER and the Obdurate Masses are an in-your-face rock band with a taste for the tender and a flair for the dramatic, in an "I want to ride that again!" kind of way. The grooves are huge and hard, the hooks can keep you up at night, the melodies are familiar having never heard them before, and then there's Kari's voice, which can reach down your throat and rip your heart out. THIS is their debut gig.
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wes John Cichosz creates strong, acoustic-based, cross-genre rock. Thick, deep grooves with heady jazz undertones. Songs could be loosely termed Progressive Rock though they have a more fluid sound than is typically associated with the genre. He is joined by some of Chicago’s finest including Chris Siebold (Gtr.), Paul Mutzabaugh (Keys), Tim Fox (Bass), and Dan Leali (Drums).
Circle of Machines was a name for a yet-to-exist band in a notebook filled with ideas for yet-to-exist songs from a yet-to-exist singer-songwriter who existed as a drummer. Nick Kitsos says, “Playing in bands Poi Dog Pondering, BoDeans, Liquid Soul, Sugar Blue and many others was a great experience. It definitely showed me how to hold a guitar.” Crystal Drake, a refined and emotionally charged singer and songwriter who loves her day-job painting Brazilians and drag queens, recognized Nick’s quirky reticence when she saw him playing a child sized drum set in a Mexican restaurant. Crystal had been promoting her fictional band and actually got a gig. Nick was in. Wes Cichoz, master manipulator and connoisseur of fine toothpaste, has been swinging his axes in the forest of Chicago music for some years. An accomplished guitarist, saxophonist, singer-songwriter and nihilist, he is still on Step 9. Wes played with Nick and Crystal while hosting a jam session and realized he hated hosting jam sessions. The Circle of Machines was complete.
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Wed, Mar 11 - 9pm - $8adv/$10door
The Helping Phriendly Orchestra revisits Phish shows in their entirety withMark Hague on guitar/vocals,Rich Fobes on keyboards/vocals,Garrett Degnan on bass/vocals, andMike Schroeder on drums/vocals.
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Thu, Mar 12 - 9pm - $10
Forged in fire of youthful rebellion in Chicago, IL, Woo Park, a psychedelic soul sextet and musical assault from all sides, emerges triumphantly amidst a musical climate of uniformity. As far as bands go, it’s a rare occurrence that the magical combination of people, capable of pushing each other to the limit, find themselves together, but after a brief period of playing together, it was evident that the members of Woo Park had found what they'd been looking for. Half of Woo consists of a fiery rhythm section with a near clairvoyant rhythmic flexibility featuring Luke Sangerman, polyrhythmic champion, Steve “The Bongo Kid” Rutledge on percussion, and Parker Grogan, self-proclaimed bass god. The undeniable groove exists in tandem with an atmosphere of ethereal soundscapes fit for even the most heady of new age souls to bask in; Christian Zwit, aural chemist and knob tinkerer, wields keyboard and synth alike while Brian Sanborn’s playing transcends guitar with his singing melodies and cloud-like chords. Emily Nichols’s alluring voice floats effortlessly atop of the controlled chaos, forming a cohesive narrative. Initially taking cues from bands such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Robert Glasper Experiment, and Little Dragon, Woo Park has since crafted a unique sonic niche for themselves and they are dedicated to, one day, hitting the world's stage. A continuously forward looking outfit unsatisfied with the status quo, Woo has attained a hard fought over new approach to a standard instrumentation and continues to push further into their own uncategorizable sound; a kind of Generation Y Jazz with a medley of influences from rock to electronica. The live show is where the spirit of Woo comes alive; mind and body - performer and audience - become one, fueled by a sound which provokes a physical and mental reaction in equal parts. Intensely focused on the now, each member constantly engages in improvisational expression within the confines of their elaborately crafted compositions. And now to pair with their electric live show, their debut EP, "Smokes", represents their first foray into the art of recorded music. With the record's imminent release, Woo Park's time is now. Now, EVERYBODY SAY WOO.
Bones, Jug, Xylophone, wind power (clarinet, trombone, udderbot, kazoos,) resonator guitar, banjo, double bass, drums, all sorts of noise makers. These are just some of the instruments we play around with at our shows. The group began with the dream of throwing a high energy party with acoustic instruments. We started with some old xylophone rags, and now we have introduced a combination of originals and covers old and new: as old as Leroy Carr's "Barrelhouse Women", and the classic "Salty Dog Blues," and as new as the Beastie Boys' "Girls" and Abigail Washburn's "Divine Bell." We are highly influenced by jugbands and stringbands, both new and old. We want to party. We want, we want to party. With you. And your friends. And other people that neither of us know. We're hoping we can all dance till we fall down, sing till our voices cannot be found, and smile till our faces fall off. Bones.
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Fri, Mar 13 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Their common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 – named after the patron saint of musicians.In 2013, the band released their major label debut Treinta Dias (30 Days), which featured a captivating collaboration with fan Elvis Costello on “Losing Game.” Now, just after their GRAMMY win for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album, the band presents their new album Someday New. The album features seven new tracks, which include a heartfelt Spanglish rendition of The Beatles iconic “Strawberry Fields Forever”,plus the unforgettable new Mexican classic “Como Dios Manda”; as well as a fresh new radio-edit of their single “Monedita” and the full version of their moving, and militant “ICE – El Hielo.”
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Sat, Mar 14 - 4pm - $5 - Doors at 2pm All Ages until 8pm
Sun, Mar 15 - 6pm - No Cover
free
2nd Story will kick off their 19th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers (March 15-20, 2014). Their festival themethis year is The Power of Words. 2nd Story is a hybrid performance event combining storytelling and live music. This event is 18&over.Stories: Deb R. Lewis, Eric Hazen, Alexis Pride, Wyl VillacresMusic: Brakes on the HighwayHosts: Megan Stielstra, Bobby Biedrzycki
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Mon, Mar 16 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Mar 17 - 8pm - $10
The Muck Brothers craft a unique style of rock music steeped in the traditional Irish sounds of their native country, Ireland. Their music, which ranges from traditional Irish tunes to contemporary rock, showcases the diversity of the band member’s talent. During the past 10 plus years, The Muck Brothers have been a staple performance at Chicago’s top venues, attracting hundreds of loyal fans from all over the midwest. With two albums out, hopefully a third will be in the works soon. This Chicago based band features vocalist Frank Quinn on guitar, Mike Buckley on fiddle, Aidan O’Toole on vocals, bodhran, bass and guitar, Kevin Moran on flute and sax, and Joe Fitzgerald on Drums.
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Wed, Mar 18 - 8pm - $7
Plunging into Jupiter’s deep and increasingly dense atmosphere, the on-board Galileo electrical power supply - a set of 144 plutonium-238 fuel pellets - would ultimately implode; collapsing in upon itself under the enormous pressures of Jupiter’s overwhelming atmosphere trigger a runaway nuclear explosion…and igniting Jupiter as the solar system’s second sun.
Spinning Red is a Chicago hard rock band. Banded together and writing music since February 2010; Spinning Red has been showing Chicago how they rock with their intense live energy and carefully composed songs. Spinning Red’s music touches on a whole plethora of subjects and story lines seamlessly bridging the dreadfully real and the incomprehensibly abstract -from the “Stop and Go” like relationships we experience throughout our lives to the alien man-eater called "Judy Two Moons”. This exciting band is composed of vocalist/poet Mark Burd, guitar virtuoso/songsmith extraordinaire Arthur Rento, bass guitarist/powerhouse rocker Brendan L. English, and power drummer/demolition expert Jeff Iversen. Each member of the band perfectly compliments each other’s playing and writing styles. One of the most unique aspects of Spinning Red is that all members of the band write the music. It is an extraordinary combination of eclectic musical backgrounds, expertise and energy that creates their catchy music. Since the summer of 2012, Spinning Red has played at many reputable rock venues in the Chicagoland area. They were finalists in Quest Broadcasting's Battle of the EFFN Rock concert competition, semi-finalists in WGN's Breakthrough Rock Band Contest, and headliners for Chicago Acoustic Underground's first ever CAU Rocks Showcase. Spinning Red also recorded and self-released their eponymous EP which can downloaded on iTunes, Amazon, and various other websites.
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Thu, Mar 19 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Jimkata’s innovative, fan-funded record Die Digital turned the heads of critics and musicians when it dropped in the Fall of 2012, solidifying the band’s reputation as forward-thinking artists to pay attention to. Jimkata’s refined electro-rock sound is one of a band that has found its voice after years of experimentation; It’s more indie rock than jam, and more 90′s electronica than modern day EDM; yet the five-piece appeals to each of these audiences. In the spirit of LCD Soundsystem, MGMT and Talking Heads, Jimkata’s relevant, quotable lyrics create moods not just for fleeting moments, but for the lifestyle of an entire generation. Following the release of their first live record 10 More Songs! (2013), Jimkata is poised to unveil their third studio EP and sixth official release Feel In Light on 3.4.14. Recorded with Die Digital producer Jocko Randall at his MoreSound Studios in Syracuse, NY Feel In Light represents the continued evolution of this modern rock band’s sound – one which will be simpler in essence – exploring themes of love, triumph and appreciating second chances in life. A staple of the festival circuit from the Rockies to the Atlantic, Jimkata’s 2013 schedule included heavy hitters like Gathering of The Vibes, Summer Camp, Catskill Chill and Rootwire, on top of hosting their very own inaugural festival, Katalyst. Fans can catch the band this winter on their extensive national tour taking them up and down the east coast and to Colorado. “Jimkata proves that rock-based music still has a place in the world of four-on-the-floor beats.” -Relix Magazine. “The band’s powerful drumming and guitar work ride the same wave, catching synthetic high fives and whispering rock n’ roll lyricism out over the constant current of their sonic ocean.” -Performer Magazine.
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Fri, Mar 20 - 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.
Angel Meléndez & the 911 Mambo Orchestra “The Mambo Kings of the Midwest” CS Magazine Oct. ‘04. 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominee,4th Annual Independent Music Awards 2005 Winner. Composer, arranger, producer, instructor and trombonist. After witnessing a performance by his cousinCarlos Rexach with Orquesta “La Solucion”, Angel decided to pursue his musical career. As one of themost recognized musicians in Chicago, he leads the most popular Latin bands locally. The 20 piece 911Mambo Orchestra and Tributo Lavoe are widely recognized and move people to the dance floor. Angel’s bands play an array of Latin music from the modern tropical sounds of today to the mosttraditional hard hitting Mambo of the 50’s. The bands play original arrangements by Angel Meléndezand the music of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Rodriguez, Perez Prado and FANIA records. His bands have played at the most prestigious Chicago venues like: The Chicago Symphony Center, TheChicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, The House of Blues,The Taste of Chicago, Chicago Summer Dance, Chicago Field Museum, Viva Chicago, Fiestas Boricuas,Chicago International Salsa Congress, Chicago’s Millennium Park Opening Ceremonies 2004, GooseIsland International Outdoor Fest, AARP Latino Community Celebration in 2004 closing for MALO, MLBAll-Star Pepsi Park 2003 and Chicago Tribune’s Rock the River Fest. Angel’s band has also performed atthe Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Montreal Salsa Congresses. Angel has been a musical director and arranger for some of the world’s most renowned salsa artistsincluding Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago, Cheo Feliciano, The Singers of the ApolloSounds (Tito Cruz, Sammy Gonzalez, and Papo Sanchez), Frankie Ruiz, Eddie Santiago, Lalo Rodrgiuez,Luisito Carrión, Hector Tricoche, Tito Allen, and Johnny Rivera among others. In 2004, Angel Meléndez released his first full-length album, “Angel Meléndez & the 911 MamboOrchestra”, mixed and mastered by 16 Grammy award winner Jon Fausty, and produced by AndrésMeneses under the label Latin Street Dancing Music Inc. The recording received immediate nationwideacceptance and has played in over 170 non-commercial radio stations including NPR, Jazz Weekreporting and the College Music Journal. On December 7, 2004 the debut album was nominated for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards under thecategory “Best Traditional Tropical” Latin Album and went on to win the “Best Latin Album” Award inthe 4th Annual Independent Music Awards 2005. Angel’s original, “Mambo a la Sandoval” was featuredon “Dancing with the Stars” season 6 for a mambo routine with Mario and Karina Smirnoff.
Sonorama is a Chicago-based Dj collective fronted by Charly Garcia andEddy Baca and created with the objective of promoting world rootsmusic through our obsessive love of vinyl music culture. More thanjust djs, we collect, scavenge, and are ever in search of new sonicand rhythmic delights both new, old, or sometimes forgotten, but withthe purpose to share our discoveries with the rest of the internetcommunity. Through podcasts and other various media we try andcriss-cross geographic borders and genres with ease, and together withour different musical tastes and backgrounds; set out to showcase aneclectic program of rare grooves, musical curios, and Afro influenceddance music, along with any other surprises we dig up along the way.
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Sat, Mar 21 - 9:30pm - $12
If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, giving you a "once in a lifetime" experience. Prepare yourself for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80's !!!
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Mon, Mar 23 - 8pm - $7
Featuring a chronological trek through the band's first four records and culminating with the complete performance of their wildly successful final album, Synchronicity.The Police came along with the punk movement at the end of the '70s. But as raw as they liked to rock, it was the lighter touches of reggae in their music that got them noticed. From "Roxanne" to "Message in a Bottle" to "Don't Stand So Close to Me" to "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," The Police went from success to success until they found themselves set to conquer the world with their album Synchronicity. Join Great Moments in Vinyl as we follow the path of this groundbreaking trio from their days touring America by van to their phenomenal triumph as the #1 recording artists in the world.Great Moments in Vinyl is a collaborative effort between master of ceremonies, Bill Cochran, a veteran Chicago radio personality (WXRT, WNUA,...and WXRT again) on bass and a lineup of noteworthy Chicago musicians. For this set, the band features: aerie tedesco and Peter Andreadis on vocals, Richard Pettengill on guitar, David Sims on drums, and Debbie Kaczynski on keyboards and vocals.
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Tue, Mar 24 - 8pm - $10
The Mantras' fourth studio release, Jambands Ruined My Life, is a snapshot of a band on the rise. Recorded almost a year ago, Jambands Ruined My Life captures The Mantras in the middle of their growth from the regional ‘party band’ that North Carolina and the Southeast have grown to love into the progressive powerhouse that is touring the country today. Jambands Ruined My Life shows The Mantras’ ability to play with funk and jazz improvisation, live electronica, Middle Eastern, and progressive rock and blend it all seamlessly into the band’s funky, energetic, and confident sound.A line-up change and family issues had The Mantras reeling in 2011 and 2012. This album allows the listener to hear the honesty of artists experiencing life and all it brings, expected or not. With Jambands Ruined My Life, The Mantras have taken these experiences and turned them into emotional, heartfelt music. The Mantras set out to release an album that is tight and expertly produced, while also showcasing the human side of music. This is something that is getting harder to come by, as computers appear to increasingly take over the music industry. For fans of bands that have made performing on their instruments a central part of their sound, this album leaves the listener relieved that improvisational, progressive rock with minimal computer automation is alive and well in America.Given its title, Jambands Ruined My Life was appropriately recorded and produced at Jake Cinninger’s (Umphrey's McGee) Boondock Studios in Michigan by the band's full time sound engineer Matt Gordon, with help from Jake as a guest producer and engineer. Jake is also a featured guitarist on several tracks. The Mantras will join Umphrey’s McGee in Richmond, VA at The National on January 26 as part of a nationwide tour, which starts January 17 in Johnson City, TN. This tour has The Mantras performing extensively throughout the Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast. Dates are being added every week as The Mantras gain notoriety and momentum due to the anticipation of Jambands Ruined My Life.
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Wed, Mar 25 - 9pm -$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.
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Thu, Mar 26 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Led by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda move fromsamba to jazz manouche, from Greek dance rhythms to samba beats. Their songs, sung in French (withforays into six other languages), hearken back to the golden age of Brazilian bossa, the best of cinematicarranging, and the lush chic of vintage French pop, all while drawing on the band’s global background.Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by a unflagging energy. Thisgroup of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spotwith Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivalssuch as Celebrate Brooklyn, Joe’s Pub, The Jefferson Center, The Kennedy Center, and Webster Hall.After the success of their brilliantly colorful debut album - Amour, t’es là? – (Top 10 Billboard WorldMusic Charts, NPR’s All Songs Considered, First Listen, NPR’s 10 favorite World Music Albums 2013)the band is releasing album #2 in September 2014 under GRAMMY Award-Winners Michael League'sgroundUP Records.
Rusty Gates is a Chicago based band with members from all over the country. When the group formed in August 2013, the idea was to combine each member's unique musical background and collaboratively create songs that stand apart from any single genre. The result is original music loaded with intricate arrangements, funky back beats and powerful improvisation. Inspired by Funk, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Soul and World, Rusty Gates strives to make music that will keep you dancing. Keep your eye on their upcoming schedule to see when they will be playing a show near you!
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Fri, Mar 27 - 9pm - $8
Animal Factory started in 2011 with Sean Schaefer (Guitar), Austin Kelso (Drums), Jim Wilson (Guitar, Vocals), and Kevin Schaefer (Bass), in Des Plaines, Illinois. The group was formed by long-time band musicians and friends, united towards one common-cause; to inspire emotion to their fans and audience and to have a great time writing music. After three years, two albums, and a fair share of blood, sweat, and tears, Animal Factory is happy to say they have never felt more successful musically, commercially, and personally, than they do right now.
Great Ocean Waters is a Chicago based, 90's influenced Pop/Rock band. After a few brief lineup changes, GOW solidified its line up in the Spring of 2013 with the addition of vocalist Katie Byrne. Backed up by bassist Greg Parr and the Kreller brothers on guitar and drums, GOW moved very quickly into the studio to release its first two singles 'Candy' & 'The Real Sound' in the Summer of 2013 and began playing shows around Chicago. Since then, GOW has release three more singles (available on iTunes and Spotify), a live album, and two videos. For booking, please contact greatoceanwaters@gmail.com
Morning Arms is a 4 piece band based out of Chicago that creates an intricate and melodic sound embodying elements of post-rock, folk, and baroque pop. The band came together in 2012 out of the music program at Columbia College. They have released 3 EP's (Speak Fragility, Moon & Tide, and Nocturnal) with a fourth on the way in 2015. They strive to use every ounce of energy and heart they have each time that they perform, and can't wait to pour themselves out on stage for new listeners.
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Sat, Mar 28 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Most bands have dreams of fame and fortune; however MELODIME is not like most bands. Their blend of energetic guitars and pianos play an integral role in their rock sound that is a perfect fit for festivals, college events, and the best live music venues. Not only is their cross-genre alternative rock sound creative, they also operate a charity organization. Their foundation, called Now I Play Along Too, provides music instruments and education to those less fortunate. It's been said many times that MELODIME is what's missing in the music industry today - a band that tells stories from the heart; seamlessly blends the musical past with the sounds of the future; and isn't just performing for the good of their band. They're on a mission to inspire audiences and make a difference in the world.
To see and hear them now, you might never believe that a few short years ago Radio Birds had a completely different lineup, look, and sound. In early 2013, rising united from their earlier musical experiences, these four young men decided to take a risk and start completely over with a new name and sound. They quickly worked up a batch of new songs, and by that summer they had recorded a successful EP and had begun playing extensively, even winning the 2013 Masquerade Musicians Showcase in Atlanta, GA. Within a year of their rechristening, they were booked for The Rock Boat 2014 (and 15!), were featured in a major motion picture (Jason Momoa's Road to Paloma), played SXSW, and attracted the services of indie Atlanta label Brash Music. Things have moved quickly for a reason, and everyone involved points back to two causes: Radio Bird's irresistible character and undeniably unique sound.That sound is simple: Plain-Old Rock and Roll Music with a distinctly hairy touch. Meaning, it is not clean, it is not easy, (or too difficult), and it is not The Next Logical Revival of a Previously Popular Genre From the Seventies. It is what you get when four guys all write music with the basic beliefs that it must be played live, and it must be played everywhere. Each of their songs is different from the others and is balanced by the web of harmonies that entangles the whole group. Everybody sings, and sometimes, you just can't help but sing along.Radio Birds has taken their sound out to the world, and their dedicated touring and writing schedule proves one thing: Radio Birds wants you to hear them now more than ever. They are proud to announce an exciting new album, recorded at the world-famous Southern Tracks studio, featuring an impressively diverse set of songs and even additional instrumentation by Will Turpin (Collective Soul) and Mark O'Connor. Equipped with new songs, longer hair, and scruffier beards, they look forward to spending the next several months bringing this music to everyone who will listen.
Wild Skies is a 6-piece folk/Americana band from Chicago delivering sincere songwriting, soaring harmonies and foot-stomping folk flavor.
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Tue, Mar 31 - 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, Apr 2 - 9:30pm - No Cover
free
A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
By infusing 1950's-inspired rock n' roll with an edgy, modern twist, Chicago-based foursome, Them Guilty Aces breaks down the barriers of tradition. Featuring stylized, rockabilly undertones and cool, melodic beats, TGA creates a dynamic sound and a unique showcase. With lively favorites, upbeat B-sides of the past, and powerful original tunes, TGA gets the crowd onto the dance floor every time.
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Fri, Apr 3 - 8pm - $10
It's a pop song, chopped up with some soul, thrown over a bed of soft guitar chords, and sang raw. At 24, Gina Venier stylishly combines her soulful blues roots with pop influences to create an original sound that defies fitting into a genre. Raised in the small town of Dixon, IL, Gina pulls from her family roots to find inspiration behind songwriting, style, and stage presence. At the age of 6, Venier took after her dad’s musical background as a blues musician, and started singing and playing the drums. At 13, she picked up the guitar and has been playing live ever since. She credits her dad for infusing a passion for music in her at an early age, and he frequently shares the stage with her today. Now focused on developing her craft as a “young Chicago-based original artist,” she uses her percussive background to heighten her rhythmic movements on guitar, and showcases an expressively raw and raspy vocal tone during live shows, creating an unparalleled live performance of natural soul. She won Chicago’s largest singing competition “Bar 1 Big Break,” in August of 2012, after showing the judges and audience her versatility, creativity, and inimitable artistry through performances a capella, on the drums, guitar, and keyboard. After making it to the final 2, Venier performed an original song and took home the top prize in the competition. After winning the competition, Venier is continuing to capitalize on her success and is currently creating quite the buzz around the Chicago-land music scene. Since then, Venier has been spreading her ‘hybrid genre’ of blue-eyed soul singer/songwriter meets R&B pop musician, performing in staple Chicago-land venues in front of anxious and enthusiastic crowds. Chicago- has been exploiting her distinctive vibe whether it’s an intimate acoustic showcase, or fronting her band, Gina Venier & the Gentlemen, each performance carries a unique dynamic, and not one show is the same as the last. After receiving her degree in Broadcasting, Gina found more passion from being in front of a microphone on stage, than in front of the camera. Currently, Gina is performing, writing, and accumulating original works, working toward her first album release. Her theme challenges fitting into a definitive form of music by blending the art of a singer/songwriter who collides with radio-worthy blue-eyed soulful pop music. Music has become her exclusive project and this extraordinary talent holds all the characteristics of a true artist on the rise.
Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter based in Nashville TN. Rock n' Soul music. Songs rich in melody and virtuosity.
Langston & Co. is the result of a life lived on the road, in upheaval, struggling to reach a destination that may not even exist.Jay, a seasoned songwriter/ guitar player/ performer, began writing for Langston & Co. in 2010, after his previous national band of 8 years, split. "This endeavor was, and is necessary for me as a man, and a songwriter to move forward. I want the music to reflect the good and bad things in life that we all experience. Without all the fluff and shine, I hope the songs will speak for me."Langston & Co. will cling to its southern roots maintaining a minimalist approach. "I want this to be about good songs, and not a lot of noise." Ready to release the first LCO studio EP, the time is now to set out on the journey!
Vanguard Records head Kevin Welk heard one Daphne Willis' songs on an American Airlines flight and sent A&R rep Gary Paczosato Chicago to meet her. After signing a deal with Vanguard Records in 2008, Willis released her second EP, Exhibit A. In the latter half of 2009, Willis headed for the Tennessee hills to begin writing and recording her first full length album. What to Saywas released in 2010. The album was co-produced by Tim Lauer and Grammy Award winning Gary Paczosa. "My Shoes", a track from this record was featured on ABC's Switched at Birth.Album number two, Because I Can, was produced by Tim Lauer and released in 2011 on Vanguard Records. Shortly after the release, Willis was interviewed on NPR'sWeekend Edition Saturday with Host Scott Simon. Because I Can reached the #2 spot on iTunes Top 40 Singer/Songwriter Chart. The track titled "Sad" was featured on the CW Network One Tree Hill. Trevor Hall makes a guest appearance on the track titled "Circumstances". Willis parted ways with Vanguard in early 2012 and is currently working on an independent release.
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Sat, Apr 4 - 9:30pm - $10adv/$12door
TAUK is Heavy Instrumental Rock Fusion created by Matt Jalbert (guitar), Charlie Dolan (bass), Alric "A.C."Carter (keyboard-organ), and Isaac Teel (drums). The transcendent instrumental band seamlessly bringstogether genres as diverse as melodic rock, fusion, gritty funk, progressive rock, ambient, classic rock, hip hopand jazz.The Oyster Bay, New York-based quartet has received accolades from a number of tastemaking authorities,including an “On The Verge” feature in Relix Magazine and frequent rotation for the singles “Mindshift”, “DeadSignal” and “In the Basement of the Alamo” on Sirius XM Jam On. Despite their years of experience as a musicalunit, the quartet is a young promising band that Jambase calls “a guaranteed quickly- ascend band.” TheWashington Post describes the band by saying: “TAUK's instrumental music melds genres and styles, creating ahard-charging, often melodic fusion that - thanks to a penchant for improv - offers limitless possibilities" And TheDeli Magazine singles out the band’s compelling melodic sense through explaining: “the quartet has a rare abilityto channel emotional melodic leads, and all without a lead singer."TAUK has built a dedicated and loyal fanbase through tireless touring. Festival highlights include Bonnaroo, TheHangout Music Festival, Summer Camp, LOCKN’, Hudson Project, FloydFest, Bear Creek, Art Outside and TheAllman Brothers' Peach Fest. TAUK’s broadly appealing musicality has allowed the band to be direct support tosuch diverse artists as The Funky Meters, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Papadosio, Lettuce, KarlDenson's Tiny Universe, moe., Dopapod, Tim Reynolds & TR3, Toubab Krewe, The Revivalists and many more.
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Tue, Apr 7 - 8pm - $7
Determined to make music that offered listeners a break from the norm, four blood brothers joined forces to create The Avantist, a progressive rock band whose music challenges its audience to rethink the meaning and the sound of a traditional rock band. This band draws from a variety of influences to create a truly unique collection of music
THE MOBROS meld and Classic Soul and True Rock 'n Roll into a scintillating blend for their resonant modern sound. Kelly Morris, guitarist and lead vocals, is joined by his brother Patrick on drums. And while most bands would be satisfied with re-creating a sound and mood that invokes nostalgia, The Mobros have expanded on the soul and rock music they listened to in their youth to create an authentic decades old soulful sound. What is immediately gripping about the brotherly band is their flourishing harmonies stacked seemingly effortlessly among the melodic layers of their music; Kelly, sometimes playing dual guitar and bass parts with Patrick adding Caribbean percussive inflections on the drums. With an already impressive list of dates, shows, and festivals under their belts, The Mobros were handpicked by blues legend B.B. King to open two shows for his 2013 summer tour at the Snagajob.com Amphitheater in Glen Allen, VA and the Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC. Other outstanding dates include the prestigious Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, Atlanta’s Sweetwater 420 Fest, Greenville’s Artisphere International Art Festival, Eco Fest in Jacksonville FL, Sautee Jamboree, the Free Times Music Crawl, and about 40,000 revelers were on hand at the Columbia, SC St. Patrick’s Day Festival when they played a headlining slot.
"For the past few months I have been documenting the weekend debauchery of Chicago's very own The Gnar Wave Rangers, so believe me when I say they're truly the most unique, weird, and kind of scary band on the scene right now. " - Greg Stephen Reigh
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Wed, Apr 8 - 8pm - $10
T Bird and the Breaks are a big, funky, band.Horns? Check.Female singers that swing-it-while-they-sing-it? Check.Fire-in-the-hole rhythm-section of drums, bass, guitar, and keys? Check.Gravel-voiced front-man who always leaves it on stage? Check.Hailing from Austin, TX, T Bird And The Breaks play a style of dance music that has it's most basic and obvious roots in the Funk and Soul music of the late 1960's and early 1970's. It'll get you dancing. It'll make you sweat. It'll make you smile.But...it can't be classified as strictly throw-back, retro, Funk/Soul. The original songs belie lyrical influences such as Beck. Or Bob Dylan. And the contemporary swagger of The Breaks' live show especially pays homage to the creativity and positivity of early and golden-age Hip-Hop. The band's “kitchen-sink-style” of music is evident on their cover of Shirley Ellis' 1965 R&B hit “The Clapping Song” in which they include verses from Tom Waits' “Clap Hands”.It's a melting-pot of funk but one that people of all ages, and across musical genres, can dig. In the last few years they've been invited to play shows with artists as eclectic as The Flaming Lips, The Funky Meters, Sting, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Galactic.2014 will see T Bird and the Breaks releasing their third studio album, “What It Is (Harmonism)”, and bringing their electric, tear-a-hole-in-it, funk-bomb of a live show to a stage near you.
“Honey & the 45s combine the low-fi sonics of eighties punk, the gorgeous rolling cadences of seventies R&B, and the infectious hooks of sixties pop. As whip smart as the lyrics are, the music itself is even better.” – Robert Rodi, New City Music Honey & the 45s is a Chicago based blues/rock band featuring two female front-women. Known for its soulful sound and jazzy undertones, the band was originally formed as an acoustic group by lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Kristina Cottone, and singer, violinist and saxophonist Kim Kozel. Honey & the 45s’ unique sound has evolved into a soulful rock ‘n’ roll band by adding lead guitarist Jon Gould, bassist Sean Tatum, and drummer Jarad Kleinstein. “This five-piece is steered by the sweet-dripping vocals of Kristina Cottone and the on-the-one harmonies of violinist/saxophonist Kim Kozel. For a band that’s only been together for a few years, they sound like they’ve been mastering their craft and living their songs for a decade or two.” - Rob Ross, Pop Dose, Honey & the 45s’ debut album, The Need, was released in September of 2012. Five of the tracks off The Need were remixed by Grammy-Award nominated engineer Fred Breitberg and ‘spun’ on over 100 radio stations nationwide. “They have a way of making the genres of jazz, funk, and blues sound fresh and completely new, as if the band is introducing each style to their audience for the first time.” - Listen Here Reviews In 2014, the band took home the award for best Blues/Jazz band at the Chicago Independent Music Awards, and went on to open on the main stage for Cold War Kids at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon in Chicago and Big Data in St. Louis. Honey & the 45s has been featured in print, on commercials, in press conferences and has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals and venues in Chicago and the Midwest. Honey’s album, MAD, was released in December of 2014 and has received critical acclaim. Honey & the 45s made its live National television debut in December 2014 on WGN. “A stellar set of seven songs that seamlessly weaves genres like rock, soul, jazz and blues, ultimately telling the story of a passionate group that wants more than just success.” - Chicago at Night, by Jim Ryan “It is quite difficult to not be entranced in the unreal qualities of Honey & the 45s. If they continue to produce even a percentage of the sound they achieved with Mad there is nothing that can hold this band back. I can’t think of a better record to kick off the year.” - Greg Shaw, Nanobot Rock Reviews- See more at: http://www.honeyandthe45s.com/band_bio/#sthash.pSQ7gInV.dpuf
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Thu, Apr 9 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
BomBBone is explosive experiment that's ready to hurt you and heal you at the same time! Mixing punk-rock and metal elements with the sounds and sensibilities of Balkan folk music , BomBBone is an adventure and a treat for all your hipsters needs and beyond!BomBBone’s live performance is bound to be a surprise for many in the audience. Recently called “Gypsy Punks, Balkan Pimps”, BomBBone delivers a powerful performance that reverberates with lament for lost domains, for times passed. This punk avant-garde production brings to the stage both of the lost worlds – the Balkan eulogy and punk protest in a unique live show filled with energy and masterful music craft. BomBBone combines music with a love of paradox and an idiosyncratic, sometimes outrageous, sense of humor, thus making it the most puzzling, provocative, humorous and profound show you are yet to see.
Tim Madden, Joe Meade, and Danny Roeder started playing together in 2010 in support of Tim's 'Maddog Madden' solo project. After not performing from 2011-2013, they hit the Chicago scene again in February 2014 with some new tunes, a new band name, and dark humor that you wouldn't expect from cats that play songs like 'Tell Me That Baby's Name'.
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Fri, Apr 10 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
The Future Laureates’ forthcoming EP, Here and After, is a showcase of vibrant and mature songcraft. With the help of producer Chris Grainger (Wilco, Switchfoot, Sixpence None the Richer, and Kopecky Family Band), TFL has finally captured the unabashed energy of their live shows on record. The band delves into varied subject matter, ranging from an apocalyptic escape, to modern love songs, to a eulogy of Don Quixote, told from the perspective of his loyal servant. They also flex some new musical muscles, pulling from their influences in modern rock, classic pop, rhythmic folk, and 60’s soul. After six years of local and regional shows – highlighted by performances at SXSW and Summerfest, along with airplay on hundreds of college radio stations across North America – The Future Laureates are a band on the rise. They’ve shared crowds with the likes of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, hellogoodbye, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, and Dawes. With each of these performances, TFL has been exposed to artists who have achieved greater success and hold themselves to a higher standard than most. The result is a newfound confidence, earned through hard work, persistence, and ultimately, experience. Danny Surico, songwriter and co-frontman of the band, sums up the band’s outlook: “Now, more than ever before, we understand who we are and where we’re going.”
AyOH found their rhythm and took it in stride, developing their own unique blend of harmony and sound, churning out original songs and quickly coming into their own. Avi Dell, lead vocals, has a romantically charged style that naturally juxtapos...es polished lyrics with the raw energy of the percussion and instrumentals. Listeners can’t help but be captivated by the transitory lyrics – while moving their feet to the sound that leaves its own mark.
Writing songs to several people in particular and many in general, acoustic-soul songwriter Kiernan McMullan places importance on both honesty and melody as the foundation for his career. Ten years of extensive travel, performing, and crafting songs will have guided him through five music releases by the time 2013 comes to a close. Not really being from anywhere, the Irish-Australian brings an outsider's perspective to his international fan base by writing songs about atypical subjects - covering life on the road, anti-love and complacency. Kiernan was influenced by everything from The Roots to Jimmy Eat World, Rage Against The Machine to Otis Redding, and created his own intersection between the genres. By the age of fifteen, the songwriter knew that this was where he fit. The last few years of touring have proven he made the right decision. To date, McMullan has performed at sold-out shows, festivals and tour dates in the US with well-established talent including the likes of Sheryl Crow, Ed Sheeran, Dave Mason and Mat Kearney. In Ireland he accumulated a list of shows with big names including The Coronas, Cathy Davy, and The Blizzards. His new EP shows Kiernan's softer side and is set to release April 1st. "I don't write love songs.. but from a different perspective, Company is a collection of songs expressing themes that aren't really present in popular music," says McMullan. The five-song EP features his intricately balanced songwriting and continues his story where he left off on his last full-length album Two Years. Although Kiernan writes about serious and controversial subjects, it's his humor and genuine interest in his audience that always seems to immediately win over the crowd. An old soul, his soft-spoken lyrics consistently captivate rooms, festivals and theaters worldwide. Brought up by an Australian mother and an Irish father, Kiernan was raised listening to artists such as Van Morrison and Lyle Lovett. But it was by studying artists like Ryan Adams, Lupe Fiasco and Marvin Gaye that he developed his eclectic style. Cutting his teeth in both Boston and Ireland, McMullan went on to sign his first record deal with a Warner subsidiary, 111 Records in 2008. With nothing but a hiking bag and his guitar, he hitched and bussed the length of the East Coast and parts of the Midwest, playing shows every other day. "My parents met on a plane, so being a gypsy was always in my genes.." he says. Constant traveling, performing and perfecting his sound have helped him develop an international grassroots following of dedicated fans. Uncommon outcomes and unique conversations with strangers have fueled Kiernan's insatiable thirst for touring. Included in his plans for 2013 are tour dates covering the majority of the US and putting out his third full-length album. While simultaneously acquiring song ideas and passport stamps, his willingness to physically bring music to his fans marks his path to success. "People romanticize being an entertainer based on the highlight reel they see. You could be playing for 5000 people one night.. and twenty the next. I go wherever people will listen - and that's where you find the stories."
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Sat, Apr 11 - 9:30pm - $13adv/$15door
Over the past seven years, Monophonics have staked their claim as one of the west coast’s premier bands. Raised amid the Bay Area's rich musical culture, Monophonics has proudly carried on the tradition of music native to their hometown, which flourished during the birth of Funk music and Psychedelic Soul. Psychedelic Soul, sometimes called Black Rock, is a sub-genre of Soul music, which mixes the characteristics of Soul with Psychedelic Rock. It came to prominence in the late 1960s and continued into the 1970s, playing a major role in the development of Soul and Funk music. Monophonics were formed in 2005 was originally an instrumental ensemble, but in the last 2 years they have come to find their own sound which includes some incredibly vocally driven songs. The foundation of the band is the blistering funky drums of Austin Bohlman and soulful bass playing of Myles O’Mahony, fuzzy echo guitars by Ian McDonald, a powerhouse horn section made up of Ryan Scott, Nadav Nirenberg & Alex Baky and the swirling organ & dynamic vocals of Kelly Finnigan. The result is a psychedelic soul & heavy funk sound, which harks back to the styling of the late 60’s and early 70’s, all while keeping its feet planted firmly in the present. As a mainstay of Bay Area venues such as The Fillmore, The Independent, & Sweetwater Music Hall, Monophonics have created a national buzz and fervent worldwide following. The last 2 years Monophonics has played over 250 shows in 8 different countries, sharing the stages with music legends like Al Green, Quincy Jones, Rodriguez, Dennis Coffee, and Crosby Stills & Nash. The band has also played some incredible shows with top funk and soul acts like The Budos Band, Ben l’Oncle Soul, Galactic, Syl Johnson, Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds and Soulive. Their touring schedule has brought their rowdy, hard-hitting, energetic live set to over 40 States from Hawaii to Motown, Brooklyn and down to NOLA and gained them a reputation as one of the best live touring acts. In the past couple years the band has also performed at some of the major music festivals around the world including; Jam Cruise, High Sierra, Wakarusa Music Fest, Wannee Music Fest, Portland Waterfront Blues Fest, Rochester Jazz Fest, Telluride Blues and Brews, Bospop Festival, Rockwave Festival, The legendary Montreux Jazz Festival, and both International Jazz Fests in Victoria and Vancouver. Besides given major kudos for their live energy and stage show the sound of their latest record has gotten them a lot of attention. Produced and recorded by Finnigan & McDonald and recorded on an old Tascam eight-track 1/4”tape machine at The Soul Barracks in San Francisco. The LP drips with warm tones, a gritty rawness in performance and spontaneous songwriting rarely found since the golden days of FAME and Stax Records. The vibe, production and overall tone of the record has gotten compared to the best products by Daptone Studios in NY and Killion Sound in LA. This is the Monophonics sound and it is a welcomed by soul, funk and lo-fi heads worldwide. In 2012 Monophonics followed up their highly regarded 45/single “Like Yesterday” off Colemine Records with their third and best record to date entitled “In Your Brain” off the well known rare groove imprint Ubiquity Records. The critically acclaimed record is considered one of the best soul and funk releases of 2012 even gaining them a radio hit in Greece with their cover of Sonny Bono’s “Bang Bang”. The full length has the vibe and the sound of the late 60’s/early 70’s. The sound of dark psych soul, heavy funk, top-notch songwriting, analog tones and renowned production is a sonic testimony to the evolution of this six-piece unit. Looking ahead to the future, the band is planning to release a string of singles throughout late 2014 which will lead up to another full length LP in the spring of 2015. Also keeping them busy is their ongoing collaboration with French superstar soul singer Ben l’Oncle Soul. In the summer of 2014 the band backed Ben up for a 10 week European tour which will be followed by the release of his new album in which was recorded and produced with Monophonics at their studio in the bay area. With this project and all the touring the band has become in demand working and collaborating with lots of other respected groups and artists like multi instrumental producer Shawn Lee, Hip Hop group Blackalicious and Soul legend Mike James Kirkland. With all those things happening plus non-stop touring, there is no sign of slowing down anytime soon!
Chicago's Swamp Heat proudly carries on the tradition and sound of New Orleans dance music into the 21st century. Known for their irresistible grooves and heartfelt ballads, the band sheds light on forgotten gems and continues to push the music forward with their own unique voice. After a chance encounter, Chicago native Brandi Sanders has been thrust from the church into the limelight and continues to electrify audiences near and far.
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Wed, Apr 15 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, pairs a reader’s personal story about a First Time event with a song performance by house band, The First Time Three. This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song. The band takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements, so it is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song. Hosted by CHIRP DJ Jenn Sodini, past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Joe Meno, Ian Belknap, Brian Babylon, Kelly Hogan, Erin Diamond and Ji Suk Yi. January's theme is First Time: First Chance and featured readers include: Freda Love Smith - formerly of The Blake Babies; Lily Be - Host; The Stoop; Tim Akimoff - Strange Brews podcast; Stubhy Pandav - Lucky Boys Confusion; Rick Joyce - Host; Collector's Edition; Ali Clayton - Comedian; Nicole Oppenheim - CHIRP DJ. The First Time series is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org.
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Fri, Apr 17 - 9pm - $17adv/$20door
CIMMfest is the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, taking place April 16-19. Join us for four jam-packed days & nights of film premieres, live concerts and incredible parties with artists from around the world. CIMMFest presents over 100 events (music documentaries, concert films, live Scores, music showcases, and more) running along Milwaukee Ave, and is centered in the city's WIcker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, as well as in venues throughout Chicago. ////Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. Throughout the 1990s, the West African country of Sierra Leone was wracked with a bloody, horrifying war that forced millions to flee their homes. The musicians that would eventually form Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are all originally from Freetown, and they were forced to leave the capital city at various times after violent rebel attacks. Most of those that left the country made their way into neighboring Guinea, some ending up in refugee camps and others struggling to fend for themselves in the capital city of Conakry. Ruben Koroma and his wife Grace had left Sierra Leone in 1997 and found themselves in the Kalia refugee camp near the border with Sierra Leone. When it became clear they would not be heading back to their homeland anytime soon, they joined up with guitarist Francis John Langba (aka Franco), and bassist Idrissa Bangura (aka Mallam), other musicians in the camp whom they had known before the war, to entertain their fellow refugees. After a Canadian relief agency donated two beat up electric guitars, a single microphone and a meager sound system, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars were born. American filmmakers Zach Niles and Banker White encountered the band in the Sembakounya Camp, and were so inspired by their story they ended up following them for three years as they moved from camp to camp, bringing much needed joy to fellow refugees with their heartfelt performances. Eventually, the war in Sierra Leone came to an end, and over time the All Stars returned to Freetown, where they met other returning musicians who joined the band’s rotating membership. It was there in the tin-roofed shacks of Freetown’s ghettos that Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars recorded the tracks that ended up, along with unplugged recordings made in the refugee camps, being the basis for their debut album, Living Like a Refugee, which was released on the label Anti in 2006. The resulting film that documented this moving saga, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, was a critical success, and introduced the world to the personalities and dramatic stories behind the band, not to mention their instantly appealing music. “As harrowing as these personal tales may be,” wrote The New York Times, “the music buoying them is uplifting.” Newsweek raved, “It’s as easy to fall in love with these guys as it was with the Buena Vista Social Club.” The movie, album and eventual U.S. tours helped expand their following, and soon the band found itself playing in front of enraptured audiences of tens of thousands at New York’s Central Park SummerStage, Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival and the revered Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. They appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, contributed a song to the Blood Diamond film soundtrack, participated in the U2 tribute album In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2, and earned praise and backing from Sir Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Ice Cube, Angelina Jolie and others inspired by their life-affirming story and captivating music. In one of the most surreal moments of their climb to fame, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars opened for Aerosmith at the 12,000-capacity Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The senseless deaths and illnesses of friends and family, including some of the band’s original members, and the slimming hope for great change in their country as a result of peace, has only strengthened the resolve of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars to do what they can to turn their country around. Their weapon in this struggle is music, and their message, while offering critique and condemnation of wrongdoing, remains positive and hopeful. Optimism in the face of obstacles, and the eternal hope for a better future motivates their lives and music. “It’s been a long struggle out of the war, out of miserable conditions,” notes Koroma, “We try to bring out sensitive issues that are affecting the world. It is all of our responsibility that the masses are suffering. We bring our positive messages into the world so we can expect a positive change in the world. And, most importantly, bring about peace.” For their second album, the members of the All Stars knew that they needed to prove to the world that they had the talent to produce an album that would rise above their unique story and stand on its own musical merits. After recording some songs and demos in Sierra Leone, the group went to New Orleans, Louisiana to work on the album with veteran producer Steve Berlin, a member of Los Lobos who has produced for Angélique Kidjo, Michelle Shocked, Jackie Green, Alex Ounsworth, Ozomatli, Rickie Lee Jones and many others. Rise & Shine brought the band new accolades and earned 2010 Album of the Year on the prestigious World Music Charts Europe. The group continued to tour to rapturous crowds, opening for the massive rock/reggae band Dispatch in front of a sold-out audience at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in June 2011. The All Stars enjoyed an enviable residency on the Jam Cruise, a floating music festival on a Caribbean Cruise ship that also featured Bob Wier, Robert Randolph, Galactic and Maceo Parker. In addition, the band collaborated with a number of artists in 2011, recording the song “Iñez” with singer-songwriter Chris Velan, joining children’s music superstar Dan Zanes on the song “Little Nut Tree” and appearing on the Playing for Change version of “Gimme Shelter.” In January 2011, the All Stars returned to the studio, this time in snow-covered Brooklyn, NY. Their producer for their third studio album was producer and keyboardist Victor Axelrod, aka Ticklah, who has worked with Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Antibalas, The Easy Star All Stars and many others. A master of dub, roots reggae, classic soul, Afrobeat and more, Axelrod added a whole new dimension to the All Stars sound and helped them reveal how years of touring have honed their skills. The All Stars took advantage of the vintage analog gear at Daptone affiliate Dunham Studios to record an album inspired by the retro sounds they heard blasting out of radios in their younger years. Old school reggae, funky African grooves and deep tribal chants form the musical underpinning of Radio Salone, which was released on April 24,2012. The album was selected as the World Music Album of the Year by CBC Radio in Canada and earned rave reviews across the globe. The album's release was followed by extensive touring, earning the band an even larger following. In the summer of 2013, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars began preparing their fourth studio album. The production began with a month long residency at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. The band reunited with producer Chris Velan and daily rehearsal session took place at which the compositions and arrangements were refined. Members of the community often dropped by to help band members get to town to buy a phone card to call home or to cook them their beloved chicken and rice. After the rehearsals, recording began at Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering, the recording studio located at Cumbancha's headquarters in an 1800s-era farmhouse. In this picturesque and relaxed setting, Velan and the All Stars, working alongside engineer Lane Gibson, spent four weeks tracking the songs that would end up on the album. News quickly spread in the community that a world-famous band from Africa was recording nearby, and volunteers emerged to help with transportation, lodging, meals and musical instruments. The comfortable setting was a far cry from the conditions of their first album, which was literally recorded around a campfire in a refugee camp in Guinea and in a hot, ramshackle, studio in Freetown, where electric shocks and power outages were common. The album was mixed by renowned British producer Iestyn Polson, known for his work with David Gray, Patti Smith, David Bowie and others On Libation, the band took a more acoustic approach than on their last two albums, experimenting with a variety of vintage guitars and hand percussion to create unexpected sonic qualities. The unplugged style is a return in a way to the days in the refugee camps when the band had to make do with whatever instruments they could round up or make by hand, and do without amplification and electronics. The band also made a concerted effort to mine the riches of Sierra Leonean folklore, basing their songs on the highlife, maringa and palm wine styles that the band members listened to in their youth but are not heard as often today, as well as baskeda and gumbe, the Sierra Leonean relatives of reggae and soukous respectively. The release of Libation was followed by a worldwide tour including a performance at the Amnesty International Human Rights Conference in Chicago, a concert at the iconic Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York and a special private appearance at the United Nations. After a 10-year adventure that has taken them from the squalor of refugee camps to the world’s biggest stages, Africa’s most inspirational band continues to ascend. Over the years they have evolved to become one of Africa's most recognized bands with fans across the globe. Their albums and live shows embodies and radiates the joy, passion for music and love for their fellow man that have made Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars a living testament to the resilience of the human spirit and an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.
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Sat, Apr 18 - 7pm - $10
CIMMfest is the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, taking place April 16-19. Join us for four jam-packed days & nights of film premieres, live concerts and incredible parties with artists from around the world. CIMMFest presents over 100 events (music documentaries, concert films, live Scores, music showcases, and more) running along Milwaukee Ave, and is centered in the city's WIcker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, as well as in venues throughout Chicago. ////Matthew Santos has established himself as one of the most exceptional talents to emerge from the Chicago music scene in decades. With a voice consistently compared to that of the late Jeff Buckley and likened to a male version of Adele, he has been the subject of praise from such artists as Kimbra, Eddie Vedder, and John Legend. His highly acclaimed collaborations with Lupe Fiasco for which he received two Grammy nominations, have served to broaden international awareness of Santos whose own style is a unique, homegrown hybrid touching on alternative/indie-rock/soul and folk genres. The Chicago Sun-Times recognized Santos as an artist who is “organic and soulful and moody, full of interesting musical ideas and dripping with serious vocal talent.”Santos says the musical diversity that marks his work is “the conflict of being a human being vs. being a brand. Obviously a human has multifaceted tastes. I’m trying to be as colorful on my palette as I can.” The painterly metaphor is one both well earned and underscored by personal experience.Born and raised in Minneapolis, a six-year-old Matthew Santos started flirting with music by picking out melodic themes from movies and TV on his mother’s old piano. While growing up, Santos always saw himself becoming more of a visual artist and exhibited a potent talent for photo-realistic drawings, and a clear knack for painting. Ironically, it was at the age of 17, while attending Oxbow, an art school, that he rediscovered the raw immediacy of musical expression. His own true passion for singing and writing songs began to flourish. Spending more time with the guitar than the paintbrush, it became evident to Santos that his future in the fine arts was in question.
“Gordon Robertson is that guy who could sing the menu at the corner deli and still move me.” -Independent ClausesHailing from Chicago, six-piece indie rock band The Damn Choir aims to make music that distills complex emotions into simple, subtle compositions. Singer Gordon Robertson’s voice, persuasive and unguarded, broadcasts a passionate desperation. Vulnerable and stingingly honest, his lyrics confront the darker aspects of life and love while still holding on to the hope of something better.This spring they released their third album, Creatures of Habit, produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Swans, Akron/Family, The Apples In Stereo). The tracks were recorded live, including vocals. While more nerve wracking, this process created a sense of intimacy that is apparent. Whereas in the past, the emphasis has been on the relationship between Robertson’s vocals and cello, this album has a more unified indie rock sound—driving percussion, guitar hooks, and back-up vocals. It is a loud album, mastered by Fred Kevorkian (aka Dr. Death) who’s past credits include the National, the Walkmen, and Willie Nelson.The Damn Choir have shared the stage with acts such as Grouplove, Churchill, Hey Marseilles and The Lumineers. They have toured extensively and played national fests including SXSW, Midpoint Music Festival, and NXNE. Fans of Frightened Rabbit, The National and The Walkmen take note: The Damn Choir would like for you to sing along.
Fletcher began in early 2012 as a basement project between English brothers Oscar and Harvey Baker and their Chicagoan friend Tom Fry. Since then, the group has been steadily creating an incredible buzz as one of rock musicʼs new, relevant acts. The band has developed a strand of new-age British Rock with quirky melodies and brain tingling music. Insisting on sticking to a three-piece group, Fletcher has created a vigorous and chemistry-driven connection between each member. Fans who follow Fletcher have a hard time comparing them to other acts, as their sound is so different. Theyʼve heard names such as The Flaming Lips, Arctic Monkeys, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Kooks, Kings of Leon, The Strokes – but nobody can quite figure their influence. They like it that way. Having played amazing shows at top venues such as Lincoln Hall, Double Door, Beat Kitchen and most recently selected for a slot on JBTV, Fletcher has gained a reputation around the mid-west and beyond, for demonstrating that great music can form in the blink of an eye. Fletcherʼs second EP, Open Arms, was mixed and mastered by Mike Tholen at RaxTrax Studios and released on April 9th.
Scotch Hollow is an acoustic roots band that plays original music and covers in the style of country blues. It began when Mark met Carley while studying at Berklee College of Music. Mark's experience growing up in central Pennsylvania's appalachian mountains, paired with Carley's roots in the historic blues/jazz scene of Kansas City led to an interesting collaboration grounded in old-school delta blues and traditional finger pickin' country. After a short tour, they made their home-base in Nashville when Mark came down with a devastating case of severe tendonitis. After years of treatment, they relocated to Chicago to start the new chapter of Scotch Hollow which is now becoming a staple in the roots scene throughout the midwest and northeast.
Fearless, sultry and powerful - just a few words to describe Elle Casazza. Based in Chicago, Elle writes and performs music that is the love child of pop, rock, blues, soul, and jazz. Her commanding vocals send chills to those who listen. Elle performs along with the Elle Casazza Band to create an energetic live show that'll keep you dancing all night long.Listening to Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, KT Tunstall, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald have influenced Elle’s eclectic writing style. Elle has played at numerous Chicago Venues such as, Daley Plaza, the Auditorium Theatre, Concord Music Hall, Mayne Stage, Schubas and SPACE to name a few.Elle’s debut EP For Your Pleasure was released in May of 2013. Elle plans on releasing new music and going on tour in 2015.
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Sun, Apr 19 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Fatbook is heavy dose of Chicago groove with a worldwide perspective. Soul and Jazz sensibilities, Reggae intentions, Hip-Hop beats, and influence of West-African and Brazilian music. The 7 members varied experiences influence who they are as people and the music they create. Fatbook shows are an energized excursion through soundscapes that weave through genres - a sound that you can’t quite place and you can’t stop moving to. The group makes music that is fresh, colorful, and rooted in groove.Fatbook was originally formed at Lawrence University and won back-to-back “Downbeat Awards” from the jazz world’s Downbeat Magazine in 2009 and 2010. The group has been rooted in Chicago since then, and unique high-energy live performances have propelled them to quickly become a recognized force in the Chicago music community.Fatbook’s members are also educators dedicated to bringing youth up within the world of music, dance, and art. The group’s vocalist Harjinder says, “Expression is essential for the human soul, and teaching is essential for the human community. We love sharing what we love.” An insistence for action and positive change resonates through the group’s motives and what they do.In Summer 2013 Fatbook was showcased at the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Chicago World Music Festival, and in 2014 they were a headlining artist at the Old Town School of Folk Music’s renowned Square Roots Festival. They have shared the stage with international artists such as Nneka, Red Baraat, Young Blood Brass Band, M.A.K.U. Sound System, Native Sun, Maoli, and Katchafire.Fatbook has just released their self-titled debut with 5 time Grammy nominated engineer and producer duo Manny Sanchez and Greg Magers (Lupe Fiasco, Umphrey’s McGee, Patrick Stump, and others), recorded at Chicago’s I.V Labs Studios and The Attic. Their recent Summer 2014 tour dates went from Chicago to Seattle, to LA and back, and East-Coast is expected in Fall 2014.
Hard Roots Rock Reggae & Dub--this is the unique blend of music that is Natty Nation. Since 1995 Natty Nation has been keeping the positive messages of their unique indigenous Wisconsin reggae beats throbbing through the heartland. Their messages of peace, love, community, & spreading positive vibrations have been ringing out since Natty's inception. Natty has backed up reggae legends Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Chaka Demus & Pliers, and shared the stage with Ziggy, Damian, & Stephen Marley, Sister Carol, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Wailing Souls, Culture with Joseph Hill, Beenie Man, & countless others. JAH Boogie and his backing band's tight but fluid, rootsy but funky, beautiful but gritty, righteous but real vibration is clear to anyone listening to their music, either at a show or on their stereo. It's almost impossible not to dance at a Natty live performance. Every Natty Nation concert is a different experience. Their energy is infectious & their dubtastic jams are complex, yet their message is simple--spread the positive vibration. Natty has received several awards during their career of 18+ year, including: •20 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs), including Performer of the Year (2009), Best World Artist (5 years in a row), World Album (4 years), World Song (4 years), Hip-hop Song, Male Vocalist, Keyboardist, Guitarist, Bassist, Ensemble Vocals, & more •Broadjam's international song of the month "Cool & Proper" •Selection for the highly sought after Armed Forces Entertainment tour of the Middle East, Africa, Japan, & the Marshall Islands playing for the troops •Wisconsin Area Music Award (WAMI) for Reggae Artist of the Year, and several nominations for same •Best World Artist or Group for five years of the Isthmus' Newspaper's readers poll, and many more.
Upon first hearing the Bob Marley song “One Love” in Ireland as a 12 years old boy Kevin Kinsella received his calling to play Reggae music. Founding his first band The Tribulations when he was fifteen, he soon found himself opening up for Toots and the Maytals who gave him strong encouragement to continue in his vocation. The Tribulations recorded their first full album “The Gate” in 1992 and went on to win the Yamaha Soundcheck competition which took them to Japan and Jamaica.In 1995 Kevin founded and named his second group - John Brown's Body and led them in being signed to Shanachie Records with whom they recorded several albums which are recognized by both critics and fans as classics of American Reggae.In 1996 he started his own imprint label I Town Records on which John Brown's Body's first album “ALL TIME” was released. It was during his tenure as lead singer and primary writer of John Brown's Body that he started and gave name to the group 10 FT Ganja Plant, whose first release “PRESENTS” was also on the I Town label. Since then, that group has gone on to record 10 albums for ROIR Records and continues to write and record.Amidst writing, recording and touring with both John Brown's Body and 10 FT Ganja Plant, Kevin has released 4 solo records under his own name; the latest one being “RIDING HIGHER STILL” on his own I Town Records imprint, with worldwide distribution through VP pal. Kevin Kinsella is recognized as a true disciple of roots reggae music and both a pioneer and veteran of the Reggae movement in the United States. With a distinctive and powerful voice, a unique and recognizable writing style and spirit filled presence and performance energy – Kevin Kinsella continues to be an important contributor to Reggae music.
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Mon, Apr 20 - 8pm - $8
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Wed, Apr 22 - 8pm - $7
A core group of 8, Origin of Animal is an improvisational based syndicate. There is no lead singer; who needs one?
Since forming in Chicago in 1993, Star Period Star (*.*) has been crafting its unique blend of progressive, experimental, post, and pop rock. As the name *.* implies, the band covers the waterfront, not afraid of taking chances with unconventional song structures, and not shying away from a catchy melody either. Their music ranges from heavy to light, simple to complex, major-key inspired happiness to explorations into microtonality. However, you won’t hear a lot of jams in 4/4 from these folks. Some things that appear simple or even sound like mistakes may disguise layers of tightly arranged complexity. After releasing three 7” records on colored vinyl, one improv CD, and two studio CDs, Star Period Star was no more. Then after relocating to Savannah, Georgia, founding member Dan Sweigert reformed the band in 2013. Star Period Star then released its third studio album Can’t See the Forest in 2014 and began playing a series of shows in the Savannah area. This new lineup of the band features Pat Hamilton (Sinister Moustache) on keyboards, guitars, percussion and vocals, Greg Stark (Sinister Moustache) on bass and vocals, Corey Gronner (Elephant Talk) on drums, and Dan Sweigert on guitars, toys, and vocals. Star Period Star is embarking on a 10 state tour this spring playing mostly new material and a couple selections from the earlier albums
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Fri, Apr 24 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
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Mon, Apr 27 - 8pm - $7
Dance Tribute is a biannual series, in which a collections of songs from a single musician/band/artist are selected and paid tribute to through choreography and performance. Over forty Chicago dancers/actors/movers are involved with every Tribute. At this early stage, I am the primary choreographer for all pieces, but as Dance Tribute continues to develop, I hope to bring in new choreographers for every tribute. Ah, what the future does hold! It takes place at Martyrs'. It is a night of dance, happy chums, drinks, snacks, laughs, art, and only a few uncomfortable moments, and is always followed by "the best dance party of your lives". Past performances:Dance Tribute to David Bowie (abridged) - At the MCA, as part of the David Bowie Is... Exhibit, Dance Tribute to Bjork,Dance Tribute to David Lynch, andDance Tribute to Mr. Bungle. Up next... Dance Tribute to Aphex Twin!
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Tue, May 12 - 8pm - $20
A familiar name with an original sound, Simon Townshend is straight from the lineage of one of British music’s most famous families. The son of England’s top big-band reed man and baby brother of Who legend Pete Townshend, Simon has been recording and performing since the age of nine, when he was brought in to add vocals to The Who classic Tommy. He went on to successfully self-produce six well received solo CDs on the Stir Music label, including Among Us (1997), Animal Soup (1999), Bare Bodies Bare Assets (live acoustic)(2000), Ages (2000) and simontownshendis (2002). In 2002 Simon added to his musical arsenal by creating a stylistic alternative to his distinctive rock sound with an alter ego, .bom, for live performances in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. In 2005 Simon joined Bruce Foxton (The Jam/Stiff Little Fingers) and Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) in forming The Casbah Club, releasing Venustraphobia (2006). Simon is back in 2011 with the EP entitled Something New. The 4 track sampler is a preview of material from what may be his best and most impactful solo recording to date, the forthcoming 2012 release, Looking Out Looking In.In addition to his own music, Simon has produced artists both in London and New York. He has performed with numerous established acts ranging from Jeff Beck to Pearl Jam, and including elder brother Pete Townshend, with notable song writing and vocal contributions to Iron Man and Psychoderelict. Other credits include 15 years as guitarist and vocalist in The Who, playing sold out tours of Europe, Asia and North America, and a monumental performance at the 2010 Super Bowl. He was referred to by one U.S. newspaper as The Who’s “secret weapon.” In 2004 Simon served as producer for The Who’s first new, original studio recordings in more than 20 years and in 2006 contributed his talents to their highly anticipated album, Endless Wire. Since 2009, Simon has accompanied Roger Daltrey on tours of the United Kingdom and North America, including a stint with Eric Clapton. A highpoint of these shows features Simon’s electrifying performance of The Who classic, Goin’ Mobile, which consistently brings the cheering crowd to their feet.Simon Townshend’s own music is his priority and it has made a significant impact. As brother Pete Townshend told London’s Daily Mail, “he’s brilliant.” British and American papers have variously described his songs and performances as …“supercharged…Mr. Townshend pushes the band to climax upon climax” (The New York Times)“buoyant melodies…soaring vocal harmonies,… irresistible chorus hooks pushed and pulled by the refreshing optimism of Simon’s voice” (The Washington Post)“impressive” (Billboard)“really pushes the envelope and is highly recommended” (Amplifier)“wonderful melodic punch…truly enjoyable listening” (Goldmine)a “catharsis” (The Los Angeles Times)In short, as London’s Gig Guide said, “you would be a fool to miss him.”
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Sun, Jun 7 - 8pm - $17adv/$20door
In a musical world where keeping a working band has proven difficult for many bandleaders,drummer-bandleader Steve Smith has managed to keep three bands working for the past three decades. His jazz-rock band, Steve Smith and Vital Information, has been touring and recording for more than 30 years, while his “straight-ahead” groups Steve Smith and Buddy’s Buddies, made up of Buddy Rich Alumni (with three album releases), and Steve Smith’s Jazz Legacy (a group dedicated to playing the music of some of great drumset masters such as Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams), have toured for five years and released two albums and a DVD.Therefore, it makes perfect sense for this prolific recording artist and bandleader, who has made a career out of amalgamating the many twists and turns of his musical calling, to blend all three bands for a 2015 studio album release entitled The Skyline Sessions on the BFM Jazz label. The updated version of his recording and touring ensemble is called STEVE SMITH AND VITAL INFORMATION - NYC EDITION. Smith refers to this new line-up as, “The best of all worlds. With my band-members all living and working in NYC area, where I live, this group can be organized in a moment’s notice. VI NYC Edition is a lot of fun to play with and is a high-energy, creative, jazz unit!”The lineup of Vital Information NYC Edition brings together members of all of his bands: saxophonist Andy Fusco (from Jazz Legacy and Buddy’s Buddies) guitarist Vinny Valentino (from Vital Information), pianist Mark Soskin (from Jazz Legacy and Buddy’s Buddies), bassist Baron Browne (from Jazz Legacy, Buddy’s Buddies and Vital Information), and Steve Smith on drums.Steve keeps his touring schedule quite busy and you may have seen him on tour with Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion, The Mike Stern Band or Hiromi – The Trio Project. Smith’s constantly evolving drumming career has earned him Modern Drummer Magazine's #1 All Around Drummer award five yeas in a row, which led him to being named by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Drummers of All Time!" in 2014. Smith’s 9-year stint as the drummer with the rock group Journey resulted in nine multi-platinum albums and eighteen Top 40 hits. His drumming can still be heard almost daily on the ubiquitous hit song by Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
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Mon, Jun 15 - 8pm - $10
The Whiskey Radio Hour is a knee-slapping evening of analog aural delights brought to you by The Whiskey Rebellion Theatre. Let host Ramblin' Campbell Kelly (Brad Brubaker) whisk you away on a journey through four new radio plays, complete with live foley sound effects by the ever-snappy Ace Houlihan (Logan Conner) and live music courtesy of Motormouth Musczynski (John Szymanski). "The Whiskey Rebellion's nod to old-fashioned radio dramas is warm, quaint, and charming." - The Chicago Reader. The Whiskey Radio Band has created dozens of musical advertisements for the Whiskey Radio Hour, in addition to hosting the show. They have literally sung the praises of esteemed products such as The Puppy Pettery, Monkey Safe Windows, Highway One-Oh Rattlesnake Meat, Hot Sauce for America, Loose Screw Robots, and many more household brands. Ramblin' Campbell Kelly (Brad Brubaker), Motormouth Musczynski (John Szymanski), and Ace Houlihan (Logan Conner) will also be bringing some special guests to celebrate the release of their first album of greatest ads.
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