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Sun, Jul 5 - 6pm - $30
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
Alice Drinks the Kool Aid is a Blues-based Chicago Indie Rock Band founded in a Park Ridge basement in 2014 as a creative outlet for three life-long musician friends. The Drummer, Jim Widlowski, is a top session player in the city and has anchored many of the Broadway production that have come to the City over the last 20 years. The Bassist, Alan Berliant, is a peerless performer who makes his living as a composer of commercial music of all styles. The guitar and vocal responsibilities are managed by Tony Magee, the founder of The Lagunitas Brewing Company. The band's original material is written and arranged by all three members in congress and draw from the deepest free jazz and the most fundamental influences in rock and blues. Alice Drinks the Kool Aid is groove-oriented Indie-Blues-Rock for people who love music performed by people who feel the same!
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Mon, Jul 6 - 8pm - $7
The Lucky Dutch are a four piece Chicago blues based rock n roll band led by Nathan Graham. Heavily guitar driven, this act is keeping the roots of rock n roll alive.
Formed as a supergroup from Nashville's finest rock and roll bands, The Tip plays faster, harder, louder and tighter than anyone that has crossed their path. The band doesn't even need to play a note before people start turning heads to see what these four cast of characters have to offer. Late nights, hot licks and boundless energy are exactly The Tip are made of. Rock and Roll dreams never get this good.
Opposite Box is a genre-bending experimental rock band from Chattanooga, TN known for high energy live shows and a seamless blend of jazz, rock, funk, punk and prog – dubbed “belligerent jungle funk” – that is often compared to acts like Frank Zappa, Mr. Bungle and Parliament Funkadelic. Opposite Box presents theatrical live performances with an over-the-top, psychedelic atmosphere that can include dazzling light shows, off-the-stage interaction from stage performers that involves the audience and a spectacular cast of characters that features belly dancers, fire eaters, hula hoop dancers, guest musicians and more. Performing extensively across the eastern United States, Opposite Box has supported various national acts – Mutemath, Mike Dillon, The Main Squeeze, Fishbone, Nappy Roots, That Handsome Devil, The Protomen, Lionize, BIG Something, Pimps of Joytime and Downtown Brown – across several of the nation’s most respected venues, including 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville, FL; The Delancey in New York City; Legendary Dobb’s in Philadelphia, PA; JJ’s Bohemia in Chattanooga, TN; The Nick in Birmingham, AL and The Hot Spot in Waynesboro, VA. Members of Opposite Box have been performing together through various incarnations since 2001, however the most well-known and current touring version of the group has been performing together since 2012.
World-beat, trip-hop, electro-swing, electronica DJ. DJ Bashert has DJ'd movie premiers, gallery events, salon openings, beach dance parties, and cultural events all over Chicago. He mixes world-beat, trip-hop, electronica, ska, and traditional world music.
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Tue, Jul 7 - 8pm - $8
"The Defibulators (not defibrillators) hail from Brooklyn, New York’s thriving indie scene and they’ve developed a funky, rootsy, out-of-control sound that’s all their own. The six-man, one-woman band blends bluegrass, country, honky tonk, rockabilly, Dixieland jazz, punk, and maybe a touch of anti-folk into an intoxicating, good-time mélange that’s guaranteed to slap a smile on your face. Roots-heavy, post-punk music that reinvents the conventions of country music with a CBGB-meets-Grand Ole Opry feel."
Grafting literate, character-driven songs and Mid-American roots onto a post-punk DIY sensibility, Chicago-based songwriter, performer and instrumentalist Al Scorch is at the forefront of a bold musical frontier. A songwriter, vocalist, claw-hammer banjoist and rambunctious force of nature, Scorch –– solo and with his shifting collective of musicians –– regales audiences across the U.S., the UK and Ireland, “…breathing fire and brimstone,” as Alan Harrison, No Depression testifies. The ever-industrious Scorch is writing, recording, traveling and formulating new directives. Taking a clue from hip-hop artists, he is devising a series of mixtapes under auspices of “Al Scorch’s Moving Company” as he explains, “Creating content between albums, I can reveal who I am and who I hang out with, and what my interests are outside of the music that I normally make, collaborating with everyone from rock ‘n’ rollers to soundscape artists.
The Wandering Boys is John Huber on guitar, Rob Jenson on banjo, Zack Whttington on mandolin, and Aaron Smith on upright bass. Since joining forces in 2014, the boys have refined a unique craft of rapid picking, clever arrangements and crisp four-part harmony. They've made a name for themselves with a weekly Thursday residency at Cole's Bar in Logan Square and frequent appearances at storied Chicago venues, The Hideout and Schuba's Tavern. Paying homage to the hard-driving traditional bluegrass they love, The Wandering Boys light a fire in casual listeners and die hard bluegrass aficionados alike.
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Wed, Jul 8 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
After Scars On 45's EP "Give Me Something" came out in early 2011, the rock group found themselves on a journey they hadn't intentionally started. The foursome, who hail from Bradford, England, had created the album with no real plan of being an actual band, just four friends making music together for a few years prior. Signing with Chop Shop/Atlantic, which scored a song placement on "Grey's Anatomy," solidified that fact that Scars On 45 would be a band and would tour and would make more music. The band unveiled their self-titled debut album in the spring of 2012 and embarked on what felt like an endless tour. The album, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, earned critical acclaim, and VH1 named the band a "You Oughta Know Artist" leading to their national TV debut on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." "We used to get together and just be friends and play music," Danny says. "Once we got signed, we were basically sent to America and we were shoved in a van and told to tour. That's how we learned really to be a band. Before that, we really didn't play live at all. It was a big learning curve for us those three years, and we felt like we got swallowed up in the whole industry thing. It was the most enjoyable time of any of our lives, but we also got a bit lost in it." When the touring ceased, the band found themselves back home in Bradford, tasked with writing the follow-up album, and over the course of six months churned out nearly 50 songs. But as the nature of the industry goes, the band and their label parted ways during the process. Nevertheless, the musicians remained optimistic and determined to continue on. "It was a little jarring," Danny says. "We were back in England in the same little rehearsal room in the same little place where we recorded our first album. But we wanted to move forward no matter what." Scars On 45 spent time flying between Minneapolis, where they recorded with a friend named Eric Olsen, and Leeds, where they recorded with Will Jackson. Much of the music was made in a DIY fashion, in hotel bathrooms and in Aimee's house in England. The album, titled "Safety In Numbers," was co-produced by the band and finished laying it down near the end of 2013. By the holidays, the musicians realized they were out of money and needed help completing the record. The band launched a Pledge Music campaign to fund the mixing and mastering of "Safety In Numbers" and head out on a tour in early 2014. The response from fans was enormous. "We booked this tour, a little acoustic tour where we'd do these house shows that people had pledged for as well as some small intimate venues and radio stations," Danny says. "We had nothing else for the best part of two years. It was mind-blowing. It really gave us what we needed. To see that people still cared about us and still wanted to come and see us and were still passionate about the band was amazing. It helped us realize that all our hard work, all the slogging we did on tour for the first album, had really paid off. It's crazy how much things can turn around." The album itself, a collection of 11 impassioned rock songs, reflects all those years of hard work. As they wrote, the musicians looked back over the three years they'd spent on the road and what those experiences had meant for them as humans. "Golden," the album's anthemic opening number, and "This Is Not Your Love Song," a surging, hook-laden rocker represent the band's entry points into the collection, both setting the tone for what "Safety In Numbers" eventually became. "Crazy For You," the disc's first single, is cathartic and lovely, its propulsive chorus offering a plaintive sense of longing. The album glides through various emotions, revealing the sheer joy of experiencing your dream to the discontent that comes with leaving home and relationships for so many years. "It's about being the happiest you've ever been and then, at points, the most miserable you've ever been," Danny notes. "But for me, a lot of the songs on the album are about either really joyful experiences or the self-awareness of actually being happy. This album is a lot about realizing who you are. The songs, really, explain the last four years of our lives." After finishing the album, Scars On 45 found both a new record label, Nettwerk, and renewed sense of passion for their music. "Safety In Numbers" represents pure honesty and hard work, and the culmination of a strange journey the musicians never realized they'd be going on. In the end, though, the band is grateful for strife and tumultuous process involved in arriving at this point because it has allowed them to become who they are. "We needed to slog our guts out for four years and not really achieve our potential," Danny says. "But then after all that we needed something to inspire us to get back in the van and do it again. Making this album and signing with Nettwerk did that. We might not be the biggest band in the world yet and we've got so much more to achieve, but we know now that people care about our band. We owe it those people to give this everything we've got."
Scenic Void is an indie rock artist based out of Chicago, IL and has released their debut EP May 5, 2015. Fronted by eclectic and multi-talented musician, Patrick Jennings, he has presented an original sound with intricate guitar work - a meticulously crafted, emotionally driven dream rock EP. They are currently playing shows in the Chicago are as a 5-piece band to promote the EP. The EP focuses on finding joy through melancholy, and escape. Capturing pain and perfection of lost love. The featured tracks are: “Blue Lamp,” an upbeat song with a Built To Spill vibe about embracing regret; “The Circle Turns” a darker, cinematic track reminiscent of Lower Dens; “Melatonin,” the quintessential dream rock song about the struggle with reality amidst a sonic collage of electric guitars.
After serving for several years as a singer and lead-guitarist for Chicago band Vintage Blue, Bassett is taking his own show on the road. “Vintage Blue was a great springboard for me, the band allowed me to travel to places and play at venues and with bands that I never could have imagined before”, says Bassett of the end of the band. “We were at a rare point, at the height of our reach and success and it became a very real venture that required more than some were willing to give”, he reflects, “I am ready to pick up where we left off”. In Vintage Blue, Bassett had the opportunity to play with many great touring acts, including Fitz & The Tantrums, Third Eye Blind, Lifehouse, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, The Mowglis, Rusted Root, ZZ Ward, Saints of Valory, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Punch Brothers, Brett Dennen, Local H, John Waite, Vertical Horizon, and 10,000 Maniacs, among others. Vintage Blue was recognized for their blend of indie tracks, played with a driving rock soul, and for the energy and good vibes of their shows. “I always loved our connection with our friends and fans”, recalls Bassett, “it is the thing I am most excited about restarting during these intensely personal and bare acoustic performances.” As he ventures out on his own, Bassett will take many of the Vintage Blue songs with him, but looks towards the ways his writing may change as a one-man band. “I anticipate writing songs with a much more specific purpose and message, whereas with the band I always aimed for something that could connect with a wider audience” says Bassett.
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Thu, Jul 9 - 8pm - $7
John Lennon Songwriting Competition Finalist!Hailing from the swamps of Chicago, guitarist and songwriter B Forrest’s palette of audible paint contains the colours blues, folk, love, and soul. His debut album entitled “Back to Bodhi” (due out February 2015), was a seed turned tree at the end of last year. The album was recorded among some of Chicago’s finest musicians at The Coach House. It is through singing that the soul is freed from the flesh, so join him in praise, because Buddha believes in thee.
Pocket Radio blends soul, hip-hop, funk, and fusion. We're here to satisfy the intellect, and your desire to throw down.
From his multifaceted vocals, effortless charm and unmistakably authentic soul, singer/songwriter Connor Pledger is making a defined mark on the Athens music scene. An Atlanta native, Pledger has grown up under the spell and influence of music legends. Cutting his teeth on the edge of Led Zeppelin, Pledger developed a deep abiding love for music and its emotional force at a young age. After he and his brother decided to borrow their father's guitar, albeit without permission, Pledger immediately fell in love with the instrument. After teaching himself to play by mimicking the songs of his musical idols, Pledger felt an instant inclination to begin writing his own material. Fascinated by the inspiration of music and the process of songwriting itself, Pledger jumped headlong into developing his own unique sound. Following a performance at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, Danny Infield approached the young artist and later went on to produce Pledger’s first two albums, “Detours” (2011) and “Fight or Flight “(2012). “Detours” marked the beginning of a journey for Pledger. What began with raw talent was followed by years of experience and maturing as an artist. Fan favorite, “Stutter” offers a glimpse of the honest and relatable lyrics Pledger had hoped to bring audiences. “Fight or Flight” is a clear picture of the growth and development Pledger has gone through in order to fine-tune his one of a kind tone into the smooth, powerful, blues conglomerate it is today. “Take Me Back” is, to this day, a defining track for Pledger that combines all the elements of his personal originality and authenticity while pulling from the memories of soul legends. Performing on stages in Athens, Atlanta, or around the world, Pledger taps into a nostalgia-inducing soul level that evokes the magnetism of music icons such as Bill Withers, Sam Cooke and Stevie Wonder and combines it with the his own lyrical depth and emotional resonance. Pledger possesses an unmistakably unique voice that rattles smoothly with soul and depth while showcasing his range and precision. Built up of layers of genuine heart and personal growth, his voice represents an ideal combination of vocal talent and emotional pitch. The authenticity of Pledger’s art is verified by a musical experience that marries bluesy vocals, emotion-driven lyrics, down-home guitar and genuine soul. “I just want my music to make people feel, “ said Pledger. “I am not just a picture or a color or a flavor.” Pledger’s pursuit of true inspiration and a fresh, pioneer sound has gathered a devoted following and his desire is to use this momentum to generate buzz in Athens, Atlanta and beyond. Through his dedication to himself and his music, Pledger has the undoubted potential to bring the signature soul of the past to a new generation of music lovers. Paul Pfau (rhymes with "wow") is an award-winning singer-songwriter from the rural hills of western Maryland. His sound is often likened to a fusion between John Mayer and Michael Buble because of his crooning voice and tasteful guitar playing. In 2011 Paul was nominated Best New Artist by the Washington Area Music Association, opened for The Lumineers, and jammed with the Beach Boys. In 2012 he began recording his debut full-length album, Happy To Be, with double-platinum recording engineer Sean Russell (Bruno Mars), which was mixed and mastered by grammy-award-winning engineers Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews Band) and Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Keith Urban, O.A.R). In 2013 Happy To Be won a WAMMIE for Debut Album of the Year. His most recent efforts have gained him national exposure on season eight of NBC's hit show "The Voice." Paul auditioned with Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon" which turned the chairs of both Blake Shelton & Pharrell Williams (and almost Adam Levine ;) ). After choosing to Pharrell as a coach Paul made it through to knockout rounds. Now that he has moved on from the show he is focused now on returning to the road and simultaneously working on his second original album to be released early next year.
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Fri, Jul 10 - 9pm - $10
One Season spawned from the late-night lasagna basement musings of gig-buddies Chris Harris and Tim Bernard, both avid song-writing vocalists and guitarists. In late 2011, recorded an EP As Bad as It Gets at Rax Trax Studios, sighting that they just wanted to get together and record some music at a time when the state of the world felt like things couldn’t get any worse. Using As Bad as It Gets as momentum to find like-minded musicians and play shows around the Chicago area, One Season eventually rounded out the lineup with drummer Chris Close and bassist Scott Tooredman. Channeling inspired outbursts of songwriting, comedic episodes, and uncanny jams, One Season has honed a sound that is influenced by a wide variety of sounds. One Season is Omni-Rock, an eclectic concoction consisting of a blues-rock and alternative-rock foundation that’s salted with soul, funk, and pop sensibilities. Contributing to this sound is a duo of dynamic lead singers, big harmonies, inspired guitar-work, and undulating vibrations from the rhythm section. A One Season performance is a rousing experience that leaves crowds chanting for one more song at the end of their sets. The band is so dedicated to the music that they will play through smoke, fire alarms, hustling and bustling farmers’ market crowds, and biker rallies to keep the Omni-Rock alive. One Season has continued to light up cornerstone Chicago venues, including Metro, Double Door, Subterranean, the Cubby Bear, Lincoln Hall, and even the House of Blues and the Hard Rock Cafe, since emerging onto the local music scene with a take-no-prisoners attitude. So, whether it’s a one-show tour to New Orleans, a wrestling gig in the suburbs, a naval base performance, a Six Flags all-day event, the open mic around the corner, or a revered music venue, One Season is sure to give fans a genuinely sensational experience. One Season recently released an EP in October 2014 entitled Man on a Mission, which can be found on iTunes, Google Play, Pandora, Spotify, CD Baby, etc.
The Dirty Creeps are a female-fronted rock band based out of Chicago, IL. Members are Dana Lynn on lead vocals/guitar, Johnny P. on guitar, The Bonk on bass, and Dave Z. on drums. Their debut EP "American Dolly" was released January of 2012 and a follow-up EP entitled "No Way Out" was released in October 2014 and is now available for purchase on itunes.
Karl Neurauter is a folk-rock singer & songwriter out of Chicago fascinated with the intimately macabre & telling the story from the bad guy's point of view.
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Sat, Jul 11 - 9:30pm - $10
Residing in Denver, first and foremost Yamn’s heart is in their liveexperience. One that scintillates the senses with courageous beats,grooves that cause instant and contagious grins to ripple across theundulating crowds, heart-warming peaks and head-banging rock riffs. Withhundreds of thousands miles on the road after the original members met inthe high country town of Breckenridge, Colo., the trance-fusion rockerscontinue hurtling toward their evolving vision. That vision led to the recent release of their second full-length album, Unity of Opposites. The 14 song, double-disc album covers Yamn’s musical versatility. Touching mainly on straight up Rock n’ Roll and Live Electronica, the music creates an original fusion. The Unity of Opposites, is a very old Greek philosophy that dates back to 535-475 BC. The philosopher Heraclitus, Pre-Socratic Era, was the first to recognize this way of thought. It is the thought that the existence of one thing or condition depends on the co-existence of the opposite of that thing or condition. Opposites create a tension between one another yet necessitate themselves. There would be no up without a down, no left without a right, and so forth. They manifest together. Yamn chose this philosophical concept as the name of their album because their music unifies two genres most consider to be opposite of one another: hard rock and electronic music. It is this idea that led to the band creating their double disc album with one disc leaning on electronica and the other disc leaning on rock. The album makes the point that by combing the two “opposites” genres, a band can create a fusion of sound that is both original and enjoyable to the ear. As their dedication, virtuosity and pure enjoyment propelled them through music scene’s across the United States, Yamn’s focus remains on the here, the now and the what-is-to-be while continually fulfilling the journey of enhancing their lives and the lives of those listening with powerful and seductive sounds.
Business As Usual is a four piece dance-rock band based out of Chicago, IL. Forming in 2013, they’ve spent the last year playing high energy, multi-set shows all over Chicago. Each BAU show is a one-of-a-kind experience, taking the listener on a musical journey. Seamlessly blending elements of rock, electronica, funk, dub, and even bits of ska, the genre-hopping quartet is able to launch off into sections of exciting and memorable improvisation as they guide through different odds and ends of their catchy compositions. You've just been warned, your next Business meeting is mandatory.
Chachuba is a four piece electronic, trance-fusion, jam band, based out of the city of Chicago. The band consists of: Nate Beitz (bass), Sean DiCosola (keyboard/synth), Paul Feinstein (drums), and Jimmy Klimek (guitar). Chachuba consistently add diversity to their music through fluidly transitioning from a variety of genres. Chachuba aims to get the crowd moving with all live instrumentals and improvisation. The band came together in early 2013 and started off with a bang, winning two big battle of the band competitions. In their first summer, Chachuba played at Hyperion Music and Arts Festival in Indiana and Summer Set Music Festival’s mainstage, in Wisconsin. Since then they have played other major music festivals such as Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL and Infrasound Music Festival in Wisconsin. Chachuba has been direct support for notable acts such as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Sunsquabi, Digital Tape Machine, The Coop and more. Chachuba has performed venues in Chicago such as: Reggies Rock Club, the Subterranean, the Abbey Pub, the Tonic Room, Underground WonderBar and many more bringing in an average of 100 people per show. They also host Lost on the Farm, an annual event that brought over 300 people to the northwest suburbs of Chicago its first year. They have been to expanding their boundaries by going on the road and playing venues outside of Chicago, such as Mackey’s Hideout in Mchenry, IL, the House Cafe in Dekalb, IL, the Canopy Club in Urbana, IL, The Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, WI and the Up and Under in Milwaukee, WI. Chachuba is currently building their schedule and working in the studio on their first EP E.S.M (Euphoric State of Mind) which will be released in Spring 2015. Constantly pushing forward and getting their music out to the masses, they are ready to show their fans how their sound has progressed and evolved. The EP features six new songs that take you on a musical journey and shows just how innovative Chachuba has grown to be.
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Sun, Jul 12 - 6pm - $20
The Ramova Brothers Band leapt from the soft hearts and twisted minds of Mark Doyle and Rick Kogan, one warm spring day back in the who-knows-when-aughts. Since that fateful day we have played and sung our hearts out to many a weary traveler. The Ramova Brothers perform when they can, being the wandering gypsies that they are. You might have seen them in 2005, playing The Park West for a capacity crowd, or later, in 2006 at the more intimate venue of Martyrs to standing room only with occasional gigs here and there just for fun. Individually, each Ramova Brother can be seen and heard throughout ChicagoLand, being accomplished singer/songwriters and pickers in their own right. But once gathered together, a Ramova Brothers show becomes a modern day hootenanny that should not be missed. Our motto, "It's no fun if it's no fun"! This special reunion show is the band's first public appearance since 2006. Proceeds from this concert will benefit Rags of Honor 1, a non-profit organization that provides support services to military veterans and their caregivers.
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Mon, Jul 13 - 8pm - $7adv/$10door
Great Moments in Vinyl is a band playing tribute to your favorite LPs! Acollaborative effort between master of ceremonies and bassist, Bill Cochran, a veteran Chicago radio personality (WXRT, WNUA...and WXRT again), and music director/guitarist/vocalist, John Mead, an accomplished musician who performs regularly in Chicago and teaches at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The band will be augmented by musicians selected to round out the arrangements for each song.
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Tue, Jul 14 - 8pm - $10
SLV is the musical project of multi-instrumentalist songwriters Sandra Lilia Velásquez and Sean Dixon. Velasquez is the founder of the critically acclaimed Latin band Pistolera, which released three studio albums and toured extensively in the USA and abroad. Sean Dixon is the drummer for the experimental electronic band Zammuto. Together the pair recorded the SLV debut EP, Dig Deeper, produced by ten-time Grammy nominee and legendary bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, who plays bass on three of the songs and co-wrote one.SLV debuted at Joe’s Pub in New York City in early 2013 of which music site Feast Of Music hailed, “SLV transported the audience to a different time and place… her energy blanketed the audience… Leaving the deepest impression was SLV’s absolute authenticity.” The band has been featured on NPR, WNYC, and USA TODAY and toured the west and east coasts last year. The band has been performing as a trio with a laptop and listeners can expect what the Brooklyn Academy of Music described as, "moody, intensely personal pop songs with a subtle electronic edge." Debut album This Kind will be released in Spring 2015.
Chicago’s Kelroy create a sound that combines intricacy of composition with simplicity of delivery, drifting between hints of post rock, blues and alternative, as they pour time and essence into the vortex of sound they shape. Each song sets off on a journey of its own. Thick layers of guitars sound more like distress signals and woeful mourning; the keys and trombone add layers of texture and depth, while drums and bass set a pulse that delivers each composition to its natural conclusion. The always-evolving chord progressions, and picturesque and introspective lyrics evoke a mood, a feeling and, undeniably, a train of thought…. Throughout its growth and evolution, the band has been expanding its fan base, having performed in New York, Denver, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee and other cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Their music has appeared on public radio like WBEZ and Vocalo, college radio stations like WLUW, and Spanish stations like NOX Live. The band continues to maintain a devoted following in its hometown appearing regularly at such Chicago hot-spots. Kelroy is set to release its third full-length album in February 2015.
The Ponderers are Sandra Trevino (Enchufate, Radio One Chicago 88.7FM) and Stephanie Manriquez (FMEL, Lumpen Radio) who are also both part of the Future Rootz Radio crew on WNUR.
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Wed, Jul 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.July's theme is First Time: First Trip. Featured readers include:Len Kasper Announcer for The Cubs; Sam Bailey of "You're So Talented", Maya Schenwar Editor-in-Chief of Truthout; Second City performer Julia Weiss; Danny Black of The Blacks; CHIRP Radio's Music Director Patrick Masterson and Storyteller Peter Kim.
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Thu, Jul 16 - 8pm - $7
J.J. & Dre formed at an UM show in late when the members met through mutual friends. Justin Dotoli, Andrea Dotoli and Jason Paradise quickly segwayed a mutual friendship into a mutual musical appreciation. Powered by Justin and Jason's songwriting and Andrea's pipes, the need for original material quicly removed itself from the equation and the project quickly began gaining momentum.After debuting their first album, One Single Event, to a sold out room at Ace Bar in June, JJ & Dre plans to use their indelible sound to begin making their mark on the Midwest scene
Brainchild is a four piece band that integrates the feeling of jazz and soul with the intensity of shredding guitar solos. The best way to describe the sound is Brainchild. Tightened vocal harmonies radiate the air as the rhythm section keeps the funk in check. Brainchild has been captivating audiences with their ability to deliver nonstop passion and fun filled excitement from the stage. Their debut release One Word has twists and turns throughout every track leaving you eager for what Brainchild has in store next. Brainchild is a band that combines the feeling of jazz & soul with the intensity of shredding guitar solos. Their growing list of original songs combined with a diverse selection of covers are a perfect blend of many styles of music. The best way to describe the sound is Brainchild. They are an up and coming band that's out to melt your face. Recently they have been traveling the mid-west rocking out with bands like Sublime, Marshall Tucker Band, Oteil and the Peacemakers, 56 Hope Rd., Family Groove Co. and Groovatron. Playing regularly in Chicago and Indianapolis. A recent highlight was having special guest Kris Myers from Umphrey's McGee sit in at the Kinetic Playground after show during their New Years run. re next.
Earphorik is a Ft Wayne IN based band built by Chris Treesh(Guitar/Vocals), Austin Robinson(Guitar,Vocals), Nolan Opper(Bass), and Ryan Moreno(Drums). Showcasing high energy funk, vast genre changes, and explosive peaks. Forming in early 2013, Earphorik has made a defining presence playing many festivals and venues across the Midwest sharing the stage with bands such as Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, Indigo Sun, and The Mantras and are playing at this years Summer Camp Music Festival. In August 2014, their debut album, A Year From All Angles was released to Itunes and Spotify and are preparing to release their second album recorded at Jake Cinninger's Boondocks Studio in late 2015.
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Fri, Jul 17 - 9pm - $8
At the outermost fringe of the universe, far beyond the range of sentient thought, they were born. Four beings, spawned forth from the unholy union of dark matter and the semen of God. For eons they have grown powerful beyond comprehension, enveloping stars, entire solar systems, with their presence. They have eaten suns. They have shat galaxies. They have tasted the sweat of the purest virgins.The collective consciousness of the demigods has encompassed all of time and space. Knowledge of the dawning of life and of six different apocalypses fills their minds. Their gargantuan and pulsating influence yet expands, even to the mortal realm, silently but swiftly penetrating the spongy and waiting minds of the human race. Women lie with their clothes rended from their bodies, their naked flesh exposed and their minds rotted, maniacal babble exploding from their lips. They speak of lands undreamed, creatures blacker than the deepest abyss, and a name: Baldor...
In 2000, Pound of Flesh released their debut record "Red & Black" and received critical acclaim and support from 250+ radio stations across the US and charted within the top five of several of those stations.During performing regionally in support of the POF record, Darrell met Al Jourgersen from "Ministry" and he came on board to produce the record. Darrell was stoked—. Al Jourgensen is the godfather of industrial music and the fact that he wanted to produce his record... words cannot express Darrell's excitement. It wasn't too long after Darrell started working with Al when he was asked if i'd be interested in playing keyboards for the 2003 Ministry tour. He said hell yeah and headed off to Hell Passhole for Ministry boot camp rehearsals then hit the road.He came back to play keyboards on the 2004 Ministry tour, and while on the road he wrote and recorded tunes with Mike Scaccia and Louis Svitek. A couple of the tracks they worked on together will be included on the new POF record. He had an incredible time and felt very lucky to have the opportunity to tour with such a legendary group and all the madness that it was. In 2005 Darrell worked with Al in Hell Passhole doing keyboard and engineering work on Ministry "Ranthology", Revolting cocks "cocked and loaded", and Ministry Rio Grande blood records which earned him a couple grammy nominations. He continued to work with Ministry until 2006 when he felt it was time to get back home to Chicago.The next couple of years Darrell worked with guitarist Mike Scaccia ( Ministry , Rigor Mortis ) and wrote a bunch of Metal tunes together. Halloween 2010 Darrell felt it was time to get back to work on Pound of Flesh. Mixing his experiences with Ministry with his style of industrial/dance music has created a new hybrid of music that won't be denied.2012 is here and the shylock is back for his Pound of Flesh.We will all pay the price.
Scars of Armageddon is a power/thrash metal band formed in March 2011. Through the wonders of the internet, S.O.A. was formed in March of 2011 by George Lohan who was looking to finally bring his musical vision into fruition after many failed attempts joining other bands. Finding Erik Michael and Jason Krieger proved to be the catalyst needed. The songs were writing themselves and ideas were flowing out at every practice, but there still needed to be a voice behind the band. During the audition process, a charismatic and energetic David Kraus made the decision very easy. After spending the remainder of the year writing, it was finally time to unleash the beast now known as Scars Of Armageddon. After a couple of necessary lineup changes, the band is now looking to decimate, one audience at a time.
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Sat, Jul 18 - 9pm - $8adv/$10door
Infectious and impossible to resist V4MEE combines the driving vocal melodies of 5 female singers with their killer rhythm section!
Bobby Conn is a Chicago musician known for his pop-rock. He often collaborates with other artists and film-maker Usama Alshaibi. In 2003, Conn produced a session for UK punk band The Cribs, whom he met when they were a support band on his UK tour. A part of that session was used on The Cribs' self-titled debut release in 2004.
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Tue, Jul 21 - 8pm - $7
Johnny Azari was born in Shiraz, a city known for wine, poetry, opium, and revolution. At a year old, he was relocated to a city known as New York; noted for grit, madness, money, and proliferation, where he was raised. When Johnny isn't on tour, he lives in New Orleans attempting to abort his liver like a stillborn. These things have no influence on him whatsoever. Johnny Azari (New Orleans ) plays his own mutant form of the Mississippi Delta-Blues. His live shows blend music with storytelling and comedy. Azari has been on national tour since 2013 and is recording his fourth LP, "Songs From A Motel Room," exclusively in motels during his 2015 tour. Azari has scored film (“Illusions & Mirrors,” starring Natalie Portman), served as guest lecturer and performer at Brown University and seen two of his videos, “Occupation Blues” and “Freedom Glory Be Our Name” gain viral success. Johnny Azari is your 21st century rambling man.
Anthony Moser draws deep from the well of American music. Fun and energetic, catchy and original, he pulls up elements of blues, folk, jazz and rock and shapes them into something utterly distinct. The tight band moves fluidly through different styles, while Moser’s powerful unique singing voice always comes through and binds it all together.
Dance Bullies has been brewing for some time now. Songwriter Colleen Harvey has been writing bits and pieces of songs her entire life. Some of her first memories were of lyrics floating through her head. The more they came, the more she realized that she needed to get them out. Fast forward to 2012. A random chance encounter lead her to Katie Bender (Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies.) An immediate connection to music, life, and laughter was made, and from there, the Dance Bullies began their journey. Along the way, more wonderful additions have made their way to the music. Justin Cape (Scientist, Taken by the Sun) joins on drums, Jeff Lyman (Dead Sheriff) and Mark Cichra (Taken by the Sun) add lead and rhythm guitars (and other stringed goods), and Dina Simone (The Sunbursts) keeps it all together on bass. Playing across the Chicago area from Beat Kitchen and Tonic Room to Evanston’s SPACE, and opening for national acts such as Hurray for the Riff Raff, Dance Bullies goal is to supply you with music that makes your body move, your soul sing, and songs that bring you to someplace magical, wherever that may.
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Wed, Jul 22 - 8pm - $10
Cole DeGenova is a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. Coming from a family of musicians he began studying piano at age four. By 15 he was working as a professional musician around his native Chicago, performing alongside some of the city’s jazz and blues greats such as Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Orbert Davis, Jon Faddis, Skinny Williams, and Corey Wilkes before the age of 20. Cole has since toured all across the country, Europe, and South America as a sideman or performing his original material, a blend of neo-soul, jazz, and rock. A recent Berklee College of Music graduate, Cole was also blessed to study under the tutelage of piano greats Danilo Perez and Joanne Brackeen. He has since worked with the likes of legendary producers George Massenburg, Queen producer Dave Richards, and Michael Woodrum. He has recently performed alongside Grammy-winners Paula Cole, Meshell Ndegeocello, and opened for poet Saul Williams and rapper Gza.As lead vocalist, songwriter, and keyboardist, Cole also leads his own group, the raucous Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic, touring back and forth across the US. Their first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN was released in summer 2009. It was produced by Geoffrey Nielsen with arrangement help from Meshell Ndegeocello and is a solid testament to the group’s eclectic and vibrant style.
Telekinetic Walrus presents listeners with a world of Funky, Psychedelic, Hip Hop infused Bass Music. Formed in Miami in 2009, the band quickly achieved a strong following with their unique sound, conscious lyrics, and high-energy live performances. Telekinetic Walrus is comprised of: Y Diz – a producer, instrumentalist, and Ableton Live Certified Trainer specializes in Moog synthesizers and other live instrumentation; The Time-Zoo Keeper – a vocalist and lyricist, generates a captivating stage presence with his charismatic energy, soulful verses, and operatic techniques; Corinne Stevie – an intergalactic MC and lyricist, plants seeds of positivity into the minds of listeners; Komakozie – an astounding vocal percussionist, MC, and lyricist, flows flawlessly in the moment with matter bending mantras; Faun 5000 – a saxophone /flute specialist and King of the planet Faunzellia, soothes the soul with sensual vibrations. Buffalo – a veteran guitar magician, uses his strings to serenade with enduring beauty and soul. Telekinetic Walrus recently returned from their Tic Toc tour, which journeyed through the Southeastern United States, this Fall to close out the main stage at Grassroots Music Festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina. Having put out four EPs and a single in the past year alone, the band is gearing up for a Spring tour to support their upcoming full-length album release. Bolstered by The Telekinetic Family, the band’s skilled support squad, Telekinetic Walrus expands their performances into highly engaging multimedia experiences, which include many different forms of atmosphere enhancing props, costumes, and theatrics. Telekinetic Walrus has shared bills with a diverse range of international acts, such as The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Del The Funky Homosapien, Four Tet, RJD2, Matisyahu, Dub FX, Easy Star All Stars, Prefuse 73, Afrobeta, and visionary artist, Alex Grey. In addition to playing at all three Grassroots Festivals in Miami, New York, and North Carolina, the band has also played at Ultra Music Festival, III Points Music Festival, and MoonFest to name a few. Telekinetic Walrus focuses daily on spreading their music and positive vibes to a worldwide audience, while continuing to produce live performances and events, that unify people through community-building collaborations and active peace.
From Tha 99 is an electrifying stew of neo-soul, R&B, and hip-hop, proclaiming themselves as "Soul-Hop". Cultivating their sound through extensive practice and musicianship, they are dedicated to creating music that is reminiscent of your parents record collection, yet will blast you full force into the future. Taking cues from artists such as Slum Village, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, they expand and continue a movement of modern soul while complimenting it with hip-hop roots. Tha 99’s live performance is truly a vision. Their infectious stage presence and communication is sincerely something special and rare in today's music world.
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Thu, Jul 23 - 8pm - $7
Aspiring to be the first electronica/post-rock duo, Castle of Lions is comprised of guitarist/keyboardist/noise maker John Hemmer and drummer/bassist/noise maker Ed Halverson. Heavily influenced by Battles, Mogwai, Shellac, Trans Am and Hum amongst others they released their debut album in 2014 and are planning on a single release in late 2015.
Though a mere three members strong, Cmn ineed yr hlp conjures a racket worthy of the enormous monsters they compose their records about. Founded in late 2007, the band bonded over a mutual broad-reaching taste in music and general culture. With comparisons ranging from Turing Machine to Pink Floyd, the trio stakes out their own unique brand of mathy, progressive post-rock.
It’s all about the groove. Everything we do is built on a groove driven by the tightest rhythm section around, laying the landscape to blend all the styles of rock and roll into a wall of sound. With a million influences but our own style, the goal is to take everything musical that we love and create tunes that only sound like one thing – The Fabulous Naturals. You want bluesy? We got bluesy. No holds barred rock and roll? Check. Relentless rhythms that make you move? You bet. With 11 songs already and more on the way, we have something for everyone, yet it all sounds unmistakably like us. Check us out at www.myspace.com/thefabulousnaturals, like us on facebook, and come hear us live and see for yourself.
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Fri, Jul 24 - 9pm - $10
Sam Pace is an American soul musician and rock n’ roll performer. In May of 2011, he met two young musicians in Austin, TX by the names of Jake Causey and Patrick Sanderson. With Causey on drums and Sanderson on bass, the three got down to work immediately and formed the band which would later be called: Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit.After months of rehearsals and gigs, the band released it’s first set of songs in January of 2012.With the release of their full length LP, the Feelin', in July 2012, they look to play wherever and whenever opportunity knocks.Their style dips into all types of soulful music including: Rock, Blues, Roots, Reggae and Soul.“We play Rock n’ Roll smooth and dirty, Soul music mean, and we’re not afraid to get a little weird,” says Pace.
Dahlia Revolt is the cosmic collaboration of classically trained pianist and producer Mallory Miller and artist/songwriter and guitarist Adam Reese. In October 2013, through a combination of poetic lyrics and memorable melodies with an electronic edge, Dahlia Revolt was created.
Fuzz, synths, sing-a-longs, and yes more fuzz! Seattle power pop quartet The Hoot Hoots bring all that and more and its obvious in both their live shows and in their two most recent releases, Feel The Cosmos and Appetite for Distraction. Lead vocalist/guitarist Adam Prairie grew up with his brother/drummer Chris in the middle of Midwestern corn fields in Clifton, IL. The two played whiffle ball and Nintendo, watched the original Star Wars trilogy obsessively, and learned to play guitars, drums, and Casio keyboards in the bedroom they shared for most of their formative years. Since then they've rounded out their sound with bassist Geoff Brown and keyboardist Christina Ellis, and they've released two albums, and their latest EP Feel the Cosmos was named Seattle Metropolitan Magazine's album of the month. Indie Rock Cafe included them in their DIY Bands to Watch in 2013, and Seattle radio station KEXP named their single from Feel the Cosmos, Go For A Walk, song of the day for Jan. 18 2013, saying, "Even now in the band’s early stages, we are seeing some seriously promising omens of success from the Hoot Hoots, and their newest release, Feel The Cosmos, is of course no exception."
"Chicago-based Soddy Daisy brings jagged guitars, thumping percussion and other-worldly vocals and vibes. The band intertwines ominous twinkles and bellowing basslines to create a sensationally psychedelic sound. Soddy Daisy calls upon counterculture creativity to produce an awesomely overwhelming performance." Nelsonville Music Festival 2015
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Sat, Jul 25 - 9pm - $10
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.
Joe Firstman bought an $18 cross-country Greyhound ticket from his home in North Carolina to Los Angeles, arriving with a beat-up guitar and head full of songs. He quickly found the big stage. It all happened quickly: first came the big Hollywood gigs, then the industry buzz, then the big deal with Atlantic Records and national tours with big rock stars like Sheryl Crow, Jewel, and Willie Nelson, then the National TV gig. There was ego and excess and beautiful ladies and music, music, music. Firstman wrote it all down and sang his songs like his life depended on it. "In the songs of Joe Firstman, sensitive young men prowl the hills of Los Angeles, searching for fame and beauty, only to find self-destructive behavior and egos gone wild…” wrote Jim Farber in the New York Daily News. “While Hollywood's peaks and pitfalls have been prominently charted by songwriters from Don Henley, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne to Warren Zevon, Firstman aims to reinvent the milieu for his own generation." In 2009, Firstman’s full-time, four-year job as bandleader on “Last Call with Carson Daly” ended and Firstman shifted his focus to his independent musical pursuits. Firstman released his 3rd studio album "El Porto" in 2010 and another LP " Swear It Was A Dream” in 2011. As Firstman was wrapping up “Swear It Was A Dream” in Nashville, he formed a new band dubbed “Cordovas.” Their debut, self-titled, album features all new songs written and produced by Firstman. Cordovas Released their second LP "Love Bravely" in 2014 and "Prison Guards EP" earlier this year.
"Diamonds take patience and pressure and time." This isn't just the tag line in a song from Hailey Steele's self-titled EP. To her, it's become a motto - a hopeful thought that carries her through rough days. "I literally had to be dropped off at my write the day we wrote Diamonds, because my Bug had died. For good. I didn't know what I was gonna do. And so we just wrote what I was feeling that day. I say what I think and I write my life." No stranger to the Nashville struggle, her highs and lows can be heard in her music. Steele’s lyrics touch on being a twenty-something girl who's not sure how she's going to pay her rent, wishing that she had things a little more figured out by now. She covers the ups and downs of love, victimizing her heart's counterpart on "You Made It That Way" (Steele/Terry McBride/Derrick Southerland), but keeps it light and fun with a road trip to Vegas in "Getaway Car" (Steele/Nathan Chapman). Steele also has a unique woman-to-woman perspective that gives a nod to her classic country heroes with songs "Boyfriend" and "High Horse." Often compared to the likes of Sheryl Crow and Dolly Parton, this 5-foot-2 Leap Year baby isn't afraid to say what everybody else is thinking. "Everybody's wanted something they can't have. We've all been there before. When we wrote "Boyfriend", (co-written with Raelynn and Nicolle Galyon), we wanted to come across as bold and honest with a touch of grace." High Horse (co-written with Ben Stennis and Brandon Hood), an ode to Steele's love of the Wild West, is a song about knocking an ambiguous enemy off of their "Holier Than Thou" throne. Steele grew up in a one-stoplight town in South Dakota. Although nobody in her immediate family was musical (her parents are both special education teachers), her love of music began early on. If the TV was on in the house, she was standing three feet away from it singing along with the videos on CMT. Her parents started taking her to concerts when she was young, and she grew up loving everything from Patsy Cline to Patty Loveless to The Eagles to Def Leppard. When she was just 10 years old, Steele opened for Loretta Lynn at a casino in South Dakota, where she befriended a Native American Chief named Dennis Alley. Soon after, Chief Alley began introducing her to all of his musical friends, including BB King, Aaron Neville, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. By the time she was 15, Willie was inviting Hailey to sing onstage with him during his finale. "My experience with Willie will always be so special, but when I look back on it now that I'm older, it seems like it was almost spiritual. He’s a huge part of my story." Steele’s friendship with Willie and The Chief led her to many unique opportunities, such as performing at Farm Aid and singing a duet with Willie at the historic Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. At age 19, Hailey moved to Nashville and began writing songs. One of her writing relationships led her to become part of the duo The LiNE, produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter Stephony Smith. The pair spent two seasons on a NASCAR tour, received the rare “four chair turn” on Season 2 of The Voice (Team Xtina), and even had the honor of performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. As soon as The Voice ended, Hailey decided to split from The LiNE and started to write for her solo project. "Being in a duo was a great experience for me. We made a lot of friends and wrote a lot of songs, but at the end of the day I wanted to get back to what my message was, and why I came to Nashville."
Miles Comiskey read music before he read words, starting with violin at age 4. He has opened or such acts as Lifehouse and Keller Williams, performing in venues across Southern Wisconsin such as the Rave, the Overture Center, the Memorial Union Theater, and the Orpheum. He has self-released two CDs, his most recent entitled, “Notes of Life.” As The Badger Herald wrote, his music “[draws] you in with its captivating simplicity and heartfelt vocals.” Miles is also a member of the Madhatters men’s a cappella group. A UW-Madison sophomore, he is a Music Education major, studying classical voice with Professor Julia Faulkner.
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Mon, Jul 27 - 8pm - $7
Coyote Ghost is an independent roots rock band formed in 2014 and based in Chicago. The band is composed of Peter Toutant (guitar, vocals), Thomas Vonderhaar (bass) and Matt Velasco (drums). Playing original songs primarily written by Toutant, Coyote Ghost is slated to release their debut EP in 2015.
Jennifer was born and raised in the small town of Beal City, MI. Growing up on her family's farm, country music filled their home with the sounds of her grandparents favorites: Patsy Cline, Alabama, The Oakrigde Boys, Johnny Cash & The Judds. Jennifer has been singing since she can remember; performing and competing in numerous vocal competitions. She studied vocal jazz at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. While there she sang with an eight person vocal jazz ensemble and had the privilage of performing solo at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.vvToday, Jennifer spends her time singing and songwriting. Her influences include artists, from many genres of music, such as The Civil Wars, Patty Griffin, Need to Breath, Drew Holcomb, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Nettles, Patsy Cline, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, and many more
Jacqueline is a Chicago singer/songwriter and performer who at the early age of 11 was already a featured vocalist in Chicago's St. Boniface Church choir and folk masses. At 16, she performed in a family-based band known as JSB (offering music of all venues - from blues, to R&B, to rock-n-roll, all the way to zydeco) and continues to make guest appearances with them even today. In her late 20s, she moved on to other groups of many venues and resided in several different cities within the United States. Most impressionable, Louisiana gave her a better understanding of her French Creole heritage and influenced her songwriting tremendously, especially her unique sense of phrasing - French Patois. Upon her return to Chicago, her musical outlet became a band which mainly performed at block parties and an annual masquerade ball. Her guitar capabilities began to burst at the seams; as well as her awareness that it was time to move on to the next creative plateau. A chance meeting with a fellow artist presented her with this opportunity. She ventured out on her own to perform her original material at coffeehouses, clubs and open mikes which has fruited studio time and fans. Jacqueline's approach to honesty (brutal truth), offers a rare peephole into the psyche of her maturity and self-revelation. Based on the feedback received, this seems to be, very much, a subject to which people can relate. The clash of her 'angel' voice, sensually crude, and thought provoking lyrics, gilded with an inventive musical rendition, leaves the listener anxiously awaiting the next episode. "Safe Keeping" is a musical biography which escorts its listeners through the beginning and end of an unfulfilled relationship. Although this is no fairy tale with the usual "happily ever after" ending, the songs are etched with a tender perception of true and everlasting love. "I will hold you in my heart now - For as long as I am breathing - And I'll hold you in my mind now - Yes you'll be in my Safe Keeping - And I promise to stay close - In all the places you may lead me." The best compliment she says she ever got at one of her gigs was when a gentleman approached her and said "killer lyrics". At a loss to pinpoint her style? The closest assimilation would be folk/rock/pop. It is...Jacqueline!
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Tue, Jul 28 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Wed, Jul 29 - 8pm - $7
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!
After playing in various metal and hardcore bands throughout their high school careers and growing disenchanted with what the music world around them had to offer... longtime friends Frank, Eric, and Ashton decided to start a new band and make music they grew up listening to and loving. So in the summer of 2012, 3/4 of Let It Fly came to be. But it proved to be a long fall and winter in the search for a singer up for the job. But as fate had it, Eric and Mark would eventually meet at community college, and the last piece of the puzzle was put in place. Ignited by a drive to put out music into the world that just doesn't seem to exist anymore, or at least not get the proper attention and recognition it deserves, Let It Fly has been on a nonstop schedule of begging for gigs, writing music, and recording... and more begging for gigs. While much of the current music atmosphere is in a phase of trying to sound uniform and identical to achieve their goal of the almighty dollar, Let It Fly is proudly flipping the bird to anyone and everyone who's content with the way bands have been playing and copycatting the same damn thing over and over nowadays. With a chip on their shoulder and an unmistakable dedication to do this and live by it, this band is on their way to proving that their rebellious brand of rock that's as raw as it is catchy has an all important chokehold on a music industry dominated by the disappointing status-quo. If you're in need of there finally being a unique band churning out loud, fast, and memorable songs, stick around... Let It Fly is in the business of being your new favorite band.
Hailing from Chicago, Mother is a progressive folk-math group. You will find no slow, repetitive builds or soundscapes. Mother is a creature always on the move, one that does not stay satiated for long. Between gentle, interwoven guitar arrangements and crushing moments of honest heaviness, Mother crafts stories which are truly human.
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Thu, Jul 30 - 8pm - $7
The Blue Ribbon Glee Club is a Chicago-based a capella group performing covers of classic alternative and punk rock songs. For the record, The Blue Ribbon Glee Club has been around since March 2007. We're predominantly a live performance group. For us, it's not about whitewashing rock and roll, it's about using our voices to embody the same power and dirt that ultimately drew us to the songs we cover. But sure, some of it sounds pretty.
Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings create Antebellum Anthems and Bygone Ballads. The music is bursting with life, emotion and an energy that fills the room. They’ll get your toes tapping and your arms aching to be wrapped around the one you miss most.
Spears and Gears: the steampunk cabaret Britney Spears tribute featuring vocalist Liz Mason (lizmasonisaweome.com), pianist Kyle Greer (kylegreerrocks.com) and washtub bassist Joe Mason.
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Fri, Jul 31 - 9pm - $8
Drawing on past projects that include forays into punk, blues, pop, folk, jazz, and funk, the stylistically promiscuous Fine Subterraneans bring you their very own blend of smartly-crafted indie rock. The Chicago based duo of singer/guitarist Matt Keane and drummer Mike McCulloch weave themes of outrage and fear seamlessly with the pursuit of joy and ecstatic release. You can expect these musicians to cut straight to the heart of the matter with aggressive melodies and clever, jazz-inflected rhythms.
Matthew Kopecky first started Oblio And Arrow in 2009. The Chicago native wrote, recorded and performed all the music on the debut album and 2011 release of “Thank God For Photons”.At it’s core, Oblio And Arrow is a ‘rock’ band, yet very far from your typical sounding ‘rock’ group. With heavy layers of percussion, a chorus of vocals, catchy pop hooks and a warm, ambient back drop, Oblio And Arrow definitely set themselves apart from the crowd.Since the 2011 release of the album “Thank God For Photons” Matthew Kopecky has been fortunate enough to assemble a cast of amazing musicians,completing the Oblio And Arrow project ‘ in the flesh ‘.Joining the ranks are Zach Biggus ( guitar ) Brian Whitebread ( guitar ) Mike Krieglstein ( Bass ) and Alex Rohwling ( Keyboards ) . Each of these players has brought his own unique flavor and talents to the group helping to bring all the energy, subtleties and passion of the Oblio And Arrow song book to life.The group is currently playing throughout and around the city of Chicago and is recording and preparing for their next album.
Twenty years ago, Zoot burst onto the Chicago music scene for a brief but memorable run of shows at some of the Windy City's finest music venues (with Martyrs being a personal band favorite). Chris Payne put them in high rotation on Q101's local show, and the band played an infamous acoustic set on the now-defunct WCBR ("The Bear"). Their sole CD, recorded at Soundworks while Smashing Pumpkins and Veruca Salt roamed the halls, was warmly received. The band recorded a follow-up EP at Chicago Recording Company, but alas broke up before it was ever mastered and released. In honor of the album's 20th anniversary, the band is reuniting for a one-night only event.
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
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Sat, Aug 1 - 9pm - $8
TOMORROW THE MOON is the inevitable collision between the Prog and the Punk. The Chicago band is occupied by characters who have worked with artists such as John Cale, Tommy Keene, Plush, Michael McDermott, The Most Dangerous Race, and probably your cousin out in LA. Their terse flare-ups are soon to be released digitally. Meanwhile, there are 2 free downloads at http://tomorrowthemoon.bandcamp.com.
Mark Panick isn’t a man of narrow vision. Witness Razorhouse’s single and accompanying video, “Neu Sensation,” a carnal, conceptual combo dropped at the end of 2014. The single will appear on the second Razorhouse EP, Codex Du, slated for release on April 7, 2015. Panick has fronted the reformed outfit of veteran musicians since 2011. He writes with his industrial rock roots planted firmly, but don’t be fooled: he may be a composer entranced by the darkness of the human condition, but he isn’t one to be pigeonholed. He’s a lover of campy art flicks as much as he is the visceral source of your next trip. His recordings are rife with unabashed sexuality, gutter-punk abandon and tasty grooves. Every Panick song is a standalone odyssey—proof that he isn’t defined by structure but by the inner workings of his madcap mind. He marches to the beat of his own drum, wails on it with a sledgehammer and isn’t afraid to bring you along into the swirling chaos. He takes inspiration from a diverse spectrum of musical forbearers--the Ink Spots, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, the Kinks, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Alex Harvey to name just a few. He also taps other mediums in search of “tools for thinking,” including the works of filmmaker Alejandro Jordorowsky, painter Mark Ryden and philosopher Daniel C. Dennett. Panick is best known for his work in the short-lived, seminal post-punk outfit Bonemen of Barumba, which released a handful of recordings in the early 1980s. His next project, Chac Mool, was spawned from a fruitful writing session with house music wunderkind Dean Anderson. It included members of other Chicago music mainstays such as Revolting Cocks, KMFDM and Sister Machine Gun, all of which would become fodder for the earliest incarnations of Razorhouse. Codex Du follows 2013’s Codex Jun and marks the era of a musically mature Panick, who describes the current formula as “38% less chaos and 17% less drama.” The EP features contributions by musicians David Suycott (Robert Pollard, Stabbing Westward) Jim Demonte (Insiders), Tommi Zender and many more, while the production team of Howie Beno (Ministry, Black Asteroid) and Danny McGuinness (Ex Senators, Coven of Thieves) ropes in the feral tendencies of Panick’s madcap mind and myriad influences. The musical horizon is wide open for Panick after Codex Du, and he’s not one for routine. He has kept the Razorhouse lineup fluid as he recruits musicians for an upcoming tour. Everything else is equally wide open, as he promises: “new music, new film and video projects; a gallery show or two and lots of exploration. I’m just doing what I’ve always done, building forts and looking for others who wanna play.”
Beneath the sonic gloss of The Red Plastic Buddha’s psychedelic records beats the heart of a surprisingly snarly rock and roll band. This Jekyll and Hyde transformation grows increasingly more pronounced during live performances as their radio friendly psych-pop sound devolves into a precise, post-punk sonic dystopia. This dichotomy is made only more intriguing by just how well the songs adapt to the rougher treatment of the stage. Renowned for their ability to re-imagine the works of others (RPB covers of Love, 13th Floor Elevators and Electric Prunes have drawn wide praise), this talent is even more amazing when a band can pull off the same treatment of their own material. With an impressive cannon of songs to draw from, The Red Plastic Buddha are a solid live act and this performance is not to be missed.
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Mon, Aug 3 - 8pm - $8
Once in a generation there is a movement. An energy screaming from thecorners of the underground slowly bubbling and boiling until ituncontrollably burst into the masses blindsiding and overtaking thatwhich once suppressed it. This movement challenges cultural norms byblurring lines between the old and the new and enticing the consciousmind to believe that there is “no spoon”, all while pulsing andgyrating to the beat of it’s own drum. The sound at the epicenter ofsuch a movement hails from New Orleans. A city rich in tradition andknown for an unmistakable sound has given birth to Water Seed. A band built on the jazz and funk tradition that single handedly shaped popular music, Water Seed has become one of the prevalent future funk fusion bands daring to keep audiences on the dance floor while romancing the ears of the most advanced jazz purist. Known for their high-energy marathon performances, Water Seed has commanded some of the most impressive stages across the country. Their latest 2 projects have debut in the top 40 on the iTunes jazz charts and their relentless touring schedule continues to gain momentum keeping the band’s diverse fan base wanting more with every stop. Powered by a seamless rhythm section. Enforced by an agile horn section. Top with a demanding vocal performance and front line, Water Seed will funk any audience right out of their seats.
Digeometric’s formation began early June 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Their music is completely unique and their sound can be described as: orchestrated solid groove based foundations, overlaid with improvised syncopated melodies between screaming guitar licks and crunchy synthesized tones; used as a point of departure for uptempo improvised jams which capture the moments of genres such as, but not limited to: Disco, Electronic, Funk, Trance, Jazz, Psychedelic, & Rock N’ Roll. What started out as an open experiment in improvisation progressed into creating music from a solid platform in which, they are able to then break away from and create jams through spontaneity to capture the essence of the moment. The title Digeometric (Di – geo – metric) is derived from the words Digital and Geometry; which describes the many different shapes that Digeometric’s sound takes. Digeo is most commonly used amongst their fan base for short. Connecting with their fans is important to the band whether it be through headphones, a live performance, or hanging after shows. Digeometric’s live performances tend to generate pleasant atmospheres filled with positive vibes and grooving energy. Their music is well received through live concert experiences in which they often manipulate their set lists and never play the same sets twice. Digeo offers many of their performances for free as live recordings through a number of different websites including Archive, Bandcamp, & Soundcloud. With the recent release of their debut album entitled "Experience," Digeometric will leave an imprint on any music lovers heart.
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Tue, Aug 4 - 8pm - $7
Chata, Orlando is a 22 year old synthpop artist from Chicago. Orlando touches upon love, from its highest to its lowest points. A part of the DIY since he was young, Orlando graduated from Taft High School where he took AP classes including music theory. He also was in various punk bands until venturing into his own band.
Individually, the members of theSHIFT are highly sought-after musicians who’ve recorded and toured the world with music royalty. Together, John Shannon (vocals/guitar), MJ Lambert (drums) and Ben Geis (bass) craft earth- shattering, anthemic rock with vibrant depth and a forceful punch. The powerhouse trio’s defiant sound is perfectly captured on its debut 7th Direction.
Chicago, IL Rock/Alternative/Punk/Indie/Magic/Glam band The Inventors draws their influences from a multitude of bands and genres. Their sound is directly a product of that. If you want punk rock, they'll give you punk rock. If you want some feels, they'll give you some feels. They cover ground. Their performances are locked tight, whirlwinds of energy. They like to bring it, and they want you to feel it.
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Wed, Aug 5 - 7pm - $20
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Aug 6 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
Ross Kleiner & The Thrill mix an exciting blend of self-penned Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, Doo-Wop, Swing, Rhythm & Blues and anything in between. A classic, authentic voice matched with experienced and adventurous musicianship is what makes this group as thrilling as the name suggests. These boys rock that feel of the old school retro music along with a modern and original twist that only they can provide. Ross Kleiner & The Thrill is all you need to impress your girl, or get your guy to grease up and get down. A little for the nostalgic, a bit for the modern-retro fan, and the rest for whomever likes good music. These cool cats skip the gimmicks and give you that feeling that only true whiskey soaked Rock 'n' Roll can. Ross Kleiner & The Thrill will get anyone out on the floor movin' and groovin'! Stay updated on the band website and locate them on Facebook to find out where your next thrilling night awaits...
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Fri, Aug 7 - 8pm - $22 adv/$25 day of show
World-class drummers Steve Smith (Journey/Vital Information), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), and Benny Greb (independent) sit in with an all-star band featuring legendary bassist James Genus (Brecker Brothers/Herbie Hanock), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Bette Midler/Scissor Sisters), and Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Fareed Hague/Gloria Estefan).This is an all-ages show! Join us for a night of jazz, rock, and funk with these amazing musicians!Hurry: tickets are selling quickly for this special event. Buy tix: $22 ($25 at the door if available)...........BUY A DISCOUNTED TICKET FOR BOTH NIGHTS HERE!.....http://www.martyrslive.com/both-nights-drumming-all-star-festival-shows-1-2
Steve Smith's drumming, while always decidedly modern, can best be described as a style that embodies the history of U.S. music. His original love of rudimental parade drumming is evident in his intricate solos. Likewise, his command of jazz, from New Orleans music, swing, bebop, avant-garde to fusion, is applied with his powerful rock drumming sensibilities and allows him to push the boundaries of all styles to new heights. His musical focus is committed to the exploration of improvised music incorporating styles as diverse as Blues, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Cajun and South Indian Carnatic.
In 2010, Mike Mangini won the drum seat for the Progressive Rock icons Dream Theater in an audition that was captured in the internet documentary, “The Spirit Carries On.” The online release of this documentary on April 29, 2011 trended as the 2nd most popular tweet behind the Royal Wedding. Mike has made a career out of joining established artists like Dream Theater. He has worked mostly with Annihilator, Extreme, Steve Vai and U.K. The career constant for Mike while teaching, or being in a band, has been being an International Solo Drum Clinician.
Benny Greb is a prolific German drummer and clinician. He plays a large variety of music and can be seen playing rock with Stoppok (de) and The Ron Spielman Trio, jazz with The Benny Greb Brass Band and Sabri Tulug Tirpan, funk with Jerobeam, reggae with Bobby McFerrin, fusion with the NDR Big Band on their Frank Zappa Project, with 3erGezimmeR and Wayne Krantz, and acoustic punk with Strom & Wasser. He has also performed at the Modern Drummer Festival 2010 and at many clinics and drum festivals around the world.Greb appeared on the scene in 2009 with his Hudson Music DVD "The Language of Drumming", and in 2015 on his dvd "The Art And Science Of Groove" .
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Mon, Aug 10 - 8pm - $7
A screening of Romantic Warriors III – Canterbury Tales(USA/2015/116 Min.)by Adele Schmidt & José Zegarra Holder. How did a small allegedly non-existent "scene" of a dozen musicians from the mid-sixties British town of Canterbury go on to change the musical path of their time? The emergence of the Canterbury Scene represents a remarkable period in the history of British progressive rock music, and notably, the development of Jazz Rock. Its three most timeless bands, Soft Machine, Caravan, and Gong, continue to inspire contemporary musicians all over the world.
THE RENEGADES are one of Chicago's most exciting and entertaining jazz-fusion groups featuring Paul Mutzabaugh (keyboards), Frank Alongi (drums), Jon Wegge (bass), and Chris Siebold and/or Mike Pinto (guitars). Their all-original repertoire employs odd-time signatures, jazz harmony, complex arrangements, and improvisation. Drawing on diverse musical influences, The Renegades offer a wide variety of fusion music... accessible and enjoyable to both musicians and non-musicians alike.
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Tue, Aug 11 - 8pm - $22 adv/$25 day of show
World-class drummers Dave Weckl (Chick Corea/Mike Stern) and Jojo Mayer (Nerve/Jon Zorn) sit in with an all-star band featuring legendary bassist James Genus (Brecker Brothers/Herbie Hanock), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Bette Midler/Scissor Sisters), and Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Fareed Hague/Gloria Estefan).This is an all-ages show! Join us for a night of jazz, rock, and funk with these amazing musicians!Hurry: tickets are selling quickly for this special event. Buy tix: $22 ($25 at the door if available).................BUY A DISCOUNTED TICKET FOR BOTH NIGHTS HERE!...........http://www.martyrslive.com/both-nights-drumming-all-star-festival-shows-1-2
For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
Swiss born Jojo Mayer started playing drums at an early age and had his first public performance at 2 sitting in with his dad’s band.At age 18 he received his first international exposure when touring with Monty Alexander and backing up Jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone.In the early 90′s he moved from Europe to NYC where he worked as a first call sideman for a wide range of artists and styles.As a leader he created his seminal work with NERVE which established him as one of the great performers and innovators on the instrument. His concepts and techniques of reverse engineering electronic drumbeats in real time on a acoustic drum set introduced a new paradigm and opened the door for an entire generation of musicians to follow.In 2014 Modern Drummer Magazines listed him as one of the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time.
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Both Nights! Drumming All-Star Festival Shows 1&2
Purchase this combination ticket to get both shows for $40!On August 7, world-class drummers Steve Smith (Journey/Vital Information), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), and Benny Greb (independent) sit in with an all-star band featuring legendary bassist James Genus (Brecker Brothers/Herbie Hanock), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Bette Midler/Scissor Sisters), and Chicago native Stu Mindeman (Fareed Hague/Gloria Estefan).On August 11, world-class drummers Dave Weckl (Chick Corea/Mike Stern) and Jojo Mayer (Nerve/Jon Zorn) perform with the band!These are all-ages shows! Hurry: tickets are selling quickly! Buy tix: $40
Steve Smith's drumming, while always decidedly modern, can best be described as a style that embodies the history of U.S. music. His original love of rudimental parade drumming is evident in his intricate solos. Likewise, his command of jazz, from New Orleans music, swing, bebop, avant-garde to fusion, is applied with his powerful rock drumming sensibilities and allows him to push the boundaries of all styles to new heights. His musical focus is committed to the exploration of improvised music incorporating styles as diverse as Blues, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Cajun and South Indian Carnatic.
For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
In 2010, Mike Mangini won the drum seat for the Progressive Rock icons Dream Theater in an audition that was captured in the internet documentary, “The Spirit Carries On.” The online release of this documentary on April 29, 2011 trended as the 2nd most popular tweet behind the Royal Wedding. Mike has made a career out of joining established artists like Dream Theater. He has worked mostly with Annihilator, Extreme, Steve Vai and U.K. The career constant for Mike while teaching, or being in a band, has been being an International Solo Drum Clinician.
Swiss born Jojo Mayer started playing drums at an early age and had his first public performance at 2 sitting in with his dad’s band.At age 18 he received his first international exposure when touring with Monty Alexander and backing up Jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone.In the early 90′s he moved from Europe to NYC where he worked as a first call sideman for a wide range of artists and styles.As a leader he created his seminal work with NERVE which established him as one of the great performers and innovators on the instrument. His concepts and techniques of reverse engineering electronic drumbeats in real time on a acoustic drum set introduced a new paradigm and opened the door for an entire generation of musicians to follow.In 2014 Modern Drummer Magazines listed him as one of the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time.
Benny Greb is a prolific German drummer and clinician. He plays a large variety of music and can be seen playing rock with Stoppok (de) and The Ron Spielman Trio, jazz with The Benny Greb Brass Band and Sabri Tulug Tirpan, funk with Jerobeam, reggae with Bobby McFerrin, fusion with the NDR Big Band on their Frank Zappa Project, with 3erGezimmeR and Wayne Krantz, and acoustic punk with Strom & Wasser. He has also performed at the Modern Drummer Festival 2010 and at many clinics and drum festivals around the world.Greb appeared on the scene in 2009 with his Hudson Music DVD "The Language of Drumming", and in 2015 on his dvd "The Art And Science Of Groove" .
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Wed, Aug 12- 8pm - $7
REAL people trying to fall in REAL love. Hosted by everyone’s favorite Auntie- Dorris Dashen*! A dating game show filled with actual single people, personal questions, physical challenges, kisses on the mouth, musical and comedic guests, and lots of drinks for the host! Followed by a set by Chicago's best Strangefunk band: GROOD! *Dorris Dashen** is a brassy and vulgar 80 year old ex-lounge singer who has seen EVERYTHING. **Dorris Dashen is played and created by Zoe Schwartz. Zoe Schwartz is a comedian known around town for her specific brand of gross and sexy. She often performs at variety and salon events showing off strange and frenetic characters. She has written a handful of full length shows based around these characters and toured them across the country to various festivals and comedy scenes. She is a company member with Barrel of Monkeys and can occasionally be seen in their long running Monday night show “That’s Weird, Grandma!”. Recently, Zoe has discovered how easy it is to put things on the internet and is trying to make it big with her various web series “Lets Talk About Boys and Animals” and “Lemonade Stand” which is about a winter lemonade stand and set to debut this spring. Visit zoeschwartztown.com for contact info and fun vids!
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Thu, Aug 13 - 8:30pm - $8
Chicago's Swamp Heat proudly carries on the tradition and sound of New Orleans dance music into the 21st century. Known for their irresistible grooves and heartfelt ballads, the band sheds light on forgotten gems and continues to push the music forward with their own unique voice. After a chance encounter, Chicago native Brandi Sanders has been thrust from the church into the limelight and continues to electrify audiences near and far.
Bones, Jug, Xylophone, wind power (clarinet, trombone, udderbot, kazoos,) resonator guitar, banjo, double bass, drums, all sorts of noise makers. These are just some of the instruments we play around with at our shows. The group began with the dream of throwing a high energy party with acoustic instruments. We started with some old xylophone rags, and now we have introduced a combination of originals and covers old and new: as old as Leroy Carr's "Barrelhouse Women", and the classic "Salty Dog Blues," and as new as the Beastie Boys' "Girls" and Abigail Washburn's "Divine Bell." We are highly influenced by jugbands and stringbands, both new and old. We want to party. We want, we want to party. With you. And your friends. And other people that neither of us know. We're hoping we can all dance till we fall down, sing till our voices cannot be found, and smile till our faces fall off. Bones.
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Fri, Aug 14 - 9pm - $15adv/$20doors
TIME CRASH is equal parts hard-rocking space band and sci-fi dance explosion. Lead vocalist Ronen Kohn’s clear, bright vocals soar over the tightest rhythm section in the galaxy, with Andy Rice on drums and Michael Fye on bass. Christopher Rice rocks out on steel guitar, while lead guitarist, Dave Kitsberg strums his 'bigger on the inside,' custom-built guiTARDIS. Inspired by the stories and characters of Doctor Who, TIME CRASH formed in 2011 and has released an EP, Little Amelia, and their first full-length album, REGENERATION, with more to come!
WELCOME to Diagon Alley, where we have everything for your Wizarding Needs. As you walk down this glorious street you can see everything Magical and Mysterious and still miss so much. Currently Based in Chicago, Diagon Alley is a Wizard Wrock Band with strong punk rock influences and a controlled wrecklesness. We enjoy broadening our musical horizons and encompasing different styles and flavors into our music (like a giant tasty potion of audible goodness). So if your interested in what you hear, stick around, you might just hear something familiar, and yet completly different....
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Wed, Aug 19 - 8pm - $7
Universal Mind Flow is a group of musicians from the midwest who share a common goal of changing the world through the power and love of music!
Diego Sol has dedicated his whole life to the study of getting down. While most great speakers have been known to have a silver tongue, it is said that Diego Sol's is golden like the sun for which he is named. With a PhD in Flava, This Debonair, uptown, man of the Metropolis acts as a guide to all those in search of the groove. He is a prophet of funk that has foretold the coming of a whole new get down sound. Let us rejoice. Tick Tock Nick is the master of time. In a world few see, Tick Tock travels between seconds to tap into the true heart beat of the world. Tick Tock lives in the sizzle and echos with a crash. He is an artist whose canvas is stretched across a snare. Once the kit is ready and he sits upon his throne, he taps into your heart and teaches it a new beat. And you'll like it. B lev truly Loves only two things in this world, his electric guitar and a beautiful woman, and he makes them both sing. This Casanova of DS&TM's every guitar lick becomes an incendiary declaration of love. It's love for the music and love for the listener. B lev has entangled many a listener into a sordid Ménage à Trois with the groove. Unlike some loveless playa of music, the aural sensation B lev leaves you with isn't just a one nighter. The songs he leaves you with will live in your mind beckoning you to return.
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Thu, Aug 20 - 8pm - $8
HipTrip is a Chicago based funk band that got its start playing house parties around Lincoln Park and Lakeview in early 2012. The popularity of these parties led to bigger and better performances around Chicago venues and clubs with a strangely large following of students from DePaul Unviersity. Without using the term ‘jam band’ HipTrip achieves all that a good funk band should do; laying down the groove and inspiring the audience to get up and dance! Influenced by the J.B.’s, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Chick Corea, Snarky Puppy, and with originals composed by every member of the group, HipTrip is sure to get the party going!
New Sound Underground is a genre-defying, Minneapolis-based ensemble who has built a reputation around their energetic & riveting live performances, and is quickly becoming one of the most respected names among musicians & audiences alike. While their influences include such instrumental music heavyweights as Soulive, Weather Report, The RH Factor & Snarky Puppy, their music is a well-developed fusion of varied inspirations. It’s this ultimately soulful, yet inventive balance which makes their music so compelling for audiences of the most careful listeners or carefree revelers.
Rusty Gates is a Chicago based band with members from all over the country. When the group formed in August 2013, the idea was to combine each member's unique musical background and collaboratively create songs that stand apart from any single genre. The result is original music loaded with intricate arrangements, funky back beats and powerful improvisation. Inspired by Funk, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Soul and World, Rusty Gates strives to make music that will keep you dancing. Keep your eye on their upcoming schedule to see when they will be playing a show near you!
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Sat, Aug 22 - 9:30pm - $15
Zebbler Encanti Experience - Z.E.E. is a collaboration between Zebbler and electronic music producer Encanti. The duo provide a multi-media experience, with Zebbler performing live visuals to Encanti's glitchy, bass heavy beats and interspersed vocals. Using the custom software "Zebblertron," the duo perform live with light and sound through triggered events and improvisation. They present a show that is a delight for both the eyes and ears, pushing the limits of sight and sound.
Trees are a Psybient Dub duet consisting of multi-instrumentalist Mark Florence and percussionist Jonathan Beverly. Their music comes to life driven with pulsating rhythms, hypnotic bass and a swirl of psychedelic instrumentation woven through out.
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Tue, Aug 25 - 8pm - $8
LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH - TIX AVAILABLE AT DOOR, NIGHT OF ONLY - The Moth StorySLAMs are open to anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night's theme. Half an hour before the show, we put the names of all the folks who want to tell a story in a hat. At the start of the show, we start picking names. The 10 featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each Storyslam generates a Storyslam winner. After ten slams, the winners face off in our Grandslam Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just to enjoy the show!
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Thu, Aug 27 - 8pm - $8
Vaskula is the conception of John Becker (guitar/vocals), featuring Michael DeStefano (percussion), Jeremy Eberhard (keyboards), and Samu Rahn (bass). Its self-titled debut EP blends distinct elements of synth-driven new wave, alternative, prog, ambient, darkwave, and cinematic scores. Lyrical themes of introspection and nostalgia are echoed in the layered multi-genre compositions.
Kerosene Stars was born in the Fall of 2010 by bassist and songwriter Scott Schaafsma after many years performing as bassist for a host of Chicago local bands including Musikanto (aka Crow Moses), Magnus, City Electric, and Sarah Holtschlag. The band’s first release, “The Killer ep” (2011), was produced by Scott and Tim Bennett (Colin Gilmore and Jimmy Dale Gilmore) and includes Jason Bennett (also with Colin Gilmore, Jimmy Dale Gilmore) on guitars as well as local favorites Sarah Holtschlag and bassist Brett Bakshis (Julie Meckler, Belleisle). This second, self-titled release was tracked by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Sound Labs in April 2014, and contains eight genre-hopping indie pop gems. The new line-up includes guitarist Andy Seagram (Benton Harbor Lunchbox), drummer Jim Adair (Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash) as well as multi-instrumentalist Yoo Soo Kim (Hemmingbirds), each of whom bring a unique vitality and distinctive sensibility to Schaafsma’s songs. This sophomore effort from Kerosene Stars represents a more fully realized sound and an exciting new direction for the band. The songs seamlessly blend echoes of the 60’s, alt-country, and Brit-pop, with occasional tangents into moodier and experimental atmospherics. This is music for the head and for the heart, and the record resonates with a sincerity all too rare in modern music. Since forming, the band has shared the stage with Split Single, The Vulgar Boatmen, The Latebirds (Helsinki), NYC’s The Defibulators, and LA’s Goldenboy.
All the Wine is an indie rock band from Chicago. Blending influences like Against Me!, Springsteen, The National and the Mountain Goats, they've forged a spirited, guitar-driven sound with lyrical stories of teenage nostalgia and disillusionment.
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Tue, Sep 1 - 8pm - $10
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.Vol 29 - As it's Fat Tuesday, there's going to be New Orleans music. Not to mention an international and eclectic group of fascinating presenters chit-chatting about things they love to do! You might just learn something about MOOCs, Belgium, Boston or tasty comestibles. As usual, there's beer, great friends and surprises...
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Fri, Sep 4 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.Big Sam began playing with the Dirty Dozen at the tender age of 19 before striking out on his own and creating the Funky Nation. Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.BSFN is a festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil, to Canada. BSFN is a favorite on the festival circuit and has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Blues & Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, LEAF & many more.
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Tue, Sep 8 - 8pm - $15adv/$18door
Many drummers come to mind who've had a hand in raising the bar - leading by example with faster chops, innovative use of the instrument, more complex rhythms, more creative phrasing, and in general, inspiring a new generation of drummers. But few have turned as many heads as Virgil Donati. - Stick It Magazine, Feb. 1998. Virgil was born and raised in Melbourne Australia. From the time he could barely utter a word, he keenly observed the regular band rehearsals his father held in the house. Virgil’s interest in music and instinct for rhythm had been apparent to his parents for some time. They began considering a musical path for him, and one month prior to turning 3, he found himself sitting behind his first real drumset. Joining his first rock band and signing with his first major label at age 15 was surely the right choice for the young drummer. The band was called `Taste’. This was to give Virgil his early experiences in the studio, with three releases by the band. The relentless touring also allowed him to cultivate and improve his skills where it counts – on stage. At the age of 16, Virgil turned pro to enable him to tour and focus on music, and has since devoted his whole life and soul to his art. The motivation has been his endless and restless pursuit to express himself through his playing. At age 19 Virgil traveled to the U.S. to further study drumming, and also took classes in composition and arranging. Returning to Australia at age 21 his career was alight. He was in demand playing many genres of music, including jazz, rock, pop, theatre and studio work. He also worked with many visiting artists, including jazz pianist George Cables, vocalist Mark Murphy, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland, Melissa Etheridge. His next taste of commercial success came in the early 90’s with Southern Sons. The band reached double platinum with their debut album. At the same time, throughout the mid 80’s and 90’s, Virgil’s interest in progressive music was exploited with several bands he initiated, most notably Loose Change, and later, On The Virg. In 1996 Virgil uprooted and relocated in the U.S.A., in an attempt to expand onto the world stage. It has since proved to be a very rewarding and productive time. Recording and touring with the likes of Planet X, Steve Vai, CAB, Scott Henderson, Steve Walsh, Tribal Tech, Frank Gambale, Derek Sherinian, Mark Boals, Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Josh Stone, and many others, he continues to push the limits of the instrument to astonishing new levels.
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Sat, Sep 26 - 9pm - $10
Murley has been a part of the Chicago music scene since 2005, performing at nearly every city venue and countless city festivals in the Chicagoland area. Fusing blues, rock, and never turning away from a deep-groove jam, their music has been featured in independent films, podcasts, station IDs, and on the area’s largest FM radio station 93.1 WXRT. All members hail from the northwest suburbs, and come from families with rich musical histories. Guitarists Scott Burdsall and Ryan Curtis, drummer David Wilson, and bassist Herf Yamaya have played hundreds of shows over the 10 year history of the band, and many more as regular gigging musicians on the scene. In 2015 they return to the studio to record the follow-up to their 2014 EP release “Missing Time”, and begin a #MurleyMondays campaign to keep all their followers in the loop on what’s happening with the band.
My name is Herf Yamaya, and I am Mother Mary and the Ritual Sadness. As an iteration of the self, MMATRS /ˈmæ-tərs/ is the sensory internalized and made tangible again through performance, music, and word. Influences range from Catholicism to Buddhism, and include messengers like Emerson, Gandhi, Vonnegut, Cobain and Robert Kennedy. Life is accentuated by terrifying love and awesome pain, but ratified by the determination to rise in spite of them. Some say the world is a reflection of our thoughts. If so, then MMATRS is an experiment in which that reflection is digested and fed back into itself.
Will Post is a singer, composer, pianist, and creative entrepreneur from Chicago, Illinois. Post started playing piano and writing songs when he was four years old, and through the years has honed his taste and talents in nearly every way possible, from orchestras to a cappella groups, Carnegie Hall to Warped Tour, and everywhere in between. Post feels most at home when combining his classical sensibilities with the ethos of the current moment, creating work that serves the now and launches itself into the future, toward eternity. In early 2014, Post released his solo record, Panthenon, an otherworldly concept album four years in the making. Vulnerable and relatable, this sonic masterpiece follows a cinematic arc through space and time—a hero’s journey mirroring Post’s own path which has left him poised to take his solo performance art to worlds unknown.
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Wed, Oct 21 - 8pm - $20
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It’s been the most spectacular of journeys, from a place in time when John Grant feared he’d never make music again or escape a life of addiction, to winning awards, accolades and Top 20 chart positions, and collaborating with Sinead O’Connor, Goldfrapp, Elton John and Hercules & Love Affair. The fact he subsequently won a Best International Male Solo Artist nomination at the 2014 BRITS alongside Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Drake, seemed like some fantasy dreamt up in a moment of outrageous hubris. Just months later, the BBC’s request for a session with symphony orchestra provided (subsequently released by Bella Union as John Grant And The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live in Concert), followed by Grant taking the Royal Northern Sinfonia on a UK tour, confirmed that it was simply the latest spectacular chapter in his personal and artistic renaissance.Now comes Grant’s third album, the invitingly titled Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, a veritable tour de force that further refines and entwines his two principal strands of musical DNA, the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut, fizzing electronic pop song.
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