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Tue, May 26 - 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, May 27 - 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!
Even the artist is apt to go astray, for he too is obliged, sooner or later, to observe on which side his bread is buttered.
Actual Sisters, Tiffany and Danielle Puterbaugh are revolutionizing comedy. They are single (or double) handedly bringing the comedy duo back… or at least to the back of every dive bar in Chicago. The Puterbaugh Sisters have spent their entire lives developing their own brand of alternative comedy. The Onion AV Club Chicago says... “Taking their shtick into absurdist parallel universes...it works 100% of the time. Making them one of the most innovative and up and coming acts to catch in town." They have performed in The Andy Kaufman Awards, New York and Chicago Sketchfest, TBS Just For Laughs Festival Chicago, co-produce "The Blackout Diaries", were featured in TBS Just for Laughs, were ring mistresses of El CircoChipo, Chicago's punk rock circus, cast members of Chicago Underground Comedy and produce five year running, critically acclaimed comedy/variety show, “Entertaining Julia.” The Onion AV Club says, "There is probably no better free show in the city. "Entertaining Julia's" reputation has only grown, becoming something of a cult sensation.” It's like watching The Wayans’ Brothers, before they made the movie White Chicks.”
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Thu, May 28 - 8pm -$8adv/$10door
Sharing a common love of music and life on the road, Fruition were originally brought together by the lure of adventure. For the last six years, the Portland, Ore. string infused quintet has racked up the miles playing sold out shows in their adopted hometown and garnering new fans across the country. Fruition released Just One of Them Nights in 2013 and it’s an album that finds the band tackling the many struggles and successes that come along with living a vagabond lifestyle and the search for artistic clarity. Fruition have become arduous road warriors traveling the country and showcasing their adventures and experiences through song. In 2011, Fruition recorded the EP It Won't Be Long. Soon after, the group's three prominent songwriters, Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek and Mimi Naja, discovered they had penned over forty tunes. The band knew it was time for the next level of their journey - to create a top-notch album recorded in a professional recording studio and capturing their foot-stomping, high-energy string-infused songs. The only hitch... where was a nomadic group of independent musicians going to find the funds to create this high caliber album? The answer came in the form of a successful Kickstarter campaign in which Fruition surpassed their goal of $20,000 through the help of diehard fans, friends, and family. Though Just One of Them Nights captures a breadth of musical styles, it debuted at #11 on Soundscan’s Bluegrass chart. The album was recorded at Old School Studios in Casper, CA on Highway 1 and features eleven original songs. The first single from the album, “Mountain Annie,” has become an Americana classic and garnered steady airplay at SiriusXM’s JamOn. The song’s steady gait and memorable melody hook audiences on first listen while Jay Cobb’s lyrics address longing for a lover who is no longer present. On Kellen’s “Blue Light,” the band ventures into electric Rock 'n Roll territory and quickly transitions into a traditional country rhythm without missing a beat. “Blue Light” features exuberant solos from Jay on guitar and Mimi on mandolin offering fans a taste of what’s in store for fans at the band’s live shows. “The Wanter,” penned by Mimi, the band erupts into a classic bluegrass inferno of fast and furious string picking showcasing their skill as well as some of their influences. And on “Get In” the band slow it down a notch capture the mood of swimming in a languid ocean. The track sounds both fresh and familiar peppered with three-part harmonies and Mimi on mandolin. Over the years, Fruition have toured with or collaborated with members of Railroad Earth, ALO, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival and The Head and The Heart. They've thrilled audiences at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit and All Good Music Festival, and played for packed rooms at Portland, OR’s Crystal Ballroom, Boulder, CO’s Fox Theater, San Francisco’s Fillmore as well as the Great American Music Hall, Boston, MA’s Brighton Music Hall and more. With no signs of slowing down, the band takes each day as it comes. From broken down vans and whiskey shots, to the lovers and loved-ones who check-in through the miles, at the end of the day it's Just One of Them Nights for this talented bunch who are experiencing a radiant present and looking towards an even brighter future.
Mad Bread is a string band for the 21st century, playing a unique mixture of bluegrass, rock, folk and blues. The band blends traditional instruments with modern songwriting, creating innovative, genre-bending music that defies classification. At a concert, you'll hear them move effortlessly from boot-stompin' bluegrass jams, to psychedelic folk ballads, to Chicago-style blues-rock with stops everywhere in between.
The newly released single, “Dead Man’s Son”, hasgarnered attention from New York To Portland by wayof No Depression website contributor Rachel Cholst,who is quoted in her recent review of the single thatQuinn’s songwriting is “masterfully adept at makingquality music.” Also the Music Editor of The PortlandMercury Ned Lannaman is quoted in the Mercury assaying “Dead Man’s Son” is a “barn-burning barroombrawl” of a protest song. The next installment inQuinn’s Career is “Chicago/Western” which is set forrelease later this year, where Quinn will take thelistener through the myriad of styles that define himas an Artist. According to Rachel Cholst “If the singleis any indicator, he’s totally going to crush it.”
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Fri, May 29 - 9pm - $10
Nashville’s power-soul sextet, Alanna Royale released their debut record, ACHILLES on September 16th,2014. ACHILLES was produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff)
Classic soul meets rock and roll in this dynamic eight-piece collective from Chicago. The Congregation features Gina Bloom, a singer whose raw and powerful vocals are underscored by Charlie Wayne’s dynamic guitar riffs, the band’s rock and soul rhythm section and the lively call and response of a three-piece horn section. When it comes to the songwriting, you won’t find any sugarcoated love songs here–you’ll get a little bit of longing and a whole lot of wronging.While the 2012 release of "Right Now Everything" marked the band’s full-length album debut, The Congregation has been steadily gaining steam since the release of its seven-song EP, "Not for Sleepin", in late 2010. The band was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of “11 Bands to Watch in 2011” and was featured in Paste Magazine as one of “10 Illinois Bands You Should Listen to Now”. The Congregation’s stop-and-take-notice sound and electrifying live sets have earned the group the opportunity to share bills with acclaimed artist such as Wilco, Andrew Bird, the Flaming Lips and Buddy Guy! The band has also been featured on the small screen--performing on ABC7's "Windy City Live", WGN's "Music Lounge", Science Channel's "Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" and an upcoming episode of BBC's "Horizon" set to air this spring. The Congregation is currently placing the finishing touches on its upcoming album release,"Record Collection".
The Kansas Bible Company is 12 man wrecking ball of sound featuring a five-man horn line, three guitars, two percussionists, one bass, and keys. Originally from Goshen, Indiana, they now reside in Nashville, Tennessee. They are a culture. To walk with them is to know them. They are on a journey - to the stars through rugged ways.
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Sat, May 30 - 6pm - $7 - ALL AGES
Manwolves is a multi-genre Rap group based out of Evanston, Illinois. The members are all juniors in high school whose diverse musical interests are reflected in their own sound. Founded in 2012, they just released their first EP which was recorded and produced at Butcher Boy Studios. Band members are Jamie McNear, Ari Garfin, Henry Wolf, Julian Freeman, Eli Cohen, and Michael Werner.
Happy 99 is aPunk Rock band from Chicago.
El Stoppers is a teen Rock band based out of Chicago, IL. In September of 2012 El Stoppers was formed out of diverse group of musicians in a collective effort to perform great original music.
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Sat, May 30, 9pm - $20
THE WESTIESHe looked at her at the end of the bar and said,"I don't know whether to kill you or marry you"And so the shot was fired across the bow and with it… The Westies were born.The meeting on that fateful night between Michael McDermott and Heather Horton set in motion a chain of events that would lead to what would later be known as the album West Side Stories.After just avoiding a would be 3-6 year prison sentence (which McDermott is uneasy to discuss) and a spiraling life, McDermott’s chance meeting with Horton would change the course and the trajectory of his life.What would follow would be a steady climb from the trenches. With a "sleeves rolled up" songwriting approach, that while delicate and tender, matches with equal measure, the brutality of an honest eye and a turbulent life.Explains McDermott, "All I ever wanted to do was write songs and tell stories, like my grandparents and parents did from a long Irish lineage. With that lineage came a proclivity for drink, for mayhem, and a wee bit of crime. I write what i know and what i know, is much of the time, ugly.”This is no guy/girl group. The Westies are a band that unabashedly confronts the trials of the inner city heart with a slow burn delicacy that juxtaposes many uncomfortable subjects with a tender and elegant beauty that is rare in the current music landscape.The Westies album “West Side Stories” is a song cycle inspired by the real life Westies “a ruthless gang of Irish mob punks that ruled Hell's Kitchen in the 60’s and 70's. The gangsters serve as a metaphor for the dark side that lurks inside us all. The unexplained forces that cause internal struggles destroy relationships and leave us clinging to love as just a memory.Call it Ameri-gangsta-cana.
Hot on the heels of their critically-acclaimed sophomore release, Last Good Standing, Chicago-based Sure Fire Groove is poised to scratch out a niche for itself in the Windy City's burgeoning music scene. Backing up their rich three-part vocal harmonies with complex arrangements and adroit musicianship, Sure Fire Groove has been compared to the Doobie Brothers and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young by Richard Milne of 93XRT. Behind increasing radio play on regional and college radio stations, Sure Fire Groove is amassing a fervent fan base in Chicago and throughout the Midwest as a hard-hitting, powerful live act with deep roots steeped in The Band, Little Feat, and The Grateful Dead.
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Sun, May 31 - 8pm - $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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Mon, Jun 1 - 8pm - $7
From our humble beginnings as the folk/rock duo Neil and Nick, The Devilish Winks have bloomed into a six-piece ensemble of folk and classical-influenced rock and roll. Drummer Nick Christiansen and Guitarist Neil Huff founded the group in May of 2012, and since the additions of Sandy Van Laningham (Vocals, Keyboard), Shawn Neely (Bass), Dave Keller (Electric guitar) and Dov Turner (Clarinet/Saxophone), the band has never sounded better! If there's one reason why the world should listen to us, it's our love for diversity in song. From eerie piano pieces blended with luscious acoustic guitar, sultry saxophone and beautiful clarinet to the epic pounding rhythms of riff-based rock'n'roll, topped with soaring and screaming distorted guitar solos, belted sax lines and vocal harmonies that shimmer and shine like a new Chevy in the sun. From the clean tone of the acoustic to the distorted romp and wail of the electric, The Devilish Winks are sojouners of the sonic spectrum in more ways than one.
"...Tiny keeps the blues alive and pay(s) tribute to the originals."- Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater. Dedicated to his craft, the originality and prowess of Tiny Miles is sure to impress even the most critical of skilled technicians. Tiny Miles casts a spell over the audience with the soul and passion of 1950's Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly music. At a Tiny Miles showcase - one can expect a soul-stirring experience in an energetic performance of roots music soaked in retro vibes, coupled with a level of professional musicality that must be witnessed first hand.
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Tue, Jun 2 - 8pm - $10
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.Vol 29 - As it's Fat Tuesday, there's going to be New Orleans music. Not to mention an international and eclectic group of fascinating presenters chit-chatting about things they love to do! You might just learn something about MOOCs, Belgium, Boston or tasty comestibles. As usual, there's beer, great friends and surprises...
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Wed, Jun 3 - 7pm - $20
Do you believe in love? Do you believe it’s true?

Huey Lewis believes in love. And we believe in love for Huey Lewis. Join us on Wednesday June 3rd at Martyrs and Friday June 5th at Wire, as Tributosaurus becomes Huey Lewis and The News.

They came together out of a fertile San Francisco blues-rock scene, and several members of the band had once backed up Van Morrison. Huey’s first band, Clover, went to London for a while and ended up backing Elvis Costello’s for his first album, “My Aim Is True.”

Huey's “Picture This” went gold in 1982, and then he and The News eventually ruled large portions of the 80’s. If you were alive in ’85 and didn’t own “Sports,” you must have been working really hard to avoid it.

Stop avoiding it. You want a new drug. Your heart of rock and roll is still beating. And yes, this is it.

From the self-titled debut album in 1980 through their Doo Wop homage in the mid 90’s, Huey and the News made records that have sold in excess of 30 million copies. Their live shows were huge parties, often featuring the Tower of Power horn section (including our own “Mayor,” Mike Cichowicz!).

We’ve talked about becoming Huey for years…sometimes tongue in cheek. But the truth is, so many of Huey’s tunes are flat out awesome, and his band is full of top notch musicians. We’ll be a big group with the Paleolithic Horns in tow this month, stretching out our rock/soul/R&B/bar band chops with joy.

Come bask in the power of love.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, Jun 4 - 9:30pm - No Cover
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A night of drinking, dancing, socializing, networking and non-stop music since 1991. For die hard rockabilly devotees and civilian music fans. Over the last decade, this highly organized vibrant jam session, held the first Thursday of every month at Martyrs', has become rockabilly central for many of the musicians & fans of Chicago's American roots scene. Although the monthly jam is devoted to rockabilly, the Big C Jamboree has also offered the span of '40's-'50's Amereicn roots music from Hillbilly Boogie to Western Swing, Jump Blues and 1st generation Rock-n-Roll. The night is run swiftly and simply: a host band performs a short set, followed by a myriad of roots musicians who do 3 songs each. The party like atmosphere includes socializing, drinking & dancing galore while the rotating line-up onstage usually features the raucous sounds of pompadoured rockabilly musicians wailing away on upright basses and hallow-bodied electric guitars; and there's NEVER a cover! It's one of the most dedicated evenings of music in the city.
The North Ave. Stompers consist of Eric Shoutin Sheridan, lead vocals, Jason Larsen on guitar, Billy Favata, dog house bass, Brian Lueck, drums and Denis McQuinn on tenor sax. We intend to make you wanna go home and make babies!
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Fri, Jun 5 - $8 - 9pm
The 4 Star Brass Band sound can be categorized as Heavy Funk, and is the best thing you’ve ever heard! They get this captivating sound by using all brass instruments. They remain true to the tradition of brass band while also incorporating modern sound into it. Dave and Jay started the band a few years ago looking to start a brass band in Chicago. They started playing bars/ clubs in the city, bringing the party wherever they went. The band slowly grew, and now Four Star features a rotating cast of 6 musicians who all share a love for New Orleans music. Come fuel the excitement as FOUR STAR BRASS BAND becomes the Hottest and Hardest Hitting Brass Band of this Generation!
One of the staples of Madison's vibrant music scene, The People Brothers Band is an 8-piece Rhythm & Soul powerhouse and their only only desire is to get you moving on the dance floor. They are the winners of the WAMI Award for 2014 R&B Band of the Year and the MAMA Awards for 2013 Blues Album & Blues Song of the Year, but most importantly they are a family whose love for music and playing together shines brightly through each performance. The PBB have hosted their own grass-roots, live music & camping festival every year since their first summer together in 2009, the People Fest. The People Brothers Band can be seen touring regionally in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, & Michigan, heading out west to Colorado, and, of course, playing hometown shows in beautiful Madison.
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Sat, Jun 6 - 7pm - $20
Nicholas David Mrozinski is a vibrant, dynamic and multi-talented singer/songwriter from Saint Paul, MN. For more than a decade, Nicholas has composed alternative soul music that connects with people worldwide on a deeply human level. Prior to his unforgettable 2012 run with Team CeeLo on NBC’s The Voice, Nicholas had already recorded five critically acclaimed albums, experienced national radio airplay and participated in multiple charity and collaborative projects. Fans of The Voice were introduced to his soulful and storied career during this time where he struck a chord with America and finished a fan favorite in the top three.Nicholas recently returned to The Voice as a guest artist to unveil his new original single, titled "Say Goodbye," and the eponymous EP. The response was astounding; within 24 hours the EP hit #1 on the iTunes Alternative Chart and #2 on the iTunes overall Top Album Chart. Minneapolis’ own Star-Tribune heralded the release as “versatile country soul.”
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Sat, Jun 6 - 9pm - $7
"Ferris & The Wheels mounts a furious charge onto the music scene with an EP steeped in melancholy and a gnawing sense of loss. Determined to reach the top - in life, love and everything in between - lead singer Geoff Ferris conveys a sense of hopefulness even when exploring dark and conflicted ideas. Whether rocking out or reining it in, the impassioned arrangements serve as a fitting vehicle for his time-tested ambitions." - Blake Boldt - M Music & Musicians Magazine
Inside a handful of Chicago's many pro-musician circles, Kari is a phenom. Reclusive in nature and a beast on the stage, she's one of the city's best kept secrets. Put her in an incubator for a year with Rikky McCrae, Nick Kitsos, Mark Grzelak and John Zdon; and - Holy Mother of All Things Good in the World - the earth's crust just shifted. Kari VON ETHER and the Obdurate Masses are an in-your-face rock band with a taste for the tender and a flair for the dramatic, in an "I want to ride that again!" kind of way. The grooves are huge and hard, the hooks can keep you up at night, the melodies are familiar having never heard them before, and then there's Kari's voice, which can reach down your throat and rip your heart out. THIS is their debut gig.
Brigade is a Chicago indie band influenced by indie- pop, folk, jazz and funk-rock genres come together to create refreshing rhythmic sounds! Over the past year, Brigade has delivered tunes into the ears and hearts of Chicago locals. While the band has been through many changes in the course of their short time together, they have recently welcomed two new members in January with open arms. On lead vocals/rhythm guitar we have Chelsea Foss- Ralston, Ted Sofios (lead guitar), Matt Cortez (bass), and Matt Velasco banging the buckets we call drums with driving force. Join Brigade as they play, party, and have a good time together on and off stage. The songs and the sass will leave you wanting more from this group of dreamers.
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Sun, Jun 7 - 8pm - $17adv/$20door
In a musical world where keeping a working band has proven difficult for many bandleaders,drummer-bandleader Steve Smith has managed to keep three bands working for the past three decades. His jazz-rock band, Steve Smith and Vital Information, has been touring and recording for more than 30 years, while his “straight-ahead” groups Steve Smith and Buddy’s Buddies, made up of Buddy Rich Alumni (with three album releases), and Steve Smith’s Jazz Legacy (a group dedicated to playing the music of some of great drumset masters such as Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams), have toured for five years and released two albums and a DVD.Therefore, it makes perfect sense for this prolific recording artist and bandleader, who has made a career out of amalgamating the many twists and turns of his musical calling, to blend all three bands for a 2015 studio album release entitled The Skyline Sessions on the BFM Jazz label. The updated version of his recording and touring ensemble is called STEVE SMITH AND VITAL INFORMATION - NYC EDITION. Smith refers to this new line-up as, “The best of all worlds. With my band-members all living and working in NYC area, where I live, this group can be organized in a moment’s notice. VI NYC Edition is a lot of fun to play with and is a high-energy, creative, jazz unit!”The lineup of Vital Information NYC Edition brings together members of all of his bands: saxophonist Andy Fusco (from Jazz Legacy and Buddy’s Buddies) guitarist Vinny Valentino (from Vital Information), pianist Mark Soskin (from Jazz Legacy and Buddy’s Buddies), bassist Baron Browne (from Jazz Legacy, Buddy’s Buddies and Vital Information), and Steve Smith on drums.Steve keeps his touring schedule quite busy and you may have seen him on tour with Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion, The Mike Stern Band or Hiromi – The Trio Project. Smith’s constantly evolving drumming career has earned him Modern Drummer Magazine's #1 All Around Drummer award five yeas in a row, which led him to being named by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Drummers of All Time!" in 2014. Smith’s 9-year stint as the drummer with the rock group Journey resulted in nine multi-platinum albums and eighteen Top 40 hits. His drumming can still be heard almost daily on the ubiquitous hit song by Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
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Mon, Jun 8 - 8pm - $10
Sometimes sounding like a man possessed, Charlie Pierce’s piano playing is driven and intense. During a performance, he will rattle you to the core with a heartbreaking ballad and then unleash a New Orleans inspired boogie that leaves a listener longing for the days when juke joints ruled the American landscape. His music is somehow familiar, yet can leave you feeling like an outsider who has just witnessed something very real, painfully beautiful, and ultimately redeeming. Regardless of how his music grabs you, at the very least, Charlie’s performances are the most genuine thing you have heard in a very long time.With over 20 years in the music business, and countless miles clocked on the road, this Austin newcomer has already gained the attention of some of Austin’s most revered musicians including performances with Rosie Flores and Dale Watson. In the short time he’s been in Austin, Charlie has graced the stages at the Continental Club, the Driskill Hotel, the Highball, the Whitehorse, and countless other music venues in town. Do not miss an opportunity to witness this performance in person! -No Depression
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Tue, Jun 9 - 8pm - $10
SOUNDTRACK SERENADE will be hosting and performing the second annual benefit for BOX OF STARS, a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting mental health awareness through music, by playing songs from the greatest rock and roll mockumentary of all time. The soundtrack to THIS IS SPINAL TAP will be played live Tuesday, June 9th at Martyrs to raise money for the charitable foundation.In keeping with one of the best running jokes in the film, the band will feature a revolving door of drummers, all of whom will spontaneously combust after just performing one song.The list of drummers include some of the top musicians in Chicago, from rock to jazz. The band will be lead by Chicago-based guitarist Neal Alger and medical staff will be on hand to curtail any strange gardening accidents.Soundtrack Serenade is part “live-music party” and part “game show” for fans of cinema and the classic songs that provide the backdrop for a compilation of the best movies of all time. A collection of some of Chicago’s finest jazz and rock musicians perform a movie soundtrack - all the songs that are on the soundtrack as well as choice cuts from the movie that didn’t make the record are performed while the movie is shown on screen. In-between songs, the band conducts movie trivia (from the performed soundtrack) for the crowd to win prizes.From the sacred rock psalm Hell Hole, to the deliciously talented guitar licks of Rock and Roll Creation, to majestic poetry of Cups and Cakes; the sites, sounds and smells of Spinal Tap will come to life. Trivia from Spinal Tap and a raffle will be intertwined between songs for the crowd to win prizes. All proceeds go to Box of Stars.For more information on Box of Stars please go to: www.boxofstars.orgSoundtrack Serenade is:NEAL ALGER-Guitar/VocalsCHARLIE SHORT-Bass/VocalsETHAN SEMONE-Guitar/VocalsDAN INGENTHRON-Keys/VocalsAnd On DRUMS:DAN LEALI, JORDAN KOZER TOM HIPSKIND, GEORGE FLUDAS, GERALD DOWD, LARRY BEERS, JOHN MALONEY, TIMOTHY REMIS, STEVE CHESNEY, BARRY BENNETT, JOHN ASELIN.Soundtrack Serenade is part “live-music party” and part “game show” for fans of cinema and the classic songs that provide the backdrop for a compilation of the best movies of all time. A collection of some of Chicago’s finest jazz and rock musicians perform a movie soundtrack - all the songs that are on the soundtrack as well as choice cuts from the movie that didn’t make the record are performed while the movie is shown on screen. In-between songs, the band conducts movie trivia (from the performed soundtrack) for the crowd to win prizes.
SOUNDTRACK SERENADE is teaming up BOX OF STARS, a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting mental health awareness through music, in delving into one of the greatest soundtracks of all time. The soundtrack to THIS IS SPINAL TAP will be performed live Thursday, May 29th at Martyrs to raise money for the charitable foundation. The band will be comprised of 12 different drummers, one for each song, and will be lead by Chicago-based guitarist Neal Alger. Medical staff will be on hand when and if a drummer experiences early signs of spontaneous combustion.From the sacred rock psalm Hell Hole, to the deliciously talented guitar licks of Rock and Roll Creation, to majestic poetry of Cups and Cakes; the sites, sounds and smells of Spinal Tap will come to life. Trivia from Spinal Tap and a raffle will be intertwined between songs for the crowd to win prizes. All proceeds go to Box of Stars. The band features:NEAL ALGER-Guitar/Vocals,CHARLIE SHORT-Bass/Vocals,ETHAN SEMONE-Guitar,DAN INGENTHRON-Keys/Vocals, and on DRUMS:TED SIROTA,DAN LEALI,MAKAYA McCRAVEN,GEORGE FLUDAS,GERALD DOWD,LARRY BEERS,JOHN MALONEY,TOM HIPSKIND,TIMOTHY REMIS,STEVE CHESNEY,BARRY BENNETT,JOHN ASELIN.
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Wed, Jun 10 - 8pm -
The Walk Slow are a rock soul band based in Chicago their music is a blend of pre punk garage rock and 60's R&B. The band was founded amongst the ruins of several other Chicago rock outfits by seasoned drummer Sonny Vee and Denver native Ryan Cochrane on guitar. Vee met Cochrane at a disastrous bar gig in late 2013 when the two musicians were playing in different groups. Vee was impressed with Cochrane's guitar style and animated vocal schemes and approached him to join up as a two pice power rock duo. The idea of the duo faded fast when Vee contaced old band mate Darin Mullins to play bass guitar. Vee, Cochrane and Mullins were a trio for a few months going by the Moniker the Lunts. The three musicians had a strong love for 60's garage rock, British Invasion as well as Motown and Stax style soul music so a sound was being cultivated in the formative rehearsals as the Lunts. Vee then contacted another former band mate Joe Grez to come out to a rehearsal as a second guitar player in the hopes of getting a Ronnie Wood/Keith Richards kind of guitar weaving sound. The rehearsal proved to be a success but not with the Stones formula Vee was kind of looking for but it was a unique union of styles and a new band was born. Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome, from Chicago, The Walk Slow.
Green Sugar has wandered the streets of America delivering its message to the needy and consequently slaughtering its enemies along the way. Their songs speak of hope and irony, and the experiences the band have undergone and are now the foundation for the band’s explosive live set, which has been seen alongside such Rock N Roll Icons as Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule, Les Claypool, and The Black Crowes. The band is now currently on tour throughout the Midwest and hoping for the opportunity to change your mind…about everything.
Wesley Harding are a Chicago-based band on the ESU Records label who blend folk, rock and blues to create their own unique alternative sound. They began in the boiler room of lead singer Michael Alanis' house in Melrose Park, IL, where the band would jam in cramped quarters, developing their style. After arriving at ESU, they released their debut album, the aptly-named Boiler Room Sessions which was a strong start for a band with little previous time spent in the studio. The band has experience playing live, having played many local house parties and gigs: Double Door, The Elbo Room, Bottom Lounge, Deja Vu, Penny Road Pub and others. Now, with the upcoming release of their second album "A Slightly Better Mess", the band is looking to build a strong following and play out as often as possible.
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Thu, Jun 11 - 8pm - $7
Well, The Bama Lamas aren't going to sit around and wait to be placed in a nice tidy bucket - we play rock n roll - pure and simple. The kind of raunch you can feel deep down in your soul. Our love for scratchy R&B, Soul, and Rock N Roll 45's brought us together - became our blueprint for saving your sorry souls. The records that make you want to jump out of your skin and hit the dance floor happy just to be alive!
Phil Angotti has become a household name in the power-pop musical world, especially in his hometown Chicago where he's been performing for 20 years now. He has performed as a solo act through-out his career, and with several bands, most notably the Fleas, the Scuffle, the Beatle Brothers, Not the Beatles (with Brad & Graham Elvis) and his long-time original group, the Idea. He has released 10 different albums over the years, been on several CD compilations and tributes, and has made numerous radio appearances as a solo artist, Beatle Brother and leader of the Idea. Known for his strong lead vocals and versatile harmony singing, he is also an innovative guitarist (acoustic and electric). His style is diverse mixture of British 60's power pop, American folk rock, and modern guitar pop, played mostly with an explosive energy and sensibility. As a songwriter - he has proven again and again he can write melodies and hooks with the best of them and his penned numerous original songs (108 recorded to date).
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Fri, Jun 12 - 9pm - $8
Formed in the basements of Urbana in 2011, indie rock group A Cool Hand has undergone several metamorphoses to become the 5 piece operation it is today. Drawing from diverse musical influences, they combine energetic rock with group harmonies into a delicious ham and cheese sandwich.
Grabbing influences from all over the musical spectrum, the Ars Nova has something for everyone. They pride themselves in never having two shows be the same and embrace the musical freedom that is their improvisational jams. From Umphrey's McGee to Led Zeppelin, from STS9 to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, from Jimi Hendrix to Kings of Leon, the Ars Nova is a must-see act. After breaking on to the festival circuit in the summer of 2014 at Summer Camp Music and Arts Festival in Chillicothe, IL, everything has been up hill for the Ars Nova. Catch them all over the Chicago area and be sure to follow them closely on Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram. Do NOT forget the name 'The Ars Nova'.
Like a phoenix, from the ashes of a treehouse rises Miss Remember, a rock band from Chicago. Children of the rock and grunge era, Miss Remember is a brew of delicate melodies, intriguing harmonies and dirty guitars. Impressionistic male and female vocals contribute to this gritty musical machine, evoking a dichotomy of love and loathing. Each song has it’s own character that will make you move or stop you in your tracks. Miss Remember began as a band called Treehouse while studying music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2008 . What began as an acoustic student project has transformed into a harder electric sound brought forth by dedicated musicians who have honed their individual instruments and simply “strive to write goods songs". The sound has evolved away from previous acoustic roots into a, yet, truer amalgamation of the influences of each member: jim tashjian – guitar, vocals; leslie beukelman – vocals, guitar; martin stonikas – bass, percussion; pete tashjian – drums, percussion
Jackie Islands is a indie pop-punk band from the suburbs of Chicago. Comprised of Bobby Dunne, Doug Patterson, Marshall Hayes, and Joe D’anna. Currently recording their first EP entitled “Girl Glacious,” Jackie Islands sets out to conquer shores unknown.
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Sat, Jun 13 - 10pm - $25
Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.Following the Grammy-winning Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band is at it again with Move Your Body, an infectious, groove-laden collection of hip-shakers sure to saturate the dance floor.Rollicking originals like "Who's Rockin, Who's Rollin'"? and "Take 'Em to the Moon" reaffirm the band's position as head of the brass throne while the rasta-esque "On My Way" and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of "HBNS" showcase the unit's talent for penning unabashed party starters.Boasting a mastery of Rebirth's signature "heavy funk" sound, Move Your Body pushes and swings, leaving behind an 11 track thumbprint, approved by the Frazier brothers themselves, of a sultry Tuesday night spent dancing on their home court at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.
“ Ilearned a very important lesson while working as a journalist in New York,” says Son Denizen. “To innovate, you must collect and combine all the available information in a field before it can be wielded. Then and only then can you take a step forward.” Such is the goal of Super Doppler Wars: musical innovation. The Chicago duo’s sound could only have been formed in the information age - borne from a generation with access to nearly all of Earth’s recordings. Soul, dance-punk, jazz, funk, indie rock, hip-hop, electronica, African and Asian rhythms - they’re all seamlessly woven into a style that’s all the duo’s own. “We’re consciously trying to write songs that are post-everything,” says Jefferson Jones, the group’s frontman. “Our appetite for music is voracious. We’ve studied the crates exhaustively and now it’s our turn to contribute.” Jones’s baritone vocals are the group’s focal point. His voice is deep, rich and raw. Behind Jones is the wholly modern production of Son Denizen. The beats are heavy, funky and psychedelic. The live show combines the energy of a punk band with the skills of a jazz ensemble. In a review of the duo’s debut EP, entertainment website Grizzly Bomb had this to say: “ ... it becomes apparent that even though the band is self-described as ‘post-everything,’ much of their lyrical content harkens to how one finds themselves in the situation they live. While this speaks largely to the urban mindset, it opens the door for some common themes to cross the border of genre. The hip-hopper can glance at the jazz from whence it came. The rocker can dabble in digital sound.” Son Denizen grew up playing guitar in the punk and indie scenes of the Southeast, where he came to embrace epic, thunderous live shows. He helped found the group The Working Title, which eventually signed to Universal Records. Songs he recorded with the group were played on MTV, satellite radio, surf and skate videos, and in major motion picture soundtracks. Jones is classically trained and studied jazz at Michigan State University. For several years, he was a member of The New Deal, a popular Michigan band known for its high-energy performances. Members from that group went on to form Lord Huron, the L.A.-based buzz-worthy alterna-folk band that’s quickly gaining international prominence.
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Mon, Jun 15 - 8pm - $10
The Whiskey Radio Hour is a knee-slapping evening of analog aural delights brought to you by The Whiskey Rebellion Theatre. Let host Ramblin' Campbell Kelly (Brad Brubaker) whisk you away on a journey through four new radio plays, complete with live foley sound effects by the ever-snappy Ace Houlihan (Logan Conner) and live music courtesy of Motormouth Musczynski (John Szymanski). "The Whiskey Rebellion's nod to old-fashioned radio dramas is warm, quaint, and charming." - The Chicago Reader. The Whiskey Radio Band has created dozens of musical advertisements for the Whiskey Radio Hour, in addition to hosting the show. They have literally sung the praises of esteemed products such as The Puppy Pettery, Monkey Safe Windows, Highway One-Oh Rattlesnake Meat, Hot Sauce for America, Loose Screw Robots, and many more household brands. Ramblin' Campbell Kelly (Brad Brubaker), Motormouth Musczynski (John Szymanski), and Ace Houlihan (Logan Conner) will also be bringing some special guests to celebrate the release of their first album of greatest ads.
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Tue, Jun 16 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
With tight vocal harmonies, fearless feats of guitar daring and a fiery ukulele, Victor & Penny craft clever original tunes and bring a modern voice to prohibition era jazz. When joined by their Loose Change Orchestra featuring clarinet virtuoso James Isaac and upright bassman Rick Willoughby – this corset-tight quartet will make your heart pump and your feet jump! Celebrating a time when style mattered and class was king, Victor & Penny and their Loose change Orchestra impress and delight with charm and hot licks - they are "...an absolute rollicking blast."
Come back in time to The Vintage Vaudeville Hour at Martyrs June 16th! Enjoy a Old Fashioned while watching some old fashioned 1930's inspired vaudeville with live music, comedy, dancing, magic, and more!
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Wed, Jun 17 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
One of the pre-eminent practitioners of “live looping”, Zach Deputy’s one-man show of "Island-infused, Drum 'n' Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul" has the energy and sound of a 6-piece band. Ensconced behind an array of microphones and technology, Zach and his nylon stringed guitar weave a tapestry of instrumentation and voices in an ever-evolving, improvised arrangement that is ultimately based on a composition but allowed to breathe with the audience. Enhanced by a stunning light show, Zach Deputy’s show transforms clubs and open fields alike into sweaty dance parties for fans of R&B, soul, jam, Caribbean music and even electronica.
"Bess dazzles as a one-man band, writing, playing and singing everything into an ambitious, genre-tripping groove-athon... a shape-shifting hybrid of dub, hip-hop, ska, reggae, funk and classic early '70s soul."- Jim Musser, No DepressionBorn and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, D. Bess is a one-man band who now calls Chicago home. Since 2010 he has been honing the strange art of live-looping (recording various instruments on the fly) to create a full band sound. Although reggae is the foundation of his sound, D. Bess meshes blues, ska, dub, funk, Hawaiian, hip-hop, folk and country into his original grooves.His first full-length solo album, Man vs. Bear, features reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals trading vocals with D. Bess on the ska song "Oh Carolina", for which they shot a music video in Kingston, Jamaica the same year.
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Thu, Jun 18 - 8pm - $10
As Greyhounds, guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell have been making music and touring for 15 years, refining and developing a sound Trube calls “Hall and Oates meet ZZ Top.” The band also has long ties to Memphis, home of the soul that inspires them.Ardent Music, the independent record label based out of legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, expects to build on the fanbase the band has developed both on the road and as a staple of the Austin music scene. Label director Reed Turchi says, “We committed to three albums not only because we believe in these guys, not only because they’re great musicians and songwriters, but because they’ve been incredibly prolific.” “We’re always writing,” Trube says. “We’ve got songs for eight albums.”Ardent has had a long and productive relationship with Texas music: Studio C was designed for ZZ Top, which called Ardent Studios home for many years, and Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan recorded Family Style in the famous brick building on Madison Avenue.The first ‘hounds out of the gate will be Accumulator, scheduled for a March 2014 release. The album will combine cream-of-the-crop tunes the band’s devoted followers pass along to the uninitiated with new, previously-unreleased tracks.
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Fri, Jun 19 - 7pm - $12adv/$15door
Moore is a prolific singer-songwriter from Seattle who rose to prominence in the 90's roots rock scene of Austin, Texas and gained popularity as a guitar prodigy. Winner of seven Austin Music Awards including "Best Musician", "Best Band" and "Best Electric Guitarist," he has opened tours for the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, ZZ Top and British icon Paul Weller and has recently played sideman to artists as diverse as Roky Erickson and Jason Mraz. He has performed on hundreds of radio and television programs worldwide including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, a one hour Direct TV special, as well as a part in Billy Bob Thornton's feature film "Slingblade." In 2012, he was honored to share the stage with members of Jimi Hendrix's original band at Hendrix's 70th birthday tribute at EMP along with a host of other legendary guitarists. In 2013, he was featured on the cover of Fretboard Journal with Billy Gibbons. Later that year he joined Crosby, Stills & Nash as a featured guitarist and singer at the EMP Founder's Awards Gala honoring CSN for their contribution to the music world. Now as well known for his soulful vocals and insightful lyricism as his stellar fretwork, Moore has been playing stadiums, festivals, theaters and club venues throughout the US and Europe for over two decades. With 4 Top 20 Billboard hits and eight albums to his credit, he continues to mesmerize critics and audiences alike with his riveting live performances. "Passionate and beautiful acoustic magic." - Guitar World. "A Texas music icon." - The Examiner. "...filled with shadowy, deep imagery, like a mysterious black-and-white photograph. He doesn't fly with angels: He dances with devils. Instrumentally, the record is equally intelligent filled with dark subtleties, recalling a time when the Beatles experimented with the moodier side of pop. Moore's low, melodic voice is the perfect accomplice to the musical conundrum he has created." -Billboard. "Ian Moore is a stellar songwriter blessed with an absolutely stunning voice." -The Stranger ( Seattle). "His recent albums have positioned him as one of the most soulful singer-songwriters around, and one of the most diverse." -Tucson Weekly.
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Fri, Jun 19 - 9pm - $10
Hailing from the singularly vibrant musical hotbed known as Chicago, CHEER-ACCIDENT has been a creative, vital force in rock music for over 20 years. They constantly strive to surprise their audiences and themselves through relentless reinvention. From dreamy pop to angular art-rock, CHEER-ACCIDENT strikes a powerful balance between personalized and unique studio wizardry and the visceral excitement of a well-honed, explosive live rock band. The band is a quintet at its foundation, fronted by Carmen Armillas, whose powerfully emotive voice has recently led CHEER-ACCIDENT down the path of even deeper connectedness with their already-loyal audience. Presenting itself in various configurations, the band’s core personnel is frequently augmented by some of Chicago’s finest musicians. Their body of work is unparalleled in its ambition and originality, and their twolatest releases, “Fear Draws Misfortune” and “No Ifs, Ands or Dogs” (both on Cuneiform Records), demonstrate how the band continues to improve with each passing year. After their hugely successful performance at last year’s Rock In Opposition Festival in France, they are returning to Europe for several shows in July 2014, this time as a streamlined quartet: Dante Kester- bass. Jeff Libersher- guitar, vocals, trumpet. Evelyn Davis- vocals, keyboards, melodica. Thymme Jones- drums, trumpet, vocals
District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. The release of 2012's critically-acclaimed Trouble With Machines ushered in an exciting era for the Chicago-based Progressive Rock band; In 2013, the band toured both Europe and the US with legendary bassist and vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson/UK/Asia), which was documented on 2014's live release, One More Red Night: Live in Chicago. 2013 also saw the band nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Award by Prog Magazine. Rather than rest on their laurels, District 97 took to the studio in 2014 to record the new material they'd been honing at home and on the road. The resulting album, In Vaults (due in June 2015), continues and accelerates the upward trajectory of great songwriting and incredible musicianship that's been evident since the band's 2010 debut, Hybrid Child. One listen perfectly illustrates why John Wetton says, “I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt." District 97 was formed in the fall of 2006 by drummer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and guitarist Sam Krahn (replaced in 2008 by current guitarist Jim Tashjian). The foursome from Chicago honed a no-holds barred style of Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired Instrumental Rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound; enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson from Heart, Leslie's dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. She was followed shortly thereafter by one of Chicago's finest young guitarists, Jim Tashjian. With this new blend of charisma and stellar musicianship in place, their live shows over the past several years at festivals such as RoSfest and Prog Dreams II, and numerous appearances across the USA, UK and Europe cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with onstage, as well as in the recording studio.
Lovely Little Girls is a nine-piece theatrical art/prog band that delves into the grotesque. From subject matter that explores absurd sex, ridiculous gluttony, abject failure, and unceremonious death, Lovely Little Girls morphs rock forms into abstract black humor narratives. The band’s 2012 LP Cleaning the Filth From a Delicate Frame (Skin Graft Records) uses show-tunes as a starting point, focusing on abstract storytelling through convoluted structure, odd melodies, and multiple voices/narrators. It’s Jesus Christ Superstar filtered through Dada, Captain Beefheart, Fred Frith, and Magma.
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Sat, Jun 20 - 9:30pm - $15
Since emerging as a favorite new live band out of Austin TX in the late 2000s, the Band of Heathens has toured relentlessly, building a devoted following and landing on some of the finest stages in music. Over three studio albums and hundreds of shows each year, they’ve evolved as a group and broadened their sound.Their most recent studio album Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son spiked the already potent punch with a dash of jammy psychedelia. And their four-disc, two- volume, live DVD release called the Double Down - Live in Denver (Vol. 1 & 2) features the band’s live variations and extensions of original material mostly from their last two studio albums. The rich and righteous vocal harmonies and legendary live shows that set TBoH apart from the beginning have just gotten better.
Memphis based rootsy rock with a touch of soul. Avon Dale is a four piece band featuring a dynamic rhythm section, the elemental sounds of an acoustic guitar, blues inspired electric guitar riffs, and soulful vocals, that range from tender and plaintive, to gritty and beseeching. A powerful live act, Avon Dale meshes concise rock ballads with lengthy improvisational jams. With a raw energetic presence, the band is quickly gaining followers in rock and jam band circles alike and becoming a Memphis must see act.
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Sun, Jun 21 - 8pm - $20
Eye on India presents an evening with stalwarts in the music scene from Chicago, California, and India. Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque and Grammy Award winning percussionist Vikku Vinayakram and saxophonist/composer George Brooks join band ARKA for a richly textured and vibrant program of contemporary music. Vikku Vinayakram’s son and grandson with this newer band will show the family traditions and the new music. Haque's command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation, creating music that presents the epitome of Cultural Crossroads!
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Tue, Jun 23 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Las Cafeteras’ fuse traditional & modern beats with timely stories from East LA’s streets. Known for their energetic bi-lingual performances they combine Afro-Mexican (son jarocho), hip hop, folk, native american & more styles with a community focused message. They’ve opened for Ozomatli, Aterciopelados, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Cafe Tacuba side project ‘Hoppo’, Lila Downs, & more. Their 1st studio album “It’s Time” is featured on NPR, KCRW & the LA Times. Las Cafeteras’ name comes from the Eastside Cafe, a community center they help run & where they also first learned to play Son Jarocho music.
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Fri, Jun 26 - 9pm - $10adv/$12doors
The spotlight on Nashville, with its musical values and timeless traditions, is currently bright. And no band embodies what’s right about 21st century Nashville more completely than the quintet known as Humming House. It’s the way they weave together threads of Music City’s folk, soul, and bluegrass legacies. It’s in the inspirational and revealing songwriting. It’s in their acoustic instrumentation, presenting mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar and bass in fresh roles. It’s in the pleasant tension between rousing energy and nuanced arrangements. And it’s in the voices, with two complimentary stylists up front and backed by the full band’s rapturous harmonies. Revelries, due out March 24, 2015 on Nashville label Rock Ridge Music, is the third recording bearing the Humming House name, yet it’s something of a debut. Version one of the band came together in 2011 when songwriter Justin Wade Tam called on some friends from a local Celtic music jam to flesh out recordings of songs he’d written. The sessions, assisted by Tam’s star producer colleagues Mitch Dane and Vance Powell, mixed strains of bluegrass and Irish braided with vintage swing and open-throated early 60s hootenanny folk music. Humming House earned some quick attention for videos of its infectious songs “Cold Chicago” and “Gypsy Django.” They landed performance slots with tastemakers such as Lightning 100, Daytrotter and the Americana Music Association festival. They had chops, respect, and trajectory. After that, two personnel additions galvanized the band. Leslie Rodriguez brought a lustrous female vocal to mesh with Tam’s hearty singing. And fiddler Bobby Chase brought classical training and down-home fire. That rounded out a band of highly skilled instrumentalists, including Josh Wolak on mandolin and Ben Jones on acoustic bass. Between the five of them, there’s scarcely a genre or period that somebody in the band hasn’t spent time learning or embracing, from Leslie’s early love of show tunes to Josh’s time playing bluegrass to Bobby’s occasional beat boxing. They’re the picture of East Nashville’s melting pot musical culture, and Revelries is the first album these musicians have written, arranged and recorded together. As complete as they are in the studio and on record, Humming House is fundamentally and emphatically a live band. With scarcely a tube’s worth of amplification or electricity and a drum kit’s worth of percussion distributed among the band members, they emit force on stage and demand attention. They’ve rocked rooms of all sizes and played Forecastle Festival, Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Festival, and the Cayamo Cruise with the elite of Americana. They opened the new Music City Roots hall in The Factory in 2014, sharing the bill with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Vocals are the emotional core and lure of Humming House. They are five voices deep, with a galvanizing male/female twin attack over the top. Tam and Rodriguez sing as soloists or a duet, depending on the song. Humming House works out careful hand-offs and big harmonies, including frequent passages that are just vocalizing, chanting beautiful music on top of their robust instrumental attack. The title of Revelries comes from a lyric in the tenth track on the album, “Carry On,” a feisty and ambitious song in which delicate charango plays counterpoint to a muted guitar. The rhythm is jagged and intoxicating. By the time we get there we’ve heard the striding opener “Run With Me,” the quick-stepping waltz “Fly On” and Leslie’s showcase song, the smoldering and bluesy “Nuts, Bolts and Screws.” The album’s first single, “Great Divide,” is a fervent ode to travel, motion, and new frontiers—a recurring theme that’s also touched on in the fiddle and accordion-driven “Hitch Hike” and the rapturously romantic “Freight Train.” A classic jazz ribbon of smoke drifts through the magic “I’m A Bird.” And then, after “Carry On,” Revelries concludes on the drifting “Atlantic”—a throwback folk song that evokes old sea shanties. If the new Nashville means anything, it’s about musicianship and authenticity. Quite often that results in sounds that are fascinating and appealing to critics and fellow musicians. Occasionally, artistry emerges that’s both profound and widely appealing. And when it does, as with Humming House, it’s cause for revelry. “Put Humming House on your list of Must-See Acts of 2015.” -Huffington Post. “Party-worthy roots music.” -Mic.com. “…infectious and grin-inducing.” -American Songwriter Magazine. “…they have a sense of fearlessness that allows them make the kinds of musical choices that lift their music far above the average.” -Roughstock. “…a solid Americana band with Irish folk influences and a tight live show.” -Consequence Of Sound. “A new Nashville band with a throwback sound.” -All Things Considered – NPR: Blake Farmer.
"Cereus Bright is not for the flimsy folk enthusiast. The depth and purity of what the duo delivers stands out in a superficial sea of melodic trends and gimmicks. Such a rich set of songs has proved them worthy of numerous film-synchs and hours of recreational listening on repeat." -The Music BedCereus Bright finds its muse—and its name—from the Cereus flower: a white desert flower that blooms only at night. Just as this flower grows in the most desolate of settings, so does art draw its beauty from brokenness and heartache. In their lyrics and melodies, Cereus Bright aims to embrace life as both messy and beautiful.The band is Tyler Anthony and Evan Ford, two young folk musicians from Knoxville, TN. Their songs showcase strong, passionate harmonies singing stories of real life—hope and heartbreak, adventure and stillness. Tyler plays guitar, piano, and sings, Evan sings backup while playing lead guitar and mandolin. They frequently play with bassist Matt Nelson and drummer Luke Bowers.Ideologically, Cereus Bright makes a strong case for folk music. Recently the genre of folk music has come to mean “acoustic pop”, and all seems to blend together in a post-Mumford and Sons mush. Real folk, though, is meant to communicate; to use simple, melodic music to communicate stories of success and heartbreak. This is the goal of Cereus Bright—to draw you in with beautiful composition and keep you interested and moved with poetic yet direct lyrics. Comparisons with bands such as the Avett Brothers, Fleet Foxes, and the Head and the Heart are inevitable, and are major compliments.
Anna Vogelzang has been making songs since 2000, playing them in public since 2003, and driving them around the country since 2007. Her melody-driven, multi-instrumental folk-pop ballads have been met with warm reviews (9/10, PopMatters) & landed her at festivals, conferences, and on bills with some of her heroes, including Sara Bareilles, Gillian Welch, Mirah, Anais Mitchell, Laura Gibson, Wye Oak, Steve Poltz, Amanda Palmer, & many more. Anna is currently touring in support of the Driftless EP, a home-spun, steadfast collection of gritty new-folk songs, many of which were written in 2014 as part of the song-a-week projectRealWomenRealSongs. In 2015, she will return to the studio to work with producer Todd Sickafoose on her fifth LP. Vogelzang plays the banjo, ukuleles, guitar, and kalimba on stage, but has always been a singer who loves words and feelings first and foremost. “It’s tempting to describe her voice in terms typically reserved to describe forces of nature.” – The Capital Times.
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Sat, Jun 27 - 9:30pm - $10
Avant-garde bass n' drum, punk rock duo, Evil Beaver has shared the stage with a diversity of musical artists including notable acts; Agent Orange, Chevelle, David J, Fu Manchu, The Gossip, Nina Hagen, Peaches, The Vibrators, The Briefs, The Objex, Polysics, Rasputina, Semi Precious Weapons, Shellac, The UK Subs, The White Stripes. EVIL BEAVER was founded in 1998 in Chicago by band leader EVIE EVIL. Evie is featured on electric lead bass guitar and vocals, supported by Slammin' Sammy Kickass on drums. Evie and Sammy began their friendship as classmates and playmates in the 3rd grade at Seiden Prarie Elementary School near Chicago, IL. Evil Beaver is the first bassist and drummer duo ever in the history of punk rock and modern music for that matter. Evil's vocals are seductive and powerful. As a bassist, Evie is a pioneer who's playing skills are mind blowing and uniquely original. The band is always writing and recording new music, and EVIL BEAVER is always performing live and touring internationally. In 2014, Evil Beaver, embarked on a World Tour which includes 4 continents. The tour with 10 dates in Russia in January, and will wrap in Chicago, IL with a New Year's Eve show supporting LA punk rock legends The Muffs.
Chicago's Radiant Devices have a unique sound combining elements of post-punk, pop, and experimental rock. They are known for unique instrumentation including metal percussion (gas tanks, metal springs and sheets, a satellite dish, etc.) which lends to an engaging and bombastic stage performance.Playing under the current name (and The Mojdeh Project in the past) the band has performed at such prestigious venues and events as the legendary Green Mill, Kinetic Playground (opening for Saul Williams), The Rave (opening for Chevelle), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (as part of an interactive art installation), EstroJam Festival, smARTshow, Humboldt Park Art Fest (with Rabble Rabble, Phillip Morris and Blah Blah Blah), WBEZ's Global Activism Expo, University of Illinois at Chicago and even the infamous Excalibur dance castle club in addition to traditional rock venues all around Chicago and beyond!
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Mon, Jun 29 - 8pm - $7
Grammy nominated Blinddog Smokin’, known for its intense presentation, dynamic volume swings, and humorous storytelling, brings anywhere from six to ten performers to its shows, and often features in addition, famous guest blues artists like Bobby Rush, Carl Weathersby, Sherman Robertson and Billy Branch. For several summers, award winning British sensation, Oli Brown toured with Blinddog. The big Blinddog bus has carried on tour such notables as Zora Young, Miss Blues, Aynsley Lister, and Holland’s Coen Wolters. The shows are innovative, always colorful, and often dramatic, and in one night may feature many configurations, looks, and song styles.
The New Constellations sound combines Ethiopian + North African melodies, soulful Afro-Cuban rhythms, psychedelic + ambient textures, and American roots music. Memorable hooks and melodies are balanced with a flair for improvisation. Ideal music for either a party atmosphere, or as chill background music. Members of New Constellations play or have played with Chicago Afrobeat Project, Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub, The Interiors, Joe Pug, Van Ghost, Fire Show, Frank Catalano, and Rebel Roots.
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Wed, Jul 1 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Forgotten Space is a North Texas based Grateful Dead tribute band comprised of six diverse musicians with a deep understanding and respect for the rich and varied Grateful Dead songbook.Formed in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.Great care and detail is executed in the tones and instrumentation, as well as in the spirit of the performances. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
Martyrs' is thrilled to welcome home John Kadlecik seventeen years to the day after John started Dark Star Orchestra with Mike Maraat and Kevin Rosen here on this stage!Tuesday, November 11th 1997, our friends Scott Larned, John Kadlecik, Mike Maraat, Kevin Rosen, Ahmer Nizam & Dave Cohen came together on the Martyrs' stage to recreate a Grateful Dead concert in its entirety. Dark Star Orchestra was the name of their new project. They originally intended to play only four shows on consecutive Tuesdays. Response was so enthusiastic that Martyrs' was sold out by week three. We all agreed that it should continue. DSO rapidly became a nationally touring band, attracting many guests to join them onstage, including John Fishman, Mike Gordon, Sam Bush, Jorma Kaukonen John Popper, Sanjay Mishra, Tom Constanten, Vince Welnick, Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir to name a few. John Kadlecik went on to play with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in Furthur.To commemorate that immortal Tuesday night back in '97, John Kadlecik will perform a solo set before being joined by Mike Maraat and Kevin Rosen. Our dear friend, Scott Larned passed in April of 2005. Call it the Dark Star Chamber Orchestra, Big Bang Revisited or whatever you like. The music will play the band.The wonderful Eric Lambert supports.
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Thu, Jul 2 - 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.
Tilford Sellers And The Wagon Burners, is a touring band based in Columbus, Indiana. Tilford and his boys play original songs that revive the early days of American Music when country, rock and blues were still basically the same music. You can hear strains of the Grand Ole Opry and Hank Williams, as well as Charlie Feathers and Buddy Holly. Song-writer Sellers, adds his own warm and weighty voice that recalls, without mimicking the great vocalists that have gone before him. Head through Tilford Sellers’ swinging doors and you'll find honky tonk so muddy you’re bound to lose your boots. They play cheating songs that won't make you cry, songs of lament waiting for Saturday night and songs that are slightly retro with an occasional rockabilly hiccup. As the opening song on their second album says "If You've Got The Time, Just Stop On By," you won't be sorry you did!
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Fri, Jul 3 - 9:30pm - $25
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Sat, Jul 4 - 9:30pm - $25 - ON SALE 4/14 NOON
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Sun, Jul 5 - 9:30pm - $25 - ON SALE 4/14 NOON
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. Terrapin Flyer has been performing with a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in the Grateful Dead family and continuing the tradition of bringing the familiar music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band to bold new improvisational places. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. With these icons of Grateful Dead music, Terrapin Flyer has performed at prominent venues and headlined large festivals across the United States keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive.
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Mon, Jul 6 - 8pm - $7
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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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."
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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.
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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.
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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 - $7
Great Moments in Vinyl is a band playing tribute to your favorite LPs! Acollaborative effort between master of ceremonies and bassist, Bill Cochran, a veteran Chicago radio personality (WXRT, WNUA...and WXRT again), and music director/guitarist/vocalist, John Mead, an accomplished musician who performs regularly in Chicago and teaches at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The band will be augmented by musicians selected to round out the arrangements for each song.
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Tue, 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 cover song performance by house band, The First Time Three (Steve Frisbie, Gerald Down and Liam Davis).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, Dan Ponce and Ji Suk Yi.July's theme is First Time: First Trip. Featured readers TBD. The First Time series is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org.
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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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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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