Jig Jam   $25  Advance Tickets Available
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Jig Jam $25 Advance Tickets Available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4075282

JigJam is a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as ‘iGrass’, their onstage energy along with their virtuos musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world. “Here’s an Irish band that’s going to impact the world as hard as Clancy Brothers or U2 if they get only half a chance.”

Jamie McKeogh, Cathal Guinan and Daithi Melia all hail from Tullamore, Co.Offaly with Co. Tipperaryborn Gavin Strappe completing the quartet. All four members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture which is reflected by the band collectively achieving over twenty All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competitions. They have now developed their own unique style of music influenced by American Folk music whilst staying true to their Irish roots. Described as ‘The best Irish

group so far in bluegrass’ this sharply dressed outfit deliver an energy-fuelled, foot-stomping live performance. All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage which creates an experience which is pleasing to both the eye and the ear. JigJam have recorded two studio albums to critical acclaim and have been compared to the Punch Brothers by the European Bluegrass Music Association. JigJam have made a huge impact on the Irish American circuit performing at all major festivals including the world-renowned Milwaukee Irish Fest as well as touring various parts of the UK and Europe. ‘The words sparkling, innovative and infectious come first to mind’ when you witness your first JigJam show. Miss this band at your peril.

 

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Goran Ivanovic Trio   $20
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Goran Ivanovic Trio $20

One of the most versatile, skilled, and curious musicians in Chicago, guitarist Goran Ivanovic has built a career built upon exploration. Born and raised in Croatia, he was in the midst of studying at the prestigious Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria with masters like Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch when his parents (his father is a Serb, his mother a Bosnian Croat) were expelled in the late 90s; the family was granted asylum in the US and they settled in Chicago.

Since his arrival he’s displayed a deep interest in collaboration, steadily expanding his stylistic range well beyond the European classical music and Balkan sounds he was fluently versed in when he arrived. These days his repertoire not only incorporates those disciplines, but jazz and flamenco as well.

He’s recorded duet albums with the great Pakistani-Chilean jazz guitarist Fareed Haque as well as Greek-American musician Andreas Kapsalis. He’s a key member of the quartet Eastern Blok with Matt Ulery, Doug Rosenberg, and Michael Caskey, a combo that deftly surveys the folk music of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Serbia in a distinctly jazz-oriented context, embroidering timeless Balkan melodies and rhythms with sophisticated improvisational gambits.

Most recently, Ivanovic released an eponymous trio album with bassist Ulery and percussionist Pete Tashjian where he’s achieved a stunning assimilation of his many influences, creating a hybrid all his own. Reviewing the new album for All About Jazz, Budd Kopman wrote, “It is easy to get lost in Ivanovic's technique, especially if one plays (or attempts to play) Classical style guitar, in a jazz style or not.” The trio’s agility has also been noted. As Jeff Elbel wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times, “The trio are recognized for their individual virtuosity, but they show particular excellence as a unit able to stop on a dime and twist gracefully through the trickiest hairpin turns together on local stages.”

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Tony Barba Quartet  - $10  - Advance Tickets Available
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Barba Quartet - $10 - Advance Tickets Available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4237126

Barba's new quartet presents all original music written specifically for this regional group of all-star musicians. Catch us before we record this material for our first album in early June.

Tony Barba-tenor sax & bass clarinet
Matt Gold (CHI)-guitar
John Christensen (MAD)-electric & upright bass
Devin Drobka (MKE)-drums & electronics

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Lady Scissors    $8
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Lady Scissors $8

"The [quartet] blends those late-Fifties-style vocal elements and early-Sixties instrumental references, protecting the ethos of the not-too-studied brand of rock musician that delivers it straight from the gut while spiking the punch with a dose of punk raunchiness. As the name might suggest, Ladyscissors keeps the music fun and the production decidedly real." - Local Sounds Magazine

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Sugar Maple Music Festival Presents Missy Raines    $10/advance     $15/door
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Sugar Maple Music Festival Presents Missy Raines $10/advance $15/door

Brown Paper Tickets https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4109849

In 1998, Missy Raines became the first woman to win IBMAs Bass Player of the Year award and she went on to win the title more than any other bass player in the history of the organization, male or female. Royal Traveller highlights this particular piece of Raines history with the stand out track Swept Away, which features the 5 first women to win IBMA instrumentalist awards, Raines, Alison Brown (banjo), Sierra Hull (mandolin), Becky Buller (fiddle), and Molly Tuttle (guitar). Swept Away was nominated by the IBMA for Song of the Year and for Recorded Event of the Year awards.

From her tenure playing with The Claire Lynch Band, to her 7 International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year awards, Missy Raines has proven herself without doubt as an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist. But with her newest release, Royal Traveller, Raines has stepped into the spotlight as a songwriter for the first time. The album digs deep into Raines family life and her upbringing in West Virginia. Featuring an array of incredible musicians including some previous and current members of her live band, and cameos from other bluegrass greats such as Stuart Duncan and Tim OBrien, the album is a gorgeous look into the perspective, history, and musical influences of one of Nashvilles most beloved musicians, Missy Raines.

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Jake Sanders / Christo Ruppenthal Jazz Guitar Duo
Jun
13
5:30 PM17:30

Jake Sanders / Christo Ruppenthal Jazz Guitar Duo

Join Chicago jazz guitarist Jake Sanders (Naomi & Her Handsome Devils, Lovestruck Balladeers, Jonathan Doyle Swingtet) and Madison jazz guitarist Christo Ruppenthal (Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble, Mal-O-Dua, The North Westerns) and for an intimate early evening jazz guitar performance. The two have shared the stage together on multi group lineups but for the first time ever will perform together at the North Street Cabaret!

Jake Sanders Bio:
Jake Sanders is a guitarist, bandleader, and arranger, whose musical career began in New York City at the end of the last century. After years as a street performer, playing jazz and American traditional music, Sanders formed the popular roots band, The Cangelosi Cards. They performed nightly in the back rooms and bars of the East Village, but soon traveled well beyond Manhattan, playing shows from Shanghai to Stockholm. After years with the Cards, Jake joined The Fat Babies, an acclaimed hot jazz band which continues to perform weekly at Chicago’s world famous Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. His last album with the group, Solid Gassuh (Delmark Records), made DownBeat Magazine’s "Best of 2017” list - a rare feat for a traditional jazz band in modern times.

A long time musical collaborator with vocalist and world-renowned Lindy hop champion, Naomi Uyama, Jake both plays guitar and arranges for her swing outfit, Naomi & Her Handsome Devils. Sanders has recorded with the great stride and ragtime piano player Paul Asaro, and has been featured on record and stage with the Jonathon Doyle Swingtet.

Jake Sanders has performed at The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Detroit Jazz Festival and The Brooklyn Folk Festival as well as countless clubs, dance halls and theaters throughout North America. Jake’s guitar playing has brought him across Europe and Asia and he is a regular performer in-residence at Cracovia 32, home of the emerging swing scene in Mexico City. As a solo performer, with the Handsome Devils, or with The Lovestruck Balladeers, Jake Sanders is a consummate traveling musician who can be heard far and wide.

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Les Poules å Colin   $10   Advance tickets available
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Les Poules å Colin $10 Advance tickets available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4220445


From Wisconsin Public Radio - These five young musicians bursting with spontaneous energy are touring the world, bringing their sultry twin vocals and rollicking roots to an ever-widening fan base. On top of their natural talent and respect for repertoire, they have beautifully arranged original and traditional tunes, singing in French and English. Their second album Ste-Waves was nominated for a Felix; their third is out this autumn. They’ve played festivals in North America, Europe, Australia and soon Africa. This will be their second visit to Scotland after Celtic Connections 2015. Salut les amis!  Festival Fringe

I learned shortly before the concert that this group had appeared in Madison, Wisconsin in the U.S. not so long ago with an enthusiastic following  After a few measures of their opening song, I fully understood why their popularity.  Les Poules A Colin is an exceptional collective of players  in a band that from start to finish demonstrated their love for the music of their homeland, Quebec.  

The musicians enjoy performing together with tunes that were infectiously moving, energetic and completely entertaining.  One of their strengths is a thorough comprehension of the power of dynamics and how to employ them effectively to create tension, mood and excitement. For those in the audience it was beneficial to have the narrative of the songs explained both historically and contextually as most pieces were rendered in French.

This band knows how to give their music flavor through songs that found a enthused and receptive packed house crammed in to an excessively close space making it uncomfortable for musicians and audience members.  They could easily have filled a hall four times the size.  It was welcome to witness accomplished musicians that dont take themselves too seriously, with a rhythm section that can play in the pocket, and vocals that are beautiful, warm and tender.  The band can definitely groove for any dance floor crowd.  Get ready world, this group is already really, really good and on its way to greatness.

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 Max Hatt - Edda Glass      $10 Advance - $15 Door
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Max Hatt - Edda Glass $10 Advance - $15 Door

Advance Tickets Link https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4220284

"Beautiful... #chills"

— Ann Powers, NPR Music

Max Hatt / Edda Glass have "an incomparable spook” (Nashville Scene) and "a unique sound" (Larry Groce, NPR), comprised of Glass's unmistakable voice and Hatt's lyrical guitar. Originally based in Montana, their award-winning Jazz Americana and wistful interpretations of Brazilian Bossa Nova have taken them all the way to New York City's Lincoln Center, DC's Kennedy Center, NPR Mountain Stage, Sundance Film Fest and Wilco's Solid Sound Festival. Praised for her "impeccable vocal command" (PopMatters) and compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilberto to Billie Holiday, Glass's voice is ultimately "one of a kind...you cannot confuse her with another artist" (New York Theatre Guide). Hatt's equally distinctive guitar work combines the harmonic innovations of jazz with the melodic resonance of folk, creating music that's "subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be" (Nels Cline, Wilco). Together, Max Hatt / Edda Glass evoke a world that stretches from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the prairies of the American west, telling stories of little people on great plains, and leaving audiences with a feeling both light and deep. Also available with a full band.

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SHORT BIO: Max Hatt / Edda Glass's award-winning Jazz Americana and Brazilian Bossa Nova has "an incomparable spook" (Nashville Scene) and "a unique sound" (NPR).  Telling stories of little people on great plains, the duo evokes a world that stretches from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the prairies of the American west, leaving audiences with a feeling both light and deep. As heard on NPR Mountain Stage, NYC's Lincoln Center, DC's Kennedy Center, and Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.

BLURB: Max Hatt / Edda Glass's award-winning Jazz Americana and Brazilian Bossa Nova has "an incomparable spook" (Nashville Scene) and "a unique sound" (NPR). As heard on NPR Mountain Stage, NYC's Lincoln Center, DC's Kennedy Center, and Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.

press

“Unique voices and rare musicians” 

— Eric Funk, MT-PBS host and internationally renowned composer 

"This Jazz Americana duo portrays true elegance."



"Max Hatt/Edda Glass create exquisite, evocative music as they journey through the landscape of jazz and folk with Hatt's atmospheric guitar playing and the landscape of the West with Glass's literate lyrics." 

— John Platt of WFUV

“…like hand-printed photographs that speak and sway, the material is hypnotic…" 

— Lizz Wright

“Mesmerizing… cinematic folk-jazz” 

— ASCAP’s Playback Magazine at Sundance Film Festival

“Edda Glass's voice must be heard to be believed.” 

— Nels Cline (Wilco) 

"Max Hatt’s tone has an incomparable spook...Edda Glass’ primal singing and skywide-on-a-stormy-night lyrics left me breathless. " 

— Nicole Atkins, Nashville Scene 

“I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them. They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape with only voice and guitar, with songs that posses a mysterious and soulful magic"  

— Pat Sansone (Wilco)

Max Hatt and Edda Glass ... are constantly, bravely reinventing themselves... pioneering more deeply into original material, music that I can say without reservation will be substantive and important. [...] Many are the musicians who adhere more closely to the mainstream, aligning their original music with that which has a track record of being entertaining. Few are those who insist that original music is an art, avoid the commodity and immediate gratification that comes from creating that which has proven to be sellable. I am always inspired by visionary charismatics who possess both the courage and the perseverance to pursue their art against the odds, trusting that their labors are not in vain. Max Hatt and Edda Glass are unique voices and rare musicians.

— Eric Funk, PBS host and internationally renowned composer

“Their lyrics/ instrumentals encapsulate the confusing sentiment of feeling both lost and found, all at once…This album is for those that want to hear a song that tells them it is okay to be human, and that you are not alone in not knowing what that exactly means”

— New York Theater Guide

"an exemplification in the beauty of contemplation" 

— PopMatters

“Brimming with soul and steeped with lush, mellow melodies, Ocean of Birds captures a moment in time and releases it in one lovely breath. “ 

— That Mag

“Music that creates a sense of vastness within its quiet.” 

— Yes Weekly, John Adamian

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Chris Duarte Group    $10
Jul
16
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Duarte Group $10

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4209717

To classify Chris Duarte simply as a Blues Man is an understatement.  In his own words, rockin blues or punk blues describes him best.  Ferocious blues also fits.  Legend has it that Chris will play so hard that his fingers bleed in a set.  The legend is true.  Photos attest.
Chris Duarte is a road warrior playing more than 150 dates a year.  As well, Chris has headlined major festivals and clubs throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
Chris is a savant, a sorcerer of tone, a master at channeling the spirits and sounds of great musicians of our past, while remaining completely recognizable in his own sound.  He has shared his stage with many of the greatest musicians of our time as well as the multitude of young lions and local musicians he meets on the road.  From his many years as a side man in Austin, he easily changes roles from front to side, graciously allowing all to share the conversation of the jam.
Chris Duarte’s music is ever changing.  In many interviews, he has said Music must evolve.  His own early offerings often become magical journeys into changing tempo and jazzy interludes before returning to their core.  With such a vast catalog of recordings, there are no two shows alike.  Every set list is different, and each song may be offered distinctly, based on the feel of a show and the audience.  For those reasons, loyal fans often return to a Chris Duarte show again and again, and always walk away awed and satisfied to have witnessed such a legendary, but humble guitarist.
The Chris Duarte Group emerged on the scene out of Austin, Texas in the early 90s and gained notoriety after wowing a packed room of industry insiders at the South X Southwest convention. In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughans passing, Duarte quickly gained a National reputation as young man imbued with a playing style comparable at times to the late guitarist. After fielding interest from a number of labels, Duarte signed to Silvertone Records and his debut album Texas Sugar/Strat Magik reportedly sold in excess of 100,000 units in the United States, no small feat for a blues/rock guitarist. This coupled with Duarte’s strong commitment to touring, was the impetus for Chris winning the Best New Talent in Guitar Players 1995 Readers Poll. He also finished fourth in the magazines Best Blues Guitarist category that year behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.

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Kevin Gordon Trio   $10  Advance tickets available
Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

Kevin Gordon Trio $10 Advance tickets available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4201704

Kevin Gordons Louisiana is a strange place. Its a place where restless teens road trip
to where the highway dead-ends at the Gulf of Mexico; a place where prisoners who are
in for life compete in a rodeo while the town watches; where a character can get lost in
the humid afternoon and where religion may not signify hope; and where rivers, never
far away, carry secrets behind levees. One of the things I like about it and am mystified
by is that what passes for normal in Louisiana would not make the grade elsewhere, he
says.

The kicker? All of these postcards are based on true stories. Its a place that hes been
exploring for twenty years now, on the eve of the release of his astonishing new album
Tilt & Shine on Crowville Media. It is work that has earned him fans like noted author
and Elvis Presley biographer Peter Guralnick; New West Records artist Buddy Miller;
journalist, songwriter, and Country Music Hall of Fame staffer Peter Cooper; Todd
Snider; head of the Americana Music Association Jed Hilly; and Lucinda Williams, with
whom he dueted on the song Down To The Well (which was featured prominently on
an Oxford American compilation).

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4201704

Before you even hear his vivid lyrics, you start feeling the sound of that 56 Gibson ES-
125 tuned down to open D, often with the tremolo flowing like a river, and an
unstoppable groove distilled from swamp blues and Sun Records. His MFA from the
Iowa Writers Workshop allows him to capture it with a degree of precision. As the New
York Times put it in its headline of a feature on Kevin, A Musician Or A Poet? Yes to
Both.

Kevin sums it up, There are so many stories in north Louisiana and its a place that
nobody pays attention to. For me, you can feel the arc of time passing there. Im captivated by
the power of strong memoriesthose films that run continuously in your mind, if you let
em. With Tilt and Shine, those movies translate into rock and roll poetry.

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Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovic   $20   Advance tickets available
Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovic $20 Advance tickets available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4202679

Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, this performance features the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players of their respective generations. Their music is carefully balanced between blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty.

Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque recorded two CDs together, Macedonian Blues and 7 Boats, to great critical acclaim, even getting the nod as top best acoustic guitar albums 2004 from acoustic guitar magazine. Both have both been so busy that they have not been able to play again together for years.

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Sugar Maple Series presents Ray Bonneville    $18/Advance   $25/Door
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

Sugar Maple Series presents Ray Bonneville $18/Advance $25/Door

https://raybonneville.com/home

Acclaimed raconteur Ray Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana down to its essentials and steeps it in the humid grooves of the South, creating a compelling poetry of hard living and deep feeling. His ninth release, At King Electric, delivers more than his trademark grit and groove. Songs such as “The Next Card to Fall” and “Codeine” gleam with intimate narratives of characters reaching for hope and wrestling with despair. Rich guitar and harmonica lines resonate over spare but spunky rhythms, while Bonneville’s deep, evocative voice confesses life’s harsh realities. 

Jim Withers (Montreal Gazette) describes his sound as “folk-roots gumbo… a languid Mississippi Delta groove, seasoned with smooth, weathered vocals and a propulsive harmonica wheeze.” Whether performing solo or fronting a band, playing electric or acoustic guitar, Bonneville allows space between notes that adds potency to every chord, lick, and lyric. Thom Jurek (Allmusic.com) remarks, “With darkness and light fighting for dominance… he’s stripped away every musical excess to let the songs speak for themselves.” 

Often called a “song and groove man,” Bonneville has lived the life of the itinerant artist. From his native Quebec, he moved to Boston at age twelve, where he learned English and picked up piano and guitar. Later, he served in Vietnam and earned a pilot’s license in Colorado before living in Alaska, Seattle, and Paris. Six years in New Orleans infused his musical sensibilities with the region's culture and rhythms. And then, a close call while piloting a seaplane proved pivotal: After two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy rooms with blues bands, and living hard, Bonneville’s lifetime of hard-won experience coalesced into an urge to write his own music. 

Ray recorded his first album, On the Main, in 1992. He’s since released nine albums, earned wide critical and popular acclaim, and won an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His awards include a prestigious Juno, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy, for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. In 2012, Ray won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, placed number one on Folk Radio’s list of most-played songs of 2008, and was recently covered by Jennifer Warnes for the BMG label. 

Other notable artists who have recorded his songs include Ronnie Hawkins (“Foolish”) and Slaid Cleaves (“Run Jolee Run”). Ray has shared the bill with blues heavyweights Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Dr. John, J.J. Cale, and Robert Cray, and has guested on albums by Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and other prominent musicians. He has performed at renowned venues around the world, including South by Southwest, Folk Alliance, and Montreal International Jazz Festival, and plays over 100 shows per year across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When not on the road, he resides in Austin, Texas.

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys    $14   Advance tickets available
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys $14 Advance tickets available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4201860

Over the last three decades, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have kept up a constant cycle of traveling back and forth across the lower 48, then hopping across the pond to Europe and beyond. They bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans.

"I truly love being out on the road, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to sing my songs all over the world," said Sandy. "But when I'm away from the U.S. for too long, it's like I need a recharge... like I need a solid dose of everything Americana. Give me a Chuck Berry song while rolling down the interstate, or a truck stop conversation with a waitress who once danced with Lefty Frizzell, and I'm good for another three thousand miles".

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys    $14   Advance tickets available
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys $14 Advance tickets available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4201860

Over the last three decades, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have kept up a constant cycle of traveling back and forth across the lower 48, then hopping across the pond to Europe and beyond. They bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans.

"I truly love being out on the road, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to sing my songs all over the world," said Sandy. "But when I'm away from the U.S. for too long, it's like I need a recharge... like I need a solid dose of everything Americana. Give me a Chuck Berry song while rolling down the interstate, or a truck stop conversation with a waitress who once danced with Lefty Frizzell, and I'm good for another three thousand miles".

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Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with Tracy Nelson   $35  Advance tickets available
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with Tracy Nelson $35 Advance tickets available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4217767

Two extraordinary powerhouses come together for a night of dazzling musical fireworks with riveting blues harp from one of the country's best, Corky Siegel, who will be joined by the compelling twice Grammy nominated country-blues vocalist, Tracy Nelson.

Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world's great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer-songwriter and winner of the Lila Wallace national award for chamber music composition, the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, a Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, and a place in the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.

Nelson is a fierce singer of truth and a fountain of the deepest heartache, she is an ultimate communicator and has regularly dissolved audiences across decades of performing. She is one of the few female singers who has had hit records in both blues and country genres, with Grammy nominations for both her country and blues efforts. Tracy’s signature song, “Down So Low,” has been covered by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, Dee Warwick, and Cyndi Lauper.  Her duet, “ After The Fire Is Gone," with mega-country star Willie Nelson, was nominated for a Grammy Award

A 19 year old Tracy Nelson, the founder of Mother Earth, and a 23 year old Corky Siegel, a founder of the Siegel-Schwall Band, first met in 1967 in the hey-day of the rock revolution and San Francisco's “Summer of Love". They shared stages with their peers, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Sly and the Family Stone, and countless legends at San Francisco’s premier rock palaces, the Filmore, the Avalon Ballroom and Western Front. Corky and Tracy reconnected again in 2004, while touring and recording as part of an “all-stars” blues band, The Chicago Blues Reunion.  The project’s only CD, “ Buried Alive in the Blues," received four stars from Rolling Stone Magazine’s founder, David Fricke, and was called “One of the last of the real deals,” by Joel Selvin - San Francisco Chronicle.

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues is celebrating more than 30 years of performances bringing this original genre to prestigious festivals and concert halls internationally including :  The Aspen Music Festival, Canada’s Banff Centre, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Blues Sur Seine Festival, France, The Grand Teton Music Festival, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and in January 2019, to Mexico's Teatro Angela Peralta Opera House, and the internationally acclaimed Noche de Primavera Festival of Mexico City in March of 2019.  Their most recent recording, “Different Voices,” received Downbeat Magazine’s 2017 Editor’s Pick, calling Siegel: “ A national treasure."  

“Corky Siegel is a phenomenon on harmonica.” - Washington Post

“Tracy Nelson proves that the human voice is the most expressive instrument in creation.”
~ Rolling Stone Magazine / John Swenson 

CHAMBER BLUES: “A significant step forward into new dimensions of feeling, content, and technique - A classification shattering mix.” - Jazziz Magazine

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Howard Levy 4    $20 advance - $25 door
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Howard Levy 4 $20 advance - $25 door

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4111366

Multi Grammy – Award winner Howard Levy is a world – renowned harmonica player, pianist, and composer. He has played with many of the world’s top musicians, vocalists and bands, including Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Trio Globo, Paquito D’Rivera, etc, and he has led many bands as well.
The Howard Levy 4, his newest group, features 3 of Chicago’s finest musicians who are also Howard’s long-time musical friends.
Chris Siebold, house guitarist for 3 years on A Prairie Home Companion, has played with many notable musicians, and brings intensity, soul and his incredible technique to any style of music.
Larry Kohut, remarkably versatile bassist (who also played for A Prairie Home Companion) has worked with a long list of the world’s top Jazz artists in the US and Europe.
Luiz Ewerling, great drummer/composer, is one of the top Brazilian drummers living in the US. He contributes rhythmic depth and passion to whatever music he plays.
The band performs original compositions by Howard, Chris and Luiz. The repertoire features music from Howard and Chris’ new CD “Art + Adrenaline”, and music from Luiz’s album “Our Earth”. The styles range from Jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and World Music, to Blues and more.
Howard plays equal amounts of harmonica and piano (sometimes together), and the band creates a volatile mix of styles with hot, soulful playing and deep grooves.
So…expect the unexpected.

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The Music of Doc Watson - David Grier/Jack Lawrence/Robbie Fulks - $18 advance - $25 door
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

The Music of Doc Watson - David Grier/Jack Lawrence/Robbie Fulks - $18 advance - $25 door

The Sugar Maple Concert Series presents The Music of Doc Watson, with David Grier, Jack Lawrence, and Robbie Fulks

The eminent flatpicking genius David Grier, longtime Doc Watson sideman Jack Lawrence, and Americana veteran Robbie Fulks team up for a guitar-fueled tribute to the music and mind of Doc Watson. Since the death of the North Carolina musician in 2012, his unique legacy and place of honor in American culture have become clearer than ever. Doc’s ecumenical approach to repertoire, his warm storyteller’s voice, his deep humility and attachment to heritage and family, and, above all, his phenomenally fluent and boundary-breaking guitar picking make him a permanent hero to musicians of all genres and generations.

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Art Show - Mariah Jane & Goldie Raye
May
13
8:00 PM20:00

Art Show - Mariah Jane & Goldie Raye

ART SHOW
MARIAH JANE & GOLDIE RAYE
8-11PM
20 NEW WORKS
Come out to see, explore, and buy some dope prints.
This is our first time collaborating and we're thrilled to be decorating the walls of North Street Cabaret together.

There will be music by Local Evan and fancy Cabaret cocktails.
NO COVER.
Yes it's a Monday night.
Yes you should still be there.
The prints are fresh.

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Frank Catalano Trio w/ Mike Clark and Will Blades   $20  Advance tickets available
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Frank Catalano Trio w/ Mike Clark and Will Blades $20 Advance tickets available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4201684

Grammy Award winning Frank Catalano is the only saxophonist to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Erland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puento, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Belson while still in high school. 
When he was 18 he toured with Santana and then signed on with Delmark Records to record his first record with legendary multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan, which was chosen as album of the year by Los Angeles Times, Jazz Times, Chicago Tribune. 
His 2016 recording of Bye Bye Blackbird with David Sanborn is still charting on Billboard.  

Virtuoso Drummer Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as of Americas foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancocks Headhunters.   
Hes a great jazz drummer-and he hasnt lost any of his stuff that he brought form Oakland. So now hes totally free to do both, and he does. The solo he played on the album Thrust, on the song Actual Proof< is one of the best drum solos on any album. So many people have remarked about that solo, saying, Incredible. Herbie Hancock. 

Will Blades-
Yeah, he does it...hes on it. He is the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the organ, [of] the B-3.
-Dr. Lonnie Smith

" That boy's cookin'! That boy's cookin!"
-John Lee Hooker

"With  Field Notes, Blades joins other contemporary organ trios like Medeski, Martin and Wood by paying homage to the soulful roots of the sound while at the same time establishing himself as composer and performer firmly focused on the future at intersection of jazz and funk."
-The Vinyl District

"Field Notes is keenly focused yet brimming with ideas. It extends the B-3 trio tradition by using the rudiments of greasy tuneology in tandem with a wider jazzman's palette of colors and textures that creates new lyric possibilities for hip, funky grooves."
-All Music

Wil Blades has to be one of the most promising cats on the music scene today. His pulsating, hard groovin style on the Hammond B-3 is reminiscent of many great players, but with a flair that is distinctly his own.
-Upcoming.org

"Wil Blades is already a legend on the Hammond B-3 organ...On his debut album, Sketchy, released in August on Doodlin' Records, Blades showcases a smooth, funky sound that recalls heroes like Jimmy Smith without being slavishly derivative. 
-SF Weekly

Wil has steadily been rising to the upper echelon of Jazz Organ. His style is his own and is ever evolving; moving in a modern direction, to be sure. He plays for those who still love Jimmy Smith but he also plays for those who are interested in where this musical genre is going. His funk is real and his groove is deep. Wil continues to travel, compose, and play in as many venues as he can... bringing forth the jazz organ message.-
Pete Fallico, KSCM 91.1FM

"A serious, deeply musical performer who shows considerable promise...A musician who knows what he wants to say and chooses not to overstate it, Blades offered one gleaming solo after another."
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

"Wil Blades wreaks funky havoc on the Hammond B3 and the clavinet, often on the same song, often at the same time."
Steve Greenlee, Jazz Times

Wil Blades has emerged in recent years as a highly resourceful Hammond B-3 player looking to expand the possibilities of his instrument.
-Jazzwest.com

Wil Blades may be a younger player on the Hammond, but he hits the organ like a seasoned pro from the Soul Jazz years of the 60s! Blades sound is clean and fluid, soaring with clean lines sometimes, hitting more skittish funky rhythms at others.
-Dusty Groove

(Blades) dazzling ability to create an overwhelming groove finally stands out, fulfilling Lonnie Smith's prophecy. We won't dither and slither: Shimmy is an important release and it puts Wil in the B3 Hall Of Fame.
-Paris DJs

Blades works serious voodoo on the organ and clavinet.
-Aspen Times
Blades' playing style is firmly inside the historic B-3 tradition; he's a deeply melodic improviser, his rhythmic invention and his sonic palette set him apart.
Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

"Blades uses his left hand to play swelling chords on the Hammond while his right improvises biting, wah-wah-kissed lines on a Clavinet, and his solos are always fun despite their meticulous architecture."
Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

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Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble    $10
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble $10

 

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is a world traveling instrumental acoustic jazz group based in Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Roma Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from American jazz, European Folk Music, traditional Latin, Parisian waltz, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the “Hot Swing" repertoire, originals, and standards done in uniquely arranged styles.

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Harmonious Wail   $10 - Advance tickets available
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Harmonious Wail $10 - Advance tickets available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4111322

These purveyors of Americana infused Gypsy Jazz just celebrated their 30th Anniversary and are continuing to take their listeners on a ride ranging from the music of the Hot Club sounds of Paris to the deepest blues of the Memphis Delta to the folk scenes across “every town” America into their 4th decade of existence.  The Wail are sublime entertainers, great educators and they’ve mastered the art of lifting spirits.

Harmonious Wail is Sims Delaney-Potthoff, a mandolin virtuoso, bandleader, vocalist and master of all things behind the curtain, Maggie Delaney-Potthoff, vocalist extraordinaire whose percussive instrument of choice is a cardboard box, but who also has a knack for exploring the musicality of almost any household object, and Jeffo Weiss, master bassist who dazzles and mesmerizes on both upright and electric bass.

Every performance is played from the heart and infused with the perfect balance of ingredients that firmly proves that music truly does make the world a better place. Recognized as the “Dr. Feelgood” of Gypsy Jazz, Harmonious Wail has an knack for lifting the spirits of listeners of all ages. The Wail celebrates 10 recordings to date, the three most recent having been submitted for Grammy nomination consideration. Their upcoming project, currently in the works, finds them teamed up with a group of Gypsy Jazz all-stars.

Their gracious approach to music translates beautifully in any outreach program.  They have honed their skills to provide excellent educational programs tailored to fit groups of varying skill and age. Popular topics have included; ”the instrumentation of Gypsy Jazz”, “how to succeed in the music biz”, and Maggie’s Method™ “If You Can Speak You Can Sing”.

Not only a touring band the ever-reaching Harmonious Wail has enriched their lives working with National Public Radio.  They are honored to be recognized as “favorite house band” for the program “Says You” where they’ve matched their wits with the panelists. Their songs have graced the program “All Things Considered” and they have gifted their composition “The Money Song” to NPR stations across the country for annual fundraising programs.  Their songs, “People Stuff and “ I Like to Feel My Bones” both received International Songwriters Award, and four of their Gypsy Jazz compositions were cleverly woven into the film score of the internationally acclaimed independent film, ”I Really Hate My Job”.

True warriors for musicians worldwide, they are founding members of the highly respected International Folk Alliance, have created their own foundation, the Henry Mac Fund, supporting the arts in their hometown of Madison, Wisconsin and are recipients of the 2017 Musicnotes Outstanding Musical Career Achievement Award.

Exchanging musical ideas with other musicians around the world gave them the inspiration and enthusiasm it takes to create their own festival. In 2004 the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest (MGSF) was born – a fund raising invitational showcase of the world’s finest gypsy jazz musicians. This Euro flavored festival has tripled in size since its inception. The workshops have also grown and the Wail is now regarded as “the stewards of Gypsy Jazz in the Midwest”.  Fueled by the energy of the MGSF and in their efforts to spread joy, in 2014 Harmonious Wail was proud to launch the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest on-the-road, which is designed to present an outstanding evening of Harmonious Wail with a Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest headliner to sold out music halls across the country.

Harmonious Wail endeavors with each and every show, performance and workshop to not only showcase their talent, but to also touch each audience member’s or participant’s heart and soul and have them walk away feeling lighter in spirit.


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Tony Monaco - Fareed Haque - Rob Dicke    $20 advance - $25 at door
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Monaco - Fareed Haque - Rob Dicke $20 advance - $25 at door

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4111351

Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. "Tony Monaco burns is this most fitting!" CriticalJazz Review2012. Tony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. An enthusiastic student, Tony began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio, guided by local organ gurus Hank Marr and Don Patterson. Four years later, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play at his club in California, a peak lifetime experience for Tony.

In April 2000, Tony met fellow jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, who offered to produce a debut CD for him. This collaboration resulted in the critically acclaimed "Burnin Grooves”. The international success of the recording served as the catalyst for regional and national tours. Tony has since released 8 International releases and toured around the globe many times. Tony also toured and recorded with Pat Martino for over two years!

Fareed Haque's specialty is creating music without borders . His core desire is to seamlessly weave South Asian classical music, including Indian and Pakistani influences, with jazz, rock, and Western classical forms. His forthcoming album The Flat Earth is an impressive realization of that goal.

The album showcases Haque's formidable combination of compositional prowess and creative guitar chops that makes this merging of cultures possible. It finds the Pakistani-American musician performing on classical guitar, a sitar-guitar hybrid, as well as electric guitar in both fiery and reflective contexts. His sound—a unique amalgam that owes as much to Grant Green and John McLaughlin as it does to Ravi Shankar—is at the heart of the record, but he leaves plenty of space for his stellar band, The Fareed Haque Group, to shine. The diverse ensemble includes Kala Ramnath on violin; Salar Nader and Kalyan Pathak on tabla and percussion; Rob Clearfield on keyboards; John Paul and John Tate on bass; and Dan Leali and Cory Healy on drums. The team of virtuosos takes Haque's meticulously constructed compositions and infuses them with exhilarating solos, intricate interplay, and plenty of energy.

Haque is well steeped in pushing sonic envelopes. Since the late '80s, he's recorded several high-caliber jazz-world fusion albums for Blue Note Records and Sting's Pangaea label. He also recently composed and performed From the Eye of a Hurricane, a Spanish guitar concerto commissioned by Chicago's Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble. In addition, he plays acoustic Macedonian guitar music in a duo with guitarist Goran Ivanovich. He's also routinely breaking boundaries with jam-supergroup Garaj Mahal and saxophonist George Brooks' Summit, an Indian-fusion act which features the legendary tabla master Zakir Hussain.

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Trio Soleil       $5
May
2
8:00 PM20:00

Trio Soleil $5

Step into timeless ambiance with Trio Soleil's renditions of delightful French tunes with a Django feel, soulful Jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, uptempo New Orleans-influenced covers of Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits and other greats, tender ballads that will make you weep (well, they make US weep), and a smattering of delightful original tunes folks seem to love

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Madison Folk Society presents Susan Werner  - $23 Advance - $25 Door
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Madison Folk Society presents Susan Werner - $23 Advance - $25 Door

Brown Paper Tickets https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4100097
“One of the most innovative songwriters working today.”— Chicago Tribune

“(Werner is) a songwriter and musician who is in such complete command of her gifts that it’s almost scary.”— All Music Guide

“When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon.”— No Depression

“Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and an engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song.”— The New Yorke

“Vulnerability has rarely been so witty or concise in modern song.”— Boston Herald

“Always an impressive songwriter, Werner continues to compose sharp, funny, compassionate lyrics, a gift rare enough to set her apart…”— The Washington Post

“The classically trained and jazz inspired singer is redefining the genre and winning admirers around the country…”— Philadelphia Inquirer

“Kicking The Beehive is evidence that Susan Werner has no trouble reinventing herself year after year; and she’s damn good at it.”— Performer Magazine

“Werner has quietly risen to the elite of American songwriters.”— Direct Current

“This woman is great. period.” - Music Row (Nashville)

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Chain Station    $7
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Chain Station $7

Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor string band born high in the mountains but based in Denver, Colorado. Their music is well-steeped in Americana roots with vocal harmonies that are high, lonesome, and tight. Their picking ranges from lightning-fast to mountain mellow. A bluegrass band that would satisfy a picky old-timer and delight fans of newgrass, a delicate balance indeed.

In the summer of 2006, Alex Thoele and Jon Pickett met while playing guitars around a campfire, high on a mountaintop in Estes Park, CO. The two have been entertaining and writing music since. In 2010, they were joined by mandolin player and fellow midwesterner, Jarett Mason. The newest addition to the band as of December 2018 is Chris “C-Bob” Elliot on banjo and vocals.

They've become known for winning over crowds with creative, fun original songs that flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you. Pure Mountain Music! It's obvious these guys love what they do, engaging their growing fan base with insane energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a fun show.

Studio album #3 ”Backroads” is slated for an April 2019 release to follow the latest album “Where I want To Be” October, 2016. In 2015 a live album “Chain Up Volume 1” was released and the debut studio album “Dancin’ With the Law” hit the scene in 2013. Chain Station has directly supported bands such as The Del McCoury Band, The Devil Makes Three, The Travelin' McCourys, Steve Poltz, Larry Sparks, The Jeff Austin Band, Sierra Hull, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Todd Snider, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Trout Steak Revival, The Railsplitters, Fruition, Hot Buttered Rum, Deadphish Orchestra and many more.

This band has been living life through music and adventures together for more than six years. Relentless gigging in their home state of Colorado, the mountain west, the midwest, Pacific Northwest and a 2018 Summer Canadian tour has made this band of brothers one of the tightest and most professional little gang of muppets on the scene today.

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Charlie Hunter/Lucy Woodward Trio -  THIS SHOW SOLD OUT
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

Charlie Hunter/Lucy Woodward Trio - THIS SHOW SOLD OUT

Brown Paper Tickets https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4075274

As the late, great Bobby Womack once sang, “You don’t know what you’ll do until you’re put under pressure.” You can have all your i’s dotted, your t’s crossed, and your ducks stacked neatly in a row... but when life throws you a knee-buckling curveball, none of that stuff is gonna help you knock it outta the park.

The musical partnership of guitarist Charlie Hunter and vocalist Lucy Woodward was forged under just such inauspicious, curveball-icious circumstances. In January 2018, shortly before he was scheduled to hit the road for a west coast tour with Mexican singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada, Hunter got word that Estrada’s visa had been denied by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Needing an emergency vocalist for the dates, Hunter reached out to Woodward, whom he knew through their mutual friends in the jazz/funk collective Snarky Puppy.

“It was about four days before the tour,” Woodward remembers. “A mutual friend connected us, saying, ‘Why don’t you get Lucy to jump on it?’” Woodward, fresh off supporting her fourth solo album, 2016’s Til They Bang on the Door, was game; but she also knew that they only had a few days to build an entire set list. “Silvana’s a guitar player, and they were going to do all songs that she wrote, which were in Spanish, so it wasn’t like I was going to ‘fill in’ for her,” she explains. “Charlie said, ‘I come from blues, you come from blues — let’s just start with the blues.’ Once we decided to go that route, he started sending me links to Blind Willie Johnson and Bessie Smith tunes, things from the early Twenties. And he was like, ‘What songs have you always wanted to do?’ We went back and forth with about thirty ideas, and came up with a set, had like a two-hour rehearsal, and did our first show the same day.”

“Musically, culturally, we just hit it off,” raves Hunter. “Lucy’s a great singer, a good all-around human, and she was totally up for the adventure.” Each night on the tour became an exhilarating high-wire walk for the two artists as they navigated the melodies, grooves and spaces of the songs they were covering, with arrangements that they’d often just cooked up on the way to the gig. “It was so organic,” Woodward recalls. “You’d have an idea in the car, and it would be like, ‘Hey, let’s try this song tonight! Let’s just find the key and go!’ That whole tour was just full of surprises. Everything was just so natural, and every place we played, Charlie’s audiences were so wonderful. They love to watch an experiment happen onstage; whether it’s wrong or right, they embrace it, and that’s really cool. And about four days into the tour, Charlie was like, ‘I think we need to record this stuff!’”

After further refining their repertoire via several subsequent tours together, Hunter and Woodward finally did just that. In November 2018, the pair reconvened at Stephen Lee Price’s studio in High Point, NC, with longtime Hunter collaborator Derrek Phillips on the drums. “We’d been playing live with percussionists all year,” says Woodward, “but Charlie said, ‘Let’s record this with drums; it’s the way to go.’” “Derrek drummed on a lot of my records from the early 2000s, and we were on the road together for a long time,” says Hunter. “Great drummer, great

pocket, great everything. He’s the only guy I know that’s played with like Hank Williams Jr. and Greg Osby — I don’t think that many people can claim a wide net like that!”

In just three days, with Price at the controls, Hunter, Woodward and Phillips recorded the eleven tracks that comprise Music!Music!Music! The often drastically reworked songs range from the old-world blues of Blind Willie Johnson (“Soul of a Man”) and Bessie Smith (“You’ve Been a Good Ole Wagon”) to the tormented soul of Nina Simone (“Plain Gold Ring,” “Be My Husband,” and the immortal “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”), from jazz standards (“Angel Eyes” and “Music! Music! Music!,” popularized by Ella Fitzgerald and Teresa Brewer, respectively) to bluegrass and alt-country classics (Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard’s “The One I Love Is Gone,” Lucinda Williams’ “Can’t Let Go”), from the smoky Fifties R&B of Ruth Brown’s “I Don’t Know” to the technicolor Eighties funk of Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Wishing Well.” “We’d already worked out all the arrangements and grooves during our tours together,” says Woodward of the album. “We sort of planned for this all year, found the right time to do it — and pressed ‘record’!”

Soulful, spacious and deliciously in the pocket, Music!Music!Music! makes the most of the interplay between Hunter’s funky guitar and Woodward’s powerful voice. The album reverberates with the thrilling intensity of the duo’s live shows, while crackling with the electricity that results when two talented performers stretch out together from their respective comfort zones. Though Hunter utilized the unusual percussive slapping and picking technique that has characterized his playing for three decades, the sessions for the album found him jettisoning his custom-built seven-string guitars in favor of the “Big Six” created for him by Hillsborough, NC luthiers Hybrid Guitars. “It’s a big, fat-sounding machine,” he enthuses. “It has the three lower strings of a bass, and the three middle of a guitar, which works perfectly with Lucy’s voice — it keeps us from bumping into each other. The funny thing was, it was in a completely different tuning than the other guitars I’d been using, and I had to relearn all of the songs then and there. And that’s why there’s not a lot of fancy guitar playing on the album; most of what I’m doing is just staying in the groove and playing the right shit.”

For Woodward, who in addition to her own solo career has sung on recordings by Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Snarky Puppy, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Nikka Costa and Joe Cocker, it was a new experience singing in the studio with such sparse-yet-funky instrumentation, not to mention recording in a situation where vibe and feel took precedent over tight arrangements. “I’d never done a record where I’ve toured with anything smaller than a quartet, quintet or big band,” she says. “Charlie taught me a lot about carving out and leaving space in the songs, rather than just singing your verse, and then another verse, and then a chorus. In his world, space is just as important as what happens when you play. It was challenging for me in so many ways to sing on songs that have so much breathing room — realizing that I don’t have to fill up every hole with something — but it feels so right. While recording a lot of these songs, I didn’t even want to start singing because I just wanted to listen to Charlie and Derrek play. They were just so funky.”

“It was just fun, man,” says Hunter. “I’m really happy with how it came out. I’ve done so many records in my lifetime, everything from jazz to working with hip-hop people, really avant-garde stuff with Bobby Previte and Omaha Diner, and even jammy stuff — but this is the first record I’ve ever done that is really a partnership with a singer. And it’s really fun, because it also doesn’t make me feel like the pressure is all on me. It’s nice to do what I like to do, which is lay in the groove, and just drive the music; that’s what makes me happy.”

“I’ve collaborated, for sure, but having a duo, or a different billing than my own is refreshing to me,” adds Woodward. “The world is hard enough making music, in terms of the business side, so when you have a team player with you, so much more time can be focused on actually making music.”

The fun will continue this spring, when Hunter and Woodward return to the road to take Music!Music!Music! to the people. The tour for the album will stretch over much of 2019, with the duo going to Europe and Japan as well as all over North America. Not bad at all for a project that originally came together in a flurry of texts and emails.

“I’ve spent so much of my career playing instrumental music,” laughs Hunter, “and playing instrumental music is like looking for an apartment in New York City with three dogs — it’s like, you’re immediately disqualified from ninety percent of them right off the bat. And then you get a singer, and now all of a sudden, it’s like I’m good-looking, or something. It’s like, ‘Oh, we’ve been waiting for you!’ It’s really great, and I’m really looking forward to us playing these songs live again.”

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Queer Techno Night with Madison Moore
Apr
19
8:30 PM20:30

Queer Techno Night with Madison Moore

PHYS1C4L TH3R4PY
Your appointment has been scheduled. With madison moore, DJ Boyfrrriend, Quinley Marie Outerbridge, & Malú Machuca Rose.

Madison Alexander Moore is the author of *Fabulous: the rise of the beautiful eccentric * and is coming to Wisconsin to bless us with a night of opulent bliss.
http://www.madisonmooreonline.com/about/whoismadison

21+ // wheel-chair accessible single-level venue // sliding scale $5-10 // come dance with us

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Miss Eaves + DJ Boyfriend + Anna Diorio
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Miss Eaves + DJ Boyfriend + Anna Diorio

Miss Eaves is the feminist sound storm of Brooklyn based-multimedia artist Shanthony Exum. Her fierce femcee electro-pop-rap-dance-explosions celebrate confident women who aren’t afraid to love themselves and own their sexuality — all with a take-no-shit attitude that pushes back at the patriarchy, haters, and anyone else who tries to keep her down. And the world has taken notice: Miss Eaves has been lauded by The New York Times, NPR, Billboard, New York Magazine, Elle, Glamour, Jezebel, and more, with her viral sensation “Thunder Thighs”(with 2 Million views on YouTube) landing on lists of feminist anthems alongside legends like Beyonce. 2017 saw the release of her first full-length album, Feminasty, which quickly became a favorite of the summer and included high energy, body positive hits “Thunder Thighs,” along with “Fuccboi Salute,” an anti- fuccboi anthem, and “Hump Day,” which was featured in season two, episode three (“Hella Open“) of HBO‘s hit show Insecure, starring Issa Rae.

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Joyann Parker Band -  8 PM  -  $10 (Advanced Tickets Available)
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

Joyann Parker Band - 8 PM - $10 (Advanced Tickets Available)

Brown Paper Tickets https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4076071

"A powerful, animated blues-rock singer, capable guitarist and pianist, and a writer of praiseworthy originals." - Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune 

Joyann Parker brings a full range of talent to her performances as an accomplished singer, pianist, guitarist and songwriter.  She has performed for thousands at major venues and festivals across the country, frequently sells out some of the most prestigious clubs in the Midwest and garnered national and international attention for her newest record, "Hard To Love," including features in DownBeat and Living Blues Magazine.  Joyann is a 2018 Blues Blast Magazine Music Award nominee and Heritage Guitars artist. She has also represented Minnesota at the 2015 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN and won the award for 2016's Best Self-Produced CD from the Minnesota Blues Society.

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The Claudettes   $15   Advance Tickets Available
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

The Claudettes $15 Advance Tickets Available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4097368

The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60s soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music. Johnny Iguana pounds the piano alongside seductive singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/guitarist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Michael Caskey. Johnny, who toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is also in the Grammy-nominated groups Chicago Blues: A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. He has toured/recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and more and played piano on the new “Chicago Plays the Stones” album featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Buddy Guy. The Claudettes recorded their 2018 album “DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNNASIUM!” with Grammy-winning producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, Old 97’s, J. Roddy Walston, J.D. McPherson). It was released in March 2018 on Yellow Dog Records (Memphis, TN) and in April 2018 in Europe/UK via Continental Records Services. The Claudettes are recording a new album with Grammy-winning producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, The Devil Makes Three) this fall.

GREG KOT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE   A revelatory blend of jazz and blues, stirred with punk brio. There are also dashes of classical and world music, and enough stops, starts and hairpin turns to suggest the giddiness of Raymond Scott’s cartoon music…How do they do it?
DOWNBEAT   Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and “Fess” Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!
MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE   A skewed cabaret band of blues, jazz and rockabilly…a sensibility that feels equal parts James Dean and David Lynch.
BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE   Like Keith Moon chasing a crazed, punked-up Little Richard… greasy rhythm and blues that makes the dance floor so slippery you need to sprinkle sawdust on the floor to keep from falling down…a great ride, one that’ll leave you shaking and laughing and wanting more the next time this rowdy carnival comes to town.


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