Chicago Honky Tonk presents A Saturday Special

Sat, Mar 30 2019, 4:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 day of show - Tickets

Chicago Honky Tonk presents A Saturday Special featuring music on two stages — Club and SideBar — plus food by Big Star and a vintage pop-up market

Doors at 3 pm; music starts at 4 pm.

Here are the bands performing:


The Hoyle Brothers (11 pm): The Hoyle Brothers approach their music the way a preacher might prepare for a sermon: Reference the good Book, find a theme that resonates and deliver it with fire and passion. That’s what makes The Hoyle Brothers so special. Their brand of genuine country music draws from the genre’s deepest traditions–lyrics that speak universal truths, melody lines that melt your heart and two-step rhythms that make your boots scoot. Since the start of weekly residencies at Chicago’s The Hideout and The Empty Bottle in 2002, The Hoyle Brothers have earned respect and recognition from a growing number of fans and music critics who find the boys’ purity of purpose and first-rate musicianship irresistible. Some go a step further, predicting The Hoyle Brothers will eventually show Nashville that its current roster of pop-minded, new country stars needs a little of The Hoyle Brothers’ battered boot leather and real country soul.

The Lawrence Peters Outfit (9:30 pm) Lawrence Peters is a country singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader, DJ, and America’s preeminent electric washboard player, with a music career spanning thirty-plus years. He is best known for his involvement in the watershed Songs: Ohia/ Magnolia Electric Company album, singing lead on the track "The Old Black Hen”. He was a key player in the Lawrence, Kansas music scene before moving to Chicago in 1992. Since then, he has recorded and performed with dozens of bands, including current projects The Lawrence Peters Outfit (two-time winner of the Chicago Music Award for Best Country And Western Entertainer, and 2019 and 2018 Ameripolitan Award nominee for Best Honky Tonk Group), The Golden Horse Ranch Band, and “future funk” group, The Velcro Lewis Group. He is an enthusiastic collector and curator of country records, many of which he spins on his radio show "Country, My Way", on Chicago's WLPN 105.5 FM, every Wednesday from 4 to 6pm, and at The Sportsman's Club, the first Wednesday of every month.

The Modern Sounds (8 pm): From the city that works, comes the trio that works. The Modern Sounds is the band that does it all. This blues, jazz, swing and rock & roll trio has been playing around Chicago (and all over the world) since 2007, when Beau Sample moved to Chicago from Austin for a change of musical scenery. The Modern Sounds are hard to classify, but easy on the ears. This is a trio with a big sound, featuring hot pickin,'  and swingin' rhythm section, and tight three-part harmonies—Joel Paterson, Beau Sample, and Alex Hall bring you back to the "Modern" era. Perfect for any venue or occasion, the Modern Sounds are the right fit for all of your listening and dancing needs.

The Family Gold (6:30 pm): Introducing The Family Gold and their debut EP Alright Now, featuring the original hit single, Absolutely Nothing. Whether you're cruising around town in your Sunday Car, or you're just feeling kinda low and looking to escape some Unwanted Company, The Family Gold is here for you. Go on now. Burn down the town, pour another around, and put on your new favorite American band, The Family Gold.

Gin Palace Jesters (5:15 pm): Chicago's original Honkytonk Fools, the Gin Palace Jesters are purveyors of the finest in hard hitting Hillbilly, Honky-tonk, Country Boogie and Western Swing. Infused with a deep and sincere fondness for all traditional American musical styles, the sound of the Gin Palace Jesters could best be described as being akin to the sounds of Country Music's golden age of the 1940's-1960's. Although a portion of their live performances come from a vast catalog of the Hillbilly & Country Hit Parade, these boys are not mere followers or imitators as they boast the talent of 4 songwriters that pen original novelty numbers, heartfelt love songs, Honkytonk weepers, drinking songs, dark ballads and instrumentals. Delivering time honored conventional stringed instrumentation and vocal harmony, the Gin Palace Jesters prove that authentic country music is still a valid and vital musical art form in both long established hit songs as well as brand spanking new originals. The Gin Palace Jesters are a true authentic American band often seen holding court where the thrones are bar stools, the lights are made of neon, the holy spirits are served on the rocks, and Hank Williams is King.

Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders (4 pm): Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders play a mix of roots music best described as urban honky tonk. Song writer, guitarist, and singer Dan Whitaker created the Shinebenders to convey his songs in the beloved format formerly known as country music. Since 2004 they’ve entertained audiences in their hometown of Chicago and throughout the middle US states while supporting their independent releases. The Shinebenders include fellow Chicago music veterans Tom Mioducki on acoustic guitar and vocals, Earl “T-Bone” Powers on upright bass and Eric “Chase” Niffenegger on drums. Their latest album, Anything You Wanted To, was recorded by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Soundlabs in Chicago and released Fall 2017. The album brings together western swing, rock and roll, country-jazz and hillbilly songs to create DWSB’s one-of-a-kind sound.


The Westerlees (10 pm): The Westerlees swing band plays both rare and popular tunes from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Their influences include Bob Wills, Cliff Bruner, Milton Brown, Lil Johnson, The Light Crust Doughboys, the Andrews Sisters, Louise Massey, etc. They also have many original tunes in the style. Come show off your dance moves! Listen to Steel Guitar, Clarinet, Fiddle, and Tap Dancing too! The group features the combined vocals of steel guitarist Patrick Brenner and percussionist Gina DeGregorio. The band also includes guitarists Ed Novak and Wes Altice, Thad Landis on upright bass, Shawn Drake on fiddle, Jerry Kaye on Sax and Clarinet, and a rotating cast of other soloists and vocalists.

Matt Campbell (8:30 pm):  Part poet, politician, and provocateur, all qualities are on display in Matt Campbell’s latest offering.  Recorded and produced with Joseph Lekkas (Flour Sack Cape Records), “The Man With Everything” is a thoughtful, yet unflinching portrait of a songwriter striving to understand his place in the world.  It’s also a collection of songs drawn straight out of American culture. It doesn’t hurt that he knows how to turn a phrase better than most.

The Saluda Moonlighters (7:15 pm): Golden Age Western Swing, Hillbilly Bop, & Country Music with Bailey Dee (rhythm guitar/vocals), Michael Hobson (upright bass/percussion/vocals), Dave Sisson (lead guitar/vocals).

The Mountainaires (6 pm): Country duets.

Cox's Army (4:45 pm): Cox's Army is a Chicago based bluegrass band founded in 2016.