Chicago Honky Tonk presents A Saturday Special

Sat, Sep 28 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.

Big Star menu: Pastor tacos (marinated pork shoulder topped with grilled red onion and grilled pineapple), Pollo tacos (Chicken thigh with chipotle tomato sauce, topped with queso fresco and pickled onion)and Walking tacos (Fritos bag filled with beer bean dip, onion, chihuahua cheese, crema, hot sauce, and cilantro). All tacos are $4.

Doors at 3 pm; music starts at 4 pm.

Here are the bands performing:

The Cowpokes: The Cowpokes are an authentic Country & Western two-step dance band that primarily performs songs from the 1940s-1960s, and they are the house band of the ever-vibrant Honky Tonk Tuesday Nights at the American Legion Post 82 in Inglewood, TN. The band features fiddler and Country crooner Kevin Martin who delivers captivating Honky Tonk ballads, shuffles, and upbeat favorites while fiddling in the classic hillbilly style, as well as Mark Thornton on electric guitar, Ryan Keith on piano, Brendan Malone on electric bass, John McTigue on drums, and Andy Gibson on pedal steel guitar to round out an invigorating six-piece band. The boys’ reverence for the music of the golden era of Country music is paramount, and it is visibly evident in their classic western performance outfits which are as electrifying as their live shows themselves.
Ryan Koenig: Ryan Koenig has recorded and performed on harmonica, guitar, guit-jo, banjo, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, washboard, bass, bones, and jug—just to name a few. His ability to change instruments at a moment's notice thrills audiences wherever he goes. In addition to his skill as an instrumentalist, Ryan sings in a highly distinctive tenor voice, and is a prolific songwriter.
J.P. Cyr and the Midnightmen: JP Cyr and the Midnightmen hail from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and play get-up-and-dance Honky Tonk music. JP and the boys are heavily influenced by, and blend, classic Country, Western Swing, Rockabilly, Outlaw, and other Americana Country sounds. JP Cyr and the Midnightmen provide excellent musicianship that will keep your feet movin' all night long. Their music is informed by a deep love and respect for those who came before them and with it, integrity, and a quality craft. Catch them in Milwaukee/Chicago area Honky Tonks and roots festivals throughout the Midwest. Fronted by J.P. Cyr on vocals and upright bass, the Midnightmen are: Bobby Rivera on take off guitar, Jon Ziegler on vocals and rhythm guitar, Mike Budde on vocals and drums, and Tom Kneesel on pedal steel guitar.
The Golden Roses: The Golden Roses from Austin TX, play Honky Tonk, Ameripolitan music. The players are John Mutchler, Troy Wilson, Shawnee Rose, Sam Blumenthal and Heather Rea.
Todd Day Wait's Pigpen: In 2009, Todd Day Wait put everything he owned on the curb of his home in Columbia, Missouri, and started what would become a seemingly never-ending cross-county voyage. Traveling in a vegetable oil-powered airport shuttle bus, he headed out to California by way of the Rocky Mountains, and ended up in New Orleans. Along the way, he would find collaborators where he could, picking up one line-up for a few states, and rotating regionally. Relying on each musician’s various strengths, Todd would adapt his music to suit them, shifting genres as he did states. Through this process, Todd Day Wait arrived at a musical aesthetic that blends blues, folk and country. In 2012, after years on the road, Todd Day Wait relocated to New Orleans. Today, Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen can be found playing on the streets of the French Quarter and in venues throughout New Orleans.
David Quinn: David Quinn got his start playing drums around Chicago which lead straight onto touring with other bands across the country. In a large wandering sabbatical toward the west coast, he wrote and recorded his own work while traveling through the passing trees and winding elevations. Even with his love of the brisk mountain desert heat, his kindred roots brought him back to the Midwest, eventually landing him back in Chicago. Armed with a large catalog of singles, he connected with the revered Andrija Tokic of Alabama Shakes, Luke Bell, and The Deslondes at  Bomb Shelter Studios and gathered key players to create his first LP, “Wandering Fool.” In June 2018, Quinn joined Dave Roe, Johnny Cash’s bassis; Jimmy Lester, drummer for Billy Joe Shaver and Micah Hulscher, keyboardist for Margo Price, down in Nashville to create this twangy masterpiece. Blending these iconic musicians with his Midwest cosmic-country style has shaped this first studio album into a unique twist on dreamy classic country. This grassy trail of a story turned studio album, is set to launch in 2019 with a handful of singles releasing up until the spring premiere.
Joe Wortell and the Natural Law: Joe Wortell And The Natural Law is a five-piece country band from Chicago.
Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders: Dan Whitaker, a seasoned songwriter, singer and guitarist, leads The Shinebenders on a honkytonk excursion through the past, present and future. Whitaker’s songs mix fiction with truth, either stripped from his personal diaries or dreamed up and personified. Founded in 2003 Dan and the Shinebenders have been entertaining audiences with countless performances in Chicago and the Midwest while supporting their independent releases.
Wild Earp and the Free For Alls: Wild Earp has been performing old school, new fangled, funky country western rocknrollabilly since 2014. He’s assembled a talented and handsome team of musicians from various musical backgrounds in the Chicago music scene. They tour often all around the country, and can be found every month at the California Clipper. Their debut album showcases 10 original examples of their wild Americana music.