April


Real Pretenders (SideBar)

Thu, Apr 19 2018, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Real Pretenders is 4 Chicago music scene veterans with a passion for hard driving rhythm’s, catchy melodic hooks, soul tortured lyrics, and back alley sex appeal. The Pretenders have it all and the Real Pretenders capture that essence and deliver!

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Flirting with Time: A Tribute to Neil Young

Fri, Apr 20 2018, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
A celebration of the Neil Young songbook with Ryan Joseph Anderson, Dan Ingenthron, Mike Holtz, Brian Morrisey, Jeremy Kay and special guests Scott Tipping, Andon Davis, Jim Tuerk, Josefina and Packy Lundholm. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Expo '76 (SideBar)

Fri, Apr 20 2018, 9:00pm - Free - just hit the tip jar!
Sponsored by Brickstone Brewery, Bourbonnais IL. $5 Brickstone APA pints! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Apr 21 2018, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
Bad Examples frontman in a solo acoustic show — you're invited to bring your instrument and join in! Doors open at 8 pm.

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The Black Lillies

Sat, Apr 21 2018, 9:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at the door - Tickets
With a new configuration, new songs and the same dedication to touring, the Lillies continue to sink their roots deep into the Americana landscape. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Prohibition Orchestra of Chicago

Sun, Apr 22 2018, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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Open Mic in the Club

Tue, Apr 24 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Come on out and perform on the big stage! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Apr 25 2018, 5:00pm
Classic cocktails with a modern twist every Wednesday in the SideBar -- a perfect complement to our Sidebar Sessions jazz series!

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SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, Apr 25 2018, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Country Night in Berwyn with Pie-Eyed Pete & the New Dealers, Erin Edmister & Three Tons

Thu, Apr 26 2018, 8:00pm - $5
We're roundin' up the best country bands in the city! $2 PBRs, $3 Whiskey shots -- yahoo! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Rod Picott, Ben de la Cour (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Apr 26 2018, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Picott's songs range from whispery ballads to guitar driven rockers and hits every musical spot between. De la Cour's introspective brand of songwriting showcases intense acoustic songs. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Neal O'Hara & the Squirrels, Toy Robots, Sails

Fri, Apr 27 2018, 8:30pm - $10
This Chicago power trio has quickly amassed a collection of well structured songs with movable boundaries to keep their improvisation skills sharp and their shows ever-evolving. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Apr 27 2018, 9:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling (CD Release Show)

Sat, Apr 28 2018, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
Nick Moss celebrates the release of his Alligator Records debut -- "The High Cost of Low Living." Doors open at 7 pm.

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, Apr 29 2018, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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May


Bluesday Tuesday with Wayne Baker Brooks

Tue, May 01 2018, 6:00pm - $10 - At the door only
The best blues bargain in town — WDCB's Blues Time with Tom Marker presents a monthly show showcasing Chicago's best blues artists. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, May 01 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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SideBar Sessions with Bill Overton Quartet

Wed, May 02 2018, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Acoustic jazz and classic cocktails in the SideBar. Thanks to our Media Sponsor: WDCB-FM (90.9) – Chicago’s Jazz Station!

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Lindsay Beaver & the 24th Street Wailers

Wed, May 02 2018, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Once you see Lindsay and the Wailers, you'll never forget the experience. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Bitters (SideBar)

Thu, May 03 2018, 8:00pm - $5 donation
A power quintet of music improvisation and live music mixology.

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Acoustic Fridays with Jenny Bienemann & Friends (SideBar)

Fri, May 04 2018, 6:00pm - $5 donation
These sessions will feature many who played on Jenny's recent album, including her husband Robin Bienemann, and a rotating cast of local and national singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists. Tonight they are joined by Steve Dawson and Andon Davis.

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Mike Tangorra's All-Star Jam with special guests

Fri, May 04 2018, 7:30pm - $12 - Tickets
An evening with Mike Tangorra and special guests. Come on out for a night full of great tunes and don't forget to wear your dancing shoes! Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Special Consensus, Henhouse Prowlers

Sat, May 05 2018, 8:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Alternating sets by two great bluegrass bands. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band

Sun, May 06 2018, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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Marshall Hjertstedt (CD release)

Sun, May 06 2018, 7:00pm - $10 - Tickets
A CD release party for Marshall Hjertstedt's "Carnivals & Other Tragedies." With Jenny Bieneman, Robinlee Garber, Bill Kavanagh, Jerry King, Jordi Kleiner and Andon Davis. Doors open at 6 pm.

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OpenMic in the SideBar

Tue, May 08 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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SideBar Sessions with Peter Lerner/Joe Rendon Latin Jazz Collective

Wed, May 09 2018, 9:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Acoustic jazz and classic cocktails in the SideBar. Thanks to our Media Sponsor: WDCB-FM (90.9) – Chicago’s Jazz Station! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ian Leith (SideBar)

Thu, May 10 2018, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Ian Leith is on a "quest of endless possibilities with these here fingers."

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The Woolly Rhinos, Some Velvet Evening (SideBar)

Fri, May 11 2018, 8:00pm - $5 donation
The Woolly Rhinos is a guitar based rock and roll band performing their own songs with two goals in mind, to have fun and rock!

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Expo '76 (Club)

Fri, May 11 2018, 9:00pm - Free - just hit the tip jar!
Sponsored by Brickstone Brewery, Bourbonnais IL. $5 Brickstone APA pints! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Heartsfield

Sat, May 12 2018, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Up-tempo, foot-stompin’ country music! Doors open at 7 pm.

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OpenMic in the SideBar

Tue, May 15 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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SideBar Sessions with Mitch Paliga Quartet

Wed, May 16 2018, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Acoustic jazz and classic cocktails in the SideBar. Thanks to our Media Sponsor: WDCB-FM (90.9) – Chicago’s Jazz Station! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Sarah Potenza plus Dan Rodriguez

Thu, May 17 2018, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
Honest reflective songs by a performer with powerhouse vocals. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Midwestern Lull (SideBar)

Fri, May 18 2018, 8:00pm - $5 donation
An evening of roots rock.

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Tinsley Ellis

Fri, May 18 2018, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
"Ellis unleashed a torrent of dazzling musicianship pitched somewhere between the exhilarating volatility of rock and roll and the melancholic passion of urban blues." — Los Angeles Times (Doors open at 7 pm)

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)h

Sat, May 19 2018, 9:00pm - $10 - At the door only
Bad Examples frontman in a solo acoustic show — you're invited to bring your instrument and join in! Doors open at 8 pm.

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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners

Sun, May 20 2018, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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Teen Artist Open Mic (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, May 20 2018, 7:00pm - $5; children under 8 free
The spotlight is on teens in this open mic. Doors open at 6 pm; sign up begins at 6:30 pm.

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Open Mic in the Club

Tue, May 22 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, May 23 2018, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Slaid Cleaves (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, May 25 2018, 8:00pm - $23 in advance, $25 at door - Tickets
The Texas singer-songwriter digs into his impressive songbook. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

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Charley Crockett, Carl Anderson

Fri, May 25 2018, 8:30pm - $12 in advance, $15 at the door - Tickets
A record release party for Charley Crockett's "Lonesome As a Shadow." Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, May 25 2018, 10:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, May 27 2018, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, May 29 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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SideBar Sessions with Ben Lewis Trio

Wed, May 30 2018, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station. Doors open at 7 pm.

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June


Acoustic Fridays with Jenny Bienemann & Friends (SideBar)

Fri, Jun 01 2018, 6:00pm - $5 donation
These sessions will feature many who played on Jenny's recent album, including her husband Robin Bienemann, and a rotating cast of local and national singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists.

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Dave Hoekstra's "The Camper Book: A Celebration of a Moveable American Dream" Book Party

Sun, Jun 03 2018, 3:00pm - No cover
From 3-9 pm, Dave's Bluebird van, adorned with Tony Fitzpatrick birds and a refrigerator stocked with cold beer. Expect vintage vans, glampers from the midwest and camping related arts and crafts. And from 5-8 pm, music; from 4:30-7:30 pm the Carnivore Food Truck will be here.

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SideBar Sessions with New Standard Quartet

Wed, Jun 06 2018, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Acoustic jazz and classic cocktails in the SideBar. Thanks to our Media Sponsor: WDCB-FM (90.9) – Chicago’s Jazz Station! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Shemekia Copeland

Thu, Jun 07 2018, 8:30pm - $20 in advance, $25 at the door - Tickets
Kick off the start of Blues Fest weekend with Copeland's raucous blues. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Natalie Gaza with special guest Steve Dawson & Friends (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, Jun 08 2018, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
A record release concert for Gaza's new album "I'm One Too." Doors open at 7 pm.

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Red Elvises

Fri, Jun 08 2018, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Crazy fun with this Russian band's take on American rock and roll! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Lazer Lloyd

Sat, Jun 09 2018, 8:30pm - $10 in advance, $12 at door; VIP ticket $20 in advance, $25 at door includes a signed CD and reserved seating - Tickets
International blues rock sensation Lazer Lloyd takes the crowd captive with a show ranging from inspirational ballads and deep groovin' blues to blow the doors off electric blues rock. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Peter Lerner/Joe Rendon Latin Jazz Collective

Wed, Jun 13 2018, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Acoustic jazz and classic cocktails in the SideBar. Thanks to our Media Sponsor: WDCB-FM (90.9) – Chicago’s Jazz Station! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ian Moore

Wed, Jun 13 2018, 8:30pm - $10 in advance, $15 at the door - Tickets
Bright, blazing rock 'n' roll from the guitar player, singer and songwriter who makes the proverbial renaissance man look lazy. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Iguanas, The Belvederes

Sat, Jun 16 2018, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Deep grooves and Tex/Mex funk from New Orleans. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Suenos

Wed, Jun 20 2018, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Girls Guns & Glory

Fri, Jun 22 2018, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
"Modern-day Buddy Holly plus Dwight Yoakam divided by the Mavericks" - Rolling Stone. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, Jun 27 2018, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station. Doors open at 7 pm.

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FitzGerald's 37th American Music Festival

Fri, Jun 29 2018, 4:30pm - TBA
The AMF takes place June 29-July 1 and July 3 in the Club, Tent and SideBar. (We're taking July 2 off.) It's going to be another great lineup. Stay tuned.

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FitzGerald's 37th American Music Festival

Sat, Jun 30 2018, 1:00pm - TBA
The AMF takes place June 29-July 1 and July 3 in the Club, Tent and SideBar. (We're taking July 2 off.) It's going to be another great lineup. Stay tuned.

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July


FitzGerald's 37th American Music Festival

Sun, Jul 01 2018, 1:00pm - TBA
The AMF takes place June 29-July 1 and July 3 in the Club, Tent and SideBar. (We're taking July 2 off.) It's going to be another great lineup. Stay tuned.

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FitzGerald's 37th American Music Festival

Tue, Jul 03 2018, 4:30pm - TBA
The AMF takes place June 29-July 1 and July 3 in the Club, Tent and SideBar. (We're taking July 2 off.) It's going to be another great lineup. Stay tuned.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band: Beatles' Songs

Sun, Jul 08 2018, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the movie "Yellow Submarine" (being re-released in theaters in July), Chicago Grandstand Big Band will celebrate The Beatles by playing some of the arrangements that were arranged for big bands, including Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Chicago Grandstand and others. Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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