May


Cedes Buck with Jim Goelitz, Bill Kavanagh and John Marrella (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, May 23 2015, 8:00pm - $10 at the door
A sometimes quirky, sometimes whimsical, always passionate take on life.

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American Aquarium, Ryan Joseph Anderson

Sat, May 23 2015, 9:00pm - $12 advance, $15 at the door - Tickets
The roots-rockers tour behind their new album "Wolves."

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Bon Voyage Blowout for Kim & Ailene Cusack

Sun, May 24 2015, 1:00pm - Free
A farewell for Kim Cusack one of the Original Salty Dogs (he's moving to sunny California). Musicians are urged to attend and bring their instruments.

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John Burnett Orchestra with Frieda Lee

Sun, May 24 2015, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9).

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Open Mic in the Club

Tue, May 26 2015, 8:00pm - Free
Come on out and perform on the big stage!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, May 27 2015, 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 Brienn Perry Quartet

Wed, May 27 2015, 8:00pm - $10
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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The Houli's Hooley (SideBar)

Thu, May 28 2015, 7:30pm - Free
Ever wonder how a podcast works? Hosts Paddy and Bill Houlihan host this weekly one-hour show with a mix of music and interviews with local community organizers, playwrights and filmmakers, plus performances by musicians and stand up comedians.

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Country Night in Berwyn with Allegra Malone, The Western Shore and John Ballentyne's Crazy Heart

Thu, May 28 2015, 8:00pm - $5
We're roundin' up the best country bands in the city! $2 PBRs, $3 Whiskey shots -- yahoo!

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, May 29 2015, 9:00pm - Free

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The Western Elstons

Fri, May 29 2015, 9:00pm - $10
Enjoy a mix of classic honky tonk, western swing and rockabilly with four great players Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Joel Paterson and Alex Hall.

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Chevere

Sat, May 30 2015, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Latin, jazz, funk and blues from one of Chicago's hottest bands.

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Dirty Bourbon River Show (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, May 30 2015, 9:00pm - $10 at the door
A circus-like barrage of sound serving as entrance music for a magical mystery tour of whiskey-soaked French Quarter back alleys. – Rory Callais, OffBeat

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Pete Ellman Big Band

Sun, May 31 2015, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9).

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June


A Teenager Ate My Baby

Mon, Jun 01 2015, 6:30pm - $10, $5 kids under 10
A mother's whimsical, musical journey from cradle to college.

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Bluesday Tuesday with Lurrie Bell's Chicago Blues Band

Tue, Jun 02 2015, 7:00pm - $10 at the door
The best blues bargain in town...Lagunitas and WDCB's Blues Time with Tom Marker present a monthly show dedicated to the blues. Plus food for purchase from Skrine Chops — their world famous pork chop plus BBQ ribs and chicken, potato salad and cole slaw.

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SideBar Sessions with Jeannie Lambert & Judy Roberts

Wed, Jun 03 2015, 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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The Houli's Hooley (SideBar)

Thu, Jun 04 2015, 7:30pm - Free
Ever wonder how a podcast works? Come to this exciting new weekly taping in the SideBar! Hosts Paddy and Bill Houlihan host this weekly one-hour show with a mix of music and interviews with local community organizers, playwrights and filmmakers, plus performances by musicians and stand up comedians.

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Walter Salas-Humara, Jon Langford

Thu, Jun 04 2015, 8:00pm - $12 in advance, $15 at the door - Tickets
An acoustic evening with the Silo's co-founder plus our favorite Renaissance Man.

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Sonny Landreth, The Broadcast

Fri, Jun 05 2015, 9:00pm - $20 advance, $25 at the door - Tickets
WXRT and FitzGerald's present the first of a two shows by the great Louisiana guitarist who's touring behind his new album, "Bound By the Blues."

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Sonny Landreth, The Broadcast

Sat, Jun 06 2015, 9:00pm - $20 advance, $25 at the door - Tickets
WXRT and FitzGerald's present the second of a two shows by the great Louisiana guitarist who's touring behind his new album, "Bound By the Blues."

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band, Blackhawk Middle School Jazz Band

Sun, Jun 07 2015, 5:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9).

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Choctaw Wildfire with Charlie Pierce and featuring Jeffrey Barnes formerly of Brave Combo (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, Jun 07 2015, 8:00pm - $10 - On sale May 22 - Tickets
Charlie Pierce fronts this intense, driving honky-tonk piano quartet that performs a timeless array of original American music.

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SideBar Sessions with Tony do Rosario Trio

Wed, Jun 10 2015, 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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The Houli's Hooley (SideBar)

Thu, Jun 11 2015, 7:30pm - Free
Ever wonder how a podcast works? Come to this exciting new weekly taping in the SideBar! Hosts Paddy and Bill Houlihan host this weekly one-hour show with a mix of music and interviews with local community organizers, playwrights and filmmakers, plus performances by musicians and stand up comedians.

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Exposure Local Music Showcase

Thu, Jun 11 2015, 8:00pm - $5
John Fancher hosts this monthly evening of up-and-coming local artists.

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Tim Menard & Friends

Fri, Jun 12 2015, 8:00pm - $10 at the door
A gathering of some of Chicago's best musicians for a roots, rock and rhythm retrospective.

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The Iguanas

Sat, Jun 13 2015, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Deep grooves and Tex/Mex funk from New Orleans

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Outcasts Big Band

Sun, Jun 14 2015, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9).

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SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, Jun 17 2015, 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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New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

Wed, Jun 17 2015, 8:30pm - $10 - On sale May 22 - Tickets
Young musicians who play trad jazz, blues, vaudeville and more.

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DPOP Annual Fundraiser

Thu, Jun 18 2015, 6:00pm - $75
The annual fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Oak Park with special guest Illinois Senate President John Cullerton.

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The Houli's Hooley (SideBar)

Thu, Jun 18 2015, 7:30pm - Free
Ever wonder how a podcast works? Come to this exciting new weekly taping in the SideBar! Hosts Paddy and Bill Houlihan host this weekly one-hour show with a mix of music and interviews with local community organizers, playwrights and filmmakers, plus performances by musicians and stand up comedians.

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An Evening with Kevin Welch (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Jun 18 2015, 8:30pm - $15 - On sale May 29 - Tickets
The Texas singer-songwriter delves into his vast songbook.

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The Blasters, Javier & the Innocent Sons

Fri, Jun 19 2015, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Phil Alvin and the band return for a night of roots rock. First of a two night stand.

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Expo '76 (SideBar)

Fri, Jun 19 2015, 9:00pm - Free
Dance the night away with the best of the '70s and beyond!

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Bash This Benefit

Sat, Jun 20 2015, 2:00pm - $45, $85/couple in advance; $50, $95/couple at the door
A fundraiser for Berwyn's 16th Street Theater.

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The Blasters, Javier & the Innocent Sons

Sat, Jun 20 2015, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Phil Alvin and the band return for a night of roots rock. Second of a two night stand.

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Jazz Community Big Band with vocalist Tammy McCann

Sun, Jun 21 2015, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Music in the Club!

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Teen Artist Open Mic (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, Jun 21 2015, 7:00pm - $5; children under 8 free
The spotlight is on teens in this open mic. Sign up begins at 6:30 pm.

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David Polk Project featuring Frank Alongi, Ben Lewis, Tim Seisser, Chris Siebold and vocalist Amber Tripp

Tue, Jun 23 2015, 9:00pm - $10; students with parents get in free
The Chicago saxophonist performs with a stellar lineup of fellow musicians.

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SideBar Sessions with Brienn Perry Quartet

Wed, Jun 24 2015, 8:00pm - $10
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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The Houli's Hooley (SideBar)

Thu, Jun 25 2015, 7:30pm - Free
Ever wonder how a podcast works? Come to this exciting new weekly taping in the SideBar! Hosts Paddy and Bill Houlihan host this weekly one-hour show with a mix of music and interviews with local community organizers, playwrights and filmmakers, plus performances by musicians and stand up comedians.

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Ladies of the Canyon

Thu, Jun 25 2015, 8:00pm - $10
Performing songs by female rock artists of the '80s.

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Bonnie Koloc with Don Stille, Steve Eisen, Al Ehrich and John Rice

Fri, Jun 26 2015, 8:30pm - $22 in advance, $25 at the door - Tickets
Two sets by the enduring and versatile singer. "There's only one voice like that...a genius when it comes to singing." Rick Kogan, WGN Radio

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Jun 26 2015, 9:00pm - Free
Good time rock and roll, last Friday of every month.

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John Burnett Orchestra with Frieda Lee

Sun, Jun 28 2015, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9).

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July


34th Annual American Music Festival

Wed, Jul 01 2015, 6:00pm - $25; festival pass $100 - Tickets
Our 34th festival, with over 40 bands on three stages, festival tents with seating and Festival Tom's good Cajun/American BBQ!

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34th Annual American Music Festival

Thu, Jul 02 2015, 5:00pm - $35; festival pass $100 - Tickets
Our 34th festival, with over 40 bands on three stages, festival tents with seating and Festival Tom's good Cajun/American BBQ!

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34th Annual American Music Festival

Fri, Jul 03 2015, 1:00pm - $35; festival pass $100 - Tickets
Our 34th festival, with over 40 bands on three stages, festival tents with seating and Festival Tom's good Cajun/American BBQ!

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34th Annual American Music Festival

Sat, Jul 04 2015, 1:00pm - $35 - Tickets
Our 34th festival, with over 40 bands on three stages, festival tents with seating and Festival Tom's good Cajun/American BBQ!

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Whitey Morgan and the 78s, Cody Jinks

Sat, Jul 11 2015, 8:30pm - $15; $75 - Tickets
Country music at its best. $75 VIP ticket includes: general admission ticket to the show, sound check meet and greet with Whitey, VIP koozie, VIP laminate.

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Banditos

Fri, Jul 24 2015, 9:00pm - $10 - At TicketFly only - Tickets
From backwoods bluegrass, to slinky nods to Muscle Shoals soul and unexpected bits of doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos recall many, but sound like no one but themselves.

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Anson Funderburgh, Mark Hummel, Little Charlie with Golden State-Lone Star

Sat, Jul 25 2015, 9:00pm - $20 - On sale April 24 - Tickets
An all-star cross country melding of California musicians.

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August


The Black Lillies

Fri, Aug 07 2015, 9:00pm - $15 - On sale May 15 - Tickets
The Black Lillies honor the traditions of their Appalachian heritage while blazing new trails in the roots rock genre.

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