October


Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners

Sun, Oct 21 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, Oct 21 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, Oct 23 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Oct 24 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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Senator Don Harmon: The Special Session

Wed, Oct 24 2018, 7:30pm - $100
A fundraiser featuring Senator Don Harmon and his band.

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SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, Oct 24 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 The Hogmires, Cox's Army (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Oct 25 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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Reckless Kelly, South City Revival

Thu, Oct 25 2018, 8:30pm - $20 in advance, $25 at door - Tickets
The Austin-based band were Americana before there really was such a term, combining roots, rock and country influences into an uncompromising musical approach that has earned the Grammy-winning group a very steadfast and loyal following. " - A Taste of Country. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Eric Lindell featuring Anson Funderburgh

Fri, Oct 26 2018, 9:00pm - $25 - Tickets
“Stellar, sublime blue-eyed soul and romping New Orleans R&B, played at the intersection of soul, blues and roots rock” – New Orleans Times-Picayune. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Oct 26 2018, 9:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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Club and SideBar Closed for a Wedding

Sat, Oct 27 2018, 5:00pm

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Brett Newski, Miles Nielsen, Even Bigger

Sun, Oct 28 2018, 1:00pm - $13 in advance, $15 at door - Tickets
Indie rock on a Sunday afternoon. Doors open at noon.

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, Oct 28 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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Gurf Morlix

Tue, Oct 30 2018, 8:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Visiting planet Gurf has always been an enlightening experience! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Oct 30 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Oct 31 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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The Quebe Sisters

Wed, Oct 31 2018, 8:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at the door - Tickets
When the Texas-born Quebe Sisters, triple-threat fiddle champions, start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony audiences are blown away. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Sidebar Sessons with Marshal Vente Quartet

Wed, Oct 31 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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November


Bitters (SideBar)

Thu, Nov 01 2018, 8:00pm - $5 donation
A power quintet of music improvisation and live music mixology.

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Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots, Electric Dirt, Kathy Greenholdt

Thu, Nov 01 2018, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets
Soulful roots music plus the music of the great Levon Helm. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Acoustic Friday with Jenny Bienemann & Friends (SideBar)

Fri, Nov 02 2018, 6:00pm - $5 donation
These sessions will feature family and friends including Jenny's husband Robin Bienemann, and a rotating cast of local and national singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists. Plus tonight, The Rainy Day Women do CSN in SideBar Music Room.

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Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys

Fri, Nov 02 2018, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Since forming in 1988, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have emerged as one of the world's most respected practitioners of American roots music. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Nobody's Girl (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Nov 03 2018, 8:00pm - $15 - Tickets
BettySoo, Grace Pettis, and Rebecca Loebe bewitch audiences with sumptuous harmonies and unforgettable songwriting. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Nikki Hill, The Imperial Sound

Sat, Nov 03 2018, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, Hill and her band deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band

Sun, Nov 04 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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Bluesday Tuesday with Cash Box Kings

Tue, Nov 06 2018, 7:00pm - $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.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Nov 06 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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All Night Boogie Band

Wed, Nov 07 2018, 8:00pm - $8 - Tickets
With over 300 years of combined musical experience The All Night Boogie Band plays authentic blues and good time rock ‘n’ roll. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with New Standard Quintet

Wed, Nov 07 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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Irving Trivia Night

Thu, Nov 08 2018, 7:00pm - $40 - Tickets
Get your team together for this benefit for Irving Elementary School.

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James McCandless Tribute Show (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Nov 08 2018, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
The 5th annual tribute to the late singer-songwriter with performances by Ian Leith, Andrew Calhoun, Naomi Ashley, Ron Lazzeretti, Victor Sanders, Jim Eichorst, Michael Palmer, Kristin Cotts, Mark Bishop and Mary Daly, Marc McGowen and Friends, and the Significant Others: Jenny Bienemann, Robin Bienemann, Brian Mahoney, Derek Inksetter, Dave Walker and Jodi Walker.

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Toy Robots & Friends (SideBar)

Fri, Nov 09 2018, 9:00pm - $5 donation
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.

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Expo '76 (Club)

Fri, Nov 09 2018, 9:00pm - Free, just hit the tip jar
Sponsored by Brickstone Brewery, Bourbonnais IL. $4 Brickstone APA pints! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ian Leith (SideBar)

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

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Edward David Anderson, Chicago Farmer

Sat, Nov 10 2018, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
Edward David Anderson is an American songwriter and rock & roll veteran who spent his formative years fronting the revered Midwest band, Backyard Tire Fire. His new album, "Chasing Butterflies" is due out Oc.t 19. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Watercolor Demonstration with Mark Anderson

Sun, Nov 11 2018, 2:00pm - FREE
Illustrator Mark Anderson will explore techniques and approaches to watercolor art in this FREE two-hour session. Hope you can join us!

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Shout Section Big Band

Sun, Nov 11 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, Nov 13 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Nov 13 2018, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
An evening of spoken word hosted by Maureen Muldoon with featured storytellers and musical improvisation by Cathy Richardson. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Big Band Dance Party with APOL Orchestra

Wed, Nov 14 2018, 7:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Break out those dancin' shoes and join the big band dance swells and glide to the music of the APOL Orchestra. Free dance lesson during the break. Doors open at 6 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Suenos

Wed, Nov 14 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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SisterHouse Benefit (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Nov 15 2018, 6:00pm - $50 in advance; $60 at the door - Tickets
From 6-9 pm, Join SisterHouse for the Fifth Annual Fall Fundraiser with dinner, raffles, a silent auction and magic by John Measner! Please come out to support more than 35 years of helping to transform the lives of women in recovery!

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Exposure Local Music Showcase

Thu, Nov 15 2018, 8:00pm - $5 donation
John Fancher hosts this monthly evening of up-and-coming local artists. Doors open at 7 pm. PBR's $2!!

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Vanessa Davis Band 40th Anniversary Show

Fri, Nov 16 2018, 8:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Celebrate four decades of high-energy blues with the Chicago favorite. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry Benefit with Lucinda Williams & Buick 6

Sat, Nov 17 2018, 7:00pm - $175, includes appetizers and drinks - Tickets
LUCINDA WILLIAMS! Whaat??? YES!! A benefit for the Oak Park Food Pantry and a celebration of the 20th anniversary of "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road" and the 40th anniversary of the pantry. THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT AT FTIZGERALD'S. THERE IS A WAIT LIST. EMAIL Laurenb@oprffoodpantry.org. FITZGERALD'S WILL NOT BE IN CHARGE OF THIS LIST.

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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners

Sun, Nov 18 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, Nov 18 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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Curt Morrison's Student Guitar Recital

Mon, Nov 19 2018, 7:00pm - No cover
Curt Morrison's guitar students perform on the big stage. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Nov 20 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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MilkMoney (CD Release) (SideBar Music Room)

Wed, Nov 21 2018, 8:00pm - $10 includes a CD - Tickets
Thanksgiving Eve Throwdown! Guests include Terry White, Ron Lazzeretti, Naomi Ashley, Jenny Bienemann and The Andon Davis Trio, plus a Roosevelt Road All Star Jam!

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Terrapin Flyer

Wed, Nov 21 2018, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
A Chicago-based Grateful Dead band whose revolving cast features top performers in the jamband scene. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Thanksgiving (Club and SideBar Closed)

Thu, Nov 22 2018, 5:00am
Happy Thanksgiving!

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5th Annual Speed4Sarah Fundraiser & Concert

Fri, Nov 23 2018, 7:00pm - $30 - Tickets at the door only
A fundraiser for Sarah Coglianese whose needs are ever increasing and now requires 24 hour care. By donating to the Medical and Care trust, you will have an immediate and tangible impact on her and her family, and in helping Sarah endure her battle with ALS.

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The Zimmermen with Cathy Richardson, Grant Tye, Ryan Joseph Anderson, Loren Middleton

Sat, Nov 24 2018, 8:30pm - $20 - Tickets
The Zimmermen and friends do Dylan. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Nov 24 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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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, Nov 25 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, Nov 27 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Chris White/Terry Bartolotta Duo

Wed, Nov 28 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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Country Night in Berwyn

Thu, Nov 29 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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American English

Fri, Nov 30 2018, 9:00pm - $12 in advance, $15 at the door - Tickets
Chicago's #1 Beatles Tribute Band. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Nov 30 2018, 9:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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December


Chris and Heather's Country Calendar Show

Sat, Dec 01 2018, 8:00pm - $20 - On sale Oct 19 - Tickets
This annual event has evolved from a strictly "country" show to a multi dimensional event featuring 12 live acts and vintage 16mm films. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Alewife (SideBar)

Sat, Dec 01 2018, 8:00pm - $8 suggested donation
Five member combo rocking the roots of surf/sci-fi from around this vast global multicultural milieu. Equatorial. Extraterrestrial. Extemporaneous. Exquisite.

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Jon Dee Graham, Ben de la Cour

Wed, Dec 05 2018, 8:00pm - $15 - Tickets
"Jon Dee Graham is the Titan of American songwriters." - Jason Isbell Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ron and Naomi's Christmas Special

Thu, Dec 06 2018, 8:00pm - $15
One part Andy Williams, one part Garrison Keillor, one part Pee Wee's Playhouse. Hosted by Ron Lazzeretti and Naomi Ashley. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Club Closed for a Private Event

Fri, Dec 07 2018, 5:00pm

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Mike Cooley (of Drive By Truckers)

Sat, Dec 08 2018, 9:00pm - $25 - Tickets
Cooley temporarily ditches his band and rolls back the volume for the acoustic songs found on his debut solo record, “The Fool on Every Corner." Doors open at 7 pm.

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Big Band Dance Party with APOL Orchestra

Wed, Dec 12 2018, 7:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Break out those dancin' shoes and join the big band dance swells and glide to the music of the APOL Orchestra. Free dance lesson during the break. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Tish Hinojosa (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, Dec 14 2018, 8:00pm - $15 - Tickets
"Simply put, Hinojosa is a first class songwriter" - Chicago Tribune. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Off Broadway

Fri, Dec 14 2018, 8:30pm - $15 - On sale Oct. 19 - Tickets
The band reunites for an evening of power pop! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Brave Combo Holiday Spectacular

Sat, Dec 15 2018, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
This annual holiday party is a FitzGerald favorite. You won't want to miss this great band. Will Frosty make an appearance? Doors open at 7 pm.

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Open Mic Christmas Party in the Club

Tue, Dec 18 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Come get your jingle on at the Open Mic Christmas Party!

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Rob Parton Big Band's “A Swingin’ Christmas” with vocalist Leslie Beukelman and Riverside-Brookfield High School Jazz Band

Wed, Dec 19 2018, 7:00pm - $15, $5 (17 & under) - On sale Oct. 19 - Tickets
Performing the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Chicago composer/arrangers and various seasonal favorites. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Anderson Holiday Jamboree: Benefitting Guitars over Guns (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, Dec 21 2018, 7:30pm - $10 - Tickets
"Anderson is a great package deal, great vocalist, superb songwriter, deeply rooted in blues and roots music and so much more." Doors open at 6:30 pm.

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Ronnie Baker Brooks

Sat, Dec 22 2018, 9:00pm - $20 in advance, $25 at door - On sale Oct. 19 - Tickets
The blues guitar hero with his band. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Christmas (Club and SideBar Closed)

Tue, Dec 25 2018, 5:00pm
Happy Holidays

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Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks

Sat, Dec 29 2018, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
Southern-fried roots and rockabilly. Doors open at 7 pm.

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NEW YEAR'S EVE with Expo '76 & the Total Pro Horns plus Outcast Jazz Band (Club)

Mon, Dec 31 2018, 9:00pm - $40 - Tickets
Expo will play a few songs, then will be joined and backed by a 12-piece big band! Plus party hats, favors and champagne toast. Doors open at 8 pm.

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