August


Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Aug 21 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Aug 22 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, Aug 22 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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Cedes Buck (CD Release) (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Aug 23 2018, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Join Cedes and fellow musicians Jim Goelitz, Bill Kavanagh, Dave Bernat, Val Leventhal, Ray Nosal and Scott Carlton for an eclectic blend of folk, rockabilly, pop and rock as she celebrates the release of her first CD and shares her sometimes quirky, sometimes whimsical, always passionate take on life.

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Bossa Blue Presents: A Tribute to the James Taylor Songbook

Thu, Aug 23 2018, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets
James Taylor songs re-imagined and re-energized! Singer-songwriter Brad Cole's project Bossa Blue combines Latin rhythms, jazz, dub, rock and soulful blues along with intriguing vocal interplay to create their unique and intoxicating grooves. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Switchback

Fri, Aug 24 2018, 8:00pm - $20 in advance, $25 at the door - Tickets
Switchback's ONLY Chicago area show for 2018 features an intimate opening acoustic set with Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack followed by a full band set with room for dancing. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Zazz (SideBar)

Fri, Aug 24 2018, 8:00pm - $5 donation
An alternative jazz quintet that delights audiences with innovative and alternative music.

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The Waco Brothers, Al Scorch

Sat, Aug 25 2018, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Meet up at the crossroads of punk and country! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Aug 25 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, Aug 26 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, Aug 28 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Aug 29 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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Goodnight, Texas

Wed, Aug 29 2018, 8:00pm - $10 in advance, $12 at the door - Tickets
Music at the crossroads of folk and blues and rock ‘n’ roll, in a place where dry wit and dark truths meet hope and utmost sincerity. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Sidebar Sessions with Greg Dudzienski Trio

Wed, Aug 29 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 with Exit Left, Emory Gap, Hannah Aldridge, Black Friars Social Club, Matt Woods & the Natrual Disasters (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Aug 30 2018, 7:30pm - $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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Scott Ligon's All-Star Freakout!

Thu, Aug 30 2018, 8:30pm - $10 - At the door only
A heady mix of jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll, country & soul with Scott Ligon and Casey McDonough, Joel Patterson, John Perrin, Doug Corcoran, Bongo Randy Rogers. The band will be in residency throughout the summer at FitzGerald's. Doors open at 7 pm.

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MilkMoney, Peter Joly (SideBar

Fri, Aug 31 2018, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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Big Suit: A Tribute to Talking Heads

Fri, Aug 31 2018, 9:00pm - $18 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
A Chicago-based collective of nine musicians drawn to the cerebral adventures, infectious rhythms, and pioneering music of Talking Heads.

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September


The Flat Five

Sat, Sep 01 2018, 8:30pm - $18 in advance, $20 at the door - Tickets
Pop vocal super-group featuring Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Alex Hall. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band

Sun, Sep 02 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 Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

Tue, Sep 04 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. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Sep 04 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Sep 05 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 Planet Flippo Quartet

Wed, Sep 05 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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Bitters (SideBar)

Thu, Sep 06 2018, 8:00pm - $5 donation
A power quintet of music improvisation and live music mixology.

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10 String Symphony, Ryan Joseph Anderson

Thu, Sep 06 2018, 8:30pm - $10 in advance, $12 at the door - Tickets
“…a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered with a dash of rock and roll spunk.” —American Songwriter Magazine. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Acoustic Friday with Jenny Bienemann & Friends (SideBar)

Fri, Sep 07 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.

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Shinyribs, Cordovas

Fri, Sep 07 2018, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
An evening with Shinyribs is a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Terrapin Flyer

Sat, Sep 08 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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Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore (backed by the Guilty Ones)

Sun, Sep 09 2018, 5:30pm - $30 - Tickets
Two of our favorite roots music legends! Early show...doors open at 4:30 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Sep 11 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Sep 11 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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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Sep 12 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 Chicago Latin Jazz Connection featuring Peter Lerner

Wed, Sep 12 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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Scott Ligon's All-Star Freakout!

Wed, Sep 12 2018, 8:30pm - $10 - At the door only
A heady mix of jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll, country & soul with Scott Ligon and Casey McDonough, Joel Patterson, John Perrin, Doug Corcoran, Bongo Randy Rogers. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Exposure Local Music Showcase with Toni Fountain, Jory Avner, The Cloud Corporation

Thu, Sep 13 2018, 8:00pm - Free, just hit the tip jar
John Fancher hosts this monthly evening of up-and-coming local artists. Doors open at 7 pm. PBR's $2!!

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Oaktoberfest After Party with Jared 7 the Mill, Cardinal Harbor

Fri, Sep 14 2018, 9:00pm - $15 - On sale Aug. 24 at Ticketfly only - Tickets
The band says, "We’re just as likely to get down on Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan as we are Van Halen, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd." Doors open at 7 pm.

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Oaktoberfest After Party with Expo '76

Sat, Sep 15 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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And The Beat Goes On... Spend A Day Celebrating Val!

Sun, Sep 16 2018, 3:30pm - $10 donation at the door, proceeds go to Val's favorite charities
Live Music by: Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Phil Agnotti, Expo '76, Live To Sing Choir, Falling Stars, Beatle-leles & More! Hosted by Steve Parker & Terri Hemmert. There is plenty of more information to come, including more musical acts and charitable fundraising but we want you all to save the date for now. See you on the 16th!

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Teen Artist Open Mic (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, Sep 16 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 SideBar

Tue, Sep 18 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Sep 19 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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Big Band Dance Party with APOL Orchestra

Wed, Sep 19 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 Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, Sep 19 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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Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman, Jeannie Lambert & Russ Phillips (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Sep 20 2018, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
An evening of jazz. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Real Pretenders (SideBar)

Fri, Sep 21 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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Deacon Blues Anniversary Show

Fri, Sep 21 2018, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
A tribute to Steely Dan. Doors open at 7 pm.

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OPRF Class of 1978 Reunion (SideBar Party Room)

Sat, Sep 22 2018, 6:00pm
The 40th year reunion will be held over Homecoming Weekend, with the "main event" on Saturday evening, SEPTEMBER 22 from 6-11 pm at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn. Additional events may be planned for that weekend. Many thanks to Jane Erickson for heading up the planning committee. You can get more details as plans progress at the class website: www.oprf78.com or to contact Jane use the "Contact Us" link on the website. NOTE: Club closed to the public.

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OPRF Class of 1993 Reunion (Club)

Sat, Sep 22 2018, 7:00pm
There will be a 25-year reunion over Homecoming weekend on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 7-11 pm at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn. Visit the class website at http://oprfclassof1993.com/ for more details and ticket information. Get in touch by e-mail to oprfhs93@gmail.com. And check out their facebook page to connect with your classmates at www.facebook.com/groups/93Huskies/ NOTE: SideBar closed to the public.

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, Sep 23 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, Sep 25 2018, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Sep 26 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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Ana Egge, Jess Robbins

Wed, Sep 26 2018, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
As Lucinda Williams once told some friends, “Listen to her lyrics. Ana is the folk Nina Simone.” Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Ryan Schultz/Chad McCullough Quintet

Wed, Sep 26 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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Honey Island Swamp Band

Thu, Sep 27 2018, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
Bayou Americana! Think The Band’s Big Pink album and add a splash of hot sauce with "Willin’" by Little Feat – this group of New Orleans vagabonds nails it. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Sep 28 2018, 9:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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Nick Moss Band

Sat, Sep 29 2018, 9:00pm - $15 in advance, $18 at the door - Tickets
Nick Moss is a bona fide bluesman to his soul with 12 solo releases to his credit, ranging from straight ahead Chicago blues to experimental blues-rock. The recent album, "The High Cost of Low Living," is a return to the classic Chicago blues ensemble sound Moss knows, lives and loves. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Sep 29 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, Sep 30 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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October


Joey Landreth Trio

Thu, Oct 04 2018, 8:30pm - $10 in advance, $12 at door - Tickets
A side project of one of the members of The Bros. Landreth. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Rico

Fri, Oct 05 2018, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Come dance the night away -- Classic Rock, Soul & Funk. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Cold Hard Cash Show

Sat, Oct 06 2018, 9:00pm - $12 in advance, $15 at the door - Tickets
The Cold Hard Cash Show is an original and innovative tribute to the music of Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Three. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Club Closed for a Private Party

Sun, Oct 07 2018, 5:00pm

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StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation

Thu, Oct 11 2018, 7:00pm - Tickets start at $50 and include admission, food and entertainment - Tickets
From 7-10 pm, enjoy food, drink and the company of friends while hearing stories of adventure, mishap and discovery told by consummate storytellers.

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Chris Knight (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, Oct 12 2018, 7:30pm - $35 in advance, $40 at the door - On sale Aug. 17 - Tickets
The singer/songwriter whose work has been compared to Prine, Cash and Nebraska-era Springsteen. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

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The Heavy Sounds present Sweet Soul Music - A Night of Stax Records

Fri, Oct 12 2018, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Chicago based Soul outfit, The Heavy Sounds, will join forces with an all-star cast to pay tribute to the legendary Memphis record label Stax Records. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Eric Gales

Sat, Oct 13 2018, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
“Eric Gales is one of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world” — Joe Bonamassa. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Jazz Community Big Band

Sun, Oct 14 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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Blues Caravan 2018 featuring Bernard Allison, Mike Zito and Ally Venable

Thu, Oct 18 2018, 8:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at the door - Tickets
A stellar night of blues. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis (CD Release)

Fri, Oct 19 2018, 9:00pm - $25 - Tickets
"Wild! Wild! Wild!," the new collaboration between Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks and rock-and-roll royalty Linda Gail Lewis, is Americana music that’s as butt-shakin’ as Beale Street, deep-rooted as the Grand Ole Opry, and hip as a trip to The Strip. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Black Lillies

Sat, Oct 20 2018, 9:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at the door - Tickets
With a new configuration, new album 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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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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Reckless Kelly

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

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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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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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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November


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

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

Sat, Nov 17 2018, 7:00pm - $175, includes appetizers and drinks - On sale 7 am, Aug. 27 online only; no tickets sold at the club - 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.

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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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December


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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