December


Jazz Community Big Band Holiday Show with vocalist Ava Logan, plus Jones College Prep Jazz Combo

Sun, Dec 09 2018, 5:30pm - $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, Dec 09 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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"It's A Wonderful Life" Viewing Party

Mon, Dec 10 2018, 8:00pm - No cover charge - Reservations are required via TicketWeb beginning Nov. 9, 11 am
Due to popular demand, we'll be reprising our pop-up nights with this classic Christmas tale. This year we'll be showing the film in the club only to make room for all the folks who we couldn't fit in last year!

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Open Mic in the SideBar

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

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Dec 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, Dec 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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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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Sidebar Sessions with Greg Dudzienski Trio

Wed, Dec 12 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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Exposure Local Music Showcase with Sails, The Get, Toy Robots

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

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The Webstirs (SideBar)

Thu, Dec 13 2018, 8:00pm - Free - Just hit the tip jar
Catchy and upbeat pop.

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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, Phil Angotti Band

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

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Dec 15 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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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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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners, Naperville Central High School Jazz Band

Sun, Dec 16 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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"It's A Wonderful Life" Viewing Party

Mon, Dec 17 2018, 8:00pm - No cover charge - Reservations are required via TicketWeb beginning Nov. 9, 11 am
Due to popular demand, we'll be reprising our pop-up nights with this classic Christmas tale. This year we'll be showing the film in the club only to make room for all the folks who we couldn't fit in last year!

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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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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Dec 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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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) - 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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SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, Dec 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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Country Night in Berwyn Holiday Edition

Thu, Dec 20 2018, 7:30pm - $10
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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The Menards

Thu, Dec 20 2018, 8:00pm - $5 donation
An evening of country blues and folk rock with Tim Menard's smoky tenor backed by Michael Krayniak on bass, Gabriel Stutz on pedal steel and Cathie Van Wert Menard on fiddle.

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Anderson Holiday Jamboree: Benefiting 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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The Redmonds Christmas Show

Fri, Dec 21 2018, 8:00pm - $12 in advance at TicketWeb and at club or $10 with a non-perishable food item at door only - Tickets
The Redmonds holiday show with Cold Water Mystic, Romeo Brothers, 24/7 (kid rock band) plus special guests Jimy Sohns of Shadows of Night; J.B. Ritchie, Harry Witz, and Gloria & Roger Taylor. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ronnie Baker Brooks

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

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Lovehouse Rockin' Holiday Show (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Dec 22 2018, 9:00pm - $5 - Tickets
It's the annual Rockin' Holiday Show featuring a set list of "XRT" classics from the 60's to today.

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"It's A Wonderful Life" Viewing Party

Sun, Dec 23 2018, 8:00pm - No cover charge - Reservations are required via TicketWeb beginning Nov. 9, 1:30 PM - Tickets
The movie viewing party is SOLD OUT, but the Belvederes will be playing a free holiday show afterward and departing guests will leave plenty of room so come on by!

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The Belvederes

Sun, Dec 23 2018, 10:15pm - Free
After the screening of "It's a Wonderful Life," a free show with one of our favorite local roots-rock bands!

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Christmas Eve (Club and SideBar Closed)

Mon, Dec 24 2018, 5:00pm
Happy Holidays!

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Christmas (Club and SideBar Closed)

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

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"It's A Wonderful Life" Viewing Party

Wed, Dec 26 2018, 8:00pm - No cover charge - Reservations are required via TicketWeb beginning Nov. 9, 1:30 PM - Tickets
Due to popular demand, we'll be reprising our pop-up nights with this classic Christmas tale. This year we'll be showing the film in the club only to make room for all the folks who we couldn't fit in last year!

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An Evening with Ike Reilly

Thu, Dec 27 2018, 8:00pm - $25 - Tickets
One of America's best contemporary songwriters. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

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

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Terrapin Flyer

Fri, Dec 28 2018, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Grateful Dead music from some of the top performers on the Chicago jam scene. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Lonesome Still, Working Mother (SideBar)

Sat, Dec 29 2018, 8:00pm - $10 donation
Hipsters, two-steppers, and even grizzled country purists agree Lonesome Still might be the best-kept secret in Chicago’s country music scene.

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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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The Dana Legg Stage Band

Sun, Dec 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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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. Sponsored by 805 Blonde Ale. Doors open at 8 pm.

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NEW YEAR'S EVE with The Heavy Sounds (SideBar Music Room)

Mon, Dec 31 2018, 9:30pm - $15 in advance, $20 at the door - Tickets
Ring in the New Year with the Chicago-based soul outfit. Plus party hats, favors and champagne toast. Doors open at 8 pm.

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January


New Year's Day (Club and SideBar Closed)

Tue, Jan 01 2019, 5:00pm
Happy New Year!

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Bitters (SideBar)

Thu, Jan 03 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
A power quintet of music improvisation and live music mixology.

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Acoustic Friday with Jenny Bienemann & Friends (SideBar)

Fri, Jan 04 2019, 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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The Bad Sneakers Orchestra

Fri, Jan 04 2019, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Dedicated musicians bring their love of Steely Dan to the stage. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Heartsfield

Sat, Jan 05 2019, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Up-tempo, foot-stompin’ country music! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Water Color Class with Mark Anderson

Sun, Jan 06 2019, 2:00pm
The start date of an 8 week water color class with professional illustrator Mark Anderson. Beginners and advanced students all welcomed!

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band

Sun, Jan 06 2019, 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, Jan 08 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Bunkertown (SideBar)

Fri, Jan 11 2019, 8:00pm - $8 suggested donation
A mix of folk, rock, blues and country.

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Water Color Class with Mark Anderson

Sun, Jan 13 2019, 2:00pm
Week 2 of water color classes with professional illustrator Mark Anderson. This is not a drop in event, you must sign up for the course.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Jan 15 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Jan 15 2019, 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, Jan 16 2019, 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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Real Pretenders

Thu, Jan 17 2019, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets
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! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Toy Robots (SideBar)

Fri, Jan 18 2019, 8:00pm - $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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C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Fri, Jan 18 2019, 9:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - On sale Nov. 23 - Tickets
A hot evening of zydeco with the Louisiana master. Doors open at 7 pm.

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7th Annual Funding Futures Chicago Fundraiser

Sat, Jan 19 2019, 7:00pm - $100 - Tickets
Funding Futures lights up the night in its continued support of cognition research dedicated to improve learning, provide greater independence and prevent the onset of early Alzheimer’s disease for people with Down syndrome.

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Opportunity Knocks Chili Cook-Off

Sun, Jan 20 2019, 12:00pm
Stay tuned for more info.

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Water Color Class with Mark Anderson moves!

Sun, Jan 20 2019, 2:00pm
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO A PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED EVENT, MARK WILL BE MOVING HIS CLASS THIS WEEK! CONTACT HIM FOR DETAILS!

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Open Mic in the Club

Tue, Jan 22 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Chicago Singer Spotlight Reunion

Wed, Jan 23 2019, 8:00pm - $8 - Tickets
Tonight's performers include Amy Allen, Becca Kaufman, Shaun Rajah, Erin Dahl Sellers, Natalie Orr Walsh, Emily Young. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Jan 25 2019, 9:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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Ian Leith (SideBar)

Sat, Jan 26 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Ian Leith is on a "quest of endless possibilities with these here fingers."

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The Business

Sat, Jan 26 2019, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
A Chicago-based horn band that equally comfortable playing R&B/Soul, Funk, Big Band, Swing, Motown, Salsa, and even Mariachi. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Water Color Class with Mark Anderson

Sun, Jan 27 2019, 2:00pm
An 8 week water color class with professional illustrator Mark Anderson. This is not a drop in class, you must sign up for the course, which begins Sunday, January 6.

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, Jan 27 2019, 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, Jan 29 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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February


5th Annual Washington Island Fish Boil Festival

Sat, Feb 02 2019, 3:30pm - $15 festival admission; fish boil dinner an additional $18 - Tickets
An authentic Door County fresh whitefish boil (including fish, potatoes, beans, corn, cole slaw, dessert), a bratwurst dinner (and vegetarian fare) for those who don't want fish (no advance tickets for the brat and vegetarian just pay when you buy) and music in the SideBar and Club.

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Water Color Class with Mark Anderson

Sun, Feb 03 2019, 2:00pm
An 8 week water color class with professional illustrator Mark Anderson. This is not a drop in class, you must sign up for the course, which begins Sunday, January 6.

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Water Color Class with Mark Anderson

Sun, Feb 10 2019, 2:00pm
An 8 week water color class with professional illustrator Mark Anderson. This is not a drop in class, you must sign up for the course, which begins Sunday, January 6.

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After Brunch Bash with The Teflons and Sunnyside Up

Sun, Feb 17 2019, 1:00pm - $15, $4 for kids - Tickets
Bluegrass, swing, country plus a family barn dance. (Adult tickets are on sale at the club and TicketWeb; for children just pay at the door.) Capri will be serving if you're still hungry! Doors open at 12:15.

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Water Color Class with Mark Anderson

Sun, Feb 17 2019, 2:00pm
An 8 week water color class with professional illustrator Mark Anderson. This is not a drop in class, you must sign up for the course, which begins Sunday, January 6.

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Water Color Class with Mark Anderson

Sun, Feb 24 2019, 2:00pm
An 8 week water color class with professional illustrator Mark Anderson. This is not a drop in class, you must sign up for the course, which begins Sunday, January 6.

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March


Sonny Landreth, Marcia Ball

Sat, Mar 02 2019, 8:00pm - $40 - Tickets
A double dose of stellar roots music. Doors open at 8 pm.

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April


Chris Smither

Fri, Apr 12 2019, 8:30pm - $25 advance, $30 at door - Tickets
A profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist, and intense performer who draws deeply from the blues, American folk music and modern poets. Doors open at 7 pm.

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