December


Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Dec 07 2016, 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 Ben Lewis Trio

Wed, Dec 07 2016, 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 Thomas Comerford Band, Mint Mile, Advance Base

Thu, Dec 08 2016, 8:00pm - $5
John Fancher hosts this monthly evening of up-and-coming local artists. Doors open at 7 pm. PBR's $2!!

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Ron and Naomi's Christmas Special

Thu, Dec 08 2016, 8:30pm - $10 - At the door only
One part Andy Williams, one part Garrison Keillor, one part Pee Wee's Playhouse with guests John Claxton and Clark Street Bridge, Christmas Cowpokes, The Christmas Sisters, Pro Musica Kids Choir, Cayne Collier, Hoops Magee, Laura Lopardo and the Downsized Elves Band. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Dec 09 2016, 5:00pm
Come on by the SideBar from 5-7 on Fridays for $2 Miller and Coors bottles, $4 craft beer pints, $4 well drinks and $5 glasses of wine.

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Speed4Sarah: ALS Fundraiser

Fri, Dec 09 2016, 7:00pm - $20 in advance; $25 day of show - Tickets
Fall Fundraiser Concert & Silent Auction & Raffle In Support of Young Faces of ALS.

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The Deadbeats & Why Not Reunion Show plus J Hanrahan Quartet

Sat, Dec 10 2016, 8:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Two of Chicago's original jam bands together for one night! Plus an opening set by the J Hanrahan Quartet. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Jon Dee Graham (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Dec 10 2016, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
An evening of acoustic music with 3-time Austin Hall Of Fame songwriter and musician in the SideBar Music Room. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Pete Ellman Big Band

Sun, Dec 11 2016, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big band music in the club. Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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Teen Artist Open Mic (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, Dec 11 2016, 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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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Dec 13 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Dec 13 2016, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
An evening of spoken word hosted by Maureen Muldoon with musical improvisation by Cathy Richardson. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Dec 14 2016, 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 Christmas Show

Wed, Dec 14 2016, 7:30pm - $15, $5 (17 & under) - Tickets
Performing the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Chicago composer/arrangers and various seasonal favorites. Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 6:30 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Peter Lerner Quartet

Wed, Dec 14 2016, 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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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Dec 16 2016, 5:00pm
Come on by the SideBar from 5-7 on Fridays for $2 Miller and Coors bottles, $4 craft beer pints, $4 well drinks and $5 glasses of wine.

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Club Closed for a Private Party

Fri, Dec 16 2016, 5:00pm
Club is closed but The SideBar is open at 5 pm with music at 8:30 pm from Phil Angotti & Friends.

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Phil Angotti & Friends (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, Dec 16 2016, 8:30pm - $8 - At the door only
An evening of acoustic music. Up first is a solo set by Phil followed by a set with Phil and Jay Goeppner (The Beatle Brothers).

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Christmas with the Beatles (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Dec 17 2016, 8:00pm - $12 or $8 with the donation of a pair of gloves
Celebrate the holidays with an evening of Beatles' music with Meet The Beetles (Beatles Tribute Band), plus The Yellow SubMorons (Rutles Tribute Band) and Danny Donuts and The Crabby Road Band (Christmas-themed Abbey Road Parody). $12 or $8 with the donation of a pair of gloves. Gloves and a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Night Ministry. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Brave Combo Holiday Spectacular

Sat, Dec 17 2016, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Polka, Cha-Cha, Hokey Pokey and more -- Come celebrate FitzGerald's 36th Anniversary! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Tony Fitzpatrick booksigning party for "The Secret Birds"

Sun, Dec 18 2016, 1:00pm - No cover
From 1-4 pm, come on out and help Tony Fitzpatrick celebrate the publication of his recent book "The Secret Birds." Frank Catalano supplies the music.

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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners

Sun, Dec 18 2016, 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 Christmas Show in the Club

Tue, Dec 20 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Dec 21 2016, 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, Dec 21 2016, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Acoustic Jazz and Classic Cocktails. Sponsored by WDCB (90.9) - Chicago's Jazz Station. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Country Night in Berwyn Holiday Show

Thu, Dec 22 2016, 7:00pm - $5 - At the door only
We're roundin' up the best country bands in the city for a holiday show! $2 PBRs, $3 Whiskey shots -- yahoo! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Dec 23 2016, 5:00pm
Come on by the SideBar from 5-7 on Fridays for $2 Miller and Coors bottles, $4 craft beer pints, $4 well drinks and $5 glasses of wine.

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The Redmonds Family Christmas Show

Fri, Dec 23 2016, 8:00pm - $12
Celebrate the holidays with a blend of country, pop and blues.

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Christmas Eve (Club and SideBar Closed)

Sat, Dec 24 2016, 5:00pm
Happy Holidays!

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Christmas Day (Club & SideBar Closed)

Sun, Dec 25 2016, 5:00pm
Happy holidays!

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Dec 27 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Dec 28 2016, 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 New Standard Quintet

Wed, Dec 28 2016, 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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Ike Reilly (solo acoustic)

Thu, Dec 29 2016, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
A solo acoustic show with the Libertyville native, one of America's best contemporary songwriters. Doors at 7 pm.

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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Dec 30 2016, 5:00pm
Come on by the SideBar from 5-7 on Fridays for $2 Miller and Coors bottles, $4 craft beer pints, $4 well drinks and $5 glasses of wine.

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SHOW CANCELLED: American English

Fri, Dec 30 2016, 9:00pm - $12
Chicago's #1 Beatles Tribute Band. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Dec 30 2016, 9:00pm - Free - just hit the tip jar!
Good time rock and roll!

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New Year's Eve with Expo '76 and the Total Pro Horns with Kelly Hogan and other special guests

Sat, Dec 31 2016, 9:30pm - $25 - Tickets
Rock in the New Year with Expo's stunning list of hits and obscure cover tunes! Plus Kelly Hogan and other special guests. Includes party hats, favors and champagne toast. Doors open at 8 pm.

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January


New Year's Day (Club and SideBar Closed)

Sun, Jan 01 2017, 5:00pm
Happy New Year 2017!

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Jan 03 2017, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Jan 04 2017, 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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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Jan 06 2017, 5:00pm
Come on by the SideBar from 5-7 on Fridays for $2 Miller and Coors bottles, $4 craft beer pints, $4 well drinks and $5 glasses of wine.

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Chip Taylor (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, Jan 06 2017, 8:00pm - $15 - Tickets
An evening with legendary songwriter Chip Taylor. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

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The Belvederes, Jack Swain's Big O

Sat, Jan 07 2017, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Dynamic playing, tight three-part harmonies, dance floor-friendly energy. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band

Sun, Jan 08 2017, 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 10 2017, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Jan 10 2017, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
An evening of spoken word hosted by Maureen Muldoon with musical improvisation by Cathy Richardson. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Jan 11 2017, 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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Exposure Local Music Showcase

Thu, Jan 12 2017, 8:00pm - $5
John Fancher hosts this monthly evening of up-and-coming local artists. Doors open at 7 pm. PBR's $2!!

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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Jan 13 2017, 5:00pm
Come on by the SideBar from 5-7 on Fridays for $2 Miller and Coors bottles, $4 craft beer pints, $4 well drinks and $5 glasses of wine.

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Guitar Town: The Music of Steve Earle performed by Crazy Heart (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Jan 14 2017, 8:00pm - $15 - Tickets
A tribute in honor of the 30th anniversary of Earle's iconic album! Plus a celebration of Earle's birthday. Doors open at 7 pm.

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8th Annual Opportunity Knocks Chili Cook-Off

Sun, Jan 15 2017, 12:00pm - $25 in advance online; $30 at the door; kids 12 and under free - Tickets
Come join us for great food, drink, raffles, prizes and NFL playoffs! Individual and team competitors will vie for the title of best chili while we share a Sunday Funday and revel together for a great cause. Doors open at noon.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Jan 17 2017, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Jan 18 2017, 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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Toy Robots

Thu, Jan 19 2017, 8:30pm - $8 - At the door only
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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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Jan 20 2017, 5:00pm
Come on by the SideBar from 5-7 on Fridays for $2 Miller and Coors bottles, $4 craft beer pints, $4 well drinks and $5 glasses of wine.

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Bad Sneakers Orchestra

Fri, Jan 20 2017, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
Dedicated musicians bring their love of Steely Dan to the stage. Plus an invitational Pro Jam after the show with Chicago guitar legends. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks

Sat, Jan 21 2017, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Southern-fried roots and rockabilly. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Jan 21 2017, 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, Jan 22 2017, 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, Jan 24 2017, 8:00pm - Free
Come on out and perform on the big stage!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Jan 25 2017, 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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Country Night in Berwyn

Thu, Jan 26 2017, 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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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Jan 27 2017, 5:00pm
Come on by the SideBar from 5-7 on Fridays for $2 Miller and Coors bottles, $4 craft beer pints, $4 well drinks and $5 glasses of wine.

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Rico Birthday Bash

Fri, Jan 27 2017, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Come dance the night away at Ricky's (Rico's) Birthday Bash -- Classic Rock, Soul & Funk. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Jan 27 2017, 9:00pm - Free - just hit the tip jar!
Good time rock and roll!

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Polyrhythmic

Sat, Jan 28 2017, 8:30pm - $20 - Tickets
An evening of jazz featuring Greg Spero (piano), Mike Mitchell (drums), Hadrien Feraud (bass) and Dario Chiazzolino (guitar). Doors open at 7 pm.

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Polyrhythmic

Sun, Jan 29 2017, 1:00pm - $10, $2 for students with ID - At the door only
An afternoon show to introduce the next thing in jazz to students. Polyrhythmic is Greg Spero (piano), Mike Mitchell (drums), Hadrien Feraud (bass) and Dario Chiazzolino (guitar). Doors open at noon.

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, Jan 29 2017, 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 31 2017, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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February


Cathy Richardson Band

Fri, Feb 03 2017, 9:00pm - $20 - On sale Dec. 9 - Tickets
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter with the powerful, soulful voice. Doors open at 7 pm.

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3rd Annual Washington Island Fish Boil Festival

Sat, Feb 04 2017, 3:30pm - $15 festival admission; fish boil dinner an additional $17; bratwurst dinner an additional $12 - On sale Dec. 9 - Tickets
An authentic Door County fresh whitefish boil (including fish, potatoes, cole slaw, dessert), music with Fiddlers Green Jam Session (SideBar Music Room).

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Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts

Sat, Feb 18 2017, 9:00pm - $12 - On sale Dec. 9 - Tickets
The singer-songwriter returns with his signature blend of rock and soul. Doors open at 7 pm.

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After Brunch Bash with The Teflons and Sunnyside Up

Sun, Feb 26 2017, 1:00pm - $12 for adults; $4 for kids - On sale Dec. 9 - 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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March


Tuba Skinny

Sat, Mar 11 2017, 9:00pm - $10 - On sale Dec. 9 - Tickets
Drawing on a wide range of musical influences—from spirituals to Depression-era blues, from ragtime to traditional jazz—Tuba Skinny;s sound evokes the rich musical heritage of their New Orleans home. Doors open at 7 pm.

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