February


Fat Tuesday Party with Nelson Street Revival, VoiceBox Storytellers

Tue, Feb 09 2016, 6:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Fat Tuesday party with music, food, hurricanes and beads beads beads! And the FitzGerald's debut of Cathy Richardson's new roots-blues-soul supergroup. Doors open at 6 pm and we'll have jambalaya, gumbo and Andouille sausage po-boys by Tom "Festival" Cimms. Pay admission to this show and get free admission to the Roy Rubenstein Chicago Hot 6 show in the SideBar Music Room.

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Roy Rubenstein's Chicago Hot 6 (SideBar Music Room)

Tue, Feb 09 2016, 6:30pm - $10 at th door only
This is jazz that says New Orleans through and through.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Feb 09 2016, 9:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Feb 10 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 Peter Lerner Trio

Wed, Feb 10 2016, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station.

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Exposure Local Music Showcase with Kat's Pajamas, The Ions, East Avenue

Thu, Feb 11 2016, 8:00pm - $5
John Fancher hosts this monthly evening of up-and-coming local artists. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Tim Rack & Moral Hazard (SideBar)

Fri, Feb 12 2016, 8:00pm - FREE - just hit the tip jar!
Settle in for a night of everything from Cake to Elvis Costello! SideBar opens at 5 pm; show at 8 pm.

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Bono Bros Band, Fran Banish Band

Fri, Feb 12 2016, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets
Local favorite the Bono Bros at 8:30 pm followed by their very special guest blues-rock guitar legend Fran Banish at 10:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Glen David Andrews

Sat, Feb 13 2016, 7:00pm - $35 - At Brown Paper Tickets only - Tickets
"The Treme Prince Of New Orleans" in a concert to benefit the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Come on out and rock a Mardi Gras vibe for Valentine's Day! Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets only.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Feb 13 2016, 9:00pm - $10
An army of guitar players — bring your instrument and join in! NOTE: The SideBar and SideBar Music Room will be closed until 8 pm for a private party. The SideBar and doors for the Acoustic Army open at 8 pm.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band

Sun, Feb 14 2016, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9).

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Feb 16 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Feb 17 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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Pete Ellman Big Band

Wed, Feb 17 2016, 7:30pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big band music in the club. Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9).

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SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, Feb 17 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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Ladies of the Canyon: Sirens of the '70s

Thu, Feb 18 2016, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Performing songs by female artists of the '70s. Doors open at 8 pm.

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Ian Leith (SideBar)

Fri, Feb 19 2016, 8:30pm - Free - just hit the tip jar!
Born in West Texas, raised in Southern Illinois, seasoned in California and currently calling Chicago home, Ian Leith is on a "quest of endless possibilities with these here fingers."

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Mud Morganfield Band

Fri, Feb 19 2016, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Classic blues from the son of the great Muddy Waters. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Zimmermen with guest Jon Langford

Sat, Feb 20 2016, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Local supergroup showcases two sets of the music of Bob Dylan with special guest Jon Langford. Doors open at 7 pm.

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After Brunch Bash with The Teflons and Sunnyside Up

Sun, Feb 21 2016, 1:00pm - $14 for adults; $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!

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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners, Fenton High School Jazz Band

Sun, Feb 21 2016, 5:30pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 4:30 pm.

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Teen Artist Open Mic (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, Feb 21 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 Club

Tue, Feb 23 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Come on out and perform on the big stage!

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Peter Saxe Trio with vocalist Kari Chronopoulos (SideBar Music Room)

Tue, Feb 23 2016, 8:00pm - $8 suggested donation
A special night of trio jazz plus a guest vocalist

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Feb 24 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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Chicago Jazz with Brienn Perry Quartet

Wed, Feb 24 2016, 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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Country Night in Berwyn with Cochino y Los Pistoleros, John Ballentyne's Crazy Heart, Girls of the Golden West

Thu, Feb 25 2016, 8:00pm - $5
We're roundin' up the best country bands in the city! $2 PBRs, $3 Whiskey shots -- yahoo!

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The Waco Brothers, The Aunteaks (CD release)

Fri, Feb 26 2016, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
A CD release party for one of our favorite bands. Come check out the new songs on "Going Down in History." Plus The Aunteaks open.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Feb 26 2016, 9:00pm - Free
Good time rock and roll!

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The Legacy Guild Spring Fundraiser featuring Spoken Four

Sat, Feb 27 2016, 7:00pm - $150 to Feb. 1; $175 after Feb. 1 - Tickets
Funds raised will go toward college scholarships for local high school students who have lost a parent.

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Robin Bienemann (CD release) (SideBar & Music Room)

Sat, Feb 27 2016, 8:00pm - $10
A celebration of the release of the "Songs About Lessons Learnt" - a brand new CD from songwriter Robin Bienemann. Doors open 7:30 pm.

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School of Rock Oak Park presents Vox Rock

Sun, Feb 28 2016, 12:00pm - $8 in advance, $10 at door - Tickets through School of Rock only
With special guests the Chicago School of Rock Grad School. Tickets purchased at School of Rock only.

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John Burnett Orchestra with Frieda Lee

Sun, Feb 28 2016, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9).

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March


Bluesday Tuesday with Toronzo Cannon

Tue, Mar 01 2016, 7:00pm - $10 at the door only
A CD release celebration for the blues artist's new Alligator release, "The Chicago Way." The best blues bargain in town...Lagunitas and WDCB's Blues Time with Tom Marker present a monthly show dedicated to the blues. Plus new in 2016 - BBQ by AUTRE MONDE, available when doors open at 6 pm and throughout the evening.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Mar 01 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Line Up for Lisa Benefit

Wed, Mar 02 2016, 7:00pm - $20 at the door only
From 7-10pm, a benefit concert featuring light appetizers and desserts, raffle and music by Expo '76.

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SideBar Sessions with New Standard Quintet

Wed, Mar 02 2016, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station.

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Tuba Skinny

Fri, Mar 04 2016, 9:00pm - $10 - 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.

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Dan Baird & Homemade Sin, The Jimmys

Sat, Mar 05 2016, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Dan Baird is the founder, primary songwriter and former lead vocalist for Georgia Satellites. This is a rock n roll show full of hit songs and killer performances featuring Warner Hodges of Jason & The Scorchers on lead guitar. The band recently released "Get Loud," an album Spin says “contains all elements of the classic Georgia Satellites sound." Doors open at 7 pm.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band, Woodridge Jr. High Friends of Jazz

Sun, Mar 06 2016, 5:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 4 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Mar 08 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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SideBar Sessions with Chris White Duo

Wed, Mar 09 2016, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station.

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Catholic Charities St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Thu, Mar 10 2016, 6:30pm - $50 to March 7; $60 after March 7 and at the door - Tickets
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago West Regional Services presents an event benefiting Catholic Charities New Hope Housing Program for Homeless Families.

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St. Patrick's Day Festival

Sat, Mar 12 2016, 1:00pm - $15, $5 (12 and under) - On sale Feb. 12 - Tickets
Join us for our 35th Annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. This is a day for the whole family and all ages are invited. Adult tickets on sale at TicketWeb and the club; children just pay at the door.

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John Burnett Orchestra with Frieda Lee

Sun, Mar 13 2016, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9).

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Mar 15 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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SideBar Sessions with Chris Greene Quartet

Wed, Mar 16 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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U2 Station

Thu, Mar 17 2016, 8:30pm - $5
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Chicago's own U2 tribute band!

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Rainy Day Women, Terry White (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, Mar 18 2016, 9:00pm - $10 at the door only
The background singers for the Zimmermen emerge into the spotlight!

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American English

Fri, Mar 18 2016, 9:00pm - $12 - Tickets
Chicago's #1 Beatles Tribute Band.

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Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin & the Guilty Ones, Sarah Borges

Sat, Mar 19 2016, 9:00pm - $25 - Tickets
THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT....BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! Also this is a standing room show. Doors open at 7 pm.

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24th Street Wailers (SideBar)

Sat, Mar 19 2016, 9:00pm - $8 suggested minimum donation
Discover the roots of blues, gospel and R&B in the music of this Canadian band.

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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners

Sun, Mar 20 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 in the Club

Tue, Mar 22 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Come on out and perform on the big stage!

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Chicago Jazz with Brienn Perry

Wed, Mar 23 2016, 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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Kris Tokarski with members of The Fat Babies — Andy Schumm, John Otto, Alex Hall (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Mar 26 2016, 7:30pm - $10 - Tickets
The New Orleans-based jazz pianist's playing reflects the jazz piano tradition from the early Harlem Stride masters through the Bebop Era. SideBar opens at 5 pm; the Music Room opens at 6:30 pm.

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Club & SideBar Closed for Easter

Sun, Mar 27 2016, 5:00pm

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Mar 29 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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SideBar Sessions with Alyssa Algood Quartet

Wed, Mar 30 2016, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station.

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April


Fred Eaglesmith's Traveling Steam Show plus Tif Ginn

Fri, Apr 01 2016, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
There's never a dull moment on stage when Fred comes to town. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Lauren Anderson

Sat, Apr 02 2016, 8:30pm - $10 - At Ticketfly only - Tickets
Lauren Anderson has a passion for music that extends beyond her soulful, blues-colored songs. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band

Sun, Apr 03 2016, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9).

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SideBar Sessions with New Standard Quintet

Wed, Apr 06 2016, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station.

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Limited Edition Big Band

Sun, Apr 10 2016, 6:00pm - $10 adults; $5 17 & under
The best of Chicago's big bands, sponsored by WDCB (90.9) —Chicago's Jazz Station!

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Sidebar Sessions featuring Jim Sellers with vocalist Spider Saloff

Wed, Apr 13 2016, 12:00am - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station.

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Bluegrass & Bourbon with Special Consensus and Henhouse Prowlers

Fri, Apr 15 2016, 9:00pm - $20 - On sale Feb. 12 - Tickets
Alternating sets of bluegrass music by two great bands plus Kentucky bourbon tastings with whiskey wizard Marcus Reidy!

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Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

Sat, Apr 16 2016, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Alligator recording artist/blues guitar master rocks the house! "Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar." –Washington Post. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, Apr 20 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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Little Charlie Baty, Anson Funderburgh, Mark Hummel in the Golden State Lone Star Revue

Fri, Apr 22 2016, 9:00pm - $20 - On sale Feb. 12 - Tickets
A cross country meeting of the minds between California and Texas musicians. Doors open at 7 pm.

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John Burnett Orchestra with Frieda Lee

Sun, Apr 24 2016, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9).

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Chicago Jazz with Brienn Perry

Wed, Apr 27 2016, 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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NRBQ vs. Los Straitjackets

Fri, Apr 29 2016, 9:00pm - $25 - Tickets
Two of the greatest live bands in America join forces to bring you the rock & roll event of 2016: Los Straitjackets vs. NRBQ. There is no Pay-Per-View, and this bout will go the distance. Attendance is mandatory, and everyone will win. Doors open at 7 pm.

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May


Little Feat's Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett with the New Orleans Suspects

Fri, May 13 2016, 9:00pm - $30 in advance, $35 at the door - Tickets
Three sets this evening (doors open at 7 pm): the first features Little Feat members Paul and Fred in a solo acoustic set followed by a set by the New Orleans Suspects. The evening ends with Paul and Fred joining the Suspects for what is sure to be a memorable set.

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June


Red Elvises

Fri, Jun 10 2016, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Rock From Russia With Love!

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September


OPRFHS High School Reunion

Fri, Sep 30 2016, 7:00pm
Oak Park River Forest High School 30-year (class of 1986) Reunion! Details to come.

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