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January


Waco Brothers, Zachariah Malachi and the Hillbilly Executives, Stickfight!

Fri, Jan 24 2020, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
FitzGerald's presents a 40th year concert series. A band that never fails to entertain with its raucous brand of punk country. Sponsored by 805 California Golden Ale...$5 pints. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Shams Band (SideBar)

Fri, Jan 24 2020, 9:00pm - Free, just hit the tip jar
Drawing heavily from their Kinks, Rolling Stones, and Wilco influences, songwriters Donnie Biggins and Paul Gulyas create whiskey-driven blues, complete with four-part harmonies.

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Screening of "The Center of Nowhere: The Spirit and Sounds of Springfield, Mo." (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Jan 25 2020, 7:00pm - Free
Dave Alvin is a fan of this Chicago-made documentary. He also never thought he'd ever see an animated version of himself. Come out and see for yourself. (NOTE: this is a free screening and is open to everyone with or without a ticket to the Dave Alvin show at 8:30 pm.)

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Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, Kevin Gordon Band

Sat, Jan 25 2020, 8:30pm - $40 - Tickets
FitzGerald's presents a 40th year concert series. The Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and self-described "barroom guitarist," is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. Sponsored by 805 California Golden Ale...$5 pints. Doors open at 7 pm.

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Antonio Duca

Sun, Jan 26 2020, 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 28 2020, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Jan 29 2020, 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, Jan 29 2020, 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 Pie Eyed Pete & the New Dealers, Dirty Green

Thu, Jan 30 2020, 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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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Jan 31 2020, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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Rico Birthday Bash

Fri, Jan 31 2020, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Ricky's annual birthday celebration is an evening of classic rock, soul, funk and a great time! Doors open at 7 pm.

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February


Funkadesi

Sat, Feb 01 2020, 8:30pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
"This ideal party band also bears messages of togetherness. The rhythms of Indian Ragas and reggae have striking similarities, while the Latin, African and contemporary funk that's spicing this one-sound, many-voices stew fits the all-world melange to a tee. Whatever your background, there's music here for you." (Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star) Doors open at 7 pm.

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Bluesday Tuesday with Nick Moss featuring Dennis Gruenling

Tue, Feb 04 2020, 7:00pm - $10 - At the door only
Bluesday Tuesday is the best blues bargain in town. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Feb 04 2020, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Feb 05 2020, 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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Mitch Paliga Quartet

Wed, Feb 05 2020, 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, Feb 06 2020, 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, Feb 07 2020, 7:00pm - $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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C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Fri, Feb 07 2020, 8:30pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
FitzGerald's presents a 40th year concert series. Sponsored by 805 California Golden Ale...$5 pints. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Real Pretenders (SideBar)

Sat, Feb 08 2020, 9:00pm - $5 donation
Four Chicago music scene veterans rock the Pretenders!

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The Mudmen: A Pink Floyd Experience

Sat, Feb 08 2020, 9:00pm - $10
The Mudmen pay tribute to all Pink Floyd eras, from the psychedelic beginnings all the way through the enormity of The Wall and beyond. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band

Sun, Feb 09 2020, 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, Feb 11 2020, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Feb 11 2020, 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, Feb 12 2020, 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 Collective

Wed, Feb 12 2020, 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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Exposure Local Music Showcase with Night Baby, Dig Engine, Connie Cipher

Thu, Feb 13 2020, 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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Tank and the Beez (SideBar)

Thu, Feb 13 2020, 8:00pm - $5 donation
An old-time roots string band from Chicago, specializing in traditional blues, folk, and jazz tunes.

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Bunkertown (SideBar)

Fri, Feb 14 2020, 8:00pm - $8 suggested donation
A mix of folk, rock, blues and country.

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Expo '76 with Robert Cornelius

Fri, Feb 14 2020, 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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Chicago Farmer & the Fieldnotes, Joseph Huber

Sat, Feb 15 2020, 8:30pm - $15 in advance, $18 at the door - Tickets
“Chicago Farmer has one of the most haunting voices of our generation. And with that indelible voice he paints musical still-life’s of modern America that alternately frighten and inspire.” - Joe Pug (Doors open at 7 pm.)

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There will be NO big band jazz tonight

Sun, Feb 16 2020, 6:00pm

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Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth

Sun, Feb 16 2020, 7:00pm - $40 - Tickets
FitzGerald's presents a 40th anniversary show. It's a double dose of roots music with Marcia Ball (9 pm) and Sonny Landreth (7 pm) who is celebrating the release of his new album "Blacktop Run." Sponsored by 805 California Golden Ale...$5 pints. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Teen Artist Open Mic (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, Feb 16 2020, 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, Feb 18 2020, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Lindsay Beaver

Tue, Feb 18 2020, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
The blues-rocking, soul-singing drummer delivers blues, R&B and old school rock ‘n’ roll with punk rock energy and sings with a voice brimming with attitude and soulfulness. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Feb 19 2020, 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 Event Horizon

Wed, Feb 19 2020, 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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Phil Angotti and Friends (SideBar)

Thu, Feb 20 2020, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Phil’s original music plus some choice rock/pop - guaranteed to raise a smile!

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Ethan Philion Trio (SideBar)

Fri, Feb 21 2020, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
The trio's arrangements of jazz standards highlight the virtuosity and the sensitivity of each member of the ensemble and pay homage to the legendary Nat King Cole Trio.

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Church of Cash (Johnny Cash Tribute)

Fri, Feb 21 2020, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
What the Church of Church has that no one else can match is their loyalty to the song and the message that Johnny left to all of us. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Sunny Sweeney, Erin Enderlin

Sat, Feb 22 2020, 8:30pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door
The wit and honesty that have always defined Sweeney's stone-cold country have blossomed into confessional, complex songwriting for grown-ups, still whiskey-drenched and honk-tonk-ready. Doors open at 7 pm.

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, Feb 23 2020, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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Mardi Gras Party with Dibs Brass Band, Mario Abney & the Abney Effect Brass Band

Tue, Feb 25 2020, 7:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Beads, Hurricanes and a big ol' dance party! NOLA cusine by Festival Tom! Doors open at 6 pm. Sponsored by New Belgium Voodoo Series.

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Dan Ingenthron (SideBar)

Tue, Feb 25 2020, 7:00pm - Free, just hit the tip jar
From 7-10 p.m., Dan Ingenthron of the Heavy Sounds peforms New Orleans style piano.

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Feb 26 2020, 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 Sam Robinson Quintet

Wed, Feb 26 2020, 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

Thu, Feb 27 2020, 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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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Feb 28 2020, 9:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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The Legacy Guild Fundraiser

Sat, Feb 29 2020, 7:00pm - $99 (early bird ticket) - Tickets
From 7 pm-midnight, a rockin’ evening featuring live music, open bar and buffet. Funds raised will go toward college scholarships for local high school students who have lost a parent.

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March


13th Annual After Brunch Bash

Sun, Mar 01 2020, 1:00pm - $15, $5 for kids - Tickets
Country swing, old-time, cowboy and early jazz chestnuts. Plus a swing dance/barn dance portion, and new this year, a rousing raffle of rare prizes that comes with your ticket. Doors open at 12:15 pm.

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Acoustic Friday with Jenny Bienemann & Friends (SideBar)

Fri, Mar 06 2020, 7:00pm - $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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Goodnight, Texas

Wed, Mar 11 2020, 8:00pm - $10 - On sale Jan. 24 - Tickets
A band 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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Toronzo Cannon

Fri, Mar 13 2020, 8:30pm - $15 - On sale Jan. 17 - Tickets
"Deep, contemporary Chicago blues… razor-sharp guitar and compelling, forceful singing" (Chicago Tribune). Doors open at 7 pm.

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Jeremy Pinnell

Thu, Mar 19 2020, 8:30pm - $10 - On sale Jan. 17 - Tickets
"Hardscrabble honky-tonk at its best” (Rolling Stone). Doors open at 7 pm.

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Dale Watson

Thu, Mar 26 2020, 8:30pm - $20 - Tickets
FitzGerald's presents a 40th anniversary show. The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music. Doors open at 7 pm.

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April


The Fred Eaglesmith Show starring Tif Ginn

Thu, Apr 02 2020, 8:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Keeping the heart of rock 'n' roll alive. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Acoustic Friday with Jenny Bienemann & Friends (SideBar)

Fri, Apr 03 2020, 7:00pm - $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 Claudettes

Fri, Apr 03 2020, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of '60s soul. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Switchback

Sat, Apr 04 2020, 8:30pm - $20 in advance, $25 at door - Tickets
FitzGerald's presents a 40th year concert series. Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack who draw on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, The Western Elstons

Fri, Apr 17 2020, 8:30pm - $20 - On sale Jan. 17 - Tickets
A funky, lyrically charged racket that is explosive, yet intimate. Plus country, honky tonk, and rock & roll.

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Red Elvises

Sat, Apr 18 2020, 8:30pm - $20 - On sale Jan. 24 - Tickets
Crazy fun with this Russian band's take on American rock and roll! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra

Tue, Apr 21 2020, 7:00pm - $25 - On sale Jan. 17 - Tickets
A rare night club performance by a big band devoted to the legacy of a master. Doors open at 6 pm, showtime 7 -- two sets.

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The Steepwater Band (Record Release), Angela Perley

Sat, Apr 25 2020, 8:30pm - $12 in advance, $15 at door - Tickets
A special two set evening of music, featuring the new album “Turn of the Wheel” performed in its entirety, along with a second set of music from the band’s vast live repertoire of songs. Doors open at 7 pm.

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May


Carsie Blanton

Fri, May 01 2020, 8:30pm - $15 - On sale Jan. 17
Inspired by artists including Nina Simone and Randy Newman, Blanton's songs encompass a wide range of genres, from sultry pop to punk-tinged Americana. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, Donnie Biggins & the Shortcuts

Sat, May 02 2020, 8:30pm - $12 in advance, $15 at door - Tickets
An ethereal mix of pop and folk-rock that travels well” (Chicago Sun-Times). Doors open at 7 pm.

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New Orleans Suspects

Fri, May 08 2020, 8:30pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
Original songs in the New Orleans style with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks, as well as favorites from The Radiators, Nevilles and Dirty Dozen repertoire.

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