September


Senator Don Harmon: The Special Session

Thu, Sep 29 2016, 7:30pm - $100 - Tickets
A fundraiser featuring Senator Don Harmon and his band.

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Dead Horses with Donnie Biggins and Michele McGuire (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Sep 29 2016, 8:30pm - $10 - Advance tickets at Ticketfly only - Tickets
The Milwaukee-based acoustic trio with a cultivated folk sensibility well beyond their years. Presented by Harmonica Dunn. Doors open at 8 pm.

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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Sep 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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An Evening With Jon Dee Graham (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, Sep 30 2016, 8:00pm - $15 - Tickets
An evening of acoustic music with 3-time Austin Hall Of Fame songwriter and musician in the SideBar Music Room. This show will precede the Cannonball show in the SideBar bar room. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Expo '76 with guests Robert Cornelius, Kelly Hogan and Susan Voelz

Fri, Sep 30 2016, 9:00pm - FREE - just hit the tip jar!
Dance the night away with the best of the '70s and beyond! Sponsored by Brickstone Brewery, Bourbonnais IL. $5 Brickstone APA pints! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball, 24th Street Wailers (SideBar)

Fri, Sep 30 2016, 9:15pm - Free - just hit the tip jar!
Good time rock and roll with two of our favorite bands!

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October


Club Closed for a Wedding

Sat, Oct 01 2016, 5:00pm

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Red Elvises (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Oct 01 2016, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Rock From Russia With Love! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band

Sun, Oct 02 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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Bluesday Tuesday with Mike Wheeler Band

Tue, Oct 04 2016, 7:00pm - $10 - At the door only
The best blues bargain in town...WDCB's Blues Time with Tom Marker presents a monthly show dedicated to the blues. Sponsored by Revolution Brewing. Plus Italian specialties from Capri available when doors open at 6 pm and throughout the evening.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Oct 04 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Oct 05 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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Peter Case plus Beaver Nelson

Wed, Oct 05 2016, 8:00pm - $15 in advance, $18 at the door - Tickets
Touring in support of his seminal self-titled album, Peter Case hits the road supporting an expanded 30th anniversary reissue edition with bonus tracks of this legendary release. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with New Standard Quintet

Wed, Oct 05 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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StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation

Thu, Oct 06 2016, 7:00pm - $60 - Tickets
Stories of adventure, mishap and discovery told by consummate storytellers.

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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Oct 07 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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Jim Cole with Andon Davis & Hana Fujisaki (SideBar)

Fri, Oct 07 2016, 8:30pm - Free - just hit the tip jar!
The former Chicagoan (he now calls New Orleans home) performs with some local friends.

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Nelson Street Revival with Cathy Richardson

Fri, Oct 07 2016, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
A roots-blues-soul supergroup. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Slaid Cleaves (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Oct 08 2016, 8:30pm - $20 - Tickets
The Texas singer-songwriter digs into his impressive songbook. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

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Waco Brothers plus Bailey Dee's Late Night Bait

Sat, Oct 08 2016, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Like punk? Like country? Then you'll love the crazy blend of the Waco Brothers. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Paul Thorn plus Alice Drinks the Koolaid

Sun, Oct 09 2016, 5:00pm - $25 - Tickets
DATE NIGHT/DEBATE NIGHT! Join us for an early 5 pm show ($25) with Paul Thorn plus Alice Drinks the Koolaid opening in the club. Followed at 8 pm (no cover for debate) by the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live in a town hall format from Washington University in St. Louis. We'll have it on big screens in the club and SideBar. Doors open at 4:30 pm.

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Presidential Debate 2016

Sun, Oct 09 2016, 8:00pm - No cover
DATE NIGHT/DEBATE NIGHT! Join us for an early 6 pm show ($25) with Paul Thorn in the club. Followed at 8 pm (no cover for debate) by the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live in a town hall format from Washington University in St. Louis. We'll have it on big screens in the tent and SideBar.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Oct 11 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Oct 11 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, Oct 12 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 The Further Definitions Octet: The Music of Benny Carter

Wed, Oct 12 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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NAMI's Recovery Through the Blues Benefit

Thu, Oct 13 2016, 5:30pm - $30 - Tickets
Features performances by Matthew Skoller with special guest Lurrie Bell and a performance by NAMInation.

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Exposure Local Music Showcase with Dave Kay (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Oct 13 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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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Oct 14 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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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, Oct 14 2016, 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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WiFEE and the HUZz BAND

Fri, Oct 14 2016, 10:00pm - $12 - Tickets
Vocalists Ruby James and Stephen Cooper front this ten piece powerhouse with a full horn section and a smokin' rhythm section that will take you back to the glory days of Motown while being on the forefront of today's cutting edge. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Animal Care League presents Barktoberfest (SideBar)

Sat, Oct 15 2016, 7:00pm - $65 in advance until Oct. 13; $75 at the door - Tickets
Celebrate fall at this benefit to raise money for homeless animals.

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Marcia Ball Band

Sat, Oct 15 2016, 9:00pm - $25 - Tickets
An evening with the multiple award-winning piano queen! Great New Orleans R&B, soulful ballads and foot-stompin' blues! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners

Sun, Oct 16 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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Teen Artist Open Mic (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, Oct 16 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, Oct 18 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Oct 19 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, Oct 19 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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Presidential Debate 2016

Wed, Oct 19 2016, 8:00pm - No cover
It's gonna be huuuge! The third presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. We'll have it on big screens in the club and SideBar. Doors to the club open at 7 pm; SideBar opens at 5 pm.

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Illinois Writing Project: A National Day on Writing Celebration (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Oct 20 2016, 4:00pm - Professsionals, $40; students $25. - Tickets
Civic engagement and writing with guest speaker Heather Van Benthuysen includes buffet dinner and cash bar. Registration begins at 4 pm.

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Naomi Ashley & Chicks With Picks

Thu, Oct 20 2016, 8:00pm - $6
An evening of cool chicks playing their music.

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Happy Hour in the SideBar 5-7

Fri, Oct 21 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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Tripwirz, Myridian Vox (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, Oct 21 2016, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets
Tripwirz with an opening set by Myridian Vox. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

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Shinyribs

Fri, Oct 21 2016, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. Doors open at 7 pm.

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5th Annual Funding Futures Chicago Fundraiser

Sat, Oct 22 2016, 7:00pm - $100 includes a silent auction, live music, craft beers and food - Tickets
The 5th Annual Funding Futures Chicago event to raise money and awareness continues the tradition of raising money to fund Down Syndrome research through the LuMind Foundation. Includes a silent auction, live music by The Redmonds, craft beers and food.

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The Beatleleles, The Green Circles, Phil Angotti and the Idea (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Oct 22 2016, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
An evening of '60s pop songs plus a few new tunes.

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Pete Ellman Big Band

Sun, Oct 23 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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Darrin Bradbury, Ryan Joseph Anderson, The Millers (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, Oct 23 2016, 8:00pm - $5 - At the door only
Singer-songwriter night. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Open Mic in the Club

Tue, Oct 25 2016, 8:00pm - Free
Come on out and perform on the big stage!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Oct 26 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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16th Street Theater presents a reading of "It Can't Happen Here"

Wed, Oct 26 2016, 7:30pm - No cover
A reading of Tony Taccone and Bennett Cohen's new stage adaptation of the darkly satirical play based on the 1935 Sinclair Lewis novel that reads like it's ripped from today's headlines. (And if the Chicago Cubs are in the World Series, the game will be on next door in the SideBar, so you can go back and forth and enjoy a two-for-one!) Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Steve Duke Trio

Wed, Oct 26 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! Doors open at 7 pm.

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LEGOpalooza — Fundraiser for Oak Park Education Foundation

Thu, Oct 27 2016, 7:00pm - $45 before Oct. 26 (online), $50 at door - Tickets
Fun adults-only LEGO-building competition and fundraiser!

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Country Night in Berwyn with Wild Earp, The New Dealers, Kill Devil Hills (SideBar)

Thu, Oct 27 2016, 8:00pm - $5 - At the door only
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, Oct 28 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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Roosevelt Road Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl

Fri, Oct 28 2016, 6:00pm - $20 in advance; $25 at the door - Tickets
Zombies Invade Berwyn--dress up like the undead and crawl through the bars on Roosevelt Rd.! After(life) party here!

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New Orleans Suspects

Fri, Oct 28 2016, 9:00pm - $15 in advance, $18 at the door - Tickets
All-star band featuring members of the Neville Brothers, The Radiators, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and James Brown Band and touring in support of the new disc "Kaleidoscoped." Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Oct 28 2016, 9:00pm - Free - just hit the tip jar!
Good time rock and roll!

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

Sat, Oct 29 2016, 8:00pm - $15 - Tickets
A tribute in honor of the 30th anniversary of Earle's iconic album! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys plus Gin Palace Jesters

Sat, Oct 29 2016, 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. Plus Chiccago's own honkytonk fools. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Vern Spevak Big Band

Sun, Oct 30 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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November


Tim Rack and Moral Hazard (SideBar)

Fri, Nov 04 2016, 8:00pm - FREE - just hit the tip jar!
On the weekend before the election, a rockin' night of upbeat songs about the possible end of the world.

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Paul Sanchez (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Nov 05 2016, 8:00pm - $15 - Tickets
New Orleans' native son in an evening of songs and stories. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Bill Kirchen with Austin de Lone

Sat, Nov 05 2016, 9:00pm - $18 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
A CD release party for Bill Kirchen's "Transatlanticana" on which he teams up with producer Austin de Lone in the studio and on tour. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Sisterhouse Benefit (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Nov 10 2016, 6:00pm - $50 in advance; $60 at the door - Tickets
Fundraiser includes buffet dinner, cash bar, raffles, silent auction, music and a good time for a good cause.

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The Zimmermen: Tribute to 'The Last Waltz' with guests Nick Tremmulis, Jon Langford, LoJazz, Grant Tye, Brian Hilligoss

Fri, Nov 11 2016, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
A very special evening with The Zimmermen as they and guests salute "The Last Waltz." Doors open at 8 pm.

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SideBar Closed for a Wedding

Sat, Nov 12 2016, 5:00pm

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Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel plus Tony Richards & Rachel Drew

Sat, Nov 12 2016, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
"A spirited sound that intertwines hometown country and rock & roll with “a strong melodic-pop appeal.” (Holly Rushakoff, The Octopus) Doors open at 7 pm.

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Kurt Morrison's Student Recital

Tue, Nov 15 2016, 6:00pm - Free
Guitar students perform on the big stage.

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Jim McCandless Tribute Show (SideBar Music Room)

Fri, Nov 18 2016, 9:00pm - $5 - At the door only
A tribute to the late singer-songwriter with performances by Dave and Jodi Walker, Robin and Jenny Bienemann, Ron Lazzeretti, Ian Leith, Mark Bishop, Mary Daly and many others. Doors open at 8 pm.

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Alejandro Escovedo

Fri, Nov 18 2016, 9:00pm - $25 - On sale Sept. 16 - Tickets
A Texas legend delves into his great songbook. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SOLD OUT — OPRF Food Pantry Benefit featuring an acoustic performance by JASON ISBELL, plus an opening set by Robbie Fulks and an after party with The Black Lillies

Sat, Nov 19 2016, 7:00pm - $175 - includes appetizer, beer, wine, and select cocktail options - At Brown Paper Tickets only - Tickets
SHOW IS SOLD OUT. WAIT LIST IS ALSO FULL. At 8:05 pm, JASON ISBELL in an acoustic performance to benefit the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry with an opening set by Robbie Fulks (7 pm) and an after party with The Black Lillies (10 pm). Doors open at 6:30 pm.

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The Fat Babies plus Jake Sanders Trio and Reginald Robinson

Wed, Nov 23 2016, 8:30pm - $15 - On sale Sept. 30 - Tickets
An evening of classic jazz styles of the 1920 and '30s.

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Thanksgiving (Club & SideBar Closed)

Thu, Nov 24 2016, 5:00pm
Have a great Thanksgiving!

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The Bad Examples

Fri, Nov 25 2016, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
The return of Chicago's best bar band! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Vanessa Davis Band

Sat, Nov 26 2016, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
A favorite of the Chicago blues scene! Two sets. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Jared Deck, Milk Money (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Nov 26 2016, 9:00pm - $5 - At the door only
The Oklahoma singer-songwriter was named one of the "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know." - Rolling Stone Country, March 2016 plus Alejandro Escovedo is a fan. Doors open at 8 pm.

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December


Christmas Day (Club & SideBar Closed)

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

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American English

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

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