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January


Real Pretenders, Acoustipunks

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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C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Fri, Jan 18 2019, 9:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
A hot evening of zydeco with the Louisiana master. Plus for eats -- Tom 'Festival' Cimms and his One-Man Gumbo Stand. Doors open at 7 pm.

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7th Annual Funding Futures Chicago Fundraiser

Sat, Jan 19 2019, 7:00pm - $125 - Tickets
Funding Futures lights up the night in its continued support of cognition research dedicated to improving learning, providing greater independence and preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease for people with Down syndrome.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Jan 19 2019, 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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Opportunity Knocks Chili Cook-Off

Sun, Jan 20 2019, 12:00pm - $25 until Jan. 12; $30 after Jan. 12 - Tickets
From noon-5 pm, sample chili, enjoy appetizer, desert and live music. 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.

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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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Teen Artist Open Mic (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, Jan 20 2019, 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 Club

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

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Jan 23 2019, 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 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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Sidebar Sessions with Mitch Paliga Sextet

Wed, Jan 23 2019, 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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Erin Edmister and 3 Tons, David Quinn

Thu, Jan 24 2019, 8:30pm - $8 - Tickets
An evening of roots music. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Music For The Man Of Steel: A Benefit for Matt Creedon

Fri, Jan 25 2019, 8:00pm - $20 - At the door only
Matt is the victim of a bad hit and run accident which nearly took his life. Please join us for an evening of muisc as we try to help him with his medical bills. With peformances by Vinny & The Jays, Working Mother & The Woolly Rhinos. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

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

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Echo Theatre Presents: Unity Festival

Sat, Jan 26 2019, 12:30pm - $20, $10 for 12 and under - Tickets
Our mission is to "Embody Inclusion, Transformation, and Creation". Come see what that means as we partner with DivCo, SUA, The Veltway, The E-Team, School of Rock and more to show how to create and transform. Doors open at noon.

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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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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Jan 30 2019, 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 Ryan Schultz/Chad McCullough Quintet

Wed, Jan 30 2019, 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 The Hogmires, Pie-Eyed Pete & the New Dealers (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Jan 31 2019, 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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Neal Francis

Thu, Jan 31 2019, 8:30pm - $12 - Tickets
Neal Francis's music is soul-tinged rock steeped in New Orleans rhythms. Doors open at 7 pm.

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February


Rico Birthday Bash

Fri, Feb 01 2019, 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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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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The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart

Sun, Feb 03 2019, 1:00pm - $30 - Tickets
A great evening of legendary jazz with orchestra director Scotty Barnhart and guest vocalist Everett Greene. NOTE: This is a seated show; everyone with a ticket will get a seat. Also there will be no food allowed into this show. Capri, right next door, will be open if you want to eat before the show. Call Capri at (708) 637-4085. Doors open at noon.

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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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The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart

Sun, Feb 03 2019, 3:30pm - $30 - Tickets
A great evening of legendary jazz with orchestra director Scotty Barnhart and guest vocalist Everett Greene. NOTE: This is a seated show; everyone with a ticket will get a seat. Also there will be no food allowed into this show. Capri, right next door, will be open if you want to eat before the show. Call Capri at (708) 637-4085. Doors open at noon.

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Bluesday Tuesday with The Dave Specter Band featuring Brother John Kattke

Tue, Feb 05 2019, 7:00pm - $10 - At the door only
WDCB's Tom Marker hosts the best blues bargain in town! Doors open at 6 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Feb 05 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Feb 06 2019, 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, Feb 06 2019, 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 07 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
A power quintet of music improvisation and live music mixology.

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Bunkertown (SideBar)

Fri, Feb 08 2019, 8:00pm - $8 suggested donation
A mix of folk, rock, blues and country.

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The Bad Examples

Fri, Feb 08 2019, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Rock 'n' roll Chicago style. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Mudmen: A Pink Floyd Experience

Sat, Feb 09 2019, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
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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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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Chicago Grandstand Big Band, Downers Grove High School Jazz Ensemble

Sun, Feb 10 2019, 5:30pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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Buddy Holly 60th Anniversary Concert

Mon, Feb 11 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
A plane crash in February of 1959 claimed the lives of Rock & Roll icons: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Tonight join Zachary Stevenson and other stars of the Jeff Award-winning production of the "Buddy Holly Story" to pay tribute to the musical legacy of these legends. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Feb 12 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Feb 12 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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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Feb 13 2019, 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 13 2019, 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 Grape Juice Plus, Pan and the Lost Boys, Robin Bienemann

Thu, Feb 14 2019, 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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Patrick Sweany, The Greyhounds

Sat, Feb 16 2019, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Sweany's music is "effortlessly cool, sunburt soul"- Nashville Tennessean. The Greyhounds mix R&B, soul, funk and the Bakersfield country of Buck Owens. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Feb 16 2019, 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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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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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners

Sun, Feb 17 2019, 6:00pm - Tickets
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, Feb 17 2019, 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 19 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Sean Rowe

Tue, Feb 19 2019, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
The folk singer-songwriter's voice is full of gravely soul, aged and edged by years on the road, as a father and husband, as a creative force always looking for the next rhyme. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Feb 20 2019, 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, Feb 20 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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SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, Feb 20 2019, 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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Fletcher Rockwell (SideBar)

Thu, Feb 21 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
A mix of Americana and classic rock & roll of '70s.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Feb 22 2019, 9:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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The Legacy Guild Spring Fundraiser with music by Wedding Banned

Sat, Feb 23 2019, 7:00pm - $125 until Jan. 31, $150 after Jan. 31 - Tickets
From 7 pm-midnight, a rockin’ evening featuring Wedding Banned. Includes 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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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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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, Feb 24 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 Club

Tue, Feb 26 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Feb 27 2019, 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 Chris White Trio

Wed, Feb 27 2019, 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 Allegra Malone & the Revival, New Heartaches

Thu, Feb 28 2019, 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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March


Bono Bros Band with guest Chris Neville

Fri, Mar 01 2019, 9:00pm - $10 in advance, $15 at door - Tickets
Local favorite the Bono Bros and their special guest Chris Neville. Doors open at 7 pm.

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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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Bluesday Tuesday Mardi Gras Party with Marty Sammon Band and guest vocalist Peaches

Tue, Mar 05 2019, 7:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Join us for our Fat Tuesday Party and Bluesday Tuesday with New Orleans style blues! We'll have the beads and the Hurricanes ready to go and Tom "Festival" Cimms is cookin' up his Louisiana specialties for purchase. WDCB's Tom Marker hosts. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Catholic Charities St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Thu, Mar 07 2019, 6:30pm - $60 by March 4; $65 after March 4 - Tickets
Start your St. Patrick's Day early by joining the fun from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities services for the homeless in the West Region of Cook County.

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Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

Fri, Mar 15 2019, 9:00pm - $20 in advance, $25 at door - Tickets
A FitzGerald's favorite - incredible live show! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Mike & the Moonpies

Mon, Mar 18 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Country music from Austin, Texas. Doors open at 7 pm.

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April


Lily Hiatt

Fri, Apr 05 2019, 8:30pm - $15 - On sale Jan. 18 - Tickets
With muisic in her DNA, the Nashville songwriter mixes her Americana roots with gritty rock 'n' roll. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Soul Spectacular: A Tribute to Aretha & the Classic Soul Era

Sat, Apr 06 2019, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
A star-studded line-up of the city’s best young singers all paying tribute to the Queen and the music of her era. Doors open at 7 pm.

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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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The Flat Five

Sat, Apr 13 2019, 9:00pm - $20 - On sale Jan. 18 - Tickets
Pop vocal super-group featuring Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Alex Hall. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Steepwater Band

Fri, Apr 19 2019, 9:00pm - $10 in advance, $15 at door - On sale Jan. 18 - Tickets
The Chicago-based band performs tunes from their classic songbook and the new disc "Shake Your Faith." Doors open at 7 pm.

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American English

Fri, Apr 26 2019, 9:00pm - $12 in advance, $15 at the door - Tickets
Chicago's #1 Beatles Tribute Band. Doors open at 7 pm.

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May


Satsang

Fri, May 03 2019, 9:00pm - $15 in advance, $18 at door - On sale at Eventbrite only. No tickets sold at the club. - Tickets
A power trio that creates a unique blend of soul, folk-rock and hip-hop. Presented by Harmonica Dunn. Doors open at 7 pm.

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June


Tom Russell

Sat, Jun 08 2019, 8:00pm - $35 in advance, $38 at door - Tickets
FitzGerald's welcomes back Tom Russell for a two-set show and a celebration of his new album "October in the Railroad Earth." Doors open at 7 pm. (THIS IS A SITDOWN SHOW. EVERYONE WITH A TICKET WILL GET A SEAT.)

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