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July


Big Band Dance Party with APOL Orchestra

Wed, Jul 17 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, Jul 17 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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Great Peacock, Distant Brothers

Thu, Jul 18 2019, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets
This Nashville band dismantels tradition and blurs the lines between rock ‘n roll, conventional folk music and true Americana. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ian Leith (SideBar)

Fri, Jul 19 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Ian Leith is on a "quest of endless possibilities with these here fingers."

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Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

Fri, Jul 19 2019, 8:30pm - $12 in advance, $15 at the door - Tickets
"Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues...Lil’ Ed is a guitarist extraordinaire...slashing slide and flamboyant stage persona." –Chicago Tribune. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Terrapin Flyer

Sat, Jul 20 2019, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Grateful Dead music from some of the top performers on the Chicago jam scene. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Jul 20 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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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners

Sun, Jul 21 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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Teen Artist Open Mic (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, Jul 21 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, Jul 23 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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The Summer of Shams with The Shams Band

Wed, Jul 24 2019, 8:00pm - 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. Performing the last Wednesday of the month through August. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Ryan Schultz/Chad McCullough Group

Wed, Jul 24 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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Jazz Couples (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Jul 25 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
An evening of jazz with Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman, Jeannie Lambert & Russ Phillips. The 4th Thursday of the month through October. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Country Night in Berwyn with Gin Palace Jesters, Smith & McMahon

Thu, Jul 25 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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Paul Thorn, Alice Drinks the Kool Aid

Fri, Jul 26 2019, 8:00pm - $25 - Tickets
Paul Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, yet also speaking universal truths. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Jul 26 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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Ron Lazzeretti & Naomi Ashley

Sat, Jul 27 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Two of our favorite singer-songwriters.

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New Duncan Imperials, Thrift Store Halo

Sat, Jul 27 2019, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
30th Anniversary Tour! The band's fierce, frantic stage show and love for the seamy side of things is stronger than ever. This is a rare chance to see one of rock and roll's great live shows. Doors open at 7 pm.

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, Jul 28 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, Jul 30 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Rod Hamdallah, Amazing Heeby Jeebies, The Dyes

Tue, Jul 30 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Rod's musical elements are rooted in blues, garager and early country. He creates a sound that can be likened to artists such as The Flat Duo Jets and The Black Keys. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Bones of J.R. Jones/Goodnight, Texas

Wed, Jul 31 2019, 8:00pm - $10 in advance, $12 at door - Tickets
An evening of roots music. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Chris White Trio

Wed, Jul 31 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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August


Bitters (SideBar)

Thu, Aug 01 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
A power quintet of music improvisation and live music mixology.

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10 String Symphony, Scott Daniel

Thu, Aug 01 2019, 9:00pm - $10 in advance, $12 at door - Tickets
“…a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered with a dash of rock and roll spunk.” (American Songwriter Magazine) Doors open at 7 pm.

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Acoustic Friday with Jenny Bienemann & Friends (SideBar)

Fri, Aug 02 2019, 6:00pm - $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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Eilen Jewell, Naomi Ashley & Anson Davis

Fri, Aug 02 2019, 8:30pm - $20 in advance, $25 at door - Tickets
Jewel is known for what allmusic.com describes as a “country-flavored and blues-infused version of contemporary folk (which also can include healthy doses of rockabilly and surf).” Doors open at 7 pm.

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Joe Robinson (Solo)

Sat, Aug 03 2019, 8:30pm - $10 in advance, $15 at door - Tickets
On Robinson’s seminal new album, "Undertones," the Australian native continues to awe and delight with soulful and utterly brilliant, finely crafted songs on both acoustic and electric guitar, and has come into his own as a lyricist. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Mr. Gac (SideBar)

Sat, Aug 03 2019, 9:00pm - Free, just hit the tip jar
Mr. Gac is an all-vinyl DJ spinning funk, soul, R&B and upbeat boogie jams.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band, After School Matters Jazz Ensemble

Sun, Aug 04 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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Bluesday Tuesday with Lurrie Bell

Tue, Aug 06 2019, 7:00pm - $10 - At the door only
The best blues bargain in town — WDCB's Blues Time with Tom Marker presents a monthly show showcasing Chicago's best blues artists. Revolution Brewing beer specials. Food available. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Aug 06 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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SideBar Sessions with Event Horizon

Wed, Aug 07 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 (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Aug 08 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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Dan Baird & Homemade Sin

Thu, Aug 08 2019, 8:30pm - $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. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Bunkertown (SideBar)

Fri, Aug 09 2019, 8:00pm - $8 suggested donation
A mix of folk, rock, blues and country.

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Lauren Anderson

Sat, Aug 10 2019, 9:00pm - $10 in advance, $12 at door - Tickets
"Anderson is a great package deal, great vocalist, superb songwriter, deeply rooted in blues and roots music and so much more." Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Aug 10 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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Shout Section Big Band

Sun, Aug 11 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, Aug 13 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Aug 13 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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Parker Millsap, Jack Klatt

Wed, Aug 14 2019, 8:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
Ann Powers of NPR says: "I wasn’t prepared for the wild, vast power of his voice and his remarkable charisma. This guy can yodel, he can sing a soul song for real, he can preach and he wiggles his leg like Elvis. A star in the making.” Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Chicago Latin Jazz Collective

Wed, Aug 14 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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Phil Angotti and Friends (SideBar)

Thu, Aug 15 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Phil’s original music plus some choice rock/pop - guaranteed to raise a smile!

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JD Simo

Thu, Aug 15 2019, 8:00pm - $10 in advance, $15 at door - Tickets
A mix of acid rock, traditional blues, folk, soul, free form jazz, and the never ceasing desire to improvise

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Concerts in the Yard: The Steel Woods

Fri, Aug 16 2019, 7:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
FitzGerald's presents a series of three outdoor concerts. (In case of rain, the show will move into the club.) Doors open at 6 pm.

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Expo '76 (Club)

Fri, Aug 16 2019, 10:00pm - Free, just hit the tip jar
After the Concert in the Yard move into the club for this free show with Expo '76. Sponsored by Brickstone Brewery, Bourbonnais IL. $4 Brickstone APA pints! Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Belvederes, Tony Richards & Jay O'Rourke

Sat, Aug 17 2019, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
One of our favorite local roots-rock bands. Plus a performance by Chicago producer/musician O'Rourke. Doors open at 8 pm.

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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners

Sun, Aug 18 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, Aug 20 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Big Band Dance Party with APOL Orchestra

Wed, Aug 21 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, Aug 21 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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The Quebe Sisters

Thu, Aug 22 2019, 8:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at the door - Tickets
When the Texas-born Quebe Sisters, triple-threat fiddle champions, start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony audiences are blown away. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Jazz Couples (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Aug 22 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
An evening of jazz with Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman, Jeannie Lambert & Russ Phillips. The 4th Thursday of the month through October. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Groove Witness, Jack Butler's Jones, Paul Amandes

Fri, Aug 23 2019, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
An evening of jazz-funk and blues. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Club Closed for a Private Party

Sat, Aug 24 2019, 5:00pm

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, Aug 25 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, Aug 27 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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The Summer of Shams with The Shams Band

Wed, Aug 28 2019, 8:00pm - 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. Performing the last Wednesday of the month through August. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Sam Robinson Quartet

Wed, Aug 28 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 (SideBar)

Thu, Aug 29 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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Concerts in the Yard: Ike Reilly Assassination

Fri, Aug 30 2019, 7:00pm - $20 in advance, $25 at the door - Tickets
FitzGerald's presents a series of three outdoor concerts. (In case of rain, the show will move into the club.) Doors open at 6 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Aug 30 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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The Menards (SideBar)

Sat, Aug 31 2019, 8:00pm - Free, just hit the tip jar
Country, blues and folk rock.

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Heartsfield

Sat, Aug 31 2019, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Up-tempo, foot-stompin’ country music! Doors open at 7 pm.

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September


Tim O'Brien Band

Fri, Sep 06 2019, 8:30pm - $25 - Tickets
Classic bluegrass with a master player. Doors open at 7 pm.

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A Tribute to Buddy Holly & the Crickets

Sat, Sep 07 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
On Buddy Holly's birthday, Zachary Stevenson and other stars of the Jeff Award-winning production of the "Buddy Holly Story" pay tribute to the musical legacy of these legends. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ernie Hendrickson (CD Release), Big Sadie

Fri, Sep 13 2019, 8:30pm - $12 in advance, $15 at the door - Tickets
Ernie Hendrickson celebrates the release of his new disc "Roll On." Plus the intricate harmonies of Big Sadie. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears

Fri, Sep 20 2019, 9:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
Sonically inspired by the Hill Country blues, cowpunk and the Southern soul of Stax. Presented by Harmonica Dunn. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Reckless Kelly

Sat, Sep 21 2019, 8:30pm - $20 in advance, $25 at door - Tickets
The Austin-based band were Americana before there really was such a term, combining roots, rock and country influences into an uncompromising musical approach that has earned the Grammy-winning group a very steadfast and loyal following. " - A Taste of Country. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Jazz Couples (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Sep 26 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
An evening of jazz with Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman, Jeannie Lambert & Russ Phillips. The 4th Thursday of the month through October. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Concerts in the Yard: The Bottle Rockets

Fri, Sep 27 2019, 7:00pm - $20 in advance, $25 at the door
FitzGerald's presents a series of three outdoor concerts. (In case of rain, the show will move into the club.) Doors open at 6 pm.

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Red Elvises

Fri, Sep 27 2019, 10:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Crazy fun with this Russian band's take on American rock and roll! Doors open at 9 pm.

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October


Slaid Cleaves

Thu, Oct 17 2019, 8:00pm - $20 in advance, $25 at door - Tickets
The Texas singer-songwriter digs into his impressive songbook. Two sets. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

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Smooth Hound Smith

Fri, Oct 18 2019, 8:30pm - $10 in advance, $15 at door - Tickets
A foot stompin’ American roots duo comprised of “one-man-band” Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonicas/banjo) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion). Doors open at 7 pm.

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Jazz Couples (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Oct 24 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
An evening of jazz with Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman, Jeannie Lambert & Russ Phillips. The 4th Thursday of the month through October. Doors open at 7 pm.

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November


Beyond Hungar Benefit with Indigo Girls

Sat, Nov 23 2019, 7:00pm - $200 - On sale July 26 - Tickets
Tickets for the November 22nd benefit show at Thalia Hall (Pilsen) and November 23rd at FitzGerald’s (Berwyn) go on sale July 26 at 10 AM CST.

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