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February


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, Miss Barbara Clifford & the Shakin' Tailfeathers

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 performs 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 with Los Gallos and New Heartaches

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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The Menards (SideBar)

Thu, Feb 27 2020, 8:00pm - Free, just hit the tip jar
Country, blues and folk rock.

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Gin Palace Jesters, Erin Edmister & 3 Tons

Fri, Feb 28 2020, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets
An evening of honky-tonk and country rock. 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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Chicago Grandstand Big Band

Sun, Mar 01 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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Bluesday Tuesday with Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

Tue, Mar 03 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, Mar 03 2020, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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SideBar Sessions with Bill Overton's Kettle Brothers

Wed, Mar 04 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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Distant Brothers, Deep Cricket Night, Forty Foot Flames

Thu, Mar 05 2020, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Three local bands each perform their brand of roots rock. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Bitters (SideBar)

Thu, Mar 05 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, 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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Sails, Yellowhammers

Fri, Mar 06 2020, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets
An American blend of rock that draws from blues, country and folk. Doors open at 7 pm.

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International Women's Day Festival with Cathy Richardson's Goddesses of Rock, Katie Todd

Sat, Mar 07 2020, 8:30pm - $20 - Tickets
In honor of International Women’s Day, Cathy Richardson and her bad-ass band pay tribute to some of the greatest women rockers on Earth. Expect a face-melting musical journey as Richardson wraps her considerable chops around songs by Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, the Pretenders, Pat Benatar and more, weaving in her own personal stories and songs. Doors open at 7 pm.

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International Women's Day Fest with Sandra Antongiorgi plus Naomi Ashley & Cathie Van Wert (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Mar 07 2020, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets
Celebrate International Woman's Day with an evening of singer-songwriters. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Jazz Community Big Band

Sun, Mar 08 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, Mar 10 2020, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Mar 10 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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Curt Morrison's Student Guitar Recital (SideBar Music Room)

Wed, Mar 11 2020, 7:00pm - No cover
Curt Morrison's guitar students perform. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Goodnight, Texas

Wed, Mar 11 2020, 8:00pm - $10 - 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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Catholic Charities St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Thu, Mar 12 2020, 6:30pm - $60 by March 9; $65 after March 9 - 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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Ian Leith (SideBar)

Thu, Mar 12 2020, 8:00pm - Free, just hit the tip jar
Ian Leith is on a "quest of endless possibilities with these here fingers."

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SideBar Closed for a Private Event

Fri, Mar 13 2020, 5:00pm

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Toronzo Cannon

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

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39th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival

Sat, Mar 14 2020, 1:00pm - $10, $5 for 12 and under - Tickets
Annual St. Patrick's Day Hooley! Irish dance and music in the heated tent (Mayer School Irish Stepdancers, The Dooley Brothers) and rock and roll in the Club (Fitz & the Celts, The Belvederes, Cannonball). Plus the Shannon Rovers. Doors open at 1 pm.

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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners

Sun, Mar 15 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, Mar 17 2020, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Ivy Ford

Wed, Mar 18 2020, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Ivy Ford respects the history and tradition of roots and blues music while presenting it in a fresh, young and trendy way. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, Mar 18 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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Phil Angotti and Friends (SideBar)

Thu, Mar 19 2020, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Phil’s original music plus some choice rock/pop - guaranteed to raise a smile!

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Jeremy Pinnell

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

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Ike Reilly Assassination

Fri, Mar 20 2020, 8:30pm - $20 in advance, $25 at door - Tickets
“Ike Reilly is a kind of natural resource, mined from the bedrock of music. All the values that make rock important to people—storytelling, melody, rage, laughter—are part and parcel of every Ike Reilly show" (David Carr, New York Times). Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Mar 21 2020, 8:00pm - $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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Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience

Sat, Mar 21 2020, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
Zydeco from one of the greats. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Shout Section Big Band

Sun, Mar 22 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, Mar 24 2020, 8:00pm - Free
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Smiley Tillmon Band featuring Kate Moss

Wed, Mar 25 2020, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
Tillmon is one of the last Chicago bluesmen still active from the 1960s when blues provided a nightly soundtrack at countless South Side taverns. Doors open at 7 pm.

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SideBar Sessions with Doug Lalli Trio

Wed, Mar 25 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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Allegra Malone & the Revival (SideBar)

Thu, Mar 26 2020, 7:00pm - $8 donation
Allegra Malone is a songstress, writer and instrumentalist with stories to tell. The Revival, her band of musical A-listers, bring the velocity of full throttle rock and roll, soul stirring blues and epic ballad’s to heights that signal a new moment in country music.

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Dale Watson, The Bama Lamas

Thu, Mar 26 2020, 8:00pm - $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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The Flat Five

Fri, Mar 27 2020, 8:00pm - $22 in advance, $25 at door - 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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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Mar 27 2020, 9:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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Chicago Honky Tonk Presents: A Saturday Special

Sat, Mar 28 2020, 4:30pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
Featuring music on two stages — Club and SideBar — plus food and a vintage pop-up market. Doors open at 4 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Mar 31 2020, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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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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Clem Snide (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Apr 11 2020, 8:30pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
Clem Snide, aka Eef Barzelay, performs songs from his stunning new album, produced by Scott Avett. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Heartsfield

Sat, Apr 11 2020, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
Up-tempo, foot-stompin’ country music! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, The Western Elstons

Fri, Apr 17 2020, 8:30pm - $20 - 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 - 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 - 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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Joanne Shaw Taylor, JD Simo

Wed, Apr 22 2020, 8:30pm - $20 - Tickets
Guitarist Joe Bonamassa has described Joanne Shaw Taylor as a "superstar in waiting” in the blues/rock world. Her fiery guitar chops, powerful voice and a natural gift for songwriting has helped propel her. Doors open at 7 pm.

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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, Milton

Fri, May 01 2020, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
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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June


The Iguanas

Fri, Jun 19 2020, 8:30pm - $17 - Tickets
Take the Franco Acadian inflections of Canada, as best exemplified by the accordion, blues and jazz and the lilting grace and fiery passion of the music of Mexico and you have The Iguanas, New Orleans' premiere distillers of this continental musical melange. Doors open at 7 pm.

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