Upcoming Staff Picks: Todd Barry, Field Report, Brian Blade, Jackie Greene, The Lonesome Trio featuring Ed Helms & More


There are lots of great shows coming up at SPACE. Here are a few staff favorites.

We’re trying to contain our excitement for Friday’s Comedy Night. We’ve got two shows with comedian Todd Barry (who you may have seen on Louie, Conan, Letterman, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Inside Amy Shumer) with an opening set from our friends at The Lincoln Lodge. We’ll also be introducing some new cocktails, wines and beers! Ask your server about our new “Herbie Hancock” specialty cocktail, among others.

The Grateful Dead’s three-night stand at Soldier Field is around the corner. Help us celebrate early with our Grateful Dead Night featuring Chicago’s Terrapin Flyer along with Lagunitas Brewing Co. head honcho, Tony Magee, and his experimental blues outfit, Alice Drinks the Kool-Aid. We’ll have $2 PBR specials and $5 Lagunitas drafts.

Critically acclaimed Wisconsin singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield, who performs as Field Report (an anagram of his last name), will appear at this summer’s Newport Folk Festival. We’re excited to welcome him to SPACE with Chicago soul-folk singer Jerome Holloway.

Ed Helms was in the news this week for the commencement speech he gave at University of Virginia. See another side of the Hangover star (who will also star in this summer’s sequel to National Lampoon’s Vacation) when he brings his traditional bluegrass group, The Lonesome Trio, to SPACE.

Brian Blade was just at the club, performing as a member of bassist John Patitucci’s Electric Guitar Quartet. Jazz fans know Blade as a longtime member of Wayne Shorter’s quartet and as the leader of his own Fellowship band. But the Shreveport, La.-native will be returning next month with his Mama Rosa project, his first as a singer, guitarist and songwriter.

London-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney recently released her debut album, The Longest River, via Nonesuch Records. She’s been picking up accolades from The New York Times, the BBC and more. We’re excited to welcome her to SPACE in a great co-bill with Chicago singer-songwriter Daniel Knox.

One of the brightest new stars of the jazz world today, Cecile McLorin Salvant, returns to SPACE in June. Salvant topped the DownBeat Critics Poll last year in four categories, including Jazz Album of the Year for her U.S. debut, WomanChild (Mack Avenue).

Fourth of July weekend will offer Chicagoans a plethora of music choices. Tickets are moving fast for our July 3 and 4 shows with West Coast guitarist-singer-songwriter Jackie Greene. Each night will feature some very special guests along with drink specials and more. Don’t miss out on what are sure to be some of the most memorable shows of the year at the club!

Posted May 21st, 2015

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