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Elizabeth Cook, Robbie Fulks, Oktoberfest, Mason Jennings, Eric Lindell, Fruit Bats & More


This Week: Tonight, Tyrone Wells brings his “Cover to Cover” tour to the club. East Nashville songwriter and “Outlaw Country” radio host Elizabeth Cook is here Friday at 8:30 p.m. with songwriter Don Gallardo. 

This Weekend: Journalist Mark Caro teams up with songwriter Steve Dawson to discuss the creative process at our special matinee show on Saturday at 1 p.m. On Saturday night, Robbie Fulks brings together a crack band (Duke Levine, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Todd Phillips and Alex Hall) to perform songs from his recent album, Upland Stories , as well as music from his back catalog as well as new and unreleased songs. On Sunday, country-rock pioneer Jim Messina comes to SPACE for a special full-band concert.

Also this Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m., SPACE partners with Evanston Oktoberfest, presenting music from The Dave Specter Blues Band and The Western Elstons. The beer festival takes place at 1818 Maple Ave., and features local vendors like Temperance Beer Co., Sketchbook Brewing and more. 

Coming Up: Next Tuesday, Oct. 18, Maria Muldaur brings her New Orleans-flavored “Bluesiana” band to SPACE. Next Wednesday, Cuban jazz pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa performs with his trio in support of his new album, El Viaje. Minneapolis songwriter Mason Jennings returns to SPACE on Saturday, Oct. 22, in support of his most recent album, Wild Dark Metal. Louisiana bluesman Eric Lindell is here for a special solo show on Oct. 27. And Chicago native Eric D. Johnson (pictured) brings his revitalized Fruit Bats project to SPACE on Friday, Oct. 28.

Posted October 13th, 2016

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Who Is Your Favorite Artist to Play SPACE?


We recently asked our Facebook fans what was their all-time favorite artist to play SPACE? Over 200 people commented, with answers ranging from The Strumbellas (who played SPACE in 2014 and will play a sold-out show in our sister venue Thalia Hall next month) to beloved New Orleans collective Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Here were the top 10 artists, according to our Facebook commenters. Who was your favorite? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook.

Five For Fighting
Will Hoge
Maceo Parker
Allen Toussaint
Tim Reynolds
Todd Snider
Anderson East
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Los Lobos

Kristin Hersh, Fruit Bats, Lau, Rayland Baxter, Colin Stetson, Robbie Fulks & more


On Sale Friday: Singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh (of Throwing Muses) comes to SPACE in December in support of her forthcoming release, Wyatt at the Coyote Palace, a double CD/book combination. Eric D. Johnson’s Fruit Bats come to the club in support of sixth album, Absolute Loser, in October. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via

This Week: Tonight, British soul group The James Hunter Six is here. On Friday, Megon McDonough and Eddie Holstein share an early show bill, while Minneapolis rockers Twilight Hours are here for the late show. Lau, “the most musically adventurous trio in British folk” (Guardian), make their SPACE debut for an early show on Saturday. Indie-pop band The Saint Johns are here for Saturday’s late show. Songwriters Anne Hills and Michael Smith return for a Sunday matinee. And critically acclaimed Nashville songwriter Rayland Baxter is here on Sunday night. A few reserved table seats have just been released.

Coming Up: Next Tuesday, Dave Specter welcomes Nicholas Tremulis as special guest in his Adventures in Guitar blues series. On Wednesday, avant-garde saxophonist Colin Stetson performs his experimental version of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony with his 12-piece ensemble. Cuban-American jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval returns next Thursday. Tickets are moving fast for Robbie Fulks  on Oct. 15, featuring an all-star band performing material from his recent album, Upland Stories, and more. Read about it on Robbie’s great blog.

Posted September 22nd, 2016

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Listen to “Walk A Mile In My Shoes,” A SPACE Tribute To Otis Clay


Listen to a new single, “Walk A Mile In My Shoes,” recorded in the SPACE studios, in memory of our beloved friend, colleague and one of the greatest soul, blues and gospel singers ever, Otis Clay. The song features 21 musicians, many of whom worked with, knew and loved Clay. Suggested donation for a download is $5 via SPACE’s Bandcamp page, but fans can pay as little as $2, or as much as they want. Look for it on iTunes and Spotify soon. Proceeds will benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Posted September 22nd, 2016

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SPACE Partners with Evanston Oktoberfest on October 16


SPACE is excited to present music for the second annual Evanston Oktoberfest on Oct. 16, to be held at 1818 Maple Avenue (parking lot behind Hilton Garden Inn). The festival will feature Evanston breweries Smylie Brothers, Sketchbook Brewing Company, Temperance Beer Co., Peckish Pig and distillery FEW Spirits, as well as new breweries including Ten-Ninety, Half Acre Beer Company, Hopewell Brewing Company and Alarmist Brewing. SPACE will present sets by DJ Dustin Harris, The Dave Specter Blues Band featuring Jimmy Johnson, and Chicago country-western band The Western Elstons, featuring Casey McDonough, Scott Ligon, Alex Hall and Joel Paterson (pictured). Tickets are $10 for general admission or $15 for early entrance. This year, beer tickets are purchased separately.

Listen to James Hunter’s Daptone Album, Hold On!


British soul singer and songwriter James Hunter brings his world-famous “Six”-piece band to SPACE on Thursday, September 22, for an incredible night of old-school R&B and soul you won’t want to miss. Hunter teamed up with Brooklyn-based Daptone Records (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley) for his fourth album, Hold On!, which was released earlier this year. Known for his collaborations with Van Morrison (appearing on Van’s live album A Night In San Francisco and 1995 studio album, Days Like This), Hunter also picked up a Grammy nomination, in 2006, for his first U.S. album, People Gonna Talk (Rounder). Watch the videos below and reserve your tickets for this all-star soul night at the club.

Posted September 16th, 2016

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The Bad Plus, Stanley Clarke, Reckless Kelly, Joe Pug, Jim Lauderdale & More


SPACE is very excited to have critically acclaimed jazz trio The Bad Plus at the club for two shows in December. Jazz fans will have even more to be excited about that month, with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke returning with his band on Dec. 9.

Grammy-winning Texas country-rock group Reckless Kelly comes to SPACE in support of its ninth studio album,Sunset Motel, this November. Check out the single “How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)” via Rolling Stone. We’re excited to have folk singer Joe Pug back at SPACE for two shows in December. Pug, who spent some of his formative songwriting years in Chicago, was a major standout last December.

Nashville songwriter Jim Lauderdale, who has collaborated with a musical who’s who, including Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello and Robert Hunter, returns to the club in December. Another well-respected Nashville songwriter, Kevin Gordon, who Rolling Stone calls a “juke-joint professor,” is here in November. Bluesman Duke Robillard is back at the club in December.

New York singer-songwriter Jaymay comes to the club in support of her new album, To Tell The Truth, in December. And Chicago duo Bittersweet Drive will celebrate the release of their new CD in November. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via

This Weekend: Tonight, SPACE is excited to welcome contemporary Mexican ensemble Villalobos Brothers, who blend Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. On Saturday, a cappella group Street Corner Symphony are here with Andy Davis. And there are only a few tickets left for Sunday’s concert with singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins.

Next Week at SPACE, we have a blockbuster string of shows. Storytellers come together for The Moth on Monday night. Tickets have sold out via The Moth’s website, but there may be some tickets released at the door. On Tuesday, one of our favorite soulful folk singers, Langhorne Slim, returns with his band for a standing room show at the club. British jazz phenom Jacob Collier is here next Wednesday. Jazz, soul and pop fans won’t want to miss his unreal “one-man live show.” And on Thursday, English R&B singer James Hunter — known for his collaborations with Van Morrison — brings his stellar six-piece band to the club. The group recently released a new album, Hold On!, via Daptone Records

Posted September 16th, 2016

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SPACE Announces “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” Tribute Song & Concert for Otis Clay

Otis ClayJoin us for a heartfelt and all-star tribute to our late friend and world renowned Chicago soul, blues, gospel and R&B singer extraordinaire Otis Clay on Thursday, Dec. 1, at SPACE. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

Otis graced the stage at SPACE many times over the years, performing a number of unforgettable shows with his wonderful stage presence, deep soul intensity and great bands. The show on Dec. 1 will feature an all-star band with many special guests that worked with and loved the late, great singer.

Otis passed away suddenly in January of 2016 and we’ve been working hard at the SPACE recording studios this year on a tribute in his memory, which will be released in conjunction with the tribute concert on Dec. 1. 

The tribute single features 21 musicians, including many who performed and recorded with Clay. The release of the “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” tribute single will also mark the launch of SPACE Records, the venue’s new in-house record label. “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” will have its world premiere on Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers show on 93XRT on Monday, Sept. 19, between 9-10 p.m., and will be available for download and streaming shortly thereafter.

Proceeds from the concert and sales of the tribute single will benefit The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, an organization that Otis worked with over the years and held dear to his heart.


Posted September 14th, 2016

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Lucinda Williams at SPACE on December 29-31, 2016

lucinda-admatSPACE is very excited to announce a special three-night New Year’s Eve run with iconic American songwriter Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6 on December 29, 30 and 31, welcomed by 93XRT. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, September 9, 2016, at 10 a.m. Below you will find ticket links for each show, along with detailed information on seating and pricing, as well as some options for dining and lodging.

Tickets for December 29Tickets for December 30 | Tickets for December 31

The shows on Dec 29 and 30 will have Table Seating, GA Seating, and Standing Room options. The show on Dec 31 is meant to be more of a party and will have only 25 Premium VIP Table Seats and the rest of the venue will be standing room.

Ticket Prices:
December 29 & 30 at 8pm
-Standing Room: $40
-GA Seated: $70
-Table Seating: $90
-Front Row Table Seating: $110
-Meet & Greet Upgrade: $75

Dec 31 at 10pm
-Side Stage Table VIP Seating: $250 (includes signed poster, meet & greet, 3 drink tickets, concierge assistance with hotel and dinner reservations)
-GA Standing Room: $85
*All 12/31 tickets include a champagne toast at midnight

Our attached restaurant Union will be accepting limited dinner reservations on Dec 31. Reservations are not accepted on Dec 29 & 30.

Evanston has a number of hotels within walking distance of the venue.

Hyatt House Evanston
1515 Chicago Ave

Hilton Orrington
1710 Orrington Ave

Holiday Inn Evanston
1501 Sherman Ave

Posted September 8th, 2016

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Adam Torres’ ‘Pearls to Swine’ Featured on NPR First Listen


Pearls to Swine, the new album from songwriter Adam Torres, is featured on NPR’s First Listen. We’re very excited to have Torres at SPACE on Oct. 26 with Thor & Friends plus a special opening set from Chicago-based songwriter Daniel Knox. “There’s a long history of male singers with high lonesome voices, from boy choirs to Jimmie Rodgers, from Frankie Valli to Curtis Mayfield to Michael Jackson to The Weeknd. But these days, that sound is often electronically expressed and manufactured, so when I first heard the pure voice of Adam Torres, it felt fortifying,” writes NPR’s Bob Boilen. Get your tickets to the show here.

Posted September 2nd, 2016

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Eric Lindell, Chad & Jeremy, Cathy Richardson, William Fitzsimmons, Magic Dick & Shun Ng and The Slide Brothers


On Sale Now! New Orleans bluesman Eric Lindell returns to SPACE in October for a very special solo show. Soulful Chicago singer Cathy Richardson brings her band back to the club over Thanksgiving weekend in November. British folk-rock duo Chad & Jeremy will tour the States this fall, making a return visit to SPACE in October. J. Geils Band harmonica man Magic Dick has formed a new duo with guitarist Shun Ng. They’re here this fall for a special co-bill with The Slide Brothers. These shows are on sale now via And don’t forget that tickets for Wililam Fitzsimmons plus special guest Laura Burhenn (of The Mynabirds) went on sale today at 10 a.m. You can also visit our box office between 5-9 p.m. to pick up tickets in person tonight and Saturday.

This Weekend: We’re kicking off Labor Day weekend tonight with Michael McDermott’s The Westies along with special guest Don Gallardo, a Nashville by-way-of California songwriter who’s here in support of his new album, Hickory. Listen to Gallardo’s “Diamonds & Gold” below. On Saturday, the all-star Chicago Women in the Blues return to the club.

Coming Up: Next Wednesday, Arizona Americana rockers Jared & The Mill are here with Denver trio Edison. On Thursday, we’re excited to have Brooklyn indie-folk songwriter Gabriel Kahane back at the club. He’s one of our favorite emerging artists, so we hope you’ll check him out. Next Friday, it’s an action-packed night with NRBQ vs. Los Straitjackets. Portland Cello Project returns next Saturday. And next Sunday brings Dave Alvin and brother Phil Alvin back to the club for a special acoustic show.

Judy Collins, Bob Schneider, Caroline Smith, Justin Roberts, Deacon Blues, Liz Vice & More


On Sale Friday: This November, SPACE welcomes Grammy-winning folk singer Judy Collins back to the club. Austin singer-songwriter Bob Schneider is also back this fall. We’re excited to have Minneapolis neo-soul singer Caroline Smith for a special late show in October.

Justin Roberts will celebrate his new CD, Lemonade, at SPACE this fall along with Robbie Fulks, Liam Davis, Gerald Dowd and John Abbey. Chicago’s premiere Steely Dan tribute act, Deacon Blues, is back for an unforgettable night of the Dan this November. Rising Portland gospel-soul singer Liz Vice will make her debut at the club this fall.

We’ve just announced two new shows in our Lagunitas Blue Mondays series: guitarist Carlos Johnson in September and harmonica player Omar Coleman in October. Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via and

And mark your calendars for upcoming Moth StorySLAMs at SPACE. Remember tickets go on sale via The Moth’s website one week before the event. 

This Week: The Waco Brothers are here tonight! Join us in welcoming the Chicago alt-country band as they celebrate their new album, Going Down In History. Buy your tickets now or at the door for $20.

Only a few tickets remain for Friday’s Raul Malo show and Saturday’s late show. Please note that Sunday’s Buckwheat Zydeco concerts have been cancelled due to Stanley Dural’s ongoing recuperation from recent radiation treatments. He is recovering well and we hope to have him back at the club soon.

Next Week: Taj Mahal’s early show next Thursday is sold out! Get your tickets to the late show now. Labor Day weekend brings The Westies featuring Michael McDermott to the club next Friday, with special guest Nashville songwriter Don Gallardo. Next Saturday, we will fete the talented Chicago Women in the Blues , including Holle Thee Maxwell, Shirley King, Liz Mandeville, Joan Gand and more. Next Tuesday, The Stray Birds are here in support of their new album, Magic Fire, produced by Larry Campbell. Pacific Northwest songwriters Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer are here next Wednesday.

Posted August 25th, 2016

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