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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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Elizabeth Cook, Marc Ford, Howie Day, Raul Malo, Taj Mahal, KING w/ Nick Hakim & More


On Sale Friday: Nashville singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook comes to SPACE this fall in support of her new album, Exodus Of Venus. Read about the album and listen via Wall Street Journal. Blues-rock guitarist Marc Ford (formerly of The Black Crowes) will be here in November with his Neptune Blues Club band. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Coming Up: Next Wednesday, pop-rock singer-songwriter Howie Day is back at the club in support of his new album, LanternsRaul Malo of The Mavericks comes to SPACE for three shows over two nights, on Aug. 26-27. We’ve just opened up a handful of tickets for Saturday’s late show, and limited tickets remain for the Friday show.

Blues master Taj Mahal is here for two shows with his trio on Thursday, Sept. 1. The two-time Grammy winner was recently honored with the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement award for his 50-year career. SPACE welcomes neo-soul trio KING back to the club this fall with support from D.C. psychedelic-soul singer Nick Hakim. Check out Nick’s song “Cold” below and don’t miss your chance to see this rising star at the club.

This Week: Tonight, we welcome jazz trio Wertico Cain & Gray. On Friday, indie-folk quartet River Whyless is here. On Sunday, L.A. singer-songwriter Dan Navarro returns to the club with special guest Gerald Dowd. Please note that Saturday’s Brenda Russell show has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

Posted August 11th, 2016

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Jazz News: Marcus Miller, Arturo Sandoval, Jacob Collier, John Scofield & More


Jazz fans won’t want to miss these upcoming shows at SPACE, including legendary bassist Marcus Miller, British phenom Jacob Collier and genre-defying guitarist John Scofield.

Tomorrow night, world-renowned electric bassist and two-time Grammy-winner Marcus Miller returns to the club. As a producer, writer and player, Miller was the last primary collaborator of jazz legend Miles Davis, composing the title track and co-producing the album Tutu.

With a unique artistic vision driven by spontaneity and what some would call musical telepathy, Wertico Cain & Gray cultivate a distinct creative energy as they explore new worlds of sound-making. Led by Grammy-winning drummer Paul Wertico, the trio composes and orchestrates everything in real-time, melting acoustic and electronic sounds with new-tech and word-tech. The trio will take the stage at SPACE this Thursday, Aug. 11.

London-based musician Jacob Collier is recognized as an inventive and prodigious young talent. Just 22 years old, Collier gained recognition through his YouTube channel, displaying his uniquely creative one-man, multi-instrumentalist, multi-visual format to the world. His newly-released debut album, In My Room, and his live performances over the past year have earned him The Guardian’s praise as “jazz music’s new messiah.” Collier takes the stage at SPACE on Sept. 21.

Saxophonist Colin Stetson “demolishes clichés to unleash fresh, unexpected energies,” writes Pitchfork. “It’s like being inside an enormous brass tunnel full of windy byways and slamming valves, at once exhilarating and frightening.” Stetson has performed and recorded with a number of impressive acts over the years, including Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Feist. Stetson’s widely acclamied solo albums are fraught with intensity and originality, establishing him as a wonderfully unique composer and performer. Stetson will perform at SPACE on Sept. 28.

Arturo Sandoval is revered as a legendary jazz trumpeter, composer and dynamic and vivacious live performer. The 10-time Grammy Award winner has worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz to Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys. Sandoval will be here for two shows with his stellar band on Sept. 29.

John Scofield‘s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late ’70s through today. Possessing a distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk-edged jazz and R&B. In the early to mid-1980s, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis, bringing his abilities as a jazz player and performer to the foreground of jazz consciousness. Scofield is coming to SPACE in support of his new album, Country For Old Men, on Oct. 5.

Cuban jazz pianist Harold López-Nussa‘s talent and versatality have shown him success in the worlds of classical, jazz and popular music. He has performed as a soloist at Cuba’s most important theaters, as well as with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, Holguín Symphony Orchestra, Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and Havana Lyceum Mozartiano. López-Nussa will take the stage at SPACE on Oct. 19.

Posted August 8th, 2016

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Asheville Folk Quartet River Whyless Comes to SPACE Next Friday!

riverwhyless-webAsheville folk group River Whyless will make their debut at SPACE next Friday, August 12. The four-piece band, three of whom are songwriters, has been playing together in various forms since college. In the time since, River Whyless has perfected their haunting and contemplative sound, seamlessly blending soft, sweet ballads and foot-stomping anthems. NPR’s “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen noted, “River Whyless builds its music around fiddle, guitar and harmonies, with imagination and textures that set the band apart from many of its acoustic and folk-based peers.” SPACE is thrilled to welcome River Whyless next Friday, just a few weeks before the band releases its new album, We All The Light. Watch first video “All Day, All Night” below and get your tickets to see River Whyless at SPACE.

Posted August 5th, 2016

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Marcus Miller, Jon Cleary, Junior Brown, Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, Dan Navarro, Radney Foster & More

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This August, there’s a show at SPACE almost every night of the week. This Friday, don’t miss the New Orleans blues and funk of Walter “Wolfman” Washington. Next week, Grammy-winning jazz bassist-composer Marcus Miller returns to the club for two shows. New Orleans funk keyboardist Jon Cleary is here later this month for an awesome night at the club featuring his stellar band.

SPACE welcomes songwriter Dan Navarro (of Lowen & Navarro) with Gerald Dowd on Sunday, August 14. The following Sunday, Texas singer-songwriter Radney Foster, whose hits include “Crazy Over You” (with Foster & Lloyd), “Just Call Me Lonesome” and “Nobody Wins,” returns to to the club. Twin Cities rockers The Honeydogs share a bill in August with folk duo Dusty Heart.

Country guitarist and singer Junior Brown returns to SPACE later this month for a night of honky-tonk and Western swing. Jon Langford’s alt-country band The Waco Brothers are here with Philly rock band The Snails on August 25.

This Week: Tonight, some tickets are available at the door for alt-country songwriter Richard Buckner. On Thursday, New Orleans’ artists Kristin Diable and Luke Winslow-King share a bill. Friday, bluegrass mandolinist Sierra Hull performs songs from her new album, Weighted Mind. Bay Area folk singer Sean Hayes is here on Saturday with Brother. And on Sunday, SoCal country singer Sam Outlaw returns to the club. 

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