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Dave Specter’s Adventures in Guitar, Lindi Ortega & Andrew Combs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and Kitchen Dwellers & more!

On Sale Now! On Dec. 6, we’re excited to welcome another installment of Dave Specter’s Adventures in Guitar. Dave and his band will join legendary guitar guru Greg Koch on-stage for what promises to be a memorable evening of six string guitar slinging.


Coming Up: This Monday, Sept. 25, Nashville-via-Toronto country singer Lindi Ortega will share a bill with fellow Nashville songwriter Andrew Combs. Ortega is on tour in support of her EP ’Til the Goin’ Gets Gone, which Rolling Stone calls “a departure from much of Ortega’s previous work…putting her haunting vocals at center stage and leaning on simple, stark production.” Combs, who Rolling Stone calls a “staple on the young Nashville Americana Scene,” explores more experimental folk textures on his third album Canyons of My Mind.

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On Friday, Sept. 29, SPACE and Silver Wrapper present Wisconsin eclectic folk band Horseshoes & Hand Grenades in a co-bill with Bozeman’s Kitchen Dwellers. Watch the band’s Audiotree session here. Illinois’ own Miles Over Mountains will kick off this Friday night of bluegrass. Don’t miss out!


Posted September 22nd, 2017

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Robert Randolph, Shovels & Rope, Lisa Loeb, Lindi Ortega & Andrew Combs, Joan Shelley & more!

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93XRT welcomes Robert Randolph and The Family Band to SPACE on Sept. 7! Don’t miss this chance to see the funk-soul steel guitarist and his band bring the party to our intimate space. Grab your tickets on Friday at 10 a.m.

On Oct. 3, Shovels & Rope come to SPACE for a very intimate evening. Reserve your tickets tomorrow morning, as this one is sure to sell out quickly. Nashville-via-Toronto country singer Lindi Ortega will share a bill with fellow Nashville songwriter Andrew Combs at SPACE on Sept. 25. We’re excited to present Joan Shelley in concert at the club on Oct. 14, with Chicago-based experimental-folk guitarist James Elkington. Watch the Louisville folk singer’s Tiny Desk concert here.

Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb, whose 1994 song “Stay (I Missed You)” went straight to the top of the Billboard charts, comes to SPACE on Oct. 24. Nashville indie-folk band Humming House returns to SPACE with Becca Mancari on Oct. 18. Americana singer-songwriter Michaela Anne, who supported Sam Outlaw at the club earlier this year, will return to SPACE for a headline show on Oct. 2.

SPACE and Silver Wrapper present Wisconsin eclectic folk band Horseshoes & Hand Grenades in a co-bill with Bozeman’s Kitchen Dwellers on Sept. 29. Watch the band’s Audiotree session hereDead River Revival, helmed by JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound’s founder and guitarist Billy Bungeroth and Second City Musical Director Julie Nichols, bring their rock and soul revue to the club on Sept. 24. Grab your tickets for all these shows on Friday at 10 a.m.

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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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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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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The Twilight Hours, Sierra Hull, River Whyless, Andrew Combs, Kristin Diable, Sam Outlaw & More


On Sale Now: Minneapolis rock band The Twilight Hours has just released its second album, Black Beauty, and will hit SPACE on Sept. 23. Tickets for the show are on sale now! Singer Megon McDonough will return to the club this fall for a special evening of folk music. Check out a recent story about Megon in the Chicago Tribune.

Coming Up: Next month brings a lot of great emerging acts to SPACE. Asheville’s River Whyless is coming to the club on Friday, Aug. 12. Don’t miss the eclectic folk quartet, who NPR’s Bob Boilen said performed “one of the best sets” at last weekend’s Newport Folk Festival. Bluegrass phenom Sierra Hull is headed to SPACE in support of her new album, Weighted Mind, next Friday. Nashville songwriter Andrew Combs, who The Tennessean calls “one of the area’s brightest young musicians,” will bring his full band to the club for a show with Charleston’s Susto on Aug. 10. New Orleans songwriters Kristin Diable and Luke Winslow-King will share a bill next Thursday at the club. L.A. country singer Sam Outlaw is back next Sunday for a night of his “SoCal country.”

This Week: Alt-country songwriter Cory Branan is here on Thursday. Progressive bluegrass group The Travelin’ McCourys are joined by Nora Jane Struthers this Friday. Only a few tickets remain for Saturday’s Loudon Wainwright show at the club. And Sunday, Nashville songwriter Caitlin Canty is here in support of Lost In The Valley, her new EP produced by Jeffrey Foucault.

Jacob Collier, The Saint Johns, Webb Wilder, The Yawpers, Cory Branan, Joshua Radin and The Weepies at Thalia Hall & more

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On Sale Thursday: British musical prodigy and Quincy Jones protege Jacob Collier, whom The Guardian calls “jazz’s new messiah,” will hit SPACE on September 21. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.

On Sale Friday: Nashville indie-Americana duo The Saint Johns return to SPACE for a headline show this September. Nashville rock and roller Webb Wilder as well as folk songwriter Lucy Kaplansky return in October. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via

Thalia Hall: A few of our favorite SPACE artists will head to our sister venue, Thalia Hall in Pilsen, this fall. Tickets for Joshua Radin on Nov. 8, The Weepies on Nov. 2, plus Rachel Yamagata and Lucero, go on sale this Friday. Among the other upcoming concerts that are on sale now at Thalia are Delbert McClinton, David Crosby, Rodriguez, Josh Ritter, Shovels & Rope and Billy Bragg.

Coming Up at SPACE: On Wednesday night, don’t miss the unique sound of one-man-band The Suitcase Junket. This Saturday, Denver rock trio The Yawpers are here with The Lawrence Peters Outfit. Next week, alt-country songwriter Cory Branan brings his high-energy show back to the club. And progressive bluegrass group Travelin’ McCourys are at SPACE next Friday with Nora Jane Struthers. Nashville songwriter Caitlin Canty will close out the month at SPACE with her show on Sunday, July 31.

Allen Stone, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Davy Knowles, John Moreland, Villalobos Brothers & More


On Sale Friday: Soul singer Allen Stone will relive his troubadour days on his intimate fall tour, “My Favorite Songs, Favorite Stories,” which hits SPACE on Friday, October 7. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

Grammy-winning songwriter-guitarist Dave Alvin returns with brother Phil Alvin this fall, in support of their two recent collaborations, 2014’s Common Ground and last year’s Lost Time. Chicago country singer-guitarist Robbie Fulks returns to the club this fall in support of his new Bloodshot Records album, Upland Stories.

Oklahoma folk singer John Moreland — whose album High On Tulsa Heat was hailed by The New York Times as “starkly elegant, addressing sadness with clarity and directness” — returns to the club for a headline show this fall. Austin, Tex. newcomer Adam Torres is also here this fall. “Just a minute into hearing his voice I knew I was listening to a unique and astonishing talent,” writes NPR’s Bob Boilen.

Manx-born, Chicago-based bluesman Davy Knowles will celebrate his new album, Three Miles From Avalon, at the club this October. Moreland and Arbuckle, who released their Alligator Records label debut this year, are here this fall for a night of blues-rock. The Villalobos Brothers will help celebrate Mexican Independence Day at SPACE on Friday, Sept. 16.

Among the other new shows going on sale this week are Nashville a cappella group Street Corner Symphony with Andy Davis; all-star blues revue Chicago Women in the Blues; Liz Longley, whose new album, Weightless, is out in August; Anne Hills and Michael Smith; and Maria Muldaur

Coming Up: Over The Rhine returns to the club this weekend with special guest Heather Maloney. Denver rock and rollers The Yawpers are here next Saturday, July 23rd, while fellow Bloodshot recording artist Cory Branan returns to the club on July 26. Looking ahead to August, up-and-coming New Orleans songwriters Kristin Diable and Luke Winslow-King share a bill on Aug. 4. And Nashville songwriter Andrew Combs is here with Charleston’s Susto on Aug. 10.

Leo Kottke, Esme Patterson, Jeffrey Foucault, The Lowest Pair, The Lumineers (at Chicago Theatre) & More


On Sale Friday: Master acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke returns to SPACE for two special shows this April. Fans of Shavey Graves will recognize the name Esmé Patterson. The singer-songwriter has collaborated with Shakey as well as Denver collective Paper Bird. We’re excited to welcome her to the club as a solo artist, with support from Chicago’s Cold Country. Wisconsin-born songwriter Jeffrey Foucault released Salt As Wolves last year. Listen to a recent interview with Foucault on NPR Morning Edition here. Folk duo The Lowest Pair has been garnering critical acclaim since the release of their debut album, 36¢, which was produced by Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett (who is also headed to SPACE this spring). These shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via

Thalia Hall: Our sister venue has announced a show with The Lumineers at Chicago Theatre on June 19. The Denver trio — which made one of its first Chicago-area appearances at SPACE, in 2011 — has just released the single “Ophelia” from its forthcoming album, Cleopatra. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

This Weekend: Minneapolis indie-folk band The Pines hits SPACE on their Above The Prairie tour this Friday with Haroula Rose. Only a few tickets remain for our Valentine’s Day Weekend shows: Saturday brings bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks back to the club. Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Ripp is here on Sunday night. And on Monday, it’s the second installment of our Blue Mondays series presented by Lagunitas. Get $8 table seats to see blues legend Jimmy Johnson with Mike Wheeler.

Bluegrass at SPACE: Don’t miss Grammy-winning bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers on April 15. A bluegrass musician with a long list of credits, Tim O’Brien, is here with Old Man Luedecke on April 7. Yonder Mountain String Band founding member Jeff Austin will make his debut at the club on March 30, alongside openers Railway Gamblers. And later this month, a great local night of bluegrass comes to the club with Cornmeal and Anderlik, Otto & Church on Friday, Feb. 26.

Posted February 11th, 2016

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New Shows On Sale Today: Justin Furstenfeld, Cecile McLorin Salvant, PigPen Theatre Co. & More

Hi Folks! A bunch of great shows went on sale today at 10 a.m. Check out the artist bios and links below and get your tickets now!


JUSTIN FURSTENFELD, JUNE 25: Justin is the magnetic front man of Blue October, the San Marcos, TX-­based band known for it’s shimmering melodies and heart string pulling lyrics. Get tickets here!

CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT, JUNE 21: Cecile won first place in the jazz world’s most prestigious contest, the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The buzz began almost immediately. If anything, it has intensified since the release of her Mack Avenue Records debut, WomanChild, which topped the DownBeat critics poll’s Jazz Album of the Year category. Get tickets here!

PIGPEN THEATRE CO., MAY 13: PigPen began creating their unique brand of music, film, and theatre as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. Their debut indie-folk album, “Bremen”, was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview. Their follow up EP, “The Way I’m Running”, was premiered by American Songwriter and released on October 8th, 2013. PigPen is thrilled to be working with Writers House, one of the world’s leading young adult literary agencies, to develop their debut children’s novel. They are currently on tour as a band and a theatre company. Get tickets here!

MARC MARTEL, MAY 21: Marc spent years recording and touring as the vocalist and primary songwriter for Downhere, an award-winning Canadian rock band with a sound, style and fanbase all its own, and is also known for his role as Freddie Mercury in The Extravaganza. Get tickets here!

ANA POPOVIC, JUNE 28: The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, all of which makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music. Get tickets here!

MELISSA FERRICK, JUNE 5: Melissa is back with her first self-produced album since 2004, the truth is (out June 4 on MPress Records). An evolution in the sound she has developed over the course of her expansive career and catalog, the record is also a creative departure in its collaborative approach to the recording process for the multi-instrumentalist. The result is a raw, rootsy record set to a sweeping Americana/alt-country soundtrack that layers pedal steel guitars and background harmonies into some of the lushest, brightest songs of her 20-year career; special guests include fellow Berklee alum Paula Cole and Rose Polenzani. Get tickets here!

JANIVA MAGNESS, JUNE 12: Janiva’s new album Original stretches the artistic boundaries of roots, rock and soul music. Its 11 songs seamlessly weave all three genres into a highly original approach defined by nakedly honest storytelling and the live-wire emotionalism of Magness’ two-and-a-half octave range, buoyed by arrangements that effortlessly blend traditional sounds with edgy experimentation. Get tickets here!

CAROLINE SMITH, MAY 2 : Merging ’90s R&B and neo-soul with her indie-rock roots, Caroline Smith’s new music has settled comfortably into a new backdrop as she takes a step from girl to woman. Half About Being a Woman is a record about self-acceptance and growing into yourself; it’s about going back to the roots of ‘feel-good’ music. “I wanted to find my way back to the reason why I started playing music in the first place,” says Smith. “Over the last year I began to embrace that being a strong, confident, opinionated woman is something to be proud of, not subdued. I have to embrace where my roots are and stay true to who I am: an unabashed fan of 90′s R&B, pop, and neo-soul.” Get tickets here!

CEREUS BRIGHT, APRIL 30: Cereus Bright finds its muse—and its name—from the Cereus: a white desert flower that blooms only at night. This flower, blossoming in the most desolate of places, is a symbol of art and story, which draw their beauty from brokenness and heartache. In their lyrics and melodies, Cereus Bright aims to embrace life as both messy and beautiful. Get tickets here!

KRIS DELMHORST, JUNE 4: Kris grew up in Brooklyn NY, but her musical home is in Boston MA where she cut her teeth on open mics, bar gigs, and subway busking before embarking on her life as an internationally touring songwriter. She has released six albums on respected indie label Signature Sounds. Delmhorst now lives in the hills of western Massachusetts with her husband, songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, with whom she occasionally performs as part of the collective Redbird. Get tickets here!

And don’t forget: There are a bunch of amazing shows happening this spring and summer at our sister venue Thalia Hall in Pilsen. On May 30 and 31, 93XRT Welcomes Lake Street Dive back to Thalia. On April 25, Dar Williams and Jill Sobule take the stage. Among the other upcoming highlights are Robert Earl Keen on April 11; Lisa Fisher on April 18; Josh Rouse on June 6; and Ginger Baker on June 14. Tickets and a complete concert calendar are available at

Posted March 6th, 2015

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