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New Shows Announced: Chris Pureka, Becca Stevens, Heart & Soul Dance Party & More


BECCA STEVENS, APRIL 28: Becca Stevens’ revelatory new album Perfect Animal marks a quantum musical leap for the North Carolina-bred, New York-based artist.  It boasts her most personally-charged songwriting and her most urgent, impassioned singing to date, along with vivid, adventurous arrangements that show off her fiercely expressive guitar work as well as the talents of her longstanding band: keyboardist-accordionist Liam Robinson, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer-percussionist Jordan Perlson.

CHRIS PUREKA, MAY 2 : Pureka’s latest release, Chimera II, is an expression of transition, collecting seven tracks old and new, borrowed and original. Like its predecessor, it’s both a coda and prelude, an assortment of songs that are vital and revealing and yet don’t quite fit within the focus of her full-length albums. The name refers to the three-headed creature of Greek mythology, part serpent, part lion, part goat. It’s also a scientific term that describes an organism derived from two genetically distinct types of cells—a nod toward Pureka’s background as a research biologist. Both contexts are apt: Chimera II is a grab bag of curiosities.

CLAUDIA SCHMIDT AND SALLY ROGERS, MAY 10: Claudia and Sally have been singing together for almost 35 years, weaving their stunning harmonies and double dulcimer work and moving and hilarious stories into a performance that makes you laugh, cry and rejoice.

LATE SHOWS ADDED: We’ve added a couple of special late shows on March 14 and 28 (Doors open at 9:30 p.m.). Heart & Soul Dance Party feat Johnny Walker (Dusty Grooves) and Aret Sakalian (Windy City Soul Club) … A night of movers and shakers from Northern Soul to Motown, from the moderns to the Hey Soul Classic. Free with RSVP (or $5 at the door). Check out Walker’s “Logan Run” mix here.

Posted February 26th, 2015

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New country singer Sam Outlaw will make his SPACE debut in The Studios on March 11. Outlaw (which is his mother’s real maiden name!) was born in South Dakota and now lives in Los Angeles. His forthcoming album Angeleno was produced by one of our favorite musicians, Ry Cooder. You’ll have to wait to hear the album, but if you want an early taste, check out Sam’s self-titled EP available on Bandcamp (below). We think you’ll be hearing a lot more from this young artist. He writes original songs that seek to capture the spirit of the traditional country music he learned from his favorite singers: George Jones, Merle Haggard, Don Williams, Gene Watson, Keith Whitley. But, Sam is clearly carving his own path as an artist. Don’t miss this chance to see a powerful emerging voice on the Americana scene. Get tickets here!

Posted February 25th, 2015

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New Shows On Sale Friday: Rebirth Brass Band, Todd Barry, Rumer, CJ Chenier & More!


More new shows go on sale this week! Go to or on Friday at 10 a.m. to pick up tickets. On April 3rd and 4th, don’t miss our awesome “New Orleans Weekend” with Rebirth Brass Band on Friday and Allen Toussaint with his Band on Saturday (ticketed separately). On April 13, British soul singer-songwriter Rumer is coming to SPACE. Her new album, Into Colour, just came out in the USA. SPACE is excited to host two shows on May 22 with comedian Todd Barry, one of Louis C.K’s favorite comedians. Barry’s stand-up doc “The Crowd Work Tour” was produced by C.K. and is available through his website, Among the other shows going on-sale Friday are Andy Davis on April 29, Coco Montoya & Mike Zito on May 12, and CJ Chenier on May 23.

Posted February 11th, 2015

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New Shows On Sale Saturday at 11 AM: Allen Toussaint Band, Terence Blanchard, Billy Joe Shaver, Suzy Bogguss & More!


We’ve got a bunch of spring shows going on-sale tomorrow at 11 a.m. Our box office will be open from 11–12:30. Check out the listings below or head to for more info!

Sat April 4: 93XRT welcomes Allen Toussaint with his Band

Thur April 9: Christian McBride Trio

Fri April 24: Matthew Mayfield

Sat April 25: Elvis Perkins

Fri May 1: Billy Strings & Don Julin

Fri May 1: Ester Rada

Sun May 3: Hot Club of Cowtown

Mon May 4: Matt Duke and Andrea Nardello

Wed May 6: Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective

Thur May 7: Suzy Bogguss

Thur May 14: Jim Lauderdale

Sun May 17: Steve Moakler

Tues May 19: John Patitucci and His Electric Guitar Quartet

Wed May 27: Joe Firstman

Sat May 30: Billy Joe Shaver

Posted February 6th, 2015

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New Shows On-Sale Friday: Jimmy Webb, Liz Longley, Tyrone Wells, Howie Day & More


Howdy folks! A new batch of shows goes on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. Go to or to pick up tickets. Or come by our box office on Friday between 5 and 9 p.m.

March 5: Jimmy Webb

March 25: Dave Specter’s Adventures in Guitar featuring Brother John Kattke

April 12: Liz Longley

April 18: Howie Day

April 26: Tuck and Patti 

May 8: Tyrone Wells

Also, on-sale now: On Feb. 15, SPACE welcomes Eddie Holstein and Steve Dawson: Solo and Together Celebrating the Music of Bob Dylan. In this special afternoon of music from two of Chicago’s folk heroes, Eddie and Steve will perform solo sets of their own material followed by a third set of collaboration focused on the tunes of Bob Dylan.

Have you ever wanted to sing on the SPACE stage? Now’s your chance. We’re bringing the best live karaoke band to SPACE on Thursday, Jan. 22. They’ve got a list of hits a mile long to pull from. It’s free when you RSVP!

This WEEKEND, tickets remain for Steve Forbert tonight; our January Dance party with Expo ’76 on Friday; and Sunday’s jazz show with Robert Irving III Generations.

Posted January 15th, 2015

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New Shows On-Sale Saturday at 11 AM: Mason Jennings, Chuck Prophet, Shemekia Copeland, Billy Cobham & More!


We’ve got a new batch of shows going on sale today at 11 a.m. Click the links below or go to to buy online. Or if you feel like braving the cold, our box office at SPACE will be open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

March 6 Shemekia Copeland

March 15 Megon McDonough and Susan O’Halloran: An Evening of Irish Stories and Songs

March 20 Sons of the Never Wrong

March 24 Alicia Witt

April 2 Seth Walker and Edward David Anderson

April 11 Mason Jennings

April 14 Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

April 15 Peter Himmelman

April 16 Robben Ford

April 17 Charlie Hunter Trio feat. Curtis Fowlkes and Bobby Previte

April 19 Billy Cobham “Spectrum 40”

April 23 Seth Glier

THIS WEEKEND, we’ve got a killer blues night with Otis Clay tonight. On Sunday, SPACE welcomes back Beatles tribute band American English!

Also, we’ve just announced our first Live Band Karaoke! night at SPACE on Thursday, Jan. 22. It’s free when you RSVP! Don’t miss your chance to sing on the SPACE stage with a live backing band.

Posted January 10th, 2015

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Get Tickets To See Grammy-Winning Zydeco Master Terrance Simien at SPACE


SPACE is excited to welcome two-time Grammy-award winning artist Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience on Friday, Jan. 23. The concert will be part of the multi-venue Chicago Bluegrass & Blues festival, which also features The String Cheese Incident, Steve Earle, Robert Randolph and more.

Simien, an eighth generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his bandmates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.

Simien and his collaborators from the Zydeco Experience band were honored with their second Grammy award in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2014 at the Nokia Theatre. This year was their 28th consecutive New Orleans Jazz Festival performance: an event that has become the gold standard for showcasing and celebrating all Louisiana music traditions.

2012 found Simien and his bandmates seen performing their original song “Dance Everyday” in the Warner Brothers film The Lucky One starring Zac Efron and Blythe Danner, and directed by Oscar-nominated director Scott Hicks. Simien’s version of zydeco standard “Uncle Bud” was also used in the film.

2009 signaled the release of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, set in the city of New Orleans and featured their first black princess. Alas, history was made. Simien is the featured guest artist on “Gonna Take You There,” a zydeco-flavored song penned by Randy Newman. Simien recorded the song with Newman in Los Angeles in late 2007. The song was inspired by Simien’s music and it became a favorite track for children everywhere! Simien’s student audiences all over the country sing along with him when he and his bandmates perform it during their school-time concerts. History was also made in a very big way for this genre as it was the first time Disney featured zydeco music in a film! However, what really changed the game was having the word zydeco spoken in the movie, introducing generations of young children and families to an indigenous American roots music that because of this film, many heard for the very first time. We are forever grateful to John Lasseter and the team at Disney for this rare opportunity to have this genre immortalized in a Disney film.

In 2005, Simien led HBO producers deep into Creole country for another high visible opportunity for the genre and he introduced them to the prodigious 5-year-old zydeco talent, Guyland Leday. This gifted young musician was featured in the HBO doc “The Music in Me: Children’s Recitals from Classical to Latin, Jazz to Zydeco.” This was a huge victory for his state, genre and Creole culture.

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Posted January 5th, 2015

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Special Concert with etc. Choir and Nairobi Girls Chorale on Jan. 3


Exciting Multi-Cultural Concert January 3rd at Evanston SPACE!

Come see the singers of the etc. Choir from etc. Music School ( in Evanston in concert with special guests the Nairobi Girls Chorale from Kenya!

The two choral programs have been involved in a special cultural and musical exchange this holiday season, and would love to share their music with you.

Come and hear both traditional African and American folk songs, as well as African gospel and American rock arrangements by these two talented, multi-faceted groups of young artists.

Reception and Concert: Saturday, Jan. 3 at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Come enjoy a special ‘brunch-time’ reception and joint concert between the Nairobi Girls Chorale and members of the etc. Music School’s own etc. Choir in one of Chicagoland’s most unique and beautiful concert venues! A cappella and accompanied choral music from the African and American traditions in folk, pop and rock await you!

The event is FREE and open to the public, but recordings of both groups will be available for purchase and free-will donations will be accepted in order to help offset the costs associated with our cultural exchange.

For more information, please feel free to e-mail etc. Music School at:

Posted December 30th, 2014

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Alejandro Escovedo & Other New Shows On-Sale Now, Plus a Handful of Tickets Released for NYE Shows with Milk Carton Kids


We’ve got another batch of great shows going on-sale this week. SPACE is excited to welcome back Texas singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo on March 27.

Among the other new shows on-sale now are Milwaukee roots musician Paul Cebar and his group Tomorrow Sound on Jan. 24; Chicago singer-violinist Anne Harris featuring blues guitarist Dave Herrero in the Studios on Feb. 26; Network Trio featuring jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan, bassist Charnett Moffett and drummer Dana Hall on March 1; folk-soul band Birds of Chicago on March 8; and New York singer-songwriter Ari Hest on March 27.

Tickets went quickly for our two New Year’s Eve shows with The Milk Carton Kids, so we’ve just released a handful of General Admission seats for both shows. Click here to get them and act fast because these remaining tickets will not last long!

We’ve also just announced our inaugural Movie Night presented by Lagunitas on Friday, Jan. 2. We’ll be showing a double feature: The Royal Tenenbaums at 7 p.m. and Fargo at 9:15 p.m. Popcorn will be provided, we’ll have Lagunitas on tap and pizza will be available from Union. Free with RSVP!

This week, we’ve got some great shows before the holiday break: TONIGHT, blues guitarist Dave Specter mixes up his “Chicago Style” with former-Bob Marley guitarist Donald Kinsey in the “Adventures in Guitar” series.

Wednesday night, SPACE welcomes blues-rock collective Royal Southern Brotherhood, featuring Charlie Wooton, Bart Walker, Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and Yonrico Scott. On Thursday, Harry Shearer and Judith Owen present their “Christmas Without Tears” holiday special; and on Friday, we’ve got songwriter Patterson Hood of The Drive-By Truckers. On Saturday, our holiday show with The Empty Pockets is sold out!

Posted December 16th, 2014

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New Shows On-Sale Saturday at 11 AM: Robyn Hitchcock, Livingston Taylor, Marcus Miller & More


All of these shows go on-sale Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Go to or or visit our box office in person.

Jan. 4: Ezra Furman & His Band // Jan. 18: Robert Irving III Generations // Jan. 25: Alfonso Ponticelli & The Gypsy Jazz/Flamenco Showcase // Jan. 28: Gabe Dixon w/ Hadley Kennary // Feb. 6: Split Single w/ Gerald Dowd and Paul Kalil // Feb. 12: Tim Reynolds TR3 // Feb. 20: NO BS! Brass Band // Feb. 21: Livingston Taylor // Feb. 22: WXRT welcomes Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift // March 7: Bob Schneider // March 10: Antje Duvekot // March 12: Marcus Miller // March 13: Susan Werner // March 14: Callaghan // March 22: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers // March 28: Cheryl Wheeler // March 29: Darlingside, Heather Maloney, & Tall Heights // April 25: Ellis Paul

Also, we’re partnering with Temperance Beer Company for the 1st Annual Evanston Townie Party on Saturday, Dec. 27, taking place from 5-8 p.m. at Temperance Tap Room and moving to SPACE at 8 p.m. for a Temperance tap takeover, door prizes, merch giveaways and music from Black Bear Combo and Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub. Best of all: It’s FREE with RSVP.

This WEEK at SPACE: Tonight, we’ve got jazz organist Wil Blades‘ CD release show. Friday, local outfit Dolly Varden comes to SPACE, along with Funeral Bonsai Wedding, featuring DV co-leader Steve Dawson with Chicago free-jazz musicians Frank Rosaly on drums, Jason Roebke on bass and Jason Adasiewicz on vibraphone. Also Friday, we’ve got Mark Erelli in the studios. And, Saturday and Sunday, we’re excited to host two sold-out nights of A Johnnyswim Christmas.

Posted December 11th, 2014

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Callaghan CD Release Show On-Sale, Plus Great Shows This Weekend


TONIGHT, Raul Midón returns to SPACE to play the main room. We’re excited to have the incredibly talented and eclectic artist grace our stage. And for fans of Dick Dale and Booker T & The MGs, we have a very cool instrumental guitar show in our Studios tonight with the Nashville band Steelism! Check out a video of the band here!

We have sold-out shows on Friday and Saturday, with Stephen Kellogg and Jon McLaughlin headlining back-to-back nights at SPACE. On Saturday, we have another great night in the Studios with Decembersongs featuring Amy Speace, Rod Picott & Wild Ponies.

On SUNDAY, we’ll host a WBEZ Radio M taping with host Tony Sarabia, along with performances by Saraswathi Ranganathan and Heavyweight Dub and Balkan Tamburitza Band K.G.B.

And don’t forget about the recent shows that went on-sale, including singer-songwriter Callaghan’s CD Release show on March 14; bluesman Albert Lee on Feb. 24; indie-rockers Knox Hamilton on Jan. 21; and Jambón on Jan. 3.

Posted December 4th, 2014

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New Shows On Sale Now: Albert Lee, Jambón, Knox Hamilton


We’ve got a handful of new shows that are on sale now, including legendary British guitarist Albert Lee on Feb. 24; Chicago R&B group Jambón on Jan. 3; and indie-rock band Knox Hamilton on Jan. 23. Head over to our home page for more info.

Tonight, Chicago soul and blues legend Syl Johnson takes the stage; and on Saturday, we’ve got Steely Dan tribute act Deacon Blues. Tickets for all both shows are moving fast!

Looking ahead, the following shows are close to selling out, so act now if you want to catch Justin Townes Earle on Dec. 10; Harry Shearer & Judith Owen on Dec. 18; The Milk Carton Kids on New Year’s Eve; Noah Gundersen on Jan. 30; and The Subdudes on Feb. 27.

Don’t forget to check your inbox on Monday, Dec. 1. We’ve got some great items in store for Cyber Monday, including new merch, discounts on upcoming shows and special drink packages.

Posted November 28th, 2014

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