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.
Legendary blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Taj Mahal is back on the road with his trio this fall, and SPACE is excited to have two shows with the two-time Grammy Award winner on Thursday, September 1st, at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Taj was recently awarded the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement honor for his 50-year career in music. Born in Harlem but raised in Massachusetts, Taj moved to California in the mid-’60s and released his debut self-titled album in 1968, which featured guitarists Ry Cooder and Jessie Ed Davis.
“What inspires me most about my career is that I’ve been able to make a living playing the music that I always loved and wanted to play since the early ’50s,” Mahal recently told the Albuquerque Journal.
Don’t miss Taj in these special, intimate trio shows at SPACE this fall! Tickets are available here.
The 33rd annual Chicago Blues Festival kicks off this weekend in Grant Park, and to celebrate, SPACE welcomes some of our favorite blues acts to the stage.
It all begins tonight with Grammy-winning harmonica star Sugar Blue, as part of our Lagunitas Blue Mondays series. Not your typical bluesman, Sugar Blue’s acoustic showcase at SPACE will reveal an intimate and introspective side of this dynamic performer. Tickets are just $8 and will be available at the door.
This Thursday, June 9, SPACE’s resident bluesman Dave Specter kicks off the festival weekend with a special Delmark Records blues bash at the club. The concert will showcase the talents of Jimmy Johnson, Demetria Taylor, Omar Coleman and Corey Dennison, along with the house band of Specter, Brother John Kattke, Gerry Hundt and Kenny Smith. Read a recent interview with Delmark founder, Bob Koester, via Chicago Tribune.
This Friday, don’t miss Toronzo Cannon showcasing his latest record, The Chicago Way, for Alligator Records’ Blues Fest after party at 10pm. Chicago-born-and-raised Cannon is considered one of the city’s most innovative blues guitarists, vocalists and songwriters. The evening will also feature an opening acoustic set by Alligator’s Curtis Salgado.
Later this month, Paul Cebar brings his world music-influenced group to SPACE. Cebar’s allure stems from his gifted songwriting and the crew of musicians he calls Tomorrow Sound. Watch Cebar and Tomorrow Sound perform “Baby Shake” for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here and get your tickets for their show at SPACE on June 25.
Chicago native Otis Taylor returns to SPACE on July 2 with his band, featuring violinist Anne Harris, plus a special opening set from Dave Herrero. Over the past decade, Taylor has received wide acclaim, with Guitar Player naming him “arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time.”
On July 10, SPACE will welcome American blues and rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood. Led by Grammy-winning percussionist-vocalist Cyril Neville, the group will be supporting their latest record, The Royal Gospel, which will be released on June 24.
On July 25, John Primer will arrive for another installment of SPACE’s Blue Mondays series. Grammy and Blues Award nominee Primer once served as a guitarist, opening act and bandleader for the renowned Muddy Waters, and has found recent success as a solo act. Discover Primer’s powerful grooves here.
And on Aug. 5, SPACE will host New Orleans R&B guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington, whose performance promises to be an intricate and intimate entertainment experience, with his heartfelt vocals and soulful guitar styles. Watch Washington and his band, The Roadmasters, performing a hometown show at d.b.a. here.