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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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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.

Steep Canyon Rangers, Sarah Neufeld, Larry & Teresa, Matthew Logan Vasquez, William Fitzsimmons & more

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Upcoming Shows: We’re excited for the awesome shows headed to the club next month. Jeffrey Foucault’s new album, Salt As Wolves, has received glowing praise in The New York Times, NPR and more. You won’t want to miss the New England-based songwriter when he returns to SPACE.

Violinist and composer Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire) has a stunning new album, The Ridge, that she will feature at the club. Multi-instrumentalist and Americana master Tim O’Brien is here for an interesting pairing with Canadian roots musician Old Man Luedecke.

Larry Campbell, famed for his work alongside Bob Dylan and Levon Helm, released an album with his wife, Teresa Williams, last summer. Catch them here with Muscle Shoals songwriter Donnie Fritts. North Carolina bluegrass all-stars Steep Canyon Rangers (acclaimed for their collaborations with actor-banjoist Steve Martin) are here for two shows this spring.

Revered songwriter and folk-blues guitarist Chris Smither returns in April with rising Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Combs. Don’t miss this great pairing of two artists exploring the American songwriter tradition.

SPACE is excited to have Trampled By Turtles’ singer-songwriter Dave Simonett (pictured above) at the club this spring to perform a special solo show. Check out a video of Simonett’s “Bloodshot Eyes” here.

Matthew Logan Vasquez steps out from behind his acclaimed indie rock band, Delta Spirit, with a new solo album, Solicitor Returns, and tour this spring. Singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons will be at the club for a special recorded and filmed performance this spring.

This Weekend: On Friday night, we’re happy to have the great songwriter Susan Werner back at the club. Only a few tickets remain. On Sunday, Megon McDonough & Susan O’Halloran will fete their Irish heritage in a hilarious matinee show. Sunday night brings a survey of old-time roots music with harp player Joe Filisko and guitarist Eric Noden along with an opening set by traditional guitarist Andy Cohen.

Kermit Ruffins, Ricky Skaggs, Joshua Radin (2nd Show Added), Marc Broussard, Dustbowl Revival & more

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On Sale Saturday: We’re excited to announce new shows going on sale Saturday at 11 a.m. via our box office at SPACE as well as Beloved New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist Kermit Ruffins will be back with his Barbecue Swingers in June. 14-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs brings his all-star bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder to SPACE for two shows in May.

We’ve added a second night with folk songwriter Joshua Radin on May 4. (Radin’s May 2 show at SPACE is sold out.) Soulful Louisiana singer-songwriter Marc Broussard also returns to SPACE for two nights in May. Roots-rocker Paul Thorn is here in June.

Dustbowl Revival — named L.A.’s best live band by LA Weekly — bring their mix of old-timey jazz and folk to the club in June. Scottish indie-pop band Trashcan Sinatras will be at SPACE in May.

SPACE welcomes back jazz pianist George Winston in April. Chicago blues guitarists Nick Moss & Guy King will share a double bill this spring. And bassist Tal Gamlieli is here in June as part of the Israeli Jazz Festival.

This Week: Thursday night, Meiko & Marie Digby bring “The Hapa Tour” to the club. Boston songwriter Livingston Taylor is here for an early show Friday (7 p.m.), while Portland’s Shook Twins are here for our late show that night (10 p.m.). Only a few tickets remain for Saturday’s Chevere show. Blues guitarist Albert Cummings closes out the weekend on Sunday night.

Posted March 10th, 2016

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Otis Clay: 1942-2016


As many of you may have heard, the great soul, blues and gospel singer Otis Clay passed away suddenly this month in Chicago. We feel fortunate that he performed at SPACE so many times throughout the years, leaving us with wonderful memories of his powerful, passionate, and electrifying shows. His funeral on January 16th at Chicago’s Liberty Baptist Church drew an overflow crowd including soul and blues luminaries such as Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Joe Simon, Syl Johnson, Gene Barge, Cicero Blake and Billy Branch. U.S. Congressman Danny Davis read a tribute that he gave on the floor of Congress a few days after Otis’ passing. Otis had an amazing career and left us with a rich and diverse legacy of music. From his early gospel days with groups like The Sensational Nightingales and Pilgrim Harmonizers, to his first soul recordings on Chicago’s One-Derful label, to his classic sides on Cotillion, Hi Records and his own Echo label — and more recently receiving a Grammy nomination and being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. One recent highlight was Otis’ performance at the Message In Blue album release show at SPACE as well as his moving contributions to the CD. We’ll miss him deeply and cherish the memories he left us with. —Dave Specter (Photo: Harvey Tillis)

Posted January 21st, 2016

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October/November Staff Picks

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Sisters Lily & Madeleine bring their folk harmonies to SPACE on Friday. On Saturday night, Midwestern rockers Red Wanting Blue will be back at SPACE for an acoustic evening in support of their latest album, Little America.

Austin folk duo Penny & Sparrow make their way to the club on Oct. 20. Nashville singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers brings her band, The Party Line, to SPACE on Oct. 21 with one of our favorite locals, Al Scorch, who recently signed with Bloodshot Records.

Split Single’s sold-out show at SPACE earlier this year was a major highlight of the winter season. Jason Narducy and co. return on Nov. 7. Cas Haley toured with Trevor Hall last fall. On Nov. 10, Haley will make his headline debut at the club. On Nov. 12, SPACE welcomes Americana singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell. Her new record is Sundown Over Ghost TownNellie McKay looks back to the ’60s on her new album, My Weekly Reader. Don’t miss the lovable ukelele-toting singer-songwriter on Nov. 14.

Upcoming Shows: Gene Ween, New Orleans Suspects, Anders Osborne, Striking Matches, The Suffers, Hayes Carll & more


This Weekend: On Friday night, we are very excited to welcome back the Queen of Rock, Wanda Jackson. Come out early to catch the opener, The Western Elstons, some of Chicago’s best country-western musicians. Saturday, don’t miss an early show with New York folk singer Lucy Kaplansky and our late show with songwriter Gabriel Kahane . Sunday brings a matinee folk show to the club with cult songwriter Michael Smith on a co-bill with Anne Hills.

Upcoming Shows: To celebrate October, we’re giving away some tickets for a handful of our fall shows. Go to our Facebook page and comment on this post for a chance to win two tickets to see one of the following shows: Gene Ween (Oct. 1); funk/soul supergroup New Orleans Suspects (Oct. 3); Nashville guitar duo Striking Matches (Oct. 6); Texas songwriter Hayes Carll (Oct. 8); versatile New Orleans songwriter Anders Osborne (Oct. 9–10); and Gulf Coast soul stars The Suffers (Oct. 15).

At Thalia Hall: Fans of the amzing Nashville duo Johnnyswim will be excited to hear that Amanda and Abner will be returning to Chicago on Dec. 9 for their annual Christmas show, this year taking place in our sister room, Thalia Hall. Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow at 10 a.m., but right now you can use the code “JSWM312” to get tickets early in our special pre-sale. Click here to get your tickets!

On Sale Saturday: Richard Thompson, Iris DeMent, The Flat Five, Joe Pug, Andrew Belle & More


New shows go on sale Saturday at 11 a.m., including our big New Year’s Eve shows and a range of other December and holiday-themed shows. The box office at SPACE will be open Saturday from 11-12:30. Visit our Facebook page and comment on this post for a chance to win tickets.

Richard Thompson (Folk/Rock) ~ On December 29, 30 and 31, 93XRT welcomes British singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson to SPACE for an incredibly special three-night, solo-acoustic New Year’s Eve run. Tickets go on sale for these shows on Saturday morning via our website and box office.

Iris DeMent w/ Pieta Brown (Country/Folk) ~ Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Iris DeMent will be at SPACE on Saturday, Dec. 12, with support from Pieta Brown. DeMent’s new album, The Trackless Woods, sets her original music to the words of 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova.

The Flat Five (Alt-Country) ~ December brings the group the Chicago Reader named “The Best Cover Band That Plays One Gig a Year” back to SPACE. The Chicago supergroup — comprised of Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor (The Decemberists); Scott Ligon and Casey McDonough (NRBQ); and Alex Hall (The Fat Babies) — has been busy at work on a new album of songs written by Chris Ligon.

Joe Pug (Americana/Folk) ~ On Saturday, Dec. 5, singer-songwriter Joe Pug, who got his musical start in Chicago before moving to Austin, makes his debut at the club. Pug’s third studio album, Windfall, was released earlier this year.

Andrew Belle Christmas Show (Pop/Singer-Songwriter) ~ Singer-songwriter Andrew Belle is back with a holiday-themed show on Friday, Dec. 18. The Chicago native will be fresh off a tour supporting Brett Dennen this fall.

Vanessa Carlton (Pop/Singer-Songwriter) ~ On Nov. 11, Vanessa Carlton will celebrate her new album, Liberman, at the club. The hit songwriter’s new tracks reflect her current state of mind, having recently married John McCauley (of Deer Tick), moved to Nashville and had a baby girl.

Among the other shows going on sale on Saturday are Pat Martino Trio (Jazz) on Dec. 6; Howie Day (Pop/Singer-Songwriter) on Nov. 19; Graham Colton and Jay Nash (Americana/Folk) on Dec. 1; Griffin House (Singer-Songwriter) on Dec. 10; andFoiled Again Holiday Concert (Vocal) on Dec. 14. Get your tickets at

Posted September 10th, 2015

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Get Tickets Now for Fall Americana Shows: Hayes Carll, Mandolin Orange, The Suffers & More!

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The Americana Music Festival is taking place in Nashville next week. We’re bringing some of the best Americana artists to SPACE this fall. Check out the descriptions below and get your tickets today.

Portland’s critically acclaimed indie-folk band Horse Feathers has just released a new album, So It Is With Us. They’ll be at SPACE on Sept. 12.

North Carolina folk duo Mandolin Orange sing about home on their new album, Such Jubilee. They’ll find a warm welcome at SPACE on Sept. 23.

Old Crow Medicine Show founding member Willie Watson set off on his own journey a few years ago, releasing his debut album, Folk Singer Vol. 1 (produced by Dave Rawlings), last year. Catch him here with Heather Maloney on Oct. 7.

Texas songwriter Hayes Carll is carrying the torch for that state’s legendary songwriters, with his literate, often humorous and political songs. We’re excited to have Hayes at SPACE this on Oct. 8.

Gulf Coast soul group The Suffers made waves this year at the Newport Folk Festival. They bring their 10-piece big band show to SPACE on Oct. 15.

Austin folk duo Penny and Sparrow recently announced a side project with sister harmony trio Joseph. See what the buzz is about when P&S play SPACE on Oct. 20.

On Nov. 12, SPACE welcomes singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell, whose new record is Sundown Over Ghost Town.

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Posted September 8th, 2015

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Don’t Miss Upcoming New Orleans Shows: Christian Scott, Anders Osborne, Terrance Simien & More

This fall, the SPACE calendar is brimming with incredible artists who have deep ties with the Crescent City.

On Sept. 8, WDCB welcomes New Orleans native Christian Scott to the club with his Stretch Septet. The innovative jazz trumpeter, who is the nephew of tenor saxophonist “Big Chief” Donald Harrison Jr., has just announced his new album, Stretch Music, which brings together jazz with hip-hop and indie rock. Scott, who attended Berklee College of Music, was even the inspiration behind the character Delmond Lambreaux on HBO’s Treme. Get your tickets to see this exciting contemporary jazz artist now!

And don’t forget to pick up tickets for other upcoming New Orleans shows at SPACE, including bluesmen Sonny Landreth on Sept. 10 and Eric Lindell on Sept. 11; zydeco master Terrance Simien on Sept. 13; songwriter Anders Osborne on Oct. 9-10; and supergroup New Orleans Suspects on Oct. 3.

Posted September 3rd, 2015

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On Sale Friday: Lily & Madeleine, Nora Jane Struthers, Justin Roberts, Lee DeWyze


This week’s new shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via and Indianapolis sisters Lily & Madeleine bring their folk-pop harmonies to the club, with support from Shannon Hayden, on Friday, Oct. 16. Grammy-nominated musician Justin Roberts is one of the true all-stars of the indie family music scene. He returns to SPACE with his Not Ready for Naptime Players band for a special Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m.

Nora Jane Struthers looks inward with autobiographical songs on her new album, Wake. Catch her with her band, The Party Line, on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Chicago native Lee DeWyze returns on Sunday, Nov. 29. The 2010 American Idol winner got back to his acoustic-folk roots on his most recent album, Frames. Unfortunately, the Pat DiNizio show has been canceled. But on Friday, Oct. 2, you can still see Freedy Johnston, a gifted songwriter whose lyrics paint witty, poignant portraits of life gone wrong.

Go to our Facebook page and like and comment on this post for a chance to win 2 tickets to one of these shows!

SPACE NEWS: SPACE and Union, along with our fair city of #Evanston, were recently featured in The New York Times. Catch Bloodshot recording artist Barrence Whitfield here on Thursday and try a bourbon from local purveyor Few Spirits, who recently developed a small-batch bourbon for the Chicago indie label’s 21st birthday. Innovative jazz trumpeter Christian Scott has just announced his new album, Stretch Music, via  Noisey. Scott will be here with his 7-piece Stretch band on Sept. 8. Our friends at Lagunitas Brewing Co. will help us welcome Royal Southern Brotherhood this Friday, plus Eric Lindell next week and Dolly Varden later this month. As always, we’ll have $5 Lagunitas drafts plus other giveaways.

Posted September 2nd, 2015

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Coming Up: The Wailers, Christian Scott, Victor Wooten, The Sadies, Wanda Jackson, Hayes Carll, Trevor Hall, & More


Tickets are moving fast for our September concerts. Among the blockbuster shows coming to the club this fall are two nights with virtuoso bassist-composer Victor Wooten on Sept. 5 and 6. Reggae legends The Wailers (featuring original Wailer, Aston “Family Man” Barrett) will bring their excellent grooves to the club on Sept. 9. Slideman Sonny Landreth is back with his Louisiana blues on Sept. 10. And the Queen of Rock, Wanda Jackson, is here on Sept. 25.

This Weekend: We’re down to single-digit tickets for Keller Williams on Friday night. Don’t delay if you want to catch the acoustic master! Chicago’s own Bloodshot Records will be well-represented on Saturday night, when Robbie Fulks and special guest Redd Volkaert play the early show; and New Orleans rising star Luke Winslow-King holds it down (with his full band!) for the late show. Bettye LaVette has been putting on a stunning live show for over 50 years. She’ll be at SPACE this Sunday. You won’t want to miss the soul legend in this intimate setting.

SPACE News: KALA, the new album from Trevor Hall, is out tomorrow, Aug. 21. Listen to the single “Back to You” here and catch Trevor at the club on Oct. 23. Speaking of Bloodshot, Jon Langford’s new “glam-voodoo space rock” project, Bad Luck Jonathan, will be opening for The Sadies on Aug. 27! Texas songwriter Hayes Carll recently told The Boston Globe  that he plans to “revisit his roots as a songwriting craftsman” on his next album, which he will begin work on soon with producer Joe Henry. Catch Hayes at the club on Oct. 8.

Song of the Week: “New New Orleans (King Adjuah Stomp)” by Christian Scott. New Orleans native Scott connects the past and present of jazz with his “Stretch Septet,” performing at SPACE on Sept. 8. Fans of HBO’s Treme may know Scott from his on-screen cameos. In fact, as NPR notes: “His life story partially inspired the character Delmond Lambreaux, a jazz trumpeter who has left New Orleans to pursue a career in New York.”

Get tickets for these shows and more online at Or visit our box office on show nights between 5 and 9 p.m. to pick up your tickets in person.

Posted August 20th, 2015

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