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Upcoming Shows: Bettye LaVette, Jimmie Vaughan, Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely, Luke Winslow-King, & More



We’ve still got some of our best shows coming up before the end of summer. Get your tickets now for these August shows.

Only a handful of General Admission Seats remain for Bettye LaVette, who The New York Times recently called “one of the greatest of all soul singers.” LaVette will make her debut performance at SPACE on Aug. 23.

Jimmie Vaughan paid tribute to his late brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this year. The Texas blues master will be back at SPACE on Aug. 20.

Another pair of Texas legends, Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely, return to SPACE for two special duo shows on August 28 and 29.

An emerging artist we’re excited to welcome back to the club is New Orleans musician (and North Michigan native) Luke Winslow-King (pictured above), who brings his blues, folk and trad-jazz sounds to Evanston on Aug. 22.

SPACE News: Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot reviewed Barrence Whitfield & The SavagesUnder The Savage Sky, calling the new album, “the toughest sounding Savages recording yet.” Barrence and co. hit SPACE on Sept. 3. A handful of SPACE artists made Rolling Stone Country’s list of “30 Great Country Albums of 2015 You Probably Didn’t Hear.” Don’t miss North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange — which RS compares to Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings — on Sept. 23. Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio recently made a plea for alternative-rock duo Ween to reunite. In the meantime, you can catch Gene Ween at SPACE on October 1.

Song Of The Week: Kate Davis, “Only Growing Old.” The NYC-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist just signed with Concord Music Group and is currently working on material for her debut album. For now, check out this stunning track, which Davis posted to her SoundCloud page. Catch her at SPACE on Sept. 14.


Posted August 13th, 2015

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On Sale Saturday: Madeleine Peyroux, The Stanley Clarke Band, Nellie McKay, Peter Himmelman & More


Madeleine Peyroux, Stanley Clarke, Nellie McKay and Peter Himmelman are among the artists heading to SPACE this fall. These shows and more go on sale Saturday at 11 a.m. Buy online via or or in person at our box office from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

SPACE is very excited to welcome jazz singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux and her trio (Jon Herington on guitar and Barak Mori on bass) for two shows on Sunday, Nov. 8. Peyroux will be performing songs from her recent anthology album, Keep Me In Your Heart For A While.

On Friday, Nov. 20, legendary jazz bassist Stanley Clarke will be at SPACE with his stellar band for two shows, at 7 & 9:30 p.m. Multi-talented singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performs at the club on Saturday, Nov. 14. Her new album, My Weekly Reader, is a collection of her favorite 1960s’ songs.

One of SPACE’s favorite songwriters, Peter Himmelman, will be back at the club on Wednesday, Nov. 18, with support from rising L.A. singer-songwriter Chris Lee Hutson. On Thursday, Nov. 12, SPACE welcomes Americana singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell. Her new record is Sundown Over Ghost Town.

Split Single’s sold-out show at SPACE earlier this year was a major highlight of the winter. Jason Narducy and co. return on Saturday, Nov. 7. Nashville-via-Chicago singer-songwriter Alice Peacock will be back in Evanston to headline the club on Saturday, Nov. 21. On Wednesday, Nov. 4, cigar-loving Texas country singer and humorist Kinky Friedman brings his The Loneliest Man I Ever Met Tour to SPACE.

On Saturday, Nov. 28, Chicago folk singer Bonnie Koloc returns to SPACE for a Thanksgiving weekend show featuring pianist Don Stille, saxophonist Steve Eisen, bassist-cellist Al Ehrich and guitarist John Rice. Another Thanksgiving weekend concert will bring Chicago singer-songwriter Cathy Richardson and her band to SPACE on Friday, Nov. 27, with an opening set by singer-songwriter Maisie Bull.

Posted August 6th, 2015

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Upcoming Staff Picks: Todd Barry, Field Report, Brian Blade, Jackie Greene, The Lonesome Trio featuring Ed Helms & More


There are lots of great shows coming up at SPACE. Here are a few staff favorites.

We’re trying to contain our excitement for Friday’s Comedy Night. We’ve got two shows with comedian Todd Barry (who you may have seen on Louie, Conan, Letterman, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Inside Amy Shumer) with an opening set from our friends at The Lincoln Lodge. We’ll also be introducing some new cocktails, wines and beers! Ask your server about our new “Herbie Hancock” specialty cocktail, among others.

The Grateful Dead’s three-night stand at Soldier Field is around the corner. Help us celebrate early with our Grateful Dead Night featuring Chicago’s Terrapin Flyer along with Lagunitas Brewing Co. head honcho, Tony Magee, and his experimental blues outfit, Alice Drinks the Kool-Aid. We’ll have $2 PBR specials and $5 Lagunitas drafts.

Critically acclaimed Wisconsin singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield, who performs as Field Report (an anagram of his last name), will appear at this summer’s Newport Folk Festival. We’re excited to welcome him to SPACE with Chicago soul-folk singer Jerome Holloway.

Ed Helms was in the news this week for the commencement speech he gave at University of Virginia. See another side of the Hangover star (who will also star in this summer’s sequel to National Lampoon’s Vacation) when he brings his traditional bluegrass group, The Lonesome Trio, to SPACE.

Brian Blade was just at the club, performing as a member of bassist John Patitucci’s Electric Guitar Quartet. Jazz fans know Blade as a longtime member of Wayne Shorter’s quartet and as the leader of his own Fellowship band. But the Shreveport, La.-native will be returning next month with his Mama Rosa project, his first as a singer, guitarist and songwriter.

London-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney recently released her debut album, The Longest River, via Nonesuch Records. She’s been picking up accolades from The New York Times, the BBC and more. We’re excited to welcome her to SPACE in a great co-bill with Chicago singer-songwriter Daniel Knox.

One of the brightest new stars of the jazz world today, Cecile McLorin Salvant, returns to SPACE in June. Salvant topped the DownBeat Critics Poll last year in four categories, including Jazz Album of the Year for her U.S. debut, WomanChild (Mack Avenue).

Fourth of July weekend will offer Chicagoans a plethora of music choices. Tickets are moving fast for our July 3 and 4 shows with West Coast guitarist-singer-songwriter Jackie Greene. Each night will feature some very special guests along with drink specials and more. Don’t miss out on what are sure to be some of the most memorable shows of the year at the club!

Posted May 21st, 2015

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This Week at SPACE: Driftwood, Sean Watkins, Elvis Perkins, Tuck and Patti & More


It’s another great week of music at SPACE!

But first: We’ve got a couple new shows going on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. On May 18, the SPACE interns present Chicago jazz singer Lili K. On May 31, we’ve got New York City jazz-soul outfit The Rad Trads. Northampton, Mass., songwriter Heather Maloney comes back to SPACE to promote her new album, Making Me Break, on June 19. And perennial blues favorite Otis Clay returns with his incredible band on June 26.

Tonight, upstate New York folk group Driftwood will share a bill with Pacific Northwest folk duo Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer, who have a new album out called Maritime. Listen to the song “Compass” here. On Thursday, singer-songwriter Seth Glier headlines a triple bill that includes Traverse City’s The Accidentals and Ohio songwriter Rj Cowdery.

Singer-guitarist Sean Watkins (of Nickel Creek and Watkins Family Hour) will grace the stage for Friday’s early show. Listen to his recent collaboration with Fiona Apple. Friday’s late show brings Alabama songwriter Matthew Mayfield back to SPACE, with support from Chicagoan/Nashvillian Ryan Joseph Anderson (formerly of folk-rock band Go Long Mule). Mayfield’s new album is titled Wild Eyes. Watch the official video for the title track here.

On Saturday, Boston songwriter Ellis Paul will host a live album recording. Only a handful of tickets remain for that show, so get yours now! Saturday’s late show brings the critically acclaimed songwriter Elvis Perkins to SPACE. His new album, I Aubade, is a truly incredible slice of lo-fi folk-pop. Check it out.

Dar Williams fans won’t want to miss her headline appearance at our sister venue, Thalia Hall in Pilsen, on Saturday. Get tickets to the show here.

We’re very excited to bring husband and wife duo Tuck & Patti back to the club on Sunday. The duo’s longtime friend Vance Gilbert will open the show in what promises to be a very special evening for fans of jazz and beyond.

Posted April 22nd, 2015

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The Best Americana Artists Are Coming to SPACE This Spring!


Americana music — an intoxicating mix of country, folk, blues, soul and more — is one of today’s most exciting genres. SPACE has been a champion of roots music and Americana since the club’s inception in 2008. This spring, we are proud to present a range of Americana-leaning acts, from veteran roots heroes like Billy Joe Shaver and Jim Lauderdale to folky, young upstarts like Darlingside and Joseph. Whether its the jam-flavored bluegrass of The Infamous Stringdusters, the incendiary old-time music of Billy Strings & Don Julin, or the New Orleans R&B of perennial favorite Allen Toussaint (whose most recent album, Songbook, was nominated for a Best Americana Album Grammy) — you’re sure to find some great music to fall in love with this spring at SPACE.

Darlingside, Heather Maloney & Tall Heights Find Tickets

Seth Walker & Edward David Anderson Find Tickets

93xrt welcomes Allen Toussaint with His Band Find Tickets

Joseph with Tyler Sjostrom Find Tickets

Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek with special guest Joseph LeMay Find Tickets

Billy Strings & Don Julin Find Tickets

Suzy Bogguss Find Tickets

Jim Lauderdale Find Tickets

An Evening with The Infamous Stringdusters Find Tickets

Billy Joe Shaver with Ashleigh Flynn Find Tickets

Posted March 27th, 2015

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Don’t Miss the Next Big Soul Act at SPACE and More Shows Coming Up This Month!



Snow! Don’t let a little powder interfere with your plans this week: Tonight, actress and singer-songwriter Alicia Witt comes to SPACE. Our resident blues guru, Dave Specter, takes the stage on Wednesday for the next exploration in his “Adventures in Guitar” series, this time featuring guitarist-keyboardist Brother John Kattke. On Thursday, Chicago pop band The Aluminum Group plays the club with an opening set by writer and performance artist Cheryl Trykv.

Friday’s Alejandro Escovedo duo show with Susan Voelz is sold out. But if you don’t want to miss the alt-country legend, there are still tickets available for Escovedo’s show in our sister room, The Promontory, in Hyde Park, on Saturday night. At 10 p.m. on Friday for our late show, New York singer-songwriter Ari Hest returns to SPACE. Saturday brings folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler to the club, as well as the second installment of our late-night deep soul party, Heart & Soul , with DJs Dusty Grooves and Aret Sakalian. Sunday night brings three young standouts from the Cambridge, Mass., folk scene: Darlingside, Heather Maloney and Tall Heights.

And we’re closing out March with a couple emerging artists that you won’t want to miss. On Monday, March 30, New Orleans singer-songwriter Kristin Diable comes to the club. Her debut album has been praised by NPR, Billboard, Paste and more. On the bill with Kristin is an artist we think could be the next big thing in soul music: Anderson East. Check out Anderson’s video  (above) of a forgotten soul classic, recorded live at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., via Rolling Stone. And on March 31, we have a bit more musical history for ya with The Von Trapps, the great-grandchildren of Georg von Trapp, whose family was the basis for the musical The Sound of Music.

Posted March 24th, 2015

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Upcoming March Shows: Late-Night Soul DJs, Darlingside, Kristin Diable & More!


Well, spring is in the air here in Evanston! We have some awesome shows coming up this weekend, including singer-songwriter Susan Werner tonight. On Saturday, Callaghan will celebrate the release of her new CD during our early show. At 9:30 p.m., Johnny Walker aka Dusty Grooves and Aret Sakalian from Windy City Soul Club will take over the SPACE airwaves for their new DJ night “Heart & Soul ,” featuring the best of Northern Soul, Motown and more. (“Heart & Soul” will return to the club on March 28.) St. Patrick’s Day is next week, so we’ll be getting in the spirit early with our Sunday evening show with Megon McDonough and Susan O’Halloran’s “Evening of Irish Stories & Songs.” Looking ahead this month, we’ve got some amazing singer-songwriters headed to the club, including Dan Bern on March 19; Alicia Witt on March 24; Ari Hest on March 27; a great triple-bill of Boston-area indie-folk with Darlingside, Heather Maloney & Tall Heights on March 29; and rising stars Kristin Diable and Anderson East on March 30. One new show went on sale today at 10 a.m.: Crystal Bowersox on April 21. Go to as always for more info.

Posted March 13th, 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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Free Karaoke Night Thursday! Plus, Terrance Simien, Paul Cebar & More Shows This Week


This THURSDAY, we’re bringing LIVE BAND KARAOKE to SPACE. Beatles, Bon Jovi, Stones, Weezer plus a whole lot more. Don’t miss your chance to sing on the SPACE stage. Free with RSVP!

On Wednesday, SPACE welcomes indie dance-rock outfit Knox Hamilton, straight outta Little Rock, Arkansas. Local group August Hotel will open the show.

We had so much fun with trombone-centric NOLA band Bonerama that we’re bringing more Big Easy music to Evanston this winter. Grammy-winning Zydeco man Terrance Simien makes his debut at SPACE on Friday. Looking ahead, we’ve got New Orleans Suspects on Feb. 5 and The Subdudes on Feb. 27-28.

Milwaukee bluesman Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound plays SPACE on Saturday, with an opening set by Chicago’s own Lurrie Bell. On Sunday, SPACE welcomes jazz guitarist Alfonso Ponticelli and his Gypsy Jazz/Flamenco Showcase.

And don’t forget, tickets went on sale last week for these upcoming shows: March 5: Jimmy Webb // March 25: Dave Specter // April 12: Liz Longley // April 18: Howie Day // April 26: Tuck and Patti  // May 8:  Tyrone Wells

Go to to pick up advance tickets.

Happy New Year! Don’t Miss These January Events: Movie Night, Ezra Furman, Terrance Simien & More!

Happy New Year, folks! SPACE’s New Year’s Eve shows with The Milk Carton Kids are sold out, but another great option for ringing in the New Year is First Night Evanston, with performances by Regina Carter, Corky Siegel and more. Go to for more info.

We’re excited for the inaugural Lagunitas Movie Night on Friday, Jan. 2. We’ll be showing The Royal Tenebaums at 7 p.m. and Fargo at 9:15 p.m. There will be Lagunitas IPA on draft and free popcorn. Don’t forget to RSVP here.

On Saturday, Jan. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SPACE is hosting a special FREE concert by the singers of the Etc. Music School Choir in Evanston and the Nairobi Girls Chorale from Kenya. 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. More info is posted here.

More great shows are coming up in the New Year. Get your tickets now before the shows are sold out!

One of Evanston’s favorite sons, Ezra Furman, on Jan. 4
SPACE Interns present Sons of the West and Max Simmons on Jan. 7
January Dance Party with Expo 76 and  Total Horn Pros on Jan. 16
Former Miles Davis collaborator and keyboardist Robert Irving III on Jan. 18
Indie-rock group Knox Hamilton with August Hotel on Jan. 21
Louisiana zydeco master Terrance Simien on Jan. 23
A night of blues with Paul Cebar and Lurrie Bell on Jan. 24
Gypsy guitarist Alfonso Ponticelli on Jan. 25
Pop-rock singer-songwriter Gabe Dixon on Jan. 28
L.A. Americana-swing outfit Dustbowl Revival on Jan. 29

Posted December 31st, 2014

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