Adam Torres’ ‘Pearls to Swine’ Featured on NPR First Listen


Pearls to Swine, the new album from songwriter Adam Torres, is featured on NPR’s First Listen. We’re very excited to have Torres at SPACE on Oct. 26 with Thor & Friends plus a special opening set from Chicago-based songwriter Daniel Knox. “There’s a long history of male singers with high lonesome voices, from boy choirs to Jimmie Rodgers, from Frankie Valli to Curtis Mayfield to Michael Jackson to The Weeknd. But these days, that sound is often electronically expressed and manufactured, so when I first heard the pure voice of Adam Torres, it felt fortifying,” writes NPR’s Bob Boilen. Get your tickets to the show here.

Posted September 2nd, 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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Elizabeth Cook, Marc Ford, Howie Day, Raul Malo, Taj Mahal, KING w/ Nick Hakim & More


On Sale Friday: Nashville singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook comes to SPACE this fall in support of her new album, Exodus Of Venus. Read about the album and listen via Wall Street Journal. Blues-rock guitarist Marc Ford (formerly of The Black Crowes) will be here in November with his Neptune Blues Club band. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Coming Up: Next Wednesday, pop-rock singer-songwriter Howie Day is back at the club in support of his new album, LanternsRaul Malo of The Mavericks comes to SPACE for three shows over two nights, on Aug. 26-27. We’ve just opened up a handful of tickets for Saturday’s late show, and limited tickets remain for the Friday show.

Blues master Taj Mahal is here for two shows with his trio on Thursday, Sept. 1. The two-time Grammy winner was recently honored with the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement award for his 50-year career. SPACE welcomes neo-soul trio KING back to the club this fall with support from D.C. psychedelic-soul singer Nick Hakim. Check out Nick’s song “Cold” below and don’t miss your chance to see this rising star at the club.

This Week: Tonight, we welcome jazz trio Wertico Cain & Gray. On Friday, indie-folk quartet River Whyless is here. On Sunday, L.A. singer-songwriter Dan Navarro returns to the club with special guest Gerald Dowd. Please note that Saturday’s Brenda Russell show has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

Posted August 11th, 2016

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Jazz News: Marcus Miller, Arturo Sandoval, Jacob Collier, John Scofield & More


Jazz fans won’t want to miss these upcoming shows at SPACE, including legendary bassist Marcus Miller, British phenom Jacob Collier and genre-defying guitarist John Scofield.

Tomorrow night, world-renowned electric bassist and two-time Grammy-winner Marcus Miller returns to the club. As a producer, writer and player, Miller was the last primary collaborator of jazz legend Miles Davis, composing the title track and co-producing the album Tutu.

With a unique artistic vision driven by spontaneity and what some would call musical telepathy, Wertico Cain & Gray cultivate a distinct creative energy as they explore new worlds of sound-making. Led by Grammy-winning drummer Paul Wertico, the trio composes and orchestrates everything in real-time, melting acoustic and electronic sounds with new-tech and word-tech. The trio will take the stage at SPACE this Thursday, Aug. 11.

London-based musician Jacob Collier is recognized as an inventive and prodigious young talent. Just 22 years old, Collier gained recognition through his YouTube channel, displaying his uniquely creative one-man, multi-instrumentalist, multi-visual format to the world. His newly-released debut album, In My Room, and his live performances over the past year have earned him The Guardian’s praise as “jazz music’s new messiah.” Collier takes the stage at SPACE on Sept. 21.

Saxophonist Colin Stetson “demolishes clichés to unleash fresh, unexpected energies,” writes Pitchfork. “It’s like being inside an enormous brass tunnel full of windy byways and slamming valves, at once exhilarating and frightening.” Stetson has performed and recorded with a number of impressive acts over the years, including Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Feist. Stetson’s widely acclamied solo albums are fraught with intensity and originality, establishing him as a wonderfully unique composer and performer. Stetson will perform at SPACE on Sept. 28.

Arturo Sandoval is revered as a legendary jazz trumpeter, composer and dynamic and vivacious live performer. The 10-time Grammy Award winner has worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz to Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys. Sandoval will be here for two shows with his stellar band on Sept. 29.

John Scofield‘s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late ’70s through today. Possessing a distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk-edged jazz and R&B. In the early to mid-1980s, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis, bringing his abilities as a jazz player and performer to the foreground of jazz consciousness. Scofield is coming to SPACE in support of his new album, Country For Old Men, on Oct. 5.

Cuban jazz pianist Harold López-Nussa‘s talent and versatality have shown him success in the worlds of classical, jazz and popular music. He has performed as a soloist at Cuba’s most important theaters, as well as with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, Holguín Symphony Orchestra, Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and Havana Lyceum Mozartiano. López-Nussa will take the stage at SPACE on Oct. 19.

Posted August 8th, 2016

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Asheville Folk Quartet River Whyless Comes to SPACE Next Friday!

riverwhyless-webAsheville folk group River Whyless will make their debut at SPACE next Friday, August 12. The four-piece band, three of whom are songwriters, has been playing together in various forms since college. In the time since, River Whyless has perfected their haunting and contemplative sound, seamlessly blending soft, sweet ballads and foot-stomping anthems. NPR’s “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen noted, “River Whyless builds its music around fiddle, guitar and harmonies, with imagination and textures that set the band apart from many of its acoustic and folk-based peers.” SPACE is thrilled to welcome River Whyless next Friday, just a few weeks before the band releases its new album, We All The Light. Watch first video “All Day, All Night” below and get your tickets to see River Whyless at SPACE.

Posted August 5th, 2016

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Marcus Miller, Jon Cleary, Junior Brown, Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, Dan Navarro, Radney Foster & More

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This August, there’s a show at SPACE almost every night of the week. This Friday, don’t miss the New Orleans blues and funk of Walter “Wolfman” Washington. Next week, Grammy-winning jazz bassist-composer Marcus Miller returns to the club for two shows. New Orleans funk keyboardist Jon Cleary is here later this month for an awesome night at the club featuring his stellar band.

SPACE welcomes songwriter Dan Navarro (of Lowen & Navarro) with Gerald Dowd on Sunday, August 14. The following Sunday, Texas singer-songwriter Radney Foster, whose hits include “Crazy Over You” (with Foster & Lloyd), “Just Call Me Lonesome” and “Nobody Wins,” returns to to the club. Twin Cities rockers The Honeydogs share a bill in August with folk duo Dusty Heart.

Country guitarist and singer Junior Brown returns to SPACE later this month for a night of honky-tonk and Western swing. Jon Langford’s alt-country band The Waco Brothers are here with Philly rock band The Snails on August 25.

This Week: Tonight, some tickets are available at the door for alt-country songwriter Richard Buckner. On Thursday, New Orleans’ artists Kristin Diable and Luke Winslow-King share a bill. Friday, bluegrass mandolinist Sierra Hull performs songs from her new album, Weighted Mind. Bay Area folk singer Sean Hayes is here on Saturday with Brother. And on Sunday, SoCal country singer Sam Outlaw returns to the club. 

Don’t Miss Nashville Songwriter Andrew Combs at SPACE Next Week!


Nashville songwriter Andrew Combs, who recently opened for soul singer Anderson East at SPACE, will return to the club on Wednesday, August 10th. After performing at Bonnaroo and touring with Kacey Musgraves, Combs will wrap up the year with a Midwestern tour with his band. The show will also bring Charleston’s Susto to Evanston for their debut at the club. Combs’ sophomore album, All These Dreams, was named to The Guardian’s list of 10 Best Country Albums and Rolling Stone ’s 40 Best Country Albums. Check out a recent feature on Combs in Chicago Sun-Times don’t miss this great night of up-and-coming alt-country at SPACE. Watch Combs’ video for “Nothing To Lose” below and get tickets here!

Posted August 4th, 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.

Taj Mahal Trio Comes to SPACE this Fall

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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.

Posted June 24th, 2016

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