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

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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!

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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

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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 evanstonspace.com.

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

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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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Delmark Records Blues Bash at SPACE on June 9, 2016

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On June 9, SPACE hosted the first Delmark Records Blues Bash to kick off Chicago Blues Festival weekend. It was a great night at the club, featuring the house band of guitarist Dave Specter, keyboardist Brother John Kattke, bassist Gerry Hundt and drummer Kenny Smith. Delmark artists were featured throughout two sets of music, including legendary bluesman Jimmy Johnson, vocalist Demetria Taylor, harmonica rising star Omar Coleman, blues-soul man Corey Dennison (pictured above) and a special surprise visit from guitarist Guy King. (Photos by Harvey Tillis.)

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Chicago Blues Fest Weekend Brings Blues Acts to SPACE

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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.

Posted June 6th, 2016

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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.

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