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 evanstonspace.com. 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.
Photos of John Scofield and Joe Lovano performing at Evanston SPACE on Feb. 5, 2016. Photos by Harvey Tillis.
On Sale Friday: Master acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke returns to SPACE for two special shows this April. Fans of Shavey Graves will recognize the name Esmé Patterson. The singer-songwriter has collaborated with Shakey as well as Denver collective Paper Bird. We’re excited to welcome her to the club as a solo artist, with support from Chicago’s Cold Country. Wisconsin-born songwriter Jeffrey Foucault released Salt As Wolves last year. Listen to a recent interview with Foucault on NPR Morning Edition here. Folk duo The Lowest Pair has been garnering critical acclaim since the release of their debut album, 36¢, which was produced by Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett (who is also headed to SPACE this spring). These shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via evanstonspace.com.
Thalia Hall: Our sister venue has announced a show with The Lumineers at Chicago Theatre on June 19. The Denver trio — which made one of its first Chicago-area appearances at SPACE, in 2011 — has just released the single “Ophelia” from its forthcoming album, Cleopatra. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
This Weekend: Minneapolis indie-folk band The Pines hits SPACE on their Above The Prairie tour this Friday with Haroula Rose. Only a few tickets remain for our Valentine’s Day Weekend shows: Saturday brings bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks back to the club. Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Ripp is here on Sunday night. And on Monday, it’s the second installment of our Blue Mondays series presented by Lagunitas. Get $8 table seats to see blues legend Jimmy Johnson with Mike Wheeler.
Bluegrass at SPACE: Don’t miss Grammy-winning bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers on April 15. A bluegrass musician with a long list of credits, Tim O’Brien, is here with Old Man Luedecke on April 7. Yonder Mountain String Band founding member Jeff Austin will make his debut at the club on March 30, alongside openers Railway Gamblers. And later this month, a great local night of bluegrass comes to the club with Cornmeal and Anderlik, Otto & Church on Friday, Feb. 26.
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)