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.)
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.
Steep Canyon Rangers, Sarah Neufeld, Larry & Teresa, Matthew Logan Vasquez, William Fitzsimmons & more
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
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.
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 by Harvey Tillis.
Leo Kottke, Esme Patterson, Jeffrey Foucault, The Lowest Pair, The Lumineers (at Chicago Theatre) & More
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.