SPACE is excited to present music for the second annual Evanston Oktoberfest on Oct. 16, to be held at 1818 Maple Avenue (parking lot behind Hilton Garden Inn). The festival will feature Evanston breweries Smylie Brothers, Sketchbook Brewing Company, Temperance Beer Co., Peckish Pig and distillery FEW Spirits, as well as new breweries including Ten-Ninety, Half Acre Beer Company, Hopewell Brewing Company and Alarmist Brewing. SPACE will present sets by DJ Dustin Harris, The Dave Specter Blues Band featuring Jimmy Johnson, and Chicago country-western band The Western Elstons, featuring Casey McDonough, Scott Ligon, Alex Hall and Joel Paterson (pictured). Tickets are $10 for general admission or $15 for early entrance. This year, beer tickets are purchased separately.
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.
Dave Specter’s Adventures in Guitar featuring Brother John Kattke
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 ticketweb.com to pick up advance tickets.
March 5: Jimmy Webb
April 12: Liz Longley
April 18: Howie Day
April 26: Tuck and Patti
May 8: Tyrone Wells
Also, on-sale now: On Feb. 15, SPACE welcomes Eddie Holstein and Steve Dawson: Solo and Together Celebrating the Music of Bob Dylan. In this special afternoon of music from two of Chicago’s folk heroes, Eddie and Steve will perform solo sets of their own material followed by a third set of collaboration focused on the tunes of Bob Dylan.
Have you ever wanted to sing on the SPACE stage? Now’s your chance. We’re bringing the best live karaoke band to SPACE on Thursday, Jan. 22. They’ve got a list of hits a mile long to pull from. It’s free when you RSVP!
Dave Specter’s Adventures in Guitar featuring Donald Kinsey