This Weekend: On Friday night, we are very excited to welcome back the Queen of Rock, Wanda Jackson. Come out early to catch the opener, The Western Elstons, some of Chicago’s best country-western musicians. Saturday, don’t miss an early show with New York folk singer Lucy Kaplansky and our late show with songwriter Gabriel Kahane . Sunday brings a matinee folk show to the club with cult songwriter Michael Smith on a co-bill with Anne Hills.
Upcoming Shows: To celebrate October, we’re giving away some tickets for a handful of our fall shows. Go to our Facebook page and comment on this post for a chance to win two tickets to see one of the following shows: Gene Ween (Oct. 1); funk/soul supergroup New Orleans Suspects (Oct. 3); Nashville guitar duo Striking Matches (Oct. 6); Texas songwriter Hayes Carll (Oct. 8); versatile New Orleans songwriter Anders Osborne (Oct. 9–10); and Gulf Coast soul stars The Suffers (Oct. 15).
At Thalia Hall: Fans of the amzing Nashville duo Johnnyswim will be excited to hear that Amanda and Abner will be returning to Chicago on Dec. 9 for their annual Christmas show, this year taking place in our sister room, Thalia Hall. Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow at 10 a.m., but right now you can use the code “JSWM312” to get tickets early in our special pre-sale. Click here to get your tickets!
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.
This week, we’ve got a great batch of new shows that will help warm your bones this winter, including feel-good Zydeco master Terrance Simien on Jan. 23; nonpareil finger-style guitarist Leo Kottke on Feb. 4; and a not-to-be-missed concert with Portland Cello Project on Feb. 20. Here’s the complete list:
The Subdudes / Leo Kottke / Willie Nile / Ronnie Baker Brooks / Commander Cody / Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience / Portland Cello Project / New Orleans Suspects / Radney Foster / Way Down Wanderers and Chicago Farmer / Anne Heaton / Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo / Nora O’Connor / American English
All the shows are on-sale now. Click here to go to our home page to see the full listings.
Tonight, SPACE is excited to welcome John Oates — one-half of the legendary duo Hall & Oates — for a headline appearance on Saturday. Only a few tickets remain, so act fast if you want to catch one of pop music’s all-time heroes!
Last up, if you’re a fan of comeback soul singers like Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley or Lee Fields, don’t miss Minneapolis old-school soul man Sonny Knight on Sunday night in SPACE’s main room. After recording as a teenager in the ’60s, Knight left the music biz, only to return this year with a new album called I’m Still Here. Check out a great video of Sonny performing with his band The Lakers below. (Also on Sunday: We’ve got Austin-based singer-songwriter Matt the Electrician in the studios.)