On Sept. 8, WDCB welcomes New Orleans native Christian Scott to the club with his Stretch Septet. The innovative jazz trumpeter, who is the nephew of tenor saxophonist “Big Chief” Donald Harrison Jr., has just announced his new album, Stretch Music, which brings together jazz with hip-hop and indie rock. Scott, who attended Berklee College of Music, was even the inspiration behind the character Delmond Lambreaux on HBO’s Treme. Get your tickets to see this exciting contemporary jazz artist now!
And don’t forget to pick up tickets for other upcoming New Orleans shows at SPACE, including bluesmen Sonny Landreth on Sept. 10 and Eric Lindell on Sept. 11; zydeco master Terrance Simien on Sept. 13; songwriter Anders Osborne on Oct. 9-10; and supergroup New Orleans Suspects on Oct. 3.
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.
SPACE is excited to welcome two-time Grammy-award winning artist Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience on Friday, Jan. 23. The concert will be part of the multi-venue Chicago Bluegrass & Blues festival, which also features The String Cheese Incident, Steve Earle, Robert Randolph and more.
Simien, an eighth generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his bandmates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.
Simien and his collaborators from the Zydeco Experience band were honored with their second Grammy award in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2014 at the Nokia Theatre. This year was their 28th consecutive New Orleans Jazz Festival performance: an event that has become the gold standard for showcasing and celebrating all Louisiana music traditions.
2012 found Simien and his bandmates seen performing their original song “Dance Everyday” in the Warner Brothers film The Lucky One starring Zac Efron and Blythe Danner, and directed by Oscar-nominated director Scott Hicks. Simien’s version of zydeco standard “Uncle Bud” was also used in the film.
2009 signaled the release of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, set in the city of New Orleans and featured their first black princess. Alas, history was made. Simien is the featured guest artist on “Gonna Take You There,” a zydeco-flavored song penned by Randy Newman. Simien recorded the song with Newman in Los Angeles in late 2007. The song was inspired by Simien’s music and it became a favorite track for children everywhere! Simien’s student audiences all over the country sing along with him when he and his bandmates perform it during their school-time concerts. History was also made in a very big way for this genre as it was the first time Disney featured zydeco music in a film! However, what really changed the game was having the word zydeco spoken in the movie, introducing generations of young children and families to an indigenous American roots music that because of this film, many heard for the very first time. We are forever grateful to John Lasseter and the team at Disney for this rare opportunity to have this genre immortalized in a Disney film.
In 2005, Simien led HBO producers deep into Creole country for another high visible opportunity for the genre and he introduced them to the prodigious 5-year-old zydeco talent, Guyland Leday. This gifted young musician was featured in the HBO doc “The Music in Me: Children’s Recitals from Classical to Latin, Jazz to Zydeco.” This was a huge victory for his state, genre and Creole culture.
For more info, visit evanstonspace.com and terrancesimien.com.
Happy New Year, folks! SPACE’s New Year’s Eve shows with The Milk Carton Kids are sold out, but another great option for ringing in the New Year is First Night Evanston, with performances by Regina Carter, Corky Siegel and more. Go to firstnightevanston.net for more info.
We’re excited for the inaugural Lagunitas Movie Night on Friday, Jan. 2. We’ll be showing The Royal Tenebaums at 7 p.m. and Fargo at 9:15 p.m. There will be Lagunitas IPA on draft and free popcorn. Don’t forget to RSVP here.
On Saturday, Jan. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SPACE is hosting a special FREE concert by the singers of the Etc. Music School Choir in Evanston and the Nairobi Girls Chorale from Kenya. Come and hear both traditional African and American folk songs, as well as African gospel and American rock arrangements by these two talented, multi-faceted groups of young artists. More info is posted here.
More great shows are coming up in the New Year. Get your tickets now before the shows are sold out!
One of Evanston’s favorite sons, Ezra Furman, on Jan. 4
SPACE Interns present Sons of the West and Max Simmons on Jan. 7
January Dance Party with Expo 76 and Total Horn Pros on Jan. 16
Former Miles Davis collaborator and keyboardist Robert Irving III on Jan. 18
Indie-rock group Knox Hamilton with August Hotel on Jan. 21
Louisiana zydeco master Terrance Simien on Jan. 23
A night of blues with Paul Cebar and Lurrie Bell on Jan. 24
Gypsy guitarist Alfonso Ponticelli on Jan. 25
Pop-rock singer-songwriter Gabe Dixon on Jan. 28
L.A. Americana-swing outfit Dustbowl Revival on Jan. 29
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.)