The older I get the more I realize that the pursuit of following my dreams is more important than fulfilling music-industry standards to "make it." Five years ago, I performed a residency at Schubas every Monday for an entire month. That residency was one of the few times, where a venue didn't restrict me to performing only once a month and forever I'll respect Schubas for giving me that opportunity. Five years later and we're in an industry that has rapidly changed. Records are streamed, opposed to bought; which leaves live shows and licensing as the two remaining substantial ways for artists to get compensated. This change has resulted in talent buyers around the states placing heavier contractual restrictions on artists; which leads to talent buyers having the final say on if artists can or cannot perform. As much as I understand the reasoning behind these restrictions - I was raised in the 90's under the impression that every band should perform as often as possible. So that's what I'm going to follow from here on out. January 9th will start my three month "Album Residency" at The Windy City Inn. Every Thursday I'll be performing one of my records in its entirety and joined by many songwriters who I greatly admire; many will be performing their own records in its entirety as well. So, my rant will end here. I love you. Till Thursday...
1.9 // DJ Scott Schaefer
1.16 // Gar Clemens
1.23 // Kate Adams + Adam J. Mixson (Austin, Tx)
1.30 // Jeremy David Miller
2.6 // Danny Malone (Austin, Tx) + Angelina Lucero
2.13 // Curtis Evans + Brian Morrissey (Dirty Pigeons)
2.20 // Todd Kessler + Vivian Rae McConnell (Grandkids)
2.27 // Cold Country + Ty Maxon
March artists will be announced 2.1
10:00 // Mas (Unreleased Record)
Receive a free album download of unreleased material with the ticket at the venue.
painting by Tom Schraeder & photo by Heather Parkin.
Only 60 tickets will be sold for each performance! Tickets will be available for purchase only at the show, day-of the performance at Windy City Inn. To reserve a ticket(s) please email your name, the amount of tickets (4 per person), and which performance you'd like to attend to...
Handmade Market is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate the unique and handmade.
The Empty Bottle starts serving at noon, so feel free to shop with mimosas in hand. (We do encourage relaxed shopping.) You can also grab brunch at the tasty Bite Café next door. Markets include funky jewelry, glass pendants, knitted items, handbags, clothing, paper crafts and more.
Sustainable crafterness this is a regular monthly event. We strive to create a crafter's market, with affordable handmade, mostly local items. There are a ton of crafters in the city, and we try to make this accessible to up and coming designers, jewelry makers, and others. Come out and help support your monthly crafter's market.
LILLY'S// Dundee Sunday's: A tribute to the late Tom Dundee
Donna Adler, Norm Siegel, Byron Roche, Mick Scott, Chriss Farrell, Al Day, Andina and Rich, Maureen Brill, and Tom Schraeder pay tribute to a pioneer of the 70's songwriting scene, Tom Dundee. The event will conclude with an open invitation Hootenanny for all songwriters to join in on.
9PM Q and A hosted by Marcus Gilmer of The Chicago Sun-Times featuring James Kamp (Comedy of Chicago) / Maggie Sargent (head of operations at LAUGH FACTORY) / Natalie Jose (one of Chicago's top stand up comics)
Poster Boys documents two musicians who travel the country peddling pop culture posters to college students - a job they use to fund the production of an album they record while on the road.
Two adventuring musicians, of the critically acclaimed and frequently blogged band King of Prussia, set out to record an album on the road. The catch - they have no money of their own and must use their traveling poster sales job to fund this ambitious recording project.
Italians Do It Better VS DFA Night (Part X)Who will prevail? Who fuckin cares! Come dance the night away with some sweet, sweet tunes by LCD Soundsystem, Chromatics, The 2 Bears, Mike Simonetti, Shit Robot, Benoit & Sergio, The Crystal Ark, Glass Candy, Farah, Desire, Hot Chip and much more from the labels Italians Do It Better and DFA and some super hip Garage Disco!!
Shiloh - Sex and Risin D-Nick The Microphone Misfitz - Abnormality The Orchidales - Summertime Love Bob Rok - Context The Kuhls - Leavin' The Prairie Forgotten Species - Boots All Summer Natureal - Everything Grandkids - Engines Soft Speaker - A Troubled Summer Itylyon - Sooner or Later Julie Meckler - Forest Doomsday - Chicago Cruising Brighton MA - Good Kind Of Crazy Mutts - Prizefighter