Friday September 5 (8:00pm, $7) — OPEN MIKE — All welcome! Great variety of acoustic artists! So popular we must limit number of acts. 1–2 songs, 10 minutes max. Open 7:30 for signups – first come, first served. Show starts 8:00. Info: 630-968-5526.
Friday September 12 (8:15pm, $7) — TRACY GRAMMER — One of folk music's most beloved artists, she keeps the music of her late musical partner Dave Carter alive, while proving herself a fine performer on her own. Violin, guitar, mandolin, great vocals, riotous humor!
Friday September 19 (8:15pm, $7) — HEATHER STYKA CD Release! — Chicago-bred, Maine-based songwriter, her tunes have a vintage familiarity, with lyrics as smart as they are hummable. Numerous songwriting awards; her last album hit #3 on National Folk-DJ Chart! CD Release for brand album: While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet.
September 26 (8:15pm, $7) — DAVID HAWKINS — CD Release, with Clark Sommers — A singer-songwriter who found Chicago by way of Tulsa, Detroit & New Orleans, and picked up flavors wherever he lived. Songs tough and gentle, where flesh and spirit meet, and where one's soul is on the line.
Friday October 3 (8:15pm, $7) — FEBRUARY SKY — CD Release, with Joe Wadz & Elaine Wagner — Traditional singer & expert Celtic guitarist Phil Cooper joins singer-songwriter Susan Urban in old & new songs with intricate instrumentals. Guitar, cittern, banjo, dulcimer.
Friday October 10 (8:15pm, $7) — CAMPEAU & CRAIG — Jim & Vivian Craig and Mitch Thomas & Fred Campeau in an ukeclectic show that brings a smile, and maybe a tear or two. Old, new and blue songs with tight vocal blends, plus ukuleles, guitars, banjo, and concertina.
Friday October 17 (8:15pm, $7) — THE CAROLINES (Andrea Bustin and Amy Plante) — Sisters weave new melodies and lyrics into old time banjo music. Classical training, effortless performance with intricate harmonies and expert claw hammer banjo technique.
Friday October 24 (8:15pm, $7) — DEAN MILANO TRIO — Original folk, pop, bluegrass and more by a veteran of rock, blues, folk and jazz bands. Joined by guitarist Jay Whitehouse and fiddler Jordi Kleiner, his story songs relate true experiences. 3 excellent CDs!
Friday October 31 (8:15pm, $7) — ZACHARY SCOT JOHNSON — Young Wisconsin songwriter/actor with "...the smooth guitar lines of James Taylor, the spunk of Joni Mitchell, the vocals of Elvis Costello, and the songwriting ability of all three. (The Lawrentian)
Here is a preliminary list of upcoming shows. More info to come!
Nov 7 Greg Klyma
Nov 14 Cathy Robel & Stephen Davis
Nov 21 Open Mike
Nov 28 Greg Trafidlo with Dean Milano
Dec 5 A Winter's Tale (Jon Vezner, Sally Barris & Don Henry)
Dec 12 Bittersweet Christmas Band
Dec 19 Christmas Show with McIntosh & McGovern
Dec 26 Pete Norman's Post Christmas Blues Fest