Heartland Cafe Events

Saturday, February 5 – 8 pm
The Blogging Party For Mayoral Candidate Miguel Del Valle
Blogging Event and forum

Meet Miguel del Valle: A Mayor For All Chicago… For Every Neighborhood!

For more than three decades Miguel del Valle has been an independent voice, tireless community advocate, and a dedicated public servant for people in Chicago and the State of Illinois. He has fought for open and transparent government, stronger consumer protections, and for reform and better funding for education, healthcare and social service programs throughout his 23-year tenure in the Illinois General Assembly and as the Chicago City Clerk.

His political career began in 1982 by campaigning for his friend and ally Harold Washington. It was that historic mayoral victory that inspired del Valle to seek a career in public service. He realized that if elected to the State Senate he could create policies and laws that would bring greater change to the community he was working for as a community advocate and not-for-profit director.

more events at Heartland Cafe after the jump….

Wednesday, February 9
In One Ear; open mic for poetry, music and more
Hosted By Pete Wolf
$3.00, Sign up at 9:30 pm, Show at 10 pm

Thursday, March 10 – 8 pm
MOVED FROM 2/3/2011
Opera On Tap!
$10.00 Suggested Donation

Opera on Tap Chicago presents a night of opera hits in a fun, casual setting. The performance will include opera favorites, romance, treachery, revenge, and lots of laughs! Opera on Tap is an opera company devoted to making opera more accessible to people everywhere by taking it out of the concert halls and putting it into venues where people least expect to hear it. We’re passionate about breaking down misconceptions, bringing new people to the art form, and giving power to the performers.

Friday, February 11 – 9 pm
Princes of Futa: www.myspace.com/princesoffuta
$5.00, World Music

Alpha Diallo, a Guinean human rights lawyer, has been involved in theater and musical performance since his arrival in the U.S. in 2000. He wrote The Wind Blew, which was performed at the University of Chicago Theater in 2001 as a part of the Antigone Project. As a musician, he explores his musical roots with his band The Princes of Futa. His main source of inspiration comes from the Wolof and Fula cultures of West Africa. Through African beat and jazz, the Princes of Futa try to reconcile modern and traditional African culture while also embracing the musical multiplicity of the U.S. To audiences as varied as those frequenting the Green Mill, Darkroom, Morseland, the Subterranean, and various festivals across Chicago, his songs speak of peace, love, and justice. Alpha Diallo believes that human diversity will lead to a better world, and the Princes of Futa reflect that diversity, which, after all, is what America is all about.

Saturday, February 12 – 9 pm
Love and Justice: A Fundraiser for the Committee to Stop FBI Repression
$10.00 Suggested Donation

In September, the FBI raided homes and an office of anti-war and international solidarity activists in Minneapolis, Grand Rapids and Chicago. To date, a total of 23 activists have been summoned to appear before a Grand Jury. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald wants to turn the clock back to the 1950s and play the role of Joe McCarthy – his aim is to put activists in prison for their political beliefs. This is an attack on everyone who is working for peace, justice and equality.

Join us for a Valentine’s Weekend event with The Amoreys and Enviromental Encroachment dance, chat, and contribute to our defense fund.

Sunday, February 13 – 6 pm
The Eddie Stevens 3: http://www.myspace.com/eddiestevens3
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz

The Eddie Stevens 3 was formed by three veterans of the Chicago jazz scene in an effort to bring you classic swinging trio music that is right for any occasion. We hope to bring you sounds that will conjure up memories of some of the classic chamber jazz groups of the past, such as the Red Norvo Trio, Jimmy Giuffre 3 and the early Nat Cole Trio. This is music that is intricate yet swings like mad. Don’t worry, we also like to put our spin on some more contemporary material, as well as our unique take on famous Classical Themes. If the occasion calls for it the Eddie Stevens 3 can be expanded to feature some of the most talented vocal stylists and tasteful drummers on the scene today. We hope to see at one of Chicagland’s top venues in the near future. And don’t forget to ask about Eddie.

Wednesday, February 16
In One Ear; open mic for poetry, music and more
Hosted By Pete Wolf
$3.00, Sign up at 9:30 pm, Show at 10 pm

Friday, February 18 – 9 pm
Mississippi Gabe Carter: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mississippigc2
$7.00, Blues

Sunday, February 20 – 7 pm
Guitar Friends Recital
No Cover, Student Recital

Wednesday, February 23
In One Ear; open mic for poetry, music and more
Hosted By Pete Wolf
$3.00, Sign up at 9:30 pm, Show at 10 pm

Sunday, February 27 – 7 pm
The Licorice Sticks Clarinet Orchestra
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz

Wednesday, March 2
In One Ear; open mic for poetry, music and more
Hosted By Pete Wolf
$3.00, Sign up at 9:30 pm, Show at 10 pm

Thursday, March 3 – 8 pm
Opera On Tap!
$10.00 Suggested Donation

Opera on Tap Chicago presents a night of opera hits in a fun, casual setting. The performance will include opera favorites, romance, treachery, revenge, and lots of laughs! Opera on Tap is an opera company devoted to making opera more accessible to people everywhere by taking it out of the concert halls and putting it into venues where people least expect to hear it. We’re passionate about breaking down misconceptions, bringing new people to the art form, and giving power to the performers.

Friday, March 4 – 9 pm
Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden: http://www.myspace.com/stevedawsonmusic
Clark Paterson: http://www.myspace.com/clarkpatersonmusic
Mando Saenz: http://www.myspace.com/mandosaenz
$5.00, Roots / Americana

There was a time when popular radio was defined by the craftsmanship and raw talent of folks like Al Green, Paul McCartney and Carole King. Steve Dawson would have fit in just fine. As part of Chicago’s criminally under-known Dolly Varden he’s churned out nothing but quality for 15 years, but his second solo outing, I Will Miss The Trumpets and the Drums, carries the timeless inflection of vintage Roy Orbison and George Harrision. Personal, philosophical, and subtly orchestrated, Dawson’s tunes sway with whispers of pedal steel, finely placed echo, and a tasty acoustic / electric guitar combo, all underpinning one of the great pop-rock voices of our time, a set of pipes both instantly appealing and flecked with warm, individual character. Think Ace-era Paul Carrack mixed with Elliot Smith and Big Star’s Chris Bell. Put into service for compositions packed with melody, texture and winning wordplay and you have a classic artist hiding in plain sight

Saturday, March 5 – 9 pm
The McDaniels
Barbara Holek
$5.00, Folk / Americana

Sunday, March 6 – 7 pm
Lori Brittin: www.loribrittin.com
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz

Lori Brittin was bitten by the performing bug at the tender age of nine when her fourth grade teacher donned a guitar with lyrics taped it and started singing folk songs in class. Utterly inspired Lori picked up the guitar herself & started singing for her classmates. In high school Lori began to take the spotlight as a soloist and participated in any and every choir she could.

Lori attended The Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University where she studied opera. While in attendance she began performing in various rock bands in Chicago Area. Soon there after Lori went on tour with a Las Vegas style group performing at various Playboy Clubs around the US.

Then after three years of performing in Los Angeles Lori returned to her home town Chicago and went on to establish her career as a popular local performer & vocalist. In Chicago Lori began to fine tune her unique brand of vocal stylings at the finest hotels, top venues & clubs in the city for various types of events; corporate parties, weddings, prestigious social events as well as many house parties for many of Chicagos elite families.

Wednesday, March 9
In One Ear; open mic for poetry, music and more
Hosted By Pete Wolf
$3.00, Sign up at 9:30 pm, Show at 10 pm

Thursday, March 10 – 8 pm
The Steel Wheels: http://www.thesteelwheels.com
$7.00, Americana

The Steel Wheels are truly an Americana band, rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stompin’ fiddle tunes. They are subtle innovators who respect the past but whistle their own tunes, layering in rich textures and decidedly modern energy to forge a new sound.

They fit best among musicians like Langhorne Slim, Gillian Welch, or Adrienne Young and Little Sadie (with whom they’ve shared the stage) – deft musicians making a name for themselves by creating their own particular permutation of traditional forms. Yet the Steel Wheels share much with new Americana favorites like the Avett Brothers or Old Crow Medicine Show, with charisma that causes toes to tap and heads to nod, audiences hanging on their every word. Like those bands, The Steel Wheels have broad appeal. And they count among their fans former Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune and indie folk darlings Over the Rhine.
The four-piece band is based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where multi-instrumentalist Jay Lapp was born and took inspiration from church hymns and folk fests, and where Trent Wagler has been a scene staple for nearly a decade. Lapp was touring with several successful Midwest bands when he and Wagler crossed paths in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and a musical partnership began. The two are joined by upright bassist Brian Dickel and fiddler Eric Brubaker to form the Steel Wheels. The band shines exceptionally in their live shows, and their palpable chemistry translates easily to Red Wing. Just listen to the exceptional four-part harmonies that support and accentuate Wagler’s scratchy tenor, which has been compared to that of Darrel Scott. Brubaker’s fiddle, both lively and evocative, suits the band exactly, and Dickel’s upright bass grounds the outfit. Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style is remarkable and unmistakable.

The Steel Wheels have built a following from the East Coast to the Midwest and beyond, appearing at Americana festivals such as the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Floydfest, Folk Alliance, and Appalachian Uprising. Wagler and Lapp also regularly take a duo show to Ireland and have appeared with Peter Rowan at the ‘Ards International Guitar Festival.

In keeping with their music that takes a traditional idea on a modern adventure, Wagler and Lapp’s organized a week-long, 300-mile bicycle tour last year. Not only did they pedal themselves through the mountains of Virginia to seven gigs in seven days, they hauled their own gear the whole way, with one bicycle custom-framed for travel and another fitted with a trailer. It’s one more example that with inherent skill and energy, trust in the value of simplicity and a marked talent for taking something old-fashioned and making it relevant for today is one of The Steel Wheels’ greatest strengths.

Saturday, March 12 – 9 pm
The Fancy Boys
Please and Thank You
$5.00, Acoustic Pop / Rock
18 and over

Wednesday, March 16
In One Ear; open mic for poetry, music and more
Hosted By Pete Wolf
$3.00, Sign up at 9:30 pm, Show at 10 pm

Thursday, March 17 – 8 pm
Becky Sheehan: http://www.myspace.com/beckyshaheen
No Cover, Singer Songwriter

Friday, March 18 – 9 pm
The Clark Street Band
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz

Saturday, March 19 – 9 pm
The Gunnelpumpers
$5.00, World Music / Electronica

Wednesday, March 23
In One Ear; open mic for poetry, music and more
Hosted By Pete Wolf
$3.00, Sign up at 9:30 pm, Show at 10 pm

Thursday, March 24 – 8 pm
Songs Alive! Showcase
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Singer Songwriters
Friday, March 25 – 8 pm
Charlie King and Karen Bandrow
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Folk Music

CHARLIE KING AND KAREN BRANDOW BIOGRAPHIES

Charlie King and Karen Brandow are musical storytellers and political satirists. Their repertoire covers a century and a half and four continents. They perform with the sweet and precise harmonies of life partners. They sing and write passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. “Two voices that complement each other beautifully & instrumentation that is spare, acoustic & just right” Victory Music Review

December 2010 marks the release of their latest CD, THE DISTANCE REMAINING. Other recent releases include: HIGHER GROUND, ON THE JOURNEY, SPARKS & TEARS, PUPPET TOWN, REMEMBERING SACCO & VANZETTI, and their premier 2001 Appleseed Recording, I STRUCK GOLD. In addition to a full time career of concert touring, King and Brandow have sung in support of numerous groups working for peace, human rights, environmental sanity and alternatives to violence.
Their central vision as entertainers is to leave audiences with a sense of optimism and possibility about the future. “We try to cover a broad emotional landscape in our concerts. The stories we collect and the songs we write take the listener on a journey of humor, heartache and hope. What we most value in a song is the way it helps us see an old reality in a totally new light.”

Charlie King has been at the heart of American folk music for over 45 years. His songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. Honors include an “Indie” award for one of the top three American folk recordings of 1984. In May of 1998 the War Resisters League gave their Peacemaker Award to Charlie and to Odetta. Pete Seeger nominated Charlie for the Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award, which he received in November 1999. Charlie has released a dozen solo albums since 1976. He has also released three albums with the touring ensemble Bright Morning Star, and numerous compilation albums with other artists.

Charlie was born in 1947, and was raised in Brockton, MA. He cites as musical influences the folk music revival of the 1960’s, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War era. Folk legend Peggy Seeger says, “If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I’d be less worried,” and Tom Paxton adds, “Luckily, we have him!”

Karen Brandow has been performing with Charlie King since 1998. While doing human rights work in Guatemala from 1986-1994, Karen studied voice, performance and classical guitar. She performed at political and cultural events in that country as a soloist and was a founding member of the a cappella singing group, the Non-Traditional Imports.

Karen was born in 1954 in Philadelphia, PA. She began singing and playing guitar as a teenager. While living in Central America, she broadened her repertoire to include Latin American music of the “Nueva Canción” or New Song Movement. She performs songs in English and Spanish.

Wednesday, March 30
In One Ear; open mic for poetry, music and more
Hosted By Pete Wolf
$3.00, Sign up at 9:30 pm, Show at 10 pm

Thursday, March 31 – 8 pm
Steve Hashimoto and Friends
$7.00, Jazz

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