Heartland Cafe Calendar of Events May – June 2011

Here are the Heartland Cafe’s May & June Calendar of Events! 

Wednesday, May 4
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, May 6 – 9 pm
Aberration: http://www.myspace.com/565226981
$5.00, Jazz

Saturday, May 7 – 9 pm til close
The CGO Finish Line Party
No Cover – Athletic Group Party

Sunday, May 8 – 5 pm
The School of Rock Mothers Day Show
No Cover, Student Recital

more shows after the jump….

Wednesday, May 11
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, May 12 – 8 pm
Izzy and the Kesstronics: http://www.reverbnation.com/izzyandthekesstronics
featuring Izzy of the Wayne Hancock band
$7.00, Rockabilly / Swing

Flamekeeper of all that is fun and exiting about American Roots music. Son of master Ragtime guitarist, Protege of Reverend Gary Davis and Dave Van Ronk, Paul Simon sideman Bob Zaidman, Izzy comes from a strong tradition of early Jazz, Rockabilly, Honky Tonk and Bluegrass.

Izzy is the youngest veteran of Texas Honky Tonk legend Wayne Hancock’s band, and in 2008 started Izzy and the Kesstronics with Seth Kessel Bassist/Vocalist/Songwriter (Black Market Band, Blind Pharaohs)

Siting Chuck Berry as their greatest influence, the band hit the road playing more than 225 nationwide gigs per year and Many European shows as well.

Izzy and the Kesstronics seamlessly blends a massive catalogue of 1950’s Rock n’ Roll, Classic Country, 1930’s Swing, Surf and Bluegrass with their original material with natural finesse. Izzy and Seth are flanked by Saxophonist, Gabriel Yonkler, Trombonist Chap Sowash, and Mark Ettingoff on Drums. High energy and top level musicianship put Izzy and the Kesstronics at the forefront of the roots-based music scene, creating a sound that is both distinctly new and unique, yet stylishly familiar.

Saturday, May 14 – 9 pm
Peatot: : http://thepeatot.com/Welcome.html
$20.00, Israeli Music

The Peatot plays tribute to Israeli music from the past 4 decades. Delivering a unique, exciting and uplifting celebration of the music that we all know and love.

The Peatot performs all over the San Francisco bay area and the USA, making people dance and sing, delivering a true Israeli party experience.

Sunday, May 15 – 7 pm
Lori Brittin: www.loribrittin.com
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz

Wednesday, May 18
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, May 19 – 8 pm
Funny Business Presnets
Mike Stanley: www.MikeStanleyComedy.com
$7.00, Comedy

Friday, May 20 – 9 pm
The Clark Street Band: http://www.clarkstreetband.com/
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz
The Clark Street Band is a 14 – member Big Band composed of some of Chicago’s finest jazz musicians.

We play only original compositions and arrangements, so our sound is unique. Our featured vocalists are Jennifer Connelly and Richard P. Bennett, both consummate performers of stage, cabaret, and area jazz venues.

Led by Composer/Conductor Leo Schwartz, the Band plays locally at Street Fairs, Nightclubs, and Private Events, though our individual members have played from Europe to Broadway, East Coast and West Coast, and of course, hometown Chicago.

Saturday, May 21 – 8 pm
Author Jane Sawyers: bob Dylan – New York
She reads and talks about her new book
$5.00 Suggested Donation, book reading and conversation

Sunday, May 22 – 7 pm
Ric Harris: http://www.chicagostudioclub.net/2010/06/ric-harris-photos/
$5.00 suggested donation, Jazz

Wednesday, May 25
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, May 26 – 8 pm
Songsalive! Songwriter Showcase
$5.00, Singer Songwriters

Victoria Fuller’s music is folk rock with jazz, blues, and pop overtones. Her voice is like a cross between Joni Mitchell and Ricky Lee Jones. She writes about love lost and found, overcoming struggles in relationships and life, and finding the good that’s there, revealing personal anecdotes. Strong memorable melody lines lead you on a journey with some surprises and enough differentiation to keep your interest throughout, with some nice harmonies. In her CD, Small Moments, produced by Danny Shaffer, she is accompanied by such artists as Grammy winner Scott Bennett who tours and records with Beachboys legend Brian Wilson, and Jeff Jacobs, who has performed with Billy Joel and a touring member of Foreigner.

While on tour, Jess Yoakum was so compelled by the talent and warmth of the Chicago music scene, that she left Boston in early 2009 and has made a new home in the midwest. She recorded her sophomore album, This Quiet Mile, with engineer and producer, Christopher Greene at Truself Music in Chicago. Contemplative and lyric-driven, the album is a reflection on life, love, and growing through where we are to arrive where we’re meant to be. Yoakum’s band, which appears regularly around the Chicago area, includes percussionist Meg Thomas and bassist Becca Nisbet.

Singing out of the north suburbs of Chicago, IL, Joe Nelson combines indie rock sounds with an unpolished vocal presence. With help from fellow musicians and long time friends, Mike Beskow, Logan Jacobs and Dan Ray.

Friday, May 27 – 9 pm
Cantique: http://www.myspace.com/Cantiqueharp
Andrea Dawn: www.myspace.com/myandreadawn
$5.00, Americana / Folk

Saturday, May 28 – 9 pm
Stephanie Rogers: www.hipchick.com
$5.00, Adult Contemporary / Pop

Sunday, May 29 – 7 pm
The Steve Schneck Group
$7.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz

Wednesday, June 1
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, June 3 – 9 pm
Classical Revolution
$5.00, Classical / Contemporary

Classical Revolution is a collective of young musicians who love playing, listening to and performing classical music. We believe that more people would enjoy classical music if they could experience it in a setting which is more comfortable and familiar. Thus, we bring high-energy and high-caliber classical music performances out of the concert hall and into the community, breaking through the “fourth wall” between the musicians and audience members, as well as the widely-held perception that classical music is somehow elitist, in accessible and outdated (funny, that one).

And while social structures may have certainly changed since the 17th century, we believe that the power and pleasure of the classical music composed between then and now remains the same. We also believe that music is an important way to build bridges in the community, and so we blur the lines between audience and performer by concluding every show with a “jam session”, in which amateur and professional musician alike share the stage in an interactive reading session.

Saturday, June 4 – 9 pm
MRA Productions Presents
The Summer Steppers Fling
$10.00, Dance Party

Sunday, June 5 – 9 pm
The Kurt Loeffler Workshop
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz

Wednesday, June 8
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, June 9 – 9 pm
The Art Gomperz Band: www.ArtGompers.com
$5.00, Bluegrass / Americana
A Different Story Begins.

Bev and I began playing music about 10 years ago while she was playing a small local pub. She asked me to bring my guitar down and sit in sometime. So I did, and from that jam sprouted over a decade of music together. While Bev always came loaded with armfuls of cover material, it was Bev’s songwriting (as you can now hear) that set her apart from so many musicians that I have played with over the years.

The Genesis of The Art Gomperz Band has enjoyed such a variety of musicians moving in and out of the band, that Bev often mentioned it was much more like a musicians club then a band. Luckily for all of us, Bev’s transition to the band was swift and we all found ourselves taking on a new sound and direction of New Grass Americana as Bev provided one new song after another from genres of Bluegrass, Swing, Folk Rock, Country Ballads and Jazz

Saturday, June 10 – 4 pm
Mindy and The Time Outs: www.mindysmusic.com
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Kids Music

Sunday, June 12 – 7 pm
The Chicago Screenwriters Network
No Cover, Screenwriters conversation and networking meeting

Wednesday, June 15
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, June 19 – 7 pm
The Eddie Stevens 3
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz

Wednesday, June 22
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, June 23 – 8 pm
Roy Schnieider
$5.00, Folk / Americana

Saturday, June 25 – 9 pm
A Fragile Tomorrow (acoustic)
$5.00, Acoustic Rock

Sunday, June 26 – 7 pm
Dave Flippo
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz

Wednesday, June 29
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

Saturday, August 6, 2011 – 8 PM
*Woody Guthrie, American Radical*
Author Will Kaufman Presents a live musical documentary
on the songs and politics of Woody Guthrie
$7.00, Book Reading / Music and conversation

Woody Guthrie, American Radical reclaims the politically radical profile of America’s greatest balladeer. Although he achieved a host of national honors and adorns US postage stamps, and although his song “This Land Is Your Land” is often considered the nation’s second national anthem, Woody Guthrie committed his life to the radical struggle.

Will Kaufman traces Guthrie’s political awakening and activism throughout the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, the Civil Rights struggle, and the poison of McCarthyism. He examines Guthrie’s role in the development of a workers’ culture in the context of radical activism spearheaded by the Communist Party of the USA, the Popular Front, and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Kaufman also establishes Guthrie’s significance in the perpetuation of cultural front objectives into the era of the “New Left” and beyond, particularly through his influence on the American and international protest song movement.

Utilizing a wealth of previously unseen archival materials such as letters, song lyrics, essays, personal reflections, photos, and other manuscripts, Woody Guthrie, American Radical introduces a heretofore unknown Woody Guthrie: the canny political strategist, fitful thinker, and cultural front activist practically buried in the general public’s romantic celebration of the “Dust Bowl Troubadour.”

A portion of the royalties from the sales of this book will be donated to the Woody Guthrie Foundation.

Will Kaufman is a professor of American literature and culture at the University of Central Lancashire, England. He is the author of three previous books, most recently American Culture in the 1970s. Also a professional folksinger and multi-instrumentalist, he has performed hundreds of musical presentations on Woody Guthrie at universities, music festivals, and folk clubs throughout Europe and the United States.

“A fresh, challenging look at Woody Guthrie’s political life and musical contributions. Drawing on a rich, wide array of songs and other works that have so far been overlooked, Will Kaufman presents an unvarnished Guthrie, whose writings are incredibly stimulating.” —Ronald D. Cohen, author of Work and Sing: A History of Occupational and Labor Union Songs in the United States

“A much needed and extremely valuable book on Woody Guthrie. Examining Guthrie in this broader historical and cultural framework yields new insights into both Guthrie and radicalism.” —Bucky Halker, musician-historian and author of For Democracy, Workers, and God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865–95

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