Calendar of Events for Heartland Cafe 12.1.11

New events over at Heartland Cafe!

Thursday, December 1 ? 8 pm
Opera On Tap
http://www.operaontap.com/chicago/
$10.00 Suggested Donation, Opera
Our mission as a not- for-profit 501(c)3 company, is to promote opera as a viable, living and progressive art form deserving a place on the American cultural landscape. In 2005 we created Opera on Tap as a performance outlet for our friends and ourselves. We wanted an opera “gig” in the vein of the New York rock or jazz gig. Freddy?s Bar and Backroom provided us with the opportunity. It was an affordable way to have fun together and work on our music at the same time… Guess what else happened?

We discovered a new audience starved for intense, acoustic, musical experiences! More often than not, opera is perceived in this country to be elitist, pretentious, stuffy and boring. Going to the opera means dressing up, shelling out a lot of money, putting on an air of sophistication and most importantly, not making any noise whatsoever, unless it?s the appropriate time to applaud the diva. There is indeed a tradition of behavior at the ?Opera?: Act classier than you really are. In America, opera is placed on a high pedestal, so high unfortunately that the average Joe is throwing his hands up and spending his money elsewhere.
Saturday, December 2 ? 9 pm
Mathew Tembo
http://www.reverbnation.com/mathewtembo
$5.00, World / Reggae

Mathew Tembo’s music fuses indigenous Zambian vibes with contemporary sounds to create a truly unique form. His latest album, Dadi Mwana, resounds in upbeat Afro-fusion, reggae fueled tracks, featuring lyrics in various languages skillfully married with music performed on handmade instruments – the silimba (local marimba), kalumbu (one-stringed instrument), and kalimba (thumb piano). Mathew is a trailblazer, going against the musical status quo in Zambia of computerized pop. He has shared stages with world music stars 3Ma, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Michael Rose of Black Uhuru and has collaborated with Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the guitar playing, freedom-fighting, first president of Zambia. Wherever he tours, audiences simply cannot resist the urge to tap their toes, shake their hips, and skank their way out of their seats and onto the dance floors. Outside of Zambia, Mathew has played in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Holland, Denmark, Germany, and the USA. He hosts an annual music festival in Zambia named Sing Our Own Song, aimed at promoting music that uses indigenous instruments. When he is not performing, Mathew enjoys studying, building instruments, teaching, producing music in his home studio, or learning to play new indigenous instruments. Get yourself a copy of his latest CD, Dadi Mwana’, now on iTunes and Amazon. Peace, love and harmony (PLH)

Saturday, December 3 ? 9 pm
Aberration
http://www.myspace.com/565226981
No Cover, Jazz
There were once four saxophonists and a drummer who wanted to make sweet sweet jams. And thus Aberration was born.

Wednesday, December 7
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, December 8 ? 8pm
DP and The Alleycats
http://www.myspace.com/dpandthealleycats
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Americana
DP & the AlleyCats combines the many years of Don Pasqualini’s experience as a blues performer playing with many Chicago and Detroit blues greats and the influence of Judy Pasqualini’s love of bluegrass and country music. Judy’s excellent mandolin playing and ability to pick out harmonies adds color to the Don’s flat pickin’ or bluesy style guitar playing.

We fuse our county and blues influences to create our own sound. Judy plays acoustic guitar, mandolin and sings harmonies, Don plays either acoustic or dobro and once and a while brings out the Les Paul for that hard drivin’ elcetric blues sund. Craig on the upright bass completers the trio. We have written much of the material we play that includes some flat pickin’ country-bluegrass instrumental songs as well as old school country and blues.

Friday, December 9 ? 9 pm
Dented Trucks
http://www.artistecard.com/dentedtrucks
$5.00, Blues

Like so many other Blues musicians that leave home, taking a bus or a train, Diane, Ricky and Jenine packed up and in late December 2010 Dented Trucks drove 2200 miles in dark, snowy, icy roads in high winds, halfway across the country to play the only Blues they know in the place most known for the Blues, for the three million people that fill it’s streets, that’s right “Sweet Home Chicago”

Saturday, December 10 ? 9 pm
TBA

Sunday, December 11 ? 8 pm
The Eddie Stevens 3
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eddie-Stevens-3/117382898293520
$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, December 14
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, December 15 ? 8pm
Craig Champlin
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Americana

Friday, December 16 ? 9 pm
The Stardust Big Band
http://www.reverbnation.com/stardustbigband
$5.00, Big Band Jazz

One of the most popular big bands in Chicago during the 1980’s and 90’s was the Deja Vu Big Band. Now, several veterans of that group have come together once again to form the Stardust Big Band.
Led by veteran multi-instrumentalist and arranger Jon McGahan, Stardust is dedicated to promoting and continuing the jazz traditions as practiced by Maynard Ferguson, Neal Hefti, Bill Holman, and Quincy Jones among others. This 13-piece ensemble combines inventive writing with vibrant solos by some of Chicago’s finest big band practitioners.
From dancing to casual to concerts ans shows, the Stardust Big Band can perform a myriad of styles in the jazz idiom with the swing and excitement both casual and serious jazz audiences expect and deserve.
Saturday, December 17 ? 9 pm
Kmang Kmang
www.facebook.com/KmangKmang
The Gunnel Pumpers
www.facebook.com/GunnelPumpers
Justin Laine
$5.00, World / Alternative
KMANG KMANG (K?mayng K?mayng) is a Classical Guitar, New Music, Rock Band founded by Cambodian-American composer Barmey Ung. The name loosely translates to ?children? in Cambodian (Khmer). Our music begins with all original music composed out of historical influences of the classical guitar, particularly from Spain, Brazil, and from various contemporary guitar repertoire. We then take those elements out of their normal context by adding our own interests such as in Rock, Electronics, Folk, and Cambodian music, and also by collaborating in different mediums such as in visual arts and dance

Wednesday, December 21
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, December 23 ? 9 pm
Mt Zion sound System
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mt-Zion-Soundsystem/69586029008
$5.00, Reggae

Founded by singer-songwriter/guitar player Saskia Nassalang, Mt. Zion Soundsystem is a reggae band with the heartfelt mission of spreading wisdom, love, and healing. Saskia, originally from the Milwaukee area, has been performing locally, nationally, and internationally for the past 16 years. While living in Berlin, Germany for five years, she toured extensively in Europe. She also spent time in Israel, parts of Africa, Texas, California and Jamaica. Her voice has an authenticity that brings the wisdom of her lyrics directly to the listener, accentuated by her steady”heartbeat” rhythm guitar playing. The live band has a solid rhythm section made up of St. Patrice Nassalang from Senegal, West Africa on drums and the legendary David Robinson from Jamaica on bass, guitar, and vocals. Yaya Kambaye, master drummer from Senegal, adds the fire on percussion. Azeeza Islam, a jazz vocalist, brings depth and harmony to the vocals. And Rik Massey’s awesome solos and accentuations on lead guitar bring the sound into another dimension. Truly a feast for the senses, heart, and spirit.

Wednesday, December 28
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, December 29 ? 8 pm
Andrew and Casey Calhoun
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Folk

Friday, December 30 ? 9 pm
James Curley
http://www.reverbnation.com/jamescurley
$5.00, Americana

“The Best Damn Songwriter You Never Heard”
James Curley began writing songs in the mid 70s in his native Philadelphia, influenced mainly by his trips to the Philadelphia Folk Festival and to local clubs like The Main Point, Grendel’s Lair and others. He appeared as a solo songwriter back then, opening locally for other artists of the day, including Artie Traum and Lou London.

Leaving Philadelphia, James played in Denver, Boulder, Eugene and other areas and eventually wound up in Houston, where he was heavily influenced by the Texas songwriter scene there at the time. Moving to Austin in 1979, he immersed himself deeper in the local songwriting scene and performed in venues there until moving to Chicago several years later.
Taking a hiatus from music from 1987 until 1997 to raise a family and start a small business, James took up songwriting with earnest again, and released his first CD – Tom’s Cafe – in 2002, Several tracks continue to get modest airplay on indie, folk and college radio stations, as well as having been synced to film and cable television shows. The CD was produced by guitarist Larry Clyman (Big Shoulders, The Otters, Lonnie Brooks Band) and featured performances from some of James musical friends like Nancy Walker and Sue Demel (Sons of the Never Wrong), Jay Sebastian (Twang Bang) and others.

Saturday, December 31 ? 8 pm
The 4th Annual Recession Buster New Years Eve Gala

Athletes United for Peace?s last Race of the year at 8
Heartland Café Presents Soultree
The Red Line Tap and Railway Records Present
Bad Raccoon
Micki Croisant of the Good Name Band
Ian Broeker of the Grizzly Sweets

NO COVER, Vareity of fun and music
Wednesday, November 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

Wednesday, January 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

Thursday, January 5 ? 8 pm
Opera On Tap
http://www.operaontap.com/chicago/
$10.00 Suggested Donation, Opera
Our mission as a not- for-profit 501(c)3 company, is to promote opera as a viable, living and progressive art form deserving a place on the American cultural landscape. In 2005 we created Opera on Tap as a performance outlet for our friends and ourselves. We wanted an opera “gig” in the vein of the New York rock or jazz gig. Freddy?s Bar and Backroom provided us with the opportunity. It was an affordable way to have fun together and work on our music at the same time… Guess what else happened?

We discovered a new audience starved for intense, acoustic, musical experiences! More often than not, opera is perceived in this country to be elitist, pretentious, stuffy and boring. Going to the opera means dressing up, shelling out a lot of money, putting on an air of sophistication and most importantly, not making any noise whatsoever, unless it?s the appropriate time to applaud the diva. There is indeed a tradition of behavior at the ?Opera?: Act classier than you really are. In America, opera is placed on a high pedestal, so high unfortunately that the average Joe is throwing his hands up and spending his money elsewhere

Friday, January 6 ? 9 pm
G. Wright & the Comstock
http://www.myspace.com/gregwrightcountrymusic
$5.00, Country and Western
I have a long performing career having spent many years on the road with my brother with “pop/rock” act The Wright Brothers. We wrote songs together, and had a five piece back up band. We performed around the country doing showrooms at hotels and various entertainment venues (i.e. Disneyworld, Olrlando, etc.). I am a significant fan of current country music. I joined NSAI (Nashville Song Writers Assn. Intn’l), love playing guitar and putting music to the songs I write. On my site most of my songs are performed (vocally) by me. Some however, are performed by demo singers who I engaged for demos to “pitch” to major artists.. I will be adding new songs from time to time, so please check back. I do play out around the Chicago area on occasion with my band

Sunday, January 8 ? 7 pm
Visitor Parking
http://visitorparking.net/
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz

Wednesday, January 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, January 12 ? 8 pm
Framing Mesa
www.myspace.com/framingmesa
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Acoustic Pop

What started as a trio quickly became a duet when the musical stylings of Melanie Kinley and Sandi Thielman blossomed into the acoustic duet, framing mesa. They have mastered the skill of blending beautifully woven vocal harmonies, in their own musically innovative arrangements. Having emerged from varied backgrounds in music, framing mesa performs their own original work along with the classic to contemporary music of many great artists. They are energetic and enthusiastic on stage, with a unique blend and musical interpretation enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

Friday, January 13 ? 9 pm
Classical Revolution
http://www.classicalrevolution.org/
$5.00, Classical and more

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). We bring chamber music to where people actually are! Our goal is to present extremely interactive, high-energy classical music concerts in the most unlikely venues we can think of!

Sunday, January 15 ? 7 pm
The Jazz Workshop
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jazz-Workshop/215837245110659
$5.00 Suggested donation, Jazz

The Jazz Workshop is a jazz quintet consisting of professional musicians from the Chicago area who are fluent in all styles of music. The quintet features original arrangements from the jazz repertoire steeped in swing, latin, rock, blues and world grooves as well as original compositions.

Wednesday, January 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, January 19 ? 8 pm
Midnight Hour
http://themidnighthourmusic.com/
Wrong Omar
http://www.myspace.com/thewrongomar
$5.00, Americana / Singer Songwriter

Saturday, January 21 ? 9 pm
The Tzvi Lichtenstein Trio
$5.00, Jazz

Tzvi Lichtenstein has been an active part of the Chicago music scene for many years. Whether leading his own ensembles or as a side man for people like Katie Todd (most recently), Fareed Haque, Chris Greene, Sticky Lupree, and many others, on any given week he can be seen on stage somewhere in Chicago or the outlying areas.
Tzvi’s own music is a modern take on the jazz idiom including influences from American musical sources, some standard jazz repretiore, as well as blues and some rock elements.
Having recently come off of 2 years touring with the Fareed Haque Group almost exclusively, Tzvi is again leading his own trio playing many new compostions. Currently in the studio recording the upcoming CD “For Simplicity’s Sake” Tzvi is anxious to play the new tunes from the CD for the public.

Sunday, January 22 ? 7 pm
Flippomusic
http://www.flippomusic.com/bio.html
$5.00 Suggested Donation, Jazz
Since his move to Chicago in 1987, Dave Flippo has lead two unique jazz ensembles … FLIPPOMUSIC and THE DAVE FLIPPO GROUP. Both have recorded CD’s and have played extensively in the Chicago area. FLIPPOMUSIC, formed in 1992, present’s Dave’s “globaljazz” compositions which blend jazz with a variety of world music styles. Dave’s Doctorate and Masters in Music Composition (U. of Michigan/ Eastman School) and his world music studies combine with his jazz background combine to create a multitude of unique compositions which are performed by his quintet. He has also studied Indian music with Lyon Liefer and Muntaz Ali and taken classes with ethnomuicologists Ellen Kester and William Malm.

Wednesday, January 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, January 26 ? 8 pm
SongsAlive! Showase
$5.00 Suggested donation, Singer Songwriters

Friday, January 27 ? 9 pm
Maryanne Michael
http://listn.to/maryannmichael/
Elle Casazza
http://www.sonicbids.com/ElleCasazza
Gabriela Francesca
http://www.reverbnation.com/c./rpk/399253?access_code=73859b9b977d2f72adff&rid=1798896
$5.00, Singer Songwriters

Wednesday, February 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

Thursday, February 2 ? 8 pm
Opera On Tap
http://www.operaontap.com/chicago/
$10.00 Suggested Donation, Opera
Our mission as a not- for-profit 501(c)3 company, is to promote opera as a viable, living and progressive art form deserving a place on the American cultural landscape. In 2005 we created Opera on Tap as a performance outlet for our friends and ourselves. We wanted an opera “gig” in the vein of the New York rock or jazz gig. Freddy?s Bar and Backroom provided us with the opportunity. It was an affordable way to have fun together and work on our music at the same time… Guess what else happened?

We discovered a new audience starved for intense, acoustic, musical experiences! More often than not, opera is perceived in this country to be elitist, pretentious, stuffy and boring. Going to the opera means dressing up, shelling out a lot of money, putting on an air of sophistication and most importantly, not making any noise whatsoever, unless it?s the appropriate time to applaud the diva. There is indeed a tradition of behavior at the ?Opera?: Act classier than you really are. In America, opera is placed on a high pedestal, so high unfortunately that the average Joe is throwing his hands up and spending his money elsewhere

Friday, February 3 ? 9 pm The Clark Street Band 5.00, Big Band Jazz

Saturday, February 4 ? 8 pm The Steve Schneck Group $5.00, Jazz

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