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Grayson Jenkins

Thursday September 15

Show: 9:00

Cover: $5

Candor and vulnerability cascade out of Grayson Jenkins’ songs on waves of circling guitar strums and sparkling choruses. Like fellow Kentuckian Sturgill Simpson, Jenkins tells stories with a shrewd sincerity, a hopeful resignation, and a canny insight into the ways of the world. Like Eric Church, Jenkins’ resonant baritone vocals echo powerfully enough to fill large halls, and like Keith Whitley, Jenkins sings with a tenderness that cradles his lyrics and delivers them to our hearts.

With a shrewd sincerity, a hopeful resignation, and a canny insight into the ways of the world, Grayson Jenkins is sharing his stories in the form of a ten-track album called Turning Tides. The full-length album finds Jenkins delivering candor and vulnerability with his signature resonant baritone; powerful enough to fill large halls but still tender enough to cradle his lyrics and deliver them straight into listeners’ hearts. The songs on Turning Tides all tell captivating stories of love and loss, heartbreak and hope. For Jenkins, a proud Kentuckian by birth, and now by choice, the arc of the album follows transitions in his own life—moving into music full-time, emerging into a post-pandemic phase of life, leaving behind one relationship and starting another—and offers perspectives on the changes we all experience in our lives as we move from sadness to joy, from self-denial to self-discovery, from darkness to light.

Rounding out the recordings is an all-star cast of Kentucky musicians, including Jesse Wells (Tyler Childers), who co-produced the album with Jenkins and played electric guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. With the help of Wells, Jenkins recruited Miles Miller (Sturgill Simpson) for drums and Kenny Miles (Wayne Graham) for bass to round out the core recording group. Fans can listen to the entirety of Turning Tides right now at this link.

The Bluegrass Situation caught up with Jenkins about album single “Mockingbird,” and how the tune came about. Jenkins discussed gathering an all star band for his new album, songwriting, and musical influences in a session with Virginia’s public radio, WVTF. Kentucky’s WFPK shared the video for title-track, “Turning Tides,” and asked more about the video, the song, the album, and what’s next for Jenkins. Country In The UK hosted Jenkins for one of their signature “Essential 8” interviews.

The Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, native’s musical versatility—playing everything from country and bluegrass to rock ‘n’ roll—has helped him create a diverse fan base, and he’s built his career on his own, self-funding his projects and doing whatever he’s needed to do to keep his music life rolling. He grew up listening to Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., and later Sturgill Simpson, Eric Church, and Turnpike Troubadours.

Jenkins started writing songs in his senior year at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, and began playing a regular house gig in a bar in town around the same time, continuing to play there for four years. When Jenkins “realized people were responding to these songs,” he recalls, “I wanted to write songs for them. I wanted to write songs people could sing along to. I want to be my own artist but I also believe it’s my job to make people think, feel, dance, and forget about the world for a few minutes.”

In 2015, Jenkins released his first album, Down on Southland, and in 2017 he embarked on a career as a full-time musician, releasing the album Cityscapes & Countrysides that year. In 2019, Jenkins put out the Cowboy Dream EP and last year he released Hand Me Downs. Jenkins’ pop-drenched country folk gets listeners up and dancing and singing along to the songs, and his heartfelt lyrics stay with them long after the music stops.

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90's Night

Thursday September 15

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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Anna Vaus

w/ Patrick Murphy

Friday September 16

Show: 8:00

Cover: $7

Raised in Southern California and rooted in Country music, Anna Vaus blends her West Coast cool with refreshing hooks and unmistakably relatable lyrics. Her “honest girl pop country,” is simultaneously personal and universal.

Anna’s recent releases include her sophomore EP, “Wild Honey”, which she co-produced with Luke Laird and the single, “No One’s Fault,” which she co-wrote with JP Saxe and co-produced with Kevin Monahan. This summer, Anna is performing across the country on a 30 date social media inspired tour.

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South City Revival

Saturday September 17

Show: 9:30

Cover: $7

South City Revival is a workingman’s band from Chicago, IL. Forged in the city of frigid winters and ferocious wind, the band continues to expand on their vision of Midwest Americana with, "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire". The new album, the band's first full-length effort, is at its core an exploration of country and roots-rock music. Drawing on the energy and story-telling from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Brooks & Dunn, Tom Petty, and Steve Earle, listeners are immersed in a landscape filled with abandoned steel mills, sticky bar floors and rusted out Chevys.

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Bingo with
Aunt Nance

CHICAGO'S MUSICAL
COMEDY COUGAR

Tuesday September 20

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us at Carol's Pub for BINGO hosted by Chicago's Musical Comedy Cougar, Aunt Nance! Live music, great food, and it's free to play!

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Whaddayaknow Trivia

Wednesday September 21

Show: 8:00

Cover: Free

Join us every Wednesday for Whaddayaknow? Trivia! 8pm trivia starts and it's free to play! Visit freepubtrivia.com for more information.

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90's Night

Thursday September 22

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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Sunfallen

Friday September 23

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

SunFallen will take you back a few decades to when live music meant something, not like a group of soccer Dads lip syncing to a karaoke backing track. A time when guitars howled, the base drum kicked, and the vocals of a song took you back to a place you've missed. SunFallen continues to draw loyal fans since their debut in 2009 as well as claim new fans with their signature sound and style. The band covers classic and new Rock.

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Senn Alan Band

Saturday September 24

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

We are a premier Chicago cover band that puts its own flavor, spin and unique instrumentation on some of your favorite songs from yesterday and today. With the ability to go seemlessly from Country to Hip Hop to good ole Rock & Roll, you can think of us as your favorite jukebox come to life. We have had the pleasure of playing with and opening for the following bands (Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Brad Paisley, Randy Houser, Kenny Chesney, Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and many more amazing artists.

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Pop Up Karaoke

Tuesday September 27

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us for Pop Up Karaoke! No Cover. $7 Old Fashioneds, $5 Craft Drafts and $4 Fireball shots to get you singing!

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Whaddayaknow Trivia

Will and Grace

Wednesday September 28

Show: 8:00

Cover: Free

Join us every Wednesday for Whaddayaknow? Trivia! 8pm trivia starts and it's free to play! Visit freepubtrivia.com for more information.

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90's Night

Thursday September 29

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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The Black Cabrettas

Saturday September 30

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Mixing soul, blues and classic R & B; this band will set your heart straight. Clear the furniture off the dance floor!

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John Ballantyne's Crazy Heart

Saturday October 1

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

More often than not, the road to country music stardom originates in Texas, Tennessee, or another time-honored Southern destination. John Ballantyne’s story arc reads way different.

Fast becoming recognized as one of Chicago’s premier country singers and songwriters, Ballantyne was born and raised in Scotland, though you’d never know it from his earthy vocal delivery and immaculate lead guitar. Both resonate with the twang and raunch of classic honky-tonk country, also known these days as Americana. A frequent presence on the Chicago club circuit, John and his band Crazy Heart will take their musical exploits to a whole new level this year, building on a recent hugely successful tour of Scotland , the highlight of which was two mainstage appearances at the prestigious Tiree Music Festival.

allantyne’s highly unusual saga commenced in southwest Scotland. “Music was a big part of local culture. I grew up in a small mining community. What would typically happen is, on weekends, people would socialize in bars, having a few beers, then taking turns to sing with the band,” John says. “Bars at that time closed at 10 p.m., and then they would make their way to each others’ houses to continue with the party. So that was the backdrop to my childhood.

In his 20s, John grew enamored of singer-songwriters Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker., but John Prine remains his favorite. “He’s a master songwriter. That’s what he’s famous for. The kicker is, you think, ‘What a great song! I want to sing this, but I bet it is really hard to learn,’” he says. “You print out the lyrics, look at it, and you go, ‘Is that it? There’s two verses and a chorus. How can that be? There’s something wrong with the computer!’ This guy has painted a whole picture, a whole movie, and contained it in two verses and a chorus. And that’s the magic of John Prine. Other people do it, but he does it like no other.”

Ballantyne’s splendidly concise lead guitar attack recalls that of James Burton, whose impeccable licks graced the hits of Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, and many more. “Burton was a huge influence,” he says. “I would sit with the LP record and play it over and over and over again, trying to figure out what the hell he was doing. One of my heroes, for sure.”

2014 featuring the Scotland tour was a banner year for Crazy Heart, however John’s musical ambitions remain relatively modest. “The work that I get the most fulfillment from is writing these songs and performing them, even in these little bars around town,” he says. “The goal would simply be to find a way to keep doing that in the hope that the songs resonate with the audience, beyond that is just gravy.”

Smart money says John Ballantyne and Crazy Heart achieve a great deal more...

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Aunt Nance

CHICAGO'S MUSICAL
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Tuesday October 4

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us at Carol's Pub for BINGO hosted by Chicago's Musical Comedy Cougar, Aunt Nance! Live music, great food, and it's free to play!

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Whaddayaknow Trivia

Wednesday October 5

Show: 8:00

Cover: Free

Join us every Wednesday for Whaddayaknow? Trivia! 8pm trivia starts and it's free to play! Visit freepubtrivia.com for more information.

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90's Night

Thursday October 6

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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Dennis Liese and Tiny Horse

Friday October 7

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Dennis J.Leise is a country, folk, and rockabilly artist whose music is inspired by his lifestyle. "For the past few years, Leise’s farm life has run in parallel with another life as a singer-songwriter. Now 46, he’s played guitar in country and bluegrass groups since he moved to Chicago 16 years ago, but he only started to record his own songs under his own name in 2016. That year he released an EP of originals called Once in a Black Moon, and three years later he put out a full-length called State of Fairs. The latter included his breakout song, “Nobody’s Comin’,” whose country-gospel ebullience and clever video have helped it rack up more than 65,000 YouTube views since its debut in December 2019. In the video, Leise plays a country preacher setting up a revival tent and waiting for the faithful, who never show up. Not since Robbie Fulks’s “God Isn’t Real” has atheism been expounded with such a loving touch."

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Two Beer Tommy Band

Saturday October 8

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Hailed as one of “Northern Illinois Greatest Fun Time Band” The Two Beer Tommy Band has its roots in old-time & modern country, blues, classic rock and traditions of American rock music. The Two Beer Tommy Band dares their audiences not to sing, dance & stomp their feet!

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Pop Up Karaoke

Tuesday October 11

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us for Pop Up Karaoke! No Cover. $7 Old Fashioneds, $5 Craft Drafts and $4 Fireball shots to get you singing!

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Whaddayaknow Trivia

Wednesday October 12

Show: 8:00

Cover: Free

Join us every Wednesday for Whaddayaknow? Trivia! 8pm trivia starts and it's free to play! Visit freepubtrivia.com for more information.

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90's Night

Thursday October 13

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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Craig Gerdes Band

Friday October 14

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Steeped in the white lines, black tar and diesel smoke of the American highway, Tough As Nails—the latest LP from Craig Gerdes—is raw and real, a document of a road-tested band fast on the rise. Ever since the central-Illinois songwriter released his lauded 2018 debut LP, Smokin’ Drinkin’ & Gamblin’, he’s been on tour almost constantly, playing upwards of 150 shows per year, including opening slots and festival support for top country and Americana artists from Tyler Childers and Paul Cauthen to Jamey Johnson and Cody Jinks, as well as a lengthy run with hard-rocker-turned-country-star Aaron Lewis.

“There’s definitely a lot of the road in this record,” says Gerdes, who travels with his band and his wife Janel in the van. “I love moving—that part of traveling where you’re actually rolling down the highway. It’s when we feel most at home. Things are just different—your sleep patterns and your mindset change. But the thing I love the most about being on the road is meeting different forms and facets of people—talking to them and hearing their stories about where they come from and what they do. I find that intriguing. So there’s a lot of that in this record, too. The title track and the album, when you boil ‘em down—that’s what it’s about. We wanted to speak to the people.”

For Tough As Nails, Gerdes and his road band—lead guitarist Jake Baxter, bassist Britton Wood and drummer Randy Noy—hit St. Louis’ Native Sound Studio revved up and ready to go, with producer/engineer David Beeman at the helm. Beeman had also worked with Gerdes on 2019 single “Tailgate n’ Tallboys,” a theme song commissioned by the festival of the same name, a six-day, 30+ band country concert, held annually in Peoria, Ill. “Tough as Nails was the first time that I was able to be like, ‘Alright, boys, we’re pulling off the highway and going into the studio for a week,’” Gerdes says. “Capturing the energy of our live performances was crucial to me. So we just went in fresh off the road and banged out the meat and potatoes of it in three days.”

The resulting LP—spruced up by Robby "Man of Steel" Turner on steel guitar—reeks of spilled Jack Daniels, truckstops, pool halls and tobacco-stained green rooms. Its second track, a hi-octane, four-on-the-floor cover of Roger Alan Wade’s “If Guitars Were Guns,” acts as a manifesto for Tough As Nails, a record that packs more grit and wallop than most of its country contemporaries: “I play country music in my little cabin home in the hood, I play rock & roll because it makes me feel good / I play them ol’ blues to take a load off my mind, I play what I please, out of tune and out of time.”

As with any artist worth his salt, Gerdes’ sound has been evolving since the last record. Smokin’ Drinkin’ and Gamblin’—anchored by Nashville pedal-steel icon Jim Vest—was deeply indebted to the ’70s country on which Gerdes was raised. But with Tough as Nails, he and his band just “let it all go.” “We approached it like we would a live performance,” Gerdes says. “I didn’t put no reins on it or nothing like that. I just let it evolve into what it became. It’s a mixture of all my different influences. With country music, the way I see it, it’s a melting pot: rock & roll, Southern rock, rockabilly, the blues—it all goes in there.”

The new album’s rock & roll leanings make sense when you consider the influences of the lineup that has solidified as Gerdes’ backing band. Baxter, now in his 20s, has been playing guitar with Gerdes since he was a 16-year-old worshipping at the altar of Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and Duane Allman. And it’s a similar story with drummer Randy Noy. “Ottawa, Ill., the part of the state Randy’s from, is pretty blue collar, pretty rock & roll,” Gerdes says. “He didn’t really know much about country music when he joined the band. His biggest influence is John Bonham, which is cool because I always wanted that kick, that drive to my sound. When we started playing together, I was like, ‘Don’t hold back just because you think we’re playing country. Play them drums like they owe you money, brother.’ We were able to capture that kind of energy on the new record.”

Sit with him for five minutes and you’ll know that Gerdes is a natural-born storyteller. Really, Tough as Nails is a documentary in album form. It deals with real people, real places and real struggles, collected along the Interstate as Gerdes and his band play an endless parade of one-night stands. The record is about family, community, honesty, tragedy, travel, the fleeting nature of existence, even silent visitations from the ghosts of our loved ones. Above all, though, Tough as Nails confronts the elusiveness of the American Dream in the 21st century, giving voice to the plight of the working poor, brought to life by an ex-steel worker from Pennsylvania, an out-of-work coal miner from Alabama, a suicidal veteran wrestling with PTSD in rural Ohio, and a teenage girl from god knows where trying to shake herself free from the grip of heroin. Track after track, it’s a testament to fighting for your ideals, taking your blows and doing your damnedest to press on in the face of adversity.

“All the stories in these songs are true,” Gerdes says. “It’s about the people. I wanted the album to speak directly to them, to things they’ve gone through. In my mindset, country music has got to be real.”

Two years ago, with this same spirit of authenticity and connection in mind, Gerdes launched a weekly, hour-long Facebook live series called The Gatherin’. “Janel had the idea that we could reach people who couldn’t make it to my shows,” he says. “We do it every Tuesday night—either from the road, or at home in my garage, interacting with people as we go. I play songs, they make requests, but most importantly, there’s a back and forth. We talk about what’s going on in their lives. And we try to help in any way we can.”

Gerdes refers to the people who tune in regularly not as fans, but kinfolk. Many of them have started to identify as “The Gatherin’ Family.” Through this community, lasting friendships have been made, with Gerdes and Janel, the band members, and with each other. “Life can be tough and we all need each other,” Gerdes says. “Music is a great vehicle for that. If that’s a way we can bring people together, that’s what we’re gonna do—make a difference in their lives through the music, and bring them together around a common passion. And the more they’re together, the more they find out just how much they have in common.”

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South City Revival

Saturday October 15

Show: 9:30

Cover: $7

South City Revival is a workingman’s band from Chicago, IL. Forged in the city of frigid winters and ferocious wind, the band continues to expand on their vision of Midwest Americana with, "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire". The new album, the band's first full-length effort, is at its core an exploration of country and roots-rock music. Drawing on the energy and story-telling from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Brooks & Dunn, Tom Petty, and Steve Earle, listeners are immersed in a landscape filled with abandoned steel mills, sticky bar floors and rusted out Chevys.

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Bingo with
Aunt Nance

CHICAGO'S MUSICAL
COMEDY COUGAR

Tuesday October 18

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us at Carol's Pub for BINGO hosted by Chicago's Musical Comedy Cougar, Aunt Nance! Live music, great food, and it's free to play!

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Whaddayaknow Trivia

Wednesday October 19

Show: 8:00

Cover: Free

Join us every Wednesday for Whaddayaknow? Trivia! 8pm trivia starts and it's free to play! Visit freepubtrivia.com for more information.

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90's Night

Thursday October 20

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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Kurtis James Band

Friday October 21

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Seamlessly weaving together authentic original music with covers of country music legends like Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard, the Kurtis James Band will bring you back to the glory days of vinyl-filled Wurlitzers and smoke-filled barrooms. With the clickety-clack rhythms of Johnny Cash, the swinging bass lines of the Bakersfield Sound, the driving drums of the 70s outlaw country movement, and wailing steel guitar reminiscent of the Drifting Cowboys, come remember what made country music great in the first place.

From the Elgin, Il area, the Kurtis James Band is Kurtis James (Guitar and Vocals), Cris Velez (Bass), Rich Becker (Pedal Steel Guitar and Electric Guitar), and Pete Steele (Drums)

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August Son

Saturday October 22

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

August Son is the 2022 reincarnation of the Chicago rock band who performed across Chicagoland from 1988-1993. During those early years, August Son shared the stage with WAR, Three Dog Night, Lonnie Brooks and The Marshall Tucker Band at outdoor festivals and major music venues. Time has passed, but the love of music remains. Come join us for a great rock and roll experience!

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Pop Up Karaoke

Tuesday October 25

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us for Pop Up Karaoke! No Cover. $7 Old Fashioneds, $5 Craft Drafts and $4 Fireball shots to get you singing!

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Whaddayaknow Trivia

Wednesday October 26

Show: 8:00

Cover: Free

Join us every Wednesday for Whaddayaknow? Trivia! 8pm trivia starts and it's free to play! Visit freepubtrivia.com for more information.

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90's Night

Thursday October 27

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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Chris Colston

Friday October 28

Show: 9:00

Cover: $8 Advance GA,
$10 Day of Show GA

Since releasing his debut album Bombs Away in 2020, Chris Colston has been sweeping through the Texas music scene. He has built a dedicated fanbase playing sold-out stadium shows with Koe Wetzel and touring with some of the most sought-after performers in the genre, including Parker McCollum, HARDY, Eli Young Band and Casey Donahew.

His musical story began at a young age when his stepfather signed him up for drum lessons, leading him to eventually pick up the guitar. Not long after, he formed his first band and hit the road playing anywhere that would let him in the door. He honed his musical sound playing for some of the most discerning music afficionados in Texas, where the threshold for anything contrived is the distance between the stage and a beer bottle. Finding his voice in an area known for producing outstanding musical talent set the bar and contributed to his personal style, which he describes as “gritty Texas roots combined with rock n’ roll.” Colston is currently in the studio working on a new album, set to be released later this year.

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Diamondback

Saturday October 29

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Diamondback is best known for their long residency at the original Carol’s Pub, voted as “the best after-hours bar,” “the best dive bar,” “the best Country honky tonk in Chicago,” and other well deserved accolades, has, in its long and storied past, and its rise from the ashes, has been, and continues to be, the home of many truly great purveyors of classic country music. Arguably, the best of the bunch is Diamondback. Workin’ the room every Friday, Saturday AND Sunday for 20+ years, Diamondback’s extensive song list is truly a history of Country and, for that matter, American pop music. They specialize in Classic Country but are just as convincing playing oldies, country rock, southern rock, modern country and Americana. Tight harmonies, great musicianship and a respect for the music and those that have come before them, Diamondback will make you wanna buy a beer just so you can cry in it. They’ll make you wanna dance, they’ll make you wanna sing along. They’ll take you everywhere from your first date to your last divorce, to the love you just found, or the love you just lost. Diamondback 2020 takes something from every edition, wherever they go, wherever they play, moving forward with their unique brand of Honky Tonk. C’mon and see what the fuss is all about… Diamondback is now available for booking as a full 5-piece band or trio (DB3). If you want real honky-tonk music for your festival or function, Diamondback is the band you want. They are the real thing - Chicago's Premier Classic Country Band!

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CHICAGO'S MUSICAL
COMEDY COUGAR

Tuesday November 1

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us at Carol's Pub for BINGO hosted by Chicago's Musical Comedy Cougar, Aunt Nance! Live music, great food, and it's free to play!

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90's Night

Thursday November 3

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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Ward Davis

w/ Special Guest Josh Meloy

Friday November 4

Pre show Party: 6:30 PM
GA Doors: 7 PM


Cover: $15 ADV // $20 DOS // $40 4-Pack // $100 VIP Pre Party Package Add On Includes: One of a kind Ward Davis t-shirt not available for purchase anywhere else. 3 songs acoustic set. Q&A Session, and photo Op with Ward Davis. Does not include admission to the show.

American Singer/Songwriter from Monticello, Arkansas by way of Nashville, Tennessee, Ward Davis has had songs recorded by Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Wade Hayes, Sammy Kershaw, Bucky Covington, Jimmie Van Zant, Buddy Jewel, Carolina Rain, The Roys, and more. Most recently, Ward Davis co-wrote “I’m Not The Devil” with Cody Jinks, with whom he subsequently toured with nationwide. With over 250 shows per year under his belt as both a headliner and support act, Ward Davis’ already popular live show is growing at exponential rates.

Oklahoma native, Josh Meloy recently released his new record “Oklahoma” in May of 2020. The record consists of a collection of songs written over the past 5 years. Meloy considers this his “best and most honest work to date”. Meloy recorded and produced the album at home giving it an undeniably authentic sound. Meloy didn’t plan on playing music in the beginning. In a family with strong ties to music, he chose sports. It wasn’t until attending Oklahoma State University at the age of 19 that he first picked up a guitar. Meloy, now 26,has since matured as a musician and songwriter while earning a strong fan base touring the Oklahoma/Texas region.

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The Ron Burgundy's

Saturday November 5

Show: 9:30

Cover: $10

Yacht Rock and other softcore rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s!

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Pop Up Karaoke

Tuesday November 8

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us for Pop Up Karaoke! No Cover. $7 Old Fashioneds, $5 Craft Drafts and $4 Fireball shots to get you singing!

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Triston Marez

w/ Christie Huff

Thursday November 10

Show: 9:00

Cover: $5

Country singer Triston Marez’s sound isn’t just centered around the crying steel or prominent fiddles that often go hand in hand with the rolling plains or legendary dancehalls that come to mind when thinking about country music -- they’re part of a way of life for the 25-year-old. Marez’s debut EP, That Was All Me, set to release Jan. 25, showcases Marez’s rich vocals telling tales of long nights, former flames and new love with a relatable honesty.

On the EP, Marez’s influences -- Chris LeDoux, Aaron Watson and Cody Johnson -- weave throughout a collection of pure country music. In the EP’s title track, “That Was All Me,” a raucous night can be blamed on the jukebox, neons buzzing and one too many whiskeys, but insists any feelings felt were true. “Where Rivers Are Red, Cowboys Are Blue” hearkens back to the heyday of cowboy songs with an ode to a former flame, while “Dizzy” features the other side of the coin and a fledgling love story found on the dancehall floor. “Reservations For Two” is a romantic night set in the great outdoors, and “Here’s To The Weekend” offers an appreciation for a few cold beers with good friends while searching for a reprieve from the daily grind.

A Houston native, Marez’s sound isn't just centered around country music, it's weaved through his entire 24 years. As a member of a musical family from Oklahoma known for their bluegrass and fiddle talents, Marez started playing guitar at age six and his first live performance was a Buck Owens song in the first grade talent show. Marez worked as a ranch hand and even rode bulls as a hobby for years to support his music career. He also won the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s talent competition in 2014.

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90's Night

Thursday November 10

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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Amy Kelly Band

Friday November 11

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Amy Kelly and her band are leaving an indelible mark upon audiences in Chicago’s clubs and mainstream venues. This formidable ensemble has a substantial following and is in demand for club, festival and touring work. Amy sings a diverse set of music mixed with rock-a-billy, blues, and classic rock n roll, which always produces a hypnotic groove for her audience. A truly gifted performer, Amy’s powerful and compelling voice really captivates an audience. She is raw potent talent, cut with professionalism and class. Amy has electrified crowds at some of Chicago’s finest stages such as The Hideout, B.L.U.E.S on Halsted and Buddy Guys Legends, as well at local bars and street festivals. Her incredibly soulful vocal style was influence heavily by Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton and Bonnie Raitt. Amy is backed by the dynamic rhythm section of Paul Rzewuski on drums, Jon Richter on bass, and Sweet Lou Hallwas, who brings it all together on the guitar. Paul and Jon have played together for over 30 years in some of Chicago biggest venues, toured Europe with Chicago Blues greats, Big time Sarah and Syl Johnson and have played many of Chicago’s outdoor festivals. Newcomer Lou Hallwas brings his soulful energy to the band with his eclectic and energetic playing style. Lou just finished up his summer playing with Material Reissue, The Differents and Decoy Prayer Meeting.

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Dalton and The Sheriffs

Saturday November 12

Show: 9:30

Cover: $10

The one constant in Dalton & the Sheriffs’ remarkable rise from three-hour sets in the barrooms of Boston, to national stages such as CMA Fest, is the band’s authenticity. Brian Scully (vocals/acoustic guitar), Jon Silva (lead guitar), James Zaner (drums), Sam Bouve (bass) and Ryan Jackson (keys/guitars) rip through shows with frenetic energy, perhaps best described as country music, tinged with Americana heartland vibes, and played with a bar-friendly edge-of-punk rowdiness. Everyone sings along. The patrons are as much a part of the show as the band itself. The result is a live band that manages to make every show -- from small clubs to the largest of festivals -- feel a little like a reunion of like-minded souls at their favorite local bar.

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Aunt Nance

CHICAGO'S MUSICAL
COMEDY COUGAR

Tuesday November 15

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us at Carol's Pub for BINGO hosted by Chicago's Musical Comedy Cougar, Aunt Nance! Live music, great food, and it's free to play!

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90's Night

Thursday November 17

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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The Simple Remedy

Saturday November 19

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Founded several years ago by Chicago Singer/Songwriter Edward William Ryan, The Simple Remedy has grown into one of the most reliable acts on the music scene. Featuring Singer/Songwriter Laura Patricia Felker on Vocals, Pat Keiner on Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Steel Guitar and Vocals, Mike Smith on Bass Guitar and Andy WIlmoth on Drums! The band is a true melting pot of musical influences and keeps the audience guessing as they glide through multiple genres during their live performances.

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Pop Up Karaoke

Tuesday November 22

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us for Pop Up Karaoke! No Cover. $7 Old Fashioneds, $5 Craft Drafts and $4 Fireball shots to get you singing!

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Dry County Line

Friday November 25

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Hellin' from Chicago since 2014, Dry County Line has a strong regard for classic country music, and that's what they love to share. But they like "countrifying" non-country songs too. You never can tell. One thing's for certain, DCL is all about singing (and dancing). With this band, it's harmonize or go home. We'll take the bourbon.

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South City Revival

Saturday November 26

Show: 9:30

Cover: $7

South City Revival is a workingman’s band from Chicago, IL. Forged in the city of frigid winters and ferocious wind, the band continues to expand on their vision of Midwest Americana with, "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire". The new album, the band's first full-length effort, is at its core an exploration of country and roots-rock music. Drawing on the energy and story-telling from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Brooks & Dunn, Tom Petty, and Steve Earle, listeners are immersed in a landscape filled with abandoned steel mills, sticky bar floors and rusted out Chevys.

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Bingo with
Aunt Nance

CHICAGO'S MUSICAL
COMEDY COUGAR

Tuesday November 29

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us at Carol's Pub for BINGO hosted by Chicago's Musical Comedy Cougar, Aunt Nance! Live music, great food, and it's free to play!

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90's Night

Thursday December 1

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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Sarah Gayle Meech

Friday December 2

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Nashville based country artist, Sarah Gayle Meech is blazing a trail of her own, one that the founding fathers of Country Music would have been proud of. Having lived in Tennessee for nine years she successfully blends the city’s nature, spirit and seasons into a beautifully unforgiving soundscape with her sophomore album Tennessee Love Song. Drawing inspiration and hailing from Longview Washington, she was surrounded by evergreens, small towns and people with grit, themes that surface often in her songwriting. After moving to Los Angeles for ten years she honed her writing and playing skills in the California country music scene and decided to put down roots in Nashville.

Her first album, One Good Thing, was well received by fans and critics. SavingCountryMusic.com said “One Good Thing is country through and through, piercing the breastplate of honky tonk with an adrenaline shot right to its heart.” Since that release she began residencies at the famed Robert’s Western World and Layla’s on Nashville’s lower Broadway. Her second album Tennessee Love Song proved Meech to be a key player in Nashville’s music scene. Rising to a whole new level of musicianship, she penned all 15 tracks, coproduced and self released the album. The compositions exposed her softer more vulnerable side with songs like Stormy Weather, but still delivered some hard core honky tonk with songs like Watermelon and Root Beer and No Mess. Meech went on to win The Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Outlaw, and gained critical success all over the world with many national featured spotlights in festivals and media.

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Pop Up Karaoke

Tuesday December 6

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us for Pop Up Karaoke! No Cover. $7 Old Fashioneds, $5 Craft Drafts and $4 Fireball shots to get you singing!

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90's Night

Thursday December 8

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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Two Beer Tommy Band

Saturday December 10

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Hailed as one of “Northern Illinois Greatest Fun Time Band” The Two Beer Tommy Band has its roots in old-time & modern country, blues, classic rock and traditions of American rock music. The Two Beer Tommy Band dares their audiences not to sing, dance & stomp their feet!

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Bingo with
Aunt Nance

CHICAGO'S MUSICAL
COMEDY COUGAR

Tuesday December 13

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us at Carol's Pub for BINGO hosted by Chicago's Musical Comedy Cougar, Aunt Nance! Live music, great food, and it's free to play!

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90's Night

Thursday December 15

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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Hodie Snitch

Friday December 16

Show: 9:30

Cover: $5

Hodie Snitch plays the songs you know and love from the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Jones, David Allen Coe, Hank Williams Jr, Charlie Daniels, and the list goes on and on. We could do this all day.

Sometimes we do... This IS your daddy's country!

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Pop Up Karaoke

Tuesday December 20

Show: 7:30

Cover: Free

Join us for Pop Up Karaoke! No Cover. $7 Old Fashioneds, $5 Craft Drafts and $4 Fireball shots to get you singing!

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90's Night

Thursday December 22

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!

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South City Revival

Friday December 23

Show: 9:30

Cover: $7

South City Revival is a workingman’s band from Chicago, IL. Forged in the city of frigid winters and ferocious wind, the band continues to expand on their vision of Midwest Americana with, "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire". The new album, the band's first full-length effort, is at its core an exploration of country and roots-rock music. Drawing on the energy and story-telling from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Brooks & Dunn, Tom Petty, and Steve Earle, listeners are immersed in a landscape filled with abandoned steel mills, sticky bar floors and rusted out Chevys.

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90's Night

Thursday December 29

Join us every Thursday for 90s Night! All your 90s Country Favorites in a custom playlist. $5 Craft Drafts and 90s Cocktails including the Watermelon Crawl, Fancy & Neon Moon. Order a drink and start singing along!