July 2017

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Saturday 1
36th Annual American Music Festival home page

6 Bands in the Tent

7 Bands in the Club

6 Bands in the Sidebar

Fitzgerald's Nightclub home page facebook page twitter stream
6615 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL (map)
1:30pm

Cover: $40 ($35 until 2:00pm), $5 for children (12 and under; welcome until 10:00pm)

Some Highlights:

1:30pm (Tent): Salty Dogs Jazz Band (1920s traditional jazz)

4:00pm (Tent): Salty Dogs Jazz Band (1920s traditional jazz)

4:45pm (Tent): The Tillers home page facebook page reverbnation artist profile (folk, americana, roots music)

6:15pm (Club): Los Straightjackets

6:30pm (Tent): Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience home page myspace page facebook page twitter stream (zydeco, blues, reggae, funk, soul)

8:30pm (Tent): Marshall Crenshaw with Los Straightjackets

10:15pm (Tent): Shemekia Copeland home page myspace page (blues, soul, funk)

Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders facebook page (country) Cole's Bar blogspot
2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 6:00pm-8:00pm

No Cover
The Flat Cats (swinging jazz and blues) The Palm Court facebook page @
The Drake Hotel home page
140 E Walton Pl
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 9:00pm-12:30am

No Cover (2 drink minimum encouraged)
Sunday 2
36th Annual American Music Festival home page

6 Bands in the Tent

6 Bands in the Club

6 Bands in the Sidebar

Fitzgerald's Nightclub home page facebook page twitter stream
6615 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL (map)
1:30pm

Cover: $40 ($35 until 2:00pm), $5 for children (12 and under; welcome until 10:00pm)

Some Highlights:

1:30pm (Tent): British Buddy Alumni Big Band (big band swing)

4:00pm (Sidebar): Jack Klatt home page facebook page

6:30pm (Sidebar): Girls of the Golden West

9:15pm (Club): Sarah Borges (rock, americana, roots music) with Eric Ambel

11:00pm (Sidebar): Wild Earp

Chicago SummerDance home page facebook page

Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience home page myspace page facebook page twitter stream (zydeco, blues, reggae, funk, soul)
Spirit of Music Garden @
Grant Park home page
601 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 4:00pm-7:00pm (zydeco two step)

Live Music & Dancing: 5:00pm-7:00pm

No Cover
The Fat Babies home page facebook page (1920s & 1930s jazz) Honky Tonk BBQ home page facebook page
1800 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 8:00pm-11:00pm

No Cover
Monday 3
36th Annual American Music Festival home page

5 Bands in the Tent

4 Bands in the Club

5 Bands in the Sidebar

Fitzgerald's Nightclub home page facebook page twitter stream
6615 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL (map)
4:30pm

Cover: $40 ($35 until 5:30pm), $5 for children (12 and under; welcome until 10:00pm)

Some Highlights:

5:15pm (Sidebar): Lonesome Still facebook page (country)

6:00pm (Tent): C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band home page myspace page facebook page (zydeco)

9:30pm (Club): Red Elvises

10:00pm (Tent): Dave Alvin home page facebook page twitter stream (blues, rockabilly)

Big Band Boom! home page facebook page twitter stream (jazz, swing) Gallery Cabaret home page facebook page twitter stream youtube channel
2020 N Oakley Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
9:00pm-Midnight

No Cover
Tuesday 4
Independence Day wikipedia article
The Fat Babies home page facebook page (1920s & 1930s jazz) The Green Mill home page facebook page
4802 N Broadway Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 9:00pm-1:00am

Cover: $7
Wednesday 5
The Western Elstons (country, rockabilly, western swing) Simon's Tavern myspace page
5210 N Clark St
Chicago, IL (map)
NO SHOW TONIGHT

Show: 8:30pm-11:00pm

No Cover
Wednesday Swings
with Carl and Karrie home page facebook page (lindy hop, swing dancing)
Esteban's home page
1550 N Route 59
Naperville, IL (map)
Lessons: 7:30pm-8:30pm

DJ: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $7
West Coast Wednesday home page facebook page facebook group (west coast swing dancing) Downers Sand Club Sports Bar and Grill home page facebook page
1211 Butterfield Rd
Downers Grove, IL (map)
Lessons: 7:00pm (beg west coast swing), 7:45pm (int west coast swing)

DJ: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $6 (Lessons: $5 each)
Thursday 6
Chicago SummerDance home page facebook page

Tribute to Herb Kent

DJ Eric "ET" Taylor (chicago steppin')
Spirit of Music Garden @
Grant Park home page
601 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 6:00pm-7:00pm (chicago steppin')

DJ & Dancing: 7:00pm-9:00pm

No Cover
Lincoln Square Summer Concert Series

Bopology (jazz, swing, jump blues)
Giddings Plaza
Lincoln Square
4731 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 6:30pm-9:00pm

No Cover
The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra home page facebook page (big band swing & jazz) The Green Mill home page facebook page
4802 N Broadway Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 9:00pm-1:00am

Cover: $8
Friday 7
The Hoyle Brothers home page myspace page facebook page youtube channel (country, 2-step, western swing) The Empty Bottle home page facebook page
1035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 5:30pm-7:30pm

No Cover
Chicago SummerDance home page facebook page

DJ Steve "Miggedy" Maestro (house)
Spirit of Music Garden @
Grant Park home page
601 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 6:00pm-7:00pm

DJ & Dancing: 7:00pm-9:00pm

No Cover
The Flat Cats (swinging jazz and blues) Glendora House
10225 S Harlem Ave
Chicago Ridge, IL (map)
Lesson: 7:30pm

Show: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $15
First Fridays - Swingin' at the Studio (lindy hop, swing dancing) Big City Swing home page facebook page
1012 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 8:00pm-8:45pm

Dancing: 8:45pm-Midnight

Cost: $10
DCC Swing Dancing facebook page (lindy hop, swing dancing) Dance Center Chicago home page facebook page
3868 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
DJs: 9:00pm-Midnight

Cover: $7 ($5 w/Student ID)
Saturday 8
Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders facebook page (country) Cole's Bar blogspot
2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 6:00pm-8:00pm

No Cover
Sunday 9
Chicago SummerDance home page facebook page

The Lawrence Peters Outfit home page facebook page twitter stream (country)
Spirit of Music Garden @
Grant Park home page
601 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 4:00pm-7:00pm (country two step, waltz)

Live Music & Dancing: 5:00pm-7:00pm

No Cover
The Fat Babies home page facebook page (1920s & 1930s jazz) Honky Tonk BBQ home page facebook page
1800 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 8:00pm-11:00pm

No Cover
Monday 10
Outcast Jazz Band blogspot blog (big band swing) Hackney's Palos Park home page
9550 W 123rd St
Palos Park, IL (map)
Show: 8:00pm-10:00pm

No Cover
Fizz Swing Dancing facebook page (lindy hop, swing dancing) Lion Head Pub home page facebook page twitter stream
2251 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 8:00pm (swing)

DJs: 9:00pm-Midnight

Cover: $7 ($5 w/Student ID)
Tuesday 11
The Fat Babies home page facebook page (1920s & 1930s jazz) The Green Mill home page facebook page
4802 N Broadway Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 9:00pm-1:00am

Cover: $7
Morry Sochat and The Special 20's facebook page (blues, swing, rock n' roll) Buddy Guy's Legends home page
700 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 9:30pm-12:45am

Cover: $10
Swinging at the Sands facebook group (swing dancing) Downers Sand Club Sports Bar and Grill home page facebook page
1211 Butterfield Rd
Downers Grove, IL (map)
Lesson (beg): 7:00pm

Lesson (int): 7:45pm

DJs: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $7 (dancing only), plus $5 (per lesson)
Wednesday 12
The Blue Three (jazz) Honky Tonk BBQ home page facebook page
1800 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 6:00pm-8:00pm

No Cover
The Rhythm Rockets facebook page twitter stream youtube channel (jazz, rhythm & blues, swing) Untitled home page facebook page twitter stream
111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 7:30pm-10:30pm

No Cover
Chicago Balboa Underground home page facebook group (balboa, bal-swing)

Wonderful Wednesday Balboa Social (balboa, bal-swing, swing, lindy hop)
Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro home page
3905 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 8:00pm (balboa)

DJs: 9:00pm-Midnight

Cover: $7 ($5 students)
Wednesday Swings
with Carl and Karrie home page facebook page (lindy hop, swing dancing)
Esteban's home page
1550 N Route 59
Naperville, IL (map)
Lessons: 7:30pm-8:30pm

DJ: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $7
West Coast Wednesday home page facebook page facebook group (west coast swing dancing) Downers Sand Club Sports Bar and Grill home page facebook page
1211 Butterfield Rd
Downers Grove, IL (map)
Lessons: 7:00pm (beg west coast swing), 7:45pm (int west coast swing)

DJ: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $6 (Lessons: $5 each)
Thursday 13
The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra home page facebook page (big band swing & jazz) The Green Mill home page facebook page
4802 N Broadway Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 9:00pm-1:00am

Cover: $8
Friday 14
The Hoyle Brothers home page myspace page facebook page youtube channel (country, 2-step, western swing) The Empty Bottle home page facebook page
1035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 5:30pm-7:30pm

No Cover
Saturday 15
Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders facebook page (country) Cole's Bar blogspot
2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 6:00pm-8:00pm

No Cover
Sunday 16
Illiana Club of Traditional Jazz home page (traditional jazz, ragtime, swing, big band)

Band: Ann Stewart and the Banjo Buddies
Glendora House
10225 S Harlem Ave
Chicago Ridge, IL (map)
Show: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Cover: $20 at the door ($18 in advance; swing dancers: $10; students with ID: free admission)
The Starfall Orchestra home page facebook page (big band swing) Durty Nellie's home page facebook page
180 N Smith St, Palatine, IL (map)
Lesson: 5:00pm-6:00pm (swing)

Show: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Cover: $12 ($5 with student ID)
The Fat Babies home page facebook page (1920s & 1930s jazz) Honky Tonk BBQ home page facebook page
1800 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 8:00pm-11:00pm

No Cover
Monday 17
Fizz Swing Dancing facebook page (lindy hop, swing dancing) Lion Head Pub home page facebook page twitter stream
2251 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 8:00pm (swing)

DJs: 9:00pm-Midnight

Cover: $7 ($5 w/Student ID)
Tuesday 18
Outcast Jazz Band blogspot blog (big band swing) Fitz's Spare Keys home page facebook page
119 N York St
Elmhurst, IL (map)
Show: 7:00pm-10:00pm

No Cover
The Fat Babies home page facebook page (1920s & 1930s jazz) The Green Mill home page facebook page
4802 N Broadway Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 9:00pm-1:00am

Cover: $7
Swinging at the Sands facebook group (swing dancing) Downers Sand Club Sports Bar and Grill home page facebook page
1211 Butterfield Rd
Downers Grove, IL (map)
Lesson (beg): 7:00pm

Lesson (int): 7:45pm

DJs: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $7 (dancing only), plus $5 (per lesson)
Wednesday 19
The Blue Three (jazz) Honky Tonk BBQ home page facebook page
1800 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 6:00pm-8:00pm

No Cover
A.P.O.L. Chicago Big Band Fitzgerald's Nightclub home page facebook page twitter stream
6615 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL (map)
Show: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Cover: $10 ($5 - 17 and under)
Magnolia Jass Band facebook page (traditional jazz & swing) Gallery Cafe home page facebook page
1760 W North Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 7:30pm-10:00pm

Cover: $7
C. W. Stoneking

The Family Gold

Schubas Tavern home page myspace page facebook page twitter stream
3159 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 8:00pm

Cover: $15
The Western Elstons (country, rockabilly, western swing) Simon's Tavern myspace page
5210 N Clark St
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 8:30pm-11:00pm

No Cover
Violet Hour at the Loft (lindy hop, balboa, collegiate shag, swing) Lillstreet Loft home page
4437 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
DJs: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Cover: $8
Wednesday Swings
with Carl and Karrie home page facebook page (lindy hop, swing dancing)
Esteban's home page
1550 N Route 59
Naperville, IL (map)
Lessons: 7:30pm-8:30pm

DJ: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $7
West Coast Wednesday home page facebook page facebook group (west coast swing dancing) Downers Sand Club Sports Bar and Grill home page facebook page
1211 Butterfield Rd
Downers Grove, IL (map)
Lessons: 7:00pm (beg west coast swing), 7:45pm (int west coast swing)

DJ: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $6 (Lessons: $5 each)
Thursday 20
The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra home page facebook page (big band swing & jazz) The Green Mill home page facebook page
4802 N Broadway Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 9:00pm-1:00am

Cover: $8
Swing Night (swing dancing, east coast swing, west coast swing) Chicago Dance home page facebook page twitter stream youtube channel
309 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 8:00pm

DJs: 8:45pm-10:30pm

Cover: $8
Friday 21
The Hoyle Brothers home page myspace page facebook page youtube channel (country, 2-step, western swing) The Empty Bottle home page facebook page
1035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 5:30pm-7:30pm

No Cover
Chicago SummerDance home page facebook page

The Fat Babies home page facebook page (1920s & 1930s jazz)
Spirit of Music Garden @
Grant Park home page
601 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 6:00pm-7:00pm (east coast swing)

Live Music & Dancing: 7:30pm-9:30pm

No Cover
The Lockport Swing Thing facebook group (lindy hop, swing)

Shout Section Big Band home page facebook page (jazz, swing, funk)
American Legion Post 18 home page
15052 S Archer Ave
Lockport, IL (map)
Lesson: 7:30pm (swing)

Live Music, Dancing, & DJs: 8:30pm-11:30pm

donations accepted
Speakeasy Swing facebook page (swing) The Palm Court facebook page @
The Drake Hotel home page
140 E Walton Pl
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 9:00pm-12:30am

No Cover (2 drink minimum encouraged)
Saturday 22
Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders facebook page (country) Cole's Bar blogspot
2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 6:00pm-8:00pm

No Cover
Traffic Jam! home page facebook page (swing dancing, soul dancing)

Magnolia Jass Band facebook page (traditional jazz & swing)
Forteza Fitness home page facebook page twitter stream
4437 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 8:15pm-9:00pm

Live Music, Dancing, & DJs: 9:00pm-12:30am

Cover: $15 ($10 for students with valid ID)
Sunday 23
Chicago Honky Tonk home page

Bailey Dee home page facebook page

Gin Palace Jesters facebook page reverbnation artist profile (country, rockabilly, bluegrass)

The Empty Bottle home page facebook page
1035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 2:00pm-4:15pm

No Cover
The P.D. Five

substituting for

The Fat Babies home page facebook page (1920s & 1930s jazz)
Honky Tonk BBQ home page facebook page
1800 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 8:00pm-11:00pm

No Cover
Monday 24
Fizz Swing Dancing facebook page (lindy hop, swing dancing)

Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five
Lion Head Pub home page facebook page twitter stream
2251 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 8:00pm (swing)

Live Music, Dancing, & DJs: 9:00pm-Midnight

Cover: $10 ($7 w/Student ID)
Tuesday 25
The Fat Babies home page facebook page (1920s & 1930s jazz) The Green Mill home page facebook page
4802 N Broadway Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 9:00pm-1:00am

Cover: $7
Swinging at the Sands facebook group (swing dancing) Downers Sand Club Sports Bar and Grill home page facebook page
1211 Butterfield Rd
Downers Grove, IL (map)
Lesson (beg): 7:00pm

Lesson (int): 7:45pm

DJs: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $7 (dancing only), plus $5 (per lesson)
Wednesday 26
The Blue Three (jazz) Honky Tonk BBQ home page facebook page
1800 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 6:00pm-8:00pm

No Cover
The Flat Cats (swinging jazz and blues)

Them Guilty Aces home page home page reverbnation artist profile twitter stream (rock 'n' roll)

Alhambra Palace home page
1240 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 8:00pm

Show: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $15
Wednesday Swings
with Carl and Karrie home page facebook page (lindy hop, swing dancing)
Esteban's home page
1550 N Route 59
Naperville, IL (map)
Lessons: 7:30pm-8:30pm

DJ: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $7
West Coast Wednesday home page facebook page facebook group (west coast swing dancing) Downers Sand Club Sports Bar and Grill home page facebook page
1211 Butterfield Rd
Downers Grove, IL (map)
Lessons: 7:00pm (beg west coast swing), 7:45pm (int west coast swing)

DJ: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Cover: $6 (Lessons: $5 each)
Thursday 27
Country and Western Night in Berwyn facebook page

Cropduster myspace page facebook page reverbnation artist profile (country)

Hey, Chère!

Fitzgerald's Nightclub home page facebook page twitter stream
6615 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL (map)
Show: 8:00pm

Cover: $5
The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra home page facebook page (big band swing & jazz) The Green Mill home page facebook page
4802 N Broadway Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 9:00pm-1:00am

Cover: $8
Friday 28
The Hoyle Brothers home page myspace page facebook page youtube channel (country, 2-step, western swing) The Empty Bottle home page facebook page
1035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 5:30pm-7:30pm

No Cover
Chicago SummerDance home page facebook page

Cash Box Kings home page myspace page (blues, roots music, americana)
Spirit of Music Garden @
Grant Park home page
601 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 6:00pm-7:00pm (west coast swing)

Live Music & Dancing: 7:30pm-9:30pm

No Cover
Morry Sochat and The Special 20's facebook page (blues, swing, rock n' roll) The California Clipper home page facebook page twitter stream
1002 N California Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 10:30pm-1:00am

Cover: $5
Windy City Fusion facebook page (blues dancing, west coast swing dancing, tango) Forteza Fitness home page facebook page twitter stream
4437 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 8:15pm

DJs: 9:15pm-2:00am

Cover: $10 ($8 for students), Lesson: $2
Saturday 29
Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders facebook page (country) Cole's Bar blogspot
2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 6:00pm-8:00pm

No Cover
Cash Box Kings home page myspace page (blues, roots music, americana) The California Clipper home page facebook page twitter stream
1002 N California Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 10:30pm-1:00am

Cover: $5
Bluetopia home page facebook group twitter stream (blues dancing) Fred Astaire Dance Studio home page
1239 W Lake St
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 8:00pm-9:00pm (blues dance)

DJs: 9:00pm-2:00am

Cover: $10 ($9 with valid student ID)
Sunday 30
Blue River Jazz Band

substituting for

The Fat Babies home page facebook page (1920s & 1930s jazz)
Honky Tonk BBQ home page facebook page
1800 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Show: 8:00pm-11:00pm

No Cover
Monday 31
Fizz Swing Dancing facebook page (lindy hop, swing dancing) Lion Head Pub home page facebook page twitter stream
2251 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL (map)
Lesson: 8:00pm (swing)

DJs: 9:00pm-Midnight

Cover: $7 ($5 w/Student ID)
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