Live on the Honky Tonk Saloon Stage…
Honky Tonk BBQ is proud to present the Saloon Stage, hosting a full schedule of live music that covers the genres of American Roots music from the roaring 20’s to the groovy 60’s; Western Swing, Honky Tonk, Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Blues, Old Time, Soul, and occaisionally new age indie and rock.
Wednesday 6:00pm: The Blue Three
A Chicago-based trio specializing in the forgotten small group styles of the 1920s. The Blue Three is a Chicago-based trio comprised of banjoist and guitarist John Donatowicz, pianist Andy Schumm and clarinetist John Otto.
The group’s unique performances of early jazz classics and pop songs from the 1910s, ’20s and ‘30s are suitable for listening and dancing alike. Their style is characterized by a distinct, original approach to Chicago jazz and dance music traditions.
Wednesday 9:00pm: Dossier
DJ Carlos Moore plays soul, boogie, hip hop, & jazz sounds on vinyl.
Thursday 9:00pm: The Dill Costa Quartet
Raised in Rio de Janeiro, Dill (pronounced ‘Jill’) is one of the only experts in samba dance and performance. As a regular dancer in some of Brazil’s best known escolas de samba (samba ‘schools’) — groups of hundreds of musicians and dancers in one of the greatest festivals on Earth — Dill is one of the only performers in Chicago who represents the authentic Carnaval music that is part of Brazil’s rich musical legacy. She has held many titles in samba schools including ‘Queen of the Percussion Section’.
Besides samba, Dill is an expert in jazz, tap, modern, and folk dance of Brazil. She was an instructor of Brazilian regional dance forms for many years. Since relocating to Chicago in 2003, Dill has dedicated herself to music, and can be seen regularly singing with the Evanston Escola de Samba, Cor do Brasil, and her own trio, singing the classics of Brazilian samba, bossa nova, and Brazilian jazz and pop. Her repertoire ranges from classic 1940’s era sambas of Ary Barroso and Noel Rosa, to the cool, 1960’s bossa nova hits of Antonio Carlos Jobim, to the modern Brazilian pop of Caetano Veloso and Carlinhos Brown.
Friday 7:30pm: Dave Herrero
2009 Illinois Blues Blast Debut Artist of the Year Nominee, Dave Herrero grew up in the Tampa Bay area obsessed with music and American blues and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. Sneaking out of military school to play in local blues clubs at age 15 is how he cut his teeth, which prompted his move to Austin, TX, to learn from the best.
Friday 10:00pm: Steel City Jug Slammers
Steel City Jug Slammers are Ramblin’ Ricky Tate, Washtub Jay, G.W. Henderson, & Anthony Suttonwood.
Birmingham’s Steel City Jug Slammers provide audiences with a one of kind experience. From the moment that they take the stage, spectators will immediately take a step back in time. From their appearance, to their instruments, to the old southern banter, this group has all the charm of a century-old traveling music show fresh off the train, and will keep your attention captive from the first time you hear the blow of the jug and pluck of the tub bass.
Saturday 7:30pm: Chanson du Chat
Chanson du Chat is a gypsy jazz style quartet/quintet led by guitarist John Papadolias. Steeped in 1930s style of gypsy swing paying homage to Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Chanson du Chat plays lively and energetic music that turns heads. Featured members are Dave Bowers and John Papadolias on guitars, Chad Watson on upright bass, and Jim LeFager on drums and percussion, Chanson du Chat performs standards of the gypsy swing era, the Edith Piaf songbook as well as original compositions
Saturday 10:30pm: Them Guilty Aces
By infusing 1950’s-inspired rock n’ roll with an edgy, modern twist, Chicago-based foursome, Them Guilty
Sunday 8:00pm: The Chicago Cellar Boys
Formed in 2017, the Chicago Cellar Boys is a five-piece band specializing in the jazz and hot dance music of the 1920s and 30s. Comprised of multi-instrumentalist Andy Schumm, reedman John Otto, pianist and vocalist Paul Asaro, banjoist and guitarist John Donatowicz, and tubist and bassist Dave Bock. The band can be heard every Sunday from 8 to 11pm at the Honky Tonk BBQ in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
7/26 The Northside Southpaws + Nathan Graham Duo
7/27 Rob Anderlik + Miles Minor
8/2 Bubbles Brown + The Kickback
8/3 Ana Munteanu + Bailey Dee
8/9 Rick Sherry + Ricky Liontones
8/10 Natham Graham + Calaveras LD