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: DJ Supreme Court

DJ Supreme Court plays funk and soul.

Thursday 9:00pm: Ruben Alvarez & Raices

Rubén P. Alvarez is a Chicago based Latin percussionist, drum set artist, composer, and music educator. He is a 13th annual Latin Grammy nominee for his work on the Chuchito Valdés CD, “Made in Chicago”. His credits also include musical theatre as a percussionist and musical consultant for the Goodman Theatre Production, Crowns, and has performed as a percussionist for the Broadway Chicago productions of The Lion King, and On your Feet. He has performed and or recorded with blues artists John Mayall and Junior Wells, rock artists Dave Mason and Dennis De Young, and jazz artists Arturo Sandoval, Ramsey Lewis, Patricia Barber, Dave Valentín, Slide Hampton, and Roy Hargrove, the Chicago-based 2010 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominees Sones De Mexico Ensemble, pop-diva Jennifer Hudson and the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin. Rubén is a member of Chévere De Chicago and leads the Raices Profundas s Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Friday 7:30pm: Joel Paterson & Beau Sample

“Joel Paterson defines who the ideal session guy should be: selfless, musical, and born with impeccably good taste. His sympathetic hollowbody makes the jazz, country, rockabilly or swing he’s backing come alive.”

— Timeout Chicago

Friday 10:00pm: Gin Palace Jesters

“Chicago’s original honky-tonk fools,” the Gin Palace Jesters are purveyors of the finest in hard hitting hillbilly Honky-tonk, Country Boogie and Western Swing . Infused with a deep and sincere fondness for all traditional American musical styles, the sound of the Gin Palace Jesters could best be described as being akin to the sounds of Country Music’s “Golden” age. Although a portion of their live performances come from their vast catalog of the Hillbilly & Country Hit Parade, these boys are not mere followers or imitators. They also posses the talent of 3 songwriters performing original novelty numbers, heartfelt love songs, honky-tonk weepers, drinking songs and dark ballads. Delivering 3 and 4 part country harmony, the Gin Palace Jesters prove that authentic country and cowboy music can still hold validity in both traditional songs as well as brand new originals. The Gin Palace Jesters are a true authentic American band often seen holding court where the thrones are bar stools, the lights are made of neon, the holy spirits are served on the rocks, and Hank Williams is King.

Saturday 7:30pm: The Dirty Ragtimers

Swinging jazz, blues, folk and ragtime of the early 1900s string and jug bands, The Dirty Ragtimers play it all and with sweet harmonies, fiddle and fingerpicking guitar. Performing their repertoire on the streets of Paris, The Dirty Ragtimers are collecting fans from all over and are a band to watch! Featuring Lucas Montagnier from Paris on guitar and Heather Stewart from Australia on vocals and fiddle.

Saturday 10:30pm: Sam Burckhardt & Lucas Montagnier CD Release

Recording of French guitarist Lucas Montagnier and saxophonist Sam Burckhardt, combining original compositions and old standard.

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.


Upcoming Shows

9/27 The Hat Stretchers + Jamaican Jazz Ensemble
9/28 Ben Hope + Miles Minor
10/4 Bubbles Brown + Allegra Malone
10/5 Rami Gabriel and Time Mulvenna Duo + Bailey Dee
10/11 Rick Sherry + Ricky Liontones
10/12 Nathan Graham + Harry Hmura Band




T-F: 4pm-2am
SAT: 4pm-3am
SUN: 4pm-2am



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