2017
Free Monday!
Free Monday w/ Dave Rempis, Tashi Dorji (Plus a collaboration set!)
April
24
Monday
9pm - $Free
Dave Rempis
Saxophonist, improviser, and composer Dave Rempis has been an integral part of the thriving Chicago jazz and improvised music scene since 1997. With a background in ethnomusicology and African studies at Northwestern University, including a year spent at the University of Ghana, Rempis burst onto the creative music scene at the age of 22 when he joined the well-known Chicago jazz outfit The Vandermark Five. This opportunity catapulted him to notoriety as he began to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe, an active schedule that he still maintains to the present day. At the same time, Rempis began to develop the many Chicago-based groups for which he’s currently known, including The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, Wheelhouse, Triage, The Rempis/Rosaly Duo, and The Rempis/Daisy Duo. Other collaborations have included work with Paul Lytton, Axel Dörner, Fred Anderson, Peter Brötzmann, C. Spencer Yeh, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell, Kevin Drumm, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nels Cline, and Joe McPhee. Rempis has been named regularly since 2006 in the annual Downbeat Critics’s Poll as a “rising star” on alto saxophone, and as a “rising star” and “established talent” on baritone saxophone. In 2013, he started his own record label, Aerophonic Records, to document this ongoing work.

Rempis' musical expression draws on a number of touchstones. While heavily improvisational in nature, his Greek ethnicity, studies in jazz and ethnomusicology, an appreciation for the philosophical underpinnings of contempory composition, and a love for unforgivingly strident yelps, screeches, and squeals that can encompass the ever-evolving state of human depravity all inform his work.

Aside from his work as a musician and composer, Rempis has worked tirelessly as a presenter. Since 2002, he’s organized and produced a weekly series of improvised music at Chicago’s Elastic Arts Foundation. He was a founding member of Umbrella Music, and one of the lead producers and curators of its annual festival from 2006-2014, and served as the business manager of the Pitchfork Music Festival from 2005-2016.
Tashi Dorji
Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Residing in Asheville since 2000 and soaking up a vast array of music. Along the way, Dorji developed a playing style unbound by tradition, yet with a direct line to intuitive artistry. His recordings feature improvisations that spasmodically grow along tangential, surprising paths. All references break loose during a composition, as Dorji keys into his own inner world.

His compositions drag the listener into a labyrinth of warbling tones, where each sound seems to jump out and replace the eerie silence that would otherwise occupy the atmosphere. The textures remain sustained in the reverberation as the vibration of the strings dwindle and ascend. The experience is one equally disorienting and reflective, in which Dorji’s musicianship brings haunting beauty and mindfulness to the listener. After a handful of releases on various labels since 2009, Dorji presented his debut LP on Hermit Hut, the label created by Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) in 2014. Since then Tashi has released music in various formats on labels like Bathetic Records, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Blue Tapes, Marmara Records, Feeding Tubes,VDSQ & MIE.
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Dec
18
Monday
Free Monday!

Goldlight & Snakemusk

w/ Fortune Teller, 2 Slices, Livingdog

9pm - $Free

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Dec
19
Tuesday
Harvey Leisure's Second Interstellar Installation

Debtors Prism

w/ Falcon Mitts, Bill Coonan, Wes Tirey

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Dec
20
Wednesday

Glass Bricks

w/ Shadow Show, The Half That Matters

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Dec
21
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live. (Theme: Dirt)



Doors 7pm, Show 7:30 - $10

Tickets, please
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Dec
22
Friday
A Welcome Winter Party!

Lil Meow Meow

w/ Andy Loebs, Spit God, Alex Brown

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $Free!

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Dec
23
Saturday

Drayton & The Dreamboats

w/ Krektones

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8

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26
Tuesday
Harvey Leisure's Second Interstellar Installation

Harvey Leisure Solo

w/ Smoke Bellow, Alec Sturgis

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Dec
31
Sunday

New Year's Freak Out #12 Dance Party! w/ ZenSoFly & DJs Abu Disarray (Total Gold), Bridal Parti Burcardi, Debbie Fred



10pm - $10adv / $15

Tickets, please
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Jan
04
Thursday

The Eccentrics

w/ Carolina Wray, Slugly

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $5

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Jan
05
Friday
A Benefit for the Blue Ridge General Defense Comittee

Siyah

w/ P.T.P., Sk, The Novelist, Free the Optimus

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $5

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Jan
06
Saturday
Blue Mountain Mischief Productions Presents:

Telic

w/ Chaos Among Cattle, Fractured Frames

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $5

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Jan
09
Tuesday

Coma Cinema

w/ Pictures of Vernon, Mineral Girls, Cheem

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $5

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Jan
12
Friday
Stella Blue Presents:

Charlie's on Acid

w/ Gutterhound, Strange Avenues

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $10

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Jan
13
Saturday

Disco Sweat XXXVI



10pm - $5

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Jan
16
Tuesday

David Dondero



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8adv / $10

Tickets, please
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Jan
24
Wednesday

The Nude Party

w/ Kitty Tsunami, Jon Dwyer

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

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Jan
29
Monday
Free Monday!

Tombstone Highway

w/ Dropshot, Spearfinger, Styrofoam Turtles

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $Free

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Feb
01
Thursday

Jens Lekman



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $15

Tickets, please
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Feb
08
Thursday

H.C. McEntire

w/ House & Land, Ryan O'Keefe

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
Bombadil - November 2016.
Feb
09
Friday

Bombadil

w/ The Moon and You

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Feb
16
Friday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Phoebe Bridgers

w/ Soccer Mommy

Doors 8:30, Music 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Feb
22
Thursday

Kitty Tsunami

w/ Ouroboros Boys, North By North, Luxury Club

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $5

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Feb
25
Sunday

Diet Cig

w/ Great Grandpa, The Spook School

Doors 8pm, Show 8:30 - $13adv / $15

Tickets, please
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Feb
28
Wednesday

Conan

w/ The Ditch and The Delta

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
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Mar
02
Friday

Arlie



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10

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Mar
06
Tuesday

KOLARS

w/ Escondido

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $12adv/ 15

Tickets, please
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Mar
07
Wednesday

Shopping

w/ French Vanilla

Doors 8:30, Music 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Mar
09
Friday
Orbit DVD Presents...

Everything Is Terrible!



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10

Tickets, please
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Mar
19
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Snail Mail

w/ Shame

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free

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Mar
22
Thursday

Steve Gunn



Doors 8:30, Music 9:30 - $13adv / $15

Tickets, please
Caroline Rose
Mar
29
Thursday

Caroline Rose



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Apr
15
Sunday

Screaming Females

w/ Thou, HIRS

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

Tickets, please
Durand-Jones
Apr
24
Tuesday

Durand Jones & The Indications



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Apr
25
Wednesday

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Apr
28
Saturday

The Soft Moon

w/ Boy Harsher

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $13adv / $15

Tickets, please