SIMON FLORY - AMERICANA MUSIC MASTER!
Jun
14
9:00 PM21:00

SIMON FLORY - AMERICANA MUSIC MASTER!

Flory’s sound evokes voices not much heard on radio airwaves, a stew of early country, gospel, and the best of classic Nashville. Even his guitar playing captures the rhythmic tumble of clawhammer banjo and Appalachian fiddle (on both of which he’s adept), and his vocal phrasing carries inflections from the Carter Family to Eddie Cochran to Hank Williams.

Tickets: $5 at the door!

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Comedy Night at Vangarde - Bill Blank!
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

Comedy Night at Vangarde - Bill Blank!

Born and raised in the heartland, Bill Blank has quickly become a voice of the Midwest. Growing up in Iowa and attending all inner city schools, Bill brings a unique blend of down home common sense and street smarts that makes him unlike any other comic you have ever seen. He talks about family, social issues, and pop culture with logic, intelligence, and an edginess that wins over audiences immediately. His everyman quality coupled with his unique views on the world make him a must-see on stage!

Tickets: $10 at the door!

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DEAD HORSES BAND - BEAUTIFUL INDIE FOLK!
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

DEAD HORSES BAND - BEAUTIFUL INDIE FOLK!

Described by NPR Music as "evocative, empathetic storytelling," My Mother the Moon earned a spot in No Depression's "Best Roots Music Albums of 2018" list, and Rolling Stone Country declared the Wisconsin-based duo an "Artist You Need to Know."

Blending elements of traditional roots with contemporary indie folk, Dead Horses writes music that is both familiar and unexpected, unflinchingly honest in its portrayal of modern American life, yet optimistic in its unshakable faith in brighter days to come.

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Public Domain Band!
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Public Domain Band!

This veteran group of talented musicians create a sound based on Jazz rifts, lyrics that express optimism and the struggles of the depression, all set to a unique musical structure and rhythm. The Public Domain Band has an acoustic setting of guitar, violin, Sax, and bass in the Jingo Reinhardt musical tradition. The music and performance brings back musical performance from the early days of radio broadcasting and recording.

Tickets: $10 at the door

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The Haymakers Band!
Jun
28
9:00 PM21:00

The Haymakers Band!

The Haymakers celebrate the many streams of Folk music with style! This Wichita band blends genuine folk and bluegrass instrumentation to create a sound that brings thoughts of Doc Watson, the Byrds, Johnny Cash and many other greats… yet a unique sound of their own!!!

Tickets: $10 at the door

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Ultra Violet Fever - Vinyl Release Show!
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Ultra Violet Fever - Vinyl Release Show!

Ultra Violet Fever is a RAW folky-blues soul act from Sioux City, IA. UV is an ever-evolving project fronted by lady Angie Lambrecht whose soul-drenched, blues inspired vocals rip through the cosmos! This stylish and growing quartet also includes Shawn Blomberg, Adrian Kolbo and Randall Wood.

Tickets: $10 at the door!

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Hedwig & the Angry Inch!
Jun
1
to Jun 3

Hedwig & the Angry Inch!

Be there for the live theatrical debut in Vangarde with the 2001 American musical comedy-drama HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH!

Hedwig Robinson, a genderqueer East German singer of a fictional rock band Hedwig subsequently develops a relationship with a younger man, Tommy, becoming his mentor and musical collaborator, only to have Tommy steal her music and move on without her. The play follows Hedwig and her backing band, the Angry Inch, as they shadow Tommy's tour, while exploring Hedwig's past and complex gender identity.

Tickets: Only $15 at the door!

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Missy Anderson & Her One Man Band - Soul and R&B!
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Missy Anderson & Her One Man Band - Soul and R&B!

Their soulful, gospel-tinged arrangements, layered with jazz vocals and jump blues, keep the pair in constant motion with a break-neck performance and unrelenting touring schedule that would kill most normal people. Missy, a native of Queens and her partner Heine a guitar master from Denmark collide to create an amazing night of Blues, Soul, Gospel and Rhythm & Blues!

Tickets: $10 at the door!

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Walter Salas-Humara - Founder of Alt-Country Band the Silos!
May
30
8:00 PM20:00

Walter Salas-Humara - Founder of Alt-Country Band the Silos!

Chasing the punk prairie fire to New York just in time to sift through the ashes, Salas-Humara formed The SILOS in 1985!. The band influenced (if not outright inspired) the alt-country No Depression movement! The SILOS were voted Best New American Band in Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics' Poll of 1987 and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1990. Since his break out solo album “Curve and Shake” Salas-Humara has gained a reputation as a solid singer/songwriter!

Tickets: $10 at the door!

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MRHD Night with Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy!
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

MRHD Night with Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy!

Join us as we say “Thanks” to the Missouri River Historical Development for their support of the arts in Sioux City and the surrounding area!

The evening will begin with a brief ceremony recognizing MRHD and their contributions… then one of the hottest Blues acts in the land will hit the stage! Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar!

Tickets: $15 at the door!

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An Evening of Americana with Chad Elliott!
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening of Americana with Chad Elliott!

Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott's life has served as fertile ground for music. Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics. He performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz. He has cultivated more than 1,000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as painter, sculptor, illustrator and author.

Tickets: $10 at the door!

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Vangarde Comedy Night - Don Reese!
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Vangarde Comedy Night - Don Reese!

Looking like the illegitimate son of Uncle Fester and G. Gordon Libby, Don Reese combines what the Cleveland Plain Dealer calls ‘friendly ghoulishness’ mixed with ‘sparks-flying timing’ to create comedy that is uniquely and utterly his. Don’s hilariously bizarre outlook takes him from Batman to the Amish, bikers to bus rides- all while hanging on the fine line between reality and the Twilight Zone. Don is a headliner in top clubs across the country. He is fast, funny and one-of-a-kind. He is also becoming one of the most sought after performers today. Here is your chance to find out why.

Tickets: $10 at the door!

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An Evening with Ray Bonneville!
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Ray Bonneville!

"Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana down to its essentials and steeps it in a humid, Southern vibe, creating a compelling poetry of hard living and deep feeling."

From his native Quebec, he moved to Boston at age twelve, where he learned English and picked up piano and guitar. Six years in New Orleans infused his musical sensibilities with the region's culture and rhythms. He has won a JUNO, the Canadian equivalent to a Grammy, he won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundations International Blues awards and the International Folk Alliance Song of Year award!

Tickets: $15 at the door

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Chris O'Leary Band - NYC Rocker!
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Chris O'Leary Band - NYC Rocker!

“Chris O’Leary’s got it, man, he’s got it. From rollickin’ rock to weekend stomp to slinkin’ down-lo back-alley swank to barrelhouse balladry and well beyond…

Chris’s musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm’s band, The Barnburners. Chris has appeared on stage with: Legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds and the great James Cotton to name just a few.

Tickets: $15 at the door

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Bonne Finken - A Musical Force!
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Bonne Finken - A Musical Force!

Finken’s fierce passion for and commitment to her music, amplified by her powerful voice, magnetic stage presence, ensure many memorable moments for years to come.  Bonne Finken was born to sing. By immersing herself into a decade’s worth of studio work, learning composition by ear and writing her own award-winning electronic/rock music, Finken has also become known as one of the midwest’s most sought after musical artists.

Tickets: $5 at the door!

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Watermelon Slim & the Workers!
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Watermelon Slim & the Workers!

“From sizzling slide guitar…to nitty-gritty harp blowing…to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat.” - HARP Magazine wrote

Homans has been playing music professionally for over forty years and has shared the stage with other musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, among others. Along with playing onstage, Homans has appeared on several Blues albums through the years. Eventually, he would go on his own and create a few bands that would help bring his music to life.

Tickets: $15 advance or $20 at the door

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Kisor & Brooks - Jazz Night!
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Kisor & Brooks - Jazz Night!

Justin Kisor on trumpet and Terry Brooks on piano come together to perform a variety Jazz standards and original compositions. Kisor has been widely acclaimed as of the top trumpet players to emerge from the Midwest Jazz scene. He was in the U.S. Navy’s Jazz Band and has played with notable musicians like Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis and Aretha Franklin when she played Saturday in the Park! Brooks has performed with Jazz, Rock and Folk acts throughout the area for many years. He is considered a leading force in the Midwest Jazz scene!

Tickets: $5.00 at the door!

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Comedy Night at Vangarde!
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Comedy Night at Vangarde!

Spencer Dobson has performed in clubs, at comedy festivals, private functions and prisons all over the US and Canada. Spencer is also an award winning animator. Comedy has taken him from one corner of the continent to the other. Cutting his comedy teeth in Minneapolis and then moving to Los Angeles to follow his dreams. Spencer has appeared at: The Sioux Falls Sno Jam; Laugh Your Asheville Off, Asheville, NC; The Laughing Derby, Louisville, KY and many more. Zach Dresch will kick things off! Comedian/musician Garie Lewis will be your emcee for the evening!

Tickets: $10 at the door!

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Scott Ellison - Tulsa Rocker!
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

Scott Ellison - Tulsa Rocker!

Ellison is a prolific songwriter, and his work reflects influences from the British Blues Invasion, Motown, and Memphis rhythm and blues. The Tulsa-born blues rocker has a heavy guitar shredding sound and cut his teeth performing with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown in the early 80s! He was in a variety of acts in the 80s like the Box Tops and the Drifters before starting a very successful solo career that has taken him around the world!

Tickets: $15 or 2 for $25

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Harper and Midwest Kind!
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

Harper and Midwest Kind!

Harper possesses a powerful soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music that some might say has evolved into its own genre. Harper calls it “World Blues” -- a rich musical stew of ‘50s rhythm and blues, a ‘60s message of love and unity, and ‘70s funky soul, stirred up with masterful, virtuoso harmonica and the deep, woody, percussive tones of the didgeridoo, served up in a feast of timeless mystery.

Tickets: $15 or 2 for $25

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Gurf Morlix - Austin Texas Icon!
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Gurf Morlix - Austin Texas Icon!

Gurf Morlix gained national acclaim as the guitarist for Lucinda Williams, since then he’s helmed projects with Americana giants like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier! He’s been writing songs as long as he’s been playing guitar, he’s released 9 albums since 2000! He has worked his way to the top of the class in songwriting and polished his sharp and stunning guitar skills!

Tickets: $10 at the door

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ALBERT CUMMINGS - BLUES ROCK GUITAR MASTER!
Apr
3
8:00 PM20:00

ALBERT CUMMINGS - BLUES ROCK GUITAR MASTER!

“The blues is best served up live, with an enthusiastic audience and a killin’ band, and that’s exactly what guitarist Albert Cummings does[…]. Cummings effortlessly shifts from chimney subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines, driving his audience to frenzy in all the right places.” – Guitar Edge Magazine

Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy.  Taken with Albert’s fire and passion bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton, of the band Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section, volunteered to play on and produce his solo debut recording, 2003’s self-released From the Heart. B.B. King dubbed Cummings “a great guitarist.”

Tickets: $15 at the door!

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Brandon Santini - Hypnotizing Blues Harmonica!
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Brandon Santini - Hypnotizing Blues Harmonica!

There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that include James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players by combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield.

Tickets: $10 at the door!

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Hannah Aldridge - Muscle Shoals Music Royalty!
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Hannah Aldridge - Muscle Shoals Music Royalty!

With a Muscle Shoals music legend, Walt Aldridge, as a father, Hannah Aldridge's musical roots run deep. Now based in Nashville and currently touring Europe in support of her second album Gold Rush praised by Folk Radio as “unquestionably one of the best Americana albums of the year, she's struck the mother lode.” Her show is filled with strong, sultry vocals, lyrical honesty and rocking guitar riffs. 

Tickets: $7.00 at the door!

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Bassel & the Supernaturals - Syrian Heart... Chicago Soul!
Mar
28
8:00 PM20:00

Bassel & the Supernaturals - Syrian Heart... Chicago Soul!

Bassel & The Supernaturals combines funk and soul with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel Almadani’s family along with 10,000,000 others. The soulful Syrian-American vocalist and his ensemble donate over 20% of their merchandise proceeds to humanitarian relief through the Karam Foundation. Performing over 55 tour dates on average per year across the US and Canada with internationally touring artists such as Youssou N'Dour, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, Emancipator, The Dandy Warhols, Sinkane, and many others - Bassel & The Supernaturals is preparing to release another full-length album, Smoke & Mirrors (2019).

Tickets: $10 at the door!

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Haseena & the O.T. - Songs from the American Songbook!
Mar
26
7:30 PM19:30

Haseena & the O.T. - Songs from the American Songbook!

Some of the area's top cats in the Jazz world come together to create an unforgettable night of live music! David Napier, sax; Eddie Dunn, bass; Fred Evans, drums, Tom Renfro on the congas and special guest Glen Reitsma on guitar! These cats along with the songbird, Haseena Napier perform tunes from the 40s to today. This is one of the most unique acts you'll experience!

Admission: $5 at the door

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Old Salt Union - Post Modern Bluegrassers!
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Old Salt Union - Post Modern Bluegrassers!

“Old Salt Union has the groove and the chops of a great string band, balanced with infectious rock and roll energy. Their music occupies that sweet space between Old Crow folk and Yonder Mountain jam -- not a bad place to be for a band about to break.”— No Depression

Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen. It is this collision of styles and musical vocabularies that informs their fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch.

Tickets: $10 at the door

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Eric Steckel - Blues Metal!
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Eric Steckel - Blues Metal!

In an era where pedalboards, laptops and samples have become commonplace, Eric Steckel goes against the grain and harkens his listeners back to the days when great guitars were played loudly through great amps. Hailed by many as the top rising star of Blues/Rock, Eric delivers a powerhouse performance that has left audiences in 25 countries (and counting) mesmerized. He brings an energy and passion to the stage that never disappoints and is a must see for fans of vintage guitar rock.

Tickets: $10 at the door

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Mardi Gras Night... A FUN-raiser for the Living Artfully Campaign!
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Mardi Gras Night... A FUN-raiser for the Living Artfully Campaign!

JOSH HOYER & SOUL COLOSSAL with AARON KAMM & THE ONE DROPS!

Take a trip to the “Big Easy”… Jambalya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, King Cake, Hurricanes and Mardi Gras FUN-raising to help Vangarde continue to bring you the ARTS!

Don’t miss this amazing night of entertainment as we raise money for your arts and music venue! We’ve brought in TWO incredible acts for this special night… JOSH HOYER & SOUL COLOSSAL bring the funk and soul of Bourbon Street and AARON KAMM & THE ONE DROPS take you to the bayou with their groovy reggae, jam!!!

Tickets: $30 includes food, a FREE drink, beads, masks and more!!!

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John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band!
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band!

Winner of the 2018 Living Blues Magazine Critic’s Poll Award for Most Outstanding Musician on Guitar!

Two-time Grammy nominated artist and American blues legend John Primer was the bandleader and guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Magic Slim & The Teardrops. Having played or recorded with a who's who of blues greats including Junior Wells, Gary Clark Jr., Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, The Rolling Stones and Buddy Guy to name a few, John Primer's personal accolades, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, reflect his countless contributions to the history of Chicago blues. There are very few fans, critics or musicians who will deny the fact that John Primer is the real deal.

Tickets: $15 or 2 for $25

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Paul Nelson - Electric Blues!
Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

Paul Nelson - Electric Blues!

“He’s a soulful player who has chops to burn. The word ‘ferocious’ comes to mind, or ‘take no prisoners’“ - Vintage Guitar Magazine

Paul Nelson is recognized as one of today's top guitarists/songwriters and producers not only having the distinction of being the hand picked fellow guitarist to the legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter but he has toured the world over performing and or recording along side an endless who's who list of top artists from Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy to Slash, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, James Cotton, Joe Perry, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Popper, Dr. John, Larry Carlton, Leslie West, Joe Bonamassa, Sonny Landreth, Dickey Betts to Joe Walsh and more...

Tickets: $15 advance/$20 day of show

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J. Jefferey Messerole - Americana from the heartland!
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

J. Jefferey Messerole - Americana from the heartland!

J. Jeffrey masterfully blends the sounds of his guitar with engaging lyrics and harmonica to tell gritty American tales that are bound to evoke emotion from all of his listeners. Whether solo, or often seen with his road band "The Stone Horses", he’s happy to share his original folk, blues, and alternative country music that is rooted right here in the heart of the Great Plains.

Tickets: $10 at the door

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DAVID ZOLLO - American Roots!
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

DAVID ZOLLO - American Roots!

Long known as an exuberant, passionate performer, it is clear that at present, Zollo is relishing the opportunity to do what he does best: make music. If you haven't had the pleasure, try to catch him while you can; solo, or with his band The Body Electric. Either way, you'll get a chance to experience the timeless power of a voice that seems to have been with us forever.

Tickets: $10.00 at the door

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