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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Haseena & the O.T. - Songs from the American Songbook!
Feb
19
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: $8 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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Lil' Red & the Medicated Moose - CD Release Show!
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Lil' Red & the Medicated Moose - CD Release Show!

Lil Red and the Medicated Moose Band is the story about how two awkward, bullied kids found each other and fell in love. They both also shared a love for writing, music, and creativity. Through and with each other they create on a whole new level. Be the first to hear the great tunes from their new CD! Adam Girard and Johnny Vee open the show!

Tickets: $8 at the door!

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Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy!
Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

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

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 or 2 for $25!

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Hamilton Loomis!
Jan
17
8:00 PM20:00

Hamilton Loomis!

“I learned long ago that whenever music is coming from you, from deep inside your soul and from the right place, people will feel that on a deeper level and might not even know what’s going on inside of themselves.”

A protégé of Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at the age of 16 at Houston’s famed venue Rockefeller’s. Before the night was over, Loomis was onstage playing guitar with the legend. Loomis and crew shine on stage proving his music is best experienced in person, where one can see and hear its intended splendor.

Tickets: $15 or 2 for $25!

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Haseena & the OT!
Jan
15
7:30 PM19:30

Haseena & the OT!

Some of the area's top cats in the Jazz world come together to create an unforgettable night of live music! 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!

Tickets: $5 at the door

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T. Wilson King and author Jerry Wilson!
Jan
12
8:00 PM20:00

T. Wilson King and author Jerry Wilson!

T. Wilson King is an icon in the Midwest roots music scene. He has shared the stage with many great artists including the legendary B.B. King! Jerry Wilson is a published author and environmentalist. He will be doing readings from his two latest novels, Seasons of the Coyote: A Year on Prairie Bluff. and “Eden to Orizaba”.

Tickets: $8 at the door

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Eddie "Devil Boy" Turner - Rock and Blues
Jan
11
8:00 PM20:00

Eddie "Devil Boy" Turner - Rock and Blues

Born in Cuba and raised in Chicago, Eddie "Devil Boy" Turner first picked up a guitar at the age of 12. He honed his craft growing up in Chicago, and later Colorado, and his music shows the diverse influences of the Afro-Cuban sounds of his homeland and the deep blues of his adopted country. A diverse blend of rock, voodoo blues and R&B peppered with African rhythms, Turner's music moves the feet while simultaneously haunting the soul.

Tickets only $10 at the door!

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Chris Shutters Band!
Dec
22
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Shutters Band!

Chris Shutters is a gifted songwriter, guitarist and vocalist whose prodigal talent and relentless passion are immediately recognizable in every performance. His blues-laced rock and roll originals showcase his innate ability to combine unmistakable soul with unbelievable technical prowess.

Tickets: $10 at the door

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The Haymakers Band!
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

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 are only $10!

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Jon Dee Graham & Ben de la Cour!
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

Jon Dee Graham & Ben de la Cour!

Jon Dee Graham is a guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. A former member of the True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo, Graham is the only musician ever to be inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times.

“Ben de la Cour brings to mind a young Townes Van Zandt. He shares a similarly cynical worldview and world-weary, rakish persona, and sings in an assured baritone that he would probably prefer was fueled by quality bourbon, although rotgut might do the job in a pinch. And as he makes clear from the git-go, he’s no stranger to being in a pinch…”

Tickets are only $10!

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CANCELLED - Josh Hoyer & the Soul Colossal!
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

CANCELLED - Josh Hoyer & the Soul Colossal!

"If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer. The Lincoln, Nebraska, soul shouter, and his band of merry soulsters, Soul Colossal, deliver a sound so big, so funky, so wring-the-sweat-out-of-you energetic that it reaches through the speakers and shakes you until you start moving to its groove." 

Tickets are only $10!

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The Tinder Box!
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

The Tinder Box!

The Tinder Box emerged as a three-member band with the driving force of most full-bands. Foot-tapping kick hits, elevated banjo picking, complementary trumpet fills and full harmonies have helped to already create a name for this young band; who is currently receiving air-play on college/indie radio stations across the US and international air-play in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil.

Tickets are only $10!

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Shawn Holt & the Teardrops!
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

Shawn Holt & the Teardrops!

Shawn Holt is the son of Blues Legend Magic Slim. The high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well and if you like what Magic Slim and The Teardrops have been doing for the last 35 years, you can continue to enjoy that unique sound and energy with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad's band.

Shawn Holt and The Teardrops are winners for Best New Artist Debut - Daddy Told Me by the Blues Foundation (BMA) 2014. And also won the 2014 Blues Blast Music Award for New Artist Debut Album - Daddy Told Me.

Tickets: $15 or 2 for $25

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DB Rouse - Hobo Lounge Singer
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

DB Rouse - Hobo Lounge Singer

A migrant Americana musician from Milwaukee, D.B. and his guitar, ‘Meal-Ticket’, have worked as a lounge singer on a cruise ship, a singing ranch hand near Austin, TX, and as a hobo musician for the Grand Canyon Railway, all the while writing and refining his original songs and performances. He is an entertainer, a poet, and a published novelist. He is currently sponsored by Kazoobie Kazoos.

Tickets: $5 at the door

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The Claudettes - Chicago Sultry Singing, Piano Power!
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Claudettes - Chicago Sultry Singing, Piano Power!

"A skewed cabaret band of blues, jazz and rockabilly…a sensibility that feels equal parts James Dean and David Lynch."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

In April 2018, the Claudettes released their album "DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM!" Produced by Grammy-winner Mark Neill (Black Keys, J.D. McPherson, Old 97's, Los Straitjackets, Paladins), that album won raves and has sent the band on international tours. This October, they record a new album with another Grammy-winning producer, Ted Hutt (The Devil Makes Three, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly). They're only doing a handful of November and December dates, and one is at Vangarde Arts--so don't miss it!

Tickets: $10 at the door

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Watermelon Slim & the Workers!
Nov
2
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 or 2 for $25

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Mat D. & the Profane Saints!
Oct
20
8:00 PM20:00

Mat D. & the Profane Saints!

"It’s a crying shame that the world at large isn’t familiar with these guys yet. It’s time for that to change. Country, Americana, Southern rock, call it what you want to call it. I’ll just call it badass." Fred Phillips

Known as the "Hemingway of the Highway" to his fans, singer-songwriter Mathew deRiso has performed with band mates Kurt Mullins and Jeff Deignan as Mat D and the Profane Saints since 2006.  The band has made a name for itself performing all original material ranging from Blues, Rock and Country that critics have hailed as "A Young Steve Earle with a more powerful set of Pipes" and "Hard Luck Americana"

Tickets: $10 at the door

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Jim Lauderdale - An Americana Icon!
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Jim Lauderdale - An Americana Icon!

Jim Lauderdale is both a "songwriter's songwriter," who's written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists like Ralph Stanley, George Strait, Elvis Costello, Blake Shelton and Vince Gill to name a few. As a solo artist, since 1986 up until now, he's created a body work spanning 29 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock, as well as helping pave the way for the current Americana movement. In 2016 at the Americana Honors and Awards show, he received the WagonMaster Lifetime Achievement Award!

Tickets: $20 or 2 for $35 advance/$25 at the door

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