October nights at ESS
Oct
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

October nights at ESS

October seems to be a particularly auspicious time for Crooked Mouth and ESS—playing shows here in the Halloween month is becoming something of a tradition. Join us for two nights of music, with new stuff and special guests!

ESS is a sonic Chicago institution and we love working and playing with them.

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October nights at ESS
Oct
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

October nights at ESS

October seems to be a particularly auspicious time for Crooked Mouth and ESS—playing shows here in the Halloween month is becoming something of a tradition. Join us for two nights of music, with new stuff and special guests!

ESS is a sonic Chicago institution and we love working and playing with them.

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Prop show!
Sep
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Prop show!

The Crooked Mouth returns to Prop Thtr for another Sunday evening of music and banter. Something about the Prop space kicks Beau's improvisational storytelling into high gear and there is no end to the entertainments spilling from his lips.

As an added bonus, Maci Greenberg and Zoe Miller will open for us with a short set of covers. You don't want to miss this.

Tickets are $15 or pay what you can. Always and forever.

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Summer show at Wishbone!
Aug
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

Summer show at Wishbone!

The Crooked Mouth returns to one of our favorite venues, Wishbone North. Come and share a fine selection of drinks and comfort food at this excellent restaurant, while witnessing the debut performance of a number of new songs.

We have missed you.  

Tickets are $15 or pay what you can!

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Cabaret Prop'd! (some enchanted evening)
Feb
17
9:00pm 9:00pm

Cabaret Prop'd! (some enchanted evening)

The Crooked Mouth will be the February 17th guest at Cabaret Prop'd! The Prop Thtr's curated variety show running every Friday throughout the festival. The weekly delights feature Yves Francois(music), Viktoria (dance), Diva La Vida (burlesque), Emma Bice (hoop), Jill Erickson (story), Robin Fine (poet), AlleyCat (dance), and Improper Behavior (band), along with a different guest band.

Visit the rhinofest calendar page for a full schedule!

 

Tickets are $15 or pay what you can. Always and forever.

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Rhinofest Full Moon Vaudeville
Jan
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Rhinofest Full Moon Vaudeville

Help us kick off the 28th annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival with the traditional opening night Vaudeville. The guest list will be varied and excellent, as ever, hosted by us truly. Come early, because it always sells out. Tickets are $15 or pay what you can!

Be sure to check out the full Rhinofest schedule at the link above. Lots of excellent work to sample and savor.

 

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Acoustic House Concert
Jan
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Acoustic House Concert

We sure do love playing in a living room--intimate, quiet, cozy. Just right for a January Saturday night. Come on over to Brook's house and we will sing for you. Maybe you will sing for us to. However it goes, we will be together. And that is the point.

Admission is free. We will pass the hat a time or two. See you there.

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House concert at Emmy & Ira's with the Foots
May
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

House concert at Emmy & Ira's with the Foots

Take a look at this picture of 80 Foots per Minute. Are they not the finest looking string band in town? They are. And we get to play with them, in the house of Emmy Bean (with the flower in her hair) and Ira Murfin (not pictured, but also a fine looking gentleman). Our lovin' T-Roy does double musical duty this night, so we will be sure to keep him hydrated. Our last time round in this venue was a delight, and tonight will be no different. Join us!

Emmy Bean, T-Roy Martin, Chris Schoen

Emmy Bean, T-Roy Martin, Chris Schoen

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Rhinofest music series - week 2
Feb
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

Rhinofest music series - week 2

Throughout the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, the Crooked Mouth will share a musical Tuesday evening with a special guest. This week features our old friend, Jeff Kowalkowski. He's a brilliant pianist and composer, member of Jack the Dog, Lucky Pierre, King Pignacious, and other projects. He's also working with us on engineering our new record.

Check back to see if week 3 brings another Jeff with it!

 

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Soltice Winter Christmas
Dec
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Soltice Winter Christmas

Join us at the Side Project as we shepherd in the holiday season with lovely people, words, and musics. We will be joined by Andrew Calhoun, clan matriarch, Winifred O'Reilly, and Janet Sayre. Jenny will lead us in some caroling, and that, friends, is as warm and wonderful as it is likely to get this winter.

Tickets are $15 or pay what you can.

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After Playing God
Nov
28
10:00pm10:00pm

After Playing God

Mat Rieger's newest theatrical offering, Playing God, opens at the Prop Thtr in October for a 6 week run. In the spirit of Thanksgiving weekend during that run, we will play a late night after-concert. The time on this entry says 10:00pm, which is an approximation. We'll be setting up and be ready sometime after the play is over. Could be 9:45, could be 10:15. (It won't be 10:15.) What you really should do is come and see the show and then you will already be in place and you don't need to trouble yourself further about time. What is time, anyway? A construct. An inconvenient construct.

Tickets are $15 or pay what you can. As ever.

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March, in December
Dec
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

March, in December

Taking over the Side Project for one Friday evening during the run of Beau O'Reilly and Julia Williams' play, March.

We will be joined by Eve's Undoing, a uke-centered band of great charm, featuring front man Jeff Weisfeld, his wife, Eve Ludwig, Mark Miller, Curtis Ruptash, John Beard, and Pickles O.

Eve's Undoing

Eve's Undoing


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opening for The Dysfunctionells
Nov
8
to Nov 9

opening for The Dysfunctionells

That's right. Chicago favorites The Dysfunctionells are reuniting for an evening of wonder and music at the Gallery Cabaret, and The Crooked Mouth gets to open for them. You know you want to see what Vernon Tonges will get up to onstage. He's not in town very often—don't miss your chance.

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Andersonville
Oct
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Andersonville

It's our first bookstore gig, and what a bookstore it is. W&CF is a Chicago institution and a unique and excellent place to spend an evening. We will be joined by our friend and favorite performance poet, Sheila Donohue.

Tickets are $7 - $10 sliding scale

Women & Children First Books

5233 N. Clark
Chicago, IL

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Roots Fest 5: Come & Get Your Love
Aug
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Roots Fest 5: Come & Get Your Love

Annual Backyard Music Party
Hosted by Jamie O’Reilly
Roots Salon in Lincoln Square
(private address, password to get in! contact Jamie for details)
$15 donation (annual fundraiser)
 

We are playing with:
Midnight Moxie
Jamie O’Reilly & Friends (acoustic set)
The Push Push
Paul Amandes Band
Lost and Foundry

Featured visual artist Loretta Line (inside gallery)

This is one of our favorite gigs, and our fourth time doing it. The weather is always perfect, and the music is always good. Join us.

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60 Story Animal at Roots Festival
May
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

60 Story Animal at Roots Festival

It's Beau's 61st birthday. Join us at Jamie's house in Lincoln Square for some glass and/or roof raising to honor the start of his 7th decade.

The evening begins with the final performance of Judith Harding and Beau in Samuel Beckett's This Old Tune and Text for Nothing 1. They kill, and are not to be missed. After which, we will play a full set. Full!

Call 773-203-7661 or email Jamie at roots@jamieoreilly.com for reservations and location information.

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