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1:30PM // FREE // 21+

CHICAGO HONKY TONK continues its popular Sunday matinee series with a Holiday Special show featuring Chicago favorites THE WESTERN ELSTONS!

THE WESTERN ELSTONS are a classic honky tonk and rockabilly band with strong roots in 50’s to 60’s country and western swing.

Holiday Pop Up Shop featuring Dethrose Vintage and more! https://www.etsy.com/shop/dethrosevintage

Free Two Step dance lesson from Jeffrey Cannon, starting at 1:30!

Doors open at 1pm. The first 50 people will receive a FREE Chicago Honky Tonk koozie at the door! RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/846686582171313/



FREE // 1:30PM // 21+ Oct. 22nd

Chicago Honky Tonk is back for another round of po-dunkin’ and talley waggin’ this fall. Now with more honk to the tonk!

FREE DANCE LESSONS START AT 1:30PM SHARP!

RYAN KOENIG (Pokey LeFarge, Rum Drum Ramblers) settles in to send you dancin’ to the moon. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, RYAN spends much of his time touring with a variety of internationally recognized musical acts. He is a proud native of Saint Louis, MO, but his career as a professional musician has brought him around the globe, puttin’ a spell on amazed crowds everywhere. Too dangerous to stop. Too gone to turn back jack!

THE FAMILY GOLD performs original classic country and hillbilly blues. Recommended for the two-steppers, whiskey drinkers, and all around American music lovers. Their debut EP, Alright Now, will take you on a journey to simpler times where the sun is shining, the well is strong, and the air is free.

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We’re thrilled to have Jack Klatt on board for our Friday the 13th show at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub! We sat down with Jack and made a little video to help you get to know him better. Joining him at the show will be The Corsairs feat. Chris Casello, and Joe Wortell & The Western Stars. Doors open at 7, Louie Stallone’s dance lesson starts at 7:30!

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Come join us for another Sunday matinee with Cropduster & The Amazing Heeby Jeebies! This fine event will be held at The Empty Bottle on Sunday, August 20th from 2pm to 4:15pm. Show up early for a free dance lesson! The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N Western Ave. See you all there!

 



On July 13th, Chicago Honky Tonk presented Joe Wortell, Hodie Snitch and Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders. Thanks again to Martyrs’ for letting us host such a wonderful event at your fine establishment!

Joe and Jeff show us their sweet western fashions.

Joe Wortell and His Band making their first appearance on stage. Killer set fellas!
 Hodie Snitch keeps the crowd dancing with some energetic outlaw country tunes.

Closing out the night was Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders playing their own brand of country originals.

Thanks dancers and everyone else that came out, we sure had a fun time! See y’all at the next one!



Here’s some photos from FitzGerald’s 36th Annual American Music Festival with The Deslondes, Jack Klatt and a surprise visit from Pat Reedy!

The Deslondes playing some killer tunes from their new record Hurry Home

Jack Klatt played a wonderful solo set in the Sidebar

Jack told us a little about himself and what his inspirations are for the music he writes.

We chatted with The Deslondes’ Sam, John James and Riley about their new album Hurry Home (Interview to come)

Pat Reedy decided to share some stories as well. (Pat on the left)

John James shows us his Pat Reedy tattoo

The DeslondesFacebook  Hurry Home

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Join us for a Sunday matinee with Bailey Dee & her Late Nite Bait along with Gin Palace Jesters. Grab your boots and come on out to the Empty Bottle for some midday scootin’ with us from 2 to 4.

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God bless those Hoyle Brothers, weekly delivering us our sermon straight from the good book of hard-hitting honky tonk classics. The Empty Bottle host the Hoyles each week for a Honky Tonk Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30. Here you’ll find one of the best dance scenes that Chicago has to offer, keeping the two-step alive and as vibrant as it ever was.

 



Last Thursday we presented our first official Chicago Honky Tonk show. Joining us at Martyr’s were The Country Doctors, followed by Lonesome Still and headlined by Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders. Can’t wait to see all you honky-tonkers again at the next one!

Chicago Honky Tonk Presents
The Country Doctors
Lonesome Still 
Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders

 



Sunday night’s benefit for wounded veterans had the whole floor dancing. The Heartbeat Hoedown had a huge turn-out and these honky tonkers were ready to have a good time. It was a fundraising event for Dancing Well: The Soldier Project. Their mission is to use community dance to restore the well-being of veterans and families affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

The night kicked off with some old time fiddle music which really got the crowd moving. Joining hands with each other, the crowd created a long bouncing snake that wrapped around the whole room weaving in and out around the bystanders and through their own line.

The event was hosted by Tee Claw who taught the dances as the night went along.

Up next was a good ole fashioned square dance called by our host Tee Claw himself. Every inch of the floor was covered with dancers swinging and laughing.

There was some great Cajun music after the square dance. Tee taught us all how to Cajun two-step to it. Then it was time for the raffle followed by Daphne Fleur and the Haggard Review with some good ole honky tonk tunes and country music. One lucky winner from the raffle took home a whole box of homemade cookies! Other winners took home CDs from the bands and first prize got some cash!

Well done on this great event KickstandProductions, Old Lazarus’ Harp, Tee Claw and anyone else involved. It sure was a great time!

Bands that played: Can I Get an Amen – T-Claw Calling southern squares
Les Haricots (mem of Hey, Chère) cajun two-step 101
Daphne Fleur and the Haggard Review

 

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