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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

 



Here’s some photos from the Barn Again Cowboys’ show from last night at Cole’s. These Cowboys were fronted by Ethan Kinsella who he sure can sing ’em. Dan Whitaker was rippin’ it up on lead guitar and Mike Drassler was playin’ it pretty all night on the pedal steel. Played ole Hank tunes, Kinsella’s originals, and even ‘Home on the Range’ was in there. If the good lord’s willing, maybe we’ll see this one-off band play again some day. We sure had a good time fellas!

 

Upcoming Events

Oct
19
Thu
6:00 pm Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout @ The Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile, they play blues. They also play country. Ragtime. Hot Jazz. Hillbilly. It’s all the same to them. It’s all taken from the same deep, muddy well called American Music that existed long before wise guy marketing goons and interweb algorithms decided to categorize and sub-categorize the whole mess.
9:00 pm Mountainaires @ Outtaspace
Mountainaires @ Outtaspace
Oct 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mountainaires @ Outtaspace @ The Outtaspace
Drinking, dancing, and carrying-on! Third Thursdays with the Mountainaires at the Outtaspace. Kip, Jon, and Josh bring the classic country, featuring many of the pre-war siblings acts (Delmore Brothers, Louvin Brothers, Shelton brothers, etc.). 3rd Thursdays from 9-11 Mountainaires The Outtaspace
Oct
20
Fri
5:30 pm The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle
The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle @ Empty Bottle
  First, it’d be a sin if you love country music, you’re in Chicago, and you don’t spend the nub of your Friday evening enjoying The Hoyle Brothers’ weekly dose of free Chicago country music at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western)! Ya gotta catch what has become a weekly “kick off yer weekend” tradition of drinkin’,[...]
Oct
21
Sat
8:30 pm Junior Brown @ FitzGerald’s Nigh...
Junior Brown @ FitzGerald’s Nigh...
Oct 21 @ 8:30 pm
Junior Brown @ FitzGerald's Nightclub @ FitzGerald's Nightclub
https://www.juniorbrown.com/ In the early nineties Brown and his band (including wife Tanya Rae) relocated to Texas to the active Austin music scene and landed a weekly gig at the Continental club. Having worked as a sideman for many of the Austin-based acts over the years, Junior was already well familiar with the town. His unique and entertaining[...]
9:30 pm Phyllis’ Honky Tonk Night w/Dan ...
Phyllis’ Honky Tonk Night w/Dan ...
Oct 21 @ 9:30 pm
Phyllis' Honky Tonk Night w/Dan Whitaker, Crop Duster 4 @ Phyllis' Musical Inn @ Phyllis' Musical Inn
  Phyllis’ Honky Tonk Night Saturday October 21st with two local favorites Crop Duster 4 followed by Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders. The fun starts at 9:30, $5 at the door.   https://www.facebook.com/shinebenders/ https://www.facebook.com/cropduster4/
Oct
22
Sun
1:30 pm Chicago Honky Tonk Presents a FR...
Chicago Honky Tonk Presents a FR...
Oct 22 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Chicago Honky Tonk Presents a FREE Sunday Matinee w/ The Family Gold and Ryan Koenig @ Empty Bottle (Free Two-Step Lessons) @ The Empty Bottle
FREE // 1:30PM // 21+ Chicago Honky Tonk is back for another round of po-dunkin’ and talley waggin’ this fall. Now with more honk to thetonk! 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[...]
11:00 pm The Joel Paterson Trio feat. Chr...
The Joel Paterson Trio feat. Chr...
Oct 22 @ 11:00 pm – Oct 23 @ 2:00 am
The Joel Paterson Trio feat. Chris Foreman @ The Green Mill @ The Green Mill
  The Joel Paterson Trio, Featuring Chris Foreman, performs every Sunday night at the famous Green Mill cocktail Lounge, playing a late night organ trio set behind the bar from 11pm to 2am.
Oct
26
Thu
6:00 pm Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout @ The Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile, they play blues. They also play country. Ragtime. Hot Jazz. Hillbilly. It’s all the same to them. It’s all taken from the same deep, muddy well called American Music that existed long before wise guy marketing goons and interweb algorithms decided to categorize and sub-categorize the whole mess.
8:00 pm Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders ...
Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders ...
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders play Country & Roots Thursdays @ Smoke Daddy @ Smoke Daddy
  Country & Roots Thursdays at Smoke Daddy 8-10:30, free admission and great BBQ   Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders play an Ameripolitan mix of honky-tonk, western swing and hillbilly jazz, featuring Dan’s original songs. Since 2002 they’ve entertained audiences with countless dance-friendly shows in Chicago and the Midwest while supporting their independent releases. On lead vocals[...]
Oct
27
Fri
5:30 pm The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle
The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle
Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle @ Empty Bottle
  First, it’d be a sin if you love country music, you’re in Chicago, and you don’t spend the nub of your Friday evening enjoying The Hoyle Brothers’ weekly dose of free Chicago country music at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western)! Ya gotta catch what has become a weekly “kick off yer weekend” tradition of drinkin’,[...]