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Don Diego Trio and Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders

FREE // Doors 1 PM // 21+ Feb. 18th

Join us for the fifth installment of our free Sunday Matinee series at the Empty Bottle. This time we’re excited to host Italy’s own Don Diego Trio, who blend virtuoso guitar licks and rockabilly honky-tonk to create their unique sound. You won’t want to miss catching this exciting band while they’re on their U.S. tour! Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders open the show with their take on honky-tonk classics along with original tunes. Doors open at 1:00; free dance lessons start at 1:30, and music starts at 2:00. And don’t forget it’s FREE!

Hailing from Sicily, the Don Diego Trio are nominated for the Ameripolitan Awards as Best Rockabilly Band for the third year in a row, and are in the U.S. to attend and play at the awards. Telecaster master “Don” Diego Geraci, after 20 years of continuous activity with the Adels, decided in 2014 to put together his own trio, which blends classic rockabilly, sixties country, and honky-tonk, as well as his own “Italian taste”. Joining Diego on guitar and vocals is Sandro Pittari on drums and Luca Chiappara on double bass.

In October 2017 the Don Diego Trio released their fourth album, titled “Greetings From Austin” (El Toro Records – Spain). It was recorded totally live in Austin, at the Ameripolitan Recording Studio, owned by Dale Watson, and it is the most exciting album the band has ever recorded. The album is produced by Mario Monterosso, a longtime friend of Diego, (and an excellent guitarist), who now lives in the USA and plays in Dale Watson’s band. The album features lots of “Ameripolitan friendly” artists like Teri Joyce, Mike Maddux, Chris Casello and Ted Branson.

Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders play a mix of roots music best described as urban honky tonk. Songwriter, guitarist, and singer Dan Whitaker created the Shinebenders to convey his songs in the beloved format formerly known as country music. Since 2004 they’ve entertained audiences in their hometown of Chicago and throughout the Midwest while supporting their independent releases. Recently they played Honky Tonk Tuesday at Nashville’s American Legion Post 82, a weekly event that’s helping keep Nashville’s legendary honky-tonk culture alive.

 

The Shinebenders include fellow Chicago music veterans Tom Mioducki on acoustic guitar and vocals, Earl “T-Bone” Powers on upright bass and Eric “Chase” Niffenegger on drums. Their latest album, Anything You Wanted To, was recorded by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Soundlabs in Chicago and released in October 2017. The album brings together western swing, rock and roll, country-jazz and hillbilly songs to create DWSB’s one-of-a-kind sound.

 

 




Watch the full interview with festival organizer Lawrence Peters to learn how it all got started, and more about the man’s love for country music in general.

This was a great summer for honky-tonk—and the best day of all was A Day in the Country.

It had just a little of everything that makes honky-tonking in Chicago great. Lawerence Peters did a bang-up job booking some of the finest bands around so we could hear songs that made us cry into our beer and then dance to forget.

The 10th Day in the Country at the Hideout was probably the best one we’ve ever been to. This time, Lawrence invited the big name, beloved, national act and recording star Jim Lauderdale to join the lineup of our own beloved, local, Chicago honky-tonk bands.

When Jim walked onstage, it was like being in honky-tonk church. He sang his heart out and was as gracious as can be, just him and his guitar. His songs made a magical summer day shine even that much better.

Besides the music, there were a ton of other good things going on that we have Lawrence to thank for. Plates of steaming barbecue, damn good pie, and a reason to get together with some of the finest honky-tonkers in Chicago. We call that time well spent.

Goodbye for now, summer. But you bet we’ll be back for A Day in the Country next year.

 

 

 



This one’s a treat, folks. Join us and the fine folks at Fitzgerald’s for an evening of toe-tapping American music, starring Minnesota’s own Jack Klatt backed by a band of special guests. You also won’t want to miss Chris Casello & The Corsairs’ white-hot rockabilly stylings with a hillbilly twist. Come early for the outlaw sounds of Joe Wortell & The Western Stars — and a free dance lesson with Louie Stallone. Can’t wait to see y’all there.

Doors open at 7 pm. Free dance lesson with Louis Stallone at 8 pm.
Fri, Oct 13 2017, 8:30pm – $10 – Tickets

JACK KLATT: Part balladeer and part bluesman, Jack is a dedicated songwriter and finger-style guitarist based in Minneapolis, MN. His unique sound defies genre with influences that pull from a wide range of American music. From Rhythm and Blues and early Rock N’ Roll, to country and folk music Jack brings his unique voice to all of his songs. In the word of Americana Roots UK “Jack doesn’t rely on other writers for his diversity, he can write in pretty much any musical style of his choosing.”  He’s won recognition from the MN state arts board, recorded alongside “Spider” John Koerner, and made it onto Daytrotter’s list of best songs in 2014. His 2016 release “Shadows in the Sunset” has been praised as “an eminently satisfying, slow rolling, Country/Blues album” by No Depression and made it onto Saving Country Music’s list of 2016 essential albums.

THE CORSAIRS featuring CHRIS CASELLO: We are a burning hot rockabilly band from Chicago. Mixing hillbilly music with rhythm and blues, we create new fangeled music everybody is dancing to. https://www.facebook.com/chriscasellocorsairs/

JOE WORTELL & THE WESTERN STARS: Joe Wortell and the western stars are a Four-piece Classic Outlaw country band from Chicago and Nashville that play clever and inspired arrangements that fuse subtle hints of Blues, Surf, R&B and Pop with the great songs of Hank, Waylon, Merle, Cash and beyond. These along with their fine crafted originals can veer into spirited improvisational jams but never stray too far from the essence of a great song. https://www.facebook.com/joewortandthewesternstars/

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