Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

Michaela Anne w/ Glass Mountain @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

See Michaela Anne live on stage at Haymarket’s Americana Concert Series! Glass Mountain opens. Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 – Show starts at 7:30 pm – NO COVER!

Haymarket Pub & Brewery proudly presents our on-going Americana Concert Series. Hear Americana’s hottest artists every Thursday night on the stage in our Drinking and Writing Theater in Chicago’s West Loop.

Michaela Anne

A staple of the New Nashville scene of progressive indie-country artists, Michaela Anne is a writer with narrative depth and a timeless voice, who can honky-tonk with the best of them.

Since relocating to Nashville (after several years living and performing in Brooklyn), Michaela Anne has achieved new creative heights on her latest release, Bright Lights and the Fame. The album’s catchy, complex songwriting and twangy poise yielded widespread critical praise from NPR, The New York Times, Noisey, Rolling Stone, and Stereogum, and others. The album features guest cameos from Rodney Crowell, Cory Chisel, and Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers).

“Michaela Anne is the Answer to Bro Country: “Enter Michaela Anne, who has come out of nowhere as our saving grace, our angel, the person who will help usher us into a new age with her latest album Bright Lights and Fame.” -Noisey (VICE)

“A collection of honky-tonkers and poignant ballads, the record evokes the country-rock sound of the Eagles and the emotional vocals of Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.”
-Rolling Stone Country

” ‘Luisa’ is an energetic highway rambler about hitchhiking to Sacramento. Bolstered by aggressive honky-­‐tonk guitar, rich pedal steel, and a casually commanding lead vocal, it bodes well for Michaela’s upcoming Bright Lights And The Fame.” -Stereogum

“A ravishing female reincarnation of Hank Williams” -Saving Country Music


Glass Mountain

Inspired by a love of old-time and early country, the women of Glass Mountain make music that captures the grit and beauty of the American folk tradition. Their shows have the raw, spontaneous energy of a jam and the soulful intent of a gospel hymn.

The singers and multi-instrumentalists first met through their involvement in Chicago’s folk music scene, and quickly found a kinship playing heartsick love songs, dark mountain ballads, and blazing fiddle tunes. They each bring a different musical vision and experience – with backgrounds in classical performance, old-time jams, and the singer-songwriter circuit – to create a sound that both celebrates and moves beyond the traditional.


Cropduster 4 plays Country & Roots Night @ Smoke Daddy
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Country & Roots Night at Smoke Daddy

8-10:30, free admission and great BBQ

The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


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’, two-steppin’, and good timin’:

EVERY Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hardcore Honky Tonk Happy Hour. The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Ave, Chicago. Free!

Phyllis’ Honky Tonk Night: Tagleweed w/ Dan Whitaker & SB @ Phyllis
Dec 15 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 16 @ 12:30 am

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Tangleweed typically performs at drinking establishments and other communal gathering places, where ordinary people come to wash away the trials and tribulations of their workaday lives. Such venues are far removed from the niceties of the concert hall. Yet they testify to the formative influence that context can exert on performance style. How easily does the plaintive keening of Tangleweed’s vocal harmonies rise above the whine of milk frothers and espresso machines. How cleanly do their finger-picked melodies cut through the din of mobile telephones and personal computing devices.

Dan Whitaker and The Shinebenders

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 and electric guitar, Dan Whitaker trades solos with Tom Mioduki on acoustic, while Earl Power and Chase Jackson hold steady on bass and drums.

DWSB’s latest album, Anything You Wanted To, was recorded by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Soundlabs in Chicago and released Fall 2017. Along with guest appearances from Chicago honky-tonk favorites, it brings together western swing, rockers, instrumentals, and hillbilly songs to create DWSB’s one-of-a-kind sound.

Chicago Honky Tonk Presents The Western Elston, A FREE Sunday Matinee @ Empty Bottle
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 4:15 pm

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!

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

The Joel Paterson Trio feat. Chris Foreman @ The Green Mill
Dec 17 @ 11:00 pm – Dec 18 @ 2:00 am


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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.

Western Elstons @ Simon’s Tavern
Dec 20 @ 8:30 pm

The Western Elstons music mixes classic country, honky tonk, and western swing. The band features Scott Ligon, (guitar and lead vocals), Casey McDonough, (bass and vocals), Joel Paterson, (pedal steel guitar),  and Alex Hall, (drums). You can find them at their residency at Simon’s Tavern playing the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Music starts at 8:30 and goes till 11.

The Lawrence Peters Outfit @ The California Clipper
Dec 20 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 21 @ 12:30 am

Join The Lawrence Peters Outfit for two stompin’ sets of un-ruined country music, at local gem The California Clipper.
Get some drinks in you, and find a partner for some two-stepping, waltzing, swing dancing, etc, or just grab a seat, and enjoy the sounds.
Two time Chicago Music Award winners, and 2018 Ameripolitan Award nominees, The Lawrence Peters Outfit, play un-ruined country music, a term Lawrence coined to describe their fiery, deep-rooted honky tonk sound. Best known for his lead vocal on “The Old Black Hen”, for the watershed Songs: Ohia- Magnolia Electric Company album, Peters leads the “Outfit” through his own finely crafted originals, and cherry-picked classics. The band is a super-group of Chi-Town pickers, including Matt Gandurski on lead guitar, Dave Sisson on rhythm guitar and harmonies, and Josh Piet on upright bass.

Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.