Jamie O’Reilly & Michael Smith @ The VENUE, new music series

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SONGS OF A CATHOLIC CHILDHOOD

with Dyed in the Wool

 Shows start at 8:00 PM
All seats $25
1550 S. State, Chicago, Il
PH: 312-674-0001

Website: thevenueat1550sstate.com

On Saturday Sept 15, the folk band Dyed in the Wool opens for Songs of a Catholic Childhood, inaugurating a monthly music series at “The Venue,” a new one hundred fifty seat plus concert space at 1550 S. State Street. The series is the latest venture for musical entrepreneur John Devens, who ran the World Music Center in Beverly for 17 years and booked some of the area’s finest folk and singer/songwriters.

This time around Devens is partnering with Daystar Center, a not-for-profit located at 1550 S. State in Chicago’s ever-expanding and vibrant south loop business district

A stone’s throw from the new Columbia College Film Center, and within walking distance of south Loop restaurants and residences, The Center, already a formidable presence on the block, houses Daystar School and the Overflow Coffee Bar, and boasts its own parking lot

Devens says, “We want to make The Center a destination place for tourists and locals. With the addition of this exciting monthly concert series and special film screenings in our plans, we will provide a range of cultural experiences for audiences.”

The Venue concert series will feature an eclectic roster of Chicago area entertainers, and touring acts from folk to jazz artists, acoustic ensembles and songwriters, presented on a monthly basis

Located just minutes from Lake Shore Drive and I-90. The Venue has a parking lot and is handicapped accessible. Beer and wine available some nights.  Overflow Coffee Bar (in the front of the Venue), offers espresso drinks and treats

The inaugural line-up includes:
Grand Opening
SEPTEMBER
Saturday, Sept 15 at 8:00 PM
Opening: Dyed in the Wool: American Folk with a Celtic Edge
AND Jamie O’Reilly and Michael Smith
Songs of a Catholic Childhood: School Days
A Liberating Musical Journey from Chicago’s Beloved Musical Duo

OCTOBER
Saturday, Oct 27 at 8:00 PM
Michael Smith, Singer/songwriter
One of America’s Finest Songwriters

Coming in January Sons of the Never Wrong

 

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MORE ABOUT THE SHOWS

Dyed in the Wool: American Folk with a Celtic Edge

To kick-off the exciting new South Loop concert series, Artistic Director John Devens bring his own musical ensemble to The Venue. Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune says of Dyed in the Wool: “There are a lot of bands in Chicago, a lot of very good bands. Among the very best is Dyed In The Wool, a gathering of grand musical talents and sweet sensibilities that can handle traditional tunes in ways that make them fresh and vibrant and create original tunes that will stay with you forever.”

John, who plays guitar and does some writing for the group, is joined by multi-talented Meghan McKown on vocals, Julia Dusek-Devens on flute and vocal, and Jim White on rhythm guitar.

“This September inaugural concert is an opportunity to thank our World Folk/Beverly audience for their years of support, and invite music lovers throughout the Chicago area to make The Venue their new favorite place,” Devens says.

More about Dyed in the Wool, go to: http://www.dyedinthewool.net/

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Songs of a Catholic Childhood: School Days
Jamie O’Reilly and Michael Smith
with John Abbey
A Liberating Musical Journey from Chicago’s Beloved Musical Duo

Hear the SONGS audio sampler © J.O’Reilly Productions

“Gorgeous, glorious, heart-breaking/warming/stopping, tears of laughter and sorrow performance last night! Would not have missed it for the world
Thank you for your beautiful voices, music, and souls.”
– Belinda Bremner, Writer. Actor, Director

“Together Smith and O’Reilly have created a two-hour song tribute to the American Catholic Experience. This is not a nun-bashing, priest eviscerating abattoir, but a banquet of touching memory.”- Pat Hickey, Blogger

Jamie O’Reilly and Michael Smith focus on back-to-school memories with their September 15th performance of Songs of a Catholic Childhood: School Days at The Venue.  O’Reilly and Smith, with John Abbey on bass, perform a range of stories and songs: from folk songs and hymns to Mary, to pub songs and Leonard Cohen, to a nostalgic tribute to Catholic icons of film. Through this personal and profound portrait of the America of the 40’s, 50s, and 60s– Michael as the oldest of six in the working class Irish/Italian neighborhoods of post WWII New Jersey; Jamie as a Baby-Boomer, and middle kid, in a huge artistic family, in a small Illinois town–they celebrate the wonder of childhood and the wisdom of our years.

More:https://www.jamieoreilly.com/production/special-projects/songs-of-a-catholic-childhood/

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Michael Smith, Singer/songwriter
Saturday, Oct 27 at 8:00 PM
One of America’s Finest Songwriters

In powerful songs, award-winning musical scores, and unforgettable recordings – musical mastery is in whatever Michael does.

Recently singled out by critics for his performance as the Captain in Lookingglass Theatre’s stirring production of Eastland, Michael P. Smith is back on the road in this fall in his real-life role as singer/songwriter.  One of the most captivating songwriters in the folk arena, Michael has toured the United States and Canada for nearly five decades–from Kerrville, Texas to Juneau, Alaska. He creates new work on a constant basis, and his songs are recorded by an extensive list of performers, Steve Goodman and Jimmy Buffet among them. Michael’s beloved song “The Dutchman,” a signature piece for the late Liam Clancy (heard on the Celtic Thunder PBS television special, and CD), is considered a classic.

His October 27th appearance at The Venue will be his only Chicago solo show this fall prior to his departure to tour in Canada with the John McDermott Trio.

More:  michaelsmithmusic.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OCTOBER

Saturday, Oct 27 at 8:00 PM

Michael Smith, Singer/songwriter

One of America’s Finest Songwriters

 

 

Recently singled out by critics for his performance as the Captain in Lookingglass Theatre’s stirring production of Eastland, Michael P. Smith is back on the road in this fall in his real-life role as singer/songwriter.  One of the most captivating songwriters in the folk arena, Michael has toured the United States and Canada for nearly five decades–from Kerrville, Texas to Juneau, Alaska. He creates new work on a constant basis, and his songs are recorded by an extensive list of performers, Steve Goodman and Jimmy Buffet among them. Michael’s beloved song “The Dutchman,” a signature piece for the late Liam Clancy (heard on the Celtic Thunder PBS television special, and CD), is considered a classic.  His October 27th appearance at The Venue will be his only Chicago solo show this fall prior to his departure to tour in Canada with the John McDermott Trio

For more information about Michael go to michaelsmithmusic.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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