Peter Margasak of the Chicago Reader praises Rio de Janeiro’s Momo (aka Marcelo Frota) for a back-catalog indebted to fellow Brazilians such as Milton Nascimento, Alceu Valenca, and Fagner and Belchior. “But his latest album, the self-released Cadafalso, strips his music down to its essence—just voice and acoustic guitar—so that his songs can step out from behind all those stylistic trappings,” writes Margasak. “Frota’s lovely voice is hushed and his crisp arpeggios are vibrant and cunningly shaped, and only his Portuguese lyrics make him sound particularly Brazilian.”

On October 29th at The Whistler, Momo celebrates the release of his new album, Cadafalso. Brazilian guitar virtuoso Renato Anesi opens.

Chicago Magazine’s 16 Chicago Comics You Should Check Out This Fall:

Sean Flannery, 36

Style: Meandering, booze-infused tales of near-death experiences, sharply told with beer in hand.
Joke: “You should always block aside Sunday mornings. Make time for church or, if you’re like me, figuring out which bar has your jacket.”
Dates: Flannery hosts The Blackout Diaries at venues around town. Go to for more information.

Sean Flannery is performing next week at the Meyvn Presents party at The Whistler on Thursday, October 2nd.


On September 20, Brasstax presents Break Bread: An Evening of Beer, Food and Music featuring Perennial Artisan Ales and Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits at The Whistler.

For this month’s Brasstax, we’re shaking things up. Inspired by our friends who do great work in other industries - in this case craft beer and food - we invited Perennial Artisan Ales and Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits to help create a special event at The Whistler. We want to drink, eat and party with our friends. We want to break bread.

Enjoy Perennial Artisan Ales on draft, paired with special dishes crafted by Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits. Brewer Andy Hille will be on-site to chat beer. Music all night provided by the Brasstax DJs.

Tonight at The Whistler: Housesitters, Coldair

Coldair is the solo effort of Warsaw, Poland based multi-instrumentalist Tobiasz Biliński. His one-man-shows fuse the experimental-folk background with newly-developed love for modern electronic and pop music. After starting out as the drummer for experimental band Kyst — which released two critically acclaimed albums and performed at such festivals as SXSW, Primavera Sound, and Eurosonic — Biliński later decided to let his love for weird pop music take control. He self-released Persephone, a collection of home-recorded, semi-demo songs in September 2010 and toured Poland and Europe extensively while promoting the release. Coldair’s first official album, Far South, was released by a Polish indie-label Antena Krzyku in October 2011. Increasing popularity in his niche and critical acclaim led Biliński to national radio and television appearances. In September 2013 he released his latest album, Whose Blood, and then shortly thereafter, surprised his fans by recording a cover of Justin Timberlake’s hit song “Strawberry Bubblegum”.

Brasstax presents Break Bread: An Evening of Beer, Food and Music
On Saturday, September 20th, join us at The Whistler and enjoy Perennial Artisan Ales on draft, food pairings by Bang Bang Pie, and music all night by the Brasstax DJs. From 6pm-9pm (or until the food is gone) early birds will receive a Bang Bang dish with the purchase of a Perennial beer. From 10pm-3am, stick around for Brasstax proper, as your hosts Guidry and Bizzies explore the path from 0 to 100, from the baby-makers to the two-steppers.