April 23 at The Whistler: The Wars at Home, Jared Bartman

Jared Bartman is a songwriter, composer, and bandleader based in Peoria, IL. Bartman combines indie, American folk, Eastern European, and Afro-Cuban music with classical arrangements, and occasionally returning to his rock and roll roots. Bartman’s live shows span from solo performances to large ensemble performances featuring vocal harmonies, string quartet, bass, and percussion accompaniment that recreates the vivid sonic pictures captured in his studio recordings. His new full-length record, Misery Makes Strange Bedfellows, was released in the fall of 2013.

String Collectors: Fridays, 6-8pm at The Whistler

Geoff Farina plays steel string guitar solo and with friends, featuring the music of John Fahey, Elizabeth Cotten, Norman Blake, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Arthur Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Merle Travis, Lonnie Johnson, and other great roots guitarists. Here’s the upcoming schedule for String Collectors:

·       March 14: solo guitar

·       March 21: w/ Last Kind Words

·       March 28: solo guitar

·       April 11: w/ Anthony Burton (double bass, vocals) 

·       April 18: solo guitar

·       April 25: solo guitar

·       May 2: w/ Matt Schneider (guitar) 

·       May 9: solo guitar

·       May 16: w/ Jon Williams (guitar, mandolin, fiddle) 

·       May 23: solo guitar

·       May 30: w/ Kip Rainy (mandolin) 

·       June 6: w/ Nick Macri (double bass)

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Chicago Magazine:

Where to Go on a Milwaukee Avenue Bar Crawl in Logan Square

3. The Whistler

The granddaddy of them all still packs ’em in. Find out why this bar made last year’s “Best of the Best” list. 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Here’s what the Whistler crew likes to eat and drink when visiting our neighbors on Milwaukee Avenue:

1. Parts & Labor: If you’re gluten-free, you’re in luck. They offer their burger with a gluten-free bun and it’s (gasp!) tasty.

2. Analogue: Two words… Chicken sandwich.

3. The Whistler: Duh.

4. The Radler: The wurst goes great with a liter of beer! Try their Haus Helles. And then try another.

5. Chicago Distilling: Moonshine, Logan Square-style.

Wednesday, March 12: Floral Wreaths, Primo Mendoza (solo)

As the leader of Desert Soap and a member of Floral Wreaths, Primo Mendoza has firmly established himself as one of the leading practitioners of groovy in Chicago’s soft rock scene.  On this evening he will be gracing the Whistler’s stage with a generous helping of acoustic and piano-based original melodies which are fundamentally influenced by the sounds contained on the early 70’s solo albums of such artists as David Crosby, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Neil Young.  Join us as this far out-dressed man about town deepens his impression upon the psychedelic consciousness and the hippie subconscious of the Windy City via the power of music and love.

Every Tuesday in March, we present saxophonist/composer Doug Rosenberg with a new cast of collaborators each week. On March 4th, Rosenberg kicks off his residency with a modern, jazzy quintet featuring Marquis Hill, Marcin Fahmy, Patrick Mulcahy, and Xavier Breaker. March 11th will be an electric night with the Ephelon Trio, featuring members of the popular band Sidewalk Chalk. On the 18th, the lineup from Better Than TV will play, including Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, and Makaya McCraven. Finally, a groovy night on March 25th with Andrew Toombs, Bryan Doherty, and Makaya McCraven will bring the residency to a close.