Sam Moss is a Brattleboro, Vermont based songwriter and string player. In fall 2013 he released his eighth solo album, No Kingdom. Moss has also released two albums with the old-time duo, The Howling Kettles, and compiled Imaginational Anthem Volume Five for Tompkins Square Records. In the fall 2012, he was in residence at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. His work has won high praise from NPR, Dusted, Pop Matters, and Blurt Magazine, among others.

“Eerie and beautiful songwriting, ghostly banjo and guitar, Appalachian roots, and deeply softly enchantingly beautiful vocals… If you’re not paying attention to Sam Moss rolling into 2014, then you’re missing something great happening.”—Devon Leger, No Depression
Evan Cory Levine is an entertainer, producer, and electronics whiz living in Philadelphia, PA. Since moving there in 2011, he has become an in-demand guitarist and vocalist for numerous ensembles specializing in jazz music of the 1920’s, including The Josh Fialkoff Quartet, The Perseverance Jazz Band, Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, and the Red Hot Ramblers. Levine also leads his own groups, performs in The Mahogany Stompers, a duo with percussionist Julius Masri, and The Howling Kettles, an old-timey trio with members spread across the United States. Levine is also an active producer, has worked extensively as a live sound technician, and builds electronic equipment to use in his home studio and in his solo experimental project, Our Boy.

Slo ‘Mo: My love is your love

We’re continuing the celebration of love, positivity and the power of JAMS at our regular residency at the Whistler this Thursday! Visual masters We Theory, who provided the videoscape for our Chop Shop event on Vday, will be joining us again, this time on the decks with Tess. Check out what they do at

Slo ‘Mo: Slow jams for homos (and their fans) is Chicago’s party for lovers hosted by Kristen Kaza with grooves by Tess, including: Anita Baker, Sade, SWV, D’Angelo, Janet Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Maxwell, Beyonce, Mary J Blige + more. Slo ‘Mo’s residency at Logan Square’s The Whistler takes place the third Thursday of every month, and Satellite Slo ‘Mos are hosted sporadically around the city.

Slo ‘Mo welcomes people of all identities, bodies and expressions uniting under the equal opportunistic style of soul music.

On February 27th, CRIMSON GLOW is thrilled to present Po’Chop, Shea Couleé, Kokumo and The Tenderloins in black as eye wanna be, a performance in honor of Black History Month. black as eye wanna be is a performance art piece that seeks to explore and edify the current state of black feminism through music, dance, and audience participation. The evenings’ performers request that attendees bring a small token representing their own relationship with oppression, either experienced or witnessed.

Known as the B.A.M.F of burlesque, Po’Chop is one savory slice sure to leave your mouth watering for more. Having been marinated in over 10 years of dance training, this juicy tenderloin combines story-telling, dance, and elements of theatre to create performances that are described by Chicago critics as “…the most provocative symbol of might onstage..It was as if Po’Chop had captured lightning in a bottle and the bottle was herself.” To see Po’Chop in action visit the ‘Take a Bite’ section for upcoming performances. Po’Chop! The meat, so sweet, even vegetarians want to a eat.

KOKUMO is the CEO/Founder of KOKUMOMEDIA INC. KOKUMOMEDIA INC. is a Black transwoman run and operated multimedia production company that uses music, film, theatre, and literature to illuminate experiences of the TGI community of color. KOKUMOMEDIA INC. specializes in art from the perspectives of Black transwomen. For more information feel free to visit KOKUMOMEDIA.COM

Shea Couleé is equal part Bougie and Banjee. At the tender age of 15, she was spotted by an Ebony Fashion Fare talent scout, and her modeling career took off. She graduated Summa Cum Loudly from the Top Model School For Girls. Now in Chicago, she’s working towards being the FIERCEST Drag MC in the Windy City. You can catch her playing haus with @TrannikaRex and the girls at ‘Trannika’s Most Wanted’ at Scarlet Bar Chicago. Or hanging out at the Dunkin Doughnuts at Clark and Belmont. So Tweet me maybe?

CRIMSON GLOW (Claire Arctander & Latham Zearfoss) creates a space for femminess and feminists who want to dance to, and sing along with, amazing woman-made music from all genres. CRIMSON GLOW is committed in equal measures to allowing engagement with the work of innovative musical pioneers and fostering dance party enjoyment. CRIMSON GLOW is inspired by queer dance parties like Chances Dances and feminist music movements like Riot Grrrl. We welcome women, girls and all other gender expressions. No cover. 21+.

Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub rolls through The Whistler tonight with an all-star lineup featuring:

Matthew Davis - trombone
Roy McGrath - tenor sax
Tom Vaitsas - keys
Brian Citro - guitar
Christopher Merrill - bass
Chris Paquette - percussion
Ted Sirota - drums
Anthony Abbinanti - dub mix, bari sax
Cosmos Ray - vocals
Yanira Marin - vocals

Showtime is at 9:30pm but come early, have a drink, and enjoy the vibe.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in — and came out to — The Whistler Friends and Family Cocktail Challenge last night. Now you too can make these drinks at home. Here are the winning recipes:

Bremerton by Andrew Diefendorf

  • 2 oz Old Heaven Hill Bonded Bourbon
  • 1 oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry
  • .5 oz Fernet Branca
  • Stir. Coupe. Orange twist.

Novecento by Tyler Wong

  • 1.5 oz Overholt Rye
  • .75 oz Gran Classico Bitter
  • .75 oz Pineapple
  • .5 oz Lime
  • .25 oz Simple
  • 2 drops Angostura Bitters
  • Shake. Coupe.

What A Set Off by Demetrius Green

  • 1.5 oz Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum
  • .5 oz Macgavin’s Single Malt Scotch
  • .75 oz Carpano Antica
  • .25 oz Benedictine 
  • 2 dashes of Orange Bitters
  • Stir. On the rocks. Orange twist

(っ◕‿◕)っ ♥ from URL to IRL by Van Nguyen

  • 1 oz City of London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz Suze
  • 1 oz Punt e Mes
  • .25 oz Lemon
  • Stir. On a big rock. Lemon twist.

Blood in the Water by Drew Rodriguez

  • 1 oz City of London Dry Gin
  • .75 oz Campari
  • 2 oz Pineapple
  • .75 oz Lime
  • .5 oz Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura
  • Swizzle. Tiki glass. Pineapple wedge.

Oh My Word by Erik Westra

  • .75 oz Gamle Ode Dill Aquavit
  • .5 oz Letherbee Gin
  • .25 oz Letherbee Malort
  • .25 oz Green Chartreuse 
  • .5 oz Maraschino
  • .5 oz Lime
  • .25 oz Simple
  • Shake. Small rocks glass. Lime wheel.
  • Side note: Erik posted a great writeup about his Cocktail Challenge experience over at his blog, Westra & Whatnot. Check it out.

Ventimiglia by Travis Raebel

  • 2 oz Amaro Nonino
  • 1 oz Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac
  • 1 oz Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Stir. Small rocks glass. Cherry.

The Macedonian by Nicholas Hruza

  • 1 oz Skinos Mastiha Liqueur
  • 1 oz Grapefruit
  • .25 oz Lime
  • .5 oz Maraschino
  • .25 oz Fernet Branca
  • Swizzle. Hurricane glass. Grapefruit twist.

Oaxacan Phoenix by Brett Schuenemann

  • 1.5 oz Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
  • 1 oz Orgeat
  • 0.5 oz Angostura Bitters
  • 0.5 oz East India Solera Sherry
  • 0.75 oz Lime
  • Shake. Collins. Lime wheel.

The Goodwin by Sam Marino

  • 1 oz Agave de Oro Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Amaro Montenegro
  • .5 oz Lime
  • .5 oz Agave Syrup
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Shake. On the rocks. Grapefruit twist.
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Drumroll please… and the winners of The Whistler Friends and Family Cocktail Challenge are:

  • Bremerton by Andrew Diefendorf
  • Novecento by Tyler Wong
  • What A Set Off by Demetrius Green
  • () from URL to IRL by Van Nguyen
  • Blood in the Water by Drew Rodriguez
  • Oh My Word by Erik Westra
  • Ventimiglia by Travis Raebel
  • The Macedonian by Nicholas Hruza
  • Oaxacan Phoenix by Brett Schuenemann
  • The Goodwin by Sam Marino

There are some seriously talented home bartenders out there! We received over sixty submissions for tonight’s event and narrowing them down to the ten that will appear on our menu was much harder then we ever imagined — but we sure had fun sampling them all.

Stop by The Whistler tonight and give our favorites a try. And visit our blog again tomorrow for all of the winning recipes.