Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tickets on Sale Friday for New Performances at Mayne Stage The Best Acts Play Mayne Stage

Mayne Stage continues to introduce new acts to its star-studded fall roster including the addition of Cathy Richardson with special guest Wendy Colonna, Colin Tyler, Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce, Eastern Conference Champions, Las Guitarras de España with specials guests Morikeba Kouyate and Satya, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, DJ Tudo, Talvin Singh, B1GT1ME and Old Canes. Mayne Stage also announced The Loneliest Monk as the opening act for Drew Andrews & The Spectral Cities October 8. Tickets to new shows are on sale this Friday, August 27 at 10 a.m.

Cathy Richardson with special guest Wendy Colonna, September 12
Cathy Richardson makes her Mayne Stage debut Sunday, September 12 with an opening guest at 8:30 p.m., followed by special guest Wendy Colonna at 9:20 p.m. and ending with Richardson at 10:20 p.m.

Chicago singer/songwriter/Rock Goddess Cathy Richardson returns home for a rare solo, acoustic performance at the beautiful Rogers Park performance space, Mayne Stage. To see Richardson live is as much concert as it is a transcendent experience, she conjures up spirits and makes magic, hair raises on the back of your neck as her voice vibrates waves of energy that seem to penetrate directly into your soul. You have been physically changed. You are a believer.

"For my money, Richardson is the best singer in the city and, when she's at her best, in rock today." says critic Dave Miller. Renaissance Woman Richardson could also be called "the hardest working woman in show-business," independently releasing seven award winning albums (billed solo and as Cathy Richardson Band, including the 2004 GRAMMY Nominated Road to Bliss, and 2007 DIY Album of the Year Delusions of Grandeur) starring as Janis Joplin in the acclaimed Off-Broadway and National casts of Love, Janis, and since 2008, touring as lead vocalist for Jefferson Starship. Her latest project, the Macrodots, is a collaboration with San Francisco guitarist and producer Zack Smith. Their debut album the Other Side (available now on iTunes) contains all the hooks and thought-provoking lyrics that fans expect and, with Smith's modern rock influence, showcases Richardson's fearsome voice in a way not captured until now. Their hit single Every Time can currently be heard on Chicago's 93XRT.

Wendy Colonna is an award-winning songwriter and performer of southern soul and poetic lyricism borne of her rich Gulf Coast heritage. Evocative and powerful, her voice ignites both memory and desire. Colonna was voted “Best Singer Songwriter” in Austin, and received the grand prize in the “Famecast International Talent Competition” among other songwriting awards. Her latest album, We Are One, is a harnessing of her Louisiana roots with a collection of songs that are soulful with Gulf Coast harmonies.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The opening act is yet to be announced. Tickets for the show are $15 beginning Friday, August 27 at or (773) 381-4554.

Colin Tyler, September 16
Indie rock/pop artist, Colin Tyler makes his Mayne Stage debut with a concert on Thursday, September 16 at 8:30 p.m.

To insert a typical bio here, listing bands and accomplishments, in order to get to know Colin Tyler is to misunderstand him and his music. Perhaps the best explanation of Colin and his music come from his own words in a recent interview, "... It is my firm belief that here and now our culture is standing at the threshold of a revival; and not just musical, but of all things synthetic. We are begging for something honest and pure in all aspects of our existence; from the foods we eat, to politics and the information we receive, right down to music and art... Music is not supposed to be perfect, it is supposed to be honest..." Colin's music is about the story telling, the experience, the precise moment at which your paths cross to form a real memory that will have an effect which will ripple through your time and your space long after you leave the show. Learn more at

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Supporting acts TBD. Tickets are $7 beginning Friday, August 27 at or (773) 381-4554.

Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce, September 17
Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce perform at Mayne Stage Friday, September 17 at 8:30 p.m.

Shannon McNally brings her alternative country music to Chicago. McNally has toured North America and performed with many highly regarded artists including Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, John Mellencamp, Rufus Wainwright and others. She has appeared on NPR, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mountain Stage and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Learn more at

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 on September 17. Tickets are available at or (773) 381-4554.

Eastern Conference Champions, September 24
Indie-rock band, Eastern Conference Champions, plays Mayne Stage on Friday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m. Specials guests The Sunken Ship, PJ Bond, Koji and Automata open for the ECC.

The Eastern Conference Champions trio of Joshua Ostrander, Greg Lyons and Melissa Dougherty self-released Santa Fe EP in Fall 2009 which was widely received. The ECC, originally from Bucks County, Penn., was recently tapped to contribute an exclusive song to the third installment of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. ECC’s full-length record Speak-ahh is scheduled to launch this fall. Learn more about Eastern Conference Champions at

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The evening begins with The Sunken Ship at 8:30 p.m., followed by a split second set of PJ Bond and Koji, and a third set by Automata before the Eastern Conference Champions take the stage at 11:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and available beginning Friday, August 27 at 10 a.m. at or (773) 381-4554.

Las Guitarras de España, September 26
Las Guitarras de España presents an “Indo-Afro-Flamenco” fusion performance with special guests Morikeba Kouyate (Kora) and Satya (Indian voice) at 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 at Mayne Stage as part of The World Music Fest.

For the past 10 years, Las Guitarras de España has sought to fuse elements of traditional Spanish guitar music and dance with "world music" grooves. Recent collaborations such "Unraveling Rhythms" (with Clinard Dance Theatre),"The Gypsy Trail Series," and "Music and Movement" brought together musicians and dancers from Indian and West African genres to critical acclaim. Patricia Ortega (vocalist), Carlo Basile (guitarist), and Wendy Clinard (flamenco dancer) continue to showcase original compositions and movement in their new work. Renowned Syrian cellist, Kinan Abou-afach has performed at concert halls around the world and toured with Youssou N'dour also joins Las Guitarras de España for this special performance. Also appearing will be percussionist, John Knecht and violinist, Steve Gibons.
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Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and on sale this Friday, August 27 at 10 a.m. at or (773) 381-4554.

World Music Festival Chicago—Sierra
Leone, September 28
Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew of Sierra Leone and DJ Tudo perform at Mayne Stage Tuesday, September 28 at 8 p.m. as part of the World Music Festival Chicago.

Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew gained national recognition in their home country of Sierra Leone and contributed music to the Academy Award-nominated film Blood Diamonds. Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew’s unique sound blends the swagger and funk of hip-hop, the passion and energy of dancehall and the socially conscious vibe of reggae. In their native Sierra Leone, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew are likened to U2 and hailed as the “voice of the voiceless.” Learn more at

Brazilian musician, Alfredo Bello also known as DJ Tudo, combines elements of tradition and funk and believes music is the dialogue between cultures. Learn more about DJ Tudo at or

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available Friday, August 27 at or (773) 381-4554.

World Music Festival Chicago—Indian Classical Fusion, September 29
In conjunction with the World Music Festival Chicago, Talvin Singh performs Indian classical fusion at Mayne Stage Wednesday, September 9 at 8 p.m.

Talvin Singh is perhaps best known as the father of modern Asian electronica music, though he is also a highly celebrated tabla player, record producer and visual practitioner. Drawing inspiration from the classical Indian arts, Singh has created a unique and signature musical genre in its own right. Learn more at

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available Friday, August 27 at or (773) 381-4554.

B1GT1ME at Mayne Stage, October 6
B1GT1ME makes its Mayne Stage debut Wednesday, October 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Chicago-based classic rock band, B1GT1ME, performs the music of Tom Waits. Their show features unusual instrumentation as tuned fire extinguishers, Theremin, trashcans, and a band comprised of Chicago’s finest musicians, boasting an impressive pedigree in the local and national jazz and rock scenes. The group formed in 1996 and was named after Tom Waits' 1988 live album, “Big Time.” The group has exclusively performed Tom Waits songs since 2009. Learn more at

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 beginning Friday, August 27 at or (773) 381-4554.

Old Canes, October 16
Old Canes brings its indie-rock/Americana sounds to Mayne Stage Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m.

Old Canes is a musical band comprising frontman Christopher Crisci (of The Appleseed Cast) on vocals and guitar, Nathan Richardson on drums (The Casket Lottery), Jordan Geiger (of Minus Story) on various instruments, and Aaron Coker on percussion. Old Canes released its first album, Early Morning Hymns in 2004, followed by its second, Feral Harmonic in 2009. Learn more about Old Canes at

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at or (773) 381-4554.

Supporting Acts Announced
The Loneliest Monk, Chicago’s art rock duo, opens for Drew Andrews & The Spectral Cities Friday, October 8. Michelle Morales on cello, keyboard and vocals, has performed with Phillip Glass, Kanye West and The Foo Fighters. Morales is joined by Miles Benjamin on percussion, vocals and tiny pianos, who together bring a cool, haunting performance with elaborate costumes, masks and avant-garde sets. Learn more at Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 on October 8 at or (773) 381-4554.

About Mayne Stage
Mayne Stage is located at 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Mayne Stage showcases emerging and established local and national musical acts, theatrical performances, comedy and more. It is the ideal location for a variety of private events. For more information, or to see a list of upcoming shows, call (773) 381-4554 or visit “Like” Mayne Stage on Facebook at and follow Mayne Stage on Twitter at @MayneStage.

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