Free concert sunday april 23rd @ 7 pm from the start - with max allard, otto allard, ruben cohen-whitaker
Special friday concert april 21st @ 7 pm andy westly and casual vocals solo and together in an intimate show. no cover
Gather your family and friends for an Easter Brunch at the 'Bone. Whether it's early for a light breakfast or midday for a banquet with mimosas (bottomless, too), fresh cooked ham, waffles and a dozen Benedicts, make your bunnies happy this Sunday at Wishbone.
We are taking reservations for parties of 6 or more, but ask you re-confirm the number and time an hour or so before you arrive. Call (773) 549-2663 to reserve (and confirm). As usual, our brunch is menu-driven and not prix-fixe. We'll have added treats for kids and, depending on weather, may have our patio open as well.
Free concert thursday april 13th @ 7 pm strictly jug nuts brings their joyous jug music every 2nd thursday of the month. come on down!
Saturday, the 1st, marks the 28th annual celebration of Chicago's bard, Nelson Algren, which every year selects individuals or organizations contributing to the cultural and social life of the city. And 2017 the spotlight falls on our own Miki for bringing together diverse musicians, artists and performers in different venues in addition to his own songwriting and playing most notably with Maestro Subgum and the Whole and, more recently, a band called "It's a Girl."
The celebration which falls appropriately on April Fools' Day (in the sense of the opening card of the Tarot), is being held as a carnival symposium at the Bloomingdale Artists Building, 2418 W. Bloomingdale, where the 606 crosses Western. The program begins at 7:30 and admission is $10 or $5 for students and seniors with piano by Erwin Helfer, excerpts by Tony Macaluso from Studs Terkel's radio shows, hosted discussions of Algren's beloved skid row and refections on Hemingway and much, much more. For more information and directions, go to http://nelsonalgren.org/news-and-events.html
While many know Michael or Miki (depending on the circumstance) for his free concert series at Wishbone on Thursdays and Sundays, his roots in Chicago go back much further as creator of the Lunar Cabaret (situated not far south on Lincoln Avenue) and to his compositions and piano for Beau O'Reilly's Maestro for over two decades. Anyone who has spent time with him from his long stint with the Old Town School of Folk Music to the present, is immediately aware that he is one of those remarkable individuals who nurtures art and artists because he is so singularly "in the present." The bicycle you'll always see outside Wishbone with the single gear and plastic bag covered seat--is, of course, Michael's. He also manages the Front of House and is hard to miss darting around the dining room or being caught on a catering call behind the counter.
What many don't know is that Miki is also a fine photographer; ran a cibachrome lab in Bucktown for many well known photographers AND is the very proud father of 4 girls--one of whom took the snapshot above with the tie.
More personally, Michael and I arrived in Chicago at the same time roughly 30 years ago--landing on Division Street hardly two blocks from Nelson's old digs on Evergreen. He hailed from Boston and I from New York and our paths have intersected many times since. (I include with this post an old snapshot of my preparing Miki for a film cameo in brother Gregory's DRUMSTRUCK--shot largely in James Bond's loft at 1550 N. Milwaukee.)
If you don't know the author of The Man with the Golden Arm or know that he was responsible for Simone de Beauvoir's residence in Chicago, then you owe it to yourself to find out what Chicago was like before Division Street was gentrified. The local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War is also being honored (and what better time than now?) and it's going to be a fun party with a broad mix of people.
It's also a good time to celebrate someone who has brought so many artists together and who continues to make music today. To Nelson and Miki, all hail!
Free concert sunday march 19 @ 7 pm 2 sets of great folk music from the pickin' bubs and Ed holstien
DISCOVER THE CHARM OF THE EMERALD ISLE
On Friday, March 17th at 7 PM a special celebration of St. Patrick's will take place at Wishbone--far from the braying crowd--in the form of a concert by Jamie O'Reilly and other splendid singers and musicians. This marks the second year that Wishbone has tipped its hat to the rich musical and lyric traditions of Ireland in addition to menu offerings and drinks that depart from our usual fare.
Ms. O'Reilly comes from a storied performing family here in Chicago and THAT tradition is carried forward in the harmonies of her daughters, Meg and Nia. Peter Swenson's guitar and John Floeter's bass are equally well known in venues throughout Chicago.
Discounted tickets FOR THE CONCERT ONLY may be purchased in advance through www.jamieoreilly.com (CLICK ON PHOTO) and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Woman's Health Clinic. Reservations for the concert room will be coordinated by the O'Reilly ticket sales or by calling 773.203.7661 for more information.
Food and drink specials (and regular menu items) are purchased separately from Wishbone--either before or during the concert.
Join us for a heart-warming evening of ballads and shanties--not to mention our own house prepared corned beef, cabbage and other treats and cocktails. Cheers to all.
The Wishbone oracle