Showing posts with label Martyr's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Martyr's. Show all posts

Thursday, April 4, 2013

INCOMING: March Fourth at Martyr's THIS Friday (21+) Highly Recommended!

ChiIL Live Shows on our radar this week.
They're baaaaack.  March Fourth is one of our all time favs, and not just because these kick ass Portland performers put on a rockin' birthday bash every year for my little sis who lives in Portland and was born on 3/4.  We're immersed in the circus arts world and love what March Fourth does.   
One of these days they'll play outdoors in Chi-town so they can break out their full blown fire show and we can bring underagers ((hint hint)).   My own 9 & 12 year olds who perform with CircEsteem LOVE March Fourth on line and I'm sure they'd be even more blown away live.
For now, we'll be there, but do note, their Martyr's gigs are 21+.   Come early.   Chicago's own Polkaholics who also rock are the openers!!

the What-Where-When on this show:
  • Artist: MarchFourth Marching Band
  • Date: Friday, April 5th 2013
  • Time: 9:00pm
  • City: Chicago, IL
  • Venue: Martyrs
  • Address: 3855 N Lincoln Ave
  • Country: US
  • Admission: $15
  • Age restrictions: No Minors
  • Notes: M4 plays at 10:45 pm.
Happy Spring!
Yesterday as we were loading up the tour bus for another trip across the USA, the sun was shining in our hometown of Portland. Daffodils were blooming, the cherry blossoms were out, but I guess we've got a hankering for a bit more winter because we're heading east to the Rockies, then out to the Great Lakes and finishing up this trip on the east coast. This is the first tour of our new year (which starts on March 4th of course!) and we are so excited to present some new tunes, new routines and even a new band member or two! You'll never know quite what you're going to get since every show is different, but it's a guaranteed good time. Do us a favor and take a moment to spread the word to any friends and family about our shows, particularly in Madison, WI and Ames, IA and Lincoln, NE and Philadelphia, PA. It helps a lot, thanks!

Huge armfuls of gratitude to everyone for all the birthday wishes over the past few weeks. We've really been feeling the love from our fans all these years, and especially in March as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our first show. Wow, ten years! It's been so fun to look back over the years and see where this project has been. It was especially great to have so many of the M4 alumni back on stage for an encore song at our birthday show! If you want to take a peek back, check out this fun slideshow of M4 pics through the years, as seen through the lense of one of our Seattle fans. Our very own Kevin Balmer of Diggable Monkey did this 10-year retrospective mini-short film for Portland Monthly's feature in March. 

Check out all our spring tour dates below and we'll see you on the road. Don't fret if you don't see your town on this route...we've got another 150 or so days on the road this year and there's a pretty good chance our paths will cross again soon! As always, you can check our online calendar for the latest info since our summer tour is starting to take shape!

2013 remaining spring tour dates

Thu., April 4 Madison, WI Majestic Theater     

Fri., April 5 Chicago, IL Martyrs   

Sat., April 6 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze  

Sun. April 7 Ames, IA DG's Tap House

Tue., April 9 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre  

Wed., April 10 Harrisburg, PA Abbey Bar  

Thu-Fri., April 11-12 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl   

Sat., April 13 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage 

Sun. April 14  Philadelphia, PA The Blockley   


We've just started a new text message notification system. Get SMS updates when we're in your town by texting the name of your city to 503-925-NAME. 

Portland P's:
*If we lived just a little closer we'd be all over this!

Imagine your child playing alongside MarchFourth! Well, now they can!  The Joy Now Arts Project is a circus, music and performance program for youth 4-18 taught by members of MarchFourth. Registration is now open for our teen performance progam, summer camp and NEW circus classes for kids 4-12! Fnd out more at,AAAAPLpuSqE~,a1DdoZJH5WSvEcpNW3Kuw2e4b_HTUI38
Watch the Oregonian's recent video article on Joy Now

Friday, November 2, 2012

March Fourth LIVE at Martyrs, Chicago #photofeature

March Fourth LIVE at Martyrs 6/8/12 by ChiIL Live Shows 

It's a date....a command....a rockin' Portland band!

Sure you THOUGHT this Saturday was November 3rd, but it's really March Fourth.  

Portland's rockin' circus punk marching band will be back at Martyrs again THIS Saturday night.  

Highly recommended!    We adore these guys and their lively, high energy show.   Must see.

the What-Where-When on this show:
  • Artist: MarchFourth Marching Band
  • Tour: “Magnificent Beast” Tour 2012
  • Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2012
  • Time: 9:00pm
  • City: Chicago, IL
  • Venue: Martyrs
  • Address: 3855 N Lincoln Ave
  • Country: US
  • Admission: $15
  • Age restrictions: No Minors
  • Notes: Doors at 7:00 pm. Whysowhite opens the show at 9:00 pm.
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Check back with ChiIL Live Shows like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often!   We'll have loads of live March Fourth HD video footage and more fun stills edited and up soon! 

Friday, September 7, 2012


ChiIL Live Shows' shots of Akasha at Sub-T

We dig Martyr's intimate performance space and this is one sweet, hump day line up for just $8.

Wed, Sep 19 - 8pm

There is a city called Chicago. In that city lies a music scene. And within that music scene there is a band, a band with a sound that could only come from a city of hard knocks, harsh winters, and metaphorical big shoulders.That band is Hood Smoke. Funk driven grooves, rock inspired motifs, and jazz influenced musicality make Hood Smoke one of the most sought after bands in the Midwest.Come celebrate Hood Smoke's official debut CD release "Laid Up In Ordinary".


Akasha: the best of roots reggae grooves and rich vocal harmonies. Stylistically, Akasha sounds like they stepped out of a 1972 session at Studio One. Their reggae is powerfully authentic but also is accessible to the contemporary ear. Akasha’s distinct approach is refreshing and earnest. They are courageously trailblazing a path for a new generation to receive the gifts of the Jamaican musical canon. The Akasha sound gives birth to an unmistakable variety of heavy, raw grooves reminiscent of The Skatalites, The Maytals, Desmond Dekker and The Wailers. 


Treehouse was born in 2006 as a duo between brothers Jim and Pete Tashjian. Spending time playing music together, they started writing music, slowly developing a style and sound. In 2008, they added vocalist Leslie Beukelman and bassist Martin Stonikas to the mix. The band's nucleus was formed and they began performing in various clubs in Chicago. Over the past year, Treehouse has performed alongside other chicago artists like District 97, Information Superhighway, Hood Smoke, Marbin, and the Leslie Hunt Band. Treehouse recently released their first record, "whatever they're paying you... i'll double it" in November 2011.

Price: $8

Friday, June 1, 2012

Shows on Our Radar: March Fourth & Jonas Friddle at Martyr's 6/8


Fri, Jun 8 




Are you a fan of Chi-town's Mucca Pazza?   Ever watch Portlandia?   March Fourth is Portland's punk rock marching band and they're marching forth to entertain YOU, right here in the windy city.   Check 'em out.   My little sis lives in Portland and has been a fan for years.   She was born on March 4th and every year the band throws down a big show on their namesake day and invites everyone who shares that birthday to get in free.   So basically they've been playing her birthday bash for years!   Fun fun.  We'll be there to shoot the show and can't wait to check em out at Martyr's.   Here's the March Fourth site.


Here's what Martyr's site has to say:

March Fourth Marching Band
Throw up your batons! Toss about that pocket-stored confetti! Let the high steppin’, flair totin’ cyclone of happiness begin!” -San Francisco Bay GuardianMarchFourth Marching Band (known as M4 by fans) is a large band and performance troupe from Portland, OR that was formed in 2003. M4 is hard to describe and, though the music can stand alone, the live show is unparalleled, unexpected, and uplifting.MarchFourth Marching Band connects with so many different types of audiences that they have been invited to play a huge variety of events over the past seven years–everything from the music festival main stage to the elementary school gymnasium to the streets of a town near you.

Jonas Friddle & the Majority
Jonas Friddle & The Majority arrived on the scene simultaneously debuting two records on March 24th, 2012. “Belle De Louisville” and “Synco Pony” showcase this seven-piece band’s ability to pull from both the string band and blues traditions of American Roots music. The Chicago-based “orchestral folk” group is comprised of a string section, brass, organ, banjo and drums. Each member of the Majority boasts a strong personal music career with close ties to Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, where the band formed.Jonas Friddle’s passion for old-time style banjo from his native North Carolina leads to rhythmic and rolling compositions. Following the example of new folk groups like Crooked Still, Abigail Washburn and Old Crow Medicine Show, Jonas looks for a new take on an old sound. 

We're fans of local fav, Jonas Friddle, too.    He played the Beat Kitchen Concerts for Kids series we sponsor with our alt-punk-parenting blog, ChiIL Mama.   This show's for the big kids, though, AKA:  adults (21+).   

Check out Jonas Friddle & the Majority's main site right here.   Sign up for their mailing list and you can get two tunes FREE from their dual album release.   Way to make an entrance!  

Click here for tixs to their Martyr's show and further details.

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