Music And Performance


Friday, November 8 at 7:30PM
Independence Tap
3932 W Irving Park Rd

November Is Rolling In With Its Cloudy Chilly Ways— But We Shall Fight Back With A Stormy Hootenanny That Shall Warm All Our Hearts!!!

You Know How The Story Goes; Michael Hollywood Brings The Blather & Bluster, Stann Champion Brings The Guitar Genius, And YOU Bring Whatever Ya Got!

Music, Poetry, Standup Comedy, Storytelling, Magic, Juggling, Dancing, Fire Eating— Whatever Your Little Heart Desires— It’s ALL GOOD To Us.

Fine Entertainment And Fine Inexpensive Drinks— What’s Not To Love?!?

Last Month Was Epic Fun, Come See How We Get It Done!!!

Let It Out!!!

The Independence Tap is a great space and this night is perfect for working out new material and expanding horizons as an Artist/Performer.

When we host Open Stages we create an atmosphere of respect for all genres of performance where Artists can feel safe and secure. [No stylistic cliquishness OR DISRESPECT allowed!]

Our greatest joy comes from seeing someone perform for the first time or watching an Artist try out a new genre: a Musician doing Storytelling, a Storyteller doing Stand-Up, a Poet playing Music, a Stand-Up reading a poem…

The Place Where The Boundaries Meet & Overlap Is Where True Magic Happens.

And there is nothing like the feeling of opening a door into a new room in the mansion of your soul— SO COME ON DOWN & GO ON UP!!!

Put Your Back Into It!!!

It’s Autumn, Baby!!!


Friday, October 11 at 7:30PM
Independence Tap
3932 W Irving Park Rd

There’s A Chill In The Air And Soon The Leaves Will Be Turning To Autumnal Colors.

An Excellent Time For An Epic Hootenanny!!!

You Know How The Story Goes; Michael Hollywood Brings The Blather & Bluster, Stann Champion Brings The Guitar Genius, And YOU Bring Whatever Ya Got!

Music, Poetry, Standup Comedy, Storytelling, Magic, Juggling, Dancing, Fire Eating— Whatever Your Little Heart Desires— It’s ALL GOOD To Us.

Fine Entertainment And Fine Inexpensive Drinks— What’s Not To Love?!?

Put Your Back Into It!

The Independence Tap is a great space and this night is perfect for working out new material and expanding horizons as an Artist/Performer.

When we host Open Stages we create an atmosphere of respect for all genres of performance where Artists can feel safe and secure. [No stylistic cliquishness OR DISRESPECT allowed!]

Our greatest joy comes from seeing someone perform for the first time or watching an Artist try out a new genre: a Musician doing Storytelling, a Storyteller doing Stand-Up, a Poet playing Music, a Stand-Up reading a poem…

The Place Where The Boundaries Meet & Overlap Is Where True Magic Happens.

And there is nothing like the feeling of opening a door into a new room in the mansion of your soul— SO COME ON DOWN & GO ON UP!!!

Let It Out!!!

Friday, September 13 at 7:30PM

Independence Tap

3932 W Irving Park Rd

Autumn Is In The Air And The Equinox Approaches. Time For A Rollicking Hootenanny In The Giant Henge That Is Chicago.

All Hands Will Be On Deck; Michael Hollywood And Stann Champion Will Both Be Rocking The Indy!

As Will Several Of Chicago’s Most Talented Storytellers, Comics, Poets, Musicians— AND YOU— Either Showing What You Got Or Just Enjoying The Spectacle That Is FretKnot Friday.

Come Help Us Blow The Roof Off the Joint!!!

The Independence Tap is a great space and this night is perfect for working out new material and expanding horizons as an Artist/Performer.

When we host Open Stages we create an atmosphere of respect for all genres of performance where Artists can feel safe and secure. [No stylistic cliquishness OR DISRESPECT allowed!]

Our greatest joy comes from seeing someone perform for the first time or watching an Artist try out a new genre: a Musician doing Storytelling, a Storyteller doing Stand-Up, a Poet playing Music, a Stand-Up reading a poem…

The Place Where The Boundaries Meet & Overlap Is Where True Magic Happens.

And there is nothing like the feeling of opening a door into a new room in the mansion of your soul— SO COME ON DOWN & GO ON UP!!!

Friday, July 12 at 7:30PM

Independence Tap

3932 W Irving Park Rd


Summer Is In Full Swing, And We’ll Be Heading Back Into Town From The Summer Cottage (It’s A Bit Of A Fixer-Upper) To Host A Fantastic Hootenanny.

Chicago Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Honoree Stann Champion Will Be Rejoining Us For Some Steamy Summer Fun.

As Will Several Talented Poets, Musicians, Storytellers, And YOU— Enjoying The Show And/Or Showing Off Some Talents Of Your Own.

Every Month Gets A Little Wilder, So Come On Down And Be Part Of Some EPIC Fun!!!


Let Us Trip The Light Fantastic And Rock The Tap Independence!!!

The Independence Tap is a great space and this night is perfect for working out new material and expanding horizons as an Artist/Performer.

When we host Open Stages we create an atmosphere of respect for all genres of performance where Artists can feel safe and secure. [No stylistic cliquishness OR DISRESPECT allowed!]

Our greatest joy comes from seeing someone perform for the first time or watching an Artist try out a new genre: a Musician doing Storytelling, a Storyteller doing Stand-Up, a Poet playing Music, a Stand-Up reading a poem…

The Place Where The Boundaries Meet & Overlap Is Where True Magic Happens.

And there is nothing like the feeling of opening a door into a new room in the mansion of your soul— SO COME ON DOWN & GO ON UP!!!

Friday, June 14 at 7:30PM

Independence Tap

3932 W Irving Park Rd

Days Are Getting Loooong And Summer Is Approaching Fast.
Time For A Rollicking Hootenanny To Get The Blood Flowing!!!
Stann Has A Show That Night, So I Shall Be Doing The Solo Ringmaster Thang With Marianne Bossert (Aka “The Boss”) Working Her Magic On The Sound Board.
And YOU Shall Be There As Well Displaying Your Performing Talent And/Or Enjoying The Show!
All Genres, Styles, And Varieties Of Performance (And Performer) Are Welcome.
Let Us Trip The Light Fantastic And Rock The Tap Independence!!!

The Independence Tap is a great space and this night is perfect for working out new material and expanding horizons as an Artist/Performer.

When we host Open Stages we create an atmosphere of respect for all genres of performance where Artists can feel safe and secure. [No stylistic cliquishness OR DISRESPECT allowed!]

Our greatest joy comes from seeing someone perform for the first time or watching an Artist try out a new genre: a Musician doing Storytelling, a Storyteller doing Stand-Up, a Poet playing Music, a Stand-Up reading a poem…

The Place Where The Boundaries Meet & Overlap Is Where True Magic Happens.

And there is nothing like the feeling of opening a door into a new room in the mansion of your soul— SO COME ON DOWN & GO ON UP!!!

Big Birthday Fun!

FRIDAY, May 10 at 7 PM

Independence Tap

3932 W Irving Park Rd

May Is FINALLY Here And We’ll Be Throwing Down An Epic Jam/Hootenanny/Open Mic To Celebrate!

And Since May 10 Falls Exactly Between Our Birthdays, Stann And I Are Going To Make It A Birthday Celebration For Us & All May Birthday Babies!

Raise Your Voice High!

You Know How It Works:

Stann Champion Shall Host And Provide Musical Genius, I Shall Assist And Provide A Multitude Of Performance Genres.

Great Poets, Storytellers, Musicians, Comics, And All & Sundry Forms Of Performer Shall Be In Evidence.

And YOU Shall Be There Showing Off Your Talent And/Or Enjoying The Fun!!!

All Styles, All Genres, All Forms— All People Welcome!!!

So Come On Down And Get Down!!!

Sign Up & Start At 7PM.

Switch It Out For A REAL Mic!

The Independence Tap is a great space and this night is perfect for working out new material and expanding horizons as an Artist/Performer.

When Stann and I host Open Stages we create an atmosphere of respect for all genres of performance where Artists can feel safe and secure. [No stylistic cliquishness OR DISRESPECT allowed!]

Our greatest joy comes from seeing someone perform for the first time or watching an Artist try out a new genre: a Musician doing Storytelling, a Storyteller doing Stand-Up, a Poet playing Music, a Stand-Up reading a poem…

The Place Where The Boundaries Meet & Overlap Is Where True Magic Happens.

And there is nothing like the feeling of opening a door into a new room in the mansion of your soul— SO COME ON DOWN & GO ON UP!!!

Joy is on tap at the Independence Tap!

FRIDAY, April 12 at 7 PM

Independence Tap

3932 W Irving Park Rd

Stann Champion and I have revived the “Everything Goes” Open Stage we used to do at The Roots Room.

Now at the fabulous Independence Tap and under the moniker FretKnot Fridays.

The Venue & Name Have Changed, But The Song Remains The Same:

Great Poets, Storytellers, Musicians, Comics, And All & Sundry Forms Of Performer Shall Be In Evidence.

Come And Enjoy Them — Or Better Yet Sign Up To Be One Of Them!

The Independence Tap is a great space and this night is perfect for working out new material and expanding horizons as an Artist/Performer.

When Stann and I host Open Stages we create an atmosphere of respect for all genres of performance where Artists can feel safe and secure. [No stylistic cliquishness OR DISRESPECT allowed!]

Our greatest joy comes from seeing someone perform for the first time or watching an Artist try out a new genre: a Musician doing Storytelling, a Storyteller doing Stand-Up, a Poet playing Music, a Stand-Up reading a poem…

The Place Where The Boundaries Meet & Overlap Is Where True Magic Happens.

And there is nothing like the feeling of opening a door into a new room in the mansion of your soul— SO COME ON DOWN & GO ON UP!!!

The Propaganda Machine will be rocking the Lakefront in Rogers Park at the fabulous Artists Of The Wall Festival!

 

 

 

We will be playing at 2:45. Come enjoy the beach, the sun, the festival, and THE BLUES!!!

An Evening With

Stann Champion’s Propaganda Machine

Fuller’s Pub 3203 W Irving Park Rd

Saturday, May 5

9:30

 

 

This Show Is Not To Be Missed!!!

 

Fuller’s Pub is a great venue; an old-school Chicago Saloon that’s earned the title “The Friendliest Bar In Chicago.” We’ll be doing three long sets; giving us the chance to really stretch our legs and rock the roof off the joint.

Classic Chicago Blues, 60’s Garage Rock, 1940’s Jump Blues, Hot Blues/Rock Originals, Reggae, Soul.

The Full Arsenal Will Be On Display!

And did I mention that there’s no cover and reasonably-priced beverages?

Or that it will be my 55th birthday? That’s right! I’m turning 55 on 5/5!

How can I not commemorate this with a special show?

Yeah, You KNOW where you’re gonna be!!!*

 

*Important Info:
Fuller’s Pub Is CASH ONLY.
Yeah, they are that Old School.
The beauty is that their drinks aren’t real expensive so you won’t have to bring bags full of currency, and you can save your Krugerrands to tip the band! 😉

Stann Champion’s Propaganda Machine Returns To Rock The Indy!!!

Saturday, April 14  7:30PM

Independence Tap, 3932 W Irving Park Rd.

Special Guest: VBMJ (formerly The Vandabobs)

 

We Will Be Bringing The Spring Thing!

 

We’re thrilled to be returning to our favorite haunt, the ever-awesome Independence Tap. Come on down and enjoy our Signature Blend of Classic Chicago Blues, 1960’s Blues Rock, 1940’s Jump Blues, Ska, Soul, and scintillating Original Songs.

 

BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES!!!

 

Here’s A Video From Our Last Visit There:

 

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