Entries tagged with “Independence Tap”.

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!!!

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.




Here’s A Video From Our Last Visit There:


Milestones And A New Beginning For Stann Champion


2017 Shall Be A Big Year For Chicago Music Legend Stann Champion

In 2016, Chicago Music Awards made guitarist/vocalist/composer Stann Champion a Lifetime Achievement Honoree for his role in establishing the Chicago Reggae scene in the 1970’s & 80’s with bands such as Gypsy-Fari and Safari, then pioneering the Tropical Roots sound in 1987 with his band, Roots Rock Society.

As the venerable multiple award-winning Roots Rock Society celebrates their 30th Year, Champion looks to the future by reaching into his past.

Spurred on by his Lifetime Achievement Honor and to commemorate the “RRS 30” Anniversary, Stann has begun a new project, Stann Champion’s Propaganda Machine. The Propaganda Machine marks a return for Champion to the music that first inspired him as a boy.

The Propaganda Machine plays a hot mix of Classic Chicago Blues, 1960’s Garage Rock, and 1940’s Jump Blues. These are the songs Stann played along with in his bedroom as a teenager while dreaming of becoming a musician. These torrid tunes are interspersed with originals from Champion and Harmonica/Vocalist Michael Hollywood. Bassist David Bernstein and Drummer Dave Smith (also the rhythm section for Roots Rock Society) complete this tight ensemble.

Stann wishes to announce a series of shows/events in 2017 Celebrating 30 Years of Roots Rock Society and the Launch of Stann Champion’s Propaganda Machine; beginning with these two in February:


Stann Champion’s Propaganda Machine

Independence Tap

3932 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago

Saturday, February 18

8 PM

Stann Champion’s Propaganda Machine (L to R): Stann Champion- Guitar, Vocals; David Bernstein- Bass; Michael Hollywood- Harmonica, Vocals; Dave Smith- Drums



Roots Rock Society

Roots Room

5203 N Kimball Ave, Chicago

Saturday, February 25

7 & 10 PM

Roots Rock Society (L to R): David Bernstein- Bass, Vocals; Dave Smith- Drums; Judy Director- Keyboards, Vocals; Stann Champion- Guitar, Vocals.




Roots Rock Society’s most recent Album is entitled “TimeBless” and is available at Rolling Stone Records, the RootsRoom, and RRS Live shows.


Coming Soon: Stann Champion’s Propaganda Machine is putting the finishing touches on their upcoming single, “The Midnight Rocker.”


For More Info & Updates Visit:  rootsrocksociety.com