There are certain venues that hold a special place in my heart. SPACE in Evanston is one of those. I still remember the first time I walked into the venue and discovered just how impressive it was. The atmosphere reminded me of the cool jazz clubs I was promised as a kid but never actually found. SPACE truly feels special special venue, like a speakeasy updated to modern sensibilities. Whether it’s small local acts or national icons like Dr. John and Lucinda Williams, SPACE immediately heightens any concert going experience.
In honor of their 10th year providing the north Chicago suburb a place to see spectacular shows, SPACE will be presenting Out of Space, a series of outdoor concerts all summer long throughout Evanston. The multiple meaning, pun titled Out of Space will be welcoming an impressive lineup of musicians to venues like Temperance Beer Co., Canal Shores, and SPACE’s inaugural Big Evanston Block Party at the intersection of Chicago and Dempster. Details are still sparse on the block party, but there are sure to be food trucks, beer from Half Acre, and live performances from some of SPACE’s favorite acts helping celebrate 10 years of this wonderful venue.
You can check out most of the lineup for below! Tickets will be available this Friday, April 6th, at 10:00am, so set your clocks and help make SPACE’s tenth year a great one!
June 21: Shovels & Rope @ Temperance Beer Co.
The Charleston husband-and-wife duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are well known for their poignant songwriting and high-energy live show, making for a perfect way to kick of this fantastic summer series.
June 22: The New Pornographers with special guest Split Single @ Temperance Beer Co.
The New Pornographers brand of pristine pop music, fronted by A.C. Newman and featuring band that has included the like of Dan Bejar, Neko Case, and more, essentially guarantees a great time. They will be joined by special guests, Evanston’s own, Split Single!
June 23: Rebirth Brass Band @ Temperance Beer Co.
Mixing the traditional sounds of New Orleans with some hip hop and funk influences, the Rebirth Brass Band has created music that makes any occasion feel like a party.
July 19: Dinosaur Jr. @ Temperance Beer Co.
Dinosaur Jr. may have taken decade in between releases the middle of their 30+ year career, but since their return in 2007, the band has been producing some of the best rock albums in recent memory. J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph’s face melting sound will be a welcome treat to the series.
July 20: The Lone Bellow @ Temperance Beer Co.
After a short break and relocating to Nashville from Brooklyn, The Lone Below returned last year with the release of Walk into a Storm. Their lush songs embrace the Americana sound wholeheartedly, making them ideal for a live outdoor setting.
July 21: Slick Rick w/ The Cool Kids @ Temperance Beer Co.
This is a double header for the ages. Slick Rick’s quick flow and status as an iconic rapper are cemented in time, having been sampled and referenced by the hip hop community hundred of times. He will be joined by the local purveyors quality hip hop: The Cool Kids!
July 27: Mavis Staples @ Canal Shores
It’s the legendary Mavis Staples, do we really need to say more?
July 28: Artist TBA at Canal Shores
August 25 & 26th: Big Evanston Block Party, Artists TBA