Bluegrass (sort of) In Chicago: Part I

cm_martyrs.jpgFrom L to R: Allie Kral and Kris Nowak of Cornmeal at Martyr’sEver since the Horseshoe closed down (for a “mini face lift” as Metromix says), where can you go these days to reliably catch a bluegrass show? One place is Martyr’s on Wednesday nights, where Cornmeal has been playing every week for the last few months. Whether or not this is bluegrass is question for another blog in another city far far away from here (or maybe the Illinois Bluegrass Chatterbox list), but Cornmeal puts on a fun show and they pack Martyr’s every week with a bunch of dancing hippies (and dancing non-hippies, and a few people like me who just stand there all awkward-like). I’d compare them more to The String Cheese Incident than the Southern Grass, but they snuck a Bill Monroe tune or two in there… What does it matter, though, people love them, they’re all really nice and cool, and you should check them out. And maybe they’ll be your gateway into REAL bluegrass music (I’m gonna get in trouble for saying that, I think). Anyways, I think they’re only playing there regularly for two more weeks.One more really cool thing about their Wednesday concert series, and the thing that got me out to see a bunch of these when the whole ‘jamgrass’ thing isn’t really my cup of (mushroom) tea, is that they’ve had and have some great bands opening for them: The Wayword Sons, Hit and Run (coming up on Wednesday, March 21st), and Sexfist, an awesome bluegrass band that plays every Tuesday night at the Redline Tap in Rogers Park (more on them next week).PS – I hate technology of all kinds, so I’m new to the whole Flickr deal. Please forgive my lazy Flickr skills when clicking the pic above. They’ll get better, I promise.

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