Concerts, Events and Reviews
NEW SEPTEMBER 2014:
Once upon a time, this was going to be a comprehensive calendar of live bands playing music of interest to our readers. Doing that sort of thing reliably requires the active participation and cooperation of bandleaders and presenters. While some have been excellent in that regard, many others have not. Effective September 2014, we are changing our mission to focus on the major musical events most important to our readers. We will still post other events if requested but will no longer be calling upon bands and venues to provide their listings. Most of the restaurants and venues shown below feature live music at some point during a typical month, and you can contact them directly to see who is playing.
This Calendar lists live music events both within Chicago and the larger region within reach of Chicagoans. The Agenda view shows more detail, and clicking on each item will also bring up a Google map. These listings are based upon information provided by venues, bands and promoters, and Timba.com is not responsible for schedule changes, cancellations, etc.
Are you a Timba, Salsa or Latin Jazz band, a venue presenting one, or a promoter for the band with an upcoming performance in the Chicago area or within driving distance from Chicago? Listings here are free (we reserve the right not to list any information submitted). Send the information (band, venue, performance dates, start/end times) at least a week in advance of the performance to email@example.com
See the Interviews & Reviews subpage and the new Reviews section for reviews and interviews of concerts, CDs, films, books etc. For some capsule reviews of area restaurants that regularly feature live music, see the Restaurants with La Música page. For a listing of the directories for Salsa instructors, DJs and their events (there are one or more DJ events somewhere virtually every night of every week), see the Dance Events and Resources page.
VENUE KEY :
Abbey Pub , 3420 W. Grace St, Chicago IL 60618 (773) 478-4408
AG (Abram Gale) Lounge , 2366 N. Neva Av., Chicago, IL 60707 (773) 804-6011
Alhambra Palace Restaurant , 1240 W. Randolph St, Chicago IL 60607 (312) 666-9555
Bottom Lounge , 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago IL 60607 (312) 666-6775
Candela Latin Cuisine & Bar, 2451 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60647 (773) 227-9898
Carnivale , 702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago IL 60661 (312) 830-5005
Chicago Theatre , 175 N. State, Chicago IL 60601 (312) 795-0034
Club Mambo , 3336 N. Milwaukee Av, Chicago IL 60641 (773) 481-2050
Coconut Beach Nightclub , 2787 S. Floyd St, Louisville KY 40299 (502) 634-2843
Coco , 2723 W. Division St., Chicago IL 60622 (773) 384-4811
Coup d'Etat, 2109 S. Wabash Av., Chicago IL (312) 753-5700
Cubby Bear Chicago, 1059 W, Addison St., Chicago IL 60613 (773) 327-1662
Dragon Lounge at Sushi House , 1107 Lake St., Oak Park, IL (708) 660-8899
Excalibur Nightclub , 632 N. Dearborn, Chicago IL 60607 (312) 266-1944
Family Den , 8940 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659 (773) 734-8545
The Foundry , 85 Executive Drive, Aurora, IL 60504 (630) 978-2088
Green Mill Cocktail Lounge , 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640 (773)-878-5552
Havana, 412 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 644-1900
Instituto Cervantes, 31. W. Ohio, Chicago IL 60654 (312) 335-1996
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant , 2473 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60614 (773) 975-2340
Las Tablas Restaurant , 4920 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago IL 60641 (773) 202-0999
Latino Arts Inc, 1028 S. 9th Street, Milwaukee WI 53204
Lazo's Tacos, 2009 N Western Av, Chicago IL 60647 (773) 486-3303
Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie AV, Chicago IL
Mas O Menos, 2539 W. Division St., Chicago IL
Maya del Sol, 144 S. Oak Park Av, Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 358-9800
Mayan Sol Latin Grill Chicago, 3930 W. Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 539-4398
Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626 (773)-381-4554
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn IL 60137 (63) 942-4000
Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Av, Evanston IL 60201 (847) 905-1500
90 Miles Cuban Cafe, 2540 W. Armitage, Chicago IL 60647 (773) 227-2822
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Av, Chicago IL 60625 (773)-728-6000
Output Lounge, 1758 W. Grand Ave., Chicago IL 60622 (312) 929-2515
Paladar, 2252 N. Western Ave., Chicago IL (773) 252-4747
Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035 (847) 266-5000
Room 43, 1039-1043 E. 43rd St., Chicago IL 60653 (773) 285-2222
Sabor Restaurant & Tequila Bar, 2907 45th St, Highland, IN 46322 (219) 595-0102
Sabor A Cafe , 2435 W. Peterson Av, Chicago IL 60659 (773) 878-6327
Salud Tequila Lounge , 1471 N. Milwaukee Av, Chicago IL 60622 (773) 235-5577
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 W. Armitage Av, Chicago IL 60639 (773) 698-6003
Siboney Cuban Cuisine, 2165 N. Western Av., Chicago IL (773) 276-8776
Sky Bar at Saints, 131 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville KY 40207 (502) 896-6711
Tumbao, 3213 W. Armitage, Chicago IL 60647, (773) 772-9800
Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60059 (847) 499-5000
Warrenville Library, 28W751 Stafford Place, Warrenville, IL 60555 (630) 393-1171
Wherehouse, 818 S. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53204 (414) 383-7593
WIRE, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, Illinois 60402 (708) 669-9473
Notes About Some Key Concerts and Events
Some of the key events accessible to Chicagoans are:
A. Tiempo Libre at Square Roots Festival, Lincoln Square, Sunday, August 12, 2015, 8:00pm
One of the best Timba bands in the US appears on the heels of their new album, Panamericano, which includes a lot of the hard hitting Timba that first caught our attention a decade ago. If you were one of those dance fiends who ran away after Bach, it's time to come back.
B. Chicago Latin Jazz Festival, Humboldt Park Boathouse, Saturday-Sunday, July 17-18
Mostly a lot of fine local talent this time, the don't-miss from out of town is Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours, who are doing some scorching Hard Bop/Bomba-Plena.
C. Los Van Van, Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Alport St., Chicago, Sunday, August 9, 2015, 8:00pm
After being away for far too long, LV returns. and they are on top of their game as witnessed by their latest recording La Fantasia.
D.. Buena Vista Social Club, Ravinia, Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 8:30pm
This is billed as their last Chicago appearance, and depending on whether this is really farewell or something like Michael Jordan's retirements from basketball, this might be your last chance to see these renowned performers live together during a tour, and Ravinia is a wonderful place to dig on anything. For ticket info, click here.
E. Festival Cubano, Riis Park, Fullerton and Narragansett, Friday-Sunday, August 14-16
This is the 6th annual edition of the Festival. Finally, the lineup includes a couple of artists from Cuba: Pedrito Calvo and Miguelito Cuni Jr, both are performing Sunday. The full lineup has not yet been released but should be coming in the near future.