Thursday, January 05, 2017

210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge January News Roundup (Highwood,IL)

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210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge
January News Roundup

210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge (210 Green Bay Road, Highwood, IL 60040; telephone: 847-433-0304) is steadily earning a reputation as the sought-after restaurant and live music venue on Chicago's North Shore. This spacious and sophisticated restaurant features excellent regional American comfort food from accomplished Executive Chef Jeff Tomchek, while offering music lovers a relaxing, beautifully designed setting to hear the region's top artists. The entertainment represents a wide variety of musical styles, and the performers have been loving the roomy, fully equipped stage, complete with a state of the art sound system, recording system, plus an in-house Kawai concert grand piano and Hammond organ.

Chef Jeff presents a frequently changing menu of contemporary American cuisine, using fresh locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. From globally inspired delights to barbecue and hearty comfort food, 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge is becoming a sought-after dining destination with something for everyone. Be sure to save room for the luscious desserts!

Happy Hour at 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge
What could be better than live music and great food? Live music, great food and Happy Hour! Unwind from the work day with bartender Javier's delicious specialty cocktails-our current favorite is the Winter Sangria-as well as 2-for-1 appetizers!
korean_chicken_wings 300 pixelsAppetizers include Poutine, Classic Shrimp Cocktail, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Korean or Buffalo Chicken Wings, Guacamole & Chips and spicy Tater Tot Nachos. Additionally, Chef Jeff is constantly adding weekly special menu dishes featuring seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Go to This Week's Menu to find out each week's new menu additions.

Happy Hour is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, but the party doesn't stop when Happy Hour ends! Stay for dinner and catch wonderful live music starting at 7 p.m. both nights.

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Surprise your Valentine with an early dinner and a show. Make reservations for dinner and The Love now
Treat your partner to a romantic pre-Valentine's Day dinner and live music date. 210 210 main dining room and stage adjusted 400 pixels w borderRestaurant and Live Music Lounge is kicking off the weekend with an acoustic dinner performance from The Love from 8:30-11:30 PM Friday, February 11. Indulge in delicious food from Chef Jeff, perfect music from The Love and your partner's company. Buy tickets here.
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210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge's January Live Music Calendar
210's January music lineup is truly awesome and satisfies the jazz cravings of the varied North Shore and Chicagoland audience. Wednesdays and Thursdays showcase smaller jazz acts for dining and listening while Sundays will see jazz duos and trios from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy JazzLive@210 every Thursday evening featuring jazz artists with music beginning at 7 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the music kicks up a notch with funk, rock or dance music that begins around 9 p.m., so guests can enjoy a delicious conversation-friendly dinner before getting their groove on.

"When it comes to our music, we are sticklers for quality," said music program director Judy Shatkin, an accomplished jazz pianist who heads the Judy Night Quartet featuring Brian Wilkie on pedal steel guitar. "We only present polished entertainers who offer great music for listening, dining and dancing. We will continue to expand our music program to showcase great talent, including more acclaimed artists from around the country. 210 Restaurant & Live Music Club represents a great evening out, with excellent food, great musical entertainment and dancing."

January Artist Information:

Lee Alec Barrie, Thursday, Jan. 4, 7pm-10 pm
Lee Alec Barrie can be heard throughout the Chicago area in many restaurants and clubs. He often provides the musical background for private social and business events. He is an accomplished contemporary jazz guitarist whose style has been compared to many of the popular smooth jazz recording stars. He seamlessly ble
Lee Alec Barrie edited nds jazz with bossa nova, R&B, blues and pop sensibilities, and his music expresses an emotionality and a fluidity that defies categorization.

A guitarist since age 12 when he started classical guitar training, Barrie was professional by age 14, and for many years he performed as a lead
guitarist with many Minneapolis area rock, R&B and blues bands. These musical relationships lasted well into his twenties and he had the privilege of recording with Lipps Inc., a Minneapolis-based band best known most for its number one hit "Funkytown" in the late 70's.

An event featuring the live music of Lee Alec Barrie is memorable; an energizing and refreshing musical experience that heightens the enjoyment of people having great times together.

Juli Wood Organ Trio, Thursday, Jan. 5, 7pm-10:30pm
Juli Wood is a talented saxophonist, composer and vocalist. Over the past twenty years Juli has lead four albums, worked on several studio projects as a side man and performed countless worldwide performances, establishing herself as a soli, swinging, lyrical and entertaining performer on Chicago's music scene. Juli has played many jazz clubs and festivals nationally and internationally, including Chicago Jazz Fest, Hyde Park Jazz Fest, Milwaukee's Summerfest, Chicago's main jazz clubs - Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Andy's and Katerina's. Skansen Jazz and Blues (Stockholm, Sweden), Pori Jazz Fest (Finland), Bent J's club (Aarhus, Denmark), Storyville (Helsinki Finland) and Arlandia Jazz Fest (Aaland Islands, Finland). Learn more here.

Pink Floyd and David Bowie Tribute, Friday, Jan. 6, 9pm-12am
Relive the genius of Pink Floyd and David Bowie's musical careers with two special tribute bands at 210. Soundtracks of a Generation is proud to present 'Breathe-The Pink Floyd Experience' and SpaceFace for one amazing evening.

'Breathe - The Pink
david bowie and pink floyd edited Floyd Experience' is an incredible homage to the likes of Gilmour, Mason, Waters and Wright, the four men who comprised the group that penned a unique brand of English rock with equally stunning lyrics. A rock solid band of Chicago musicians will play the majority of the iconic tour de force album Dark Side Of The Moon, along with selected cuts from the masterful follow-up Wish You Were Here, and a few anthems from The Wall. Be ready for this set to envelop you!

Honoring a year since the untimely death of a rock & roll dynamo, SpaceFace is a loving celebration of the music of David Bowie. His work, like the man himself, could never be pigeon-holed into one style or genre. Bowie's music was so crucial throughout our time that his fingerprints are all over the last 50 years of popular music. In a career-spanning show, these Chicago musicians have curated a set that contains classics as well as band favorites. So....hang on to yourself, and press your SpaceFace close to ours!

Buy your ticket now before we sell out!!  Dinner guest please RSVP online or over the phone in advance as we anticipate that our dining and lounge areas will fill up early.
Chicken Bone, Saturday, Jan. 7, 9pm-12am
Chicken Bone is Chicago's ultimate party and dance band. Influenced by Sly and The Family Stone, The Meters, Lou Rawls, Rolling Stones, 60s R&B and classic rock, the 'Bone will get you off your seat on onto the floor. Learn more about the band and them on Facebook here.

Fred Simon Trio, Sunday, Jan. 8, 6pm-10pm
Chicago keyboardist Fred Simon has collaborated with heavies like Larry Coryell, and has recorded as a leader with support from the likes of Oregon reedman Paul McCandless as well as Pat Metheny Group bassist Steve Rodby and drummer Paul Wertico. Tonight, he will be playing with Larry Kohut, a longtime bassist for A Prairie Home Companion, and Eric Montzka on drums.

Simon's own ensembles in the fusion arena take an interesting approach to this style of music, where many others fall into clich├ęd traps. At the turn of the millennium and beyond Simon has led several dates for the Naim label, issuing such albums as Dreamhouse (2000), Remember the River (2004), and Since Forever (2009).

Highland Parks Pops Big Band plays Basie, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7:30pm-9:30pm
This month the Pops are playing homage to the great Count Basie.

The Highland Park Pops Big Band is a 17-piece jazz band that plays swing tunes, jazz favorites, dance music and big band standards and has kept jazz from the big band era Highland Park Pops Big Band alive on the North Shore for the past three decades, playing the classic and popular arrangements of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton and many other renowned artists and styles. The music is timeless, and the full, brassy sound is enjoyed by music lovers of all ages at outdoor programs, civic functions and dances. Learn more here.

Judy Night Quartet featuring the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thursday, Jan. 12, 7pm-10:30pm
Have you seen that girl who comes from Ipanema lately? It's Antonio Carlos Jobim's birthday this month and this year he would have turned 90. Join the Judy Night Quartet as they celebrate selections from his songbook.

Judy is a physician who left her medical career in 2009 to pursue matters of the heart, including music and playing the piano. She has recently hit the Chicago scene, and has recently completed a year of monthly residency with her larger ensemble at the Serbian Village Restaurant. During her undergraduate career, she was enriched by two summer semesters at Berklee School of Music, but also had a rich jazz experience at Harvard University, playing in the top ensemble there with many wonderful musicians, including acclaimed saxophonist Joshua Redman. Guests that came to work with the Harvard Jazz Band during her tenure included Gerry Mulligan, Wynton and Ellis Marsalis, Clark Terry, Illinois Jacquet, Harry Connick, Jr., and Carla Bley. Justin Kramer on drums and Jackson Kidder on bass round out the quartet.

Growing up in Central Illinois, Brian was heavily influenced by country music and didn't really explore jazz until he started the University of Illinois music program. The skills he refined there led him to Nashville where he worked as a session player and toured with Allison Krauss, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan and others. In addition, Brian has appeared on "Nashville Now" and led that band on a national television telethon in L.A.

Justin Kramer has a degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois (1992). He went on to play in many ensembles around the Chicagoland area including The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and the progressive jazz group Spazztet. After a two-year stint in New York City, Justin returned to Chicago and currently enjoys playing with The Judy Night Ensemble and teaching high school English in the western suburbs.

Jackson Kidder moved to Chicago 5 years ago to pursue his music degree from DePaul University. At DePaul he studied with Kelly Sill, Jason Heath, and Dennis Carroll. During his third year at DePaul, Jackson was a member of the top jazz ensemble, culminating in performances with Randy Brecker at the Jazz Showcase in May of 2014. Since graduating in 2015, Jackson has enjoyed continuing his musical journey through teaching, playing with innovative new organizations such as Chicago Fringe Opera, and playing in the Judy Night Ensemble, among others. Learn more about the band here.

String Theory, Friday, Jan. 13, 9pm-12am
Playing acoustic music from the 50s,60s,70s,80s,90s,00s and 10s, band members Andy Dennen, Lisa Field Dennen, Gary Schaffel, Marcus Newman and Joe Bertram will blow you away with their amplified acoustics. Learn more about the band and follow them on Facebook here.

Soul Motion, Saturday, Jan. 14, 9pm-12am
Soul Motion is a dance band that features great music from many genres including Soul, Motown/Stax, Classic R&B, Funk, Blues, Classic Rock and Pop. The band plays hits from across the decades by artists like Joe Cocker, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Bruno Mars-songs that promise to get you up and dancing, singing along or just grooving along with the band. Learn more about the band and its members here.

Dan Pierson Trio, Sunday, Jan. 15, 7pm-10pm
Listen to Dan's music here.

Archie Parks Piano Bar, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7pm-10pm
The Archie Parks Trio is bringing the jam to 210! Archie will hit the Hammond along with sax and drums for a rockin' night. View the event on Facebook for more information.

Chris Green Quartet, Thursday, Jan. 19, 7-10:30pm
The Chris Greene Quartet has been a highly visible part of Chicago's jazz scene since 2005 and has ma
intained a stable lineup from the beginning, with the exception of Chris Green Quartet editeddrummer Steve Corley, who joined in 2011. Unique among Chicago bands, most of who feature constantly shifting personnel, the CGQ has been able to develop a true group sound and feel, harkin g back to bands from the classic age of jazz when groups could stay together for long periods of time. While still honoring the tradition of jazz, the CGQ incorporates elements of funk, hip-hop, rock, pop, the blues and reggae into their music, reflecting their diverse backgrounds.

An Evanston, Illinois native, Chris has also enjoyed a healthy and wide-ranging career as a sideman, playing or recording with bands and artists ranging from Brazilian soul/MPB star Ed Motta, M-Base pioneer Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Prince collaborator Sheena Easton, rapper Common and Motown legends The Temptations. He has released 10 CDs, and the most recent, Music Appreciation, was selected as one of The Best Albums of 2015 by Downbeat Magazine. Greene and his band represent the latest link in the continuum of Chicago jazz, moving forward while reaching back. Learn more about the band here.

Rico Jams (Santana and Funk), Friday, Jan. 20, 9pm-12am
Influenced tremendously by the sound and spirit of Santana, the band is comfortable in any genre and is right at home putting their spin on covers from Bob Marley, Stevie Rico jams editedWonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Kanye West, Hendrix, Santana, etc.

Rico creates an immense fiery soulful sound through bass, congas, percussion, drums, timbales, keyboards, guitar, and pure passion. The band will move you physically and mentally with their hypnotic blend of afro-cuban rhythms, or purge deep into your soul with their eminent sense of melody. They are influenced and inspired by all the innovative rock, soul, jazz, afro-cuban, blues, funk, reggae, and hip-hop pioneers. Learn more about the band here.

Off The Cuff, Saturday, Jan 21, 9pm-12am
Get a large helping of Soul and Groove with your dinner with Off the Cuff featuring Live@210 Allstar Steve Nevets on Vocals and Bass.

Zvonimir Tot-Kelly Sill Duo, Sunday, Jan. 22, 6pm-9:30pmZvonimir Tot is a Chicago-based jazz guitarist, composer and arranger with a style deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but flavored by his European origin. He also is the founder and owner of Groove Art Records and an assistant professor of music at the University of Illinoi tot and sill editeds at Chicago.
Kelly Sill is a bassist, composer, teacher, and producer. He has worked for over 35 years in the Chicago area as a house bassist for Rick's Cafe Americain, George's, The Jazz Showcase, Pop's, Andys, and the Green Mill.

Concert venues include the Chicago Jazz Festival, Ravinia, the Red Sea Jazz Festival, the Elkhart Jazz Festival, Orchestra Hall (Symphony Center) in Chicago, and the Thessaloniki Concert Hall in Greece.Tot and Sill have released the duet CD "Standards Live at the Jazz Showcase."

Paul Bedal Piano Bar, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7-10pmPaul is a talented pianist and diverse composer having composed music in a variety of genres ranging from orchestral to electronic music. Recently Paul released his debut album, Chatter, which received positive marks from the NYC Jazz Record magazine and Wondering Sound catalogue. Learn more about Paul and sample his music here.

The Joe Policastro Trio, Thursday, Jan. 26, 7-10:30pm
Chicago bassist, composer and arranger Joe Policastro grew up in the fertile jazz, classical, and popular music scene of Cincinnati, OH. He studied Classical Double Bass Performance on full scholarship at Miami University. Joe earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz/Studio Music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in Chicago. After performing and recording in Germany, he settled in Chicago where he quickly established himself an in-demand musical voice as both performer and composer/arranger. He has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries such as Diane Schuur, Jeff Hamilton, Howard Levy, Phil Woods, Tim Ries, Ira Sullivan, Howard Alden, Rick Margitza, Jim Snidero, David "Fathead" Newman, and Billy Hart.

He leads the Joe Policastro Trio, and the group has two albums featuring his writing, arranging, and performing: 2013's West Side Story Suite For Jazz Trio and 2016's Pops! He also leads and co-leads the Gerry Mulligan-esque ensembles, Jeru, and the Mulligan Mosaics Big Band and the Mulligan Mulligan Mosaics Nonet for which he has extensively written and arranged. As composer/arranger, his work can be heard on recordings by numerous artists including Ira Sullivan and the Rob Parton Big Band.

As an educator, he has been a Ravinia Jazz Mentor, a Lecturer of Jazz Studies at DePaul University, and he is currently on faculty at Morton College, the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. Learn more about Joe here.

Shagadelics, Friday, Jan. 27, 9pm-12amThe Shagadelics are the best 70's disco tribute band and will thrill you with their far out dance moves and the funky tunes. Don't forget your polyester, platform shoes, and bring shagadelics edited your bling... you'll need it to keep up with these boys!

Buy your ticket now before we sell out! Dinner guest please RSVP in advance online or over the phone as we anticipate that our dining and lounge areas will fill up early.

Quintet, Saturday, Jan. 28, 9pm-12am
Quintet is a Jampop/Classic Rock band comprised of members of the Ravinia Ramblers. Band members are Mike Ezgur, Vocals/Guitar; Wendi Ezgur, Vocals; Dicky Paull, Lead Vocals/Guitar; Chuck Blomberg, Drums; Dave Simone, Bass; Judy Night, Keys; and Steve Sommerfeld, Guitar/Vocals. Quintet plays music of the moment-it's a jam band with vocals as its centerpiece. Quintet like to say that the "music plays the band." In other words, their music is their state of mind.

Marc Pompe Trio, Sunday, Jan. 29, 6pm-10pm
Featuring Marc Pompe on piano and vocals, Nick Schneider on bass and Chuck Christiansen on drums. Marc Pompe began his musical career by performing around Rush Street as a solo piano/vocal in the mid fiftys before moving around the world to pursue music. He has played at Jilly's (NYC), Eddie's Backstreet in St. Thomas, The Gaslight Club in Toronto and Mother's Lounge in Pittsburgh, but no matter where Marc goes, he still holds onto his musical roots-the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk as well as the vocals of Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen Mc Crae and Jon Hendricks. Learn more about Marc and his current projects here.

About 210 Restaurant and Live Music Lounge
210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge, located at 210 Green Bay Road in Highwood, Illinois, is a true supper club where guests enjoy live music five nights a week and delicious chef-driven dining. 210 is a community of musicians, food enthusiasts, and neighbors-an inviting, comfortable and romantic environment where singles, couples and families escape from their everyday life to relax, enjoy and indulge. 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge is open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Thursday and Sunday; 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for live music and lunch.

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The Drive's Traveling Thirsty Thursday Comes to 210 Restaurant January 19

210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge has always been about great food and liv
Sherman and Tinglee music. The Drive has always been about great music and finding delicious food. Stop by 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge from 5-7 PM Thursday, January 19 and join The Drive's morning team Sherman and Tingle during their Traveling Thirsty Thursday party Live@210. Chef Jeff will be cooking up delicious Pimiento Cheese Sliders and Bartender Javier will be crafting specialty cocktails.



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