Dan Whitaker and The Shinebenders, Jan 4


Dan Whitaker's first appearance at the reopened classic honky tonk, Carol's Pub, from Chicago.

Matt Campbell, Jan 10

Matt Campbell

Nashville's Man With Everything returns to Chicago  to play the Folkways Happy Hour at Cole's Bar.

JP Cyr and The Midnight Men, Jan 20


JP Cyr and The Midnight Men open the year of Chicago Honky Tonk Showcases at the Empty Bottle.

Dance Bullies, Feb 4

The Dance Bullies

The Dance Bullies live from the stage of the Humble Pub in Highwood Il.

Josh Hedley, Feb 9


 Mr Jukebox, Josh Hedley, exchanges his cowboy hat for a Cub's cap and blows away Schuba's in Chicago with his voice and his stunning repertoire of country classics and cuts from his new album.

High South, Feb 21


 The boys from High South close harmonize their way through a very  tight set at Martyrs in Chicago. 

Ameripolitan Award Show, Feb 23-26


Superbowl of honkytonk; highlights from the Ameripolitan Awards 2019 from the Graceland Resort in Memphis, TN. 

Dallas Moore, Feb 24


Mr. Honkytonk rocks the main stage at Minglewood Hall in Memphis. 

The Delta Bombers, Feb 24


Hard charging Delta Bombers smash the stage with  their 2019 Ameripolitan Award winning rockabilly throwdown at Minglewood hall in Memphis.

Mike and the Moonpies, March 18


You look good in Neon. Highlights from a night at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn.

Don Diego Trio, March 25


The Godfather of Rockabilly, Don Diego, and The Don Diego Trio arrive from Italy to perform at Carol's Pub in Chicago

Chicago Honky Tonk's Saturday Special, March 30


The inaugural Saturday Special In Berwyn hosted by Chicago Honky Tonk 

Joel Wortell and The Natural Law, April 20


Memorable show 4/20 at the Montrose Saloon with Joe and the boys.

Chicago Honky Tonk Showcase, April 21


Ol' Wild Earp and The Free For Alls with Hesh and the Hellfire

Dallas Moore Band, May 9


 Tryin' To Be A Blessing. At Reggies in Chicago.

Tav Falco's Panther Burns, May 24


The Master of Chaos brings a Cabaret of Daggers to Reggies in Chicago

Charley Crockett, June 5


That's How I Got to Memphis. An evening with Charley Crockett at Joe's on Weeds, in Chicago

A Day In The Country, June 24


Gether Jenkins, Bonnie Montgomery, Summer Dean and nine Chicago bands from the historic Hideout Inn.

Great American Music Festival, July 3


Highlights from the 2019 Great American Music Fest in Berwyn, IL

David Quinn, July 19


Let Me Die With My Boots. Rail shaking alt-honkytonk from David Quinn at the Empty Bottle, in Chicago

Chicago Honky Tonk Showcase, July 21


Afternoon of Western Swing courtesy of the Westerlees and the Chandelier Swingers

Blue Cactus at the Montrose Saloon - Aug. 13


So Right, (You Got Left)  Killer honkytonk with Blue Cactus

David Quinn/Bailey Dee, Carols - Aug. 15


Wanderin' Fool. Allstar honkytonk show at Carol's with David Quinn, Bailey Dee, and Joel Paterson. 

Erin Edmister and Three Tons, Montrose - Aug. 16


Southside Soulful Country with Erin Edmister and Three Tons

Dave Arcari at the Montrose - Aug. 18


Scottish Troubadour, Dave Arcari brings the dirty Loch Lomond Blues to Chicago.

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - Aug. 18


4-Time Ameripolitan Award Nominee Casey James Prestwood at the Chicago Honkytonk Showcase.

Big Cedar Fever - Aug. 24


Ameripolitan Award Winning Western Swing from the Montrose Saloon

Blake Berglund and Belle Plaine - Sep. 12


The Denim Wedding Tour  hits the Montrose Saloon in Chicago

Craig Gerdes - Sep. 13


Smokin' Drinkin' & Gamblin' with Craig Gerdes

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - Sep. 15


Cox Army with Joe Wortell and The Natural Law

Saturday Special - Sep. 12


Greg Garing and The Cowpokes Headline Chicago Honkytonk's Saturday Special at Fitzgeralds in Berwyn IL.




2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards Show, Graceland Resort, Memphis - Feb. 13

James Hand and Whitey Morgan

Highlights from the Ameripolitan Awards 2018 from the Graceland Resort in Memphis, TN.

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - Feb 18, 2018


Exciting Performances from Italian Honkytonkers, The Don Diego Trio and local standouts Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders.

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - March 18, 2018


Featuring Joe Wortell and the Natural Law and Wild Earp and the Free For Alls.

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - Apr. 15

Pat Reedy

Headlined by Nashville's own Pat Reedy  (Ameripolitan Award Nominee) and the Long-Time Goners with special guests Gin Palace Jesters

Dale Watson and Celine Lee, Evanston - May 4


Two of America's favorite honkytonkers live at a fabulous show in Evanston, IL. (Make mine a Lonestar).

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - May 20


Matinee performance by 2018 Ameripolitan Award Winner (Rockabilly  Female) Bailey Dee & Her Late Nite Bait. With special guests, The Modern Sounds featuring  virtuoso Chicago guitarist  and 2019 Ameripolitan Award Nominee, Joel Paterson.

The Hillbilly Casino, Nashville TN - May 25


Muscular performance from the men of The Hillbilly Casino live at the Nashville Boogie, Nashville, TN. May 25.

Nashville Boogie, Nashville TN - May 25


Twinbill featuring "Twin-Peaks" Blues and Country from the one and only Tav Falco featuring Mario Monterosso and his irrepressible guitar.  Up next, UK teddyboy Levi Dexter and the Gretsch Brothers. Nashville TN, May 25. 

Miss Tammi Savoy, Nashville TN - May 26


Ameripolitan Award Nominee (Best Honky Tonk Female), Miss Tammi Savoy, shines bright at the Nashville Boogie, Nashville, TN. May 25

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - June 16


Matinee double header with The Country Doctors and the fresh new voices of The Horseshoe Benders

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - July 18


Esther Rose comes to us straight from New Orleans followed by Chicago's own Family Gold

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - August 12


The powerful W.T. Newton opens for perennial  Chicago powerhouse and Ameripolitan Award Nominee the Lawrence Peters Outfit

Joe Wortell and The Natural Law, Chicago - Sept 15


Joe and the boys headlining a great event at the Ravenswood Artwalk.

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - Sept 16


The King of All Losers is Still A King.  Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels arrive from Colorado to light up the house.

Garrett T. Capps with Mayeux and Broussard, Chicago - Sept 28


San Antonio's super sonic Garrett T. Capps teams up with Austin super duo Mayeux and Broussard at the world famous Montrose Saloon.

Wild Earp and The Free For Alls, Chicago - Oct 3

Wild Earp and The Free For Alls

Wild Earp and The Free For Alls Album Release Party at the East Room

Dan Whitaker and The Shinebenders, Chicago - Oct 12

Dan Whitaker

Road dogs Dan Whitaker and The Shinebenders return to the city to deliver top shelf honky tonk at the Beat Kitchen

Shooter Jennings, Chicago - Oct 12

Shooter Jennings

Chicago welcomes Shooter Jennings to a packed house at the Beat Kitchen.

Dave Arcari, October 14, 2018

Dave Arcari

Scotland's Dave Acari guides The Devils Left Hand through an electric performance at the World Famous Montrose Saloon in Chicago.

Matt Campbell, October 21, 2018

Matt Campbell

Nashville troubadour and man with everything, Matt Campell opens the show at the Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle.  

Trevor McSpadden, October 21, 2018


Amarillo native, Trevor McSpadden triumphantly returns to play  the Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle with his long-time (former) band, The Hoyle Brothers. 

Charles Hill Jr, October 26, 2018


Charles Hill Jr does not let us down with  his well-crafted, hush-inducing solo set  at The Hideout, in Chicago.

Dave Arcari, October 28 at Uncommon Ground in Chicago

Dave Arcari

 Dave Arcari returns to Chicago in one of his final U.S. shows of the year.

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - Nov. 4

The Cowpokes

The Cowpokes deliver an econo-sized double-set of tight honky tonk classics to the crowd at the Empty Bottle.

Horton's Holiday Hayride - November 30


Allstar holiday concert with the Reverend Horton Heat, the Blasters, Big Sandy, and Junior Brown.

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - Dec. 16

Joel Paterson

Ameripolitan Award Nominee Joel Paterson with The Modern Sounds opens the Showcase.

Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle, Chicago - Dec. 16

Scott Ligon

Chicago's own version of "The Voice," Scott Ligon, and the Western Elstons close out the year for the Chicago Honky Tonk Showcase at the Empty Bottle.