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May 1st (Friday) – Matthew Morgan will be supporting These Wild Plains on tour at the Abbey Pub.  He’ll be joined by the “Family Band” consisting of several CAU alum including; Jeff Brown (bass,vocals), Eric Dinse (guitar), James Abud (banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Scott Hirtenstien (percussion), and Paige Abud (vocals, keyboard)…The band will be debuting full songs from Matt’s forthcoming EP “Empathy for Inanimate Objects”, as well as some old favorites.
Here’s a link to the facebook invite: here

CAU (Chicago Acoustic Underground) and CAUDog Records are carrying on CAU’s strong reputation of supporting the city’s best original acts– and adding a twist. Coming up is CAU’s 1st World Music Showcase Featuring Alfonso Ponticelli, Nino Arobelidze, Goran Ivanovic Trio, Sandra Antongiorgi on February 27, 2015 at Mayne Stage. CAU is mostly known for songwriters and pop/rock, yet is expanding its boundaries to recognize some of the city’s best musicians reflecting influences from around the globe.

CAU recognizes that world musical influences represent a rich tapestry of rhythms, melodies– bringing together four geniuses on February 27th

February 27, 2015 | Show Starts 8:00 pm (7:00 pm DOORS)




Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan is Chicago’s premier gypsy-jazz band.The group plays the 1930s-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt — foot-tappin’ swing played on acoustic instruments. It’s a blend of the jubilant swing of early jazz with the feisty passion of gypsy music, plus a strong dose of guitar pyrotechnics and virtuosic improvisation.

Formed in 2001, Swing Gitan features bandleader Alfonso Ponticelli on lead guitar and a world-class lineup of musicians on violin, rhythm guitar and upright bass, with the occasional special guest. Over the years, they’ve played with many of the great contemporary gypsy-jazz players from around the world, including Bireli Lagrène, Stochelo Rosenberg, Moreno, Angelo DeBarre and the Robin Nolan Trio.


Nino Arobelidze Creates New Crossroads Between Pop, Jazz, Soul and Damn Good Beat Boxing” writes Hannah Frank (OnAxis Music) “Nino, a U.S./Georgian musician and vocalist who grew up overseas, represents how dynamic, rhythmic and lyrical exploration created beauty with her new album NOMAD. Smooth jazz fans, R&B Hip Hop aficionados, EDM troubadours, genuine rock and roll lovers and spoken word listeners all find themselves sitting appreciatively at the altar of NOMAD”.
Hailing from Tbilisi-Georgia, Nino Arobelidze moved to Chicago to make music and develop her sound. While still studying classical vocal performance at DePaul University Music School, Nino became the first vocalist to be an Artist in Residence at the North Shore Hotel in Evanston, where she held a weekly lecture/performance series for three years. Her time is currently occupied with her solo project and her side project- Forbidden Knowledge. Nino’s 2014 release NOMAD is co-produced by Pablo Gordy- Ni Fu Ni Fa Records.
Nino’s voice is often described as pure and effortless with a timeless vintage twist. While her imaginative phrasing and swagger are reminiscent of a skilled instrumentalist, her treatment of language is driven by the power of words and the magic of subtlety.
Website:http://www.artistecard.com/ninoarobelidze / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ninoarobelidzemusic / YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ninoarobelidze / Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/ninoarobelidze / Instagram:http://www.instagram.com/nino_arobelidze

Goran Ivanovic Trio

Goran Ivanovic is a native of Croatia, a Balkan country torn by the civil strife that engulfed the former Yugoslavia. The musical son of a Serbian father and a Bosnian Croat mother, he has crossed many boundaries in his life and in his music. While he was studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with masters such as Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch, his parents were expelled from Croatia and were granted political asylum in the United States. Since his residence in this country, Goran’s broad grounding in Classical music has been enriched by influences of Jazz,Balkan and the World Music. Goran frequently performs at mayor festivals and concert halls in the US,as well as TV and Radio performances.

He has been featured on Chicago Tonight, WTTW,Dame Myra Hess Concert’s,848 on Chicago Public Radio. As a leader he has released 6 albums:1999 Guitar Solo, 2001 Macedonian Blues(with Fareed Haque),2005 Seven Boats (with FH),2006Goran Ivanovic Group,2007 Folk Tales (Eastern Blok),2009 Goran Ivanovic and Andreas Kapsalis Guitar Duo.

Goran’s music has been published by Lemoine publication’s in Paris under direction of grammy winning artist Sergio Assad. Goran has taught as a guest artist at Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, Cornell University, University of Michigan,Depaul University,Truman University and has appeared at prestigious events such as Chicago World Music Festival, NY Guitar Festival,NY Jazz Festival,Wall To Wall Guitar Festival as well as legendary Jazz clubs The Blues Alley,Firefly Club,Joe’s Pub and Chris Jazz Cafe. His current projects are: Eastern Blok, Grazyna Auguschik Orchestar, Goran with Fareed Haque and Goran with Andreas Kapsalis.http://www.goranguitar.com/

Born into a musical Puerto Rican family, Sandra Antongiorgi is a musician’’s musician. Her talent is undeniable, and her singing is raw, powerful, and effortlessly smooth. Versed in both Spanish and English, Sandra has proven herself to be a nimble lyricist who generously delivers unique and seductive performances that are feast of auditory excellence. Website:  www.santongiorgi.com / Soundcloud: www.souncloud.com/santongiorgi / YouTube:  www.youtube.com/santongiorgi / Facebook: www.facebook.com/santongiorgi


$13 online in advance | $10 cash at the door | Ages 18+





Sponsored by the Chicago Acoustic Underground, join us at The Throne Room in Lincoln Park for an evening of original and holiday music to raise funds for Supplies for Dreams, a charity that helps CPS kids have supplies to succeed in school. http://www.suppliesfordreams.org/

Hosted by T.J. Sagen and featuring local Chicago musicians:

Collin Magdaz
Elle Casazza
Hannah Frank Group
Matthew Morgan
Mercedes Webb
Greg Jackson Combs
Abud: A Bard
Liz Chidester

$10 door/$7 presale

Link for pre-sale tickets: http://thethroneroomchicago.queueapp.com/events/5699

Raffles throughout the night! Get in the holiday spirit of music and giving!


CAU Presents…On December 10, 2014 @ Mayne Stage, 1330 W. Morse Ave. Chicago, IL: Sandra Antongiorgi, Kurt Michaels Continuum featuring Alain Quinn, Simeon Peebler

Sandra Antongiorgi

Born into a musical Puerto Rican family, Sandra is a musician’s musician.  Her talent is undeniable, and her singing is raw, powerful, and effortlessly smooth.  Versed in both Spanish and English, Sandra has proven herself to be a nimble lyricist who generously delivers unique and seductive performances that are feast of auditory excellence. ​She has performed with a number of musicians from around the world, and along the way has gathered influences from traditional Caribbean sounds, rhythm and blues, soul, rumba and Gitano music.​ She’s had the great privilege of opening for Wynonna Judd, and also has a song featured on the Latin Dragon movie soundtrack. Upon hearing the unique vocals of Sandra Ivelisse Antongiorgi, you will be struck by the richness of her music, the deep, soulful melodies, and pure artistry.

Kurt Michaels Continuum featuring Alain Quinn

Plus Simeon Peebler

Simeon Peebler

Simeon “Simon” Peebler is a Folk-spirited songwriter based in Chicago, whose music has been described by Illinois Entertainer as having a punchy rock attitude with a lineage to protest music of the ’60s. He is producing his third album for release in early 2015,  following up 2012′s “Missing Anchor” and 2011′s “Follow the River Bend”. Simeon performs regularly at a variety of local venues and festivals, including Chillfest Chicago and the Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival. An active member of Folk Alliance, Simeon got his start writing and performing music at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and when he’s not performing, Simeon is an avid supporter of live local music in the region.

Please visit http://www.simeonpeebler.com for more information.
Twitter:Simeon Peebler


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CLEEMANN, the  Copenhagen/Chicago-based one-man-project centered around singer, multi-instrumentalist and musical director Gunnar Cleemann, is now on U.S. soil. The Artist is set to take the stage in Chicago on November 6th, as he headlines the CAUDog Records Showcase at The Throne Room. Stay tuned, there are several other U.S. appearances in the works.

Hear his music here: C L E E M A N N  O N  S O U N D C L O U D

Click here for Show Info:

CAU Presents…a fourtunate experience with four of the best bands on one stage, the Mayne Stage. Four only $10.00 adv. $12.00 at the door see Chicago’s finest as well as touring bands that will knock you like a left hook!

The Future Laureates
The Future Laureates’ forthcoming EP, Here and After, is a showcase of vibrant and mature songcraft. With the help of producer Chris Grainger (Wilco, Switchfoot, Sixpence None the Richer, and Kopecky Family Band), TFL has finally captured the unabashed energy of their live shows on record. The band delves into varied subject matter, ranging from an apocalyptic escape, to modern love songs, to a eulogy of Don Quixote, told from the perspective of his loyal servant. They also flex some new musical muscles, pulling from their influences in modern rock, classic pop, rhythmic folk, and 60’s soul.

The Lauren Wolf Band: Celebrating the amazing new album “Rise Up” and the Single Run Daddy Run…
Though “Rise Up” is The Lauren Wolf Band’s second full-length album, it is their first full-band collaboration. Comprised of 10 originals and one cover, “Rise Up” is a departure from the band’s first album, “All My Secrets”. This time around, each band member has contributed to every track. While the debut album was primarily Lauren’s story, “Rise Up” is a collection of what this band family has become. It takes many bands years of performing in front of live audiences and rehearsing privately until they can figure out their sound and who they really are. “Rise Up” is the result. Marrying the powerhouse vocals of classic rock artists like Janis Joplin with the rock/blues guitar licks of Jimi Hendrix, the band pays homage to yesterday’s greats while creating a new sound all to their own.

ESH / Red & Reckless
Red and Reckless is a Alt-Rock band from Chicago, fronted by recording artist Esh (e-shh) The Singer. Gaining the majority of her industry experience by writing, recording and touring as a powerful background vocalist, Esh began her solo career with band Red and Reckless in 2009. Esh struck out on her own, forming her own ace backup band consisting of Terence Lee (bass, producer, music director), Nick Jaffe (guitar, producer, vocals), and Myron Cherry (drums); all who have worked with famous performers such as Common, Estelle, Dwele, Ice Cube, Syleena Johnson, and many others.

Sister Speak
After a five year sojourn in Chicago, the windy city set Sherri-Anne on an exciting musical adventure. It was a Missy Higgins concert in 2007 that inspired her to no end to pursue music and set her on course. Within days she began to book shows, within months national tours – many WITHOUT A CAR, which eventually landed her in San Diego where Sister Speak was formed. The vision: a collaboration of musicians in support of the expression of the female voice in an authentic and genuine way. In 2012 an injury brought Sherri Anne back to her Canadian homeland, British Columbia, where she rest in recovery unable to walk or perform live for two months – it was then that she wrote most of the songs for Sister Speak’s debut Rise Up For Love album and the band line-up began to evolve. Upon her return, Sherri Anne & drummer Lisa Viegas fully delved in to the San Diego music scene, collaborating with various musicians such as current band member Tolan Shaw. Over the next two years Sister Speak’s “Rootsy-Rock” sound truly came to life, the songs written found their place in the hearts of many, and Sister Speak’s debut album was born.

Venue: Mayne Stage


Following up a successful tour of Central and Northeastern Ohio to promote songs from his upcoming solo EP, CAUDog artist Matthew Morgan got a chance to film an episode of Random Acts of Music with host Henry J. Konczak.  The web series, similar to NPR’s tiny desk concerts, features emerging independent singer songwriters presenting stripped down versions of two-three original songs shot in HD by a professional camera crew.
Matt’s episode was filmed in the historic Lions Lincoln Theater in Massillon, OH (incidentally, his home town) featuring a selection of old/new songs including an exclusive, never released track called “HELLOHIO!”.  Joining him in this video is Nate Lockwood (www.natelockwood.com) on cajon.  Nate is currently producing/engineering Matt’s upcoming solo EP!
The entire show, including a brief interview, will be broadcast for several  weeks via Time Warner cable/Massillon Cable TV beginning next Tuesday (9/23).  A comprehensive schedule of channels, dates, and times is available at www.randomactsofmusic.tv.
The music videos from the show will be available for viewing on youtube, vimeo and also on Matt’s personal website http://matthewmorganmusic.com/random-acts-of-music.