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      Rolling Thunder-Dylan ’75 feat John Mead, Steve Dawson, Jimmy Tomasello, Alton Smith, & Diane Christiansen in Evanston

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      August 21, 2019

      Wednesday   7:30 PM

      1245 Chicago Avenue
      Evanston, Illinois 60202

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      Rolling Thunder-Dylan ’75 feat John Mead, Steve Dawson, Jimmy Tomasello, Alton Smith, & Diane Christiansen

      DOORS: 6:30pm  |  SHOW: 7:30pm To see a detailed seat map, please choose "Tickets" in the upper righthand corner, select your ticket choices & click "view on map."  ABOUT THE ARTIST Genre: Tribute  ROLLING THUNDER—DYLAN ‘75with John Mead, Steve Dawson, Jimmy Tomasello, Alton Smith, and Diane ChristiansenTo celebrate Scorsese’s long overdue documentary on Bob Dylan’s weird, chaotic, and game-changing Rolling Thunder Revue tour, John Mead, Jimmy Tomasello, and Steve Dawson return for their third annual Dylan show. Joining them will be Diane Christiansen and more friends to deliver the intense but free-form revelry of an artist continuing to BECOME, long after he needed to bother. Steve Dawson is one of the Chicago music scene’s bona fide stars, and, says the St. Louis Riverfront Times’ Roy Kasten, “one of the most underrated songwriters in American music.” Dawson and his wife Diane Christiansen have led local heroes Dolly Varden for over twenty years, and he leads jazz-folk ensemble Funeral Bonsai Wedding as well. In these bands as well as on his solo albums, Dawson combines musicality, craftsmanship, and raw soul in a way that continues to rivet his audiences. Steve teaches guitar and songwriting at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where his skill and generosity have birthed dozens of gifted writers. He has released a book on songwriting, Take It to the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside You, written with Mark Caro and published by GIA. Peter Manis has played drums for numerous bands over the last two decades, including Mystery Train Coyotes, Ember Days, and Conspiracy Theories, as well as a number of Great Moments in Vinyl projects. He has also been the go-to drummer at countless Old Town School tribute shows, where you need to show up and learn fast. John Mead has organized gigs, played lead guitar, sang, and led bands, and performed original music for fifteen years in Conspiracy Theories, Mystery Train, Rachel Drew and the Bitter Roots, Crumbs Off the Table, Strider, and Little Queens. He has also spearheaded, organized, and led bands playing music by David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Band, Elvis Presley, the Eagles, and many more. He teaches ensembles from R&B to disco and funk to Otis and Aretha to Bowie and the Clash at the Old Town School. He also paints, holds a Ph.D. in literature, and until recently, ran an afterschool program on Chicago’s South Side. Alton Smith has been playing the piano since age four at his father’s church in Fitzgerald, Georgia, where he also did band, chorus, theater, and performed with gospel quartet The Revelators. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Florida State University, where he performed in vocal ensembles doing Mozart and jazz and such with the likes of Robert Shaw. After moving to Chicago in the early ‘90s, he composed music for the Green Highway Theater production of Caryl Churchill’s Softcops. As a beloved Old Town School faculty member, he has taught the music of Warren Zevon, Tom Petty, Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Aimee Mann, Neko Case, Buddy & Julie Miller, Elvis Costello, The Jayhawks, and Lucinda Williams, as well as running the Soul Ensemble with co-teacher Bill Brickey. Alton has played with Mystery Train, Come Sunday, Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel, Badlands, the Soul Avengers, Little Queens, and Poochamungas, has performed with Steve Dawson, Dolly Varden, Sunnyside Up, and many other ad hoc groups (including too many Old Town School Tribute shows to count), as well as many Great Moments in Vinyl shows. James Tomasello—Jimmy T to virtually everyone—was lead guitarist for Chicago’s GroovePushers forever, and performs with comrades Bill Brickey and Steve Levitt as BLT. When the sun is up, the hat he wears is Guitar Program Manager at the Old Town School of Folk Music; he plays and teaches everything from Joe Hill to Jay Z, and his guidance, heart, and passion for music have put too many bands and musicians to count onto the scene. In a former life, Jimmy lived in a green absinthe haze, cavorting with poets and courtesans in fin de siècle Paris. FAQs Please click here for a detailed FAQ. Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? Unless otherwise indicated, all of our shows are all ages. Please bring a valid ID. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?  There is plenty of metered parking along both Dempster St. and Chicago Ave., and meters do not need to be fed after 9pm. SPACE is located one block east of the Dempster Purple Line Stop.  What can I bring into the event? SPACE has a full bar with an exciting array of cocktails and an extensive beer list. While we do not serve food in our venue, customers are welcome to bring in pizza from Union, the restaurant up front. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? For questions regarding your order, please email or call 847.492.8860. What's the refund policy? All tickets are non-refundable.  

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