Earlier than 2005, winter in Chicago had some actual silent nights as excursions and artists tended to hibernate, leaving scarce pickings in live performance calendars.
That was earlier than the arrival of the long-running Tomorrow By no means Is aware of competition.
The brainchild of the workforce at North Aspect venues Lincoln Corridor and Schubas, it’s a five-day multi-venue occasion in mid-January showcasing the perfect in rising expertise from each native and nationwide music artists. And likewise proving, of their phrases, that “music followers will courageous the brutal Chicago chilly for present.”
It might not be brutally chilly this yr, however the competition runs Jan. 18-22, and is certainly a winter deal with.
“I prefer to say that Tomorrow By no means Is aware of books your subsequent favourite artists. It’s a forward-looking competition and we’re extraordinarily grateful for the followers who be part of us yearly,” says expertise purchaser Dan Apodaca.
“ Whether or not it’s by way of music discovery, connecting with different folks, or simply eager to get out and have some enjoyable, TNK presents a sanctuary of individuals, artwork, and group, no matter style or fashion.”
The occasion has had a lot success prior to now in selecting “tomorrow’s” subsequent huge factor — featured artists in previous years have included Taylor Bennett, Open Mike Eagle, Caroline Polachek, Ezra Furman, Jukebox the Ghost and others which have risen within the indie highlight.
One other focus for TKN is highlighting Chicago’s impartial venues. Along with Lincoln Corridor and Schubas, this yr’s occasion can also be staged at Sleeping Village and Golden Dagger and has additionally teamed up with Metro and The Hideout in years previous.
“Unbiased venues are a vital a part of the music business ecosystem, offering shops for artists who don’t match company expectations, for younger artists to develop their craft and for followers to have extra reasonably priced ticket costs,” says Apodaca.
Apodaca has one piece of recommendation for getting essentially the most out of the 5 days of music courtesy of fifty artists: “I strongly suggest folks not overlook any of the opening artists. Some are native and a few are touring, however we put simply as a lot thought and care into help reserving as we do headliner reserving. [It’s] a technique that we actually get to champion artists we imagine in and get them in entrance of recent eyes and ears.”
Listed below are our picks for who to take a look at every day:
Jan. 18: Tomberlin
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Feelings run excessive when listening to this up to date folks artist who as soon as grew up in rural southern Illinois, the daughter of a Baptist preacher. Songs like “Comfortable Accident” from her 2022 sophomore album “I Don’t Know Who Must Hear This…” pack in lovely vocal reflection with layered strings and percussion to create a sensory narrative that unravels like ebook. Openers embody Free Vary and V.V. Lightbody. 7 p.m., Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. $25 upfront; lh-st.com
Jan. 19: Cheekface
Although Tomorrow By no means Is aware of is perhaps void of a comedy lineup this yr, this trio has sufficient quips to fill the gaps. Like indie darling Moist Leg’s uber hit “Chaise Lounge” and even “The Distance” from ‘90s alterna weirdos Cake, Cheekface interact within the very exact artwork of talk-singing. Not fairly rap, not fairly spoken phrase, however a sure dialect that some rock or indie bands have employed with its personal type of melodic poetry. Openers embody Lady Ok and OK Cool. 9 p.m., Lincoln Corridor, 2424 N. Lincoln. $20 upfront; lh-st.com
Jan. 20: The Stone Foxes
If the previous couple a long time are any indication, the blues rock revival isn’t going wherever any time quickly. And there’s no cause to doubt that San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes couldn’t be as huge an act as The Black Keys, a band they’ve toured with prior to now. The horns and backup vocals on newest single “Time Is A Killer” elevate the band out of the storage rock area and supply a neo-soul aptitude that makes this an actual Flashback Friday present. Openers embody Shane Guerrette and Blue Dream. 8 p.m., Lincoln Corridor, 2424 N. Lincoln. $22 upfront; lh-st.com
Jan. 21: Doss
Electroclash trendsetter Doss is making her Chicago debut with this showcase. Songs like “Look” are a hyperpop, rave-worthy show with a touch of Chicago home lurking within the bouncy beat, to not point out a gradual vocal that could possibly be mistaken for Grimes. Woman Gaga is even a fan, enlisting the beatmaker to craft a remix of her “Chromatica” music “Enigma.” Openers embody Ariel Zetina and Sqip. 9 p.m., Lincoln Corridor, 2447 N. Halsted. $30 upfront. lh-st.com
Jan. 22: FURY
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Along with nationwide next-ups, TKN has its pulse on native gamechangers, and there’s no higher instance on this yr’s lineup than FURY. The Chicago rapper Samantha Jordan’s alter ego stands for “Lastly Understanding the Actual You” and her lyrics on songs like “Revolution” reside inside an area of upper consciousness, notably in the case of elevating social causes and the ability of music to mobilize. The artist lives on the West Aspect and just lately was awarded one of many $1.5 million Chicago Neighborhood Works Grants with the funding going in direction of beautification efforts for Columbus Park within the Austin neighborhood. Openers embody Angelenah. 8 p.m., Golden Dagger, 2424 N. Lincoln. $12 upfront; goldendagger.com
The whole lineup and ticket data will be discovered at tnkfest.com