Thursday, May 25th – 8pm Includes a 100 gift card to Rosebud Prime. Controversial British comic Ricky Gervais is headed back this way - for his first global tour in seven years, since his Out of England I & II Tour in 2010. With Gervais promising "Humanity is my angriest, most honest and I think my best tour yet", be prepared for his irascible and caustic sense of humor, that has got considerably darker in the last 12 months following various political upheavals! 2016 marked a huge year for Gervais, with his cinematic release David Brent: Life On The Road and Netflix project Special Correspondents. He also garnered the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, and hosted the Golden Globes, memorably taking aim at Mel Gibson's 2006 arrest, and raising his ire! Well it's not Ricky if he's not upsetting somebody! Promised as his most organic and confessional stand-up tour yet, Gervais will be headed to Canada for the very first time in July, where he hopes that his deadpan humor will be welcomed as much as it is in the States! The creator of inept manager David Brent, The Office is considered to be the most successful British sitcom of all time, spawning a memorable US remake starring Steve Carell. The Humanity tour kicks off this summer and hits the The Chicago Theatre in Chicago , IL , May 24 - 25, 2017 Click here for more information!
Friday, March 31st – 8:30pm Pallbearer’s third album, Heartless, is an inspired collection of monumental rock music. The band offers a complex sonic architecture that weaves together the spacious exploratory elements of classic prog, the raw anthemics of 90’s alt-rock, and stretches of black-lit proto-metal. Lyrics about mortality, life, and love are set to sharp melodies and pristine three-part harmonies. Vocalist and guitarist Brett Campbell has always been a strong, assured singer, and on Heartless, his work’s especially stunning. This may in part be due to the immediacy of the lyrics. Written by Campbell and bassist/secondary vocalist Joseph D Rowland, the words have moved from the metaphysical to something more grounded. As the group explains: “Instead of staring into to the void—both above and within—Heartless concentrates its power on a grim reality. Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing the depths of utter darkness, as we seek to find any shred of hope we can." Pallbearer emerged from Little Rock, Arkansas in 2012 with a stunning debut full-length, Sorrow and Extinction. The record, which played like a seamless 49-minute doom movement, melded pitch-perfect vintage sounds with a triumphant modern sensibility that made songs about death and loss feel joyfully ecstatic. Pallbearer possessed what many other newer metal groups didn't: perfect guitar tone, classic hooks, and a singer who could actually sing. For their 2014 followup, Foundations of Burden, the band worked with legendary Bay Area producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Swans, Neurosis) for an expansive album that was musically tighter and especially adventurous. Armed with a more technical drummer, Mark Lierly, Foundations feels like it was built for larger shared spaces—you could imagine these songs ringing off the walls of a stadium. It was a hint of things to come. While the debut earned the band a Best New Music nod from Pitchfork and rightly landed the band on year-end lists at places like SPIN and NPR, along with the usual metal publications, Foundations of Burden charted on the Billboard Top 100 and earned the band album of the year from Decibel and spots on year-end lists for NPR and Rolling Stone. Returning to where it all began, the quartet recorded their third full-length, Heartless on their own in Arkansas, and it’s grander in scope, showcasing a natural progression that melds higher technicality and more ambitious structures with their most immediate hooks to date. The collection, which follows the 3-song Fear & Fury EP from earlier this year, was captured entirely on analog tape at Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock this past summer and then mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Melvins, Soundgarden). From the gloriously complex, sky-lit opener “I Saw the End” to the earth-shaking (and heartbreaking) 13-minute closer “A Plea for Understanding,” the entire group puts forth the full realization of their vision: More than a doom band, Pallbearer is a rock group with a singular songwriting talent and emotional capacity. Heartless finds the group putting forth their strongest individual efforts to date: Campbell and Rowland, along with guitarist/vocalist Devin Holt and drummer Mark Lierly, turn in peak marathon performances. Both Campbell and Rowland also handle synthesizers alongside their normal duties, and there are plenty of gently strummed acoustic guitars amid the crunchy electric ones, adding a moody, ethereal spareness to the towering metal. The almost 12-minute “Dancing in Madness” opens with dark post-rock ambience and moves toward emotional blues before exploding into a sludgy psychedelic anthem. A number of the seven songs feature a humid rock swagger. By fusing their widest musical palette to date, Pallbearer make the kind of heavy rock (the heavy moments are *heavy*) that will appeal to diehards, but could also find the group crossing over into newer territories and fanbases. After having helped revitalize doom metal, it almost feels like they’ve gone and set their sights on rock and roll itself. Which doesn’t seem at all impossible on the back of a record like Heartless. Click here for more information!
Thursday, March 30 - 7:30 Event Info: Room: Music Hall Door Time: 7:30PM Support: TBD VIP Services: Upgrade to the ultimate VIP experiences for priority access, premium menu and spirits, personal service and more. Details and reservations here. Admission Type: All tickets are STANDING ROOM ONLY. If you’re interested in other seating options, click here. Special Offers: First Uber ride free up to $20! Sign up with promo code HOBCHI at Uber.com/app (new riders only). Parking: You can find various parking options available here. Doors @ 730PM. Performance begins at 9PM. This show is for AGES 17 AND OLDER. Valid Photo ID is required for age restricted shows. Forms of valid ID are current and non-expired Driver's License, State ID or Passport. House of Blues Chicago is a standing room only venue, all tickets are General Admission unless otherwise stated. Please contact the House of Blues Box Office 312.923.2000 to inquire about Dinner Package Seating and/or Disability Seating. Those in need of Accessible seating need to first purchase a General Admission ticket, then contact the venue Box Office at 312.923.2000 to reserve accommodations. House of Blues Chicago is Smoke Free. There is no re-entry. Click here for more information!
March 3rd – 30th Our festival sparkles with new and daring work by some of Europe’s most renowned directors, including: Olivier Assayas (PERSONAL SHOPPER); the Dardennes brothers (THE UNKNOWN GIRL); Doris Dörrie (GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA); Bruno Dumont (SLACK BAY); Eugène Green (THE SON OF JOSEPH); Szabolcs Hajdu (IT’S NOT THE TIME OF MY LIFE); Joachim Lafosse (AFTER LOVE); Sergei Loznitsa (AUSTERLITZ); François Ozon (FRANTZ); and João Pedro Rodrigues (THE ORNITHOLOGIST). Films selected to represent their respective nations in the Academy Awards competition for Best Foreign Film include: STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE (Austria); LOSERS (Bulgaria); ON THE OTHER SIDE (Croatia); DAWN (Latvia); TONIO (Netherlands); and EVA NOVÁ (Slovakia). A full one-fifth of this year’s festival films are directed by women, including CEZANNE AND ME (France) by Danièle Thompson, SAMI BLOOD (Sweden) by Amanda Kernell, TONIO (Netherlands) by Paula van der Oest, and MASTER AND TATYANA (Lithuania) by Giedrė Žickytė. Click here for more information!