Big Sadie in the Studio


Just wrapped up an incredible few days in the studio with Alex Hall at Reliable Recorders here in Chicago. Our debut album is officially tracked and mixed!! Can’t wait to share these songs with everybody in the new year. Stay tuned!

Closing Out 2016

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Three more performances in 2016!

This Friday, December 2nd we’ll be at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Armitage for Andrew Sa’s Emergent Series. Jess has been on the road for the better part of the year and we’re thrilled to have her back in town and joining us on fiddle and high harmonies for this one! Andrew Sa and His Organic Sound, Alisa Rosenthal, and Gia Margaret will also perform. 909 W Armitage Ave. 8pm. $10. BYOB.

Then, next Saturday, December 10th we’re joining forces with the Wandering Boys and Glass Mountain for a night of bluegrass at the Hungry Brain. 2319 W Belmont Ave. 8pm. $10 in advance / $12 at the door. Poster by Zerobird Studio.

Lastly, we’ll be back at the Charleston Bar on Thursday, December 15th for the final 2016 installment of our monthly residency. 2076 N Hoyne Ave. 8:30-11pm. No cover.

Excited to be sharing the stage with so many great musicians in December. Happy holidays and hope to see you out there!

Picnics on the Porch and Sugar Maple Fest

Last week ruled! Thanks to everybody that came out last Friday and helped sell out the kickoff of our Picnics on the Porch series with Stock Cafe at The Hideout. We also had an incredible day at the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival in Madison, WI on Saturday. What a treat to get to play music in such magical spots! Sugar Maple highlights included running into friends from Montana that we hadn’t seen in ages and watching The Down Hill Strugglers, Finnders & Youngberg, and Aoife O’Donovan and her rocking trio. Hope to make it back to the festival next year!

We’ll be at The Hideout tomorrow night, 8/12 from 6-7:30pm for week two of our August residency. The show happens rain or shine and Dan Fuchs will be joining us on dobro. You can also find us Saturday night, 8/13 at 10:30pm at the Honky Tonk BBQ in Pilsen. See you out there!

Next Up


Excellent weekend of shows with Andy Malloy and Dan Fuchs. Thanks to everybody who came out to see us play! You can catch us again next week on Thursday, 6/23 at The Charleston Bar in Bucktown with Andy and Matt Brown or Friday, 6/24 at Honky Tonk BBQ in Pilsen with Matt Brown.

A Day in the Country

 A Day in the Country 2016

Looking forward to A Day in the Country this Sunday, June 12th at the Hideout! Big Sadie plays at 2:40pm. Elise and Collin will be joined by Andy Malloy on banjo and Dan Fuchs on dobro. You can also catch the foursome later that night at Big Star for Dust Up, a summer music and grilling series from our favorite taco and whiskey joint. Great day for music and eats in Chicago!

Spring Updates

It’s been a busy spring for Big Sadie, including a great sold out show last weekend at the American Legion Post in Evanston opening for Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. We have some exciting duo, trio, and full-band shows coming up later this spring and summer and hope to see some of you out there! Please visit our Shows page or see below for dates, details, and some additional updates.

Sunday, May 15th | The Hideout (Joe Adamik Record Release Show)
Thursday, May 26th | Fitzgerald’s
Friday, June 24th | Honky Tonk BBQ
Saturday, August 6th | Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival
Saturday, August 27th | Skokie’s Backlot Bash

Jess has been hard at work on a handful of other projects. She spent the first part of the year on the road with Al Scorch. They’re heading out again soon for a good part of the summer, but we’re excited to have her home for a little while and back on stage with us for a couple dates in May. Jess and Al put on a thoughtful and energetic live show, so be sure to catch them if they’re playing near by (Chicago folks: Al’s record release show is on May 28th at The Hideout). Jess also recently released a lovely set of recordings of the songs she composed and co-wrote for the play “The Revel.” Take a listen here.

We’ve been having a blast playing with Andy Malloy on banjo. He adds a nice dynamic to the group and will be joining us for several upcoming trio and full-band performances. Fiddler and frequent Big Sadie collaborator, Matt Brown, will also be making a few appearances. If you haven’t had the chance to see either of these lineups yet, we’re excited for you to hear these talented gentlemen play!

We’ll be announcing additional dates soon, including a few Thursday evenings at The Charleston Bar in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, so keep your eyes peeled for an update!

photo by Emma Malloy

Final Night of our Residency at the Edgewater Lounge

Happy Spring!

The Edgewater Lounge is changing hands, so tonight will be the FINAL night of our weekly bluegrass residency in Andersonville (5600 N Ashland Ave). Join us tonight (Tuesday, May 5th) from 9pm-midnight for music and a festive farewell.

We’re so thankful for all the great music we’ve been able to play and all the wonderful people we’ve met through these Tuesday nights and we hope to have something regular back on the calendar before too long. In the meantime, you can catch us around Chicago throughout the spring and summer.

Wednesday, June 3rd | High-Hat Club
Thursday, June 18th | The Charleston Bar
Friday, June 26th | Horner Park
Tuesday, July 28th | Chicago Botanic Garden
Wednesday, August 12th | Lincoln Park Zoo