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

Winter Break


Big Sadie is taking a couple weeks off from The Edgewater Lounge, but we have some friends filling in for us while we’re away…so you can still get your Tuesday night bluegrass fill!

Tuesday, January 27th: Rick Veras
Tuesday, February 3rd: Grant Ziolkowski

Elise and Collin will be back at the Edgewater on February 10th and the full band will return to our regular Tuesday schedule on February 17th. Music is from 9pm-midnight. You can also catch Big Sadie this Tuesday, the 27th from 7:30-9:30pm at CH Distillery for the Spirit of du Sable Launch Party and Thursday, February 12th at Uncommon Ground on Devon with Red Tail Ring.

Miles of Music


Miles of Music‘s Winter House Camp in Boston Feb 6-8, 2015!

Want to play music with our very own Jess McIntosh and a handful of other stellar musicians? Jess is teaching at this 2-day workshop exploring traditional celtic and old-time music, modern songwriting, and how they work together. Come learn fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, singing (lead and harmony), and songwriting. Additional instrument classes may be added based on camper interest. Work-study discounts available.

Laura Cortese — Celtic fiddle, songwriting, singing while fiddling
Kristin Andreassen — songwriting, guitar, dance
Aoife O’Donovan — singing, songwriting
Flynn Cohen — guitar, mandolin
Lukas Pool — banjo
Jess McIntosh — ensemble coach, fiddle
Emily Mure — guitar, songwriting



We’re huge fans of Bloodshot Records over here at Big Sadie headquarters. They consistently release some of the coolest and most authentic in country, rock, and Americana. Yesterday, they celebrated 20 years in business with the release of the compilation “While No One Was Looking.”

We thought we’d offer a toast to the label and an honorary/voluntary contribution to the collection of covers. Here is our bluegrassy interpretation of “Doreen” by the Old 97’s, released by Bloodshot in 1995 on the album “Wreck Your Life.”

Congratulations to Bloodshot!

Green City Market


Want to “hire” Big Sadie to play a private patio party at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits for you and 19 of your friends?! To help raise money to support the educational programs of Green City Market, we’re auctioning off this fun summer night. In addition to live bluegrass and pies, the auction includes wood-fired pizzas by The Nomad Food Company LLC and beer from Revolution Brewing.

Click here to place a bid and check out the other great auction packages! You can also support the market by attending the Green City Market Junior Board‘s annual fundraiser, “A (Mostly) Veggie Affair” on Thursday, November 13th. Tickets and info.