Space sets outdoor concert series

Mavis Staples will perform July 27.

Space, the 10-year-old Evanston live music venue, will move outdoors this summer with a series of concerts at three different locations.

On Friday, July 27, Grammy-winning singer and Chicago civil rights icon Mavis Staples will perform with special guest Marc Broussard at Canal Shores Golf Course.

Staples, who rose to prominence in the 1960s alongside The Staple Singers, won a Grammy for her album You Are Not Alone, produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.


Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst.

Kicking off the Out of Space summer concerts will be Americana act Shovels & Rope at Temperance Beer Co. on June 21.

The Charleston husband-and-wife duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent has built a devoted fan base and drawn national acclaim for their poignant songwriting and high-energy live show, winning Americana Music Association’s Song of the Year award for “Birmingham.”

Indie rock supergroup The New Pornographers perform at Temperance on June 22 with special guest Split Single. The group, helmed by singer-songwriter A.C. Newman, recently released its seventh studio album, Whiteout Conditions.

Grammy-winning New Orleans group Rebirth Brass Band, celebrated for both its infectious live show and tradition-minded educational work, will close out the weekend on June 23, returning to the stage at Temperance after headlining last summer’s inaugural “Live on the Lot.”

Alternative rock luminaries Dinosaur Jr. come to Temperance on July 19. The next night, Americana trio The Lone Bellow, whose new album, Walk Into A Storm, was produced by Grammy winner Dave Cobb, will headline Temperance. British-born rapper Slick Rick performs at Temperance on July 21 with support from Midwestern hip-hop duo The Cool Kids.

Tickets for all Out of Space summer shows go on sale this Friday, April 6, at 10 a.m., via spacepresents.com,

Space is part of the 16” on Center development company, which oversees operations of more than 15 restaurants and venues, including Thalia Hall in Pilsen and The Empty Bottle in the Ukrainian Village.

“It’s been really exciting to watch Space evolve over the last 10 years,” says Jake Samuels, Talent Buyer for SPACE and Thalia Hall, who also serves as Out of Space’s Executive Director. “Presenting true legends of their craft alongside performers just starting their careers has been incredible to see, and reaffirming that we can be a club that escapes easy genre tags."

Out of Space, he says, "allows us to paint with a bigger brush, and present talent that may not fit in the confines of SPACE.

"It’s also a chance to spotlight the changes Evanston has undergone since we began doing shows in 2008. This is a vibrant, diverse town that has consistently supported our venue and the acts that we have booked to play here. We’d like to return the favor by bringing a true summer experience to Evanston that we don’t think has really existed here in the past; music-focused outdoor events that rival anything happening in neighboring towns.”

SPACE’s inaugural Big Evanston Block Party will take place at the intersection of Chicago and Dempster on Aug. 25 and 26.

The music-centric block party—the first of its kind in Evanston’s Main Dempster Mile—will feature food trucks, beer from Half Acre and live performances from returning SPACE favorites and nationally touring bands.

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