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Thanks for dropping in. I have put this page together as a one-stop booking and FAQ page for venues. If there are any questions you have that I don’t cover here or you want to reach out to me, feel free to contact me here: epschwartzmusic(at)gmail.com
Here is my calendar so you can see when I am available: CALENDAR
Here is a video with a sampling of the acoustic music (originals and covers) (On the home page there is a sampler of album tracks, fully produced, that you can feel free to listen to.)
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?
I call it pop-lace folk-rock. A blend of upbeat toe tappers, thoughtful ballads with some catchy, quirky and funny things along the way. As a songwriter I have a deep well of originals to draw from but I also play covers from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, like a good mix tape. Just let me know what kind of show you want at your venue.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
Let me know your budget and we can work something out. I usually charge $50/hour but I’m really flexible and easy to work with. I always have a tip jar and merch to sell too, so we can talk. I play a lot of different types of venues.
HOW MUCH SPACE DO YOU NEED?
Not much. I’m a solo act. Me and a couple of guitars. A stool. I can squeeze in just about anywhere, I do have my own sound system (fairly compact) if you don’t have one.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THIS?
I’ve been performing for 30 years. As a solo performer - 6 years. In those 6 years I have performed over 700 times.
WHAT ARE SOME VENUES YOU HAVE PLAYED?
CHICAGO: The Store, Pub OK, Elbo Room (upstairs), Uncommon Ground (both locations), Julius Meinl, McGee’s Tavern and Grille, Prop Theater, The Empty Bottle, Silvie’s, Gallery Cabaret, Argo Tea (Gold Coast), Grace Street Tap, Lizard’s Liquid Lounge, Heartland Cafe, Phyllis’ Musical Inn, Intergalactic Cafe, Artifact
CHICAGO SUBURBS: Mischief’s Brewing, Culture Stock, Preservation Bread and Wine, Kiss The Sky Records, Val’s Halla Records, The Buzz Cafe, Java Plus, Black Dog Distillery, Scorched Earth Brewery, Cigars and Stripes, Gonzo’s Rock and Roll Pizzeria, Strawberry Moon, The House Cafe, The Law Office Pub, Rock House, Raimondo’s Pizza, Endiro Coffee, Ranger Studios, County Seat Pub, The Stray Bar, Majakka Hall, Penny Road Pub, Main Street PourHourse, Olive Black , Vinez Wine Bar (I also had a regular gig at Potbelly Sandwich Works in Warrenville, IL. until the corporation did away with live music all together.)
MIDWEST AND BEYOND : Exile on Main Street (Champaign, IL) Orbit Music (Mishawaka, IN), American Dream Hi Fi (Kokomo, IN), Moondog Music (Dubuque, IA), Chocolate Dude’s Candy and Coffee (Albuquerque, NM), Paradigm Coffee (Sheboygan, WI), Exclusive Company (Janesville, WI), Mad Bean (Toronto, ON), Red Herring (Urbana, IL), Revelry (Quincy, IL), Milltown Coffee (Moline, IL), New Moon Cafe (Osh Kosh, WI), Lincoln Wine Bar (Mt. Vernon, IA), Blum Coffee Garden (Greenfield, WI), Electric Eye Cafe (Ann Arbor, MI), Three Rivers Distilling Co. (Ft. Wayne, IN), DIY Collective (Galesburg, IL), Sawmill Brewing Co. (Merill, WI), Geneso Brewing Co. (Geneseo, IL), Acoustic Cafe (Eau Claire, WI), Mo Joe’s (Kokomo, IN), Velocity Bike and Bean (Florence,KY), Fisher King Winery (Verona, WI), Caydence Records and Coffee (St. Paul, MN), Bullquarian Brewhouse (Monroe, WI), Main Street Wine Stoppe (Hannibal, MO) Mother’s Pub (Ames, IA), City Limits Saloon (Rock Island, IL), Art IN (Madison, WI), Cambridge Winery Tasting Room (Madison, WI)
DO YOU PLAY COVERS?
Yep. Music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. (the ratio of covers to originals usually depends on the venue. Let me know what you would like). My current (Sept, 2018) list of covers is below.
WHEN YOU DO PLAY COVERS, WHAT DO YOU PLAY?
Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Duran Duran, Bryan Adams, Paul Simon, Madonna, Crowded House, Culture Club, Cutting Crew, Gordon Lightfoot, Dawes, Hall and Oates, Flock of Seagulls, Big Star, Marillion, The Bad Examples, Bruce Springsteen, The Violent Femmes, Genesis, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Dead Milkmen, The Monkees, Kiss, George Michael, CSN, Counting Crows, The BoDeans, Men Without Hats… it’s all over the map.
CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT COVERS
DO YOU TAKE REQUESTS?
I’ll put it this way… maybe. If you ask for something and I know it, I’ll play it. (unless you are requesting one of my originals and then… OF COURSE I’ll play it.)
Yep. 2016 was my 30th year performing in front of audiences. (Earlier if you count playing guitar at church - which started in 1982). Since then I have been a comedian, actor, writer, director… and always a musician. I first performed my own composition (a comedy song called “Can’t Wait To Get Home”) on stage in 1988. I am very at home playing in front of and entertaining people.
Let me know if you have any other questions. epschwartzmusic(at)gmail.com