Reviving the Tradition
Music Mondays were reintroduced at the Logan Square location in August. The format of the live music series has been a tradition of Webster’s since 2011.
Dylan McGee Jones of the band Stick Lupree was a regular performer at the wine bar from 1997 to 2006. Eventually, he was hired at Webster’s and eventually began to manage live music events.
Jones describes it as “one of Chicago’s most viable venues for local musicians, yet it still goes completely under the radar.” According to Jones, national touring acts often contact him to perform at the wine bar when touring through Chicago as well.
Acts featured in their Lincoln Park location included George McRae of Survivor, Jeff Parker of Tortoise and Kris Myers from Umphrey’s McGee.
The Logan Square Line-up
Webster’s current, more intimate setting is ideal for showcasing solo artists, duos and trios rather than full bands, according to Jones.
“Many of the groups play with other well known artists,” says Jones. “They strip down their full band format and put together special sets just for us.”
Chicago-based trio The Oh Yeahs performed there Monday, Aug. 25. The September line-up includes Jon Drake (of Jon Drake and the Shakes) and Ramah Malebranche on September 8, Matthew Santos (known for his collaborations with Lupe Fiasco) on September 22, and Rob Clearfield and Bethany Hamilton on September 29.
A Supportive Scene
As a musician himself, Jones is proud of Webster’s effect on the local music scene.
“It has helped to reinforce a creative scene for some of what I think are the most talented musicians in Chicago, all coming together to support each other,” says Jones.
The events take place on Mondays (with exceptions, including this Labor Day) from 8:30 pm to 11 pm in the backroom. Events are free to the public, although hearing live music is ideal with a glass of fine wine in one’s hand.