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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

This Week at Mayne Stage- August 9

This Week at Mayne Stage- August 9

CHICAGO, IL (August 9, 2011) Mayne Stage is proud to present an amazing line up this week, starting off with improv from One Group Mind, XRT welcomes blues legend John Mayall, cabaret duo Amy and Freddy celebrate Amy's 40th birthday, comic surrealist Reggie Watts and live classical broadcast with WFMT presents Live from Mayne Stage. Tickets for all performances are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (866)468-3401 or online at .

In Performance This Week

XRT welcomes John Mayall

August 10, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $35 general admission|$75 reserved seating

XRT welcomes legendary blues singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Mayall at Mayne Stage for one night only. An artist who can definitely be described as a legend in his own time, Mayall has dedicated more than fifty years and fifty albums to hard-hitting interpretations of fierce Chicago-style blues. During his career he has collaborated with other stellar performers, including Jack Bruce, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, John McVie and many more. In the late 60s, Mayall joined forces with Eric Clapton, creating a historic union that culminated in the first hit album for the Bluesbreakers, "Decca" bringing them worldwide recognition. Clapton went on to form the rock and roll band band Cream, as Mayall continued to hone the talents of a succession of great musicians, becoming more and more popular in the US.

After a long and successful career, Mayall and the Bluesbreakers disbanded in 2008 in hopes to retire, but Mayall jumped back in the touring scene in 2009 with a trio of guitarist Rocky Athas, bassist Greg Rzab and drummer Jay Davenport. Reaction to this tour was so positive that two tours of Europe were booked, including several shows with BB King. And now this living legend performs at Mayne Stage for one performance only. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a living blues legend, John Mayall, perform at a remarkably intimate venue, Mayne Stage.

Amy and Freddy

Thursday, August 11 at 8pm

Tickets: $20 general admission|$25 reserved

Amy and Freddy make much anticipated return to Mayne Stage for Amy's 40th birthday celebration. Based in Chicago, music and comedy legends Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen have graced the stages coast-to-coast, both large and small, and in over 20 countries with their one-of-a-kind wit and musical prowess. They have had the pleasure of opening and sharing the spotlight with some familiar (and some not so familiar) names including Kathy Griffin, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Phyllis Diller, Bea Arthur, Jennifer Holiday and Judy Gold to name a few. In 2009, Amy & Freddy were featured on national television on Entertainment Tonight as part of their work with the NBC reality show "America's Got Talent." They remain dedicated to their community involvement having presented numerous charity concerts over the years, raising over $15 million for LGTB charities worldwide.

Mayne Stage will be hosting a party for Amy after the performance. Act One will provide an open buffet and birthday cake, and the bar will be open for service.

Reggie Watts

Friday, August 12 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20 general admission|$27 reserved seating

Hilarious, brilliant and unpredictable comedic surrealist Reggie Watts brings his unique and amazing brand of comedy to Mayne Stage for a four- show engagement. Watts is a staple of the international performance scene, improvising musical sets using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. As a solo performer, Reggie was handpicked by Conan O'Brien to open his entire North American "Prohibited From Being Funny on Television" tour. His new album, entitled "Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records," will be available as a limited-edition vinyl this spring.

Reggie Watts will perform at Mayne Stage two nights, Friday, August 12 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

WFMT Live from Mayne Stage

Sunday, August 14 at 11 a.m.

Tickets: $10 general admission|$25 brunch-and-show package

It's a beautiful morning at Mayne Stage every Sunday, when WFMT broadcasts "Live from Mayne Stage." This week's concert features guitar virtuoso Adam Del Monte. Enjoy the brunch-and-show package, which includes a non-alcoholic beverage, entrée and a ticket to the performance.

Media Alert

Peruvian Minister of Culture Susana Baca

Makes Mayne Stage Debut

Who: Susana Baca, recently named as Minister of Culture for Peru

What: Appearing in concert for one night only

When: Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Where: Mayne Stage

1328 W. Morse Avenue, Chicago

Tickets: $30 general admission|$35 reserved

866-468-3401 or

Mayne Stage is located at 1328 W. Morse Avenue in Rogers Park, Chicago. The state-of-the-art venue provides the perfect setting for a broad spectrum of live performances, including concerts from all music genres, comedy acts and theatrical shows, private parties and corporate events. The intimate house allows the artist and audience to interact on a level not found at any other venue in Chicago. AdjoiningMayne Stage is Act One, Chicago's northside Gastropub. Mayne Stage and Act One are easily accessible via the Morse red line stop or Lake Shore Drive/Sheridan Road, and valet parking is available during all performances for only $5.

Visit or call (773) 381-4551 for more information.


Twitter: @MayneStage @ActOnePub

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