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April, 2015
 
THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS
Friday, 04/24/2015



Our Story

Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5 piece alternative folk band, The Way Down Wanderers from Chicago, IL, not only draw listeners in with their energy and originality but also captivate fans with their unique and touching story; Banjo player, Ben Montalbano and fiddle/mandolin player, Collin Krause, are half brothers who met each other for the first time 5 years ago. The two were shocked to find that not only were they both pursuing careers in music, but that they were each drawn to the same genres. In addition to their unexpected brotherly collaboration, the other band member's dramatically diverse backgrounds in bluegrass, jazz, classical and rap music, blend together to form unique harmony vocals, soaring instrumentals, lively dynamics and standout melodies. Powerfully unique vocals, instrumental solos, lively dynamics and standout melodies make up the experience that is, The Way Down Wanderers debut album, “Path to Follow.”



Playing, performing and writing together for just under a year, the Wanderers have built an impressive and fast growing following across the country with fans anxious for the release their debut record. CD release events will take place in May and June in Chicago, Saint Louis, Dubuque, Iowa and the band’s hometown of Peoria, IL.



Band members and half brothers, Collin Krause (vocalist, fiddle and mandolin player) and Ben Montalbano (banjo, piano and vocals) met each other for the first time 5 years ago. The two were shocked to find that not only were they both pursuing careers in music, but that they were both drawn to the same genres of music. You can listen to a National Public Radio story about the boys and the band here.

Former music students, the Wanderers are focusing on new material as touring extensively this upcoming winter, spring and summer.


Show 7:30 (doors open 6:45). Early Birds come in between 6:30-6:45 to choose the best seats☺

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BONE HAMPTON COMEDY
Saturday, 04/25/2015



The term “crossover” is seldom used of comedians, yet the word is the perfect descriptor for “Bone” Hampton, one of redemptive comedy’s most well traveled and in-demand funnymen. Bone’s comedic smarts know no bounds. One day he can be seen hosting and performing at 10,000 seat music festival, the next working the crowd at a comedy club or he’s doing his thing at a church gig, and the following he’s making a splash on a hit sitcom. 

Such is evidenced in his diverse resume, including “All About Steve” with Sandra Bullock & Bradley Cooper, NBC’s My Name is Earl, ABC’s Less Than Perfect, and reoccurring appearances on ABC’s Daytime talk show The View, on TBN’s “Praise the Lord,” LeCrae’s “Higher Learning Tour” and on the “Thou Shalt Laugh 2 and 5 projects with Tim Conway and Chonda Pierce. 





*2 Shows 6:30pm and 8:30pm (doors open 1/2 hr before each)

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May, 2015
 
OPEN MIC
Friday, 05/01/2015



Come take the Cup stage.

Info and Signup HERE!

Show starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm


 
CHRIS AUGUST
Saturday, 05/02/2015



Chris August has become a beloved part of the CCM world... and it's no wonder why. He's endeared himself with his unassuming talent, his surprisingly powerful vocal and his impeccable songwriting.

Tonight Chris Brings his new CD, The Maker!


The self-taught pianist and keyboardist is coming back to his rootsier side with The Upside of Down CD Project, letting some of his more soulful, R&B influences take the spotlight. We could go on and on about moving moments, unpretentious melodies, and exquisite music. but let the music speak for itself. Come experience a night with Chris August!



2 Shows:  6:30 & 8:45pm, doors open 1/2hr before each.  Early Birds come in 15-20 before to choose the best seats.

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JESSICA DEML & MATT KOLB
Friday, 05/08/2015



JESSICA DEML - a singer-songwriter and recording artist whose vocals have been compared to Alison Krauss, Natalie Merchant, and Nichole Nordeman. She recently recorded her first album in Nashville and had the privilege of working with a great team of producers, engineers and session players who have worked with some of the best artists in the music industry.

*Hear More of Jessica HERE!

MATT KOLB 
 an acoustic worship style along the lines of Shawn McDonald or Danen Kane.




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*Show 7:30pm (doors open 6:45). Early Birds come in between 6:30-6:45 to choose the best seats☺

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SHINE BRIGHT BABY Living Room Tour - SETH BOYTE
Saturday, 05/09/2015



The girl Fronted Pop Rock Band you've come to love comes for an  intimate evening of acoustic music, worship and conversation with Shine Bright Baby"




Also: SETH BOYTE - A talented singer-songwriter and friend of the Cup brings covers and original songs of worship and soul.



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*Show 7:30pm (doors open 7pm). Early Birds come for a preshow meet n greet with the band that starts at 6:30pm...you'll also get the best seats, since this show is an acoustice sitdown show☺

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AMY MARIE & STORY OF TWO
Friday, 05/15/2015



AMY MARIE: an explosive and original worship artist. Amy Marie and her band bring a fresh, contemporary style. Amy's vibrant alto creates worship music that people of all ages will find inspiring HERE!

and:

STORY OF TWO: Artists Jonathan Haas and Shay Petra, a husband and wife duo from Green Bay,  bring an acoustic pop/folk feel. This duo is all about spreading the love☺





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*Show 7:30pm (doors open 6:45). Early Birds come in between 6:30-6:45 to choose the best seats☺

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FISH STICKS IMPROV COMEDY
Saturday, 05/16/2015



Fish Sticks Comedy, one of the premiere  improv comedy teams in the country, visits the Cup with their unique brand of improv comedy.  It's "Whose Line?" that doesn't cross the line, and it's high-energy, interactive, all-age appropriate fun.




You can see sample clips and video sketches, including samples from their Fish Sticks.TV project, HERE!
It's improvisational, squeaky clean and high energy - - the only thing we need is you!

Here's a Sample





TWO  Crazy-Interactive Shows!

2 shows 6:30 & 8:30pm.  Doors open 1/2 hr before each!


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HOLLY STARR
Friday, 05/22/2015








Show 7:30 (doors open 6:45). Early Birds come in between 6:30-6:45 to choose the best seats☺

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Remedy Drive - Native Tongue
Saturday, 05/23/2015



Indie rock band Remedy Drive released a concept album on freedom called Commodity. Freedom – the cry from the depths is the theme of an entire album – imagined through lyric, melody and sonic landscape. A concept album for liberty, to shine a light on slavery, to protest oppression and to empower rescue. We want to add to the soundtrack of the resistance.

The single Commodity went #1 when sent to Radio last fall.

"I've always felt like the wimpy kid at rock radio with my piano ballads and pretty songs", says frontman David Zach. "So this is extra special for us. Writing and producing this song with my brother Philip has been the most rewarding experience I've had in 20 years of making music. I'm so thankful for all the radio stations that took a chance on this counter trafficking song of freedom and tested it out on the airwaves."




Also: N A T I V E / T O N G U E S - an ambient indie band based in Oshkosh, WI. Originally formed in 2013, Brady Lee(vocals, guitar) and Steven Duke(drums) added Lor Xiong(bass) and Elliott Phillips(guitar) for an artistic and worshipful sound.

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Show 7:30 (doors open 6:45, unless  you have an Early Bird... then come for 6:15pm and be a part of the preshow meet n greet with the bands at 6:30pm)

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SPOKEN
Friday, 05/29/2015



Spoken has always been bigger than the music it writes, or the members who play it. Its about sharing what Spoken believes to be a gift and a purpose with those who are willing to hear it. 

Older albums have a harder sound, touring the country over the last few years promoting independent records with the likes of Living Sacrifice, ZAO and Pax 217. When “A Moment Of Imperfect Clarity” released they combined their harder sound with a unique pop sound. The band’s sensitivity to mass appeal is next to flawless: deeply emotional lyrics about change, love and life on the road. Bridging the gap between their prominently harder roots and their new found sensitivity, Spoken bring both worlds together with a positive lyrical attack. Also, while they have changed their sound and image to appeal to a wider market, they still bring a positive message based on their faith in their lyrics
 

2015 is a new year full of new life for Spoken, starting the new year with a clean slate, free from our management, booking and label relationships that did a great job helping us get this far. "We are now 100% independent and couldn't be happier with where we are at. God willing, this puts us fully in the drivers seat to write the music we want to write, be the band we want to be and do the things we want to do".







 
OPEN MIC
Saturday, 05/30/2015



Come take the Cup stage.

Info and Signup HERE!

Show starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm


 
June, 2015
 
JASON GRAY
Friday, 06/05/2015



The title of Jason Gray's newest Centricity Music release, "Love Will Have the Final Word", speaks of decisiveness and closure. It's a statement of confidence and determination. And it's true: we live in the assurance that through all of our ups and downs, the ultimate victory has been won for us, and Love has spoken.

Jason Gray has emerged as a songwriter of extraordinary depth, with a noteworthy ability to convey deep theological truths.  – Charisma  Magazine








*2 shows...6:30 and 8:45pm  (doors 1/2 hr before)  

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BIG CEDAR BLUEGRASS
Saturday, 06/06/2015



Big Cedar has been performing locally and at regional festivals since 1992 and consists of five musicians who play banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle and upright bass. The band performs instrumental as well as vocal numbers with three and four part harmony - and some old time gospel.

The upbeat bluegrass sound of 
Big Cedar will have you clapping your hands and tapping your feet and the energy of all band members working around one microphone is really fun to watch. You might also hear a few cowboy songs or old familiar tunes that have been "bluegrassed". 
Big Cedar Has fun and you will too!

Listen HERE!

*Show 7:30pm (doors open 6:45). Early Birds come in between 6:30-6:45 to choose the best seats☺

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HAND PICKED BLUEGRASS
Friday, 06/12/2015



organically grown acoustic music”

Hand-Picked Bluegrass Band delivers a show of stellar picking and powerful vocal arrangements. HPBB has performed at numerous festival events, concerts in the park, private performances. With such a high caliber lineup, you can be sure that each and every performance will be a special one!

delivers a unique approach to bluegrass, but firmly grounded in tradition.
 
Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine:  fine offering of contemporary bluegrass highlighted by vibrant vocals and creative instrumentation.”


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Show 7:30 (doors open 6:45). Early Birds 6:30-6:45pm

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SAMMY HORNER
Saturday, 06/13/2015



Sammy Horner, from Scottland,  a one-man Celtic music phenomenon and one of the most entertaining, engaging, soulful and thought provoking artists touring today. His fluid  blend of Celtic heritage, cantankerous humor, fascinating storytelling and memorable songs makes for an unforgettable  evening.

Sammy Horner is a rare breed of artist. He is a storyteller, a  musician, a songwriter, and entertainer, and a bit of a philosopher. 
He comes across as a genuinely humble guy who is with you to bring encouragement and hope in songs and hilarious stories full of 
poignancy all packaged in this down-to-earth mischievous Irish minstrel.


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Show 7:30 (doors open 6:45). Early Birds 6:30-6:45pm

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JAMES KOCIAN
Friday, 06/19/2015







Show 7:30, doors 6:45pm

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Saturday, 06/20/2015



 
MANAFEST & Clear Pioneer
Friday, 06/26/2015



International rock artist Manafest (aka Chris Greenwood) releases his 6th  project, THE MOMENT.

rapper Manafest (a.k.a. Chris Greenwood) confronts his fallen nature with a fearlessness that inspires something close to awe. Since his 2001 debut, he’s refined some of his more abrasive edges and turned up the melodic quotient of his tracks. Still, his essential instinct for truthful testimony hasn’t left him, as The Moment makes clear. Manafest has always spoken to the confusions and temptations of youth; though older and arguably wiser, he continues to display the urgency of a kid taking on a sinful world. “The Edge of My Life,” “Cage,” and “My Way” are empowering anthems that draw strength from the Savior. “Bull in a China Shop” conflates fast driving, loud sounds, and upfront faith into a hard-rocking whole. The Moment's emphasis on tuneful pop matches the outward reach of the lyrics. The born-again joy of “Love Wide Open” and the spiritual affirmation of “Diamonds” (featuring guest vocals by Thousand Foot Krutch’s Trevor McNevan) are bursts of welcome positive energy. “Don’t wanna be counted with the cowards,” Manafest declares in “Criminal.” Not to worry; The Moment finds him as valiant as ever.

Give a Listen Here





Also: CLEAR PIONEER: Clear Pioneer is an indie dance / alternative pop band based out of West Milwaukee and South Chicago.  winning the 2014 Lifest search for new band.   Give a Listen HERE!

Show 7:30pm, doors 7pm

**Get in Early and be a part of the preshow MEET N' GREET with an EARLY BIRD PASS!   Come by 6:25pm to be a part of the PreShow Meet n' Greet.


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OPEN MIC
Saturday, 06/27/2015



Come take the Cup stage.

Info and Signup HERE!

Show starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm


 
July, 2015
 
UNTAPPED POTENTIAL & TBA
Friday, 07/03/2015



UNTAPPED POTENTIAL:




Show 7:30, doors 6:45pm

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Cup O Joy is Closed - Enjoy the Downtown Fireworks!
Saturday, 07/04/2015



Cup O Joy is closed TONIGHT.  Enjoy the Downtown Fireworks show.


 
HANDS OF THE POTTER - Art in Worship
Friday, 07/10/2015








Show 7:30 (doors open 6:45). Early Birds come in between 6:30-6:45 to choose the best seats☺

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Saturday, 07/11/2015



 
Mike Mangione and the Union
Friday, 07/17/2015



Mangione is a blue-eyed folk singer-songwriter from the Chicago area, brings a wonderful set of heartfelt tunes with unmistakable soul. Mangione, who works alongside his brother Tom on most cuts, weaves a considerable amount of pain and introspection throughout this project. Mangiones acoustic songs resonate with a warmth and passion The flow here is gorgeous and measured, and the organic production works in his favor as well.  

Mike Mangione and the Union WEBSITE HERE!




*7:30pm show (doors @ 6:45pm)

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JOSH WILSON
Friday, 07/24/2015





 
THE KRAUSE FAMILY BAND
Saturday, 07/25/2015



The Krause Family band is famous for their close harmonies and original songs in a Folk, Americana style.

Recently Featured on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. The band, led by Rick Krause on guitar, includes daughters Ruthie on fiddle and Katie as lead singer. Their backup includes Craig Radi Jirak on bass,
Rick Evans on guitar and Matt Spransy on percussion. They will perform several of Rick’s originals, plus folk and old time.







Show 7:30 (doors open 6:45). Early Birds 6:30-6:45pm

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7EVENTH TIME DOWN & TBA
Friday, 07/31/2015



BEC Recordings announces the sophomore release, Just Say Jesus, from the Kentucky-based rockers 7eventh Time Down. Just Say Jesus is preluded by the title track and radio single that climbed the charts.

“This single is way bigger than we are as a band,” offers lead singer Mikey Howard. “It’s way bigger than we could’ve hoped for because God’s using it.” The single has spurred a constant stream of stories from fans that remind all four band members of the power of a song to impact lives. Their second full-length project finds the band sharing some narratives of their own on Just Say Jesus.



Show 7:30 (doors open 7pm). PreShow MeetnGreet for Early birds 6:30-7pm.

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