This Saturday, Dec. 11, "Brad Cole's Acoustic Circus" brings a fine line-up of locals and out-of-towners to the upstairs stage at Elbo Room, 2871 N Lincoln Ave.
Headliners Shovels & Rope will be coming through town after a stop in Rock Island to cut a session for Daytrotter. The husband and wife duo (Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent) has opened for Deer Tick and Band of Horses and has a song featured on HBO's True Blood.
Also on the bill is Detroit singer-songwriter Robin Horlock, who last played Elbo Room to kick off Mob Fest in 2009. Horlock, a big draw in his native Michigan, is also a veteran of the CMJ Music Festival and has opened for popular 90's bands Blind Melon and Sponge.
Rounding things out is the always entertaining host and performer Brad Cole, whose new album, Exile, was reviewed right here on Hostage Radio. Cole will be joined by comedian Caryn Ruby and Roberta Frazier from the Irish band Cu Roi.
Brad Cole's Acoustic Circus kicks off at 8 PM. There is a $5 cover and the showcase is ages 21+.