2017 marked the Empty Bottle’s 25th year in existence. For the first time ever, we decided to celebrate ourselves with a years’ worth of special programming aptly code named EB25. We brought old friends back to play our stage to help celebrate this silver anniversary and below you’ll find a list of those events.

We even have a book (The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing), published by our friends Curbside Splendor that further celebrates this remarkable feat. Check back here often, as this page will update frequently (and you don’t want to miss anything). Thank you to everyone who helped make #EB25 a year to remember !

The Shows of #EB25 Past

Friday, December 30: HIGH ON FIRE w/ Oozing Wound & DJ Mike Lust

Saturday, December 31: NYE with HIGH ON FIRE w/ Sweet Cobra, Moral Void & DJ Adam Luksetich

Saturday, March 25: QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT + NOBUNNY w/ Ratso and the Rabbits

Sunday, March 26: TORTOISE w/ The Lonesome Organist (2 shows! 6pm & 9:30pm)

Friday, April 14: THE COOL KIDS w/ Owen Bones & The Boy Illinois

Saturday, April 15: NEW BOMB TURKS Benefit for Ben Reber
w/ Daylight Robbery, Son of a Gun & Mixed Deuce

Friday, April 28: PISSED JEANS w/ STNNNG & Catburglars

Saturday, May 13: BLACK LIPS w/ Surfbort & Dick Vain

Sunday, May 14: BLACK LIPS w/ Surfbort & The Sueves

Friday, May 19: BIG FREEDIA w/ Downtown Boys & DJ Jill Hopkins

Saturday, May 27: LOCAL H w/ Blood People

Friday, June 9: PETER BRÖTZMANN & HEATHER LEIGH w/ Bruce Lamont & Mute Duo

Thursday-Saturday, June 15-17: THE HOLD STEADY w/ Split Single, Mary Timony & Varsity

Tuesday, July 3rd: THE MOUNTAIN GOATS w/ Advance Base

Saturday, July 8th: HAR MAR SUPERSTAR w/ GGOOLLDD & DJ Jill Hopkins

Sunday, September 24th: ANIMAL COLLECTIVE w/ Black Dice

Sunday, October 1st: DEERHOOF w/ Sad13 & Lily and Horn Horse

Tuesday, October 3rd: EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY w/ Holy F*ck

Wednesday, October 4th: FUTURE ISLANDS w/ Jenny Besetzt

Friday, October 13th: PELICAN w/ Grails & Jaye Jayle

Saturday, October 13th: PELICAN & WOLF EYES w/ Sweet Cobra

Saturday, October 28th: COURTNEY BARNETT & KURT VILE

Friday, November 10th: THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION w/ Sam Coomes

Wednesday, November 22nd: RED RED MEAT plus CALIFONE w/ Ryley Walker

Friday, November 24th: RED RED MEAT plus CALIFONE w/ Joan of Arc

Friday, December 8th: MARKED MEN with Daylight Robbery, Skip Church, Bric-A-Brac DJs

Friday, December 22nd: YAKUZA w/ Helen Money & Sanford Parker

Friday, December 29th: NERVES & THE DISHES w/ Michael Shannon & Friends

Saturday, December 30: GUIDED BY VOICES & HoZac Sadistic Sound System DJs

Sunday, December 31: New Year’s Eve with GUIDED BY VOICES & DJ Mike Lust


While you’re here, pick up a copy of the Empty Bottle Book at our online store.

Thanks to our partners EventbriteThe A.V. Club & Topo Chico for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

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