New at Viper Alley: Shawn Mullins, Spyro Gyra, Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds, David Benoit, Collin Raye

David Benoit "Charlie Brown Christmas" Concert Open to All Ages

Don't miss November and December at Viper Alley, which features an amazing mix of artists sure to appeal to every musical taste. Performers range from self-titled acoustic troubadour Shawn Mullins, to renowned 70s jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra, to British blues band Savoy Brown to jazz great David Benoit, with his iconic "Charlie Brown Christmas."

Viper Alley offers an intimate atmosphere, top-quality sound, pre-show dining, fine wines and handcrafted cocktails. For more information and tickets, visit www.viper-alley.com Note: Must be 21 or older to attend all shows unless otherwise specified.

Sunday, Nov. 20
7:30 pm
Shawn Mullins with Special Guest Callaghan
Tickets: $20-$25

Shawn Mullins experiences included an indoctrination into the collaborative creative process by numerous bouts of intensive co-writing, in one instance putting him atop of the country charts via a key contribution to the Zac Brown Band’s “Toes,” marking his third #1 single, following 1999’s “Lullaby” and the 2006 Triple A/Americana chart-topper “Beautiful Wreck.” Further co-writing yielded nine of the 11 songs on the new album, which Mullins believes represents the strongest, most expressive writing of his distinguished career.

Friday, Nov. 25
9 pm
Blackened with Losing Scarlet
Tickets: $8

One of Chicago's premiere Metallica tribute bands. This year on Black Friday, come to Viper Alley and get ready to ROCK OUT to some of your favorite Metallica songs.

Friday, Dec. 2
8 pm
Spyro Gyra
Tickets: $25-$50

Born in Brooklyn, Beckenstein grew up listening to the music of Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie, and started playing the saxophone at age seven. Beckenstein attended the University at Buffalo, starting out as a biology major before changing to music performance. During summer breaks, he and an old high school friend, keyboardist Jeremy Wall, played gigs together back on Long Island. Wall attended college in California, and after both graduated, Beckenstein stayed in Buffalo’s thriving music scene, where Wall eventually joined him. This band, whose odd name has since become world famous, was first known simply as “Tuesday Night Jazz Jams,” a forum wherein Beckenstein and Wall were joined by a rotating cast of characters. Tuesday just happened to be the night when the two musicians weren’t playing other gigs that paid their bills. Around this time, a young keyboardist named Tom Schuman began sitting in when he was only sixteen years old, and remains a member to this day.The group’s increasing popularity – combined with the purchase of a new sign for the club – prompted the owner to insist that Beckenstein come up with a name for his band. “It began as a joke. I said ‘spirogyra,’ he misspelled it, and here we are thirty years later. In retrospect, it’s okay. In a way, it sounds like what we do. It sounds like motion and energy.” In their earliest days, Spyro Gyra took their cues from Weather Report and Return to Forever – bands whose creative flights were fueled by a willingness to do things that had never been done before. “I believed that we were springing from what Weather Report did,” says Beckenstein. “I never thought in commercial terms. I just thought they were the next step in the evolution of jazz, and that we would be part of it.”

Saturday, Dec. 3
6:30 pm
Elvis Impersonator: Rick Saucedo
Tickets: $10-$15

Unbelievable Elvis impersonator and original artist, Rick Saucedo was voted "Best Male Entertainer" and "Best Solo Performer" by Suburban Nitelife Magazine.

Rick Saucedo will be performing some of your favorite Elvis Christmas songs for this performance!

Saturday, Dec. 3
10 pm
Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds: Voodoo Moon CD Release Party
Tickets on sale Tuesday, 10/11

"Legendary, a blues/rock institution, true innovators"; these are just
a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past forty
years by music critics and fans. One of the earliest of British blues
bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm,
helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music
back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the
band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll
music of the 1970’s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as
we know it today.

Tuesday, Dec. 6
6 pm and 8:45 pm
Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit
Tickets: $25-$50

Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings. His ‘80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics. Among his other Grammy nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition (for “Dad’s Room,” from 1999’s Professional Dreamer) and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance (for the GRP All-Star Big Band). His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir. Benoit has also released the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charting albums Fuzzy Logic, Right Here, Right Now, Full Circle and Heroes, which paid homage to the pianist’s top jazz and pop influences.

ALL AGES ARE WELCOME AT THIS EVENT.

Thursday, December 29
8 pm
Collin Raye
Tickets: $22-$50

One of the true hit-makers of the 1990’s, Collin Raye still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals on his newly formed label, StarPointe Records. Collin Raye is nothing if not passionate. His fiery delivery has made country standards of such searing ballads as "Love, Me," "In This Life," "Not That Different" and "Little Rock." Always an electrifying showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as "My Kind of Girl," "That’s My Story," "I Can Still Feel You" and "I Want You Bad." Collin Raye's performance at Viper Alley will be an acoustic set.

There will be a meet & greet for Collin, as he had to cancel his 10/7 concert due to illness.

About Viper Alley
Viper Alley is a dynamic boutique concert and dining venue from the creator of Chicago’s award-winning theWit Hotel. Located in Lincolnshire, IL, Viper Alley offers an immersive music experience and the ultimate in year-round entertainment for up to 500 guests in the heart of Chicago’s suburban North Shore.

Media contact: Toni Antonetti, PR Chicago, 847-949-0097, toni@prchicago.com; Marcy Manning, PR Chicago, 847-398-1388, marcy@prchicago.com