Metropolis Cafe: Live Music All This Week

Located in Edgewater, one of the country’s most eclectic locales, the Metropolis Cafe is relaxed and without attitude. Our customers come from all walks of life and we love ‘em all. And they seem to love our coffee and tea, our sweet and savory bites, and our accomplished vegan menu. Did we mention art, music…? Stop by–we’ll fill you in.

Hosting nightly performers through this Friday, Sept. 24, Metropolis Café is getting it’s evening vibe on for 6 p.m. shows by some favorite Chicago acts all this week.

They cover a range of musical genres, but all possess an independence and quality of work that fits in well with the serious efforts we put into being a quality Chicago coffee shop.

(9/22): The Stratford Stepson a.k.a. Bob Spoerl

The Stratford Stepson (here for MySpace profile) is a folk rock musician who enjoys playing music that sounds somewhat like the Kinks, Beatles and any other mid-60′s British sounding group.  Spoerl tries to diversify his set list, but always reverts back to the sound that baby boomers go bonkers for and that some kids in his generation find archaically appealing. The Stratford Stepson (Bob Spoerl) is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and writes news stories during the day.

Also, follow Spoerl on Twitter. And read his blog, Philosophy of Music.

Thursday (9/23): Albie Powers

Featured on NPR’s urban grease monkey show, Car Talk, Albie Powers’ song, “Elbow Grease,” is just one of the hundreds of songs he’s written over his more than three decades as a songwriter-musician. “I write very descriptive old time ballads and waltzes and perform them as stripped-down acoustic music,” says Powers, who plays four instruments, mostly composing on piano and guitar. “I write a lot of history-based music with very cinematic lyrics.

“All my songs have protagonists and my characters always evolve. And there’s a definite infusion of humor–everything isn’t so serious. It boils down to structured storytelling. I’m not an abstract lyricist. Everything fits for a purpose.” Bands he likes: The Wyos, Crow Medicine Show and “tenpin alley stuff.”

Also see Powers at Red Line Tap this Friday night. He’s playing with Phil Goldman, on mandolin, and they should go on around 11:30 p.m. He also teaches songwriting, is a serial entrepreneur and holds down a busy family life in suburban Highland Park.

Find Albie Powers on MySpace!

Friday (9/24): LeAnna Eden

LeAnna Eden is a singer/songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisc. She has been writing songs since she was seven but didn’t start performing her own music until this past year, when she turned 21. She holds herself to a strict open mic regime and tries to perform at least three times a week. If you’re ever in Milwaukee on a Monday, make sure to check out Frank’s Power Plant in Bayview–good local beer, musicians and fun.

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