this must be the band is playing two shows at the vic theater in chicago feb 15/16 2018 to support the people of yemen. for over a decade they have endured starvation, disease, and violence perpetrated by several governments, including our own. we are playing the shows not only to raise money for the yemeni people but to raise awareness of our own responsibility for their situation, and to urge our government to stop participating in their destruction.

feb 15 is ages 21 and over, buy tickets here

feb 16 is ages 18 and over, buy tickets here

we’re playing a fundraiser at Buddy Guy’s Legends in chicago on thur, march 15, 2018. all proceeds go to chicago food depository. we play 9:30 to midnight, both Heads music and other dance songs.

you can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/commercial-real-estate-awards-after-party-2018-tickets-43560022199

use the discount code “TMBTB” (all caps) to get tickets for $100 each, and all money goes to helping our neighbors feed their families. i can’t think of much that is more important. the event is 21+

Dec 23 2017 tickets to martyrs were oversold by like 400 people. some weird computer glitch. we supremely apologize to anyone who received an email saying their tickets need to be moved to Dec 22 at the Vic. If anyone can’t do that, martyrs will refund your money. we are not dealing with that ourselves, but just wanted to update everyone.

Dec 22 2017 tickets to the Vic go on sale Dec 1 at the Vic website.

They are $25. almost every scrap of that money will go to help Puerto Ricans deal with that terrible hurricane. many still don’t have water and a large portion are without power.

We are donating to a few different charities but the main one is Resilient Puerto Rico, which aims to restore power in a way that can be controlled by the residents themselves, and we happen to think that’s very important.

you have to be 18 or older to get into this show. hit us up with requests, we’re just gonna play 180 minutes of whatever Heads songs anyone wants to hear.

Our good friends Genome is opening.

Saturday Dec 23 at Martyrs is sold out, we are hard at work finding a venue for Friday Dec 22. Please check back soon. thanks and sorry for the confusion.

The band is currently hibernating, its slumber disturbed every once in a while to play an old fan’s wedding. The hunger for more Heads grows slowly, and if winter ever thaws, we may see them arise stronger than ever.

In the meantime, here are links to other current projects that feature members of This Must be the Band:

DJ noDJ – 6 piece electronic dance band
Charlie Otto – sometimes acoustic, sometimes electronic full band
Babe alon 5 – the backup singers of TMBTB become lead and theatrically sing hilarious songs from the 40′s
Old Timey – non-standards from before rock and roll
Wake Up and Live – Denver reggae

This Must be the Band is taking a break, but they have not stopped making music.  The two leaders of the band, husband/wife duo Charlie Otto and Kasey Foster, released an album of original tunes under the moniker “Grood” in March 2016 to surprising acclaim.  Since 2009 they have been building a vibrant following of fans and performers, and this recent album is one in a long line of inspired works they have produced.   Links to the audio below:

Grood “Singles Volume 1″ on Itunes

Grood Unreleased songs on Soundcloud

Besides completing their recent 6 song EP, the band made several music videos that showcase Foster’s amazing stage antics, one of which is linked below:

One Foot in Front of the Other

Perhaps most in line with This Must be the Band’s claim to fame, Grood still performs elaborate and theatrical live shows full of brazen musical performances, set design and cotumes, and energetic crowd participation.  Once a year, they perform the ACTual Show, admittedly inspired by Byrne’s  ”Stop Making Sense.”  Below is a teaser of past years, the next one is slated for November 2016.

ACTual Show III

The rest of the band (all 20 of them) are also hard at work on other notable projects like DJ noDJ, Babe-alon 5Wild Earp, Drmbt, Genome, Origin of Animal, etc.

This Must be the Band is pretty much on haitus right now, but the band members are busier than ever making music, theater, film, and dance work.  Up next, Kasey Foster and StrangeCrop present “Dance Tribute to Aphex Twin,”  in which a collections of songs from a single musician/band/artist are selected and paid tribute through choreography and performance. These songs are selected from the artist’s entire catalog of music, including his/her/their earliest compositions, as well as most recent works, in order to fully comprehend his/her/their brilliance. Over forty Chicago dancers/movers/actors/choreographers are involved with every Tribute. It is a night of dance, happy chums, drinks, grub, laughs, art, and only a few uncomfortable moments. Dance Tribute is always followed by “the best dance party of your lives”, this time mix-mastered by The Abominable Twitch. Previous Dance Tributes include: Mr. Bungle, David Lynch, Bjork, and David Bowie (abridged). Be there or be square, go to martyrslive.com for details.

Apr 27, 2015

Martyrs’ in Chicago

Poster design for the Apr 27, 2015 Dance Tribute to Aphex Twin at Martyrs in Chicago.