Recent News & Events

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 6:14 pm

UPDATED: Benefit for Chicago


We have settled on a new date! Dec 11, 2021, still at the Riv in Chicago. Tickets for the original show will be honored.
Chicago’s very own Talking Heads tribute This Must be the Band is once again coming out of retirement to play one show to raise funds and awareness. In the past, they’ve raised for Puerto Rico and Yemen, but many fans rightly pointed out that our home needs help as well.

We would like to focus on how segregation and mass incarceration negatively affect every citizen of this beautiful town. A couple charities we’ve decided on so far:

Chicago Community Bond Fund helps people who need bond money to get out of jail and is working to end cash bail for non-violent offenders.

Growing Home helps people who just got out of jail to learn some farming skills.

Neighborspace supports community gardens in areas that need them most.

Riviera Theatre in Chicago
$25 advance, $28 at the door
ages 18+
tickets on sale here:
Doors: 7pm
Special Guest (PHENOM & Emcee Skool): 8pm
Two Sets from This Must be the Band
artwork courtesy Franklin Printing and Graphics

Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 12:38 am

DJ noDJ plays Daft Punk

Our alter ego DJ noDJ is playing a bunch of shows as Daft Punk winter 2019/spring 2020. We don’t have a set list and we don’t stop between songs, just like a DJ, but there are 6 band members so the possibilities are endless.

Next show is Dec 13, 2019 at Bourbon on Division in Chicago. You can buy tix here.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 11:26 pm

july 12 2019 show in denver

we are playing another couple sets of talking heads songs in support of the people of yemen on july 12, 2019. it will be at cervantes masterpiece ballroom in denver, CO. tickets go on sale on friday, may 10, 2019:

ticket link

fb event

the people of yemen are being bombed and starved to death in a very illegal and stupid manner, and the US government is partly responsible. the money raised at this show will go toward “doctors without borders” to supply immediate help to those suffering, and to “codepink” to urge our government to stop its role in the disaster. we hope to also raise awareness and sign some people up to do the important work of organizing against this war.

Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 11:03 pm

feb 15/16 2019 fundraiser for people of yemen

this must be the band is playing two shows at the vic theater in chicago feb 15/16 2019 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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:17 pm

March 15 2018 Fundraiser

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:

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+