September 2018 Music Happenings

Also… Sunday Oct 7th, 1pm @ City Winery…

“John Lennon Retrospective” featuring Phil Angotti, Tommi Zender, Casey McDonough, Joe Camarillo, and Tom Ryan. GA seated tickets onsale now here



Summer Music News

Greetings Music Fans!

Here are some upcoming summer events:

Wishbone, Thurs June 28 with guitarist Andy Pratt.

Thursday June 28, 7pm – Tommi Zender with special guest Andy Pratt @ Wishbone. Expect some of Andy’s songs, some of Tommi’s, select cover songs and IMPROVISATION! Andy is a very talented guitarist, as well as Tommi’s former neighbor. These two guys get together to make music and things really click–this will be a fun one night only deal so don’t miss it!

Wishbone North (3300 N Lincoln Ave) has a great food and drinks. There is no cover; suggested donation. If desired you can get reservations for table seats 773-549-2663

More Tz Summer Wishbone Residency Shows:

Thursday July 12 with the multi-talented student Gabe Michael!
Thursday August 9 with pianist Alton Smith!

All shows are all ages 7pm-9pm.

Summertime Beatles Social, New Session Old Town School Classes, Private Lessons

Friday July 27, 7:30-9pm – The Summertime BEATLES SOCIAL @ Old Town School, in SZOLD HALL (the east building) Lincoln Square. Hosted by Tommi Zender with guest Gabe Michael. Participants take home a generous packet of Beatles songs (& early solo LP tracks) and a great big smile. It’s kind of like a campfire sing-a-long without the campfire. Chairs, music stands and air-conditioning are provided. BYOB. Advance sign up is highly recommended at, by phone or in person at any OTS location.


NEW SESSION of OLD TOWN SCHOOL CLASSES STARTS MONDAY JUNE 25th. Here are the ensemble classes taught by Tommi at Old Town School:

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble – Tuesdays @ 6:30pm (909 Armitage, Lincoln Park)
Guitar Forever – Tuesdays @ 8pm (909 Armitage)
Folk Rock Acoustic Ensemble – Wednesdays @ 6:30pm (Lincoln Square East)
Eclectic Electric Ensemble – Wednesdays @ 8pm (Lincoln Square East; co-taught with the great Steve Doyle)

All ensembles perform at the end of the session; no Wednesday classes on 4th of July this year. Sign up! Take a class with Tommi or any of the many multi-talented teaching artists at OTS. to sign up and/or shop for classes.


Tommi has open spots for Private Lessons. If you or someone you know wants individual music coaching (learn your favorite songs, many styles of guitar, percussion/drums, music theory, songwriting, singing, RHYTHM!) Private study is a great supplement to group classes. Simply reply to this email for more information.

New Album Preview

In case you missed it, at the start of 2018 I began work on a 3rd album of 10 songs, titled “More Songs About Time” with engineer/co-producer Justin James. The album is almost done. Here is a sample of one of the songs “Learn to Be Alone” in rough mix form here.

Other upcoming performances…

Thursday July 5, 9-11pm – Tommi Zender @ Hyatt Centric in the Level Two Lounge (St, Clair & Erie, just off Michigan ave mag mile) Free; food & drink available; plenty of comfortable seating. Also…Thursday August 2nd.  First Thursday of each month

Reader’s Digest Version–May shows!

1. Sunday May 13, 7pmAn Evening of George Harrison @ SPACE, Evanston with Phil Angotti, Steve Dawson, Tom Ryan & more (for additional details, scroll down to last month’s post!). The evening of Mother’s Day we will pay tribute to one of our all-time favorite artists in a great listening room. Table seats are sold out; general admission seated are still available.

2. Friday May 18, 7pm @ Wishbone North, first set will be Tz solo featuring music from the forthcoming solo LP; the second set will be a repeat of the Record Store Day set: Music of Joni Mitchell with Natalie Galey (key tracks from mid-70’s classic LP’s Court & Spark, Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira). An intimate performance in a nice listening room of custom arrangements for guitar & voice.

3. Sunday May 20, 2pm Fretboard Geography Workshop: Simplifying the Fretboard @ Old Town School of Folk Music. Hosted by OTS teaching artist Tommi Zender. advance sign-up recommended as space is limited.

4. Monday May 21, 9:30 pm Acoustic Explosion @ Sylvie’s. Tz plays a set with Adrian Walters for 30 min, then a Tz plays a 30 min solo set following that. No cover, 21+, cash only bar.

5. Thanks for your support!

April & May Music Events

Sunday April 15, 7pm – Tommi Zender with special guest Steve Dawson @ WishboneExpect some of Steve’s songs, some of Tommi’s, and other select covers.  This will be a fun night. Wishbone North has a great menu of comfort food and drinks. Reservations recommended for table seats 773-549-2663

Also… just announced… in May on Mother’s Day evening…

Sunday May 13, 7pm – Music of George Harrison @ SPACE in Evanston. Phil Angotti, Tommi Zender, Steve Dawson, Tom Ryan, and more. 2 sets of music. Tickets for this event will go quickly… table seats and GA seated Tickets onsale now!


Saturday April 21st 1pm – Record Store Day performance @ Laurie’s Planet of Sound. One of Chicagoland’s favorite independent shops located in Lincoln Square. This is always a blast. This year Tommi will present Music of Joni Mitchell (songs from Court & Spark, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, and Hejira). With vocalist Natalie Galey. FREE event. Also at 2pm, Phil Angotti plays The Kinks “Something Else”.


Sunday April 8, 2-3pm – Celebration of Beatles White Album with Phil Angotti and Tom Ryan Glenview Public Library.  An acoustic performance of most of this great record. Free with advance rsvp at GPL link


New Session of classes at Old Town School of Folk Music starts up in May!!!

Friday April 20, 7:30-9pm – Springtime BEATLES SOCIAL @ Old Town School, Lincoln Square. Hosted by Tommi Zender, often with guest Gabe Michael. Advance sign up is highly recommended as space is limited at, by phone or in person at any OTS location.


At the start of 2018 I’ve begun work on what will be a 3rd album of songs, with engineer/co-producer Justin James. Here is a sample of one of the songs in rough mix form:

Other upcoming performances…

Thursday April 5, 9-11pm – Tommi Zender @ Hyatt Centric in the Level Two Lounge (St, Clair & Erie, just off Michigan ave mag mile) Free; food & drink available; plenty of comfortable seating. Also…Thursday May 3, 9-11pm.

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