House Concert Nov 3rd with Steve Dawson in Evanston/Skokie @ The Pig & Weasel

Steve Dawson & Tommi Zender play 2 sets in this great listening room at 7:30pm Saturday November 3rd. The Pig & Weasel is located on a residential street west of McCormick Ave, just north of Dempster in Evanston/Skokie (Skevanston!). Seating is limited (about 45-50 people) and it’s suggested donation of $15 all of which goes to the artists. They have a stage, lights, and sound-system. There is an area downstairs for gathering with snacks and drinks (some provided, BYO as well) prior to the show, and at the intermission.

Please visit or call 847-568-5818 for seating reservations.

Emily Hurd (Christiansen) has to postpone her guest appearance in October. Tommi plans to mix it up a bit, with some electric guitars, looping, and new songs/interpretations. Suggested donation, free parking on Sundays. Wishbone is a great listening room with excellent food and drink. Music at 7:30; 2 sets with an intermission this time.


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!