2018 Music Upcoming Stuff

Thanks to everyone who came out to hear Alton Plays Elton City Winery. We had a blast backing the very talented Alton Smith to play those great classic early-mid 70’s Elton John songs to a full house.

Saturday Feb 10, 7:30-9pm is my first Wishbone North monthly show of 2018. (3300 N Lincoln Ave North of Belmont @ School St). No musical guest for this one–I’m going to go nuts all by myself.


Sunday Feb 11, 2pm — I’ll present my Fretboard Geography Workshop Old Town School, Lincoln Square.  More info & advance sign up at www.oldtownschool.org

beatles on beach

Friday Feb 16, 7:30-9pm I’ll host the Winter Beatles Social @ Old Town School, Lincoln Square.  Likely guest host Gabe Michael will also join. More info & advance sign up at www.oldtownschool.org

Razorhouse green fog

Friday Feb 23, 9pm Tommi plays electric guitars & effects with Razorhouse @ Martyrs. Also appearing on the billing is Jay O’Rourke. This is a CD/EP release show.


Saturday March 3, 7:30-9pm Tz March Wishbone North show with Natalie Galey & other special guests. It’s mom’s birthday eve so expect some of her favorites to get played.

Monday March 12, 7:30 pm Tommi & Phil Angotti perform music of Simon & Garfunkel City Winery.  This is a special acoustic duo show. Tickets are $12 advance/$15 day of show. Ticket link here

Sunday March 18, 2pm – Music of Joni Mitchell with Rebecca Toon Glenview Public Library.  Free with RSVP, and you can do that here. We will focus on late 60’s early 70’s Joni, in particular featuring a good chunk of “Court & Spark”.

Sunday April 8, 2pm – Celebration of Beatles White Album with Phil Angotti Glenview Public Library.  More info to come on that…

November December 2017 Music Stuff

The quick information blast, as it were:

Tonight Friday November 3Autumn Beatles Social at Old Town School, Lincoln Square, 8:30pm.

(it just felt weird with no image here.  now it feels even weirder.  I’m ok with that.)

Friday Nov 17 – Tommi Zender House Concert in a Storefront. 8pm @ PM Woodwinds 824 Custer St in Evanston, across from the Metra/Purple Line train stop. Special guests Natalie Galey and Tom Ryan.  Suggested donation $10.

Friday Dec 8th – Tommi Zender & Chris Corsale “Not Holiday Show” at Wishbone North, 3300 N Lincoln Ave, 7:30pm.


Wow… time flies.


So, I truly suck at keeping this online portal updated sometimes. I’ve had some really fun shows this summer. Music of Paul McCartney shows at SPACE and Fest For Beatle Fans with Phil Angotti & Co on drums/vocals. Also our John Lennon Retrospective show at City Winery to a packed house was very memorable–thanks to everyone who came out to it. The Donovan show with John San Juan at my monthly Third Thursday Wishbone North residency was fabulous as well–another full house there. I played at the zoo, a winery in Michigan, and my monthly ‘first Thursday’ gigs at Hyatt Centric in the River North area of Chicago continue.

I’ve seen some great concerts too: Me’shell Ndegeocello, Graham Nash, Bahamas, Los Lobos at Old Town School, U2, Phish for the 2nd time was a blast, and more.

Upcoming show stuff in brief: Thursday Residency at Wishbone 8/17 7pm-9pm w/special guest Dave Sills, featuring music of Neil Finn & Crowded House, and some of our own as well.

Friday 8/18 Razorhouse w/John San Juan at G-man in Wrigleyville, 9pm (I’m on electric guitars & stuff)

Sunday 9/3 in Buffalo Grove at festival w/Phil Angotti doing a duo set of Simon & Garfunkel music 6-7:30pm

Sunday 9/17WORKSHOP: Fretboard Geography @ Old Town School of Folk Music, Lincoln Square, 2pm. Advance registration recommended (www.oldtownschool.org)

Sunday 9/24- Glenview Public Library- Music of Donovan w/John San Juan (I think 2pm, free with RSVP on their website)

Wishbone Monthly Residency Shows & Mailing List Coming Soon


If you are wondering “Where can I see Tommi Play… he doesn’t update enough” never fear! I am in the process of finally putting together a long-delayed/promised official mailing-list. Details soon of how to opt in/out.

For live shows I always have a monthly residency at Wishbone North (3300 N Lincoln Ave; north of Belmont @ School St, near the Whole Foods on Ashland). I play every THIRD THURSDAY 7pm-9pm. There’s no cover charge. Sometimes I feature a special guest; sometimes I hog the night to myself. The shows are very special to me & I try to make each one different. It’s really a great listening room and they have great food & drink there.  For my next residency show on Thursday March 16th I will have Old Town School’s own Tom Ryan join me. On Thursday April 20th I will be joined by percussionist extraordinare Tim Mulvenna. On Thursday May 18th my guest will be the great up & coming jazz guitarist Andy Pratt.

Upcoming events:

Thur March 2nd – Tz plays in Level Two Lounge @ Hyatt Centric on Mag Mile (St Claire @ Erie) 9-11pm.  No cover.

Thur March 16thWishbone North residency with Tom Ryan. 7-9pm No cover.

***Friday March 31st***Tommi Zender Intimate concert in southeast Evanston @ PM Woodwind.  824 Custer St, 8pm-10pm. A great space for TZ to perform in, located on the near north side/Evanston NOT ON A THURSDAY NIGHT!!! For all who have been asking for that. (more details TBA, BYOB)


Sunday April 2nd – Tz plays guitar with Razorhouse @ Live Wire (time TBD)

Thurs April 6th – Hyatt Level Two lounge on Mag Mile 9-11, no cover

Sunday April 9th – Tommi (w/ Phil Angotti) celebrate “Music of Bob Dylan” at Glenview Public Library 3pm.

DONOVAN SHOW POSTPONED Sat April 15 DUE TO SCHEDULING ERROR.  Record Store Day is the 4th Saturday of the month (4/22) I will not be able to perform this year.  ;-(

Thur April 20th – Wishbone North residency show with percussionist Tim Mulvenna 7-9pm.


Thur May 4th – Hyatt on Mag Mile 9-11pm

Thur May 18th – Wishbone North residency show with guitarist Andy Pratt. 7-9pm

I Ride Tandem With The Random

rizzo-tz(Tz with Anthony Rizzo at Hyatt Level Two Lounge Feb 2016)

Here are some upcoming musical things:


Nina Simone Tribute @ Old Town School of Folk Music, Lincoln Square – Sat Nov 5th, time TBD This will be a collaborative concert with musicians and dancers.

Simon’s Tavern: Tommi Zender & Friends – Sunday Nov. 6th,  8:30 – 10:30pm.  Tz will be joined by singer Natalie Galey and more tbd.

Peter Zeldow’s 70th Birthday Celebration @ Sylvies Lounge time tbd, a cavalcade of stars perform.

Phil Angotti & Tommi Zender @ Goldys — Sat Nov 12th, 9pm to 12pm 7316 Circle Ave, Forest Park, IL 60130

Wishbone North Third Thursday Residency – Thursday Nov 17th.  Just Tommi solo without featured guest this time–more originals & covers, w/added experimentation!

Hyatt on St Clair in Level Two Lounge – Tues Nov 22  9pm-11pm, a rare Tuesday appearance.


Upcoming shows at a glance

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Simon & Garfunkel at SPACE in Evanston a sold out show!  Here is some audio from the show: https://soundcloud.com/tommizender/a-hazy-shade-of-winter-phil-angotti-tommi-zender-sg-tribute

Here are more upcoming Spring events I’m involved with:

Steve Dawson @ Simon’s Tavern- Sunday April 3rd 8:30pm (free) It’s Steve’s birthday and he will be joined by Alton Smith (keys) John Abbey (bass) Tommi Zender (drums) Diane Christiansen (vocals) along with other special guests.  2 sets of Steve’s songs & select cover tunes.  An annual event that’s not to be missed!

Tz solo @ Hyatt – Thursday April 14th 9-11pm (located on St Clair/Erie, east of Michigan Ave) in Level Two Lounge (free)

Spring Beatles Social @ Old Town School of Folk Music – Friday April 15th 7:30-9pm $15 Play/sing the music of the Fab Four lead by Tz (and often, special guests) & take home a packet of song charts. Like having a campfire sing-a-long in a large living room. Advance sign up is encouraged @ oldtownschool.org, in person at any OTS location or via phone @ 773-728-6000

Record Store Day Performance: Music of Aimee Mann & Michael Penn Sat 4/16 2pm Laurie’s Planet of Sound in Lincoln Square. Featuring Dina DiConstanzo (vocal) Dave Sills (bass/vocal/guitar) Matt Kerste (keys) and Jim Barclay (drums, percussion).

Tz Wishbone Residency with featured guest Tom Ryan – Thursday April 21st 7-9pm (free) Wishbone North has great food, drink, and a separate performance alcove. Each month on the Third Thursday Tommi hosts with a different musical guest.  This month it’s Tom Ryan.  Expect some of Tom’s songs, some of Tommi’s and cover songs… many of which will be collaborative!  Join us.

International Pop Overthrow Festival – Friday April 22nd, 9:30 PM @ Redline Tap in Rogers Park.  David Bash’s long-running pop-rock fest returns.  Tommi will play a band set at 9:30, and also join Phil Angotti at 10:15.  Other acts include Rich Miller, Too Much Saturn, Trolley (from Milwaukee, featuring Terry Hackbarth).

Hyatt – Saturday April 23rd, 9-11pm (same info as above)

Tz featured performer at Open Mic on Little Fort – Thursday April 28th 7:30pm (sign up at 7PM) Hosted by Rebekah Abel.  4128 N. Lincoln Ave.  Students and any performers are encouraged to check this out.  Supportive environment, and if you show up I just might join you for a song (on guitar or small percussion, interpretive dance).

Hyatt – Friday April 29rd, 9-11pm (same info as above)

NEW SESSION OF OLD TOWN SCHOOL CLASSES STARTS LAST WEEK OF APRIL!!!                  Tz is teaching: Beatles Acoustic Ensemble, Folk-Rock Ensemble, Art Rock Ensemble, Sunday Guitar Forever Ensemble, and… Guitar 1 (if you ever wanted to learn, sign up) Visit oldtownschool.org for more info.  Take a class–many great teachers/classes at OTS.

Razorhouse @ Schuba’s – Thursday May 12, 9pm Mark Panick, Jim DeMonte, Dave Suycott, and Tommi Zender playing full electric original diverse art rock music (by Mark Panick). Wanna hear Tz play electric guitar with crazy effects?  Come and check this band out!

Fretboard Geography Workshop – Sunday May 22nd @ 2pm, Old Town School.