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.



Mind the Gap!

Darn it.  I let this place go, yet again.  The last 4-5 months of 2015 were fantastic.  Highlights included a wonderful vacation in the woods of Wisconsin & Minnesota with family, a well-attended George Harrison Tribute concert at City Winery with Phil Angotti, Casey McDonough & friends (on drums) a performance at Beatlefest, a show playing with Razorhouse & Tomorrow The Moon, lots of solo gigs at Hyatt, etc etc.

In September I had surgery for a deviated septum and recovery period.  Following that we played a really big show for John Lennon’s 75th Birthday at Old Town School of Folk Music in Maurer Hall.  Almost sold the place out… it was a great night of music for all.  The fall also featured shows with Lara Filip, Everly Brothers with Tom Ryan at Halloween, The Beatles Social at OTS, Razorhouse, Hyatt, Holiday show with Rachel Drew & Co, and a last show of the year with Phil Angotti doing John Lennon Show highlights.Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 12.11.24 PM.png

Shows in July & August, 2015!


Saturday July 25 @ Old Town School of Folk Music, 8pm.  

Phil Angotti & Tommi Zender perform Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” & “Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme” LPs in entirety with bonus tracks.  Featuring Tom Ryan on bass, Alton Smith on keyboards, Rebekah Abel on horns, percussion, and Jim Barclay on drums.  (art by Tom McKeon)

Ticket link below:



Monday July 13 @ Martyrs, 8PM

One night only!!!  Alton Smith leads the Great Moments in Vinyl show performing Elton John’s “Tumbleweed Connection” and “Madman Across The Water” LPs in entirety, plus bonus tracks (with Richard Pettingill on guitars, Lindsey Cochran on bass, Debbie Kaczynski on keys/vocals, Tommi Zender on drums/vocals/guitars, Peter Manis on more drums, a string section & more).



I have some Hyatt Lounge dates in July.  Message me if you’d like to know when!


Also… Saturday August 1st @ Martyrs I will play electric guitars & sing with art rock group Razorhouse opening for Tomorrow The Moon for their album release show.  (I will also play some guest guitar for a few tunes in the TTM set).  This will be one mighty rock show.

Fri Aug 7th @ Old Town School SUMMERTIME BEATLES SOCIAL, 7:30pm

Sun Aug 9th @ Old Town School FRETBOARD GEOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, 2pm

Advance signup online (oldtownschool.org) or in person, or via phone 773-728-6000

House Concert at Pig & Weasel Sunday June 14th

Tz w train hat and candle

Sunday June 14th @ 3:30 PM I’m very excited to finally get to play my own full concert in this fine listening environment.  It’ll be 2 sets featuring multi-percussionist Tim Mulvenna, the Clarinet Vendetta trio under direction of Christie Miller, and accompaniment from singer/songwriters Dave Sills, Rachel Drew, and more!

Located in Skevanston (that’s near the Skokie/Evanston border off Dempster) Todd, Monica & Chris have been presenting performances in their fine space under the moniker Pig & Weasel for a few years now.  There is row seating, a nice stage, lighting, and often featured artwork on the walls.  It’s BYOB, with some snacks & beer/wine on hand, and a downstairs gathering area for before show, break between sets, and afterward.

Reservations are needed to ensure seating, and can be done through contacting: thepigandweasel@gmail.com

If you have been thinking of attending one of my shows, make it this one!