The Beverly Area Arts Alliance (The Alliance) is back with a full line-up of summer concerts, gallery exhibits and art events. While the art world is making its come-back from the financial effects of the pandemic, The Alliance is committed to keeping ticket prices low and discounting or waiving artist participation fees whenever possible.
Bethany Thomas, a Chicago based singer, songwriter and actor known for her wildly expressive, genre-fluid vocal prowess and incendiary live performances, performs Fri., July 9 with multi-instrumentalist John Szymanski. Tickets are $18.
Proceeds from two concerts will benefit the Chicago Independent Venue League/CIVL SAVE Emergency Relief Fund; tickets are $40 for each show.
Lead singer and co-founder of Local H and a major fixture of the Chicago music scene with over 30 years experience, Scott Lucas performs the benefit on Fri., July 23. As a musical jack of all trades ranging from singer to songwriter to composer, Nicholas Tremulis has crossed musical genres for nearly 30 years while collaborating with some of music’s luminaries such as Keith Richards, Mavis Staples and Ivan Neville. Tremulis’s benefit performance is Sat., July 31.
From bands like Verbow and Rockets Over Sweden to current project Split Single, Jason Narducy never let the punk spirit he discovered as a child musician in the ’80s punk band Verböten burn out. The Evanston native’s passion for music has led him to opportunities as a touring musician with Bob Mould, Robert Pollard and Superchunk. Narducy will perform Sat., Aug. 7, tickets are $20.
The Chicago based quartet The Claudettes blends piano blues, rockabilly, punk and a touch of ’60s pop-soul performs Sat., Aug. 14. Their latest album, “High Times in the Dark,” was released in April. Concert tickets are $30.
Concert seating is limited and event locations are shared when tickets are purchased online at beverlyarts.org.
The Alliance will also host a pop-up record shop Sun., Aug. 1.
“Pushing Boundaries,” a group show curated by Ben Stanley at Alliance Contemporary@NOB, the pop-up art gallery behind Nicky’s of Beverly, 105th of Western, opens Sat., July 17, 6 to 9 p.m. Featuring works by Ben Stanley, Ann Blaas, Carla Winterbottom, Brendan McAlinden, Pennypinch, Weed Rich, Dazeyface, Little Creep and Melvin Hargrett, each artist produces a new work in their signature style and then is pushed to reinterpret that same work in a radically different style.
Atomic Sketch Event, Chicago’s original drink and draw event, comes to Beverly/Morgan Park Thurs., July 22, 6 to 10 p.m., Alliance Contemporary@NOB. The first Atomic Sketch ”Cross Town Classic” will feature a panel of six Chicago Artists – three from the North Side and three from the South Side! Organized by Won Kim, the three artists representing the South Side are Paul Branton, Chantala Kommanivanh and Nate Otto.
Atomic Sketch Event is a monthly live art event where established and emerging artists create new original works and sell the work for wildly inexpensive prices. Drop-in artists are welcome to bring materials, draw and sell their work as well. Proceeds go directly back to the artists. It’s a great way for collectors with budgets to purchase original works of art and for artists to meet other artists.
The Call for Art for the 2021 Beverly Art Walk opens July 18. For details or to access the online submission form, visit beverlyarts.org, @bev_artsalliance on Instagram or Beverly Area Arts Alliance on Facebook. The Call for Art closes Aug. 18, and the Beverly Art Walk will be held Sept. 18, 12 to 5 p.m. Local businesses that wish to participate must complete a Participating Business Form, available online. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.