Launched in 2021, NBX Concerts are our take on small club shows for the lakeshore. Diverse, innovative artists, intimate venues, and folks with a shared appreciation for discovering something new. When we get it right, as uncomplicated and essential as they are unexpected.
Join us as we celebrate sound and place, and the simple joy of gathering around great music.
DELICATE STEVE AT NEW BUFFALO MARINA
Combining buoyant melodies with soulful grooves, guitarist Steve Marion and his band spin effortless tunes likened to ‘an epic sun-bleached back porch jam session’ (NPR) that ‘slyly eludes generalizations’ (The New York Times). An in-demand instrumentalist, he’s recorded with Paul Simon, been sampled by Kanye West, and toured as a member of The Black Keys, all the while spending the better part of a decade bending genres and entertaining audiences of his own throughout the US and beyond. His new album After Hours (2022, Anti-) sees him returning to his 1966 Fender Stratocaster, embracing the simplicity of just plugging in and playing, and cementing his reputation as ‘one of those rare guitarists whose instrument sings in the place of vocals’ (Pitchfork).
A breezy, once-in-a-summer event, we hope you’ll join us for this outdoor show on the harbor.
ELIJAH MCLAUGHLIN ENSEMBLE AT GRANOR FARM
Chicago’s Elijah McLaughlin firmly established himself as a new voice in minimal and improvisational music with three full-length albums in just three years. Wielding 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars, he plays shimmering and richly layered tunes described as ‘ravishing (Uncut),’ ‘musical transcendence (Chicago Reader),’ and an ‘orchestra of ringing steel strings (Acoustic Guitar Magazine).’ For this extraordinary peak-autumn event, McLaughlin brings his luminous ensemble to the glass greenhouse at Granor Farm—the first of its kind in this enchanting space. He’ll be joined by Jason Toth, upright bassist and longtime collaborator, and cellist Katinka Kleijn, a sought-after collaborator in experimental and performance art when not on stage with Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Together the trio ‘balances deep focus, startling originality, and sophisticated group interplay (All Music Guide).’
We’re thrilled to present Elijah, Jason, and Katinka for this beautiful show among the fields of Granor Farm.
BIG SADIE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
Big Sadie’s dazzled Chicago audiences for over a decade with lush and exuberant acoustic Americana. Named the city’s Best Country Band by Chicago Reader—known for ‘blissful harmonies, airtight songwriting, and knack for storytelling (No Depression Magazine)’—the well-oiled quartet rings in the holidays with their beloved Country Christmas, when they expand to an eight-piece cohort complete with drums, electric guitar, and pedal steel anchored by the earthen vocals of husband and wife Elise Bergman (upright bass) and Collin Moore (guitar). As co-owners of award-winning Judson & Moore Distillery, the duo has cultivated a hub for craft and creativity. This December, they take the show on the road for the first time ever. Destination: Section House in tiny Sawyer, Michigan—an expansive, historic, intriguingly reimagined coal and lumber yard storefront.
Join us for an effervescent evening of carols, classic covers, and Bergman and Moore’s deft and delightful songbook.