Great winter. Ready for Spring!

Fantastic shows this winter at places like Fitzgeralds and Schubas and SPACE.  With bands like The Mother Hips and The Howling Brothers.  Playing interesting shows like covering Beck’s Song Reader in its entirety with no band rehearsals.  Did we mention our first out-of-state date up in MI?  That’s right folks, we head north when it gets cold.  We ain’t scared.

Fun stuff coming up this spring.  The Beck show went well enough to warrant an encore performance at Chicago City Winery on March 28th.  Then we will be making our triumphant return to The Castle Theatre in Bloomington, IL on April 12th with our friends Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts.  One week later we’re outta state again with our pals The Steepwater Band at the legendary Shank Hall in Milwaukee, WI.

3/28     Chicago City Winery, performing Beck’s Song Reader
4/12     The Castle Theater, Bloomington, IL *w/Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts
4/19     Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI *w/The Steepwater Band

Magic Box & Friends at SPACE in Evanston, IL 2.10.13

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Lots of good stuff this summer including Six Corners BBQ Fest in Chicago, Fitzgeralds in Berwyn w/ Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, Wicker Park Fest in Chicago, Farmfest 450 in Kinsman, IL, Retro on Roscoe in Chicago, Logan Square Fest in Chicago and more!!!  Check the SHOWS page for more info on these upcoming performances…

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Here’s what Johnny Hickman of Cracker has to say about the new EP:

I remember the first time Backyard Tire Fire opened a show for Cracker. I was hanging out backstage, but not for long. By the end of their set I was hooked and buying their CDs. Now Ed and Scott have put together another great band with Magic Box. It’s apparent on every track of the self titled debut that these guys understand the power of a simple but unforgettable guitar riff or blazing solo woven seamlessly into the subtleties of a great pop song. Their sound echoes 70s era glory like Neil Young and Crazyhorse or The James Gang, yet simultaneously sparkles with elements that are modern and immediately catchy. I can’t wait to see them bust it out live!

Johnny Hickman

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Magic Box to open for Candy Golde 8.26 @ the Castle!!!!

Magic Box will be opening for the Chicago supergroup Candy Golde featuring Nick Tremulis, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), John Stirratt (Wilco) & Rick Rizzo (11th Dream Day). This band has been described as the best and baddest of musical collaborations Chicago has to offer and we’re excited to play our first gig in Bloomington on this bill!!
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8, 21+, $15 advance tix


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Magic Box to open for Peter Himmelman XRT show

Magic Box will be opening for the legendary Peter Himmelman on Wed., Aug. 24th at SPACE in Evanston, IL!!!!!!  We are incredibly honored to be a part of it. Peter is an amazing singer/songwriter/performer/poet. Two members of Magic Box will be playing in Peter’s band that night as well (Scott T & Matt). It’s gonna be a memorable evening of music folks!

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The next Magic Box performance will be Fri., Aug. 19th at Farmfest 450 in Kinsman, IL!!!!!


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hello music lovers.

welcome to the new site!  we’ll be adding and updating on a regular basis, so feel free to drop by as often as you please.  dig this footage from the first MAGIC BOX show last month at SPACE in Evanston…


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