For more than 25 years, our teams at Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall, SPACE, and The Promontory have provided a warm and welcome retreat from the road for visiting artists. It all begins with serving up a delicious and unique meal. Sound Bites highlights this experience for the artists with a custom dish created by our chefs, driven by that home-cooked meal the artist craves most while on the road. The dish is featured on Dusek’s menu to share with the folks that make touring possible: the fans while proceeds from the dish go to a charity of the artist’s choice.

Videography by Teddy Golden | Instagram: @nophotosplease


J Dilla Donuts

February 9, 2019
Custom Dish: Yuzu Glazed Dilla Donuts
Proceeds Benefit: Dilla Youth Day 2020


bomba estereo

December 15-16, 2018
Custom Dish: Caribbean Ceviche
Proceeds Benefit: Fundación para la Conservación y el desarrollo Sostenible



November 11, 2018
Custom Dish: English Breakfast
Proceeds Benefit: PSC Partners Seeking a Cure



October 21, 2018
Custom Dish: Curried Venison Meat Pie
Proceeds Benefit: Shriner’s Hospitals for Children


JOey Purp

September 18, 2018
Custom Dish: Szechuan Celery Root
Proceeds Benefit: SaveMoneySaveLife



August 22, 2018
Custom Dish: Manti Lamb Dumplings
Proceeds Benefit: Chicago Community Bond Fund


Japanese Breakfast

July 21, 2018
Custom Dish: Kalbi Beef Short Ribs
Proceeds Benefit: RAICES Texas


The sword

June 20, 2018
Custom Dish: Pork Belly
Proceeds Benefit: Foundations of Music






April 25, 2018
Custom Dish: Hunter's Style Rabbit
Proceeds Benefit: Music for Relief



April 12 & 13, 2018
Custom Dish: Pan Seared Arctic Char
Proceeds Benefit: Everytown for Gun Safety


Yo La Tengo

March 29 & 30, 2018
Custom Dish: Oyster Po'Boy
Proceeds Benefit: Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


Frightened Rabbit

February 16 & 17, 2018
Custom Dish: Vegan Haggis
Proceeds Benefit: One Tail at a Time


Noah Gundersen

January 27, 2018
Custom Dish: Carbonara
Proceeds Benefit: Greater Chicago Food Depository


Twin Peaks

December 29, 30 & 31, 2017
Custom Dish: Pizza Puff
Proceeds Benefit: Social Works


JD McPherson

November 16, 2017
Custom Dish: Chicken Fried Rabbit
Proceeds Benefit: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


The Strumbellas

October 19 & 20, 2017
Custom Dish: Pork Cheek Pot Roast
Proceeds Benefit: The Ronald McDonald House


Iron & Wine

October 12 & 13, 2017
Custom Dish: Barolo Braised Short Rib
Proceeds Benefit: The Rebuild Foundation


The Lone Bellow

October 10 & 11, 2017
Custom Dish: Berkshire Pork Shank
Proceeds Benefit: Las Vegas Victims Fund