Cafe Mustache
2313 N Milwaukee Avenue

The first Tuesday of every month
9:00 PM


The Ratchet Series presents creative music concerts on a monthly basis at Cafe Mustache in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. The purpose of the series it to provide musicians of diverse styles and approaches within the genres of jazz, free jazz, improvised, experimental, performative, electronic, rock and new music with public performance opportunities, and to foster a supportive community of listeners for this spectrum of musical styles. Admission to Ratchet Series concerts is $5, and all proceeds go directly to the performers.


The Ratchet Series began in 2007 as a weekly presentation of music at the Skylark in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, jointly organized by drummer Frank Rosaly and several partners – primarily saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and bassist Anton Hatwich. In the summer of 2014, the series relocated to the Charleston in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. During a brief residency there, it became a monthly event focused on documenting performances through reel to reel tape recordings and photography.

The most recent incarnation of the monthly series is organized by Mazzarella alongside fellow Chicago musicians Tim Stine and Graham Stephenson, in collaboration with Ralph Darski of Cafe MustacheThe Ratchet Series has also occasionally presented—in partnership with Kate Dumbleton of the School of the Art Institute—house concerts featuring some of the most imaginative and original performers working in jazz and improvised music today.