Beta Dogs 3.19.15 Hospital Bed (Cold War Kids cover) @ G&L Chicago, IL

Beta Dogs 3.19.15 Hospital Bed (Cold War Kids cover) @ G&L Chicago, IL from Steve Lutz on Vimeo.

Beta Dogs: 2.19.15 Old Shoes (Deer Tick cover)

Beta Dogs @ G&L Third Thursdays

We play every Third Thursday of the month at G&L Fire Escape,

2157 W Grace St,
Chicago, IL 60618

Hope to see you there!

On the corner of Grace St. and Leavitt Ave

8:30 pm

Beta Dogs @ G&L 7.17.14

Beta Dogs @ G&L Tavern, Chicago  7.17.14  Download it here!

Steve in NY

Steve performing in the barn at Camp Copperhead

Hello everyone, it's Steve. Recently, I have had a couple of cool opportunities to learn from some really good song writers. In May, I was able to go down to Austin for a workshop with Texas songwriters Owen Temple and Gordy Quist (from Band of Heathens). More recently, I participated in Steve Earle's Camp Copperhead, a 4 day song writing camp in the Catskill mountains, in upstate New York. Both workshops have deepened my appreciation for the craft of songwriting. Hopefully, some of that translates into better Beta Dogs and Kick Bricks shows! I can't wait to get back to Chicago and get to work!

An active period for Beta Dogs & Kick Bricks


It was an active week for Beta Dogs, as they played two shows in Chicago's North Center Neighborhood, including their monthly "Third Thursday" residency show at G&L and a backyard jam at a neighborhood garden, as part of the annual North Center Garden Walk. Both shows were recorded and will (hopefully) be put up on this site. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Kick Bricks performed a couple of sets as part of

The Chicago Music Conference:

                  Next Up: Our monthly  "Third Thursday" residency show at G&L. Hope to see you there!

Beta Dogs

Be sure to check out our acoustic roots alter ego Beta Dogs. Just follow the link!

Steve & Brian @ Uncommon Ground, Devon 4/10/14

Steve and Brian played an acoustic set at Uncommon Ground, Devon on 4/10/14. Download it here free!

Beta Dogs @ Uncommon Ground, Chicago 3.5.14


Sharing a bill with Mean Mary, and The Greenleaf Band, Beta Dogs took to the stage at Uncommon Ground on yet another snowy Chicago night and tore through a mix of covers and originals, including a first ever performance of the Jethro Tull classic "Locomotive Breath" and spirited renditions of "Hollywood", "The Way That it is", "Promise" and "Rosali McFall". In the middle of all of that rucus, the band pulled back the reins and stripped things way down for a quiet soulful version of Iwo-Jima. Topping off the day, Beta Dogs learned that it has been confirmed for a standing gig at G&L Tavern on the third Thurday of every month! All in all, another great night! Listen and download it here!

Beta Dogs @ G&L 2/20/14

The temperature was not sub-zero, which helped, but still, the winds were whipping in gusts of 50+ miles-per-hour on a 25° night in Chicago, after a day of rain and melting snow left streets and sidewalks looking like ponds and rivers. Yes, it has been a winter to remember (or forget) around here! Yet once again, the G&L filled up with friends, neighbors and fans to watch Beta Dogs tear through 2 1/2 hours of acoustic roots rock & roll. The vibe was quirky from the opening notes of a radically different-sounding version of "Bluegrass Thing", which may need to be renamed now -something more like "Blues Thing". Things just got weirder from there, as the band called songs out on the fly and the songs kept coming out in slightly altered states! No matter- the night was fun and the music percolated nicely, as it rolled along. No one remembers any of the details- guess we will have to give it a listen !