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Just announced! Oasis Fest April 8-10

Join us for the 2nd Annual Oasis Fest Fundraising Weekend April 8th-10th.

This 3 day event highlights everything about the Oasis with three very different events.

Friday April 9th – Super Smash Brothers Video Game Tournament

Sponsored by Gamers HQ, for a small donation of $5, you can compete for the title of Super Smash Brothers champion! Registration opens soon at the Oasis!

Saturday April 10th – Concert

The Oasis’ stage hosts local, regional, and national talent all year long. Join us for this special show that highlights some of our most dedicated local musicians and more. Bands to be announced soon!

Saturday April 11th – Team Pub Trivia

Did you know you can rent the Oasis on Sundays for your own private parties? Well you can! And this Sundays event is our private party of the weekend. The 21+ event of the weekend, complete in teams of 5 while enjoying fresh brew from Light the Lamp and  live music from The Apollo Affair. Registration is required and open now!


Oasis Golf Outing

Hosted by the Fox Lake Country Club – August 6th

Registration is open for our annual Oasis Golf Outing! For 2015, much like last year, we’re cutting the entry by OVER HALF from our previous events (even more, if you book a foursome). It’s a wildly fun event, which includes 18 holes, a cart, lunch, dinner, and the best part… helping your favorite teen center!
Oasis Golf Outing

Registration is now open!

Registration for the Smash Bros Tournament will take place at the Grayslake Oasis. Can’t make it in before April 10th? Email Dane at to register on-line. Connect with other attendees on our Facebook event!

Registration for the 21+ Pub Trivia Event on Sunday April 12th is available on our trivia registration page.

Concert Line-up Announced!

We are excited to announce the following bands playing the Oasis Fest Concert event on Saturday April 11th:

Thank you to our sponsors!

Joyce Campbell – State Farm Insurance

Welcome to 2015

Saturday, November 8th Recap

Saturday, November 8th Recap

All of the shows that happen at The Oasis are good.  That being said, there are some shows that simply come together and approach musical perfection.  Saturday, November 8th was such a show.  Not only were all of the musicians mind-blowingly talented, but they were also all class acts.  All the artists showed up on time and stayed to watch, support, and listen to each other.  It was the kind of night that ended all too quickly, and will never be forgotten.  What follows is a feeble attempt to recapture the utter brilliance of the night.

The Roarer- EJ Singson’s (aka The Roarer) talent is in direct proportion to his talent.  His style is hard to articulate, it challenges listeners, especially if those listeners are fellow musicians. To paint a picture of his set up, it includes a host of different looping and sampling devices that I cannot even pretend to understand, and to top it all off he plays a combination double neck bass/guitar (both with equal proficiency).  His sound is comprised of a thoughtful mix of bright, clean tones, relentless tapping, and more loops than you favorite fruity breakfast cereal.  The amount of thought and vision that goes into his music is staggering, and the best part is how profoundly humble he is. It is a distinct honor and privilege to have him play at this venue and an even larger distinction to write on his behalf.

The Roarer

Becoming The Lion- Multi-layered and intellectual instrumental rock.  This band bends and blends genres seamlessly into something that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. BTL employs elements of space rock, metal, and math rock and fuses them into something that is both complicated yet accessible. Theory-heads will appreciate their song structure and musicality while the recreational listener will get lost in the many layers of awesomeness.  Thrumming bass carries the rhythm while the drums bang out complicated polyrhythmic bits and the guitars come together to create and texture the melodies.  If you haven’t already done so, check out their ep, Automa, download it from Bandcamp now and prepare for a mind-blowing listening experience.

Becoming The Lion

Gradient- Add a lead singer/screamer to BTL and you have hardcore/metal heavy hitters Gradient.  Gradient is a virtual buffet of heavy subgenres.  Their sound is both raw and thoughtfully dynamic, but brutally heavy the entire time.  Structurally speaking, Gradient utilizes slow, sludgy buildups that eventually give way to gloriously brutal breakdowns that will have you banging your head whether you want to or not.  Tonally, the members of Gradient pay attention to balancing and dialing in the guitar and bass amps to create a true soundscape that listeners feel in their chest as well as hear in their ears.


American Arson- This two person powerhouse boasts MASSIVE sounding guitar achieved by playing one guitar through three different rigs.  I am not well versed enough in gear to understand exactly how his rig works, but I know that it makes me want to learn more.  American Arson’s sound is defined by soulfully soaring vocals (with just the right amount of grit), pummeling drums, and roaring distortion that colors the in-your-face guitar riffs.  Their performance was high energy, visceral, and raw.  Their sound is some kind of cross between Local H and The Receiving End of Sirens, but completely original.  Besides the amazing songwriting and performance, the best part of American Arson is that frontman, Evan, embodies the ideology of local music scenes nationwide, if not even worldwide.  American Arson’s music is not just notes strung together, every note and word has real meaning and it was an honor to have them at our venue.

American Arson

Thira- Industrial groove metal that sounds like Ramstein and Meshuggah had a love (or hate) child who is super into djent.  Thira’s sound and image are equally jarring, intriguing, and wholly infectious.  Thira’s stage garb included five different “characters” that seem to be from some type of post-apocalyptic steampunk scene, or perhaps an entirely different reality altogether (debate at your leisure).  Musically, an eight-string guitar delivers brain rattling chugs and oddly timed riffs, while the fuzz laden bass and drums brutalize your midsection.  I have never witnessed another band explore the space on the stage in such a vigorous and effective way as Thira did.  Their energy, sound, and stage presence makes them hard to ignore and impossible to turn down.


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