Marvin Tate in his many incarnations (Poet, Talk-Show Host, Performance Artist, Time traveler, Soul Agitator, Singer-Songwriter and Funk-Meister) has worn many hats in his twenty-plus career. He often calls upon all of his alter-egos to help him discover new foundation, with help from musical guests including: Mike Reed,Greg Ward, Ben Lamar Gay, Tatsu Akoi, Dave Boykin, Matt L, Khari Lemuel (The Black Monks of Mississippi) Dan Bitney, Fred Lonberg Holms, P Michael (Ono), George Blaize (D-Settlement) Adam Fitz, Avery R. Young and Angel Bat Dawid to name a few.

Mike Reed's Flesh & Bone - Call off Tomorrow (My Life Up To The Present)


OUTER EAR: Marvin Tate & Joseph Clayton Mills @ Experimental Sound Studio

April 2014

Tate's 2013 residency at Chicago's famed Hideout called upon all of his alter-egos to help him discover new foundation, with help from musical guests: multi-instrumentalist: Mikel Avery, Khari Lemuel (The Black Monks of Mississippi), Dan Bitney, Fred Lonberg Holms, Juan Dies (The Sones of Mexico), P Michael (Ono), Vell Mullens of Moses Gunn, George Blaize, Adam Fitz and Avery R. Young. (Video from the June 18th "Improvisations and Freak-outs")

WCP presents MARVIN TATE & PLAN B Sept 19 2015 at VIRGIN HOTELS

Marvin Tate's D-Settlment - World Music Fest- Hot House - Chicago 1999

Behind The Red Door: Marvin Tate / Fresh off of singing the happy hour rules to unsuspecting guests in The Commons Club, Marvin Tate and his band took the party upstairs to a suite to sing "That's Alright" in room 602 / March 2016

Marvin Tate sings his classic "Hundred Kinds of Crazy" with guitarist Aaron Shapiro

Instituto Cervantes / 2015

Strobe Sessions with Marvin Tate and the Now Latuhs

Strobe Session #55: Marvin Tate & the NowLatuhs – June 6, 2014

The Strobe Sessions are a performance series put on by Strobe Recording in Chicago. Once a month we invite performers to put on a show in front of an intimate studio audience. Each performance is filmed, photographed, and recorded and is available to the artist. 

Marvin Tate's D-Settlement-Black Girl / Live at the Empty Bottle 12/30/2000, Chicago

Cover of Marvin Tate album titled Family Swim

Family Swim

Album by Marvin Tate


A subtle hoodoo brew of gospel and cabaret, spiked with a dash of Tom Waits. Writer, spoken-word performer, and snow-globe artist, Marvin Tate, presents his first solo album, Family Swim. Put together with multi-instrumentalist and regular collaborator LeRoy Bach arresting images and soul choruses cast a spell powerful enough to keep even the most feral listener quiet through the spoken-word bits.

"(...) Tim Kinsella Sings the Songs of Marvin Tate, a joint album with LeRoy Bach (ex-Wilco) and dark folkie Angel Olsen (...) stands as one of the strangest and most enchanting additions to his sprawling discography. Tate, a Chicago poet and frontman, is a perennial favorite of other local musicians; his lyrics are confrontational, literary, and even sweet — territory Kinsella has long worked himself, but here he's otherwise stripped of his habits, backed by rudimentary piano arrangements and harmonizing with Olsen on odd lullabies, evidencing a previously unheard-of vocal dexterity." - SPIN Magazine

"Sidetracked in Miami"

from the Album Tim Kinsella sings the songs of Marvin Tate by Leroy Bach featuring Angel Olsen

"On to Us" by Marvin Tate

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