Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blue Whiskey Festival Centerpiece Concert & Videos


Maybe they’re watching the opening act, Chris Petlak. Photo from Murley’s Facebook page.

The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival in Palatine puts an emphasis on rock and roll tonight as the action moves from Cutting Hall to the Durty Nellie’s night club. The Centerpiece Concert features Murley (formerly Murley Shertz) whose recently released CD Hayward was produced by Manny Sanchez (Umphrey’s McGee). I’m not familiar with Murley, but a qucik spin through their first release, Sold As We Sleep on MySpace, reveals a band with a knack for funky rock and harmony vocals. Plus, the BWIFF has a good track record for picking bands; including Dennis Florine and Band Called Catch. Singer-guitarist Chris Petlak returns as the concert’s opening act. Two years ago, he proved to be quick-witted and talented; mixing a bit of rap with indie rock while strumming his acoustic guitar.

 In addition to Murley and Petlak, the BWIFF will screen seven music videos. The scheduled clips are: “Reverie,” directed by Timothy Nesmith for Spencer Hutchings; “Float Away,” directed by Thom Glunt for Donora; “Metube: ‘Habanera’ From Carmen,” August Schram’s reinterpretation of Bizet’s song from Carmen, directed by Daniel Moshel; “That’s What’s Up,” directed by Jasmine Daghighian for Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros; “Let Your Light Shine,” a social issue video about how to prevent bullying and harassment, produced by John Ryan for Bianca and Chiara D’Ambrosio; “Fingerhold,” a Sci-Fi romance directed by Thom Glunt for Ramona Falls; and “Madeline,” directed by Luke Pollard for Murley.

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