Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Classical Blast And A Shot Of Blue Whiskey


My usually sedate hometown of Palatine has a pair of competing events going on tonight, and both look very promising. I might have to dash back and forth between the two of them. At the Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, there’s an outdoor concert by Classical Blast that looks like it could be the most interesting booking of Palatine’s 2014 Sounds Of Summer series. Actually, it’s hard to figure why they were scheduled on a Wednesday instead of a Friday.

The quartet blends cello and violin with guitars and drums while performing songs like Cream’s “The White Room” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Founder/cellist Petar Kecenovici has worked with Dennis DeYoung from Styx, classical superstar Andrea Bocelli, and Cheap Trick. He’s also performed in Broadway musicals. Violinist Jimmy Chaos is a classically trained musician and instructor; guitarist David Kav is also a member of the duo KAVUS and has performed in local productions of Tommy and Man Of La Mancha; drummer Glen Kosche has logged time with JP and The Cats, Tom Carey Band, and Kickbend; and guitarist Bill Syniar was a founding member/producer of Tantrum, and has worked with Survivor, The Doobie Bros., and Steve Walsh of Kansas. Admission to the Classical Blast concert is free.

Also tonight in Palatine, The Blue Whiskey Film Festival will present its Festival Centerpiece Concert at Durty Nellie’s. The headliner is Big Paraid, an alt rock trio that incorporates dancers and a theatrical approach in its shows. The band has performed at the Double Door, House Of Blues, and Metro. They go on at 8:45 PM. Earlier, the rock/reggae quintet Jackpot Donnie opens at 7:30 PM. There will be five Official Selection Music Videos screened between the two live acts. Admission is $10.

The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival continues at Cutting Hall in Palatine through Saturday, July 26th, and on Sunday, July 28th, it returns to the Star Cinema Grill in Arlington Heights for the Awards Dinner and Blue Whiskey Chaser.

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