Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Slumgullion

Slumgullion was delayed this week due to a series of fun complications. I had to adjust my freelance schedule on Friday so I could see The Smithereens, The Romantics, Marshall Crenshaw, and Tommy Tutone rocking the walls down at The Arcada in St. Charles. Then I spent this afternoon with Jeff Kelley and Dave Metzger as they filmed scenes for the Zombie Grandma sitcom they’re creating for this year’s Nightmare On Chicago Street Halloween Fest in Elgin. 

Squeeze fans in the Chicago area will have a rare opportunity to see founding member Glenn Tilbrook perform a solo show at City Winery next Wednesday, October 15th. The show starts at 8:00 PM, with Jefferson Grizzard serving as the opening act.

On the following night, Temples, the UK neo-psychedelic band that’s been getting a lot of media attention these days, will be playing “Shelter Song” and other mind-bending tunes from their Sun Structures album at the Park West. The Districts, a young indie rock band from Pennsylvania, will be opening for them.

Also on Thursday night, The Beatles tribute band Get Back will headline an evening of copy tunes at The Abbey Pub that will include the Phil Angotti-led Beechwood Park (The Zombies); Guns And Ammunition (The Clash); and Frank Canino (Roy Orbison). 

Heavy Manners, one of Chicago’s best-known ska bands, is putting together a line-up for an evening of ska music at Mayne Stage on the city’s north side on November 29th. A recent post on the band’s Facebook page promised details will be announced soon.

More and more big names are being added to the  I’ll Take You There - Celebrating 75 Years Of Mavis Staples event coming up on November 19th at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Gregg Allman, Aaron Neville, Widespread Panic, Jeff and Spencer Tweedy, Emmylou Harris, Grace Potter, and Taj Mahal are among the artists scheduled to perform.

The Handcuffs will be part of a triple bill at the Kryptonite club in Rockford next Saturday night, along with Sexy Ester and Mono In Stereo.

Jeremy Clyde of Chad And Jeremy fame, has released a new solo effort titled The Bottom Drawer Sessions on iTunes and other digital sites. According to a post on the Chad And Jeremy Facebook page, it’s the result of several years of work.

The Telepaths will be performing November 8th at The Mutiny Chicago, at 2428 N. Western Avenue.

Condolences to the family and countless musician friends of producer/bassist Lou Whitney, who passed away from kidney cancer earlier this week. Whitney was a member of the critically acclaimed garage rock bands The Morells and The Skeletons.

Here’s an early suggestion for your New Year’s Eve entertainment: multi-talented Chicago rock veteran Ellis Clark and his new band The Big Parade will be performing at Mayne Stage, along with the unbridled rockabilly group Heeby Jeebies, and the infectious funk group Liquid Soul.

Get well wishes go out to John Wicks of The Records, who is recovering from a prostate procedure. Wicks recently posted a video of “Charmed Life,” a song he recorded with Debbi Peterson of The Bangles on his website. Works In Progress, a collection of demos, rare, and unreleased tracks by The Records, is now available on CDBaby.

Save The Clocktower, the Chicago-based and innovative indie rock band has upcoming gigs at The Frequency in Madison, Wisconsin on November 6th, and then back in its home town at Beat Kitchen on November 15th.

The Australian indie label Zero Hour continues its flow of fascinating compilations (Power Pop Unplugged, tributes to Cheap Trick and Dwight Twilley) with the release of Pop Power From The Garage. The album features 22 tracks from lesser-known but energetic Aussie bands during the years 1974–1986. It sells for $9.99 via the Zero Hour online store. 

Mac’s On Slade in Palatine will present A Tribute To The Beatles on October 30th.

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