Friday, February 26, 2016


The triple-bill Caudog Records Showcase Rock Show! comes to LiveWire on March 18.

Christopher David from the Chicago alt rock band Magatha Trysty has a release party for The Houdini Tapes tomorrow night, February 27 at The Elbo Room on Lincoln Avenue.

Whitewolfsonicprincess will be performing tomorrow night, February 27 at Silvie’s on Irving Park Road in Chicago. It’s not a release party for their new Shadow Of The Marigold album (which I reviewed here this past Tuesday) but according to a Facebook post from band member James Moeller, they will play at a few songs from that intriguing effort.

The One Where A Former Friends Star Helps A Worthy Cause. David Schwimmer, who was recently seen with his fellow cast members on NBC’s tribute to sitcom director James Burrows, has helped the Chicago-based WFMT reach its Kickstarter goal of raising $75,000 to fund a Studs Terkel Radio Archive. According to Chicago Tribune media columnist Robert Feder, Schwimmer made a “sizable donation.”

The Neverly Brothers will be bringing their musical history show to Durty Nellie’s in Palatine on March 5. The 1950s/‘60s cover band has a double CD that it has been selling at its gigs.

C2E2 (Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo) arrives earlier in 2016 than it has in previous years. It runs from March 18 through 20 in the South Building at McCormick Place on Lake Shore Drive. Actor John Cusack, best known for his roles in Love And Mercy and High Fidelity, is among the guests, along with Melissa Benoist from Supergirl; Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell from Battlestar Galactica; John Ratzenberger from Toy Story and Cheers (he was also on that James Burrows TV tribute); and D.B. Sweeney from the White Sox movie Eight Men Out.

The Summer Cannibals, a Portland-based garage rock band that takes its name from a Patti Smith song, will release its third LP Full Of It on the Kill Rock Stars in late May. Fans can listen to the first single “Go Home” on the Spin magazine website.

In addition to the Sons Of The Silent Age tribute to David Bowie at Metro next Friday, there are two Tributosaurus shows honoring him at Martyrs’ next Wednesday, and they’re both sold out.

More Bowie songs will be on tap at the Caudog Records Rock Show! on March 18 at the LiveWire Lounge on Milwaukee Avenue. The event’s Facebook page promises, “You’ll hear some Bowie tunes, originals, and see a spectacular rock show!!” The triple bill features The Red Plastic Buddha, Amazing Heebie Jeebies, and Ellis Clark and The Big Parade.

On yesterday’s post, I mentioned a new cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” by Sendelica on seven-inch vinyl from the Fruits de Mer label. American band Proud Peasant is also going the seven-inch colored vinyl from FdM route. Their cover of “Daybreak,” originally by a band I’ve never heard of called Eloy and the Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s “Saturn, Lord Of The Ring/Mercury, The Winged Messenger,” is due out April 6. The UK-based indie label also has a four-song single from Italian singer-songwriter Claudio Cataldi due out that day.

There’s only one week left to check out The Hypocrites theater group’s staging of local actor Hans Fleischman’s inventive and critically acclaimed take on The Glass Menagerie at The Den Theatre. It runs through March 6. Fleischman’s version of the Tennessee Williams play was a huge hit for the Mary-Arrchie Theatre a few years back.

Time is also running out for anyone who wants witness Mary-Arrchie Theatre’s final production— a staging of David Mamet's American Buffalo. After March 6, the Mary-Arrchie, after 30 years of providing some of Chicago’s best storefront productions at its Sheridan Road home, will cease to exist. Although there is talk that Mary-Arrchie will hold a final Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins festival at some other venue in August.

Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies will be in the lead role when A Night With Janis Joplin comes to The Chicago Theatre next Sunday, March 6. The show is being described as “a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences.”


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