Friday, May 5, 2017


It’s great to see Cheap Trick isn’t resting on its laurels after the dual triumphs of being inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and having its Bang, Zoom, Crazy . . . Hello album land at number one on the Broken Hearted Toy Favorite Releases Of 2016 list. The group already has another album ready to release on June 16, and fans can pre-order We’re All Alright! in various configurations from the PledgeMusic website.  

Tickets go on sale this coming Tuesday, May 9 for an August 11 triple bill of Dwight Twilley, Pezband, and Shoes at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Also going on sale this Tuesday at The Arcada are Rickie Lee Jones on August 19 and Al Stewart performing his Year Of The Cat album, backed by The Empty Pockets.

Just don’t order the Eggs Terminate. The Omaze fundraising site is giving Doctor Who fans an opportunity to have breakfast in London with seven of the actors who have portrayed the lead character in the legendary British sci-fi series. Donations start at $10 and can be done via Paypal or credit card. The campaign is part of the annual Red Nose Day to help save children from poverty around the world, and involves Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, David Tennant, Peter Davison, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, and Colin Baker. Donations must be received by May 31; the winner will be announced around June 9.

Peace and love and pass the omelets. Omaze has also partnered with Ringo Starr and The David Lynch Foundation for a charity event involving his birthday on July 7. The Beatles’ drummer and other VIP guests will be gathering in Los Angeles for brunch, and one fan will have an opportunity to join in the fun. Donations start at $10 and can be done via Paypal or credit card.

Susanna Hoffs has recorded a simple and elegant acoustic guitar/strings version of “Take Me With U” as a tribute to Prince that can be heard on Spotify. All proceeds will go to the Mending Kids charity organization.

The recently reunited Baltimore-based power pop band Splitsville will headline a four-act showcase at the LiveWire Lounge on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago next Saturday, May 13. Chicago bands Hyperplane, Collectors, and The Handcuffs are also on the bill.

The iconic hippie musical Hair opens on May 18 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights and runs through July 1.

Denny Laine, a former member of The Moody Blues and Wings, will be performing the complete Band On The Run album Monday night, May 8, at City Winery Chicago. The Blasters will be at that same venue on May 12, and Micky Dolenz has gigs there on June 13 and 14.

Cover Palooza, an evening of Chicago area bands known for performing original material covering some of their favorite artists, will take place on June 3 at the Gallery Cabaret. Van Go, 92  (92 Degrees?), Red Wigglers, Deadly Bungalows, and Right Tidys are scheduled to appear.

The Thin Cherries, a new Chicago-based band founded by Steven Delisi from the punk/avant-garde band Phenomenal Cat and Mark Lofgren from psychedelic scene veterans The Luck Of Eden Hall, have a gig coming up next Thursday, May 11 at The Burlington on Chicago’s north side. The Thin Cherries’ self-titled debut is available as a limited-edition CD, and can be downloaded from their Bandcamp page.

Power pop/glam rock artist Ty Segall will be at Metro next Sunday, May 14.

Tickets went on sale today for Guided By Voices at Beat Kitchen on July 28, The Cranberries at Riviera on September 28, and for Rachael Yamagata and Joshua Radin at House Of Blues on July 29.

International Pop Overthrow wrapped up its 2017 Chicago visit last Saturday with two showcases at The Red Line Tap. I caught most of the afternoon set, finally getting a chance to see The Red Plastic Buddha perform live. I have two albums I like quite a bit by this psychedelic band, and their live show did not disappoint. I also caught solid sets by Michael Steven Cohen from The Abbeys; Freetoed; The Pickpockets; and The Vinyl Skyway. I wasn’t able to stay for The Jeremy Band, but I’ve been impressed with his shows in the past. Next up for International Pop Overthrow and CFO/Founder David Bash is a May 16 through 23 run at The Cavern Club in Liverpool that will feature dozens of acts.

Black Pearl - A Tribute To Josephine Baker, the latest production from the critically acclaimed Black Ensemble Theatre, opens tomorrow and will run through June 25.

Tickets for a number of acts at this year’s Ravinia Festival go on sale Tuesday, May 9; including The Beach Boys and Temptations; Blondie and Garbage; Sheryl Crow; The Moody Blues; Stevie Nicks; Smokey Robinson; and Stephen Stills and Judy Collins.


Steven Delisi May 9, 2017 at 1:50 PM  

Thank you Terry for mentioning The Thin Cherries with all this very cool info / article :)

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