Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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Artwork from the Tommi Zender And John San Juan: An Evening Of Donovan Facebook page.

In honor of the Wilco song by that name, I recently created a BHT feature of shout-outs addressed toward the famous and not so famous around the globe. It made its debut in a July 2 post here but will also occasionally run as a stand-alone post. Fasten your seatbelt. Here we go:

A Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member and original flower power troubadour will get the local tribute treatment when Tommi Zender And John San Juan: An Evening Of Donovan takes place on July 20 at Wishbone North on Lincoln Avenue. * Reading recent reviews of Broadchurch by Ellen Gray in the Philadelphia Daily News and Lloyd Sachs in the Chicago Tribune reminded me that the BBC show’s star David Tennant seems to be having the most successful post Doctor Who career of any actor who has played The Doctor in the long-running sci-fi series. Congratulations to Evanston native Laura Harrier on the positive reviews she’s getting for her role as Liz in the new Spider-Man: Homecoming flick. According to Jen Yamato in the Los Angeles Times, director Jon Watts insisted on a diverse cast. The comic strip Zits is often good for some generations-clash comedy, but the recent story arc about teenage Jeremy’s band playing for hard-rocking residents of a senior citizens’ home was particularly funny. It was also cool to see a character referencing blues artists Magic Sam, Koko Taylor, and Bukka White. Richard Milne’s Sunday night program Local Anesthetic on WXRT has been an informative and entertaining source for Chicago area music news for decades. Here’s hoping he doesn’t lose his audience now that XRT has moved the show from its 7:30 p.m. slot to 10:30 p.m.  It’s hard to believe U.K. musician Mordecai Smyth, whom I’ve named an honorary citizen of Palatine, IL, came to America for a week, and didn’t drop by to visit me. Mr. Smyth has a new album coming out titled The Mayor Of Toytown Is Dead, which will likely continue in the same funny/scary vein as his earlier Sticky Tape And RustAuthor Roger Steffens has a new book out titled So Much Things To Say: The Oral History Of Bob Marley that offers fond memories and reflections from friends and fellow musicians.

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