Friday, October 12, 2018

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The ACE Comic Con kicked off today and runs through Sunday at Navy Pier. Guests include Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Zadie Beetz, Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olson, and Lee Pace. There will also be artists and writers on hand, along with a number of vendors.

Liz Phair has a 7:00 p.m. gig this Sunday night at Metro, with Material Reissue as her opening act. See yesterday’s post for more details.

Tickets went on sale today for Joe Jackson at Thalia Hall on February 21 and 22. Other tickets now available include Cat Power and Willis Earl Beal at Thalia Hall on December 20; Steve Earle at City Winery Chicago on January 14 and 15 and February 25 and 26; Regrettes at Subterranean on November 30; and Lily Allen at The Vic on Halloween.

Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to The Chicago Theatre next Thursday, October 18.

Monty Python member and Spamalot creator Eric Idle has a new book out titled Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life – A Sortabiography. An ad in the Review section of UK publication The Daily Telegraph describes the work as “The Holy Grail For Comedy Fans” and “Absurdly Funny.”

Snow City Arts will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a multifaceted bash this Sunday at the Gene Siskel Film Center on State Street. The non-profit organization promises “monsters, alien encounters, heavy metal superheroes and talking paintbrushes as we celebrate student films, videos, and animations created at Rush University Children’s Hospital, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Of Chicago, Children’s Hospital University Of Illinois, and Stroger Hospital Of Cook County.” Admission is free.

Garbage will perform next Wednesday, October 17 at The Riviera Theatre as part of its 20 Years Paranoid tour. On that same night, The Church will be at Lincoln Hall as part of its Starfish 30th Anniversary Tour.

The Goodman Theatre is having a costume sale next Saturday, October 20, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Lantern Tour, which features Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Lila Downs Steve Earle and Graham Nash has its first gig coming up on October 23 at the City Winery in Nashville, TN. Other stops include Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York. The series of acoustic concerts will benefit the Women’s Refugee Commission, which advocates on behalf of migrant and refugee families.

Destinos, the 2nd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, runs through October 21 at various venues around town.

High Concept Labs is holding an Open House from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25 at Constellation. There will be performances and exhibitions, as well as an opportunity to engage with artists. Admission is $20. Constellation is located at 3111 N. Western Avenue.

According to a blurb in a recent copy of the Chicago Tribune, journalist/filmmaker Cameron Crowe plans to turn his hit movie Almost Famous into a musical. He’s enlisting critically acclaimed composer Tom Kit to write the music, and is hoping for a run on Broadway at some point in the future.

The Logan Center Blues Fest, three days of concerts, workshops, film, poetry and conversation, will be held next weekend (October 19 – 21) at the Reva and David Logan Center For The Arts. Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, and Chris Thomas King are the headliners, and several other musicians will participate.

Black Friday Record Store Day is still over a month away, but vinyl collectors can already check out the official RSD website for the list of limited-edition releases that will only be available on November 23. Generally, the Black Friday version doesn’t generate as much of a buzz as the April version, but there are definitely some prime choices this time around from The Byrds, Cheap Trick, Garbage, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Paul McCartney, and a new compilation from Paisley Underground veterans The Bangles, Rain Parade, The Three O’Clock, and Dream Syndicate.

Private Peaceful, the play based on Michael Morpurgo’s 2003 critically acclaimed children’s novel, has its Chicago premiere next Wednesday, October 17 at the Greenhouse Theater on Lincoln Avenue and runs through November 11. Lead actor Shane O’Regan was an Irish Times Best Actor nominee when Private Peaceful was staged in Ireland.

Beatles fans are mourning the loss of another key figure in the band’s legacy after the news that recording engineer Geoff Emerick passed away. He worked closely with John, Paul, George and Ringo on a number of groundbreaking techniques, particularly on the Revolver and Sgt. Pepper albums. A number of people in the Chicago area were treated to a rare opportunity to meet Emerick in person when he was a special guest at The Fest For Beatles Fans this past August. From all the accounts I saw on Facebook, he was as gracious as he was talented.

On another sad note, the power pop genre lost one of its best practitioners when vocalist-guitarist John Wickes passed away from cancer. He recorded “Starry Eyes” and “Teenarama” (I still have those 45s) as a founding member of the UK band The Records, and went on to records gems like “That Girl Is Emily” during his more recent solo career.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Incoming

Indie rock singer-guitarist Liz Phair has a 7:00 p.m. gig this Sunday night at Metro. Back in 1993, at a time when our city’s music scene was criminally neglected by the national media, she put Chicagoon the rock and roll map with her critically acclaimed 18-song debut Exile In Guyville. “Help Me Mary” and “Never Said” became FM radio hits. Phair recently released Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set.

Material Issue was another hot band from Chicago in those days, with their debut International Pop Overthrow spawning two videos in heavy rotation on MTV.  Phair has tapped the band’s current version as her opening act for this Sunday’s show. Material Reissue features original band members bassist Ted Ansani and drummer Mike Zelenko, along with Phil Angotti in the lead vocalist-guitarist role once held by Jim Ellison. They’ve opened for Matthew Sweet and The Posies. Metro is located at 3730 N. Clark, not far from Wrigley Field.

Still paisley after all these years. Original Paisley Underground bands The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate and The Rain Parade have combined forces on a new album that features them covering each other’s material from the early 1980s. The 12-song 3X4 will be available on vinyl from the Yep Roc label for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day and will have its official release on January 11.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

An Evening Of Nonstop Showstoppers

Ringo Starr’s long-awaited return to the Chicago area took place with a recent sold-out concert at the Chicago Theatre. Like Paul McCartney’s shows last July at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, there was the incredible excitement of seeing an actual Beatle in person. Amazingly, each exuded a friendly, regular guy persona even while performing songs that mean so much to generations of fans.

For a number of years, Starr has picked musicians who are popular in their own right to back him on tours. The band he brought to the Chicago Theatre featured Gregg Rolie, from Santana and Journey; Colin Hay from Men At Work; Graham Gouldman from 10CC; and Steve Lukather from Toto. They each took the lead on three of their own songs, and made the most of those opportunities. Veteran touring/studio musicians Warren Ham and Greg Bissonette were also onstage, providing invaluable support throughout the concert.

Starr didn’t seem concerned that the rousing renditions of songs like Rolie’s “Black Magic Woman,” Hay’s “The Land Down Under,” Gouldman’s “I’m Not In Love,” and Lukather’s “Hold The Line”might upstage him. He was a confident gracious host, joking with the audience, and making his “Peace And Love” mantra feel genuine whether he was front and center or back at his drum kit. That goodtime vibe extended to renditions of Beatle and solo songs with his all-star group providing stellar instrumental support and amazing harmony vocals.

The set list stretched back to the early Beatles days for “I Wanna Be Your Man” and up to Starr’s own contribution to the White Album, “Don’t Pass Me By.” The entire audience sang along with the iconic “Yellow Submarine,” and Starr also did well with “Act Naturally” and “Matchbox.” He performed his solo hits “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph,” and “You’re Sixteen,” as well as the more recent and aptly named “Anthem.” The final song, “A Little Help From My Friends,” felt like classic understatement as Starr, his band mates and everyone in the Chicago Theatre joined together on the vocals.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Jonny Weathers With Paul Cook - Sonic Assault

Singer-guitarist Jonny Weathers’ new four-song EP Sonic Assault features the same sort of raw vocals and hard-driving arrangements that made his 2017 full length effort Jonny Weathers And The Cosmic Scream such a thrill ride. Weathers, the alto ego of London-based musician Gareth Proctor, gets some potent help this time out from drummer Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols fame. Together, they generate enough energy for an entire album.

On “The Man From The Orleans,” Weathers conjures a mythical ambience via cryptic lines like “He comes in here but he’s rarely seen” while spinning the tale of a woman searching for her mysterious mate. “Mother Shotgun Baby” and “Mongo Shaker” live up to their provocative titles, and each includes a freewheeling instrumental passage. “Take It Back” is more of a heavy metal stomp, as Weathers and Cook tap into that same Jimi Hendrix vibe that ran through Cosmic Scream.

Personal note: The line, “Caught the last train out of Chicago” in “The Man From The Orleans” makes it a perfect song to kick off a playlist I created for when I’m riding the 12:30 a.m. Metra back to Palatine on after seeing a band in perform in the city.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Jet Lag Slumgullion

Doctor Who fans who have been on the fence about checking out the ACE Comic Con coming to Navy Pier next weekend (October 12 ­­– 14) should no longer have any doubts. Matt Smith, who portrayed the 11th version of The Doctor, and Karen Gillan, who was his companion Amy Pond on the British sci-fi show, have recently been announced as guests, Following his tenure on Doctor Who, Smith went on to portray Prince Phillip on The Crown, and Gillan is well known as Nebula in the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise. She also recently wrote, directed and starred in the independent film The Party’s Just Beginning. Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to catch a screening of that at some point in Chicago.

Irish Vacation Lore Part 1: Pam and I just returned from a 10-day trip to Ireland. We opted for a country-spanning bus tour, with Irish-born/Chicago-based singer Paddy Homan as our guide. We traveled to Cork, Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, Ennis, Galway, and Dublin to experience the country’s historic sites and stunning natural beauty. We also dropped by pubs to watch local musicians performing jigs, reels, and traditional folk songs. On a few occasions, Homan joined them onstage.

The Chicago TARDIS Convention, coming to Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard on November 23 – 25, continues to entice Doctor Who fans. Pearl Mackie, who played Bill Potts during Peter Capaldi’s take on The Doctor (he followed Smith), will be on hand, and more recently, Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) has been added to the guest list.

The next season of Doctor Who, with Jodi Whittaker taking on the title role, kicks off tonight on the BBC. It will be interesting to see how Whittaker, the first woman to portray The Doctor, survives last seadon’s cliffhanger of being jettisoned from the TARDIS.

If you’re planning on hosting a holiday party this December, imagine the look on your guests’ faces when you greet them at the door dressed as Old Fezziwig. That might be possible if you check out the Goodman Theatre’s Costume Sale on Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. I have no idea what costumes will be on sale, but The Goodman has been doing its critically acclaimed production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for decades. You might even find a Tiny Tim costume for one of your kids. God bless us, everyone.

I used the hours of sitting on a plane to and from Dublin to finally delve into my copy of Chrissie Hynde’s Reckless autobiography. I bought it over a year ago at Quimby’s Book Store on North Avenue, but I’m terrible at finding the time to read. I’m hoping to post a review sometime in the future; in the meantime I’d like to share her thoughts on growing up listening to 1960s rock: “We were looking for adventure. We longed to live on Love Street, We had too much to dream last night. We wanted the world and we wanted it now. We were born to be wild. We were stone free.”

Irish Vacation Lore Part 2: We had the same driver throughout our bus tour. Austin (Pam and I aren’t sure if he and our fellow travelers would want their full names used here) was a super hero in terms of navigating the country’s notoriously tricky roads under any circumstance. He also regaled us with hilarious tales and informative commentary of Ireland’s monuments and history.

A number of local musicians, including Phil Angotti, Tommi Zender, Casey McDonough, Joe Camarillo, and Tony Ryan will be gathering at City Winery Chicago this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for A John Lennon Birthday Retrospective. All of these guys have extensive experience putting on tribute shows , and most have performed on the Apple Jam Stage at Fest For Beatles Fans – Chicago.

Irish Vacation Lore Part 3: It should come as no surprise that I was on the lookout for record stores during this trip. In Dublin, Pam helped me find Tower Records, the last remaining location for the once global record store chain. Stopping there brought back fond memories of when I visited the Tower Records in Hollywood while on a California vacation in 1980, and from when lived just around the corner from the Tower Records in Lincoln Park. The Dublin version did not disappoint. I browsed through CDs, vinyl records, magazines, and assorted rock-related memorabilia. I bought a Kinks coffee mug, a seven-inch picture sleeve 45 of “Fire Burning” by Irish rockers The Urges, and a Tower Records Dublin t-shirt. From there, we walked a few blocks to the Hard Rock Café where I picked up a few more souvenirs. Earlier on the trip, we stopped in The Record Rack store in Ennis, where I bought a Bangles “In Your Room” seven-inch picture sleeve 45, and a 1980 copy of a UK magazine called Rock Compact Disc.

Tellin’ Tales Theatre will wrap up Six Stories Up In Climate Change, the latest installment in its long-running Six Stories Up series, this weekend at the Filament Theatre. The musical comedy, written and performed by middle school students and adult mentors with and without disabilities, is set in Alaska delivers a timely message about saving the environment. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for children. Filament Theatre is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.

Irish Vacation Lore Part 4: Another benefit of our bus tour of was becoming part of a friendly and fun group of travelers, Several had been on bus tours in Paddy Homan in previous years. Since most of us came from Chicago, it’s a safe bet we’ll be keeping in touch—probably at on of Homan’s Sunday night gigs at the Galway Arms venue on Fullerton.

Destinos, the 2nd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, runs through October 21 at various venues around town.

Irish Vacation Lore Part 5: Gee, but it’s great to be back home. I mentioned Doctor Who in a few paragraphs earlier in this post. Pam and I could have used The Doctor’s help in getting back to Chicago. Our Friday morning flight out of Dublin was delayed five hours before being canceled, and our Saturday afternoon flight was delayed 45 minutes. It would have been great to hop into the TARDIS and delivered to Chicago at the originally scheduled time.

Having our trip back delayed a day and a half demolished the plans Pam and I had for using this weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary. (It’s October 5.) We didn’t get home until 11:30 last night. I want to wish Pam a happy anniversary and thank her for all these wonderful years and being such a fun and knowledgeable travel companion. Pam, I love you!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Slumgullion

He didn’t pass us by with this tour. A warm welcome to Ringo Starr, iconic musician and ambassador for peace and love, on his long-awaited return to Chicago. He’ll be performing at the Chicago Theater in downtown Chicago tomorrow night. According to set lists I’ve seen posted online, he’ll be playing a mix of Beatles gems like “Yellow Submarine” and “With A Little Help From My Friends,” along with his solo hits like “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Photograph.”

This time out, his all-star band includes Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey; vocalist Colin Hay from Men At Work; successful songwriter and 10CC member Graham Gouldman; Steve Lukather from Toto, veteran studio/live tour musician Warren Ham; and drummer/professional instructor Gregg Bissonette. Count on hearing a few hits songs from each all-star.

The two-day Goose Island 312 Block Party kicked off tonight with performances by TV On The Radio, Sunflower Bean, and four other bands. Drive By Truckers and The Hold Steady headline tomorrow night. The festival is being held just outside the brewery, at 1800 W. Fulton Street.

Minstrel Palooza Live returns to Durty Nellie’s in Palatine tomorrow for another gathering of musicians related in various way to the Minstrels Music Store in Niles. Scheduled acts include Gus Adonis; Kevin Lee and The Kings, Cracked Actor; Van Go; Todd Money Experience; Larry Mitchell and Dave Ulrich; Charlie Victor; and Tiger Bite. Admission is free, and the show starts at 1:00 p.m. Van Go has a new album titled I Wish I Could Be Grateful coming out next Friday, September 28. Power pop expert Boris Boden recently played a track from it on his Secret Weapon podcast on Woody Radio.

MusicDirect is holding a “Rock ’N’ Roll The Warehouse” Vinyl LP Sale! tomorrow Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 1811 W. Bryn Mawr in Chicago. The Facebook post promises lots of stuff—imports and domestic—in near mint shape. The records are mostly from the 1970s, with a few from the 1950's.

Grand Rapids-based band The JetBeats will be performing tomorrow night at Montrose Saloon on Chicago’s north side. Judging from the catchy 1960s flavored tunes on their latest album, it’s going to be a fun show.

Tickets went o sale today for Elvis Costello and The Imposter at The Vic on November 14; David Crosby at North Shore Center For The Performing Arts on November 19; Rhett Miller at SPACE on December 20; Liz Phair and Speedy Ortiz at Metro on October 13; Procol Harum at City Winery Chicago on February 20 and 21; Kasim Sulton’s Utopia ar City Winery Chicago on March 7; and Teenage Fanclub at Metro on March 6.

Incoming: The Charlatans UK have a gig coming up at Bottom Lounge, which is just west of downtown, next Tuesday. Belly will be doing a show at The Vic Theatre on Saturday, October 6; Fleetwood Mac will be at the United Center on October 6; and Death Cab For Cutie has a show at the Auditorium on October 7.

The Petty Kings will bring their tribute to Tom Petty to The Prairie Arts Center in Schaumburg tomorrow night as part of a double bill with the ‘70s FM Radio Rock band.

Tellin’ Tales Theatre will present Six Stories Up In Climate Change, the latest installment in its long-running Six Stories Up series, on the weekends of September 28 – 30 and October 5 – 7 at the Filament Theatre. The musical comedy, written and performed by middle school students and adult mentors with and without disabilities, is set in Alaska and delivers a timely message about saving the environment. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for children. Filament Theatre is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.

The Old 97’s and Old St. Nick. Having seen The Old 97s bring down the house at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, I have high expectations for their very first Christmas album Love The Holidays. The cover photo suggests these guys aren’t expecting much in the way of presents, but they’re gifting us with a mix of standards, originals like “Snow Angels” and “Gotta Love Being A Kid (Merry Christmas),” as well as their own take on “Auld Lang Syne.” Frontman Rhett Miller has a solo effort titled The Messenger coming out on November 9.

More holiday merriment. The Monkees Christmas Party, also a mix of standards and originals, is available for preorder in CD and digital format. The new songs were penned by Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey; Rivers Cuomo; Andy Partridge; and Adam Schlesinger.

Saatchi Art will present The Other Art Fair next weekend, September 28 – 30 at the Mana Contemporary gallery at 2233 S. Throop. The event promises visitors will be able to “meet and buy direct from 120 of the best emerging and independent artists in a unique experience.”

Destinos, the 2nd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, kicked off today and runs through October 21 at various venues around town.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Ex Norwegian - No Sleep

Even while keeping a steady pace of recording a new album each year, Ex Norwegian shows no signs of losing its creative edge. No Sleep, which dropped a few months back, is the Miami-based band’s latest collection of cryptic lyrics set to catchy melodies. And it’s great to hear singer-guitarist Roger Houdaille and singer Michelle Grand joining forces again after Grand was absent throughout much of 2017’s Tekstet (Subtitled).

That Houdaille/Grand tandem is particularly impressive on high energy numbers like “Good Intentions” and “Right Again,” but also works on the more elegant “Seldom Sober,” which is augmented with a string arrangement. They also take turns being the sole lead vocalist; with Houdaille grabbing the spotlight on “Making Deals,” and Grand driving the garage rock fun of “Marquee 1970s.” Grand also brings an engaging carefree attitude to the breezy indie rock of “So Maybe Next Time.”

It’s hard to get a consistent message via Houdaille’s edgy lyrics. “Triggered Weeknd” opens with the inspired mantra of “Feel good deep inside, feel good worldwide, feel good to be alive” but later talks about “corrupting musical minds.” Then there’s this couplet from the acoustic-based “Alt Cool”: “traffic flowing into march/Clear blue sky seeking animal starch.” It might not make sense, but like all the songs on this latest effort from Ex Norwegian, the well crafted performances make it work.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Slumgullion

Welcome to all the musicians gathering in Douglas Park this weekend for Riot Fest. The extensive and eclectic lineup includes Elvis Costello and The Imposters; Johnny Marr; Liz Phair; Beck; Blondie; Cypress Hill; Twin Peaks; Cat Power; Superchunk; Killing Joke; Matt and Kim; Flogging Molly; Alkaline Trio; Gary Numan; The Exploited; Jerry Lee Lewis; and Digable Planets. By the way, Look Now, the new album by Elvis Costello and The Imposters, will become available on October 12.

The recently reformed Off Broadway, led by Cliff Johnson, will be opening for Pablo Cruise of “A Place In The Sun” fame tomorrow night at The Arcada Theater in St. Charles.

WXRT air personality Terri Hemmert will join Phil Angotti, EXPO ’76, Live To Sing Choir, and other guests at Fitzgerald’s this Sunday, to celebrate the life of Val’s Halla record store owner Val Camilletti.

My nephew Joe Flamm, champion of this past season’s Top Chef on the Bravo Channel, will be one of the well-known chefs on hand for the Fulton Market Harvest Fest tomorrow and Sunday. Rick Bayless, and Stephanie Izard will also do some cooking there. The Fulton Market Harvest Fest also has a full slate of music acts scheduled, and several local restaurants will be represented.

Did I mention I’m his godfather? Joe Flamm will also be among the 250 chefs at this year’s Chicago Gourmet Rock The Fork event at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on September 29. There will a 93XRT live music stage as well.

The Indie Press Fest takes place tomorrow from noon to 4:00 p.m. at publisher 826CHI’s storefront location at 1276 Milwaukee Avenue on Chicago’s north side. As noted in this week’s edition of Chicago free paper Red Eye, there will also be music and beverages.

New albums released this week include The Crossing by Alejandro Escovedo; True Meanings by Paul Weller, and Snow Bound by The Chills.

Tickets went on sale today for A Bowie Celebration with Mike Garrison, Earl Slick, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Bernard Fowler, Corey Glover, Lee John, and other musicians at The Vic on February 22.

City Winery Chicago has just announced that Procol Harum will be performing at the venue next February 20 and 21.

Spertus Studios is hosting the Printer’s Row Art Fest tomorrow and Sunday in Chicago’s Printer’s Row area in the south Loop.

Chicago-based rock critic Jessica Hopper will be promoting her new memoir book Night Moves at some upcoming events in the area. She’ll join Megan Stielstra for a joint book release at the Women and Children bookstore on September 20, has an appearance at the Empty Bottle club on October 29, and will join José Olivarez at the Chicago Humanities Festival on November 4.

That special version of Sunshine Boys’ stellar debut album Blue Music in a limited-edition (250) blue vinyl package is now available via Cheap Kiss Records.

Minstrel Palooza Live
returns to Durty Nellie’s in Palatine on September 22 for another gathering of musicians related in various ways to the Minstrels Music Store in Niles. Scheduled acts include Gus Adonis; Kevin Lee and The Kings, Cracked Actor; Van Go; Todd Money Experience; Larry Mitchell and Dave Ulrich; Charlie Victor; and Tiger Bite. Admission is free, and the show starts at 1:00 p.m.

The Petty Kings will bring their tribute to Tom Petty to The Prairie Arts Center in Schaumburg next Saturday, September 22 as part of a double bill with the ‘70s FM Radio Rock band.

Saatchi Art will present The Other Art Fair on the weekend of September 28 – 30 at the Mana Contemporary gallery at 2233 S. Throop. The event promises visitors will be able to “meet and buy direct from 120 of the best emerging and independent artists in a unique experience.”

AntiFlag’s video of its cover of Buffalo Springfield's “For What It’s Worth” is being released in a partnership with Everytown, a movement to end gun violence. The veteran punk band will release its latest album American Reckoning on September 28.

Destinos, the 2nd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, kicks off September 21 and runs through October 21 at various venues around town.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Moon Darling – By The Light Of The Moon

Released earlier this year, the seven-song EP By The Light Of The Moon is an impressive second effort from Moon Darling. It follows Dreams, which introduced the Seattle-based band’s hypnotic and self-described “psych rock” in 2016. Lead vocalist-lead guitarist Michael Julian Escobar once again spearheads an adventure that touches on several genres without locking in on any of them.

Escobar and bandmates drummer Michelle Nuño, keyboards player Mathew Buckner, and bassist Jack Jay have a knack for immediately grabbing the listener’s attention with playful intros. “Soul Mine” kicks off with some familiar scary music before shifting to an energetic arrangement, and “Don’t Rise” opens with exotic middle-eastern instrumentation. “Right All The Time” drifts in on Buckner’s atmospheric keyboards but then morphs into an earthy blues number.

Escobar’s distinct vocals capture the emotional sentiment of the title track, which also features an irresistible groove. And on songs like “When The Morning Comes” and “Learned Amongst The Sky,” his fluid guitar playing evokes Robin Trower on Bridge Of Sighs. “She Said (The Key)” finds Moon Darling taking a lighter approach, but still allows Nuño to showcase her powerful drumming.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday Papers

I wasn’t able to do a Slumgullion on Friday because my wife Pam and I were out making merry with some friends at the classy and fun River North Design District Walk. So here’s a Sunday look at what’g going on in the entertainment world.

Welcome to all the musicians who have traveled here for our annual World Music Festival Chicago, and to all the fans who’ve come to watch them perform. The festival opened this past Friday and will run through September 23 at various locations around the city.

And so this is what you put on your Christmas cards when you mail them this year. The U.S. commemorative stamp for John Lennon was unveiled on Friday at a ceremony in New York attended by Yoko Ono. The stamp uses the cover of Lennon’s Walls and Bridges LP.

Tickets are now on sale for Peter Asher and Jeremy Clyde at City Winery Chicago on November 6; Vanessa Davis Band at FitzGerald’s on November 16; Little Steven and The Disciples Of Soul at Copernicus Center on November 5; Nick Lowe at SPACE on December 29 and 30, and Nick Lowe’s New Year’s Eve bash with Los Straitjackets at SPACE.

Michael Nesmith and The First National Band have a gig coming up next Thursday, September 13 at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Congratulations to Imogene Bebb, who does a fine job managing the former Hollies lead vocalist Allan Clarke Appreciation Society Facebook page, on embarking on a music career of her own. A video of her performing a demo version of her original song “(H)ours” with bassist Jim Preece can be seen on YouTube.

That special version of Sunshine Boys’ stellar debut Blue Music in a limited-edition (250) blue vinyl package is now available via Cheap Kiss Records.

Scott Ligon will host an All-Star Freakout next Wednesday, September 12, at FitzGerald’s. Four days later, on Sunday, September 16, WXRT air personality Terri Hemmert, Phil Angotti, EXPO ’76, Live To Sing Choir, and other guests will gather at Fitzgerald’s to celebrate the life of Val’s Halla record store owner Val Camilletti.

Paul McCartney’s latest album, Egypt Station is now available, and some critics are calling it his best effort in years. I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but “Come On To Me” was certainly a promising start.

Riot Fest returns to Douglas Park next Friday, September 14, and will run throughout the weekend. Chicago Innerview, a local publication that specializes in covering the city’s mega music festivals, has released a Know Before The Show guide to Riot Fest. A dapper looking Elvis Costello is on the cover, and there are 30 pages profiles on Beck; Blondie; Cypress Hill; Twin Peaks; Liz Phair; Cat Power; The Exploited and other participating acts. You can pick up a free copy at Reckless Records stores.

Minstrel Palooza Live returns to Durty Nellie’s in Palatine on September 22 for another gathering of musicians related in various way to the Minstrels Music Store in Niles. Scheduled acts include Gus Adonis; Kevin Lee and The Kings, Cracked Actor; Van Go; Todd Money Experience; Larry Mitchell and Dave Ulrich; Charlie Victor; and Tiger Bite. Admission is free, and the show starts at 1:00 p.m.

We’re just about a month away from Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the title character in the long-running British sci-fi series Doctor Who. She’ll be the first actress to take on the traditionally male role of a time lord capable of creating an entirely new appearance and personality via regeneration. Whittaker previously starred in the British series Broadchurch with David Tennant following his stint as The Doctor, so it seems likely the two of them occasionally discussed his time on Doctor Who. At any rate, best wishes to Whittaker on her new adventures through time and space.

I finally watched Twice Upon A Time, Peter Capaldi’s farewell episode of Doctor Who via a DVD from the Palatine library, and now intend to buy my own copy. It initially took a while for me to warm up to his version of The Doctor (particularly following Tennant and Matt Smith) but he fully embodied the character by the end of his tenure. On Twice Upon A Time, he’s funny, compassionate, clever, and very wise. Actress Pearl Mackie does a stellar job of helping with Capaldi’s sendoff, and it was nice to see the show give her character an imaginative and heartfelt exit.

Pearl Mackie will be one of the guests at Chicago TARDIS when it comes to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center on the weekend of November 23 – 25.

In other convention news, ACE Comic Con Midwest comes to Navy Pier in Chicago on the weekend of October 12 – 14. Scheduled guests include Chris Evans, Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Lee Pace and Zazie Beetz. There will also be over 60 comic writers, artists, and creators, as well as several vendors.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Blogger Gets His Comeuppance

It’s not surprising that Juliet, Naked combines rock and roll, clever dialogue, and romantic tension in a way that’s reminiscent of High Fidelity. Both films were based on novels written by Nick Hornby. Another point of interest is that director Jesse Peretz commissioned Robyn Hitchcock, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Ryan Adams to compose the songs the film’s fictional American alt rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke) is said to have recorded in the 1990s. Juliet, Naked also pokes fun at self-important music bloggers who fawn over their heroes and occasionally get things wrong.

At the risk of sounding like Duncan, the British blogger played by the always funny Chris O’Dowd, here are a few observations on Crowe’s music. It was a bit disappointing that his songs, which we’re told marked him as a rising star before he mysteriously disappeared, aren’t featured that much in the film. With the exception of Oberst’s energetic “LAX,” the Hawke-sung originals don’t drive the action as well as gems by The Three O’Clock (“Sorry”) and Squeeze (“Goodbye Girl”). The Three O’Clock and Squeeze aren’t included on the soundtrack album, but Hawke’s heartfelt take on The Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset” is.

Fortunately, the plot is a fun series of twists and turns that finds Duncan’s girlfriend Annie (Rose Byrne) somehow striking up an online friendship with Crowe after he sees her negative comments about him on Duncan’s blog. Both feel they’ve wasted years of their lives—Crowe on drugs and alcohol and Annie on playing second fiddle to Duncan’s fanboy obsession with Crowe. Eventually, Crowe travels to the UK, and finds Annie even more appealing after meeting her in person. Meanwhile, Duncan has been having an affair with a co-worker, and is flabbergasted to discover Annie romantically involved with the musician he’s idolized for decades.

Congrats all around to Hornby, Peretz, Hawke, O’Dowd, and Byrne for making this tale of getting one’s life back on track so funny and enjoyable.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Incoming

A few months back, the legendary local power pop band Frisbie celebrated its 20th Anniversary with special guests at the Martyrs’ club on Lincoln Avenue. They have a new gig coming up with Eric Chial from The Bon Mots and Decoy Prayer Meeting at Montrose Saloon on October 21. Montrose Saloon, located at 2933 W. Montrose, has been building a loyal following due to musician and self-described “talent buyer/sound wrangler” Chial lining up some of Chicago’s best music acts.

The Handcuffs will be at Montrose Saloon on December 8, along with a special performance by singer-guitarist Mike Skill from The Romantics with his new side project ’67 Riot. Brad Elvis, who plays drums with The Handcuffs and The Romantics, will be part of the Mike Skill and ’67 Riot performance. The evening kicks off at 9:00 p.m. with an acoustic set by Mike Coy.

The September issue of the Illinois Entertainer has a profile of WXRT DJ Lin Brehmer in which he explains that he’s able to enjoy late-night concerts and still do his early-morning shift thanks to his afternoon naps. Having talked to Brehmer on a few occasions, I can attest to IE media columnist Rick Kaempfer’s assessment that the DJ always treat fans as if he was their “best friend in the whole world.” The profile also offers some fascinating insight on how Brehmer creates his weekly Lin’s Bin commentary, and I’m still hoping he’ll put out a collection of those enjoyable segments, either in book or audio form.

That same issue of the Illinois Entertainer mentions a recently restored version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1972 film Imagine that’s due to hit theaters in the near future. I.E. reports that Imagine has an audio remix by Grammy Award winning engineer Paul Hicks. By the way, Hicks is the son of original and still-with-the-band Hollies guitarist/harmony vocalist Tony Hicks.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

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Photo from The Flat Five Facebook page.

The Flat Five, whose 2016 debut It’s A World Of Love and Hope drew widespread critical acclaim, have sold out their gig at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn tomorrow night. The band members have years of experience in various music genres, and for this project they focus on glorious harmonies and breezy, retro arrangements.

Two of those Flat Five musicians, Casey McDonough and Scott Ligon, and will be joining WXRT air personality Terri Hemmert, Phil Angotti, EXPO ’76, Live To Sing Choir, and other guests at Fitzgerald’s on September 16 for a celebration of Val’s Halla record store owner Val, who passed away earlier thus summer. On the September 12, Scott Ligon will host an All-Star Freakout, at FitzGerald’s.

Zany garage rockers The Woggles have a gig tomorrow night at Reggie’s on State Street, just south of downtown.

Paul McCartney will release his latest album, Egypt Station, next Friday. That’s the same day we’ll see These Days from Paul Carrack; Raise Vibration from Lenny Kravitz; and In The Blue Light from Paul Simon. A week after that will bring new efforts from The Chills; Alejandro Escovedo; and Paul Weller.

This year’s Chicago Fringe Festival kicked off yesterday and will run through Monday, September 3 in various locations in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side. Over 24 shows are scheduled to take place.

It will be a busy weekend in Jefferson Park, as the annual Polonia Festival takes place just outside the Copernicus Theatre, which is a quick walk from the Jefferson Park Metra/CTA station. Tributosaurus will wrap up the festival by covering Eric Clapton on Monday night.

Tributosaurus will become Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young on September 5 at Martyrs.

Riot Fest returns to Chicago in two weeks, bringing Beck; Elvis Costello And The Imposters; Blondie; Cypress Hill; Twin Peaks; Liz Phair; Cat Power; The Exploited; and countless other acts to Douglas Park September 14 through 16.

I just bought a copy of noted artist/writer Bill Morrison’s graphic novel treatment of The Beatles’ animated movie Yellow Submarine. Morrison is president of the National Cartoonists Society and was recently named editor of Mad Magazine. Published by Titan Comics, this colorful and faithful version celebrates the 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine’s release.

The Petty Kings will bring their tribute to Tom Petty to The Prairie Arts Center in Schaumburg on Saturday, September 22 as part of a double bill with the ‘70s FM Radio Rock band. I’ve seen The Smithereens, American English, and The Neverly Brothers at the Prairie Arts Center, and it’s a classy venue.

City Winery Chicago recently announced it will host A John Lennon Birthday Retrospective at 1:00 p.m. on October 7.

The Bookends, the 1960s-inspired garage rock duo of bassist-vocalist Sharon Lee and guitarist-vocalist Karen Lynn, have just released their debut album Far Away But Around. It’s available on the Dead Pulse website.

Todd Rundgren will join forces with the Chicago Sinfonietta for a Night Of Harmony II on September 8 at House Of Blues. The concert is a benefit for Rundgren’s Spirit Of Harmony Foundation, which helps provide music education for youths.

The Kaleidoscope Eye 2.0 Festival of Modern Psychedelia is coming to Live Wire on Milwaukee Avenue on September 8. The first annual Kaleidoscope Eye at this same venue last year was a mind-bending success.

Minstrel Palooza Live returns to Durty Nellie’s in Palatine on September 22 for another gathering of musicians related in various way to the Minstrels Music Store in Niles. Scheduled acts include Gus Adonis; Kevin Lee and The Kings, Cracked Actor; Van Go; Todd Money Experience; Larry Mitchell and Dave Ulrich; Charlie Victor; and Tiger Bite. Admission is free, and the show starts at 1:00 p.m.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

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Major newspapers are carrying a story about a London-based Rolling Stones fan who has a acquired a long-lost recording of Mick Jagger and Carly Simon singing together on a ballad believed to be named “Fragile.” Still, I’m more interested in a thread on the Hollies Appreciation Facebook Area page by some of its most frequent contributors. First, Knut Skyberg shared a photo and track list for an upcoming Hollies tribute album called Wishyouawish on the Australian indie label Teensville.

Anthony Edward Marsden noted that he had never heard of one of the songs, “Coming From The Ground.” According to Cameron Burns, Hollies founding members Allan Clarke and Graham Nash wrote the song for the Swedish band The Lee Kings (no relation to Chicago’s Kevin Lee and The Kings) back in the 1960s. Clarke and Nash, along with fellow Hollies Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliot are rumored to have joined in on the recording. I’ll be following the Hollies Appreciation Facebook Area as well as Teensville Records pages to learn more about Wishyouawish. So far, I don’t see a release date.

The Seventh Annual Chicago Women’s Funny Festival kicked off yesterday and is scheduled to keep males and females laughing through Sunday at Stage773 at 1225 W. Belmont. The various shows will include standup, sketch, improv, and musical comedy.

The I AM Art and Music Festival will mark its 10th anniversary of spotlighting local talent tomorrow from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at The House Of Blues in downtown Chicago. There will be performances by Thomas Nicholas Band, Bodega, Gorilla Social, Oakmen, Sin Anestesia, Straight Skinny, Weird Beard and Wilde.

Congratulations to the organizers of last weekend’s YippieFest on successfully carrying out their second annual celebration of theatre, comedy, music, and performance art at The Prop Thtr. Modeled after the late Mary-Arrchie Theatre’s long-running Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins Festival, YippieFest had a full house when I dropped by on Saturday night. Abbie vets Famous In The Future offered another set of skits and songs, and was particularly impressive on its clever and biting opening political satire. Carla Hayden and James Moeller of Black Forest Theatre created a hypnotic set of alt rock, with assistance from violinist Nura A. Standup comedian Trevor Gertonson had some funny observations about growing up as a goth rocker, horror movies, and how to handle dangerous pets; and The Agency Theatre Collective hosted a freewheeling open mic set. It was nice to see this counter-culture tradition will live on.

Skokie’s Backyard Bash kicked off today and will feature performances by Sister Hazel, Foghat, and Tributosaurus as the weekend progresses.

I thoroughly enjoyed Mark Olsen’s Los Angeles Times article (also carried in the Chicago Tribune earlier this week) about the new film Juliet, Naked. Arriving in theatres today, Juliet Naked is a rock and roll comedy based on the novel of that name by Nick Hornsby. Olsen’s fascinating and extensively researched piece centered on the various musicians who were enlisted to create new music that sounds like it sprang from the alternative rock of the 1990s. There’s a quote from Robyn Hitchcock that’s one of the best descriptions of the creative process I’ve ever heard. Juliet, Naked got three-star reviews in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune today.

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
has returned to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont and runs through Sunday. Celebrity guests include David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from The X-Files; Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek; James Marsters from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Torchwood, and Smallville; Michael Rooker and Pom Klementieff from the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise; Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters; and several cast members from Outlander.

The 33rd Annual Bucktown Arts Fest takes place 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at 2200 N. Oakley in Chicago.

This year’s Chicago Fringe Festival will take place over the weekend of August 30 through September 3 in various locations in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side. Over 24 shows are scheduled to take place.

Chicago Filmmakers will present the Chicago Premiere of director Casey Puccini’s satirical look at filming an indie movie I Don’t Care tomorrow night. The cast includes Sasha Gioppo, Bryn Packard, Kevin Stangler, Christine Vrem-Yostie, Cameron Worden, Brian Wiebe, and Taylor Wood.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Welcome To My World

Photo from the Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

Wizard World Chicago opens tomorrow at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont and will cast its magical spell through Sunday. The annual event brings together self-professed nerds, sci-fi devotees, graphic novels readers, art lovers, TV fans, and anyone who embraces the more adventurous paths of modern culture. Prices for a four-day pass and single day tickets vary, so check out the website for schedule and ticket information.

This year’s celebrity guests include David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from The X-Files; Nichelle Nichols from the very first Star Trek; James Marsters from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Torchwood, and Smallville; Michael Rooker and Pom Klementieff from the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise; and Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters. Several cast members from the Outlander TV series will be on hand for the opening tomorrow. It’s disappointing there are no Doctor Who cast members this year, but there were a number of them in 2017.

Wizard World Chicago also offers aisle after aisle of corporate and independent vendors selling comic books, t shirts, action figures, and other fantasy/sci-fi related artifacts. In the huge marketplace dubbed Artists Alley, up-and-coming artists and writers compete for attention. There’s also a fun, masquerade atmosphere as people dress up in superhero or villain costumes, and gladly pose for photos. Where else are you going to see Batman and Princess Leia sipping 32-oz. Cokes together, or Captain Jack Sparrow and Harry Potter walking side by side.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

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As I write this, the second annual YippieFest is underway at the Prop Thtr. Carrying on the tie-dyed tradition of the late Mary-Arrchie Theatre’s long-running Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins festival, this counter-culture bash will feature theatre, live music, short films, comedy, and other forms of performance art during its Friday through Sunday run. Famous In The Future, the skit and song comedy group that performed at every single Abbie Fest, are leading the way, and will be unveiling a brand new revue at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow night. (Full disclosure: I was a member of Famous In The Future for several years.) Other Abbie vets who’ll be on hand include Rush Pearson, Citizens Relief, Black Forest Theatre, Trained Monkey Productions, DB Theatre, and whitewolfsonicprincess. The schedule is available on the official YippieFest website; Prop Thtr is located at 3502 N. Elston.

Pearl Jam makes a triumphant return to Wrigley Field tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. The Chicago Cubs currently have the best record in the National League, so Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam lead vocalist and one of the biggest Cubs fans in rock and roll, should be in good spirits.

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont August next Thursday through Sunday, August 23 - 26. Celebrity guests include David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from The X-Files; Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek; James Marsters from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Torchwood, and Smallville; Michael Rooker and Pom Klementieff from the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise; Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters; and several cast members from Outlander.

Tickets went on sale today for Black Uhuru and Onesty at Reggie’s Rock Club on September 22; Nicki Bluhm and Gil Landry at Lincoln Hall on November 11; Lindsey Buckingham at Athenaeum Theatre on October 17; Echo and The Bunnymen at The Vic on November 24; and Lemon Twigs at Metro on January 25.

The official website for Shoes is offering assistance for anyone who’s had trouble ordering the power pop band’s new Black Vinyl Shoes Anthology 1973 – 1978 3-CD set on Amazon. In order to overcome a few Amazon glitches, go directly to this page.

Death Cab For Cutie’s latest album Thank You For Today came out today. The happy-go-lucky band will perform at the Auditorium on October 7.

The 210 Live club in Highwood is holding a JB Ritchie Benefit Concert this Sunday.

City Winery Chicago recently announced it will host A John Lennon Birthday Retrospective at 1:00 p.m. on October 7. Other shows coming up at that venue include Justin Hayward from The Moody Blues on August 26; The Lotus Kings doing a tribute to Santana on August 27; Great Moments In Vinyl offering The Jimi Hendrix Experience on September 11; and Dar Williams with Lucy Wainwright Roche on September 16.

There will be a special advance screening of David Schalliol’s documentary The Area at The Gene Siskel Film Center on August 23 as part of the 24th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival. The Area concerns activist Deborah Payne’s efforts to stop a freight company from displacing hundreds of families on Chicago’s south side. It will return for a regular run from September 14 – 27 at Gene Siskel Center.

This year’s Chicago Fringe Festival will take place over the weekend of August 30 through September 3 in various locations in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side. Over 24 shows are scheduled to take place.

Chicago Filmmakers will present the Chicago Premiere of director Casey Puccini’s satirical look at filming an indie movie I Don’t Care on August 25. The cast includes Sasha Gioppo, Bryn Packard, Kevin Stangler, Christine Vrem-Yostie, Cameron Worden, Brian Wiebe, and Taylor Wood. Mr. Packard was a member of the Chicago-based skit comedy group Famous In The Future some years back.

Fans of the late Tom Petty can enter a contest on the Omaze site to attend a listening party with his band The Heartbreakers at The Clubhouse, a secret recording and rehearsing location. Money raised will support The Midnight Mission, a charitable organization that helps homeless people in the Los Angeles area. The more money you donate, the better your chances of winning.

Fans in Chicago can also honor the singer-guitarist’s legacy at Flirting With Time - A Tom Petty Tribute at The Tonic Room on August 25. The event will feature Ryan Joseph Anderson, Dan Ingrenthron, Mike Holtz, Brian Morrisey, Jeremy Kay and special guests.

The Bookends, the 1960s-inspired garage rock duo of bassist-vocalist Sharon Lee and guitarist-vocalist Karen Lynn, have just released their debut album Far Away But Around. It’s available on the Dead Pulse website

Tributosaurus, one of Chicago most successful and ambitious tribute acts, will become AC/DC on Sunday August 26 at Skokie’s Backlot Bash, take on Eric Clapton at 7:30 p.m. on September 3 at Taste Of Polonia in Jefferson Park; and honor Crosby, Stills. Nash and Young at Wire in Berwyn on September 8.

The 60th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show takes place tomorrow and Sunday on the lakefront at North Avenue Beach. I know this isn’t rock and roll related, but I’ve had a lifetime fascination with planes since childhood, so I’ll be waiting for my favorite one—the P-51 Mustang to fly past tomorrow.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

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Photo from the Smashing Pumpkins Facebook page.

The Smashing Pumpkins will be playing to a hometown crowd next Monday and Tuesday at the United Center. Their opening act is the Emily Haines-led synth rock band Metric, so it’s going to be a potent double bill.

Step right up! Welcome to everyone who’s come to town for The Fest For Beatles Fans – Chicago this weekend at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont. The annual event kicked off this evening and will run through late Sunday night. Be sure to check out Chicago-based acts Ellis Clark and (possibly) Ary Paloma Jeebie; Jay Goeppner; and Phil Angotti and Friends at The Apple Jam Stage on the second floor. For a more extensive look at Fest For Beatles Fans - Chicago, see my post this past Wednesday.

Tickets went on sale today for the John Butler Trio at the Chicago Theatre on November 29; Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal at The Old Town School Of Music on November 9; Stanley Clarke at SPACE on November 6; Peter, Bjorn and John at Lincoln Hall on December 5; and Tom Rush at SPACE on November 18.

Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Lila Downs, Steve Earle and Graham Nash will embark on The Lantern Tour together starting October 23 at the City Winery in Nashville, TN. Other stops include Washington, D.C., Collingswood, Boston, and New York. The series of acoustic concerts will benefit the Women’s Refugee Commission, which advocates on behalf of migrant and refugee families. No word yet on whether this will be coming to Chicago.

So I was a bit premature in stating here earlier that the Chicago-based trio Sunshine Boys have fully recovered from their various physical ailments. According to a recent email put out by the band, drummer Freda Love Smith is still recuperating from back surgery and isn’t quite ready to rejoin her mates. On a more cheerful note, the email announced the upcoming release of the Sunshine Boys’ stellar debut Blue Music in a limited-edition (250) blue vinyl package that includes lyrics and photos. The blue vinyl Blue Music will be available at “a couple of record stores picked out for celebratory performances.” Hopefully, we'll hear more on that soon.

The Rolling Stones are putting together a collection of vintage songs by their favorite blues artists, titled Confessin The Blues. Available as a two-CD set; a Volume 1 and Volume 2 LP set, or a special 5x 10 vinyl bookpack + six art card prints, Confessin The Blues will feature Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, and Muddy Waters. Stones guitarist Ron Wood created the art for the cover. It will be released on November 9 but is available for pre-order on the Rolling Stones official store.

There will be a special advance screening of David Schalliol’s documentary The Area at The Gene Siskel Film Center on August 23 as part of the 24th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival. The film concerns activist Deborah Payne’s efforts to stop a freight company from displacing hundreds of families on Chicago’s south side. It will return for a regular run from September 14 – 27 at Gene Siskel Center.

This year’s Chicago Fringe Festival will take place over the weekend of August 30 through September 3 in various locations in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side.

Jay Goeppner and his Backdated Band will be performing a John Lennon Tribute on August 14 at the 210 Live club in Highwood. 210 also has a JB Ritchie Benefit concert coming up on August 19

Chicago Filmmakers will present the Chicago Premiere of director Casey Puccini’s satirical look at filming an indie movie I Don’t Care on August 25. The cast includes Sasha Gioppo, Bryn Packard, Kevin Stangler, Christine Vrem-Yostie, Cameron Worden, Brian Wiebe, and Taylor Wood. Mr. Packard was a member of the Chicago-based skit comedy group Famous In The Future some years back. Chicago Filmakers is located at 5720 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago.

Speaking of Famous In The Future, (full disclosure: I was a member of this group for 20 years) they’ll be hosting their second annual YippieFest next weekend at the Prop Thtr on Chicago’s north side. I’ve been calling this the lovechild of the Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins festival that ran for 30 years at Mary-Arrchie Theatre, because Famous In The Future were Abbie Fest veterans. Look for a similar mix of theater, standup comedy, film, and live music.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Incoming

Fans of the late Tom Petty can enter a contest on the Omaze site to attend a listening party with his band The Heartbreakers at The Clubhouse, a secret recording and rehearsing location. Money raised will support The Midnight Mission, a charitable organization that helps homeless people in the Los Angeles area. The more money you donate, the better your chances of winning.

Fans in Chicago can also honor the singer-guitarist’s legacy at Flirting With Time - A Tom Petty Tribute at The Tonic Room on August 25. The event will feature Ryan Joseph Anderson, Dan Ingrenthron, Mike Holtz, Brian Morrisey, Jeremy Kay and special guests.

The New Duncan Imperials will be bringing their straw hats, off kilter sense of humor, and The Total Pro horns with them for their 10:00 p.m. gig tomorrow night at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn. According to a video posted on Facebook, the band has a new EP with an undetermined number of songs on it coming out soon.

Tomorrow is the release date for Diamond Boy from Enuff Z’nuff, and Wild! Wild! Wild! from Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis.

Over The Rhine, the alt rock/Americana band led by Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist will be at City Winery next Sunday.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

I’ll Take A Ride To See What I Will Find There

The 42nd Annual Fest For Beatles Fans - Chicago takes place at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in suburban Rosemont this weekend, August 10–12. The event presents musicians, authors, artists, photographers, and music biz people who have some connection to to the most famous band in rock history. Many are accessible to fans in the general sense of watching them being interviewed in the Grand Ballroom, and on in face-to-face conversations at the autograph tables. It’s not unusual to spot these famous people walking through the crowd or chatting with fans.

There will be live performances in the Grand Ballroom by Peter and Jeremy—Peter Asher from Peter and Gordon and Jeremy Clyde from Chad and Jeremy; Roy Orbison Jr. and his band; Billy J. Kramer; Beatles tribute band Liverpool; The Weeklings; and Sandalwood Sitar. This year’s guest list also includes producer Jack Douglas; Abbey Road engineer Geoff Emerick; and Leslie Cavendish, who served as The Beatles’ hairdresser for eight years.

Terri Hemmert, mid-morning air personality and Breakfast With The Beatles host at radio station WXRT, will notch another year in her decades-long role of The Fest’s MC in Chicago. The Apple Jam Stage, a fairly new and very welcome addition to The Fest, will offer live performances on the second floor of The Hyatt. I would highly recommend checking out the sets by Ellis Clark and Ary Paloma Jeebie; Jay Goeppner; Phil Angotti and Friends; and Scott Erickson.

The Fest For Beatles Fans has a few marketplace areas with loads of music-related memorabilia. The marketplace is also the place to meet noted Beatles authors like Bruce Spizer, Vivek Tiwary, Jude S. Kessler, and Kit O’Toole. Tiwary will also be giving a presentation in The A/bbey Video Ballroom about the Fifth Beatle TV event he’s creating with Bravo and Sonar Entertainment, as well his Jagged Little Pill stage show. Attendees can join in the fun by competing in Beatles sound-alike concerts and an art competition, and you’re welcome to join the musicians and singers who hang out for hours around the stairs in the lower level.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

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Photo from the Lollapalooza Facebook page.

Let me extend a Broken Hearted Toy welcome to everyone who’s in Chicago for the annual Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park. I didn’t see any copies of Innerview at the downtown Reckless Records this time around. The indie publication usually puts out an extensive guide to the festival. WXRT 93.1FM  will have live coverage and interviews from throughout the weekend. If you happen to be in town and want to drop by, forget it. Lollapalooza has been sold out for months.

The Baseball Project, a national pastime related band composed of music veterans, including Scott McCaughey from The Minus Five and Young Fresh Fellows; Mike Mills and Peter Buck from R.E.M.; Steve Wynn from The Dream Syndicate; and Linda Pitmon from The Miracle 3, will be performing at SPACE in Evanston tomorrow night. Sunshine Boys, back in action after some medical issues kept them sidelined for awhile, are the opening act. By the way, “Only A Million Miles,” from Sunshine Boys’ debut Blue Music, remains a serious contender for best song of 2018.

Tickets went on sale today for Courtney Barnett and Waxahatchie at The Riviera Theatre on October 9, and for Lydia Loveless at SPACE on September 24.

The 24th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival kicks off tomorrow at the Gene Siskel Film Center and will run through August 29.

The Bookends, the 1960s-inspired garage rock duo of bassist-vocalist Sharon Lee and guitarist-vocalist Karen Lynn, have just released their debut album Far Away But Around. It’s available on the Dead Pulse website.

The unpredictable and always fun New Duncan Imperials have a rare live gig next Friday, August 10 at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn.

Shemekia Copeland’s new album America’s Child, which long-time Chicago Tribune music critic Howard Reich praised in a full-length article this past Wednesday, is now available. Reich noted that Copeland was “hellbent on sending a message,” particularly on the track “Ain’t Got Time For Hate.”

Over The Rhine, the alt rock/Americana band led by Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, is based in Ohio but travels to Chicago on a regular basis. They’ll be at City Winery next Sunday, August 14. Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward will be at City Winery on August 26, and on August 27, The Lotus Kings will perform their Santana Tribute.

Enuff Z’nuff will release their new album Diamond Boy on August 10; Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis will release Wild! Wild! Wild! on August 10; and Death Cab For Cutie will drop Thank You For Today on August 17.

Todd Rundgren will join forces with the Chicago Sinfonietta for A Night Of Harmony II on September 8 at House Of Blues. The concert is a benefit for Rundgren’s Spirit Of Harmony Foundation, which helps provide music education for youths.

Those of us who were at Little Steven’s Underground Garage showcase at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine a number of years ago still remember how much fun it was to watch the garage rock band The Woggles perform. (The Zombies, Mooney Suzuki, The Gore Gore Girls, and Catfish Haven were also on that bill.) The Woggles will be at Reggies on State Street on September 1, along with Barrence Whitfield and The Savages and Baby Money and The Down Payments.

Jay Goeppner and his Backdated Band will be performing a John Lennon Tribute on August 14 at the 210 Live club in Highwood. 210 also has a JB Ritchie Benefit concert coming up on August 19.

Toots And The Maytals have a gig coming up at Thalia Hall next Wednesday, August 8.

The Fest For Beatles Fans returns to the Chicago area next weekend, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont. Guests include Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon and Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy; Roy Orbison, Jr.; Billy J. Kramer; producer Jack Douglas, Beatles hairdresser Leslie Cavebdish, and Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. WXRT DJ Terri Hemmert will once again serves as Master Of Ceremonies. The Weeklings; Liverpool; Phil Angotti and Friends; and Scott Erickson will be performing a The Fest.

Looking ahead, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will be at the Donald Stephens Center in Rosemont August 23 - 26, and YippieFest, a celebration of theatre, stand-up comedy, performance art, film, and live music will mark its second year at Prop Thtr on the weekend of August 17-19.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

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Photo from Mick Jagger’s Facebook page.

Happy Birthday to Mick Jagger, truly one of the iconic figures in rock and roll. I still have fond memories of seeing the Exhibitionism exhibit that came to Navy Pier in Chicago a few years back, and of course, all the great songs Mick and his mates in the Rolling Stones have given us over the decades. Rock on, Mick!

The powerful triple bill of Jeff Beck, Paul Rogers, and Ann Wilson will perform this Sunday night at the Huntington Pavilion on Chicago’s lakefront.

There will be a tribute to Val Camillletti this Sunday at Val’s Halla Records, the store she ran in Oak Park for several years. Camilletti passed away earlier this week at the age of 78. Ary Paloma Jeebie of The Amazing Heebie Jeebies and Ellis Clark and The Big Parade will do in-store performances, and it’s more than likely customers will share their favorite memories. Val’s Halla was a long-time destination for avid vinyl collectors, and the store always had a full day of entertainment on the annual Record Store Day.

Local psychedelic masters Secret Colours will at Reggies this Sunday night along with Los Angeles-based, self-described “cinematic psychedelic western pioneers” SPINDRIFT. The mind bending music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets went on sale today for a special screening of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - 25 Years that will also feature a live performance by the Chicago Philharmonic. The event takes place on Halloween night at the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago.

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago next Thursday through Sunday, and the August edition of Chicago-based monthly New City has a feature article titled Taking Back Guyville - A Feminist Guide To Lollapalooza. It includes profiles on The Regrettes, St. Vincent, Chvrches, Lizzo, Larkin Poe, Portugal. The Man, and Alex Lahey.

The same issue also has the annual Music 45 - Who Keeps Chicago In Tune listing. Mavis Staples came in at number one, followed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor Richard Muti at second, and Chance The Rapper at third. Other local music acts on the list are Jeff Tweedy, Common, Buddy Guy, Kurt Elling, Tortoise, Smashing Pumplins, Robbie Fulks, Twin Peaks, British transplant Jon Langford, and the off-kilter marching band Mucca Pazza.

It was nice to see a feature story on local artist/curator/journalist Robin Dluzen in the August New City. Dluzen was the editor of the Kathryn Born run Chicago Art Machine flight of online publications. I contributed a number of articles to Chicago Art Machine.

With Lollapalooza just around the corner, it was interesting to read journalist Sam Richards’ piece in the August issue of Uncut magazine about what’s believed to be the first rock festival in England. Barbecue 67, held on May 29, 1967, at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, featured performances by Jim Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Cream. That same issue has interviews with Graham Nash and Davies, as well as an extensive cover story on Prince.

Musician Adam Marsland has created a small label called Karma Frog that specializes in power pop and garage rock. The label recently released a new CD by Mod Hippie, a group that includes D.J. Bonebrake from X on drums and David Marks of the Beach Boys on lead guitar.

Uncommon Ground’s 1401 W. Devon location (they also have one on Clark Street) celebrated its 10th anniversary of being the first certified organic rooftop farm in the country this past Thursday.

Another Brick In The Wall, an opera based on Pink Floyd's classic album The Wall, has opened in Cincinnati. According to a blurb in this past Tuesday's Chicago Tribune, Pierre Dufour's take on the fictional rock singer Pink will run through July 31.

The Newberry Library on Chicago's near north side is currently hosting a book sale that runs through this Sunday. The Newberry is located at 60 W. Walton Street.

CatVideoFest makes a triumphant return to Music Box Theatre in Chicago on September 9; with screenings at noon and 2:30 p.m.

The current issue of Streetwise, a publication dedicated to helping homeless people get back on track, has a calendar section that lists upcoming events like the Chicago Poetry Block Party this Saturday at Austin Town Hal and the Women And Children First bookstore's annual used book sale going on tomorrow and Sunday at 5233 N. Clark.

The Handcuffs and The Imperial Sound will share a double bill this coming Monday at Martyrs' on Lincoln Avenue. The early 8:00 p.m. starting time is due to it being a school night.

Congratulations to Young Jean Lee on being the first Asian-American woman playwright to have a production on Broadway. Her Straight White Men recently opened there.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

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Photo from the Pitchfork Music Festival Facebook page.

Welcome to everyone who’s in town for Pitchfork. The annual celebration of indie rock, hip hop and other out-of-the-mainstream genres started today, and runs through Sunday in Union Park. The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, along with the city’s weekly free papers, The Reader (with its traditional collectable cover) and Redeye, all have extensive Pitchfork coverage in their latest issues.

Power pop fans who show up at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn tomorrow night are in for a fascinating double bill as Cliff Johnson and The Raine open the evening, and Johnson and the original members of Off Broadway close it. The Raine (John D. Kolonel, Dave Sebastian, Bill Bickel, and Bill Kowalski) have done a great job of backing Johnson as he performs Off Broadway tunes, but it’s also a safe bet that longtime fans will love to see the original Off Broadway back on stage again.

Alt rock band whitewolfsonicprincess will be at The Store tomorrow night with The Darkroom Men and Flapunco.

ArtFest Michigan Avenue opened today in the shadow of the Tribune Tower and will run through Sunday.

Tickets went on sale today for Michael Nesmith and The First National Bank Band at The Old Town School of Folk Music on September 13; KT Tunstall at Park West on November 1; and Violent Femmes at The Vic on November 4.

Shows coming up next Friday, July 27 include My Bloody Valentine at The Riviera Theatre; Mavis Staples at the at Canal Shore Golf Club in Evanston; and Peter Himmelman at SPACE in Evanston. On Sunday. July 29, Jeff Beck, Paul Rogers, and Ann Wilson will perform at the Huntington Pavilion on Chicago’s lakefront.

A special tour edition of Ann Wilson’s upcoming solo album Immortal—a collection of cover material by some of her favorite artists—is now available for a digital download. Two of the tracks were recorded live at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL. The full album comes out in September.

In other album news, Paul Collins, a member of the highly influential trio The Nerves, and the founder of the dynamic power pop outfit The Paul Collins Beat, has been notching positive reviews for his latest, Out Of My Head.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tributosaurus Becomes Fundraiers

It’s always fun catching a Tributosaurus show, but its tribute to The Who this Thursday night at Martyrs’ has an added significance. The club, located on Lincoln Avenue a few blocks south of Irving Park, has been hit with a financial crisis due to what the owners call an “unexpected collapse of an adjoining business and long-time tenant.” Proceeds from Thursday’s show will help Martyrs’ continue to book some of Chicago’s best local talent. Frisbie (founding member Steve Frisbie will be part of the Tributosaurus show), The Handcuffs, Phil Angotti, Ellis Clark, The Amazing Heeby Jeebies; Tomorrow The Moon, The Sunshine Boys, and Sons Of The Silent Age are some of the acts that have become regulars.

It’s also been the home of an annual George Harrison Birthday Bash, Halloween weekend tribute shows, and a regularly scheduled rockabilly showcase. WXRT has done live broadcasts with major recording artists like The Pretenders at Martyrs’, and as a Facebook post promoting the upcoming Tributosaurus gig points out, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle performed there. The list of international acts that have rocked the Martyrs’ stage also includes Graham Parker, Spoon, Pat DiNizio and Jim Bajak from The Smithereens, Beck, Bob Mould, Ian Hunter, Imelda May, and The Yardbirds. Martyrs says fans should stay tuned for online and silent auctions. As someone who’s enjoyed numerous shows at the club, I’m wishing them the best of luck.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Three Hour Tour - You Never Know

Three Hour Tour’s latest release finds the Champaign, IL band once again cruising through guitar-based power pop songs. Lead vocalist/lead guitarist/bassist Darren Cooper is joined by rhythm guitarist/backup vocalist Kent Whitesell, and drummer Brad Elvis, along with guest appearances from drummers Terry Wathen and John L. Richardson. Adam Schmitt, who mastered the album, plays keyboards on one of the tracks.

Cooper wrote (or co-wrote with Ken Glosser) all the material on You Never Know, and he definitely favors mid-tempo arrangements. There isn’t a wide range of approaches, but Cooper is consistently on the mark with fetching melodies and well-crafted lyrics on songs like “Birds Of Clay” and “Theodore’s Last Call.” On a number of tracks, he seems to be drawing inspiration from power pop master Matthew Sweet.

“Fallen Angel” is a romantic and imaginative tale about a heavenly creature who veers too close to earth, and is forced to live among mortal men entranced by her beauty. On the fun and engaging title track, Cooper channels his best David Bowie baritone to describe the career of a rock and roll superstar, and leads the band through an impressive instrumental coda. The energetic “Standing Still” is another highlight.

Cooper also likes to throw the occasional curveball; such as “Ballad Of Buddy Rich.” It’s a funny look at what life on the road might be like with the legendary jazz drummer. “Pascal The Hypnotist” is a spirited instrumental that features Cooper, Whitesell, and Brad Elvis really cutting loose. As enjoyable as You Never Know is, a few more tracks with that high level of energy would have made it even better.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

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Music Box Theatre, located at 3733 N. Southport, will be screening the 50th Anniversary edition of Yellow Submarine at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday. A recent article by Randy Lewis in the Los Angeles Times (also carried in the Chicago Tribune) notes that the animated film based on The Beatles song has undergone a 4K restoration with new mixes for all of the songs. The August issue of British magazine MOJO—with a dapper looking David Bowie on the cover—has a six-page feature on Yellow Submarine.

That same issue of MOJO has a four-star review of Graham Nash’s new Over The Years double CD of demos and alternative versions, as well as a review of The Rolling Stones at The London Stadium.

If you catch Yellow Submarine at the Music Box on Sunday, you can also take in the Southport Art Festival at Southport at Waveland Avenue. It runs tomorrow and Sunday and will offer art, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media.

The Square Roots Festival is happening in Lincoln Square this weekend. Matthew Sweet and The Dream Syndicate are the main acts tonight; The Jayhawks, The Handsome Family, Bombino, and Gato Pero headline tomorrow; and Pokey Lafarge and Tossers are Sunday’s headliners. The off-kilter but charming singer-songwriter Dawn Landes will perform tomorrow, and other acts include Les Rodailleurs, and the Alma Afrobeat Ensemble.

Tickets went on sale today for Jonathan Richman at Thalia Hall on October 27; Local H at Lincoln Hall on November 18; Marcia Ball at SPACE on August 23; The Sadies at Hideout on August 6; and Todd Snider at SPACE on November 7.

WLS-AM radio host Steve Dahl is holding a Garage Sale tomorrow at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines that will benefit Beds Plus, a charity organization dedicated to helping homeless people.
He’ll be selling vintage vinyl, CDs, artwork, sports memorabilia, old studio equipment, and assorted personal belongings. EXPO ’76 will be performing an eclectic selection of cover songs from noon to 2:00 p.m., and there will be food trucks on hand. The garage sale runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the casino’s north lot. Admission is free but you have to be 21 or older to attend.

The 8th Annual 5K Run To End Homelessness kicks off at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at Montrose Harbor, and the fastest 50 overall runners will win two 3-day passes to Riot Fest.

Alt rock band whitewolfsonicprincess will be at Moe’s Tavern tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. Boundary Waters and Waterplanet are also on the bill. Next Saturday, whitewolfsonicprincess will perform at The Store with The Darkroom Men and Flapunco.

Robert Cray has a gig coming up at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie on July 21, and Chris Isaak rock that same venue on August 12.

Congratulations to Loyola University Chicago on coming in at Number 5 on College magazine’s Top 10 most eco-friendly colleges in America. According to a Sun-Times article by Alice Bazerghi, the top spot went to Colby College. It’s located in Maine, and held its first Green Graduation ceremony this year.

Urgh! A Music War, the 1981 documentary that features performances from The Go-Go’s, X, Echo And The Bunnymen, UB40, Devo, 999, Gary Numan, Devo, Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, and several other punk and new wave bands, will be screened at the Music Box this Monday July 16. Admission is $10.

Power pop fans who show up at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn next Saturday, July 21 will witness a transformation as Cliff Johnson and The Raine open the evening, and Johnson and the original members of Off Broadway close it. The Raine (John D. Kolonel, Dave Sebastian, Bill Bickel, and Bill Kowalski) have done a great job of backing Johnson as he performs Off Broadway tunes, but it’s also a safe bet that longtime fans will love to see the original Off Broadway back on stage again.

Foo Fighters have sold out their Concrete and Gold Tour date with The Struts and Melkbelly at Wrigley Field on July 29, and added a show with The Breeders and Touched By A Ghoul at the Cubs park on July 30.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

It Came From Steve Dahl’s Garage

Like a lot of us who’ve accumulated rock and roll memorabilia, WLS-AM radio host Steve Dahl is looking to get rid of some stuff. What sets Dahl apart is that his immense popularity stretches back beyond the earliest days of juggernaut hard rock station The Loop, and he’s had access to all sorts of promo material. He’s interviewed famous rock musicians and performed parodies with his own group. Plus, as noted in a recent Chicago Tribune article by Jennifer Johnson, money from the sales at his Garage Sale this Saturday at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines will benefit Beds Plus, a charity organization dedicated to helping homeless people.

Dahl explained to Johnson that he’ll be selling vintage vinyl, CDs, artwork, sports memorabilia, old studio equipment, and “some personal items.” Back in 1983, I heard from friends that Dahl did a phone interview with The Hollies in advance of their reunion tour (Graham Nash was even involved) performance at ChicagoFest. The possibility that he might be selling items from that tour brings back memories of when I was a kid and WLS—a Top 40 station in those days—was giving away Christmas cards from rock stars. They had one from The Hollies but I wasn’t the lucky caller who snagged it. Even with no Hollies items involved, it should be fascinating to discover what Dahl has to offer.

Another incentive is that musician Dag Juhlin, who’s a regular on Dahl’s current afternoon show, will be performing from noon to 2:00 p.m. with his extremely entertaining covers band EXPO ’76. Juhlin’s extensive resume also includes Poi Dog Pondering, The Slugs, and the recently formed Sunshine Boys. The garage sale runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Rivers Casino’s north lot at 3000 S. River Road. Admission is free but you have to be older than 21 to attend.

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