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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