Having launched his comeback with the consistently melodic King Of Power Pop CD, singer-guitarist Paul Collins of The Nerves and The Beat fame, has created the first Power Pop-A-Licious. The multi-act festival will be held in Asbury Park, New Jersey on the weekend of Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. It’s an all-ages affair that will include Half Rats, who opened for Collins on his recent Midwest tour, as well as Kurt Baker, Amoebas, Neutron Drivers, and The Paul Collins Beat. Tickets are $15 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday.
Phil Angotti and Ellis Clark, both of whom will be participating in IPO in April, are bringing their bands to The Abbey Pub tonight for a show that will include other acts as well. The event starts at 8:30PM with a Chicago Acoustic Underground set featuring Hannah Frank, Goodbye Home, Kavus, Ashley Wolf, Frank Tribes, and Turn Left At Albuquerque. Clark and his band hit the stage an hour later, followed by The Phil Angotti band at 10:30. Ten Foot Tall wraps things up with a set at 11:30. The Abbey Pub is located at 3420 W. Grace in Chicago.
Normally, I don’t keep up with the itinerary for Britney Spears, but the fact that Division 3 Studios is hosting a release party for her new Femme Fatale CD at the Portage Theater this coming Monday sounds like good news for the Chicago area. Portage Theater is a renovated old time venue that has already made a name for itself holding fun movie-related events, and hosting local film festivals. Last Saturday, the locally produced film, The Garage Hoppers had its premiere there. Hopefully, if the Spears gig goes well, The Portage Theater can add CD release parties to its creative repertoire.
The official list of vinyl rarities for this year’s Record Store Day on April 16th has been released, and the blogs are already listing their choices for must-have items. Several of the albums, box sets, and 45s, most of which will be limited editions, look tempting, but right now, my favorites are the two-side dB’s single, “Picture Sleeve/Write Back,” The Foo Fighters’ Medium Rare collection of cover songs, and R.E.M.’s Three First Singles from Collapse Into Now.
Dean Milano, John Benischek, and Jordi Kleiner will be performing tonight from 8:00PM to 10:00PM at The Newport Coffee House at 1121 Half Day Road in Bannockburn. Musicians and singers are invited to join the trio onstage for a number or two. Milano is also the author of a new book titled, The Chicago Music Scene: The 1960s & 1970s, so don’t be surprised if he gives it a few plugs.
Guitarist-vocalist James Moeller of WhiteWolfSonicPrincess and The Telepaths will be hosting a Guitar Circle along with bass player Tim O’Brien at St. Luke’s Church in Evanston tomorrow from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Moeller states in a recent email that all guitar players are welcome to this informal session. St. Luke’s is located at 939 Hinman Avenue, and the Guitar Circle will take place in the Parish Hall Basement.
Joe Jammer, the veteran solo artist and session guitarist who always seems to have a new song ready for the latest sports or news event, will be cutting loose with his band Inside Straights tomorrow afternoon at The Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana from noon to 3:30 PM.
The Smoking Popes, who have just released the impressive This Is Only A Test CD, will be performing at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine on Friday, April 8th.
Time Out magazine’s March 24-30 issue already has the scoop on some of the bands lined up for this summer’s Chicago area street festivals. Rusted Root, Georgie Porgie, and Linda Clifford are on tap for the Windy City Ribfest July 15-17; Toad The Wet Sprocket and Sister Hazel are booked for Taste Of Lincoln Avenue July 30, 31; and Foghat, Todd Carey, and The Smithereens will rock the Roscoe Village Burger Fest July 9, 10. Smithereens 2011, a new CD that proves the band has lost none of its creative power, is now available at Amazon.