Saturday, June 22, 2013

Saturday Slumgullion

The Belated Birthday Lad. Photo from the Ray Davies Facebook page.

My wife Pam and I just got back from a five-day visit to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The main purpose was to hang out with our Facebook friend Dana. We had never actually met her before, but enjoyed having dinner with Dana and her husband Steve. While we were in Tulsa, Pam and I checked out some fun places like Blue Moon Bakery Cafe; Shades Of Brown Coffee And Art; Bubbles Boutique and Size Records (where I bought a picture sleeve 45 of Eight Miles High by The Byrds); IDA RED Rock ’N Boutique; Los Cabos Mexican restaurant; Starship Records And Tapes; Cain’s Ballroom; and Chimera Specialty Coffee And Neo-Tropical Cafe. Plus, I loaded up on local free publications. 

June 21st was Pam Appreciation Day, an annual celebration of all the wonderful things my wife Pam does to support me and my crazy dreams and schemes. There would be no Broken Hearted Toy without her. This is the first time we marked the occasion in Tulsa. Happy PAD, Sweetie!

June 21st is also the day Ray Davies of The Kinks was born, so here’s a belated Happy Birthday wish. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform at a WXRT Taste Of Chicago 4th Of July concert back in 2006. I’ll never forget seeing the entire crowd in the seated area jump to its feet at the first notes of “You Really Got Me.”

Chicago will see another member of the Davies clan rocking out soon. As reported by Thomas Conner in yesterday’s Sun-Times, Ray’s brother and fellow Kinks member, Dave Davies will be the main act on Saturday, July 27th at the Taste Of Lincoln Avenue Festival.

Alt-rock band Whitewolfsonicprincess will be performing as a trio for an acoustic gig this coming Wednesday, June 26th, at Metropolis Coffee Company on Chicago’s north side. Founding members vocalist Carla Hayden and guitarist-vocalist James Moeller will be joined by violinist Maria Storm. The music starts at 6:00 PM, and it’s free.

Singer-songwriter Gerry O’Keefe, formerly of power pop band The Hideouts, will be performing at Buzz Cafe in Oak Park next Saturday night. 

Dot Dot Dot will headline the first night of the Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest this year. They go on at 10:00 PM, July 3rd. The co-ed synth rock band tours extensively across the country but will be back in its hometown on Friday, August 23rd for Palatine’s Street Fest.

Fest For Beatles Fans - Chicago has mailed out its 2013 programs; listing performers Chad And Jeremy, Billy J. Kramer, Greg Kihn, Joey Molland, and Mark Hudson. The 16-page booklet also gives a sampling of items that will be for sale when the event comes to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, August 9th -11th. In addition to t-shirts, posters, figures, books. and CD box sets, there are Beatles-adorned Christmas ornaments, lunch boxes, and luggage for sale. The merchandise can also be purchased from the Fest For Beatles Fans website.

The Handcuffs will be opening for Bow Wow Wow and Gene Loves Jezebel this Thursday night at Reggies on State Street in Chicago.

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