Friday, June 27, 2014


First of all, I’d like to extend a hearty welcome to Ringo Starr, who’s in town for a concert at the Chicago Theatre tomorrow evening, June 28th. Mr. Starr also has an art show running through tomorrow at the Hard Rock Cafe, located at 63 W. Ontario. Admission for the art show is free, and 100% of the proceeds from sales of his work will go to the Lotus Foundation.

Wouldn’t be a great idea if Ringo gave Chicago’s Number 1 Beatles fan Terri Hemmert a call, or even better, paid a her personal visit? Hemmert is the mid-morning DJ for WXRT and hosts the weekly Breakfast With The Beatles show for the station. She’ll miss Ringo Starr’s concert because she’ll be homebound while recovering from knee replacement surgery. Hemmert will be unable to do her regular shift for several weeks, and Breakfast With The Beatles will be cut back to one hour from its usual two. It now airs at 9:00 AM on Sundays.

Speaking of WXRT, congratulations to morning man Lin Brehmer on being chosen as Best Radio DJ in The Reader’s annual Best Of Chicago poll. The station itself came in second, following WBEZ.

As mentioned here on last week’s Slumgullion, longtime Chicago area ska favorites Heavy Manners  have a show with Guns And Ammunition and Skapones tonight at Mayne Stage on Chicago’s north side.

The Handcuffs are back in the studio working on their fourth CD. According to Facebook posts from drummer Brad Elvis and vocalist-guitarist Chloe F. Orwell, the band is aiming to put the new release out later this year. The Handcuffs have upcoming dates at Roscoe Burger Fest on July 12th and the Halsted Street Fair on August 10th.

Hey Hey Hey! Funky Turns 40 - Black Character Revolution Animation From Classic Cartoon Of The 70’s opens today at the DuSable Museum Of African American History and runs through October 20th.

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