Friday, April 10, 2015


Guster’s spring tour brought them to the Riviera Theatre in Chicago tonight, where they no doubt showcased hits like “Amsterdam” and “Satellite,” along with selections from their new Evermotion album. The band has upcoming dates in Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Portland and other cities.

The 13th Annual CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights, a benefit for CHIRP - Chicago Independent Radio Project, takes place tomorrow at the Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall at 1340 W. Washington in Chicago. Loads of vendors will be on hand, offering an amazing selection of records, CDs, DVDs, and posters. Entertainment includes a Chic-a-Go-Go dance party, a music quiz, DJs, and art. Admission from 10:AM to 6:00 PM is $7 ($5 with a Record Fair flyer or ad); early admission from 8:00 to 10:00 AM costs $25, with readmission allowed all day.

SOPRO presents The 28th Annual Easter Parade Chicago All Star Blues Revue at Sullivan’s Irish Pub And Eatery in Midlothian, Illinois tomorrow night, April 11th. Joey Drada; John Falstrom; Scott Bonshire; Frank Anastos; Greg Wolfman; The Chicago Horns (Bill McFarland, Hank Ford, Kenny Anderson and Tony Ferraro); Billy King; Doug Lee; and Deb Seitz will be performing. In addition to the music, which starts at 9:00 PM, there will be prize giveaways.

Having run through The Beatles’ entire catalog with album showcases over the past few years, the critically acclaimed tribute band Tributosaurus will return to Rubber Soul and Revolver for a special WXRT sponsored all ages show this Sunday, April 12th at the Copernicus Center. Partial proceeds will benefit the Betty Hemmert Music Scholarship Fund. The show starts at 5:00 PM.

The CIMMfest (Chicago International Movies and Music) official program (which I helped proofread and edit) is now available at the Chicago Cultural Center and other locations. CIMMfest will be presenting a global selection of exciting flicks; concerts; flick/concert combos; and special presentations at venues around the city starting next Thursday, April 16th and running through Sunday, April 19th.

CIMMfest co-founder and Artistic Director Josh Chicoine will be a guest on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic  program this Sunday night, giving host Richard Milne a rundown on what films and live bands will be presented at this year’s event. If you’re going to The CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights tomorrow, check out the CIMMfest table and tell the friendly volunteers that Broken Hearted Toy sent you. 

Translator’s recently released Sometimes People Forget compilation offers 22 previously unreleased demos and alternate versions of songs from its 1979 - 1985 days, including “Everywhere That I’m Not.” The San Francisco bred band has some tour dates coming up on the West Coast in May.

The Luck Of Eden Hall has now reached $5,616 of its $13, 500 target Kickstarter campaign to help pay for an upcoming European tour. The psychedelic banhas a kaleidoscope of incentives for people make donations from now through April 30th.

Simon Townshend will be performing songs from his six solo albums at Martyrs’ on May 12th, the day before he’ll be joining his older brother Pete and Roger Daltry for a performance by The Who at Allstate Arena. Chicago-based singer-guitarist Dag Juhlin (The Slugs, Poi Dog Pondering, EXPO ‘76 and 3,000 other bands) will serve as the opening act.

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