Friday, March 25, 2016


Aimee Mann is coming to the Old Town School Of Folk Music on May 9.

Phil Angotti and Tommi Zender will be performing the Simon And Garfunkel albums Sounds Of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme at SPACE in Evanston tomorrow night.

Patti Smith will be dropping by Szold Hall at the Old Town School of Folk Music tomorrow at 4:00 PM for a live interview with WBEZ air personality Tony Sarabia. Chances are, the discussion will touch on her recent book M Train, as well as her career as a groundbreaking rock and roll artist.

Other shows coming up at the Old Town School Of Folk Music include Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen on April 8, Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle Rockets on April 9, and Aimee Mann on May 9.

Big Paraid, a high energy trio that was very impressive at a Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival sponsored concert at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine a few years back, will headline a six-act concert tomorrow night at Metro. Revolt Coda, Blood Red Boots, Sex Therapy, Wired Minds, and Dimwaves are the other acts on the bill.

Congratulations to the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival on surpassing its IndieGoGo goal to raise $4,000 to fund this year’s late July run in the northwest suburbs. And there’s still a few more hours to add to the final total with a donation.

The Last Big Mistake, the first show from The Factory Theater in over a year, opened tonight at the ensemble’s new home at 1623 W. Howard Street. Written by Ernest Deak and directed by Manny Tamayo, the play is set on a summer night in 1975. It runs each weekend through April 30.

Beat Swap Meet No. 12 takes place from noon to 6:00 PM this Sunday at The Empty Bottle on Chicago’s north side. As in the past, it’s an opportunity to dealers and collectors of vinyl to do business and hang out together. Admission is free with a donation of a canned good for the local homeless community.

Cheap Trick will headline The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s Annual Benefit Concert May 6 in Cleveland, just under a month after being inducted. Tickets range from $17.50 to $55.00, and VIP packages are available. The RRHF official site now has some 2016 Inductees related items for sale, including three different t-shirts, a mug, a magnet and a poster.

Sometimes, all I need is sea air I can breathe. Terry Sylvester, who replaced Graham Nash in The Hollies and was with them for “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother,” “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress,” and “The Air That I Breathe,” will be making waves as a performer on the 24th Annual Where The Action Is Cruise, being staged by Concerts At Sea. Other acts scheduled for the cruise include Jay And The Americans, Paul Revere’s Raiders; The Buckinghams, The Cowsills, and Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels.

Fire Hot Opera has a release party coming up next Friday at Beat Kitchen for its full-length debut Test Market Fresh. The Chicago-based six-piece band’s approach is a mix of good time 1950s rock and Motown, augmented by some furious piano playing.

Linda and Laura Good have been working on new songs for the next Twigs album.

The Sound + Vision David Bowie tribute takes place March 30 at The Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles. Dennis Davison and Jonathan Lea from The Jigsaw Seen, along with The Muffs and former Bowie collaborator Cherry Vanilla are among the participants.

Kym Brunner and Katie Sparks, two published authors from the writers group I belong to, will be on FOX23’s The Spiel tomorrow at 11:00 AM discussing “Social Media for Scaredy Cats.” Brunner’s third YA book Flip The Bird is available for pre-order on Amazon, and Sparks’ Reality Natalie Middle Grade novel is available now on Amazon.

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