Friday, July 22, 2016


Alvvays (pronounced Always) will be one of the headline acts this Sunday night at Wicker Park Fest. When I reviewed the The Toronto-based band’s self-titled debut on January 26, 2015, I noted, “Lead singer-guitarist Molly Rankin’s ethereal vocals weave heartache within irresistible melodies and twangy guitars in much the same way Dee Dee Penny does with the Dum Dum Girls.” Rocket From The Crypt and The Coathangers are among the other acts scheduled to perform this weekend. There is a $10 suggested donation.

Elvis Costello’s Imperial Bedroom And Other Chambers Tour comes to The Chicago Theatre on October 29. Tickets went on sale earlier today.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow morning for the final performance of Brian Wilson Celebrates Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary in its entirety on October 1 at The Chicago Theatre. Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will be Mr. Wilson’s special guests.

According to a recent post on his Facebook page, Graham Nash will be talking with host Liz Kershaw about his career on the BBC Radio 6 show tomorrow, July 23.

The opening performance and after party for Tellin’s Tales Theatre’s Classroom Drama - Teachers tell tales out of School. . . will be held tonight at Prop Thtr on Elston Avenue. The show, featuring Lily Be, Beth Ann Bryant-Richards, and Tekki Lomnicki, runs this weekend and July 29–31. Beatles fans, take note: Jack Murphy will perform I Was The Walrus, a piece inspired by the band, next Saturday night.

Minds will be bending to the beat tomorrow night at the Burlington Bar on Fullerton in Chicago when Psychedelic Saturday takes place. The Red Plastic Buddha, the Chicago-based band whose Songs For Mara album came in at number on the 201 Broken Toy Favorite Releases List, will be performing. The other acts on the bill are Dark Fog; Warhorses, coming in from Detroit; and Diagonal, performing its first show. DJ Psyched Alex will keep the music flowing between sets. The event starts at 8:30 p.m.

Last week I mentioned that Matthew Sweet is coming to Park West in Chicago on September 9, and now there’s more good news about that show. Material ReIssue, with singer-guitarist Phil Angotti joining original Material Issue members bassist Ted Ansani and drummer Mike Zelenko, will be the opening act. Tickets are now on sale.

Kate Fagan from Chicago’s long-time ska band Heavy Manners, is re-releasing her 1980s solo effort I Don’t Wanna Be Too Cool, with two previously unreleased tracks on August 8. Fagan will be a special guest at the Neo New Wave Thursdays Haven at the Debonair Social Club on August 10 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

If you think the band names 13 Tikis, Amazing Heeby Jeebies, Hay Shakers and Chicago Blues Angels sound fun, you’ll probably want to drop by Braurhouse in Lombard next Friday, July 29 because all of the above-mentioned acts will be sharing the bill.

Tickets are now available for Mary-Arrchie Theatre’s Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins Festival XXVIII, which takes place the weekend of August 19–21 at The Den Theatre. This will be the final version of the annual virtually non-stop, freewheeling celebration of music, theatre, and comedy. I haven’t missed a single one over the years, and I definitely will be there for XXVIII.

The Fortunate Sons, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band that uses vintage instruments and clothing to capture the rambunctious spirit of the Fogerty brothers and company, will be performing at the outdoor Fred P. Hall Amphitheater in Palatine next Friday night.

We just can’t keep anything nice around here. The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, which was one of the coolest things in my hometown of Palatine, has moved its operations to AMC Randhurst 12 in Mount Prospect. This year’s event, which kicks off Sunday, July 24, will offer five Feature Film Official Selections, 20 Short Film Official Selections, and five World Cinema Selections (Out Of Competition).

And finally, just a quick shoutout of support to Leslie Jones of Saturday Night Live, who has been deluged with hate-filled nonsense on social media for daring to take part in an all-female recasting of Ghostbusters. Keep up the good work, Leslie. Because you’re talented, funny, and doggone it, real people like you.

Plan Ahead:

Lollapalooza - July 28–31 in Grant Park

Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy - July 31 at Ravinia

Bryan Ferry - August 6 at Ravinia

L7 - August 6 at Metro

Fest For Beatles Fans - Chicago - August 12–14 at Hyatt Regency Hotel

Wizard World Comic Con - August 18–21 at Donald A. Stephens Center

Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins Festival - August 19–21 at The Den Theatre

Matthew Sweet with Material ReIssue - September 9 - Park West

Riot Fest - September 16–18 in Douglas Park

Lush - September 18 at The Vic

The Buzzcocks - September 22 - The Vic

The Smithereens - September 25 at City Winery

Brian Wilson Celebrates Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary - October 1 at The Chicago Theatre

Nick Lowe with Josh Rouse - October 15, October 17 at Old Town School of Folk Music

Elvis Costello’s Imperial Bedroom And Other Chambers Tour - October 29 at The Chicago Theatre

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