Friday, August 5, 2016


Two veteran Chicago rock critics posted articles this week praising L7 in advance of a gig tomorrow night (August 6) at Metro featuring the band’s best-known lineup of guitarist-vocalists Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner, bassist Jennifer Finch, and drummer Dee Plakas. Chicago Tribune writer Chrissie Dickinson offers an informative interview with Sparks, and in The Reader, Monica Kendrick describes L7 as “a force of nature, steamrolling gender barriers.” Both writers mention an upcoming L7 documentary from director Sarah Price.

Bryan Ferry will make his Ravinia debut tomorrow night in a show that’s bound to be soulful, seductive, and very classy.

Taste Of Lincoln Avenue arrives a bit late this year, but it will still feature two days of live music on four stages between Fullerton and Wrightwood. Gin Blossoms, G Love And Special Sauce, Catfight, and Dan Hubbard are among the acts scheduled to perform.

The Bad Examples promise they’ll have some new songs when they perform tomorrow night at Frankie’s Blue Room in Naperville. The first set starts at 8:00 PM. Longtime fans still have time to get a vinyl reissue of the band’s 1991 debut album Bad Is Beautiful via a PledgeMusic campaign.

Toots And The Maytals will headline Reggae Fest Chicago 2016 next Saturday, August 13. The event, which is being billed as “One Day, One Love!,” will be held at Addams Medill Park at 15th Street and Loomis. Other performers include Lee “Scratch” Perry, Dauby Taure, and Iration.

Heavy Manners lead vocalist Kate Fagan is set to re-release her 1980s solo effort I Don’t Wanna Be Too Cool on August 8. She’ll be a special guest at the Neo New Wave Thursdays Haven at the Debonair Social Club on August 11.

Fest For Beatles Fans - Chicago recently unveiled the entire schedule for its run at the Hyatt Regency - O’Hare next weekend, and it now includes Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio among the special guests. The Smithereens will be performing on September 25 at City Winery Chicago. This will be the 40th year for Fest For Beatles Fans in Chicago.

According to an ad in The Reader, Theater Zuidpool will bring “Belgium’s greatest rock musicians” to Thalia Hall for a two-night run of its hard rock adaptation of Macbeth on August 21 and 22. The production is being presented by Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Thalia Hall. Tickets start at $28.

Steve Johnson’s extensive look at “Here’s Johnny: The Making Of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune serves as a reminder that the exhibition ends its run at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in mid-October. With its collection of costumes, clips, and artifacts, this looks like a fun and nostalgic trip for those of us who grew up watching Carson on TV.

The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour brings them to Ravina in Highland Park on August 19. I listened to the band’s 2001 reunion album God Bless The Go-Go’s recently, and was impressed with how well those songs have held up. And of course, the earlier hits are still great too.

While the five woman cover band Catfight continues snag just about every outdoor festival on the Chicago area circuit, two of its founding members, Lisa Kaber and Julie Dutchak, will perform as an acoustic duo at an upcoming gig at the Edgewood Valley Country Club. I couldn’t find an exact date on this.

Plan Ahead:

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

Muffs - August 28 at Empty Bottle

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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