Friday, August 12, 2016


The Official Hollies website and Facebook page have announced that two of the band’s classic albums are about to be re-released in splendid fashion. There will be mono and stereo versions of each of the tracks on Evolution and Butterfly—which originally came at the height of the first psychedelic era—on 180g vinyl, along with stereo versions on CD. The music showcases Graham Nash, Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, Bobby Elliott, and Bernie Calvert at the height of their creative powers. The Evolution and Butterfly reissues are available for preorder on the English and American Amazon sites. Now that The Hollies have rejoined the vinyl world, maybe they’ll do something really cool for the next Record Store Day.

Toots And The Maytals are headlining the “One Day, One Love!” Reggae Fest Chicago 2016 tomorrow. The event is being held at Addams Medill Park at 15th Street and Loomis. Other performers include Lee “Scratch” Perry, Dauby Taure, and Iration.

The 40th Anniversary Fest For Beatles Fans - Chicago kicked off tonight at the Hyatt Regency - O’Hare and will run through Sunday with celebrity guests that include Albert Lee, Peter Asher, Billy J. Kramer, Klaus Voorman, Mark Hudson, Joey Molland, Pat DiNizio, and George Harrison’s sister Louise. See this past Wednesday’s post for a more extensive look this fun annual event.

Kevin Lee and The Kings, Dean Milano, Dream Police, and Soul Patch Monkey are getting together this Sunday afternoon at Mac’s On Slade in Palatine to stage a benefit for Shadows Of Knight vocalist Jimi Sohns. All proceeds will go toward paying Sohn’s recent medial bills.

Mary-Archie Theatre will present its very last Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins next weekend August 19–21 at The Den Theater. You can bet this freewheeling celebration of drama, performance art, live music, and comedy is going to go out with a bang. I’m hoping to post more about The Final Abbie next week.

Buy your tickets now before all of the good ones are taken. Ian Hunter and The Rant Band have a couple of gigs coming up at City Winery Chicago on October 11 and 12.

X, with guitarist-sax player Billy Zoom back in the fold, will be performing at Metro next Friday night, August 19.

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont next Thursday, August 18 and runs through Sunday. In addition to hordes of vendors selling comic books, t shirts, action figures, and other fantasy/sci-fi related artifacts, you’ll encounter people in elaborate costumes, and have a chance to see celebrities like Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Carrie Fisher, Rosario Dawson, John Barrowman, and Norman Reedus.

The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour comes to Ravina in Highland Park next Friday, August 19.

Theater Zuidpool will bring “Belgium’s greatest rock musicians” to Thalia Hall 2 for 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.

Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and The Milk Carton Kids will gather at the Vic Theatre on October 13 for Lampedusa: Concert for Refugees.

If you think this year’s selection of live bands at Chicago area street festivals has been more cookie-cutter than ever, you might be interested in the very first Thirsty Ears Festival taking place tomorrow on the north side. According to Rick Kogan’s piece in last Sunday’s Chicago Tribune, the Thirsty Ears bash created by Seth Boustead will offer live performances of classical music, as well as European craft beers. Having face painting for kids sounds a bit mundane, unless they mean Renoir, van Gogh, or Picasso reproductions.

Plan Ahead:

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 (Sold Out)

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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