Friday, February 3, 2017


Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year at a special event on February 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The award presentation will be followed by a multi-act tribute concert featuring The Foo Fighters; Norah Jones; The Bangles; Kings Of Leon; Jackson Browne, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen; Gary Clark, Jr.; Stevie Nicks and Lucinda Williams; Randy Newman; Don Henley; Jeff Lynne; Elle King; George Strait; and Regina Spector. The Bangles Facebook page notes that the MusiCares Person of the Year gala is traditionally part of Grammy Week. The Grammy Awards take place two days later.

The Lilacs, Material Reissue and The Bad Examples triple bill at Metro on March 4 just got even more interesting after Material Reissue drummer Mike Zelenko posted on his Facebook page that the band will be performing some new material. The all-ages show is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.

Other noteworthy events coming up in the next few weeks include Tomorrow The Moon opening for the Boston-based trio InAeona on February 24 at Live Wire; the Psychedelic Saturday hosted by The Red Plastic Buddha at Live Wire on February 25; and The George Harrison Birthday Tribute Concert hosted by Ellis Clark and The Big Parade at Martyrs at Martyrs’ on February 25.

The Party On! 25 Years Of Wayne’s World festivities kicked off today in Aurora, IL with a poster contest at the If These Walls Could Talk gallery. Other activities are planned for spring and early summer.

There was an opening reception tonight at Rotofugi Designer Toy Store and Gallery for The 33 – A Cabinet of Curious Characters New Works by by BaM! The exhibition, which features antique cabinet card portraits reinvented by artists Bruce Bachelder and Mike Rende, run through February 26. Rotofugi is located at 2780 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

It’s great to be around for a quarter of a century. Congratulations to Lin Brehmer on his 25th Anniversary as WXRT’s early morning DJ. He marked the occasion this morning with a live broadcast from Kings Bowl at MB Financial Park in Rosemont.

10,000 Maniacs will perform two shows each night on February 10 and 11 at City Winery Chicago. Billy Bragg has a show coming up on February 21 at the Old Town School Of Folk Music. Tickets are now on sale for Bob Mould’s show April 21 at Thalia Hall.

New City, the long-running Chicago free paper, published the first issue in its new monthly format this week.

Looks like the MOJO magazine with a Ray Davies cover story and Kinks tribute CD still hasn’t come out in America yet. At least it wasn’t at Reckless Records in downtown Chicago when I dropped by there yesterday. By the way, Kinks fans have a chance to win a copy of the band’s new Deluxe Mono box set if they visit the Record Store Day website. The contest ends 2-20-17. Record Store Day, now in its 10th year, takes place on April 22 and I already have visions of rare vinyl releases dancing in my head.

Graham Cracker Comics, just east of Reckless Records on Madison, has those cool-looking Star Wars Micro Comic Collectors Packs that include a comic, puzzle card, 3D poster and 3d glasses. They’re also available on Amazon.

Chicago area Fleetwood Mac fans anxiously awaiting the new Christine McVie/Lindsey Buckingham collaboration can celebrate the band’s music when Fleetwood Mac Mania comes to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Park on March 24. The venue describes the show as “a stunning visual and musical tribute.” Tickets are $35. Other shows coming up at the Metropolis include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, currently running through March 18 and Hair, which runs from May 18 through July 1.

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