Monday, June 12, 2017

Concert News

Art from the Elvis Costello Facebook page.

A hearty Broken Hearted Toy welcome to Elvis Costello, who’s in town tonight with The Imposters for an Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers gig at the Huntington Pavilion at Northerly Island. I see some of my Facebook acquaintances are there, and I’m sure they’re have a great time. Even though the temperature was up in the 90s today, it’s probably perfect on the lakefront right now.

Micky Dolenz comes to City Winery Chicago for shows tomorrow and Wednesday night, and Feist will be at the Vic Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday.

Roger Waters’ Us + Them Tour hits Chicago for a concert at the United Center on July 23, which means he, Paul McCartney, and Graham Nash will all be in town around my birthday. Give me a call, guys. We’ll get together.

Meanwhile, the massive, multi-media The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is now open at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. According to a piece on the ABC News Radio website, the exhibit arrives on the 50th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s first single “Arnold Layne.” With its collection of instruments, artifacts, handwritten lyrics, and posters, it sounds similar to The Rolling Stones’ Exhibitionism, which has now migrated to our own Navy Pier. If Their Mortal Remains ever comes to to Navy Pier, I guarantee you Frank Carr from the Famous In The Future comedy group will move in there.

According to an article by William Lee in the Chicago Tribune, a huge crowd gathered at the corner of State and Randolph in downtown last Thursday to witness the official dedication of a huge and colorful mural honoring blues great Muddy Waters. Waters’ sons Mud and Big Bill Morganfield performed live with their band at the event.
I recently reviewed the Cover Palooza show at The Gallery Cafe, but I want to add how much I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to some of the musicians involved. I ran into Erica Loftus from The Right Tidys as soon as I arrived, and later had a chance to sit down with Lou Galassini from Van Go and The Right Tidys. John D. Kolonel from The Raine wasn’t performing that night, but he joined Galassini and me for while. Gallassini told me Van Go is currently recording a new album, which will be one of their hardest hitting one yet. The Raine will once again back Cliff Johnson from Off Broadway in a double bill with Material Reissue on June 24 at Wire in Berwyn.

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