Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Opened up Facebook tonight, and this is what I found.

Material Reissue, which features original Material Issue members Ted Ansani and Mike Zelenko, along with singer-guitarist Phil Angotti and guitarist Jay O’Rourke, has a gig coming up on March 23 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’ve seen them a few times in the Chicago area, and those great power pop songs by the late Jim Ellison definitely live on.

Pocket Con; The Chicago Cultural Center; The Department Of Cultural Affairs And Special Events; Free Write Arts And Literacy; and local arts group Stomping Grounds are hosting Pocket Con - The Convention That Celebrates Characters Of Color from noon to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow at The Chicago Cultural Center. The free event promotes youth literacy via graphic novels, indie comics, and small publishers. The focus is on African American artists and writers, as well as women, Latinos, and the LGBTQ community.

Over the years, WXRT has partied with its listeners on occasions like Cubs season openers, St. Patrick’s Day, exclusive concerts, and DJs’ birthday parties. This Friday might mark the first time the local FM radio station is rallying around Ground Hog Day. Long-time morning air personality Lin Brehmer and news anchor Mary Dixon will be broadcasting starting at 6:00 a.m.

John San Juan and his band will be performing at the Live Wire Lounge on Milwaukee in Chicago on February 24. Sunshine Boys, the trio that comprises Dag Juhlin from The Slugs, EXPO ’76 , and Poi Dog Pondering; Freda Love Smith from Blake Babies; and Jacqueline Schimmel from Big Hello; are also on the bill, and will most likely be performing songs from their recently released and incredibly impressive debut Blue Music. Chicago-based quintet The Mons will also be playing Live Wire that night.

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