Friday, August 31, 2018


Photo from The Flat Five Facebook page.

The Flat Five, whose 2016 debut It’s A World Of Love and Hope drew widespread critical acclaim, have sold out their gig at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn tomorrow night. The band members have years of experience in various music genres, and for this project they focus on glorious harmonies and breezy, retro arrangements.

Two of those Flat Five musicians, Casey McDonough and Scott Ligon, and will be joining WXRT air personality Terri Hemmert, Phil Angotti, EXPO ’76, Live To Sing Choir, and other guests at Fitzgerald’s on September 16 for a celebration of Val’s Halla record store owner Val, who passed away earlier thus summer. On the September 12, Scott Ligon will host an All-Star Freakout, at FitzGerald’s.

Zany garage rockers The Woggles have a gig tomorrow night at Reggie’s on State Street, just south of downtown.

Paul McCartney will release his latest album, Egypt Station, next Friday. That’s the same day we’ll see These Days from Paul Carrack; Raise Vibration from Lenny Kravitz; and In The Blue Light from Paul Simon. A week after that will bring new efforts from The Chills; Alejandro Escovedo; and Paul Weller.

This year’s Chicago Fringe Festival kicked off yesterday and will run through Monday, September 3 in various locations in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side. Over 24 shows are scheduled to take place.

It will be a busy weekend in Jefferson Park, as the annual Polonia Festival takes place just outside the Copernicus Theatre, which is a quick walk from the Jefferson Park Metra/CTA station. Tributosaurus will wrap up the festival by covering Eric Clapton on Monday night.

Tributosaurus will become Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young on September 5 at Martyrs.

Riot Fest returns to Chicago in two weeks, bringing Beck; Elvis Costello And The Imposters; Blondie; Cypress Hill; Twin Peaks; Liz Phair; Cat Power; The Exploited; and countless other acts to Douglas Park September 14 through 16.

I just bought a copy of noted artist/writer Bill Morrison’s graphic novel treatment of The Beatles’ animated movie Yellow Submarine. Morrison is president of the National Cartoonists Society and was recently named editor of Mad Magazine. Published by Titan Comics, this colorful and faithful version celebrates the 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine’s release.

The Petty Kings will bring their tribute to Tom Petty to The Prairie Arts Center in Schaumburg on Saturday, September 22 as part of a double bill with the ‘70s FM Radio Rock band. I’ve seen The Smithereens, American English, and The Neverly Brothers at the Prairie Arts Center, and it’s a classy venue.

City Winery Chicago recently announced it will host A John Lennon Birthday Retrospective at 1:00 p.m. on October 7.

The Bookends, the 1960s-inspired garage rock duo of bassist-vocalist Sharon Lee and guitarist-vocalist Karen Lynn, have just released their debut album Far Away But Around. It’s available on the Dead Pulse website.

Todd Rundgren will join forces with the Chicago Sinfonietta for a Night Of Harmony II on September 8 at House Of Blues. The concert is a benefit for Rundgren’s Spirit Of Harmony Foundation, which helps provide music education for youths.

The Kaleidoscope Eye 2.0 Festival of Modern Psychedelia is coming to Live Wire on Milwaukee Avenue on September 8. The first annual Kaleidoscope Eye at this same venue last year was a mind-bending success.

Minstrel Palooza Live returns to Durty Nellie’s in Palatine on September 22 for another gathering of musicians related in various way to the Minstrels Music Store in Niles. Scheduled acts include Gus Adonis; Kevin Lee and The Kings, Cracked Actor; Van Go; Todd Money Experience; Larry Mitchell and Dave Ulrich; Charlie Victor; and Tiger Bite. Admission is free, and the show starts at 1:00 p.m.

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