Friday, April 26, 2019


The 17th annual CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights takes place next Saturday, May 4 at the Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall at 1340 W. Washington. An amazing selection of records, CDs, DVDs, posters, books, and other rock and roll related merchandise will on sale from vendors; and the entertainment includes live music and DJs. Admission from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. is $8, and early admission from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. costs $25.

There will also be some serious vinyl shopping going on tomorrow at the B5G5: MusicDirect’s Warehouse LPs and 12-inch Singles Record Sale. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the MusicDirect location at 1811 W. Bryn Mawr in Chicago.

Bruce Springsteen recently announced he has a new solo album titled Western Stars coming out in mid June. It’s his first effort in five years and is said to have an orchestral, cinematic feel. The always informative website The Second Disc has already posted a preview.

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, The Social Act will be performing a mix of its classic material and brand new songs at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue tonight. Soul Honey Records and Liz Toussaint will also be on the bill that night. Show time is 9:00 p.m.

The Soundtracks Of A Generation, a collective of Chicago area musicians who recreate classic albums on stage, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival tonight at the 210 Live venue in Highwood.

Metric has filmed a video for its atmospheric synth and guitar driven new single “Risk.” The stark, black and white clip focuses on lead vocalist Emily Haines.

Broken Hearted Toy welcomes Neko Case back to Chicago. She has shows tonight and tomorrow night at The Vic Theatre

Cinema/Chicago will present the CINEYOUTH FESTIVAL featuring young filmmakers from around the world starting tonight and running through Sunday at Music Box Theatre on Southport.

A craft beer festival is taking place in Long Grove tomorrow. The Illinois town, once known for its craft and antique stores, is rebounding with a new mission to be more of a cafe and dining destination.

There’s going to be a tribute to rhythm and blues legend Andre Williams this Sunday night at The Hideout on Chicago’s north side. The Goldstars, his touring band for the past 10 years, will be performing, along with special guests Renaldo Domino, Gerald McClendon, Bailey Dee, Julio Davis, Sally Timms, Dag Juhlin, and Jake Austen. The music starts at 10:00 p.m.

If the Bob Dylan Electric exhibition at the American Writers Museum on Michigan Avenue has been on your to-do list, you’re running out of time. Its last day is April 30.

Katie Toupin has a gig coming up at Schubas on May 19. The former Houndmouth vocalist has been posting video previews of her new album Magnetic Moves on social media. It’s due out June 14.

The Dry Look, Phil Angotti, and Love Punch will paying tribute to The Smithereens next Friday, May 3 at Montrose Saloon on Chicago’s north side. Proceeds will go to the Pat DiNizio Scholarship Fund. DiNizio, the band’s late vocalist-guitarist, was a down-to-earth kind of guy who loved hanging out after shows and talking to fans. I got at least five autographs that way.

Drunk Shakespeare, a boozy and critically acclaimed interpretation of the Bard’s work hits Chicago next week at The Lion Theater in downtown Chicago. If you’re not familiar with that venue, the promo card I picked up at Reckless Records yesterday describes it as “a hidden speakeasy behind the Chicago Theatre.”

For a more traditional—and guaranteed riveting—production of Shakespeare, drop by the Goodman Theatre next Saturday for opening night of The Winter’s Tale. It’s directed by Robert Falls, who previously won critical acclaim for his work on King Lear and Measure For Measure.

Silvespun Pickups, the Los Angeles band that gave us the rollicking indie rock song “Panic Switch” back in 2009, will release Widow’s Weeds—their first album in four years—on June 7. The first single will be “It Doesn’t Matter Why.”

The 18th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival continues its run through next Thursday, May 2 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

The Chicago Toy Show returns to the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles this Sunday. In addition to being able to browse current toys and some from decades ago, you might also find some rock and roll treasures.

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