Friday, December 13, 2019


Sunshine Boys and The Handcuffs will share a double bill at Reggie’s Music Joint on State Street tomorrow night. Both will perform songs from upcoming albums; both are coed, and both are among Chicago’s best bands. Sunshine Boys have a followup to their stellar Blue Music debut coming out, and The Handcuffs will be giving us album number four.

The Beatles Store, which sells the band’s official merchandise, will be celebrating its new partnership with The Thread Shop by opening a pop-up store in New York City. Located at 163 Mercer Street, the shop will sell Beatles related clothing, toys, and loads of other branded stuff from December 11 through December 22.

The California-based Wild Honey Foundation has another tribute concert coming up to raise funds for the Autism Think Tank. This time out, the foundation will gather an all-star lineup of musicians to honor The Lovin’ Spoonful. Elliot Easton of The Cars and Dennis Diken of The Smithereens have already signed on as part of The Wild Honey Orchestra, with other special guests to be announced soon. The benefit takes place February 29 at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Culture Canon will present a screening of I Am Trying To Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco at the Virgin Hotel on Wabash in downtown Chicago on December 17. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., general admissionn is $12.

Upcoming performances by The Who in support of their new Who album range from a pair of Banquet Records acoustic shows at Pryzm on February 14 in Kingston, UK to a run at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The Kingston show sold out in five minutes, so a second one was added; the Las Vegas shows are on May 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, and 16.

According to a recent post on the Consequence Of Sound website, the beguiling four-woman band Warpaint have started work on what will be their first album in four years.

Friendly Tap in Berwyn has an impressive holiday double bill coming up next Saturday, December 21. The Unswept and The Spindles, both Chicago-based acts that create original tunes that sound like they could have sprung from the original British Invasion, will be performing. I saw these bands on the same bill at International Pop Overthrow - Chicago earlier this year and they were both very impressive. This is being billed as a Christmas show, and it would certainly be fun to see these guys playing some seasonal classics.

The Cortland Garage on Vail Street in Arlington Heights has been transformed into a Christmas-themed pop-up bar that will be open through December 31. Patrons will find tropical style drinks, along with the holiday ambience.

Shortly after announcing a Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen gig coming up on January 17, the Hey Nonny venue in Arlington Heights now has shows scheduled for jazz pop guitarist Joel Paterson on January 22, and Tommi Zender with The 45 featuring Len Kasper on February 16. I really like where this new club is going.

SHE (Sisters Helping Elevate The Arts) is presenting The Holidays, a new play written and directed by Katrina V. Miller from December 8 through December 22 at The Frontier on Chicago’s north side. Miller’s goal is to help bring awareness to help end Alzheimer’s disease, and a portion of the opening night performance will benefit The Frontier is located at 1106 W. Thorndale Avenue, tickets are available via the SHE website.

I got an early Christmas present today when my copy of the Shindig Collectors’ Edition Compendium came in the mail. Compiled from the U.K. magazine’s archives, it offers photos and articles about Donovan, The Hollies, The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, Sweet, Mott The Hoople, The Kinks, and other acts. It’s filled with fascinating quotes and memories from the musicians, and is available from the Silverback Publishing website.

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