If you’ve got an extra $1450.00 to expand your rock and roll art gallery, artist-musician Ronnie Wood’s Official Online Shop will be offering three new limited-edition, personalized portraits starting June 1. One depicts Wood and Keith Richards jamming together; one focuses on Richards; and the other offers a close-up of Wood. All three are very cool and colorful.
Chicago-based singer-songwriter Steve Dawson, whose work with Dolly Varden and Funeral Bonsai Wedding has frequently drawn critical acclaim, released a new single and video on Bandcamp today. Dawson plays all the instruments for the heartfelt, acoustic-based “Hard Time Friend,” with the exception of Alton Smith on piano. It’s the second single from Dawson’s upcoming album on Pravda Records, and he’ll likely be performing more of it at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights on August 17.
Hey Nonny has gone back to selling single tickets again, as opposed to the two-ticket minimum it temporarily employed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Upcoming shows include Dan Navarro, John San Juan, Sonic45 with Len Kasper, Liquid Soul, and Steve Dawson and Friends.
Congratulations to The Kooks on selling all the pre-sale tickets for their early 2022 Inside In/Inside Out U.K. Tour. The band will be performing its entire debut album Inside In/Inside Out, which was released 15 years ago, along with, as an Instagram post states, “some fan favourites as a thank you for all the love that’s kept the album alive.” Hopefully, the favourites will include “Initials For Gainsbourg” from The Kooks’ 2018 Let’s Go Sunshine album since it’s one of the most magnificent songs ever recorded.
There are only a few days left to check out the Wolf Moon Pizza created by Patti Smith at Piece Pizza, in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The restaurant is co-owned by Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen.
The Rolling Stones have released a five-song EP titled A Little Bang (Bigger Bang Tour EP) that will be available to stream through July 9. The EP features tracks from the band’s soon-to-be-released album A Bigger Bang - Live On Copacabana Beach.
The instrumental, guitar-fueled local band Outranaut will be performing at the Clark Street venue GMan tavern on August 13. As song titles like “Empirical Underworld Overture,” “Tempest Fugitive,” and “A Silent River Of Dogs” suggest, these guys are a blast.
Congratulations to Graham Nash on the 50th anniversary of the release of his solo debut Songs For Beginners. On a related note, I just received the copy I ordered of CSNY’s 50th Anniversary Deja Vu box set. I also bought a t-shirt, and I’m happy with both.
The Illinois village of Long Grove is holding a Chicago Blues Fest tomorrow (Saturday) from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. It takes place at Brothers’ Field, which is located in the vicinity of the Chatter Box restaurant and Covered Bridge Creamery. Casey Lee, Nate Manos, Willie Buck, Pookie Sticks, and Nate Manos with Blue Line Blues Band will be performing, and admission is free
Australia’s top-notch garage rockers Hoodoo Gurus have sold out their December 4 concert at the Sydney Hordern Pavilion, so another date has been add to the band’s 40th Anniversary Tour. There are also dates scheduled in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth, with The Dandy Warhols as special guests. Hoodoo Gurus have a new album coming out this year.
Tickets are now on sale for The Pink Floyd Exhibition - Their Mortal Remains being held at the Vogue Multicultural Museum in Los Angeles, CA from August 3 to November 23. The official website describes the exhibit as an “audiovisual journey through the extraordinary universe of one of most iconic and influential rock bands.” The Pink Floyd Exhibition has already made a few stops in Europe, so it would be nice if it did some traveling in the States.