Monday, April 14, 2014

I AM Fest



We are happy to announce we are in our fifth year of putting on one of the biggest, independently produced arts and music festivals. In the past we have worked with over 500 bands and artists and are continuing to give opportunities for local bands to network, get in front of new crowds and a chance to open up at one of Chicago’s premiere music venues. 
 
The Elbo Room presents I AM FEST 2014 INDEPENDENT ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL. It will host 10 bands at Chicago's very own HOUSE OF BLUES on AUGUST 16th of 2014. There is just one thing missing... the MAIN STAGE OPENING BANDS FOR THE SHOW and THAT COULD BE YOU!
 
 
There will be several Battle of the Band contests held at the Elbo Room. Bands will be provided with a basic backline (Guitar/Bass Cabs minus heads and Basic drum set and hardware minus kick pedal, snare drum and cymbals). 20 min sets for each band will be judged by a music industry panel and voted on by fans in attendance. 
 
This unique BATTLE OF THE BANDS looks for talented musicians that put on a great show and can win over an audience in person and LIVE online. The top 2 bands from each night advances to the Secondary Rounds on FRIDAY 6/6, 6/13, 6/20 and/or 6/27. 2 winners from each of those nights with 1 wild card will advance to the SEMI-FINALS on SATURDAY 7/5 or 7/12 along with 1 wild-card band. The winner and runner up of the FINALS (on SATURDAY JULY 26th) OPENS The 2014 I AM FEST at House of Blues presented by the ELBO ROOM Chicago.
 
E-mail KAYLA@ELBOROOMLIVE.COM with the following information. 
 
1) BAND NAME
 
2) BAND WEBSITE/WEB LINK
 
3) NAMES OF BAND MEMBERS, INSTRUMENTS PLAYED and AGE of each member
 
4) ONE BAND MEMBER IS ABLE TO ATTEND THE MANDATORY MEETING ON SUNDAY, APRIL 27TH AT 7:30PM
 
4) WHICH PRELIMINARY SHOW(S) YOU ARE AVAILABLE (4/29, 5/6, 5/12, 5/13, 5/19, 5/20, 5/26, 527, 6/2, 6/3)
 
5) YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO PLAY THE SECONDARY ROUND ON FRIDAY 6/13, 6/20, and/or 6/27 @ ELBO ROOM?
 
6) YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO PLAY THE SEMI-FINALS ON SATURDAY 7/5 and/or 7/12 @ ELBO ROOM?
 
7) YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO PLAY THE FINALS ON SATURDAY 7/26 @ ELBO ROOM?
 
8) YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO PLAY ON AUGUST 16TH, 2014 @ THE HOUSE OF BLUES?

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Evan and Jamie Benefit Info

The Heartland Cafe and
Red Line Tap Benefit for Evan and Jamie West
Thursday, 5/1/2014 at 7 pm

Featuring music from

 


The Twin Peaks
and friends
In the Heartland Cafe

And in the Red Line Tap

The Red Line Disaster
With Special Guests


The Polkaholics

All the proceeds from this benefit will be going to help former Heartland Cafe and Red Line Tap Employee Evan West who was seriously injured at this years SXSW festival in Austin Texas
We'll have music, a silent auction and more, all to help Evan West through this trying time.

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/634881

Doors at 7 pm / Music at 8 pm Thursday, May First at the Heartland Cafe and the Red Line Tap

On March 13, a 21-year-old drunk driver trying to evade arrest sped the wrong way on a one-way street and plowed through a police barricade at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. He injured dozens of people. He killed three. Evan West is one who was injured, and Jamie West, his wife of two years, one who died. She was just 27.
Leaving the festival early, as Jamie had to be up for work the next morning, they were struck on their motorcycle near the intersection of Red River and 11th Street. Witnesses said that the driver, whose blood-alcohol level would later be measured at 0.114, accelerated as he fled, peeling through the crowds on Red River, which festival organizers had blocked off for pedestrians only.

Jamie was pronounced at the scene. Evan was rushed to Brackenridge, a trauma hospital near UT. He had been severely injured, breaking his leg in three places, fracturing two ribs, lacerating his spleen and liver, and sustaining trauma to his brain.
We need your help. Whatever we receive through this fund will help us with the many costs related to Jamie's funeral and Evan's recovery, including arranging physical rehabilitation and legal representation.
 
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/dinF5/sh/233bwc

The Evan West Fund. Anyone wanting to donate can do so at any of the Garrett State Bank locations. Anyone out of state who would like to donate can do so by mailing to:
Garrett State Bank
P.O. Box 29
Garrett, IN 46738
(make sure to make a note that it's for the Evan West Fund)


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

One On One With Suren Unka

Hey, blogspot readers, SouthSide has another exclusive interview just for you! Through the use of modern technology, she had a chat with New Zealander EDM artist, Suren Unka about his music from upcoming album "El Chupacabra".
 
SouthSide: What inspired you to name your album "El Chupacabra"? Have you ever heard of the Mexican stories about "the goat eater" before in New Zealand? Do you have such tales there?
 
Suren: Yes. I got the name from watching a documentary on the Discovery Channel about El Chupacabras. I was super fascinated by the tale and liked the sound of the words, "El Chupacabra". I decided I had to use it for my album tittle. This sparked a chain of naming some of my songs after interesting documentary’s Like ‘Lyuba’ ‘Weather Science’ ‘Uvula’ ‘Nanobots’ ‘Oryx’. All song tittles from my album.
 
SouthSide: In your opinion, does your current single "130" represent who Suren Unka is and/or what his music is about to fans?
 
Suren: Yes definitely. ‘130’ was the last song for me to write on my album. So it’s the current direction I’m going in. I still wanted to stick with the ‘Suren Unka’ sound from previous releases (Melodic). But add[ed] a slight dance element to the sound.
 
SouthSide: Using such unique rhythms and melodic beats in this particular song, could you see yourself as a visionary in the next wave of the EDM scene?
 
Suren: I am totally not sure. EDM is constantly changing. I can never keep up with all the EDM waves. So as a rule I decided to just make music that I would enjoy. Using sounds that suit me.
 
SouthSide: Will you be releasing any more singles off your upcoming album soon?
 
Suren: The album is coming out April 22nd. So I won’t be releasing any singles before then. But after the album is released, I’ll be releasing a music video for my song ‘Flee’ which is on the album.
 
SouthSide: Who would you say had some influence on your music? And if given the chance, which song (s) would you like to re-mix or collaborate with that artist/musician?
 
Suren: Four Tet [post-rock and electronic musician Kieran Hebden] is my hero! He has influenced me a load. I would love to remix his song ‘Sing’. Even collaborating with him, I feel I would learn so much.
 
SouthSide: Being a half a world away, how has modern technology contributed in your goal of reaching your new as well as current fans of your music?
 
Suren: The internet has been helpful especially Youtube. People from all round have been watching my music videos.
 
SouthSide: Do you have plans to perform live? If so, when and where can fans see you on the stage?
 
Suren: Yes, I perform live. I’m doing a New Zealand tour next month and thinking about touring Australia later on this year.
 
SouthSide: What is the local music scene like in Auckland, New Zealand? Besides Lorde, is there any other artist/musician or music genre that's making waves on the radio there?
 
Suren: Yeah at the moment this whole Bedroom Producer/EDM scene is at a high. There’s so much talent all round New Zealand. Some Artists to check out are Race Banyon, Kamandi, Black City Lights, Fly Nights and Team Cat Food.
 
SouthSide: Lastly, any last words, shameless plugs etc would you like to say about yourself and/or your music to the fans around the world?
 
Suren: Please check out my album ‘El Chupacabra’on April 22nd! Give me a like on Facebook to keep updated: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Suren-Unka/130471470308732
 
 
SouthSide would like to thank Suren Unka for taking time out of his busy schedule for this interview.
 
 
Until next time, support your local scene,
SouthSide 
 
 

One On One With Kyra Schon

Ghouls, space monsters, evil spirits and more will be scaring up screams on the big screen this Saturday at Patio Theatre (located on Irving Park Rd near Austin). On April 12 th, cult classics like Legend, Buckaroo Banzai, Night Of The Living Dead including a showing of George Melies’ A Trip To The Moon and many others will once again get their cinematic due at this year’s Sci-Fi Spectacular. blogspot readers! This one-day fest features over 14hrs of movie madness, short films (such as Let’s Invite Satan to the Slumber Party, Hands of Fate, Jack), vendors and much more that’s sure to please any sci-fi / horror fan of all ages. Plus there will be vendors, prizes, surprises, live charity auction in support of Vital Bridges as well as special guest appearances by Doug Jones (Hellboy I & II, Pan’s Labyrinth) and Kyra Schon (Karen “ghoul girl” Cooper of Night Of The Living Dead). Fan will be able to take free pictures with them during this event. Romero’s 1968 classic Night Of The Living Dead is one SouthSide’s favorite horror movies and she had the extreme honor of interviewing Kyra Schon about her iconic role, opinion about horror movies of today and more.

Describing her role in Night Of The Living Dead as “...hungry, cold, empty, driven, persistent...”, this reviewer asked Kyra what was it like working with George Romero and how did she get the role as Karen “ghoul girl” Cooper. She told SouthSide that when she worked with George “...he wasn’t yet considered legendary...” and “...Night Of The Living Dead was his first feature film...” describing the director as a “...big, jovial man with amazing dimples...” And here’s an interesting movie fact in which fans may not know, George asked Kyra’s father to direct her when doing her scenes in the movie.  “...I don’t know why – maybe he thought I’d feel more comfortable getting direction from my dad...” Speaking of her dad, you might recognize his other NOTLD movie credits as co-producer (along with Russ Streiner), “...did makeup on the ghouls, and worked on aspects of the sound...” besides his role as Harry Cooper. Since it was so long ago, Kyra doesn’t remember if she and/or her father had to audition for their famous roles, blogspot readers, but she does suspect she got the role through solely on nepotism. However here’s another fact NOTLD fans may not know, her role was originally written as a boy named Timmy but “...nobody knew any boys the right age...” So the part was re-written and the rest is history. “...My dad owned a recording studio in Pittsburgh and [he] was a friend/colleague of the guys from Latent Image [Romero, Streiner, Russo and Hinzman]...” also mentioning this interesting fact, “....he had quite a lot of acting experience – all on stage – prior to NOTLD, but he always hated his performance in the film...” Then, this reviewer wondered if she ever felt her character would  be the most remembered especially amongst NOTLD fans to which she commented by saying “...Oh, no way, though I guess I can understand it on some level...” Kyra went on to add “...Little Karen’s gruesome matricide was a groundbreaker ...and I’ve heard it made people physically ill...” That makes her giggle, blogspot readers, when she thinks about it.

At the of 11, Kyra did attend the NOTLD premiere calling it “...a fancy-shmancy affair, replete with limos and dressy clothes...”, blogspot readers. Plus, she was allowed to invite a few of her friends though having to sit in the center section of the theatre with her father. “...I spent a good part of that 90 minutes turned around, watching their reactions...” Why? “...Since I knew what was going to happen on the screen, watching them was more interesting and entertaining, and really, really funny...” to which she also added “...it was a blast!” SouthSide asked Kyra for her opinion on her performance as Karen while watching herself on the big screen and she commented saying “...I don’t really remember my reaction at seeing myself...” “...I was probably embarrassed...” Kyra added along with how watching her dad getting shot and dying in the film made her a little upset. “...I had been there when they filmed that scene [over and over and over again], but seeing it on screen bothered me...” And to this day, she doesn’t like to watch it. She can’t even watch the scene where Duane Jones’ character, Ben, gets shot too. “...I always look away...” Would she do anything different to her character if given the chance? “...I’m not sure I’d have done anything different with Karen, other than not having her eat her dad’s entire arm in a few minutes...” says Kyra before adding, “...I mean, really – what sort of teeth did that kid have?” Good question. Kyra also thinks it would have been nice to see her (Karen) get away. If you really think about it, blogspot readers, her character wasn’t killed in the field with the other ghouls. “...so I like to think she did sneak away and she’s still out there...” Kyra has written extensively about Karen Cooper’s “afterlife” in a form of an advice column called “Ghoulish Guidance”. “...She was my alter ego,  and I called her ‘Ghoulfriend’...” Kyra’s column appeared online on the website Dread Central as well as hers – http://www.goulnextdoor.com.

Does Kyra miss being part of the horror genre/movies of today and would she appear as a cameo if asked? She has been asked a couple of times to appear in various indie horror films however she turned them down because she’s not an actor. Her words and opinion, blogspot readers, not SouthSide’s. Let’s have Kyra explain further. “...people only remember my role because of its shock value, and not because of my acting was brilliant...” Yet, she did appear as a judge in 2007 in a film done by her friend called The Green Man. So what’s her opinion about horror genre and its movies? Is there too much gore and/or not enough surprise and suspense in them?  Kyra replied, “...there are some recent films I like, though I’m not a fan of excessive gore...” It’s not that she’s squeamish, blogspot readers, but she finds “...too often the gore is a substitute for a plot...” And since this reviewer mentioned suspense, she added “...anyone can make a head explode, but building suspense and tension is an art...” On that note, SouthSide then proceeded to ask Kyra if she had a favorite horror movie director to which she and this reviewer share the same likes, blogspot readers. Her favorite dead director is Alfred Hitchcock meanwhile her favorite live director is George Romero, of course, but she has one more – John Carpenter. “...After George, I really love John Carpenter’s older films ...my three favorites of his are Halloween, The Fog and The Thing...” adding “...I love them because of the tension he created in those films...” As SouthSide mentioned earlier, Kyra along with Doug Jones will be appearing at Sci-Fi Spectacular 2014 this weekend and she wanted her thoughts about the upcoming appearance. “...I’m looking forward to the weekend and to meeting the fans...” And before ending the interview, this reviewer asked Kyra had anything else she would like to tell fans to which she replied with the following:

I am always grateful to the fans that come out the events I attend. Their love for the film is a great energizer for me, and they make all the events positive experience. Some of my dearest friends started out as fans I met at conventions. I can’t overstate my love for horror fans – NOTLD fans in particular.”
 
SouthSide would like to thank Kyra Schon for taking time out of her busy schedule for this extra special interview. It gave this reviewer a much deeper appreciation for her favorite horror movie. Pre-sale tickets for Sci-Fi Spectacular 2014 are on sale now for $20 and can be found at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/events/582946. It’s $25 at day of event.
 
 
 
Until next time, support your local scene,
SouthSide

Monday, April 7, 2014

04 Apr 14 - David Guetta


Summertime EDM scene and fun arrived months ahead of schedule, blogspot readers!

For one night only, the grand splendor of the ballroom inside The Aragon was turned into a dazzling spectacle of glittering glow for David Guetta’s live performance. And a spectacle of fashionably dressed fans of this music scene – from looking like they had just stepped out at Enclave or spent time under the hot sun at North Avenue beach. Despite the non-spring temps and fierce winds blowing from the lake, fans came out in droves packing the main floor to party amidst this featured artist’s fusion of electro and hip hop/house rhythms.

However before anyone could party all night long, this reviewer along with many others had to pass through stringent security precautions that included being patted down and waved with the metal detector wand. She does have a couple of suggestions for The Aragon management. First – if you’re going to have a line in the alley, at least have proper lighting so people don’t trip or fall over the many craters of potholes in the dark. Second – there needs to be more security personnel at the entrance way to help ease the crowd congestion so those who are leaving The Aragon won’t get pushed, shoved and/or bumped back towards the grand staircase by those entering the venue. It was utter chaos trying to get out and there was NO security to help alleviate a potentially dangerous situation especially near the overcrowded bathrooms and bar stand (why is there a bar stand located in the entrance way anyway? Management should rethink locating it there.)

Once finally upstairs, the floetry or music and electronic rhythms was already surrounding the venue as the main floor quickly filled to capacity with moving bodies jumping and dancing to the pulsating beat, blogspot readers. Many shiny happy people grooving to the intense remixed sounds ...waving hands in the air as if they were going to “catch” electronic vibe being tossed at them from the stage. Each crescendoing rise and melodic tone in long continuous music waves wrapping around them was a cause to scream for more and more. And David Guetta and other DJs gave it to them. In a nutshell, it was a beautiful time to be alive and part of this active music scene whether you were young and/or close to SouthSide’s age. Multi-generational attendees basking together amidst the lights ...which left no one disappointed because everyone was having a fun time.

Also, this allowed SouthSide to do some people watching too, blogspot readers. Besides those dressed as if they were going to Spybar or Enclave, she noticed many didn’t care that the temperatures were on the cool side to wear shorts and tank tees to the David Guetta performance. She saw a guy draped with the French flag on his shoulders dancing within the crowd ...a pack of Cougars (believe or not trying to score a couple of hot dates on the dance floor) ...a couple of whacked-out girls high (probably on “Molly”) ...plenty of faux “flower” girls (those wearing flower headbands) ...a few minors busted for drinking without an orange wristband ...”sock monkey” groupies ...a few dressed in their hottest bikini swimwear ...and that was just a few this reviewer randomly saw before leaving, blogspot readers. By midnight, the crowd had swelled passed the main floor and the scene was becoming very intense for her to handle that SouthSide had to leave earlier than expected. She does recommend checking out David Guetta and his unique fusion that’s an homage to Chicago’s house music and its founder Frankie Knuckles. For more information, visit http://www.DavidGuetta.com.
 
 
Until next time, support your local scene,
SouthSide

03 Apr 14 - YELP's Chiberia Sendoff

 
Winter 2013 – 2014 ...it was long, harsh and one for the record books, blogspot readers, especially here in Chicago. Over 80 inches of snow (thus far ...we’re known to have snow as last as June!) had blanketed this bustling town! We even added new words to our vocabulary like “polar vortex” and “Chiberia” (Chicago + Siberia) and also saw approximately 95% of Lake Michigan frozen over due to the extreme temperatures that dipped well below zero ...not including the wind chill. Yes, blogspot readers, it was a VERY cold winter. Yet, finally, that’s now behind us because spring has arrived. However, winter’s icy grip wants to remain. So YELP decided to chase away everyone’s winter blues by hosting one of its fantastic themed parties at Salvage One Events venue. Thus allowing the lucky attendees to give winter at HUGE heave-ho out of town ...forever. It was a Chiberia Sendoff, blogspot readers! Inside Salvage One, there were two floors of games and fun ...tasting and food samples as well as live music performance by The Hot Sauce Committee and a DJ from Donna & Rocco’s Big Fat Italian Wedding. Attendees were encouraged to take photos or play springtime games of toss or a round of pool  or explore the wonderful possibilities of what Delivery.com could do for them.

SouthSide spent some time exploring the lavishly décor of the main floor inside Salvage One where she tasted a sample of Pineapple, Coconut and Nutmeg soda by Joia (http://www.JoiaLife.com). This company tantalizingly combines a variety of fruits, herbs and spices for a uniquely intense taste in which nothing is artificial – i.e. no fructose corn syrup or preservatives. It’s even gluten free!. She highly recommends blogspot readers trying this particular all natural drink as well as the Blackberry, Pomegranate and Ginger soda. Both sodas a refreshing yet aromatic that you will immediately find tingling your senses before taking the first sip. There’s also other unique combinations like Lime, Hibiscus & Clove, Ginger, Apricot & Allspice and Orange, Jasmine & Nutmeg. Located nearby Joia on the main floor, there was a table dedicated to the few random samples of Pretzel Crisp like Honey Mustard & Onion, Cheddar & Jalapeno and Everything (has all of the available flavor combinations into this particular pretzel crisp cracker).

Cast of Donna & Rocco's Big Fat Italian Wedding
Also on the main floor, were freebies from Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey (who earlier re-tweeted SouthSide’s tweet about YELP’s Chiberia Sendoff event) as well as hosting the open bar for attendees ...a booth featuring Delivery.com – where YELPers could sign up with this company that delivers more than just food like Grubhub.com Yet they do more than that – they can also deliver dry cleaning, alcohol purchases, groceries and more to your door. And towards the back of the main floor, a mini chapel was dedicated to the cast of Donna & Rocco’s Big Fat Italian Wedding in which had one hip Father Tony dancing to the DJ spinning the hottest dance re-mixes. This reviewer loved the DJ’s remix of The Doors’ “Riders of the Storm” as well as many others. Somewhere on their site, there’s a picture of SouthSide with Father Tony, blogspot readers. Now it was time join the many others who were doing some serious partying upstairs on the second floor, blogspot readers, where The Hot Sauce Committee was totally jammin’ with their renditions from the 80s, 90s and today. The space on this floor was reserved for food sampling, dancing and socializing with other YELPers.

Devil Dawgs
Theory
On this floor, SouthSide first enjoyed the delicious combination of Sweet Potato, Arugula & Date as a salad topped with Sesame Dressing and Crispy Wontons from J & L Catering. She loved the delicious combination of seasonal flavors bursting inside her mouth from each bite. Then, she tried a tiny sample of her favorite vegan Mac-n-Cheese from her good friend from Laviyah of Ste Martean (http://www.SteMartaen.com) but this time she also tried some vegan barbecue. Though liking the Mac-n-Cheese (in this reviewer’s mind, it tasted the same as the regular stuff she makes despite it being vegan made), she didn’t really enjoy the vegan barbecue ...perhaps because it wasn’t served warm. From there, she stood in line to sample a fresh batch of donut holes from Beavers Donuts (http://www.beaversdonuts.com) which the hottest and fastest food item of the night, blogspot readers. Every time, the employees of this company re-supplied the table with bags of fresh samples, the donuts would disappear within two to three minutes ...making this particular food item the favorite of the entire YELP event. Next to this table were Local Root (http://www.localrootchicago.com) which passed out yummy samples of pulled pork dipped with jalapeno sauce on toasted bread before moving to the next table where Theory (http://www.theorychicago.com) also had their own version of yummy pulled pork sliders with Cajun shrimp lettuce salad. It was so good that this reviewer had to go back twice. In the middle of this floor was Devil Dawgs (http://www.devildwags.com) where YELPers could create their own Chicago-style hot dog or top it anyway they like ...including drizzling it with (gasp) ketchup. Being a true Chicagoan, SouthSide didn’t top her Devil Dawg with that dreaded red stuff. Sadly, she missed out having a sample from Haute Sausage (http://www.hautesausage.com) because they ran out within the hour after the event started.

The Hot Sauce Committee
Also on this floor, SouthSide met Amy Fausset, owner and founder of 6D Hair Ties (http://www.6dhairties.com) who was giving away free samples of her lovely hair ties (some with the YELP logo) and headbands that you could also wear on your wrists. SouthSide’s daughter has already begun using the few she brought home. And if you needed a sudden boost of energy, there were free cans of Monster drinks featuring the Ultra Red variety. The night’s entertainment featured music performed by SouthSide’s good friends – The Hot Sauce Committee (http://www.thehotsaucecommittee.com). They not only rocked the stage with their party selections from artists like Tone Loc (“Wild Thag”), Sir Mix-a-lot (“Baby Got Back”), The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff (Theme to The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire) and many more but had many of the YELPers dancing along with them throughout the event until it was time to go home. Unlike the last time this reviewer saw them perform (at The Grid for pre-St. Patrick’s Day fun), this performance featured a DJ helping them with programmed beats and visual images running in sync with their set list to truly liven up this Chiberia Sendoff party a notch higher. It definitely hot in here that The Hot Sauce Committee sweated out this reviewer's hair ...again, blogspot readers. Comments heard around the room ranged from “...they are fun a band...” to “...they know how party...” and “...they’re playing my favorite songs...” Yep, YELPers truly dug the sauciness added to this party!

Sadly, the fun at this successful YELP event had to end, blogspot readers, for it was time to go home. In SouthSide’s opinion, this was THE best party she has ever attended ...inside one of the coolest venues in town. She cannot wait to attend the next one wherever it may be...
 
 
Until next time, support your local scene,
SouthSide

Friday, April 4, 2014

02 Apr 14

Peter Propaganda as "Frank"
 
"...We have eternity to know your flesh..." ~ Pinhead
 

Hong Kong Danger Duo
Hey, blogspot readers, SouthSide's hanging out with the Cenobites tonight at this fabulous birthday bash held for two special local people. It was Creature Feature night within the underbelly of Double Door's speakeasy-esque venue, Door No. 3 in which its red lighting amidst the semi-darkness created the perfect backdrop for this event. The Cenobites from Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II were alive and rockin' the underground bar as they and other daring attendees helped celebrate Peter Proganda's and JoJo's birthday. However before joining in the fun downstairs, SouthSide was first upstairs checking out the opening act, Hong Kong Danger Duo (http://www.hongkongdangerduo.com) for Kava's album release show. Granted it was the band's first public appearance and SouthSide did expect a few rough spots here there during their performance, blogspot readers, but this duo did put on an amazing (brief) show. She enjoyed the blues/rock sound coupled with powerfully raw vocals pumping some serious yet intense emotions into the lyrics. This reviewer liked the hard-tone off the electric was wonderfully matched by the thunderous drumming rhythms. As mentioned earlier, this was their first show however SouthSide will be reserving that special date for the next performance to give Hong Kong Danger Duo a complete review (and probably an interview with the guys) for the blog.

JoJo as "Julia"
Meanwhile downstairs ...it was time to join the delectable pleasures of pain and suffering with Pinhead, the Female, Chatterer and Butterball of Hellraiser for the Creature Feature: Cenobites event, blogspot readers. It was quite of a festive occasion to celebrate Peter's and JoJo's birthday amongst other friends and fans while DJs S@int, Xeno, Damian Overlord and more spun their crafted selections of industrial/post-industrial music to some dazzling graphics running on the screen. Earlier, before the party really took life, Peter (dressed as Frank, make up by JoJo) did the soundtrack to Hellraiser II. This musician/DJ has a particular way of perfectly syncing his music to certain scenes of the movie to fit the tone or set the theme. It totally heightens your viewing pleasure even without the dialogue. Yet who needed the sound bites from this iconic movie especially when SouthSide has memorized most of this movie's familiar lines like "...Didn't open the box? And what was it the last time? Didn't know what the box was? And yet we keep finding each other, don't we?..." and "...It wanted souls, and I brought you. You wanted to know. Now you know. And I wanted everything. Now everyone's happy. Goodbye, Doctor..." How about this one "...No more deals, child, it is your flesh we want to experience, not your skills at bargaining..." Believe it or not, blogspot readers, by not hearing those and many other famous sound bites but the music instead, you got a better sense of the movie's dark themes of pleasure through pain, torture and suffering. And as an added bonus - JoJo dressed up as the lovely but evil Julia Cotton. *shivers* The box was on hand for anyone who had enough guts to play with it.

Who knows what the next Creature Feature event will be or where it will happen, blogspot readers, but be certain SouthSide will be there...


Until next time, support your local scene,
SouthSide