Monday, February 8, 2016

05 Feb 16 - Jai Ho: Loveria

Friday night in Chicago ...and it's for another wild SouthSide adventure around town, blogspot readers! 

This extra special adventure took our local scene queen to the Uptown neighborhood for her first Bollywood experience attending Jai Ho: Loveria at Big Chicks. This one of a kind event sponsored by Trikone Chicgo, an organization supporting the South Asian LBGTQ community featured good friend Nevin Hersch of VoxBox spinning classic and modern Bollywood music and midnight performances by some of the best leading ladies of the stage - Penny Tration, Masla Sapphire and Zafina Hasheeh.

And what a night it was, blogspot readers!

This bar was packed for a long night of music, good company, fun and love ...yep, love was definitely in the air at this place tonight. Everyone looked and dressed fabulous including SouthSide in her favorite sequin top. It was a festive mood ...people crowding the dance side to Big Chicks before and after the spectacular performances by Masla and others until closing. There was even a dating game love match too, blogspot readers!

If you were looking for a party, this event was the place to be.

Here are photos from Jai Ho: Loveria...

SouthSide highly recommends joining her at the next Jai Ho...

Until next time, support your local scene,

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Perfect Body

What is the "perfect body", blogspot readers?

Is it a size 10 ....size 4 ...or even a size 2 to 0?

Could it be found even in a size 16 or 32 and beyond, blogspot readers?

Not trying to poke fun at anyone's size or weight  ...even SouthSide has been on the non-skinny size since she was a teen. She has been told that she doesn't have the "perfect body" to get boyfriends, to be more popular and friends while in high school. She was told no one would love her due to her size.

What a way to instill confidence at a teenage SouthSide. Yet, it does actually happen to other teenage girls and young adults every day by their own family members and/or parents ...or now - on social media via "body" or "fat" shaming. It takes years to raise above the negativity and learn to love yourself as well as your body again.

Fashion magazines are no help either ...since they view the "perfect body" to be a size 00 to 2 yet it's encouraging to see more models walking the runways in plus size body and to know that Paris, le fashion capital of world requires models to be more than a 00 or 0 size.

SouthSide applauds the realization that we, plus-size women, deserve some representation on the fashion runways too. 

However, it's not enough. What about the younger generation?

Today, young girls, tweens and teens are still being bombarded with stereotypical advertisements of what a "perfect body" is, not only through teen magazines but more than ever through social media - since that's how you can basically reach and connect with them in this new technological millennial age. They need REAL positive role models ...real inspiration that they do have the "perfect body" no matter what size, skin color, hair style, gender, et al they have. 

Real beauty is found and seen everywhere, blogspot readers.

SouthSide highly recommends viewing this powerful ...yet inspirational video, "Perfect Body" by her good friend, Aryk Crowder, that was recently released. The video touches on the negative but with a beautiful message - you are indeed beautiful have the "perfect body" no matter what anyone says.

Not only does SouthSide encourages you to watch it but also share it with others. Spread the message around your daughters, nieces, grandchildren, etc ...spread the message around that everyone know they have the 'perfect body".

There was a PBS television show in which SouthSide as a young child would watch every day called Mr. Roger's Neighborhood ...and Fred Rogers aka Mr. Rogers would close each episode by saying "You're beautiful by being just the way you are" or something to that effect. 

A powerful message for an adult to say to his television audience of children.

The same message still rings true ... you are indeed beautiful by being the person just as you are, blogspot readers.

SouthSide believes that.

So should you.

You can visit Aryk Crowder and his music on Facebook or

Until next time, support your local scene,

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

12 Dec 15

"How do you know there's a drummer at the door? He doesn't know when to enter."

"I wanna polka all night ...and  eat pierogi every day..."
The Polkaholics

 Let's have some holiday fun, blogspot readers! It has been one heck out of year for this rock-n-roll gal now chef of a reviewer. And tonight, SouthSide is once again treating herself to a night on the town ...partying as well as polka-ing with her internationally famous friends - The Polkaholics!
SouthSide does polka? 

Of course, she does. Yet, blogspot readers, this is your ordinary, run of the mill polka band. No, this local trio is widely known for their unique polka fusion of punk, classic rock, even some reggae too and other things Don and his band can mix within the traditional polka sound. However, tonight's show was a little bit different. Toss in some twisted holiday and Christmas tunes and you definitely have one wild and crazy night of polka!

To help them kick off the fun festivities, another local band, Letterbomb, got the crowd inside Phyllis Musical Inn warmed up with their brand of angered punk rock style. It's not so much of the "anger" that really gets your head banging to the music, blogspot readers. It's the wicked electric riffs and the thumping bass rhythms which automatically gets the heart pumping to the boisterous beat fused inside Letterbomb's 70s classic punk style. And, believe SouthSide ...they truly honed in the spirits of classic Ramones and The Clash for their sound. Also she enjoyed how the band shared in the vocal duties though Mike (on guitar) was the rock-n-roll front man of this band. Loved the Che shirt he was wearing. Anyway, Letterbomb entertained us with such tunes as Key Party (that 70s swinging party game when couples would drop keys in bowl and then swop partners) and Riot in between a bit of comedic banter and jokes. They did make this beginning set rather interesting while performing The Band's classic song "The Weight" but done in a punk rock rhythm. This reviewer has to admit - it truly works within a faster tempo pace and hardcore guitar riff. Definitely not what she was expecting upon listening to Letterbomb's version.  Oh yeah, check out their version of Run, Run Rudolph too. It was a gas, blogspot readers!.  This reviewer highly suggests checking out this band in 2016 when they release their vinyl (yep, it's a record to played on a record player, blogspot readers, not hung on a wall) album soon. For more information about this band, visit them on Facebook or

 The Polkaholics....

...what can SouthSide say more about this polka-loving band? She has seen them so many times that another review isn't really necessary, blogspot readers. However since this is their annual polka holiday show ...and it's usually never the same like last year's, she'll give you the highlights of tonight's fun in you weren't there ...or if you were there, you missed a few things while dancing a jig near the front of the stage. In any case, what a crazy night it was. Don and the band were simply being Don and the band ...rockin' out Phyllis Musical Inn with a special double set of twisted holiday music and their classic The Polkaholics hits like Beer Garden, Old Style, and Who Stole the Kishka. Yet there were others such as The Polkaholics Are Coming To Town, Ten Drinks to the Floor and of course the fan favorite - The Chicken Dance. Now there wouldn't be a performance if The Polkaholics didn't play this song at all, blogspot readers, because it really gets the crowd dancing along with them. 

Still that's the command of the night - dance, dance and dance with
them! Besides the music, you even get some educational fun facts too! Here's something even SouthSide didn't know ...the Aussies have discovered a way to drink beer in space in outer space which the trio dedicated Space Polka to the people down under. (Also did you know they produce more beer than any other country in the world? Shocking isn't it?) For over 18 years, The Polkaholics have been spreading the polka love across the city of Chicago as well as across the pond ...and this reviewer doesn't see them slowing down anytime soon. Not when you have an energetic front man like Don who will climb a bar stool onto the bar counter and rock out your bar, blogspot readers! Hey check out other songs like Barfly Waltz Polka ...Sausages and Sauerkraut for Santa ...Kiss My Polka (in which this reviewer loved the reggae rhythms intertwining with the polka sound. Oh yeah, blogspot readers, catch that polka fever when seeing The Polkaholics at their next show. For more information about this band, visit them on Facebook or

 Yes, blogspot readers, he's actually standing on the bar counter!

Until next time, support your local scene,

07 Nov 15 JBTV - The March Violets

Last month, SouthSide treated herself to a night on the town with a very special guest - her teen daughter! Together, they attended another live taping at the world famous JBTV studio and saw The March Violets rock the stage once again. 

Here are some photos from that taping...

Until next time,support your local scene,