Monday, July 25, 2011

August 2011

Hey, blogspot readers, the dog days of summer has arrived along with First Day of School for an unhappy SouthSide kid at home. Plus there's more happening around town than the annual big-ticketed Lolla festival in which this reviewer highly suggests you check out.

Aug 1 - Aug 4: SouthSide's "disappearing" for a few days with's a secret.

Aug 5 - 7 - Beatles fans unite! There's a fest exclusively just for you happening at Hyatt Regency O'Hare (9300 Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, IL - off the Rosemont CTA Blue Line stop) featuring Henry McCullough (legendary guitarsit who played with Wings, Joe Cocker), Peter Asher, Joey Molland, and Mark Hudson. Admission for all three days are $96. One day rate for Friday, August 5 is $30, Saturday or Sunday's admission is $45. Other pricings, including combo days and for children, can be found on the web site, For more information on The Fest, please call 866-THE-FEST between 8 and 4PM Chicago time.

Aug 5 - Want to attend a really rockin' Lolla afterparty? Then head to Cubby Bear (Wrigleyville) for its Unofficially Official Lolla Afterparty to see SouthSide's friends The Branded and V Is For Villains rock the stage.
21+ show

Aug 7 - Lolla maybe winding down at the lakefront but SouthSide will be rockin' with The Prids from Portland, OR at Darkroom (West Town neighborhood). They're currently on tour in support of the latest album - Chronosynclastic featuring songs like Waste Our Time and Fragile. Visit for more music and tour details.

Aug 11 - Friends, River James will be in town rockin' Panchos (located near the California CTA Blue line stop) meanwhile over at The Abbey, friends Gag Order will be partying during their CD release show featuring Daemon Familiar, Deadlands, and The Day Lewis.

Aug 12 - 14 - There will be a revolution but it won't be televised, blogspot readers. The Local Music Revolution will be in control during this three-day weekend at Metro featuring bands like The Last Vegas, Blackbox, The Frantic and AM Taxi (on Aug 12), Makeshift Prodigy, Bambi Raptor and Trainwreck Symphony (on Aug 13 - all ages show) and Five Oh First, Third Times A Charm and The Employees (on Aug 14). Also happening on Aug 13, there will be an open forum about the status local music in Chicago which starts at 12p. SouthSide promises to cover as much of this revolution as she possibly can. For tickets and other information, visit

Aug 18 - SouthSide will be rockin' The Abbey with her friends, The Polkaholics and MC Frontalot, the godfather of nerdcore rap, in support of his new album - Solved. Also appearing on stage will be Brandon Patton. show starts at 8:30p / 21+ / $10 adv/$12 door.

Aug 19 - The Beat Kitchen is the place to be seen and to rock with SouthSide's friends Bassel & The Supernaturals along with The Future Laureates, The Hand Grenades and Tree. 21+ show / $8.

Aug 20 - SouthSide completes this fun weekend with a punk rock show at The Bottom Lounge when she attends The Dwarves 25th Anniversary show. It's billed as a celebration "...of the most bizarre and misunderstood
punk rock band of all time..." This band will also be making stops in Austin, Dallas, St. Louis (just to name of few tour cities) before coming to Chicago in support of new CD The Dwarves Are Born Again that features favorite heroes from the Dwarves long and twisted saga - Blag the Ripper, HeWhoCanNotBeNamed, Rex Everything and a cast of thousands return to crush the ears of a desperate public. Sounds like a rockin' fun time, blogspot readers. Visit for more tour information.

Aug 25 - Check out SouthSide's friends Modern Day Rippers with Something Fierce and The Cute Lepers rockin' the Beat Kitchen stage.

Aug 27 - SouthSide (and special guests) will be attending the 3rd Annual I AM (Independent Arts and Music) Festival rockin' House Of Blues from 2p - 10:30p. The lineup for this all ages show will feature friends Workout Music, Finley Knight, Mason's Case, On Your Marx, and Kelsey Montanez (just to name a few) as well as the two winners of the I AM Fest Battle of the Bands (in which this reviewer heard had some fierce competition this year). Tickets are now available through ticketmaster. Visit for more details.

Plus afterwards, SouthSide will be partying at Elbo Room for the I AM Fest Afterparty.

Aug 28 - Friend Jamie Kent will be dropping a compilation album - Valley Rising during an epic performance at The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA (7pm). It will showcase all 12 artists and two of their best songs featured on the compilation. Visit for more details. Also he's on tour during the month of August too, blogspot readers. Visit

Also happening this month, Urban Folk Circuit (details as they come to SouthSide).

Until next time, support your local scene,

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