Thursday, May 31, 2012

June 2012

Thirty days have September ...April, June and November, blogspot readers. And already, we've reached the halfway point of the year! Are you having a rockin' fun time so far? Well, the summer months look to be a VERY busy one this 2012 with new as well as returning favorite fests and bands hitting the Chicago scene. SouthSide highly recommends checking out the long list of noteworthy and happening events occuring around Chicago and far during the month of June.

Please note - all shows/events listed are 21+ unless stated otherwise.

Jun 1
@ Martyrs': celebrate a birthday with friend Jet W. Lee and Swearwords as they kick off the month with a show at this Northcenter venue.

@ Elbo Room: All good things (and people) must come to an end ...and sadly, it's SouthSide's wild and crazy "Jack of All Trades" friend, Brian Bender as he says "Goodbye" to Elbo Room. So come out and share your BEST Brian Bender moment (and she's sure there are many he may or may not remember like that time after his birthday blow-out bash when he was in the women's restroom and...) Yes, this reviewer has PLENTY of secrets to spill about Brian. *wink*

@ Sundance Saloon (Waukegan, IL): Diamond Cuts Productions and Rockin' 4 Vets will host a 2-day event in sponsorship of "Wounded Warrior Project". Friday's lineup will feature performances by Goin' South, friend Steel Chops and Lights Out Chicago (UFO tribute band) while Saturday's lineup will feature performances by friend Thunder Drive, One Night Stand, Molo Rules (Ronnie James Dio tribute band) and many more. Admission is $15 for single day / $25 for both days / half off admission for all active military personnel (must show id)
18+ show / 21+ to drink

@ The Laughing Chameleon (Glenview, IL): Friend Steel Chops will also be rockin' this venue with extra special unplugged show both Friday and Saturday nights.

@ Empty Bottle (as of Do Division fest): The lineup at this venue will feature Black Belles, BBU and more. Hosted by Peter O'Connell.

@ Old Town School of Music: It's Open House night featuring a special performance by local troubadour Matt Campbell at 10:15p in Maurer Hall.

Jun 2

@ Metro: Come out and celebrate Nocturna's 24th Annivesary! This 18 and older dark alternative dance party (held once a month or so) will be partying til dawn with good friend DJ Scary Lady Sarah spinning the best in etheral, shoegaze, new wave, post-punk and more. Glitter Cuts will be on hand to snap your fashionable look as well SouthSide has heard there will be giveaways.
$10 / 18+

@ Schuba's Tavern: School of Rock Chicago will be performing a special ALL AGES show in tribute to Neil Young. This show will benefit The Bridge School (located in California) featuring a silent auction and raffle of items donated by local businesses. 100% of all proceeds (i.e. admission, raffle and auction) will go to The Bridge School. There will be a Sunday Jun 3 performance too.
$10 / ALL AGES

@ Elbo Room: rock with friend The Flavor Savers along with Bob's Yer Uncle and Jenny Franck with DJ Money Z spinning til closing.

@ Cobra Lounge: friend First Jason headlines the lineup featuring Short to Ground and Whore of Babalon with Kinetic Noise Crew DJs spinning Chicago style all night long. Miss SoFiya Smirnova plays hostess at this show.

@ Reggie's: Come to the Pig Roast on the rooftop! It's an "All You Can Eat" trainwreck roast on the venue's rooftop deck. 21+ / $10 / 5p
Then stay for the show too! Friends Black Actress and Control will be opening for Electric Frankenstein with Depravos de la Mour.
$12 adv / $15 dos

@ Empty Bottle (as of Do Division fest): The lineup today will feature performances by Mannequin Men, Peanut Butter Wolf and more. Hosted by Peter O'Connell.

@ Wrigley Field (Sheffield & Addison): Join Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago with many others at Sausage Fest 2012! No matter how you say "sausage" - bangers, weiners, etc, attend this food fest and listen to rockin' music by Company of Thieves, Treaty of Paris, Lovehammers and more.
noon to 10p both Saturday and Sunday.

Jun 3
@ Empty Bottle (as part of Do Division fest): The lineup on this day will feature Teenage Girl Fantasy, Pinebender, The Antlers and more. Hosted by Peter O'Connell.

@ Leavitt Stage (as part of Do Division fest): Mutts will be rockin' the stage at 5p / ALL AGES

@ Reggie's: Al and Black Cats will be performing as well as friend Modern Day Rippers, Tracer Bullet and The Brothers Gross.

@ Stonefly (Milwaukee, WI): Turn Around Milwaukee Block Party will be featuring Southside Underground DJs helping Christopher Roze and Milwaukee Odyssey. Music begins at 1p.

Jun 4
@ Empty Bottle: Teenage Girl Fantasy will be rockin' the stage again with Supreme Cuts and When Clouds Attack.

@ Double Door: Attend this Martin Atkins' Kickstarter Event "Welcome To The Music Business - You're FD!"
Free with donation / doors at 7:30p / show 8p

Jun 6
@ SubT: friends Blue Eyed Jesus and Vanarays will be rockin' the stage at this venue.

@ Empty Bottle: friend Bad Bad Meow will be clawing and rockin' the stage along with Mike Felten and M.O.T.O..
FREE admissin (with RSVP at Empty Bottle website) / $8 without RSVP

Jun 8
@ SubT: friend Electric Touch will be returing to Chicago to perform along with Hank and Cupcakes.

@ Underground Lounge: Join the Revolution Circus featuring good friend Illusions Fate.

@ House of Rock (Lansing, MI): check out friend Losing Scarlet rockin' the stage there.

@ Forest Park Summerfest: friend Blue Moon Swamp (tribute to John Fogerty and CCR) will be rockin' the crowd there.

@ Double Door: friends Board of Governors and The Plastic Boots will be rockin' the stage along with Fly Over State, The Deeper and King By Friday.

@ Red Line Tap: friend WhiteWolfSonicPrincess will be returning there for another rockin' show.

Jun 9 - 10: Spacestock Music and Fest! Located in the land of Funk (actually Martinton, IL) this two-day event will feature 2 stages and over 30 musical acts of super spacy sounds, interstellar and mega posi vibrations by bands such as Indigo Sun, Art of ILL Fusion, friends Fifth World, Digeometric, Old Shoe and Sexfist and many, many more. Plus live art demonstrations by Manny Cortes, Alison Greer and Yael Orellana to name a few.
Please note the following about this fest. blogspot readers:

* Parking fee is $5 but carpooling is strongly advised and encouraged due to limited parking space.

* It's a primitive campsite area - so come prepared with food, water, tent, tarps, bug spray and etc.

* 21+ to drink - have ids on hand because this will be strictly enforced.

* Admission is $50 at gate but do get your tickets NOW for $30 single day

* This is a "Leave NO Trace" event! Respect the owner and property - so do your part to recycle and keep trash to a minimal.

for more information, visit

Jun 9
@ SubT: friend AM Taxi will be rockin' the stage along with The Young Distractions.

@ Planet Rock (Battle Creek, MI): friend Losing Scarlet will be rockin' the stage there.

@ Reggie's Rock Club: Post Apocalyptic Burlesque featuring sultry performances by Mistress Cleo, Desiree Demonix, Sydney Scarlet, Queerela Fistalot and more will be tempting your senses. The Final Trumpet will be blown by friend Peter Propaganda.
18+ show / 21+ to drink

@ Elbo Room: friend Professor Kliq will holding "class" as he rocks the stage along with Tamara V and Kick Bricks

@ Quenchers: friend The Bright White will be hosting their Lose Yourself album release show.

@ Oneida Family Fest (Green Bay, WI): friend Blue Moon Swamp will be rockin' the stage there.

Jun 10
@ Elbo Room: SouthSide will be interviewing as well as reviewing friend Nate Z when he shares the stage with Lucrezio, Christopher Joseph and Shannon Richardson Band.

Jun 13
@ SPACE (Evantson, IL): friend Lake Street Dive returns to town to promote new CD - Fun Machine with Midnight Moxie performing too.

Jun 15
@ Austin's Fuel Room: friend Skinwalker will be rockin' this stage along with Dirge Within and Wings of Severamce

Jun 16
@ Metro: friends Midwest Hype and How Far To Austin will be on tap to help celebrate Cobalt and The Hired Guns and Band Called Catch for their album releases!
18+ show / $11 / 7:30p doors.

@ Nite Cap: friend Skinwalker will be rockin' the stage along with Rev Luv, Stonewave and Faultline.

Jun 17
Happy Father's Day!

@ Reggie's Rock Club: it's Reggie's Record Fair!
10a to 4p / All Ages / FREE

Jun 18 -20
It's Crosstown Classic part duex! Cubs will be visiting the White Sox at the Cell (aka new Comiskey) however SouthSide's team in black will be looking for another sweep this innercity rivalry.
Go White Sox!

Jun 21
@ The Dam Bar & Grill: Celebrate Paragon's 100th rock show with the band as they share the stage with Dropped Once as part of Swedish Days.
All Ages / $5

Jun 23 - 24
Randolph Street Market a monthly 2-day event featuring over 8 acres of indoor and outdoor shopping! From food and music to vintage finds and antiques ...this is the place shop for those one of things to decorate your home, blogspot readers.
For more information, visit

Jun 23
@ Double Door: Retar Crew will be violating the stage at this FREE show.
Warning: this band has been deemed unsuitable for kids and most adults have been warned.

@ Elbo Room: Our Name Is Jonas along with Go Mary will be rockin' the stage.

@ Beat Kitchen: friend Pasafire will be rockin' the stage at this 17+ show.

Jun 26
@ Shadow Lounge (Pittsburgh, PA): friend Sound & Shape will be rockin' the stage there.

Jun 27
@ Wilbert's (East Cleveland, OH): friend Sound & Shape will be sharing the stage with West Ghost at this show.

Jun 28
@ Reggie's Rock Club: Check out Barbwire Dolls (punk rock from Greece!)along with friend Cenobites, Juicehead and The Fizzy Pops at this hot rockin' show!
$10 / 8p

@ Double Door: It's RAW Natural Born Artists showcase

Jun 29
@ Reggie's Music Joint: Brett Newski and The Corruption will be rockin' the stage at 10p.

Jun 30
@ Reggie's Rock Club: Dot to Dot Management presents If These Trees Could Talk, The End of the Ocean and Sioum at this ALL AGES show.
6p / $5 adv / $10 dos

@ Reggie's Rock Club: Earthen Grave featuring violinist Rachel Barton Pine along with Gaza and Black Cobra during this late 17+ show.
10p / $13 adv / $15 dos

Have a fun June, blogspot readers!

Until next time, support your local scene,

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