Hey, blogspot readers, May promises to be one rockin' month of fun and excitement as the summer fest and events season gradually approaches around town as well as in other places. SouthSide highly suggests checking out this month-long happenings. Please note most shows/events are 21+ unless noted.
May 2 @ The Southern - MS Walk Foundation event
Come out and support the "Lean On Me" team at this charity event as they prepare to walk at this year's MS Walk on Sunday, May 6. Enjoy 20% off drinks all night and try the complimentary appetitizers from 7 to 8p
$5 suggested donation - all proceeds goes to "Lean On Me" MS Walk fundraising goal
@ Bobby McGee's (located in Chicago Ridge, IL)
Cheer on SouthSide's friend Bambi Raptor as they chomp on the competition in the Road to Inkfest finals.
Good luck, Roger and the guys!
May 3 @ Beat Kitchen
Friend Bad Bad Meow will be clawing and rockin' the stage along with Harrow, Cousin Dud and Joe Messing & The Wisemen (headlining)
May 4 @ The End (located in Nashville, TN)
Friend The Great Barrier Reefs will be rockin' the stage featuring other performances by Deep Machine and Fat Box
DO312 presents +(PLUS) Fest featuring performances by MSTRKRFT along with Team Bayside High, Wolf Pack and Mattboy White
@ The Hideout
Friend That Damn Choir will be having their record release show featuring other friend, Paper Thick Walls opening
Friend Bassel & The Supernaturals along with 56 Hope Road will be rockin' the stage there
@ Camp Fire Lake (located in Charleston, IL)
It's the Gathering of the Tribes - Music & Arts Fest! This two-day fest (during EIU graduation activities) will feature bands like friend Digeometric, Indigo Son and Spread (on May 4) and Smash, J Boozer and Pleasant Drive (on May 5) ...and many more acts.
May 5 @ Daley Plaza
Besides it being Cinco de Mayo, join General Patton and many others marching around noon - carrying signs, making noise and more during this peaceful march on World Marjuana Day. There will be performances by Jah Illumanti, Congo, THC (Taking Hits Constantly) as well as the General himself plus speakers.
@ Riot Room (located in Kansas City, MO)
Friend Alice Sweet Alice headlines the lineup featuring performances by From The West, The Neverhawks and more
$5 adv / $7 dos
@ Elbo Room
Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some crazy fun with friend Kazy!
The Chicago Metal Factory presents a rockin' night of performances by Caridac Arrest, Reign Inferno, Autopsy, Cianide and Bones with In Grogg We Trust
$25 tix / $60 VIP / 17+ show
Celebrate with friend The Lifeline featuring other friends The Action Blast and Comasoft with Real Friends
$11 / 18+ show
@ Donny's Skybox (located 1608 N. Wells - 4th flr)
Second City's first dramatic sketch show - Where Are They Taking Me (directed by Michael S. Pieper) debuts
$13 general / $10 students / $8 Second City students
RSVP - 312 377 3992
May 6 @ River Rock House (located in St. Charles, IL)
Fundraising concert event for Autism presented by Team Awesometism. This family-friendly day-long concert will feature local bands like Lincoln Don't Lie, Spyderbone, Rock Boxx, Yourz Truly, Betty Might Band and more. All proceeds of this event will support the team in their Walk for Autism Speaks goal!
$10 suggested donation / $5 for raffle tix
May 7 @ Double Door
It's the Music Conference Networking Reception presented by Double Door and Yellow Phone Music ...hosted by David Silbough, Phil Kosch, Scott Zid, Nate Arling and Doug Johnson. Come out and network with other artists/musicians as well as those in the (music) business at this special FREE event. Music performances by Mars Argo, Aly Jados, Garrett Burns with a DJ set by Lewis & Clark
May 8 @ THE NYU SKIRBALL CENTER
It's the last Intelligence Squared Debate of the season - BAN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. This should be a VERY hot topic, blogspot readers, which will feature MALCOLM GLADWELL (The New Yorker Staff Writer), TIM GREEN (Former NFL Defensive End and Football Broadcaster), BUZZ BISSINGER (Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist &
Author, Friday Night Lights) and JASON WHITLOCK (FOXSports.com National Columnist) taking sides for and against the motion while exploring the following issues - Are football programs’ millions in profits exploitation? Or are they still a celebration of amateur sport? Does football’s inherent danger and violence have any place in institutions of higher learning? Or does it provide young men with educational opportunities they would not otherwise have? Pick a side and join in the debate!
May 10 @ WZRD Chicago (88.3 FM)
Check out the one and only America's Got Talent contestant and world famous throat wabbler (and SouthSide's friend) Sid Yiddish on Thursday Night Live at 9:30p
@ Cubby Bear
Hey, funkateers, join others living in One Nation Under A Groove while rockin' to Flashlight and We Got The Funk with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Should be ONE hot funky time!
May 11 @ Double Door
Grape Juice Records presents friend Jon Drake & The Shakes CD release show featuring more shakin' performances by Frontier Ruckus and Rachele Eve
@ The Varsity Theater (located in Baton Rouge, LA)
Rock out at Meriwether's "Save Our Souls" EP release show featuring Side A's The Flame release along with the American Tragedy, The Hitchhiker and Jason Martin
$10 adv / $12 dos
@ Tilted Kilt Elgin and The Highlands Music Lounge
Check out friends Paragon and Persistence of Memory rockin' the stage with Dropped Once
@Tiger O'Stylies (located in Berwyn)
Friends Skinwalker and Spyderbone rocks the stage along with Ormaco and Wake Up Call
@ The Hideout
It's sad to say "good bye" to a dear friend but after nearly 4 years, blogspot readers, Machinegun Mojo is temporarily suspending the mojo to take an indefinite hiatus from the music scene. Helping them with the happy send off party is friend Derek Nelson & The Musicians and Saint Anyway.
May 12 @ Replica Chicago
Attend the MEGA grand opening of Replica Chicago's actual storefront location at 4425 N. Milwaukee in Chicago and check out the shirts, hoodies, buttons and more in stock!
Support local art and artists!
@ The Observatory (located 3036 N. Lincoln on the 4th flr)
It's Spy's Speakeasy at the most secretive bar no one knows about (until now) featuring some of Chicago's finest up and coming musical acts.
TFL and CAU Dog Records present The Future Laurettes' Fortress Sessions CD Release show featuring friend Cobalt & The Hired Guns and Tree
$10 adv / $12 dos
Friend Nate Z will be performing solo on electric guitar which will include songs off his upcoming album including Lake To The Moon (SouthSide highly recommends checking out the You Tube video which features this reviewer in it)
Phantom Note Productions presents Carbon Tiger, The Summer Pledge, A Living Porttrait and Lights Alive rockin' the stage
@ Metro (11p)
It's the monthing NOCTURNA "meeting" - dress to impress in you best Goth/industrial/steampunk/metal/etc gear, members!
May 13 @ The Exit
Celebrate Mother's Day night with Mom at this legendary biker/punk/metal bar with Taran and Hugo of Skinwalker now that they have a DJ gig! Who knows what they will spin on that night.
May 14 @ Joe's Brewery (located in Champaign, IL)
Lords and Ladies DJs invade downstate IL featuring Unwoman at this 19+ show
$5 adv / $7 dos
May 16 @ Ace Bar
Joe Marcinek Band featuring Janis Wallin with Frau Troffea will be rockin' the stage
May 18 @ WLVW
Check out friend The Walking Shadows rockin' the airwaves during their radio appearance with Razor and Die
@ Piscataway, NJ
It's the Steampunk World's Fair featuring friend Hellblinki rockin' the lineup
Friends Polarizer, Model Stranger and Amrita rockin' this all-ages show!
@ Lincoln Tep (located 3010 N. Lincoln)
It's Cirque de la Femme Side/Grindshow - FREE event
@ Double Door
Soul Summit presents Ikebe Shakedown featuring DJs Dave Mata, Duke Grip and Sloppy White
@ Elbo Room
Patti Rain will be rockin the stage on the eve of Chicago's hosting the NATO Summit Conference
May 19 @ Record Breakers (upstairs at Reggie's)
The Aggrolites will be performing a special FREE kids show which will feature their Yo Gabba Gabba song - Banana (as well as a few others). FREE refreshments of hot dogs and soda will be served.
@ Brat Shop (located in Kenosha, WI)
Diamond Cut Productions present Thunder Driver with Circle of Fate and Last One Standing rockin' the lineup
May 20 @ Double Door
Check out Mariachi El Bronk (Los Angeles) and Two Gallants rockin' this special one-night only show
May 23 @ Ultra Lounge
Friend Reptoids will be rockin' the stage with Beak and Mares of Thrace
@ Double Door
It's the Rocklahoma Launch Party with HESSLER featuring Black Actress, Wildsheet, Diemonds and Stone Cold Outlaw. DJ set by DJ Erik
May 24 @ Double Door
RAW Natural Born Artists showcase
May 25 @ LaSalle Power Co
Friend Esh the Singer will be rockin' the stage at her EP release show
May 26 & 27 @ Double Door
WXRT welcomes The Poi Memorial Day Doubleheader event with Poi Dog Pondering
May 27 @ The Silverado Grill (located in Elmhurst, IL)
Pig Out for Cancer featuring friend The Empty Pockets. For tix or donation information, visit http://www.barbequejimscatering.com
@ Double Door (11p)
Akasha presents the FREE monthly Simmer Down show featuring DJs Nic the Graduate and Rad Brian spinning Reggae classics
May 29 @ Double Door
Check out this $1 show featuring friend Chaperone, Torch Singers, Elusive Parallelograms and Rabbit Children
Also - snag a copy of Portland's (OR) Cafeteria Dance Fever's Danceology ...check out the song Swimming Pool
May 30 @ Double Door
Rock with the awesomest Hippo of the music scene - that would be Ultra Violet Hippopotamus, blogspot readers, featuring The Blackbox Revelation and Fresh Hops in the lineup
$8 adv / $10 dos
May 31 @ 2nd Cousins Bar & Grill (located in Loves Park, IL)
Rock with friend Trip Effect at this early (5:30p) show
Until next time, support your local scene,