Thursday, April 25, 2013

May 2013

Hey, blogspot readers, April showers gives way to May flowers for your mommy on  Mother's Day or rowdy Cinco de Mayo fun before remembering the fallen on Memorial Day. It's also the height of springtime fun before a summer-long vacation of festivals!

Please note that all shows mentioned are 21+ unless duly noted.

May 1:
City Front Plaza – join the May Day Anti-Capitalist Demonstration

Viper Alley – it’s Saving Abel rockin’ the stage there.

Venue One (8:30p) – attend the Free Macallan Scotch Tasting. You’re asked to select a date and time that fits your schedule to attend the tasting on May 1 or May 3 (start time at 7:45p). Your arrival is requested at the appointed time you chose.

Burlington Bar – check out Spaces of Disappearance with Belmont & Clark

MID – React presents a new event – Body Language which will be focusing on the underground dance music scene (i.e. something like a cross between Smartbar’s Machina and Nocturna) inside the luxurious Century Room (located upstairs at the MID) featuring rising UK producer and DJ Duke Dumont
FREE / rsvp at

Smartbar - it's Machina as DJ Scary Lady Sarah spins the best of the 80s and 90s from alternative to goth, industrial, new wave and punk

May 2:
Riviera Theatre – check out Nashville’s Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors rockin’ the stage here

Elbo Room – Shoeshine Boy Productions present Matthew Alfano of Mason’s Case performing an acoustic set. Expect new songs and special guests during this performance.

Crocodile Lounge (basement) – WeOut Here presents Dirty Drugs rockin’ the stage

Harte’s Saloon (Evergreen Park, IL) – Digeometric performs their monthly residency show

Hard Rock CafĂ© – rock with Four Star Brass Band

Smartbar - James Blake's DJ set ...they advise snagging your tickets now before it sells out
***Sorry - the Metro show has sold out***

Primary - React presents the rising UK duo - Gorgon City at their first appearance in Chicago also featuring DJ Sushi, Plus Plus, and Equator Club
Grab your tickest now at

evilOlive - it's Zombies vs Skeletons "Death to Pretty Ricky" with special guests Ghosthouse DJset (Deep V CD release), Gunplay and Stella

May 3:
House of Blues (Chicago) – How Far To Austin returns to the stage after a 9 month hiatus supporting Mathien during their record release along with Jackpot Donnie and special appearances to be announced.
17+ / $15adv

The Loft – check out Mason’s Case with Framing Hanley, The Chuck Schaffer Picture Show and Life Remaining

Engelmann Cellars (Fresno, CA) – attend a Friday night wine tasting featuring Joe Taylor who’s opening for the duo Whiskey Row. Don’t forget to bring your own chair and/or blanket ...or reserve a table for only $50.
Attendees are allowed to bring their own snacks and non-alchoholic beverages but no outside alcohol is allowed.
ALL IDs, ice chests, and bags will be checked.
For more information

27 Live (Evanston, IL) – punk rock fans check out this venue punk rock night every 1st Friday – the lineup will feature Death and Memphis, Voice of Addiction and The Shallow Hearts

Tonic Lounge Portland (Portland, OR) – rock with Die Robot, Cleansweep7 and We Are Brothers

Ace Bar – attend Elle Casazza’s album release show. For tix –

Ultra Lounge – attend the Poetry and Absinthe show

Beat Kitchen - Hemmingbirds will open for Tenki at their record release show along with Dirty Pigeons
get tickets via Do312

Oberlin Spring FolkFest at The Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse (Oberlin, OH) - check out Lake Street Dive as they begin their May tour
for more tour information, visit

Cobra Lounge - NSP Live and Unholy Empire present Dope Stars Inc (Rome, Italy), The Rabid Whole (Toronto, Canada), The Obscene Kiss, Lockjaw and Illusion Fate with special guest burlesque performance by Lady Lenux and grinding by Fahrenheit 666. it's going to a hot one!

Bird's Nest - rock the room with BDB, The Shivaos and Josh Mezyk

Timewarp Music (Los Angeles, CA) - check out Wasteful Consumption, Patterns Khrome 2013 Official tour stop

Hideout - The Claudettes will be setting up shop (to pay their rent) along with The Cell Phones and The Embraceables.

May 4:
FREE Comic Book Day

Ultra Lounge – it’s the Brickwall Vultures’ record release show featuring The JetBirds

Mutiny – Creeping Chicago will be presenting They Live (MN), Control, Claw Toe and The Nix rockin’ the stage

Institute for Cultural Affairs (4750 N. Sheridan, Chicago) – attend this event that will feature James Tracy (co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times) in a discussion of 1960s and 70s Uptown radical organization and activists. What can the legacies of Peggy Terry, Jobs or Income Now Community Union, The Young Patriots and others teach us about organizing today?
Donations requested to help support the work of Uptown Uprising but no one is turned away.

Bobby McGees (Chicago Ridge, IL) – TAFOYA’s Lost Boyzz sharing the stage with special guest Rockaholics and Badge

Double Door – rock out with Magatha Trysty, The Mirandas, High Energy Physics, The Bribes and King By Friday

Swing State – May the Force Be With You during Star Wars Day featuring Eylia, Count Rugen, Evil Twin Sister and another band TBA on stage.
7p / $6 ($10 with Hookah) / AA

Elbo Room – check out Matt Ryd Allstars with Cobalt & The Hired Guns, Laura Green, Michael Roth and The Box Berrys

Subterranean – check out Goodbye Good Sense, The Scissors, The Sky We Scrape, Dead On TV and Man Eating Tiger performing live on stage
17+ / $10 adv / $12 dos

Wisconsin Marathon (Kenosha, WI) - it's NEVER too early to polka rock with the Polkaholics
note the time - 7a to 10a

Abbey Pub - Last Rites presents Captured By Robots with I Love Rich, Beast Warrior and Hamburglars!
$10 adv / $12 dos

Quenchers - Phantom Note Productions present The Moses Gun with Native Signal, Ateliers and Ronnie and the Puzzle

Abbey Pub - Bad Bad Meow will be clawing the stage as they open for John Tiger and Snow Ghost

May 5:
JBTV studios - Makeshift Prodigy will be taping an episode with Jerry Bryant and the crew

Mojoe’s – rock out with Central Disorder featuring The Agonist

The Original Mother’s – celebrate Cinco de Mayo with AM Taxi!
FREE / 7p

City Winery – check out The Chris Green Quartet performing on stage here
purchase tickets on Do312

May 8:
Double Door – Polish rock band Riverside supporting new album S.O.N.G.S. featuring Jolly and A Friend Called Fire
$12 adv / $15 dos

SPACE (Evanston, IL) – check out Genevieve from Company of Thieves performing solo with Treehouse

Reggie’s Music Joint – starting on this and every Wednesday date afterwards, attend Wax On Wax Off event. RSVP to reserve your slot to play vinyl record(s) from your private collection

Phyllis’ Musical Inn – check out this themed rock show The 12-Step Guide to Being a Badass

Subterranean – attend this show featuring Pool Holograph, Stereospeak, Wad and Magicks

May 9:
Township - check out Alice Russell (UK Electro Soul) celebrating her new album "To Dust" in which the lineup also features Esso Aftojam Funkbeat and DJRC
$10 adv / $15dos

May 10:
The Blue Pig (Cadahy, WI) – rock out with Spyderbone with Habit Of Force and Carbellion

Beat Kitchen – Camera will be rockin’ the stage here
***Sorry, but Camera had to back out of this show, blogspot readers.***

Rendezvu (Batavia, IL) – it’s a FREE show featuring Helium Fuse

Whammy Bar (West Allis, WI) – rock with Bellevue Suite

Papa Pete’s Pizza (Kalamazoo, MI) – enjoy a pie with live music by Fresh Hops and Digeometric
18+ $8 / 21+ $5

Bottom Lounge - rock to some sweetness with Candyland and Gladiator featuring Team Bayside High and Fatboy
17+ / tickets -

Reggie's Rock Club - Barb Wire Dolls: these Greeks rock da punk music

MID - React Presents and the MID welcome Gold Panda (live) with a special DJ set from RAC for their Mayhem event.
FREE w/rsvp at

Multi Kulti - The Wishing Well will be performing live

River Rockhouse (St Charles, IL) - Hellwagen and Two Ton Anvil will be ripping it up!

Bottom Lounge - Cole DeGenova will be opening for Australian guitarist Joe Robinson

May 11:
Elbo Room – check out Andy Metz rockin' double duty as he performs with Hero Monster Zero and with his hip hop counterpart Seth Williams of 8090

Double Door – groove with Honey and the 45s, State & Madison (releasing their new album – Tar and Feathers) and The Sweeps

Soldier Field – join other beer enthusiasts while sampling America’s finest beers at the American Beer Classic
For more information, visit

Bada Brew – check out Psycho Sister rockin the stage at Bitch Fest 2013

Bottom Lounge – Sound Prism Productions and Nickmo Productions present live music performances by The Coop, The Manhattan Project, Digeometric and Shapes & Colors
$17 adv / $20 dos

Uncommon Lounge (Clark St location) - The Loneliest Monk performs with Ian Cooke (Denver, CO).
Seating is limited - call 773 929 3680 for reservations

Lincoln Square Lanes - polka rock with the Polkaholics along with Ambassadors to Earth
FREE / 9p

May 12:
Music Box Theatre – spend Mother’s Day with your mother (or mother-type figure) watching the screening of Mommie Dearest

May 14:
Double Door – rock out with Elvisbride

May 15:
Reggie’s – rock with Wednesday 13, Vampires Everywhere and Sinister Fate
17+ / $14 adv / $18 dos

Abbey Pub – attend the debut of this rock duo Berto and The Lizard performing together on stage

May 16 - 19:
Empty Bottle - it's the annual HoZac Blackout Fest! This unique music festival will feature some of the midwest's wildest punk and rock acts like the 1970s Boston KBD Punk legends Unnatural Axe (making their 1st Chicago appearance headlining the Friday night lineup), Mike Rey & Tommy Jay, Pezband, Make-Overs (South Africa), The Sueves - just to name a few
4 Day passes available now!

May 16:
Bottom Lounge – rock your Wednesday night with In Flames, Armored Assault and Born The Remains
AA / $22 / 6:30p showtime

Mutiny - rock your night with Coaster and Rathammer

May 17:
Subterranean – it’s the Mike Mentz CD Release show and party!

Columbia College - Manifest: Urban &Arts Festival featuring live performances by Now Now, Electric Groove and Chance the Rapper on the mainstage.

Penny Road Pub – the “bridge” to London Tour continues featuring In The Flesh (Pink Floyd), Nick Bell’s Hour of (Robin) Trower and Deep Shades of Purple (Deep Purple) tribute bands.

Smartbar – check out Osunlade with Luke Solomon and Julius the Mad Thinker rockin’ this underground dance music venue

Reggie's Music Joint - Mia & the Bear begin their bi-monthly residency during happy hour (5:15p).

May 18 - 20:
Join others as they march from the Westside of Chicago to the Southside to City Hall in the 3-Day March for Education Justice in Chicago. Take it to the streets! Fight to save our schools ...communities ...make sure your voice is heard!
May 18:
Lincoln Hall – come attend this party as Super Happy Fun Club celebrates its release of their record “All Funned Up” featuring performances by Ryan Powers & the Secret Weapons (also celebrating the release of their “The Goodnight, Goodbye Hour”) and special guests Bury Me Lights
18+ / $10 adv / $12 dos / 9p showtime

Lucky Bar (Victoria, British Columbia) – check out Rococode on stage here

Canopy Club (Urbana, IL) - EGI (Ethereal Groove, Inc) and Digeometic will be rockin' the stage along with Electric Habit
18+ / $5

Quenchers - attend Hospital Garden's record release of "Mover"

May 19:
Double Door – engaged couples check out Wed Local Wicker Park / Bucktown Expo

May 20:
Elbo Room – cheer on Legions of Raum as the band competes in the I AM Fest Battle of the Bands competition

May 23:
Pierce Memorial Chapel (Wheaton College) – the American Liszet Society presents Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi in recital performing works written and inspired by Liszet
$15 general admission / $10 students & senior citizens / FREE for Chicago/Midwest American Liszet Society members
for tickets – or 800-595-4tix (4849)

Empty Bottle – all the way from Saigon, Vietnam it’s Bret Newski & The Corruption rockin’ the stage

Liar’s Club – Voice of Addiction, Infected (KY), Blastoff and The Commonwealth will be rockin’ the stage here

May 24 – 26:
Three Sisters Park (Chillicothe, IL) – are you ready to attend Summer Camp Music Festival? This festival will feature 3 days of Moe, Umphrey McGee and Trey as well as performances by Anatasio Band (with 2 full sets), Thievery Corporation, Diplo, Taj Mahal Trio, Maps & Atlasses, North Mississippi Allstars, Cornmeal, Van Ghost, Papadosio, Filligar and many, many more ...also including a Thursday pre-party lineup that will feature Digital Tape Machine.
Over 100 artists on 7 stages ...late night shows ...on site camping, craft vendors, kids camp and musician workshops.
There will be plenty of beer and food too.
For tickets, call 800 514 ETIX or visit

Chicagoland Speedway – glow at Electric Daisy Carnival that will feature and expericence of 5 stages occupied by hundreds of artists and performers, interactive art installations, immersive audio and visual production with other thousands of beautiful fans.
For more information and ticket details, visit

May 25:
Reggie's - rock with this band The Socialists!

May 26:
Double Door – Radio One Chicago presents The Drop featuring The Bright White and special guests TBA
FREE / 8p

May 28:
Burlington Bar – check out Clouds Becomes Your Hand, The Hecks and The Christmas Bride on stage

Alice Sweet Alice releases its 4 th album, Ribbons & Stone

May 29:
Double Door – attend the Chicago Craft Beer Advertising competition

May 30:
Empty Bottle – check out Village sharing the stage with Outside World and The Suaves
Free with RSVP ( or $8 w/o

May 31 – June 2:
Vittum Theater (Adventure Stage Chicago) – Studio Mangiameli presents Quejios – Cries In The Air

May 31:
NiteCap - rock with Skull Fogger with a few other bands yet to be announced while celebrating Eddie's Birthday ...heard it's going to be a wild time!

the Intersection of Leland & Lincoln (near the CTA's Brown Line station) - it's Maifest and there will be polka rock music by the Polkaholics
FREE / 6p - 11p

Cole's Bar - come celebrate at Jesse's (of Jet W Lee) Birthday showcase featuring performances by Big Black Bird, Coed Pageant, Elements of Style and Jet W Lee

Just check back here or another blog for updates as the month progresses with more shows!

Until next time, support your local scene,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for your feedback - SouthSide