Thursday, May 23, 2013

June 2013

* - denotes updated information added

Hey, blogspot readers, are you ready for summertime fun? It's going to be a HOT one this year ...and SouthSide's not talking about the weather either. 2013's summer scheduled (especially here in Chicago) is about to heat up with the many neighborhood and outdoor music festivals rockin' around town and most of them are free!  Please, remember you must be 21+ older to drink and/or enter following events unless otherwise noted.

June 1:
Do Division festival begins featuring Hemmingbirds rockin’ the stage at 5p supporting Archie Powell & the Exports, He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister and Tilly & the Wall.
For more information, visit for music lineup

House of Blues (Chicago) – it’s Hammerfest 2013 featuring Vintage Blue opening for Marty Casey and The Lovehammers

Bada Brew – Queens of Metal presents Legions: Massacred by Queens featuring 10 kickass amazing local bands ALL which have at least 1 female member. Plus be seduced by industrial burlesque performances by Jezzibel Bates and crew while Jeremy Link will be providing fire performances and receiving beatings from the lovely ladies all night (yummy!). The lineup includes Bloody Mary, Today’s Wreckage, Kor, Sinister Fate, Violet Kill and many more.

Beat Kitchen – Victorian Halls, Farraday, Workout Music and The Nightbeast will be rockin’ the stage
Elastic (2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd FLR) - Black Dot Music presents "An Evening With the Pastor" featuring Pastor Funkpleez & The Pulpit Players, Tina M. Howell & The Fellas, and Noah, the Genius
$8 / 8p

June 2:
District Bar and Grill – check out Rival Sons along with Calico Flamingos and Empty Pockets performing live.
$10 / 7p

Reggie’s – Esh the Singer and Devil By Design will be performing here

*Red Line Tap - it's Music Gear Swap Day ...swap something old (and still useable) for something else
2p - 5p

*June 3:
Buckingham Fountain (Grant Park) - welcome activist Cindy Sheehan while on her "Tour de Peace" bike journey as she headlines the International Week of Action for Bradley Manning

June 4:
Social Focus releases its debut album

Double Door – rock with Social Focus on the release of their EP along with Blue Eyed Jesus and Fersher
8:30p / $7

*June 5 - 30:
Collaboraction Theatre (Flat Iron Arts Building) - it's the 13th Annual Sketchbook Destination ...a festival of 14 world premiere theatrical works.
For more information, visit

June 5:
Schuba’s Tavern – 1833 presents live performances by Beacon, The – Drum and Taught Abroad on stage
18+ / 9p
For tickets, go to

Lincoln Hall – Sons of the West’s *Kick off the Summer* show
Preservation Club (Knoxville, TN) - cheer on Skytown Riot as this band wages "war" against Hudson K, The Crumbsnatchers and Soulfinger. Winner moves to the final round in August on the Market Square Stage!

*The Fallout (2230 S. Ashland) - Hivesmasher (MA/NH) Pig Champion, La Aramada, Thieves and 5100 Massacre rockin' the stage

June 6 – 9:
Millennium Park – Blues Festival

June 6:
Mr. Brown’s Lounge (2301 W. Chicago) – attend this congregation featuring Pastor Funkpleez and The Pulpit Players

Elbo Room – hey, party animals, check out Even the Jackals rockin’ the stage

*Montrose Beach - Wishing Well performs during the Tropical Addition series featuring DJ Radio Peter and Gypsy Circus Tribe

June 7 – 8:
Cobra Lounge – Red Bull Sound Select and Riot Fest presents The Stranglers! Tickets are only $3 featuring other performances by Mike Martin (both days), Radkey and The Crombies on June 7 and Death and Memphis and Big Sur Jr on June 8

June 7 – 9:
Northcenter (Irving Park and Lincoln) – Ribfest Chicago featuring Rib Mania IV where professional eaters will chow down on yummy bbq-ed pork products

June 7:
Elbo Room – cheer on Jack Rabbit as they advance to Round 2 of the I AM Fest Battle of the Bands also featuring Make It Tonight, Upsin Hounds, Brandon James and The Middle City Sound

Bay Billiards (Fox Lake, IL) – check out the debut of Enemy of My Enemy which features members of Losing Scarlet and Dirge Within rockin’ live on stage along with Arcane Framework, Indolent and Another Day

House Show (Minneapolis, MN) – the Folk Catastrophic Tour begins for John Davey and Brett Newski
For more information, visit

27 Live (Evanston, IL) – Wrecking Ball presents punk night at 27 Live featuring Headspins (CD release set), This Obsession and Solution Unsatisfactory
$5 adv / $8 dos / 9p prompt show time

*Beat Kitchen - rock with Private Instigators
$6 adv / $8 dos

*Reggie's Music Joint - get your groove on with The Woggles, Krol Kleks and The Demertis

*Chicago City Limits (Schaumburg) - check out Model Stranger along with Element performing on stage

*Music Box Theatre - DePaul Premiere Film Festival featuring "Damnburgular" and a short Oscar-like awards ceremony with prizes in nearly 20 categories!
6:30p / no ticket required but arrive early for a seat

*Threadgill's (Austin, TX) - rock with a couple ghosts at this show featuring Whit Ghost Shivers and Ghost Along the Brazos
$10 adv

June 8:
Shark City (Glendale Heights, IL) – rock a birthday celebration along with Spyderbone and 80s Proof

Bottom Lounge – Slink Entertainment and RollingStoned Productions present JMB (Joe Marcinek Band) rockin’ the stage with very special guest Steve Molitz (of Particle) on keyboards and the Family Groove Company rhythm section featuring Janis Wallin on bass and Pete Koopmans on drums! Plus Stephen Cook of Fresh Hops will be joining on violin and Nicholas Gerlach on saxophone. DJ My Boy Elroy will be spinning tunes between performances by Genome, Shapes and Colors and Digeometric.

Brother’s K (Evanston, IL) – attend this Rolling Stones Tribute show featuring performances by Hanna Frank (performing Miss You), whitewolfsonicprincess (performing Satisfaction, Paint It Black, Dead Flowers), Shine A Light (performing Sister Morphine, Far Away Eyes), The Rut (performing Mother’s Little Helper, Ruby Tuesday, Let’s Spend The Night Together) and many more including the closing sing-a-long song You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Union Park – Naked Bike Ride
Visit for more details on time and meeting place / clothing optional

Livewire Lounge – it’s the 2013 Late Night Laughs! The Official After Hours of The Laughs Or Die Comedy Festival with comedians Marcos, Jay Washington, Adam Grabowski with live music by False Hope Fades and Deadman’s Hand

*Congress Theater - CRTF Showcase
$15 adv / 12p

*Phyllis' Musical Inn - JD3 will be performinig live

*St Norbert Block Party (Northbrook, IL) - Vintage Blue will be rockin' stage at this fest

*June 10 - 14:
Bike Chicago 2013
For more information, visit

June 10:
Schuba’s Tavern – React presents Kate Boy to Chicago for their debut performance
Get tickets at
18+ / 7:30p

June 12:
The Jazz Showcase (Plymouth Court) – check out Paul Marinaro’s CD release “Without A Song” (a concept album in tribute to his father) show.
shows are at 8p and 10p

Art Bar-Riverwest (Milwaukee, WI) - check out Mike Felten as he performs live on stage here

Intermission Lounge (Pittsburgh, PA) – rock with Mason’s Case with Sun Hound and The Brushfire
$5 / 9p

June 13:
Congress Theater – rock with Latin star Juanes at his Loud and Unplugged concert

Livewire Lounge – psst, conspiracies are real! Join others coming out of the shadows and into the night for Conspiracy: Live Industrial Musick featuring The Obscene Kiss, Cobalt Core and Flood Damage with Peter Propaganda spinning. There will be Leather Strip ticket giveaways amongst the other planned activities but you have to attend to find out what they are. BTW – membership has its privileges within this society join them
$5 suggested donation

*Schubas Tavern - rock out with Grades and Big Black Delta (from Los Angeles)
18+ / $10 / 9p

*Cigars and Stripes (Berwyn, IL) - the acoustic duo Some Velvet Evening will be performing punk covers from the Dwarves to Steve Earle with a twist

*Cobra Lounge - On Your Marx will be sharing the stage with Night Gaunts, The Independents, the Ridgelands and Mustard Plug

*Abbey Pub - check out The Ragbirds (MI) rockin' the stage
9p / $10

*June 14 - 15:
Montebello, Quebec - it's the Amnesia Rockfest 2013!
For more information, visit

June 14 – 16:
The Willow Ranch Center and Gallery – it’s Hoodilidoo Five!

Soldier Field – Spring Awakening Music Fest

Taste of Randolph

June 14:
Uncommon Ground (Devon location) – Scott Schaafsma (of High Energy Physics), Francis Graf, Derek Lee Bishop and Jet W Lee will be performing here
$6 / 10p

The Monkey’s Tale (Indianapolis, IN) – The Mundies along with Papa J. Otis performing live on the outside patio stage

Beat Kitchen – check out Phil Angotti, The Safes and The Handcuffs along with Differents “Christley Block” album release

June 15 – 16:
Wrigleyville (on Sheffield between Addison and Waveland) – hang out with Abe Froman at the annual Sausage Fest

June 15:
Humboldt Park – attend the Puerto Rican Peoples Parade along Division Street at noon

Double Door – rock with Board Of Governors, The Scissors, Bambi Raptor and Band Called Catch
$7 adv / $10 dos

Reggie’s – rock out with 4 of Chicago’s top tribute bands that will pay homage to one of the greatest concerts of ALL time! It’s the BIG 4 part deux featuring Damaged Justice (Metallica), Hell Awaits (Slayer), Hangar 18 (Megadeth) and Among The Living (Anthrax)
17+ / 8p / $10 cover

Nitecap – rock to your favorite Cream songs performed by Badge as they join the lineup featuring T.N.T. and Veilside

The Back Bar (Janesville, WI) – rock out with Sinister Fate, Today’s Wreckage and Deadman’s Hand
$5 /9p

The Cottage (Crystal Lake, IL) – it’s the 4th Annual Beatles Blast British Invasion! Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles and British Invasion with bands like Cavern Beat (Beatles), In The Flesh (Pink Floyd), Robert Mer (Elton John), and American English (Beatles) ...bring the family for the fun, face painting and more!
Tailgaters Sports Bar (Boilingbrook, IL) - Hellwagen will be rockin' the stage with Metallica tribute band - Blackened!

*Martin's Corner - there's going to be a little punk and metal with a whole lot of partying at this event featuring performances by Cenobites, Flagass, Mandatory Abortions and more rockin' the stage

*Cubby Bear - Shoeshine Boy presents Verona Red with Em & Them, Mike Goldem Friends and another band to be announced
$6 adv / $9 dos

*Otto's DeKalb - Spook Show Entertainment presents First Jason and Killstone rockin' the stage at the Sister of the Wolf Benefit ...come out and support indie music and film

*Taste of Randolph - Ryan Powers and the Secret Weapons will be performing on the East stage between 4:30p - 5:15p

June 17:
Double Door - it’s Killer Moon along with Rabble Rabble, Creepy Band and Plastic Crimewave Syndicate rockin’ the stage

The Jazz Showcase (Plymouth CT) – check out Abigail Richards’ Chicago CD Release party

June 18:
snag a copy of Green River Ordinance’s newest release – Chasing Down The River

Schuba’s Tavern – React presents Giraffage + Mister Lies during their North American tour
18+ / 8p doors
For tickets, visit

*Elbo Room - check out the MOBfest Battle of the Bands 2013 featuring Psycho Sister, Monk 9 and many more

June 19:
Uncommon Ground (Devon Location) – check out the Folk Catastrophic Tour continues featuring John Davey and Brett Newski

Ronald Reagan Building (Washington D.C.) – Intelligence Squared US joins forces with the McCain Institute for International Leadership for a complimentary debate – Cutting the Pentagon’s Budget Is a Gift To Our Enemies. This debate will be recorded live for NPR and online streaming. Choose sides as you decide yay or nay 2011, US spent $711 Billion dollars on its defense more than the next 13 highest spending countries combined ...could this sequester be a rare opportunity to overhaul the armed forces OR will this damage military readiness and/or endanger national security?
4:30p reception / 5:30p debate

June 20 – 22:
Darboy Community Park (Appleton, WI) – it’s the Chicken Fest – a FREE family festival. Check out Rebalmann rockin’ the stage on June 22 from 2p to 3p
Visit for more information

June 20 – 23:
Millennium Park – Gospel Fest
June 20 - 29:
Toronto Jazz Festival

June 20:
Beauty Bar – Chicago’s Original Rap Karaoke 6! sign-up begins at 9p featuring music by DJ Trew and E. Brown

June 21 – 22:
downtown East Lansing, MI – it’s the 17 Annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival featuring a high-caliber ensemble of local, regional and national jazz performances

June 21:
Franklin House (Valpraiso, IN) – check out Digeometric as they make their Valpo debut at this FREE show

*The Mutiny - Wrecking Ball Productiosn presents Eponymous (NE), Rotten Finko, Eruptors and Mystery Action to the stage

*Cubby Bear - Shoeshine Boy and Swizzle Steve presents Hero Monster Zero with 8090 rockin' the stage along with Jackpot Donnie, Sarah Vonderhaar and Fletcher Rockwell
$6 adv

June 22 – 23:
Wicker Park – be more eco-conscious at the annual Green Music Fest

Boystown – support and/or show your LBGTQ pride this weekend at Pride Fest featuring a pet parade on Sunday

June 22:
Underground Lounge – Queer Fest America’s TRUE Pride showcase! Join Lair Scott and others at this rockin’ event featuring QFA Comix Troup (Kate Cullin, Marcos, Darren Marshall, Vickie Lynn and Thomas Bottoms) and live music by Blackjack Sass, Kez Ban, Evil Twin Sister, The Dollar Drafts and many more to be announced. Plus this showcase will be benefiting El Rescate – Chicago’s only LGBTQ youth shelter in which attendees are asked to donate bedding, clothing, socks, underwear, backpacks and school supplies
$5 cover with ID / 4p

Abbey Pub – check out Red Rebel County, Don’t Speak (No Doubt tribute), Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly rockin’ the stage

Lincoln Hall - Shoeshine Boy Productions presents Mason's Case featuring Upsin Hounds and Polarcode (CD release)
18+ / 7:15p showtime / $8 adv / $10 dos

*LunaR Brewing Co (Villa Park, IL) - it's the Berto and the Lizard's Full Moon Meltdown as this unique duo will be performing three solid sets just for you

June 23:
Reggie’s Rock Bar – cheer on the bands featured in Chicago’s Battle of the Bands Finals. Good luck to PJ’s My Cousin Too!

June 24:
Cobra Lounge – The Flight of Sleipnir, Atrum Inritus and Crusader will be rockin’ the stage
$6 adv / $8 dos

June 26 – July 7:
Milwaukee, WI – it’s SummerFest featuring top acts like Fun., Violent Femmes, Tom Petty and more however don’t forget to get out the local/indie acts rockin’ the stages too!
Visit for lineup and more

June 26:
Double Door – AfterWERQ presents WERQout early show
doors 5:30p
For tickets,

*June 27 - 30:
It's Socialism 2013 - a weekend full of radical politics, debates and entertainment
For more information, visit

June 27:
Spyners Pub (4623 N. Western) – Join the 1 Annual Organized Chaos Chicago event by aiding associate member (and SouthSide’s friend) Lauren Warnecke reach her goal while helping a great and organization – RFAC (Ride for Aids Chicago) at TPAN (Test Positive Awareness Network) – by riding her cycle 200 miles along with many others. There will be special music performances by Girl Band at 8p.
$15 suggested donation (which includes food and one raffle ticket)

June 28 – 29:
Frontier Ranch (Pataskala, OH) – warriors unite for Warriors of Metal Fest VI featuring a headlining performance by Flotsam and Jetsam, Meliah Rage, Attacker, Steel Assassin, Seax, Eden’s Fall, Dawn of Valor and many, many more
Visit for lineup information
Ticket information - $50 Adult weekend / $40 Adult 4-pack weekend (must purchase 4 to get this deal) / $30 Adult Friday and Saturday single ticket price / $25 (ages 11 – 16) weekend / $15 (ages 11 – 16) Friday and Saturday single ticket price / under 11 – FREE
Camp free (with admission)

June 28:
LiveWire Lounge – Rock In Chicago’s Summer Metal Showcase. This is your chance to check out some of the best metal bands Chicago’s local scene has to offer featuring Miles From Exile and Something Beautiful

Otto’s (in Dekalb) – Spook Show Entertainment presents Sinister Fate and Royal rockin’ the stage

June 29:
The Mutiny – Skull Fogger along with Number 9 Hard (WI), Fosterhome and more bands to be announced

Orchestra Hall – it’s the Windy City Youth Choral Festival featuring singers from Roanke College Children’s Choir, Crystal Ensemble, New Jersey Youth Chorus to name a few as they perform selections from Handel, Delibes, Stroope and more

*Reggie's Music Joint - check out Dam That River (members of Los Bastardos): Chicago's tribute to Alice in Chains, Elephant in the Room, InAeona, and We Killed The Lion on stage
$6 or FREE with wristband for The Skull: Live in the Rock Club

June 30:
snag a prime viewing spot along the parade route in Boystown for the annual Pride Parade

Reggie’s – Thunder Driver will be opening for King’s X and The Steepwater Band

Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, IL) – Digeometric will be rockin’ the theme park while you ride the coasters! The band will be playing multiple sets between 12p – 5p. Contact the band for half priced tickets (deadline June 15!) at or
Look for updates, blogspot readers, to this blog as more events happening in June come to SouthSide's desk!
Until next time, support your local scene,

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