Friday, March 28, 2014

April 2014

If you live where SouthSide does, blogspot readers, it’s a rough start for Spring 2014. However don’t let the chilly (sometimes cold, snowy) weather keep you away from the local scene ...especially during the month of April. There’s PLENTY to do, see and rock to throughout this month from film festivals to charity events and so much more. This reviewer highly recommends planning your calendar accordingly and enjoy!

Please note all events listed are 21 and older unless stated otherwise

April 1:
Richard J. Daley Center – protest at Frack Your Nose At The Government ...diapers optional

Reggie’s Music Joint – check out Great Barrier Reefs as they bringing their tour to Chicago

Act One Pub - Jeff Daschbach will be performing as part of CAU's Singing For Your Supper along with other singer/songwriters such as Bear McGarth, Herbie Gaines, Hannah Frank Group and more
AA / No Cover

April 2 – 6:
Logan Theatre – view the films selected for the 21st Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival
For more information, visit

April 2:
Door No. 3 (Double Door location) – attend this Creature Feature: Cenobite, a Hellraiser tribute hosted by JoJo Baby with soundtrack by Peter Propaganda
FREE / 9p

Double Door - M&O's album release "Almost Us" show will feature She and No Name Gypsy performing on the lineup with them.
$7 adv / $10 dos

April 3 - 17:
AMC River East 21 Theatres - 30th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival
For more information, visit

April 3:
Rosy’s Roadhouse (Dekalb, IL) – rock with Heroes and Villains, Trapkillaz (a duo from Brazil), Regulators and Statut3 in this college tour.
For tickets

Owl - It's Massive Ego's "Don't" LP release show

April 4:
Aragon Ballroom – groove with David Gueta
For tickets

Double Door – check out Midwest Hype’s The Time album release show featuring Spare Parts, The Palmer Squares, cloud 9, Illl Ambition and DJ Steezy

Cobra Lounge – rock with A Friend Called Fire, Gunner’s Daughter, Mexican Werewolf and Westward Spirit

Mackey’s Hideout (McHenry, IL) – rock with Digeometric and Dreamtrap here
Quencher's - check out Common Shiner along with ACTN, KPT and Vortis rockin' the stage here.
$5 / 10p
NiteCap - it's Kittypalooza! Tree House Humane Society Benefit featuring The Alder Kings along with Crusader, Saucy Boss and Skull Fogger performing on stage
$7 cover

Lincoln Square Lanes - AFRO Zep will be performing a unique Led Zeppelin experience for their fans at this Fan Appreciation show.

Upstairs Gallery - hang out with Chicago's Very Own pirate in blue - Thee Bluebeard as he performs his show at Chicago Improv Festival 17

April 5 & 6:
Unity Junior High School (Cicero, IL) - Edward James Olmos & town of Cicero presents the 14th Annual Latino Book & Family Festival, an event that features 8 pavilions of culture, education, finance, literacy, family, health, debutants and technology under one roof!
FREE parking / FREE admission / FREE health screenings.
For more information, email

April 5:
Double Door – love spaghetti and wrestling? The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby presents Spaghetti Wrestling featuring Vaudezilla Burlesque Troupe and DJ (TBA)
$7 adv / $10 dos ($1 off admission for every two canned goods donated)

Hq Gallery – join the fun at the 2nd Annual Underground! Balkan Fest 2014 featuring Pet Peeve, Davor Ana Paintings, tribal belly dance and much more.

4637 N. Ashland - it's the Pickle Juice Jean Jacket event, an art and music show featuring artwork by Kevin Weeder, Keely Nelson-Rivers, Matthew Ruiz, Shir Ende, Jose Arias, Nathan Friedman and more with live performances by Free Pain, Peter La Rue, Jihoon Woo, Mars Giolas, Dorian Electra & Jason Magicks and more.

Auditorium Theatre - Chick Corea and Bela Fleck will be performing here
For ticket information, visit

April 7:
Reggie's - head-bang to Jucifer, Of Wolves and Disrotted as they rock the stage here
17+ / $10 adv / $12 dos

Grandbar - time to Wax Dat Ass with Mad, Caleb Roche, Mike Tupak and Hugo Moya

April 9:
Door No. 3 (Double Door location) – it’s FABITAT: LIVE featuring Mr. Ma’am live performance with DJ Adam El and hosted by Lucy Stoole
FREE / 9p

Elbo Room – check out Free Spirited Spring Break showcase featuring performances by Epic Eric, CRTF, DEshawn Flaire, Kelly Campos and Omni Rose.
For tickets, email or

The Devil’s Playground (3394 N. Milwaukee) – it’s Ladies’ Night featuring David Bates (of Sinister Fate0 spinning Metal/Rock/Industrial/Punk and Goth with burlesque performances by Misfit Dolls, Cheeries Jubalie and special guest Madame Envy and Mister Junior.

April 10 - 27:
Collaboration Rm 300(Flatiron Arts Building) - attend Lysistrata by Aristophones
$15 - $20
For more information, visit

April 10:
Shrine Chicago – attend the next Respect The Mic indie concert series featuring MC Eiht, Notrydo Sincere, Phee and The Survivalists.
ALL proceeds benefit the local acts

April 11:
Alive One – support the non-profit organization The Arts of Life at Rock It Fest featuring Swamp Heat, bq and aboveandbelow
For more information, visit

Schubas Tavern – Phillip Morris and Sean Anonymous will be opening for Caroline Smith

Cubby Bear – check out this show featuring Jesse Wagner (of The Aggrolites), Green Room Rockers, On Your Marx and Run and Punch
18+ / $6 adv / $9 dos

Township – it’s Panther Style along with DTCV (featuring members of Guided By Voices), Spaceships and Sea Lions rockin’ this stage.

Windy City Inn (2257 W. Irving Park Rd) - it's Berto & the Lizard performing 3 solid sets of their favorite songs by The Band, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughn and more.

April 12:
Double Door – celebrate Shoeshine Boy’s 14th Anniversary at this rockin’ party featuring Big Paraid, The Ivorys, Verona Red Out For Hours and Upsin Hounds
$10 adv / $15 / 8p

The Mutiny – Jack Rabbit featuring Nate Z  along with Stranger Danger will be performing here

Junior's - Mind Merchant, Eyes Like 20 and Punch Cabbie will be performing here.

Patio Theatre - check out the Sci-Fi Spectacular 2014 featuring live appearances by Doug Jones (Hellboy I & II, Pan's Labybrinth) and Kyra Schon (the little ghoul girl of Night Of The Living Dead) and movies such as Legend, Buckaroo Banzai, George Melies' A Trip To The Moon and many more ending with  Phenomena at 2:15a!
$20 adv / $25 dos
For tickets, go to or in person at Laurie's Planet of Sound, Thrift & Thrive, Shake Rattle & Read and Alley Cat Comics

April 13:
Bottom Lounge – rock with this tour lineup featuring William Control, Combichrist and New Year’s Day

Cobra Lounge – punk out with Voice of Addiction, OC45 (from Boston, MA), Butchered and The Damn Tracks

Berlin Nightclub - shine during GLO: Eurodance party - the Kylie Minogue edition with DJ MAJR and Greg Haus

Quencher's - Magicks will spinning his dreampop magical sounds along with Universe Contest and Power Haunts.

April 15:
SPACE (Evanston, IL) - check out Canadian indie rockers Wildlife as they perform selections off the new album "...On The Heart" here.

April 16:
Elbo Room – rock with Miggs featuring Open Air Stereo and Man On Earth opening.

Whistler - Check out Handsome Tyrants with Belmont & Clark here

April 17:
Beat Kitchen – attend HoneyHoney with Ryan Joseph Anderson show here

Mojoe’s – check out “The Bootleg Banner Tour 2014” featuring Twiztid with special guests Blaze Ya Dead Homie and Smokehouse Junkiez
April 18 & 19:
Bada Brew - attend Rock In Chicago's Cancer Fundraiser. This two-night event will feature local acts performing Metal (on Friday) and Punk (on Saturday). Lend your support as bands like Solution Unsatisfactory, Voice of Addiction, 80 Proof, Bleed For The Fallen, Impale, Withering Soul and more perform to raise money for American Cancer Society.
AA / $10

April 18:
Aragon Ballroom – it’s Excision 2014 Tour featuring performances by Dirty Phonics and Ill Gates
For tickets

Goose Island Wrigleyville - check out John Burrows Project with Saved By The Belvedere and She's Crafty (an all female Beastie Boys tribute band)
$8 adv / $10

Beat Kitchen - Phantom Note Productions presents American Wolf with Boyfrndz, Pisces at the Animal, Far and Space Blood performing here

NiteCaps - JBC Entertainment presents a Triple Bill Show featuring 3 great bands but you have to attend to find who's rockin' the stage. It's so secret - SouthSide doesn't know!

April 19:
Red Line Tap – rock with Magatha Trysty at their performance during International Pop Overthrow

Take 20 (Cherry Valley, IL) – attend the “Benefit For The Paws” to raise money for Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter featuring live performances by Sinister Fate, Losing September, Untold Legacy, Chad Foster, The Smokes and many more.
$5 donation / noon (12:00p)

Elbo Room – say “amen” to funk music performed by Pastor Funkpleez & The Pulpit Players when they kick off their local tour around town featuring other shows happening at Tonic Room (May 9) and Reggie’s (May 20)

Record Breakers - celebrate Record Store Day here at it's RSD Extravaganza featuring live music by The Wild Family, brontosaurus, The New Diet, Magicks and more starting at 11a. Be there at 8a for super RSD specials.

April 21:
SouthSide's real birthday

April 23:
Door No. 3 (Double Door location) – FABITAT: GROOVES ...DJ Adam El’s b-day bash
FREE / 9p

April 24:
Empty Bottle - Sweater Beats with Different Sleep, The GTW, Aztek and Soleman will be rockin' the stage.

April 25:
Double Door – rock with Girl Group featuring The Congregation
$12 / 7:30p

City Winery – singer/songwriterAntje Duvekot will be performing her “chamber folk” music with John Garka opening
$28 VIP seating / $24 premier seating / $20 reserved seating
AA / 8p

Hard Rock CafĂ© – attend the Fallon Flynn’s Farewell Party featuring V Is For Villains performing with Fallon before he takes a hiatus from the band.

Township – there be Whales, Jet W. Lee, The Rutabega and Like Like The The Death
$6 adv / $8 dos / 8p

Elbo Room - Elston's Exchange will be making their local scene debut here!

April 26:
Aragon Ballroom – check out Life In Color Unleash ...the world’s largest paint party featuring Adventure Club, Caked Up and The Chainsmokers performing live.

Double Door – groove all night long during Soul Summit Free Dance Party featuring DJs Sloppy White, Dave Mata and Duke Grip with special guests TBA
FREE ($10 VIP available)

Scruffy City Hall (Knoxville, TN) – check out Skytown Riot with Annandale and The Hollywood Kills performing on stage.

Goose Island Wrigleyville - Yeehaw, Colonel Gunn's Wild West Music Show will be performing their first full show featuring classic rock and country pop ...and maybe a shoot-out too.
$8 adv

Logan Square Auditorium - Black Lips return to Chicago along with Natural Child and Football
$14 adv / $22 dos

April 27:
Mayne Stage – attend this Spring Soiree featuring Jesse Charbonier crooning your favorite Jazz classics and rarities and delicacies by Chef Dejan  with a special performance by Joe Hall Dancers.
$33.00 - $43.00 / 5p

April 28:
Elbo Room – Jack Rabbit will be rockin’ the first round of the I AM Fest Battle of the Bands competition
10:30 (approx) showtime

April 30:
O'Brien's Pub (Allston, MA) - check out Strieght Angular, Idiot Genes and Chandeliers with Kangaroo Court rockin' the stage here.
$8 / 9p

Until next time, support your local scene,

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